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Stimulus grants to aid projects in Twin Cities

The cities of Tonawanda and North Tonawanda will benefit from stimulus grants announced last week by Assemblyman Robin Schimminger, D-Kenmore.

Tonawanda will be awarded $38,000 to replace 348 lighting fixtures and related equipment, and North Tonawanda will receive $271,000 to coordinate 11 signals along two traffic corridors.

The grants are provided through a program called Clean Energy Projects in Small Municipalities. Tonawanda and North Tonawanda identified the projects as local priorities to reduce energy costs and increase efficiency.

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44th annual Art Festival ready for applications

LEWISTON -- Applications are available for the 44th annual Lewiston Art Festival, which will be held Aug. 14-15.

More than 170 professional artists will display and sell their work, and compete for more than $5,000 in prizes in the juried show.

Applications and instructions can be obtained by calling 754-0166, sending an e-mail to director@artcouncil.org, downloading them from www.artcouncil.org.

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Officials announce date for move into new Town Hall

NEWFANE -- Town officials have announced that they will move into their new Town Hall and Community Center at 2737 Main St. the week of April 12 and plan an open house there from 1 to 3 p.m. May 1.

In addition, town offices will be closed for business April 16 in order to relocate computers to the new Town Hall.

The town purchased the former Miller Hose Fire Company building and its one-acre site for $225,000 in October 2007. It took out a 30-year, low-interest $1.6 million loan from the U.S. Agriculture Department's Rural Development Agency to cover the costs of the project. Work began on the renovations in February 2009.

Besides the Town Hall, the town has created a Community Center at the rear of the building, with a meeting room that holds up to 300.

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