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Early ticket purchases urged for Wine Trail holiday event

Wine lovers are advised to get tickets in advance for the Niagara Wine Trail's annual Holiday Happening at 16 participating wineries this weekend and the weekend of Dec. 7-9.

Presale tickets are available until Thursday at www.NiagaraWineTrail.org for $30 single or $50 per couple.

Tickets are good for both weekends and include three tastes at each winery, a collectible wine glass and a wooden ornament. If any tickets are left when the presale ends, they will be sold at the door for $35 single and $60 per couple.

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Fishing piers will be closing 
for the season Thursday

LEWISTON – The fishing piers at the base of the New York Power Authority's Robert Moses Niagara Power Plant on the Niagara River shore and the pier near the Upper Mountain Fire Company at the Lewiston Reservoir will close for the winter season Thursday.

Power Authority officials said both piers will reopen when ice conditions clear next spring.
The fish cleaning station at the Niagara Power Plant will not reopen, however, until the possibility of freezing temperatures has passed.

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Head of 3407 memorial group is named Citizen of the Year

Michael B. Powers, who helped establish a memorial at the site of the crash of Flight 3407 in Clarence Center, was named 2013 Citizen of the Year by the Clarence Chamber of Commerce.

Powers, as president of the nonprofit Remember Flight 3407 Inc., guided the creation of the memorial, which was dedicated in June. He also is a Clarence town judge, a partner with Phillips Lytle LLP, and an advocate for the town's Greenprint program, which acquires land to protect it from development.

The awards will be presented at the Chamber's 41st annual awards dinner Feb. 28 in Samuel's Grande Manor.

Tickets will go on sale in December.

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Surgeon to be nominated 
as an NFTA commissioner

Democrats in the Erie County Legislature plan to recommend a surgeon to serve as a Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority commissioner.

Legislature Chairwoman Betty Jean Grant, a Buffalo Democrat, will seek a vote to recommend Dr. Wesley L. Hicks Jr., a head and neck surgeon, to fill a vacancy on the NFTA's Board of Commissioners.

If approved by the full Legislature on Thursday, the recommendation would go to Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo for a nomination.

Hicks, of Angola, is chairman of the Department of Head & Neck Surgery/Plastic Reconstructive Surgery at Roswell Park Cancer Institute and is a professor at the University at Buffalo School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences.

The Democrats, in a resolution, cited Hicks' "solid credentials and a deep commitment to our region" and his "energy and enthusiasm for the appointment."

If his nomination is approved by Cuomo, Hicks would fill a commissioner's seat left open after James J. Eagan resigned..