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Meeting will rally support for International Center

NIAGARA FALLS -- A meeting to rally support for a proposed International Center project, a tourist attraction featuring exhibits from many cultures, will be held at 5:35 p.m. today in the gazebo area at Hyde Park.

The meeting organizer, Niagara Falls High School senior Dominic Daoust, says the International Center would create jobs and attract more visitors to the Falls. For info, call 804-2815.


Sheriff launches campaign against drunken driving

Erie County Sheriff Timothy B. Howard kicked off a three-month-long campaign against drunken driving Thursday by declaring April as Alcohol Awareness Month throughout the county.

With high school prom season fast approaching, the sheriff noted his office is working with local professionals who helped him develop a billboard campaign against drunken driving by teens that will run for three months together with an eight-month anti-drinking campaign in local movie theaters.

Sixteen billboard displays showing a male and a female deputy and the words "Hosting an Underage Drinking Bash? We'll See You There!" and promoting the underage drinking tipline of (800) 851-1932.

The sheriff's voice will be heard in movie theaters promoting the campaign for the rest of the year, according to his office.


Grants up to $10,000 available for proposals

Individual grants up to $10,000 are available for programming along the Buffalo River from May 26 to Oct. 31.

Arts Services Initiative of Western New York announced Tuesday a request for proposals, with $82,500 available for qualified organizations and individuals. Programs and events will be considered at several sites, including Buffalo River Fest Park, Silo City grain elevators, Mutual Riverfront Park, Father Conway Park and the river itself.

Funding is made possible through Erie Canal Harbor Development Corp. A similar RFP has already been issued for Canalside. The deadline to apply is noon April 25. For more information, go to


Summer applications for campers accepted

Cradle Beach is accepting summer applications for campers ages 8 to 16, especially youths 14 to 16 to participate in the Pioneer Camper Leadership Program.

The camp is celebrating 125 years of service to children with and without disabilities and youth who are economically disadvantaged.

Cradle Beach will hold an Open House from noon to 3 p.m. May 20.

Camp dates for 2012:

*Session one: June 25 -- July 3.

*Session two: July 6 -- July 15.

*Session three: July 18 -- July 27.

*Session four: July 31 -- Aug. 9.

*Session five: Aug. 12 -- Aug. 18.

For more information, call the camp's admission office at 549-6307, Ext. 205, or visit Applications can be downloaded from the website.