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>Board sets public hearing April 10 on budget plan

FREDONIA -- The Village Board on announced Monday that a public hearing on a proposed 2006-07 budget of $8.4 million will be at 7:30 p.m. April 10.

The budget reflects a 2.8 percent increase in spending from the current plan, and the average increase for property owners would be $20, according to Mayor Frank Pagano.

Monday's meeting also was the final for Village Administrator James Sedota, who announced his retirement after more than 28 years in the post. The board will name a successor to Sedota when it reorganizes next week.

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>Farm Bureau campaign aims for new members

ASHFORD -- The 500-member Cattaraugus County Farm Bureau, representing farmers and rural landowners, has kicked off a membership campaign.

"Members are the strength of the Farm Bureau," said Charles Couture, county membership chairman, who led a recent lobbying trip to Albany.

To join the Farm Bureau, visit www.nyfb.org or call toll-free (877) 383-7663.

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>Bona gets state funds to enhance services

ALLEGANY -- St. Bonaventure University will enhance its counseling, literacy and educational support for underserved youth and families in the western Southern Tier with a $25,000 grant from State Sen. Catharine M. Young, R-Olean.

The funding will pay for renovations of the Collaborative Counseling Clinic at the School of Education, where a clinic will serve 200 residents per year. It also will add resources for the university's counselor education graduate students.

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