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May 18, 2009 - 1:20pm
posted by Billie Owens in batavia, Announcements.

Hawley Drive will be closed from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily from May 26 through May 28 for road repairs. The closure will be between Bank Street Rd and Genesee Community College.

There will be no access to GCC from the west during these time periods. GCC
will still be accessible from Batavia-Stafford Townline Road via Route 33 (Clinton Street).

Crews will be digging ditches and replacing culverts. The culvert replacements are in advance of repaving work to be done later this summer with Federal Stimulus Aid.

May 18, 2009 - 1:12pm
posted by Billie Owens in Announcements, byron.

Kathryn Mucica, 17, is one of 36 students nationwide selected to attend this year's Seidenberg Summer Scholars Program in Manhatten. It is offered by Pace University, with all expenses paid except transporation to and from the city.

Kathryn is a junior at Byron-Bergen High School and she also takes four college courses at Genesee Community College.

She was selected for Seidenberg in part because of her academic profile. She scored 31 on the ACT college admission and placement exam. A score of 36 is the highest possible and the national averege of test-takers last year was 21.

The three dozen summer scholars will be put into teams and will do a project about renewable energy. They will visit Microsoft and IBM, Chinatown, Broadway, Central Park, and other places of interest.

May 18, 2009 - 12:47pm
posted by Billie Owens in batavia, Announcements.

The Batavia High School Class of 1989 is seeking alumni for its 20-year reunion scheduled for July 31-Aug. 1.
Below is a list of classmates that the reunion committee is searching for. If you know how to reach any of these individuals, please email  [email protected] <[email protected]>  or call Kelly Rapone at 343-7440 ext. 23. 
The reunion information is posted online at <>. Tickets can also be purchased on that site.  

  • Richard Baker
  • Thomas Balicki
  • Annette Bogue
  • Thomas Brenkus
  • Dawn Burch
  • Dawn Cipra
  • Sue Ellen Comeau
  • Tammy DiSalvo
  • Christopher Earll
  • Keith Emminger
  • Judy Ford
  • Leo Geitner
  • Steven Green
  • Ester Jackson
  • Tim Jackson
  • Meredith Kenney
  • Diane Kortykowski
  • John LaFanara
  • Kimberly Lane
  • Doug Lewis
  • Linda Lyons
  • Jamie Marciniak
  • Tracy Marvin
  • Angela Moats
  • Chad Mureness
  • Lisa Murphy
  • Thomas Pillo
  • David Pitz
  • Kim Porter
  • Paul Remsen
  • Heather Ross
  • Ann Royce
  • Amy Rzeznik
  • Shannon Sanders
  • Ethel Sison
  • Stacey Stiles
  • Sheri Stumpf
  • Charmagne Swanz
  • Regina Toal
  • Regina Townsend
  • Scott Voorhees
  • Jolene Wenzel
  • Amy Wilson


May 15, 2009 - 11:41am
posted by Billie Owens in Announcements.

The Genesee County Health Department has some solid advice on how to reduce the population of pesky mosquitos, the bane of summer outdoor fun.

Not only are they annoying, they can cause serious illness, including the deadly West Nile Virus. There are a whopping 70 species of mosquitos in New York. But only females bite, to draw food -- your blood, your dog's blood, etc. or plant juices -- in order to nourish their eggs.

The health departments recommends that you:

  • Eliminate standing water from your property. After water sits for four days, it can become a breeding ground for mosquitoes.
  • Be aware that weeds, tall grass and shrubs are habitats for adult mosquitos, so cut down weeds and properly maintain greenery.
  • Screen windows and doors.
  • Keep rain gutters clear.
  • Cover trash cans.
May 15, 2009 - 10:45am
posted by Billie Owens in Announcements.

ruth_andes_1.jpgGenesee Community College's 41st graduating class will be recognized at a Commencement ceremony at 1 p.m. Sunday, May 17.

The Commencement will also be cablecast live on the Time-Warner Educational Access channel (Ch.15 in Genesee County).

The college's first commencement was held in 1968. The Class of 2009 brings the number of GCC grads to 20,000.

Several outstanding scholars will be recognized, including Jennifer Bryant (Batavia), Danielle Collins (Pavilion) and Kathryn Scarborough (South Alabama).

