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Wednesday, August 24, 2011 at 7:11 am

Basom resident named an outstanding scholar at RIT

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Daniel Crossen, son of Robert and Sharon Crossen, of Basom, was recently named a 2010-2011 Outstanding Undergraduate Scholar at Rochester Institute of Technology.

He is a mechanical engineering major and a graduate of Oakfield-Alabama High School.

Outstanding Undergraduate Scholarship Awards are presented to students who have achieved the distinction of maintaining a minimum university grade-point average of 3.85 out of a possible 4.0 and completed at least 125 quarter credit hours of study, nearly two-thirds of the credit hours required for a baccalaureate degree.

Selection is also based on other factors complementing academic achievement, such as creative work, service on student committees, civic activities, employment and independent research.

Each RIT scholar receives a bronze medallion representing the traditional symbols for wisdom and respect -- the Athenian owl and the olive branch.

Rochester Institute of Technology is internationally recognized for academic leadership in computing, engineering, imaging technology, sustainability, and fine and applied arts, in addition to unparalleled support services for deaf and hard-of-hearing students.

RIT enrolls 17,000 full- and part-time students in more than 200 career-oriented and professional programs, and its cooperative-education program is one of the oldest and largest in the nation.

Wednesday, August 24, 2011 at 6:46 am

GC Chamber of Commerce announces 22nd annual local ag tour

post by Billie Owens in announcements, business

The 22nd annual Genesee County Decision-makers' Agriculture Forum will focus on "Homegrown Markets" and it takes place on Wednesday, Sept. 21, beginning at the Batavia United Methodist Church.

The church is located at 8221 Lewiston Road (Rt. 63) in the Town of Batavia.

The ag tour, sponsored by the Genesee County Chamber of Commerce, is free but you must register by Sept. 14.

To register for the tour, call the chamber at 343-7440, ext. 27, or stop by the office at 210 E. Main St. in Downtown Batavia. You can also RSVP by emailing your name, business and address to: [email protected].

The day will begin at 7:15 a.m. with registration, breakfast and speaker Stephen Tudhope, chair of the chamber's ag committee.

At 7:50, it's time to load the buses and travel.

(8 o'clock) First stop is First Light Farm & Creamery, a farmstead dairy and creamery that produces artisanal goat and cow milk cheeses. Brothers Trystan and Max Sandvoss learned the art and science of cheese making and animal husbandry in the Pacific Northwest, working for three different artisanal creameries over four years.

(9 o'clock) Second stop is Grassland Dairy. Brent and Polly Tillotson established their 100-cow, 260-acre organic dairy farm in 2008. Understanding and transitioning their farm to organic took them three years. Brent's experience growing up on his family's farm resulted in acquiring useful skills and knowledge, which helped him with this new venture.

(10:15) Last stop is Fenton Produce, LLC. Fenton's is a family owned and operated, third-generation farm -- the same farm that Paul's uncles bought in the early 1930s. There is a strong heritage of farming on Paul's side -- but this is the first generation to be a produce-only farm. They are strictly a vegetable farm that grows produce for the retail market. In addition to attending farmers markets and running their CSA, they also sell produce to 10 Wegmans stores in the Buffalo area and Tops in Batavia, along with selling to local farm stands in the area.

(11:15) Wrap up and return to the church.

Tuesday, August 23, 2011 at 5:58 pm

Former Batavia resident buys Gambler Pro Tour, now working the circuit to sign up pool players

post by Billie Owens in batavia, billiards, pool, sports

Former Batavia resident Jeff "The Buddha" Van Buren has purchased the Gambler Pro Tour and is on the road following the pool-players circuit in order to visit billiard rooms and sign up players.

“The Gambler Pro Tour is positioned to elevate the sport of billiards to the next level," says Van Buren, in his press release.

The GPT has an ambitious plan for events to take place in Western New York, Northern Pennsylvania, Eastern Ohio, Indiana, West Virginia, Kentucky, Tennessee, Kentucky, Alabama, Georgia and Florida.

He says the tour will attract seasoned veterans and amateurs, as well as, reach out to those who are new to billiard competition. Coverage of the events will be taped and edited for local cable broadcasting.

