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July 13, 2016 - 11:43am
posted by Billie Owens in sports, GC Agriculture Society, Milestones, Announcements.

Press release:

An inaugural series of three shows recently sponsored by the Genesee County Agricultural Society was a big success for organizers and exhibitors alike, according to the Genesee County Agriculture Society.

The Summer Kick Off Classic Horse Show series was held at the Genesee County Fairgrounds, on Route 5 in Batavia. Exhibitors came from all over Western New York and as far as Auburn, Grand Island, Franklinville and Angola.

Attendance at the first show, held on Father’s Day, was good, but not as good as what would follow on the July 4th holiday weekend. Shows held on July 2nd and 3rd made for the first-ever two-day open horse show to be held at the fairgrounds. Ample parking, camper hookups and superb food service kept exhibitors and spectators happy, while excellent footing and roomy box stalls in a bright and airy barn kept the horses content.  

Generous show sponsors helped organizers provide fantastic prizes, including series end Grand Champion belt buckles. Vendors provided a great shopping experience during the show as well, with giftware, tack and grooming products available for purchase. A professional show photographer was on the grounds and did an excellent job capturing beautiful memories for exhibitors. 

Professional judges, unique prizes, and friendly office staff helped to make the series a success. Before the shows were even complete, local trainers and exhibitors were asking for more dates to be added to the calendar.

The Genesee County Agricultural Society members, all volunteers, have worked hard at upkeep and improvements at the grounds. Next year’s shows promise to be even better, with more upgrades to facilities in the works. If you didn’t join us this year, plan on adding a trip to the shows next year. And if you did join us this year, we’re glad you came and thank you for your support and sportsmanship -- you made the shows the grand success that they were! 

For more event highlights, to view the professional photos taken at the show, and to keep informed about future events, be sure to “like” Summer Kick Off Classic Horse Show” on Facebook and/or provide your contact information to [email protected].

Award Highlights:

Series Grand Champion Open:  Dona Scharping, Serenity Lonesome Cruz

Series Reserve Grand Champion Open:  Selah Lowery, Another Legacy


Series Grand Champion Open Walk-Jog/Trot:  Tammy Gavenda, LGF Just Too Ironic

Reserve:  Denise Willard, Lopin Loud & Lazy


Series Grand Champion Youth:  Emily Boldt, Zips Roan Ranger

Reserve:  Kailey Kalet, Inspired to Win


Series Grand Champion Youth Walk Jog/Trot:  Miranda Gallo, JDS Jackie B Smooth

Reserve:  Samuel Grimmelt, Too Easy to Zip


Champion English Horse:  Inspired to Win, Kailey Kalet

Champion Western Horse:  Serenity Lonesome Cruz, Dona Scharping

Super Horse:  JDS Jackie B Smooth

Sportsmanship Award:  Tim Jones, Two Eyed Te Catalina


Sweepstakes Winners:

Hunter Under Saddle:  Inspired to Win, Kailey Kalet

English Pleasure:   Mocha, Lizzie Storm

Walk-Trot English Pleasure:  Rosabelle, Charlotte Saraceni

Ranch Riding:  Gretas Red Jet, Emma Klaver

Western Pleasure:  Zips Roan Ranger, Emily Boldt

Trail:  Zips Roan Ranger, Emily Boldt

Walk Jog/Trot Trail:  Lopin Loud N Lazy, Denise Willard

Walk Jog Western Pleasure:  Gotta Be Him, Paige Klotzbach

Showmanship:  I Wanna Rock, Cassy Platko

July 13, 2016 - 11:02am

Alexander United Methodist Church is holding the "Kingdom Omega" Vacation Bible Camp for ages 5 to 11 on Saturday, July 23. It's free and runs from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. and a Royal Family Ice Cream Gala will be served afterward.

"A royally fun time awaits you!"

Cordially invited are little knights, princesses and young nobles to this place "where kids stand strong in the battle for Truth." The church is located at 10540 Main St. in Alexander. To find out more about this regal event, phone 591-1765.

July 12, 2016 - 2:09pm

Press release:

Genesee/Orleans Council on Alcoholism & Substance Abuse (GCASA) has teamed with Meaningful Trainings to offer the first, single-source professional education and skills development course of study for Recovery Coaches and Certified Recovery Peer Advocates (CRPA) in New York State.

