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>Legislators approve bill adopting 'green' standards

When building or expanding its structures in the future, Erie County government will use energy-saving "green" standards, under a bill approved unanimously by the County Legislature last week as a way to conserve natural resources and use less energy.

Also, the county will buy "Energy Star" rated appliances whenever possible, according to a second bill also approved unanimously. County Executive Joel A. Giambra must sign both measures before they become law, but he has not voiced opposition to them.

"Erie County is taking the lead on becoming a green county, and that will benefit our children and our economy for generations to come," said County Legislator Timothy M. Kennedy, a Buffalo Democrat who was a main sponsor of the bills along with Majority Leader Maria R. Whyte, also a Buffalo Democrat.

"Green is healthier, simple as that," Kennedy said.

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>Newfane High band in free concert today

LOCKPORT -- Four Newfane High School graduates who gained notice locally when they played two songs on the school's roof last month will play a free concert at 5:30 p.m. today at the Gazebo in Ida Fritz Park.

The Eastern Niagara United Way will sponsor the concert by The Heads. The show will be followed by the weekly "Sound Track of Cruising" program featuring Hank Nevins from 6 to 9 p.m.

Band members Aaron Brown, Christopher Florio, Paul Giazzon and Jesse Jolly were charged with criminal trespass after they climbed to the roof of the high school June 12 to imitate the Beatles' last live concert in London. The charges were dismissed on the condition that they stay out of trouble for six months.

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>Federal grants will fund updates of school libraries

The Buffalo and Niagara Falls school systems have received federal grants totaling $598,304 to upgrade library facilities at 17 schools.

In Buffalo, a $300,000 Literacy and School Libraries grant will be used to purchase books, materials and technology at seven elementary schools, said Sen. Charles E. Schumer, who announced the grants.

Ten schools in Niagara Falls will benefit from a $298,304 grant, and extended hours will be instituted to encourage families to visit school libraries.

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