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>Groundbreaking ceremony held for new complex

NIAGARA FALLS -- Contractors will begin excavating a site on North Main Street in early January to prepare for the construction of a three-story city courthouse and police station that will replace the existing public safety building on Hyde Park Boulevard.

City officials, court leaders and representatives from Ciminelli Development Co. and Largo Real Estate Advisors held a ceremonial groundbreaking Monday morning to mark the beginning of the construction.

The project will cost $44.6 million. The building is slated to open April 1, 2009.

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>$26.7 million bid OK'd for new Falls terminal

The executive board of the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority gave its approval Monday to a $26.7 million bid to build the new terminal at Niagara Falls International Airport.

The offer from Walter S. Johnson Building Co. of Niagara Falls was slightly under estimates. Construction will start next spring and be completed by July 2009.

The terminal, three times as large as the current facility, will have eight ticket counter stations, two gates and facilities to process international passengers. Designed by Stantec Consulting, a Canadian architecture firm with a Buffalo office, the terminal will be built to accommodate planes as large as Boeing 747s.

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>Entry forms due Dec. 7 for holiday lighting contest

NORTH TONAWANDA -- Residents looking to enter the city's annual Christmas lighting contest must submit entry forms by 5 p.m. Dec. 7.

There are five categories in this year's contest: most original, overall holiday, decorated door/window, decorated business and decorated lawn.

Judges also will decide on the recipient of the Mayor's Award and reserve the right to place entries in appropriate categories.

Judging will take place between 6 and 9 p.m. Dec. 11.

Entry forms are available in the mayor's office in City Hall, 216 Payne Ave., and at the Department of Youth, Recreation and Parks, 500 Wheatfield St. Entries should be mailed to the recreation office. For more information, call 695-8520.

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