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Historic river tours of Buffalo begin Sunday

The Industrial Heritage Committee begins its 25th season of Historic Buffalo River Tours with a July 4 cruise past the grain elevators and other riverside industries that played prominent roles in Buffalo history. Other cruises will be held July 18, Aug. 7 and Aug. 22.

All cruises board at the Miss Buffalo Dock in Erie Basin Marina, departing at 12:30 p.m. and returning at 2:30. Tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for children age 6 to 12. Children 5 and under are admitted free. For reservations, call 856-6696. For other information, visit www.buffaloindustrialheritage.com.

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NCCC offers new course through Learning Pathways

SANBORN -- Niagara County Community College is offering a new course through its Learning Pathways Program designed to help families of those with special needs and related organizations.

Les Robinson, a special care planner, has developed the course, "Special Needs Family Care Planning," which will be offered from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. July 14 on the NCCC campus. The purpose of the course, for both caregivers and people working in the special needs field, will help ensure the future financial, social, medical and overall well being of those with special needs.

For info, call 614-6236, e-mail pathways@niagaracc.suny.edu or visit www.niagaracc.suny.edu/wfcd/lp.

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First Hickory Stick tourney will benefit United Way

LEWISTON -- United Way of Greater Niagara and Seneca Hickory Stick Golf Course are teaming up for the first golf tournament to be held at the new course, which opens Friday.

There are a limited number of foursomes or singles slots still available for the event, which takes place July 22. Price is $150 per golfer or $600 for a foursome. There is an early registration discount for golfers who register before Thursday.

Registration includes and embroidered golf shirt, golf, unlimited use of the driving range, cart fees, continental breakfast, lunch and entry into the hole-in-one challenges.

Proceeds will benefit the new United Way's Community Care Fund, which provides support to more than 75 programs throughout Niagara County.

For more information, call the United Way at 285-8461 or 434-1190.

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Program to teach children about using technology

The Geek Squad Summer Academy, a summer camp-style program designed to teach different uses of technology to children ages 10 to 18, will be held at Erie Community College's North Campus from July 12 to 16.

The program, offered by Best Buy and Computers for Children, includes classes on personal computer building, digital art and video production as well as music recording. Other program events include a digital camera scavenger hunt, a 'Wii-lympics' and sneak-peeks of ECC forensics and technology courses.

Registration for the event is $35 per child, and the deadline is Saturday. Registration information can be found online at www.computersforchildren.com.

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