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Per-semester tuition to rise by $75 in new academic year

BATAVIA -- Genesee Community College will raise its tuition by $75 a semester with the start of the 2012-13 academic year under a budget plan that was approved earlier this week by the college's board of trustees.

The current tuition for state residents who attend the college is $1,700 per semester, which will rise to $1,775 per semester. Tuition for part-time students will rise by $5 a credit hour to $145.

The $37 million budget approved by the board holds staffing at current levels and restricts future purchases to only the essentials.

The board also requested that the county increase its share of support to the college by $50,000 annually, from the current $1.93 million to $1.98 million.


Local fundraiser for Romney changed from June 15 to 29

A major fundraiser for presumptive Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney has been changed from June 15 to June 29, according to invitations now arriving in upstate mail boxes.

No reason has been given for the date change.

The venue for the event has also been switched from the Burchfield Penney Art Gallery to the Buffalo & Erie County Historical Society.

Businessmen Anthony H. Gioia and Mark Hamister are leading the fundraising event, which charges $2,500 for the 5 p.m. reception.


North Collins police officer to be honored by his peers

The public is invited to join area law enforcement today at a celebration of North Collins Police Officer Reid Smith's golden anniversary on the job.

Smith, 73, of Angola, who has been employed by various police agencies during his 50 years as an officer, has served mostly in North Collins.

He remains on duty today in the village of North Collins.

The celebration, which will coincide with National Police Week, will start at 3 p.m. at the North Collins Fire Department's Main Street training center.


'Click It or Ticket on tap from Monday through June 3

Fasten your seat belts. Police agencies across the nation will be cracking down on drivers who don't buckle up when the 2012 Click It or Ticket seat belt enforcement campaign begins Monday. It continues through June 3, especially at night.

The National Traffic Safety Administration reports that 61 percent of the 10,647 people who died in nighttime passenger vehicle crashes in 2010 were not wearing their seat belts. During the daylight hours, only 42 percent were not belted. Seat belts are credited with saving 12,256 lives nationwide in 2010.

"Motorists should buckle up every time they go out, both day and night," says Detective Tim Toth of the City of Tonawanda Police Department. "Our officers are prepared to ticket anyone not buckled up no warnings and no excuses."