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February 6, 2018 - 3:40pm
posted by Billie Owens in news, Announcements, education, GCC.

Press release:

Want to appreciate the challenge of accurate weather predictions? Understand world events? Or improve your business communications? You can learn all of these things and more with late start, 12-week classes at GCC. Register now for the session which beginsFeb. 12.

GCC offers more than 30 classes in a variety of subjects during the 12-week session with many courses offered online. Here are a few of the options:

Introduction to Meteorology (MET101): Stop blaming the weatherman and learn for yourself how to read weather maps and charts; how to observe, study, and predict storm systems; and how fronts develop, as well as thunderstorms and tornadoes.

International Relations (POS203): Examine interactions on the global stage and discern recurring patterns including the rise and fall of great powers. This online course is taught by Professor Charles Scruggs and will cover everything from nuclear proliferation to terrorism.

Business Communications (BUS106): Explore integrated communications and strategy as best applied in a business context. This online course is taught by Professor Lauren Paisley.

Check out all the course offerings at To apply online for classes at any of Genesee Community College's seven campus locations, new students should go to or call the Admissions office at 585-345-6800.

Besides the 12-week session, GCC also offers late start eight-week classes, which begin March 19.

The community is also invited to check out GCC at an upcoming Open House or Friday Visit Day at the Batavia Campus.

--- The Open House is an opportunity to tour the college which includes seeing College Village, our new Student Success Center and the Richard C. Call Arena (athletic facility). In addition, attendees will meet representatives from all student services offices and can choose to attend a financial aid session.

--- Friday Visit Days are another great opportunity to visit GCC! During a Friday Visit attendees will learn about applying to GCC, receiving financial aid, take a tour of campus and sit in on a college class!

Batavia Campus Open Houses

March 7 ~ 5 to 7 p.m.

April 14 ~  9 to 11 a.m.

Friday Visit Days (at Batavia Campus)

March 2 -- 9 a.m. to noon

(Saturday) April 14 -- 9 to 11 a.m.

March 23 -- 9 a.m. to noon

April 20 --  9 a.m. to noon

May 4 -- 9 a.m. to noon

"There's only one way to really experience GCC and that's to visit our main campus or one of our campus centers," said Virginia (Ginny) Taylor, Ph.D., vice president for Student and Enrollment Services.

"We hope many people take advantage of these opportunities to check us out and see what makes GCC a great place to learn. We are devoted to helping students of all ages achieve their goals."

February 6, 2018 - 3:13pm
posted by Billie Owens in weather, news.

An urgent winter weather message has been issued by the National Weather Service in Buffalo.

It was issued at 2:55 p.m. and will be in effect from 4 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 7, to 4 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 8.

Snow is expected. Plan on difficult travel conditions, including during the morning commute on Wednesday. Total snow accumulations of 4 to 8 inches are expected.

Niagara, Orleans, Erie, Genesee and Chautauqua counties will be affected.

Be prepared for reduced visibilities at times.

Periods of snow will result in snow-covered roads and limited visibilities. Slow down and use caution while driving.

February 6, 2018 - 3:00pm

Awesome country location for this affordable 3 bedroom 2 full bath home! Whether you are downsizing or just starting out, this home fits the bill.

With a spacious open concept and large rooms makes this home feel large but super cozy. Located in the Elba School system, this home is perfect for the people who want their piece of country. Surrounded by fields on a quiet road -- definitely one to take a ride for!

Call Lynn Bezon today at Reliant Reliant Estate to see 5774 Shelt Road – call 344-HOME! Click here to view the full listing.

February 6, 2018 - 2:51pm
posted by Billie Owens in GCC, batavia, annual fashion show, news.

Press release:

The Fashion Program students at Genesee Community College are proud to announce the 37th Annual Fashion Show to take place at 7 p.m. on Saturday, April 28, and everyone is invited to save this date now!

The theme this year is "Ascendant" which carries two separate but equally important definitions. First, "Ascendant" speaks to the rising power GCC has in communicating fashion. This show is the culmination of student learning and it truly delivers the message that fashion is not only thoughtful, but impactful.

Secondly, the term ascendant represents the very first moment of a new day when the sun's path crests the eastern horizon. It typically describes a person's rising sign -- the exact moment of one's birth, dictating by calendar, the astrological sign under which a person is born. Astrological signs have been used to describe character traits of those born under each sign; just one way in which groups of people differ from one another.

The "Ascendant" theme moves beyond recognizing these differences and to use fashion to make statements about moving to appreciate those differences as potential contributions to creative teamwork.

