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Saturday, December 6, 2014 at 7:15 am

Photos: Christmas in the City 2014

post by Howard B. Owens in batavia, BID, Christmas in the City, downtown

Hundreds of people lined Main Street in Downtown Batavia on Friday night for the Christmas parade that was the highlight of a successful Christmas in the City for 2014.

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Saturday, December 6, 2014 at 7:02 am

Bob Boyce receives 30th Annual Health and Humanitarian Award

Le Roy resident Bob Boyce was recognized at a luncheon Friday afternoon for his years of dedicated volunteer work in the community by the UMMC Foundation and St. Jerome's Foundation with the 30th Annual Health and Humanitarian Award.

For more than 26 years Mr. Boyce has devoted his time and talent to improving the quality of volunteer ambulance service for the people of Le Roy. He is currently president of the Le Roy Ambulance Service, a position he has held for the past 12 years. Under his leadership Le Roy Volunteer Ambulance grew to Le Roy Ambulance Service, assuring availability of both trained personnel and volunteers needed to provide ambulance service to residents.

He's served on UMMC Foundation Board of Directors, and the former Genesee Memorial Hospital Group Board of Directors.

In one of several letters nominating Mr. Boyce, Marie Scofield noted his volunteer efforts have not been limited to health-related organizations, but have included education. He currently serves on the Board of Trustees of Genesee Community College after serving on GCC Foundation Board of Directors for nine years, including two years as president. He has been active with the Le Roy Rotary Club, helping raise money for scholarships benefitting Le Roy students.  

Boyce was also active in youth sports in Le Roy for many years.

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Friday, December 5, 2014 at 3:25 pm

Photos: Donations pour in at annual toy drive

post by Howard B. Owens in batavia, Red Cross, toy drive, wbta

WBTA, Ken Barrett's and the Salvation Army teamed up once again this year for our community's annual toy drive today.

It's the 20th year the toy drive has been hosted at Ken Barrett's with WBTA providing the promotional push to help generate more than two truck loads worth of donations.

Firefighters from the City of Batavia were on hand to help accept donations.

The toys will be delivered by Santa to boys and girls throughout our community, making it a happier Christmas for many.

Firefighter Mike Dorgan and WBTA radio personality Nici Johnson.

WBTA's ad manager Lorne Way and Joan Stevens from the Salvation Army.

Friday, December 5, 2014 at 3:02 pm

Hustle helps Lady Lancers to opening game victory of Lyndonville

post by Howard B. Owens in basketball, elba, high school sports, sports

Lyndonville got a good taste Thursday night of the kind of team the Elba Lady Lancers hope to be in 2014-15: an aggressive defense that generates turnovers and a disciplined offense that uses spacing and passing to create open looks.

The result, Elba 64, Lyndonville 32.

"We try to share the ball," said Head Coach Tom Redband. "If we don't, we're not going to be very good. And we try to eliminate shot attempts."

Possession after possession Thursday, the Lancers swatted the balls from Tiger hands or snatched passes midflight.

The turnovers were often created by pure pressure on ball handlers.

The Lady Lancers are a team that will be looking to define itself early in the season following the graduation of last year's point guard Kelsey Bezon.

"She was our leader," Redband said. "She was our facilitator. We had to wait and see how everyone reacted to new roles and they're doing a great job of dealing with it. People have been filling roles. They step in and they step up."

Returning as starters are Alex Reigle, Alyssa Bogue, Jennifer Pedro and Haley Brown.

Redband is looking for big things from that core group to help Elba make another run at post-season play.

Friday, December 5, 2014 at 10:49 am

It's late autumn and the critters help themselves to whatever's available

post by JIM NIGRO in outdoors

This gray squirrel found a weathered and wrinkly apple on the ground and decided on taking it back into the apple tree before gnawing away.

The red squirrel stuck with more traditional fare -- a black walnut.

A nuthatch is waiting to have a turn at the bird feeder.........it might take awhile.....

or until this gray squirrel is done gorging itself.....there has been a variety of birds coming to the feeders: cardinals, juncos, chickadees, blue jays, etc.....and quite often they all have to wait for the squirrel to finish.  

A "well-insulated" mourning dove.........

and a finch that seems to be contemplating whether or not to head South.

Friday, December 5, 2014 at 10:33 am

The Weekend Lineup: 12.5.2014

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Friday, December 5, 2014 at 7:52 am

Batavia Society of Artists hosts annual winter show at Richmond

post by Howard B. Owens in batavia, art, batavia society of artists

Madeleine Rusch, with her painting "Cat Fancy," won Best of Show in the Batavia Society of Artists 2014 Winter Art Show, on display now at the Richmond Memorial Library.

FIrst Place went to Dennis Wood for "Winter Scape," second to Kevin Feary for "Hustled Again," and Feary also got third for "Snow in November."

Honorable mentions went to Karen Crittenden, Rusch, Nicole Tamfer, Bryan Kemp, Lorraine Gluck and Ed Adams.

Beth Kemp snaps a picture of Bryan Kemp with his Honorable Mention award.

Michael Messerly, right, publisher of the Batavia Daily News, attended the event.

