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Friday, October 8, 2010 at 2:24 pm

Town of Batavia's fire department holds Open House

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The Town Of Batavia Volunteer Fire Department will be holding its 3rd Annual Open House from noon to 3 p.m. this Sunday, Oct. 10. The fire department is located at 8382 Lewiston Road.

This year the town "switched it up a little." According to fire Lt. Nathan Fix, they approached several larger businesses in the fire district and asked for donations.

As a result, they received approximately 75 smoke detectors and several carbon-monoxide detectors. The smoke detectors will given away on a first-come-first-serve basis, limited to one per household. For the carbon-monoxide detectors, there will be a free raffle.

As always, everything will be free -- hot dogs, lots of fire safety information and coloring
books with a nice handout for kids.

Please feel free to stop in and bring the kids to see some fire trucks. All are welcome, regardless of where you reside.

And the Town of Batavia is grateful for the donations and would like to give a big thanks to the following businesses: Lowes, Home Depot, Wal-Mart, Kmart, BJ’s and Office Max.

Friday, October 8, 2010 at 2:02 pm

Author, blogger, editor Ken Wheaton to visit GCC

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Author, blogger and editor Ken Wheaton will bring his creative writing talents to Genesee Community College on Wednesday, Oct.13, for a reading from his first novel, "The First Annual Grand Prairie Rabbit Festival."

The reading will take place at the Batavia Campus from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in T102. Afterward, Wheaton will have a question-and-answer period, followed by a book signing. This event is free and open to the public. Copies of the book are for sale in the Barnes and Noble Campus Book Store at Genesee's Batavia Campus.

In "The First Annual Grand Prairie Rabbit Festival," Father Steve Sibille has come home to the bayou to take charge of St. Pete's church. Among his challenges are teenybopper altar girls, insomnia-curing confessions, and alarmingly alluring congregant Vicky Carrier. Then there's Miss Rita, an irrepressible centenarian with a taste for whiskey, cracklins, and sticking her nose in other people's business.

When an outsider threatens to poach Father Steve's flock, Miss Rita suggests he fight back by staging an event that will keep St. Pete's parishioners loyal forever. As the First Annual Grand Prairie Rabbit Festival draws near, help comes from the strangest places. And while the road to the festival may be paved with good intentions – not to mention bake sales, an elephant, and the most bizarre cookout ever – where it will lead is anyone's guess. (Excerpt from www.KenWheaton.wordpress.com)

Wheaton's writings include editing and writing for Advertising Age and his essay "Bombs! Anthrax! Gas! Ho, Hum," appeared in The Subway Chronicles anthology alongside the work of Calvin Trillin and Jonathan Lethem. Born and raised in Opelousas, La., he now lives in Brooklyn. To find out more visit www.KenWheaton.wordpress.com.

"It is imperative that our students have the opportunity to speak with successful writers and poets who are working in the real world," said Shawn Adamson, instructor of English at Genesee. "Not only does it inspire our students to continue with their education, but it also inspires students to never give up on their career aspirations."

This author visit is funded by the President's Innovation Award. The PIA Program provides funding for innovative activities and projects that promote community involvement in the life of Genesee Community College, stimulate student and community pride in the college, or help establish pilot programs or initiatives with the potential for positive, long-term impact on the college.

For further information contact instructor Adamson at 343-0055, ext. 6156 or spadamson@genesee.edu.

Friday, October 8, 2010 at 1:20 pm

UMMC's Fall Auction benefits new surgical facilities

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The United Memorial Medical Center Foundation announces its Fall Auction, to be held Friday, Oct. 15 at the Holiday Inn in Batavia.

Doors open at 5:30 p.m. with a silent auction and a live auction beginning at 7:30 p.m.

The evening festivities are sponsored by Bank of Castile/Tompkins Insurance Agencies, Inc., Lawley Genesee/Lawley Benefits Group and Manning Squires Hennig.

Proceeds from this year’s auction will be designated to the UMMC Surgical Project, which is expected to be open in January. The cost of the event is $20 per person and includes dinner, wine and beer.

