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Genesee Country Village set to open today

Genesee Country Village & Museum in Mumford will open today and continue on Mother's Day with highlights of women's fashions from the 1800s.

There will be presentations of "Voices of the Villages," in which townsfolk take the woman's perspective on such issues as pregnancy and childbirth, prostitution and dress reform.

There will also be a Victorian tea for $5, American heritage chocolate tasting, and more.

The museum's season will include release of a new gas balloon in July, the grand opening of the John L. Wehle Gallery after a $2 million renovation in August, and a uniquely designed corn maze in October.

Admission for moms on Mother's Day is free.

For more information, call 585-538-6822 or go to www.gcv.org.

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M&T cleanup program scheduled for May 19

JAMESTOWN -- Businesses, organizations, clubs, families and individuals are invited to join in the M&T Bank Hands On Jamestown community cleanup program on May 19 in downtown Jamestown.

Volunteers are advised to bring cleaning supplies, garbage bags and gloves. Check-in for the cleanup will begin with a continental breakfast at 8 a.m. Free hot dogs will follow at noon. All volunteers who register by May 18 will receive a free T-shirt. To register, call 664-2477 or visit www.discoverjamestown.com.

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MetroLink Bus 201 will continue its run

LOCKPORT -- Bus 201, a MetroLink bus serving Lockport, will continue to run on its current schedule after Sunday, when it was supposed to have been canceled.

C. Douglas Hartmayer, spokesman for the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority, said Friday that an in-house analysis of the Lockport bus situation is not yet complete, and the route that circles past Lockport shopping areas and housing complexes nine times a day will keep rolling in the meantime.

Local politicians and faith-based community groups demanded reconsideration of the NFTA's plan to cancel Bus 201 at a public meeting April 16. NFTA figures showed its average daily ridership was 39 people.

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Former CEO, author to speak at annual Red Shield Lunch

Diane Paddison, former chief operating officer for two Fortune 500 companies and author of "Work, Love, Pray: Practical Wisdom for Young Professional Christian Women," will be keynote speaker at the 12th Annual Red Shield Lunch sponsored by the Salvation Army of Greater Buffalo at noon Monday in the Millennium Hotel Buffalo, 2040 Walden Ave., Cheektowaga.

Paddison is the founder of 4word, a national organization that connects, leads and supports young professional Christian women as they work to fulfill their potential.

Tickets are $55. For reservations and information, call AnnMarie Taft at 888-6214 or visit www.buffalosalvationarmy.org.