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SALAMANCA -- A $400,000 community development small cities grant application from the city to repair storm sewers has been rejected.

The city was advised no money will be coming for the current round of grants as many exceptional applications were received, according to Robert Bulman, director for the Governor's Office for Small Cities.

Mayor Carmen Vecchiarella said the city was ready to add $100,000 to the project in Ward 5, which received considerable public support.

Questions relating to the design of the project contributed toward its not being funded, Vecchiarella said.

Tax-foreclosure sale is Nov. 8

LITTLE VALLEY -- Cattaraugus County will conduct a sale Nov. 8 of properties foreclosed upon for back taxes.

Treasurer Joseph G. Keller said auctions will be held at each site for parcels not sold at the auction held in May.

For information on locations, call Keller's offices at 938-9111 in Little Valley or 373-8010 in Olean. Information is also posted on the Internet at

Genealogists to discuss Web site

SALAMANCA -- The Cattaraugus County Genealogical Society will meet Nov. 6 to discuss creating a Web site for the group.

The meeting will be at 7 p.m. in the Salamanca Public Library, according to Vice President Dr. Dixon G. Stevens.

Also, officers for next year will be nominated.

Anyone interested in researching family histories is welcome to attend.

Sheriff offers Halloween candy hotline

LITTLE VALLEY -- A Halloween candy hotline will be conducted by the Cattaraugus County Sheriff's Department to handle cases of suspected candy tampering.

Sheriff Ernest J. Dustman said people can call the department at 938-9191 and provide information from the candy wrapper.

A deputy will be sent to pick up the suspect candy, with Olean General Hospital and Tri-County Memorial Hospital in Gowanda assisting in the candy checks.

Dustman said only packaged candy should be given and accepted by children. The candy should then be taken home for inspection by an adult before it is eaten.

Houghton visits district post offices

JAMESTOWN -- Rep. Amo Houghton, R-Corning, visited post offices across his 31st District last week as a demonstration of support for postal workers.

Houghton met with Jamestown Postmaster Francis Iannuci on Saturday morning.

Houghton said there were two reasons for the visit -- to offer Iannuci "whatever help he needs" and to say thank you. Houghton also met with postal workers in Dunkirk and Fredonia.

Task force to hold public meeting

The Cattaraugus Creek Basin Task Force will hold a public outreach meeting at 7 p.m. Tuesday to discuss reuse of the Peter Cooper EPA Superfund Sites.

Michael Hutchinson, Gowanda sewer superintendent, said Louis Zicari of the State University at Buffalo School of Integrated Waste Management, will present some options at the meeting.

The session will be held in the Gowanda Central School cafeteria on Prospect Street.

Visiting Russian professor to give talks

OLEAN -- Ludmila Kovalskaya, St. Bonaventure University's fall Lenna Visiting Professor, will speak Thursday and again Nov. 7 on increasing understanding between the United States and Russia.

Kovalskaya is teaching a course on Russian culture and language.

"America and Russia: Increasing Mutual Understanding Through Culture and Language" will be presented at 7 p.m. Thursday in the Robert R. Jones Board of Trustees Room, Doyle Hall. "Opening Doors Between East and West: Cultural Keys" will begin at 10 a.m. Nov. 7 in Lenna Civic Center at Jamestown Community College. The lectures are free and open to the public.

Kovalskaya received a doctorate in linguistics from Pyatigorsk Linguistic University, Russian Federation. She is a professor of theory and practice of the English language at Adygh State University, Maikop, Republic of Adygheya, Russian Federation.

Nature photographer plans exhibit

PERRY -- Ray Minnick, a nature photographer from Wyoming County, will have a solo exhibit of his photographs in November and December in the Arts Council for Wyoming County's gallery, 31 S. Main St.

On display will be framed color photographs taken at Letchworth State Park. All work will be available for purchase.

Minnick, who has been photographing wildlife and nature for 14 years and is self-taught, will also present a multimedia color slide show, "Canyon Light," at 7 p.m. Friday in the Arts Council gallery. An opening reception will follow.

One of Minnick's framed pieces will be raffled off to benefit the Arts Council. Tickets will continue to be sold in the Arts Council gallery for $2 each, or $5 for three tickets, until the raffle takes place.

Minnick is president of the Canyon Camera Club, a Wyoming County group whose members meet regularly to discuss and critique each other's photography work. The group exhibits annually at the Letchworth Arts and Crafts Show.

Gallery hours are from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays, from 9 a.m to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays or by appointment.

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