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Sullivan announces bid for second term as mayor

FREDONIA -- Fredonia Mayor Michael J. Sullivan has announced he will run for a second term in the March 14 village elections.

In a prepared statement Thursday, the mayor said, "Four years ago the voters gave my tax reduction and municipal cooperation platform their thumbs up. Today I ask the residents of Fredonia to not only support my efforts toward re-election, but to affirm with their votes the need for substantial tax cuts."

Sullivan, a Republican, also pledged to continue working toward a regional water system.

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Recreational tennis offering for kids gets $5,000 grant

BATAVIA -- The City of Batavia Youth Bureau has been awarded a $5,000 grant from the U.S. Tennis Association to support its tennis programs for youngsters.

The agency is one of 15 community organizations nationwide to receive the recreational tennis grants, one-time awards which range from $2,500 to $10,000.

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Memorabilia being sought on broadcasting's 'golden age'

Two of Buffalo's top "pop culture" historians are looking for the public's help for a series of upcoming projects about Buffalo radio and TV during the "golden age" of broadcasting.

Steve Cichon, creator of StaffAnnouncer.com, and Marty Biniasz, co-founder of ForgottenBuffalo.com, are asking for local residents' help in finding photos, autographs and other images related to the city's rich radio and television history.

The items, to be used in book, display and web-based projects, will be scanned, documented and returned to their owners. For more information visit www.ForgottenBuffalo.com or www.StaffAnnouncer.com.

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Alden corrections officers overwhelmingly reject offer

Corrections officers at the Erie County Correctional Facility in Alden overwhelmingly rejected a contract offer that would have provided a higher pay grade starting this year and 2 percent raises starting next year in exchange for less paid leave and employee contributions to their health insurance.

However, the offer gave the members no retroactive raises for the years they went without a contract -- since 2007. It provided no uniform allowance and expected the officers to give up Columbus Day and Election Day as paid holidays, as well as other time off. The cost of health care was left open-ended and, to them, the entire offer was skewed against the workers.

The officers bargained as a unit within the Civil Service Employees Association, Local 815, which also rejected a contract offer from County Executive Chris Collins. A Collins spokesman said 90 percent of the corrections officers rejected a proposal that was "fair to both union members and taxpayers."

"It is disappointing that the rank-and-file members voted down a proposal that recognized the economic reality we are living with today," spokesman Grant Loomis said.

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