Allegany emerges as tops in drinking water contest
OLEAN -- The Village of Allegany won Cattaraugus County's 2011 Drinking Water Taste Contest, held during the Greater Olean Home and Garden Show last weekend.
More than 100 people judged tap water from the villages of Allegany, Ellicottville, Portville and South Dayton, the City of Olean and the Town of Ellicottville, which came in second.
Allegany will represent the county during the Western New York competition in July at the Monroe County Fair. That winner will advance to the state fair in August in Syracuse.
The taste test was conducted in conjunction with National Drinking Water Week which is May 1-7.
No one running for board as petition deadline nears
SALAMANCA -- Nominating petitions for candidates for the Salamanca School Board are due Wednesday for two vacancies. Thus far, no petitions have been submitted.
Despite posting more notices than usual for the openings, to be filled during the May 17 election, no one has submitted a petition bearing voter signatures.
Two positions are to be filled: a five-year term for the seat currently occupied by Brent Martin and a vacancy through June 30, 2012.
The board has been operating with six of seven members. For information on petitions, contact the school district clerk at 945-2403.
Secure Communities effort
enlists eight more counties
Federal immigration authorities have signed on eight more New York counties to the Secure Communities program.
The 2 1/2 -year-old program red-flags potential criminal illegal immigrants by running the fingerprints of people arrested by state or local authorities against federal government databases.
U.S. Immigration & Customs Enforcement officials said Thursday that Chautauqua, Niagara, Livingston, Ontario, Otsego, Seneca, Steuben and Yates counties are now part of the program.
From now on, when someone's booked there for a crime, their fingerprints will be sent not only to the Justice Department to check for criminal history, but to Homeland Security's biometric system to check against immigration law enforcement records.
Recruitment effort seeks three sheet metal workers
JAMESTOWN -- Local 112, Sheet Metal Workers, Joint Apprenticeship Committee is recruiting three sheet metal worker apprentices.
Applications are available at the headquarters of Local 112, 827 E. 2nd St., from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. on the third Wednesday of the month, excluding holidays. The recruitment runs through March 21.
Applicants must be at least 18, high school graduates or have a general equivalency diploma and must have a valid state driver's license.
For further information, contact their nearest state Department of Labor office or Local 112 at (716) 484-8267.