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Wednesday, January 7, 2015 at 8:24 pm

Car hits tree, driver trapped inside on Town Line Road, Bergen

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A car versus tree accident is reported in the area of 7893 Town Line Road, just west of Buffalo Street, Bergen. The driver is trapped inside and possibly has a head injury. Bergen fire and Mercy medics are responding.

UPDATE: Photo submitted by Anne Sapienza.

Wednesday, January 7, 2015 at 8:17 pm

Car slams into tree on Randall Road, Stafford, driver complains of neck pain

post by Billie Owens in accidents, Stafford

A car careened into a tree at 6692 Randall Road, Stafford. The driver is out of the vehicle and inside the residence at that location and complains of neck pain, according to dispatch. Stafford fire and Mercy medics are responding.

Tuesday, January 6, 2015 at 3:27 pm

4-wheeler on fire in garage on Naramore Drive, Batavia

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A 4-wheeler is reportedly on fire inside the garage at 204 Naramore Drive. City firefighters are responding.

UPDATE 3:37 p.m.: A resident sprayed water on the blaze and firefighters doused it fully with an extinguisher. It's out and the city crew is returning to service. There was no extention into the house.

Tuesday, January 6, 2015 at 3:14 pm

Renovations complete, Wilmot Cancer Institute Batavia opens on Bank Street

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Press release:

Wilmot Cancer Institute Batavia, formerly Batavia Radiation Oncology Associates, has opened its offices at 262 Bank St. after several weeks of construction.

With the renovated and expanded space, the clinic now features an outpatient blood draw laboratory, and larger clinical examination rooms. As part of Wilmot Cancer Institute, the Batavia clinic will give patients in Genesee and surrounding counties access to precision diagnostics, targeted therapies, clinical trials and the UR Medicine e-record system.

In addition to providing radiation therapy, the clinic will provide chemotherapy and infusion services, which are expected to be available in Batavia by Spring.

Kevin J. Mudd, M.D., who served as medical director for Batavia Radiation Oncology for 14 years, continues to see patients at Wilmot Cancer Institute Batavia as a member of the University of Rochester Medical Center faculty. Mudd and other providers who see patients at the Batavia clinic will be able to participate in weekly tumor board sessions and other consultations to provide a truly multidisciplinary approach to cancer care.

"I am excited to resume our practice of high-quality cancer care here in this community and to see our services growing with our integration with URMC and Wilmot Cancer Institute,” Mudd said.

Jonathan W. Friedberg M.D., M.M.Sc., director of Wilmot Cancer Institute said "Cancer care has become so complex, and it requires an entire team to address every aspect of the disease. It starts with the diagnostic process and continues through treatment decisions, follow-up care, and survivorship or palliative care, if needed. Our Institute brings that comprehensive level of service every step of the way, in a setting that’s convenient no matter where you live.”

The Wilmot Cancer Institute is the Finger Lakes region’s leader for cancer care and research. As part of UR Medicine, Wilmot provides specialty cancer services at the University of Rochester Medical Center and at a network of satellite locations. Wilmot Cancer Institute is a component of Strong Memorial Hospital. The Institute also includes a team of scientists who investigate many aspects of cancer, with an emphasis on how best to provide precision cancer care.

Tuesday, January 6, 2015 at 3:01 pm

Plein air paintings of retired art teacher on display, reception Friday

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Press release:

The Genesee-Orleans Regional Arts Council is pleased to host an exhibit of paintings by Howard A. (Tony) Barry. Barry’s exhibit, “Retrospective: Paintings & More,” is on display today through Thursday, Feb. 26 at two Batavia locations: the GO ART! Main Gallery, Seymour Place, 201 E. Main St.; and the GO ART! Satellite Gallery in the Genesee County Senior Center, 2 Bank St.

A total of 78 paintings will be on exhibit in both galleries. A free Reception and Artist Talk will be held on Friday, Jan. 9th, from 5 to 7 p.m. There is no admission cost for the exhibit. The galleries are open to the public 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Monday through Friday and by appointment (please call 585-343-9313).

