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Clarence boy to learn fate in contest Thursday

Supporters of 7-year-old Derek Andrews of Clarence, one of two finalists in the Sports Illustrated for Kids magazine "Sports Kid of the Year" contest, have to wait until Thursday to find out if he won.

Online voting in the contest ended at noon Monday. The results will be revealed Thursday on CBS' "The Early Show," which airs locally from 7 to 9 a.m. on WIVB-TV Channel 4.

Derek, despite an undiagnosed condition that weakens his muscles, still managed to make his baseball league's all-star team and a hockey select team -- all while leading his soccer team in scoring.

The contest Web site also notes his volunteer efforts at Women and Children's Hospital of Buffalo, the Buffalo Public Schools and the Buffalo Zoo.

The SI for Kids competition started with more than 5,500 youngsters, and Derek kept advancing through the earlier rounds of the contest.

Online voting whittled the list down to a final six, a final four and then the last two contenders.

Either Derek or Conner Smock, 14, of Iowa, will be named "Sports Kid of the Year."

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Three 'Sunday specials' to supplement talks

Three "Sunday specials" on collections and collecting will supplement the annual Lilian Fairchild Travel Talks as the Buffalo Museum of Science moves to expand adult programming this fall.

The 80-year-old Fairchild series will open at 2 p.m. Wednesday with "Enjoying Yellowstone," presented by Tom Sloan. It will continue Oct. 29 with "Voyage to the Last Frontier: A Mother & Daughter's Trip to Alaska," with Caryn Corriere; "Connecting With Vietnam: An International Family Returns to Work and Visit," presented by the Frisch family, Nov. 16; and "Egypt: Then and Now," with May Shogan, Nov. 19. The topic and speaker for Dec. 3 will be announced.

Elaine Barone will launch the Sunday specials Sunday with "Book Collecting: Treasures From the Buffalo & Erie County Public Library." Richard Laub will discuss the Science Museum's long-running Genesee County archaeological dig Nov. 23. Melissa Brown will conclude the series Dec. 14 with "Preserving Your Family's Treasures: A Practical Approach."

Talks are free with museum admission.

Call 896-5200 or visit www.buffalomuseumofscience.org for information.

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Hearing set to discuss block-grant projects

Lancaster residents interested in suggesting projects in their community to benefit low- or middle-income elderly or disabled residents will have that opportunity during a public hearing at 8:30 p.m. Monday in Town Hall, 21 Central Ave.

The town is eligible this year for possible funding through the federal Housing and Community Development Act of 1974, according to Supervisor Robert H. Giza.

During the hearing, previous projects funded through the block-grant program will be reviewed.

The meeting room for the public hearing is wheelchair-accessible.

Those requiring special arrangements are asked to contact the town clerk's office at 683-9028 by today.

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