"Ascendant" promises to be a bigger production than ever! It will take place on the 24,000-square-foot indoor field house in the brand new Richard C. Call Arena, which will be transformed into a dreamlike area by the Fashion Program students. With plenty of space and accommodations for 2,000 guests, the students will be putting on one huge production.

The only show will be on Saturday, April 28, 2018 at 7 p.m. so make sure to get your seats today!

Tickets to attend the show are available in advance for $5 per person until 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 25. After that, tickets will be available at the door for $8 per person. To purchase tickets in advance, email [email protected] today.

Interested in an opportunity to show your support for the Fashion Show? GCC's fashion program students are currently soliciting and accepting production sponsors. Business donation opportunities of $10 and personal donation opportunities of $5 are still available.

Sponsors will be included in the Fashion Show Program as well as on the Fashion Show website. Contact Debbie Mancuso at (585) 345-6830 or via email at [email protected] to schedule a donation pick up or to make special arrangements for your donation. Checks should be made payable to GCCA and can be mailed to: Genesee Community College, Fashion Show, One College Road, Batavia NY 14020-9704.

To get an inside look at the 37th Annual Fashion Show, Ascendant, follow @trendygcc_ on Instagram and @trendygcc on Twitter. Students will be sharing details about the show and more!

The Fashion Program at GCC has always been a flagship program for the college. The knowledge and experience of the program faculty and the dedication to their students has produced quality and professional workplace candidates and well-prepared transfer students since the program's inception 40 years ago.

Recently, GCC resigned its articulation agreement with LIM for students in the Fashion Business: Merchandising A.A.S. program. Students who complete the track and degree can seamlessly transfer to LIM to complete their B.B.A. in Fashion Merchandising, Visual Merchandising, Marketing or Management.

In addition, GCC is very excited to announce a new articulation agreement with Cazenovia College. This agreement provides a seamless transfer opportunity for GCC's Fashion Business: Merchandising A.A.S. students to Cazenovia's Fashion Merchandising B.P.S. and for GCC's Fashion Business: Fashion Design A.A.S. students to Cazenovia's Fashion Design B.F.A. degree program.

Anyone interested in taking advantage of these transfer opportunities through GCC is encouraged to contact GCC's Student Success Center at (585) 345-6805 or via email at [email protected].

February 6, 2018 - 2:35pm
posted by Billie Owens in youth, youth boards, news.

Press release:

The Genesee County & City of Batavia Youth Boards are looking for nominations for their annual Youth Recognition Banquet.

There are three awards presented at the Youth Recognition Banquet:

·      Youth Recognition Award — This award recognizes young people who have performed exceptional service to the community and/or have assumed extraordinary roles in their families.  Typically, the best candidates for this award are high school students, but we also know there are 12, 13, 14 year olds who exemplify distinctive qualities of service. Several youth will be recognized; however the Youth Boards reserve the right to limit the number of recipients.

·      Adult Volunteer — This award recognizes an adult who provides service as a volunteer to youth in Genesee County.

·      Adult Youth Worker — This award recognizes a youth service professional whose work surpasses normal expectations.

Recipients will be honored at the Youth Recognition Banquet on March 22. Nominations are due by Friday, Feb. 16.

For more information or to receive nomination forms, please call the Genesee County Youth Bureau at 344-3960, or get the forms on the Youth Bureau page of the Genesee County website here.

February 6, 2018 - 2:08pm
posted by Billie Owens in Genesee Chorale, winter concert, music, batavia, Announcements.
Press release:

Take a stroll down Memory Lane with a fun winter concert by the Genesee Chorale on Sunday, March 4 at St. Joseph's Catholic School.

The performance begins at 4 p.m. The school is located at 2 Summit St. in the City of Batavia.

The nonprofit ensemble of 75 members from Genesee, Orleans, Wyoming, Livingston and Erie counties will perform: "In My Life," "Blackbird," "Blowin' in the Wind," "As TIme Goes By," "Someone to Watch Over Me," and Queen's "Bohemian Rhapsody."

These and other choral renditions of favorites have been prepared under the direction of Ric Jones. Soloists and small groups will round out the program, which draws from pop, rock, Broadway, film, and even a television series.

Tickets are available through the box office online here for $8 or they may be purchased at the door for $10.

February 6, 2018 - 10:43am
posted by Howard B. Owens in agriculture, business, chris collins, NY-27.

Press release:

Congressman Chris Collins (NY-27) today denounced actions by New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman to bring a lawsuit against the Trump Administration’s decision to either rescind or revise the Waters of The United States (WOTUS) rule imposed by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) under President Obama.

