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Wednesday, December 31, 2008 at 11:27 am

GASA 2009 Registration Goes Green

post by Mike Freeman in announcements

The Genesee Amateur Soccer Association is pleased to announce that open registration for the 2009 season has begun.

GASA is also excited to announce that we are going green. There will be no paper registration forms mailed to players this year. Instead, GASA is developing a new website that will allow registration and payment via the Internet.  Details will be posted on our current website www.eteamz.com/gasabatavia.

GASA is a recreational soccer club with players from Batavia and surrounding towns.  About 500 kids age 5 to 19 participate in several different age divisions.  Teams in the younger divisions (5-10 yrs) practice and play all their games in Batavia.  GASA is a member of the Genesee Youth Soccer League for the older, travel divisions along with clubs from other towns in the area.

The 2009 season will run from May through July 2009.

Walk in registration will take place on Friday January 9 from 5:30 - 7:30PM and again on Saturday January 10 from 10AM to 2PM at John Kennedy School in Batavia.

The fees have not increased from 2008 and we still offer discounts for families with multiple registrants.

Sample uniforms will be available to preview. Members of the GASA board and coaching staff will be on hand to answer your questions.

Questions may be emailed to [email protected]

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Monday, December 29, 2008 at 9:03 pm

Mike Ranzenhofer to take oath of office in Batavia

post by Jerome Grasso in announcements, Mike Ranzenhofer

New York Stae Senator-elect (61st), Mike Ranzenhofer will take his oath of office in Batavia on December 30th.  He will be sworn in by Judge Robert Noonan at the Genesee County Court Facility at 1:30 pm.  A short reception will follow. All are welcome. Please contact Jay Grasso at 703-0920 or [email protected] if you have any questions.    

Monday, December 29, 2008 at 3:54 pm

Musician Otis Taylor to Bring Blues and Banjos to Genesee

post by Philip Anselmo in announcements, entertainment, GCC, live music, music, schools

From Genesee Community College:

Arguably the most relevant blues artist of our time (Guitar Player magazine), Otis Taylor brings his unique instrumentation and sound to Genesee Community College on Saturday, February 7 at 8:00 PM in the Stuart Steiner Theatre at the Batavia campus. Now promoting his latest album, Recapturing the Banjo, this critically-acclaimed singer and songwriter captivates audiences with his original music and poignant storytelling.

Taylor was born in Chicago in 1948 to a family that embraced music and was surrounded by jazz performers and musicians. After the death of his uncle, his family moved to Denver where he was allowed to let his love of blues and folk music blossom. Taylor learned to play guitar and harmonica, and by his mid-teens was performing in his first band. He went on to perform in London, but soon returned to the United States in the late 1960's to work on many musical projects with various blues artists. In 1977, Taylor decided to take a break from the music business and went on to be a successful antiques dealer, as well as coaching an amateur bicycling team.

After much persuasion from his fellow musicians, Taylor returned to music in 1995. He released his first album two years later, titled Blue Eyed Monster, which the blues world embraced and admired. Now promoting his eighth album, Recapturing the Banjo, he is part-musician and part-storyteller taking his audiences on an emotional journey of truth and relevance in history. His original lyrics and haunting voice weave a story of pain, joy and the human condition.

"Bringing Otis Taylor to Genesee Center for the Arts continues the College's long-standing tradition of hosting some of the world's best blues artists," Frank Mayo, professor of speech and theatre arts said. "Genesee's Stuart Steiner Theatre is a perfect venue for this kind of performance offering exceptional acoustics, as well as an intimate setting. Western New York is in for a real treat."

Besides being an award winning singer and songwriter, Otis Taylor finds time to give back to the communities that support music in children and young adults. Taylor, along with his wife Carol, have taken on a Blues in the School program called "Writing the Blues." The program consists of visits to schools and universities around the country to advise, enlighten, motivate and educate about the blues. Taylor now resides in Boulder, Colorado with his wife and two daughters. For further information on Otis Taylor or press photographs, visit www.otistaylor.com.

One performance is scheduled for Saturday, February 7, 2009 at 8:00 PM in the Stuart Steiner Theatre at the Batavia campus. General admission ticket prices are $10.00 for adults and $5.00 for students, senior citizens and Genesee faculty/students. Members of the Western New York Blues Society will receive a $2.00 discount by showing their current membership card.

For ticket information or reservations, contact the Genesee Center for the Arts Box Office at (585) 343-0055 x6814, or by email at [email protected]. The Genesee Center for the Arts Box Office accepts cash and checks only; credit cards are not accepted. For door-to-door directions, sent via email, visit www.genesee.edu.

Sunday, December 28, 2008 at 3:06 am

Mayhem Riders-new motorcycle club in batavia to host poker runs to benefit area charitys

post by chris johnson in announcements, batavia

Mayhem Riders

we are a new motorcycle club in the batavia area,we have members from all over western new york.we currently have 18 members and we are growing everyday.we are accepting new members.this is our first year,we have 2 runs planned for 2009.on june 21 2009 -autumn run,to benefit the ronald mcdonald house in rochester.on july 18 2009 bikers for hope poker run to benefit the con kurr cancer foundation.please go to our website,to learn more about the club,and visit the links for these great charitys.we are also looking for volunteers for these events to man sign in tables and other dutys.we are also looking for donations for raffles at both these events.all of the proceeds go directly to these charitys and the money stays in this area to help our own.


