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Thursday, March 12, 2015 at 3:06 pm

Local youth 'cheer' for Batavia girl with leukemia

post by Daniel Crofts in cheerleading, children, leukemia

A "bulldawg" fighting for her life is a powerful opponent; a "bulldawg" with a team behind her is even more powerful.

Emma Harris, age 4, was diagnosed with leukemia on Jan. 17. Local cheerleaders have teamed up with the community to help Emma and her family with a cheer-a-thon dubbed "Team Emma -- We Got This."

During the afternoon cheer-a-thon this Saturday (3 to 6 p.m.), 47 girls ages 4 through 12 will learn stunts, jumps and a dance routine, which they will then perform for the public in the Batavia High School gym at 260 State St. in Batavia.

BHS cheerleaders and dancers from local studios will also perform in addition to the cheer-a-thon participants.

School doors will open at 6 p.m. The gymnasium will open at 6:30 and the performances begin at 7.

It is free and the public is invited. But of course there will be a donation table for anyone who would like to contribute to help the family with medical and travel expenses.

A Chinese auction and 50/50 raffle will be held, featuring a variety of items ranging from Sabres' tickets to food, toys, gift certificates to local restaurants and businesses, purses, framed pictures, cleaning products, etc.

A student in Jackson Primary School's pre-school program, Emma is an avid cheerleading fan and honorary mascot of the Batavia Bulldawgs, a youth football and cheerleading program. Cheer director Sherri Wahr said that while Emma was not old enough to be a cheerleader, she "put so much effort" into showing up at practices and cheering them on that they "put her in a uniform and let her be our mascot."

"She was there longer days than most of the girls that cheered," said Wahr's daughter, Alexis (15), a JV cheerleader and an assistant to her mother with the Bulldawgs.

"She knew all the cheers just as well as the older girls," Wahr said. "And if they did something wrong, she told them."

She also became very close with Wahr's two daughters, Alexis and Lydia (12), even going so far as to name two of her stuffed animals after them.

When they found out about Emma's condition, Wahr and her daughters were understandably affected.

"I got a phone call from Emma's aunt," Wahr said, "and she told me about the diagnosis. My thought initially was, 'What can I do for them?' Then I picked Alexis and Lydia up from their cheerleading practice and told them the bad news. The first thing they said to me was, 'Mom, what are we going to do?' So brainstorming in the car, all three of us came up with the idea of doing a cheer-a-thon."

On the way to visit Emma at the hospital, they bounced different ideas off each other for a team name, a theme, etc. But it wasn't until they arrived at the hospital that the right idea hit them.

"We brought Emma a megaphone for everyone to sign when they came to visit her," Wahr said. "We wrote 'Team Emma' on it. And then we thought, 'That's awesome.' "

Then Emma's mother came in and showed them a headband someone had sent to the family. Written into the headband were the words, "We got this."

Cheer-a-thon participants were able to raise money for Emma by either submitting a $25 participation fee or obtaining sponsors.

Some, according to Wahr, have done both.

"I know there's been a request for another sponsor sheet," she said, "so somebody's out there getting a lot of sponsors."

Prizes will be awarded to the top three cheerleaders who bring in the most donations.

Whether in the form of sponsoring the cheerleaders, donating items for the raffle and auction, or donating equipment for Saturday's event, Batavia businesses have really come through for Emma.

"It's absolutely amazing the outpouring of support that we've had," Wahr said. "I would say almost half of the businesses in town have donated to Emma in some way, shape or form."

For more information, call or text Wahr at 356-0639.

Photo courtesy of Sherri Wahr.

Tuesday, December 3, 2013 at 10:28 am

Children's Gala @ The Wonderland of Trees - Holland Land Office Museum

post by Holland Land Office in children, Christmas, family, history, kids

Event Date and Time

December 14, 2013 - 11:00am - 2:00pm
Monday, October 21, 2013 at 8:52 am

At My Stop - You Stop!