The keynote speaker is Ruth Andes, PhD, Genesee's professor of sociology and assistant dean of assessment and special projects. She has been a member of the faculty since 1970 and plans to retire next month. Andes is the most-honored SUNY award recipient at GCC and it is believed she has earned more SUNY-wide academic honors than any faculty member in the state's entire 64-college system.

The college is located at 1 College Road in Batavia.

May 14, 2009 - 3:30pm
posted by Amy Vlack in Announcements, elba, Memorial Day, flags.

The Elba Historical Society will be retiring old/worn American flags at the Society's museum on Maple Avenue in Elba on Monday, May 25, 2009 from 11:00 a.m. to noon.  If you have old/worn American flags that need to be properly and respectfully disposed of please bring them to the museum at that time.  If you are unable to get to the museum and would like to have your flag(s) picked up please call Ron @757-2590.  The flag retiring ceremony will be performed by Elba Boy Scout Troop 17. 

May 14, 2009 - 12:17pm
posted by Billie Owens in Announcements.

This week in Albany, Assemblyman Steve Hawley (R, I, C - Batavia) and
members of the State Assembly jointly observed "Disabilities Awareness Day."
It honors individuals living with disabilities and helps inform legislators about related issues.
Hawley announced that one Genesee County resident earned the Excelsior Award for Excellence.
"This year's Excelsior Awards nominees are all outstanding individuals who, despite their
disabilities, have helped make their communities better places and I am very
proud to honor them," Hawley said.
The Excelsior Award for Excellence honors the extraordinary achievements and public service of those who have overcome physical disabilities and other personal challenges.  The nominees will be presented their awards at a ceremony hosted by Assemblyman Hawley in the district within the next few weeks.
The Genesee County honoree is Erik Goodrich, nominated by the Genesee County ARC.
Goodrich is a participant of "Prep for Life," a community-based college program which teaches life and vocational skills to adults with disabilities. The goal is to prepare them to live in a less-structured environment and to get meaningful employment.
With newfound confidence, Goodrich has taken on the challenge of public speaking, including engagements at the National Day of Caring and with special-education classrooms and developmental-disabilities programs.
He has been an active member of TEAM (Together Empowered Advocates Meet),
a youth-leadership project sponsored by Genesee ARC, through which he helped
beautify a local park for an Earth Day project.
Goodrich is also an active member of many community organizations, including the Kiwanis's Aktion Club, YMCA Challenger Sports Program, Genesee County Animal Shelter, the Richmond Memorial Library, the Genesee County Nursing Home and the Austin Park Concession Stand. He rings bells for the Salvation Army at Christmas time, too.

May 14, 2009 - 11:20am
posted by Billie Owens in Announcements.

Seven members of Genesee Community College's faculty and staff have been honored with the prestigious State University of New York Chancellor's Award for Excellence, the Board of Trustees learned Monday evening.

The awards recognize extraordinary accomplishment and service to the State University of New York. Chancellor's Awards bestowed on current and former Genesee Community College faculty and staff now numbers 94.

Recognized this year:

  • Maryanne C. Arena, Batavia, Director of Fine and Performing Arts, SUNY Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Professional Service
  • Marilyn C. Dickinson, Batavia, Academic Assistant to Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs, first-ever SUNY Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Classified Service
  • Cindy Francis, Batavia, Collection Development Librarian, SUNY Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Librarianship
  • Barry J. Garigen, LeRoy, Professor of Criminal Justice, SUNY Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Faculty Service
  • Kathy L. Palumbo, Corfu, Director of the Nursing Program, SUNY Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching
  • Barbara A. Shine, Corfu, Assistant Professor of Business, SUNY Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Scholarship and Creative Activities
  • Roberta L. Taggart, Batavia, Assistant Professor of Human Services, SUNY Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching

Four of the seven awardees are graduates of Genesee Community College: Marilyn Dickinson (1970), Cindy Francis (1976), Barry Garigen (1973), and Barbara Shine (1970).


May 12, 2009 - 6:50pm
posted by Steve Hawley in Announcements, veterans, steve hawley, veterans affairs.

As Ranking Member of the Assembly Veterans’ Affairs Committee, Assemblyman Steve Hawley (R, I, C – Batavia) today joined with State Division of Veterans’ Affairs Director Colonel James McDonough and members of the bipartisan New York State Armed Forces Legislative Caucus to discuss legislative and outreach efforts to increase services for veterans across the state.

