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Friday, August 15, 2014 at 2:19 pm

Person falls out of car, suffers head injury, at DeWitt park

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A person fell from a vehicle and suffered a head injury at DeWitt Recreation Area on Cedar Street. Mercy medics are responding.

Thursday, August 14, 2014 at 4:30 pm

Oakfield Town Clerk reminds residents to get their dogs licensed

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Press release:

Article 7 of New York State Agriculture and Market Law requires all dogs older than four (4) months to be licensed within the town they reside. This ensures proper vaccination against rabies that protect both you and your neighbors.

Any dog living with you for more than 30 days must be licensed. Residents of Oakfield (both town & village) will receive their enumeration paperwork within the next week. The paperwork must be returned to the Town Clerk no later than November 1, 2014.

Should you fail to meet the deadline and are found to be harboring an unlicensed dog(s) you will be subject to court fines and an enumeration fee of $5 per dog that will be added to your licensing base fee.

Melissa M. Haacke

Town Clerk/Tax Collector/Registrar of Vital Statistics/Notary Public

3219 Drake Street
Oakfield, NY  14125

Phone 585-948-5835, ext. 20
Fax 585-948-8108

Thursday, August 14, 2014 at 2:18 pm

Avalicious, Driving Miss Crazy victorious in NYSS at Batavia Downs

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Written by Tim Bojarski for Batavia Downs

The weather was far from perfect for the Batavia Downs leg of the New York Sire Stake 3-year-old trotting fillies on Wednesday (Aug. 13) as premature autumnal conditions presented cold temperatures, rain and a track rated as “good.” But the tough got going and in one race, a major upset was the result.

In the first $59,100 NYSS division, Avalicious (RC Royalty-Say Your Prayers) was sent off as the even-money favorite and proved her backers correct as she made a big move at the half and cruised home victorious.

Off the gate, L Dees Scripture (Chris Lems) left for the lead and quickly faced a strong challenge from Oh Sweet Penelope (Dan Daley) up the backside. But just before the quarter that challenger made a break so Lems then guided L Dees Scripture unabated to the half in 1:01.

At that point Avalicious was out and rolling from fourth with Jim Morrill Jr. at the lines to push the issue before swooping by the leader to take command at the three-quarters in 1:30.3. Once they cleared, Morrill gave the filly her head and she trotted away in easy fashion to win in 2:00.4.

Beauty Of Gray (Jim Meittinis) shook loose for second and Lindys Crazy Dolly (Jeff Gregory) who was aired out hung on for third.

Avalicious paid $4.30 to win for owners Michelle Crawford, Albert Crawford and Patricia Crawford.

This was her fourth win in 11 starts this year and it pushed her earnings to $148,640 for trainer Ron Burke.

The second $59,100 split saw a major upset occur when 1-9 favorite Market Rally made a break attempting to take an early lead.

When the car pulled away to start the race, Driving Miss Crazy (Gates Brunet) and Gammy’s Girl (Jim Meittinis) both left and got away 1-2 as they straightened out up the backstretch. Market Rally (Jim Morrill Jr.) had tucked fourth off the wings to let the field settle, but then was pulled and started rolling past the eighth pole.

As they passed the quarter in :30 flat, Market Rally got ahead of the front runner to take the lead. But just as soon as she crossed over she made a break and ended up last, spotting the new leader about 10 lengths. That leader (Driving Miss Crazy) tended to her task, carrying the field to the half in 1:01.1 and the three-quarters in 1:30.4.

After a dull outer-flow offered no challenge through the middle fractions, Annie’s List (Tyler Buter) managed to overtake second and a still last Market Rally then tipped three-high around fading horses to start making up ground. As they straightened out for the stretch drive, Brunet was working Driving Miss Crazy to stay alert on the lead, Buter was urging Annie’s List to catch her and Morrill was working Market Rally to make up lost ground. After a good stretch drive, the trio hit the wire a length apart from each other with Driving Miss Crazy victorious in 2:00.4.

In a tight photo for place, Market Rally did in fact rally for second and Annie’s List was third.

