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NEWS IN BRIEF

Catholic Charities opens second office

SALAMANCA -- Catholic Charities on Wednesday opened its second district office in Cattaraugus County, in a former church rectory at 284 Broad St.

A second office has been operating at 520 W. State St. in Olean, according to Sandra Brundage, coordinator of community services for the offices.

The new site adjacent to Holy Cross Church will offer two Catholic Charities programs. It will be a social and vocational rehabilitation center for adults experiencing mental illness and a youth intensive case management program aimed at keeping families together.

The operation will include the Salamanca Clubhouse, operating from 1 to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. It will be a place for people older than 18 to receive assistance with links to the community, continuing-education programs and budgeting assistance.

For information, call Shelley Herrick at 945-0619.

City seeks to expand treatment plant

DUNKIRK -- The city wants to increase the capacity of its wastewater treatment plant by two-thirds, Mayor Robert D. Kesicki announced Tuesday.

The expansion at the plant is in response to the increase in the food processing industries in the city. The industries will discuss the needs of the plant in the future, Kesicki said.

The consulting engineers, Nussbaumer & Clarke, are finalizing design plans and bid specifications. The preliminary estimate of the proposed expansion is about $12 million.

"We will seek every available source of funding to offset this capital cost," Kesicki said.

Any cost not covered by grants would be paid through charges based on usage, he explained.

Two appointed to agricultural board

LITTLE VALLEY -- The Cattaraugus County Legislature has made two appointments to the Agricultural and Farmland Protection Board.

Named to terms through Dec. 31, 2002, are Vernon Klein of Freedom, representing the Soil and Water Conservation District, and Joan Petzen, representing Cooperative Extension of Ellicottville.

Red Kettle Campaign seeks volunteers

JAMESTOWN -- The Salvation Army is seeking volunteers for its annual Red Kettle Campaign for the needy.

Maj. Randall Davis, coordinator officer for Chautauqua County and Jamestown Salvation Army Area Services, said programs include shelter and counseling for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault, a food pantry, visitation for shut-ins, and recreation programs for young people.

For information, call 664-4108, Ext. 225, or (877) 733-6041, or visit the Web site www.redkettles.org.

Dunkirk judge backed by police group

DUNKIRK -- City Judge Walter F. Drag has been endorsed by the Police Conference of New York in his bid for re-election.

The judge also has been endorsed by the Dunkirk Police Benevolent Association, the Chautauqua County Police Organizations Association and the Western New York Police Association.

Drag, who is seeking a third six-year term, has the Republican, Conservative and Right to Life party lines on the ballot. He is being challenged by John P. Gullo II, who has the Democratic, Independence, Working Families and Green party lines.

Business is slow, so Council cancels

SALAMANCA -- A City Council meeting set for Wednesday was canceled for lack of business. It will be held Nov. 14.

City Clerk April Vecchiarella said the next session will be at 7:30 p.m. in the Municipal Center.

Cable board studies 10-year proposals

FREDONIA -- The Cable Television Advisory Board held a closed-door session Wednesday night to discuss the latest Time-Warner proposals for a new 10-year franchise agreement.

The negotiating committee of the advisory board, Mayor Frank Pagano and village officials and state officials met Sept. 19 to discuss the agreement. The original agreement expired in September 1997, and the system has been operating under a series of six-month extensions granted by the state Public Service Commission.

The cable board is expected to make its recommendations to the Village Board, which would authorize the mayor to sign an agreement.

Grants will help pay to fix up barns

MAYVILLE -- State grants up to $25,000 are available for preserving barns and other agricultural buildings that are visible from state highways.

The Chautauqua Home Rehabilitation and Improvement Corp., a nonprofit agency, will hold a workshop at 1 p.m. Nov. 10 at its offices in the old Mayville High School, 2 Academy St.

"Chautauqua County has the distinction of having the largest number of farms of any county in the state. An eligible structure for this grant program must be a barn, shed, silo or farm outbuilding that is in need of substantial repair, is at least 50 years old, and was constructed for the storage or shelter of livestock, farm equipment or agricultural products," according to a CHRIC written statement.

Applications will be expected to provide a match for the grant, on a sliding scale ranging from 10 to 50 percent, depending on income. The 2001 grant cycle has $2 million available statewide.

Information is available from CHRIC at 753-4508, 661-7508 or 363-4508.

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