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October 20, 2009 - 4:29pm
posted by Billie Owens in Announcements, Operation Paperback.

Military troops serving overseas continue to spend some of their free time reading paperback books sent to them by people in Genesee County.

Thanks to the efforts of the local community and Genesee Community College's Student Activities staff, Operation Paperback -- the used book drive at Genesee -- has had more than 5,000 books donated. That amounted to 200 boxes' worth.

Operation Paperback is part of a national intitiative which collects gently used paperback books and sends them to American troops deployed overseas. Since 1999, Americans have shipped over 950,000 books to locations around the globe.

Volunteer groups to provide Operation Paperback with addresses of military groups overseas. Every week they receives thanks from troops who are glad to be appreciated and remembered.

The local Books for Troops initiative was originally the idea of Genesee student Tom Maniace, who used it as a required project for his Resident Assistant position at College Village. The response from the college and the local community was so overwhelming, that the Student Activities staff stepped in and lent a hand in sorting, packaging and sending out the boxes paperbacks.

Cliff Scutella, director of Student Activities at Genesee said: "The community was just so responsive. It was really a wonderful and heartwarming experience. People embraced this project and were enthusiastic about it. I had no idea the extent of generosity this community has."

The book drive took an immense amount of logistical planning. There were many steps required to ensure the boxes of books reached the hands of the troops. They needed to be sorted according to genre, labeled with an Operation Paperback label and a letter was inserted in each box. From there, the efforts of the mail room at Genesee and the local Post Office were appreciated since 20 boxes were mailed at a time.

Genesee is taking up another book drive this academic year. It will be offered in conjunction with Genesee's Fifth Annual Eco-Fest on April 17. Community members will be able to bring in their used paperback books during a one day drop-off at Eco-Fest. Scutella noted that Books for Troops is a perfect fit for Eco-Fest.

"Community members now have an outlet for donating their used books. It will go hand-in-hand with the other recycling initiatives available at Eco-Fest, such as the E-Scrap drive and the sneaker recycling program," Scutella said.

For more information, visit <> .

For further information, please contact Student Activities at 585-343-0055 x6261.

October 20, 2009 - 3:57pm
posted by Billie Owens in Announcements, Genesee Community College.

Ronald Jacobs, director of the Respiratory Care Program at Genesee Community College, accepted a proclamation for National Respiratory Care Week at the Genesee County Legislature meeting Oct.14.

National Respiratory Care week is Oct. 25-31.

It celebrates the work and accomplishments of the over 135,000 respiratory therapists nationwide. There are over 6,500 licensed respiratory therapists and technicians in New York. It is also used to bring more awareness of COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease), its causes and treatment.

A few years ago, Congress established a bipartisan COPD Caucus. COPD is the fourth leading cause of death due to chronic illness in the country. It is anticipated that it will become the third leading cause of death within the next 10 years, making it the only chronic disease where the mortality rate is increasing, not decreasing.

GCC began its Respiratory Care Program in 1995 and it is fully accredited by CoARC, the Committee for Accreditation of Respiratory Care. The program occupies its own floor of the Batavia Campus and has a state-of-the-art laboratory modeled after a hospital room, with piped in oxygen and compressed air. The equipment is up-to-date, with educational grants and donations continuing to bring in modern equipment.

Genesee students also have access to over 20 different clinical sites, acquiring almost 900 hours of clinical experience during their education, assuring a comprehensive clinical education in the field.

October 20, 2009 - 3:46pm
posted by Steve Hawley in Announcements, steve hawley.

Letter to the Editor from Assemblyman Steve Hawley (R,I,C-Batavia):

I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of those who
participated or were involved in making our recent trip to Washington,
D.C. a great success. More than 150 local veterans and their family
members joined me for “Patriot Trip II,” which was made possible
through the tremendous support we received from Western New York
veterans, local businesses, staff and volunteers.

Our local veterans groups were especially helpful in encouraging World
War II, Vietnam War, and Korean War veterans to attend. The 7th
District VFW, W.J. Gallagher Veterans Club, Butts-Clark Post 204
American Legion, Orleans Veterans Club, VFW Lincoln Post 1483, and the
Batavia American Legion all played a key role.

Without the generous contributions of local businesses the trip would
not have able to occur. Dunkin Doughnuts, Kirby Farms, Tops Market,
Oliver’s Candies, Tim Horton’s, as well as OTB and Batavia Downs all
donated significant resources.

