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Wednesday, February 4, 2015 at 5:30 pm

Rollover accident on Lewiston Road, Oakfield responding

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A rollover accident, unknown injuries, is reported at 7420 Lewiston Road. Oakfield fire and Mercy medics are responding.

UPDATE 4:31 p.m.: A responder on scene reports "minor, if any, injuries" and says medics can "back it down."

UPDATE 4:39 p.m.: Oakfield is back in service.

Wednesday, February 4, 2015 at 4:59 pm

Volunteers wanted to serve on city committees and boards

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Press release:

The Batavia City Council and City Manager are seeking residents who are interested in volunteering as a member of the following committees/boards:

  • Batavia Business Improvement District
  • Cable TV Advisory
  • Planning and Development
  • Plumbing
  • Youth
  • Zoning Appeals

Residents interested in applying can obtain an application from the City Clerk's Office or can visit the Web site at  www.batavianewyork.com/Files  and download a Committee/Board Volunteer Application under Documents.

Applications are due to the City Clerk's Office as soon as possible.

If you have any questions or need additional information, please contact the City Clerk's Office at 345-6305 or the City Manager's Office at 345-6330 or e-mail  jmolino@batavianewyork.com

Wednesday, February 4, 2015 at 4:46 pm

GCEDC to hold annual meeting and luncheon at Batavia Downs March 6, RSVP

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The Genesee Economic Development Center will hold its annual meeting and luncheon from noon to 1:30 p.m. on Friday, March 6. It will be in the Paddock Room at Batavia Downs, 8315 Park Road, Batavia.

To register, contact Rachael Tabelski, marketing and communications director, at 343-4866 or e-mail at  rtabelski@gcedc.com

Press release:

2014 has certainly been an exciting year from an economic development standpoint as unemployment was at a historic low of 4.8 percent in August, per capita income grew 6.16 percent, and businesses invested more than $50 million in our community. The food industry across the region, and especially in Genesee County, continues to flourish while investment and developments at the WNY STAMP project occur on a daily basis.

The GCEDC Annual Meeting is an opportunity for you to find out what has been achieved in Genesee County over the last year and to get a exclusive preview of what the economic landscape will look like for 2015. The Annual Meeting is also an excellent opportunity to network with economic and elected leaders from around the region. At the event the GCEDC will also unveil the "2015 Economic Development Partner of the Year Award."

Wednesday, February 4, 2015 at 4:42 pm

Smoke coming from chimney of vacant house in Le Roy

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Smoke is reportedly coming from the chimney of an unoccupied house at 12 Pleasant St., Le Roy. A smoke alarm is also sounding. Le Roy fire is responding and a ladder truck from Bergen is also called in.

Wednesday, February 4, 2015 at 3:21 pm

St. James Church kicks off its Bicentennial with 1815-style service this Sunday morning

Press release:

St. James Episcopal Church, Batavia, is celebrating its 200th Anniversary this year. Bicentennial celebration events will take place throughout the year beginning with a special 1815-style church service at 10 a.m., Sunday, Feb. 8. The service will consist of liturgy and music most likely used 200 years ago at St. James, whose parishioners included many of Batavia’s founding families.

Some of the other events planned for the year include:

  • April 12th -- A talk about early Batavia by local historian Larry Barnes.The focus of the talk will be about the founders and early Vestrymen who played a prominent role in the formation of our city. Mr. Barnes will also enlighten us on the accomplishments of Mary Elizabeth and Robert Wood. Along with being a member of St. James Church, Miss Wood was the first director of Richmond Library. Rev. Wood was an Episcopal missionary in China. Miss Wood followed her brother to China and began her life’s work of establishing libraries in China.
  • April 24th  -- A musical presentation by Vox Lumine
  • May 2nd  --  Thanksgiving in May Dinner
  • May 9th --  Period Tea and Fashion Show
  • June 6th  --  Festival Eucharist Celebration with Choral singing and Brass accompaniment with celebrant William Franklin, Bishop of Western New York
  • June 13th -- A Live Batavia appearance and presentation by Suzanne Oliver, co-author of “The Faith Club.” Her book weaves the story of three women, their religions (a Muslim, a Christian and a Jew) and their quest to understand one another. There will be several studies relating to this book throughout the community prior Ms. Oliver’s appearance.

