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October 4, 2015 - 9:35am
posted by Howard B. Owens in foxprowl collectables, batavia, business.


WWE wrestler Jinder Mahal made an appearance at Foxprowl Collectables, Ellicott Street, Batavia, yesterday, spending time talking with fans and signing autographs. Owner Bill Hume, pictured with Mahal, said the wrestler, a native of Calgary and graduate of the University of Calgary with a degree in communications and culture, was a really friendly guy who bantered about his time in WWE and the characters he's met as a professional wrestler.​

October 3, 2015 - 4:20pm


There's a new game in town for your entertainment and digital access needs -- Western NY Protech and McBride Electronics in Le Roy. The company represents DirecTV, Dish, Empire Access and security services.

The company represents these services throughout Genesee County and manager Robert Radley, who has five years experience in the industry, said Protech can help customers reduce their monthly bills.

The company is owned by Chris McBride and Paul Welker, who have combined decades of experience in the industry.

Protech kicked off its new business in Le Roy with a grand opening celebration today.

October 3, 2015 - 4:15pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in volunteers for animals, petco, batavia, pets, animals.


This kitty was known as Porky until today, but Porky will soon have a new name, undecided at the time of the picture, says new parent Diana Fox, of Holley.

Fox was one of at least four people to adopt cats today during the Volunteer For Animals 50th Anniversary Fall Fur Event at Petco this afternoon.

The Volunteers for animals will continue the 50th anniversary festivities later this month with its annual Fur Ball. The 12th annual event is at 6 p.m., Oct. 24, at the Days Inn in Batavia. For more information, click here.

October 3, 2015 - 10:54am
posted by Howard B. Owens in crime, batavia, fire.


Batavia PD is looking for the public's assistance in identifying these two individuals in connection with an arson investigation. The individuals appeared on a video surveillance footage in proximity to a dumpster fire reported last night at a location on West Main Street (the exact location was not released). The fire was reported shortly before 9:30 p.m.

Anybody with any information that might assist in the investigation are asked to call Det. Thad Mart at (585) 345-6372.



October 3, 2015 - 10:39am
posted by Howard B. Owens in football, sports, Le Roy.


Five flags thrown against Le Roy when the Knights were within striking distance of Hornell's goal line may have made a huge difference in a battle that went into overtime and eventually to Hornell by a score of 14-7.

The Oatkan Knights controlled the ball all night, running 75 plays to Hornell's 25, but wins are notched by points, not plays.

Nick Egeling had 39 rushes for 157 yards and a touchdown. Dom Filio had 12 carries for 28 yards.

Josh Laurie was 3-11 passing for 49 yards.

Reed Kacur had seven tackles and Luke Hogle, four. Justin DiFalco had a sack to go with his three tackles.

Also on Friday night:

  • Alexander tramples O-A in homecoming game
  • Pembroke hauls in win over Holley
  • Batavia topped Penn Yan, 50-20, to remain undefeated.
  • York/Pavilion beat Perry, 20-12.
  • Notre Dame suffered its first loss of the season, dropping a match to Bishop Kearny 30-15. Connor Logsdon was 4-9 passing for 85 yards and TD. Jack Sutherland rushed for 102 yards on 22 carries and Peter Deversa scored a TD on eight carries and 39 yards. Sutherland also had 85 yards on four receptions. C.J. Suozzi had eight tackles.

Photos by David Boyce.










October 3, 2015 - 10:04am
posted by Howard B. Owens in football, alexander, Oakfield, oakfield-alabama, sports.


A throng of fans turned out Friday night for Alexander's homecoming game and they went home happy after the Trojans secured a 46-12 victory over the Oakfield-Alabama Hornets.

On a night when the Trojans mostly kept the ball on the ground, they gained 327 yards on 43 carries.

The team was also 5-12 passing for 100 yards.

Jake Wozniak was an offensive powerhouse, tossing an 11-yard TD pass to Derrick Busch to close the second half and rushing 21 times for 219 yards and a TD, tacking on a two-point conversion.

