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>Circular rainbow seen downtown, in Lockport

If you spotted an unusual rainbow completely encircling the sun about 1:30 Friday afternoon, you weren't alone.

The National Weather Service said it had several reports of people witnessing the phenomenon in downtown Buffalo and in Lockport.

"It's the first time in my life I've ever seen that, and I'm 60 years old," commented one downtown worker, Joseph Bartoszek.

A Weather Service spokesman called the circular rainbow "unusual, but not unheard-of," adding that the service gets several reports of them a year in Western New York.

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>Summer youth program gets under way July 2

NIAGARA FALLS -- The Niagara Falls Housing Authority's Summer Enrichment Program will open its doors to children ages 3 and older starting July 2.

The summer program offers art instruction, nutrition, music, storytelling, nature walks, self-esteem awareness, violence-prevention classes, field trips and more. The program is individualized and geared to each child's level of learning.

Applications are available at the Housing Authority's executive offices, 744 10th St.; the Doris W. Jones Family Resource Building, 3001 Ninth St.; Packard Court Community Center, 4300 Pine Ave.; and Center Court, 1700 Centre Ave.

The program will be held at the Family Resource Building. The cost is $65 per week. For more information, call 295-5374.

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>Funds appropriated for repairs, equipment

LOCKPORT -- The Town Board has appropriated surplus funds to pay for repairs to the roof of the Town Court building and some equipment purchases.

The town will spend $70,000 on the new roof and bulletproof window glass for the court building. Also, $30,300 was appropriated from the highway fund surplus to buy a 20-ton tilt trailer and other equipment.

The board also voted to add Crosby Road and a ditch north of the Home Depot Plaza on South Transit Road to its drainage improvement program.

It also accepted a state grant to pay 90 percent of the estimated $75,000 cost of an environmental investigation at the former Electruk Battery plant in the town industrial park.

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