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Monday, July 14, 2014 at 12:56 pm

Here's the 4-H Schedule of Events at this week's county fair

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Here is the tentative 2014 Genesee County Fair 4-H Schedule of Events (Dates and times are subject to change.):

Tuesday, July 15

8 a.m. to 12 p.m.  --  Exhibits in place (Kennedy Building)

                                  Community Service, Promotional & Project Displays (Merton Building)

9 a.m.  --  Market Swine Show & Showmanship (Show Ring)

10 a.m.  --  Poultry Show (Merton Bldg.)

                  Rabbit Show (Merton Bldg.)

12 p.m.  --  Market Goat Show & Showmanship (Show Ring)

2:30 p.m.  --  Market Sheep Show & Showmanship (Show Ring)

                      Meat Goat Show & Showmanship (Open Dairy Barn)

5:30 p.m.  --  Parade Line up -- Pit Area of Raceway 5 (on Fairgrounds)

6 p.m.  --  Market Beef Show & Showmanship (Show Ring)

6:30 p.m.  -- Parade (Theme: “4-H Inspires…”)


Wednesday, July 16  -- Youth Day

9 a.m.  --  Dairy Goat Show & Showmanship (Show Ring)

9:30 a.m.  --  Dog Show

11:30 a.m.  --  Sheep Show & Showmanship (Open Dairy Barn)

4 p.m.  --  Non-Market Beef Show (Show Ring)

6 p.m.  --  Swine Showmanship (Show Ring)

Thursday, July 17

9 a.m.  --  Dairy Show & Showmanship (Show Ring)

                Horses in place

10 a.m.  --  Horse Show Fitting, Showmanship, and English Classes (Horse Ring)

1 p.m.  --  Goat Knowledge Olympics Contest (Livestock Bldg.)

2 p.m.  --  Horse Show Dressage Classes (Horse Ring)

5:30 to 7 p.m.  --  Market Animal Auction Buyers Dinner

7 p.m.  --  Market Animal Auction (Show Ring)

Friday, July 18

10 a.m.  --  Horse Show Fitting, Showmanship & Western Classes (Horse Ring)

3 to 6 p.m.  --  GPS & Solar Fun Fest (Merton Building) (Rain Date: 3 to 6 p.m. July 19)

3 p.m.  --  Goat Obstacle Course Contest (Livestock Bldg.)

5:30 p.m.  --  Tractor Driving Contest (via Pre-Registration) (Kennedy Building)

                      Goat Costume Contest

Saturday, July 19

10 a.m.  --  Horse Gymkhana & Games Classes (Horse Ring)

2 to 4 p.m.  --  Vegetable Art Fun Fair Activity (Kennedy Bldg.)

Sunday, July 13, 2014 at 1:17 pm

Bicyclist in roadway bleeding after being struck by car on Route 5

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A bicyclist is down in the roadway bleeding after being struck by a car on Route 5 near Colonial Boulevard. Town of Batavia Fire Department is responding, and Mercy medics and law enforcement are on scene. A lane of traffic is blocked.

UPDATE 1:42 p.m.: The driver of the vehicle said he was on Colonial Boulevard about to turn onto Route 5. He said he looked left and right then as he pulled onto Route 5 "all of a sudden the bike was in front (him)." The male bicyclist suffered facial abrasions but is alert and conscious.

Sunday, July 13, 2014 at 11:51 am

Hazardous weather outlook in effect

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A hazardous weather outlook is in effect. The National Weather Service in Buffalo reports thunderstorms over the region today and throughout the evening will have the potential to produce heavy rain, with up to two inches possible. This would likely lead to localized poor drainage, flooding, and fast, significant rises to smaller tributaries.

The outlook for Monday through Saturday indicates the probability is low for widespread hazardous weather.

Saturday, July 12, 2014 at 3:25 pm

Have you seen Carla? Reward offered, no questions asked

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Caramel-colored "Carla" is missing and the Siverlings are asking readers to help locate her.

