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TWO PEOPLE KILLED IN ONE-CAR ACCIDENT

GROVE -- Two people died Friday afternoon when a car went off the road and flipped several times in the Allegany County town of Grove, State Police said.

The accident occurred shortly after 2 p.m. on County Route 15.

Troopers said a car driven by Barbara A. Burr, 52, of Fillmore, was heading east when it missed a curve in the road. The car went off the road and into a wide ditch, continuing east for several hundred feet before the front end hit the ground.

The car overturned several times, landing on Burr. She and her passenger, Glenn E. Houser Jr., 73, also of Fillmore, were pronounced dead at the scene, troopers said.

Autopsies will be performed by the Monroe County medical examiner's office.

Troopers said driver error and unsafe speed are probable causes of the accident.

County's Red Cross has raised $65,000

JAMESTOWN -- The Chautauqua County Chapter of the American Red Cross has sent a $65,000 check to the National Red Cross disaster-relief office to assist the victims of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.

Chris Yates, chairman of the local Red Cross Board, said the level of financial contributions and blood collections nationally have been "extremely heartening."

Yates, addressing the monthly meeting of the local chapter's board, said more than 1,000 units of blood have been collected at sites throughout the county since the attacks.

He also pointed to the spontaneous fund-raising on both the national and local level. In one example, he said, a partnership of teachers and staff members in area school districts raised $5,150, which was matched by a $5,000 donation by DFT Communications of Fredonia.

Donation will aid employment program

Fleet Bank has donated $30,000 to Catholic Charities to help fund the Leading Individuals to Employment program operated by the agency's Department of Workforce Development.

Monsignor Henry J. Gugino, diocesan director of Catholic Charities, said the program provides job placement, job retention assistance, General Equivalency Diploma instruction and counseling to clients who are on public assistance and are referred by Greater Buffalo Works. The objective is to help individuals become independent, he said.

"Fleet believes that individuals and businesses can and should do more to help the people in our community achieve the skills needed to be productive, responsible citizens," said John J. Larry, Fleet's regional president.

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