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PARK TO WAIVE ADMISSION FEE ON SUNDAY

SALAMANCA -- Admission will be waived Sunday at Allegany State Park so people can visit the park and relax and attend a remembrance program at 3 p.m.

George M. Wyman, park director, said people are invited to visit the park to rest and contemplate.

The program at 3 p.m. will be held at the Dann S. Colvin memorial overlook adjacent to the Red House Administration Building. A moment of silence will be held to remember victims of the recent tragedies in New York City, Washington, D.C., and Pennsylvania. The playing of taps will follow.

Funds raised for firefighters' families

Firefighters from two Cattaraugus County communities collected nearly $40,000 this week to benefit the families of New York City firefighters who died aiding victims of the Sept. 11 World Trade Center attack.

Olean Mayor James P. Griffin said every vehicle stopped at several downtown intersections during the fund-raising drive Monday as motorists dropped donations into rubber boots held out by Olean crews. The fire department continues to receive funds from people who heard about the drive later but didn't happen to drive through those intersections Monday.

In Salamanca, firefighters did the same thing Friday and people responded with more than $11,000.

Professional and volunteer firefighters from the city and volunteers from nearby Kill Buck and Seneca Nation of Indians fire departments were out collecting at several city intersections.

They collected from 7 to 9 a.m. and 3:30 to 6 p.m. said Assistant Chief Barney Lee.

"People stopped who were from other states and cities," Lee said. "Some thanked us. One lady gave saying her son was just called to active duty for the military. Even Canadian truck drivers stopped and gave.

"You could tell by looking at some of the people that they were giving up some other privileges to do this," said Lee.

Belfast woman, 61, killed in crash

BELFAST -- A Belfast woman was killed when she apparently lost control of her car.

Norma G. Kailbourne, 61, was pronounced dead in Jones Memorial Hospital upon arrival Thursday morning. State troopers from Wellsville and Fillmore said the woman lost control of her southbound car on a left curve along Route 19 near County Route 16 and the car went off the road, hitting an embankment and several mailboxes.

Troopers said the car flipped to the driver's side.

Angelica rescue volunteers freed Kailbourne and took her to the hospital.

Sheriffs to join fund-raising effort

BATAVIA -- Genesee County Sheriff Gary T. Maha announced Friday that Genesee will join 58 other sheriff's departments in New York State in soliciting donations for a Heroes' Fund aimed at helping the families of police, fire and EMS officers who lost their lives in the World Trade Center terrorist attack.

He said every penny donated will go to authorized charities established for the widows and orphans of New York City personnel killed in the Sept. 11 bombing.

Checks should be made out to the Heroes' Fund and can be sent to the Genesee sheriff's office at 20 West Main St., Batavia, N.Y. 14020, or to Fleet Bank, 69 State St., Albany, N.Y. 12207. Donations, he said, are tax deductible.

Store clerk arrested in fake robbery

Gowanda police, working with New York State Police, now say that the reported armed robbery at a gas station early Tuesday never happened, and they've arrested the clerk who has admitted taking the money.

Officers charged Brad Haberer, 22, of Buffalo Street with grand larceny and falsely reporting an incident, Gowanda Police Chief Sam Castellano said. Police said they have recovered $2,315 in stolen money.

The clerk at the On the Go Express Mart initially told police that a robber threatened him with a gun before stealing the cash shortly after 3:30 a.m. Tuesday.

Stelmack named principal at Eastview

OLEAN -- Olean High School Assistant Principal John R. Stelmack has been named Eastview Elementary School principal.

The Eastview opening was created by the resignation of Principal Kirby Oldham, who is taking a position with the Honeoye Falls-Lima Central School District.

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