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Planned ethanol plant gets federal funding

Rep. Thomas M. Reynolds, R-Clarence, announced Monday $199,999 in funding from the federal Departure of Agriculture toward road reconstruction around a planned ethanol plant in the Orleans County Town of Shelby.

Road reconstruction on Bates Road will help alleviate expected traffic congestion following the construction of the plant, which would be the first modern, state-of-the-art dry mill ethanol plant in New York State.

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Marine Appreciation Day will be held Saturday

NORTH TONAWANDA -- The fourth annual Marine Appreciation Day will take place Saturday in Fisherman's Park on River Road.

At the ceremony, which starts at 10:45 a.m., a new memorial will be dedicated to Medal of Honor recipient Cpl. Jason Dunham.

Dunham, of Scio, was killed in Iraq last year when he dived on top of a live grenade to protect his fellow soldiers.

Additionally, several top military officials will speak, including Brig. Gen. Jon Davis. The Marine Corps band will perform, and Super Cobra helicopters will display.

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Rices will be honored with Olmsted Award

Corinne and Victor Rice will be honored at the Buffalo Olmsted Parks Conservancy's annual gala July 20 in Cazenovia Park.

The couple will receive the Frederick Law Olmsted Award for helping to preserve the historic parks and parkways designed by the renowned 19th century landscape architect -- the first system of its kind in the country. She is a former conservancy board chairwoman and trustee emeritus, and he is a current trustee.

Four hundred invited guests will party under the stars with carriage rides, auctions, cocktails, dinner and dancing on the grounds overlooking historic Cazenovia Park Casino.

The 29-year-old conservancy is responsible for maintaining the 1,200-acre system designed by Olmsted in the 1880s. Tickets are $175 and may be reserved by calling 838-1249, Ext. 17.

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