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UNITED WAY PLANS 'MINI-CAMPAIGN'

JAMESTOWN -- The United Way of Southern Chautauqua County will run a "mini-campaign" in an effort to reach last year's record campaign figure of $1,458,000.

The announcement was made by Campaign Chairman Hadley Weinberg at Tuesday evening's 2002 campaign celebration at Jamestown Community College. Weinberg noted that so far, the effort had raised $1,353,723 toward what was a $1,475,000 goal.

In light of a struggling economy and volatile stock market, he said the United Way will run the six-week mini-campaign, which will include a special dollar-for-dollar match for additional contributions, above last year's gift, up to $50,000.

"We have a couple of donors who will match additional gifts above last year's. That means that each new dollar contributed over the next six weeks will double in value," Weinberg said. He noted that one such donation had already been made.

Weinberg also called on the community to help make the 2002 campaign a success because the United Way is so close to its goal. He said another $105,000 would at least equal last year's figure and avoid the need to cut services.

In addition, Weinberg said there truly was reason to celebrate Tuesday because of the large number of volunteers who worked so hard during this year's campaign. For more information on making a donation, contact the United Way at 483-1561.

Allegany projects receive state funds

Four Allegany County projects have received $436,000 in funding under Gov. Pataki's Clean Water/Clean Air Bond Act.

Most of the grant, $350,000, will be used to construct the county's multipurpose recreational facility in Wellsville. The facility will house an ice rink, an outdoor pool, a soccer field, a skateboard park and a new parking area.

The other recipients are: Arts West Gallery, $24,500 for the Keller Opera House Roof Repair project; Greater Allegany Preservation, $15,000 for the Rail and Titsworth Warehouse; and Allegany Trails, $46,499.

School district postpones open house

FREDONIA -- An open house scheduled for Saturday at the new facilities of the school district has been postponed.

No date has been set for the public to see the Vision 2000 project, which included expansion and renovations to the buildings and outdoor facilities at the East Main Street complex.

"Many of the guests whom the District have invited to attend this special event are unable to make it on that date," Superintendent Paul DiFonzo wrote on Monday.

Seat belt campaign begins Tuesday

DUNKIRK -- The Dunkirk Police Department is participating in the "Click It or Ticket" -- Buckle Up New York Seat Belt Safety Campaign.

Lt. David Ortolano said the campaign began Tuesday and will continue through the Thanksgiving holiday until Dec. 1.

Police plan to establish several checkpoints throughout the city. The goal is voluntary compliance, Ortolano said, but, "We will have zero tolerance for violations of the Seat Belt and Child Safety Seat Laws."

Library plans bus tour to art show

OLEAN -- The Friends of the Olean Public Library is chartering a bus tour Dec. 14 to the Albright-Knox Art Gallery to view "Modigliani and the Artists of Montparnasse."

The exhibition contains many masterworks, including a selection of 56 paintings, sculptures and works on paper by Modigliani, one of the early 20th Century artists who lived in the Bohemian section of Paris known as Montparnasse. Many of his contemporaries, such as Matisse, Picasso, Soutine, the Deluanays and others are also featured.

To reserve a spot on the tour bus, contact Robert Taylor by Friday at the Olean Public Library at 372-0200. A continental breakfast and possible shopping stop are included in the trip.

Springville eyes fire hall for court

The Village of Springville may soon have its own court, possibly in the newly renovated Franklin Street Fire Hall.

The Village Board agreed Monday to investigate several options for creating the new court system and appointed a committee of village administrators to help with the task. Currently on the panel are Police Chief John Fox, attorney John Doran, Village Administrator Timothy Horner and Mayor Gary Eppolito.

"The committee will look into funding and how we can better serve the village," Eppolito said.

"We are loosing a lot of revenue," said Eppolito. "We write all the tickets and we don't get any of the ticket revenue."

Eppolito said parking tickets and other village code violations could significantly boost income for the village.

The village also adopted a new noise ordinance that prohibits residents from making any unnecessary noise between 11 p.m. and 7 a.m., and establishes noise standards for operating all-terrain vehicles, motorcycles and snowmobiles. The law also targets dogs that bark for more than 15 minutes. The ordinance also bans use of power equipment in residential areas from 10 p.m. to 7 a.m. during the week and 10 p.m. to 8 a.m. on weekends.

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