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Tuesday, December 11, 2012 at 12:29 am

Photos: Jaycee's Christmas lights winners for 2012

post by Howard B. Owens in batavia, Batavia Area Jaycees, Christmas lights

With the announcement this morning from the Batavia Area Jaycees of their annual Christmas lights display winners, I drove through Batavia this evening and got pictures of the five houses.

Above, 108 Ellsworth Ave., the traditional winner.

16 Vine St., most colorful.

101 Naramore, overall winner.

23 Meadowcrest Drive, most commercial.

20 Valle Drive, simple and elegant.

I also drove by 19 Trumbull Parkway, the honorable mention, but the lights weren't on.

Monday, December 10, 2012 at 10:48 pm

Candlelight vigil at BHS planned for Collin Crane

post by Howard B. Owens in batavia

According to this Facebook group, there will be a candlelight vigil in memory of Collin Crane from 4 to 5 p.m., Tuesday, at Batavia HS.

Crane, 17, a senior at Batavia HS, died Saturday night in a car accident on Route 33, Stafford.




Monday, December 10, 2012 at 3:32 pm

Four local members of NY Army National Guard earn promotions

post by Billie Owens in batavia, Le Roy, Milestones

Press release:

Major General Patrick A. Murphy, the Adjutant General for the State of New York, announced the promotion of members of the New York Army National Guard in recognition of their capabilities for additional responsibility and leadership.

Kelly Goodheart, of Batavia, serving with the 105th Military Police Company is promoted to the rank of Private 1st Class.

Mathew Clor, of Batavia, serving with the Company A, 2-108th Infantry is promoted to the rank of Private 1st Class.

Latashia Sanchez, of Le Roy, serving with the 222d Military Police Company is promoted to the rank of Private 1st Class.

Todd Toland, of Le Roy, serving with the Company D, Detachment 5, 1-169 General Support Aviation Battalion is promoted to the rank of Staff Sergeant.

Army National Guard promotions are based on overall performance, attitude, leadership ability, and development potential. These promotions additionally recognize the best qualified soldiers and attract and retain the highest caliber Citizen Soldiers for a career in the New York Army National Guard.

For more information about the New York Army National Guard, visit www.dmna.ny.gov or www.1800goguard.com.

Monday, December 10, 2012 at 3:25 pm

GCC men's soccer forward Dominc Francis named All-American

post by Billie Owens in sports

Press release:

For the second time in two seasons, Genesee Community College men's soccer forward Dominic Francis has been named an NJCAA All-American. He was named to the 2012 Division III All-American First Team.

A second team All-American last year as a freshman, Francis set the all-time single-season scoring record at GCC this season with 28 goals in 19 games, the second most in all of Division III men's soccer this year. He led the Cougars to 17 wins, breaking the college record for most wins in a single season (previous mark was 16 in 2011).

Genesee advanced to the finals of the Region III Playoffs this season where they lost to Herkimer County Community College, 1-0 in double-overtime. Herkimer went on to win the National Championship for the second consecutive year.

Genesee Community College athletics program endeavors to provide a quality and competitive intercollegiate athletics program consistent with the National Junior Collegiate Athletics Association (NJCAA) philosophy and the overall educational mission of Genesee Community College. Participation in collegiate athletics should be an extension of the total educational experience for the student athlete. The inherent philosophy emphasizes the athletic setting as a classroom used to teach character, commitment, work ethic, respect for differences, and the importance of sacrifice, teamwork, and cooperation.

For further information and pictures go to Genesee's Athletic Web page, which is updated regularly with game results, team rosters, photographs and information about Genesee's overall athletic program. http://www.genesee.edu/athletics

Monday, December 10, 2012 at 3:21 pm

Batavia student at RIT won high jump at Early Season Invitational

post by Billie Owens in sports

Press release:

Taylor Harkness, of Batavia, enjoyed a nice start to her freshmen season last week.

The RIT women's track and field team opened up the 2012-13 indoor season with a strong showing at the RIT Early Season Invitational, held at the Gordon Field House last Thursday.

