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A tribute to Genesee County's 20th century, presented Thursday at the historic courthouse, ended with a salute to its people with a plaque that commends the "creative genius and bountiful public spirit of its citizens."

Before an invited crowd of more than 60 city, village, town and county officials, Susan L. Conklin, county historian, and former Congressman Barber B. Conable Jr. gave a review highlighting major local, national and world events in the past 100 years.

The County Legislature played host to the review, which ended with Conklin's observation that "water is still our top story, and agriculture remains our leading industry." The water reference recalled the past year when a countywide water distribution system was established after months of study and debate.

Conable, who left Congress in 1985 after serving 20 years and became president of the World Bank, said Genesee and the world have seen more changes in the past 10 years than in the previous 90.

"The spread of technology, where we double our information every year, has a tremendous impact on how we do things, and how global information is becoming," he said.

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