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Sunday, June 22, 2014 at 10:38 am

Car vs. pedestrian accident on West Main Street in the city

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A car / pedestrian accident is reported at 214 W. Main St. and city firefighters and Mercy medics are on scene. The pedestrian has a minor injury.

UPDATE 10:40 a.m.: City fire is back in service and the pedestrian is being taken to UMMC.

Saturday, June 21, 2014 at 11:23 am

Today's Deals: Jagged Edges Salon, Larry's Steakhouse, Pudgie's Lawn & Garden, and more!

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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.

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.

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.

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 $10. (Good only at the Batavia location.)

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.

$$$  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.

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

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.

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.

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.

Greg'ry's Bakery, 13 N. Lake Road, Bergen, NY: The bakery offers a variety of the finest cakes, cookies, pies, cupcakes, breads, breakfast and lunch sandwiches and so much more. Each treat is made the same as it has been for decades and baked right here. Come in and sample some for yourself! We have a $10 gift certificate for $6.

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.

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.

SOLD OUT

Saturday, June 21, 2014 at 10:14 am

Registration deadline is July 14 for Putt Putt Golf Tournament in August

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Putt Putt Golf Tournament

Aug. 1, 2014  5:30 p.m.

Golf, prizes, basket auction, live auction

$35 includes golf, dinner, 5 basket raffle tickets

$120 per team of 4

Call Sue at MHA 344-2611 for more info or to register.

Deadline to register is July 14.

Friday, June 20, 2014 at 10:59 pm

Fire at building on North Spruce

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A working fire is reportedly coming from building 'B' at  20 N. Spruce St. in the city. The city's fourth platoon is called to the scene and the first platoon is called to headquarters.

UPDATE 1:30 a.m. (by Howard): At least 13 people, including young children, living in six apartments, were displaced by the fire. The fire started in a second-floor apartment occupied by a grandfather and three grandchildren. All four were home at the time and escaped unharmed. That apartment was gutted. A third-floor apartment was heavily damaged. There is smoke and water damage throughout the Group B part of the complex. The cause of the fire has not been determined. A witness said he arrived on scene seconds after the first fire crew. He saw fire burst through a window and within 45 seconds, firefighters had the fire knocked down. At this hour, city fire crews are still on scene.

Friday, June 20, 2014 at 6:00 pm

Fence on fire behind pizzeria on East Main Street

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A fence is reportedly on fire behind Batavia's Original Pizzeria, located at 500 E. Main St.

City fire is en route.

UPDATE 6:06 p.m.: Fire is out. City fire returning to service.

Friday, June 20, 2014 at 2:12 pm

Basom student graduates from Hartwick College

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Hayley Lown, of Basom, graduated from Hartwick College on May 24, 2014. She is the daughter of David Lown and Jill Klotzbach.

At Hartwick, Lown participated in Honors Program, Circle K International, and Hooks and Needles. She majored in Anthropology and English.

Hartwick College is a private liberal arts and sciences college of 1,500 students, located in Oneonta, in the northern foothills of the Catskill Mountains. Hartwick's expansive curriculum emphasizes an experiential approach to the liberal arts.

Through personalized teaching, collaborative research, a distinctive January Term, a wide range of internships, and vast study-abroad opportunities, Hartwick ensures that students are prepared for not just their first jobs, but for the world ahead. A Three-Year Bachelor's Degree Program and strong financial aid and scholarship offerings keep a Hartwick education affordable.

Friday, June 20, 2014 at 12:19 pm

BID says opening day of Downtown FARMACY at new location was big success

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Press release:

Opening day, June 19th, at the Downtown Batavia Public Market’s (FARMACY) new location at the Bank Street & Alva Place Parking Lot was a huge success. Many of the vendors sold out of their produce, fruit and food.

The markets’ sponsor, Batavia Business Improvement District, was more than pleased, as it was biggest opening in its nine years. They choose this site because it is more central to the Jerome Center, Washington Towers, Genesee Country Mall, YMCA and the surrounding neighborhoods.  Bank Street is also a well- traveled street with local traffic.

