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Wednesday, April 8, 2009 at 4:12 pm

Gov. Paterson set to announce that Batavia will receive some stimulus funding

post by Howard B. Owens in batavia, stimulus

We just received this message from City Council President Charlie Mallow:

I just received the word from the governor's office that Batavia will be included in the first round Transportation Stimulus announcement tomorrow morning in Canandaigua.  Although I have few specifics regarding the exact announcement as it pertains to our city, it is my understanding that there is at least one city project will be included. I will be attending to represent the city tomorrow, Thursday, April 9, 10 AM at  125 Parish Street, Canandaigua.

Governor Paterson will announce transportation Stimulus funds at a DOT maintenance facility in Canandaigua. Ground breaking for this work will start within 180 days.
My apology for the the lack of information as to what streets will be receiving the repairs, I will have more for you after the meeting.

UPDATE: Rose Mary Christian left the following remark in the comments:

I'm very happy that our city will be on Governor Patterson list to recieve some of the stimulus money from the state. I must say Jason Molino and Sally Kuzon worked very hard for Batavia to compete against other communities. The city taxpayers should be very pleased with this process because it was their money ( from the VLT) to put into this project. It was our manager and his assistant who presented this to our Albany officals. Great job Jason and Sally, Rose Mary

Tuesday, April 7, 2009 at 3:40 pm

Attica prison cats in peril

post by Billie Owens in Attica, batavia, cats, SPCA

Milk and cats go together like dogs and bones. So it's no surprise that prison dairy farms, such as the one at Wyoming Correctional Facility in Attica, is a magnet for felines.

But Governor Paterson's cost-cutting decision to eliminate farm operations at correctional facilities has put prisoners' "pets" in peril.

A tipster at Attica let the cat out of the bag, so to speak. He said inmates were told to quit feeding the cats, some of which are "orphans" from Genesee County.

But starvation and neglect tactics would be unlawful, a misdemeanor for "failure to provide sustenance" under Agriculture and Markets regulations.

The correctional authorities claimed no knowlege of the situation when Sue Davila inquired about it last week. She's a state licensed animal cruelty investigator with the Wyoming County SPCA.

Up to 100 cats are believed to be living at the facility, which Davila got permission to visit last week. She and SPCA board member Janice Stenman, aided by guards and inmates managed to round up 14 cats and kittens. Live traps were put out Monday to catch more.

The animals confiscated Friday were tested for disease and given immunizations. They were treated as needed for fleas, worms, ear mites and given antiobiotics. One very pregnant female had a gaping abcess on her neck. One had a respiratory infection, one was brain damaged and a male was neutured and declawed.

"Part of the problem is local -- people show up at night and dump their cats at the prison," Stenman said. "It's not entirely the prison's fault that (the cats) are there."

The problem is not new.

Stenman said a guard told her that four years ago an order was given to get rid of the cats. They were corraled into a shed and a truck driver backed up to the shed and gassed the cats with exhaust fumes. They were purportedly then dumped into a mass grave and their killer got a bounty of $8 per cat. No one wants to talk about it publicly, Stenman said, because they fear reprisals.

The dairy farm cats are indoors only -- use to being fed and thus unsuited to suddenly fending for themselves. Perhaps some may become adoptable once they are quarantined and evaluated.

Speaking of which, the folks at the donation-dependant SBCA are feeling kind of desparate.

"This situation has put horrible pressure on us," Stenman said, adding that money for food and medication plus a barn to use as a temporary quarantine site are the most immediate needs.

Wyoming County SPCA is a no-kill facility which can accommodate 200 cats, not 300. It also accepts animals from facilities in several other counties.

Lollipop Farm in Monroe County is also a no-kill facility that works with SPCAs and volunteers to care for homeless pets.

In Genesee County, the government animal shelter in Batavia can handle caging for 25 to 35 cats at a time, but by law only those from Genesee County residents.

Local animal control officer Aggie Jaroszewski said 578 cats were adopted or found foster homes through the Genesee shelter last year.

Those were the lucky ones. Many cats are euthanized. If feral populations in particular are allowed to grow unfettered, the incidence of sickness and disease increases. Last year, a cat tested positive for rabies in the Village of Leroy, Jaroszewski said.

Feral or nearly feral cat populations are not uncommon in mobile home parks and apartments, places where property owners often ban pets, Jaroszewski said.

Tuesday, April 7, 2009 at 5:54 am

Police Beat: Batavia woman charged with stalking

post by Howard B. Owens in batavia, crime

Lisa M. Derrett, 18, of Batavia, is charged with stalking in the 4th degree. Derrett was taken into custody following an investigation at Genesee Community College where she allegedly approached an individual she had been advised by law enforcement not to contact. She was released on her own recognize. An order of protection was issued.

Monday, April 6, 2009 at 3:58 pm

Lunchtime book discussion

post by Billie Owens in announcements, batavia, library

This week's “Books Sandwiched In” will focus on a couple of forgotten bestsellers from the 1960s. Mary Ellen Casey and William Hayes will review John LeCarre's "The Spy Who Came in From the Cold" and "Profiles in Courage" by John F. Kennedy.

The free program is from 12:10 to 1 p.m. Wednesday, May 6 in the Gallery Room of Richmond Memorial Library. It's located at 19 Ross St. in Batavia.

The Friends of the Library are the sponsors. Bring your lunch; coffee, tea and cookies are provided.  All welcome.  For more information, call the library at (585) 343-9550, ext. 8 or log on to www.batavialibrary.org.

