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Go to the Miers on Music blog today to read about Tuesday night's Phish show in Canandaigua.

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1. You'll run into detours on the south Grand Island Bridges again tonight. Starting at 9 p.m., the northbound bridge will be closed entirely while contractors continue to replace decking on the span. Traffic headed toward Niagara Falls will be diverted onto the southbound bridge, which will be one lane in each direction. Barring complications, both bridges will be back to normal in time for the morning commute on Thursday.

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2. This is the final day of the 2010 Catholic Charities Appeal, which has a goal of $10.5 million. The last update on the campaign was three weeks ago, when officials announced that support had surpassed the $10 million mark in cash and pledges.

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3. We've reached the halfway point of 2010, the end of the second quarter, an important day for many official matters, financial and otherwise. For most school districts, it marks the end of the terms for outgoing school board members and the end of the fiscal year, which is why they have had a wary eye on Albany as the budget crisis has dragged on and on. State aid to the schools has been one of the last issues to be resolved.

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4. Tonight marks the last time local TV viewers will see Lisa Flynn, news anchor at 5:30 p.m. on WIVB, Channel 4, and at 10 p.m. on WNLO, Channel 23. As she told News Staff Reporter Anne Neville in Tuesday's paper, she's leaving to devote more time to her husband and young son. She's prepared a short goodbye piece reprising her 20 years on local TV -- 14 years at Channel 4 and six years before that at Channel 7 -- which will air at the end of her final 10 p.m. newscast. In her place on Thursday will be Lia Lando, a former Rochester TV anchor who filled in for Michelle McClintick while she was on maternity leave.

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5. We aren't used to thinking of the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens in South Park as a major concert venue, but it will be tonight. Starry Night in the Garden, sponsored by radio station Star 102.5, has a first-rate lineup. Topping the bill is Collective Soul, the Georgia band that has had seven No. 1 hits since it released "Shine" back in 1993. Preceding them on stage are Juno Award-winning Canadian singer-songwriter Serena Ryder, who's due for a breakthrough on this side of the border; Alex Band, former lead singer from The Calling, whose debut solo album came out Tuesday; and up-and-coming Canadian R&B singer Melanie Fiona, who will be seen here again on July 12 opening for Maxwell in HSBC Arena. Tickets are $40 to $100.

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6. For a while, it was hard to separate actor Alan Alda from the character who made him famous -- Hawkeye Pierce in the 1970s TV series "M*A*S*H," which won him five Emmy Awards. However, the years have shown that he's more than willing to stretch into darker and more complex roles, like Sen. Arnold Vinick in "The West Wing." Today he takes the stage in the Chautauqua Institution amphitheater simply as himself. He's speaking in a conversation with Chautauqua regular Roger Rosenblatt in the 10:45 a.m. lecture.

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7. Here's a chance to see the next generation of top golfers. The 58th annual International Junior Masters golf tournament continues today through Friday at East Aurora Country Club. Tournament organizers are calling the field of competitors one of the strongest ever. Zak Griffiths of Red Deer, Alberta, is defending the title he won last year. The tourney will have its second round of stroke play this morning, with the top 32 beginning match play in the afternoon. The finals will be Friday afternoon.

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