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Wednesday, December 31, 2014 at 4:59 pm

ILGR workshop teach how to request 'reasonable accommodations' in the workplace

post by Billie Owens in announcements, business

Press release:

Independent Living of Genesee Region, in conjunction with the Genesee County Career Center, will be holding a one-hour workshop for prospective employees and working individuals with disabilities. The workshop is designed to inform individuals of their right to request and use "reasonable accommodations” within the workplace.

Examples of reasonable accommodations may include: better lighting for individuals with visually impairment; an extra 10-minute break during the work shift to check insulin levels for people living with diabetes; an extended start time to travel to work and/or additional preparation time for individuals with mobility challenges.

The workshop is being offered on two separate dates: Thursday, Jan. 15th and Thursday, Feb.12th from 10 to 11 a.m. at the Genesee County Career Center, 587 Main St., Suite 100, Batavia.

These sessions are FREE and pre-registration is suggested.

Have questions? Interested in registering? Call Donna Becker at (585) 815-8501, ext. 411, today to reserve your spot! Seats fill up quickly so do not delay.

Tuesday, December 30, 2014 at 6:15 pm

Local and state snowmobilers debut 'Take a Friend Snowmobiling' event on Jan. 11

post by Billie Owens in announcements, sports

Press release:

With Winter 2015 in full swing, the New York State Snowmobile Association (NYSSA) and the Genesee Sno-Packers Snowmobile Club are partnering to host the initial "Take a Friend Snowmobiling" event. This will be a great opportunity for new riders and riders who have not been on a sled in years to enjoy a fun and safe snowmobile ride, and it’s a free event NYSSA plans to replicate across Upstate New York.

“It is very hard to find better views than those you take in while on the more than 10,000 miles of snowmobile trails in New York State,” said Dominic Jacangelo, executive director of the New York State Snowmobile Association. “Our clubs and club members have taken the lead this year in organizing Take a Friend Snowmobiling events across the state so we can share why we all love our sport.”

The featured course is specially selected by each local snowmobile club to be appropriate for novice riders. Clubs will organize safety gear for participants to use and sleds will be made available by local dealer partners.

“The Genesee Sno-Packers Snowmobile Club is excited to host the inaugural 'Take a Friend Snowmobiling' event so we can share the adventure and show others what great fun snowmobiling can be,” said James Elmore, New York State Snowmobile Association president and Genesee Sno-Packers Snowmobile Club board member. “Our event is a great opportunity for anyone interested in our sport to learn more about snowmobiling and take a ride on our scenic trails.”

Questions? Call James Elmore at 585-813-4610.

WHO: New York State Snowmobile Association and the Genesee Sno-Packers Snowmobile Club

WHAT: "Take a Friend Snowmobiling" event -- FREE!

WHEN: Sunday, Jan. 11 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

WHERE: 102 S. Pearl St., Oakfield

Sunday, December 28, 2014 at 6:11 pm

GC 4-H offers National Safe Tractor and Machinery Operation program for 14- and 15-year-olds

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The Genesee County 4-H office will be offering the National Safe Tractor and Machinery Operation Program to youth 14 to 15 years of age. This course will qualify youth to be certified to operate farm equipment for hire. The course is scheduled to run Saturdays, 8 a.m. to noon beginning Jan. 17 through March 21.

Deadline to register is Jan. 12.

The training program encompasses 32 hours of intensive instruction. Upon the completion of the training, each student will be required to take a 50-question knowledge test with a minimum passing score of 70 percent. Students who successfully pass the knowledge test will be permitted to take the Skills and Driving tests.

After passing both the written test and driving tests, the students will receive their formal certification from U.S. Department of Labor.

The fee for the course is $25.

Note: Youth are also required to be current enrolled 4-H members (Genesee County 4-H enrollment fees are: $25 per youth or $50 per family for Genesee County residents; $35 for out of county residents).

To request a registration packet or more information please call Cornell Cooperative Extension of Genesee County at 343-3040, ext. 101, or e-mail: genesee4h@cornell.edu. Deadline to Register: January 12.

Sunday, December 28, 2014 at 5:30 pm

Application deadline is Jan. 7 for student YES Abroad Scholarships

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Press release:

The application deadline for the 2015-2016 Kennedy-Lugar Youth Exchange and Study (YES) Abroad scholarship program is Jan. 7. The program provides full scholarships to American high school students to experience overseas communities and cultures, preparing students to collaborate on today’s global challenges such as human rights, community development, workforce development, climate change, and global health.

Sponsored by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, the YES Abroad program enables students to study for one academic year in countries that may include Bosnia and Herzegovina, Ghana, South Africa, India, Indonesia, Macedonia, Malaysia, Morocco, Oman, Philippines, Thailand, and Turkey. The merit-based scholarship covers domestic and international travel; applicable visa fees; medical benefits; room and board; tuition at the local high school; orientations; and fees for educational and cultural activities.

Participants in the program fully immerse themselves into the culture of their host family while attending local high school.

Interested students should visit www.yes-abroad.org to learn more the program and to apply. Contact the YES Abroad program at yesabroad@afsusa.org or 800-237-4636, ext. 2151, if you have questions about the program or application process.

Thursday, December 11, 2014 at 10:49 pm

WNY police officers wives host toy drive at O'Lacy's

post by Howard B. Owens in announcements, batavia

WNY Police Wives had its 2nd Annual Toy Drive on Sunday at O'Lacy's Irish Pub.   The group provided gifts for three local children in the Salvation Army's Angel Tree program and nearly $400 in support of a police family in our region.   WNY Police Wives have begun our second year of providing support to its 130 members from Genesee, Orleans, Erie, Monroe and Chautauqua Counties, and the group continues to grow.  