Harkness won the high jump with a leap of 1.53 meters.

RIT returns to action on Jan. 12 as they host the RIT Invitational at 10 a.m.

Monday, December 10, 2012 at 12:53 pm

Alexander man accused of doing donuts in Johnny Bear's parking lot, damaging building

post by Howard B. Owens in alexander, crime, Darien

Tips from readers of The Batavian have helped lead to the arrest a man suspected of driving his truck into the building of a restaurant in Darien Center on the night of Dec. 1.

Johny Bear's, on Broadway Road, reportedly suffered significant damage from a truck that spun out in the parking lot while the asphalt was covered with a dusting of snow.

N. L. Beglinger, 21, of Peaviner Road, Alexander, is being charged with reckless driving and leaving the scene of a property damage accident.

According to Deputy Brian Thompson's report, Beglinger drove into the parking lot at 12:35 a.m., with a 2006 Chevy pickup registered to Harlan L. George, of Peaviner Road. He drove in a northwesterly direction, spun counterclockwise and struck the building. He then allegedly headed southwesterly, and peeled out in the grass in front of a fire hydrant. Tire marks then showed the truck heading northwest and doing a donut in the parking lot.

Thompson said in his report that the investigation revealed that Beglinger intended to report to an insurance company that the truck struck a tree on Sprague Road.

The initial report in The Batavian suggested the truck involved in the accident also did donuts at the Triple C Shop Mart, Darien, and a video surveillance system captured some images of that truck.

It turned out the two incidents were unrelated -- different trucks -- though similar-looking -- and different drivers.

There were three passengers in Beglinger's truck, Shelby L. Fryer, 17, Douglas J. Knauss, 22, and Christopher King, 21.

Beglinger is scheduled to appear on the matter in Darien Town Court at 5 p.m., Dec. 18.

Deputy Kevin McCarthy assisted in the investigation.

Monday, December 10, 2012 at 12:01 pm

Video tribute posted for Collin Crane

post by Howard B. Owens in batavia, accident, Stafford

Meghan McCormick created this video tribute to Collin Crane and posted it on YouTube.

Crane, 17, a senior at Batavia HS, died Saturday night in a car accident on Route 33, Stafford.

Monday, December 10, 2012 at 11:46 am

Ranzenhofer asks DOT for faster action on deterioriating Bethany Center Road bridge

In a letter to the Department of Transportation, Sen. Michael Ranzenhofer has asked the agency to reconsider its delay in replacing the Bethany Center Bridge.

While the DOT has stated the bridge is safe, its visual deterioration gives the appearance of a bridge in a high degree of disrepair.

At one time, the bridge was scheduled for replacement in 2011, but it was moved down the priority list and the earliest proposed replacement is now 2015.

"I recognize that allocation of scarce resources is of particular concern, but I would urge you to reconsider the deferral of this project," Ranzenhofer wrote to Commissioner Joan McDonald. "Please consider adding this project to your list of top-priority projects and start the process that will allow this bridge to be replaced as expeditiously as possible."

Ranzenhofer said he has received numerous complaints about the bridge, both from residents and business owners. He cited the bridge as a vital link in local agriculture transportation, especially with the opening of the Genesee Valley Agri-Business Park.

"Vital parts of the economy of the Genesee County would be seriously impacted by a failure of this bridge," Ranzenhofer wrote.

Download: Full letter (PDF).

Monday, December 10, 2012 at 11:36 am

Dishwasher fire reported at residence on Clinton Street Road, Stafford

post by Howard B. Owens in fire, Stafford

A dishwasher fire is reported at 6151 Clinton St. Road, Stafford.

The house is reportedly filling with smoke.

Stafford fire with mutual aid from South Byron are being dispatched.

UPDATE 10:41 a.m.: Chief on scene reports smoke coming from dishwasher, no flames showing.

UPDATE 10:56 a.m. Dishwaster removed. Fire is out.

