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Sunday, September 18, 2011 at 4:00 pm

Batavia First United Methodist Church hosts 'Terrific Treasures' sale

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Batavia First United Methodist Church is hosting its "Terrific Treasures" Sale on Saturday, Oct. 1. This annual event is at 8221 Lewiston Road from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., with a Bag Sale at 2 p.m.

Some antiques and furniture, many yard sale items, as well as baked goods and produce are available for your shopping pleasure. Hot dogs and popcorn will be sold by Scout Troop 6.

Sunday, September 18, 2011 at 3:54 pm

New music school opens in Batavia

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This information was submitted by Becky LeFevre.

A new music school is in full swing in Batavia, located at the Homestead Event Center (formerly the site of Roxy's Music) in the Genesee Country Mall. The Genesee Community School of Music is the result of collaboration between Winnicki Music Studio, Rose Caccamise of Roxy's Music, and local parents.

The school began its first session of classes at the end of August, offering general music for elementary students, chorus, and small group instrument lessons. The first six-week session culminates with a performance at the Batavia Nursing Home on Sept. 27.

The Genesee Community School of Music began primarily as a resource for homeschooled students and grew out of a need for quality and affordable music education. Budget cuts that effect public education have filtered down to the homeschooling community. Music opportunities -- such as instrument lessons -- that used to be available through public schools to students being educated at home have been largely eliminated.

Classes at the GCSM are lively and upbeat. Younger students learn about melody, pitch and rhythm through creative songs and games. Older students develop advanced skills through instrument lessons or in chorus, where they sing in parts and learn vocal technique and conducting.

The Genesee Community School of Music puts a huge emphasis on community.

"Every six weeks, the kids will perform in the community -- at the nursing home, the VA, etcetera, says Jodi Coburn, who has three students attending the music school. "We want them to not only learn about music and experience performing in front of a crowd, but to learn about the way music brings people together and to use music as a vehicle to interact with individuals that we wouldn't meet under everyday circumstances."

Just a month after it opened its doors, the GCSM is experiencing success.

"When you start up something like this, the concern is always (whether) you're going to be able to afford to keep the program running," said Becky LeFevre, whose kindergartener participates in the general music class. "We started this school through word of mouth, and just hoped and prayed that we'd end up with enough students to keep it running and to pay the instructors.

"So far, we've been blessed. This program is phenomenal, and I think people are realizing that and word is beginning to spread.

Word is spreading, not just about the GSCM, but about homeschooling in general. In recent years, the number of families who have chosen to educate their children at home is increasing. Yet the GSCM's long-term goal isn't just to serve the homeschooling community. As budget cuts continue to force music and the arts out of public schools, the GCSM hopes to fill the void.

In the future, they hope to begin a strings program, something many local schools are unable to offer. They also plan to schedule additional classes at times that will be convenient for students who attend traditional schools.

Teacher Diana Winnicki adds "Cooperative music education like this, that is valued in the community, ensures the continuation of the arts regardless of the economic condition of our state.

The second session of classes begins on Oct. 4, followed by a special five-week Christmas session with an emphasis on holiday music from around the world and the formation of a children's bell choir.

For questions about the GSCM, or if you are interested in teaching a course or registering for classes, contact Jodi at 813-4658 or [email protected].

Sunday, September 18, 2011 at 3:33 pm

The bat lady is back, eager to tell you about these curious critters

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Are you afraid of bats? Are you intrigued by bats? Join batphile, Liz Thompson, as she shares her passion for bats. Learn about bats around the world, popular bat myths, and uncover the many ways in which bats can help humankind.

This program takes place at Genesee County Park & Forest Interpretive Nature Center from 10 to 11 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 1. Cost is $5 per person or $10 per family. Please preregister by calling 344-1122.

The nature center is located at 11095 Bethany Center Road in East Bethany.

[email protected]

Sunday, September 18, 2011 at 3:23 pm

Corfu nurse pens book about life and some amazing patients she's met

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This information comes from a press release from the publishing company.

