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Tornado confirmed in Allegany County

National Weather Service investigators confirmed Monday that a tornado touched down late Sunday night in southeastern Allegany County.

The survey team rated the twister as an EF1, with winds estimated at 100 to 110 mph, and said it touched down about 11 p.m. near Paynesville, not far from the Pennsylvania state line, and continued east for about 5 miles to about 2 miles south of Whitesville.

The tornado demolished one barn and moved another barn off its foundations, investigators said. Tree limbs were snapped and power lines also were downed. No injuries were reported.

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Town says 3 funds are free of debt

HANOVER -- The town's general fund, part-town fund and highway department all are debt-free, Town Budget Officer Elmar Kieffer told the Town Board on Monday.

Residents of the town's water and sewer districts carry $5,339,000 in loans, Kieffer. Part of the loans are in an interest-free note. About $4.5 million is in the form of an interest-free loan. The town owes $695,000 and has seven more years of payment on the sewage treatment plant, he said.

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Schools foundation gets $150,000 in grants

The Buffalo Public Schools Foundation has awarded $150,000 in grants to nine summer programs.

Two of the grants are designed to spur interest in China and Chinese culture. Fifteen high school students and two teachers will travel to China on a study trip with the Confucius Institute at the University at Buffalo; their travel costs will be covered. Also, an Chinese immersion day camp will give 20 middle school students the chance to interact with 10 students from China who will be visiting.

The foundation also will provide two-year, full-tuition scholarships to Erie Community College to five students.

Four other grants will focus on the fine arts: a middle school music camp; an All-City Marching Band Camp; a dance camp; and a program to help high school students prepare art portfolios and prepare for college interviews.

Two other grants will provide athletic opportunities: a summer lacrosse camp and a soccer camp.

The foundation is supported by donations from the private sector.

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Chess tournament planned at Parks center

A summer chess tournament will be held July 17 and 18 at the Gloria J. Parks Community Center, 3242 Main St.

The Third Annual World Chess Federation Friendship Chess Festival Summer Series will provide an opportunity for U.S. players to earn an international rating. Also, international chess players can keep their ratings current by participating.

Games will start at 10 a.m., 2:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. July 17 and finals will start at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. July 18. Cash prizes will be offered. All players must be current members of the U.S. Chess Federation. For more information, e-mail arcangel8chess@yahoo.com.

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