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' , \First Republican Newspaper Printed in U. S. A.\ Volume 156, Number 36 THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 10, 2011 The votes are in Voters across the county chose local leaders, voted on propositions The results are in for elections around the county after voting occurred for multiple candidates and issues this past Tuesday. Town of Chautauqua Town Supervisor - Donald Ernhardt ran unopposed· and received 406 votes. Town Clerk - Sheila Hammond ran unopposed and received 532 votes Town Council - Two seats were up for election and James V. Kurtz received 381 votes while Kenneth Burnett received 339 votes. Highway Superintendent Timothy H. Wendell ran unopposed and received 511 votes. Town of Clymer Town Supervisor - Caniel J. Caflisch ran unopposed and received 298 votes. Town Clerk - Cynthia L. Willink ran unopposed and received 292votes. Town Council - Two seats were up for election and of the three candi- dates, Travis B. Heiser received 246 votes, Norman H. Upperman received 235 votes and Howard Holthouse was not elected with 124 votes. Highway Superintendent - Scott E. Trisket defeated Clifford J. Foster 281 to 31 votes. Town Tax Collector - Martha C. Keys ran unopposed and received 282 votes. Town of French Creek Town Supervisor - David J. White ran unopposed and received 74 votes. Town Clerk - Arlene R. Bemis ran unopposed and received 80 votes. Town Council - Two seats were up for election and George C. Yaiko received 74 votes while Paul W. Carey received 7! votes. Highway Superintendent - Arthur J .. Malecki ran unopposed and received 83 votes. Town Tax Collector - Lois J. Sphon defeated Janae E. Ryan 49 to 37 votes. Town of Harmony Town Sup~n iq1r - Mark Stow ran unopp(»ed and received 197 votes. Town Clerk Shelly J. Johnson ran u nuppo,ed and received 191 votes. Town Council - Two seats were up for election and Jeffrey T. Jordan received 1ll5 votes while William A. Lawson recei\ed l X3 votes. Highway Superintendent Timothy P. Card ran unopposed and received 202 \Otes. Town Tax Collector - Carrie D. Finnerty ran unopposed and received 204votes. Town ofMina Town Council - Two seats were up for election and Scott L. Bensink received 1..\6 votes while David T. Wilcox recei\ed 1--l I votes. See ELECTIONS, Page 4 Thank you veterans, past an~ present Submitted Photo Distinguished World War II veterans gathered recently at the Brocton American Legion Post to recount their service time and define what makes them part of what is known as 'The Greatest Generation.' Seated In front: Angelo A. Zanghi. Fro!Jl left, in back: William Norris; Frank Nichols; Joseph Gatto; Frank Nicosia; Ferris Woleben; Edward Sunday and Vincent Calarco. World War II veterans from Chautauqua County share tfz·eir stories By ANN BELCHER When news anchor Torn Brokaw coined the term \The Greatest Generation,\ he was referring to the men and women who sacrificed and gave their all for their country because it was the right thing to do. A particular group of men from Chautauqua County are a part of \The Greatest Generation,\ who bravely served in battles that would change the face of history. Earlier this year, several World War II veterans departed the John W. Dill American Legion Post 434 in Brocton, for a trip to Conneaut, Ohio, to relive a war era bridge bat- tie between Allied Forces and German troops. \Every year for Memorial Day, I send everyone a thank you card,\ Brocton Legion Post Commander Henry Link said. \I've been Commander here for the past two- plus years, and if it wasn't for this group of men here, we wouldn't have an American Legion club, so I keep looking for things to get them involved with as a way to say thank you.\ Gathered with the distinguished group were a total of 43 others from Ripley to Falconer, who expe- rienced the 0-Day Ohio re-enact- ment. \I approached the board with the idea, and my goal was to get five WWII vets,\ Link said. \If I would've had five, I would've thought 'great,' but we ended up having nine go.\ The gentlemen agreed, the hospi- tality they experienced was excel- lent, and the war action re-created was true to life. Across a beach set- ting, the men witnessed a recreation of a battle between French and · German forces over a blidge. Below are true life accounts from some of the veterans. of their living See VETS, Page 4 ,, Westfield, New York Price 75¢ Photo by Katie Atkins Members of the Sherman Town Board, clockwise from left to right, Gary Yonker, Bill Wiggers, John Patterson, Ann Gilbert, Isaac Grotto and Mary Reyda discuss the needs of the Yorker Museum Nov. 2 at their last meeting. Yorker Museum in need of 'serious help' SHERMAN - Members of the Chautauqua Region Community Foundation have been meeting with Mayor John Patterson about Sherman's Yorker Museum. Possible grants are available to help the museum, as its roof is in need of repair. Patterson said at the November board meeting, which was held on Nov. 2, he i~·interested in getting a group of people together to help rebuild and repair the roof in the spring of 2012. \I'll get a crew together,\ Patterson said. \We'll get up there, lay it out and put it on.