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Seven By Seven / Seven things you need to know by 7 a.m.

1. If it seems like Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand is everywhere today, that's because she will be. She'll touch down in four different counties in the region. She meets with veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder at 12:30 p.m. in the Batavia Veterans Affairs Medical Center. Next she goes to the Blue Barn in the heart of farming country in Barre to get suggestions on what should go into the next federal farm bill. After that, she visits a successful high-tech manufacturing plant -- Applied Energy Solutions in Caledonia. Finally, at 4:15 p.m., she's scheduled to stop in at Emerling Farm on Route 246 in Perry to talk some more about the concerns of farmers.

2. The Niagara Falls area's rich legacy as an important destination for escaped 19th century African-American slaves will be the topic of a community outreach meeting at 7 p.m. in the public meeting room of Earl W. Brydges Library, 1425 Main St., Niagara Falls. The Niagara Falls Underground Railroad Heritage Area Commission is inviting the public to learn about the history of the Underground Railroad in Niagara Falls and how the public can help tell the story. For more information, visit

3. The Explore & More Children's Museum in both East Aurora and on Buffalo's waterfront have been extra busy with additional programming this summer. From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., the museum, located at 300 Gleed Ave. in East Aurora, will continue its Wednesday WoWs theme, a hands-on program that includes shows, crafts and other activities. Today's participants will get to sample some local fresh foods as the summer harvest moves into full swing.

4. A virtuosic fusion of Mexo-Americana sounds will be on display at 8 p.m. when David Wax Museum, a musical collaboration between multi-instrumentalists David Wax and Suz Slezak, takes the stage in the Ninth Ward at Babeville, 341 Delaware Ave. The band received a 2010 Boston Music Awards Americana Artist of the Year award and that same year was hailed by National Public Radio as one of the highlights of the Newport Folk Festival. The band's latest album, "Everything Is Saved," was released earlier this year to rave reviews, and Time magazine picked it as one of the top 10 acts of this year's South by Southwest Festival in Austin, Texas. Tickets are $10.

5. If your appetite won't let you wait for the Buffalo Wing Festival this weekend, there's a snack waiting for you in Niagara Falls. Old Falls Street, the city's center for outdoor events, hosts an affair from 5 to 8 p.m. called Feast Night/Wing Night, with additional food vendors joining the regular food carts on the street.

6. After a night off Tuesday, the Bisons take on the Syracuse Chiefs at 7:05 p.m. in Coca-Cola Field in their next-to-last home game of the season. It's Back to School Night, which means that youngsters will be given free folders they can use in classes, courtesy of New York's 529 College Savings Program. And Niagara County Sheriff's Deputy Allen Gerhardt, who lost both of his legs in a July 18 on-duty accident, will throw out the first pitch.

7. The urge to merge is alive and kicking in Batavia. The Joint Charter Commission that's supposed to draw up a municipal consolidation agreement between the City and the Town of Batavia, holds its first public meeting at 7 p.m. in Batavia Town Hall. The eight-member panel, funded with a $50,000 state grant, also will choose a consultant. The merger is currently a year behind schedule, but there's still hope that it can be put before the voters in a referendum in November 2012.


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