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Treatment plant connection to beach closings disputed

LOCKPORT -- Mayor Michael W. Tucker denied Friday that the city's wastewater treatment plant is to blame for bacteria that has forced seven closures of Krull Park Beach in Olcott this summer.

Newfane Supervisor Timothy R. Horanburg pointed the finger at Lockport on Thursday, saying that tests by the Niagara County Health Department showed high levels of E. coli and fecal coliform bacteria flowing from the city sewer plant down Eighteen Mile Creek to Olcott.

Tucker said, "The levels that are set for us [by the state Department of Environmental Conservation], we meet or exceed every single one. Until the Health Department does more testing, and they're going to do that next week, I disagree with [Horanburg]."

He said if the standards for cleaning up sewage are toughened as Horanburg wants, the city will attain the new goals.


Community meeting slated on results of asbestos tests

The Environmental Justice Action Group is hosting a community meeting to hear results of asbestos testing requested recently by the Buffalo Municipal Housing Authority for Kensington Heights. The meeting will be held at 6 p.m. Tuesday in the Frank E. Merriweather Jr. Library, 1324 Jefferson Ave.

A panel of experts will answer questions and address concerns regarding the health impact of possible asbestos exposure on the children who live, play and go to school nearby.

The panel will consist of experts from the University at Buffalo, the Environmental Protection Agency, which performed the tests, and the state Department of Environmental Conservation.


Meals on Wheels program selling coupon books

NORTH TONAWANDA -- North Tonawanda Meals on Wheels is selling "Save Around Buffalo 2012" coupon books until Nov. 30.

The book has more than 575 coupons for fast-food and sit-down restaurants, entertainment, recreation, golf, and retail services in the region.

The books cost $23 and will be available at the North Tonawanda Farmers' Market through September, from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. weekdays at North Tonawanda Meals on Wheels, 100 Ridge Road, or by calling 693-1663.


Volunteers' calls will urge attendance for students

Parent volunteers will start working the phones today to encourage other Buffalo parents to make sure their youngsters attend school.

The volunteers, joined by Buffalo school staffers, will make approximately 4,800 calls to the homes of kindergarteners and ninth-grade students from 1 to 4 p.m. and 5 to 8 p.m. today, Tuesday and Wednesday from the phone bank center at United Way headquarters on Delaware Avenue.

United Way president Michael Weiner says he agreed to host the phone effort because attendance in school is basic to a youngster's future success and the success of the school district.