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Sponsors are being sought for bicentennial banner

LOCKPORT -- The Niagara County Bicentennial Committee is offering businesses and residents the opportunity to sponsor a street banner carrying the county's 200th anniversary logo.

Banners are already up in Newfane, North Tonawanda and the Village of Lewiston. The cost is $200 for a sponsorship that would keep a banner up through the end of 2008. Information is available at the bicentennial Web site,, or by calling Impressive Imprints, the North Tonawanda company that makes the banners, at 692-0905.

Also, the committee has named M&T Bank a major sponsor of the bicentennial after receiving a substantial donation from the bank's charitable foundation.



Carriage to bring Santa to The Summit

WHEATFIELD -- He won't come on a sleigh with reindeer, but close to it.

A horse and carriage will carry Santa Claus to The Summit on Williams Road at 1 p.m. Saturday.

At the mall's main entrance, he will be greeted by dozens of children and the Niagara Experience Players, who then will follow him in a musical parade to his chair in the Fashion Court.

During the afternoon, the horse and carriage will be available for free rides outside the mall.



Residents urged to sign Christmas cards for troops

LOCKPORT -- The Salvation Army is urging residents to sign Christmas cards for the troops at four retail outlets.

The cards will be available for signing Friday and Saturday at the following stores: Wal-Mart, 5783 Transit Road; the Tops Markets at 5827 Transit Road and at 3949 Lockport-Olcott Road; and at Quality Markets, 7134 Rochester Road.

The cards will then be forwarded to U.S. troops in Iraq, Afghanistan, the U.S. Army hospital in Germany and Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Batavia.

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