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A Corfu father and two of his children have been disciplined by the fire district that all three of them volunteered to serve.

Corfu Fire District Trustee Bob Ammon has been asked to resign from the board, his daughter Shari Salim, the former treasurer, has been suspended from the district for two years and former Fire Chief Jeff Ammon – Shari’s brother – has been suspended for one year.
An ethics panel was formed following the release of a state audit earlier this year that found misappropriation of fire district funds. 
The Fire District Board approved the disciplinary actions last night following a closed door meeting with the ethics panel.
It was also announced that the matter has been turned over to the Genesee County Sheriff’s Office for possible criminal action.

Just 10 years ago there were five Catholic elementary schools in Genesee County.
By the beginning of the next school year, there will be one.
St. Joes in Batavia and Holy Family in LeRoy are planning a merger. If given final approval, the merger will leave St. Joes with Pre-K through 8th grade, while Holy Family in LeRoy will have only a Pre-K and afterschool program.
The final decisions as to what happens with St. Joes and Holy Family will be up to the Diocese of Buffalo.

Elba Central School is losing its principal. 
Jason Smith has been appointed the new superintendent of Lyndonville Central Schools in Orleans County.
Smith has been the principal at Elba for 7 years. 
Smith joins the Lyndonville Central Schools at an annual salary of $117,000. 

A member of the famous Wallenda wire-walking family has made his pitch to do a new stunt over Niagara Falls.  Nik Wallenda gave a presentation to Canadian officials yesterday detailing his plan to wire walk across the falls.  Wallenda has said the stunt would create a large economic impact for the area, estimating that 125,000 spectators would come to witness the feat, generating some $20-million into the local economy. 
Canadian officials are expected to rule on whether to allow Wallenda to make the walk within several weeks.  

A public hearing in Dansville on hydrofracking drew a large crowd. Hundreds of supporters and opponents of expanded natural gas drilling in New York came to the Livingston County village last night to make their voices heard.  
Some drilling supporters told the audience they believe hydrofracking is safe and should be used in New York State, while opponents talked about the potential environmental damage associated with more drilling, including contamination of water supplies.
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