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Grant to help communities increase access to food

LOCKPORT -- Cornell Cooperative Extension of Niagara County has received a grant of $96,175 from the U.S. Agriculture Department's Hunger Free Communities program, a new initiative aimed at helping communities increase food access by promoting coordination among public, private and non-profit partners.

Executive Director Cathy L. Maloney said Cornell Cooperative Extension of Niagara County was one of only 10 chosen out of hundreds of applicants nationwide.

She said initial data suggests that food insecurity is a significant factor in about one-quarter of homes surveyed in Niagara County. Eighteen percent of respondents indicated that they had run out of food "almost every month" and six percent indicated that they ran out "every month."

The Hunger Free Communities grant will be used to identify ways to alleviate food insecurity and hunger countywide. As part of the grant, a random sampling of Niagara County residents will be surveyed to determine the extent of hunger.

From the research, a set of recommendations, projects and action steps will be developed by a Food Policy Council to support a healthier local community, economy and environment.

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Club seeking candidates for event June 25-26

LEWISTON -- The Lewiston Garden Club is looking for residents of Lewiston who are willing to have their gardens featured in the Open Garden Walk during the Lewiston GardenFest, to be held June 25-26.

The entire garden does not have to be included; front yard, side yard or backyard only are acceptable. For information about submitting a garden for the tour, call 405-7163 by Sunday.

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New KFC restaurant clears Zoning Board hurdle

LOCKPORT -- It's full-speed ahead for Lockport's new Kentucky Fried Chicken restaurant.

Town Building Inspector Brian M. Belson said the Zoning Board of Appeals Tuesday night approved transfer of a variance previously issued for the former Wendy's restaurant and cell phone store on South Transit Road, into which KFC plans to move this summer.

The existing KFC store on West Avenue in the City of Lockport is to be closed when the new one opens.

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Third annual showcase set for Walden Galleria

The third annual Buffalo Niagara Green Expo, featuring 150 green businesses and organizations, will set up shop in Walden Galleria from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday.

Major sponsors of the expo are New York State Energy and Development Authority and Solar Liberty, a local company dedicated to solar energy.

Exhibitors will offer insight on issues green including sustainable energy, weatherization, energy efficiency, landscaping and gardening, holistic health, composting and water purification. Also featured are eco art and fashion shows, electric vehicles and electronics recycling.

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