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TORNADO RULED OUT IN CATTARAUGUS COUNTY

The strong wind that blew a roof off a dairy barn in Cattaraugus County late Sunday afternoon was not a tornado, a National Weather Service investigator said Monday.

Meteorologist Bob Hamilton examined the damage on a farm on Abbott Road in the Town of Lyndon, east of Franklinville, and determined that it was the result of a downdraft of straight-line wind. Witnesses who reported seeing a funnel may have seen a shaft of hail, he suggested.

The storm accompanying a cold front also downed trees in parts of Chautauqua and Allegany counties. One-inch hail fell in Ellicottville.

More thunderstorms are possible this afternoon, accompanied by winds that could gust to more than 40 mph. Thunderstorms are expected again Wednesday as a deep cold front approaches, and temperatures begin to fall from the 60s. The forecast for Friday and Saturday includes a chance of snow showers

Parents fight shared-principal setup

OLEAN -- Several parents of Boardmanville Elementary School pupils continue to press for a halt to a shared-principal arrangement with North Hill Elementary School in the Olean City School District.

In reaction to the district Board of Education's naming a third-grade North Hill teacher as interim principal in September, the parents last week filed a second appeal to the New York State Education Department. The Education Department has not yet returned a ruling in the parents' first legal appeal against the board's authorization last fall for a single, shared principal for both buildings.

The department also continues to process the school district's formal request for a variance to share principals.

Superintendent Ralph Kerr said he was served with papers in the case Wednesday. He added that officials intend to continue on the present course, employing an interim principal and principal, until the state issues a decision.

Newsweek editor to talk at JCC Olean

OLEAN -- Eleanor Clift, a Newsweek contributing editor who began as a secretary to the magazine's national affairs editor in New York, will speak at Jamestown Community College's Olean Campus at 7 p.m. Nov. 28.

Clift held several positions at Newsweek, including White House correspondent, congressional and political correspondent and deputy Washington bureau chief. She also covered the White House for the Los Angeles Times but returned to Newsweek to cover the Iran-Contra scandal.

She is a regular guest on television's "The McLaughlin Group" and is a political analyst for Fox Cable News.

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