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Horrigan agrees recent Heroin arrests in Jamestown put added emphasis on upcoming drug forums...

This week's drug sweep that took 41 heroin dealers off the street in the Jamestown-area area is putting some added focus on next week's rescheduled Community Drug Forums in Jamestown and Dunkirk.  County Executive Vince Horrigan... and, Community Mental Hygiene Services Director Pat Brinkman say the two added forums are focused on stopping the epidemic of Opiate use and abuse in Chautauqua County.  These forums will focus on the same issues and topics featured in the initial Community Drug Forum from last March.  Horrigan says the arrests show how "significant this problem is."  He says that especially puts the spotlight on treatment, education and prevention.  The forums will be held next Monday, August 4th from 9 a.m. to Noon at Jamestown Community College's Carnahan Building in Jamestown.  The second will be held from 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. at JCC's North County Training Center in Dunkirk.  For more information on the forums... call the county's Department of Mental Hygiene at 753-4104.

Alleged Pot Grower arrested in Randolph...

A Cattaraugus County man has been arrested for allegedly growing... and processing marijuana in his Randolph home.  Agents with the Southern Tier Regional Drug Task Force say a recent investigation showed that 34 year-old Arthur Wright of Main Street was growing pot in his apartment.  Task Force members raided the apartment Thursday night... and, found several plants inside the dwelling... along with a small quantity of pot.  Arthur was arrested... and charged with unlawfully growing and possessing marijuana.  He was issued appearance tickets for Randolph Town Court.

Gillibrand in Jamestown Friday to tout new Summer Lunch Program for kids...

U-S Senator Kirsten Gillibrand was in Jamestown during the lunch-hour yesterday to drive home her support of a measure that enhances summer meal programs for children.  Gillibrand was in Jamestown to voice her support for the bi-partisan 'Summer Meals Act.'  The New York Democrat is a co-sponsor of the bill... which is designed to improve nutrition and enhance learning for kids in underserved areas.  During an appearance at the Jamestown Boys and Girls Club... Gillibrand says the measure will make the program more accessible to more children.  She says the legislation would allow places like the club could apply to get more lunches to serve.  Gillibrand says the current program is in place for communities where 50-percent of the households meet eligibility guidelines.  However... she says this measure will reduce that number to 40-percent.  While some 9,000 children in Chautauqua County are eligible for the 'School Lunch Program...' she says only 756 were able to access Summer meals last year.

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