[email protected]

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Tuesday, December 23, 2008 at 12:56 pm

82nd Airborne Distributes Gifts to Veterans

post by Philip Anselmo in announcements, military, VA Medical Center, veterans

From the VA Medical Center:

In the giving spirit of the holidays, members of the 82nd Airborne Niagara Frontier Chapter will be distributing gifts to patient units at the Buffalo VA, 3495 Bailey Avenue.  The gift distribution will take place on Christmas Day, Tuesday, December 25 at 1:30 pm.  The group will sing carols along with accordionist as they visit patient units.

Tuesday, December 23, 2008 at 9:26 am

New hope for live music in Batavia

Hot Shots Coffee on Harvester Avenue has some great news for live music fans in Genesee County. From the release:

There is new hope for entertainment in Batavia. Other than at bars, there are not many concerts to speak of in our small city. Especially in the winter. On Saturday,January 24th, 6:30pm HOT SHOTS COFFEE at 56 Harvester ave. will be host to an alcohol free concert open to all ages. The Headlining band responsible for setting up the show, is Batavia's own RADIO RELAPSE, a modern rock coverband made up of the cream of Batavia's young talent. By young I mean mid 20's. There will also be an opening act t.b.a. RADIO RELAPSE is in support of seeing the local music scene flourish.  Entertainment is the spice of any city.

Monday, December 22, 2008 at 12:52 pm

Smoke Free NOW Genesee Meeting at Bohn's Restaurant

post by Kevin Keenan in announcements, batavia, smoke free


Smoke Free NOW is funded by the NYS Department of Health Tobacco Control Program and is dedicated to reducing tobacco use and exposure to secondhand smoke in Genesee, Orleans, and Wyoming Counties. The coalition meetings are open to the public; anyone who supports our goals and objectives is welcome.
Smoke Free NOW works to promote policy changes about tobacco issues within local municipalities, businesses, organizations, events and venues.
Current initiatives include:
Policy: Asking Organizations, Businesses, Events, and Venues to not accept tobacco advertising, sponsorship, promotion or funding .
Organization Resolution: Asking Organizations, Businesses, Events and Venues to urge tobacco retailers to reduce, rearrange, or eliminate tobacco signs (research shows that kids exposed to advertising are more likely to start smoking).
Municipal Resolution: Asking municipalities to pass a resolution urging tobacco retailers to reduce, rearrange, or eliminate tobacco signs.
Smoke Free Apartments : Asking Landlord/Managers to establish a written policy that their apartments are smoke-free.
 Smoke free now also urges smokers to go to www.nysmokefree.com to get information about quitting smoking and to see if you are eligible for free NRT (nicotine replacement therapy; gum, patches, or lozenges)
For more information please go to our website www.smokefreenow.org   or www.exposebigtobacco.org

Thursday, December 18, 2008 at 8:15 pm

Habitat for Humanity of Genesee County

post by Session Placeholder (not verified) in announcements

With a donation to Habitat , you could be the winner of this TV. (the

New Year's Eve ball will not drop on the TV)  Genesee County

Habitat for Humanity will be in their 10th. year in 2009. We will be

completing our 7th. house.  Volunteers are always welcome.

Thursday, December 18, 2008 at 4:38 pm


post by Carol Nicometo in announcements

Officer John Zola stated that it goes back to the home where children should be safe and not have access to guns.  I couldn’t agree with him more.  Whenever something like this happens, it shocks our community and for a short while our intentions are to take precautions to lock up the guns and to do whatever is necessary to keep this from happening in our own home. Then we let our guard down and history repeats itself.   Anyone who owns a gun should have it under lock and key regardless if children are in the home or not!

Here at GCASA, we have a SafeHomes program.   The intent of the program is to promote awareness in our schools and community, by encouraging parents to create a safe and healthy environment for their children in their own homes.

The pledge promise is as follows:

        I PLEDGE TO PROVIDE A SAFEHOME                                                                        

  • I will provide adult supervision for all children visiting my home.              


  • I will provide a secure storage place for all forms of alcohol, firearms, and other potentially hazardous items; including over the counter and prescription medications.


  • I will maintain a smoke-free home.


  • I will not allow parties or gatherings in my home when I am not there.


·          I welcome communication with any parent who personally observes my child using alcohol or other drugs.


·          I will communicate with any SafeHomes parent of a child I personally observe using alcohol or other drugs


  • I will talk with my child(ren) about the dangers of drug use and my    expectations of them being drug-free.


Our goal is to reduce the number of children that are negatively impacted when these guidelines are not followed.

This pledge is not legal or binding by law.  If you would like to get the SafeHomes program in your school or to find out more about SafeHomes, log on to www.gcasa.net  or you may contact Carol at 815-1873  


Thursday, December 18, 2008 at 3:10 pm

Library: January family matinees

From Richmond Memorial Library:

Snuggle up with the kids and relax with Richmond Memorial Library’s January Family Matinee series. Bring the whole family, pack a blanket and picnic lunch. We will be showing G-rated newly released to DVD films in the Children’s Room. Saturday’s at 1:00pm, January 3 & 17 and 31. Call the Children’s Room 343-9550 x4 for title information.

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