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>Benefit for Graycliff set Thursday in Wright home

A benefit for Frank Lloyd Wright's Graycliff is set from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday in the Walter V. Davidson House on Tillinghast Place -- Wright's only Buffalo masterwork that still functions as a home.

The 1908 Davidson House and another Wright creation, the 1905 William R. Heath House on Soldiers Circle, are being considered for landmark status by the Buffalo Preservation Board.

Admission to the fundraiser, which includes cocktails and hors d'oeuvres, will be $80, or $150 a couple. Tickets are available at Graycliff or may be purchased by credit card at 947-9217.

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>Early years of pro football in Buffalo to be discussed

Buffalo's early years as a pro football town will be discussed by Daniel P. Starr at 7 p.m. todayin the Buffalo & Erie County Historical Society auditorium, 25 Nottingham Court.

The story dates to 1946, when Jim Breuil of Tonawanda's Frontier Oil Co. founded the Buffalo Bisons of the All-America Football Conference. When the team changed its name to the Bills and started George Ratterman at quarterback the following year, as many as 43,000 fans flocked to home games in Civic Stadium, later renamed War Memorial Stadium.

A Canisius College history professor emeritus, Starr will appear in conjunction with the current "Buffalo Bills 50th Season" exhibition. His talk will be free with museum admission.

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>Annual cleanup scheduled for Woodlawn State Park

The 24th annual Great Lakes Beach Sweep will be held from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday in Woodlawn State Park, Route 5, Hamburg. The event is sponsored by Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper in conjunction with the Ocean Conservancy International Coastal Cleanup.

Volunteers are asked to report at 9:30. For more information, call 549-4330 in the Southtowns or 852-7483 in the Northtowns.

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