The market will be open every Thursday from 9 a.m. to 3:30 pm, June 19th – Sept. 25th. Plenty of convenient parking at our new location.

The FARMACY offers: baked goods, tomatoes, berries, dog treats, herbs, peaches,  potatoes,  BBQ sauce, honey, maple syrup, olive oil, wine & handmade quilts & crafts and lots more.

There will be nutrition and gardening programs offered and give- a-ways that will be announced throughout the market season. Stay tuned.

“Shop Local, Shop Downtown."

Sponsored by: Batavia Business Improvement District. For more info contact the B.I.D. Office at 585-344-0900 / visit us at www.downtownbataviany.com. or like us on Facebook at downtownbataviabusinessimprovementdistrict.

Thursday, June 19, 2014 at 7:30 pm

Tractor-trailer's cab ablaze on Alleghany Road by the Thruway toll booth

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A fully involved cab fire is reported on a tractor-trailer at 8480 Alleghany Road, near or at the Thruway on/off ramp. Pembroke and Indian Falls fire departments are responding along with mutual aid from Corfu and East Pembroke.

UPDATE 7:32 p.m.: Alabama's tanker is requested mutual aid to the scene.

UPDATE 7:57 p.m.: Pembroke command calls for a pallet of absorbent material.

UPDATE: Photo and video submitted by Amber Winters.

Thursday, June 19, 2014 at 3:42 pm

Summer lineup announced for 'Friday Night in the Square' concert series

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Press release:

The Batavia Business Improvement District (BID) is releasing its Summer 2014 lineup for the free “Friday Night in the Square” Jackson Square Concerts, June 27th – Aug. 29th. For more than 14 years, the BID has provided free concerts in the Downtown for the Western New York community.

This year we have Greg Docencko and members of  Genesee Symphony Orchestra opening for three of the scheduled concerts in conjunction with the featured groups. This is most exciting and we think everyone should enjoy this new addition to our series.

The following is the schedule of events for “Friday Night in the Square,” located in Jackson Square, in the alleyways off of Jackson or Center Streets, from 7 to 9 p.m.:

  • Friday, June 27th – Opening Group: GSO – Greg Docencko

                                            Featured Act: Stone Row (Celtic/Folk)

  • Friday, July 4th – Northbound Rebels (Southern Rock)
  • Friday, July 11th -- Mitty & The Followers (MoTown)
  • Friday, July 25th  – Opening Group:  GSO – Greg Docencko

                                            Featured Act:  Bonnie & Collide (R & B)

  • Friday, Aug. 1st –  It’s My Party ('60s)
  • Friday, Aug. 8th –  Ghost Riders (Country) & Ghost Riders Drum & Bugle
  • Friday, Aug. 15th – OHMS Band (Soft Rock)
     
  • Friday, Aug. 22nd – Opening Group:  GSO – Greg Docencko

                                             Featured Group: C’est Bon All Girl Cajun Band (Cajun)

  • Friday, Aug. 29th  – Bluesway Band (Blues / Classic Rock)
  • Saturday, July 5th --  The Ramble Music & Art Fest from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Bring your own chairs. Rain Days – Concerts move into Batavia City Centre. Food & refreshments are available from Sweet Ecstasy during the events.

Thursday, June 19, 2014 at 2:15 pm

Downtown FARMACY starts today in new location

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The ninth season of the Downtown Batavia Public Market started today.

The Downtown FARMACY will be held from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. every Thursday, through Sept. 25. The location has changed. It's now in the parking lot at Bank Street and Alva Place (across from Jerome Center/UMMC). Parking is plentiful.

Over the course of the season, there will be baked goods, fresh corn, tomatoes, berries, homemade dog treats, peaches, potatoes, BBQ sauce, honey, maple syrup, fresh cut flowers, artisan wines, handmade quilts & crafts, and lots more.

