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Administration moves
 offices to high school

BATAVIA – For the first time in decades, the Batavia School District's administrative offices and staff are in a new location, joining nearly 700 students at the high school, the newest of the district's four schools.

The move of over a mile is being completed this month. The board has taken over six adjacent rooms, leaving a former elementary school built a century ago.

The new owner is Reed Batavia Properties, which plans to open an eye surgery center similar to operations in Monroe County. Reed paid $500,000 for the two-story building near downtown.

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Kozlowski leaving GCC 
workplace development post

The man who 10 years ago founded and managed an award-winning rogram at Genesee Community College to develop skilled workers has resigned effective Jan. 3.

Jerry Kozlowski, associate vice president for workplace development, conceived the Business Employee Skills Training program that serves employees, large and small businesses and seeks grants for business development services, both start-ups and existing firms. He will continue as an adjunct graduate school teacher at Medaille College.

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‘Polar Express' train rides
 readied by railroad museum

MEDINA – For the second year, the Medina Railroad Museum is offering a one-hour "Polar Express" train ride every Saturday and Sunday between Thanksgiving and Christmas. Departures are set for 3:30, 4:40 and 5:55 p.m. from the Medina Depot, 530 West Ave.

Children will receive hot cocoa and cookies as they make their way to the "North Pole" via train, and Santa Claus will make the trip back to Medina, giving each child a "magic sleigh bell."

Jim Dickinson of the museum said more departures and more train cars have been added. A vintage 1948 Apollo dining car has been added for first-class passengers paying $45 per ticket. They also will receive a ceramic souvenir mug and whipped cream on their cocoa.

Prices are $23 for the 3:30 p.m. early bird special, which doesn't include first class, or $28 for other departures. Children under 2 are free. Advance tickets may be purchased through www.railroadmuseum.net.

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Chautauqua Opportunities 
to take over loan fund

SILVER CREEK – Chautauqua Opportunities will take over administration of a revolving loan fund from the village.

Mayor Kurt Lindstrom said that the U.S. Department of Agriculture requested that the village allow Chautauqua Opportunities to promote and administer the fund program, which was designed to assist businesses and promote new development in the area.

"We are confident that Chautauqua Opportunities can do a great job with this," Lindstrom said, following a board workshop. The agency has targeted a house on Burgess Street for renovation. The mayor said the last application to the fund was in 1998, and he felt it could be put to use with the ideas and planners at the nonprofit agency.