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Lewiston-Porter reverses itself on CWM donation

The Lewiston-Porter School Board has reversed itself and is no longer willing to accept a potential donation from CWM Chemical Services.

The board on Tuesday night voted to rescind a measure it passed May 25, a measure which would have made the district eligible to receive a donation from a charity golf tournament to be held by CWM's parent company at the Niagara Falls Country Club in Lewiston later this year.

Some believed the May 25 resolution may have been used by CWM -- which operates a hazardous waste landfill facility which sits in the towns of Lewiston and Porter -- to gain favor from the state in its attempts to obtain an expansion permit.

The school board voted last year to oppose the expansion proposal.

Board members Robert J. Weller and Edward B. Waller voted against rescinding the measure on Tuesday, while President Keith M. Fox, and members Michael J. Gentile, April D. Fideli and Wendy Swearingen voted to overturn the board's previous decision.

Fox and Gentile voted last month to make the district eligible for the donation from CWM.

--Aaron Besecker

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