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Elevated E. coli levels bring closure of beach

OLCOTT -- The Niagara County Health Department ordered Krull Park Beach on Lake Ontario closed Tuesday because two water samples showed elevated levels of E. coli bacteria.

This is the sixth time this season that the beach has been ordered closed. The most recent shutdown lasted from Tuesday through Saturday of last week.

James J. Devald, county environmental health director, said high bacteria levels in both shallow and deep water were the reason for the latest closure.

Previous shutdowns were July 6-7, July 19-23, July 26-28, Aug. 4-6, and Aug. 9-13.

A study is under way to determine the source of the bacteria, but results aren't expected until next year.



Primary voters reminded to register by Friday

LOCKPORT -- Friday is the deadline to register to vote in the Sept. 13 primary election.

Niagara County Election Commissioners Mary Ann L. Casamento and Nancy L. Smith said the Board of Elections office, 111 Main St., will be open until 5 p.m. today and Friday, and until 7 p.m. Thursday, to take forms.

The forms also are available at town and city halls, banks, post offices and libraries, and may be mailed as long as they are postmarked by Friday.

Voters must join a political party to take part in a primary. Also, anyone who has moved since they last voted must re-register.

Absentee ballot applications are available by calling the Board of Elections at 438-4043 or 438-4045.



Center invites all faiths to celebrate Ramadan event

The sixth annual Tent of Abraham, in which people of all faiths are invited to join area Muslims in breaking the fast of Ramadan, will be held from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday in the Muslim Community Center, 745 Heim Road, Amherst. Ramadan continues to Aug. 29.

Nonperishable food items and cash donations will be collected for the needy. The event is co-sponsored by the Islamic Society of the Niagara Frontier, the Network of Religious Communities, North Presbyterian Church, Temple Beth Am and Westminster Presbyterian Church.

The evening also includes the third annual Walk of Abraham, in which people of different faiths meet each other on a five-mile route through Amherst before entering the community center. For information, call 472-4127 or 683-1840.



Applications being accepted for firefighters grant program

The application process for the federal Firefighters Grant program has started for fiscal year 2011, Rep. Kathy Hochul, D-Amherst, announced Tuesday.

The Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act provides the program with $404.2 million to help fire departments and non-affiliated Emergency Management Service organizations meet their firefighting and emergency response needs when it comes to equipment, training and other resources.

The application process closes at 5 p.m. on Sept. 9. Grant guidance is available at

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