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Thursday, December 23, 2010 at 2:55 pm

Elba Presbyterians celebrate Christmas Eve in barn

post by Billie Owens in announcements

For the 30th year, the Elba Presbyterian Church will gather in a barn on Transit Road to celebrate Christmas Eve. Time is Friday from 7 to about 7:45 p.m.

One hundred candles in milk jugs will line the roads leading to the Yunker Farm.

A star at the top of the loft window can be seen at the approach. A rough wooden manger will be the focal point, while a newborn baby and the parents will portray the Holy Family. Rows of seats for the congregation will be wooden planks held up by onion crates.

The reading of the story from Scripture and singing of well-known yuletide carols will be followed by a short meditation by the Rev. Barbara Tipton. Finally, the lights will be lowered and the penetrating sound of “Oh Holy Night” -- performed as a flute solo -- will fill the old hay mow, echoing to the ceiling.

The flautist will be church member Fran Woodworth. The Holy Family will be portrayed by Tim and Christine Zipfel and their infant, who are also church members.

Thursday, December 23, 2010 at 2:25 pm

College foundation's Encore event was well-attended and lucrative, too

At Encore 2010, Genesee Community College Foundation's annual holiday fundraising event, 336 local residents enjoyed a great night out.

Extra seating was brought into the William W. Stuart Forum and the Stuart Steiner Theatre to accommodate the overflow audience. The Dec. 15 celebration continued the tradition of a fun and festive evening, with new and old friends coming together in the spirit of raising funds for the college's numerous scholarship programs.

Batavia residents Joe and Mary Beth Teresi chaired Encore 2010, and were assisted by a committee of almost 20 community members.

The evening began with a gourmet reception in the forum. Guests then proceeded to the theater for a holiday pops concert with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra. Emily Helenbrook, a 16-year-old soprano and Alexander native, joined the BPO for an enchanting performance that wowed the crowd. The evening concluded with a delectable dessert reception in the forum.

"When all contributions are counted, they will possibly exceed a record-setting $60,000," said Foundation Executive Director Richard Ensman. "In these difficult and economically challenging times, the overwhelming turnout and contributions should be a source of pride to everyone who worked so hard to make the event a success.

Ensman also thanked Five Star Bank, the lead corporate benefactor, for its continued support of Encore.

The Genesee Community College Foundation is a charitable organization dedicated to providing volunteer and philanthropic support to Genesee Community College. Formed in 1986, it has been instrumental in providing more than 3,000 scholarships over the last decade, assisting in the funding of the Conable Technology Building and the Humphrey Student Union, and the expansion of College Village, Genesee's student residence.

Photographs of Encore 2010 can be viewed by visiting the college's Facebook page at www.facebook.com/GeneseeCommunityCollege <http://www.facebook.com/GeneseeCommunityCollege>.


Thursday, December 23, 2010 at 1:22 am

Groceries Available For Christmas

post by Robin Walters in announcements, batavia, Care-A-Van Ministries

With our normal distribution day falling on Christmas day, Care-A-Van wants to make sure families have groceries for the holiday season.

We will be at State Street Thursday evening from 6:30 until 8:00 PM. If you or anyone you know needs groceries, clothing or prayer, please stop by.

It has been an amazing week for the ministry with sharing the love during this holiday season. Thank you to all of you who donate your time, your financial donations and prayers. We could not go forth without your love and encouragement.

Who knows, you might just see the Care-A-Van dancers there! It truly has been a fun week!

Thursday, December 16, 2010 at 3:58 pm

Pembroke students raise money for a good cause, teacher pledges to match funds

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Submitted by Kimberly Schiefer:

The second-grade class of Pembroke Primary School teacher Kim Altmann is raising money for "Wings Flights of Hope."

So far they have raised $75 and Mrs. Altmann is going to match whatever they raise by Dec. 23. The children decided on their own not to exchange gifts with each other and decided to do something good for someone else this Christmas instead.

There are 21 kids in her class and "they are such special children this year," notes Kimberly Schiefer.

The organization the class is raising money for is 100-percent donation supported -- it uses no government funds. Its volunteer pilots use their skills and passion for flying to help people get medical care who otherwise lack the means or ability to access transportation.

Wings Flights of Hope also makes "compassion flights" so loved ones can visit those receiving medical treatment.

The organization's slogan is "Help Wings Give People a Lift."

To make a donation, write a check payable to Wings Flights of Hope, and mail it to:

Pembroke Primary School

Atten: Kim Altmann

2486 Main Road

Pembroke, NY 14054

Wednesday, December 15, 2010 at 12:53 pm

Benefit for family of the late Tim Rittersback

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Mark your calendar...

