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Saturday, August 8, 2009 at 11:03 am

Paterson creates committee tasked with getting rid of regulations

post by Howard B. Owens in Gov. David Paterson, new york, regulations

If there's a state regulation that you find burdensome or unnecessary, here's your chance to complain about it and possibly get rid of it.

Gov. David Patterson has signed an executive order forming a committee of top advisers to review state regulations and eliminate any that are outdated or overly burdensome to business.

Agencies are already required to conduct lengthy reviews of new procedures and regulations before they become final. But under the new order, they will also be required to review such rules after they are put into effect.

Officials will be required to invite public comment on whether any existing rules and regulations — no matter when they were enacted — are “unnecessary, unbalanced, unwise, duplicative or unduly burdensome.” The committee would then reconsider rules that have generated the most criticism.

The first round of review will involve seven departments and agencies, including those responsible for environmental, health, liquor and labor regulations.

Some groups, such as labor unions, have previously opposed the governor's office taking on such sweeping power.

Saturday, August 8, 2009 at 10:47 am

Three-car accident partially blocks Oak Street

post by Howard B. Owens in batavia, Oak Street

Three people were reportedly injured in a three-car accident at Oak Street and Richmond Avenue.

Traffic is blocked at this time and two cars will need to be towed.

Emergency crews are on scene now.


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Saturday, August 8, 2009 at 10:41 am

Government preparing for more H1N1 cases

post by Howard B. Owens in h1n1, new york

The state Department of Health and federal officials are girding for more cases of the H1N1 flu strain, from talking about quarantines to issuing guidelines for schools.

The state has also allocated more financial aid for county health departments dealing with H1N1 outbreaks.

Saturday, August 8, 2009 at 7:01 am

Today's Deals: Great bargains to start a Saturday morning

post by Howard B. Owens in Deal of the Day

We didn't have a deal of the day on Wednesday, plus just to mix up the times a bit and give more people a chance to win -- here's a Saturday morning deal of the day!

Valle Jewelers, 21 Jackson St., Batavia, N.Y.: Gifts, jewelry, expert cleaning and jewelry repair - $50 can go a long way in Valle Jewelers. We have a $50 gift certificate for $25.

Alex's Place, 8322 Park Road, Batavia, N.Y.: One of the region's premier restaurants and a favorite place for business lunches. We have a $25 gift certificate for $12.50.

Center Street Smoke House, 20 Center St., Batavia, N.Y.: Ribs, brisket, steak, prime rib -- Center Street is a meat lovers' paradise. We have a $25 gift card for $12.50.

Delavan's Restaurant and Tavern, 107 Evans St., Batavia, N.Y.: Have you tried the homemade Italian sausage yet? You should. We have a $20 gift certificate for $10.

T.F. Brown's, at 214 E. Main St., Batavia, N.Y.: T.F. Brown's is a great place for a good meal, good friends and to catch up on what's going on in the sports world. When you need to book your next party, think T.F. Brown's. See the ad on the right side of the page for contact information. We have a $20 gift card for $10.

Jackson St. Grill/Belladessa's Pizzeria, 9 Jackson St., Batavia: From homemade soups, desserts to pizza, the Grill and Pizzeria offers a fully menu of great meals. Today, we have a Family Deal (value $25), which includes a large one-topping pizza, 24 wings and 2 liter soft drink for $12.50.

Settler's Restaurant, 353 W. Main St., Batavia, N.Y.: Settler's has a 25-year history in Batavia of serving great, affordable breakfasts, lunches and dinners to Batavians. We have a $20 gift certificate for $10.

A $1 PayPal service fee applies on items more than $10. The fee is 50 cents on items below $10.

Rules: The gift certificate must be used by within 30 days of purchase. It is not valid with other offers and has no cash value. Only one gift certificate per-merchant per-person every six months. Gift certificates cannot be combined with other offers without prior approval of the merchant. Gift certificates bought separately cannot be combined for a single purchase. Individuals buying gift certificates must use their own personal PayPal account for the purchase.

