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If the VFW Auxiliary has its way, there will be a Memorial Day Parade in Batavia this year and for years to come.
A small group of women representing the VFW appeared before the Batavia City Council last night seeking the lawmaker’s support for the parade, which organizers said they were forced to cancel for this year.
The Batavia Memorial Day committee announced last month that due to time commitments and an aging group of volunteers the parade was called off.
Barbara Lewis served as a spokeswoman for the Auxiliary and told the council the parade must go on.
"It's so gratifying when you see these proud faces (of the veterans) who can no longer march," Lewis said, "the volunteers push their wheelchairs...it breaks your heart."
Council took no formal action to back the parade but individually, council members pledged their support.
Councilman at-large Frank Ferrando said the Memorial Day Parade should be the one activity that the government should support.

The City Council last night, without comment, approved a new five-year labor agreement with the CSEA.
The pact covers 17 full-time city employees. Total cost to taxpayers over the five years: $79,000.

Republican gubernatorial candidate Carl Paladino has been accused of sending pornographic and racially infused emails.  The website WNYmedia.net says it has received copies of numerous emails reportedly forwarded by Paladino.  The site says the emails were pornographic or contained racially insensitive material concerning President Obama.  Paladino has apologized. A Paladino spokesman says Democrats are just trying to move the subject away from Paladino's goal of changing Albany.

A Livonia man has been busted for allegedly possessing two pounds of pot. 46-year-old John Dalberth of Livonia was arrested after Sheriffs Deputies executed a search warrant at his home.
Deputies seized more than 2 pounds of marihuana and 42-hundred dollars in cash.  Dalberth is locked up without bail.

Teen sensation Justin Bieber will perform a special concert for students and staff at one Ontario County high school.  The pop star will sing sometime this week at the Marcus Whitman High School in Gorham.  The concert is a reward for the school which raised three-thousand dollars in pennies for the Hillside Family of Agencies.  Because of the 16-year-old's popularity, school officials are keeping the exact date a secret.

The Bruins and Sabres will open up their first round playoff series on Thursday in Buffalo.  Game One of the best-of-seven series will get underway at 7:00 p.m. The Sabres will also host Game Two on Saturday afternoon before the series shifts to Boston for Game Three on Monday night. All the Sabres playoff games can be heard here on AM 1490, WBTA.

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