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>Bids sought for work on Erie Canal locks

LOCKPORT -- The city is seeking bids from engineering firms who want to design the restoration of the "Flight of Five" locks on the Erie Canal.

The deadline for bids is March 6. Barbara J. Brewer, a former civil engineer hired by the city to supervise the project, will choose three firms for interviews by the Flight of Five Committee.

The city has $2.9 million in state and federal grants for the project, which Mayor Michael W. Tucker has said is the top tourism priority of his administration. A statement from the city Thursday said the committee intends to choose a design firm by late March.


>Medical center appoints chief nursing officer

NIAGARA FALLS -- Joanne Krolewski, a nurse and executive at Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center for 31 years, was named Friday to the newly created post of chief nursing officer.

Krolewski will be responsible for daily operation of all patient care units and the implementation of nursing care standards.

She joined the medical center in 1975 as a registered nurse in the orthopedic surgical unit and was successively promoted to head nurse, patient care coordinator and nurse manager in that unit.

Krolewski then moved into the executive offices as assistant vice president for nursing, director of medical-surgical services and director of acute care services. She has held the latter position for the past three years.


>Town will hear concerns about development

Amherst Town Board members will meet in special session at 7:30 p.m. Thursday in Williamsville North High School to hear residents' concerns about developments in North Amherst, including a proposed Wal-Mart superstore at 4300 Millersport Highway.

In December, developers filed a site plan for a 200,000-square-foot store along Millersport between Smith and New roads. Much of the area is located in the floodplain, and area residents complain of frequent flooding in the area.

Amherst planners are expected to call for an environmental review of the the proposed superstore and will discuss zoning changes for the Millersport corridor, according to Council Member William L. Kindel, who co-sponsored the measure calling for the special meeting.

"What's at stake is the character of the community," Kindel said.

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