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>$160,000 is high bid for former Nike site

PORTER -- A high bid of $160,000 has been placed in an auction for a former Nike missile launch site.

The U.S. General Services Administration opened bidding in July for the 98-acre site at the corner of Balmer and Porter Center roads.

Two bidders, whose identities have not been released by federal officials, started the bidding at $100,000. Seven bids were made in $10,000 increments.

Known as the Youngstown Test Annex, the site originally was part of the Lake Ontario Ordnance Works. A 7,500-acre area first set aside for weapons production and storage of nuclear waste in the 1940s, portions of it are being investigated for contamination by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

Federal officials said the site could have asbestos contamination, along with radioactive or chemical contamination.

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>Volunteers being sought for disaster action team

The American Red Cross Greater Buffalo Chapter is seeking volunteers for its disaster action team.

Disaster action volunteers respond to house fires, floods and snowstorms. They also respond to national disasters, such as the California wildfires, said Ken Turner, director of emergency services.

The chapter provides regularly scheduled training. For more information, call 878-2355.

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