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Library system director says she is stepping down

JAMESTOWN -- Catherine A. Way, director of the Chautauqua-Cattaraugus Library System and Jamestown's James Prendergast Library Association for the past eight years, has announced that she will retire next March, or sooner if a replacement can be found.

She began her library career in 1973 as a children's librarian at the Prendergast Library. She served as the library's assistant director from 1976 to 1998, then was assistant director of the Prendergast and the two-county library system for five years before assuming the director's post.

During her tenure, 26 of the system's 36 libraries automated their catalogs and six more are in the process of putting their catalogs online. She also oversaw the extensive renovations that recently were completed at the Prendergast Library.



Cattaraugus-Olean Airport is site of Acrobatic Challenge

ISCHUA The City of Olean, Cattaraugus-Olean Airport and the Airport Support Group will host the International Aerobatic Club Buffalo Wings Chapter's U.S. Canadian Aerobatic Challenge Saturday and Sunday at the airport.

As many as 25 pilots and their full-scale specially built aerobatic aircraft will perform aerobatic maneuvers and compete in classes during the two-day event. The event is free to the public.



Batavia resident wins song contest for originality

A Cheektowaga native who lives in Batavia has won an international "Best Original Song" contest with a song inspired by her nephew who died from cancer.

Lisa Barrett, who entered "When You Look at Me" into the contest, said she is a "shocked songwriter" after learning of her victory Monday night, when voting ended on

"Our family suffered so much. Who would have thought that after so much pain would emerge such joy?" Barrett said.

Barrett, who has written about 50 songs, wrote "When You Look at Me" as a tribute to her nephew, Austin Bielanin. Austin died in 2001 shortly before his second birthday. The contest attracted more than 100 entries from multiple countries and voting for the final three took place this past week.



Deco-Fest serves as benefit to restore Central Terminal

The swing band Cherry Poppin' Daddies will headline Deco-Fest at the Central Terminal, 495 Padereski Drive, on Friday.

Also performing will be Krypton 88 from Rochester, the Royal Crowns from Toronto and local rockabilly band Blue Ribbon Bastards.

The benefit to restore the art deco landmark will also include a burlesque performance by Chelsea Green from Pole Play Dance Studio, and pin-up model Kelly "Kelvis" Welsted, who will sign pictures and autographs.

Doors open at 5 p.m. Tickets are $15 presale, and $20 at the door. For more information, go to

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