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October 22, 2009 - 11:10am
posted by Beth Stich in Announcements.
Event Date and Time: 
November 14, 2009 -
9:00am to 3:00pm

Come to the 7th Annual World Wide Christmas Fair on Saturday, Nov. 14th from 9am-3pm at the First Presbyterian Church, 300 E. Main St. Batavia. Free Admission. Build a Better World - Shop with Purpose. Support fair trade, not-for-profit and service organizations by purchasing high quality gifts from local, regional and international vendors. Lunch, snacks and coffee available.

October 21, 2009 - 11:37pm
posted by Billie Owens in Announcements, events.
Event Date and Time: 
October 24, 2009 -
10:00am to 3:00pm

St. Paul's Episcopal Church, Main Road (Route 5) in Stafford will hold a Fall Fair from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Oct 24. "A wonderful lunch will be served along with baked goods for sale." There will be lots to see, do and buy, too.

October 21, 2009 - 11:29pm
Event Date and Time: 
October 22, 2009 -
11:45am to 1:00pm

The Genesee County Chamber of Commerce invites the community to attend its Annual Meeting to be held 11:45 a.m. on Thursday, Oct. 22 at Bohn’s Restaurant.

This year’s keynote speaker will be Kenneth Adams, president and CEO of The Business Council of New York State.

It is the state's largest and most influential business association representing more than 3,000 member businesses, chambers of commerce, and professional and trade associations.

October 21, 2009 - 11:16pm
posted by Billie Owens in Announcements, events.
Event Date and Time: 
October 30, 2009 -
5:30pm to 9:00pm

The 4-H Achievement/Fun Night will be held on Friday, Oct. 30 at the Genesee County Fairgrounds – Kennedy Building. This fun-filled event starts at 5:30 p.m and is open to all 4-H families. "4-H appropriate" Halloween Costumes are encouraged.

October 21, 2009 - 10:48pm
posted by Billie Owens in Announcements, events, Stafford.
Event Date and Time: 
October 29, 2009 -
7:00pm to 9:00pm

The third biennial “Meet the Candidates Night” will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. on Thursday Oct. 29 at the Stafford Town Hall Courtroom on Route 237.
The candidates for office of Town Council include: Ronald Panek (R), of Thwing Road; Don Mullen (R), of Sweetland Road; and Michelle Macan Mouery (D), of Main Road.

For Highway Superintendent: Steven Boldt (R, D,C ), of Clipnock Road; and James Pontillo (C), of Griswold Road.

October 20, 2009 - 4:57pm
posted by Billie Owens in Announcements, events, business, education.
Event Date and Time: 
December 4, 2009 -
7:30am to 9:00am

The Genesee County Business Education Alliance celebrates its 20th Anniversary at its annual breakfast at 7:30 a.m. on Friday, Dec. 4. It will be at Terry Hills Golf Course and Banquet Facility in Batavia

From the inception of the BEA, numerous partnerships have been formed between education and businesses, and many of them continue to this day. Its continuing mission is to foster partnerships and assist students in preparing for the world of work.

October 20, 2009 - 4:38pm
posted by Billie Owens in Announcements, GCC, sports, soccer.

Genesee Community College's Men's Soccer Team alumni are preparing for an exciting, first-ever alumni soccer match scheduled at 3 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 24.

They will play on the new all-weather soccer field at the Batavia Campus.

Organized by Men's Soccer assistant coach Jim Cody, players will be arranged into two teams according to graduating years. Odd-graduating years will play even-graduating years.

During the game, cider and doughnut refreshments will be provided by Genesee's Alumni Office. Tee shirts will also be provided to those participating in the match. Prior to the alumni game, the current Men's Soccer team will play Cayuga Community College at 1 o'clock.

"We hope to make this an annual event," Cody said. "We already have alumni signed up that graduated over 25 years ago! We really want to get young and old players back to campus to celebrate the new field and hopefully in the future expand this event to include the women's teams."

