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Saturday, February 5, 2011 at 5:28 pm

College at Brockport names academic honorees for fall 2010

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The College at Brockport, SUNY, recently honored students who excelled academically for the fall 2010 semester.

To achieve the honor of being on the President's List, a student must earn a GPA of 4.0. Students who earn a GPA of 3.70–3.99 are named to the Dean's List with Honors, while students who achieve a 3.40–3.69 are named to the Dean's List.

The College at Brockport is a comprehensive four-year public college, offering 50 undergraduate majors, more than 40 graduate programs as well as 24 teacher certification programs.

These students made the PRESIDENT'S LIST.

Batavia: Christopher Berardini; Stephenie Davis-Reiss; Amy Dorman; Diana Kindig

Bergen: Brian Burgay

Byron: Jeff Appis; Tammy Fuller

Darien Center: Kaylei Miller

Elba: Carly Crnkovich

Le Roy: Nicole Bower; Gena Korn; Antonio Madau; Kara Miller; Erin Whiting

These students made the DEAN'S LIST WITH HONORS.

Basom: Hillary Bates

Batavia: Linsay Bartholf; Tina Ditzel; Christian Hilken; Courtney Perkowski; Jenna Raphael; Melanie Roth; Tracy Young

Bergen: Joanna Menzie

Byron: Darren Kwiatkowski

Corfu: Jennifer Lazarony

Darien Center: David Hecht; Andrea Mead; Eric Meyer

East Pembroke: Renae Jurek

Elba: Judith Littlejohn

Le Roy: Daniel Rider; Melinda Stedman; Maureen Weinman; Jeffery White; Danielle Wojtaszczyk

Oakfield: Brittany Bills

Stafford: James Mignano

These students made the DEAN'S LIST.

Alexander: Zachary Vaughan

Batavia: Charles Andre; Megan Boring; Melissa Maxwell; Stephanie Pastore; Elizabeth Richards; Krystal Smith; Corey Stearns; Ethan Wade; Jennifer Whitcroft; Brittany Wormley

Bergen: Kathleen Lovett; Kristy Lynn Madziarz; Harjit Singh

Byron: Brittany Kessler

Corfu: Christopher Jones; Katheryn Laporta; Alyssia Pfalzer; Ethan Reynolds

East Pembroke: Josh Macgregor

Elba: Brian Dilcher; Heather Gleason; Michael Lyons

Le Roy: Mary Barkley; Justin Becker; Chelsea Dillon; Danielle Ford; Garrett Jordan; Carolyn Kovach; Jillion Mooney; Abby Murray; Joseph Patton

Oakfield: Bridget Chartraw; Kelsey Wolcott 

Pavilion: Kathryn Davis; Kathryn Beaumont

Saturday, February 5, 2011 at 3:21 pm

Holland Purchase Historical Society elects board members, officers

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The Holland Purchase Historical Society met in January to elect new members and officers for 2011.

The following people were elected or reelected as board members.

Re-elected members: Don Burkel, Arnold Kelly, Brian Paris, Don Read, Anne Marie Starowitz and Barbara Toal.

New members: Elizabeth Hanobik, Kathleen Jasinski and Vicki Talbot.

The following were elected as officers for 2011.

President -- Robert Turk

Vice PresidentJames Dusen

TreasurerElizabeth Hanobik

Recording SecretaryGarth Swanson

Corresponding SecretaryKathleen Jasinski

Turk says he is looking forward to an exciting 2011 with new programs and events such as the extended summer program for children and a monthly Museum Lecture Series with local authors.

Many new exhibits are planned starting with “Local Manufacturers,” which will open later this month. The annual Antique Show will be held at Batavia Downs on March 11 and 12. For more information on events call the Holland Land Office Museum at 343-4727.

Saturday, February 5, 2011 at 3:10 pm

Basom resident named to Dean's List

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Andrew Lipnicky, a resident of Basom, was named to the Dean's List for the fall semester at Florida Institute of Technology in Melbourne. He is majoring in Space Science -- Astronomy and Astrophysics.

To be included on the Dean's List, a student must complete 12 or more graded credits in a semester with a semester grade point average (GPA) of at least 3.4 on a 4-point scale.

Founded at the dawn of the Space Race in 1958, Florida Tech is the only independent, technological university in the Southeast. It offers undergraduate, graduate and doctoral programs. Fields of study include science, engineering, aeronautics, business, humanities, mathematics, psychology, communication and education. Additional information is available online at <http://www.fit.edu>.

Thursday, February 3, 2011 at 1:49 pm

Women's Republican Club to hold Valentine's Day Luncheon

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The Genesee County Women’s Republican Club is planning a Valentine Day Luncheon to replace the Christmas Party that was cancelled due to inclement weather.

It will be held at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday Feb. 12 at the Batavia Country Club, 7907 Batavia-Byron Road, Batavia.