Alston's BBQ offers his famous pulled pork sandwiches, his specially made BBQ sauce, as well as hot dogs and hamburgers.

Photos by Howard Owens.

Wednesday, June 18, 2014 at 2:46 pm

Today's Deals: T.F. Brown's, Larry's Steakhouse, Alex's Place, Pudgie'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.

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.

The Mane Attraction Salon and Spa99 Main St., Batavia, NY: offers "Affordable Luxury" in downtown Batavia. We pride ourselves in the great customer service we give to the entire family. Men, women and children are all welcome either by appointment or walk-in. We offer all hair care services including cuts, color, highlights, lowlights, perms, styling/updos, facials, leg and back waxing, Shellac Polish System, manicures and pedicures. We are the only salon in Batavia that has an airplane chair for kids' cuts! Hours are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday. We have a $20 gift certificate for $10.

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.

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.

$$$  Viking Valhalla Restaurant & Rose Garden Bowl21 Buffalo Road, Bergen, NY: Open for lunch Monday through Sunday, and dinner Friday and Saturday evenings. Dinner favorites are our succulent prime rib and Friday fish fries! We are always happy to help plan your special occasion -- wedding, shower, rehearsal dinner, stag party, graduation, company function, banquet, family or class reunion. We have a $20 gift certificate for $8.

$$$  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.

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.

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

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.

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.

$$$  The Enchanted Florist, 202 E. Main St., Batavia, NY: Whether you need just the right gift or a memorial or just want to brighten your own home or workplace, The Enchanted Florist can put together just the right floral arrangement for you. We have a $20 gift certificate for $5.

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.)

SOLD OUT

Tuesday, June 17, 2014 at 7:02 pm

Severe thunderstorm watch in effect until midnight

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At 6:55 p.m., the National Weather Service in Buffalo issued a severe thunderstorm watch until midnight in Western New York.

Tuesday, June 17, 2014 at 2:19 pm

Wires down, large grass fire on Clipnock Road

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Power lines are down and there is a large grass fire at 9267 Clipnock Road, near Sweetland Road. Bethany and Stafford fire departments are responding. National Grid is notified.

Tuesday, June 17, 2014 at 2:12 pm

Transformer on fire, power lines down at Old East Bethany Road and Ellicott Street Road

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A transformer is on fire at Old East Bethany Road and Ellicott Street Road. All three primary power lines are also down in the roadway and arcing. Bethany Fire Department is responding.

UPDATE 2:14 p.m.: National Grid is notified.

UPDATE 2:21 p.m.: On off-duty law enforcement officer reports the fire is out, but the power lines are blocking the roadway.

Monday, June 16, 2014 at 11:54 am

GCC Start-Up NY Campus Plan introduced to Board of Trustees

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Press release:

The Genesee Community College Board of Trustees has reviewed the State University of New York (SUNY) Start-Up New York Campus Plan, along with the criteria that will help guide the College's review and evaluation process of potential project proposals seeking the tax-free designation. The multi-page plan includes designation of two key locations within or in close proximity of GCC's current campuses which present ideal development opportunity.

Specifically cited were approximately 30 acres of flat land within the Upstate New York Medical Tech Park across from the Batavia Campus, and 30,000 square feet of classroom and office space available at the Dansville Campus Center located within the old middle school at 31 Clara Barton St. In addition, 14 other locations were listed as potential sites including eight in Orleans County and three in Wyoming County.

If the Board approves the plan, a 30-day public review process would begin. Copies of the plan would be mailed directly to the legislators and economic development agencies of Genesee, Livingston, Orleans and Wyoming counties, as well as the various union and student leadership organizations.

Upon their review and approval, the College will then submit the Plan to SUNY for further review, and finally to the Empire State Development for final approval.

