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July 23, 2015 - 3:49pm
posted by Billie Owens in diabetes, Independent Living, Announcements, health.

Independent Living of the Genesee Region will host a free six-session workshop on Living Well with Type 2 Diabetes on Mondays beginning Sept. 14 at the Mental Health Association at 25 Liberty St., Batavia.

The workshops will be held from 1:30 to 4 p.m. on Sept. 14, 21, 28 and Oct. 5, 14 and 19.

To register, call Pat at 815-8501, ext. 402.

The program will cover these topics:

  • Decision making & problem solving skills;
  • Developing & maintaining a safe, long-term physical activity program;
  • Preventing complications
  • Dealing with anger, depression & difficult emotions;
  • Communicating effectively with family, friends and health professionals;
  • Using prescribed medication appropriately;
  • Healthy eating;
  • Monitoring;
  • Skin & foot care;
  • Planning for future health care.
July 23, 2015 - 3:27pm
posted by Billie Owens in Announcements, mental illness, disability rights.

A free Special Needs Trust Seminar will be held from 3 to 4 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 18, at the Mental Health Association in Genesee County, 25 Liberty St., in the City of Batavia. RSVP by Aug. 4 to: (585) 344-2611 or [email protected]

It is a presentation of Disability Rights New York and PAIMI -- Protection and Advocacy for Individuals with Mental Illness.

Have you ever wondered what a special needs trust is?

Are you disabled or do you have a loved one with a disability?

Are you considering Medicaid but worried about how it will affect your assets or your loved ones' assets?


July 21, 2015 - 4:08pm
posted by Billie Owens in business, Announcements, education, The BEST Center, batavia.

Press release:

The BEST Center's Building Leadership Excellence Certificate Program is now forming a new cohort.

Building Leadership Excellence is an intensive, hands-on program designed to develop proven skills needed to manage, influence, create, inspire and LEAD organizations in today's dynamic economy. You will learn to think and act strategically, enhancing management performance and improving organizational skills in decision making, coaching, innovative problem solving and conflict resolution.
As a participant, you will work in an engaging and dynamic team environment. Upon completion of the course you will be able to:

  • Inspire subordinates to work to their full potential;
  • Communicate at an advanced level to better manage conflict;
  • Learn strategies to establish buy-in and ensure accountability;
  • Enhance your coaching skills;
  • Establish a lasting network of capable leader colleagues.

Each session is filled with real-life examples and practical techniques for getting results. Begin immediately applying leadership excellence at your job and in your life!

In today's fast moving, highly competitive marketplace, organizations require highly functioning, innovative leaders. To make the most of this opportunity -- ENROLL TODAY...the next cohort will kick off Thursday, Aug. 6.

Attendance is required in all of the eight half-day sessions scheduled Thursdays, from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. Session dates are: 8/13, 8/20, 9/3, 9/17, 10/1, 10/15, 10/29 and 11/5. Graduation presentations will occur on Thursday, Nov. 19 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Seating is limited.
For more information call 585-345-6868 or
e-mail Lauren Cummings at [email protected]

July 21, 2015 - 3:24pm
posted by Billie Owens in substance abuse, teens, Announcements.

Press release from the Mental Health Association of Genesee County

Two FREE Teen Intervene Trainings are being offered soon. Six-and-a-half clock hours can be earned for initial credentialing for CPS and CPP (secion 2), CPS & CPP renewal, or CASAC renewal.

These are being offered by GCASA, Northpointe Council, Inc., and Partners for Prevention, in collaboration with the WNY Prevention Resource Center.

Dates are: (Option 1) 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. on July 29 (RSVP by July 22) at the Dibble Family Event Center, 4110 W. Main Street Road, Batavia, or (Option 2) 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sept. 2 at the Millennium Buffalo Hotel, 2040 Walden Ave., Buffalo (McKinley Room) (RSVP by Aug. 25).