The Gambler Pro Tour was formed last year by Dan Dennis. Two events were held in Florida and Georgia. Ten more were planned with 10K each in added money. In May of this year, Van Buren, with expansion on his mind, struck a deal with Dennis to purchase the tour. The transfer took place with Catherine Jenkins, of the Mt. Dora, Fla.,Chamber of Commerce, recording the transaction.

Room owners will not be required to add money for semi-pro events. Many events will have no added money. This will take the lure away for seasoned players and give amateurs a chance at cashing in on events.

According to Van Buren, Gambler Pro Tour is not seeking to compete with established pool tours and does its best not to enter markets where there is already a popular tour in place like the Lone Star Tour in Texas, Great Southern Billiards Tour, Joss Tour, Tiger SE Tour, and the newly formed Action Pool Tour.

Van Buren, who now resides in Fort Myers, Fla., is the commissioner of the Pool Hustler Series, and founder of the Shooters Tour that covered Upstate New York. In addition to owning a pool room, he operated the Shooters Tour for 10 years. It grew to 1,000 players holding 30 to 40 events per year with all sponsorships coming from outside of the industry. He was well-known for holding charity events, his favorite being the Make-a-Wish Foundation.

To find out more, phone Van Buren at 239-822-5255, email him at [email protected], visit online at www.GamblerProTour.com

Tuesday, August 23, 2011 at 5:29 pm

World-renowned fencing referee to lead referees' clinic at EnGarde:Batavia

post by Billie Owens in announcements, fencing, sports

World-renowned fencing referee Jon Moss will be appearing at EnGarde:Batavia, a local fencing school located on Harvester Avenue, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday Aug. 27.

Moss, who holds the highest possible rating for a fencing referee, is a 42-year veteran of the sport.  He currently coaches at the University of New Hampshire and Tanner City Fencing Club and  serves as head referee at Fencing Officials Commission.

Moss will be on hand to certify perspective referees in the sport at the area’s only fencing school, which is owned and operated by Genesee County native, Colin Dentino. 

The sport of fencing requires skilled referees as the official is involved on every call and must adjudicate every action.

“It is vitally important that we train and maintain referees -- especially now since we are currently forming the Genesee Fencing League," Dentino said. "We’ll require skilled officials who are armed with the latest rules and guidelines."

After completing this clinic, and passing the referee exam, participants will be certified with the United States Fencing Association.

EnGarde:Batavia continues to grow since it opened its doors in the Artisan Center one year ago.  Besides the Jon Moss Referees' Clinic, EnGarde:Batavia also offers fencing camps and clinics for all ages/skill levels as well as their popular Molten Sword Tournament.

Dentino believes that fencing is underrated as a sport and has several benefits helping develop stamina, flexibility, strength, dexterity, hand/eye coordination, as well as physical and mental agility.

Tuesday, August 23, 2011 at 5:02 pm

Seven people at GCC receive SUNY Chancellor's awards and medals

post by Billie Owens in GCC, Milestones

Press release:

Seven Genesee Community College faculty and staff members received SUNY Chancellor's Awards and medals last Thursday, which recognize outstanding contributions to their respective professional fields, campuses, communities and the public at large.

The honorees are: Michelle Abdella, associate professor of Mathematics; Rafael Alicea-Maldonado, professor of Chemistry/dean of Math/Science and Career Education; Maureen (Moi) Dugan, assistant professor of Fine Arts; Kathleen Kimber, professor of Spanish; Carla Guiste, reproduction/copy center services operator; Donna Rae Sutherland, associate director of Marketing Communications; and Anita Whitehead, reference librarian.

Abdella received the SUNY Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching. She came to GCC in the spring of 2003 as an adjunct instructor and her success as an adjunct brought her a full-time faculty position in the fall of 2005. She is attuned to the different learning styles of her students and employs various teaching methods and techniques to engage them in the classroom. She has taught 11 different math courses and has served as the primary instructor of the Math for Elementary Teachers course. She lives in Batavia.

