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RSVP Program Receives Grant

The Chautauqua County RSVP program has received a $75,000 grant to support a variety of volunteer opportunities throughout the Chautauqua County community. The Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) program is hosted and sponsored by Lutheran Jamestown/ “We care about supporting the incredible work of the RSVP volunteers and their dedication to serving the Chautauqua community,” said Rep. Tom Reed, R-Corning. “We were proud to secure additional funding for this program, which will support critical activities such as food pantry programs; educational services; financial literacy initiatives, and other local economic development programs. We will continue to push for fair access to federal funding for our local charities and volunteer programs like Chautauqua County RSVP.” Each year, AmeriCorps Seniors engages 195,000 Americans 55 and older through its Foster Grandparent, Senior Companion, and RSVP programs, leveraging their passion and knowledge to address some of our country’s most pressing issues.

Outdoor Club To Meet Sunday

The Allegheny Outdoor Club on Sunday will ski or hike at Chapman Dam. Members will meet at the sled riding hill parking area at 2 p.m.

Blood Drive Is Set For Sherman

SHERMAN — An American Red Cross blood drive will be held from 2 to 8 p.m. Feb. 3 at the Sherman Stanley Hose Company, 122 Park St., Sherman. All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients. A blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Individuals who are 17 years of age in most states (16 with parental consent where allowed by state law), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements. To make an appointment visit RedCrossBlood.org or call (800) 733-2767.

Cuomo Pushes Smart Proposal

Gov. Andrew Cuomo is proposing to require companies to prominently disclose information about devices that can record and retain and transmit recordings, such as smartphones, smart speakers and smart TVs. Cuomo will propose legislation requiring the disclosure so that New Yorkers can make informed decisions when they choose to buy an internet-connected device that is capable of recording, and so that written warnings about recording are not hidden or written in small print. The bill would require that smart devices disclose that they are recording their owners before a device is set up, so that owners can manage their settings accordingly. More than 80% of Americans own a smartphone or other digital assistant device, the majority of which are equipped with internal microphones or other audio recording capabilities. A 2019 Pew Research survey revealed that beyond smartphones, a quarter of U.S. adults also have voice-controlled smart speakers in their phones. According to the survey, 54% of smart speaker owners express worry about how much of their personal audio information is collected and 66% reject better personalization of smart speaker recommendations if it means more of their personal data is collected.

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