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November 16, 2009 - 4:23pm
posted by Billie Owens in Announcements.

Tomorrow is National Memory Screening Day. The Alzheimer’s Foundation of American (AFA) and Assemblyman Steve Hawley encourage all seniors in the City of Batavia and the surrounding region to have a memory screening.

The free screening will available from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Nov. 17 at the Kmart Pharmacy, located at 8363 Lewiston Roadin Batavia.

"Memory loss is one of the first signs of the onset of Alzheimer’s and it is imperative we do everything in our power to protect seniors from this devastating disorder,” Hawley said in a press release.

At the screening, qualified healthcare professionals will offer confidential memory screenings and information about Alzheimer’s disease, along with information regarding local resources for healthy aging.

Approximately 4.5 million Americans currently suffer from Alzheimer’s disease or related illness and it is estimated that the number will triple to more than 16 million by mid-century. The greatest risk factor for memory loss and Alzheimer’s is age, with this risk doubling every five years after the age of 65.

As part of this year’s awareness campaign, AFA also hosted commemorative candle lighting ceremonies nationwide on Nov. 15. For more information about any other memory loss questions, please visit or call 866-AFA-8484.


November 16, 2009 - 10:36am
posted by Leela Chadbourne in Announcements, elba, fundraiser, Cub Scouts, Care-A-Van Ministries.


Who: Elba Cub Scout Pack 17
What: Nickel City Reptile and Exotic Show
Where: Elba Fireman’s Rec Hall on Rte 98 in Elba
When: November 18th, 7 pm sharp
Please join Elba’s Cub Scout Pack 17 for an evening of family “fun”draising and laughs.  Come, bring a donation of a non-perishable food item and sit back, laugh and enjoy the entertainment of Jeff Musial and Nickel City Reptiles and Exotics. The show will be held at Elba Fireman’s Recreation Hall on Rte 98 in Elba on Wednesday November 18th at 7pm sharp. Doors will open to the public for seating at 6:45 and refreshments will be served following the show.  All food donations will be combined with our local Scouting For Food collection and will help provide assistance to local families this holiday season through the help of Car-A-Van Ministries. We will also be selling tickets for a 50/50 raffle with proceeds going to Car-A-Van Ministries.
November 15, 2009 - 12:13pm
Event Date and Time: 
December 14, 2009 - 6:00pm to December 15, 2009 - 6:00pm

The Genesee Center for the Arts at Genesee Community College is holding open auditions for two musicals, scheduled for the spring of 2010.

Auditions for "Chicago" and children's theater "Anansi the Spider and the Middle Passage" are scheduled at 6 p.m. for Monday, Dec. 14 and Tuesday, Dec. 15 in the Stuart Steiner Theatre at the Batavia Campus. These auditions are open to the public and all ages and types of actors are welcome.

November 15, 2009 - 12:03pm
posted by Billie Owens in Announcements, events.
Event Date and Time: 
November 22, 2009 -
2:00pm to 4:30pm

There will be a fundraiser for the McMahon School of Irish Dance from 2 to 4:30 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 22 at St. Joseph School, located at 2 Summit Drive in Batavia.

Teams and solo competitors from the dance school will provide entertainment. Come out and support the dancers in their effort to raise money to compete in the Regional Championships in Philadelphia over Thanksgiving.

November 13, 2009 - 5:53pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, Announcements, The Manor House.
Event Date and Time: 
November 15, 2009 -
1:00pm to 4:00pm

BATAVIA , NY -- With expansion finally complete, The Manor House Senior Community is ready to show off its new apartments.  Anybody interested can tour the apartments and amenities Sunday from 1 to 4 p.m. Personal tours are available, and suite reservations will be accepted. For more information, call (585) 344-2345.

The Manor House is located at 427 E. Main St, Batavia, NY.

November 12, 2009 - 9:35am
posted by Pam McCarthy in Announcements, food drive.

This Saturday, November 14th the Alexander Pack 650 Cub Scout group will be having their annual Round Up for Food Drive. The non-perishable food will be collected, sorted and taken to a local food pantry to hand out to needy families. If you would like to donate items you may by:
1.        If a door hanger was left on your door you may put the items in a bag and place them outside of the door where the hanger was left. Please put the food out by 9am so the scout may pick it up.

2.        If you did not receive a hanger and would like to donate you may bring the item to the Alexander Elementary School Cafeteria from 9:30am till 11am.

