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>Housing Authority to celebrate Kwanzaa

NIAGARA FALLS -- The Niagara Falls Housing Authority will celebrate Kwanzaa with several events this week at Packard Court Community Center, 4300 Pine Ave.

Kwanzaa recognizes the cultural roots of African-Americans through the seven principles of Nguzo Saba.

Events held today through Friday are free and open to the public:

From 4 to 6 p.m. today, there will be an event on the meaning of Kwanzaa through the written and spoken word.

From 4 to 6 p.m. Wednesday, there will be an arts and crafts event with head wrapping demonstration, greeting card and place mat creation.

A performance by Sankofa Dance and Drumming Troupe of Buffalo and a Karamu Feast will be held from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday.

A discussion on the meaning of Kwanzaa and its founder will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. Friday. Participants will make collages and enjoy music, food and fun activities.

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>Historic preservation, tax credits are topics

NORTH TONAWANDA -- The North Tonawanda Historic Preservation Commission will meet at 7 p.m. next Tuesday in Common Council Chambers at City Hall, 216 Payne Ave.

City Attorney Shawn Nickerson will talk about tax credits for residents who wish to restore the historical integrity of homes that were transformed into multiple dwellings.

The meeting is open to the public.

Margaret A. Cheeley, commission president and owner of a historical property, said the commission hopes to motivate owners of historical properties to go the preservation route.

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>Nurses offered chance to complete degree

LEWISTON -- Niagara University plans to ask the state Education Department for approval of a degree-completion program for registered nurses.

Niagara hopes to start the program next fall.

The program, which was approved by the university's board of trustees during a recent meeting, will provide nurses holding an associate's degree and their RN the opportunity to complete their bachelor of science degree in nursing at Niagara University.

It would be offered at times and locations convenient for working registered nurses, said Bonnie Rose, the school's vice president for academic affairs.

It is anticipated that a nurse attending full time could complete the program in 18 months.

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