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NIAGARA FALLS – The Aquarium of Niagara will auction off prizes including trips to South Africa and Mexico and offer a raffle for a $10,000 cash prize at the 16th annual “Winds Waves & Wines” fundraiser, scheduled from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday in the Conference and Event Center Niagara Falls, 101 Old Falls St.

Tickets are $75 or two for $130 if purchased in advance. The price will be higher at the door. For more information, contact Ilene Strober at 285-3575, extension 203, or by email at

Live music will be provided by the Rod Nickson Project, while disc jockey Pat Proctor of Premier Sound will be spinning tunes in the courtyard. The event will be emceed by Aaron Mentkowski of WKBW-TV.


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LOCKPORT – Main Street in Lockport will be closed on the evening of Sept. 17 for the Flight of Five Mile, the last in a six-race series of 1-mile events around Western New York this summer.

The races will start in front of Chet’s Dog House. Runners will head east on Main Street to a turnaround located after the median in front of First Niagara Bank at East Avenue and Washburn Street before running back to City Hall. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Mural on Main project.

There will be three separate races: an open race begins at 7 p.m., followed by the elite women at 7:30, and the elite men at 8:00. A post-race celebration and awards ceremony will take place at Lock 34 Bar & Grill following the final race. The entry fee is $20 and complete information can be found at


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YOUNGSTOWN – New research outlining Youngstown’s role in the Underground Railroad will be discussed when the Youngstown Heritage Tours and Tourism Committee presents a free walking tour of the village on Saturday.

Participants are asked to meet at 6 p.m. at Falkner Park, Register by calling the Town of Porter Historical Society at 745-1271, visit, or email The tour is free, but donations to help continue the committee’s volunteer work are appreciated.

Participants are asked to meet at 6 p.m. at Falkner Park.

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