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Thursday, May 21, 2009 at 9:42 pm

About 25 people attend information meeting on Oak Street roundabout

post by Howard B. Owens in batavia, roundabout

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About 25 people attending a seminar this evening at City Hall on how the new roundabout on Oak Street will work.

Because of another event I attended, I only arrived near the end of the meeting.  Reporter Joanne Beck was there and I'm sure she'll have a full report for the Daily.

The information seemed well received by those who attended. Council member Kathy Briggs said it was very imformative.

Below are two videos. One of Howard McCulloch, roundabout design specialist for the state, discussing how best to navigate a roundabout, and then I shot a few sections of an animation of the Oak Street roundabout with cars going through it. The full, clearer, version of this video will appear on the City's web site within a couple of weeks.

Thursday, May 21, 2009 at 8:22 pm

The Red's Taxi post.

post by Lucille Van Son in batavia, history

To all of you who shared in the Red's Taxi post, and especially Bea who initiated it, I found some very interesting pictures this evening.  I am not trying to promote a business, but it just happened I went out for ice cream this evening and ended up out at Dave's.  (and it was sugar-free and good). On the walls inside, were pictures of old Batavia (and I mean old)!  I saw a picture of Sacred Heart Church during the flood of 1942, I saw a picture of the Bus Station, the old railroad Depot that was where Salvation Army is now,  the Kendall gas station, Joy's Liquor Store, Dean's Drugs, Sloat's Tire Shop and there were others!  I just can't remember them all. 

I just wanted to share this with all that took that short trip down memory lane the beginning of the week.  I and I thought the bar idea was a good one.

 Lu

Thursday, May 21, 2009 at 11:11 am

City Manager announces interim fire chief for Batavia

post by Howard B. Owens in batavia

City Manager Jason Molino announced this afternoon that he's found an interim fire chief.

It's Ralph Hyde, who served the Batavia Fire Department from 1959 to 1992, taking on the role of chief in 1971.

While Hyde is drawing a pension, Molino said he does not anticipate a 211 waiver problem like the one that forced Tom Dillon to quit the job two weeks ago.  Hyde's position is clearly temporary.  Dillon's appointment was temporary, but then when the decision was made ot keep him in a permanent role, a 211 waiver was required.

For further details and comments from Molino, tune into WBTA 1490-AM at 12:30.

UPDATE: Joanne Beck has posted a nice story about Hyde taking over as chief.

''I'm getting back in the game; I'm good and healthy. I'm excited; I always enjoyed the challenge of the job,'' he said Thursday afternoon from his city home. ''If I didn't love this, I wouldn't be coming back.''

He has been working in surveillance at Batavia Downs Gaming part-time and is anxious to begin his duties Tuesday.

"I am pleased that Chief Hyde has responded to the call of duty for the community for a second time,'' City Manager Jason Molino said. ''Chief Hyde brings a life time of commitment and leadership to Batavia."

Thursday, May 21, 2009 at 9:52 am

Rotary Flower Sale

post by Howard B. Owens in batavia, Rotary

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The Rotary Flower Sale is going on today until 5 p.m. and tomorrow from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. outside Tonawanda Federal Credit Union.

Pictured are Rotarians Joseph Gerace, Committee Chair, Anne Garlock and Justin Colarco-Smith.

Thursday, May 21, 2009 at 9:37 am

Deals of the Day: Herbly Wonderful and Adam Miller Toy and Bicycles

post by Howard B. Owens in batavia, Deal of the Day, herbly wonderful

Everybody loves Adam Miller Toy and Bicycles and Herbly Wonderful. Today we have gift certificates from both popular stores valued at $12.50 each, which we're selling for HALF OFF, $12.50, plus a $1 service fee.

Adam Miller is located on Center Street and features a fine line of vintage toys and games, models and a range of bicycle styles.

Herbly Wonderful a great local source of teas, herbs, flowers and more. It's located on Pearl St.

For more information on each of these businesses, click on their ads on the right side of this page.

Rules: The gift certificate must be used by within 30 days of purchase. It is not valid with other offers and has no cash value.  People who have won a certificate in the past 30 days are not eligible to win a certificate from the same business as before.  By state law, gift certificates cannot be used for alcohol purchase.

How to Win: Purchase using the PayPal "Buy Now" button below. After the first person to hit the "buy now" button completes the purchase, PayPal will let you know that the item has been sold. Ideally, the winner will arrange to stop by my office on Main Street before 5:00 p.m. (today or tomorrow) to pick up gift certificate. Mail is an option, but it would be better to hand you the gift certificate. 

If you want to be notified via e-mail of future Deals of the Day, sign up for the Deals of the Day e-mail list by clicking here.

Merchants: If you would like your business featured in Deal of the Day, call Howard Owens at 260-6970.

Adam Miller Toy and Bicycles

SOLD

Herbly Wonderful

SOLD

Thursday, May 21, 2009 at 6:54 am

Police Beat: Crack cocaine bust in Oakfield

post by Howard B. Owens in batavia, corfu, crime, Oakfield, pembroke

dennis-lloyd-butler-mug.jpgAn Oakfield couple was allegedly found last night to posses a substantial amount of crack cocaine after the Genesee County Drug Enforcement Task Force obtained a search warrant for 26 S. Pearl St., Apt. 2.

Investigators reportedly found $300 in crack cocaine and $300 in marijuana during the search of the residence and related vehicles.

