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Burk re-elected head of city School Board

BATAVIA -- Patrick D. Burk was re-elected Tuesday as president of the City School District Board of Education during the annual reorganization meeting.

Burk is the longest-serving member of the board and has held the president's role several times.

Wayne W. Gunther was renamed vice president.

Burk was sworn in for a three-year term, as was Steven J. Mountain, who won a seat in the May election.

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Auctioned painting to create scholarships

HOUGHTON -- Proceeds from a painting that recently sold at Sotheby's auction will benefit Houghton College.

The painting sold for $60,000, which will go toward scholarships for students at the Christian liberal arts college in Allegany County.

"We are pleased that the proceeds of the sale will directly benefit Houghton students by establishing an endowed scholarship that will provide financial assistance to students from Western New York majoring in business," said Eric Alcott, vice president for advancement at Houghton.

The painting, "Admiring the Catch," by maritime painter Mauritz Frederick Hendrick de Haas (1832-1895), was donated to Houghton by Ruth L. Bergen for sale at Sotheby's.

Bergen lived in the Buffalo area for many years; her first husband, the late John Peachey, was president of the Loblaws supermarket chain. Peachey was instrumental in the merger of Houghton College and the Buffalo Bible Institute, which in turn established the West Seneca campus of Houghton College.

Bergen continued to have close ties with Houghton, and throughout the years, several members of the family attended the college.

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