How to Win: Purchase using the PayPal "Buy Now" button below. After the first person to hit the "buy now" button completes the purchase, PayPal will let you know that the item has been sold. Unless other arrangements are made immediately after purchase, the gift certificate will mailed to the winner at his or her PayPal-provided postal address within two or three days of purchase.

Valle Jewelers

SOLD

Delavan's

SOLD

Alex's Place

SOLD

Center Street Smoke House

SOLD

T.F. Brown's

SOLD

Belladessa's

SOLD

Settler's

SOLD

Friday, August 7, 2009 at 1:39 pm

Amelia's Antiques and Gifts, 5213 E. Main St., Batavia, N.Y. 14020

post by Howard B. Owens in Antiques, batavia, Amelia's, collectibles, gifts

Amelia's Antiques and Collectibles

5213 E. Main St. (Rte. 5)
Batavia, N.Y. 14020
(585) 343-2839

 

Hours:
Tuesday - Sunday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Closed Mondays.

WIN: $75 in merchandise!  Click here for entry form.

amelias_floater_120x240.gifA unique collection of old and new at Amelia's. Antiques, country primitives, candles and collectibles.

Amelia's offers fine antique glass, including Fenton, Northwood, Hobbs, vaseline, opalescent, coindot, hobnail and depression.

Collectibel flow blue, Wedgewood, Hummels, perfume bottles, antique cookie jars, photos and antique frames, enamelware and many other quality antiques.

Amelia's also has a large variety of country primitive gifts and decor, Americana, Folk art, needful things, garden decor, stars, rusty tin, pip berry wreaths, garland and candle rings. Country and primitive signs, framed art and stitcheries, scented rosehips, roosters, crows, sheep, geese, primitive dolls, nesting boxes, tart warmers, handmade soap, Yankee Candle assortment, soy and beeswax tarts.


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Friday, August 7, 2009 at 12:30 pm

Batavia fire dept. responding to fire alarm on Summit Street

post by Howard B. Owens in batavia, fire

A fire alarm has sounded at 229 Summit St., Batavia. Batavia Fire trucks are responding.


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Friday, August 7, 2009 at 11:35 am

Batavia Downs honors trotting record of Excalibur

post by Howard B. Owens in batavia, Batavia Downs, harness racing, sports

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Batavia Downs is celebrating a world record set in 1977 by a horse named Excalibur, with Fred Haslip at the controls. Excalibur set the world record for a double-gaited gelding when he trotted home in 2:03.3. That matched his lifetime best pace record. The combined time of 4:07.1 erased the previous record, set by Leon in 1939.

Full press release after the jump:

Friday, August 7, 2009 at 10:42 am

Today's Deals: Pictures, jewels, flowers and food

post by Howard B. Owens in Deal of the Day

Carlson's Studio, 39 Jackson Street, Batavia, N.Y.  Family photos are more than just photographs. When you need photos for that special occasion, Carlson's is a great choice in Genesee County. We have a $100 gift card for $50 (with $2 PayPal fee).

Larry's Steakhouse, 60 Main St.  The name says it all -- Larry's is a great place for steak. Larry's is a fine dining atmosphere with a great menu and outstanding service.  We have a $50 gift certificate for $25.

The Enchanted Florist, 202 E. Main St., Batavia, N.Y.: Brighten up your home or office with flowers!  We have a $20 gift certificate for $8.50.

Valle Jewelers, 21 Jackson St., Batavia, N.Y.: Need a gift? Need some sparkle? Valle's has a large selection of jewelry and gifts starting at under $25. We have a $50 gift certificate for $25.

Delavan's Restaurant and Tavern, 107 Evans St., Batavia, N.Y.: If you're looking to try a perfect neighborhood eatery, check out Delavan's. We have a $20 gift certificate for $10.

Main St. Pizza Company, 206 E. Main St., Batavia, N.Y.: Main St. wins consistent praise from diners for every item on its menu, but of course Main St. is most famous for its pizza and wings. We have a $25 gift certificate for $12.50.

A $1 PayPal service fee applies on items more than $10. The fee is 50 cents on items below $10.

