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Saturday, March 5, 2011 at 10:43 am


I am human after all!

In composing yesterday's blog, inviting all of you readers and lovers of everything IRISH, I forget to share the date of the party.




with Rich Conroy & Don Bouchard on Guitars

performing Good Old Fashioned Celtic Tunes

at CAFE LEROY on Sat.   March 12th   at 7:30pm



Coming Events:

Casual Guitar Styling by LeRoy's Own Steve Reese.

Tunes you'll know and some originals composed by the artist!

Tuseday, March 15 on stage at 7:30 pm


On April 20th


aka Ellen Adams, US Airforce major, Retired

and into a second career as an out standing international chef

will demonstrate an all French dinner at The Cafe.

The $10 admission will cover the generous tasting after the demo

and coffee/tea through out.



Reservations please at 585-329-7339 (10% discount before March 20)

Friday, March 4, 2011 at 4:26 pm

Spring Sportsman Raffle in South Byron

post by Billie Owens in announcements, south byron

The South Byron Volunteer Fire Co., Inc., will hold its Spring Sportsman Raffle from 3 to 7 p.m. on Saturday, March 19 at its Recreation Hall, located on Route 237.

Prizes this year include:

  • 10 guns, including rifles and shotguns
  • Camping, fishing and archery packages
  • A 14-foot Oak Orchard Canoe
  • A 16-foot Oak Orchard Canoe
  • Five $100 cash prizes
  • Grand Prize No.1 -- $1000 cash
  • Grand Prize No. 2 -- AR-15 Rifle

Tickets are $20 each and entitle you to one admission and meal, snacks, refreshments, and -- most importantly -- a chance at the prizes. There will also be table raffles, side raffles, 50/50 sales and Pull Tabs being sold throughout the day.

For more information or to purchase tickets, please call 585-409-5991 or 585-548-9008.

The Sportsman Raffle is South Byron's main fundraiser every year. Proceeds are used to pay for equipment and training that enable our firefighters to help better serve our community.

Friday, March 4, 2011 at 4:14 pm

Annual youth recognition award banquet set for March 30

post by Billie Owens in announcements

On Wednesday, March 30, the City of Batavia and Genesee County Youth
Boards will hold the 15th Annual Youth Recognition Dinner at the Batavia Party House.

Thirty-one young people will be honored for their commitment to community service and/or their impressive role in their family. The event will also recognize an adult youth worker, adult volunteers, and the Business Appreciation Award

This year, it is also a celebration of the Genesee County Youth Bureau's 40th Anniversary.

The following young people will be recognized for their outstanding service
in the community and/or family:

  • Cody Blakeman
  • Taylor Bloom
  • Jeremy Crawford
  • Triton Drock
  • Kelly Dumuhosky
  • Kaitlin Emerson
  • Joseph Falkowski
  • Melissa Fite
  • Patrick Guarino
  • Jenna Hume
  • Grace Judge
  • Felicia Kennedy
  • Joe Kurch
  • Brian Laird
  • Jon Laird
  • Kaitlin Logsdon
  • Patrick Long
  • Aubrey Maryniak
  • Connor Nesbitt
  • Ashley Oehler
  • Jaden Ohlson
  • Jamie Patnode
  • Jessica Pcionek
  • Zarina Supueva
  • Paul Teresi
  • Melissa Thater
  • Kayla Underwood
  • Keith Welch
  • Eric Williams
  • Erica Williams
  • Tessa Williams

Richard Ohlson is receiving the Adult Volunteer Award.; Julie Walsh from the Justice for Children Advocacy Center is receiving the Adult Youth Worker Award; Tops Friendly Markets was selected for the Business Appreciation Award.

Registration and refreshments will begin at 5 p.m. The program and dinner begins at 6.

In commemoration of the Genesee County Youth Bureau's 40th Anniversary, there will be a special performance by Garrison Starr immediately following the program.

Seating is limited. If you are interested in attending the banquet, please contact the Genesee County Youth Bureau at 344-3960 no later than Wednesday, March 15.

Friday, March 4, 2011 at 4:00 pm

Salvation Army hosts 'Major Steps 5K Walk'

post by Billie Owens in announcements, Salvation Army

The Salvation Army will be hosting its fifth  annual “Major Steps 5K Walk” on Saturday, April 30.

