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>Hawley adds to support in GOP bid for Assembly

BATAVIA -- Steven M. Hawley of Batavia, the Republican candidate to fill a vacant Assembly seat in a special election Feb. 28, picked up endorsements from the Genesee County Conservative and Independence parties this week.

Hawley, owner of an insurance company, is running to succeed Assembly Minority Leader Charles H. Nesbitt, R-Albion, who resigned to take a post with the state Tax Tribunal.

Gary F. Kent, a one-term Orleans County legislator from Albion, is the Democratic candidate.

If successful, Hawley would be a member of the same legislative body as his father, R. Stephen Hawley, who retired 13 years ago.

The younger Hawley is a former Genesee County legislator and was an aide to Nesbitt throughout his 13 years in the Assembly.


>Volunteers needed for Daffodil Days

Volunteers are sought to sell and deliver daffodils for the 33rd annual American Cancer Society's Daffodil Days.

Proceeds support the organization's research, education, advocacy, and local patient and family service programs.

Fresh-cut bunches of 10 daffodils are $10; the Daffodil Days vase is $8 without flowers. New this year is a bouquet of daffodils and a Boyds stuffed bear for $25.

Advance orders will be taken until Feb. 28. Daffodils will be available for pickup the week of March 20. Delivery is free on orders of $50 or more.

More information is available from the American Cancer Society at (800) ACS-2345 or


>Residents invited to join forum on food issues

ELLICOTTVILLE -- Cattaraugus County residents are invited to a discussion on local food issues at 7 p.m. Feb. 27 in the Cornell Cooperative Extension office on Parkside Drive in Ellicottville.

The New York Sustainable Agriculture Working Group and the Cornell Cooperative Extension of Allegany and Cattaraugus counties hope to create an action plan. The group will organize the county's food assets to strengthen the production and distribution of locally produced food for local markets.

To reserve a seat, call Desiree Ottley at the extension's Ellicottville office, at (800) 897-9189, Ext. 125. For information about the working group, contact Hank Herrera at NYSAWG by calling (585) 271-0490.

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