en Make reservations for annual 'birthday' party for Batavia Peace Garden <p><em>From Carol Grasso:</em></p> <p>Hi everyone, May 9th we are having a Birthday Party for the Aunnal Dinner for the Peace Garden. &nbsp;Former Miss Teen New York State Corin Stellakis will be our guest speaker this year. The dinner is at Terry Hills Restarant 5:00pm cocktails and dinner at 6:00pm. $25.00 per ticket. Please call if you would like to go.585-343-1027. We are honoring Kathy Jasinski, Rob Borroughs, Kelly Rapone,and Potters Lumber Yard,( Mary Dix). Hope to see you there. Mark your calendars!!</p> announcements batavia Fri, 10 Apr 2015 16:27:37 +0000 Billie Owens 47350 at Ascension Parish to host Fruit of the Vine Wine Tasting 'Fun Raiser' <p>Ascension Parish will host the Fruit of the Vine Wine Tasting Fun Raiser &trade; on Sunday, April 25th from 5-8 p.m.</p> <p>This year the event is open to the general public and for adults 21 years of age and older (proper identification is required). This event will feature premium Finger Lakes wines handcrafted by Eagle Crest and O-Neh-Da Vineyards of Hemlock Lake.</p> <p>Hors d&#39;oeuvres along with assorted cheeses and crackers will be served. A classical guitar ensemble will accompany the evening&rsquo;s festivities along with works of art by local artist Carole LaValley. All proceeds benefit Ascension Parish.</p> <p>The cost of the event is $25 per person or $26.75 online at</p> <p>Ascension Parish<br /> 19 Sumner St.<br /> Batavia, NY 14020<br /> Phone:&nbsp; 585-343-1796<br /> Fax:&nbsp; 585-343-0919<br /> <a href=""></a></p> announcements Thu, 09 Apr 2015 19:51:47 +0000 Billie Owens 47334 at Registration open for third annual 'Color Me Rad' 5K race at Darien Lake <p>Back by popular demand, the Color Me Rad 5K, a nationally recognized human tie-dye spectacle and run/walk, is returning to Darien Lake for a third year. The park expects more than 6,000 color-plastered racers to attend this year&rsquo;s fun-run.</p> <p>It will take place from 9 to 10 a.m. on Saturday, June 6. Participants with early bird registration (until May 8) pay $35 plus a $9.27 service fee. On-site registration is $45 plus a $9.81 service fee. A Kid&#39;s Rad Pack is $15 plus a $4.19 service fee. All participants get free admission to the park on race day. Parking is free.</p> <p>Proceeds from the run will go to Special Olympics of New York, Camp Good Days and Special Times, and Erie County Council for the Prevention of Alcohol and Substance Abuse. There are several new additions to the race this year, including:</p> <p>DOUBLE THE COLOR STATIONS -- It&rsquo;s the same 3.1-mile fun run with twice as many color stations. That means every half a mile our volunteer Color Bomb Squads will cover you from head to toe in pink, yellow, green, blue, and violet.</p> <p>NEW GEL COLOR STATIONS -- Meet the newest member of the family that will RAD you from head to toe, with a cooling sensation and full coverage of spectacular colors.</p> <p>FREE PHOTOS -- This year, every RAD participant will have access to free photos from our professional action sports photographers so you can brag about your RAD experience without spending a dime.</p> <p>We&rsquo;ve stepped up our game this year &ndash; offering every participant our best T-shirts yet and a famous RAD tattoo, but you&rsquo;ll also receive a pair of killer knee-high socks for free!</p> <p>Registration for the run/walk is now open at <a href="" title=""></a></p> <p>Darien Lake is offering weekend packages for Color Me Rad participants, which include discounts on select lodging options &ndash; hotel, cabins, RVs, and campsites, $50 in-park credit, and $12 in &ldquo;Games Bucks.&rdquo;</p> <p>Visit <a href="" title=""></a> for more information on package options and to book a stay.</p> announcements Color Me Rad darien lake Wed, 08 Apr 2015 22:25:51 +0000 Billie Owens 47310 at Benefits Advisement Program offered for people with disabilities <p><em>Press release:</em></p> <p>Are you currently disabled? Have you lost your ability to work full-time based on a new disability? Have you been receiving SSI or SSDI and want to work part-time, but are afraid to lose your benefits?</p> <p>Many individuals with disabilities fear that work activity will result in an immediate loss of benefits through SSI /SSDI and/or loss of health insurance through Medicaid or Medicare. WNY Independent Living, Inc., as a family of agencies, offers a benefits advisement program to individuals with disabilities throughout Western New York.