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GOSPELFEST 2001 HITS NIAGARA FALLS

NIAGARA FALLS -- Gospelfest 2001 "We Are One" is a celebration of African-American history in song and will be presented at 5 p.m. Sunday in the Performing Arts Center at Niagara Falls High School, 4455 Porter Road.

The featured performers include the McCray Gospel Singers, Niagara Falls Music Workshop Choir, Mt. Zion Male Chorus, St. John's United Mass Choir, as well as the Niagara Falls High School Gospel Choir, Bethlehem Revival Youth Choir, Perfect Peace Worship Team, Tina Gregory and Lachenelle McClain.

Tickets are $5 for adults, $3 for students and will be available at the door.

Event proceeds will benefit the Niagara Falls High School VPC House scholarship fund.

Checkers champ takes on all comers

LOCKPORT -- John Herberger, 1999 national Class C checkers champion, will take on all comers Saturday to help raise money for a seriously injured Lockport High School student.

Herberger, a local resident, volunteered to take on 12 players at once during a benefit that will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Lockport High School cafeteria.

Donations are $2 or more, with all proceeds going to benefit the family of Charlene Sewar. The Lockport teenager remains in a medically induced coma at Erie County Medical Center following a Jan. 14 accident in Amherst. Charlene and three friends were struck by a car while walking down Niagara Falls Boulevard. Two of the other victims were killed and the third has been released from the hospital.

Herberger will set up 12 checker boards on a U-shaped table and play his challengers simultaneously.

Other fund-raisers planned during the checkers tournament include the donation of two $500 gift certificates for home renovations by local contractor Ken Kelley of K.D. Kelley Renovation. Several local restaurants have donated food and gift certificates, the Lockport High School senior class donated a school sweat shirt and Niagara University has offered two tickets for a Canisius College-Niagara University basketball game. In addition, the Buffalo Sabres will donate a hockey stick and the Buffalo Bills, a football.

The event was organized by Russell Buckley, an assistant principal at the high school and Gracie Scirto, a secretary at the high school.

A shot at the Miss Wheatfield title

WHEATFIELD -- The third annual Miss Wheatfield Pageant has been set for March 17 in the Holy Ghost School auditorium, 6630 Luther Road.

The pageant is a sanctioned Miss America preliminary meet which includes the interview, talent competition, physical fitness in swimsuit contest, and evening gown competition.

The pageant is open to women between the ages of 17 and 24 who are high school graduates or graduating seniors and live in Niagara County.

College scholarships will be awarded and donations to the fund can be sent to the Miss Wheatfield Scholarship Pageant Committee at the Town Hall, 2800 Church Road, North Tonawanda, N.Y. 14120.

Those interested in participating can get information and applications by calling 695-5987 or contacting the Town Hall at 694-6680.

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