The trip was coordinated through the efforts of my staff as well as
local volunteers. Eileen Banker, Laura Manley and Rachael Millspaugh
from my office, worked alongside selfless volunteers like Dale Banker,
Adam Tabelski, Jim Freas, Sharon White, Dick DeCarlo, Gregg Torrey
and Dennis Kirby.

The Crossroads Hotel on the Quantico Marine Base provided generous
accommodations for our group, while our Trailways’ bus drivers – Mike,
Del, and Steve – cheerfully escorted us to memorials and monuments.
In addition, Rikki Cason from the Medina Journal Register and Dan
Fisher from WBTA 1490 offered our tour tremendous press coverage.
Finally, our Congressman, Chris Lee, helped plan the trip and granted
us an invaluable tour of the Capitol Building.

Because of everyone’s efforts, the trip was a tremendous success and
we are all looking forward to next year’s “Patriot Trip III.”

Steve Hawley
Batavia, NY

October 19, 2009 - 3:39pm
Event Date and Time: 
November 14, 2009 -
7:00pm to 9:00pm

The Volunteers for Animals of Batavia will hold the 7th annual Fur Ball beginning at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 14 at the Holiday Inn.

It is located at 8250 Park Road in Batavia.

The public is invited to attend and enjoy desserts and refreshments with friends.

There will be oodles of fun, including a Chinese auction, door prizes, raffles, including a 50/50 and special ones to win a cat tree and a wireless "invisible" fence.

October 19, 2009 - 3:17pm
posted by Billie Owens in Announcements, events, st. joseph school.
Event Date and Time: 
November 14, 2009 - 6:00pm to November 15, 2009 - 12:00am

The annual Popcorn Ball to benefit St. Joseph School is being overseen by Jill Kratz. The Nov. 14 event will celebrate the school's Golden Anniversary -- 50 years of excellence in education.

The selection of Kratz was not happenstance for this momentous occassion. It was made in no small part because of her roots in the community.

She is the granddaughter of the original Popcorn Ball organizers -- Anthony and Teresa Peca.

October 18, 2009 - 11:11am
posted by tonette stone in Announcements.

We had a great time face painting at the Haunted hayride in LeRoy at Pully's Market on the 16 and 17th from 7:30 pm to 10:00 pm    

We hope to see you next weekend on Friday or Saturday.  October 23 and 24

We changed our facepainting choices each night.    Choose anyone of the days choices for $1.00 each.     Check us out before or after your hayride.    Come on in to the store and check out the corn kernel sand box........what a great way to celebrate the harvest season.


Party Leader


October 18, 2009 - 11:00am
posted by tonette stone in Announcements.
Event Date and Time: 
October 23, 2009 - 7:30pm to October 24, 2009 - 10:30pm
October 17, 2009 - 10:15pm
posted by Susan Kennelly in batavia, Announcements, Halloween, Ghost Walk.

Historic Batavia Cemetery Ghost Walk, Candlelight Tour

I volunteered at the ghost walk tonight and it was a great time.  There is going to be another one next Saturday Oct, 24th at 7:00 pm. It's located on Harvester Ave.  Tickets are $10. in advance or $15. at the gate.  It's really worth checking out.  Great fun for the whole family.

October 16, 2009 - 3:17pm
posted by Ronald Burroughs in Announcements.


Just a friendly reminder that Genesee County Habitat for Humanity's ReStore will open for the first time Saturday, 10-17-09 from 8AM-1PM. Come, shop, and be surprised at what we have. We will also be accepting (tax deductable) new or good condition used articals to be donated to the store. For information, e-mail   [email protected]  or visit our web page   or call 585-345-1656.

October 15, 2009 - 5:04pm

Notre Dame High School will play host to the 2009 Meet the Candidates Night on Wednesday, Oct. 28, sponsored by the City of Batavia Democratic Committee.

It will be an informal night of discussion and an opportunity to get to know the candidates who are running for County Legislature and City Council. It will begin at 7 p.m. in the Cafeteria at Notre Dame School, located at 73 Union St. in Batavia.

“This a wonderful opportunity for the candidates to meet one-on-one with their neighbors and constituents concerning local issues," said City Democratic Chairman Patrick Burk in a press release. “It allows for dialogue and sharing.” 

The event will include coffee and refreshments and all city residents are invited to attend. 

