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Thursday, September 27, 2012 at 3:55 pm

Solar System Installation in Pavilion

post by Rick D. Franclemont in alternative energy, solar power

 

Jennifer Schoff of Pavilion had searched for several years for an affordable alternative energy source, wind and solar installations were available but much to expensive for an individual household.  About a year ago she was contacted by You Save Green (yousavegreen.com) about leasing a solar system.  You Save Green would install and maintain the system for the length of the lease agreement for a fixed monthly fee.

Jennifer agreed to the lease arrangement and work began last week on the installation.  Her system consists of a stand holding 26 - 3' x 5' solar panels with a total maximum output of 6000 watts, an inverter to convert the DC electric to AC and a meter to keep track of how much energy is produced.

With this type of system electricity is only produced when there is sunshine so the homeowner will still rely on the electric grid at times there is no sun.  The good side is the electric company will pay her for all the excess electricity produced.

 

Mounting Platform For solar panels

 

Panel installation almost complete

 

Proximity to garage

 

Electrical panel and solar system controls

Monday, September 24, 2012 at 11:14 pm

Photos: Alpina Foods opens yogurt manufacturing facility in Batavia

post by Rick D. Franclemont in batavia, Alpina, business

Alpina Foods officially opened its yogurt-making plant in Batavia's new ag-park with a ribbon-cutting ceremony and tour Monday afternoon, which was attended by local dignitaries and state lawmakers.

Truck unloading station

Alpina Foods office

Quality control lab

Batch blending room

Fermentation and culturing room

Cup-filling machine

Monday, September 24, 2012 at 12:28 pm

Michael Napoleone Memorial Foundation Awareness Day

post by Rick D. Franclemont in Bulldawgs, cancer awareness, foundation

The Michael Napoleone Memorial Foundation held a "Foundation Awareness Day" at Lions Park Saturday during the Batavia Bulldawgs football games. The Foundation was established in 2007 in memory of Michael C. Napoleone, who died from Burkitts Lymphoma/Leukemia, an aggressive form of blood cancer.

Some of the things the foundation has done since its inception are: Contribute more than $35,000 for pediatric cancer research; assist more than 180 families; and give $95,000 in support; give $3,500 for items on the clinic's wish list for patients at the Pediatric Treatment Center at Golisano Children's Hospital at the U of R Medical Center; and donate more $17,000 to youth sports and other youth organizations.  

Please visit www.michaelshope.org to learn more about, or contribute to, this wonderful organization.

Christen Napoleone presenting a check for $500 to the Batavia Bulldawgs Organization

Attica High School senior Ashley Brotherton telling her story about surviving cancer.

Bulldawgs team jerseys were presented to Laurie and Mark Napoleone.

In the picture are Ellen DellaPenna, Griffin DellaPenna, Laurie Napoleone, Ben Humes (Bulldawgs vice commissioner), Mark Napoleone, Matt DellaPenna, and John Reigle (Bulldawgs commissioner).

Wednesday, September 12, 2012 at 9:57 am

Pembroke Boys Varsity Soccer Team gets first win

post by Rick D. Franclemont in pembroke, Pembroke Boys Varsity, soccer, sports

A 2-0 win over Attica gave the Pembroke Boys Varsity Soccer Team its first win since soccer was brought back to the school last year. The Dragons took the early lead on a goal by Austin Franclemont with Tyler Ross on the assist. The team then played a solid game in front of Morgan McGiveron, who was perfect in goal stopping all the shots he faced. The insurance goal was scored by Gabe Birkby, assisted by Collin Lewis. 

More pictures of the game can be seen here http://francletography.photoshelter.com/gallery/Pembroke-Boys-Varsity-Soccer-vs-Attica-9-11-2012/G0000bgZIx.lYVGo/C0000y8oiGr6YbrY

Wednesday, May 2, 2012 at 10:49 pm

Benefit for Pembroke High School senior stricken with rare cancer

post by Rick D. Franclemont in benefit, cancer, east pembroke

Saturday, May 5, at the East Pembroke Fire Hall pavilion, Austin's Army will be holding a benefit for Austin Heineman (son of Jason Heineman and Jamie (McGiveron) Wasielewski). Austin is an 18-year-old Pembroke High School senior who was recently diagnosed with a rare, aggressive form of childhood cancer.

The benefit runs from 4 to 11 p.m. and the fire hall is located at 2623 W. Main Road, East Pembroke.

There will be Chinese and silent auctions and side raffles. Some of the raffle items are a 32" flat-screen TV, a Sabres Jersey signed by 15 of the players, an X-Box and Kinect package, four Adirondack chairs, a large primitive hutch and three signed Philadelphia Eagles Jerseys (#7 Michael Vick, #10 DeSean Jackson, #24 Ninamdi Asomugha).

