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BERM HOLDS BACK SWOLLEN CREEK

TOWN OF NIAGARA -- Work crews erected a 3-foot-tall clay berm along Elderberry Drive late Thursday to stop Cayuga Creek from inundating the flood-plagued Cayuga Village trailer park.

Supervisor Steve Richards said officials decided to erect the berm at about 8:30 p.m., after the day's warm temperatures quickly melted accumulated snow, causing the creek to spill over its banks onto Elderberry Drive. The berm, about a half-mile long, was completed about midnight.

The town supplied the clay while Cayuga Village officials hired a trucking firm to haul it to the site. Cayuga Village was the scene of a flood and evacuation Jan. 8.

Girl, 6, struck darting into street
NIAGARA FALLS -- Caline Brown, 6, of 454 Ninth St., was seriously injured at 3:57 p.m. Thursday when she darted into Walnut Avenue just west of Ninth Street and was hit by a sport utility
vehicle, Officer Thomas Licata said.

Caline, who was thrown about 10 feet from the point of impact, suffered a collapsed lung, bruises and abrasions to her face and head, Licata and an official at Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center said.

She later was transferred to Children's Hospital in Buffalo.

Police said Lawrence R. Abbey of Lockport Road was westbound on Walnut Avenue and struck the girl when she ran out in front of his vehicle. Witnesses said Abbey tried to brake but was unable to avoid the girl, Licata said.

Banners brighten boulevard
NIAGARA FALLS -- A four-mile long stretch of Niagara Falls Boulevard is being transformed into an international gateway to Niagara Falls, with "welcome" banners in several languages flying from street poles.

The new Niagara Falls Boulevard Business Association unveiled the banners at a ceremony today near the entrance to Niagara Falls International Airport.

Business Association President Julie Clark said the tourism promotion would be funded by matching contributions from the state, county and city governments and from businesses along the
Niagara Falls Boulevard corridor.

The multilingual "welcome" banners are the first step in the association's international gateway project, according to Mrs. Clark. Businesses along the portion of the boulevard between the airport entrance and Packard Road will post their own international signs and distribute buttons and flags.

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