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Privatizing garbage service may change pickup routes

LOCKPORT -- City residents may have different garbage days than the ones they are used to if the city privatizes refuse service, Common Council President Richelle J. Pasceri said Monday.

After a meeting of the city garbage committee, Pasceri said the question of changed pickup routes is only one of many that need to be answered before the city switches to a "pay-as-you-throw" system, with the city offering three sizes of official garbage cans to residents, each for a different annual fee.

The Council has authorized the seeking of bids from contractors to operate such a system. It would include full curbside recycling service for the first time in Lockport. Pasceri said the request for proposals isn't expected to be issued until mid-July at the earliest.

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Tornado confirmed in Allegany County

National Weather Service investigators confirmed Monday that a tornado touched down late Sunday night in southeastern Allegany County.

The survey team rated the twister as an EF1, with winds estimated at 100 to 110 mph, and said it touched down about 11 p.m. near Paynesville, not far from the Pennsylvania state line, and continued east for about 5 miles to about 2 miles south of Whitesville.

The tornado demolished one barn and moved another barn off its foundations, investigators said. Tree limbs were snapped and power lines also were downed. No injuries were reported.

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Schools foundation gets $150,000 in grants

The Buffalo Public Schools Foundation has awarded $150,000 in grants to nine summer programs.

Two of the grants are designed to spur interest in China and Chinese culture. Fifteen high school students and two teachers will travel to China on a study trip with the Confucius Institute at the University at Buffalo; their travel costs will be covered. Also, a Chinese immersion day camp will give 20 middle school students the chance to interact with 10 students from China who will be visiting.

The foundation also will provide two-year, full-tuition scholarships to Erie Community College to five students.

Four other grants will focus on the fine arts: a middle school music camp; an All-City Marching Band Camp; a dance camp; and a program to help high school students prepare art portfolios and prepare for college interviews.

Two other grants will provide athletic opportunities: a summer lacrosse camp and a soccer camp.

The foundation is supported by donations from the private sector.

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True Bethel Baptist team plans mission to Haiti

A team of congregants from True Bethel Baptist Church in Buffalo will travel to Haiti with funding for an irrigation system that will help to irrigate crops in the village of Soukri.

The church, on a single Sunday morning, raised $8,000 soon after the devastating earthquake that shattered the Caribbean island. Soukri is two hours from Port-au-Prince.

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