Following the alumni game, players as well as friends, families and spectators are welcomed to a gathering at O'Lacy's Irish Pub in Batavia to celebrate, meet old friends and reminisce.

This event is free, and the general public is invited to participate as spectators. For more information, please contact Jim Cody at 585-343-0055 ext. 6670.

October 20, 2009 - 4:29pm
posted by Billie Owens in Announcements, Operation Paperback.

Military troops serving overseas continue to spend some of their free time reading paperback books sent to them by people in Genesee County.

Thanks to the efforts of the local community and Genesee Community College's Student Activities staff, Operation Paperback -- the used book drive at Genesee -- has had more than 5,000 books donated. That amounted to 200 boxes' worth.

Operation Paperback is part of a national intitiative which collects gently used paperback books and sends them to American troops deployed overseas. Since 1999, Americans have shipped over 950,000 books to locations around the globe.

Volunteer groups to provide Operation Paperback with addresses of military groups overseas. Every week they receives thanks from troops who are glad to be appreciated and remembered.

The local Books for Troops initiative was originally the idea of Genesee student Tom Maniace, who used it as a required project for his Resident Assistant position at College Village. The response from the college and the local community was so overwhelming, that the Student Activities staff stepped in and lent a hand in sorting, packaging and sending out the boxes paperbacks.

Cliff Scutella, director of Student Activities at Genesee said: "The community was just so responsive. It was really a wonderful and heartwarming experience. People embraced this project and were enthusiastic about it. I had no idea the extent of generosity this community has."

The book drive took an immense amount of logistical planning. There were many steps required to ensure the boxes of books reached the hands of the troops. They needed to be sorted according to genre, labeled with an Operation Paperback label and a letter was inserted in each box. From there, the efforts of the mail room at Genesee and the local Post Office were appreciated since 20 boxes were mailed at a time.

Genesee is taking up another book drive this academic year. It will be offered in conjunction with Genesee's Fifth Annual Eco-Fest on April 17. Community members will be able to bring in their used paperback books during a one day drop-off at Eco-Fest. Scutella noted that Books for Troops is a perfect fit for Eco-Fest.

"Community members now have an outlet for donating their used books. It will go hand-in-hand with the other recycling initiatives available at Eco-Fest, such as the E-Scrap drive and the sneaker recycling program," Scutella said.

For more information, visit <> .

For further information, please contact Student Activities at 585-343-0055 x6261.

October 20, 2009 - 3:57pm
posted by Billie Owens in Announcements, Genesee Community College.

Ronald Jacobs, director of the Respiratory Care Program at Genesee Community College, accepted a proclamation for National Respiratory Care Week at the Genesee County Legislature meeting Oct.14.

National Respiratory Care week is Oct. 25-31.

It celebrates the work and accomplishments of the over 135,000 respiratory therapists nationwide. There are over 6,500 licensed respiratory therapists and technicians in New York. It is also used to bring more awareness of COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease), its causes and treatment.

A few years ago, Congress established a bipartisan COPD Caucus. COPD is the fourth leading cause of death due to chronic illness in the country. It is anticipated that it will become the third leading cause of death within the next 10 years, making it the only chronic disease where the mortality rate is increasing, not decreasing.

GCC began its Respiratory Care Program in 1995 and it is fully accredited by CoARC, the Committee for Accreditation of Respiratory Care. The program occupies its own floor of the Batavia Campus and has a state-of-the-art laboratory modeled after a hospital room, with piped in oxygen and compressed air. The equipment is up-to-date, with educational grants and donations continuing to bring in modern equipment.

Genesee students also have access to over 20 different clinical sites, acquiring almost 900 hours of clinical experience during their education, assuring a comprehensive clinical education in the field.

October 20, 2009 - 3:46pm
posted by Steve Hawley in Announcements, steve hawley.