The St. James Bicentennial meshes well with the concurrent City of Batavia Centennial Celebration.

Wednesday, February 4, 2015 at 2:56 pm

Le Roy High School grad is now a newly minted attorney

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Jake M. Whiting, of LeRoy, was admitted to practice law in New York State on January 14, 2015. Jake is the son of Reid and Jackie Whiting of LeRoy.

Jake passed the July 2014 New York State Bar Exam after graduating magna cum laude in May 2014 from Michigan State University College of Law.

Prior to law school, Jake worked three years at J.P. Morgan Chase in New York City, is a 2008 summa cum laude graduate of Syracuse University and a 2004 graduate of LeRoy High School.

Jake will practice alongside his father with offices on West Main Street in LeRoy and Bank Street in Batavia.

Wednesday, February 4, 2015 at 1:27 am

The Sports Collectors Expo comes to Batavia Downs Feb. 21

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Press release:

Eighteen former professional sports greats will be appearing for autograph signings at The Sports Collectors Expo at Batavia Downs on Saturday, Feb. 21st, 10 a.m to 4 p.m. in Batavia. The casino is located at 8315 Park Road.

Appearing that day for autograph signings and a photo opportunity will be Marv Levy, coach of the Kansas City Chiefs (1978–1982) and the Buffalo Bills (1986–1997), coaching the Bills to four consecutive American Football Conference championships. He was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2001.

Marv Levy will be joined by his alumni Buffalo Bills Hall of Famer Billy Shaw and Bills great Ken Jones. Also appearing will be: Los Angeles Rams Hall of Famers Jack Youngblood, Tom Mack, Rams great Vince Ferragamo and Heisman Trophy winner Charles White of the Rams and Browns; New Orleans Saints Rookie of the Year and 1980 Heisman Trophy winner George Rogers; Washington Redskins Great and 1972 NFL MVP Larry Brown; New York Jets Hall of Famer Don Maynard; Pittsburg Steelers Great Rocky Bleier; Buffalo Sabres Greats Brad May, Matt Barnaby, Danny Gare; and LA Kings, NY Rangers Hall of Famer Marcel Dionne will be attending for hockey fans as well.

Last but not least are Boston Red Sox Greats Joe Hesketh, Chris Chambliss of the NY Yankees and Luis Tiant of the Red Socks and the Yankees. There will be over 100 dealer tables of sport collectables and memorabilia.

Admission to the Expo is $6 and free to children 8 and under. One free autograph from Joe Hesketh or Ken Jones with every paid admission and a $5 free play from the casino for each paid attendance for those 18 and older.

For more information visit:  thepurplepeopleeaters.com

Wednesday, February 4, 2015 at 1:01 am

City seeks nominations for annual recognition awards, deadline is March 1

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Press release:

The City of Batavia is seeking nominations for the following annual recognition awards:

  • Community Volunteer of the Year
  • Homeowner of the Year
  • Business of the Year

These rocognition rewards will be presented by the City Council at a future City Council Business Meeting.

Nomination forms are available on the city Web site:  www.batavianewyork.com  under the home page of the Web site; or they can be picked up at the City Manager's Office; or requested by phone at 345-6333.

Nominations will be accepted through March 1.

Please submit your nominations to Lisa Casey by e-mail at:  lcasey@batavianewyork.com  or by fax at  343-8182  or by mailing to the address below.

Office of the City Manager

One Batavia City Centre

Batavia, NY

Phone:  345-6330

Fax:  343-8182

Tuesday, February 3, 2015 at 8:01 pm

'Cheer-a-thon' planned for preschooler with leukemia - 'We Got This!'

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A preschooler at Jackson Elementary School was diagnosed with leukemia on Jan. 17 and a cheer-a-thon is planned in March to help her and her family.

Four-year-old Emma Harris is very passionate about cheerleading and has been involved with the Batavia Bulldawgs. So a fundraiser focused on cheerleading is a great way to help "Team Emma." Its motto is "We Got This!"

Participants will get a T-shirt and will perform a cheer, short dance routine, stunts, jumps and other fun activities.

There is no charge for attendees to watch the performances. Donations are welcome but not required.

