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March 12, 2010 - 1:42pm
posted by Billie Owens in batavia, Batavia Downs, Announcements.

A new days dawns as three off-track-betting regions today unveiled a Joint Venture Agreement (JVA) designed to reinvigorate the New York’s struggling racing industry.

As part of the JVA, the presidents of Capital OTB, Suffolk OTB and Western OTB said that they will engage in cooperative ventures that increase efficiencies, boosting the revenue that the participating OTBs send to their sponsoring counties.

March 12, 2010 - 1:32pm
posted by Billie Owens in Announcements, GCC, education.

Here's news from Genesee Community College about its board of trustees meeting earlier this week.

Genesee Community College has been awarded a $457,661 grant from the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) for replacement of campus lighting with new energy-efficient devices.

Through the grant, the college will replace incandescent and fluorescent lighting fixtures and ballasts with more efficient fluorescent lighting and light-emitting diode (LED) bulbs over the next year. LED bulbs are highly energy-efficient and last longer than traditional bulbs, according to Kevin P. Hamilton, vice president for finance and operations.

"These changes create greater light output per unit of electrical power used," Hamilton said. "And will result in savings of at least $48,000 annually at Genesee.

NYSERDA is a state agency created to fund research and infrastructure initiatives that result in greater efficiency throughout the state, and ultimately a reduction in reliance on fossil fuels. NYSERDA grants are highly competitive. The grant proposal was coordinated by longtime Buildings and Grounds Director Timothy M. Landers.

"This is a grant we have never had before," President Stuart Steiner told trustees. "It is very significant."

Hamilton told trustees that the college will continue to seek "green" grants.

"Our hope is that we will receive additional funds to be able to complete other projects such as boiler replacements, upgrades to the energy management system and motor replacements," Hamilton said. "We continue to study the feasibility of solar and wind power."

In other business, the board of trustees:

  • Approved a $16,863 athletic facilities upgrade change order for the purchase and installation of new lockers in the men's locker room.
  • Heard Board Chair Laurie J. Miller appoint a three-member board subcommittee to review proposed fees for the college's Batavia Campus athletic fields. Named to the ad-hoc committee were Maureen T. Marshall, Chair; Kenneth A. Dodd, and Laura J. Bohm.
  • Heard Vice President for Finance and Operations Kevin P. Hamilton report that drywall is being installed in the portion of the new Genesee County Economic Development Center's Med Tech Park designated for the College's nursing program. Staff should be able to move in by July 1. Hamilton also said that only "punch list" items need to be completed on the turf field project. These include landscaping and bleacher work. He also shared preliminary architectural sketches of the planned Art Gallery. Architects recommend a limestone exterior, to match the nearby Batavia Campus entranceways.
  • Heard Vice President for Student and Enrollment Services Virginia M. Taylor report that 1,308 individuals applied for admission as full-time students for the Spring 2010 semester, up 32% from the 990 individuals who had applied a year earlier.
  • Heard Taylor report that the college is receiving applications from area high school students for Summer 2010 Genesee Promise Plus scholarships. Under this program, seniors enrolled in area high schools receive a scholarship for one or two summer courses at Genesee. Last year, the Promise Plus program had 351 registrations, up 14% from the 217 registrations received in summer 2008, the program's first year.
  • Heard Genesee student Lori Mould describe "Bridge Winter Camp," an event that brought 200 SUNY faculty, staff and students to The People's Republic of China over the winter break. The Chinese government invited SUNY to send a delegation as a follow-up to SUNY's gesture a year earlier to bring 150 Chinese students from earthquake-ravaged Sichuan Province. Eight Chinese students completed a year of study at Genesee during the 2008-2009 academic year. Mould shared photographs of Beijing, Olympic Village, Chinese art and architecture, the Panda Research Center, and the Great Wall of China. She was able to meet one of the former Genesee students during the trip. Mould called the visit to China a "life-changing experience." Mould also serves as Genesee Community College student trustee.
  • Heard Genesee student Colleen McKay describe her business experience in her native Canada, and how she came to select Genesee as her college choice. McKay, whose family lives in Woodstock, Ontario, started a farm market business with her brothers and sisters as a youngster. The business operates about six months a year, selling produce and baked goods. Called – "Your Farm Market" – it has grown over the years and now earns more than $400,000 annually in gross revenue. McKay, 20, and a longtime softball pitcher, met Genesee Assistant Softball Coach Pat Clark, who was visiting Woodstock and talking to prospective students. "I spent about five minutes with him, and he taught me six new pitches in that short period of time. I was so amazed by him, and after he left, I looked up Genesee Community College on the web. I knew I wanted to come here and play softball." McKay is pursuing a degree in Entrepreneurship and holds a 4.0, or straight A, average. She calls Genesee an "amazingly friendly place.
March 10, 2010 - 9:38pm
posted by Billie Owens in Announcements.

