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> NIAGARA POWER PROJECT

Fishing pier will be closed to public for two days

LEWISTON -- The New York Power Authority advises anglers that the fishing pier at the base of the Niagara Power Project will be closed to the public Tuesday and Wednesday.

A cable car that used to run across the lower Niagara River gorge between Lewiston and Queenston, Ont., is being permanently removed, along with its 715-foot long steel cable.

The apparatus, owned by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and Environment Canada, was installed in 1973 to monitor the flow of water in the river. More modern means now are used to measure the flow, so the cable and its car are being removed as a safety measure.

The Coast Guard will establish a temporary perimeter in the river within the work area to prevent boat travel upstream of the Lewiston-Queenston Bridge. The river shoreline still can be reached by the stairway at the lower fishermen's parking lot at the Power Project.

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> COMMUNITY

UB students promote drunk driving awareness

Daily events and a memorial walk are planned as students at the University at Buffalo hold their first Drunk Driving Awareness Week from Monday through Saturday.

Organizers -- which include the Undergraduate Student Association, Greek Affairs, SBI and the Student Wellness Team -- will have informational sessions and demonstrations, along with free food, music and giveaways, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday, Tuesday and Friday in the Student Union lobby.

Mark Sterner, who served a prison term after three of his friends died in a crash while he was driving drunk, will speak at 7 p.m. Thursday in the Student Union theater. Those who attend will receive a free $10 gift card from Liberty Cab.

The third annual Matthew Scarpati Memorial Walk will begin at 11 a.m. Saturday on the Amherst Bike Path near the Ellicott Complex on UB's North Campus. Scarpati, a UB freshman, was killed by a drunken motorcyclist in Wantagh, Long Island, in 2009 as he was fixing a flat tire on his bicycle.

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> COMMUNITY

Komen for the Cure grants awarded to 8 local programs

The Western New York affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure has awarded grants totaling $405,928 to eight local programs providing breast cancer education and support in the region.

Affiliate board president Colleen Nossavage reports that the agency sought to fill gaps in breast health services in rural communities and to increase services for African-American women.

The grants were awarded at the Komen WNY for the Cure Kick-off Luncheon last week. Recipients included Deaf Adult Services of Western New York, the Erie County Department of Health, International Institute of Buffalo, the National Witness Project and Roswell Park Alliance Foundation.

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> BUFFALO

Forum set for plan to revamp zoning code

A public forum regarding the City of Buffalo's ongoing efforts to revamp its zoning code, dubbed the Green Code, will be held April 10 at the City Campus of Erie Community College.

Sign in for the meeting starts at 6:15 p.m., with a presentation and discussion scheduled for 6:30 p.m.