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Tuesday, July 1, 2014 at 1:37 pm

Two-car accident, no injuries, on South Pearl Street in Oakfield

post by Billie Owens in accidents, Oakfield

A two-car accident is reported at 78 S. Pearl St. in Oakfield. The vehicles are partially blocking. The occupants are likely sign-off and Mercy medics are responding non-emergency for evaluation. Oakfield Fire Police are called to handle traffic.

Monday, June 30, 2014 at 3:06 pm

Today's Deals: Alex's Place, Bourbon & Burger Co., Sweetland Pines Golf, Bohn's, and more!

post by Billie Owens in Deal of the Day

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.

$$$  Casa Del Taco, 234 Ellicott St., Batavia, NY: Mexican food lovers will delight in this new eatery that makes tacos and burritos "the way you want 'em" plus it offers other items like taco salads, burrito bowls, loaded nachos, and churros. Choose from a variety of toppings, including jalapenos, black beans, cilantro and guacamole. There are also several varieties of salsa to select from, such as corn, mango, verde, and sweet Thai ranch. Hours are: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday thru Wednesday; 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday thru Saturday; closed Sunday. We have a $10 gift certificate for $5.

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.

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.

Blue Pearl Yoga, 200 E. Main St., Batavia, NY: Stretch your body and soul with yoga. This offer is a $20 gift certificate off instruction. For new students only. Not good with any other discounts or offers. Use before October 2014.

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.

Sweet Ecstasy Bakery & Bistro, 201 E. Main St., Batavia, NY. A retail and special-order bakery and cafe located in Downtown Batavia inside Seymour Place. Offering a wide variety of items such as cookies, filled cupcakes, quick breads, pies, breakfast pastries, daily. On Fridays, it offers fresh artisan bread like baguettes, sourdough and rye starting at noon. The custom cakes are out of this world with 3D characters or gorgeous wedding cakes to suit any budget. For all your sweet treats, we have a $10 gift certificate for $6.

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.

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.

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.

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.

$$$  Spirits, 78 Lake St., Le Roy, NY. Le Roy's favorite sports bar, where fun and good food are always on tap. Come try one of our many delicious burgers that we have to offer, as well as our HUGE Bomber Sandwich, homemade chicken fingers made to order, and the all-time favorite Dumpster Plate with many choices. We deliver. We have a $20 gift certificate for $8.

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.

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.

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.)

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.

SOLD OUT

Saturday, June 28, 2014 at 7:17 pm

Vibrant Batavia sponsors Morton Avenue block party

post by Billie Owens in Vibrant Batavia

Bill and Lisa Scott, who live on Morton Avenue in the City of Batavia, hosted its premiere block party this afternoon, sponsored by Vibrant Batavia. It was a nice get-together. The sponsor provided hot dogs, hamburgers, condiments and cold pop and water. Those with odd-numbered addresses brought sides dishes and those with even numbers brought desserts.

The street was closed off. No music but lots of conversation and kids running around, playing in the sprinklers. Water balloons were tossed and exploded accordingly and there was also Ping-Pong, AKA table tennis, and basketball and a couple of other games. A police officer showed up to greet the neighbors, as did a bunch of city firefighters with their ladder truck.

Above is Howard Owens, who was surreptitiously yet eagerly photographed by Bill Scott. Howard is giving his giant dog Pachuco prompts to do tricks and the rewards are pieces of a hot dog. Bill cooked them and noted they were available "burned, half-burned, or not burned." Not sure which one Pachuco got, but he's not choosy.

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Saturday, June 28, 2014 at 4:02 pm

Grand Jury indictments: DWAI incident that seriously injured five people, plus couple of alleged dope dealers

post by Billie Owens in batavia, crime, Grand Jury

Michael L. Sanders is indicted for the crime of driving while ability impaired by drugs, as a Class E felony. It is alleged that on Nov. 29 in the City of Batavia, he caused serious physical injury to another person while operating a 2013 Acura on Oak Street with his abilities impaired by drugs. In count two, he is accused of vehicular assault, 1st, a Class D felony, for allegedly causing serious injury to another person while driving the same vehicle with his ability to do so impaired by drug use, thereby seriously injuring more than one person. In counts three, four, five, six and seven, respectively, Sanders is accused of the same thing, specifically seriously injuring five different named individuals.

