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Niagara Legislature hands out 20 grants

The Niagara County Legislature handed out 20 grants Tuesday to business and community groups.

The 15th annual William G. Mayne Jr. Business and Community Enhancement Grants are funded by the Niagara Falls Bridge Commission. Mayne, who died in 2007, was a former chairman of that commission.

This year's grants totaled $40,977. Recipients are chosen by the staff of the county Economic Development Department, and recipients must match the grants.

The largest award was $3,190 to the Olcott Beach Community Association, for repairs to the replica of the old Olcott lighthouse and replacement of the hanging flower baskets on Main Street facades.

The Niagara County Farm Bureau received $3,000 to publish an updated version of the "Pick Niagara" local farm products and agritourism guide and to include a map and searchable database on its website.

Grants of $2,000 each were given to the Niagara USA Chamber for marketing and communications software, Western New York Historic Parks Associates to plant flowers and trees in 23 City of Lockport parks, and Lockport Main Street Inc. for publication of a visitors guide and map.

Grants for publications also went to the Chamber of Commerce of the Tonawandas, which got $2,500 to pay for 30,000 copies of a 50-page visitors guide, and the Niagara River Region Chamber of Commerce, which received $2,000 for a visitors guide, walking tour map and a pocket handout listing major events.

The Youngstown Business and Professional Association got $2,500 to revise its welcome brochure, add directional signs to the business district and buy new planters, hanging baskets and Christmas lights.

The Lockport Business Association's Light Up Lockport Christmas decoration program received $1,710 to buy a 15-foot Christmas tree with lighting.

The Ransomville Business and Professional Association received $2,000 for Christmas decorations. The Sanborn Business and Professional Association also got $1,700 for Christmas decorations.

In Niagara Falls, the Highland Community Revitalization Committee received $1,500 for landscaping and gardening supplies for Center Court, where low-maintenance green spaces and a community garden are to be planted.

The Main Street Business and Professional Association received $2,000 for banners to be posted on utility poles to complement a garden walk and an arts and music festival.

The Pine Avenue Business Association got $1,900 for U.S., Canadian and Italian flags, benches and landscaping.

The Downtown Niagara Falls Business Association will be posting 60 U.S. and Canadian flags from John Daly Boulevard to the Rainbow Bridge with its $1,724 grant.

The Niagara Street Area Business and Professional Association received $1,657 for international banners.

The Town of Niagara Business and Professional Association will use its $2,500 grant for 60 hanging baskets along Military Road.

Watch Wilson Grow plans a welcome center, to be assisted by its $2,750 grant.

The Gasport Beautification Committee received $1,237 toward a mural to be installed on the south side of the Erie Canal and to paint the frame around the hamlet's welcome sign.

The Newfane Business and Professional Association will get $1,109 for flowers, a 4-by-40-foot banner and window decals for member businesses.