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SANBORN -- Niagara-Wheatfield school officials say they may find out this week how much it will cost to fix the overhead pedestrian bridge between the middle school and high school.

The bridge was struck Wednesday by a truck used by Cerrone Construction Co. that was doing road pavement work behind the school complex.

The bed of the dump truck was in a raised position when it attempted to drive under the bridge, school officials said.

School Business Executive Kerin Dumphrey said even though a preliminary study of the bridge was done by a structural engineer from Syracuse, a closer look needs to be taken. The cursory examination found extensive structural damage, and the bridge was immediately closed.

"We need to get the structural engineer back to make an estimate," Dumphrey said. "He needs to conduct a more thorough study."

The pedestrian walkway was part of a multimillion-dollar capital projects referendum approved by voters three years ago. The construction cost was estimated at $500,000.

Program takes aim at substance abuse

TOWN OF NIAGARA -- "Take a Stand Against Substance Abuse Day" will be celebrated from 4 to 5 p.m. Oct. 25 in the parking lot of Page's Whistle Pig Restaurant, 7001 Packard Road.

The Alcoholism Council in Niagara County is sponsoring the event. Its prevention and education director, Dennis J. Gleason, said, "This event will be a public demonstration consisting of wearing red, holding signs for the passing traffic and people to see and identifying yourself as a community-minded person who supports a drug-free lifestyle."

There will be a flag-raising ceremony, a helium-filled balloon launch and signs such as "Honk If You Are Drug-Free."

Little People's Recreation Program set

The North Tonawanda Department of Youth, Recreation and Parks is conducting registration for its Fall Little People's Recreation Program.

The 10-week program runs once a week and is open to all North Tonawanda children 4 or 5 years old.

Separate Monday and Wednesday classes will be offered from 4:15 to 5:30 p.m. in the Col. Payne Community Center.

A $10 materials fee is required with an opening date of Oct. 2 for the Monday classes and Oct. 4 for the Wednesday classes.

Registration forms are available at the recreation office in the Col. Payne Community Center, 460 Wheatfield St. Registration is open until Friday.

Niagara-Wheatfield High open house

SANBORN -- Niagara-Wheatfield Senior High School will hold its open house from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Thursday.

Principal Laura Palka said parents will follow their children's schedules to meet their teachers and are asked to bring a copy of the schedule with them.

Bake sales and club and class displays will be offered, and school yearbooks will be available for $43.

Crystal Beach photo contest planned

A photo contest will be the highlight as Crystal Beach Day returns Saturday to the Herschell Carrousel Factory Museum, 180 Thompson St., North Tonawanda. The deadline for submitting photos of Crystal Beach is 5 p.m. today. Photos must be 8-by-10 and will be returned to their owners.

The photos will be on display from Saturday to Oct. 10. Three prize winners will be determined by public ballot. For information, call 693-1885.

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