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>Events promote awareness of premature births

The March of Dimes is seeking to promote awareness of premature births through several activities in the region this month.

During what the organization has declared Prematurity Awareness Month, many local landmarks will be lit in pink and blue, including Niagara Falls and the Buffalo & Erie County Historical Society Museum.

The March of Dimes will join with the Buffalo Sabres for a pink-and-blue night Friday when fans will be encouraged to dress in pink and blue for the Sabres game against the Montreal Canadiens.

The March of Dimes, which says one in seven babies in Western New York is born prematurely each year, funds research and innovative programs that help more babies come into the world healthy.

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>Vogel will lecture on 1867 train wreck

The Buffalo & Erie County Historical Society will present a lecture by Charity Vogel titled "The Angola Horror Train Wreck" at 2 p.m. next Sunday in the auditorium of the Historical Society's Pan-American building, 25 Nottingham Court at Elmwood Avenue.

Vogel will discuss the gruesome accident in Angola in 1867, when the Cleveland and New York Express was traveling on the Buffalo and Erie section of the Lakeshore Railroad and derailed, plummeting into icy Big Sister Creek.

A combination of the steep fall and the raging fires from the train's overturned stoves killed more than 50 people, making it the deadliest rail accident in Western New York history.

In the winter of 2008, American History magazine will publish an article by Vogel, detailing new information about the crash, the industrial titan who narrowly escaped death and the impact of the accident on federal safety regulations. Vogel's lecture will provide a sneak preview of the research that went into the story.

Admission for the lecture is $8 for the general public and $6 for Historical Society members. For more information, the public may call the Historical Society at 873-9644, Ext. 301.

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