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Friday, November 15, 2013 at 1:18 pm

Attention farmers -- Cornell and state Ag & Markets to present farm food safety training (GAPs)

post by Billie Owens in announcements, agriculture, business

Cornell Lake Ontario Fruit Team, Cornell Vegetable Team and Cornell Cooperative Extension, along with assistance from NYS Dept. Ag & Markets, will be presenting farm food safety training - GAPs (including Harmonized GAPs) this winter.

The first will be held in Batavia on Dec. 10 and 11 at the Fire Training Center, 7690 State St. Road, Batavia.

A new program, Harmonized GAPs, has been developed to combine several food safety certifications into one program. New York’s retail produce buyers, such as Wegmans, are asking growers to adopt Harmonized GAPs certification in many cases. In response, Cornell National GAPs Program and Cornell Cooperative Extension have developed a multi-day workshop.

The first day of training will focus on the details of what GAPs is, how it works and what it means for your farming operation. The second day will be devoted to helping you write a food safety plan as required for audit certification. A laptop computer is required for the second day. (If you need to borrow a computer, please let us know in advance.)

The registration fee of $60 per person includes educational materials, lunch and refreshments. Add $15 for each additional attendee from the same farm. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m.; program runs 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. both days.

Pre-register for the Batavia class by Dec. 3. Register online at cvp.cce.cornell.edu <http://cvp.cce.cornell.edu>  or mail in your registration form and payment to Cornell Cooperative Extension of Ontario County, Attn: Angela Parr, 480 N. Main St., Canandaigua, NY 14424. Make checks payable to: “Cornell Cooperative Extension”.

For more information, contact Craig Kahlke at cjk37@cornell.edu or 585-735-5448.

To see a full listing of upcoming farm food safety trainings, go to www.gaps.cornell.edu <http://www.gaps.cornell.edu> . These workshops are partially funded through a grant from the Genesee Valley Regional Market Authority.

Thursday, November 14, 2013 at 4:13 pm

High Voltage Tattoo & Piercing to hold third annual charity fundraiser Dec. 14

post by Billie Owens in announcements, business

Press release:

High Voltage Tattoo & Piercing will be holding its 3rd annual charity fundraiser on Saturday, Dec. 14th from 10 a.m. until 10 p.m.

We will have three tattoo artists and a body piercer working all day. We will be offering $30 tattoos and $15 piercings.

One-hundred percent of the funds raised from tattoos, piercings, tips, donations and after-care products will go to charity.

We will post pictures of designated tattoo designs and lettering styles that we will be offering on the 14th very soon.

We have decided to split the funds this year between three organizations:

With everyone’s generous support we were able to raise more than $3,000 last year and we are hoping to raise even more this year. We are also looking for a couple volunteers to help get people signed in and help around the shop.

Please message us on Facebook if you are interested in helping out. Thanks and we hope to see you all soon.

Monday, November 11, 2013 at 12:53 pm

Japanese students at GCC share insights about their homeland at Nov. 14 event

post by Billie Owens in announcements, GCC

Press release:

The community is invited to hear firsthand about Japanese holidays, culture and landmarks from Japanese students who are attending Genesee Community College. The Experience Japan lecture begins at 12:30 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 14, in Room T102 of the Conable Technology Building on the Batavia Campus.

It will also include a presentation by the college's Director of Video/Telecommunications Barry Chow.

The event is free and open to the public. It's sponsored by GCC's Global Education Committee and Student Government Association.

Five GCC students from Japan will share personal experiences from their country and culture.

They include:
Yuuki Sasao -- Strange Country, Japan
Ayaka Yamaguchi -- Famous Sightseeing Sites in Japan
Mizuki Maeda -- Coming of Age
Mai Wantanabe -- Famous Holidays Celebrated in Japan
Shiori Naya -- Let Me Introduce a Young Girl from Osaka

"Genesee Community College is blessed to have a number of international students who bring great diversity to our campus community," said Karin Kovach-Allen, Ph.D, dean of Human Communications and Behavior. "Learning about another country and culture through the experiences of a native enhances the experience immeasurably. We're grateful our Japanese students are willing to share their personal observations of their homeland."

