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Wednesday, July 16, 2014 at 3:07 pm

YWCA gets $11,000 HopeLine grant from Verizon Wireless to help domestic violence victims

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Press release:

YWCA of Genesee County has received a grant for $11,000 thanks to the generosity of the Verizon Wireless HopeLine grant program.

HopeLine's goal is to provide funding for domestic violence organizations as a way to support client services, raise public awareness, train staff or help in other related areas.

YWCA is in the process of developing a transitional program for victims of domestic violence. Its name of "You Engaging Success" means exactly that for victims who want and need to move on from a crisis: success comes through counseling, training and being more secure with social, financial, emotional and physical aspects of life.

"As an organization that strives to empower women, YWCA is the perfect catalyst for change in domestic violence situations. We know that this type of program can offer victims a boost for their self-esteem while providing practical lessons," Executive Director Jeanne Walton said. "We want to offer hope to victims and help them to move on with their lives. You Engaging Success is saying YES to a life free from physical or emotional abuse."

This new program is slated to begin by early 2015. YWCA, a nonprofit agency based in Batavia, has set a goal to raise $100,000 to get it off the ground and flourishing over the next several years. YW's Domestic Violence Crisis & Prevention Services program serves approximately 700 new victims a year. If 10 to 20 people participate in the transitional program each year, that could have a residual effect on hundreds of others who are affected by domestic violence as friends, neighbors, family and coworkers, Walton said.

The new program would not be possible without generous businesses and organizations such as Verizon Wireless, she said.

Domestic violence is, unfortunately, a prevalent issue in our community, said Chris Felix, president of the Verizon Wireless Upstate New York Region.

"It’s organizations like the YWCA that are on the front lines of this issue, working hard every day to make our communities safer," Felix said. "At Verizon Wireless, we’re just fortunate to have some resources available to help organizations like the YWCA do their job. We thank the YWCA for everything they do to support domestic violence survivors in our community."

For more information about YW's programs and services, which also include quality child care and a Summer Adventure Camp for kids, call (585) 343-5808.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014 at 2:38 pm

Turbo Thursdays at all GCC campuses offer a one-stop registration opportunity for fall classes

post by Billie Owens in announcements, GCC

Press release:

Need a boost to reach your education goals? Here's your chance to rev things up: Turbo Thursdays at Genesee Community College! Every Thursday through Aug. 21 Genesee Community College gives you a chance to register for fall classes in just one stop. GCC's Fall Semester begins Aug. 25.

Turbo Thursdays will be held at GCC's main campus in Batavia, as well as all six of its campus centers in Albion, Arcade, Dansville, Lima, Medina and Warsaw. Turbo Thursdays offer extended hours at each campus location from 9 a.m. – 6:30 p.m. on the following dates: July 17*, July 24, July 31, Aug. 7, Aug. 14 and Aug. 21.

Thursday, July 17* is also Food Processing Technology (FPT) Info Day with extended hours to 9 p.m. at all campus locations. The day-long opportunity gives all interested citizens ample time to explore GCC's newest degree as well as the $500 FPT scholarship available for the first class, Introduction to Food Processing.

At Turbo Thursday you can:

•    Complete your free application (bring an ID, high school graduation documents and tax forms)

•    Receive free financial aid advisement or set up an appointment

•    Receive free academic advisement

•    Learn about GCC's 60+ academic programs

•    Learn how easily GCC credits transfer to many other schools

"We invite prospective students of all ages to sit down with one of our experienced and knowledgeable counselors and chart their futures," said Tanya Lane-Martin, GCC's admissions director. "With more than 60 academic programs, there's something for everyone, at every stage in life, to choose from. And with online courses and degrees, GCC helps students even with the busiest schedules."

