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>Panel on youth drinking, parental role, draws 150

BATAVIA -- Underage drinking and parental responsibilities were the topics of a town meeting Tuesday sponsored by the Genesee/Orleans Council on Alcoholism and Substance Abuse.

About 150 attended the session at Genesee Community College, part of a Drug-Free Communities Program sponsored by a federal agency that coincides with similar nationwide town hall meetings.

A survey, it was said, shows that 29 percent of 11th graders admit to binge drinking (five or more drinks at one time), and one of five ninth graders and 7 percent of seventh graders said they used alcohol in the past month.

The workshop was moderated by Batavia City Judge Robert J. Balbick. Among the panelists were Genesee County District Attorney Lawrence Friedman and public defender Gary A. Horton, LeRoy police chief Chris Hayward, Rev. Harlan Hobson, social workers and youth counselors.

A similar public forum will be held at 7 p.m. today in Medina High School.

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