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Saturday, November 22, 2014 at 7:23 pm

Adults with Disabilities had a blast at Halloween dance at South Byron Fire Hall

post by Billie Owens in ARC, Adults with Disabilities, Halloween, south byron

Photo and write-up sent by Pat Iamon on Nov. 21:

On Oct. 16th at the South Byron Fire Hall, 85 plus attendees came together to celebrate Halloween at Genesee County’s Adults with Developmental Disabilities Dance. There were witches, pirates, policemen, clowns, cowboys and Hippies. All had to pass by our life-sized “Uncle Charlie” who at the slightest movement gladly removed his head as his eyes moved from side to side.

Attendees entered ghostly bat-ridden, spider-webbed South Byron Fire Hall on a mild October evening. Uncle Joe snapped photos as DJ Tom queued up some of the group’s favorite tunes. As usual, folks mingled on the dance floor in between enjoying some delicious Timbits from Tim Horton’s and apple cider. September and October birthdays were recognized prior to our customary circle dances, the Chicken Dance and the Hokey Pokey.

The next dance is the much-anticipated Christmas Dance. We are expecting a visit from Santa and he usually comes bearing gifts. The dance will be held on Thursday, Dec. 18, at the South Byron Fire Hall on Route 237 once again.

Special thanks to the South Byron Fire Department for extending us the use of the hall for these first two dances while the Byron Fire Hall is undergoing some renovations. The last dance of the season on May 14th will be the Patriotic Dance and it will be held at the Byron Fire Hall.

The dances are sponsored by Byron Ladies Auxiliary, and are open to all folks with developmental disabilities ages 13 and up living in Genesee County; family and caregivers are also welcome. Adequate supervision is required. Anyone wanting to volunteer or who needs more information may call Pat Iamon at 245-2918 or Laura Platt at 548-2245. If dances need to be cancelled due to weather, please listen to WBTA.

Thursday, October 30, 2014 at 3:04 pm

Haunted Rectory - St. Padre Pio, Elba

post by Kimberly Perl in elba, entertainment, Halloween, St. Padre Pio

Friday, October 31st from 7pm-9pm; St. Padre Pio on Main Street (Rte 98) in Elba, immediately before the school on the left, is holding a Haunted Rectory. Oriented more toward older chldren and teens - be prepared to be scared! Trick or treats for little ones. Movies, popcorn and drinks while you wait to go through. Donations gratefully accepted of cash or canned goods, but not required. 

Event Date and Time

October 31, 2014 - 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Monday, October 27, 2014 at 1:48 pm

City police chief reminds trick-or-treaters that Halloween activities are from 5 to 9 p.m. - use caution, have fun

post by Billie Owens in batavia, Halloween

The City of Batavia will observe Halloween activities from 5 to 9 p.m. on Oct. 31st only. Police Chief Shawn Heubusch reminds trick-or-treaters to use caution when crossing any street; always use a clearly marked crosswalk; and look both ways before entering the crosswalk. Younger trick-or-treaters should always be accompanied by an adult. Be safe and have a Happy Halloween!

Sunday, October 26, 2014 at 3:10 pm

Photos: 22nd Annual Halloween Parade

post by Howard B. Owens in batavia, Halloween, halloween parade

Several dozen children in costumes turned out in blustery weather for the 22nd Halloween Parade in Batavia this afternoon.

The event was sponsored by The Batavia Area Jaycees, Batavia's Original, Oliver's Candies, Batavia Youth Bureau and Vibrant Batavia.

Friday, October 24, 2014 at 2:05 pm

22nd Annual Halloween Parade in the city

post by Billie Owens in batavia, events, Halloween

The 22nd Annual Halloween Parade will take place this Sunday, Oct. 26. Line will form starting at 12:45 p.m. on the west side of Genesee Country Mall/City Centre near Dan's Tires.

Small children MUST be accompanied by an adult. Wagons or sleds strongly recommended.

Parade begins at 1 o'clock. There is no rain date. Listen to WBTA for cancellations by 11:30 a.m.

The first 100 children 10 and under in costume only will receive a special free gift compliments of Oliver's Candies.

Pizza and lemonaide /orange soda for kids in costume only will be served at the end of the parade, compliments of Batavia's Original. Popcorn will be provided by Vibrant Batavia.

For more information call 345-6420.

The event is sponsored by The Batavia Area Jaycees, Batavia's Original, Oliver's Candies, Batavia Youth Bureau and Vibrant Batavia.

Event Date and Time

October 26, 2014 - 12:45pm - 2:00pm
Saturday, October 11, 2014 at 12:53 pm

Candlelight guided ghost walk at Batavia Cemetery

post by Billie Owens in events, Halloween

From 7 to 8:30 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 18th, the Batavia Cemetery Association will host a candlelight guided ghost walk through the Historic Batavia Cemetery on Harvester Avenue in Batavia. The tours will feature the famous and infamous movers and shakers who shaped and influenced the City of Batavia.

