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OLEAN -- Robert Lax, an internationally known poet who died last summer shortly after returning to his native Olean, will receive the first posthumous St. Bonaventure University Arts Award at a black-tie celebration in May.

The university's board of trustees, upon the recommendation of the University Arts Council, gives the award to someone from the region who has achieved distinction in the visual or performing arts.

Olean native and jazz artist Bill Easeley, Salamanca native and lyricist Ray Evans and Bradford, Pa., native and opera star Marilyn Horne have received the award previously.

The Robert Lax Archive is stored at St. Bonaventure, where he served as Reginald A. Lenna Visiting Professor of English and received his honorary doctorate in 1990. The May 5 gala will feature the first display of Lax's photography and will be the occasion for the publication of a commemorative volume containing some of his unpublished work and other items.

Tickets are $125. To make a reservation, call the Quick Arts Center at 375-2494 until April 30.

'Doctor Downtown' to visit Jamestown

JAMESTOWN -- A nationally respected consultant will visit Jamestown Monday and Tuesday to bring his insights into how to revitalize the downtown area.

Norman Mintz, known as "Doctor Downtown," will meet with officials from the city, and Downtown Jamestown Development Corp.

Jennifer Harkness, the agency's executive director, said Mintz will meet with several groups, including the Gebbie Foundation, Arts Council of Chautauqua County and the Lucy-Desi Museum.

"His real purpose is to clarify and prioritize the projects . . . and also help us to leverage those at the state and federal level," said Harkness.

"I really think we are on that road. There's so much enthusiasm and momentum going due to the ice arena and some of the other projects," she said.

Mintz will meet Tuesday with officials of the Gebbie Foundation, which is spearheading the ice arena project, expected to cost as much as $12 million. Mintz also has scheduled a meeting with Mayor Sam Teresi, who will be returning from the New York State Conference of Mayors legislative meeting in Albany.

Bona volunteers to aid Kids Day

OLEAN -- The Variety Club Telethon for Children's Hospital and the Warner Rehabilitation Center of Buffalo will benefit from the efforts of more than 60 volunteers from the St. Bonaventure University community as they sell 1,200 Buffalo News Kids Day editions.

Nichole Gonzalez, assistant director of residence life at St. Bonaventure and coordinator for the event, said that the papers will be sold for a $1 donation. From 6 to 10 a.m. Tuesday, volunteers will be posted at:

North Union and State streets near Olean General Hospital.

The entrance to Wal-Mart in Allegany.

Fifth and Main streets in Allegany.

Constitution Avenue near the Cattaraugus County Building, near the entrance to Dresser Rand.

In front of Tim Hortons on West State Street in Allegany.

Entrances to the university, as well as other locations throughout the campus.

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