Kevin J. O'Connell Jr. and Samantha L. Hicks are indicted for the crime of criminal possession of a controlled substance, 3rd, a Class B felony. It is alleged that on Feb. 24 at 62 S. Main St., Batavia, they knowingly and unlawfully possessed a narcotic drug, cocaine, with the intent to sell it. In count two, the defendants are accused of criminal possession of a controlled substance, 3rd, a Class B felony, for allegedly knowingly and unlawfully possessing a narcotic drug, heroin, with the intent to sell it. In count three, they are accused of criminal possession of a controlled substance, 4th, a Class C felony, for allegedly knowingly and unlawfully possessing one or more preparations, compounds, mixtures, or substances containing a narcotic drug, cocaine, with an aggregate weight of one-eighth ounce or more.

Friday, June 27, 2014 at 12:34 pm

UMMC participates in landmark Safe Motherhood Initiative

post by Billie Owens in announcements, business, UMMC

Press release:

United Memorial Medical Center is participating in the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology landmark effort, the Safe Motherhood Initiative to combat maternal mortality and morbidity in New York State.

The Safe Motherhood Initiative is working with healthcare providers and birthing facilities to develop and implement standard approaches for handling obstetric emergencies such as obstetric hemorrhage (severe bleeding), venous thromboembolism (blood clots), and severe hypertension in pregnancy (high blood pressure).

The project has one goal: to save the lives of women faced with severe complications related to pregnancy and childbirth. Close to 99 percent of the nearly 250,000 live births in New York State result in the discharge of a mother and her baby. Yet, there are mothers who die or suffer severe permanent harm. New York State currently ranks 47th in the country for its maternal mortality rate.

Participation in the program is an example of United Memorial’s commitment to patient safety and quality and to the continual improvement and implementation of best practices.

The program will provide maternal safety bundles consisting of clinical education videos, algorithms, step-by-step checklists and other hands-on materials to help obstetric providers adopt uniform clinical protocols to improve the diagnosis, prevention, and management of the leading causes of maternal death.

The program is funded by Merck for Mothers, a 10-year, $500 million initiative focused on creating a world where no woman dies giving life. Additional information may be found at www.merckformothers.com.

United Memorial Medical Center provides obstetric and gynecologic physician services through the Women’s Care Centers located at 33 Chandler Ave. in Batavia and at 100 Ohio St. in Medina. In 2013, approximately 650 new babies were safely delivered at United Memorial.

Thursday, June 26, 2014 at 12:39 pm

Free NYS Citizen Preparedness Training Program offered at The BEST Center, registration required

post by Billie Owens in batavia

A NYS Citizen Preparedness Training Program will be offered on Monday, June 30, at The BEST Center. Time is 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Batavia City Council President Brooks Hawley invites citizens to attend this free program that provides the tools and resources to prepare for emergencies and disasters, to respond accordingly, and recover as quickly as possible to pre-disaster conditions.

Each family that attends will receive a NYS Disaster preparedness Kit that contains items to assist people in the immediate aftermath of a disaster. The state training and kits will help New Yorkers be the most-trained and best-prepared citizens in the country.

The BEST Center is located at One College Road, Room T102, at Genesee Community College.

To register for the training program go online to:

http://prepare.ny.gov/training-events

Thursday, June 26, 2014 at 12:25 pm

UMMC receives accreditation for Wound Care Center from Undersea Hyperbaric Medical Society

post by Billie Owens in business, UMMC

Press release:

United Memorial Medical Center is pleased to announce that it has received UHMS (Undersea Hyperbaric Medical Society) accreditation for the Wound Care Center. The accreditation is valid for two years.

Wounds that take longer than 28 days to heal can be considered chronic and may be attributed to inadequate circulation, poorly functioning veins, lack of mobility, underlying illnesses, burn injuries and late effect radiation exposure; all of which can result in a lowered quality of life.

The Wound Care Center at United Memorial has achieved excellent heal rates and patients continually rank the Center above the 98th percentile for satisfaction. United Memorial’s specialized Wound Care & Hyperbaric Medicine Outpatient Care Center is provided through a partnership with Healogics™, the world’s largest wound care management company with more than 500 hospital partners worldwide. Our multidisciplinary team addresses the needs of patients with wounds that have not responded to conventional treatment.

Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy is one of the many treatment options available to Wound Care Center patients at United Memorial. It uses a special chamber, frequently called a pressure chamber to increase the amount of oxygen in the blood. The air pressure within the chamber is about two and a half times greater than normal air pressure and helps the blood carry more oxygen to tissues and organs within the body. This can help wounds and infections heal more quickly. Patients are awake for the treatments, which last for 90-120 minutes at each session. Patients rest comfortably on the table and are able to read, watch television or listen to music.

Since 2001, the UHMS has offered a clinical hyperbaric medicine facility accreditation program. United Memorial demonstrated their commitment to patient care and facility safety by voluntarily participating in this program. When invited to perform an accreditation survey, the UHMS sent a team of experts to United Memorial to examine staffing and training, equipment installation, operation, and maintenance, facility and patient safety, and standards of care.

The Undersea and Hyperbaric Medical Society (UHMS) was formed in 1967. It is an international nonprofit association serving more than 2,000 physicians, scientists, associates and nurses from more than 50 countries in the fields of hyperbaric and dive medicine. The UHMS is an important source of scientific and medical information pertaining to hyperbaric medicine involving hyperbaric oxygen therapy and diving through its bimonthly, peer-reviewed journal, Undersea and Hyperbaric Medicine, symposia, workshops, books and other publications.

Thursday, June 26, 2014 at 12:14 pm

Oatka Knights Sports Hall of Fame is July 18, nominations welcome

post by Billie Owens in announcements, sports

The annual celebration of Le Roy sports excellence -- the Le Roy Oatka Knights Sports Hall of Fame -- will be held starting at 9:30 a.m. on Friday, July 18, in the high school auditorium. It is located at 9300 South Street Road.

Attire is casual and the event is open to the public. There will be a ceremony and refreshments. Donations are grealty appreciated for the Hall of Fame, a nonprofit organization.

Rich Funke, former sports and news anchor at News 10NBC, will be on hand to help honor the inductees.

For more information and nomination forms, check out the Web site   www.leroyhalloffame.com or stop by the Village & Town Hall.

Thursday, June 26, 2014 at 11:59 am

GCC student named WNY Athletic Conference Freshman Female Athlete of the Year

post by Billie Owens in GCC, Milestones, sports

Genesee Community College student-athlete Ashley Makowski (Kendall, NY) was recently recognized by the Western New York Athletic Conference (WNYAC) as the Freshman Female Athlete of the Year for 2013-2014.

Makowski is a two-sport athlete at GCC as a member of the women's soccer and women's lacrosse programs. She was an All-Region first team selection in both sports this year.

Makowski played in all 18 games last fall for the women's soccer team and scored 12 goals, including four game-winners. Her 12 goals were second most on the team and she also added 12 assists, tallying 28 total points. She led the women's lacrosse team in assists with 12 and was second on the team in goals (20) and total points (32). She played in and started all 10 games this Spring, collecting 27 ground balls and causing 14 turnovers. She was also selected to the women's lacrosse WNYAC All-Conference first team.

Genesee Community College athletics program endeavors to provide a quality and competitive intercollegiate athletics program consistent with the National Junior Collegiate Athletics Association (NJCAA) philosophy and the overall educational mission of Genesee Community College. Participation in collegiate athletics should be an extension of the total educational experience for the student athlete. The inherent philosophy emphasizes the athletic setting as a classroom used to teach character, commitment, work ethic, respect for differences, and the importance of sacrifice, teamwork, and cooperation.

For further information and pictures go to Genesee's Athletic Web page, which is updated regularly with game results, team rosters, photographs and information about Genesee's overall athletic program. http://www.geneseeathletics.com

Thursday, June 26, 2014 at 11:50 am

Pavilion residents offer many thanks to those who helped battle June 1 blaze

post by Billie Owens in fire, Pavilion

A Letter to the Readers of The Batavian:

This letter is to thank everyone who battled the massive fire that destroyed an iconic landmark in the Town of Pavilion on June 1st. Although a major part of our town's history lays in ruin, another historic landmark only eight feet from the structure that burned, still stands. No words can fully express our gratitude, but we will try...

