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New lanes to ease travel on Rainbow, Peace bridges

Crossing the Peace Bridge in Buffalo and Rainbow Bridge in Niagara Falls is getting a bit easier for those with the proper travel documents.

A "Ready Lane" will be opened on both bridges during certain days and times to help expedite travel.

The new lane, part of an initiative from U.S. Customs and Border Protection, is intended for travelers with one of the following documents: enhanced driver's license, U.S. passport card, new permanent resident card or a trusted traveler card such as a NEXUS, SENTRI or FAST card.

The lanes will be open Monday through Thursday at both bridges. Hours at the Peace Bridge are from 2 to 6 p.m. Hours at the Rainbow Bridge are 3 to 7 p.m.

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Chamber will host debate for all candidates

The Lackawanna Area Chamber of Commerce will host a debate for all candidates running for a seat on the Lackawanna City Council from 6 to 8:30 p.m. today in Lucarelli's Banquet Center, 1830 Abbott Road, Lackawanna.

Questions will be general, and the candidates will have one minute to respond.

The League of Women Voters will moderate and provide a timekeeper.

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Peace activist to give lectures at two sites

Kathy Kelly, a Chicago-based peace activist and co-coordinator of Voices for Creative Nonviolence, will speak about her recent trip to Afghanistan and 2009 trips to Pakistan and Gaza on Sept. 15 at two Buffalo events.

Kelly will speak at 11:30 a.m. at Network of Religious Communities, 1272 Delaware Ave.

Those attending are invited to bring a brown-bag lunch and participate in a mini-workshop exploring nonviolent direct action.

At 7 p.m., Kelly will speak in the Regis Room in Canisius College's Student Center, followed by a question-and-answer session. The entrance is on Hughes Avenue, near Main and Jefferson streets.

For more information, call 884-0582 or email victoryross@verizon.net.

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District sets bus times for middle, high schools

With the start of the new school year on Sept. 7, students of Depew High and Middle schools will be delivered by bus to school at 7:30 a.m.

High school classes will begin at 7:40 a.m.; middle school classes at 7:35 a.m. Both buildings will be dismissed at 2:20 p.m. A late bus will depart at 3:15 p.m.

The change to the bus schedule for both schools was approved by the Board of Education as part of cost-cutting measures in the Transportation Department. There is no change for the start and end time for students of Cayuga Heights Elementary.

The school day is 9:05 a.m. to 3:05 p.m. The earliest pupils can be dropped off is 8:45 a.m.

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