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Warmer days on the horizon after evening of 'hard freeze'

It'll warm up -- honest.

Despite a "hard freeze" warning overnight Saturday and freeze warnings during overnight hours into Tuesday, the mercury will climb steadily throughout the new week, according to the National Weather Service.

Today's high is expected to be 52 degrees, rising to 60 on Monday, 64 on Tuesday, dropping to 55 on Wednesday but jumping to a mercurial 74 on Thursday.

Today and Monday will be sunny, with rain entering the scene later in the week.


Diversified Manufacturing approved for $160,000 loan

LOCKPORT -- The city's development agency has approved a $160,000 loan to Diversified Manufacturing.

The Greater Lockport Development Corp. green-lighted a seven-year loan at 5 percent annual interest. R. Charles Bell, planning and development director, said the loan will help the metal fabrication and machining company on Ohio Street to buy updated equipment. Diversified, founded in 1955, employs 101 people.


British kayakers embark on journey with local stops

Two British visitors planning to paddle their kayaks the entire length of the Erie Canal this summer will start their journey Monday with visits to Buffalo and Niagara Falls.

Richard Harpman and Glenn Charles will warm up Monday with a hike in the Niagara River gorge and a Cave of the Winds tour. After lunch and a drive to Buffalo, they will kayak up the Buffalo River alongside the city's historic grain elevators.

Harpman and Charles, accompanied by two British journalists, will shove off from Erie Canal Harbor at 10:45 a.m. Tuesday, and are expected to reach the City of Tonawanda two hours later. After a lunch break, they will leave for Lockport at 1:15 p.m. and are expected to go through the locks at about 4 p.m., reaching the Widewaters Marina by 5:30.

A reception for Niagara County officials and tourism leaders is to be held at Lockport Locks and Erie Canal Cruises, followed by a tour of Lockport. The party will leave for Medina at 7 a.m. Wednesday.


Monday is deadline to submit applications for five awards

LOCKPORT -- Monday is the deadline to submit applications for five college scholarships being offered by the Rotary Club of Lockport for high school seniors attending public, private or parochial schools serving the Lockport, Starpoint or Newfane school districts.

Applications, available at the school guidance offices, are to be returned by Monday to those offices or to the Rotary Club of Lockport, P.O. Box 1199, Lockport, NY 14095, according to Robert J. Hagen, Rotary vice president and Scholarship Committee chairman.

Three of the one-year scholarships are for $2,000 each, and two are for $1,000.

One of the $1,000 grants is specifically designated for a student entering a program of vocational education or training. The other scholarships are for students pursuing academic degrees from a two-year or four-year college or university.