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December 9, 2009 - 1:42pm
posted by Billie Owens in batavia, Announcements, events, veterans.
Event Date and Time: 
December 9, 2009 -
5:30pm to 6:30pm

UPDATE: (1:37 p.m.): Festival of Lights is cancelled due to bad weather.

Beginning at 5:30 p.m. today, veterans will be treated to the 4th annual Festival of Lights. It takes place at the veterans' center at 222 Richmond Ave. in Batavia.

They will be wheeled through the hoilday displays located by the patio and gazebo area. The public is welcome to attend and share some Christmas spirit with the vets.

December 9, 2009 - 12:52pm
posted by Billie Owens in batavia, Announcements, theater, Genesee Community College.

The Theatre Association of New York State (TANYS) has again asked Genesee Community College to host the annual TANYS Festival.

It's an indication that Genesee's Theatre Arts program is on the rise among higher education programs across the state.

At last month's TANYS festival, Genesee's production of "For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide / When the Rainbow is Enuf" by Ntozake Shange, took top honors.

The performance was awarded in four categories:

  • "Excellence in Acting to the Ladies of Color for their Ensemble Work" to Anjelica Sistrunk, Lady in Brown; Faith Horne, Lady in Green; Crystal Ray, Lady in Orange; Samara Brown, Lady in Blue; Nikole Marone, Lady in Red; and Nikkia A. Travis, Lady in Yellow;
  • The "Excellence in Choreography" went to Madia Cooper;
  • "Excellence in Acting" went to Nikole Marone for her portrayal of the Lady in Red;
  • "For Colored Girls" also received the highest honor, "Best Long Play of 2009," a remarkable achievement for Genesee's Theatre Arts program.

"I began working on 'For Colored Girls' in the spring, and was finally able to recruit the right ensemble," said Maryanne Arena, director of Fine and Performing Arts at Genesee. "This performance showcases the importance of ensemble work and the wealth of talent that is cultivated from Genesee's Theatre program."

This was the second year Genesee Center for the Arts hosted the TANYS event. By all accounts, the college provided a top-notch production crew for the weekend-long event, using theater students led by Technical Theatre Program Director Ed Hallborg.

Throughout the weekend, the crew was consistently praised for their ability and professionalism. The students involved were stage managers: Jessica Francis and Amelia Favata; lighting designers, Adam Wilbur and Sara Leonard; sound designer, Joe Catalano; and the run crew, comprised of Alex Farley, Jamie Hicks and Tyler Eldred.

In previous years, Genesee's Forum Players have also been recommended for the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival (ACTF). The ACTF is a national theater program involving 18,000 college and university students. It has helped improve  the quality of U.S. college theater. The Forum Players will not be competing this year in ACTF due to funding limitations and because they were featured in the TANYS festival.

Genesee students have appeared on Broadway, auditioned and gone on to conservatory training, and are working professionally on stage, movies and television. Graduates have also attended the prestigious American Musical and Dramatic Academy in New York City. Genesee students who have transferred and graduated from other four-year institutions have been featured in films, started theater companies, served as artistic directors, interned for regional equity theatres, designed costumes for college and equity theaters, and taught acting at professional theaters to elementary and high school students.

The Genesee Center for the Arts is another reason students choose to hone their artistic talents here. It's a modern facility with a 328-seat theater, rehearsal studio, dressing rooms, full scene shop, a well-equipped costume shop, and state-of-the-art sound and lighting studio.

Award-wining faculty help Genesee's Theatre Arts program shine among other programs. Maryanne Arena, director of Fine and Performing Arts, was a professional actor, singer, dancer, choreographer, and director before turning to a full-time teaching career. She holds an MFA in Acting/Theatre and has toured the United States with several professional theater companies. She recently received the 2009 SUNY Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Professional Service.

To discover all the opportunities in Genesee's Fine and Performing Arts programs visit . <

December 9, 2009 - 12:09pm
posted by Billie Owens in batavia, Announcements, fire department.

fd10k.gifThe City of Batavia Fire Department, along with Liberty Mutual Insurance, wants you to be fire smart. Liberty Mutual is giving away $10,000 grants to fire departments that display a commitment to fire safety. A total of 10 grants will be awarded.

