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Substantial lake cover delays ice boom removal

A substantial ice cover on the eastern end of Lake Erie is delaying a springtime ritual -- the removal of the ice boom.

"It's not going to happen Friday, but at some point afterwards," said Michael Saltzman, spokesman for the New York Power Authority.

Ice boom regulations require that the removal of the boom start April 1, unless there is more than 250 square miles of ice on the eastern end of the lake.

The International Joint Commission estimated late last week that about 27 percent -- or about 530 square miles -- of the lake's eastern basin was covered with ice.

The 1.7-mile boom -- made up of metal pontoons linked together -- holds back ice floes from entering the Niagara River and damaging water intakes for the Power Authority's Niagara Power Project.

Last year, crews started removing the boom on March 22. The earliest the boom was removed was March 5, 1998, and the latest, May 3, 1971, according to the International Joint Commission's International Niagara Board of Control.

Steve McLaughlin, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service at Buffalo Niagara International Airport, estimated that it could be at least a week before enough ice melts on the lake to remove the boom.

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Meetings on ballot proposals scheduled to begin today

The Hamburg School District is seeking input from residents on two proposals that will be on the May ballot.

The first proposition is a $34.7 million capital project that will address health and safety items and high-priority upgrades districtwide.

District officials are also looking for feedback and dialogue with the community concerning a proposed $56.4 million preliminary budget for 2011-12.

Open meetings will be held at 6 p.m. in each school auditorium as follows:

Today, Boston Valley Elementary; Monday, Hamburg High School; Wednesday, Armor Elementary; and next Thursday7, Hamburg Middle School.

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Participants being sought for women's legacy program

Women for Human Rights and Dignity is looking for program participants, volunteers, service providers, sponsors, anyone who has shared in WHRD's legacy to be a part of "Telling of the Women for Human Rights and Dignity Inc. Story."

The telling of stories will be part of WHRD's annual forum and luncheon April 19 in the Millennium Hotel Buffalo, 2040 Walden Ave., Cheektowaga.

The forum, "Addressing the Challenges: Forum 2011," will be held from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. Presenters include Assemblyman Jeffrion Aubrey; Buffalo School Board President Ralph Hernandez; City Judge Debra Givens; and Lois L. Johnson, board president of the King Center Charter School.

Lunch will immediately follow.

To make luncheon reservations or to be a part of "Telling of the Women for Human Rights and Dignity, Inc. Story" call 831-9821 or stop by WHRD's administrative office, 2278 Main St.

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