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Wednesday, May 14, 2014 at 3:02 pm

United Memorial Medical Center receives Stroke Center Designation

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Press release:

Treating stroke quickly and effectively can mean the difference between life and death; a complete recovery or a lifetime of disability. United Memorial Medical Center is pleased to announce that it has received designation as a Stroke Center from the New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH). By meeting the specific and stringent criteria established by the State, this designation is a testament to the strength of collaboration between United Memorial’s stroke program and emergency medicine, and to the excellence of the entire stroke team.

"Speed of treatment for stroke is critical. As a Stroke Center, United Memorial has demonstrated that from the time a patient arrives in an ambulance, we are able to evaluate and treat them within minutes," said CEO Mark C. Schoell. "When clot-busting drugs are given intravenously to patients within three hours of stroke symptom onset, it has been shown to significantly reduce the number of negative outcomes in stroke. This eliminates the need to drive to a larger, urban facility for initial treatment, and saves precious minutes.”

This designation is the result of a great deal of commitment and effort on the part of many individuals at United Memorial to align policies and procedures with best practice models. United Memorial’s application for designation was approved by the Public Health and Planning Council. The Department of Health’s on-site visit found no deficiencies and validated that the hospital is fully prepared to operate as a Stroke Center.

As a Stroke Center, United Memorial will continue to improve the quality of care available to stroke patients and to implement best practice standards. United Memorial continues to take pride in our on-going efforts to provide “quality care, right at home.”

How can you tell if someone is having a stroke? Use the F.A.S.T. test: Face - Ask the person to smile; does one side of the face droop? Arms - Ask the person to raise both arms; does one arm drift downward? Speech - Ask the person to repeat a simple phrase. Is their speech slurred or strange? Time - If you observe any of these signs, call 9-1-1 immediately.

Wednesday, May 14, 2014 at 2:41 pm

Eighth Annual David R. Millis Golf Tournament to aid local cancer patients is June 1

Press release:

The 8th annual David R. Millis Memorial Golf Tournament will be hosted on Sunday, June 1st, at the Batavia Country Club. Registration begins at 11:30 a.m. with a shotgun start at 1 p.m.

This tournament is in memory of David Millis who passed away with pancreatic cancer at the early age of 54. Dave was the superintendent for the Pollution Control Facility in the Village of Albion for 32 years and was an active member of the community.

The cost for a single golfer is $85, which includes, lunch, beverages and dinner. Guests not golfing are also invited to buy dinner only tickets for $25, which will start at 5:30 p.m. All participants, whether golfing or dining will be entered into a drawing to win a TV and have the opportunity to buy 50/50 and raffle tickets. The following sponsorships are also available: Corporate, Major, Awards, Lunch Beverage, Longest or Shortest Drive, Closest to the Pin and hole sponsors. We also have several volunteer opportunities available. 

This tournament features, men and women’s longest drive and closest to the pin and putting contests. There are great raffle prizes, which include local sports tickets, autographed memorabilia, gift certificates and many more items. Don’t miss your chance to win two-year lease on a 2014 Chevy vehicle and other great hole in one prizes sponsored by Don Davis Chevrolet, Buick, GMC in Albion.

The proceeds from the tournament will again benefit the Knights/Kaderli Memorial Fund which is a nonprofit charitable organization dedicated to assisting local families with their fight against cancer.  The money assists with prescriptions, medical insurance, nutritional supplements, hospital beds, and other needs. In the past seven years, this tournament has raised more than $89,000 thanks to the support and generosity of many friends, sponsors and participants and we hope to reach the $100,000 mark this year.

To register please fill out the form below and return by May 18th. For questions or more information please email millismemorial@yahoo.com or visit us on www.facebook.com/DavidRMillisMemorial.  Thanks and hope to see you there!

Wednesday, May 14, 2014 at 1:41 pm

May is Mental Health Month, officials are encouraging people to "Think Health"

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Press release:

May is Mental Health Month, and the Genesee, Orleans and Wyoming county health departments are working to raise awareness of the role mental health plays in our lives, and providing tips and resources so anyone can take steps to promote good mental health.

The Genesee, Orleans and Wyoming county health departments are encouraging residents to “Think Health.” Taking time to think about your health and taking positive health steps will lead to healthier outcomes. Learning something new every day is one way to “Think Health."

We all know about the importance about taking care of our health — eating right, getting enough sleep, exercising. Healthy habits positively influence how a person feels and how their body functions.

