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Woman's death 2nd in state tied to listeria-tainted melon

BATAVIA -- Health officials say the death of an elderly Genesee County woman is the second in the state linked to listeria-tainted cantaloupes.

The Genesee County Public Health Department says the death of the woman with underlying health conditions was connected to the cantaloupes. Details about her, including where she lived, were not released.

The woman, who died several weeks ago, had been hospitalized but was not initially diagnosed with listeriosis.

The Food and Drug Administration said Wednesday that pools of water on the floor and hard-to-clean equipment at a Colorado farm's cantaloupe-packing facility were probably to blame for the nationwide outbreak.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says 123 people have been sickened in the outbreak, including 25 who died.

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Board workshop to focus on effect of property tax cap

BROCTON -- A special workshop meeting of the Brocton Central School Board of Education has been scheduled for Nov. 11 at 6 p.m. to discuss the district's financial status and the state's 2 percent property tax cap. The information session, it was noted at Thursday night's School Board meeting, will be in the school's boardroom.

"It's how we're now going to have to do business," Superintendent John Hertlein said of the tax cap.

The board's regularly scheduled meeting that evening will begin at 7 in the same room.

The school's bowling program will be reinstated at no cost to taxpayers, thanks to the assistance of the district's very active booster club.

An 18-month leave of absence, effective Jan. 27, was approved for teacher and district teachers union president Deborah Lloyd-Priest. The leave will allow Lloyd-Priest to pursue "a professional educational opportunity" with the New York State United Teachers organization.

It was noted that, in the near future, Regents exams will be given online.

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City announces dates for curbside leaf pickup

SALAMANCA -- The city Public Works Department has announced plans for leaf pickup dates, asking residents to leave leaves at curbsides and not on the streets.

Superintendent Patrick Reed said keeping the piles of leaves out of the road will not plug drains or tempt children to play in leaves in the streets. Residents are asked not to mix sticks, branches or pumpkins in with the leaves as they clog the hose on the leaf loader.

Collection days follow and a second pickup will be done as weather permits:

Ward 1: Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.

Ward 2: Next Friday, Oct. 31 and Nov. 1.

Ward 3: Nov. 2 and 3.

Ward 4: Nov. 4, 7 and 8.

Ward 5: Nov. 9, 10 and 11.

For questions, contact Reed by calling 945-4680.