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>Schumer offers plan to combat lake weeds

LAKEWOOD -- Chautauqua County officials have a new friend in their quest to get invasive weeds out of Chautauqua Lake.

Sen. Charles E. Schumer, D-N.Y., came to town this week and offered a three-step proposal to deal with an issue that is threatening the region's tourism business.

Schumer said the first step would be to use this year's appropriation to prevent the Eurasian milfoil from spreading. The second step would be to have the Army Corps of Engineers study the issue.

"They'll come back with a plan. I hope they'll have that plan by January, then I'll be prepared to put some more money in the federal budget next year to deal with a permanent solution," he said.

Lastly, Schumer wants to create the Aquatic Nuisance Species Task Force, which would allow the Army Corps to work on ways to keep milfoil from infesting other bodies of water.


>2 buildings dedicated for School of Music

CHAUTAUQUA -- Chautauqua Institution has dedicated two new buildings for its School of Music.

Together, Office Depot Hall and Cornell Hall contain a dozen new teaching and practice studios.

The new buildings are valued at $2 million and were made possible through donations from the family of Bill and Chloe Cornell, and Office Depot Corp.

The chairman of Chautauqua's board of trustees, Bill Clinger, said the institution is creating a complete center for music.

More than half of Chautauqua's 40 practice shacks have been fully renovated and air-conditioned, he said, with the rest to be completed by next year.

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