en Vacant house on Snyder Road ablaze again in Elba <p><img alt="" src="/files/users/60/2015-2/elbafireapril262015.jpg" /></p> <p>A house fire is reported at 6616 Snyder Road, Elba, located between Lockport and Maltby roads. It&#39;s the same vacant structure that was on fire April 20. Snyder Road becomes Weatherwax Road south of Maltby. A Sheriff&#39;s deputy on scene confirms the blaze and says some trees next to it are also on fire. Elba fire is responding along with mutual aid from Oakfield, which is to set up a draft site on Maltby Road, and Byron and Barre. Snyder Road will be shut down to traffic.</p> <p>UPDATE 5:23 a.m.: Alabama fire is asked to fill in at Oakfield&#39;s fire hall.</p> <p>UPDATE 5:32 a.m.: Elba command reports the fire is knocked down.</p> <p>UPDATE 7:40 a.m.: Photos added.</p> <p>&quot;The structure was pretty much gone when we got here,&quot; said Elba Chief Mike Hale. &quot;It was just a matter of getting the fire out and making sure the crews were safe doing it.&quot;</p> <p>The fire is under investigation.</p> <p>&quot;It&#39;s definitely suspicious,&quot; Hale said. &quot;We were out here earlier this week and now we&#39;re back again, so there&#39;s definitely some suspicious there.&quot;</p> <p>Because the house was vacant and already pretty much gone by the time fire departments were dispatched, Hale said he kept the response to a minimum necessary for manpower and water. &nbsp;Besides Elba, responding were&nbsp;Byron, Oakfield and Barre.</p> <p><img alt="" src="/files/users/60/2015-2/elbafireapril262015-2.jpg" /></p> <p><img alt="" src="/files/users/60/2015-2/elbafireapril262015-3.jpg" /></p> <p><img alt="" src="/files/users/60/2015-2/elbafireapril262015-4.jpg" /></p> <p><img alt="" src="/files/users/60/2015-2/elbafireapril262015-5.jpg" /></p> <p><img alt="" src="/files/users/60/2015-2/elbafireapril262015-6.jpg" /></p> <p><img alt="" src="/files/users/60/2015-2/elbafireapril262015-7.jpg" /></p> <p><img alt="" src="/files/users/60/2015-2/elbafireapril262015-8.jpg" /></p> <p><img alt="" src="/files/users/60/2015-2/elbafireapril262015-9.jpg" /></p> <p><img alt="" src="/files/users/60/2015-2/elbafireapril262015-10.jpg" /></p> <p><img alt="" src="/files/users/60/2015-2/elbafireapril262015-11.jpg" /></p> <p><img alt="" src="/files/users/60/2015-2/elbafireapril262015-12.jpg" /></p> elba fire Sun, 26 Apr 2015 09:16:12 +0000 Billie Owens 47536 at Puppy missing in the Elba-Byron area of Transit Road <p><img alt="" src="/files/users/60/2015-2/img_8366.jpg" /></p> <p>Hank is missing. Hank is 6 months old and escaped from home on Transit Road in Elba/Byron two days ago. If found, or with other helpful information, call <a href="tel:(585) 297-0088">(585) 297-0088</a>&nbsp;or <a href="tel:(585) 490-3335">(585) 490-3335</a>. A reward is offered for Hank&#39;s return.</p> animals byron elba missing pets Wed, 22 Apr 2015 14:42:12 +0000 Howard B. Owens 47495 at Proposed Elba schools budget cuts teaching positions <p>On Monday, members of the Elba community met in the crowded auditorium of Elba Central School to discuss a controversial cost-cutting budget that will reduce the positions of seven teachers and staff members.</p> <p>The proposed budget for 2015-2016 will eliminate a guidance counselor, librarian, academic intervention service (AIS) math teacher, and an English Language Learner (ELL) teacher. It will also eliminate three teaching positions in Spanish, social studies and gym.</p> <p>Elba has seen a $1.5 million budget reduction since 2013.</p> <p>The new program at the high school would assign one guidance counselor at the high school and use a school psychologist to assist with counseling. Some students in Spanish would have to take a French class to earn an Advanced Regents Diploma. Staff members would supervise students in the library and students would no longer be permitted to use it during Study Hall. Gym class would increase from 17 students to 25.