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2 dump trucks added to snowplowing fleet

JAMESTOWN -- Two more dump trucks have been added to the city's fleet to assist this winter's snowplowing effort.

The City Council Monday night approved of the purchase of two used trucks, from Kenworth Trucks of Upstate New York, for $21,708 and Henderson Truck Equipment of New York, $36,292.

The Council also OK'd the purchases of two snowplows for a price not to exceed $10,000, and two wheel loaders for about $120,000, also to be used in snow removal.

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Pumpkinville open for the season

GREAT VALLEY -- Pumpkinville, the rural theme village that doubles as Cattaraugus County's harvest season destination, opened last weekend with a bumper crop of pumpkins, squash, gourds, apples and Indian corn. The park is a family adventure with pony rides, hay rides, a goat mountain, corn cannon shoot and maze, with numerous tiny barns arrayed with local produce. Cider is made on the premises in a 120-year-old press. Customers are invited to call ahead for an appointment if they supply their own apples for pressing. Admission is free and the park is located on Sugartown Road, off Route 98 and several miles east of Route 219 and the hamlet of Great Valley. For group tours or cider pressing, call 716-699-2205 or visit www.pumpkinville.com.

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Weekend events focus on celebrating horses

FRANKLINVILLE -- This weekend's Third Annual Creekside Roundup will celebrate this horse-friendly community with trail rides, arena shows and events for horseback riders and drivers who are expected from far and near.

This year's roundup will be based around the Lonesome Oak Stables on Bakerstand Road, with camping, a chuck wagon and indoor and outdoor arenas on a hillside overlooking pastures between Franklinville and Route 242.

Friday night arrivals will be treated to Lee Kenyon's country/western musical entertainment and a campfire at 7 p.m. Trail rides, long and short, will leave Tug Hill beginning at 9 a.m. Saturday, with a $25 fee including a hot lunch at the horse camp in Jackson Hill State Forest.

A Western beef dinner is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Saturday at the stables, followed by a barn dance.

Sunday's events include a worship service and pancake breakfast, followed by the "Show Your Horses" parade at 1 p.m. along Route 16 in Franklinville to Franklinville Central School. The weekend concludes with Cowboy Olimpics beginning at 2 p.m. at the school.

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