But good health involves not only caring for our body, but also our mind.

The fact is our mental health is vital to our overall health. Far too many Americans fail to incorporate a principal component into their health choices. Yet overall health and wellness are not possible without it.

What is mental health? If you were to ask your office mate, spouse or neighbor, they may respond that it is a “state of mind,” “being content with life” or “feeling good about yourself.” Simply put, mental health is the ability to cope with daily life and the challenges it brings.

When a person has “good” mental health, they deal better with what comes their way. By contrast, “poor” mental health — such as feeling overwhelmed by stress — can make even day-to-day life difficult.

Poor mental health can also significantly harm a person’s physical health. For instance, research shows that stress is closely linked to high-blood pressure, heart disease and obesity.  It also shows that people who feel depressed or chronically stressed may have a greater risk of physical illnesses.

The good news is there are many healthy choices and steps that individuals can adopt to promote and strengthen mental health — and overall health and well-being.

A healthy lifestyle can help to prevent the onset or worsening of depression, anxiety and other mental health conditions, as well as heart disease, diabetes, obesity and other chronic health problems. It can also help people recover from these conditions.

A healthy lifestyle includes building social support, eating with your mental health in mind, recognizing the signs of stress, and knowing when to reach out for help.

Just as Americans have learned there are things they can do to reduce their risk of heart disease and other illnesses, the health departments want to help people learn what they can do both to protect their mental health in tough times and also to improve their mental well being throughout their lives.

We need to care for both our body and mind. Talk to your health care provider about your mental health at your next visit. You can also learn about mental health services through your County Mental Health Department or the local Mental Health Associations (MHA).

County Mental Health phone numbers are: Genesee County Mental Health is 344-1421; Orleans County Mental Health is 589-7066; and Wyoming County Mental Health is 786-8871. In Genesee County the MHA number is 345-1418 and in Orleans County the MHA number is 589-1158.

If you are having a mental health emergency, please call 9-1-1 or the Regional Action Phone (RAP) line at 800-359-5727 (Genesee County); 800-889-1903 (Orleans County); or 800-789-3300 (Wyoming County).

Wednesday, May 14, 2014 at 1:15 pm

Business Education Alliance hosts annual Spring Breakfast, theme is agribusiness career paths

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The Business Education Alliance will be hosting their Spring Breakfast and Annual Meeting at 7:30 a.m. on May 16. The theme of this year’s breakfast is “Agribusiness Career Paths in Our Region” and will highlight area agribusiness education programs for students in kindergarten through college.

The breakfast will feature speakers from Pavilion CSD, Cornell Cooperative Extension, WNY Tech Academy, The Ag Academy, Genesee Valley Educational Partnership, and Genesee Community College.

The breakfast will be held at the Genesee County Fairgrounds in the Kennedy Building. Reserve your spot online at www.beagenesee.com <http://www.beagenesee.com>. The cost is $15/pp.

Wednesday, May 14, 2014 at 12:57 pm

Oakfield Family Medical Care recognized for efforts to protect patients from the flu

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Press release:

Oakfield Family Medical Care is being recognized by the Genesee County Health Department for achieving a 100-percent influenza (flu) vaccination rate among the facility’s employees during the 2013 – 2014 flu season and is a designated FluSafe facility through the local FluSafe Campaign.

The FluSafe Campaign originated from the Minnesota Department of Health where it began in 2007, and has successfully grown while focusing on increasing influenza immunization rates in hospitals and nursing homes.

Studies have shown that vaccinating employees reduces the rate of disease in health care facilities. Unvaccinated staff can pass highly contagious flu to patients, many of whom are at high risk for complications. High-risk populations include children younger than 5, adults older than 65, pregnant women, American Indians and Alaskan Natives, as well as those who have various medical conditions. Ultimately, low rates of influenza vaccination among staff can be very concerning for patients and the public.

In New York State, a new Flu Mask Requirement was adopted by the Public Health and Planning Council in July 2013. The requirement states that all personnel in healthcare and residential facilities/agencies must where a surgical mask if not immunized, during the formally declared flu season, at all times in areas where patients or residents may be present.

The locally scaled version of the FluSafe Campaign assists physicians’ offices to achieve the goal of 100-percent influenza vaccination coverage for employees, who do not have medical exemptions, because despite the great efforts of preventing flu by mandating surgical masks be worn by healthcare personnel, vaccination remains the #1 way of preventing the flu.

