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Wednesday, February 11, 2009 at 3:13 pm

McMahon Irish Dancers

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Wednesday, February 11, 2009 at 1:46 pm

PRIDE OF NEW YORK “BUY LOCAL” ADVERTISING FUNDS AVAILABLE

Grants to Cost-Share Advertising & Promotion; Available First-Come, First-Serve Basis

New York State Agriculture Commissioner Patrick Hooker today announced the availability of funding for a pilot Pride of New York “Buy Local” Cooperative Advertising Program.  Members of the Pride of New York Program can receive up to $5,000 on a first-come, first-serve basis to advertise and promote specialty crop food and agricultural products grown or processed in New York State.

“New Yorkers have some of the best products grown or processed right here in their backyard, yet unfortunately many don’t know where to find them,” the Commissioner said.  “I am pleased that the Department was able to secure federal funds for this important program that will help consumers identify local products and help the State’s specialty crop producers build awareness, preference and sales of New York products across the State.  I encourage all Pride of New York members to take advantage of this great opportunity.”

The Pride of New York’s “Buy Local” Cooperative Advertising Grant Program, a pilot project of the Department, provides up to $5,000 to create and develop promotional messages, purchase media time, print space or signage or pursue other promotional activities.  Members can choose from a wide range of advertising and marketing options that best fit their budget and target audience, in multiple media markets.  Cooperative advertising funds will be awarded on a first-come, first serve basis.  The program options include: 

·       Pre-Negotiated and/or Custom-Built Television Ads: Includes professional production of a 23-second TV commercial with a 7-second Pride of New York tag at the end. 

·       Pre-Negotiated and/or Custom-Built Radio Ads: Includes professional production of a 45-second radio spot that ends with a 15-second Pride of New York tag.

·       Print: Pride of New York will cost-share approved print advertisements and placement in a variety of consumer publications.

·       Point of Purchase and Promotional Items:  Pride of New York will cost share approved point of purchase and promotional item such as:  signs, bags, banners, product packaging, brochures, flags and rack cards.

Funding for the Pride of New York “Buy Local” Cooperative Advertising Program is provided through the 2006 and 2007 USDA Specialty Crop Block Grant Program.  The Department is utilizing 2008 USDA Specialty Crop Block Grants to cost-share third party Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) audits and to assist producers with developing farm food safety plans.

The Pride of New York program is the State’s marketing program for food and agricultural products grown or processed in New York State.  The program was created to help consumers identify fresh, high-quality New York State products where they shop.  The Pride of New York also assists farmers and food processors in branding their products by using the Pride of New York emblem, and encourages retailers and restaurants to highlight the New York State products they use and sell by displaying the emblem. To find out more about the Pride of New York Program, call 1-800-554-4501 or visit http://www.prideofny.com.

For more information on the Pride of New York Cooperative Advertising Program or other promotional opportunities, please contact the Pride of New York Program at 1-800-554-4501 or visit the Department’s website at http://www.agmkt.state.ny.us and click on “Funding Opportunities.”

Wednesday, February 11, 2009 at 10:59 am

New Vans for Veterans

post by Philip Anselmo in announcements, VA, veterans

From the VA Healthcare System:

Over twenty different sponsors that included several Veteran organizations, community businesses, as well as individual Veterans throughout Western New York helped to purchase new vans for the Disabled American Veterans Volunteer Transportation Network at VA Western New York Healthcare System. The vans will be put into use after a ceremony at the medical center, 3495 Bailey Avenue, Tuesday, February 24 at 9 a.m. in Freedom Hall, room 301.

Overall, $15,000 were raised along with matching contributions from Colorado Trust in cooperation with the National Disabled American Veterans Organization to purchase the two new vans. “These donations allow us to continue to expand and replace vans to transport our Veterans to necessary medical appointments.  Without this support, this would not be possible,” stated Richard Kloc, DAV Van Transportation Coordinator. During the last reporting period, 62 volunteer van drivers donated over 22,800 hours of their time. Volunteer drivers and donations are always needed; call the VA Volunteer Program Office at 862-8667.

