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Tuesday, October 22, 2013 at 4:45 pm

Batavia Kiwanis Club's gala and auction for Children's Advocacy Center was a smashing success

Press release:

The 3rd Annual Bidding on a Brighter Future Gala and Auction, sponsored by the Kiwanis Club of Batavia, was the largest and most successful thus far. Thank you to all of the incredible people of our local community and surrounding counties for this accomplishment!

As this wonderful event was taking shape on the afternoon of September 21st, it became increasingly apparent that this is an exceptional community: one united, one poised to help, one ready to lend a helping hand and one fully engaged in helping children in need and their families. The Kiwanis Club of Batavia extends heartfelt thanks to all of the individuals, businesses and organizations who stepped up in a collaborative, genuine effort to accomplish the Kiwanis mission of “serving the children of the world” as we make the dream of a new home for the Children’s Advocacy Center a reality!

"Making a difference, one child at a time", has been clearly demonstrated by the visionary residents of our community that continue to support this cause.

With Many Thanks,

Ed Minardo
2012-2013 President
Kiwanis Club of Batavia

Jeanne Walton
2013 Gala Chair

Kiwanis Club of Batavia

Thursday, October 17, 2013 at 1:00 pm

Mark your calendar for Nov. 16 -- Batavia High Schol's annual Holiday Festival

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Batavia High School will hold its annual Holiday Festival from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the school, 260 State St. in the City of Batavia. More than 125 vendors will be there and admission is free.

Santa Claus will visit and the Christmas Brass Band will provide entertainment.

Pizza will be available from Big Pauly's Pizzeria and there will also be food from Clor's BBQ.

The event is sponsored by the BHS Zonta Z-Club and the BHS Hockey Boosters Club.

Proceeds benefit the Z-Club's "Uganda Water Project" and the BHS Hockey Team.

For more information, contact Lucille DiSanto or Paul Pedersen at 343-2480.

Wednesday, October 16, 2013 at 2:17 pm

GCEDC offering two free training seminars to help small businesses make more money

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Press release:

The Genesee County Economic Development Center (GCEDC) announced that registration is  open for two free upcoming training sessions designed to help small business owners identify new opportunities for increasing profitability: “Selling to the Government – The Whole Story,” and “Foreign Trade Zone Basics: What is an FTZ and Does it Make Sense for My Company?”

Selling to the Government – The Whole Story” will offer unique insights and strategies for small business owners to sell their goods and services to the federal government. The seminar, which will be held on Friday, Oct. 18 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at GCEDC’s headquarters  (99 MedTech Drive, Batavia), will provide the steps necessary to explore the marketplace and existing opportunities, including:

  • What the government looks for in a prospective contractor How to research the market to find opportunities and required registrations;
  • How to capitalize on those opportunities to generate results.

Presenters will include Paulette Birch, program director of the Monroe County Finger Lakes Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC); and Jean Kase, a government contracting specialist also with the PTAC.

To learn more and to register for the event, please visit: http://www.monroecountyfingerlakesptac.org/node/89

“The federal government is the largest purchaser in the world, spending nearly $540 billion per year on goods and services,” said Steve Hyde, president and CEO of the GCEDC. “There are tremendous opportunities for large and small businesses to find success in the market selling goods and services to the federal government.”

The second free seminar, “Foreign Trade Zone Basics: What is an FTZ and Does it Make Sense for my Company?”, will provide an detailed introduction to and description of Foreign Trade Zones (FTZs), offering insights into how business owners leverage Genesee County’s FTZ status to receive tax breaks and other benefits such as avoiding customs duties or government excise taxes.

This seminar will be held on Oct. 23 from 9:30-10:30am at Moon Java Café, located at 56 Harvester Ave. in Batavia. To register, contact Chris Suozzi, vice president at the GCEDC, at 585.343.4866 or csuozzi@gcedc.com ; or Julie Pacatte, economic development coordinator at Batavia Development Corporation, at 585.345.6380 or jpacatte@bataviadevelopmentcorp.org

“Understanding what Genesee County’s FTZ status means as far as tax incentives and other benefits is absolutely critical for business owners whose goods are transported to and/or from this area,” Hyde said. “Because an FTZ is considered to be outside the customs territory of the United States, there are huge cost savings that potentially exist for those conducting business in this region, and we want to make sure business owners understand and take advantage of this unique opportunity.”

Wednesday, October 16, 2013 at 1:01 pm

Cain's Taekwondo Academy to host tournament in Batavia

Cain's Taekwondo Academy is proud to introduce "Refuse 2 Lose Martial Arts Classic," a tournament for competitors age 4 and up from New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Canada and elsewhere.

Event organizer Nick Cain said competitors include black belts as well as novices, all equipped with martial arts training plus an average of six months of practice for the tournament.

The competition is set for Saturday, Nov. 23 and Sunday, Nov. 24 from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. It will take place at the St. Joseph School gym, at 2 Summit St. in Batavia, and is open to the public.  Anyone who knows martial arts is welcome to take part in it.

Cost of admission is $10 for children and $12 for adults.

Cain, of Batavia, said this is his first time running a tournament in Batavia, though his parents have done it before.

"It's a fundraiser for a nonprofit organization I'm starting," he said. "(The nonprofit) is a martial arts team that will travel around to teach."

