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Barton Hill Hotel sued over failure to pay taxes

LEWISTON -- The Lewiston-Porter School District sued the Barton Hill Hotel this week over failure to pay its taxes.

In a suit filed Thursday in State Supreme Court in Lockport, the school district asserted that the financially troubled hotel owes $33,140, including penalties and interest, on an unpaid payment-in-lieu-of-taxes, or PILOT, payment for the 2009-10 school year.

After Barton Hill failed to make that and other PILOT payments, the county Industrial Development Agency revoked the PILOT deal. The lawsuit says the hotel also has not paid its $78,923 school tax bill, including interest and penalties, for the current school year.

Niagara County sued the hotel last month for $67,178 in delinquent PILOT payments.

The hotel also is listed on the county tax foreclosure list and is vulnerable to a mortgage foreclosure order threatened by its mortgage holder, Iddleson Group, which is owed more than $9 million.

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Applications available for $1,000 scholarship

Applications for a $1,000 college scholarship from the Niagara County Assessors Association are now available.

The scholarship is open to any Niagara County resident who is a graduating senior from a high school in the county and is going to attend a college in New York State.

Application forms are available in high school guidance offices, local assessors offices, or by writing to the Scholarship Committee of the Niagara County Assessors Association, c/o Assessor Karen Manning, Town of Pendleton, 6570 Campbell Blvd., Lockport, NY 14094.

Applications must be postmarked by April 30 and sent to the above address.

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Church, school is seeking former students for reunion

NORTH TONAWANDA -- St. Paul Lutheran Church and School, at 453 Old Falls Blvd., is looking for former confirmands and day school students from 1930 to the present, so they can be invited to a reunion scheduled for July 17.

The church, founded in 1861, is celebrating its 150th anniversary this year.

Send current addresses to stpaulnt@gmail.com or call 692-3255 so officials can mail you the details. You may also join the Facebook group stpaulnt to get the latest information.

As part of the reunion, a worship service will be held at 10 a.m., followed by a picnic on the great lawn. Entertainment will be provided.

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Auto bureau unable to do some transactions

The Cheektowaga Auto Bureau today will be unable to process learner's permit transactions and transactions for original driver's licenses, commercial driver's licenses or the transfer of a license from another state because the National Driver Registry system will be down, according to the Erie County Clerk's office.

Customers still will be able to register vehicles, renew vehicle registrations, renew driver's licenses, transfer registrations, register boats and trailers and surrender license plates.

The bureau, at 2122 George Urban Blvd., will be open from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m.

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