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Thursday, March 31, 2011 at 9:27 am

Today's Deals: Oliver's, Larry's, Bohn's, and more

post by Ethan Thompson in Deal of the Day

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.

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.

Bohn's Restaurant, 5256 Clinton St., Batavia, NY. Fine dining in an atmosphere of casual elegance. Lunch and dinner, steak, prime rib and seafood. Ask about Bohn's catering services and banquet facility. We have $25 gift certificates for $12.50.

Settler's Restaurant, 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.

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 $12.50.

Alli's Cones & Dogs, 7063 Lewiston Road, Oakfield, NY: Full breakfast, lunch and dinner menu; new all-you-can-eat salad bar; ice cream served year-round; eat-in or take-out. We have $20 gift certificates 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 card for $12.50.

Center Street Smoke House, 20 Center St., Batavia, NY: Authentic Southern BBQ, from ribs to brisket with all the fixin's. We have a $20 gift card for $10.

T.F. Brown's, at 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." We have a $20 gift card for $10.

Alabama Hotel, 1353 Lewiston Road, Basom, N.Y.: 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. Expanded hours starting April 6. We have $20 gift certificates for $10.00.

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

South Main Country Gifts, 3356 Main St. Road, Batavia, NY: Handcrafted items, gifts with a regional flair, candles, teas and spices -- South Main has a wide selection to please most any interest. Decorate your home or office for spring or summer. 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 three weeks of yoga, 3 classes, a $30 value, for $15.

Blue Pearl Yoga

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Wednesday, March 30, 2011 at 11:55 pm

Person trapped in car after rollover accident on Thruway

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

A person has suffered minor injuries, but is trapped in his car after a rollover accident on the Thruway in the area of mile marker 388, westbound lane.

The driver conscious and alert and talking with emergency dispatch.

He is injured and unable to get out of the car.

Town of Batavia Fire Department and Mercy EMS dispatched.

UPDATE 11:58 p.m.: The vehicle is on its wheels. "We will need to have the door popped," a Mercy medic informs a Batavia chief.

Wednesday, March 30, 2011 at 4:06 pm

Le Roy elementary school students raise $1,600 in pennies

Students at Le Roy's Wolcott St. School spent the last two weeks raising money for those less fortunate. They did this as part of the Pennies for Peace campaign, a program of the Central Asia Institute.

It is designed to raise funds for community-based education and literacy programs -- esepcially for girls -- in remote, Central Asian mountain communities.

The grand total raised by Wolcott St. School -- calculated with the help of the Bank of Castile -- was $1,600. Here is a grade-by-grade count:

Pre K -- $52
K -- $149
Grade 1 -- $183
Grade 2 -- $210
Grade 3 -- $157
Grade 4 -- $325
Grade 5 -- $275
Grade 6 -- $241

 

Kids collected and brought in pennies over a two-week period. Pictured above are the graphed results as of Friday morning (each jar represents $10 in pennies).

What is particularly impressive about this is that the students were not rewarded for the number of pennies they brought in. From the very beginning, there was an understanding that the class that collected the most pennies would not get a pizza party or anything like that.

"What we're looking to do is help the students become intrinsically motivated," said Principal Casey Kosiorek.

He said the overall goal as it pertained to the kids was to help them grow into good citizens who will want to do the right thing without being rewarded.

"I never expected it to have such an impact," said Carol Messura, assistant principal and chair of the project. She said that the students were "extremely enthusiastic" about the whole deal.

"If you were here earlier this morning, you could hear little hoots and hollers with the sound of change being poured into the buckets (pictured at the top)."

Kosiorek said that the money will go toward supplies, teachers' salaries and the building of schools in remote regions of Pakistan and Afghanistan.

"They have pretty much nothing," he commented.

Wednesday, March 30, 2011 at 3:46 pm

Master gardeners announce spring Coffee and Dessert Series

Genesee County Master Gardeners will be offering their Coffee and Dessert Series this spring, along with the ever-popular container gardening class.

Participants enjoy a variety of gardening topics taught by certified Master Gardeners along with coffee and dessert. Cost is $10 per person per class.

Pre-registration is required as class size is limited.

All programs are from 6 to 8 p.m. at Genesee County Cornell Cooperative Extension at 420 E. Main St., Batavia, unless otherwise noted.