A resident of Holley, Barry taught art in Holley Central School for 31 years and is now enjoying retirement. According to Barry, a good part of his days are spent practicing what he preached as a teacher. He and his wife, Annette, have four daughters who are all grown and married.

Many of his subjects are of local sites that you very well may recognize as some of the outdoor scene were plein air painting, while some were completed while traveling with his wife during retirement.

“I love the spontaneity and challenge of painting with constantly changing light," Barry said. "The feeling is hard to capture from a photograph.”

He describes his painting style as realistic. Some artists who have influenced his work are Cezanne and the modern movement, Sargent for his brushwork, and Gruppe for his use of color.

“While I have spent most of my career as a teacher, I still feel I have a lot to learn about painting and would appreciate your comments.”

Some of his work is also on display at Marti’s on Main, 229 N. Main St., Albion; phone 589-6715.

For more information on this exhibit and other GO ART! programs and services, please visit www.GOart.org <http://www.GOart.org>, e-mail [email protected] or call 585-343-9313.

GO ART! exhibits are made possible, in part, by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

Tuesday, January 6, 2015 at 2:48 pm

Grand Jury indicts three men on first-degree rape charge

post by Billie Owens in batavia, crime, elba

Darwin Zuniga-Rocha, Eliseo Mateo-Perez and Uriel Ramirez-Perez are accused of first-degree rape, a Class B felony. It is alleged that on Nov. 16, 2014, in the Town of Elba, they engaged in sexual intercourse with another person by forcible compulsion.

Nathan L. Royse is accused of first-degree burglary, a Class B violent felony. It is alleged that on July 9, 2014, he knowlingly entered or unlawfully remained in a dwelling on Wood Street in the City of Batavia with intent to committ a crime. In the course of the alleged crime, he or another participant is accused of causing physical injury to a person who was not a participant. In count two, Royse is accused of second-degree assault, a Class D violent felony, for allegedly causing physical injury to a person not participating in the commission of a felony or attempted felony.

The four men named in these Grand Jury indictments are to be arraigned in Genesee County Court on Thursday.

Tuesday, January 6, 2015 at 2:07 pm

Lake effect snow advisory in place until Wednesday morning, plus wind chill possible of 20 below

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A lake effect snow advisory is in effect from 4 this afternoon until 10 a.m. Wednesday, according to the latest weather update from the National Weather Service office in Buffalo. Snow accumulations are expected to be four to seven inches in the heaviest bands, which will include far southern Genesee County.

Also, a wind chill advisory remains in effect 10 a.m. Wednesday until 10 a.m. Thursday. Winds are predicted of 15 to 25 mph with wind chill values as low as 20-degrees below zero.

The combination of snow and blowing snow will greatly reduce visibility and result in snow-covered roadways, which can create hazardous driving conditions.

Bitterly cold wind chills will result in dangerous conditions for exposed skin. Avoid prolonged exposure to cold to prevent frostbite and hypothermia. If you will be outdoors use common sense and dress warmly.

Saturday, January 3, 2015 at 5:03 pm

Today's Deals: NEW TODAY - El Burrito Loco! Oliver's Candies, O'Lacy's, Fortuna's, and more!

post by Billie Owens in Deal of the Day

NEW TODAY!  El Burrito Loco, 4125 W. Main St., Batavia, NY: Located in Valu Plaza, this new eatery offers tasty, authentic Mexican fare. Tell us what you want on your burrito! We make it fresh just for you. Choose from steak, seasoned ground beef, chicken, pork, and/or beans -- black, refried or pinto. Other ingredients to choose from include lettuce, tomatoes, shredded cheese, guacamole, Spanish or white rice, cilantro, salsa, and jalapeno peppers. The menu also offers tacos, quesadillas, burrito bowls, loaded nachos, Mexican soda pop, lemonade, and more! Relax and eat in, or take out. Call in your order if you like -- 219-4620. We have a $10 gift certificate for $6.

