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Board approves changes in telecommunications law

SILVER CREEK -- There were no comments from the public Monday night at a hearing to consider changing the telecommunications law in the Town of Hanover.

Town Board members unanimously approved changes to the local law after the hearing. The changes will allow more than one cellphone tower on the town's property on Southerland Road.

The site currently has one tower for a cellphone carrier, and the town receives revenue from the lease. The new law will encourage co-location of antennas to avoid multiple towers when possible.

In other matters, fees for the use of the town's boat-launch facilities will remain the same, board members decided. A single launch is $7, and a season pass is $80. After July 31, a season pass is reduced to $45.

The boat launch opened early this year due to warmer weather and ice-free lake waters.

Board members also authorized the purchase of 101 dozen flags to be placed at cemeteries throughout the town for Memorial Day.

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Civil War encampment planned at Lima Campus

Genesee Community College is sponsoring a weekend Civil War encampment April 27-29 in recognition of the 150th anniversary of the war between the states.

The encampment, at the college's Lima Campus in Livingston County, will feature a skirmish between Union and Confederate re-enactment soldiers, demonstrations of artillery use, tinsmithing and other period-related crafts.

Presentations detailing the Underground Railroad and wartime surgery techniques, a twilight tour of the camps, and performances by the Excelsior Fife and Drum Band are all part of the weekend, which is free at the campus, 7285 Gale Road, Lima.

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Falls Bridge Commission again sponsors art festival

LEWISTON -- The Lewiston Council on the Arts and the Niagara Falls Bridge Commission believe that they both are in the business of building bridges.

The two organizations announced Tuesday that the Bridge Commission will continue its policy this year of sponsoring the annual Lewiston Art Festival scheduled for Aug. 11-12.

Now in its 46th year, the art festival attracts tens of thousands of visitors every year from across Western New York and Southern Ontario, many of them using the international bridges for access.

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Buffalo State students plan career fair on Thursday

The African American Cultural Center will hold a career fair from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday.

The event will offer the opportunity to learn about the fields of culinary arts, marketing, family and consumer sciences, and building trades.

Presented by students from Buffalo State College, the event will be held at the cultural center, 350 Masten Ave.

It is free and open to the public.

For more information, call the center at 884-2013.