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Panel to meet to discuss spurring horse business

LITTLE VALLEY -- The Cattaraugus County Equine Advisory Committee will meet at 7 p.m. Thursday in the large committee room on the third floor of the Cattaraugus County Center on Court Street.

The committee, which hopes to accelerate the growth of horse-related businesses, will discuss upcoming projects to attract investors, facilitate development to help the equine economy and improve equestrian lifestyle.

For information, contact the county Department of Economic Development, Planning and Tourism at 938-9111.

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Elections staff to update legislators on new gear

LITTLE VALLEY -- Cattaraugus County's Board of Elections staff will update the Legislature's County Operations Committee on preparations for new voting technology at 6:15 p.m. Wednesday.

Committee members also will discuss proposed legislation to compensate election inspectors, chairmen and coordinators for training and primary and general election work. Funds are already contained in the Legislature's 2006 budget.

The meeting gets under way at 4 p.m. Wednesday in the large committee room on the third floor of the County Center.

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Hunter's Day of Hope will be held Tuesday

The ninth annual Hunter's Day of Hope for Children -- and the first since the death of Hunter Kelly last August -- will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday in the Buffalo Bills Fieldhouse in Orchard Park.

This year, as always, Hunter's Day of Hope takes place on Feb. 14, the birthday the young boy shared with his father, Jim. Hunter would have turned 9 Tuesday. All area families are invited to attend the event. There is no charge for admission, entertainment or refreshments.

"This event is a celebration of the blessing of children in our lives," Jim Kelly stated. "Parents and kids have a lot of fun at all the activities, but the whole idea is to stress the importance of loving and valuing children."

Kelly and his wife, Jill, founded the Hunter's Hope Foundation in 1997, after Hunter was diagnosed with Krabbe leukodystrophy. The foundation remains the couple's lifelong commitment to raise awareness, fund research and push for universal newborn screening.

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