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May 29, 2009 - 4:56pm
posted by Darrick Coleman in Announcements, Present Tense, workshop.
Event Date and Time: 
August 22, 2009 -
2:00pm to 3:30pm

If the mere thought of writing a college application essay makes your knees knock and your brow start to sweat, your worries are over! Sign up for the College Writing Workshop at Present Tense and let instructor Patty Hawley show you how to write a winning essay that may be your ticket in to the school of your dreams! Patty has experience writing grants and applications and will show you the do's and dont's for successful essays, share advice and tips for better writing, and help you discover compelling material to include in your college essays.

May 29, 2009 - 4:45pm
posted by Darrick Coleman in Announcements, books, Present Tense.
Event Date and Time: 
August 12, 2009 -
12:00pm to 1:00pm

We will be reading Between, Georgia by Joshilyn Jackson for our August meeting. Bring your lunch and enjoy a lively discussion!


May 29, 2009 - 4:13pm
posted by Darrick Coleman in Announcements, books, Present Tense.
Event Date and Time: 
July 29, 2009 -
7:00pm to 8:00pm

The Storyslingers book group at Present Tense will be reading The Crying Tree by Naseem Rakha for our July meeting.


May 29, 2009 - 4:09pm
posted by Darrick Coleman in Announcements, books, Present Tense.
Event Date and Time: 
July 17, 2009 -
4:30pm to 5:30pm

The Young Adult Book Club at Present Tense will be reading The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie for our July meeting. This book won the National Book Award.


May 29, 2009 - 4:06pm
posted by Darrick Coleman in Announcements, books, Present Tense.
Event Date and Time: 
July 8, 2009 -
12:00pm to 1:00pm

The Lunchtime Book Group will be reading The Art of Keeping Secrets by Patti Callahan Henry for our July meeting. Bring your lunch and enjoy a lively discussion!


May 29, 2009 - 4:02pm
posted by Darrick Coleman in Announcements, books, Present Tense.
Event Date and Time: 
July 29, 2009 -
5:30pm to 7:00pm

Exciting new author Naseem Rakha will visit Present Tense to sign copies of her book The Crying Tree, which has been selected as one of the "Emerging Voices" authors at BookExpo America and has also been selected by Barnes and Noble for their fall "Discover Great New Writers" promotion. Visit for more information.


May 29, 2009 - 3:57pm
posted by Darrick Coleman in Announcements, Present Tense, workshops.
Event Date and Time: 
July 25, 2009 -
10:30am to 12:00pm

Instructor Kim Argenta will teach participants how to make a pair of earrings and a memory wire bracelet in this fun workshop designed for children ages 9-13. Kim is an art instructor at Holy Family Catholic School in Le Roy. A registration fee of $10 per child is due by July 18.


May 29, 2009 - 3:53pm
posted by Darrick Coleman in Announcements, books, Present Tense.
Event Date and Time: 
July 22, 2009 -
7:00pm to 8:00pm

Are you in a book club? Join the Present Tense Book Club Registry! Our first Book Club Bonanza is scheduled for Wednesday, July 22 at 7:00 pm. Our staff will present the hot new books for the Fall season and show you great selections for your group. You'll have a chance to register your club and join our growing network of people who love to talk about books! Light refreshments will be served and there will be prizes and goodies for those who attend. Bring your book club and enjoy a night just for you!

May 29, 2009 - 3:46pm
posted by Darrick Coleman in Announcements, books, Present Tense.
Event Date and Time: 
June 20, 2009 -
1:00pm to 2:00pm

Batavia native Evalyn Gates will visit Present Tense to sign copies of her book Einstein's Telescope: The Hunt for Dark Matter and Dark Energy in the Universe. Evalyn is currently the Assistant Director of the Kavli Institute for Cosmological Physics at the University of Chicago. Visit for more information.


May 29, 2009 - 1:41pm
posted by Billie Owens in Announcements.

Press Release:

The New York State Police will be participating in Roadcheck 2009, an international commercial vehicle enforcement event, June 2-4.

This important safety event, which began in 1988, is sponsored by the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance, North America’s leading commercial vehicle safety enforcement organization.

Roadcheck 2009 promotes safety and security on North American highways through the inspection of commercial vehicles and drivers. Truck and bus safety inspectors will be on the job night and day during the 72-hour period checking vehicles and their drivers at inspection sites along major highways. In addition, roving patrols will inspect vehicles and drivers traveling other highways.

Roadcheck 2009 will also emphasize enforcement of commercial vehicle drivers who fail to wear their safety belts. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration recently released an updated study on safety belt use by commercial vehicle drivers indicating that safety belt use by commercial drivers is 72% compared to 83% for passenger car drivers.

May 29, 2009 - 1:24pm
posted by Billie Owens in Announcements, pembroke, Darien, corfu.