Letter to the Editor from Assemblyman Steve Hawley (R,I,C-Batavia):

I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of those who
participated or were involved in making our recent trip to Washington,
D.C. a great success. More than 150 local veterans and their family
members joined me for “Patriot Trip II,” which was made possible
through the tremendous support we received from Western New York
veterans, local businesses, staff and volunteers.

Our local veterans groups were especially helpful in encouraging World
War II, Vietnam War, and Korean War veterans to attend. The 7th
District VFW, W.J. Gallagher Veterans Club, Butts-Clark Post 204
American Legion, Orleans Veterans Club, VFW Lincoln Post 1483, and the
Batavia American Legion all played a key role.

Without the generous contributions of local businesses the trip would
not have able to occur. Dunkin Doughnuts, Kirby Farms, Tops Market,
Oliver’s Candies, Tim Horton’s, as well as OTB and Batavia Downs all
donated significant resources.

The trip was coordinated through the efforts of my staff as well as
local volunteers. Eileen Banker, Laura Manley and Rachael Millspaugh
from my office, worked alongside selfless volunteers like Dale Banker,
Adam Tabelski, Jim Freas, Sharon White, Dick DeCarlo, Gregg Torrey
and Dennis Kirby.

The Crossroads Hotel on the Quantico Marine Base provided generous
accommodations for our group, while our Trailways’ bus drivers – Mike,
Del, and Steve – cheerfully escorted us to memorials and monuments.
In addition, Rikki Cason from the Medina Journal Register and Dan
Fisher from WBTA 1490 offered our tour tremendous press coverage.
Finally, our Congressman, Chris Lee, helped plan the trip and granted
us an invaluable tour of the Capitol Building.

Because of everyone’s efforts, the trip was a tremendous success and
we are all looking forward to next year’s “Patriot Trip III.”

Steve Hawley
Batavia, NY

October 19, 2009 - 3:39pm
Event Date and Time: 
November 14, 2009 -
7:00pm to 9:00pm

The Volunteers for Animals of Batavia will hold the 7th annual Fur Ball beginning at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 14 at the Holiday Inn.

It is located at 8250 Park Road in Batavia.

The public is invited to attend and enjoy desserts and refreshments with friends.

There will be oodles of fun, including a Chinese auction, door prizes, raffles, including a 50/50 and special ones to win a cat tree and a wireless "invisible" fence.

October 19, 2009 - 3:17pm
posted by Billie Owens in Announcements, events, st. joseph school.
Event Date and Time: 
November 14, 2009 - 6:00pm to November 15, 2009 - 12:00am

The annual Popcorn Ball to benefit St. Joseph School is being overseen by Jill Kratz. The Nov. 14 event will celebrate the school's Golden Anniversary -- 50 years of excellence in education.

The selection of Kratz was not happenstance for this momentous occassion. It was made in no small part because of her roots in the community.

She is the granddaughter of the original Popcorn Ball organizers -- Anthony and Teresa Peca.

October 18, 2009 - 11:11am
posted by tonette stone in Announcements.

We had a great time face painting at the Haunted hayride in LeRoy at Pully's Market on the 16 and 17th from 7:30 pm to 10:00 pm    

We hope to see you next weekend on Friday or Saturday.  October 23 and 24

We changed our facepainting choices each night.    Choose anyone of the days choices for $1.00 each.     Check us out before or after your hayride.    Come on in to the store and check out the corn kernel sand box........what a great way to celebrate the harvest season.


Party Leader


October 18, 2009 - 11:00am
posted by tonette stone in Announcements.
Event Date and Time: 
October 23, 2009 - 7:30pm to October 24, 2009 - 10:30pm
October 17, 2009 - 10:15pm
posted by Susan Kennelly in batavia, Announcements, Halloween, Ghost Walk.

Historic Batavia Cemetery Ghost Walk, Candlelight Tour

I volunteered at the ghost walk tonight and it was a great time.  There is going to be another one next Saturday Oct, 24th at 7:00 pm. It's located on Harvester Ave.  Tickets are $10. in advance or $15. at the gate.  It's really worth checking out.  Great fun for the whole family.

