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>Radioactive sampling completed on road

NIAGARA FALLS -- City Engineer Robert Curtis said a city-hired contractor is finished excavating samples of radioactive material from beneath Lewiston Road that must be tested before a $10 million reconstruction project begins.

Curtis said all the radioactive material -- which is under the pavement and some driveway aprons -- will be removed regardless of the test results.

A 1986 federal report identified higher-than-normal radioactive levels on Lewiston Road, assumed to result from phosphorous intended for disposal in the former Lake Ontario Ordnance Works site in Lewiston and Porter.

Curtis said officials from the state Department of Environmental Conservation took side-by-side samples with the city's contractor, SJB Services of Hamburg, and will conduct its own tests.


>Kiwanis offering help for high school scholars

NIAGARA FALLS -- The Kiwanis Club of Niagara Falls is offering scholarships to graduating high school seniors in the city.

Applications for the 2007 Annual Scholarship are available from the guidance offices at Niagara Falls High School and Niagara Catholic High School, and the deadline is Feb. 20. The group awarded $7,000 in scholarships to students from both schools last year.


>Gallo elected chairman of Western Regional OTB

BATAVIA -- Joseph Gallo, the Wayne County representative on the Western Regional Off Track Betting Corp. for the past 27 years, was elected chairman during the annual organizational meeting Thursday.

He succeeds Gregory L. Davis, the Erie County director. Former horseman and OTB employee Anthony Orsini was appointed to Davis' seat on the board last month by the state Racing and Wagering Board.

Richard E. Siebert, Genesee's director for 12 years, was elected vice chairman.

The tenure of Chief Executive Officer Martin C. Basinait was not on the agenda, according to Siebert. An attempt late last year to oust Basinait, who has headed the quasi-public corporation for the past 16 years, was led by Davis.

Some directors were upset over losses in recent years, attributed largely to the purchase of Batavia Downs and the operation of a money-losing harness racing meet.

Siebert said it was apparent that the CEO's foes did not have the nine votes necessary to replace him. He serves at the pleasure of the 17-member board, which represents 15 counties and the cities of Buffalo and Rochester.

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