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Corps of Engineers to hold meeting on cleanup projects

LEWISTON -- The Army Corps of Engineers will host a public meeting on the environmental investigation and cleanup projects at World War II-era sites in Lewiston and Porter.

The federal agency is responsible for contamination remediation at the former Lake Ontario Ordnance Works and on the Niagara Falls Storage Site, which holds radiological materials from the Manhattan Project.

The session is scheduled for 6 to 8:45 p.m. Wednesday in the Lewiston Senior Center, 4361 Lower River Road, Lewiston.

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Boy Scouts offering no-cost memberships

In an effort to reach out to urban youth, the Boy Scouts of America is offering no-cost memberships for new troops that are started in the cities of Buffalo, Lackawanna or Niagara Falls by June 30.

Using donated funds to pay for youth memberships and activities as well as stipends for adults who start troops, the organization is reaching out to young people 8 through 21 who want to form Cub Scout, Boy Scout or Venture Crew troops, said Bob Kuebler, coordinator of the ScoutReach outreach effort.

"Everything to the kids is absolutely free," said Kuebler, adding that activities range from participation in the Scouts' Pine Wood Derby race to camping trips and mountain climbing in the Adirondacks.

For more information, call Kuebler at 830-8240 or the Boy Scouts' Greater Niagara Frontier Council at 891-4073.

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Lanes to reopen on part of Hopkins Road soon

Both lanes of Hopkins Road south of Smith Road in Amherst will reopen this summer, or within the next few weeks, Erie County Legislator Edward A. Rath III, R-Amherst, said Monday.

The county Department of Public Works and the county Soil and Water District began work last week on the Bio-Technical Stabilization Beta Project, which installs plants with strong and aggressive roots to bear into the soil along Ransom Creek's bank and allow the affected section south of Smith to be repaved.

Hopkins Road north of Smith Road is undergoing more extensive improvements that will not be complete this summer, so that section will remain open only to local traffic and emergency vehicles, Rath said.

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Rich Products recalling Bavarian Cream Filling

Rich Products Corp. of Buffalo is recalling its Allen Bavarian Cream Filling because the product contains pecans, milk and coconut, which are not listed on the label and could cause harm those who have an allergy or severe sensitivity to the ingredients.

The filling, which is sold to food service distributors and is used by in-store bakeries around the country, comes packaged in 31-pound, 3.5-gallon pails with product code 02881 and production codes 11870137F21, F-22, F-23, F-24, F-25. It is not packaged for retail distribution.

For more information, contact Rich's Product Helpline at (800) 356-7094.

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