Last year VA Western New York Healthcare System provided care to more than 40,000 Veterans at medical centers in Buffalo and Batavia as well as community-based outpatient clinics in Niagara Falls, Lockport, Lackawanna, Dunkirk, Jamestown, Olean, and Warsaw.

Wednesday, February 11, 2009 at 10:59 am

Florida Picnic

post by Timothy Paine in announcements, Picnic

 

Don’t miss
                         
                            THE                                    
                     
                         ANNUAL                        
                                                      WESTERN NY REUNION
 
Wednesday March 4, 2009
Tropic isles mobile home park  AUDITORIUM
 
3100 10th St. w
                                                                                          palmetto, fl
 
50-50 raffle
door prizes
entertainment
 
Registration begins at 10:30 a.m.
Lunch at 12:00 noon
 
Bring a dish to pass, table service and drink. Coffee and tea  provided.
 
This is a good time to greet old friends, meet new friends,
and share our stories over good food.
 
Prize donations gratefully accepted.
 
Guests are welcome.
 
For further information
please contact:
 Ed Arnold (941) 727-8828,
Joan Cramer (941) 727-1665
Paul Paine: (727) 527-3375
Chuck Kellogg (941) 721-9748
RAIN OR SHINE
 
Wednesday, February 11, 2009 at 10:57 am

VA celebrates Black History Month

post by Philip Anselmo in announcements, VA, veterans

From the VA Healthcare System:

In observance of Black History month, VA Western New York Healthcare System will celebrate events in Freedom Hall, room 301. African American Business Day will take place at 10 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., Wednesday, February 11. Cultural wares will be available. “Taste of Soul” will take place on Friday, February 20 from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. African American dishes such as collard greens, sweet potatoes, pig’s feet, and much more will be served.

Take the journey of “Harriet Tubman and the Underground Railroad” with Joy O’Banion and Yvonne Harris, where they will share the struggles of Tubman’s journey to free the slaves scheduled Friday, February 27 at noon. All events are open to the public.

Tuesday, February 10, 2009 at 5:31 pm

Check out our special cats and dogs from the Genesee County Animal Shelter on YouTube!

WE HAVE SOME ANIMALS WITH SOME SPECIAL NEEDS BUT DON’T BE SCARED. THEY JUST NEED SOME EXTRA LOVE AND CARE BUT MOST OF ALL THEY NEED A CHANCE. WE MADE SOME VIDEOS SO THAT EVERYONE CAN SEE JUST HOW WONDERFUL THEY ARE - SO TAKE A MOMENT, SIT BACK AND ENJOY. YOU CAN GO TO OUR WEBSITE TO CONNECT TO YouTube FOR A PEEK AT THESE GREAT ANIMALS.

 

THERE IS A $30 FEE FOR ALL ANIMALS, A $35 REFUNDABLE DEPOSIT FOR ANY ANIMAL NOT SPAYED OR NEUTERED, AND ALL DOGS MUST BE LICENSED BEFORE LEAVING THE SHELTER.

 

PLEASE CONSIDER ADOPTING A SHELTER ANIMAL TODAY! 

HOW SWEET IT IS TO BE LOVED BY YOU!
Maxine, Bruno & Scooter

TAKE A CHANCE ON ME! Socks the Cat

DUTCH vs THE SANDMAN 

I WANT TO BE LOVED BY YOU...  Missie the Cat

 

 

 

Monday, February 9, 2009 at 1:42 pm

Volunteers Needed for GrandPals

post by Stephanie Armstrong in announcements

 

GrandPals
 
GrandPals is a program that places volunteers in LeRoy Manor, an adult care home. LeRoy Manor houses approximately 90 residents, the majority of which suffer from a mental illness. Most residents are ages 60-75 and have little to no contact with family or friends outside the manor. Volunteering to spend time with one or more residents will provide an opportunity to change someone’s life and make a friend.
 
Who Can Volunteer?
 
