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Monday, August 11, 2014 at 11:22 am

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

post by Billie Owens in Genesee County Office for the Aging

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

post by Billie Owens in Alabama, fire, Tonawanda reservation

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

post by Billie Owens in batavia, accidents

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

post by Billie Owens in accidents, Darien

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

post by Billie Owens in accidents, Pavilion

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

post by Billie Owens in announcements, immunizations

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

post by Billie Owens in accidents, east pembroke

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

post by Billie Owens in batavia, accidents

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.

Saturday, August 9, 2014 at 1:32 pm

Benefit for cancer victim to be held at American Legion Post in Attica on Aug. 16

post by Billie Owens in announcements, Attica, cancer, p.w. minor

Press release:

There will be a benefit for cancer victim Tim Dick at American Legion Post #734 in Attica from 2 to 6 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 16. It's at the corner of Market and West Avenue.

The event is being held by his friends at p.w. minor, shoemakers based in Batavia.

There will be entertainment by Elvis impersonator Dutch Derby from 3 to 5 p.m., a concession stand, bake sale, 50/50 raffle and Chinese auction. Raffle items include tickets to Disney World, an 18-speed tandem bike, and lots of baskets.

Tim was diagnosed with myelodysplastic syndrome in 2010 and he goes to Roswell Park Cancer Institute every month for five days of chemotherapy. The only cure is a bone marrow transplant, without which he faces years of chemo.

He has been out of work since 1989 due to an accident that compressed three disks in his neck. His wife just lost her job.

Life has not been good to them so we are reaching out to the community to help this family get through a very tough time.

Tim is a husband, father, grandpa and a friend to anyone. Please join us in this benefit to help raise money to get Tim the help he needs and help with the medical bills.

Saturday, August 9, 2014 at 1:12 pm

Warrior Resource and Engagement Summit for post-9/11 vets to be held in Cheektowaga

post by Billie Owens in announcements, veterans

Press release:

A Warrior Resource and Engagement Summit featuring programs and services available to post-9/11 veterans will be held in Cheektowaga on Saturday, Aug. 23.

Time is 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., with breakfast and lunch provided, at the Hilton Garden Inn, located at 4201 Genesee St.

Various agencies will be on hand to provide information and services for warriors and their families. Presentations will be conducted throughout the day.

The summit is being presented by the Wounded Warrior Project and Veternas One-stop Center of WNY.

For more information, and to register, go to:

http://vocwny.org/warrior-resource-engagement-summit-registration/

Saturday, August 9, 2014 at 1:00 pm

Sports Plus Physical Therapy is newest BID member, grand opening is Aug. 28

post by Billie Owens in announcements, business, sports

Press release:

Sports Plus Physical Therapy, a new member of Batavia's Business Improvement District, is proud to announce its Grand Opening Celebration of its new building at 5 Alva Place, Batavia.

Formerly the Genesee County ARC administrative office building, we're situated at the corner of Alva Place and State Street, right in between the entrance to the movie theatre and Dr. Canzoneri's podiatry office.

The public is invited to attend our open house and ribbon cutting on Thursday Aug. 28, 3-7 p.m. Assemblyman Steve Hawley and Senator Michael Ranzenhofer will be on hand for the ribbon-cutting ceremony around 4 p.m.

Refreshments will be served. The building has undergone extensive renovation, and we're excited for you all to meet our staff!

Sports Plus Physical Therapy is open daily, including Monday and Wednesday evenings, under the direction of Keith Bailey, PT. We pride ourselves in friendly and expert care of orthopedic and neurologic conditions.

Common conditions we encounter in our office include lower back and neck pain, shoulder and rotator cuff problems, tennis elbow, carpal tunnel syndrome, wrist/hand tendinitis, sciatica, hip and knee pain, ankle sprains, plantar fasciitis, post-operative rehabilitation, and much more.

We accept most insurance plans, and treatment can often be started without a physician's prescription. Please contact our office at (585) 343-9496 with any questions or to schedule an appointment.

Saturday, August 9, 2014 at 12:27 pm

Local republicans host party's gubernatorial candidate for meet and greet Aug. 12

post by Billie Owens in announcements

The Genesee County Women's Republican Club and the Genesee County Republican Committee will be hosting a meet and greet with Republican Gubernatorial Candidate Rob Astorino on Tuesday, Aug. 12th at the Batavia Downs Clubhouse, 8315 Park Road, Batavia.

Time is 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Cost is $10 per person with tickets available at the door and each person will receive $25 voucher for free play. Hors d'oeuvres and cash bar will be available. Everyone is welcome to attend!

