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Health Association to celebrate 80th year

NIAGARA FALLS -- The Health Association of Niagara County will celebrate its 80th anniversary Wednesday with a series of events called "Walk Through the Roaring Twenties."

"The Great Gatsby" will be screened from 1 to 3 p.m. in the Niagara Arts and Cultural Center, 1201 Pine Ave.

From 3 to 5 p.m. at the association's headquarters, 1302 Main St., City Historian Tom Yots will give a presentation on local history and architecture; theater students from Niagara University will teach 1920s dance; and the musical group Evergreen will hold a sing-along featuring songs from the decade.

A chicken barbecue dinner will follow from 5 to 7 p.m. Tickets are $8 in advance or $9 at the door.

For more information, call the association at 285-8224.

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Historical Society finishes strategic plan

LOCKPORT -- The Niagara County Historical Society announced last week that it has completed its five-year strategic plan.

The work was completed with a $2,500 grant from the Upstate History Alliance, which allowed the History Center to hire consultant Anne Ackerson to work on the plan.

"The new strategic plan gives us a clear road map for History Center activities for the next five years," said Melissa Dunlap, executive director of the society.

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Air Reserve Station discussed at Washington, D.C., session

Members of the Niagara Military Affairs Council met in Washington, D.C., recently to discuss the needs and concerns of the Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station.

Council members met with several congressional leaders who helped the group in the fight to remove the air base from the list of recommended base closures in 2005.

The included Sens. Hillary Rodham Clinton and Charles Schumer, both New York Democrats, and Reps. Louise M. Slaughter, D-Fairport, and Thomas M. Reynolds, R-Clarence.

The visitors included NIMAC Chairman Merrell Lane, Vice Chairman John Cooper, Wheatfield Supervisor Timothy Demler, NFTA Aviation Director William Vanecek, Niagara County Clerk Wayne Jagow, Niagara USA Chamber representative David Desmarias and Niagara County Legislators Gerald K. Farnham, R-Lockport, and Jason Murgia, D-Niagara Falls.

Talks were held about future placement of aircraft at the base, where more than 3,000 members of all branches of the miliary train, including the 914th Airlift Wing, the New York National Guard's 107th Air Refueling Wing, the Army Reserve's 98th Division, the 865th Army Reserve Hospital and the 277th Quartermaster Company.

Construction of a $28 million Army Reserve Center is expected to start at the base late next year or in early 2009.

"I was pleased to meet again with members of NIMAC to talk about next steps for the base and to once again reaffirm my commitment to the station," said Clinton, a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee.

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