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Friday, October 24, 2014 at 11:58 am

The Weekend Lineup: 10.24.2014

post by Paul Draper III in entertainment, lineup, music, weekend

Friday, October 24, 2014 at 11:35 am

American Legion grave marker stolen from cemetery in Le Roy

post by Howard B. Owens in crime, Le Roy

An American Legion grave marker, presumably bronze, has been reported stolen from the burial place of a veteran in the Machpelah Cemetery, 77 North St., Le Roy.

Le Roy PD responding to investigate.

Previously: Thieves steal hundreds of bronze markers from the graves of veterans in Byron-Bergen area

Friday, October 24, 2014 at 9:25 am

Sponsored Post: Dramatic reading of Sleepy Hollow at HLOM

Sponsored Post: Donated to the Holland Land Office Museum by The Batavian.

Friday, October 24, 2014 at 8:36 am

Car hits tree on Main Road, Pembroke

post by Howard B. Owens in accident, pembroke

Injuries are reported after a car hit a tree in the area of 954 Main Road, Pembroke.

Only one vehicle is involved in the accident.

Pembroke and Indian Falls fire departments dispatched, with one engine requested from Corfu.

Mercy EMS dispatched.

UPDATE 8:39 p.m.: National grid requested to the scene.

Thursday, October 23, 2014 at 12:45 pm

UPDATED: 11th annual Fur Ball to benefit spay/neuter program is Saturday

post by Billie Owens in animal resuce, fur ball, pets, volunteers for animals

UPDATE: Pre-sale tickets can be purchased at the shelter during hours today from 1-3 and tomorrow from 11-1.

The 11th annual Fur Ball will be held this Saturday, Oct. 25, at the Days Inn in Batavia. The fun begins at 6 p.m. and there will be lots of food, surprises and auctions.

This year's theme is "Shelter Pets are Pawsitively Purrfect."

Tickets are $25. ($50 if purchased the day of the event). Children 12 and under are $15. A table for 10 is $225.

Proceeds benefit the Volunteers for Animals Spay and Neuter Program.

Make checks out to:  Volunteers for Animals - Spay/Neuter Program.

The Days Inn is located at 200 Oak St.

To contact Volunteers for Animals:

[email protected]

www.vol4animals.org

(585) 813-3839

P.O. Box 1621, Batavia, NY 14021

Thursday, October 23, 2014 at 8:41 am

Calling All Dogs takes its paws indoors

post by Julia Ferrini in batavia, business

While the final sessions of the summer outdoor training classes are in the books, Tori Ganino, Batavia resident and owner of Calling All Dogs, is now holding classes in an indoor space during the colder months. With the fickle weather of WNY, Ganino decided a space for working with the dogs indoors was needed to continue holding group classes.

“It’s very difficult to find someone willing to rent a space when dogs are involved,” Ganino said.

While the dog days of summer more or less missed its stop in WNY, Ganino was able to secure a space at 56 Harvester Ave., Batavia.

“We were not only looking for a space for the classes, we’d like to hold doggy daycare there as well,” Ganino said.

The Harvester Avenue space is large enough to accommodate group obedience classes and specialty classes. These will be for dogs that are aggressive (reactionary) and fearful. Additionally, doggy daycare was up and running during the week in mid-September with one hour play groups with owners on the weekends. Calling All Dogs specializes in working with fearful and aggressive or reactionary dogs. 

“The course is free for dogs who are in rescue programs, from fosters and shelters,” Ganino said. “We have Open Arms Rescue of WNY regularly attend our classes.”

Open Arms Rescue of WNY pulls dogs out of shelters that are adoptable, but may be euthanized because the shelter just doesn’t have the room. Foster parents or volunteers with animal shelters such as the Genesee County Animal Shelter are also among those who attend the course.

While it's free for the above referenced, only two spots per session are held open for those kinds of dogs. Classes are kept small, six to eight dogs maximum. That way, according to Ganino, it gives more one-on-one focus. 

Classes go over basic obedience, problem behaviors, such as: "come" when called, loose leash walking and "leave it -- this command teaches a dog not to pick up items that they shouldn’t. Ganino also includes exercises toward the Certified Good Dog certificate - a document vouching that one’s dog is not an aggressive or fearful animal.

Private lessons for all obedience concerns, especially fear and aggression issues, are always available. The owner of Calling All Dogs is also looking into starting small group classes -- two to three dogs -- in addition to the private lessons.

“This gives a dog exposure to community settings,” Ganino said.

Free lessons -- whether private lessons or group classes -- are offered to agencies to get dogs ready for adoption. Dogs that know basic obedience are more adoptable, according to Ganino.

The Batavia resident is currently working with a dog that has a bite history. The animal may not be adoptable right now, but it is with a foster family that won’t put it down. Additionally, Calling All Dogs works with animals whose owners are court ordered to show proof that the dog’s disposition has improved; dogs with fear issues to get them use to people, excitable dogs -- to break the habit of jumping up on people in their excitement, and so on.

“With fear and aggression training,” Ganino said. “The training isn’t so society will accept them, it’s for the dogs to get exited about things, that this thing or that thing is okay. The dog goes from being scared where it feels like it’s going to shake or bite, to ‘oh hey, this is okay, this is something to get excited about.'

“The training is also good for owners to understand what the dog is saying through body language. Dogs are always communicating, owners just may not understand what they’re (dogs) are trying to say.”

Ganino is certified by CPDT-KA which certifies proficiency in dog-training knowledge by passing an exam of both written and hands-on work. She is also certified by the Animal Behavior College -- an online and hands-on course in animal behavior. Ganino previously worked with a trainer in Rochester as well as volunteers at the Genesee County Animal Shelter, where she works with dogs.