Monday, November 11, 2013 at 12:26 pm

Coastal Staffing offices are drop-off sites for Pavilion School ninth-graders' food drive

post by Billie Owens in announcements, batavia, Coastal Staffing, Pavilion

Press release:

A business with a local office has stepped up and offered to be a drop-off station for anyone interested in donating to the food drive sponsored by the ninth-graders at Pavilion School.

Coastal Staffing will be collecting non-perishable food items as well as monetary donations at the firm's three locations. They are also collecting from their employees and surrounding businesses. Items can be dropped off at any of their three locations, until 5 p.m. on Nov. 21:

The drop-off locations are:

  • 5568 East Avon Plaza, #7, in Avon
  • 56 Harvest Ave., in Batavia
  • 333 Metro Park, Suite 103, in Rochester
Monday, November 11, 2013 at 4:19 am

Tickets now on sale for 12th Annual Wonderland of Trees Gala at HLOM

post by Billie Owens in announcements, hlom

Tickets are now on sale for the 12th Annual Wonderland of Trees Gala. It will be held from 7 to 10 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 22, at the Holland Land Office Museum.

This year's theme is "Visions of Gingerbread."

Cost is $15 for members and $20 for non-members. Proceeds benefit the museum, located at 131 W. Main St. in the City of Batavia. For information call 343-4727.

Monday, November 4, 2013 at 3:10 pm

Artisans and crafters sought Holiday Bazaar at YWCA on Dec. 14

post by Billie Owens in announcements, YWCA

The Artisans at North Street and YWCA of Genesee in Batavia seek artisans and crafters for the upcoming Holiday Bazaar on Dec. 14 from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m.

The Artisans at North Street gift shop is located at 301 North Street in Batavia inside the YWCA building. We offer locally made handcrafted soaps, journals, scarves, quilts and more at reasonable prices.

The upcoming Holiday Bazaar ends our first anniversary celebration with a raffle. Tables are $15 each. For more information call: YWCA office at 585-343-5808.

Monday, November 4, 2013 at 2:54 pm

HomeCare & Hospice offers Tree of Life ornaments - deadline to order is Nov. 15

post by Billie Owens in announcements, HomeCare & Hospice

Press release:

Area residents are invited to honor their loved ones at the holidays during HomeCare & Hospice’s 18th annual Tree of Life ceremonies.

The Tree of Life provides an opportunity for persons who have experienced loss to memorialize a family member or friend during the holiday season. HomeCare & Hospice annually offers an ornament as an option for remembrance.

This year’s ornament is a pewter heart with glitter and can be engraved to bear the name of a loved one. The ornament is available for a suggested donation of $15, with engraving, shipping and handling included. Additional options include giving an ornament as a gift or purchasing a memory tag bearing a name for $5.

Orders must be received by Nov. 15 to ensure availability for the Tree of Life ceremony. Trees will be displayed throughout the holiday season. Ornaments hung on the Tree of Life can be taken home after the ceremony or they will be mailed in January.

The Tree of Life ceremony will be held at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 4 at GO ART! & Sweet Ecstasy Bakery, 201 E. Main St. in the City of Batavia. The tree lighting is open to the public.

Also available are a limited number of Classic Tree of Life ornaments from years past. These ornaments can be purchased and engraved at the special price of $10. While the Classic Ornaments will not be hung on the Tree of Life, they can be picked up or mailed with 2013 ornaments. These ornaments include the 2011 Silvertone Wreath, 2009 Goldtone Photo Frame Tree, 2008 Silvertone Snowflake, 2006 Goldtone Wreath.

For more information or an order form, contact Rosemary Conroy at HomeCare & Hospice, 1-800-719-7129, or order online at www.homecare-hospice.org

HomeCare & Hospice, a non-profit United Way member agency, provides specialized medical care and social/emotional support for patients and families coping with terminal illness in Cattaraugus, Allegany, Wyoming and Genesee counties. The institution is an equal opportunity provider, and employer.