Registrations for fall are now being accepted.

GCASA is a leader in community resource building for addiction education, prevention, treatment and recovery services throughout Western New York. The GCASA Recovery Learning Campus offers more than 95 NY Certification Board (NYCB), NY Certification Association (NYCA) and OASAS-approved education hours for the following credentialing requirements:

Certified Addiction Recovery Coach (CARC) – initial & renewal

Certified Recovery Peer Advocate (CRPA) – initial & renewal

CASAC -- renewal

CPP/CPS -- initial & renewal

“As the landscape shifts nationally, GCASA is committed to being a leader and Advocate throughout Western New York and the Eastern United States, for the elevation and utilization of recovery, recovery coaching and Recovery Oriented System of Care (ROSC), says John Bennett, executive director.

“This initiative addresses the need for an easily-accessible, consistent, self-paced, durable resource for organizations and individuals dedicated to the preservation of proven peer principles and practices, who seek to support pathways of recovery and wellness for those they serve.

“We have also finalized dates for the launch of our Recovery Leadership Collaborative, a unique opportunity for organizational leaders to develop much-needed infrastructure (supervisory, HR, etc.) and capacity (skills/tactics) to support peer Recovery Coaches/CRPAs, employees and volunteers. We’ve invited a variety of recovery thought leaders from around the country to come to Batavia share their experiences and practical advice in terms of ROSC development.

"At the same time, we’ll host Meaningful Trainings’ Effective Supervision for Recovery Coaches/CRPAs workshop, a three-day experiential learning opportunity. Our state leaders, rightly so, dedicate much time and energy to facilitating economic growth, yet as the number one health challenge facing each and every community across New York State, substance use and addiction work in direct opposition to these economic development efforts.

"Communities will only realize the opportunities of economic development if they are healthy. Therefore, it is GCASA’s goal to offer resources to any community seeking to nurture a recovery mindset and/or to create a fully functional Recovery Oriented System of Care.”

Beginning Aug. 4-5, and continuing throughout the year, the GCASA Recovery Learning Campus will offer the nationally recognized Connecticut Community for Addiction Recovery (CCAR) suite of workshops – Recovery Coach Academy, Spirituality, Ethical Considerations –  along with Meaningful Trainings Recovery Professional Series – MAT/MSR, Self-Care, Recovery Capital, Effective Communications & A(a)dvocacy – for Recovery Coaches & CRPAs.

Information on course listings, dates, times and fees can be found here.

Information on The Recovery Leadership Collaborative: Practical Perspectives - A National Discussion Supporting Recovery Coach/Peer Supervision can be found here.

July 11, 2016 - 8:06pm

Press release:

Batavia Police along with the Batavia Fire Department and the Batavia Lions Club are presenting a bicycle safety program to the City of Batavia Parks programs.

Each Wednesday during the summer the police and fire departments will be visiting a park in the City of Batavia where the Batavia Youth Bureau hosts children recreation programs. Remaining dates are: July 13, 20, 27 and Aug. 3.

Officers will instruct the children on the proper rules of the road for riding a bike and then supervise them through a simulated road course. The fire department inspects bikes and advises the children on the proper care of their bikes.

Along with training, helmets are offered to children who register their bikes or are in need of a helmet. The bike helmets are provided by a grant from the Batavia Lions Club as well as a NYS Grant received by the Batavia Fire Department. The Helmets were purchased by Adam Miller Toy and Bicycle, of Batavia, at a reduced rate. Adam Miller Toy and Bicycle has also donated its time to help fit children’s helmets for this program.

To find out times and specific parks and dates call the Batavia Youth Bureau at 345-6421.

July 11, 2016 - 7:56pm
posted by Billie Owens in sports, batavia, news, Announcements.

Press release:

A 2016 Summer Basketball Camp will be held July 18-22 in the Batavia High School Auxiliary Gym. 

It will be held from 9 a.m. to noon Monday-Friday.

The camp is open to boys and girls entering grades 3-8 in the fall. Cost of the camp is $65 and includes a camp T-shirt. Participants are asked to bring their own basketball every day and have their name on it.

The camp will feature Coach Jim Fazio, Batavia Jr. Blue Devil Youth Director, coaching intern Antwain Richardson, youth coaches, and current and former Blue Devil players.

