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Deadline is extended to select garbage cans

LOCKPORT -- The deadline for Lockport residents to make their choices of garbage cans for the new privatized refuse program to be operated by Modern Disposal has been extended until Wednesday.

The deadline had been this past Wednesday, but some residents complained at a public hearing Wednesday that they didn't receive the surveys in the mail in time to have the two weeks' consideration that the form promised.

Owners of one- and two-family homes have a choice among 35-, 64- and 96-gallon carts, each with a different price tag. Owners of three-family homes must take a 96-gallon cart for each unit.

Any residential property with more than three units is considered commercial and must take a 96-gallon cart for each unit unless they opt out of the city service and make their own garbage arrangements with a private contractor.

Residents can make their choices online at www.curbsidelockport.com.

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Krull Park Beach reopened by health department

OLCOTT -- The Niagara County Health Department reopened Krull Park Beach on Lake Ontario to swimming Friday, after water quality tests showed the level of E. coli bacteria in the water had receded to safe levels.

The beach had been ordered closed Tuesday, the sixth time this summer it has been shut because of high bacteria counts.

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Hours at city pools set to change Monday

NIAGARA FALLS -- Hours at city pools are changing starting Monday.

The 91st Street pool will be open Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., until the pool closes next Friday.

The Center Court pool will be open Thursdays and Fridays from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. until the pool closes on Friday.

The Hyde Park spray pool and swiming pool will be open from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, and from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays until the pools close Sept. 5.

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Great Lakes Beach Sweep is scheduled for Sept. 17

It's time to pick litter off Western New York's beaches during the annual Great Lakes Beach Sweep. The effort, part of the Ocean Conservancy's International Coastal Cleanup, is in its 26th year on local beaches.

Volunteers are needed -- individuals, as well as interested civic and community groups -- to participate in the cleanup day, which will take place from 10 a.m. to noon on Sept. 17.

Woodlawn State Park and Evangola State Park will be bases for this year's event, organizers said, but any beach in Western New York can be cleaned as part of the effort.

Volunteers can call Sharen Trembath, the Lake Erie coordinator, for more information about the event, at 549-4330, or visit www.greatlakesbeachsweep.com or www.alsnyc.org.