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Flea market to benefit former Holy Trinity Church

NIAGARA FALLS -- Proceeds of a flea market and sale of antiques and collectibles will be used to maintain and preserve the historic former Holy Trinity Catholic Church building at 1419 Falls St.

A nonprofit and tax-exempt organization called Niagara Heritage of Hope and Service is maintaining the church building that was built in 1905, the 1907 rectory, 1910 convent and carriage house or garage and the 1914 school. The buildings and grounds are listed on the National and State Registers of Historic Places.

The flea market and sale will be held from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 23 on the church grounds. Food and drinks will be available. Parking is available nearby.

Holy Trinity Parish, organized in the early days of the 20th century, was closed in the diocesan downsizing of 2008 to merge with St. George, Our Lady of Lebanon, St. Stanislaus Kostka and Our Lady of the Rosary to form a new parish, Divine Mercy, with Masses at the St. Stanislaus Kostka site, 2437 Niagara St.

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History Center is selling more Cat's Meow keepsakes

LOCKPORT -- The History Center of Niagara has announced that four more of its popular Cat's Meow wooden keepsakes are now available.

The latest edition comprises hand-painted miniatures depicting four prominent Lockport buildings: the United Church of Christ, the Masonic Building, Calvary Baptist Church and the YMCA.

The History Center is the regional distributor for the maker of the keepsakes, Cats Meow Village of Ohio. Advance orders are being taken for individual buildings at $16.95 each, or a complete set of all four is available for $60. Orders may be phoned to the History Center at 434-7433.

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Chamber backs land transfer to Erie Canal Harbor group

The Amherst Chamber of Commerce on Wednesday expressed support for transfer of outer harbor lands owned by the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority to the Erie Canal Harbor Development Corp.

The announcement deals a public relations setback to Mayor Byron W. Brown, who is seeking City of Buffalo ownership for the 384 acres of waterfront.

The Chamber said it views the harbor agency as "extraordinarily effective in its focus on projects and programming along Buffalo's inner harbor."

"A singular focus on waterfront development is required for this initiative to reach its full potential and, for that reason, the Amherst Chamber of Commerce fully supports the ECHDC takeover of the outer harbor from the NFTA," the Chamber said.

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Senate approves increase in historic preservation tax

A statewide bill that would increase the maximum amount of funds available through the historic preservation tax credit from $5 million to $12 million has passed the State Senate.

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo has indicated support for the legislation, which is stalled in the House.