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The Town of Batavia will build the first community park in Western New York for people with and without disabilities.
The town has announced that the park will be built in what is now Kiwanis Park on West Main Street.
The cost of the park is estimated at $125,000. Organizers hope private donations will fund most of the expense. 
Officials hope to have the park completed by next spring.
The Town of Batavia also last night dedicated a new boat launch at Kiwanis Park to long time Town Planning Chairman John O’Brien.

There is a Republican Primary today in the Town of Batavia.
Chad Zambito and John Gerace are vying for the GOP nod to run for a Town Board seat in November.
Both Zambito and Gerace have served on the Town Board before…Zambito was recently re-appointed.
Polls are open from Noon until 9.
There is also a countywide Conservative Party Primary today for state committee members.

An Orleans County farm accident has seriously injured a Medina man.
65-year-old David Jones was riding on the rear of a tractor in a field off of Palmer Road in the Town of Ridgeway yesterday afternoon.
The tractor, operated by Jones son, Kevin, was pulling a disc harrow.
That’s a device used to cultivate ground.
Somehow the older Jones fell from the back of the tractor and got caught up in the disc harrow.
He was flown to ECMC by Mercy Flight and was released Thursday afternoon. 
A registered sex offender from Albion is accused of repeatedly raping a 14-year old girl.
33-year-old Scott Stanley was arrested and charged in two counties.
He is facing charges in Pembroke and in Albion. Authorities said the incidents involved the same girl. 
Stanley has been on the sex offender registry since 2005.
He is in the Genesee County jail on $100,000 bail.

Some residents on Chestnut Street in Batavia lost power early morning.
Around 2:45 this morning, a car crashed into a utility pole in front of 8 Chestnut.
City Firemen and Mercy EMS responded.
Officials say the power pole was broken in two places by the accident.
The driver was taken to UMMC for treatment of minor injuries.
The Buffalo Bills are working on a one-year lease extension for Ralph Wilson Stadium.  County Executive Mark Poloncarz says both sides agree they need a one-year lease extension once the current lease agreement runs out in July of next year.  

A new poll finds New Yorkers appear to be mixed about the potential benefits of hydrofracking.  The Quinnipiac University poll found that 45-percent of Empire State residents believe the economic benefits of the controversial natural gas drilling procedure outweigh any environmental concerns, while 41-percent say the alleged problems surrounding hydrofracking make it too risky a venture.  


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