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UTILITY TO PROVIDE ELECTRICITY REBATE A SLIGHT REBATE IN THEIR NEXT BILLING CYCLE BEGINNING MARCH 8.

JAMESTOWN -- Customers of the Board of Public Utilities will receive a slight rebate in their next billing cycle beginning March 8.

According to Deputy General Manager Michael Darroch, the rebate results from a one-time credit from the State Power Authority for hydropower the utility did not receive last year.

"(It was) due to the low river flows on the Niagara River, which did not allow them to generate the energy that they had contracted with us to supply, and as a result, they are providing us a one-time rebate for that energy," Darroch said.

He said the board had to use electricity produced by its coal-fired generating station on Steele Street to make up for the deficiencies last year.

Darroch said the rebate will be about $6 for the average residential customer.

Bonaventure herbarium to go online

ST. BONAVENTURE -- A reference work containing information about the 10,000 preserved pressed-plant specimens collected for decades by St. Bonaventure University researchers will be available someday as an online herbarium.

Patricia E. Parsley, assistant professor of biology at St. Bonaventure, and her colleague Kevin Vogel, lecturer in biology, already have entered more than 1,000 specimens in the searchable database directory for biogeographers, botanists and others.

An interim posting of their work will be available in the future, containing a listing of the plant name, locality, habitat, date, altitude, soil type and other remarks. For information about the university's herbarium, go to: web.sbu.edu/biology/Parsley/Herbarium/Herbarium.html.

Regional health board elects officers

OLEAN -- Dr. Robert A. Catalano, president and chief executive officer of Olean General Hospital, has been elected chairman of the three-county Southern Tier Healthcare System.

Other officers elected to the system's board of directors are vice chairwoman, Betsy Wright, chief executive officer of WCA Hospital; secretary, Dr. Arun Patel; treasurer, Dr. Gary Ogden, director of the Allegany County Health Department.

Intensive care unit gets nurse manager

OLEAN -- Denise Fish of Salamanca has been appointed nurse manager of Olean General Hospital's 14-bed intensive care unit.

Fish, a registered nurse, will leave her job as supervisor of the hospital's care management department, where she has spent the last three years of her 19-year career.

Green Party forms Allegany County unit

CUBA -- Allegany County residents interested in forming a local chapter of the Green Party will hold an organizational meeting at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Cuba Library, 39 E. Main St.

The meeting is open to the public, and ideas for activities and candidates are invited, according to James Dyche, Allegany County Green Party secretary. For more information, contact Dyche at 968-7339 or send an e-mail message to hammer@acen.com.

SAT preparation course to be offered

OLEAN -- A preparation course for the SAT, formerly known as the Scholastic Assessment Test, will be offered next month for students wishing to review tests and receive tutoring and study tips.

The noncredit course, to meet from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday from March 5 through 15, is offered through Jamestown Community College's Cattaraugus County Campus in Olean. Tuition is $55, and a supplemental textbook is required.

For information, call 372-1661, Ext. 5501.

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