</p> <p>At the elementary level, AIS math and English would be taught by homeroom teachers and teaching assistants. The focus at the elementary school was to maintain 15 students in each class, thereby keeping class size small.</p> <p>&ldquo;These are hard times and we have to make some tough decisions,&rdquo; Scott Kaperman, principal of Elba Elementary, said. &ldquo;The budget has been developed to put the focus on your child.&rdquo;</p> <p>Some parents, teachers and members of the community did not agree with Kaperman&rsquo;s statement.</p> <p>&ldquo;I thought our motto here at Elba was, &lsquo;students first,&rsquo; &rdquo; guidance counselor Chad Agen said when he addressed the Board of Education.</p> <p>Agen and the other guidance counselor, Kelly Carlie, voiced just how important their jobs are at the schools. The two of them expressed concerns about bullying, suicide threats and other mental issues that some students have. Together, they help students apply for colleges and write letters of recommendation. They are worried that one guidance counselor would not be sufficient for the needs of all the students.</p> <p>One of the biggest concerns expressed on Monday was the loss of AIS teachers.</p> <p>&ldquo;Why do we continue to cut our support for our remedial students?&rdquo; asked Julie Maderer, K-12 reading teacher at Elba. &ldquo;All students do not have the same problem and AIS is not a one-size-fits-all solution.&rdquo;</p> <p>Parents echoed Maderer&rsquo;s concerns. They also expressed fear for how the 37 ELL students will do with only one teacher to help them. Nineteen percent of Elba students are Latino or Hispanic.<br /> <br /> Christopher Salinas, principal of the secondary school, argued that students who have special needs will always coexist with their peers and it is the school&#39;s job to prepare them for life. Parents, however, said they feel the students are all being lumped together and it isn&rsquo;t necessarily fostering success.</p> <p>&ldquo;If you ask the parents of the kids who need help, if you ask the parents of kids who are in the middle, if you ask the parents of the kids who excel, they would all agree that something is being taken away from all of the students,&rdquo; parent Lori McClurg said.</p> education elba elba central schools schools Wed, 22 Apr 2015 13:42:57 +0000 Jess Wheeler 47489 at Empty house on fire on Snyder Road, Elba <p>A confirmed residential structure fire is reported at 6616 Snyder Road, Elba, located between Lockport and Weatherwax roads. It is a vacant house and the fire was called in from a passerby who said he saw flames inside. All available manpower from Elba fire is called to the scene, along with mutual aid from Oakfield, Byron and Bergen. Town of Batavia is asked to fill in at Elba&#39;s fire hall.</p> <p><a href=",+Oakfield,+NY+14125/@43.0922189,-78.2174804,14z/data=!4m2!3m1!1s0x89d3f3eeec8511f1:0x8dd3115440501a07">,+Oakfield,+NY+14125/@43.0922189,-78.2174804,14z/data=!4m2!3m1!1s0x89d3f3eeec8511f1:0x8dd3115440501a07</a></p> <p>UPDATE 1:17 p.m.: A code enforcement officer from Elba is called to the scene.</p> <p>UPDATE 2:04 p.m.: The Elba assignment is back in service. Barre also responded.</p> <p><img alt="" src="/files/users/29631/2015-2/untitled_shoot-6343.jpg" /></p> <p><img alt="" src="/files/users/29631/2015-2/untitled_shoot-6346.jpg" /></p> <p><img alt="" src="/files/users/29631/2015-2/untitled_shoot-6357.jpg" /></p> <p><img alt="" src="/files/users/29631/2015-2/untitled_shoot-6361.jpg" /></p> <p><em>Photos by Jim Burns.