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State grant to finance Wheatfield expansion OK'd

LOCKPORT -- Niagara County has been approved for a state grant that will help finance a major expansion at a Wheatfield company, County Legislature Majority Leader Richard E. Updegrove announced during a recent Legislature meeting.

The state Office of Community Renewal approved the $400,000 request, which the county will send to Metaullics Systems to help with its $22 million expansion. The Cory Road company will construct a 93,000-square-foot expansion to produce components for lithium-ion batteries used in hybrid cars. Forty-seven new jobs are expected to be created.

Updegrove, R-Lockport, said half of the money will be an outright grant to the company, and the other half will be a low-interest loan.

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Ghostlight Theatre unveils lineup for its 2010-11 season

NORTH TONAWANDA -- The Ghostlight Theatre has announced its performances for the 2010-11 season.

First up, in October, will be Agatha Christie's "The Mousetrap"; Charles Dickens' "A Christmas Carol" will be performed in December; Thornton Wilder's "Our Town" in February; "Dearly Departed," by David Bottrell and Jessie Jones, in May; and "Fiddler on the Roof" in August 2011.

Visit www.starrynighttheatre.com.

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Elmwood Village concerts make season debut Tuesday

Buffalo's homegrown Cajun party band, LeeRon Zydeco & the Hot Tamales, will kick off the 13th annual Elmwood Village Summer Concert Series at 7 p.m. Tuesday on Bidwell Parkway at Elmwood Avenue. The concerts, which will continue through Aug. 10, are free.

The schedule also includes Crittenden, July 6; the Buffalo Shuffle, July 13; N'Dias, July 20; the Steam Donkeys, July 27; the Latin Jazz Project, Aug. 3; and Gretchen Schulz & the Morvells, Aug. 10.

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Detours set today, Friday for work on the Kensington

Construction work will close down sections of the Kensington Expressway overnight today and Friday, the state Department of Transportation said.

Construction areas will be barricaded to all traffic from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. State police will be posted to assist with traffic control and enforce speed limits.

Today, the outbound Kensington will be closed at the Humboldt Parkway exit. Motorists will be rerouted to the outbound Kensington via Humboldt Parkway to the East Delavan Avenue on-ramp. Those headed for the westbound Scajaquada Expressway will be detoured to the Northland Avenue entrance.

Friday, the inbound Kensington will be closed at the Scajaquada Expressway exit. Traffic will be rerouted onto the Scajaquada to the Main Street exit, then to Humboldt Parkway, re-entering the inbound Kensington at East Utica Street.

Also closing Friday, at 7 p.m., will be the ramp from the eastbound Scajaquada to the inbound Kensington.

Motorists will be directed to Main Street and the Humboldt Parkway, entering the inbound Kensington at East Utica Street.

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