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September 15, 2014 - 2:46pm
posted by Billie Owens in Announcements, business.

Press release:

Muller Quaker Dairy and the local Edward Jones branch office support this year's Salvation Army Food Drive.

Local residents and businesses may help those less fortunate in the community by bringing in items to the Edward Jones branch office during regular business hours from Oct. 1 to Nov. 21.

Items needed for the food drive include: Canned fruits and vegetables, beans, instant potatoes, soups, canned meats, speghetti sauce, cereal, pasta and rice.

Proceeds from the drive will benefit the Batavia Salvation Army serving Genesee County.

September 13, 2014 - 1:08pm
posted by Billie Owens in Announcements.

The third annual "You are My Sunshine" fundraiser in memory of Azriel Butler will be held Saturday, Oct. 18 at the Le Roy American Legion Hall. Money raised will be donated to Sunshine Nursery School in Le Roy and to sponsor a student at Fusion Dane Center.

There will be a 5K Run/Walk for $25. If you register before Oct. 6 you will get a T-shirt. Registration starts at 10 a.m. at the Legion Hall. Pre-registration is available from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 27, and Saturday, Oct. 5, at the Le Roy Farmers Market or by contacting these individuals:

Kelly Stalica -- 409-8400

Katie Norstrand -- 409-7313

Sarah Bell -- 813-1281

The event will also feature:

  • Free kids activities from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • Chicken BBQ & Pulled Pork from 12:30 p.m. until sold out ($9 pre-sale / day of $10)
  • Bounce House
  • Face Painting
  • Popcorn
  • Chinese Acution
  • 50/50s
  • Deejay Jimmy B
September 11, 2014 - 6:40am
posted by Billie Owens in Announcements.

The Salvation Army is hosting a Community Safety Fair at its headquarters, located at 529 E. Main St., Batavia, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 20.

There will be food and beverages.

Participants will include:


NY State Troopers


Batavia City Police Department

Genesee County Health Department

Shred-It   (Up to 5 boxes of paper stuff per person can be brought for shredding at no cost.)

Genesee County Sheriff's Office

Batavia Fire Department

Batavia Senior Center

Genesee County Animal Shelter

September 10, 2014 - 3:30pm
posted by Billie Owens in Announcements.

Refuse 2 Lose Martial Arts school has joined forces with a worldwide anti-bullying program called Hyper Bully Defense. The goal of this program is to reach a million youth and spread the anti-bullying message.

The school is holding an anti-bullying seminar from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Sept. 19th. The event is free to the public and open to anyone who would like to attend.

Refuse 2 Lose Martial Arts
214 East Main St., Suite 7


September 10, 2014 - 3:18pm

Independent Living is offering FREE workshops for families. It can be hard to support a young adult family member with disabilities to live on their own in the community.  There are ways to make the path to an independent life smoother for everyone. Families are invited to a series of workshops to learn about the disability benefits and community resources available to make the transition to independence successful.

Introductory Session to be held on Wednesday, Sept. 17th, from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. at Independent Living of Genesee Region, 113 Main St., Suite 5, Batavia. All family members welcome.

Light refreshments will be served. Pre-registration is required.

Please contact Donna Becker at (585) 815-8501, ext. 411 or e-mail at [email protected] to hold your spot.

September 10, 2014 - 2:26pm
posted by Billie Owens in batavia, Announcements, sports.

The 13th annual Batavia Blue Devil Athletic Hall of Fame Dinner will be held Saturday, Sept. 27, at Terry Hills Restaurant and Banquet Facility.

Social hour begins at 5 p.m. with dinner to follow at 6. Cost is $30 per person.

These are this year's inductees:

  • John J. "Jackie" Kelley -- 1954
  • Thomas Hoitink -- 1965
  • John Buckley -- 1972
  • Patrick Fricano -- 1980
  • Dr. Allyson (Shirtz) Howe -- 1990
  • Jamie (Callahan) Hulbig -- 1998
  • Maria (Spiotta) Dentino -- 1999

Tickets are available at the Athletic Director's office at Batavia High School. For more information, please call (585) 343-2480, ext. 2003.

This event is sponsored by the Batavia Coaches Association.

September 8, 2014 - 4:41pm
posted by Lori McClurg in Announcements, thank you.

The Elba Cub Scouts Pack 6017 would like to Thank Elba and the surrounding communities for their support again for another successful Chix and Rib BBQ.


We would also like to Thank Will's BBQ and all the folunteers who gave their time to this event.  WeE could not have done it without you.