Alicea-Maldonado received the SUNY Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Faculty Service. Rafael joined the GCC faculty in 2000 and quickly became a valued member of the science department. During the last 10 years, he has stepped to the forefront outside of the classroom with the many other responsibilities he has assumed and the activities he participates in. He has been a member of the GUSTO Team for nine years. Particularly noteworthy is his assumption of the lead advisor role for the Genesee chapter of Phi Theta Kappa. He also received the SUNY Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching in 2005. He resides in Buffalo.

Dugan received the SUNY Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching. She came to Genesee in 2006 and is a dedicated, enthusiastic teacher. She communicates effectively in the classroom and both challenges and encourages her students to reach their full potential. She brings her professional expertise as an artist to the classroom to share with all. She has developed a variety of teaching techniques to address the varying and diverse backgrounds of her students. She lives in Penfield.

Guiste received the SUNY Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Classified Service. She has held her position for more than five years and has utilized her extraordinary organizational skills to reorganize the operation of the Copy Center, resulting in improved workflow and increased efficiency. She was instrumental in setting up a system for the electronic submission of jobs to the Copy Center, which has been a tremendous time- and cost-saving initiative, particularly for GCC's campus centers and the adjunct faculty members in the four-county service area. She is known across the college for providing exemplary customer service. She lives in Oakfield.

Kimber received the SUNY Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Scholarship and Creative Activities. She has contributed greatly to the college campus and community since she first joined the GCC faculty in 1997. She has integrated technology into the foreign language program by developing online modules and has been instrumental in the development of hybrid courses. Her activities go beyond the classroom in her service as chair of the Academic Standards Committee, a member of the Global Education Committee, and she participated in the year-long Genesee Leadership Academy. She also received the SUNY Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching in 2004. She lives in Rochester.

Sutherland received the SUNY Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Professional Service. She began in November 2003 and has successfully managed a department that has grown in terms of staff, budget, responsibilities, project load and innovative programs. She has played a key role in the development of marketing and promotional materials for the college that have earned national awards. One of the successful and highly visible projects she and her creative staff achieved has been the development of college-wide "photo boards" that capture the history and culture of the college. She has also been the driving force behind the College's ECO-Fest, the environmentally friendly event that brings hundreds of visitors to the college each spring in honor of Earth Day. She lives in Batavia.

Whitehead received the SUNY Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Librarianship. She started on a part-time basis in 2004 and became a permanent, full-time reference services librarian in 2007. She has been instrumental in developing many new library services such as LibGuides and has started a faculty outreach activity to keep faculty abreast of journal information in their respective areas. Several years ago, she started the "Roving Librarian" to take the library cart to different locations on campus to be available for student questions. She lives in Geneseo.

Tuesday, August 23, 2011 at 4:26 pm

Donations of clean, gently used clothing wanted for Batavia community giveaway

post by Billie Owens in announcements, batavia, first presbyterian church

The First Presbyterian Church, located at 300 E. Main St. in Batavia, will have a Community Clothing Giveaway from noon to 4:30 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 28, and from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 29.

Donations of clothing for infants, boys, girls, men and women are wanted, including shoes, sneakers, purses and hats. Winter clothing and children's clothing are especially welcome!

Please drop off your clean, gently used clothing at the church between 11:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m., and again in the evening from 6 to 8, tommorrow and Thursday.

If you'd like to help or have questions: please call Nancy at 585-343-9134 or email at [email protected]

Tuesday, August 23, 2011 at 1:01 pm

Possible structure fire on Pekin Road, Elba

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A possible structure fire is reported at 7554 Pekin Road in Elba. Elba Fire Department is on scene and the chief says nothing is showing. The fan over the stove reportedly caught fire and was unplugged but is still smoking.

