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Saturday, February 21, 2015 at 3:03 pm

Annual Batavia Muckdogs Hot Stove Dinner is March 21

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The Genesee County Baseball Club will hold its annual Batavia Muckdogs Hot Stove Dinner and Auction on Saturday, March 21st, from 4:30 to 8 p.m. at the Sacred Heart Church Hall at 17 Sumner St. in Batavia. Tickets are $25 for adults and $15 for children 12 and under.

The evening will begin with a cocktail hour followed by a buffet dinner at 5:30. The Hot Stove Dinner is a time for good food, friendship and baseball talk. The night also features silent and live auctions of baseball-related memorabilia (including signed bats and balls), work by local artists, and gift certificates from a variety of local businesses.

This year’s dinner will also benefit the Center of Hope, the Batavia VA’s new facility for women veterans.

Tickets may be purchased in Batavia at Dwyer Stadium, Gerace’s Hair Care, the Williams Law Firm, the office of Dr. Alan Barcomb, and State Street Animal Hospital.

Saturday, February 21, 2015 at 2:55 pm

Congressman Collins encourages high-schoolers to take part in annual art competition

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Press release:

Congressman Chris Collins encourages local high school students in New York’s 27th District to participate in this year’s Congressional Art Competition.

“Each day, members of Congress and hundreds of visitors to the Capitol walk by the award winning artwork submitted by high school students from around the country,” Collins said. “I look forward to another year with excellent submissions from NY-27 students and the opportunity to welcome our winning artist to Washington this summer.”

Last year there were more than 80 submissions. The winning artist will receive a round-trip flight to Washington, D.C., to see their artwork displayed in the U.S. Capitol, where it will be on display for one year.

Now in its 33rd year, the Congressional Art Competition is open to all high school students in New York’s 27th Congressional District. Submissions are due to one of Congressman Collins two district offices by Tuesday, April 7.

A reception and award ceremony will be held on Saturday, April 11, at Genesee Community College in Batavia. Local high schools have been notified regarding contest rules and submission guidelines. Interested students should see their art teacher for details or contact Chris Catt from Congressman Collins’ office at (585) 519-4002.

Saturday, February 21, 2015 at 2:39 pm

GCC hosts several events to celebrate the arts

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Press release:

Anyone needing to take the edge off this long winter should head to Genesee Community College for unique opportunities that celebrate the performing arts and visual arts!

SHOWCASE 2015 offers a medley of performances designed to illustrate the diverse and dynamic talent of GCC's students including singing, music, dance and choreography, theatrics and original drama.

Two complete shows are scheduled, Saturday, Feb. 28 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, March 1 at 2 p.m. all at the Stuart Steiner Theatre at GCC's Batavia Campus.

Tickets for SHOWCASE are $8 for general admission, $5 for seniors (55+) or students (16+), and all GCC alumni with ID receive $2 off the general admission price. To reserve a seat, call the Box Office, (585) 345-6814 or [email protected].

In addition, GCC's Fine Arts Committee and Art Club are delighted to present the Third Annual Fine Arts Festival on Thursday, March 5 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. in the Forum of the Batavia Campus. Art enthusiasts, artists of all ages and persuasions and anyone who wants to have fun exploring the visual arts are invited to share this creative opportunity. Experience art by participating in your choice of numerous workshops demonstrating creative endeavors such as drawing, painting, photography, origami, printmaking and much more!

"This year's Fine Arts Festival promises to be the most vibrant and exciting opportunity to explore the visual arts," Maureen (Moi) Dugan, associate professor of Fine Arts and Ceramics, said. "We hope the wider community will join us!" The Fine Arts Festival is free and open to the public.

Another exciting opportunity for local music lovers is the just-announced performance of The Rochester Gay Men's Chorus on Friday, March 20 at 7:30 p.m. in the Stuart Steiner Theatre. Since 1982, members of the RGMC have pursued the dream of using music and "harmony of voice to create a harmony of the spirit." Today, more than voices share their talent and proudly unite in seeking a better world through the universal language of music. For further information go to: http://www.thergmc.org/

Finally, the Roz Steiner Art Gallery will have Fine Arts Student Exhibit on exhibit from Tuesday, Feb. 24, through April 9. Two artist receptions will be held on Thursday, Feb. 26 at 12:30-2 p.m., and again from 5 - 6:30 p.m.

