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Continued maintenance
 of Skyway called impractical

It's no secret Rep. Brian Higgins wants the Skyway torn down.

Today, Higgins will release data on why he thinks the continued maintenance of the downtown bridge is economically impractical.

Higgins, who views the Skyway as a barrier to waterfront development, also plans to lay out steps he wants the state Department of Transportation to take to help the region make smart decisions about the future of the bridge.

The news conference is scheduled for 10:30 a.m. at Canalside, in the shadow of the Skyway.

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Collection of bricks to take 
center stage on Oct. 13

HANOVER – A program on bricks and their colorful history, featuring a local collector with an extensive brick collection, will be presented in Hanover Town Hall, 68 Hanover St., at 1 p.m. 
Oct. 13.

Frank Clement, an Orchard Park resident who owns more than 7,500 historical bricks – possibly the second-biggest collection in the world – will speak about brick collecting and display some of his bricks.

Some of the notable bricks include bricks with images of Abraham Lincoln, Chief Tecumsah and a very rare Mark Twain brick. Bricks from Egypt, Thailand, Saudi Arabia and ancient Rome will also be displayed.

The program, free to the public, is being presented by the Hanover History Center as part of events related to the 200th anniversary of the founding of the Chautauqua County town.

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Proposal for skate plaza 
subject of Wednesday session

The city is seeking public input on how a new open-air skate plaza in LaSalle Park should be designed.

A public meeting will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday in the Belle Center, 104 Maryland St., and the city is urging members of the local skateboarding community to attend.

The city hired New Line Skateparks Inc. to design a facility on two acres just south of Centennial Pool, and it has allocated $250,000 for construction. New Line's contract is about $24,600.

The skate park will be built on an old pipe yard and will not use any existing greenspace.

The city hopes it will be open by summer 2013.

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Event Saturday to magnify
 roster of businesses, services

PENDLETON – A Community Faire and Business Expo is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday in Pendleton Center United Methodist Church, Campbell Boulevard and Bear Ridge Road.

County Legislator Anthony J. Nemi and the Pendleton Community and Business Association are sponsoring the event, which will include an opportunity for local businesses to display their products and services for free.

Tables and chairs will be provided, but reservations should be made by calling Pendleton Councilman David Leible at 870-7523.

Businesses and residents also may bring sensitive documents to be shredded. Niagara County agencies also will be on hand to tout their services.