3.        You may also call 716-560-1659 and a local scout with his parent will pick them up at your house. If there is no answer please, leave a message and someone will get back to you.

This round up is for the Alexander District but other local scouts may also be doing a food drive. Contact your local Cub Scout pack for details on their drive. 

THANK YOU in advance for helping your community and the scouts working towards their requirements and extra badges.

November 10, 2009 - 7:38pm
posted by Billie Owens in Announcements, events.
Event Date and Time: 
November 11, 2009 -
4:00pm to 7:30pm

Genesee Cancer Assistance will benefit from a big spaghetti dinner from 4 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 11.

The charitable fundraiser will be at the Holy Name of Mary Church hall, located at 8656 Church St. in East Pembroke.

Cost is $8 for adults and $4 for children 5 to 12. Takeouts are available.

For tickets call, 343-5553, or just show up and pay at the door.

It's sponsored by Francesco Rinaldi, Tops Market in Batavia and the Batavia Downs Casino.

November 6, 2009 - 7:55pm
posted by Walter Wojkowsk in Announcements.
'Believing in God's Promises' is the title of this week's message by Pastor Charlie Piscitello of the Batavia Christian Fellowship.  Worship services followed by  friendly fellowship and light refreshments will be offered at the YWCA, 301 North Street, at 11:00 AM Sunday, November 8th, and all are welcome to join us. 
You and your family and friends are also cordially invited to join Batavia Christian Fellowship and Heart of Christ Fellowship in a Thanksgiving Celebration on Sunday, November 22, 2009 at the YWCA, 301 North Street here in Batavia. Thanksgiving Praise and Worship will begin at 10:30 AM with a Thanksgiving meal to follow. This event is FREE and open to the public!  All we ask is that you reserve your meal by calling Pastor Charlie at 343-7623 NO LATER than November 15th.  We look forward to counting your presence with us among our many blessings!


November 5, 2009 - 7:30pm
posted by Billie Owens in Announcements, YMCA, UMMC, The Jerome Foundation, Ricky Palermo.

Ricky Palermo has spent nearly 30 years working tirelessly to help find a cure for spinal-cord injuries.

On Dec. 4, UMMC and the Jerome Foundation will recognize his efforts when he is given the 25th Annual Health and Humanitarian Award at a luncheon at Terry Hills Restaurant in Batavia.

Both foundations are honoring Palermo for three decades as a national research participant, and for his regional advocacy and local fundraising on behalf of curing spinal-cord injuries.

Wes Audsley, CEO of Genesee/Wyoming counties' YMCAs, cited Palermo's tireless efforts to find a cure for spinal-cord injuries when choosing him as a nominee. Palermo was injured 28 years ago in an accident which left him paralyzed from mid-chest down.

"This humble man has contacts and influence in all corners of our community, based solely on the content of his character and the sincerity of his work. Everyone takes Ricky's call, everyone contributes to Ricky's cause, and everyone feels better for the experience of knowing and working with Ricky," said Audsley in a press release.

The Miami Project is the world's most comprehensive spinal-cord injury research center and is based at the University of Miami's Miller School of Medicine. It was the inspiration for Palermo's drive to raise funds and awareness for those with spinal-cord injuries.

In 1997, Palermo and his family started the Ricky Palermo Foundation. Since then, it has raised $500,000 in support of the Miami Project, United Memorial Medical Center and the Genesee/Wyoming counties' YMCAs.

Palermo is a member of the Board of Directors of the Genesee County YMCA, where he has developed an exercise program for those with spinal-cord injuries. His foundation offers free rehabilitative exercise opportunities for people suffering from paralysis, regardless of the level of injury. It also offers counseling and hope, says Audsley. The program is funded by contributions to Palermo's foundation.

The Health and Humanitarian Luncheon is open to the public. Reservations can be made by contacting the United Memorial Medical Center Foundation at 344-5301. Seating will be limited so early reservations are recommended.

November 3, 2009 - 10:54pm


The perenially popular fairy tale of "Cinderella" comes to life beginning 7:30 p.m. Thursday, the opening of the 61st annual Rotary Club of Batavia Musical.

The Rodgers and Hammerstein classic will also be performed Friday and Saturday night at 7:30 and there's a matinee at 2 on Sunday, Nov. 8.

The production is directed by Patrick D. Burk and takes place in the Batavia High School Auditorium, located at 260 State St., in the City of Batavia.