</p> <p>This service is designed to assist people with any disability (i.e. physical, learning, intellectual, sight, hearing, mental health and/or co-occurring disabilities) to obtain or maintain government benefits in order to manage their disability through financial and medical support.</p> <p>If you or a loved one have questions regarding disability benefits, working while on benefits/ social security work incentives, and/or returning to work after being classified and disability, WNY Independent Living&rsquo;s benefits advisement program can assist with applying for the programs available.</p> <p>The Benefits Advisement Program provides information to potential beneficiaries regarding the following areas: disability benefits (SSDI, SSI and others); applying and maintaining benefits; finding and continuing employment; working while on benefits; interest in learning about available Social Security work incentives such as, &ldquo;Trial Work Period, EPE, EXR, IRWEs, etc.&rdquo; If you are unfamiliar with these terms, they will be discussed at the advisement meeting, if related to the disability or eligibility for benefits.</p> <p>The Benefits Advisement Program is available to assist in understanding an individual&rsquo;s disabling condition, determined and apply, if eligible, and explore potential work opportunities through available work incentives and support the applying individuals to overcome fear of employment and explain the opportunities, without negative financial impact to the household. Our agency can keep you informed of all available work incentives, employment options for individuals receiving Social Security disability or Social Security insurance, while developing a plan for long-term supports that may be needed.</p> <p>For more information, or to sign up for your first benefits advisement program, please call Andrea at <u>(585) 815-8501 (Genesee Region)</u>, 716-836-0822 (Erie County), or 716-284-4131 (Niagara County), ext. 412, or e-mail: <a href=""></a></p> <p>Within the past year, the WNYIL family of agencies has saved New York State taxpayers over $71 million by helping individuals to leave and avoid institutionalization. We have been practicing the principles of education, empowerment and equality for persons with disabilities for over 30 years.</p> announcements Wed, 08 Apr 2015 22:19:02 +0000 Billie Owens 47309 at Register for Preschool Storytime Tuesday evenings at Woodward Library <p>Tuesdays, Apr. 7 - May 19, 6:30-7:00 p.m.</p> <p>This group is for ages 3-6. Listen to stories and sing songs.&nbsp; Learn rhymes, fingerplays, and sign language. Tell stories with puppets and the flannel board. Each story time ends with coloring and bubbles.</p> <p>Registration is required.&nbsp; Children must be at least 3 by the first session. This session begins Tuesday, April 10 and runs through Tuesday, May 19.</p> <p>Limit of 15 children. Register online at <a href="" title=""></a> or by calling 585-768-8300.</p> announcements Tue, 31 Mar 2015 19:48:48 +0000 Billie Owens 47243 at Register for Toddler Time on Monday mornings at Woodward Library <p>Monday, Apr. 6 - May 16, 2015, 10:30-10:50 a.m.</p> <p>Toddler Time is a special storytime for children who are 2 years olds and 3 year olds and a caring adult. Spend approximately 20 minutes on Monday mornings listening to stories that feature themes like shapes and colors, singing songs and dancing, coloring, and playing with bubbles. Toddler Time is a fun time to bond over stories and activities and to make new friends. Each session runs 6 &ndash; 8 weeks in length and you only have to sign up once.</p> <p>Child must be at least 2 by the first session and must be accompanied by an adult. This session of Toddler Time begins Monday, April 6 and runs through Monday, May 18.&nbsp;</p> <p>Registration is required. Limit of 10 children. Register online at <a href="" title=""></a> or by calling 585-768-8300.</p> announcements Le Roy Tue, 31 Mar 2015 19:45:52 +0000 Billie Owens 47242 at Vendors, crafters, volunteers wanted for May 2 Community Action Angels' Vendor Blender <p class="rtecenter"><em><strong>Community Action Angels </strong></em></p> <p class="rtecenter"><em><strong>Vendor Blender</strong></em></p> <p class="rtecenter"><em><strong>Saturday May 2, 2015</strong></em></p> <p class="rtecenter"><em><strong>10:00am - 3:00pm</strong></em></p> <p class="rtecenter"><em><strong>ARC Community Center</strong></em></p> <p class="rtecenter"><em><strong>Woodrow Road Batavia</strong></em></p> <p class="rtecenter"><em><strong>Crafters, Vendors, Raffle Baskets, &amp; Food available</strong></em></p> <p class="rtecenter">&nbsp;</p> <p class="rtecenter"><em><strong>Volunteers Needed!</strong></em></p> <p class="rtecenter"><em><strong>Still Accepting Vendors/crafters.