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Sunday, August 11, 2013 at 12:04 am

Photos: Elba Onion Queen crowned

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Kayla Casper, center, is the new Elba Onion Queen. She's joined by her court, Joyce Tristan and Katie Horton.

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Saturday, August 10, 2013 at 12:45 am

Photos: Elba Onion Festival Parade 2013

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The 77th Elba Onion Festival kicked off Friday evening with the big opening event being the annual parade.

Here's tomorrow's list of events for the festival:

  • 12Noon - Kiddie Parade (starting at Dan's Pizza)
  • 12Noon - Kiddie Tractor Pull (by Memorial Statue in front)
  • 12Noon - Ladies Aux. Roast Beef on Weck (inside of Rec. Hall)
  • 1:00pm - Ride Special Main Events
  • 5:00pm - Chicken Barbeque (inside the Rec. Hall)
  • 6:00pm - Mac & Company (in the beer tent)
  • 7:00pm - Crowning of the Onion Queen (by Memorial Statue in front)
  • 9:00pm - Black Widow (in the beer tent)
  • Midnight - Award winners of grand prize!
    Choice of 2013 Ford Mustang or $20,000 Cash!

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Thursday, August 8, 2013 at 1:43 pm

Village of Elba Concerts in the Park - Thursdays - Aug. 15, 22, 29

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Village of Elba Concerts in the Park The annual Thursday Concert series starts Aug. 15th with (Judd Sunshine), then Aug. 22nd with (Ghost Riders), and last on Aug. 29th with (Blue Tommorow). Refreshments will be avalible for purchase. The concerts are at the Village Park.

Don't miss our 1ST Annual Community Pigs Roast on August 24, 2013, sponsored by Chaps Dinner and the Village of Elba. SEE YOU SOON IN ELBA, NY.

Event Date and Time

August 15, 2013 - 6:30pm - 8:00pm
Wednesday, August 7, 2013 at 3:52 pm

Two local students receive awards from St. Michael's College

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The following local high school students were awarded the 2013 Saint Michael's College Book Award for Academic Achievement with a Social Conscience:

Alex Kolberg, of Batavia, a student at Notre Dame High School.

Grace Mortellaro, of Elba, a student at Notre Dame High School.

The award recognizes students who demonstrate a commitment to leadership in volunteer service and academic achievement. Saint Michael's, located in Burlington, Vt., one of America's top 10 college towns, was founded on the belief that serving others is part of its Catholic tradition, and through the award seeks to honor those who demonstrate the true spirit of volunteerism.

Award recipients, named at schools throughout the country, are high school juniors who are inductees of the National Honor Society or an equivalent school-sponsored honors organization. They must demonstrate a commitment to service activities in high school or community organizations, taking leadership roles in these activities.

Winners were presented the book "First They Killed My Father: A Daughter of Cambodia Remembers" (HarperCollins 2000) by Loung Ung, a 1993 Saint Michael's College graduate who has become a widely acclaimed author. In "First They Killed My Father," Ung gives a powerful autobiographical account, from a child's perspective, of surviving captivity during the genocidal Pol Pot regime in Cambodia.

About Saint Michael's:

At Saint Michael's College www.smcvt.edu students are challenged to do their best, find their niche, take on opportunities to grow, and immerse themselves in academic pursuits. Intellectual rigor, compassion, teamwork, caring-these characterize a Saint Michael's experience. A residential Catholic college, Saint Michael's is steeped in the social justice spirit of its founding priests, the Edmundites. Saint Michael's is located three miles from Burlington, Vermont, one of America's top 10 college towns.

