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Monday, July 14, 2014 at 10:21 pm

Car reportedly flipped over on Thruway near State Street Road

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A vehicle has reportedly flipped over on the Thruway near mile marker 389.9 in the eastbound lane.

No word on injuries.

Town of Batavia fire and Mercy EMS dispatched.

The location is just west of the State Street Road overpass.

UPDATE 10:21 p.m.: A first responder reports the vehicle is on the guard rail, inverted. One female trapped in the vehicle, though conscious and alert. The vehicle will need to be stablized before firefighters can get her out.

UPDATE: Photos submitted by Town of Batavia FD.

Monday, July 14, 2014 at 9:57 pm

Car hits store facade on Ellicott Street, Batavia

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A driver apparently hit the gas when she meant to hit the brake while parking outside the Southside Deli at 300 Ellicott St., Batavia, late this afternoon. Her car jumped the curb and hit the Olive Branch health food store. The driver was transported to UMMC for a precautionary exam.

Photos submitted by Frank Capuano.

Monday, July 14, 2014 at 3:58 pm

Meet the contestants for the 2014 Fair Queen and her court

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Here are the contestants for the 2014 Genesee County Fair Queen and members of her court. The contest starts Tuesday at 8 p.m. in the entertainment tent. The queen will be crowned at 8 p.m., Wednesday.  The contestants will particpate in the fair parade, which is at 6:30 p.m., Tuesday.

I am Heather Dries, I currently am 17 years old and a junior in high school at Byron Bergen Central School. My Father’s name is Lenny Dries and my Mother’s name is Eileen Dries. I have a sister named Michelle she is 22 years old and graduated from Byron Bergen Central School and Bryant and Stratton College. I played volleyball back in 7th grade. I love to play with family and friends. I work on our family dairy farm, I help feed calves and do hay in the summer months. I am the President of Byron-Bergen’s Senior National Honor Society for the 2014-2015 school year. I have become an active volunteer for a local barn where I board my horse. My horse’s name is Trouble O Mine, he is a 12 year old paint quarter horse gelding who I compete with, and I have had him for five years. I would love to go to GCC for a business degree then continue with college in a 4 year school after that is done.

My name is Courtney Jones and I am eighteen years old. I have been a 4-H member since I was eight, and have participated in three clubs – the Shaggy Paws Dog Club, the Teen Leader Club, and the Rustic Riders Horse Club. I have been President of the Teen Leader Club, and I am in my second year of being Secretary for the Rustic Riders Horse Club. My parents are Diana Miller and Carl Jones, and I have two older siblings in college – Amanda and Kristopher.
I have just graduated from Batavia High School this past June. During my time at Batavia, I was a member of the Indoor and Outdoor Track and Field Teams, competing in the Discus Throw and the Shot Put. I have been a member of National Honor Society, as well as National Art Honor Society, where I served as Public Relations Coordinator for two years. Through my involvement with NHS and NAHS, I have partaken in various community services, such as helping with Going Bad for Anna’s Wish, painting park benches, setting up for craft shows, assisting with Bingo nights at the Genesee County Nursing Home, and babysitting during parent nights at Jackson Primary School in Batavia. I have also attended the Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership Conference, commonly referred
to at HOBY.

Through 4-H, I have attended the State Teen Action Representatives Retreat for two years, as well as completing many hours of community service. I have helped with various Christmas events at the Salvation Army, cleaned the Genesee County Fairgrounds numerous times, and helped a local horse rescue prepare for the winter. On my own, I have spent a summer volunteering at the Holland Land Office Museum with their “History Heroes” summer program, spent two summers coaching youth cheerleading for the Batavia Youth Football and Cheerleading Program, and spent a spring serving soup at Soup and Scripture at Ascension Parish in Batavia.

My two greatest hobbies are riding horses and creating artwork – some would even consider them my two greatest talents. I started riding horses when I was eleven years old, and continue to have weekly lessons to this day. My summers are filled with competing in local horse shows, the county fair, and the state fair. This fair will be my second year showing a horse that I helped to train, which makes the shows even more rewarding. With my artwork, I have taken classes in painting, drawing, sculpture, and a class to help build my portfolio. I always create artwork that is meaningful to me or someone close to me. I have had my artwork displayed in two district art shows, where I have received the Principal's Choice Award, the Art Teacher’s Award, and the Superintendent’s Award. My artwork has also been displayed in the 2014 Congressional Art Show.

