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City Council to meet in special session

SALAMANCA -- A special session of the City Council has been called for 4 p.m. today in the courtroom of the Municipal Center at 225 Wildwood Ave.

Mayor Jeff Pond said the meeting will deal with a resolution to withdraw various parcels from the 2011 tax sale set for Friday.

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New lecture series to be held on Tuesdays

Two new lecture series sponsored by the Center for the Study of Art, Architecture, History and Nature will be held at 12:10 p.m. Tuesdays in "Ring of Knowledge" area of the Buffalo & Erie County Central Library.

The first and third Tuesdays of the month, as well as the occasional fifth Tuesday, will focus on the topic "Why do the arts matter?" The second and fourth Tuesdays will feature speakers discussing "Why does history and nature matter?"

The series kicks off next Tuesday with Sharon Latchaw Hirsh of Rosemont College and Chuck LaChiusa of Buffalo Architecture & History and of the Center for the Study of Art, Architecture, History and Nature.

All lectures are free and open to the public.

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Residents reminded to report burned-out street light

The Town of Lancaster Clerk's Office reminds residents what to do if they see a street light that has gone out.

Anyone who sees a street light that needs servicing located in the town, but outside the villages of Depew and Lancaster, can call the town supervisor's office at 683-1610 to report the problem.

If the street light that needs servicing is in the Village of Lancaster, call New York State Electric & Gas at (800) 572-1111.

And an official with the Depew Clerk's Office said people can report a light that's out in the village to the clerk's office at 683-7451.

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Planning Board approves Niagara Grid staging area

LOCKPORT -- The city Planning Board last week approved the use of a 10-acre lot on South Niagara Street as one of the staging areas for the reconstruction of a National Grid power supply line from Lockport to Brighton in Monroe County.

The State Public Service Commission gave final approval last week to National Grid's plan to rebuild the 115-kilovolt, 56-mile power line.

A public notice posted in City Hall said the $32 million project will start Jan. 3 with brush-clearing along the route and is expected to last 2 1/2 years.

The lot on South Niagara Street between Heath and Michigan streets was chosen after National Grid was unable to make a deal for space in the Town of Lockport industrial park, according to documents on the PSC website. The lot is to be enclosed with 600 feet of 6-foot-high chain-link fencing.

The power line runs from the Lockport substation on Hinman Road through the towns of Lockport and Royalton in Niagara County and Shelby, Barre and Clarendon in Orleans County.