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Old Home Days return Friday and Saturday

LOCKPORT -- Downtown merchants are reviving Old Home Days, a general sale by all downtown stores, Friday and Saturday.

More than two dozen stores are taking part in a "passport" program, which entitles shoppers to get their ticket punched and then entered in a drawing for local prizes.

The event, which has a 1950s theme, ends Saturday night with a dance at Canalside Restaurant, 210 Market St., with music by the BeBops.

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Legislators have to pay 20% of health insurance

LOCKPORT -- Niagara County legislators who chose health insurance from the county now will have to pay 20 percent of the premiums, under a resolution passed last week.

The sponsor, Legislator Glenn S. Aronow, R-Lockport, also was behind the abolition of free health coverage for lawmakers last year, when the premium share was set at 10 percent.

Since then, more than half the legislators who had the coverage have dropped it; only four still have county health coverage.

Aronow refused a request from Legislator Harry J. Apolito, D-Lockport, to add the county's 36 part-time lawyers to the list of those who must pay 20 percent. He told Apolito to introduce his own resolution. Most of the lawyers are Republicans holding patronage appointments.

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