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Wednesday, September 14, 2011 at 3:17 pm

Car crash at Lewiston Road and Veterans Memorial Drive

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A two-car accident with injuries is reported at the intersection of Lewiston Road and Veterans Memorial Drive. One driver is said to have lost consciousness but is now alert.

Town of Batavia Fire Department and Mercy EMS are responding. A responder at the scene says the vehicles are blocking traffic. Two flatbed tow trucks are called.

UPDATE 3:18 p.m.: A second ambulance is called and there are three patients.

UPDATE 3:22 p.m.: Mercy Flight is called to respond. A second Town of Batavia fire crew is called to set up a landing zone in a field behind BJ's Wholesale Club.

UPDATE 3:36: Mercy Flight has landed in the field. A victim who was trapped inside a vehicle has been extricated.

UPDATE 3:40 p.m.: A 61-year-old woman is being transported to UMMC.

UPDATE 3:43 p.m.: A second patient is being transported by ambulance to Strong Memorial Hospital.

UPDATE 3:55 p.m.: The third patient is on board Mercy Flight, which is headed to Strong Memorial Hospital.

UPDATE 3:58 p.m.: All Town of Batavia fire units are back in service.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011 at 3:07 pm

Assemblyman Hawley invites residents to Town Hall Day this Saturday

Assemblyman Steve Hawley (R,I,C – Batavia) is inviting all residents of the 139th Assembly district to attend a special Town Hall Day on Saturday, Sept. 17. The town-hall tour will include meetings in the Village of Corfu/Town of Pembroke, Town of Alabama, Village and Town of Oakfield as well as the Village and Town of Elba.
 
“This is a great way for constituents to make their voices heard by giving their thoughts, suggestions and concerns directly to their elected representative,” Hawley said. “I look forward to meeting with the people of our community so that I can more effectively serve them and the needs of the district.”

Town Hall Day Schedule

Village of Corfu/Town of Pembroke
9:30 to 10:15 a.m.
Corfu Village Hall -- Community Center
116 E. Main St.

Village of Oakfield/Town of Oakfield
12:30 to 1:15 p.m.
Oakfield Village Office
37 Main St.
 
Town of Alabama
10:30 to 11:15 a.m.
Alabama Town Hall
2218 Judge Road
 
Village of Elba/Town of Elba
1:30 to 2:15 p.m.
Elba Town Hall
7 Maple Ave.

Tuesday, September 13, 2011 at 6:55 pm

ATV rider reportedly ripping up the lawn at Pembroke Intermediate School, Corfu

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Sheriff's deputies are responding to a complaint about the rider of a red and blue ATV tearing up the lawn at Pembroke Intermediate School, located at 58 Alleghany Road in Corfu.

Monday, September 12, 2011 at 2:46 pm

Vehicle strikes bicyclist downtown

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A vehicle has struck a bicyclist at the intersection of Main and Jackson streets in Downtown Batavia. Mercy EMS is called to respond in non-emergency mode.

UPDATE 2:47 p.m.: The bicyclist is able to walk. Fire department response is cancelled, although they had arrived on scene.

UPDATE 2:58 p.m.: Mercy medics are back in service. Patient refused treatment.

Monday, September 12, 2011 at 1:44 pm

GCC vet tech students helping and learning at the animal shelter

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Press release:

Students in Genesee Community College's new Veterinary Technology program began the fall semester with a new opportunity at the Genesee County Animal Shelter. The new cooperative agreement is already being tagged as a beneficial opportunity for all involved, especially our four-legged, furry friends.

Under the extensive oversight of GCC's vet tech program, second-year students are gaining hands-on experience by working with the staff and volunteers who run the Genesee County Animal Shelter located on West Main Street in the Town of Batavia.

Under the new agreement, GCC vet tech students aid in most facets of the shelter's daily operation including basic animal care such as feeding, cleaning, and kennel duty, as well as reception, client education, transport and record keeping. They work closely with the on-duty licensed veterinary technologist or veterinarian with direct animal care in checking vital signs, collecting and processing of blood and fecal samples, ear cleaning, administering medications, and diagnostic testing.

The students are enrolled in higher level courses, specifically, VET 234 Clinical Laboratory Techniques, VET 245 and VET 246 which covers small and large animal pathology and nursing, respectively.

