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Anti-war activists plan interfaith service

Local religious leaders and members of the peace movement will join in mourning those killed in war and calling for peace in an interfaith gathering, "Peace Yearnings: An Intercultural Presentation," at 6 p.m. Jan. 7 in Canisius College's Montante Cultural Center, 2021 Main St.

The event, which is free and open to the public, is sponsored by the Interfaith Peace Network, Pax Christi Western New York, Canisius College Campus Ministry and the Western New York Peace Center.

For information, call the Peace Center at 894-2013.

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Nichols School to honor three for support

Three longtime friends of the Nichols School will be honored when the school holds its 86th annual alumni luncheon and Alumni Association meeting on Friday.

The Alumni Association will honor David C. Laub, class of 1956, with the Distinguished Alumnus Award, presented to honor alumni who have given extraordinary time, energy and wisdom through their volunteer efforts.

Robert L. Battel of Rye, also from the class of 1956, will receive the Robert E. Dillon, Jr. '49 Award, which recognizes "out-of-towners" for their generous support and loyalty to Nichols.

Miriam C. Dow, former faculty member and member of the English Department, will be named the 2006 Honorary Alumna.

The awards ceremony will be held at noon in the Glenn & Awdry Flickinger Performing Arts Center at the school, at 1250 Amherst St.

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ReLeaf drive attracts $25,000 at midpoint

The drive to spur reforestation of Buffalo's damaged Olmsted Parks system has passed the halfway mark.

Donations to Olmsted ReLeaf, the matching gift campaign sponsored by HSBC Bank, have exceeded $25,000 and will be matched dollar for dollar by HSBC's charitable foundation, according to the bank and the Buffalo Olmsted Parks Conservancy.

HSBC promised to match donations totaling up to $50,000, including individual gifts of as much as $5,000, to help replace some of the 3,000 to 4,000 trees in parks and parkways that were ravaged by the surprise snowstorm in October.

The conservancy has pegged the cost of new trees at $1 million to $1.4 million.

"We recognize that money is tight at this time of year, yet these donations are an integral part of our storm recovery efforts and will go directly toward tree reforestation," said Johnathan M. Holifield, chief executive officer of the conservancy.

Donors can leave their tax-deductible gifts at any area HSBC branch, said Kathleen Rizzo Young, president of the bank's charitable foundation.

Checks should be made out to the Olmsted ReLeaf Fund. Donations also can be mailed to the Buffalo Olmsted Parks Conservancy, 84 Parkside Ave., Buffalo, NY 14214.

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