Joan D'Alba gets her picture taken under her painting, "Snowy Barn."

Thursday, December 4, 2014 at 5:09 pm

Photo: City hangs new centennial celebration banners

post by Howard B. Owens in batavia

Along Main, along Ellicott Street and in the roundabout, city crews have completed installation of new centennial celebration banners.

Thursday, December 4, 2014 at 5:05 pm

Batavia readies for Christmas in the City

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City workers were busy with tasks Downtown today getting things ready for Christmas in the City tomorrow evening, including making sure the snowflakes on the light poles are ready to illuminate correctly.

Tomorrow's events:

4 to 8 p.m., Photos with Santa
97 Main St.

Lighting of Downtown Christmas Tree, 5 p.m.

Horse and Wagon Rides ($1), 5 to 9 p.m.
Tickets available at Adam Miller Toy and Bicycle, 8 Center St. Proceeds benefit the Business Improvement District.

Trolley Rides to the Wonderland of Trees at the Holland Land Office Museum, 5 to 9 p.m.
Jackson Street Parking Lot (across from Valle Jewelers)
Trolley will continue throughout the night to bring people back and forth to the museum and Jackson Street parking lot. Trolley runs approximately every 15 minutes. The Holland Land Office Museum (HLOM) will be offering free refreshments for the event as well as gift baskets and discount sales in the gift shop.

GO ART!, Frosted Panes exhibit
The Genesee Orleans Regional Arts Council (GO ART!) is pleased to announce its annual holiday show on exhibit through Dec. 19th in Batavia. This year's theme, "Frosted Panes," exhibits 43 pieces by 14 local artists on display in two GO ART Galleries -- the GO ART! Main Gallery in Seymour Place and at the Genesee County Senior Center on Bank Street.
A FREE Meet-the-Artists Reception will be held in conjunction with Batavia's Christmas in the City.

Batavia Concert Band, 6 p.m., City Centre

Holiday Parade, 6:30 p.m.
Parade will take place on Main Street starting at Liberty Street and ending at Jackson Street. More than 40 participants will entertain you with music, floats, singing, a juggler, fire trucks, and more! Santa will choose a child from his "Nice List" to ride with him in the Horse & Wagon!

The following Downtown businesses will be hosting special events as well:

Adam Miller Toy and Bicycle -- 8 Center St.; Enjoy holiday specials, drawing/prizes, coupons, and their famous chili during the Christmas in the City festivities. Tickets for the Horse & Wagon rides may purchased inside of Adam Miller Toy and Bicycle. For questions, call (585) 343-0548.

Amy's Fluffy Friends -- 238 Ellicott St.; Have your pet's photo or group photos taken by Along Photography. Only $5 for a photo shoot! Amy's will also be offering a raffle with doggie treats. For questions, call (585) 343-0052.

Charles Men's Shop -- 200 E. Main St.; Stay warm and enjoy holiday discounts and warm refreshments! For questions, call (585) 343-2086.

City Slickers -- 59 Main St.; Celebrate the season with City Slickers' awesome deal with a Buy 1 Entree, Get the 2nd at Half Price. Sit back, relax, and enjoy a local band playing for the evening. Be sure to also purchase your "Dinner & a Movie" gift certificates as stocking stuffers! For questions, call (585) 345-6788.

Edward Jones -- 7 Jackson St.; Get out of the cold for a little while and enjoy a hot drink and cookies courtesy of Edward Jones. For questions, call (585) 345-1773.

Karen's Yarn, Paper, Scissors -- 39 Jackson St.; 10% holiday discounts on scrapbook paper and yarn! After the parade, stop by Karen's to get a free balloon animal courtesy of Jason the Juggler.

Marchese Computer -- 220 Ellicott St.; With coupons and refreshments, learn more about their holiday specials including computers starting at $349.99! For questions, call (585) 343-2713.

Sweet Pea's Cupcakery Cafe -- 23 Jackson St.; Offering free samples of cookies. Perhaps you'll want to come back to purchase some for Santa for Christmas Eve? For questions, call (585) 344-5627.

T-Shirts, Etc. -- 111 Main St.; T-shirt coloring for kids! Holiday specials include a Buy One, Get One at 50% off. Also, be sure to visit their guest vendor, Butterfly Studio. For questions, call (585) 345-1993.

UMTOO -- 317 Ellicott St.; Will be open until 9 p.m. and will have Christmas refreshments, Christmas stories (traditional and historical), and Christmas songs by local singers who will engage people to join in singing. For questions, call (585) 993-2325.

Valle Jewelers -- 21 Jackson St.; Will be offering holiday specials for that evening only. For questions, call (585) 343-3372. 

Thursday, December 4, 2014 at 4:48 pm

Photos: Le Roy's 30-foot Christmas tree raised today

post by Howard B. Owens in Le Roy

For the second year, the Christmas Crew was erecting the annual Christmas tree at the corner of Main and Lake streets in the Village of Le Roy (the former Wiss Hotel lot).

Doing the work today were Andrew Lathan, Ed McDonald and Michael Glazier.

