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Monday, October 18, 2010 at 9:27 pm

Photo: Le Roy Fire at training center

post by Howard B. Owens in Le Roy, Le Roy Fire, volunteers

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Le Roy Fire was at the Fire Training Center on State Street Road this evening for ongoing instruction on how to deal with car fires. The volunteers work on their approach to a vehicle and how to most effectively put out the fire. 

Volunteer firefighters from throughout Genesee County engage in various training and briefings every Monday night.

For more on volunteer opportunities, click here.

Monday, October 18, 2010 at 3:10 pm

Suzanne Corona has yet to agree to carry 'I Stole At South Beach' signs

post by Howard B. Owens in batavia, crime, Suzanne Corona

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No charges have been filed yet against Suzanne Corona for allegedly trashing the buffet at South Beach on Sept. 30, and owner Ken Mistler remains ready to drop the charges if she agrees to carry these signs for four hours on East Main Street, Batavia.

Mistler had the signs made up more than a week ago in anticipation of Corona signing a contract admitting she stole from South Beach, but then Corona reportedly became hospitalized and has been unavailable since.

Corona is suspected of walking into South Beach with a purse full of baggies and then trying to fill them up with buffet items before wait staff interfered. When a manager intervened, Corona allegedly began dumping the baggies back on the buffet.

The value of the trashed buffet, plus the lost afternoon business, cost the restaurant more than a $1,000, according to Mistler, which means if Corona doesn't agree to carry the signs she faces at least one felony charge.

Batavia's notorious woman is expected in court Wednesday for sentencing on her public lewdness conviction. As part of a plea deal, an adultery count was dropped. Corona admitted to a sexual act with a man not her husband on a picnic table in Farrall Park in June.

Monday, October 18, 2010 at 1:46 pm

Photos: Sunrise, sunset on Molasses Hill Road

post by Howard B. Owens in Bethany, Mollasas Hill Road, photos

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I found myself awake quite early this morning, so I decided to drive out to Molasses Hill Road and see if I could catch the sunrise.

Yesterday, just after sunset, I was in all most the same spot seeing what kind of picture I could make. The result is below.

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Monday, October 18, 2010 at 1:37 pm

Police Beat: Alleged punching and kicking leads to felony assault charge against Le Roy man

post by Howard B. Owens in batavia, corfu, crime, Darien, Le Roy

James R. Kosiorek, 18, of Myrtle Street, Le Roy, is charged with assault, 2nd. Kosiorek is accused of punching and kicking another person in the head, causing physical injury to that person by means of a dangerous instrument. The alleged incident occurred on Friday. Kosiorek was jailed on $5,000 bail.

Kenneth Michael Burns, 53, of South Lake Avenue, Bergen, is charged with criminal contempt, 2nd. While incarcerated at Genesee County Jail, Burns allegedly violated an order of protection by contacting the protected person by phone.

Justin J. Pryzybyl, 21, of 8411 Peachy Road, Bergen, is charged with DWI, driving with a BAC of .08 or greater, making an unsafe start and not wearing a seat belt. Pryzybyl was stopped at 2:10 a.m., Saturday, on Clay Street by Le Roy Police Sgt. Michael Hare.

Benjamin Louis Monna, 21, of Florendin Drive, Henrietta, is charged with operating a motor vehicle impaired by drugs, criminal possession of a controlled substance, 7th, unlawful possession of marijuana and speeding. Monna was allegedly spotted speeding on the Thruway (83 in a 65 mph zone) and was located a short time later on the side of the road at the Pembroke off ramp. He was allegedly found in possession of Ritalin without a prescription, a small amount of marijuana and was allegedly driving under the influence of drugs. He reportedly refused a blood test. Monna was taken into custody at 8:45 a.m., Friday, by Deputy Brian Thompson.

Mark Jacob Mutka, 29, of Ganson Avenue, Corfu, is charged with DWI, driving with a BAC of .08 or greater and speeding (84 in a 55 mph zone). Mutka was stopped at 4:08 a.m., Sunday, on Genesee Street, Darien, by Deputy Howard Carlson.

Monday, October 18, 2010 at 9:19 am

Today's Poll: Is Osama bin Laden still alive?

post by Howard B. Owens in polls
Monday, October 18, 2010 at 9:11 am

Today's Deals: The Daily Grind, Pudgie's, Clor's, Stafford Trading Post, Enchanted Florist and Carlson's

post by Howard B. Owens in Deal of the Day

The Daily Grind, 85 E. Main St., Batavia, NY: For Batavia's finest coffee, smoothies, as well as fast and convenient breakfasts and lunches, stop into The Daily Grind. We have a $10 gift card for $5.

