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LOCAL NEWS BRIEFS

DEADLINE NEARS TO REPORT SCHOOL READ-ALOUD TALLIES

Schools that participated in Wednesday's read-aloud have until 5 p.m. today to report their results to The Buffalo News in order for them to count toward the effort to break a world record.

Schools that have not yet reported are asked to send an e-mail stating how many children and adults took part. That information should be sent to Cindy Sterner at csterner@buffnews.com.

Pupils throughout Western New York simultaneously read a Shel Silverstein poem in an effort to set a world record for the number of people reading aloug together.

BOARD OF ELECTIONS EXTENDING ITS HOURS

LITTLE VALLEY -- The Cattaraugus County Board of Elections' central office will extend its Tuesday and Thursday hours until 7 p.m. prior to the Nov. 2 election.

The office will be open until 7 p.m. today, Thursday, next Tuesday and Oct. 28.

Officials said applications for absentee ballots will be taken during extended Saturday hours from 9 a.m. to noon this week and Oct. 30. Absentee ballot applications must be postmarked no later than next Tuesday. Previously registered voters may apply in person by Nov. 1.

GRANT TO AID REBIRTH OF ART DECO TRAIN STATION

JAMESTOWN -- A $9,000 state grant will be used toward the revitalization of the Erie-Lackawanna train station, which has been vacant since the late 1970s.

The grant was awarded to Downtown Jamestown Development Corp., which has been working with the Preservation League of New York State and the Jamestown Urban Renewal Agency on a possible rebirth of the art deco station on Second Street that was constructed during the 1930s.

Tania Werbizky, of the Preservation League, presented the check to Jamestown Mayor Sam Teresi on Monday. Later this week, the station will be officially placed on both the state and national Registers of Historic Places during a public ceremony in Chautauqua Showcase, 19 W. Third St.

NEW RATES, RULES STUDIED FOR VILLAGE LOAN PROGRAM

FREDONIA -- Members of the Fredonia Village Board, meeting in a workshop session Monday night, reviewed proposed new rates and rules for the village-administered community development loan program.

Residents making repairs to single-family dwelling will have up to 10 years to repay loans ranging from $2,000 to $15,000 at an annual interest rate of 4.5 percent. Meanwhile, loans to repair multifamily dwellings, ranging from $2,000 to $10,000 per unit, will be repayable over a 10-year period at 5.5 percent annual interest.

Also available under the program are economic development loans -- from $10,000 to $50,000 -- to stimulate private sector investment or create and retain jobs, officials said.

In other business, Sahlem's Roofing & Siding in West Seneca was awarded a $61,955 contract to make roofing repairs to the village's barns on Eagle Street.

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