The cheer-a-thon will be held from 3 to 6 p.m. on Saturday March 14 at Batavia High School gym for anyone ages 4 to 12. It will be followed by a performance at 7 p.m. by local high school cheerleaders, dancers from local dance studios and cheer-a-thon participants. In between time, there will be pizza for the participants.

There will also be a 50/50 drawing and Chinese auction at the performance to help the family with medical and travel expenses.

Prizes will be awarded to the top three cheerleaders who bring in the most donations. Cheerleaders may bring sponsor forms -- or a list or donors and their contributions -- to the door.

Cheerleader entrance fee / donation is $25. Make checks payable to  EMMA HARRIS. Please register and pay by Feb. 28 to guarantee pizza and T-shirt.

Registration information must include:

  • Participant name and age
  • Parent name
  • Address
  • Phone
  • T-shirt size
  • Donation  and/or  payment of registration fee ($25 minimum)

Mail with entrance fee to:

Sherri Wahr

17 Elmwood Ave., Batavia NY 14020

For questions / information call or text Sherri at (585) 356-0639.

****Business sponsors are sought to donate items for the Chinese auction. T-shirt sponsorships are sought for a donation of $50.

Another avenue to help is this direct link to donate to Emma:

GoFundMe.com/kvpqb4

Tuesday, February 3, 2015 at 7:09 pm

Snowshoeing hikes every Saturday this month at GC Park & Forest, East Bethany

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Press release:

Get out and take in a winter wonderland of snow-covered trees, ice-covered ponds, and winter wildlife activity with a snowshoe hike at Genesee County Park and Forest, offered every Saturday in February.

Daytime hikes cost is $15 per person. Snowshoes are provided, or you may bring your own.

Hikes begin at 1 p.m. at the Nature Center with a brief history of snowshoeing and a lesson on walking in snowshoes. No previous experience is needed. On the trail, your Naturalist guide points out signs of wildlife activity in the woodlands as you take in your surroundings.

Listen for the sounds of birds at the feeders, and watch for deer bounding through the snow. Hikes conclude with refreshments back at the nature center at 3 p.m.

Enjoy the tranquil beauty of twilight with our nighttime snowshoe hike for adults on Saturday, Feb. 21st from 7:30 – 9 p.m. Naturalists introduce snowshoeing with a brief lesson, then lead you on a trip through the forest. The evening concludes with refreshments by a warm fire in Pavilion A. This hike is for ages 18 and over; cost is $10 per person. Snowshoes are provided, or bring your own.

For your own self-guided experience, snowshoes are available for rent at the Genesee County Park and Forest Interpretive Center 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. on Thursdays and Fridays; 12 – 3 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. Fee is $5/pair and all proceeds go to the ACORNS organization supporting the park.

For more information visit our Web site at http://www.co.genesee.ny.us/departments/parks/, or contact Shannon Morley at Shannon.Morley@co.genesee.ny.us or (585) 344-1122.

Tuesday, February 3, 2015 at 6:58 pm

Tickets on sale for March 15 St. Joseph Table feast hosted by Ascension Parish to benefit the poor

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Ascension Parish will hold its annual St. Joseph Table at 3 p.m. on Sunday, March 15.

This year the event is open to the general public and the funds raised will be used to feed and care for the poor residing within the City of Batavia. During these difficult winter months this need is visible on our streets and in our warming shelters. As a parish we seek to give back to the community for the goodness the Lord has shown to us by caring for the poor in our midst.

WHO:  Ascension Parish
WHAT:  Saint Joseph Day Table
WHEN:  Sunday, March 15th at 3 p.m.
WHERE:  Slomba Hall, 17 Sumner St., Batavia
WHY:  Raising Awareness and Funds for the Poor in the City of Batavia
 
EVENT DESCRIPTION:  A traditional Italian feast catered by Bing’s Restaurant of Amherst. A seven-course meal will be served family style to include: antipasto, artichokes, frittata, lentil soup, Caesar salad, lemon sorbet, pasta con sardi, pasta & peas, baked fish, greens, bread & butter, coffee/tea and homemade Italian desserts.

Cash Bar and wine available for your table.

Music and Entertainment by Steve Balestreri.