Anyone aged 18+ or minors accompanied by an adult. A person of any age can improve the quality of life for a resident.
 
When Do I Volunteer?
 
It’s up to you! Volunteering can be done at a convenient time for you between the hours of 8 am and 8 pm, seven days a week. The recommended volunteer time is one hour per week; however, this is based on the volunteer’s availability. Volunteers who are with residents more than three hours per week may be required to take a test to comply with state law
   
What Should I Do With My GrandPal?
 
 Working with a resident is like establishing a friendship. Going out for coffee, to the movies, dinner, a community event, church, a game, a concert or the library. Choose an activity that you and your GrandPal will most enjoy. Another option is spending time with residents at LeRoy Manor. Playing a game, cards, bringing in a movie, performing a hobby or talent, working on crafts or having a meaningful conversation. The possibilities are endless!
 
How Do I Get Started?
    
Contact Stephanie at (585) 343-9162 or Leslie at 768-6291. Depending on your availability and preferences, you will be matched with one or more residents. Any questions will be answered and a schedule set to meet with the resident, accompanied by Stephanie, and establish future meetings. You will choose the days, times and activities and leave a lasting impression with your new GrandPal.
 

  

 

 
Leave a Lasting Impression
 
 
A Volunteer Program through Genesee ACE Employment Services and LeRoy Manor.
 
 
Stephanie - (585) 343-9162
Leslie- (585) 768-6291
[email protected]

 

Friday, February 6, 2009 at 11:09 am

Veterans benefit event to be held at VA clinic in Lockport

post by Philip Anselmo in announcements, Lockport, VA, veterans

From the VA Medical Center:

Veterans in Lockport and surrounding areas can learn about their VA health care and other veterans benefits at an event being held at the VA clinic in Lockport, 5883 Snyder Drive, Saturday, February 21 from 10am to 1pm. Staff and veterans benefits counselors will assist veterans with eligibility for VA health care, and other state and federal benefits that veterans may have coming to them that often go unused. Benefits have recently been extended for veterans returning from combat that includes five years of free medical care for most conditions from the Department of Veterans Affairs. The five year window is also open to activated Reservists and members of the National Guard, if they served in a theater of combat operations after November 11, 1998 and were discharged under other than dishonorable conditions. The five year limit has no effect upon veterans with medical conditions related to their military service. Veterans may apply at any time after their discharge from the military, even decades later for medical care for service-connected health problems.
 
Representatives from the VA Lockport Clinic, NY State Division of Veterans Affairs, Niagara County Veterans Service Office and VA Western New York Healthcare System will be available to answer questions. Bring discharge papers and financial records for accurate benefits counseling. For more information, you may contact the VA clinic in Lockport at 438-3890.

Thursday, February 5, 2009 at 8:46 am

Batavia Area Jaycees 56th Annual Home Garden & Trade Show

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The Batavia Area Jaycees are proud to announce the 56th Annual Home Garden and Trade Show is going to be held on March 20-22 at the Batavia Downs!

We are still looking for vendors for this event!  All booth prices will be $279!!!! 

Weekend Passes have been slashed to $1

For contract details visit: www.geneseeny.com/bataviajaycees and click on the home show link! 

Show hours are:
March 20 (Friday) from 5-9pm
March 21 (Saturday) from 10am - 7pm 
March 22 (Sunday) from noon - 4pm

If you have any questions, please contact us at 585-343-5775 or email at [email protected]

 

Wednesday, February 4, 2009 at 12:33 pm

Positions open on Pavilion boards

post by Philip Anselmo in announcements, Pavilion, town board

Pavilion is looking for a couple good men or women to fill the vacancies on its Town Board and the Board of Assessment Review. One position is open to take the Town Board seat vacated by Shirley Dills, who recently resigned after 22 years of service.

Interested applicants are urged to send their resume, along with any other pertinent personal information, to the town of Pavilion at the following address:

Attn: Pavilion Town Supervisor
Pavilion Town Hall
P.O. Box #126
Pavilion, N.Y. 14525

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