\ The Chautauqua Region Community Foundation is a nonprofit. community corporation created by and for the people of Chautauqua County. \We are here to help our donors make a positive impact on their community by establishing a 'bridge' between the donor and chiuitable activities,\ the founda- tion's website states. Last year, CRCF awarded approxi- mately $2 . .2 million in grants in the areas of arts, civic enrichment. education and social and human services. \This museum is going to come back to life,\ Patterson said. The contract involving the placement of solar panels on the sewer department/highway department has been signed and approved for a 15 year lease. Patterson men- tioned the possibility of investigating in smaller wind turbines to back up solar panels in order to generate power. Patterson has been doing his homework, asking around about wind turbines and speaking with people about positive and negative aspects of investing in the alternative energy source. \There are several options here,\ Patterson said. A tobacco-free outdoor community program was brought up at the board meeting. with free fliers avail- able to the village board to be posted in parks, play- grounds, beaches and anywhere with jurisdiction. The idea was shot down by board members. \I think it's overkill.\ trustee Mary Reyda said. \I can't see taking that away from people ... they know,\ Gary Yonker said. National Grid representative Brian Skinner recently sent Patten,on a letter about a possible grant to replace the massive amount of trees ruined in Sherman in the storm of !998. Over 100 trees are available to choose from in the grant, but the village would have to pur- chase and plant the trees. Instead of applying for the grant. village board members decided to investigate pur- chasing trees from a local nursery in the spring. Isaac Grotto of Sherman was sworn in as trustee at the board meeting on Nov. 2, replacing Dan Cotts for the following five months. Village offices are to be filled at the March elections as the trustee position currently held by Mary Reyda will then be vacant. \I'm hoping Mary will run again,\ Patterson said. John Aldridge and Hazel Halter have resigned from their positions in the Sherman Historical Society as of Oct. 25. Send comments on this article to editori- al@westfieldrepublican .com. Man allegedly threatens Findley Lake ~lerk with pistol, takes off with cash By ANDREW CARR FINDLEY LAKE - The Chautauqua County Sheriff's Department is investigating an armed robbery that occurred in Findley Lake early Monday morning. According to police, at 5:22 a.m. a white male subject entered the Holiday Inn Express, 3025 Route 426, in Findley Lake, and demand- ed money from the front desk. Police say he used a semi-automat- ic pistol to threaten the desk clerk ... \The suspect brandished what is believed to be a semi-automatic handgun and demanded money,\ said Chautauqua County Sheriff Joe Gerace. The suspect fled in an unknown direc..tion in a vehicle with an undisclosed amount of money. The suspect is described as a white male, age 20 to 30, 5 feet 8 inches to 6 feet tall, medium build. weighing about 180 to 190 pounds. with grayish-blue eyes and light freckles over the bridge of his nose. He was wearing a blue winter jacket. knit hat and a scarf over his face to conceal his identity. The hat and scarf were either red or gray in color. Investigators are working on getting a vehicle description at this time. The Sheriff's office is encour- aging anyone with information on this incident to call the We Tip number at 1-800-78-CRIME (800-782-7463) or the Sheriffs Office at 753-4925. Callers are eligible for a $1,000 reward if the information leads to the arrest and conviction of the person involved. AJI calls wiJI remain anonymous. The We Tip program is a non- profit corporation dedicated to tak- ing anonymous tips from anywhere in the United States. 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. We Tip allows citizens from all over the nation to anonymously call crime information into one central head- quarters. which is manned by live operators. We Tip will inunediately link this information to local law enforcement agencies where the crime occurred. Rewards are paid anonymously through postmasters to protect the identity of the caller. Gerace said this crime could po:,sibly he linked to another crime very much like this one in Erie. \There was another armed rob- bel) in Pennsylvania that may be related.\ he said. Gerace said a Red Carpet Inn on Interstate 90 in Erie was robbed at shortly after midnight Monday morning. \We are working with the Pennsylvania State Police to determine whether these crimes are connected.\ he said. Look For Us Online At www. westfieldrepublican.com And On Facebook In This Week's Republican ... Victorian Christmas in Westfield • Check out the schedule for the week- end events for Victorian Christmas in Westfield starting Frid(!y, Nov. 18 and con- cluding Sunday, Nov. 20. Page7 Gerace said armed robbery is a violent felony and a problem in the county. He explained that the Sheriff's Office investigates armed robberies that have occurred throughout the area in the last year. but it was rare for a hotel to be targeted. \There have been a number of armed robberies in ihe county, but it is very odd that a hotel was tar- geted.\ he said. He explained that suspects usu- ally target convenience stores and banks in an attempt to· gain money. Send comments on this article to acarr@post-journal.com. Dinner theatre • Westfield High School will be pre- senting its annual dinner theatre Nov. · 18 and 19. PageS iiiiiiiiii

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