In 2015, the Obama Administration finalized their WOTUS rule giving the EPA and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) expanded jurisdiction over bodies of water including farm ponds, storm drains, and wetlands. The Obama rule, if implemented, would have increased permitting costs, lead to unnecessary litigation, and pile on red tape for anything from a construction site to a farm.  Adoption of the flawed WOTUS rule will have disastrous effects on agriculture, small business, and municipalities across the country. 

Realizing how devastating the Obama edict would be to local farmers and communities, President Trump signed an executive order in February 2017 to roll back the WOTUS rule. The Trump executive order instructed the EPA and USACE to begin the process of withdrawing the Obama rule with the EPA filing paperwork to suspend the rule for two years while they work to replace it.

“Yet again we are seeing Attorney General Eric Schneiderman catering to the liberal left and disregarding anything that is good for Western New York,” Collins said. “He continues to meddle with federal policy by supporting an Obama rule that would create confusion, increase costs, and place huge burdens on our nation’s farms, state governments, manufacturers, and just about any type of business resulting in detrimental economic impacts.”

Collins has been a vocal advocate for withdrawing and rewriting the Obama WOTUS rule since he was elected to Congress, something that has received strong bipartisan support in the House of Representatives. Implementing Obama's rule would contradict two Supreme Court decisions, as well as many state and tribal water laws. 

Collins added: “It is ironic that as we are heading into an election year, we are seeing more and more frivolous lawsuits from the Cuomo Administration and his left-wing allies. It is sad that instead of figuring out how to cut New York’s bloated budget and protect New York property owners and businesses, Cuomo and Schneiderman continue their never-ending effort to score political points at the cost of our State’s economy and the taxpayers who pay the bills.”

February 6, 2018 - 10:09am
posted by Howard B. Owens in steve hawley, news.

Press release:

“This week continues state leader’s assault on law-abiding, middle-class families. Last night was free college tuition for illegal aliens pushed by New York City liberals – a $27 million expense on the backs of taxpayers.

“Last week, Gov. Cuomo’s administration rolled out free tablets for prison inmates, - a luxury we should be working to provide for school children and libraries before convicts.

“While downstate liberal elites are fighting for convicts and illegals, I’ll be fighting even harder for the middle-class. These are the hardworking men and women we should be working to protect, not illegal aliens and criminals.”


February 5, 2018 - 4:05pm

Press release:

The Arc of Genesee Orleans will again be presenting an Art Show & Film Festival in celebration of Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month.

It will be held Saturday, March 17 at the GCC Stuart Steiner Theatre located on 1 College Drive, Batavia.

There will be a collection of artwork created by individuals served at the Arc of Genesee Orleans on display in the foyer at Stuart Steiner Theatre. You will have an opportunity to meet and talk with the artists from 12:30 to 1 p.m. and the Sprout film screening will begin at 1 o'clock.

You can enter to win a beautiful framed work of art courtesy of an artist served by the Arc of Genesee Orleans. Admission is free.

For more informatiom, contact Shelley Falitico at 343-4203 or visit

February 5, 2018 - 3:56pm
posted by Billie Owens in Oakfield, Alabama, universal Pre-K, schools, education.

Press release:

Children who reside in the Oakfield-Alabama Central School District and who will be 4 years old by Dec. 1, 2018 are eligible to be registered for our Universal Pre-Kindergarten program for the 2018-2019 school year.

The children attend five days per week, each day, for 180 days, at no cost to you.

Transportation is provided for students who are 4 years old. Students that start the program at 3 years old must be transported by the family until they turn 4 years old.

We will have full-day and half-day classes available. Full day hours are 8:35 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and half day hours are 8:35-11:30 a.m.

Registration packets have been mailed. If you do not receive a packet by Feb. 12, please call the elementary office at 585-948-5211, ext. 3211, or email [email protected] to request one. 

Registration paperwork needs to be returned by mail or in person to the Elementary Office by March 9. Space is limited so please return your paperwork as soon as possible in order to avoid being placed on a wait list.

February 5, 2018 - 3:46pm
posted by Billie Owens in news, batavia, Announcements, Warrior House, guns.

The Warrior House of Western NY Gun Raffle/Chinese Auction and Spaghetti Dinner will be held starting at 1 p.m. on Satruday, April 7, at Ascension Parish Hall. It is located at 17 Sumner St., Batavia (formerly the Sacred Heart Social Center).

Must be 18 to win prizes and must be able to pass NICS check. Warrior House is not responsible for NICS outcome.

For more information, contact Edward Spence at (716) 560-0697.

The event will last until all prizes are awarded.