"I'm ecstatic -- it is a great collaboration in a lot of different ways," Wendy Castleman, president of the Volunteers for Animals (VFA), which provides extensive support to Genesee County Animal Shelter. "There is already a very positive impact and a huge benefit to the animal and the shelter's operation as students help with the care, cleanliness, checking and testing of the animals."

The multifaceted benefit also includes the animal shelter now having access to an on-site veterinarian. GCC's full-time instructor Dr. Carolyn (Carrie) Caccamise is involved with the Animal Shelter as she oversees the teaching and learning experience of GCC students.

Genesee Community College's Veterinary Technology program trains students to aid animals and society by providing excellent care and service for animals by alleviating animal suffering and by promoting public health. Genesee students do not perform animal experiments of any kind, and the program will be visited on site by the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) for accreditation review.

It is also overseen by the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC), which ensures each and every procedure is documented, follows appropriate animal protocol and that the facilities are inspected a minimum of two times a year. The program is also registered by the NYS Department of Agriculture and Markets and comes under the direct jurisdiction of the US Department of Agriculture (USDA/APHIS). These governing agencies also conduct yearly inspections of facilities, review all protocols used for student learning, as well as the housing requirements for each individual species.

All animals cared for GCC students are supervised by a NYS licensed veterinarian and licensed veterinary technician, each with more than 20 years of veterinary clinical experience.

Lastly, part of the curriculum of Genesee's Veterinary Technology program includes studying the federally enacted Animal Welfare Act, wherein these rules and regulations offer the minimum standard of care. The two-year Vet Tech program at Genesee gives graduates the opportunity to become licensed veterinary technicians versed in high standards of animal care and dignity suitable for employment in many occupations that maintain the health and welfare of animals.

"GCC's program and its new agreement with Genesee County Animal Shelter aims to give our students a dynamic learning opportunity, but in doing so we are also sharing our resources with the local community and helping strengthen the extraordinary services provided by the Animal Shelter," said Kathryn Seweryniak, LVT, MS, director of the Veterinary Technology program. "Our program and this new cooperative agreement enable all of us to better help the animals in our community."

The Genesee County Animal Shelter offers an invaluable service to the community with more than 450 cats adopted last year and more than 220 dogs adopted. It is located at 3841 W. Main St. Road in Batavia and is open to the public Monday, Tuesday, Friday and Sundays from 1 to 3 p.m.; Saturday, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.; and Wednesdays from 1 to 3 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m.

The shelter can be reached at 343-6410. The website for Volunteers for Animals is www.vol4animals.org and it's updated regularly and features photos and profiles of both cats, dogs, kittens and puppies that are available for adoption.

For information contact GCC's Veterinary Technology Program Director Kathryn Seweryniak at 343-0055, ext. 6187, or at [email protected].

Monday, September 12, 2011 at 1:27 pm

BEST Center offers full array of community workshops

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Genesee Community College's BEST Center (Business and Employee Skills Training) offers a full menu of new non-credit community workshops and courses. From criminal justice to social media, and Italian to scrapbooking, the BEST Center offers courses to suit a variety of community needs and interests.

Law Series:

• Criminal Law: Speaker --  Frederick M. Rarick, Esq.

Tues. Oct. 25, 7 to 9 p.m.

This course will focus on both the dynamics and process of the criminal justice system.

• Putting Your House in Order: Speaker - Thomas D. Williams, Esq.

Tues. Nov. 15, 7 to 9 p.m.

This course will serve as a basic course in estate law and practice and discuss such topics as wills, living wills, health care proxies, powers of attorney, trusts and guardianship.

• Small Claims, Big Claims and Other Civil Matters: Speakers -- Hon. Robert J. Balbick, Batavia City Court and Hon. Michael A. DelPlato, Batavia City Court

Tues. Dec. 13, 7 to 9 p.m.

This course is designed to offer a basic understanding of the principles of civil litigation.

• In the Face of PURE EVIL: The legal history of Criminal Insanity

Wed. Oct. 26, 6 to 9 p.m.

Explore the legal history of Criminal Insanity in New York and learn more about some of the infamous cases and criminals shaping it.

