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FOCUS GROUP WILL LOOK AT OLEAN LAND USE

OLEAN -- Land-use policies and development goals in Olean and the surrounding area will be discussed during a focus group gathering sponsored by the Cattaraugus County Department of Economic Development, Planning and Tourism.

Residents from Olean, Hinsdale, Portville and Allegany are invited to the session from 7 to 9:30 p.m. Monday in Room 308 of Academic Hall at the Olean Campus of Jamestown Community College. Participants are asked to call the county Planning Department at 938-9111, Ext. 2312, before noon Friday to reserve a spot in the focus group.

Planning consultant Randall Arendt and other planners were hired under a 12-month contract to educate local residents and leaders about preserving farmland and open space, protecting property values and discouraging urban sprawl, while improving the area's quality of life.

For information, call chief planner and project manager Terry H. Martin at 938-9111, Ext. 2313.

Executive joins board of school for blind

OLEAN -- John Bartimole, chief executive officer of the Southern Tier Health Care System, was recently appointed by Gov. George E. Pataki to serve as a member of the Board of Visitors of the New York State School for the Blind.

The school, located in Batavia, provides services to children who are blind and have multiple handicaps. It acts as a resource for school districts in educating blind or visually impaired students.

Its seven-member board is appointed by the governor and reports to the state commissioner of education.

Franklinville board will hear test results

FRANKLINVILLE -- The results of state testing of students during the 1999-2000 school year will be reviewed by the Franklinville Central School Board when it meets beginning at 7 p.m. today.

The board also will award a bus contract for children attending St. Mary's School for the Deaf in Buffalo and hear an audit presentation from a representative of R.A. Mercer & Co. on the district's financial records from the 1999-2000 fiscal year.

The meeting will be held in the elementary library.

Olean library wants teens to read more

OLEAN -- Reading programs for teens will be offered at the Olean Public Library during the week of Oct. 15 to 21.

The theme of the third annual Teen Read Week, "Take Time to Read . . . for the Fun of It," has been adopted by hundreds of libraries in response to results of an online survey conducted by the American Library Association. The survey found that teens would read more if they could find the time.

One of the programs is Teen Poetry Cafe, 2 to 4 p.m. Oct. 21. Free refreshments will be offered.

For information, call 372-0200.

Wyoming County bird found to have virus

MIDDLEBURY -- A case of West Nile virus has been found in a dead kestrel falcon, the first time the virus has been detected in Wyoming County.

Wyoming County Director of Public Health Sue Ventresca said the state Health Department confirmed the case from testing Monday. West Nile virus is a mosquito-borne infection that can be transmitted to humans. The virus' symptoms are flulike.

Four counties to get reimbursement

OLEAN -- County clerks in Allegany, Cattaraugus, Chautauqua and Livingston counties will each receive $10,000 in additional state aid to offset a recent loss in vehicle and license revenues.

Sen. Patricia K. McGee, R-Franklinville, said the money is part of an additional $700,000 from the state to compensate counties that received reduced revenue when the state took over the handling of vehicle and driver's license renewals by mail last year.

"By restoring some of those losses we are helping to ensure the counties won't have to make up the revenues on the backs of local taxpayers, McGee said.

Mercy Flight schedules open house

OLEAN -- Mercy Flight of Western New York will play host to its first Community Day and open house from noon to 7 p.m. Saturday in the Mercy Flight Center at Olean General Hospital. Helicopter rides will be offered to visitors for a nominal fee.

"We have served this area for almost 20 years," says Ed Fredrickson, Mercy Flight crew chief and paramedic, "and now with this permanent base of flight operations at the hospital, everyone can come and see this life-saving service in person."

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