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Thursday, July 9, 2009 at 5:40 am

Today's Deals: Adam Miller, Belladessa's South Main and Batavia Downs

post by Howard B. Owens in Deal of the Day

Adam Miller Toy & Bicycles, 8 Center St., Batavia, N.Y.: Feel like a kid in a toy store again, or treat your kids to the greatest toy store they will ever see. We have a $25 gift certificate for $12.50.

Belladessa's Pizzeria, 9 Jackson St., Batavia, N.Y.: Um, pizza and wings! We have a Family Meal Deal ($25 value), which is a large pizza, 24 wings and a 2 litre soft drink for $12.50.

South Main Country Gifts, 3356 S. Main St. Road, Batavia, N.Y.: A large selection of gift items and items for the home, with new items arriving every week. We have a $20 gift certificate for $9.

Batavia Downs Grandstand Bar & Grille: Enjoy lunch or dinner at one of the regions most popular entertainment venues. We have a $25 gift certificate for $12.50.

A $1 PayPal service fee applies on items more than $10 and .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.  People who have won a certificate in the past 30 days are not eligible to win a certificate from the same business as before.  By state law, gift certificates cannot be used for alcohol 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. Ideally, the winner will arrange to stop by my office on Main Street to pick up gift certificate. Mail is an option, but it would be better to hand you the gift certificate. 

If you want to be notified via e-mail of future Deals of the Day, sign up for the Deals of the Day e-mail list by clicking here.

Merchants: If you would like your business featured in Deal of the Day, call Howard Owens at 260-6970.

Adam Miller Toy and Bicycles

SOLD

Belladessa's

SOLD

South Main Country Gifts

sold

Batavia Downs Grandstand Bar and Grille

SOLD

Wednesday, July 8, 2009 at 8:00 pm

Online Exclusive: Recliner from Max Pies

post by Howard B. Owens in batavia, Max Pies Furniture

maxpies_recliner250x250.jpgThrough a special arrangement with Max Pies Furniture, 400 South Jackson St., Batavia, The Batavian is able to extend this special, online-only offer to its readers:

We have for sale a rocker recliner. This big, comfortable chair normally sells for $699. The first reader of The Batavian to act on this offer can buy it online for $399 (plus sales tax). That's a $300 savings!

You can't buy this recliner in the store at that price.

The winner of this exclusive item will be able to choose from an in-stock rocker recliner or custom order in one of the three available colors.

The rocker recliner features soft upholstery and plush contemporary styling so you can enjoy a comfortable relaxing time whether watching TV, reading or enjoying good conversation. With plush saddle arms and unique butler back design, these recliners are comfortable while retaining their design that compliments almost any home décor. The upholstery, construction and design are built to handle everyday living.

]The winning purchaser will need to arrange to stop by The Batavian office to pick up a purchase voucher. Final arrangements to take delivery of the chair are made at the Max Pies location at 400 South Jackson St. This item will be available until it sells.

The voucher has no cash value, but can be used toward an upgrade purchase on another item.

Deliver is free in Genesee County.

To purchase this online exclusive from The Batavian and Max Pies Furniture, click the PayPal button below (this is the only way you can make this purchase -- this price is NOT available in the store).

Wednesday, July 8, 2009 at 6:40 pm

Tractor trailers collide on Thruway

post by Howard B. Owens in batavia, accident

A pair of tractor trailers have collided on eastbound Interstate 90 at about mile marker 288. One is reportedly partially overturned. No injuries reported at this time.

One driver reports being cut off by another truck driver.  No further details at this time.

Wednesday, July 8, 2009 at 12:23 pm

Sen. Gillibrand announces plan to tackle lost manufacturing jobs

post by Howard B. Owens in economy, jobs, new york

New York has lost more than 160,000 manufacturing jobs and Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand wants to do something about it.

That's noble, but her four-point plan doesn't address the major issues causing the swift decline of manufacturing jobs.

The main factors leading to closed plants and reduced workforces are trade imbalances, large chains forcing manufactures to reduce costs unreasonably, and New York's burdensome regulatory environment and high taxes.

Gillibrand's calls for manageable health care for small businesses and the self-employed, upgraded rail infrastructure, transition manufacturing to clean engergy production and expand a government program called manufacturing Extension Partnership.

Of course, health care costs are a major obstacle to small business start-ups, and providing adequate transportation to get goods to market is a reasonable role for government, and while clean energy is a noble idea, if the free market rejects it, what right does the government have to force the issue?

Gillibrand can't do much about Albany, but she is in a position to impact trade issues as well as anti-competitive practices of multinational chains such as Wal-Mart and Home Depot.