The New York State Sheriffs’ Association Institute will begin its annual Honorary Membership drive in Genesee County within the next 10 days, according to Sheriff Gary T. Maha.

The institute was established in 1979 and is a not-for-profit, tax-exempt organization, and contributions to it are tax deductible.

While the Sheriff’s Office is a unit of county government, many of the concerns of Sheriffs' and other law enforcement agencies are best addressed on a statewide level. The Sheriffs’ Institute provides centralized training programs and services for all Sheriffs’ Offices, where those programs and services would be unavailable or impractical on a single county basis.

The flagship program of the Sheriffs’ Institute is the Sheriffs’ Summer Camp for "economically challenged" children. The Sheriffs’ camp, in its 34th year of operation, is located on Keuka Lake and approximately 800 children statewide attend, including about 20-25 disadvantaged children from Genesee County.

The Sheriffs’ Institute pays the entire cost of the camp stay and transportation. Most children attending wouldn’t otherwise have an opportunity for vacation travel or a summer camp experience.

The Sheriffs’ Summer Camp program combines summer recreation with activities designed to teach an understanding of, and respect for, our laws and the men and women who enforce them. The strong camper-to-counselor ratio allows for individual attention with an emphasis on the development of self-esteem.

“In these difficult economic times, we can not forget our youth who will not have the opportunity for a summer camp experience or a summer vacation,” Maha said. “By becoming an honorary member you are supporting the Sheriffs’ Summer Camp for economically disadvantaged children.”

In addition, the Sheriffs’ Institute operates a scholarship program that provides one scholarship to each of New York State’s Community College’s Criminal Justice Programs. This program is designed to help attract the best and the brightest to the criminal justice vocation.

Financial support for many of the Sheriffs’ Institute programs comes from Honorary Membership dues. Invitations for Honorary Membership are extended on a non-partisan basis, and the invitees are selected at random. Any persons interested in supporting the efforts of the New York State Sheriffs’ Association Institute by becoming an Honorary Member should contact the Sheriff, if they do not receive an invitation in the mail, or visit our web site at: HYPERLINK "" to download an application.

All donations made to the New York State Sheriffs’ Association Institute are tax deductible. In addition, Sheriffs’ Institute is registered with the New York State Attorney General’s Charities Bureau.

March 10, 2010 - 2:57pm
posted by Billie Owens in Announcements.

Here's a reminder about open burning regulations from Tim Yaeger, coordinator of Genesee County Emergency Services.

Last year, on Oct. 14, new rules took effect in New York regarding open burning. All open burning is prohibited with several exceptions including the following:

  • Campfires less than 3 feet in height and 4 feet in length, width or diameter are allowed.
  • Small cooking fires are allowed.
  • Fires cannot be left unattended and must be fully extinguished.
  • Only charcoal or clean, dry, untreated or unpainted wood can be burned.
  • Ceremonial or celebratory bonfires are allowed.
  • In towns with a total population less than 20,000, you may burn tree limbs with attached leaves. The limbs must be less than 6 inches in diameter and 8 feet in length (also referred to as brush). However, this is not allowed from March 16 through May 14 due to the increased risk of wildfires.
  • Open burning of residential wastes in any city or village, or in any town with a population of 20,000 or more has been prohibited since 1972.

