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2009-01-16 06:00:00

NEW YORK, Jan. 16 /PRNewswire/ -- Holy Name Province, the largest group of Franciscan Friars in the U.S., has created a four-page Lenten study booklet called, "St. Paul Guides Us Through Lent to Easter." The booklet contains daily Pauline passages for the duration of Lent, from Ash Wednesday Feb. 25 to Easter Sunday on April 12, to spur thought, prayer and reflection, and is available for free through the Province's Office of Development and Web site. "Paul's message is just as relevant and...

2008-10-06 21:00:27

By Kathy Kellogg FARMERSVILLE -- The Farmersville Town Board will meet in a special session at 7 p.m. Monday to discuss the possibility of placing a moratorium on permits for wind-energy generating facilities. Officials also canceled a public hearing Wednesday on a proposal to increase wind project application fees and amended the town's law regulating wind farms. The board met in a closed-door session Sept. 24 with the town's wind-energy consultant, Donald Swanz, and a representative...

2008-10-05 21:00:16

By Kathy Kellogg The Cattaraugus County Legislature is expected next week to nail down three contracts with Total Senior Care, operator of a new nonprofit program based in Olean that is designed to help the frail elderly maintain their independence as long as possible. In a Committee-of-the-Whole meeting Wednesday, lawmakers questioned Carol Mahoney, director of Total Senior Care, who will operate the Program of All-inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE), set to debut next month in a newly...

2008-10-02 21:00:11

By Kathy Kellogg A group of Amish families say they are determined to follow the oral instructions handed down by their ancestors in refusing to go along with the Cattaraugus County Health Department's sanitary regulations. They are calling the department's tactics intrusive and discriminatory against the Old Order Community living in the Conewango Valley. A letter signed by Lewis Slabaugh and Uria Rabes of Conewango Valley was a response to the county Board of Health's request in...

2008-10-01 21:00:23

By Kathy Kellogg OLEAN -- Cattaraugus County health officials have announced that flu vaccine supplies have arrived early and scheduled a monthlong series of adult immunization clinics, beginning today. Vaccine for children younger than 18 is not yet available and parents are asked to contact health care providers to obtain it. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends vaccinations for everyone 6 months and older. The cost is $15 and many insurance companies can be...

2008-09-26 21:00:31

By Kathy Kellogg Cattaraugus County legislators suspended the rules for committee discussion and took immediate action to give approval for Jamestown Community College's $24 million capital project in Chautauqua and Allegany counties. The vote, which allows construction to go forward, is required under state Education Law for all local governments represented on JCC's regional board of trustees. The project follows the college's five-year capital improvement plan to upgrade the...

2008-09-24 21:00:27

By Karthy Kellogg Cattaraugus County has retained its ability to tax alternative energy systems -- including wind farms, solar energy systems and on- farm methane digesters -- with a 16-2 vote for passage of a local law Tuesday. The law applies to facilities within the county, including as many as four potential wind farm projects under consideration, and effectively disarms a state tax code provision exempting these energy sources from taxes. The Cattaraugus County Legislature's...

2008-09-23 21:00:19

By Kathy Kellogg The Olean Common Council is expected to vote Tuesday on a local law establishing a local registry and residency prohibitions for most convicted child sex offenders. Anyone over 18 who has been convicted of any sexual offense on a child under the age of 16 will have to register and will be barred from living within 1,000 feet of a school, park, playground or day care center. The information also will be available to the public. Residency exceptions will apply to...

2008-08-30 00:00:16

By Kathy Kellogg The Cattaraugus County Legislature voted, 18-2, Wednesday to oppose the state Department of Environmental Conservation's proposed rule change to ban open burning across the state. Until now, the state's open-burning restrictions have applied only to communities with populations of more than 20,000 people, but municipalities can enact their own bans. The proposed statewide rule targets primarily backyard burning of garbage, yard waste, plastics and synthetics but would...

2008-08-21 21:00:21

By Kathy Kellogg A committee of the Cattaraugus County Agricultural and Farmland Protection Board will take the next few months to study farmland preservation through state and federally funded purchase of development rights. The board met Tuesday with Diane Held of the American Farmland Trust and discussed ways to fund the county's 2007 Agricultural and Farmland Protection Plan. Held told them one out of four applicants are successful in getting state and federal funding for purchase...