1. The good news is that summer begins at 7:28 a.m. today. The next three months traditionally offer the best weather of the year in Western New York. The bad news is that after today, the sun will be setting a little bit earlier every evening until you really don't want to know when, but it's a month that starts with D.
2. The world-famous Glenn Miller Orchestra returns to the Artpark Main Stage for performances at 2 and 8 p.m. under the baton of trombonist Larry O'Brien. The band had visited the Lewiston venue for 11 straight summers until the string was broken in 2008. Hailed by many as the "Greatest Band of the Greatest Generation," the ensemble is sure to play such classics as "In the Mood," "String of Pearls," "Chattanooga Choo Choo," "Moonlight Serenade" and "Tuxedo Junction."
3. Things keep improving at the Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station. This morning, the facility will break ground on a $9.8 million Community Activities Center, which will replace the current all-ranks club and base dining facility as well as provide a new area for ceremonies and staff meetings. And to think that only a few years ago the base was in very real danger of closing.
4. A parade on skateboard? It should be quite a sight when Xtreme Wheels Indoor Skate Park hosts a skate parade at 6 p.m. at Tow Path Park, 1 Hertel Ave., at the foot of Hertel. The parade will end at Extreme Wheels, where there will be more skateboarding fun.
5. The controversial death of Amanda L. Wienckowski will be the subject of another court session today. Attorneys for the young Lewiston woman are continuing their efforts to obtain autopsy and crime scene information they believe will show she was murdered in January 2009, rather than being the victim of a drug overdose, as the Erie County medical examiner ruled. They will appear along with prosecutors before State Supreme Court Justice Gerald J. Whalen.
6. The Hard Rock Cafe is having a send-off party for the Buffalo-area band More than Me. The group recently won the Cafe's Ambassadors of Rock Battle of the Bands, earning the opportunity to play in a London show with Paul McCartney, Pearl Jam and Stevie Wonder. After beating out 10 other bands in a national online contest, More than Me will play at London's Hard Rock Calling festival Friday through Sunday. Band members Ryan Jacob Doyle, Justin Rizzo, Joey Nicastro and Todd Doyle -- all students at Williamsville North and Kenmore East high schools when the group formed nine years ago -- perform today starting at 5:30 p.m.
7. No, they're not going to announce that Bass Pro Shops has signed on the dotted line. But Erie Canal Harbor officials will have something almost as good to say today at the Central Wharf: They'll announce the lineup for this summer's Buffalo Place Rocks the Harbor event series. There will be boat rides, boat building demonstrations, concerts and other events going on every day at the inner harbor, and most of the programming will be free and family-oriented. The concerts begin this weekend with the band moe. The rest of the activities will be announced at 2 p.m. today by Jordan Levy, chairman of the Erie Canal Harbor Development Corp., Rep. Brian Higgins, County Executive Chris Collins, Mayor Byron W. Brown and Buffalo Place officials.
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