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Saturday, July 23, 2011 at 3:18 pm

Today's Deals: Oliver's Candies, Larry's Steakhouse, Alabama Hotel, Red Osier, and more!

post by Billie Owens in Deal of the Day

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

Oliver's Candies, 211 W. Main St., Batavia, NY: Oliver's, a Batavia landmark, offers the finest chocolate and confections in the area. We have a $20 gift card for $10.

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

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

Alex's Place, 8322 Park Road, Batavia, NY: People come from all over the region for a fine dining experience at Alex's. It's best known for its ribs, of course, but Alex's seafood is also a favorite of the restaurant's diners. We have a $25 gift certificate for $12.50.

Pudgie's Lawn and Garden Center3646 W. Main St. Road, Batavia, NY: It's finally time for spring gardening. Pudgie’s has everything you need, from bird baths and flowers of every variety to mulch and fertilizer. We have a $25 gift certificate for $12.50.

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 $25 gift certificates for $12.50.

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 $20 gift certificates 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 card for $5.

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 $10 gift certificates available for $5.

Delavan's, 107 Evans St., Batavia, NY: To me, Delavan's is one of those restaurants where you want to eat frequently until you try everything on the menu. We have a $20 gift certificate for $10.

Red Osier, Route 5, Stafford, NY: Truly, one of the landmark restaurants of the area. Red Osier features prime rib carved table side. We have $25 gift certificates for $12.50.

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 $25 gift certificates for $12.50.

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.


Saturday, July 23, 2011 at 12:36 pm

Deputy stranded on Sumner Road in Darien

post by Billie Owens in Darien, fire

A Sheriff's Deputy is stuck on Sumner Road in Darien after his patrol car had mechanical problems and caught fire. He's fine. A tow truck is responding and another deputy is sent to pick up the stranded motorist.

Saturday, July 23, 2011 at 11:59 am

Golf cart rollover with injuries at Terry Hills

post by Billie Owens in batavia, accident

A golf cart rollover with injuries is reported at Terry Hills Golf Course, located at 5122 Clinton St. Road. Town of Batavia Fire Department is responding and Mercy EMS. It is believed the golf cart motor is still running.

UPDATE 12:06 p.m.: Mercy medics are on scene. The fire department's response is cancelled.

UPDATE 12:37 p.m.: The golf cart driver was transported to UMMC.

UPDATE 12:46 p.m.: The victim is a 48-year-old man from out of the area who suffered a possible broken arm and dislocated hip.

Friday, July 22, 2011 at 8:58 pm

Hay fire rekindles at site of yesterday's barn blaze in Elba

post by Billie Owens in elba, fire

A hay fire has rekindled at the site of yesterday's barn fire. That was at 4103 Batavia-Elba Town Line Road in Elba at the Post dairy farm.

Elba Fire Department is responding.

Friday, July 22, 2011 at 8:19 pm

Garbage fire reported in Darien

post by Billie Owens in Darien, fire

A garbage fire is reported on Broadway near Tinkham Road in Darien. Darien Fire Department is responding.

UPDATE 8:20 p.m.: The fire is said to be very small and not likely to "go anywhere." But Darien is responding to investigate.

Friday, July 22, 2011 at 8:06 pm

Motorcycle accident with minor injuries on Oatka Trail

post by Billie Owens in accidents, Le Roy

A motorcycle accident with minor injuries is reported somewhere along the Oatka Trail. Le Roy Fire and Ambulance is responding and dispatch is working to track the location.

UPDATE 8:11 p.m.: A deputy headed eastbound on the trail, and a now a mile and a half into Monroe County, has not found the accident. Le Roy responders are continuing but Monroe County authorities are being notified since it's probably in Mumford's fire district.

UPDATE 8:15 p.m.: Le Roy is returning to service. The accident involves one victim with minor injuries and it is confirmed to be in Mumford's district.

Friday, July 22, 2011 at 7:30 pm

Power line down and burning on Alleghany Road, Alabama

post by Billie Owens in Alabama, fire

A high-tension power line has fallen down and is burning at 6888 Alleghany Road in Alabama. The location is north of the Judge Road intersection. Town of Alabama Fire Department is responding.

UPDATE 7:35 p.m.: The high-tension wires are the responsibility of the New York Power Authority, which is being notified. About 300 yards of grass around the wires is on fire.

