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Arts grants available for Buffalo River projects

Individual grants of up to $10,000 are available for programming along the Buffalo River from May 26 to Oct. 31.

Arts Services Initiative of Western New York announced last week a request for proposals with $82,500 available for qualified organizations and individuals. Programs and events will be considered at several sites, including Buffalo River Fest Park, Silo City grain elevators, Mutual Riverfront Park, Father Conway Park and the river itself.

Funding is made possible through Erie Canal Harbor Development Corp. A similar RFP has already been issued for Canalside. The deadline to apply is noon April 25. For more information, go to


Group's awards banquet will honor youth mentors

Stop the Violence Coalition Inc. will hold its fourth annual awards banquet from 6 to 10 p.m. April 28 in Creekside Manor, 2669 Union Road, Cheektowaga.

This year's theme -- MENTORS: Mentoring, Education, Nurturing to Overcome Real Life Situations -- honors people who mentor youth and offer them opportunities to succeed.

Erie County Legislator Timothy R. Hogues will be the keynote speaker. Activities include a silent auction, raffles and door prizes, awards presentations and dancing.

Banquet tickets cost $50 per person and gold, silver and bronze sponsorships are available. The deadline for tickets and advertising submissions for the souvenir journal is April 16.

The coalition was founded in 2004.


St. John the Baptist School offering open house

St. John the Baptist School in the Town of Tonawanda will offer an open house for parents considering a Catholic education for their children.

Parents are invited to to attend with their child, age 4 to 7, and meet teachers, staff, parents and students at the Read & Run for Fun event from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. April 28.

Faculty, staff and parents will answer questions about academics, athletics, activities and registration. For information, call Michelle Salemi at 877-6401 or email


Antenna for radio system to be built near compost plant

LOCKPORT -- One of the new antennas for Niagara County's new emergency radio system will be erected next to the City of Lockport composting plant.

County Manager Jeffrey M. Glatz said last week the county agreed to build the antenna at the composting plant after the city rejected its request to build next to the water tower in Outwater Park.

The Common Council and Mayor Michael W. Tucker feared that a 180-foot-high antenna, surrounded by a 51-by-41-foot enclosure, would have harmed the park's aesthetics.

The composting plant antenna will need to be higher, because the plant is below the Niagara Escarpment and is about 100 feet lower than the park. However, the West Jackson Street plant is in a remote area of the city.