Monday, August 22, 2011 at 4:20 pm

Seventy-eight Genesee County students make 2011 Deans' List at GCC

post by Billie Owens in Milestones

Genesee Community College named the following Genesee County students to the Deans' List for the Spring 2011 semester:

Bergen

Kaylee Amesbury, a full-time student

Kayleigh Tate, a full-time student

Robert Gonzalez, a full-time student

Brittany Zinter, a part-time student

Kaley Johnson, a part-time student

Karen Millspaugh, a part-time student

William Denson, a part-time student

Adrian Tardy, a full-time student

Cody Millspaugh, a full-time student

Karen Beaney, a full-time student

Byron

Brittni Loewke, a full-time student

Mark McLaughlin, a full-time student

Theodore Sauka, a full-time student

Corfu

Anne Koestler, a full-time student

Dana Wolbert, a full-time student

David Dupre, a full-time student

Devin Duprey, a full-time student

Dillon Hale, a full-time student

Jenifer Choate, a full-time student

John George, a full-time student

Joshua Hanel, a full-time student

Valerie Klug, a full-time student

Ashlin Thuman, a part-time student

Autumn Martin, a part-time student

Kristina Bates, a part-time student

Melissa Seweryniak, a part-time student

Michael Kraus, a part-time student

Stacy Brockway, a part-time student

Darien Center

Victoria Erb, a full-time student

Heidi Przybylski, a part-time student

East Bethany

Audrey Huntz, a full-time student

Sarah Best, a full-time student

Stephen Johnson, a full-time student

Sarah Lawson, a part-time student

Elba

Keenan Hughes, a full-time student

Kimberly Urbistondo, a full-time student

Christopher Johnson, a part-time student

Corey Crawford, a part-time student

Ryan Barbeau, a part-time student

Tiffany Hoopengardner, a part-time student

Le Roy

Benjamin Nicodemus, a full-time student

Brenda Melton, a full-time student

Brenda Hale-Gloskey, a full-time student

Caleigh Holly, a full-time student

Ian Humphrey, a full-time student

Janelle Bodine, a full-time student

Racheal Johnson, a full-time student

Duane Weber, a part-time student

James Feneran, a part-time student

Jamie Givens, a part-time student

Jeremy Tiede, a part-time student

Joeylyn Berl, a part-time student

Jordan Jackson, a part-time student

Katherine Stearns, a part-time student

Matthew Mead, a part-time student

Micah Brill, a part-time student

Scott Preston, a part-time student

Linwood

Alina Aldrich, a part-time student

Oakfield

Darcy Hendershott, a full-time student

Kari Adams, a full-time student

Olivia Waldron, a full-time student

Christa Monachino, a part-time student

Danielle Horning, a part-time student

Elizabeth Coffey, a part-time student

Sara Read, a part-time student

Brandi-Lyn Heidenreich, a full-time student

Pavilion

Cassandra Grice, a full-time student

Gloria Sherman, a full-time student

Sydney Case, a full-time student

Catalino Sampel, a part-time student

Debra Zalar, a part-time student

Erik VonSanden, a part-time student

Karen Crittenden, a part-time student

Lydia Zwierzynski, a part-time student

Marie Hart, a part time student

William Kegler, a part-time student

Stafford

Mark Williams, a part-time student

Tammy Trzaska, a part-time student


Genesee Community College offers over 60 academic programs and certificates, including the brand new Veterinary Technology A.A.S. degree and Polysomnographic Technology A.A.S. degree, (the study of sleep disorders). Genesee is accessible through seven campus locations throughout Western New York, as well as through online classes in the Distance Learning program.

College housing is available at College Village, just a three-minute walk from the Batavia Campus. With small class sizes and state-of-the-art technology both inside and out of the classroom, Genesee Community College is known for being "high-tech" and "high-touch." Find out more at www.genesee.edu.

Monday, August 22, 2011 at 3:03 pm

Lawley Insurance make the industry's Top 50 agencies list

post by Billie Owens in business, lawley insurance

Press release:

Lawley Insurance, a leading, full-service regional broker, is ranked for the first time among the Top 50 agencies in the country in this year’s annual listing in "Business Insurance" magazine, the insurance industry’s leading periodical.

Lawley’s planned, systematic growth enabled it to move from number 79 in 2006 to 50 in 2010. Business Insurance’s rankings are based on all brokerage revenues, the commissions and fees from the sales and servicing of commercial and personal insurance and employee benefits.

Lawley’s planned growth was a result of several factors, including its continued expansion of branch partner offices across the Northeast.

“Over the past several years, we have invested in key resources to enhance our value proposition for our client base,” said Lawley Principal William Lawley Jr.

