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Southern Tier rail group sets several meetings

SALAMANCA -- The Southern Tier Extension Railroad Authority will hold several meetings Wednesday in the conference room of the Southern Tier West Regional Planning Board in the Center of Regional Excellence on Route 219.

The Audit Committee meets at 9:30 a.m. and the Executive Committee at 10. Meetings are open to the public. Agendas are available at www.ccasstera.org.

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Planning Board to hear Salamanca zoning referral

LITTLE VALLEY -- The Cattaraugus County Planning Board meets next Thursday in the County Center to consider a zoning referral from the City of Salamanca.

The 7 p.m. session will consider a recommendation from the city to rezone 11 parcels on the south side of lower Broad Street for commercial development.

The board will welcome new member James Valent of Salamanca, who replaces Jack Berger of East Randolph, who died recently. A discussion is planned for the annual meeting and 50th anniversary of the board.

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Legislature accepts bid for bridge near fairgrounds

LITTLE VALLEY -- Among the many contract bids accepted Wednesday by the Cattaraugus County Legislature was one for a new bridge behind the fairgrounds over Little Valley Creek.

CTS Contracting Inc. of Cheektowaga was the successful bidder at $538,728. The bridge is closed and work is expected to be completed by Sept. 30.

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Naval Park seeking bids to operate a new cafe

The Buffalo & Erie County Naval and Military Park is seeking proposals from restaurateurs for a new cafe at its waterfront location.

The operator will be chosen by the park's board of directors and enter into a lease agreement for about 1,300 square feet of interior space and 600 square feet of patio space at the Erie Canal Commercial Slip.

Applicants must show "credible evidence of capabilities, experience and references" to provide table-service restaurant dining seven days a week. The target opening date is late June. For more information, call 847-1773, Ext. 10.

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'Drug czar' Kerlikowse to speak here Tuesday

"A Conversation With America's Drug Czar," former Buffalo Police Commissioner R. Gil Kerlikowske, is set for noon Tuesday in Adam's Mark Hotel in downtown Buffalo.

Kerlikowske, director of national drug control policy in the Obama administration, will discuss what is being done throughout the country to combat illegal drug sales and drug use and how this translates to the local level.

Tickets to the luncheon discussion are $35 per person and $300 for a table of up to 10. Sponsoring the event are Alcohol and Drug Dependency Services Inc. and Kids Escaping Drugs. To order tickets, call Amy Samuelson at 827-9462 or e-mail asamuelson@ked.org.

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