UPDATE 7:39 p.m.: The power authority has been informed and there's a representative en route. But he's coming from Lewiston so it will take time to get there. The Department of Environmental Conservation is being notified.

UPDATE 7:47 p.m.: Little can be done until the power is shut down. Firefighters on scene are ensuring the blaze does not spread to structures. No structures are threatened at this time. State forestry workers are available if needed since land under the power lines belongs to New York.

UPDATE 8 p.m.: A grass truck out of Akron and tankers from Pembroke and Indian Falls are requested as mutual aid to Alabama. The grass fire is described as large. It's behind the White Memorial State Game Farm.

UPDATE 8:08 p.m.: After researching the location, the state power authority says the power lines belong to National Grid. The state has contacted National Grid and a rep is being sent, but no ETA given.

UPDATE 8:32 p.m.: Oakfield is to fill in at Alabama's hall. Another unit out of Niagara County is called in.

UPDATE 8:34 p.m.: The high-tension lines are fully powered. A National Grid rep is in the area and still needs to figure out how to shut down power there. A supervisor is en route. Once they figure it out, one of them will coordinate duties with the fire officials. The shifting wind is proving to be somewhat problematic.

UPDATE 8:39 p.m.: A fire truck out of Shelby is requested.

UPDATE 8:43 p.m.: A grass truck out of East Pembroke is called.

UPDATE 8:53 p.m.: A tanker from Oakfield is called and so are fire police from East Pembroke to help with traffic control.

UPDATE 9:03 p.m.: National Grid has a 30-minute ETA. Tankers are filling up at Parkers Pond at Gordon and Judge roads.

UPDATE 9:06 p.m.: The chief says the fire has been extinguished on the northwest side of the site. They are heading up on the hill to concentrate their efforts on the other side. Grass under the power lines continues to burn because the electrictity has yet to be shut down by National Grid.

UPDATE 9:31 p.m.: The chief reports the fire is contained and the remainder consists of a 50-foot swath of land underneath the power lines. National Grid has not yet arrived.

UPDATE 9:47 p.m.: National Grid is on scene. The fire is under control and the scene is being turned over to them to handle.

Friday, July 22, 2011 at 1:16 pm

Large cloud of black smoke on Sky Road, Alabama

post by Billie Owens in Alabama, fire

A large cloud of black smoke is reported in the area of 13762 Sky Road in Alabama. It's off the road and in the woods. Alabama Fire Department is responding.

UPDATE 1:32 p.m.: Alabama reports it is a large controlled burn on the Tonawanda Indian Reservation. The firefighters are returning to service.

Friday, July 22, 2011 at 10:25 am

Car fire put out with passerby's extinguisher

post by Billie Owens in batavia, fire

A car was on fire in the parking lot of Sport of Kings restaurant, 419 W. Main St. in Batavia. The city fire department was responding but the flames were knocked down by a passerby with a fire extinguisher. The fire truck is back in service. Police are on scene.

Thursday, July 21, 2011 at 4:31 pm

Pole fire reported at campsite in Alexander

post by Billie Owens in Attica, alexander, Bethany, fire

A pole fire is reported at the Skyline Resort at 10933 Darien-Alexander Townline Road in Alexander. The pole on fire is F59.

Attica firefighters are called since Alexander is responding to the barn fire in the Town of Batavia. Bethany is called to fill in at Alexander's hall.

UPDATE 4:38: The fire is out.

Thursday, July 21, 2011 at 4:17 pm

Barn fire on Batavia-Elba TL Road

post by Billie Owens in batavia, elba, fire

A barn fire is reported by the homeowner at 4103 Batavia-Elba Town Line Road. Town of Batavia Fire Department is responding along with Mercy medics.

Smoke is showing and a second alarm is called.

UPDATE 4:17 p.m.: Units are also called from Elba, Oakfield, East Pembroke, Alabama and Corfu, which is standing in at Town of Batavia's hall.

UPDATE 4:21 p.m.: The location is just west of Pekin Road.

UPDATE 4:23 p.m.: This is a working fire, fully involved. "If you got somebody, roll," says the chief. National Grid is called in.

UPDATE 4:26 p.m.: Fire police are called to shut down the roadway.

UPDATE 4:32 p.m.: The site is determined to be in Elba's fire district and Elba is in charge of command.

UPDATE 4:37 p.m.: A tanker from South Byron is called in.

UPDATE 4:44 p.m.: Tankers requested from Bergen, Stafford and Bethany.