Theme Baskets and 50/50 split club will be provided for your enjoyment.

COST: $25 DONATION/Per Person (Cash/Check) Seating limited to 300!

HOW TO OBTAIN TICKETS: Call the Parish Office at 585-343-1796 to reserve your table; families and businesses welcome. You may also pre-pay and buy your tickets online at: https://ascensionrcc.weshareonline.org

Please note: There is a $1.75 service fee for the online payment option.

Ticket cost $26.75 per person. Tickets are Pre-Sale only. There will be NO SALES the day of the event or AT THE DOOR!  Cash or Check ONLY.

Make Checks Payable to:  Ascension Parish/St. Vincent de Paul Society Ascension Parish
19 Sumner St.
Batavia, NY 14020

Phone:  585-343-1796
Fax:  585-343-0919

Tuesday, February 3, 2015 at 6:41 pm

Kozy Kabin reopens early for the season - door prizes, hot drinks, celebration

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This year Kozy Kabin is reopening early and you are invited to join us for door prizes, hot drinks, and a 3rd cabin!

Celebrate with us Friday and Saturday Feb. 6th and 7th from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Address: 922 Genesee St., Route 33, Corfu. Phone 585-409-7424

* Spring Hours: Fri & Sat. 10-5 ~ Fall Hours: Thurs.-Sat. 10-5 ~ Winter Hours: Thurs.-Sat. 10-5 & Sun. 2-5pm

Some fantastic things are coming this year at the Kozy Kabin!
1.  First is our 3rd cabin addition filled with handmade USA furniture and even more home good finds!
2.  Our next addition is our DIY (do it yourself) step-by-step leader taught classes. Each season (Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter) Kozy Kabin will host a class that you can be part getting together with friends and enjoying handpicked projects that you can be proud of making!  Each class will be posted at the Kabin and on Facebook at  Kozy Kabin
Note:  Each class has a small fee, children are welcome to come and enjoy a movie, light refreshments included, must sign up by calling Lenora at 585-409-7424 or e-mail kozy.kabin@yahoo.com
3.  Pembroke Harvest Festival is hosted by the Kozy Kabin and was a huge success last year!  This year's festival is held on Sat. Oct. 10th 10-5pm.  Even more great shopping this year!
We are taking registrations for vendors (free spaces). Plan to attend the Pembroke Harvest Festival  Oct. 10, 2015 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., 922 Genesee St. in Corfu. Visit our Web site to buy tickets for the 10'x20' cabin or $2,000 raffle held on Festival date!

Kohorst Family and all at Kozy Kabin

Monday, February 2, 2015 at 4:57 pm

Crash at intersection of Washington and Dellinger avenues in the city

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A two-car accident with injuries is reported at the intersection of Washington and Dellinger avenues. City fire and Mercy medics are responding.

Sunday, February 1, 2015 at 9:51 pm

Accident with injuries on westbound Thruway, East Pembroke fire responding

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An accident with injuries is reported on the westbound Thruway near mile marker 394. It may be a rollover. East Pembroke Fire Department and Mercy medics are responding.

UPDATE 9:04 p.m.: The actual mile marker is 393, which puts it in Town of Batavia's district. 

UPDATE 9:06 p.m.: It sounds like a sign-off on the patient and Mercy EMS as well as the fire departments are back in service.

Sunday, February 1, 2015 at 2:31 pm

Fire reported inside residence on Olyn Avenue

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An oxygen tank is reportedly on fire inside a residence at 4 Olyn Ave. City firefighters are responding. A neighbor called dispatch after the occupants ran out of the house screaming. "I don't know what you're going to find," said the dispatcher.

UPDATE 1:31 p.m.: Engine 11 on location and crew reports nothing showing.

Saturday, January 31, 2015 at 3:06 pm

Today's Deals: Batavia's Original, Oliver's Candies, The Little Ridge, Mooney's, and more!

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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.