</strong></em></p> <p class="rtecenter"><em><strong>For more information call 585-343-7798</strong></em></p> announcements Tue, 31 Mar 2015 19:18:11 +0000 Billie Owens 47241 at Genesee County Fair announces seven $1,000 scholarships, deadline to apply in April 10 <p><em>Press release:</em></p> <p>The Genesee County Fair announces that seven $1,000 scholarships will be awarded to current New York State high school seniors and also students enrolled in college.</p> <p>The New York State Association of Agricultural Fairs (NYSAAF) and the New York State Showpeople&rsquo;s Association (NYSSA) sponsor the scholarships.</p> <p>Qualifying students must be active at the Genesee County Fair or The New York State Showpeople&rsquo;s Association.</p> <p>All applicants from Genesee County must submit their applications through the Genesee County Fair or the New York State Showpleople&rsquo;s Association no later than Friday, April 10, 2015.</p> <p>Information is available through the Genesee County Fair at (585) 344-2424, through Cornell Cooperative Extension of Genesee County and from local high school offices.</p> <p>Applications must be printed and completed from the Web at:</p> <p><a href="" title=""></a>.</p> <p>For more information, contact the Genesee County Fair Office at (585) 344-2424.</p> announcements GC Fair Tue, 17 Mar 2015 19:51:58 +0000 Billie Owens 47071 at City fire department offering emergency medical responder course <p>TRAINING OPPORTUNITY: The City of Batavia Fire Department will be offering an EMR original/refresher. Call 585-345-6375 for details.<br /> <br /> Read more <font color="#0000FF"><u><a href=""></a></u></font></p> announcements Tue, 17 Mar 2015 19:08:07 +0000 Billie Owens 47062 at Gardeners: learn to fight late blight in class at Cornell Extension, register by March 20 <p>Fight the Blight &ndash; Late Blight that is. Do you grow tomatoes or potatoes in your garden? Have you had problems with late blight wiping out your plants in the past? If so, then join the Genesee County Master Gardeners on <u><strong>March 25th from 6 to 8 p.m.</strong></u> to learn about this serious plant disease.</p> <p>We will cover what this disease is, effective management strategies for your garden and what to do if it does infect your plants. Our guest speaker will be Elizabeth Buck, a member of the Cornell University Vegetable Team.</p> <p>The class will be held at the Genesee County Cornell Cooperative Extension at 420 E. Main St., Batavia. <strong>Cost is $10</strong> per person. <u><strong>Pre-registration by March 20th is requested as class size is limited.</strong></u> Contact Brandie at 585-343-3040, ext. 101, or stop by our office to register.</p> <p>You can also find the registration form on our Web site at: <font color="#0000FF"><u><a href=""></a></u></font></p> announcements Fri, 13 Mar 2015 16:26:59 +0000 Billie Owens 47019 at Veness Strollo Ladies Auxiliary to host Spring Fling to benefit vets <p>On Saturday, March 21, the Vaness Strollo Ladies Auxiliary VFW Post #1602 will host a Spring Fling to benefit veterans&#39; programs here and overseas. It will be held at the VFW Hall, located at 25 Edward St. in Batavia.</p> <p>Doors open at 6 p.m. and pizza and snacks will be available for purchase. Entertainment will be by 87 Southbound, a popular country and rock band.</p> <p>A $3 donation will be collected at the door.</p> <p>There will be a Chinese Auction and a 50/50, the latter will benefit a special project called Team Red, White and Blue. This is a program that enriches the lives of America&#39;s veterans by connecting them to their community through physical and social activity.</p> <p>Please come out and support our veterans, active military, and have some fun doing it.</p> announcements Veness Strollo veterans Tue, 10 Mar 2015 19:02:36 +0000 Billie Owens 46966 at Local volunteers will read at schools during Ag Literacy Week March 16-20 <p><em>Press release:</em></p> <p>In celebration of <strong>National Agricultural Literacy Week, March 16-20</strong>, volunteers throughout the state will read a book with an agricultural theme to second-graders. In Genesee County more than 40 volunteers will be visiting and reading at schools throughout the county.</p> <p>Students and teachers benefit from hands-on lessons and receive follow up activities. The book will be given to the school library with a bookplate recognizing the donor and NY Ag Literacy Week.