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Green Party nominates Web prankster for Congress

The editor of a local website often associated with pranks has been nominated for Congress by the Green Party.

Ian Murphy, who made headlines by posing as billionaire David Koch and making a prank call to Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker during the recent stalemate over the collective-bargaining rights of public workers, will represent the party in the May 24 special election to fill Chris Lee's seat in the 26th Congressional District, according to a news release from the Green Party corroborated by the state Board of Elections.

Posing as Koch, Murphy discussed tactics with Walker about how to trick Wisconsin Senate Democrats into returning to the state after they left rather than vote for a Walker plan to strip public unions of their collective-bargaining rights.

"He may be an unconventional candidate, but there is more substance in his satire than we've seen so far from any of the other candidates in the race," said Erie County Green Chairman Eric Jones.

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Equine advisory panel plans meeting Tuesday

LITTLE VALLEY -- The Cattaraugus County Equine Advisory Committee will meet Tuesday to discuss a county Horsemen's Association and marketing events.

Other equine-related events and activities will also be discussed at the session at 7 p.m. in the County Center.

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IRA loans $75,000 to flooring company

SALAMANCA -- Norton Smith Hardwoods has been awarded a $75,000 loan from the Salamanca Industrial Development Agency to acquire additional equipment for its operations on Morningside Avenue.

In addition to equipment, the money will help to streamline manufacturing processes, according to company President Dan Smith. "We are excited about this project and look forward to the opportunities it will create," he said.

IDA Chairman Tim Flanigan said, "This project is exactly what the revolving loan fund is for, and we are pleased to be able to provide assistance to the locally owned company as they grow and invest in the business."

Norton manufactures hardwood flooring and has 10 employees, with two more being added through the loan.

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Applications available to children of military

Applications for a weeklong summer session of "Take a Break Camp" for the sons and daughters of military personnel are now being accepted, camp officials have announced.

The camp, set for July 10 to 15, is geared to providing youngsters ages 8 to 14 carefree activities that enable children of military to build friendships and create positive memories.

In addition, campers are taught communication and coping skills to help them get through challenging times when a parent is deployed. Applications for the camp can be obtained from the camp's website at pioneercamp.org or by calling 549-1420.

The fee for campers is $50, and full scholarships are available.

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