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>Enhanced security, vigilance vowed for Slaughter's office

Niagara Falls Mayor Paul A. Dyster said that in the aftermath Saturday's Arizona shootings, security would be enhanced around the district office of Rep. Louise M. Slaughter, D-Fairport.

A brick was hurled through the window of Slaughter's Pine Avenue office last March, during a spate of violence against the offices of congressional Democrats who advocated the sweeping health care legislation. Among the other sites struck at the time was Rep. Gabrielle Giffords' district office in Tucson, Ariz., where a window was broken.

Dyster said the security measures would employ increased police patrols and other actions he did not want to specify.

"We are not going to tolerate right-wing violence here in Niagara Falls," he said.

Meanwhile, two local congressmen issued reactions to the Arizona tragedy.

"It's frightening to think that this happened when she was just out trying to get in front of her constituents," said Rep. Chris Lee, R-Clarence, who called Giffords a "wonderful person."

"Shocking and saddening" is how Rep. Brian Higgins, D-Buffalo, termed the shootings.

"She is a trusted colleague and someone I consider a friend," he added.

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>Upcoming book to include archival, vintage photos

The Historical Society of the Tonawandas has announced the upcoming release of a new pictorial history of the Twin Cities.

Published by Arcadia Publishing, as part of its "Images of America" series, the book features more than 200 archival and vintage photographs from the society's extensive collection.

The photographs are accompanied by meticulously researched captions, which showcase the Erie Canal, the waterfront, local industries, the business districts, churches, neighborhoods, and the people of the Twin Cities from 1870 to 1955.

For more information, call the society at 694-7406.

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>Training puts inspections, issuing of permits on hold

NORTH TONAWANDA -- The city building inspector and code enforcement offices will not issue permits or perform inspections on Jan. 24 through Jan. 26 due to training.

The office will resume normal business operations at 8 a.m. Jan. 27.

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>Upstate Transplant Services sets blood drive for Saturday

A blood drive for Upstate New York Transplant Services will be held from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday in Lafayette Avenue Presbyterian Church, 875 Elmwood Ave.

Lloyd's Taco Truck will be on site from 1 to 3 p.m. offering their regular menu.

The drive, which will be held in the church social room, is hosted by TEDxBuffalo, a conference devoted to sharing innovative ideas in technology, design and other areas. TEDxBuffalo will be held April 7 in Buffalo's First Presbyterian Church. For more information, visit www.unyts.org.