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JAMESTOWN -- A hearing on the 2003-2004 school budget will be held at 7 p.m. today in the auditorium of Ring Elementary School.

The Board of Education will hold a regular meeting after the hearing.

Meeting on fall festival scheduled

SALAMANCA -- Mayor Stephen Montgomery has called a meeting Thursday to begin making plans for the annual Falling Leaves Festival.

The meeting will be at 6 p.m. in the courtroom at the Municipal Center and is open to anyone interested in assisting with plans for the festival.

The festival -- which has been held for more than 20 years -- will be Oct. 3-5 and again will be coordinated by the mayor's office.

Prospective vendors and local organizations wanting to participate are urged to attend.

East Otto Country open house planned

EAST OTTO -- The annual open house of businesses in East Otto Country will be held June 7 and 8.

The event will be from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days. For directions and a map, visit the Web site:

Participants include:

On The Rocks on Utley Road, featuring perennial plants, garden gift shop items and landscape shrubs.

Something Different Herb & Gift Shop on East Otto Road features Amish crafts, live music and fairy gardening June 7 and organic cooking classes Sunday.

Of Seasons Past Farm Shop on Hencoop Road offers Celtic jewelry, handwoven items and Irish imports.

Hog-Shed Studio Pottery on Otto-Maples Road boasts a newly decorated showroom with an assortment of pottery.

Southern Tier railroad honored

FALCONER -- The Southern Tier's newest operating freight railroad is one of several in the area that has received a safety award for 2002.

The American Short Line and Regional Railroad Association has announced 2002 safety awards and 2002 Jake With Distinction Awards.

For the second time in three years, the Livonia, Avon & Lakeville Railroad won the Silver Safety Award in the 10,001-50,000 man-hours category nationwide. The award recognizes a railroad that had the fewest reportable injuries per man-hour during the years as reported to the Federal Railroad Administration.

The LAL and three of its affiliated railroads, which also report to the federal agency, operated without a reportable fatality, injury or train derailment in 2002.

The affiliates include the Falconer-based Western New York & Pennsylvania Railroad, which began operations last year across the Southern Tier and operates between Hornell and Meadville, Pa.; the Cohocton-based B&H Railroad Corp.; and the Victor-based Ontario Central Railroad.

Jamestown library sets book sale

JAMESTOWN -- Prendergast Library is having its 24th annual book sale from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. June 13 and from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. June 14.

The library is seeking used books, records, audio cassettes, CDs, videos, DVDs and sheet music for the event.

Prendergast Library officials said they will also accept paintings, prints, computer software and sculpture.

Items need to be brought to the library by Saturday. Donations are tax-deductible.

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