PublishAmerica is proud to present "Calling All Angels" -- written by Corfu resident Miranda Fix.

Calling All Angels, simply put, is a novel about miracles,” Fix said. “It’s about my story and my experiences as a nurse surviving in a profession that is full of illusions, disenchantments and despair. But deep inside that sadness is a rainbow of color and these shades of blues, yellows greens and reds are the true colors of our angels.

"They are there for us; they guide us, empower us, pray for us and keep us safe. They are there when you call upon them…you just need to ask them for help. 'Calling All Angels' is a novel about true life and the amazing strength in the patients I have met along the way. Stories that will make you laugh and cry, but they are full of hope and wonder. I wish you love and happiness as in the ways of the angels…and remember to believe.”

Linda Miranda Fix (her full name) has been a registered nurse for more than 30 years. She began her nursing career in neonatal intensive care for several years before moving on to pediatric nursing, adolescent chemical dependency and community health just to mention a few.

Torn between her love of helping people and her love of literature and art, she always found her way back to her original dreams. 

She has two children and three grandchildren.

For ordering information, please visit www.publishamerica.com.

A portion of the proceeds from sales of this book will be donated to the Lupus Foundation of Genesee Valley.

PublishAmerica is the home of more than 50,000 talented authors.  PublishAmerica is a traditional publishing company whose primary goal is to encourage and promote the works of new, previously undiscovered writers.  Like more mainstream publishers, PublishAmerica pays its authors advances and royalties and makes its books available through all bookstores.  PublishAmerica offers a distinctly personal, supportive alternative to vanity presses and less accessible publishers.

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Sunday, September 18, 2011 at 3:17 pm

Fight at Lewis Place and State Street

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Batavia Police are on scene at a reported fight involving five adults and several youths in the roadway at Lewis Place and State Street.

Sunday, September 18, 2011 at 2:02 pm

Football Roundup: Zach Dubois' six TDs lead Elba over Pembroke

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In a battle of 1-1 teams, Elba rolled over Pembroke 46-20 behind the six TDs of Zach Dubois. The Lancers jumped out to a 18-0 first-half lead, and even with the Dragons scoring twice in the third quarter, Elba added 21 points of their own to the scoreboard.

Dubois scored three times in the first half on short runs, but really broke loose in the second half, scoring on runs of 53, 48 and 57 yards. In all, Dubois carried the ball 22 times for 296 yards.

Overall, Elba had 420 yards of offense. Elba's Matt Ramsey had three catches for 73 yards. The Dragon's QB, Cody Bedard, was 17 of 34 for 175 yards and two TDs. Wyatt Chittenden for Pembroke, 18 carries, 75 yards, eight receptions for 135 yards, two TDs.

Elba's defensive stats: Andy Boyce, 15 tackles, one sack; Matt Ramsey, seven tackles, fumble recovery returned for a TD; Cody Naylor, 10 tackles, one sack; Brandon Naylor, six tackles, one sack, two forced fumbles.

Le Roy dropped to 1-2 with a loss to Avon, 34-20. Tommy McQuillen rushed for three touchdowns for Le Roy.

Batavia also dropped to 1-2 with a 20-17 loss to Livonia. T.T. Martinez racked up 171 rushing yards on 24 carries and a touchdown. Brett Scheurline was 9-for-20 for 109 yards.

Batavia visits Le Roy this Friday for a non-league game.

Alexander lost to Barker 16-7.

For our coverage at Notre Dame vs. Oakfield-Alabama, click here.

Photos by Destin Danser.

Sunday, September 18, 2011 at 1:04 pm

Photos: Propane fire training for Byron and South Byron

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Charles Durkee provided photos from Saturday's training for the Byron and South Byron fire departments. Here's what he said about it:

On Saturday between the hours of 8 a.m. and noon, the Byron Fire Department hosted live fire training for their members and members of South Byron. The training was also held for members of the rescue squad as the firemen acted out burn injuries and frost injuries from the liquid propane. The training was very intense and and made the firemen realize that it's a lot harder to move in safely on a big ball of flames and try to shut down the system.

