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Man Drowns in the Buffalo River

BUFFALO, NY-A 44-year-old man drowned Monday morning in the Buffalo River. The man has now been identified as Blaine Szyszkowski.

He and two other men in the water near the Bailey Avenue bridge by South Park Avenue around 9 AM.

When the man started to struggle, one of the other two tried to get to him, while the other got out of the water and went for help.

Buffalo Police and the Coast Guard were on the scene, but could not get to the man in time. He was located by divers around 10:30 AM. The victim apparently had ties to the Rochester area, and friends reported he had been living in Buffalo for the past six months.

An autopsy will be performed Tuesday morning to determine exact cause of death. The Buffalo Police Department Homicide Squad is investigating the incident, although no foul play is suspected.


Iron Island Museum Celebrates 10th Anniversary

BUFFALO, NY-The first neighborhood museum in the City of Buffalo is ten years old and getting ready to celebrate.

The 10th Anniversary fundraiser for the Iron Island Museum in the city's Lovejoy section is set for Friday, August 6th from 6-10 PM at the museum, which is located at 998 Lovejoy.

Cost is $25 per person and includes wine, beer, pop, coffee, tea, hors d'oeuvres and dessert.

Members will be on hand to answer questions about both the paranormal realm and history of the building, which was both a church and a funeral home in past lives.

For more information, you can call the Iron Island Preservation Society of Lovejoy at 892-3084.

Mercyfest Weekend Honors 2 South Buffalo Residents

BUFFALO, NY-Two lifelong South Buffalo residents were honored recently by Mt. Mercy Academy at the school's Mercyfest weekend 5K Race.

Erik Bohen teaches 5th and 6th grade at Hamlin Park School #74 and serves as union president for the school. He was presented with 2010 Mercy Civic Pride Award. The honor recognizes Bohen's many contributions to the community, including organizing a road race/walk in 2009 for a student in his school with a rare form of cancer.

Maureen Diggins was recognized as the 2010 Honorary Race Starter. Among her many activities, Ms. Diggins is very involved at St. Martin's Parish and is a member of Pax Christi, a peace and justice group.