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Public comment period begins for Greenway plan

The 30-day public comment period on the Niagara River Greenway plan began Thursday, according to an announcement by the state Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation.

Acting Commission Carol Ash said she will make a final ruling "as quickly as possible" after the comment period on whether the plan will take effect.

It was approved during February and March by all 13 affected municipalities in Erie and Niagara counties, in some cases after last-minute negotiations that permitted Niagara County to spend Greenway money along three state-designated trails to the interior that extend as far east as Middleport.

The plan is available for review at www.niagaragreenway.org and at public libraries in Buffalo, Kenmore, the City of Tonawanda, North Tonawanda, Grand Island, Niagara Falls, Lewiston, Youngstown, Ransomville and Wilson.

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Barns sought to display bicentennial logo

LOCKPORT -- The Niagara County Bicentennial Commission is looking for one barn in each of the county's 12 towns to be painted with a huge version of the county's bicentennial logo.

County Legislator William L. Ross, a member of the commission, said that a professional barn painter from Ohio has been hired to do the work. The deadline is May 1 for barn owners in the towns of Lockport, Newfane, Wilson, Royalton, Hartland and Somerset to apply; their barns will be painted in June.

June 1 is the deadline for applicants from the towns of Cambria, Porter, Lewiston, Niagara, Wheatfield and Pendleton; those barns will be painted in August.

Applications can be made through the bicentennial Web site at www.niagara2008.com.

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