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Bait-and-shoot program being conducted at park

Cheektowaga's bait-and-shoot program has entered Stiglmeier Park, one of several locations where the program is permitted by the state Department of Environmental Conservation.

The deer population-reduction program started its second year Dec. 27, but Cheektowaga police sharpshooters did not take their gear to the park initially. John J. Jaroszewski Jr., head of the town Parks Division, said the program is in the park now.

Other areas designated for bait-and-shoot include town-owned land off Walden Avenue near Harlem Road, the Erie County overflow-retention facility off Cayuga Creek Road and the golf course off Rehm Road.

Town officials are hoping to get a report soon from the DEC on the number of deer seen in the park during an aerial survey.


Bennett homes draw interest of museum

NORTH TONAWANDA -- The North Tonawanda History Museum is seeking owners of Bennett-made homes or Bennett-Bilt homes.

Ray H. Bennett Lumber Co., established at Main and Islands streets in 1902, later took over the W.G. Palmer Lumber Co. location at 190 Oliver St. and manufactured packaged homes until the late 1950s.

Bennett homes are located across the region and in other parts of the country.

Several museum members are interested in developing an organization, possibly to be named the Bennett Homeowners Association, to include owners of Bennett homes in the area.

Anyone interested in becoming part of such a group is invited to call the museum at 213-0554.


Races for mayor, board on ballot for March 21

A three-way race for mayor and a four-way race for two seats on the Hamburg Village Board highlight the March 21 election.

Tuesday was the deadline for filing petitions, and there were no surprises.

Village Trustee Paul G. Gaughan, Harold Johnson and Thomas Moses will compete for a four-year term in the mayor's race. The incumbent, Curt S. Herrmann, has decided not to seek a second term.

On the Village Board, Thomas P. Tallman is seeking a third term and Daniel S. O'Connell a second. They are being challenged by William A. Villepigue and Michael Cerrone.

Village Justice Michael L. Munley is being challenged by Andrew P. Fleming, the village prosecutor.


Orchard Park schools in line for scrutiny by state

Orchard Park will be one of the next local school districts to be audited by State Comptroller Alan G. Hevesi's office.

District officials said they have received a letter from Hevesi indicating that Orchard Park will be included in the next wave of school audits.

The review could begin as early as March 1, but no exact starting date was given.

Audits are under way in the Akron, Lake Shore and Gowanda districts.

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