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Flight of Five study to weigh economic impact

LOCKPORT -- The Common Council on Wednesday hired Camoin Associates of Saratoga Springs to perform an economic impact study on the Flight of Five project for $9,660.

Mayor Michael W. Tucker said the New York Power Authority asked for such a study. Tucker has asked the authority for funding for the estimated $10 million restoration of the 19th century Erie Canal locks to working order.

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Access to City Hall restricted for a week

NIAGARA FALLS -- With extensive repairs being made to the outside walls of City Hall, most entrances to the building at 745 Main St. will be closed for about one week, beginning Friday.

Major evidence of the repairs can be seen from Main Street, where the grand stairway is being stabilized and the facade is being refurbished. The wide stone stairs leading to the second floor -- actually the main floor of City Hall -- have been closed for some time, and construction tarpaulins are shrouding much of the face of the building.

With the main entrance closed for construction, most visitors have been entering City Hall through a basement door off the parking lot. But construction equipment now is in place there, too, and that entrance also will be closed, effective Friday.

"Everyone entering the building must use the [seldom used] Seventh Street entrance or the southernmost entrance at street level in front of City Hall," according to Mayor Paul A. Dyster.

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Exporting to Canada is subject of seminar

WHEATFIELD -- A U.S. Department of Commerce seminar for businesses interested in exporting to Canada will be hosted Wednesday by the Niagara County Economic Development Department at its headquarters on Inducon Corporate Drive, off Lockport Road.

The Export Now! to Canada Seminar will include expert speakers discussing Canadian market research, customs policies and North American Free Trade Agreement rules. The session runs from 1 to 4 p.m. Advance registration is available online at www.buyusa.gov/buffalo.exportnow.html.

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Jones Resource Building hosts 'Chasing the Dream'

NIAGARA FALLS -- A live remix performance of the play "Chasing the Dream," written and directed by city resident Joseph Lowery, will begin at 6:30 p.m. Friday in the amphitheater of the Niagara Falls Housing Authority's Doris Jones Family Resource Building, 3001 Ninth St. Doors will open at 6 p.m., and admission is free.

Lowery is a deacon and youth director at Mount Sinai Baptist Church. The play will be performed by members and volunteers with an organization called ACT (Abstinence Commitment by Teenagers) NOW, dedicated to abstinence from sex outside of marriage.

The Niagara County Youth Bureau, Niagara Falls Chapter of The Links Inc. and Niagara Falls Housing Authority are sponsoring the program. A scholarship and awards provided will be presented during intermission.

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