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Free rabies clinic to be held at fairgrounds

LOCKPORT -- A rabies vaccination clinic for dogs and cats will be offered by the Niagara County Health Department from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday at the Niagara County Fairgrounds, 4487 Lake Ave.

State law says all dogs, cats and domesticated ferrets must have a current rabies immunization. The shots are free. All animals brought to the clinic must be properly restrained.

So far this year, Niagara County has confirmed rabies in nine raccoons, one fox and four bats. Pets often contract the disease from fighting with rabid wild animals. Owners of cats and dogs who show proof of previous rabies shots will get a certificate good for three years; all ferrets, dogs and cats without paperwork will receive a one-year certification.

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Underground Railroad is focus of festival

NIAGARA FALLS -- Freedom Trail Festival, celebrating the area's historic role in the Underground Railroad, begins at 5:30 p.m. today in the Castellani Art Museum at Niagara University in Lewiston.

The free event will include the Daughters of Creative Sound drum circle, saxophonist Andre Killian, poet Vonetta T. Rhodes and presentations on the Underground Railroad.

A street festival with vendors and musicians will start at noon Saturday at Main Street and Ontario Avenue.

Participants will be asked to sew a square for two quilts to interpret the history of the local Underground Railroad that will be assembled following the event.

Co-sponsors are Niagara University, the Main Street Business and Professional Association, churches and community organizations.

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Former resident to aid breast cancer effort

LOCKPORT -- A former city resident who survived breast cancer 21 years ago is back in town this week to help raise money for the Breast Resource Centers at Roswell Park Cancer Institute and Mount St. Mary's Hospital in Lewiston.

Barbara Johnston of Pahrump, Nev., made a 74-by-78-inch quilt, which will be raffled off at 5 p.m. today.

She also will take part in the 10th annual benefit walk for the Resource Center, held by Bosom Buddies, a group of breast cancer survivors and friends at 10 a.m. Saturday in East Aurora. Walkers will pay $10 to walk 1.5, 3 or 5 miles and are asked to collect pledges.

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Kenan Center to feature two new art exhibits

LOCKPORT -- Two collections of art work will be displayed in the Kenan Center House Gallery this fall, opening with a public reception from 7 to 9 p.m. today.

"Crossing Borders" showcases 10 Canadian artists who work in a variety of media. "Art of Architecture" contains architectural images from nine Western New York and Canadian photographers.

The exhibits will be open from noon to 5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays and 2 to 5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. The shows run through Oct. 16.

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