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> PUBLIC WORKSHOP

Falls heritage area focus of two commission meetings

The Niagara Falls National Heritage Area Commission will hold a public workshop at 6 p.m. today in the Earl W. Brydges Public Library, 1711 Main St., Niagara Falls.

The commission also will hold a regular business meeting at 9 a.m. today in the Power Vista at the Niagara Power Project, 5777 Lewiston Road, Lewiston. The meeting is open to the public.

The federal commission is tasked with drawing up a plan for a heritage area, aimed at boosting regional tourism.

For more information, visit www.nps.gov/nifa.

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> NIAGARA WHEATFIELD

Budget session set for today will be open to the public

SANBORN -- The Niagara Wheatfield School Board will open its budget session to the public at 5:30 p.m. today in the Adult Learning Center in the wake of recent stories in The Buffalo News about the State Open Meetings Law.

"I got on the board because I thought we needed transparency," School Board President William Conrad said Tuesday. "We're trying to be open. We want to do it right."

Today's meeting will start with a budget presentation Superintendent Carl H. Millitello, then the board will discuss program and other cuts, issue by issue, as it goes through the budget, Conrad said.

The learning center is in the high school, at 2292 Saunders Settlement Road.

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> FUNERAL

State Police issues alert on services for trooper

The State Police is alerting motorists that there will be an extensive funeral procession Friday morning from an Amherst funeral home to a Clarence church where services will be held for Trooper Kevin Patrick Dobson, who died in the line of duty Saturday.

The procession will start at about 10:30 a.m. outside Amigone Funeral Home, 5200 Sheridan Drive, Amherst, and head east on Sheridan and then turn north onto Harris Hill Road in Clarence, where it will continue up to the Harris Hill entrance to the Eastern Hills Wesleyan Church.

Services at the church are set to begin at 11 a.m.

Dobson, 43, was fatally struck shortly after dawn Saturday by an elderly man driving a pickup. The trooper was making a traffic stop on the shoulder of the Youngmann Highway in the Town of Tonawanda.

Preliminary results from an Erie County Medical Examiner's Office autopsy show the trooper died from "multiple blunt force injuries to internal organs and head and a fracture to the neck," police said Tuesday.

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> NORTH TONAWANDA

Plans for new Tim Hortons to be discussed Monday

NORTH TONAWANDA -- A new Tim Hortons is planned for a vacant lot on Meadow Drive.

The proposed site is the former location of a Ponderosa that was knocked down in September 2003, said City Building Inspector Cosimo R. Capozzi.

The proposal will come before the city Planning Commission on Monday.

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