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> ERIE COUNTY

Democratic Party nominates Shenk for comptroller post

The executive committee of the Erie County Democratic Party on Thursday evening unanimously nominated former Boston Town Clerk David J. Shenk to run for the unexpired term of former County Comptroller Mark C. Poloncarz.

Shenk has been serving as the county comptroller on an interim basis since his appointment by the County Legislature in February. He succeeded Poloncarz, who was elected county executive last November.

Shenk would have to run in a special election this coming November for a chance to fill the remainder of Poloncarz's term as comptroller, which expires on Dec. 31, 2013.

The committee also endorsed Justin Rooney, Newstead deputy supervisor and Town Board member, for the 61st State Senate District, a seat now held by Michael Ranzenhofer, R-Amherst; incumbent Family Court Judge Kevin Carter; and City Court Judge Amy Martoche, who who was recently appointed and is seeking her first full term of office.

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> NIAGARA COUNTY

Olcott Beach is named 'Ultimate Fishing Town'

The hamlet of Olcott Beach on Lake Ontario is the United States' "Ultimate Fishing Town" for 2012 -- a designation worth $25,000 to make it an even better place for sport anglers.

The official announcement will be made Tuesday by the World Fishing Network, a 24-hour a day, seven-day a week television network that sponsors annual contests to find the ultimate fishing towns in the U.S. and Canada. The network provides the $25,000 prize money.

The voting ended at 6 p.m. Thursday, and Olcott Beach came out on top in the U.S.

Newfane Town Supervisor Timothy R. Horanburg said he was notified shortly after voting ended that Olcott Beach was the winner among hundreds of communities entered in the contest.

Horanburg said the Town Board would consult with fishing interests and enthusiasts to decide how to spend the prize money, "but it definitely will be spent to enhance the fishing experience here."

Hastings, Ont., won the Canadian version of this year's contest. Runners-up were Cape Hatteras, N.C., in the U.S., and Temagami, Ont., in Canada.

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> WATERFRONT

Artisan Markets to begin Saturday at Canalside

The first of eight Saturday Artisan Market days at Canalside begins 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. More than two dozen artists will offer jewelry, photography, pottery, soaps, lamps, mixed-media collage and more.

Admission is free, with future dates on June 23, July 7, July 21, Aug. 11, Aug. 18, Sept. 8 and Sept. 22. For more information, go to www.buffalosaturdayartmarket.com or call 597-5759.

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> CLARENCE

Chamber of Commerce plans Golf Classic on Monday

The Clarence Chamber of Commerce's annual Golf Classic will be Monday at Arrowhead Golf Club, at 12292 Clarence Center Road in Akron.

The event begins with a light lunch and registration at noon. The cost is $125 per golfer. For details, call 631-3888.