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FALLING LEAVES FESTIVAL QUEEN CROWNED SALAMANCA -- STEPHANIE LIGHT WAS CROWNED QUEEN OF THE UPCOMING <br> FALLING LEAVES FESTIVAL.

SALAMANCA -- Stephanie Light was crowned queen of the upcoming Falling Leaves Festival.

Fifteen contestants were judged on poise, personality and appearance during the weekend contest in Ray Evans Seneca Theater. All are students of Salamanca Central High School.

Stephanie, 17, is the daughter of Frederick and Rae Light.

Barbara Abrams, 18, daughter of John and Tina Abrams, was named first runner-up; Ashley Logan, 17, daughter of Terry and Mona Logan, second runner-up; Danyle Magiera, 14, daughter of Bob and Shelley Fish, third runner-up; and Jessica Stanczykowski, daughter of David and Tina Stanczykowski, fourth runner-up.

Stephanie was crowned by outgoing queen Britany Morton and received a tiara, roses, savings bond and other gifts from local merchants.

The festival will be held Friday through Sunday and features a parade at 2 p.m. Sunday.

Planning Board directors to meet

PORTVILLE -- Directors of the Cattaraugus County Planning Board will meet for dinner and business session Thursday at the recently opened Sprague's Maple Farms Restaurant.

Owner Randy Sprague will give directors a briefing on the business, which specializes in its own maple syrup products and naturally grown turkeys.

The meeting, which gets under way at 7 p.m., will consider several items,including zoning referrals for Allegany, Salamanca, Franklinville, Limestone and a nomination to the National Register of Historic Places.

Sheriff's group aids Hero's Fund

LITTLE VALLEY -- The Cattaraugus County Sheriff's Association has donated $500 to the Hero's Fund to help surviving families of police, fire and emergency medical service responders killed in the World Trade Center Sept. 11 in New York City.

The fund was established by the State Sheriff's Association, which is coordinating the drive on a statewide basis.

Donations and checks can be delivered to the Sheriff's Department at 301 Court St. All donations are tax-deductible.

IDA directors to tour new facility

Directors of the Cattaraugus County Industrial Development Agency will tour the new facilities of Gowanda Electronics.

The tour, which begins at 4:45 p.m. Oct. 9, will precede the annual dinner meeting at 6 in the newly renovated Ellicottville Inn in Ellicottville.

Dinner reservations are due by Oct. 3 by calling the agency's offices in Ellicottville, according to Director Norman Leyh.

JCC program retains accreditation

JAMESTOWN -- The nursing degree program offered at Jamestown Community College has received continuing accreditation through 2009 from the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission.

The program, offered on both the Jamestown and Cattaraugus County campuses, has received continuing accreditation since its first accreditation by the National League for Nursing in 1969.

Amico named to St. Bonaventure post

Robert P. Amico, professor of philosophy at St. Bonaventure University, will head the university's newly established Council on Discrimination and Harassment.

The council was formed to write a policy on discrimination and harassment and oversee its review and implementation by the university.

Amico was one of the school's first advocacy officers and led the development of guidelines for its predecessor, the Committee Against Sexual Harassment. The new panel will deal with other forms of discrimination, including race, age and gender.

Bank observes Customer Service Week

LITTLE VALLEY -- Cattaraugus County Bank will celebrate National Customer Service Week during the week of Oct. 1 at its main office in Little Valley and at its four branches in Franklinville, Randolph, Salamanca and Springville.

Refreshments, snacks, balloons and daily drawings will be held throughout the week under the "Celebrate Service" theme. Customer service representatives will dress casually on one of the days and receive gifts.

Salamanca Council to hold hearing

SALAMANCA -- The City Council will hold a public hearing Wednesday on the use of federal money to purchase a new police patrol car for the city.

The hearing at 7:40 p.m. will focus on using $17,832 from a Law Enforcement Block Grant Fund, which requires a 10 percent local share. The new car would replace a 1996 vehicle with 129,083 miles on it.

The Council has a long agenda, because a meeting set for Sept. 12 was canceled.

A resolution to hire three people to fill vacancies in the Fire Department is sponsored by Alderman James Mongillo, head of the Fire Commission. Shawn Wells and Timothy Richardson are being considered for full-time positions paying $19,866 a year, and Debbie Conklin of Kill Buck would be hired part-time for $8.76 an hour.

Mayor Carmen Vecchiarella is sponsoring a resolution asking state and federal governments for financial assistance to offset the city's eroding tax base.

Most of the city lies on the Allegany Reservation of the Seneca Nation of Indians, and Senecas living there are exempt from paying property taxes.

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