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>Five lawmakers ready to leave by year's end

BATAVIA -- Batavia and Genesee County will lose the services of five elected officials, four of whom have a combined tenure of nearly 70 years.

Michael T. Welsh, D-Le Roy, a county legislator for 21 years, lost a re-election bid to a newcomer, Jerome J. Grasso. That turned the political balance on the Legislature from 7-2 to 8-1 for the GOP.

Another legislator, Republican Richard M. Rudolph, who represented the towns of Pembroke and Darien for 18 years, retired. Annie M. Lawrence, a member of the Pembroke Town Board, was elected.

Another 18-year office-holder who retired was Batavia Town Supervisor June C. Vukman. Elected to succeed her was former Town Highway Superintendent Gregory H. Post.

The Batavia City Council will have two newcomers. Democrats Charles L. Mallow Jr. and Timothy E. Buckley were chosen for at-large seats. Defeated was Christine M. Fix, a Council member for 12 years and president for the past two. Richard A. DiFilippo retired from his seat. The election narrowed the GOP majority on the Council from 7-2 to 5-4.

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>Audit panel formed to review records

YORKSHIRE -- A three-member Pioneer School District audit committee to review district records was approved last week.

The move follows an independent audit, which recently confirmed that Pioneer Central was fiscally sound during the 2004-05 school year.

On the committee are School Board members Robert Landahl, the Rev. Neil Kattermann and Dr. Heinke Lillenstein.

Members will serve without compensation but will be reimbursed for any expenditures by the district, school officials said. The panel will meet quarterly.

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>Town gets $455,300 for rural development

RIPLEY -- The town has been awarded $455,300 in rural development funding from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to establish a water district, Rep. Brian M. Higgins has announced.

Ripley also will receive a $371,000 loan through the Agriculture Department's Water and Waste Disposal Loan and Grant Program, Higgins said. The funds will be used for new water lines along 2.5 miles of Route 5.

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>Host families sought for visiting teenagers

The World Heritage Student Exchange program, a public benefit organization, is seeking local host families for high school students from Spain, France, Germany, Thailand, Japan, Mexico, Switzerland, Denmark and Italy.

According to agency officials, host families provide room, board and guidance for a teenager. Couples, single parents and families with and without children at home may apply.

The exchange students will arrive shortly before school begins in fall 2006. Each World Heritage student is fully insured, has spending money and expects to bear a share of household responsibilities, as well as being included in family activities.

For information, call Diane Steiner at (800) 888-9040 or visit the Web site www.world-heritage.org.

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