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Saturday, May 17, 2014 at 2:21 pm

GCC offers lots of convenient, cost-effective options for summer learning

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Press release:

From American Cinema to Statistics, Psychology to Public Speaking, Digital Photography to Sign Language, Genesee Community College offers a variety of learning opportunities this summer for students of all ages. Register now for Summer Session I. Classes begin May 27.

More than 150 courses are available this summer during three separate sessions:

~    Full Summer Session: May 27, 2014 - Aug. 9

~    Summer Session 1: May 27, 2014 - June 28

~    Summer Session 2: July 7, 2014 - Aug. 9

Many courses are available fully online to make the summer session even more convenient to learn on your own time. "We have more than 50 online courses scheduled for summer," said Craig Lamb, dean of Distributed Learning at GCC. "Our excellent student services and 24/7 technical help desk support can assist students with any need associated with their online or technology-enhanced course. We encourage residents in the GLOW region and Western New York to check out what GCC has to offer this summer."

The full class schedule can be viewed online at http://www.genesee.edu/courses/schedule/?term=201406&pace=first.

The College offers several summer scholarship programs. The Genesee Promise Plus Summer Scholarship program provides tuition scholarships to high school juniors and seniors and adults new to college. Specific information about who's eligible and how to apply can be found online at: http://www.genesee.edu/gcc/promise/. In addition, the Supply Chain Management Scholarship is also available for students interested in starting the 100-percent online program. For details go to: http://www.genesee.edu/offices/finaid/scholarships/

In addition to the main campus in Batavia, Genesee Community College offers classes at six campus centers located in the four counties of the GLOW (Genesee, Livingston, Orleans, Wyoming) region. The campus centers are conveniently located in Albion, Arcade, Dansville, Lima, Medina and Warsaw. GCC offers more than 60 degree and certificate programs in a high-tech, personalized setting. Learn more at www.genesee.edu.

Thursday, May 15, 2014 at 4:03 pm

First Batavia Pickleball Tournament is Saturday

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The first Batavia Pickleball Tournament is being held at the Batavia YMCA from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 17. Registration is $15, $5 of which will go to support the Batavia WMCA. Double elimination format. Partner blind draw on day of tournament.

The tournament is open to the first 32 players.

Format: Each match will be 11 points by 2 except for finals. Consolation round winner will play one 15-point game against the winner's bracket. If the winner's bracket triumphs, they win the tournament. If not, then there will be a 2-out-of-three game match to determine the champion. These games will be 11 points by 2.

For more information, contact Timothy Pickering at (585) 219-4686 or at  [email protected]

Registration deadline is Friday, May 16.

Wednesday, May 14, 2014 at 3:53 pm

Genesee Chorale performs Dvorak's Requiem Mass with full orchestra and soloist

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The Genesee Chorale, under the direction of Ric Jones and accompanied by Joanne Cole, is wrapping up preparations for their Spring concert, a presentation of Antonin Dvorak’s Requiem Mass, complete with full orchestra accompaniment and soloist.

Their first performance will be a unique one: the Mass will be performed at the historic Pillars Estate in Albion on Friday, June 6, in their Grand Ballroom. There, patrons will be able to enjoy complimentary wine and hors d’oeuvres at 6:30 p.m., with the performance beginning at 7. Besides featuring a full-ensemble orchestra, the Mass will feature renowned soloists Maureen DeGolyer – Soprano; Pat Fussell -- Alto; Mark Ross -- Tenor; and Jim Ellison – Bass. The Pillars Estate is located at 13800 W. Country House Road in Albion.

The price for this performance is $20. Tickets are available online at Geneseechorale.com, or patrons may purchase tickets at the door. Reservations through online ordering are strongly recommended.

The Chorale’s second performance of the Requiem will be Sunday, June 8, and will take place in the Chorale’s home at St. James Episcopal Church, 405 E. Main St. Batavia, beginning at 4 p.m.  Once again, patrons will be treated to the rare treat of full-orchestral accompaniment alongside the soloists and the Chorale. Tickets for this performance are also available online or at the door.These tickets are $10 for adults and $8 for students or seniors.

The members of the Genesee Chorale look forward to seeing you at one of o their performances and they are grateful for the extended community’s longstanding support and patronage. They invite you to visit their Web site at geneseechorale.com to learn more about the group and its history. They meet every Monday evening from 7 to 9 p.m. at St. James Episcopal Church from September through the end of May, and are always seeking new voices to join them in their musical endeavors.

Wednesday, May 14, 2014 at 3:07 pm

Every Thursday from 4 to 7 is 'Ladies Night Out!' at YWCA's My Sister's Closet on North Street, Batavia

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Press release:

You are invited to a Ladies Night Out! from 4 to 7 p.m. every Thursday at My Sister's Closet at YWCA, 301 North St. in the City of Batavia.

Every event is to include refreshments, special promotions, personal shoppers, double punches on your Loyalty Card and camaraderie with fellow shoppers!

Pick up your Loyalty Card and get it punched for every $5 you spend. Once your card is filled with 10 punches, you will get $5 of free merchandise.

The Closet is filled with colorful spring clothing and accessories, so come check it out! All proceeds go toward YW's Domestic Violence Crisis & Prevention Services program.

The Closet's hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday; 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday; and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.

For more information, call (585) 343-5808.

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

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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 [email protected] 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.

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