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May 14, 2009 - 11:20am
posted by Billie Owens in Announcements.

Seven members of Genesee Community College's faculty and staff have been honored with the prestigious State University of New York Chancellor's Award for Excellence, the Board of Trustees learned Monday evening.

The awards recognize extraordinary accomplishment and service to the State University of New York. Chancellor's Awards bestowed on current and former Genesee Community College faculty and staff now numbers 94.

Recognized this year:

  • Maryanne C. Arena, Batavia, Director of Fine and Performing Arts, SUNY Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Professional Service
  • Marilyn C. Dickinson, Batavia, Academic Assistant to Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs, first-ever SUNY Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Classified Service
  • Cindy Francis, Batavia, Collection Development Librarian, SUNY Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Librarianship
  • Barry J. Garigen, LeRoy, Professor of Criminal Justice, SUNY Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Faculty Service
  • Kathy L. Palumbo, Corfu, Director of the Nursing Program, SUNY Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching
  • Barbara A. Shine, Corfu, Assistant Professor of Business, SUNY Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Scholarship and Creative Activities
  • Roberta L. Taggart, Batavia, Assistant Professor of Human Services, SUNY Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching

Four of the seven awardees are graduates of Genesee Community College: Marilyn Dickinson (1970), Cindy Francis (1976), Barry Garigen (1973), and Barbara Shine (1970).


May 12, 2009 - 6:50pm
posted by Steve Hawley in Announcements, veterans, steve hawley, veterans affairs.

As Ranking Member of the Assembly Veterans’ Affairs Committee, Assemblyman Steve Hawley (R, I, C – Batavia) today joined with State Division of Veterans’ Affairs Director Colonel James McDonough and members of the bipartisan New York State Armed Forces Legislative Caucus to discuss legislative and outreach efforts to increase services for veterans across the state.

“There are very few individuals that have sacrificed and given more to ensure our protection, both our liberties and freedoms as well as our physical protection, than the courageous men and women who have served or are currently serving in our Armed Forces.  It is vital that we return the favor; whether it be in terms of health or mental health care, surviving dependents benefits, or honoring their legacy, we must make our veterans a priority,” said the Assemblyman, who served seven years in the United States Army Reserves and Army National Guard.

Hawley has been an ardent advocate for veterans in the State Assembly and has helped to move meaningful legislation, including measures which honor the contribution of those who served in the Cold War Era, support disabled veteran-owned businesses, and creating and extending a Veterans Property Tax Exemption to include Korean War and War on Terror veterans.  This year, Hawley is sponsoring a dozen pieces of legislation aimed specifically at improving the quality of life for veterans and their loved ones, and ensuring better services.  Hawley’s legislation includes measures that would: 

  • Provide Scholarships for surviving dependent family members of New York State military personnel who have died while performing official military duties (A.4005);
  • Authorize the State of New York Mortgage Agency to purchase veterans’ assisted forward commitment mortgages from banks within the state (A.4083);
  • Create a list of suitable documentation that can be used by veterans applying for real property exemptions (A.4008);
  • Create a Veteran’s Home and Land Ownership Loan Program (A.4081);
  • Assist service-related disabled veterans under the Affordable Home Ownership Development Program (A.4080);
  • Exempt compensation for active military service from inclusion in a resident’s adjusted gross income (A.4006); 
  • Establish the Patriot Family Support Fund and provide an income tax return check-off box therefore (A.4007); 
  • Provide a tax credit in the amount of certain fees charged in connection with loans under the Federal Home Loan Guarantee Program to National Guard and Reserve veterans (A.4009);
  • Create a wage tax credit for employers who employ New York National Guard men and women, reservists, volunteer firefighters and EMS personnel (A.4010);
  • Prohibit the increase of an employer’s rate of contribution to the unemployment insurance fund due to the deployment of an employee into active service in the National Guard of Armed Forces Reserves (A.4011); and
  • Provide that the issue of military deployment shall not be considered as a factor in the awarding of custody in marital actions where a suitable child care plan is provided (A.4079).

Additionally, Assemblyman Hawley is announcing his annual veterans’ trip to Washington D.C.  This year’s trip will take place from September 10, 2009 to September 13, 2009.  Veterans and other interested parties should contact the Assemblyman’s district office, at 585-589-5780, for more details or to RSVP.

