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Jaycees honored at GCC ceremony

BATAVIA -- Genesee Community College Saturday paid tribute to the Batavia Area Jaycees for the organization's role in mustering public support to establish the college more than 40 years ago.

About 30 former Jaycees -- many participants in a countywide information campaign -- attended the ceremony, which included a tour of the college.

GCC opened in a converted discount store in 1967, two years after county voters approved the plan by a 52-48 ratio. Currently, the college has 6,500 students in Batavia and five campus centers in neighboring counties. The college prides itself on personal attention to students and as "high-tech high" for its 21st century electronics course offerings.

Anne M. Garlock, a member of the GCC board of trustees, and William P. Dougherty, a past Jaycees president, spoke of the organization's "drive, determination and zeal" in promoting the college after a divided county Board of Supervisors called for a referendum to settle the issue.


Forums set on planning for influenza pandemic

ELLICOTTVILLE -- The health departments in Allegany and Cattaraugus counties will team up to present evening Pandemic Influenza Planning and Preparedness forums Aug. 15 in Wellsville Country Club and Aug. 16 in the main chalet at Holiday Valley in Ellicottville. The forums will feature homeland security representatives, the Niagara County coroner and a panel of county and state representatives. They are designed to enhance community preparedness for emergency responders.

Organizers are also planning a faith-based forum Aug. 23 in Cuba. Reservations for the forums are being taken through Aug. 10. Participants should contact Michelle Carlin in Allegany County at 585-593-3873, or Tobey Hager in Cattaraugus County at 716-373-8050, Ext. 3393.


Bicentennial panel will meet Monday

LITTLE VALLEY -- The Cattaraugus County Bicentennial Advisory Committee will meet at 6 p.m. Monday in the Large Committee Room on the third floor of the County Center.

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