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>Armed border guards back on duty in Canada

The first Canadian border guards to bear arms are beginning to return to duty at land border crossings across the country, a government spokesman confirmed.

Melissa LeClerc, a spokeswoman for the Minister of Public Safety, said 39 border guards received three weeks of firearms training and are now being deployed at points of entries "based on volume and risk."

Asked if any had been assigned to the Peace Bridge, she said, "You can draw your own conclusions."

The arming of Canada Border Services Agency guards was a campaign pledge made by Canada's new prime minister, Stephen Harper.

LeClerc said that by the end of the year, about 100 of 4,800 guards will be carrying sidearms. By next year, the government hopes to have 250 to 300 on duty.


>Lecture series to focus on interpreting sacred texts

CHAUTAUQUA -- Nancy Gibbs, editor at large at Time magazine and a frequent guest on radio and television talk shows, will speak at 10:45 a.m. Friday in the Chautauqua Institution Amphitheater to conclude the weeklong lecture series entitled, "Sacred Texts in Context: Literalism and Interpretation."

Gibbs, a summa cum laude graduate of Yale University and a Marshall scholar at Oxford University, has written more than 100 Time cover stories, essays and profiles. She is co-author of "The Preacher and the Presidents: Billy Graham in the White House," to be published in August.

Other speakers in this week's series include Rabbi Jonathan Magonet, former principal of Leo Baeck College, London, lecturing today; the Rev. Robert Franklin, professor of social ethics, Emory University, Wednesday; and Khaleel Mohammed, associate professor of religion, San Diego State University, Thursday. For tickets, call 357-6250 or visit


>Park groundbreaking scheduled for Friday

CAMBRIA -- Ground will be broken at noon Friday for the new town park on Upper Mountain Road just west of Town Hall.
The town, using a $150,000 state grant, is constructing a nature trail.


>Summerfest kicks off with pool party at Brighton

Summerfest in the Town of Tonawanda begins Wednesday with music and a pool party from 6 to 8 p.m. at Brighton Pool.

A wide range of events -- including kayaking, an adult softball tournament, classic car cruise night, fireworks and an outdoor movie -- continue through Saturday.

Wristbands, good for admission to all activities at Sheridan Park on Friday and Saturday, cost $10 a person or $25 for a family.

For more information on costs, and the schedule of events and activities, call the town's Youth, Parks and Recreation Department at 831-1001.

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