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Thursday, September 30, 2010 at 10:58 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 4:27 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 3:49 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 2:31 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.

Wednesday, September 29, 2010 at 2:12 pm

GCC names Employee of the Month for September

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Genesee Community College has named Patti Cassatt as the September Employee of the Month. Patti is the office manager of the GCCA Child Care Center at the Batavia Campus. She is also currently serving as the center's interim director.

Cassatt started on a temporary basis as a substitute child care worker in the Child Care Center in 1999, moving to teacher assistant, then teacher, and in 2002 to her current position as office manager.

During this past summer and beginning of the fall semester, due to the resignation of the center's director, Patti stepped up to the plate by not only performing her own duties, but working diligently to take on the extra duties of the director. She ensured that the center opened for "business as usual" with the start of the fall semester.

Her leadership and attention to detail helped alleviate the anxiety of the center staff as well as that of parents and children in the Child Care Center. Her extra efforts have helped tremendously in making this as smooth a transition as possible for all involved.

Part of Cassatt's duties as office manager and interim director include overseeing the SUNY Grant, supervising 10 full-time workers and eight work-study students. She completes the center's time cards, immunization audits, CACFP food program, submits DSS vouchers and all purchase orders, grocery shopping and other necessary tasks. She also manages to be hands-on with the children of the center when she serves lunch to the children each day.

Before working at Genesee, she served as an executive secretary for 12 years for Prudential Insurance Company in Batavia. She holds an Executive Secretary A.A.S. degree from Genesee Community College and was also named Employee of the Month in February 2007.

"My favorite aspect of working at Genesee is the people here who make it a nice place to work," Cassatt said. "And of course, our child care teachers are awesome!"

She resides in Elba with her husband, Larry, son, Robert (22), and daughter, Stacie (19). Both of her children attended Genesee, and her daughter was a President's Scholarship awardee and is now completing her second year in the Physical Therapist Assistant program. In her spare time, Cassatt enjoys working with the Elba Sports Boosters where she organizes the concessions for the sports programs. She also enjoys spending time boating on Silver Lake with her family and friends.

Wednesday, September 29, 2010 at 2:01 pm

GCC announces first inductees into new Athletic Hall of Fame

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The Genesee Community College Office of Alumni Affairs along with the Athletics Department are pleased to announce the first class of inductees into the newly established Athletic Hall of Fame.

The first class of honorees will be inducted into the Hall of Fame at a reception at 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 2 in room T119 at the Conable Technology Building, Batavia Campus. This will be part of GCC's inaugural Homecoming celebration. Family and friends of the inductees are welcomed to attend.

The Selection Committee identified six outstanding individuals, as well one team, to be inducted into the inaugural class.

Inclusion in the Hall of Fame is the highest athletic honor that the college bestows on its alumni and supporters, and recognizes the outstanding athletic achievements of individuals and teams of every era who have fostered athletics and sportsmanship at the college.

The six individuals and one team inducted into the 2010 Athletic Hall of Fame are:

Anthony Cory: Athletic Coordinator 1970-1997

Anthony "Tony" Cory coached many sports during his tenure at GCC. He is recognized for his work with the 1971 Bowling Team, which won a national championship. He is the founder and past president of the Penn York Athletic Conference and has won many team and coaching awards in the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA), including: Region III Regional and National Championships in Wrestling and Cross Country; Region XV Regional and National Championships in Bowling; NJCAA Region XV Coach of the Year 1971; and NJCAA Region XV Man of the Year 1997. Tony earned a bachelor's degree from SUNY Brockport and a master's degree from the University of Maryland.

Robert Santini (Class of 1984): Bowling

Robert "Bob" Santini is recognized for his accomplishments in the sport of bowling. He was named Athlete of the Year and named a NJCAA First Team All-American. He is a National Singles Champion and a National All-Event Champion. Throughout his career, he has bowled five 300 games as well as one 800 series. He competed in collegiate level bowling at GCC and Buffalo State College. He currently competes in amateur bowling events at the local, state and national levels. Bob earned an associate's degree from GCC in Business Marketing and a bachelor's degree in Business Studies from Buffalo State College.