Burning trash <> is now prohibited statewide in all cases. Our existing incinerator rule already prohibits burning household trash in wood stoves, fireplaces, and outdoor wood boilers. DEC recommends that you recycle <> all appropriate materials (such as newspaper, paper, glass and plastic) and compost <> your organic kitchen and garden waste.

Below are some commmonly asked questions and their answers.

Can prescribed burns be performed?

Yes. Prescribed burns, the burning of forest land to achieve a vegetative or wildlife management goal, can be performed but only in accordance with DEC regulations. Check with your regional DEC office.  (For Genesee County:  Contact Region 8 DEC - 585-226-2466).Yes, with some restrictions on the use of acquired structures and in accordance with guidance from NYS Dept. of State's Office of Fire Prevention and Control. The Fire Services Bureau may be reached at 518-474-6746.

Are individual open fires to control plant and animal disease outbreaks allowed?

Yes, as approved case-by-case by DEC, upon the request by the Commissioner of Agriculture and Markets.

Can I dispose of a flag or religious item in an open fire?

Yes, in a small-sized fire if it is not otherwise prohibited by law or regulation.

Can a town prohibit open burning that the state allows?

Yes, towns, villages, cities and counties can pass ordinances that are stricter than, and not inconsistent with, the open fires regulations. You should check with local authorities to find out if local law requires a permit or prohibits open fires.

Can explosives, or other dangerous contraband, be burned?

Yes, on an emergency basis by police or other public safety organizations only.

Can brush piles be burned at transfer sites?

No, the practice of burning large piles of brush collected from local residents at town or county transfer sites is prohibited. The individual landowners in small towns may burn their brush on site as stated above. Downed limbs and branches generated at a transfer site are also allowed to be burned on site with the same restrictions.

Where should I call to report an illegal open fire?

To report environmental law violations call 1-800-TIPP DEC (1-800-847-7332).

The department has received many questions regarding DEC's implementation of  HYPERLINK "" Part 215, regarding open fires. This document is intended to inform the general public about open fire regulation in New York and assist the regulated community in understanding the requirements of  HYPERLINK "" Part 215.

March 9, 2010 - 7:40pm
Event Date and Time: 
March 18, 2010 - 7:30pm to March 20, 2010 - 10:00pm

The Batavia Players' 2010 "Shakespeare in Springtime" pick is "Richard III." It will be performed at the Batavia High School auditorium, 260 State St.

Showtimes are as follows:

7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 18

7:30 p.m. Friday, March 19

7:30 p.m. Saturday, March 20

Tickets can be purchased online at the Batavia Players website or at the door, and are $10 general admission and $8 for students and seniors.

March 9, 2010 - 1:23pm
posted by Billie Owens in Announcements.

This notice of special recognition is for the set production crew who worked behind the scenes to make Batavia High School's musical last weekend a success.

These individuals' contributions were a key reason the show, "Once Upon A Mattress," was eyecatching and entertaining, according to Mary Elise Isler, choral director of the Batavia City School District. But, until now, they received no public recognition of their efforts.

Isler sent us this:

“It takes a village to raise a child” is a well known and understood proverb. This is also true for a musical show. There are many people, hands and talents responsible for making a good production.

Last weekend the students at Batavia High School performed “Once Upon A Mattress." The show was a wonderful success thanks to the many hands that contributed to it.

In our program, we acknowledge our thanks and give our recognition. However, it was brought to my attention today that a large part of our production crew was not even listed in the program.

I am sure if you came to our performance, the work of their hands and talents was very obvious. I would like to take this opportunity to acknowledge and to extend my sincere thanks and congratulations to BHS art teacher, Mrs. Linda Chadwell and many of her art students, who created the visual scenery and painted the sets for our show.