It will be a soup-and-sandwich buffet with cookies and coffee for dessert. Entertainment will be provided by “Finess," a women’s barbershop quartet which will sing appropriate “Valentine's Day” songs.

The cost is $15 per person. Reservations may be made by calling Mary Alice Panek at 585-343-2782, or e-mail <[email protected]> by Feb. 7.

A collection of monetary donations will be taken up one last time for the 2011 “Caring for American Organization,” which was Crossroads House. New members or anyone interested in our Republican Club are welcome to attend.

Tuesday, February 1, 2011 at 2:03 pm

'Toons producer Fred Armstrong focus of this month's GO ART! salon

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The Genesee-Orleans Regional Arts Council (GO ART!) continues its popular Salon Series with “The ‘Toons Producer: Fredrick Armstrong” at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 15.

The program takes place at GO ART!, Seymour Place, 201 E. Main St. in Batavia and includes supper and beverages.

A "Going to the Movies" themed menu will be served: popcorn, assorted grilled pizzas (white veggie, red with three cheeses, red with mushrooms and pepperoni), antipasti, garlic bread, and old-fashioned ice cream bars.

A contribution of $25 for non-members and $22 for GO ART! members is requested. A discounted rate is available for those wishing to also attend the April 5th Salon, "The Comic Illustrator: Lauren Barnett."

Reservations are required and can be made by phone at (585) 343-9313, e-mail at [email protected], or by stopping in to GO ART! in Downtown Batavia (open 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays). The GO ART! Salon Series is sponsored by the Bank of Castile.

Havens for those who craved intellectual conversation and stimulation for centuries, salons became fashionable when French kings showed their art treasures in the reception room of the Palace of Louvre.

This month's salon the president and founder of Animatus Studio & The Animation Workshop in Rochester. Armstrong will present several short cartoons produced at award-winning Animatus Studio along with some clips of his “live action” acting roles.

Interspersed among the videos, Armstrong will entertain attendees with the background on each of the animations and his journey into the field of animation and film.

Bio: For more than 35 years, Armstrong has worked on feature films, documentaries, industrials, commercials and music videos. He began his professional film career in 1975 creating animated segments for a local retail store, the House of Guitars.

In 1980, he moved to New York City where he apprenticed and worked as an Oxberry animation cameraman under Francis Lee of Film Planning Associates. In 1989, Armstrong founded Animatus Studio, Rochester’s only full-service animation studio that specializes in 2D and Flash animation. He also founded The Animation Workshop in 1992, which continues to teach the joys of animation to students of all ages.

Continuing to work in live action as well as animation, Armstrong produced and co-directed “The End of the Line - Rochester's Subway.” This award-winning documentary tells the story of the smallest city in America to build and abandon a subway. It has aired on PBS and The History Channel and was recently re-released on DVD with 45 new minutes of material and extras.

Animatus Studio has been a sponsor of the 360 | 365 George Eastman House Film Festival (formerly the Rochester High Falls International Film Festival) since its inception in 2001. Armstrong has also acted as animation program director for the 360 | 365 GEH Film Festival.

He was instrumental in bringing filmmakers such as Faith Hubley (Oscar winner), Vicky Jenson (director of Shrek,) and voice talent Nancy Cartwright (Bart Simpson) to the festival. Through collaboration with the 360 | 365 George Eastman House Film Festival, Animatus Studio has also hosted animation workshops for disadvantaged and at-risk youth for the last eight years.

He is currently vice president of RAVA (Rochester Audio/Visual Association), a renowned organization of professional filmmakers and media industry people founded in 1956.

Over the last three decades, Armstrong has also worked on hundreds of live action film shoots as a key grip, where he specializes as a crane and dolly operator. He has even been an actor in many commercials and several feature films.

He recently taught “Business in Animation” as an adjunct professor at the Rochester Institute of Technology. Today, he continues to be involved in all aspects of filmmaking and animation for commercials, documentaries, music videos and businesses throughout the region.

The Genesee-Orleans Regional Arts Council (GO ART!) is a private nonprofit organization, which believes that art and culture enriches, inspires and educates, while strengthening a community's identity.

Therefore, GO ART! initiates a broad range of opportunities for artists and cultural organizations, and facilitates cooperative efforts among the cultural, business, service and educational communities for the people who live in and visit Genesee and Orleans counties. GO ART! exhibits are made possible, in part, with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts.

Tuesday, February 1, 2011 at 1:39 pm

'Love Notes' symphony concert with violinist Michael Ludwig

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The Genesee Symphony Orchestra will perform a concert entitled "Love Notes" at 4 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 13, at Genesee Community College. It will feature special guest violinist Michael Ludwig.

This performance, to be held in the Stuart Steiner Theatre, is in partnership with the Cancer Services Program of Genesee & Orleans. It is being partially underwritten by the Susan G. Komen Foundation, which is dedicated to education and research about the cause and treatment of breast cancer.