UPDATE 4:47 p.m.: The Elba Fire Department's Ladies Auxiliary is called to provide cold refreshments for the responders. A pumper tanker and all available manpower out of Barre is requested. There's no ETA for National Grid. A tanker from Clarendon is called in.

UPDATE 4:56 p.m.: A second ambulance is called in.

UPDATE 4:59 p.m.: "The firefighters are going to need more water on the back of the building or they're going to lose the milking parlor."

UPDATE 5 p.m.: "The platform is shutting down." The chief asks for a list of all tankers at the scene.

UPDATE 5:02 p.m.: Tankers are requested from Darien, Pavilion and Corfu. A tanker out of York is called to stand by in Pavilion. It's the Post barn.

UPDATE 5:07: Every tanker is Genesee County is at the scene, with the exception of tankers from Darien, Pembroke and Indian Falls. Now those three are called in, too.

UPDATE 5:10 p.m.: A grass truck from Byron is called in. Indian Falls was already on scene. A unit from East Shelby in Orleans County is going to stand in at the Oakfield hall. Any available tanker in Livingston and Wyoming counties is requested.

UPDATE 5:23 p.m.: It is confirmed that all electrical power to the barn has been cut.

UPDATE 5:25 p.m.: The chief wants Elba Highway Department contacted to bring a load of stone to the scene.

UPDATE 5:29 p.m.: The barn is owned by Jeff Post, who is the fourth-generation family member to own it. The barn was built at the turn of the 20th Century by Leo Post. It is on a dairy farm. The barn was built around 1850. Stewart Post acquired the farm around 1890.

UPDATE 5:34 p.m.: Rescue manpower from Bergen and Albion requested to the scene.

UPDATE 5:39 p.m.: There are two barns on the property. Both are total losses.

UPDATE 5:40 p.m.: Food and beverage for 75 to 100 firefighters are requested.

UPDATE 5:42 p.m.: A third ambulance is called in, non-emergency mode.

UPDATE 6:30 p.m.: Inmates from Wyoming Correctional Facility are being assembled for transport to the scene to help out. The Salvation Army is expected to the scene in about 40 minutes, presumably to help the auxiliary provide food and beverages.

UPDATE 8:30 p.m.: Some Town of Batavia units returning. All out-of-county tankers released. In-county tankers to remain on scene.

UPDATE 10:03 p.m.: Elba command breaking down.

UPDATE 10:05 p.m.: Somebody just stole a pickup truck belonging to a fire police volunteer who was stationed at Pekin and Batavia-Elba Town Line Road. The truck, which has fire police lights on it, was last seen heading east on Batavia-Elba.

UPDATE 10:13 p.m.: The truck has been returned. "The guy thought it was his brother's truck."

UPDATE 10:26 p.m.: All units back in service.

Thursday, July 21, 2011 at 3:54 pm

Three local students named to SUNY Cortland Deans' List

post by Billie Owens in Le Roy, Milestones, Stafford

Three local residents were named to the Deans' List at SUNY Cortland for the Spring 2011 semester:

Amanda Mignano <http://readabout.me/Amanda-Mignano/BL8V>, a junior Art major from Stafford.

Michael Humphrey <http://readabout.me/Michael-Humphrey/BL1S>, a junior Physical Education major from Le Roy.

Meghan Olsowski <http://readabout.me/Meghan-Olsowski/9D4>, a senior Sociology major from Le Roy.

Honorees must earn a grade point average of 3.3 or higher on a 4.0 scale, while completing 12 or more credit hours of classes during the semester.

SUNY Cortland was ranked by Kiplinger's among its Top 100 Best Value Colleges and Universities in the United States for a fifth consecutive year. SUNY Cortland is also home to the largest undergraduate teacher education program in the Northeast.

Thursday, July 21, 2011 at 3:48 pm

Batavia Music and Arts Advocacy Group to meet

post by Billie Owens in announcements

The Batavia Music and Arts Advocacy Group (B-MAA) will hold an organizational meeting at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 3, 2011 at 6:30 p.m. at the GOArt! building (corner of Bank and Main streets in Downtown Batavia.

For this meeting, RSVPs are encouraged for seating purposes.

All parents of children involved in music and art in the Batavia City School District are encouraged to attend.

Our mission is to increase community awareness of the importance of the arts as core education as defined by the U.S. Department of Education, and to motivate and guide local efforts to
maintain and improve music and art education in the Batavia City Schools.

