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Expanded footprint in city being sought by state agency

NIAGARA FALLS -- Staffers from USA Niagara Development Corp., the state's regional economic development agency, will ask its board of directors to expand its development territory in the city.

Leecia Eve, executive vice president and legal and general counsel of the Empire State Development Corp., informed Assemblyman John D. Ceretto, R-Lewiston, and State Sen. Mark Grisanti, R-Buffalo, that the board had the legal authority to expand its footprint.

Ceretto and Grisanti has previously pushed for the expansion of the economic development footprint in legislation and in a USA Niagara board of directors meeting. They said the inclusion of the Aquarium of Niagara in the footprint was necessary for repairs at the site.



Health officials give OK for resumption of swimming

OLCOTT -- Olcott Beach is once again open for swimming.

The Niagara County Department of Health officials announced the Lake Ontario water off Krull Park is safe, following results of tests made on Friday. Because of high bacteria levels, swimming restrictions at the beach have been issued several times this season.



Bridge, stretch of Route 19 to bear name of fallen hero

SCIO -- Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo has signed a bill that will rename a stretch of Route 19 and the bridge that crosses over Interstate 86 in honor of Cpl. Jason Dunham, the Congressional Medal of Honor recipient who sacrificed his life to save two other Marines from a hand-grenade in Iraq in April 2004.

Route 19 in the Town of Amity will be renamed "Corporal Jason Dunham Memorial Highway," and the bridge, the Corporal Jason Dunham Memorial Bridge." Dunham was from the Town of Scio, where his parents still live.



Old supermarket site eyed for new business

MEDINA -- Tractor Supply Co. plans to open a new store in the former Bells Supermarket on Route 31, Mayor Adam Tabelski said.

The village Planning Board has referred the site plan to the Orleans County Planning Board for approval later this month. If that happens, the village planners will be able to take action as soon as their next meeting Sept. 6.

Tractor Supply, the largest farm retail chain in the country, plans a 21,509-square-foot store at the west end of the vacant Maple Ridge Plaza, in space unoccupied since Bells closed in 1995. Its store also would include 15,000 square feet of outdoor display space.



Tim Hortons gift cards offered for screenings

NIAGARA FALLS -- The Niagara County Health Department is offering a Tim Hortons gift card to qualified county residents who receive one of its free cancer screenings.

To qualify, residents must be uninsured. Mammograms, breast exams and pap tests are available to women ages 40 to 64, and home colon cancer screening kits are available for men and women ages 50 to 64. For Information about appointments call 278-8285.