October 16, 2009 - 3:17pm
posted by Ronald Burroughs in Announcements.


Just a friendly reminder that Genesee County Habitat for Humanity's ReStore will open for the first time Saturday, 10-17-09 from 8AM-1PM. Come, shop, and be surprised at what we have. We will also be accepting (tax deductable) new or good condition used articals to be donated to the store. For information, e-mail   [email protected]  or visit our web page   or call 585-345-1656.

October 15, 2009 - 5:04pm

Notre Dame High School will play host to the 2009 Meet the Candidates Night on Wednesday, Oct. 28, sponsored by the City of Batavia Democratic Committee.

It will be an informal night of discussion and an opportunity to get to know the candidates who are running for County Legislature and City Council. It will begin at 7 p.m. in the Cafeteria at Notre Dame School, located at 73 Union St. in Batavia.

“This a wonderful opportunity for the candidates to meet one-on-one with their neighbors and constituents concerning local issues," said City Democratic Chairman Patrick Burk in a press release. “It allows for dialogue and sharing.” 

The event will include coffee and refreshments and all city residents are invited to attend. 

City Council-at-Large Candidates Sara Burk-Balbi, Phil Ricci and Julie Wallace will be available along with Rose Mary Christian, Chris Charvella and Ed DeJaneiro, the County Legisilature candidates who represent the City of Batavia.

“We hope neighbors and friends and all city residents do stop in and let us know their ideas and concerns,” Burk said. “It is an open forum and everyone is invited to attend. It is our hope that our representatives on City Council and County Legislature will continue to look into and discuss issues as they are brought forward. Communication is the key.”

October 15, 2009 - 4:52pm
posted by Billie Owens in Announcements, Oakfield, Alabama.

As part of his ongoing constituent outreach events, Assemblyman Steve Hawley
(R, I, C - Batavia) invites you to join him at a series of Town Hall meetings on Saturday, Oct. 24 throughout Genesee County.

"Serving as your state representative is one of the most rewarding experiences of my life and I am proud and honored to serve you," Hawley said in a press release.

"In order to ensure your voice is heard in Albany, I am hosting this series of Town Hall meetings and I hope you will come to share your thoughts and concerns with me."

Town of Alabama -- 10 a.m.
Alabama Town Hall
2218 Judge Road

Village of Oakfield -- 11:30 a.m.
Oakfield Village Hall
37 Main St.

Village of Bergen -- 2 p.m.
The Tulley Building
11 N. Lake Ave.

For more information regarding this series of Town Hall meetings or for more information on future meetings, please call Hawley's district office at (585) 589-5780.

October 13, 2009 - 9:56am

This program is supported by the NYS Office of Children and Family Services through the Genesee County Youth Bureau There are many ways in which individuals can become more active in their community, and one of the most satisfying ways is to find an organization you care about and volunteer your time.  Genesee County CASA for Children is a non-profit organization that advocates for abused and neglected children in our community.  By becoming a volunteer advocate, you would be giving a child a powerful voice during what can be daunting court proceedings in Family Court. 

A CASA advocate monitors court orders, maintains a relationship with the child or children invovled, makes reports and reccomendations to the court about safe, permanent placement of the child or chidlren, attends court proceedings, and gathers all case information to be reported back the the family court.

On average, after training, an advocate spends between 8 and 10 hours a month on their assigned case.  It has been shown that chidlren who have a CASA are more likely to be in safe, permanent homes, and have better opportunities for success later in life.  If you think CASA might be the organization that you would fit into, please don't hesitate.  Their are hundreds of children right here in Genesee County that are in need of a CASA.

Please contact Tara Pariso at (585) 344-2550 x 2331 or [email protected] for more information and application.

This program is supported by the NYS Office of Children and Family Services through the Genesee County Youth Bureau




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