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Saturday, December 21, 2013 at 6:08 pm

Free snowmobile safety course offered in Darien

post by Billie Owens in announcements, Darien

NYS Snowmobile Safety course will be taught at Darien Fire Dept. Hall from 7 to 10 p.m. on Jan. 7 and Part 2 will be given from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Jan. 11. The Fire Hall is located on Route 77 in Darien.

The course is free to children from 10 to 18 years of age. New York State’s Snowmobile Law requires that youngsters ages 10-18 acquire a safety certificate before they may lawfully operate a snowmobile. Youngsters may qualify for their safety certificates by taking a safety course and passing the examination given at the end of the course. The course and all materials are furnished free. The course is also open to adults.

The instructors for snowmobile Safety Course are certified by NYS.

You must sign up for the course and attend both classes where you register. All materials for the Snowmobile Safety Course will be furnished. Those that pass the written exam will be issued a patch, certificate, and a license.

If your child is interested in taking the course and would like to lawfully drive a snowmobile, pre-register by calling 585-599-6431 or 585-937-9536 after 5:30 pm.

The class is sponsored by the Millgrove Sportsmen Club, Genesee Sno-Packers Snowmobile Club and CoPeDa Snowmobile Club. Snowmobile trails officially opened on Dec. 18.

Tuesday, December 10, 2013 at 9:14 pm

2ND ANNUAL ELBA CUB SCOUTS HOLIDAY CRAFT SHOW

ELBA CUB SCOUTS 2ND ANNUAL HOLIDAY CRAFT SHOW

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 14, 2013

10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

ELBA FIREMEN'S RECREATION HALL

CORNERS OF ROUTES 98 AND 262

THERE WILL BE:

 

THERE ARE 32 CRAFTERS AND VENDORS 

SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE

SO COME AND BROWSE AND WHEN YOU'RE TIRED

ORDER SOMETHING TO EAT

TAKE A LOAD OFF YOU FEET

AND SIT AND LISTEN TO THE ENTERTAINMENT

SANTA  1:00 - 3:00

KIDS CRAFT CORNER AND FACE PAINTING - ALL DAY

ENTERTAINMENT 11:00 - 3:00

SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT WILL BE PRESENT TO FINGERPRINT AND PHOTOGRAPH THE KIDS 10:00 - 1:00

 

THERE WILL BE A 50/50 RAFFLE

(LAST YEARS WINNER  TOOK HOME $125.00)

VENDOR RAFFLES

KEEPING IT LOCAL IN GENESEE COUNTY

HUGH RAFFLE BASKET FILLED WITH GIFT CERTIFICATES FROM

GENESEE COUNTY BUSINESSES

 

THE KITCHEN WILL BE OPEN ALL DAY WITH

BEEF ON WECK, MARK'S PIZZERIA PIZZA, 

CHICKEN NOODLE COURTESY OF CHAP'S DINER

CHILI (BILL'S FAMOUS)

SODA, WATER, COFFEE, TEA, HOT CHOCOLATE

DONOUTS

 

COME OUT AND SUPPORT YOUR LOCAL CUB SCOUTS

 

10:00am - 4:00pm
Friday, December 6, 2013 at 12:30 pm

The YES! Cafe's December program features special cookies and other sweet treats

post by Billie Owens in announcements, YWCA

WHAT: The YES! Cafe's December Program
WHEN:  Noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 11
WHERE: YWCA, 301 North St., Batavia

BATAVIA -- Things are getting sweet at YWCA this month with a special cookies and confections program during The YES! Cafe.

Patrons will have the opportunity to bid on plates of locally made baked goods, purchase some as gifts or for home, sample some sweet treats and get tips for making your own goodies special. It's set for noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 11 at the nonprofit, 301 North St.

Lunch includes chicken marsala, salad bar, roll and butter and Italian cookies. $10 includes meal and program. Take-outs are available for those who can't stay. To register or get more information, call (585) 343-5808.

Monday, November 25, 2013 at 3:04 pm

"Linden Murders...Solved" author to sign copies of his book Friday at Coffee Culture

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Attica author Rob Thompson will be signing copies of his book "The Linden Murders…Solved" from 8 a.m. to noon on Friday Nov. 29, "Black Friday," at Coffee Culture, 6 Court St. in Batavia.

At the signing Friday, books will be $20 each, 2 for $35, and the first 25 on Black Friday will receive a free medium coffee.

Coffee Culture's phone number is 201-7101.

