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Board grants variances for grocery, ice cream shop    

LOCKPORT -- The Zoning Board of Appeals has granted variances for two new businesses to open in the City of Lockport.    

John Cooper got the go-ahead to reopen the former Stranges' Grocery, a convenience store at 78 Grand St., which has been closed for several years.    

Also receiving a variance was Jessica Dittly, who will open an ice cream parlor on the ground floor of a dwelling at East Avenue and McCollum Street.


Graphic artist to receive Key to the Locks Award

LOCKPORT—Jeffery P. Degnan, a graphic artist for Niagara County's Economic Development Department, is the winner of the seventh annual Key to the Locks Award.

Degnan will receive the prize at 11 a.m. Saturday in the Erie Canal Discovery Center, when the winning tune in this year's Erie Canal song contest also will premiere.

For the third time, the winning composer was "Doc Stuart" Shapiro, whose entry this year was titled "Digger 'n' Haulers."

Degnan has been a member of the Lockport Canal Development Task Force for more than 15 years and a county employee for more than 30 years. He has been an active participant in many canal- related projects.

The Key to the Locks is awarded to a local citizen who best promotes and exemplifies community spirit and heritage. Community members provided nominations and a panel of civic leaders and previous winners reviewed the entries.


Inclusive day camp planned this summer

NIAGARA FALLS—The city's YMCA is partnering with Heritage Christian Services to offer an inclusive day camp this summer for children with and without developmental disabilities.

The camp, which runs June 25 to Aug. 31, will offer youth sports, swimming, arts, crafts and other activities at the Wheatfield Youth Center.

Cost is $125 for Wheatfield residents and $150 for nonresidents for a five-day camp week. Financial assistance is available for those who qualify. For more information, call the YMCA at 285-8491 or visit


Great Lakes Seaway Trail seeks new president, CEO

The Great Lakes Seaway Trail has announced its search for a new president and chief executive officer to continue development of tourism and travel-related economic initiatives for the 518-mile leisure driving route in New York and Pennsylvania.

Among the travel themes for the National Scenic Byway that includes Niagara Falls, the Thousand Islands and the Erie, Pa., Bayfront are maritime history, lighthouses and shipwrecks; water recreation; War of 1812 military history; birding and nature; and quilting as cultural heritage.

Longtime Executive Director Teresa H. Mitchell died in late January.

Seaway Trail's headquarters is in Sackets Harbor, near Watertown. The application instructions are online at