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> NIAGARA FALLS

Perreault to sign autographs at market

NIAGARA FALLS -- Buffalo Sabres legend Gilbert Perreault will sign autographs at the Niagara Holiday Market at 6 p.m. today.

The meet-and-greet with the French Connection star is free of charge, and the market, on Old Falls Street, will be open until 7 p.m.

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> NORTH TONAWANDA

History Museum's new book expected on Thursday

NORTH TONAWANDA -- "North Tonawanda: Historic Treasures," the North Tonawanda History Museum's new book, is expected to be delivered to the museum some time Thursday after a delay caused by switching to a different printer.

Donna Zellner Neal, executive director of the museum, suggested that those who have ordered copies of the book call ahead to 213-0554 to verify that the book has arrived before making the trip out to pick it up. She said mail orders will be sent out as soon as possible.

The museum at 54 Webster St. will be open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday and Friday and from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.

Instead of the originally planned 680-page spiral-bound book, it will be a set of two volumes sold together for $40. including sales tax, until Jan. 31.

Neal said the museum also has received a new shipment of its earlier book, "North Tonawanda: The Lumber City," which is sold for $30 in paperback and $35 in hard cover. The museum has planned a series of other books for future publication.

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> BUFFALO

Central Terminal wins $10,000 competition

Buffalo's Central Terminal is reveling in recognition and dollars.

It was awarded $10,000 after receiving the most votes in a weeklong competition co-sponsored by the National Trust for Historic Preservation on Facebook that saw hundreds take part.

The Art Deco train station bested the Colored Musicians Club, Graycliff and Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural Site.

"All four of these historic Buffalo landmarks strengthen their community, and we were thrilled to see the way people in Buffalo rallied around their favorite places," said Stephanie Meeks, the National Trust's president. "Congratulations to Central Terminal for receiving the most votes and winning the grant funding."

The Central Terminal also was recently awarded a $300,000 state Regional Project Development grant.

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> CITY OF BUFFALO

Control board wage freeze upheld by federal judge

A federal judge, for the third time in as many cases, has upheld the Buffalo control board's wage freeze for city employees.

U.S. District Judge William M. Skretny ruled that the Buffalo Fiscal Stability Authority did not violate the rights of workers represented by Local 264, American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees. The wage freeze, imposed in April 2004, prevented all city and school district employees from receiving negotiated raises, step increases and longevity payments that are based on years of service.