Under the FluSafe Campaign, offices can receive guidance and access to tools and promotional materials through the Genesee County Health Department to help them increase their rates. For a facility to be designated as FluSafe, 70 percent, 80 percent or 90 percent plus of personnel must immunize against the flu and document vaccinations through the New York State Immunization Information System (NYSIIS).

The Genesee County Health Department hopes participation in the campaign grows as FluSafe is a great way for physicians’ offices to emphasize patient safety, like Oakfield Family Medical Care has. If your facility is interested in participating in the FluSafe Campaign for the 2014-2015 flu season contact the Genesee County Health Department at (585) 344–2580, ext. 5000.

Monday, May 12, 2014 at 4:58 pm

Open House held at Liberty Street hospice office

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HomeCare & Hospice Chief Executive Officer Carol L. Mahoney, right, and Mrs. Shirley LeSeur cut a ribbon to officially recognize the opening of the new Batavia HomeCare & Hospice office at 29 Liberty St., Suite 6, during an Open House on May 8.

Mrs. LeSeur is the widow of late Batavia attorney J.D. LeSeur, whose vision and leadership helped establish a certified hospice program in Genesee County. HomeCare & Hospice moved from 550 E. Main St. to Liberty Street last fall to better meet the needs of its operation and improve access for employees and the general public.

Friday, May 9, 2014 at 4:00 pm

GO ART! announces local student art show winners, lists young artists with work in Seymour Place gallery

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Press release:

The Genesee-Orleans Regional Arts Council is delighted to host the 11th Annual Genesee-Orleans Student Art Show, featuring works by more than 60 students from six different Genesee and Orleans county schools distributed between two GO ART! galleries.

The Genesee County Student Art Show winners are:

1st Place: Bailey Groth for "Cullen" -- 11th grade, Pembroke High School
2nd Place: Siena Pullinzi for "Minus and Counting" -- 12th grade, Batavia High School
3rd Place: Shelby Wilmet for "Giacometti Figure" -- 11th grade, Batavia High School
Honorable Mention: Amanda Castaneda for "Op Art Design" -- 9th grade, Elba Central School
Honorable Mention: Cassondra DeLelys for "Bird Posed" -- 8th grade, Elba Central School
Honorable Mention: Celia Mercovich for "Oaxacan Alebrejes" -- 9th grade, Byron-Bergen Central School
Honorable Mention: Erika Weis for "Untitled" -- 12th grade, Batavia High School
Honorable Mention: Jacob Chapman for "Caution Wet Floor" -- 12th grade, Pembroke Central School

Genesee County students with work in GO ART!  inside the Bank of Castile Main Gallery, Seymour Place, 201 E. Main St., Batavia , are listed below. Exhibit Dates: Now through June 6. Complimentary Reception 5 to 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 14. Gallery hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays and by appointment.