Among the musical selections of SHOWCASE are:

•    "Till There Was You" from "The Music Man," performed by Samantha Bell (North Tonawanda)

•    "I Dreamed a Dream" from "Les Miserables," performed by Maria Albanese (Kendall)

•    "This is the Moment" from "Jekyll and Hyde," performed by David Wysocki (Hamburg)

•    "O Del Milo Dolce Ardor" performed by Samantha Marchisin (Alexander)

•    "Air Romantique" performed by Maryssa Peirick (Batavia)

•    "Where I Want to Be" performed by David Wysocki (Hamburg)

•    "I Carry Your Heart" performed by Maryssa Peirick (Batavia)

SHOWCASE dance numbers were choreographed by Tara Pocock and Amy Taravella and will be performed by: Kayli Wilson (Canastota), Blake Carter (Batavia), Shelby Waterman (Byron-Bergen), Katerina Lynch, Christian Hoffman (Hilton), Michael Stewart (New York City) and David Wysocki (Hamburg).

SHOWCASE dramatic performances, directed by Maryanne Arena, GCC's director of Fine and Performing Arts, include:

•    "Lives of Great Waitresses," by Nina Shengold, performed by Maria Albanese (Kendall), Alexis Wilson (Rochester), Amiyah Johnson (Kenosha, Wisc.), Shelby Waterman (Byron-Bergen) and Blake Carter (Batavia)

•    "Death Knocks" by Woody Allen, performed by David Wysocki (Hamburg) and Bill Rupp (Batavia

•    "Love in Chains," an original dramatic work written and performed by Jerry Jordan (Bronx) with Kayli Wilson (Batavia)

At the Fine Arts Festival, among the artists and their media who will be participating:

•    Melita Gill – Weaving

•    Lance and Amanda Taylor – OATKA School of Glass

•    Sue DiMartino – Watercolor Painting

•    Shawna Hawkins – Henna Tattoos

•    Nate Hodge – Painting, Mixed Media Demonstrations

•    Debbie King-Frisby – Kirlian (energy field) Photography

•    The Pratts – Chainsaw Carving Demonstration

•    Joyce Chizick – Felting

•    Diana Martin – Caricature Drawings

•    Art Club – Hands-on Art Projects

Saturday, February 21, 2015 at 1:59 pm

49th annual WNY reunion in Palmetto, Florida, set for March 4

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Press release:

Join us for our 49th annual reunion to be held at the Tropic Isles Park Auditorium, 3100 10th St. West and 28th Ave., Palmetto, Fla., on March 4th. Coffee and donuts at 11 a.m.; lunch at noon. Please bring a dish to pass that will serve eight (8) and your own table service.

For further information, call Chuck at (941) 721-9748.

Saturday, February 21, 2015 at 1:55 pm

Naturalists bring wild birds to ARC Community Center for hands-on learning

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Press release:

We are bringing nature inside with a fun and educational program from Wild Spirit. The program is designed to not only educate, but to spark the interests of the participants. With a visual and hands-on approach to nature education, the naturalists from Wild Spirit are trained to get the participants involved in the lessons.

On Feb. 28, from 11 a.m. – 12 p.m., the Wild Spirit Program will bring in birds such as owls, hawks and falcons for the audience to view and be educated on. The presentation will take place at the ARC Community Center located at 38 Woodrow Road in the City of Batavia.

The program is being sponsored by the Batavia Youth Bureau Youth Connection Program. This event will be fun and is appropriate for the entire family. For more information or to register call the Youth Bureau at 345-6420.

Friday, February 20, 2015 at 1:55 pm

City still seeking nominations for annual recognition awards, deadline is March 1

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The City of Batavia continues to call for nominations for the following annual recognition awards:

  • Community Volunteer of the Year
  • Homeowner of the Year
  • Business of the Year

Nomination forms are available on the home page of the city Web site:  www.bataviany.com or they can be picked up at the city Manager's Office, or requested by phone -- 345-6333.

Nominations will be accepted through March 1.