Batavia's Original, 500 E. Main St., Batavia, NY: First established in 1947, this Batavia landmark pizzeria reopened as Batavia's Original in 2010, serving up delicious Neopolitan tomato pies that have had satisfied generations. We offer regular and New York-style thin crust pizza, plus Chicago deep dish and gluten-free. We have "tray," white, sweet, or white ricotta sauce. Choose from two dozen toppings, including pulled pork, carmelized onions, steak and spinach! Enjoy specialty pizzas, too, like Sienna, Steak-in-the-Grass or bacon/chicken/ranch. Our menu also includes calzones, appetizers (like deep-fried pickles, garlic knots, Hodge Podge), wings, salads, wraps and cannolis. All subs are toasted. Weekday Express Lunch combo meals (11 a.m. to 2 p.m.). A $9.99 Sunday lunch buffet is offered from 11 to 3. Patio dining, catering, delivery. Hours are: Sunday & Monday 11 to 9; Tuesday & Thursday 11 to 10; and Friday & Saturday 11 to 11. We have a $20 gift certificate for $12.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Fortune'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.)

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.

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.)

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.

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.

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.

Delavan's -- The Little Ridge, 107 Evans St., Batavia NY, 14020: The Little Ridge continues the long-standing history of fantastic food from Batavia's local favorite, Delavan's. Fine dining and family fare combine to offer the best of both. We offer Friday night Fish Fry, prime rib dinner on Saturdays, steaks, burgers, salads, and classic Italian dishes. Open Tuesday through Sunday 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Phone 815-5118. Take-outs available. Kids' menu. Weekly and daily lunch and dinner specials. On Saturday, breakfast is served from 9 to 11 a.m. Good food, good friends, good times! We have a $25 gift certificate for $15.

RULES

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

NOTE: A $1 PayPal service fee applies on items more than $10. The fee is 50 cents on items $10 and below.

The gift certificate must be used by within 30 days of purchase, unless it states otherwise. It is not valid with other offers, has no cash value, and does not include gratuities. Only one gift certificate per-merchant, per-household every SIX months. Gift certificates cannot be combined with other offers without prior approval of the merchant. Gift certificates bought separately cannot be combined for a single purchase. Individuals buying gift certificates must use their own personal PayPal account for the purchase. For hair salons, good for services only, not products.

How to Win: Purchase using the PayPal "Buy Now" button below. After the first person to hit the "buy now" button completes the purchase, PayPal will let you know that the item has been sold. Unless other arrangements are made immediately after purchase, the gift certificate will mailed to the winner at his or her PayPal-provided postal address within two or three days of purchase.

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Saturday, January 31, 2015 at 1:46 pm

Crash with minor injuries on Ellicott Street Road, East Bethany

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A motor-vehicle accident with minor injuries is reported at the intersection of Ellicott Street Road and East Bethany--Le Roy Road. Bethany and Stafford fire departments are responding.

Friday, January 30, 2015 at 6:49 pm

Car wreck, unknown injuries, on Barrville Road, Elba

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A motor-vehicle accident, unknown injuries, is reported in the area of 4746 Barrville Road. Elba fire and Mercy medics are responding.

Friday, January 30, 2015 at 10:53 am

Two-car crash with injuries at Edgerton Road and Route 98, Elba

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A two-car accident with injuries is reported at Route 98 and Edgerton Road, Elba. One vehicle is blocking the roadway. Elba fire and Mercy medics are responding.

UPDATE 10:17 a.m.: Two patients refused treatment. The Elba assignment is back in service.

Wednesday, January 28, 2015 at 2:57 pm

Body of missing man found in field off Cookson Road

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The body of an 84-year-old Batavia man was found in a field off Cookson Road late this morning following a search by state troopers and Sheriff's deputies.

Alphonse Spiotta was last seen by a family member yesterday evening, a trooper said. His daughter reported him missing this morning.

At around 10 a.m., a county road maintenance worker reported finding a car off the roadway at 4312 Cookson Road, Alexander, that crashed into a tree. No one was around the vehicle, which was just around the curve where Dorman becomes Cookson. The worker told dispatch he first spotted the vehicle yesterday.

About 10 minutes later dispatch got a call from a woman who said her father was missing and that he was last seen yesterday.

A State Police helicopter was dispatched to the scene, but officers found the body shortly before it arrived. Sheriff's and State Police K-9s assisted in the search.

The man's body was found along a tree line next to the field some 300 yards south / southeast from where the car was found.

Alexander fire and Mercy EMS also responded to the scene.

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