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Peace Bridge seen closer to winning pilot project

WASHINGTON -- Sen. Charles E. Schumer, D-N.Y., met Tuesday with the Canadian ambassador to the U.S. and came away feeling that the Peace Bridge is getting closer to winning a pilot project where U.S.-bound cargo would be prescreened on the Canadian side. "Over the past several months, the ball has been moving forward to bring prescreening to the Peace Bridge, and after my meeting today with Canadian Ambassador Gary Doer, I am optimistic that ball is gaining even more positive momentum," Schumer said.

Doer agreed that the meeting with Schumer was a good one.

"Sen. Schumer made some forceful arguments as to why the Peace Bridge should be considered for one of the prescreening pilots," Doer said. "These arguments will be conveyed to my colleagues in Ottawa who are working with their U.S. counterparts to implement the Canada-U.S. 'Beyond the Border' action plan."

President Obama and Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper announced that plan in December, saying it aims to ease the flow of traffic at the border. As part of that plan, two border crossings will be chosen to test the cargo prescreening concept.



Business incubator adds arts to its clients list

BATAVIA -- A former factory that became an incubator for small businesses and fledgling industries has added the arts to its list of clients.

Rotarians on Tuesday toured a main floor of the Harvester Center, so-named for the farm implements manufactured there for more than a century, to see a photo studio, artist's workshop, a fencing school and a 125-seat theater, which does about 10 productions a year.

Recognized as the world's first business incubator, the then-named Batavia Industrial Center welcomed start-up businesses, helping them with shared office services, low rentals and financial help. Today, the factory -- once Massey Harris -- houses dozens of small businesses employing hundreds of workers.

The Rotary tour was arranged to show off the new uses of the factory that once made the famous Clipper combine.



Residents seek progress on landscaping, paving

SILVER CREEK -- Two residents of Bayview Avenue asked the Village Board on Monday night when landscaping and paving will be finished in the area where new water lines were installed.

Both residents said that the areas have not been reseeded and some large cavities remain, especially where shut-off valves were installed.

Mayor Kurt Lindstrom said the timetable for landscaping the project allows work to continue until June.

New Trustee Nick Piccolo invited residents to join with garden club members and other volunteers in the cleanup efforts at 10 a.m. Saturday in the village square. Other events on the spring agenda include the opening ceremony for Little League on May 5 and a planting day for flower gardens in the square from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. May 19.

Also Monday, Village Police Chief Timothy Roche was given permission to negotiate contracts with Silver Creek and Forestville schools for a school resource officer.