John & Mary's Restaurant, 3711 W. Main Street Road, Batavia, NY: This popular restaurant offers a varied menu that people love. From subs, hoagies, hand-tossed pizza, and wings, to fish & chips, salads, Mexican food, gyros and other Greek fare, it's all here. Only the finest and freshest ingredients are used. Bread, using homemade dough, baked fresh daily. Amazing specialty pizzas and appetizers! "We never waver on quality!" Delivery available all day, every day. We offer catering. Hours 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. We have a $10 gift certificate for $6.

Rancho Viejo, 12 Ellicott St., Batavia, NY: Traditional Mexican cuisine, from tacos and burritos to pollo norteno, Rancho Viejo brings a bit of "South of the Border" to Batavia's restaurant scene. We have a $10 gift card for $6.

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 $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.

$$$  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 $7.

Pudgie's Lawn & Garden Center, 3646 W. Main St. Road, Batavia, NY: Time to order your 2015 trees and shrubs. Also, Buffalo Bills flags in stock -- $19.99. Protect your green investment with stakes and burlap to cover shrubs, roses and more. We also sell all-season horticultural and dormant oil, fruit tree spray, and supplies for organic growers. Come see our full, well-stocked Master Nursery garden center, the only one in Genesee County. Get help and advice from our staff of Cornell-certified master gardeners. Visit our 1,500-square-foot gift shop and hear the soothing, melodic Corinthian Bells wind chimes. Hours are  9 to 7 Monday thru Saturday, and 9 to 4 on Sunday. "Don't garden hard, garden smart!" We have a $25 gift certificate for $12.50.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Fortuna's Restaurant inside Batavia Downs, 8315 Park Road, Batavia, NY: Italian-style menu, drinks in one of the region's most popular entertainment venues. We have a $25 gift certificate for $15. (Must be new or current Players Club member to redeem.)

Adam Miller Toy and Bicycle, 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.

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.

The Rack Shack, 4974 Ellicott Street Road, Batavia, NY: Genesee County's newest BBQ restaurant offers a varied menu that ranges from tender, tasty slow-cooked BBQ ribs and smoky beef brisket to Cajun catfish, ribeye steaks, burgers and wraps. Family owned and operated, the atmosphere is warm and comfortable, and the meats are smoked on-site. The homemade BBQ sauce is “sweet with a spicy kick.” Sides include authentic Southern-style collard greens, 5-bean chuck wagon beans with bacon and ground meat, mac ‘n’ cheese, tater tots and more. Catering available. Dine in, take out, phone in (585-201-7077). Hours are Tuesday through Saturday 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., Sunday 9 to 7, closed Monday. 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.

Mooney's Sports Bar & Grill, 65 Lake St., Le Roy, NY: "Not Your Average Sports Bar!" This place is Home of the Mac N' Cheese, an All-American favorite with nine kinds to choose from. Plus, monster 1/2-lb. burgers, huge tacos, pizza, wings, fingers, wraps, soups, salads, appetizers (including deep-fried pickles), a variety of grilled cheese sandwiches, seafood, and plenty more. Mooney's has a fun, welcoming atmosphere where you can enjoy watching your favorite teams. Endless soda pop, great selection of ice-cold beer. Open daily from 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. Catering available. We have a $20 gift certificate 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 $8.

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.)

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.

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.

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 a $20 gift certificate for $7.

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.

Blue Pearl Yoga, 200 E. Main St., Batavia, NY: Stretch your body and soul with yoga. This offer is for a $20 gift certificate for the price of $5. Not good with any other discounts or offers. Excludes workshops.

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. Valid only for lunch, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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 $10.

[Last updated June 6, 2014. Subject to change without notice.]

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Friday, January 2, 2015 at 4:37 pm

Elite travel baseball tryouts to be held for 8- and 9-year-olds

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Press release:

Team New Era Baseball will hold tryouts for its 8- and 9-year-old rookie elite travel baseball program on Sunday Jan. 18th and Sunday Jan. 25th at 3 p.m. at New Era Park, Depew, 3950 Broadway, Erie county.

For more  information or to register for the tryout, visit www.teamnewerabaseball.com <http://www.teamnewerabaseball.com/> or contact Rich Wozniak at New Era Park at 716-681-3001.