In the shadow of the overwhelming favorite, Driving Miss Crazy was let go at 10-1 and paid $22.60 to those who supported her.

This was the sixth win in 13 starts for Driving Miss Crazy (Crazed-Schare Hall) who has now earned $124,017 in 2014 for trainer Gates Brunet and owners Theodore Gewertz, Y Jean Brunet and Deborah Brunet.

There were also two divisions of the Excelsior A series on the card and chalk bettors were in heaven as favorites dominated both races.

Right after the $12,600 first division started, Little Baby Peanut (Jeff Gregory) and Twist Of Faith (Tyler Buter) both made breaks as the group motored into the first turn. That left Classic Belisima (Gates Brunet) on a loose lead with Do You Believe (Jim Morrill Jr.) getting the trip as the group went single-file to the quarter in :30.4 and the half in 1:02.2.

Past the five-eighths Morrill pulled the pocket sitter and drew even with Classic Belisima and the two went stride for stride around the entire last turn. When they straightened out, Do You Believe proved to be the better horse as she pulled away to a two-length victory in 2:01.4.

Classic Belisima hung on for second and Ginny And Tonic (Ray Fisher Jr.) got up for third.

Do You Believe paid $2.30 as the heavy favorite for owners Brian Doolittle and Leigh Raymer, who also trains the filly.

In the second $12,700 division, Dreamsteeler (Cash Hall-Dream Street) turned in the fastest time of any of the stake races during the night, be they NYSS or Excelsior, in a dominating performance for trainer Tracy Brainard.

Driver Jim Morrill Jr. eased Dreamsteeler out of the gate and took his time getting to the front. But once they got there the filly was brave and Morrill had his hands full rating the mile. However he did a perfect job as they scooted through even fractions of :30, 1:00 and 1:30. Down the lane, Morrill sat chilly as Dreamsteeler just jogged home in 1.59.4.

How Bout Cash (Chris Lems) and Slice Slice Baby (Tyler Buter) completed the top three finishers in that order.

Dreamsteeler went off 1-9 and paid $2.20 to win. It was her sixth win in seven starts and brought the 2014 Excelsior points leading filly's coffers up to $34,950.

Driver Jim Morrill Jr. brought home four winners on the night and Gates Brunet and Tyler Buter both piloted doubles.

Racing resumes at Batavia Downs on Friday (Aug. 15) with a 6:35 post.

Thursday, August 14, 2014 at 1:31 pm

Power line down prompts closure of portion of South Main Street Road

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A power line is down and blocking the roadway at 3644 S. Main Street Road. Law enforcement on scene requests East Pembroke Fire Police to close a portion of the road so National Grid can make repairs.

Thursday, August 14, 2014 at 12:22 pm

Ford Road between Transit and Norton, Elba, to be closed briefly for Mercy Flight landing

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A medical call requiring Mercy Flight to the scene means that Byron Fire Police will shut down Ford Road between Transit and Norton so a landing zone can be established. Elba fire is setting up the landing zone.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014 at 9:00 pm

New, free 'Have a Plan' app launched to help increase road travel safety

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Press release:

Genesee County STOP DWI Coordinator Matt Landers today announced the launch of the new, free “Have A Plan” mobile app that encourages people to have a plan to get home safely if they are impaired by alcohol or drugs.

The app is a valuable tool in helping reduce accidents and injuries caused by impaired drivers.

It operates on iPhone, Android and Windows platforms, and targets the 18-34 age range with features such as an ability to preload a list of designated drivers, find a taxi cab via GPS, an alcohol impairment estimator, various motor skills tests to assess impairment level and a "Report DWI" button that connects users to their local 9-1-1 service.

The app also offers a list of DWI facts and myths, access to STOP-DWI social media sites such as Twitter, Facebook and YouTube, as well as a RSS feed to get the latest news on impaired driving.

“The ‘Have A Plan’ app will be important in the effort to prevent impaired driving," Landers said. "We want people to enjoy themselves, but we also want them to get home safely. This app helps its users do that by placing a tool in the hands of a potentially impaired driver to find a safe way home.” 

