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Maziarz hails signing of green building grants

State Sen. George D. Maziarz announced Tuesday that Gov. David A. Paterson has signed a green residential building grant program into law.

Maziarz, R-Newfane, sponsored the law, designed to encourage compliance with green building standards established by the State Energy Research and Development Authority.

"Many homeowners want to make their homes more energy efficient," Maziarz said in a statement, "but having the wherewithal to make improvements can sometimes be a challenge. This program will help provide resources to homeowners that can ultimately lower energy costs and help the environment."

Both chambers of the Legislature passed the bill unanimously in June.

The Energy Research and Development Authority, which will administer the program, will determine eligibility standards, application procedures and award levels for the grants. Revenues collected by the authority will cover program costs, which will not affect the state budget.


NCCC Foundation offering scholarships for spring '09

SANBORN -- The Niagara County Community College Foundation is offering scholarships for incoming and current students for the spring 2009 semester. Applications are due Oct. 10.

Complete scholarship information and applications are available online at For further information or questions, call the foundation office at 614-5910.


Meeting planned to discuss feasibility of trolley

LEWISTON -- The feasibility of a "People Mover," a trolley that would carry tourists between Niagara Falls and Lewiston, will be discussed at 7 p.m. Thursday in the Barton Hill Hotel, 790 Center St.

Niagara County Legislator John D. Ceretto, R-Lewiston, said Lewiston business owners and interested residents are invited to the meeting, which will be led by students of William Angus, assistant professor of commerce at Niagara University. The students are studying the feasibility of such a system.

In August, members of the Legislature's Economic Development Committee allocated $2,500 in slot machine money from the Niagara Falls casino to such a study, but Ceretto said the Niagara University students are not charging any fee.

Ceretto said he hopes that any link from the falls to outlying attractions would encourage tourists to remain in the area longer and spend more money.


Meals on Wheels seeking volunteers

NORTH TONAWANDA -- North Tonawanda Meals on Wheels is seeking volunteers as meal preparers, drivers, and "servers" who take the meals in to the recipients in both the cities of Tonawanda and North Tonawanda.

Delivery workers, both drivers and servers, are needed to help weekdays between 10:45 a.m. and 12:15 p.m. Kitchen help also is needed from 8 to 11:30 a.m.

To volunteer or to get more information, call 693-1663.

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