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Plans for a new $777,000, one-story Orleans County Cornell Cooperative Extension Education Center are moving ahead, county officials were told during a legislative conference session Wednesday.

Construction of the new facility on the Orleans County Fairgrounds in Knowlesville is expected to begin in spring. So far, $275,000 in private donations and state funding has been raised for the effort.

"That would not be happening if it were not for program areas growing," Deb Roberts, a spokeswoman for Orleans County Cornell Cooperative Extension, said. Cooperative Extension leaders said they want the new facility built at the fairgrounds because so many 4-H activities throughout the year take place there.

In other business, legislators approved $67,620 in state funding from the "I New York" matching funds. The money will be used to promote county tourism. Legislators also approved a county measure meant to reaffirm the state's smoking ban in public places.

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