April 13 – “Plan for Autumn Awesomeness." Is your garden smashing in the springtime but looking worn out by mid-August? Spent by September? Start planning and planting now for a garden overflowing with Autumn Awesomeness! Peek in on six, local fall gardens to discover amazing autumn plants and combinations to try in your garden this year. Registration deadline: April 8.

April 20 – “Landscaping Difficult Sites." Do you have shade, slopes or other challenging areas in your garden? Let us show you how to deal with these difficult situations. Learn how to add garden “bling” to those tricky backyard places. Registration deadline: April 15.

April 27 – “Backyard Birds." Spring is the time to adjust your bird-feeding system to accommodate springtime migrants, as well as the permanent resident birds that have been visiting your feeders all winter. Learn about some of the interesting birds that may show up in your backyard this spring and summer. Registration deadline: April 22.

May 11 – “Creative Container Gardening!”. When it comes to choosing containers for plants, why opt for the typical terra cotta pot? A wealth of more intriguing objects is just waiting to be transformed into creative container gardens. Join us for some inspiration, so you can learn to fashion container gardens from unexpected sources this season. Registration deadline: May 6.

May 25 – Hands on Program – "Container Gardening." Select from traditional and unusual plant materials to create your own unique container garden. Bring your own container (no bigger than 12 inches across), hand trowel and gloves. Potting soil, fertilizer and flowers will be provided. (Excessively large containers will be charged extra.) This class will be held at the Kennedy Building at the Genesee County Fairgrounds, Route 5 in Batavia. Pre-registration is required by May 20. Cost is $20.00 per person.

To register, contact Amy at 343-3040, ext. 101, or stop by our office at 420 E. Main St. in Batavia to register. For more information visit our Web site at: www.genesee.shutterfly.com.

Wednesday, March 30, 2011 at 3:39 pm

Photo: New Batavia Police sign

post by Howard B. Owens in batavia

When I drove by the Batavia Police HQ this afternoon, I spotted a new sign out front.

Wednesday, March 30, 2011 at 3:34 pm

Holland Land Office Museum hosts free lecture

The Holland Land Office Museum has announced a free lecture series beginning Saturday, April 16.

Starting at 1:30 p.m., author Larry Barnes will discuss his book "Batavia Revisited." To reserve your free seat please call the museum at 343-4727.

Donations to the museum are always appreciated.

Wednesday, March 30, 2011 at 3:27 pm

Mercy Flight crews in Buffalo need an elliptical machine

post by Billie Owens in announcements, business, buy/sell/trade, sports

Is your elliptical machine gathering dust? Wanna donate it? FYI...

Jeffrey Mendola, on behalf of the Mercy Flight crews in Buffalo, put this plea on Twitter:

"Looking for a used elliptical (donated or cheap) for our Buffalo flight crews to use between calls. jmendola@mercyflight.org if you can help."

(As you know, Buffalo Mercy Flight often flies into Genesee County to transport critically injured people.)

Wednesday, March 30, 2011 at 3:20 pm

Richmond library announces spring programs for tots

post by Billie Owens in announcements, batavia, Richmond Memorial Library

The Spring series of Story Time programs at the Richmond Memorial Library, Batavia, begins on Monday, April 4. Here's the line-up:

  • Toddler Time --  10:30 a.m. Tuesdays (walkers – 3 years)
  • Tiny Tots Early Risers -- 9:30 a.m. Wednesdays (walkers – 3 years)
  • Tiny Tots -- 10:30 a.m. Wednesdays (walkers -- 3 years)
  • Preschool Party --  10 a.m. Thursdays (ages 3 through 5)
  • Baby Bounce  -- 11 a.m. Thursdays (pre-walkers)
  • Pajama Primetime --  6:30 p.m. Thursdays (all ages)

To register for one of these sessions, or to get more information, call the library at 343-9555, ext. 4, or stop in at the Children's Room desk during library hours: 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekends.

Parents may also register online. The Web address is www.batavialibrary.org/

Group size is limited so register early.

The library is located at 19 Ross St. in the City of Batavia.

