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Wednesday, October 3, 2012 at 9:41 am

Law and Order: Trio accused of shoplifting at Kmart

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The following three suspects were accused of shoplifting at Kmart on Tuesday at 8:14 p.m.:

Chrisina Maria King, 19, of South Main Street, Castile, is charged with petit larceny. King is accused of shoplifting from Kmart.

Lisa Marie Uvenio, 34, of Borden Avenue, Perry, is charged with petit larceny. Uvenio is accused of shoplifting $56.88 in merchandise from Kmart.

Ashley Nicole Dumbleton, 17, of Lamont Road, Gainsville, is charged with petit larceny. Dumbleton is accused of shoplifting at Kmart.

Tuesday, October 2, 2012 at 2:41 pm

Batavia woman vital player for RIT Tigers Volleyball Team

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Press release:

Taylor Harkness, of Batavia, was a vital reason the RIT Tigers Volleyball Team went 4-0 at the SUNY IT Invitational.

RIT defeated Cazenovia in four sets and Sage College in three on Friday. The following afternoon, the Tigers beat the host Wildcats 3-1 and had little trouble with Old Westbury, sweeping the Panthers.

Harkness dished out a team-high 84 assists over the weekend, including 29 against SUNY IT, and added 21 digs.

For the season, Harkness is second on the team with 125 assists.

The Tigers return to action Tuesday night at 7 p.m. when they travel to Nazareth College.

Tuesday, October 2, 2012 at 2:24 pm

Fight on Dellinger Avenue in the city

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A fight involving six people is reported at 5 Dellinger Ave. in the City of Batavia. One or more of the participants is said to have fled the scene westbound on Main Street in a green Ford Explorer. Police are on scene.

Tuesday, October 2, 2012 at 2:10 pm

Mark Masse, senior VP at GCEDC, honored by Buffalo Business First

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Mark Masse, senior vice pesident of operations of the Genesee County Economic Development Center, was recently selected by Buffalo Business First as a "40 Under 40" honoree for 2012.

An independent panel of professionals identified Masse as one of Western New York's outstanding young leaders. Masse's professional success with the GCEDC and his community involvement made him a logical choice for this top award.

Masse is a graduate of Le Roy High School and Nazareth College of Rochester with a degree in accounting, and is a certified public accountant in New York State. He had been with Freed, Maxick & Battaglia for 15 years before joining the GCEDC.

He specialized in small business issues that deal with corporations, subchapter S corporations, partnerships and individuals.

At the GCEDC, Mark's key roles and responsibilities cover program management of all its real estate development and infrastructure projects, overseeing office operations, and engaging in sales and community development.

Read his full biography here:


Tuesday, October 2, 2012 at 2:05 pm

UMMC's Pink Hatters' Night registration deadline is Thursday

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Press release:

The Cancer Services Partnership of Genesee and Orleans County will hold its annual cancer awareness program, Pink Hatters, on Thursday, Oct. 11 at the Clarion Hotel, 8250 Park Road, Batavia.

A Chinese Auction will be held from 4 to 6:30 pm. Hors d’oeuvres and dessert stations will available from 5 to 7 pm. Cancer survivors will be recognized and prizes awarded for the best pink hats. “Breadtime Stories” will be presented by the evening’s featured speaker, Chet Fery.

The evening is a colorful, celebratory event filled with laughter. However, when survivors stand up based on the number of years since they received their cancer diagnosis, an awe-inspiring hush fills the room. Women who are currently battling the illness are applauded with support. Women who have been cancer free for 20 years, 30 years or longer provide hope to everyone.

Tickets are $20 each and available by pre-sale only. Call the UMMC Healthy Living Department at 344-5331 for registration information. Reservations are available for tables of 10.

Payment and registrations must be received by Oct 4. This event is funded in part by a grant from Susan G. Komen for the Cure of Western New York.

The Cancer Services Partnership is a grant funded program which provides access to free colorectal, breast and cervical cancer screenings for men and women, age 18 to 64, who are uninsured or underinsured. United Memorial manages the Partnership for Orleans and Genesee counties.


Tuesday, October 2, 2012 at 1:56 pm

Mothers of Preschoolers - 'MOPS' - meet at Northgate Free Methodist Church

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Press release:

The Northgate chapter of Mothers of Preschoolers or MOPS regularly serves over 120 moms throughout the Genesee region.

Northgate MOPS meets the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month at Northgate Free Methodist Church’s South campus at 350 Bank St. in Batavia.

Morning MOPS meets from 9:30-11:30 and MOPS at Night meets from 6:30-8:30. In addition to a morning session and an evening session, a Teen MOPS group also meets on Tuesday evenings from 6:30-8:30.

Available to all MOPS moms at meetings is a free childcare program called MOPPETS. Children are cared for by loving, caring, care providers through creative activities, games, story time and music.

MOPS meetings range from dynamic guest speakers, round table discussions, creative crafts and always include great food and fellowship.

