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>Mentor program to get 2nd $25,000 donation

NIAGARA FALLS -- The New York Power Authority has presented the nonprofit Center for Joy a second donation of $25,000 for its Connections Network mentoring program.

The Power Authority made an initial contribution of $25,000 last year, promising a second donation of the same amount to the Michigan Avenue organization if it could raise $50,000 from other sources within three years.

The Center for Joy raised the match in less than a year.

The funds will be used to further help the mentoring program with its efforts to promote self-sufficiency, education and job-readiness skills for young people in several Niagara Falls neighborhoods.


>Job training classes offered at no charge

NIAGARA FALLS -- Free job training courses will begin soon at the ATTAIN computer lab in the Doris W. Jones Family Resource Building, 3001 Ninth St.

Classes will be held from Jan. 22 to March 9 and will provide training for entry-level positions in areas such as pre-nursing, typing, customer service and office administration. GED and senior computer courses also are available.

Registration will be held Jan. 18 and is required for each class. For more information, call lab coordinator Cathy Fadel at 285-5374.


>Peak 'n Peek Ski Resort closes for the day

FINDLEY LAKE -- The unseasonably warm weather claimed another victim Friday when Chautauqua County's biggest ski resort closed for the day because temperatures were near 60 degrees.

Peak 'n Peek Ski Resort general manager Brad Gravink said it had been able to continue operations until then because the temperatures at least dropped to freezing most nights. But he said that didn't happen Thursday night or Friday night.

"We tried to maintain what we had, but it hasn't been cold. One night of snowmaking, and we can be back open," he said.

Gravink said the ski resort has another big weekend coming up with the Martin Luther King Jr. Day holiday.

"It's the second busiest time for us. So, hopefully with cold temperatures and lake effect, we can salvage that," he said.

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