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Friday, October 8, 2010 at 3:05 pm

Alexander Boy Scouts to hold spaghetti dinner and auction

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Alexander Boy Scout Troop 650 is having a spaghetti dinner and silent auction from 1 to 4 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 17 at the Alexander Recreational Hall. It is located at the fire department at 20 Albert St.

There will be many great items to be won for the highest bid. Cost is $5 per meal and ages 3 and under are free.

Donations are still being accepted for the silent auction. If you are interested in supporting your local Boy Scout troop, your donation to this event would be greatly appreciated.

Questions? Contact Kevin Lawson @ 356-2234 or email [email protected]
Donations? Contact Judy Jasen @ 547-2292.

Friday, October 8, 2010 at 2:53 pm

GCC's inaugural Homecoming celebration was really groovy

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Here's a news release from Genesee Community College.

Genesee Community College alumni and their families were welcomed back to a festive fall weekend for the first Homecoming celebration on Friday and Saturday, Oct. 1 and 2.

Hundreds of Genesee alumni filled the campus attending soccer games, class reunions, the Athletic Hall of Fame induction ceremony and the Cougar Reunion Mixer. The weekend was an overall success for the college and its accomplished graduates.

Led by a committee of 10 alumni, and chaired by Patti Michalak ('70) and Pam Whitcombe ('69), all classes of Genesee graduates were welcomed to partake in several alumni-centered activities. Throughout the weekend, 14 WGCC 90.7 radio station alumni came back to be guest DJ's to broadcast the weekend's events live.

Highlights included the women's and men's alumni soccer games played Friday night under the lights of the new soccer stadium. Classes from 1980-2010 were represented on the field, including 40 men alumni and 22 women alumni. The camaraderie of years past made the soccer games an enjoyable event not just for the alumni players, but for the spectators as well.

An alumni brunch that featured a banquet breakfast with the 'Prez and Profs' was a very successful event that brought past professors together with alumni, current professors, students and the president. The brunch featured the CEO Club's wildly popular Apple Cider Syrup product which was served over pancakes to the crowd of more than 100. The CEO Club also sold bottles of the syrup to the attendees as part of its fundraising efforts.

The first group of inductees was welcomed into the new Athletic Hall of Fame with an induction ceremony and celebration on Saturday evening. The standing-room-only crowd welcomed six new members and one team to the inaugural class in the new Cougar Athletic Hall of Fame.

Then Homecoming attendees danced the night away at the Cougar Reunion Mixer in the Forum. It featured a "hippie '60s" theme and paid special recognition to the classes of 1969 and 1970.

"The overall weekend was a huge success," said Jackie Christenson, Alumni Affairs coordinator at Genesee. "It was great to see old faces and new faces come back to campus to meet up with old friends from their days of classes at GCC.

"The alumni soccer players are already talking about next year's game! Homecoming could not have been possible without the help of the awesome committee that worked so hard to pull it off. We all can't wait for next year's Homecoming!"

For further information or for photographs of Homecoming weekend, please call Christenson at 585-343-0055, ext. 6265 or email <http://[email protected]>.

Friday, October 8, 2010 at 1:24 pm

Town of Batavia's fire department holds Open House

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The Town Of Batavia Volunteer Fire Department will be holding its 3rd Annual Open House from noon to 3 p.m. this Sunday, Oct. 10. The fire department is located at 8382 Lewiston Road.

This year the town "switched it up a little." According to fire Lt. Nathan Fix, they approached several larger businesses in the fire district and asked for donations.

As a result, they received approximately 75 smoke detectors and several carbon-monoxide detectors. The smoke detectors will given away on a first-come-first-serve basis, limited to one per household. For the carbon-monoxide detectors, there will be a free raffle.

As always, everything will be free -- hot dogs, lots of fire safety information and coloring
books with a nice handout for kids.

Please feel free to stop in and bring the kids to see some fire trucks. All are welcome, regardless of where you reside.

And the Town of Batavia is grateful for the donations and would like to give a big thanks to the following businesses: Lowes, Home Depot, Wal-Mart, Kmart, BJ’s and Office Max.

Friday, October 8, 2010 at 1:02 pm

Author, blogger, editor Ken Wheaton to visit GCC

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Author, blogger and editor Ken Wheaton will bring his creative writing talents to Genesee Community College on Wednesday, Oct.13, for a reading from his first novel, "The First Annual Grand Prairie Rabbit Festival."

The reading will take place at the Batavia Campus from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in T102. Afterward, Wheaton will have a question-and-answer period, followed by a book signing. This event is free and open to the public. Copies of the book are for sale in the Barnes and Noble Campus Book Store at Genesee's Batavia Campus.

In "The First Annual Grand Prairie Rabbit Festival," Father Steve Sibille has come home to the bayou to take charge of St. Pete's church. Among his challenges are teenybopper altar girls, insomnia-curing confessions, and alarmingly alluring congregant Vicky Carrier. Then there's Miss Rita, an irrepressible centenarian with a taste for whiskey, cracklins, and sticking her nose in other people's business.

