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Young wants forestry office in Belmont kept open

BELMONT -- State Sen. Catharine M. Young, R-Olean, is urging Gov. David A. Paterson and State Environmental Commissioner Alexander Grannis to reconsider the decision to close the DEC forestry office in Belmont.

Young said the office generates more than $300,000 per year in forest product sales while costing only $11,000 to operate. It supplies forest products, inventory and land-use management plans for approximately 46,000 acres in Allegany County.

"It is a small, but productive office that plays an enormous role in managing state-owned forest lands, and assisting private landowners in managing their forests," Young said in a statement.

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Rotary official points out group's worldwide service

WESTFIELD -- Efforts of Rotarians are supplying water to those in need, improving the health of thousands and supporting literacy.

The was the message Pravin D. Suchak, Rotary District 7090 governor, passed along during a guest appearance at the Westfield-Mayville Rotary Club recently.

Suchak, a member of the Amherst North Club and a multiple Paul Harris Fellowship recipient, noted that every day of the year, Rotarians around the world perform a service.

"There are so many ways to make a difference," said Suchak, who pointed to the organization's effort stamping out polio.

Suchak joined Rotary in his homeland, Tanzania, in 1975, and also was a member of the Zambia and Botswana clubs. he joined the Amherst North Club in 1984 and served as its president in 1990-91.

A founding member of Amherst Coalition for Diversity, he organized Martin Luther King Day celebrations in Amherst for two years and currently serves on the town's Information Technology Advisory Committee.