For more information, to RSVP, and to get involved, please e-mail: [email protected] or call Cheri Kolb (344-1735) or Lauren Hoerbelt (343-1842).

Thursday, July 21, 2011 at 3:41 pm

YMCA of Genesee County names executive director

post by Billie Owens in announcements, batavia, Milestones

The Board of Directors of the YWCA of Genesee County has announced the appointment of Jeanne M. Walton to the position of executive director. The board along with the Selection Committee was very impressed with her enthusiasm and sincere dedication to the
mission of the YWCA.

She is a graduate of the University of Rochester and brings more than 20 years of small business management expertise to the facility. Walton has a broad-spectrum background that yields a complete understanding of the needs of the community and how to implement processes and programs to serve the community in a new and progressive fashion

Walton says she's excited to use new and innovative means to enhance the image of the YWCA while creating programs that are designed to serve women, children and businesses in the region.

“The YWCA of Genesee County has the potential to be a premier facility in this area," Walton said.  "I will work hand-in-hand with the staff, volunteers and board of directors to accomplish this in a new and fresh way.”

Walton resides in the Town of Batavia with her two children.

For more information on the YWCA of Genesee County, its mission, and community involvement opportunities, please contact the YWCA at 343-5808; email us at [email protected] or visit our website www.ywcagenesee.org

Thursday, July 21, 2011 at 3:21 pm

Due to popular demand, Yorkshire Hall announces another show

post by Billie Owens in announcements, yorkshire hall

After a sold-out world premiere of its dinner show,"13 Memento Mori Lane," Yorkshire Hall in Pembroke has announced a "held over" performance at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 13.

The original "comedy/mystery/farce," is accompanied by a formal dinner. A special introductory ticket price of $22.95 includes the dinner, show and gratuity. Tickets are limited to advance sales only, and can be ordered by calling (585) 762-8160 or (716) 474-4300.

Yorkshire Hall is operated by the Walker family, owners of Holiday Hollow, and is located in the newly built theater on the Holiday Hollow property at 1410 Main Road (Route 5) in Pembroke. More information about the show is available at www.Yorkshire-Hall.com.

Thursday, July 21, 2011 at 3:01 pm

BEST Center announces first grads of Building Leadership Excellence

post by Billie Owens in announcements, BEST Center, Milestones

Press release:

The BEST Center at Genesee Community College is pleased to announce the first class of Building Leadership Excellence students have completed their 12-week leadership course.

Building Leadership Excellence is an intensive, hands-on program designed to develop the proven skills needed to manage, influence, create, inspire and lead organizations. Participants learn to think and act strategically, resulting in enhanced management performance and improved organizational skills in decision making, coaching, innovative problem solving and conflict resolution.

The program is designed for managers, supervisors, team leaders and future leaders. Each session is filled with real-life examples and practical techniques for achieving results. Topics covered include communicating effectively, understanding personal styles, mentoring, creative problem solving, building strong teams and several other key management issues.

"Building Leadership Excellence is a great opportunity for managers from all walks of life and industries to come together and work in an engaging and dynamic team environment," said Lina LaMattina, director at The BEST Center. "Today's organizations are looking for innovative leadership and this program offers that knowledge and skills set to the participants."

Congratulations to our first graduating class! We know these leaders are doing great things in their organizations:

Joyce Kingdom, Genesee ARC, Batavia

Paul Saskowski, Genesee ARC, Batavia

Joanna Barefoot, GCC

Laura Keenan, GCC

Judy Welch, Livingston/Wyoming ARC

Mary Pat Hancock, Genesee County Legislature

Matt Slezak, Texas Brine

Joseph Demmer Jr., Willow Group

June Redden, Willow Group

Robyn Brookhart, Liberty Pumps

Dave Williams, Liberty Pumps

Erica Southwood, Livingston/Wyoming ARC

The next Building Leadership Excellence program will begin in August with a full-day kick off session from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Aug. 11. Participants will attend 10 half-day sessions from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Aug. 18 and 25, Sept. 8, 15 and 22, Oct. 6, 13 and 20, and Nov. 3 and 10.

A graduation celebration, that includes final project presentations to participants' supervisors, will take place in a full-day session on Nov. 17. This intensive, skill-building program also incorporates 10 hours of one-on-one coaching for each participant in an effort to enhance his or her ability to apply new skills in the workplace.