The Enrollment Check List helps guide students through each step of the enrollment process. To review the Check List go to: http://www.genesee.edu/home/offices/admissions/checklist/

Turbo Thursdays will be held at all seven GCC locations:

•    Batavia (main campus) – One College Road / (585) 343-0055

•    Albion – 456 West Ave. / (585) 589-4936

•    Arcade – 25 Edward St. / (585) 492-5265

•    Dansville – 31 Clara Barton St. / (585) 335-7820

•    Lima – 7285 Gale Road / (585) 582-1226

•    Medina – 11470 Maple Ridge Road / (585) 798-1688

•    Warsaw – 115 Linwood Ave. / (585) 786-3010

To learn more about all that GCC has to offer, visit the college Web site: www.genesee.edu/

Wednesday, July 16, 2014 at 2:29 pm

GC Youth Court recruitment is under way, deadline to apply is Aug. 22

post by Billie Owens in announcements, genesee county youth court

Press release:

Calling all eighth- through 11th-graders, the Genesee County Youth Court is recruiting new members! Applications are due by Aug. 22.

Youth Court is a voluntary alternative for young people who face disciplinary action through school or law enforcement. Youth who are referred admit to the charge and appear before a court of their peers. Three youth judges listen to both sides of the issue and determine an appropriate disposition.

The goal of youth court is to improve youth citizenship skills and decrease problematic behavior.

Youth Court members learn about the judicial process and law enforcement; develop group decision making, leadership and public speaking skills; participate in all roles of the courtroom -- judge, prosecution, defense and bailiff.

County eighth- through 11th-graders who are interested can go online to download an application from the Web site <http://www.co.genesee.ny.us> where you will find a link on the Youth Bureau page.

Interviews of potential candidates will take place during late summer/early fall with the training to begin in October. For more information on the Genesee County Youth Court, please contact Chelsea Dillon at the Genesee County Youth Bureau, 344-3960.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014 at 1:01 pm

Food processing technology information day is tomorrow at all GCC campuses

post by Billie Owens in food technology, GCC

Press release:

Food Processing Technology Info Day

Thursday, July 17, from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. ~ All seven GCC Campus Locations

Who: Anyone interested in training for a great new career

This is a great opportunity to learn about a great new career opportunity and win fun prizes. Food Processing Technology Info Day runs from 9 a.m.- 9 p.m. at all seven campus locations -- Albion, Arcade, Batavia, Dansville, Lima, Medina and Warsaw.

Test your knowledge of food trivia in the Fun Food Facts Game and be entered to win a grand prize worth more than $100 that includes many local food products and a Wegmans gift card. Besides the grand prize basket, correct answers can earn you a new ice cream scoop or a "cheesy" note pad.

GCC is now enrolling students in its new Food Processing Technology degree program with classes beginning this fall. Students who complete the two-year, 63-credit program earn an associate in applied science degree and will be qualified for many of the positions currently available at food manufacturing facilities in Western New York.

"We have a thriving food processing industry in this region and our goal is to provide these businesses with the skilled workforce they need," said Professor Maureen Leupold, GCC's director of Science. "These are terrific jobs that pay well and offer delicious benefits!"

To accommodate adult, non-traditional students, the first introductory class, Food Processing Technology (FPT101), starts on Tuesday, Sept. 23 with the 12-week session. It runs from 3:30 – 7 p.m. at the Batavia Campus.

Students who register and complete FPT 101 (Introduction to Food Processing Technology) are eligible to receive a $500 scholarship to cover the cost of the 3-credit course. The scholarship is open to all students and there are no prerequisites to enroll in FPT 101. Those interested are asked to submit the Academic Program Scholarship Worksheet as soon as possible, but no later than the Aug. 4 deadline.

"This is going to be a fun day where you can explore fantastic opportunities that will 'Feed Your Future,' " Leupold said.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014 at 12:46 pm

K-12 school supply drive starts today at La Mexicana store in Valu Plaza, Batavia

post by Billie Owens in batavia

A school supply drive for K-12 students starts today at La Mexicana, Inc., a small grocery store located in the Valu Plaza, behind McDonald's in Batavia.

It is sponsored by La Mexicana, Inc., The KinderArt Klub, and Batavia resident Jill Hart, an agent of RealtyUSA.