Monday, November 4, 2013 at 2:09 pm

The Salvation Army presents 95th birthday message from Billy Graham, plus light dinner

post by Billie Owens in announcements

The Salvation Army will be presenting Billy Graham’s 95th birthday message “My Hope America,” on Thursday Nov. 7 at 7 p.m.  The location is the headquarters / chapel building on East Main Street in Downtown Batavia.

“There will be a light dinner served at 6 p.m. and then we will watch Graham’s 30-minute message,” Major Robert Kurtz said.

This event is free of charge and ALL ARE WELCOME.

For further information call the office at 343-6284 or Major Bob’s cell phone 585-861-0676.

Monday, November 4, 2013 at 2:01 pm

GC Libertarians offering free rides to polls for Tuesday's City Council election

post by Billie Owens in announcements

Press release:

Ride the “Liberty Taxi”!

The Genesee County Libertarian Party wants everyone to have a chance to vote in Tuesday’s City Council election, and they don’t want a lack of transportation to prevent that from happening! The GCLP will be providing rides at no cost to voters of all political affiliations within the city from 8 a.m. until polls close at 9 p.m.

“It doesn’t matter who you are voting for," said Phil Ricci, chair, Genesee County Libertarian Party. "This is not about just getting more Libertarian votes. This is about making sure that every person has the ability to exercise their choice. Too many have given their lives so you can have that -- lack of a car should not take that away!”

If you need a ride to your polling station within the City of Batavia on Tuesday, Nov. 5, please call Debbie Rosenbeck at 585-356-8623.

“This is the first year of our party, but we hope to expand this service even more into the future! We look forward to helping our neighbors!” Ricci said.

The Genesee Libertarian Party encourages everyone to get out and vote! Freedom is the culmination of Education and Choice, exercise your voice on Tuesday!

If you would like more information about this topic, please contact Phil Ricci at (Company Phone) or e-mail at gclp.ny@gmail.com.

Friday, October 25, 2013 at 7:14 pm

GCASA program presents theater performance of 'Pass It On'

post by Daniel Crofts in announcements, GCASA, GCC, theater

Press release:

In celebration of Red Ribbon Week, Genesee County Drug Free Communities Coalition, a program of GCASA, presents the North American tour of the new hit stage play “Pass It On…An Evening with Bill W. & Dr. Bob.”  The production is a dramatization of the early history of Alcoholics Anonymous, delivered with a message of hope, help and the miracle of recovery.

This highly acclaimed two-man show comes to Batavia for a one-time engagement on Tuesday, October 29th at 6:30pm, at the Stuart Steiner Theatre at Genesee Community College.

This unique, inspirational and often hilarious theatrical production celebrates sobriety and serves as the centerpiece for an international recovery education project, raising awareness about the solution to North America’s number one public health issue – the disease of alcoholism and addiction.

“Pass It On…An Evening with Bill W. & Dr. Bob” has created excitement among audiences and recovery communities.  The show travels across the United States and Canada, appearing in such cities as Phoenix, Sacramento, Tucson, San Antonio, Delray, Ottawa, Little Rock and now Batavia.  Audiences experience an unforgettable evening of inspirational entertainment that aims to enhance recovery, inspire hearts and reach people who cannot be reached in any other way.

The show transports audiences to the late 1940s to meet Bill W. and Dr. Bob, the beloved cofounders of Alcoholics Anonymous (AA).  They tell their stories, share their experiences, strength and hope, and dramatize key events – such as their legendary drinking sprees and the extraordinary night they met in Akron, Ohio in 1935.

Audiences will be regaled with fascinating and hilarious yarns about the early history of AA – including the writing and publication of "The Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous," the creation of the "12 Steps," and how the protagonists overcame tremendous obstacles as they struggled to develop their new recovery program and pass it on to others.

Reservations are suggested; call Diane at 815-1883 or e-mail dklos@gcasa.org.  A $5.00 donation is recommended.

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