To register, obtain and complete a registration form from Cheri Kelly, MS, CPP, Northpointe Council, Inc., 800 Main St., Niagara Falls, NY 14301. Fax: (716) 282-1238. Phone (716) 282-1228. E-mail:  [email protected]

Teen Intervene is an evidence-based program for teenagers (12 to 19 years old) suspected of experiencing mild or moderate problems associated with alcohol or other drug use. The program can also include their parents or guardians. Teen Intervene integrates the stages of change model, motivational interviewing, and cognitive-behavioral therapy.

This program can be administered in two or three sessions. It is designed for professionals, including prevention specialists, teachers, school counselors, social workers, psychologists, and other youth-serving professionals.

July 17, 2015 - 2:21pm
posted by Billie Owens in Announcements, batavia, austin park, Care-A-Van Ministries.

Press release:

Care-A-Van Ministries hosts free weekly Community Cookouts at Austin Park every Thursday from 5 to 8 p.m. during the Summer through Sept. 10 -- rain or shine.

The weather is great, the cookout vehicle is ready, and the grills fired up!

Each meal consists of a choice of hot dog or hamburger, potato salad, coleslaw, macaroni salad, pickles, chips, watermelon and a drink. In 2012, during the first summer of cookouts at Austin Park, 4,388 meals were served, in 2013 there were 4,936 meals served, and in 2014 the ministry served 6,426 meals.

The ministry projects to serve 7,000 meals this season as schools will be closed (no free/reduced lunches for children), individuals are still facing economic hardship, and most importantly, many just love to come out and enjoy a warm summer evening of Christian fellowship, music, and a great meal.

Each week, cookouts are highlighted with an inspirational gospel message by a different pastor from a local community church and uplifting music provided by the Care-A-Van Band.

Many organizations have come out on these Thursday nights to share information about their services, their churches, or just to fellowship with those attending the cookouts. These include: the Salvation Army; Fidelis Care; Total Freedom; Cornell Cooperative Extension; Genesee Country Church; Truth Ministries; R2R Ministries; First Baptist Church of Elba; Living Waters Apostolic Ministries; GCASA; Discovery Chapel; Eagle Fountain Fellowship; YMCA; PC Publications; Smoke Free Genesee; Mothers Supporting Children & Families; and the Genesee County Mental Health Association.

Care-A-Van encourages any organization or church that is interested in setting up a table or activity to contact Paul Ohlson at 343-0328 as we welcome those interested in serving their community through the fellowship and love of Jesus Christ. Donations for the ministry can be mailed to:  P.O. Box 1611, Batavia NY 14021.

July 15, 2015 - 3:21pm
posted by Billie Owens in Announcements, public health column.

Press release from Genesee – Orleans Public Health Education Team of Kristine Voos, CHES, Nola Goodrich-Kresse, MCHES:

The Genesee, Orleans and Wyoming County Health departments are encouraging county residents to “Think Health.” Taking time to think about your health and taking positive health steps will lead to healthier outcomes. Learning something new every day is one way to think health.

According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), there are about 9 million Americans who use needles or other sharps to manage their medical conditions.  “Sharps” are a medical term for devices with sharp points or edges that can puncture or cut skin. For example, people with diabetes use needles to inject insulin and use lancets to test their blood glucose. In addition, injection drug users use needles. Heroin and other inject-able street drugs are dangerous and may be injected.

The popularity of injecting illicit drugs has increased dramatically in recent years. Recent intelligence has been received that heroin, cocaine and other illicit drugs are also being sold with deadly additives.

Safe disposal of sharps is critically important to optimize health, safety, and protection of the environment. The best way to ensure that people are protected from potential injury and spread of infections due to needle sticks is to dispose of them properly. The most common infections are Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C, and Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV). Safe sharps disposal is important whether you are at home, at work, at school, traveling, or in other public places such as hotels, parks, and restaurants. If you see sharps on the ground do not pick them up. Contact your local law enforcement agency for further instructions. 