When an outsider threatens to poach Father Steve's flock, Miss Rita suggests he fight back by staging an event that will keep St. Pete's parishioners loyal forever. As the First Annual Grand Prairie Rabbit Festival draws near, help comes from the strangest places. And while the road to the festival may be paved with good intentions – not to mention bake sales, an elephant, and the most bizarre cookout ever – where it will lead is anyone's guess. (Excerpt from www.KenWheaton.wordpress.com)

Wheaton's writings include editing and writing for Advertising Age and his essay "Bombs! Anthrax! Gas! Ho, Hum," appeared in The Subway Chronicles anthology alongside the work of Calvin Trillin and Jonathan Lethem. Born and raised in Opelousas, La., he now lives in Brooklyn. To find out more visit www.KenWheaton.wordpress.com.

"It is imperative that our students have the opportunity to speak with successful writers and poets who are working in the real world," said Shawn Adamson, instructor of English at Genesee. "Not only does it inspire our students to continue with their education, but it also inspires students to never give up on their career aspirations."

This author visit is funded by the President's Innovation Award. The PIA Program provides funding for innovative activities and projects that promote community involvement in the life of Genesee Community College, stimulate student and community pride in the college, or help establish pilot programs or initiatives with the potential for positive, long-term impact on the college.

For further information contact instructor Adamson at 343-0055, ext. 6156 or [email protected].

Friday, October 8, 2010 at 12:20 pm

UMMC's Fall Auction benefits new surgical facilities

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The United Memorial Medical Center Foundation announces its Fall Auction, to be held Friday, Oct. 15 at the Holiday Inn in Batavia.

Doors open at 5:30 p.m. with a silent auction and a live auction beginning at 7:30 p.m.

The evening festivities are sponsored by Bank of Castile/Tompkins Insurance Agencies, Inc., Lawley Genesee/Lawley Benefits Group and Manning Squires Hennig.

Proceeds from this year’s auction will be designated to the UMMC Surgical Project, which is expected to be open in January. The cost of the event is $20 per person and includes dinner, wine and beer.

Tickets can be purchased by calling the Foundation Office at (585) 344-5300.

Thursday, October 7, 2010 at 1:27 pm

Oakfield 'Turkey Trot' is Thanksgiving morning

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The second annual "Turkey Trot" will take place on Thanksgiving morning, Nov. 25 in Oakfield. Registration begins at 8:30 at the Caryville Inn on Main Street, followed
by a 5K trot at 9.

The cost to trot is $15 per person, children under 10 can trot for free! Price includes snacks, water, T-shirt, and after the trot, a hot dog and soft drink!

Join us for a fun morning walking the Village of Oakfield before enjoying your turkey dinner later on! Last year we had an amazing turn-out of more than 130 walkers who participated in our 5K (3.1 mile) route, raising $1,600 for the Alzheimer's Association.

We all have been touched by this dreadful disease, and again this year, we hope to raise more money and awareness to help fight this illness.

If you would like to pre-register, please send your name, T-shirt size and check to:

Turkey Trot

PO Box 192

Oakfield, NY 14125

Runners are more than welcome to run our course while the majority of folks walk or "trot." Whatever you choose to do, we hope to see your toes on the starting line, walking for a great cause, and enjoying our beautiful village!

Thursday, October 7, 2010 at 1:10 pm

Republican Party Headquarters Grand Opening

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The Republican Party's local headquarters will have its Grand Opening beginning at 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 9. It is located at 5 Jackson St., just around the corner from Main Street downtown.

Sen. Michael Ranzenhofer and Assemblyman Steve Hawley will be there. Refreshments and hors d'ouerves will be available.

So will lawn signs, brochures and bumper stickers supporting Ranzenhofer, Hawley and candidates Carl Paladino and Dan Burling.

Wednesday, October 6, 2010 at 11:43 am

Tasty samples from GC country market cookbook

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The Genesee Country Farmers’ Market celebrates fall with “An Autumn Taste of the Market” from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 8. Come enjoy free samples of recipes from the GCFM cookbook, "Field Notes: Recipes from the Genesee Country Farmers’ Market."

The cookbook took one year to complete and includes recipes that focus on fresh vegetables and fruits that can be obtained locally.

The market is held in the parking lot of Batavia Downs Casino on Park Road in Batavia.

Patty Hawley, 2009 market manager, was responsible for compiling the recipes.

“Our first 'Taste' was very successful and generated numerous sales of our cookbook," she said. "It made sense to do it again, but this time featuring recipes that are not only indigenous to our region, but also to the season.”

Samples will include: Duo Potato Bake; Butternut Squash Gratin; Cauliflower Cheese Soup; Lazy Golabki; and Apple Crisp.

“These recipes would fit in well with upcoming holiday menus,” according to Gail Christ of Christ Farm in Holley and a contributor to the book.

Sharon Brent of Schwab Farms says, “We’re always looking for new ideas for our Thanksgiving tables and this cookbook give us lots of choices for interesting additions to our menus. 'Field Notes' makes a great gift – especially for friends and family who no longer live in this area. Our 'Taste' is a chance to ‘test drive’ the recipes before you buy the book!”

"Field Notes: Recipes from the Genesee Country Farmers’ Market" is on sale now. It can be purchased at the market, which is held from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Tuesdays and Fridays until Oct. 29. Cost is $10 and benefits the Genesee Country Farmers’ Market Association.

For additional information, contact Patty Hawley at 343-3329.

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")

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