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MAYVILLE- -- The "Wizards of Ice" will appear at this weekend's Ice Castle Extravaganza in Lakeside Park.

Randy Rupert and his assistants will carve a life-sized carriage and horses during the day Saturday near the castle, said Amy Snyder, a member of the Ice Castle Extravaganza Committee.

Rupert has 17 years of experience in ice carving and has been ranked in the top 10 in the country for several years by the National Ice Carving Association, Snyder said.

Some of Rupert's work can been seen in the movie "Ground Hog Day," with Bill Murray and Andie McDowell.

For this weekend's project, Rupert will use 15 blocks of ice, each 40 inches by 20 inches by 9 1/2 inches, Snyder said. The carriage will stand about 7 to 8 feet high.

This year's Ice Castle Extravaganza begins Friday night and runs through Sunday afternoon.

Mental health scholarships offered

OLEAN -- Three $2,500 state aid scholarships are being awarded to college students planning careers in mental-health-related human services.

Applications are due April 15 from students in the state in their third or fourth year of college or graduate school.

Winners will be honored in October in Albany by the Mental Health Association in New York State.

Applications can be obtained locally by contacting the Mental Health Association in Cattaraugus County at 129 N. Union St. or by calling 372-0208.

Banker elected by national group

LITTLE VALLEY -- Salvatore Marranca, president of Cattaraugus County Bank, will serve as secretary of the Independent Community Bankers of America.

The group is a trade association of about 5,300 community banks and thrifts. The two-year term as secretary will be finalized at the group's annual convention March 5 to 9 in Las Vegas.

"The (association) is the primary voice for the nation's community banks, and I am honored to be an officer of such an organization," Marranca said.

Health Department promotes two

OLEAN -- Two employees of the Cattaraugus County Health Department have been promoted.

Susan Andrews of Machias has been appointed director of patient services, replacing Kathleen Hower, who retired.

Ray Jordon will serve as senior sanitarian, replacing Tom Power, who also retired.

Business software course offered

ALLEGANY -- A course to teach business owners how to use new computer software will be offered beginning Feb. 27 at St. Bonaventure University.

The Cattaraugus County Business Development Corp. is sponsoring the course from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Tuesdays through March 27 in Room 5, Reilly Center.

The cost is $50. To register, contact Fred Scicchitano at the County Business Development Corp. in Little Valley, 938-9111, Ext. 2319.

JCC alumni award nominations sought

JAMESTOWN -- The Jamestown Community College Alumni Association is soliciting nominations for its 2001 Distinguished Alumnus Award.

The deadline is March 21. Further information is available at the JCC Alumni Office, 665-5220, Ext. 2417.

Five-part Internet course offered

OLEAN -- Electronic commerce is the focus of a five-part Internet course being offered in March and April at several locations by Jamestown Community College's Center for Continuing Education and the Small Business Development Center.

Classes will be held Tuesdays beginning March 6 at the college's Warren, Pa., Center and the Olean Campus; Wednesdays beginning March 7 at the Jamestown Campus; and Thursdays beginning March 8 at the North County Center in Dunkirk. Times vary according to location.

For information, call the Small Business Development Center at (800) 522-7232.

Native American culture is topic

Marvin "Joe" Curry, a Seneca, will speak on Native American culture during a meeting of the Marilla Historical Society at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 27.

The program will be held in Marilla Community Center on Two Rod Road.

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