The following are DOs and DON’Ts of proper sharps disposal:


  • Immediately place used needles/other sharps in a FDA-cleared sharps disposal container to reduce the risk of needle sticks, cuts or punctures from loose sharps.  If one isn’t available, use a heavy-duty plastic household container, such as a laundry detergent container, as an alternative. All sharps containers need to be of a heavy-duty plastic, able to close with a tight-fitting/puncture proof lid, upright and stable during use, leak-resistant and properly labeled;
  • Be prepared – Carry a portable sharps disposal container for travel;
  • Ask your health care provider, local hospital, pharmacist or veterinarian where you can obtain low-cost FDA-cleared sharps disposal containers;
  • Keep all needles and other sharps, as well as disposal containers out of reach of children and pets;
  • Dispose of all contents of disposal containers at drop-off locations in your county.


  • Do not throw needles and other sharps into the trash;
  • Do not flush needles and other sharps down the toilet;
  • Do not put needles and other sharps in your recycling bin – they are not recyclable;
  • Do not try to remove, bend, break or recap needles used by another person.  This can lead to accidental needle sticks, which may cause serious infections;
  • Do not attempt to remove the needle without a needle clipper device because the needles could fall, fly off, or get lost and injure someone. Needle clippers make syringes unusable by clipping off the needle. These clippers may be used for needle disposal of small syringes (such as those used for insulin), but not clipping lancets. After the needle clipper clips off the needle from the syringe, the needle is automatically and safely retained within the clipper.

In New York State (NYS) there is a Safe Sharps Collection Program. All hospitals and nursing homes in NYS are mandated by law to accept home-generated sharps as free community service through their sharps collection programs. In addition, pharmacies, health clinics, community-based organizations/ mobile van programs, public transportation facilities, housing projects, police stations, waste transfer stations and other venues have become settings for safe sharps disposal. Below are drop-off locations in Genesee, Orleans and Wyoming counties. *Before visiting, contact the site you are interested in to confirm service and drop-off details.


  1. Batavia Health Care Center, 585-343-1300
  2. Genesee County Nursing Home, 585-344-0584, ext. 2146
  3. United Memorial Medical Center, 585-344-5370
  4. NYS Veterans Home, 585-345-2076
  5. Le Roy Village Green, 585-768-2561


  1. Orleans Community Health, 585-798-2000
  2. The Villages of Orleans Health & Rehabilitation Center, 585-589-5637


  1. Wyoming County Community Hospital, 585-786-8940 x4528
  2. East Side Nursing Home, 585-786-8151

For more information on proper sharps disposal and a print-friendly guide visit:

NYS Safe Sharps Collection Program:

For more information about Health Department services, use the contact information below.

July 13, 2015 - 4:25pm
posted by Billie Owens in youth court, Announcements.

Press release:

Calling all eighth- through 11th-graders, the Genesee County Youth Court is recruiting new members!

Youth Court is a voluntary alternative for young people who face disciplinary action through school or law enforcement. Youth who are referred admit to the charge and appear before a court of their peers. Three youth judges listen to both sides of the issue and determine an appropriate disposition. The goal of youth court is to improve youth citizenship skills and decrease problematic behavior.

Youth Court members learn about the judicial process and law enforcement; develop group decision making, leadership and public speaking skills; participate in all roles of the courtroom: judge, prosecution, defense, and bailiff.

Genesee County eighth- through 11th-graders who are interested can go online to download an application from the Web site

There, you will find a link on the Youth Bureau page. Applications are due by Aug. 22. Interviews of potential candidates will take place during late Summer/early Fall, with the training to begin in October.

For more information on the Genesee County Youth Court, please contact Chelsea Dillon at the Genesee County Youth Bureau, 344-3960.

July 13, 2015 - 1:47pm
posted by Billie Owens in Announcements, county fair, 4-H.