May 12, 2009 - 4:24pm
posted by Billie Owens in batavia, Announcements.

The City of Batavia Police Department is providing free firearm safety kits to local residents while supplies last.

The department in partnership with national Project SafeChild will distribute 1,000 kits, which include a gun lock.

The police headquarters is located at 10 W. Main St. and hours are 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.

"We encourage residents to pick up a Project SafeChild safety kit so that they can securely store their firearm," said Chief Randy Baker in a press release. "Each kit contains a safety curriculum and a cable-style gun lock.

"The lock fits on most types of handguns, rifles and shotguns. The goal is to prevent a child or any other unauthorized person from accessing a firearm in your home."

May 12, 2009 - 4:00pm
posted by Billie Owens in Announcements, events.
Event Date and Time: 
July 9, 2009 -
5:00pm to 9:00pm

The Stafford Historical Society's annual Taste of Stafford will be held from 5 to 9 p.m. on Thursday, July 9 in Illette Park.

Bring your lawn chair and enjoy music, food and good company.

This year, the event focuses on people in 1929. There was more going on that year than the crash of the U.S. economy and the start of the Great Depression. The historical society would like residents to share their memories and family histories -- those school house days, the smell of homemade food cooking, dad working the fields, hitching up a horse for the first time, etc.

May 12, 2009 - 3:46pm
posted by Billie Owens in Announcements.

If parents or grandparents who love the outdoors want to get a long-lasting gift for youngsters, the town clerk in Stafford has an idea.

Why not get them a lifetime state hunting/fishing license, especially since prices are likely to rise come fall?

A lifetime hunting/fishing license costs $300 for children up to 4 years old. It will go to $380 in the fall. Children 5 to 11 get can the license now for $420. In fall, the prise will rise to $420.

May 12, 2009 - 3:02pm
posted by Billie Owens in Announcements.

The Batavia Area Jaycees celebrated their 75th anniversary on May 9.

In the early days, they were known as the Batavia Junior Chamber of Commerce and meetings were held at the former Hotel Richmond on Main Street.

Current and past members will be involved in several “Diamond Anniversary” events over the next 12 months to commemorate this special achievement. Past members are encouraged to contact the current membership to find out about what's planned.T

The Jaycees have spearheaded numerous community-service projects with positive impact on Batavia and the surrounding area.

The Batavia Area Jaycees hall is located at 56 Harvester Ave. in Batavia. The phone number is 343-5775 and the e-mail address is

May 12, 2009 - 2:11pm
posted by Billie Owens in Announcements, sports.

The New York-Penn League and the Batavia Muckdogs are proud to announce a new scholarship program sponsored by the NY-Penn League Charitable Foundation. It will award a $2,500 scholarship to three deserving individuals (one from each of the league’s three divisions). 
The scholarship is based on financial need, academic performance and other criteria. Applicants must have a minimum GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale, and also be engaged in extracurricular activities. The applicant should be involved in community service and be able to provide references. The student must include a copy of his or her transcript and a letter of acceptance from the institution they plan to attend.

Applications must be completed and returned to their hometown/local NY-Penn League Club by July 15. Their hometown/local club will choose one application to submit to the NY-Penn League Charitable Foundation selection committee.

Students eligible for this award must be graduating seniors from a public or private high school. Scholarship awards must be applied towards any 2- to 4-year college or university, vocational or technical education institution or program.   
Anyone interested in applying for the scholarship can download the application online at or pick up/fill out an application in person at Dwyer Stadium, 299 Bank Street, Batavia, NY 14020. Phone is 343-5454.

May 12, 2009 - 2:01pm
posted by Billie Owens in Announcements.

Ten local 4-H’ers participated in the annual 4-H Fashion Revue held May 2 at Northgate Free Methodist Church South Campus in Batavia.

Senior members representing Genesee County at State Fair are Molly Long, Laura Lichtenthal, and Jennifer Lichtenthal. Senior members representing Genesee County at the District Fashion Revue at the Chauttauqua Institute are Catherine McAllister, Laurie Scarborough and Sarah Scarborough. Junior members were Melissa Keller, Isabelle Bliss, Reilly Clark and Hannah Scarborough.