Full release after the jump:

Wednesday, July 8, 2009 at 10:53 am

Slow economy, but private sector is where solution will be found

post by Howard B. Owens in economy, new york

The numbers for New York's economy don't look good:

  • Economic indicators have dropped 13 of the past 14 months
  • Unemployment stands at 8 percent.
  • Housing sales were down 21 percent last month.

And those are just the transitory, economic fluctuations that should be reasonably expected in a dynamic system.

New York, especially Western New York, suffers from longer-term economic trends that must be addressed whether we want to improve our standing in short-term fluctuations or build a strong economic foundation.

The New York State Association of Counties, which put out a press release prompting this post, jumps right to the conclusion that what is needed is more government, more stimulus, more taxpayer dollars.

Can the government really spend New York out of its current problems?

The government's power to spend money is mind boggling, but what really creates jobs and growth are private businesses making investments and taking risks.

Some of what is needed in New York is to clean up the mess in Albany, reduce the state regulatory burden and lower taxes.

But even with its faults, New York, especially WNY, has a lot going for it.  Genesee, in particular, has access to inexpensive power, reliable rail and road transportation, a stable workforce, inexpensive housing, plenty of land and water, respected school systems and a great natural environment.

There's no reason jobs can't be created here.

But growth won't come from government programs.  What WNY needs is a resurgence of entrepreneurship -- daring men and women who want to start businesses right here at home.

The biggest struggle WNY faces is how to convince business-minded people to take up the challenge of starting new companies.  And again, I'm not sure a government program is the answer.  People need to come to this conclusion on their own, but how to get the ball rolling ...

WNY was built by daring entrepreneurs, and only entrepreneurs will save it.

Full NYSAC press release after the jump:

Wednesday, July 8, 2009 at 10:06 am

Today's Deal: It's all about the great food in Batavia

post by Howard B. Owens in Deal of the Day

One of the things I love about Batavia is all the great places to eat -- here's five great dining offers.

O'Lacy's Irish Pub, 5 School Street, Batavia, N.Y.: Check out the Tuesday night all-you-can eat grill. We have a $25 gift certificate for $12.50.

Main St. Pizza Company, 206 E. Main St., Batavia, N.Y.: Pizza, wings, subs and even hamburgers and hot dogs, Main St. Pizza makes everything deliciously. We have four $5 gift certificates ($10 value) that can be used together or separately for $10.

T.F. Brown's, 214 E. Main St., Batavia, N.Y.: Recommendation: Try T.F. Brown's hamburgers.  Great food and great fun. We have a $20 gift card for $10.

Sport of Kings Family Restaurant, 419 W Main St., Batavia, N.Y.:  A favorite family restaurant that is open 24 hours, seven days. We have a $15 gift card for $7.50.

Jackson St. Grill, 9 Jackson St., Batavia, N.Y.: Try the fresh, skinless haddock fish fry on Fridays. We have a $10 gift certificate for $5.

A $1 PayPal service fee applies on items more than $10 and .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.  People who have won a certificate in the past 30 days are not eligible to win a certificate from the same business as before.  By state law, gift certificates cannot be used for alcohol 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. Ideally, the winner will arrange to stop by my office on Main Street to pick up gift certificate. Mail is an option, but it would be better to hand you the gift certificate. 

If you want to be notified via e-mail of future Deals of the Day, sign up for the Deals of the Day e-mail list by clicking here.

Merchants: If you would like your business featured in Deal of the Day, call Howard Owens at 260-6970.

Jackson St. Grill

SOLD

Sport of Kings

SOLD

T.F. Brown's

SOLD

Main St. Pizza

SOLD

O'Lacy's

SOLD

Wednesday, July 8, 2009 at 6:08 am

Trustees working to keep libraries open in both Byron and Bergen

post by Howard B. Owens in byron, library

Byron Bergen Public Library Board of Trustees issued the following statement yesterday:

The Trustees of the Byron Bergen Public Library are actively pursuing options to keep both the village location and the location at the Gillam-Grant Community Center open, in the interest of serving both communities.   We are currently seeking bridge funding from a variety of sources and have received a grant from Nioga Library System to start the process.

The Gillam-Grant Community Center will no longer providing funding for library staff at that location and the trustees hosted two public meetings last month seeking community input on options.  There was a good deal of support for each of the current locations remaining, and neither location appears suited to becoming the only library in the Byron-Bergen area.