Start-Up New York Tax-free Areas to Revitalize and Transform Upstate NY program is a statewide initiative introduced by Governor Andrew Cuomo last year to encourage potential developments on or within one mile of each of SUNY's 64 campuses by offering tax-free status to both the company and new employees for up to 10 years. Each SUNY institution can designate up to 200,000 square feet of space for Start-Up New York projects to create new jobs associated with the academic curriculum offered by the connected campus.

"This effort does not supersede the other processes currently in place [with county industrial or economic development agencies]," College President James Sunser said to the trustees. "We will rely on those other processes. For those companies who want to work with us, the first filter the business must meet is an alignment with our academic programs."

The Campus Plan cites GCC's mission and lists the following 11 academic programs that would align with many different business proposals: Business Administration, Biotechnology, Computer Information Services, Computer Support and Operations, Computer Systems and Network Technology, Web Design, Entrepreneurship, Engineering, Food Processing, Healthcare and Supply Chain Management.

For further information about Start-Up NY go to: http://startup-ny.com/

In other business, the Board of Trustees:

•    Heard Kevin Hamilton, vice president of Finance and Operations, report on the results from the request for proposals for the College's food and vending services. After careful committee review and with Board of Trustee approval, American Dining Creations will be GCC's new food service contractor starting July 1 and continuing through June 30, 2017 with an option for additional two one-year periods. Among the new opportunities students and staff will enjoy in the coming years are: a Batavia Campus Subway; increased use of locally grown produce; online ordering and payment of catering services; a smartphone app featuring nutritional guidelines; and the creation of a Campus Dining Advisory Board.

•    Heard Kathleen Schiefen, GCC provost and executive vice president of Academic Affairs report that 10 more academic programs have been carefully reviewed against the SUNY Seamless Transfer criteria and will now meet the 64 credit hour limit. Fine Arts AS, Administrative Assistant AAS, Individualized Studies AAS, Computerized Drafting and Design AAS, Computer Support and Operations AAS, Fashion Business AAS, Polysomnographic Technology AAS, Tourism and Hospitality Management AAS and Entrepreneurship AAS now meet the credit hour limit largely through minor adjustments with the number of electives or physical education credit requirements. Schiefen also explained that GCC's Economic Crime Investigation AS degree has altered its focus and has shifted from the Criminal Justice to the Business and Commerce cluster of programs. The new Economic Crime Investigation degree concentrates more on accounting procedures and financial forensics such as deciphering inconsistencies in record and inventory, insurance fraud, data collection and inappropriate business practices.

•    Heard the following employee appointments:

Michele McKay, joins GCC's nursing faculty after teaching LPN to RN transition course as a GCC adjunct faculty member last fall. Previously, she taught pediatrics, maternal-child health, and peri-operative nursing at Niagara County Community College. She also worked at Starpoint and Clarence Central school districts as the school nurse, the VA Medical Center in Buffalo, nursing homes and she has experience as a clinical research nurse. She earned her Nursing M.S. from California State University Sacramento and her B.S. from SUNY Binghamton. She resides in Clarence Center.

Amy Churchfield is now the permanent, full-time associate dean at the Dansville Campus Center after serving as the interim dean since last August. She joined GCC in 2004 as a technical assistant and was promoted in 2010 to technical specialist. She earned her bachelor's degree in Speech and Hearing Education from Elmira College and a master's degree in Higher Education Student Affairs from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. She began her career as director of Student Activities at Medaille College. She resides in Groveland.

Diane Palmer has shifted from the Albion Campus Center where she has been a part-time associate since 2008, to the Batavia Campus where she will now serve as a technical assistant and academic advisor. She will also continue teaching as an adjunct faculty member. She earned her M.A. from The SUNY College at Brockport, and her B.A. from Houghton College. She resides in Albion.

Monday, June 16, 2014 at 11:34 am

Melvin J. Wentland, of Le Roy, recognized by GCC for 23 years of dedication and loyalty

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Genesee Community College Board of Trustees recognized 23 years of service and the unending support of Melvin J. Wentland, Ph.D, a long-term member of the College's governing body. Through the Resolution of Appreciation, official document #13/14-7, the Board reflected on Dr. Wentland's personal integrity, dedication and loyalty to the College.

