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May 17, 2015 - 2:47pm
posted by Billie Owens in education, Announcements.

Press release:

International Experience -- USA (iE-USA), a high school student exchange organization, announced that it plans to welcome a record number of students to U.S. communities in the Fall, mirroring a national trend. According to CSIET (Council on Standards for International Education Travel), 200,000+ exchange students are expected this year.

As the leading English-speaking host country of foreign exchange students, our nation as a whole has seen an increase in high school exchange participants of about 13 percent in the past decade (CSIET 2013; 2014). This upward trend is expected to continue as a growing number of international students seek both English fluency and cultural competency to prepare for the increasingly global marketplace.

When U.S. communities engage with a growing number of international students, local schools and families benefit from the cultural interactions they inherently provide.

"Every year our state plays host to many talented, top-of-their-class students with the lifelong dream of studying in America," says Emily Rolin, iE-USA's regional director, “and our communities reap the rewards.”

Rolin, who boasts 10 years of work in student exchange, says that each student who visits her community brings with them a unique perspective.

“We have the opportunity to see through their eyes: to explore another culture not through travel, but through relationships,” she said.

Though many high schools once viewed exchange participants as “extra” students requiring the attention of teachers and staff, the popular opinion among administrators is shifting to favor exchange student enrollment as a natural way to integrate differing worldviews into the classroom. The U.S. Department of Education has stressed the importance of building the global competencies of U.S. students to make them internationally competitive, and many believe that welcoming exchange students into the high school setting can help toward that end.

“As a principal, I truly appreciate the opportunity to host foreign exchange students on a yearly basis,” says Principal Kevin O’Neill of Vicksburg, Mich. “The infusion of a variety of cultures into our high school has been an invaluable experience for our students.”

Families who host an exchange student often benefit on a more personal level, forming family ties that last far beyond the boundaries of the exchange. Hosting an international student offers these local families a realistic way to explore a new culture right at home.

“My wife and I wanted to travel the world, but we both worked full time, so we brought the world to us!” remembers Dave Long, a retired Vietnam veteran who has been hosting exchange students since 1982.

“Our family has been blessed in so many ways by student exchange,” says Sara Lee, whose family has hosted 3 iE-USA students in the past five years. “We consider our students to be a part of our extended ‘international’ family!' ”

The Lees recently returned from Colombia, where they visited their previous exchange students’ families and toured the local countryside.

iE-USA’s exchange student participants are between the ages of 15-18 and come from many countries including Germany, Spain, Italy, Switzerland, Thailand, Montenegro, and Argentina. Each student undergoes an extensive application process and is responsible for his/her own spending money and health insurance coverage. A list of current students can be found online at http://usa.international-experience.net/. <http://usa.international-experience.net/>

Host families (traditional families, singles, empty nesters, etc.) provide a supportive home base for their student for a semester or full academic year. Visiting students participate as active members of the family, integrating into their daily routines and traditions just like any other family member.

iE-USA is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization dedicated to promoting education and understanding through intercultural and academic exchange. iE-USA is certified by the Council on Standards for International Educational Travel (CSIET) and strictly adheres to all U.S. Department of State Student Exchange Program regulations and guidelines.

To learn more about how you can experience and support cultural exchange in your own home, contact iE-USA representative, Joe Bissell-Maynard at [email protected], (517) 455-7518.

May 14, 2015 - 4:14pm
posted by Billie Owens in Announcements, mental health.

Karl Shallowhorn, director of community advocacy, Mental Health Association of Erie County and Compeer of Great Buffalo, will present a FREE program focused on the impact of mental health in the workplace on Tuesday, May 19th. It will take place from 8:30 to 10 a.m. at Terry Hills Restaurant & Banquet Facility, located at 5122 Clinton Street Road, Batavia.

Topics to be covered include: the financial implications of depression among employees, rick factors and proactive management. In addition, information will be provided about the importance of self-care and managing stress in a demanding work environment.

Breakfast will be served. There is no charge for this program. Space is limited -- RSVP to the Genesee County Mental Health Association at 585-344-2611 or via e-mail to    [email protected]

May 5, 2015 - 7:21pm
posted by Billie Owens in sports, Announcements, batavia.

Press release:

The ninth annual David R. Millis Memorial Golf Tournament will be hosted on Sunday, June 7th, at the Batavia Country Club. Registration begins at 11:30 a.m. with a shotgun start at 1 p.m. This tournament is in memory of David Millis who passed away with pancreatic cancer at the early age of 54. Dave was the Superintendent for the Pollution Control Facility in the Village of Albion for 32 years and was an active member of the community.