Donations will be collected through Friday, Aug. 8, every day except Tuesdays. Regular store hours are noon to 6 p.m., closed Tuesdays, and Sunday noon to 5 p.m.

After the drive is through, the supplies will be organized and a school supply store will be set up where parents can shop for free.

The shopping days are set for Wednesday, Aug. 27, through Thursday, Aug. 28, from 12 to 6 p.m. at La Mexicana, 4125 W. Main St.

If you have questions, please contact Danielle at 813-2891 or e-mail at <[email protected]>

Donations should be new or in "like new" condition. Here's is a list of supplies wanted, but donations need not be limited to them.

  • Crayons
  • Markers
  • Colored pencils
  • Highlighters
  • Loose paper
  • Composition notebooks
  • Spiral notebooks
  • Pencils
  • Pencil sharpeners
  • Erasers
  • Blue or black ink pens
  • 1-inch binders
  • 2-inch binders
  • Dividers
  • Adhesive divider tabs
  • Pencil pouches
  • Backpacks
  • Locker organizers
  • Calculators
  • 3-ring hole punch (for binder items, paper, etc.)
  • Rulers
  • Liquid all-purpose glue
  • Glue sticks
  • Scissors
  • Individually packaged snacks
  • Kleenex packets
  • White Out Tape (no liquid)
  • Book covers
  • School assignment calendars / planners
Wednesday, July 16, 2014 at 12:06 pm

Post-game helicopter candy drop at Muckdogs' Sunday game is postponed

post by Billie Owens in batavia, muckdogs

Press release:

Due to circumstances beyond our control, the post-game helicopter candy drop scheduled for Sunday, July 20th has been postponed. It has been rescheduled for Sunday, Aug. 24th, at the Muckdogs vs. Mahoning Valley game at 1:05 p.m.

Tickets for that game, and all other home games, can be purchased at the Dwyer Stadium Box Office or over the phone by calling (585) 343-5454. Normal box office hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday.

The Muckdogs return home tonight to take on the Lowell Spinners, an affiliate of the Boston Red Sox, at 7:05 p.m.

Monday, July 14, 2014 at 3:15 pm

Alzheimer's disease caregivers' monthly support group is third wednesday at Richmond library

post by Billie Owens in announcements, Alzheimer's

Press release:

Providing care for a loved one with Alzheimer’s disease can be stressful and isolating, but support groups can provide coping tools and a welcoming embrace from others in the same position.

The Alzheimer's Association Western New York chapter sponsors a number of caregiver support group across the region. The groups meet monthly, and are designed to provide emotional and social support for caregivers and help participants develop methods and skills to solve problems. The groups encourage caregivers to maintain their own personal, physical, and emotional health, as well as optimally care for the person with dementia.

In Genesee County, the support group is held on the third Wednesday of the month, beginning at 7 p.m., at the Richmond Memorial Library, 19 Ross St., in the City of Batavia.

For more information about these and the other two dozen monthly support group meetings across WNY, call 1.800.272.3900 during regular business hours.

Alzheimer’s Disease Quick Facts:

Every 67 seconds, an American develops Alzheimer’s disease, the sixth leading cause of death in this country. More than 5 million Americans, including close to 55,000 across Western New York, are living with Alzheimer’s.

To learn more, including the 10 Warning Signs of Alzheimer’s, visit alz.org/WNY or call 1.800.272.3900.

Monday, July 14, 2014 at 3:08 pm

Deadline is tomorrow for creative designs to paint on city fire hydrants

post by Billie Owens in announcements, art, Vibrant Batavia

Press release:

Vibrant Batavia is partnering with GO ART! to sponsor a public art project for the artistic decoration of a selected number of existing fire hydrants in the City of Batavia. The committee is seeking creative designs for painting on fire hydrants in a way that adds interest, but does not compromise functionality.

Applications will be accepted through July 15. The Committee will review all applications for artistic consideration at their July meeting and finalists will be notified by July 21. Applicants must be a resident of Genesee County in order to participate.