Rules: The gift certificate must be used by within 30 days of purchase. It is not valid with other offers and has no cash value. Only one gift certificate per-merchant per-person every six months. Gift certificates cannot be combined with other offers without prior approval of the merchant. Gift certificates bought separately cannot be combined for a single purchase. Individuals buying gift certificates must use their own personal PayPal account for the purchase.

How to Win: Purchase using the PayPal "Buy Now" button below. After the first person to hit the "buy now" button completes the purchase, PayPal will let you know that the item has been sold. Unless other arrangements are made immediately after purchase, the gift certificate will mailed to the winner at his or her PayPal-provided postal address within two or three days of purchase.

Carlson's Studio

SOLD

Larry's Steakhouse

SOLD

Valle Jewelers

SOLD

Delavan's

SOLD

Main St. Pizza

SOLD

The Enchanted Florist

SOLD

Friday, August 7, 2009 at 7:17 am

Police Beat: Man accused of writing bad checks to a local car dealership

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

Craig L. Schrutt, 56, of 50-2 Spring Meadow Drive, Williamsville, is charged with two counts of grand larceny and two counts of issuing a bad check. Schrutt, the former operator of of CARP's Auto Sales in Clarence, is accused of writing checks that were later returned for insufficient funds to a local car dealership. The reported amount of the checks were for $11,300 and $2,500. Schrutt was sent to the Genesee County Jail on $10,000 bail. The investigation was conducted by Warrant Officer Eric Olson with assistance by Investigator Timothy Weis, and deputies James Diehl and Tim Wescott.

Jean Rebecca Fili, 31, of 8089 E. Main Road, Le Roy, is charged with petit larceny and possession of a controlled substance. Fili allegedly stole merchandise from Wal-Mart and was allegedly found in possession of a controlled substance at the time of her arrest.

Molly A. Crowe, 45, of Bergen, is charged with DWI, aggravated DWI with a BAC of .18 or greater, and refusing an initial roadside breath screening. Crowe was reportedly stopped on Route 262 in Byron by state troopers after allegedly driving her car across the center line several times. Crowe was sent to Genesee County Jail on $250 bail.

Thursday, August 6, 2009 at 9:31 pm

Agosti takes first four at Batavia Downs

post by Howard B. Owens in batavia, Batavia Downs, sports

batavia_downs0805.jpgPress Release:

BATAVIA, NY – It was a fine summer night in Western New York for harness racing, and an even better night for driver Tom Agosti as he drove home the first four contests on the Wednesday night program. 

This evening’s feature event was the tenth race on the card, an Open pace for fillies and mares with a purse of $9,000.

Hitting the wire first in the weekly distaff feature was the 8/5 favorite Jezzabell Hotspur with Chris Page at the lines, pacing to the mile in 1:57.1 for her 11th win of the season.  In for the place was Pauline Seelster with Tom Agosti in the sulky to complete the $19.20 exacta.  Spacie Jessie and James Dunn came in for the show for her 2009 Batavia Downs Debut .The fractions for Jezzabell Hotspur were 28.1, 58.4, and 1:28, respectively.  Jezzabell Hotspur led wire-to-wire, with driver Chris Page having to ask for more speed around the final turn as Pauline Seelster and Spacie Jessie closed in, but she had enough to stay on top for the win..  Jezzabell Hotspur is a 7-year-old mare by Anthony P.  Betty Tauber of East Brunswick, NJ owns her.  Sherri Holliday is the trainer.  The winning $2 mutuel price was $5.20.

Jeff Rizzo, Marketing Intern
[email protected]

Picture: Jezzabell Hotspur with Chris Page holding on in Downs feature.
 

Thursday, August 6, 2009 at 9:24 pm

Le Roy's Jell-O Museum celebrates 100,000th visitor

post by Howard B. Owens in Jell-O Museum, Le Roy

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Wednesday, the Jell-O Museum in Le Roy celebrated its 100,000th visitor.