“This year Is shaping up to be an awesome year filled with relevant topics and activities that aim to support and encourage moms from all walks of life,” Megan Williams, coordinator of the MOPS at Night group said.

“Our group truly shows the range of moms we welcome into MOPS. From married moms to single moms, working moms to stay-at-home moms, to moms of multiples and moms of just one, we all gather with one thing in common- to encourage, support and build community among moms. MOPS International has always affirmed that ‘better moms make a better world’ and I believe that’s what we’re doing right here in our own small communities.”

To find out more about Northgate MOPS contact the group coordinators:

(MOPS @ Night Web site- www.NorthgateMOPS.wordpress.com)

About MOPS International:

For over 35 years, MOPS International has been creating authentic communities where moms gather to experience encouragement, support and hope. But, it doesn’t stop there. Through training and development customized to women in this stage of life, and through do-able service opportunities, MOPS grows moms to make a better world. Every mom is welcomed, accepted and inspired to reach her potential and recognize her influence within her family and her world. MOPS believes that better moms really do make a better world. MOPS group meet all over the world in more than 30 countries and in over 4,000 groups in the United States. For more information visit www.MOPS.org.

Tuesday, October 2, 2012 at 1:32 pm

GCC free lecture on the role of climate and topography in the Civil War

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Lecture: "The Search for Good Ground and Fair Weather: The Role of Climate and Topography in the Civil War." Wednesday, Oct. 3, Batavia Campus, 7 p.m.

Presented by Aaron Wheeler, Ph.D., of Capital Community College.

It's free and takes place in the Stuart Steiner Theater. The college is located at One College Road, off R. Stephen Hawley Drive.

Event Date and Time

October 3, 2012 - 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Tuesday, October 2, 2012 at 12:55 pm

Batavia student attends St. Lawrence University

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St. Lawrence University in Canton, New York, welcomes Sarah M. DiBacco, of Batavia, as a member of the Class of 2016. DiBacco graduated from Batavia High School.

Each first-year student participates in St. Lawrence University's innovative First-Year Program, an introduction to the liberal arts curriculum taught in residence halls by faculty teams. Clear writing and speaking skills are stressed, and careful advising is provided for all students.

Some 669 first-year students from 34 states, as well as 56 international students, have joined the St. Lawrence student body.

Located in Canton, N.Y., St. Lawrence University is a coeducational, private, independent liberal arts institution of about 2,300 students, founded in 1856. The educational opportunities at St. Lawrence inspire students and prepare them to be critical and creative thinkers, to find a compass for their lives and careers, and to pursue knowledge and understanding for the benefit of themselves, humanity and the planet.

Through its focus on active engagement with ideas in and beyond the classroom, a St. Lawrence education leads students to make connections that transform lives and communities, from the local to the global.

On the Web: http://readabout.me/achievements/Sarah-M-DiBacco-of-Batavia-Enrolled-at-....

Tuesday, October 2, 2012 at 8:10 am

Morning roundup: Fire in Wyoming County, lower heating costs and agribusiness

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There isn't much new news in Genesee County so far this morning.

There was a massive fire in Wyoming County over night, in Castile and several fire departments from Genesee County responded.

A 25-year-old restaurant, the village offices and town offices along with some apartments were destroyed. There is some concern for the safety of at least one person, though no confirmation of injuries or fatalities. Water had to be trucked in because the water main to the village is being repaired, so fire hydrants were not working. Here's coverage from WIVB and WHAM13.

We don't know what winter will bring weather-wise, but no matter how cold it gets, we can expect to pay 3 percent less for natural gas to heat our homes and businesses, National Grid announced yesterday. It's the lowest price level in eight years.

And Genesee County Economic Development Center shared this video created by Buffalo Niagara Enterprise to promote the Genesee Valley Agribusiness Park.

Monday, October 1, 2012 at 4:16 pm

Batavia man accused of transporting teenage girl to Kentucky

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A 29-year-old Batavia man was arrested by federal authorities today and accused of transporting a minor to another state with the intent of sexual activity.

Timothy Logsdon was taken into custody following an investigation that started Saturday when the parents of a 16-year-old girl contacted the Genesee County Sheriff's Office to report her missing.

During an interview with FBI agents, the parents indicated the girl might be with Logsdon.

Authorities obtained a court order and traced Logsdon's mobile phone activity and determined he was in Kentucky.

That same day, State Police in Kentucky located Logsdon in Bowling Green and he was allegedly with the teenager.  

“Thanks to the awareness of the victim’s parents and the hard work by the FBI and Genesee County Sheriff’s Office, this case was investigated and closed in extremely rapid fashion,” said U.S. Attorney William Hochul in a news release. “This is yet another example of how the public coming forward to police with important information can stop criminal conduct before it gets too far.” 

Logsdon remains in federal custody pending further legal proceedings.

UPDATE AND CORRECTION: The first name of the alleged perpetrator contained in the original post was wrong. The story has been changed to contain the correct first name.

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