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

1. Recreational summer programs will open with a splash today at Orchard Park's Green Lake -- a Quaker Splash. This is the first full day of public operation for the controversial new mini water park, which floats on the lake. Some say it will draw extra traffic to the lake and spoil its tranquillity. Officials say it will be limited to town residents and guests, and it will pay for itself with the fees -- $5 for a day pass, $25 for a family season membership. To use it, you must be at least a Level 3 swimmer and wear the life jacket that's provided.

2. The last time the downsized three-member Hamburg Town Board was supposed to meet, two of them were missing. Supervisor Steven J. Walters was out of town, and at the executive session before the meeting, Councilman Joseph A. Collins walked out unexpectedly, saying he was ill. They'll play catch-up when they meet at 7 p.m. in the courtroom in Town Hall, 6100 South Park Ave., following a work session.

3. Author and former Time magazine columnist Roger Rosenblatt kicks off this season's morning lecture series in the Chautauqua Institution amphitheater by serving as host for a series of "conversations" with his friends. First friend to drop by at 10:45 a.m. is television writer-producer Norman Lear, the man who gave us "All in the Family" and "Sanford and Son." Lear also is a major champion of First Amendment causes.

4. A newly passed state law allows colleges that grant doctor of physical therapy degrees to form nonprofit physical therapy practices, where they can treat patients and provide clinical experience for their students. Two of the legislators who shepherded the passage of the law -- Assemblyman Ray Walter and State Sen. Michael Ranzenhofer, both R-Amherst -- will outline its details at 11 a.m. in the Research & Information Commons at Daemen College, 4380 Main St., Snyder. Daemen, which offers a doctorate in physical therapy, had been pushing for the new law.

5. Assemblyman Sean Ryan, D-Buffalo, will join State Sen. Mark Grisanti, R-Buffalo, to talk about the benefits of the new change to the state tax law that raises the maximum for historic preservation tax credit from $5 million to $12 million. Joining them at 2 p.m. in Grisanti's offices in the Mahoney State Office Building, 65 Court St., will be two developers who will able to pursue bigger projects thanks to the change -- Mark Croce, who is reviving the Statler, and Rocco Termini, who is finishing restoration of the Hotel @ the Lafayette.

6. A season of Monday evening performances at the Ruins at Canalside in Erie Canal Harbor begins at 7 with "The Journey," a theater performance by the local troupe Healing Hands. It's free. Meanwhile, beginning its third week of programs is another free outdoor series in downtown Buffalo -- the M&T Plaza Event Series in front of M&T Bank headquarters at One M&T Plaza. Performing at noon is the Amherst Saxophone Quartet.

7. Students from Rachel's Challenge Club of Franklinville High School and faculty members will gather with scrapers and paint brushes at a deserving family's home on South Main Street in Franklinville at 10 a.m. and give the house a new paint job. Inspired by the writings and compassionate philosophy of Rachel Scott, the first student killed in the Columbine High School massacre in 1999, they are performing the project as a way of giving back to the community. The Home Depot of Olean is donating all the supplies.