Camp benefits: The camp will focus on the offensive fundamentals of the game including shooting, passing, dribbling, and ball handling, with a major emphasis on shooting. Sportsmanship, fair play, and safety will be emphasized all week. There will be daily contests with full and half court games.

Batavia City Schools are not responsible for injury that may happen during camp. Please enter and exit the high school in the front circle.

Make checks payable to: Batavia Boys Basketball Boosters.

Mail to: Jim Fazio 5190 Ellicott Street Road, Batavia, NY 14020.

Also, provide this information:

  • Name
  • Address
  • Town
  • Age
  • Grade entering in Fall
  • School
  • Phone #
  • Medical concerns
  • T-shirt size (Youth S-XL; Adult S-XL)
  • Parent/Guardian signature
July 7, 2016 - 9:47pm

Press release:

Batavia’s premier consumer-run human service and advocacy agency for people with disabilities, Independent Living of the Genesee Region (ILGR), is “art partnering for the disabled” with the University Heights Arts Association (UHAA), a group of artists in North Buffalo with a commitment to community that places art in businesses and nonprofits through an established Art Partnering program.

Having the stated purpose of showing that “art is for everyone irrespective of disability”, the groups’ “ARTiculations Ability Exhibitions promote the inclusion of artists and audiences with disabilities into the rich network of exhibitions offered throughout Western New York."

The program provides opportunities for artists with disabilities living in Genesee, Wyoming and Orleans counties to enter works for jurying (judging), which meet criteria such as medium, framing, size, wall-hanging hardware, etc. Those accepted will be displayed in ILGR’s office at 113 Main St., Suite 5, in Batavia, in quarterly solo and group exhibitions.

If they wish, artists can offer the works for sale at the end of the exhibition, and retain all proceeds, but they are not required to sell their works to participate. Neither of the sponsoring organizations will be charging the artists to enter.

Artists must email photographs of at least three different artworks to [email protected] to be considered; dates and times will be arranged for the accepted works to be dropped off, and then retrieved after the exhibition closes.

Artists will be welcome to participate in an annual reception at ILGR for all the ARTiculations Ability Exhibitions that have taken place that year. For more information, or to request a prospectus with the criteria and an entry form, call Donna at (585) 815-8501, ext. 411.

July 7, 2016 - 2:29pm
posted by Billie Owens in news, sports, Announcements, STOP-DWI.

From left, Bill Sheron, Genesee County undersheriff; Matt Landers, STOP-DWI coordinator; Jocelyn Sikorski, STOP-DWI board chair; and John Roche, owner of Adam Miller Toy and Bicycle.

(Submitted photo and press release.)

Come on down to the Batavia Muckdogs game and enjoy a safe summer night with us! STOP-DWI Night at the Ballpark is happening on Friday, July 15, gates opening at 6 p.m. The Batavia Muckdogs will play the Aberdeen Ironbirds.

NYS STOP-DWI, Genesee County STOP-DWI and the Genesee County Youth Bureau are sponsoring this evening. There are giveaways for the first 500 who enter the gate, and several interactive booths for families and children to visit including: Sheriff’s K-9 Officer, City Police, Le Roy Police, Probation and the STOP-DWI display.

A grand prize giveaway, a youth bike, sponsored by Adam Miller Toy and Bicycle, will be on display and a winning ticket drawn that evening. So join us for a great night at the ballpark and the Friday night fireworks!

July 6, 2016 - 3:14pm

Press release:

Independent Living of the Genesee Region (ILGR) is delighted to have played a role in replacing a portion of a residential roof whose leaks had caused heavy damage to the home’s kitchen, its furnishings, floor and electrical system, and created a mold problem.

The potential ultimate consequence could have been the collapse of that part of the home. Wishing to remain anonymous, both the husband, a military veteran, and his wife, who volunteers at ILGR, have disabilities that prevent their working, and left them without means to repair it themselves.

The couple had sought assistance from various programs, without being able to qualify for them. But ILGR staff connected them to the Community Impact Grant Program (CIGP) of the Home Depot Foundation, which helps improve existing homes or buildings, with the involvement of an IRS-registered tax-exempt public service organization, and with the actual work to be done by volunteers from the community.

Once they were approved in December, the Foundation provided a $2,000 gift card, which purchased materials for the highest priority repair, the roof, to stop the leaks and ongoing damage, and also some electrical wiring. The “sweat equity” was provided by relatives and friends of the family who had some skills in home building, and recently completed the roof work.