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Monday, December 10, 2012 at 11:26 am

Law and Order: Witnesses help nab driver allegedly driving under influence of drugs

post by Howard B. Owens in batavia, crime, Le Roy

Justin M. Wotherspoon, 26, of Gibson Street, Oakfield, is charged with felony DWAI, aggravated unlicensed operation and criminal possession of a controlled substance, 7th. Witnesses reportedly observed a vehicle allegedly driven by Wotherspoon operating in an erratic manner on Lewiston Road, heading from Batavia to Oakfield. The vehicle reportedly traveled over fog lines before going off the roadway on the opposite side of the road, then traveled a short distance in the ditch before reentering the roadway. Witnesses followed the vehicle to a residence in the Village of Oakfield and waited for police to arrive. Wotherspoon was allegedly found in possession of several prescription medications that were not his.

Stacey N. Cino, 24, of 22 Old Meadow Lane, Batavia, is charged with aggravated harassment, 2nd. Cino is accused of sending harassing and annoying text messages to another person. Batavia PD reportedly previously advised Cino not to have further contact with that person.

Sharon Y. Sharman, 41, of 8487 Seven Springs Road, Batavia, is charged with criminal contempt, 2nd. Sharman is accused of violating an order of protection. Sharman allegedly contacted, repeatedly, the person covered by the order of protection.

Nathan A. Dowty, 23, of Arpin, Wis., is charged with DWI and driving with a BAC of .08 or greater. Dowty was allegedly observed by a Le Roy police officer in the Fire Star Bank parking lot on West Main Street, Le Roy, driving the wrong way in the drive-thru lane and striking the curb. Dowty was jailed on $500 bail.

Thomas C. Zimmer, 36, of 3 1/2 Thomas Ave. Batavia, was arrested for allegedly failing to abide by a release under supervision contract. Zimmer was located at the Wyoming County Sheriff's Office and turned over to Batavia PD on a bench warrant. Zimmer was jailed on $1,000 bail.

Andrei P. Sliker, 21, of 318 W. Main St., Batavia, was arrested on a bench warrant for alleged failure to appear. Sliker was located in Le Roy by Le Roy PD and turned over to Batavia PD. Sliker was jailed on $300 bail.

Thomas M. Moe, 37, and Todd J. Corron Jr., both of Pleasant View Avenue, Syracuse, are charged with unlawful possession of marijuana. Moe is also charged with operating on a suspended registration. During a traffic stop on Route 5, Pembroke, Moe was allegedly found with a bag of marijuana in his pocket and remnants of marijuana cigarettes in his vehicle. Corron allegedly possessed a bag of marijuana in his pocket. The traffic stop was conducted by Deputy Lonnie Nati with assistance from Deputy Brian Thompson and K-9 "Pharoah."

Steven Michael Witkop, 46, of State Street, Medina, is charged with felony driving while impaired by druges with a child less than 16 in the vehicle, driving impaired by drugs and endangering the welfare of a child. Witkop was stopped by Deputy Joseph Corona on Bank Street, Batavia, following a complaint of a vehicle being driven erratically.

Sam Michael Cassidy, 21, of Montclair Avenue, Batavia, is charged with trespass. Cassidy is accused of being on College Village property after previously being barred from the property.

Brandon Nicholas Benz, 17, of Clinton Street Road, Batavia, is charged with criminal contempt, 2nd. Benz allegedly left a threatening message about the victim on his Facebook wall after being served an order of protection. Benz was jailed on $750 bail.

Anthony Paul Dibble, 23, Bethany Center Road, Bethany, is charged with burglary, 2nd, criminal mischief, 4th, and harassment, 2nd. Dibble allegedly kicked in the door of another person's apartment, entered without permission and while in the apartment destroyed a bathroom door and struck two other people during an altercation. Dibble was arraigned on $2,500 bail.

