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> NFTA

Airport snow removal earns regional honor

Buffalo Niagara International Airport has been honored by the American Association of Airport Executives for its snow removal efforts at the group's recent meeting in Buffalo.

The group's Northeast Chapter presented the Balchen/Post Award for Outstanding Achievement to the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority, the airport operator. The award recognizes the airport's snow removal team with a first-place citation in the category of medium-sized commercial airports.

It marks the sixth time in the award's 35-year history that the Buffalo airport has received the recognition.

The organization's selection committee considered a number of factors, including clearing ice and snow from runways, equipment readiness, personnel training and safety awareness.

NFTA Executive Director Kimberley A. Minkel said that in spite of 111 inches of snow recorded at the airport over the winter, runways were never closed.

"This speaks volumes about the dedication and ability of our airfield personnel who work around the clock, including being away from their families on holidays and missing family functions, while working to maintain our runways," Minkel said.

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> LEWISTON

Annual Jazz & Pasta event will be held Sunday

LEWISTON -- The fourth annual Jazz & Pasta will be held from 1 to 7 p.m. Sunday at Water Street Landing, 115 S. Water St.

Tickets are $20, and proceeds help support the Historic Lewiston Jazz Festival on Aug. 26 and 27.

Jazz & Pasta features food from local restaurants and jazz, and includes a basket auction and 5 0/5 0 raffle. Scheduled to perform are the Ron Corsaro Trio, Dave Scott Trio, Caputi and Co. and Janice Mitchell and Jim Beishline.

The Historic Lewiston Jazz Festival on Center Street, in its 10th year, is a free event, with jazz on the streets and in several village restaurants. More than 30,000 people attend annually.

Tickets for Jazz & Pasta are available at Water Street Landing; Lewiston Village Hall, 145 N. Third St.; Niagara River Region Chamber of Commerce, 100 N. Third St.; First Niagara, 500 Center St.; and Niagara USA Chamber of Commerce, 285-1702. Tickets also are available at the door.

The jazz festival is a nonprofit event supported by the Town and Village of Lewiston. Tax-deductible donations can be made to: Lewiston Jazz Festival, P.O. Box 663, Lewiston, NY 14092.

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> CHEEKTOWAGA

Town begins collecting residents' grass clippings

The Cheektowaga Sanitation Department has begun collecting grass clippings from town residences.

The debris should be in a hard, open-top container, or a biodegradable bag. Branches should be tied and bundled, less than four feet long and less than 40 pounds.

Mattresses and box springs are considered trash and should be left at the curb with regular weekly trash. Brochures with more details will be mailed to residents this month. If a copy does not arrive, call the department at 686-3426.

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