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>Benefit to aid those affected by fire

BATAVIA -- A benefit for Liberty Street businesses and tenants affected by a March 21 fire will be held from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Wednesday in Bistro Cristina, 230 Ellicott St.

Music will be provided by Bill MacDonald & the Buffalo Road Show and Trailer Jam. Money will be raised from a silent auction, and appetizers will be available.

The fundraiser is sponsored by the Downtown Batavia Business Improvement District, which is accepting auction items and contributions for the victims. For more information call the organization's office at (585) 344-0900.

The March 31 fire destroyed a more-than-100-year-old building at 102-108 Liberty that housed three businesses -- a pizzeria, dessert cafe and framing shop.

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>Bakerstand Road to close for about three weeks

LITTLE VALLEY -- The Cattaraugus County Department of Public Works will close Bakerstand Road, or County Road 17, for about three weeks for a road construction project.

The work will begin Monday to replace a bridge that is located seven-tenths of a mile east of State Route 242 in the Town of Franklinville.

Traffic will be rerouted to an off-site detour.

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>Foundation is helping to leverage support

BATAVIA -- Through grants and a student housing program, the Genesee Community College Foundation is helping to leverage more than $4 million a year in fiscal support for the college.

The trustees at their monthly meeting also approved the transfer of 34 acres of the campus to the Genesee Economic Development Center for a planned Upstate Med-and-Tech Park.

Basic infrastructure work can begin after approval of the transfer by the County Legislature and the State University of New York.

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>Instruction on growing giant pumpkins is free

HUMPHREY -- A free instructional presentation on growing giant pumpkins, which is open to the public, groups, clubs and organizations, will be held at 10 a.m. April 14 in the Humphrey Fire Hall on Cattaraugus County Road 18 between Great Valley and Humphrey.

Free seeds will be distributed to all interested growers, who will be invited to enter the second annual Enchanted Mountain Pumpkin Weigh Off on Oct. 13.

At that time, the 15 growers with the largest pumpkins will win prizes, with the largest pumpkin to receive $1,250.

Record-holder Andy Wolf, an area resident whose 1,407-pound pumpkin holds the state record, will be among the growers presenting the program.

Pumpkinville, on Sugartown Road in Great Valley, is the original and oldest operating pumpkin farm in the state and is a member of the Giant Pumpkin Commonwealth.

For information, call 699-2994.

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