Entertainment will be provided by local bands Unruly and Mr. Hand. There is no entry fee. Food and beverages will be available for purchase.  

All proceeds from the benefit are to help offset costs not covered by health insurance. Donations are welcome and may be sent to Austin’s Army, c/o First Niagara Bank, Batavia NY 14020.

Saturday, November 19, 2011 at 10:14 pm

Santa visits Oliver's Candies in Batavia

post by Rick D. Franclemont in girl scouts, holiday, jaycees, Oliver's, Santa

Today was Santa's annual visit to Oliver's Candies in Batavia. Store Manager Jeremy Liles said that the event is held to kick off the Christmas season every year on the Saturday before Thanksgiving. The line of kids waiting to see Santa stretched across the store to the door.

Some of the kids, happy to tell Santa what they wanted for Christmas.

Outside was a petting zoo for the kids.

The Batavia Area Jaycees were on hand with refreshments.

Just in case you weren't prepared for Santa's Christmas visit, the Girl Scouts had plenty of cookies. Just add milk.

Saturday, November 12, 2011 at 9:50 am

Home Depot and New York National Guard Honored for their Support of Homeless and Recovering Veterans

post by Rick D. Franclemont in Loyola Recovery Foundation, pembroke, veterans

In honor of Veterans Day, Loyola Recovery Foundation held a recognition ceremony at their East Pembroke transitional housing facility.  

The Loyola Recovery Foundation is a Pittsford-based nonprofit organization governed by veterans, run by veterans and staffed by veterans and civilians providing specialty behavioral health, housing and employment services to veterans and their families.

The 15-bed site in East Pembroke opened Dec. 27, 2010. The site was in need of repairs beyond what was available in their budget so they applied for a $5,000 grant from the Home Depot Foundation's "Celebration of Service - Serving Those who Served us All" initiative. The grant was approved in September and was used to replace the roof on the garage, repair and paint the deck, replace the stairs and purchase a new dishwasher and gas stove.

General Jerry Icenhower with store manager Dawn Johnson

General Jerry Icenhower and Home Depot Manager Dawn Johncox

The East Pembroke Volunteer Fire Department was also recognized for its support of the residents of the home, and to fire department members Matt Florian and Ray Schramm for help with the repairs. Also helping with the repairs were Dave Coughlin, a former resident himself, and local roofing contractor Anthony (TJ) Peca.

East Pembroke Assistant Dale Lewter and COO Chris Wilkins

Loyola's partnership with the New York Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) initiative was recognized in a commitment and signing ceremony.

From left, Major General (Ret.) Jerry Icenhower Loyola Recovery's president and CEO, Major General Dennis Lutz of the New York State National Guard and Chris Wilkins Loyola Foundations COO.

More about Loyola Recovery Foundation and its work with veterans can be found here.

Monday, November 7, 2011 at 10:16 am

PYA Dragons win NOFA JV Championship

post by Rick D. Franclemont in football, JV, PYA, sports

In a game played Saturday at the Medina Veterans Park, the Pembroke Youth Association Dragons defeated the Akron Tigers 32-0 for the Niagara Orleans Football Association JV championship title.

Coach Jerry Cox's team went 12-0 for the season. The Akron Tigers only losses during the season were to the Dragons.

More pictures of the game can be seen here.

Monday, October 31, 2011 at 9:52 am

Groundbreaking for Adams' Welding & Fabrication

post by Rick D. Franclemont in business, trucking, welding

Pictured at the groundbreaking from left: Lester Mullen -- Stafford zoning and code enforcement officer, Dave Vicary -- Stafford Town Board, Scott Adams -- owner, Tim Adams -- owner, Steven Foster -- landscaper, Julie Scheverlein -- Stafford Court Clerk, and Andy McElheny.

For years, the parcel of land at 5782 Main Road, Stafford, wasn't being put to any sort of productive use.

It was just a weed-filled vacant lot.

Soon, however, it will be the new location of Adams' Welding & Fabrication and Scott Adams Trucking.

The longtime Genesee County business is moving from a location on Little Canada Road, Bethany. Owners Scott and Tim Adams are constructing a new 5,616-square-foot facility and truck terminal.

Adams' Welding & Fabrication serves the welding needs of local agriculture as well as homeowners and Scott Adams Trucking provides transportation for agriculture.

Finger Lakes Construction will build the new facility.

Friends and family also joined in. From left: Steven Foster, Debbie Kerr, Dave Vicary, Scott Adams, Tim Adams, Lester Mullen, Julie Scheverlein, Andy McElheny, Val Falco and Mary Adams.

