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Tuesday, October 15, 2013 at 12:20 pm

Prehistoric artifacts found at site of planned emergency communications tower in Darien

post by Howard B. Owens in Darien, history

To the untrained eye, the 11 objects found in Darien last week look just like a handful of rocks, but archeologists have determined they are prehistoric artifacts. They're also a wrinkle in the county's plan to build a 21st Century emergency communications system.

The artifacts were found at the site of a planned communications tower near the Darien Fire Hall.

The county's contractor hired an Atlanta-based archeological firm to do a test dig on the site, which uncovered the artifacts.

The artifacts have not been dated nor their origin determined. They're just obviously very, very old.

Contrary to rumor, Undersheriff William Sheron said, the site is not an "Indian burial ground."

A report has been sent to the state's Office of Archeology and the county expects to receive instructions on what to do next.

Sheron noted that when Tops built a new distribution center off Genesee Street, an Indian burial ground was found and the project was delayed six months so the remains and artifacts could be properly secured.

In other words, Sheron said, the artifacts found in Darien do not necessarily mean the site can't be used for a communications tower.

The county is building three new towers as part of the $10.8 million communications upgrade project. While the county must complete phase one of the project -- under a federal mandate -- by February, the towers are all planned for phase two of the project, which isn't scheduled for completion until next summer. 

While the Sheriff's Office would like to stay on schedule, Sheron said officials recognize the find in Darien could delay construction of that tower.

"We hope it doesn't get delayed, but if there are issues that need to be addressed, we'll address them and meet whatever requirements we need to meet," Sheron said. "If it becomes cost prohibitive, we'll look for another site."


Tuesday, October 15, 2013 at 12:20 pm

Car crash in front of Wendy's in the city

post by Billie Owens in batavia, accidents

A two-vehicle accident with minor injuries is reported in front of Wendy's restaurant on West Main Street. City police, fire and Mercy medics are on scene.

UPDATE 12:35 p.m.: Mercy medics transported a 46-year-old female to UMMC. She complains of lower abdominal pain. Responders are back in service.

Tuesday, October 15, 2013 at 9:40 am

Local tattoo artist opens own shop on West Main Street, Batavia

With the encouragement of friends, her father, as well as her fiancée, Lisa Vokes decided start her own business and recently opened House of Kolor at 218 W.Main St., Batavia.

Her own full-service tattoo and piercing job shop seemed like the logical next step in her career, she said.

"I had reached a plateau and I wanted to branch out on my own," she said while creating a cover-up tattoo on the back of Brad Strzelecki.

Vokes worked locally for six years before deciding to strike out on her own, but her father was encouraging her to apply her artistic talent in body art for years before she took up the craft.

"Ever since I was young, my dad wanted me to be a tattoo artist," Vokes said. "He used to tell me he would buy me my own kit and we could sit at the kitchen table and I could tattoo him all day if I wanted to."

Vokes never took Pops up on the offer, but after she finished school, she deciding becoming a tattoo artist would be a good career choice.

"My father couldn't be prouder of me now," Vokes said.

As a young artist she loved drawing dog portraits and that quickly became one of her specialties in body art as well.

Creating meaningful tattoos for people is gratifying, Vokes said.

"It's amazing the connections you make and the people you get to meet," Vokes said.
"It's unreal.

"I love doing tattoos for people when they have meaning," Vokes added. "I've had several people who I've done memorial pieces for and they've actually gotten up and been in tears and given me a hug and said thank you. It's a great thing. People really appreciate it when you do things for them that have meaning. It's awesome."

Vokes said she's grown a lot over the past few years as a tattoo artists and appreciates the chance to do good work for people, especially when given the chance to do something unique, one-of-a-kind.

"Honestly, I really like to freehand on people now," Vokes said. "I don't like using the stencils anymore, so it's more like my art and it's going on their body forever. It's a special thing."

Vokes thinks it's important that no matter where somebody goes for ink, they make sure they like the artist, both as a person and their style, and that the parlor is following proper and safe procedures.

"It's important to find artists you like and are comfortable with and that you look at their portfolio and like their style," Vokes said. "If you're not comfortable with somebody, it's not worth going to them.

"It's going on your body for life and you want to make sure they're doing the right job," she added.

Vokes with her fiancée and business partner, D.J. Snyder.

Tuesday, October 15, 2013 at 8:46 am

Law and Order: Man accused of slapping child in face

post by Howard B. Owens in batavia, crime

Roger L. LaShure Sr., 46, of 3322 W. Main Road, #51, Batavia, is charged with criminal contempt, 1st, acting in manner injurious to a child less than 17 and harassment, 2nd. LaShure allegedly slapped a child in the face. There is reportedly an order of protection in place barring LaShure from having contact with the child.

Troy D. Schimley, 20, of 144 Main St., Attica, is charged with harassment, 2nd. Schimley is accused of sending threatening text messages to a family member in Batavia.

