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Solar-powered streetlights
 illuminating park's roadways

TOWN OF NIAGARA – The roadways in Veterans Memorial Park, 7000 Lockport Road, are brighter this holiday season, after the installation this month of 25 solar-powered LED streetlights by the New York Power Authority and the Town of Niagara.

The new lights are powered by energy generated by the sun during the day and then transmitted as much-needed light during the night at the previously unlighted park.

Town Supervisor Steven C. Richards said the lighting was paid for with money from the Power Authority's Renewable Energy Plan, established in 2008 to help create a pathway to commercialization of renewable energy technology as it emerges.

LED streetlights use light-emitting diodes, which have helped to revolutionize many lighting applications and made it possible to build dramatically thinner television sets. LEDs now provide light for remote controls, light-up clocks and watches, tell when appliances are turned on, and are ideal for miniature lighting of holiday displays.

They often come in tiny packages, but they produce a large amount of light.

Their useful lifetime is thousands of hours longer than that of standard incandescent bulbs.


Free heritage calendars 
in libraries, visitor centers

Illustrated Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor calendars for 2013 will be available for free distribution to the public beginning Saturday at libraries and visitor centers throughout the 524-mile canalway corridor across upstate New York.

Each month features one of 12 winning images from this year's Erie Canalway photo contest. The calendar captures the beauty, history and character of New York's canals and canal communities.

There will be 15,000 calendars available on a first-come, first-served basis. The calendars are sponsored by the state Canal Corp. and Erie Canalway Heritage Fund.

The National Heritage Corridor Commission collaborates with government agencies, communities and organizations to preserve and share canal heritage and promote the corridor as a world-class tourism destination.

In Western New York, calendars will be available at libraries and visitor centers in Albion, Buffalo, Holley, Lockport, Medina, North Tonawanda and Tonawanda.


Boies-Lord home to hold
open houses and tours

Tea and dessert will be available in the parlor of Hamburg's Boies-Lord home, a pre-Civil War house, during open houses from 1 to 4 p.m. Dec. 8 
and 9.

The house will be decorated for Christmas based on materials available in 1850. This year's theme is the Erie Canal.

The museum was established by the Hamburg Antiques Study Group when the Greek revival house was moved in 1979. Guided one-hour tours to learn about living in the 1850s also will be available at 11 a.m. or 1:30 p.m. Dec. 10 and 7 p.m. Dec. 11.

Tea and dessert will follow the tours.

Reservations are needed only for the guided tours. They can be made by calling 649-9232.