Genesee Community College's BEST Center (focused on Business and Employee Skills Training) is a local provider of business consulting, community training and workshops for companies of all sizes and in all industries.

It offers a variety of tailored programs on-location at businesses across the GLOW region, or at any of Genesee Community College's seven campus locations (Albion, Arcade, Batavia, Dansville, Lima, Medina and Warsaw).

For further information on The BEST Center, please contact Lina LaMattina, director, at 343-0055, ext. 6299, or visit The BEST Center online at www.bestcenter.org

Thursday, July 21, 2011 at 2:48 pm

Le Roy student named to Deans' List at Buffalo State

post by Billie Owens in Le Roy, Milestones

Sarah Plath, of Le Roy, has been named to the Spring 2011 School of Arts and Humanities Deans' List at Buffalo State College. She is the daughter of Al and Deborah Plath.

To qualify, students must earn a minimum term GPA of 3.5 and complete a minimum of 12 credit hours.

Founded in 1871, Buffalo State is the largest comprehensive college in the SUNY system.

Thursday, July 21, 2011 at 2:44 pm

Genesee ARC needs votes to win Tops Charity Car Giveaway

post by Billie Owens in genesee county arc

From Genesee ARC:

Genesee ARC is in the final round of the Tops Charity Car Giveaway

During the first few days they have managed to stay right around number six (out of 10) in voting. The contest continues through 9 a.m. Tuesday, July 26.

Please vote and ask your friends and family to vote, too. If Genesee ARC is going to move higher in the ranking they need your help. That means INCREASING the NUMBER of people who are voting. They are up against some very large WNY nonprofit agencies, hoping to win this contest.

Together we can show them the wonderful community support of Genesee ARC. The Tops website is www.topsmarkets.com.

Thursday, July 21, 2011 at 2:23 pm

College instructors and staff learn and teach in Sao Paulo, Brazil

post by Billie Owens in announcements, brazil, GCC

Six Genesee Community College instructors and staff members embarked on an English language collaboration program in Sao Paulo, Brazil on July 5. They went to the South American country to teach English to students at FATEC Americana, a state-run technology-based institution.

The travelers abroad included Charley Boyd, professor English; Connie Boyd, director of the Human Services program; Karen Taylor, associate dean of Records; Barb Shine, associate professor of Business and Entrepreneurship; Dennis Shine, associate professor of Drafting; and Donna Ehrhart, professor of Fashion Business and Computer Information Systems.

Accompanying them were Don Brown, vice president of Charles Men Shop; Chris Davis, student at the University of Buffalo; Lew Scialdone, instructor of English for Speakers of Other Languages at BOCES; Dolores Quiles, associate professor of English at SUNY Ulster; and Darryl Blumel, director of Studies at Southbank Institute of Technology in Brisbane, Australia.

The trip was a two-week exchange of language as well as information about culture, history and geography. Brazilian students and American teachers benefitted from a dialogue about differences and similarities between the two cultures.

Teachers focused on topics that contrasted the two cultures' holidays, climates, history, current events, politics, job seeking as well as cultural elements such as music and cooking. New this year was the discipline-specific collaborations that included culture, textiles and entrepreneurship.

This was the second trip for Connie and Charley Boyd, who traveled last summer to FATEC.

"We are so excited to return to Brazil," Connie Boyd said before leaving. "This language and cultural collaboration has been so eye opening and enjoyable. We are anxious to return to FATEC Americana to work with new students, as well as some of the same students that we met last summer."

The group documented their travels on Genesee's Study Abroad blog. Their blog posts can be viewed at <http://www.gccblogs.wordpress.com>.

For more information please contact James Goodwin, director of Curriculum Development at 343-0055, ext. 6322.

Thursday, July 21, 2011 at 1:58 pm

Woman allegedly runs over man in domestic dispute

post by Billie Owens in alexander, crime

A man has allegedly been struck by a Toyota in a domestic dispute and he has a leg injury and a couple of broken ribs. The location is 11130 Bowen Road, between Buffalo Street Road and Broadway in Alexander.

Alexander Fire Department and medics are en route.

The female driver is at the Attica Police station and wants to tell her side of the story.

UPDATE 2:06 p.m.: Two State Troopers are now at the scene.

UPDATE 2:24 p.m.: Alexander Ambulance is transporting the victim to UMMC.

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