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DUNKIRK The Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce has announced award recipients to be honored during the chamber's first banquet Oct. 12 in the Williams Center of Fredonia State College.

Thomas M. Cardman, president of the Gebbie Foundation and a mover behind the ice rink project in Jamestown, was named Person of the Year.

DFT Communications/Netsync Internet Services will receive the economic-development award. The company is headquartered in Fredonia.

Community service awards will be presented to six people nominated by local affiliates of the Chautauqua chamber: Gerald Haase, Dunkirk; Carole and Jim Boltz, Fredonia; Gregory L. Peterson, Jamestown; St. Columban's on the Lake Retirement Home, Silver Creek; Jon A. Cooke, Westfield; and Richard Spyer, Mayville/Chautauqua.

Nuisance wildlife is focus of free session

CUBA -- A free session on controlling nuisance wildlife near homes and gardens will be held Oct. 11 in the Cuba Public Library.

Cornell Cooperative Extension is sponsoring the event at 6:30 p.m, with horticulturist David Swaciak as guest speaker.

Hearing planned for in-home publisher

DUNKIRK -- The Zoning Board of Appeals has scheduled an Oct. 24 hearing in the case of a publishing business that proposes operating from a house at 533 Washington Ave.

The board scheduled the hearing Tuesday night. The application for a variance had been rejected July 25.

The owners of the property are Charles and Mary Ann Porpiglia and the prospective purchaser is Olin Frederick, which would locate offices in the house.

Porpiglia said he has had difficulty in selling the house and the offers have been too low.

But in its July ruling, the board denied the hardship.

In other cases, the board:

Gave permission to Barney and Linda Kuzara, 106 Moffett St., to operate a small art studio from their home. Kuzara said he plans to sell art and conduct classes for small groups.

Approved plans by Jim Oddo and Matthew LaMattina to construct an addition to Matt's News at 93 E. Third St. The addition will be used for storage.

Festival fund-raiser for bridge restoration

CANEADEA -- A three-day Indian summer festival Oct. 6 to 8 will raise money toward a bridge restoration.

The fifth annual Caneadea fall fest starts Oct. 6 with a presentation on the Genesee Valley Canal. And it won't close until an auction is finished sometime after 3 p.m. Oct. 8.

In between, the festival will offer several sales of baked goods, a pumpkin contest, a parade at 10 a.m., a noon chicken barbecue, games and demonstrations of ancient crafts -- all on Saturday.

Oct. 8 highlights include a craft show and flea market, history displays, a vintage car show, a display of antique engines, a beef on weck lunch, and a birdhouse and feeder auction.

The action is in the hamlet five miles north of Belfast on Route 19 where Route 243 heads east toward Rushford and Buffalo.

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