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Friday, March 27, 2015 at 10:14 pm

PHOTOS: 2015 Chamber of Commerce Home Show

Who is ready to jump into a pool, hot tub or just get outside ?  "Think Spring" at the Faletti Ice Rink, 22 Evans St. Batavia is featuring the Genesee County Chamber of Commerce's 2nd annual home show.  The huge event kicked off this evening featuring over 80 plus booths with 60 plus vendors.

The event continues tomorrow from 10 a.m. through 5 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tonight's crowd was right on target with over 300 plus visitors said Kelly Bermingham director of membership and special events and we are looking to traffic another couple thousand through the doors this weekend.

There is something for everyone, being property building, fix 'em up jobs, kitchen, lawn care, computers, equipment, farm service, communications, real estate and much more !  Stop on down and check things out.  Tickets are $3.00 at the door with a chance to WIN $500.00 at your choice of vendor at the home show.  Some booths have thier own "show" specials going on.  For a detailed map of the event click here: http://www.geneseeny.com/homeshow

Pictures from numerous vendors:


Friday, March 27, 2015 at 4:49 pm

Retirement for City Firefighter Captain Mark Mikolajczyk

Batavia City Fire Department, Engine 11 will have one less member after today.  For over 21 years of service, almost 22, Captain Mikolajczyk has decided to enjoy more time with his family and grandchildren.  Being a fireman was a rewarding experience for Mark especially when going on a call that the public views us as "somebody that trusts us enough with thier loved ones".  

He started in December of 1993 and worked over the years to earning a promotion to lieutenant in 2005 and Captain in 2012.  This was a happy day when he was surprised from his family who some traveled in from out of state for his farewell luncheon and cake.

Some family members and grandchildren pictured here surprised him after he came from a call.  Shortly after I arrived to interview him he went out on a call that what would have been a dryer fire, ended up being a drill.

The great experience of teaching and working with his crew the last 5 years were very meaningful to him.  I will miss the 8 younger co-workers including lieutenant Marty Hinz to name a few.  

Photo below is with family members.  Pictured from left to right is:  Son-in-law Dennis, Daughter Jill with thier kids Logan & Haley (Mark's grandchildren).  Next to Mark is wife Shelly, son Brad and daughter-in-law Natalie.




Thursday, March 26, 2015 at 11:41 pm

PHOTOS: Maple Road House fire, Pembroke

post by Steve Ognibene in blog, email, fire, news, pembroke, print, steve ognibene's blog

9:45pm this evening a report came in from a local resident that smoke came a house at 285 Maple rd. Pembroke.  Heavy smoke was coming from the kitchen area reported by Pembroke Chief Jamie Waff.  The house was vacant and nobody was inside the home. Pembroke, Corfu, Newstead, Indian Falls, Alabama, Town of Batavia fire companies were on the scene.

UPDATE: 11:49 p.m. : Fire Chief Jamie Waff - Smoke damage with some fire damage in kitchen area was result of improper dispose of polyurethane rags.  Owners was notified upon arrival.  



Sunday, March 1, 2015 at 3:10 pm

Photos: 2014 Chamber of Commerce Awards Ceremony

The Genesee County Chamber of Commerce held a gala at the Clarion Hotel last evening to honor its 2014 award winners.

(Pictured above L to R) 2nd row -- "Business of the Year" Applied Business Systems, Lisa Ormsbee, Connie DiSalvo, Jim DiSalvo, Jason DiSalvo, Steve Samis;  "Geneseean of the Year" Margaret "Peggy" Lamb; "Industry of the Year" Muller Quaker Dairy, Karen Banker, Kevin Williams. "Geneseean of the Year" William "Bill" Schutt.

(Pictured above L to R) 1st row -- "Innovative Community Contribution of the Year" Merrill Lynch, Steve Tufts, Joshua Dent, John Riter; "Agricultural Business of the Year" Corcoran Custom Services, Stacy Corcoran, Bill Corcoran. "Special Service Recognition of the Year" Genesee Cancer Assistance, Inc., Dr. Kevin Mudd.

