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>City ready to work with college on site

DUNKIRK -- City officials hope that a site in their region could entice Fredonia State College to build a high-tech business incubator there.

College President Richard Hafner announced recently that the institution will seek an off-campus site for the center.

Fredonia is renovating several buildings and along with the incubator will invest in upgrading the campus with new facilities and teaching centers.

Dunkirk city officials announced Monday that they are prepared to work closely with college representatives to find a site where the new center could have students working with local businesses.

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>Victim Services plans volunteer training

SALAMANCA -- Cattaraugus Community Action's Victim Services Division will hold a 35-hour volunteer training session from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day next week. To sign up, contact Dawn at 945-1041, Ext. 122.

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>Feb. 18 Scrabble event benefits literacy group

OLEAN -- Teams and individuals are invited to compete in the sixth annual Scrabble Challenge beginning at 10:30 a.m. Feb. 18 on Jamestown Community College's Cattaraugus County Campus.

The annual event benefits Literacy Volunteers of Cattaraugus County, and organizers say it promotes literacy, encourages creativity and supports a wonderful community-based organization. Sponsors include the National Scrabble Association, Newspapers in Education and St. Bonaventure University.

An entry fee and/or pledges of $25 per person or $125 per team is charged at registration. Practice rounds will begin at 11:30, and the official game will begin at noon. Teams of six play two 20-minute games. For information or to register, call Joann McAndrew at 372-8627.

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>Workshop scheduled on communication links

SALAMANCA -- Mid- and senior-level managers are invited to participate in a workshop Feb. 22 and 23 on using information technology in emergencies and disasters.

The workshop will be held in the Center for Regional Excellence on Route 219, north of Salamanca.

The western Southern Tier was chosen for a pilot project under the Geospatially Enabling Community Collaboration Program, directed by the Geospatial Information & Technology Association, State Sen. Catharine M. Young, R-Olean, announced.

The program involves such organizations as the Homeland Security Department, Federal Geographic Data Committee, National Geospatial Intelligence Agency and the Open Geospatial Consortium.

Participants should understand their organization's operations and emergency management functions, as well as basic operations of geographic information systems. The workshop is designed to promote collaboration on improving security and emergency management.

For information, call Brian Schrantz at the Southern Tier West Regional Planning and Development Board, 945-5301.

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