City Council-at-Large Candidates Sara Burk-Balbi, Phil Ricci and Julie Wallace will be available along with Rose Mary Christian, Chris Charvella and Ed DeJaneiro, the County Legisilature candidates who represent the City of Batavia.

“We hope neighbors and friends and all city residents do stop in and let us know their ideas and concerns,” Burk said. “It is an open forum and everyone is invited to attend. It is our hope that our representatives on City Council and County Legislature will continue to look into and discuss issues as they are brought forward. Communication is the key.”

October 15, 2009 - 4:52pm
posted by Billie Owens in Announcements, Oakfield, Alabama.

As part of his ongoing constituent outreach events, Assemblyman Steve Hawley
(R, I, C - Batavia) invites you to join him at a series of Town Hall meetings on Saturday, Oct. 24 throughout Genesee County.

"Serving as your state representative is one of the most rewarding experiences of my life and I am proud and honored to serve you," Hawley said in a press release.

"In order to ensure your voice is heard in Albany, I am hosting this series of Town Hall meetings and I hope you will come to share your thoughts and concerns with me."

Town of Alabama -- 10 a.m.
Alabama Town Hall
2218 Judge Road

Village of Oakfield -- 11:30 a.m.
Oakfield Village Hall
37 Main St.

Village of Bergen -- 2 p.m.
The Tulley Building
11 N. Lake Ave.

For more information regarding this series of Town Hall meetings or for more information on future meetings, please call Hawley's district office at (585) 589-5780.

October 13, 2009 - 9:56am

This program is supported by the NYS Office of Children and Family Services through the Genesee County Youth Bureau There are many ways in which individuals can become more active in their community, and one of the most satisfying ways is to find an organization you care about and volunteer your time.  Genesee County CASA for Children is a non-profit organization that advocates for abused and neglected children in our community.  By becoming a volunteer advocate, you would be giving a child a powerful voice during what can be daunting court proceedings in Family Court. 

A CASA advocate monitors court orders, maintains a relationship with the child or children invovled, makes reports and reccomendations to the court about safe, permanent placement of the child or chidlren, attends court proceedings, and gathers all case information to be reported back the the family court.

On average, after training, an advocate spends between 8 and 10 hours a month on their assigned case.  It has been shown that chidlren who have a CASA are more likely to be in safe, permanent homes, and have better opportunities for success later in life.  If you think CASA might be the organization that you would fit into, please don't hesitate.  Their are hundreds of children right here in Genesee County that are in need of a CASA.

Please contact Tara Pariso at (585) 344-2550 x 2331 or [email protected] for more information and application.

This program is supported by the NYS Office of Children and Family Services through the Genesee County Youth Bureau



October 10, 2009 - 3:25pm
posted by Billie Owens in Announcements, GCC.

Local artist Victor Corey brings his talents to Genesee Community College's Lobby Art Gallery with "Watercolor Landscapes." The exhibit will run Oct. 15 through Dec. 1 and feature large-scale watercolor paintings that capture nature and the outdoors in beautiful detail. 

An artist's reception is scheduled from 1 to 2 p.m. when the exhibit opens next Thursday.

Corey is a Batavia native and has worked in the arts his entire life. He previously worked as a technical illustrator and has taken up painting as a hobby over the last few years. His exhibit in the Lobby Art Gallery is his first public showing and will consist of approximately 16 pieces.

His works depict landscapes, various sportsmen-themed panoramas, including fishing and hunting, as well as travel-themed pieces from his travels throughout Germany.

"We're pleased to have Victor's inaugural showing at the Lobby Art Gallery," said Heather Jones, instructor of Fine Arts. "Genesee Community College is a wonderful outlet for our community members to showcase their creative talents. Whether it's a first-time exhibitor, or a seasoned artist, Genesee welcomes an assortment of exhibitors to the gallery."

The Watercolor Landscapes Exhibit is free and open to the public. The Lobby Art Gallery is housed inside the Stuart Steiner Theatre at the Batavia Campus and is open during normal academic hours.

For further information, please contact instructor Jones at 585-343-0055 x6448, or at [email protected].

October 10, 2009 - 3:17pm
posted by Billie Owens in Announcements.

Milton the guide-dog will be among the presenters at this year’s St. Joseph School Career Day on Oct. 16.

Milton is a guide dog for Dorothy Bodekor, who will help relate his perspective as a working animal to the students.

