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Fundraiser to benefit child with brain tumor

A benefit will be held from 2 to 6 p.m. Sunday, April 27, for Donella (Miljour) Nocera of Niagara Falls at the Tuscarora Nation House, 5226 Walmore Road, Lewiston.

Tickets are $20, which includes a pasta dinner and one sheet of basket auction tickets. Additional tickets are $5.

In October, Donella, 7, was diagnosed with stage 4 glioblastoma, a malignant and aggressive brain tumor. She underwent emergency surgery, followed by chemo and radiation treatments at Women and Children's Hospital. She is currently undergoing experimental treatments at Cincinnati Children's Hospital.

For more information or to donate a basket, call Jennifer Luick at 716-544-1381, Donna Weaver at 216-401-7579, Connie Williams at 716-628-1132 or Mary Smoyer at 716-930-8292.

National Grid increases incentive for customers to recycle refrigerators, freezers

The ubiquitous garage or basement refrigerator that chilled many a summer beverage. The old freezer full of icy bricks of who-knows-what dating back to who-knows-when? They probably seemed like a good idea at one time, but now they pose a substantial burden to your electric bill.

Perhaps you are overdue for a modern upgrade, or just don't need that extra fridge or freezer at all. With an enhanced recycling program, you can get paid to get rid of them.

National Grid is kicking off its enhanced recycling program that now pays up to $100 to upstate New York residential electric customers to recycle old refrigerators and freezers.

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B-EC Greenway Fund Standing Committee awards $1.7 million to waterfront projects

The Buffalo & Erie County Greenway Fund Standing Committee approved more than $1.7 million in funding recently for five projects to improve the waterfront along the Niagara River Greenway.

Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper, Buffalo Olmstead Parks Conservancy, Buffalo Scholastic Rowing Association, Cazenovia Community Boating Center and the Niagara 1812 Bicentennial Legacy Council all received funding, which is from the New York Power Authority and was made possible as a result of the federal relicensing of NYPA's Niagara Power Project in 2007.

"The New York Power Authority is proud to support these great projects that will help the region capitalize on the natural beauty of the river," Harry Francoissaid.

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Authentic family recipes along Greater Niagara's 'Chocolate Trail'

Looking for the freshest candies this Easter and upcoming Mother's Day? Steer clear of the drug store and hop on the Greater Niagara Region's delicious "Chocolate Trail," which features outstanding confections made the old-fashioned way by local chocolatiers and sweet shops.

Created with all-natural ingredients and crafted to perfection, Western New York's specialty chocolate shops produce quality freshness that cannot be found in the "big box" candy aisles with prepackaged confections. Many of these family-owned sweet shops are run by third-generation candy makers, and have been serving up sweetness for decades.

Another bonus to buying straight from the source is you can ensure your Easter basket includes some dark chocolate.

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