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Falls, other landmarks will go dark Saturday

NIAGARA FALLS -- The cataracts at Niagara Falls, normally illuminated at night by floodlights, will go dark from 8:30 to 9:30 Saturday in honor of Earth Hour, a worldwide effort to draw attention to climate change. The event urges individuals, businesses and organizations to turn off all non-essential lights.

Other landmarks that will go dark include Mount Rushmore, the Queen Mary, the Empire State Building, the Golden Gate Bridge, the Eiffel Tower, Sydney's Opera House and the Great Pyramids.

This is the third year of the event, which attracted nearly 80 million participants last year in the United States and nearly 1 billion around the world.

The lighting of the falls was first attempted in 1860 to celebrate a visit by England's Prince of Wales. The falls now are illuminated nightly until 10 in January through April and until midnight the rest of the year.

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Public reception to open exhibit of K-12 artwork

NIAGARA FALLS -- A public reception for the opening of an art show sponsored by the Lewiston-Porter Central School District will be held from noon to 2 p.m. Saturday in the Niagara Arts and Cultural Center in the former Niagara Falls High School at 1202 Pine Ave.

The exhibit will include artwork in various media by students from kindergarten through 12th grade.

Saturday's opening will include an awards ceremony at about 1 p.m. The ceremony also will recognize and induct 11th- and 12th-grade students into the National Art Honor Society.

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Parks to be posted with no-smoking signs

LOCKPORT -- Niagara County is planning to erect no-smoking signs in county parks, County Legislator Peter E. Smolinski disclosed at Thursday's county Board of Health meeting.

Public Health Director Daniel J. Stapleton said the ban will cover only certain areas, such as locations near playgrounds, restrooms and fishing areas in the county's parks.

Smolinski, R-North Tonawanda, said the matter will be discussed at Monday's meeting of the Legislature's Public Works Committee.

"It's more of an effort of making people aware," Stapleton said. He said the county hopes the act of putting up signs will trigger "some common sense and conscience" among smokers.

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