Pictured: Lynne Belluscio. left, Director of the Jell-O Museum,
Marilyn Smith, the official 100,000th visitor, her husband Steve Smith and
Adele Friello, friend of the Smiths.

Press Release after the jump:

Thursday, August 6, 2009 at 4:39 pm

Meet The Batavian correspondents

post by Howard B. Owens in thebatavian

The Batavian continues to grow. Most recently, we've been fortunate enough to meet up with three young women who aspire to careers in journalism, but are just starting out and are looking for more experience -- and they also believe that Web journalism is the way of the future. They all are big fans of The Batavian, so they stepped forward to offer to help with local news coverage.

We're not yet to the point of hiring staff writers, but we asked them if they would take on the volunteer role of "correspondent" and either cover a beat or be available for occasional assignments.

Tasia Boland should be a familiar name to long-time readers of The Batavian. She was an intern for us last semester and after taking a break, she's back with The Batavian covering a variety of assignments. Tasia is originally from Wisconsin, but moved to New York in 2002 and currently resides in Batavia.  She graduated from Brockport with a Bachelor's Degree in Journalism. 

Brittany Baker grew up in Genesee County, graduating from Oakfield-Alabama High School in 2004. She started her journalism education at GCC and went on to Buffalo State College then SUNY Brockport where she earned a Bachelor's Degree in Communications - Broadcasting, with a minor in English.  Her career goal is to become a TV news anchor at a WNY station. Brittany is covering Oakfield and Alabama for The Batavian.

gretel_kauffman.jpgGretel Kauffman first approached me and Billie at the Muckdog's home opener about doing an internship with The Batavian this summer. She is interested in a career in journalism. Gretel is a sophomore at Elba Central School. She has published poems in various magazines. She is the daughter of Bill and Lucine Kauffman. Gretel is covering community events in her hometown of Elba.

We're always on the scout for people interested in being correspondents for The Batavian. If you have a particular area of Genesee County you would like to cover, contact Billie Owens:  billie (at) the batavian(oneword) dot com.

Thursday, August 6, 2009 at 4:09 pm

Iraq war vet honored by Border Patrol agents at Terry Hills golf tournament

post by Howard B. Owens in batavia, Iraq, terry hills

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When I ran into the Harley-riding Border Patrol agents today, they said they were in town for a golf tournament at Terry Hills co-sponsored by the Border Patrol and that I should show up at 4 p.m. because "one of the real hereos" was going to get an award from the Border Patrol.

Mark O'Brien, from Marilla (just outside of East Aurora), served in Iraq as Marine corporal, where in service to his country, he lost an arm and a leg. O'Brien is married with a child (in the stroller, far right of the picture).

The group presented O'Brien with a $1,000 check as a token of appreciation for his service.  He received at least five standing ovations during the presentation.

Thursday, August 6, 2009 at 12:44 pm

Harley-riding Border Patrol agents pass through Batavia, visit Stan's Harley

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This morning, driving down Main Street, Batavia, I spotted a group Border Patrol agents riding Harley-Davidson Motorcycles, and I immediately thought, "I've never seen the Border Patrol on motor bikes before."

I would soon learn, this is an unusual sight -- there is only one motor bike unit with the Border Patrol in the United States, and they're based in Grand Island.

I stopped at an intersection next to the agents and asked one what they were up to and he told me they were headed to Stan's Harley-Davidson -- a pilgrimage of sorts, I gather.

The agents were in town to display their bikes at a Border Patrol co-sponsored golf tournament at Batavia Country Club.

Assistant Chief Mike Hester told me the Border Patrol invested in the Harley unit a year ago, during the previous administration, when the President was looking to double the size of the Border Patrol. Area agents found out that the Buffalo region has the second highest rate of Harley ownership in the nation, so a Harley unit was seen as a way to get into the community and recruit potential agents. Mostly, the Harley unit has been used at bike events and other community events, but they also patrol the tourist areas of Niagara, where heavy pedestrian traffic can make a typical cruiser harder and more dangerous to use.

