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Workers ratify contract at 4 McGuire Nursing Homes

Workers at four McGuire Nursing Home locations Thursday ratified a new two-year contract that includes a 4 percent raise, maintains their health care and other benefits, and offers them expanded opportunities to pursue additional education.

A settlement was reached with members of Service Employees International Union Local 1199 after more than 150 workers held an informational picket outside the McGuire Group headquarters at 560 Delaware Ave.

Union members covered by the contract include more than 800 workers at Autumn View Health Care in Hamburg; Garden Gate Health Care in Cheektowaga; Northgate Health Care in Wheatfield; and Seneca Health Care on Seneca Street in Buffalo.

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Say Yes to Education hires executive director

Say Yes to Education Buffalo has hired an executive director, David P. Rust, who is currently Erie County's deputy commissioner for youth services and social services.

Rust has worked for the county since 2009, when he was hired as director of the Youth Bureau, working with 70 youth development agencies. In May 2011, he was appointed to his present position. He currently manages a staff of 120 and a budget of $14 million, with a focus on juvenile detention and diversion services.

Before working for the county, Rust was program director for the Youth Character Development Foundation, a nonprofit, and associate director and dean of students at the Francis E. Kelly Oxford Program at Somerville College in Oxford, Great Britain. He has a master's in business administration and a bachelor's in journalism from St. Bonaventure University.

Say Yes declined to release his salary.

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Police today will host 'Meet the Kids' event

South District police are hosting a "Meet the Kids" event at McDonald's restaurant, 1028 McKinley Parkway, from 1 to 6 p.m. today.

The gathering will include a chance see K-9 unit dogs perform tasks, get a close-up look at the Police Department's SWAT team truck and meet two members of the team.

But the main attraction is set for 1:15 p.m., when a U.S. Border Patrol helicopter lands in a nearby parking lot, police said, and youngsters get a close-up look at the chopper.

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Hope Chest will hold Dragon Boat Festival

Hope Chest, a nonprofit agency that provides free exercise classes, emotional support and river paddling training for breast cancer survivors, will hold its first Hope Chest Buffalo Niagara Dragon Boat Festival on Saturday.

The event will take place from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Gallagher Beach in the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority Boat Harbor. More than 30 Dragon Boat teams, each with more than 21 members aboard, are set to participate. For info and to participate, call Betsy McGraw at 713-4179 or visit www.hopechestbuffalo.org.