Event Date and Time

May 6, 2009 - 12:10pm - 1:00pm
Monday, April 6, 2009 at 3:21 pm

Book discussion group for early birds

post by Billie Owens in announcements, batavia, library

The Adult Book Discussion Group will meet at 7:45 a.m. Wednesday May 13 at Richmond Memorial Library, 19 Ross St. in Batavia.

The discussion will be about "The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society," written by Mary Ann Shaffer. The books are available at the front desk. Refreshments will be served. For more information, call the library at 343-9550 ext. 8 or log onto www.batavialibrary.org.

Event Date and Time

May 13, 2009 - 7:45am - 9:00am
Monday, April 6, 2009 at 3:07 pm

Books Sandwiched In

post by Billie Owens in announcements, batavia, library

An ongoing series called "Books Sandwiched In" will be held from 12:10 to 1 p.m. Wednesday, April 22 in the Gallery Room at Richmond Memorial Library.

The theme is "forgotten bestsellers through the decades." This week's focus will be the 1940s with reviews by John Holder and Mike Carragher. They will talk about Irwin Shaw's "Young Lions" and William L. White's "They Were Expendable," respectively.

The series is sponsored by Friends of the Library. It's free. Bring lunch if you like. Coffee, tea and cookies will be provided.

All are welcome. The library is located at 19 Ross St. in Batavia. Phone is 343-9550 ext. 8, or log on to www.batavialibrary.org.

Event Date and Time

April 22, 2009 - 12:10pm - 1:00pm
Monday, April 6, 2009 at 2:46 pm

Small business showcase

post by Billie Owens in batavia, business

Genesee County Chamber of Commerce is holding its annual Small Business Week Showcase from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, April 24.

It will feature a variety of merchants and various food vendors at Batavia City Centre, formerly the Genesee Country Mall.

The showcase coincides with the Jackson Square Inside concert at the mall, featuring the OHMS Band.

For information about exhibiting at the small business showcase, call Kelly Bermingham at 585-343-7440 ex. 26.

For more information about this and other downtown events visit the B.I.D. website at  HYPERLINK "http://www.downtownbataviany.com" www.downtownbataviany.com or call 585-344-0900.     

Event Date and Time

April 24, 2009 - 5:00pm - 8:00pm
Monday, April 6, 2009 at 1:23 pm

YMCA Healthy Kids Day

post by Billie Owens in announcements, batavia, health, YMCA

The Genesee Area Family YMCA is hosting its annual Healthy Kids Day Event
from 1 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, April 18. It's free and gives families a chance to visit the YMCA and see all it has to offer children and adults. There will be a Bounce House and you can climb our rock wall, swim, prepare healthy snacks, play games and experience virtual fitness games.

The YMCA is located at 209 E. Main St. in Batavia. Phone is 344-1664.

Event Date and Time

April 18, 2009 - 1:00pm - 4:00pm
Monday, April 6, 2009 at 1:01 pm

YMCA Preschool Open House

post by Billie Owens in announcements, batavia, preschool, YMCA

YMCA Preschool is holding an open house from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 8.

Open enrollment begins for the fall semester. Class offerings include a playgroup for 2-year-olds (must be 2 by Sept. 1, 2009) and 3-year-olds' preschool (must be 3 by Dec. 1, 2009).  Please contact the YMCA if you are looking for a half-day program for your 5-year-old child in the fall. Phone 344-1664.

In addition, all parents of children aged 4 by Dec. 1, 2009 are encouraged to register their children for Universal Pre-Kindergarten through the Batavia City School District.


Event Date and Time

April 8, 2009 - 6:00pm - 7:30pm
Monday, April 6, 2009 at 12:29 pm

Getting to know Dharina Rathod

post by Tasia Boland in batavia, John Kennedy School

Dharina Rathod made sure to correct me right away, very politely saying everyone calls her “Simran.”  This was her grandmother’s favorite Indian name, which means "prayer."

Teachers at Robert Morris Elementary School say this 11-year-old is well-rounded, helpful and courteous. Not to mention energetic. She takes part in lots of activities, ranging from singing to student council secretary.

But the thing that sets her apart from many other fifth-graders is her initiative.

"She willingly helps students on their assignments in a productive and nurturing way," said teacher Carly Koopman. "She is a kind girl -- always on top of her assignments and projects."

Such kudos prompt big smiles from Simran and her parents, of course. The family, including three older brothers, moved to Batavia when Simran was three. She was born in England.

"She's always helping us out," said her father Ken, which her family appreciates.

Kids in the classroom seem to appreciate Simran, too.

After finishing an art-class project, for example, Simran helps the others clean up. When she's finished an assignment, she comes to the aid of classmates who might be struggling with their work.

Social studies is Simran's favorite academic subject and her class is currently studying America's neighbors Canada and Mexico.

Outside her regular classroom, Simran takes part in a tutorial-assistance program for students preparing for exams.

She also plays saxophone in the school band and sings in chorus, the latter being her favorite.

As student council secretary, she said she mostly takes notes.

This summer she will spend her time dancing and swimming as well as enjoying one of her favorite Indian dishes, chicken curry.

Simran is toying with the idea of becoming a professional choreographer. She memorizes the dance moves she learns on television then practices them.

This fascination with dance has put an earlier goal of becoming a teacher on the back burner. But there's plenty of time to change her mind.

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