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Thursday, June 20, 2013 at 2:11 pm

Today's Deals: Sweet Pea's Cupcakery Cafe, Alex's, Palm Island, Pudgie's, and more!

post by Billie Owens in Deal of the Day

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

Adam Miller Toy & Bicycles, 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.

The Mane Attraction Salon and Spa, 99 Main St., Batavia, NY: offers "Affordable Luxury" in Downtown Batavia. We pride ourselves in the great customer service we give to the entire family. 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.

Pudgie's Lawn & Garden Center, 3646 W. Main St. Road, Batavia, NY: Spring is here and Pudgie’s has everything you need to enjoy the season -- hanging baskets of beautiful flowers, lawn care products, shrubbery, gardening supplies, and more. We have a $25 gift certificate for $12.50.

Palm Island Indoor Water Park, 8250 Park Road, Batavia, NY: The newest family fun center in Genesee County, featuring a hot tub, monsoon lagoon pool and play area, tipping buckets, water slides, arcade with 15 games and birthday party rooms. We have a pair of gift certificates worth $40 in merchandise or services for $20.

Batavia Downs Grandstands Bar and Grille, 8315 Park Road, Batavia, NY: A full menu, salad bar and 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.)

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.

Alex's Place, 8322 Park Road, Batavia, NY: People come from all over the region for a fine dining experience at Alex's. It's best known for its ribs, of course, but Alex's seafood is also a favorite of the restaurant's diners. We have a $25 gift certificate for $15.

Blue Pearl Yoga, 200 E. Main St., Batavia, NY: Youth Summer Yoga Camp. Each day will feature a fun-filled yoga practice, art activities, and games, followed by guided relaxation. Grades K-5 taught by Marianne Skye & Karen Reisdorf; Grades 6 thru 9 taught by Maura Gilisnan & Karen Reisdorf. Offered July 9-11. We have a gift certificate for three yoga classes, a $40 value, for $20.

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.

Alabama Hotel, 1353 Lewiston Road, Basom, NY: A historic and legendary tavern and restaurant. The Alabama Hotel is famous for its fish fries, but also serves a variety of top-quality entrees, featuring Certified Angus Beef. Now with expanded hours. We have a $25 gift certificate for $15.

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.

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.

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.

The Enchanted Florist, 202 E. Main St., Batavia, NY: Whether you need just the right gift or a memorial or just want to brighten your own home or workplace, The Enchanted Florist can put together just the right floral arrangement for you. We have a $20 gift certificate for $10.

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.

Viking Valhalla Restaurant & Rose Garden Bowl21 Buffalo Road, Bergen, NY: Open for lunch Monday through Sunday, and dinner Friday and Saturday evenings. Dinner favorites are our succulent prime rib and Friday fish fries! We are always happy to help plan your special occasion -- wedding, shower, rehearsal dinner, stag party, graduation, company function, banquet, family or class reunion. We have a $20 gift certificate for $12.

Spirits, 78 Lake St., Le Roy, NY. Le Roy's favorite sports bar, where fun and good food are always on tap. Come try one of our many delicious burgers that we have to offer, as well as our HUGE Bomber Sandwich, homemade chicken fingers made to order, and the all-time favorite Dumpster Plate with many choices. We deliver. 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.)

Sweet Ecstasy Bakery & Cafe, 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, Sweet Ecstasy Bakery 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 $6.

The Color Salon, 35 Center St., Batavia, NY: Our attention to detail, combined with the focus on precision haircutting techniques will ensure that your hair will be your best accessory when you leave The Color Salon. We offer all hair care services including cuts, color, highlights, up-dos, as well as waxing services. We carry products such as KMS and Paul Mitchell. Now available: Bella Taylor purses! We have a $25 gift certificate for $12.50.

Greg'ry's Bakery, 13 N. Lake Road, Bergen, NY: The bakery offers a variety of the finest cakes, cookies, pies, cupcakes, breads, breakfast and lunch sandwiches and so much more. Each treat is made the same as it has been for decades and baked right here. Come in and sample some for yourself! We have a $10 gift certificate for $6.