Wednesday, July 8, 2009 at 5:59 am

Police Beat: Suspect accused of stealing $20 from family member

post by Howard B. Owens in Alabama, crime, Oakfield

Darlene Ann Kingdollar, 47, of 25 S. Pearl St., Oakfield is charged with petty larceny. Kingdollar allegedly stole $20 from the purse of Kingdollar's grandson's wife while at a picnic.

Justin Adelbert Lilly, 21, of 11403 Apt. 1 Sanderson Road, Medina, was arrested in Orleans County and turned over the the Genesee County Sheriff's Office on a warrant issued in Alabama. Lilly is charged with burglary and criminal mischief.

A teen-age girl from Lockport incarcerated in Genesee County Jail reportedly punched another inmate in the face causing an injury. She is charged with assault in the second degree.

Tuesday, July 7, 2009 at 4:42 pm

Albion youth wins $250 from The Batavian in home run contest

post by Howard B. Owens in baseball, batavia, Batavia Muckdogs, Alan Ahmady, Albion, sports

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Friday night, in the bottom of the fifth inning, Batavia Muckdogs infielder Alan Ahmady smashed a home run over The Batavian's right field promotional sign.  The opposite field shot from the right-handed slugger made the game an especially memorable one for Jacoby Miller of Albion.  Miller was the lucky fan that night to have his name drawn in The Batavian's Fifth Inning Home Run Contest.  He won $250, which he picked up at The Batavian's office this afternoon.  We also presented him with an autographed baseball from Ahmady.

Ahmady, from Fresno Calif. (my parents and a brother live just a couple of hours south in the same San Joaquin Valley in Bakersfield), is one of the Cardinals top prospects.  Maybe some day that autographed ball will be worth more than $250.

The home run was Ahmady's first as a professional player (just to be clear, the autographed ball is not the one he hit over the sign -- I don't know what happened to that ball -- hopefully it was retrieved and given to Ahmady for his own collection).

Miller's father, Kevin, said Friday night, "This is something he will never forget."  Today, Kevin Miller told me he and both his sons are huge baseball fans and they attend many Muckdogs games.

Tuesday, July 7, 2009 at 12:56 pm

Emergency crews responded to reported accident on Thruway

post by Howard B. Owens in batavia, accident

Emergency crews are being dispatched to a one-car accident on the Thruway with a reported minor injury. 

A first responder reports that the accident is in the median near Bank Street with one person complaining of chest and knee pain.

Tuesday, July 7, 2009 at 12:31 pm

Ted Hawley assumes presidency of Batavia Rotary

post by Howard B. Owens in batavia, Batavia Rotary Club, Ted Hawley

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Ted Hawley, right, pays a $10 fine for not wearing the proper name badge during today's Batavia Rotary Club meeting.  Hawley started his term as president today and his badge didn't have the year of his presidency printed on it. Outgoing president Ray Chaya gave Hawley a new badge and collected the fine.

Tuesday, July 7, 2009 at 12:08 pm

Suspect in baby shaking case pleads not guilty

post by Howard B. Owens in batavia, crime

Dietrich Williams is accused of shaking the baby of a Batavia woman so violently, even hitting the infant's head against a hard service, that the baby is now in grave condition. Today Williams pleaded not guilty to charges of assault in the first degree and reckless assault of a child.

After the hearing, District Attorney Lawrence Friedman said the baby is not doing well.

"There's a lot of uncertainty right now," Friedman said. "It doesn't look good."

He said doctors fear brain damage, vision damage, whether the baby will be able to feed herself and whether she will be able to breath on her own.

Williams was reportedly living with a co-worker from a nursing home in Le Roy and was charged with watching the woman's four children while she worked a double shift.

On the night of June 20 or early morning of June 21, Williams allegedly assaulted the 15-month-old child.

The child and the mother have not been identified.

Defense Attorney Jerry Ader argued for reduced bail, stating that Williams is an employed resident of Genesee County and had only one prior misdemeanor conviction -- for unauthorized use of rental car that was returned late.

Friedman asked that Williams be held without bail, because there is a warrant for his arrest in Florida (reportedly for a bounced $100 check related to the car rental), and he has changed residence and jobs a few times over the past several months.  Friedman said he didn't believe Williams had lived in Genesee County for more than 4 1/2 months.

Since Williams hasn't appeared on a charged related to $100 check, Friedman told Judge Robert Noonan that he doubted he would appear on a felony charge where he potentially faces a 25-year prison term.

Noonan kept Williams bail at $50,000.

Tuesday, July 7, 2009 at 11:00 am

Rochester man pleads guilty to stalking Oakfield woman

post by Howard B. Owens in crime, Oakfield

Daryl Jenkins of Rochester today admitted to sending threatening text messages and photos to an Oakfield woman and plead guilty to stalking in the second degree.

