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Friday, November 8, 2013 at 10:49 am

St. Joe's School spearheading assistance drive for Baskins after devastating fire

post by Howard Owens in Baskin Livestock, Bethany, St. Joe's

St. Joe's School in Batavia is organizing an assistance drive for the Baskin family following last night's massive fire at Baskin Livestock.

Electricity to the property was cut because of the fire and the school is primarily looking to make a food donation to the family, said Karen Green, principal of St. Joe's.

The daughter of Bill Baskin and Susan Blackburn attended St. Joe's.

“We are reaching out to the community to see if they can help  us in providing some food for the Baskin family," Green said. "They are without electricity, they have 100 50 employees, we would like to see if we can gather food together from area businesses and we will take them out to the Baskins around noon today.”

Green said volunteers from St. Joes would pick-up donations or donors could leave their contributions at St. Joe's at 2 Summit St. in Batavia. The school's phone number is (585) 343-6154.

Previously: Major fire causes severe damage to one of Genesee County's largest ag businesses

Sunday, June 9, 2013 at 12:53 pm

Photos: 2013 St. Joe's Parade and Lawn Fete

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Lots of people and lots of fun once again for St. Joe's Parade and Lawn Fete in Batavia.

Below is a slide show of the parade. To purchase prints from this slide show, click here.

Below is a slide show of the lawn fate. To purchase prints from this slide show, click here.

Saturday, June 8, 2013 at 1:43 pm

Photos: The St. Joe's Lawn Fete and parade is today

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St. Joe's Lawn Fete is going all day today. The annual parade is at 6:30 p.m. on East Main Street in Batavia.

Saturday, April 6, 2013 at 3:55 pm

Photos: Crowds jam into St. Joe's for annual Super Mammoth Sale

post by Howard Owens in batavia, St. Joe's

By 9 a.m. the closest open parking space to St. Joe's was at least a block way in any direction.

Once inside the annual Super Mammoth Sale, it was pretty much wall-to-wall people.

By 9:05 a.m., the first bargain shoppers were hauling their treasures to their cars.

As always, you had to get their early and act quick to find the best deals.

Thursday, April 4, 2013 at 5:30 pm

Attention shoppers: Super MAMMOTH Sale is Saturday

post by Daniel Crofts in garage sales, photos, St. Joe's, SUPER MAMMOTH

After nine years, Kathy Stefani, of Batavia, will soon gallop into the sunset as organizer of the Super Mammoth Sale at St. Joseph School.

But she will be going out with a bang, as they say, because this year's sale is the biggest thus far and includes several new attractions.

The sale will be held Saturday from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. -- with a 15-minute break for restocking at 12:30 p.m. -- at St. Joseph School, at 2 Summit St. in Batavia.

Here are some pics:

NEW: Car/Truck Room

Volunteer Jerry Fisk will be running the car/truck room, which will feature models and toys of various vehicle types from the oldies right up to Nascar.

The Baby Room

Paintings and prints

Artisan Doll Room

Showroom #1 (cafeteria) - stage

Showroom #1 (cafeteria) - main floor

Showroom #2 (gym)

Note: Because there is so much inventory this year, both showrooms will be restocked at 12:30 (in the past, this has only been done for showroom #1).

Other items for sale will include a "barely used" Wii system with two remote controls for only $100, four Elvis Presley albums, and a copy of The Beatles' very first album.

There will also be a tent outside featuring furniture, gardening equipment, grills, and other miscellaneous items.

All proceeds of the sale will benefit St. Joseph School. For more information, call Stefani at 344-2701.

Wednesday, March 27, 2013 at 2:27 pm

Ninth annual Super Mammoth Sale at St. Joe's will be original organizer's last

post by Billie Owens in St. Joe's, super mammoth sale

Press release:

This year’s Super Mammoth Sale at St. Joe's is expected to be the largest event to date and will also be the last sale organized by longtime volunteer Kathy Stefani. The event, dubbed WNY’s largest indoor garage sale, is in its 9th year and has raised more than $100,000 for Catholic education. Earlier this year, a tearful Stefani told officials at St. Joseph School that she will retire at the conclusion of this year’s sale saying she had been “Called to spend more time with her family.”

In John 6:12, disciples were told to “Gather up the leftover fragments, that nothing may be lost,” and in that fashion, Stefani has turned others’ junk into treasure for the school. Her yearly work includes collecting, storing, cleaning and selling hundreds of thousands of donated items that are stored at seven different sites. Nearly 150 volunteers are utilized, including two dozen cashiers for the one-day sale.