Daphne's Restaurant & Lounge, 241 Swan St., (Off Rt. 63/Ellicott St.) Batavia, NY. Daphne's is destined to become a favorite for any who enjoy something special in a dining experience. Formerly the old St. Nick's Social Club, now unrecognizable to those who used to frequent the club, Daphne's provides you with a warm, inviting atmosphere and decor, which complements the array of wonderful dishes. We offer homemade seafood and pasta dishes, meatballs that are addicting as well as large salads, hot sandwiches & homemade potato chips. Fresh desserts are prepared in our own kitchen (tiramisu has been the top seller so far). We have a $20 gift certificate for $12.

Present Tense Books and Gifts, 101 Washington Ave., Batavia, NY: Whether your taste runs to local authors, the finest in fiction or nonfiction or you're looking for a unique and special gift, this charming store in a cozy Victorian house on the edge of downtown is a great place to stop and shop. 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.

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.


Thursday, June 20, 2013 at 11:11 am

United Way held annual luncheon, handed out awards, announced campaign results

post by Howard B. Owens in United Way


At United Way's annual luncheon Wednesday, the agency announced annual award winners, named its new board of directors and revealed that $359,500 was raised in the past year.

The fundraising effort was $5,000 short of the agency's goal, but $3,000 over the previous year. Staff and volunteers are putting in a campaign-closeout effort to raise that last $5,000.

Co-chairs for the campaign were Charlie Cook and Dennis Burke of Liberty Pumps.

Award winners included: Cargill Animal Nutrition -- Outstanding Workplace Campaign; Liberty Pumps -- Outstanding Workplace Campaign; CASA for Children -- Partner of the Year; Chapin Manufacturing, Inc., -- Top Hat Award (Top Campaign – over $50,000).

O-At-Ka Milk Products won the Conable Award, which is given to a person or business who exemplifies a commitment to the United Way as demonstrated by Barber Conable. O-At-Ka raised more than $25,000 -- increasing their campaign by 50 percent from last year.

In the photo are representatives from O-At-Ka, Chapin, Liberty Pumps, and CASA for Children.

Information and photo provided by Erik Fix.

Thursday, June 20, 2013 at 11:01 am

Chamber endorses Cuomo's Tax-Free NY plan

post by Howard B. Owens in business, chamber of commerce

Press release:

The Genesee County Chamber of Commerce has reviewed Governor Cuomo's economic agenda for "Tax-Free Communities" in and around specified college and university campuses. The Genesee County Chamber of Commerce welcomes any environment that will facilitate the establishment of new long-term businesses and create more jobs while ensuring that existing businesses and jobs are likewise encouraged to thrive. This legislation has the potential to bring in businesses that otherwise might not have recognized all that Genesee County has to offer.

This endorsement is based solely on the above understanding of the legislation's purpose. Care must be taken that its actual implementation does not involve provisions, policies, or procedures that are counter to the spirit of the Bill. Not only must New York State taxpayers not be adversely affected by such legislation, but red tape, forced spending, and bureaucratic decisions would force extra costs onto the new businesses and cause them to lose the benefits that they supposedly received. Given that the Bill is designed to help startup companies begin their ventures, it is imperative that future tax savings not be offset by startup costs that would be much greater than those the company would incur in the private sector. We look forward to the time when companies can see that all of New York is open for business.


Thursday, June 20, 2013 at 7:56 am

Law and Order: Felony DWI, untaxed cigarettes, and underage drinking

post by Howard B. Owens in Alabama, byron, crime, elba

Michael Barton Kropp, 49, of Coward Road, Byron, is charged with felony DWI, felony driving with a BAC of .18 or greater and aggravated unlicensed operation, 1st. Deputy Joseph Graff responded at 7:25 p.m. Monday to two reports of a suspicious vehicle on Ivison Road, Byron. Kropp's vehicle was located and he was arrested for allegedly driving drunk.

Jhenna Christine Warren, 23, of Daansen Road, Palmyra, is charged with possession of untaxed cigarettes. Warren was stopped at 3:33 p.m. Tuesday on Route 77, Alabama, by Deputy Joseph Corona for an alleged traffic violation and allegedly found in possession of cartons of untaxed cigarettes.

A 17-year-old resident of Ford Road, Elba, is charged with unlawful dealing with a child, 1st. The youth allegedly hosted an underage drinking party involving 20 people under age 21 at his residence last night.

