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February 4, 2013

After 'nice run,' NACC funds cut by council majority

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Lockport Union-Sun & Journal — “It should have been demolished,” Fruscione said.

The concert series will instead take place on Old Falls Street this year because Global Spectrum has agreed to put the series on for $2,200 less than the NACC, Fruscione said.

“We’ve been handing the NACC money hand over fist for years and they can’t step up at all,” he said.

Walker, who offered one of the two ‘yes’ votes to approve the appropriations agreement for the group, said the NACC provides summer programming that not only gives kids something to do, but teaches them the value of community.

“They provide these services and they do it by stretching their money thin,” he said.

Townsend, who will turn 80 next month, has been volunteering his time since 2003 and officially became the director of finance in 2005. He graduated from the high school where he now spends many hours every week working to make sure that the legacy of the building lives on.

Townsend said he contributes his time and money to the organization because as a citizen of Niagara Falls he realizes its value as “a bastion of safety.”

“There is no ego and no financial reward,” he said.

For Kudela, efforts to keep the 90-year-old building maintained and to save it from the wrecking ball when it was facing demolition in 2002, are “labors of love.”

“We’re not here for the greed or the glory, the money or the power,” she said. “We’re doing this for the city.”

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