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>Boat tours offered on Buffalo River

The Industrial Heritage Committee will offer boat tours of the Buffalo River on Wednesday and July 21 and Aug. 5, from 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

The tours will feature discussions on industries and green space along the river's shores, and how the invention of the grain elevator shaped Buffalo's history.

All boats depart from and return to the Miss Buffalo Dock, at the Erie Basin Marina. Tickets are $13.50 for adults, $9 for those 6 to 12, and free for children 5 and younger. For reservations, call 856-6696.

Also, a free tour will be offered of the Col. Ward Pumping Station, at 10 a.m. Sept. 8. Participants should meet at the DAR Drive gate near the Porter Avenue entrance to LaSalle Park. Tour participation is on a first-come, first-served basis.


>Annual Seneca powwow to be held July 27-29

SALAMANCA -- A contract between the City of Salamanca and Seneca Nation of Indians will allow the annual powwow to be held July 27-29.
Slated for Veterans Memorial Park on Route 417, the event draws several hundred people to compete in dancing and drums and thousands more who come to watch.

Rains last year damaged that area of the park used for high school football and baseball games, causing the contract to call for $5,500 to cover any city expenses relating to restoring the park.

Internal park security will be provided by the Senecas and outside the park the city police will be on duty. No alcohol or drugs are allowed at the powwow.
Vendors providing native foods and crafts will also set up during the event.


>Adoption agency to hold informational session

Adoption S.T.A.R., a state-authorized adoption agency, will hold a free orientation session from 2 to 3:30 p.m. July 22 in its offices, 47 Plaza Drive, Amherst, for people interested in adopting or learning more about adoption.

The agency educates and prepares adoptive families and birth parents for their options within adoption. It does adoption home studies and infant placements. To register, call 639-3900 or e-mail


>Social worker receives Sister Klimczak Award

Mary Richmond, a social worker and organizer for Protective Mothers Alliance for Justice, received the Sister Karen Klimczak Memorial Award during graduation ceremonies for the New York State Victim Assistance Academy last month at Buffalo State College.

The award is given to a student who exemplifies the spirit of the academy and the Franciscan nun, a nonviolence advocate who was murdered last year in the halfway house she created for newly released convicts.

The academy, sponsored by the New York State Coalition Against Sexual Assault and Buffalo State's center for Health and Social Research, graduated about 40 service providers, who received intensive training in how to help victims of crime.

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