To purchase and view pictures contact: https://www.facebook.com/SteveOgnibenePhotography

Steve Samis - Applied Busniess Systems

Kevin Williams - Muller Quaker Dairy

Bill & Stacy Corcoran - Corcoran Custom Services

Steve Tufts, John Riter, Joshua Dent - Merrill Lynch

Joe Gerace, Carol Grasso, Toni Funke, Paul Figlow, Dr. Kevin Mudd, Ellen Bachorski together pictured for Genesee Cancer Assistance

Jay Gsell with Margaret "Peggy" Lamb - Geneseean of the Year

William "Bill" Schutt - Geneseean of the Year

More pictures on Steve Ognibene Photography's Facebook page.

Friday, July 12, 2013 at 5:21 pm

Audio: WBTA interview about 'The Wired City'

Tomorrow at 11 a.m., Dan Kennedy, author of "The Wired City," a book about the changes in journalism in the Digital Age, will be at Present Tense on Washington Avenue, Batavia.

Batavia's little corner of the media world is featured in the book and Kennedy will read a portion of the book and talk about what he's observed about media in Batavia.

Here's an interview from this morning on WBTA's Main and Center (mp3).

NOTE: I can't be there at 11 a.m. because I need to be at the Oatka Festival Parade, but I plan on stopping in the store about 12:15 p.m. or so.

Saturday, May 7, 2011 at 11:06 am

Love Geocaching? Follow us on Twitter!

The seasons in Western New York are not always cooperative, so you really need to be able to accept all four of them – when you can get them.  Because of this, I have a wide variety of hobbies that keep me busy throughout the year.  During the winter, I enjoy watching the Sabres play hockey and getting outdoors to go sledding on a steep hill, snowshoeing through a local park or even start the occasional snowball fight with my soon-to-be 5 year old niece.  In the fall, I enjoy taking long walks on leaf-covered country roads, taking a trip to the local orchard to pick a peck of apples or that perfectly round pumpkin, and watching Buffalo Bills football.  The spring brings out the kite-flyer in me and allows me to start up my two-mile a night walks around the block with my husband, preparing me for the upcoming warmer weather.  I like to do a lot of camping in the summer, aerobie tossing with friends and my casual 20 miles rides along the Erie Canal on my recumbent bicycle.  However, there is only one hobby that I can do year round, and it is one that I am very passionate about.  That hobby is geocaching.

I’m sure most of you have heard of geocaching, but you may not know what it is.  Geocaching is an outdoor, high-tech treasure hunt.  You go out into the world with a hand-held Global Positioning Satellite receiver, or GPSr for short, and find hidden containers called caches.  Once found, you make a trade of a small trinket and then log your find.  So, I would like to share with you some of my geocaching experiences.

I started caching in late July 2010 with my husband and we go by the caching name of “authorized users.”  To this date, we have found over 130 caches!  Included in that number are the caches we found to complete the Seaway Trail GeoTrail, which entailed a month and a half journey along the Great Lakes, from northwestern Pennsylvania to the Thousand Islands region of upstate New York.

If asked whether I prefer to cache in urban or rural areas, I would definitely tell you that I prefer to cache in rural areas.  The caches in rural areas require more hiking and really expand your mind to a much farther capacity for your search. 

One of our most favorite local caches is called “Bruce Wayne’s Lair” which is located near the old mining caves in Akron, NY.  We trudged through about two feet of snow for about an hour to get to this cache, mostly because we took a wrong turn, but it was the most fantastic location to visit.  Not only do the caves have a rich history, they also have, what I call, upside down icicles!

“Did You Say Ohio?” was a very fun multi-cache, putting a play on the town name of Akron.  This cache  took us to various historic buildings and businesses in Akron, NY.  I have lived in this area for over 15 years and had never visited the places I was taken on this cache.  This actually happens quite frequently, so I really appreciate the opportunities it give me to open up my eyes to the historic and natural places that are right in my own backyard.  Unfortunately, this cache has been archived.

After three days and a lot of research, I was able to figure out the riddle to the first part of a puzzle cache in Olcott, NY, called “She’s A Lady… Bug!”  The puzzle was actually a picture of several ladybugs with different patterns of spots on their backs.  To figure out the puzzle, you had to decrypt the pattern into a math problem to determine the coordinates of the final location of the cache.  I figured out the puzzle just as winter hit, and we only make it to Olcott during the warm months.  Once the weather breaks, we will conquer that cache!  I have a very special trinket of a wind-up ladybug that I plan to place in the cache once we find the final, in tribute of the complexity of the puzzle.

