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JCC BOARD OF TRUSTEES MEETS TODAY

JAMESTOWN -- The Jamestown Community College board of trustees will meet at 3 p.m. today in the Hamilton Collegiate Center boardroom on the Jamestown Campus.

A videoconference will be aired in the library at the Cattaraugus County Campus in Olean.

Summer transit hours to start

MAYVILLE -- The Chautauqua Area Regional Transit System will begin its summer schedule effective next Tuesday through Aug. 29.

The changes reflect the "summer hours" for Chautauqua County government, according to Cheryl Gustafson, senior project coordinator.

Further information is available from the offices in Jamestown, 665-6466, or Dunkirk, 366-4500.

Batavia school budget to be explained

BATAVIA -- School district voters will get a detailed explanation of a $33.1 million budget that could mean a 6 percent real property tax increase.

The public hearing will be held at 7 p.m. today in Jackson School. The hearing had been postponed because of uncertainty over state aid.

Superintendent Richard G. Stutzman Jr. said that with the district facing a reduction in state aid, the spending plan is $672,000 less than the budget he originally presented in mid-January.

However, it represents nearly $1 million in additional spending over this year's budget, an increase of 3 percent.

The actual tax rate won't be known until August, when assessment roles are completed for the city and parts of the towns of Batavia and Stafford that are in the district.

Incumbent Thomas E. Houseknecht, an official in the family-owned Pepsi-Cola Batavia distributorship, is the only candidate for the three-year term on the Board of Education.

Cenni joins Chautauqua Planning Board

MAYVILLE -- Chautauqua County Executive Mark Thomas has appointed Ray Cenni of Sherman as a member of the Chautauqua County Planning Board to a term that expires Dec. 31, 2005.

The County Legislature must approve the appointment.

Cenni retired as the superintendent of the Sherman Central School District. He has also served as interim superintendent for several districts. He was a past member of the Sherman Rebuilding Committee.

Long-term care advocates sought

MAYVILLE -- The Chautauqua County Office for the Aging is looking for volunteers who can serve as long-term care ombudsmen or advocates for the residents of nursing homes, adult homes and assisted-living residences.

A 36-hour state-mandated training program is required and is free of charge. The volunteer must commit to spending four to six hours per week at the home to which the person is assigned. The ombudsman will hear and respond to resident concerns, help assure that residents are treated with dignity and respect and assist in maintaining the residents' legal and civil rights.

The ombudsman acts as an agent of the State of New York. The person can either resolve complaints or refer them to the County Office for the Aging.

The next training program will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. next Tuesday, May 28 and 29 and June 3, 4 and 5. Anyone interested can contact Sherry A. H. Lantz at 753-4842.

Art to adorn Lucy-Desi Festival

JAMESTOWN -- Artwork will be one of the main attractions of the Lucy-Desi Memorial Day Weekend Festival on Friday through Sunday.

Thanks to Jamestown-area artists, Kaldi's Coffee House on East Third Street will be graced with images of Lucy, Ricky, Fred and Ethel. In the middle of festival activities, Kaldi's is the gallery for the annual "Visions of Lucy" Art Exhibit.

Owner Lori Marino said Lucy fans enjoy the whimsical nature of some of the artwork, which helps benefit the Lucy-Desi Museum.

"Visions of Lucy" was the brainstorm of Ric Wyman and Lucie Arnaz, executive director and president, respectively, of the Lucille Ball-Desi Arnaz Center Board.

In its fourth year, the exhibit features the works of local artists Gary Peters, Brigette Schuckers and Susan Wolfe. The artists will be on hand. The art will be on display through Aug. 9, when it will be auctioned off during "Lucy's Birthday Celebration."

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