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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 [email protected] 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

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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

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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.

Monday, November 3, 2014 at 3:36 pm

Creativity Session with James Burns of Display Development at Richmond library

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Press release:

At its core being a maker, means you like to create. To create you need to be creative. We are all creative beings from birth. As we age, creativity is sometimes lost to pressures, schooling or jobs that need us to be purposeful, to complete tasks, and not be creative.

Rediscover your creativity by learning how to switch from your purposeful mode to your creative mode, and back again. This one hour seminar will have activities and real world examples of innovation and creativity for art, science, and business.

Join us at the Richmond Memorial Library Saturday, Nov. 8th at 1 p.m. for a Creativity Session led by James Burns of Display Development. This session is perfect for teens and adults. Registration is recommended; call 343-9550 or online through the library Web site at www.batavialibrary.org

Thursday, October 30, 2014 at 8:53 pm

Winners announced for city fire's second annual Fire Prevention Poster Contest

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Press release:

The City of Batavia Fire Department along with the City of Batavia Fire Fighters Union – IAFF Local 896 is proud to announce the winners of our Second Annual Fire Prevention Poster Contest. We would like to thank all of the students who participated in this year’s Fire Prevention Week poster contest.
 
Group 1:
First Place  -   Kaitlyn Bartz  “Working Smoke Alarms Save Lives”
                       Jackson Primary School
1st Grade
 
Second Place  -  Anthony Kopper “Working Smoke Alarms save Lives”
                           John Kennedy School
2nd Grade
 
Third Place  -  Emmeline Bateman “Go to Your Outside Meeting Place”
                       Jackson Primary School
                       1st Grade

Group 2:
First Place  -   Violet March “Working Smoke Alarms Save Lives”
                       St. Joseph's School
                       3rd Grade
 
Second Place  -  Katelyn Kowalski “Working Smoke Alarms Save Lives”
                           St. Joseph's School
                           3rd Grade
 
Third Place  -  Kaitlyn Landers “Working Smoke Alarms Save Lives”
                       St. Joseph's School
                       3rd Grade
Group 3:
First Place  -   Sophie Fulton “Smoke Alarms Matter”
                       Batavia Middle School
                       5th Grade
 
Second Place  -  Alyssa Koladzinski  “Check Your Smoke Alarm Every Month”
                           Batavia Middle School
                           5th Grade
 
Third Place  -   Amber Fitzsimmons “Fire Alarms Save Lives”
                        Batavia Middle School
                        5th Grade
 
The 1st Place winner of each group will receive a ride to school on a City Fire Engine. A luncheon will be on held Saturday, Nov. 1st from 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. at the Fire Station on Evans Street for all 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners. Congratulations to all of the student winners!

Tuesday, October 28, 2014 at 1:43 pm

Ramparts Homecoming is Saturday at Falleti, theme is 'Pink in the Rink' in support of cancer aid

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Press release:

This Saturday, Nov. 1, is Homecoming for the Batavia Ramparts Youth Hockey Association. The theme of this year’s event is “Pink the Rink.” Special festivities start at 9 a.m.

Games start at 10 and our State qualifying Midget 16U team plays at 8 p.m. against Rochester Youth for 1st place in the division.

According to the Genesee Amateur Hockey Association, (GAHA) parent organization of the Batavia Ramparts, all of the Batavia Ramparts youth hockey teams playing home games will be showcased. Games will be played at all levels all day long so please join us at Falleti Ice Arena, 22 Evans St., Batavia for some great hockey.

There will be basket raffles and a photo booth for all to partake in. Each team can make a “team” poster and it is a fun day for the players to show the community how much they love their sport.

As part of our theme – “Pink the Rink” – each team is encouraged to wear pink, along with their families and fans. GAHA will be having two special fundraisers, selling pink items, to benefit Genesee Cancer Assistance, Inc. It's a community-based, volunteer organization dedicated to assisting cancer patients and their families. They strive to improve the quality of life while helping to diminish suffering through their services and financial support. Genesee Cancer Assistance provides services to residents of Genesee County with any type of cancer.  All monies raised stay in Genesee County.

GAHA is a local organization that depends on the local community. In that light, we want to set the example to our players of “giving back.” Our organization doesn’t exist without the support of the community and it’s families so we want to show the importance of giving back and raising funds for a local volunteer organization.

GAHA has been providing the youth of our communities an opportunity to play hockey for more than 35 years. With teams at all levels -- Empire, WNY and MOHL, along with a beginners program -- we offer something for every age child who wants to play. Don’t go through life without goals – play hockey!

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