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Monday, March 23, 2015 at 1:03 pm

City School teachers picket against governor's education budget proposal

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Batavia City School teachers held what they dubbed a "positive picket" outside Batavia Middle School for about 30 minutes this morning as students were arriving for classes to call attention to their concerns with Gov. Andrew Cuomo's budget proposal for education spending.

Union President Mary Ann Marley said the governor's proposals are hurting local school districts since aid to schools hasn't been increased and Cuomo is withholding funds as leverage to change teacher evaluations.

The governor isn't even giving school districts an estimate of anticipated aid, Marley said.

"Our district is having a hard time establishing a budget for next year when they don't know what numbers to work with," Marley said.

Monday, March 23, 2015 at 12:34 pm

Photos: Benefit for the family of Alyson Krzanak

post by Howard B. Owens in pembroke

Folks in Pembroke organized a fundraiser Sunday for the family of Alyson Krzanak.

Krzanak died of injuries sustained in a motor-vehicle accident on Route 20 in Bethany in late February.

Photos by Rebecca Grela.

Alyson's parents, David and Renee.

The Clevelands consider their choices.

Reese likes basket 114.

Monday, March 23, 2015 at 11:12 am

Crash at Ellicott and Liberty streets in the city

post by Billie Owens in batavia, accident

A two-car accident is reported at Ellicott and Liberty streets. City fire and mercy medics are on scene. Everyone is out of the vehicles. Initially, there was entrapment.

UPDATE 11:29 a.m.: Each vehicle had a driver and passenger; one passenger was transported to UMMC with a head laceration. Northbound traffic is blocked. Police on scene have requested a second ambulance to respond non-emergency mode.

Monday, March 23, 2015 at 9:04 am

Today's Poll: Should teacher evaluations be tougher?

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New York TimesCuomo Fights Rating System in Which Few Teachers Are Bad

Answer this question later today on the smartphone app Reacht for a chance to win a $5 gift certificate from Southside Deli. To download Reacht on your smartphone, click here

Sunday, March 22, 2015 at 6:27 pm

Two-car accident reported at West Main and Oak, Batavia

post by Howard B. Owens in batavia, accident

A two-car accident with unknown injuries reported at West Main Street and Oak Street, Batavia.

City fire and Mercy EMS responding.

Sunday, March 22, 2015 at 4:47 pm

Car fire on eastbound Thruway causing traffic snarl

post by Billie Owens in batavia, fire

A car fire with flames showing is reported on the eastbound Thruway at mile marker 394.4 and it is causing a traffic jam. Town of Batavia Fire Department is responding. Traffic is said to be backed up to exit 48A.

UPDATE 4:57 p.m.: Fire is knocked down. Responders en route told to take it easy.

Sunday, March 22, 2015 at 2:31 pm

Car vs. pole accident on West Bergen Road

post by Billie Owens in accidents, Le Roy

A car vs. pole accident is reported in front of 8152 W. Bergen Road, just south of Selden Road. Le Roy fire and ambulance responding.

UPDATE 2:36 p.m.: Driver not injured.

Sunday, March 22, 2015 at 12:52 pm

Deputy responds to Kmart after complaint of women revealing too much skin

post by Billie Owens in batavia, crime

A Sheriff's deputy is on scene at Kmart after a call to dispatch that "multiple females were exposing body parts to each other that shouldn't be exposed in public."

Sunday, March 22, 2015 at 7:32 am

Accident with injuries on eastbound Thruway, Le Roy fire and ambulance responding

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A motor-vehicle accident with injuries is reported on the eastbound Thruway in the area of mile marker 375.6. Le Roy fire and ambulance service responding.

UPDATE 7:42 a.m.: This is near the Ontario Service Center. A trooper is on scene and medics just arrived.

UPDATE 7:45 a.m.: Le Roy Rescue #66 is on scene.

