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ImageDate Set for Ferry's Maiden Voyage
We now know the date for the long awaited start of Rochester's fast ferry. The word came at Tuesday's Rochester Rotary meeting with guest speaker Dominick DeLucia, whose company CATS, will operate the ferry. He told rotary members when their long awaited fund raising voyage will happen..."June 17th is the date regularly scheduled service will start the day after June 18th." The start of the ferry service is coming about six weeks later than originally anticipated, partly due to an accident the ferry was involved in while docking in New York City, and some engine work that had to be done in Toronto. The rotary is sponsoring the maiden voyage, and rotary executive director Bob Enright, isn't worried about people losing interest just because of the delay..."They were excited back when they heard about it in February, they were excited in April when they heard it was delayed, and they are even more excited now because they are prepared to go." Enright says the rotary has had only a handful of cancellations for the June 17th maiden voyage, he expects to be able to sell out the $500 dollar a person fund raiser.

ImageTense Moments For Rafting Teens
One teenager had to be rescued from swift moving waters after he and a group of friends tried to raft down Honeoye Creek in Rush on Tuesday night. The victim was not the only one in danger as firefighters going after him had to rescue themselves. Fortunately nobody was hurt, but there were times when rescuers didn't think they'd get out. Authorities tell our news partner, News Source 13 the teens bought pool rafts and inflated them at a local convenience store. No word on any charges at this point.

ImageSetback For Group That Wants To Save Swing Bridge
A local group that's trying to save the Hojack swing bridge vows to fight on, even though it doesn't appear the government will be on their side. The Rochester Trolley and Rail Corporation is pushing the idea of providing a rail-based trolley that would serve Charlotte by using the swing bridge. It says the Coast Guard has indicated that it will reinstate an order to have CSX, which owns the bridge, remove it. one reason the Coast Guard wants to get rid of the bridge is to reduce congestion on the Genesee River, particularly in light of the additional activity caused by the fast ferry. But the trolley group feels removing the bridge would only cause more problems. The trolley group would like to link Charlotte and the Port of Rochester with downtown and the Seabreeze area, using the Hojack bridge along with some railroad rights of way that aren't being used anymore. The organization is hoping political pressure can save the swing bridge.

Helping Kids Breathing Easier
(AP) Kids will be able to breathe a little easier around school buses if proposed legislation gets approved in Albany. Governor Pataki proposed legislation requiring districts to use lower-polluting fuels in buses and get state aid for buying ``clean fuel'' buses starting as early as next year. Aid reimbursements for districts buying buses powered by natural gas, electricity, fuel cells or other low-polluting fuels would start in September 2005 in New York City and a year later upstate. A similar timetable would be imposed for when districts would have to start using ultra low-sulfur diesel fuel in traditional diesel buses. School bus fumes are thought to be one factor in growing rates of childhood asthma.

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