They are:

1) Stevens 301 20 ga. shotgun

2) $75 cash

3) Savage A22, 22 long rifle

4) Mossberg 500 20 ga.

5) $100 cash

6) Savage 93-22 mag

7) $125 cash

8) Thompson Center Triumph 50 cal.

9) Winchester 94 Trooper 100 anniversary 30/30

10) $150 cash

11) Springfield Armory M1A 308 Winchester

12) Windjm AR-15 .223/5.56

13) Chiappa M19 9 mm carbine

14) $200 cash

15) Savage Axis II 30.06

February 5, 2018 - 12:50pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in Eli Fish Brewing Company, freshLAB, batavia, news, notify.


Eli Fish Brewing Company, in the Newberry's building downtown, might be less than a month away from opening.

Co-owner Matt Gray said construction is done. Now it's just a matter of waiting for the delivery of the rest of the furniture and kitchen wares.

Starting today, four managers are working full-time at the restaurant and brewery. Next week, there will be an open interview period for potential staff members.

Gray said his partner, Jon Mager, should be able to start brewing beer next week, which is one of the big decisions because it will take four weeks for the first batch to be ready to serve.

"Which puts us in a real bind," Gray said. "Do we open on March 1 or do we wait another three weeks so we have our own beer on tap?"

The target date for the FreshLab winners to open their food booths is April 1. The winners have not yet been announced.

There are four apartments on the second floor just about ready for occupants. The rental rates will be from $850 to $950 for the one-bedrooms and $1,250 for the two-bedroom apartment (which features a large living room and dining area and a large master suite with a dual-head shower).

There's space on the third floor for three apartments. One will be either two or three bedrooms and possibly a balcony/deck in the back of the building. The Newberry building is one of the projects under consideration for a Downtown Revitalization Initiative prize and if selected, the money will be used to finish these apartments as well as a patio/seating area at the back of the restaurant in Jackson Square.

"I'm excited," Gray said. "Jon is excited. I've just got to get it open. Not only has it been a long time and a big project, we're pushing it. Our staff is ready to go. We're ready to go. We need to start changing the flow of cash."









February 5, 2018 - 12:03pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in accident, news, alexander.

A motor-vehicle accident with possible serious injuries is reported in the area of 11128 Alexander Road, Alexander.

The location is near Stroh Road.

Mercy Flight out of Buffalo is being put on in-air standby.

Alexander fire and ambulance and Mercy EMS dispatched.

UPDATE 12:03 p.m.: One patient, leg and back injury. The other driver out of vehicle and walking. Road is completely blocked.

UPDATE 12:10 p.m.: Injuries not believed to be serious. Mercy Flight can stand down.

UPDATE 12:31 p.m.: Alexander 10 is transporting one patient to UMMC.

UPDATE 1:15 p.m.: The patient is an 18-year-old female driver who was seat-belted and complained of left and right leg shin pain and back pain.

February 5, 2018 - 7:40am
posted by Howard B. Owens in crime, Alabama, batavia, news, notify, Pavilion, pembroke, Oakfield.

Triton A. Drock, 23, of Buell Street, Batavia, is charged with criminal contempt, 2nd. Drock is accused of failing to be a witness in a Grand Jury hearing after being legally summoned. Drock was jailed on $2,500 bail.

A 17-year-old resident of Batavia was arrested on a warrant. The reason for the warrant was not released. The 17-year-old was jailed on $5,000 bail.

Shannon L. Klinkbeil-Heyday, 41, of Liberty Street, Batavia, is charged with petit larceny and falsifying business records. Klinkbeil-Heyday is accused of making fraudulent returns and keeping the refund money.

Christopher S. Bump, 23, of Briarwood Drive, Batavia, was arrested on a warrant. The reason for the warrant was not released. Bump was ordered held in the Genesee County Jail.

Torrence C. Greene, 27, of Wearing Road, Rochester, is charged with two counts of criminal possession of a controlled substance, 3rd. Greene was arrested at 1:09 p.m. Friday following a police response by officers James Prusak and Frank Klimjack to a report of a disturbance on Walnut Street. Greene is accused of possession of a narcotic with the intent to sell. He was jailed without bail.

Joseph Thomas Misiak Jr., 62, of Pratt Road, Batavia, is charged with aggravated harassment, 2nd. Misiak is accused of threatening a member of the Genesee County Sheriff's Office in a voicemail.

Jacob John Bukowski, 30, of East Park Street, Albion, is charged with unlawful possession of marijuana. Bukowski was allegedly found in possession of marijuana in the Town of Alabama at 3:30 p.m. Saturday by Deputy Kevin Forsyth.

