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A barn on Ridge Road in the Town of Darien that was home to a thousand pigs caught fire, and some of the livestock perished.

The blaze erupted on the Willow Ridge Farm shortly after 1:30 yesterday afternoon.
As fire fighters arrived from a dozen volunteer departments, they were greeted with the haunting sounds of the frightened animals
The farm is owned by Charlie Miller. 
Officials said the blaze started in the nursery but the cause has not been determined.
The surviving animals were moved to other barns on the property.

A Town of Batavia woman is in guarded condition with a  head injury suffered in a one car accident in Byron.
26-year-old Michelle Crawford was westbound on Townline Road early yesterday when her car went out of control, ran off the roadway, and rolled over.
Deputies said alcohol may have been a factor in the accident.
Charges are pending.

Genesee County has saved some big money this winter on road salt.
The county has used only about 30-percent of the salt it stockpiled this winter.
County Highway Superintendent Tim Hens says the county usually buys up to $60,000 worth of salt, and uses most of it. 
But due to budget cuts, Hens said the county only bought about $47,000 worth of salt for this winter. 
Hens also said the department has been saving money on overtime pay and fuel costs.  

Defense Secretary Leon Panetta will be in Niagara Falls in the coming days.  Western New York Congresswoman Kathy Hochul says Panetta plans to visit the Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station soon as the Pentagon considers assigning another mission to the National Guard's 107th Airlift Wing at the base.  News of Panetta's visit comes after Air Force officials announced plans to cut some 845 jobs from the Niagara base.
 
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