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Project will limit parking at Exit 49 commuter lot

The Depew Park and Ride lot, at Exit 49 (Depew-Lockport-Route 78) of the Thruway, will have limited parking available to motorists beginning at 9 a.m. today through 3 p.m. Friday because of scheduled pavement work, the Thruway Authority announced Monday.

The pavement work will be performed by Dipizio Construction and includes planned improvements for the entrance at Exit 49. No alternate parking location will be provided.

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Walmart gives $75,000 to Thomas' scholarship fund

Former Buffalo Bills running back Thurman Thomas accepted a $75,000 contribution Monday from the Walmart Foundation to assist with his scholarship fund for underprivileged youth.

The money, announced during a presentation at the Delavan-Moselle Community Center, will help pay for the fund's athletic and leadership training programs.

Thomas formed the fund as a way to enhance the physical skills and self-esteem of young people and, in the end, improve their chances for a college scholarship.

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Control board may seal $65 million loan soon

The Erie County Fiscal Stability Authority may soon seal its second loan on the county's behalf -- a $65 million cash infusion that will be repaid in nine months.

Erie County's sale of a "revenue anticipation note" has been an annual rite as it seeks short-term cash. But the state-appointed control board says its credit rating can save the government about $500,000 in repayment costs over a note sold by the county comptroller.

County Executive Chris Collins has let the control board take out short-term loans for the county if the board can save money. After years of wrangling, the control board in May borrowed $103 million for major government projects.

The County Legislature will consider letting the control board arrange the $65 million loan when it meets at 2 p.m. Thursday on the fourth floor of Old County Hall.

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Grant program to continue for the fourth year

The grant program that has helped revitalize the Village of Hamburg will continue for a fourth year.

The village and Hamburg Development Corp. have been awarded a 2009 Main Street Grant by the state Division of Housing and Community Renewal.

The grant funds are to be applied to the facade and interior work to buildings in the business district on Main and Buffalo streets. The grant funds up to 50 percent of approved work, yielding at least $400,000 in building renovations.

There are 28 construction projects in various stages of completion in the business district.

The grant awards, along with New York State's recently completed $23 million road project, furthers the village vision for a pedestrian-friendly, safe, beautiful, traditional Main Street complete with entertainment, dining and shopping opportunities, Village Trustee Laura Hackathorn said.

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