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ADELPHIA PLANS $5 MILLION UPGRADE

LOCKPORT -- Adelphia Cable has announced a $5 million project to rebuild its cable television system in Lockport, Newfane and Somerset.

Regional Manager Vincent Laurendi Jr. said the company will install 250 miles of new fiber-optic and coaxial cable by the end of the year, with Orius Corp. of Erie, Pa., the contractor hired to perform the work.

The purpose is to expand the transmission capacity of the system, improving picture and sound and clearing the way for the availability of two-way interactive services such as video on demand, which Adelphia expects to launch next year.

"Once the upgrade is completed, our area will be one of the most technologically advanced in the nation," Laurendi said.

Ideas for Outwater Park sought

LOCKPORT -- A public meeting is set for 6 p.m. Monday in City Hall to seek suggestions on how to spend $15,000 for the improvement of Outwater Park, the city's largest park.

Alderman Mark J. Dudkowski, whose 3rd Ward includes Outwater, called the meeting. He said the money is interest that has accumulated in the Outwater Park Trust Fund and is not currently allocated.

"I hope a lot of people show up," Dudkowski said. "Outwater is definitely a park of the citizens of Lockport. . . . Fifteen thousand isn't all the money in the world, but we can do some things with it."

Dudkowski's ideas include improving the playground equipment or the bocce courts, or blacktopping the outdoor ice rink on Prospect Street. But he's open to any and all other ideas to take before the Common Council.

Two drivers hurt in Lewiston collision

LEWISTON -- Two women were injured Thursday night when their cars collided at Ridge and Indian Hill roads.

Jenny Butterworth, 35, of Kendall, was listed in fair condition Friday in Erie County Medical Center, where she was being treated for broken bones, a hospital official said. She was airlifted to the hospital by Mercy Flight, Patrolman Michael Schuey said.

The second motorist, Daisy Smith, 66, of Ransomville, was released after treatment at Mount St. Mary's Hospital, a hospital official said.

The accident occurred at 6:35 p.m.

Falls parks, pools to open Monday

NIAGARA FALLS -- Eleven city parks and three city pools will open for the summer recreation season on Monday.

Gill Creek, Jerauld, Stephenson, 91st Street, Jayne, Black Creek, Maple Avenue, Liberty, 60th Street, Gluck, and Ninth and East Falls Streets parks will offer arts and crafts, tie dyeing, free throw and hot shot basketball competitions. Each site also will participate in a softball league co-sponsored by the Niagara Falls Kiwanis Club.

In addition, artistic performances are scheduled and a basketball clinic conducted by Canisius College coach Mike MacDonald will be held on Aug. 4 at Gill Creek.

Each playground will participate in a "Falls Summer Olympics" competition.

All activities are free and schedules are available at the individual playgrounds. The city playgrounds also will participate in the free summer-lunch program.

For information, call the Niagara Falls Youth Bureau at 286-4876. For automated updates, call 286-4950.

Arbour a candidate for judge's seat

NORTH TONAWANDA -- Joseph L. Arbour, an assistant Niagara County public defender, has announced his candidacy for city judge in this fall's election. He is the endorsed Democratic candidate.

Arbour, a former president of the Bar Association of the Tonawandas, maintains a private law practice in the City of Tonawanda.

He is also a former teacher and basketball coach at Sweet Home and Cardinal O'Hara high schools, and said that experience in dealing with teenagers would help him as a judge because many City Court defendants are young.

Arbour, 45, has lived in North Tonawanda most of his life and has practiced law since 1985, after earning a law degree at Franklin Pierce Law School in New Hampshire. This is his first run for office. His expected opponent is Republican attorney William R. Lewis.

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