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YMCA lining up gifts in fund-raising drive

LOCKPORT -- The Lockport YMCA's fund-raising effort for its new $10 million home on Snyder Drive hasn't gone public yet, but half the money has been lined up already, according to Jennifer Murphy, public relations chairwoman for the campaign.

"We want to reach 70 percent of our goal before the public campaign," Murphy said. The public kickoff is currently targeted for April 8, which is Healthy Kids Day.

The largest gift given in the "quiet" portion of the campaign came from the Grigg-Lewis Foundation, and other donors include corporations and members of the YMCA's board of trustees.

Murphy said the YMCA hopes to start construction in July on the new 66,000-square-foot building behind Wal-Mart. The existing building at 19 East Ave. will remain open as a satellite location.

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Seminar to offer tax help for small businesses

NIAGARA FALLS -- The Niagara USA Chamber will offer tax help for small businesses at a seminar from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday in Antonio's Restaurant, Banquet and Conference Center, 7708 Niagara Falls Blvd.

Suzanne Reusch of the state Department of Taxation and Finance is scheduled to speak about business tax issues.

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Falls Memorial will move emergency room Wednesday

NIAGARA FALLS -- Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center will be moving its emergency room to the new Heart Center of Niagara facility at Walnut Avenue and 10th Street, starting at 2 a.m. Wednesday.

Medical Center spokesman Patrick J. Bradley said the move is expected to take three to five hours. During the switch-over, the old ER on the side of the Medical Center facing Pine Avenue, a block from the new one, will remain in service so there is no loss of coverage.

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Good homes sought for unused flagpoles

WHEATFIELD -- Need a flagpole?

Town officials have three on their hands that they are willing to donate to a group or organization that makes a request.

Five were removed from the former Inducon Industrial Park on Lockport Road when Niagara County took over the property. Since then, they have been in storage in the town Highway Department garage.

One has been promised to the St. Johnsburg Volunteer Fire Company and another to the site of the town youth center.

That leaves three up for grabs. Preference will be given to town civic groups, town officials said.

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Legislature due to approve bed tax funds for Chamber

BATAVIA -- The Genesee County Legislature on Wednesday is expected to approve up to $320,000 in bed tax revenue for the county's Chamber of Commerce.

The Legislature's Ways and Means Committee is recommending that the 3 percent tax on hotel and motel rooms continue to be allocated to the Chamber's tourism promotions.

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