Wednesday, June 19, 2013 at 5:41 pm

Hawley backs bill aimed at curtailing public assistance being used for cigarettes and liquor

post by Howard B. Owens in steve hawley

Press release:

Assemblyman Steve Hawley (R,C,I-Batavia) is calling on the State Assembly to pass the Public Assistance Integrity Act, which would prevent tax dollars from being spent on cigarettes and liquor while protecting a crucial safety net for families in need. The measure, which Hawley has signed onto as a co-sponsor, would not only crack down on the illicit use of public assistance, but would ensure that New York State is not disqualified from $120 million in federal funding meant to support children and families struggling to put a roof over their heads. The legislation recently passed in the State Senate.

“The abuse of public assistance not only robs taxpayers of their hard earned money, but it jeopardizes the children and families who truly need a hand up in their time of need,” Hawley said. “Spending welfare dollars in strip clubs and liquor stores reduces the resources available to help provide shelter and warmth for a poor child, and the situation is made that much more dire by the loss of federal funding if we do not close this loophole. It is imperative that the Assembly pass this legislation before the close of session, because there is simply too much at stake for our hardworking taxpayers and vulnerable families to let this bill fall through the cracks.”

The Public Assistance Integrity Act would limit where EBT cards can be used and what they can be used for. The federal government has mandated that each state establish a system of fraud prevention by February 2014. If the state does not act, the federal government will penalize New York by cutting federal funding for Cash Assistance by 5 percent ($120 million).

Wednesday, June 19, 2013 at 3:02 pm

Three questions for declared County Legislature candidates about GCEDC

post by Howard B. Owens in county legislature, GCEDC, politics

It's not every year that a local election has at least one issue that might sway voters. With all the attention garnered by the Genesee County Economic Development Center since the last County Legislature election, this November the opinions candidates hold on GCEDC funding and its policies might be an important issue for voters. We thought it a worthwhile public service to get candidates on the record on this issue as soon as they were declared candidates.

In posing the questions to the GOP candidates -- the first group to declare -- we found not all of the candidates agreed with that assessment.

We received objections to answering questions along the lines that it was too soon; wait until the election is closer; "my position is already well known"; and, most surprising, that candidates shouldn't have to answer questions before all of the candidates are declared.

There is apparently some concern that since there's still weeks left for candidates to declare, some candidates thought they shouldn't be asked policy questions until after the filing deadlines. None of the candidates explicitly stated that they fear their answers might prompt another candidate to enter the race. They did express concern that they would be sharing opinions that would be read by potential opponents before those opponents needed to answer the questions.

That's not a line of thinking The Batavian finds terribly persuasive. Any candidate should be willing to speak openly and publicly about their positions without fear of the political repercussions. If an opinion might spur another candidate to enter the race, well, then, that's good for democracy. If a candidate lacks sufficient confidence in a position that it will be easily targeted by opposition, then perhaps he or she should reconsider that position.

The filing deadlines are July 11 for candidates running on an established party line, and Aug. 20 for a candidate running as an independent (creating his or her own party line).

Below are the answers to our three GCEDC-related questions we received from six of the declared Republican candidates, the three declared Democrats and the lone independent to enter the race so far. After the three questions are statements we received from the three candidates who did not answer the questions. 

Question 1: Traditionally, there has been an item in the county budget to transfer money to GCEDC to assist funding the operations of the agency. Last year,  GCEDC received $215,000 in the county budget. Do you support continuing this fund transfer to GCEDC, or should it be eliminated or modified?

Shelley Stein, incumbent, Dictrict 5: The Genesee County Legislature has supported GCEDC at approximately 20% of the GCEDC 2013 approved budget. Moving forward I would support same level of funding to provide for foundational costs of GCEDC operations. Eighty percent of GCEDC’s budget must be derived from providing services and collecting fees for services from business community, grants and contractual annuity payments, not taxpayer dollars. Additionally, LeRoy Business Council and small businesses located in LeRoy are very supportive of the foundational funding of the GCEDC.

Earl Funderburk, challenger, District 5: I do not support the continuation of county budget funds to GCEDC. They have millions of dollars from fees and no longer require funds from the county.