Mrs. Chadwell spent many hours guiding the students, drawing the scenery, and then using the paints to build brick walls, grow vines and add detail to our beautiful sets. Day by day the wood slowly transformed to become a beautiful castle yard complete with moat walls and a tower.

Special thanks to students: Andrea Raphael, Ashley Elmore, Whitney Case, Megan Jacques, Steve Larkin, Tamalyn Brown-Penders, Nikki Suozzi, Missy Fite, Maria Yefremenko, Ilsy Cruz, Becca Meloon, Shamiqua Hickman, Chantal Hickman, Miranda Moore, Samantha Mitchell, Rachel Henrici, Helen Zickl, Keith Welch, Niha Idrees, Alexis Logsdon, Maria Robusto, Kelsey Hill, Dana Torcello, Lindsay Wrobel, Shelby Fryer, Tylin Torcello, Jenny Schultz, Tilar Clark, Rachel Piacente, Brett Wolf, Stephanie Falcheck, Kelly Jones, A.J. Sanchez, Natalie Allen, Ronnie Murray, Mikala Phillips, Nate Palmer, Rebecca Hall, Hailey Sundown, Leah Cargill, Devon Nichols, Kaelie Grazioplene, Taylor Muoio, Sara Weiss, Natalie Allen, and Mrs. Chadwell.

The BHS Production Club extends kudos to Mrs. Chadwell, her team of artists and everyone else who made this show a success.

March 8, 2010 - 10:25pm
posted by Billie Owens in Announcements.

World-renowned hunter and speaker Chad Schearer is the keynote speaker at First Baptist Church in Pavilion at 6 p.m. Tuesday, March 9. Doors open at 5:45 p.m.

Everyone is welcome to attend "Outdoor Evening with Chad Schearer."

For more information visit <>.

March 8, 2010 - 9:06pm
Event Date and Time: 
March 13, 2010 - 10:00am to 11:00am

"Wooly BookWorms" is a monthly book discussion club for students in grades 3-5 and their "favorite adult" -- be that a parent, grandparent, babysitter or other -- and will be held from 10 to 11 a.m. on Sat., March 13.

This session's selection is "My Side of the Mountain," by Jean Craighead George. Kids and accompanying adults will discuss the book and work on a craft afterward. Children should bring their own craft materials to work with. Refreshments will be served.

March 8, 2010 - 1:23pm
posted by Billie Owens in Announcements.

Genesee Community College will host a Job Fair dedicated to careers in the health career industry on from 12:30 to 2 p.m. Thursday, March 11, at the William Stuart Forum.

The event will introduce potential new employees to employers, and also provides healthcare businesses an opportunity to present their trade and services to the local community. More than 40 local and regional health care companies will be available to answer questions, accept resumes and distribute material relating to their company.

For more information please contact the Career and Transfer Center at 345-6888.

GCC is located at One College Road in Batavia.

March 8, 2010 - 1:08pm
posted by Genesee ARC News in awards, Announcements, Genesee ARC.

DONNA SASKOWSKI.JPGGenesee ARC Executive Director Donna Saskowski was named Social Worker of the Year by the Western Division of the New York State Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers (NASW).

She was selected for her service to people with developmental disabilities, her leadership skills and commitment to community development. Her award nomination was submitted by Barbara Demerest, of Amherst, a former aide to New York State Senator Mary Lou Rath.

“Community leaders and families served by ARC continually note the major positive impact that Donna’s leadership has on the lives of the individuals and families her agency serves, and on the larger community," Demerest said.

During the awards presentation, Demerest said, “Donna particularly has forged partnerships and collaborations, not only strengthening services but integrating persons with disabilities into their communities and maximizing their opportunities for full participation.

"Among the many initiatives she has led are a recreational partnership with the YMCA and a major fundraising effort for the Genesee ARC Community Center (formerly St. Mary’s School).”

Saskowski, a lifelong resident of the town of Darien, received her bachelor's and master's degrees in Social Work from the University of Buffalo School of Social Work and has been on staff at Genesee ARC since 1989 and Executive Director since 2004.

