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Buffalo AFL-CIO readies annual Labor Day parade

The Buffalo AFL-CIO Labor Council will hold its annual Labor Day Parade beginning at noon Monday.

The parade route will start at the Buffalo Irish Center on Abbott Road and Stevenson Street and will continue down to Cazenovia Street and over to North Legion Street and into Cazenovia Park.

The focus of this year's parade is health care reform.


Howard receives backing of Buffalo police union

Erie County Sheriff Timothy B. Howard has won the backing of the Buffalo Police Benevolent Association in his bid for a second term as sheriff.

Howard's campaign on Saturday announced the PBA's unanimous backing of the sheriff in his re-election effort.

Other area law enforcement agencies that have endorsed Howard, a Republican, include the Erie County Sheriff's PBA, the New York State Troopers PBA and the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority's PBA.

His opponent is Cheektowaga Police Capt. John A. Glascott, a Democrat.


Roosevelt Inaugural Site has new tour experience

There's a new look and a new tour experience at the Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural National Historic Site, the mansion at 641 Delaware Ave. where Roosevelt took the oath of office in 1901.

"President Roosevelt" will be on hand to meet and greet his fans from 2 to 4 p.m. next Sunday. Joe Wiegand will bring the Rough Rider to life, and visitors can enjoy the full and new tour experience.

For more information, call 884-0095 or visit the Web site at


Photos tied to conference on Italian immigration

Buffalo State College's E.H. Butler Library has opened a photographic exhibit that is part of a unique Italian immigration conference to be held at the college Sept. 26 as a follow-up to a joint conference held in June in Bari, Italy.

The conference and exhibit, "Dear America! The Italian Immigrant Experience in Buffalo and the Thomas Sgovio Story," is the first effort of a collaborative relationship established last year between Buffalo State College and the regional library system in Puglia, Italy, one that now has expanded to include other institutions.

The collaborative effort is studying emigration from Italy's Apulian region to Buffalo, and the first conference centers on late Buffalo artist Thomas Sgovio. Members of Sgovio's family emigrated from Italy to Buffalo but were expelled from the United States as communists in the 1930s, ending up in the Soviet Union, where they became victims of the Stalinist regime. Released from the Siberian gulag in 1954, Sgovio returned to Buffalo in 1963 and wrote a book, "Dear America!," before he died in 1997.

After a Sept. 25 opening reception, a daylong second conference will be held Sept. 26 in the Butler Library, with presentations on Italian immigration, labor activities among Buffalo's working classes and Sgovio's life story. The event is free and open to the public.

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