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Genealogical society to present two speakers

SALAMANCA -- The Cattaraugus County Genealogical Society will host two speakers for the program, "Finding Ancestors in Scotland," during the organization's monthly meeting at 7 p.m. Feb. 6 in the Salamanca Public Library.

Susan Gibson Perry, archivist for the Penn.-Brad. Oil Museum in Bradford, Pa., and Kathy Weishan, a retired educator, will speak about their interests in Scottish genealogy.

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Houghton ensemble to launch JCC series

OLEAN -- A performance at 7 p.m. Feb. 9 by Houghton College's Greatbatch School of Music Honors Ensemble will kick off Jamestown Community College's Cattaraugus County Campus winter and spring Rising Star Series, which is free to the public in the Cutco Theater, Olean.

Soprano Rebekah Kenote, a junior vocal performance major, and pianists Benjamin Richard Hoffman and Adam Potter will interpret works by Bach, Beethoven, Gounod, Chopin, Verdi, Liszt, Ravel, Stravinsky and Herbert.

The series will continue at 7 p.m. Feb. 23 with the Manhattan Piano Trio; at 3 p.m. March 4 with members of the Eastman School of Music's Eastman Chamber Music Society; at 3 p.m. March 18 with La Vita Femina;, at 7 p.m. April 20 with acoustic guitarist Neil Jacobs; and at 7 p.m. May 4 with the Chautauqua Regional Youth Ballet.

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Ambulance volunteers to get $83,220 grant

WELLSVILLE -- The Wellsville Volunteer Ambulance Corps will receive a $83,220 grant from the Department of Homeland Security's Fire Grant program, Rep. John R. "Randy" Kuhl Jr., R-Hammondsport, announced.

The funds can be used for training, equipment and modifications to the fire station.

"We all know that in an emergency, every second counts for those brave men and women who volunteer their time on the Ambulance Corps, and these funds will help improve their operations," said Rep. Kuhl.

"Our first responders are the backbone of homeland security, so I sincerely thank the U.S. Fire Administration and the Department of Homeland Security for sending us these sorely needed funds."

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