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Referendum considered on Legislature term limits

BATAVIA -- Voters will likely have an opportunity in the November election to make changes in terms for the nine Genesee County legislators under a plan supported by the body's chairwoman.

Mary Pat Hancock, R-Batavia-Stafford, wants the Legislature to adopt a resolution next month setting a public hearing and a November referendum on a revised local law.

A study committee has recommended four-year terms, limiting lawmakers to three consecutive terms and staggering terms so that not all legislators are on the ballot at the same time.

The present policy -- two years, no limits on terms and balloting for the entire Legislature at the same time -- has been in place for more than 40 years, since the county changed to a legislature from a 13-member board of supervisors.

Hancock and other legislators want voters to discuss and decide the issue. A similar plan was soundly defeated in the early 1990s.

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Planning Board to discuss wind energy conversion laws

LITTLE VALLEY -- The Cattaraugus County Planning Board will meet at 7 p.m. Thursday in the County Center and consider local laws for Machias and Dayton that deal with wind energy conversion systems.

The board will also consider special-use permits in Randolph and finalize plans for their annual dinner meeting July 28 at the Seneca Allegany Casino.

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Diocese, Canisius College to host leadership program

Canisius College and the Diocese of Buffalo's Department of Catholic Schools will host a summer leadership institute for Catholic schoolteachers on June 29 and June 30.

The conference, entitled "Shifting the Way We Think: 21st Century Catholic School Improvement," begins at 7:30 a.m. each day in the Canisius College Montante Cultural Center on the corner of Main Street and Eastwood Place.

Cost is $100. For questions, a schedule of events or to register, call 888-3707 or 888-2768.

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Bus tours of local farms, gardens being offered by AAA

Horizon Club Tours, a division of AAA Western and Central New York, is offering weekly Friday bus tours of area gardens and farms in conjunction with the first National Buffalo Garden Festival. Visitors can join each tour in downtown Buffalo, Amherst or Orchard Park. Prices vary. The fee includes lunch, a tour guide and a garden host.

The tours begin Friday with a South Towns Garden Center Tour hosted by gardening expert Sally Cunningham, who will lead a tour of Murray Brothers Nurseries, Johnson's Nursery, Lockwood's Greenhouse and Masterson's Garden Center. Lunch will be in East Aurora's Roycroft Inn. The tour is $55.

Other tours include the Niagara Wine Trail with wine tastings on July 2; urban farms and community gardens in Buffalo on July 9; gardens in Clarence and Akron on July 16; and a pick-your-own tour of Niagara County farms on July 23. For information, call toll-free (800) 242-4244 or visit www.AAA.com/travel.

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