> LE ROY
Brockovich continuing contamination investigation
Los Angeles-based environmental attorney Erin Brockovich reported Tuesday that, despite news reports to the contrary, her investigation into possible sources of environmental contamination in Le Roy has yet to be completed.
"I want to make clear that my investigation into possible sources of environmental contamination in Le Roy that may or may not be linked to the serious illnesses suffered by various members of the community is not complete," Brockovich said. "In fact, it appears the number of people in the area displaying alarming health issues that can be caused by TCE is growing."
She said further that "it took the EPA 40 years to investigate the contamination from the train derailment and it will take us more than 40 days to get to the root of the problem in Le Roy," adding that she does not wish to cause "a panic" but is determined to be "thorough."
Brockovich said several areas of concern remain in Le Roy that are being investigated including the train derailment site, local quarry, six fracking wells at the high school and local wells.
GOP mock caucus features stand-ins for candidates
Amherst Republicans will stage a mock caucus Thursday with various local members of the GOP acting as stand-ins for the presidential candidates.
The free event will take place from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in the Main Transit Fire Hall, 6777 Main St., Amherst.
Featured speakers include Russ Gugino representing Newt Gingrich, Emilio Colaiacovo representing Mitt Romney, Kevin Hardwick representing Rick Santorum, and a yet-to-be-named person representing Ron Paul. Reservations are available on Facebook at Amherst GOP Presidential Caucus.
Final beam put in place for casino hotel expansion
SALAMANCA -- Topping off ceremonies were held Tuesday as the final steel beam was guided into place for the new hotel tower at the Seneca Allegany Casino & Hotel. Work on the $53 million, 11-story tower, which will add about 200 more rooms to the hotel, began in December. It is expected to be completed next winter.
Seneca Nation President Robert Odawi Porter noted that the expansion represents economic growth and more jobs for the area. It has created about 300 construction jobs and will add 30 hotel positions.
> CLEVELAND HILL SCHOOLS
Corrective actions approved to address audit reports
After an independent audit report questioned some financial issues from last October, the Cleveland Hill School Board unanimously approved corrective action during its meeting last week.
The audit of the 2010-12 school year questioned the district's fixed asset inventory, interest payments and the unappropriated fund balance, which rose above the maximum 4 percent threshold. To address those issues, the district is working through a physical inventory, transferred the small interest accrued to the reserve fund and is lowering the unappropriated balance by using those funds to offset district expenses.