Margaret Sisson (Class of 1971): Athlete, Coach, Administrator

Margaret "Peg" Sisson has had a tremendous career while at Genesee. She began here as a student athlete, then returned to coach and teach, and is now the college's Athletic Director. She was a student athlete from 1969-1971, when she played field hockey, volleyball, basketball and softball. She has coached women's basketball and softball while at Genesee. She has coached five All-Americans, 90 All-Region players, 101 All-Conference players, nine Players of the Year and seven 1,000-point scorers. She has led the women's basketball team to six National Championship appearances, has been named NJCAA Region III Coach of the Year six times and been named District C women's basketball National Coach of the Year five times. Peg earned her associate's degree from GCC, a bachelor's degree from Parson's College in Fairfield, Iowa, and a master's degree from SUNY Brockport.

David Spiller: Basketball

"Dave" Spiller was a highly decorated athlete during his tenure at GCC. He went on to coach at many colleges across the United States including D'Youville College, Canisius College, Fordham University, St. Joseph's University, Boston College and Ohio State University. While at GCC he was named 1975 Athlete of the Year and was an All-Region player. He holds 10 records at Genesee including total season points (609) and career points (1,058). His career scoring average was 22.5 and his career field-goal percentage was 53. He was a second-leading scorer in Region III and was awarded several coaching, service and sportsmanship awards. He went on to play at Canisius College where he was the leading scorer in the 1976-1977 season. He currently runs basketball skills training camps for individuals and teams in Columbus, Ohio. He attended Genesee Community College and earned a bachelor's degree in Communications from Canisius College.

Mickey Hyde (Class of 1987): Baseball

While playing baseball at GCC, Mickey Hyde was named to the All-District, All-Region, and a two-time member of the All-Conference teams. He is proud to have been named the Scholar-Athlete of the Year at GCC in 1987, while participating in baseball and bowling. After graduating from GCC, he played five seasons of professional baseball in the Philadelphia Phillies organization, culminating in a call up to Triple A Scranton Wilkes-Barre in 1993. During his caree, he was named the Philadelphia Phillies Minor League Player of the Month in April of 1991, the Florida State League Player of the Week, and the Phillies "Outstanding Player of Spring Training" also in 1991. He holds an associate's degree in Business Administration from GCC and a bachelor's degree in Business Management from Eckerd College in St. Petersburg, Fla.

Delores Chiocco: Coach 1968-1989

Dolores Chiocco began her time at Genesee as a Health and Physical Education instructor in 1968. She coached the 1969-1970 women's basketball team that went undefeated with an 18-0 record. In 1975, she assisted the college in hosting the first New York State Association of Intercollegiate Athletics for Women Field Hockey Tournament.  In the summer of 1978, she helped host the United States Field Hockey Association National Olympic Trials. Also in 1978, she led the women's Field Hockey team to a victory in the NJCAA Region III Field Hockey Tournament. Throughout the 1980s Dolores led the women's Field Hockey and Basketball teams to multiple state, regional and national tournaments. She retired from coaching in 1989 and retired from teaching in 1996 to work part-time at the college as an academic advisor. In 2002, she was inducted into the Ithaca College Athletic Hall of Fame. She holds a bachelor's degree from Ithaca College and a master's degree from SUNY Brockport.

1971 Bowling Team

The 1971 Bowling team is the only bowling team in GCC history to win an NJCAA National Championship, beating out 20 teams from as far away as South Texas, including runner-up Erie Community College. Led by coach Tony Cory, the team won by a narrow three-pin margin, 5377-5374, to make history at Genesee Community College. The six- member team included: Joe Macaluso, Gary Nowak, Frank DelPlato, Bob Davis, Bob Kwiecien and Tom Andronico.

