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Child safety seats focus of inspection at checkpoint

GERRY -- Sixty-one child safety seats were inspected by the Chautauqua County Sheriff's Office during a checkpoint on Saturday.

Only five were installed properly.

The sheriff's office wasn't handing out tickets during the Child Safety Seat Inspection at the Gerry Rodeo Grounds. It was meant to help educate parents and grandparents on the proper use of car seats to protect children from preventable injuries during traffic accidents.

Forty-nine cars went through the inspection checkpoint Saturday, and the sheriff's office expects to conduct more checkpoints in the near future.

Thanks to a state grant, the sheriff's office also handed out 40 car seats to parents unable to afford one.

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Heavenly Harvest event to fill earthly needs

ALLEGANY -- Canticle Farm will raise funds to buy food for the area's poor and needy in 2010 during its "Heavenly Harvest" event from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday.

Food grown at the farm -- a nonprofit, community-supported operation -- will make up a luncheon fare, and participants will be able to try out their favorite zucchini/summer squash casserole recipe in a contest. Also featured are live music, magic and a labyrinth walk.

Adult tickets are $10 and $5 for children, ages 4-10. For information about the event and the casserole contest, visit www.canticlefarm.org or call 373-0200, Ext. 3358. The farm is located at 3835 S. Nine Mile Road.

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Mental health agency selling tote of apples

OLEAN -- The Mental Health Association in Cattaraugus County is selling 5-pound tote bags of Western New York apples in seven varieties through Wednesday, for delivery Oct. 15-17.

A Wyoming County apple farm will supply Cortland, Empire, Crispin, Jona Gold, 20-ounce Baking, Golden Delicious or Red Delicious apples. Totes cost $6 and can be ordered from the association's office at 372-0208 or from Greater Olean Area Chamber of Commerce, 120 N. Union St.

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Paved parking planned for County Auto Bureau

Erie County will pave a new parking lot at the Erie Community College South Campus in Orchard Park to serve the County Auto Bureau there.

At the request of County Clerk Kathy Hochul, the college has agred to devote some land for 38 more spaces plus a sidewalk to serve the busy Auto Bureau.
The Legislature on Thursday agreed to commit up to $50,000 for the project. The work should begin by late this year.

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