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Sunday, September 12, 2010 at 9:43 am

Historical program: How 1918 Spanish Flu affected Genesee County

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A historical program about how the Spanish Flu impacted Genesee County will take from 7 to 8 p.m. on Thursday Oct. 7 at the Genesee County Park and Forest Nature Center.

It is located at 11095 Bethany Center Road in East Bethany. Pre-registration is required by calling (585) 344-1122. Cost is $5 per person; $10 per family.

In 1918, a deadly influenza pandemic erupted during the final stages of World War I.

Using newspaper articles and other resources, the county historian will explain how this pandemic started and how if affected life in Genesee County.

Sunday, September 12, 2010 at 9:24 am

Pavilion farm part of upbeat billboard campaign

post by Billie Owens in announcements, agriculture, business

Noblehurst Farms in Pavilion is one of several places in Upstate New York where hay wagon billboard banners will be displayed on farms to relay positive messages about agriculture.

Forty such billboards have been placed from Watertown to Canton, the Finger Lakes to Albany.

The banners say: NY Farmers Love the Land; NY Farmers Love Feeding Families; NY Farmers Love Caring for Animals; NY Farmers Love Family Tradition; and NY Farmers Love Strong Communities.

The New York Animal Agriculture Coalition developed the outreach program to reconnent and educate consumers about today's dairy farms and farm practices. It is funded by a grant from the United Soybean Board.

"As a farming community we are trying to keep the public aware that agriculture is important to not only us as farmers, but also to the people and economy of Upstate New York, said Rob Noble, co-owner of Noblehurst Farms.

"The billboard campaign is a small part we can do to raise awareness and tell people part of our story.”

According to a coalition survey, New Yorkers have a high level of trust in New York dairy farmers to produce a safe, healthy and abundant supply of food, Berry said.

However, with the rise of food safety scares and increasing social awareness, consumers are increasingly interested in how their food is produced. Fewer people know a farmer. They’ve lost the human connection to how our food is grown.

Visit the Coalition’s Web site at www.farmskeepnygreen.com for more information.

This information was provided by the New York Animal Agriculture Coalition.

Sunday, September 12, 2010 at 8:53 am

Library Lego Club for kids starts Sept. 22

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The Library Lego Club for children age 6 and up begins on Wednesday, Sept. 22, at the Richmond Memorial Library, 19 Ross St. in Batavia.

It is from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the Children's Room on the first and third Wednesday of each month.

The program is free but registration is required.

The Friends of the Library provide the Legos.

For more information call the library at 343-9550 ext.4 or consult our website. Register online at <http://www.batavialibrary.org/>.

Sunday, September 12, 2010 at 8:42 am

Annual Fur Ball is Oct. 9 to benefit shelter animals

The 8th Annual Fur Ball will be at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 9 at the Holiday Inn, located at 8250 Park Road in Batavia.

The event is sponsored by the Volunteers for Animals of Batavia and all proceeds go to spay and neuter animals at the Genesee County Animal Shelter before they are adopted.

Complementary beverages and desserts will be offered as will lots of fun and prizes. Cost is $20 per adult in advance, $10 for children 12 and under, and $25 for adults on the day of the Fur Ball. Tickets are available at the shelter, 3841 W. Main St. Road in the Town of Batavia.

There will be a Chinese auction, door prizes, a 50/50 and other raffles, plus someone will win a canoe and an Amish chair. Don't forget to bring a photo of your pet -- a local artist will be on hand to draw a cariacature.

If you would like to place an ad for your business or service in the evening's program, contact the volunteers ASAP. Donations of new items for the auction/raffles can be dropped off at the shelter.

Last year, $6,500 was raised for spaying and neutering.

On the web, contact the volunteers at <http://www.vol4animals.org>. The shelter's phone number is 343-6410.

Friday, September 10, 2010 at 2:35 pm

2K Memory Walk for victims of Alzheimer's

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The Alzheimer's Association will be hosting a "Memory Walk" in Batavia on Saturday, Sept. 11. It will begin at the Genesee County Nursing Home, at 278 Bank St., and proceed along Chandler Avenue, North, Bank and Ross streets, and Washington Avenue.

Anyone who wants to take part can show up the morning of the walk for registration, which begins at 9 a.m. The walk itself will start at 10 a.m. and cover about two miles. Brunch, entertainment from Pete Gomez and a Chinese auction -- with gift certificates and  prizes donated by area businesses -- will follow in the nursing home dining room.

Walkers will be raising money via sponors for the benefit of Genesee County residents coping with Alzheimer's Disease. People are encouraged to raise all funds by Saturday, but funds will be accepted until October 29.

For further details or to register in advance, please call (716) 626-0600 or go to www.memorywalkwny.com. If you would like to donate items to the Chinese auction, call Sue Buckley at 344-0584, ext. 2116.

Friday, September 10, 2010 at 2:11 pm

Present Tense set to hold five-year anniversary celebration

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Present Tense Books & Gifts, Batavia's premiere full-service bookstore, will be celebrating an important milestone on Saturday, Sept. 18. An anniversary party lasting from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. will celebrate five years of successful business.

Free and open to the public, the event will take place at the bookstore, which is at 101 Washington Ave. The festivities will include refreshments, prizes and a raffle, as well as the annual fall open house and holiday preview.

There will be discounts on all regular priced items on that day as well.

For more information, please call 815-7640 or e-mail info@presentte[email protected].

Friday, September 10, 2010 at 1:27 pm

Eatery offers a free drink for fire, police, military

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In appreciation for the work performed by fire, police and military personnel, Center Street Smoke House is offering one free drink to them starting at 9 p.m. Saturday, 9/11.

