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>Board approves $750 for fireworks Saturday

NIAGARA FALLS -- The city's Tourism Advisory Board approved $750 in matching funds for fireworks at Saturday's Niagara Falls Boom Days Festival at LaSalle Yacht Club.

The event, open to the public, begins at 6 p.m. at the club, 73 S. 68th St., and celebrates the time of year when the ice in the Niagara River melts and the New York Power Authority lifts its ice boom, said Ken Sherman of LaSalle PRIDE.

Fireworks by Western New York Skywriter will begin at 8:15.

The board's approval was given based on the condition that residents can attend the event free and that LaSalle PRIDE, the group organizing the event, will match the city aid. Also, the City Council must approve the use of funds at its Monday meeting.

The $750 will come from a $25,000 line in the city's tourism budget, which is funded by local hotel and motel occupancy taxes. Sherman said that a passport is sold at the event for a donation of $5, but anyone may enter for free.

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>Hearing set on sale of low-cost power

LEWISTON -- A public hearing has been set for 1 p.m. May 7 in the Power Vista, 5777 Lewiston Road, on the proposed sale of low-cost power by the New York Power Authority to the county, three municipalities, three school districts, Niagara University and the Tuscarora Nation.

The power is included in settlements the Power Authority negotiated with the local parties as part of its application to operate the Niagara Power Project for another 50 years.

The contracts cover a total of 31 megawatts, with Niagara County to obtain the largest share, 9 megawatts.

Niagara Falls will get 5.5 megawatts; the Niagara Falls School District and the Town of Lewiston, 3.5 megawatts each; Niagara University, 3 megawatts; the Niagara Wheatfield and Lewiston-Porter school districts, 1.5 megawatts each; the Tuscaroras, 1 megawatt; and the Town of Niagara, 0.5 megawatt.

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