The monies raised will benefit The Salvation Army’s Emergency Family Services office, which provides food and financial assistance to families in Genesee County.

For individuals who are not able to complete the 5K walk there are two shorter routes. Strollers, wheelchairs, pull-along wagons and pets are welcome.

Again this year we will be offering “Take a Step Back." Recognized nonprofit groups can receive back 20 percent of the total they raise in pledges and/or donations. To be eligible, the group must have at least five walkers participating and each walker must have a minimum of $25 in pledges/donations.

Individuals registering before April 8 will receive an event T-shirt. This includes escorts as well as walkers.

For more information contact: Capt. Patty at 343-6284 or email at [email protected]

Friday, March 4, 2011 at 3:55 pm

Two local students named to Dean's List at University at Albany

post by Billie Owens in announcements

Two local students made the Dean's List for outstanding academic achievemenat at the University at Albany-SUNY for the fall 2010 semester.

They are:

Stephanie Dudek, of Batavia

Andrew White, of Elba

The University at Albany is an internationally recognized research university with 56 undergraduate majors and 115 graduate degree programs. It is a leader among all New York State colleges and universities in such diverse fields as public policy, nanotechnology and criminal justice.

Friday, March 4, 2011 at 3:47 pm

Town of Batavia holds public hearing

post by Billie Owens in announcements, business

A Public Hearing will be held by the Town of Batavia Planning Board regarding the application of Larry Abaire, 3282 W. Main St. Rd., for a Special Use Permit to operate a motor vehicle sales, service, repair and impound yard. This district is zoned Commercial, Tax Map #11-1-62.1.

The hearing will be held at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 15 at the Batavia Town Hall, 3833 W. Main St. Rd., Batavia. All interested persons will be heard. A copy of the application is on file at the Town Hall for review. Written comments will be accepted prior to that date.

Friday, March 4, 2011 at 3:43 pm

Roberts Wesleyan College names 19 local students to Dean's List

post by Billie Owens in announcements

Roberts Wesleyan College in Rochester is pleased to announce the following students were named to the Dean's List for their outstanding academic performance for the fall 2010 semester.

Shavaughn Bartz, of Byron, received Honors.

John Blevins, of Batavia, received High Honors.

Allison Dembowski, of East Bethany, received Highest Honors.

Jewelyn Fregoe, of Bergen, received High Honors.

Taylor Goodman, of Corfu, received Honors.

Alannah Heale, of Bergen, received Honors.

Katherine Kovatch, of Le Roy, received Highest Honors.

Brandon Luce, of Batavia, received Honors.

Emily Maniace, of Batavia, received High Honors.

Marinna Ostrowski, of Batavia, received High Honors.

Alyssa Pike, of Batavia, received Honors.

Katherine Rudman, of Le Roy, received High Honors.

Bethany Salvia, of Bergen, received Honors.

Michelle Salvia, of Bergen, received Highest Honors.

Byron Sass, of Byron, received High Honors.

Tyler Sass, of Byron, received High Honors.

David Stacy, of Bergen, received Highest Honors.

Molly Stokes-Riner, of Batavia, received Honors.

Andrea Zinke, of Batavia, received Honors.

Honors, grade-point average ranging from 3.5 to 3.69

Higher Honors, grade-point average ranging from 3.79 to 3.89

Highest Honors, grade-point average ranging from 3.9 to 4.0

About Roberts Wesleyan College

With an enrollment of nearly 2,000 students and a tradition of excellence since 1866, Roberts Wesleyan College is a leader among liberal arts colleges with a Christian worldview.

For more information, visit www.roberts.edu <http://www.roberts.edu>.

Friday, March 4, 2011 at 3:33 pm

Batavia Area Jaycees Home Show & Food Drive

post by Billie Owens in announcements, business

The Batavia Area Jaycees will be collecting nonperishable items at the upcoming Home Show and everything collected will be donated to Stephen’s Table in Batavia.

Any patron that brings in a food item will also received $1 off admission price. (You can bring in more then one food item, but it will only be $1 off the $4 admission price!)

