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JAMESTOWN -- The Salvation Army is seeking donations for food baskets to be given to low-income and disabled people for Thanksgiving.

"We have already assisted 114 households. We will easily see 250 more requests by the end of the month," said Leslie Vattimo, director of emergency assistance for the Salvation Army. "We handed out 162 bags of groceries on Tuesday. Our greatest need now is contributions of nutritious food."

Nonperishable canned and dry goods can be dropped off at the rear entrance of the building at 83 S. Main St. Zion Covenant Church is assisting with the donation of 20 food baskets. Radio stations WKSN, WMHU and WQFX also had food drives.

The food pantry will be open Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday from 1 to 3:30 p.m. People seeking help are asked to bring identification for family members, a rent receipt, and proof of income and expenses.

GCC names couple to lead fund-raiser

BATAVIA -- David J. and Danette Grayson of Stafford have been named to lead Encore 2002, a holiday fund-raising event benefiting the Genesee Community College's Scholarship Fund.

The Dec. 12 event includes a gourmet reception in the GCC Forum and a holiday pops concert by the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra.

The Graysons, owners of LP Graphics in Le Roy, have selected "Holidays Across the Globe" as the Encore 2002 theme.

Student financial aid workshop set

YORKSHIRE -- A student financial aid workshop is scheduled for 7 p.m. Dec. 3 in Pioneer High School.

Organizers said the workshop is for seniors and their parents as they prepare for the start of college in fall 2003. All seniors who hope to receive scholarships, loans, grants or on-campus work must complete a FAFSA form in order to qualify.

Many scholarships require that the forms be filed no later than Feb. 1, 2003. Also, many colleges require that college applications be sent out before the winter break in order for students to qualify for scholarships.

For information, residents can call the Pioneer High School guidance department at 492-9339.

JCC technology degree OK'd by state

JAMESTOWN -- The state has given the green light to the degree of associate in applied science for digital/computer technology offered by Jamestown Community College.

"The program includes 63 credit hours of study," said Larry Straight, coordinator of JCC's technologies program. "Students will be prepared for entry-level careers in electronic design, computer repair, and microcomputer-based systems installation, maintenance and repair."

The state Department of Education and the State University of New York both granted approval to the program.

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