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Only one candidate files petitions for board race

SALAMANCA -- Only one candidate turned in successful petitions by the Wednesday deadline for election to the Salamanca City Central School Board.

Colleen M. Smith, of Jefferson Street, filed nominating petitions with the district clerk and will be the only name on the ballot May 17. She is the wife of Ward 4 Alderman Michael Smith.

Voters will fill two slots: a vacancy, through June 30, 2012, and a five-year term to June 30, 2016. School district clerk Janet Grochowina said write-in names will be accepted on the ballots. The person with the highest number of votes will fill the five-year position and the second highest, the vacancy.

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Third annual showcase set for Walden Galleria

The third annual Buffalo Niagara Green Expo, featuring 150 green businesses and organizations, will set up shop in Walden Galleria from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday.

Major sponsors of the expo are the New York State Energy and Development Authority and Solar Liberty, a local company dedicated to solar energy.

Exhibitors will offer insight on issues green including sustainable energy, weatherization, energy efficiency, landscaping and gardening, holistic health, composting and water purification. Also featured are eco art and fashion shows, electric vehicles and electronics recycling.

The expo also is designed to provide networking opportunities for green businesses.

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Historical trees, greenery to get manicure Saturday

OLEAN -- Historical trees and greenery will be spruced up Saturday as part of National Grid's partnership with the Olean Historical Society and the City of Olean.

Mayor Linda Witte said the project will include precision pruning of a very tall, 80-year-old walnut tree and a basswood tree on the Bartlett House grounds believed to be at least 50 years old. Also, trees, shrubs and other vegetation around the historic city-owned home will be tended.

National Grid Forester and Arborist Donald "Jay" McIntosh said the project was chosen as the company's 2011 Arbor Day service project and will save the Historical Society and the city around $2,000.

The public is encouraged to to observe the aerial pruning, which aids the long-term health of trees, between 7 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. Saturday.

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Decision yet to be made on Olean laboratory layoffs

LITTLE VALLEY -- The Strategic Planning Committee of the Cattaraugus County Legislature met Wednesday to discuss the possibility of layoffs in the county lab of the Health Department, Olean.

The session was held behind closed door and, according to one person who attended, no decisions were made on the seven people who staff the lab. The committee has been conducting ongoing scrutiny of county operations in an effort to find more efficient ways to do business and save tax dollars.