Benjamin Kauppi provided the piano music and Andrew Lichtenthal was the models' escort. Taylor Patterson conducted the floral-design workshop. Jean Lichthenthal assisted in the commentary writing, modeling workshop and served as emcee. Judges were Julia Garver, Marcia Palmer, Jennie Starowitz and Sandy Snyder. Members of the Family and Consumer Science Advisory Committee provided refreshments.

Props for the event were provided by Lowe’s Home Improvement in Batavia.

May 12, 2009 - 1:54pm
posted by Billie Owens in Announcements.

Tickets to Darien Lake and Resort are now available for adults at the Genesee County Chamber of Commerce, located at 210 E. Main St. in Batavia. Price for chamber members is $23.00. Non-members pay $24.

Children's tickets are not available at the chamber but can be purchesed at the gate for $19.99. Small childrens' tickets are priced by height but the children must be under 48 inches (4 ft.) tall.

Adult tickets can be purchased at the chamber from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, but not weekends.

May 12, 2009 - 1:35pm
posted by Billie Owens in Announcements.

Sunday Aug. 2 is when this year's Crossroads House Charity Ride takes place. It benefits the comfort home for the dying in Batavia.

The ride will be held in memory of Dennis Bateman, who was South Byron Assistant Fire Chief and Red Knight Member. Stan's Harley-Davidson, Inc., is the sponsoring dealership.

The self-guided ride begins at Stan's, located at 4425 W. Saile Drive in Batavia. It's off Route 98 just north of the Thruway. The ride ends at the South Byron Fire Department at 7389 Route 237 in South Byron.

Registration is from 10 a.m. to noon. Cost is $15 for bike without a passenger, or $20 with a passenger. There will be food, beverages, door prizes and entertainment.

Call 343-9598 or 727-3917 for more information.

May 12, 2009 - 12:58pm

Holland Land Office MuseumThe Holland Land Office Museum is proud to announce the line up for the 2009 Summer Program. The program, for children 7 to 13 years old, consists of sixteen different sessions based on local history. The program is sponsored by The Bank of Castile and the Kiwanis Club of Batavia.

Registration is now open and available on the Museum’s website at or a flyer is available by calling the Museum at (585) 343-4727. The class will fill up fast, so sign your child up today!

May 12, 2009 - 12:51pm
posted by Billie Owens in Announcements.

Press release:

Summertime art programs for youth at GCC

Genesee Community College and Genesee Center for the Arts in Batavia are offering the 4th annual Performing Arts Experience at Genesee and a new program called Summer Studio Fine Arts Workshop.

The three-week Performing Arts Experience is for children and young adults ages 8-16, and runs from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. July 6-25 (Monday through Friday). The program concludes with two live performances of the musical "You're A Good Man, Charlie Brown," featuring all the participants on stage or behind the scenes in the state-of-the-art Stuart Steiner Theatre.

This program introduces the fundamentals of theater in an engaging way for children and young adults fascinated by the stage and live performance. Highlights include acting, dance, voice, movement, scene study and audition techniques, in addition to the opportunity to work behind the scenes in set construction, lighting and stage crew.

Light snacks and refreshment will be provided, though participants provide their own lunch. Additional child care services will be available each day from 9 to 10 a.m. and at the end of each session from 3 to 4 p.m.. Cost is $250. Early registration in encouraged since the program is limited to 50 participants. The deadline for registration is Saturday, June 6. For more information on attending the workshop, or to have a registration form mailed to you, contact the Genesee Center for the Arts office at (585) 343-0055 x6438, or contact

The new Summer Studio Fine Arts Workshop is a one-week program scheduled 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Aug. 3-7. Children ages 9-14 will explore Genesee Community College's ceramics and painting studios and unleash their creative potential. College fine art faculty members, Moi Dugan and Margaret VanArsdale, are offering a dynamic experience that will spark the creativity and engage personal exploration of the visual arts. All art supplies and materials will be provided, along with a light snack. Lunches may be brought from home or purchased in the college cafeteria. Cost is $150. A limited number of openings are available and early registration is encouraged by the June 6 deadline. Call 585-343-0055 x 6287 or email for information and a registration form.

May 12, 2009 - 12:49pm
posted by Patrick Weissend in Announcements, sports, children, Kiwanis, bowling.

kiovalsm.jpgBatavia Kiwanis is rolling together a bowling fundraising event to benefit Golisano Children’s Hospital at the University of Rochester Medical Center (URMC). The first annual event, called the No-Tap Fun Tournament, will begin at 12 p.m. Saturday, May 23 at Mancuso’s Bowling Center at 214 East Main St. in Batavia. The tournament has a no-tap rule, which means if a bowler gets nine pins down, it counts as a strike.

