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Friday, August 20, 2010 at 3:19 pm

Adoption event for cats and kitties at Petco Saturday

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There will be a feline adoption event from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 21 at the Batavia Petco on Veterans Memorial Drive (located in the Target Plaza).

"Think Adoption First" is a collective effort of Petco, Volunteers for Animals and the Genesee County Animal Shelter.

There will be cats and kittens of all ages, colors and personalities. Most are spayed or neutered. All are tested for FIV/FeLV and current with shots.

The adoption fee is $30. If the animal is not spayed or neutered, there is a $35 refundable deposit.

Some are stunning forces of nature. Some are clowns and proudly so. Some are introspective, OK, aloof. Others are lovable because they let you love on them. Indisputably, they are the best cats in Genesee County, quite possibly North America.

Also, six cages are inside the store, so you can meet and greet a cat during regular store hours.

The same organizations teamed up last October to help homeless cats find a home. Since the Batavia Petco opened, more than 300 cats and kitties from the animal shelter have been adopted out of the store.

Nationwide, it is "kittens season" and shelters are inundated. And the GCAS is no exception.

You are encouraged to come out and visit the cats. You just never know who you may meet. It could be your next BFF.

Friday, August 20, 2010 at 12:06 pm

Fiddle players wanted for fiddle competition and barn dance in Elba

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The Historic Society of Elba is holding a Barn Dance and Fiddle Competition on Oct. 16 and needs to line up fiddle (violin) players so they can be practicing for the event.

Music will be from "The Devil Went Down to Georgia" by Charlie Daniels, but with a slight modification and will become "The Devil Went Down to Elba."

There has been a good response to this planned event. The Kelly Oldtimers are scheduled to perform and call the dancing. Also planned is a performance of The Ebla High School Jazz Ensemble.

Anyone wanting to be involved in the fiddle competition (young and old ) should contact Ron Komar at 585-757-2590 or ron.komar@gmail.com.

Friday, August 20, 2010 at 6:39 am

Caring For The City Being Held Today

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Care-A-Van ministries will be hosting their Second Annual Caring for the City Day, today  Friday, August 20th.

The  highlight of the day is the free dental clinic which is offered by Dr. Russ Marchese and his staff. The event is being held at Dr. Russ office which is at 401 East Main Street.  The event will run from 8 AM to 3 PM.  Dr. Russ sees the growing need for people without dental insurance and wants to help make a differerence for them.

Also on hand in the parking lot will be many agencies and churches offering their services as well. Community Action, Cornell Coopertive Extension, GCASA, Cancer Services of Gennesse from UMMC, Circle of Love, Fidelis Insurance, Lake Plains,  St Paul Lutherarn Church, Emmanuel Baptist Church and Faith Community church will be some of those on hand to bless others.

All services are free and open to the public. 


Thursday, August 19, 2010 at 6:26 pm

Elba Presbyterian Church to hold 5K race on Saturday

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This Saturday, the First Presbyterian Church of Elba will be hosting its first 5K run/walk.

Race-day registration will be from 8-8:45 a.m. at the Veterans Memorial Park (located on Main Street in Elba) and is $18 a person ($15 for participants under the age of 18).

The 3.1-mile race will begin at 9 a.m. on Maple Avenue and will go down West Avenue -- with drinking water at the turn-around point at Weatherwax Road -- and end at the park. 

Post-race festivities in the Veterans Memorial Park will include the awarding of prizes and giveaways for the participants, refreshments, a bake sale, 50-50 raffle and live music from The Thunderbirds. All proceeds will be used toward the mission and ministry of the First Presbyterian Church of Elba.

"This is an exciting first effort for our congregation," says Reverend Barbara Tipton. "The pre-registration response has far exceeded our expectations. The cooperation of the community officials in helping us organize our run/walk has been extraordinary.

"Our goal is to raise funding not only for important projects in our church, but to enable us to support those community agencies that address needs on all of our behalf."

For more information go to http://www.elba5k.com or contact Dave Bateman by e-mailing him at racedirector@elba5k.com or calling him at (716) 374-4741.

Thursday, August 19, 2010 at 5:40 pm

Local PTSD program manager lands VA job in Buffalo

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VA Western New York Healthcare System announced the selection of Terri Julian, Ph.D., clinical psychologist, for the position of Health Behavior Coordinator (HBC) at VA Western New York Healthcare System, Buffalo site.

Julian was program manager of the Batavia VA Jack Wisby Jr. Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Treatment Center.

During her 10 years of service at the PTSD Program, she contributed to the expansion of the men’s residential program, the establishment of the women’s residential program, and the currently planned women’s program expansion.

She also gained national recognition for her work establishing a peer-support program and partnerships with veterans' service organizations. She contributed to PTSD research literature with peer-reviewed publications and served as local principle investigator in a collaborative research project with the National Center for PTSD in Palo Alto, Calif.

In addition, Julian serves on the Department of Veterans Affairs Central Office’s National Disaster Management Senior Leadership Team, Mental Health Component.

Thursday, August 19, 2010 at 4:06 pm

UMMC celebrates 10th anniversary Saturday with BBQ and health fair

Here's a news release from United Memorial Medical Center.

United Memorial Medical Center celebrates its 10th anniversary with a Health Fair and Chicken Barbecue from noon to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 21 at the Jerome Center, 16 Bank St., Batavia. The celebration has been planned to coincide with the City of Batavia’s “Summer in the City” event.

Proceeds from the Chicken Barbecue will benefit the Surgical Expansion Project at the Hospital’s North Street Campus. Tickets are $8 each and are available at the Hospital Cashier’s office or by phoning (585) 344-5415. Tickets may be purchased using cash, check or major credit card.

