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Panel OKs public use of lighthouse land

WASHINGTON -- The House Transportation Committee has approved turning over 20 acres around the historic Buffalo Lighthouse, also known as "Chinaman's Light," in Buffalo Harbor to public use.

The measure was introduced by Rep. Brian Higgins, D-Buffalo, after consultations with Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, D-N.Y., and the Coast Guard, which owns the 1833 lighthouse and the land around it.

Adoption by the panel is tantamount to approval by the House. But the legislation still needs to pass the Senate and be signed by President Bush.

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Sabres Foundation donates $5,000 to SPCA

The Buffalo Sabres Foundation has presented a $5,000 check to members of the Erie County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.

The foundation agreed to match up to $5,000 the amount the SPCA could raise from community members as part of a five-week Buffalo Sabres Foundation Challenge Grant program.

SPCA officials said community members exceeded the maximum amount designated by the foundation. The SPCA raised $8,000, both through individual and one-time donations.

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U.S.-bound drivers faced bridge delays on Canada Day

Motorists entering the United States via the Lewiston-Queenston Bridge on Canada Day Saturday faced three-hour delays, bridge officials said.

But traffic heading to Canada on the same bridge faced only a 10-minute delay.

There also was heavy traffic volume heading to the United States on the Rainbow Bridge, where motorists faced 1 1/2 -hour delays Saturday afternoon. There were only minimal delays for Canada-bound motorists using the Rainbow Bridge.

Drivers using the Peace Bridge to get to the United States faced 20-minute delays, with no major delays for Peace Bridge traffic heading to Canada.

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