Social Media Series:

• Basic Level: Social Networking for Facebook & Twitter

Thurs. Sept. 15, 8:30 to 11:30 a.m.

Learn the basics of Facebook and Twitter. Students will leave this course with a working Facebook and Twitter account, basic knowledge of how to use these tools, and how to protect themselves.

• Intermediate Level: Social Media Marketing

Thurs. Sept. 22, 8:30 to 11:30 a.m.

This class is for anyone who has a working fan/business page or Facebook account as well as a twitter account, but doesn't really know how to work it for their business. (Prerequisite: Basic Level)

• Social Media: Strategy

Thurs. Sept. 29, 9 to 11:30 a.m.

This class will take you from fence sitter to a viable business on both Twitter and Facebook. (Prerequisite: Basic & Intermediate Levels)

Arts and Hobbies Series:

• Quick and Easy Italian

Wednesdays, Nov. 9 through Dec. 21

A quick and breezy introduction to the Italian language. You will learn how to properly read, conjugate, pronounce and master a few handy phrases to know when traveling.

• Railroading A-Z

Thursdays, Oct. 20 trhough Nov. 17

Rail fans, model railroaders, amateur photographers, history buffs and even workers in the railroad industry will enjoy this rich and varied history of how the Iron Horse was created and stretched across our local area and the nation.

• Beginner Jewelry Making

Sat. Oct. 15, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Design and craft your own unique pieces of jewelry in this beginner class.

• Beginner Scrapbooking

Mondays, Oct. 17 to 24, 6:30-8:30 p.m.

In this course students will learn how to organize photos, the basic supplies needed, types of albums, and basic techniques to make simple and quick pages and complete albums.

• Advanced Scrapbooking

Sat. Oct. 29, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

In this course learn simple techniques to add variety to your pages. Techniques include chalking, stamping, eyelets, brads, vellum, ribbon, and more.

• Watercolor

Tuesdays, Oct. 11 through Nov. 1, 6  to 8:30 p.m.

Students will learn color theory, wash drawing, liquid masking, glazing, dropping color and more!

For full course descriptions, fees and additional details visit http://www.genesee.edu/best/courses/getActiveCourses/.

Contact The BEST Center to register for any of these courses by calling 585-345-6868 or by visiting www.bestcenter.org.

Monday, September 12, 2011 at 7:43 am

Fire alarm sounding at Presbyterian Church of Corfu

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Corfu and Darien fire departments are responding to a fire alarm at the Presbyterian Church of Corfu, located at 63 Allegany Road.

The alarm is indicating a problem in the basement, bathroom and pantry.

UPDATE 7:48 a.m.: Darien is told to stand down. The Corfu unit is held to one unit.

UPDATE 7:50 a.m.: The chief says "It was just burnt turkey. Corfu returning, in service."

Sunday, September 11, 2011 at 3:41 pm

Suspicious duffle bag on Main Street, Le Roy, proves not hazardous

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Press release:

At approximately 12:30 p.m. today, the Le Roy Police Department received a report of an unsupervised/suspicious duffle bag located near the U.S. Post Office on Main Street.

During the investigation, Main Street (between Bank and Wolcott streets) was closed for a short time while bomb squads from the New York State Police and the Rochester Office of the FBI responded and determined that the item was non-hazardous.

Main Street was reopened and no charges are pending. The Le Roy Fire Department assisted with traffic control during the incident.

Saturday, September 10, 2011 at 3:27 pm

Drivers beware of couch in the road on Route 19, Bergen

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Dispatch has received multiple calls about a couch blocking a northbound lane on Route 19 in Bergen, north of Bovee Road.

UPDATE 3:30 p.m.: The couch has been removed from the roadway and the state Department of Transportation will be notified to pick it up.

Saturday, September 10, 2011 at 3:07 pm

Field car in race rolls over, driver injured in Alexander

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A field car involved in a field car race has rolled over in an accident and there are injuries reported. The site is 2757 Route 20 in Alexander, behind Breton Construction, Inc.

Alexander Fire Department and Mercy medics are responding. An ambulance from Darien is called in as mutual aid to Alexander to stand by at the high school football game so Alexander can handle this call.

