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>St. Patrick's Day Parade steps off at 2 p.m. today

The luck of the Irish will be celebrated in Buffalo today with the annual St. Patrick's Day Parade.

The parade begins 2 p.m. in Niagara Square, and proceeds north on Delaware Avenue to North Street.

This year's Grand Marshal is Patrick F. (Rick) O'Sullivan Jr., of South Buffalo. His mother, Janet O'Sullivan, will be deputy grand marshal.

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>Car, motorcycle show to be held next weekend

The 2011 Buffalo Motorama will be held March 25 through 27 at the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center.

Presented by Mighty Taco, the car and motorcycle show will feature rare and original muscle cars as well as exotic, custom and race cars and motorcycles.

With something for everyone, there will be a Woman's Oasis with vendors selling housewares, jewelry, clothing and massages. And children can have fun at the Kiddie Corner.

The event is $10 at the door. Discount coupons are available at Might Taco, NOCO Express, Paddock Chevrolet and Sound Choice Audio and Performance.

Other sponsors include SSBG Performance Brake Systems and Halleens Wholesale Cars.

For more information on the show, visit www.buffalomotorama.com.

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>International Institute adds members, elects officers

Three new members have been added to the board of the International Institute of Buffalo, which also recently elected officers.

The new board members are: Patricia Sandison, an attorney with Hodgson Russ, of Buffalo; Ross Comaratta, an assistant vice president and commercial loan officer with M&T Bank, of Amherst; and Matt Hames, a social media strategist with Eric Mower and Associates.

The newly elected officers are: Chairman Thomas Beauford Jr., first vice president of HSBC, of Buffalo; Vice Chair Jane Armbruster, associate vice president at Buffalo State College, of Williamsville; Vice Chair Lawrence Christ, chief operating officer at Litelab Corp., of Buffalo; Secretary Mary M. Keefe, designated immigration officer with the Canadian Consulate General, of Buffalo; and Treasurer Coral R. Snodgrass, a Canisius College professor, of Buffalo.

The Institute provides direct services to non-native Western New Yorkers.

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>Nominations sought for 2011 Senior of the Year

The Erie County Department of Senior Services is looking for nominees for its 2011 Senior of the Year. Nominees must be Erie County residents who have performed extraordinary personal achievements or community service since the age of 60.

In addition to name, address and date of birth, nominations should include a narrative of less than 300 words telling of the nominee's accomplishments and why they should be given the award. Deadline for nominations is April 7. Send them to Senior of the Year, Advisory Board, Erie County Department of Senior Services, 95 Franklin St., Buffalo, NY 14202.