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Niagara University, local agencies hold cleanup day in Niagara Falls

Niagara University's IMPACT program and the South End Housing Initiative deployed about 230 volunteers on the streets of Niagara Falls Wednesday for the second annual "Rock the Block" program, aimed at sprucing up the neighborhoods near downtown with minor home repairs, painting and landscaping.

The program began at the corner of Third and Niagara streets about 8:30 a.m. The volunteers then fanned out to houses on Fourth and Sixth through Ninth streets, Walnut and Ferry avenues, Augustus and Townsend places and Memorial Parkway, university spokesman Thomas Burns said.

In addition, the workers cleaned up street medians and alleys in the neighborhood, Burns said.

The State of New York Mortgage Agency was one of the major sponsors, part of the agency's Spruce Up program.

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