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April 20, 2009

area news roundup: Stimulus funds aid programs

Stimulus funds aid programs

Chenango and Otsego counties will receive a total of more than $35,000 in stimulus funding for emergency food and shelter programs, Rep. Michael A. Arcuri, D-Utica, announced last week.

The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act designated $17,345 for Chenango County and $19,680 for Otsego County, stated a media release from Arcuri.

"As unemployment rates rise and hours are cut, this recovery funding will help local families and seniors hit the hardest by the economic downturn," Arcuri said.

Federal funds totaling $100 million were made available to the Emergency Food and Shelter Program. The money goes to supplement food, shelter, rent, mortgage and utility assistance programs for people with nondisaster-related emergencies.

Additional jurisdictions in New York state may be selected at a later date by the EFSP State Set-Aside Committee. The EFSP National Board is chaired by the Federal Emergency Management Agency and composed of representatives from American Red Cross; Catholic Charities USA; United Jewish Communities; National Council of the Churches of Christ in the U.S.A.; The Salvation Army; and United Way of America.

Students to show `wearable art'

ONEONTA _ Students in the advanced fashion-design course "Innovations in Wearable Art" at the State University College at Oneonta will present an "eco-fashion" show at 2:45 p.m. Tuesday in front of the Human Ecology Building on campus.

In the course, taught by Dr. Annacleta Chiweshe of the Human Ecology Department, students design unique garments using both traditional and non-traditional materials and techniques, presenters said.

For the eco-fashion show, students developed one-of-a-kind garments using nontraditional materials in the spirit of sustainability.

For information, call Chiweshe at 436-2519.

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