Forty-three-year-old Tim Rittersback, passed away unexpectedly on Nov. 12, 2010
leaving his wife and three boys ages 2, 10 and 13. This tragic event has left
them with many unexpected expenses, according to his aunt Teresa Tamfer, a member of the Batavia Society of Artists.

There is going to be a Benefit & Raffle for them beginning at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 8 at the Attica Owl Building, 639 Exchange St., in Attica.

There will be a spaghetti dinner, open bar from 3 to 4 p.m., live music, basket raffle and a 50/50 drawing.

Cost is $8 for adults, $4 for children 5 to 14, and kids under 4 eat for free.

If you have questions or would like to make a donation to the Rittersback family, call Teresa Tamfer at 506-2465.

Wednesday, December 15, 2010 at 12:39 pm

Comedian and TV regular Hiram Kasten at GO ART! Salon

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GO ART! Salon presents "Without a Net: A Show Biz Odyssey" with comedian Hiram Kasten at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 21 at Seymour Place, 201 East Main St., Batavia. Reservations are required.

Kasten is a familiar face on many of television's most popular programs. He has guest starred on "Everybody Loves Raymond," "Curb Your Enthusiasm," "My Wife and Kids," "Sabrina The Teenage Witch," "Mad About You," "Fresh Prince of Bel Air" and many, many more.

He was a regular on the fifth season of "Seinfeld" as Elaine's office chum Michael, and was regularly befuddled as the friendly pharmacist Mr. Piel on "Seventh Heaven." Kasten has also guest starred on several hour-long dramas such as "Without A Trace" on CBS along with "Dirty, Sexy Money" on ABC. He has been on Ray Romano's new series, "Men of a Certain Age."

As a comedian, he has performed all over the country and starred in the hit show, "The Rat Pack is Back" in Las Vegas. As a regular opener for old friend Jerry Seinfeld, amongst others, Kasten is known for his storytelling skills that make each evening's show special and new.

Now, alone on stage with nothing but his mouth, Hiram Kasten takes us on the unique odyssey of a poor kid from the Bronx, who only wanted to be on television and, while never at a loss for detractors, he traveled the road less taken to see his dream come true.

With his sharp wit unleashed, he shares the story of a passionate life lived each day without a net, all the while befriending some of the biggest names in show business.

From the nightclubs in New York City, to the casinos of Las Vegas, to standing on the immortalized sound stages of Hollywood, the personal and behind-the-scenes moments that Hiram Kasten shares are at turns hilarious and touching, instructive and inspirational, and as true and beautiful as the human comedy itself.

A themed light supper and beverages are served with this Salon.

A contribution of $22 for GO ART! members, $25 for non-members is requested...or enjoy the series of three at $60 for members, $70 for non-members.

To make reservations, please contact GO ART! at 343-9313 or [email protected]. For more information on the series, visit www.GOart.org.

Wednesday, December 15, 2010 at 12:16 pm

Children's Gala this Saturday at Holland Land Office Museum

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The Holland Land Office Museum is hosting a Children's Gala from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. this Saturday, Dec. 18.

Cost is $3 per child; $10 per family.

Call 343-4727 to reserve a place.

The museum is located at 131 W. Main St. in the City of Batavia.

Tuesday, December 14, 2010 at 5:37 pm

Chris Lee honored by American Farm Bureau

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Congressman Chris Lee with New York Farm Bureau President and Genesee County resident Dean Norton, right, accepting an award from the American Farm Bureau for being a "Friend of the Farm Bureau." Lee announced the award this evening on Twitter.

Monday, December 13, 2010 at 9:36 am


post by Janet Foppes in announcements, Oakfield

FOUND: Child's stuff animal at Oakfield Wilson Farms on Friday, Dec. 10. Identify to claim. 948-5631 or [email protected]

Saturday, December 11, 2010 at 2:53 pm

United Way at 58 percent of 2011 campaign goal

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Genesee County United Way is more than halfway to its goal of $392,000 for the 2011 campaign. According to Regional Director Jamie Beedham-Rada, they are currently at 58 percent and "need your help to reach 100 percent."

Beedham-Rada says that United Way's mission is "to give back to our community, advocate for those in need, and receive funding to support local non-profit agencies."

Their five chief service categories are early childhood, school-age children, elderly, crisis and disability services.

"I believe by giving to United Way we are 'paying it forward,'" Beedham-Rada said, "because most of us have probably utilized services from one of the many agencies United Way supports at some point in our lives.

"Whether you had a child in Boy Scouts, an aging parent in need of assistance, no food for your family, or you just needed someone to talk to, one of the many amazing agencies in our county was there to assist you."

She also stressed that all money donated to United Way "stays right in our community to help the people we care about most."

For more information, contact Beedham-Rada at 343-8141. To donate, make checks payable to:

United Way

335 Ellicott St.

Batavia, NY 14020

Graphic submitted by Jamie Beedham-Rada

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