Tickets are $16, available online at <bataviarotary dot com> or at Hawley & Associates Insurance Center, 260 State St. in downtown Batavia, Lawley Genesee in Jefferson Square, or at the door.

More than 40 friends, students, associates, neighbors, citizens, Americans and so forth have put countless hours and great effort into bringing the community this enchanting story. Ditto dozens more in the orchestra and production crew.

It's very much a family show and little ones are welcome -- encouraged -- to come dressed in a befitting costume.

This stage performance of "Cinderella" is one-hour-45-minutes long and has a happy ending, but there's soooo much to keep you entertained until then!

"Once upon a time there was a young maiden named Cinderella, who lived with her wicked stepmother and two wicked stepsisters..."

You are cordially invited to come reimagine the magic, timeless tale of romance-against-the-odds. And invite someone you care about.

Both photos were taken during rehearsals and provided by the Batavia Rotary Club.


October 27, 2009 - 10:21pm
posted by Billie Owens in batavia, Announcements, Ellicott Street.

There's going to be an open house from 2:30 to 4:30 and again at 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 28 to discuss the pavement rehab project planned for Route 63/Ellicott Street. It takes place on the second floor of Batavia City Hall, located at One Batavia City Center.

Representatives from the state Department of Transportation will provide the following information about the project, which spans from Ellicott and Main streets to Cedar Street:

  • Pavement repairs, milling and asphalt resurfacing, new pavement markings
  • Re-striping lanes from the four now there, down to three
  • Expanding parking on both sides of the street
  • Construction work planned for summer 2010
  • Traffic maintenance on Ellicott during construction operations using daily lane closures
  • Having both nighttime and daytime construction

For questions or comments, call Dan Farrelly at (585) 272-4875 or e-mail him at

Here's the official project description:

October 27, 2009 - 7:58am
posted by Bea McManis in Announcements.

400 Towers' Election Day Baked Good Sale

The vote is in, the best bakers live at 400 Towers.  The popular Election Day Baked Goods Sale is back by popular demand.

Where:  400 Towers' Lobby

When:   Tuesday, Nov. 3

Time:     6am - 9pm

Also, check out the Residents' Craft and Gently Used Sale in the 400 Towers' Community Room.

The 400 Towers' Baked Good Sale and Residents' Craft and Gently Used Sale sponsored by the 400 Towers' Residents' Council.



October 26, 2009 - 7:33pm

The Genesee County Sheriff supports a proposed state constitutional amendment to permit inmates to work for nonprofit agencies.

Sheriff Gary Maha is asking voters to approve this as well come November.

According to the Sheriff's press release today, it was never intended that the state Constitution prevent a Sheriff from assigning inmates to a work crew at a nonprofit agency or organization. The current law prohibits the practice when an inmate is "contracted, given or sold" and dates back to at least 1898. It was probably intended to prohibit the sale of inmate labor to contractors or private parties.

Nowadays, the Sheriff's Office typically assigns inmates to work at cemeteries, libraries, service organizations, parks, playgrounds and other locations operated by nonprofits. The inmates aren't paid and are always supervised.

Current provisions in state law do not prevent inmates from working for the state or other municipality. Therefore, most people thought that inmates who volunteered for work detail could also work for nonprofits. The labor is considered part of their rehabilitation program, not a form of required or compensated labor.

But a few years ago, the state Commission of Correction -- the agency which oversees all correctional facilities in New York -- began questioning the practice of inmate labor for nonprofits and suggested that the state Constitution be clarified in this regard.

So the state Legislature passed a bill to allow county jail inmates to work for charitable organizations. Having passed the Legislature in 2007 and 2009, this issue will be on the November ballot for voter consideration.

Sheriff Maha is asking voters to approve the proposed New York constitutional amendment permitting inmates to work for nonprofits.

October 26, 2009 - 6:52pm
posted by Billie Owens in Announcements, events.
Event Date and Time: 
November 4, 2009 -
9:00am to 11:00am

Assemblyman Steve Hawley (R, I, C – Batavia) is again partnering with State Senator Michael Ranzenhofer and Congressman Christopher J. Lee to hold a community meeting to better assist Western New York residents.

The next one is set for 9 to 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 4 in the legislative conference room at the Old Courthouse on Main Street in the City of 
. All members of the public are invited and encouraged to attend.

The meeting will include representatives from the elected officials' offices.

