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> Song of the locks

It is time for the 2012 Erie Canal Song Contest sponsored by the Erie Canal Discovery Center and the Niagara County History Center. Songwriters are invited to try their hand at creating a new tune and lyrics to immortalize the legendary waterway. Entries will be judged on content and originality, and they must contain references to the Lockport Locks and/or the Erie Canal. Mules, however, are optional.

Complete rules for the contest can be found at the Niagara County History Center website: niagarahistory.org, where you can also listen to previous contest winners. Musician Joe Baschnagel won the 2011 contest with his lighthearted song, "West to Buffalo."

Contest deadline is April 1. The three winning entries will be performed at the annual "Key to the Locks" ceremony at 11 a.m. May 5 at the Erie Canal Discovery Center, 24 Church St., Lockport. For more information call the Discovery Center at 439-0431.

> Worth investigating

Real-life forensic experts will speak at the free "Science Cafe: The Science Behind CSI" at the Buffalo Museum of Science, 1020 Humboldt Parkway, from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday. The event is in conjunction with the museum's "CSI: The Experience" exhibit, on view through April 29.

Among those presenting stories from the field will be Ken Jonmaire, forensics professor at Buffalo State College; Lancaster Police Chief Jerry Gill; UB professor Peter Bush, who specializes in forensic dentistry; and Michael G. McCartney, president of Digits, a digital forensics company.

The cafe is free and open to adults age 21 and over. There will be a cash bar. Tickets to see the "CSI" exhibit are $5.

To learn more, go to www.sciencebuff.org.