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IDA will hold forums on alternative energy

ELLICOTTVILLE -- The Cattaraugus County Industrial Development Agency will hold a series of forums on wind and other alternative energy economic development projects.

IDA Chairman Thomas Buffamante announced that the first three sessions in a series of seven forums called "Wind Community Outreach" have been scheduled for Wednesday in the Delevan Elementary School auditorium; Oct. 22 in the Allegany-Limestone High School auditorium and Oct. 29 in the Randolph Central School auditorium. Others forums will be announced. All sessions get under way at 6:30 p.m.

The IDA anticipates receiving applications for several such projects valued at $200 million or more over the next few months.

The IDA "has been aggressively exploring all facets of wind, solar and methane over the past 15 months," IDA Chairman Thomas Buffamante said. "Over the next three years, up to $800 million by three developers may be invested in Cattaraugus County for these projects."

IDA Director Corey Wiktor said he hopes the forums will dispel some official misconceptions on tax concerns.

"Over the past 15 months," he noted, "[the IDA has] met with and received feedback from every level of government officials at the municipal, school and county level.


United Way recruiting tax assistance volunteers

OLEAN -- The United Way is recruiting volunteers for the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program to help low-income working families prepare simple tax forms free of charge.

Volunteers will greet customers, schedule appointments and help with completing forms. For information or to volunteer, call the United Way of Cattaraugus County at 372-3620.


Civil War re-enactor to recount experiences

ALLEGANY -- Veteran Confederate Civil War re-enactor David Peglau, of Franklinville, will speak about his experiences at 2 p.m. today during the Allegany Area Historical Association's meeting in the Heritage Center, 25 N. Second St.

Peglau will be accompanied by his wife, Dottie Hickok, who will talk about re-enacting as a Vivandier, a female soldier, as well as father and son re-enactors Dale and Dylan Turner. The meeting is open to the public.

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