Dane Heberlein scored four touchdowns (one of them pictured above) on 16 carries. He gained 100 yards. He also had a two-point conversion. On defense, he had six tackles and three interceptions. The junior free safety now has seven INTs on the season.

Dustin Schmeider had two catches for 44 yards. Josh Szymanski had a catch for 22 yards and six tackles on defense.

Zack Jasen had six tackles in the middle.

Alexander is now 3-2 on the season.








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October 3, 2015 - 9:34am
posted by Rick D. Franclemont in sports, football, pembroke, holley.

The Pembroke Dragons notched the team's first win of 2015 with a 27-12 victory over Holley.

October 2, 2015 - 4:13pm
posted by Billie Owens in accident, Oakfield.

A two-car accident with what are believed to be minor injuries is reported at 25 Main St. in Oakfield, by the Caryville Inn. Oakfield fire is responding along with Mercy medics.

UPDATE 4:13 p.m.: A first responder reports the vehicles are blocking traffic.

October 2, 2015 - 2:23pm
posted by Billie Owens in accident, batavia.

A car vs. pedestrian accident is reported at East Main and Vine streets in Batavia. The pedestrian is conscious and alert but still in the roadway. City fire is responding along with Mercy medics.

UPDATE 2:34 p.m.: The victim is a 49-year-old female who suffered a small cut over her right eye. She was being treated for it in the ambulance when Howard took this photo. She is a "sign off" and will not be transported to the hospital. According to the officer who spoke with our news partner WBTA, the sedan was westbound on Route 5 (Main Street) and had a green light and the right of way, when the pedestrian stepped into the intersection and was struck. The pedestrian will be issued a citation.

October 2, 2015 - 1:15pm
posted by Billie Owens in crime, batavia.

"A couple of girls just ran out of Main Street Pizza without paying for their order," says a dispatcher. "The owner chased them down and now they're in front of Valle Jewelers on Jackson." City police are responding.

UPDATE 1:24 p.m.: This was a foursome of 14-year-old girls who allegedly "dined & dashed." At least one was taken away in a police cruiser. The cases will be referred to Family Court.

October 2, 2015 - 10:04am
posted by Howard B. Owens in GCEDC, chamber of commerce, batavia, business.

Press release:

The Board of Directors of the Genesee County Economic Development Center (GCEDC) approved final resolutions for applications for assistance from the Genesee County Chamber of Commerce and Reinhart Enterprises, Inc., at its Oct. 1 board meeting.

The Genesee County Chamber of Commerce is planning to purchase and renovate an existing building at 8276 Park Road in the Town of Batavia for its new offices, as well as to house Genesee County’s tourism office. The project will involve the construction of a two-story glass structure for a visitors' center, which will be located off the Batavia 48a exit of the New York State Thruway. The Chamber was approved for $71,535 in sales tax, mortgage tax and property tax exemptions. The planned capital investment will total $930,000.

“Tourism is an important revenue generator for our community and having a visitor’s center strategically located at the Thruway exit will only enhance the Chamber’s efforts to continue to grow this industry,” said GCEDC Chairman Paul Battaglia.

“The Park Road location will allow us to take tourism marketing to the next level in Genesee County,” said Tom Turnbull, president of the Genesee County Chamber of Commerce. “With 800 hotel rooms, Batavia Downs, shopping plazas and popular restaurants all within a one-half mile of this location, we believe an attractive, welcoming visitors' center will allow the Chamber to market our many assets and attractions, and stimulate tourism spending throughout Genesee County.”

Reinhart Enterprises, Inc., a property holding company, will expand its facility located 36 Swan St. in the City of Batavia by adding 16,000 square feet of additional warehousing space to accommodate a tenant’s growing distribution center. The company was approved for sales tax, mortgage tax and property tax exemptions totaling approximately $182,460 in estimated incentives. The project’s capital investment will total approximately $600,000.

