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Wednesday, July 16, 2014 at 1:29 pm

GC Youth Court recruitment is under way, deadline to apply is Aug. 22

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Press release:

Calling all eighth- through 11th-graders, the Genesee County Youth Court is recruiting new members! Applications are due by Aug. 22.

Youth Court is a voluntary alternative for young people who face disciplinary action through school or law enforcement. Youth who are referred admit to the charge and appear before a court of their peers. Three youth judges listen to both sides of the issue and determine an appropriate disposition.

The goal of youth court is to improve youth citizenship skills and decrease problematic behavior.

Youth Court members learn about the judicial process and law enforcement; develop group decision making, leadership and public speaking skills; participate in all roles of the courtroom -- judge, prosecution, defense and bailiff.

County eighth- through 11th-graders who are interested can go online to download an application from the Web site <http://www.co.genesee.ny.us> where you will find a link on the Youth Bureau page.

Interviews of potential candidates will take place during late summer/early fall with the training to begin in October. For more information on the Genesee County Youth Court, please contact Chelsea Dillon at the Genesee County Youth Bureau, 344-3960.

Monday, July 14, 2014 at 2:15 pm

Alzheimer's disease caregivers' monthly support group is third wednesday at Richmond library

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Press release:

Providing care for a loved one with Alzheimer’s disease can be stressful and isolating, but support groups can provide coping tools and a welcoming embrace from others in the same position.

The Alzheimer's Association Western New York chapter sponsors a number of caregiver support group across the region. The groups meet monthly, and are designed to provide emotional and social support for caregivers and help participants develop methods and skills to solve problems. The groups encourage caregivers to maintain their own personal, physical, and emotional health, as well as optimally care for the person with dementia.

In Genesee County, the support group is held on the third Wednesday of the month, beginning at 7 p.m., at the Richmond Memorial Library, 19 Ross St., in the City of Batavia.

For more information about these and the other two dozen monthly support group meetings across WNY, call 1.800.272.3900 during regular business hours.

Alzheimer’s Disease Quick Facts:

Every 67 seconds, an American develops Alzheimer’s disease, the sixth leading cause of death in this country. More than 5 million Americans, including close to 55,000 across Western New York, are living with Alzheimer’s.

To learn more, including the 10 Warning Signs of Alzheimer’s, visit alz.org/WNY or call 1.800.272.3900.

Monday, July 14, 2014 at 2:08 pm

Deadline is tomorrow for creative designs to paint on city fire hydrants

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Press release:

Vibrant Batavia is partnering with GO ART! to sponsor a public art project for the artistic decoration of a selected number of existing fire hydrants in the City of Batavia. The committee is seeking creative designs for painting on fire hydrants in a way that adds interest, but does not compromise functionality.

Applications will be accepted through July 15. The Committee will review all applications for artistic consideration at their July meeting and finalists will be notified by July 21. Applicants must be a resident of Genesee County in order to participate.

Potential design themes could include:
· Designs inspired by the work of famous artists;
· Designs with a whimsical, humorous or ironic twist that will make viewers smile;
· Context-sensitive designs that would uniquely connect a particular fire hydrant with its immediate surroundings; 
· Colorful, abstract designs.
Use of existing art is acceptable
Any fire hydrant in the Business Improvement District is a potential candidate. Hydrants on Main Street and Jackson would appear to be particularly good candidates.
Paint and Materials will be provided to each of the artists. The Fire Department’s color code on the top of the hydrants cannot be painted over.

Selected artist will be expected to execute the work between July 21 – Aug. 8.
Final Art Work. Is expected to be created in a professional manner that is safe for the environment, respectful of its surroundings and executed to last for approximately 3 years.
Stipend of $50 per hydrant will be paid to each selected artist upon completion of work.
GO ART! will host a reception on Friday, Aug. 15 from 5-7 p.m. where they will showcase the original artwork that was submitted for each of the selected fire hydrants from each of the participating artists.
Applications are available at the City of Batavia, GO ART! (201 E. Main St.) and online at www.goart.org <http://www.goart.org>. For more information, contact Leanna with Vibrant Batavia at [email protected] or 585-738-7388.

