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>Reassessments draw hundreds of complaints

HANOVER -- Local homeowners are raising questions about their property reassessments.

According to Assessor Karen Bowker, there have been hundreds of phone calls from town residents complaining about the new values. Four scheduled workshops for people to hear about the process are filled with more than 50 registrants each.

To assist residents in making property comparisons, books with photos and addresses of all 5,100 parcels in town are available for public viewing at Town Hall and the Anderson-Lee Library in Silver Creek.

Residents have until Friday to request a hearing to object to their reassessment.

The Town Board on Monday also authorized hiring former assessor Frank Boniface at $30 an hour as a consultant. He also received a $500 retainer.

Bowker, who was recently hired to replace Boniface, who resigned, has passed probation and will be paid $37,000 annually.


>Foundation sponsors 'Incredible Kids Day'

CASSADAGA -- Thursday marks the second annual "Absolutely Incredible Kids Day," sponsored by the Camp Gross Foundation in Cassadaga.

The group funds activities for children at a rural campground and activity area. It encourages adults to write a letter or send an e-mail to a child encouraging them or praising their efforts or accomplishments. Camp Gross Foundation leaders petitioned local government boards to declare March 16 as the date for "Incredible Kids."


>Wildlife refuge wants public input on programs

The federal caretakers of the Iroquois National Wildlife Refuge want to know what programs the public would like to see there. The refuge comprises 10,818 acres in Genesee and Orleans counties.

Among the topics the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service seeks input on are: environmental education, interpretation, wildlife observation, wildlife photography, hunting and fishing.

The public is invited to comment on these matters at the refuge's office, 1101 Casey Road, Basom, from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. March 30, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. March 31 and 8 a.m. to noon April 1. Comments also may be submited to the office by mail (the ZIP code is 14013) or via e-mail at

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