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Desilu Playhouse offers free admission

JAMESTOWN -- The Desilu Playhouse, Jamestown's newest Lucille Ball-Desi Arnaz Center attraction, will offer free admission from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Saturday during Downtown Jamestown Development Corp.'s St. Patrick's Parade.

The parade will get under way at 1 p.m. in Baker Park on Fourth Street, proceed along Main, pass the Desilu Playhouse at 2 W. Second St., and end at Brooklyn Square.

For further information and reservations, call Downtown Jamestown Development Corporation at 664-2477 or visit www.lucy-desi.com.

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Final plans unveiled for veterans memorial

CELORON -- The final plans for a veterans memorial were unveiled at this week's Village Board meeting.

Deputy Mayor Warren Gertsch, who is overseeing the effort, said he was pleased with the second-phase of the project. Gertsch said the two-sided memorial eventually will bear the names of Celoron residents who served in any branch of the military since World War I.

The village plans to use a state grant of $12,500 to build the memorial.

Mayor Tom Bartolo signed the contract with Hinman Memorials of Frewsburg. Gertsch said he hopes the monument in Lucille Ball Memorial Park will be unveiled on Memorial Day.

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State grant supports drug education program

The Cattaraugus County Sheriff Department's Community-Oriented Drug Education (CODE) program will continue to operate thanks to a $16,000 state grant announced by state Sen. Catherine M. Young, R-Olean.

The program, which operates out of schools and special events, educates children in the county about the dangers of substance abuse while helping to build self-esteem and character.

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