The cost for a single golfer is $85, which includes, lunch, beverages and dinner. Guests not golfing are also invited to buy dinner-only tickets for $25, and the meal starts at 5:30 p.m. All participants, whether golfing or dining, will be entered into a drawing to win a TV and have the opportunity to buy 50/50 and raffle tickets. The following sponsorships are also available: Corporate, Major, Awards, Lunch Beverage, Longest or Shortest Drive, Closest to the Pin and hole sponsors. We also have several volunteer opportunities available. This tournament features, men and women’s longest drive and closest to the pin and putting contests. There are great raffle prizes, which include local sports tickets, autographed memorabilia, gift certificates and many more items.

Don’t miss your chance to win two-year lease on a 2015 Chevy vehicle and other great hole in one prizes sponsored by Don Davis Chevrolet, Buick, GMC in Albion.The proceeds from the tournament will again benefit the Knights/Kaderli Memorial Fund which is a nonprofit charitable organization dedicated to assisting local families with their fight against cancer. The money assists with prescriptions, medical insurance, nutritional supplements, hospital beds, and other needs. In the past eight years, this tournament has raised more than $100,600 thanks to the support and generosity of many friends, sponsors and participants.

For questions or more information please e-mail [email protected] or visit us on www.facebook.com/DavidRMillisMemorial

May 5, 2015 - 8:56am
posted by Billie Owens in art, Announcements, Milestones, batavia.

Press release:

The Paducah Arts Alliance (PAA) is pleased to welcome Jim Morris from Batavia as the current participant in the Artist-in-Residence Program. Morris is a professor in the Art Department at The College at Brockport in Brockport. He began his studio/residence in the LowerTown Arts District at Pinecone Gallery, 421 N. 7th St. on April 24, where he will be creating new works through May 13.

A professional artist, Morris uses mylar to create collaged, mixed media works that emphasize the idea of transparency and obfuscation of information. He often begins his creative process by making an ink drawing on paper, which he scans to produce a computerized image tracing or vector file. He continues to build upon this base by laser cutting the digitized drawing, hand drawing over the prints in acrylic ink or layering this imagery over official documents. Morris’ collaged, mixed media works force the viewer to look closer by emphasizing the concept of transparency.

Morris received his MFA from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and is an alumnus of the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. His work has recently been featured in group exhibitions at The Fowler-Kellogg Art Center, Chautauqua Institution; and internationally at The Kunstverein Tiergarten/Galerie Nord, Berlin, and a solo exhibition at Anadolu University, Eskisehir, Turkey.

Morris has also received fellowships that include a summer Fulbright to Malaysia and Singapore, a Pollock-Krasner Fellowship, a NEA/Mid Atlantic Artist’s Fellowship, and a fellowship from the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art in North Carolina.

Though he’s only been in the neighborhood for a short time, Paducah’s creative placemaking efforts have left a favorable impression.

“The Artist-in-Residence program is brilliant,” says Morris. “The buildings are handsome and the people are very generous and kind. The artists who visit here will spread the good word about Paducah and the Paducah Arts Alliance and encourage others to visit.”

While in Paducah, this internationally connected artist will be building personal and professional relationships, collaborating with Paducah artists, visiting museums and galleries and experiencing the artistic assets of our UNESCO City of Crafts and Folk Art. He is looking forward to opening up a creative connection with his hometown of Batavia, which has a population of 15,269 according to the 2013 figure by the U.S. Census Bureau.

The public is welcome to visit Pinecone Gallery, Tuesday through Thursday from 3-5 p.m. through May 8 to meet Morris and talk about his creative processes and the thoughts/meanings his work evokes. Pinecone Gallery will host an exhibit of his work on Second Saturday, May 9, from noon-5 p.m.

For more information regarding the artist, visit his Web site at www.jimmorris-art.com.

About Paducah Arts Alliance
PAA initiated the Artist-in-Residence Program in 2008 with funds provided by the City of Paducah. The program was established to enhance Paducah’s identity as an international art community and to promote the growth of individual artists through education and outreach programs. Since January 2009, PAA has hosted nearly 40 visiting American and international artists from 13 states and four countries. Over the past five years, resident artists have conducted more than 50 events, which include workshops, lectures, exhibitions, performances and installations. The Paducah Arts Alliance is a 501c3 organization.

April 28, 2015 - 10:19pm
posted by Billie Owens in Announcements, veterans, civil war, Milestones.

Press release:

The dedication of the Private Conrad Litt memorial headstone will take place at 5 p.m. this Memorial Day, May 25, in the Old Section of Indian Falls Cemetery.

The Civil War veteran was killed at the Second Battle of Fort Wagner, S.C.

