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Friday, October 22, 2010 at 3:43 pm

Local attorneys to recognize four groups and donate money

The Genesee County Bar Association is recognizing four local organizations for their commitment to improving the lives of those in need in Genesee County.

A recognition ceremony is scheduled for 11:30 a.m. on Friday, Nov. 5 in the Grand Jury Room on the second floor of the Genesee County Courts Facility. That's also when the organizations will get monetary donations from the bar association to support their efforts.

The public is invited to attend.

Local attorneys makes countless individual contributions of funds and hours in support of local charities and community organizations. The bar members believe the four organizations listed below have made substantial efforts to support those in need. As a result, they deserve special recognition and support.

  • CASA for Children (Court Appointed Special Advocates — providing volunteers to advocate for the needs of neglected and abused children in the county): $1,250


  • Genesee County Youth Court (Provides a peer-review system for local troubled youth as an alternative to our adult justice system.): $500


  • “People Realizing Potential” (A campaign of the Genesee ARC to assist local people with special needs.): $1,000


  • Genesee County Child Advocacy Center (Provides services for local children in need.): $1,250
Wednesday, October 20, 2010 at 1:26 pm

Participants wanted for museum's annual Wonderland of Trees

The Holland Land Office Museum is currently in the planning stages for this year’s fundraising event "2010 Wonderland of Trees." This is the nineth year of the event and the theme will be “Traditions.”

The museum is currently looking for schools, youth groups, service and business organizations, and groups of people to participate by decorating a Christmas tree or -- NEW this year -- a Christmas wreath (for those wishing to participate but wanting something smaller to handle).

With this year’s theme, there's a wide range of items that could be used to decorate your tree or wreath. Just FYI, you don’t have to follow the theme to participate. You could decorate your tree or wreath that represents your business or group. For example, if you own a bookstore, your ornaments could represent different book titles.

The possibilities are endless and think of all the creative fun you can have!

The Wonderland of Trees begins Friday, Nov. 19, 2010 with the gala, and runs through Saturday, Jan. 8.

Everyone is invited to participate this year. Let's make this the largest display of decorated Christmas trees or wreaths in WNY.

If you are interested or have questions, please contact Acting Director Jeff Donahue or Event Chairperson Shannon Guiste at the Holland Land Office Museum at 343-4727 between the hours of 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Tuesday through Friday, or on Saturday from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.

Or you can contact in the Guiste in the evening at 343-2130.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010 at 3:04 pm

Author James Lander signs Lincoln & Darwin book at Present Tense

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Author James Lander will be at Present Tense bookstore in Batavia at 5 o'clock today signing copies of his latest book "Lincoln & Darwin: Shared Visions of Race, Science and Religion."

Here's what historian and author James M. McPherson says about those two great men and Lander: "Charles Darwin and Abraham Lincoln had more in common that their birth on the same day. Both abhorred slavery, and their positions on race shared significant similarities. This stimulating book offers new insights on these two 19th Century giants whose legacy still shapes our world today."

McPherson wrote the book "Tried by War: Abraham Lincoln as Commander in Chief."
“Charles Darwin and Abraham Lincoln had more in common than their birth on the same day. Both abhorred slavery, and their positions on race shared significant similarities. This stimulating book offers new insights on these two nineteenth-century giants whose legacy still shapes our world today.”

Present Tense is located at 101 Washington Ave. Phone is 815-7640.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010 at 11:34 am

14th Annual Batavia Reads John Gardner

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Members of the John Gardner Society and other fans of the late author who was born and raised in Batavia and often made Batavia the subject of his literary work will gather at the Pok-A-Dot, Liberty and Ellicott streets, Batavia. Admission is free. All are welcome.  For more information or to be added to the reading list, call Bill at (585) 757-2455.

Event Date and Time

October 23, 2010 - 8:00pm - 10:10pm
Tuesday, October 12, 2010 at 1:06 pm

Tonawanda Valley Federal Credit Union invites everyone to 'Pay It Forward'

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How would you like to get free money just for entering a contest for more free money?

That's exactly the invitation the Tonawanda Valley Federal Credit Union, at 10 Jefferson Ave. in Batavia, is inviting you to do from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 15.

Here's the deal: Each participant is to go to the bank during the specified hours on Friday to get the word out about a charity or worthy cause that is important to him/her. All participants will win $10 just for doing that.

