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LOCAL NEWS BRIEFS

WNY Cancer Society warns of solicitations

The Western New York Region of the American Cancer Society has issued an advisory about a "sound-alike" organization that has been soliciting donations of household items, furniture and clothing.

"We want to inform residents that this is not the American Cancer Society, nor is it an organization with which we are affiliated," says regional vice president Gretchen Leffler.

"The organization is calling Western New York residents asking them to donate these particular items," she said. "Once an individual agrees to the donation, they apparently tell them to leave the items in an unlocked garage for pick-up. We've had people call for verification and also to complain when the items are not picked up."

Leffler advised potential donors to check out charitable organizations by contacting the Better Business Bureau and asking for Wise Giving Alliance information.

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Library to be closed Saturday to Tuesday

PORTVILLE -- The Portville Free Library will be closed Saturday through Monday in observance of the New Year's holiday.

The library, at 2 N. Main St., will reopen at 10 a.m. Tuesday. Story hour for preschoolers will resume at 10 a.m. next Friday. To register, call 933-8441.

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Student group completes Giving Tree project

YORKSHIRE -- Pioneer Pro, a student service group at Pioneer High School, recently completed its annual Giving Tree project, which helps needy area families at holiday time.

Kathy Morris, group adviser, said the program helped 60 families at the high school, 32 families at Arcade Elementary School and 16 families in the middle school's first year of participation. Delevan Elementary's needy families were served through the high school Giving Tree.

"We worked on coordination of programs this year to avoid duplication of efforts," Morris said.

Morris said the high school's collected donations helped approximately 183 children.

The program was made possible by Pioneer students and staff, area businesses, local organizations and churches and the Salvation Army.

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