Press release:

The Genesee County 4-H Fair will take place July 21-25 at the Genesee County Fairgrounds on East Main Street in Batavia. This year’s 4-H fair theme is “#iam4h” and local 4-Hers have been working hard all year to show the community what 4-H means to them!

4-H is a year-long educational program and most clubs meet once a month. Each club focuses on different projects throughout the year, and many 4-H members are able to display the results of their hard work at fair. This ranges from raising animals to sewing and gardening and even projects about alternative energy!

Genesee County 4-H youth are offered a wide range of educational experiences through a dedicated group of volunteer leaders. Through these experiences, 4-H encourages strong character traits like a sense of community, hard work and confidence.

We encourage you to stop out at this year’s 4-H Fair to support our youth and have some fun!
Tentative 2015 Genesee County Fair 4-H Schedule of Events:

(Dates and times are subject to change)

Tuesday, July 21
8 a.m.-- 12 p.m. ---      Final Setup of Merton & Kennedy Buildings:
                                    4-H Club Exhibits in place (Kennedy Bldg.)
                                    4-H Community Service, Promotional & Project Displays (Merton Bldg.)
9 a.m.  -------------        4-H Market Swine Show & Showmanship (Show Ring)
12 p.m.  ------------       4-H Market Goat Show & Showmanship (Show Ring)
2:30 p.m.  ----------       4-H Market Sheep Show & Showmanship (Show Ring)
                                    4-H Dairy & Meat (non-market) Goat Show & Showmanship (Open Dairy Barn)
4 p.m.  -------------        4-H Non Market Beef Show & Showmanship (Show Ring)
                                   GPS & Solar Fun Fest (Merton Bldg.)
5:30 p.m.  ---------       Parade Line up- Pit Area of Raceway 5 (on Fairgrounds)
6 p.m.  ------------        4-H Market Beef Show & Showmanship (Show Ring)
6:30 p.m.  --------        Parade- Theme: “#iam4h”
7:30 p.m. ---------       GPS & Solar Fun Fest (Merton Bldg.)
Wednesday, July 22                 
11:30 a.m.   ---------    GPS & Solar Fun Fest (Merton Bldg.)
1:30 p.m.  ------------   4-H Sheep Show & Showmanship (Show Ring)

Followed by:  --------   4-H Sheep Leadline Classes (Show Ring)
                                   4-H Sheep Costume Class (Show Ring)
6 p.m.     -----------       4-H Swine Show & Showmanship (Show Ring)
6:30 p.m. ----------       4-H Rabbit Show & Showmanship (Merton Bldg.)
Thursday, July 23
8:30 a.m. ----------      Horse Show ring closed for Show set up
9 a.m. -------------        4-H Dairy Show & Showmanship (Show Ring)
                                  4-H Horses in place
10 a.m.  ----------        4-H Horse Show Fitting, Showmanship, and English Classes (Horse Ring)
1 p.m.  -----------         4-H Goat Knowledge Olympics Contest (Livestock Bldg.)
2 p.m. -----------          4-H Horse Show Dressage Classes (Horse Ring)
5:30 -- 7 p.m. ---        4-H Market Animal Auction Buyers Dinner (Kennedy Bldg.)                       
7 p.m.  ----------          4-H Market Animal Auction (Show Ring)
Friday, July 24
9:25 a.m.  -------         Wrangler Equine Showmanship Clinic (Horse Ring)
10 a.m.  ---------         4-H Horse Show Fitting, Showmanship & Western Classes (Horse Ring)
3 p.m.  ----------          4-H Goat Obstacle Course Contest (Livestock Bldg.)
                                  4-H Sheep Trimming and Blocking Contest (4-H Sheep Barn)
5:30 p.m.  -------         4-H Tractor Driving Contest-via Pre Registration (Kennedy Bldg.)
                                  4-H Goat Costume Contest (near Goat & Livestock Bldgs.)
7 p.m. -----------          4-H Fur & Feather Knowledge Contests (Merton Bldg.)
Saturday, July 25
10 a.m.  ----------       4-H Horse Gymkhana & Games Classes (Horse Ring)
2 p.m.  -----------        4-H Sheep Bowl (Merton Bldg.)
2 -- 4 p.m.  -----         4-H Vegetable Art Fun Fair Activity (Kennedy Bldg.)
4 p.m.  ----------         4-H Master Showman Contest (Show Ring)
6:30 p.m.  -------        4-H Scavenger Hunt (Kennedy Bldg.)
8 p.m.  ---------           4-H Movie Night (Kennedy or Merton Bldg.)
8 p.m.  ---------           4-H Dairy Animals released
8:30 p.m.  -----           4-H Horse Animals released
9 p.m.  ----------          4-H Fur & Feather Club Animals released
                                  4-H Non-Market Animals- Beef, Goat, Sheep, Swine released
10 – 11 p.m. ----        Kennedy, Merton, and Exhibition Buildings Open for pick up of entries

