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BOLIVAR -- Five days of celebration in the Bolivar and Richburg communities opened Wednesday night with a talk on the history of housing styles in the area.

The celebration of Pioneer Oil Days will also include guided tours through area cemeteries today and family games and a softball game Friday for those older than 40. A parade at 10 a.m. Saturday -- with a slide show on local railroad lore and house tours from noon to 3 p.m., exploring homes built during the petroleum boom era -- will precede Bolivar and Richburg Central Schools alumni reunions that night.

Oil museums on Main Street in both villages will be open throughout the event, and the Bolivar, Richburg, Allentown and Genesee Historical Preservation Society's rooms will be open to visitors in the Bolivar Free Library.

Saturday's events will also include a chicken barbecue, small-engine and model displays, vendors' booths for crafts and other goods, and a big-band dance. The preservation society is sponsoring the event, which concludes with a church service at 10 a.m. Sunday and the Bolivar-Richburg Central School graduation at 3 p.m. Sunday.

Olean Chamber directory now available

OLEAN -- The Greater Olean Area Chamber of Commerce has released its annual membership directory and buyers guide, containing listings for about 750 members.

Membership Director Joyce Louser said the directory is useful for networking and is used as a purchasing guide as well as a sales and marketing tool. The book is free to members and can be purchased by others for $12 plus postage. For information, call Louser at 372-4433 or see the Chamber's Web site,

EMT training courses set for July 14

HINSDALE -- Courses to train emergency medical technicians will be held at the Hinsdale Fire Department beginning July 14.

The Cattaraugus County Health Department Medical Services is sponsoring the training classes, which will be held from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays through Dec. 20. For information, call Linda Brown at the Health Department, 373-8050, Ext. 3417.

Craft show booths are available

SALAMANCA -- Booth spaces are being offered for the sixth annual craft show at the Quaker Beach Area of Allegany State Park on July 28.

Deputy Park Director George M. Wyman said more than 50 vendors attracted more than 8,000 visitors to the show last year. The outdoor sites are available for $40 each.

For information, call Judith Bess at the park, 354-9101, Ext. 236.

Learn defensive driving Aug. 11

OLEAN -- A defensive-driving course that does not require a test will be available Aug. 11 at the Knights of Columbus, 129 Hamilton St.

The National Safety Council and the Cattaraugus County Health Department are sponsoring the session from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Completion of the course can provide a reduction in car insurance premiums and points off a driver's license.

For information, call Linda Brown at the Health Department, 373-8050, Ext. 3417.

Boston pastor to speak on violence

The Rev. Eugene Rivers, a founding father of faith-based social programs that contributed to a steep reduction in homicides in Boston, will come to Buffalo to help combat gang tensions that have fueled the city's skyrocketing murder rate this year.

County Executive Joel A. Giambra announced Wednesday that Rivers will be the keynote speaker at a "Stop the Violence Summit" at 10 a.m. next Thursday in Erie Community College City Campus.

Prompted by the recent rise in inner-city crime, the Giambra administration has invited clergy, heads of youth organizations and community leaders to attend this event.

Less than halfway through this year, Buffalo already has had 37 homicides -- including 19 in May alone -- compared to 39 for all of last year.

Mayor Anthony M. Masiello announced that he and a delegation will travel to Boston in mid-July to get a firsthand look at the changes and successes in that city and try to replicate them here. Rivers, one of several church leaders who formed Boston's Ten-Point Coalition in 1992, has become a national voice for the grass-roots model for collaboration between church and police officials to make a community safer.

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