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Lewis tossed from ballot in petition signature dispute

LOCKPORT -- The Niagara County Board of Elections kicked Herbert L. Lewis off the Democratic primary ballot for Niagara Falls City Council Friday.

Lewis, an African-American, filed 873 nominating petition signatures. The threshold to qualify was 804, but city Democratic Chairman David C. Houghton challenged 477 signatures, and the election commissioners disallowed 159 of them.

"He had a lot of felons, people who weren't Democrats, people who weren't even registered," Democratic Election Commissioner Nancy L. Smith said.

Five candidates remain entered in the Democratic Council primary Sept. 13, with two seats available.

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Lake Ontario water tests clear way for swimming

OLCOTT -- Olcott Beach has reopened for swimming.

Water quality surveillance sampling by the Niagara County Department of Health has determined the water is now safe for recreation swimming, county health officials said Saturday. Niagara County said it will continue to monitor water quality closely and immediately notify the public of any problems.

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Demler, Schultz lodge suit to force write-in primary

WHEATFIELD -- Former Town Supervisor Timothy E. Demler and Town Board candidate Craig M. Schultz have sued the Niagara County Board of Elections in an effort to force a write-in primary for the Democratic nominations for supervisor and councilman.

The Board of Elections disallowed their "opportunity to ballot" petitions earlier this week, but Demler and Schultz, along with William Austin, a member of their campaign committee, brought suit, claiming the petitions should be reinstated.

Demler and Schultz, already entered in Republican primaries, were granted an Aug. 25 date in front of State Supreme Court Justice Richard C. Kloch Sr., a court official said Friday.

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Information meetings set on privatized refuse system

LOCKPORT -- With a deadline approaching Wednesday for city residents to choose their garbage cans for the new privatized refuse system, more public demonstrations and information meetings are being scheduled by Modern Disposal and city officials.

A live demonstration of how the new garbage cans will be hoisted into garbage trucks is set for 4 to 8 p.m. Monday at Goehle-Widewaters Park on Market Street.

Question-and-answer sessions about the new system are scheduled for 6 p.m. Tuesday and 2:30 p.m. Thursday in City Hall.

Equipment and garbage cans will also be on view from noon to 6 p.m. Wednesday in the City Hall parking lot. The Common Council will hold a public hearing on the city's new garbage ordinance at 6 p.m.