July 11, 2015 - 8:00am


(Photo above from left, back row (adults): Elba Troop 42222 leader Darcy Sewar, Oakfield Troop 42141 leader Jeanine Corbett, Laurie Shepland  -- VP of Human Resources, Ian Wetherbee -- volunteer coordinator, and Norm Hubbard, Golf Tournament Committee chair. Girl Scouts, front row, from left: Ariana Wolff, Laci Sewar, Rylee Wissinger, Abby Gardner and Ava Flores.)

Chapin International, Inc., is hosting its upcoming 8th Annual Charity Golf Tournament on Saturday, Aug. 8, at Terry Hills Golf Course, 5122 Clinton Street Road, in Batavia. Each year employees raise funds to support local organizations.

“In past years we have chosen the Domestic Violence group of the YMCA, Crossroads and last year the Boy Scouts,” said Norm Hubbard, Golf Tournament Committee chair.

This year’s selected charitable organization is Girl Scouts of Western New York.

The charity fundraiser started out raising $2,000 and last year we raised over $6,000 for the Boy Scouts. Each year it has steadily increased. There are 27 hole sponsors, along with many other local contributors. The more sponsors we get will equally be divided up and recognized throughout the tournament.

Below, Girl Scouts from Elba and Oakfield troops stuff 200 golf appreciation bags provided by Chapin.


With more than 750 mailings locally, we have three local car dealerships sponsoring a hole-in-one and chance to WIN a car as one of the special events: Castilone Chrysler Dodge and Jeep, Ken Barrett Chevrolet Cadillac, and Toyota of Batavia.

“There is no large prize for winning because we want to keep the charity in mind,” Norm said. "We recognize teams that are mixed, men, and women including Chapin’s employees. Other special events include closest-to-the-pin, longest drive, closest-to-the-line and a chance to win a set of golf clubs on the day of the event only."

The registration starts at 11 a.m. with a putting contest for a chance to sink a put and win a recliner from Max Pies Furniture as a Grand Prize. Multiple puts that sink go into a draw pool to decide the winner. There supplemental prizes, too, and lunch for everyone at noon so nobody is left out and everyone will walk away with a prize.

The golf shotgun starts at 1 p.m. and wraps up at 6, with dinner and awards following.   

To register, sponsor or donate visit the tournament Web site at:

July 9, 2015 - 3:49pm
posted by Billie Owens in Announcements.

As a way of thanking all those who make our community a better place to live, Genesee Justice will host a picnic in Pavilion A at Genesee County Park from noon to 2 p.m. on Tuesday, July 21.

Hot dogs, mac-n-cheese, potato salad, green salad, and name tags will be provided. Bring a dish to pass if you like. Hope for sunshine!

Please reply to:

Rosanne Smart, 344-2550, ext. 3923, [email protected]


Julie Yates, 344-2550, ext. 3971, [email protected]

July 2, 2015 - 12:17pm
posted by Billie Owens in Announcements, 4-H, pets.