Members of Col. John B. Weber Camp No. 44 (NY Dept., Sons of Union Veternas of the Civil War) and the Weber Guard will honor and mark the memorial headstone at the cemetery located at Indian Falls Road, a quarter mile east of Route 77, Pembroke.

This service is part of the Memorial Day Ceremony to be held at the Litt gravesite. This cemetery is adjacent to the newly acquired VA National Veterans Cemetery.

Conrad Litt enlisted in the 100th New York Volunteer Infantry, 2nd Brigade, Company C., on Oct. 24, 1861 as a Private. 2nd Brigade was known as the “Eagle Brigade,” which was sponsored by the Buffalo Board of Trade.

He experienced conflict in Virginia at the Battle of Fair Oaks, where more than half of his Regiment were killed or wounded. Conrad was killed in action on July 18, 1863 during the Union’s night assault on Fort Wagner, Morris Island, S.C., when he was struck in the breast and died instantly.

Conrad’s bodily remains were never recovered for a proper burial, as the fighting continued for another month by laying siege to take control of the Rebel held fort and battery, which was the key to entering Charleston Harbor and the Federal reclaiming of Ft. Sumter, where the first shot of “The War Between The States” had commenced in 1861, announcing the formal Secession of the State of South Carolina from the Union.

The Brothers of Weber Camp No. 44 are honoring him for his actions during the Civil War.
This memorial service in honor of Conrad Litt is adapted from a 1917 Service used by the Grand Army of the Republic to re-dedicate a member’s headstone. The G.A.R. service is scheduled to coincide with the 150 Sesquicentennial celebration of sponsored by the Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War.

Memorial Day was established to honor the veterans on the fourth Monday in the month of May. It was originally known as "Decoration Day," in the terrible aftermath of our American Civil War, with the decorations of wreaths, flags and flowers, laid upon the graves of those fallen soldiers by their loved ones.

April 28, 2015 - 9:12pm
posted by Billie Owens in Announcements, religion, first presbyterian church.

“The Rebirthing of God”
A Celtic Evening with REV. DR. JOHN PHILIP NEWELL
Wednesday, May 20, 2015 at 7 p.m.
at the First Presbyterian Church, 300 E. Main St., Batavia

Come and listen to internationally acclaimed scholar, teacher, retreat leader, author and poet John Philip Newell challenge us to explore a new beginning for Christianity. In the midst of dramatic changes in Western Christianity he offers the hope of a fresh stirring of the Spirit among us.

Tickets are free, required for admission and available atwww.fpcbatavia.org

Speaking directly to the heart of Christians – those within the well-defined bounds of Christian practice and those on the disenchanted edges – as well as to the faithful and seekers of other traditions, he invites us to be part of a new holy birth of sacred living.

For many years now Rev. Dr. Newell has been writing about the sacredness of being, the “of-Godness” that is at the heart of our lives and all life. He is the former Warden of Iona Abbey in the Western Isles of Scotland and internationally acclaimed for his work in the field of Celtic spirituality, having authored more than 15 books, including his best-known titles, "Listening for the Heartbeat of God," "Praying with the Earth," and "A New Harmony: The Spirit, the Earth & the Human Soul."

Rev. Dr. Newell’s talk will be based on his most recent publication, "The Rebirthing of God: Christianity’s Struggle for New Beginnings." Books will be available for sale and following his talk, John Philip will be signing books. A freewill offering will be taken.

Rev. Dr. Newell is an ordained minister in the Church of Scotland with a passion for ecumenical and interfaith dialogue. More information about John Philip and his work can be found at www.heartbeatjourney.org

Simply click on this event as it scrolls across the home page. You will be asked to register for the event and instructed to print a ticket. Questions? Call the church office at 585-343-0505.

April 10, 2015 - 12:27pm
posted by Billie Owens in batavia, Announcements.

From Carol Grasso:

Hi everyone, May 9th we are having a Birthday Party for the Aunnal Dinner for the Peace Garden.  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!!

April 9, 2015 - 4:32pm
posted by Billie Owens in Announcements, WNY Independent Living.

Press release:

WNY Independent Living, Inc., wants feedback from youth and young adults 14-24 years of age with mental /behavioral health problems and their parents and educators.

Focus groups are wanted that are comprised of individuals with a “behavioral health” diagnosis, parents of youth/young adults with mental/behavioral health challenges and/or educational service providers/teachers who work with youth/young adults. These focus groups are focused on areas which include disability, developmental/mental health challenges, substance abuse/use, trauma, eating disorders, and environmental disabilities, etc. Focus groups are available to youth/young adults, parents, teachers and service providers.
 