To the firemen and women of the three counties and 14 departments who responded, we will always remember you are the reason our building is still standing, virtually untouched by the raging flames only feet away. With all that is wrong in this world, you showed us everything that is right. Your dedication to service, commitment to your community, teamwork and camaraderie were outstanding. Your gift to humanity is grace beyond measure. You gave us everything you had that fateful day, yet asked for nothing in return.

To the families of the firefighters and volunteers:

Thank you for your sacrifice on that beautiful sunny Sunday. We can only imagine the plans and projects that were put on hold while your loved one battled this blaze for hours and hours on end. How proud you must be of their service. These amazing men and women are appreciated and needed. They are an inspiring example to all. Look up and honor these brave and dedicated men and women.

To all the volunteers: Salvation Army, Red Cross, Town of Pavilion employees and residents who supplied water and food, your presence was comforting and nothing less than epic.

To those who donate to these organizations, a special thank you and a prayer that you may never need their services.

To the countless people that prayed that our building be saved, God listened!

To the three families that lost everything, we watched helplessly as your worldly processions went up in flames. Your calmness, strength, and faith is an inspiration that will forever be etched in our minds and hearts.

A special thank you and acknowledgement to the Town of Pavilion officials, highway department, and County Fire Coordinators office.

To Townsend Energy and Griffith Energy who donated supplied and delivered 275.2 gallons of diesel fuel to the fire trucks we salute your commitment to the community.

Lastly we want to thank God for His grace, watching over those that protect and serve. No humans or pets were lost.

Sincerely,

David and Ann D'Angelo, owners of 11114 and 11116 W. Park St., Pavilion
Catherine Carlsen from Country Hill
Teresa Tracy and Melissa Coral from Jazzy Creations
Ann D'Angelo from Remission Café
Pat Wolcott
Veronica Branch
McKenzie D'Angelo

(Photo provided by McKenzie R. D'Angelo)

Thursday, June 26, 2014 at 11:33 am

Kendra Haacke Memorial Fishing Contest at Dewitt Pond is Saturday - free, no license required

post by Billie Owens in sports

Press release:

The Oakfield-Alabama Lions Club is sponsoring a children's fishing contest this Saturday, June 28, at Dewitt Recreation Area on Cedar Street in the City of Batavia. The Kendra Haacke Memorial Fishing Contest is free and open to children up to age 16 in Genesee County.

This is NYS DEC Free Fishing Weekend and no fishing license is required. Time is 9 a.m. to noon and children must be accompanied by an adult.

Grand Prize -- Heaviest Fish -- 2 winners (1 girl/1 boy)

Second-chance prizes -- All anglers who catch fish will be given a chance at several prizes.

"Come join us for a morning full of fishing fun at one of Genesee County's beautiful parks! All participants should bring their own fishing gear. Only anglers of fish caught at Dewitt Pond will be eligible for prizes."

Tuesday, June 24, 2014 at 8:11 pm

Severe thunderstorm warning issued

post by Billie Owens in weather

A severe thunderstorm warning has been issued for western Genesee County and it remains in effect until 9 p.m.

A few minutes ago, Doppler radar indicated a line of severe thunderstorms capable of producing quarter-size hail and damaging winds in excess of 60 mph.

These storms were moving 45 mph in a northeasterly direction.

Tuesday, June 24, 2014 at 6:50 pm

Le Roy calls all manpower to fire hall due to flooding problems in the area

post by Billie Owens in Le Roy, weather

All available manpower is called to Le Roy's fire hall to with help local flooding issues. The underpass of Route 5 is completely unpassable. A flash flood watch is in effect throughout the county this evening.

UPDATE 6:52 p.m.: Fire Police are requested to Gilbert Street and Route 5.

UPDATE 7:08 p.m.: Power lines down from a residence on Church Street, Le Roy.  No arcing or sparking at this time.

UPDATE 7:11 p.m.: Bergen requested to stand by in its hall for flooding.

UPDATE 7:17 p.m.: Pavilion requested to stand by in Le Roy's hall.

Tuesday, June 24, 2014 at 6:14 pm

Grand Jury indicts man for grand larceny of scrap metal, and woman on five DWI-related charges

post by Billie Owens in crime, Le Roy, pavillon

John S. Dueppengiesser is indicted for grand larceny, 3rd, a Class D felony. It is alleged that in February on Big Tree Road in the Town of Pavilion he stole property with a value of more than $3,000. He is accused of stealing $5,229.55 in various parts and scrap metal.

