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Pier closing to accommodate work to remove cable car

LEWISTON -- The fishing pier at the base of the New York Power Authority's Niagara Power Project will be closed to the public Wednesday and next Thursday so workers can remove a cable car that runs across the lower Niagara River from Lewiston to Queenston, Ont.

A 715-foot steel cable was installed in 1973 to monitor the flow of water in that section of the river. Since other means are now used to monitor the water flow, the cable is no longer needed.

Access to the pier will be closed for safety. The U.S. Coast Guard will establish a boating perimeter in the river. The shoreline can still be accessed using the stairway at the lower fisherman's parking lot.

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Radio marathon serving up Easter hams for the needy

A radio marathon is being held from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. today to provide Easter hams for the needy through the Food Bank of Western New York.

DJ Jickster from 97 Rock will host "HAM-A-LOT," an ongoing performance featuring King Ham-a-lot and Queen Gertrude, in Russell's Steaks, Chops & More Restaurant, 6675 Transit Road, Lancaster.

Anyone dropping off a ham or a $10 donation or both will be entered in a drawing to win one of 12 deluxe weekends for two in Salvatore's Grand Hotel, including dinner in the restaurant next door. Restaurateur Russ Salvatore also promises to match all donations "ham for ham."

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Orleans County fire district criticized on fiscal controls

The Fancher-Hulberton-Murray Fire District in Orleans County needs better controls on its finances, according to an audit released Wednesday by the office of State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli.

"The district does not have adequate financial policies and procedures in place," the report read. "The board has not adopted purchasing, investment and code of ethics policies, as required by statute. The board also has not ensured that written procedures for financial recording and reporting were developed.

"Auditors found that the treasurer submitted monthly financial reports to the board," the report continued, "and filed the required annual financial report for 2009. However, the board did not conduct an annual audit of the treasurer's records. While board resolutions authorize the total amount of claims audited by the board, they did not identify which specific claims were reviewed and approved. Finally, the treasurer did not perform monthly bank reconciliations for the board."

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Stop the Violence Coalition launches slate of meetings

The Stop the Violence Coalition will begin a monthly Homicide Victim Support Group.

The first meeting will be held from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. today at Back to Basics, 1370 William St. Free and open to the public, the program is for people who have lost loved ones to homicides and senseless violence.

For information, contact Tracy Cooley at 818-4140.

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