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Wild Ones Niagara envisions series of 10th Street gardens

The Niagara River Greenway Commission this week endorsed a proposal to create a series of pollinator gardens along a section of 10th Street in Niagara Falls.

The commission's 11-1 vote Tuesday gives Wild Ones Niagara, the project sponsor, the ability to apply for funding from a $9 million annual allocation available for Greenway projects.

Wild Ones Niagara, which has an office on Main Street in Niagara Falls, is a local chapter of a national group.

The group has a three-year plan for the project, to be located on eight sites on 10th Street between Ontario Avenue and Lockport Street. It has a proposed budget of nearly $473,000.

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Bratton resigns top post; Zanetta heads search panel

JAMESTOWN -- The Robert H. Jackson Center, which honors the legacy of the late Supreme Court justice and Nuremberg prosecutor, is searching for a new top administrator.

The center announced this week that Adam C. Bratton has resigned as executive director after 3 1/2 years with the institution.

Officials said in a statement that Bratton was leaving to pursue other interests. Joseph Zanetta, vice chairman of the board, will lead the search committee.

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Building heralds return of on-campus residency

St. Francis High School will be restoring its on-campus residency program in September, according to the Rev. Michael Sajda, president of the Athol Springs school.

Construction of the double rooms, which will accommodate 26 students, will begin in late May. The school has received several inquiries from international students who wish to attend St. Francis and be housed in the residence. Currently, 17 international students attend the college preparatory school, living with host families, Sajda said.

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$35,000 loan approved to renovate Mobil station

NIAGARA FALLS -- The NFC Development Corp. has approved a $35,000 loan to the Kandola Group Inc. to renovate and reopen a Mobil gasoline station at Niagara Falls Boulevard and Tuscarora Road.

Amandeep S. Kandola, 26, who will own and operate the station, said he hoped to have it open in about six weeks with three full-time employees and one part-time employee. The $35,000 loan is to be repaid over five years to NFC Development, which sometimes is referred to as the banking arm of the Niagara Falls city government.

The loan application says Kandola has been employed since 2007 as a premier relationship manager for HSBC.

In other action, the development corporation re-elected Mayor Paul A. Dyster its chairman. City Councilwoman Kristen Grandinetti was elected vice chairwoman; Councilman Charles A. Walker, treasurer; and Doreen O' Connor, who is in the tourism business, secretary.

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