Luis Sanchez — Elba grade 10: “Cubist Still Life” — Color Pencil
Brianna Shade — Byron-Bergen grade 7: Word design “Scary” — Sharpie & Color Pencil
Emma Goodman — Byron-Bergen grade 7: Word design “Season” — Sharpie &  Color Pencil
Tessa Busch — Pembroke grade 12: “Untitled” — Oil Pastel on Constr. Paper
Sarah Clay — Byron-Bergen grade 11: “Tree Frog” — Acrylic Paint
Allison Zambito — Elba grade 11: “Signs” — Photography
Amanda Castaneda — Elba grade 9: “Op Art Design” — Watercolor
Meaghan Kogut — Elba grade 9: “Pointillist Landscape” — Marker
Cassondra DeLelys — Elba grade 8: “Bird Posed” — Torn Tissue/Acrylic
Ally Richardson — Byron-Bergen grade 11: “Seashells” — Acrylics
Amanda Norton — Elba grade 11: “Tranquil Waters” — Acrylic on Canvas
Dannielle Della Penta — Pembroke grade 12: “Untitled" — Colored Pencil on Bristol Board
Savannah Bartosik — Pembroke grade 11: “Sunset Beach” — Colored Pencil on Bristol Board
Abbey Hume — Batavia grade 11: “Textural Landscape” — Acrylic
Chercal Smith — Batavia grade 12: “CS” — Printmaking
Hali Gilchrist — Pembroke grade 12: “Untitled” — White Charcoal Pencil on Black Paper
Aracely Barrera — Elba grade 9: “Zentangle Design” — Sharpie marker
Cullen Fisher — Pembroke grade 10: “Enigma” — Student Processed Analog Double-negative Print
Skylar Laesser — Batavia grade 10: “Soccer Ball” — Charcoal
Justine Reed — Batavia grade 11: “Reflected Objects” — Charcoal
Luke Cullinan — Pembroke grade 12: “Still Life” — Charcoal Pencil on Paper
Tessa Busch — Pembroke grade 12: “Untitled” — Styrofoam, Wire, Spray paint, Monofilament
Celia Mercovich — Byron-Bergen grade 9: “Oaxacan Alebrejes” — Papier Mache & Acrylic paint
Alyssa Biaocco — Batavia grade 11: “Untitled” — Acrylic
Kelsey Mauer — Byron-Bergen grade 9: “Oaxacan Alebrejes” — Papier Mache & Acrylic paint
Abbie Noeth — Byron-Bergen grade 11: “Rihanna” — Acrylics
Emily DeNise — Batavia grade 12: “Nicki” — Ebony Pencil
Madison Moore — Batavia grade 9: “Avatar” — Color Pencil
Henry Stratton — Elba grade 10: “Sheldon/Value Study” — Pencil
Siena Pullinzi — Batavia grade 12: “Minus and Counting” — Printmaking/Mixed Media
Jacob Perez-Gangi — Elba grade 8: “Clint” — Tempera
Cassidy Miller — Batavia grade 9: “My Face” — Collage
Erika Weis — Batavia grade 12: “Untitled” — Color Pencil
Jessica Bovier — Pembroke grade 11: “Ciera” — Plastilina
Ava Haitz — Batavia grade 11: “Untitled” — Acrylic
Jacob Chapman — Pembroke grade 12: “Caution Wet Floor” — Paper straws
Kali Nichols — Pembroke grade 9: “Waterfall” — Dura-lar film, Acrylic Paint, Wooden Base & Dowel
Bailey Groth — Pembroke grade 11: “Cullen” — Acrylic on Canvas Panel
Sydney Duwara — Batavia grade 11: “Untitled” — Mixed Media Charcoal
Shelby Wilmet — Batavia grade 11: “Giacometti Figure” — Plasticraft, Paper Towel, Wire, Acrylic
Lindsay Lovett — Byron-Bergen grade 11: “Crazy Coil Mug” — Clay
Sadie Vincent — Byron-Bergen grade 11: “Crazy Coil Mug” — Clay
Heather Dries — Byron-Bergen grade 12: “Thrown bowl w/wax resist” — Clay
Jaimee Bechard — Byron-Bergen grade 11: “Crazy Coil Pot” — Clay
Michaela Ball — Pembroke grade 11: “Impression: Monet” — Canvas Bd., Acrylic Paint, Computer Print out

Congratulations to all who participated, and thank you to our volunteer judges: Carole LaValley and Kim Argenta in Genesee County. GO ART! exhibits are made possible, in part, with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature. For more information, contact GO ART! at 585-343- 9313 or visit  <http://www.GOart.org>.

Friday, May 9, 2014 at 2:11 pm

GCC offers summer scholarship for students of Supply Chain Management - deadline to apply is May 21

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Press release:

Tuition Scholarship. Online, flexible study times. Great career potential. These are just the first three reasons why anyone considering a new career direction that almost guarantees job opportunity should explore the Genesee Community College's Supply Chain Management (SCM) summer scholarship program.

GCC's $500 SCM Summer 2014 Scholarship covers the full cost of tuition for the Principles of Business Logistics (BLM101) course and is open to anyone interested in a future business career. (The book and college fees are not covered by the tuition scholarship.) The SCM Scholarship application deadline is May 21.

The U.S. Labor Department forecasts 26-percent growth in SCM jobs through the year 2020. Perhaps most dynamically for older students who may be juggling many other responsibilities, SCM concentration is part of the GCC's Business Administration program and is available 100 percent online -- giving students full flexibility to study on their own schedule.

SCM deals directly with procurement, manufacturing, distribution, warehousing, inventory and customer service. Supply chain managers manage the successful coordination of all these elements. Today's business savvy companies rely as much on their supply chain personnel as they do their CFO to positively impact their bottom line.

