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Corrections officer exam is scheduled for Nov. 19

OLEAN -- The state Department of Civil Service will conduct a statewide corrections officer exam Nov. 19 for applicants who meet an Oct. 3 filing deadline, State Sen. Catharine M. Young, R-Olean, reports.

Trainee-level corrections officer jobs pay $28,444 and are located at correctional facilities throughout New York. For information, contact the senator's office at (518) 455-3563, or e-mail cyoung@senate.state.ny.us. More information is available at the Web site of the Department of Corrections: www.docs.state.ny.us.

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Pioneer board names business administrator

YORKSHIRE -- An assistant business administrator from the Sweet Home School District has been hired by the Pioneer Central School District.

The School Board chose Nicholas Silvaroli as the district's business administrator, beginning Oct. 19.

Silvaroli will serve as second in command in the district to Superintendent Jeff Bowen. He succeeds Jeff Petrus, who is moving to the Orchard Park Central School District to become its business administrator.

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Panel on downsizing studies three examples

A commission developing guidelines by which the Catholic Diocese of Buffalo will be restructured has been examining similar efforts in dioceses in Rochester, Pittsburgh and Syracuse.

The group of 25 Catholics, which met Wednesday for the second time since being appointed by Bishop Edward U. Kmiec, is weighing the pros and cons of how those dioceses handled downsizings in recent years.

"We're kind of benefiting from them having gone through the process," said panel member Deborah Brown, director of sacramental life at St. John the Baptist Parish in Lockport and a member of St. Mary's Parish in Gasport.

The commission is expected to have a new diocesan mission statement in place by the end of October.

Starting in November, parishes will begin developing recommendations for restructuring. The process could take up to 18 months.

"We're hoping we can get as much consensus as we can," Kmiec said.

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