The family is looking into used cabinets and kitchen furnishings, and is saving up their limited funds for work on the next priorities, repairing the damaged floor and electrical system, and remediation of the mold. They are very grateful for the kindness of the Home Depot Foundation, the support of friends, and the initiative of the staff at ILGR, which enabled them to have a home that is becoming increasingly livable.

July 6, 2016 - 3:04pm
posted by Billie Owens in Taste of Stafford, Stafford, news, Announcements.
Press release:
The Stafford Historical Society will be holding its 12th Annual Taste of Stafford event from 5 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, July 14th, at Ilette Park, located at the corner of routes 5 and 237. 
This fundraiser benefits the Stafford Museum of History and the Stafford Historical Society.
Featured will be: the famous Red Osier roast beef sandwiches; pizza from Shell's Post; sundaes from Dave's Ice Cream; beverages, pies & desserts from organizations and churches.
Included will be the Dairy Princess Court and a Theme Basket Auction. Music will be supplied by Mark Time Marchers: A Brass Marching Band.
The Society is featuring the New Veterans Monument Project "For All Who Served." It is their desire to errect a monument in Ilette Park, honoring veterans from World War II to present. The museum will be open and we will have a display regarding the "Wars of the 20th Century."
Bring your own comfortable chairs. Parking is free.
July 6, 2016 - 2:07pm
posted by Billie Owens in 4-H, Genesee County Fair, agriculture, Announcements, news.

Press release:

Remember to visit 4-H at the fair! This year’s 4-H fair theme is “4-H Grows Here” and local 4-H’ers have been working hard all year to show the community what 4-H means to them. Check out the 4-H exhibits, club displays and animal shows at the Genesee County Fair July 12-16 at the Genesee County Fairgrounds, located at 5056 E. Main Street Road in Batavia.

Genesee County 4-H Schedule (dates and times subject to change):

Tuesday, July 12th

9 a.m.                     4-H Market Hog Show (Show Ring)

12 p.m.                   4-H Market Goat Show (Show Ring)

2:30 p.m.                4-H Market Lamb Show (Show Ring)

4 p.m.                     4-H Market Steer Show (Show Ring)

6:30 p.m.                Fair Parade – 4-H Theme: “4-H Grows Here”

Wednesday, July 13  

9 a.m.                      4-H Goat Show (Show Ring)

10 a.m.                    4-H Livestock Judging Contest (Show Ring)

1:30 p.m.                 4-H Breeding Sheep Show (Show Ring)

4:30 p.m.                 4-H Goat & Sheep Costume Contest (Show Ring)

4:30 p.m.                 4-H Cloverbud Activity (Kennedy Building)

6 p.m.                      4-H Hog Show (Show Ring)

6:30 p.m.                 4-H Rabbit Show (Merton Building)

6:30 p.m.                 4-H Poultry Show (Merton Building)

Thursday, July 14

9 a.m.                     4-H Dairy Cattle Show (Show Ring)

10 a.m.                   4-H Horse Show – English Classes (Horse Ring)

2 p.m.                     4-H Goat & Sheep Quiz Bowl (Merton Building)

5:30 p.m.                4-H Horse Hullabaloo Contest (Horse Ring)

5:30 - 7 p.m.           4-H Market Animal Auction Buyer’s Dinner (Kennedy Building)                       

7 p.m.                     4-H Market Animal Auction (Show Ring)

Friday, July 15

10 a.m.                   4-H Horse Show – Western Classes (Horse Ring)

11 a.m.                   4-H Beef Cattle Show (Show Ring)

12 p.m.                   4-H Livestock Skillathon (Location TBA)

1 p.m.                     4-H Sheep & Goat Obstacle Course Contest (Location TBA)

2 p.m.                     4-H Energy Bike Activity (Location TBA)

3 p.m.                     4-H Sheep Blocking and Trimming Contest (4-H Sheep Barn)

5:30 p.m.                4-H Tractor Driving Contest (Kennedy Building)

7 p.m.                     4-H Energy Bike Activity (Location TBA)

Saturday, July 16

10 a.m.                   4-H Horse Show – Gymkhana & Games Classes (Horse Ring)

12 p.m.                   High Tech S’mores with 4-H Biofuel Stove Activity (Location TBA)

2 p.m.                     4-H Fair Tour hosted by the Cloverbud Club, for youth ages 4 - 9

2 - 4 p.m.                4-H Vegetable Art Contest (Kennedy Building)

2:30 p.m.                4-H Rabbit Knowledge Contest (Merton Building)

4 p.m.                     4-H Market Program Master Showman Contest (Show Ring)

5 p.m.                     4-H Livestock Master Showman Contest (Show Ring)

The complete 2016 Genesee County Fair Schedule is available online at:

June 30, 2016 - 4:05pm
posted by Billie Owens in Announcements, news, genesee county youth court.

