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>Water system upgrade plan wins innovation award

The Town of Evans has won a municipal service award for its $12.6 million plan to upgrade its water system and transfer it to the Erie County Water Authority.

The Water Authority was a co-recipient of the Management Innovation Award, presented by the Western New York branch of the American Public Works Association.

Under the lease management agreement, the town is upgrading its water system in preparation for transferring responsibility to the countywide entity.

The work will replace old, leaky water mains, increase pressure by adding a storage tank and boost capacity enough to add new homes to the system as areas are built out, Town Supervisor Fran Pordum said.

The hand-over, scheduled for April 1, will probably take longer, Pordum said, because severe weather has delayed construction projects. The benefit for town residents will be an improved water system without an increase in water rates, he said.

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>Military Park installs Donovan materials

A plaque and portrait of Maj. Gen. William J. "Wild Bill" Donovan were rededicated Sunday in a ceremony commemorating the 50th anniversary of the war hero's death.

The ceremony in the Buffalo & Erie County Naval and Military Park Museum in Erie Basin Marina featured likenesses of Donovan that had been displayed for decades at the downtown state office building that bears his name. The building recently was closed and is being revamped for other uses as part of a downtown development project.

Donovan's plaque and portrait now will be displayed in the military park museum until a new building is dedicated in his name, according to Assemblymen Sam Hoyt and Mark J.F. Schroeder, the Buffalo Democrats who sponsored Sunday's event.

Supporters of Donovan have been urging the federal government to name the new downtown federal courthouse after him. The courthouse is expected to open next year, and several other names have been proposed for the facility.

A native of Buffalo's Old First Ward, Donovan died Feb. 8, 1959. He was a highly decorated veteran of both world wars and the founder of the U.S. Office of Strategic Services, the forerunner of the Central Intelligence Agency.

He also served as U.S. attorney in Buffalo and was a special assistant to the chief prosecutor at the Nazi war crime trials in Nuremberg, Germany.

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>Presidents Day closings

This is how the following area offices and services will be affected today by the Presidents Day holiday.
City Court .... Closed
County courts .... Closed
State courts .... Closed
Federal courts .... Closed
City offices .... Closed
County offices .... Closed
State offices .... Closed
Federal offices .... Closed
Post Office .... Closed
Schools .... Closed
Banks .... Closed
Most stores .... Open
Metro Bus, Rail .... Regular
City garbage .... Regular

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