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Thursday, March 12, 2015
By +Scott Leffler

Everyone is invited to celebrate the City of Lockport’s 150th birthday with two special events planned for April 11.

Lockport was incorporated on April 11, 1865 by an act of the New York State Legislature, making it the first city in Niagara County. To commemorate this, a Sesquicentennial Planning Committee comprised of Lockport residents has planned a history-based family scavenger hunt and birthday party for April 11, 2015

The scavenger hunt, planned for 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., will lead teams around to 14 locations in the city, where participants will collect stamps on a specially prepared letter of achievement. Each location must be figured out from clues given to find them. Once at the location, hunters will find a designated person to stamp their letter. Some locations require the team to answer a trivia question. Others require them to say or do something. Prizes will be awarded to the first teams to return to City Hall with their letter fully stamped. The letter will then become a keepsake, suitable for framing.

Lockport Police Chief Larry Eggert and Det. Capt. Brian Wentland talk at 
LCTV during a filming for a special video to celebrate the City of Lockport's
150th birthday. The video will debut at the Historic Palace Theatre on April
11 as part of the city's birthday party. (ENP FILE PHOTO)
At 7 p.m., the Historic Palace Theatre will host the official City of Lockport 150th Birthday Party, complete with cake and ice cream. The evening will include the playing of a vignette celebrating Lockport’s history, performances by many local groups and special speakers throughout the night.

The fun-filled day will serve as a preview for a nine-day celebration taking place from June 27 through July 5 in which 150 events will take place throughout the city including the annual downtown Arts & Crafts Festival on Main Street, the Independence Day Parade, fireworks and the Taste of Lockport — moved from its normal August date to correspond with the special festivities.

The Sesquicentennial Planning Committee will be creating several other events to take place during the week and hopes that other Lockport residents, groups, businesses and churches will add their own, making June 27 through July 5 the most exciting, action-packed nine days in the history of historic Lockport.

A website ― ― is under development to allow people to view the full calendar of events, add their own, and learn a little bit more about Lockport. The organization is also on Facebook, Twitter and other social media, all with the username Lockport150.

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