The guided tour will bring guests to meet men and women of Batavia who, for various reasons, held great power and exerted great influence in their day, were victims of tragic events, or both.

Tours begin at 7 p.m. and run every 15 minutes until 8:30 p.m. Admission is $10 and includes refreshments. Tickets are available at the gate the day of the event at Historic Batavia Cemetery, Harvester Avenue, Batavia. Reservations are suggested. Proceeds benefit the upkeep and restoration of the cemetery. For more information, or to make reservations, contact 343-0248.

Event Date and Time

October 18, 2014 - 7:00pm - 8:25pm
Thursday, October 31, 2013 at 11:16 pm

Photos: A full night of treats in Batavia

post by Howard B. Owens in batavia, Halloween

After a brief bit of rain, it turned out to be a beautiful evening for trick-or-treating in Batavia. Of course, the biggest crowds of ghouls and goblins and superheros and princesses could be found on Ellicott Avenue, but there are a couple of shots here from Trumbull Parkway, Otis Street and Osterhout.

To purchase prints of photos, click here.

Thursday, October 31, 2013 at 3:39 pm

At Oliver's today, Umpa Lumpas and Lucy

post by Howard B. Owens in batavia, Halloween, Oliver's Candies

If you drove past Oliver's this afternoon, you might have spotted a couple of Umpa Lumpas dancing around out front. By the time I got there, there was only one Umpa Lumpa left on shfit, but several Oliver's employees dressed up for Halloween. Above are Carey Hewitt as a dark angel, Jessica Henry as a bunny, Anna Liles as an Umpa Lumpa and Debbie Palmer as Lucy from her memorable shift in a chocolate factory.

Thursday, October 31, 2013 at 1:47 pm

It's no trick -- more places to get treats in Batavia

post by Bonnie Marrocco in batavia, Halloween, trick-or-treat

The houses on Ellicott Avenue are decorated, the sidewalks are wide and the atmosphere is fun and focused on trick-or-treaters. It’s more like a street party and it’s known for its decorations and generous candy distribution. However, the crowds can be overwhelming.

While everyone’s there, why not treat those little ghosts and goblins to other neighborhoods throughout the community where residents are doling out just as much candy and tons of it goes uncollected?

Batavia has plenty of places that offer families a Halloween treat in their hunt for the ever-elusive full-size candy bar. Here are a few streets to try:

  • North Side -- Hart, Douglas, Fairmont, Tracy
  • South Side -- Jackson, Osterhout, Otis, Williams
  • East Side -- East, Vine, Elm, Woodcrest
  • West Side -- Montclair, Kingsbury, Vernon, Union (I know someone on Montclair who is giving out full-size candy bars.).

There are many good places in the city to visit this Halloween and they’re all good bets. Just look around you! These neighborhoods are filled with lots of friendly families and you won’t be disappointed.

Did we miss your favorite place to trick-or-treat in Batavia? Share the information in the comments below.

Hours to go door-to-door in the city are 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. tonight. Happy Halloween!

Tuesday, October 29, 2013 at 4:34 pm

City firefighters remind everyone to be safe on Halloween

post by Howard B. Owens in batavia, Halloween

Press release:

By making small adjustments to costume and decoration choices on Halloween, danger and risk to public safety is easily decreased.

“It is important for people to take basic precautions to make sure they have nothing other than a fun-filled Halloween,” says Greg Ireland, president of the Batavia Firefighters of IAFF Local 896.

According to the U.S. Fire Administration, the United States sees an overall increase in fires on Halloween caused by open flames, and the arson fire rate is 10 percent higher than on any other day with 15,500 fires and $92 million in property loss per year.

To ensure a safe and happy Halloween, the City of Batavia firefighters offer the following tips:

  • Use battery-operated lights, not candles, to decorate walkways. Always keep candles, matches and lighters in a place that children cannot reach. This will make it much safer for trick-or-treaters and decrease the chance of an open flame fire.
  • Keep children, costumes and decorations away from open flames and heat sources. Dried flowers, cornstalks and crepe paper are highly flammable.
  • Check lights for broken or cracked sockets, frayed or bare wires or loose connections. Make sure they are certified by a recognized organization like the Underwriters’ Laboratory, Canadian Standards Association (CSA) or the Underwriters’ Laboratory of Canada (ULC). Do not overload extension cords. Indoor and outdoor decorative lights can be fire hazards.
  • Choose costumes that are comfortable, easy to walk in and see.
  • Pick brightly colored costumes that can be clearly seen by motorists. Add reflective tape to the costume to increase visibility.
  • Please call 9-1-1 for the help of your local firefighters in the case of a fire or emergency.

The City of Batavia Firefighters from IAFF Local 896 wishes you a happy and safe Halloween.

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