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SILVER CREEK -- With the weather promising to get better, the Village of Silver Creek will be strictly enforcing its leash law, residents were told Tuesday by the Village Board.

Every dog older than 6 months must be licensed and have a collar. No dogs are allowed to run at large on village property unless restrained by a chain or leash no longer than 8 feet.

Though the number of violators is small, Mayor Timothy Heavern said, the village still needs to take corrective action.

He said licenses can be obtained at the Hanover Town Hall on Hanover Street for $7.50 for dogs that are spayed or neutered and $10.50 for dogs that are not.

Filing of aid forms to be explained

JAMESTOWN -- Jamestown Community College will conduct four free informational sessions on applying for federal and state grants, as well as student loans and scholarships.

Representatives from the college's financial aid office will provide information on completing the paper application and renewal forms. Individuals may also file the Web application version at The financial aid office recommends that students file the form by March 1 for classes in fall 2001.

The sessions were scheduled for 4:30 p.m. today in the Hultquist Theatre on the Jamestown Campus; noon Feb. 23 in Room 218 on the North Campus in Dunkirk; 10 a.m. Feb. 24 in the Warren Center; and noon Feb. 28 in Room 308 of the Academic Hall on the Cattaraugus County Campus in Olean. Assistance may be obtained from the financial aid office by calling (800) 388-8557.

Nominees sought for women's award

OLEAN -- The annual State Senate Women of Distinction award program is seeking nominees from the Southern Tier.

Sen. Patricia K. McGee, R-Franklinville, said the Senate will honor women from the area and around the state June 5 in Albany. Each woman's photo and biography will become part of a special exhibit displaying contributions of exemplary state women.

The program was created as part of the celebration of Women's History Month. In the past, women from business, academic or civic life have been recognized.

Special nomination forms for women from the 56th Senate District are available from McGee's office by calling (800) 707-0058. They must be submitted by March 30.

City's budget OK'd with no tax increase

SALAMANCA -- Following a public hearing Tuesday, a new city budget of $3.5 million was adopted with no tax increase for the fourth consecutive year.

The City Council unanimously adopted the new budget of $3,460,266, which includes a tax levy of $1,007,996 and calls for a tax rate of $42.74 per $1,000 of assessed valuation. Revenues are estimated at $2,502,270.

Mayor Carmen Vecchiarella attributed the tight budget to watchful department heads and careful spending. Annual surpluses have allowed the city to maintain the tax rate at the same level for four years.

There were no speakers at the public hearing, which was followed by a brief meeting.

There are no raises for the mayor and Council in the new budget, but there are raises of around 3 percent for most workers covered by union contracts.

In a separate action, the council approved 3 percent raises for part-time firefighters.

The city's fiscal year begins April 1.

Batavia hospital to receive federal aid

BATAVIA -- United Memorial Medical Center, which lost more than $2 million since it was formed a year ago, is scheduled to receive some relief from increased Medicare and Medicaid payments.

Rep. Thomas M. Reynolds, R-Clarence, addressing a news conference Tuesday at the North Street campus, said the center will receive $1.76 million over the next five years because Congress has restored some of the funding cut in the Balanced Budget Refinement Act of 1997.

In all, Reynolds' district -- which stretches from Amherst to Auburn -- will share more than $7 million in added federal reimbursement over the next five years, he said.

"We need to make sure that federal payments keep pace with the cost of patient care," Reynolds told a group of hospital employees, "and this measure will help those hospitals that need it most."

Charles S. Kinney, chief executive officer of United Memorial, said much of the facility's loss is the result of cuts in Medicare reimbursement, which he said accounts for about half the hospital's income.

The actual relief is $1.08 million for the former St. Jerome Hospital and $519,000 for the former Genesee Memorial. The two merged in January 2000 after the Sisters of Mercy relinquished their sponsorship of St. Jerome.

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