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Sunser replaces Steiner, becomes 4th president

BATAVIA -- A Syracuse community college official began his duties this week as the fourth president of Genesee Community College.

James M. Sunser, 51, succeeds Stuart Steiner, who held the post for 36 years and was on the staff when the college began in 1966. Sunser has served as bursar and vice president at Onondaga Community College for the past 22 years. A graduate of that college, he holds an educational doctorate from the University of Rochester.

Sunser is living in Indian Falls. Steiner will serve as a paid consultant for a transition period.

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Notable dig site in Byron closing down after 29 years

BYRON -- A dig site that has yielded at least 15 mastodons and numerous Ice Age plant fossils is closing down after 29 years of exploration.

Richard Laub has announced this is the last summer he and his volunteers will hold annual three-week dig sessions. That's because of funding cuts at the Buffalo Museum of Science, which runs the dig, as well as personal reasons.

Tim Mortenson, president and CEO of the museum, said the dig has been supported through a mix of funding from the museum and other sources. According to the museum's website, www.sciencebuff.org, the so-called Hiscock Site is considered one of North America's most important locations for fossils from the late Ice Age.

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Heritage Days to feature events through Sunday

ALLEGANY -- The 29th annual Allegany Heritage Days, sponsored by the Allegany Area Historical Association, continues through Sunday.

The Firemen's Park event, which got under way Thursday, also is sponsored by the village and town.

Beginning at 10 a.m. at the Heritage Center, there will be displays of antique clothing and photos and artifacts form the oil and gas industry in Allegany.

The Allegany Alumni & Friends Band plays from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday at the Heritage Center. After the band performs, there will be an ice cream social, wagon rides and children's activities.

Activities conclude Sunday with a car show from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Firemen's Park on North First Street.

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Array of issues discussed at Ranzenhofer-hosted event

BATAVIA -- Issues including jobs and state regulations were raised Thursday during a small-business round table hosted by State Sen. Michael H. Ranzenhofer, R-Clarence.

Meeting in Genesee Community College's BEST Center, Ranzenhofer noted an on-time state budget that reduced spending, taxes and fees is helping the business community.

Participants included the Le Roy Business Council, Bank of Castile, Liberty Pumps and Boshart Enterprises, the county airport operator.

A Genesee Economic Development Center spokesman reiterated its goal to help local businesses.