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Fireworks, free concerts to mark holiday weekend

NIAGARA FALLS, Ont. -- Fireworks displays and free concerts are among the events planned this weekend in observance of Monday's Queen Victoria Day, a holiday in Canada.

Fireworks over the Falls will begin at 10 p.m. today, Sunday and Monday and will continue every Friday, Sunday and holiday throughout the summer until Sept. 2.

The Athertones will perform at 8 p.m. today in Queen Victoria Park.

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New hospice facility celebrates opening

A ribbon-cutting was held Thursday for a new hospice facility in North Tonawanda.

Hospice at Jeanne's House is a 22-unit facility at Northgate Health Care Facility, 7264 Nash Road, aimed at meeting the physical, emotional and spiritual needs of terminally ill patients who require 24-hour skilled nursing care.

Those attending Thursday's ribbon-cutting included State Sen. George Maziarz, R-Newfane; Niagara County Legislature Chairman William Ross, C-Wheatfield; John Lomeo, president and chief executive officer of Niagara Hospice; and Jim McGuire, president and chief executive officer of the McGuire Group.

The facility is named for Jeanne D'Arc Abou-Autoun, a certified nursing assistant at Northgate who cared for residents there for more than 11 years before she died in 2011.

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Castellani Art Museum will close a 1 today

LEWISTON -- The Castellani Art Museum on the Niagara University campus will be closed to the public at 1 p.m. today because of an electrical shutdown on the campus during work at the B. Thomas Golisano Center for Integrated Sciences.

The museum will reopen at 11 a.m. Saturday.

Regular hours at the museum are from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays and 1 to 5 p.m. on Sundays except when the university is closed.

There is no admission charge.

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Fourth-grader leads pack in fundraiser

NIAGARA FALLS -- For the second consecutive year, Emily Lauzonis, a fourth-grader at Lewiston-Porter Intermediate School, has emerged as the top fundraiser among Niagara County students in the annual Swim-A-Cross for the American Red Cross Serving Erie and Niagara Counties.

Swimmers collected pledges from friends and relatives for each lap they could complete around the pool. Emily earned more than $1,000. Runners-up were Isabella Susino of Lewiston-Porter Middle School and Ben Graham II of Geraldine J. Mann Elementary School in Niagara Falls.

Red Cross development associate Emily Shafer said 326 students from 10 schools in Niagara County participated in the 31st annual swim, which took place at various times and locations during the past several months. They raised a total of nearly $23,000.

Most of the participating schools are in Niagara Falls.