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Friday, March 27, 2015 at 10:14 pm

PHOTOS: 2015 Chamber of Commerce Home Show

Who is ready to jump into a pool, hot tub or just get outside ?  "Think Spring" at the Faletti Ice Rink, 22 Evans St. Batavia is featuring the Genesee County Chamber of Commerce's 2nd annual home show.  The huge event kicked off this evening featuring over 80 plus booths with 60 plus vendors.

The event continues tomorrow from 10 a.m. through 5 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tonight's crowd was right on target with over 300 plus visitors said Kelly Bermingham director of membership and special events and we are looking to traffic another couple thousand through the doors this weekend.

There is something for everyone, being property building, fix 'em up jobs, kitchen, lawn care, computers, equipment, farm service, communications, real estate and much more !  Stop on down and check things out.  Tickets are $3.00 at the door with a chance to WIN $500.00 at your choice of vendor at the home show.  Some booths have thier own "show" specials going on.  For a detailed map of the event click here: http://www.geneseeny.com/homeshow

Pictures from numerous vendors:


Friday, March 27, 2015 at 4:49 pm

Retirement for City Firefighter Captain Mark Mikolajczyk

Batavia City Fire Department, Engine 11 will have one less member after today.  For over 21 years of service, almost 22, Captain Mikolajczyk has decided to enjoy more time with his family and grandchildren.  Being a fireman was a rewarding experience for Mark especially when going on a call that the public views us as "somebody that trusts us enough with thier loved ones".  

He started in December of 1993 and worked over the years to earning a promotion to lieutenant in 2005 and Captain in 2012.  This was a happy day when he was surprised from his family who some traveled in from out of state for his farewell luncheon and cake.

Some family members and grandchildren pictured here surprised him after he came from a call.  Shortly after I arrived to interview him he went out on a call that what would have been a dryer fire, ended up being a drill.

The great experience of teaching and working with his crew the last 5 years were very meaningful to him.  I will miss the 8 younger co-workers including lieutenant Marty Hinz to name a few.  

Photo below is with family members.  Pictured from left to right is:  Son-in-law Dennis, Daughter Jill with thier kids Logan & Haley (Mark's grandchildren).  Next to Mark is wife Shelly, son Brad and daughter-in-law Natalie.




Friday, March 27, 2015 at 3:00 pm

GCEDC board scheduled to vote on Darien Lake proposal

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Press release:

The Board of Directors of the Genesee County Economic Development Center (GCEDC) will consider a project from Darien Lake Theme Park Resort at its March 30, 2015 board meeting.

Darien Lake Theme Park Resort is planning to add several new attractions, including a 75-foot “super loop” thrill ride and dual water slide complex speed ride for the 2015 operating season. The projected capital investment is approximately $2.5 million. The company is seeking final approval of a sales tax exemption of $180,000.

The GCEDC Board meeting will take place at 10 a.m. and is open to the public.  Meetings are held at the Innovation Zone Conference Room at MedTech Centre- 99 MedTech Dr. Batavia, NY on the first floor, across from Genesee Community College.

Friday, March 27, 2015 at 3:00 pm

Sponsored Post: Think Spring! Visit the Home Show on Friday, March 27th - Sunday, March 29.

It’s been a long cold winter and now it’s time to “think spring.” And there’s no way better way to beat those long winter blues than by attending the second annual Genesee County Chamber of Commerce Home Show. The Home Show will be held at Falleti Ice Arena in Batavia Friday through Sunday, March 27-29.
Here’s your chance to talk face to face with more than 60 area businesses attending this year’s Home Show for help with your home ideas and projects. And while you’re there, make sure you register for a chance to win a $500 gift certificate from the Home Show vendor business of your choice. The winner will be drawn at the conclusion of the Home Show and you do not need to be present to win.
The Genesee County Chamber of Commerce Home Show will be open Friday, March 27 from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., Saturday, March 28 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, March 29 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. And if you’re hungry, the concessions are being run by Alex’s Place, so you know the food will be excellent!
Admission is only $3 per person and children 12 and under are free when accompanied by an adult. Parking is free at the Falleti Ice Arena. Coupons good for $1 off all admissions are available at the Genesee County Chamber of Commerce office, 210 E. Main St., Batavia, or at any of the participating businesses. For a complete list of participating businesses go to www.geneseeny.com/homeshow. For more information, call the Chamber office at 343-7440.
Friday, March 27, 2015 at 2:54 pm

Batavia Muckdogs 'Hit the Books' with summer reading program

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Press release:

The Batavia Muckdogs today announced the start of their reading program, designed to promote reading amongst the youth of the local communities. Along with the help of NYs 529 College Savings Program, 2015 will mark the third year of the “HIT THE BOOKS with the Batavia Muckdogs” reading program. 

