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Le Roy to mark bicentennial with program in Trigon Park

LE ROY -- Genesee County's largest township has a birthday today, 200 years after it was chartered by the State Legislature.

In June 1812, the Town of Belona -- named for the Greek goddess of war -- was separated from the Town of Caledonia. A year later, it was named Le Roy, after Herman Le Roy, a New York City merchant and Western New York land speculator.

Le Roy will celebrate the occasion with a program re-creating its early days in Trigon Park in the village. Across East Main Street from the park is the Le Roy House, built in 1817 as a land office and home for Herman Le Roy's son, Jacob. Jacob had a gristmill built on the creek in 1826.

Le Roy and Bethany, also chartered on June 8, 1812, are the second oldest towns in Genesee County.

The oldest, Batavia, was formed in 1802, the same year as the county.

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Seneca Gaming to announce skyline-changing endeavor

The Seneca Gaming Corp. on Monday will announce a major construction project for the Seneca Niagara Casino & Hotel that promises to change the Niagara Falls skyline.

At 26 stories and 357 feet tall, the casino hotel already is the tallest hotel structure in New York State, outside of New York City, according to Tony Astran, a spokesman for the Seneca Gaming Corp.

Astran on Thursday declined to reveal what changes are planned.

Monday's planned announcement will come on the heels of news that construction is nearing completion on the new hotel tower at Seneca Allegany Casino in Salamanca, which is a ahead of schedule and slated to open in the fall.

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Muslim group to recognize Kmiec for his leadership

Bishop Edward U. Kmiec of the Catholic Diocese of Buffalo will receive a community service award from the Muslim Public Affairs Council of Western New York at the organization's eighth annual banquet on Saturday.

Kmiec, who recently retired as 13th bishop of Buffalo, was being recognized for his more than seven years of leadership of Western New York's single largest religious group.

Dr. Khalid J. Qazi, president of the council, described Kmiec as a "true visionary leader in Western New York" who has been "open to diversity" in the community.

Qazi also credited Kmiec with making very tough decisions in his role as bishop.

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Neonatal ICU is approved for Millard Suburban

The state Public Health and Planning Council on Thursday approved a 10-bed neonatal intensive care unit for Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital.

With state approval, planning for construction and operations will begin immediately, hospital officials said.

In February, the hospital -- in partnership with Women & Children's Hospital -- announced plans for the neonatal intensive care unit, which specializes in the care of ill or premature newborn infants.