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 & 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 website , where you will find a link on the Youth Bureau page. Applications are due by Aug. 19. 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 Elliott at the Genesee County Youth Bureau, 344-3960.

June 30, 2016 - 3:23pm
posted by Billie Owens in Le Roy, news, photography, Announcements.

Press release:

In celebration of its 200th anniversary next year, St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, 1 E. Main St., Le Roy, is sponsoring a Photo Contest open to all ages.

Considered the most photographed building in Genesee County, St. Mark’s has a beautiful natural setting above Oatka Creek with architecture in the English Gothic style.

The sanctuary of St. Mark’s Church will be open to photographers for interior photos from 9 to 10:30 a.m. and again from 3 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, July 16, during Le Roy’s Oatka Festival.

The sanctuary will again be open to photographers from 1 to 3 p.m. on on Saturday, Dec. 17, when the church will be decorated for Christmas.

Photographers may enter up to two photos of the interior or exterior of the church. Photos may be black and white or color, may be digitally enhanced and must be received in an 11 x 14” frame, ready to hang. The photographer’s name must only appear on the back of the frame.

Photo entries will be received at 58 on Main, Le Roy, from Jan. 2 through Jan. 7.

A wine and cheese reception will open the show of photographs at 58 on Main at 7 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 31. Photographs will be on display at 58 on Main until Saturday, Feb. 4, and then will move to the Woodward Memorial Library in Le Roy from Feb. 6th through March 31st. At both locations, people will have a chance to vote on their favorite photograph.

The show of photographs will be on display in St. Mark’s during the month of April.

Prizes will be awarded in two categories. The Judges’ Prize will be selected by a panel of three judges, and a winner will receive a $50 gift certificate to Rowe Photo and a 16 x 20” custom print by 58 on Main. The Peoples’ Choice Award will be chosen by ballots available at 58 on Main and the Woodward Memorial Library, and the winning photo will be used on commemorative ornaments to be sold by St. Mark’s during the anniversary year. The winner will receive a $50 gift certificate to D&R Depot restaurant along with three ornaments.

Complete contest rules will be posted on St. Mark’s website at

Information and complete details about the contest will be available at, at the Oatka Festival, and in the church.

June 28, 2016 - 12:47pm

Athletes Edge Summer Baseball Camp will be held July 11-14 for children ages 5 to 12 at the Batavia Little League Complex near Dwyer Stadium. The address of the complex is 299 Bank St.

This camp will be assisted by Batavia High School Varsity Baseball players.

Cost is $90 per camper. Registration deadline is July 7. Each camper will receive a camp T-shirt.

Age groups are:

  • Group 1: 5- and 6-year-olds
  • Group 2: 7- to 9-year-olds
  • Group 3: 10- to 12-year-olds

Times are 9 a.m. to noon every day.

Mail payment with a piece of paper containing the player's name, age, address, and phone number, along with T-shirt size to:

Athletes Edge Summer Baseball Camp

8487 Violet Lane

Batavia NY 14020


Contact is Ben Buchholz via email  [email protected]

or call his mobile phone at (716) 982-8259.

June 27, 2016 - 5:47pm

Press release:

This summer join the Genesee County Master Gardeners for our monthly garden series, “Garden Talk." Taught by Master Gardeners, programs will be held once month, during the “lunch hour” from 12:15 to 12:45 p.m. Bring your lunch to the CCE office (420 E. Main St., Batavia) and join us to learn more about gardening.

This series is free and open to the public. Registration is not required.

On July 12 we’ll have a demonstration on how to propagate some of your perennials and annuals from cuttings. We’ll also give you some tips on rejuvenating your summer annual baskets. If you are looking for an easy and inexpensive way to create more plants for your garden, come to this program.