From his puppyhood at the “Guiding Eyes for the Blind” facility, to his time spent with his puppy-raisers, to his return to the Guiding Eyes facility for intense guide-training, Milton’s focus has been on becoming the eyes for a visually impaired master.
He is Bodekor’s third guide dog. She will explain to students how Milton serves as her guide as well as very close companion.
Other presenters at Career Day will include: a dentist, a cancer researcher, a commissioner of jurors, a photojournalist, a firefighter, and a professional soccer team coach/manager.
For more information or to schedule a visit to the school please contact Principal Karen Green at 343-6154.

October 10, 2009 - 10:38am
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, Announcements, business, downtown, House of K.

One of Batavia's real entrepreneurial success stories -- House of K -- is five years old today.

Owner Kamilla Kabel is celebrating the special anniversary with door prizes, special discounts and tasty seasonal treats.

Kabel said her business started as a dream to bring Danish fashion to Western New York. The successful downtown business brings in customers from all over the region, including Buffalo and Rochester.

The store is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. today for its anniversary.

October 9, 2009 - 9:30am
posted by Billie Owens in Announcements, religion, Anglican Community Church.

bishop_bena.jpgIt's been a good year for the Anglican Community Church in Batavia. Several months ago, the congregation was accepted as a member of the Convocation of Anglicans of North America (CANA), and to top it off, this month the church is hosting a VIP.

That would be Bishop David Bena.

The local Anglican church was established in 2004 and since then, its goal has been to become a member of CANA. And so sanctioned, it now has oversight by bishops, much to the Anglicans' delight.

"After being in sort of limbo, to become members of CANA, it is a great joy to have Bishop Bena come so far to meet us," said parishioner Onolee Grower. "It is a strong visible sign of our inclusion into a wonderful church. Knowing there is a real person --  not just a name at some distant place -- to turn to for guidance and help is a real comfort."

Parishioner Terrey Lee agrees that Bena's visit marks a milestone.

"It is a great pleasure as well as a great honor to have his presence known in our church," Lee said. "This visit marks, for us, an inclusion into a large family of Anglicans across North America.

October 8, 2009 - 9:58pm

Kiwanis Club of Batavia's 51st Annual Pancake Days

Saturday - October 24, 2009

First Presbyterian Church Service Building

Corner of Main Street & Liberty Street, Batavia

Adult-$5.00-Child(10 & under)$3.00-Senior Citizen(62 & over)$3.00

 Hot pancakes, sausage, all the trimmings, fresh cider, giveaways, music, a great sit down fully served hot breakfast at a great price...

To purchase tickets or for more informaton contact Anita at 585-813-5371 or see a Batavia Kiwanian!

See you there...

October 8, 2009 - 2:41pm
posted by Billie Owens in Announcements, wildlife, Genesee County parks.

The public is invited to participate in the second Nature Photography Contest sponsored by ACORNS. It's one way of encouraging visitors to enjoy Genesee County parks.

The contest invites photography enthusiasts, from now until March 31, to enter by submitting their photos which must be taken at either the Genesee County Park and Forest or the DeWitt Recreation Area.

Images may show animal behavior, portraits of wildlife in natural habitat, plant life, natural landscapes, weather or people interacting with nature.

Photos can be entered by completing the entry form at:

You may also obtain the contest rules and entry form or more information by contacting Julia Garver at (585) 343-8514 or [email protected].

The photos will be judged on creativity, photographic technique and originality. Winning entries will be exhibited at the Nature Center in the Genesee County Park and Forest and may be published in various other printed materials and on the ACORNS web site.

Winners will be announced in April 2010. Additional information about the
contest is posted on:

ACORNS (Association for Conservation of Recreational and Natural Spaces,
Inc.) is a 501(c)(3) organization to serve and support parks owned and managed by Genesee County. Its mission is to serve the public by fostering environmental
education, recreational opportunities and responsible environmental stewardship.

October 8, 2009 - 2:11pm
posted by Billie Owens in Announcements, events.
Event Date and Time: 
October 10, 2009 -
10:00am to 11:00am

The book discussion group for youngsters called Woolly BookWorms will hold its first meeting of the season at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 10., in the Children's Room at Richmond Memorial Library.

It is located at 19 Ross St. in Batavia.

Woolly BookWorms is for third- through fifth-graders and their favorite adult.

On Saturday, the group will discuss its book selection of the month "Sarah, Plain and Tall," by Patricia MacLachlan.


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