Press Release:

Paving work slows traffic on Rte 77 in Pembroke, Darien and Corfu

A project to resurface a section of Rte 77 in the towns of Darien and Pembroke and a section of Rte 33 in the Village of Corfu began May 26. Variable message signs have been placed along the corridors to notify motorists. The scheduled completion date is this fall.

Motorists should expect one-way alternating traffic patterns controlled by flaggers during daytime hours. Due to the large traffic volumes along Rte 77 bound to and from the nearby theme park, camping resort and concert venue, restrictions have been incorporated into the contract to prohibit lane closures after noon on Fridays and all day Saturdays, Sundays and select special event days. Crews plan to start at the northern project limits.

Final plans are to resurface the 8.5-mile section of Rte 77 from Rte 5 in Pembroke to just south of Rte 20 in Darien and the 1.5 mile-section of Rte 33 within the Corfu Village limits. The top layer of worn, deteriorated asphalt will be removed with a milling machine and replaced with a new layer of asphalt and fresh pavement markings. The six-foot-wide shoulders will also be resurfaced. This paving work will extend the life of the pavement 8-10 years.

Motorists are advised to travel slowly and carefully through the work zone area.
Daily traffic reports can be accessed at<

May 29, 2009 - 1:13pm
posted by Billie Owens in batavia, Announcements.

Press Release:

State Police Conducts Nighttime Safety Restraint Enforcement
Statewide: Campaign Will Target Unbuckled Motorists at Night

Major Christopher L. Cummings, Troop A Commander, has announced the start of New York’s latest “nighttime” safety restraint enforcement efforts. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the odds of being killed in a motor vehicle crash are three times higher at night, which is when seat belt use declines substantially. In an effort to save lives, the State Police will be conducting nighttime safety restraint enforcement details.

Troopers across New York State will be staffing nighttime safety restraint checkpoints in the ongoing “Click It or Ticket” campaign. Given the increasing number of traffic crashes at night, all New Yorkers should be reminded of the need to wear their seatbelts, not only during the day but every time they travel in a vehicle.

“Buckling up all the time clearly saves lives, and if you don’t, you will be ticketed,” Major Cummings said.  “Unfortunately, too many New Yorkers still need a tough reminder, and we’re going to provide it.” 

Recent statistics indicate that roughly 10 percent of motorists in New York still fail to wear safety restraints and it is likely that number is even higher during nighttime hours.  “It’s tragic and unnecessary, but someone we know will likely die or be unnecessarily injured for failing to take one simple step – buckling up. It really is a matter of life and death.” Cummings added.

According to NHTSA, in 2005 more than 15,000 passenger vehicle occupants died in traffic crashes between 6 p.m. and 6 a.m.; nearly two-thirds of those killed were not wearing seat belts at the time of the crash. In addition, nighttime seat belt use is often 10 percent lower than the nationwide average of 82 percent daytime seat belt use. Crashes also are the leading cause of death for every age from 3 through 33.

Major Cummings stressed that all vehicle occupants, regardless of age, should be properly restrained.  “Kids and young adults learn best by example, and parents set that example,” he said.  “Infants and toddlers are even more vulnerable, because they can’t buckle up themselves – they must rely on adults to do it for them.”  National studies have shown belted drivers are far more likely than unbelted operators to restrain their children.

Law enforcement agencies in New York State initiated the Buckle up New York Campaign in 1999. Although the state’s safety belt usage rate has hovered around 85 percent over the last three years, highway safety advocates are encouraged to report that New York has reached a historic high rate of 89 percent in 2008.

May 29, 2009 - 12:57pm
posted by Billie Owens in Announcements.

kaitlin skelton may 09.jpgPress release:

Kaitlin Skelton, 2009 class valedictorian at Batavia High School, was
named New York State Outstanding Young New Yorker and
awarded an $1,800 scholarship.

The scholarship competition was held May 16 during the New York State JAYCEES Convention in Liverpool. Skelton plans to attend the University of Rochester in the
fall to study international relations and possibly a foreign language.

For over 30 years the OYNY Scholarship Program has honored top high school
seniors nominated by New York State JAYCEE Chapters based on their scholastic achievement, school and community activities, leadership capabilities, interview and public speaking abilities.

Kaitlin gave a 5-minute speech on this assigned topic:

There are many present-day challenges that the United States and the rest of world needs to overcome in near future: environmental concerns, the repercussions of religious extremism, the fallout of financial collapses, the affects of rampant racism, and starvation caused by worldwide food shortages to name only a few. These problems not only threatened our way of life in the past, but continue to do so in the present and will
continue to do so for future generations if left unresolved.

With so many issues that deserve our attention, where do we begin?  In your opinion, what is the most important problem we face today? Why do you believe so?  What would be our first step to solving this daunting predicament, and more importantly, why should your opinion matter?

