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

1. The Road Bros from the Travel Channel -- restaurant connoisseurs Mike Shubic and Brian Cox -- come to Lewiston with a camera crew today for four days of eating and filming for the final stage of the USA Today/Rand McNally competition for Best of the Road "Best for Food" small town in America. Lewiston beat 176 other small towns in national online voting last month. The other finalists are Charlottesville, Va.; Burnville, Minn.; Bloomington, Ind.; Santa Fe, N.M.; and Walla Walla, Wash. The Lewiston visit begins with a public welcome reception at 6:30 p.m. in the Silo Restaurant, 115 N. Water St., home of the Silo Haystack, which is built around a half-pound of ribeye steak.

2. Summer officially arrives at 7:09 p.m., and the heat is threatening to set records, but inside the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center everything is cool, calm and collected. Especially cool. The Snow and Ice Management Association is opening its 15th annual Snow & Ice Symposium today, with workshops and exhibitions of the latest equipment for snow-fighting professionals. It is being held here for the third time -- previous conferences were in 2003 and 2008. It continues through Saturday.

3. With Niagara Falls still resonating from a freshly enacted historic event, developer Harry Stinson will join with Preservation Buffalo Niagara to host a program on a landmark from its glorious past. Stinson, who plans to revive the city's grand hotel, the vacant Hotel Niagara on Rainbow Boulevard, invites anyone who worked or attended functions there to come to a session from 7 to 9 p.m. in Niagara Falls Public Library, 1425 Main St., to share memories and memorabilia from the '50s, '60s, '70s or even earlier. For info, call Dian Koz at (289) 389-1377.

4. The heat and humidity won't be the biggest obstacles in the foot race this evening along Elmwood Avenue. The toughest part about the fifth annual Stiletto Run is the shoes. To compete on the half-kilometer course along Elmwood Avenue from Bidwell Parkway to Auburn Avenue, runners must wear a shoe with a minimum heel height of 3 inches and a maximum heel circumference of 1.25 inches. Winners will be checked to make sure they comply. Race day registration begins at 5:30 in Bidwell Park and is $30, proceeds benefiting the Ovarian Cancer National Alliance. The run starts at 7.

5. Serious music fans wish they could be in two places at once tonight. Two of Buffalo News Pop Music Critic Jeff Miers' Top 10 concerts of the summer are playing at the same time. At Artpark in Lewiston, the free Coors Light Wednesday concert series kicks off the season at 6:30 with the crown prince of reggae's younger generation, Ziggy Marley. At 8 in the Riviera Theatre, 67 Webster St., North Tonawanda, it's Puscifer, the highly acclaimed side project of Tool vocalist Maynard James Keenan, which is only making a few appearances this summer. Tickets are $35.50 to $42.40.

6. Summer arrives with a bounty of free outdoor concerts today. In addition to Ziggy Marley at Artpark, the Live at Larkin series, from 5 to 8 p.m. in Larkin Square at Seneca and Swan streets, offers Hot Club of Buffalo and After Hours. The Pointless Brothers entertain at noon at One M&T Plaza in downtown Buffalo. West of the Mark appears at 4:30 p.m. at Banchetti by Rizzo's, 550 North French Road, Amherst. High Horse plays at 6 p.m. in Gateway Park, Sweeney Street, North Tonawanda. Jack Civiletto sings Sinatra at 6:30 p.m. in JFK Park Pavilion, 30 Grafton Ave., Blasdell. Crash Cadillac does oldies at 7 p.m. in Centennial Park, Center and High streets, Angola. And Manny Perez and Unit 3 appear at 7 on the deck of the USS Little Rock at Central Wharf.

7. Co-authors Chester Elton and Adrian Gostick included a section on First Niagara Bank in their current best-seller, "All In," writing about how the company creates a culture that inspires its employees to do their best. Elton comes to town today for a book-signing session in First Niagara's headquarters at 726 Exchange St. and to take part in an all-day meeting of the company's cultural ambassadors, which will include awards to the company's culture educators.