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Congressman Chris Collins was in Elba yesterday touting the Beginning Farmer and Rancher Opportunity Act to encourage young people to enter farm work and other agribusinesses through the use of loans and grants.

He says farming and agriculture still play a critical role in the economy of our area, but that the average age of a farmer is 57.

The Bill would also enable access to land, credit and technical assistance for new producers, provide training mentoring and research and conduct outreach on agricultural job opportunities for military veterans.

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A malfunctioning tractor trailer on the Thruway ends safely, but authorities had quite a mess to clean up.

Dispatchers received a call at around four yesterday afternoon for a tractor trailer leaking fuel after it lost its drive shaft which caused damage to the saddle tank. The tractor trailer lost power and had to coast to the travel plaza in Pembroke.

It was a lucky situation, but authorities still faced a major problem.

“We’re approximating that (the driver) lost approximately 60 to 80 gallons of diesel fuel and the diesel fuel spilled out onto the parking area of the travel plaza, but it did enter a storm sewer," Genesee County Emergency Management Coordinator Tim Yaeger said. "We were able to control any more of the material from leaking from the tank and entering the storm sewer.”

Diesel fuel is not highly flammable, but it's slippery which could have made dangerous driving conditions; not to mention it poses an environmental issue.

Yaeger describes the clean-up effort...

“Basically we used a putty material to stop the leak and then some retention ponds underneath that for any other material that may drip out.”

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Beware of bears in LeRoy.

The LeRoy Police Department has received reports of bear sightings in the area around Hartwood Park. A resident of the housing tract Presidential Acres called today to say his bird feeders were destroyed and footprints in the wet grass went back to the wooded area behind the home.

The DEC was contacted. It recommends residents ensure that all garbage outside is either secured or brought in. Also bird feeders, while they can be out during the day, need to be brought in at night, every night. 

It says bears are intelligent animals and once they determine the location of an easy meal, they will come back continually. 

To contact the Le Roy Police Department call 768-2527, ext. 2225, and leave a voicemail for Sgt. Timothy R. Hayes or call the Dispatch Center at 345-6350.

To contact the DEC office for Genesee County (Region 8) in regard to wildlife issues, call the Avon office at (585) 226-5380.

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There are 2,265 school days from kindergarten through 12th grade. Pembroke’s Anthony Platek was present and on time for every single one of them.

“I guess you could say it kind of happened," he said to Howard Owns of our news partner, The Batavian. "I just showed up and did my thing. I was an average student, really, but when I found out about this, I knew I had another goal to work toward.”

Anthony says he’s enjoyed reflecting on his accomplishment.

“I’ve looked back on it. I’ve had to do projects and stuff where I’ve had to build resumes and portfolios and on my resume it says perfect attendance 6th grade, 7th grade, 8th grade, 9th grade, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th,"I look back on it and go, ‘Wow. The whole time…’ You don’t even notice it. It just stacks up over the years.”

Vice principal Nathan Work says students get perfect attendance for a single grade fairly frequently, and even though Anthony’s not the first, he says having perfect attendance K through 8 is a huge accomplishment.
 
“I think it comes down to character," Work said. "He’s extremely dedicated. His mom shared a story with me about times he was sick and had headaches and the nurse was encouraging him to go home. He wouldn’t go home and he wanted to stay in school. His mom brought him in some medicine and he toughed it out.”
 

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Buell Street and Ellicott Avenue will be experience traffic closures for roadway paving on Monday, June 10, 2013 between 7:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m.

Residents are asked not to park on the road. Residents of Buell Street and Ellicott Avenue will have access to their properties but it will be limited at times while paving operations are in front of their homes.

Paving will begin on Buell St. and will move to Ellicott Ave. upon Buell St.’s completion. All other traffic is asked to avoid these areas.

Rain date will be Tuesday, June 11.

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