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>River greenway plan receives board's support

The Town of Tonawanda has become the first municipality to endorse a greenway of interconnected parks, river access points and waterfront trails along the Niagara River from Buffalo to Youngstown.

The Town Board recently adopted a resolution in support of the Niagara River Greenway Plan.

Thirteen municipalities in Erie and Niagara counties -- each of which has veto power -- are scheduled to vote on the proposed plan, which must be sent to the state parks commissioner by March 21. Most of the votes are scheduled for the first week of February, according to Rob Belue, the Niagara River Greenway Commission's executive director.


>Program sets sessions for heating-bill help

The Erie County Home Energy Assistance Program has scheduled a series of outreach sessions next month at various locations to sign up people eligible for HEAP aid to pay their heating bills.

All outreach sessions will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and people will be interviewed on a first-come, first-served basis. The first 80 are guaranteed service. For information, call the HEAP hotline at 858-7870. Applications also can be made at the HEAP offices at 291 Pearl St. and in the Rath Building daily from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Outreach sessions will be held:

* Next Thursday -- Golden Age Center (NIKE Base), 3278 Whitehaven Road, Grand Island.

* Feb. 13 -- Newstead Town Hall, 5 Clarence Center Road.

* Feb. 22 -- Harlem Road Community Center, 4255 Harlem Road, Amherst.

* Feb. 27 -- Kenilworth Fire Hall, 84 Hawthorne Ave., Town of Tonawanda.

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