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>Two building proposals rejected in district vote

BYRON -- Voters in the Byron-Bergen Central School District on Wednesday rejected two building propositions calling for $32 million in bonding to finance extensive renovations for a "New Millennium" project.

Funding of $29.5 million for renovations, a new gymnasium, and reconfigurations of the elementary and middle-high school was rejected, 658-543.

A second proposition, $1.6 million for road and parking improvements, was defeated 690-443.

School officials in recent weeks had sought approval, noting that more than 80 percent of the project cost would be paid by state aid and the real property tax would have increased by only about 84 cents per $1,000 of assessed valuation.


>900 alumni will gather for weekend reunion

ALLEGANY -- More than 900 St. Bonaventure University graduates from the Classes of 1942 to 2002 and their guests are expected to attend a reunion Friday, Saturday and Sunday on campus.

Among the events are a Mass for the Class of 1957 at 4:45 p.m. Friday in the University Chapel; a lecture by Brother F. Edward Coughlin at 9 a.m. Saturday in Room 211 of the Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts; and an art collection tour at 3 p.m. in the Quick Center.

Other highlights of the weekend include the announcement of the annual "Stax" McCarthy Alumnus/Alumna of the Year Award.

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