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Nearly 200 gardens cited in revitalization program

JAMESTOWN -- The great gardens of the city, and the gardeners who tend them, are getting the recognition they deserve.

Nearly 200 gardens, nominated in June and July, are now marked as Grow Jamestown gardens, reports the Jamestown Renaissance Corp., which is sponsoring the program to encourage neighborhood revitalization. Small signs were delivered to the gardens during the past two weeks.

"A nice garden is a signal that people care about a place," says Peter Lombardi, director of Neighborhood Initiatives at JRC, "and it sends a powerful message to neighbors and visitors."

Information on Grow Jamestown and the garden program is available at www.jrconline.org. Photos of the gardens will be posted soon on JRC's Facebook page.

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Contract awarded to replace Municipal Building's roof

SILVER CREEK -- A contract to replace the Municipal Building's roof was awarded Tuesday at a special meeting of the Village Board.

The roof replacement and asbestos-removal job went to A.W. Farrell for $76,850. The Dunkirk contractor was determined to be the lowest responsible bidder. Three bids were received. Deputy Mayor Amy Romanik said the work on the roof is expected to start within 30 days.

The board also approved an adjustment to the budget to cover up to 25 percent of the riprap project to reinforce the creek bank in the village. Two years ago, in August 2009, the creek flooded, causing extensive damage throughout the village.

Petri Baking Co. donated $35,000 toward the construction project. The business was damaged in the flooding of 2009.

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Fundraiser will feature salsa dance contest

Buffalo's best salsa dancers will be crowned during the inaugural Copacabana Salsa Night fundraiser sponsored by Hispanics United of Buffalo at 7 p.m. Friday in the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center. Doors open for ticket sales at 6. Tickets are $50. VIP tickets, including food and open bar, are $100. Dance students are $30.

First-, second- and third-place winners will receive an assortment of prizes and gift certificates. Winners will be determined by a panel of judges from dancing schools in Buffalo and Rochester headed by Lisa Grisanti, a salsa instructor and marketing director for Shea's Performing Arts Center.

Registration is $50 per couple and must be submitted by noon Friday. To enter, go to www.hispunited.org and fill out the short form or visit the Hispanics United office at 254 Virginia St. For information, call 856-7110.

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Crack in driving lane requires repairs by DOT

LEWISTON -- State Department of Transportation crews excavated a 200-foot-long stretch of Indian Hill Road Tuesday because of a crack in a driving lane, DOT spokeswoman Susan Surdej said.