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JAMESTOWN -- A new Mayor's Impact Team will begin working with targeted neighborhoods in the city on problems, and issues specific to those neighborhoods.

Mayor Sam Teresi said the team's first effort will be this morning with the 13th Street Neighborhood Watch Group.

The purpose of the impact team, said Teresi, is to provide residents the chance to talk and work directly with city officials.

"The key element to this project is the involvement of neighbors. We chose the 13th Street because of the area's active and well-organized watch group," Teresi said.

Third dealer donates cars to aid needy

MAYVILLE -- Cassadaga Resale has become the third Chautauqua County auto dealership to participate in the county's EARNA CAR program.

County Executive Mark Thomas received the keys to six cars on Thursday. Owners Doug and Larry Barmore also pledged to donate 12 cars per year to the program. Also, the Barmores, who own Gary-Mark Tire and Wheel Inc. will assist in supplying the program with good used tires, when available.

The program is sponsored by the Chautauqua County Department of Social Services, Chautauqua Home Rehabilitation Improvement Corp. and the Board of Cooperative Educational Services.

The program, recognized nationally, is designed to help low-income families obtain transportation for employment purposes.

Pickup driver survives crash with big rig

JAMESTOWN -- A North Tonawanda man escaped serious injury Friday morning when his pickup truck was pushed against a traffic barrier by a tractor-trailer.

According to city police, the rig, operated by Delmer Miller of Randolph, was making a right turn from North Main Street onto West Eighth Street just after 10 a.m. Officers said the trailer from his vehicle struck the smaller truck, driven by Brian Warham, and slammed it against a steel traffic barricade. Officers pointed out Warham's truck was to the right of the tractor-trailer, and Miller did not see him.

Warham was treated in WCA Hospital for back pain and released.

Car rams bus, shaking up 17 students

Seventeen students en route to Holland Central School were shaken up Friday morning when their school bus was struck by a car on Route 16.

Two or three of the children complained of back and arm pain from the collision, said Superintendent Annemarie Spadafora. Two were taken to Bertrand Chaffee Hospital in Springville and released.

Spadafora said the southbound bus was hit from behind by the car at about 7:30 a.m. as the bus was headed toward the school. Children were examined on the bus by emergency crews and by a medical team from Erie County Medical Center, she said.

"They were wonderful," Spadafora said of the students, who were in kindergarten through 12th grade.

The remaining children on the bus were taken to school after the accident, the superintendent said.

'Volksmarch' to kick off Octoberfest

WARSAW -- Village business leaders will celebrate the fall with an Octoberfest and 5k and 10k "Volksmarch" walk all day today

People can participate in the Chamber of Commerce Volksmarch from 10 a.m. to noon at the festival tent on Genesee at Main streets. Walkers sign in, pick up their march card at the festival tent, and follow the specified course.

An adult must accompany children 12 and younger who walk in the 10-kilometer Volksmarch. A shorter 5K course is also mapped for those unable to do the longer distance. Visitors will also be able to get "A Taste of Warsaw" offered by village restaurants including Laurie's Restaurant, The Amber Lantern, and The Valley Inn.

The Warsaw Historical Society, in conjunction with the Octoberfest, will hold a guided walking tour of Warsaw's Main Street architecture. The tour will leave at 1 p.m. from the Gates House on Perry Avenue.

A new twist on the German theme is a Sauerkraut Eating Contest, which will be at 5 p.m. Gallons of fresh-made sauerkraut will be provided by Warsaw's German restaurant, The Old Heidelburg. Contestants will be invited to sign up for the contest during the day at the festival tent and will be divided into age groups. Winners will receive trophies gift certificates.

The popular German band, the Auslaenders, will play from 1-4 p.m. Lama Jama, a rock 'n' roll band, will play from 6-9 p.m.

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