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>Council to discuss options on power distribution

NIAGARA FALLS -- The Niagara Falls City Council was to hold a special meeting today to discuss options for municipal power distribution from the Niagara Power Project relicensing settlement.

Niagara Falls, Niagara County, two towns and three school districts make up the Niagara Power Coalition, which will receive allocations of low-cost electricity for the next 50 years. The power must go through a municipal distribution agency, and the city, with its 7 megawatts of discount electricity, must decide whether to latch on to the county's agency or go on its own.

Anello, who called the meeting, said he wants to form an agency for the Falls on paper now, so that if the city does not like the arrangement the county is expected to propose in the coming weeks, it can fall back on its own.

Anello said forming a city agency will require the approval of voters, and he wants to plan for a referendum as soon as possible.

The city recently received $1.3 million as a onetime bonus for signing onto the 50-year relicensing settlement and will receive $850,000 each subsequent year.


>Lewiston Art Festival accepting applications

LEWISTON -- Applications are being accepted for the 40th annual Lewiston Art Festival, which will be held Aug. 12 and 13. The juried art show features more than 150 artists, awards $5,000 in prizes and attracts more than 35,000 visitors.

New rules, categories and jury procedures have been instituted. Applications can be obtained by calling 754-0166, by e-mail at or downloaded from Application deadline is May 1.

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