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School superintendent resigns over DWI arrest

The Warsaw Central School Board tonight accepted the resignation of Superintendent Valerie K. Burke, effective immediately, as a result of belated disclosures of her drunken-driving arrest by state troopers on Interstate 490 in Rochester shortly after midnight May 21, 2011.

Following a 90-minute closed-door session by the School Board in the Warsaw elementary school where Burke's office was located, Board President Bob Cummins confirmed the board had accepted the superintendent's resignation.

Burke, who had been superintendent of the school district since 2010, could not be reached to comment. The school board met publicly for a few minutes before going into a closed executive session to deal with the superintendent's resignation letter.


Architects group to award Hotel @ The Lafayette

The newly renovated Hotel @ The Lafayette will receive the President's Citation from the state Chapter of the American Institute of Architects at the organization's annual convention Thursday in Saratoga Springs.

Representatives from architecture firm Carmina Wood Morris and developer Rocco Termini will be on hand to accept the award. Carmina Wood Morris served as the lead architect and interior designer on the Lafayette project and spearheaded the historic restoration of the building.

The President's Citation is awarded to a project or individual that has made a significant contribution to the field of architecture and is chosen by the president of the organization, Buffalo native Kelly Hayes McAlonie.


Graduates can apply now
for loan payment program

NIAGARA FALLS – Applications for a program aimed at attracting recent graduates downtown are available online starting today.

Those interested in applying for the downtown housing improvement program, in which the city will pay the annual student loan payment amounts of graduates for two years while they live in a downtown neighborhood, are available at

The program gained national publicity after its unveiling in June. Applications are due Nov. 16.


Wigel picked to manage Grape Discovery Center

WESTFIELD – The Concord Grape Belt Heritage Association has announced that Ray H. Wigel will serve as manager for the Grape Discovery Center, to be opened in Westfield.

"Ray brings a lot of skills and experience in tourism to this effort," said David Momberger, association vice president.

Wigel has worked as spokesman for the Niagara Falls Convention and Visitors Bureau, director of operations with Old Fort Niagara, and at other tourism venues in Western New York.

The Grape Discovery Center is to open in the spring on Route 20, just west of the village line. Grape product venders, local artists, craftsmen, specialty food makers, wineries and tourism officials are working on the project.