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Thursday, February 19, 2015 at 8:30 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 5:06 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 4:55 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 4:51 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 4:44 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 4:41 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 4:35 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: pmcallister@wnyil.org
 
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 4:25 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 3:55 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 3:46 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 3:25 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  rtableski@gcedc.com 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 3:15 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.

Thursday, February 19, 2015 at 3:08 pm

Tender Loving Family Care to offer adult day programs at Office for the Aging in Batavia

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Press release:

As of March 1st, seniors in Genesee County will have another option to get out of the house and stay active. Tender Loving Family Care, a Brockport-based business with roots in Batavia, has reached an agreement with Genesee County to operate Adult Day Programs in the Office for the Aging location at 2 Bank Street in Batavia.

Adult Day Programs are dynamic, multifaceted programs that focus on fitness and wellness, entertainment, personal care and nutrition. A typical day starts out with a continental breakfast of muffins and pastries along with discussion of current events and socialization. Seniors then participate in different activities including: arts and crafts, card games, indoor bowling, baking, or simply watching "The Price is Right!" on TV.

Morning activities are followed by a hot lunch and afternoon activities like bingo, trivia, wii bowling, and others. Some days, seniors enjoy field trips to area attractions. TLFC founder and CEO Annika D’Andrea says Batavia will be the fourth location for her company that currently operates similar programs in Albion, Brockport, and Le Roy.

“Tender Loving Family Care began in Batavia and we are happy to be back in the city doing what we do best, helping seniors and families live happy and productive lives,” D’Andrea said. “Adult Day Programs offer families the flexibility and support they need to thrive. In some cases transportation is available, making this a smooth transition for those involved.”

Tender Loving Family Care offers a variety of services for seniors including both medical and non-medical in home care, and assisted living facilities including Canal View in Albion and Garden View in LeRoy. To find out more, visit www.tenderlovingfamilycare.com or call (585) 637-0333.

Thursday, February 19, 2015 at 2:40 pm

GC Mental Health Association offers two scholarships, deadline to apply is April 1

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The Mental Health Association in Genesee County awards two scholarships annually to deserving students who are pursuing their education at an institution of higher learning in the fields of human or social services.

The mission of the MHA is to meet the needs of the community by promoting mental wellness through education, advocacy and support, thereby improving the quality of life and instilling hope.

The two scholarships to be presented at the MHA’s annual meeting in May are:

  • Constance E. Miller Scholarship Award in the amount of $2,000 (She founded the MHA in Genesee County in 1993.)
  • MHA Board of Directors Scholarship Award in the amount of $500.

Applicants must have their primary residence in Genesee County.

A copy of the application is available online at www.gcmha.com

Applications are due to the MHA no later than April 1.

Applicants must provide: Name, mailing address, e-mail address, phone number, name of college or university accepted at, course of study or program enrolled in; and it asks if you are a relative of a current MHA employee or board member.

These are the requirements:

  • Applicant must be accepted at an accredited college or university and enrolled in an eligible program by the time the scholarship is awarded.
  • Eligible programs include: Social Work, Mental Health Counseling, Psychology or Human Services.
  • Current MHA employees and board members are not eligible. Relatives of MHA employees and board members are also not eligible.
  • Applicants must provide: (1) Academic history such as high school or college transcripts. (2) Resume or personal biography including work history, volunteer experiences, extra-curricular activities. (3) Essay that addresses educational and employment objectives. (4) Two letters of recommendation in sealed envelopes from people who know your academic and work/volunteer history. Letters from relatives will not be accepted. 
  • Financial need, volunteerism, employment history and civic involvement will be given careful consideration.

Applications should be mailed to:

Scholarship Program

Mental Health Association in Genesee County

25 Liberty St., Batavia, NY 14020

Or send e-mail to:

e-mailadmin@mhagenesee.org

Wednesday, February 18, 2015 at 5:27 pm

RIT names local Fall 2014 dean's list honorees

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The following local residents made the dean's list for Fall 2014-2015 semester at Rochester Institute of Technology:

Brittani Scharlau of Alexander, N.Y., (14005) is a fourth-year student in the diagnostic medical sonography program in RIT's College of Health Sciences and Technology.

Dean Kubik of Basom, N.Y., (14013) is a fifth-year student in the chemical engineering program in RIT's Kate Gleason College of Engineering.

Jennifer Crossen of Basom, N.Y., (14013) is a third-year student in the chemical engineering program in RIT's Kate Gleason College of Engineering.

Rachel Henrici of Batavia, N.Y., (14020) is a second-year student in the chemical engineering program in RIT's Kate Gleason College of Engineering.

David Renzo of Batavia, N.Y., (14020) is a fifth-year student in the computer engineering technology program in RIT's College of Applied Science and Technology.