Esther Leadley, incumbent, District 6: Every year the upcoming County budget gets several months of intense scrutiny – by the whole legislature, not just a committee. GCEDC’s funding request is always included in that scrutiny. Please note that State and Federal mandates continually erode the County legislators’ ability to provide a quality of life that Genesee County residents have come to expect.

We legislators have already begun general discussions about the 2014 budget. As we go forward, I am confident GCEDC’s funding request, when it is received, will be one of the topics of discussion. I will weigh all input and make my decision at that time.

Please also note that companies considering making a significant investment in Genesee County want concrete evidence that the County’s leadership has financial “skin in the game.”

Gregg Torrey, challenger (GOP endorsed), District 6: Every item included in the County budget needs be evaluated and that includes the funding which assists the operations of the GCEDC. With the increasing pressure put on County Government by State and Federal unfunded mandates each department must justify its funding request.

I was encouraged to see that the incentive compensation system at the GCEDC was eliminated last year. I am now more confident that the funding is directed to the intended purpose of supporting the economic development mission for the County.

With that being said, the EDC has shown a tremendous return on investment for the County and makes the County money while its funding is only a very small portion of the overall budget (under 1%). The County funding also shows that we are committed to investing in ourselves and the County’s support of the EDC’s efforts which include leveraging other State and Federal money. This support of the GCEDC does not go unnoticed during the attraction process when potential companies are considering bringing investment into our community.

Marianne Clattenburg, incumbent, District 8: My position on this issue is well documented and on the record. This was my first budget vote as a new legislator and I took the opportunity to voice the concerns that many of my constituents have expressed regarding GCEDC funding.  Many opposed the salary and bonus structure of the organization. My position is that public employees who enjoy the benefits of a NYS retirement should not receive bonuses. The second reason I did not support the funding was that I wanted to send a strong message to the GCEDC that redevelopment must also become a priority of the organization. I represent the City of Batavia. We have needs and issues that are different than those of the rural towns around us. If the GCEDC is going to work as the county’s public benefit corporation dedicated to development, then it must strive to improve all areas of the county. I will dedicate my second term to working with the organization to see that this is done. My future support would be contingent upon the organization's willingness to work toward the goals of redevelopment, particularly in the City of Batavia.

William Fava, challenger, District 8: I would support a modification of the amount transferred from Genesee County to the GCEDC Agency. Originally, the agency needed the start up fund support, but now the agency has been successful in meeting yearly goals. The Agency has increased internal manpower to parallel anticipated growth and created sub organizations to minimize potential legal problems for Genesee County. In addition, the Agency continues to look forward (to) bringing in more business growth opportunities to the area…from all points of view, this State/County endeavor appears to be a success for the County. Modifications should be appropriate over the next few budget cycles to bring the annual fund down to a more reasonable amount. In doing this, the Agency can continue to document County support in any advertisement to a potential customer. The appearance of “Lack of County Support” has been mentioned many times during previous discussions concerning a decrease in funding…this is  simply a reduction, not an elimination of the fund. A modification would be a win-win solution for the Agency and the County taxpayer.

Ed deJaneiro, incumbent, District 9: It now appears that the GCEDC finances are strong enough to continue without a County contribution.

Bob Bialkowski, challenger, District 9: I am very prudent when it comes to spending tax dollars so I would insist on a complete accounting of this expenditure. The way the state has the EDCs set up is that if you want to participate you have to pay. This means that if the county doesn’t support the GCEDC we won’t be considered for the grants the EDC receives, so yes I would vote to continue this support. Genesee County has done very well for itself considering that in a recent survey New York State placed 49th in economic development out of 50, but here we have seen tremendous growth. Last week Texas announced that it was aggressively marketing for New York businesses to move there. They have no state tax. New York needs to learn to treat all business the same and discontinue making special deals.

Andrew Young, candidate, District 4: Yes, I support the County investing in its goal of creating jobs, promoting business capital investment (which converts to tax base) and keeping our kids in our community.