“There are very few individuals that have sacrificed and given more to ensure our protection, both our liberties and freedoms as well as our physical protection, than the courageous men and women who have served or are currently serving in our Armed Forces.  It is vital that we return the favor; whether it be in terms of health or mental health care, surviving dependents benefits, or honoring their legacy, we must make our veterans a priority,” said the Assemblyman, who served seven years in the United States Army Reserves and Army National Guard.

Hawley has been an ardent advocate for veterans in the State Assembly and has helped to move meaningful legislation, including measures which honor the contribution of those who served in the Cold War Era, support disabled veteran-owned businesses, and creating and extending a Veterans Property Tax Exemption to include Korean War and War on Terror veterans.  This year, Hawley is sponsoring a dozen pieces of legislation aimed specifically at improving the quality of life for veterans and their loved ones, and ensuring better services.  Hawley’s legislation includes measures that would: 

  • Provide Scholarships for surviving dependent family members of New York State military personnel who have died while performing official military duties (A.4005);
  • Authorize the State of New York Mortgage Agency to purchase veterans’ assisted forward commitment mortgages from banks within the state (A.4083);
  • Create a list of suitable documentation that can be used by veterans applying for real property exemptions (A.4008);
  • Create a Veteran’s Home and Land Ownership Loan Program (A.4081);
  • Assist service-related disabled veterans under the Affordable Home Ownership Development Program (A.4080);
  • Exempt compensation for active military service from inclusion in a resident’s adjusted gross income (A.4006); 
  • Establish the Patriot Family Support Fund and provide an income tax return check-off box therefore (A.4007); 
  • Provide a tax credit in the amount of certain fees charged in connection with loans under the Federal Home Loan Guarantee Program to National Guard and Reserve veterans (A.4009);
  • Create a wage tax credit for employers who employ New York National Guard men and women, reservists, volunteer firefighters and EMS personnel (A.4010);
  • Prohibit the increase of an employer’s rate of contribution to the unemployment insurance fund due to the deployment of an employee into active service in the National Guard of Armed Forces Reserves (A.4011); and
  • Provide that the issue of military deployment shall not be considered as a factor in the awarding of custody in marital actions where a suitable child care plan is provided (A.4079).

Additionally, Assemblyman Hawley is announcing his annual veterans’ trip to Washington D.C.  This year’s trip will take place from September 10, 2009 to September 13, 2009.  Veterans and other interested parties should contact the Assemblyman’s district office, at 585-589-5780, for more details or to RSVP.

May 12, 2009 - 4:24pm
posted by Billie Owens in batavia, Announcements.

The City of Batavia Police Department is providing free firearm safety kits to local residents while supplies last.

The department in partnership with national Project SafeChild will distribute 1,000 kits, which include a gun lock.

The police headquarters is located at 10 W. Main St. and hours are 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.

"We encourage residents to pick up a Project SafeChild safety kit so that they can securely store their firearm," said Chief Randy Baker in a press release. "Each kit contains a safety curriculum and a cable-style gun lock.

"The lock fits on most types of handguns, rifles and shotguns. The goal is to prevent a child or any other unauthorized person from accessing a firearm in your home."

May 12, 2009 - 4:00pm
posted by Billie Owens in Announcements, events.
Event Date and Time: 
July 9, 2009 -
5:00pm to 9:00pm

The Stafford Historical Society's annual Taste of Stafford will be held from 5 to 9 p.m. on Thursday, July 9 in Illette Park.

Bring your lawn chair and enjoy music, food and good company.

This year, the event focuses on people in 1929. There was more going on that year than the crash of the U.S. economy and the start of the Great Depression. The historical society would like residents to share their memories and family histories -- those school house days, the smell of homemade food cooking, dad working the fields, hitching up a horse for the first time, etc.

May 12, 2009 - 3:46pm
posted by Billie Owens in Announcements.

If parents or grandparents who love the outdoors want to get a long-lasting gift for youngsters, the town clerk in Stafford has an idea.

Why not get them a lifetime state hunting/fishing license, especially since prices are likely to rise come fall?