Alycia Sabatino of Batavia, N.Y., (14020) is a second-year student in the diagnostic medical sonography program in RIT's College of Health Sciences and Technology.

Joseph Oddo of Batavia, N.Y., (14020) is a fifth-year student in the electrical engineering program in RIT's Kate Gleason College of Engineering.

Ashlee Yasses of Batavia, N.Y., (14020) is a second-year student in the engineering exploration program in RIT's Kate Gleason College of Engineering.

Sophia Del Plato of Batavia, N.Y., (14020) is a fourth-year student in the graphic design program in RIT's College of Imaging Arts and Sciences.

Jared Raphael of Batavia, N.Y., (14020) is a fifth-year student in the industrial engineering program in RIT's Kate Gleason College of Engineering.

Maura Chmielowiec of Batavia, N.Y., (14020) is a fifth-year student in the mechanical engineering program in RIT's Kate Gleason College of Engineering.

Alex Kolberg of Batavia, N.Y., (14020) is a second-year student in the physics program in RIT's College of Science.

Ryan Warner of Batavia, N.Y., (14020) is a second-year student in the physics program in RIT's College of Science.

Courtney Smith of Batavia, N.Y., (14020) is a second-year student in the political science program in RIT's College of Liberal Arts.

Benjamin Lucek of Bergen, N.Y., (14416) is a fourth-year student in the ASL-English interpretation program in RIT's National Technical Institute for the Deaf.

Michael Barnard of Bergen, N.Y., (14416) is a second-year student in the criminal justice program in RIT's College of Liberal Arts.

Rachel Kobel of Bergen, N.Y., (14416) is a third-year student in the environmental sustainability, health and safety program in RIT's College of Applied Science and Technology.

Michael Slack of Bergen, N.Y., (14416) is a fourth-year student in the film and animation program in RIT's College of Imaging Arts and Sciences.

Joanna Stacy of Bergen, N.Y., (14416) is a fourth-year student in the graphic design program in RIT's College of Imaging Arts and Sciences.

Traci Turner of Bergen, N.Y., (14416) is a third-year student in the journalism program in RIT's College of Liberal Arts.

Eric Hunt of Bergen, N.Y., (14416) is a third-year student in the new media interactive development program in RIT's B. Thomas Golisano College of Computing and Information Sciences.

Amandakay Sands of Bergen, N.Y., (14416) is a fourth-year student in the photographic and imaging arts program in RIT's College of Imaging Arts and Sciences.

Erica Hickey of Byron, N.Y., (14422) is a second-year student in the advertising and public relations program in RIT's College of Liberal Arts.

Benjamin Ezard of Byron, N.Y., (14422) is a third-year student in the chemical engineering program in RIT's Kate Gleason College of Engineering.

Katelyn Meier of Corfu, N.Y., (14036) is a fourth-year student in the biology program in RIT's College of Science.

Nicole Swimline of Corfu, N.Y., (14036) is a second-year student in the chemical engineering program in RIT's Kate Gleason College of Engineering.

Karl Pajak of Corfu, N.Y., (14036) is a fourth-year student in the film and animation program in RIT's College of Imaging Arts and Sciences.

Nicholas Flumerfeldt of Corfu, N.Y., (14036) is a fifth-year student in the mechanical engineering technology program in RIT's College of Applied Science and Technology.

Collin Moran of Darien Center, N.Y., (14040) is a second-year student in the chemical engineering program in RIT's Kate Gleason College of Engineering.

Michael Anauo of Elba, N.Y., (14058) is a fourth-year student in the biotechnology and molecular bioscience program in RIT's College of Science.

Cassandra Golda of Elba, N.Y., (14058) is a second-year student in the international business program in RIT's Saunders College of Business.

Peter Madau of Le Roy, N.Y., (14482) is a third-year student in the chemical engineering program in RIT's Kate Gleason College of Engineering.

Ryan Mangefrida of Leroy, N.Y., (14482) is a second-year student in the political science program in RIT's College of Liberal Arts.

Mckenzie Clark of Linwood, N.Y., (14486) is a fourth-year student in the 3D digital design program in RIT's College of Imaging Arts and Sciences.

Hannah Belliveau of Oakfield, N.Y., (14125) is a fourth-year student in the biology program in RIT's College of Science.

Benjamin Bliss of Pavilion, N.Y., (14525) is a third-year student in the illustration program in RIT's College of Imaging Arts and Sciences.

Degree-seeking undergraduate students are eligible for dean's list if their term GPA is greater than or equal to 3.400; they do not have any grades of "Incomplete", "D" or "F"; and they have registered for, and completed, at least 12 credit hours.