Sunday, September 18, 2011 at 12:36 pm

Hydrant testing and flushing planned for portions of the city

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Press release:

The City of Batavia Fire Department will be flushing fire hydrants Wednesday, at approximately 9 a.m to  3 p.m, in the general area of Oak Street, Pickthorn Drive, Redfield Parkway, Burke Drive, Bogue Avenue, Gateway Drive, Noonan Drive, and Richmond Avenue.

Homes and businesses nearby will be affected. These flows may result in a temporary discoloration of water in that area.

As in the past, please do not attempt to wash any clothing if your water appears discolored. The rain and or makeup date for flushing is Thursday, at approximately noon to 5 p.m.

Sunday, September 18, 2011 at 12:17 pm

Photos: Batavia Kiwanis 'Gala and Auction' at Batavia Downs to benefit Child Advocacy Center

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More than 200 people attended the Batavia Kiwanis Club's auction and gala to raise funds for the Child Advocacy Center at Batavia Downs.

There were certainly a lot of laughs and some great deals were struck at the auction, which brought in more than $15,000.

The few somber minutes of the evening where just before the live auction when a video about the Child Advocacy Center turned the talkative room quiet. Watch the video below. It will give you a good idea of what the CAC is all about.

If you're unable to view the slide show below, click here.

Sunday, September 18, 2011 at 12:15 pm

Chimney fire reported in Alabama

post by Howard B. Owens in Alabama, fire

A chimney fire is reported at 7392 Alleghany Road, Alabama.

An Alabama chief is on scene and may have discovered the fire.

Alabama fire units responding.

UPDATE 1:17 p.m.: Chief on scene believes he's got the fire knocked down. Alabama engines in route.

UPDATE 1:27 p.m.: Alabama fire back in service.

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Sunday, September 18, 2011 at 12:07 pm

Two injuries reported in ATV accident in Darien

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There are possibly two people injured following an ATV accident in the area of 1780 Sumner Road, Darien.

Darien Fire and Mercy EMS responding.

UPDATE 1:23 p.m.: Darien's ambulance is transporting one patient to Strong. The other person did not require transport to a hospital. Darien Fire back in service.

UPDATE 1:37 p.m.: Darien ambulance rerouting to UMMC.

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Saturday, September 17, 2011 at 5:44 pm

O-A plays tough game against a tough Notre Dame team

Coming off two disappointing seasons and starting the 2011 season 0-2, it would be easy to dismiss a game against Oakfield-Alabama as a bye week, but as any coach in the Genesee Region will tell you, there's no squad in the league that can be taken lightly.

There's no telling if the Fighting Irish took the Hornets a little less than serious coming into Friday night's league match-up, but O-A's young players certainly made a game of it.

The final score was 29-14, but the Hornets were never really out of it until the final minutes, and at the half looked like a team that could spoil Notre Dame's early season perfect record.

"They're very well coached," said Notre Dame's head Coach Rick Mancuso. "Brian (Palone) is doing a great job. That (Tommy) Manzella kid is a terrific quarterback. They're tough, there's no doubt about it. They spread you out all over, they throw the ball. I give them all the credit in the world. I thought they played very well tonight."

Palone said his team is young. They let the game get away from them when Nate Woods returned a punt 50 yards for a TD, making the score 15-14 following a two-point conversion.

"That changed the momentum," Palone said.

While Manzella showed he could still march his offense down the field -- he passed for 192 yards on the night on 27 completions -- the Hornets couldn't finish the deal in the red zone.

"Overall I fell like we were right in there," Palone said. "Our kids were fighting hard just like we ask them -- 'give 110 percent.' We’ve got a lot of sophomores out there. We’re just very young this year, so we’re going to make mistakes, but we’re just going to learn from our mistakes and improve."