In the fall of 2014, I will be attending Niagara University, majoring in Early Childhood/Childhood Education. This program enables me to be certified to teach children from birth through grade six. If I am able to, I would like to become dual-certified to teach special education. I would also like to travel to Australia at some point, since it has been a dream of mine to do so. During my time at Niagara, I hope to be volunteering at a therapeutic riding center, since it will give me the chance to be around horses and to help children.

The master of ceremonies for the contest will be Corrin Stellakis, Miss New York Teen USA 2014.

Corrin Stellakis, the 16 year old, green eyed, brunette was crowned Miss New York Teen USA 2014 at the Performing Arts Center at Purchase College, New York on Sunday, January 19th. She will represent the Empire state in the upcoming Miss Teen USA 2014 pageant.

Although this was Corrin’s first attempt at the title, she is a natural born leader and competitor. She has been riding horses her entire life, and competed for the first time when she was eight years old on her first and favorite horse, Precious. Precious is now 23 years old and completely blind but Corrin still continues to ride her. She also rides on an Inner Scholastic Equestrian (IEA) team and absolutely loves it.

She has used her passion for horses and riding to begin an after-school program for elementary school children. Her program is called ‘A Horse Of Course’. Corrin teaches beginner basics and more importantly the love and respect for horses and all other animals. She has rescued horses at auctions from meat dealers and from neglectful owners. She truly does have a passion for all animals and would like to share this with others.

Corrin is also very devoted to her family. Over a four year time span her family fostered 14 children ranging in ages from 3 months old to 14 years of age. Accepting the children in to her life was the easy part. Watching them grow and improve in all aspects of their life was an amazing experience for her. She and her family gave each child the stability he or she needed to improve their health, and their developmental and social skills until they were able to return to their biological parents. Although seeing the children leave their family was hard, knowing she had positively impacted their future gave her strength.

In her spare time Corrin loves to play volleyball, athleticism comes naturally to her. As a sophomore she is a starter on her high school’s varsity team and is already being scouted by colleges and would love to play throughout her college career. With all of her extra-curricular activities, Corrin still keeps her main focus on her academics. She takes all advanced classes, she maintains an A average and her GPA is unweighted. She is a very diligent, determined student and is a member of the Junior Honor Society. Corrin would like to share her many aspirations with her peers throughout her year as a titleholder. She would like to teach the importance of setting goals and having a positive impact on the lives of others. Like every other goal Corrin has set, she plans to do her very best to bring Miss Teen USA title home to the state of New York.

The Princess and Little Miss contestants are after the jump:

Monday, July 14, 2014 at 2:56 pm

Law and Order: Keeney Road resident accused of grand larceny

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James Joseph Argento, 36, of Keeney Road, Le Roy, is charged with grand larceny, 3rd. Argento allegedly stole property with an approximate value of $5,000 from a location on Keeney Road, Le Roy. Argento was jailed on $10,000 bail.

Arlin Joselin Reyes, 31, of Townsend Avenue, Bronx, is charged with harassment, 2nd. Reyes was arrested on a warrant out of Darien Town Court. The incident was reported at 5:30 a.m., Nov. 24. Reyes was arraigned on the charged, entered a guilty plea, paid his fines and was released.

Abraham Lyn Rendon-Matadamas, 31, of Lewiston Road, Alabama, is charged with assault, 3rd. Rendon-Matadamas allegedly struck another person in the face. The alleged victim was treated at Medina Hospital. Rendon-Matadamas was arraigned in Town of Alabama Court and released on his own recognizance. He was also handed an order of protection. 

Devon Michael Husted, 16, of Broadway Road, Alexander, is charged with criminal sale of marijuana, 5th, and unlawful possession of marijuana. Husted allegedly sold marijuana while at Darien Lake Theme Park.

Michael Anthony King Jr., 16, of Oakfield, is charged with first-degree sexual abuse and endangering the welfare of a child. King is accused of sexual contact with a child less than 11 years old. He was arraigned and released under supervision of Genesee Justice.

Derek G. Thomas, 37, of Bank Street, Batavia, is charged with endangering the welfare of a child and menacing, 3rd. Thomas was allegedly involved in an incident at 9:30 p.m. July 6 on Lewis Place. He is accused of shoving one person and threatening another. 