In addition to her affiliation with NASW, Saskowski is a member of the Batavia Rotary Club and the Genesee County United Way Board of Directors. She is president of the Finger Lakes Collaborative, and belongs to NYSARC’s Executive Directors’ Association and Developmental Disabilities Alliance of Western New York. In 2006, she was a member of the Community Health Foundation Leadership Fellows and she is a member of Leadership Genesee’s Class of 2005.

March 8, 2010 - 1:05pm
posted by Billie Owens in Announcements.

This Friday, March 12, the troopers from the New York State Police in Troop “A” will challenge the faculty from Byron-Bergen School District to a charity basketball game. This will be the fourth year that the two groups have squared off on the court.

The Byron-Bergen faculty won the three previous games, but the troopers hope to end that winning streak and come home with a victory this time around.

The game will take place this at 6 pm at the Byron-Bergen High School Gymnasium, 6917 W. Bergen Road, Bergen. Admission is $1 for students and children and $2 for adults. The Byron-Bergen Sports Booster Club is sponsoring the game and all proceeds will benefit the Katelin Ivision Fund.

The event is open to the public and everyone is welcome to enjoy a night of fun and laughs -- and fierce competition!

March 8, 2010 - 11:44am
posted by Elizabeth Bentl... in Announcements, corfu, Tonawanda Creek.
Event Date and Time: 
March 31, 2010 - 6:30pm to 9:00pm

Join us Wednesday, March 31st at 6:30 p.m. at the Corfu Community Center, 116 East Main St., Corfu, New York in a multi-county community group for the Tonawanda Creek Watershed which lies within parts of Erie, Wyoming, Genesee and Niagara Counties. All are welcome to help us plan with the management of the Tonawanda Creek and its resources.

March 7, 2010 - 4:59pm
posted by Billie Owens in Announcements.

Five Batavia churches will open their doors to view and learn the history of their beautiful stained glass windows. Batavia’s Stained Glass Window Tour is from 1 to 4 p.m. on Sunday, April 11.

Tickets are $10 and include a tour book and dessert reception at 4 p.m. at St. James Church.

The churches participating are First Presbyterian, First Baptist, St. Mary’s Roman Catholic, St. Paul Lutheran and St. James Episcopal. The event is sponsored by the Landmark Society of Genesee County and all proceeds benefit the St. James Restoration Fund

For ticket information, please call 343-6802.


March 7, 2010 - 4:39pm
posted by Billie Owens in Announcements.

This information was provided by Tim Yaeger, emergency services coordinator for Genesee County.

Flood Awareness Week is next week, March 15-19.

Spring’s arrival in New York State is always a welcome sight to those who have braved months of harsh winter conditions and its chilling winds, blowing snows and frosty ice. However, it is important to remember that this is also the time of year when flooding can occur quickly and without much warning.

Spring rains and winter snow and ice thaws can cause flooding and affect homes, property and, most importantly, your safety. New York's Safety and Emergency Management Office joins the National Weather Service offices serving New York State in observance of Flood Awareness Week.

Use the tips below and on SEMO’s website to learn what to do before flooding occurs, how to stay safe during such an event, and where to find help when you need it.

Terms to Know

Flood or Flash Flood Watch: Indicates that flooding or flash flooding will occur within a few hours of heavy rainfall, a dam or levee failure, or that water is being released from an ice jam.

Flood or Flash Flood Warning: Inundation of a normally dry area near a stream or other watercourse, or unusually severe ponding of water has been reported or is imminent. Be prepared! Learn the safest route from your home or business to high, safe ground should you have to leave in a hurry.
Develop an emergency plan and identify a meeting place if family members become separated. Know what to do and when to do it.

Be prepared!