Pudgie's Lawn and Garden Center, 3646 W. Main St. Road, Batavia, NY: Fall decorations are in as well as a big selection of spring bulbs. We have a $25 gift certificate for $12.50.

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 $20 gift card for $10.

Stafford Trading Post, 6173 Main Road, Stafford, NY: Lunch or dinner, Stafford Trading Post offers a variety of fresh, homemade meals, as well as snacks and drinks. Now in a new, expanded location. We have a $25 gift card for $12.50.

The Enchanted Florist, 202 E. Main St., Batavia, NY: Fall colors. Fall flowers. Brighten your home or office. We have a $20 gift certificate for $9.50.

Carlson's Studio, 39 Jackson St., Batavia, NY: Christmas is coming! Now is the time to get your holiday portraits. We have a $150 gift card for $75 (+$2 PayPal Service fee).

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

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Sunday, October 17, 2010 at 4:29 pm

Photo Tour: Historic Batavia Cemetery

post by Howard B. Owens in batavia, Batavia Cemetery, photos

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Most of the people who built Batavia are buried in Batavia Cemetery, from Joseph Ellicott and Dean Richmond to banker Trumbull Cary and writer John Yates, along with war heroes, merchants and politicians, as well as the wives, mothers and children who died too young.

The Batavia Cemetery Association provides a pamphlet for self-guided tours that plots the sites for 35 of the most prominent people buried under the giant, century-old trees that make the cemetery so photogenic.

I started taking photos for this project on Thursday with the idea of doing a post in advance of the Ghost Tour, but the overcast days weren't great for photographing fall leaves, so I couldn't finish up until Saturday morning.

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More pictures after the jump:

Sunday, October 17, 2010 at 3:56 pm

Photos: Batavia Cemetery Ghost Tour 2010

post by Howard B. Owens in batavia, Batavia Cemetery, Halloween

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Batavia history comes alive every October with local historians and history buffs setting up tours that focus on the past and the dead. This October is no exception.

The Batavia Cemetery Association conducted its first 2010 Candlelight Tour of the historic Batavia Cemetery on Saturday night, with another group of tours scheduled for this coming Saturday. Tours begin at 7 p.m. and continue every 15 minutes until 8:30.

On Friday, a tour called "Murder, Mystery & Mayhem" begins at 8 p.m. at the Engine House (3 West Main St., Batavia), with additional tours at 8:15 and 8:30 and again on Oct. 29 at 8, 8:15 and 8:30 p.m.

Also on the Halloween calendar, St. James Episcopal Church presents a "Special Halloween Spooktacular" at 7 p.m., Oct. 30. It will feature the silent movie "Phantom of the Opera," with accompanying organ music by Charles Bradley. Tickets are $10 and proceeds benefit the bell tower restoration.

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More pictures from the Ghost Tour after the jump

Sunday, October 17, 2010 at 1:51 pm

Photos: The drive back from Holley

post by Howard B. Owens in BARNS, batavia, agriculture, byron, photos

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Here are five pictures I took yesterday, after getting back into Genesee County, on my return from the Pembroke game in Holley.

The first two are in the area of Transit Road and Chapel Road, Byron. The barn below is on Towerhill Road, Byron, and the pumpkin house is on Bank Street Road. The final picture is Centennial Park, Batavia.

Sunday, October 17, 2010 at 12:31 pm

Holley tops Pembroke in battle of 5-1 teams

post by Howard B. Owens in football, pembroke, sports

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Three early turnovers put Pembroke in a hole early against Holley in Saturday's match up of 5-1 teams, and a strong effort to recover still left the Dragons short, falling to the Hawks 41-25.

Pembroke struck first in the second quarter, taking a 7-0, but an interception returned for a touchdown and two fumbles -- one was converted into a TD on the Hawks' first play from scrimmage -- told the tale of the game.

By the half, the Hawks held a commanding 28-10 lead.

"We probably made more mistakes this game than any game during the year, but that’s a quality football team we played today," said Head Coach Chip Foster.

The Dragons opened the second half with two quick scores, cutting the Hawks' lead to 26-25, but Pembroke couldn't put the ball across the goal line again, while the Hawks would tack on two more scores.

“The kids kept their hearts in the game right until the end,” Foster said.

Pembroke travels to Wayland-Cohocton next week as the number five seed in the first-round of sectional playoffs. Holley secured the number two seed.