Thompson says "We’ve been very pleased with how the book has been received. It did reach #9 on Amazon True-Crime shortly after its release, and for a year or so now we’ve also been working on a novel regarding the Linden murders. I felt it was important to tell the facts of the case first, then build a novel around those events. I think this novel will allow the reader’s imagination to run wild about those days. That book will be released June 1, 2014.

"Another opportunity that has come our way is the filming of a mock trial. In March 2014, the 90th anniversary of the triple murders, we will put the individual I named as the guilty party on trial before a jury. We will present in detail the evidence and let the jury decide guilty or not guilty.

"Joining us during that filming will be Mike Dion who appeared on the SyFy Channel's "Ghost Hunters" during its first three seasons."

Thursday, November 21, 2013 at 5:38 pm

Rare cadre experienced with widespread disaster and death brought real-life experience to training in Albany

post by Billie Owens in announcements, batavia, business

Responding to tragedy involving widespread disaster and death is something Randy McIntire has done on several occasions and last week he attended training with other veteran emergency responders in Albany.

He is a funeral director at H.E. Turner and former chief of the Town of Batavia Volunteer Fire Department who brought a lot of experience to share with peers taking part in the "Mass Fatality Incident Response Course" presented by the NYS Office of Emergency Management.

As a member of the New York State Funeral Directors Association's Family Assistance Commission (FAC), a nonprofit, volunteer group of licensed funeral directors, he attended the Albany workshop.

"The whole premise is to train for the dignified return of victims to their families, and to learn how different agencies work together to accomplish that goal," McIntire said.

FAC members are prepared to assist local governments in the event of a disaster occurring within their borders and they work in tandem with others tasked with the recovery, handling, identification, and return of remains following a mass fatality incident.

His extensive background in emergency training began in the mid-1970s. And he was at the scene of Egypt Air flight 990 in 1999, the World Trade Center bombing, Hurricane Katrina (made worse by Hurricane Rita), and the crash of Continental Airlines' flight 3407.

Whether the catastrophe is a plane crash or a hurricane, the process varies little. FAC members help recover the dead, protect their dignity, take them to a morgue, where a coroner conducts scientific tests for identification, and through that process the victims are returned to their families.

A myriad of skills must be employed quickly, smoothly and under intense stress -- interviewing survivors/next-of-kin, processing paperwork to assist in identifying and facilitating the release of remains to the next-of-kin or other representatives, and more -- all vital services during a time of extreme confusion and grief.

The training is not new -- McIntire took the course in 1997 -- but he says over the years the state had pretty much done away with it and is now rekindling its efforts.

"It was unique training (last Thursday and Friday) because a high number of participants were mass fatality responders," McIntire said.

Their broad experience added some boots-on-the-ground pragmatism that was useful, especially for other responders, each with different responsibilities.

“Trainings such as this allow us to ... properly care for the dead as well as the living,” said Douglas R. Brueggemann, FAC committee chair.

Thursday, November 21, 2013 at 12:00 pm

Assemblyman Hawley's office hours on Friday at GCC are rescheduled to Dec. 6

post by Billie Owens in announcements, steve hawley

Assemblyman Steve Hawley (R,C,I-Batavia) is preempting his regular office hours for Genesee County residents at Genesee Community College. The office hours will resume their normal schedule on Friday, Dec. 6 from 1 to 5 p.m.

Constituents can reach Assemblyman Hawley at his district office, located at 121 N. Main St. in Albion, by calling 585-589-5780 or by e-mailing hawleys@assembly.state.ny.us

Thursday, November 21, 2013 at 7:31 am

Menu options have changed for calling the county

post by Howard Owens in announcements

Press release:

The Genesee County main numbers 344-2580 and 344-2550 have a new menu for transferring your calls to County departments. When calling these numbers to reach a County department please listen carefully to the entire menu as the options have changed. For example, after reaching the initial menu you now enter '1' to transfer to a menu where you enter your parties extension if you know it. At any time you can enter '0' to be connected to the County Operator for assistance.

Thank you for your patience and cooperation as we continue to improve your ability to connect with County provided services and obtain the information you are looking for.

 

Wednesday, November 20, 2013 at 1:53 pm

'Paw-ty' on Nov. 24 at Batavia Country Club to benefit Attica's no-kill SPCA shelter

post by Billie Owens in announcements, SPCA Attica

There's going to be a party from 1 to 4 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 24, to benefit the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) of Attica and it will be held at the Batavia Country Club.

Tickets are $10 and the purchase of a ticket automatically enters you into a drawing for a recliner at Max Pies Furniture in Batavia.

All proceeds will go to the no-kill shelter in Attica. Vendor tables are available for $10.

