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8 get rabies treatment after tending to raccoon

MAYVILLE -- Eight Chautauqua County residents will receive treatment for exposure to rabies.

The group was trying to save a baby raccoon in Portland after seeing its mother struck and killed by a motor vehicle.

Interim Commissioner of Health Dr. Robert Berke said the situation required the immediate attention of 10 Health Department officials to track down and make contact with 34 people who could have been exposed. It will cost about $20,000 to treat the eight people who were exposed.

Berke said no matter how "heart-wrenching" it is to see an orphaned animal, it's not a good idea to intervene.

If an animal bites or scratches you, wash the wound thoroughly with soap and water for 15 minutes, and then contact your local health care provider and the local health agency, Berke said.

For more information, contact the Chautauqua County Health Department at 753-4481.


University to celebrate St. Bonaventure Feast

ALLEGANY -- St. Bonaventure University will celebrate the Feast of St. Bonaventure at 5 p.m. Saturday in the University Chapel on its campus.

The feast Mass also will honor the Rev. Regis J. Armstrong, who will receive the Franciscan Institute Medal on Sunday.

Known as a local scholar on the lives of SS. Francis and Clare, he will receive the medal at 7:45 p.m. Sunday in the Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts during the academic convocation following evening Mass. A reception will follow.


Lake panel kills pact with Wetlands Services

LAKEWOOD -- The Chautauqua Lake Management Commission has terminated its contract with Carolina Wetlands Services.

Commission Chairman Bill Evans cited a "serious difference in approach" and philosophy with the company. The commission manages the lake and its watershed.

Evans said the search for a new coordinator or coordinating firm is under way but added that the commission has activated an interim management plan that will coordinate its various action steps.


4 types of tourism flags OK'd for streetlights

SALAMANCA -- The City Council on Wednesday approved the purchase of four types of outdoor tourism flags to be placed on 40 street lights in the downtown area.

The Chamber of Commerce recommended the vinyl flags with a five-year life for $5,080. Flags will depict silver bells for the winter festival, leaves for the autumn festival, a train reflective of the Salamanca Rail Museum and another welcoming banner.

In other matters, the Council extended an engineer's contract to inspect infrastructure, including sewers at the M&M housing development on Center Street.

The Council canceled its meeting for July 25 and will next meet on Aug. 8.

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