Wednesday, December 31, 2014 at 4:04 pm

Reward hiked to $1,550 for info to arrest and convict man who publicly stomped cat to death

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The reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of a tall white man who stomped a cat to death on Main Street, Batavia, Dec. 3 has been increased to $1,550, according to Volunteers for Animals.

According to a witness, the man was walking a large, dark brown German shepherd near the Raceway Mini Market in the 600 block of East Main Street at the time of the incident. It was about 6:30 p.m.

The cat suffered numerous injuries, including a broken spine and crushed skull from being stomped, and wounds from the dog.

The initial reward was $500.

Batavia Police encourage anyone with information to call their confidential tipline at 345-6370.

 

Wednesday, December 31, 2014 at 3:59 pm

ILGR workshop teach how to request 'reasonable accommodations' in the workplace

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Press release:

Independent Living of Genesee Region, in conjunction with the Genesee County Career Center, will be holding a one-hour workshop for prospective employees and working individuals with disabilities. The workshop is designed to inform individuals of their right to request and use "reasonable accommodations” within the workplace.

Examples of reasonable accommodations may include: better lighting for individuals with visually impairment; an extra 10-minute break during the work shift to check insulin levels for people living with diabetes; an extended start time to travel to work and/or additional preparation time for individuals with mobility challenges.

The workshop is being offered on two separate dates: Thursday, Jan. 15th and Thursday, Feb.12th from 10 to 11 a.m. at the Genesee County Career Center, 587 Main St., Suite 100, Batavia.

These sessions are FREE and pre-registration is suggested.

Have questions? Interested in registering? Call Donna Becker at (585) 815-8501, ext. 411, today to reserve your spot! Seats fill up quickly so do not delay.

Wednesday, December 31, 2014 at 3:55 pm

Railbird Recognition Award voting ends tonight

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From Tim Bojarski:

The Railbird Recognition voting for Racing Moment of the Year will conclude tonight (Wednesday, Dec. 31) at midnight, so this is your last opportunity to cast your ballot to express your opinion as to your choice for the most memorable racing moment of 2014. Voting takes place on the USTA homepage.

With voting for the Horseperson of the Year having already concluded on Dec. 19, both categories will have now been completed.

The results of the fan voting will be announced on Thursday (Jan. 8) and both awards will be presented to their respective winners during the Dan Patch Awards Banquet in Orlando, Fla., on Sunday (Feb. 22).

The Railbird Recognition Awards were created for the fans to have a way to express their opinions about who they think are the best the sport has to offer and are the only fan driven award in the industry. The voting is run by the United States Harness Writers Association in conjunction with the United States Trotting Association.

Wednesday, December 31, 2014 at 3:07 pm

Three vehicles crash at Wortyndyke and West Main Street Road

post by Billie Owens in batavia, accidents

A three-vehicle accident, unknown inuries, is reported at the corner of West Main Street Road and Wortendyke Road. Mercy medics and East Pembroke Fire Department are responding.

UPDATE 3:08 p.m.: A responder reports heavy traffic there and says the accident is blocking the roadway.

UPDATE 3:11 p.m.: Fire Police are called to handle traffic.

UPDATE 3:43 p.m.: The East Pembroke assignment is back in service.

Tuesday, December 30, 2014 at 5:58 pm

Here's the schedule for the New Year's Eve Centennial Celebration

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City of Batavia New Year’s Eve Centennial Celebration schedule of events for children/family activities Dec. 31, 2014:

Faletti Ice Arena

6 to 6:30 p.m.    --    Free Open Skate

6:30 to 6:45 p.m.    --   Warm Up (Buffalo Skating Club/Falleti Ice Arena Learn to Skate Program)

7 to 7:45 p.m.    --    Buffalo Skating Club Demonstrations

7:45 to 9 p.m.    --    Photos with Queen Elsa (Warming Room)

                                 Free Open Skate

St. Mary’s Church, basement

7 to 9 p.m.    --    Children's Carnival, with games and prizes

                            Balloon Animals

                            Face Painting / Caricatures (FREE)

"Centennial Plaza" at the corner of Ellicott and Evans streets

6 to 9 p.m.    --    Outdoor Winter Carnival

10 p.m.    --    FIREWORKS EXTRAVAGANZA!

