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City Hall to close at noon Friday, Dec. 29

LOCKPORT -- City Hall will close at noon Friday and again Dec. 29 as workers begin their Christmas and New Year's weekends, City Clerk Richard P. Mullaney announced Wednesday.

Garbage collectors also will work only a half-day on those days, so Friday trash customers must have their garbage at the curb by 7 a.m., Mullaney said. There will be no garbage pickup on Christmas or New Year's days, so there will be double pickups Tuesday and Jan. 2, serving Monday and Tuesday customers. City Hall will be closed on both holidays.

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Awards handed out for holiday lighting

NORTH TONAWANDA -- Jeff and Cheryl DiVirgilio of 218 Miller St. won the mayor's award in the city's holiday lighting contest.

Mayor Lawrence V. Soos handed out first-, second-, and third-place prizes at Wednesday's Common Council meeting. Other first-place winners were:

Griswald Award, the Klimek family, 1256 Pierce Ave.; Most Original, Schmidt family, 129 Jackson St.; Overall Holiday, Orest Malczewsky, 876 Pioneer Drive; Decorated Window, Gerald and Barbara Trunzo, 879 Deerfield Drive; Decorated Lawn, Henry Arsenault, 1290 Abington Ave.; and Business Category, Ashley-Eckerd Pharmacy, 1381 Nash Road.

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History Museum gets $5,700 in grants

NORTH TONAWANDA -- The North Tonawanda History Museum has been awarded a total of $5,700 in grants:

*$2,500 from the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation's Pennsylvania Performing Arts on Tour (PennPAT) Presenter Program, for the Simple Gifts Concert & Workshops Feb. 17 in the Riviera Theatre.

*$2,000 from the New York Council for the Humanities for four lectures in 2007. Peter G. Rose, a food historian and author from South Salem, will discuss "Dutch Influence on the American Kitchen and Life" at the museum's Dutch Heritage Night Sept. 20 and "Dutch Christmas Celebration: The Forgotten Holidays" Dec. 8; J. Ward Regan, who teaches history and philosophy at New York University, will discuss "Feet, Hooves and Rails: Transportation in 19th Century America" on Oct. 21; and Susan Aberth, assistant professor of art history at Bard College, will talk on "El Dia de los Muertos: The Mexican Celebration of Life," on Nov. 8.

*$1,000 from the Arts Niagara Decentralization Program for the Simple Gifts Concert & Workshops.

*$200 from the Niagara Area Foundation to purchase a DVD player for the museum's oral history program in area nursing homes.

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