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Naming of tennis courts to honor police chief

SILVER CREEK -- New tennis courts in Silver Creek will be named in honor of longtime Police Chief Louis F. Pelletter.

Mayor Ed Newman made the announcement Tuesday during a meeting of the Village Board. He read a proclamation and noted Pelletter's many accomplishments in the community.

Pelletter also serves as village historian. He has headed many committees, including one to build the replica bandstand at Village Square and improve the ballpark.

The Village Board returns to a Monday evening schedule, meeting at 8 p.m. next Monday.

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Police union endorses Sharkey for re-election

OLEAN -- The union representing City of Olean police officers has endorsed Cattaraugus County District Attorney Edward Sharkey's re-election bid.

Randy R. Langdon, president of the Patrol Unit of Olean Police Local 967, praised Sharkey's "work ethic, conviction rate and tireless effort to work with the Olean Police Department."

Sharkey, a Democrat who has been district attorney for eight years, is being challenged by Mark S. Williams of Hinsdale, a Republican and the county's public defender, who was formerly a law partner with Sharkey.

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More AP classes planned at high school

FREDONIA -- High School Principal Todd Crandall told the Fredonia Central School Board Tuesday that next school year there will be an increase in advanced placement courses for students.

Board member Anita Ray asked that more students be made aware of these upper-level classes, and that there be ways for students to fit these classes more easily into their schedules.

Crandall also reported the high school business department is looking at ways to assess a student's level of computer proficiency so he or she can be placed in computer classes at the highest level of learning.

Fredonia State College marketing and public relations students will meet with participating middle school pupils after school to teach them the free enterprise system via the creation of a "business" to raise funds for a charitable cause.

The board's next meeting is 6 p.m. Oct. 11 in the high school library.

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2 fire companies, two localities get funding

State Sen. Dale M. Volker, R-Depew, announced Tuesday that he has secured state funding for fire departments and municipalities.

The Cowlesville Fire Company will get $5,000 to buy emergency equipment, including a hydraulic extraction tool, hydraulic power unit and a 3,000-gallon tank.

The Genesee Falls Fire Company will be given $15,000 to help buy an emergency responder brush truck, which will help put out fires in Letchworth State Park.

The Town of Bennington will receive $45,000 to alleviate stream bank and road shoulder erosion on Schoellkopf Road along Cayuga Creek.

The Town of Wethersfield will get two grants totaling $70,000 -- $50,000 for a new Highway Department salt barn and $20,000 to help establish a town park and Little League baseball diamond.

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