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976 lighthouses declared surplus property by agency

The government of Canada last week declared 976 lighthouses to be surplus property, to the dismay of preservation groups in Canadian provinces.

Canada's Department of Fisheries and Oceans is hoping to replace many with less-costly steel-pole aids to navigation, and at least some of the older towers may become "heritage" structures.

Included among the 488 surplus inactive lights is the Point Abino lighthouse, visible from Buffalo.

Among 488 active lights now deemed to be surplus are Canada's Niagara River front and rear range lights at Niagara-on-the-Lake, and harbor, range or breakwater lights in St. Catharines, Port Colborne and Port Dalhousie.

Preservation and maintenance can be expensive, and interested individuals, municipalities and community-based nonprofit groups have two years to petition Parks Canada for heritage designation for the lights.

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5K run raises $125,000 for Jacobs Neurological

The ninth annual Jog for the Jake on Sunday morning raised more than $125,000 toward research at the Jacobs Neurological Institute.

About 1,200 adult runners participated in the 5-kilometer run around Delaware Park. Also participating were 200 children in a special short run.

Steve Bohan was first among male runners, finishing in a time of 16:07; Laura Smaczniak-Smith ran the race in 19:20, first among women.

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Diocese, Canisius College to host leadership program

Canisius College and the Diocese of Buffalo's Department of Catholic Schools will host a summer leadership institute for Catholic school teachers on June 29 and June 30.

The conference, entitled "Shifting the Way We Think: 21st Century Catholic School Improvement," begins at 7:30 a.m. each day in the Canisius College Montante Cultural Center on the corner of Main Street and Eastwood Place.

Cost is $100. For information or to register, call 888-3707 or 888-2768.

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Bus tours of local farms, gardens being offered by AAA

Horizon Club Tours, a division of AAA Western and Central New York, is offering weekly Friday bus tours of area gardens and farms in conjunction with the first National Buffalo Garden Festival. Visitors can join each tour in downtown Buffalo, Amherst or Orchard Park. Prices vary. The fee includes lunch, a tour guide and a garden host.

Tours begin Friday with a South Towns Garden Center Tour hosted by gardening expert Sally Cunningham leading a tour of Murray Brothers Nurseries, Johnson's Nursery, Lockwood's Greenhouse and Masterson's Garden Center. Lunch will be in East Aurora's Roycroft Inn. Cost is $55.

Other tours include the Niagara Wine Trail with wine tastings on July 2; urban farms and community gardens in Buffalo on July 9; gardens in Clarence and Akron on July 16; and a pick-your-own tour of Niagara County farms on July 23. For information, call toll-free (800) 242-4244 or visit www.AAA.com/travel.

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