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Flying Bison beers hit highway with new truck

Western New Yorkers are seeing Flying Bison brewery's products on hundreds of bar taps and store shelves, and now they can see them speeding down the highway.

Try-It Distributing rolled out a delivery truck Thursday emblazoned on all sides with advertising for the Buffalo-based craft brewery.

The truck bears the Flying Bison logo along with close-ups of three bottle labels; for Buffalo Lager, Aviator Red and Rusty Chain. Next to them are the words, "Flying Bison: Real beer born in Buffalo."

"I am anxious to see it on the road," said Tim Herzog, Flying Bison brewer. "I'm sick of seeing trucks for breweries from other countries."

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Science Kit to lay off 40

Science Kit and Borreal Laboratories, a manufacturer of demonstration kits and games for science teachers, announced Friday that it could be laying off up to 40 workers as it seeks to consolidate its warehouse operations in the Town of Tonawanda with those it operates in the Rochester area.

"We're consolidating our Town of Tonawanda warehouse with operations in our Rochester, N.Y., location," said Valerie Collado, a spokeswoman for the company.

"It could impact up to 40 warehouse positions [at the Town of Tonawanda warehouse]," Collado added. The consolidation is scheduled for January, she said.

The Town of Tonawanda operation, which is located on East Park Drive, employs about 110 warehouse and office workers.

"Over 70 office associates will still work in the Tonawanda warehouse," Collado said.

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Galileo takes off at last

BRUSSELS (AP) -- A Russian rocket launched the first two satellites of the European Union's Galileo navigation system Friday after years of delay in an ambitious bid to rival the ubiquitous American GPS network.

The launch of the Soyuz from French Guiana, on the northern coast of South America, marks the maiden voyage of the Russian rocket outside the former Soviet Union, with European and Russian authorities cheering at liftoff in relief after the launch was pushed back by a day.

The Galileo system has become for some a symbol of EU infighting, inefficiency and delay. Now, officials are hoping it will kick off a trans-Atlantic competition with the American GPS network.

GPS has become the global consumer standard in satellite navigation over the past decade, reducing the need for awkward oversized maps and arguments with back-seat drivers about whether to turn left or right.

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Five Star expands services

Five Star Bank's brokerage division said Friday that it has been approved by New York State to become a registered investment adviser, enabling it to expand its offerings to include multiple fee-based investment options.

As of Oct. 30, Five Star Investment Services will begin offering its new suite of options, including separately managed accounts, flexible mutual fund and exchange-traded fund accounts, and others.

The brokerage and the bank are subsidiaries of Warsaw-based Financial Institutions.

"Five Star Investment Services fee-based investment solutions place our advisers on the same side of the table as our clients," said Peter W. Ahrens, president of Five Star Investment Services.

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Gander Mountain to close

JOHNSON CITY (AP) -- A Binghamton-area sporting goods store is throwing in the towel after enduring the second major flood in five years.

The 45,000-square-foot Gander Mountain store in Johnson City says it's closing down after devastating damage from Tropical Storm Lee early last month. A company spokesman says 60 employees are losing their jobs.

Minnesota-based Gander Mountain has 116 stores in 23 states, including one in the Town of Tonawanda. It bills itself as the nation's largest chain of stores for hunting, fishing, camping and marine products.

The Johnson City store closed for three months after the flood of 2006 filled it with 10 feet of water.

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