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Students' memorial designs will be unveiled Monday

A piece of wreckage from the 9/1 1 terrorism attack on New York City will be incorporated into a 9/1 1 memorial that will be designed by art and architecture students from North Tonawanda High School.

Potential designs for the memorial, submitted by 50 students, will be unveiled at 6:30 p.m. Monday at the Carnegie Art Center, 240 Goundry St. People who attend the unveiling ceremony can vote for the best design, which will be used to build the memorial later this year at North Tonawanda Fire Department headquarters on Sweeney Street.

"The Fire Department obtained a section of a steel I-beam from the wreckage of the World Trade Center, and that will be featured in the memorial," said Chris Cook, an art and architecture teacher at the high school who is running the design competition.

North Tonawanda Mayor Robert G. Ortt and School Superintendent Gregory J. Woytila will speak at the event. Voting will be from 6:30 to 8 p.m.


Labor Council will hold Workers Memorial Day

LEWISTON -- The Niagara-Orleans Labor Council, AFL-CIO, will hold its 21st annual Workers Memorial Day observance at 9 a.m. Saturday at the workers monument in Reservoir State Park, off Military Road.

After a continental breakfast under a tent, the monument for workers who died on the job will be blessed, and a one-hour program of speakers will begin at 10 a.m., said William Jakobi, the labor group's community services liaison.

The program, open to the public, will include an honor guard salute, bagpipes playing "Amazing Grace" and a flag-raising, followed by a bugler playing taps.


Richardson Complex to offer summer tours

Tours of the Richardson Olmsted Complex will be available this summer, following well-attended tours during the October 2011 National Preservation Conference that saw nearly 2,000 people visit over a 10-day period.

An open house will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. July 26. Tickets are $20, $15 before July 24. Also on tap are:

*Basic tours on May 12, June 9, July 14, Aug. 11 and Sept. 8. Tickets are $15.

*South Lawn Landscape Tour on July 14. Tickets are $35.

*In-Depth Tour on May 12 and Aug. 11. Tickets are $30.

*Stabilization and Construction Tour on June 9 and Sept. 8. Tickets are $30.

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Shift of truck route urged by alderman

LOCKPORT -- A truck route needs to be shifted off Crosby Avenue, Alderman John Lombardi III, R-1st Ward, said this week.

Lombardi said he is proposing the redesignation to move trucks off the residential street in the city's west end. He said trucks use Crosby Avenue as a short cut between Ohio Street and West Avenue, which is part of State Route 31.

The proposal is to be considered by the city Traffic Advisory Committee May 21.