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TRAIN DERAILMENT KILLS CONDUCTOR

A Conrail conductor killed Friday night when he was pinned beneath an overturned freight car in the Town of Alexander was identified as Larry K. Stroman, 45, of Spencer. His body was recovered by Conrail crews and the Genesee County Public Works Department more than 12 hours after the accident.

Brakeman Walter L. Panek, 59, of Ithaca, jumped to safety and suffered an ankle injury. The engineer, Jeffrey S. Simmons, 31, of Elmira was not injured.

Sheriff's deputies said a car filled with 127 tons of grain was being pulled by two engines to Cargill-Nutrena Feed, southeast of the village and near the intersections of Routes 20 and 98. The two crewmen were directing the engineer when the grain car derailed and rolled over.

Stroman and Panek were riding on the lead cargo car, directing the engineer in one of two engines pushing the grain-filled car when it derailed, not far from the feed mill.

"(Panek) was able to jump free of the car prior to it rolling," deputies said.

Tour of excavation site set

Dr. Warren Barbour of Dean and Barbour Associates will lead a public tour of archaeological excavations on the grounds of the Naval and Serviceman's Park in downtown Buffalo at noon Wednesday.

He will discuss the historic importance of Buffalo's waterfront and the Erie Canal, historical research in the area and items recently unearthed near the former Commercial Slip.

School plans community program

East Aurora Middle School's Community Connection will be held from 4:30 to 8 p.m. Feb. 4 at the school.

The annual event, filled with fun activities and presentations, is open to the public. The evening will feature a spaghetti dinner, family swimming, volleyball, football toss, skateboard/plunger race, a modified basketball game, coffee house, choral presentation and face painting.

Events are free except for a small fee for the dinner.

The evening is planned to welcome members of the community into the Middle School to mingle with staff and pupils and enjoy a wide range of activities and displays.

School open house planned

St. John the Baptist Catholic School, 1085 Englewood Ave., Kenmore, will hold open house and student registration from 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 31.

The school offers a half-day prekindergarten program for four-year-olds, full-day kindergarten as well as a wide range of academic programs and after school enrichment activities. After school child care also is available.

Sweet Home schools open Feb 12

Sweet Home schools will be open Feb. 12, which had been designated as a vacation day, to make up for time lost recently on three snow days, cutting down to a three-day weekend what originally had been scheduled as a four-day break.

The Board of Education decided to keep schools open that day as a cushion against any possible future school cancellations, so that the district can meet its state requirement to hold class a minimum of 180 days a year. Feb. 15 remains a vacation day in commemoration of Presidents Day.

Truman visited WNY, officer recalls

Danny Tauriello confirmed the legend that cops have long memories.

Retired Detective Sgt. Daniel Tauriello was on the phone to The Buffalo News Wednesday -- as were a few other readers with long memories -- to point out that President Harry Truman was overlooked in Tuesday's story about presidents who visited Buffalo.

Tauriello recalled that Truman came to Buffalo "in the fall of 1948 because my father, who was in politics, took my brother and me to Eagles' Auditorium on Tupper Street to hear the president."

Tauriello's uncle, City Councilman Anthony F. Tauriello, was running for Congress, and Truman had come to Buffalo on Oct. 8, 1948, to campaign for him and other local Democratic candidates.

The story failed to mention that Truman visited Buffalo on June 13, 1947, on the way back to Washington from Ottawa.

Tauriello, who was commander of the Buffalo Police Special Services Unit and Dignitary Protection Team, retired in May 1993.

Applicants sought for prison jobs

The state prison system is looking for men and women to guard 70,300 inmates.

On April 17, a written exam will be conducted statewide for corrections officer positions that pay, to start, $25,029 a year. Candidates must be in good physical and mental health, have a high school degree or a GED and not be convicted felons.

Though applicants have to be at least 18 to take the exam, they have to be 21 at the time they would assume the job, officials said.

A test score of at least 70 is needed to be considered for the prison job and successful applicants must pass medical, physical and psychological testing to get assigned to the department's Albany training academy for a seven-week program.

Application forms can be obtained at any local state Employment Office, regional Civil Service offices or state prisons. The postmark deadline is March 15.

The application forms can also be obtained from the Correctional Services Personnel Unit, Building 2, State Office Campus, 1220 Washington Ave., Albany 12226. Information is available on the Internet at www.docs.state.ny.com.

The completed applications and the $25 fee must be sent to the state Department of Civil Service, Building One, State Office Campus, Albany 12239. Applications can also be obtained from that office.

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