As part of this program, the Muckdogs have provided various schools and libraries across local counties with customized bookmarks.  On the back of these bookmarks, children can have a parent, guardian, teacher, or librarian initial each time they complete a book. When a child completes 10 books, they can redeem the bookmark at the Dwyer Stadium box office for a FREE TICKET to any Sunday-Thursday Batavia Muckdogs’ game! In addition to the free ticket, the child will also receive a prize courtesy of NYs 529 College Savings Program.  If a child reads 20 books, they will be entered into a drawing to win a backpack with school supplies, provided by NYs 529 College Savings Program; along with the opportunity to throw out a first pitch at a Muckdogs game.

In addition to the many participating schools, bookmarks will be made available to children at the following local libraries:

·         Richmond Library (Batavia)

·         Lee-Whedon Memorial Library (Medina)

·         Byron-Bergen Public Library

·         Haxton Memorial Library (Oakfield)

·         Hoag Library (Albion)

·         Pavilion Public Library

·         Corfu Free Library

·         Woodward Memorial Library (LeRoy)

·         Holley Community Free Library

Any questions about the reading program, bookmarks, or redeeming for tickets can be answered by Mike Ewing, at 585-343-5454 x 1005.

Friday, March 27, 2015 at 2:47 pm

BID looks to draw beer lovers Downtown with new event

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The craft beer business is growing in Western New York with new breweries popping up from Watertown to Buffalo, and with Batavia right in the middle of it all, what a great place to bring it all together.

To help tap into the renewed fascination with craft beer, the Batavia Business District is hosting Beertavia, a new event that will help introduce people to some great regional brews.

Beertavia is 3 to 6 p.m., May 16, in the Angotti parking lot, off School Street, between Jackson and Center.

This event will highlight downtown Batavia as well as recognize the city as a geographic center for beer-making.  

Batavia’s geographic location is perfect for breweries because the agricultural resources are all within Genesee County’s  borders .  Hops are grown locally as well as New York Craft Malt which is sold to breweries all over New York State. 

By-products from the waste associated with the beer-making process can be discharged or sold to farms. 

It is truly a circle of life;  production, consumption, distributing, and discharge in a small footprint, which makes it lower- energy, eco-friendly, and an attractive cost savings/higher profit business venture.

BID has been working on marketing the region for this development for some time, which has great potential to benefit this community.

Beertavia  is a beer festival but it is so  much more. It is a community event, showcasing local restaurants and hosting microbreweries from all over New York State.  Fare from Papa Pasquale’s Italian Eatery, Sweet Pea’s Cafe, and Sunny’ Restaurant are on the menu thus far.

The BID is encouraging all local restaurants to participate.  Breweries attending so far are: Abandon Brewing (Penn Yan), Big Ditch Brewing Co. (Buffalo), Brewery Ommegang (Cooperstown), Custom Brewcrafters (Honeoye Falls), Empire Brewing Co. (Rochester & Syracuse), Keuka Brewing Co. (Hammondsport), Resurgence Brewing (Buffalo), RG Brewery (Brockport), Rohrbach Brewing Co. (Rochester), Rusty Nickel Brewing Co. (West Seneca), Sackets Harbor Brewing Co. (near Watertown), and Upstate Brewing Co. (Elmira). See the BID’s Facebook page for breweries and other updates as the event gets closer. A contest for the best brew will be named “Western New York’s Brew of the Year.”

Eight-hundred general admission tickets will be available for $40 per person. There will be a limited number of VIP tickets at $55 per person. VIP'S are upgraded to a designated area with added perks, such as a larger commerative glass, special brews, VIP restrooms, food and more. There will be special tickets for designated drivers as well. You must be 21 years old to participate. Stone Row will be providing music for the event.