Rochester Institute of Technology is home to leading creators, entrepreneurs, innovators and researchers. Founded in 1829, RIT enrolls 18,000 students in more than 200 career-oriented and professional programs, making it among the largest private universities in the U.S.

The university is internationally recognized and ranked for academic leadership in business, computing, engineering, imaging science, liberal arts, sustainability, and fine and applied arts. RIT also offers unparalleled support services for deaf and hard-of-hearing students. The cooperative education program is one of the oldest and largest in the nation. Global partnerships include campuses in Croatia, Dubai and Kosovo.

For news, photos and videos, go to www.rit.edu/news

Wednesday, February 18, 2015 at 5:18 pm

Singing Silhouettes from Byron Bergen HS performed for area school boards association

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On Feb. 7, the Singing Silhouettes, a select choir from Byron Bergen High School, were invited to sing at the Genesee Valley School Boards Association Legislative Breakfast. The students performed “Aquarius” for the assembly and it was conducted by Lawrence Tallman.

Wednesday, February 18, 2015 at 5:12 pm

Attorneys sought as candidates for part-time City Court judge position

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Press release:

The City Council is seeking to fill a part-time City Court Judge position. This position is appointed by City Council to serve a six (6) year term and will be effective April 21, 2015. Minimum qualifications require candidates to be an attorney admitted to practice law in the State of New York for at least five (5) years as of the date he or she commences the duties of the office and must be a resident of the City of Batavia.

All interested candidates please submit a letter of interest by Feb. 28, 2015 to:

City Court Judge

Attn: City Council President Brooks Hawley

One Batavia City Centre

Batavia, New York 14020

Wednesday, February 18, 2015 at 5:02 pm

David Steel, exec at digital marketing agency Sneeze.it, gives free presentation at GCC

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Press release:

David Steel, the celebrated expert in marketing and social media is coming to Genesee Community College, Batavia Campus, at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 25, to share his presentation "Be Heard: Influence Marketing -- Locating, Engaging & Motivating Customers Online."

The event is FREE and open to the public and will take place inside the Conable Technology Department / T102 Lecture Hall. (The program will be (video/audio) streamed to all six of GCC's Campus Centers in Albion, Arcade, Dansville, Lima, Medina and Warsaw.)

Steel is the chief viral officer of Sneeze.it, a digital marketing agency, a division of The Steel Method. He is the author of "The Care and Feeding of Highly Aggressive Sales People" and also the soon-to-be-released, "Sneeze.it." A renowned keynote speaker, author, motivator and marketing strategist, Steel is widely recognized for his ability to help organizations monetize their social networks. At Sneeze.it, he teaches company executives the fundamentals of utilizing social media channels to attract prospects, build a lead pipeline and convert those leads into paying customers. He has a proven track record of turning business owners from social media novices into savvy social media marketers.

Steel has captivated audiences from New York to Nairobi with interactive speaking engagements that teach guests how to create targeted landing pages, use LinkedIn InMails and Facebook ads/tabs to successfully market their products and services. His presentation illustrates how to think and act like a consumer, and how to establish trust within a brand. Participants will learn the many ways companies get their message and brand out to the masses using a variety of social media and marketing tricks and tips.

Steel's visit to GCC is being sponsored by the College's CEO (Collegiate Entrepreneur's Organization) Club, Business Forum Club and DECA (Distributive Education Club of America) Club. Following the presentation, Steel will have copies of his book available for autographs.

Wednesday, February 18, 2015 at 4:43 pm

Batavia’s Employee Wellness Program recognized as 2015 Harvard Ash Center 'Bright Idea in Government'

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Press release:

The Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation at the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, recognized today the City of Batavia’s Employee Wellness Program as part of the 2015 Bright Ideas program.

This year’s cohort includes 124 programs from all levels of government — school districts; county, city, state, and federal agencies; as well as public-private partnerships — that are at the forefront in innovative government action.

In 2009 Batavia made a complete shift in the way it looked at health insurance, and a wellness program was established to influence employee behavior and focus on preventative care. Employees and spouses who participate in the program and achieve or exceed identified results have the opportunity to earn credits to either reduce their health care contribution or lower their out of pocket deductible.

The employee and spouse, if both participate, can achieve a maximum of 25-percent discount on their health insurance premium, or pay as little as 5 percent for health insurance. The employee health care contribution is 30 percent of the plan's annual cost.

The following are the targeted goals for each factor based on standards established by the National Institute of Health and American Diabetes Association:

1. Health Risk Assessment – Need to complete (employee and spouse)

2. Fasting Glucose - <=99

3. LDL Cholesterol - <=99 mg/dL

4. Blood Pressure - <= 139/89

5. Nicotine Use – Non-use only

In addition, if a participant shows a 60-percent improvement in fasting glucose, LDL cholesterol or blood pressure over the prior year, he/she will receive credit for the category, as the improvement shows significant movement toward obtaining the category goal.

