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>Mental-health group readies poetry reading

OLEAN -- The Mental Health Association in Cattaraugus County will host a poetry reading and open-mike discussion at 7 p.m. Thursday in Olean Public Library to introduce "Rose Therapy Anthology" as its 11th volume of original poetry.

The book features work by participants in creative-writing workshops sponsored by the association and funded in part by the New York State Council on the Arts Decentralization Regrant Program, administered by the Cattaraugus County Arts Council.

Refreshments will be served, and the reading is free and open to the public. For more information, call 372-0200.

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>Free course offered on snowmobile safety

MAYVILLE -- A snowmobile safety course for ages 10 to 18 will be offered Friday1 2/2 9 by the Chautauqua County Sheriff's Office.

The free, one-day course runs from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. above the Mayville Fire Hall. Those attending should bring a lunch, or permission will be required to leave the classroom for lunch.

No student will be allowed to leave without written permission from a parent or guardian.

The course is mandatory for youths wishing to operate snowmobiles outside of family-owned property. Riders ages 10 to 14 must be accompanied by someone 18 or over.

Enrollment is limited to 50 and will be on a first-come, first-served basis.

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