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December 15, 2009 - 11:33am
posted by Jeffrey R. Bartz in batavia, Announcements, Christmas.
Event Date and Time: 
December 20, 2009 -
11:00am to 6:00pm

Join us for a special musical presentation that celebrates the Season, the Story and the Savior of Christmas!

Sunday, December 20, 2009

11 AM & 6 PM

(refreshments to follow evening presentation)

Grace Baptist Church

238 Vine Street



December 12, 2009 - 1:01pm
posted by Billie Owens in Announcements, pets, volunteers for animals.

Oops! Time's running out! Santa is at Petco in Batavia today until 4 p.m. giving pet owners a photo op for their critters. Cost is $8.95, with $5 of that going to Volunteers for Animals to assist animals at the Genesee County Animal Shelter.

The Petco is located at 4226 Veterans Memorial Drive.

December 11, 2009 - 9:51am
posted by Robin Walters in batavia, Announcements, Care-A-Van Ministries.
Event Date and Time: 
December 12, 2009 -
10:30am to 12:00pm
Care-A-Van Ministries will be on Central Avenue this Saturday morning for grocery and clothing distribution from 10:30-Noon. If you or anyone you know is in need of food, please stop by. God Bless and Keep the Light On!
December 10, 2009 - 3:26pm
posted by Billie Owens in Announcements.

St. James Church has 2010 Calendars of Historic Churches of Genesee County available for sale. The full-color calendar is $15 and can be purchased by contacting the church at 343-6802. The proceeds will benefit the Restoration Fund of St. James Church.

December 10, 2009 - 3:21pm

Due to the severe-weather travel advisories and lake-effect snow warnings, the following closures have been reported to us:

United Memorial Medical Center outpatient sites

• Byron Family Care
• Batavia Family Care
• Tountas Family Care
• Tonawanda Seneca Family Care
• The Jerome Center
• Corporate Health
• Pembroke Diagnostics
• LeRoy Diagnostics
• Surgical Practice Office

Patients with appointments for today have been called and will be asked to reschedule.

The Hospital and Emergency Department are open. Please call 9-1-1 for emergency medical attention.

Genesee Community College is closing at 4 p.m. -- no classes for tonight.

The Byron-Bergen Public Library is closed today.

December 10, 2009 - 1:31am

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December 9, 2009 - 7:57pm
posted by Billie Owens in Announcements.

Crossroads of Harmony has become a steadfast Genesee County Christmas tradition in the last 15 years.

With an ever-growing number of singers from Genesee County and the surrounding counties, its four-part harmonic, a cappella songs create warmth and wonderful Christmas imagery.

"Our goal is, and has always been, to bring smiles and positive energy tothose who are listening to us through the use of barbershop (-style singing)," says Beth Allen, a member for the past six years.

They sing at a variety of venues -- including festivals, hospitals, nursing facilities, apartment complexes and schools -- and help create an atmosphere of joy and "meaning" with each performance, which can range from 30 minuntes to an hour.

"We love to watch the transformation that occurs within our audiences," Allen said. "When we first arrive, we often see a group of individuals who are having a so-so day. Then we turn it into a sparkling, memorable day with smiles and laughter."

For more information on how Crossroads of Harmony can perform for your group or organization, contact Shirley at 948-9385 or Mary at 343-4556. For anyone interested in singing with Crossroads of Harmony, they meet at 7:30 p.m. every Monday night at the Genesee County Nursing Home on Chandler Avenue in the City of Batavia.

December 9, 2009 - 7:27pm
posted by Billie Owens in Announcements, GO ART!.

The Genesee-Orleans Regional Arts Council (GO ART!) is seeking artists interested in exhibiting their work, including the local one at the Genesee County Senior Center, 2 Bank St., in Batavia.

Since 1977, GO ART! has served area artists by providing exhibit space for their work. Gallery shows are typically displayed for two months. Artists must be 18 or older. Current local openings are at the Batavia Satellite Gallery in the Senior Center, January/February, March/April and July/August 2010.

For additional information, contact the Genesee-Orleans Regional Arts Council at 343-9313 or download an application online at

December 9, 2009 - 6:55pm
posted by Billie Owens in Announcements, Genesee Community College, alumni.

Genesee Community College's Alumni Office has been awarded a $1,000 from the State University of New York Council for University Advancement (SUNYCUAD) to develop an Alumni Career Network program. Led by Alumni Coordinator Jackie Christenson, plans call for the inaugural program to be up and running next year.

The Alumni Career Network will be a career mentoring program to assist students with career planning and goal setting. The mentor program will match students with alumni who have similar academic interests, career goals, personal interests and hobbies for the purpose of encouraging, supporting, advising and motivating. Alumni mentors will guide students in understanding their field of interest and sharing various levels of expertise.

The goals include helping students develop professional, interpersonal and networking skills critical to their success, and also keeping students informed about career choices through consultations with alumni volunteer mentors. Mentoring can be done in person; through e-mail or by phone; shadowing opportunities at a workplace, or a short- or long-term internship. The key is to begin a small program to guide students toward being successful both academically and professionally and to build the network in years to come.

Students involved in the program can expect to develop a clearer understanding of their career choice, be comfortable with it, possibly make a career change and/or continue their education. Alumni mentors can expect an opportunity to share experiences and to guide a student, which fosters personal and professional skills such as listening, coaching, guiding and teaching.

"We are very excited about developing the Alumni Career Network at Genesee," Christenson said. "Especially during tough economic times and ever-changing employment prospects, there is a real need for a mentoring program to connect our successful alumni and our current students who need career advisement. This is a perfect fit for our alumni and students."

Alumni interested in volunteering in the Alumni Career Network program at Genesee Community College should contact Jackie Christenson at 585-343-0055 x6265 or at [email protected].

December 9, 2009 - 6:34pm
posted by Billie Owens in Announcements, genesee county, events, military families.
Event Date and Time: 
December 15, 2009 -
5:45pm to 7:30pm

The Military Pride Friends and Family Network invites people to attend its next meeting, from 5:45 until about 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 15. It takes place at 2 Bank St., Office for the Aging, second floor, in Batavia.

The group's goal is to support troops and and their families in Genesee County.

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.


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