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LOCAL NEWS BRIEFS - FINAL

Polls for primaries Tuesday open from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m.

The polls for primary voting in Erie County will be open from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday.

Voters will determine candidates for the Nov. 8 general election. In addition to local contests, high-profile races include mayor of Buffalo, Erie County Legislature and Erie County comptroller.

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Landmark Society offers series of Tuesday tours

The Landmark Society of the Niagara Frontier, declaring Tuesdays "landmark days" in Buffalo, is offering a series of two-hour city tours on Tuesdays this month.

"Three 19th Century Buffalo Presidents: Fillmore, Cleveland and McKinley" will be this Tuesday's topic, with stops at significant historic sites. The topic on Sept. 20 will be "Chicago Meets Buffalo: Burnham, Sullivan and Wright." The series ends Sept. 27 with "Underground Railroad to the Niagara Movement: Mary Talbert & Friends."

Tours begin at noon at the Landmark Society's office in the Market Arcade, 617 Main St. Tours are free to society members and affiliates and $10 for nonmembers. For information, call 852-3300 or visit www.landmark-niagara.org.

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Advocate for homeless is kickoff speaker

Karen Olson, founder and president of Family Promise, will be the guest speaker for the kick-off of the Interfaith Hospitality Network of Greater Buffalo's "Reaching Home Campaign" at 7 p.m. today in Central Presbyterian Church, Main Street and Jewett Parkway.

The network is celebrating its 10th year of serving homeless families in Western New York.

Olson developed Family Promise, the parent organization for the network, in 1986 as a cooperative effort of churches and synagogues.

Bill O'Connell, director of the Homeless Alliance of Western New York, also will discuss the local picture concerning homelessness.

Call network director Charles Scarpine for details, 926-9100.

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Fall fishing derby to honor Charlie the Chimp

NIAGARA FALLS -- Charlie the Chimp, Niagara Falls' best-known primate, is honorary chairman of the 29th annual Niagara County fall fishing derby, now known as the Greater Niagara Fish Odyssey.

The tournament opens Saturday and continues through Sept. 25.

Part of the $20 registration fee is being earmarked for the Primate Sanctuary, Charlie's home. Its owner, Carmen Presti, said there are plans to relocate the sanctuary to a 30-acre site in Wilson.

Fish caught in and around Niagara, Orleans and Erie counties are eligible for prizes. Categories are salmon, rainbow or steelhead trout, brown trout, smallmouth bass, walleye and carp. Prizes of $500, $250 and $125 will be awarded for the biggest fish of each species.

On the closing night, all the first-prize winners' names will be entered in a drawing for a $2,500 grand prize.

A list of registration sites and weigh stations is available by calling (877) FALLS-US or on the Internet at www.FishOdyssey.net.

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