Press release:

Learn how rabbits make ideal pets and 4-H projects for youth in rural and urban areas!  Bunny Bonanza presented by Cornell Cooperative Extension of Genesee and Monroe Counties, will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, July 25, at the Genesee County Fair, 5056 E. Main St. Road, Batavia.

This event is open to all Finger Lakes area youth ages 8 – 19. Youth do not need to be 4-H members to participate. Registration deadline is July 8.

The Bunny Bonanza will feature two levels of workshops: beginner and advanced.

The beginner workshop will cover basic housing, feeding, novice showmanship and more!  The advanced workshop will focus on housing design, nutrition, breeding and genetics, advanced showmanship and more!

Registration fee: $10 per youth and includes: parking passes for the Genesee Co. Fair, lunch, and a copy of the 4-H Rabbit Resource Handbook for Breeding, Market, and Pet Rabbit Projects courtesy of the New York State 4-H Foundation Willman Fund.  (One resource guide per family will be provided.)

For a complete event brochure and registration form please visit: or contact the Genesee County 4-H Office at 585-343-3040, ext. 101, or [email protected].

July 2, 2015 - 12:11pm

Horsemen and racing fans are reminded that post time for the Genesee County Fair races to be held at Batavia Downs on July 16 have been moved to 5 p.m. to avoid any construction issues of the new hotel that will be located on the Batavia Downs property adjacent to the racing paddock.

The entry box closes at 10 a.m. on Monday (July 13). To enter please call Racing Secretary Donna Kerr at 716-338-5387.

Anyone with questions should contact Director/GM of Live Racing Todd Haight at 585-343-3750, ext. 322.

July 1, 2015 - 3:15pm
posted by Billie Owens in sports, Announcements, pembroke.

A 3 vs. 3 Basketball Tournament will be held for boys on Saturday, July 11, in the Pembroke High School Gym. Registration is due on Monday July 6. Cost is $40 per team; there's a two-game guarantee.

There will be three divisions:

  • Boys entering fourth-fifth grade;
  • Boys entering sixth-seventh grade;
  • Boys entering eighth-ninth grade.

First-place teams in each division will win a trophy. Teams will be placed in the division appropriate for the oldest member of the team.

If you have any questions call Matt Shay at (585) 610-3755. E-mail: [email protected]

The registration form includes: the division; team name; e-mail for contact person; phone number for contact person; name of five players on team, grade they are entering and school.

Proceeds benefit Pembroke Boys Basketball. If paying by check, please make it out to "Pembroke Boys Basketball." MUST BE POSTMARKED BY JULY 6TH!

Mail to Matt Shay, 2385 Richley Road, Corfu, NY 14036.

Here are the tournament rules:

  1. Possession of the ball at the start of the game will be determined by coin flip.

  2. Field goals are worth 2 and 3 points.

  3. A free throw is worth 1 point.

  4. All games will be played with a 18 minute RUNNING clock.

  5. First team to 21 points or team leading after 18 minutes will be winner .

  6. If score is tied after 18 minutes 1 player from each team will shoot a free throw to determine winner, if both players make or miss, 2 more players will shoot and so on.

  7. Shooting fouls will result in 2 ft’s, if the player makes the basket on the shooting foul the basket will count and the player will shoot 1 ft. A shooting foul on a 3 pt field goal attempt will result in 3 fts.

  8. After a ft the ball always goes to defensive team.

  9. Non-shooting fouls will be recorded and will result in the ball being taken out at take-out line.

  10. On the 5th total foul the team will shoot 1 ft.

  11. When checking the ball or shooting a free throw the individual has 10 seconds to check or shoot the ball. Violation of this will result in a turnover.

  12. Unsportsmanlike conduct toward opponents, officials, fans, etc., will result in disqualification of player.

  13. Teams must have at least two egistered players to start game but can finish a game with one, if a player is hurt or disqualified.

