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LOCKPORT -- Instead of buying electricity by the month, Niagara County will be buying it by the hour.

The County Legislature this week approved a new electricity management contract with Leveraged Energy Purchasing Corp., which Public Works Commissioner Dorson R. Wilson said could save the county about $9,800 a month.

The county had been buying its power through the company, but the firm was making the wholesale purchases once a month. Now, through a new computer setup, the county can take advantage of daily market fluctuations to find the cheapest electricity.

The $9,800 figure was based on a comparison of the two formats as applied to the county's May electric bill.

The county's three cities and several other municipalities in the electric pool will also see savings, Wilson said.

Youth worker will receive award

LOCKPORT -- Brian Hellner of Newfane has received an award from the Association of New York State Youth Bureaus.

Hellner, who has been involved in recent years with youth programs sponsored by the Lutheran Brotherhood, was nominated for the Bill Bub Award by the Niagara County Youth Bureau. The award, named for a former Monroe County youth leader, has been given annually since 1982.

Hellner has also been involved with the Newfane Boys and Girls Club, Equi-Star and the Newfane Community Youth Partnership.

Through his role with the Lutheran Brotherhood, he brought the Search Institute Survey to Newfane. The survey tries to pinpoint youth problems in a given community, ranging from crime to a lack of adult role models.

Effort aims to fix streetlights

LEWISTON -- Residents have been asked by the Lewiston Town Board to report any streetlights that are out of service or broken in the town.

Identify the specific street address and/or pole number and call Barbara Joseph in Lewiston Town Hall at 754-8213.

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