YOUNGSTOWN — The Old Fort Niagara Association is battling for dwindling cultural grant money but remains optimistic in its quest to raise $120,000 by the end of December during its community fund drive, “A Call to Arms.” “We’re asking the community to step up and help fill this void,” said Robert L. Emerson, executive director of Old Fort Niagara. “The money raised will be used to support our educational programs and for site preservation and maintenance.” Emerson said that of the fort’s current $1.3 million operating budget, 32 percent goes directly to education, and 17 percent goes to site preservation and maintenance, totaling about $600,000 annually. The not-for-profit Old Fort Niagara Association, established in 1927 to “preserve, restore and interpret the Old Fort Niagara Historic Site,” operates the fort, which dates from 1726 and features the French Castle — the oldest building on the Great Lakes. The fort offers original military architecture and fortifications from the 18th and 19th centuries, in addition to living history events and education programs…. read on!