Other activities will include: Snowshoe Races; Bean Bag Toss Competitions; Hula Hoop Contests; Balloon Blizzard Races; Life-size Jenga; Snowman Snowball Toss; Trivia by the Holland Land Office; and tours of the Batavia Fire Department.

In addition, there will be FREE pony rides, FREE limo rides, and a photo booth. Michelle’s Bakery and Batavia’s Original will have food and hot drinks available for purchase. A large bonfire and live music/performances will go on throughout the evening.

Century Club Celebration (inside City Centre) -- tickets are still available for purchase at $50 per person at City Hall in the City Manager’s Office until noon Wednesday, Dec. 31 (while supplies last). Tickets will not be sold at the door. Price includes live music, DJ, dancing, champagne toast and heavy hors d'oeuvres. Pick a decade during the past 100 years and dress accordingly!

For more information, contact Leanna Di Risio at 585-738-7388.

Tuesday, December 30, 2014 at 5:15 pm

Local and state snowmobilers debut 'Take a Friend Snowmobiling' event on Jan. 11

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Press release:

With Winter 2015 in full swing, the New York State Snowmobile Association (NYSSA) and the Genesee Sno-Packers Snowmobile Club are partnering to host the initial "Take a Friend Snowmobiling" event. This will be a great opportunity for new riders and riders who have not been on a sled in years to enjoy a fun and safe snowmobile ride, and it’s a free event NYSSA plans to replicate across Upstate New York.

“It is very hard to find better views than those you take in while on the more than 10,000 miles of snowmobile trails in New York State,” said Dominic Jacangelo, executive director of the New York State Snowmobile Association. “Our clubs and club members have taken the lead this year in organizing Take a Friend Snowmobiling events across the state so we can share why we all love our sport.”

The featured course is specially selected by each local snowmobile club to be appropriate for novice riders. Clubs will organize safety gear for participants to use and sleds will be made available by local dealer partners.

“The Genesee Sno-Packers Snowmobile Club is excited to host the inaugural 'Take a Friend Snowmobiling' event so we can share the adventure and show others what great fun snowmobiling can be,” said James Elmore, New York State Snowmobile Association president and Genesee Sno-Packers Snowmobile Club board member. “Our event is a great opportunity for anyone interested in our sport to learn more about snowmobiling and take a ride on our scenic trails.”

Questions? Call James Elmore at 585-813-4610.

WHO: New York State Snowmobile Association and the Genesee Sno-Packers Snowmobile Club

WHAT: "Take a Friend Snowmobiling" event -- FREE!

WHEN: Sunday, Jan. 11 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

WHERE: 102 S. Pearl St., Oakfield

Sunday, December 28, 2014 at 5:11 pm

GC 4-H offers National Safe Tractor and Machinery Operation program for 14- and 15-year-olds

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The Genesee County 4-H office will be offering the National Safe Tractor and Machinery Operation Program to youth 14 to 15 years of age. This course will qualify youth to be certified to operate farm equipment for hire. The course is scheduled to run Saturdays, 8 a.m. to noon beginning Jan. 17 through March 21.

Deadline to register is Jan. 12.

The training program encompasses 32 hours of intensive instruction. Upon the completion of the training, each student will be required to take a 50-question knowledge test with a minimum passing score of 70 percent. Students who successfully pass the knowledge test will be permitted to take the Skills and Driving tests.

After passing both the written test and driving tests, the students will receive their formal certification from U.S. Department of Labor.

The fee for the course is $25.

Note: Youth are also required to be current enrolled 4-H members (Genesee County 4-H enrollment fees are: $25 per youth or $50 per family for Genesee County residents; $35 for out of county residents).

To request a registration packet or more information please call Cornell Cooperative Extension of Genesee County at 343-3040, ext. 101, or e-mail: [email protected]. Deadline to Register: January 12.