The scoring started in the first quarter when Nick Taylor capped a Notre Dame drive with a 16-yard run.

But O-A's no-huddle offensive helped the Hornets get the momentum back and the defense was being pretty stingy, twice intercepting Tim McCulley.

Two O-A drives in the second quarter ended in TDs -- a three-yard run by Manzella and a two-yard pass by Manzella to Chris Nanni.

By the fourth quarter, Notre Dame's running game was nearly unstoppable. 

Taylor finished the game with 87 yards on the ground on 17 carries. Nick Conklin had 82 yards rushing on 11 carries.

ND's two fourth-quarter TDs were a five-yard run by Taylor and Woods hauling in a 25-yard pass from McCulley.

McCulley finished with 107 in the air on 16 completions.

Mancuso said his young team played two great quarters to start each of their previous games and then "sort of frittered it away" in second halfs, but Friday the team played better in the second half than the first.

"With a young group of kids like we've got, that's what you expect," Mancuso said. "I want to get us to the point where we're playing four full quarters of football."

As for O-A, which was shut out three times in 2010 on its way to a 0-7 season, following a 2-5 campaign in 2009, Coach Palone is disappointed in his team's 0-3 start, but he said he's seeing progress for the Hornets.

"I feel like this program is heading in the right direction," Palone said. "Every day and each and every game you can see that we’re improving. We’re hanging right in there with these teams now, where last year and the year before we weren’t right in there with the games. They were breaking the games wide open. This year, we're right there."

Saturday, September 17, 2011 at 12:21 pm

Thanks goes out to EAA44 and EAA46 Chapters...

post by Michelle Wheatley in Genesee County Airport

I just wanted to say thank you to the EAA chapters of Rochester and Buffalo for hosting it's Young Eagles Flight Program today at the Genesee County Airport.

It was a great opportunity for children ages 7 + to experience the joy of flying. And the pilots volunteer their time and money for this to happen!  As I spoke to one of the pilots that took my 13 year old daughter up, he said they predict a loss of pilots within the next 10 years--what a great opportunity to grow potential pilots through this program.

My children did this one other time and this time was just as a great. We look forward to having another experience like this again in the Spring!


Saturday, September 17, 2011 at 8:56 am

Photos: The 1961 commencement that should have been

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Prior to 1961, Batavia High's graduating classes held their commencement ceremony at Mancuso Theater, but in 1961, with a new high school built, school officials told the Class of ' 61 that its graduation would be at the new facility. 

There was talk of protest then, but it took the class a half century to actually pull it off.

As part of the class's 50th Reunion, class members walked from Batavia Middle School to the former Mancuso Theater, now City Church, and held a ceremonial commencement with current BHS Principal Christopher Dailey handing Jim Owen back his original diploma as a symbolic graduation. Dailey then delivered the same commencement speech delivered to the Class of 2011.

Saturday, September 17, 2011 at 8:13 am

Photos: Crop-duster in Le Roy

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As I was leaving Le Roy yesterday, I saw this crop-duster flying over a field off Route 5.

Saturday, September 17, 2011 at 8:05 am

Photo: Flowers on the banks of Oatka Creek, Le Roy

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In Le Roy for a bit yesterday afternoon, and I went down to Oatka Creek and saw an opportunity to snap this picture.

Saturday, September 17, 2011 at 7:07 am

Win A FREE iPod: 'Like' The Batavian on Facebook

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If you've 'Liked' The Batavian on Facebook already, you can still enter the contest by clicking the graphic above or clicking here.

Local Business Owners: Want to run a contest like this to promote "Likes" on your Facebook page? Contact Howard Owens (585) 260-6970.

Friday, September 16, 2011 at 2:13 pm

Today's Deals: Oliver's Candies, Pudgie's Lawn & Garden, Bourbon & Burger Co., Blue Pearl Yoga, and more!