Their Best Friend Forever went missing Tuesday evening from the South Main Street Road area.

"She is a good hunter and most likely caught a scent and went chasing after an animal. She is full of energy and is very affectionate," says owner Jackie Siverling.

"We are offering a reward to anyone who returns her to us, no questions asked," she continued. "We miss her very much."

If you know Carla's whereabouts please call (585) 813-4181.

Friday, July 11, 2014 at 1:45 pm

Today's Deals: BACK AGAIN - Sweet Pea's Cupcakery Cafe, plus O'Lacy's, Oliver's, Bohn's, Pudgie's, and more!

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Sweet Pea’s Cupcakery Café, 23 Jackson St., Batavia, NY. We are a full-service Cupcake Bakery and Café. Now serving fresh-baked artisan pizza on Friday nights! We offer soft-serve ice cream, too! Treat yourself to a variety of baked goods, mainly varieties of specialty and traditional scratch-made cupcakes, as well as other bakery items like cookies and brownies. We also serve a variety of hot and cold beverages. Check out our location, or place an order for parties, gatherings or any other reasons you can think of to enjoy some cupcakes. We have a $10 gift card for $6.

Pudgie's Lawn & Garden Center, 3646 W. Main St. Road, Batavia, NY: Spring is here and Pudgie’s has everything you need to enjoy the season -- hanging baskets of beautiful flowers, lawn care products, shrubbery, gardening supplies, and more. We have a $25 gift certificate for $12.50.

Blue Pearl Yoga, 200 E. Main St., Batavia, NY: Stretch your body and soul with yoga. This offer is a gift certificate for $20 off instruction. Not good with any other discounts or offers. Excludes workshops.

Sweetland Pines Golf Course, 5795 Sweetland Road, Stafford, NY: Sweetland Pines is a par 3 golf course, great for beginners and experienced golfers working on the short game. Relaxed golf game, average play is about 1 hour and 20 minutes, leaving the golfer time to enjoy rest of the day. 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 a $25 gift certificate for $15.

Sammy Hill's, 7 Mill St., Le Roy, NY: This new restaurant has good, fresh food, including hand-pressed burgers, and a friendly atmosphere. Choose a house specialty burger or make your own with a variety of toppings, cheeses and sauces to select from. The menu also includes flatbread sliders, garbage plates, shredded beef or marinated chicken tacos, sandwiches like the Cuban, bruschetta chicken, or deep-fried pork loin. Friday fish fry -- battered, broiled or blackened. Dine in or take out. "Come Get Some!" Hours are Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., Sunday 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., closed Monday. We have a $10 gift certificate for $6.

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 $12.

Daphne's Restaurant & Lounge, 241 Swan St., (Off Rt. 63/Ellicott St.) Batavia, NY. Daphne's is destined to become a favorite for any who enjoy something special in a dining experience. Formerly the old St. Nick's Social Club, now unrecognizable to those who used to frequent the club, Daphne's provides you with a warm, inviting atmosphere and decor, which complements the array of wonderful dishes. We offer homemade seafood and pasta dishes, meatballs that are addicting as well as large salads, hot sandwiches & homemade potato chips. Fresh desserts are prepared in our own kitchen (tiramisu has been the top seller so far). We have a $20 gift certificate for $12.

Santino's Pizza, 2 Main St., Oakfield, NY: We're pizza and a whole lot more! Voted #1 pizza in Genesee County in blind taste test! Santino's features pizza, wings, subs, wraps, ice cream, and more! We have a $20 gift certificate for $12.

