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Speaker to discuss drop in bee populations

LOCKPORT -- Geri Hens, vice president of the Western New York Honey Producers Association, will lead a discussion about declines in bee populations at 7 p.m. today in the 4-H Training Center, 4487 Lake Avenue, Lockport.

Many area beekeepers are reporting dramatic, unexplained losses in their hives that could pose a problem to the farmers and gardeners who use them to pollinate their crops.

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Historic district is topic of public hearing today

NIAGARA FALLS -- A public hearing will be held today by the city's Historic Preservation Commission on the proposed Schoellkopf Historic District, which would be bounded by Cedar Avenue and Main and Fourth streets.

If approved, property owners with buildings that have not been altered enough to lose their historical value would be required to follow a set of regulations that adhere to federal guidelines.

The meeting starts at 5 p.m. in City Hall, 745 Main St.

At least 35 structures in the proposed area were built in the 1800s, including some pre-Civil War workers' cottages. There was more development of the neighborhood into the 1920s, and a total of about 150 homes and other buildings have some historical significance.

Under the proposal, distinct architectural features of the buildings would have to be preserved, as well as the historical use, and any exterior changes that require a building permit would also have to gain approval from the preservation commission.

City Historian Thomas Yots, who lives and runs a business within in the proposed district, said tax credits and grants are more likely to be available to businesses and nonprofit groups within a historic district.

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