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Rally in the Valley includes scavenger hunt

OLEAN -- The motorcyclists won't be the only ones having fun and winning prizes at the annual Rally in the Valley on Aug. 28 at Bradner Stadium.

In conjunction with the 120-mile motorcycle dice run, which begins at 11 a.m., there will be the Wheels for Meals Scavenger Hunt at noon, in which teams of five players will have 2 1/2 hours to track down clues in and around the stadium and take pictures of them. First prize is $400. Second prize is $100. Other prizes will be awarded through raffles and scoring.

Team fee is $25 and deadline for registration is next Wednesday. Forms are available at the Greater Olean Area Chamber of Commerce, 120 N. Union St., or online at Proceeds benefit the Warming House of Olean.

Bikers also will compete for $2,000 in cash prizes, which will be awarded in a party at the stadium after the run. Bike registration is $10 advance on Saturday during a street festival in the stadium, $15 on Sunday. Passengers are an extra $15.



Party will mark centennial of Miller Bell Tower

CHAUTAUQUA -- Chautauqua Institution will celebrate the centennial of its iconic Miller Bell Tower with a party on Sunday in Miller Park.

The tower, named for Lewis Miller, one of Chautauqua's founders, was dedicated 100 years ago this month.

Activities begin at 11 a.m., and all parking fees have been waived for Sunday. Antique fire trucks will be on display along South Lake Drive near Miller Park and the Athenaeum Hotel will serve box lunches, which must be purchased.

Thursday Morning Brass will play in Miller Park at 12:15 p.m. and at 1, chime master Carolyn Benton will play the tower's 14 bells from a keyboard at its base. George Murphy, the institution's chief marketing officer, will offer remarks at 1:15 and recognize the winners of the Miller Bell Tower Photo Contest.

After his comments, there will be the singing of "Happy Birthday" to the tower. The Athenaeum staff will serve free celebratory cupcakes and water beginning at 1:30. The celebration moves to the amphitheater at 2:30 for a free concert by the Barbershop Harmony Parade, which has entertained at Chautauqua for more than 60 years.



Elevated E. coli levels bring closure of beach

OLCOTT -- The Niagara County Health Department ordered Krull Park Beach on Lake Ontario closed Tuesday because two water samples showed elevated levels of E. coli bacteria.

This is the sixth time this season that the beach has been ordered closed. The most recent shutdown lasted from Tuesday through Saturday of last week.

James J. Devald, county environmental health director, said high bacteria levels in both shallow and deep water were the reason for the latest closure.

Previous shutdowns were July 6-7, July 19-23, July 26-28, Aug. 4-6, and Aug. 9-13.

A study is under way to determine the source of the bacteria, but results aren't expected until next year, Devald said.

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