Alicia May Lyons, 34, of State Street, Batavia, is charged with petit larceny. Lyons is accused of wrapping several items in her coat while at Tops Market and then proceeding out of the store without paying for the items.

Thomas C. McJury, 48, of Brooklyn Avenue, Batavia, is charged with deteriorated roof covering. McJury was arrested on a City Court warrant stemming from an alleged property maintenance code violation. McJury posted bail and was released.

Emily N. Indovina, 19, of Erie Street, Mt. Morris, is charged with trespass. Indovina is accused of going to a residence she was advised not to visit by a Batavia PD officer the day before.

Konstantin Logvinsky, 28, of Middlesex Road, Rochester, is charged with aggravated unlicensed operation, 3rd. Logvinsky was arrested on a warrant, posted bail and was released.

Alexandria C. Pisarek, 21, of Oakfield, is charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance, 7th. Pisarek was arrested by State Police at 2:42 p.m. Saturday in the Town of Batavia on Route 33. No further details released.

Dominique D. Davis, 21, of Rochester, is charged with issuing a bad check. Davis was arrested by state police. No further details released.

Monday, July 14, 2014 at 1:20 pm

Local woman found dead on steps of residence on Jackson Street

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Batavia PD is investigating the unattended death of a local woman who was found unresponsive of the porch steps of 131 Jackson St., Batavia.

The body of Summer Ogden, 38, was taken to the Monroe County Examiners Office for an autopsy.

Batavia PD released no information regarding any potential cause of death.

Ogden's name has come up frequently in arrest reports over the past four years, most often on charges of criminal contempt for violating stay away orders involving her boyfriend, Eric Duda.

Duda has faced the same charges for contacting Ogden.

Twice in 2011, both Ogden and Duda were arrested in Stafford when they were found together.

The Batavian's first encounter with Ogden and Duda was right before Christmas in 2010. Duda was manager of the Batavia Motel, 3768 W. Main St. Road, when he and the other residents were kicked out on 24-hours notice after the motel was condemned. The couple had a 10-month-old infant at the time.

Monday, July 14, 2014 at 11:15 am

Five arrests reported at Lynyrd Skynyrd concert at Darien Lake

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The following people were arrested by the Genesee County Sheriff’s Office during the Lynyrd Skynyrd/Bad Company concert at Darien Lake Performing Arts Center on Sunday.

Fawn Dockstader, 27, of Council House Road, Alabama, was charged with disorderly conduct after allegedly causing a disturbance at the concert venue. Dockstader was arraigned in Darien Town Court and remanded to jail in lieu of $350 bail.

Ryan J Faulhaber, 20, of Willardshire Road, Orchard Park, was charged with charged with unlawful possession of marijuana after allegedly being found in possession of marijuana.

Jessica K. Olewniczak, 18, of Briarwood Drive, Lancaster, was charged with unlawful possession of marijuana after allegedly being found in possession of marijuana.

Joseph M. Eck, 46, of Benson Avenue, West Seneca, was charged with disorderly conduct after allegedly fighting in the concert parking lot.

Patrick L. Eck, 50, of Eden Street, Buffalo, was charged with disorderly conduct after allegedly fighting in the concert parking lot.

Maxwell J. Cywinski, 18, of Lafayette Avenue, Buffalo, was issued a ticket for possession of a fictitious license after allegedly being found in possession of a fictitious Massachusetts license.

Henry J. Hager IV, 18, of Westgate Drive, East Aurora, was issued a ticket for possession of a fictitious license after allegedly being found in possession of a fictitious Massachusetts license.

Nicola I. Marcucci, 18, of Highland Avenue, Buffalo, was issued a ticket for possession of a fictitious license after allegedly being found in possession of a fictitious Massachusetts license.

UPDATE: There were three tickets issued for alleged under-age drinking.

Sunday, July 13, 2014 at 9:46 pm

Second Annual Lite the Knight in Le Roy to benefit family of Deputy Frank Bordonaro

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Press release:

It was just about one year ago when we learned of the tragic accident in Wheatland which killed three and seriously injured two members of the “Cal-Mum 5.” Le Roy Physical Therapy and Village Fitness were very proud to have sponsored the first “Lite the Knight 5K,” which with the overwhelming support and generosity of the Cal-Mum and Le Roy communities, raised more than $12,000 for the victims’' families.

