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The American Red Cross has sent an Emergency Response Vehicle based in Niagara Falls to Central New York to assist in recovery from recent flooding.Volunteers Joy Bidlack, of East Aurora, and Diane Sargent, of Lockport, picked up the vehicle from Red Cross headquarters in Buffalo on Monday and drove to Utica. They will deliver food, water, cleanup kits and other supplies t…

LOCKPORT – A Springville company that recently completed an upgrade project at the Lockport sewage treatment plant may begin repairing damage at the plant from the June 28 flood as soon as Wednesday.Norman D. Allen, director of engineering and public works, said STC Construction will clean out one of the plant’s two grit chambers, which was left clogged after the June 28 f…

LOCKPORT – The City of Lockport faces a wrongful-death lawsuit, blaming negligence at the Fire Department for the Sept. 20 death of an alderman’s mother.The suit over the death of Jeanette A. Lombardi, mother of Alderman John Lombardi III, was filed last week in State Supreme Court. It did not list a figure for damages.The suit filed by attorney Gregory Stamm names Beth A.…

LOCKPORT – The Lockport Town Board is likely to join other towns in helping to pay for a survey that Niagara County officials hope will lead to high-speed Internet service in rural areas.Town Supervisor Marc R. Smith said after Monday’s work session that he expects the county’s request for $4,800 will be approved at the formal board meeting Wednesday.The board was briefed …

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NIAGARA FALLS – The City Council has put off a decision on whether to transfer a downtown parcel for a proposed $25.3 million mixed-use development project.City lawmakers Monday voted, 3-2, to table a proposal to sell 310 Rainbow Blvd., a city-owned parcel now used mostly as a parking lot, as part of a proposal from the Hamister Group of Williamsville to build a five-story…

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NIAGARA FALLS – Narang “David” Kim, a 23-year-old University at Buffalo MBA candidate and teaching assistant in its school of management, has been identified as the man who slipped off a rock and fell into the Lower Niagara River on Saturday night.Lt. Patrick Moriarty of the State Parks Police said Kim went off the trail at 6:30 p.m. when he was walking with a group of fri…

The priest secretary for the past three Catholic bishops in Buffalo – a top administrator in the diocese – is moving out of the chancery and back into parish work.Bishop Richard J. Malone has appointed Monsignor David G. LiPuma to serve as pastor of St. Peter parish in Lewiston, effective Aug. 24.LiPuma has been serving as vice chancellor of the Buffalo diocese and secreta…

LEWISTON – Town of Lewiston residents planning to vote absentee on the proposed Lewiston Recreation Center next Monday must file applications by today. Applications are available in Lewiston Town Hall, 1375 Ridge Road, or can be obtained by calling 754-8213, Ext. 222, 256 or 261.If the referendum is approved, it would authorize the town to borrow $8 million in bond anticip…

Ducks can be adopted for race at Canal FestDucks are available for adoption for the Community Missions’ 2013 Duck Race, which will be held at 3 p.m. July 20 during the annual Canal Fest of the Tonawandas.Ducks can be “adopted” for a chance to win prizes while supporting Community Missions.Ducks can be purchased in advance by calling Community Missions at 285-3403, Ext. 222…

CAMBRIA• Baer Road, Gary W. Wassinger; Barbara R. Wassinger to Amy L. Jagow; David R. Jagow, $187,000.• Shawnee Road, John L. Rogers; Lynne F. Rogers to Tracy K. Kalinski; David J. Kalinski, $174,000.• Saunders Settlement Road, Lori Kendzia; Carol Vosburgh; Lori Kendiza to Buffalo Sanborn Associates, $150,000.HARTLAND• Brooks Road, Thomas Russo Jr. to Dominick L. Ciliberto…

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YOUNGSTOWN – Dave Bybee drives trucks for a living. But on weekends seven months out of the year, the Mechanicsburg, Ohio, native trades his trucker cap for a tri-corner hat and assumes a wildly different role: commanding officer of an 18th century French colonial regiment.No time travel necessary – Bybee’s transformation requires only a love of history, an active imaginat…

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NORTH TONAWANDA – In a simpler time, before iPods and the Internet, a day of fun meant a ride on the carousel.The Herschell Carrousel Museum will take kids back to those simpler times in two weeklong, summer day camps that explore their community’s past.Each day of camp includes a mini-tour of the museum, hands-on crafts and activities, play time in the Children’s Gallery …

OLCOTT – Dig up that eye patch and prop a parrot on your shoulder – the annual Pirate Festival is scheduled Friday, Saturday and next Sunday in Krull Park.Things kick off at 6 p.m. Friday with carnival rides, live music from Hair Nation, various vendors, food and a beer tent (for ages 21 and older), running until midnight. The parade gets started at noon Saturday, with par…

MondayPRAYER: The Healing Rooms of Buffalo Niagara is open to pray for anyone who needs physical, emotional or spiritual healing, 7 to 9 p.m., Potters House Christian Community Church, 723 Seventh St., Niagara Falls. No appointment or fee necessary. For more information, call 884-0048.TuesdayRECOVERY GROUP: 7:30 p.m., Wheatfield Community Church, 3571 Niagara Falls Blvd. A…

BarkerThe Village Board will meet at 7 p.m. Monday in Village Hall, 8708 Main St.CambriaThe Town Board will meet at 8 p.m. Thursday in Town Hall, 4160 Upper Mountain Road, Sanborn.HartlandThe Town Board will meet at 7:30 p.m. Thursday in Town Hall, 8942 Ridge Road, Gasport.LewistonThe Town Board will meet at 6 p.m. Monday in Town Hall, 1375 Ridge Road.LockportThe Town Boar…