Sunday, December 28, 2014 at 4:30 pm

Application deadline is Jan. 7 for student YES Abroad Scholarships

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Press release:

The application deadline for the 2015-2016 Kennedy-Lugar Youth Exchange and Study (YES) Abroad scholarship program is Jan. 7. The program provides full scholarships to American high school students to experience overseas communities and cultures, preparing students to collaborate on today’s global challenges such as human rights, community development, workforce development, climate change, and global health.

Sponsored by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, the YES Abroad program enables students to study for one academic year in countries that may include Bosnia and Herzegovina, Ghana, South Africa, India, Indonesia, Macedonia, Malaysia, Morocco, Oman, Philippines, Thailand, and Turkey. The merit-based scholarship covers domestic and international travel; applicable visa fees; medical benefits; room and board; tuition at the local high school; orientations; and fees for educational and cultural activities.

Participants in the program fully immerse themselves into the culture of their host family while attending local high school.

Interested students should visit www.yes-abroad.org to learn more the program and to apply. Contact the YES Abroad program at [email protected] or 800-237-4636, ext. 2151, if you have questions about the program or application process.

Sunday, December 28, 2014 at 4:16 pm

Today's Deals: Fortuna's, The Rack Shack, Adam Miller, Bohn's, Oliver's, and more!

post by Billie Owens in Deal of the Day

John & Mary's Restaurant, 3711 W. Main Street Road, Batavia, NY: This popular restaurant offers a varied menu that people love. From subs, hoagies, hand-tossed pizza, and wings, to fish & chips, salads, Mexican food, gyros and other Greek fare, it's all here. Only the finest and freshest ingredients are used. Bread, using homemade dough, baked fresh daily. Amazing specialty pizzas and appetizers! "We never waver on quality!" Delivery available all day, every day. We offer catering. Hours 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. We have a $10 gift certificate for $6.

Rancho Viejo, 12 Ellicott St., Batavia, NY: Traditional Mexican cuisine, from tacos and burritos to pollo norteno, Rancho Viejo brings a bit of "South of the Border" to Batavia's restaurant scene. We have a $10 gift card 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.

$$$  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 $7.

Pudgie's Lawn & Garden Center, 3646 W. Main St. Road, Batavia, NY: Autumn is here and Pudgie’s has everything you need to enjoy the season -- sturdy mums in glorious colors, new Neanderthal fall bulbs, houseplant care products, organic gardening products, sprouting seeds and nutritious micro-greens. "Don't garden hard, garden smart!" Now selling Annin Flags, made in the USA, and taking orders for NFL and college football team flags. We have a $25 gift certificate for $12.50.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Adam Miller Toy and Bicycle, 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.

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.

The Rack Shack, 4974 Ellicott Street Road, Batavia, NY: Genesee County's newest BBQ restaurant offers a varied menu that ranges from tender, tasty slow-cooked BBQ ribs and smoky beef brisket to Cajun catfish, ribeye steaks, burgers and wraps. Family owned and operated, the atmosphere is warm and comfortable, and the meats are smoked on-site. The homemade BBQ sauce is “sweet with a spicy kick.” Sides include authentic Southern-style collard greens, 5-bean chuck wagon beans with bacon and ground meat, mac ‘n’ cheese, tater tots and more. Catering available. Dine in, take out, phone in (585-201-7077). Hours are Tuesday through Saturday 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., Sunday 9 to 7, closed Monday. 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.

Mooney's Sports Bar & Grill, 65 Lake St., Le Roy, NY: "Not Your Average Sports Bar!" This place is Home of the Mac N' Cheese, an All-American favorite with nine kinds to choose from. Plus, monster 1/2-lb. burgers, huge tacos, pizza, wings, fingers, wraps, soups, salads, appetizers (including deep-fried pickles), a variety of grilled cheese sandwiches, seafood, and plenty more. Mooney's has a fun, welcoming atmosphere where you can enjoy watching your favorite teams. Endless soda pop, great selection of ice-cold beer. Open daily from 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. Catering available. We have a $20 gift certificate 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 $8.

