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>Salvation Army nears goal, needs helpers

JAMESTOWN -- The Salvation Army is nearing its goal of $100,000 this holiday season.

Maj. Joseph Pawlowski said the Red Kettle Campaign has raised about $71,000 for the organization's various crisis intervention and other emergency programs.

"We've got all the gifts in, and today [Tuesday] there's already a line outside our back door. There are two big tractor-trailers filled with food. Our gym is filled with black plastic bags filled with toys and ready to go."

He said the Salvation Army still needs 50 to 60 bell-ringers to staff kettles in the Jamestown area. To volunteer, call 664-4108.


>Head of health system retires after 15 years

WARSAW -- Lucille K. Sheedy, the first woman to serve as chief executive officer of the Wyoming County Community Health System, retired Dec. 9 after 15 years in the position.

A Lockport native, Sheedy oversaw such improvements as expanding and adding medical services at the Wyoming County Community Hospital and Skilled Nursing Facility on Route 19.

Other improvements included enhancing energy efficiency at the hospital and establishing a co-generation plant.

She was also president of the Western New York Health Association.

Her successor, Ronald Krawlec, will take over next month. He has been chief executive officer of the TLC Health Network in Gowanda.


>Dec. 28 event to focus on jobs, quality of life

JAMESTOWN -- The Chautauqua Region Community Foundation and the Robert H. Jackson Center will co-present "Chautauqua County: More Than Meets the Eye" from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dec. 28 in the Jackson Center.

The event, which is being sponsored by several local organizations and businesses, will showcase the community from a personal and professional perspective.

It will focus on job opportunities and highlight Chautauqua County's quality of life.

College students, from freshmen to any level of graduate student, are especially encouraged to attend. Representatives will be on hand from each of the organizations.

For information, call 661-3390.


>Hiring puts Police Dept. at full staffing level

ELLICOTT -- The Ellicott Police Department is fully staffed now that town lawmakers have approved Chief William Ohnmeiss' recommendation to elevate part-timer Daniel Ingrao to a full-time position.

Supervisor Patrick Tyler said this was the first time in several months that the department has been fully staffed with eight full-time officers and two sergeants, in addition to the chief.

"The one [position] that was held by Brandon Maggio [was filled]. He went to Jamestown last year, so we've held this spot open since April," Tyler said.

Ingrao will make $34,000 annually.

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