Plans for the Second Annual Lite the Knight, to be held on Saturday Aug. 16 at Hartwood Park, have been under way for several weeks now. Our intent is to use the proceeds of this year’'s event to develop a Memorial Scholarship Fund.

We were incredibly saddened to learn of the untimely death of Frank Bordonaro earlier this week. Frank was a 19-year veteran of the Genesee County Sherriff’s Dept., a devoted husband and father, and a true pillar of the Le Roy community who will be sorely missed. At only 44 years of age, he leaves behind his wife, Robyn, and two sons Bryce, 14, and Chase, 12.

Therefore, it is with pride and sadness that I announce we’'ve selected the Bordonaro family as the recipient of this year'’s Memorial Scholarship, and ask the community to rally to support them through this event. All proceeds of the 2014 Lite the Knight 5K will be donated to the family.

More information about Lite the Knight is available at www.villagefit.com, or visit our Facebook page. In addition to the 5K run/walk on an illuminated course, this year’'s event also features a 3-on-3 basketball tournament, wellness fair, many free childrens' activities, a performance by Le Roy Marching Knights, a chicken barbeque by the Smokin' Eagle BBQ and Brew, and free live music by Flipside. A very special thanks goes out to the Le Roy, Stafford, Caledonia, and Pavilion fire departments who have volunteered their time and assistance in support of the event, and who will be setting up an interactive display of their fire engines for children and families to experience.

You may register yourself or your team for Lite the Knight at https://www.getentered.com/Register/groups/default.aspx?newgroup=true&event=28196. The registration page also offers the ability to make a donation or purchase a memorial luminary bag to light the course, whether or not you choose to participate in the run/walk.

Sunday, July 13, 2014 at 9:35 pm

GCEDC approves USG project in Oakfield

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Press release:

The Board of Directors of the Genesee County Economic Development Center (GCEDC) approved a final resolution for application for assistance from United States Gypsum Co. (USG) at the July 10, 2014, board meeting. 

United States Gypsum Company Co. (USG) is planning to upgrade its paper mill at 2750 Maple Ave. in Oakfield, NY. The project will include replacing and relocating equipment, stock cleaning and enhanced manila production to improve the safety, quality and efficiency of the facility.

The upgrades will consist of three phases and is expected to commence in 2016. The projected capital investment is approximately $23 million and the investment will retain 98 manufacturing jobs and create 12 new production jobs.

In other matters, Graham Corporation’s 2013 project with the GCEDC involved expansion of its operations on Harvester Avenue, Howard Street and Florence Streets, in the city of Batavia. There has been a longer than anticipated construction time on these projects and Graham Corporation is requesting a PILOT amendment in order to delay the commencement of the PILOT by one year. This amendment will not result in any additional incentives for the project.   

“The significant investments in businesses right here in our region is strongly reflective of the ongoing economic growth we continue to witness in all industry sectors,” said Wallace Hinchey, GCEDC Board chairman.

Sunday, July 13, 2014 at 9:26 pm

GCEDC adopts new policy requiring local labor on incentive projects

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Press release:

The Genesee County Economic Development Center (GCEDC) Board of Directors unanimously voted to adopt a new local labor policy at the organization’s July board meeting. The new policy was developed by the GCEDC Governance and Nominating Committee.

According to the policy, at least 90 percent of non-management construction labor on projects in excess of $5 million construction costs that receive local incentives from the GCEDC must employ workers within the “Local Labor Area” which has been defined as individuals residing in Genesee, Orleans, Monroe, Wyoming, Livingston, Wayne, Ontario, Seneca, Yates, Niagara, Erie, Chautauqua, Cattaraugus and Allegany counties.

“I want to thank the members of the Governance and Nominating Committee for developing a fair and balanced local labor policy. We do not believe it is unreasonable to ask companies that receive incentives and benefits from our agency to hire locally,” said GCEDC Board Chairman Wolcott Hinchey. “In addition, the local labor area has been defined to include a large area of Western New York to be able to utilize our talented and productive workforce that is readily available to general contractors and subcontractors who work on these economic development projects.”

The policy will allow for companies that receive benefits from the GCEDC to request a waiver for exemption from the local policy in certain circumstances, including the installation of specialized equipment of materials where the manufacturer requires local installation by only approved installers; specialized construction where workers from the “Local Labor Area” are not available; but the company must provide documentation that there is a lack of those particular workers in the “Local Labor Area.”

