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Thursday, April 21, 2011 at 11:54 am

Police Beat: A pair of criminal contempt charges

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

Francisco Martinez Jr., 37, no permanent address, is charged with criminal contempt, 2nd. Martinez was taken into custody by Batavia Police on an arrest warrant issued in City Court after Martinez allegedly violated a "stay away" order of protection. Martinez was jailed on $1,000 bail.

Eric M. Duda, 49, of 6303 Main Road, Stafford, is charged with criminal contempt, 2nd. Duda allegedly violated an order of protection by going to an apartment where the protected person was staying. Duda was jailed on $1,000 bail.

Thursday, April 21, 2011 at 9:10 am

Today's Deals: Delavan's, Center Street, T.F. Brown's, and more

post by Ethan Thompson in Deal of the Day

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

South Beach, 59 Main St., Batavia, NY: Try the new lunch buffet. We have a $25 gift certificate for $12.50 (must be used by May 31, 2011).

Clor's Meat Market, 4169 W. Main St. Road, Batavia, NY: For the best, most flavorful, juiciest chicken or hamburger in town, hands down, stop by Clor's. Oh, and the steaks are great, too. And the sausage. Clor's also serves lunch and dinners from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. We have a $10 gift card for $5.

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.


Note: if you've never bought a Deal of the Day before, or are otherwise unfamiliar with the rules and process, click here.

Wednesday, April 20, 2011 at 9:32 pm

A driver has reportedly left scene of accident in Byron

post by Howard B. Owens in accident, byron

The driver of one vehicle in a two-car crash at on Townline Road near Byron-Holley Road, Byron, has disappeared according to a chief on scene.

Byron and South Byron fire departments are responding. A chief asked to confirm that law enforcement was en route.

No report on injuries.

Wednesday, April 20, 2011 at 8:12 pm

Nursing Home taking steps to keep 'C. diff' out of facility

post by Howard B. Owens in Genesee County Nursing Home, health, UMMC

The recent outbreak of the potentially fatal bacteria commonly called C. diff at United Memorial Medical Center is having a ripple effect on the Genesee County Nursing Home.

Nursing Home Administrator Charles Rice told the legislature's Ways and Means Committee on Wednesday afternoon that "a lot of people are coming out of the hospital now" with C. diff.

After the meeting, Rice and the Nursing Home's Nursing Director Dawn Canale backed down from that statement. Rice and Canale said the Nursing Home has always been on alert for C. diff, but recent media reports about the C. diff outbreak at UMMC has the Nursing Home stepping up its infection control measures.

No Nursing Home residents have C. diff, Rice said, and Canale explained that any potential transfer patient from UMMC who tests positive for C. diff is not accepted as a resident at the Nursing Home.

Asked if there has been a spike recently in the number of potential transfers who test positive for C. diff, Canale said, "I don't want to say that," adding, "because two or three to me is a lot, but to you guys ..."  Canale's statement trailed off.

Canale said that every transfer from the hospital is screened and must have two negative tests for C. diff before becoming a resident at the Nursing Home.

"They always tell us (if a patient had C. diff) and we always make sure they’ve been treated and they're not contagious," Canale said.

If a person had C. diff but has recovered, the patient can be transferred, but the resident is either given a room with an other former C. diff patient or given a private room.

"We don't unnecessarily expose our fragile residents," Rice said. "Most of the time they've been treated, but we still keep a good eye on them."

Dealing with the outbreak of C. diff has been difficult, Rice said, because there is limited bed space in the Nursing Home and special precautions must be taken to separate potential C. diff carriers from other residents.

Rice also said that employees are given extra instructions on infection control and extra attention is given to disinfecting the facility.

Wednesday, April 20, 2011 at 6:16 pm

'Surly Sal the Erie Canal Cook' is guest at Woolly Book Worms group

The final meeting of the school year for the Woolly Book Worms is set for 10 a.m. Saturday, May 14, in the Children's Room of Richmond Memorial Library.

This is a book discussion group for students in grades 3 to 5 and their favorite adult.

On May 14th, the group will discuss "Erie Canal Sal" by Gretchen Murray Sepik. She is a local author and storyteller who will be attending the meeting to portray her historical costumed narrative of "Surly Sal the Erie Canal Cook."

After her performance, Sepik will lead the book discussion and sign books.

Please register adults and students online at <http://www.batavialibrary.org/>

Discussion titles are available at the Children's Room desk. For more information call the library at 394-9550, ext. 4 or consult the Web site. The library is located at 19 Ross St. in the City of Batavia.

