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Old Fort Niagara recruiting volunteer docents for season

YOUNGSTOWN -- Old Fort Niagara is seeking volunteers interested in becoming docents, or tour guides, for visitors this summer to the restored fort at the mouth of the Niagara River on Lake Ontario.

The fort attracts about 75,000 to 80,000 visitors from around the world every year, and its operators hope to recruit enough volunteer docents to provide daily orientation tours from May through October.

This year's program will place special emphasis on the fort's role in the War of 1812, during which British forces captured Fort Niagara from the U.S. and commenced the burning of Lewiston, Black Rock and Buffalo.

The fort staff has scheduled training sessions for April 10, 11, 14 and 15 to familiarize volunteers with the site's history and tour methodology.

Anyone interested in volunteering should contact Brian McDonald, volunteer coordinator, at 745-7611, Ext. 229.


Cultural anniversaries are focus of April lectures

A lecture series celebrating some significant cultural anniversaries for the Buffalo area will take place this month in the Central Library on Lafayette Square.

The lectures will take place Wednesdays in the Ring of Knowledge area on the first floor of the library. Each will run from noon to 1 p.m.

The lectures currently scheduled are:

Wednesday -- "175 Years of Libraries in Buffalo & Erie County," Anne Conable of the Buffalo & Erie County Public Library;

April 11 -- "150 Origins and Everafter: Keeping Time at the History Museum," by Melissa Brown and Anthony Greco of the Buffalo & Erie County Historical Society;

April 18 -- "150 Years of Science in the City: Buffalo Society of Natural Sciences -- Past, Present and Future," Mark Mortenson and Kathy Leacock of the Buffalo Museum of Science;

April 25 -- "150 Years of Art at the Albright-Knox Art Gallery," Jessica DiPalma of the Albright-Knox Art Gallery.

For more information, visit the library's website at or call the system at 858-8900.


Urban renewal agency OKs roof work, software system

The Buffalo Urban Renewal Agency has approved roof work at a recreational center and the purchase of new accounting software.

The agency's board, during a meeting in City Hall, voted, 7-0, to award a $223,600 roofing contract to Progressive Roofing of Buffalo for work at Lanigan Field House, at Fulton and Louisiana streets.

Progressive was the lowest of five bidders.

If the roof work could not be done this season, officials have been considering shutting the center down, said Francisco Guzman, agency engineer.

The agency also will replace accounting software that's more than two decades old with a product from Yardi Systems. The new system has a one-time setup cost of $70,450 and annual costs of $71,750.

Yardi Systems was the lowest of three bidders, said Margreta D. Mobley, the agency's director of administration.