Through the years since his appointment in 1991, he has served as vice chairman and chairman of the Board, and he served on numerous committees and was the board representative to the GCC Foundation Board of Directors. As an enthusiastic GCC supporter, he contributed to the College's growth and prosperity, never wavering in his concern for students and employees. He participated in numerous College events such as commencement and award ceremonies, athletic and community events.

He is the recipient of two New York Community College Trustee awards, the Marvin A. Rapp Award for Distinguished Service (2001) and in 2006 the prestigious Anne M. Bushnell Memorial Award for Special Achievement.

After reading the Resolution of Appreciation, Board of Trustee Chairman Maureen Torrey Marshall was the first out of her seat to lead a standing ovation on behalf of Wentland.

Wentland is a retired professor of Biology from St. John Fisher College in Rochester. He is active in the community, having served on the Pavilion Central School Board and the Genesee County Citizen's Solid Waste Advisory Committee. He is currently chairman of the Genesee County Planning Board. Wentland holds B.S. and M.S. degrees from Marquette University and a Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin. He and his wife Dorothy live in Le Roy, and have four children.

Monday, June 16, 2014 at 11:29 am

Two BHS girls earn scholarships for Business Education Employability Portfolios

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Ashlee Yasses and Cassie Warren from Batavia High School were honored as Business Education Employability Portfolio (BEEP) Scholarship recipients at the Niagara Frontier Industry Education Council/Buffalo Alliance for Education (NFIEC/BAE) Scholarship Breakfast on June 4.

Students from high schools throughout Western New York compete for more than $5,000 of awards by completing an extensive portfolio and rigorous interview process with area industry professionals. The mission of NFIEC/BAE is to bridge industry and education in an effort to grow a vibrant workforce in Western New York.

Monday, June 16, 2014 at 11:23 am

Pavilion student earns Agricultural Engineering degree from Morrisville State College

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Ethan Richardson, of Pavilion, graduated from Morrisville State College in May with a degree in Agricultural Engineering.

Morrisville State's curricula are enriched with applied learning and pave the way for opportunity at both the Morrisville and Norwich campuses. An action-oriented, interactive learning lab, the college is a national leader in technology. Lauded for its exemplary, innovative and effective community service programs, the college was named to the 2012 President's Higher Community Education Service Honor Roll. The college was recognized, by U.S. News & World Report, in its top tier Best Regional Colleges list and ranked second among regional colleges nationwide for outperforming its anticipated graduation rate. Visit www.morrisville.edu

Monday, June 16, 2014 at 11:19 am

GCC athletics to host summer sports camps for girls - softball, volleyball, soccer

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Press release:

Registration is now open for the upcoming summer sports camps that will be hosted by Genesee Community College athletics and its participating programs. The camps include softball, volleyball and girls soccer.

The first scheduled camp is for softball and is open to girls of all ages and skill levels. The camp will run from July 14-17 from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. GCC head softball coach Cassie Moore will ensure that each participant learns the proper, fundamental techniques essential for the sport. The cost of the camp is $100 and includes a camp T-shirt, skill drills, infield play, footwork drills, mental side of hitting, bunting, catching drills, relay games and a water balloon fight on the final day. Registration is limited to the first 30 campers. Contact Coach Moore with any questions or concerns: camoore@genesee.edu.

The women's soccer program will host a camp from July 21-25 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. for girls ages 12-17. GCC women's soccer head coach Jeff Reyngoudt will be joined by other area coaches and college players throughout the five-day camp. The GCC soccer program believes the "game" is the best teacher and that philosophy will be evident at the camp. Cost is $125 and includes a T-shirt. Contact Coach Reyngoudt with any questions or concerns: jcreyngoudt@genesee.edu.