Each focus group is looking to create a report which shows stakeholders (youth/young adults, parents and services providers) feel is needed in Western New York to support youth/young adults with mental health/behavioral health needs, parents/caregivers, and education/service providers. Through the overall outcome of the focus groups, WNY Independent Living's goal is to create programs and services which will close gaps in current behavioral health services, training, and information to provide to youth/young adults, families and educators within the WNY community.
 
The focus groups can be set up at any location or WNY Independent Living, Inc., can provide a location in Lockport, Niagara Falls, Buffalo and Batavia. The focus group takes approximately 1.5 to 2 hours to complete. We greatly appreciate input as it will create long term outcomes and goals to assist transition age youth/young adults in need of support while attending and remain in high school, transitioning to college or work in being successful and sustaining employment down the road.

Our goal is also to divert youth in high school from dropping out, based on mental health/behavioral
health challenges and needs.
 
If interested in being part of a focus group to design new and inventive future services please contact Lynnette Torgalski at (716) 836-0822, ext.154, or e-mail at [email protected], or Chris Hoff at (716) 836-0822, ext.103, e-mail at [email protected].

April 9, 2015 - 4:18pm
posted by Billie Owens in Announcements.

GO ART! Workshop -- "Eavesdropping on the Writing Life"

Join author Joe Langen for a look into the magical and mysterious world of writing.

This program will be presented at GO ART! Center Seymour Place, 201 E. Main St., Batavia, at 1 p.m. on Saturday April 18.

He is a retired psychologist and has written for publication since 1990. He started writing a biweekly column which appears in the The Daily News in Batavia on alternate Saturdays. He has published two collections of columns, "Commonsense Wisdom for Everyday Life" and "Navigating Life: Commonsense Reflections for the Voyage."

He has written a memoir of his nine years in a Catholic seminary and monastery, "Young Man of the Cloth," which took place during the turbulent and exciting years of change for the Catholic Church.

He wondered about the many abusive priests who were in the seminary at the same time he was. He explored this topic in "The Pastor’s Inferno," a novel about an abusive priest coming to terms with his abuse. There do not appear to be in print any other books which explore the mind of an abusive priest.

He recently published Release Your Stress and Reclaim Your Life, a self help book which explores the nature of stress, where it comes from, how it affects your body, mind, feelings and soul. He details physical, mental, emotional and spiritual approaches to dealing with stress and also considers the future of stress.

He is currently completing a self help book for teens, "Navigating Your Teen Years: Tips for the Voyage." This book is based on the author’s 35 years of working with teens and their families as well as interviews with teens in Genesee and Monroe counties.

All of his books have been self-published. He will discuss his joys and challenges in seeking publication for his work. He will also share selections from his writings. If you have wondered what it would be like to publish your own work or just want to understand a little more about what it is like to be a writer, please join us for a taste of the writing life.

Read more about Joe Langen’s writing at www.slidingotter.com

April 9, 2015 - 3:51pm
posted by Billie Owens in Announcements.

Ascension Parish will host the Fruit of the Vine Wine Tasting Fun Raiser ™ on Sunday, April 25th from 5-8 p.m.

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.

Hors d'oeuvres along with assorted cheeses and crackers will be served. A classical guitar ensemble will accompany the evening’s festivities along with works of art by local artist Carole LaValley. All proceeds benefit Ascension Parish.

The cost of the event is $25 per person or $26.75 online at ascensionrcc.weshareonline.org

Ascension Parish
19 Sumner St.
Batavia, NY 14020
Phone:  585-343-1796
Fax:  585-343-0919
[email protected]

April 9, 2015 - 3:23pm
posted by Billie Owens in Announcements.

Join the Genesee County Master Gardeners on Wednesday, April 15 from 6 to 8 p.m. to learn about creating a cutting garden. Cut flowers are not difficult to grow and the range of flowers is diverse; from annuals, perennials, bulbs and herbs to shrubs and even ground covers!

Learn the basics to planning, growing, cutting and conditioning fresh flowers for cutting. When planning your gardens why not think about incorporating plants that can be dried and are perfect for arrangements, wreaths and decor!  We will also look at the various plants and flowers you can grow and dry to make simple and beautiful arrangements.

This class will be held at the Genesee County Cornell Cooperative Extension at 420 E. Main St., Batavia. Cost is $10 per person. Pre-registration is requested by April 13 as class size is limited. Contact Brandie at 585-343-3040, ext. 101, or stop by our office to register. Visit our Web site at: http://genesee.cce.cornell.edu/events for more information.

April 8, 2015 - 6:25pm
posted by Billie Owens in Announcements, darien lake, Color Me Rad.

