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Sharlau re-elected mayor at public session

ALEXANDER -- Richard Sharlau was re-elected mayor of the Village of Alexander at Thursday's public meeting. He will add a one-year term to his 20 years in office.

William Wanger was renamed trustee and Vera Antonucci, a 50-year veteran, remains as clerk treasurer. Nancy Bartz remains as tax collector, and Ralph Robbins was named constable.

A $380,000 budget was adopted with a tax rate of $1.67 per $1,000 assessed valuation, a drop of 34 cents.

Alexander is the only one of Genesee County's six villages to hold an annual community election meeting. Eleven people attended.

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Ceremony will mark merger of 3 parishes

ARCADE -- A ceremony marking a new three-church merger in the Buffalo Diocese is planned for Sunday.

St. Mary's Parish in East Arcade and Blessed Sacrament Parish in Delevan will merge into SS Peter & Paul Parish in Arcade, with the new faith community to be known as St. Mary's Parish.

Auxiliary Bishop Edward M. Grosz will celebrate the merged parish's first Mass.

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St. Paul's open house planned for Sunday

ELLICOTTVILLE -- St. Paul's Lutheran Church will display its expansion plans and offer tours of the church during an open house from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday.

St. Paul's was started in the early 1900s by a small group of German immigrants who met in private homes and later purchased a former church on Elizabeth Street. The current structure on Route 219, north of the village, was built in 1963 on a four-acre property that is also the site of the Emmaus Retreat House and the planned $900,000 expansion.

That cost will include remodeling of the present building's fellowship hall, community room and Sunday school. The expansion will enlarge the worship area, narthex, office, elevator and nursery. The congregation and donors have donated or pledged more than $400,000 of the cost.

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