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Peanut Butter & Jelly Drive gets boost from Legislature

LOCKPORT – The Niagara County Legislature gave the Peanut Butter and Jelly Drive a boost Tuesday with a donation of 72 jars of peanut butter, 48 jars of jelly and 24 jars of marshmallow Fluff.

Peter P. Robinson, director of the drive, said collections are only about half of what they were a year ago at this point in the campaign.

"We're hoping for big agencies to step up and share the love," Robinson said. "The urgency is here. We can feel the economic pinch. It's coming home to roost. We need to step it up to feed the kids, the working poor, the elderly."

Drop-off bins are available throughout Niagara and Erie counties.


Brownfield cleanup sought 
to reopen former gas station

NIAGARA FALLS – The company that wants to reopen a defunct gas station at Eighth and Niagara streets has requested a brownfield cleanup for the site by the state Department of Environmental Conservation.

The DEC announced the application Wednesday from Bajwa Property Holdings for three adjacent parcels, totaling 0.35 acres, where the gas station stands. A DEC public comment period will run through Dec. 21.

In February, Bajwa owner Surjit Singh received a five-year, 100 percent property tax break on the site from the Niagara County Industrial Development Agency.Singh told the IDA he wanted to reopen the gas station and add a franchised bagel or doughnut shop and convenience store.


Falls firm is low bidder on job 
to replace water, sewer lines

LOCKPORT – Mark Cerrone Inc., of Niagara Falls, was the apparent low bidder this week for a two-year contract to be on call to repair water and sewer lines in the Town of Lockport.

Town Engineer Robert D. Klavoon told the Town Board that he will have a recommendation for a bid award at the Dec. 3 board session. Cerrone's bid of $112,999 for utility repairs was $27,000 less than the 2011-12 contract, held by J.R. Swanson Plumbing of Niagara Falls, which did not bid to renew the contract.


‘Polar Express' train rides
 readied by railroad museum

MEDINA – For the second year, the Medina Railroad Museum is offering a one-hour "Polar Express" train ride every Saturday and Sunday between Thanksgiving and Christmas. Departures are set for 3:30, 4:40 and 5:55 p.m. from the Medina Depot, 530 West Ave.

Children will receive hot cocoa and cookies as they make their way to the "North Pole" via train, and Santa Claus will make the trip back to Medina, giving each child a "magic sleigh bell."

Jim Dickinson of the museum said more departures and more train cars have been added. A vintage 1948 Apollo dining car has been added for first-class passengers paying $45 per ticket. They also will receive a ceramic souvenir mug and whipped cream on their cocoa.

Prices are $23 for the 3:30 p.m. early bird special, which doesn't include first class, or $28 for other departures. Children under 2 are free. Advance tickets may be purchased through