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Zoning Board approves Tops gas station project

LOCKPORT -- The proposed gas station in front of Tops Market on South Transit Road is a go, as the town Zoning Board of Appeals granted the project the variances it needed Tuesday.

Town Attorney Daniel E. Seaman said the project needs only to obtain a building permit, and Tops will be free to install a gas station in its parking lot, as many other supermarkets in the chain already have done. Tops officials have said they intend to start work as quickly as possible.

The station will be installed in the northwest corner of the store's parking lot. It will offer three fuel pumps.

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Honors will be bestowed at President's Dinner

NIAGARA FALLS -- Leaders at Niagara University will honor two prominent local families and two institutions at the President's Dinner Nov. 8 in the Seneca Niagara Casino & Hotel Event Center.

The Rev. Joseph L. Levesque, university president, will give the President's Award of Distinction to James and Mary Glenn and their five children, and to Alice Mary Joy and her three children.

Both families, longtime supporters of Niagara University, have a history of charitable support from many organizations throughout Western New York.

Levesque also is honoring Mount St. Mary's Hospital and Stella Niagara and the Sisters of St. Francis of Penance and Christian Charity with the award.

The dinner begins at 6 p.m. in the casino, 310 Fourth St. Total Eclipse will perform following dinner.

Tickets for the event are $150 each and may be obtained by calling 286-8779. Deadline for making reservations is Friday.

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Government offices closed on Election Day

LOCKPORT -- All Niagara County offices will be closed Tuesday because of Election Day. Lockport city offices will be closed, although City Hall will be open as a polling place.

The closure will not affect the garbage collection schedule in the city, City Clerk Richard P. Mullaney said.

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Crime-fighters receive award for cooperation

Three top law enforcement officials from the region along with State Attorney General Andrew M. Cuomo were honored Tuesday by U.S. Attorney General Michael B. Mukasey for cooperative crime-fighting efforts.

Cuomo, Erie County Sheriff Timothy B. Howard, Niagara Falls Police Superintendent John R. Chella and Amherst Police Chief John C. Askey received this year's William French Smith Award for Outstanding Contributions to Cooperative Law Enforcement.

They were recognized for their collaborative work forming the Western New York Regional Computer Forensic Lab.

The four men were among 22 individuals who don't work for the U.S. Justice Department who were honored by Mukasey at the award ceremony in Constitution Hall in Washington, D.C. Mukasey also presented awards to 250 Justice Department employees.

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