The City’s medical plan also has a case management program in place that works with members to help coordinate all necessary health resources to maintain a healthy quality of life. The overall goal of the City’s wellness program is to drive preventative utilization, reduce the number and severity of claims and reduce health care costs.

With respect to health care expenses, the City has seen impressive accomplishments in managing what are regularly considered “unmanageable costs." Since 2010, Batavia has enjoyed an annual increase in healthcare premiums of only about 4 percent -- compared to an average of double-digit increases nationally. Notably, the cost of the average family healthcare plan in 2014 was $15,927, this was a 5-percent decrease from 2013. Batavia’s health insurance premiums have experienced marginal annual increases in health care premiums when compared to most municipalities in New York State and across the nation, while premiums paid by employees have gone down.

Most importantly, Batavia employees, spouses and families have become more educated and participatory in their own health.

“The Bright Ideas program demonstrates that often seemingly intractable problems can be creatively and capably tackled by small groups of dedicated, civic-minded individuals,” said Stephen Goldsmith, director of the Innovations in Government Program at the Ash Center.

“As exemplified by this year’s Bright Ideas, making government work better doesn’t always require massive reforms and huge budgets. Indeed, we are seeing that, in many ways, an emphasis on efficiency and adaptability can have further-reaching effects than large-scale reforms.”

This is the fourth cohort recognized through the Bright Ideas program, an initiative of the broader Innovations in American Government Awards program. For consideration as a Bright Idea, programs must currently be in operation or in the process of launching and have sufficient operational resources. They must be administered by one or more governmental entities. Nonprofit, private sector and union initiatives are eligible if operating in partnership with a governmental organization.

Bright Ideas are showcased on the Ash Center’s Government Innovators Network, an online platform for practitioners and policymakers to share innovative public policy solutions.

About the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation:

The Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation advances excellence in governance and strengthens democratic institutions worldwide. Through its research, education, international programs, and government innovations awards, the Center fosters creative and effective government problem solving and serves as a catalyst for addressing many of the most pressing needs of the world’s citizens. For more information, visit www.ash.harvard.edu

Wednesday, February 18, 2015 at 4:14 pm

Health Department asks residents to take 10-question, anonymous survey on mental health / substance abuse services

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Press release:

The Genesee, Orleans and Wyoming County health departments are encouraging residents to “Think Health.” Taking time to think about your health and taking positive health steps will lead to healthier outcomes. Learning something new every day is one way to “Think Health”…

New York State relies on local health departments to promote, protect, and improve the health of their residents. Currently the Genesee, Orleans and Wyoming County health departments, in partnership with local stakeholders, are distributing a survey to assess the public’s knowledge on the existence of and accessibility (ease of access / use) of mental health and substance abuse services locally.

This effort is directly related to the 2013-2017 Community Health Improvement Plan (CHIP) and will serve as a baseline measurement of the area’s knowledge and/or use of these services. This priority was included in the Community Health Improvement Plan after it was found that the tri-county area has higher suicide (15.7 crude, 15.6 age adjusted) rates than the NYS average (9 crude, 8.6 age adjusted) and depression / mental health issues / and stress ranked as top concerns for the public in 2013 as well.

The survey is available online and paper. Paper surveys can be found at the health departments, as well as participating libraries, human service agencies and events throughout the tri-county area.

You can access the Community Health Survey online at: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/MEB2014

“Later in the year, a user-friendly online-based informational database focused on these services will be created and promoted in the tri-county area in hopes to increase awareness of what is available and make efforts to fill gaps in services locally,” said Paul Pettit, Public Health director for the Genesee and Orleans Counties health departments.

The survey can be taken by individuals living and/or working in Genesee, Orleans, and Wyoming counties. The survey is anonymous and is only 10 questions. Your honest thoughts and opinions are appreciated. All ages are encouraged to take it for themselves. If you are under the age of 18 years old, be sure to receive permission to take the survey from your parent(s) or guardian(s).

“This project is made possible through grant funds obtained from the NYS Health Foundation,” said Laura Paolucci, Public Health administrator for the Wyoming County Health Department. “This is a new territory for the public health sector and the more input from the community, the stronger the ‘building block’ of this project and those related will be.”

If you have any questions, would like to comment on the survey, and/or review the 2013-2017 Community Health Improvement Plan contact your local Health Department:

Genesee County Health Department call: 585-344-2580, ext. 5000, or visit their Web site at

www.co.genesee.ny.us/departments/health/index.html

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