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Scarves needed to adorn Lewiston Peace Garden

LEWISTON -- Hundreds of scarves, in various shapes and colors, will be tied together and strung in trees throughout the Lewiston Peace Garden on the weekend of June 15-17 in observance of a program called Binational Doors Open 2012.

The display, titled "The Ties That Bind," was initiated by Jacquie Lodico, a member of the board of the Lewiston Council on the Arts.

The scarves are being donated by both Canadian and American women to signify the many ways that women in both countries are bound together in peace and friendship, according to the Council on the Arts.

The council said the cross-border region will unveil new stories about its rich shared history and the heritage, architecture and landscapes that define the Niagara Frontier.

Hundreds of scarves are needed for the intended impact of the project. The arts council will recognize everyone who donates a scarf or scarves by the deadline of June 1.

Scarves may be dropped off at Lewiston's Red Brick School, which is the Village Hall, or at the Council on the Arts office, 475 Ridge St.

For more information, call Lodico at 754-7311.

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Madigan launches campaign for seat held by Higgins

Mike Madigan, a Grand Island businessman and tea party activist, announced his candidacy for Congress in the 26th District on Sunday as he celebrated the opening of his new campaign office at 1104 Kensington Ave. at Bailey Avenue.

Madigan, a senior program manager for Life Technologies, a global biotechnology company, is seeking the seat held by Rep. Brian Higgins, D-Buffalo.

Madigan wants to improve inner-city schools with the use of tax credits, vouchers and vocational training.

He also wants to lower taxes, cut government spending and reduce regulations on business.

He is a University at Buffalo graduate and a Grand Island Republican committeeman. He also is vice president of the Frederick Douglass Foundation of New York, a Rochester-based conservative group focused on public policy and education.

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Overnight vigil protests razing of Bethlehem building

A group of historians and preservationists staged an overnight vigil Sunday outside the Bethlehem Steel North Administration Building on Fuhrmann Boulevard, Lackawanna, to protest plans to start demolishing the massive Beaux Arts-style structure this morning.

The group, led by local artist and historian Dana Saylor-Furman, hoped to convince Lackawanna officials and the owners of the building, Gateway Trade, that demolition after neglect is unacceptable and that new uses can be found for the old steel company executive offices.

Preservationists have appealed to Lackawanna officials to postpone plans to raze the structure, designed by noted New York City architect Lansing C. Holden and built in 1901, citing its importance in the area's industrial history.