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Sunday, May 18, 2014 at 11:12 pm

Photos: Out and about in Genesee County

post by Howard B. Owens in batavia, elba, GCC

It was a gorgeous day in Genesee County today. As I was out and about for a bit this afternoon, I took a few pictures. 

Above, a tree in the parking lot of GCC.

On Bridge Road, Elba.

On Barrville Road, Elba.

Assemblyman Steve Hawley mowing his lawn on Bank Street Road, Batavia.

Saturday, May 3, 2014 at 4:12 pm

Free food at mobile pantry at First Presbyterian Church, Elba - no income limit

post by Billie Owens in announcements, elba

The First Presbyterian Church of Elba, located at 23 N. Main St. in Elba, is holding a free mobile food pantry from 5 to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, May 21.

Fresh produce, baked goods, packaged food will be provided by FoodLink of Rochester. The exact food items available are not known, but fresh produce will be available. There is no income verification required and no ID is necessary, but you must be 18 years old to pick up food from the pantry.

Please provide your own bags/cart/vehicle to transport items to your home.

Monday, April 28, 2014 at 5:38 pm

United National Day of Prayer

post by Tracy Byrnes in batavia, alexander, Byron Bergen, elba, Oakfield

   The bible tells us in the book of Joshua about a man who led the tribes of Israel into the land of Canaan, the land God had promised their forefathers Abraham, Isaac and Jacob they would inherit. (Gen 12:1-3; Exodus 6:2-8) Joshua was a faithful leader who loved God, prayed to God, and was obedient to the instruction God gave him for the people. These are the words Joshua spoke to the Israelites in his final hours, “Choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve…as for me and my household, we will serve the Lord.” (Joshua 24:15)
    What was it that led Joshua to say these final words to the Israelites? He knew he was near the end of his days on earth so he pleaded with the people to stay true to God Almighty. The land God promised them was filled with people who worshiped other gods. God had commanded the people to love Him with all of their heart and not to worship any other god but Him, the one and only true God. The bible tells us that these people were a stiffed necked (stubborn and rebellious) people! Too often they turned from God, grumbled, and fell into temptation and worshiped other gods besides Him. Joshua reminded the people of what God had done for them and told them, “Be very strong; be careful to obey all that is written in the Book of the Law of Moses, without turning aside to the right or to the left.(Joshua 23:6) Fear the Lord and serve Him with al lfaithfulness.” (Joshua 24:14)
   They, like all people, had to make a choice…obey the Lord, who had proven His faithfulness, or follow in the ways of those who did not! Before Joshua, Moses was leading them, and at one point they became impatient as they waited for Moses to come down the mountain after meeting with God. They melted down gold earrings and made an image of a golden calf to worship. (Exodus 32) A god does not have to be a golden image; it can be anything we put above and before loving and serving God. Joshua made up his mind that he and his family would serve God only! He was a leader who was led by God’s word and not by what everyone else was doing around him; he was not going to compromise his faith and relationship with his Father in heaven. He was a leader to be commended for his faithfulness to God Almighty.
   In 1863 President Abraham Lincoln made this his proclamation on National Day of Humiliation and Fasting: It is the duty of nations as well as of men to own their dependence upon the overruling power of God, to confess their sins and transgressions in humble sorrow yet with assured hope that genuine repentance will lead to mercy and pardon, and to recognize the sublime truth, announced in the Holy Scriptures and proven by all history; that those nations only are blessed whose God is the Lord.
    Joshua gave the Israelites a national challenge… he urged the people to put God first and to continue in His ways! I pray that the words of Joshua, “As for me and my household, we will serve the Lord” are words that we can say and mean as well! President Abraham Lincoln urged the people to humbly seek God for their sins and recognized that it was only through the obedience of the Holy Scriptures we would be a blessed nation! I humbly ask God to forgive our sins and heal our land. (2 Chronicles 7:14)
   Thursday, May 1st, is National Day of Prayer, a day in which God’s people join their voices in prayer for the nation and its leaders. I like to think of it as a symphony of prayer which blends together to reach the heart of the Lord. Batavia Assembly of God, located at 24 North Spruce Street, will be hosting a United National Day of Prayer event. Local churches from different denominations will come together to pray. Please join us from 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm, Thursday, May 1st, as we unite in a symphony of corporate prayer for our families, our churches, our nation, and the world. The number to reach the church if you have any questions is (585) 343-8521.
   Wouldn’t it be a beautiful thing to hear of Christian churches all over the nation being full to overflowing on May 1st with His people, seeking Him in one accord in obedience to His word for His forgiveness; and for His blessing? Wouldn’t it be a beautiful thing if out of the present and future leaders living in the White House we heard the words…as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord? According to God’s word prayer ispowerful and effective. (James 5:16) With God, ALL things are possible! (Matthew 19:26) Amen!

Event Date and Time

May 1, 2014 - 7:00pm - 8:30pm
Sunday, April 27, 2014 at 1:56 pm

Youth turkey season opens with success for pair of teen hunters

post by Howard B. Owens in alexander, corfu, elba, hunting, outdoors, Turkey Season

Kilian Lewis, 14, of Corfu, bagged his first turkey yesterday morning in Alexander as part of a Youth Turkey Hunt, the first day of the Spring youth hunt season (the adult season begins May 1). The turkey had a 10-inch beard. Killian's older brother, Collin, 18, helped call it in. (Photo and info submitted by M. Lewis).