"These individuals as well as the team have truly brought honor to the college with their athletic contributions," Cliff Scutella, director of Student Activities and selection committee member said. "This is the college's way of giving back to those who have been great role models for the student-athletes at Genesee Community College today."

For further information, please contact Jackie Christenson, alumni coordinator at 585-343-0055 x6265 or email: <http://[email protected]>.

Wednesday, September 29, 2010 at 1:32 pm

Salvation Army to host dinner and auction to benefit holiday programs

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The Women's Auxiliary of the Batavia Salvation Army will host a Swiss Steak Dinner & Basket Auction on Saturday, Nov. 13.

It will be held at 529 E. Main St. in Batavia to benefit the Thanksgiving and Christmas programs. Take-outs start at 4:30 p.m.; dinner is at 5.

Tickets are $8 and will only be available until Oct. 29. Contact 343-6284 or 345-1663 for more information.

Monday, September 27, 2010 at 3:13 pm

GO ART! hosts 10th annual community arts awards Oct. 2

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Go Art! presents “A Prelude to a Winter Solstice” at its 10th annual Community Arts Awards Gala Dinner & Auction at 6 p.m on Saturday, Oct. 2 at the Batavia Party House, 5762 E. Main Road (Route 5), Stafford.
Each year, GO ART! recognizes the extraordinary contributions in art and culture made by individuals and organizations in the Genesee-Orleans region at this unique event. This year’s honorees are:

  • James Catino ~ receiving a Community Arts Award as a lifelong musician and songwriter who has provided entertainment and musical instruction in the community for more than 50 years.
  • Cobblestone Society Museum ~ receiving a Community Arts Award for the organization’s preservation and promotion of Orleans County’s heritage and its restoration and care of eight historic cobblestone buildings on Routes 104 & 98 in Childs. The organization is also celebrating its 50th Anniversary this year.
  • Genesee County Master Gardeners ~ receiving a Board of Directors Award recognizing the group’s contributions to the historically appropriate gardens on the grounds of Seymour Place and the “Paul’s Field” container garden.
  • Rosalind “Roz” Hayes, posthumously ~ receiving a Community Arts Award as a talented local artist whose “passion for painting came from her passion for life.”  She participated in many local arts organizations, was a prolific creator of her unique and popular paintings, and also wrote two children’s books.
  • Brad London ~ receiving a Community Arts Award for his promotion of music and local musical talent in Orleans County through his now-closed business Wiggly & Jiggly’s and his successful efforts at the Orleans County 4-H Fair.
  • Evelyn Lyman ~ receiving a Community Arts Award for her passionate contributions to the cultural life in the community and for her preservation efforts at the Swan Library.
  • Bob Terry ~ receiving a Board of Directors Award recognizing his volunteerism for GO ART!, specifically acknowledging his expertise and labor in assisting with historic preservation efforts at Seymour Place.

Tickets are $25/person, and advance reservations are required. Enjoy hors d’oeuvres and a fabulous buffet while local band Buffalo Road Show with Bill McDonald provides musical entertainment. A Silent Auction and other drawings will be held all evening. Dress is Business Casual.
This year’s Gala Raffle features three Grand Prizes:

  • 18K Diamond & Sapphire Ring (TW: 1 CT Sapphire, 1 CT Diamonds), compliments of Lambert’s Design Jewelers; Value $5,000.
  • One-Year Full Gym membership to Next Level Fitness, compliments of Ken & Andrea Mistler; Value $265
  • $250 Gift Certificate from Roxy’s Music Store

Plus, your raffle ticket enters you in drawings held throughout the evening for a variety of valuable prizes from area businesses such as Pudgie’s Lawn & Garden Center, Shirt Factory Café, Pauly’s Pizza and more.

