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Sunday, October 21, 2012 at 9:55 pm

Deer wreaks havoc on Ellicott Street

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A deer ran down Ellicott Street this evening, damaging the windows of two businesses before it was tracked to the end of Maple Street and dispatched by a Batavia police officer.

The deer first rammed a window of an office complex near Hutchins Street and then continued west before making a charge at the storefront of American Trust Gold & Coin Exchange at 239 Ellicott St.

Two residents of the building, Adam Ganzhorn and David King, tracked the animal to the end of Maple Street, at the industrial complex there, and a Batavia police officer killed it at that location. The six-point buck was tagged and Ganzhorn and King took possession of the animal.

Frank Bellucci and his son, from Short Notice handyman service, boarded up American Trust, which had its entire front window blown out, and expected to board up the other business as well.

Sunday, October 21, 2012 at 9:31 pm

Photos: A drive down Old Creek Road

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It's not unusual for me to take a turn down Old Creek Road when I'm out and about, and mid-day today, that's exactly where I found myself. Here's four photos.

Sunday, October 21, 2012 at 4:13 pm

Beware galloping deer on Ellicott Street in the city

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A reader told us a deer smashed into the window of the gold store across from The Pok-A-Dot and then went further down Ellicott Street into the plaza where the pizza place is and caused some havoc there, too. City police are responding.

Saturday, October 20, 2012 at 10:11 pm

This time, it's Dundee going home after ND dominates in 28-6 victory

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Notre Dame has faced Dundee in four of the past five seasons of sectional play, losing in overtime on a questionable no-call penalty, falling in a blow-out where some thought Dundee ran up the score, and then failing to hold a late fourth-quarter lead.

The tables were turned on Dundee today as the Fighting Irish notched a first-round victory 28-6.

ND went after Dundee with a well-distributed offense. Touchdowns were scored by Nick Taylor, Tim Culley and Anthony Paladino. McCulley also connected with Taylor on a TD pass.

McCulley was 7-15 on the day for 128 yards, the TD, plus two interceptions.

Taylor gained 128 yards on 17 carries. He also had four receptions for 65 yards. Andrew Mullen rushed 13 times for 91 yards.

Charlie Bebert caught the ball three times for 63 yards.

Defensively, Taylor had six tackles, Brian VonKramer, five, Herbert, 5.5 and Mullen 4.5. Mullen added an interception, as did Josh Johnson. Joe Ryan notched a sack.

For Dundee, Aksel Jensen scored their lone TD and rushed five times for 27 yards.

Photos by Bare Antolos.

More photos by Bare after the jump (click on the headline):

Friday, October 19, 2012 at 2:36 pm

Pooch tied up and left at donut shop

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City police are responding to a report of an abandoned dog, tied to a pole, in front of Dunkin' Donuts, located at 136 W. Main St.

UPDATE 3:42 p.m.: The dog is being taken to the Genesee County Animal Shelter.

Friday, October 19, 2012 at 11:06 am

Aggressive fox frisking around Harvester Avenue

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There's a frisky fox causing trouble and its been the subject of complaints in the city over the past few days. A few minutes ago, the critter "acted aggressively toward a patron" who was about the enter the theater at 56 Harvester Ave., according to a caller to the emergency dispatch center.

It was subsequently reported to be laying in the road on Haller Place, across the street. Now its spotted on the west side of the Graham Manufacturing Corp. property. Police are responding.

UPDATE 12:21 p.m.: The carcass of the fox will be picked up by a county worker in about 10 minutes. It's located east of Harvester Avenue, west of the railroad tracks.

Thursday, October 18, 2012 at 4:25 pm

Photo and video: Minor property damage accident at I.R. Systems, Batavia

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Workers repair the facade at I.R. Systems, a DirecTV dealership, on West Main Street, Batavia, after a car had slammed into the front of the building.

The driver apparently stepped on the gas by mistake while pulling into a parking spot. Nobody was hurt in the accident, but judging from the video below, it's possible somebody could have been hurt. The car suffered only very minor damage, according to I.R. Systems staff.

The accident occurred about 1 p.m.

