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New lanes to ease travel on Rainbow, Peace bridges

Crossing the Peace Bridge in Buffalo and Rainbow Bridge in Niagara Falls is getting a bit easier for those with the proper travel documents.

A "Ready Lane" will be opened on both bridges during certain days and times to help expedite travel.

The new lane, part of an initiative from U.S. Customs and Border Protection, is intended for travelers with one of the following documents: enhanced driver's license, U.S. passport card, new permanent resident card or a trusted traveler card such as a NEXUS, SENTRI or FAST card.

The lanes will be open Monday through Thursday at both bridges, from 2 to 6 p.m. on the Peace Bridge and 3 to 7 p.m. on the Rainbow Bridge.

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County to release doctor from bid to buy property

LOCKPORT -- Niagara County appears ready to release a Tacoma, Wash., ophthalmologist from his bid to buy 16.9 acres of county property on Davison Road in Lockport.

County Manager Jeffrey M. Glatz said Tuesday a release is being negotiated with Dr. Douglas MacLeod, who bid $160,250 in an online auction last November.

His brother Donald MacLeod proposed a development of senior citizen condominiums, only to learn that the buildings' height would be illegal under the Town of Lockport zoning ordinance. A smaller project would be economically unfeasible, the MacLeods concluded.

Glatz said the likely outcome is that the county will allow MacLeod to back out of his bid and will return his deposit. There was one other bidder in the online auction, but County Attorney Claude A. Joerg declined to comment about whether the runner-up will be offered the land after the MacLeods are out of the picture.

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Country Line Dancers at farmers' market

WHEATFIELD -- The Country Line Dancers will be the featured attraction today at the Wheatfield Farmers' Market.

The market, which features about 20 vendors, runs from 3 to 7 p.m. outside the town Community Center, 6812 Nash Road. The Line Dancers will perform from 6 to 7.

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Peace activist to give lectures at two sites

Kathy Kelly, a Chicago-based peace activist and co-coordinator of Voices for Creative Nonviolence, will speak about her recent trip to Afghanistan and 2009 trips to Pakistan and Gaza on Sept. 15 at two Buffalo events.

Kelly will speak at 11:30 a.m. at Network of Religious Communities, 1272 Delaware Ave. Attendees are invited to bring a brown-bag lunch and participate in a mini-workshop exploring nonviolent direct action.

At 7 p.m., Kelly will speak in the Regis Room in Canisius College's Student Center, followed by a question-and-answer session. The entrance is on Hughes Avenue, near Main and Jefferson streets.

For more information, call 884-0582 or email victoryross@verizon.net.