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One of the biggest names in American business is scheduled to speak at Genesee Community College this fall.

He is Jerry Greenfield, and if that name is not familiar, think of his partner, Ben Cohen…Ben and Jerry, the ice cream moguls.
They took a local ice cream store in a converted gas station in Burglington, Vermont and turned it into a global empire.
Jerry Greenfield will be the keynote speaker at GCC’s Wolcott Humphrey Symposium on September 25th.
Tickets are $25. Greenfield’s presentation will be followed by - what else - an ice cream social.

Batavia is preparing for its annual Summer in the City celebration later this month.
Summer in the City is set for Saturday, August 17th.
Elvis impersonator Terry Buckwald and the band Hit N Run highlight the entertainment.
There will be a car cruise along Main Street, food vendors and a Kids Zone with bounce houses.

Elba is getting ready for its annual Onion Festival this weekend.
It is the 77th annual Onion Festival at the firemen’s recreation hall.
The festival begins on Friday at 5 and wraps up around midnight Saturday with the drawing for a new Ford Mustang.

The state education department is warning that test scores for students in third through eighth grade will be significantly lower than last year.
Officials say it’s due to the newly implanted Common Core Curriculum.
The results are set to be released this morning. 
Teachers and students have voiced complaints that there was not enough time or materials to properly prepare.
State Education Commissioner John King wrote a memo to superintendents Friday saying the first year of the exams will not be used in teacher evaluations. 
He says they will be a baseline for future years.

Layoffs are taking place this week at Bausch and Lomb in Rochester.  The company was recently purchased by a Canadian pharmaceutical company Valeant, who then announced plans to slash the local workforce.  The company told 200 workers yesterday that they are being laid off this week, and another 200 are being let go by early next year.  Governor Andrew Cuomo has dispatched the state Department of Labor rapid-response team to help the workers find new jobs.

New York State is downgrading its revenue projections for the START-UP NY initiative. 
The state’s quarterly budget report released Friday says that over the next three fiscal years the program will take in 323-million-dollars less than projected when the budget was passed in March.
The new program will create tax-free zones around SUNY college campuses for start-ups and businesses making new hires where taxes are exempt for 10 years.
The state’s budget deficit is expected to reach one-and-three-quarter billion dollars next year. The plan – which was passed by the legislature -- was intended to boost a stagnant upstate economy.
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