  14. There are NO timeouts.Play can be stopped by official for injury but clock will continue to run.

  15. Substitutions can be made at any dead ball.

  16. Jump Balls go to the defense.

  17. On all dead balls the ball must be checked by a player standing behind the back line. The ball must be passed in.

June 28, 2015 - 2:50pm
posted by Billie Owens in Announcements, events, genesee county.
Event Date and Time: 
July 15, 2015 -
6:30pm to 9:00pm

The Genesee County Planning Department in conjunction with the Form-Based Codes Institute will present a training series from 6:30 to 9 p.m. on Wednesday, July 15, at County Building #2, 3837 W. Main St. Road, Batavia.

  • What are Form-Based Codes? (6:30 – 7 p.m.)

Genesee County Senior Planner Derik Kane will present a brief introduction to the topic. This slideshow explains how form-based codes help communities achieve development goals.

June 18, 2015 - 10:09am
posted by Traci Turner in Announcements.


Press release:

Saratoga Springs, NY –The New York State Sheriffs' Association and the New York State Sheriffs’ Association Institute held their annual training conference for Civil Division Supervisors in May at the Gideon Putnam Hotel in Saratoga Springs, NY. Forty-seven deputy sheriffs and civilian staff from 36 sheriff’s offices around the state attended the three-day training program.

All Sheriffs have civil law enforcement functions, which include the service of process and enforcement of judgments and other court orders and mandates. 

The annual program provides participants with training in the latest advances in civil law enforcement and a forum to discuss current civil law enforcement issues and share best practices.

June 17, 2015 - 12:38pm
posted by Billie Owens in Stafford, history, Announcements.

The June meeting of the Stafford Historical Society will be a road trip. On Wednesday, June 24th, we will be boarding a bus at 6:30 p.m. at the Town Hall, located at the corner of Route 237 and Route 5.

The intention of the Society has been to repair the headstones and to tidy-up the town's abandoned pioneer cemeteries for our Town's 200th birthday. Our road trip will be for members and guests to view their condition.

We have room for 30 to 35 people. Please call 344-7070 or 343-1928 to reserve a space.

June 12, 2015 - 10:32pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in pembroke, Announcements.

Press release:

Pembroke Town Board will meet Monday June 15, 2015  5 p.m.  at the Pembroke Town Hall, 1145 Main Road, Corfu, NY  to discuss  a  personal matter.

June 11, 2015 - 4:19pm
posted by Billie Owens in Announcements, scholarships, education.

Press release:

The Janice & Paul Keesler Scholarship Fund is proud to announce that it is now accepting applications from qualified students toward receiving scholarship assistance.

As a living memorial for two people who loved New York State and the outdoors, this fund assists students training in the field of wildlife management.

Paul and Janice were avid sports persons who wrote and lectured about the outdoors and founded and published the nationally recognized and respected "New York Sportsman Magazine."

A great loss to all those who appreciate the wonder of nature, Janice passed away suddenly in 1988 and Paul in July of 2005. They are greatly missed.

According to Scholarship Fund President Dave Hamilton, "These annual scholarship awards are available to any New York State resident who has been accepted into an accredited institution of higher learning and is, or will be, working toward obtaining a degree in some facet of wildlife management."

The 23rd series of Janice & Paul Keesler Scholarship Awards will be distributed in December. To date, the fund has had the honor of distributing more than $29,500 in grants to deserving Wildlife Management students.

Any qualified individual interested in applying for these Scholarships may do so by sending a request for an application form, along with a stamped, self-addressed legal sized (#10) envelope to:

The Janice & Paul Keesler Scholarship Fund
C/o Bridget Keesler (sec/treas)
PO Box 485
Newport, NY 13416

An application may also be obtained by going to and the application can be printed from the Web site. The completed application form must be returned to the committee no later than Sept. 1.