Raffle Tickets are $5 each or five for $20, and are available at GO ART! and various other locations in Genesee and Orleans counties; call GO ART! for a list at (585) 343-9313 or check online at www.GOart.org. Raffle tickets will also be available at the event. For more information, call (585) 343-9313 or email [email protected].

The Community Arts Gala is generously sponsored to date by: National Grid; CY Farms/Batavia Turf; O-AT-KA Milk Products Cooperative; Tops Friendly Markets; The Batavian; Dick Seymour; ESL Federal Credit Union; Lawley-Genesee; Max and Jane Mason; GCASA; Janice Cummings and Delores Johnson.

Monday, September 27, 2010 at 2:50 pm

More than 100 UMMC employees to be feted Oct. 6

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United Memorial Medical Center will honor the years of service of more than 100 employees at its annual recognition dinner on Oct. 6 at Bohn’s Restaurant, Clinton Street Road, Batavia. Employees are recognized for their years of employment at 5-year milestones.
This year, Hazel King of Patient Accounts and Sandra Martino of Surgery will each be honored for 40 years of dedicated service.

Sheryl Hazlett, Healthy Living, Nancy Medwid, Cardiac Rehab and the Laboratory’s Marie Olson will celebrate 35 years of service.

For 30 years, Monika Ghise and Deborah Starowicz, Third Floor; Kathleen Hume, Quality Management; Wanda Irwin and Amy Mooney, Emergency Department; Frances Neth, Finance; Cheryl Newell, Don Priollo and Carl Schoonover, Materials Management; Carolyn Putnum, ICU; and Sandra Nixon, EKG.

Individuals with 25 years of employment are: Colleen Brudz, ICU; Paula Gross, Quality Management; Chris Koneski, Information Services; Loretta Kurek, Ambulatory Surgery; and Melanie Sutherland, Medical Records.
Those celebrating 20 years of service include: Lorene Beckmann, ASU; Peggy Coniber, Medical Records; Debra Daniel, Finance; Susan Davis, Pediatrics; Daniel Ireland, Chief Operations Officer; Jacqueline Marsceill, Respiratory Therapy; Anthony Matla, ICU; Jan Nichols, CAT Scan; Susan O’Connor, Medical Records; Joan Peters, Patient Accounts; Joan Price, Laboratory; Cynthia Schwab, Cardiac Rehab; and Jennifer West, OB.
There are 73 employees who will receive recognition for 5, 10 and 15 years of service. Each employee receives dinner for themselves and a guest, a pin and gift certificate. Employees with 25 years or more of service are honored individually by their manager and senior leader with a presentation highlighting their contributions.
United Memorial is the largest private employer in Genesee County with approximately 750 employees and an annual payroll and benefit expenditure that exceeds $36 million.

Monday, September 27, 2010 at 1:31 pm

Coppola invites Ranzenhofer to debate the issues

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Here's a letter sent in by Senate candidate in the 61st District, Marc Coppola, addressed to the incumbent.

Dear Mr. (Michael) Ranzenhofer,
As you and I fully engage in our campaigns for the New York State Senate's 6lst District,
I would hope that you would agree that letting the voters know where we stand on the
issues most important to them is of the utmost importance.

Further, as we both have served in elective office, I believe that our records are a good barometer for the voters as they make their decision of whom to vote for on Election Day.
With that said, I anticipate that you will agree to meet me in front of the voters for at least
three debates, and possibly more if there is time; one of which would take place in
Genesee County.

I am confident that if we can agree on dates and times relatively quickly, and with proper notification, the public, whom we both are seeking to represent in the New York State Senate, will attend.

I am more than willing to have my campaign look into places where we can hold our
debates and notify you (about) what is available to us. I am sure there are plenty of venues, either public or private, which can accommodate us, our audience, and any media that may attend.

It is my sincere hope that you agree and that you respond to my campaign as quickly as
possible so that we can give the voters as much information about us, our positions, and
our records as they go to the polls on Election Day.

I look forward to your reply.


Marc Coppola

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