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>Voters defeat proposals for improving buildings

PEMBROKE -- Residents voted Wednesday to reject a $39.4 million bond issue for additions and renovations at the three schools in the Pembroke Central School District.

A proposal to spend $32 million on new classrooms, renovations, a relocated library and media center went down to defeat, 873-410.

The other proposal -- $7.4 million for athletic facilities, including a new gymnasium and a six-lane all-weather track -- was defeated, 878-379.

The state would have picked up 86 percent of the cost, and the average homeowner would have faced a tax increase of $100, school officials said.

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>Head of health system retires after 15 years

WARSAW -- Lucille K. Sheedy, the first woman to serve as chief executive officer of the Wyoming County Community Health System, retired Dec. 9 after 15 years in the position.

A Lockport native, Sheedy oversaw such improvements as expanding and adding medical services at the Wyoming County Community Hospital and Skilled Nursing Facility on Route 19. Other improvements included enhancing energy efficiency at the hospital and establishing a co-generation plant.

She was also president of the Western New York Health Association.

Her successor, Ronald Krawlec, will take over next month. He has been chief executive officer of the TLC Health Network in Gowanda.

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>Village trustee resigns, will serve in Legislature

Kenmore Trustee Michele M. Iannello resigned Tuesday night, but expressed satisfaction that she will still represent village in her new role as an Erie County Legislator.

Iannello, who has been a trustee for two years, said she will continue to work for the village as the 10th District Legislator. The entire village is in her district.

"The Village of Kenmore is very dear to me, and I have truly enjoyed serving the residents," Iannello said.

Iannello's resignation is effective midnight Dec. 31. The board accepted the resignation and applauded Iannello for her service.

Mayor John W. Beaumont said he will appoint a new trustee next month, who would face re-election in November.

Iannello, a Democrat and first-term trustee, was elected in November to replace outgoing Legislator Charles Swanick, who did not seek re-election.

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