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Friday, August 8, 2014 at 2:21 pm

Students complete week learning about aviation at Genesee County Airport

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A week of intense study and fun came to an end today for students of the Aviation Adventure Camp.

The annual week-long camp exposes students going into ninth through 11th grade to potential career options in aviation and is held at the Genesee County Airport.

It's sponsored by the Business Education Alliance of Genesee County.

Today's class ended with a short graduation ceremony after participants competed in a final model helicopter flying contest.

This is the fourth year for the camp.

Friday, August 8, 2014 at 1:13 pm

Marshalls in Batavia Towne Center announces grand opening Aug. 21

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Press release:

Marshalls, one of the nation’s largest off-price retailers with more than 900 stores currently operating in 43 states and Puerto Rico, will open a new store in Batavia on August 21, 2014. Marshalls shoppers in Batavia will find top-quality, on-trend fashions and the most sought-after designer brand names at unbelievable prices in ladies fashion, shoes, accessories, men’s apparel, home, juniors, kids apparel and accessories, luggage, beauty and more!

“The new Batavia store will be stocked with a new, fresh assortment of the designer and brand-name merchandise that shoppers love, every single week,” said Richard Sherr, president of Marshalls. “Our buyers are fashion experts with a keen sense of style and are passionate about finding the most coveted merchandise for our shoppers for so much less!”


Join us on August 21st from 8 a.m. until 10 p.m. to be part of the grand opening excitement and find the amazing deals for the whole family. Enjoy the festivities including giveaways, gift card prizes, and more. 


·      Location: Towne Center at Batavia

·      24,479 square feet

·      Regular store hours:

o   9:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Monday-Saturday

o   11 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Sundays

·      Designer fashion at unbelievable prices

·      THE CUBE: A hip, in-store boutique of contemporary fashions

·      Shoe Mega Shop: Featuring designer and brand-name shoes for the whole family

·      Bright and fresh in-store experience every time you shop

·      Single queue checkout for faster shopping

With over 10,000 new items arriving to the Batavia store every week, it’s like entering a whole new store with every visit. Unlike department store buyers who shop seasonally, our buyers are in the market weekly looking for merchandise opportunities. They work with more than 16,000 brands and designers annually in over 60 countries to offer a mix of top-quality, fashionable pieces from the most sought-after designer brands as well as unexpected treasures from around the world.


In addition to providing a new shopping option for local residents, the new store will add approximately 60 full- and part-time jobs to the area.


In celebration of its new Batavia location, Marshalls will contribute to the local community by presenting a $5,000 donation to Catholic Charities at the ribbon-cutting ceremony on August 21st 7:30 a.m. Marshalls also has national and local partnerships with charitable organizations around the country including JDRF and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

Friday, August 8, 2014 at 10:28 am

Photos: Mini Cooper tour passes through Downtown Batavia

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A couple hundred Mini Coopers passed through Batavia this morning as part of a cross-country tour from San Francisco to Boston. The tour is sponsored by Mini Cooper.

The group is planning a stop today in Le Roy at the Jell-O Museum.

UPDATE: Reader submitted photo of Mini Coopers parked at Le Roy HS.

Thursday, August 7, 2014 at 11:07 pm

Photos: GLOW Corporate Cup 2014

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Chip O'Hara, from Auburn and representing First Niagara Bank, dusted the field in the GLOW Corporate Cup 5K race at Centennial Park today. O'Hara ran the race in 15.58.

About 700 runners and walkers entered the event.

Thursday, August 7, 2014 at 5:40 pm

Youths said to be breaking into cars on Mill Street in the city

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Three youths about 12 to 15 years old are reportedly breaking into vehicles on Mills Street in the City. Batavia PD is responding. One of the youths is said to be wearing a yellow shirt.

UPDATE 5:44 p.m.: Two are in custody.

Thursday, August 7, 2014 at 4:56 pm

Law and Order: Woman accused of possessing 8,000 untaxed cigarettes

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Joan Marie Paro, 48, of Humphrey Road, Fultonville, is charged with attempting to evade or defeat tax. Paro is accused of possessing more than 8,000 untaxed cigarettes (40 cartons), which is more than the 400 untaxed cigarettes adults are allowed to possess under NYS law. Paro was stopped at 12:39 p.m. Sunday on Route 77, Pembroke, by Deputy Chris Parker.

Shaneeka R. Wroten, 21, of Washington Avenue, Batavia, is charged with harassment ,2nd. Wroten turned herself in on an arrest warrant out of City Court.

James E. Wroten, 47, of Olyn Avenue, Batavia, is charged with harassment, 2nd. Wroten was allegedly involved in a domestic incident at 11:25 p.m. Monday. Wroten was jailed on $10,000 bail.

Thursday, August 7, 2014 at 4:31 pm

Photo: Summit Street repaved

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Summit Street, Batavia, was repaved today.

Thursday, August 7, 2014 at 4:22 pm

Auction features items that would interest car buffs

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Interesting auction for car restoration enthusiasts starting at 4:30 p.m. at 27 Summit St., Batavia. A portion of estate of a man who restored cars is being sold. It includes manuals, tools and parts. There are also some household items and antique furniture.

The auction is being conducted by Bontrager's.

Thursday, August 7, 2014 at 4:09 pm

City's first chalk art festival planned for next weekend

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Jennifer Gray uses chalk to create a drawing of a cow on the sidewalk outside Batavia city Hall this afternoon. Gray was drawing to help promote the city's first Sidewalk Painting Festival this weekend. The event starts next Friday and will run concurrently Saturday with Summer in the City. So far, 15 artists have signed up and as many as 15 more are expected to register when they show up Friday. The artists will use chalk to transform the sidewalks around City Hall. The event is sponsored by Vibrant Batavia.

CORRECTION: Added "next" in front of Friday. The event is next weekend, not this weekend.

Thursday, August 7, 2014 at 3:50 pm

Turning lane for Tim Horton's added to Lewiston Road

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The northbound lane of Lewiston Road, between Main and Park, was resurfaced and re-striped today to create a turning lane for the new Tim Horton's location. Traffic was delayed in the area during the work.

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