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Monday, July 12, 2010 at 1:35 pm

Noted dancer to teach two workshops in Batavia this month

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Suzanne’s School of Dance, in Batavia, will be hosting two dance workshops with Kent State University dance education major, Lindsay Chmielowiec.

She just returned from Seattle where she participated in the International Dance Festival, "Beyond the Threshold." She has worked with numerous choreographers as a member of the Kent Dance Ensemble and her choreography was presented at the 2010 American College Dance Festival at Ohio University.

Chmielowiec says she's thrilled to share her experience and expertise to assist dancers in comprehension of technique and body awareness.

Classes will be taught in ballet, modern, contemporary and jazz. The first workshop is 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, July 17 for ages 8 to 11.

The second workshop will be held from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, July 24 for ages 12 and up.

For more information or to register please call 344-4060.

Friday, July 9, 2010 at 2:18 pm

GLOW's 14th hazardous waste collection event was a corking success

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The GLOW Region's 14th household hazardous waste collection event, which was held in May, was successful in getting tons of stuff disposed of properly -- that's healthy and good for the environment.

In addition to the array of household chemicals, cleaning products, vehicle batteries, tires and electronics that have been collected in the past, pharmaceuticals (outdated, unwanted and unused prescription and over-the-counter drugs), were accepted for the first time.

The event is overseen by the GLOW Region's Solid Waste Management Committee.

AAA of Western and Central NY was on hand to check residents' vehicles for mercury trunk and hood light switches and replaced them with mercury-free switches as necessary.

The system of appointments was continued. This system allows GLOW (Genesee, Livingston, Orleans and Wyoming counties) to control costs and get residents through the unloading process in as little as 15 minutes.

Because disposal costs have been stable over the past few years, 505 appointments were scheduled -- a record number -- and 470 people attended.

The following are some statistics provided by Peggy Grayson, recycling administrator.

One hundred and ninety four people brought pharmaceuticals, including 168 lbs. of solids (pills, etc.), seven gallons of liquids and 104 lbs. of packaging.

Examples of other materials collected were:

  • 1,852 lbs. of resins and adhesives
  • 2,229 lbs. of pesticides
  • 10,604 lbs. of paint
  • 341 TVs
  • 258 monitors
  • 238 computers
  • 233 tires
  • and 92 vehicle batteries

GLOW uses licensed, permitted vendors and obtains permits from the NYS Dept. of Environmental Conservation and the NYS Dept. of Health for these events.

The pharmaceutical portion of the collection required that police be on site to take possession of the drugs, secure them and deliver them to Covanta Niagara in Niagara Falls for incineration. This service was generously provided by the Genesee County Sheriff’s Department.

Many of the other items collected get recycled. Others are incinerated or go to a hazardous waste landfill.

These collections offer residents an environmentally sound way to dispose of materials that have the potential to pollute the environment and harm human health.

Regarding the collection of pharmaceuticals Genesee County Sheriff Gary Maha stated: “This is a vital program that assists law enforcement in keeping prescription drugs off the street. Without such a program, these prescription drugs may have ended up in our schools, communities or environment.”

Total costs for the program are estimated to be slightly more than $27,000. Funding comes from GLOW’s county contributions and a NYS Household Hazardous Waste Assistance Grant.

Additional assistance was provided by the Genesee County Highway Department, Ed Arnold Recycling and a host of dedicated volunteers.

The next collection is tentatively scheduled for September of 2011.

Residents wishing to be notified by mail when appointments are being accepted for that collection, can contact the GLOW office at (585) 344-2580, ext. 5463, or at 1-800-836-1154 or via e-mail at: <pgrayson@co.genesee.ny.us> or <glow@co.genesee.ny.us.>.

Friday, July 9, 2010 at 1:12 pm

Summer in the City set for Saturday, Aug. 21

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Downtown Batavia's 6th annual “Summer in the City” festival will be held from noon to 10 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 21.

There will be more than food and craft vendors, a great lineup of entertainment by Terry Buchwald “Elvis," Ghost Riders, Nik & Nice Guys, a KidsZone, plus a Super Car Cruise with more than 400 cars and motorcycles.