BID is currently seeking out sponsorship and volunteers for the large event and is excited to name The Batavian and New York Craft Malt as leading sponsors.  Craft Beer Week runs in conjunction with this event and the BID encourages local bars and restaurants a to have a tap takeover in their establishments, which in turn they will promote the brews each restaurant  will be serving.

Tickets or more information can be found at: http://www.eventbrite.com/e/beertavia-tickets-15295709880?aff=es2&rank=2#

Friday, March 27, 2015 at 2:36 pm

Oakfield woman accused of selling Oxycodone

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An Oakfield woman has been arrested by the Local Drug Task Force, accused of dealing Oxycodone in the City of Batavia.

Michele L. DiFalco, 26, of Webber Avenue, Oakfield, is charged with three counts of criminal sale of a controlled substance 3rd and three counts of criminal sale of a controlled substance 3rd.

DeFalco allegedly sold Oxycodone to an agent of the task force. She was arrested Thursday at her home.

Following arraignment today, DiFalco was committed to the Genesee County Jail.

Friday, March 27, 2015 at 2:32 pm

The latest Flip Ad Contest winner

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We ran a Flip Ad contest these past two days.

The secret code hidden under a Flip Ad was "Vincent Maney."

The winner is Douglas Gaus, of Batavia, who was the 9th person to correctly e-mail the answer to us.

Douglas wins $25.

Friday, March 27, 2015 at 12:02 pm

Law and Order: Two men accused of attempting to hide marijuana from police

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Brandon James Spurling, 23, of Strouts Road, Elba, is charged with criminal possession of marijuana 5th, criminal solicitation 5th and conspiracy 6th. Co-defendant, Anthony Abraham, 27, of Main Road, Akrong, is charged with conspiracy 5th and criminal possession of marijuana 5th. Spruling allegedly asked Abraham to take possession of marijuana and hide it from police, and Abraham allegedly cooperated with Spurling. 

Richard David Flint, 48, of Fort Hill Avenue, Canandaigua, is charged with falsely reporting an incident 3rd and misapplication of property. Flint allegedly reported a burglary to his residence that did not occur. The property he reported stolen belong to two different rent-to-own stores. He allegedly sold the property without the stores' permission.

Katherine Lynn Urf, 54, of Dellinger Avenue, Batavia, is charged with petit larceny and conspiracy 6th. Also charged, Joseph Michael Franchi-Platten, 31, of Dellinger Avenue, Batavia. Urf and Franchi-Platten are accused of working together to steal merchandise from Walmart.


Friday, March 27, 2015 at 11:42 am

Notre Dame wins business competition

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Press release:

Wednesday March 25 was the Virtual Business Trade Fair at Genesee Community College. Nine high schools from the G.L.O.W. region competed with 11 businesses created entirely from scratch by students. At Notre Dame, this year-long project is incorporated into the college credit course Principles of Business or BUS 101 through collaboration with GCC’s Accelerated College Enrollment Program (ACE).

This is the first year Notre Dame participated in the event, but that did not stop the eight member team from receiving multiple recognitions at the fair. Their teacher, Lindsay Warner, says the team has shown incredible commitment to the project since it began in September. “They have had a contagious enthusiasm for this project that propelled them to a well-deserved victory!”

This course is driven by student-centered projects. Each member has developed public speaking, problem-solving, and communication skills. They have learned to work together and value input of others, even if it is different from their own. They have learned that hard work pays in the end and that learning can be valuable and even fun. There are no tests and no quizzes but Drew Morabito, senior and Chief Financial Officer, wants to clear up any confusion, “I have never worked harder in any class.” Students learn because they want to succeed and suceed they did. 

Notre Dame placed in 4 out of 5 judged categories at the trade fair. The Cupcakery- a small bake shop specializing in upscale cupcakes- received First Place for Salesmanship and Number of Transactions. They also placed 2nd for Transaction Dollar Amount and tied with T&T from Pavilion High School for Best Booth Design.

The teams will also be judged on 20+ page Business Plans submitted at the event as well as product catalogs and websites with results expected in the next few weeks.

