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Jurist to honor King legacy in Falls High School address

NIAGARA FALLS -- Magistrate Judge Hugh B. Scott of U.S. District Court based in Buffalo will deliver the keynote address at a public ceremony honoring "the memory and legacy" of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. at 6 p.m. Thursday in the Performing Arts Center of Niagara Falls High School, 4455 Porter Road.

Christ Redemption Tabernacle Choir and the Niagara Falls High School Quartet will perform musical selections, and civil rights achievement awards will be presented.

The five-member City Council has unanimously adopted a resolution honoring King and asking everyone "to commemorate Dr. King's vision and . . invigorate ourselves with resolve and forebearance to make his dream [of equality for all] a reality."

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New owner for home found after foreclosure auction

LEWISTON -- An 1830s-era historic home at the foot of Center Street, once owned by the owners of the Barton Hill Hotel and Spa, has a new owner after being sold last week in a foreclosure auction for about $275,000.

The winning bidder, Peter J. Sinclair, 56, of the City of Tonawanda, said he and his partners are considering several ideas for the property, including a restaurant. The site previously housed restaurants known as the Village Inn, the Gathering Place and the Bloody Bucket.

The property at 65 Center St., across the street from the 72-room Barton Hill hotel, was purchased to expand spa services offered by the hotel but was forced into foreclosure in September because of delinquent mortgage payments, late fees and back taxes.

Michael Foster, of Tranzon Auction Properties, said eight people bid on the former Trafford Mansion. The sale does not affect the hotel, which opened in 2007.

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Washburn Street closed due to water main break

LOCKPORT -- A two-block section of Washburn Street between South and Walnut streets was closed overnight Monday because of a water main break.

Lockport Mayor Michael C. Tucker said Tuesday that the 6-inch line, one of the city's smaller mains, broke at 6 p.m. Monday and was repaired by Tuesday afternoon.

The street was reopened just after 11 a.m. Tuesday.

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Horse-related issues on legislative agenda

New York State's farmers are putting horse-related issues on the front burner of their agenda for 2011, a New York Farm Bureau representative said this week.

The Farm Bureau wants the sales tax lifted on commercial horse boarding and the services of the state's farriers, or horseshoes and hoof-care specialists, said Hans Mobius, a Clarence farmer and chairman of the Equine Committee of the state Farm Bureau.

In addition, the bureau champions a law that would limit liability for farmers who provide horses and farm property to others for leisure pursuits, Mobius added.

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