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

1. The firm that the Buffalo Board of Education has hired to lead the search for a new school superintendent holds a pair of community forums this evening to get some ideas from the public. One will be held in Waterfront School 95, 95 Fourth St. The other will be in Hamlin Park School 74, 126 Donaldson Road. Both start at 6.

2. The state Department of Environmental Conservation holds one of its annual State of Lake Ontario public meetings regarding fisheries in Western New York from 6:30 to 9 p.m. in Cornell Cooperative Extension's center at the Niagara County Fairgrounds in Lockport. Biologists from the DEC, the U.S. Geological Survey, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources will offer updates on the status of trout and salmon fisheries, forage fish, stocking programs and fisheries management plans. Information summaries on Lake Ontario fisheries also can be found on the DEC website.

3. Carrying the torch for the art of cabaret singing is New York City-based vocalist and pianist Kathleen Landis, who has been holding forth at the swanky Cafe Pierre for 20 years. She comes to the auditorium of the Burchfield Penney Art Center on the Buffalo State College campus today for a pair of appearances. At 12:15 p.m., she will discuss Alec Wilder's 1972 book "American Popular Song: The Great Innovators 1900-1950." Then, at 7 p.m., she'll perform "While We're Young: A Tribute to Alec Wilder." Wilder, born in Rochester and a graduate of the Eastman School of Music, wrote such song classics as "I'll Be Around," "While We're Young" and "It's So Peaceful in the Country."

4. Douglas Waller, author of the best-selling biography "Wild Bill Donovan -- The Spymaster Who Created the OSS and Modern American Espionage," comes today to visit the school from which Donovan graduated in 1899, St. Joseph's Collegiate Institute, 845 Kenmore Ave., Town of Tonawanda. He speaks at 3 p.m. in a program hosted by the Brother Pompian Honors Academy, the academic honors society at St. Joe's.

5. The Aquarium of Niagara's annual "Original Taste of Niagara -- SEAsonings" fundraiser from 6 to 9 p.m. is a double attraction. Visitors to the facility at 701 Whirlpool St., Niagara Falls, can sample the fare from more than a dozen of the area's leading restaurants and, at the same time, marvel at the aquarium's underwater creatures. New this year is the Caribbean Coral Reef, which features live coral and a bevy of colorful tropical fish. Tickets are $45 and are available at the door. To reserve one, call 285-3575, Ext. 206.

6. The Broadway musical "Godspell," which is based on a series of parables from the New Testament, mixes old-time religion with modern choreography, improvisation and rock music. The production under the direction of Kathleen Gaffney, which opens at 5:30 p.m. in the Park School, 4625 Harlem Road, Snyder, takes modernization a step further by populating it with an "occupy downtown" group of protesters. Performances continue Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. Tickets are $8, $5 for students and faculty.

7. Goodbye, "Midday Forum." So long, overnight jazz. Hasta la vista, world traveler Rick Steves. Farewell, "Prime Time Radio," "Perspectives," "The Law Line" and "Thistle and Shamrock." WBFO 88.7 FM and WNED 970 AM are merging their operations today and begin simultaneous broadcasting, starting with NPR's "All Things Considered" at 4 p.m. In all, 20 programs will go off the air now that the University at Buffalo, which has operated WBFO since students founded it in 1959, has sold the station to Western New York Public Broadcasting.

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