1. When New York Lottery rep Gretchen Dizer comes to present the $1 million Powerball prize at 1 p.m. today in the New York Lottery Customer Service Center, 165 Genesee St., she'd better bring along a wide-angle camera and a pair of scissors to divide up the check. The lucky winner is actually 13 winners, all co-workers from the Buffalo area. The group regularly pools their money for the Lottery's jackpot games, and March 31 they matched the first five Powerball numbers, capturing the $1 million second prize.
2. Buffalo attorney Vincent E. Doyle III, president of the New York State Bar Association, is the keynote speaker when the Bar Association of Erie County honors four people at its Law Day awards luncheon today in the Hyatt Regency Buffalo. The honorees include Matthew J. Garvey, president of Lawyers for Learning, which sends lawyers as tutors to an inner-city school; Nora Whelan, principal court analyst for the Eighth Judicial District; Erie County Sheriff's Deputy Elizabeth Fildes, coordinator of the Western New York Human Trafficking Task Force; and Mary B. Pasciak, education reporter for The Buffalo News.
3. Today is the final day of 18th annual Books for Kids drive, which collects books for children in need throughout Western New York, children who might otherwise not have a book of their own. Make a last-minute donation online through www.buffalo.com/booksforkids. Anyone who donates five new children's books or $25 receives a copy of "Headlines & History," a compilation of historic front pages of The Buffalo News. All the books collected go to Project Flight, a family literacy program.
4. At 6 p.m., the plug will be pulled on the gambling machines at the Slots at Fort Erie Race Track. The Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corp. has decided to close it, along with slot machine parlors at Windsor and Sarnia. The race track will remain open. Fort Erie, Ont., municipal leaders plan to meet with OLG reps Tuesday to see if a local consortium can run slot machines there. The closing will cost 265 jobs.
5. The Hispanic Heritage Council of WNY will celebrate "El Dia del Nino ("Day of the Child") by co-sponsoring a half-day of activities focused on literacy, nutrition and good stewardship in Buffalo's Herman Badillo Bilingual Academy, 315 Carolina St. The program, which begins at 9 a.m., will feature more than 30 community leaders and government officials reading stories to youngsters from prekindergarten to eighth grade.
6. Forest Lawn historian Patrick Kavanaugh has researched and compiled a book honoring Western New Yorkers -- more than 500 men and one woman -- who died on active duty in the Vietnam War. The book will be made available in the Forest Lawn Chapel for the public to review beginning today, the anniversary of the date in 1975 when the last American serviceman died in Vietnam. It can be seen every day from 3 to 6 p.m. through May 14. Forest Lawn volunteers will be on hand to assist people looking for specific names in the book.
7. If you live in Kenmore and there's a fire truck in front of your house today, that's not necessarily because of smoke. Uniformed member of the Kenmore Volunteer Fire Department are going door to door, starting today, to collect for their annual fund drive. Return envelopes were mailed out earlier this year and firefighters will be visiting those homes that did not respond. The volunteers remind Kenmore residents that they answered 1,461 calls for help last year, more than 1,000 of them for medical emergencies.
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