Wednesday, March 30, 2011 at 2:58 pm

Farm Bureau lauds restoration of ag funding in state budget

post by Billie Owens in agriculture, business

Here's a news release sent Monday from the NY Farm Bureau.

Lawmakers have restored funding for agricultural programs in the state budget, and Dean Norton, president of the NY Farm Bureau, had this to say about the overall budget agreement.

"Just as we're about to roll our tractors into the fields for a new growing season, our allies in the senate and assembly have come through with a budget that will help ensure a brighter future for our farm families.

"Farmers are full of gratitude this morning for Governor Cuomo, Senate Majority Leader Skelos, Senate Ag Chair Patty Ritchie and Assembly Ag Chair Bill Magee. Our leaders in Albany have made an investment in rural New York by restoring funding to dozens of vital agricultural programs that will help grow our industry and create jobs.

"Not only were agricultural programs restored, but the overall budget did make a significant start at tackling our state’s larger fiscal problems, caused mainly by mandatory, nondiscretionary spending levels for labor, education and health care.

“I would particularly like to commend our Senate and Assembly Agriculture Committee chairs -- Senator Ritchie and Assemblyman Magee. Both the Senate and Assembly Majority budget proposals contained substantial investments in agriculture infrastructure programs, and Senator Ritchie and Assemblyman Magee worked very hard with members of their respective conferences to make sure that the budget was a fair one for the farm community.

"Programs such as the Integrated Pest Management, Pro-Dairy, New York FarmNet, and the New York Farm Viability Institute, as well as several promotion and agricultural education programs and others are crucial to the future success of our farm families throughout Upstate New York and the farm towns of Long Island.

"Other programs like Re-Charge NY will expand low-cost power to businesses, including farms. Re-Charge NY was one of New York Farm Bureau members' priority issues this year and we are very pleased with its accomplishment for our farmers and the food processing industry.

"We are equally excited about regional economic development councils that we expect to include stakeholders in agriculture and food processing.

Farm Bureau members lobbied hard for restoration of our agricultural programs with a message to the governor and legislature that if you want to revive the state economy, a great place to start is with agriculture. Our leaders listened.

"We have nearly 36,000 farms in New York, which means there are 36,000 small businesses employing New Yorkers, stimulating the economy and most importantly, producing food, fuel and fiber for our neighbors."

Wednesday, March 30, 2011 at 2:27 pm

College hosts job fair April 12

post by Billie Owens in announcements, business, GCC, job fair

Genesee Community College will host a Job Fair with with more than 25 companies expected to participate from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Tuesday, April 12.

It will be held at the college's centrally located William Stuart Forum. Genesee's Career Services Center continues to solicit businesses from all types of industries to join the popular, three-hour event that introduces potential new employees to employers. It also provides businesses an opportunity to present their trade and services to the local community.

This is event is sponsored by WBTA AM1490. Any company interested in attending the Job Fair should call (585) 345-6888 to register immediately. The following employers are scheduled to attend:

  • Affordable Payroll
  • Hyatt Regency Rochester
  • U.S. Army & Army Reserve
  • 4-H Camp Wyomoco
  • Living Opportunities of DePaul
  • U.S. Department of Agriculture
  • City of Batavia Youth Bureau
  • Maurices
  • U.S. Department of Homeland Security
  • Darien Lake
  • NYS Department of Agriculture
  • U.S. Marines Corps
  • ESL Federal Credit Union
  • NYS Police
  • Verizon Wireless
  • Geico
  • NYS Unified Court System – Buffalo Office
  • WBTA AM 1490
  • Genesee ARC
  • Professional Driver Institute
  • Western New York AmeriCorps
  • Genesee Area Family YMCA (Camp Hough)
  • SUNY Brockport
  • ROTC
  • Genesee County Personnel Department
  • The ARC of Monroe County

"Once again, we anticipate that our Spring Job Fair will provide an excellent opportunity for job seekers and employers to connect," said John McGowan, Career Center coordinator. "As the economy continues its gradual uptick, we hope everyone in the market for a job or with a job opportunity will attend. This is an excellent opportunity for job seekers to meet with potential employers."