Starting today is National School Bus Safety Week from October 21-25, 2013 and this year’s motto is "At My Stop - You Stop!"    Motorist should be aware to always stop for a stopped school bus it is the law.  Everyone has to stop when a school bus displays their red lights even when they are on the other side of the road and even on divided highway.  Everyone must stop no matter where they are on the road.

At First Student, the bus company that transports our students here at the Batavia School District, comments that one of the most common driver complaint is that motorists violate the school bus stop law every day.  Motorists are required to use caution and slow down when flashing yellow lights are activated and stop for a stopped school bus that is displaying the flashing red lights.

Sometimes drivers are not fully paying close attention to their driving, they are too busy texting, talking on the phone or just are not paying attention and pass a stopped school bus.  This serious poor safety action could lead up to a $250 fine, traffic tickets and up to suspension of license for passing a stopped school bus with their reds on.  All motorists need to better understand the seriousness of this traffic law and pass the word to each other to make the roads safer for all our students. 

“Our main concern is safety” said Location Manager Tonya Thompson of First Student .  “We educate both  our drivers and our students to ensure that each stop is a safe stop for everyone, so please help us make the road safe for our students too by doing your part and stop for a stopped school bus”.

Monday, September 16, 2013 at 4:04 pm

American Heritage Girls Troop NY0146 Meeting

post by Kelly Hansen in children, genesee county, Girls, LeRoy

American Heritage Girls Troop NY0146 will meet at the Our Lady of Mercy Parish Center on Lake Street in LeRoy (formerly Holy Family School).

Now accepting new registrations, all girls K-12 are welcome. 

See our Facebook page HERE

Visit the AHG national website HERE

Event Date and Time

October 9, 2013 - 6:30pm - 8:00pm
Monday, September 9, 2013 at 12:47 pm

American Heritage Girls Troop NY0146 Meeting

post by Kelly Hansen in children, genesee county, Girls, Le Roy

American Heritage Girls Troop NY0146 meets bi-weekly on the second and fourth Wednesdays at 6:30. Our meeting location is at 44 Lake St., LeRoy in the former Holy Family School building. 

What is American Heritage Girls?

American Heritage Girls is the premier national character development organization for young women that embraces Christian values and encourages family involvement.

American Heritage Girls is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the mission of building women of integrity through service to God, family, community and country. The organization offers badge programs, service projects, girl leadership opportunities and outdoor experiences to its members. This program of character building has successfully served thousands of girls since its inception and will continue to do so long into the 21st century. 

All girls K-12 are welcome. Please visit our Facebook page or contact Carol at 764-2124 for more information. 

Official American Heritage Girls national website


Event Date and Time

September 11, 2013 - 6:30pm - 8:00pm
Thursday, April 11, 2013 at 3:30 pm

The Boy Who Tricked The Moon

The Forum Players Theatre Company of Genesee Community College takes their show on the road!

Following their performances in The Stuart Steiner Theatre at The Genesee Center for the Arts, Genesee Community College, Batavia Campus, the cast and crew of The Boy Who Tricked The Moon will be taking their show on the road.  “In these days of limited budgets, many districts cannot afford to bus their children to campus for the show,” said Maryanne Arena, director of Fine and Performing Arts at GCC.  “We still want them to have the chance to experience a live theatre performance, se we’re taking the show to them.  We like getting out into the community to share the wonderful talent we have at GCC.” 

“On the Road” public performances of The Boy Who Tricked The Moon are scheduled for:  Sunday, April 7th @ 7:30 p.m. at The Stage in Warsaw, Friday, April 12th @ 6:00 p.m. at the GCC Dansville Campus Center, Saturday, April 20th @ 2:00 p.m. at Theatre 101 in Mt. Morris and Saturday, May 11th @ 10:00 a.m. at the Springville Center for the Arts.

  Tickets for these performances can be purchased at each venue prior to the show.

