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Summer camp sessions OK'd for special-needs children

LITTLE VALLEY -- As many as 17 children with behavioral problems will be able to attend summer camp in Allegany State Park, following action taken by Cattaraugus County legislators.

Approval was given to contract with the county Mental Health Association for Camp New Horizons residential summer camp for children ages 8 to 15 whose emotional and behavioral problems makes it difficult for them to succeed in a traditional camp setting.

The program will pay for three eight-day camps at a cost of $900 each participant with financing from the Social Services Department through a 100 percent federally funded program.

Legislators adjourned their meeting this week in memory of Mary E. Bernstein, 79, of Olean, who died Sunday. She served as a county legislator from 1988 to 1995 and was a retired language teacher. Her son, Alan, is deputy county clerk.



$112,000 grant to aid YWCA housing programs

The YWCA of Western New York is planning to use a $112,000 grant to benefit its transitional housing programs.

The grant from the John R. Oishei Foundation will target programs that provide housing, education and life skills services to homeless women and children -- some, the victims of domestic violence.

Funding also will be used to create a shared-staff position between the YWCA and Native American Community Services of Erie and Niagara counties. The staff member will be involved with planning events, fundraising opportunities, marketing and will help to create corporate and foundation partnerships.



Resident input welcomed in search for superintendent

LYNDONVILLE -- The Lyndonville School Board is inviting residents to attend upcoming forums on priorities in the search for a new superintendent.

Thomas Cox is the interim superintendent during the search to replace Barbara Deane-Williams, who becomes superintendent of Greece Central School District in Monroe County on July 1.

The first forum was held Saturday and further meetings are scheduled for dates yet to be determined in September. For more information, call the district office at (585) 765-3101 for more information.



African American men and AIDS focus of forum

The Black Leadership Commission on AIDS of Buffalo will present a forum that focuses on African American men from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Buffalo Museum of Science auditorium, 1020 Humboldt Parkway.

The title of the program is "Stigma, Shame, Denial, Discrimination, Inaction, Misaction."

Co-sponsored by the MOCHA Center, the event is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.

For more information or to register, call Donna Chapman at 832-2088 or e-mail

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