“Our continued focus on workers’ compensation and employee benefit solutions, alternative risk financing (including captives), claims management, and loss prevention are where our organization outperforms other agencies,” added Principal Christopher Ross.

Lawley specializes in key industry groups, including construction/surety, automotive, not for profits, public entities, and health care.

The agency also continues to make significant investments in new sales and insurance professionals who contribute to their continued growth.

“Our goal has been to be ranked among the top 50 agencies in the country. We are proud of our strong partnerships with our clients, carriers, and communities,” Lawley explained. “We have been fortunate to secure the talent and expertise to provide innovative services that enhance the value we bring to our communities and our customer base. These partnerships, combined with our professional team, contributed to our success.”

Lawley Insurance, incorporated in 1955, is a full-service insurance broker providing insurance, risk management and employee benefits. The company is headquartered at 361 Delaware Avenue in Buffalo. Lawley also has New York branches in Amherst, Batavia, Fredonia, Rochester, Westchester County and a branch in Florham Park, NJ.

Sunday, August 21, 2011 at 12:41 pm

Severe thunderstorm warning issued

post by Billie Owens in weather genesee county

The National Weather Service has issued a severe thunderstorm warning for the southwestern portion of Genesee County until 1 p.m. It's said to be capable of producing quarter-size hail and damaging winds of up to 60 MPH. It's now moving in an easterly direction from Hamburg at a rate of 35 MPH.

The weather service says: "This is a dangerous storm. If you are in the path, prepare immediately for damaging winds, destructive hail, and deadly cloud-to-ground lightning. People outside should move to a shelter, preferably inside a strong building but away from windows."

Saturday, August 20, 2011 at 2:25 pm

Three-car accident on the Thruway

post by Billie Owens in batavia, accidents

A three-car accident is reported on the westbound Thruway at mile market 386.6. Uknown injuries. Town of Batavia Fire Department and Mercy EMS are responding.

UPDATE 2:33 p.m.: A Mercy medic on scene reports there are no injuries.

Friday, August 19, 2011 at 3:12 pm

Today's Deals: Adam Miller Toy & Bicycles, Larry's Steakhouse, Carlson's Studio, Alabama Hotel, and more!

post by Billie Owens in Deal of the Day

Adam Miller Toy & Bicycles, 8 Center St., Batavia, NY: Feel like a kid in a toy store again, or treat your kids to the greatest toy store they will ever see. We have a $25 gift certificate for $12.50.

Stafford Trading Post, 6173 Main Road, Stafford, NY: Lunch or dinner, Stafford Trading Post offers a variety of fresh, homemade meals, as well as snacks and drinks. Now in a new, expanded location. We have a $25 gift certificate for $12.50. Gift certificates valid on menu items only. Not applicable to in-store purchases.

Cruiser's Creamery, 140 W. Main Road, Le Roy, NY: For the best homemade ice cream, gelato and Italian ice, cruise down to Cruiser's Creamery. It's worth the drive! We offer soft serve, sundaes, razzles, milkshakes and more! Try an old-fashioned Banana Barrel! Our waffle cones and bowls made fresh daily. Hours are 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., daily. Drive thru and patio seating. We have a $10 gift certificate available for $5.

Alli's Cones & Dogs, 7063 Lewiston Road, Oakfield, NY: Full breakfast, lunch and dinner menu; all-you-can-eat salad bar; ice cream served year-round; eat-in or take-out. We have a $20 gift certificate for $10.

Clor's Meat Market, 4169 W. Main St. Road, Batavia, NY: For the best, most flavorful, juiciest chicken or hamburger in town, hands down, stop by Clor's. Oh, and the steaks are great, too. And the sausage. Clor's also serves lunch and dinners from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. We have a $10 gift certificate for $5.

Settler's, 353 W. Main St., Batavia, NY: Settler's has a 25-year history of serving great, affordable breakfasts, lunches and dinners to Batavians. We have a $20 gift certificate for $10.

Bourbon & Burger Co., 9 Jackson St., Batavia, NY: Batavia's newest burger joint offers more than two dozen different types of tasty hamburgers. Our menu also includes a variety of sandwiches, appetizers and an extensive beer list, plus a full bar. We have a $20 gift certificate for $10.

