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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 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.

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Snow creation photos sought for competition

The City of Niagara Falls and the Niagara Falls Youth Bureau are encouraging city residents of all ages to use their artistic skills to create works of art in snow as part of the "Kaboom Snow Creation Invitation," which runs through March 4, 2012.

Entrants should submit their snow creation photo with creation location and names of all individuals in the photo via:

Mail: Niagara Falls Youth Bureau, Attention: Associate Director Patricia Travis, PO Box 69 Niagara Falls, NY 14302-0069.

Deliver: Department of Public Works 1785 New Road Niagara Falls, NY 14304.

Email: Snow.Creations@niagarafallsny.gov

Additional event information can be found at www.niagarafallsusa.org under the News and Announcements section. All contest entrants will receive an invitation to a "Snow Creation Party" to be held sometime in March.

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Youth Bureau offering free open gym program

NIAGARA FALLS -- The city's Youth Bureau is offering a free open gym program at the LaSalle Facility, 9501 Colvin Blvd., to keep city youth on the move during the holidays.

A program of activities for those age 5 to 12 and 13 to 18 will be offered from 1:30 to 7 p.m. today through Friday and Jan. 3 and 4.

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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 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, is free and open to the public.