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Tuesday, February 11, 2014 at 2:34 pm

YWCA launches 2014 appeal for donations to help support domestic violence outreach services

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Press release:

YWCA of Genesee County has launched a 2014 appeal to help support the Domestic Violence Crisis & Prevention Services program.

There are an estimated 6,000 victims of domestic violence in Genesee County, and YW staff plans to serve at least 1,000 of them this year. That is 300 more than the average number served, Executive Director Jeanne Walton says.

"Our goal is to open a door of hope for victims of domestic violence," Walton said. "They often can't even imagine the freedom and joy waiting for them. All campaign donations will go a long way in helping us to get the job done."

YWCA has scheduled a year of fundraisers to not only fuel the nonprofit's programs but to recognize, honor and celebrate special people in the community. Events include a Fabulous Females dinner on May 10, Wheels & Heels party on July 26, and the Stiletto/Sneaker Walk and Community Harvest Supper on Oct. 1. More details are to come.

Tucked into these special events is The YES! Cafe, a lunchtime program on the second Wednesday of each month.

Tomorrow, Feb. 12, patrons can "Follow Your Heart" with last-minute Valentine's gifts starting at noon. A lunch of a baked potato with assorted toppings, salad bar and a red velvet cookie sandwich will be served as various gift vendors display and sell their goods. Items will include body contour wraps, infinity scarves, soaps, lotions, flameless candles, purses, jewelry, specialty vinegars and much more.

For more information about any programs and services at YWCA, call (585) 343-5808.

Wednesday, January 29, 2014 at 12:52 pm

Batavia financial advisor offers free estate planning seminar

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Press release:

Edward Jones Financial Advisor Michael R. Marsh, of Batavia, is hosting a free 60-minute educational seminar titled "Preparing Your Estate Plan" at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 6th at the branch office, 7 Jackson St. in Batavia.

Michael will present this seminar along with Bonarigo & McCutcheon, Benjamin J. Bonarigo Sr.,Esq., a local estate planning attorney.

Many people tend to put off or ignore developing a sound estate plan, but it's one of the most important things an investor can create. During the seminar, participants will learn more about:

  • What to consider when creating a will;
  • Benefits of trusts in estate planning;
  • How to help reduce taxes on one's estate;
  • How insurance can help protect one's family.

The seminar is free, but space is limited. To make a reservation, call Robin Ettinger at 585-345-1773.

Edward Jones provides financial services for individual investors in the United States and, through its affiliate, in Canada. Every aspect of the firm's business, from the types of investment options offered to the location of branch offices, is designed to cater to individual investors in the communities in which they live and work.

The firm's 12,000-plus financial advisors work directly with nearly 7 million clients to understand their personal goals -- from college savings to retirement -- and create long-term investment solutions that emphasize a well-balanced portfolio and a buy-and-hold strategy. Edward Jones embraces the importance of building long-term, face-to-face relationships with clients, helping them to understand and make sense of the investment options available today.

Tuesday, January 28, 2014 at 4:19 pm

Deadline for volunteer firefighters seeking tuition assistance is Feb. 3

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Assemblyman Steve Hawley (R,C,I-Batavia) is reminding his constituents that the deadline for volunteer firefighters to apply for college tuition aid through the Firemen’s Association of the State of New York’s Higher Education Learning Plan (FASNY HELP) is February 3. This program has been developed to encourage volunteerism and help college students pay for the ever-increasing cost of a college education. Hawley does not want any young firefighters in his district miss out on tuition aid because they were not aware of the FASNY HELP program.

“The fine people at FASNY have a great program to help volunteer firefighters with their college tuition. If you are a volunteer firefighter trying to put yourself through college, please do not hesitate to take advantage of the program,” said Hawley. “The time and sacrifice our volunteer firefighters give to their communities is commendable, and the FASNY HELP program is the least we can do to show our gratitude for their service.”

The FASNY HELP program allows community college students to receive up to 100 percent tuition reimbursement for up to 80 credit hours while serving as volunteer firefighters and maintaining their grades. To be eligible for the FASNY HELP program, you must first complete your local fire department’s volunteer membership process and the Volunteer Fire Department Commitment form.

For information on the program and how to apply, visit http://www.fasny.com/index.php/resources/fasny-help/, email HELP@fasny.com,
Attn: John D’Alessandro, Deputy Volunteer Programs Coordinator or call FASNY toll free at (855) 367-6933.