Potential design themes could include:
· Designs inspired by the work of famous artists;
· Designs with a whimsical, humorous or ironic twist that will make viewers smile;
· Context-sensitive designs that would uniquely connect a particular fire hydrant with its immediate surroundings; 
· Colorful, abstract designs.
Use of existing art is acceptable
Any fire hydrant in the Business Improvement District is a potential candidate. Hydrants on Main Street and Jackson would appear to be particularly good candidates.
Paint and Materials will be provided to each of the artists. The Fire Department’s color code on the top of the hydrants cannot be painted over.

Selected artist will be expected to execute the work between July 21 – Aug. 8.
Final Art Work. Is expected to be created in a professional manner that is safe for the environment, respectful of its surroundings and executed to last for approximately 3 years.
Stipend of $50 per hydrant will be paid to each selected artist upon completion of work.
GO ART! will host a reception on Friday, Aug. 15 from 5-7 p.m. where they will showcase the original artwork that was submitted for each of the selected fire hydrants from each of the participating artists.
Applications are available at the City of Batavia, GO ART! (201 E. Main St.) and online at www.goart.org <http://www.goart.org>. For more information, contact Leanna with Vibrant Batavia at Leanna@Vibran[email protected] or 585-738-7388.

Monday, July 14, 2014 at 3:01 pm

Free workshops begin this month to help 2015 art and culture grant applicants

post by Billie Owens in announcements, GO ART!

The Genesee-Orleans Regional Arts Council announces a series of free workshops designed to assist applicants with the process of applying for the 2015 Reach, Ripple & Spark Grant Programs.

These programs offer funding to assist in the creation and presentation of arts and cultural programming throughout Genesee and Orleans counties. Intent to Apply forms are due Sept. 2 for arts and cultural projects scheduled to take place in 2015.

Reach Grants are available to all nonprofit organizations, local government agencies or tribes and individual artists with a sponsoring organization. Reach projects should be artistic or cultural in nature and should demonstrate a significant community benefit. Deadline for Reach Grant Applications is Oct. 2.

Ripple Grants are specifically for individual artists from Genesee or Orleans counties. Artists who wish to create a new project that in some way reflects community life or culture and/or engages the local community are encouraged to apply. Deadline for Ripple Grant Applications is Oct. 9.

Spark Grants (previously known as Arts Education Grants) are directed to cultural organizations and/or individual artists working in partnership with public schools within Genesee or Orleans counties. Projects must focus on the exploration of art and the artistic process. Inter-curricular collaboration is encouraged but not required. Deadline for Spark Grant Applications is Oct. 16.

Registration is recommended and all workshops are free. Application forms, guidelines and instructions will be distributed at the workshops and will be available for download from the GO ART! Web site at www.goart.org.

The Decentralization Regrant Program is made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

To register for any of the workshops or for additional information, contact Heather Grant at 585.343.9313, ext. 26, or e-mail at [email protected]

All new applicants are required to attend one of the following workshops, all begin at 6 p.m.:

Monday, July 28

Byron-Bergen Public Library

13 South Lake Ave., Bergen

Tuesday, July 29

Lee-Whedon Memorial Library

620 West Avenue, Medina

Wednesday, July 30

Pavilion Public Library

5 Woodrow Drive, Pavilion

Monday, Aug. 4

GO ART!, Seymour Place

201 E. Main St., Batavia

Tuesday, Aug. 5

Yates Community Library

15 N. Main St., Lyndonville

Wednesday, Aug. 6

Haxton Library

3 N. Pearl St., Oakfield

Wednesday, Aug. 13

Hoag Library

134 S. Main St., Albion

Monday, July 14, 2014 at 2:49 pm

Free, 12-week course for loved ones of those with mental illness offered this fall

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The National Alliance On Mental Illness of Rochester will be presenting Family to Family, a no-charge, 12-week educational course for families and friends (parents, spouses, partners, siblings ) of people living with mental illness.

