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>Winds knock down bricks, forcing school to close

High winds Tuesday afternoon felled several bricks from the chimney of a Minnesota Avenue school, resulting in the cancellation of classes there today, Buffalo Public Schools spokesman Stefan Mychajliw reported.

The incident occurred just before 3 p.m. at School 63, 120 Minnesota Ave. The school, previously vacant, is being used by prekindergarten through eighth-grade pupils of the Bennett Park Montessori School this school year while their school is refurbished.

"We believe the high winds blew some of the bricks off the chimney," Mychajliw said. "Some of the falling bricks broke some windows near the boy's locker room."

No injuries were reported to any of the nearly 500 children inside.

Mychajliw said classes will be canceled today while contractors and engineers assess the damage. Staff members are asked to report to School 78 on Olympic Avenue.

"Only until we get a green light that it is safe will students return," Mychajliw said.


>Handmade banners echo Pan-American Exposition

There's a new echo of the Pan-American Exposition of 1901 outside the Buffalo & Erie County Historical Society's Pan-American Building at 25 Nottingham Court.

Handmade banners created by 13 art and design students and faculty members from Buffalo State College, Catholic University in Slovakia and Slippery Rock University in Pennsylvania have been installed on lamp posts around the building.

The banners were made during a summer workshop in which Buffalo State's Fibre/Design Program hosted students and professors from Slovakia and researched the history of the exposition and Buffalo's industrial prominence during the early 20th century.


>Premiere screening of film on Niagara Frontier set

Admission is free at noon Saturday in the Market Arcade Film & Arts Center, 639 Main St., for the premiere screening of "Channels -- Stories From the Niagara Frontier," the first set of documentary films created under a new production program at Squeaky Wheel. The program teams up filmmakers with grass-roots initiatives and groups. The films include:

"A Deck of Cards," directed by award-winner Seth Wochensky, about Circle of Friends, a group of students with and without disability founded by teacher and activist Anna Klapakis.

"Prisoners Are People, Too!," directed by East Side historian Douglas Ruffin, about a group founded by storyteller Karima Amin that promotes awareness of prison and criminal-justice issues.

"Five Corners," by Buffalo architecture documentarian Jam Vafai, about neighborhood revitalization of Buffalo's West Side under the guidance of the Preservation Coalition of Erie County.

"Growing Green," by award-winner Meg Knowles, about the work of the Massachusetts Avenue Project to create a diverse and equitable community food system.

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