</em></p> elba fire Mon, 20 Apr 2015 16:05:34 +0000 Billie Owens 47467 at Benefit Spaghetti Dinner/Raffle for Elba Senior/Fireman Michael Pfendler <p><strong>Save the date </strong>-&nbsp;The Elba Fire Department is hosting a Spaghetti Dinner benefit for Elba School Senior, and Fireman,&nbsp;Michael Pfendler,&nbsp;who was recently diagnosed with testicular cancer - &nbsp;<strong><u>Sunday, May 17th, doors open at 2pm, dinner 4-8pm (or sold out)</u></strong>.&nbsp; Held at the Fireman&#39;s Rec Center on Rte 98 in Elba. Adults $8, Children $6. Meal&nbsp;includes: Spaghetti and HOMEMADE meatballs, homemade coleslaw, fresh bread, drinks, homemade desserts, and an <u>ice cream bar</u>! There will be a TON of baskets in the Chinese auction, and&nbsp;larger items&nbsp;in the Silent Auction!&nbsp; 50/50 raffles, and&nbsp;a raffle for a trip!&nbsp; Please come out and help the Elba community support Michael! We thank you for your support!&nbsp; Please pass the word!</p><div class="field datetime field-event-date-time"> <h3 class="label">Event Date and Time</h3> <div class="item odd"><span class="date-display-start">April 1, 2015 - 4:00pm</span><span class="date-display-separator"> - </span><span class="date-display-end">May 17, 2015 - 4:00pm</span></div> </div> benefit dinner elba Michael Senior spaghetti Fri, 17 Apr 2015 16:14:23 +0000 Kimberly Perl 47443 at 18th annual Antique/Collectible/Artisan/Craft Show to benefit Elba Historical Society <p>18th ANTIQUE/COLLECTIBLE/ARTISAN/CRAFT SHOW, MAY 2, 9:30 TO 3 P.M. at the Elba Fireman&#39;s Rec. Hall, Rt. 98, Elba.&nbsp; BASKET RAFFLE/LOTTERY BASKET(to be drawn at 2:45 --50/50&#39;s thru the day)&nbsp; FREE coffee, food available, FREE admission!&nbsp; Benefits the Historical Society of Elba.</p><div class="field datetime field-event-date-time"> <h3 class="label">Event Date and Time</h3> <div class="item odd"><span class="date-display-single">May 2, 2015 - <span class="date-display-start">9:30am</span><span class="date-display-separator"> - </span><span class="date-display-end">3:00pm</span></span></div> </div> elba events Fri, 10 Apr 2015 16:52:57 +0000 Billie Owens 47353 at WBTA expands local talk shows featuring local hosts <p><img alt="" src="/files/users/60/2015-2/wbtaapril92014-2.jpg" /></p> <p>WBTA has expanded its programming from one local entertaining talk show to two.</p> <p>Hiram&nbsp;Kasten is now co-hosting &quot;Batavia After Breakfast&quot; with is wife Diana at 9 a.m., Wednesday mornings and his former partner, Lucine Kauffman, now has her own show, &quot;Genesee Life,&quot; at 8:30 a.m., Saturdays.</p> <p>Hiram and Diana, pictured above, will feature their witty repartee as they share their experiences in Batavia, what&#39;s happening in Batavia, and Hiram -- with decades experience as a comedian, actor and performer in New York, Hollywood and Las Vegas, as well as around the globe -- hosts guests from his entertainment world.</p> <p>Lucine, bottom photo, will celebrate and explore Genesee County rich cultural life, featuring local residents who might be artists, musicians, authors, historians, hobbyists, farmers, athletes, local business owners and local characters. The show will also promote local shows and showings.</p> <p>WBTA is at 1490 AM, 100.1 FM and streaming at as well as through apps available for your mobile devices.</p> <p><img alt="" src="/files/users/60/2015-2/wbtaapril92014.jpg" /></p> <p><img alt="" src="/files/users/60/2015-2/wbtaapril92014-3.jpg" /></p> batavia business elba radio wbta Thu, 09 Apr 2015 15:25:52 +0000 Howard B. Owens 47320 at Law and Order: Elba woman arrested second time on five counts of criminal contempt <p><strong>Cindy Lou Bush</strong>, 53, of Route 98, of Elba, is charged with five counts of criminal contempt, 2nd. Bush was allegedly at a residence with five people under an order of protection forbidding her not to contact the individuals. She was jailed on $2,500 bail, $5,000 bond. Bush was also wanted for alleged failure to appear on five prior counts of criminal contempt stemming from a single incident.