Jeffrey Michael Johnson, 24, of Farnsworth Avenue, Oakfield, is charged with endangering the welfare of a child, criminal possession of a controlled substance and possession of a hypodermic instrument. Johnson was allegedly found in possession of heroin, hypodermic needles and unidentified pills lacking proper documentation or containers. Johnson was allegedly supervising a child at the time. Also charged was Lauren Marie Peters, 22, of Martin Road, Akron.

Monday, December 10, 2012 at 10:53 am

Batavia Jaycees announce winners of Christmas lights contest

post by Howard B. Owens in batavia, Batavia Area Jaycees

Members of the Batavia Area Jaycees drove around the City of Batavia and found what they judged to be the best Christmas light displays in the following categories:

  • Traditional: 108 Ellsworth Ave.
  • Simple & Elegant: 20 Valle Drive
  • Most Commercial: 23 Meadowcrest Drive
  • Most Colorful: 16 Vine St.
  • Overall: 101 Naramore Drive
And an honorable mention goes to 19 Trumbull Parkway.
Monday, December 10, 2012 at 10:17 am

Byron-Bergen third-grader founds 'Jr. Angels in Action' -- for kids, by kids

It all started with a little girl with a big heart.

Angelique Heick, the 8-year-old from Bergen who competed as a finalist in the "American Miss" pageant in August, spent a large part of the last year taking money from her monthly allowances and using it to purchase toys for underprivileged children in Genesee County.

She donated 12 toys for each month of the year to Community Action Angels of Genesee County, which is the volunteer arm of Community Action of Orleans & Genesee. It's made up of volunteers dedicated to gathering donations for toys, food, clothing, extra money and other necessities for Genesee County residents in need.

But this wasn't enough. When Angelique learned about all that the "Angels" do to support needy kids and families, she was bothered that there was no such volunteer program for kids her age.

"I wanted to know why there was no Community Action Junior Angels," she said, "so I decided to start my own."

Now, with the help of 100 Girl Scouts -- officially dubbed "Jr. Angels" -- their families, Community Action and others, Angelique has achieved this dream.

Angelique -- a third-grader at Byron-Bergen Elementary School, a Girl Scout since age 4 and a member of Troop 42174 -- inspired her Girl Scout Troop with her idea and efforts to collect funding promises from local businesses along with three friends -- Pat, Lisa and Annet.

Troop 42174 Leader Rene Vurraro gathered Girl Scout Troops from Byron-Bergen, Pavilion and Le Roy to help with a community service event in response to Angelique's vision.

When Community Action, in turn, heard about what the Scouts were doing, they decided to partner with them to make this a much bigger, annual event called "Circle of Giving" and to develop a Community Action Jr. Angels program.

The first "Circle of Giving" was held on Saturday at Byron-Bergen High School.  The Jr. Angels were there to collect donations of food, clothing and toys, and to make cards for the recipients.

The goal is to eventually turn this into an opportunity for area Girl Scouts to earn a badge.

Beyond that, Community Action has included this project in a book of statewide initiatives so that people in other areas of New York State can read about it and get similar projects started.

"One 8-year-old's dream could turn into thousands of Girl Scouts doing the same thing," said Pat Standish, founder of Community Action Angels of Genesee County.

Standish gave the Scouts an inspirational talk about her experience with the "Angels" and told them how much people will appreciate what they are doing.

"When I first started (with Community Action Angels)," she said, "I thought kids would want things like bicycles and iPods. But what's important to them is not what you give, but that you show that you care."

She also stressed the importance of team effort when it comes to the "Angels" and similar volunteer initiatives.

"I may have had the idea (as founder)," Standish said, "but I needed the help of volunteers to make it happen. And Angelique had an idea, but she couldn't have done it without help from all of you and your families."

Organizations that sponsored this endeavor include Stahlka Agency, Complete Payroll Processing, the Sallie Mae Fund and First Niagara Bank.

"They gave money so the kids wouldn't have to wait (to get started)," Standish said.

Dee Dee Hintz, Angelique's grandmother and legal guardian, expressed gratitude to Byron-Bergen Jr./Sr. High School Principal Aaron Johnson and Elementary School Principal Brian Meister for handing out fliers for this event.