Wednesday, April 20, 2011 at 5:59 pm

Cub Scouts hold BBQ to fund Gettysburg trip

post by Billie Owens in announcements, pack 6069

Batavia Cub Scouts Pack 6069 is having a chicken BBQ from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on May 14.

This is to help support the pack's plans to go to Gettysburg, Pa., in September. The boys and their families are very excited about this big trip, so please come out and help them get there.

Tickets are $8.50. If you want to buy a ticket in advance, please give Heather a call at 585-300-9195.

Wednesday, April 20, 2011 at 5:16 pm

Two power outages have nearly 1,000 Genesee County homes without power

post by Howard B. Owens in weather

A large power outage has hit the Byron-Bergen area and another smaller outage has hit Wyoming and covers most of Pavilion.

The Byron-Bergen outage effects about 790 National Grid customers. The affected areas include South Byron, West Bergen and Jericho Corners, but not the villages of Byron or Bergen.

Power went out at 3:57 p.m. and is expected to be restored by 6:30 p.m.

The Wyoming-centered outage, effecting 350 customers, stretches up the west side of Route 63 to Route 20.

Power went out at 4:15 p.m. and is expected to be restored at 6:30 p.m.

There's also a small outage -- less than five customers -- just west of North Bergen.

UPDATE 5:45 p.m.: A transformer fire is reported in the area of 9097 Tripp Road and power in that vicinity is out. Byron and South Byron fire departments are called to respond. National Grid notified, no ETA.

Wednesday, April 20, 2011 at 5:03 pm

Corwin calls out Hochul on Obama's proposed tax increase

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

Press Release:

WILLIAMSVILLE – Matthew Harakal, communications director for Jane Corwin for Congress, made the following statement today after Kathy Hochul’s continued silence on how she would cut government spending:

“Now a full week after the President called for a massive $1.5 trillion tax increase, Kathy Hochul still remains silent on the dire financial condition our country is in. Will Kathy Hochul continue to stand with Nancy Pelosi and refuse to do anything to cut spending? Does Kathy Hochul support the President’s plan for $1.5 trillion in crippling tax hikes on Western New York families and small businesses? Or will she follow Jane Corwin’s lead and support cutting spending immediately to strengthen the economy and create jobs. Kathy Hochul has a long tax-and-spend record. As a Hamburg Town Board member she increased the tax burden by 45 percent and later as the Erie County Clerk, she increased spending in the DMV by an incredible 51 percent. When will Kathy Hochul make up her mind and get serious about cutting spending?”

Hochul’s silence comes even after the S&P issued a threat to downgrade our country’s prized AAA credit rating. S&P is one of the three main agencies that rate the ability of companies and countries to repay their debts. It recently cut its outlook for our country’s long-term credit rating from "stable" to "negative," a direct result of the failed leadership from Washington to address our fiscal crisis.

Wednesday, April 20, 2011 at 4:59 pm

Big Easter Egg Hunt planned Saturday at city's Centennial Park

post by Billie Owens in batavia, Kiwanis

A big, fun Easter Egg Hunt begins at 9 a.m. on Saturday, April 23 at Centennial Park in the City of Batavia.

This annual event -- for children age 10 and under -- is put on by the Batavia Kiwanis.

Centennial Park is located at Ellicott Avenue and Richmond Avenue.

Wednesday, April 20, 2011 at 4:50 pm

Community Action announces surplus food distribution to qualified residents

Community Action of Orleans & Genesee announces that surplus food distribution is back!

From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Thursday, May 5, food will be distributed in the Kennedy Building at the Genesee County Fairgrounds to qualified residents. You may pick up for someone else with a signed permission slip.

You must bring the following:

  • Proof of residence, which can be a water, gas, electric or telephone bill.
  • Some form of identification.
  • Proof of Income. Please bring one of the following: Supplemental Security Income (SSI) grant award letter; Social Security Disability (SSD) award letter; Social Security (SSA) end-of-the-year letter; Heap Grant award letter; WIC card; Department of Social Services budget sheet; or your most recent income tax return.

