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>Phoenix Awards ceremony scheduled for March 25

Former criminals who have turned their lives around and volunteers of organizations that serve them will be honored March 25 at the Phoenix Awards dinner in the Buffalo Convention Center.

Sponsoring the event are the Alternative to Violence Program, Bissonette House, Cephas, Hope Hospitality House and Kairos Prison Ministry, which helps meet the needs of people in prison and on parole.

For additional information or to make a reservation, call Cephas at 856-6131 or e-mail the organization at cephas@buffalo.com.

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>Canisius College to offer phys-ed master's online

Canisius College will offer a new online master's degree in physical education beginning this summer semester.

The 33-credit-hour program is designed for physical-education professionals, like coaches, who have provisional teaching certification and want to continue their education, despite demanding schedules.

This master of science degree will meet the master's degree requirement for permanent or professional certification in New York.

Admission to the program requires completion of a bachelor's degree from an accredited institution, a minimum GPA of 2.5 and a teaching certification in physical education. For more information, call Canisius at 888-2544.

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>St. Patrick's Day parade scheduled in village

A St. Patrick's Day parade in the Village of Lancaster is scheduled at 4:30 p.m. Saturday, starting from the Elks Lodge parking lot on Legion Drive.

The parade, sponsored by the Renegade Drum Corps, with assistance from the village, will continue north on Central Avenue, then turn onto Pleasant Avenue before heading up School Street and finally on to Broadway, where it will conclude at the Moose Lodge.

Scheduled participants include this year's Miss Lancaster, the Pine Hill Drum Corps and the Renegade Drum Corps. Others seeking to march in the parade should contact Gregg Smith at 713-0851.

A party after the parade will be held in the Moose Lodge and include Irish food and refreshments and entertainment by bagpipe players and the Rince Nu Tiarna Irish folk dancers.

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