Judge Robert Noonan did not allow Jenkins out of jail pending sentencing. He is being held on $10,000 bail or $20,000 bond.  Noonan said he took into consideration the report of Jenkins two convictions for contempt of court as well as the nature of the messages, which Noonan characterized as showing a disregard for the authority of the court.

"I've just read a series to text messages that flaunt the law more than anything I've ever seen," Noonan said.

Among the messages, Noonan said, were those that read "I'm above the law," which Noonan said Jenkins wrote several times.

Jenkins sent messages to the Oakfield woman threatening to kill her. In one e-mail message he included a picture of a gun and threatened to use it on her.

Tuesday, July 7, 2009 at 10:44 am

Today's Deals: Shopping and dining in Batavia

post by Howard B. Owens in Deal of the Day

Today's Deals:

South Main Country Gifts, 3356 S. Main St. Road, Batavia, N.Y.: I happened to be in South Main yesterday. Julie has a bunch of great new items in stock, and said she's adding new items to her large inventory regularly.  We have a $20 gift certificate for $10.

Center Street Smoke House, 20 Center St., Batavia, N.Y.: Just in time for this weekend's Ramble in Jackson Street Square.  We have a $25 gift certificate for $12.50.

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 a $15 gift certificate for $7.50.

Delavan's Restaurant and Tavern, 107 Evans Street, Batavia, N.Y.: From sandwiches to ribs, Delavan's has a thoroughly worthwhile menu. We have a $25 gift certificate for $12.50.

A $1 PayPal service fee applies on items more than $10 and .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.  People who have won a certificate in the past 30 days are not eligible to win a certificate from the same business as before.  By state law, gift certificates cannot be used for alcohol 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. Ideally, the winner will arrange to stop by my office on Main Street to pick up gift certificate. Mail is an option, but it would be better to hand you the gift certificate. 

If you want to be notified via e-mail of future Deals of the Day, sign up for the Deals of the Day e-mail list by clicking here.

Merchants: If you would like your business featured in Deal of the Day, call Howard Owens at 260-6970.

We also still have available these gift certificates:

Sport of Kings Family Restaurant

SOLD

Delavan's Restaurant and Tavern

SOLD

South Main Country Gifts

SOLD

Center Street Smoke House

We also have these gift certificates still available:

The Enchanted Florist

Eclectic Creations

Tuesday, July 7, 2009 at 9:57 am

Police Beat: Pavilion man accused of jumping over fence, threatening neighbor

post by Howard B. Owens in batavia, crime, Darien, Pavilion

Gene Douglas Swede, 61, of 11295 Perry Road, Pavilion, is charged with harassment. Swede is accused of jumping a fence into a neighbor's yard, yelling and cussing at the neighbor and threatening to beat up the neighbor. An order of protection was issued for Swede protecting his neighbors.

Porscha Mohogani Woods, 26, of 305 Oak St., Syracuse is charged with disorderly conduct. Woods is accused of pushing Darien Lake security guards and using vulgar language while attempting to break free of the guards following an altercation at the park on July 4 at 8:11 p.m.

A 16-year-old from Rochester was issued a ticket by Sheriff's deputies in the Town of Batavia for unlawful possession of marijuana.  The youth was walking on a road in Batavia when he was allegedly found to be in possession of marijuana.

Monday, July 6, 2009 at 9:50 pm

Accident map for U.S. shows Genesee County fatalities

post by Howard B. Owens in accidents, genesee county

accident_map_batavia.jpg

SafeRoads.org has a searchable map of all the U.S. pinpointing fatal traffic accidents, and showing the density of such accidents.  Looking over the Genesee County area, it doesn't look like there is any one roadway or intersection that is more prone toward fatal accidents.

Monday, July 6, 2009 at 9:32 pm

Jankowski participates in re-enactment of Siege of Fort Niagara 250 years later

post by Howard B. Owens in batavia, Niagara

jankowski_niagara01.jpg

Lt. Eugene Jankowski, of the Batavia Police Department, participated in the 250th Anniversary re-enactment of the Siege of Fort Niagara and sent along these pictures. Jankowski is pictured above on the far right.

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Monday, July 6, 2009 at 11:51 am

Sale on Deal of the Day Gift Certificates

post by Howard B. Owens in Deal of the Day

These are special sale offers, with each gift certificate being available today for LESS than half off.

The usual Deal of the Day rules and conditions apply, accept the PayPal fee is only 50 cents.

Herbly Wonderful - $10.50 ($25 value)

The Enchanted Florist ($20 value for $9)

Essence of Candles ($25 value for $8)

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