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Genesee County Fair starts Tuesday at noon

BATAVIA -- The 168th annual Genesee County Fair will open a five-day run at noon Tuesday at the fairgrounds on East Main Street Road.

Numerous activities, many related to 4-H events and judging, will continue through Saturday. A midway and live entertainment are planned, along with fireworks Friday and Saturday.

Begun in 1840 on a farm in Alexander, the exposition -- one of the oldest in the state -- survived bankruptcy in the late 1940s, losing its decades-old grounds to Batavia Downs.


Elections Board open for primary petitions

LITTLE VALLEY -- The Cattaraugus County Board of Elections will receive party designating petitions Monday through Thursday for candidates running in the Sept. 18 primary election and the Nov. 6 general election.

Independent nominating petitions may be filed from Aug. 14 through 21. Town or village caucuses to settle party nominations outside the primary process may be held until the Sept. 25 nomination filing deadline.

The Board of Elections will register voters through Aug. 24 for the primary and through Oct. 12 for the general election.

For more information about registration or circulating nominating petitions in political subdivisions within Cattaraugus County, call election commissioners at 938-9111.


Development center names Suozzi vice president

BATAVIA -- The Genesee Economic Development Center has named Christopher J. Suozzi vice president of business development to succeed Stephen G. Griffin, who left in May for a similar post in Yates County.

A native Batavian, the 42-year-old Suozzi has degrees from Genesee Community College, Alfred University and Jacksonville, Fla., University.

After 20 years of managerial positions his last employment was with Rosina Food Products in Cheektowaga.


Health care expert to discuss Tuskegee study

A renowned scholar will highlight the struggle to achieve health care equality in the 21st century July 25 at Roswell Park Cancer Institute.

Dr. Vanessa Gamble, director of the National Center for Bioethics in Research and Health Care at Tuskegee University, will discuss the infamous Tuskegee study and how it has shaped disparities in race and health care today. The study, which began in 1932, was a 40-year experiment on the effects of syphilis on poor black sharecroppers. Doctors withheld information and potentially life-saving treatments from subjects in order to study how the disease killed.

Gamble has studied the Tuskegee experiment extensively and headed the committee that led to a public apology to the patients by former President Bill Clinton in 1997.

Her talk will be at 6 p.m. in the David C. Hohn Lecture Hall. For more information, call (877) 275-7724.

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