</p> <p><strong>Barbara Jean Salmon</strong>, 44, of Coal Hill Road, Taberg, is charged with possession of more than 400 untaxed cigarettes, tinted windows and plate obstruction. Salmon was stopped at 11:38 a.m. Tuesday on Route 77, Pembroke, by Deputy Patrick Reeves.</p> <p><strong>Amanda Christine Paige</strong>, 24, of Park Street, Pavilion, is charged with grand larceny, 4th. Paige is accused of stealing from a business.</p> crime elba Pavilion pembroke Wed, 08 Apr 2015 18:23:53 +0000 Howard B. Owens 47305 at Photos: Easter Egg Hunt in Elba <p><img alt="" src="/files/users/60/2015-2/elbaeaster2015.jpg" /></p> <p><img alt="" src="/files/users/60/2015-2/elbaeaster2015-2.jpg" /></p> <p><img alt="" src="/files/users/60/2015-2/elbaeaster2015-3.jpg" /></p> <p><img alt="" src="/files/users/60/2015-2/elbaeaster2015-4.jpg" /></p> <p><img alt="" src="/files/users/60/2015-2/elbaeaster2015-5.jpg" /></p> <p><img alt="" src="/files/users/60/2015-2/elbaeaster2015-6.jpg" /></p> <p><img alt="" src="/files/users/60/2015-2/elbaeaster2015-7.jpg" /></p> <p><img alt="" src="/files/users/60/2015-2/elbaeaster2015-8.jpg" /></p> <p><img alt="" src="/files/users/60/2015-2/elbaeaster2015-9.jpg" /></p> <p><img alt="" src="/files/users/60/2015-2/elbaeaster2015-10.jpg" /></p> Easter elba Sat, 04 Apr 2015 21:47:55 +0000 Howard B. Owens 47276 at Law and Order: Two men accused of attempting to hide marijuana from police <p><strong>Brandon James Spurling</strong><span>, 23, of Strouts Road, Elba, is charged with criminal possession of marijuana, 5th, criminal solicitation, 5th, and conspiracy, 6th. Co-defendant,&nbsp;</span><strong>Anthony Abraham</strong><span>, 27, of Main Road,&nbsp;</span>Akron<span>, is charged with conspiracy, 5th, and criminal possession of marijuana, 5th.&nbsp;</span><span>Spurling&nbsp;allegedly asked Abraham to take&nbsp;</span>possession<span>&nbsp;of marijuana&nbsp;and hide it from&nbsp;</span>police<span>, and Abraham allegedly cooperated with Spurling.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><strong>Richard David Flint</strong>, 48, of Fort Hill Avenue, Canandaigua, is charged with falsely reporting an incident, 3rd, and misapplication of property. Flint allegedly reported a burglary to his residence that did not occur. The property he reported stolen belong to two different rent-to-own stores. He allegedly sold the property without the stores&#39; permission.</p> <p><strong>Katherine Lynn Urf</strong>, 54, of Dellinger Avenue, Batavia, is charged with petit larceny and conspiracy, 6th. Also charged, <strong>Joseph Michael Franchi-Platten</strong>, 31, of Dellinger Avenue, Batavia. Urf and&nbsp;<span>Franchi-Platten are accused of working together to steal merchandise from Walmart.</span></p> batavia crime elba Fri, 27 Mar 2015 16:02:12 +0000 Howard B. Owens 47191 at Man suffers broken leg in Elba after falling off ladder, Mercy Flight is called <p>Mercy Flight #5 is called to Drake Street Road is Elba to transport an 80-year-old man with a broken leg. He fell off the ladder from the height of a one-story roof. Elba fire and Mercy medics are on scene. Firefighters will be establishing a landing zone. The location is between the Elba Village line and Weatherwax Road.