The Home Show is scheduled for March 19-20 at the Batavia Downs. Hours are Saturday from 10 a.m. – 7 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

There is still room available for vendors!

Contact Cathy at 343-5775 or e-mail at [email protected] <mailto:[email protected]> for more details.

Friday, March 4, 2011 at 3:28 pm

Chamber presentation -- 'Social Media for Your Organization'

post by Billie Owens in announcements, business

The Genesee County Chamber of Commerce will present Social Media for Your Organization on March 15.  Kevin Manne, the Genesee Community College new media specialist will be the speaker.

Facebook was the No. 1 most visited Web in the nation last year. Twenty-five billion messages were sent on Twitter last year. All kinds of people -- from potential customers to long-lost cousins or classmates -- are talking with each other and the world through social networks.

This presentation will explain what social media is, what the major platforms are and how they can be leveraged for marketing, customer service, media coverage, or just plain good fun. Manne will explain how to measure the effectiveness of your efforts.

This event will take place beginning at 7:30 a.m. Tuesday, March 15 at T.F. Brown's restaurant, located at 216 E. Main St. A continental breakfast will be provided.

The cost is $10 for chamber members and $15 non-members. Space will be limited to the first 15 people, so you don’t want to miss out. Please contact Melissa at the chamber of commerce to register.

Genesee County Chamber of Commerce, 210 E. Main St., Batavia

343-7440, ext. 27

e-mail to [email protected]

Friday, March 4, 2011 at 3:19 pm


The CAFE LEROY....PLUS presents Don Bouchard & Rich Conroy in a great program of Irish and Celtic melodies and tunes familiar to every Irish Lad & Lassie or those who wanna be Irish for a day!  No Blarney!!  It's a free evening of good old fashioned, clean, wholesome entertainment for kids of all ages.

We're unique, well, let's say "the New Store on the Block"....that's at 45 Main Street in LeRoy and we open at 6 pm (closed Sunday and Monday....one day for The Lord and the other for the bankers!)

Most of you will be too young to remember the days of the Beatniks and Hippies.....the Washington Square Park and the Checker and Chess games in the Park, Bleeker Street in Greenwich Village, New York City, Joan Biaz, Peter, Paul and Mary and the Kingston Trio.....but at CAFE LEROY...PLUS they're  alive again with the sounds of the 50's and 60's, candle lit room, fragrant incense and Local Art displayed on the Walls..........Good Hot Coffee, a Variety of Teas, Creamy Cocoa, Cans of brand name Soda Pop....................pastries, etc.

No TV to capture your attention or video games to mash your minds....just good conversation and neighborhood gossip in a relaxing environment created to "bring you back" or introduce you to how life was in a not so rushed world.  Can you imagine, Democrats and Republicans were civil friends and neighbors. 

We invite you to come in and experience a retro ride and savor music you can understand, we invite you to get up and dance a slow dance (what's that?) to the tunes you may have fallen in love by..............."Tea for Two" and "I Only Have Eyes For You"........it's all still alive at The CAFE LEROY.....PLUS on Main Street!   Alice is in Wonderland and Dorothy can still visit OZ!   Close your eyes and come back in time with us.........


Friday, March 4, 2011 at 3:13 pm

Batavia student makes Dean's List at Marist College

post by Billie Owens in announcements, batavia

Abbey Scalia, of Batavia, made the Dean's List at Marist College for the fall 2010 semester. She is majoring in Communication.

Marist is an independent, comprehensive, liberal arts college founded in 1929. Its 150-acre campus is located in Poughkeepsie. It offers 34 major fields of undergraduate study and 12 graduate-degree programs.

Friday, March 4, 2011 at 12:46 pm

Flood watch issued for Genesee County

post by Howard B. Owens in weather

Heavy rain and warmer temperatures are heading toward Genesee County and that could lead to flooding, according to the National Weather Service.

A flood watch is in effect from Saturday afternoon through Sunday evening.

Tonight temperatures are expected to hit 48 degrees with an 80-percent chance of rain.

The coming storm could dump as much as two inches of rain and, combined with snowmelt, could cause creeks to rise and low-lying areas to fill with water.

Overall, any flooding is expected to be minor.