By simply going to and completing a 10-question fire safety quiz, you will credit our fire department and increase our chances of receiving one of the grants to be used for fire prevention in our community. The site has a section for children as well and gives parents a fun way to teach fire safety to the whole family.

The results will be announced later this month so complete the quiz today, credit the City of Batavia Fire Department, be fire smart, and help us help you.

December 9, 2009 - 12:03pm
posted by Billie Owens in Announcements, events, Pavilion, religion.
Event Date and Time: 
December 12, 2009 -
7:00pm to 8:30pm

The Choir and Drama Ministries of First Baptist Church of Pavilion will present a Christmas musical entitled "The Journey of Christmas" at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 12 and again at 11 a.m. on Sunday, Dec. 13.

Both performances are free and will be held at the First Baptist Church in Pavilion, located at 10956 Lake St. in Pavilion.

December 7, 2009 - 11:01pm
posted by Lauren Picarro-... in Announcements, music, concert, church, Christmas, mission.
Event Date and Time: 
December 12, 2009 -
2:00pm to 4:00pm

Start the Christmas season off right with an afternoon of your Christmas favorites! Selections will include White Christmas, Carol of the Bells, Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas and many more. Performed by several of the area’s finest musicians and the Choir of the First Presbyterian Church of Elba. The concert will be followed by a reception in the Fellowship Hall.

Saturday, December 12, 2009 at 2:00 PM

December 2, 2009 - 9:26pm
posted by Billie Owens in Announcements, JCPenney Co., The Salvation Army.

JCPenney Co. and The Salvation Army have joined forces this Christmas season to give joy to people in need through a grand-scale online Angel Giving Tree program.

Up until Dec. 14, customers can adopt needy children and seniors and shop online for Christmas gifts for them at

The new online Angel Giving Tree program builds on the legacy of The Salvation Army's Angel Tree program, where people would pick the name of someone in need and buy a gift for him or her.

The online Angel Giving Tree program allows customers to adopt an Angel at and conveniently shop for them online at, in JCPenney stores or at any location they choose. In a few easy steps, customers can visit the site to request an Angel by location, age range and gender. An Angel who matches the criteria will be e-mailed to the customer along with a list of needed items. The confirmation e-mail will
also include a link to view drop-off locations in the customer's area and ship-to addresses for online orders.

In collaboration with FedEx Ground, Angel Giving Tree gifts purchased through can be shipped free of charge to any one of the 1,200 Salvation Army collection centers nationwide -- putting the entire selection, shopping and delivery process at the customer's fingertips.

"We appreciate this opportunity to inspire the American public to make a better Christmas for the millions of children and seniors living in poverty," said Major George Hood, national community relations and development secretary for The Salvation Army. One small gift can bring joy to a Salvation Army Angel this Christmas."

"In a year when so many need help, the new online Angel Giving Tree program will extend our reach and make it easier for our customers and associates to give back this holiday season," said Mike Boylson, executive vice president and chief marketing officer for JCPenney. "By leveraging the strength of, we are helping to modernize an American tradition -- the Angel Tree program -- and create an innovative way to help families in need in our communities across the nation. Launching this program with The Salvation Army allows us to elevate our support for a cause that is extremely important to our customers and associates, underscoring our focus on the 'Joy of Giving' this holiday season."

November 30, 2009 - 8:00pm
Event Date and Time: 
December 5, 2009 -
10:00am to 3:00pm

Community Holiday Bazaar & Upcycling Event

at the Knights of Columbus behind Save-A-Lot

Come celebrate Christmas in small town tyle. Save gas. Save time. Catch up with old friends. Come browse the deals. Shop local this Holiday. Many area vendors with great prices just in time for those last minute gifts.

Events of the day:

-Over 15 area vendors

-Children's Activity Corner

-Silent Auction

-Terracycle Upcycling

Money raised to be donated to LCCP and LeRoy Food Pantry.

November 30, 2009 - 7:37pm
posted by Sean Valdes in Announcements, Le Roy, D & R Depot Restaurant.

Normal 0 For the past fourteen years the D & R Depot has raised funds for non-profits through different programs – our charity choo-choo ran for 7 years, followed by Community Mondays, and for the past 4 years we have offered Extreme Community Mondays.  We appreciate all the favorable comments we have received for our efforts, and we are grateful to all our customers who helped us give away over $40,000 to local non-profits.