Potential employees are also encouraged to review GCC's Job Tips overview which offers excellent guidelines to develop strong interviewing skills and tips on interfacing with potential employers. Go to: http://www.genesee.edu/_content/depts/career/events/JobTips.pdf

In addition, Genesee Community College's Career Services Center sponsors several preparatory job search workshops, such as Resume & Cover Letter Writing and Credential File & Interviewing Skills. These workshops are FREE and open to the general public.

A complete list of upcoming workshop dates and times can be found at www.genesee.edu/career <http://www.genesee.edu/career>. To attend the workshops students and community members MUST register in advance by calling the Career Services Office at (585) 345-6888 or registering on-line (see the events page).

Wednesday, March 30, 2011 at 2:05 pm

Syntec Optics reports a near-record year for 2010, expects 15 new hires this year

post by Billie Owens in business, syntec optics

Syntec Optics -- a manufacturer of quality, precision molded plastic optics for the medical, defense and biometric industries -- had a near record year in 2010.

It fell just shy historic numbers reached in the 2008-2009 fiscal year and the company is currently on pace to increase sales by 13.5% in 2011.

“We missed having a record year by 1 percent,”General Manager Lori Steffenilla said. “Despite the worldwide economic conditions, we invested in our facility and our people and were able to increase our year-over-year sales by 20 percent.”

Syntec Optics is the largest independent manufacturer of custom plastic lens in the nation. Last year, the company completed an expansion and renovation project that included the addition of a new 77-ton Arburg injection molding machine equipped with a Yushin robot.

This will enable Syntec to hire another 15 employees in 2011. It also successfully added seven new customers in 2010, including an exciting eye-tracking project partnership with Eye-Com that could change the way we interface with technology.

Syntec also upgraded its ISO certification in 2010 to ISO 9001:2008 and was able to complete “Design of Experiment” training in conjunction with the Rochester Institute of Technology.

“We had 12 employees each complete 40 hours of training,” Quality Manager Dan Morgan said. “It gave us the tools to use a systematic and methodical approach to solving engineering challenges. Those efforts enabled us to reduce both cost and lead time for a number of our customers."

Syntec Optics was also able to set an impressive benchmark for on-time deliveries by meeting deadlines nearly 99 percent of the time.

“We are extremely proud of this accomplishment since our customers depend on us to deliver their products as promised," Steffenilla said. "It’s just another example of Syntec’s commitment to quality and customer satisfaction."

Syntec Optics currently employees 100 people at its two facilities located in Pavilion and Rochester and produces "Precision Plastic Optics for Tomorrow’s Technologies.” To find out more, visit www.syntecoptics.com.

Wednesday, March 30, 2011 at 1:49 pm

Beginning April 1 clothing and footwear under $55 will be tax free

post by Billie Owens in business, sales tax, steve hawley

This information comes from Assemblyman Steve Hawley's office.

Assemblyman Steve Hawley recently applauded the return of the sales tax exemption on clothing and footwear.

In 2010, Assemblyman Hawley voted against a measure to enforce a 4 percent sales tax on clothing and footwear under $110.

As of April 1, clothing and footwear under $55 will be tax free until the exemption is extended in 2012 to include items under $110.

“I voted against this regressive tax last year because it served only to push consumers across state lines when they could have otherwise supported small businesses right here in our own community,” Hawley said. “Increasing taxes on clothing hurt those who could least afford it, like working families who are trying to feed and clothe their children.

"I encourage all Western New Yorkers to take advantage of this fee’s sunset by frequenting the locally owned and operated clothing stores that help build the regional economy.”

Wednesday, March 30, 2011 at 12:34 pm

Loose horse gallivanting on Roanoke Road near Route 63

post by Billie Owens in Pavilion

There's a horse on the loose in the area of 1467 Roanoke Road, near the junction of Route 63 in Pavilion. A person there is trying to keep it from going into the roadway.

A Sheriff's deputy is en route, but first must make a stop at the animal shelter for a rabies shot, presumably for an animal.

UPDATE 1:40 p.m.: The horse, which is brown, and possibly a second horse, are said to be contained behind a fence now. The owner could not be reached.

Wednesday, March 30, 2011 at 11:25 am

Police seek help in locating missing teen

post by Howard B. Owens in batavia, missing children

 

Police believe Justice D. Osborne, 15, of 104 Pearl St., Batavia, has run away from home and neither her parents nor police can locate her. They are asking for the public's help in finding her.

