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Maurice Sendak, the distinguished children's book author and illustrator who created "Where the Wild Things Are," and well-known critic and translator Burton Raffel were to take part today in Buffalo State College's fall academic convocation.

Sendak, who holds the 1964 Caldecott Medal for most distinguished American picture book for children, was to receive a State University of New York honorary doctorate of humane letters during the 12:30 p.m. event in the Rockwell Hall auditorium on the Elmwood Avenue campus.

Raffel, distinguished professor of arts and humanities and professor of English at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, was to deliver the keynote address during the convocation marking the start of the academic year.

Canada simplifes CANPASS application

The Canada Customs and Revenue Agency is making it easier to get a CANPASS, which lets frequent visitors to Canada pass through customs quickly at the Peace Bridge and other locations.

The agency will introduce a simplified, one-step application program called the Pilot Process, which processes applications, takes identification photos and issues permits on the spot.

Pilot Process sessions will be held Saturday from 1 to 9 p.m. in Uncle Sam's Bingo Palace, 427 Garrison Road, Fort Erie, Ont., and Oct. 1 from 11:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. in Golden Nugget Bingo, 655 Garrison Road, Fort Erie.

Application forms will be available at the bingo halls or via the Peace Bridge Web site at Those applying at Pilot Process sessions should bring a driver's license and vehicle registration papers and a birth certificate or passport for proof of citizenship.

Once applications are approved and applicants pass a security clearance, letters of authority, car decals and photo ID cards will be issued and available for pickup at the bingo halls in two to four weeks.

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