Judith E. Peterson is indicted for driving while intoxicated, as a misdemeanor. It is alleged that on Feb. 1 in the Town of Le Roy Peterson drove a 2007 Toyota on East Bethany - Le Roy Road while in an intoxicated condition. In count two, she is further accused of aggravated driving while intoxicated, per se, as a misdemeanor, for having a BAC or .18 or more at the time of the incident. In count three, Peterson is accused of driving while intoxicated, as a misdemeanor, for allegedly driving on Bernd Road in the Town of Le Roy on March 23. In count four, She is accused of DWI, per se, as a misdemeanor, for having a BAC of .08 or more at the time of the March 23 incident. In count five, Peterson is accused of aggravated unlicensed operation in the first degree, a Class E felony. It is alleged that on March 23 she knew or had reason to know that her license or privilege of operating a motor vehicle in New York, or her privilege of obtaining a driver's license, was suspended pending prosecution on Feb. 24. Furthermore, she was allegedly intoxicated at the time.

Tuesday, June 24, 2014 at 5:26 pm

Car crash with injuries at Route 237 and Cockram Road

post by Billie Owens in accidents, byron, south byron

A two-car accident with injuries is reported at Route 237 and Cockram Road. Byron Fire Department is on scene and South Byron Fire Department and Mercy medics are en route. The road is completely blocked and law enforcement is there.

UPDATE 5:34 p.m.: All available manpower out of Byron's hall is called in along with Fire Police. Mercy Flight out of Buffalo is available and a landing zone is going to be set up.

UPDATE 5:42 p.m.: Mercy Flight will be arriving momentarily.

UPDATE 6:15 p.m.: Mercy Flight arrived a while ago.

UPDATE 6:41 p.m.: Byron and South Byron are back in service and the road is reopened. According to Sheriff's deputy Kevin McCarthy, preliminary indications are that a box truck northbound on Route 237 was sideswiped when a southbound sedan crossed over the line. The female sedan driver required extrication and was taken to a hospital by Mercy Flight. The male driver of the box truck was not seriously injured. Identities of both parties involved are known but are not being released at this time. There were no passengers. Charges may be filed pending investigation.

UPDATE: The driver of the 1993 Chevy sedan is identified in the accident report as Renee G. Belknap, 44, of Bergen. The box truck driver is Grancisco M. Rosario, 55, of Medina. Belknap was cited for allegedly driving on the wrong side of the road.

UPDATE: Here are additional photos submitted by Jason Kota.

Tuesday, June 24, 2014 at 1:01 pm

GCC announces Spring semester President's List honorees

 

Genesee Community College, including all seven campus locations in Batavia, Albion, Arcade, Dansville, Lima, Medina and Warsaw, proudly announces that the following students are among 484 students who were named to the President's List for the Spring 2014 semester. Students honored on the President's List have maintained full-time enrollment and earned a quality point index of 3.75 (roughly equivalent to an A) or better.

This year's Genesee Community College Spring 2014 President's List honorees, with their hometowns, are listed below:

Kathleen Kwasniewski of Alexander, NY (14005)

Karly Natalizia of Alexander, NY (14005)

Kyle Natalizia of Alexander, NY (14005)

Brittany Taylor of Alexander, NY (14005)

John Winiecki of Alexander, NY (14005)

Jenna Wozniak of Alexander, NY (14005)

Zachary Chiro of Basom, NY (14013)

Amanda Kent of Basom, NY (14013)

Kerry Mills of Basom, NY (14013)

Jessica Pfalzer of Basom, NY (14013)

Robert Barnard of Batavia, NY (14020)

John Bezon of Batavia, NY (14020)

Rachael Bish of Batavia, NY (14020)

Natalie Brown of Batavia, NY (14020)

Erika Bucci of Batavia, NY (14020)

Danielle Cannella of Batavia, NY (14020)

Lynette Celedonia of Batavia, NY (14020)

Ariel Corcoran of Batavia, NY (14020)

Richard DelPlato of Batavia, NY (14020)

Taylor Doty of Batavia, NY (14020)

Danielle Eddy of Batavia, NY (14020)

Cortney Edwards-Fenton of Batavia, NY (14020)

