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GCEDC Pledging $500,000 to Batavia City Projects

The county’s economic development agency is pledging $500,000 to help development projects in the city of Batavia and the business districts of towns and villages.

It will be a revolving loan fund getting its seed cash from the county’s success with the agri-business park.
Marianne Clattenburg is a former city council president and now a Genesee County Legislator representing the city..

She’s been critical in the past that the EDC hasn’t done enough for the city. She said of this latest program, "it's a start."

Loans under the program can range from $25,000 to $100,000.


Veterans Engage in Sport for Recreation and Teambuilding

To continue the improvement of veterans’ physical and psychological health, the VA of Western New York Healthcare System is using an uncommon sport to achieve those goals.

Area veterans are participating in an archery clinic Sunday in Alden and it’s all about enjoying camaraderie and competition.

Pamela Kaznowski, the recreation therapy manager, says being outside is very therapeutic.

“Some of our veterans may have PTSD; some of our veterans may have a physical disability, an emotional disability,” she said. “It’s also a time where some of our vets are bringing out their family members, so it’s a time for them to engage in such a healthy activity with their sons, their daughters, their wives.”

It’s not a traditional team sport clinic like basketball or volleyball, but Kasnowski says she heard from veterans who specifically wanted to do archery and make it a team sport.

"They’re going to go out into the woods,” Kasnowski said, “and they’re going to see some of the veterans they have known or may not have known, and it’s a way to reconnect with old friends, meet some new friends and it’s a type of activity everyone can participate in as well.”

Kaznowski says it’s a great event for veterans in wheelchairs and with other physical disabilities because of the flat terrain.

There’s still time for veterans to sign up. Go to buffalo.va.gov for more information.


New York Cracking Down on Texting and Driving

New York State is taking texting while driving very seriously.

Over the July 4th weekend when stricter standards and enhanced enforcement went into effect, Governor Cuomo’s office says 486 tickets were issued for distracted driving.

Part of the increased enforcement of texting and driving involves the use of unmarked patrol cars called the Concealed Identity Traffic Enforcement vehicles, or CITE vehicles, that sit higher on the road so law enforcement can more easily observe and detect distracted driving.

The penalties for distracted driving, especially for those with junior or probationary licenses, have also increased.

The governor’s office says accidents caused by cellphones have gone up 143-percent in New York State from 2005-2011, while alcohol-related accidents have decreased 18 percent over the same time period.

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