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U.S. Senate endorses effort
to name facility for Jackson

The campaign to name Buffalo's new federal courthouse for former Supreme Court Justice Robert H. Jackson got a boost this week when the U.S. Senate endorsed the effort.

The Senate legislation, which passed the House in July, will now go to President Obama, who is expected to sign it into law and make the naming of the courthouse official.

Jackson began his legal career in Jamestown but later moved his practice to Buffalo before he went on to become Solicitor General, Attorney General, Supreme Court Justice and later chief U.S. prosecutor at the Nuremberg Trials.


Norris wins second term 
as chairman of Republicans

WHEATFIELD – Michael J. Norris, of Lockport, was unanimously re-elected to a second full term as Niagara County Republican chairman at a committee meeting in the Wheatfield Community Center.

"It's gratifying to be re-elected," the 36-year-old attorney said.

Scott P. Kiedrowski, the North Tonawanda clerk-treasurer, was chosen first vice chairman, and James D. Heuer, of Wheatfield, will be second vice chairman. Hartland Supervisor W. Ross Annable was chosen party treasurer, and Newfane Councilman Marcus R. Hall will serve as secretary.

Norris said a few changes in party rules were passed. The annual endorsement meeting will be held within 60 days of the beginning of the nominating petition period, instead of always being held in May.


Debut of ‘Sunday Cabaret'
 features Gospel Groove Band

NIAGARA FALLS – The Gospel Groove Band of St. Andrew's Episcopal Church in Burt, a 10-piece band that includes student musicians and adults with professional experience, will perform the first in a series of free monthly public programs called "Sunday Cabaret at Community Missions" at 6 p.m. Sunday at Community Missions of the Niagara Frontier, 1570 Buffalo Ave.

Before the performance, members of First United Methodist Church of Niagara Falls will prepare a dinner for the individuals and families who use the Community Soup Kitchen and Food Pantry at Community Missions.

This will be the first of eight "Sunday Cabaret" programs that will be offered as part of a new partnership among Community Missions, the Episcopal Diocese of Western New York and churches in Niagara County.

On one Sunday of each month a local congregation will provide dinner in the Community Soup Kitchen and one of the eight Episcopal churches will present a program.


Keys to new van presented
 at Medical Center ceremony

Officers and members of David McKeever Post 64, American Legion, in South Buffalo, presented the keys to a new van to the VA Western New York Healthcare System in a ceremony this week at the Buffalo VA Medical Center.

The van will be used by the Disabled American Veterans Volunteer Transportation Network, which drives veterans to and from VA medical facilities.