Jagged Edges Salon, 4140 Veterans Memorial Drive, Batavia, NY: Jagged Edges Salon is a walk-in and appointment salon for men, women and children. It is a fun, welcoming salon that offers all hair care services including cuts, color, highlights, lowlights, perms, styling/updos, treatments, and facial waxing. Hours are 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday. 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." Stop in and check out our Jumbo Chicken Wings, Roast Beef on Weck and Friday night fish fry. The original family spaghetti sauce still adorns all of our Italian specialties. The other popular selections from our menu range from Super Salads, butcher cut Strip Loin and South of the Border items. We offer daily lunch and dinner specials as well as a full adult and children’s menu. We have a $20 gift certificate for $12.

$$$  Scooter's Restaurant in Le Roy, 140 W. Main Street Road (Route 5), Le Roy, NY: Come see us at Scooter's family restaurant with our friendly atmosphere and homestyle cooking! We offer classic American food with breakfast, lunch and dinner served all day. We also offer a full take-out menu anytime. We have a $10 gift certificate for $4.

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 $15.

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.

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 $12.

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 $12.

O'Lacy's Irish Pub, 5 School St., Batavia, NY: In Irish pubs, it doesn't get more authentic than O'Lacy's. Be sure to try the homemade chips. We have a $25 gift certificate for $15.

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 $20 gift certificate for $12.

Dave's Ice Cream, 3872 W. Main Street Road, Batavia, NY: Dave's offers only locally purchased products, including Perry's hard ice cream in a wide variety of yummy flavors, with a wonderful assortment of toppings and homemade waffle cones. Different soft-serve flavors are offered weekly. We have a $10 gift certificate for $6.

Center Street Smoke House, 20 Center St., Batavia, NY: Authentic Southern BBQ, from ribs to brisket with all the fixin's. We have a $20 gift card for $12.

Smokin' Eagle BBQ & Brew, 9 Main St., Le Roy, NY. The kind of downhome, laid-back and comfortable place that just feels right. Open daily for lunch, dinner and drinks, this eatery and bar features a variety of eats and drinks that are outstanding. Specializing in smoked meats -- each meat is dry rubbed with a proprietary mix of seasonings, then smoked slowly in their on-site smoker for maximum flavor and tenderness. With a variety of appetizers, burgers, sandwiches, wraps, combo platters and entrées, there's always plenty of choice for even picky eaters. Great food, frosty brews and some of the best folk around call the Smokin' Eagle BBQ & Brew their favorite -- make it your favorite today! Don't forget to ask about our catering! We have a $20 gift card for $12.

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 $12.

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 $12. (Good only at the Batavia location.)


Friday, July 11, 2014 at 1:06 pm

Car wreck in front of Darien Lake Theme Park

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A motor vehicle accident is reported in front of Darien Lake Theme Park at 9993 Alleghany Road. One person has a minor head injury. Darien Fire Department is respondiong along with Mercy medics.

UPDATE 1:11 p.m.: Two vehicles are involved. It is blocking traffic.

Friday, July 11, 2014 at 12:10 pm

Lite the Knight 5K & Family Fun Night in Le Roy to fund memorial scholarship for Bordonaro family

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Lite the Knight 5K & Family Fun Night
Saturday Aug. 16 starting at  5 p.m.

Join Le Roy and our surrounding communities as we come together to raise funds for a memorial scholarship! 2014 Recipients: The Bordonaro Family.

In addition to the 5K run/walk on an illuminated course, this year's event also features: a 3-on-3 basketball tournament; wellness fair; many free childrens' activities; a performance by Le Roy Marching Knights; a chicken barbeque by the Smokin' Eagle BBQ and Brew; and free live music by Flipside.

The Le Roy, Stafford, Caledonia and Pavilion fire departments have volunteered their time and assistance in support of the event, and will be setting up an interactive display of their fire engines for children and families to experience.

Call 585.768.4550 for more information or visit our Web site: villagefit.com

Info is also on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/events/1429104164034907/) & Twitter (https://twitter.com/LeRoyVillageFit)!

Follow this link to register for the 5K: https://www.getentered.com/Register/groups/default.aspx?newgroup=true&event=28196

Thursday, July 10, 2014 at 3:55 pm

Car accident, no injuries, in front of Denny's on West Main Street in the city

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A car accident, with no injuries, is reported in front of Denny's restaurant at 364 W. Main St., between Bogue Avenue and Woodrow Road. City fire is responding.

