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976 lighthouses declared surplus property by agency

The government of Canada last week declared 976 lighthouses to be surplus property, to the dismay of lighthouse preservation groups in Canadian provinces.

Canada's Department of Fisheries and Oceans is hoping to replace many with less-costly steel-pole aids to navigation, and at least some of the older towers may become "heritage" structures.

Included among the 488 surplus inactive lights is the Point Abino lighthouse, visible from Buffalo.

Among 488 active lights now surplus are Canada's Niagara River front and rear range lights at Niagara-on-the-Lake, and harbor, range or breakwater lights in St. Catharines, Port Colborne and Port Dalhousie.

Preservation and maintenance can be expensive, and interested individuals, municipalities and community-based nonprofit groups have two years to petition Parks Canada for heritage designation for the lights -- but the petition must be accompanying by a written statement from someone willing to assume ownership.


Genewick invites constituents to ward meeting on Thursday

LOCKPORT -- Alderman Kenneth M. Genewick will host a ward meeting for his constituents at 7 p.m. Thursday in City Hall. Heather Peck, program manager from Lockport Main Street, will be the guest speaker, to discuss downtown development.


Diocese, Canisius College to host leadership program

Canisius College and the Diocese of Buffalo's Department of Catholic Schools will host a summer leadership institute for Catholic schoolteachers on June 29 and June 30.

The conference, entitled "Shifting the Way We Think: 21st Century Catholic School Improvement," begins at 7:30 a.m. each day in the Canisius College Montante Cultural Center on the corner of Main Street and Eastwood Place.

Cost is $100. For questions, a schedule of events or to register, call 888-3707 or 888-2768.


Bus tours of local farms, gardens being offered by AAA

Horizon Club Tours, a division of AAA Western and Central New York, is offering weekly Friday bus tours of area gardens and farms in conjunction with the first National Buffalo Garden Festival. Visitors can join each tour in downtown Buffalo, Amherst or Orchard Park. Prices vary. The fee includes lunch, a tour guide and a garden host.

Tours begin this Friday with a South Towns Garden Center Tour hosted by gardening expert Sally Cunningham leading a tour of Murray Brothers Nurseries, Johnson's Nursery, Lockwood's Greenhouse and Masterson's Garden Center. Lunch will be in East Aurora's Roycroft Inn. Cost is $55.

Other tours include the Niagara Wine Trail with wine tastings on July 2; urban farms and community gardens in Buffalo on July 9; gardens in Clarence and Akron on July 16; and a pick-your-own tour of Niagara County farms on July 23. For information, call toll-free (800) 242-4244 or visit

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