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Fredonia, Brocton schools to meet on centralizing

FREDONIA -- The Fredonia and Brocton Central school boards will meet soon to begin discussing the best way to determine the configuration of school buildings if the two districts decide to centralize.

Fredonia Superintendent Paul DiFonzo said at Tuesday night's board meeting that the "student housing" issue has to be a concerted and joint effort of the two boards now that they have heard from their respective communities at public meetings. The final choice has to be the best one for the children of both districts, he said, adding that it will be a "tough decision."

The two boards hope to meet in early October; the date has not been set. The two districts' superintendents will create an agenda for that meeting.

In other business, the board approved a donation of $10,000 from the estate of Richard Sahle for the establishment of a scholarship fund for graduating seniors.

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Lower energy costs are focus of fair Saturday

Visitors to the Southtowns Energy Fair will learn how to lower energy costs at this year's fair from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday in the Gilbert Lay Arena on Route 5 in Irving adjacent to Seneca Gaming & Entertainment.

The event is hosted by the Seneca Nation of Indians, and the towns of Brant, Eden and North Collins and the Village of Angola.

National Fuel is providing 500 free conservation kits to help winterize homes. Also, a consumer advocate from National Grid and a representative from Honeywell will discuss the Empower Program, which assists low-income households to lower energy use through an energy audit and electric appliance replacement.

Speakers and exhibitors will discuss government programs, tax incentives, home improvement products, geothermal, solar electric, solar hot water and wind for home, business and farms. Admission is free. For more information, visit the Web site, www.SouthtownsEnergyFair.org.

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