In other Genesee County football action:

  • Notre Dame won the first round of its sectional playoff series, beating Geneseo, 21-20 in overtime. Mike Pratt rushed for 185 yards and scored the winning touchdown. On a muddy field, Geneseo was unable to convert a two-point attempt following a TD on its OT possession. QB Tom Whelehan tossed in two touchdowns and was 6-for-7 for 70 yards.
  • The Batavia Blue Devils (3-4) secured the number eight seed in sectional playoffs with a 35-22 victory over Wellsville (0-7). Ryan Pyatt ran for 184 yards on 17 carries, putting the ball over the goal line once. Mitch Francis returned a kick-off 80 yards for a score and added a 24-yard TD reception. Ray Williams also ran it in once as part of his 80-yard rushing performance.
  • Attica tied Holley for best Genesee Region record with a 14-2 victory over Elba/Byron-Bergen.
  • Oakfield-Alabama (1-6) picked up its first victory of the season, beating Bolivar-Richburg (0-7), 32-14. Jeremy Crawford rushed for 114 yards on 18 carries. Kyle Metz tacked on 82 yards and scored a TD. Tommy Manzella had seven tackles.

More pictures from the Pembroke game after the jump:

Saturday, October 16, 2010 at 9:01 am

Health officials investigate case of whooping cough

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

We received an inquiry from a reader who said there was an outbreak of whooping cough -- or, pertussis -- at Genesee Community College.

We contacted Randy Garney, interim director of the Genesee County Health Department, who said no cases have been reported in Genesee County. However, he was aware of a case being reported in Wyoming County.

Laura Paolucci, public health administrator for Wyoming County, issued the following statement:

The Wyoming County Health Department has confirmed a case of pertussis for an individual that is a resident of Wyoming County and a student at GCC. The individual received appropriate treatment. The GCC Health Services Office was notified, provided information on pertussis and instructed to contact the health department with questions or concerns. There have been no further cases reported or identified.

Physicians are required to report diagnosed cases of pertussis to county health officials.

Saturday, October 16, 2010 at 8:45 am

City Fire asked to investigate smoking transformer

post by Howard B. Owens in batavia, fire

City Fire is being dispatched to Washington Avenue in the area of Summit Street, where a transformer reportedly sparked and is now smoking.

UPDATE 9:50 a.m.: No fire, but there is a problem with a wire. National Grid requested to the scene.

Saturday, October 16, 2010 at 8:41 am

UMMC holds annual Fall Auction to benefit new surgery center

post by Howard B. Owens in charity, UMMC Foundation

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A capacity crowd was at the Holiday Inn on Friday night for the UMMC Foundation's Fall Auction. The event included a Chinese auction, big-screen TV drawing, dinner and a live auction. Proceeds benefit the new surgery center scheduled to open in January.

Friday, October 15, 2010 at 1:32 pm

Today's Deals: Main St. Pizza, Settler's, Red Osier, Magarita's and more

post by Howard B. Owens in Deal of the Day

REMINDER: Please do not purchase a gift certificate you've already purchased in the past six months.

Main St. Pizza Company, 206 E. Main St., Batavia, NY: Pizza, wings, subs and even hamburgers and hot dogs, Main St. Pizza makes everything deliciously. We have a $25 gift certificate for $12.50.

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.

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.

Margarita's Mexican Restaurant, 15 Jackson St., Batavia, NY: When you're looking for an authentic Mexican meal, Margarita's is the place to go. The food and atmosphere are perfect and the service is always outstanding. We have a $20 gift certificate for $10.

Larry's Steakhouse, 60 Main St., Batavia, NY: The name says it all -- Larry's is a great place for steak. Larry's has a fine dining atmosphere with a great menu and outstanding service. We have a $25 gift certificate 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.

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.

Main St. Pizza Company, 206 E. Main St., Batavia, NY: Pizza, wings, subs and even hamburgers and hot dogs, Main St. Pizza makes everything deliciously. We have a $25 gift certificate for $12.50.

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.

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 Nov. 30, 2010).

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.

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 $20 gift card for $10.

Stafford Trading Post, 6173 Main Road, Stafford, NY: Lunch or dinner, Stafford Trading Post offers a variety of fresh, homemade meals, as well as snacks and drinks. Now in a new, expanded location. We have a $25 gift card for $12.50.

Matty's Pizzeria, 4152 W. Main St., Batavia, NY: Matty's is another Batavia favorite for pizza and wings. We have a $20 gift certificate for $10.

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

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Friday, October 15, 2010 at 9:52 am

Newest city firefighter happy to find a job in his hometown

post by Howard B. Owens in batavia, City Fire

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A few years as a Town of Batavia volunteer firefighter convinced Notre Dame graduate Mark Sacheli that he wanted to land a full-time job in the fire services.

This month, after 11 weeks of training at the New York State Fire Academy, things turned out for Sacheli better than he'd hoped -- now not only is he a career firefighter, he's serving in Batavia.

"I feel extremely fortunate to get a job doing what I love in my hometown," Sacheli said.