Sunday, January 26, 2014 at 8:31 pm

Clear Your Energy with a Charka Workshop at Blue Pearl Yoga

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A chakra workshop designed to relieve stress and increase energy is scheduled for February 1 at Blue Pearl Yoga. Rich Hayden, a certified yoga, meditation, and chakra instructor will lead the class on a path to renewed wellness. This class is suitable for all ages; pre-registration is required.


Chakras are points in the subtle human body located at the physical counterparts of arteries, veins, and nerves. Since charkas are not part of the human body they can most accurately be described as energy centers connected by channels. Each Chakra has its own characteristics, responsible for receiving and expressing energy. Through a series of simple yoga poses and breathing exercises students will learn how to activate energy while relieving stress, tension, and depression. “Keeping these energy field clear and balanced is one of the best form of preventative medicine and self-care,” according to Karen Reisdorf, owner of Blue Pearl Yoga.

Workshop facilitator Rich Hayden has been a yoga instructor at Blue Pearl Yoga for 8 years and has lead several Chakra Workshops. He says that participants will learn to attend to their Chakra through meditation, poses, and chanting to “establish health on a solid basis and increase energy.” During meditation, he says, “we focus on color and sound. Each chakra has a corresponding color connected to it and has a tremendous strengthening effect on the physical body.” The resulting outcome of this workshop is “peace, joy, and a true love of life.” 

The Chakra Workshop with Rich Hayden is scheduled for Saturday, February 1 from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. at Blue Pearl Yoga, 200 East Main Street, third floor. Cost is $35.00 and pre-registration is required. For more information contact Karen Reisdorf at 585.813.5430.

Tuesday, January 21, 2014 at 5:07 pm

Red Cross blood drive at UMMC

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The Red Cross will conduct a blood drive at United Memorial Medical Center on Tuesday, Jan. 28 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The mobile unit will be in front of the hospital at 127 North St., Batavia. All presenting donors at the blood drive will receive a free gift card to Dunkin’ Donuts. Appointments may be made by visiting www.redcrossblood.org. Walk-ins are welcome.

Generally to be eligible to donate, individuals must be 17 years of age or older, healthy and weigh at least 110 pounds. On the day of the donation, the American Red Cross recommends drinking an extra 16 ounce glass of water before and after the donation. They also suggest eating a healthy meal, avoiding high fat foods, before donating.

For the appointment (walk-ins are welcome) bring a driver’s license or two other forms of identification and a list of any current medications. After registration, presenting donors will have their blood pressure, temperature, pulse and hemoglobin measured. They will also be asked for a brief health history and asked about their travels to foreign countries.

The donation process itself usually lasts 8-10 minutes, but can be longer based on the donation. After donating, refreshments are provided. The entire process usually takes less than an hour to complete.

People can donate multiple times but must wait eight weeks/56 days between donations of whole blood.

Friday, January 17, 2014 at 3:59 pm

Jack Hirsch Comedy Hypnosis act is Jan. 24 at Batavia High School Auditorium

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Enjoy an evening of laughter at the auditorium at Batavia High School on Friday, Jan. 24. That's when the Jack Hirsch Comedy Hypnosis act will take place, starting at 7 p.m.

Tickets are $10 in advance and can be obtained at Big Pauly's Pizza, all Batavia schools, varsity basketball games and from members of the Batavia High School Alpine Ski Team, which is hosting the event. Tickets can also be purchased at the door for $12.

And look whose going to get hypnotized...Mrs. Wasilewski, Mr. Weicher, Coach Briggs, Mr. Sloan, Michael DiBracco, Mr. Kirkwood and Pauly from Big Pauly's Pizza.

The school is located at 260 State St. in the City of Batavia.

Monday, January 13, 2014 at 10:06 am

Applications sought for funding from groups that provide emergency food and shelter

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Press release:

Genesee County has been chosen to receive $2,800 to supplement emergency food and shelter programs in the county. The selection was made by a National Board that is chaired by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency and consists of representatives from: American Red Cross; Catholic Charities, USA; National Council of the Churches of Christ in the USA; The Jewish Federations of North America; The Salvation Army; and, United Way Worldwide.