Tickets can be purchased by calling the Foundation Office at (585) 344-5300.

Thursday, October 7, 2010 at 2:27 pm

Oakfield 'Turkey Trot' is Thanksgiving morning

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The second annual "Turkey Trot" will take place on Thanksgiving morning, Nov. 25 in Oakfield. Registration begins at 8:30 at the Caryville Inn on Main Street, followed
by a 5K trot at 9.

The cost to trot is $15 per person, children under 10 can trot for free! Price includes snacks, water, T-shirt, and after the trot, a hot dog and soft drink!

Join us for a fun morning walking the Village of Oakfield before enjoying your turkey dinner later on! Last year we had an amazing turn-out of more than 130 walkers who participated in our 5K (3.1 mile) route, raising $1,600 for the Alzheimer's Association.

We all have been touched by this dreadful disease, and again this year, we hope to raise more money and awareness to help fight this illness.

If you would like to pre-register, please send your name, T-shirt size and check to:

Turkey Trot

PO Box 192

Oakfield, NY 14125

Runners are more than welcome to run our course while the majority of folks walk or "trot." Whatever you choose to do, we hope to see your toes on the starting line, walking for a great cause, and enjoying our beautiful village!

Thursday, October 7, 2010 at 2:10 pm

Republican Party Headquarters Grand Opening

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The Republican Party's local headquarters will have its Grand Opening beginning at 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 9. It is located at 5 Jackson St., just around the corner from Main Street downtown.

Sen. Michael Ranzenhofer and Assemblyman Steve Hawley will be there. Refreshments and hors d'ouerves will be available.

So will lawn signs, brochures and bumper stickers supporting Ranzenhofer, Hawley and candidates Carl Paladino and Dan Burling.

Wednesday, October 6, 2010 at 12:43 pm

Tasty samples from GC country market cookbook

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The Genesee Country Farmers’ Market celebrates fall with “An Autumn Taste of the Market” from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 8. Come enjoy free samples of recipes from the GCFM cookbook, "Field Notes: Recipes from the Genesee Country Farmers’ Market."

The cookbook took one year to complete and includes recipes that focus on fresh vegetables and fruits that can be obtained locally.

The market is held in the parking lot of Batavia Downs Casino on Park Road in Batavia.

Patty Hawley, 2009 market manager, was responsible for compiling the recipes.

“Our first 'Taste' was very successful and generated numerous sales of our cookbook," she said. "It made sense to do it again, but this time featuring recipes that are not only indigenous to our region, but also to the season.”

Samples will include: Duo Potato Bake; Butternut Squash Gratin; Cauliflower Cheese Soup; Lazy Golabki; and Apple Crisp.

“These recipes would fit in well with upcoming holiday menus,” according to Gail Christ of Christ Farm in Holley and a contributor to the book.

Sharon Brent of Schwab Farms says, “We’re always looking for new ideas for our Thanksgiving tables and this cookbook give us lots of choices for interesting additions to our menus. 'Field Notes' makes a great gift – especially for friends and family who no longer live in this area. Our 'Taste' is a chance to ‘test drive’ the recipes before you buy the book!”

"Field Notes: Recipes from the Genesee Country Farmers’ Market" is on sale now. It can be purchased at the market, which is held from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Tuesdays and Fridays until Oct. 29. Cost is $10 and benefits the Genesee Country Farmers’ Market Association.

For additional information, contact Patty Hawley at 343-3329.

Thursday, September 30, 2010 at 11:58 am

Long-time member of Mark Lewis agency staff retires today

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When you walk into the Mark Lewis Agency office on East Main Street today, it's not hard to spot who the retiree is -- Jean Clarke's desk is festooned with balloons and flowers.

There's a day-long reception at the office to celebrate Clarke's retirement after 26 years with the insurance agency. There are refreshments available. Clarke -- who appeared to be actually working this morning during our visit -- wraps up her final day at 4 p.m.

Wednesday, September 29, 2010 at 5:27 pm

Big barn wingding - fiddle contest, square dancin' in Elba Oct. 16

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The Historical Society of Elba will host a fun night of music and square dancing beginning at 6 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 16.