Stephen Michael Milroy, 23, of Creek Road, Pavilion, is charged with DWI, driving with a BAC of .08 or greater, aggravated unlicensed operation, failure to keep right, and failure to notify DMV of change of address. Milroy was stopped at 12:48 a.m. Saturday on Route 20, Alexander, by Deputy Erik Andre.

Michelle Amber Condidorio, 36, of South Street, Le Roy, is charged with felony DWI, felony driving with a BAC of .08 or greater, and moving from lane unsafely. Condidorio was stopped at 2:01 a.m. Saturday on Telephone Road, Alexander, by Deputy Andrew Mullen.

Richard JM Button, 27, of Heritage Estates Street, Albion, is charged with unlawful possession of marijuana. Button was allegedly found in possession of marijuana and paraphernalia during a traffic stop at 4:48 p.m. Thursday on Judge Road, Alabama, by Deputy Austin Heberlein.

Jennifer Sue Davis, 38, of Webber Avenue, Oakfield, is charged with DWI, speed not reasonable and prudent, and uninspected motor vehicle. Davis was charged following an investigation into an accident reported at 8:52 p.m. Thursday on Downey Road, Batavia, by Deputy Austin Heberlein.

Gabriel A. Tapia, 19, of Woodhaven, is charged with unlawful possession of marijuana. Tapia was charged by State Police after allegedly being found in possession of marijuana at College Village at 11:16 a.m. Saturday.

Jacqueline M. Kobee, 28, of Buffalo, is charged with possession of controlled substance not in original container, criminal possession of a controlled substance, 7th, unlawful possession of marijuana, and aggravated unlicensed operation. Kobee was stopped at 1:54 p.m. Saturday on Route 77 in Pembroke by State Police.

An 18-year-old resident of Batavia is charged with unlawful possession of marijuana. The youth was allegedly found in possession of marijuana at 9:58 p.m., Saturday, at College Village, by State Police.

Michael T. Morasco, of Batavia, is charged with driving while impaired by drugs and moving from lane unsafely. Morasco was stopped at 11:52 a.m. Friday on Route 63 in Pavilion by State Police.

February 4, 2018 - 3:00pm

Hurry and get your team together for the 22nd Annual Betty Ellison Memorial Strike Out for Crossroad House Bowling Tournament.

The Friday night shift is sold out but a few lanes remain on Saturday and Sunday.

This is a fun event for a great cause -- and 100 percent of your support stays right here in the community. Come on out and pay it forward. “We are a gift to the community made possible by the community.” 

February 4, 2018 - 11:24am
posted by Howard B. Owens in Town of Batavia Fire, news, batavia.


Town of Batavia Volunteer Fire Department's annual awards and installation dinner marked its 70th anniversary and Earl Dorman, an original 1948 member of the department, was honored with a Service Award.

Also receiving a Service Award was Renee Long.

Joshua Boyle was named Firefighter of the Year and Top Responder.

Gary Diegelman received the President's Award.


Boyle receiving Top Responder award from Chief Dan Coffey and Corporate VP Nate Fix.


Coffey and Boyle, Firefighter of the Year and Top Responder.


Gary Diegelman received the President's Award, with Coffey, Fix, and Corporate President Scott Garlock.


Joyce Diegelman was recognized for her 65 years of serving the department.




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Part Time Cleaner

The City of Batavia is accepting applications for a part time Cleaner. This is a non-competitive Civil Service position. Typical work activities include, but not limited to: sweeping, mopping, polishing and vacuuming floors, washing windows, emptying trash and cleaning public lavatories. Applicants should submit the Genesee County Civil Service application form to the Human Resources Office at: One Batavia City Centre, 2nd floor at City Hall by 2/28/2018. If you have questions, please contact Jim Ficarella at 585-345-6325.

Full Time Maintenance Worker

The City of Batavia is accepting applications for a full time Building Maintenance Worker. This is a noncompetitive Civil Service position. Typical work activities include, but not limited to: carpentry, electrical, painting, window and door repairs, lawn maintenance and snow removal. Applicants should submit the Genesee County Civil Service application form to the Human Resources Office at: One Batavia City Centre, 2nd floor at City Hall by 2/28/2018. If you have questions, please contact Jim Ficarella at 585-345-6325.

Social Welfare Examiner

Social Welfare Examiner position available immediately. Provisional appointment pending Civil Service examination. Responsible for determining/authorizing benefits for public assistance clients. Must be detail oriented, organized and work well with the public. Two year degree or equivalent experience required. Please send resumes to: Genesee County Dept. of Social Services, Attn: Carla Mindler, 5130 East Main St., Batavia, NY 14020.

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