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>Nuclear Services Co. offering buyouts

WEST VALLEY -- The contractor at the West Valley Demonstration Project announced Thursday it was offering employees buyouts.

West Valley Nuclear Services Co., which will soon give way to a new contractor, said employees who accepted the opportunity would be given severance pay based on years of service, extended health care coverage and retraining support.

The company's announcement did not say how many employees the company was looking to shed but said that layoffs might follow. Employees have 15 days to accept the offer.

As of Sept. 1, a new contractor, West Valley Environmental Services, will be in charge at the project.

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>Motorist advisory issued for Route 219 bypass

BRADFORD, Pa. -- The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation is advising motorists using the Route 219 bypass around Bradford to watch for slow-moving and stopped vehicles through the entire work zone.

Excavation for the new northbound lanes will continue next week, so motorists also are warned to watch for trucks entering and exiting the highway.

Mill Street in Bradford will remain closed in the vicinity of the Route 219 bridge until the new northbound bridge is constructed over Mill Street. Detour signs will direct traffic away from the construction area.

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>Two unopposed officials file nominating petitions

LITTLE VALLEY -- Two longtime countywide officeholders have filed nominating petitions for ballot lines in Cattaraugus County, and both are unopposed for additional four-year terms.

County Clerk James K. Griffith of Salamanca is running on the Democrat, Independence and Conservative lines.

County Coroner Howard V. VanRensselaer of Randolph will be listed on the Democrat, Republican, Independence and Conservative lines.

Potential candidates in any county race can still file independent petitions for another ballot line. They are due between Aug. 14 and 21 at the Board of Elections.

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>Food donations urged at Saturday concert

DARIEN -- U.S.A. Harvest, an organization that collects food for the needy, will team up with the Goo Goo Dolls on Saturday to collect food donations that will benefit Compass House, a shelter for runaway and homeless youth.

Donations will be accepted starting a half-hour before the start of the concert scheduled for 7:30 p.m. at Darien Lake Performing Arts Center. Volunteers will be outside the entrance to the concert venue. Those attending the concert are being asked to bring a nonperishable food item to deposit at the entrance. Food will not be allowed into the performing arts center.

Compass House, founded in 1972, is the only emergency shelter and case management provider serving teenagers in Erie County.

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