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>Boat harbor to open for season May 11

The boating season opens May 11 at the Town of Tonawanda Small Boat Harbor, at the foot of Sheridan Drive.

Passes go on sale opening day at the boat harbor, with a season pass costing $75 for those with proof of residency and $105 for nonresidents. The weekday rate is $6 per day; cost is $9 per day on weekends and holidays.

Councilman Dan Crangle, chairman of the town's Youth, Parks & Recreation Committee, said that a senior season pass will be introduced this year for $65 for residents age 60 and older, with proof of age and residency required.

The town's boating season runs through Sept. 3.

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>Hyde Park Golf Course to open at 8 a.m. Tuesday

NIAGARA FALLS -- The Hyde Park Municipal Golf Course will open for the 2007 season at 8 a.m. Tuesday at 4343 Porter Road, where Mayor Vince Anello will start the season with a ceremonial first swing. For information, call the clubhouse at 297-2067.

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>State police chiefs to hold expo Tuesday

NIAGARA FALLS -- For the first time, the New York State Association of Police Chiefs will hold an expo in Western New York.

More than 80 vendors will have displays, and a variety of equipment will be demonstrated during the event, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday in the Niagara Falls Conference Center, 101 Falls St.

It is open to all law enforcement, corrections and security personnel -- individuals as well as groups. Niagara Falls Police Chief John Chella said he hopes attendance will be strong.

"They've never had a conference in this part of the state before. If it's successful, we hope it will become a yearly event," Chella said.

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>Civil War Encampment, Re-enactment set in July

The fourth annual Civil War Encampment and Re-enactment is scheduled July 14 and 15 in Marilla Town Park on Three Rod Road.

The event is sponsored by the Town of Marilla Historical Society, along with the New York 94th Volunteer Infantry Company H and Daughters and Sons of the Cause.

Featured are a county fair, battles, period music and dancing, numerous demonstrations and tours of the encampment. Events are free.

Prizes will be awarded for displays of handcrafts, woodwork, baked goods, pickles and preserves. Entry forms are available in Town Hall.

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