1. Nine people whose lives were altered by World War II will answer questions from history students at 10 a.m. as Holland High School holds its fourth annual panel discussion on the war. Among the speakers are a French woman who joined the Resistance at age 16, a man who was found as a baby in a rail car and sent to the U.S., a German citizen and six American veterans. Steven Applebee from the World War II Museum in Eldred, Pa., will assist. It may be Holland's last World War II panel. Due to budget cuts, the history class concentrating on the war won't be offered next year.
2. The new tax break for the coal-burning power plant in Somerset comes up for a public hearing at 4 p.m. in Somerset Town Hall, a day before the Niagara County Industrial Development Agency plans to vote on the package of reductions in the payments in lieu of taxes, or PILOTs, to be paid by the new owners of the former AES Corp. plant on Lake Road. The new PILOT would reduce the plant's total payments to the county, the town and the Barker Central School District from the current $14.3 million a year to just under $10.5 million next year, $6.7 million in 2014 and $5.12 million in 2015. The new owners have pledged to put $71 million into the plant and to operate it until the new PILOT deal runs out in 2015.
3. A research assistant from New York City's Metropolitan Museum of Art will be featured in the first of this year's "Meet Me at the Cam" membership series from 10 a.m. to noon in the Castellani Art Gallery on the Niagara University campus. Mary Clare McKinley will talk about the Met's exhibition "The Steins Collect: Matisse, Picasso and the Parisian Avant-Garde" and the importance of a Picasso sketch of Leo Stein that the Castellani loaned the Met for it. Admission is free, but gallery membership is required. Membership sign-up is available at the door.
4. Student musicians in the Buffalo Public Schools have their moment in the spotlight at 7 this evening in Shea's Performing Arts Center. It's the annual Collage Concert, showcasing the best music ensembles from the schools. It's free and open to the public.
5. The Leaving Our Legacy youth group, operated by Erie 1 BOCES, is dedicated to raising awareness about sexual education in order to decrease unintended teen pregnancies and diseases, including HIV/AIDS. Fifteen members of the group will be joined by Dr. Gale Burstein, Erie County health commissioner, and three young performers for a "Wake Up" program to mark the launch of the "Be Aware" program. It takes place at 5:30 p.m. in the Tri-Main Center, 2495 Main St.
6. James Sandoro, founder of the Buffalo Transportation Pierce-Arrow Museum, is the speaker in this week's edition of "Imagine Buffalo Niagara as a Binational Cultural Center: Why Does History and/or Nature Matter?" at 12:10 p.m. in the Central Library on Lafayette Square. Part of the discussion series sponsored by the Center for the Study of Art, Architecture, History and Nature, it's free and open to the public.
7. Recent feature films scheduled to show up on home video formats today include the animated "The Secret World of Arrietty"; the horror film "The Woman in Black," with Daniel Radcliffe; and the comedy spy film "This Means War," with Reese Witherspoon, Chris Pine and Tom Hardy. Over in the music racks, there are new CDs from bluesman Joe Bonamassa ("Driving Towards the Daylight"), a posthumous collection from Joey Ramone (" Ya Know?"), John Mayer ("Born and Raised"), the Oak Ridge Boys ("Back Home Again"), the Cult ("Choice of Weapon") and a live effort from the Tedeschi Trucks Band ("Everybody's Talkin' ").
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