Aug. 2 will be a demonstration on using flowers from your garden to make beautiful arrangements. Learn the basics of flower arranging so you can do it yourself.

Sept. 6 will be a follow up to our May herb program. You have been growing herbs all summer, but what can you do with them now? We’ll give you some ideas of things you can use your herbs for.

Need a Garden Talk schedule? Contact Brandie at 585-343-3040, ext. 101. Future topics and other Master Gardener events will be posted on the Cornell Cooperative Extension of Genesee County website at and also on our Facebook page at

June 27, 2016 - 5:41pm

Press release:

Attention all golfers! The Batavia Blue Devils Football program will hold its 4th Annual Golf Tournament on Saturday, July 23rd, at the Batavia Country Club. Alumni are encouraged, but anyone who likes to golf can get a foursome!

The cost is $80 per golfer and it includes 18 holes of golf, cart, lunch, dinner, beverages, goodie bag and T-shirt.

Tournament registration time is between 7 a.m. and 7:30 a.m., with a shotgun start at 8 a.m.

Those interested can send their team members' names, T-shirt sizes, and money to:

Blue Devils Touchdown Club
306 South Jackson St.
Batavia, NY 14020

Checks made payable to: Blue Devils Touchdown Club.

You just be 21+ to play. Registration deadline is July 8th.

Any further questions you can call or text 585-409-5557.

June 25, 2016 - 3:28pm
posted by Billie Owens in Announcements, sports, news, taste @ the track, Batavia Downs.

Press release:

Batavia Downs Gaming’s second annual “Taste @ the Track” will take place from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday, June 26th on the inner track at Batavia Downs Gaming and Racetrack. This outdoor food festival highlights local restaurants, breweries and wineries in Western New York.

“We had great success before the rains came last year,” said Ryan Hasenauer, director of Marketing of Batavia Downs Gaming. “We had over 200 people in just two hours with everyone knowing rain was in the forecast. With beautiful weather expected on Sunday we’re looking forward to putting on our event again to showcase local eateries, wineries and breweries.”

Area restaurants include: 34 Rush, Big Pauly’s Pizza, Center Street Smokehouse, Indian Falls Log Cabin, 58 Main Smokin’ BBQ (of Brockport), Yancey’s Fancy Cheese, Batavia’s Original, Schwab Farm Market, and NY Chips will all have food. For those 21+, beer and wine while sampling will be offered, courtesy of Heron Hill Winery, Southern Wine, Casa Larga, Black Button Distillery and CH Wright. (Note: Most wineries accept cash only.)

Kids' activities include a bounce house (all day), face painting, cartoon/caricature drawings, balloon art and other family friendly activities. There will also be sno-cones, Jason the Juggler (11 to 1), Pringles the Clown (12 to 2), and Mr. Scribbles (2 to 4).

Admission and parking are free. There will also be live music throughout the afternoon from the Coupe De Villes (11 to 2) and Up2Somethin’ (2 to 5).

For more information go to:

June 24, 2016 - 12:35pm

The Genesee County AmeriCorps Program, in collaboration with the Genesee County and Batavia Youth bureaus, is planning the annual Safe Summer Children’s Carnival.

It is open to the public and will take place on Thursday, July 28, from 10:15 a.m. until 2 p.m. at Falleti Ice Arena, 22 Evans St., in Batavia. One dollar buys a ticket to play 10 games, and children can win “funny money” to redeem for prizes.

Entertainment by “Charlie and Checkers” is scheduled from 10:15-11 a.m. and the games will run from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. with a 30-minute lunch break. Folks from the community should plan to bring a bagged lunch or plan to leave for lunch.

There will also be several community agency booths. There will be a grand prize which consists of two Darien Lake Theme Park Admission Tickets that can be won by visiting the booths.

For more information on the carnival please contact, Cara at the Genesee County Youth Bureau at 344-3960.

June 22, 2016 - 2:22pm
posted by Billie Owens in elba, Announcements, charity.

There will be a spaghetti dinner cancer benefit Lisa Anne (Bostwick) Manes on Saturday, June 25, at Elba Fire Hall.

It is from 1 to 9 p.m. and costs $10 with dinner, or $5 admission without dinner. Dinner will be served from 1 to 4 p.m.

From 6 to 9 p.m. there will be live music by Audibull.

Beer on tap.

