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Monday, February 14, 2011 at 5:51 pm

GCC renews transfer agreement with Houghton College

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Administrators at Genesee Community College and Houghton College in Houghton re-signed an articulation agreement earlier this month, expanding the opportunity of effectively transferring associate's degree credits earned at Genesee toward a bachelor's degree from Houghton College.

With this updated agreement, courses and program requirements are defined so that students can make a smooth transition to their desired baccalaureate program at Houghton.

The articulation agreement enables students to take advantage of unique opportunities and benefits such as knowing the recommended course selections that secure acceptance into a four-year program at Houghton.

Upon successful completion of the outlined requirements in the agreement, students will be guaranteed admission to Houghton in their desired major.

Genesee Community College offers several programs that align well with many of Houghton's degree programs. In particular, Houghton's PACE (Program for Accelerating College Education) allows a smooth transition from Genesee to Houghton for adult students over the age of 23. Other popular transfer programs include Business, Human Services and Teacher Education Transfer.

"Updating this agreement with Houghton allows us to have the most up-to-date course information for our students," said Patrick Walter, transfer coordinator at Genesee. "Knowing what is expected at a student's desired transfer institution helps students save time and money when selecting courses to take."

Through an articulation agreement, students typically save thousands of dollars on their first two years of tuition, which at Genesee costs $140 per credit for New York state residents. In addition, if they choose to live at home, they can also save on room and board. This savings allows students to concentrate more on a transfer school that fits their education needs and career goals, rather than how much that school will cost them.

Genesee Community College has transfer agreements with more than 45 different institutions. For further information, please contact Patrick Walter at 343-0055, ext. 6430 or go to: http://www.genesee.edu/Transfer.


Monday, February 14, 2011 at 5:43 pm

Muckdogs' Hot Stove Dinner is March 4

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The Genesee County Baseball Club will hold its annual Batavia Muckdogs Hot Stove Dinner and auction from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Friday, March 4 at the Batavia Party House at 5762 East Main Street Road in Stafford.

Tickets are $25 for adults and $15 for children 12 and under. The evening will begin with a cocktail hour followed immediately by dinner.

The Hot Stove Dinner is a time for good food, friendship, baseball talk, and silent and live auctions of baseball-related memorabilia (including signed bats and balls), work by local artists, and gift certificates from a variety of local businesses.

Tickets may be purchased in Batavia at Dwyer Stadium, Gerace’s Hair Care, the Williams Law Firm, and the offices of Dr. Ross Fanara and Dr. Alan Barcomb.

Monday, February 14, 2011 at 5:17 pm

Batavia woman spends part of 50th birthday in icewater

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Shirley Lawson, of South Main Street, Batavia, turned 50 on Sunday and took the Polar Plunge to raise money for the Special Olympics.

This was a must-do on her so-called "bucket list" -- diving into freezing water in the dead of winter on her 50th birthday. She took the plunge at Ontario Beach Park in Charlotte at noon.

Lawson is an avid supporter of Special Olympics and is employed by ARC of
Batavia. Shirley and her friend Tammy Fisher, of Corfu, raised money by sponsorship in order to support a great cause.

Monday, February 14, 2011 at 3:37 pm

Nominees sought for Zonta Club award

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The Zonta Club of Batavia/Genesee County is seeking an outstanding young woman to receive its annual Young Woman in Public Affairs award.

This award was established to recognize women students’ commitment to the volunteer
sector, evidence of volunteer leadership achievement, and dedication to the advancement of the status of women.

The program is designed to encourage more women students to enter careers in public affairs, public policy and community organizations.

The Batavia/Genesee Zonta Club will provide a $500 cash award to a local winner. The winner will be eligible to compete for a $1,000 District and International cash award as well.

An applicant must complete an official application form which is available through Genesee County high school guidance counselors or at www.zonta.org. The completed form, along with a recommendation, official school transcript, and a current photograph, must be submitted by March 4:

The Zonta Club of Batavia/Genesee County
34 Woodcrest Drive
Batavia, Ny 14020
[email protected]

Monday, February 14, 2011 at 3:23 pm

Save the date, donate for giant rummage sale

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There's a giant rummage sale scheduled from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Batavia Salvation Army on Saturday, April 16. It's located at 529 E. Main St.

There will be used clothes, housewares, a food and beverage concession stand, baked goods for sale and "Bag Sales" to be announced the day of the sale.

To donate "like new" items call 343-6284.

The event is sponsored by the Women's Auxiliary to benefit summer camp scholarships, back-to-school giveaways, the Christmas Toy Shop, and emergency family services.

Monday, February 14, 2011 at 3:03 pm

Corfu man earns Army National Guard promotion

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Major General Patrick A. Murphy, the Adjutant General for the State of New York, has announced the promotion of members of the New York Army National Guard in recognition of their capability for additional responsibility and leadership.

Among them is Christopher Hanel, from Corfu, serving with the Company A, 2-108th Infantry. He is promoted to the rank of Private.

Army National Guard promotions are based on overall performance, attitude, leadership ability, and development potential. These promotions additionally recognize the best qualified Soldiers and attract and retain the highest caliber Citizen Soldiers for a career in the New York Army National Guard.

