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 An Earth Day celebration will be held today at 9AM in Austin Park. The event is intended to educate young people on the importance of going “green” and conserving energy. 4-billion trees are cut down each year to make paper, and in 2010 the United States used over 8-million dollars in electricity each day. The festivities will begin with a short presentation on energy efficiency, followed by a tree planting ceremony in Centennial Park. After everyone has visited all of the booths set up by companies across Genesee County, students from various elementary schools in Batavia will join the Kiwanis Club to clean a park or area in the city. The event will conclude around 12:30 PM.

Renovations to St. James Church are almost complete. For the next few weeks they will be putting on the finishing touches to their 500-thousand dollar restoration. This morning they put up a new cross on top of the church. Director of St. James Steven Metcalf says the cross is the most important piece they’ve put up yet.

“I hope the renovation shows that the church is trying start fresh and bring new life into the congregation,” said Metcalf.

Catenary Construction is heading the restoration project. Chairman William Farmer talks about some of the things done to the church so far.

“We’ve replaced 278 pieces of stone, used over 100 pails of cathedral patchwork mortar, we’ve remounted the majority of the tower and it has a new roof,” said Farmer.

Stain glass windows are the last thing to be put in. They plan to have things completed within the next 3 to 4 weeks.

The search for a missing Orleans County man is officially over. 42-year old Willie Gaffney was located in safe condition in the Village of Albion. Gaffney, who was believed to be suicidal and off his depression medication, was reported missing yesterday at 1AM. The Albion Police expressed their gratitude towards all who gave information in a press release this morning.

A new law could land cyber bullies in jail. Some Western New York legislators are backing a bill that would make cyber bullying against a minor illegal in New York State. Legislators that are supporting the bill are in Monroe and Erie County. If passed the law would put violators in jail for 1-year with a 1-thousand dollar fine.

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