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>Work to renovate Table Rock begins

NIAGARA FALLS, Ont. -- Work began Thursday on a $29 million (U.S.) renovation of the Table Rock tourist venue overlooking the falls that will include a new, year-round elevated pedestrian crossway between the parking lot and Table Rock House.

Inside the building, improvements will be made to the restaurant, the shopping area on the second floor and to an indoor viewing gallery.

Charter Building Co. of St. Catharines, the general contractor, said it will continue working through the summer, with as little disruption as possible to the millions of tourists who visit the falls.

The reconstruction of Table Rock Restaurant won't commence until the fall, with a grand reopening planned for May 2008.

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>Board approves spending for BOCES services

The Iroquois Central School Board on Wednesday approved spending for 2007-08 services through Erie 2-Chautauqua Board of Cooperative Education Services.

The board OK'd spending $2,549,872 as the district's share of the annual budget and also $2,821,990 for BOCES services to the district, including special education, career and technology education programs, services to students with behavior problems and participation in cooperative bid services.

Officials also announced that Susan Brunner of Elma has filed a petition seeking a five-year seat on the School Board to replace Laura Monte, who retired. She is the lone candidate vying for the only seat that will be filled May 15.

Brunner is a teacher/moderator at Explore & More, the children's museum in East Aurora.

She has a degree in vocational technical education and has been an active volunteer in the district for eight years, serving in various positions in parent-teacher organizations.

She also has served on the Wales Primary Building Improvement Team for four years and is currently a member of the district's Site-Based Management Team.

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