Notre Dame’s Bus 101 class and Cupcakery business owners are: Lindsey Bender- Chief Marketing Officer, Dylan Fix- Financial Executive, Joseph Falkowski III- Human Resource Manager, Chase Hughes- Financial Executive, Drew Morabito- Chief Financial Officer, Caleb Nellis- Human Resource Executive, Taylor Perzia- Chief Executive Officer, and Joseph Zickl- Marketing & Sales Executive.

ND currently offers Economics, Introduction to Careers, Personal Money Management, Accounting 1, and Accounting 101 in addition to Principles of Business. Business-minded students can graduate Notre Dame with 12 college credits, equivalent to 1 semester of college.

Anyone interested in learning more about this program and the other opportunities Notre Dame is providing its students should contact the school or visit during the upcoming Open House, April 19 from 2-4 p.m.

Total # of Deposits:
The Cupcakery                  Notre Dame                       256
Vision Vacations               Dansville                              155
Able Sports                         Elba                                        114
Oatkan Outdoors             LeRoy                                    114

Total Amount of Deposits:
Vision Vacations               Dansville                              $378,009.35
The Cupcakery                  Notre Dame                       $330,624.33
Road Trip                             Attica                                    $187,953.00

Booth Design:
The Cupcakery                  Notre Dame                       770
T & T Services                    Pavilion                                                770
Elite Feet                             Way-Co                                                743
Sugar Shack                        Batavia                                 730

The Cupcakery                  Notre Dame                       427
T & T Services                    Pavilion                                                407
Vision Vacations               Dansville                              395

Thursday, March 26, 2015 at 11:41 pm

PHOTOS: Maple Road House fire, Pembroke

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9:45pm this evening a report came in from a local resident that smoke came a house at 285 Maple rd. Pembroke.  Heavy smoke was coming from the kitchen area reported by Pembroke Chief Jamie Waff.  The house was vacant and nobody was inside the home. Pembroke, Corfu, Newstead, Indian Falls, Alabama, Town of Batavia fire companies were on the scene.

UPDATE: 11:49 p.m. : Fire Chief Jamie Waff - Smoke damage with some fire damage in kitchen area was result of improper dispose of polyurethane rags.  Owners was notified upon arrival.  



Thursday, March 26, 2015 at 10:14 pm

House fire reported on Maple Road, Pembroke

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A house fire at 285 Maple Road, Pembroke, has gone to a second alarm.

Pembroke and Indian Falls fire departments dispatched.  Alabama filling in at Indian Falls.

City Fire Fast Team dispatched.

Smoke and flames seen from the eaves.

UPDATE 10:14 p.m.: Corfu, Darien and Town of Batavia also dispatched.

UPDATE 10:20 p.m.: Tankers released from response.

UPDATE 10:26 p.m.: Darien 45 requested to the scene to assist with rehap.

Thursday, March 26, 2015 at 7:44 pm

"Think Spring" at the Home Show

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Pictured above is Kelly Bermingham Director of membership & special events and Tom Turnbull President of the Chamber of Commerce sitting in a garden landscaped by Ehrmentraut Landscape from LeRoy who partnered with Cedar Street Rentals in thier booth.

"Think Spring" is the theme this year for the 2nd annual Genesee County Chamber of Commerce Home show.  The event will be at the Falleti Ice Arena and starts tomorrow night at 5pm runs until 9pm.  Discounted $2.00 tickets are located around town or stop at the Chamber of Commerce before Friday evening.  Tickets at the door are $3.00 each and children under 12 are free. Over 2,000 people attend this annual event.  Final preperations and set-up continue this evening.  

Over 60 vendors and 80 plus booths will be filled for the public viewing and each entry has a chance to WIN $500.00 toward thier choice of any vendor at the show.  Come out and tour many local vendors to get a jump on those spring projects ahead.  The family filled event will continue on Saturday 10am-5pm and Sunday 10am-3pm.  

Thursday, March 26, 2015 at 3:30 pm


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Sponsorship space available. For applications and information, contact Laurie Oltramari at 585-344-0900. Click here to purchase your tickets today!

Thursday, March 26, 2015 at 1:20 pm

Crash with injuries and entrapment on Route 490

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A motor-vehicle accident with injuries and entrapment is reported on Route 490 in the area of mile marker 1. The entrapped person's vehicle is wedged against a tree. This is on the Bergen/Churchville border. Le Roy fire and ambulance responding along with Bergen fire. Churchville was also dispatched.

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