Las but not least, we would like to give a Big Thank You to The ABate Motorcycle Club for their understanding


Thank you


see you again next year

September 8, 2014 - 4:28pm
posted by Lori McClurg in Announcements.

Elba Cub Scout Pack 6017 would like to Thank Elba and the surrounding communities for another successful Chix and Rib BBQ thanks to their support again this year. 

We would also like to Thank Will's BBQ of Buffalo and all the volunteers for their hard work, we could not have done it with out you.


Last but not least, we would like to Thank The ABate Motorcycle Club for their understanding.


Thank you

See you again next year

September 4, 2014 - 3:22pm
posted by Billie Owens in Announcements, Salvation Army, ladies night out.
Event Date and Time: 
September 19, 2014 -
7:00pm to 9:00pm

The Salvation Army will host 'Ladies Night Out' starting at 7 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 19. If you need a ride, one will be provided.

There will be a movie to enjoy "Mom's Night Out," plus popcorn and movie snacks. Giggling is virtually guaranteed, but not mandatory.

It's all free.

This will be at the Salvation Army headquarters at 529 E. Main St., Batavia.

If you need a ride or want more information, call 343-6284 or e-mail Captain Patty at [email protected]

September 4, 2014 - 3:08pm
posted by Billie Owens in batavia, Attica, Announcements, Oakfield, byron, alexander, Alabama, bergen.

Over the past two weeks, 80,000 pencils have been delivered to school districts, including Batavia City Schools, Oakfield-Alabama Central, Byron-Bergen Central, Pavilion Central, Alexander Central, and Attica Central as part of the attorney William Mattar Pencils 4 Schools campaign.

It was established in response to ever-tightening school district budgets. Understanding the difficulty school districts and families face in trying to provide supplies for students, Mattar is pleased to donate these pencils to help get the school year off to a great start for the young leaders of tomorrow. This year, the firm received a record number of requests from schools.

School districts can still register for Pencils 4 Schools by calling 444-4444 or by e-mailing [email protected].

Representing clients across New York State with offices in the Buffalo, Rochester, Syracuse, Binghamton, and Albany regions, William Mattar, P.C., focuses on auto injury cases for those seriously injured in motor vehicle and truck accidents. For more information about the firm’s community involvement, visit

September 4, 2014 - 2:44pm
posted by Billie Owens in Announcements, richmond library.

Fall Story Times are starting soon at the Richmond Memorial Library!

  • Tuesday Toddler Time - Tuesdays at 10:30 a.m. (walkers – 3 years)
  • Early Toddler Time - Wednesdays  at 9:30 a.m. (walkers – 3 years)
  • Wednesday Toddler Time - Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m. (walkers -3 years)
  • Preschool Story Time - Thursdays at 10 a.m. (ages 3-5 years)
  • PJ  Story Time - Thursdays at 6:30 p.m. (all ages)

The fall series of story times start the week of Sept. 16th and end the week of Nov. 13th.

To register or for more information call the Library 343-9550, ext. 4, or stop in at the Children's Room desk during Library hours: Monday through Thursday -- 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Friday and Saturday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The library is at 19 Ross St. in the City of Batavia.

September 4, 2014 - 2:37pm
posted by Billie Owens in Announcements, GCC, discover the stars.

Press release:

Genesee Community College administrators will welcome to campus donors who've contributed to the College's scholarship funds and students who've received scholarships, as well as two outstanding graduates who have excelled in pursuing their career goals for the Discover the Stars reception from 5 to 7 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 8.

The event will be held in the Stuart Steiner Theatre located in the Genesee Center for the Arts on the GCC Batavia Campus, One College Road, Batavia.

Discover the Stars is an annual event that brings together GCC scholarship recipients and donors. Members of the College Board of Trustees, Foundation Board of Directors, and College administrators will also be present.

In addition, two alumni speakers will share their career paths following their time at GCC. Jessica Stabell graduated in 2007 and earned her bachelor of arts degree in Anthropology from Buffalo State College where she received the President's Medal for Outstanding Undergraduate Student in 2013. She has earned attention for her research and is continuing her studies toward a Ph.D. in Forensic Entomology.

Dan Ireland, of Byron, graduated in 1992 and went on to earn his bachelor of science in Nursing from SUNY Brockport in 1994 and an MBA from RIT in 1997. He began working at United Memorial Medical Center in Batavia while still a student. He started as an orderly, became a floor nurse, then IT clinical analyst, and administrative analyst. In 2004 he was named director of Quality Management and then became vice president of Operations. In December 2013, he was named president of UMMC, which will be the top administrative position at the hospital once it completes a merger with Rochester Regional Health System this December.