John Zambito, 14, of Elba, got his first turkey this morning while hunting with his uncle Kelly Creegan. (Submitted by Chantal Zambito)

Saturday, April 26, 2014 at 12:58 am

New Elba Betterment Committee holds first raffle

post by Howard B. Owens in elba, Elba Betterment Committee

Robert Given, of Elba, is the first winner of the first raffle put together by the brand new Elba Betterment Committee.

A group of Elba residents have come together to help improve and promote Elba and they kicked off things with a raffle for a basket filled with more than $1,000 worth of gifts.

Given's name was picked during a drawing Friday at Chap's Elba Diner.

All items in the basket were donated by Elba merchants small businesses and farmers, according to Pauli Miano (who submitted the photos). Prizes included an iPad mini, bags of potatoes, Lottery tickets, a weed eater, over $300 worth of gift cards, craft items, pet supplies, books autographed by local authors, shirts and sweatshirts.

In a second raffle, anyone who came to Chap’s today was able to buy a chance on a hundred dollar bill. Sandi Chappius of Elba was the winner.

Thursday, April 24, 2014 at 12:14 pm

Photos: Giant flag raised over East Main to honor Elba firefighter

post by Howard B. Owens in batavia, elba

Ladder trucks from Town of Batavia Fire and City Fire were used this morning to hoist a large American flag over East Main Street for the funeral procession of Melvin Loder.

Loder was a volunteer firefighter with the Elba Volunteer Fire Department. He died at home Saturday (full obituary).

Photos by Sloan Martin, WBTA.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014 at 5:23 pm

Farmers watching weather closely as seasonal planting window narrows

post by Howard B. Owens in agriculture, elba, weather

As it is every year, local farmers are playing the weather lottery. What numbers will come up, nobody knows.

In the meantime, they're planning their crops, waiting for a little dry spell and a bit warmer weather to start planting.

"We always hope every single year that Mother Nature will give us a good growing year," said Barbie Starowitz, of Star Growers Farm in Elba. "We think that every year. We hope every year for a good year just to pay the bills."

For many crops, now is the ideal time for getting seeds in the ground, but when the soil is still too soft from rain or the temperature still a bit cold (as it's expected to be for the next few nights), then farmers may run out of time to sow all their fields, if any.

CY Farms has started planting onions -- as have other farmers -- because, as CEO Craig Yunker says, "the muck is more forgiving," but his crews still haven't started on peas or corn.

Yunker said they like to start planting around April 1 and corn seed should start going in the ground by April 20. So far, CY has yet to plant a single acre of corn or peas.

"We'd like to get going," Yunker said.

This year, CY Farms will return to growing cabbage. The Yunkers made headlines last year when they decided to forgo cabbage.

Craig Yunker cited three reason for cutting the crop: The uncertainty raised by the employer mandate in Obamacare; the loss of labor to an immigration audit; and the high price of corn.

This year, the employer mandate is delayed for at least a year (allowing CY Farms to employ more than 50 people); Yunker has been able to find some qualified help to replace the workers he lost; and corn has dropped nearly $2 in price per bushel and is now trading at just under $5.

Those three factors led Yunker and his managers to decide to cut corn acreage this year and grow cabbage again.

For Star Growers, the crop mix will be pretty much the same as always -- corn, peas, soybeans, wheat, cabbage and onions.

Most of what Star grows goes to canning factories, either Seneca or Bonduelle.

"We've been waiting for a good growing season, but Mother Nature seems pissed at us," Starowitz said. "It's either too wet or too dry."

Like Star Growers, MY-T Acres grows mainly for canners and food processors. Pete Call said this year's crop will be pretty much like the last few years: green beans, peas, cabbage, potatoes for potato chips, spinach, sweet corn, red beets, grain corn, wheat, rye, oats and alfalfa.

We couldn't reach Torrey Farms, another large crop farm in the county, for comment.

Top Photo: Craig Yunker, CY Farms, with buckets of onion seeds. Each bucket holds 500,000 seeds and costs the farm $1,410. "It's the most expensive seed we buy," Yunker said. Below, preparing the muck to be seeded.

Monday, April 21, 2014 at 5:54 pm

Photos: Waterfowl off Norton Road, Elba

post by Howard B. Owens in animals, elba, waterfowl

Driving down Norton Road, I passed the wetland where the late Ron Graziaplena used to set up waterfowl habitat and release his birds. These geese were right up by the roadway being watched by another motorist. As I took pictures, they came closer to the roadway. They're obviously pretty domesticated and were probably looking to be fed. Hopefully, they'll stay out of the road.

Saturday, April 19, 2014 at 1:59 pm

Photos: Easter Egg Hunt in Elba

post by Howard B. Owens in elba

Boy Scout Troop 6017 hosted an Easter Egg Hunt for the children of Elba today. The hunt included eggs with winning tickets for dozens of prizes.

Friday, April 18, 2014 at 11:26 am

Northbound Route 98 shut down at Lockport Road for auto accident

post by Billie Owens in accidents, elba

Elba Fire Police are called to shut down northbound traffic on Route 98 at Lockport Road due to a motor-vehicle accident.

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