Please submit your nominations to Lisa Casey by e-mail at [email protected] or by fax 343-8182 or by mailing to:

Office of the City Manager

One Batavia City Centre

Batavia, NY  14020

Friday, February 20, 2015 at 7:02 am

Car crash on westbound Thruway, unknown injuries

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A car is on its roof on the westbound Thruway at mile marker 400. It's in the median. Unknown injuries. Pembroke and Indian Falls fire and Mercy medics are responding.

UPDATE 7:03 a.m.: A fire chief on scene reports everyone is out of the vehicle. But there's a language barrier and so the issue of whether there are injuries remains unclear.

UPDATE 7:08 a.m.: A responder on scene reports the location is actually between mile markers 401 and 402.

UPDATE 7:32 a.m.: The location is mile marker 401.8. The assignment is back in service.

Friday, February 20, 2015 at 5:10 am

Car on its side, blocking traffic on Route 98 north of Batavia Elba TL Road

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A car accident is reported on Route 98 north of Batavia Elba Townline Road. The vehicle is on its side in the roadway, blocking traffic. Mercy medics are responding along with Elba fire.

UPDATE 5:30 a.m.: The location is in the area of 7499 Oak Orchard Road. Town of Batavia also responded. Minor injuries reported. One person has been extricated.

UPDATE 5:31 a.m.: Town of Batavia is back in service.

Thursday, February 19, 2015 at 7:30 pm

Chimney fire reported on Ledge Road

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A chimney fire is reported at 1084 Ledge Road, just east of the Reservation boundary line. Alabama fire is responding.

UPDATE 8:10 p.m.: Fire is out. Alabama assignment is back in service.

Thursday, February 19, 2015 at 4:06 pm

FYI - Tonight's meeting of the GC 4-H Swine Club has been cancelled

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Tonight’s meeting of the Genesee County 4-H Swine Club has been cancelled, according to Brandie L. Schultz, administrative assistant for Cornell Cooperative Extension.

Thursday, February 19, 2015 at 3:55 pm

Local students named to dean's list at D’Youville College

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These students have been named to the D’Youville College dean's list for the Fall 2014 semester.

To qualify for the honor, they must have maintained a quality point average of 3.40 or above for the previous semester. This indicates superior academic performance and becomes a permanent part of the student’s college record.

The students on the dean’s list and those receiving other academic honors will be recognized at D’Youville’s 52nd Annual Honors Convocation on March 4 at Kleinhans Music Hall in Buffalo beginning at 2 p.m. More than 600 students, family and friends are expected to attend the annual event.

D’Youville College in Buffalo is a private co-ed institution now in its second century with approximately 3,000 students attending the college in undergraduate, graduate and doctoral programs.

It is a leader in health care education and is ranked No. 1 by Military Times Magazine as a “Best for Vets College.”

Name                                 Major                                Year              Address

Breton, Nicole                    HSM                                  Freshman     Alexander            

Choate, Emily                    BIOBS                               Senior           Alexander

Fletcher, Courtney             NUR                                  Freshman     Alexander

Guarino, Aaron                  ESS                                   Sophomore   Batavia                     

DeAngelo, Christina          OCCHUM                           Senior          Batavia

Hart, Jason                        ESS                                   Sophomore   Batavia

Heassler, Kyle                   PA5                                    Senior           Batavia

Reynolds, Louis                HSM                                   Freshman     Batavia           

Ruzzi, Erin                        PSYCH                               Senior           Batavia    

Strathearn, Christopher    PA5                                     Senior           Batavia

Zinni, Rebecca                 BIOBS                                 Sophomore   Batavia            

Ewert, Haylee                   OCCHUM                           Freshman      Corfu

Fink, Steven                     ADVMGT                            Junior             Corfu

Bank, Kylynn                    HA                                       Senior            Darien Center

DiFrancisco, Alex             PA5                                     Senior             Le Roy

Atkinson, Autumn             OCCHUM                           Junior              East Bethany

Thursday, February 19, 2015 at 3:51 pm

Chamber of Commerce offers two tours - China and Thailand/Hong Kong

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The Genesee County Chamber of Commerce is offering a tour of China, as well as a tour of Thailand and Hong Kong.