There will be a barn dance, literally, fiddle competition and square dancing.

The fundraiser will be held at the Torrey's new barn on Route 98, halfway between Daws Corners and the Village of Elba, on the east side of the road. Watch for them road signs. (The barn is Amish-built, red roof, white sides. There's a windmill, too.)

The Elba High School Jazz Band will play at 6, followed by the fiddlers, then the dancing, accompanied by Kelly's Oldtimers Band.

Refreshments will be available. Don't miss this wingding! Call Ron Komar at 757-2590 to sign up for FIDDLE contest or to get more information.

"...Rosin up yer bow and play yer fiddle hard!" -- Charlie Daniels Band ("The Devil Went Down to Georgia")

Wednesday, September 29, 2010 at 4:49 pm

Elba Historical Society hosts Roast Beef Dinner

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The Historical Society of Elba will be serving its slow-cooked Roast Beef Dinner on Thursday, Oct. 7 at the Elba Fireman's Recreation Hall.

That's on Route 98, corner of Route 262 in Elba.

The dinner will also include real mashed potatoes, homegrown winter squash, cabbage salad, pickled beets, assorted desserts, coffee, tea or milk.

Takeouts at start at 4:30 p.m., serving begins at 5 until gone. Adults $8.50, 12 and under $4.50. Children 4 and under FREE. If you wish, coffee and dessert only may be purchased for $3.

You may reserve tickets at the door by calling June Chamberlain at 757-2791.

Dinner numbers are given as you arrive -- no standing. Enjoy a cup of freshly brewed coffee, and beginning at 5, browse the Chinese Auction items.

You may participate in the Chinese Auction without purchasing a dinner. Items will be given at 6 p.m.

Auction items include fresh local produce, baskets of canned and boxed food products, paintings, things for kids, gift certificates and much more.

Wednesday, September 29, 2010 at 3:31 pm

Genesee County CROP Walk is Oct. 2

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Organized locally, the Genesee County CROP Hunger Walk has set a goal of 150 walkers, and hopes to raise $8,000 to help stop hunger and poverty, in our community and around the world, through self-help initiatives.

CROP is an acronym for Communities Responding to Overcome Poverty.

Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 2 and the walk starts at 9. It's at the Salvation Army offices at 529 E. Main St. in Batavia.

The walk is approximately 3K in length, an easy walk on city sidewalks, beginning and ending at the Salvation Army, with an optional restroom stop at the YWCA on North Street. Maps will be provided.

Twenty-five percent of the funds raised will stay in Genesee County, to be used for Community Action and the LeRoy Pantry and Help Fund.

Each walker is also encouraged to bring a non-perishable food item the morning of the walk for the Food Pantry at the Salvation Army.

The remainder of funds raised will go to Church World Service, the sponsor of the CROP Walk, to be distributed in the United States and around the world to fight hunger. If sponsors wish to designate a different recipient for the funds, the list of alternative organizations will be provided. Funds may also be designated for Catholic Relief Service.

A Pancake Breakfast will also be held at the Salvation Army from 8 to 11 a.m. on the morning of the walk. The breakfast is open to the community, not just walkers. Cost is $3 for adults, $1 for children 10 and under.

Honorary WALK Chair Tom Rivers will be at the breakfast signing copies of his book, “Farm Hands." Books will be available for purchase, with proceeds donated to CROP.

Genesee County joins some 2,000 cities and towns nationwide in community CROP Hunger Walks, proclaiming solidarity with millions of neighbors around the world who have to walk to live -- as well as with those served by local food banks, which share in the funds raised by CROP Walks.

For more information about the Genesee County CROP Walk, or for sponsor forms, contact Beth Stich at 344 3176, or any of this year’s team members (below).

The 2010 Genesee County CROP Walk Team: Roula Alkhouri -- Nancy Arras -- Dorian Ely -- Ron Hallman -- Bob Knipe -- Robert & Patricia Kurtz -- John McGowan -- Jim & Martha Morasco -- Beth Stitch -- Jackie Wilson.

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