Companies that receive incentives from the GCEDC will be required to file quarterly reports documenting that they are utilizing workers from the “Local Labor Area” based on the total construction job numbers. Failure to comply with the quarterly reports could result in a company’s incentives being rescinded by the GCEDC.

“This policy is not about meeting job numbers as there are always issues that are beyond a company’s control such as a downturn in the economy; the policy is simply about companies insisting that their contractors and subcontractors hire local laborers,” said Steve Hyde, president and CEO of the GCEDC. “The bottom line is that if companies are receiving local tax breaks, then they should be hiring local laborers.”

Sunday, July 13, 2014 at 9:10 pm

State Police looking for information about ATV stolen from family on Old Creek Road

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This little boy misses his parents' ATV (mom and dad miss it, too). It was stolen sometime after June 28. The location of the theft is Old Creek Road, Town of Alexander. It's a 2012 Honda Rancher 4x4 420 CC, green in color. It may have a camouflage duffle bag strapped to the rear rack. License plate, NY 17JF11.

The case is being investigated by Trooper Ryan Dulkiewicz. If you have information that can assist with the return of the ATV, call the Batavia Barracks of the State Police at (585) 343-2200 and tell the dispatcher you're calling about case #5760588.

Sunday, July 13, 2014 at 8:59 pm

Young baseball team off to good start in inaugural season

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Jane Johnson shared this picture of the Batavia Clippers 8-and-under baseball team, sponsored by Graham Manufacturing, who she said are off to a good start in the team's first year.

A portion of her e-mail:

The Batavia Clippers 8U Travel Baseball team took 2nd place in their division and 3rd place overall last weekend in the Honeoye Falls Mendon Youth Baseball Midsummer tournament. The team played teams from Canandaigua, Fairport, Mendon, Pittsford and Rochester.

This weekend the team plays in the Clarence Youth Baseball Travel Team Tournament at the Clarence Meadowlakes Park. The team matches up against teams from Clarence, Amherst, Williamsville, Orchard Park, Lancaster, Akron, Buffalo, Evans, North Tonawanda, and Grand Island.

The Clippers team is led by Coach Ben Buchholz, Coach Sam Antinore, and Coach Jeff Grazioplene. The Clippers players are all members of the Batavia Minor League.

Team members are: Jay Antinore, Bronx Buchholz, Joe DiRisio, Dane Dombrowski, Cole Grazioplene, Jake Hutchins, Alex Johnson, Cal Koukides, Jameson Motyka, Carter Mullen, Sheldon Siverling, Malcom Wormley.

Sunday, July 13, 2014 at 3:14 pm

Among those arrested at Jason Aldean concert, man accused of stealing security golf cart and driving drunk

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The following people were arrested by the Genesee County Sheriff's Office during the Jason Aldean concert at Darien Lake Performing Arts Center on Saturday.

Aaron F. Acker, 32, of Martha Avenue, Buffalo, was charged with DWI, driving with .08 percent or more BAC, unauthorized use of a vehicle, and resisting arrest after allegedly taking and driving a golf cart intoxicated without permission and then resisting arrest.

Cody J. Williams, 25, of County Road 36, Freedom, was charged with trespass after allegedly refusing to leave the concert venue after being told to leave several times. Williams was arraigned in Darien Town Court and remanded to jail in lieu of $250 bail. Additional charges may be pending.

Matthew J. Beaudet, 21, of North Park, Buffalo, was charged with criminal trespass, 3rd, after allegedly jumping a fence into the backstage area of the concert venue. Beaudet was arraigned in Darien Court and remanded to jail in lieu of $250 bail.

Joshua S. Watkins, 23, of Oak Orchard, Road, Albion, was charged with DWI, driving with .08 percent or more BAC and following too closely. Watkins allegedly struck several cars while exiting the concert venue. Additional charges may be pending.

Luke P. Donigan, 20, of Trellis Brook Lane, Liverpool, was charged with DWI, driving with .08 percent or more BAC, and unauthorized use of a vehicle after allegedly taking and driving a golf cart in an intoxicated condition without permission.

Tyler J. Winter, 23, of Wilson Drive, Hamburg, was charged with trespass after allegedly refusing to leave the concert venue after being involved in a disturbance in the concert parking lot.

Charles R. Moon Jr., 23, of Ryans Run, Rochester, was charged with trespass after allegedly reentering the concert venue after being ejected and told not to return.

