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Wednesday, December 8, 2010 at 5:04 pm

Local care provider donating 100 hours of service during the holidays

Here's a news release from Tender Loving Family Care.

Tender Loving Family Care (TLFC), a local care provider with offices in Brockport and Batavia, is donating 100 hours of services to members of the community that may need care this holiday season.

TLFC, which is owned and operated by Anikka and David D’Andrea, is also encouraging caregivers and family members of elderly residents to be on the lookout for signs of depression in seniors during the holidays.

According to the National Institutes of Health, of the 35 million Americans age 65 or older, about 2 million suffer from full-blown depression. Another 5 million suffer from less severe forms of the illness. This represents about 20 percent of the senior population.

Depression in the elderly is difficult to diagnose and is frequently untreated. The symptoms may be confused with a medical illness, dementia, or malnutrition due to a poor diet. Many older people will not accept the idea that they have depression and refuse to seek treatment.

If you are a caregiver for an elderly loved one, you may notice a change in your loved one's mood as the holidays approach. Perhaps you are one of many, who visit elderly parents and family during the holidays who live a distance away. When you visit you may notice that loved ones are not as physically active, or they show symptoms of fatigue or sadness and have no interest in the holiday or in their surroundings.

You can help by recognizing the signs of depression and getting seniors out and about.  Invite them to do things with you such as helping with holiday tasks and encourage them to talk with their healthcare provider if you are concerned about them.

Keeping with the theme of volunteering and giving during the holiday season, TLFC is offering free service to help individuals that will be home alone, in the hospital or a rehabilitation facility during the holidays. TLFC, which provides affordable, comprehensive, non-medical care services, will make 100 hours of service available to those in need.

According to President and CEO Anikka D’Andrea, the goal is to help those in need while calling attention to the special needs of seniors.

“We have a large aging population that needs special attention and the care is often provided by family members that already have a number of responsibilities,” D’Andrea said. “We are here to help them and offer them a break from demands of care giving.”

To find out more about TLFC or to suggest someone that could benefit from free care, please call 637-0333.

Wednesday, December 8, 2010 at 3:53 pm

Batavia Jaycees hold holiday lights contest

post by Billie Owens in announcements, Batavia Area Jaycees

The Batavia Area Jaycees invite you to brighten holiday spirits by taking part in a Holiday Home Lighting Contest.

Judging will take place starting at 6 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 18. The winners will be chosen from six categories:

  • Most Traditional Decor
  • Most Colorful
  • Overall Display
  • Friends of the Lighting Company
  • Most Commercial
  • Simple and Elegant

Judging will take place within City of Batavia limits. However, if you feel a house within the Town of Batavia limits is worth judging, please leave a message with the address by phoning 343-5775.

The Batavia Area Jaycees is a community service organization for ages 21 to 39. It has provided local individual development and leadership training since 1943.

Visit on the web at <http://www.jci.cc/local/batavia#>.

Tuesday, December 7, 2010 at 3:52 pm

This holiday season, deputies to focus on DWI, seat belt use, aggressive driving

post by Billie Owens in announcements

The Genesee County Sheriff's Office will have extra patrols on the highways this holiday season and their focus will be on DWI, seat belt use and aggressive driving.

Deputy Chief Gordon Dibble wants people to remember that driving is one of the most dangerous things we do. He says "Please give driving your undivided attention and pull off the road to accomplish everything else."

Seatbelt questions and answers:

What is the law regarding seat belt use?

According to the NYS Vehicle & Traffic Laws, seat belts must be worn as follows:

  • All passengers in the front seat of a motor vehicle must wear a seat belt according to Section 1229-c (2) and (3) <http://www.safeny.com/seat-vt.htm#2>.
  • All children under the age of 16 must wear a seat belt in the back seat <http://www.safeny.com/seat-vt.htm#1>.
  • Children from birth through age 8 are required to ride in an appropriate child restraint system.
  • All children under the age of 16 are required to be buckled up when traveling in recreation vehicles, mobile homes and campers if they are equipped with seat belts.

What if I am driving and my passengers are not buckled up?

  • Drivers can be fined up to $100 for each passenger under the age of 16 who is not properly restrained in their vehicles. See Section 1229-c (5) <http://www.safeny.com/seat-vt.htm#5">.
  • The driver will also receive three violation points on his or her driver record. See the on-line seatbelt brochure <http://www.safeny.com/media/belt-bro.htm>.
Tuesday, December 7, 2010 at 2:51 pm

Wanted: winterwear - no one wants to be cold

post by Billie Owens in announcements, circle of love foundation

Circle of Love Foundation is collecting gently used winterwear: coats, jackets, mittens, gloves, scarves, snowpants, boots, snowsuits for men, women and children. All sizes needed.

These will be passed out individually to people in need. Founder Billie Ball says "we have many families in need of winter outerwear."

Drop off your donations to: Circle of Love, located inside of Country Clippers Dog Grooming, 3286 W. Main St. Road in the Town of Batavia. Or call and they can pick up five items or more. Phone is 345-7412.

Tuesday, December 7, 2010 at 2:12 pm

College offers new Leadership Certificate Program

Students at Genesee Community College now have the opportunity to expand their leadership skills through a new non-credit Leadership Certificate Program.

It is a new initiative to help students improve upon their existing skills and ability to be a leader. Open to all students, this program is designed to prepare students as leaders in the workplace and in their community.

While students do not receive academic credit for attending these seminars and workshops, they will receive recognition for completing it on their final academic transcripts.

