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June 15, 2010 - 10:11am
posted by Bea McManis in Announcements, yard sale, 400 Towers.



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June 14, 2010 - 2:34pm
posted by Billie Owens in Announcements, genesee county board of elections.

Attention voters! The Genesee County Board of Elections will be demonstrating the usage of the new election voting machines, which will be used in the 2010 elections. Here are the upcoming dates, times and places of the demonstrations.

June 18 -- 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. -- County Building #1

June 21 -- 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. -- County Building #1

June 23 -- 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. -- Le Roy Town Hall

June 25 -- 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. -- Office of the Aging

June 29 -- 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. -- Alabama Town Hall

July 1 -- 9 a.m. to noon -- Alabama Town Hall

July 7 -- 4 to 7 p.m. -- Bethany Town Hall

July 12 -- 9 a.m. to noon -- Alexander Town Hall

July 13 -- 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. & 5 to 8 p.m. -- County Building No. 2

July 14 -- 4 to 7 p.m. -- Alexander Town Hall

July 16 -- 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. -- County Building No. 1

July 17 -- 9 a.m. to noon -- Pavilion Highway Building

July 19 -- 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. -- County Building No. 1

July 21 -- 4 to 9 p.m. -- County Fairgrounds

July 22 -- 4 to 9 p.m. -- County Fairgrounds

July 23 -- 4 to 9 p.m. -- County Fairgrounds

July 24 -- 4 to 9 p.m. -- County Fairgrounds

July 26 -- 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. -- County Office for the Aging

July 28 -- 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. -- Pembroke Town Hall

July 30 -- 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. -- County Building No. 1

June 13, 2010 - 2:24pm
posted by Billie Owens in Announcements, education.

Four students from Genesee County were among 29 regional finalists for the Outstanding Scholar Awards in Genesee Community College's Advanced Studies program. The awardees were announced at a ceremony and reception June 2 in the Stuart Steiner Theatre.

Keynote speaker for the evening was Joan Cole, superintendent of Elba Central School.

Advanced Studies is part of the College's ACE program, or Accelerated College Enrollment, and allows high school students the opportunity to earn college credit from Genesee while attending class at their high school. High school teachers approved as Genesee adjunct faculty teach all Advanced Studies courses.

Some of the most enterprising young students earn enough transferable Advanced Studies credit to enter their first year of college as sophomores.

Finalists were selected from 66 semi-finalists in five subject areas: mathematics, science, social science, foreign language and English. As in years past, a committee of academic professionals from GCC selected the following local award winners, listed by subject area and high school:

  • English -- Carissa Hyde - Batavia
  • Foreign Language -- Shelby Cross - Byron-Bergen
  • Mathematics -- Kevin Beuler - Oakfield-Alabama
  • Science -- Kevin Beuler - Oakfield-Alabama
  • Social Science -- Jacob Griffin - Notre Dame

"This year we also took the opportunity to recognize and thank our ACE teachers who commit their time to teaching these courses," said Ed Levinstein, associate dean of ACE programs.

"We have many instructors who have been teaching Advanced Studies courses for over 10 years and we commend them for their dedication. Each of them has helped hundreds of students get a head start on their college educations, saving them both time and money."

For more information about the Advanced Studies program at Genesee Community College, call 345-6801 or go to

Batavia Rotary Club to host annual Father's Day Fly-In Breakfast

Batavia Rotary Club President Ted Hawley and Fly-In Breakfast Chairman Ed Leising talk up the Father's Day Fly-In Breakfast on WBTA's Main & Center Show.  The breakfast is scheduled for Sunday, June 20th from 7 am-12 pm at the Genesee County Airport.  Tickets cost $6 for adults and $4 for children ages 4-12 and are available at the door.  The menu includes eggs cooked to order, sausage, pancakes, juice, coffee, tea and milk. 

June 10, 2010 - 5:43pm
posted by Billie Owens in Batavia Downs, Announcements.

With summer less than two weeks away, farm-grown fruits and vegetables will soon be in plentiful supply at Batavia’s Genesee Country Farmers’ Market. The popular open-air market begins its 2010 season this Tuesday, June 15, in the parking lot at Batavia Downs Casino.

In addition to farm-fresh produce, the market will also feature home-baked goods like bread, rolls, pastries, pies and muffins.

Member wineries of the Niagara Wine Trail will once again offer a wide variety of local wines to taste and purchase. And a new addition this year is a lunch wagon serving sandwiches, drinks and desserts. About 20 vendors are expected to participate.

In making the announcement, Market Manager Paul Fenton said “We are looking forward to our third season at Batavia Downs Casino. It’s an easily accessible spot for all of our customers and is convenient for the many patrons of The Downs, too.

