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>Republicans endorse Sullivan for mayor

FREDONIA -- Democrat Frank Pagano, seeking his fourth term as village mayor, will have some competition when the village elections are held March 12.

Local attorney Michael Sullivan, who was elected to a four-year village trustee term in 1995 and who previously served two two-year terms in the late 1980s, was endorsed over the weekend by the Republican Party to run for mayor.

Also endorsed by the Republicans is a newcomer to the village political scene, Jacqueline Penfold Williams, who will be running for a four-year seat as village trustee.

In addition to Pagano, the Fredonia Democrats, who also met over the weekend, have endorsed trustee incumbents Susan Forrester Mackay, who seeks a second term; Susan Westling, seeking a third term; and Joseph Cerrie, hoping to secure a second term.


>GCC plan offers credits to high school students

BATAVIA -- Area high school students can now enter college as sophomores under a Genesee Community College plan that has already enrolled more than 130 students.

These students are taking college courses with enough credits to be full-time GCC freshmen, completing their first year of college while still in high school. And they pay a lower tuition than regular GCC students.

More than 40 school districts in Genesee, Livingston, Ontario and Wyoming counties are participating in GCC's Accelerated College Enrollment program.


>Legislature to consider fewer taxing jurisdictions

MAYVILLE -- The Chautauqua County Legislature on Wednesday will consider supporting an initiative to reduce the number of taxing jurisdictions in the county and the state.

The motion, proposed by Legislature Chairman Keith Ahlstrom and the Democratic Caucus, is in response to Gov. Eliot L. Spitzer's State of the State address.

"Chautauqua County has 80 taxing jurisdictions, 27 towns, 15 villages, two cities, 18 school districts, 17 fire districts and the county for a population of 137,000, and these taxing jurisdictions have over 250 elected officials," he said. "We must find a way to deliver our services in a more efficient manner."


>ICE Festival organizers welcome winter's return

MAYVILLE -- The return of winter weather is good news for organizers of the annual Mayville ICE Festival.

The two-day event, which traditionally features an ice castle as its centerpiece, is scheduled Feb. 16 and 17 at Lakeside Park along Chautauqua Lake.

"We had been hoping for a traditional winter, but as everybody knows, the past couple of years just haven't cooperated for traditional winter activities," said Chuck Hinman, spokesman for the Mayville-Chautauqua Chamber of Commerce.

Hinman says a number of family activities are scheduled, including some not so dependent on the weather.

For more information on the ICE Festival, call the Chamber at 753-3113.

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