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Plans for KFC outlet face one more hurdle

LOCKPORT -- Plans for the town's new Kentucky Fried Chicken restaurant have one more legal hoop to jump through before final approval.

The Planning Board approved the design of the restaurant at a meeting Wednesday, Building Inspector Brian M. Belson said.

The KFC, which is to replace one on West Avenue in the City of Lockport, still needs approval from the Zoning Board of Appeals on Tuesday to carry over a variance held by previous owners.

The building on South Transit Road was constructed in the 1980s as a Wendy's restaurant and was last used as a cell phone store.

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Magic show, bonnet contest on Saturday Easter marquee

LOCKPORT -- Easter events for kids are on tap Saturday in downtown Lockport, sponsored by Lockport Main Street Inc.

From 11 a.m. to noon in the Palace Theatre, 2 East Ave., there will be a magic show featuring Jake Weiland, an Easter bonnet contest, a visit from the Easter Bunny and goodie bags for the first 200 kids.

From noon to 2 p.m., there will be face-painting at the Lockport Family YMCA, 21 East Ave., and downtown businesses will be passing out treats to kids.

At 2 p.m., the Palace will show the movie "Rango," with tickets costing $5.

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Arts and Cultural Center plans annual fun program

NIAGARA FALLS -- The Niagara Arts and Cultural Center will hold its annual Easter fun program, including an egg hunt on the front lawn, from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday.

There will be treats and games for children from 2 to 4 years old. Children from 5 to 12 are eligible to participate in the egg hunt.

Registration for the free public event will be from 11:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. Saturday at the center, 1201 Pine Ave., corner of Portage Road.

Program director Kim Montone said all children at the event must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

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Secure Communities effort enlists eight more counties

Federal immigration authorities have signed on eight more New York counties to the Secure Communities program.

The 2 1/2 -year-old program red flags potential criminal illegal immigrants by running the fingerprints of people arrested by state or local authorities against federal government databases.

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials say Thursday that Chautauqua, Niagara, Livingston, Ontario, Otsego, Seneca, Steuben and Yates counties are now part of the program.

From now on, when someone's booked there for a crime, their fingerprints will be sent not only to the Justice Department to check for criminal history, but to Homeland Security's biometric system to check against immigration law enforcement records.

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