Developed by STOP-DWI New York and Staples Marketing under a grant from the New York State Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee, “Have A Plan” is one of the most comprehensive traffic safety mobile apps in the country. Users can download the “Have A Plan” app by visiting www.stopdwi.org/mobile app and selecting the link for the Apple Store, Google Play, or the Windows Phone Store.

“I urge drivers to make advance plans to get a sober ride home from a friend, family or by taxi. The new “Have A Plan’ app can help guide individuals to make the right choice to get home safely. Don’t put yourself or others in harm’s way by driving while impaired,” said Coordinator Landers.

STOP-DWI, which stands for ‘Special Traffic Operations Program for Driving While Intoxicated, was created by the State Legislature in 1981 to empower county governments to coordinate local efforts to reduce alcohol and other drug-related traffic crashes within the context of a comprehensive and financially self-sustaining alcohol and highway safety program.

You can follow the Genesee County STOP-DWI program on Facebook and receive more information on the mobile app along with other useful information.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014 at 5:17 pm

Free child seat safety check offered Saturday at city fire headquarters

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Press release:

On Saturday, Aug. 16, the City of Batavia Fire Department will be hosting a free child safety seat check event. This event will be held in conjunction with Summer in the City. The check site will be at Fire Headquarters on Evans Street from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m.

Nationally certified technicians will ensure child safety seats are installed correctly and also be available to answer any questions parents/caregivers have about child passenger safety restraints.

Did you know three out of four kids are not as secure in the car as they should be because their car seats are not being used correctly? Using the correct restraints reduces infants’ and toddlers’ chances for fatal injury by 71 percent and 54 percent in passenger cars respectively.

Stop down to the free Summer in the City child safety seat check event.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014 at 5:07 pm

Today's Deal's: Dave's Ice Cream, Smokin' Eagle BBQ & Brew, and more!

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

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 entirefamily. 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 $20 gift certificates for $10.

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.

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.

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.

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 $12.


Tuesday, August 12, 2014 at 1:21 pm

DEC to offer waterfowl hunter informational meeting on Aug. 28 in Alabama

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Press release:

As part of Governor Cuomo’s NY Open for Fishing and Hunting Initiative, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) will hold two waterfowl hunter informational meetings. One of these will be in Genesee County.

It will take place on Thursday, Aug. 28, at the Iroquois National Wildlife Refuge Headquarters located on Casey Road in Alabama. It will be from 7 to 9 p.m. and focus on topics of interest to waterfowl hunters in Western New York and the Iroquois and Montezuma National Wildlife Refuges areas.

Topics will include:

  • Highlights of waterfowl management and research programs at two National Wildlife Refuges, Iroquois and Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge; and four of the state Wildlife Management Areas -- Tonawanda, Braddock Bay, Oak Orchard and Northern Montezuma.
  • Regional and statewide waterfowl news and updates;
  • Atlantic Flyway news;
  • Waterfowl population status survey results;
  • New York waterfowl hunting season-setting process; and tentative 2014-15 duck and goose hunting seasons.

Wildlife biologists from DEC and the two National Wildlife Refuges will discuss items of interest to waterfowl hunters in an informational and interactive forum.

They will present results of local and international surveys of waterfowl breeding populations and discuss habitat conditions and habitat management efforts. Updates of waterfowl management issues in the Atlantic Flyway will be presented, and this year’s tentative waterfowl hunting seasons and bag limits will be discussed.

The NY Open for Fishing and Hunting Initiative is an effort to improve recreational opportunities for sportsmen and women and to boost tourism activities throughout the state. This initiative includes streamlining fishing and hunting licenses, reducing license fees, improving access for fishing and increasing hunting opportunities in New York State.

