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Museum gets copies of 1835-44 newspaper

FRANKLINVILLE -- History buffs in Cattaraugus County have succeeded in bringing home a treasure trove of 19th century lore -- several bound copies of The Cattaraugus Republican, a newspaper that began printing in Ellicottville in 1835. The collection covers the years 1835 through 1844.

Franklinville Village Historian Maggie Fredrickson reports that the papers were discovered at an auction by Peter Jablonski, a dealer from Amherst. Jack Searles, who was instrumental in forming the Cattaraugus County Bicentennial Committee, encouraged a group of historians to acquire the collection and bring it back during the bicentennial year.

The papers, which include information on the Genesee Valley Canal, the election of President Martin Van Buren and a wealth of local news, will be housed at the Cattaraugus County Museum in Machias.

They will be made available to researchers in the near future.


Meeting to explain 2 development projects

SALAMANCA -- State Park Avenue residents are invited to attend an informational meeting on two development projects at 6 p.m. Wednesday in the Salamanca Municipal Building Courtroom.

Status reports will be provided by representatives of Clark Patterson Lee, design consultant for the State Park Avenue Improvement Project, and Ross Wilson & Associates, developers of a proposed Water Park Resort south of I-86 in the State Park Avenue Economic Development Area.

Information on the design and development process, public benefit and mitigation measures will be provided and attendees will be given time on the agenda to ask questions.

Residents who can't attend but still want more information can call Pond's office at 945-3110, or Planning Director David Paoletta at 945-1881, or Ward 2 Alderman William Ferguson at 945-2133.

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