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Krull Beach closed again due to high E. coli levels

OLCOTT -- The bacterial woes at Krull Park Beach on Lake Ontario continue.

For the seventh time since Independence Day, the Niagara County Health Department closed the beach to swimming today until further notice because of elevated levels of E. coli bacteria in water samples.

Ronald Gwozdek, principal public health engineer, said both shallow and deep water samples showed the problem. "We're sampling in six spots along the lake, and this is the only one that shows any problems," Gwozdek said.

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



Requests for tax breaks subject of IDA hearings

LOCKPORT -- The town Industrial Development Agency will hold public hearings on two requests for property tax breaks at 5 p.m. Sept. 6 in Town Hall.

Moley Magnetics, which produces electric control panels and assembles large magnets, plans a move from Wilson to the abandoned former Electruk Battery plant in the town industrial park. The firm is buying the former brownfield from the town for $10,000.

Mulvey Construction Co. is asking for a tax break for a planned $700,000 expansion of its Davison Road facility.

Town Economic Development Coordinator David R. Kinyon said if enough IDA board members show up, the board could take a vote on the projects right after the hearings. Terms of the tax breaks are still being negotiated but will be released before the hearings, Kinyon said.



Reinstein Woods readies 11th annual Fall Festival

The Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve will celebrate its 11th annual Fall Festival from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sept. 17. Featured at the 292-acre preserve on Honorine Drive, off Como Park Boulevard, Cheektowaga, will be tours and children's events, nature activities, live animals, food and music.

The SPCA Wildlife Department and the Buffalo Zoo will have animals on display from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Children can try out a pair of snowshoes in a winter wildlife exhibit and meet costumed characters in the "Critter Zone." Children and adults also can decorate walking sticks and go on nature scavenger hunts.

In addition, more than 20 environmental and nature-related organizations will have exhibits, folk singer Nan Hoffman will entertain and members of Boy Scout Troop 500 will sell food all day. For information, call 683-5959.



School Board appoints new business director

The Holland School District has named an official of the Monroe County Board of Cooperative Educational Services as the district's new business leader.

Patrice Beadle's appointment was unanimously approved by the School Board Monday. Superintendent Dennis Johnson said she was selected from a pool of about 20 candidates.

Beadle plans to commute to Holland from her home in Orleans County.