Alabama Hotel, 1353 Lewiston Road, Basom, NY: A historic and legendary tavern and restaurant. The Alabama Hotel is famous for its fish fries, but also serves a variety of top-quality entrees, featuring Certified Angus Beef. Now with expanded hours. We have a $25 gift certificate for $12.50.

Spirits, 78 Lake St., Le Roy, NY. Le Roy's favorite sports bar, where fun and good food are always on tap. We have a $20 gift certificate for $10.

Bohn's Restaurant, 5256 Clinton St., Batavia, NY:  Fine dining in an atmosphere of casual elegance. Lunch and dinner, steak, prime rib and seafood. Ask about Bohn's catering services and banquet facility. We have a $25 gift certificate for $12.50.

Cookies & Milk, 28 City Center, Batavia, NY: Cookies & Milk offers a wide selection of delicious cookies, cakes and pies. Now offering a full lunch menu that includes soups, salads and sandwiches. Stop by for something sweet! We have a $10 gift certificate for $5.

Viking Valhalla Restaurant & Rose Garden Bowl, 21 Buffalo Road, Bergen, NY: Open for lunch Monday through Sunday, and dinner Friday and Saturday evenings. Dinner favorites are our succulent prime rib and Friday fish fries! We are always happy to help plan your special occasion -- wedding, shower, rehearsal dinner, stag party, graduation, company function, banquet, family or class reunion. We have a $20 gift certificate for $10.

T.F. Brown's, 214 E. Main St., Batavia, NY: T.F. Brown's is a great place for a good meal, good friends and to catch up on what's going on in the sports world. "If it happens in sports, it happens at Brown's." We have a $20 gift certificate for $10.

Carlson's Studio, 39 Jackson St., Batavia, NY: Weddings, new babies, grads, family portraits, pet portraits and group events -- preserve those memories with professional photographs. We have a $100 gift card for $50 (+$2 PayPal Service fee).

Kravings, Valu Plaza, 4152 W. Main St., Batavia, NY: Kravings offers soups, salads and sandwiches, fresh and flavorful; Monday through Saturday. We have a $10 gift certificate for $5.

Ficarella's Pizzeria, 21 Liberty St., Batavia, NY. Dine-in, drive-thru or delivery. Featuring fresh, hearth-baked pizza since 1985, plus wings, pasta and more. We have a $20 gift certificate for $10. (Good only at the Batavia location.)

Larry's Steakhouse, 60 Main St., Batavia, NY: The name says it all -- Larry's is a great place for steak. Larry's has a fine dining atmosphere with a great menu and outstanding service. We have a $25 gift certificate for $12.50.

SOLD OUT

Friday, August 19, 2011 at 12:12 pm

Two-car accident with injuries in front of Red Osier

post by Billie Owens in accidents, Stafford

A two-car accident with injuries is reported in front of the Red Osier Restaurant, Route 5 near Roanoke Road. Stafford Fire Department and Mercy medics are responding.

UPDATE 12:16 p.m.: There is one person injured. Law enforcement on scene says there are a lot of fluids in the roadway. Tow truck(s) are en route.

UPDATE 12:55 p.m.: A 34-year-old man is being transported to UMMC complaining of pain in his neck, lower back and wrist.

Thursday, August 18, 2011 at 5:07 pm

Vehicle loses fuel tank on Lewiston Road, Alabama

post by Billie Owens in accidents, Alabama

A vehicle's fuel tank has reportedly fallen off on Lewiston Road, east of Salt Works Road. Alabama Fire Department is responding.

Thursday, August 18, 2011 at 4:28 pm

Accident with minor injuries on Bethany Center Road.

post by Billie Owens in accidents, Bethany

A car versus motorcycle accident with minor injuries is reported on Bethany Center Road, just north of Cacner Road. It is partially blocking the roadway at the hilltop. Bethany Fire Department and Mercy medics are responding. Sheriff's deputies are on scene.

UPDATE 4:53 p.m.: The motorcyclist, who is a 49-year-old woman, is transported to UMMC with injuries that include an open left arm fracture and foot abrasions. Bethany units are back in service.

