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> CATTARAUGUS COUNTY

Tuesday workshop to focus on farmland protection

GREAT VALLEY -- A workshop designed for officials, farmers and others interested in farmland protection in Cattaraugus County will be held Tuesday in Great Valley Town Hall on Route 219.

Local planning for agriculture is a proactive approach that uses specific tools to support the viability of farm businesses and protect farmland, according to sponsors of the session at 7 p.m.

Speakers will represent the Western New York Land Conservancy, American Farmland Trust, a Farmland Protection consultant and the Cattaraugus County Business Development Corporation.

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> CATTARAUGUS COUNTY

Currington to perform at fair on Aug. 5

LITTLE VALLEY -- Country music star Billy Currington will perform at the Cattaraugus County Fair on Aug. 5, with ticket sales starting next month.

Tickets will be available beginning at 9 a.m. April 12 in the Corporate Building at the fairgrounds on Route 353, or by phone with a credit card by calling 938-9146.

Currington's current hit from his latest album, Little Bit of Everything, is "That's How Country Boys Roll" and is at the top of the charts.

Track seats for the 7 p.m. performance start at $28, and grandstand seats are $23, plus gate admission.

The fair will be held Aug. 2 to 8. More information is available at
www.cattarauguscofair.com.

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> CATTARAUGUS COUNTY

Equine advisory panel sets Tuesday meeting

LITTLE VALLEY -- The Cattaraugus County Equine Advisory Committee will meet Tuesday in the County Center to discuss progress on a county video and a marketing brochure about horse activities in the county.

The session at 7 p.m. also will discuss the proposed closure of state parks and its effects on equestrian activities, plus activities at the county fair in August.

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> PUBLIC RADIO

WNED-AM to hire reporter as part of new initiative

One new radio reporter will be hired at WNED-AM 970 as a result of the new journalism initiative launched by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, according to Donald K. Boswell, president and chief executive officer of WNED.

WNED-AM will be in the new upstate New York local journalism center with WXXI (Rochester), WMHT (Schenectady), WRVO (Oswego) and WSKG (Binghamton). The stations will hire five reporters, an editor and a "managing facilitator." They will develop feature reports and news spots and have an interactive Web portal.

Public radio and TV stations across the country will receive more than $10 million over the next two years to boost local news coverage.

Thursday, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting announced the creation of local journalism centers in five regions. NPR and PBS stations in each region will collaborate on covering key issues, including immigration, agribusiness, the economy and health care.

They will jointly hire about 50 multimedia journalists.

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