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Bridge work to close lane of Route 219 for 8 weeks

Southbound traffic on a section of Route 219 will be reduced to one lane for about eight weeks.

Maintenance work has begun on the bridge over Newton Road in Orchard Park, according to the state Department of Transportation.

As a result, Route 219 will be reduced to one lane in the southbound direction, between Armor Duells Road and Route 391, in the vicinity of the bridge over Newton. The work may be delayed in the event of bad weather.

Motorists are reminded that fines are doubled for speeding in a work zone, and convictions of two or more speeding violations in a work zone could result in the suspension of a driver's license.



Chamber wins state honor for tourist promotion

BATAVIA -- The Genesee County Chamber of Commerce has won a state honor for a tourist promotion piece being shown on television in area hotels and motels.

"The Welcome Channel" was judged the 2012 Excellence in Tourism Award by the New York State Travel and Vacation Association.

Through an agreement with Time Warner Cable and satellite companies, the television spot is programmed to come up when a TV set is turned on.

The Chamber has for years relied on brochures and desk clerks to provide information for visitors. Now, tent cards placed in rooms inform tourists about the channel.



Lawmakers complete OK of NU bonding measure

LOCKPORT -- The Niagara County Legislature, in a two-minute special meeting Tuesday, reapproved $48 million in bonding authorization for Niagara University.

The bonds, approved at the March 20 Legislature meeting, required another vote because underwriters wanted a detailed run-down of how each dollar would be spent, according to Susan C. Langdon, director of project development for the Niagara County Industrial Development Agency.

Of the $48 million, $23.5 million is new debt for the university's new science center, a renovated administrative building and new parking lots. The other $24.5 million is a refinancing of existing debt.



Easter Bonnet Parade is slated for Sunday

The second annual Easter Bonnet Parade will be held at 1 p.m. Sunday.

It will start at Unitarian Universalist Church, Elmwood Avenue and West Ferry Street, and head north along Elmwood to Lafayette Presbyterian Church. An Easter egg hunt and search for the golden egg will follow the parade.

Registration will be from noon to 1 p.m. at Unitarian Universalist Church. The event will conclude with an awards ceremony at St. John's-Grace Episcopal Church, 51 Colonial Circle.

For more information, call Elmwood Village Association's interim director, Becky Gandour, at 881-0707.