Monday, August 5, 2013 at 11:40 pm

3rd Annual Prayer Conference

PLEASE SAVE THE DATE...Batavia Assembly of God Church is hosting its 3rd Annual Prayer Conference Friday, Sept. 13th, 6:00pm to 9:00pm (registration is from 6pm - 7pm) and Saturday, Sept. 14th, 8:00am to 4pm. The theme for the conference is "Presence, Prayer, and the Power of God". The keynote speaker will be Dick LaFountain. Dick is an accomplished  speaker and a published author of the book, "Time Alone With God". His passion is to motivate a renewed love for prayer and the presence of God in our churches. Workshops will also be available. Worship will be led by Elmwood Drive. The registration cost is $15 per person, $20 per couple. Breakfast and lunch are included. All are invited and encouraged to come. Please register by Sept. 6th by calling the church at 585-343- 8521. Payment is at the door. Thank you!  
 

Event Date and Time

September 13, 2013 - 6:00pm - September 14, 2013 - 8:00am
Saturday, August 3, 2013 at 1:56 pm

Photos: Elba Boosters build new concession stand

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Volunteers with the Elba Boosters began construction today on a new concession stand adjacent the Lancers' football field.

Above, John McCulley and Kevin Bezon working on a portion of the back wall.

Jeff Singer

John McCulley

Thursday, August 1, 2013 at 1:21 pm

Three local students make the dean's list at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

post by Billie Owens in batavia, east bethany, elba, Milestones

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, located in Troy, named three local students to the Spring 2013 dean's list for academic achievement. They are:

Austin Kubiniec, of Batavia

Rosalie Mortellaro, of Elba

Tyler Murtha, of East Bethany

Rensselaer is America's oldest technological research university, offering bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees in architecture, engineering, information technology and Web science, management, the sciences, and the humanities, arts, and social sciences.

Friday, July 19, 2013 at 8:02 pm

Tree down, blocking traffic on Oak Orchard Road, Elba

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A fallen tree is blocking traffic at 6198 Oak Orchard Road, near Watson, in Elba. The southbound lane is completely blocked and the northbound lane is partially blocked, though traffic can manuever around it. A Sheriff's deputy is on scene and a road crew is notified of the situation.

UPDATE 8:16 p.m.: The deputy and a Good Samaritan used a chainsaw to cut up the tree trunk and remove it from the roadway. Although there is still lots of debris, the roadway is clear enough for traffic to pass.

Tuesday, July 16, 2013 at 5:09 pm

Muckers bracing for disappointing onion harvest

post by Howard B. Owens in agriculture, elba, mucklands, onions

We've been tracking this year's onion crop and we checked in on the mucklands today, and from the road, the fields looked pretty good, but looks can be deceiving, said Paul Mortellaro, of G Mortellaro And Sons in Elba.

From the air, Mortellaro said, you can see a lot of open patches and thin spots.

"You'll probably see averages of 500 to 600 bags (50-pound bags) per acre," Mortellaro said. "Some less, some maybe 1,000. That's pretty disappointing."

Right now onions are trading at $13 per bag, but with transportation costs for Elba onions, that brings the crop yield down to about $6 per bag.

"At $6 per bag, you cannot make a living like that, not in Elba," Mortellaro said. "You can do that out west, but you can't do it here."

He said he and his brother are in no hurry to harvest their onions -- but will do so at the end of the month -- unlike last year when onions were going for $20 per bag.

The onions that were transplants -- such as the one pictured above from a Torrey field -- are developing bulbs and some have already been harvested, Mortellaro said. Those fields are generally in better shape than those planted with seeds, which have not yet started to bulb.

The problem this year: too much rain and not enough warm, dry days between storms.

Thursday, July 11, 2013 at 12:08 pm

GCC board reelects three trustees

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Press release:

On Monday evening, the Genesee Community College Board of Trustees reelected Maureen T. Marshall as board chair for the 2013-2014 year. The Board also reelected Diane D. Torcello as vice-chair and Laura J. Bohm as secretary.

Marshall, of Elba, is owner and operator of Torrey Farms, also based in Elba. Torcello, of Pavilion, is a Bank of Castile branch manager. Bohm, of Batavia, is a retired housing administrator.

Trustees met at the Batavia Campus for their annual meeting.

The 10-member volunteer Board of Trustees is the governing body of Genesee Community College.

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