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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


School district voters go to the polls Tuesday

BATAVIA -- Voters in the city school district will decide Tuesday on a $40 million budget and two other propositions, as well as elect three School Board members.

The 2012-13 spending plan will add just under 2 percent to a property owner's tax. Some late additional state aid cut the rate by more than a half percent.

Propositions are to continue a high school student as an ex-officio School Board member, which needs to be approved on alternating years, and a change in bus eligibility distance to more than one mile. The closing of an elementary school in the western part of the city will find many students well beyond a mile trip.

Voters will choose three School Board members. Incumbents Philip Ricci, Gail Stevens and Gary Stich are opposed by Gretchen DiFante and Dennis Warner for three-year terms. Stevens is current board president.


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.


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.