Kelsey M. Davis, 22, of Vine Street, Batavia, was charged with disorderly conduct after allegedly engaging in physical fight inside the concert venue.

Ryan M. Miller, 18, of East Arcade Road, Arcade, was charged with unlawful possession of marijuana after allegedly being found in possession of marijuana, and Miller was issued a ticket for alleged possession of a fictitious ID.

Ashlee L. Darcy, 25, of Park Dale, Buffalo, was charged with harassment, 2nd, after allegedly striking a deputy in the face.

Brian J. Howell, 29, of Pollet Place, Rochester, was charged with disorderly conduct and trespass after allegedly fighting with another concert patron and then reentering the concert venue after being ejected and told not to return.

Sean T. Hawley, 22, of Janes Road, Rochester, was charged with trespass after allegedly reentering the concert venue after being ejected and told not to return.

Trent R. McDonald, 22, of Hogansburg, was charged with criminal trespass, 3rd, after allegedly reentering into the concert venue after being ejected and told not to return.

Randy R. Rossow, 55, of Main Street, Clarence, was charged with harassment, 2nd, after allegedly punching a Live Nation employee.

Trevor J. Vona, 18, of Mann Street, Buffalo, was charged with criminal  possession of a controlled substance, 7th, after allegedly being found in possession of cocaine.

Sunday, July 13, 2014 at 2:38 pm

Photos: A bit of Oakfield in USAF museum in Ohio

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Master Sgt. Jason Earle (retired), a former Genesee County resident, was visiting the U.S. Air Force Museum at Wright-Patterson AFB in Ohio when the word "Oakfield" caught his eye.

A bag of beans labeled "George W. Haxton & Son, Inc., Oakfield, N.Y." was in a display showcasing the USAF's efforts during the Berlin Airlift following World War II.

Earle said, "I'm quite sure there was a lot of war effort going on with the numerous factories the county had at the time, but nobody really thinks of what effect our local farmers had as well."

Sunday, July 13, 2014 at 12:30 am

Photos: Third annual 3-on-3 tournament at Williams Park

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Dozens of teams across the spectrum of age groups competed today in the 3rd annual 3-on-3 tournament at Williams Park.

Here are pictures from two of the afternoon games.

The tournament was sponored this year, for the first time, by The Batavian.

To purchase prints of photos click here.

Saturday, July 12, 2014 at 11:54 pm

Photos: 'Ride to Remember' honoring veterans

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The Genesee Veterans Support Group hosted the "Ride to Remember" today. The event included a chicken BBQ at Stan's Harley-Davidson followed by a ride to the Geneseo Air Show.

Saturday, July 12, 2014 at 11:20 pm

Deputy Frank Bordonaro answers his final call

post by Howard B. Owens in Le Roy, Sheriff's Office

In his homily during the funeral service for Deputy Frank Bordonaro, Father Michael Donovan addressed Frank's sons directly.

The one thing he wanted them to remember, what should be part of the stories they tell of their dad someday, Donovan said, was the outpouring of respect, love and support of the friends, family and colleagues gathered in St. Peter's today.

Bordonaro, 44, a 19-year veteran of the Genesee County Sheriff's Office died July 8 of an apparent heart attack.

He leaves behind a wife, Robin, and two young sons, Bryce and Chase.

In a memorial letter read by funeral director Vern Falcone, Robin thanked Frank for raising his sons right and setting them on a good path.

Nearly every member of the Genesee County Sheriff's Office (all but those required to be on duty) was at the funeral. Several members of the Batavia Police Department, the Le Roy Police Department and the State Police were part of the honor guard that lined up in front of the church before and after the service.

Bordonaro's casket was carried to and from the church in his pickup truck.

The service centered around Matthew 25:34-40.

“Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’

“Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’

“The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’ "

Father Donovan noted that most people think of a police officer as just somebody who arrests people, but an officer of the law does so much more than that for his community. Deputy Frank Bordonaro, he said, was that kind of professional.

Deputy Bordonaro provided help to those he found hungry, or thirsty, or lonely and in need, or homeless, or sick. He provided help to those who needed it, and thereby lived the life Christ bade his disciples to follow.

That is the memory, Father Donovan said, that Bryce and Chase should hold of their father.

