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Anglers to batter and fry 350 pounds of smelt

LEWISTON -- The Niagara River Anglers will batter and fry 350 pounds of smelt beginning at 6 p.m. Friday in celebration of the Lewiston Smelt Festival at the foot of Center Street along the Niagara River waterfront.

Free samples of fried smelt will be distributed by the anglers and co-sponsors, the Niagara River Region Chamber of Commerce, Village of Lewiston and Silo restaurant. The theme of the program is "Lewiston never smelt so good."

Smelt, which feature a distinctive cucumber fragrance when plucked from the water, are among the few fish that sportsmen are allowed to catch in nets. The state Department of Environmental Conservation has identified Lewiston as one of the best places in the nation for smelt dipping.

Besides the free smelt, other food and beverages will be available for sale, and the Lakeside Blues Band will provide entertainment. The event is geared toward an adult audience. Lewiston restaurants will serve their own variations of smelt over the weekend.


Used book sale begins today at public library

LOCKPORT -- The Lockport Public Library's used book sale begins today with a presale from 3 to 7 p.m. for members of Friends of the Library -- but anyone is able to join the Friends on the spot and get first crack at the merchandise.

The hours for the general sale are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday in the library, 23 East Ave.

Books, magazines, CDs, DVDs and video tapes are being offered.


Purchase of pink totes nets $3,480 donation

LOCKPORT -- Cascade Engineering, the company that manufactured the City of Lockport's garbage and recycling totes last year, has donated $3,480 to the American Cancer Society because of residents' response to the offer of pink totes.

City Clerk Richelle J. Pasceri said Wednesday, "Lockport was the first community in the United States to offer the pink totes."

For an increase of $5 on the city user fee, a pink garbage tote was delivered instead of the standard blue one, and the extra money was donated to the fight against breast cancer.

A symbolic check presentation will be held during the annual Mother's Day Walk Against Breast Cancer in Lockport on May 13, Pasceri said.


Children will illustrate importance of kindness

NIAGARA FALLS -- Children will use poetry, prose and music to illustrate the importance of kindness during a public program beginning at 5 p.m. today in the Francis Center, 335 24th St.

After the program, the children's art work will be on display in the upper corridor of the center.

The Francis Center offers after-school help with homework for second- and third-grade children with an intense focus on reading, language arts and mathematics. Children from the Niagara Falls schools participate at no cost to their families.

The center is sponsored by the Sisters of St. Francis at Stella Niagara.