September 4, 2014 - 1:47pm
posted by Billie Owens in arts, Announcements, GCC, Roz Steiner Gallery.

Press release:

They teach their craft to students every day, but they are also practicing artists outside of the classroom. This fall, see the work of the Fine Arts faculty at Genesee Community College in an exhibit entitled "Art Matters: GCC Arts Faculty Exhibit."

The show is now on view in the Rosalie "Roz" Steiner Gallery in the Genesee Center for the Arts on the GCC Batavia Campus. Opening receptions for the exhibit are planned on Thursday, Sept. 11, from 12:30-1:30 p.m. and again at 5:30-7:30 p.m. The afternoon opening will include a performance by Music instructor Jennifer Sisbarro.

The show will feature the works of six GCC faculty members. They include Joe Ziolkowski, Instructor of Photography, who is coordinating the exhibit; Moi Dugan, associate professor of Ceramics and 3-Dimensional Design; Heather Jones, assistant professor of Fine Arts; Pamela Swarts, assistant professor of Digital Art; Jennifer Sisbarro, instructor of Music, and Ed Hallborg, Theater technician.

Ziolkowski, who teaches digital and film-based photography, creates unique self-portraits that use multiple formats, including 35 mm, 4 x 5 inch pinhole, digital SLR, mirror-less and iPhone digital cameras.

"In a world filled with the effortless 'selfie,' my work is effort filled," Ziolkowski notes. "As the artist, I select the vantage point and frame the subject, making my lens the viewers' eye. As subject, I place myself within the frame and guide the viewer through the frame with my own gaze. Within this gaze, I join the viewer, experiencing the joy of gazing myself."

Moi Dugan's new work is inspired by the woodlands surrounding her family's new home.

"My wheel thrown and handbuilt ceramics act as canvases for my painted narratives. While my work is functional, I strive for each piece to stand alone as a work of art when not in use," Dugan said.

She uses brightly pigmented slip and the sgraffito ("scratch") technique to produce the layers of color, texture and pattern on each of her one-of-a-kind pieces.

The mixed media creations of Heather Jones integrate glass, metal, paint and untraditional materials to "create social commentaries that speak of environmental issues.

"My current artwork focuses on the ethics of patenting life and the scientific processes of changing plants, animals and humans at a cellular level," Jones said.

Pam Swarts features graphic artwork on posters and event design materials.

Cultural debris is the focus of Ed Hallborg's work entitled "Remnants," which "is meant to be consumed in passing, like digital graffiti." Automated slide projectors display the words and images.

And musical sound bites featuring vocal performances by Jennifer Sisbarro will play continuously. Sisbarro's selections come from classical, jazz, and musical theater genres. She's an experienced performer who's been singing since the age of 3. Sisbarro will perform jazz standards with Deborah Sorenson accompanying her on piano during the opening reception from 12:30-1:30 p.m. on Sept. 11.

The exhibit will be on display through Nov.  20. The Roz Steiner Gallery, located in the Genesee Center for the Arts at Genesee Community College, is open Monday – Thursday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. or by special appointment. GCC's Batavia campus, located at One College Road, is just a short drive off exit 48 of the New York State Thruway. Directions to the campus are available at

September 4, 2014 - 1:23pm
posted by Billie Owens in Announcements.

2014 Genesee County Employees Golf Tournament

Saturday September 27, 2014

@ Terry Hills Golf Course on Ellicott Street Road in Batavia

$65 per person


Everyone is invited to participate.

Contact Norman Itjen:  585-409-4540 

                                          [email protected]

Event Date and Time

September 27, 2014 - 11:00am - 5:00pm


September 4, 2014 - 11:33am

The premier bicycle Ride to Remember will be held this Saturday, Sept. 6, beginning and ending at Oakfield Alabama Baptist Church, located at 2210 Judge Road in Oakfield.

It benefits to Western New York Perinatal Bereavement Network and the "Remembering Love in a Heartbeat" project.

There will be a family five mile fun bicycle ride and a 20-mile ride. Registration begins at 9 a.m. and the ride begins at 10.

For more information and to register go to

September 3, 2014 - 11:32am
posted by Billie Owens in Announcements, hlom.

The annual Chicken-n-Biscuit Luncheon will be presented by the Holland Land Office Museum on Tuesday, Sept. 23rd at noon at the Genesee County Office for the Aging, 2 Bank St., Batavia.