</p> elba Tue, 24 Mar 2015 15:11:22 +0000 Billie Owens 47151 at Photos: Family Fun Night at Elba Central School <p><img alt="" src="/files/users/60/2015-2/elbafunnight2015.jpg" /></p> <p><img alt="" src="/files/users/60/2015-2/elbafunnight2015-2.jpg" /></p> <p><img alt="" src="/files/users/60/2015-2/elbafunnight2015-3.jpg" /></p> <p><img alt="" src="/files/users/60/2015-2/elbafunnight2015-4.jpg" /></p> <p><img alt="" src="/files/users/60/2015-2/elbafunnight2015-5.jpg" /></p> <p><img alt="" src="/files/users/60/2015-2/elbafunnight2015-6.jpg" /></p> <p><img alt="" src="/files/users/60/2015-2/elbafunnight2015-7.jpg" /></p> <p><img alt="" src="/files/users/60/2015-2/elbafunnight2015-8.jpg" /></p> <p><img alt="" src="/files/users/60/2015-2/elbafunnight2015-9.jpg" /></p> <p><img alt="" src="/files/users/60/2015-2/elbafunnight2015-10.jpg" /></p> elba Elba Central School schools Sat, 21 Mar 2015 02:11:07 +0000 Howard B. Owens 47116 at Lady Lancers fall in title game 55-47 <p><img alt="" src="/files/users/60/2015-1/untitled_shoot-4288.jpg" /></p> <p><em>Photos by Jim Burns. Game information from&nbsp;Emily Tomczak.</em></p> <p>A third-quarter rally wasn&#39;t enough for the Elba Lady Lancers to overcome Jasper-Troupsburg in the Section V Class D1 final in Letchworth on Friday night.</p> <p>Jasper came out on top 55-47.</p> <p>Haley Brown had 16 points, Alex Reigle had 14 points, and Alyssa Bogue had 13 points.</p> <p>Alex Reigle and Haley Brown were named to the All-Tournament team, and Jenna Pedro received the sportsmanship award.</p> <p><img alt="" src="/files/users/60/2015-1/untitled_shoot-4716-2.jpg" /></p> <p><img alt="" src="/files/users/60/2015-1/untitled_shoot-4307.jpg" /></p> <p><img alt="" src="/files/users/60/2015-1/untitled_shoot-4470.jpg" /></p> <p><img alt="" src="/files/users/60/2015-1/untitled_shoot-4493.jpg" /></p> <p><img alt="" src="/files/users/60/2015-1/untitled_shoot-4875.jpg" /></p> <p><img alt="" src="/files/users/60/2015-1/untitled_shoot-4673.jpg" /></p> <p><img alt="" src="/files/users/60/2015-1/untitled_shoot-4725.jpg" /></p> <p><img alt="" src="/files/users/60/2015-1/untitled_shoot-4933.jpg" /></p> <p>To view more photos and to purchase prints from Jim Burns, <a href="" target="_blank">click here</a>.</p> basketball elba high school sports sports Sat, 07 Mar 2015 16:45:25 +0000 Howard B. Owens 46941 at A championship weekend for Genesee County <p>Genesee County will have four teams playing for Section V championships in their respective classes this weekend.</p> <p>Elba&#39;s Lady Lancers plays&nbsp;Jasper-Troupsburg for the Class D1 crown at Letchworth at 8 p.m., Friday. Elba beat&nbsp;Arkport last night 68-36.</p> <p>Byron-Bergen&#39;s Lady Bees take on&nbsp;Mynderse at 1 p.m., Saturday, at Rush Henrietta after winning last night 42-38 over Gananda.</p> <p>The Fighting Irish of Notre Dame take on&nbsp;Genesee Valley in the boys Class D1 championship at 7:15 p.m., Saturday, at Blue Cross Arena. Notre Dame beat&nbsp;Mt. Morris 62-45 to advance. Head Coach Mike Rapone asked that fans be advised that officials are going to clear out the stands at Blue Cross Arena following the completion of the 4:15 p.m. game Saturday. Doors will open for the 7:15 game at 6:45 p.m.</p> <p>The Batavia Blue Devils go for the Class A2 title at 5 p.m., Sunday, against School of the Arts at Blue Cross Arena. (<a href="" target="_blank">Click here</a> for coverage of their semi-final game).&nbsp;</p> basketball batavia byron-bergen elba high school sports Notre Dame sports Thu, 05 Mar 2015 22:30:11 +0000 Howard B. Owens 46917 at Accident with entrapment reported on Route 98, Elba <p>One person is reportedly trapped following a motor-vehicle accident on Route 98 and Edgerton Road, Elba.</p> <p>Elba fire and Bergen ambulance dispatched.</p> <p>Also, there&#39;s an accident with minor injuries in Stafford,&nbsp;Roanoke Road near Westcott Road. Stafford fire responded to that call.</p> <p>UPDATE 5:40 a.m.: The person is out of the vehicle. Minor injuries reported.</p> accident elba Wed, 04 Mar 2015 10:31:12 +0000 Howard B. Owens 46896 at