Mercy Flight out of Buffalo is on in-air standby.

UPDATE 3:09 p.m.: Mercy Flight is asked to land in the field adjacent to the accident.

UPDATE 3:21 p.m.: The patient is a 40-year-old man who suffered loss of consciousness and has upper back pain, upper thoracic tenderness and "crackling in the lungs."

UPDATE 3:38 p.m.: Mercy Flight is airborne and headed to Strong Memorial Hospital.

Saturday, September 10, 2011 at 2:10 pm

Multiple car smash up on Route 77, Corfu

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A multiple vehicle accident with multiple injuries is reported at 9049 Route 77. Corfu Fire Department and Mercy medics are en route.

UPDATE 2:15 p.m.: There are four vehicles involved. Darien Fire Department is also headed to the scene.

UPDATE 2:40 p.m.: Traffic is snarled near the accident scene. Traffic police are needed and they are seeking an available unit. A medic from Darien has transported one patient to UMMC.

UPDATE 2:59 p.m.: All Corfu units are back in service. A Sheriff's deputy is handling traffic detail.

UPDATE 3:13 p.m.: Darien units are about to clear the scene and when they do they plan to go to Alexander High School to stand by at the football game while Alexander Fire Department handles a race car accident.

Friday, September 9, 2011 at 9:25 pm

Car accident with injuries reported near Vine and Main streets, City of Batavia

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A car accident with injuries is reported on Vine Street just off of Main Street in the City of Batavia. City fire department and Mercy medics are responding.

UPDATE 9:47 p.m.: A 47-year-old male is transported to UMMC with minor injuries.

Friday, September 9, 2011 at 6:39 pm

Car fire at Pembroke Travel Center

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A car is reportedly on fire in the parking lot of the Pembroke Service  Area, off the Thruway.

East Pembroke Fire responding.

UPDATE 6:44 p.m.: A responder at the scene says the car fire is fully involved.

Friday, September 9, 2011 at 6:35 pm

Wire down and on fire in pasture in Alexander

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A wire is reportedly down in a pasture and on fire at 10032 Cook Road. Alexander Fire Department is en route.

Friday, September 9, 2011 at 3:28 pm

'Pedal to Save the Church - J.D. LeSeur Memorial Bike Rally' is tommorrow

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The Third Annual Pedal to Save the Church -- J.D. LeSeur Memorial Bike Rally is scheduled for 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 10.

The Landmark Society of Genesee County will be assisting with the 21-mile event. There is a $25 minimum pre-registration fee, $30 registration day of the event, which can be obtained by sponsors or donation.

A $50 gift certificate from the The Adam Miller Toy & Bicycle Shop will be awarded to the rider with the most sponsorship. Also, the bike shop people will be at the church checking over bikes prior to the event.

Optional tours will be given of St. James Episcopal Church and short presentations given at several historic sites in Oakfield. There will be refreshments and prizes.

All proceeds benefit the St. James Restoration Fund. For more information, please call 343-6802.

Friday, September 9, 2011 at 3:04 pm

New waterpark at Clarion Hotel seeks lifeguards

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The brand-new Palm Island Indoor Waterpark is looking to hire lifeguards. Full- and part-time jobs available. Applications can be found, along with park hours, at the website www.palmislandindoorwaterpark.com

The 12,000-square-foot facility is at the Clarion Hotel on Park Road in Batavia. It includes a 197-foot and a 169-foot waterslide, a pool equipped with basketball hoops, a spa, a play lagoon with waterfalls, small slides and dumping buckets, as well as birthday party rooms, a food and beverage concession and an arcade room with 15 games.

Friday, September 9, 2011 at 12:40 pm

Big weekend at Batavia Downs starts tonight

Press release:

This is going to be a big weekend at Batavia Downs Casino. Honoring and remembering is the theme.

Tonight, Joseph Teresi will be honored as the Batavia Downs Casino Italian-American of the Year with a special Winners Circle ceremony. The inaugural recipient of the award, Joseph Gerace, nominated Teresi for the award. Gerace recognized the work that Teresi does in the community and how he honors his Italian heritage doing so.

Teresi is currently the vice president of Tompkins Insurance Agencies. Some of his accolades include Geneseean of the Year, YMCA Volunteer of the Year, two-time Lions Distinguished Service Award winner and “Lion of the Year” award.

