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DELAYS MINIMAL AT BORDER CROSSINGS

Traffic is moving without major delays across the open international bridges connecting Canada and Western New York, authorities said Wednesday.

That report comes after last week's terrorist attacks in New York City and Washington, D.C., slowed international vehicular traffic to a crawl. The Whirlpool Bridge remains closed.

Niagara Regional Police in Canada closed its command center, for coordinating truck traffic, at the Fort Erie Race Track on Tuesday night, authorities said. Customs officials on both sides of the border have been able to facilitate commercial vehicle traffic across the Peace Bridge without major delays, authorities said.

The Stanley Avenue facility in Niagara Falls, Ont., which assisted trucks crossing at the Lewiston-Queenston Bridge, was closed Tuesday afternoon. However, 30-minute delays have been reported for Canada-bound cars and trucks.

Lackawanna considers new school bond

For the second time in three years, Lackawanna voters will be asked to approve selling a bond to cover additional construction costs for the proposed new Martin Road Elementary School.

The Board of Education will hold a special meeting at 7 p.m. Monday in Lackawanna High-Middle School to set a date for a referendum seeking an additional $800,000. The School Board has $13.1 million in hand from the bond referendum of 1998.

Voters at that time approved $13.1 million, but bids opened earlier this month total more than the money available, Superintendent Paul Hashem said. Action was tabled at Wednesday's School Board meeting.

Memory Walk to aid Alzheimer's group

The Western New York Chapter of the Alzheimer's Association will begin its 13th annual Memory Walk at 9 a.m. Saturday from the Buffalo Zoo. Registration will open at 8.

A minimum donation of $20 is requested from those taking part in the 1- to 3-mile walk. Proceeds will assist area programs and services for Alzheimer's families and their caregivers.

There will be free parking, food, family entertainment, children's games, incentive prizes for walkers and grand prizes for top fund-raisers.

Grant will pay for roof at Teen Haven

Teen Haven, a youth center on Seneca Street, is having a new roof installed, courtesy of a $15,000 grant from the General Mills Community Partnership Council.

Robert Gogel, executive director of Teen Haven, which serves 50 to 75 young people a week, said that the old roof started leaking last winter and that it was feared substantial damage might result if it were not replaced.

Timothy Voegele, manager of the General Mills flour mill, said the partnership council works through the General Mills Foundation "to support worthy causes like Teen Haven."

"We look for projects where we can have as big an impact as possible," he said.

Sunday parade opens Olmsted Fallfest

A community parade will open the second annual Olmsted Fallfest at South Park on Sunday. The procession will start at 11:30 a.m. at South Park Avenue and Okell Street and continue on the avenue to the park.

The community event will run until 5 p.m. and feature pony rides, children's arts and crafts, an antique car show, a farmers' market, guided nature walks, a visit by the Buffalo Zoo Zoomobile, hayrides and demonstrations by the Buffalo Fire and Police departments and the Erie County Sheriff's Department.

Bands and traditional Irish dance groups will perform on two stages, and barbecue dinners will be sold.

Tour of historic homes set for Sunday

The annual tour of historic homes and mansions in the Allentown neighborhood will be held from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Better known as "The Secrets of Allentown," this year's event will feature 15 properties, including the Mansion on Delaware Avenue.

The Allentown Association also will sponsor a free wine-tasting at the Coit House, 414 Virginia St.

Tickets are $15 and can be purchased the day of the event or in advance between now and Saturday at Eminent Design, Allen Street and Elmwood Avenue, and Hofert Jewelers, 2876 Delaware, Kenmore. Tickets also may be purchased through www.tickets.com.

Buffalo tree inventory meeting Monday

Buffalo's trees will be the focus of a a public meeting conducted by the Buffalo Tree Inventory Project team from 6 to 10 p.m. Monday in Delaware Park's Marcy Casino across from Albright-Knox Art Gallery.

Urban forest professionals will discuss environmental functions and economic values of trees, stewardship opportunities, urban forest and environmental computer software, urban habitat, energy savings and liability and health issues associated with urban environments.

There will be panel discussions as well as a question-and-answer period.

For information, contact Paul Fuhrmann at 684-8060 or visit www.urp.ene.com.

Capital spending limit to be considered

Erie County legislators will consider a measure that would call on County Executive Joel A. Giambra to establish a cap on annual capital spending by the county.

Legislator Lynn M. Marinelli, D-Town of Tonawanda, is sponsoring the measure because requests for capital funding in the county are upward of $150 million for 2002.

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