Classes will be held each Tuesday Sept. 9 through Tuesday Dec. 2 from 6:30-9 p.m. at the Mental Health Association 25 Liberty St., Unit 4, Conference Room, Batavia.

The classes will provide information, insight, empathy and empowerment based upon factual information on mental illness, medications, crisis intervention, accessing the mental health system and self care which is taught by NAMI trained family members.

Pre-registration required; participants register for the entire 12 weeks. Deadline to register is Sept. 2.

Go to www.namirochester.org or call NAMI Rochester at 585-423-1593, or Mental Health Association at 585-344-2611 for more information and registration.

Monday, July 14, 2014 at 2:08 pm

City firefighters host MDA fundraiser at Bob Evans Restaurant on Tuesday

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City of Batavia firefighters will host a community fundraiser tomorrow at Bob Evans restaurant to benefit the Muscular Dystrophy Association.

It will be held from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. at the restaurant, located at 196 Oak St. in Batavia. City firefighters will serve as celebrity servers throughout the day.

When you present a special flier at check out, 15 percent of the sale will be donated to MDA. The flier must be presented at check out, and is valid for both dine-in or carry-out orders. Click here for the flier (pdf).

Monday, July 14, 2014 at 2:03 pm

Criminal Justice major from Elba makes the dean's list at Utica College

post by Billie Owens in elba, Milestones

Matthew T. Ramsey, a Criminal Justice major from Elba, made the Spring 2014 dean's list at Utica College with a grade-point average of 3.4 or higher.

Monday, July 14, 2014 at 1:22 pm

Principles of Gardening course offered this fall by Cornell extension, deadline to register is Aug. 25

Cornell Cooperative Extension of Genesee County will be offering “Principles of Gardening” training on Wednesday evenings, starting Sept. 10 and running through Nov. 19, from 6 to 9 pm. Classes will be held at the CCE office at 420 E. Main St., Batavia.

Participants will enjoy training in horticulture topics, including botany, plant pathology, entomology, soils & fertilizers, lawn care, vegetable gardening, weed identification, woody ornamentals, fruit, perennials and annuals. Each class will focus on a different topic throughout training.

Pre-registration and payment by Aug. 25 is required. Class size will be limited. No walk-ins will be allowed. The fee for training is $225 per person.

This training is also the first requirement to becoming a Genesee County Master Gardener.

Graduates of the program (Genesee county residents) are then eligible to apply to the Genesee County Master Gardener program. (Other county residents should contact their local Master Gardener program.) A Master Gardener volunteer should have a willingness to give back to the community and help put into practice what they learned at training. Enthusiasm for sharing their skills and knowledge is a must.

For an application or to register contact Brandie Schultz at 585-343-3040, ext. 101, or stop by the Extension office located at 420 E. Main St. in Batavia.

Monday, July 14, 2014 at 1:17 pm

UPDATED: Dog found in Attica on Friday night - Is your pet missing?

post by Billie Owens in animals, pets

This dog was found in Attica near Dollar General and Thompson Motors. It wandered into Lisa Gautieri's backyard.

"She's super well behaved and great with our two dogs," says Lisa. "I know she has a family that is missing her and worried."

Lisa can be reached at (585) 750-1480.

UPDATE 8:35 p.m.: The dog has been reunited with its family and all is well.

Monday, July 14, 2014 at 1:06 pm

Public health officials offer tips on keeping bugs at bay

post by Billie Owens in county health department

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”…

Summer allows more time for children to play outdoors, but when kids are covered with bug bites after spending time outside, parents may start to worry about disease spread by mosquitos, such as West Nile Virus (WNV), or by ticks, such as Lyme disease. Luckily, parents can take simple steps to prevent bites and diseases spread by bugs.

Take action

One case of WNV has already been confirmed in a mosquito pool (collection and testing of at least 50 adult mosquitos) in New York State this year. Prevent WNV and other mosquito-borne diseases by using insect repellant, wearing long sleeves and pants when practical, screening windows and draining standing water. Typically the mosquitos that transmit WNV breed in very small and dirty pools of water (as opposed to ponds and lakes). Common breeding sites include old tires, roof rain gutters, bird baths, wheelbarrows, and any other item that will hold small amounts of water for several days.

