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August 19, 2017 - 1:17pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in accident, news, notify, Le Roy.

A bicyclist was seriously injured this morning in an accident on Route 5 in Le Roy after the cyclist allegedly failed to yield the right-of-way to oncoming traffic.

The cyclist was struck by a vehicle at 8:17 a.m.

Darwin G. Matthews, 73, of Le Roy, was transported to Strong Memorial Hospital by Le Roy Ambulance with serious physical injuries. 

The driver of the vehicle, a 2003 PT Cruiser, Megan L. Furr, was treated at the scene and released.

The accident is being investigated by Sgt. Jason Saile, Investigator Chad Minuto, Deputy Andrew Hale, Deputy Lonnie Nati, Le Roy PD Officer Emily McNamara. 

Le Roy Fire also responded.

August 19, 2017 - 1:14pm
posted by Billie Owens in accidents, news, batavia.

An accident with possible injuries is reported at North Spruce Street and East Avenue, Batavia. City fire, police and Mercy medics are responding.

August 19, 2017 - 1:12pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in accident, news, bergen.

An early-morning, one-vehicle accident on Route 19 in Bergen caused a utility poll to fall and damage a 2000 Harley-Davidson and a pickup truck parked at a residence.

There were no injuries reported.

Kenneth Richardson, age not provided, of Warboys Road, Byron, was southbound in a 2008 Chevy sedan when he reportedly lost control of the vehicle and it rotated clockwise, traveling off the west shoulder of the road, striking a mile marker sign, then continuing south and hitting a National Grid utility pole. The pole broke, causing damage to the Harley and a 2013 Chevrolet Silverado.

The accident report indicates Richardson may have been traveling at an unsafe speed.

The accident, which occurred at 3:11 a.m., was investigated by Deputy Travis Demuth.

August 19, 2017 - 12:57pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in Foxprowl, batavia, business.


It was Foxprowl Night at the Batavia Muckdogs game at Dwyer Stadium last night. Co-Owner Bill Hume threw out the first pitch.

Above, Wade Webster as Deadpool and Brenden Gillard as Starlord.


Joy Hume with ET and Alexa Myers, director of marketing for Dolce Panepinto, which also had a booth set up at the game.


August 19, 2017 - 12:45pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in Genesee Cancer Assistance, batavia, batavia country club, news.


Genesee Cancer Assistance held its annual gofl and bocce ball tournament at Batavia Country Club yesterday. This year, in memory of Joe Gerace, one of the agency's founders and a tireless supporter and volunteer.

There were 97 golfers and 18 bocce ball players, plus 30 volunteers, on hand for the festivities.

The event raised more than $15,000 for Genesee Cancer Assistance.

Photos and information submitted by Kayla Underwood.











August 19, 2017 - 12:30pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in Deal of the Day, advertisement.

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August 18, 2017 - 6:30pm

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Nothing left to do but move in and it's in remarkable condition.Truly a must see! Public water and sewer-workshop in semi-finished basement is everyone's dream. Call Nancy Crocker today or click here for more information on this listing.

August 18, 2017 - 2:06pm


Community Action of Orleans & Genesee hosted its fourth annual Children's Carnival in Austin Park today, with local agencies providing crafts, games and activities for local families.




August 18, 2017 - 1:44pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in genesee county libertarian party, batavia, news.

Press release:

Today, Aug. 18, Batavia City Council Libertarian Candidates Lisa Whitehead, Mark Potwora and James Rosenbeck submitted ballot petitions totaling 378 signatures. That is more than double the requirement set by the Board of Elections. A total of 378 Batavians say "Change the Direction in This Election."

Thank You to those who signed, without your support this would not have been possible. Lisa, Mark and Jim will continue to visit with Batavians to hear your concerns and work with you to shape a financially responsible direction for the City of Batavia. Please learn more at