"We are proud of the fact that we are a grower’s market and everything we sell is grown by our vendors.”

The market will be open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. every Tuesday and Friday through Oct. 29.

June 9, 2010 - 4:48pm
posted by Daniel Crofts in batavia, Announcements, family, St. Joe's.

You are invited to St. Joseph's Lawn Fete, which will be held on the Church grounds, at the corner of Main and Summit in Batavia.

This annual event includes a car raffle, carnival rides, food and games for children.

Lawn Fete times are as follows:

6 to 11 p.m., Friday, June 11

1 to 11 p.m., Saturday, June 12

12 to 10 p.m., Sunday, June 13

For more information, including ticket purchase information, please call St. Joseph's Church at 343-5800.

June 9, 2010 - 4:40pm
posted by Daniel Crofts in batavia, Announcements, GCC, Genesee Center for the Arts.

An improvisation workshop will be offered on Wednesday, June 23, for people 15 and older at Genesee Community College's Stuart Steiner Theatre, at 1 College Rd. in Batavia. It will start at 6 p.m. and last about four hours. Cost is $25.

This is part of a series of "Summer Theatre Workshops" that GCC is offering until June 30, in conjunction with the Genesee Center for the Arts. These workshops give aspiring actors the chance to learn from people who have acted professionally. The improvisation workshop is geared toward helping people learn to act spontaneously and playfully.

For more information, call GCC at 343-0055. For more details on the Summer Theatre Workshops, go to:

June 9, 2010 - 4:24pm
posted by Billie Owens in Announcements, education, Elba Central School.

The hazards of texting while driving is something students at Elba Central School have been learning about this month.

On June 3, Awareness Day at the school, fifth-graders presented information to high-school and middle-school students and staff about the dangers of multitasking on the road.

The fifth-graders' "crack down" is part of Elba's Cell Phone Road Safety project. It included handed out fliers with their slogan "Don't Drive InTEXTicated," along with statistics the youngsters researched about the dangers of texting and driving.

They also promoted radio WGRZ's "Pledge 2 Hang Up" as part of the Awareness Day presentations.

They are students of Amy Thompson and Patricia Staebell.

The day's biggest accomplishment was being able to raise enough money to pay for a
billboard with a public service announcement about the dangers of texting
and driving.

Local businesses have helped the project by generously donating money for the cost of the billboard. The billboard will be on Route 5, visible to westbound traffic, near the Bushville Bridge.

Students also held a contest to design a poster with an antitexting an driving theme and the winning poster is going to be on the billboard. The winner of the contest was  AnnMarie Georgia. The poster will be up for two months, beginning June 21.

The fifth-graders hope this project has a big impact on the community and decrease the number of people who text while driving.

June 9, 2010 - 1:53pm
posted by Billie Owens in Announcements, GCC, sports.

Genesee Community College recently awarded seven local youths with a full scholarship to attend the Genesee Sport and Wellness Experience July 12 to 23.

The camp is geared toward middle-school-aged students and takes place at the Batavia Campus. The scholarship winners were nominated based on character, initiative and a demonstrated interest in, and appreciation of, wellness and sports. Effort, academic standing in health and physical education classes, and/or participation on an athletic team were taken into consideration.

The following Genesee County middle-school students were nominated by a faculty, staff member or coach from their school and have been awarded a $100 scholarship covering the entire cost of the Wellness Experience:

  • Mason Muoio -- Byron-Bergen
  • Stephen Durham -- Batavia
  • Justice Leisten-Schwable -- Oakfield-Alabama
  • Erik Moscicki -- Holy Family
  • Jensen Kimmel -- Pembroke
  • Joseph Schroth -- Pavilion
  • John Hochmuth -- Elba

This newly developed summer program includes instruction and skill development in the areas of golf, tennis, soccer and volleyball. Education on a variety of wellness topics such as nutrition, fitness, stress management, peer pressure, and drug and substance abuse issues will also be presented and discussed.

All students in grades 6, 7 and 8 are invited to attend this program, which is from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday. Cost is $100 and includes lunch every day and a T-shirt.

"We are very excited to present the Sport and Wellness Experience this summer," Rebecca Dziekan, director of Health and Physical Education at Genesee said. "These two weeks serve as an excellent way for local middle-school students to have some fun, play sports and have hands-on learning all at the same time."

It is not too late to register for the Genesee Sport and Wellness Experience. For further details or to register for the camp visit <> and download the registration form.

For more information, please contact Dziekan at 343-0055, ext. 6424 or  <http://[email protected]>.

June 9, 2010 - 12:12pm
posted by Billie Owens in batavia, Announcements, sports, golf.