Sara Elliott of Batavia, NY (14020)

Ashley Elmore of Batavia, NY (14020)

Alec Engel of Batavia, NY (14020)

Daniel Fili of Batavia, NY (14020)

Maria Frieday of Batavia, NY (14020)

Chelsea Gerace of Batavia, NY (14020)

Bernadette Goodenbery of Batavia, NY (14020)

Kelly Goodheart of Batavia, NY (14020)

Joseph Hall of Batavia, NY (14020)

Virginia Henning of Batavia, NY (14020)

Sarah Hulburt-Emerson of Batavia, NY (14020)

Megan Jacques of Batavia, NY (14020)

Cathy Jacques of Batavia, NY (14020)

Lee Johnson of Batavia, NY (14020)

Michelle Kantz of Batavia, NY (14020)

Kimberly Kingsley of Batavia, NY (14020)

Nicole Kline of Batavia, NY (14020)

Sharon Knaudt of Batavia, NY (14020)

Michael Korczak of Batavia, NY (14020)

Janelle Marble of Batavia, NY (14020)

Tony Martyn of Batavia, NY (14020)

Koree McAllister of Batavia, NY (14020)

Macey McCulley of Batavia, NY (14020)

Rebecca Meloon of Batavia, NY (14020)

Jennifer Merle of Batavia, NY (14020)

Sydney Moag of Batavia, NY (14020)

Alexandra Mruczek of Batavia, NY (14020)

Brittney Okoniewski of Batavia, NY (14020)

Maryssa Peirick of Batavia, NY (14020)

Daniel Plath of Batavia, NY (14020)

Robynn Prichett of Batavia, NY (14020)

Andrea Pursel of Batavia, NY (14020)

Crystal Rindell of Batavia, NY (14020)

Kimberly Samuelson of Batavia, NY (14020)

Sarah Sanchez-Anderson of Batavia, NY (14020)

John Sherman of Batavia, NY (14020)

Brenda Smelski of Batavia, NY (14020)

Meghan Tiede of Batavia, NY (14020)

Michelle Williams of Batavia, NY (14020)

Rebecca Woodruff of Batavia, NY (14020)

Courtney Amesbury of Bergen, NY (14416)

Diana Bonilla of Bergen, NY (14416)

Gina Constable of Bergen, NY (14416)

Brandy Hare of Bergen, NY (14416)

Ellen Kirkpatrick of Bergen, NY (14416)

David Mackey of Bergen, NY (14416)

Brendan Murray of Bergen, NY (14416)

Kayla Curry of Byron, NY (14422)

Dawn Fooks of Byron, NY (14422)

Emily George of Byron, NY (14422)

Brandy Harmon of Byron, NY (14422)

Dakota Longhini of Byron, NY (14422)

Heather Balcerzak of Corfu, NY (14036)

Bryan Cox of Corfu, NY (14036)

Alexander Farley of Corfu, NY (14036)

Joelle Fugle of Corfu, NY (14036)

Ryan Graham of Corfu, NY (14036)

Jennie Lipinski of Corfu, NY (14036)

Sandra Buxton of Darien Center, NY (14040)

Christina Haniszewski of Darien Center, NY (14040)

Austin Heberlein of Darien Center, NY (14040)

Jillian Hutzler of Darien Center, NY (14040)

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Bianca Nolt of East Bethany, NY (14054)

Emily Pelton of East Bethany, NY (14054)

Travis Schmieder of East Bethany, NY (14054)

Alexander Uptegrove of East Bethany, NY (14054)

Jacqueline Joyce of East Pembroke, NY (14056)

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Melissa Engle of Elba, NY (14058)

Christopher Green of Elba, NY (14058)

Tabitha Moreland of Elba, NY (14058)

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Peter Hollands of LeRoy, NY (14482)

Kelsey LaVare of LeRoy, NY (14482)

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Erica Parker of LeRoy, NY (14482)

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Nicole Polisoto of LeRoy, NY (14482)

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Genesee Community College offers more than 60 academic programs and certificates including the new Associate in Applied Science degree in Food Processing Technology which helps meet the demands of the thriving food manufacturing industry in Western New York.