Event Date and Time

April 12, 2013 - 6:00pm - April 20, 2013 - 10:00am
Thursday, April 4, 2013 at 11:15 am

Charlotte's Web

post by Cathy DeBellis in children, family, theatre

You grew up with it.  Your kids love it.  Now see it spectacularly and imaginatively brought to life onstage as The Forum Players Theatre Company of Genesee Community College, with the support of the BEST Center, presents "Charlotte's Web", adapted from the book by E.B.White.  Autograph session after each performance.  Performances Friday, June 14 @ 7:00 p.m., Saturday & Sunday, June 15-16th @ 2:00 p.m.  Stuart Steiner Theatre, Genesee Center for the Arts, Genesee Community College, One College Road, Batavia, NY  Tickets: $5  For ticket information, purchasing and reservations contact the box office at (585)345-6814 or [email protected].

Event Date and Time

June 14, 2013 - 7:00pm - June 16, 2013 - 2:00pm
Thursday, February 7, 2013 at 4:50 pm

Affordable Daycare in Batavia, NY!

post by Agri-Business Chi... in children, Daycare, Head Start

Free or Minimal Charge for Eligible Families! Genesee and Wyoming counties!

Children 6 weeks old to 5 years old receive bilingual culturally appropriate care, including specialized care for children with disabilities.

Eligible Families:
-Have child(ren) from 6 weeks to 5 years old
-Work in food service

-Work in Agriculture

-Collect Social Services (DSS)
-Meet income and employment eligibility guidelines

Knowledgeable Teaching Staff who promote Creative Curriculum
-Meals Provided Breakfast, Lunch, and Afternoon Snack
-Diapers and Formula Provided
-Full-Time Nurse Health Screenings
-Indoor Large Motor Room

-Free Transportation

How to apply?

Call Batavia ABCD (585)343 -8160


Saturday, September 29, 2012 at 10:49 am

American Heritage Girls Troop NY0146 Registration Night

post by Kelly Hansen in children, Girls, LeRoy, Scouts

There is a new option for girls K-12 who are interested in scouting programs. American Heritage Girls is pleased to introduce a brand new troop in our area chartered by Our Lady of Mercy Parish in LeRoy. American Heritage Girls is an interdenominational Christian program dedicated to the mission of building women of integrity through service to God, family, community and country. The organization offers badge programs, service projects, girl leadership opportunities and outdoor experiences to its members. This program of character building has successfully served thousands of girls since its inception and will continue to do so long into the 21st century. 

Our troop, NY0146, will meet bi-weekly on the 2nd and 4th Wednesday every month in addition to monthly group outings. For more information about the AHG interdenominational Christian scouting program for girls K-12, please visit the official AHG website or contact us through our Facebook page.
Our registration night is Wednesday, October 3 at 7:00. All meetings and the registration will take place at St. Joseph's oratory on Lake Street in LeRoy. Please enter through the door to the far right and proceed downstairs. 
Our first unofficial AHG family outing will be Sunday, October 7 at 1 pm. We will be going to Zarpentine Farms in Hilton and do our best to get lost in their amazing corn maze!

Event Date and Time

October 3, 2012 - 7:00pm - 8:30pm
Tuesday, July 31, 2012 at 8:20 pm

Kids' carnival at Falleti Ice Arena on Thursday

post by Daniel Crofts in announcements, children, Falleti Ice Arena

The annual "Safe Summer Children's Carnival" will be held Thursday, Aug. 2, from 10:30 a.m. until 2 p.m. Falleti Ice Arena, at 22 Evans St. in Batavia, will be the venue. Genesee County AmeriCorps is running this event in partnership with the Genesee County and Batavia Youth Bureaus.

Nickel City Reptiles will be there for the first hour, followed by games from 11:30 a.m. until 2 p.m.

Kids can play 10 games with a $1 ticket. They will have the chance to win "funny money," which can be used to redeem for prizes. Additionally, they can win an iPod Nano by visiting community agency booths.

Call Angela at 344-3960 for further details.


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