October 26, 2009 - 11:12am
posted by Catherine Carlsen in Announcements.

Christmas Open House

Friday November 6th 10am ~ 6pm

Saturday November 7th 10am ~ 5pm

Sunday November 8th 10 am ~ 4pm

Vera Bradley, Crabtree & Evelyn, Byers' Carolers, Lang,Caldrea, McCall's Candles, Willow Tree Angels, After the Harvest Woolies, Toland Flags, Hillhouse Naturals, Homespice Decor, and much more! 


Bring this ad in during the Christmas Open House and receive 10% off any one item.
October 26, 2009 - 12:39am
posted by Robin Walters in Announcements, elba.









October 25, 2009 - 2:59pm
posted by Billie Owens in Announcements, Genesee Community College, education.

Press release:

Businesses throughout the GLOW region have a new outlet for safety training for their employees thanks to the innovative efforts of The BEST Center at Genesee Community College.

The BEST Center was recently awarded nearly $100,000 from SUNY's Workforce Development Grants to implement various safety training courses and seminars into their collection of course offerings. The grant allows The BEST Center to provide an all-new opportunity for safety awareness to companies of all sizes throughout the GLOW (Genesee, Livingston, Orleans and Wyoming) region.

Several local companies have already committed to enrolling their employees in various safety courses over the next year. More than 1,600 participants have been confirmed, earning over 700 hours in training classes. The grant funding is dedicated to the development and delivery of a wide range of safety programs, and to offset the enrollment cost of the courses.

The nearly 40 different courses are being offered both at The Best Center locations, as well as on-site at area businesses. The safety courses are OSHA approved and include many topics such as: general industries outreach, NFPA70E electrical training, material handling, construction industry standards, emergency response and many others. For a comprehensive list please go to:

"There has been a gap in our region for safety training," Lina LaMattina, director of Business Skills Training at The BEST Center said. "External safety consultants can be very costly. With this grant, we are offering local businesses safety training at a very reasonable cost and we can bring it right to the workplace."

Genesee Community College's BEST (Business and Employee Skills Training) Center is a local provider of business consulting, community training and workshops for companies of all sizes and in all industries. The BEST Center offers a variety of tailored programs on-location at businesses across the GLOW region, or at any of Genesee Community College's seven campus locations (Albion, Arcade, Batavia, Dansville, Lima, Medina and Warsaw).

For further information on The BEST Center, please contact Lina LaMattina, director, at 343-0055 ext. 6299 or visit the BEST Center online at


October 22, 2009 - 11:16pm
posted by Billie Owens in Announcements, UMMC.

United Memorial Medical Center has recruited Dr. Nina Strollo to its staff. She will join UMMC next August following the completion of her Residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Buffalo where she serves as the Administrative Chief Resident.

In 2002, Dr. Strollo graduated, cum laude, from SUNY Binghamton with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Human Development with a minor in Biological Sciences. She  completed her Medical Doctorate at the SUNY Upstate Medical University in Syracuse in 2006. She is a 1998 graduate of Batavia High School and Batavia native who currently resides in Clarence.

Dr. Strollo is affiliated with the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology and the American Medical Association. Her interests are in gynecologic surgery with a focus in laparoscopy.

“I look forward to serving my community and bringing my medical training back home to Genesee County,” Dr. Strollo said in a press release.

United Memorial is a 131-bed not-for-profit community hospital with nearly 750 employees. It's the largest private employer in Genesee County and serves a region of 90,000 residents.

Last year, United Memorial cared for over 5,000 inpatients, 22,000 Emergency Room
visitors and 500 newborns. In addition to acute care services, UMMC operates
four primary care centers in Batavia, Le Roy, Byron and on the Tonawanda
Seneca Nation. Plus, it provides occupational medicine services and outpatient
diagnostic imaging and laboratory services in Batavia, Le Roy and Pembroke.

October 22, 2009 - 11:10am
posted by Beth Stich in Announcements.
Event Date and Time: 
November 14, 2009 -
9:00am to 3:00pm

Come to the 7th Annual World Wide Christmas Fair on Saturday, Nov. 14th from 9am-3pm at the First Presbyterian Church, 300 E. Main St. Batavia. Free Admission. Build a Better World - Shop with Purpose. Support fair trade, not-for-profit and service organizations by purchasing high quality gifts from local, regional and international vendors. Lunch, snacks and coffee available.


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