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Council approves contracts for LaSalle project

NIAGARA FALLS -- The City Council on Monday approved general, electrical and plumbing contracts for its LaSalle Waterfront Expansion Project.

The Council approved a $1.02 million contract with Scott Lawn Yard of Sanborn to be the project's general contractor. Other select bid items added more than $128,000 to that base bid amount.

M & M Electric of Niagara Falls will be the electrical contractor for the project, with a base bid of about $48,000. J.R. Swanson Plumbing of the Falls will complete the project's plumbing work. Its bid was nearly $10,000.

The project has existed in one form or another since 1988, and city officials previously said the two-acre site off Buffalo Avenue is to feature a cantilever deck to allow for walking above the river and a striking view toward the Falls.

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Hospital to offer program on living with diabetes

NIAGARA FALLS -- Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center will begin a four-session diabetes program on July 11.

The class, "Living with Diabetes," is recognized by the American Diabetes Association as meeting the national standards for diabetes self-management education, and will take place from 1 to 3:30 p.m. in the Mary C. Dyster Community Education Room, 621 10th St. Preregistration is required by calling 278-4102.

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Buffalo River tours to begin 26th season on Fourth of July

The Industrial Heritage Committee begins its 26th season of Historic Buffalo River Tours on Monday, Independence Day. The tours provide a view from the water of grain elevators and other reminders of the city's industrial past.

The tour leaves at 12:30 p.m. from the Miss Buffalo dock at Erie Basin Marina. Other tours this summer will sail on July 16, Aug. 7 and Aug. 21. Tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for children aged 6 to 12. Youngsters age 5 and under are free. For reservations, call 856-6696.

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Democratic Committee endorses Whyte, Schroeder

The Erie County Democratic Committee's executive committee on Monday endorsed Erie County Legislator Maria Whyte for Erie County clerk, and Assemblyman Mark Schroeder for City of Buffalo comptroller.

Whyte can expect to run against Christopher L. Jacobs, the Buffalo School Committee member who received the endorsement of the Erie County Republican executive committee June 18. There are no other announced candidates yet for comptroller.

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Fundraiser will crown best salsa dancer in Buffalo

Copacabana Night Salsa will be held at 7 p.m. on Aug. 19 in the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center to benefit Hispanics United of Buffalo. It will include salsa dancing and a competition for the title of best salsa dancer in Buffalo. VIP tickets are $100. General admission is $50. Tickets can be purchased at Hispanics United, 234 Virginia St., or online at www.hispunited.org.