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Phenomenon makes moon appear larger than normal

The cow will need an extra boost to make it over tonight's full moon.

The moon will appear larger by 14 percent and brighter by 40 percent, thanks to a phenomenon that comes around every 18 years or so.

Because of the elliptical nature of its orbit, this so-named perigee moon, or "super full moon," will be as close to the earth as it has been since March 1993.

The moon, still 221,566 miles away, should be very visible in Western New York this evening, with the National Weather Service calling for mostly clear skies. The show begins in the eastern sky at sunset, about 7:25 p.m.

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Reservation site dangled for Verizon data center

ALBANY -- A day after Verizon pulled the plug on a $4 billion data center in the Niagara County Town of Somerset, the Seneca Nation of Indians offered the company a variety of benefits, including freedom from property taxes, if it located on reservation land.

But property tax immunity would depend on how a deal might be structured with Verizon. The tribe's private company, Seneca Holdings, would have to have at least a 51 percent ownership interest in the project, Seneca Nation President Robert Odawi Porter said.

Noting that the sovereign Indian tribe does not suffer from the "systemic impediments" that the company says pushed it to scuttle the construction plans, Odawi Porter also said Verizon could enjoy deep tax savings by moving to one of its reservations.

"As a sovereign nation, we control our own tax regimes. As a result, your facility would not be subject to property taxes on our lands," Seneca Nation President Robert Odawi Porter wrote to Verizon officials.

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Public hearing set Tuesday on bridge replacement plans

GREAT VALLEY -- The Cattaraugus County Department of Public Works will hold a public information session Tuesday regarding the proposed replacement of Great Valley Bridge 9 on Martin Road.

The meeting will be from 7 to 8 p.m. in Great Valley Town Hall on Route 219, where engineers will be available to answer questions about the project. The bridge will be demolished and replaced with a span with two 11-foot lanes and steel bridge railing.

An off-site detour will be posted during the construction.

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Public hearing planned on Ellicottville sidewalks

ELLICOTTVILLE -- The state Department of Transportation will hold a public information meeting Friday at Holimont Ski Area to discuss proposed construction of new sidewalks along Route 242 in the Town and Village of Ellicottville.

The session will be from 7 to 9 p.m. in the main chalet of Holimont at 6291 Route 242. It will feature an open house with project displays. DOT representatives will be on hand for comments and questions. The project also will involve curb ramps and drainage improvements on Route 242, from Holimont through the village.