Bush expected to ask for air station funding
President Bush's proposed budget for the fiscal year that will begin Oct. 1 is expected to include $7.8 million to complete construction of quarters for airmen at the Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station, Rep. Thomas M. Reynolds, R-Clarence, announced Saturday.
With $9.2 million from this year's budget, the money will be used to replace quarters that are 50 years old and do not meet Americans With Disabilities Act standards. The new facility will house 147 reservists.
"After the successful fight to save the air base from closure, our next step is to shepherd this funding through to the end," Reynolds said.
Rep. Jim Walsh, R-Syracuse, chairman of the subcommittee that oversees that funding, also said he would work to make sure the money is included in the final version of the new budget.
Farm Bureau leaders meet with Reynolds aide
BATAVIA -- Western New York Farm Bureau leaders met with Gregg Merlihan, regional manager for Rep. Thomas M. Reynolds, R-Clarence, last month to discuss what local farmers consider this year's most important agricultural issues.
Presidents and vice presidents from Niagara, Orleans, Genesee, Monroe, Livingston and Wyoming county farm bureaus attended. Immigration and farm labor, next year's farm bill and free trade were cited as the major issues.
Farm Bureau leaders warned that, if enacted, the proposed border security bill could drive local fruit and vegetable growers out of operation and severely affect all agriculture in the area, especially Western New York's dairy producers.
The farmers also discussed the farm bill and importance of it supporting more environmentally friendly practices that follow World Trade Organization standards. This could include providing incentives for farmers who produce corn for use in ethanol production.
The farmers also urged reviewing all free trade agreement legislation carefully to ensure the country's economy and manufacturing base does not lose.
Little Princess Pageant seeking contestants
NIAGARA FALLS -- Contestants are being sought for the Miss Niagara County Little Princess Pageant, to be held Feb. 25 in Niagara Falls High School.
Contestants are between 1 and 12 years old. No talent is required, and contestants will model a dressy outfit in their age divisions. Optional categories are sportswear and beach attire.
Applications can be picked up at Tops, 7200 Niagara Falls Blvd., Niagara Falls; Center Street, Lewiston; Meadow Drive, North Tonawanda; and 5827 S. Transit Road, Lockport. You also can send a stamped, self-addressed envelope to 6704 Elbert Drive, North Tonawanda, NY 14120 or e-mail to email@example.com.