Tickets are: $12 adults; $8 seniors 62 and over; $5 students 18 and under, including GCC students with valid I.D.; $30 for families, including children 12 and under.

Tickets are available at the GCC Box Office, or at the door one hour prior to the performance and at these locations: Hi-Tek Graphics in Oakfield; Bank of Castile in Le Roy; Roxy's Music Store; GO ART!; and The Enchanted Florist.

Sunday, January 30, 2011 at 2:15 pm

Family film at Richmond Library each Saturday in February

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Snuggle up with the kids and relax with Richmond Memorial Library’s February Family Movie Afternoon series.

Bring the whole family, pack a blanket, pillow and picnic lunch.

The library will be showing G- and PG-rated newly released to DVD films in the Children’s Room at 1:15 p.m. each Saturday in February.

This is a free program and open to the public.

Call the Children’s Room 343-9550, ext. 4, for title information. The library is located at 19 Ross St. in the City of Batavia.

Sunday, January 30, 2011 at 2:04 pm

'Baby Bounce Story Time' at Richmond Library

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Every Thursday morning at 11 a.m. now through the end of May, Richmond Memorial Library will have Baby Bounce Story Time.

This is a great opportunity to visit the library with your infant, make new friends, learn new songs and finger plays. Baby Bounce Story Time is the perfect prescription for cabin fever for pre-walkers and their caregivers.

Please call to register or for more information, 343-9550, ext. 4. The Richmond Memorial Library hosts many toddler, preschool, family and evening story times. A complete listing can be found on www.batavialibrary.org <http://www.batavialibrary.org>.

The library is located at 19 Ross St.  in the City of Batavia.

Sunday, January 30, 2011 at 1:59 pm

Elba Central School holds first Course Presentation Fair

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Here's a news release from Elba Central School.

Elba high-school students debuted its Course Presentation Fair on Friday.

"The event was designed so that our parents and students can hear firsthand from teachers the courses that will offered be in 2011-2012," said Principal Jason Smith.

Following a rotating schedule, attendees circulated by grade level to nine different departments throughout the morning to learn about courses available. Among the new courses to be offered are:

  • America at War in the 20th Century
  • College Algebra
  • Introduction to Engineering
  • Music Composition 

In addition, the school will continue to offer and expand upon the variety of GCC and Advanced Placement Courses. The 2011-2012 course handbook is available on the school website.

"The number one factor that college admissions look at in accepting students is the rigor of courses students take while in high school," Smith said. "Many teachers shared this information at the course fair. Students will now be able to use what they learned at the course fair as they start to make decisions for classes next year.

Seniors took part in a workshop on college preparation hosted by Bryant & Stratton, and seventh-graders participated in Academic Gaming in the Media Center.

The Elementary School also hosted the annual Parent Luncheon later in the day. Those in grades K-6 had the opportunity share a special lunch with their family in their own cafeteria and at their special tables. Parents look forward to this event each year at Elba, and as usual, the luncheon was well attended.

The Elba Central School District is grateful to the parents who attended the Course Presentation Fair and Parent Luncheon.

Thursday, January 27, 2011 at 2:03 pm

Le Roy student to be honored with 'Helping Hand Award'

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Hannah Davis, of Le Roy, will be honored in March at the 8th Annual Student Leaders Dinner at Cazenovia College, located near Syracuse. She will receive the Helping Hand Award for her commitment to making a difference for those need.

She served on the college's executive board of the "Up 'til Dawn" event, serving as the Outreach Committee chair. During the current academic year, the fundraiser collected more than $10,600 to benefit research and care at St. Jude Children's Hospital in Memphis, Tenn.

Last October, participants sent letters to friends and family asking them to join the fight against childhood cancer by donating to St. Jude. Attendees of "Up 'til Dawn" also enjoyed food, games and nonstop entertainment. Since 2008, the Cazenovia College's "Up 'til Dawn" event has raised a total of $44,536 for the hospital.

Davis is a freshman majoring in criminal justice and homeland security studies, and psychology, at Cazenovia College. Davis was outreach chair of the program.

"Up 'til Dawn" is a student-led, student-run program that has been hosted by more than 375 colleges and universities across the country since the program's inception in 1999. The program unites faculty, staff and students in the fight against pediatric cancer and other catastrophic childhood diseases.

To date, the "Up 'til Dawn" program has raised more than $24.5 million nationwide for St. Jude.

The world-renowed hospital freely shares its discoveries with scientific and medical communities around the globe. It is the only pediatric cancer research center where families never pay for treatment not covered by insurance. No child is ever denied treatment because of the family's inability to pay.

Cazenovia College was named one of "America's Best Colleges" by US News & World Report. It is an independent, co-educational, baccalaureate college offering a comprehensive liberal arts education.

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