Friday, August 8, 2014 at 6:55 pm

Five people hurt in westbound Thruway crash

post by Billie Owens in accidents, indian falls, pembroke

An accident with five injured people is reported on the westbound Thruway at mile marker 399.9.

Pembroke and Indian Fall fire departments and Mercy medics are responding.

UPDATE 7:01 p.m.: Traffic is backed up as a result of the accident. At least four of the occupants are said to be probable sign-offs.

UPDATE 7:22 p.m.: One child is being transported to Women and Children's Hospital in Buffalo. The other medics are back in service.

Friday, August 8, 2014 at 6:15 pm

Two-car crash with one neck injury at Route 33 and Boyce Road

post by Billie Owens in accidents, corfu, pembroke

A two-car accident with one person with a neck injury is reported at Genesee Street (Route 33) and Boyce Road. Corfu Fire Department is responding along with Mercy medics.

 

Thursday, August 7, 2014 at 5:40 pm

Youths said to be breaking into cars on Mill Street in the city

post by Billie Owens in batavia, crime

Three youths about 12 to 15 years old are reportedly breaking into vehicles on Mills Street in the City. Batavia PD is responding. One of the youths is said to be wearing a yellow shirt.

UPDATE 5:44 p.m.: Two are in custody.

Thursday, August 7, 2014 at 3:12 pm

Today's Deals: The Mane Attraction, Dave's Ice Cream, Settler's, and more!

post by Billie Owens in Deal of the Day

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.

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.

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.

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

***For the rules, click here.

SOLD OUT

Wednesday, August 6, 2014 at 6:46 pm

Bicyclist struck by car near Southside Deli, conscious and alert, taken to UMMC

post by Billie Owens in batavia, accidents

A bicyclist was hit by a car at Liberty and Ellicott streets. The driver said he came around the corner and did not see the bicycle in time. The victim was taken by ambulance to UMMC and was conscious and alert.

Wednesday, August 6, 2014 at 3:00 pm

Mental Health Association presents free seminar by Sammy Violente, who recovered from OCD

post by Billie Owens in announcements, mental health

Press release:

The Mental Health Association in Genesee County will present an amazing recovery story on Wednesday, Aug. 13, at the City Church Generation Center on Center Street Downtown.

Sammy Violente, a highly sought-after inspirational speaker, with more than 1,200 workshops and seminars to his credit, will share his mental health challenge and how he recovered from it.

There is no cost at attend.

Violente was a successful investment broker for more than 20 years, earning more than $100,000 annually. Then he struggled with a major mental health problem -- Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, often called OCD.

Through his incredible recovery journey, he has found his true purpose and ultimate passion in life.

He represents true hope and inspiration for peers throughout WNY, helping people believe in their own recovery.

Time is 1 to 3 p.m. and the Generation Center is at 11 Center St.

Due to limited space, registration is required. For questions or to register, please call Cheryl at 344-2611, ext. 211, or via e-mail to:  [email protected]

Wednesday, August 6, 2014 at 2:38 pm

Seneca zoo and Bergen Swamp preservationists to hold public social at Gillam Grant

post by Billie Owens in announcements, bergen, swamp

Press release:

Residents in Genesee County and surrounding areas know the Bergen Swamp is a special place. But how many have actually seen some of the swamp’s most famous denizens? Now’s your chance!

At 7 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 22, the Seneca Park Zoo and Bergen Swamp Preservation Society will hold an Endangered Species "Meet and Greet" at the Gillam Grant Community Center. Refreshments will also be served.

Meet some of these fascinating animals in person with Zoo herpetologists. Learn about the natural history of the Eastern Massasauga rattlesnake, among other reptile species found in the swamp, as well as what to do if you encounter one!

Bergen Swamp Preservation Society trustees will also be on hand to answer any questions about the swamp’s special flora, fauna and geology.

The Gillam Grant Community Center is located at 6966 W. Bergen Road in Bergen.

Wednesday, August 6, 2014 at 2:27 pm

D Andre J. Cramer, 15, is a runaway - have you seen him?

post by Billie Owens in batavia, missing person

D Andre J. Cramer, 15, is a runaway from Batavia and police believe he is in the local area.

He is 5'6" tall, 145 pounds, with black hair and brown eyes, and the missing child flier says he is of mixed race (black/white).

D Andre was last seen on Monday, Aug. 4, wearing a dark gray Nike shirt, tan shorts, gray and white sneakers and a baseball cap.

He may go by the names "Dre" or "D."

If you have information of his whereabouts, contact Det. Richard Schauf with the Batavia PD at 585-345-6312 or e-mail  [email protected]

Also, the NYS Missing Persons Clearinghouse can be reached at at 1-800-346-3543 or go to www.criminaljustice.ny.gov

His missing person case number is:   14-17356-TW

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