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Vendors sought for Onofest that will be held Aug. 11

LITTLE VALLEY Vendors are being sought by the Cattaraugus County Department of Economic Development in preparation for the fifth annual Onofest, at Onoville Marina on Aug. 11.

The one-day event will run from noon to 9 p.m. and feature family-oriented events, arts, crafts, food, games and contests. Bands will play all day, and there will be fireworks at dusk.

It will be held rain or shine.

A variety of vendors is desired. Anyone interested can contact Deb Miller at 938-2318 or email for information or an application.


Bars raise about $3,000 for Hospice Buffalo

A coalition of 13 downtown Buffalo bars raised about $3,000 for Hospice Buffalo during Mardi Gras, organizers announced.

The bars, members of the Buffalo Entertainment District Association, donated to Hospice all of the money collected in cover charges at their establishments between 5 p.m. and midnight Tuesday, according to Jay Manno, the association's president and general manager of Soho Burger Bar.

The association drew some notoriety for its "Boobs for Beads" promotion the same evening, which promised a free breast-augmentation procedure to the person who collected the most Mardi Gras beads over the course of the evening. The contest was open to men and women and the surgery gift certificate could be applied to another cosmetic-surgery procedure.

Sean Coughlin, manager of Bayou nightclub, said the winner was a 29-year-old Buffalo woman who didn't want her identity released.


$93,000 allocated for housing rehab

The Buffalo Urban Renewal Agency on Thursday allocated about $93,000 for additional administrative costs to continue an emergency housing rehabilitation loan program.

The allocation brings the total cost of the agency's contract with Belmont Housing Services of Western New York for the administration of the loans to nearly $1.2 million. The program has cleared 288 loans since it began, with 136 applications currently being processed, agency representatives said.

The agency also extended until July 31 a contract for a youth job-training program with the Buffalo Urban League. The extension will allow the organization to provide help to about 15 individuals. It also approved an allocation of $25,305 to the Erie Regional Housing Development Corp. and Friends Community Center for services for the elderly in the Masten District.


Wendelville fire company to get $85,434 grant

PENDLETON -- Rep. Kathleen C. Hochul, D-Amherst, announced a $85,434 grant from the Department of Homeland Security for the Wendelville Volunteer Fire Company on Thursday.

The funding, to improve preparedness, will come from the Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program of the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the Department of Homeland Security.