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CHAUTAUQUA VOTE RESULTS COMPUTERIZED

MAYVILLE -- The Chautauqua County Board of Elections has computerized the reporting of voting results and expects to be able soon to post the county's numbers on the Internet.

The new system was used in last week's primary election. All 135 district reported their results, and the tabulation was completed at 10 p.m., within an hour of the closing of the polls.

"These were the fastest results in 30 years," said Republican Election Commissioner Terry Neibel. "This is another step toward having the county's results posted directly to the Internet in real time."

The system was first used in the presidential primary in April.

Olean committee to discuss curb cuts

OLEAN -- Handicap-accessible curb cuts, proposed for several intersections in the 4th Ward, will be considered by Olean's City Operations Committee during a meeting beginning at 6 p.m. today.

Corners at the following intersections could be affected if the committee decides to send the measure to the Olean Common Council for further action: North Third and Laurens streets, North Second and West Sullivan streets, and North First and West Sullivan streets.

A potential purchase offer for property at 1308 River St., in the neighborhood of the city's planned water treatment plan replacement project, is also on the agenda.

Olean School Board meets tonight

OLEAN -- A presentation on changes being designed to improve an elementary-level enrichment educational program will be made during a meeting of the Olean City School Board tonight.

The board will also receive information about a capital-improvements project that was begun this summer and possible contracts for energy performance work.

The meeting begins with a "voice of the taxpayer" session at 7:30 p.m. in the board room at Olean High School.

Area author will read in Olean Library

OLEAN -- Town of Cuba author John Elmer Lawton will read from his book, "Mother and Her Nineteen Children," at 7 p.m. Wednesday in the Gallery of Olean Public Library.

Lawton writes about his family's life in the early 1900s in rural Potter County, Pa., where he was raised in a log cabin with 18 siblings.

Laurel Run to be held in Silver Creek

SILVER CREEK -- The annual Laurel Run will be begin in Silver Creek at 10 a.m. Saturday.

Mayor Timothy Heavern told the Village Board Monday that Silver Creek residents Wayne and Elaine Hotelling established the Laurel Run in 1997 in honor of their daughter, Laurel. The purpose is to recognize the achievements of people with developmental disabilities while increasing public awareness about their potential.

The relay run passes through many communities in Chautauqua County and raises money to assist people with disabilities who receive services from the Resource Center.

In other business, Pam Wojda, who lives at Crandall and Drake streets, said her basement has been flooded three times and asked the board if it is a village or residential problem.

"Is our drain connected into the storm sewer?" Wojda asked.

Street Superintendent Robert Groat said it would be easy to determine if the drain is tied to the village storm sewer and said a crew will look at the drains.

"We will flush it out," Groat said.

"If it is a village problem or our problem, we just want to know," Wojda said.

'Flood Alert' seminar offered in Allegany

ALLEGANY -- A seminar providing information to the public and government officials about what to do after floods will be held from 9 a.m. to noon Wednesday in Robert Livingston Community Center, 188 W. Main St.

The session is the only one scheduled for Allegany, Cattaraugus, Livingston and Steuben counties. The workshops, dubbed "Flood Alert," are being held across the state this week.

Cattaraugus County Emergency Services Director Stuart Lexer said the session is designed for building and code enforcement officers, insurance agents and adjusters, building contractors, flood-plain managers and others who are interested.

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