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Marker placed at location 
of home of founding father

BATAVIA – Trumbull Cary, one of Batavia's founding fathers, and the elegant mansion he built were remembered during a ceremony Thursday, when a marker was placed at the site.

Cary, who came from Connecticut to the then-frontier community, built the federal-style mansion with pillars in 1818. He lived there for 50 years.

Cary died in 1868 and the two-story home survived until the mid-1960s, when its final owner, St. Jerome Hospital, replaced the deteriorating structure with a school for practical nursing.

Cary's great-great-great granddaughter, Sallie Fogarty, came from Detroit to unveil the marker along with city and hospital officials and local historians. The plaque, which cost about $1,000, was donated by a Syracuse historical foundation.

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Holiday programs in store
 for Niagara Power Vista

LEWISTON – The New York Power Authority will observe the holiday season with its annual Festival of Trees from today to Jan. 5, and with a Deck the Halls program from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. next Saturday, both events in the Niagara Power Vista, 5777 Lewiston Road. Parking and admission are free.

The Festival of Trees features a display of artificial evergreens decorated with energy efficient lights and arranged along the Power Vista's glass walkway. It is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily except for Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year's Eve and New Year's Day.

The Deck the Halls program on Dec. 8 will include children's photos with Santa Claus until 2 p.m. Also featured are raft making, performances by the Niagara Experience Players, an exhibit on energy-efficient lights and tips on celebrating a green holiday.

Lewiston Boy Scout Troop 855 will sell hot dogs, roasted chestnuts and hot chocolate and the Niagara Scenic Trolley will provide free rides between the Power Vista and the Gorge Discovery Center.

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Falls Air Reserve Station
 receives $425,000 in grants

NIAGARA FALLS – Grants totaling $425,000 have been awarded in support of the Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station, part of almost $2.9 million designed to strengthen the state's military installations as Congress considers cuts in defense spending.

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo announced the Military Base Retention grants Friday. They are part of the state's efforts to safeguard New York's National Guard capabilities in the wake of Hurricane Sandy and to protect the economic and employment opportunities provided by major military facilities.

"New York's military installations are a major driver of local economies, and we will fight to keep these bases strong and secure, right here in our state," the governor said in a statement.

The Niagara County Center for Economic Development will receive $300,000 to promote the importance of the 914th and 107th Airlift Wings and to support local workforce development in fields related to their missions.

The Niagara Military Affairs Council was awarded $125,000 to support planning, Web development and events to advocate a strong future for the missions of those units.