This year, there are some exciting new changes.

The main stage will be on Main Street in front of County Building #1. Food vendors and kids activities will be on Main Street as well (from Jackson to Court and Jefferson). All crafts and non-profit booths will be on Court and Jefferson (near the main stage area).

The Super Car Cruise will occupy Main Street from Jackson to Liberty Street, along with sections of Bank and Center Streets.

For more information and applications for the “Summer In the City” festival call 585-344-0900 or visit the B.I.D. website at <www.downtownbataviany.com>.

This event is sponsored by the Batavia Business Improvement District.

Thursday, July 8, 2010 at 6:26 pm

Corn and soybean growers invited to 'knowlege event' sponsored by ag company

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Area corn and soybean growers will have an opportunity to see and hear about the latest in seed trait and crop protection technologies as they perform in the field at local Answer Plot® Knowledge Events sponsored by CROPLAN GENETICS® seeds and AgriSolutions™ crop protection products.

The next Answer Plot® Knowledge Event will be held on Aug. 20 in Perry. It begins at 9 a.m. and lasts approximately three hours.

The WNY Answer Plot is located at 7543 Route 20A in Perry.

Attendees will be entered into a national contest to win a $5,000 gift card to Cabelas, a speciality outdoor goods retailer. Winners will be drawn at the end of the Sweepstakes term, which goes through Sept. 31.

Answer Plot® Experts in agronomy will be available to meet with attendees to answer questions about the technology on display, as well as to address each grower’s unique field challenges. Upon request, they will also set up on-farm visits to work one-on-one with growers to develop customized crop production programs.

To find out more about this Answer Plot® and other Answer Plot® Knowledge Events in the area, or to arrange to have an Answer Plot® Expert call you, log on to www.AnswerPlot.com, or call 1-888-295-3011.

The website also features agronomic and product information.

Growers can also contact Perry Denton at pwdenton@landolakes.com or
585-259-9170 for more information.

Thursday, July 8, 2010 at 5:45 pm

College gets final OK to offer sleep disorders study program this fall

Genesee Community College's new Polysomnographic Technology program -- the study of sleep disorders -- has received final approval by the State University of New York and the State Education Department.

With the recent hiring of the new director of Polysomnographic Technology, Genesee's newest academic program will be ready for enrollment this fall.

The Polysomnographic Program was approved by Genesee's Board of Trustees back in January. Since then, the program has had a rigorous review by SUNY to ensure the program meets its high learning standards and those of the State Education Department.  It is the first associate degree program for Polysomnographic Technology in the state.

The Polysomnographic Technology, or sleep disorder, study program prepares students to become technologists who work closely with physicians to diagnose sleep-related problems and provide support services to patients.

They usually work in "sleep laboratories," where patients with sleep problems spend one or more nights under intensive clinical observation. As modern medicine takes a closer look at the important role sleep plays in maintaining a healthy lifestyle, there is an increasing demand for technologists to monitor patients' breathing, blood oxygen levels, brain waves, eye movements, muscle tone, and other clinical variables to assist in diagnosis. Technologists also counsel patients in the use of respiratory and sleep devices that aid in sleep hygiene.

Full-time students can complete the intensive 66-credit program in four semesters. The college expects to enroll 35 students in the program. Graduates will be eligible to sit for the national Registered Polysomnographic Technologist (RPSGT) examination. New York State is expected to soon require licensing of polysomnographic technologists, and Genesee graduates will be eligible for licensure.

After an extensive search for the new director of Polysomnographic Technology, Marshann Y. Thomas of Rochester has been selected to lead the new program. She is a registered polysomnographic technologist and registered respiratory therapist at Unity Health System in Rochester. She has also served Monroe Community Hospital in Rochester and Gadsden Community Hospital in Florida.

Thursday, July 8, 2010 at 5:34 pm

College names director of new program studying sleep disorders

Genesee Community College announced today that Marshann Thomas has been named director of the new Polysomnographic Technology program. Polysomnographic Technology, also known as the study of sleep disorders is one of Genesee's two new academic programs slated to start this fall.