Monday, July 14, 2014 at 2:01 pm

Free workshops begin this month to help 2015 art and culture grant applicants

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The Genesee-Orleans Regional Arts Council announces a series of free workshops designed to assist applicants with the process of applying for the 2015 Reach, Ripple & Spark Grant Programs.

These programs offer funding to assist in the creation and presentation of arts and cultural programming throughout Genesee and Orleans counties. Intent to Apply forms are due Sept. 2 for arts and cultural projects scheduled to take place in 2015.

Reach Grants are available to all nonprofit organizations, local government agencies or tribes and individual artists with a sponsoring organization. Reach projects should be artistic or cultural in nature and should demonstrate a significant community benefit. Deadline for Reach Grant Applications is Oct. 2.

Ripple Grants are specifically for individual artists from Genesee or Orleans counties. Artists who wish to create a new project that in some way reflects community life or culture and/or engages the local community are encouraged to apply. Deadline for Ripple Grant Applications is Oct. 9.

Spark Grants (previously known as Arts Education Grants) are directed to cultural organizations and/or individual artists working in partnership with public schools within Genesee or Orleans counties. Projects must focus on the exploration of art and the artistic process. Inter-curricular collaboration is encouraged but not required. Deadline for Spark Grant Applications is Oct. 16.

Registration is recommended and all workshops are free. Application forms, guidelines and instructions will be distributed at the workshops and will be available for download from the GO ART! Web site at www.goart.org.

The Decentralization Regrant Program is made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

To register for any of the workshops or for additional information, contact Heather Grant at 585.343.9313, ext. 26, or e-mail at [email protected]

All new applicants are required to attend one of the following workshops, all begin at 6 p.m.:

Monday, July 28

Byron-Bergen Public Library

13 South Lake Ave., Bergen

Tuesday, July 29

Lee-Whedon Memorial Library

620 West Avenue, Medina

Wednesday, July 30

Pavilion Public Library

5 Woodrow Drive, Pavilion

Monday, Aug. 4

GO ART!, Seymour Place

201 E. Main St., Batavia

Tuesday, Aug. 5

Yates Community Library

15 N. Main St., Lyndonville

Wednesday, Aug. 6

Haxton Library

3 N. Pearl St., Oakfield

Wednesday, Aug. 13

Hoag Library

134 S. Main St., Albion

Monday, July 14, 2014 at 1:49 pm

Free, 12-week course for loved ones of those with mental illness offered this fall

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The National Alliance On Mental Illness of Rochester will be presenting Family to Family, a no-charge, 12-week educational course for families and friends (parents, spouses, partners, siblings ) of people living with mental illness.

Classes will be held each Tuesday Sept. 9 through Tuesday Dec. 2 from 6:30-9 p.m. at the Mental Health Association 25 Liberty St., Unit 4, Conference Room, Batavia.

The classes will provide information, insight, empathy and empowerment based upon factual information on mental illness, medications, crisis intervention, accessing the mental health system and self care which is taught by NAMI trained family members.

Pre-registration required; participants register for the entire 12 weeks. Deadline to register is Sept. 2.

Go to www.namirochester.org or call NAMI Rochester at 585-423-1593, or Mental Health Association at 585-344-2611 for more information and registration.

Monday, July 14, 2014 at 12:22 pm

Principles of Gardening course offered this fall by Cornell extension, deadline to register is Aug. 25

Cornell Cooperative Extension of Genesee County will be offering “Principles of Gardening” training on Wednesday evenings, starting Sept. 10 and running through Nov. 19, from 6 to 9 pm. Classes will be held at the CCE office at 420 E. Main St., Batavia.

Participants will enjoy training in horticulture topics, including botany, plant pathology, entomology, soils & fertilizers, lawn care, vegetable gardening, weed identification, woody ornamentals, fruit, perennials and annuals. Each class will focus on a different topic throughout training.

Pre-registration and payment by Aug. 25 is required. Class size will be limited. No walk-ins will be allowed. The fee for training is $225 per person.

This training is also the first requirement to becoming a Genesee County Master Gardener.

