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Higgins among dignitaries at debut of 21 Brix Winery

PORTLAND -- Rep. Brian Higgins was on hand Saturday at Olde Chautauqua Vineyard in the Town of Portland to celebrate the grand opening of the farm's 21 Brix Winery.

Olde Chautauqua Vineyard received a grant totaling $299,999 from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The Rural Development funds are made available to agricultural businesses looking to expand their market.

"It's great to see the growth of an over-50-year family agricultural business as it evolves and expands for the next generation of family leaders," said Higgins, D-Buffalo.

Michael and Marion Jordan own Olde Chautauqua Farms. The Jordans' sons, Kris Kane and Bryan Jordan, operate the winery.

The doors to the new 21 Brix Winery first opened last fall on the 225-acre vineyard. State Sen. Catharine Young, R-Olean, was among other visitors on hand for the ribbon-cutting. The winery is at 6654 West Main Road. For information, visit www.21Brix.com.

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Sixth poetry marathon expected to attract hundreds

The sixth annual Urban Epiphany, Western New York's largest poetry marathon, will be held from 3 to 8 p.m. today in Unitarian Universalist Church of Buffalo, 695 Elmwood Ave.

Hundreds of readers and performers will speak for two minutes each in a celebration of art and diversity. The suggested donation is $5.

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Churches vow vigilance in wake of Lovejoy incident

The Catholic Churches of Central Buffalo and its affiliated ministries are vowing to work more intently on promoting cultural diversity following recent reports of violence and property damage against a black family in the city's Lovejoy neighborhood.

Members of the North West/Central Vicariate of the Buffalo Diocese issued a statement Friday expressing what they said was their "sincere disappointment, displeasure and disapproval" over the actions.

"We feel that any attitudes that disrespect the dignity of any person, whether it is prejudice against race or cultural diversity, will not be tolerated," the statement read.

Ann Cooper, an African-American woman, last week said she relocated her children to a relative's West Side home rather than risk being pelted with rocks and enduring racial taunts as Cooper said the family had done since they moved to Benzinger Street on Jan. 11.

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Job fair on Monday is open to city residents 18 to 24

A job fair will be held Monday at True Bethel Baptist Church, 907 E. Ferry St.

The event -- a partnership between the Buffalo Employment & Training Center, state Department of Labor and Buffalo Public Schools -- will be open to city residents ages 18 to 24. The job fair runs from 1 to 4 p.m.

Some of the companies that will be there include GEICO, Rite Aid, Ingram Micro, Tops Markets and Delta Sonic.

There are more than 200 job openings, according to organizers. The jobs range from sales representatives to manufacturing positions.

For more information, call 856-5627.