UPDATE 7:49 a.m.: "The Le Roy fire assignment to the New York State Thruway is back in service."

UPDATE 8:30 a.m.: Two patients transported to UMMC.

Saturday, March 21, 2015 at 10:53 pm

Photos: Crossroad House basket raffle

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The Crossroads House hosted a basket raffle today to help raise money for the hospice.

CORRECTION: This event was a vendor blender. More than 35 local crafters, artisans, and small businesses were featured.

Photos by Rebecca Grela.

Saturday, March 21, 2015 at 10:36 pm

Photos: Civil War Ball

The Daughters of the American Civil War sponsored a Civil War Ball on Friday evening at the Clarion Hotel.

The event commemorated:

  • 200th Anniversary of the War of 1812
  • 200th Anniversary of the Holland Land Purchase
  • 150th Anniversary of the End of the Civil War
  • 100th Anniversary of the City of Batavia

Saturday, March 21, 2015 at 10:27 pm

Photos: Muckdogs Boosters annual Hot Stove Dinner

post by Howard B. Owens in baseball, batavia, muckdogs, sports

The Batavia Muckdogs Boosters held their annual Hot Stove Dinner Saturday night at Sacred Heart.

Club President Brian Paris gave a state-of-baseball-and-the-Muckdogs speech and talked about his trip recently to the Negro Leagues Hall of Fame in Kansas City.

The trip, he said, had him reflecting on the major transition baseball went through in the 1950s as Negro League stars and rising stars were finally admitted into Major League Baseball, and the transition facing baseball now as it tries to appeal to younger generations.

The way to ensure continued interest in the game is to bring children to baseball games. As an act of symbolism he surprised his son Zach with a gift from the Negro Museum, a jacket, that he said represented both baseball's past and its future by honoring its past in a memorable way.  

Bill Kauffman discussed Bill Dougherty's book about the history of baseball in Batavia.

Previously: Batavia's rich baseball history recalled in new book by Bill Dougherty

Hal Mitchell, representing the boosters and local Vietnam vets, along with Paris for the Muckdogs board, made donations to the PTSD program for women at the VA Hospital. Accepting the donations was Caryn DiLandro, the program manager.

Todd Jantzi, owner of Bontrager's Auctions, conducted the live auction.

Saturday, March 21, 2015 at 4:21 pm

Farm safety course culiminates in testing day at Empire Tractor

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Greg Merrell gets ready for his tractor safety test while instructor and evaluator Tim Adams looks on this morning at Empire Tractor, where students participating in the 4-H Youth Development Tractor and Machinery Certification program were put through their paces. The eight-week course provides 14- and 15-year-olds the opportunity to learn how to safely operate farm machinery.

Saturday, March 21, 2015 at 4:07 pm

Possible apartment fire on Waldon Creek Drive

post by Howard B. Owens in batavia, fire

A possible structure fire is reported at 337 Waldon Creek Drive, an apartment complex, City of Batavia.

There is smoke coming from the residence.

Engine 11 is on scene.

The caller reports the it's probable there is nobody home at this time.

City Fire dispatched. The second and fourth platoons are requested to the scene.

UPDATE 4:09 p.m.: Fire is knocked down.

UPDATE 5:20 p.m.: City Fire is back in service.

Saturday, March 21, 2015 at 3:35 pm

Photos: St. Joe's 26th Annual Penny Carnival

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The Annual St Joe’s Penny Carnival was this afternoon. There was a lot for the community to enjoy. Raffle baskets, cakes and snacks for all, and after the long winter some much needed play for the children. Lots of games, face painting, and a bounce house seemed to make the kids all more than happy.

Elli and Owen

Elli and Owen show off the fish they won.


Allison scores in the beanbag toss.

Eddie and Lizzy

Eddie plays a B-Ball game his sister Lizzy made in school for the carnival.

Chris ball roll

Chelsea and her father roll a golf ball to hopefully win a great prize. 

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