It’s time for a new program to begin.  Introducing ‘Free for All’ Community Mondays.  This year we are opening up our fund raising opportunities to a wider range of non-profit groups.   Here are the rules for our ‘Free for All’ Community Mondays fund raising program.

‘ Free for All’ Community Mondays will run every Monday during January, February, and  March.  Each customer who dines at the Depot on those 13 Mondays will be able to designate a non-profit they wish to support.  The Depot will donate $1.00 to the non-profit of the customer’s choice. (Come three times during the contest- your non-profit will earn $3.00 from your efforts.)  We will keep a running tally on our website – so you can see how your non-profit is doing.  The money will be distributed the second week in April.

Non-profits must have a current contact name, phone number and address on file at the D & R Depot in order to participate.  If you have questions about the program, or if you would like to sign up your non-profit group, just call Nancy at the D & R Depot at (585) 768-6270, or e-mail her at [email protected].

Remember – Mondays in January, February, and March are coming soon.


November 30, 2009 - 11:11am
posted by Leah Stacy in batavia, Announcements, theater, entertainment.

On Tuesday, December 1, tickets for Encore! Theatre Arts’ January production of Disney’s High School Musical will be on sale to the general public. Whether you’re buying a holiday gift for theatre goers or the East High “wildcat” in your life, tickets to Disney’s High School Musical are a perfect choice.

Tickets are available for $10 advanced sale at Adam Miller Toy and Bicycle (located at 8 Center St., Batavia) during regular business hours. After 3 p.m. on show dates, tickets will be available for $12 at the venue door.

The show premieres January 7-10, 2010 at Batavia High School (260 State St., Batavia).

For more information, hours or phone orders, call Adam Miller Toy and Bicycle at (585) 343-0548 or visit

November 28, 2009 - 2:32pm
posted by Billie Owens in Announcements.

A book fair will take place Dec. 1-5 at Present Tense Books and Gifts to benefit the St. James Church Restoration Fund. A percentage of purchases made during that period with a voucher, will benefit the church. 

Vouchers may be picked at St. James Church, 405 E. Main St., Batavia, by calling 343-6802 or at the Present Tense website:

The Present Tense Book and Gift Store is located at 101 Washington Ave., Batavia.

November 28, 2009 - 2:26pm

Help! A large colony of feral cats needs to be relocated. They are losing their food source. The cats need a place with shelter and food and Winter is nipping at their paws.

Healthy, sterilized and vaccinated cats are available. They will earn their keep by helping control the rodent population. Taking just one to two cats would be a huge help.

If interested, please contact Kathy at [email protected]

Helping feral and homeless cats in the Genesee County.
Email address: [email protected]
Website: <>


November 26, 2009 - 7:08pm
posted by chris johnson in batavia, Announcements, donations.

does your family need a little help for christmas?
would you accept gently used items,clothing,toys?
if you answered yes,then the mayhem riders mc might be able to help you.
we are a family oriented motorcycle club,this is our second annual christmas toy and clothes drive.
if we can help you out even a little bit,please contact us.
also if anyone has anything to donate we also still need donations,please contact us.
visit our website to learn more about us.

we are also looking for a non profit to team up with to help the local area.

[email protected]

November 18, 2009 - 3:33pm
posted by Billie Owens in Announcements, events, kiwanis club of batavia.
Event Date and Time: 
November 26, 2009 -
9:00am to 11:00am

Get ready, mark your calender and go to the annual fun, free Community Skate on Thanksgiving morning, sponsored by the Kiwanis Club of Batavia.

It's from 9 to 11 a.m. at the Falleti Ice Arena on Evans Street in Batavia.

Admission is free, rentals are free (while supplies last) and so's the hot chocolate.

This is one way the club says thanks for supporting its fundraisers and programs throughout the year.

Happy Turkey Day!

November 18, 2009 - 1:38pm
posted by Ronald Burroughs in Announcements.

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Our store is adding Thursday 9-12 along with Saturday 8-1 . A time to shop and     drop of donations. Check us out . First United Methodist Church at 8221 Lewiston Rd., Batavia. 

November 18, 2009 - 12:40pm

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Santa is coming to Oliver's Candies at 211 West Main Street Batavia on November 21st. (this Saturday) from 10am till 2pm.   There will be a petting zoo, Santa (every kid gets an Oliver's Candy Cane) and the Jaycees selling hot dogs, popcorn and hot cocoa.