The New York State Junior Chamber is an affiliate of the United States
Junior Chamber and Junior Chamber International. The JAYCEES are a world
federation of young leaders and entrepreneurs dedicated to create positive
changes in our communities by providing opportunities for business
development, community development, individual development, international
affairs and management development.

May 29, 2009 - 12:27pm
posted by Billie Owens in batavia, Announcements.

Downtown Batavia Public Market is starting its third year on June 25 and it will be open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursdays through Sept. 10. It is centrally located at the corner of Ellicott (Rte 63) and Center streets with plenty of convenient parking.

The market will offer a full variety of fresh produce, fruit, bread, cookies, pies, honey, jams, BBQ sauce, cut and dried flowers and lots more.

Vendors include: J & W Fresh Farm Produce, Nice Farms, Schwab Farms, S & T Crist Farms, Alston’s BBQ Sauce, and Pressed Flowers by L. Regatuso. 

Sponsored by: Batavia Business Improvement District Public Market Committee.
Interested vendors can contact the B.I.D. Office at 585-344-0900 or visit our website at  HYPERLINK ""

May 28, 2009 - 12:09pm
posted by Darrick Coleman in Announcements, books, Present Tense.

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May 25, 2009 - 9:44pm
posted by Amy Vlack in Announcements, elba, Historical Society of Elba.
Event Date and Time: 
May 25, 2009 - 9:40pm to June 7, 2009 - 9:40pm

May 31 - Museum open 2:00 p.m. -  4:00 p.m.

June 4 - Society meeting 7:00 p.m. - Speaker Tom Rivers, open to the public, refreshments will be served.

June 7 - Museum open 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

New members and visitors always welcome.

For more information call June Chamberlain - 344-2707

May 19, 2009 - 4:11pm
posted by Billie Owens in Announcements, events.
Event Date and Time: 
June 7, 2009 -
1:00pm to 5:00pm

Pioneer Stagecoach Day will be held from 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday, June 7 in LeRoy.

Papa John's Eagle, which used to be a stagecoach stop, will offer children's rides, food and entertainment. It is located at 9 Main St.

There will also be a car cruise, sidewalk sales and raffles.

May 19, 2009 - 4:00pm
posted by Billie Owens in Announcements, events.
Event Date and Time: 
May 30, 2009 -
5:00pm to 9:00pm

The 14th Annual 19th Hole Golf Raffle to benefit the American Red Cross in Genesee County will take place from 5 to 9 p.m. on Saturday, May 30 in Pavilion.

It will be held at BW's Restaurant (Davis' Countryside Meadows), located at 11070 Perry Road. Tickets are $10 to enter, including all you can eat and all you can drink (beer and soda). Ten major prizes will be raffled off.


May 19, 2009 - 3:16pm
posted by Billie Owens in batavia, Announcements.

Press release

The New York State Police in conjunction with the Genesee County Sheriff’s Office and Village of Corfu Police Department will participate in a Traffic Safety Corridor to deter aggressive driving in Genesee County beginning this week.

The summer months bring an increase in traffic throughout the roadways of New York.  Congested roadways and increased hours spent driving often leads to aggressive driving. An aggressive driver is someone who operates a motor vehicle in a selfish, bold or pushy manner, without regard for the rights or safety of others.

Throughout the summer, the State Police and local law enforcement agencies will focus attention and dedicate patrols to state routes 66, 77 and 20 in Genesee County.

A high volume of traffic moves along these roadways everyday, increasing the chances of aggressive drivers and traffic accidents. Law enforcement officers will pay close attention to motorists who drive at high rate of speed, fail to signal when changing lanes, tailgate, fail to yield right-of-way and disregard traffic-control devices.

“With increased patrols and visibility along these roadways, we hope to remind motorists to follow safe driving practices,” said Major Christopher L. Cummings, Troop “A” Commander.  “Troopers will pay close attention to these designated roadways and enforce the vehicle and traffic laws in an effort to decrease accidents."

Not only can aggressive driving result in a ticket if found violating the law, this type of behavior puts the driver and others in danger. New York State statistics show that aggressive driving behaviors -- chronic speeding, frequent and unsafe lane changes, refusal to signal, tailgating, failure to yield the right-of-way and disregard for traffic -- are a contributing factor in 59% of all crashes and in 66% of fatal crashes, when a cause is attributed.

Aggressive drivers are not a new phenomenon, but the stressful pace of modern life and the ever-growing volume of traffic have combined to make their behaviors increasingly reckless and hazardous. The State Police hopes the Traffic Safety Corridor patrols will make roads a safer place to travel thereby avoiding fatalities.

May 19, 2009 - 1:09pm
posted by Billie Owens in Announcements, events.
Event Date and Time: 
May 25, 2009 -
1:00pm to 3:00pm

The Byron Presbyterian Church will hold a Memorial Day auction from 1 to 3 p.m. Monday, May 25. The church is located at 6293 West Main St. in Byron.





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