After the service, after the casket of Deputy Frank Bordonaro was driven away in his truck, the radios on the hips of emergency responders among those gathered on Lake Street, could be heard with the final dispatch for Deputy Frank Bordonaro. It was the only sound on the street until a Mercy Flight helicopter paid Deputy Bordonaro one last tribute with a pass over the church.

Listen (mp3).


Below: The funeral procession passes under a flag on Route 19 that was lifted by ladder trucks from Le Roy and Bergen fire departments. Photo submitted by George Henry.

Friday, July 11, 2014 at 9:53 pm

Veterans group sponsors 'Ride to Remember'

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Motorcycle Riders are invited tomorrow to join in the "Ride to Remember," sponsored by the Genesee Veterans Support Group.

Registration starts at 10 a.m. at Stan's Harley-Davidson, West Saile Drive, Batavia. The ride starts at 1 p.m. and will conclude in Geneseo at the Geneseo Air Show. Free admission to the air show is included and the ride includes the opportunity to participate in a "Pass and Review" down the runway in front of the grandstand.

A chicken BBQ is available at Stan's for $10.

Participation in the ride is $45 for a single rider and $55 for a rider and passenger.

Friday, July 11, 2014 at 8:40 pm

Riders raise more than $1,400 for Crossroads House

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Crossroads House received a $1,445 donation today, the result of the 4th Annual Jerry "Rat" Cone Memorial Run, held July 5 in Genesee County.

Fifty-two riders participated in the charity trek over local roads.

The donation was delivered this evening.

Pictured are, from left, Scott Bliss, Jim Andrews, Kelli Bliss, Vanessa Andrews, Paul Ohlson, Anthony "Smokey" LoCastro, Stephen Worthington, Pastor Timothy Young, and on the porch are Charlotte Puccio, Mary Ann Shuler and Kathleen Pentepento.

Friday, July 11, 2014 at 4:47 pm

No decision yet on future of live music at Frost Ridge

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Judge Rorbert C. Noonan wants more information before he decides whether to dismiss one or both of the lawsuits against Frost Ridge Campground in Le Roy.

In a written decision this afternoon, Noonan held off making a decision on the motion to dismiss the suits as well as on the motion to lift the temporary injunction against amplified music at Frost Ridge.

He's ordered a hearing as soon as possible on the assertion by attorney David Roach that the statute of limitations has expired for challenging the Zoning Board of Appeal's determination in the Fall of 2013.

"While Frost Ridge and the ZBA submitted that such minutes were filed with the Town Clerk 'within a matter of days' after the October 22, 2013 meeting," Noonan wrote, "the Town Clerk submits that she 'cannot pinpoint the date (the clerk of the ZBA) delivered the minutes of the Sept. 25, 2013 meeting to her," and that they are customarily filed only 'sporadically.' Therefore, on the existing record, Frost Ridge and the ZBA have failed to carry their burden of proof on the issue."

The ZBA clerk is currently involved with medical issues, Roach told Noonan during today's hearing, and is therefore unavailable to provide an affidavit on when she filed the minutes.

She is expected to be available in a week, he said.

Frost Ridge is fighting twin lawsuits: One filed by the Cleere and Collins families, who own adjoining property, and one filed by the Town of Le Roy asserting Frost Ridge not only is barred by the zoning ordinance from hosting amplified music concerts, but has grown beyond what was grandfathered in when the current zoning ordinance was adopted.

Under NYS law, any party challenging the ZBA's determination would have 30 days from the time the decision is filed to legally seek to overturn the decision. If it can be proved by the defendants that minutes were filed with the Town Clerk in the Fall of 2013, that would be much more than 30 days and could therefore provide grounds for the lawsuit by Cleere/Collins to be dismissed.

What happens with the Town of Le Roy's lawsuit against Frost Ridge is a little more complicated.

"Nor will the Town's action be dismissed for failure to join the ZBA as a defendant," Noonan wrote. "Although the ZBA may wish to intervene in this case, it is not a necessary party to the Town's action to enforce its zoning laws; and, it is questionable whether the Town is collaterally estopped by the ZBA's determination."

Noonan's ruling seems to back the assertion by the defense that the ZBA made a valid determination that land use at Frost Ridge in 2013 was a legal, preexisting, nonconforming use.

"Thus," he writes, "contrary to the Town's contention, the minutes of the meeting permitting the noncomforming use are sufficient for a proper determination."

No date for a follow-up hearing has been released yet.

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