“It’s good to see continued investment being made in the City of Batavia by existing companies like Reinhart Enterprises,” said Battaglia. "Our agency will continue to work hand-in-hand with all businesses in our community that are expanding and adding employment.”

October 2, 2015 - 10:02am
posted by Howard B. Owens in Batavia Middle School, City Schools, schools, education, batavia.


It was a full house at Batavia Middle School on Thursday night for the school's open house.

Above, the Houseknecht family, Mike, Jen and Ella, share a laugh with Ella's sixth-grade math teacher, Andy Reagan.






October 2, 2015 - 9:55am
posted by Howard B. Owens in UMMC, batavia.


More than 300 people were at Batavia Downs last night for UMMC's annual Pink Hat dinner, which honors cancer survivors. 






October 2, 2015 - 9:46am
posted by Howard B. Owens in YWCA, Stiletto & Sneaker Walk, batavia, domestic violence.


Former Buffalo Bills Special Teams star Steve Tasker kicked off yesterday's Stiletto & Sneaker Walk, a fundraiser and community event aimed at raising awareness about domestic violence. A number of GCC students and athletes, along with some high school athletes, joined in the walk this year.



YWCA Executive Director Jeanne Walton








October 2, 2015 - 9:39am
posted by Howard B. Owens in business, batavia, AJ's Crafts.


Andre Gliwski Jr. has moved his retail store, AJ's Crafts, from its original East Main Street location to 240 Ellicott St. The move into the slightly smaller space will reduce his overhead, Gliwski said, and with a city-plowed lot next door, parking will be easier for his customers. With the move, a couple of new vendors added their wares, increasing the store's inventory.

October 1, 2015 - 7:11pm
posted by Billie Owens in fire, batavia.

City fire is on scene at the YMCA on East Main Street in Batavia after a report of the smell of smoke in the building. The facility has been evacuated. Fire command reports the smell of something electrical burning. Investigating.

October 1, 2015 - 5:52pm
posted by Billie Owens in crime, Basom.

A big fight is reported in the parking lot at Leisure Timers Apartments, 364 Bloomingdale Road, Basom. Some suspects left in a gray pickup truck. Sheriff's deputies are responding.

October 1, 2015 - 5:25pm
posted by Billie Owens in accident, batavia.

A two-car accident is blocking traffic at Main and Banks streets in Downtown Batavia. City fire and Mercy medics are on scene. No injuries reported.

October 1, 2015 - 12:36pm
posted by Billie Owens in bergen.

Shortly before noon, Bergen fire and an ambulance were called to The Firing Pin for an accidental gunshot to the head. The incident is a fatality. Sheriff's investigators are on scene.

The Bergen facility is a public indoor shooting range, retail gun shop and firearms training center located at 8240 Buffalo Road, between Parkview Drive and Route 33.

UPDATE 12:40 p.m.: The Sheriff's Office has confirmed this is a suicide and there will be no additional information released.

October 1, 2015 - 12:00pm

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Interstate Chemical Co. is looking for a full time Warehouse/Delivery person. Class A CDL license with a hazardous and trailer endorsements required and Forklift experience Required. Duties consist of loading and unloading trucks, occasional deliveries, light maintenance, as well as any other duties required to maintain a safe and orderly chemical warehouse. Work hours: 7:30 AM - 4:00 PM Excellent benefits including competitive wage, health, dental, vision and short term disability insurance, paid holidays and paid vacation.

Retail Store Clerk (Batavia)

Retail Store Clerk (Batavia) R & D Industries is looking for a retail sales associate for its outlet store. Part time to full time available. Store hours are Monday-Friday 10-6 and Sat 10-2. Must have good customer service skills, ability to operate unsupervised, and be able to pass a background check. We offer paid holidays, vacation, and 401K to full time employees. Starting at $8.75 through probationary period. Apply in person at 5272 Clinton St Rd. Batavia, NY 14020 BEFORE 3pm



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