A lifetime hunting/fishing license costs $300 for children up to 4 years old. It will go to $380 in the fall. Children 5 to 11 get can the license now for $420. In fall, the prise will rise to $420.

May 12, 2009 - 3:02pm
posted by Billie Owens in Announcements.

The Batavia Area Jaycees celebrated their 75th anniversary on May 9.

In the early days, they were known as the Batavia Junior Chamber of Commerce and meetings were held at the former Hotel Richmond on Main Street.

Current and past members will be involved in several “Diamond Anniversary” events over the next 12 months to commemorate this special achievement. Past members are encouraged to contact the current membership to find out about what's planned.T

The Jaycees have spearheaded numerous community-service projects with positive impact on Batavia and the surrounding area.

The Batavia Area Jaycees hall is located at 56 Harvester Ave. in Batavia. The phone number is 343-5775 and the e-mail address is [email protected].

May 12, 2009 - 2:11pm
posted by Billie Owens in Announcements, sports.

The New York-Penn League and the Batavia Muckdogs are proud to announce a new scholarship program sponsored by the NY-Penn League Charitable Foundation. It will award a $2,500 scholarship to three deserving individuals (one from each of the league’s three divisions). 
The scholarship is based on financial need, academic performance and other criteria. Applicants must have a minimum GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale, and also be engaged in extracurricular activities. The applicant should be involved in community service and be able to provide references. The student must include a copy of his or her transcript and a letter of acceptance from the institution they plan to attend.

Applications must be completed and returned to their hometown/local NY-Penn League Club by July 15. Their hometown/local club will choose one application to submit to the NY-Penn League Charitable Foundation selection committee.

Students eligible for this award must be graduating seniors from a public or private high school. Scholarship awards must be applied towards any 2- to 4-year college or university, vocational or technical education institution or program.   
Anyone interested in applying for the scholarship can download the application online at or pick up/fill out an application in person at Dwyer Stadium, 299 Bank Street, Batavia, NY 14020. Phone is 343-5454.

May 12, 2009 - 2:01pm
posted by Billie Owens in Announcements.

Ten local 4-H’ers participated in the annual 4-H Fashion Revue held May 2 at Northgate Free Methodist Church South Campus in Batavia.

Senior members representing Genesee County at State Fair are Molly Long, Laura Lichtenthal, and Jennifer Lichtenthal. Senior members representing Genesee County at the District Fashion Revue at the Chauttauqua Institute are Catherine McAllister, Laurie Scarborough and Sarah Scarborough. Junior members were Melissa Keller, Isabelle Bliss, Reilly Clark and Hannah Scarborough.

Benjamin Kauppi provided the piano music and Andrew Lichtenthal was the models' escort. Taylor Patterson conducted the floral-design workshop. Jean Lichthenthal assisted in the commentary writing, modeling workshop and served as emcee. Judges were Julia Garver, Marcia Palmer, Jennie Starowitz and Sandy Snyder. Members of the Family and Consumer Science Advisory Committee provided refreshments.

Props for the event were provided by Lowe’s Home Improvement in Batavia.

May 12, 2009 - 1:54pm
posted by Billie Owens in Announcements.

Tickets to Darien Lake and Resort are now available for adults at the Genesee County Chamber of Commerce, located at 210 E. Main St. in Batavia. Price for chamber members is $23.00. Non-members pay $24.

Children's tickets are not available at the chamber but can be purchesed at the gate for $19.99. Small childrens' tickets are priced by height but the children must be under 48 inches (4 ft.) tall.

Adult tickets can be purchased at the chamber from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, but not weekends.

May 12, 2009 - 1:35pm
posted by Billie Owens in Announcements.

Sunday Aug. 2 is when this year's Crossroads House Charity Ride takes place. It benefits the comfort home for the dying in Batavia.

The ride will be held in memory of Dennis Bateman, who was South Byron Assistant Fire Chief and Red Knight Member. Stan's Harley-Davidson, Inc., is the sponsoring dealership.

The self-guided ride begins at Stan's, located at 4425 W. Saile Drive in Batavia. It's off Route 98 just north of the Thruway. The ride ends at the South Byron Fire Department at 7389 Route 237 in South Byron.

Registration is from 10 a.m. to noon. Cost is $15 for bike without a passenger, or $20 with a passenger. There will be food, beverages, door prizes and entertainment.