Individuals or clubs wishing to make a contribution to the fund may do so by sending their donation to the same address, with the sincere gratitude of the Scholarship Committee! In December of this year and continuing on an annual basis, a wonderful couple who cared deeply about our state's outdoor sports will be remembered in a meaningful way, thanks to the generosity of those same outdoor sportsmen.

For additional information about the Keesler Scholarship Fund, please visit this Web site:

Or send inquiries to:
[email protected]

June 11, 2015 - 3:11pm
posted by Billie Owens in GCC, BEST Center, Announcements, education.

The BEST Center at Genesee Community College is offering a series of "Brush up Your Skills" courses for students who plan to begin their college studies this fall. These non-academic credit classes in Math, Writing and Reading cost no more than $15 and are designed to help students increase their placement test scores and enable registration into higher-level courses. This not only potentially saves students tuition dollars, but also improves the likelihood of timely graduation.

The courses are geared toward incoming freshmen who may not have performed as well as expected on the COMPASS Placement Test, and also for high school graduates of all ages who may be beginning college after being out of school for some time. Current GCC students continuing their studies are also eligible. After completing the Brush Up courses, students retake the placement tests to potentially improve their scores and also eliminate the need to take developmental courses in these subject areas.

The three courses being offered include:

Math Pre-Algebra Placement Test Review, $15, July 21 – Aug. 12, Wednesdays, 6 – 9 p.m.
Brush up on the seven pre-algebra topics assessed by the COMPASS placement test so you can place directly into basic algebra or a credit-bearing college math course. Students may retake the COMPASS exam at the end of the course.

Writing Placement Test Review, $10, Monday – Thursday, Aug.10-13, 9 a.m. – noon
Review basic writing skills so you're prepared for college-level academic writing. The course will cover basic concepts including essay structure, sentence mechanics and test-taking strategies. Students may retake the COMPASS exam at the end of the course.

Reading Placement Test Review, $10, Monday – Thursday, Aug. 10-13, 1 – 4 p.m.
This course is designed to help those students who are close to meeting the college level reading requirement enhance the effective and efficient reading skills they need for academic work on the college level. These students have tested into the developmental class Gaining Power in College Reading (REA 101), but will be able to retest at the end of the course.

"We understand that placement testing is often the hardest and most intimidating part of starting a college program," said Reid Smalley, the executive director of GCC's BEST Center. "In a collaborative effort with our BEST Center, we specifically designed the Brush Up Your Skills Series to help students over this hurdle. For anyone who wants to start college in September, or those who hope to graduate through an associate degree program within two years, this is an excellent investment of their time."

Students interested in these classes may register in the GCC Records office, at The BEST Center in the Conable Technology Building on the Batavia campus, or online at For more information, contact The BEST Center at (585) 345-6868.

June 10, 2015 - 4:20pm
posted by Billie Owens in Announcements, byron.

Press release and submitted photos from Pat Lamon:

On Thursday, May 21, at the Byron Fire Hall, 70-plus attendees came together to celebrate the Red White & Blue at the Patriotic Dance.

American flags and stars of red, white and blue adorned the Byron Fire Hall on a beautiful May evening. As usual, folks danced to their favorite songs and enjoyed the usual snacks. Uncle Joe snapped photos between filling in as the evening’s DJ.

A highlight of the evening was when our young Byron Volunteer Firefighters paraded to the dance floor leading the group in the "YMCA" dance. Birthdays were recognized prior to our customary circle dances; the Chicken Dance and the Hokie Pokie.

The last two dances of 2015 are: the Halloween Dance on Thursday, Oct. 15th, followed by the Christmas Dance on Thursday, Nov. 19th.

All dances are 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Byron Fire Hall on Route 262 near the Route 237 intersection. The dances are sponsored by Byron Ladies Auxiliary, and are open to all folks with developmental disabilities ages 13 and up living in Genesee County, family and caregivers are also welcome. Adequate supervision is required. Anyone wanting to volunteer or need more information may call Pat Iamon at 245-2918 or Laura Platt at 548-2245.





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