Lathan Tree Service donated the 30-foot tree a year ago.

The tree will be lit this year in part with the help of donations from National Grid (new utility pole) and Humphrey Electric (new electric installation).

There will be a tree lighting ceremony at 6 p.m., Saturday, at the close of Winterfest.

Michael Glazier

Thursday, December 4, 2014 at 3:50 pm

Sponsored Post: Le Roy Winterfest is December 6th from 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.!

 
Community Christmas Tree Lighting & Caroling -- 6 p.m. Hot chocolate will be supplied by Spirits. Church Choirs & the Boy Scout Troop will be there to lead in caroling. All are invited to carol at the lighting and then go back to the First Presbyterian Church (across the street) for cookies and more hot chocolate to warm up.
 
Let us come together as a community this holiday season. Save Time. Save Gas. Catch up with friends. Wrap up the savings while shopping and supporting local.
 
Stroll through the Village Full Card Business Bingo 10 a.m - 2 p.m. Visit ALL participating businesses for FULL card business bingo. All FULL sheets must be turned into the Community Holiday Bazaar by 3 p.m. on Dec. 6th to be entered to win.  
 
Main, Mill, and Bank street businesses are offering open houses and in-store specials. Photo booth @58 on Main all day.
 
Community Holiday Bazaar, Le Roy Moose Family Center, 21 Bank St., 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. More than 18 home crafters and home businesses, LCCP Bake Sale, Santa arrives at 1 p.m., FREE CHILD IDs, Chinese raffle, door prizes, and lunch available. One raffle ticket for each non-perishable or canned good collected or tickets are available for purchase.
 
KID ZONE ACTIVITIES -- Le Roy Moose Family Center -- SANTA arrives via fire truck at 1 p.m. Caricatures on Santa's lap for $3 and FREE CHILD IDs all day. Town of Le Roy Building 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. -- Coloring contest, face painting & story of the candy cane, caricatures from 11:30 to 12:30 for $3 and more. Fire Hall -- Inflatable playground from 11 to 1. Santa's Cutest Elf Contest -- age groups 0-2, 3-5 yrs., and 6-10 -- at 3 p.m. at the First Presbyterian Church.
 
K9 Demonstration with Sheriff's deputy Erion & Destro at 2 p.m. at the Moose.
 
Woodward Memorial Library 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Join us for a "Frozen" themed Winter Wonderland that includes crafts, make "Olaf," Play Doh, and stop in to watch "Frozen." We will be showing the movie all day. Stop in or stay all day! 
 
Lunch & Dinner Specials -- LB Grand, Smokin' Eagle BBQ & Brew, Barrista's @ 58 on Main, Le Roy Country Club, Spirits, Mooney's, Scooter's/Gigi's, Moose Family Center (lunch), Masonic Community Center (breakfast), and McDonald's.
 
Jingle All The Way 5K/10K starts at 3 p.m. -- Bank and Lower Myrtle streets will be closed due to the race at 2 p.m. Parking is available in municipal lots on Bank Street (enter/exit at McDonald's), Mill Street, and Bacon Street.
 
Reminder... Bring all receipts for Shop, Dine, and Win in Le Roy saved from Nov. 6th to Dec. 6th to the Community Holiday Bazaar from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday Dec. 6th to receive entries into the drawings. Purchases from Saturday Dec 6th count, too.
Thursday, December 4, 2014 at 3:41 pm

Photos: Serendipity Swing at Terry Hills

post by Howard B. Owens in batavia, entertainment, music, terry hills

It's become an annual holiday event for Terry Hills Golf Course -- a great buffet lunch with musical accompaniment from Serendipity Swing, and Terry Hills had another fine turnout today for this year's lunch and show.

Thursday, December 4, 2014 at 10:24 am

Phoenix is missing in Alexander

post by Howard B. Owens in animals, alexander, lost pets, pets

Phoenix is missing somewhere in the Brookville and Hunn roads area of Alexander. She was last seen at home about 5:30 p.m. but got out of the house somehow.

She is sick. She has breast cancer and it is spreading to her lungs. She needs medication daily.

Phoenix is 9 years old, an English setter that is black and white. She is very friendly.

If found, contact Edna at (585) 813-2997.

Thursday, December 4, 2014 at 8:01 am

Local business in Corfu barn destroyed in early morning fire

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A business simply called The Farm, that featured antiques and locally handcrafted items, was destroyed this morning when a fire broke out inside.

The cause hasn't been determined but an early guess, officials said, is that the fire started in a chicken coop area were heat lamps were used.

Owner Renee Franclemont lives in the house next door and a deputy had to stop her from going inside once the fire was already well involved because she wanted to save the business's financial records.

The alarm for Corfu fire was sounded about 5:45 a.m. 

Chief Dean Eck said when he arrived on scene there was still only light flame from one end and one window, but the black smoke was heavy. The fire spread fast inside the old 19th Century-era barn.

Mutual aid departments included East Pembroke, Pembroke, Indian Falls, City of Batavia, Alabama, Darien and Alden. 

Previously: Locally grown and locally made items featured at new store in Corfu

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