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>Wine Trail Festival scheduled this weekend

The Niagara Wine Trail Harvest Festival will run from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and noon to 6 p.m. Sunday along the Niagara Wine Trail in Niagara County.

Tickets are $20 and can be purchased at the trail's 11 wineries, or through the Web site niagarwinetrail.org.

The festival features fresh farm produce and other treats at the wineries. Tickets include wine tasting at all the trail's wineries and a commemorative wine glass at the starting winery.

For more information, visit the Web site or 772-2211.

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>Nolan to speak Sept. 29 as part of public series

SANBORN -- The Niagara County Community College Speaker Series will feature former Buffalo Sabres head coach Ted Nolan.

Nolan, a former National Hockey League Coach of the Year, will discuss heritage, responsibility and leadership during the talk at 12:30 p.m. Sept. 29 in the Arts and Media Theatre on the campus, 3111 Saunders Settlement Road.

The free, public talk is sponsored by NCCC Student Senate, Native American Western Consortium and Multicultural Student Support Services.

Nolan currently is vice president of hockey operations for the American Hockey League's Rochester Americans. He won the Jack Adams Trophy as the NHL's top coach after leading the Sabres to a Northeast Division title in 1996-97.

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>Grant to help boost horticulture program

SANBORN -- A $32,000 Agriculture Classroom Challenge Grant grant from the U.S. Agriculture Department will help Niagara County Community College develop and expand its horticulture program.

The money will go to the school's new Horticulture Education Connection Program, designed to enhance agricultural education through curriculum improvements, such as course redesign, and to help NCCC increase interaction with other schools. Through the new program, the school hopes to establish an associate's degree program in horticulture.

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