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> YOUNGSTOWN

Program will feature capture of Fort Niagara

YOUNGSTOWN -- Re-enactors depicting British and American forces will "struggle" for control of Old Fort Niagara during the fort's War of 1812 Encampment Saturday and Sunday.

The program will feature tactical demonstrations at 3 p.m. each day, musket and cannon firings, uniform programs and living history camps. A night battle re-creating the British attack on Fort Niagara is planned for Saturday evening.

The attack occurred in the predawn hours of Dec. 19, 1813. After the fall of the fort, British forces burned settlements on the U.S. side of the Niagara River from Youngstown to Buffalo.

Visitors wishing to see the night battle must arrive before 7, when doors will be closed for the evening.

A concert of military music will be performed at 7:30 by the Yankee Volunteers Fifes and Drums of Seekonk, Mass., and the re-enactment of the capture of Fort Niagara will begin at 8 p.m.

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> CENTRAL LIBRARY

Speakers series set to resume in September

The Center for the Study of Art, Architecture, History and Nature will continue its speakers series in September and October with several business, cultural and development leaders.

The free, 50-minute talks begin at 12:10 p.m. in the Ring of Knowledge at Buffalo & Erie County Central Library.

The speakers are:

Sept. 6 -- Mary Jean Jakubowski, Buffalo & Erie County Public Library director, and Anne Conable, development and communications manager.

Sept. 13 -- Douglas Swift, president of Roycroft Campus Restoration Corp. and CityView Properties.

Sept. 20 -- Beverly "Bonnie" Foit-Albert, founder, Foit-Albert Associates.

Sept. 27 -- Molly Quackenbush, executive director, Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural Historic Site.

Oct. 4 -- Howard Zemsky, managing partner, Taurus Capital Partners.

Oct. 11 -- Catherine Schweitzer, New York State delegate, National Trust for Historic Preservation.

Oct. 18 -- Mark Croce, businessman and owner of Statler Towers.

Oct. 25 -- Rocco Termini, developer (includes tour of Lafayette Hotel).

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> LACKAWANNA

Public hearing planned on charter school renewal

A public hearing will be held at 6 p.m. Thursday on Global Concepts Charter School's application for renewal of its charter. The hearing will be held in the Martin Road Elementary School auditorium, 135 Martin Road, Lackawanna.

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> NIAGARA FALLS

Underground Railroad is focus of meeting

NIAGARA FALLS -- The public is invited to the first community outreach meeting of the Niagara Falls Underground Railroad Heritage Area Commission at 7 p.m. Wednesday in the Public Meeting Room of the Niagara Falls Public Library Earl W. Brydges Building, 1425 Main St.

Attendees will learn about the history of the Underground Railroad in Niagara Falls and how to help tell the story. For information, visit www.niagarafallsundergroundrailroad.org.

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