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ERIE COUNTY BAR

Ryan sworn in as president during 126th annual meeting

Michael J. Ryan was sworn in as 107th president of the Bar Association of Erie County during its 126th annual meeting Friday afternoon.

The ceremony followed voting for new officers in Bar Association headquarters in downtown Buffalo. Ryan, who served as Bar vice president for the past year, succeeds Kathleen M. Sweet.

Laurie Styka Bloom was elected vice president and automatically assumes the presidency next June.

Bruce W. Hoover was elected treasurer and Gregory T. Miller, deputy treasurer.

Elected to three-year terms on the board of directors are Jeffrey F. Baase, Laura C. Doolittle, Michael J. Flaherty Jr. and Anne E. Joynt.

Buffalo City Judge E. Jeannette Ogden and Bridget M. O’Connell were elected to the bar group’s nominating committee.

ALLEGANY STATE PARK

Popular camping site reopens after $733,000 refurbishing

SALAMANCA – Group Camp 5 in the Quaker area of Allegany State Park, refurbished in a $733,000 project under the NY Works Program, was reopened Thursday in a ceremony led by State Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation Commissioner Rose Harvey.

The renovation project replaced the camp’s dilapidated 90-year-old cabins with 18 new four-bed cabins.

In place of pit toilets, there is a modern bathroom with showers and a small laundry.

In addition, the central mess hall has been updated and improvements have been made to accommodate people with disabilities.

HEALTH CARE

Hospice unit at Beechwood in Getzville set to debut

Beechwood Homes and Hospice Buffalo on Tuesday will partner to open The Hospice Wells House at the Beechwood Continuing Care Campus in Getzville.

The aim of the service at Beechwood Homes is to offer more individuals with serious illness skilled nursing hospice care.

“Beechwood Continuing Care has had a long-standing partnership with Hospice going back to 1992, when Beechwood was the first nursing home to join Hospice’s newly created nursing home program,” Daniel O’Neill, president and chief executive officer of Beechwood Continuing Care, said in a statement.

He said Wells House consists of 22 private rooms where patients in the advanced stages of illness can receive palliative, or comfort-based, care.

Hospice Wells House features earth-tone colors, art deco furniture, a country kitchen, dining room and living room with a fireplace. A four-season porch and entertainment center are located within the residence.

PUBLIC EVENT

Discover Amherst Street Fest set for noon to 4 p.m. today

The 16th annual Discover Amherst Street Festival will be held along Amherst Street from Elmwood Avenue to East Street in Black Rock from noon to 4 p.m. today.

Features include a pie contest, strawberry festival, parade, musicians swap meet and celebrity dunk tank.

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