  • Make an itemized list of all valuables including furnishings, clothing, and other personal property. Keep the list in a safe place.
  • Plan what to do with your pets.
  • Keep your automobile fueled. If electric power is cut off, gasoline stations may not be able to pump fuel for several days. Have a small kit of disaster supplies in the trunk of your car.
  • Find out how many feet your property is above and below possible flood levels. When predicted flood levels are broadcast, you can determine if you may be flooded.
  • Have emergency supplies on hand.

Before the flood

  • Stay informed! Monitor the National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Weather Radio or your local radio and TV station broadcasts of information. Subscribe to NY-ALERT <> to receive the latest information for your location.
  • If local officials advise evacuation, do so promptly.
  • If directed to a specific location, go there.
  • Know where the shelters are located.
  • If there is time, move essential items and furniture to the upper floors of the house. Disconnect electrical appliances that cannot be moved. Do not touch them if you are wet or standing in water.
  • If you are told to shut off water, gas, or electrical services before leaving your home, then do so.
  • Secure your home: lock all doors and windows.

Travel with care

  • Leave early to avoid being marooned on flooded roads. Follow recommended routes. Do not go sightseeing.
  • As you travel, monitor local radio broadcasts for the latest information.
  • Watch for washed-out roads, earthslides, broken water or sewer mains, loose or downed electrical wires, and falling or fallen objects.
  • Watch for areas where rivers or streams may suddenly rise and flood, such as highway dips, bridges and low areas.
  • Do not attempt to drive over a flooded road. Turn around and go another way.
  • If you are in your car and water begins to rise rapidly around you, abandon the vehicle immediately.

The hidden danger -- crossing low water

  • Nearly half of all flash flood fatalities are vehicle related! When driving your automobile during flood conditions, look out for flooding at highway dips, bridges and low areas.
  • Even the largest and heaviest of vehicles will float.
  • Water moving at two mph can sweep cars off a road or bridge.
  • As little as six inches of water may cause you to lose control of your vehicle. Do not drive through flowing water!
  • A hidden danger awaits motorists where a road without a bridge dips across a creek bed.
  • Motorists develop false confidence when they normally or frequently pass through a dry low-water crossing.
  • Road beds may have been scoured or even washed away during flooding creating unsafe driving conditions.
  • Those who repeatedly drive through flooded low-water crossings may not recognize the dangers of a small increase in the water level.
  • Driving too fast through low water will cause the vehicle to hydroplane and lose contact with the road surface.
  • Visibility is limited at night increasing the vulnerability of the driver to any hidden dangers.
  • Heed all flood and flash flood watches and warnings.
  • Remain aware of road conditions!

After the flood

  • Stay informed! Listen to the radio or TV or bulletins from NY-ALERT for instructions from local officials. And heed them.
  • Wait until an area has been declared safe before entering it. Be careful driving, since roads may be damaged and power lines may be down.
  • Before entering a building, check for structural damage. Turn off any outside gas lines at the meter or tank. Let the building air out to remove foul odors or escaping gas.
  • Upon entering the building, use a battery-powered flashlight. Do not use an open flame as a source of light. Gas may be trapped inside.
  • When inspecting the building, wear rubber boots and gloves. Watch for electrical shorts and live wires before making certain the main power switch is off.
  • Do not turn on electrical appliances until an electrician has checked the system and appliances.
  • Throw out any medicine or food that has had contact with floodwaters. Test drinking water for potability. Wells should be pumped out and water tested for drinking.
  • If the public water system is declared “unsafe” by health officials, water for drinking and cooking should be boiled vigorously for 10 minutes.

Emergency supplies to stock

Food and Water
Bottled water – one gallon per person per day
Ready-to-eat canned foods – vegetables, fruits, beans, meat, fish, poultry, pasta, soup, juice
Milk – powdered, canned or shelf-stable brick pack
High-energy foods – peanut butter, jelly, nuts, dried meat (for example, jerky), granola, trail mix
Staples – sugar, salt, pepper, instant coffee, tea bags, cocoa
Instant and small children’s needs – baby food, formula, disposable diapers
Specialty food – for elderly or people on special diets
Pet food

