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Sunser inauguration heralds new era at community college

BATAVIA -- Hundreds were on hand Saturday for the inauguration of James M. Sunser as president of Genesee Community College.

Dr. Sunser is only the fourth president GCC in its 45-year history. On Aug. 1, he succeeded Dr. Stuart Steiner, who was the college's president for 37 years.

Participating in the ceremony were SUNY Vice Chancellor Johanna Duncan-Poitier and Genesee County Legislature Chairwoman Mary Pat Hancock.

The inauguration ceremony was preceded by a march of more than 100 academic dignitaries, from GCC faculty members and other colleges and universities. A native of Syracuse, Sunser comes to GCC from Onondaga Community College in Syracuse, where he served as vice president.

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Minimum wage hike proposal to be discussed in City Hall

The third in a series of three statewide public hearings on increasing New York State's minimum wage will be held at 1 p.m. Friday in the Common Council Chambers in City Hall.

Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver and Assemblyman Keith Wright, D-Harlem, have introduced a bill to raise the state's minimum wage to $8.50 an hour and index it to inflation.

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'Kids in the Woods set to debut at nature preserve

The new "Kids in the Woods" Summer Day Camp at Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve in Cheektowaga is now open for application by children 8 to 11, according to the Friends of Reinstein Nature Preserve.

The first session of the camp kicks off on July 23 in partnership with the state Department of Environmental Conservation. The weeklong adventures include nature hikes, pond explorations, crafts, games and more.

Each session runs Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The fee for one week of camp is $150 for Friends of Reinstein members and $175 for non-members.

Registration forms are available at the Reinstein Woods Environmental Education Center and on the Web at http://www.dec.ny.gov/education/1967.html. For more information, contact Reinstein Woods at 683-5959, Ext. 205.

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All-America City Quilt to be displayed in City Hall

The All-America City Quilt, with squares representing more than 20 communities from the National Civil League's All-America City competition, will make the next stop in its nationwide tour in Buffalo. The quilt will be displayed in the lobby of City Hall from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. from Monday through Friday.

"The AAC Quilt visit will provide a reminder of the good we can accomplish locally and nationally when we work together," said Phil Haberstro, co-chairman of the Buffalo Niagara All-America City Committee.

Buffalo has applied for the 2012 All-America City competition, highlighting efforts to improve third-grade reading proficiency.

Greater Buffalo -- the city and Erie County -- won the All-America City Award in 1996 and the Buffalo Niagara Region won in 2002.