"I think this is the beginning of something big," Hintz said, noting the number of volunteers involved in the overall project.

"Next year will be even bigger," she said. "(Angelique) already knows what she wants to do next year. She'll carry this on for at least two or three more years."

A final note

"Circle of Giving" is the philosophy of Community Action Angels, which encourages its beneficiaries to "pay it forward."

According to Standish, many of the people helped by the "Angels" over the years have become volunteers.

Special thanks to Angelique's mom, Jennifer Cejka, for sharing background information prior to the event and for providing the inspiration for the article's title.

Sunday, December 9, 2012 at 8:26 pm

GCC Basketball: Cougar Holiday Classic Tournament

post by Andrew Crofts in basketball, GCC, sports


The Genesee Community College men's basketball team blew a 16-point second half lead, but came back to defeat visiting Community College of Rhode Island on Saturday night, 90-89 in overtime.

The Cougars held a 59-43 lead with fifteen minutes to play in the second half before CCRI went on a 32-15 run to take a 75-74 lead with three minutes left. Malik Brown then gave Genesee a 79-77 lead with a basket and a converted free-throw after a foul, but with 19 seconds left, Isaac Medeiros tied the game at 79 and sent it into an extra session.

In overtime, CCRI jumped out early but GCC reclaimed the lead on an EJ Blackwell three-pointer. Tied at 88 a piece with under a minute to go after a Donte Meredith three-pointer, the Knights grabbed a one-point advantage at the free-throw line, taking an 89-88 lead. The Cougars were able to tie the game at 89 on a Meredith free-throw, and with under one-second to play, Stanley Peacock gave Genesee a 90-89 lead after making one of two free-throws. A last second heave for CCRI went begging, and GCC escaped with the win.

(Stanley Peacock hits the game-winning free throw for GCC on Saturday night)


Blackwell finished the night with 20 points and nine assists, Meredith added 18 points, Vaughn Boler chipped in 15 points, Brown ended with 14 points and Terryl Coombs grabbed ten rebounds and added seven points.

The win improves Genesee to 6-4 on the season and the Cougars will take on ASA College tomorrow at 5pm in the final game of the Cougar Holiday Classic Tournament.



The Genesee Community College women's basketball team fell to ASA College on Saturday afternoon, in their first matchup of the Cougar Holiday Classic Tournament.

Dashawna Jenifer was the only Lady Cougar to reach double figures in scoring, finishing with 11 points and adding six rebounds.

Genesee trailed by ten at the break, 35-25. ASA held GCC to just 14 second half points and cruised to an 81-39 victory.

Paige Hennings finished with seven points and seven rebounds, Nanase Akagami added six points and Dominique Davis chipped in five points.

The loss drops Genesee to 0-7 on the season and the Lady Cougars will take on the Community College of Rhode Island tomorrow at 11am in their final game of the Cougar Holiday Classic Tournament.




Coming off of an overtime win against the Community College of Rhode Island last night, the Genesee Community College men’s basketball team again went to the final possession against ASA College on Sunday in the Cougar Holiday Classic, but this time came out on the losing end.

Vaugn Boler scored 18 first half points but the Cougars trailed by ten, 46-36 at the break.

GCC trailed by as many as 13 in the second half, but the Cougars battled and Donte Meredith sparked an 8-3 run with a three-pointer to get Genesee to within five at 61-56 with about ten minutes remaining.

GCC hung around and got to within one at 68-67 after a layup and free throw from E.J. Blackwell with five minutes left. The Cougars then took their first lead since the early part of the first half after Boler converted two free throws to put Genesee on top 71-70. Blackwell extended the lead to three with a jumper seconds later, but ASA answered with a three pointer to tie the game at 73.

Genesee had a 77-75 lead after two Denzel Thomas free throws, but the Avengers went on a 7-2 run in the final minute and a half and held an 82-79 lead with under ten seconds left.

The Cougars had one last chance coming out of a timeout, but could not find a look and fell to the visiting Avengers, 82-79.

