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LOCKPORT -- A public information session on the removal of asbestos from the burned-out Flintkote plant is set for 5:30 p.m. Tuesday in DeWitt Clinton Elementary School, 85 N. Adam St.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is about to begin a two-month, $300,000 Superfund project at the former Mill Street building materials plant, which was gutted by fire more than 25 years ago.

Asbestos is to be removed from six buildings at the site, which is now owned by Niagara County by virtue of a 1999 tax foreclosure. The county plans to demolish the buildings.

Niagara Sheriff's Dept. open house set

LOCKPORT -- The Niagara County Sheriff's Department is inviting the public to tour Niagara County Jail and the sheriff's communications center during an open house Saturday.

Sheriff Thomas A. Beilein said the open house will be held at the department from 1 to 5 p.m. in celebration of Sheriff's Week.

In addition to the jail and communication center tours, Beilein said visitors will also see various pieces of departmental equipment on display, and general information about the department will be available. Deputies will be on hand to answer questions about police and jail operations.

Grant to further study of stone houses

LOCKPORT -- The city's Architectural and Historic Preservation Committee has received a $4,700 grant to continue its study of the city's 75 stone houses.

The "reconnaissance survey" of the homes, which date from the late 1820s to 1910, will lead to a historic-preservation research project on 10 of the properties.

Bero Associates of Rochester has been retained to prepare those reports.

In almost every case, the houses were built from stone excavated from the path of the Erie Canal or from early Lockport limestone and sandstone quarries.

The grant came from Preserve New York, a program funded by the Preservation League of New York State and the New York State Council for the Arts. The $4,700 will be added to $2,000 appropriated by the city and $4,078 granted by Lockport's Grigg-Lewis Foundation.

Niagara Catholic plans open house

NIAGARA FALLS -- Niagara Catholic Junior-Senior High School, 520 66th St., will hold an open house from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sept. 30 and from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Oct. 1.

Niagara Catholic is a coeducational, college preparatory school offering a full academic program, extensive sports program for boys and girls, and extracurricular activities. The school currently offers grades 7 through 12, but beginning next fall, enrollment will be limited to grades 9 through 12.

Celtic festival slated this weekend

OLCOTT -- Come, wearers of kilts, those interested in a grueling caber toss championship, and anybody who would like to see some contra dancing.

The Niagara Celtic Heritage Society will present its annual Fall Celtic Festival Saturday and Sunday in the Harbor Resort at routes 18 and 78.

The festival is designed to promote Scottish, Irish and Welsh cultures and offers a variety of activities and events, including Celtic vendors and live entertainment.

Paul M. Krest, the athletic director for the event, said that the gathering has grown from one of the smallest such events in the country to one of the largest.

He added that the Ceilidh , pronounced "kay-lee," will be held both nights of the festival. The Ceilidh, said Krest, is a get-together with a party-like atmosphere, music, food and small bonfires during the evenings.

The gates of the festival are open from noon to midnight Saturday and 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday. The closing ceremony will be held at 4:30 p.m. On Sunday. "After the closing, certainly there's still entertainment and there's still food and so on," said Krest.

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