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Wednesday, April 6, 2022

Wednesday 6 April 2022:
News Briefs from GLOW counties

Darien host family works to bring Ukrainian student to U.S. from Canada Anastasiia “Ana” Sobol, a student from Ukraine currently going to college in Canada, used to live with Jim and Lorrie Gammack of Darien Center as an exchange student. With her school year at Seneca College in Toronto scheduled to end April 22, she is unable to return home with the war going on in Ukraine and her family is unable to pay for school for her. The Gammacks have been raising money for her through a GoFundMe site. As far as a place to live once school ends, they have been talking to the U.S. State Department and are in touch with representatives in Washington to try to get a visa for Sobol to come to this country to live with them. In the meantime, the Gammacks have made arrangements for her to live with their friends, Andy and Marlene Fuest, in St. Catharines, Ontario, over the summer. [Brian Quinn, DN]

Unknown substance causes HAZMAT scare at Attica Correctional Facility An unknown substance in the mailroom caused a hazardous materials scare Tuesday at Attica Correctional Facility. The incident was reported about 10 a.m. after an unknown substance was reportedly found on a letter. Staff at the facility followed the Department of Corrections and Community Supervision’s hazardous materials protocol. They alerted the DOCCS central office and state police.  “The incident was limited to the mailroom, immediately contained, and, due to the hazmat protocol followed, staff, incarcerated individuals and the community at large were not at risk,” DOCCS officials said in a response to emailed questions. Attica firefighters and Wyoming County’s hazardous materials response team were also alerted to the situation. [by Matt Surtel]

Oak Orchard Health breaks ground on expansion at Albion location Oak Orchard Health (OOH) broke ground to expand its community health center during a Tuesday ceremony. OOH will be adding 2,250 square feet of space to its community health center located at 301 West Ave. in Albion. Karen Watt, OOH board chair, said the community health center is out of space. “This is a wonderful opportunity for us to enlarge and be able to have groups come in,” she said. The groups can be interested in breastfeeding or diabetes control. OOH didn’t previously have this space in Orleans County, so Watt said they’re looking forward to it. [By Mallory Diefenbach]

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