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NIAGARA NEWS BRIEFS

Grants given to local groups for War of 1812 activities

NIAGARA FALLS -- The Niagara Falls National Heritage Area has announced $32,335 in grants to local organizations planning activities for the 200th anniversary of the War of 1812.

Recipients included the Historic Association of Lewiston, for its Battle of Queenston Heights commemoration and re-enactment; the Lewiston Council of the Arts for "Marble Orchard: Spirits of 1812"; the Old Fort Niagara Association for "Blue Coats Along the Niagara"; and the Niagara 1812 Legacy Council for its website.

The money comes from the federal government, which authorized the Niagara Falls Heritage Area in 2008.

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State construction grants will benefit libraries

Four Niagara County libraries and the Nioga Library System will benefit from state capital construction grants announced by State Sen. George D. Maziarz, R-Newfane, and Assemblyman John D. Ceretto, R-Lewiston.

The largest grant is $79,330 to the Lockport Public Library, for upgrading three rooftop air handling units and replacing existing light fixtures.

Nioga received $26,903 for reconstruction of the central hall and office as well as upgrading electrical panels and computer networks at its headquarters on Wheeler Road in Lockport.

Other payments include:

*$11,174 for energy-efficiency projects at the Middleport Free Library.

*$8,945 for renovations to increase usable space and book capacity at the Youngstown Free Library.

*$8,325 for energy-efficiency projects at the Niagara Falls Public Library.

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Two largest libraries get construction grants

The two largest public libraries in Orleans County have received state library construction grants, State Sen. George D. Maziarz announced Monday.

Albion's Swan Library was granted $311,684 toward construction of its new $3.1 million library.

The new facility at 134 S. Main St., to be called the Hoag Library, is scheduled to open July 7, according to the library website. The existing library at 4 N. Main St. is slated to close June 4.

It's the second consecutive year the Albion library has received a state grant for the project; last year, the Education Department gave it $373,000.

Medina's Lee-Whedon Memorial Library received $8,615 to reconfigure its parking lot to improve access and safety.

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Headway of WNY plans annual fundraiser Thursday

Headway of Western New York, an affiliate of People Inc. that assists people with brain injuries and other disabilities, will hold its annual fundraiser, "Healing, Growing, Celebrating Life," from 5:30 to 9 p.m. Thursday in Windows on the Green at Westwood Country Club, 772 N. Forest Road, Amherst.

Tickets are $40 and include food and two hours of free beer, wine and soft drinks, plus a chance to win door prizes. For tickets, and information, call 408-3100.