Monday, October 14, 2013 at 8:27 pm

City fire closes a portion of Liberty Street for transformer arcing

post by Howard B. Owens in batavia, Liberty Street

City fire responded to Liberty Street for a transformer arcing and National Grid has been called to the scene.

Until it's repaired, Liberty Street between Ellicott and School streets is closed.

Monday, October 14, 2013 at 8:10 pm

Photos: Late afternoon in Pembroke and Indian Falls

post by Howard B. Owens in batavia, east pembroke, indian falls, pembroke

Here's some shots from a late afternoon drive through East Pembroke, Indian Falls and Pembroke.

Above, on Stegman Road, Batavia.

Pratt Road

Little Indian Falls Road

Indian Falls Lake

Slusser Road

Monday, October 14, 2013 at 3:59 pm

Batavia Boxing History: Mike Sallee notched at least 38 KOs in amateur career

post by Howard B. Owens in batavia, boxing, sports

They called him the Bellevue Bomber because he had "one of the most devastating lefts" seen in Schenectady in a long time, but alas, in a 1947 bout billed as the "fight of the year" in Schenectady, Mike Sallee fell to Tony Barone in a five-round decision.

"Hard-hitting Barone, who was the aggressor throughout, hit Sallee almost at will and came close to ending the scrap in the first round," according to a newspaper account of the match.

Sallee -- who had notched 38 KOs as an amateur prior to meeting Barone -- began his boxing career with the Batavia Boxing Club as Micheal Saquella.

The boxer's son, Alan, came across our series on local boxers and sent us information about Sallee.

Alan doesn't know why his father fought under the name Sallee (pictured left above with two unidentified men), but he had a pretty good record. As an amateur going into the Barone fight, he had been in the ring 55 times with 44 wins. Beyond that, there isn't much available his fighting history that we can find. He's listed as club member #35 in Butch Zito's write-up on the Batavia Boxing Club, but there's no further information on him in the book.

He appears to have transferred Schtady as some point in his boxing career and hailed as a local boxer in the Schenectady papers of the period.

The pre-fight write-ups on Sallee are glowing in their appraisal of his ring prowess, but it was also clear he was in for a tough scrap with Barone.

"With both lads packing dynamite in either fist and boasting fine records, the betting is quoted as even money," wrote an unidentified sports reporter. "Plenty of dough is expected to change hands no matter who wins as both welterweights have a lot of followers."

If you come across Batavia boxing history in your family, send clips and pictures to [email protected]

Monday, October 14, 2013 at 3:53 pm

Person scanning lawn at Wolcott School for who knows what

post by Billie Owens in Le Roy

A suspicious condition is reported at Wolcott School in the Village of Le Roy. A person is scanning the front lawn with a metal detector. Maybe there's buried treasure in the grass. Or some lost lunch money -- it adds up you know.

Le Roy Police spoke with him. No report was taken and the police just left.

Monday, October 14, 2013 at 2:52 pm

Photo: Oatka Creek, Le Roy, on a fall day

post by Howard B. Owens in Le Roy, Oatka Creek

Jerry Diskin sent in this picture of the Oatka Creek in Le Roy taken from the foot bridge between Mill and Church streets.

Monday, October 14, 2013 at 2:47 pm

Help sought finding dog missing from Jackson Street residence

post by Howard B. Owens in animals, batavia, pets

Rickelle Chugg is looking for help locating "Romeo."

The missing dog was last seen Saturday night leashed up outside his family's home on Jackson Street.

"Romeo" has escaped before, but always came back home. Not this time. He hasn't been taken to the shelter, Chugg said.

Anybody with information can call Batavia PD at (585) 345-6352.

Monday, October 14, 2013 at 2:20 pm

Calling all vets: Oakfield-Alabama schoolchildren want to honor YOU

post by Billie Owens in oakfield-alabama schools

Press release:

The Oakfield-Alabama Middle/High School faculty, students and administration would like to extend an invitation to all veterans in the area to attend a Veteran’s Day Celebration ceremony at 9 a.m. on Thursday, Nov. 8, in the High School Gymnasium. The school is located at 7001 Lewiston Road in Oakfield.

We will be honoring the veterans with music by the band and chorus. Each veteran will be asked to complete a short biography form so that he/she may be introduced to the audience. The veterans will spend some time sharing with the students, and be given lunch prepared by our students.

The afternoon will include spending time in the Elementary school where another celebration prepared by the elementary students will take place.

If you are interested in attending, please contact Patricia Trinder at 948-5211, ext. 4502, or at [email protected] with your name, address, and telephone number so that we may mail the forms to you. We look forward to seeing many of our area veterans and hope you will enjoy our program.


Monday, October 14, 2013 at 1:58 pm

Sponsored Post: Dwyer to be honored at 54th Popcorn Ball, with food and wine theme of 'Corks & Forks'

John Dwyer will be honored at 54th Popcorn Ball with the theme of "Cork & Forks" focusing on food and wine pairings!

St. Joseph Catholic School is pleased to announce that John Dwyer will be recognized with the Outstanding Alumni Award at the 54th Popcorn Ball to be held on Oct. 26th.

