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ALLEGANY OFFICIALS MORE THAN BLUE OVER OMISSION FROM PHONE BOOK

Allegany County didn't make the blue pages.

And county legislators are a little more than blue -- they're seeing red.

The government listings were omitted from the Bell Atlantic telephone book that was recently distributed throughout the county. This is the second year in a row this has happened.

So, in a 13-1 vote, the Legislature Monday went on record demanding a new phone book from Bell Atlantic.

"Last year, Nynex forgot our listings in the blue pages. This year, Bell Atlantic forgot to list us," Chairman John W. Walchli Jr., R-Wellsville, told the Legislature Monday.

Once was bad enough -- a "human error," he called it.

Walchli said this year's omission is because "somebody dropped the ball."

Although county offices are still listed in the white pages, that's not enough, Walchli said.

"We want to be available and accessible (to residents)," Walchli said.

"I'd like them to send out a new phone book," he added.

Legislator James Graffrath, R-Andover, a former printer and publisher of a shopper, suggested one alternative: supplements.

". . . With glue on one side so they'd stay in the book," he said.

A reprint of the Southern Tier telephone directory, which includes Cattaraugus and Allegany counties, probably isn't feasible, he suggested.

A spokesman for Bell Atlantic said Monday night that the omission "wasn't intended" and that the company would contact the county to see what could be done to correct the problem.

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