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The Town of Tonawanda Highway Department is resuming its leaf collection program to continue last fall's pickup program.

Last November's snowstorm and subsequent snowfall forced the the department to suspend collecting leaves.

Town highway crews are working to clean up debris and will resume town-wide leaf pick-up as soon as daytime temperatures rise above freezing.

Highway Superintendent John G. Hedges asked residents not to rake leaves into the street.

Main-Transit fire officers installed

James Saxer has been installed as president of the Main-Transit Fire Department for 2001 and James Lawida as fire chief.

Also installed were: the first assistant fire chief, Robert Karl; second assistant fire chief, Jon Kemp; senior fire captain, Chris Fenz; and fire captains, Michael Martin, D.J. Graff, Brian Bussman and James Edwards.

David Henning was installed as vice president, Brian Crossley as secretary, Carol Jackson as financial secretary, James Gesel as treasurer and David Chmielewski as sergeant-at-arms.

Also during the installation meeting, Carl Fischer was awarded the George J. Karl Service Award, given for selfless devotion to duty at the Main-Transit Fire Department. George J. Karl died while responding to a house fire in 1990.

Getzville Fire Company installs officers

Alan D. Herberger was installed as president of Getzville Fire Company for 2001 during an installation banquet Saturday evening in Buffalo Marriott Hotel, Amherst.

Other officers installed were: vice president, James T. Goss; secretary, Bryan W. Parnell; financial secretary, Daniel Hartman Sr.; treasurer, Kenneth R. Handley Jr.; and directors, David J. Braunscheidel, Lynn C. Brownell and Leonard J. Fiegl.

Firematic officers for the year are: chief, Blake F. Strom; first assistant chief, Irving A. Isenberg; second assistant chief, Raymond W. Fiegl Sr.; third assistant chief, William J. Cary; senior captain, David J. Nowak; captain, Ryan C. Labertew; ladder captain, Christopher Zent; EMS captain, Richard A. Stuewe; and fire police captain, Richard G. VanDusen.

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