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Committee members busy in meeting-light month

LITTLE VALLEY -- Although they have only one meeting scheduled this month, Cattaraugus County legislators are continuing to work by holding several committee meetings.

On Tuesday, the Human Services Committee will meet beginning at 2:30 p.m. in the Olean County Building for a work session with several department heads: John Sampson, Veteran's Services; Wendy Bourgeois, Social Services; Dawn Miller, Community Services; Dr. Kevin Watkins, Health Department; and Tony Evans, Youth Department.

On Wednesday, the Labor Relations Committee will meet at 1 p.m. in the County Building to discuss contract negotiations, behind closed doors.

On Aug. 15, the Finance Committee will meet at 1 p.m. in the Little Valley County Center.

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Culvert work on Route 238 to result in traffic detour

ATTICA -- The state Department of Transportation has announced that Route 238 in Attica will close Monday for the replacement of a culvert.

The culvert at Baker Brook, part of an ongoing highway project in the village, is located between Attica High School and the bus garage. A posted detour will direct motorists to take Route 98 to Route 20A to bypass the construction. The highway is scheduled to reopen Sept. 1.

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International span shows colors for 84th birthday

The Peace Bridge will be illuminated in rotating color schemes on Sunday in commemoration of the international crossing's 84th anniversary.

The lighting will include red and white displays, as well as red, white and blue color schemes to honor both Canada and the United States.

The light show will begin at 9 p.m. and continue until 1 a.m.

"For roughly 84 years the Peace Bridge has stood as a symbol of harmony and friendship between the world's two greatest democracies," said Anthony Annunziata, the Peace Bridge Authority's chairman. "The authority remains committed to preserving and maintaining a safe and reliable border crossing for many years to come."

The Peace Bridge was officially dedicated on Aug. 7, 1927.

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Buffalo Creek Native Festival today, Sunday at Canalside

The Buffalo Creek Native Festival will be held today and Sunday in the city's Canalside district.

The free event features historically authentic, hands-on experiences meant to immerse visitors in the culture of the Seneca and other Haudenosaunee people, who lived on the Buffalo Creek Reservation at the waterfront site prior to the 1840s.

The festival offers food, visual and performing arts, games, activities and demonstrations of traditional customs, many of which are still practiced today by local Native people. At noon today, Seneca performers will re-enact historic events that took place on the reservation, beginning with a journey down the Buffalo River to Canalside.

Visit www.senecanation.com for details.