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DEC reports hydrilla found 
in canal at North Tonawanda

NORTH TONAWANDA – The invasive aquatic plant hydrilla has been found in the Erie Canal in North Tonawanda, the state Department of Environmental Conservation has announced.

The plant was spotted by a biologist for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and the identification was confirmed by experts at a hydrilla symposium in Syracuse last week. Hydrilla has caused major ecological, recreational and economic impacts in other regions of the country – especially in Florida, where the plant was first found during the 1960s. It is native to Europe, Africa and Australia.

Kathy Moser, DEC assistant commissioner for natural resources, called on boaters to "help stop aquatic hitchhikers" by removing clinging mud, plants or small animals from their boats and gear.

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South Elmwood joins streets
targeted for resurfacing work

Several streets downtown will be resurfaced beginning Monday and continuing through Wednesday, with limited parking and reduced lanes.

The following are targeted for work: West Chippewa Street from South Elmwood Avenue to Main Street, West Tupper Street from South Elmwood to Main, and South Elmwood from West Chippewa to Tupper.

Signs will be posted to note traffic restrictions. Traffic heading east on West Tupper will be limited to one lane until 3 p.m., when all lanes will be reopened. West Chippewa and South Elmwood will have one-lane traffic through the duration of the work.

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Ceremony to honor 6 sailors
 lost during 1913 storm

CRYSTAL BEACH, Ont. – Six U.S. Coast Guardsmen who sacrificed their lives during a hurricane-like storm nearly a century ago to warn mariners of the dangerous rocky shoals off Point Abino in Lake Erie will be honored with the dedication of a plaque in their memory at 11 a.m. next Saturday.

The LV-82 Group will dedicate the plaque during a public ceremony in Waterfront Park, at the foot of Ridgeway Road in Crystal Beach, just west of the Palmwood Hotel. The Coast Guard's Light Vessel 82 was anchored just off the Canadian Coast when it sank on or about Nov. 10, 1913, during a three-day storm with 35-foot high waves and 80 mph winds. All six men aboard were lost.

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Niagara Square gathering 
urges state ban on fracking

@Body copy rag:Niagara Square was the setting Saturday for an anti-fracking rally urging Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo to ban the controversial drilling practice of extracting natural gas through hydraulic fracturing.

The rally, "Western New York Stands Up to Cuomo," paralleled an international day of action called "Global Frackdown," and attracted several local grass-roots participants.

"Without a ban in New York State, many homeowners will find that spending thousands on extensive water testing is their only option," said Orchard Park homeowner Sheila Miller, local coordinator for Food & Water Watch.