UPDATE 4:25 p.m.: The  city assignment is back in service.

Thursday, July 10, 2014 at 1:41 pm

Motorcycle wreck at Bank and Starowitz, Elba, rider is consious and alert

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A motorcycle accident is reported at Bank Street Road and Starowitz Road. The rider is conscious and alert. Elba fire and Mercy medics responding.

UPDATE 2:01 p.m.: The Elba assignment is back in service.

Wednesday, July 9, 2014 at 3:43 pm

Volunteers wanted to serve on city's Housing Authority board and Planning & Development Committee

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Press release:

The City Manager is seeking city residents who are interested in volunteering as a member of the following:

  • Batavia Housing Authority
  • Planning and Development Committee

Residents interested in applying can obtain an application from the City Clerk's Office or can visit our Web site at www.batavianewyork.com and download a Committee/Board Volunteer Application under Documents.

Applications are due to the City Clerk's Office by Friday, July 18.

If you have questions or need additional information, please contact:

Office of the City Manager

One Batavia City Centre

Batavia, NY 14020

Phone: (585) 345-6330

FAX: (585) 343-8182

E-mail: jmolina@batavianewyork.com


Wednesday, July 9, 2014 at 3:27 pm

Center Street to close Thursday morning for power pole replacement

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Notice from the city Department of Public Works:

National Grid will be replacing a large power pole on Center Street on Thursday, July 10th. This work will require Center Street to be closed to traffic between Main Street and School Street from approximately 9 to 11 a.m.

Wednesday, July 9, 2014 at 3:05 pm

NY Sire Stakes to be held in Genesee County for the first time tomorrow night at Batavia Downs

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Press release:

On Thursday, July 10, Batavia Downs will become the newest stop on the New York Sire Stakes (NYSS) fair circuit when the Genesee County leg of that series convenes for the first time.

It's been a long and circuitious route for this to occur.

The Genesee County Agricultural Society has held an annual fair in Batavia, NY, since 1839. And from 1890 through 1946 they called the current site of Batavia Downs their home. The track was known as Exposition Park and every year harness racing was one of the most anticipated events on the fair schedule.

But in 1947 when Batavia Downs founder Pat Provenzano bought the property he had originally leased from the society to expand his growing pari-mutuel empire, the fair relocated to another site and fair racing in Genesee County ceased.

Since the inception of the New York Sire Stake in 1961, there has never been a fair date contest in Genesee County until now and the addition became a reality because of a natural disaster that occurred last year.

Todd Haight, Batavia Downs director/general manager of live racing said “Last year we held the Caledonia Fair races at Batavia Downs when their track in Livingston County was washed out by heavy rain. And it was a great success. We had a large crowd here and the racing was great. So we thought, why not host fair racing here every year?”

Haight contacted the NYSS and the Genesee County Agricultural Society and the groups came together with a plan. The result of that collaboration is the return of fair racing to the track they left  seven decades ago.

“We’re happy to be partnering with the Genesee County Fair folks on hosting the races and all the activities that go along with them. I see no reason why the fair races couldn’t become an annual event here at Batavia Downs,” Haight concluded.

Nick O'Geen, Genesee County Agricultural Society Board member said “This is a unique opportunity for the Genesee County Fair to partner with Batavia Downs to bring harness racing to back the fair.”

Post time for the first race is 1:15 p.m.

In addition to the races, there will be events for the whole family on the track apron including carnival games, a bounce house, a juggler and a balloon artist. Also available will be a $3 lunch special for kids 12 and younger as well as $1 ice cream cones, snow cones and cotton candy. Fair events at Batavia Downs run from 11 until 4.

Batavia Downs will also be offering discounted advance sale tickets for other fair events and with the purchase of any ticket, will provide a $10 free-play voucher redeemable on their gaming floor.

