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Refinancing set for sewer project

OLEAN -- Mayor Linda Witte and the Common Council will move ahead this week to secure refinancing to save about $488,000 in interest on a city sewer project.

Officials are expected to close today on the short-term refinancing of about $2.44 million in existing bond debt for the repair and upgrade of dilapidated sewer lines in the city's east end.

In the past, the neighborhood has been plagued with sewer backups and flooding.

The refinancing is made possible by a loan from the Clean Water State Revolving Fund. It will be converted to a long-term loan when the project is completed.

Witte said the deal will reduce burden on city taxpayers for services.

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Grant will put focus on Great Lakes

A federal grant of nearly $170,000 has been awarded to the Buffalo area that will allow more than 300 teachers the chance to teach their students about the Great Lakes.

Funded by the Environmental Protection Agency, the grant will sponsor a series of "Great Lakes Academics" that will allow local teachers to get training on pollution in waterways in the area, including the Buffalo River, the Niagara River and 18-Mile Creek.

Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper, which will help organize the disbursement of the grant, hopes that current cleanup efforts -- like the ongoing dredging of the Buffalo River -- will help teach students about the cost of pollution.

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Hochul opens 2 more satellite offices

Rep. Kathleen C. Hochul, D-Amherst, has opened two more satellite offices -- in Geneseo and Dansville -- to provide staff access on a part-time basis.

"This next phase of offices will give even more of my constituents direct and convenient access to me and my congressional staff," Hochul said. "With the addition of operations in these two new locations, I look forward to hearing more frequently from the people of Livingston County."

The Geneseo and Dansville satellites operate on the second and fourth Tuesday of each month.

Geneseo services are offered in the Village and Town Building, 4630 Millennium Drive, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Dansville will be open in the Supervisor's Office of North Dansville Town Hall, 14 Clara Barton St., from 2 to 4:30 p.m.

She also has offices in Batavia, Lancaster, Lockport and Warsaw.

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History of Rock City will be topic of meeting

ELLICOTTVILLE -- The topic for the Ellicottville Historical Society's October meeting will be the History of Rock City.

Located five miles south of Olean, Rock City has been a tourist attraction since 1890. It has the world's largest exposure of quartz conglomerate rock.

Dale and Cindy Smith, park ranger and owner of Rock City, will speak at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 13 in the Ellicottville Memorial Library on Maples Road. This event is free to the public and refreshments will be served. For information, call Cathy Lacy at 945-5080.