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Falls to glow in orange in honor of World MS Day

NIAGARA FALLS -- The American and Horseshoe falls will be bathed in orange light for 15 minutes tonight in honor of World Multiple Sclerosis Day.

Susan Ashline, communications manager for the Upstate New York Chapter of the National MS Society, said the orange lights will be turned on from 9:30 to 9:45.

Staff and volunteers with the upstate chapter will be dressed in orange as they gather near the Maid of the Mist gift store beside the American Falls to see the special lighting.

Ashline said more than 12,400 people in upstate New York are living with multiple sclerosis, which attacks the central nervous system. The chapter, serving 50 counties, raises money for MS research.



School band will perform song to honor fallen Marine

LYNDONVILLE -- An original composition in honor of Marine Staff Sgt. Trevor T. Cook, killed last year in a helicopter crash at Camp Pendleton, Calif., will be performed during a student band concert at 7 p.m. Thursday in Stroyan Auditorium at Lyndonville High School.

Music teacher David Stacey said Cook, a 2004 graduate of Lyndonville High School, performed for six years as a baritone player in the school band.

Stacey said his daughter, Erin Mufford, wrote the lyrics; her husband, Rick Mufford, "brought forth the harmonic and melodic idea; I arranged it for our senior band; and my wife, Trisha, arranged it for a three-part choir."

Kayleen Follman, a 2002 Lyndonville graduate, will sing the lyrics, while a multimedia presentation featuring student artwork based on the music will be displayed in the background. The concert will feature the high school chorus, band, jazz band and mallet ensemble, along with various other performances.

The concert will be a farewell event for Stacey, who is retiring this year after 31 years in the Lyndonville schools.



State puts 15-ton limit on Old Route 219 bridge

The state Department of Transportation has announced that effective today, the Old Route 219 bridge over Cattaraugus Creek in the towns of Concord and Ashford in Erie and Cattaraugus counties will be posted for a maximum weight limit of 15 tons.

The bridge at South Cascade Drive and Miller Road will remain open but will be restricted to vehicle traffic under that new limit. Motorists with vehicles over 15 tons are required to use alternative routes.



Hope for Two cancer group gets $37,000 in benefit

More than 300 people attended Hope for Two's third annual benefit recently, allowing the organization to raise $37,000 to provide free support to women diagnosed with cancer while pregnant.

Hope for Two offers information to pregnant women who have received a diagnosis of cancer. It provides peer-to-peer counseling services to them and their families. The organization is based in Buffalo and serves families throughout the U.S. and 17 countries internationally.