Students must complete a series of courses, seminars, workshops and volunteer work in five areas to complete the certificate program. These include:

One Introductory Course (Student choose one of the following)

  • LEAD 101: Your Life and Leadership (designed for first year students)
  • LEAD 102: Foundations of Leadership (designed for non-traditional students)

One Capstone Course (Student choose one of the following)

  • LEAD 201: Modern Leadership Issues Seminar
  • LEAD 202: Student Paraprofessional Development Seminar (designed for student leaders)
  • LEAD 203: Orientation Leadership Seminar
  • LEAD 204: Resident Assistant Seminar Experience In Leadership. Students complete 120 hours over two semesters of actively participating in one of the following four categories: Internship, Part-time Position, Volunteer Position, or Summer Job.

Service Learningstudents must complete four service learning projects, such as an alternative Spring Break, Student Volunteer position at GCC, or Student Leadership position at GCC.

LEAD 206: Leadership Certificate Portfolio.

  • Over the course of three sessions, students develop an electronic or E-portfolio. Student Development Series Presentations take place during common hours and evenings and students choose 10 on-campus or online sessions from the following seven modules: LIFE, Business and Commerce, Cross Cultural, Volunteerism and Service Leadership, Professional, Transitions, and Financial Wellness.

"Leadership is key to the future of individuals, organizations, communities and nations," Jennifer Newell, dean of Students at Genesee said. "Organizations in the public, private, and not-for-profit sectors are moving away from traditional management functions toward models of employee empowerment based on various leadership models. We want to prepare students to not only be dynamic in their future workplaces, but effectively serve their communities as well."

To find out more contact Newell at 343-0055, ext. 6314, or [email protected].

Friday, December 3, 2010 at 9:15 pm

Shop Local for the Holidays

Tomorrow, Saturday, December 4 begins Winterfest in Le Roy. Santa will be coming to town at 1:00. Bring the kids to see him at Pontillo's on Main Street.

The second annual Holiday Bazaar will take place at the Knights of Columbus (behind Save-a-lot).

There will be a coloring contest for the kids at the movie store on Main St. and hot chocolate at the Library on Wolcott Street. There's always something super yummy brewing at Java's on Main and baking at Scratch Bakery (in the Java's store). The Main Street stores will be having sales. We have many lovely shops, including Vintage and Vogue and The Hobby Horse.

Come see Le Roy decorated for the holidays and shop too! Remember when you spend money in Genesee County your taxes stay here to support the county, city, villages and towns AND you support your neighbors by helping them stay in business!

Buy local!

Thank you to Michelle Fuller for her vision and coordination of decorating on Main Street for the holidays this year, to the DPW for their assistance, the Le Roy Business Council and the Village of LeRoy for sponsoring the new holiday banners, and everyone for participating in lighting.

Thank you for supporting OUR businesses!!!

Monday, November 29, 2010 at 3:32 pm

Corfu man earns Army National Guard promotion

post by Billie Owens in announcements, corfu, national guard

A Corfu man who is a New York Army National Guard Soldier has been promoted -- given a new rank and responsibilities.

Brandon Burgess, serving with the Company A, 2-108th Infantry, is promoted to the rank of Private 1st Class.

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

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, November 29, 2010 at 2:30 pm

Drug-Free Communities Coalition Board meets at Terry Hills

There will be a Drug-Free Communities Coalition Board meeting at Terry Hills Restaurant from 8:45 to 11 a.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 14.

Please RSVP by Dec. 10 by contacting Carol Nicometo at 815-1873 or via e-mail at <[email protected]>.

The restaurant is located at 5122 Clinton St. Road in Batavia.

Sunday, November 28, 2010 at 2:33 pm

GCC holds workshop on adults in career transition

post by Billie Owens in announcements, business, education, GCC

Genesee Community College along with the Genesee County Career Center will host a workshop titled "Adults in Career Transition: Are You a Purple Squirrel?" on Thursday, Dec. 2. It will be held at the Batavia Campus  from 5 to 7 p.m. in T119. This event is free and open to the public.

"Purple Squirrel" is a human resource term for the elusive candidate, with exactly the right qualifications and experience, to match an employer's need. The term is synonymous with "ideal candidate."

The Adults in Career Transition workshop will focus on introducing transition skills and career opportunities for adults returning to the workforce or attending college. Guest speakers include John McGowan, Career Services coordinator at Genesee Community College and Veronica Frost, senior employment and training counselor at the Genesee County Career Center.

"We want to encourage adults of all ages and skill sets to come to this workshop," McGowan said. "Employers are now looking for the ideal candidate and we want to inform adults transitioning back in to the workplace on how they can be that 'purple squirrel.'"

Interested participants should RSVP to the Adults in Career Transition workshop by calling the GCC Career Services Office at 345-6888, by e-mailing [email protected] or registering online at <http://www.genesee.edu/career/events >.

Thursday, November 25, 2010 at 3:08 pm

Library holds adult class on making Christmas ornaments

post by Billie Owens in announcements

Learn how to make a Christmas ornament using wool felt and decorative stitching at the Richmond Memorial Library.

This class for adults will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 14. The library is located at 19 Ross St. in the City of Batavia.

Jen Reardon is the instructor. This session is a repeat of the Nov. 23 class.

Registration is required to attend and $6 is due at the time of registration to cover the cost of materials. Participants also need to bring straight pins, fabric scissors, and a pen or pencil.

Please register in the library. More information is available in the library and at www.batavialibrary.org.

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