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The Batavian is an online local news organization run by Howard Owens in Batavia, N.Y.
Owens, who helped start the site as a GateHouse executive, left the company to take the Batavian over in February 2009. The for-profit site is free and supported by advertising.
Placeblogger is a site that aggregates and organizes content from local blogs. The site, founded by Boston-area blogger Lisa Williams in 2007, allows users to create specialized feeds and maps of local blogs. The site has a database of blogs sorted into designated market areas for advertisers, as well as a service to help license local blog content….