The barbecue will run from 12 noon until sold out. Dinner includes grilled barbecue chicken, potato salad, vegetable, roll and beverage. They will be packaged for take-out but tables and chairs will be available under the tent where guests can enjoy live music performed by the local band, Buffalo Road Show from 12-2:30 p.m.

Rochester radio’s WBEE 92.5 FM will host a live remote with on-air personality Billy Kidd from 3-5 p.m.

This is an opportunity for the community to celebrate United Memorial’s 10th anniversary and learn about current and future hospital projects such as the surgical expansion, housing renovation, physical therapy facility and urgent care service.

The project to renovate the top four floors of the former St. Jerome Hospital is nearing completion and guided tours of the senior apartments will be offered.

The Health Fair will feature free screenings, within the Jerome Center, provided by United Memorial’s Healthy Living Department for total cholesterol, blood pressure, body fat analysis, and blood glucose. (Please fast for two hours prior to the blood glucose test for accurate results.)

Outside, under the tent, several community partners will offer information, free giveaways and have a Child Safe ID booth.

Participants include the YMCA, the Genesee County Sheriff's Department, City of Batavia Police Department, HCR Home Care, Cancer Services Partnership of Genesee and Orleans Counties, Batavia Ophthalmology, Genesee Hospitalists, Conifer Realty, Lake Plains Community Care, GCASA, and The Justice for Children Advocacy Center.

Thursday, August 19, 2010 at 3:32 pm

'Seven Brides for Seven Brothers' to be performed at BHS

Batavia Players, Inc. presents "Seven Brides for Seven Brothers," their 2010 Summer Youth Theatre production.

The play will be performed at Batavia High School, at 260 State St. in Batavia. Show dates are Thursday, Aug. 19, Friday, Aug. 20 and Saturday, Aug 21. All performances will begin at 7:30 p.m. and last about 90 minutes.

"Seven Brides..." is the story of Adam Pontipee, a backwoodsman living in 1850s Oregon. He brings a new wife home one day and then, all of a sudden, his six brothers want to get married, too!

Filled with energetic dance numbers, great music, colorful costumes and the performances of 54 youth from Genesee, Livingston, Wyoming, Monroe and Seneca counties (ages 4 to 21), this play is sure to please. Don't miss it!

Tickets are $10 for general admission, $8 for students and seniors. For more information, please call 343-9313, ext. 31.

Thursday, August 19, 2010 at 2:53 pm

Hawley announces Patriot Trip III to Washington, D.C. Sept. 23-26

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Here's a news release from Assemblyman Steve Hawley.

Assemblyman Steve Hawley has announced his third annual Patriot Trip for veterans to tour Washington, D.C. This special trip is scheduled for Sept. 23 through 26.

“The Patriot Trip is a very special and memorable event every year,” Hawley said. “As the Ranking Member of the Assembly Veterans’ Affairs Committee, a veteran, and the son of a veteran, it is one of my top priorities to support veterans across New York State.

"In addition to my legislative support, this trip is part of my personal commitment to honor these brave men and women. I’m looking forward to this year’s trip and extend an invitation to all veterans of the 139th Assembly District.”

Patriot Trip III will include round-trip, private-coach transportation from Western New York to Washington, D.C. and accommodations at Fort Belvior Army Base in Virginia. The trip also includes tours of the WWII, Vietnam, Korean and FDR memorials as well as the nation’s Capitol, Arlington National Cemetery and the Udvar Hazy Aerospace Museum.

Cost is $325 and most meals are included.

For more information about the trip and its details, pricing, or to sign-up for the trip or mailing list, please call Assemblyman Hawley’s District Office at (585) 589-5780.

Thursday, August 19, 2010 at 7:25 am

Blue Devil Hall of Fame Induction Dinner on tap

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The ninth annual Batavia Blue Devil Athletic Hall of Fame dinner is set for Saturday, Sept. 25th at Terry Hills Restaurant & Banquet Facility. This year's inductees include a contingent of former standouts reading like a who's who from the annals of Blue Devil sports. The inductees include:

Don Cerefin                    1947

Sharon Leising               1964

Barry Sheldon                1967

James Briggs                 1969

James Dzierzanowski    1969

Bruce Beswick               1970

Ernest Found Jr.            1970

Matthew Doward            1986

Teal Fowler                     1989  

Social hour for the event will begin at 5 p.m. followed by a dinner at 6. The cost of tickets is $30 and are available at the athletic director's office at Batavia High School. For more information please call 585-343-2480, ext. 2003.                                                                                                                         

Tuesday, August 17, 2010 at 10:15 am

Chamber Member Appreciation at Dwyer Stadium

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Genesee County Chamber of Commerce
Member Appreciation

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DATE: Thursday, August 26th
TIME: 6:00pm till end of game
LOCATION: Dwyer Stadium, 299 Bank Street, Batavia


We are going back to the ball park on Thursday, August 26th for the Chamber of Commerce Annual Member Appreciation. Once again the Chamber will be hosting "A Night at the Ballpark." Ticket prices include general admission to the game and a Member Appreciation all you can eat buffet under Party Tent in the "The Hot Corner."


Buffet will be served between 6pm-7:30pm and includes all you can eat Hotdogs, Hamburger & Cheeseburgers w/all the fixings, pasta salad, potato salad, watermelon, potato chips, ice-cold beer & soda.


The cost of this is only $18.00 for adults,
$9.00 for children 4-12

 and free for children 3 and under.

Tickets along with an additional event wrist band MUST BE PURCHASED IN ADVANCE AT THE CHAMBER OFFICE, 210 East Main Street, Batavia. If you do not purchase your tickets at the Chamber Office you will NOT BE ADMITTED TO THE PARTY TENT.

Chamber office hours are Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m-4:30 p.m.

Please call the chamber at 343-7440 for any questions.

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