There is no indication of forcible abduction.

She is  5’2”, 140 pounds. At the present time her black hair has long straight extensions. She was last seen wearing a gray hoodie, blue jeans and purple skate sneakers.

Anyone with information or who has seen Justice since her disappearance is asked to please call the Batavia Police at 345-6350.     

The photo is the most recent picture of Justice showing her new hair extensions.

Wednesday, March 30, 2011 at 11:00 am

NY-26: Hochul's first TV commercial and a Hochul press release on GE profits

post by Howard B. Owens in kathy hochul, NY-26

Also, a press release from Hochul's campaign:

“While America’s small businesses are doing everything they can to stay afloat and create jobs, one of our nation’s corporate giants has found the loopholes that help them avoid paying their fair share of taxes,” said Kathy Hochul, candidate in New York’s 26th Congressional District.

“Once elected, I will fight for our small businesses and work to ensure we close the corporate tax loopholes that allowed General Electric to report a 2010 worldwide profit of $14.2 billion, without paying a single dollar in American taxes. In fact, due to G.E.’s intense lobbying efforts and slick accounting, the company was able to claim a $3.2 billion tax benefit – money that could have been invested in small businesses that create jobs here at home.

“The fact that every taxpayer in the 26th District paid more in taxes last year than General Electric is plain wrong. It’s time we overhaul our tax code. Without many of their tax breaks, G.E. would currently have thousands and thousands of more jobs here in the U.S. So we must end the tax breaks to companies that ship jobs overseas and instead invest in local businesses that create jobs for hard working American families.”

Wednesday, March 30, 2011 at 9:30 am

New Today: Alabama Hotel

post by Ethan Thompson in Deal of the Day

New Today: Alabama Hotel, 1353 Lewiston Road, Basom, N.Y.: 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. Expanded hours starting April 6. We have $25 gift certificates for $12.50.

Delavan's Restaurant and Tavern, 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.

Red Osier, Route 5, Stafford, NY: Truly, one of the landmark restaurants of the area. Red Osier features prime rib carved table side. We have $25 gift certificates for $12.50.

Center Street Smoke House, 20 Center St., Batavia, NY: Authentic Southern BBQ, from ribs to brisket with all the fixin's. We have a $20 gift card for $10.

Alli's Cones & Dogs, 7063 Lewiston Road, Oakfield, NY: Full breakfast, lunch and dinner menu; new all-you-can-eat salad bar; ice cream served year-round; eat-in or take-out. We have $20 gift certificates for $10.

Settler's Restaurant, 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.

T.F. Brown's, at 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." We have a $20 gift card for $10.

Ficarella's Pizzeria, 21 Liberty St., Batavia, NY. Dine-in, drive-thru or delivery. Featuring fresh, hearth-baked pizza since 1985. Pizza, wings, pasta and more. We have $20 gift certificates for $10. (Good only at the Batavia location.)

SOLD OUT

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Tuesday, March 29, 2011 at 9:30 pm

Voters reject Van Detta proposal in big turn out

post by Howard B. Owens in batavia, van detta stadium

Voters in Batavia today rejected a proposal to upgrade Van Detta Stadium and the athletic fields at John Kennedy School by a vote of 542 to 982.

With more than 1,500 voters, the turn out dwarfed what Business Administrator Scott Rozanski said is typical for a school district budget vote or board election. He said typically, turn out is about 600 people.

The proposal would have cost taxpayers about $110,000 more per year. It would have upgraded the stands at Van Detta as well as the locker rooms and showers, but most notably it would have converted the field to artificial turf.

The entire project was expected to cost $3.9 million.

Tuesday, March 29, 2011 at 7:11 pm

Utility pole reported on fire on Route 98, Batavia

post by Howard B. Owens in batavia, fire

A utility or electricity pole is on fire in the area of 8862 Route 98, near Rose Road, Batavia.

A deputy on scene says the fire is touching a high tension line that seems to be burning.

The pole looks like a newly installed pole, as recently as today.

Town of Batavia Fire is responding with Engine 24.

UPDATE 7:27 p.m.: The fire has burned itself out. National Grid has been notified, no ETA given, but it should easily be able to spot the charred pole, according to responders.


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