Frank Ferrando, incumbent, District 7: As you indicated, the $215,000, or an amount similar, has been transferred to the GCEDC for several years. It’s not new. What I believe was disturbing to most local citizens was the bonus pay model used by the GCEDC with the assumption that the subsidy supported the bonuses. I and two colleagues on the Legislature voted against last year’s budget in objection to that practice. Bonuses are no longer a part of the GCEDC’s compensation practice. This year I will vote for the subsidy if the GCEDC Board presents to the Legislature a detailed description of a specific project the subsidy will be used to support. A demonstration of support by the County is important and it represents about .1 percent of our overall budget.

More after the jump. Click on the headline to read more.

Wednesday, June 19, 2013 at 1:40 pm

Pavilion firefighters, medics respond to car crash at 63 and Boyd Road, Covington

post by Billie Owens in accidents, Pavilion

Pavilion Fire Department and medics are responding to an accident in Wyoming County at Route 63 and Boyd Road. The southbound lane is closed and the accident is blocking traffic. The driver is complaining of back pain and two infants will need to be evaluated.

UPDATE 2:28 p.m.: The road is reopened and the Pavilion assignment is back in service.

Wednesday, June 19, 2013 at 12:15 pm

Man, 90, found unresponsive in car on State Street believed to have died of natural causes

post by Howard B. Owens in batavia

A 90-year-old man from Albion who was found unresponsive in his still-running car on State Street on Sunday night was later pronounced dead at the hospital.

A Sheriff's deputy found the car at 11 p.m. at State and Douglas and Batavia PD along with Batavia fire and Mercy EMS responded.

The deputy used an unlock tool to gain entry to the vehicle.

Ira M. Baker was transported to UMMC. He was pronounced dead at 11:25 p.m.

Officer James DeFreze investigated and determined there were no signs of foul play at the scene nor signs of struggle.

Chief Shawn Heubusch said it's believed Baker died of natural causes. There was no autopsy.

Wednesday, June 19, 2013 at 9:41 am

Backyard Chicken Tour

post by Charley Boyd in backyard chickens

I am curious as to how many Batavians are raising chickens in their backyards.  Are there enough of us that we could organize a Coop Tour of Batavia ( something that has been done in many cities)?

Wednesday, June 19, 2013 at 9:11 am

New Batavia High School principal approved by board

post by Kathie Scott in batavia city schools, Batavia High School

Highlights from the Board of Education meeting on June 18 include news and updates about the following: 

New High School Principal

The Board of Education approved the appointment of Scott Wilson as the new principal of Batavia High School. In his recommendation, Superintendent of Schools Christopher Dailey noted that Wilson was clearly the best candidate of the 35 applicants who submitted to the rigorous screening and interview process. 

“Scott Wilson has just the right mix of teaching and administrative leadership that we are looking for in our next principal,” Dailey said. He cited Wilson’s 13 years experience at Churchville-Chili Senior High School -- where he was a social studies teacher, swimming coach, and leader in teaching initiatives -- as well as his past eight years as a high school assistant principal in the Hilton Central School District where he was responsible for building the master schedule, being the student activities liaison, supervising departments, leading the assessment and grading teams for the district, and presenting at the national PBIS (Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports) conference. 

Daily said, “I am thrilled to recommend a proven leader, communicator, team-builder, collaborator, student-centered educator to our Board of Education.”

Wilson begins as principal in July.

Reviews and Previews

As one year ends and the Board looks forward to the next, the Board discussed and reflected on some of the key components of both.

Graduation… Even more telling than our graduation percentages being up by about 10 percent are the success stories of our students as they move on to the next chapter of their lives. Many students will pursue more education or enter directly into the workforce and Dailey made special note of how impressive it is that all of our IEP (Individual Education Plan) students have secured their diplomas as well as jobs upon graduation. The graduation ceremony will be Sunday at 2 p.m. at Genesee Community College.

Consolidation… Dailey was pleased to share a comment from a Jackson parent who originally had been opposed to the consolidation. Through their child’s adaptation to the new school as well as through their regular volunteer work at the school, they described Principal Diane Bonarigo as a “gem in the community” and expressed the desire that all parents will have the opportunity to experience the “wonderful world that Mrs. Bonarigo and her staff have created.”

Capital Project… Now that the project has been approved by the voters, Dailey noted that the Buidings and Grounds Committee has begun to meet with the architects to develop a timeline for completion. The first step is to submit plans to New York State for approval. 

