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>Capital project totaling $4.1 million approved

FREWSBURG -- Voters in the Frewsburg Central School District passed a $4.1 million capital project Wednesday by a vote of 312-42.

Superintendent Steve Vanstrom said Expanding Our Children's Education and Learning (EXCEL) aid from the state is available for the project, which will eliminate the need to increase local property taxes. The capital project will include roofing, security, electrical systems and improving handicapped accessibility.

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>Alstom Power expansion could add 75 to payroll

WELLSVILLE -- Alstom Power, Air Preheater Co. of Wellsville, will break ground Friday on a plant expansion that could add 75 jobs.

The $15 million project will add 44,000 square feet to the Truax Road plant.

The company expects to hire more welders, machinists, prefabrication specialists and administrators. The expansion is designed to meet the "increased demand for its heat recovery systems and various coal and mineral grinding technologies," according to a company spokesman.

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>Upgrade of athletic fields goes before voters today

LAKEWOOD -- Voters in the Southwestern Central School District are being asked to support a proposed athletic facilities upgrade that won't include any local property tax dollars.

The district has teamed up with the Southwestern Schools Education Foundation to cover the entire, $2.8 million cost of the project.

Voting will be from 7 to 9 a.m. and then from 2 to 9 p.m. today in the high school lobby.

Superintendent Dan George said the two main parts of the project involve the current football and soccer field.

George said there also would be upgrades to the girls softball field, and some improvements to the high school's facilities.

All but $590,000 of the cost will be picked up by the state.

Foundation Chairwoman Lori Radack said residents have been "very supportive" of the foundation's efforts. The organization has raised $220,000 of its contribution so far and expects more to come in once the vote is taken.

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