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Communities to get cash for fair assessments

Eight municipalities in Erie County, nine in Niagara County and 12 in Genesee County will receive cash awards from the state for setting fair property assessments.

The New York State Office of Real Property Services announced the Excellence in Equity Awards for 2005 to municipalities that assessed properties at full market value and otherwise met the standards of the State Aid for Quality Assessing Program. The program provides up to $5 per parcel of land.

In Niagara County, the cities of Lockport will receive $40,200; Niagara Falls, $110,100; North Tonawanda, $63,210; towns of Cambria, $12,665; Lewiston, $32,480; Lockport, $34,425; Newfane, $21,310; Porter, $16,905; and Wilson, $15,155.


Artpark plans auditions for local performers

LEWISTON -- Artpark is inviting top performers in Western New York and Southern Ontario to audition for head-liner spots in "Artpark Wednesdays," a new summer concert series that will begin in mid- to late July.

The series was established for bands that felt left out by the influx of national acts featured in the concert series, "First Niagara Tuesday in the Park at Artpark."

Both series will be held in the park's Outdoor Amphitheater.

Interested artists and bands should submit all information -- including audio samples, published reviews, references and contact information -- by April 1 to "Artpark Wednesdays," 450 S. Fourth St., Lewiston, N.Y. 14092.


Landmark Society hosts lunchtime lecture series

The Landmark Society of the Niagara Frontier will continue its Tuesday lectures in the Market Arcade Building. All talks are from 12:15 to 1 p.m. and are free.

Speakers and their topics include:

*Feb. 7, Charles Hunter, curator and instructor of herb and vegetable gardens at the Niagara Parks Botanical Gardens and School of Horticulture, Niagara Falls, Ont., "History and Workings of the Niagara Parks Botanical Gardens."

*Feb. 14, Kathy Maloney, executive director of the Buffalo & Erie County Botanical Gardens, "Gardens in the City."

*Feb. 21, Donna Fernandez, executive director of the Buffalo Zoo, "The Past and the Future of the Zoo."

*Feb. 28, Joan Bozer, director of the WNY Sustainable Energy Association, "Building On Our Heritage -- A Vision for the Waterfront of Tomorrow."


Events raise awareness of women's health risks

The American Heart Association has begun a series of events this month to raise awareness of heart disease in women.

The "Go Red for Women" campaign this month is designed to bring attention to the high incidence of heart disease and stroke among women in Erie and Niagara counties.

A black-tie gala, "Heart Ball 2006," will be held at 6:30 p.m. Saturday in the Adam's Mark Hotel. Women are asked to wear red. For information, call 614-1980.

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