This year’s theme will be “Corks & Forks” and will feature food provided by Alex’s Place of Batavia paired with wine from Heron Hill.

The menu will include a salad course, paired with dry Riesling, followed by Chicken Piccata paired with Heron Hill’s signature Eclipse White. Pork Tenderloin will be served with a Pinot Noir, followed by a flank steak complemented with a Cabernet Franc. A fruit and cream dessert served with a Late Harvest Vidal Blanc ice wine will finish the meal.

In addition to honoring Dwyer, the school will recognize Michael Falcone with the “Spirit of St. Joe’s Award,” and Tim and Wendy English will be named “Volunteers of the Year.”

John Dwyer is a 1946 graduate of St. Joseph’s School, a 1955 graduate of the University of Notre Dame, and a veteran of the Army. He is the former president of Thomas & Dwyer Shoe Stores and the former chairman and later, the executive director of the Genesee County Industrial Development Agency. Mr. Dwyer has chaired dozens of boards and advisory committees, including, the Genesee United Way, the Notre Dame H.S. Board of Trustees, founder and president Genesee County Chamber of Commerce, and four foundation boards including Children’s Home, Genesee Community College, St. Jerome Hospital, and the Notre Dame HS Educational Foundation. He has been a staunch supporter of Catholic Education and the Church, supporting not only St. Joseph’s School, but Notre Dame HS and Genesee Community College. Mr. Dwyer served as a trustee of the Diocesan Catholic Charities Board for nearly 30 years. He has been a trustee and finance chair for both St. Joseph’s and Resurrection Parish. Mr. Dwyer was awarded the 2012 Outstanding Regional Director by the University of Notre Dame Alumni Association for his leadership on the UND Senior Alumni National Board of Directors.

Michael Falcone is a 1930 graduate of St. Joseph School and operated Falcone’s Electric in Batavia for more than 60 years before retiring at the age of 92. Mr. Falcone learned the value of hard work at an early age and after graduating from Batavia High he starting working with his mother to transport farm workers. He would start his route at 6:30 a.m. with his last stop wrapping up around 11 p.m. Mr. Falcone has been a strong supporter of the Church, St. Joseph School, Notre Dame High School, Genesee Community College and Christ the King Seminary.

Tim and Wendy English are co-owners of the local Subway franchise and have donated hundreds of hours to the school. Wendy has served on SOS or Supporters of St. Joe’s and has worked on the Walk for Education and the Penny Carnival. Tim has spent many hours assisting with the Mammoth Sale, making numerous pick-ups on the weekends for the fundraiser. The couple has three children, Emily (SJS Class of 2014), Aaron (SJS Class of 2017), and 2-year-old Avery.

The 54th Annual Popcorn Ball will be held on Oct. 26 starting at 6 p.m. at the school. Tickets can be purchased at the school or at Alex’s Place and are $35/person or $60/couple. A table of 10 can be purchased for $250. Ticket prices include food, wine, beer, soda and coffee. There will be a $500 cash raffle, Chinese Auction, and 50/50 drawings.

For more information call 343-6154 or visit www.sjsbatavia.org.

Monday, October 14, 2013 at 9:40 am

Law and Order: Batavia man accused of menacing with loaded shotgun

post by Howard B. Owens in batavia, Alabama, crime, Le Roy, Oakfield

Kevin Michael Lampman, 40, of West Main Street Road, Batavia, is charged with menacing, 2nd. Lampman allegedly pointed a loaded shotgun at another person during an argument. He was jailed on $2,000 bail.

Ian J. Blake, 26, of Le Roy, is charged with criminal possession of marijuana, 5th. Blake was allegedly found in possession of a baggie of more than 25 grams of marijuana while on Lake Street, Le Roy. Blake was jailed on $2,500 cash bail or $5,000 bond.

Faith Brenda Obeirne, 45, of Mount Read Boulevard, Rochester, is charged with petit larceny and criminal possession of a controlled substance, 7th. Obeirne was arrested in Monroe County on a warrant out of Town of Batavia Court. She was jailed on $2,500 bail.

Saul Doynseday Standsblack, 35, of Parker Road, Alabama, is charged with burglary, 2nd, and forcible touching. Standsblack is accused of illegally entering a residence on Bloomingdale Road, Alabama, and forcibly touching the intimate parts of a person inside the residence. Standsblack reportedly left the residence on foot and was located a short time later by deputies Matthew Fleming and Jason Saile and taken into custody. Standsblack was jailed on $10,000 cash bail or $100,000 bond.

Colin Michael Borgus, 21, of Savage Road, Churchville; Kaci Lynn Sciarabba, 20, of East North Street, Geneva; and, (name redacted upon request), 21, of Queensland Drive, Spencerport, are charged with criminal possession of marijuana, 5th. The three people were allegedly found at 10:05 p.m., Oct. 3, in a car with the windows down in a public parking lot in Oakfield smoking marijuana.

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