In determining eligibility, these are the maximum income guidelines:

One person -- Weekly $385.31 / Monthly $1,669.67 / Yearly $20,036

Two people -- Weekly $518.37 / Monthly $2,246.25 / Yearly $26,955

Three people -- Weekly $651.42 / Monthly $2,822.83 / Yearly $33,874

Four people -- Weekly $784.48 / Monthly $3,399.42 / Yearly $40,793

Five people -- Weekly $917.54 / Monthly $3,976 / Yearly $47,712

Six people -- Weekly $1,050.60 / Monthly $4,552.58 / Yearly $54,631

Seven people -- Weekly $1,183.65 / Monthly $5,129.17 / Yearly $61,550.00

Eight people -- Weekly $1,316.71 / Monthly $5,705.75 / Yearly $68,469.00

For each additional person add: Weekly $133.06 / or Monthly $576.58 / or Yearly $6,919.00.

The eligibility guidelines reflect 185 percent of the Federal Poverty Level. Guidelines last revised 7/1/09.

Please call Community Action with any questions 343-7798, ext 16.

Wednesday, April 20, 2011 at 4:29 pm

GCEDC seeking applicants for high-tech training course

post by Howard B. Owens in GCEDC

Press release:

The Genesee County Economic Development Center (GCEDC)  is offering a pilot training program in Advanced and High Tech Manufacturing that will be offered this fall.

The program will be funded through a grant secured by the GCEDC in cooperation with Genesee County.

The minimum qualification to apply is a high school diploma or its equivalent.  Current high school seniors, who will graduate in June 2011, are eligible to apply.

The 11-week training program will take place on the campuses of Genesee Community College (GCC) and the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT). There is no cost to applicants selected to participate in the pilot program and transportation between the GCC and RIT campus will be provided.

Individuals selected to participate will have the opportunity to attend sessions that will train them in the basic skills needed for jobs in advanced manufacturing and nano-technology. Course work will include work readiness skills, metrics, and an introduction to lean manufacturing to name a few of the topics at GCC.

Hands-on experiences will continue at RIT in lean and advanced manufacturing and nano-tech workshops in quality control, microelectronics, photovoltaics, surface mount technology and optics among others. Successful participants will receive a non-credit Certificate in Advanced Manufacturing and Nano-Tech Concepts from GCC.

A more detailed program description and information on the application process is available on the GCEDC Web site at www.gcedc.com <http://www.gcedc.com>. To locate, go to the GCEDC home page, click on “About Genesee County” and the tab “Workforce Development." Applications are available through the Genesee County Career Center, located in the East Town Plaza, 587 E. Main St., Suite 100, Batavia.

Wednesday, April 20, 2011 at 4:23 pm

Hazardous road conditions lead to power outages, traffic shut downs in Pavilion

post by Billie Owens in Pavilion

Mighty winds have toppled a large tree and it's blocking the roadway at Wyoming Road and Route 19 in Covington, which is part of Pavilion Fire Department's district. Live wires are also down.

Pavilion Fire Department is responding.

Power is out in the vicinity.

"There are lines (down) everywhere," says a responder.

The "four corners" intersection lights aren't working. State Troopers have shut down southbound Route 19 at Route 63 in Pavilion.

Traffic on Route 19 is to be closed to traffic by Wyoming and Crossman roads. Law enforcement is helping direct traffic.

National Grid has been notified. No ETA given.

UPDATE 4:51 p.m.: National Grid is on scene.

UPDATE 5 p.m.: Southbound Route 19 is reopened to traffic.

Wednesday, April 20, 2011 at 4:06 pm

Candidates' Forum: Questions on social issues for NY-26 hopefuls

post by Howard B. Owens in Ian Murphy, Jack Davis, Jane Corwin, kathy hochul, NY-26

As part of our ongoing series to find out as much as we can about what the candidates for the NY-26 special election believe about issues, we present this week's questions and answers on hot button social issues.

Below are the questions as sent to the candidates and, after the jump, the answers from each candidate in the order received.

What is your position on abortion, addressing your position on when if it should be legal at all, or only in early and/or later stages of pregnancy and the circumstances of a pregnancy (age of the mother, whether rape or incest), also as it relates to federal funding either directly or indirectly of abortion and/or agencies that may be involved in providing abortions.

What is your position on marriage? Should the federal government involve itself on issues of who can marry whom? Should the federal government provide the same benefits to heterosexual couples as well as gay couples?

Finally, should gay men and lesbians be allowed to serve openly in the U.S. military?

Wednesday, April 20, 2011 at 3:40 pm

Police Beat: Overnight accident results in DWI charge

post by Howard B. Owens in batavia, Bethany, crime, Oakfield, Stafford

Travis Michael Herold, 20, of Prospect Street, Attica, is charged with felony DWI, felony driving with a BAC of .08 or greater, moving from lane unsafely and consumption of alcohol in a motor vehicle. Herold was taken into custody following the investigation by Deputy Jason Saile into a motor vehicle accident at 2:18 a.m. in the area of 9406 Alexander Road, Batavia.