For more information about the New York Army National Guard, visit www.dmna.ny.state.us or www1800goguard.com.

Monday, February 14, 2011 at 2:59 pm

Corfu student named to Dean's List at Wells College

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Alexandra V. Lauer, a senior at Wells College in Aurora, has been named to the Dean's List for the fall 2010 semester. Lauer is a resident of Corfu.

To be eligible for Dean's List, a student must carry a semester GPA of 3.5 or better and take a minimum of 12 letter-graded hours (four courses).

Wells College is a nationally recognized private liberal arts college located on the shores of Cayuga Lake. It was founded in 1868 and has been coeducational since 2005.

Thursday, February 10, 2011 at 5:11 pm

Free income tax prep services available

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Volunteers at Genesee Community College will once again provide free income-tax preparation services for the 2011 tax season.

This is made possible through the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). The Genesee County Department of Social Services is coordinating with volunteers at the college to provide appointment-based services (at DSS) as well as several walk-in service days at the Batavia campus.

The walk-in service days are from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday, March 24 and Thursday, April 7 in T205. Preparation is also being done on Tuesdays and Thursdays (other than the campus session days) from 5 to 8 p.m. beginning Feb. 10 at the Department of Social Services office at 5130 E. Main St., Batavia.

An appointment is needed if clients are planning on going to the DSS office. Community members can call Betty at 344-2580, ext. 6552 to schedule an appointment.

The VITA program offers free tax preparation to low- to moderate-income households (generally, $49,000 and below). Certified volunteers sponsored by various organizations receive training to help prepare basic tax returns in communities across the country.

VITA sites are generally located at community and neighborhood centers, libraries, schools, shopping malls and other convenient locations. Most locations also offer free electronic filing.

Genesee Community College is one of several local community groups to provide these tax services. Genesee's volunteers consist of faculty, staff and current students. They have been certified and trained by the IRS to prepare the tax returns. The tax returns are prepared by the certified volunteers with the IRS approved "Taxwise" program, an online program that the preparers use.

Both Federal and State returns are filed. The client leaves with a copy of the returns that have been prepared. Mark Castiglione from the Department of Social Services is the site coordinator.

Under the leadership of Cheryl Corke, assistant professor of Accounting at Genesee and a Certified Public Accountant, the student and faculty volunteers have undergone rigorous online training to be able to use the IRS computer software.

In addition to the certified faculty members, there are a number of accounting students and college staff who have been active and will assist in the program.

"I want to personally thank all of those who have been involved in this program," Corke said. "We have several certified preparers from GCC including faculty and students and three people certified from DSS. Several others have put time and effort into this endeavor.

"A special thank you to Amy Conley, instructor of Accounting, who has worked with our income tax course students to become certified intermediate preparers. Thanks to the other students and staff who have given their time learning tax law and assisting with the program."

The 2010 income tax season was the inaugural year GCC participated in VITA. In 2010, 102 Federal and NYS income tax returns were prepared. The clients received $102,588 in Federal income tax refunds (including $19,058 in Federal earned income tax credits, $8,826 in child tax credits and $10,454 in education tax credits).

The VITA program is a free service for clients with basic returns (no schedule Cs, Ds and no businesses) and with a combined income of $49,000 or less.

There will be a welcome table with a checklist of all the materials people need to have prior to preparation services (Social Security cards for all individuals, including dependents, all W-2s and 1099s, etc., and proof of identity such as driver's license).

For more information please contact Cheryl Corke at 343-0055, ext. 6323, or at  <http://[email protected]>.

Thursday, February 10, 2011 at 4:43 pm

Traditional printmaking exhibit to debut

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GO ART! is preparing for its first-ever traditional printmaking exhibit and you are invited to participate.

Printmakers of all ages are invited to submit up to five prints. The exhibit will run from the beginning of March to the end of April in the GO ART! Satellite Galleries at the Genesee County Senior Center in Batavia and at the Shirt Factory Café in Medina.

The entry deadline is Feb. 25. Work may be submitted at GO ART!, 201 E. Main Street, Batavia or the Shirt Factory Café, 115 West Center Street, Medina. No entry fee is required.

Guidelines and entry forms are available through GO ART! If you have any questions, please contact GO ART! at 585-343-9313 or email us at [email protected].

Thursday, February 10, 2011 at 4:22 pm

You can still buy tickets for Saturday's 'Caberet!'

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"Come to the Caberet, old chum..."

Tickets are still available for Caberet! -- an an evening of entertainment and cuisine at St. James Episcopal Church on Saturday, Feb. 12.

"Caberet!" will be from 7 to 10 p.m. and feature entertainment by: Encore! Theatre Arts; The Blue Belles; and The Bataviators. There will also be basket raffles, hors d'oeuvres, desserts and a cash wine bar.

Cost is $15 per ticket and they can be purchased by calling Lisa at 343-7789, ext. 116. They are also available at the church, located at 405 E. Main St. in Batavia, or at Community Action and The Insurance Center.

This event is sponsored by Community Action Angels of Genesee County and the St. James Restoration Committee.

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