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

1. If you notice an unusually high number of Ontario license plates around town, that's because this is the Victoria Day holiday across the border. Traditionally, this marks the start of the summer season in Canada -- time to put in gardens, open up summer cottages or go shopping. Expect heavy traffic on all the international bridges today and fireworks over Niagara Falls tonight. The festive fusillade starts at 10.

2. What should Erie County's new process be for funding arts and culture? That's the topic of a forum at noon at the Cornell University ILR School, 237 Main St., Suite 1200. Speakers will be Maria Whyte, county commissioner of environment and planning; Laurie Dean Torrell, executive director of Just Buffalo Literary Center; Cynnie Gasch, executive director of Young Audiences of WNY; Rahwa Ghirmatzion, executive director of Ujima Theatre; and Todd Kniazuk, executive director of Arts Services Initiative of WNY. Those who attend are invited to bring a brown bag lunch. To reserve a seat, call Megan at 852-4191, Ext. 110, or email

3. The annual Buffalo River Summit, a daylong session on the reclamation and redevelopment of the Buffalo River corridor, is expected to draw more than 100 people to Templeton Landing restaurant, 2 Templeton Terrace in Erie Basin Marina, for a morning session starting at 9:30 a.m. Rep. Brian Higgins will offer the keynote address and 15 speakers will share updates on a variety of revitalization efforts. Those who want to get a firsthand look at the river will take an optional tour aboard the Miss Buffalo II at 12:30 p.m.

4. Not everyone will be inconvenienced by the bridge maintenance project that begins today on the Aurora Expressway (Route 400) because it's down at the southernmost end of the highway, between Route 20A, the exit on the east side of East Aurora, and the final exit, where it segues into Route 16. But anyone heading down to Olean or Holland or even South Wales and back will have to deal with it. There's a single lane in each direction for the rest of the construction season.

5. A dedication ceremony at 5:30 p.m. will mark the grand opening of LaSalle Waterfront Park on Buffalo Avenue near 66th Street in Niagara Falls, which also will serve as the trail head for the "upper river" section of the Niagara River Greenway Trail. Mayor Paul A. Dyster will be joined by local and state officials, including a rep from Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo's office, for the occasion. Accompanying it is a free public picnic from 5 to 7 p.m.

6. Be sure your seat belts are fastened today. Police agencies throughout the region are kicking off a two-week campaign called "Click It or Ticket," cracking down on people who don't buckle up, especially at night. Statistics show that more people tend to ride without seat belts after dark, which is why the death rate is higher in nighttime accidents. Meanwhile, if police are checking to see if you're wearing your seat belt, you can be sure that they'll also be spotting you talking or texting on your cellphone.

7. The West Seneca Town Board has approved a new recreation leader position to assist director Mary E. Josefiak. They even have somebody to fill it -- current recreation typist Sarah Flattery, who has been recommended by Josefiak. The only trouble is finding $32,000 to pay her. Josefiak has proposed using Flattery's current $12,000 pay and making some "budget alterations" to take care of the rest. Board members will consider it when they meet at 7 p.m. in Town Hall, 1250 Union Road.