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>Concert, other activities to aid flood victims

SILVER CREEK -- A benefit concert for the flood victims of Silver Creek and Gowanda will get under way at 3 p.m. Sunday in Silver Creek Central School auditorium.

The Dave Golando Big Band, Big Bore Brass, Sheridan/Cattaraugus Community Choirs and Silver Creek High School Chorus will perform. Cash or checks will be accepted. Checks can be made out to: "The Silver Creek Flood Relief," with "Benefit Concert" written on the memo line, sponsors said. All of the donations will go to local flood victims.

Emergency responders also will be honored at the event, and there will be hundreds of pictures of the flooding in Silver Creek and Gowanda shown on a big screen during the program.

State Sen. Catharine Young, R-Olean; Chautauqua County Executive Gregory J. Edwards; Silver Creek Mayor Kurt Lindstrom; Gowanda Mayor Richard Klancer; Hanover Supervisor Kathy Tampio; and others local officials are expected to attend.

A reception and other fundraising activities will follow the concert.

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>$43,350 grant to fund deer research initiative

CUBA -- Cuba-Rushford Central School's Environmental Education Initiative has been awarded a $43,350 Appalachian Regional Commission grant.

The funds will provide enrollment in an outdoor deer research laboratory for 40 high school students, as well as 100 eighth-graders. The funding will also allow the school to move ahead with purchase of a nearby tract of land with 24 acres set aside for the lab and enclosure for the resident deer herd.

Rep. Eric Massa, D-Corning, announced the grant.

"I look forward to the improvements that these funds will provide for the Environmental Education Initiative project at Cuba-Rushford Central School, and I hope the program is enjoyed by students for years to come," he said.

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