Thursday, October 18, 2012 at 3:53 pm

Cancer Society stops in Batavia to push cancer as an election year issue

Every year in Genesee County, 350 people are diagnosed with cancer and 100 people die from cancer, which is why, according to a group of the American Cancer Society who were in Batavia today, cancer should be an important election issue.

Americans need research and treatment for the disease and the assurance of funding for both, according to Hillary Clarke, director of federal government relations, so this is an issue voters should take up with candidates for office.

At www.cancervotes.org is a voter's guide for the presidential election with responses from the two major party candidates, but Clarke said neither of the candidates for the NY-27 Congressional District responded to the Cancer Action Network's survey.

Contacted today, a spokesman for Kathy Hochul's campaign said Hochul did respond and her answers are posted on the Web site. We've not been able to find those answers and requested a direct link to the appropriate page.

The spokesman for Chris Collins, Micheal Kracker, sent the following statement in response to a simple question of what would Collins do to support the fight against cancer.

"As the brother of a cancer survivor, Chris Collins knows how important it is to support cancer research. Chris also recognizes how important it is to make sure no government bureaucracy stops doctors from giving patients like Chris' sister the treatment they need to stay healthy. We need to be sure that doctors, not government bureaucrats determine how best to care for patients. We must also promise to protect Medicare for our seniors so they continue to receive the access to affordable care they paid for their entire lives."

We'll update this post if any additional information comes in.

UPDATE: Statement from Angela Pause-Smith, communications director, American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network, Inc.: "Neither candidate responded to our questionnaire so there actually isn't a Voter Guide for this race. I'm sorry if someone told you that there was one."

UPDATE II: As soon as I posted the update above, Pause-Smith emailed the following: "So I learned literally a moment ago that late this afternoon Hochul returned our questionnaire. There is a process we need to follow to post it on our Web site and we've asked for that process to be expedited so you can see the responses, but I can't provide a time that they will be available."

UPDATE III: Pause-Smith clarifies: "It may not have been late this afternoon that she returned it, I just learned of it late this afternoon. We received it sometime today."

UPDATE IV: Hochul's answers are now available, click here.

Photo: Julie Kumiega, Hillary Clarke and Karen Hall.

Thursday, October 18, 2012 at 12:55 pm

Alexander and Batavia will skate together in 2012 as Ice Devils

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Alexander High School has never had a hockey team, but starting this season, players there will get to play varsity level hockey for the first time.

Batavia HS is facing a shortage of varsity level players this year, so Alexander and Batavia will come together to form the Batavia/Alexander Ice Devils.

Batavia Athletic Director Mike Bromley said when school officials realized there would be a shortage of players this year, the school held a meeting with the parents of hockey players and the parents took the initiative to get the puck rolling on a possible merger with Alexander.

Once the idea was raised, things came together pretty quickly, Bromley said.

"Several students (in Alexander) expressed an interest," Bromley said. "We expect that anywhere from five to 10 students may try out."

The problem the Ice Devils faced, Bromley said, is that several seniors graduated after last season and then three varsity players elected to play in another, more advanced, hockey league.

That left Batavia not only with fewer players but also with a team of mostly ninth- and 10th-graders.

"There's a lot of hitting in hockey," Bromley said. "Hockey can be just as tough physically as football, but where you play only one game a week in football, with hockey sometimes you play two or three games a week, and trying to play ninth- and 10th-graders out there could be tough."

For Alexander, the opportunity is welcome by administrators, parents and players alike, said Athletic Director Ben Whitmore.

"All of these kids play together in youth leagues and they always dreamed of playing high school hockey, so to be able to give them that chance is very exciting," Whitmore said.

Thursday, October 18, 2012 at 12:24 pm

Salvation Army offers free K-8 'Super Sparks' program, including snack, dinner, transportation

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Press release:

The Salvation Army announces the beginning of its free Super Sparks After School Program. It is open to children in grades K-8 and meets from 3 to 6 p.m. on Thursdays and 5 to 7 p.m. on Sundays.

Children who attend are invited to participate in homework time, open gym, puppets and drama, rhythm band lessons and dance. A snack and dinner are offered.

Local transportation is available from school to The Salvation Army and home after the program ends. There is no cost for the program or transportation.

For more information contact: Major Patty at 343-6284 or email at [email protected]

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