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Legislature to fund methane power plant

MAYVILLE -- The Chautauqua County Legislature's main financial committee has approved funding for the beginning stages of a methane gas-to-energy plant at the county landfill.

Joe Trusso, Audit and Control Committee chairman, said there was "no problem" agreeing on borrowing up to $250,000 for the design and other preliminary stages of the $8 million to $10 million project.

The county will have to use the initial revenue to pay off the costs of building the plant.

Trusso said it's better for the county to own the plant because the revenues can go directly to offset the tax burden. He said revenues from sales of the electricity to the state power grid will be put into the county's general fund.


Nigrelli named captain of State Police Troop A

Steven A. Nigrelli, a Bishop Timon High School and Buffalo State College graduate who has served in the State Police for 17 years, was promoted to captain in Troop A, which covers the Western New York area.

He served as lieutenant of the Bureau of Criminal Investigations in Batavia before his promotion to captain. He is currently serving as a zone commander.

Nigrelli will supervise State Police personnel in Chautauqua, Southern Erie and western Cattaraugus counties.

He joined the State Police in 1990 and served as a trooper in central New York and on the Community Narcotics Enforcement Team.


YWCA event to honor 'five fabulous females'

The YWCA of Genesee County will honor "five fabulous females" for significant contributions to the community at its ninth annual awards luncheon May 12 in the forum at Genesee Community College.

The recipients are: Joanne Beck, a reporter for the Daily News who has helped promote programs for women and children; Lynne Belluscio, creator and curator of the Jell-O Museum and director of the LeRoy Historical Society; Joyce Hinshaw, who served for 14 years as the YWCA director and helped develop housing for needy families; Martha M. Spinnegan, executive director of the Jerome Foundation who recently retired after 34 years as director of the Richmond Memorial Library; and the late Florence Williams, an avid traveler and library and YWCA supporter.

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