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NIAGARA FALLS -- Canadian and U.S. women will march together across the Rainbow Bridge on Oct. 21 to get out the message that breast cancer is preventable and treatable.

Plans for the international event, with the theme "Bridging the Gap -- Breast Cancer Knows No Borders," were announced Tuesday during a news conference in Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center. Organizers say they anticipate the march and a health forum afterward at the Skylon Tower Plaza in Niagara Falls, Ont., will draw thousands of participants, including health care and government leaders. October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

"This marks the first time in our history that Canadians and Americans have joined together in a major event to draw attention to a disease that strikes one out of every nine Canadian women and one in eight American women," said Anne Angelone, a Niagara Falls, Ont., resident and founder of the newly created International Breast Cancer Alliance, which is organizing the march.

Mayor Irene J. Elia and Niagara Falls, Ont., Mayor Wayne Thomson pledged the support of their respective city governments in addressing the logistics associated with the "Hands Across the Border" march. Angelone said the march will close a portion of the Rainbow Bridge for the morning, and that the Niagara Falls Bridge Commission is coordinating those arrangements.

The march is scheduled to begin from both sides of the border shortly after 9:30 a.m.

The marchers will meet at 10 a.m. in the middle of the bridge, where there will be a ceremony involving representatives of both countries. Marchers will drop flowers into the Niagara River, and the national anthems of both countries will be sung.

After the ceremony, participants will walk to the Skylon Tower Plaza for a one-hour breast cancer health education forum from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Persons interested in participating in the march and health forum may call (905) 374-6302 in Ontario, and (716) 278-4553 here.

Kenan Center to show teachers' art

LOCKPORT -- The Kenan Center will showcase the work of Niagara and Orleans county art teachers in an exhibit titled "To Thy Own Art Be True."

The exhibit will open with a public reception and a chance to meet the artists from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday in the Kenan House Gallery, 433 Locust St. The show will continue through Oct. 21 and is free and open to the public.

Teaching artists in the exhibit are Kathy Kearns, Lori Scholl, Jill Hessinger, Brian Baker, Teri Silsby, Susan Liddell, Casey Thomas, Bob Rimmer, Martha Rogala, Jennifer Scott, Mary Gurley, Veronica Murray, Rob Lynch, Sharon Fundalinski, Len Rusin, Jason Wulf, Suzanne Bocek, Bill Storrs, Manning McCandlish, Judith Klepp, Kathy Schifano and Annette Spancic.

Watercolors, pen-and-inks, prints, ceramic, acrylics, oils and lithographs are featured.

Gallery hours for the fall are as follows: closed on Monday and open from 2 to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday, with additional evening hours from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday.

Niagara youth agency dinner postponed

NIAGARA FALLS -- The Niagara County Youth Bureau dinner scheduled for Friday at the Days Inn at the Falls has been postponed out of respect for victims of the terrorist attacks in New York City and Washington.

The event, featuring Sara Trollinger from House of Hope, will be rescheduled at a date to be announced.

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