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>Airport awarded grant of $2.1 million by FAA

LE ROY -- Le Roy Airport has been awarded $2.1 million from the Federal Aviation Administration's Airport Improvement Program, Rep. Chris Lee, R-Clarence, announced Tuesday.

Raymond S. Detor Jr., president of the privately owned Le Roy Aviation Services, said the grant will help provide a "state-of-the-art airport that will create local jobs and meet the region's needs."

Lee said the airport will enable the facility to lengthen its runway by over 1,000 feet and restripe the runway and taxiway.

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>Special dinner scheduled for report on Job Corps

CASSADAGA -- Members of the Community Relations Council learned about the participation of Cassadaga Job Corps students in many community service projects.

A council meeting and dinner was held Tuesday in the Job Corps Center cafeteria, where students in the culinary arts program prepared a prime rib dinner for members of the council, guests and some students who were recognized for their community service activities.

Janet Forbes, business and community liaison for the Job Corps, introduced several students and noted some of this year's projects, including the "Valentines for Veterans" program at the Sinclairville Library, where more than 300 cards were made for area veterans.

Students from the Job Corps also participated in the Literacy Volunteers of America annual book sale.

And students helped dig out fire hydrants in the Lily Dale community this winter. They also assisted at volunteer testing for HIV and AIDS in Jamestown.

The Cassadaga Job Corps Academy has about 275 students and is currently recruiting students for the licensed practical nursing program., which will start in the fall.

The class will accept 30 students. Currently about 15 students are halfway through the LPN program.

The Cassadaga Job Corps also teaches other trades including heating, plumbing and culinary arts.

Students who successfully complete the programs are eligible for advanced placement and job placement services.

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