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Samantha Bennett, a sophomore at Hamburg High School, has organized the sixth annual fundraiser for Carly’s Club at Roswell Park Cancer Institute. A yard sale will be held from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. July 12 and 13 at 4989 Armor Drive (near South Abbott Road) in Hamburg. Last year’s total of $12,153 brings the grand total to more than $38,000 raised over the last five years. If anyone would like to donate items for the yard sale or a basket for the silent auction, call 480-2456.


Food trucks will be parked at the Buffalo History Museum, 1 Museum Court, beginning at 5 p.m. Tuesday. Admission to the museum will be free from 5 to 8 p.m. The evening also will feature crafts, tours, scavenger hunts and music.


Outdoor Chess with Archangel 8 Chess Academy will be held from noon to 1:30 p.m. today at the Central Library, Lafayette Square (front ramp, Washington Street entrance).


The Niagara University Summer Academy is a program designed for students entering 11th and 12th grades in the fall, as well as incoming NU freshmen, who want to get a head start on their college careers. Participants will attend classes in a college setting and earn credit hours. The classes will run from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. July 21 to Aug. 1. To download a brochure and application, visit or call 286-8411.


Danny O’Brien, 11, of Hamburg, is the winner of the second annual Hamburg Soap Box Derby. The fifth-grader at Union Pleasant Elementary School will participate in the International Race in Akron, Ohio. To see photos from the Soap Box Derby, visit


Erica Swannie received St. Mary’s High School’s Marian Award. The highest award presented to a St. Mary’s graduate, it recognizes the senior who has shown friendliness to all people, willingness to help others, leadership and active support of the school. Erica was class president all four years; a member of the National Honor Society, Scholar Program, Recruiting Team, SEEK, and the Student Mentoring Program; and she played varsity and junior varsity volleyball, including the 2012 state championship team. She has received numerous awards including inductee into the Lancaster Youth Bureau Hall of Fame, All-Western New York Scholar Athlete for fall 2013, Brady Workplace Safety Academic Excellence Award, 2013 Student Sage Scholarship Award, Pure Love Award, and the Linda Morgante Memorial Scholarship. She was the salutatorian for the Class of 2014. She plans to study physical therapy.


St. Mary’s High School in Lancaster won the People’s Choice Award at the Albright-Knox Art Gallery’s Art Alive Competition earlier this month. Under the leadership of art teacher Laura James, Anna DiDomenico, Leah May, Kaila McKay and Nick Samson chose to re-create several of Roy Lichtenstein’s pop art paintings, including “Ohhh ... Alright, “In the Car” and “M-Maybe (a Girl’s Picture).”

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