In support of this initiative, this year’s budget includes $6 million in NY Works funding to support creating 50 new land and water access projects to connect hunters, anglers, bird watchers and others who enjoy the outdoors to more than 380,000 acres of existing state and easement lands that have not reached their full potential. These 50 new access projects include building new boat launches, installing new hunting blinds and building new trails and parking areas. In addition, the 2014-15 budget includes $4 million to repair the state's fish hatcheries; and renews and allows expanded use of crossbows for hunting in New York State.

This year's budget also reduces short-term fishing licenses fees; increases the number of authorized statewide free fishing days to eight from two; authorizes DEC to offer 10 days of promotional prices for hunting, fishing and trapping licenses; and authorizes free Adventure Plates for new lifetime license holders, discounted Adventure Plates for existing lifetime license holders and regular fee Adventure Plates for annual license holders.

Directions to Iroquois National Wildlife Refuge at 1101 Casey Road, in Basom:

From the New York State Thruway, take Exit 48A (Pembroke) and travel north on Route 77 to Alabama Center. Continue north on Route 63 for approximately 1 mile, turn left on Casey Road. The office is about a mile down the road on the right.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014 at 1:02 pm

Summer in the City is this Saturday in beautiful Downtown Batavia

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Press release:

Downtown Batavia  –  “Bring Your Feet Downtown” to the Batavia Business Improvement District’s 11th Annual “Summer in the City” Festival in beautiful Downtown Batavia from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 16.

More than 5,000 people attend this event annually – rain or shine.

There will be more than 65 vendors. Food concessions will be serving: BBQ, hot dogs, hamburgers, fried dough, lobster rolls, pizza, pulled pork sandwiches, and ice cream and lots more delicious treats.

Artists and crafts persons will have several booths featuring a variety of artwork, furniture, jewelry and unique clothing and gifts for sale.

A super entertainment lineup throughout the afternoon and evening on the Main Stage located on Main Street near Wendy’s. 

  • Corfu Pembroke Community Band starts things off at 11 a.m.
  • Old Hippies with favorites from the '60s and '70s (12-1 p.m.)
  • Area Dance Groups (1-2 p.m.)
  • BHS Trumpet Ensemble ( 2-3 p.m.)
  • Terry “Elvis” Buchwald will be rock’n' Downtown ( 4- 6 p.m.)
  • The headliner: Mitty & The Followers will have everyone dancing to their MoTown and R&B sounds ( 7-9 p.m.)

KidsZone is bigger and better with five bounce houses, games, face painting and lots more for the entire family throughout the day. The Zone will be located on Court Street.

A Super Car Cruise and Motorcycle Alley for car and cycle enthusiasts with over 400 vehicles of all kinds. This includes vans and trucks. Parking will be on Main, Bank, Center and Jackson streets.

For runners and walkers the 33rd Donald R. Carroll 5K Race & Walk will take place at  9 a.m. on Bank Street. Registration is 7:45 to 8:45 a.m. Register online at: DonCarrollrace.com

*** New this year --  Chalk Art Fest with artists creating unique artwork on Downtown Batavia’s streets. Artists will begin their masterpieces on Friday, Aug.15th at 5 p.m. and Saturday, Aug. 16.  Prizes will be awarded. Contact: [email protected]

Be healthy at United Memorial Medical Center’s Health Fair under the big tent on East Main Street featuring all kinds of heathy lifestyle tips and testing.

For more information Call 585-344-0900 or visit the B.I.D. Web site at www.downtownbataviany.com

Monday, August 11, 2014 at 2:35 pm

Annual Walk to End Alzheimer's will be Sept. 27 in Batavia

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Press release:

The Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s is the nation’s largest event to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer’s care, support and research programs. Across Western New York, there are six such walks scheduled, including Sept. 27 in Batavia. The approximately two-mile walk starts and ends at the Genesee County Nursing Home on Bank Street.

“We are both proud and pleased that the Genesee County Walk to End Alzheimer's has seen such tremendous growth over the past few years, more than doubling in size!” says Lynn Westcott, the development director for the Alzheimer’s Association WNY Chapter.

“Residents and businesses have been kind, generous and supportive, showing they care about those who have been touched by this disease.”