This Saturday, June 12, there will be a golf equipment flea market at the Batavia Country Club in the picnic pavilion.

This free event will run, rain or shine, from noon to 5 p.m. and is open to the public.

Sellers simply show up with your equipment between 11:30 and 11:55 a.m. See Tom Tucker, BCC teaching pro, to get table display space as available. First come first served.

Bring junior, adult or miscellaneous golf equipment or training aids.

Private individuals only, no retail organizations or businesses.

The country club is located at 7909 Batavia-Byron Road.

June 6, 2010 - 6:28pm
posted by Billie Owens in batavia, Announcements, BID.

Everyone is welcome to bring your chairs and enjoy a different movie each month this summer in Jackson Square.

"Cinema in the Square" starts at dusk and feature free, full-length films, all rated (PG).

The first one is "Night At The Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian” on Wednesday, June 23.

Next is the “Tooth Fairy” on Wednesday, July 21.

Lastly, “Diary of A Wimpy Kid” will be shown Wednesday, Aug. 18.

Jackson Square is located in the alleyway off of Jackson or Center streets. Food and refreshments will be available.

"Cinema in the Square" is sponsored by the Batavia Business Improvement District and the Genesee County Youth Bureau.

For more information call 344-3960 or 344-0900. Visit for downtown Batavia activities and businesses.

June 5, 2010 - 10:24am
posted by Daniel Crofts in Announcements, Richmond Memorial Library.

Children's Librarian Sandra Gillard is retiring after 38 years of service to the children and families of Batavia, and a reception will be held in her honor at the Richmond Memorial Library, at 19 Ross St. in Batavia, from 4 until 6 p.m. on Wednesday, June 23. All are welcome to attend.

Call the library at 343-9550 for more information.

June 4, 2010 - 7:32pm
posted by Daniel Crofts in Announcements, farmers market, Le Roy.

The Le Roy Farmers' Market opens June 26 at Leroy's Bank St. Parking Lot -- behind McDonald's and Pontillo's Pizzeria.

Hours are 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. every Saturday.

Local vendors will be selling farm-fresh fruits, veggies, meat, cheese, eggs, maple syrup, bread, popcorn, honey, baked goods, coffee and tea goods, cut flowers, soap and more. The market will also feature live music as well as cooking and craft demos.

For further details, e-mail [email protected] or visit their website at <>.

June 4, 2010 - 1:13pm
posted by Billie Owens in Announcements, BID, public market.

On Thursday, June 17,  the fourth annual Downtown Batavia Public Market opens at the corner of Ellicott (Route 63) and Center streets. Hours are 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

This year there are some new vendors, including two wineries which will sell wine and offer tastings. There's also a vendor selling homemade Italian cookies and treats.

Plus, the Cornell Cooperative Extension of Genesee County will offer free nutritional programs and information. The City of Batavia Police Department will provide free child car seat inspections. And other special events are planned.

Shoppers can expect to find a wealth of locally grown produce and foods. These include baked goods, fresh sweet corn, tomatoes, onions, berries, peaches, apples, cheese, honey, maple syrup, cut flowers, herbs, garden accessories and lots more.

Stop by and have lunch, served from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Jackson Street Grill/Belladessa's will offer hot dogs, hamburgers and pizza for sale along with beverages.

"Support the downtown that supports our community," says the sponsor, the Batavia Business Improvement District's Public Market Committee.

For more information, call 344-0900 or visit this website <>.

June 2, 2010 - 2:20pm
posted by Billie Owens in Announcements.

Art and animal lovers can try for a chance to win two prints by Cyrus Mejia, co-founder of Best Friends, in two raffles to be held July 4.

This "Art for the Kindness Revolution" will benefit the Genesee County Animal Shelter.

Raffle #1 is for "Yin & Yang" -- featuring two cats in a pose reflective of the yin and yang symbol.

Raffle #2 is for "Spiral Dance" -- featuring three dogs doing a dance.

Tickets are one dollar each or three for $2. They are available at the animal shelter, 3841 W. Main St., Town of Batavia, at events sponsored by Volunteers for Animals or from VFA members.

June 2, 2010 - 1:48pm
posted by Billie Owens in Announcements, sports.

The Genesee Community College Office of Alumni Affairs along with the Athletics Department are seeking nominations for the first class of inductees to the newly established Sports Hall of Fame.

The first class of honorees will be inducted into the Hall of Fame at a reception at the inaugural Homecoming celebration on Saturday, Oct. 2. The deadline for nominations is June 30.

The Selection Committee seeks to identify outstanding alumni athletes, teams or people involved in Genesee athletic service for induction into the new Sports Hall of Fame.

