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Town of Niagara to unveil bicentennial logo tonight

The Town of Niagara Bicentennial Committee will unveil the town's new bicentennial logo at tonight's free concert in Veteran's Memorial Park.

The winning logo in a competition held by the committee was designed by Mark Thomas of Garlow Road, Lewiston. Thomas' mother, Ruth Thomas, won a design competition in 1962 for the logo used as the current town seal.

Tonight's concert features Lakeside Blues Band and BBC Band. It starts at 6:30. The park is located at 7000 Lockport Road.

Here's the logo:

Bicentennial Logo

The other two concerts in the series are scheduled for July 19 and Aug. 2. They will feature Then & Now and Shama Lama, and Colt 45 and J.B. Aaron, respectively.

--Aaron Besecker

Lewiston-Porter reverses itself on CWM donation

The Lewiston-Porter School Board has reversed itself and is no longer willing to accept a potential donation from CWM Chemical Services.

The board on Tuesday night voted to rescind a measure it passed May 25, a measure which would have made the district eligible to receive a donation from a charity golf tournament to be held by CWM's parent company at the Niagara Falls Country Club in Lewiston later this year.

Some believed the May 25 resolution may have been used by CWM -- which operates a hazardous waste landfill facility which sits in the towns of Lewiston and Porter -- to gain favor from the state in its attempts to obtain an expansion permit.

The school board voted last year to oppose the expansion proposal.

Board members Robert J. Weller and Edward B. Waller voted against rescinding the measure on Tuesday, while President Keith M. Fox, and members Michael J. Gentile, April D. Fideli and Wendy Swearingen voted to overturn the board's previous decision.

Fox and Gentile voted last month to make the district eligible for the donation from CWM.

--Aaron Besecker

Tourism officials start new Niagara campaign

The Niagara Tourism and Convention Corp. has started a new marketing campaign for the Niagara region. See one of the TV ads and read more about it at the Buffalo News Live blog.

Panel allows sidewalk spending from parks fund

WHEATFIELD -- The Town of Lewiston will be able to spend more than $800,000 from a parks and recreation fund on three projects, including 5,700 linear feet of new sidewalks, thanks to a vote this afternoon from a panel of eight governmental bodies.

The Host Community Standing Committee, without a single dissenting vote cast, agreed to allow the town to fund the projects, during a meeting in the Niagara County Center for Economic Development on Inducon Drive.

Aside from the sidewalk project in Sanborn, Lewiston officials received approval for improvements at Kiwanis Park on Oxbow Lane, and a 5,000-square-foot expansion for the Sanborn Area Historical Society.

The three projects were endorsed by the Niagara River Greenway Commission on May 18.

The standing committee consists of the New York Power Authority, Niagara County, the City of Niagara Falls, the towns of Niagara and Lewiston, and the school districts of Niagara Falls, Lewiston-Porter and Niagara-Wheatfield.

The standing committee controls $3 million in annual funding as part of the members' Greenway fund for parks and recreation projects. Lewiston's share of the fund is $510,000 per year.

The funding comes through a settlement with the Power Authority for the relicensing of the Niagara Power Project. That settlement provides for $9 million in annual funding for Greenway projects, money which is controlled by four standing committees.

Aside from the Power Authority, the seven members of the Host Community Standing Committee, which had been known as the Niagara Power Coalition, also share a $5 million fund for capital projects.

Lewiston's annual share of that fund is $850,000.

8:59 a.m. Thursday: Here's the version of this story that appeared in today's edition.

2:43 p.m. Wednesday: When asked why the town did not seek to pay for the sidewalks with money from the capital fund, Lewiston Supervisor Steven L. Reiter said he believes the project fits criteria established for Greenway projects.

The town has other projects, like water and sewer line work, for which the capital projects fund can be used.

"We were just trying to judiciously use our funds in the most productive way to support the town," Reiter said.

The sidewalks are to be installed on Saunders Settlement Road and Buffalo Street, according to the town's application.

2:13 p.m. Wednesday: A fourth proposal from the town, to create a dog park on Lewiston Pleateau, was tabled after procedural concerns were raised. Some standing committee members said they thought the panel should wait to vote until 90 days had passed from the time the town submitted its application to the Greenway Commission.

In recent Greenway matters, the state parks agency and the Power Authority last week voted to spend $1.1 million in Niagara River Greenway funds on a pair of new comfort stations in two state parks in Niagara County.

Here's a blog post on the Greenway Commission's May 18 endorsements, which include the Lewiston proposals and links to each application document.

Here's the Power Authority's Web site for relicensing issues.

--Aaron Besecker