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>Variety Kids Telethon raises $1,156,877

Channel 7's Variety Kids Telethon raised $1,156,877 Sunday for Women and Children's Hospital.

The annual TV fundraising event, the 47th sponsored by the WKBW television station, was broadcast from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m. from the grand ballroom of Adam's Mark Hotel.

Terry Buchwald, a popular local Elvis Presley impersonator, served as honorary chairman. Laura Little, a member of the Variety Club's board of directors, was the general chairwoman.

Officials at the TV station said the event is the longest-running, locally produced telethon in the world.


>I-190 work is subject of informational session

NIAGARA FALLS -- The Department of Transportation will host a public information meeting from 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday in Niagara Falls Public Library to present the proposed replacement of the Interstate 190 bridges over the LaSalle Arterial ramps.

DOT representatives will be at the meeting to receive comments and answer questions. A formal presentation of the project's needs and objectives will begin at 6:30 p.m.

The project as proposed would replace the I-190 bridges over the LaSalle Arterial ramps and resurface northbound and southbound I-190 between the North Grand Island bridges and Girard Avenue, including all access ramps.

The purpose of the meeting is to obtain comments on the proposed project. For information, or to request a sign language interpreter or an assistive listening device system, contact Mario D'Alfonso, senior design engineer, at 847-5246.


>Zoning Board approves snow park construction

NIAGARA FALLS -- Construction on a snow tubing hill and a synthetic ice rink planned for a vacant First Street parcel can begin, since the Zoning Board of Appeals approved a special-use permit for the project last week.

Joseph Anderson, who operates the Smokin' Joes gasoline chain, plans to build a snow park at First and Main streets that will be open year-round as a tourist attraction. Anderson expects to open the snow park in June.

The 65-foot tubing hill will use man-made snow during the summer months. The skating rink, which will be regulation hockey-sized, will be covered with an artificial surface called Super-Glide manufactured by Florida Skating Inc.

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