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Navy-Marine Club gets no-smoking exemption

LOCKPORT -- The Niagara County Board of Health has granted an exemption from the state's anti-smoking laws to the Navy-Marine Club of Lockport.

County Environmental Health Director James J. Devald said Wednesday the veterans club's new facility on Park Avenue in Lockport has a separate enclosed smoking room that meets the criteria for exceptions from the law barring indoor smoking in public places.

The waiver was based on the club's fears of financial hardship from lost revenue if its members couldn't smoke.



FMC Corp. will hold open house Saturday

MIDDLEPORT -- FMC Corp. will hold a public open house from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at its agricultural chemicals plant, 100 Niagara St.

FMC holds the open house once every two years. Visitors will be able to see the chemical mixing and packaging process and tour the water treatment facility. The company will offer information about its plans to protect home values in Middleport, which has undergone several cleanups in recent years because of arsenic contamination traced to the FMC plant.

The Middleport Community Advisory Panel, which co-sponsors the event, also will offer information about its plans and some hands-on science activities for children, including an experiment that will try to produce flubber.

More information about the event is available by calling FMC's Alyssa Cruikshank at 735-9769.



Walden Galleria imposes total ban on smoking

Smoking will be banned on every square inch of Walden Galleria beginning today.

The use of tobacco products, including electronic cigarettes, will no longer be permitted anywhere inside or outside the mall, including doorways, hallways, sidewalks, loading docks, parking lots or construction areas.

The mall's owner, Pyramid Management Co., has instituted the ban at all of its properties in an effort to "support our employees and guests who are sensitive to secondhand smoke, or are trying to quit smoking," and to "provide a more enjoyable and healthier shopping experience," the company said in a statement.



Poloncarz promotes WNY to group in Toronto

Erie County Executive Mark C. Poloncarz was in Toronto on Wednesday promoting the advantages of Western New York to a group of about 60 business leaders at a luncheon meeting of the Ontario Chapter of the American Chamber of Commerce in Canada.

Accompanying Poloncarz in presenting the program, "Western New York -- the U.S. Gateway for Canadian Business," was Tom Kucharski, president and chief executive officer of Buffalo Niagara Enterprise.

Poloncarz cited the recent decision by Outfront Portable Solutions of Beamsville, Ont., to expand its operations in Buffalo after receiving $61,000 in sales tax breaks through the Erie County Industrial Development Agency.