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Fredonia State College has announced gifts totaling more than $250,000 from Robert Maytum and the Maytum family to help launch the college's upcoming fund-raising campaign.

Since the mid-1970s, the Maytum family, along with its family-run company, DFT Communications, has established seven endowments with the Fredonia College Foundation. In addition, the family established the Maytum Family President's Scholarship, a renewable, full-tuition scholarship for students with outstanding high school academic credentials.

The "Anniversary Campaign: Traditions and Transitions," which coincides with the 175th anniversary of the college's founding as Fredonia Academy, will be officially launched at Homecoming next weekend.

The campaign goal is $8 million, with most of the funds earmarked for the endowment, increasing it to $17 million from $10 million.

Candidate criticizes proposed budget

JAMESTOWN -- The 2002 Chautauqua County budget proposed by County Executive Mark Thomas is "too little, too late," Todd Patric, Republican candidate for that office, said Friday.

"The plan is based on hopeful forecasts and is an election year budget," he said.

Patric pointed to a projected $1.4 million increase in sales tax revenue and $600,000 in additional federal funding for prisons. The budget also reduces the fund balance to a low level, Patric added.

The Patric campaign has been promoting a Compact for Chautauqua County's Future, which includes a pledge to cut taxes by 12 percent over four years, signed by Patric and Republican candidates for the County Legislature. He has challenged Thomas to sign the same pledge.

Lakewood officials reject silo proposal

LAKEWOOD -- Village lawmakers this week rejected a proposal to build a 40-foot-tall concrete work silo for a First Street paving and excavating business.

The board turned down the request for a special-use permit for Kingsview Enterprises Monday. Mayor Anthony Caprino noted that the panel listened to residents' concerns.

"There was strong public opposition to it, so, therefore the board was unanimous in denying it," said Caprino.

A second reason, he said, was that Kingsview ignored a stop-work order on the project while it was being considered.

Unattended candle blamed in fire

JAMESTOWN -- An unattended candle is blamed for triggering a second-floor blaze that heavily damaged some contents of an apartment Friday.

According to Fire Chief Samuel Arcadipane, the flame from the candle made contact with combustible materials on a dining room table at 181 Newton Ave. Fire crews were called to the scene at 4:54 a.m.

Lt. Donald Woodfield, who was with the responding units, said firefighters had the fire doused quickly.

The two families living in the house got out safely. No name was available for the owner.

College schedules information meetings

Empire State College has scheduled a series of public information meetings at its five locations throughout Western New York. Representatives will explain the college's unique independent study programs, which lead to associate's and bachelor's degrees.

Buffalo sessions will be held in the college's Niagara Frontier Center on the third floor of the Market Arcade, 617 Main St. The first will be Tuesday at 12:30 p.m. Others are set for Oct. 12 at 12:30 p.m., Oct. 20 at 10 a.m., Oct. 25 at 5:30 p.m. and Oct. 31 at 12:30 p.m. Appointments are requested by calling 853-7700, or via the Web site at

Fredonia sessions are held monthly in Room 3140 of Mason Hall on the Fredonia State College campus. For more information, call 673-3575.

A Jamestown session will be held Monday at 5:30 p.m. in Conference Room 306 of the Community Services Center at Jamestown Community College. For information, call 665-5220, Ext. 307.

A Lockport session is scheduled Oct. 10 at 12:30 p.m. at 9 Ontario St. For information, call 434-0272.

Olean sessions will be held next Saturday at 10 a.m. and Oct. 18 at 5:30 p.m. on the Cattaraugus County campus of Jamestown Community College. For information, call 372-1661, Ext. 5557.

License plates will fund farm education

OLEAN -- State license plates that will help fund an agriculture-in-the-classroom education program will soon be available at motor vehicle offices.

Sen. Patricia K. McGee, R-Franklinville, who co-chairs the State Legislative Commission on Rural Resources, developed the legislation for the plates.

By adding money to the program, McGee said, "We will ensure that children continue to be educated about the importance of agriculture and how it relates to their daily lives."

Plates will be available after April 1, 2002, and will include a $25 fee that will go to the program.

Cattaraugus officers aid recovery effort

LITTLE VALLEY -- Cattaraugus County Sheriff Ernest J. Dustman headed a team of 10 officers who went to New York City this week to volunteer their time assisting in World Trade Center recovery efforts.

Officers include K-9 handler Robert Rinfrette and his dog; Capt. Dennis John; Lt. Joseph Grube; Lt. Timothy Whitcomb; Sgt. Tom Bradigan; Deputies Rod Perry, Pat Dunne and Mark Crosson; and a 10th unidentified deputy. They are expected to stay a week.

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