Jason Jonathan Reed, 34, of South Pearl Street Road, Oakfield, is charged with criminal contempt, 2nd. Reed is accused of violating an order of protection issued in Family Court by making a phone call to the protected party.

Connie Lynn King, 40, of South Main Street, Oakfield, is charged with harassment, 2nd. King is accused of punching, kicking, biting and pulling the hair of her boyfriend during an alleged domestic dispute at 12:45 a.m., Monday.

Dennis F. Walter, 53, of Clipnock Road, Stafford, is charged with two counts of criminal possession of a weapon, 3rd, and one count of criminal possession of a criminal weapon, 4th. Walter was arrested on a warrant out of Bethany Town Court and jailed on $20,000 bail.

Raymond Edmond Allard, 27, of South Main Street, Oakfield, is charged with trespass and harassment, 2nd. Allard allegedly had physical contact with another person and then refused to leave the property when told to do so by the property owner.

Wednesday, April 20, 2011 at 3:28 pm

Live power line down on Batavia-Elba TL Road

post by Billie Owens in batavia

A tractor-trailer has reportedly dragged down a live wire from a power pole at a residence at 3766 Batavia-Elba Townline Road. It is in the roadway.

Town of Batavia Fire Department is called to the scene. The location is west of Pekin Road.

UPDATE 3:45 p.m.: National Grid has been notified. No ETA given. The residence is completely without power for now.

UPDATE 3:54 p.m.: National Grid is now on scene to fix the problem.

UPDATE 3:57 p.m.: The Town of Batavia fire units are back in service.

Wednesday, April 20, 2011 at 3:03 pm

Daughter of local pizzeria owner takes 2nd Place in gymnastics meet

post by Billie Owens in batavia, ficarella's, Milestones

Jessica Ficarella took 2nd Place in the All-Around at the USAG Spring Graffiti Gymnastics Meet April 2nd in West Seneca.

Jessica, who is 10 years old, took 1st Place on vault, 3rd Place on the Uneven Bars and 2nd Place on the Floor Exercise -- earning her the overall 2nd Place finish. Jessica is a fifth-grader at Churchville-Chili Middle School and is a member of the Bright Raven Gymnastics Team which finished in 1st Place at the Graffiti meet.

She is the daughter of Nick and Nancy Ficarella of Churchville who own Ficarella's Pizzeria in Batavia.

Wednesday, April 20, 2011 at 2:59 pm

Special needs residents asked to take survey on 9-1-1 services

post by Howard B. Owens in Dispatch Center, Sheriff's Office

A new system for communicating with emergency dispatch centers is in the works, and architects of the system are looking for feedback on what people with disabilities need, and how they use 9-1-1 systems.

Steve Sharpe, director of emergency communication for the Genesee County Sheriff's Office, is asking the people with disabilities in Genesee County take a short survey provided by the Federal Communications Commission on 9-1-1 services.

"This is a survey for folks with disabilities to rate their local access to 9-1-1," Sharpe said. "This will help the State of New York better prepare for what is now called Next Generation 9-1-1 or NG911. NG911 is the next step in contacting 9-1-1 centers during emergencies including using technologies such as texting, video and other means. We need our local special needs population to fill out the survey so we can better meet their needs in Genesee County."

To take the survey, click here.

Wednesday, April 20, 2011 at 2:57 pm

Le Roy man reenlists for NY Army National Guard

post by Billie Owens in Le Roy, Milestones

Citizen soldier Robert Davis, of Le Roy, has reenlisted in the New York Army National Guard, continuing his commitment to serve his community, state and nation.

Major General Patrick A. Murphy, the Adjutant General, announced made the announcement.

Sergeant 1st Class Davis will continue his service with the Troop A 2-101 Cavalry (Reconnaissance, Surveillance and Target Acquisition).

"Over the past three years, the New York Army National Guard has come from far below authorized strength to 100-percent strength," Murphy said in remarks to the force. "Our priority is to provide ready forces for both state and federal missions and readiness starts with maintaining our strength.

"We have more than 16,000 men and women in the Army and Air National Guard with each individual member having an important role."

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

Wednesday, April 20, 2011 at 2:45 pm

Cookson and Old Creed roads closed due to high water

post by Howard B. Owens in alexander, Cookson Road, Old Creek Road

Cookson Road and Old Creek Road in Alexander are closed due to high water.

Earlier today, Peaviner was reported closed.

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