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 It is graduation day today for students at Batavia High School and Oakfield-Alabama Central School. The BHS ceremony starts at 1PM and is being held at GCC.

Oakfield-Alabama High School will hold its commencement ceremony today and will feature Congressman Chris Collins as the key note speaker. He plans to touch on “ways for graduates to stay grounded and on the path to success in today’s fast-paced world.”
Graduation at Oakfield-Alabama is scheduled to start at 1 at the high school.

Graduation week-end weather has been great so far anyway. Yesterday the area was treated to a high of 87 degrees, the warmest day since June first. The area received a bit of rain overnight.
Today it is expected to be more humid with clouds and sun. A thunderstorm could be expected in spots this afternoon. The high should again be 87 degrees.

The Pok-A-Dot restaurant at the corner of Ellicott Street and Liberty Street held its 60th anniversary celebration last evening. A few hundred people turned out for the affair which featured music by the Old Hippies. The Pok-A-Dot is famous for its Beef-on Weck.

Batavia City Council will be holding a conference session on Monday in the Council Board Room on the second floor of the Batavia City Centre. The session starts at 7PM. As usual, the public may be heard by signing in with the City Clerk prior to the start of the meeting.

The YWCA will be a busy place this summer with the start of this year’s Market at North Street and its new Summer Adventure Program for kids.The Market at North Street opens today from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., with 15 vendors selling anything from fruits and vegetables to wines, meats, crafts and baked goods.The market will be open every Sunday through September 29.The YWCA is also starting their Summer Adventure Program, which offers kids opportunities for outdoor activities in their six-acre backyard and field trips to Genesee County parks and planetariums. The kids will also get to work on their culinary skills in the facility’s commercial-grade kitchen and children’s garden. A donation of $250 will allow one child to take advantage of 10 field trips offered during the program.For more information about the Summer Adventure Program, call (585) 343-5808.

 Actor Billy Crystal is giving one-million dollars to his Long Island hometown of Long Beach to help with its Hurricane Sandy rebuilding efforts. He announced the gift while standing on a rebuilt stretch of the town's boardwalk Saturday. It includes more than 100-thousand dollars from Crystal's family and nearly 900-thousand Crystal helped raise at a celebrity fundraiser for the Muhammad Ali Parkinson Center.

Staten Island residents whose homes were badly damaged by Hurricane Sandy are being charged hundreds of dollars for water they haven't used. Congressman Michael Grimm is trying to get the Department of Environmental Protection to waive the charges. The department notified residents they were subject to a minimum charge of one-dollar-19-cents a day even if they weren't using water in their homes.

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