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Urban farmers' co-op raises $15,000 for dump truck

The Farmer Pirates Cooperative, made up of urban farmers on the East Side of Buffalo, successfully raised more than $15,000 to buy themselves a dump truck.

The co-op used, an online fundraising tool that allows people to fund creative projects over a 30-day period. If the fundraising goal isn't met during the allotted time, the project doesn't get the money. The Farmer Pirates met its goal with less than 24 hours to spare.

The Farmer Pirates want to get a dump truck to increase their ability to make compost for their farms, located in formerly vacant lots across the East Side.

"Compost is our biggest challenge and this is an important step for us," said Dan Ash, who is part of the cooperative.


IDA special meeting has new location

The location of the Clarence Industrial Development Agency's special meeting at 5:30 p.m. today has been changed, to the Hallock Conference Room at Town Hall.

The agency will discuss several items, including its strategic plan.


First Zoar Valley Fest will be held Saturday

The first-ever Zoar Valley Fest, sponsored by the Gowanda Area Chamber of Commerce, will bring a variety of activities to Creekside Park along Cattaraugus Creek in Gowanda on Saturday.

There will be exhibitors, vendors and musical entertainment with Paul Zittel and Pure Country. Fly-fishing demonstrations and rafting and kayaking excursions will be held on Cattaraugus Creek from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. There also will be guided hikes and carriage rides into the Zoar Valley Multiple Use Area.

Other activities include the 13th annual Crouse 5K Run at 6:30 p.m. Friday from Gowanda Post 409, American Legion, 100 Legion Drive; the world premiere of the film "Whitewater," featuring New York State waterways, at 6:30 p.m. Saturday in the historic Hollywood Theatre, 38 W. Main St., and music from the Blood Money Band at 4 p.m. Saturday and Sean Patrick McGraw at 8 p.m. in the Gowanda Fire Hall, 27 E. Main St.

For information, call 532-2834 or visit


Summer concert series to have new beer sponsor

LOCKPORT -- Lockport's Friday night summer concert series is changing beers.

Mayor Michael W. Tucker said Wednesday that the Molson Canal Concert Series is about to become the Labatt's Canal Concert Series.

Besides the sponsorship change, the lineup of bands is to be announced at a news conference at 1 p.m. Monday in City Hall. Nine shows are planned, beginning June 29.

So far, the concert website lists only Eddie Money on July 6 as a definite Lockport booking, although the date has been deleted from Money's website, where it was formerly listed.