(#11 Vaughn Boler scores two of his game-high 37 points in Sunday's loss to ASA)


Boler finished with a game-high and career-high 37 points. He also grabbed ten rebounds. Meredith tallied 16 points and was three of five from three-point range and Blackwell added 13 points.

The loss drops Genesee to 6-5 on the year and the Cougars will close out the first part of their season next Saturday, December 15th at home against St. John Fisher JV at 1pm.



The Genesee Community College women's basketball team fell to 0-8 on the season after falling to the Community College of Rhode Island, 105-47 on Sunday.

The Lady Knights took an early lead and did not trail in the game.

Nanase Akagami led the way for Genesee with 15 points and went four-of-seven from three-point range. Becky James added 11 points and Paige Hennings chipped in six points and also grabbed ten rebounds.

Genesee will not return to action until after the winter break when they travel to Cayuga Community College on January 4th.

Sunday, December 9, 2012 at 12:55 am

Notre Dame edges Blue Devils in match-up of cross-town rivals

post by Nick Sabato in sports

Notre Dame edged out Batavia/Alexander in one of the most exciting cross-town rivalries in Section V.

After losing their first two games of the season, the Fighting Irish notched their first win of the season, 3-2 at Falleti Ice Arena in Batavia on Saturday.

“When we play against Batavia it’s such an emotional game,” said Notre Dame Head Coach Marc Staley. “I just try to keep them low key, as if it is just another game.”

It didn’t take the Irish very long to get on the board, as Kevin Moscicki jammed a loose puck by Batavia goaltender Trevor Rarick just 1:27 into the game. The Ice Devils responded quickly though, as Matt Tambe scored four minutes later to tie the game at one.

Batavia/Alexander would start the second period as the more aggressive team, peppering ND goalie Jimmy Johnson early on before Tambe tipped a Brannon Jones' shot by him to take a 2-1 lead.

Thirty seconds after Tambe’s second tally, Batavia would take a penalty, giving the Irish a power play. However, Notre Dame’s Mason Versage would be called for tripping halfway through, seemingly sending momentum back to the Ice Devils.

But once again Batavia would be called for another penalty, giving the Irish a 4-on-3 man advantage.

Notre Dame finally capitalized on the ensuing faceoff, as Zach Blew blasted a shot through Rarick’s legs from the top of the circle to bring the game back to even heading into the final frame.

The shot advantage in the game was dominated by Notre Dame heading into the third, as they outshot Batavia 23 to 16, however, Batavia would dominate play for the early part of the period.

The Irish would not muster a shot until there was 5 minutes remaining in the game, and only recorded three for the period. However, third one was the difference in the contest.

Versage intercepted an errant Batavia break-out pass with 2:35 remaining, and walked in on goal all alone before flipping it over Rarick’s shoulder for the game-winning goal.

“We had a few missing players,” Staley said of his conservative third-period strategy. “So we went to the trap in the third to conserve energy.”

The game would not end without drama, as Notre Dame would take a penalty with 1:30 left in the contest, but their stingy defense failed to even allow a shot on Batavia’s last power play attempt.

Johnson gave Notre Dame (1-2) a huge boost in goal, making 20 saves. Jeffrey Antolos also assisted on all three of the Fighting Irish’s goals on the day.

“This is a nice win for us,” Staley said. “It will certainly make practice easier on Monday, but we have to continue to work and take it one game at a time.”

One of the main things that plagued the Ice Devils was their inability to capitalize on mistakes, as they went 0-for-5 on the power play for the game.

Rarick made 23 saves for Batavia/Alexander, which falls to 1-2. 

Photos by Howard Owens.

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Sunday, December 9, 2012 at 12:00 am

Teen killed in head-on crash on Route 33, woman seriously injured

post by Howard B. Owens in accident, Stafford

A 17-year-old was killed Saturday tonight (Dec. 8) in a two-car head-on accident on Route 33, just east of Route 237, in the Town of Stafford. It occurred at 6:20 p.m.

