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>State OK will free grants for waste management

LOCKPORT -- The state has approved Niagara County's long-delayed solid waste management plan and will release hundreds of thousands of dollars in grants to the county and its municipalities.

County Manager Gregory D. Lewis told the County Legislature this week that the approval of the plan came Monday in a letter from the Department of Environmental Conservation, which had been after the county to complete a waste plan for 18 years and was freezing grants to the county and its localities.

The acceptance of the plan means the county will receive a $291,000 state reimbursement for half the cost of a tub grinder it bought with tobacco bond revenue in 2002. Also, state funding the county needs for the estimated $12 million recapping of one of its closed Lockport landfills in 2010 will be unimpaired.

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>Two women vying for superintendent job

KENDALL -- The next superintendent of the Kendall Central School District will be a woman. Both finalists named Thursday by the Board of Education are women administrators from nearby districts.

They are Julie E. Christensen, who has been assistant superintendent for administration and personnel at Gates-Chili Central School District in Monroe County since 2002, and Alberta A. Suozzi, assistant superintendent of Medina Central Schools since 2000.

The new superintendent will succeed Michael O'Laughlin, who left in January to become superintendent of Monroe 2-Orleans BOCES. Robert L. Thompson, a retired BOCES 2 assistant superintendent who has served as interim superintendent for many districts in the area in recent years, has filled in since his departure.

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>Two restaurants to get loans for makeovers

NIAGARA FALLS -- An 80-year-old Pine Avenue establishment and a start-up soul food restaurant will receive low-interest loans from the city's NFC Development Corp. for renovations.

NFC board of directors on Thursday approved a loan of $100,000 to the Como Restaurant for a $157,000 project to upgrade its dining room and banquet facility.

The board also approved a $30,000 loan to Mary O's Soul Food Restaurant for a $41,430 plan to open a 10-table restaurant at 829 Main St.

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