August 18, 2017 - 12:00pm

2017 Genesee County Fair Thank You’s  | Thank you to the Generous Sponsors of the 2017 Genesee County Fair:
2-1-1 WNY - Help Me Grow Alpina Foods, Barniak Farms, Belhaven Kennels, Brad Vokes Trucking, B's Pet Grooming, Carolina Eastern Crocker, Carquest Genesee, Castilone Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram, Clark Patterson Lee, Cole Building Solutions, Corfu-Darien Veterinary Clinic, D & R Depot Restaurant, Inc., Dewey Produce, Inc., Dig Safely NY, Erie and Niagara Insurance Assocation, Genesee County Farm Bureau, Genesee Patrons Cooperative Insurance Company, Graham Corporation, I.D. Booth, Inc., Jackson Welding & Gas Products, Ken Barrett Chevy Cadillac, L & L Transmissions, Inc., Lamb Farms, Inc., Lee Shuknecht & Sons, Inc., Liberty Pumps, MacDuffie Sand & Gravel, Maple Moon Farms, LLC McKenzie Farms, LLC Perry Veterinary Clinic, P.L., L.C., Pumpkin Hill Veterinary Clini, PW Minor, Reyncrest Farms, Roblee Plumbing, LLC Rose Garden Bowl, Inc., SJ Starowicz Farms, LLC, Sloat Tire Shop, State Street Animal Hospital, Stella Collision Service, Inc., Student Transportation of America, Superior Plus Energy, Terry Hills Golf Course Restaurant & Banquet Facility, Timberline Lake Park, Inc., Tompkins Bank of Castile, Torrey Farms, Toyota of Batavia, Tracey Road Equipment, Triple-O Mechanical, Inc., Turnbull Heating & Air Conditioning, United Memorial Medical Center, Upstate Niagara Cooperative, Inc,. Vinyl Sticks,Western NY Concrete, William Kent, Inc., Will's Carpet One, Windy Acres Farm.

Thank You to Those who Donated Time/Material/Equipment to Help Make the Fair a Success: 
Adams Welding and Fabrication, Alexander Equipment, Batavia Legal Printing, Batavia Police Department, Batavia Restaurant Supply, Bethany FD, Caledonia Diesel, Cedar Street Sales & Rental, Coco Landscaping, Cold Springs Construction, Cowgirl Couture, Dan Duyssen Farm, Dave & Brenda Dermody, Deb's Bakery, Empire Tractor, Genesee Co. Ag. Society Mounted Patrol, Genesee Co. CCE – Master Gardeners, Genesee Co. Photo Club, Genesee County Sheriff's Department, Genesee Speedway, Genesee Valley Penny Saver,George & Swede, Godwin a Xylem brand - Batavia, Greg Post - General Contracting, Gui's Lumber, Harrington Produce, Hazlet Services, Home Depot – Batavia, J&H Weber Services, James Foss & Family, Java Farm Supply, Jeff Condidorio – Bread Delivery, J L Kingdon Mechanical, Joe's Pro Shop, Jim & Pam Johnson & Family, L.D. Stevens Golf Carts, Land Pro, Lor Rob Farms, M&J Anderson Concessions, Milton Cat - Batavia, Monroe Tractor, Paul Figlow Productions, Paul Hirsch, Photography by Susan Meier, Posy Power Peddler, Pudgie's Lawn & Garden, Scofield Rolloff Service, Scott Adams Trucking, Smitty’s Amish Sheds, Solid Gold Productions, Southern Tier Fire Extinguishers, Stafford FD, Sterling Tent & Awnings, Summer Kick Off Classic Horse Show Volunteers, The Batavia Daily News, The Batavian, The Original Red Osier Landmark Resturant, The Rope Guys, The Swartz Family, Todd & Amanda Hofheins, Town of Batavia FD, Town of Oakfield, Tractor Supply, Valu Home Center, Walmart - Brockport, WBTA, WCJW, Wright Beverage Distributing, WYRK.

On behalf of the Genesee County Agricultural Society we would like to thank our wonderful volunteers and the community for supporting the 2017 Genesee County Fair! 
*We apologize for anyone we may have missed* 

August 18, 2017 - 9:42am
posted by Billie Owens in fire, batavia, news.

City fire is responding to the County Courts Facility, at 1 W. Main St., which is evacuated, because a smoke alarm went off.

August 18, 2017 - 9:19am
posted by Howard B. Owens in fire, batavia, news.


A fire with flames showing is reported at 3 McKinley Ave., Batavia.

The fire is reportedly in the bathroom.

City fire responding.

UPDATE 9:24 p.m.: Fourth Platoon requested to headquarters.

UPDATE 9:34 a.m.: Command reports "the situation is under control; beginning overhaul."

UPDATE 10:30 a.m.: City fire's response time was under two minutes and Chief Steve Napolitano said the city crew's fast, aggressive action saved the house. “The guys put a good knock on the fire and confined it to the room of origin," he said. A grandfather and two grandchildren were home at the time the fire was discovered. They safely evacuated before fire crews arrived. The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

UPDATE: Photos by Frank Capuano.





August 18, 2017 - 7:34am
posted by Howard B. Owens in basketball, sports, batavia.


About 50 kids took part in the 2017 Batavia Jr. Blue Devils Summer Basketball Camp this week at John Kennedy School. The young players came to the camp from throughout the county.

Photo submitted by James Fazio.

August 18, 2017 - 7:28am
posted by Howard B. Owens in STOP-DWI, news.

