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Seven By Seven / Seven things you need to know by 7 a.m.

1. Should the Town of Cheektowaga issue a special-use permit for a new Tim Hortons cafe and bake shop at the corner of Genesee Street and Pine Ridge Heritage Boulevard (formerly Pine Ridge Road)? The Town Board will receive reactions to the proposal at a public hearing at the start of its regular meeting at 6:45 p.m. in Town Hall, 3301 Broadway.

2. The second annual Ham-A-Lot drive to benefit the Food Bank of Western New York will be held from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. today in the parking lot of Russell's Steaks Chops & More and Salvatore's Grand Hotel, 6675 Transit Road, Lancaster. Visitors are invited to donate an Easter ham to the Food Bank, which will be matched by restaurant owner Russell J. Salvatore. Everyone who donates a ham or contributes $10 to the Food Bank also will get a chance to win an overnight stay in Salvatore's Grand Hotel. There will be a drawing each hour.

3. Assemblyman Sean Ryan, D-Buffalo, continues his drive to reform the Industrial Development Agency system in Erie County with a town hall meeting from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. in Room 216 of the D'Youville College Academic Center, 320 Porter Ave. The county has half a dozen IDAs, which sometimes lure companies away from each other and often don't produce the job-creation benefits they promise. Ryan plans to talk about how he would fix the system and listen to other suggestions. For info, call 885-9630.

4. The Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus already is having a profound impact on the area around Buffalo General Medical Center and Roswell Park Cancer Institute. What's happening next will be the topic of a community meeting at 6 p.m. in Futures Academy, 295 Carlton St., hosted by Ellicott Council Member Darius Pridgen. Also attending will be Assemblywoman Crystal Peoples-Stokes, D-Buffalo; the city's community planners; and representatives from Ellicott District Community Development and CAO/Masten Resource Center.

5. It was a wretched winter for snowmobile enthusiasts, but there's always next year. Giving next winter's dreams a kick start is the Snowmobile Manufacturers' Sneak Peek Tour, which visits the Fairgrounds Events Center in Hamburg from 4 to 9 p.m. New models and prototypes will be on display from makers such as Polaris, Arctic Cat and Yamaha. Admission is free.

6. Now that it's April, March Madness can finally come to a proper conclusion. That takes place this evening when the favored Kentucky Wildcats meet the Kansas Jayhawks in New Orleans. Can the Jayhawks stage another come-from-behind victory like they did Saturday night against Ohio State? The answer comes following tipoff at 9 (Ch. 4).

7. The mansions along the riverfront and the spacious homes in the DeVeaux section aren't the only historic home districts in Niagara Falls. One of others is the Evershed community, bounded by 56th and 59th streets between Buffalo and Stephenson avenues in the LaSalle district. Historian Teresa Lasher Winslow, a LaSalle district resident and an authority on the former village of LaSalle, will give a lecture and slide presentation on the Evershed community at 6 p.m. in the LaSalle Branch Library, 8728 Buffalo Ave. It's the first in a series of monthly programs. Space is limited, and preregistration is required by calling 283-3295 or 425-4005.


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