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DUNKIRK -- A former president of the Dunkirk Chamber of Commerce and a local business received the 2003 Outstanding Achievement Awards Tuesday at a luncheon in Katerina's Restaurant, Lake Shore Drive West.

The Rev. Clifford Cliver, pastor of Dunkirk United Methodist Church, has been active in civic and religious organizations. He is the immediate past president of the chamber.

"I want to be involved in the community where I live to make it a better place to live," he said. "I thank the church for its support."

Gary and Patty Damico of P&G Foods, 411 Central Ave., were honored for the 10 years the grocery and later the additional gift shop has been downtown.

The business has 17 part- and full-time employees, according to Doug Fenton, chamber coordinator, who was the master of ceremonies. The store will be remodeled inside and a new facade will be installed.

Fenton was awarded the President's Award by Wendy Woodbury-Straight, chamber president.

GCC names alumni appeal chairman

BATAVIA -- The Genesee Community College Foundation announced Tuesday that Richard Gilmartin, a 1962 graduate and certified public accountant with Freed Maxick and Battaglia, will head the Alumni Division Campaign for the $285,000 fund appeal.

The campaign is headed by Charles Cook of Bergen, president of Liberty Pumps. About 12,000 alumni will be contacted in the appeal.

Springville district plans seminar

The Springville School District and its Parent Teacher Associations will sponsor a presentation on coping with test anxiety at 7 p.m. today in Springville High School Library Media Center.

The presentation by Vivian Demers-Jagoda, a study skills teacher, instructional leader and mentor teacher in the Orchard Park Central School System, will be geared toward middle and high school students and their parents.

This workshop, scheduled to help prepare for spring assessments and June exams, is sponsored by the district and the Colden Elementary School PTA, Springville Elementary School PTA and the Springville Middle School Parent Teacher Organization.

Pioneer graduate is honored

YORKSHIRE -- Seth Jerge, Pioneer High School Class of 2003 valedictorian, was named the top male academic scholarship award-winner at the Big 30 Academic Team Scholarship Banquet on May 12 in Olean.

Students from 38 schools in the Southern Tier and northwest Pennsylvania were honored for their academic accomplishments, Pioneer officials said. Each school nominates its best academic graduating student.

From the students selected, judges awarded a boy and a girl $1,000 each toward the second semester of their freshman year at their chosen college. Jerge is the first Pioneer student to be selected for the honor. The son of Phil and Connie Jerge, he plans to study broadcasting at Syracuse University.

Exhibitors sought for business expos

OLEAN -- The Cattaraugus-Allegany Work Force Investment Board is looking for exhibitors for booths at two Business Service Expositions, to be held June 18 in Salamanca at the Southern Tier West Center for Regional Excellence and June 25 at the Alfred University Powell Center.

Each event features providers of human resource services and related assistance to local businesses, with presentations on topics based on feedback from businesses. The full range of community and public services will be arrayed for local businesses in a convenient and informative introductory event.

Nonprofit, public organizations involved with labor services, recruitment, skills development, hiring incentives, benefits and support for businesses are invited to participate in several ways at no cost. Participants may make a presentation, set up a booth or provide a summary of services for inclusion in a publication that will be available to businesses.

The board service area is backed by 15 partner organizations providing government-funded work force development resources through two hubs, called One-Stop Centers. The Employment and Training One Stop Center is at 7 Wells Lane, Belmont. The Cattaraugus One-Stop Career Center is located at 175 Union St., Olean.

Exhibitor space is limited, and deadline for booth reservations is Wednesday. For more information on the Business Service Expo, call (716) 806-0060 or e-mail

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