Inclusion in the Hall of Fame is the highest athletic honor that the college bestows on its alumni and supporters, and will recognize the outstanding athletic achievements of individuals and teams of every era who have fostered athletic achievement and sportsmanship at the college.

The criteria for nominating an individual or team to the Sports Hall of Fame are based on:

  • Intercollegiate Athlete -- 30 credit hours earned while at GCC; at least five years of time must have lapsed outside GCC; and academic excellence and community service.
  • Team -- Distinguished in a significant way either through school, regional or national championship or service.
  • Athletic Service -- Any individual who has made a noteworthy contribution to the growth, development and success of GCC athletics. Consideration may include sustained leadership, service and/or support.

Nominations may be submitted by the nominee or by friends, family, past team mates or other colleagues who are familiar with the nominee.

All nominations received by June 30 will be considered by the Selection Committee for the 2010 Sports Hall of Fame.

Nomination forms can be downloaded from Genesee Community College's athletics website ( and e-mailed or sent to Genesee Community College.

Please send all nominations to: Sports Information Director- Kristen Schuth, Genesee Community College, One College Road, Batavia, NY 14020 or email:<http://[email protected]>.


Batavia Rotary Club Honors Four At Annual Awards Night

The Batavia Rotary Club awarded Paul Harris Fellowships to four local individuals on June 1st at the annual awards dinner.  The award is named for the founder of Rotary International and is the highest honor a Rotary Club can award.  This year, Batavia Rotary Club recognized two of it's own, Bill Brown, former president of WBTA and Susie Boyce, all-around community volunteer.  Also named Paul Harris Fellows; community members Mary Pat Hancock for her tireless years of service to the Genesee County Legislature and Paul Saskowski for his efforts on behalf of the Annual Rotary Club musical.

June 1, 2010 - 2:01pm
posted by Billie Owens in Announcements, Art Ah La Carte.

ART AH LA CARTE  is having a soft opening from 1 to 5 p.m. on Saturday, June 12.

There will be a gift-basket giveaway, gallory showing, music from local guitarists and refreshments.

Come and "CELEBRATE ART" with us. Enjoy local artists and student works, too.

The following ART CAMPS will be offered this summer:

  • Ages 6-9 -- July 19-23
  • Ages 10-12 -- July 26-30
  • Ages 13-17 -- Aug. 2-6.

Children will complete five art projects. Multimedium,  mosaic, watercolor, junk art and and texture painting.

Must register by calling 245-1655 no later than two weeks prior to camp. Class size is limited.

June 1, 2010 - 1:46pm
posted by Billie Owens in Announcements, events.
Event Date and Time: 
July 9, 2010 - 7:00pm to July 10, 2010 - 11:00pm

Can you believe it's been 20 years? The Alexander High School Class of '90 Reunion will start with a casual meeting Friday, July 9 in the Alexander Fire Dept. beer tent. Starts and 7 p.m. and runs until whenever.

Then from 7 to 11 p.m. on Saturday, July 10, there will be a big wingding at the Center Street Smokehouse in Batavia. Cost is $15 a person and there will be heavy appetizers, music, dancing, a cash bar and lots of socializing.

June 1, 2010 - 1:25pm
posted by Billie Owens in Announcements, genesee county youth bureau.

Here are summer events offered by the Genesee County Youth Bureau:

June 16: Genesee County-wide SADD 20th Anniversary Dinner

June 18: Reality Check FREE Outdoor Family Movie -- "Percy Jackson & the   Olympians" (PG) (Dwyer Stadium at dusk)

June 23: Reality Check FREE Outdoor Family Movie -- "Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian" (PG) (Jackson Square at dusk)

June 29: WNY Tobacco-Free Programs Recognition Event, Dwyer Stadium, 6-7:30 p.m.

July 4: Picnic in the Park, Centennial Park, Batavia, 11 a.m. -5 p.m.

July 17: Oatka Fest, Trigon Park, LeRoy

July 21: Reality Check FREE Outdoor Family Movie -- "The Tooth Fairy" (PG), Jackson Square at dusk

Aug. 3: National Night Out — Austin Park Batavia 5:30-8:30 p.m. Plus FREE Reality Check Movie at dusk! "The Blind Side" (PG)

Aug. 18: Reality Check FREE Outdoor Family Movie -- "Diary of a Wimpy Kid" (PG), Jackson Square at dusk

Aug. 21: Summer in the City, Kids Zone, Main Street, Batavia

Please call the Genesee County Youth Bureau for more information about these or other Youth Bureau events/activities at 344-3960.

Bring your family to enjoy these activities or volunteer your time to help out!


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