Current or returning GCC students just need to complete the SCM Scholarship worksheet and essay by going to: http://www.genesee.edu/offices/finaid/scholarships/. A single page essay reflecting on the applicant's interest in SCM should be sent to Tanya Lane-Martin, Genesee Community College Admissions, One College Rd., Batavia, NY 14020. Applicants can also scan and email their essay to tmlanemartin@genesee.edu.

New GCC students need to contact the College's Admissions Office and complete the College's admissions application by calling 1-866-CALL-GCC or by completing the online application at: http://www.genesee.edu/offices/admissions/apply/

Dennis Sullivan, GCC's lead SCM faculty member is a seasoned supply chain professional and currently serves as president, vice president or principal with three management consulting firms including Supply Chain Optimizers, LLC. He carefully covers the course curriculum in a pace that allows students to appreciate the massive growth in today's global commerce which has given rise to enormous new opportunity for supply chain managers.

"We've developed an excellent curriculum for the SCM program at GCC," Sullivan said. "It addresses all the key elements of SCM. Students will be prepared for a variety of career options when they complete this program."

With top notch faculty, high-end technology and a summer scholarship, now is the time to explore GCC's online SCM concentration. For further information about this program go to: http://www.genesee.edu/academics/programs/business/ or contact Judith Littlejohn at 585-343-0055, ext. 6158 or e-mail: JMLittlejohn@genesee.edu.

Friday, May 9, 2014 at 1:51 pm

Batavia Muckdogs offer reading program for children

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The Batavia Muckdogs offer a reading program, designed to promote reading with the youth of the local communities. Along with the help of Smoke Free NOW, 2014 will mark the second year of the “HIT THE BOOKS with the Batavia Muckdogs” reading program.

As part of this program, the Muckdogs have provided various schools and libraries across the area with customized bookmarks. On the back of these bookmarks, children can have a parent, guardian, teacher, or librarian initial each time they complete a book.

When a child completes 10 books, they can redeem the bookmark at the Dwyer Stadium box office for a FREE TICKET to any Sunday-Thursday (excluding July 3rd) Batavia Muckdogs’ game! If a child reads 20 books, they will be entered into a drawing to win autographed memorabilia, opportunities to throw out a first pitch at a Muckdogs game and other great prizes.

In addition to the many participating schools, bookmarks will be made available to children at the following libraries:

  • Richmond Library (Batavia)
  • Lee-Whedon Memorial Library (Medina)
  • Byron-Bergen Public Library
  • Stevens Memorial Community Library (Attica)
  • Haxton Memorial Library (Oakfield)
  • Hoag Library (Albion)
  • Pavilion Public Library
  • Corfu Free Library
  • Warsaw Public Library
  • Woodward Memorial Library (Le Roy)
  • Wyoming Free Library

Any questions about the reading program, bookmarks, or redeeming of tickets can be answered by Mike Ewing, at 585-343-5454, ext. 1005. The Muckdogs home opener is set for Saturday, June 14th vs. Auburn at 7:05 p.m.. Tickets are on sale now. They can be purchased at Dwyer Stadium or by calling (585)343-5454.

Thursday, May 8, 2014 at 3:43 pm

Le Roy Jr./Sr. High School Marching Knights wow Disney World's EPCOT Park

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Press release:

The Le Roy Jr./Sr. High School “Marching Knights” became stars of their own Disney show on April 25 when they entertained guests at EPCOT Park at the Walt Disney World Resort. They traveled over 1,000 miles from Le Roy to take part in the Disney Performing Arts Program.

The student performers, under the direction of Bradley Meholick and Tim Denmark, put on a musically delightful show as they marched through the Canadian Pavilion in World Showcase toward Future World taking them past Space Ship Earth.

Their performance included The Foundations' “Build Me Up Buttercup” and Michael Jackson’s “Thriller.” By being part of this special show production, the students got an inside look at what it is like to be a professional in the entertainment industry.

This was the marching band’s second visit to the resort since their 1997 march at EPCOT Park.

Vocal, instrumental and dance ensembles from around the world apply to perform each year as a part of Disney Performing Arts at both the Disneyland Resort in California and the Walt Disney World Resort in Florida.

Once selected, they are given the opportunity to perform at the resort for an international audience of theme park guests. Millions of performers have graced the stages of the Disney Parks in the more than 25-year history of the program.

For more information, visit www.DisneyPerformingArts.com or call 1-800-603-0552.

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