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>Citizen Action group marks 20th anniversary

Twenty individuals and organizations will be honored as "progressive agents of change" when Citizen Action of Western New York celebrates its 20th anniversary with a reception from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday in Emerson Commons, 70 W. Chippewa St.

Honorees include: Joan Bozer, Brian Brown-Cashdollar, JoAnn Cole, Roger Cook, Patty DiVinney, Scott Gehl, Rosa Gibson, the Rev. Robert Grimm, David Hahn-Baker, Lourdes Iglesias, Joan Malone, the Rev. Darius Pridgen, Joel Rose, Phil Rumore, Rod Watson.

Also, the Coalition for Economic Justice, Hispanic Alliance, the Western New York Peace Center, People United for Sustainable Housing and the Working Families Party.

Also honored will be Ellen Kennedy, board chairwoman of the chapter since its founding, who is retiring. Tickets are $40. For reservations, call 855-1522.

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>Preservation Coalition to hold annual meeting

The public is invited to Saturday's annual meeting of the Preservation Coalition of Erie County.

The meeting is scheduled from 2 to 4 p.m. in St. Anne Catholic Church, 491 Emslie St. at Broadway. Officers will be elected, reports and presentations will be given, and there will be a tour of the church.

In addition, architectural historian Martin Wachadlo and photographer Charles LaChiusa, collaborators of "Oakland Place: Gracious Living in Buffalo," will sign and sell copies of their book. Both are coalition trustees.

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>Historic Treasures Tour screening candidate homes

The Historic Treasures Tour 2007 Committee of the North Tonawanda History Museum is screening candidate homes for inclusion in this summer's tour.

Homeowners interested in having their home featured are asked to contact the museum by phone at 213-0554 or e-mail at nthistorymuseum@aol.com.

The tour is scheduled for Aug. 5. The tour committee will arrange a visit to each home and review arrangements with each homeowner.

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>Essay contest opens for German students

Competition has opened for the annual Joseph F. Wirth Memorial Essay Contest for local middle school and high school students learning German. Top prizes are $100 for high school students and $50 for middle schoolers.

This year's topic is "Germany: A Land of Ideas." Deadline is April 5. Extra credits will be awarded for entries written in German.

High school entries should be 250 to 500 words long. Middle schoolers must write 150 to 300 words.

The contest is sponsored by Der Volksfreund/People's Friend newspaper and administered by the Buffalo Chapter of the American Association of Teachers of German.

The panel of judges includes Christian G. Koelbl III, honorary German consul in Western New York. Teachers may obtain applications by calling 852-1829.

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