Wednesday, July 9, 2014 at 1:39 pm

Person stuck in elevator on South Main Street

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A person is stuck in an elevator at 172 1/2 S. Main St. City fire is responding. The location is The Meadows senior apartment complex.

UPDATE 1:49 p.m.: The person is safely out of the elevator.

UPDATE 1:54 p.m.: City Ladder #15 is returning to service.

Tuesday, July 8, 2014 at 3:19 pm

Car crashes into tree on Maltby Road, Elba, unknown injuries

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A car struck a tree at 3903 Maltby Road, just west of Weatherwax Road. Unknown injuries. Elba Fire Department and Mercy medics are responding.

UPDATE 3:26 p.m.: Responders report there is one patient with minor injuries.

UPDATE 3:36 p.m.: One patient is being transported to the hospital in Medina.

Monday, July 7, 2014 at 6:00 pm

Rollover accident with injuries on Maple Avenue Road, Oakfield

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A rollover accident with injuries is reported at 2990 Maple Ave. Road, west of Pine Street. Oakfield fire and Mercy medics are responding.

UPDATE 6:23 p.m.: Oakfield is returning to service.

Monday, July 7, 2014 at 2:52 pm

Severe thunderstorm watch in effect until 10 p.m.

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A severe thunderstorm watch has been issued by the National Weather Service's Storm Prediction Center in Norman, Okla., and is in effect now through 10 p.m.

UPDATE 6:30 p.m.: The watch has been cancelled.

Monday, July 7, 2014 at 2:02 pm

YWCA not offering farmer's market this year

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Press release:

YWCA of Genesee County has been doing some restructuring and, as a result, will not offer The Market @ North Street this year.

The Sunday market will be reconsidered next year. For more information, call (585) 343-5808.

Sunday, July 6, 2014 at 6:50 pm

Car vs. motorcycle wreck on Cedar Street by Ellicott Street in the city

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A car vs. motorcycle accident is reported on Cedar Street near Ellicott Street. A law enforcement officer on scene says the motorcycle rider is "up and walking around." City fire is on scene and Mercy medics are responding.

Sunday, July 6, 2014 at 12:58 pm

Car vs. motorcycle accident with injuries reported on Pearl Street Road

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A car vs. motorcycle wreck with injuries is reported at 3904 Pearl Street Road. Town of Batavia fire and Mercy medics are responding.

UPDATE 12:59 p.m.: Mercy Flight is on ground standby at the Batavia hangar. The location of the accident is between Donohue Road and Treadeasy Avenue.

UPDATE 1:09 p.m.: Mercy medics are transporting one patient to the hangar. A second ambulance is called to the scene.

UPDATE 1:12 p.m.: The second ambulance is cancelled and the first rig will transport two patients to ECMC. Mercy Flight was cancelled.

UPDATE 2:45 p.m. (by Howard): According to Deputy Joseph Graff, it appears at this point in the investigation, that a Harley-Davidson and a Mercury Sable were both westbound on Route 33. The car slowed and proceeded to make a left-hand turn into a driveway and the motorcycle appears to have attempted to pass the car on the left. The driver of the motorcycle reportedly told deputies that the car had pulled to the shoulder before turning left. The car was turning into the driver's in-laws' residence and a neighbor said the driver had been to the residence many times. The motorcycle struck the driver's side front fender and sheared off the front bumper. It proceeded westbound into a drainage ditch on the southside of the road, struck a culvert and dislodged a piece of rebar that became caught on the bike's handlebars. The bike came to rest just inches short of a fire hydrant. The female passenger reportedly suffered a serious leg injury. The male driver reportedly asked to be a sign-off, but was transported to ECMC with his passenger as a precaution. The names of those involved have not yet been released.

Sunday, July 6, 2014 at 12:17 pm

Two-car accident with possible minor injuries near town park in Corfu

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A two-car accident with possible minor injuries is reported in the area of the town park in Corfu, 8813 Alleghany Road. Mercy medics are on scene and Corfu fire is responding.

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