Board Changes…

            Steve Mountain, Board of Education member for six years, has concluded this official service to the District. Unable to be at the meeting, he sent a letter, thanking the Board, commending them and the staff for their hard work, and noting that he will continue to be an advocate for our youth and our committee. Superintendent Dailey noted that Mountain’s dedication and guidance will be missed.

            Ex-officio… Thanking Kaitlin Logsdon for her year of service as the ex-officio Board member, Dailey praised her professionalism, community spirit, and her advocacy for students. Kaitlin introduced Batavia HS student Samir Jain, who will serve as the ex-officio Board member for the 2013-14 school year.

           Senior Trip… Members of the Class of 2014 presented their plans for their senior trip, scheduled for June of 2014. Their plans to go to Cedar Point and the Kalahari Sands Resort in the Cleveland area were approved.

Wednesday, June 19, 2013 at 7:15 am

Marlins era begins in Batavia with 10-2 win in front of 1,900 fans

post by Howard B. Owens in baseball, batavia, muckdogs, sports

A new chapter in Batavia Muckdogs history opened Tuesday when farm hands in the Miami Marlins system took the field at Dwyer Stadium for the home opener of the 2013 season.

The 1,900 fans in attendence can surely hope Tuesday's game is a sign of good things to come. The Muckdogs beat Auburn 10-2.

One of the Marlin's top prospects, 2B Avery Romero, collected his first two professional hits scoring two runs.

Fans were also treated to one of the most exciting plays in baseball -- a triple -- three times. The three baggers were smacked by SS Javier Lopez (1-3 and 3 RBI), LF Austin Dean (1-5) and RF Connor Burke (2-4).

Third baseman Blake Barber had three hits, including a home run.

Starter Helpi Reyes went three innings and gave up one hit and no runs. Beau Wright (W, 1-0) went three innings and gave up two runs, picking up the W. Robert Ravago (S, 1) pitched three innings to qualify for the save.

Batavia is home again Thursday at 7:05 p.m., which is Irish Night. Friday's 7:05 p.m. game will be followed by fireworks.

Tuesday, June 18, 2013 at 11:46 pm

Photo: Rabbit on Douglas Avenue

post by Howard B. Owens in batavia, Douglas Avenue

As I was leaving Dwyer Stadium this evening, I spotted a bunny rabbit hopping through a yard on Douglas Avenue. He was polite enough to stop and pose for a picture.

I'll have opening day pictures ready to post in the morning.

Tuesday, June 18, 2013 at 10:46 pm

Photo: Twin track stars get a tune up before leaving for 800 meter U.S. championship race

post by Howard B. Owens in batavia, Byron-Bergen High School, sports, track and field

Chiropractor Thomas Mazurkiewicz invited me over to his office this afternoon to meet Nick and Josh Guarino.

The twins are graduates of Byron-Bergen High School and will compete this weekend in the U.S. Track and Field Championships in Des Moines, Iowa.

They qualified in a meet Saturday -- the last chance to qualify -- by running their personal best times in the 800 meter. Nick won the race with a time of 1:47.13 and Josh was third at 1:47.35.

At the U.S. Championships, there is a field of 37 runners competing for three spots on the U.S. team that will compete in Moscow at the world championships. There are 14 runners who qualified with faster times than Nick. The fastest qualifying time is Duane Solomon at 1:42.82.

"I probably don't have a shot at that (going to Moscow)," Nick said. "But my dream is to make the Olympic team or world championship team."

Mazurkiewicz is doing what he can to help. Mazurkiewicz explained that a slight hip misalignment can cost a world-class runner vital 10ths of a second, which can be the difference between winning a medal or being an also-ran.

Misalignment, he said, can also lead to injury.

There will be dozens of chiropractors tending to runners at the U.S. Championship, Josh said, but they were at Mazurkiewicz's office today for their pre-race treatment.

"Treating athletes is like fine tuning a car," Mazurkiewicz said. "Chiropractic adjustments give athletes a winning edge by giving them proper bio-mechanics, structure, increased range of motion along with proper posture and balance."