The event has grown from humble roots when Stefani held a community garage sale to benefit St. Anthony’s Church in Batavia in 2005. It has grown every year since and last year raised more than $29,000, with all proceeds benefiting St. Joe’s.

This year’s event will, of course, include stalwart items like antiques, books, artwork, furniture and household goods but in addition, there will be over 250 die-cast cars and trucks for sale, many of them still in their original boxes. The donation that came from a parishioner who had lost her husband and wanted to the see the collection sold for a good cause.

“Kathy does a remarkable job and is irreplaceable,” said Karen Green, the school’s principal. “She has poured her heart and soul into this event and writes personal thank you notes to everyone that donates an item. She has made Mammoth one of our top fund-raisers and we will be hard-pressed to find a successor.”

The Super Mammoth will be held from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. on Saturday, April 6th at the school located at the corner of Main and Summit streets in Batavia. The doors will be closed from 12:30-12:45 p.m. and the shelves will be restocked. There will also be a chicken BBQ or BBQ ribs available for purchase. For more information call 585.343.6154.

Sunday, October 7, 2012 at 2:45 pm

Donations of scrap metal wanted to supplement St. Joe's Super Mammoth Sale

post by Billie Owens in batavia, events, St. Joe's

To supplement funds for our SUPER MAMMOTH Sale next April, we will be providing an opportunity for people to donate any scrap metal they would like to dispose of (iron, tin, steel, aluminum, copper, brass, stainless steel, etc). Ed Arnold Scrap Processors will assist us in receiving, collecting and sorting the metals and then pay us for its worth.

Where: St. Joseph School parking lot (at 2 Summit St. in Batavia) When: Saturday, Oct. 13 Time: 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

What to bring: Metal of any kind...pipes, poles, gutters, metal shelving, bed rails, bicycle frames, pots and pans, lawn furniture, fencing, wire, tire rims, grills, awnings, file cabinets, swing sets, old appliances, radiators, metal sinks, garbage cans, air conditioners, antennas, screen doors, wrought iron railings, tin cans (labels removed), etc.

Absolutely no wood or glass attached to the metal. We will accept car, truck and boat batteries. We will not accept propane tanks or refrigerators unless the Freon in the fridge has been removed. If you have any questions call Kathy Stefani at 344-2701.

Note: LIMITED pick-ups (within city limits) will be available this day only for those who cannot make the drop-off themselves. General donations for the MAMMOTH other than scrap metal will not be accepted at this time.

Event Date and Time

October 13, 2012 - 8:00am - 3:00pm
Monday, August 27, 2012 at 1:50 pm

More restaurants wanted for 'Taste of Genesee' at St. Joe's Popcorn Ball

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St. Joseph Catholic School will hold its 53rd annual Popcorn Ball beginning at 6 p.m. on Oct. 13 at the school at 2 Summit St. in the City of Batavia. The theme will be “A Taste of Genesee” and will feature food from several area restaurants.

Those that have already agreed to participate include TF Brown's, Center Street Smoke House and Alex’s Place. Organizers are still hoping to add a few more restaurants in the next few weeks.  Those interested in participating should call 409-3558.

Outstanding alumni will be honored and the first “Spirit of St. Joseph” award will be presented. Nominations are still be accepted on the school’s Web site.

New this year to St. Joseph School is the extended day program, which will give students the chance to participate in activities such as Art, Sign Language, Fencing, Yoga and Youth Fitness.  There will be a nominal charge for the after-school programs.

To find out more about the school visit www.sjsbatavia.org <http://www.sjsbatavia.org> or call 343-6154.

Saturday, June 9, 2012 at 1:39 pm

Photos: St. Joe's Lawn Fete

post by Howard Owens in batavia, St. Joe's

This year's St. Joe's Lawn Fete looked just as popular as ever Friday, with hundreds of people turning out for rides, games, food and live music.

The carnival continues today.

To purchase prints of these photos and the ones in the slide show below, click here.

If are unable to view the slide show, click here.

Sunday, March 25, 2012 at 11:26 pm

Photos: Batavia's Irish Afternoon

post by Howard Owens in batavia, St. Joe's

There was a big turn out today at St. Joe's for Batavia's Irish Afternoon, featuring music by Penny Whisky and entertainment by the McMahon Irish Dancers (unfortunately, I missed the dancers).

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