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Ray Evans Seneca Theater to get air conditioning

SALAMANCA -- The City Council has accepted a low bid to air condition the historic Ray Evans Seneca Theater on Main Street.

The lone bid of $38,940 submitted by King's Heating and Sheet Metal of Falconer will be funded through economic development funding from 2005 received through casino revenue.

The former Schine's movie theater, an art deco structure, was renovated several decades ago. It is run by the Cattaraugus County Living Arts Association.

The theater was renamed in honor of Ray Evans, a city native and award-winning lyricist.

The Council also directed City Comptroller Linda Rychcik to charge off accounts of $30,290 representing uncollectible ambulance fees. They will be turned over to a collection agency.


Air show to feature B-25 Mitchell bomber

Flyovers by a restored B-25 Mitchell bomber will be among the highlights of the Geneseo Air Show, to be held July 14-15 at Geneseo Airport on Route 63.

Based at the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum in Hamilton, Ont., the plane was made after World War II by North American Aviation in California and has been reconfigured to the specifications of B-25s that the Royal Air Force flew during the war's European and North African campaigns -- often with Canadian crews.

The Royal Canadian Air Force used Mitchells as trainers until 1963.

Dozens of warplanes of all descriptions, including the B-17 "Memphis Belle," will be on view during the annual air show staged by the 1941 Historical Aircraft Group Museum. The show also will feature performances by re-enactors and an antique car display.

The "greatest show on turf" will take to the air from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. both days. Tickets are $12 in advance at Wegmans stores or $15 at the gate. Children 12 and under will be admitted free. Call (585) 243-2100 or (585) 766-9474 for more information.


New farmers market may sprout in mid-July

BATAVIA -- Shoppers in the area have had a farmers market for more than 30 years, but attempts to open a second one downtown have so far been delayed.

The Business Improvement District, promoting downtown, decided to open a market at Jackson and School streets, but with a lack of enough vendor applications, the opening, originally set for May, has been postponed twice.

District director Don Burkel now is optimistic about having a mid-July opening, noting that 10 spaces have been committed and more vendors are expected. The proposed public market would offer a wide variety of goods including organic foods and pottery.

The original market operated in downtown parking lots until about 10 years ago, when encroachments on the space forced it to move to the Kmart parking lot just outside city limits.

About 10 vendors, most from Orleans County, will offer fruits, vegetables, flowers, jams and jellies through mid-October.

The original market operates Tuesdays and Fridays. The downtown venue would operate on Saturdays.

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