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Wood receives award for community leadership

LITTLE VALLEY -- Robert C. Wood has received the 2011 Brooks Patterson Community Leadership Award for developing a comprehensive plan for the Town of Carrollton.

Wood was honored July 27 at the 50th annual meeting of the Cattaraugus County Planning Board held in South Dayton, with 106 attending.

Board Chairman Charles Couture presented an engraved plaque to Wood, who is chairman of the Carrollton Town Planning Board, for his role in developing the town's first comprehensive plan, adopted by the town in August 2010.

Wood noted the town is unique in that only 48 percent of its land area belongs to the town, with Allegany State Park to the west and the remainder of the town divided by the Seneca Nation of Indians, the Allegany River and the Route 219 corridor.

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Castellani Art Museum to focus on collectors

LEWISTON -- A panel slated for 7 p.m. Wednesday in the Castellani Art Museum of Niagara University aims to mint a new generation of art collectors in Western New York.

"A Collector's Roadmap," timed to coincide with the Castellani's pairing of work from its own collection with pieces owned by local art collector Gerald Mead, will dish out pointers on how to get into art collecting, how to keep track of what you collect and the best ways to care for a collection.

Panelists include local collectors Dean Brownrout of 20th Century Finest, art consultant Joanna Gillespie and Grace Meibohm, director of the Meibohm Fine Arts Gallery in East Aurora. Mead will moderate the free panel.

For more information or to reserve a spot, call Castellani curator Michael Beam at 286-8286. The Mead exhibit is on view through Aug. 14.

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Author will discuss Niagara Power Project

LEWISTON -- Those who helped build the Niagara Power Project a little more than a half-century ago will gather Saturday at the Power Vista, the New York Power Authority visitor center here.

Ken Glennon, author of "The Hard Hats of Niagara," will speak at 10:30 a.m. about the creation of the project from the Niagara River to the Moses Power Dam. He also will tell some anecdotes about the workers and their experiences on one of the major construction jobs of the 20th century. A book-signing will follow. Another presentation at 3 p.m. will include a video with interviews of the workers.

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Eight new trucks added to Fire Department

The Buffalo Fire Department hopes a new fleet of engines will help bolster its firefighting capabilities.

Eight incoming trucks with a price tag of $425,000 each will feature new, 525-horsepower Caterpillar engines, the department said. Three of the new additions will be hook and ladder trucks.

Several of the engines have already been added to the department's existing fleet, and the rest will arrive by the end of the month.