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Sheriff's Office offers boater safety courses

MAYVILLE -- Four boater safety courses are scheduled for this spring, beginning May 7, by the Chautauqua County Sheriff's Office.

The state-approved classes are required to operate a personal watercraft (minimum age is 10) and for people between the ages of 10 and 18 to operate a regular motor boat.

Advance registration isn't required. The courses are free for participants younger than 18; those 18 and older must pay a $10 fee to the state to receive a certification card.

The courses, which will run from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays, will be held May 7 in the Red House, 91 Frisbee Road, Cassadaga; May 14 in Southwestern Middle School, 600 Hunt Road, Jamestown; June 4 in the Hartfield Fire Department, Elmwood Drive, Mayville; and June 11 in St. Timothy's Church, 3748 Route 430, Bemus Point.

For more information, visit www.sheriff.us or call the Chautauqua County Sheriff's Office Marine Division at 753-4929.

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Incumbent Joy unopposed for 5-year term on board

FREDONIA -- Incumbent Rosie Joy will be unopposed in the May 17 election for a five-year term on the Fredonia Board of Education. Joy is seeking her second term on the board.

District residents also will be voting on the proposed $27 million 2011-2012 school budget. The polls will be open from 2 to 9 p.m. in the high school cafeteria.

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Radio marathon serving up Easter hams for the needy

A radio marathon is being held from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. today to provide Easter hams for the needy through the Food Bank of Western New York.

DJ Jickster from 97 Rock will host "HAM-A-LOT," an ongoing performance featuring King Ham-a-lot and Queen Gertrude, in Russell's Steaks, Chops & More Restaurant, 6675 Transit Road, Lancaster.

Anyone dropping off a ham or a $10 donation or both will be entered in a drawing to win one of 12 deluxe weekends for two in Salvatore's Grand Hotel, including dinner in the restaurant next door. Restaurateur Russ Salvatore also promises to match all donations "ham for ham."

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Pier closing to accommodate work to remove cable car

LEWISTON -- The fishing pier at the base of the New York Power Authority's Niagara Power Project will be closed to the public Wednesday and next Thursday so workers can remove a cable car that runs across the lower Niagara River from Lewiston to Queenston, Ont.

A 715-foot steel cable was installed in 1973 to monitor the flow of water in that section of the river. Since other means are now used to monitor the water flow, the cable is no longer needed.

Access to the pier will be closed for safety. The U.S. Coast Guard will establish a boating perimeter in the river. The shoreline can still be accessed using the stairway at the lower fisherman's parking lot.