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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.

Tuesday, July 6, 2010 at 12:56 pm

UMMC manages to slash triage wait time

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United Memorial Medical Center Emergency Department has decreased the average wait time for patients to be triaged, according to a news release today.

Triage is a method of categorizing patients based on the severity of the injury or illness. Patients whose conditions require the most immediate attention are placed at the top of the list, to be seen before those with less severe illnesses.

The national average triage wait time is 15 minutes. In January, UMMC was well below that with an average time of 9.98 minutes. But the hospital has reduced that even further, ending May with a 2010 record average of 5.79 minutes, less than half the national average.

According to the American College of Physicians, “a federal report last year found that patients who need to be seen in one to 14 minutes are being seen in twice that time frame (37 minutes).”

This extended wait time may be due to several reasons, including a lengthy triage time.

The Emergency Department staff at United Memorial works diligently to achieve greater efficiency and reduce triage time. As a result, patients are evaluated faster and treated more quickly.

Last year, the Emergency Department at United Memorial cared for 23,375 patients. All Emergency Room physicians are board certified in Emergency Medicine. Many of its ER nurses have worked with, or are currently involved with, Mercy Flight.

UMMC also operates a SANE program (Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner) to elevate the care provided to victims of sexual assault and improve the conviction rate of sexual offenders through the use of forensic evidence.

Tuesday, July 6, 2010 at 11:44 am

Auditions held this month for 'Les Miserables'

This month Encore! Theatre Arts will hold auditions for its Fall 2010 show selection and 2010-11 season opener, "Les Misérables" (School Edition).

Auditions will be held at Holy Family School, 44 Lake Road in Le Roy at 4 p.m. Wednesday, July 21 and at 7 p.m. Thursday, and at noon, Saturday, July 24.

Callbacks to follow at 3 p.m. on Saturday, July 24.

All rehearsals will be in Le Roy beginning at the end of July. Rehearsals will be
from 12 to 3 p.m. during the summer.

"Les Miserables" is an epic story recounting the struggle against adversity in 19th Century France. Imprisoned for stealing a loaf of bread, petty thief Jean Valjean is released from his 19-year term and not only becomes an honest man, but the mayor of a prosperous town and a loving adoptive father - violating his parole in the process.

The relentless Inspector Javert, who makes a decent life for Valjean impossible, consequently pursues him. Only years later, after Valjean proves his mettle during a bloody student uprising and saves the life of a young man hopelessly in love with Valjean’s adopted daughter, does the ex-convict finally feel fully redeemed.

For this unique production, Encore! Theatre Arts seeks actors/singers from ages 10 to 19, no older than recent high school graduates. Please prepare 32 bars of a classical musical theatre song (no pop/rock musicals, please). Bring a copy of the music for the accompanist. There will be no a cappella auditions allowed.

The show will be directed by Lynda Hodgins with vocal direction by Eric Traugott. Encore! Theatre Arts is planning Oct. 29, 30 and 31 performance dates at Wolcott Street Auditorium in Le Roy. For more information, audition pieces and show dates, visit

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