The Local Board was charged to distribute funds appropriated by Congress to help expand the capacity of food and shelter programs in high-need areas around the country. A Local Board made up of (the Mayor, United Way, et al.) will determine how the funds awarded to Genesee County are to be distributed among the emergency food and shelter programs run by local service agencies in the area. The Local Board is responsible for recommending agencies to receive these funds and any additional funds made available under this phase of the program.

Under the terms of the grant from the National Board, local agencies chosen to receive funds must: 1) be private voluntary nonprofits or units of government, 2) be eligible to receive Federal funds, 3) have an accounting system, 4) practice nondiscrimination, 5) have demonstrated the capability to deliver emergency food and/or shelter programs, and 6) if they are a private voluntary organization, have a voluntary board. Qualifying agencies are urged to apply.

Genesee County has distributed Emergency Food and Shelter funds previously with Community Action, The Salvation Army and Ministry of Concern participating. These agencies were responsible for providing meals and lodging.

Public or private voluntary agencies interested in applying for Emergency Food and Shelter Program funds must contact Major Patricia Kurtz at patricia.kurtz@use.salvationarmy.org or 585-343-6284 for an application. The deadline for applications to be received is FRIDAY, JAN. 20, 2014 by 3 p.m.

Thursday, January 9, 2014 at 7:57 pm

Art show at Richmond Library of Western New York plein air painters runs until Jan. 25

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The All Weather Gang, a group of plein air (outdoor) painters who wander the back roads of Western New York, has a show at Richmond Memorial Library, 19 Ross St., Batavia, through Jan. 25. The official opening of the show is from 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 9, and all are welcome.

Beginning in the late 20th Century, the gang (currently seven members) meets for
breakfast every Saturday morning. They then travel in caravan formation in search of the day’s painting location. Should you see them, feel free to stop and say hello. The group includes Batavians Don Grieger and Kevin Feary, Gilbert Jordan, of Wyoming, and artists from the Rochester area.

Wednesday, January 8, 2014 at 1:23 pm

No tickets left for Annual Agriculture Dinner - sold out

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Press release:

The 12th Annual Celebrate Agriculture Dinner, set for March 22, is a celebration of the number one industry in Genesee County – Agriculture.
Tickets to the dinner are currently sold out!
Thank you to the following farms and businesses that are sponsoring this year’s event:

Lamb Farms, Inc., William Kent, Inc., Stein Farms, Farm Credit East, Windy Acres Farm, Five Star Bank, Clark Patterson Lee, Z&M Ag and Turf, United Memorial Medical Center, Torrey Farms, Inc., Muller Quaker Dairy, Arctic Refrigeration Co., Baskin Livestock, Carolina Eastern Crocker, LLC, Freed Maxick & Battaglia, National Grid, The Southcott Agency Inc., The Bank of Castile/Tompkins Insurance, Porter Agency - Farm Family Insurance, Del Mar Farms, Java Farm Supply and Geer Farm Services.
Proceeds from the dinner help support agriculture educational events in Genesee County.
The Celebrate Ag Dinner is coordinated by the following partners: Genesee County Chamber of Commerce, Cornell Cooperative Extension of Genesee County, Genesee County Soil & Water Conservation District and Genesee County Farm Bureau.

Saturday, December 21, 2013 at 6:18 pm

Batavia Youth Center announces holiday hours

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Press release:

The Batavia Youth Bureau/Youth Center is pleased to announce this year’s Winter Recess schedule. To accommodate both parents and youth our regular program hours have been adjusted to the following. For the week of Dec. 23 – Jan. 3 the center will be opened from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.  Special activities as well as a snack will be offered each day. The schedule is as follows:

Monday, Dec. 23rd – Trivia Game Show

Tuesday, Dec. 24th – Closed!

Wednesday, Dec. 25th – Closed!

Thursday, Dec. 26th – Movie Day – Breakfast foods for snack today!

Friday, Dec. 27th – Tournament Triathlon

Monday, Dec. 30th – The Minecraft Games

Tuesday, December 31st – Cookie Decorating

Wednesday, Jan. 1st – Closed!

Thursday, Jan. 2nd – Board Game Olympics

Friday, Jan. 3rd – Crafts and Science Experiments

The Batavia Youth Center is located at 12 MacArthur Drive, right next door to Batavia High School and is open to youth from the ages of 10-19. If you have any questions or would like more information please contact the Batavia Youth Bureau at (585) 345-6420.

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