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Voters approve increase in library appropriation

BATAVIA -- City school district voters Tuesday approved, 252-63, a 2 percent increase in the appropriation for Richmond Memorial Library.

The district provides $1.2 million of the library's $1.35 million budget. However, the vote -- approving a $23,335 increase -- is a separate issue from the school's budget to be voted on later this month.

Elizabeth Stich, an unopposed incumbent, won a five-year term on the five-member board of trustees.

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Peace Garden dedication will be held Sunday

BATAVIA -- The Batavia Peace Garden, a small plot of land overlooking Tonawanda Creek next to the Holland Land Office museum, will be dedicated by its volunteer work force at 2 p.m. Sunday.

The garden, funded solely by local residents and businesses, had a groundbreaking last September.

It has also been designated as a destination on the War of 1812 Tour, consisting of 18 sites in New York and three in Southern Ontario where the new nation fought British forces.

Twenty illuminated flags representing 20 countries will be dedicated. The park will eventually have a brick walk, benches, flowers and trees. The park's first item -- a giant steel World Peace and Friendship globe built by a local welding firm -- was installed last month.

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Anglers to batter and fry 350 pounds of smelt

LEWISTON -- The Niagara River Anglers will batter and fry 350 pounds of smelt beginning at 6 p.m. Friday in celebration of the Lewiston Smelt Festival at the foot of Center Street along the Niagara River waterfront.

Free samples of fried smelt will be distributed by the anglers and co-sponsors, the Niagara River Region Chamber of Commerce, Village of Lewiston and Silo restaurant. The theme of the program is "Lewiston never smelt so good."

Smelt, which feature a distinctive cucumber fragrance when plucked from the water, are among the few fish that sportsmen are allowed to catch in nets. The state Department of Environmental Conservation has identified Lewiston as one of the best places in the nation for smelt dipping.

Besides the free smelt, other food and beverages will be available for sale, and the Lakeside Blues Band will provide entertainment. The event is geared toward an adult audience.

Lewiston restaurants will serve their own variations of smelt over the weekend.

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Used book sale begins today at public library

LOCKPORT -- The Lockport Public Library's used book sale begins today with a presale from 3 to 7 p.m. for members of Friends of the Library -- but anyone is able to join the Friends on the spot and get first crack at the merchandise.

The hours for the general sale are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday in the library, 23 East Ave.

Books, magazines, CDs, DVDs and video tapes are being offered.