Tuesday, June 18, 2013 at 9:21 pm

Photo: Ribbon cutting for inclusive playground at Kiwanis Park

post by Howard B. Owens in batavia, inclusive park, Kiwanis Park

Committee members who helped organize creation of the inclusive playground at Kiwanis Park in the Town of Batavia gathered with friends and supporters this evening for an official ribbon cutting to celebrate the opening of the new playground. Committee leader Anita Strollo said there's still work to be done and money to be raised for expanding the playground.

Tuesday, June 18, 2013 at 5:03 pm

Keuka College Names Local Student to Dean's List

post by David Culver in Milestones

Keuka Park, NY - Erica Culver, daughter of David and Tammy Culver of Oakfield NY, has been named to the Dean's List at Keuka College in Keuka Park.

Culver, a sophomore, is studying Psychology.

At Keuka College students must earn at least a 3.50 grade-point- average for a minimum of 12 semester credit hours to be eligible for the dean's list.

The national leader in experiential, hands-on learning, Keuka is a private, co-educational college offering 31 majors. Located in the Finger Lakes region near Penn Yan, Keuka was founded in 1890 and today has an enrollment of 1,873.

Tuesday, June 18, 2013 at 4:49 pm

Alexander man enters guilty plea to charge of burglary related to an order of protection

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Nicholas Antonucci, already in prison on convictions in Wyoming County and facing multiple felonies in Genesee County, entered a guilty plea today to one count of attempted burglary, 3rd.

The plea deal caps his potential sentence at two years to be served concurrently with his Wyoming County sentence.

In exchange, all other pending charges -- including those not yet indicted -- are satisfied, including accusations that he stole a pair of snowmobiles from a location in Alexander.

The count in the guilty plea stems from Antonucci entering the dwelling of a person he was ordered not to contact in November 2012.

Tuesday, June 18, 2013 at 4:28 pm

Batavia man pleads guilt to sexual assault charge stemming from incident in jail

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A Batavia man accused of using a toothbrush to sexually assault a fellow jail inmate late last year entered a guilty plea in County Court today to counts of sexual abuse, 1st.

Raymond Lee Leach Jr., 55, of Montclaire Avenue, also entered a guilty plea to criminal contempt, 1st, which was part of the set of charges that had him in jail in the first place.

Leach entered his plea under what's known as an Alford Plea. Under terms of the plea, Leach doesn't actually admit to the crime. He just acknowledges that he would likely be found guilty by a jury based on the available evidence.

Assistant District Attorney Melissa Cianfrini said the evidence on the criminal contempt charge that would be presented against Leach is that he placed a telephone call to a protected party and threatened to kill her.

On the sexual assault charge, Cianfrini said witnesses would testify that Leach shoved a toothbrush into the rectum of a fellow inmate at the Genesee County Jail and then bragged that the victim had been "booty popped."

The alleged victim suffered physical injury as a result of the assault.

On the first guilty plea, Leach is facing a possible sentence of two-and-a-fifth to five years and three years on the second charge, with the sentences being served concurrently.

He continues being held on $10,000 bail.

Tuesday, June 18, 2013 at 3:18 pm

Sponsored Post: Sweet Ecstasy Bakery - Join the Sushi Supper Club, reserve your tickets now!

We are pleased to announce a Sushi Supper Club by Yume Sushi here at Sweet Ecstasy Bakery, 201 E. Main St., Batavia, NY 14020. The dinner will be held Saturday, June 29, 2013 with seating at 4 p.m., 4:30 p.m. and 7 p.m., 7:30 p.m.

I know you are going to enjoy the sushi from Yume Sushi not only for the longtime sushi fans but also those who are new to the experience. 

Menu Items are as follows;
Course 1 - MISO SOUP
Thin broth with tofu, miso and seaweed.

Seasoned with a blend of ingredients including wakame, sesame, sugar & vinegar.

Course 3

Eel, Avocado, Cucumber, Red Masago

Crab, Avocado, Cucumber, Orange Masago

Ahi Tuna, Salmon, Yellow Tail, (Hamachi), Crab, Avocado, Cucumber

Course 4
Green Tea Ice Cream - House made

Reservations only! To purchase your tickets, please click here!

Sweet Ecstasy @ GO ART! | Seymour Place | 201 E. Main St., Batavia, NY 14020 | 585-813-3652

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