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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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>Medical Center is site of Rock-A-Thon 2007

NIAGARA FALLS -- The Auxiliary of Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center will hold its Rock-A-Thon 2007 event from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. today in the upper lobby at 621 10th St.

Local and state elected leaders and celebrities are signed up to rock for a half-hour each to help raise money for needed equipment. The Auxiliary raised $7,000 at last year's event.

For more information, call Patrick J. Bradley at 278-4569.

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>Planning Board hears expansion proposal

SANBORN -- About two-dozen people turned out Thursday for a special Town of Lewiston Planning Board meeting to hear plans for an expansion at Wendt Propane that would nearly double the company's storage capacity.

The business's owner and president, Paul Wendt, said the three new tanks would allow him to store 170,000 gallons on the Ward Road site. Wendt hopes to install three new 30,000-gallons tanks that would join the current three tanks. He said truck traffic would not change.

Wendt said that he needs the extra storage, noting in February he came very close to running out of propane.

The plan needs the OK of both the Planning and Town boards.

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