Bank staff members will videotape all contest entries, and judges will pick the 10 best videos and post them online. After that, the public will decide on the winner.

The winner will be awarded $1,000 to be spent on the charity or cause of his/her choice.

Members and non-members of the TVFCU are invited to take part in the contest. For more information, please contact the bank at 343-5627.

Monday, October 11, 2010 at 6:19 pm

Elba Class of 2012 to hold pulled pork dinner

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Come enjoy a delicious pulled pork dinner on Thursday, October 14 at Elba Central School. The school is located at 57 S. Main St. in Elba.

The dinner will be held in the school cafeteria from 4:30 pm to 7:30 pm. The meal, which consists of a pulled pork sandwich, salt potatoes, cole slaw, and a cookie, can either be taken out or eaten in the cafeteria.

Tickets are $9 and can be purchased pre-sale through Kelly Carlie at 585-757-9967, ext. 1602, or at the door. The dinner is to benefit the junior class of 2012.

Monday, October 11, 2010 at 5:44 pm

Batavia Recovery Center to celebrate third anniversary, expansion

Horizon Health Services Batavia Recovery Center is celebrating its third anniversary from 2 to 4 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 15.

It is located at 314 Ellicott St. in Batavia and has expanded its services and operating space.

“When we opened our doors in September 2007 we had one counselor and a program director,” said David Payne, CASAC program director, in a news release. “As it became obvious that our services were critical to individuals and families in the community, we added staff and just added our fourth full-time counselor, a consulting psychiatrist, and have reconfigured and expanded our footprint to include additional space for group and individual therapy, offices and a lunch room.”

Facts regarding young adult alcohol and drug use are startling:
•    Young adults comprise the largest group of alcoholics in the U.S.;
•    5.4 million young adults (age 12-25) abuse prescription drugs;
•    1 in 5 young adults (age 18-25) is substance dependent or involved in substance abuse.

The Batavia Recovery Center (BRC) now works with Anthony Rancaniello, M.D., who has been instrumental with providing psychiatric assessments for client who suffer with symptoms of “dual diagnosis."

Dual diagnosis clients are those individuals with alcohol and drug dependency issues who also are challenged by mental health disorders such as depression, ADHD and anxiety. More than half of adolescents struggling with chemical dependency have a dual diagnosis.

BRC is one of the few providers of concurrent psychiatric services in Western New York.

“We understand that an addiction to alcohol or other drugs is often misunderstood, not only by the person who is addicted, but also by his or her family and the general public,” said Anne Constantino, president and CEO of Horizon.

“Addiction is a disease that affects the entire family. It is treatable and recovery is possible. We provide a fresh start for those who seek treatment or may have sought treatment from other service providers.”

The Batavia Recovery Center is recognized for its:
•    Individualized assessment and treatment plans;
•    Minimal waiting time for an appointment (always less than 48 hours);
•    Gender-specific and dual-diagnosis treatments.

The Batavia Recovery Center can be reached at 585-815-0247 to schedule an appointment. Its hours of operation are:

  • 9 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Thursday
  • 9 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Tuesday
  • 8:30 a.m. to noon on Friday

Horizon Health Service is the largest and most comprehensive provider of fully integrated mental health and chemical dependency treatment and recovery services, with 12 outpatient clinics serving Erie, Niagara and Genesee counties.

In addition, Horizon Village, a 50-bed intensive residential facility, operates in Niagara County, where a Veterans treatment Facility and Wellness Center are under construction on the same campus.

This year marks the second consecutive year Horizon has been named one of the 40 Best Companies to work for in New York by Business First. For more information about Horizon visit www.horizon-health.org.

Monday, October 11, 2010 at 1:42 pm

Local surgeon named Fellow of the American College of Surgeons

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At the 96th annual Clinical Congress in Washington, D.C., earlier this month, Dr. Richard King was initiated as a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons.

The Oct. 3 ceremony was attended by dignitaries of the college, families of initiates and surgeons from around the globe.

Dr. King joined the staff of United Memorial Medical Center in Batavia in 2008.

He graduated from Cornell and New York Medical College in 1995. After service with the Army in Europe, he completed his surgical and fellowship training at Penn State/Hershey Medical Center in 2006 and then joined the faculty of the University of Rochester Medical Center before working at UMMC.

