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GOP opens election headquarters in Batavia

BATAVIA -- Though they have only one local contest, Genesee County Republicans on Saturday opened a spacious Election 2000 Headquarters in a former downtown appliance store.

Eric R. Adams won the GOP primary over City Judge Robert J. Balbick and will run for a 10-year Family Court term in November. Balbick remains on the ballot as a candidate of the Independence and Families First parties. Former sheriff and Stafford town justice, W. Douglas Call, is the Democratic nominee.

Saturday's grand-opening ceremonies, attended by about 40, was largely a rally for the GOP candidate for U.S. Senate, Rep. Rick A. Lazio. Rep. Thomas M. Reynolds, R-Clarence, Lazio's New York State campaign chairman, predicted a close race. He said Lazio is a "fighter both for the state and his districts, and will listen to what local governments need."

Assemblyman Charles H. Nesbitt, whose district includes half of the county, cited what he termed the Republicans' "legacy of helping individuals and families be self-reliant." He said Lazio's opponent, first lady Hillary Rodham Clinton, is "not right" for what upstate local governments need from Washington.

GOP spokesman Stephen M. Hawley said the headquarters will be open part time through Election Day.

After-school program to begin in October

A new after-school program will start in October in the Gowanda School District, where students will receive enrichment in technology and art, as well as tutoring and recreational activities.

The $395,000 federal grant to Gowanda through the U.S. Department of Education 21st Century Community Learning Center is one of 310 awarded out of 2,000 applications. More than 4,000 schools conduct the Learning Center program across the country, and it has grown by $452 million since 1997.

In the United States, there are 5 million to 7 million latchkey children, who get no supervision after school.

For information on the Gowanda Central School after-school program, call 532-3325.

Weatherization program gets more funds

SALAMANCA -- People in Allegany and Cattaraugus counties now participating in the weatherization program through Cattaraugus Community Action may be eligible for more money.

Homeowners and renters who heat with oil and kerosene and are responsible for paying their heating bills can apply.

Under the program, energy audits will be conducted at homes, which will then be weatherized to become more energy-efficient to lower heating costs.

Guidelines for the program are based on income and household size.

For information, call the agency at 945-1041.

Board OKs design plans for new library

A new public library in the City of Buffalo is a step closer to reality, now that the Buffalo & Erie County Public Library has approved a Buffalo architect's design plans for the project.

The new North Jefferson Library, which will be built on the corner of Jefferson Avenue and Utica Street, will be a 20,000-square-foot structure designed to look like an African village, said Rebecca L. Mahoney, chairwoman of the library's Board of Trustees.

Architect Robert Traynham Coles, head of one of the few African-American architectural firms in the state, is in charge of the project, Mahoney said.

"The elements are arranged in circles with the heart of the library, the circulation desk, as the connecting link," said Mahoney. "From the overall design to the anticipated details, Mr. Coles' vision has captured a true spirit of community."

The design of the planned library was approved by the board this week. The new library will replace the existing North Jefferson Library on East Utica Street, which was built in 1929.

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