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Outreach Center Awarded Funding for New Building

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The Rural Outreach Center (ROC) will receive a $1,000,000 gift from the Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Foundation to fund the organization’s new building.

Farmland Protection Study Considered by Wales Board by Shelly Ferullo Staff Reporter

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The Town of Wales recently applied to Erie County for funding to create a plan that will protect farmland and provide the town with more control on where outside developers can build.

District Needs to Quickly Establish a Plan on Federal Funding

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The East Aurora School District is in receipt of millions of dollars in federal funding to offset learning loss related to the coronavirus pandemic. While the district has until Sept 40 2024 to spend the funding, the initiative requires that the spending plan be published by June 30.

Inclusive Playground to be Added to Emery Park

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Emery Park will receive funding for a new inclusive playground, as part of a larger inclusive playground project that includes $2.1 million to cover work at five parks: Emery, Chestnut Ridge, Como Lake, Akron Falls, and Ellicott Creek parks.

School Budget Ready for District Wide Vote in May

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This May, Iroquois Central School residents will be able to vote on the nearly $54 million spending plan proposed by the school board. It will not go over the property tax cap and it closes the revenue and expense gap that was part of an earlier plan. Iroquois Business Administrator John Wolski said the school has received its largest increase in aid from the state in the past 10 years. It was over 2 percent more than expected. 

Outreach Center Receives Grant to Support Anti-Poverty Programs

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The Rural Outreach Center (ROC) in East Aurora, a nonprofit organization focused on breaking the cycle of rural poverty by accompanying people to self-sufficiency, has received a grant from the Mother Cabrini Health Foundation which will be used to enhance data collection, expand its model of care and further develop the model of care so that it can be replicated, in some form, in areas around WNY as part of the organization’s mission to fight rural poverty.

Iroquois Budget Proposal to Keep Levy at Tax Cap Limit

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The Iroquois Budget will aim to to keep its tax levy increase at the state property tax cap limit.  Superintendent Douglas Scofield says the school board should not expect that revenue to be covered in full by future adjustments to the New York State budget or from the federal government. Changes to sales tax revenue distribution will have impact on funding in the year ahead.

Tree Planting and Repairs to Guest House on 2021 Knox Farm Agenda

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As we wait for spring, Knox Farm State Park is a winter wonderland with hundreds escaping the restrictions of Covid each day by enjoying cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, hiking, dog walking and even dogsledding in the foot of powder snow. But under that coating is a lot of work to be done. Knox officials are anticipating a busy spring with several major projects that will build on the successes of the positive momentum generated at the park over the past couple years. A new website launch this month will help the public learn how they can help.