Choose an effective insect repellant

Parents may feel overwhelmed by the many products in the grocery aisle, wondering which ones are best. The national Center for Disease Control recommends a variety of effective products to avoid mosquito bites. Check the label for one of the following active ingredients:



-IR 3535

-Oil of lemon / eucalyptus

Most pediatricians recommend using products with 30 percent or less of these ingredients on kids. Once you’ve bought an insect repellent, use is whenever you and your children are outdoors. Put a few bottles or packets of repellent anywhere you might need them – in the car, by the door, in your bag. Make it easy so you’ll remember!

Most individuals, 70 to 80 percent, who contract WNV do not develop any symptoms. Those who do develop symptoms, about 1 in 5, will experience a fever, headache, body aches, joint pains, vomiting, diarrhea or rash for several weeks or months. In rare cases, less than 1 percent, experience serious neurological illness, such as encephalitis or meningitis (inflammation of the brain or surrounding tissues).

Make your backyard a tick-free zone

While often thought that ticks only live in the woods, ticks also can lurk in backyards. You can take some simple steps to make your backyard more tick-safe. Keep patios, play areas, and playground equipment away from scrubs, brushes, and other vegetation. Also, tick control chemicals are available for use by homeowners, or can be applied by a professional pest control expert.

Check for ticks

After playing outside, don’t make ticks an uninvited guest into your home. Ticks can ride in on parents, kids, and even the family pet, so check your gear and pets as soon as you get inside, even if your outdoor adventures were only in the backyard.

  1. Parents should check themselves and their children for ticks under the arms, in and around the ears, inside the belly button, behind the knees, between the legs, around the waist and especially in the hair. As soon as you find a tick, remove it using fine-tipped tweezers to grasp the tick as close to the skins surface as possible. After removing the tick, thoroughly clean the bite area and dispose of a live tick by submersing it in alcohol, placing it in a sealed bag/container, or flushing it down the toilet. Never crush a tick with your fingers. If a tick is attached to your skin for less than 24 hours, your chance of getting Lyme disease is extremely small. But to be safe, watch for signs or symptoms such as rash or fever and see a doctor if they develop.

Bathing when you get inside can also help you find ticks and remove them. Additionally, you can tumble clothes in a dryer on high heat for an hour to kill any remaining ticks.

By following simple prevention steps, parents and kids can keep pests away so they can focus on fun outdoor activities like gardening, camping, hiking and just playing.

For more information about vector-borne diseases (transmitted by mosquitos, ticks, and fleas) visit the following website: http://www.cdc.gov/ncezid/dvbd/

For information about health department services contact,

Genesee County Health Department at: 344-2580, ext. 5000, or visit their Web site at www.co.genesee.ny.us/departments/health/index.html. Visit Facebook at Genesee County Health Department and Twitter @GeneseeCoHealthDept.

Orleans County Health Department at: 589-3278 or check out their Web site at:  www.orleansny.com/publichealth. Visit Facebook and Twitter: the user name for both is OrleansCoHealth.

Wyoming County Health Department at: 786-8890 or visit their Web site at www.wyomingco.net/health/main.html

Monday, July 14, 2014 at 12:56 pm

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

post by Billie Owens in 4-H, Genesee County Fair

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

Tuesday, July 15

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

                                  Community Service, Promotional & Project Displays (Merton Building)

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

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

                  Rabbit Show (Merton Bldg.)

