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Plane wreckage ends uncertainty

The discovery of the wreckage of a military transport plane that crashed in the Himalayan Mountains in China during World War II has reopened some painful memories for two brothers living in Bemus Point.

Information from the Chinese government indicates the plane was a C-46 transport that crashed on March 27, 1944. It carried a crew of four, including Lt. Douglas R. Wight, the pilot.

Douglas Wight lived in Westfield, N.J., with his family, but two of his brothers, Philip and Donald, later moved to Bemus Point.

"For 57 years, the information we had was very indecisive," Philip Wight said Tuesday. "Now at least we know where he went down. . . . We never had much hope of him being alive."

The plane was on a flight from China to northeastern India, known as flying "The Hump," over the Himalayas to supply Chinese troops fighting on the side of the Allies against Japan. U.S. officials are working with the Chinese concerning the possibility of recovering human remains, according to the office of Rep. Amo Houghton, R-Corning.

SUNY college, JCC renew transfer deal

JAMESTOWN -- Empire State College of the State University of New York and Jamestown Community College have renewed an agreement that helps ease the transfer of JCC students to the college's four-year program.

The agreement uses combined programs as an alternate route for students who begin their studies at the associate level but want to obtain a four-year degree.

The first agreement between the two institutions was signed in 1984.

The purpose of the original policy, established in 1972, was to guarantee that graduates of two-year colleges within the SUNY system were able to continue their education at SUNY campuses.

Variety Club Telethon events on tap

A number of special community events have been scheduled this weekend in conjunction with the annual Variety Club Telethon, which benefits Kaleida Health's Children's Hospital. The telethon airs from 10 p.m. Saturday to 7 p.m. Sunday on WKBW-TV, Channel 7.

The West Seneca Satellite will present an auction, children's games, various contests, a sale of homemade pies and entertainment in Harvey D. Morin Post 2940, Veterans of Foreign Wars, 965 Center Road, West Seneca. It starts at 6 p.m. Saturday and resumes from noon to 6 p.m. Sunday.

The Olean-Allegany Satellite will have a spoon supper from 4 to 7:30 p.m. Saturday as well as other events Sunday at American Legion Post 892 on Route 417 in Allegany.

Twin City Council, Knights of Columbus, will have a dance Friday featuring music by Fossil Rock. A Monte Carlo Casino Night will be held from 7 p.m. to 1 a.m. Saturday. A spaghetti dinner will be served from 1 to 7 p.m. Sunday. All activities will be held in the Knights of Columbus building, 55 Main St., City of Tonawanda.

The South Buffalo American Legion satellite will hold its second annual "Winter Weenie Warmer" at American Legion Post 735, 35 Legion Parkway, West Seneca.

Construction supervisor dies after fall

WHEATFIELD -- The superintendent of construction for a local construction management company died Tuesday after he fell through a hole in the roof of a building at 3790 Commerce Court.

Rodney "Ted" Swanson, 45, of Delevan, fell through a hole construction workers had just cut in the roof and hit the concrete floor 22 feet below, said Sheriff's Deputy Scott D. Milleville.

Swanson was working for Calamar Construction Management, 2100 River Road, on the construction of a multitenant facility not far from Shawnee Road when the incident occurred at 10:37 a.m., Milleville said.

Swanson was pronounced dead at 11:58 a.m. in DeGraff Memorial Hospital in North Tonawanda, said Niagara County Coroner Joseph V. Mantione. An autopsy confirmed he died of multiple injuries. Sheriff's deputies said the death is not believed to be suspicious.

Grants target Chautauqua youth groups

JAMESTOWN -- Youth organizations in Chautauqua County may be eligible for up to $1,000 in grant funding through a new program through the Chautauqua Region Community Foundation.

Community Conscious Youth, founded in 1996 as the Adolescent Alliance Council, on Tuesday announced its first-ever "Kids First Mini-Grants." Through the program, $20,000 is available to youth groups from across the county seeking grants ranging from $100 to $1,000.

"It's especially important to our community because a lot of times you have wonderful ideas, but don't have the money to really develop them," said Alana Jochum, the organization's president and a senior at Falconer High School. "That's why this process is so unique and good for our community. It's going to get youth to do the projects that they always wanted to do, and also give us the wonderful experience of what grant-making really is like."

Applications are available at the Community Foundation, all county middle and high schools, libraries, churches and youth centers. The applications are due April 1.

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