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Development Center set for two major projects

BATAVIA -- The Genesee County Economic Development Center, coming off one of its most productive years, is gearing up for two major projects in 2007, one of them a strip mall projected to cost $28 million.

The Towne Center, proposed by COR Development of Syracuse, is a 300,000-square-foot shopping center anchored by Target and Lowe's stores. It would require a new road in the Town of Batavia's busy northwest area shopping center, from Park Road to Veterans Memorial Drive.

A second major project is an Upstate Medical and Technical Park, which will share a campus and educational opportunities with its neighbor, Genesee Community College.

The center's chief executive officer, Steven G. Hyde, said planning is under way and some funding for basic infrastructure at the 34-acre site is available. The center, once the Genesee County Industrial Development Agency, is coming off a year, according to its recently released annual report, that spearheaded 34 projects to create or retain jobs and oversaw $98 million in capital improvements.

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Weather won't stop Easter Egg Hunt

JAMESTOWN -- The weather might be more conducive to Christmas, but Jamestown's 60th annual Easter Egg Hunt will go on as scheduled Saturday in Allen Park.

The event is being put on by the city's Parks and Recreation Department and several local sponsors.

Deputy Parks Director Bonnie Magers said the egg hunt will start at 10:30 a.m. in the upper level of the park.

Magers said among the 5,000 eggs will be several prize eggs hidden along with them.

The Easter Bunny will be on hand to pass out all the prizes and, as per tradition, start the egg hunt after riding to the starting line on a fire truck.

Magers said there will be a separate hunt for children ages 4 and younger.

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Benefit raises $3,700 for heart education

JAMESTOWN -- A benefit at Jamestown Savings Bank Ice Arena last month raised $3,700 for heart education and a walking track at the arena.

The event, called "An Evening of Heart, Health and Humor," attracted more than 400 participants and was part of the "Steps to a Healthier Heart" program at WCA Hospital's Heart Center.

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