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United Way campaign more than halfway to goal

JAMESTOWN -- Donations to the United Way of Southern Chautauqua County have pushed the annual drive past the 50 percent mark of this year's goal.

Chairman Steve Maggio said Thursday that the drive has brought in 56 percent of the $1.35 million goal. But he said the pace of the campaign remains behind those of the past.

Maggio said some new businesses are taking part in the campaign. He said many organizations have not yet completed their campaigns, and some won't be finished until near the end of the year.


Elections too close to call in 4 Legislature districts

MAYVILLE -- Two more seats on the Chautauqua County Legislature may come down to absentee ballots.

A recount Wednesday showed a third race, District 16 in Jamestown, had only a 21-vote separation. Democrat Chuck Nazzaro led Republican-endorsed candidate Jim Ventura by that slim margin.

Thursday, the Board of Elections Web site,, showed that there's only a 32-vote difference in District 6. Incumbent Republican Brian Abram had a lead on election night, but his margin over Democrat Rebecca White has since been cut to 614-582.

The races in District 4 and District 23 also are too close to call.

Absentee ballots will continue to come in until Nov. 19.


Wal-Mart donates $40,000 to Hunter's Hope event

Wal-Mart has made the largest corporate donation in the history of the Hunter's Hope Candlelight Ball -- $40,000. Jill Kelly, wife of former Buffalo Bills quarterback Jim Kelly and co-founder of the Hunter's Hope Foundation, accepted the donation at the Wal-Mart Supercenter on Transit Road, Clarence.

"Knowing that a company like Wal-Mart, with its reach and size, cares about our mission and what we are trying to do is a huge sign that, hopefully, we are making progress not only locally, but on a national level as well," Jill Kelly said.

The Candlelight Ball, which raises funds to broaden awareness of Krabbe disease, which took the life of the Kellys' son, Hunter, will be held from 7 p.m. to midnight tonight in Samuel's Grande Manor, 8750 Main St., Clarence.

The black-tie ball will feature tastings from more than 40 of the area's finest restaurants and wineries, plus live entertainment and a silent and live auction. For information, visit or call 667-1200.

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