This will be the Chamber’s 11th trip to China with more 1,000 travelers having taken advantage of this unique opportunity to see first-hand how business is done in China while experiencing many of the most famous sightseeing destinations such as the Great Wall of China and the Forbidden City. This year’s trip will visit new locations never offered before on previous Chamber China tours.

The China tour will depart on Oct. 14 and return on Oct. 22.

The Thailand and Hong Kong tour is a new offering from the Chamber this year. It is through the same company as the China trip, Citslinc International, and offers the same exceptional value and experience. Travelers will experience the culture, famous landmarks and architectural details that Thailand and Hong Kong have to offer.

The Thailand and Hong Kong tour will depart on Oct. 31 and return Nov. 8.

Both trips include air fare, four and five-star hotel stays, three meals each day, deluxe bus tours, English-speaking tour guides, admission tickets to all tourist spots and airport taxes.

For more information visit the Chamber’s Web site www.geneseeny.com or contact the Chamber at 585-343-7440.

Thursday, February 19, 2015 at 3:44 pm

Ithaca College congratulates two local students named to dean's list for Fall 2014

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Kaitlin Logsdon, of Batavia, a communication, management and design major in the Roy H. Park School of Communications at Ithaca College was named to dean'slist for the Fall 2014 semseter.

Maureen Edwards, of Corfu, a musical theatre major in the School of Humanities and Sciences at Ithaca College was named to dean's list for the Fall 2014 semseter.

From day one, Ithaca College prepares students for success through hands-on experience with internships, research and study abroad. Its integrative curriculum builds bridges across disciplines and uniquely blends liberal arts and professional study. Located in New York’s Finger Lakes region, the College is home to 6,100 undergraduate and 460 graduate students.

Thursday, February 19, 2015 at 3:41 pm

GC Master Gardeners host free lunchtime 'Garden Talk' on first Tuesdays

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Join the Genesee County Master Gardeners for their lunchtime garden series called “Garden Talk.”

On the first Tuesday of each month from 12:15 to 12:45 p.m., the Master Gardeners hold an informational workshop focusing on a specific gardening topic. Bring your lunch to the CCE office (420 E. Main St., Batavia) and think spring!

The next session will take place on March 3rd and the topic will be “New Plants for 2015.” We will take a look at a sampling of the new annuals, perennials, vegetables and shrubs that will be hitting the market this year.

This program is free and open to the public. Registration is not required. Contact Brandie at 585-343-3040, ext. 101, for more information.

Future topics and other Master Gardener events will be posted on the Cornell Cooperative Extension of Genesee County Web site at http://genesee.cce.cornell.edu/ and also on our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/CCEofGenesee

Thursday, February 19, 2015 at 3:35 pm

Free workshops offered on 'Living Well with Type 2 Diabetes'

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Press release:

Independent Living of Genesee Region will offer free workshops on “Living Well with Type 2 Diabetes” from 1 to 3:30 p.m. on Feb. 26, and March 4th, 12th, 19th and 26th at the Washington Towers Apartments, located at 1 State St., Batavia.

Pre-registration is required as seats fill up quickly.

Feel Better! Take Control of Your Life! Get Connected! Do you want to increase your energy and get relief from pain, fatigue and difficult emotions? Do you want to connect with others who have similar health issues and enhance your skills and ability to manage a healthy lifestyle?

If you answered YES to any of these questions, then the "Living Well with Type 2 Diabetes" workshop is just for you. This peer-led health education program, also known as the Diabetes Self-Management Program (DSMP), was developed and tested by Stanford University and is designed to complement and enhance medical treatment and diabetes management.

You will learn several key strategies to help you manage your diabetes such as: Decision making and problem solving skills; planning for future health care; developing and maintaining a safe, long-term physical activity program; how to monitor glucose; skin care; food; and how to communicate effectively with family, friends and health professionals.

To register or if you have additional questions, please contact Patricia McAllister at (716) 836-0822, ext. 402, or email: [email protected]
About WNY Independent Living, Inc.:
WNY Independent Living, Inc. is a family of agencies which includes Independent Living of Niagara County and Independent Living of Genesee Region. The agencies are joined by a common philosophy of self-help, self-determination, and equal access. Within the past year, the WNYIL family of agencies has saved New York State taxpayers over $71 million by helping individuals to leave and avoid institutionalization. We have been practicing the principles of education, empowerment and equality for persons with disabilities for over 30 years.

