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Power Coalition weighs offers for legal counsel

SANBORN -- The Niagara Power Coalition has heard from three law firms and an independent lawyer who responded this month to a request for proposals to provide legal counsel to the seven-member entity.

The respondents, who will be interviewed, were Washington, D.C.-based Sullivan & Worcester LLP; Daniel P. Duthie, an independent attorney from Long Island; Nixon & Peabody LLP; and Philips Lytle LLP. The latter two firms have Buffalo offices.

The coalition's former legal counsel, Buffalo-based Harris Beach, was paid $406,623 for legal work performed during the past two years.

The coalition represents and is funded by Niagara County, the City of Niagara Falls, the towns of Lewiston and Niagara, and the Niagara Falls, Niagara- Wheatfield and Lewiston-Porter school districts.

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Bicentennial contest draws 37 logo entries

LOCKPORT -- The Niagara County Bicentennial Commission received 37 entries by Friday's deadline for a logo for the county's 200th anniversary observance in 2008.

Deputy County Clerk Wendy J. Roberson said others might have been in the mail and would be accepted as long as they were postmarked by Friday.

A $500 cash prize will be paid to the designer of the winning logo. Roberson said a panel of five people in the local art community will judge the entries Jan. 2-4. Their choices will be presented to the commission's Executive Committee; that panel will make the final selection. Roberson said unveiling of the logo is expected at an event tentatively planned for early March.

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Pioneer Drive resident has best holiday lighting

NORTH TONAWANDA -- Orest Malczewsky of Pioneer Drive was the winner for the best overall decorations in the city's Holiday Lighting Contest, announced Friday by the Youth, Recreation and Parks Department.

First prize for the most original display went to the Schmidt family of Jackson Avenue. Henry Arsenault of Abington Place won the decorated lawn category, while Gerald and Barbara Trunzo of Deerfield Drive won for the best decorated door or window. The Eckerd drugstore at 1381 Nash Road won for the best decorated business.

Jeff and Cheryl DiVirgilio of Miller Street won the Mayor's Award, given by Mayor Lawrence V. Soos for a home whose lights he particularly liked. The Klimek family of Pierce Avenue won the new Griswold Award, which Patty Brosius of the Youth, Recreation and Parks Department said is named for the family in the 1989 movie "National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation."

"It's for something over the top, and that's what they did," Brosius said.

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