Press release: 

Genesee County STOP-DWI Coordinator Matt Landers announced today that the Genesee County Sheriff’s Office, City of Batavia Police Department and the Village of Le Roy police Department will participate in a special enforcement effort to crackdown on impaired driving.

While we spend the Labor Day holiday and the end of summer celebrating with our loved ones, law enforcement officers across New York State will take to the roads in an effort to stop impaired driving, prevent injuries and save lives. The statewide STOP-DWI Crackdown efforts start on Aug. 18th and will end on Sept. 4th. New York State Police, County Sheriff and municipal law enforcement agencies across the state will be out in force.

Research shows that high-visibility enforcement can reduce impaired driving fatalities by as much as 20 percent. Sobriety checkpoints play a key part in raising awareness about the problem.

According to new data released by NHTSA, the nation lost 35,092 people in traffic crashes in 2015, ending a five-decade trend of declining fatalities with a 7.2-percent increase in deaths from 2014. The data showed a 3.2-percent increase in drunk driving fatalities, resulting in 10,265 deaths in 2015, compared to 9,943, in 2014. The vast majority of drivers involved in these crashes were behind the wheel of a passenger car or SUV.

The STOP-DWI Labor Day Weekend Crackdown is one of many statewide enforcement initiatives promoted by the New York State STOP-DWI Association with additional funding from our STOP-DWI Foundation and the Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee. Throughout the remainder of the year the Statewide STOP-DWI Crackdown Campaign will also target Halloween and the national Holiday Season in December.

While STOP-DWI efforts across New York have led to significant reductions in the numbers of alcohol- and drug-related fatalities, still too many lives are being lost because of crashes caused by drunk or impaired drivers. Highly visible, highly publicized efforts like the STOP-DWI Crackdown Campaign aim to further reduce the incidence of drunk and impaired driving. Have a safe and happy Labor Day Weekend!

August 17, 2017 - 5:58pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, news.


A residence at 404 S. Jackson St., Batavia, that was destroyed in a fire March 8 is finally coming down.

A demolition crew started its work this afternoon.

One worker said there have been people coming by today and applauding their work.

The bank that took possession of the property is paying for the demolition.


UPDATE: Photo by Steve Ognibene:


August 17, 2017 - 1:28pm
posted by Billie Owens in bergen, fire, news.

An unknown type of fire is reported behind a residence in the Barbary Coast Mobile Home Park, located at 7862 Clinton Street Road. Byron and South Byron fire departments are called to respond, mutual aid to the Bergen call.

UPDATE 1:37 p.m.: The Bergen chief on scene says South Byron can stand down; the other unit can continue in non-emergency mode.

UPDATE 1:39 p.m.: The chief puts the assignment back in service.

August 17, 2017 - 1:17pm
posted by Billie Owens in news, batavia, Announcements, art, ILGR, disabled.

Press release:

The second ARTiculations Ability Exhibition -- a forum for artists with disabilities in Genesee, Wyoming and Orleans counties to display their work publicly -- will open at Independent Living of the Genesee Region (ILGR) in Batavia on Sept. 5th.

Titled “Faces and Places,” it features the work of two artists: Gary Appis, whose paintings depict rural landscapes and farm scenes; and Timothy Logston, whose detailed graphite portraits feature celebrities as well as the artist’s family members.

A product of a partnership between ILGR and the University Heights Arts Association (UHAA), the Exhibit will be on display through Dec. 3rd.

The opening reception is on Friday, Sept. 8th from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at ILGR’s office, 113 Main St., Suite 5, in Batavia.

Other artists with disabilities residing in the Genesee, Orleans and Wyoming County areas are encouraged to submit their work to this juried competition, as there will be additional ARTiculations planned quarterly exhibits in the future.

For more than a year, ILGR has been “art partnering” for people with disabilities with the UHAA, a group of artists in North Buffalo with a commitment to community that places art in businesses and nonprofits through an established ARTpartnering program.

The organizers are pleased to note that the ARTiculations Ability Exhibitions has “mapped” into UHAA’s system by placing a plaque with a Quick Response (QR) code scatter bar graph that can bring up information about it when scanned by your smart phone.

For questions on the event, please call Emily Dale at (585) 815-8501, ext. 400.

Independent Living of the Genesee Region (ILGR) is a member of the Western New York Independent Living, Inc. family of agencies that offers an expanding array of services to aid individuals with disabilities to take control of their own lives.

August 17, 2017 - 1:07pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in jobs, economy, news.

Genesee County added 100 more jobs in July, in a year-over-year comparison, according to data released today by the NYS Department of Labor.

In July 2017, there were 23,700 jobs in the county, compared with 23,600 a year ago.

Over the past decade, the highest job count for July was in 2014, with 23,800 jobs. 

The state added 18,800 jobs in July, according to the report.


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