There will be a Chinese auction and 50/50 drawing. MUST BE PRESENT TO WIN.

Pre-sale tickets available/donations accepted by calling Lori at 813-1938 or Peggy at 300-9114.

The fire hall is located 7143 Oak Orchard Road, Route 98.

June 22, 2016 - 2:06pm

The Batavia Blue Devils Youth Football Camp will be held from 9 to 11:30 a.m. on Monday and Tuesday, July 18 and 19, behind Batavia High School, located at 260 State St. in Batavia.

The camp is for children entering grade two through grade eight. All school districts are welcome.

It is hosted by Head Coach Brennan Briggs and the Batavia High School football coaching staff. Plus current BHS football players and members of the two-time Section V Championship teams will speak to, and work with, the campers.

Cost is $40. Deadline to register is July 8.

Bring shorts, T-shirt, cleats, and a bottle of water.

Campers will get a T-shirt and pizza after Tuesday's camp.

The camp will feature offensive and defensive position work.

There will be speed challenges; flag football games at the end of each day.

What they'll work on (All drills will be modified for age group):

Quarterbacks -- Hand placement, 3-step, 5-step, footwork drills, throwing mechanics, ball handling drills;

Wide Receivers -- Stance, start, footwork drills, hand drills, route running;

Running Backs -- Stance, start, footwork drills, run blocking, pass blocking;

Offensive Line -- Stance, start, run blocking drills, pass blocking drills;

Linebackers -- Stance, start, footwork drills, tackling form drills, run stopping, pass defending;

Defensive Backs -- Stance, start, footwork drills, man coverage, zone coverage, pass defending;

Defensive Line -- Stance, start, 1 v. 1 drills, speed and quickness off the ball.

Make checks ($40) payable to:

Blue Devils Touchdown Club, 306 S. Jackson St., Batavia, NY 14020

Mail check with a piece of paper that includes:

  • Name of camper
  • Grade the camper will enter this fall
  • Emergency contact and phone number
  • Offensive Position
  • Defensive Position
  • T-shirt size
June 22, 2016 - 1:16pm

Champions, from left: Justin Klein, Jon Klein, Jim Klein and Matt Wood.

Family of David Millis, of Batavia.

Submitted photos and press release:

Batavia -- The family of David Millis hosted their 10th annual David R. Millis Memorial Golf Tournament at Batavia Country Club on June 5. This year the tournament raised more than $12,500, bringing the 10-year grand total to more than $125,000.

The money was again donated to the Knights-Kaderli Memorial Fund, which is a nonprofit charitable organization dedicated to assisting local families with their fight against cancer. The money is used to assist with prescriptions, medical insurance, nutritional supplements, hospital beds and many other needs.

The Millis family would like to thank major sponsors: Vanguard Charitable and Wes and Caron Gregory; hole-in-one contest sponsor Don Davis Chevrolet, Buick, GMC in Albion; lunch sponsor Koester Associates; beverage sponsor OakWood Financial Services; golf cart sponsor Jim and Susie Fraser; men’s closest to the pin sponsor the Gehret family; women’s closest to the pin sponsor the family of Sue Kaderli; longest and shortest drive sponsor Penny Haley; straightest drive sponsor Theda Millis; putting green sponsors Adeline Millis; Linda and Ken Haley; Paula and Tory Brooks; hole sponsors, golfers, dinner guests, volunteers and raffle prize donors who helped make this tournament another great success. 

This year the tournament had 136 golfers and 186 dinner guests.  Jim Klein, Justin Klein, Jon Klein and Matt Wood won this year’s tournament. Golfers and dinner guests had a chance to find purple golf balls hidden throughout the golf course and banquet hall to help raise pancreatic cancer awareness, which Dave passed away from. Anyone who found a golf ball throughout the day won a prize.

 “I am so pleased with the golf tournament again this year," says David’s wife, Joan Millis. "I am so proud of my family, they do a wonderful job making sure everything runs smoothly and everyone had a nice time. I’m happy the proceeds will again go to the Knights Kaderli Memorial Fund. We are very happy it helps people who live locally.

"I would also like to thank everyone who sponsored, people and businesses who contributed raffle prizes, volunteers, golfers, dinner guests and all of our friends and family who have always been there for us.  I know Dave is so proud of his family as I am."

Next year’s tournament will be held on Sunday June 4th.

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