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>FEMA teams visiting Lowe's, Home Depot to offer advice

Federal Emergency Management Agency employees are being stationed in area home-improvement stores to offer advice to residents on how to prepare for future disasters.

The FEMA mitigation experts have helped about 4,000 homeowners, renters and business owners at stores in Cattaraugus, Chautauqua and Erie counties since the outreach effort started Sept. 14, the agency reported.

They offer advice on disaster preparation, refer people to nearby disaster recovery centers and urge residents who suffered damage in the August storms to register with FEMA. The program is scheduled to run through Oct. 10.

Through Monday, the teams will be at: Lowe's, 4950 Southwestern Blvd., Hamburg; Lowe's, 440 South Cascade Drive, Springville; and Home Depot, 3901 Vineyard Drive, Dunkirk. The times are 7:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday.

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>Tickets now on sale for theater's season opener

OLEAN -- Tickets are on sale for Theatre Workshop's Oct. 15-18 production of "The Night of January 16th" in the Washington Street Theatre.

Tickets prices are $7 and can be reserved by calling 373-SHOW (7469). The show opens the Theatre Workshop's 2009-10 season. For more information, visit www.oleanworkshop.org.

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>Ornithological group marks first anniversary

PORTVILLE -- The Cattaraugus County Bird Club, Hawk Hideaway and Pfeiffer Nature Center provide birding activities for youth ages 10 to 19, in cooperation with the New York State Young Birders Club, which marked its one-year anniversary in August.

The club is a special project of the New York State Ornithological Association, offering monthly field trips, a Web site, a newsletter, birding-related e-mail alerts, and an online forum. Club trips are led by knowledgeable birders across the state, with trip reports and species lists provided by participants online at www.nysyoungbirders.org.

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