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James F. Mudd, deputy supervisor for the Town of Lewiston, continues to hold the reins of power as Supervisor Robert L. Wadlinger recuperates.

Wadlinger, 55, had surgery for colon cancer in October and has not headed a Town Board meeting since September and hasn't been been able to perform other supervisory duties.

Mudd, speaking on Wadlinger's behalf, said the supervisor has no plans to step down from the remaining year of his two-year term and may return to the job soon.

"He plans to serve out the year," Mudd said. "His doctor has him staying at home to reserve his strength. He's looking forward to coming back as soon as he regains his strength."

Town employees said Wadlinger attended the annual Christmas party in the Town Hall but stayed only a while before returning home.

Wadlinger also underwent surgery for colon cancer in November 1989.

Last summer Mudd retired after a 30-year career with the Occidental Chemical Corp. He worked in the patent department of the company's Grand Island research laboratory.

He now works part time -- Tuesday through Thursday -- at Dunn and Associates, a patent law firm in Cambria.

"It turned out to work very well," Mudd said. "I devote most of Monday and Friday to town work."

Mudd said he stops by Town Hall daily to sign checks and pick up the approximately 60 pieces of mail, which he peruses in the study of his Village of Lewiston home.

One issue of immediate importance for both Wadlinger and Mudd are 1991 committee appointments.

He said the appointments -- Wadlinger's decision -- will be announced when the board reorganizes Friday.

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