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Jason Dunham Post Office gets presidential OK

SCIO -- The U.S. Post Office in Scio became the Jason Dunham Post Office Tuesday.

President Bush signed the bill passed by Congress to name the building in honor of the Marine from Scio who smothered a grenade with his body, saving the lives of other members of his unit in Iraq in April 2004.

His parents, brother and sister were at the presidential signing at the Rochester Airport.

Dunham, a corporal, was a Scio Central School graduate.

After he was injured, Dunham was airlifted to Bethesda Naval Hospital in Maryland, where he later died. He has been decorated for his actions and nominated for the Medal of Honor. He is buried in Scio.

Rep. John R. Kuhl Jr., R-Hammondsport, who introduced the bill to rename the post office and who invited Bush to his district, also was at the signing.

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Wellsville lawyer named to assistant DA post

BELMONT -- Andrew Cornell of Wellsville, a lawyer in private practice, was named an assistant Allegany County district attorney Tuesday.

County Judge James E. Euken administered the oath of office to Cornell, a graduate of St. Bonaventure University and University of Akron Law School.

District Attorney Terrence M. Parker appointed Cornell two weeks after firing Michael J. Regan of Wellsville, who had been quoted in the Washington Post opposing current immigration policies that he said will cost white Christians of European descent their majority status in the country.

Regan's remarks at a white separatist gathering in Herndon, Va., prompted protests from several organizations.

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Perry, Silver Springs have contested races

PERRY -- Contested races in the villages of Perry and Silver Springs highlight Wyoming County village elections Tuesday.

Four candidates are running for two two-year seats on the Perry Village Board.

Dennis Vergason, former Perry mayor, will run on the Pride in Perry ticket. Mandi Harvey is running as a Democrat and on the Perry First ticket. Michael Laraby will run on the Democratic and Republican tickets.

Henry Woitscheck, former village trustee, is running as a Republican.

In Silver Springs, three candidates are running for two, two-year Village Board seats: Thomas Surtel, former Silver Springs mayor and incumbent Republican member of the Village Board; Thomas Dixon, a Republican; and Raymond King, a Democrat.

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State grant supports drug education program

The Cattaraugus County Sheriff Department's Community-Oriented Drug Education (CODE) program will continue to operate thanks to a $16,000 state grant announced by state Sen. Catherine M. Young, R-Olean.

The program, which operates out of schools and special events, educates children in the county about the dangers of substance abuse.

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