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Two stores fined for selling tobacco products to minors

LOCKPORT -- The Niagara County Health Department announced Friday that two stores have been fined for selling tobacco products to minors.

The county uses 15- and 16-year-old volunteers who attempt to buy tobacco without identification.

From October through March, the county did 112 compliance checks, and the only violators were the gasoline kiosk in front of the Tops supermarket on Meadow Drive in North Tonawanda, and the Sunoco Food Mart on Hyde Park Boulevard in Niagara Falls.

The county imposed a total of $1,350 in fines in the cases. Both stores were first-time offenders.

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'Boom Day' to feature boat procession, local exhibits

NIAGARA FALLS -- The natural, artistic and cultural wealth of the Niagara River and of the waterfront in the LaSalle neighborhood will be celebrated during a "Niagara Boom Day" open house from 6 to 10 p.m. today at the LaSalle Yacht Club, 73 S. 86th St.

"Boom Day is our community's unique way to ask 'where was winter?' with the early lifting of the Lake Erie ice boom across the Niagara River at Buffalo in mid-March," according to Eric Miller, chairman of LaSalle PRIDE and master of ceremonies for Saturday's celebration.

Miller said the entire community is invited to the yacht club, where a dozen local exhibits will be on display, and music will be provided by the Ladies First Jazz Combo led by Jennifer May. Admission is free, but free-will donations will be accepted. Food and a cash bar also will be available.

Canoe and kayak boaters are invited to join a boating contingent forming at 5:30 p.m. at the Griffon Park boat launch on Buffalo Avenue for the one-mile trip downstream to the yacht club. Re-enactors from Old Fort Niagara will provide musket fire to welcome the boaters to the yacht club at about 6:30 p.m.

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Corwin dedicates pear tree in park for Arbor Day

LOCKPORT -- Assemblywoman Jane Corwin, R-Clarence, dedicated a tree Friday in Veterans Park in honor of Arbor Day.

Corwin donated a blossoming pear tree from Bison Nursery of Clarence for planting in the East Avenue park. Several local elected officials were on hand to accept the tree.

Corwin presented Alderwoman Anne E. McCaffrey, R-2nd Ward, with a framed citation honoring Niagara County veterans. A plaque mounted on a stone was placed next to the sapling.

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Ewings Road bridge to close Monday for reconstruction

NEWFANE -- The Ewings Road bridge over Eighteen Mile Creek is scheduled to be closed Monday, as a $1.38 million reconstruction project is set to begin.

Michael F. Tracy, Niagara County deputy public works commissioner for highways, said the target date for reopening the bridge is the first week of the new school year in September.

CATCO of Alden is the contractor on the project.