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

1. The second annual Flag Day celebration by the Rotary Club of Buffalo and the Buffalo & Erie County Naval and Military Park will commemorate the 200th anniversary of the War of 1812. A replica of the 1812 American flag from Old Fort Niagara, with 15 stars and 15 stripes, will be flown atop the 100-foot-tall Rotary Flagpole in the park. The 10 a.m. program, which will kick off the park's War of 1812 bicentennial activities, will include a special announcement about Buffalo Navy Week on Sept. 10 to 17, when U.S. Navy ships will visit the harbor.

2. Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Alan Taylor will deliver a keynote address on the War of 1812 and fighting on the Niagara Frontier at 8 p.m. in the Castellani Art Museum at Niagara University. It's free and open to the public. The lecture is a principal part of a three-day conference that starts today at Niagara on New York State history, focusing mainly on the War of 1812. It is sponsored by the New York State Historical Association in collaboration with the New York State Archives Partnership Trust.

3. The man called "the Latino poet of his generation," Pulitzer Prize nominee Martin Espada, leads the list of six award-winning writers who are at Chautauqua Institution for the ninth annual Chautauqua Writers' Festival, which starts today and continues through Monday. Also on hand for writing workshops and personal mentoring will be poet Judith Vollmer, novelists Glenn Taylor and Cristina Garcia and nonfiction writers Natalia Rachel Singer and Valeria Boyd. For information, visit

4. You're in an auto accident. You're unconscious. Emergency crews come to extract you, see a special yellow dot on your rear window and know immediately that they can look in the glove compartment to find out who you are and see your vital medical information. How do you get a yellow dot? Erie County Sheriff Timothy Howard will provide the details when he's joined by Niagara County Sheriff James Voutour, Wyoming County Sheriff Ferris Heimann, Cattaraugus County Sheriff Timothy Whitcomb and Genesee County Sheriff Gary Maha at 11 a.m. in Chestnut Ridge Park to announce the Yellow Dot program. It's a new free service paid for by the New York State Sheriff's Association.

5. Appearing today as an eligible bachelor on the new dating reality show "Take Me Out" (Ch. 29, 8 p.m.) is former Orchard Park resident Dave Peters. The personal trainer who transplanted to Hollywood will make his pitch to 30 single women, a field that eventually will be reduced to two. Peters also will talk about his company,, which provides special personalized gift boxes for people in need.

6. Some people walk to raise money for worthy causes. Some ride their bikes. But tonight scores of people will help in the fight against blood cancer by doing something their mothers would never let them do at home -- plunging down a slide into a 1,000-gallon vat of gelatin. In order to enter the 23rd annual Gelatin Splash at 6 p.m. in the Pavilion at Banchetti By Rizzo's, 550 North French Road, Getzville, participants have to raise at least $400. Over the past 22 years, the event has raised more than $1.7 million for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.

7. If anyone suffers a heart attack Friday night from the excitement of watching daredevil Nik Wallenda's high-wire walk over Niagara Falls, they can get the latest in treatment, thanks to a new unit at Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center. Officials will cut the ribbon at noon today on a $1.4 million interventional radiology suite, which will let doctors see detailed 3-D images of a patient's vascular structure. It also allows for a wider array of minimally invasive procedures to treat strokes, artery disease and other vascular disorders.