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>Conditions called great for ice fishing derby

FRANKLINVILLE -- Case Lake is large enough and the ice is thick enough to accommodate everyone and their ice shanties -- even if attendance triples todayfor the third year of the Franklinville Area Chamber of Commerce's annual Ice Fishing Derby.

Organizers say 200 anglers and their families participated last winter, traveling from as far as Indiana and Alabama. That was more than three times the number of fishing enthusiasts who showed up in the first year.

The lake promises plenty of trout, with registration beginning at 6 a.m. The contest runs from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., and hot food will be available. An awards ceremony will wind up the activities at 4 p.m.

The entry fee is $15 for adults and $10 for children younger than $12.

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>Housing agency gets NeighborWorks grant

SALAMANCA -- The Rural Revitalization Corp. recently received a $47,500 grant from NeighborWorks America.

Mark Sabella, the organization's director, said the money will boost efforts to advise and educate homeowners and home buyers, as well as assist residents with home repairs and housing rehabilitation.

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>State funds to help with snowmobile trails

LITTLE VALLEY -- Cattaraugus County's 415 miles of club-maintained snowmobile trails will continue to improve as the result of a $190,737 from the state Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation.

The funds, representing the county's share of the annual snowmobile registration fees collected by the state, will help train riders, purchase grooming equipment, inspect trails, and continue safety and sign programs.

The following grants will be distributed to the county Federation of Snowmobile Clubs and its nine club members:

Ashford Snowmobile Club, $8,400; Elibomwons, $28,025; Enchanted Mountain Snowmobile Club, $20,500; Franklinville Snowsled Club, $28,000; Portville Snowmobile Club, $15,125; Snow Bounders, $58,650; Southern Tier Snowdrifters, $11,712.50; Tri-County Drift Hoppers, $15,600; and Western New York Snowmobile Club of Boston, $4,725.

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