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Legislature salutes Fredonia teacher

A Fredonia middle school teacher has been honored by county officials.

During the Chautauqua County Legislature meeting, county lawmakers issued a commendation to Amanda Pacanowski.

Legislator Christine Starks, D-Fredonia noted Pacanowski received the Outstanding Teacher Award from the New York State Association for Computers And Technologies In Education. “Her achievements have brought honor to herself, her friends, family, school, community and all of Chautauqua County,” Starks said, while reading the proclamation.

Pacanowski was not able to attend the virtual meeting, so Paula Troutman, the middle school principal, spoke on her behalf. “It’s quite an honor for Amanda,” she said.

Troutman shared that Pacanowski’s knowledge of technology has had a significant impact on preparing students for high school and beyond. “She has integrated technology into her daily lessons and is always willing to share her knowledge with her colleagues,” she said.

Troutman said Pacanowski helped prepare students for remote learning due to COVID-19 and two years prior had helped implement an innovation class.

“Amanda has a strong sense of respectability and ethics and always puts students first in her decision-making,” Troutman said. “She is well respected by her colleagues, staff, parents and students.”

In a separate honor, County Executive P.J. Wendel issued a proclamation for family caregivers for the month of November.

“I encourage all citizens to show their appreciation and support for our county’s dedicated caregivers who have worked tirelessly to enhance the lives of their loved ones in our county,” he said.

In other business:

¯ The legislature agreed to enter into a lease agreement for a Ford F250 truck with a plow for the county airport in Dunkirk and enter into lease agreements for five highway trucks for the county’s highway division. In committee meetings, Brad Bentley, county Department of Public Facilities director, said he supports leasing vehicles instead of buying them, because it ultimately saves the county money.

¯ The legislature approved an agreement with the town of Ripley for enhanced police protection for 2021. The agreement is for $35,000 and is an updated renewal contract.

¯ The legislature approved an agreement with the town of Ripley for court security detail for 2021. The agreement is for $3,000 is an updated renewal contract.

¯ The legislature approved an agreement with the town of Harmony for court security detail for 2021. The agreement is for $4,000 and is an updated renewal contract.

¯ The legislature approved an agreement with the town of North Harmony for court security detail for 2021. The agreement is for $8,000 and is an updated renewal contract.

¯ The legislature approved an agreement with the town of Kiantone for court security detail for 2021. The agreement is for $7,000 and is an updated renewal contract.

¯ The legislature approved an agreement with the town of Mina for court security detail for 2021 for Mina as well as the town of French Creek. The agreement is for $3,000. The two towns have a combined justice court.

¯ The legislature approved an agreement with the town of Stockton for court security detail for 2021. The agreement is for $6,000 and is an updated renewal contract.

¯ The legislature accepted a $64,092 Health Research Inc. COVID-19 Response funding grant.

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