Friday, November 21, 2014 at 1:28 pm

Meet Batavia native and author Jennifer Gervase Benson at Richmond library

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Meet Batavia native and children's book author Jennifer Gervase Benson at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 22 at Richmond Memorial Library Saturday. She will have her books available for sale and personally signed. They are beautifully illustrated and cost $14.95 each plus tax.

All proceeds will be donated to a scholarship fund called Levi's Legacy, which was established in memory of her nephew (Levi Alexander Benson) who passed away in 2009.

"The Three Little Girls & The Magical Unicorn"
Published by Mascot Books

This is a unique children's book about taking risks and believing in yourself. The book can be purchased online at mascotbooks.com <http://mascotbooks.com/> , barnesandnoble.com <http://barnesandnoble.com/> , amazon.com <http://amazon.com/> ; and participating stores.

The other book is called "Bella's Adventures -- Turn That Frown Upside Down."

Thursday, November 20, 2014 at 2:18 pm

Free traditional Thanksgiving dinner offered to the needy and lonely in Oakfield area

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A FREE traditional Thanksgiving dinner will be prepared and served by the Oakfield Betterment Committee from noon to 2 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 27. The meal will take place at Alli's Cones & Dogs, 7062 Lewiston Road in Oakfield.

Enjoy all your Thanksgiving dinner favorites! Don't be alone this holiday and don't go without dinner!

Friday, November 14, 2014 at 4:06 pm

Second annual 'Run for the ACORNS' was a big success with more than 200 participants

post by Billie Owens in announcements, ACORNS

Press release:

The second annual “Run for the ACORNS” 10K Run and 5K Trail Run/Walk was held at the Genesee County Park & Forest in East Bethany on Oct. 12th. Proceeds will be used to benefit Genesee County's parks.

The weather was perfect for a run on a frosty autumn morning. More than 200 registered to participate in the event. Race organizer Julia Garver said, “Participants were very pleased with the course. It is challenging and highlights the natural beauty of the park.”

The events started and finished at Area B at the park. The course wound through the park on trails which featured hills, ponds, forests and Black Creek. A dozen environmental education signs entertained runners and walkers as they passed by some noteworthy park features. First-time participant John Kirkwood, who ran in the 10K, said, “The course was great. I will invite friends to run the race next year.” The sun (and a fire in the fireplace at the park pavilion) warmed runners and volunteers when the race was over as they all enjoyed yogurt provided by Muller Quaker Dairy and Alpina and apples from Roanoke Apple Farm.

Congratulations to all the winners in the race. The overall top finishers in the 10K Run were Chad Minuto, of Batavia (43:00) and Kimberly Mills, of Basom (43:02). In the 5K Run the top male finisher was Calvin Patten, of Alexander (18:53) and the top female was Casey Arnold, of Alden (27:26). Each winner received a wooden medallion with the race logo and race category burned into the wood. Brothers-All-Natural sponsored the awards. Winners of the 10K race received a $50 gift certificate from Dick's Sporting Goods, and winners of the 5K race received a jacket from the Bank of Castile.

Many thanks to the major sponsors of the race: Awards sponsor -- Brothers-All-Natural; and the Corporate sponsors -- Attica Auto and Hardware, Bank of Castile, Conservation Connects, Fastenal and D&D Logging.

Also thanks to the volunteers who helped to make this an amazing event, especially members of ACORNS, the USN Sea Cadets and Bethany Volunteer Fire Department. Special thanks also go out to our other sponsors, all of whom helped make the Run for the ACORNS a great success!

For more information and full race results please go to: https://runfortheacorns.shutterfly.com/

Monday, November 3, 2014 at 4:04 pm

William Zipfel of the GC Sheriff's Office attended continuing education conference in Saratoga

Photo (from left): Saratoga County Sheriff Mike Zurlo, NYSSA President and Chemung County Sheriff Chris Moss, William Zipfel of Genesee County, Warren County Sheriff Bud York, and Rockland County Sheriff Lou Falco.

Press release:

William Zipfel of the Genesee County Sheriff's Office was among more than 100 county jail administrators from 55 county sheriff's offices who attended the Jail Administrators' Continuing Education Conference in Saratoga Springs in October.

Nationally known corrections consultant Carrie Hill, esq., of Criminal Justice Consulting, LLC, was a featured speaker at the conference, presenting an extended update on legal issues facing corrections facilities.

New York State Sheriffs' Association (NYSSA) President and Chemung County Sheriff Chris Moss presented certificates at the close of the conference along with Saratoga County Sheriff Mike Zurlo, Warren County Sheriff Bud York, and Rockland County Sheriff Lou Falco. The conference is part of a training series offered each year by the New York State Sheriffs' Association.

NYSSA is a not-for-profit corporation, formed in 1934 to assist sheriffs in the efficient and effective delivery of services to the public. It comprises all of the elected and appointed sheriffs of New York State. Visit www.nysheriffs.org

Monday, November 3, 2014 at 3:45 pm

Christmas trees for sale from Elba Betterment Committee

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The Elba Betterment Committee announces that Christmas trees go on sale from now until Nov. 25th and cost $30. Order forms available at Chap's Elba Diner.

Also, the second annual Christmas in the Park, a lighted tree celebration representing area families, businesses, churches, etc. will take place starting at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 6, at the Village Park.

There will be a ceremony and Christmas sing along with Santa, refreshments and fun!

Contact Joanne Soules 409-3183 for more information.

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