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

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

                      Meat Goat Show & Showmanship (Open Dairy Barn)

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

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

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


Wednesday, July 16  -- Youth Day

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

9:30 a.m.  --  Dog Show

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

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

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

Thursday, July 17

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

                Horses in place

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

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

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

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

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

Friday, July 18

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

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

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

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

                      Goat Costume Contest

Saturday, July 19

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

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

Sunday, July 13, 2014 at 1:17 pm

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

post by Billie Owens in batavia, accidents

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

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

Sunday, July 13, 2014 at 11:51 am

Hazardous weather outlook in effect

post by Billie Owens in weather

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

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

Saturday, July 12, 2014 at 3:25 pm

Have you seen Carla? Reward offered, no questions asked

post by Billie Owens in batavia, lost animal

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

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

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

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

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

Friday, July 11, 2014 at 1:45 pm

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

post by Billie Owens in Deal of the Day

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

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

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

Sweetland Pines Golf Course, 5795 Sweetland Road, Stafford, NY: Sweetland Pines is a par 3 golf course, great for beginners and experienced golfers working on the short game. Relaxed golf game, average play is about 1 hour and 20 minutes, leaving the golfer time to enjoy rest of the day. We have a $25 gift certificate for $12.50.

Bohn's Restaurant, 5256 Clinton St., Batavia, NY: Fine dining in an atmosphere of casual elegance. Lunch and dinner, steak, prime rib and seafood. Ask about Bohn's catering services and banquet facility. We have a $25 gift certificate for $15.

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

Oliver's Candies, 211 W. Main St., Batavia, NY: Oliver's, a Batavia landmark, offers the finest chocolate and confections in the area. We have a $20 gift card for $12.

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

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

Jagged Edges Salon, 4140 Veterans Memorial Drive, Batavia, NY: Jagged Edges Salon is a walk-in and appointment salon for men, women and children. It is a fun, welcoming salon that offers all hair care services including cuts, color, highlights, lowlights, perms, styling/updos, treatments, and facial waxing. Hours are 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday. We have a $20 gift certificate for $10.

T.F. Brown's, 214 E. Main St., Batavia, NY: T.F. Brown's is a great place for a good meal, good friends and to catch up on what's going on in the sports world. "If it happens in sports, it happens at Brown's." Stop in and check out our Jumbo Chicken Wings, Roast Beef on Weck and Friday night fish fry. The original family spaghetti sauce still adorns all of our Italian specialties. The other popular selections from our menu range from Super Salads, butcher cut Strip Loin and South of the Border items. We offer daily lunch and dinner specials as well as a full adult and children’s menu. We have a $20 gift certificate for $12.

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

Alex's Place, 8322 Park Road, Batavia, NY: People come from all over the region for a fine dining experience at Alex's. It's best known for its ribs, of course, but Alex's seafood is also a favorite of the restaurant's diners. We have a $25 gift certificate for $15.

Adam Miller Toy & Bicycles, 8 Center St., Batavia, NY: Feel like a kid in a toy store again, or treat your kids to the greatest toy store they will ever see. We have a $25 gift certificate for $12.50.

Settler's, 353 W. Main St., Batavia, NY: Settler's has a 25-year history of serving great, affordable breakfasts, lunches and dinners to Batavians. We have a $20 gift certificate for $12.

Bourbon & Burger Co., 9 Jackson St., Batavia, NY: Batavia's newest burger joint offers more than two dozen different types of tasty hamburgers. Our menu also includes a variety of sandwiches, appetizers and an extensive beer list, plus a full bar. We have a $20 gift certificate for $12.

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

Larry's Steakhouse, 60 Main St., Batavia, NY: The name says it all -- Larry's is a great place for steak. Larry's has a fine dining atmosphere with a great menu and outstanding service. We have a $20 gift certificate for $12.

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

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

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

Alli's Cones & Dogs, 7063 Lewiston Road, Oakfield, NY: Full breakfast, lunch and dinner menu; all-you-can-eat salad bar; ice cream served year-round; eat-in or take-out. We have a $20 gift certificate for $12.

Ficarella's Pizzeria, 21 Liberty St., Batavia, NY: Dine-in, drive-thru or delivery. Featuring fresh, hearth-baked pizza since 1985, plus wings, pasta and more. We have a $20 gift certificate for $12. (Good only at the Batavia location.)


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