Pictured are Supervisor Adam Matuszeiuski, Chief Hester, Acting Assistant Chief Andrew Scharnweber and Field Operations Supervisor Jason Heckler.

Stan's Harley was the group's last stop for the day in Genesee County before heading home.

Thursday, August 6, 2009 at 12:28 pm

Sheriff's Office warns of 'Gypsy' activity in the region

post by Howard B. Owens in bunco, crime, Gypsies

If you see any gypsies in the area, they may be doing more than playing a little music, warns local law enforcement officials.

A release from the Genesee County Sheriff's office, written by Chief Jerome Brewester, warns of "'Traveler' or 'Gypsy' activity" may be hitting the area, even though there are no formal complaints.

"Of particular importance is the fact that these scam artists usually prey upon the elderly and we ask that everyone assist in protecting your elderly neighbors," Brewster wrote.

Brewster passed along an information sheet of things to look for from the National Association of Bunco Investigators.

Some warning signs:

  • The repair person drives an unmarked truck or van with out-of-state plates
  • The worker has no business identification
  • You are offered a "special price" if you  sign today
  • The worker wants upfront costs or fees or accepts cash only
  • No written estimates or contracts
  • The worker has no references
  • The offer "sounds too good to be true"

Residents who spot suspicious activity are asked to contact local law enforcement.

Thursday, August 6, 2009 at 12:16 pm

Today's Deals: New Today, Pudgies Lawn and Garden, plus four favorites

post by Howard B. Owens in Deal of the Day

New Today: Pudgie's Lawn and Garden Center, 3646 West Main Road, Batavia, N.Y.: Visit Pudgie's for all your lawn and garden needs, where the staff of Cornell-trained master gardeners will provide friendly and helpful service. We have a $25 gift certificate for $12.50.

Delavan's Restaurant and Tavern, 107 Evans St., Batavia, N.Y.:  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 $25 gift certificate for $12.50.

Present Tense Books and Gifts, 101 Washington Ave.:  Whether your taste runs to local authors, the finest in fiction or nonfiction or you're looking for a unique and special gift, this charming store in a cozy Victorian house on the edge of downtown is a great place to stop and shop. We have a $25 gift certificate for $12.50.

Picasso's Pizza, 419 W. Main St., Batavia, N.Y.: A great variety of pizza, subs and salads -- and try the wings, too. We have three $5 booklets of $1 gift certificates ($15 value) for $7.50. The gift certificates can be used collectively or individually).

Sport of Kings Family Restaurant, 419 W Main St., Batavia, N.Y.: A favorite locally owned family restaurant that is open 24 hours per day, seven days a week. We have TWO $15 gift certificates for $7.50 each (two separate winners).

A $1 PayPal service fee applies on items more than $10. The fee is 50 cents on items below $10.

Rules: The gift certificate must be used by within 30 days of purchase. It is not valid with other offers and has no cash value. Only one gift certificate per-merchant per-person every six months. Gift certificates cannot be combined with other offers without prior approval of the merchant. Gift certificates bought separately cannot be combined for a single purchase. Individuals buying gift certificates must use their own personal PayPal account for the purchase.

How to Win: Purchase using the PayPal "Buy Now" button below. After the first person to hit the "buy now" button completes the purchase, PayPal will let you know that the item has been sold. Unless other arrangements are made immediately after purchase, the gift certificate will mailed to the winner at his or her PayPal-provided postal address within two or three days of purchase.

Pudgie's Lawn & Garden Center

SOLD

Delavan's

SOLD

Present Tense Books

SOLD

Picasso's

SOLD

Sport of Kings

SOLD

Thursday, August 6, 2009 at 11:49 am

Stafford resident hurt in one-car crash yesterday in guarded condition

post by Howard B. Owens in accident, Le Roy, Stafford

The driver in yesterday's accident on Route 5 in Le Roy has been identified as 18-year-old Mike S. Garrett of 6432 Main Road, Stafford.

Garrett is at Strong Memorial Hospital in guarded condition.

The accident remains under investigation by the Genesee County Sheriff's Office.

Here's the video shot at the scene yesterday:

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