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FORUM SET ON CRIME PREVENTION, SAFETY

DUNKIRK -- A forum on crime prevention, safety and the Neighborhood Watch program will be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the Senior Citizens Center on Franklin Avenue.

The forum is sponsored by the Police Department as part of community policing, said Lt. David Ortolano, who heads those efforts.

The department is beginning crime-prevention and safety programs in city schools. Areas covered include home and school safety, bicycle safety, Halloween safety, vandalism and respect for other people's property, and what to do in case of an emergency.

Olean candidate plans events

OLEAN -- Two social hours are planned for the public to meet and greet mayoral candidate Paula Snyder.

They will be held at her campaign headquarters at 110 W. State St. from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday and from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday. Refreshments will be served.

Snyder, a Republican who is currently Council president, and Democrat William J. Quinlan, former city assessor, are candidates for a four-year term as mayor. James Griffin has decided not to run again.

Republican aldermen candidates John Gibbons for Ward 2, Peter Chicola for Ward 4, Robert Sader for Ward 4, Steven Teachman for Ward 6 and Jerry Steiner for Ward 7 also will be present to talk to voters.

Pesticide training sessions offered

JAMESTOWN -- Two sessions for pesticide training will be held in Chautauqua and Allegany counties.

One session will be Nov. 7 in the Frank Bratt Agricultural Center in Jamestown.

The second will be Nov. 8 in the Cornell Cooperative Extension in Belmont.

Review sessions will begin at 9 a.m. and tests at 1 p.m. The cost is $10, and preregistration with the state Department of Environmental Conservation in Buffalo is necessary to take the exam. Call the DEC at 851-7220.

Students plan miniature golf tourney

OLEAN -- The sophomore class of Olean High School is sponsoring a miniature golf tournament from 2 to 6 p.m. Sunday to raise money.

The event will be at Forness Family Fun Park on East State Street.

Batavia medical center cuts back more

BATAVIA -- United Memorial Medical Center, saddled with more than $1 million in operating losses for three months, announced further cutbacks Wednesday, including the likelihood that the Bank Street location may soon be closed.

Charles S. Kinney, chief operating officer, said in a memo that the cafeteria at the former St. Jerome Hospital on Bank Street was closed as of Tuesday. He said that eight positions have been cut and that 14 unfilled jobs will be eliminated. United Memorial has more than 700 staff members and other employees.

Kinney warned that with the closing by the end of this month of surgery and X-ray departments at Bank Street, which were consolidated at the North Street campus that was Genesee Memorial, "additional positions may be eliminated when that facility (Bank Street) is closed."

United Memorial is the merger of St. Jerome and Genesee Memorial hospitals now nearing the end of its second year. Kinney had hoped that last year's operating loss of $3.5 million could be sharply reduced. However, he revealed 10 days ago that the hospital's operating loss for three summer months was more than $1 million, caused largely by a decline in patients.

The Bank Street building is a six-story addition built in the 1950s to the original St. Jerome Hospital, and once had 150 beds. The only remaining services there are a laboratory and Hope Haven, an alcohol rehabilitation center.

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