Taken into custody were Dennis "Dookie" R. Lloyd-Butler, 27, and Mandy Lloyd, 29.

Investigators reportedly found marijuana in the glove box of Mandy Lloyd's car.

Lloyd-Butler was charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance, a felony, and criminal possession of marijuana. Mandy Lloyd was charged with unlawful possession of marijuana.

Lloyd-Butler is being held in Genesee County Jail without bail. Mandy Lloyd was issued an appearance ticket.

The Sheriff's Office reports additional charges are pending.

Assisting in the investigation were the Genesee County District Attorney's office, City of Batavia's Emergency Response Team, Genesee County Sherif's deputies, New York State Police officers and K-9 "Jay."

Patrick W. Collins, 46, of Batavia, is being held on $2,500 bail after allegedly attacking his wife. Collins reportedly threw his wife against a wall, put his hands around her neck and threatened to kill her. He is charged with menacing in the third degree. The alleged incident occurred last night around 11:30 p.m.

Martin G. Pacer, 29, of Corfu, allegedly violated an order of protection by punching another person in the face Wednesday night around 11 p.m. The incident occurred in Pembroke. He is charged with criminal contempt and harassment. Pacer is held in Genesee County Jail on $5,000 bail.

Wednesday, May 20, 2009 at 9:52 am

If you're missing a calf, check around Batavia-Elba Townline Road

post by Howard B. Owens in batavia, agriculture, cattle, elba

An Angus calf has been roaming around Batavia-Townline Road for two days, according to Jonathan Lamb.

Lamb and neighbors have tried to capture the young animal, but it runs any time anybody approaches it.

"Maybe you remember Woody from last year -- I don't know if we have another Woody on our hands, but I've called all the neighbors and nobody knows who it belongs to," Lamb said.

The calf is wandering in a field near the road, Lamb said.

If anybody is missing an Angus calf, Lamb said the owner should e-mail him at jonathanl (at) lambfarmsinc dot net.

Wednesday, May 20, 2009 at 8:16 am

Deal of the Day: Larry's Steakhouse

post by Howard B. Owens in batavia, Deal of the Day, Larry's Steakhouse

Today's deal -- enjoy a good meal at Larry's Steakhouse with this $25 gift certificate available today at half price: $12.50 (plus a $1 service fee).

Rules: The gift certificate must be used by within 30 days of purchase. It is not valid with other offers and has no cash value.  People who have won a certificate in the past 30 days are not eligible to win a certificate from the same business as before.  By state law, gift certificates cannot be used for alcohol purchase.

How to Win: Purchase using the PayPal "Buy Now" button below. After the first person to hit the "buy now" button completes the purchase, PayPal will let you know that the item has been sold. Ideally, the winner will arrange to stop by my office on Main Street before 5:00 p.m. (today or tomorrow) to pick up gift certificate. Mail is an option, but it would be better to hand you the gift certificate. 

If you want to be notified via e-mail of future Deals of the Day, sign up for the Deals of the Day e-mail list by clicking here.

Merchants: If you would like your business featured in Deal of the Day, call Howard Owens at 260-6970.

SOLD

Wednesday, May 20, 2009 at 6:54 am

Police Beat: Illinois man wanted for home repair fraud apparently found in Batavia

post by Howard B. Owens in batavia, crime

Riley-William John-mug.jpgThe long arm of Illinois law enforcement apparently got its man with the help of the Genesee County Sheriff's Office yesterday afternoon when William John Riley was stopped for excessive window tint on the car he was driving on Lover's Lane Road in Batavia.

Riley is either 32 or 39, depending on which date of birth he uses, and was allegedly wanted in Illinois on a charge of home repair fraud in Pontiac, Ill.

Sheriff's Deputy Ronald Meides became suspicious of Riley during the traffic stop, so Riley, who has been living in Rochester, was brought into the Sheriff's Office for questioning.

During the conversation, Meides suspected Riley of giving false information about his identity.

Riley's finger prints were live scanned at the Genesee County Jail and a short time later, his identity was confirmed, according to a Sheriff's Office press release.

Riley is being held without bail.

He faces additional charges  for the window tint and for carrying a radio in the car that is capable of picking up police frequencies.

Trisha Boyd, 20, of Glendale, Nova Scotia, Canada, is charged with endangering the welfare of a child. Boyd allegedly left two children unattended in a car while inside the Shoe Dept. store on Veterans Memorial Drive.

Tuesday, May 19, 2009 at 3:36 pm

NYPA approves power allocation for proposed Yahoo! data center

post by Billie Owens in batavia, genesee county, NYPA

The New York Power Authority -- which previously came under fire for denying power allocation to a planned data center in Albion for Google -- unanimously approved power for a similar facility for Yahoo! today.

Gov. David Paterson announced the decision and discussed details of the proposal in a teleconference this morning, according to the Buffalo News.

One site in Genesee County and two in Niagara County are under consideration.

The facility would cost $150 million and when completed would employe about 125 people with an average salary of $65,000.

Yahoo! has been negotiating with state officials for the past six weeks for an allocation of 10 megawatts of low-cost hydroelectric power in order to build phase one of the center.

If the Yahoo! Board of Directors accepts the state's deal, the company would move forward with the project. Phase two to complete the data center would be done by 2012 and Yahoo! would be allowed another 5 megawatts of hydroelectric power.

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