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>Library amnesty to cover fines up to $25

LEWISTON -- In honor of National Library Week, Monday through April 21, Lewiston Public Library will be offering fine amnesty.

In exchange for a canned or nonperishable food item, to be sent to Community Missions of the Niagara Frontier, fines for overdue books and other materials will be waived.

There is a $25 cap on the amount of fines that will be waived, and it applies only to items borrowed in Lewiston. The items have to be returned; the amnesty doesn't apply to lost items.

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>Documentary to explain why pupils had potatoes

TOWN OF NIAGARA -- The Town of Niagara Historical Society wants to shed light on why children attending old Niagara School No. 2 at 9670 Lockport Road came to class with partially cooked potatoes in their pockets.

The documentary, "Potatoes in Their Pockets," will be shown at 1 p.m. Saturday in Town of Niagara Community Center in Town Park on Lockport Road. The video will include the memories of area residents who attended the one-room schoolhouse, which was built in 1878 and closed in 1956.

Years ago, students carried partially cooked potatoes in their pockets to keep their hands warm. The children would finish cooking the spuds on the school's potbellied and eat them for lunch.

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>Catalog of courses to be sent by mail

LOCKPORT -- Lockport-area residents will receive their spring and summer catalog of community education courses in the mail this week, according to Linda Roberts, coordinator of lifelong learning for the Dale Association.

The booklet will list courses and programs offered by agencies including the Dale Association, the Kenan Center, the History Center of Niagara County, Lockport Community Television and the Lockport Public Library. Those who do not receive a catalog can call Roberts at 433-1886 to obtain a copy.

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