Proper I.D., of course, is required.

"Come to the Center Street Smoke House as we honor those who we will never forget,"  says the flier about the special.

Live music starts at 9:30 p.m.

Center Street Smoke House is located at 20 Center St. in Batavia. Phone is 343-7470.

Event Date and Time

September 11, 2010 - 9:00pm - September 12, 2010 - 2:00am
Thursday, September 9, 2010 at 4:08 pm

Bill to ban outdoor wood boilers stalled

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Here's a news release we received from the New York Farm Bureau.

The New York Farm Bureau today announced its fight-back campaign against a proposed ban on outdoor wood boilers appears to have forced the Department of Environmental Conservation to delay any action until next year.

The reported delay, although not formally announced, would allow thousands of rural New Yorkers to continue to heat their homes with wood through the winter.

“We are fighting a good fight so far, but it’s far from over,” said Dean Norton, president of New York Farm Bureau. “While a regulatory delay would get us through the winter, there are still bureaucrats in Albany determined to shut down our wood boilers. We must thwart them.”

The farm bureau has been rallying its 30,000 members to fight the proposed regulations and has been lobbying furiously in the halls of Albany.

If passed, the DEC regulations would force thousands of owners of outdoor wood boilers to: retrofit costly smokestacks to meet new DEC height requirements; limit the use of their units for almost half of the year; and ultimately prohibit the use of any outdoor wood boiler that does not meet new, strict DEC emissions requirements.

The proposed regulations will have significant financial implications for farm and rural homeowners that heat their houses, barns and greenhouses using wood boilers.

This summer, the New York State Senate voted unanimously in favor of legislation that would leave wood-boiler regulation to local zoning boards, not the DEC. That bill was sponsored and championed by Sen. Darrel Aubertine.

Farm bureau members spoke out at public information sessions/hearings around the state in June on the proposal. Farmers and rural residents also flooded the DEC with written comments against the proposed regulations.

“I hope that DEC has seen the light that these regulations will have severe financial impact to our farmers and rural New Yorkers,” Norton said.

Thursday, September 9, 2010 at 3:57 pm

Story Time series for kids begins Sept. 14, register early

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The fall series of Story Time programs at the Richmond Memorial Library, Batavia, begins on Tuesday, Sept. 14.
  
            Toddler Time --  10:30 a.m. on Tuesdays  (walkers – 3 years)
            Moms & Moppets -- 10:30 a.m. on Wednesdays (walkers -- 3 years)
            Preschool Party --  10 a.m. on Thursdays (ages 3-5 years)
            Baby Bounce -- 11 a.m. on Thursdays (pre-walkers)
            Pajama Primetime -- 6:30 p.m. on Thursdays (all ages)

To register for one of these sessions, or for more information, parents may call the library at 343-9550, or stop in at the Children's Room desk during library hours: 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

Register early, as group size is limited.  Call 343-9550, ext. 4 or go to the website <http://www.batavialibrary.org>.

Thursday, September 9, 2010 at 3:48 pm

College's first-ever Homecoming weekend set for Oct. 1-2

Genesee Community College is readying for the first-ever Homecoming celebration on October 1-2.

The committee of 10 Genesee alumni, including chairs Patti Michalak ('70) and Pam Whitcombe ('69), is putting the finishing touches on preparing for an exciting weekend.

All graduating classes as well as family members, friends and the community are welcome to the college's Batavia campus for a weekend filled with alumni activities, sporting events and at the culmination of the weekend, an All-Class Cougar Reunion/Mixer in the Forum.

Part of the Homecoming weekend activities include raising money for the American Cancer Society. A refurbished iron bathtub was recently placed in the Student Union to collect spare change from students, faculty and staff to be donated to the American Cancer Society of Buffalo.

The "Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk" will take place on Sunday, Oct. 3 and all monies collected will be donated to the cause. The bathtub collection is a tradition passed down from GCC students back in the 1970s according to John Michalak ('73), a Homecoming Committee member.

"When the college was at the West Main Street Road address (now the Genesee County Building #2) and known to us as 'Valu Tech,' the SOMF (Society of Mature Friendships) fraternity had several fundraisers over the years," Michalak  said.

"On one occasion, the group pushed a bathtub on a farm wagon from East Town Plaza to the West Main Street Road campus. We collected money along the way for a donation to the local American Cancer Society. This is our way of bringing some traditions back to campus."

Friday, Oct. 1 will feature men's and women's alumni soccer games played under the lights of the new all-weather turf field. Women players are still needed and are encouraged to sign up at <http://www.genesee.edu/gcc/alumnisoccer>.

Saturday, Oct. 2 will begin with various alumni-centered activities and celebrations across the campus including tours, reunions and a brunch. The men's and women's Cougar soccer teams will play at noon and 2 p.m. versus North Country Community College.

Following the Cougar soccer games, the first group of inductees will be welcomed into the new Athletic Hall of Fame with an induction ceremony and celebration at 5 p.m. in the Conable Technology Building.

Homecoming weekend will conclude with an All-Class Cougar Reunion/Mixer open to all alumni and community members. All graduating years are invited, with special recognition for the classes of 1969 and 1970 and a featured event theme of the "Hippie '60s." There will be music, prizes, food and a cash bar. The cost is $5 per person.

Further details on locations, times and additional alumni activities are available by going to <http://www.genesee.edu/Alumni/Homecoming >.

To volunteer for the Homecoming weekend, please contact Alumni Affairs Coordinator Jackie Christenson at 585-343-0055, ext. 6265 or <http://[email protected]>.

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