Genesee is accessible through seven campus locations throughout Western New York, as well as through its online learning program. College housing is available at College Village, just a three-minute walk from the Batavia Campus. With small class sizes, yet state-of-the-art technology both inside and out of the classroom, Genesee Community College is known for being "high-tech" and "high-touch."

Tuesday, June 24, 2014 at 12:52 pm

Volunteer members needed for City Housing Authority, 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 Committees/Boards:

- 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 any questions or need additional information, please contact:

Office of the City Manager

One Batavia City Centre

Batavia, New York 14020

Phone: (585) 345-6330

Fax: (585) 343-8182

E-mail:     jmolino@batavianewyork.com

Monday, June 23, 2014 at 9:09 pm

Fire Helmet Raffle to benefit program that provides kids with warm winter coats

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On July 10 the City of Batavia Firefighters Local 896 will hold its first Helmet Raffle benefiting "Firefighters for Operation Warm." The raffle will be at Tully's restaurant on East Main Street at about 9 p.m.

Local 896 is raffling off a brand-new N6A Sam Houston structural fire helmet (winner picks color, style and custom leather front).

The 2nd place prize is a $75 gift certificate to "The Fire Store" and 3rd-place prize is $50 to "The Fire Store."

Tickets are a $10 donation with all proceeds benefiting "Firefighters for Operation Warm," which provides brand-new 100-percent American-made winter coats to children in the City of Batavia. This is the second year City firefighters are partnering with Operation Warm to provide the gift of warmth to children in our community.

In addition to the raffle, Tully's is donating 10 percent of its receipts on July 10 to the coat charity (only at the Batavia location), provided that the customer presents a special coupon at the time of check out.

For raffle tickets and Tully's special coupons, contact Adam Palumbo at apalumbo@batavianewyork.com. Visit <http://www.operationwarm.org/Batavia> for more information and to donate.

Monday, June 23, 2014 at 10:54 am

10th annual Taste of Stafford in Ilette Park is July 10 from 5 to 8 p.m., theme is quilting

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The Stafford Historical Society invites the public to the 10th annual Taste of Stafford event on Thursday, July 10 in Ilette Park, located at the corner of Route 5 and Route 237 in Stafford. The hours are from 5 to 8 p.m.

The Taste of Stafford allows the community an opportunity to meet with friends, family and neighbors while enjoying delicious local food, to listen to the music and watch the entertainment; also to try their luck with our 50/50 and basket auction.

The Stafford Museum of History will be open to the public to view our displays that include our newest acquisition, the "Call Communion Box." Since our theme this year is, "Stitches in Time -- Quilts Past and Present," quilts with local provenance will be on display in the museum.

Bring your most comfortable lawn chair and enjoy the afternoon. (Rain? We will meet at Stafford Fire Hall.)

Sunday, June 22, 2014 at 5:25 pm

Deadline is June 30 to register for History Heroes Summer Program at HLOM

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Press release:

The 2014 History Heroes Summer Program at the Holland Land Office Museum is going to be our best year yet! For just $25 per day ($22 for Museum members), your child will be immersed in local and national history through group activities, arts, crafts, music, field trips, guest speakers, and more, culminating in a theatrical performance and picnic celebration!

The theme for the 2014 History Heroes Summer Program is “Railroads and Immigration.” The program runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. for two weeks,Tuesday through Friday, from July 8-11 and from July 15-18.

To provide necessary attention and instruction to each child, and ensure that your child can experience our History Heroes Summer Program, please register by June 30. You may choose what days you would like to attend.

Our expert staff includes retired elementary teacher and program coordinator Anne Marie Starowitz along with Museum Director Jeffrey Donahue, Assistant Director Jeffrey Fischer, and art teacher Cathy Loria.

Highlights of this year’s program include:

  • Designing “passports” and experiencing life as an immigrant coming into Ellis Island;
  • A performance of the musical “We Come From Everywhere,” in which children will act, sing, wear costumes, and build and paint set;
  • A field trip to the Attica & Arcade Railroad to ride an authentic steam engine;
  • Healthy snacks and water are provided daily for participants. Full lunches will be provided on Tuesday July 9th, Thursday July 17th, and Friday July 18th.
  • A day of weaving and knitting;
  • Walking field trips;
  • Historical crafts, and more!

Any questions, please call the museum, 343-4727. They will help you with your questions and tell you how to register your child.

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