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>Electric Lights Parade set to step off Nov. 8

NIAGARA FALLS -- The fourth annual Niagara Electric Lights Parade will be held Nov. 8 and feature about 80 floats, vehicles and other units.

The parade will get under way at 5:30 p.m. on Military Road and Fourth Avenue and wind up at the Kmart store on Military Road.

A horse-drawn carriage will carry Santa Claus. Sitting next to him will be "Santa's Helper," Angelina Roberts, 8, of the Town of Niagara, who was chosen during a contest at a Music Mania Monday Concert in the Town Park in July.

Hundreds of bands, floats and community groups participated in last year's parade, which attracted several thousand spectators. The parade is organized by the Town of Niagara, Town of Niagara Business and Professional Association, Niagara USA Chamber and United Way of Niagara.


>Child obesity conference extends registrations

NIAGARA FALLS -- The registration period has been extended through today for a Niagara County-sponsored conference on child obesity. The event is scheduled from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday in Conference Center Niagara Falls.

"You're going to be listening to some well-renowned experts in not only the field of obesity, but in nutrition as a whole," said County Legislator Danny W. Sklarski, chairman of the Community Services Committee. "This is your health, and it's worth the registration fee."

That fee is $30. To register, call 278-6886. Participants should wear loose-fitting or athletic clothing, as the event involves some physical activity.

Other conference sponsors include the Niagara Falls Boys and Girls Club, the Health Association of Niagara County and the state Office of Children and Family Services.


>History museum receives federal 'bookshelf' grant

NORTH TONAWANDA -- The North Tonawanda History Museum will receive a grant from the federal Institute of Museum and Library Services to be part of that agency's "Connecting to Collections Bookshelf."

The bookshelf will be shared by 776 museums, libraries and archives, representing every state, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands and Guam. The contents include an essential set of books, online resources and a user's guide that can help small libraries and museums care for their collections.
Earlier this year, the Herschell Carrousel Factory Museum was a recipient of the bookshelf.

The two museums will share the contents with the city's third museum, the Railroad Museum of the Niagara Frontier.

Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., informed the museum about the award.
The Historical Society of North German Settlements of Western New York, which operates the Das Haus Museum in Bergholz, also was awarded the bookshelf, through a grant written by Elaine Timm.

That museum works closely with those in North Tonawanda.

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