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Residents will vote Aug. 17 on bid to dissolve government

Sloan residents will vote Aug. 17 on whether to dissolve their village government.

The Village Board picked the date during a special session Wednesday. Voting will be from noon to 9 p.m. in the Sloan Fire Hall.

Village of Williamsville officials earlier this week also decided to hold the dissolution vote there Aug. 17.

Sloan, along with Williamsville and Farnham, are the first targets of activist Kevin Gaughan's campaign to dissolve village governments here.


Authorities in WNY receive funding for capital projects

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development awarded $391 million to public housing authorities across New York State.

The funds will allow the agencies to make major capital improvements to housing units. Following are the grants received by community authorities in Western New York: Batavia, $243,887; Buffalo, $11.37 million; Dunkirk, $312,021; Jamestown, $275,117; Kenmore, $245,386; Lackawanna, $1.06 million; Lockport, 580,755; Niagara Falls, $1.42 million; and Olean, $553,253


Salvaging firm criticizes judge's decision on schooner

Officials of a shipwreck-hunting company who want to raise a sunken 19th century schooner from the bottom of Lake Erie west of Dunkirk said Thursday they are "very disappointed" by a federal judge's ruling that the state owns the vessel, and they will be filing an objection.

Northeast Research, a private company, wants to put the ship, which company officials believe has significant historic value, on display in a water tank in a Buffalo waterfront museum. The state, however, believes that the vessel would be badly damaged in the raising process and that it should remain at the bottom of the lake.

Pat Clyne, a spokesman for Northeast Research, said he believes the decision was "based on misguided allegations put forth by the State of New York" that the company's divers damaged the vessel.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Leslie G. Foschio agreed with the state's position that it owns the ship under the U.S. Abandoned Shipwreck Act.


Recyclables now accepted on third Saturday of month

Recyclable materials -- including furniture, appliances and tools -- can be dropped off in Kenmore the third Saturday of each month through early fall.

Items will be accepted at or near the municipal building, Delaware Avenue and Delaware Road. Dropoff hours are 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, July 17, Aug. 21, Sept. 18 and Oct. 16.

Kenmore Recycles With Buffalo ReUse is an initiative of the Kenmore Village Improvement Society. All donations are tax-deductible.

Buffalo ReUse accepts used and surplus building materials, furniture, housewares and electronics. The materials must be clean, complete and in good working order.

For a full list of items, visit

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