Also, we just recently experienced our first earthcache, which was in Akron Falls Park, and it was spectacular!  It took us to an overlook of one of the falls and we had to describe to the cache owner our experience at the location, how much water we thought was coming over the falls at the time of our visit and what the weather was like while there.

I could go on and on about my geocaching adventures and journeys, as I have become truly passionate about this hobby.  As a momentum, I like to keep a photo-journal of our finds, so that we can later reflect on the awesome adventures we have had, and even some funny blunders, that we have had while caching.  To keep up with the times, we just created a Twitter account so that our friends and family across the country can experience our journeys and finds with us in real-time.  We hope to have a webpage up for our family and friends to see our photo-journal, but that is still in the creativity stages. 

My niece loves to come with us and calls it “treasure hunting.” She does a really good job of watching out for the pirates who may want to steal the treasure.  I just think that everyone should experience this wonderful hobby – it is a great, fun and healthy pastime for people of all ages and lifestyles.

I would like to invite you to follow us on Twitter!  We can't explain everything about our experiences in only 140 characters, but you will at least know that we are out there and you can look up our detailed logs on www.geocaching.com after our posts.  Find us on Twitter as @authorizedusers (make sure it s all one word and plural!)

Also, feel free to check out our profile on www.geocaching.com.  If you do not have an account, it is absolutely free to sign up!

We hope to see you on the trails soon!  May you steer clear of muggles and be rich with cache!  smiley


Thursday, August 20, 2009 at 3:45 pm

"A Powerful Voice in A Child's Life"

post by Tara Pariso in announcements, news
Every year in Genesee County hundreds of children are abused and neglected and end up without a home to call their own. On average, these youth spend more than two years in the child welfare system and can be moved as many as 15 times, wreaking havoc on their education, friendships and sense of belonging. Although the number is staggering, the Genesee County Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) program is helping to make a difference. The CASA program makes a positive impact in the lives of these children by training volunteers to advocate on behalf of their best interest in court. CASA volunteers help to secure safe, permanent homes where foster youth can thrive.
Currently our local CASA program has nine volunteer advocates. But there is a great need for more volunteers. With your help, we’ll be able to make sure these children can safely be returned home or, when that can’t happen, be released for adoption.
Our vision is to have a volunteer advocate for every abused or neglected child that comes to the attention of Genesee County Family Court.
To learn more abour CASA, becoming a Volunteer, or making a donation, please call (585) 344-2550 ext. 2331. 
You can help ensure that the children in Genesee County are placed in safe, permanent homes.  Volunteer to help one child at a time.


Tuesday, December 2, 2008 at 8:46 pm

Poll: How do you get your news?

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Thursday, November 6, 2008 at 9:06 am


post by Bea McManis in comments, nation and world, news

A quick look at AOL's News comments indicated that the bigots are out in full force. Some comments should, in my opinion, be removed, but AOL appears to thrive on this type of community back biting. Our country took the first step in healing the wounds the inept Bush administration caused for eight years. Electing Obama may not set well with the bigots. However, they are a small minority.

Quite honestly, if I were elected president and faced the 'clean up' job required to put this country back together after the many years of Republican rule, I would ask for a recount. It isn't going to be an easy job.

Will Obama raise taxes? Quite possibly, but who did you think was going to pay for the debt Bush foisted upon us? When did you think that bill would come due? I applaud the Obama victory and pray that President elect Obama will find the strength and the wisdom to lead this country out of the mire caused by the Bush years.

When, in your recent memory, did you see one of our presidential elections greeted with such a positive impact around the globe?

Thursday, October 2, 2008 at 6:59 pm

Rainbow in Batavia

post by Brian Hillabush in GCC, news, photo, rainbow

 I was just leaving Genesee Community College after covering the Alexander/Notre Dame girls soccer game (coverage in sports).

A rainbow showed up as the rain slowed, starting from one side of the college and ending out back beyond the soccer fields and past the thruway. 

I snapped a couple of shots.




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