Thomas is both a Registered Polysomnographic Technologist (RPSGT) and Registered Respiratory Care Practitioner at Unity Health System, with more than three years as a RPSGT and more than 20 years experience in many areas of respiratory care. She has also served Monroe Community Hospital in Rochester and Gadsden Community Hospital in Florida.

Her academic career began at Erie Community College where she was employed as a tenured assistant professor for seven years in the Respiratory Care Program. While there, her assignment and responsibility included didactic and laboratory teaching along with academic advisement.

Additionally, she was awarded two mini-grants, received various awards and participated in many community-outreach programs. She has also been employed at Florida A & M University in Tallahassee, Fla., where she was coordinator of Clinical Education/assistant professor in Respiratory Care, coordinator of students in the College of Pharmacy and adjunct faculty in Health Care Management.

She holds an A.A.S. degree from Erie Community College, a B.S. degree from SUNY Health Science Center at Syracuse, and a M.E. degree from the University at Buffalo. She is nearing completion of a Ph.D. at Florida State University (FSU).

As part of her doctoral study at FSU in Tallahassee, she was given various supervised teaching, research and curriculum development responsibilities for undergraduate level courses in Rehabilitation/Vocational Counseling, along with providing technical assistance for the various distance-learning programs at FSU.

Michael Stoll, associate vice president for Academic Affairs/Dean of Math, Science and Career Education at Genesee said: "Ms. Thomas has an extensive clinical background and previous higher education teaching experience which makes her the ideal person to lead this new program and have it become the standard for future programs within the state."

Thomas starts her new position Aug. 1.

Thursday, July 8, 2010 at 3:04 pm

Camping in the outfield at Dwyer's

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On July 10 and 17 there will be overnight camping after each Muckdog game for City of Batavia residents.

All campers need to be accompanied by an adult family member and everyone needs to purchase a ticket to the game.

Advance tickets can be purchased at $1 saving per ticket from the game day price. When buying your ticket, all you have to do is to say you will be camping and you will be given a voucher. which will give you entrance to the outfield to set up your tent.

Tent stakes can not be longer that 10 inches. No pets allowed and everyone needs to be off the field by 8 a.m. the next day.

Any questions call the Muckdogs at 343-5454.

Wednesday, July 7, 2010 at 9:30 pm

Genesee ARC is seeking donations for its 'Ginormous Garage Sale'

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Genesee ARC will be holding a "Ginormous Garage Sale" at its Community Center site, at 38 Woodrow Road in Batavia. This will take place from 8 a.m. until 3 p.m. on Friday, July 30 and Saturday, July 31.

Those who wish to help can donate items to the sale or purchase an outdoor 9' by 18' space for their own sales.

ARC's proceeds will go toward the People Realizing Potential Capital Campaign and toward art and recreation programs for children with disabilities.

Call Darla at 343-1123, ext. 250, for further details.

Wednesday, July 7, 2010 at 6:47 pm

UMMC names new chief information officer

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Kurt Calman has been selected as the chief information officer (CIO) for United Memorial Medical Center. He will be responsible for the leadership and the implementation of information technology, management and service initiatives at United Memorial.

This position was previously held by Daniel O’Connor, RN, BSN, MBA, who accepted another position in Florida.

Calman is a graduate of the Rochester Institute of Technology with Bachelor of Science Degree in Information Technology and he received a Master's of Business Administration from the University of Rochester’s Simon School of Business.

For the past two years, he has served as a lead project manager/systems engineer at the University of Rochester and was previously a systems administrator for Unity Health System in Rochester. He is a resident of Pittsford, expected to begin his new job July 19.

Wednesday, July 7, 2010 at 11:39 am

Congressman's staff member to meet with Batavia residents

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On Wednesday, July 14, a member of Congressman Chris Lee’s staff will be available for one-on-one meetings with Genesee County residents from noon to 1:30 p.m. in the Conference Room of the Old Court House in Batavia. It's at 7 Main St. downtown.
 “These office hours provide Genesee County residents with a unique opportunity to meet with a member of my staff one-on-one, whether it be to troubleshoot interactions with federal agencies or discuss the issues of the day,” Congressman Lee said in a news release.
This is the eighth session Congressman Lee has held for Genesee County residents in 2010.

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