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MetroLink Bus 201 will continue its run

LOCKPORT -- Bus 201, a MetroLink bus serving Lockport, will continue to run on its current schedule after Sunday, when it was supposed to have been canceled.

C. Douglas Hartmayer, spokesman for the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority, said Friday that an in-house analysis of the Lockport bus situation is not yet complete, and the route that circles past Lockport shopping areas and housing complexes nine times a day will keep rolling in the meantime.

Local politicians and faith-based community groups demanded reconsideration of the NFTA's plan to cancel Bus 201 at a public meeting April 16. NFTA figures showed its average daily ridership was 39 people.

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State grant to cover cost of prekindergarten program

SANBORN -- The Niagara Wheatfield School District will receive a last-minute grant to keep its prekindergarten program open in September.

Interim School Superintendent Kerin Dumphrey said this week he heard from the office of State Sen. George D. Maziarz, R-Newfane, that Maziarz was able to secure a $120,000 grant for the district to keep the program going at some level. The program had been cut from the 2012-13 budget as a nonmandatory expense.

"You could almost call it a grant since it is above and beyond the state aid we will get," Dumphrey said.

"The grant won't cover all of the program which we had in all three elementary schools," he added. The eliminated program cost the district $213,175, according to a budget report.

"But it will put back two teachers and result in four sections -- two in the morning and two in the afternoon," Dumphrey said.

He said he wasn't sure which schools would get the program back but that the board would have to decide.

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Genesee Country Village set to open today

Genesee Country Village & Museum in Mumford will open today and continue on Mother's Day with highlights of women's fashions from the 1800s.

There will be presentations of "Voices of the Villages," in which townsfolk take the woman's perspective on such issues as pregnancy and childbirth, prostitution and dress reform.

There will also be a Victorian tea for $5, American heritage chocolate tasting, and more.

Admission for moms on Mother's Day is free.

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Classic car cruises return to Ida Fritz Park

LOCKPORT -- The 13th year of classic car cruises in Lockport begins at 6 p.m. Monday in Ida Fritz Park, West and Park avenues.

This will be the eighth year the events have been held under the auspices of the Monday Night Cruise Optimist Club. Each free weekly show will feature oldies music and plenty of old cars.

The cruises last from 6 to 9 p.m. except for those on Memorial Day and Labor Day, which run from 3 to 9 p.m.