Meet the new Genesee County Historian, Michael Eula, who will speak on “Genesee County, the Holland Land Company, and the fabric of American History."

Tickets are $10 per person for lunch catered by the D&R Depot Restaurant & Catering. Please call the Holland Land Office Museum for tickets and more information at 585-343-472. Everyone is welcome.

August 20, 2014 - 2:12pm
posted by Billie Owens in Announcements, agriculture, goats.

Press release:

Niagara Frontier Dairy Goat Association is hosting a Goat Education Field Day to be held Saturday Sept. 20 at the Genesee County Fairgrounds in Batavia.

The following workshops will be held:

  • Soap making
  • Understanding ADGA reports and programs
  • Basic Management
  • Lotion Making
  • Parasite/Coccidia Control
  • Fudge making
  • Poisonous Plants
  • Artificial Insemination
  • Cheese making
  • Nutrition/Hay Quality
  • Packing/Driving
  • Basic Vet Care
  • Boer Breeding and Conformation Selection
  • Dairy Breeding and Conformation Selection
  • Plus, how to make a lambar and a game of fun filled jeopardy

Registration will be from 8:30 to 9 a.m. and the first workshop will start at 9. Pre-registration is $10 or $15 on the day of the event. Pre-registration is greatly appreciated as we will have handouts available.

Our Pre-registration deadline is Sept. 3.

We are looking for sponsors and donations for our raffle table.

More information can be found on our Web site at If you have any questions you can contact Dawn Weaver at [email protected] or 585-281-0869 or Pete Snyder at [email protected] or 716-863-1317.

We look forward to seeing you at our education day.

August 20, 2014 - 2:03pm
posted by Billie Owens in Announcements, St. Jerome Guild.

Press release:

St. Jerome Guild, Inc., has launched a new initiative to help patients enduring cancer treatments.  The Guild is now providing comfort kits to new patients of the Cancer and Infusion Center at United Memorial Medical Center.

Included in the kit is a drawstring backpack, a package of tissues, hand sanitizer, a bottle of water, a package of gum, and an assortment of candies.

United Memorial’s Cancer and Infusion Center in association with Rochester General Lipson Cancer Center, opened in September of 2013. The Cancer and Infusion Center is located on the Second Floor at United Memorial Medical Center at 127 North St., Batavia.

To learn more information and read about Medical Oncologists and Hematologists affiliated with United Memorial Medical Center visit New patients are still being accepted and appointments can be made by calling 344-5252.

August 19, 2014 - 4:35pm
posted by Billie Owens in Announcements, elba, genesee county arc.

Genesee County ARC is having 5K Run/Walk in Elba on Sept. 20.

It starts at the ARC Day Habilitation Center, located at 4603 Barrville Road.

Check-in / registration begins at 8:30 a.m. and the run/walk starts at 10 a.m.

There will also be music, fun, face painting, and more.

Funds raised benefit education through the local ARC's Mary Anne Graney Memorial Scholarship Fund.

Cost for the run is $15 for pre-registration, including a T-shirt. Walk-in registration on the day of the race is $20, with T-shirts only on an as-available basis (no guarantee).

Cost for the walk is $10 pre-registration and $15 for walk-ins. T-shirt availability same as stated above.

To register online:

For more information, contact Sandy at 343-4203, ext. 223.

August 16, 2014 - 12:02pm
posted by Billie Owens in Announcements, hlom, bicentennial.

Press release:

The Genesee County Museum building -- The Holland Land Office, is preparing to celebrate its Bicentennial in 2015. As part of the 200th Anniversary celebration the creation of a time capsule is planned.

Suggestions from the community about the items to be included in the time capsule are sought.

Items that will be considered for encapsulation are photos, newspapers, and event programs, as well as small objects such as campaign buttons, award ribbons and medals that pertain to Genesee County and its people.

The county time capsule will be opened in the year 2065 to coincide with the 150th Anniversary of the City of Batavia, the Genesee County seat.

For more information please contact The Holland Land Office Museum at 585-343-4727 or mail to:  [email protected]

People interested in volunteering with the Bicentennial events or at the county museum are welcome to contact Museum Director Jeff Donahue.

Museum artifacts are acquired and owned by The Holland Purchase Historical Society that is committed to expanding the public’s knowledge in understanding and appreciation of the unique history of Genesee County and its people, a living history that grows with each generation. The HLOM is home to your history.





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