Friday, March 4, 2011 at 12:33 pm

Christian comes back from meeting in Albany even more opposed to consolidation

post by Howard B. Owens in consolidation, Rose Mary Christian

Rose Mary ChristianCouncilwoman Rose Mary Christian believes she has new evidence to feed her opposition to consolidation between the town and the city.

Christian and colleague Patti Pacino recently attended New York Conference of Mayors' Winter Legislative Meeting in Albany.

She says she heard horror stories about how consolidation is going in other municipal jurisdictions.

She said lawsuits and fees are skyrocketing.

From WBTA:

"One of the areas is with the fire department: volunteer versus paid. And now the volunteers want to get paid," Christian says. "The other one was the (village) police department, and where their jurisdiction is going to stop. Are they going into the town?"

Christian says Seneca Falls was one of the only approved consolidations in New York State. Municipalities almost everywhere else have voted it down. Christian says those votes have been very lopsided, and she believes it would be the same way here -- based on what she's heard about the town.

"So obviously they have to work everything out in our area," she says, "before they even consider putting this forth."

Christian says there’s a much better alternative.

"You can have shared services, without doing any of this," she says.

Friday, March 4, 2011 at 12:12 pm

Mercy Flight gets loan for new state-of-the-art helicopter to be based in Batavia

post by Howard B. Owens in Mercy Flight

Mercy Flight will receive a USDA-backed loan to purchase a new state-of-the-art helicopter to be based in Batavia.

The $3 million loan was announced by Sen. Charles Schumer.

Mercy Flight will purchase a Bell 429 helicopter that will replace two older 1970s-era helicopters in the current fleet.

Genesee County and Mercy Flight recently signed a long-term lease for its facilities at the Genesee County Airport to help Mercy Flight secure the loan.

The new helicopter is expected to be in service in June.

Friday, March 4, 2011 at 11:35 am

Police Beat: Multiple identify theft and forgery charges filed against Erie County inmate

post by Howard B. Owens in batavia, Alabama, crime, Oakfield

Raymond Gandolfo, 38, of Massachusetts Street, Buffalo, is charged with three counts of identity theft, three counts of forgery, criminal possession of stolen property, 4th, and grand larceny, 4th. Gandolfo is accused of using a stolen credit card between 10:13 a.m. and 10:35 a.m., Sept. 25, to purchase merchandise at three separate stores on Veterans Memorial Drive, Batavia. The total value exceeded $1,000.Gandolfo was arraigned in Town of Batavia Court and returned to the Erie County Holding Center without bail.

Francis N. Shiltz, 69, of Alleghany Road, Strykerville, is charged with DWI, driving with a BAC of .08 or greater and unsafe backing. Shiltz was allegedly involved in a two-car property damage accident at 6:49 p.m., Thursday, at the Rez Smokeshop.

Arturo Vasquez-Armas, 41, of 2336 Judge Road, Oakfield, is charged with offering a false instrument for filing,1st, and criminal possession of a forged instrument, 3rd. Vasquez-Armas allegedly possessed a forged Social Security card while attempting to obtain a NYS non-driver ID at the Genesee County DMV office. Vasquez-Armas was jailed without bail.

Timothy Alan Duboy, 19, of Wethersfield Road, Warsaw, is charged with forcible touching. Duboy is accused of forcibly touching the intimate parts of another person. The alleged incident occurred at College Village on Jan. 25.

Friday, March 4, 2011 at 9:10 am

Today's Deals: Center Street, Alex's, Red Osier, Delavan's

post by Ethan Thompson in Deal of the Day

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.

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.

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.

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.


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Thursday, March 3, 2011 at 5:34 pm

Injury accident reported at Dublin and Jericho intersection

post by Howard B. Owens in accident

A two-car accident with injuries has been reported at the intersection of Dublin and Jericho roads, Bergen.

Bergen fire and ambulance dispatched.

UPDATE 5:41 p.m.: Sounds like very minor injuries.

Thursday, March 3, 2011 at 3:54 pm

Coaches, athletes, friends and family reflect on beloved sports reporter

post by Timothy Walton in batavia, Brian Hillabush, sports


The local sports world and many members of the Genesee County community mourn today after hearing of the unexpected passing of popular sportswriter, Brian Hillabush.