At age 21, Cain himself has a great store of knowledge to draw from. The son of taekwondo parents (his father, Ron, founded Cain's Taekwondo Academy in 2001), he has been taking taekwondo since he was 4 years old.

For more information, call 344-4414 or 245-1443.

Sunday, October 13, 2013 at 1:41 pm

Batavia Area Jaycees announce beneficiaries of Labor Day 5K Run/Walk

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Press release:

The Batavia Area Jaycees are proud to announce the beneficiaries of the 27th Annual Labor Day 5k Run/Walk. 5k Chair Melissa A. George said that money raised from this event will be used for various community projects tripling the projected amount; the following will be receiving donations this year.

$300 to Don Carroll Memorial Fund – Don was a great supporter of the Jaycee 5k Run/Walk by helping for years and will be greatly missed.

$200 to Batavia Cemetery Association. Jim Roth was a past Batavia Area Jaycee Member and past Liverpool Jaycee President. This donation will provide maintenance of the Arboretum named in Jim’s memory.

$200 to Genesee Cancer Assistance.

$200 to the Genesee County Park for maintenance on the Blind Trail and the DeWitt Park Pavilion (a Batavia Area Jaycee project from 1995)

$200 to the Genesee County Youth Bureau for future Halloween Parade entertainment/activities.

$300 for Thanksgiving Baskets. This will allow us to double last year’s donation to Stephen’s Table.

$100 to the Genesee County Animal Shelter.

$300 for Christmas shopping of clothes, food, toys for families in need.
The Batavia Area Jaycees is a community service organization for young people between the ages of 18 and 41. We provide individual development and leadership training and are members of a state, national and international organization.

If you would like more information about becoming a Jaycee, give us a call at 585-343-5775 or e-mail us at bajny@yahoo.com

Thursday, October 10, 2013 at 11:01 am

Town of Alexander GOP seeks candidates to fill two vacancies

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Press release:

The Town of Alexander Republican Committee seeks candidates interested in being appointed to the following vacancies due to resignations:

  • Town Justice, four-year term
  • Town Republican Committee Member, District #2 (must reside east of Route 98)

Send letters of interest no later than Nov. 4 to:

Barbara J. Eddy, chairperson

11054 Alexander Road

Attica, NY 14011

Sunday, October 6, 2013 at 1:57 pm

Donations welcome for Stafford Historical Society's annual Fall Harvest Auction

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The Annual Fall Harvest Auction, sponsored by the Stafford Historical Society, will take place at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 23 in the courtroom of the Stafford Town Hall, located at 8903 Route 237, Stafford.

Included will be various attic treasures, gift certificates, fall produce, two Roy Mason Prints, other nautical prints and other articles.

Donations of gently used, or new articles or produce is greatly appreciated. Please contact Sue at 344-0834 or Phyllis at 343-1928.

Friday, October 4, 2013 at 11:47 am

Free annual women's and men's health screenings at Jerome Center

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United Memorial Medical Center and the Cancer Services Partnership will provide free health screenings to residents of Genesee County, between the ages of 40 and 64 with no insurance or high deductibles, from 3 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 22, at the Jerome Center, 16 Bank St., Batavia. Appointments are necessary for some of the screenings.

For women age 40-64, nurse midwife Cecilia Stearns, MSN, will perform women’s health screenings, including pap smears, pelvic exams and clinical breast exams. Urologist William Guthinger, MD will provide prostate screenings to men age 50-64. Additional services available at the event include mammography, blood sugar testing, total cholesterol and take home colorectal cancer screening kits.

All screenings will be provided at no charge. Funds are available for follow-up care if necessary. Please call United Memorial’s Healthy Living Department to schedule an appointment at 344-5331. Light refreshments, health information and free giveaways will also be available.


Thursday, October 3, 2013 at 6:38 pm

GO ART! announces winners of Accordion Fest Prize Package Giveaway

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Press release:

The Genesee-Orleans Regional Arts Council is pleased to announce the winners of its 2013 Accordion Fest Prize Package Giveaway. Winners were drawn at the event on Sept. 28 in Medina:

  • Yamaha Guitar Package from Roxy’s Music – Joyce Kohorst, of Corfu
  • Fall Foliage Excursion for Two from Medina Railroad Museum – Rich Pastuch, of Rochester
  • $25 Gift Certificate from Shirt Factory Café, Medina – Charles Kohorst

Congratulations to the winners, and thanks to all participants. Proceeds from the drawing support the programs and services of the Genesee-Orleans Regional Arts Council (GO ART!), a private nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization that supports and promotes art and culture in Genesee and Orleans counties.

Monday, September 30, 2013 at 12:10 pm

Holland Land Office Museum to host Fall Family Festival at Willow Bend Inn on Oct. 20

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The Holland Land Office Museum presents a Fall Family Festival to be held at Ye Olde Willow Bend Inn, 3489 W. Main Street Road, Batavia, from to 1 to 5 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 20.

You will be part of the 1800's stagecoach experience with travelers in period and military clothing.    Music by Rebel's Posse starts at 1:30 p.m. Line dancers welcome.

Adult entrance fee of $5 benefits the museum. Children are free.

Beverages and food will be available for purchase including hamburgers, hot dogs, chili, French onion soup, chicken wings, French fries, chicken fingers and more.

Chinese auction with fresh produce and gifts will be drawn at 4 p.m. Prize for the best youth cowboy/cowgirl outfit. All are welcome!

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