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First opening of bids on projects set Nov. 5

SILVER CREEK -- The first round of bids on $10 million in capital improvement projects for the Silver Creek Central School District will be opened Nov. 5.

At the regular meeting of the School Board on Wednesday, Superintendent David O'Rourke said the prebid meeting was attended by several contractors who were interested in viewing the campus and possibly bidding on some of the projects.

The school is entering a several-year, multiphase construction project that will include a new roof on the high school, improvements to the cafeteria, new windows and various plant operational improvements.

The improvements were approved by the voters and are expected to be funded through various state aid programs.

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Ranzenhofer endorsed by business federation

BATAVIA -- Michael H. Ranzenhofer, Republican candidate for the State Senate, on Wednesday accepted the support of the National Federation of Independent Business.

The endorsement was announced in Clor's Market, a long-standing meat market in Batavia.

Michael J. Elmendorf II, state director of the advocacy group, said Ranzenhofer's stand against taxes prompted the endorsement.

Ranzenhofer, an Erie County legislator, pointed to his 20 years of running a "small, service business."

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Veterans treatment courts topic of funding session

Legislation that will be introduced to provide federal funding for veterans teatment courts was discussed during a news conference Tuesday.

The courts help veterans get treatment instead of facing incarceration. The news conference was held in Buffalo City Court's Veterans Treatment Court, which debuted in January and is believed to be the first of its kind in the country.

Rep. Brian Higgins, D-Buffalo, a co-sponsor of the legislation, and acting Erie County Judge Robert Russell, who oversaw the creation of the local veterans court, conducted the news conference.

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