Bring your kids and camera's!

Ribbon Candy is ready!  Hand made candy canes, Christmas gifts and so much more . . .!

November 17, 2009 - 7:15pm
posted by Billie Owens in Announcements, events.
Event Date and Time: 
December 20, 2009 -
2:00pm to 3:30pm

The Genesee-Orleans Regional Arts Council (GO ART!) is proud to host Mike Randall in Batavia on Sunday, Dec. 20 for “Charles Dickens Presents: A Christmas Carol.”

The program will take place at 2 p.m. at St. James’ Episcopal Church, 405 E. Main St. (Route 5) in Batavia.

November 17, 2009 - 2:28pm
posted by Billie Owens in Announcements, events.
Event Date and Time: 
December 4, 2009 -
5:00pm to 9:00pm

Downtown Batavia businesses are wanted to join in the holiday spirit at the 14th Annual Christmas in the City Festival, which will be held from 5 to 9 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 4.

Activities will include entertainment in the stores and on the main stage at the Batavia City Centre, a variety of vendors selling food and holiday gifts. There will be free horse and wagon rides, coupons for Saturday shoppers and lots more for all ages.

November 17, 2009 - 2:18pm
posted by Billie Owens in Announcements.

Genesee Youth Bureau is starting an intergenerational project that will bring together underserved groups in our community. Teams of youth assisted by Genesee County RSVP volunteers will create and care for an indoor garden to help supplement the diets of the senior population in Genesee County.

Youth will take responsibility for building and caring for the garden. They will also learn about and in turn educate the community about how to make the produce part of a healthy diet during tough economic times. Youth will also gain understanding about the environment and the needs of the community while learning more about themselves and building their self-esteem. Youth will have a chance to interact and bond with the senior population.

The bureau is looking for youth between the ages of 5 to 18 to take part in this project. This is a great way for youth to get involved in their community and earn community service hours.

To get involved and learn more, call 344-3960.

November 17, 2009 - 2:11pm
posted by Billie Owens in Announcements.

The Muckdogs are always looking for community events to strengthen community ties and be good citizens. The baseball team wants schools, businesses and charitable and civic organizations to take advantage of its outreach efforts.

“It’s important for us to assist with area charitable initiatives and give back to the community that supports us,” said Muckdogs General Manager Travis Sick. "This year, the Muckdogs continued to strengthen their community ties by helping local charities raise money, and being a conduit through which $1,600 was raised this past season.  The Muckdogs continue to field requests during the off-season."

Call the Muckdogs office at 343-5454 to find out how your group or event may fit in with the Muckdogs’ Community Outreach.

For example, the Muckdogs’ players have regularly done in-season autograph sessions, while the staff and mascot visit local classrooms and other places throughout the year, getting the word out about the organization, and how it might help charitably.  Homer, in particular, made nearly 20 appearances at local schools, a nursing facility, library and charity tournaments. The Muckdogs have also collected money and food for a local animal shelter. 
Prior to the season, the Muckdogs kick off the season’s community relations by hosting a job fair at Dwyer Stadium, where area youth are selected for stadium jobs. Similarly, a National Anthem contest is conducted, giving local singers a chance to show their expertise and sing the National Anthem at a home game.
In partnership with the Hillside Family of Agencies, several baseball clinics were organized in conjunction with Muckdogs players. These clinics provide an opportunity for children of all ages to learn baseball fundamentals and meet players. Additionally, the Muckdogs staff conducted seven “Launch-A-Ball” fundraising games on-field, with proceeds for Hillside topping $500.
The Muckdogs also hosted a night at the ballpark for Genesee County ARC, to provide ARC members from surrounding counties a chance to participate in a pre-game parade and receive recognition on the field.

November 17, 2009 - 1:58pm
posted by Billie Owens in Announcements.

It's time once again to call for volunteer bell-ringers to assist in the Salvation Army's annual Red Kettle campaign.

The nonprofit Christian charity is seeking anyone interested in ringing a bell to solicit donations for needy families this holiday season to call or log on to find out more.

In Batavia, the phone numbers are 343-6284 or 343-4342. Or you can call this around-the-clock toll-free number 1-877-764-7259 or visit the Web site at

These are tough times for a lot of people and your assistance is needed now more than ever.


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