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’s fun-run.

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'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.

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:

DOUBLE THE COLOR STATIONS -- It’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.

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.

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.

We’ve stepped up our game this year – offering every participant our best T-shirts yet and a famous RAD tattoo, but you’ll also receive a pair of killer knee-high socks for free!

Registration for the run/walk is now open at www.Colormerad.com

Darien Lake is offering weekend packages for Color Me Rad participants, which include discounts on select lodging options – hotel, cabins, RVs, and campsites, $50 in-park credit, and $12 in “Games Bucks.”

Visit www.DarienLake.com for more information on package options and to book a stay.

April 8, 2015 - 6:19pm
posted by Billie Owens in Announcements.

Press release:

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?

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.

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.

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’s benefits advisement program can assist with applying for the programs available.

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, “Trial Work Period, EPE, EXR, IRWEs, etc.” If you are unfamiliar with these terms, they will be discussed at the advisement meeting, if related to the disability or eligibility for benefits.

The Benefits Advisement Program is available to assist in understanding an individual’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.

For more information, or to sign up for your first benefits advisement program, please call Andrea at (585) 815-8501 (Genesee Region), 716-836-0822 (Erie County), or 716-284-4131 (Niagara County), ext. 412, or e-mail: [email protected]

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.

March 31, 2015 - 3:48pm
posted by Billie Owens in Announcements.

Tuesdays, Apr. 7 - May 19, 6:30-7:00 p.m.

This group is for ages 3-6. Listen to stories and sing songs.  Learn rhymes, fingerplays, and sign language. Tell stories with puppets and the flannel board. Each story time ends with coloring and bubbles.

Registration is required.  Children must be at least 3 by the first session. This session begins Tuesday, April 10 and runs through Tuesday, May 19.

Limit of 15 children. Register online at www.woodwardmemoriallibrary.org or by calling 585-768-8300.

March 31, 2015 - 3:45pm
posted by Billie Owens in Announcements, Le Roy.

Monday, Apr. 6 - May 16, 2015, 10:30-10:50 a.m.

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 – 8 weeks in length and you only have to sign up once.

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. 

Registration is required. Limit of 10 children. Register online at www.woodwardmemoriallibrary.org or by calling 585-768-8300.

March 31, 2015 - 3:18pm
posted by Billie Owens in Announcements.

Community Action Angels

Vendor Blender

Saturday May 2, 2015

10:00am - 3:00pm

ARC Community Center

Woodrow Road Batavia

Crafters, Vendors, Raffle Baskets, & Food available

 

Volunteers Needed!

Still Accepting Vendors/crafters.

For more information call 585-343-7798

March 17, 2015 - 3:51pm
posted by Billie Owens in Announcements, GC Fair.

Press release:

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.

The New York State Association of Agricultural Fairs (NYSAAF) and the New York State Showpeople’s Association (NYSSA) sponsor the scholarships.

Qualifying students must be active at the Genesee County Fair or The New York State Showpeople’s Association.

All applicants from Genesee County must submit their applications through the Genesee County Fair or the New York State Showpleople’s Association no later than Friday, April 10, 2015.

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.

Applications must be printed and completed from the Web at:

www.nysfairs.org.

For more information, contact the Genesee County Fair Office at (585) 344-2424.

March 17, 2015 - 3:08pm
posted by Billie Owens in Announcements.

TRAINING OPPORTUNITY: The City of Batavia Fire Department will be offering an EMR original/refresher. Call 585-345-6375 for details.

Read more http://www.batavianewyork.com/fire-department/news/training-opportunity

March 13, 2015 - 12:26pm
posted by Billie Owens in Announcements.

Fight the Blight – 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 March 25th from 6 to 8 p.m. to learn about this serious plant disease.

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.

The class will be held at the Genesee County Cornell Cooperative Extension at 420 E. Main St., Batavia. Cost is $10 per person. Pre-registration by March 20th is requested as class size is limited. Contact Brandie at 585-343-3040, ext. 101, or stop by our office to register.

You can also find the registration form on our Web site at: http://genesee.cce.cornell.edu/events/2015/03/25/late-blight-in-the-home-garden

March 10, 2015 - 3:02pm
posted by Billie Owens in Announcements, veterans, Veness Strollo.

On Saturday, March 21, the Vaness Strollo Ladies Auxiliary VFW Post #1602 will host a Spring Fling to benefit veterans' programs here and overseas. It will be held at the VFW Hall, located at 25 Edward St. in Batavia.

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.

A $3 donation will be collected at the door.

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's veterans by connecting them to their community through physical and social activity.

Please come out and support our veterans, active military, and have some fun doing it.

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