Part of her training methods rule out old-school equipment such as choke or pinch collars. She relies on techniques that will not hurt the dog physically or mentally.

Group classes are set up to where dogs are sectioned off with barriers and then slowly the barriers are taken down. The end of the classes are off leash play-time.

“If anyone has any questions, call or text anytime,” Ganino said. “I don’t charge. We also do treadmill training. When the weather is too cold or too hot for the dog, we train them to walk on a treadmill, this way, they still get their exercise.”

For all services, reservations must be made to ensure there aren't too many dogs.

Calling All Dogs will still be offering private lessons either at the Harvester Avenue location or in dog owner's home. 

The seven-week outdoor training course will be available again during the warmer months of 2015, "possibly around the latter part of May." The first week is an orientation with the owner or handler to give them an overview of what will be taught during the course. with the remaining classes to be held with owner/handler and dog. While the seven-week course focuses on multiple issues, there is a one hour intensive session of just one type of obedience such as loose leash walking. Group classes are held on Sundays at Batavia Tractor Supply.

For further information check out Calling All Dogs Facebook page, their Web site, by e-mail [email protected]; or via phone at 585-455-5387.

Thursday, October 23, 2014 at 8:38 am

Law and Order: Man accused of punching patron at bar in Elba

post by Howard B. Owens in crime, elba, pembroke

Samuel Christopher Dilcher, 31, of Lewiston Road, Oakfield, is charged with assault, 3rd. Dilcher is accused of punching a patron in the face at the Stumblin Inn in Elba causing the person to require medical attention, including several stitches. Dilcher was issued an appearance ticket.

Justin David Moscato, 21, of Riddle Road, Lockport, is charged with driving while impaired by drugs and uninspected motor vehicle. Moscato was arrested following a citizen complaint of a person staggering around a vehicle at 12:55 p.m. Wednesday at a location on Hopkins Road, Pembroke.

Thursday, October 23, 2014 at 8:30 am

Autumn pastoral: photos of the October countryside

post by JIM NIGRO in autumn streams, fall foliage, nature, outdoors

A gently rolling buckwheat field, splashes of red-orange in the hardwoods and a sky filled with blue-gray clouds -- October in Genesee County.

Downstream from the Powers Road bridge, a mirror image on a placid stretch of Tonawanda Creek. 

Dim light inside a woodlot and blue sky beyond really set off this maple's foliage.

A hint of early morning mist on Bowen Creek.

One of the many things I enjoy in autumn is seeing red maple leaves against a deep blue sky.

Hardly more than a trickle on this day, the Little Tonawanda nonetheless flows onward to its confluence with the mainstream Tonawanda.....

Further downstream fallen maple leaves blanket the shore while others are caught in a shallow riffle.

Just my opinion, but.....the spectacular hues of these crimson oak leaves underscore the brilliance of the autumn of 2014!!!

Wednesday, October 22, 2014 at 3:00 pm

Sponsored Post: Still a few tickets left for St. Joe's Annual Popcorn Ball this Saturday!

There are still a few tickets left for the Wine Dinner this weekend celebrating St. Joseph School's 55th annual Popcorn Ball.
 
Food from Alex's Place will be paired with wine from Heron Hill. The night will start with a cocktail hour followed by a 5-course meal that begins with Pumpkin and Crab Bisque followed by a Brussel Sprout Slaw Salad. Main courses will include Scallop Croquettes and Short Rib Manicotti. The meal will conclude with a Fried Peach Cobbler.  
 
We will also honor the following supporters. Juanita deSa will receive the Spirit of St. Joe's award while Heather Zerillo will be named Volunteer of the Year. Vinny and Margie Misiti will be honored with the Outstanding Alumni Award. Tickets are just $55/couple and available at the school or Alex's Place.
Wednesday, October 22, 2014 at 2:29 pm

Oversized load yanks down wires at Route 77 and Bloomingdale Road

post by Billie Owens in accidents, Alabama

An oversized load being hauled by a tractor-trailer has taken down electric lines at Route 77 and Bloomingdale Road. Alabama fire and law enforcement are responding.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014 at 2:27 pm

Car crash, minor injuries, at Slusser and Stegman roads

post by Billie Owens in accidents, east pembroke

A one-car accident, believed to be with minor injuries, is reported at Slusser and Stegman roads. East Pembroke fire and Mercy medics are responding.

UPDATE 2:30 p.m.: The vehicle hit a guard rail. The location is actually Stegman Road, says dispatch.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014 at 2:10 pm

Man indicted for allegedly stealing cameras, software, speakers and headphones from retailer

post by Billie Owens in batavia, crime, Grand Jury

The Grand Jury of Genesee County has indicted Robert R. Hertz for the crime of third-degree burglary, a Class D felony. It is alleged that on May 16 Hertz knowlingly entered or remained unlawfully in a building with the intent to commit a crime there. In count two, he is accused of third-degree burglary for the same actions on May 25. In count three, he is accused of the crime of grand larceny, 4th, a Class E felony, for allegedly stealing property at Target in the Town of Batavia having a value exceeding $1,000: several digital cameras, Mircosoft Office for Mac software, Macrosoft Office 8.1 software, JBL wireless speakers, and Bose headphones.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014 at 12:41 pm

Stolen vehicle from Stafford discovered by Batavia City Councilman

post by Alecia Kaus in batavia, Stafford, stolen vehicle

Council person-at-large Eugene Jankowski Jr. was investigating a complaint of illegal dumping on the Jackson Street bridge late this morning when he noticed a black pickup truck at the end of the closed bridge.

The former City of Batavia Police lieutenant says he called the license plate number in to dispatchers who said the vehicle was reported stolen from a West Main Road residence in Stafford late yesterday morning.

State Police were called to the scene on Jackson Street bridge and they are investigating the incident.

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