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Reorganization meeting moved up to 3 p.m. today

LEWISTON -- The time for today's Lewiston village reorganization meeting has been changed by the Village Board.

The meeting will be held earlier than previously planned, at 3 p.m. in Village Hall, 145 N. Fourth St.

A joint meeting of the Village/Town Police Board will be held at 6 to interview candidates for the new Lewiston police chief, replacing longtime Chief Ronald Winkley, who retired at the end of June.

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Recreation fees to remain level for fall, winter

Summer arrived not even two weeks ago, but Town of Tonawanda lawmakers are setting fees for fall and winter recreation programs.

The fee schedule includes myriad activities at town ice rinks, youth center memberships, indoor basketball leagues and the charges for buckets of golf balls at the indoor driving range.

"There are no increases for the 2007-08 fall and winter season," said Councilman Daniel J. Crangle, chairman of the Town Board's Youth, Parks and Recreation Committee.

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Refinancing bonds to save more than $4 million

BATAVIA -- Genesee County stands to save just over $4 million in a refinancing plan on bonds issued seven years ago to pay off a countywide water supply system.

The cost was lowered by $145,000 annually for the remaining 28 years of the bond issue through lengthy negotiations with the state's Environmental Facilities Corp., according to County Treasurer Scott D. German.

The county financed construction of its $20 million water project in a 35-year plan with the Monroe County Water Authority, one of the sources for delivering water to largely undeveloped areas. One exception is the City of Batavia, whose delivery system, including an aging filtration plant, became part of the project.

The county collects 60 cents per 1,000 gallons to help finance the system. Funds also come from the county's added 1 percent sales tax dedicated to capital projects and debt reduction.

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Academy has waiting list in pre-K for 4-year-olds

The Catholic Academy of West Buffalo has announced that it has a waiting list for any remaining spaces in its prekindergarten class for 4-year-olds. A decision on whether to open another such class is expected to be made by Aug. 1.

Space is still available in the kindergarten class, as well as the prekindergarten for 3-year-olds. Call 885-6111.

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Brenner is appointed Smallwood principal

The Amherst School District has announced the appointment of Lydia A. Brenner as the principal of Smallwood Elementary School.

Brenner, the current assistant principal at Amherst Central High School, will take over from Barbara Marotto, who served as principal for 13 years after a career in the Buffalo schools.

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