Call 343-9598 or 727-3917 for more information.

May 12, 2009 - 12:58pm

Holland Land Office MuseumThe Holland Land Office Museum is proud to announce the line up for the 2009 Summer Program. The program, for children 7 to 13 years old, consists of sixteen different sessions based on local history. The program is sponsored by The Bank of Castile and the Kiwanis Club of Batavia.

Registration is now open and available on the Museum’s website at or a flyer is available by calling the Museum at (585) 343-4727. The class will fill up fast, so sign your child up today!

May 12, 2009 - 12:51pm
posted by Billie Owens in Announcements.

Press release:

Summertime art programs for youth at GCC

Genesee Community College and Genesee Center for the Arts in Batavia are offering the 4th annual Performing Arts Experience at Genesee and a new program called Summer Studio Fine Arts Workshop.

The three-week Performing Arts Experience is for children and young adults ages 8-16, and runs from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. July 6-25 (Monday through Friday). The program concludes with two live performances of the musical "You're A Good Man, Charlie Brown," featuring all the participants on stage or behind the scenes in the state-of-the-art Stuart Steiner Theatre.

This program introduces the fundamentals of theater in an engaging way for children and young adults fascinated by the stage and live performance. Highlights include acting, dance, voice, movement, scene study and audition techniques, in addition to the opportunity to work behind the scenes in set construction, lighting and stage crew.

Light snacks and refreshment will be provided, though participants provide their own lunch. Additional child care services will be available each day from 9 to 10 a.m. and at the end of each session from 3 to 4 p.m.. Cost is $250. Early registration in encouraged since the program is limited to 50 participants. The deadline for registration is Saturday, June 6. For more information on attending the workshop, or to have a registration form mailed to you, contact the Genesee Center for the Arts office at (585) 343-0055 x6438, or contact [email protected].

The new Summer Studio Fine Arts Workshop is a one-week program scheduled 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Aug. 3-7. Children ages 9-14 will explore Genesee Community College's ceramics and painting studios and unleash their creative potential. College fine art faculty members, Moi Dugan and Margaret VanArsdale, are offering a dynamic experience that will spark the creativity and engage personal exploration of the visual arts. All art supplies and materials will be provided, along with a light snack. Lunches may be brought from home or purchased in the college cafeteria. Cost is $150. A limited number of openings are available and early registration is encouraged by the June 6 deadline. Call 585-343-0055 x 6287 or email [email protected] for information and a registration form.

May 12, 2009 - 12:49pm
posted by Patrick Weissend in Announcements, sports, children, Kiwanis, bowling.

kiovalsm.jpgBatavia Kiwanis is rolling together a bowling fundraising event to benefit Golisano Children’s Hospital at the University of Rochester Medical Center (URMC). The first annual event, called the No-Tap Fun Tournament, will begin at 12 p.m. Saturday, May 23 at Mancuso’s Bowling Center at 214 East Main St. in Batavia. The tournament has a no-tap rule, which means if a bowler gets nine pins down, it counts as a strike.

“Many people in Batavia don’t realize how much of an impact Golisano has on local families here,” said Patrick Weissend, the chair of the first annual No-Tap Fun Tournament and member of the Batavia Kiwanis Club. "In 2008, the hospital served more than 1,600 children from Genesee County," continued Weissend.

Patients at Golisano Children’s Hospital at URMC come from as many as 63 New York counties seeking specialty care in a range of areas. All seriously ill or injured children from the 17-county Finger Lakes region are referred to Golisano Children’s Hospital.

Last year’s Miracle Kid Anders Swanson was from Batavia. Anders had a rare, aggressive brain tumor near the center of his brain. Doctors at Golisano Children’s Hospital at URMC tended to and treated Anders and in mid-September 2007, Anders was declared cancer-free. He is still being monitored closely, but Anders is undoubtedly a miracle, and his care is a testament to how valuable Golisano Children’s Hospital is to kids in the Batavia community, explained Weissend, a close friend to the Swansons.

The tournament is $20 per bowler or $90 per team. Those not interested in bowling are welcome to sponsor a lane for $25. To reserve a spot as an individual or for a team, request a form by e-mailing [email protected] or calling (585) 993-1634 or (585) 343-4727.






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