</p> <p>This year&rsquo;s book is &quot;Weaving the Rainbow<i><font color="#1F497D">,</font></i><font color="#1F497D">&quot; </font>written by George Ella Lyon and illustrated by Stephanie Anderson. It is a beautifully blended story of agriculture and art. A young woman raises sheep, shears them for their wool, cleans and cards the wool, spins and dyes the wool, ultimately using it to create beautiful works of woven art from the fiber. The story will help students begin to make the connection between agriculture and its many uses and influences.</p> <p><u>The focus this year is on fiber production in New York State from sheep, goats, llamas, alpacas, rabbits and more.</u> Agriculture is more than the food we eat, it is also the clothes on our backs, the materials that keep us warm and dry, and are used each and every day of our lives.</p> <p>Last year, 1,400 books were donated statewide while thousands of students participated in fun educational activities. For more information about NY Ag Literacy Week or Agriculture in the Classroom please contact Barbara Sturm, at 585-343-3040, ext. 122, or at <a href="" title=""></a></p> announcements agriculture Fri, 06 Mar 2015 21:40:07 +0000 Billie Owens 46933 at Tickets on sale for HomeCare & Hospice 'Spread the Comfort' Quilt Raffle <p>The HomeCare &amp; Hospice Guild is selling raffle tickets for handmade quilts, Afghans and blankets in its effort to &ldquo;Spread the Comfort.&rdquo;<br /> &nbsp;<br /> The fundraiser will help provide medical care and social/emotional support for patients and families coping with end-of-life illnesses.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> Tickets are $5 each, five for $20, and 12 for $50. Tickets may be purchased online at <a href="" title=""></a> &lt;<font color="#0000FF"><u><a href=""></a></u></font>&gt; &nbsp;or at HomeCare &amp; Hospice offices in Batavia (29 Liberty St.) and Warsaw (450 N. Main St.)</p> <p>The drawing will be held on May 1.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> For more information, contact Kathleen Neeson at 1-800-719-7129 or <a href=""></a></p> announcements HomeCare & Hospice Guild Fri, 06 Mar 2015 21:30:29 +0000 Billie Owens 46932 at Hands-on training in social networking for Facebook & Twitter offered at BEST Center <p>A social media workshop will be held at the BEST Center across the road from GCC from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. on Thursday, March 12. Cost is $49.</p> <p>&quot;Basic Level: Social Networking for Facebook &amp; Twitter&quot; will teach the basics of using these tools. Participants will leave with a working knowledge of how to use these tools and how to protect yourself. It is highly recommended that you have a web-based e-mail service that includes Hotmail, Yahoo, Gmail, AOL, etc.</p> <p>This course is not about theory. It is hands-on. Get your feet wet and play with the different platforms in a safe environment with an instructor to help you every step of the way.</p> <p>Call The BEST Center to register at 345-6868 or go online to <a href="" title=""></a></p> announcements business Wed, 04 Mar 2015 18:07:33 +0000 Billie Owens 46905 at Frolic in the Forest this Spring <p><em>Press release:</em></p> <p>&quot;Frolic in the Forest&quot; this Spring At Genesee County Park and Forest!</p> <p>Be part of the magic this spring with full moon hikes, adventures in amphibian life, and forays into the pond at Genesee County Park and Forest. Explore the forest by moonlight as we search for animals, see new growth, hear old stories, and discover the world waking up from a long, cold winter.</p> <p>Long ago each full moon was given a name to mark the season of the year. Join us for the Full Worm Moon in March, the Full Fish Moon in April, and the Full Flower Moon in May.</p> <p>Evening exploration begins on Thursday, March 5 from 7 to 8:30, and Saturday April 4 from 7:30 to 9, and Saturday May 2, from 7:30 to 9.</p> <p>Listen to the chorus of spring and get to know your small, slimy singing neighbors with Amphibian Adventure on Saturday April 18, at 8:30 p.m. After we learn to identify our pest-eating pals, we head into the wetlands and woodlands to search for them, listen to them, and find out what we can do to help take care of them.</p> <p>Delve into some wild creature encounters with Pond Discovery on Saturday, May 9, at 11:30 am. Be prepared to get muddy and wet, you will be using a net and sharing a bucket of water to catch animals, and then learn about them from a Naturalist Guide.</p> <p><strong><u><em>Pre-registration is required for all programs.</em></u></strong> Cost is $5/person, $10/family. To register call (585) 344-1122.</p> <p>For more information visit our website at &lt;;</p> announcements Tue, 03 Mar 2015 21:42:20 +0000 Billie Owens 46884 at