The 27-year-old bachelor was attending SUNY Brockport working toward a degree in physical education when his father suggested he would serve himself well by getting some EMT training and joining a volunteer department.

"After a few years I decided I didn't want to be a phys ed teacher," Sacheli said. "This is what I wanted to do. This is a career."

He said firefighting is an exciting job.

"Everything meshes well to make it a well-rounded job," Sacheli said. "Every day is different."

When he's not in uniform, Sacheli said he enjoys staying active. He described himself as an avid sports enthusiast who plays golf, softball, basketball and skies.

That fits in well with finding a job at home, where all of his friends live. He wanted to stay close to friends and family.

"The community is full of good people," Sacheli said.

Friday, October 15, 2010 at 8:19 am

Police Beat: A pair of harassment charges

post by Howard B. Owens in batavia, crime

Justin E. Cratsley, 22, of 8348 Lewiston Road, Batavia, is charged with harassment, 2nd. Cratsley is accused of pushing a woman during an argument at 5:35 p.m., Oct. 7.

Kenneth M. Burns, 53, of Bergen, is charged with harassment, 2nd. Burns was arrested by State Police for an alleged incident that was reported at 8:45 p.m., Monday. No further details were released.

Friday, October 15, 2010 at 12:07 am

Mother accused of delivering drugs to son in Genesee County Jail

post by Howard B. Owens in batavia, crime

mug_kathleen_catino.jpgA Batavia mother is in jail tonight accused of delivering drugs to her son, who was being held in the Genesee County Jail.

Kathleen Catino, 59, of Seven Springs Road, allegedly handed her son some oxycodone during a jail visit.

Cain Catino, 39, also of Seven Springs Road, is being held on a robbery charge. He is accused of entering the Oakfield Pharmacy on Sept. 20 and demanding hydrocodone.

mug_cain_catino.jpgThe mother is charged with criminal sale of a controlled substance, 3rd, possession of a controlled substance, 3rd, promoting prison contraband, 2nd, and possession of a controlled substance by ultimate user's original container.

Son is charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance and promoting prison contraband.

Jail officers reportedly witnessed the transaction in the visitation area and immediately seized the alleged contraband.

Kathleen Catino was jailed without bail.

Thursday, October 14, 2010 at 11:10 pm

Proposed RV campground in Fox Road neighborhood dealt another defeat

post by Howard B. Owens in land use, Oakfield, planning

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A group of residents on Fox Road, Oakfield, got their wish tonight when the Genesee County Planning Board voted against a proposed RV campground in their neighborhood.

It's the second time this year about a dozen residents of the quite Oakfield neighborhood had asked the countywide planning body to reject proposed 30-acre campground on land owned by Mike Dilcher, and it's the second time the board voted unanimously against the plan.

foxroad_attorney.jpgDilcher's attorney Brian Lewandowski tried to convince the board to vote for recommendation, saying that none of the issues being discussed by residents -- such as zoning use and environmental impact -- were appropriate for the county board to decide. Lewandowski maintains that the Town of Oakfield planning board retains appropriate authority on those issues.

The board rejected the proposal for the 267-site campground unanimously (with Michael Cianfrini abstaining) and without discussion.

It's the same results dealt to Dilcher last January.

The rejection returns the proposal to the Town of Oakfield Planning Board, which can veto the county's recommendation with a majority-plus-one vote.

About six residents spoke Thursday night, raising issues about traffic congestion, safety, noise, odor, water and property values.

"I'm sorry to tell you, John, if this project goes through you won't be able to sell your house," said resident Bob Chamberlin. "Nobody on Fox Road will be able to sell their house."

Chamberlin was referring to John Walther, a school teacher -- as is his wife -- who bought a large parcel south of the proposed campground just more than a year ago. 

His property has a pond which won't be fenced off from the campground and is adjacent to a proposed recreation area. Walther said he's worried that children will be able to easily wander over to his pond.

"A berm or hill isn't going to keep children away," Walther said. "What's that going to do to my liability, to my insurance?"

But his biggest concern, he said, is all the strangers the campground will bring into the neighborhood. He said he bought his property specifically because he thought it would be a good place to raise the children he and his wife are planning. If the campground is built, he said, he would have to sell his property and move.

Among the many concerns raised by Diane Oaksford was the density of the proposed campground, which will have 15 sites per acre, she said. She compared that to other campgrounds in Genesee County, listing off the number of sites and acreage for each.

"The point is," she said, "the applicant has proposed the most amount of camp sites on the fewest acres in the most populated residential neighborhood in the county."

Lewandowski didn't take issue with any of the complaints raised by residents, but said none of the issues could correctly be addressed by the county board. He asked the board to refer the matter back to the Oakfield board to handle.

Photos: Top, Diane Oaksford; inset, Brian Lewandowski

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