There will be snacks, basket raffles, 50/50, music and dancing, plus the special drawing for the recliner.

A membership/volunteer drive will also be under way.

The country club is located at 7908 Batavia-Byron Road in the Town of Batavia.

For ticket information or questions about this event, call Maria at (585) 356-2741, or Laurie at (585) 356-7488.

Tuesday, November 19, 2013 at 5:13 pm

GO ART! announces annual holiday artists' exhibit

post by Billie Owens in announcements, GO ART!

The Genesee-Orleans Regional Arts Council (GO ART!) is pleased to announce its annual holiday group show on exhibit now through Dec. 17 in Batavia, and Jan. 1 in Medina. This year’s theme is “Oh, the Weather Outside is…,”

Approximately 70 pieces by 17 local artists are on display in three GO ART! galleries: the GO ART! Main Gallery in Seymour Place, 201 E. Main St., Batavia; the Batavia Satellite Gallery in the Genesee County Senior Center, 2 Bank St., Batavia; and the Medina Satellite Gallery in the Shirt Factory Café, 115 W. Center St., Medina.

The exhibits represent a large variety of media, from oil, acrylic, watercolor and color pencil to photography, wood/inlay and tin work.

A Meet-the-Artists Reception is scheduled from 5 to 6 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 6.

Artists whose work is on exhibit include: Ted Auble, Bridgette Britton, Larry Buckley, Dan Cherry, Vic Corey, Kevin Hammon, Rita Hammond, Dawn Ireland-Monsees, Lori Johnson-Sackett, Clarence Johnson, James Kimbriel, Peter Langen, Lorie Longhany, June Yoder Martino, Joe Waszak, Dennis Wood, and Joe Ziolkowski.

The Genesee-Orleans Regional Arts Council (GO ART!) is a private nonprofit organization, which believes that art and culture enriches, inspires and educates, while strengthening a community's identity. Therefore, GO ART! initiates a broad range of opportunities for artists and cultural organizations, and facilitates cooperative efforts among the cultural, business, service and educational communities for the people who live in and visit Genesee and Orleans Counties. GO ART! exhibits are made possible, in part, with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts, a State agency.

Friday, November 15, 2013 at 2:00 pm

GCC seeking entries for revamping the graphics of its Cougar mascot - deadline is Dec. 2

post by Billie Owens in announcements, Cougar mascot, GCC

Press release:

Looking for a cash infusion just before the holidays? Have a flair for drawing, cartooning, visual design? Genesee Community College invites designers of all persuasions to submit ideas for updating and expanding the graphic look of the GCC Cougar mascot. The deadline for entries is Dec. 2. First-place winner receives $200 cash, with $50 going to the runner-up.

The Cougar, affectionately and unofficially known as G-Dub (for G Double C), is in need of a "facelift." The College introduced a new logo in 2010 and is ready to update the Cougar's look. The competition is open to GCC art and design students, alumni, cartoon artists and all friends of GCC's Cougar.

Entrants must:

  • Develop original and carefully executed design concepts that expand GCC's Cougar image beyond what exists currently;
  • Provide one expanded head shot graphic;
  • Provide full-body, full-color mascot poses expressing two of the following themes:

Cougar in athletic stance with aggressive, winning facial expression
Cougar standing in a welcoming and cheerful manner
Cougar professionally dressed and ready for the job market
Cougar wearing graduation cap and holding a diploma

Your original, creative idea

  • Incorporate all of or parts of the GCC College logo and the College's Blue (Pantone 2945) and Gold (Pantone 117) color palette;
  • Include samples of previous work or a link to an online portfolio.

Hand-drawn paper designs will be accepted but electronic submissions are preferred and can be e-mailed to Christie (Hale) Shirk, Recruitment Publications and Communications specialist at clhale@genesee.edu. Entrants must include full name, address, telephone number and e-mail address. Submissions will not be returned. All entries become the property of GCC. Those who wish to mail in submissions can send them to:

Christie Shirk
GCC Office of Enrollment Management, Room B201
Genesee Community College
One College Road
Batavia, NY 14020

"We have a great digital arts program here at the College," Shirk said. "So we expect to receive outstanding entries from students. But we know the Cougar has a lot of fans in the community as well, so we wanted to welcome entries from everyone."

The College may hire the winning artist to develop complete Cougar Mascot schematics.

"So the contest has immediate financial reward with the potential for additional economic benefits," said Donna Rae Sutherland, Associate Director of Marketing Communications.

The contest is being sponsored by GCC's Marketing Communications and Admissions/Enrollment Management/Recruitment Departments.

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