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> CLARENCE

Fire hall expansion project defeated by town voters

The Clarence Volunteer Fire Company's proposed $6 million fire hall expansion and renovation project was defeated Tuesday night, 280-130, in three hours of voting in the fire hall at 10355 Main St.

Alan Getter, chairman of Clarence Fire District No. 1, said the company's board soon will be discussing its options.

The fire company had planned to used $600,000 from its building reserve fund and issue up to $5.4 million in bonds had the project been approved.

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> BAIRD FOUNDATION

$100,000 challenge grant awarded to Philharmonic

The Baird Foundation has awarded the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra a dollar-for-dollar challenge grant up to $100,000.

The challenge grant money will match all new or increased gifts made during the BPO's 2011-12 annual fund campaign. All pledges must be paid by the end of the orchestra's fiscal year on Aug. 31, 2012, in order for the funds to qualify for the matching grant.

For more information on the Baird Fund challenge or to make a donation, contact Barbara McCulloch at 242-7820 or bmcculloch@bpo.org.

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> COMMUNITY

Botanical Gardens receives $200,000 Oishei grant

Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens received a $200,000 grant from the John R. Oishei Foundation to update its strategic plan and support the growth of educational programs and horticultural exhibit offerings. It also will help sustain and enhance the Botanical Gardens' recent growth in admission, membership, shows and events.

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> KENMORE

Registration nears an end for trip to Trader Joe's

Registration closes Friday for a road trip to a Trader Joe's supermarket in Cleveland, sponsored by a Kenmore civic group trying to lure the California-based chain to open a store in the village.

Tickets for the Nov. 5 bus trip are $30, with checks or money orders payable to the Kenmore Village Improvement Society. Payments are being accepted at Edward Jones Investments, 2954 Delaware Ave., Kenmore. Seating is limited.

In February, KVIS launched a drive to raise awareness about the chain, which has more than 350 locations in 29 states. Cleveland and Pittsburgh currently are the closest locations. It recently was announced that a store will open next year in Pittsford Plaza outside Rochester.

For details, contact KVIS at 877-0477 or via mail@villageofkenmore.com.

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> THEATER DISTRICT

Contract awarded to replace two boilers at Shea's

A contract to replace two boilers at Shea's Performing Arts Center was approved recently by city lawmakers.

Parise Mechanical of the Town of Tonawanda was the low bidder and was awarded the contract by a unanimous vote of the Common Council.

The firm had the lowest total bid, $177,800, out of eight firms that submitted bids, according to a memo from City Engineer Peter J. Merlo.