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GREAT VALLEY -- A couch, clothes and a crib were among the belongings of late 10,000 Maniacs guitarist Rob Buck auctioned off to help pay his debts.

The band member's estate auction raised $36,700 Saturday, said auctioneer Corey Brown.

"We really didn't have a choice," said David Bauer, the lawyer for Buck's estate. "Some folks think that when a celebrity dies, there's this vast estate. In this particular case, we had to liquidate things to pay the bills."

Buck, 42, a Jamestown native, died Dec. 19 in the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center of complications related to liver failure. His friends and fans gathered Saturday in Great Valley.

"I'd like to take a little bit of Rob and spread him around if I can," said 10,000 Maniacs bassist Steven Gustafson, whose purchases included Buck's paintings, 10,000 Maniacs records and a lava lamp.

He was outbid for Buck's favorite performance guitar -- a Silver Jet-Gretsch -- that went for $1,100. Jamestown resident Erol McNallie bought Buck's 1958 Studebaker for $5,100.

Buck formed 10,000 Maniacs in 1981 with Gustafson, Dennis Drew, John Lombardo and Natalie Merchant.

Allen Park playground takes a bow

JAMESTOWN -- The children of Allen Park have a new playground, thanks to a two-year fund-raising and building campaign by the Allen Park Women's Club.

Friday's ribbon-cutting on the $50,000 project was called a testament to the willingness of neighbors.

"We got the response from the community, including very, very touching memories of growing up in Allen Park, and being here with family and friends, and celebrating special occasions," said project co-chairwoman Christine Prinzi, who said raffles, bake sales and the sale of memorial bricks funded the effort.

On hand for the dedication was Jamestown Mayor Sam Teresi, who grew up in the neighborhood and still lives there.

"We're also here to celebrate that we are finding ways to get things done in this community that are outside of the normal way of financing projects," he said.

Free HIV testing set for July 27

OLEAN -- The Cattaraugus County Health Department is offering free HIV testing July 27 in observance of National HIV Testing Day.

Tests will be confidential and no appointment is needed to perform a test between 1 and 4 p.m.

Tests will be given at Health Department clinics at the County Center at 1701 Lincoln Ave.; 69 Iroquois Drive in Salamanca; and the Pines Nursing Home in Machias.

For more information contact the department at (800) 251-2584.

JCC, University of Pittsburgh ink pact

JAMESTOWN -- Jamestown Community College and the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford have signed transfer-articulation agreements that will allow JCC students with associate degrees to complete bachelor's degrees.

"JCC continually negotiates articulation agreements with four-year institutions to facilitate the effective transfer of credits for our graduates," said Gary F. Porter, dean of academic affairs at JCC.

Copies of the agreement are available at Pitt-Bradford and all four campuses of JCC in Jamestown, Dunkirk, Olean and Warren, Pa. More information is available at (800) 388-8557.

Park's long-idle pool will be filled in

DUNKIRK -- The John F. Kennedy outdoor pool in Wright Park is no more.

Last week, crews from the Department of Public Works began scuttling the pool and filling in the cavity. The pool has not been used for years because the cost of repairing it was more than $100,000.

Norman Nalepa, director of Public Works, said the pool is being replaced by grass and picnic benches. However, a building near the pool housing a refreshment stand will remain.

The pool had been a center of controversy, with petitions given to the Common Council to have it reopened. The Council referred the question to the Citizens Advisory Committee, which determined that the cost of reopening it was too high.

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