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Free time on Internet will be offered soon

Travelers waiting for flights at Buffalo Niagara International Airport can fill that time on the Internet for free soon as a result of a new service provided by the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority.

NFTA commissioners Monday approved a three-year agreement with Advanced Wireless Group of Miami for high-speed wireless access throughout the airport for the next three years.

Executive Director Kimberley A. Minkel explained that the authority will receive a minimum guarantee of $24,000 or 30 percent of gross revenues in the first three years, while any option years to follow would result in $24,000 or 45 percent of gross revenues.

The only catch for travelers, she said, will be a 30-second ad that will pop up on laptop screens before obtaining access to the Web. The new service is slated to start Nov. 1.

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Property foreclosure sale will begin on Monday

The City of Buffalo has moved up the dates for its annual property foreclosure sale this year. The auction will be held at 9 a.m. Monday through next Wednesday in the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center, 153 Franklin St.

Owners who want to remove their property from foreclosure may petition County Court today through Friday. Owners and attorneys must sign in with the court between 8:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. Court proceedings continue until 4 p.m. For information, contact the Mayor's Call and Resolution Center at 311 or, outside Buffalo, the Assessment and Taxation Office at 851-5733.

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Columbus Day Parade names judge as marshal

City Judge Joseph A. Fiorella has been named grand marshal of the Columbus Day Parade on Oct. 8.

The parade starts at 1 p.m. on Hertel Avenue at Virgil Avenue, goes east through Buffalo's Little Italy and ends at Starin Avenue.

There will be several marching units, including bands, youth groups and marchers representing organizations of the Federation of Italian-American Societies, according to the Sorrento Cheese Italian Heritage Festival.

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Library seeks card-holder of the longest standing

Are you a book-lover who's haunted the public libraries your whole life? Does your card look worn out from years of use?

If so, you may be just the person the Buffalo & Erie County Public Library is looking for.

Library officials are on the hunt for the person in Erie County who has been a proud library card-holder for the longest span. They've put out a call for anybody who's had their card for decades -- especially to senior citizens who may have been card-holders since their childhood days.

If that sounds like you, you may win a new library card and a tote bag full of bookish goodies from the library.

All you have to do to be considered is contact the library's communications department at 858-7182.

Deadline for the contest is Oct. 15.