Hillabush, who spent nearly a decade at Batavia Daily News and some time at The Batavian, was found dead in his home Wednesday evening. No cause of death has been determined.

"I'm very shocked to hear about Brian and we will all certainly miss him," says Batavia Daily News managing editor Mark Graczyk. "He did great job as sports writer here. He always cared about people that he covered and will be missed by the people in the community.

"Brian loved and lived for sports, with his favorite teams being Duke, Yankees, and the Colts," said his girlfriend Aline Alibe Santos. "He loved his nephews and his family and had future plans to get married."

Hillabush had been attending Genesee Community College and was majoring in travel and tourism. 

"He was an energetic, well-liked student. You could tell from his days at the paper that he was interested in learning about the facts and finding out as much as he could about topics he liked." says GCC instructor Amy Slusser. "He took interest in local geography and hometown destinations and wanted to promote Batavia as a tourism destination."

Hillabush was well known for spending hours each week at sporting events and had a strong following in high school sports.

"He was very good at his job," says Batavia hockey coach Paul Pedersen. "He went the extra mile to cover the high school sports and was very passionate about the ones in the area, being that he was a local kid himself.

"He would go every day, game to game, and that was his life. It was awesome and the articles showed the time he put into each one of them. (Our) team went to states in 2002-2003 and he followed us to all the games that were way out of town. Him and (Mark) Gutman were stapled to us. Not every reporter does that. It was nice and made the kids feel special."

"Brian was passionate about how he represented, reported and worked with the local sports," stated Notre Dame Football coach and longtime friend Rick Mancuso. "He loved the kids he interacted with and he loved what he did.

"His passion was what set him apart from other people. He really was an advocate for high school sports.He worked very hard in everything he did and had a vision for how high school reporting should be."

Brian's work was appreciated by many and he was one of the few reporters that went out of his way to cover cheerleading as well.

"The first person to always cover our acomplishments was Brian," says former Batavia cheerleading captain Jamie Turman. "As a cheerleader it wasn't often that you would be in the limelight, but Brian always made our winnings known to our community.

"He understood that even though we were cheerleaders, we were proud of what we had done and what we had acomplished. He was amazing in the sense that he made all althelets feel great about what they had done no matter how big or small. He even took the time to talk to us and to learn about cheerleading to try and put himself in our shoes."

Hillabush's vision for high school sports started with a focus on the Genesee Region but quickly expanded to all of Section V. He played a major role in the lauch of SectionVTalksback.com, which is an online high school sports forum that allows athletes from all over the section to interact and chat about their sports.

"He had a great vision in kicking off probably one of the most succesful high school sports sites that exists in SectionVTalksback. He really did a great job at what he did. He will be missed by many," added Mancuso.

Friends may call on Sunday from 3 to 6 p.m. at H.E. Turner & Co. Funeral Home, 403 E. Main St., Batavia, where services will follow at 6 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the family. Burial will be in Grand View Cemetery, Batavia.

Thursday, March 3, 2011 at 3:09 pm

as you sow, you will reap here in the Batavian

In recent light of the current entry about highway workers and in the past about fire depts. I would like to offer my comments to the subject.

but first to say that I was a fan of this website. Yes it was great to see the local news (not gossip) in an easy to read forum. No Buffalo or Rochester crap.That the only other local website for info, took too long to download it's info because of other filler on it's page. Well that too now seems to be an issue here on the Batavian but thats another time & place.

Sorry but no, what I want to say is that this place has become the local gossip bin and lets keep continuing stereotypes of old. You have no clue as to what goes on in the world but if you hear it on a scanner, it must be true and seem dedicated to report it at others expense.

Your way of reporting news is ridiculous. To sit and do it from the office with a scanner is laughable. You completely get the facts wrong. Also for the fire depts, you disrespect  those dedicated to helping others for the ''joke of the day''.

You now wonder why those that offered to let you on scene, to let you learn something about what they do. Now they want nothing to do with you and will limit your access. You have said it that your here to promote what we do, yet stab us in the back. Good luck in regaining our trust.

Well off to find something that has true reporting of local news, without the bull.



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