Thursday, October 13, 2011 at 3:14 pm

Pembroke Dragons Modified Football Action at Alexander

post by Rick D. Franclemont in alexander, modified football, pembroke, sports

Tuesday the Pembroke 7th and 8th grade modified football team traveled to Alexander.  Unfortunately the the trip was not a lot of fun for the Dragons, as they lost to the host team 56-13.

More pictures of the game can be seen here.

The Dragons will host Attica at 9:30 AM on Saturday at Pembroke. 

Monday, October 3, 2011 at 9:09 am

Empire Tractor moving into new location

post by Rick D. Franclemont in business, Empire Tractor, location

Saturday, Empire Tractor Company President Tim Call and his crew were seen moving office equipment and parts into the former Mike Ognibene Ford Dealership location. According to Tim, Empire's new shop is only a mile and a half down the road from the former location but will be a better mix for them. The move was going well and they will be in operation Monday.

Thursday, September 8, 2011 at 6:24 pm

Pembroke Boys Varsity Soccer team starts regular season at home

post by Rick D. Franclemont in Boys, kendall, pembroke, soccer, sports, varsity

NOTE: Rick actually submitted this article yesterday morning and we neglected to put it on the home page. Apologies to Rick and the fans of Pembroke soccer.

The Pembroke Boys Varsity Soccer team started its regular season at home Tuesday with a league game against Kendall. After a slow first half where they gave up three goals, the Dragons came out strong in the second half, scoring their first goal of the season.

Sophomore Collin Lewis got the goal on an assist from Gabe Birkby. Coach Burch and the boys were very upbeat after the game, having played a very solid game against a strong opponent. The final score was 3-1. Next Dragons game is Friday 9/9 at 4:30 p.m. at Lyndonville. Go here to see more photos of the game.

Friday, September 2, 2011 at 3:30 pm

Pembroke Boys Varsity Soccer Team starts inaugural season

post by Rick D. Franclemont in Boys, Holly, pembroke, soccer, sports, varsity

The newly formed Pembroke Boys Varsity Soccer Team started its season at the Holly soccer tournament Thursday night. Playing in their very first game together, the boys played with great heart against the very powerful Holly Hawks team. Despite losing to the host team by a 5-0 score, coach Aaron Burch was very happy with the boys' effort. Go here to see more photos of the game.

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Tuesday, August 23, 2011 at 12:06 pm

Lions Club of Batavia raffles bikes, treats vets and seniors to night at the ballpark

post by Rick D. Franclemont in baseball, bikes, giveaway, kids, Lions Club, muckdogs, raffle

The Lions Club of Batavia gave out more than 100 tickets to kids attending the Muckdogs game Monday night for a bike raffle and giveaway. Two bikes were given away, one to a girl and one to a boy.

Lions Club President John Murray throws out the first pitch

Lions Club President John Murray throws out the first pitch at Monday night's second game of the Muckdogs double-header.

Lions Club President John Murray with drawing winners, 11 year old Joe Biaselli of Lyndonville and 8 year old Olivia Costley of Batavia

Lions Club President John Murray with drawing winners, 11-year-old Joe Biaselli, of Lyndonville, and 8-year-old Olivia Costley, of Batavia.

Press release from the Lions:

On Monday, Aug. 22, members of the Batavia Lions Club gathered at Dwyer Stadium in Batavia for its 36th annual Lions Night at the Ballpark as the hometown Muckdogs played the Mahoning Valley Scrappers.

The evening featured several highlights including a free raffle for two brand-new bikes to two lucky local kids holding the winning tickets and an opportunity for several seniors and veterans to attend the game and be treated to hotdogs and refreshments -- all free of charge and paid for by the Batavia Lions Club.

The Lions Club invited several senior citizens from local area nursing homes, which included the federal and New York state veterans facilities located in Batavia. Each attendee was treated to a hot dog or hamburger, fries and a soda. They also had the special treat of watching a double-header on a beautiful summer evening.

Lion Gerry Maley was again responsible for all arrangements with the ball club and, along with Lions Dave Cutitta and Dom Lovria, for the bike raffle. Lion Dr. Ross Fanara and his wife, Shirley, made all arrangements with the five nursing homes/veterans’ facilities to bring more than 50 seniors to the ballpark.

The Batavia Lions Club would like to thank all of the Muckdog staff, especially General Manager Travis Sick and Ticket Manager Mike Ewing along with the activities directors from the Batavia VA Medical Center, New York State VA Nursing Home, Genesee County Nursing Home, Batavia Nursing Home, and the Le Roy Village Green Nursing Home for helping make this a very enjoyable evening for all. 

See you next year at the ballpark!

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