UPDATE 5:24 p.m.: The patient is being taken instead to the trauma center at Rochester General Hospital.

Thursday, August 18, 2011 at 3:30 pm

Today's Deals: Bohn's, T.F. Brown's, Alabama Hotel, Viking Valhalla, and more!

post by Billie Owens in Deal of the Day

Clor's Meat Market, 4169 W. Main St. Road, Batavia, NY: For the best, most flavorful, juiciest chicken or hamburger in town, hands down, stop by Clor's. Oh, and the steaks are great, too. And the sausage. Clor's also serves lunch and dinners from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. We have a $10 gift certificate for $5.

Settler's, 353 W. Main St., Batavia, NY: Settler's has a 25-year history of serving great, affordable breakfasts, lunches and dinners to Batavians. We have a $20 gift certificate for $10.

Bourbon & Burger Co., 9 Jackson St., Batavia, NY: Batavia's newest burger joint offers more than two dozen different types of tasty hamburgers. Our menu also includes a variety of sandwiches, appetizers and an extensive beer list, plus a full bar. We have a $20 gift certificate for $10.

Alabama Hotel, 1353 Lewiston Road, Basom, NY: A historic and legendary tavern and restaurant. The Alabama Hotel is famous for its fish fries, but also serves a variety of top-quality entrees, featuring Certified Angus Beef. Now with expanded hours. We have a $25 gift certificate for $12.50.

Spirits, 78 Lake St., Le Roy, NY. Le Roy's favorite sports bar, where fun and good food are always on tap. We have a $20 gift certificate for $10.

Bohn's Restaurant, 5256 Clinton St., Batavia, NY:  Fine dining in an atmosphere of casual elegance. Lunch and dinner, steak, prime rib and seafood. Ask about Bohn's catering services and banquet facility. We have a $25 gift certificate for $12.50.

Cookies & Milk, 28 City Center, Batavia, NY: Cookies & Milk offers a wide selection of delicious cookies, cakes and pies. Now offering a full lunch menu that includes soups, salads and sandwiches. Stop by for something sweet! We have a $10 gift certificate for $5.

Viking Valhalla Restaurant & Rose Garden Bowl, 21 Buffalo Road, Bergen, NY: Open for lunch Monday through Sunday, and dinner Friday and Saturday evenings. Dinner favorites are our succulent prime rib and Friday fish fries! We are always happy to help plan your special occasion -- wedding, shower, rehearsal dinner, stag party, graduation, company function, banquet, family or class reunion. We have a $20 gift certificate for $10.

T.F. Brown's, 214 E. Main St., Batavia, NY: T.F. Brown's is a great place for a good meal, good friends and to catch up on what's going on in the sports world. "If it happens in sports, it happens at Brown's." We have a $20 gift certificate for $10.

The Mane Attraction Salon and Spa, 99 Main St., Batavia, NY: offers "Affordable Luxury" in downtown Batavia. We pride ourselves in the great customer service we give to the entire family. Men, women and children are all welcome either by appointment or walk-in. We offer all hair care services including cuts, color, highlights, lowlights, perms, styling/updos, facial, leg and back waxing, Shellac Polish System, manicures and pedicures. We are the only salon in Batavia that has an airplane chair for kids' cuts! Hours are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday. We have $20 gift certificates for $10.

Carlson's Studio, 39 Jackson St., Batavia, NY: Weddings, new babies, grads, family portraits, pet portraits and group events -- preserve those memories with professional photographs. We have a $100 gift card for $50 (+$2 PayPal Service fee).

Kravings, Valu Plaza, 4152 W. Main St., Batavia, NY: Kravings offers soups, salads and sandwiches, fresh and flavorful; Monday through Saturday. We have a $10 gift certificate for $5.

Ficarella's Pizzeria, 21 Liberty St., Batavia, NY. Dine-in, drive-thru or delivery. Featuring fresh, hearth-baked pizza since 1985, plus wings, pasta and more. We have a $20 gift certificate for $10. (Good only at the Batavia location.)

