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Prehistoric birthday bash
 features gift bag giveaway

The Buffalo Museum of Science will celebrate the first birthdays of Seymour the mastodon and Stanley the Albertosaurus from 4:30 to 9 p.m. next Friday.

The prehistoric birthday bash will include a gift bag giveaway to the first 200 children who arrive, followed by family-friendly activities, mascot party, and a book signing with author Sue Buyer, author of "My Pal Seymour." Refreshments will be served. For information, visit www.sciencebuff.org.

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Proposal to stem algae woes
 tied to limits on phosphorus

MAYVILLE – The state Department of Environmental Conservation has sent the Environmental Protection Agency its proposal for limiting the amount of phosphorus discharged into Chautauqua Lake with the goal of stopping algae blooms.

DEC Commissioner Joe Martens says Chautauqua Lake has had beach closings in recent years because of algae blooms triggered by excessive phosphorus in the lake.

This summer was particularly bad, with beach closures and numerous complaints of algae blooms, including toxic blue-green blooms. Since 2004, the DEC has identified Chautauqua Lake as a water body not meeting water quality standards and needing a plan to bring it into compliance. Among other things, the DEC plan requires the three largest wastewater treatment plants in the Town of Chautauqua to begin using a relatively low-cost chemical additive to remove phosphorus by next summer.

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Promotion for Food Bank 
results in record donations

Many families in Western New York were made happier on Thanksgiving because of the generosity of donors to the seventh annual "Rock Out Hunger" campaign broadcast by WGRF-FM at 96.9, known as 97 Rock.

The radio station's DJ Jickster lived for a week on a 47-foot-long Food Bank trailer parked in front of Quaker Steak & Lube Restaurant in Lancaster to collect non-perishable food, frozen turkeys and cash for the Food Bank of Western New York. He collected a record 20,867 pounds of food, $19,002 in cash and 2,508 turkeys.

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Community Health expert set 
for Temple Beth Zion forum

Carl H. Rush, a national expert on community health workers from the University of Texas-Houston, will be the keynote speaker at a Community Health Worker Forum from 9 to 11 a.m. Tuesday in Temple Beth Zion auditorium, 805 Delaware Ave.

Also featured are discussions of community health issues by Dr. Kathleen Grimm, co-chairwoman of Community Health Worker Network of Buffalo; Sam Radford, president of the District Parent Coordinating Council; Paul Hogan, vice president of John R. Oishei Foundation; Aaron Bartley, executive director of PUSH Buffalo; and Sam Magavern, co-director of Partnership for the Public Good.

Goal of the forum is to provide a healthier environment for people living in vulnerable neighborhoods. Walk-ins are welcome. To register, contact Megan Connelly at 852-4191, Ext. 110, or megan@ppgbuffalo.org.