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Cheap power is urged for plant in Lockport

WASHINGTON -- Rep. Thomas M. Reynolds on Wednesday asked the New York Power Authority to give Delphi Corp.'s endangered Lockport plant an additional 10 megawatts of cheap power.

Backing a proposal made last fall by Republican Gov. George E. Pataki, the Clarence Republican said: "This allocation of low-cost electricity will ensure that Lockport's facility remains cost-competitive with other states."

Reynolds made his appeal in a letter to the Power Authority, whose board of trustees is scheduled to meet Tuesday and could approve the additional allocation then.

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'Mardi Gras' festivities set for Friday, Saturday

LEWISTON -- "Mardi Gras -- Lewiston Style" will be celebrated throughout the day and night Friday and Saturday.

Participating retailers will offer a chance to win $150 in "Lewiston Dollars." Each customer entering one of the 20 participating businesses will receive a Mardi Gras token and for each $10 spent, another token. Fifteen tokens are required to enter the drawing for "Lewiston Dollars."

Stores will be decorated for Mardi Gras and will be handing out beads and refreshments.

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Quiet zones for railroads are topic of public forum

Representatives of the federal agency that regulates railroads, as well as officials from the two major railroads that pass through Hamburg, are expected at a public meeting on the town's efforts to establish railroad quiet zones.

The session is scheduled for 7 p.m. Wednesday in the auditorium of Frontier Middle School, 2751 Amsdell Road.

The session was arranged by Sen. Charles E. Schumer, D-N.Y., and Town Councilwoman Kathleen C. Hochul.

More than 100 trains a day pass Hamburg's seven crossings, blowing their horns a minimum of four times as they approach each one.

Federal legislation allows the establishment of quiet zones silencing the horns if the crossings are modified to make it difficult for cars to get around lowered gates.

The town is seeking federal funding to cover the estimated $100,000 cost.

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