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QUOTE OF THE WEEK:

"My boss said I have to get more exposure, and then my boss told me I must have misunderstood." 

— David Keukelaar, after posing for a calendar featuring semi-naked old guys that raised money for the Wayne County Historical Society.

Teen given a race car

ALFRED — A 16-year-old Canisteo boy is getting some help in the race toward his dream. Bryce Davis was presented with a NASCAR race car Thursday afternoon at Alfred State College. The car was given by Robert and Carrie Struble.

Davis  races at local tracks like Woodhull and Holland and is sixth place in the standing for the race season. The Strubles are helping Davis get into the Developmental Driving Program in North Carolina. In order to participate in the program, participants must have their own NASCAR-approved race car. The Strubles are donating the $45,000 car, an additional engine at about $15,000, an additional set of tires and a trailer.

"Carrie and I are honored to have Bryce represent our company," said Bob Struble, a former Syracuse resident who is now a businessman in North Carolina.  He said if Davis places first through 10th place in the season, he will be able to enter the program, and he and one family member will be able to move to North Carolina all expenses paid. NASCAR uses the DDP program to identify good drivers.

Woman charged with abusing animals

SALISBURY — A missing-persons report  on a Salisbury woman lead to her subsequent arrest for animal cruelty after she was located near Syracuse.

Anna Senape, 41, of 170 Upper Bungtown Rd., was charged with one count of animal abuse after an investigation of her home resulted in the discovery of several  carcasses of dogs, cat and goats that had been abandoned by her, both inside and outside the home.

She had gone unseen from the residence several months, and her neighbors were concerned.  

Senape told state police that there had been a miscommunication as to who was the caretaker for the animals.  She was arraigned in the town of Salisbury court and released on her own recognizance to re-appear at a later date.

Nozzolio butts in on cigarette-tax issue

GENEVA — State Sen. Michael Nozzolio, R-Fayette, is calling on Gov. Eliot Spitzer to enforce collection of sales tax on cigarettes sold by American Indian retailers.

"Under current law, cigarettes sold by Indians to non-Indians must include sales taxes. However, Indian businesses continue to refuse to pay the sales tax, causing an unfair advantage over competing retailers," Nozzolio stated in a release.

“It is very disconcerting that the state Department of Taxation still has not yet begun enforcing the law and collecting sales taxes from Indian-owned businesses,” added Nozzolio.

Nozzolio stated he reminded Spitzer in a letter that the executive budget includes $200 million in revenues that were expected to come from the collection of sales taxes from Indian businesses this year.

The Indians contend that because their reservations are granted sovereignty, businesses on the reservations need not pay state sales taxes.