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>Town of Aurora, state agree on park maintenance plan

Cross-country skiers and snowshoe enthusiasts can continue to enjoy the winter wonder of the 633-acre Knox Farm State Park in Aurora.

The town and state reached agreement last week on a basic maintenance arrangement, including plowing to keep the park's main entrance and exit open and the parking lot plowed.

The state officially closed the park at the end of last year, amid a fiscal crisis, but has allowed the public to use the park for walking, cross-country skiing and snowshoeing.

Aurora Supervisor Jolene M. Jeffe said the town will handle daily plowing maintenance, sharing responsibility with the village, through April 30. Proper insurance coverage is in place, she added.

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>Trustees set the stage for $3.9 million project

The Holland School Board approved a capital project bond resolution last week that will allow bids to be opened Thursday on the $3.9 million project.

Superintendent Dennis Johnson said contracts should be awarded by mid-February.

The district is hoping to accelerate the process, he said, so that the portion of the project aimed at asbestos removal can be conducted in April during the school's spring break. The primary focus of the project, approved by voters in May, is to upgrade the steam system at the high school, renovate the fire alarm systems and remove asbestos.

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>Free screening offered for women 40 and older

A free breast cancer screening for women 40 and older who do not have health insurance will be offered from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Feb. 12 in the M. Steven Piver, M.D., Center for Women's Health and Wellness at Sisters Hospital.

The center is located in the hospital's Seton Professional Building, 2121 Main St., and offers state-of-the-art digital mammography. To schedule an appointment, call Catholic Health's Health Connection at 447-6205.

The screening takes about 20 minutes to complete. Cancer Services Program -- co-sponsoring the program with Sisters -- will cover any follow-up testing and treatment, if needed.

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>Bianchi and Kane named to key leadership roles

BATAVIA -- Western Regional Off-Track Betting Corp. will have two longtime associates in key leadership roles.

Ralph D. Bianchi, Monroe County's representative on the 17-member board, for the past eight years, is the new chairman. He succeeds Genesee County's Richard E. Siebert, who declined to seek a second term.

Richard D. Kane, vice president of operations and racing, is the new president and chief operating officer. On March 1, he succeeds Martin C. Basinait who is retiring after leading WROTB for many yars. He is credited with the purchase and conversion of Batavia Downs into a casino as well as reviving night harness racing at the historic track.

The appointments were announced during a WROTB board meeting late last week.