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Mayor hunting new haunt for youth Halloween party

LOCKPORT -- Mayor Michael W. Tucker said Wednesday that the city is looking for a venue to hold its own children's Halloween party after the Town of Lockport decided not to take part in a joint event this year.

Town Councilwoman Cheryl A. Antkowiak said the town decided to hold a Fall Festival from 1 to 3 p.m. Oct. 18 at Town Hall. It will feature games, hayrides and a petting zoo, among other activities.

Antkowiak said the town had no objections to working with the city and no problems left over from last year's Halloween party in the South Lockport Fire Company hall. Tucker said he heard it might have been overcrowded.

Antkowiak said, "We're always trying to think of things that are different."

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More than $1 million OK'd for flooding victims

The federal government has approved more than $1 million in disaster relief for residents of Erie, Chautauqua and Cattaraugus counties affected by the Aug. 9-10 storms and flooding.

State and federal emergency officials said the figure represents the total amount awarded as of the end of business Tuesday. The Federal Emergency Management Agency said 385 residents in the three counties hit hard by flooding last month had registered to receive disaster assistance.

Residents and small-business owners have until Nov. 4 to register for FEMA aid, Sen. Kirsten E. Gillibrand, D-N.Y., said Wednesday.

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Release of proposals on pilot fatigue urged

WASHINGTON -- Sen. Charles E. Schumer on Wednesday asked the Federal Aviation Administration to make public the recommendations it recently received from an advisory panel working on new rules aimed at preventing pilot fatigue.

The committee submitted its report to the FAA last week, but neither the agency nor the committee has released hem.

Les Dorr, an FAA spokesman, said the recommendations would be made public, but that there has been no decision yet as to when to release them.

The new fatigue rules that Babbitt promises result in part from the crash last February of Continental Connection Flight 3407 in Clarence, which claimed 50 lives.

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Lane reductions planne on ramps near Peace Bridge

The state Department of Transportation is warning of possible delays because of inspection work on overhead signs around the entrance to the Peace Bridge today and Friday.

Today, the Niagara Thruway ramp to Niagara Street, Exit 9, will be reduced to one lane on the approach to Niagara Street, beginning at 9 a.m. and continuing until 1 p.m.

Friday, the Peace Bridge access ramp to the southbound Niagara Thruway will be reduced to one lane from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Also, Porter Avenue will be reduced to one lane in each direction from noon to 3 p.m.

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