Health & Hygiene
Prescription medication – at least one week’s supply
First-aid kit
Pre-moistened hand wipes – towelettes or baby wipes
Disinfectant no-rinse hand soap
A list of family physicians, important medical information and the style and serial number of medical devices such as pacemakers

A change of clothing, rain gear and sturdy shoes for each family member
Sleeping bags, bedding or blankets for each family member
An extra pair of glasses or contact lenses and solution (be sure to check the expiration dates)
Identification, credit cards / traveler’s checks / cash, and photocopies of important family documents including home insurance information

Household supplies and equipment
One gallon liquid chlorine bleach
Battery-powered radio or television
Extra, fresh batteries for radio, television and flashlights
Manual can opener
Plastic bags – zip sealing, garbage
Fire extinguisher (small canister A-B-C type)
Food thermometer – able to measure temperature from 0 to 200 degrees Fahrenheit

Hammer and nails
Utility knife
Work gloves
Duct tape
Electrical tape
Clean-up supplies
Dust masks
Disinfecting spray
Paper towels
Rags (to clean with)
Rubber gloves
Scrub brush
Trash bags

Emergency plan

  • Meet with your family members and discuss the dangers of possible emergency events including fire, flood, severe weather, hazardous spills and terrorism.
  • Discuss how you and your family will respond to each possible emergency. Know how to contact all family members at all times. Think 24/7 and 365.
  • Draw a floor plan of your home. If possible, mark two escape routes from each room.
  • Select two places to meet: a spot outside your home for an emergency such as fire, and a place away from your neighborhood in case you cannot return home (a real possibility during the day when most adults are at work and children are at school).
  • Identify an out-of-town friend or relative as your “emergency family check-in contact” for everyone to call if the family gets separated. Make sure all family members have the correct phone number. It is often easier to call out-of-town during an emergency than within the affected area.
  • Post emergency contact numbers near all telephones, including: local police, fire and health departments, poison control, your children’s schools, doctors, child/senior care providers and insurance agents.
  • Have your family learn basic safety and first-aid measures.
  • Keep family records in a waterproof and fireproof safe.
  • Have emergency supplies on hand.
  • Teach adults how to turn off the water, gas and electricity at main switches. If, for any reason, you do turn off natural gas service to your home, call your natural gas utility to restore service. Do not attempt to restore gas service yourself.
  • Make arrangements for your pets. Most shelters do not allow pets. Prior to an emergency, contact your county or local emergency management office and ask them where you could leave your pet. Have identification, leash and proof of vaccination for all pets. Have current photos of your pets in case they get lost.
March 6, 2010 - 12:58pm
posted by Billie Owens in Announcements.

If you are going to be in the Sarasota, Fla., area on March 21 or you'd like to go there and enjoy a big party of people who graduated from Genesee County high schools, then this announcement is for you.

Nick and Mary Ann Figlow are hosting a Reunion Party at their home at 3617 White Sulphur Place in Sarasota. Starts at 1 p.m. and lasts as long as its lasts!

Bring a dish of something to eat and share plus your favorite beverages.

Grads from Batavia, Bergen, Elba, Le Roy, Notre Dame, Oakfield, Stafford, Corfu, Alexander, Bethany, Pembroke, Pavilion, Darien, Alabama and Attica are invited.

"This is going to be a blast!" the Figlows say.

Use Google Maps, or try Nick and Mary Ann's directions: The house is off Beneva Road, -- south of Fruitville Road, south of Bahia Vista Road, north of Webber Street -- head east off Beneva. It's the second house on the right, the one with 50 or 60 or more cars parked around it. (Again, just a suggestion...use Google Maps or Map Works online.)

Phone numbers to call are (home) (941) 922-2277 or (941) 376-1375.

March 5, 2010 - 1:57pm
posted by Billie Owens in Announcements, Genesee County parks, ACORN.

The Association for Conservation of Recreational and Natural Spaces, Inc., (ACORNS) is one of nine nonprofit park and trail groups selected to receive a Capacity Building Grant from the statewide advocacy organization, Parks & Trails New York.

