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> NIAGARA COUNTY

Lawmakers complete OK of NU bonding measure

LOCKPORT -- The Niagara County Legislature, in a two-minute special meeting Tuesday, reapproved $48 million in bonding authorization for Niagara University.

The bonds, approved at the March 20 Legislature meeting, required another vote because underwriters wanted a detailed run-down of how each dollar would be spent, according to Susan C. Langdon, director of project development for the Niagara County Industrial Development Agency.

Of the $48 million, $23.5 million is new debt for the university's new science center, a renovated administrative building and new parking lots. The other $24.5 million is a refinancing of existing debt.

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> LOCKPORT

City and county offices will be closed Friday

LOCKPORT -- City of Lockport and Niagara County offices will be closed Friday because of Good Friday.

City Clerk Richelle J. Pasceri said the city's garbage pickup schedule will not be affected.

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> LEWISTON

NCCC professor emeritus to speak in Opera House

LEWISTON -- E.R. "Bob" Baxter III, a professor emeritus of English at Niagara County Community College and award-winning poet, will read from his new book, "Niagara Digressions," during a book-signing beginning at 7 p.m. Saturday in the Lewiston Opera House, 732 Center St.

The book is described as an innovative work of nonfiction derived from his experiences on the Niagara Frontier, where he was born and raised.

Those experiences include attending local schools, caddying, delivering newspapers, washing dishes, driving tours, working in factories and on construction of the Niagara Power Project, hitchhiking across the country, being drafted, spending two years in the Army and more years hiking up and down the Niagara River gorge. He attended NCCC and eventually taught there until he retired.

Baxter will be joined at Saturday's program by the Acoustic Rangers, a band made up mostly of former Niagara Frontier musicians reassembled here to make music for the occasion.

Baxter has been honored with the State Creative Service Award for fiction and the Just Buffalo Award for fiction and is the author of several works of poetry.

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> NIAGARA FALLS

City controller on panel at women's leadership retreat

NIAGARA FALLS -- City Controller Maria C. Brown has been selected as a panelist at a Canisius College women's leadership retreat.

Brown, the city's chief fiscal officer, will be one of five panelists to speak April 25 at the Canisius Women's Leaders Retreat at Sonoma Bar and Grill, 5010 Main St., Snyder. Brown will join other women leaders speaking about their personal leadership skills and experiences.

To register for the retreat or panel discussion and dinner, visit canisius.edu/cpd. A $75 fee is required to attend the dinner.