SOLD OUT

Thursday, August 18, 2011 at 1:37 pm

Town of Batavia Board votes to buy land for shared court facility

post by Billie Owens in town of batavia

This information in this story comes from WBTA.

The Town of Batavia Board approved a resolution on Wednesday night to buy 19 acres of land on Park Road to build a new shared court facility.

The approval comes four years after the idea was first discussed at a staff meeting, according to Supervisor Greg Post. He told WBTA news that in 2007 town council members proposed a merger of Elba, Oakfield and Batavia town courts to save money on prisoner transports, utilities, District Attorney's Office travel, etc.

The building was planned on unused parcel of land along Park Road in the City of Batavia., which the town agreed to buy. But state law would not permit the land to be used to consolidate municipal courts. So the town contacted newly elected Sen. Mike Ranzenhofer who subsequently announced easement legislation to address the issue.

Once in Albany, everything stalled. In 2010, the bill finally passed. And after still more delays, the town board took action this week to buy the Park Road land.

Next, the Batavia City Council will consider the sale and Post says he expects it will be approved for $150,000. He predicts each of the towns and the county will save tens of millions of dollars over the course of several years by having a consolidated court facility.

By federal law, the Town of Batavia will need to install a sidewalk along Park Road, add direction signs, and make improvements to a pond on the property. But the town plans to do even more, including stocking the pond with fish and putting in nature trails for veterans at the nearby VA Hospital. In addition, the town will rent building space to the Genesee County Chamber of Commerce for a tourist visitors' center.

The additional improvements are estimated to cost another $150,000.

If the city approves the land sale, town engineers hope to begin demolition and landscaping before winter begins.

Thursday, August 18, 2011 at 12:45 pm

Vehicle goes around Alabama barricade, now stuck in ditch

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A caller reports that a blue SUV went around a barricade put up by the Town of Alabama near the entrance to the Iroquois National Wildlife Refuge. It's now stuck in a ditch and the occupants are said to be drinking alcohol. Sheriff's deputies are en route.

Thursday, August 18, 2011 at 12:32 pm

Fire in the bathroom of house on Bloomingdale Road

post by Billie Owens in Alabama, fire, indian falls

A fire is reported in the bathroom of a home on the Tonawanda Indian Reservation, located at 393 Bloomingdale Road. Alabama Fire Department is responding, along with mutual aid from Indian Falls.

UPDATE 12:39: The address was incorrect. It is 493 Bloomingdale Road, located off the roadway between Martin and Parker roads.

UPDATE 12:47 p.m.: The fire is out. An ambulance is requested to the scene for a victim of smoke inhalation.

UPDATE 12:53 p.m.: The chief says the fire was likely sparked by a faulty electrical outlet.

UPDATE 12:58 p.m.: The Alabama and Indian Falls units are back in service.

Thursday, August 18, 2011 at 11:53 am

'Summer in the City' festival downtown on Saturday

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The 7th annual "Summer in the City" festival will be held in downtown Batavia from noon to 10 p.m. this Saturday, Aug. 20.

There will be more than 30 food and craft vendors, a great lineup of entertainment by Genesee County’s own Ghost Riders, Terry Buchwald “Elvis”, Shama Lama (Nik Entertainment), a KidsZone, and a Super Car Cruise & Motorcycle Alley with over 350 cars and motorcycles.

Plus, Donny Carroll’s 5K Race & Walk is back. It starts at 5 p.m. on Jefferson Avenue. Former Olympian John Tuttle will be participating in the race to raise money for Donny’s Toys for Kids. For more details about the race visit: DonCarrollRace.Com.

The main stage will be on Main Street in front of County Building #1. Food vendors and kids activities will be on Main Street as well (from Jackson to Court and Jefferson). All crafts and nonprofit booths will be on Main, Court and Jefferson (near the main stage area). The Super Car Cruise will occupy Main Street from Jackson to Liberty Street, along with sections of Bank, Center, School and Jackson streets.

For more information and applications for “Summer In the City” festival call 585-344-0900 or visit the B.I.D. website at www.downtownbataviany.com. or Facebook: Downtown Batavia Business Improvement District. This event is brought to you by the Batavia Business Improvement District.

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