ACORNS was formed to provide service and support of the parks owned and managed by Genesee County. Its mission is foster environmental education, recreational opportunities and responsible environmental stewardship of local parks.

The Parks & Trails grants are designed to help groups increase organizational visibility and generate community support, grow membership and attract additional volunteers. ACORNS' grant will be used for membership and volunteer recruitment brochures and banners.

"Grassroots groups play a key role in the development and promotion of our state's many parks and trails, which make such a significant contribution to the economy of our cities, towns and villages as well as to the health and well-being of their residents," said Robin Dropkin, executive director, Parks & Trails New York.

"Made possible by a generous private donor, these nine grants are a small investment in strengthening our state's not-for-profit park and trail organizations that will reap big benefits, enabling these groups to leverage more private funding and marshal more volunteer power to better fill the gaps in government spending created by challenging economic times.

Parks & Trails New York received 55 applications from organizations located in 30 counties throughout the state. This is the second year that Parks & Trails New York has offered funding assistance.

“This grant comes at a critical time as we implement our membership-growth strategy and expand our outreach efforts,” said Julia Garver, President of ACORNS. “Our organization relies on the hard work and commitment of volunteers, and as funding for projects in the parks in Genesee County is jeopardized, we need to continue to grow our volunteer base. We are grateful for the support of Parks & Trails New York, and its recognition of the incredible value of volunteers.”

For 20 years, Parks & Trails New York has helped hundreds of groups and municipalities build, maintain, and promote parks, greenways, and more than 1,200 miles of multi-use trails.

More information on the grant program and Parks & Trails New York can be found on the website, or by calling 518-434-1583. More information about ACORNS can be found at or by calling 585-343-8514.

March 4, 2010 - 4:05pm
posted by Daniel Crofts in Announcements, events, children, Richmond Memorial Libary.
Event Date and Time: 
March 20, 2010 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Kelly March, assistant children's librarian, invites children ages 5 through 12 and their parents to come to the Richmond Library, 19 Ross St., for the "Library Lego Club."

LLC meets from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. on the first and third Tuesday of every month, as well as from 10 to 11 a.m.on the third Saturday of the month.

March 2, 2010 - 1:51pm
posted by Billie Owens in Announcements.

Free family movies are offered at the Richmond Memorial Library for its March Family Matinees series.

Snuggle up with the kids and relax while enjoying G- and PG-rated films newly released on DVD. Bring the whole family, pack a blanket, pillow and picnic lunch to the Chldren's Room at 1 p.m. on Saturdays this month (6th, 14th, 20th, 27th).

Call the Children’s Room 343-9550 x4 for more information. The library is located at 19 Ross Street in the City of Batavia.

March 2, 2010 - 1:36pm
posted by Billie Owens in Announcements.

The New York Agriculture in the Classroom program known as Agriculture Literacy Week takes place March 15-19 and is available to second-graders at no cost to them.

It is being coordinated by Cornell Cooperative Extension of Genesee County and coincides with National Agriculture Week.

Volunteers who are involved in agriculture are needed in classrooms. If you would like to get involved as a teacher or reader, please contact Barb Sturm at CCE-Genesee County at 343-3040, ext.122 or e-mail at <[email protected]>.

How many kids really understand where the food on their table comes or, for that matter, where the kitchen table comes from? The importance of trees in our everyday lives is the learning focus this year.

Second-graders will be with visited by a community member involved in agriculture. This year, "The Tree Farmer," written by Chuck Leavell and Nicholas Cravotta, will be read to the class and then donated to the school library. Teachers will also receive a resource packet including additional lessons and information on the timber industry.

New York Agriculture in the Classroom is a partnership of Cornell University, NYS Department of Agriculture & Markets, NYS Education Department, and NY Farm Bureau. The program works with cooperative extension educators, teachers, farm bureau members, and others throughout the state to foster an awareness, understanding, and appreciation of agriculture and the total food and fiber system.


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