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>Chamber will honor six at its annual dinner

Six people will be honored at the Lackawanna Chamber of Commerce's annual dinner March 23 in Lucarelli's Banquet Center, 1830 Abbott Road.

They are: Monsignor Robert Wurtz of the Catholic Diocese of Buffalo, Mary Iwanenko of the Chamber, OLV Renaissance Project teacher Kimberly Pulinski, firefighters James Fino and Richard Chmielowiec and Police Officer Rodney Pietras.

Tickets will be sold until Monday. The cost is $40 per person or $75 per couple. For reservations, call the Chamber at 823-8841.

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>Wright's spirituality topic of presentation

Reine Hauser will speak on the spirituality of Frank Lloyd Wright following worship services at 7:30 p.m. April 7 in Temple Beth Zion, 805 Delaware Ave.

Hauser, executive director of the Wright-designed Graycliff estate in Derby, will discuss how the architect's belief system was central to his styles.

For more information, call 836-6565, Ext. 37.

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>EPA honors UB for use of power from wind

The University at Buffalo has been recognized by the Environmental Protection Agency for its use of wind power to meet the university's electricity needs.

The EPA has named UB as one of the largest green power purchasers in the higher-education sector. It is ranked No. 10 on the EPA's list of college and university green power partners.

The ranking honors UB's annual wind-power purchase of 12,000 megawatt-hours of electricity -- 6 percent of its annual usage -- and its efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

"One of the critical functions of any research university is to develop pioneering alternatives and solutions that address issues of national and global consequence," UB President John B. Simpson said in a statement.

The University of Pennsylvania placed first on the list; Syracuse University came in fourth.

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>UB professor to talk on black women's role

A University at Buffalo professor will speak on "Black Women and the Early Freedom Struggle" at 6 p.m. Thursday at Erie Community College City Campus, 121 Ellicott St.

Lillian S. Williams, an associate professor and chairwoman of UB's African-American studies department, will examine the ties between Mary B. Talbert's work with Niagara Movement and the Black Women's Club Movement. The lecture is part of the Niagara Movement Centennial Distinguished Lecture Series.

Talbert was among the organizers of the Niagara Movement, forerunner of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, of which she later was a vice president.

Sheila K. Martin, an ECC professor of English who has done extensive research on the early years of the Black Women's Club Movement, also will participate in the event.

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