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Renovations planned for civic center lobby

JAMESTOWN -- The lobby of the Reg Lenna Civic Center will be renovated, thanks to a $75,000 state grant.

State Sen. Cathy Young, R-Olean, obtained the grant, which will be used to improve capacity and access to the civic center box office, create a concession island and cloakroom, and increase indoor space for patrons to gather before a program.

The center opened in 1923 as the Palace Theater and featured vaudeville acts and silent movies accompanied by a concert pipe organ.

It now serves the Jamestown community as a site for public meetings, graduations and other special events.

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Self-defense course for women to be offered

WELLSVILLE -- Brian Gates, a constable in Pennsylvania and certified self-defense instructor, will present "Fight Like a Girl: Rape Escape" from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday in the Wellsville High School gymnasium, 126 W. State St.

Gates, a bodyguard who also holds an eighth-degree black belt, will teach a new method of self-defense specifically designed for women as part of the April program for Sexual Assault Awareness Month, sponsored by Cattaraugus Community Action.

For more information, contact Edi at (585) 593-4685.

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Events planned in support of crime victims

SALAMANCA -- Cattaraugus Community Action announced that the 2007 National Crime Victims' Rights Week runs from next Sunday through 28 with the theme, "Victims' Rights: Every Victim. Every Time."

The slogan recognizes that each and every victim of crime deserves support and services to help cope with the aftermath of criminal victimization.

The inaugural Peace at Home No Handicap Golf Outing will close the week with a contest for 32 twosomes at the Bartlett Country Club, sponsored by the county's Coalition Against Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Awareness and Education Committee. Reservations for this event are due today.

For information, call Dawn at (716) 945-1041, Ext. 131, or to make a reservation call Marian of the county's Council on Alcoholism and Substance Abuse at (716) 373-5202.

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