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COMMUNITY: ‘Proud’ moments make difference

Good neighbors are appearing throughout our region in the people and our business community. Within the last two weeks, this newspaper has highlighted girls who are making homemade masks for caregivers and businesses that have begun making products to combat the illness.

Consider these examples:

¯ As noted March 26, sisters Breanna, 13, and Morganne Kelley, 11, of Brocton are sewing masks for the Chautauqua Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Dunkirk as well as Brooks Memorial Hospital and Westfield Memorial Hospital. “This was all their idea,” said Katie (Delcamp) Kelley, their mother. “I’m just beyond proud of what they do every day.”

¯ Jamestown Plastics has begun producing a necessary accessory for protection. The True Hero Shield is a device to keep out germs that’s intended for medical workers and other emergency personnel. “This is completely on the front line folks. Everyone should be thinking of them, said Jamestown Plastics President Jay Baker.

¯ Mazza Five & 20 Spirits has also made some changes. Utilizing the ingredients, equipment, and processes they already have in place, Mazza is redirecting 100 percent of its efforts to distill hand sanitizer under the strict guidelines and cooperation of the World Health Organization, the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) — retaining 30 full-time employees in the process. The demand has been great. “We are shifting to six production days per week,” Mario Mazza, vice president and general manager.

Keep the faith. We are all in this together.

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