Graduates of the program (Genesee county residents) are then eligible to apply to the Genesee County Master Gardener program. (Other county residents should contact their local Master Gardener program.) A Master Gardener volunteer should have a willingness to give back to the community and help put into practice what they learned at training. Enthusiasm for sharing their skills and knowledge is a must.

For an application or to register contact Brandie Schultz at 585-343-3040, ext. 101, or stop by the Extension office located at 420 E. Main St. in Batavia.

Friday, July 11, 2014 at 11:10 am

Lite the Knight 5K & Family Fun Night in Le Roy to fund memorial scholarship for Bordonaro family

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Lite the Knight 5K & Family Fun Night
Saturday Aug. 16 starting at  5 p.m.

Join Le Roy and our surrounding communities as we come together to raise funds for a memorial scholarship! 2014 Recipients: The Bordonaro Family.

In addition to the 5K run/walk on an illuminated course, this year's event also features: a 3-on-3 basketball tournament; wellness fair; many free childrens' activities; a performance by Le Roy Marching Knights; a chicken barbeque by the Smokin' Eagle BBQ and Brew; and free live music by Flipside.

The Le Roy, Stafford, Caledonia and Pavilion fire departments have volunteered their time and assistance in support of the event, and will be setting up an interactive display of their fire engines for children and families to experience.

Call 585.768.4550 for more information or visit our Web site: villagefit.com

Info is also on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/events/1429104164034907/) & Twitter (https://twitter.com/LeRoyVillageFit)!

Follow this link to register for the 5K: https://www.getentered.com/Register/groups/default.aspx?newgroup=true&event=28196

Monday, July 7, 2014 at 1:02 pm

YWCA not offering farmer's market this year

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Press release:

YWCA of Genesee County has been doing some restructuring and, as a result, will not offer The Market @ North Street this year.

The Sunday market will be reconsidered next year. For more information, call (585) 343-5808.

Thursday, July 3, 2014 at 11:08 am

OACS Class of '84 reunion is July 26 at Caryville Inn, RSVP ASAP

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The Oakfield-Alabama Central School class of 1984 is planning its 30-year class reunion to be held at 7 p.m. on Saturday, July 26.

Alumni and thier guests are invited to attend a casual get-together at the Caryville Inn on Main Street in Oakfield. Cost per person is $15. There will be a cash bar and hors d'oeuvres served throughout the evening.

For more information and to RSVP visit the Facebook page "Oacs EightyFour" at https://www.facebook.com/oacs.eightyfour <https://www.facebook.com/oacs.eightyfour>

Many classmates have yet to be located and a list of those is available on the FB page. It is quickly approaching so please visit and RSVP today.

Friday, June 27, 2014 at 11:34 am

UMMC participates in landmark Safe Motherhood Initiative

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Press release:

United Memorial Medical Center is participating in the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology landmark effort, the Safe Motherhood Initiative to combat maternal mortality and morbidity in New York State.

The Safe Motherhood Initiative is working with healthcare providers and birthing facilities to develop and implement standard approaches for handling obstetric emergencies such as obstetric hemorrhage (severe bleeding), venous thromboembolism (blood clots), and severe hypertension in pregnancy (high blood pressure).

The project has one goal: to save the lives of women faced with severe complications related to pregnancy and childbirth. Close to 99 percent of the nearly 250,000 live births in New York State result in the discharge of a mother and her baby. Yet, there are mothers who die or suffer severe permanent harm. New York State currently ranks 47th in the country for its maternal mortality rate.

Participation in the program is an example of United Memorial’s commitment to patient safety and quality and to the continual improvement and implementation of best practices.

The program will provide maternal safety bundles consisting of clinical education videos, algorithms, step-by-step checklists and other hands-on materials to help obstetric providers adopt uniform clinical protocols to improve the diagnosis, prevention, and management of the leading causes of maternal death.

The program is funded by Merck for Mothers, a 10-year, $500 million initiative focused on creating a world where no woman dies giving life. Additional information may be found at www.merckformothers.com.

United Memorial Medical Center provides obstetric and gynecologic physician services through the Women’s Care Centers located at 33 Chandler Ave. in Batavia and at 100 Ohio St. in Medina. In 2013, approximately 650 new babies were safely delivered at United Memorial.

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