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>Fireworks extravaganza scheduled for Saturday

NIAGARA FALLS, Ont. -- A fireworks display being touted as the largest ever held on the Niagara Frontier is planned to go off at 10 p.m. Saturday from the Canadian side of the Niagara River.

A "wall of fire" about a mile long and involving 10 miles of wiring, 4,300 individual fireworks, 2,000 igniters and 10 firing locations, was being set up Wednesday along the shoreline near the Maid of the Mist boat launch, said the Niagara (Ont.) Parks Commission.

The commission is staging the fireworks extravaganza in cooperation with Ontario Hydro, the Niagara Falls Illumination Board, Maid of the Mist and local police and fire departments.

The event will mark the 40th anniversary of Pizza Pizza, a franchise chain of pizza restaurants in Ontario.

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>Identity theft is topic of public workshop

LOCKPORT -- State Sen. George D. Maziarz, R-Newfane, will host a public session on how to prevent identity theft at 7 p.m. Monday in the Dale Association, 33 Ontario St.

The workshop will feature experts from local agencies with tips on how to prevent the loss of personal information to criminals.

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>Information session set on reassessment process

LOCKPORT -- City Assessor Peter J. Galarneau announced Thursday that he will host a public information meeting at 6:30 p.m. Thursday in City Hall to explain the 2008 reassessment process and the property description reports that were mailed to homeowners this week.

Galarneau said almost 6,700 forms were sent to owners of one-, two- and three-family homes, listing the square footage and known features of the buildings and asking for additions and corrections for use in making the new assessments as accurate as possible.

The forms are to be mailed back to City Hall by Aug. 1. Galarneau has been directed by the Common Council to conduct a general revaluation of all property in the city next spring.

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