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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.

Cookies & Milk, 28 City Center, Batavia, NY: Cookies & Milk offers a wide selection of delicious cookies, cakes and pies. Now offering a full lunch menu that includes soups, salads and sandwiches. Stop by for something sweet! We have a $10 gift certificate for $5.

Cruiser's Creamery, 140 W. Main Road, Le Roy, NY: For the best homemade ice cream, gelato and Italian ice, cruise down to Cruiser's Creamery. It's worth the drive! We offer soft serve, sundaes, razzles, milkshakes and more! Try an old-fashioned Banana Barrel! Our waffle cones and bowls made fresh daily. Hours are 3 to 10 p.m. Monday through Friday, 1 to 10 p.m. Saturday, Sunday. Drive-thru and patio seating. We have a $10 gift certificate available for $5.

Delavan's, 107 Evans St., Batavia, NY: To me, Delavan's is one of those restaurants where you want to eat frequently until you try everything on the menu. We have a $20 gift certificate for $10.

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 $10.

Pudgie's Lawn and Garden Center3646 W. Main St. Road, Batavia, NY: Fall is here and Pudgie’s has everything you need, from bird baths and flowers of every variety, to mulch and fertilizer. We have a $25 gift certificate for $12.50.

Spirits, 78 Lake St., Le Roy, NY. Le Roy's favorite sports bar, where fun and good food are always on tap. We have a $20 gift certificate for $10.

Stafford Trading Post, 6173 Main Road, Stafford, NY: Lunch or dinner, Stafford Trading Post offers a variety of fresh, homemade meals, as well as snacks and drinks. Now in a new, expanded location. We have a $25 gift certificate for $12.50. Gift certificates valid on menu items only. Not applicable to in-store purchases.

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 $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 $10.

Carlson's Studio, 39 Jackson St., Batavia, NY: Weddings, new babies, grads, family portraits, pet portraits and group events -- preserve those memories with professional photographs. We have a $100 gift card for $50 (+$2 PayPal Service fee).

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 $10. (Good only at the Batavia location.)

Kravings, Valu Plaza, 4152 W. Main St., Batavia, NY: Kravings offers soups, salads and sandwiches, fresh and flavorful; Monday through Saturday. We have a $10 gift certificate for $5.

Larry's Steakhouse, 60 Main St., Batavia, NY: The name says it all -- Larry's is a great place for steak. Larry's has a fine dining atmosphere with a great menu and outstanding service. We have a $25 gift certificate for $12.50.

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 $10.

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 $10.

Blue Pearl Yoga, 200 E. Main St., Batavia, NY: Exercise your soul as well as your body in a friendly and relaxing atmosphere. We have a gift certificate for five yoga classes, a $60 value, for $30.


Friday, September 16, 2011 at 12:51 pm

Ellicott Street resident accused of burglarizing local business

post by Howard B. Owens in batavia, crime

A suspect in one of the alleged burglaries over the summer in Batavia has been arrested, but police say the 55-year-old Batavia resident is not a suspect in other burglaries.

Paul C. Wapniewski was taken into custody following an investigation and indictment by the Grand Jury.

Wapniewski, a resident of 410 Ellicott St., Batavia, is accused of breaking into Delavan's Restaurant, 107 Evans St., on May 6.

Following arraignment in Genesee County Court, Wapniewski was released under supervision of Genesee Justice.

He was charged with burglary, 3rd, criminal mischief, 2nd, and petit larceny.

There have been at least 10 other burglaries of businesses in the city this summer, but police say Wapniewski is not a suspect in those crimes.

Friday, September 16, 2011 at 12:35 pm

Law and Order: Employee accused of stealing from Darien Lake Theme Park

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Erin Nicole Richley, 20, of North Street, Batavia, is charged with grand larceny, 4th.  Richley is accused of stealing more than $1,000 from Darien Lake Theme Park while employed there.

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