The Genesee County Walk Committee was invaluable in enlisting the support of local businesses through sponsorships and basket raffle donations, and helping promote the walk within the towns and villages.

The Walk is open to everyone and registration is a fast and simple process: simply log-on to www.alz.org/WNY or call 1.800.272.3900. Site check-in and day-of registration begins at 9 a.m., the opening ceremony starts at 10 and the walk gets under way at 10:10.

Everyone who registers to walk receives a nylon pinwheel flower as a remembrance of the day. The flowers come in four colors and symbolize the various reasons to participate. For instance, a purple flower means “I’ve lost someone to the disease.” Often, personal messages are written on the flowers before they are “planted” in the Promise Garden at the site, which is a visual representation of the pledge to remember, to honor, to care and to fight Alzheimer’s disease. The flowers are retrieved at the end of the event to take home.

There is no fee to register, but fundraising is strongly encouraged to ensure the Chapter can continue to provide local resources for the roughly 8,000 Genesee County residents who are directly impacted by Alzheimer’s. There are incentives for reaching certain fundraising goals, and participants have until Oct. 31 to raise money to qualify.

The WNY Walk to End Alzheimer’s is made possible through the support of these sponsors: Elderwood, West Herr Toyota, Tim Horton’s and WCJW.

Monday, August 11, 2014 at 11:33 am

Sign up to be part of Batavia's first Street Painting Festival during Summer in the City

Press release:

Be a part of Batavia's first Street Painting Festival! Sign up today for your chance to win one of over $300 in cash and prizes being awarded to our top artists in THREE age group categories.

The cost to register will get you a welcome pack that includes a box of 24 chalks, event T-shirt, bottled water and more. Prizes will be awarded to the following age groups:

  • Youth Artist -- 12 years and younger
  • Student Artist -- 13 to 19 years
  • Adult Artist -- Over 19

This event is running concurrently with the Batavia's Summer in the City, so come out enjoy the music and festivities while showing off your artistic skills to a packed crowd!

The festival is sponsored by GO ART! and Vibrant Batavia.

To find out more go to:


You can also visit bataviastreetpainting on Facebook for more information. Or contact Leanna DiRisio, Vibrant Batavia: 585-738-7388 or e-mail [email protected]

Monday, August 11, 2014 at 11:22 am

Critical shortage of volunteers to help seniors get to appointments, deliver meals

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Press release:

The Genesee County Office for the Aging is critically short of volunteers to take seniors to medical appointments and deliver Meals-on-Wheels.

Currently there are individuals in need of help through the Medical Transportation Program, but there are not enough volunteers to provide this service.

Courtney Iburi, specialist, Aging Services, noted that this shortage of volunteers, “may mean that one of our seniors will miss a medical appointment, putting their health at risk."

The program is free for individuals in Genesee County, 60 years of age and older, who need transportation to medical appointments outside Genesee County.

Additionally, the Meals-on-Wheels program which provides a noontime meal to homebound individuals five days a week is short-handed. Current volunteers are helping by doing two or even three routes a day to ensure delivery of the meals.

Supplemental liability insurance is provided to all volunteers and mileage reimbursement may be available.

Individuals interested in more information may contact Dorian Ely, director of the RSVP Volunteer Placement Program at the Office for the Aging at 585-343-1611.

Sunday, August 10, 2014 at 8:11 pm

Barn fire reported on Sand Hill Road on the Tonawanda Indian Reservation

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A barn fire is reported at 7629 Sand Hill Road "at the curve," on the Tonawanda Indian Reservation. Alabama, Pembroke, Indian Falls and Akron fire departments are responding. One caller to dispatch so far.

UPDATE 8:34 p.m.: Indian Falls and another unit are returning to service. No status reported on the blaze.

UPDATE 8:50 p.m.: All responders back in service.

Sunday, August 10, 2014 at 7:53 pm

Motorcycle wreck with injuries at Batavia off-ramp of westbound Thruway

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A motorcycle wreck with injuries is reported at the Batavia off-ramp of the westbound Thruway. Town of Batavia fire and Mercy medics are responding.