Thursday, February 19, 2015 at 3:25 pm

Two BHS students won awards at Finger Lakes youth art exhibit hosted by RIT

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RIT recently hosted the “Rochester -- Finger Lakes Middle and High School Art Exhibition." Among the award winners were Batavia High School students Ava Haitz, a senior, and 10th-grader Alexis Hoerner. Alexis won the “Bob Heischman Award, Excellence & Creativity in Drawing."

The art exhibit is on display at RIT until Feb. 23rd.

Thursday, February 19, 2015 at 2:55 pm

Corfu student completes internship at SUNY Potsdam

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Nearly 200 SUNY Potsdam students completed internship placements at companies, nonprofits or campus departments in Fall 2014.

The successful SUNY Potsdam interns included Sarah Hill from Corfu, who interned with the SUNY Potsdam First Year Success Seminar (FYSS) in Potsdam.

SUNY Potsdam's internship program places students with employers whose interests align with their studies. Each student intern has a faculty sponsor, and earns between 1 and 12 credits toward degree requirements for successfully completing the internship.

The SUNY Potsdam Experiential Education Office is dedicated to helping students reach their full potential. For more information, visit http://www.potsdam.edu/support/ssc/eeo/internships

Thursday, February 19, 2015 at 2:46 pm

GCC invites visual artists to submit work for possible exhibition at Roz Steiner Art Gallery

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Press release:

Genesee Community College invites visual artists to submit their work for possible exhibition at GCC's Rosalie "Roz" Steiner Art Gallery located in the Genesee Center for the Arts on the Batavia campus. This call for work is open to individual artists and group exhibitions in all media interested for the 2016-2017 academic year.

The deadline for consideration is May 1, 2015.

The Steiner Gallery's mission is to foster community involvement in the arts while enhancing the learning experience for all GCC students, faculty and staff. Proposals are selected by the GCC Gallery Committee, which seeks out exhibitions rich in content and quality craftsmanship.

According to gallery docent Mary Jo Whitman: "Our gallery attracts both artists and visitors from throughout Western New York. We are currently averaging about 300 visitors each month. Our committee is always looking for artists that can contribute meaningfully to the education of our students while participating in the larger discourse of the contemporary art world."

The Roz Steiner Gallery opened in Spring 2011 and offers 1,700 square feet of outstanding exhibit space featuring 25-foot walls, moveable island walls, bamboo flooring and multimedia capabilities. See more at the Gallery's facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/gccgallery.

Artists interested in submitting their work can do so via the submission process available on the Gallery Web site at http://www.genesee.edu/campuslife/arts/gallery/submissions.cfm

Thursday, February 19, 2015 at 2:25 pm

Don't forget to RSVP for March 6 annual GCEDC meeting and luncheon at Batavia Downs

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The annual meeting and luncheon of the Genesee County Economic Development Center will take place from noon to 1:30 p.m. on Friday, March 6, at Batavia Downs. To register, please contact Rachael Tabelski, GCEDC marketing and communications director, at  [email protected] or phone her ar 343-4866.

2014 was certainly an exciting year from an economic development standpoint as unemployment was at a historic low of 4.8 percent in August, per capita income grew 6.16 percent, and businesses invested more than $50 million in our community. The food industry across the region, and especially in Genesee County, continues to flourish while investment and developments at the WNY STAMP project occur on a daily basis.  

The GCEDC Annual Meeting is an opportunity for you to find out what has been achieved in Genesee County over the last year and to get a exclusive preview of what the economic landscape will look like for 2015. The Annual Meeting is also an excellent opportunity to network with economic and elected leaders from around the region. At the event the GCEDC will also unveil the "2015 Economic Development Partner of the Year Award."

Thursday, February 19, 2015 at 2:15 pm

Annual State of the County address at Old Court House is Feb. 25

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Genesee County’s annual “State of the County” address is scheduled for Wednesday, Feb. 25 at 5 p.m. in the Chambers of the Old Court House in Downtown Batavia. The Chair of the Genesee County Legislature, Raymond Cianfrini, will deliver the address. All are cordially invited and encouraged to attend.

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