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Residents tell Council of feral cats on the loose

DUNKIRK -- Feral cats on the loose in the Lord Street neighborhood have residents fearing for their safety.

Resident Mark Lawrence told members of the Dunkirk Council that there are as many as 25 or 30 cats in the neighborhood, some "drooling and foaming at the mouth."

"The cats are chasing people," said Lawrence, who added that the Chautauqua County Health Department was summoned Tuesday to retrieve a dead cat.

Police Chief David Ortolano said that residents can use city-owned traps if they post a $50 deposit. Mayor Richard Frey promised that the city will look into the problem.

In other matters, Frey said the city's skate park will be open on weekends as long as weather permits. Last year, the facility closed on Oct. 1.

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Imani Winds to perform in Scharmann Theatre

JAMESTOWN -- Imani Winds, a wind quintet known for its exploration of European, African, and American musical traditions, performs at 7:30 p.m. today in Scharmann Theatre at Jamestown Community College.

The group, which has performed in Carnegie Hall's Weill Recital Hall, also has won the Artists International Annual Prize. Tickets can be obtained by calling JCC's box office at 338-1187.

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Screenwriter Mann to attend symposium

CHAUTAUQUA -- "Judgment at Nuremberg" screenwriter Abby Mann will appear at 8 p.m next Wednesday in Chautauqua Institution's Elizabeth S. Lenna Hall.

His appearance is part of "Sixty Years after the Nuremberg Trials: Crimes Against Humanity and Peace," a four-day symposium commemorating the 60th anniversary of the Nuremberg Trials.

"Mann's appearance at the symposium is a special once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see an Academy and Emmy Award-winning writer/producer/director right here in our own community," said Gregory Peterson, president of the Robert H. Jackson Center. "Mann was thrilled to be a part of it all, thanks to his involvement in the movie 'Judgment at Nuremberg, which dealt with the Nuremberg Trials we are commemorating."

Admission is $20 for adults and $10 for students. Further symposium information is available at the following Web sites: www.fredonia.edu/org/jacksonsymposium/schedule.asp and www.roberthjackson.org, or by calling Fredonia State College at 673-3528 or the Robert H. Jackson Center at 483-6646.

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Sheriff's office upgrades fire investigation vehicle

LITTLE VALLEY -- The Cattaraugus County Sheriff's Department has replaced its 20-year-old fire investigation team van with a converted 2005 van mounted on a 350 Ford chassis.

The vehicle, which will be used to investigate an average of 70 fires each year, was purchased with drug-forfeiture money, according to Sheriff Dennis B. John.

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