UPDATE 7:55 p.m.: A responder on scene reports minor injuries.

Sunday, August 10, 2014 at 7:36 pm

Motorcycle wreck with injuries reported on Colby Road, Darien

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A motorcycle accident is reported on Colby Road just south of Sumner Road. There are injuries and Mercy Flight #8 from Buffalo is called to the scene. Darien fire will be establishing a landing zone nearby.

UPDATE 7:47 p.m.: Mercy Flight has landed.

UPDATE 8:04 p.m.: Mercy Flight is airborne and headed to a hospital in Buffalo.

UPDATE 8:22 p.m.: The Darien assignment is back in service.

Sunday, August 10, 2014 at 6:01 pm

Car wreck, unknown injuries, on Perry Road just south of Route 20, Pavilion

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A motor-vehicle accident, unknown injuries, is reported at 10465 Perry Road, just south of Route 20. A pole and wires are down. Pavilion fire and Mercy medics are responding.

Sunday, August 10, 2014 at 4:20 pm

August is National Immunization Awareness Month

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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”…

Do you have a new baby in the house or are you preparing for one? Have you talked to your healthcare provider about making sure you are up to date on your vaccinations to protect your baby?

August is National Immunization Awareness Month. Today’s vaccines protect against serious and potentially life-threatening diseases, including polio, measles, whooping cough (pertussis), chicken pox and influenza (flu).

Just as it is important your babies and children are protected from these and other diseases, it is important for the parents and caregivers to be vaccinated as well. When children are not vaccinated, they are at increased risk and can spread diseases to others in their family and their community – including babies who are too young to be fully vaccinated, and people with weakened immune systems due to cancer and other health conditions.

There are many important reasons to make sure your child is vaccinated:

  • Immunizations can protect your child from 14 serious diseases;
  • Vaccination is very safe and effective;
  • Immunizations can protect others you care about;
  • Immunization can save your family time and money;
  • Immunization protects future generations.

When children are not vaccinated, they are at increased risk and can spread diseases to others in their classrooms and community – including babies who are too young to be fully vaccinated and people with weakened immune systems due to cancer or other health conditions.

School-age children need vaccines. For example, children who are 4 to 6 years old are due for boosters of four vaccines: DTaP (diphtheria, tetanus and pertussis), chickenpox, MMR (measles, mumps and rubella) and polio. Older children, like preteens and teens, need Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis), MenACWY (meningococcal conjugate vaccine) and HPV (human papillomavirus) vaccines when they are 11 to 12. In addition, yearly flu vaccines are recommended for all children 6 months and older.

Parents can find out more about the recommended immunization schedule at www.cdc.gov/vaccines/parents/index.html, your healthcare provider or your local Health Department.

For information about health department services contact:

Sunday, August 10, 2014 at 3:29 pm

Rollover accident on westbound Thruway

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A one-vehicle rollover accident is reported on the westbound Thruway at mile marker 396. East Pembroke fire and Mercy medics are responding.

UPDATE 3:30 p.m.: There are reports of entrapment.

UPDATE 3:39 p.m.: Mercy Flight #7 is called to the scene -- availability is checked.

UPDATE 3:44 p.m.: Town of Batavia Engine 24 just arrived, too.

UPDATE 3:53: Two ambulances will be needed.

UPDATE 4:21 p.m.: Three children are being transported to Women & Children's Hospital in Buffalo. The assignment is back in service.

Sunday, August 10, 2014 at 1:56 pm

Vehicle crashes into guard rail on eastbound Thruway, lands on its side, unknown injuries

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A vehicle has struck a guard rail on the eastbound Thruway, unknown injuries. It is on its side. The first caller to dispatch said it was a tractor-trailer. The second caller thought it was a pickup truck hauling a camper. Town of Batavia fire and Mercy medics are responding. The mile marker is 385.

UPDATE 2:03 p.m.: A responder says there are no injuries, but the accident is blocking two lanes of traffic, which will have to be routed through the passing lane.

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