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Thunderbirds to be featured in return of annual air show

NIAGARA FALLS -- After a one-year absence, the 2011 Thunder Over Niagara air show will return with the Air Force Thunderbirds on Sept. 10 and 11.

The free show, sponsored by the Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station and the Niagara Military Affairs Council, will feature a wide variety of military aircraft, aerobatic airplanes and vintage warbirds -- in performance and on display.

The two-day event will be held at the Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station.

Last year's show, which was scheduled May 8 and 9, was canceled when the main act, the Canadian Forces Snowbirds Demonstration Team, dropped out of the event.

For information about Thunder Over Niagara, visit www.niagaraairshow.com.

Further details on arrangements for the 2011 show will be released at a later date.

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Time to test your knowledge of year's events in county

Why was a Lockport man called the "World's Dumbest Criminal" this year?

What events were canceled in North Tonawanda earlier this year because of a lack of funding?

What former elected town official's apparent effort to lay the groundwork for a political comeback was slapped down by voters?

Spend part of your Sunday finding out how well you kept track of events in Niagara County this year by seeing if you know the answer to those questions, and 22 more, in our annual quiz in today's edition of Niagara Weekend.

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Open-gymnasium program offered over the holidays

NIAGARA FALLS -- The city Youth Bureau is offering a free open-gymnasium program for Niagara Falls youngsters during the holiday vacation season.

The program will be open from Monday through Friday at the LaSalle Facility, 9501 Colvin Blvd.

Children from 5 through 12 years old will be accommodated from 2 to 5 p.m. daily.

Those from 13 through 17 are invited from 5:15 to 6:45 p.m. daily.

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Supervisor of Grand Island appointed to four-year term

Grand Island Supervisor Peter A. McMahon has been appointed to a four-year term on the Niagara River Greenway Commission by Gov. David A. Paterson.

McMahon, 69, is a former chief of the Grand Island Volunteer Fire Department and was elected supervisor in 1997.

The Greenway Commission was formed to develop a plan for a continuous, linear system of parks, trails and green spaces along the Niagara River from Buffalo to Youngstown, including Grand Island.

The commission is tasked with reviewing proposed projects and potentially granting endorsements.

Its 2007 plan -- which called for the creation of a "world-class corridor" -- came with a specific funding allocation of $450 million.