By meeting the American College of Surgeon's stringent membership requirements, Fellows of the American College of Surgeons have earned the distinguished right to use the designation of “FACS” (Fellow, American College of Surgeons).

“This is the culmination of many years of training as well as sacrifice on the part of my family” says Dr. King. “I owe this accomplishment to their support, as well as to those who have mentored and guided me through the years.”

King currently resides in Brockport with his wife, who is a marriage and family therapist, and their four children.

An applicant for the fellowship must: be a graduate of an approved medical school; have completed advanced training in one of the 14 surgical specialties recognized by the college; possess certification by an American surgical specialty board; present a surgical case from their own practice to a panel comprised of surgeons in their geographic area; and have been in practice in the same geographic location for at least one year at the time of application.

Before admission into fellowship, the surgeon must further demonstrate ethical fitness and professional proficiency, and his or her acceptance as a fellow of the college must be approved by three-fourths of its Board of Regents.

The American College of Surgeons is a scientific and educational organization of surgeons founded in 1913 to raise the standards of surgical practice and to improve the care of the surgical patient. The college is dedicated to the ethical and competent practice of surgery.

Its achievements have significantly influenced the course of scientific surgery in America and established it as an important advocate for all surgical patients. The college has more than 77,000 members and it is the largest organization of surgeons in the world.

Friday, October 8, 2010 at 4:05 pm

Alexander Boy Scouts to hold spaghetti dinner and auction

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Alexander Boy Scout Troop 650 is having a spaghetti dinner and silent auction from 1 to 4 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 17 at the Alexander Recreational Hall. It is located at the fire department at 20 Albert St.

There will be many great items to be won for the highest bid. Cost is $5 per meal and ages 3 and under are free.

Donations are still being accepted for the silent auction. If you are interested in supporting your local Boy Scout troop, your donation to this event would be greatly appreciated.

Questions? Contact Kevin Lawson @ 356-2234 or email kllawson@msn.com
Donations? Contact Judy Jasen @ 547-2292.

Friday, October 8, 2010 at 3:53 pm

GCC's inaugural Homecoming celebration was really groovy

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Here's a news release from Genesee Community College.

Genesee Community College alumni and their families were welcomed back to a festive fall weekend for the first Homecoming celebration on Friday and Saturday, Oct. 1 and 2.

Hundreds of Genesee alumni filled the campus attending soccer games, class reunions, the Athletic Hall of Fame induction ceremony and the Cougar Reunion Mixer. The weekend was an overall success for the college and its accomplished graduates.

Led by a committee of 10 alumni, and chaired by Patti Michalak ('70) and Pam Whitcombe ('69), all classes of Genesee graduates were welcomed to partake in several alumni-centered activities. Throughout the weekend, 14 WGCC 90.7 radio station alumni came back to be guest DJ's to broadcast the weekend's events live.

Highlights included the women's and men's alumni soccer games played Friday night under the lights of the new soccer stadium. Classes from 1980-2010 were represented on the field, including 40 men alumni and 22 women alumni. The camaraderie of years past made the soccer games an enjoyable event not just for the alumni players, but for the spectators as well.

An alumni brunch that featured a banquet breakfast with the 'Prez and Profs' was a very successful event that brought past professors together with alumni, current professors, students and the president. The brunch featured the CEO Club's wildly popular Apple Cider Syrup product which was served over pancakes to the crowd of more than 100. The CEO Club also sold bottles of the syrup to the attendees as part of its fundraising efforts.

The first group of inductees was welcomed into the new Athletic Hall of Fame with an induction ceremony and celebration on Saturday evening. The standing-room-only crowd welcomed six new members and one team to the inaugural class in the new Cougar Athletic Hall of Fame.

Then Homecoming attendees danced the night away at the Cougar Reunion Mixer in the Forum. It featured a "hippie '60s" theme and paid special recognition to the classes of 1969 and 1970.

"The overall weekend was a huge success," said Jackie Christenson, Alumni Affairs coordinator at Genesee. "It was great to see old faces and new faces come back to campus to meet up with old friends from their days of classes at GCC.

"The alumni soccer players are already talking about next year's game! Homecoming could not have been possible without the help of the awesome committee that worked so hard to pull it off. We all can't wait for next year's Homecoming!"

For further information or for photographs of Homecoming weekend, please call Christenson at 585-343-0055, ext. 6265 or email <http://jkchristenson@genesee.edu>.

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