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Lecture will focus on Civil War naval history

BATAVIA -- The president of the Navy and Marine Living History Association and lieutenant of the Naval Landing Party living history group will share his expertise in naval history and his passion for the Civil War in a lecture at Genesee Community College next week.

Chuck Veit, whose most recent work, "A Dog Before a Soldier," has been described as "a tremendous contribution" to naval literature and the understanding of the Navy during the Civil War, will discuss "How the Union Navy Won the Civil War" at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the Conable Technology Building on the Batavia campus.

The lecture continues GCC's wide-ranging look at the Civil War as the nation marks the 150th anniversary of the War Between the States and kicks off the summer lecture series. It's free and open to the public.

Veit's book uses information from official records, personal diaries and journals, memoirs, periodicals, newspapers and the actual logbooks of the gunboats that took part.

It recounts unusual, unknown, "almost lost" episodes from the Navy's Civil War, including Navy spies, cattle drives, deep inland recons and shore raids, with a focus on the history that took place between the major naval battles such as Mobile Bay and the Battle of Vicksburg.

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Preservation group holds award event at Statler

Preservation Buffalo Niagara bestowed its 2012 Preservation Award on a number of organizations and individuals this week before an audience of 400 in Statler City's Golden Ballroom.

The award-winners were:

*Rehabilitation/Adaptive Reuse -- Lofts @136-Alling Cory Building; Hedstrom Caretaker's Cottages; Hiram Day Mansion; 223 Lafayette Ave.; ZeptoMetrix; Artspace Buffalo Lofts.

*Preservation Craft -- Buffalo Plastering and Architectural Casting.

*Preservation Spirit -- Nathan Comstock Jr. House-Odd Fellows Orphanage.

*Stewardship -- Mary Holland-Buffalo Religious Arts Center.

*Neighborhood Conservation -- Christopher Brown; Linwood Preservation District.

*Preservation Planning/Reconstruction -- Roycroft Campus Master Plan & Roycroft Powerhouse.

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Spring concert to aid Operation Good Neighbor

A spring concert to benefit Operation Good Neighbor in the Southtowns will be held Sunday afternoon at Blessed John Paul II Church.

The 2:30 p.m. concert at the 2052 Lakeview Road church in Lakeview will feature Cory Gallagher and Emily Tworek-Helenbrook.

All of the proceeds will benefit Operation Good Neighbor and will be used to buy food from the Food Bank to provide to those less fortunate. Organizers say that many of the people who receive food from Operation Good Neighbor are living 30 percent below the poverty level.

Tickets are $7. They are on sale at Blessed John Paul II Church and will also be available at the door of the concert or by calling Ann Brown at 627-7211, or Operation Good Neighbor at 627-5194.