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>Buchanan, Strossen will debate April 25

Political commentator Patrick J. Buchanan and American Civil Liberties Union President Nadine M. Strossen will debate at 7:30 p.m. April 25 in the Wick Center on the Daemen College campus, 4380 Main St., Snyder.

The debate, "Civil Liberties and National Security Post 9/1 1: How Do We Strike the Balance?," will be presented by the 2006 Daemen College Academic Festival.

Daemen President Martin J. Anisman will moderate the debate, which is made possible through the generosity of Robert Warren and the estate of Rupert Warren. The event is free and open to the public.


>Cancer Society Daffodil Days raised $206,000 last week

The American Cancer Society's annual Daffodil Days last week raised $206,000 for cancer research, education and support services for cancer survivors.

Volunteers delivered nearly 200,000 daffodils to schools, businesses and community centers across Western New York.

"Thank you," Jo Ann Ziemann, special events coordinator, told volunteers. "Whether you took orders at work, helped deliver flowers or bought daffodils from a friend, you've helped make a difference and bring hope into the life of someone facing cancer."


>CEPA Gallery, church, activist to receive awards

Awards will be presented to two organizations and an individual as the Empire State Pride Agenda Foundation holds the 10th annual Buffalo Brunch at noon Sunday in the Hyatt Regency Buffalo.

CEPA Gallery and Unitarian Universalist Church of Buffalo will be honored for their dedication to diversity and their history of inclusion. Pioneering gay rights activist Danny Winter, also known as Vicky Vogue, will be recognized for his contributions.

More than 400 are expected to attend the event, which celebrates the city's lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered community. Comedian Bob Smith, a Buffalo native, will be keynote speaker.


>'Celebration of Twain' to raise funds for library

Library lovers and Mark Twain enthusiasts are invited to attend "A Taste of Twain: From Bayou to Buffalo," a fund-raiser from 6:30 to 10 p.m. April 7 in the Central Library.

The benefit for the Buffalo & Erie County Public Library kicks off with the Niagara University theater department performing "Mark My Words: A Celebration of Twain." Guests can sample Cajun cuisine, enjoy music by Lee Ron Zydeco and the Hot Tamales and participate in raffles and a silent auction.

There will be tours of the Mark Twain Room, housing the author's original, handwritten manuscript of "Adventures of Huckleberry Finn."

Tickets are $50 and include all activities, plus one drink or five raffle tickets. Proceeds will benefit children's library materials and services. For more information and reservations, call 858-8900 or visit

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