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Higgins to inaugurate Small Business Fair

JAMESTOWN -- Rep. Brian M. Higgins, D-Buffalo, will hold his first annual Chautauqua County Small Business Fair from 6 to 9 p.m. Monday in the Carnahan Center at Jamestown Community College.

The fair will feature professionals from small-business development organizations addressing business needs, workshops on how to start or expand a business, interaction with local business leaders, and a public forum with Higgins.

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Rally set for Edwards' bid for county executive

SILVER CREEK -- A rally is being held for Greg Edwards, Republican and Conservative candidate for county executive, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Monday at Willow Creek Winery Pavilion, 2627 Chapin Road.

Edwards will outline his plans for the county, addressing issues such as taxes, job loss and exodus of young people. Edwards faces incumbent Mark Thomas, a Democrat, in November.

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Negative impact seen if BOCES is changed

FREDONIA -- The current Erie 2-Chautauqua-Cattaraugus Board of Cooperative Education Services could be reconfigured, and if that happens, Fredonia School District Superintendent Paul DiFonzo told the Fredonia School Board Tuesday night, the buying power and services provided to students of the changed BOCES could be affected.

A study now under way at the University at Buffalo for BOCES is exploring alternate Erie 2 BOCES configurations. Proposals include some of the current 27 school districts within Erie 2 BOCES joining Erie 1 BOCES, and/or some school districts not currently within Erie 2 becoming districts within it. DiFonzo supports keeping Erie 2 BOCES as it is now.

In other business, the board:

* Learned that kindergarten through sixth grade pupils will send surplus books and supplies to a resource pool in Louisiana for schoolchildren in the hurricane-affected area. This is part of the "Adopt Gulf Coast Schools" program through the New York State School Boards Association. The K-6 pupils in Fredonia also will participate in "Nickels for New Orleans," another fund-raiser for children in the hurricane-damaged area.

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