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Fire captain will seek seat on Legislature

NIAGARA FALLS -- A city Fire Department captain has entered the competition for 3rd District Niagara County legislator.

John J. Carey, of 15th Street, submitted a resume before Friday's deadline. He joins Kari Ann Bullman, of 60th Street, and Randal S. Ubriaco, of 15th Street, as contenders for the seat being vacated at the end of the month by Democrat Jason J. Cafarella.

Carey has been a member of the Fire Department since 1992 and has been an instructor in cardiopulmonary resuscitation and emergency medical technician classes since 1995. He also works for the Board of Education as a teacher of suspended students, something he has done since 1996, according to his resume.

A committee of three legislators, including Cafarella, is to interview the hopefuls March 31 and make a recommendation to the full Legislature for an appointment April 5. The appointee will serve until the end of this year.

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Social Media Summit set Wednesday at UB

A forum on how businesses can use Twitter, Facebook and other social-media tools in their marketing and advertising efforts will be held Wednesday on the University at Buffalo North Campus.

The 2011 Social Media Summit, which is aimed at the owners of small and medium-sized businesses, will run from 6 to 8 p.m. in the UB Center for the Arts drama theater.

The guest speakers are Chris Treadaway, co-author of "Facebook Marketing: An Hour a Day," and Colin Pape, founder of ShopCity.com.

They and other speakers will discuss e-commerce, reputation management and related topics.

The summit is sponsored by TBN Interactive, the digital division of The Buffalo News. Tickets are $50 at the Center for the Arts box office or by phone at (800) 745-3000. Visit www.ubcfa.com for more information.

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Three groups get funding for War of 1812 bicentennial

Two history groups and the coordinating organization for the events commemorating the bicentennial of the War of 1812 have received $70,000 from the Niagara Falls Bridge Commission, the agency announced Monday.

The Historical Association of Lewiston and Friends of Fort George will each receive $25,000 for planning and marketing costs, and the Niagara 1812 Bicentennial Legacy Council will receive $20,000 to upgrade its website.

Some funding will be used for a re-enactment of the Battle of Queenston Heights.

For more on the planned commemoration, visit www.discover1812.com.

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Volunteers being sought to rebuild the Scajaquada

Volunteers are being sought to help build a replica of the Scajaquada, a fishing boat with two small masts used extensively in Lake Erie during the 1890s.

The signature boat of the Buffalo Maritime Center is being doctored by a volunteer crew in the boat shop at 1250 Niagara St. from 1 to 6 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.

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