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Great Lakes Fest is today

The Great Lakes Experience will be hosting “The Great Lakes Experience Festival in Dunkirk” today in Memorial Park.

This event is made possible by the support of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Lower Great Lakes Fish and Wildlife Conservation Office and the city of Dunkirk. The Festival will focus on the environment and ecology of the Great Lakes and the heritage of our region. There will be free environmental exhibitors, live animals, interactive displays and lots of information about habitat, ecology, science, recreation and fun.

Children will also have a chance to participate in a scavenger hunt for prizes. The Festival will run from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.. Admission is free.

Free parking will be available in city-owned lots on Lake Shore Drive. Food and drinks will be available for purchase.

Paving to begin in Gowanda

The New York State Department of Transportation announced that highway paving is scheduled to begin Monday on Route 62 and Route 39 in Gowanda. As a result, motorists should expect daily intermittent lane closures on Route 62 and Route 39 in both directions. This work is expected to last for approximately five weeks.

This work is weather sensitive and will be delayed in the event of inclement weather.

Motorists are reminded that fines are doubled for speeding in a work zone. In accordance with the Work Zone Safety Act of 2005, convictions of two or more speeding violations in a work zone could result in the suspension of an individual’s driver’s license.

For real-time travel information, call 511 or visit Find NYSDOT on the web at, and on Twitter at @NYSDOTBuffalo.