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.)

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.

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 a $20 gift certificate for $7.

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.

Blue Pearl Yoga, 200 E. Main St., Batavia, NY: Stretch your body and soul with yoga. This offer is for a $20 gift certificate for the price of $5. Not good with any other discounts or offers. Excludes workshops.

Fortuna's Restaurant inside Batavia Downs, 8315 Park Road, Batavia, NY: Italian-style menu, drinks in one of the region's most popular entertainment venues. We have a $25 gift certificate for $15. (Must be new or current Players Club member to redeem.)

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. Valid only for lunch, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

$$$  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 for lunch from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Monday thru Friday! 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 $4.

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 $10.

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Tuesday, December 23, 2014 at 5:44 pm

Confirmed cases of flu rising rapidly in Genesee County

post by Billie Owens in health

Press release:

Since the NYS Department of Health Commissioner declared influenza (flu) prevalent in NYS on Dec. 11th, the number of confirmed cases in Genesee and Orleans counties is rising quickly. It is important for your health to know how to prevent from contracting the flu, as well as what precautions you should take if symptoms begin. Getting vaccinated against the flu is the best method of protection.

While some strains of the virus spreading this season are different from what is in the vaccine, getting a flu shot/nasal spray can still provide protection. It might also lessen the risk of severe outcomes, such as hospitalization and death.

Most people who get sick with the flu have mild illness and do not need medical care or antiviral drugs. If you get sick with flu symptoms, in most cases, you should stay home and avoid contact with other people except to get medical care. Symptoms of the flu include fever or feverish chills, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, muscle or body aches, headaches and fatigue. Some people may experience vomiting and diarrhea, although this is more common in children than adults.

“It is important to contact your primary care physician if you are concerned about your or your child’s flu symptoms,” said Paul Pettit, director, Genesee and Orleans County Health Departments. “Emergency Departments should be utilized for emergencies, and typically flu can be treated at home.”

If you have symptoms of flu and are very sick or worried about your illness, the health departments urge you to contact your health care provider (doctor, physician’s assistant, etc.) before you head to a hospital emergency room.

If you experience flu symptoms and are at high risk of flu complications or you are concerned about your illness, call your health care provider for advice. If you do not have a primary care provider and feel you need to seek a medical evaluation, you can seek care at an urgent care center.
Certain people are at greater risk of serious flu-related complications (including young children, elderly people, pregnant women and people with certain long-term medical conditions). If you are in a high risk group and develop flu symptoms, it is best for you to contact your doctor. Remind them about your high risk status for flu.

To care for yourself or another with the flu, stay at home and rest. Avoid close contact with well people in your house so you will not make them sick. Remember to drink plenty of water and other clear liquids to prevent fluid loss (dehydration). Treat fever and cough with medicines available over the counter. Follow the label instructions and be careful about mixing over the counter medications. If you are pregnant, talk with your provider before taking any medications.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the health departments recommend that you stay home for at least 24 hours after your fever is gone except to get medical care or for other things you have to do and no one else can do for you. Stay away from others as much as possible to keep from making them sick. If you must leave home, for example to get medical care, wear a facemask if you have one, or cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue or into your arm. Wash your hands often to keep from spreading flu to others.

Both the Genesee and Orleans County health departments offer flu vaccine to individuals who qualify. For more information regarding flu vaccine qualification, clinic schedules, or additional services please contact your local department.

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.

Monday, December 22, 2014 at 7:54 pm

Hawley: No Genesee County mobile office hours until after the holidays

post by Billie Owens in steve hawley

Press release:

Assemblyman Steve Hawley (R,C,I-Batavia) will not be holding his Genesee County mobile office hours until Friday, Jan. 9.

“Unfortunately, my mobile office hours for the next two weeks land during the Christmas and New Year holidays,” Hawley said. “I enjoy the time I spend listening to the concerns of residents in my district, but I encourage everyone to spend some quality time relaxing with family this holiday season. I plan to resume office hours at their regularly scheduled time and day the following week.”

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