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FRANKLINVILLE -- The resignations of Franklinville Police Chief Walt Dziekonski and Trustee Richard Larsson were accepted by Mayor Judy L. Harrington during Monday night's Village Board meeting.

Dziekonski, 67, a Franklinville native, has been a full-time policeman in the village for more than 40 years. He became police chief in 1967. He will step down Oct. 26.

"It's time to look for something different," said Dziekonski, adding he has not settled his retirement plans.

There was no immediate discussion regarding appointment of a successor.

Harrington said after the meeting that she has not had time to find a replacement for Larsson, whose first term is set to expire in April. "I have accepted his resignation, but I will do what I usually do in these situations, and that is to give him some time to think about it and to rescind his resignation," Harrington said.

She added that Larsson's resignation was a surprise and reached her desk Monday morning.

Larsson was out of town and could not be reached to comment.

Fredonia sets trick-or-treating hours

FREDONIA -- Trick-or-treating will be permitted in the village from 4 to 8 p.m. Oct 31, the Village Board has decided.

Residents are urged to turn their porch lights off at 8 p.m. to indicate they will not accept any more trick-or-treaters, the board said.

Also, the Fredonia Chamber of Commerce will hold a Halloween Festival at Barker Common from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Oct. 27.

AppleUmpkin Festival attracts author

WYOMING -- Award-winning author and photojournalist Joe Viesti will be taking notes and pictures of the 15th annual
AppleUmpkin Festival this weekend in this historic Wyoming County village.

Viesti will be including the festival in a new book about festivals across the nation. He will be on hand Saturday during the annual AppleUmpkin baking contest. All contest entries will be auctioned off Saturday at 2:30 p.m. to benefit Mercy Flight.

The festival, which includes food, street entertainers and 300 arts and crafts exhibitors, will run from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Music will be nonstop at three locations. A highlight will be a bluegrass festival Saturday on the Village Hall lawn.

Surplus items will be auctioned

SALAMANCA -- Surplus vehicles and equipment will be sold by the state and Cattaraugus County this week in two separate auctions.

The state Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation at Allegany State Park will hold an auction at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday in the park.

Items to be sold include cars and trucks, recreational vehicles, generators, welders, kitchen appliances and garden equipment.

The annual surplus equipment sale for Cattaraugus County will get under way at 9:30 a.m. Saturday at the Department of Public Works facility on Route 242, just outside Little Valley. Items to be auctioned include cars, trucks, computer equipment, office items and old press and print shop items.

Dunkirk Library sets telethon, auction

DUNKIRK -- The 11th annual Dunkirk Free Library Telethon and Auction will be held from 6 to 11 p.m. Oct. 25.

The event will be televised on Local Access Cable Channel 5 in Dunkirk and simulcast on WDOE radio. Arrangements are being made to have the event also telecast to Fredonia, which is on a different cable system.

This year's telethon is dedicated to victims of the Sept. 11 terrorist attack in New York City and Washington, D.C., librarian Mary Jane Covley-Walker said.

"The funds are used for operating the library," she said. "Tax-deductible donations of items to be auctioned will be accepted at the library until Oct. 19."

Free computer classes in Dunkirk

DUNKIRK -- People interested in learning how to use a computer can sign up for free classes in Dunkirk Free Library.

Classes are offered in word processing and Internet uses, librarian Mary Jane Covley said.

Each class has 20 sessions, and 60 people are taken for the four-week mini-courses.

People who sign up are put on a list and will be called in turn, she added.

The classes are supported by a grant from State Sen. Patricia McGee, R-Franklinville.

Walden Avenue lane shift planned

Drivers on Walden Avenue in Lancaster will have to shift lanes beginning Thursday due to a construction project at Central Avenue. Traffic will be shifted from the two westbound lanes onto the eastbound lanes between 7 a.m. and 6 p.m. Motorists are advised to find alternative routes to avoid delays during rush hours.

Diabetes education classes offered

OLEAN -- Olean General Hospital's October Diabetes Education classes will teach patients how to control blood sugar levels and help them gain self-confidence to lead a full and meaningful life.

The group-oriented sessions include 10 classroom hours on Tuesdays, from 8 to 11 a.m., Oct. 2 and 9 and from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Oct. 16. Classes are held in the Cardiac Rehabilitation area on the second floor of the Health Services Center at 500 Main St.

Some course fees are covered by insurance and Medicare. For more information or to register, call program coordinator Sonja Covert at 375-6317, or Nutritionist Mary Fay at 375-6271.

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