The driver of the other car, a 49-year-old woman, was taken to Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester by Mercy Medic 1 with a severe leg injury.

The teen killed in the accident was Collin Crane, of Batavia. The female was Carmen Vega, of Le Roy, who was driving a 2002 Buick.

The young driver was westbound when his 1999 Saturn drifted into the eastbound lane, according to Sgt. Samuel Tagilenti, zone commander for the State Police.

Vega did try to avoid the accident, Tagilenti said, but the two cars hit head-on.

"You see a car coming over the line toward you, you’re going to try to move away from it, but you run out of road, and time," Tagilenti said.

No cause of the accident has been determined and Tagilenti would not offer up on possible causes.

"You could give 100 reasons and I could say it could be that, but until we can do our investigation and come up with a valid reason, we're not going to speculate," Tagilenti said.

Crane was pronounced dead at the scene by a Genesee County Coroner Barry Miller.

Stafford fire responded to the accident along with Mercy EMS. South Byron and Town of Batavia assisted with traffic control.

Exact cause of the accident and contributing circumstances are under continuing investigation.

UPDATE: Photo of Collin from a memorial page on Facebook that was set up tonight.

UPDATE: Another memorial page for Collin has been set up on Facebook.

UPDATE: Crisis counselors will be at Batavia High School on Monday to talk with students.

(Initial Report)

Saturday, December 8, 2012 at 7:27 pm

Accident with entrapment reported at intersection of Route 33 and Route 237, Stafford

post by Howard B. Owens in accident, Stafford

A motor-vehicle accident with injuries and entrapment is reported at the intersection of Route 237 and Route 33, Stafford.

Two Mercy ambulances dispatched and Mercy Flight is on standby.

Stafford fire dispatched.

UPDATE 6:28 p.m.: Mercy Flight is not available.

UPDATE 6:33 p.m.: A trooper informs dispatch that it's a serious injury accident. A sergeant is requested to the scene.

UPDATE 6:40 p.m. (By Billie): South Byron Fire Police are called to shut down Route 33 at Griswold Road. Bergen Fire Department is requested to bring extrication equipment to the scene -- "A second set (of jaws) is needed." The accident is just east of the 33/237 intersection.

UPDATE 7:04 p.m.: The victim has been extricated.

UPDATE 10:17 p.m.: Stafford and South Byron back in service. Route 33 is reopened.

Saturday, December 8, 2012 at 4:31 pm

Car wreck at Route 98, Stroh Road, Alexander

post by Billie Owens in accidents, alexander

A motor-vehicle accident, believed to be with minor injuries, is reported at Route 98 and Stroh Road. Alexander Ambulance and Fire Department are responding.

UPDATE 3:31 p.m.: A fireman on scene reports there are no injuries and it is not blocking traffic. Ambulance is cancelled.

UPDATE 4:03 p.m.: There were two sign-offs and one patient is being taken to UMMC.

UPDATE 4:13 p.m.: The patient is a 20-year-old male complaining of head and right knee pain. Alexander fire is back in service.

Saturday, December 8, 2012 at 1:01 pm

Public Transportation

post by jason reese in batavia, Bline, Genesee Community College, Ny., RTS


The city of Batavia, ny and Genesee Community College  need top addres the issue of public transportation. It is a saftey and finacial issue.

Saturday, December 8, 2012 at 12:04 am

Le Roy group makes new offer to buy the Wiss Hotel

post by Howard B. Owens in Le Roy, Wiss Hotel

Press release:

A new offer to purchase the Wiss Hotel from the Village of Le Roy has been submitted to the village by Le Roy New York, LLC. The new offer eliminates the prior provision that the village loan the group money to purchase the property. The village board will provide the opportunity to residents to appear at the beginning of its meeting at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 12, in the Le Roy Village Hall to comment on the proposal.

UPDATE: The backers of the project have established an e-mail address for people who would like information regarding the Wiss Hotel Project and the formation of the LeRoyNY LLC.  It is [email protected].

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