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Board OKs evacuation plan for Sunset Bay, Hanford Bay

SILVER CREEK -- An emergency evacuation plan for the Sunset and Hanford Bay areas was approved Monday by the Hanover Town Board.

The plan has been under review for more than a year by officials from the town, residents of both of the bay areas and local emergency officials.

The new plan calls for use of smaller vehicles such as ATVs to help move people out of the areas if needed.

Both bay areas have one entrance and exit, both of which go over several railroad tracks.

The residents of the areas have always feared train derailments that may require evacuation, such as trains hauling harmful chemicals.


Historic Elks lodge razed by hospital, its new owner

BATAVIA -- The Batavia Elks Lodge 950, home to the fraternal order for one year shy of a century, was demolished Monday by its new owner, United Memorial Medical Center.

The hospital, which paid $143,500 for the property one block from downtown, plans a green space, possibly a small park in the site, which is next to the hospital's Cary Home, a former nursing school now used for offices.

The Elks Lodge, formed in 1905, has its moments of history. The city's first legal bingo game was played in its hall in April 1958 after the game had been legalized by the State Legislature.

Two future jurists -- State Supreme Court Justice Robert E. Noonan and Genesee County Judge Philip J. Weiss -- were among the exalted rulers. Noonan and others went on to district and state Elks offices.

The lodge lost its charter a year ago because of alleged violations of Grand Lodge fiscal and ritual rules.

The former home of industrialist Louis Wiard, which the club occupied in 1912, has been vacant since its furnishings were sold at an auction.


Parents of cancer victim donate funds in her name

Meghan Redenbach, a 15-year-old Royalton-Hartland student and standout volleyball player who died of cancer on Christmas Eve, will continue to inspire others.

Her parents, Nancy and Mike Redenbach, fulfilling the wishes of their late daughter that any money raised in her memory go toward children, have donated $5,000 to Carly's Club and the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

The parents and their son, Nick, hosted the first annual Man UP Car Show last month at the East Amherst Fire Department.

The phrase "Man Up" has become synonymous with Meghan in the Roy-Hart community. Upon learning of her diagnosis, Meghan would not allow her overwhelmed father to see the dark side; she told him to "Man up!"

Proceeds have been used, among other things, to deliver refrigerators to the pediatric rooms at Roswell Park Cancer Institute and to give some young patients iPods or laptops.

In addition, two scholarships in Meghan's name will be awarded to deserving graduating seniors at Royalton-Hartland High School.