Volleyball will host the final summer camp from July 28-Aug.1 for girls in grades 7-12. The camp will run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Thursday and conclude on Friday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. GCC head volleyball coach Jim Mercer will ensure that each participant learns the proper, fundamental techniques essential for the sport. Participants will learn the skills, drills and thrills of volleyball led by Mercer and select assistant coaches. Cost of the camp is $125 and includes a camp T-shirt. Contact Coach Mercer with any questions or concerns: jlmercer@genesee.edu.

Registration for summer camps can be made online: www.geneseeathletics.com.

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

Friday, June 13, 2014 at 11:57 pm

Byron Rescue Squad salutes EMT Mary Hutchison

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Press release:

The Byron Rescue Squad gathered at the Depot Restaurant in Le Roy on Monday, Feb. 3, 2014, to acknowledge a very special EMT. Mary Hutchison, of Byron, has served a combined 40 years in the emergency medical service. She was honored with a scarf with her name and EMT number embroidered on it. Over the course of the dinner meeting that night, Mary’s peers asked her about her long career, and although she does not like to bring attention to herself, she agreed to share her story.

Mary began her career as a registered nurse.

“The emergency department nurse ‘bug’ bit me,” she said.

Mary loved being a nurse. It was during this time in 1973 that the doctor in charge of the emergency room thought that nurses who worked there could benefit from taking this new course called, Medical Emergency Technician class. So Mary became what would later be called, an EMT.

In 1976 new regulations about pre-hospital care went into effect. This resulted in the funeral directors no longer being able to provide transportation to the hospital with their hearses. It required paid ambulances to have EMTs on call. Volunteer services were then formed. Some ambulances became part of local fire departments and some were independent. Mary joined the North Seneca Ambulance, a volunteer corps independent of the local fire department which covered six townships in Seneca County. North Seneca Ambulance was certified on April 1, 1976, making it the first in New York State.

Mary was also a member of the 817th Evacuation Hospital, US Army Reserves, based in Webster, NY from 1974 - 1998. Her duties included teaching the Army’s Field Medic Course. Due to the similarities in the courses, she became part of a team who combined the Field Medic Course with the EMT course so that graduates could qualify for their Army job and at the same time, also have the skills to get a civilian job. It is interesting to note that the Army now graduates all Field Medics with National Certification as an EMT.

In 1982 Mary married Bob Michels and moved to the Wyoming County Town of Gainesville. She wanted to continue as an EMT, but was told that since the ambulance was part of the Fire Department, she would have to become a firefighter first. At that time no woman had ever joined the fire department. Mary knew that it was illegal to discriminate against her because she was a woman, so Mary asked one of the members to sponsor her.

Bob Zuidema was able to convince the department that Mary was not ‘"rying to take over the department’." So it was with much reluctance that the men finally accepted her as the first female member of the Gainesville Fire Department. Many firefighters' wives later told Mary that they were glad she had broken the barrier and other females joined the department.

Mary belonged to Gainesville Fire Department for more than 25 years.

“I loved it,” said Mary, who continued to teach EMT classes in Wyoming County, including the only daytime class. Mary lived and breathed pre-hospital EMS in rural New York.

Two years after her husband’s death in 2009, Mary met and married Jim Hutchison from Byron. One of the first things she did was join the Byron Rescue Squad. Here Mary continued to share her valuable skills and also mentor new EMTs. On average, an EMT might recertify once, giving a total of six years of service. Mary has served for 40 years, ending when she decided not to recertify in July 2013.

She brought her dedication and skills to many people over her unusually long career. In her words, “when an EMT has to be helped in and down from the ambulance, it’s time to quit.”

When Mary was asked what was the best part of being an EMT, she replied, “When I walk into a scene and have someone say to me, 'I’m glad you’re here, that makes it all worthwhile.' ”

Mary has three children, six stepchildren, 21 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. She and her husband belong to the North Bergen Presbyterian Church where she is the organist.

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