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Support in place to secure another season for Muckdogs

BATAVIA -- Dwyer Stadium, the city-owned home for a professional baseball team, will continue to be the home of the financially struggling Batavia Muckdogs -- at least for another year.

The City Council this week renewed a contract with the Batavia Regional Recreation Corporation, which operates the 15-year-old stadium for the city, the Genesee County Baseball Club, which owns the New York-Penn League Muckdogs, and Rochester Community Baseball Inc., owner of the Red Wings of the International League.

The Red Wings, which took over day-to-day operations of the Muckdogs and paid off debt three years ago, last fall decided to drop that support. However, the team has reversed that decision for at least another year while te Muckdogs' owners continue efforts to sell the team. The estimated value of the team is $4 million to $5 million.

Batavia is the smallest city in the league of 16 teams in five states and has never managed attendance of more than 1,000 per game during the short summer season.



UB, dental group establish call center for ex-patients

Former patients of Allcare Dental looking for a new dentist can take advantage of a call center established by the the University at Buffalo School of Dental Medicine and the Eighth District Dental Society.

Meanwhile, Allcare Dental stated on a website Tuesday that it is "close to entering into agreements" with dentists in many cities and states where the Clarence-based chain has offices, in the wake of its abrupt shutdown earlier this month. Allcare's closing left many patients without treatment options -- some in the middle of procedures.

UB dental school clinicians said they will be available at the call center to refer patients to local dental services and, when appropriate, to dental care available at UB's dental clinic. To reach the UB call center, call 479-9740 from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. seven days a week; and to reach the regional dental society, call 995-6300 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.



Antique pumper to be used in filming on 1911 Albany fire

FRIENDSHIP -- Friendship Fire Department's fully restored and operational 1881 Silsby steam fire pumper will be featured in a PBS documentary chronicling the Capitol fire of 1911.

The Silsby steamer is the only one in service east of the Mississippi. The fire department's restoration of the apparatus was the winner of the 2005 National Save Our History Community History Preservation Award, sponsored by Discovery Channel and Fairmont Hotels.

The Friendship department has reached an agreement with Albany's WMHT-TV to use the horse-drawn steamer during filming of re-enactments of the battle to save the Capitol. The documentary also will feature archival photos and eyewitness accounts, along with the filmed re-enactments. Scenes will be shot in Friendship, Allegany County, on Feb. 12, with the documentary to be aired on March 29 -- the 100th anniversary of the fire, which caused $7 million in damage and destroyed hundreds of thousands of historical documents and 700,000 books.

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