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DUNKIRK -- A three-year contract between the New York State Nurses Association and Brooks Memorial Hospital was approved by an "overwhelming margin" in a vote held Tuesday, according to Mark Genovese of the association.

The association represents 110 registered nurses, respiratory therapists, and nuclear and medical technologists.

Under the new agreement, the hospital will produce a staffing plan for safe patient care by March 31. A representative of the federal Mediation and Conciliation Service will be involved.

Also, hospital officials agreed not to rely on mandatory overtime to staff patient-care units. The hospital will no longer produce staffing schedules with vacancies.

Salaries will increase by 3.25 percent in the first year of the contract, 4 percent in the second and 4.25 percent in the third. An additional step will be added to the experience scale. The new salaries are expected to help improve the hospital's ability to recruit qualified professionals, the association said.

Fredonia mayor cites fine finances

FREDONIA -- The village is in "excellent financial condition," Mayor Frank Pagano said Monday, after Village Administrator James Sedota presented the annual financial report to the board of trustees.

The report, which covers the fiscal year June 1, 2000, through May 31, 2001, shows that the fund balance increased by $24,000 and that the village has a total fund balance of $1.8 million, Sedota said. The village has also set aside $497,000 in reserve funds, Sedota added.

Pagano said he expects sales tax revenue to decrease following the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.

Chautauqua County has a 3 percent local sales tax, with the county keeping half and sending the other half to municipalities, using a formula based on population and assessed valuation.

Children's Book Week concert Nov. 10

A concert to celebrate National Children's Book Week will begin at 2 p.m. Nov. 10 in the Central Library on Lafayette Square, library officials said.

The concert, titled "Joyful Songs and Musical Games," will take place in Mason O. Damon Auditorium, officials said.

The concert will feature an act called Ms. Ros and Friends: John Brady, Dr. Jazz and Geoff Perry. The concert is free and open to the public.

National Children's Book Week is Nov. 12-18 this year. It has been celebrated since 1919.

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