He is also involved as: the current president of Regional Action Phone Line; founder and volunteer of the YMCA Challenger Sports program; member of the Notre Dame High School Education Foundation; supporter of the T.F. Brown’s/Batavia Lions club annual Christmas dinner; past president of the Genesee YMCA Lions Club; and co-chair of the recent Genesee Foundation “Encore” event.

A special Italian-American themed buffet will be served in the Clubhouse while the Formula band, known for playing traditional Italian music, will be in Grandstands Bar & Grille from 8 until midnight.

On Saturday night, two big events will be taking place. After the fourth harness race, five high school students -- Elizabeth Shuknecht from Elba High School; Kendra Wall from Notre Dame of Batavia; Natalie Tuites from Batavia High School; Conor George from Oakfield High School; and Wyatt Chittenden from Pembroke High School -- will go behind the starting gate to race for their share of $7,500 in college scholarship money.

The scholarship race is a partnership between Batavia Downs Casino, Buffalo Raceway, Harness Horse Breeders of New York and the Western New York Horsemen Association. The college scholarship breakdown is as follows: $3,000 to the winner; $2,000 to the second-place finisher; and $1,200, $800 and $500 going to the third, fourth and fifth place finishers, respectively.

All students practiced at least five times during the month of August with the driver/trainer that they will be teamed up with. They were exposed to the full equine experience associated with the racing industry. The students and their professionals will race 1-mile, that's two laps around Batavia Downs on double-seated jog carts.

Later in the evening, Benny "The Whip"  Webster and P.C. "Patsy" Rapone will be installed in the Upstate New York Harness Racing Hall of Fame as part of the Class of 2011 representing Batavia Downs. Webster and the family of Rapone will be presented their Empire Pinnacle Crystal awards to mark the occasion, trackside after the 7th and 8th races.

Webster is a homegrown Western New York racing legend. He lived in Hilton, and got his first driving win at the age of 16 at the Hemlock Fair; both a mere 25 miles from Batavia Downs Casino. But that incipient stage of his development would later see a 47-year career unfold on the biggest stages of the sport as Webster would go on to win the Hambletonian, the Little Brown Jug and the Kentucky Futurity.

In a career that spanned six decades, Webster won 4,378 races and his horses earned purses of $43,197,645.

Born and raised in Caledonia, Patsy C. Rapone came from a harness-racing family; just about every relative was involved in the sport in some capacity. His father Lou Rapone was a national training and driving force from the 1950s right through the 1970s and amassed 2,069 wins in his career. So it was no surprise when Patsy left high school to go work with his dad taking care of the horses.

He started driving at age 21 at Batavia Downs in 1974. During his short career, Rapone won 2,643 races and $5.8 million in purse money. He died of brain cancer on May 16, 1996 at the age of 42.

Thursday, September 8, 2011 at 5:57 pm

Southern gospel music performance

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The public is welcome to enjoy Southern gospel music performed by The Crist Family beginning at 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 7, at the New Hope Fellowship. A free-will donation of $10 is suggested.

The church is located at 8052 Bank St. in Batavia.

Thursday, September 8, 2011 at 5:48 pm

Vendors sought for booths at St. Paul's Oktoberfest

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St. Paul Lutheran Church & School in Batavia is hosting Oktoberfest from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 1. It will take place on the back lawn area of the church at 31 Washington Ave.

St. Paul invites all crafters, local businesses, and organizations to host a booth. If you would like a booth, contact St. Paul at 585-343-0488. Booths are $30 each.

Oktoberfest admission is free!

Participants can welcome fall in the German tradition with German food, an authentic 25-piece German band, kids' activities, crafters, a Chinese auction, and more. This is a family friendly event for all ages!

Wednesday, September 7, 2011 at 6:59 pm

Robbery reported at Jan's Smoke Shop on Bloomingdale Road

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An alleged robbery-in-progress has been reported at 383 Bloomingdale Road in Basom. That's the address of Jan's Smoke & Gift Shop. The suspect is in the store's custody but he is fighting with them.

Law enforcement is en route.

The location is south of Martin Road by Shanks Road.

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