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The Batavia City School Board has voted to approve the sale of their former headquarters. The old Washington Elementary school will be sold to Reed Eye Associates for $500-thousand, which is slightly more than it’s worth. The sale of the building will still be voted on by taxpayers on September 17th, but according to district officials there shouldn’t be any objections. The closing date would be a month later if passes. The eye surgery center will be the first in Batavia and the 6th Reed’s location in Western New York. District employees will likely be moving to the high school where extra space is available.  

    It’s an award that was first given out in 1982, aimed toward recognizing men and women whose volunteer efforts have improved the overall well-being of the community. The Jerome and UMMC Foundation’s have announced that they are looking for candidates eligible to receive the 2012 Health and Humanitarian Award. Jerome Foundation Administrative Assistant Martha Spinnegan explains what they are looking for in the nominees.

“I would say it’s for those hard workers, those volunteers that for all of us are making a difference in terms of the quality of life we have and the opportunities for better physical, spiritual, emotional health,” said Spinnegan.

    Spinnegan said if you would like to nominate someone you can pick up a nomination form at the UMMC foundation office. Applications must be submitted by September 28th and candidates must be Genesee county residents. 

Senator George Maziarz will join several Orleans County School's superintendents to announce some school funding. Thursday afternoon the superintendents of Holly, Albion, Kendall, Medina and Lyndonville Central schools will meet at the Medina School district office to hear the amount of the award. 


Buffalo Bills owner Ralph Wilson has returned home after a brief hospital stay.  The 93-year-old Wilson lives in a suburb of Detroit and spent time in a Michigan hospital with what is believed to be an infection.  The Bills say Wilson was in good condition throughout his hospital stay and is currently resting comfortably at his Grosse Pointe Shores, Michigan, home.

With the signing of two bills, Governor Cuomo is taking aim at smoking near schools and he wants to keep electronic cigarettes away from minors.  Cuomo released a statement saying that, "The new bills will strengthen the state's protections to help young people avoid nicotine addiction as well as the harmful effects of cigarette smoke."  The bill, which prohibits smoking within 100 feet of the entrances or exits of any public or private school, takes effect immediately.  A ban on the sale of electronic cigarettes to minors will take effect January 1st.



New Yorkers can find out if they are owed some of the state's $12 billion in unclaimed funds at events across the state in September.  State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli says New York has billions of dollars in unclaimed fund accounts and they want to return the money to its rightful owners.


The New York State Thruway is having a garage sale of sorts.  Next Wednesday the Thruway Authority will auction off "surplus" items at their office in Selkirk, which is just outside of Albany.  The auction will include cars, dump trucks, pick ups, construction equipment and generators.  The Authority holds these auctions several times per year and has been doing them since the early 1960s.







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