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City golf course passes go on sale starting Saturday

Golf passes for Delaware, Cazenovia and South parks will go on sale Saturday, the Buffalo Olmsted Parks Conservancy announced.

Passes will be available at the Cazenovia clubhouse from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Beginning Monday, passes will be sold from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays in Delaware Park's Parkside Lodge. Golfers will need proof of residency and a valid driver's license or other picture identification. Payment can be made by check, MasterCard or Visa.

Season passes also may be purchased online through the Conservancy's Web site, www.BuffaloOlmstedParks.org.

Prices vary for senior citizens, youths and city residents and for conservancy members, who are eligible for special discounts. Golf season will officially open on the city courses April 15, weather permitting, and will run through Nov. 1.

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Diocese selects 12 schools for turnaround program

Twelve Catholic elementary schools in Western New York have been selected as pilot schools in a new Catholic Diocese of Buffalo development program aimed at turning around enrollment declines and bolstering school finances.

Chosen were: Our Lady of Black Rock Academy, Buffalo; Southern Tier Catholic School, Olean; Niagara Falls Catholic Schools Network (Prince of Peace, Our Lady of Mount Carmel and St. Dominic Savio), Niagara Falls; Holy Family School, Le Roy; Immaculate Conception School, Wellsville; St. Leo the Great School, Amherst; St. Joseph University Parish School, Buffalo; Our Lady of the Sacred Heart School, Orchard Park; Most Precious Blood School, Angola; and St. Mark School, Buffalo.

The schools will be working with a consultant from the Catholic School Development Program of the International Education Foundation.

The diocese expects to open the program to other schools in the future.

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Convention to feature two from The News

About 200 teachers are expected to attend the annual convention of the Niagara Frontier Council for the Social Studies on Saturday at Frontier Central High School in Hamburg.

Among the workshops will be one featuring Buffalo News political cartoonist Adam Zyglis, who will explain the history and techniques used in political cartoons, and Cindy Sterner, News promotions manager, who will discuss the Newspapers in Education program.

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Bring books to donate, theatergoers are urged

People attending Studio Arena Theatre's production of "All the Great Books (Abridged)" through April 9 are encouraged to bring along "new or gently used" books to donate to the "All the Great (and Not So Great) Books Drive," sponsored by the playhouse and Literacy Volunteers of Buffalo and Erie County.

Those not attending the play also are invited to drop off books in the theater lobby at 710 Main St. during box office hours. Donated books will be sold in the spring to benefit educational programs of both Literacy Volunteers and Studio Arena.

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