“Many people in Batavia don’t realize how much of an impact Golisano has on local families here,” said Patrick Weissend, the chair of the first annual No-Tap Fun Tournament and member of the Batavia Kiwanis Club. "In 2008, the hospital served more than 1,600 children from Genesee County," continued Weissend.

Patients at Golisano Children’s Hospital at URMC come from as many as 63 New York counties seeking specialty care in a range of areas. All seriously ill or injured children from the 17-county Finger Lakes region are referred to Golisano Children’s Hospital.

Last year’s Miracle Kid Anders Swanson was from Batavia. Anders had a rare, aggressive brain tumor near the center of his brain. Doctors at Golisano Children’s Hospital at URMC tended to and treated Anders and in mid-September 2007, Anders was declared cancer-free. He is still being monitored closely, but Anders is undoubtedly a miracle, and his care is a testament to how valuable Golisano Children’s Hospital is to kids in the Batavia community, explained Weissend, a close friend to the Swansons.

The tournament is $20 per bowler or $90 per team. Those not interested in bowling are welcome to sponsor a lane for $25. To reserve a spot as an individual or for a team, request a form by e-mailing or calling (585) 993-1634 or (585) 343-4727.


May 7, 2009 - 6:19pm
posted by chris johnson in batavia, Announcements, United Way, east bethany.
 Mayhem Riders & United Way
 -Bring you -

Western New Yorks newest motorcycle club "MAYHEM RIDERS" out of the batavia area,in conjunction with the arcade speedway will be having a charity fun run to benefit the united way. All riders involved will be doing a couple parade laps around the track at halftime to show their support. This will take place on the same night that the arcade raceway is having their united way night.100% of the money raised thru the fun run is going to the united way.sign up for the run is stans harley davidson in batavia.sign up is from 4pm to 5 pm,kickstands up at 5:30,come join us for a great cause.for more information please go to the website or email the club.

Where : we are meeting at Stans harley davidson                           Batavia
When: Sign in 4pm-5pm. Kick stands up at 5:30pm 
Cost : $20 per rider and $10 per passenger
May 7, 2009 - 12:07pm
posted by Steve Hawley in Announcements, genesee county, GCC, LeRoy, steve hawley, food drive.

Assemblyman Steve Hawley (R, I, C – Batavia) today announced that he is hosting a local food drive throughout the 139th Assembly District in order to help those hit hardest in these tough economic times.

“The generosity and kindness of Western New York residents never ceases to amaze me and while many of our friends and neighbors are struggling right now, there are many of us that know how fortunate we are and grateful that we can help those less fortunate. I am sure that the residents of the 139th Assembly District will show their generous spirit yet again with this food drive that will be benefiting our local food pantries in order to help families, seniors and individuals in need,” said Hawley.

The Assemblyman has posted drop boxes in a variety of locations throughout Genesee, Monroe, Niagara and Orleans counties within the 139th Assembly District where residents can leave non-perishable food donations. The donations will be given to local charities, shelters, and food pantries, including the Salvation Army, Life Solutions, Hilton Food Shelf, Brockport Food Shelf, and Orleans Community Action, among others.

To find out more information or to find the donation drop-off location closest to you, please call Assemblyman Hawley’s office at (585) 589-5780.

Locations in Genesee County:
Bergen Town Hall
13 South Lake Avenue in Bergen
GCC Batavia Campus
One College Road in Batavia
Le Roy Village Hall
3 West Main Street in Le Roy
Pembroke Town Hall
1145 Main Road in Pembroke
Zip-Tor Monogramming
106 Main Street in Batavia (in City Centre)
Locations in Monroe County:
Hamlin Town Hall
1658 Lake Road in Hamlin
Parma Town Hall
1300 Hilton-Parma Road in Hilton
Clarkson Town Hall
3710 Lake Road in Clarkson
Locations in Niagara County:
Somerset Town Hall
8700 Haight Road
Locations in Orleans County:
139th NYS Assembly District Office
121 North Main Street in Albion
GCC Medina Satellite Campus
11470 Maple Ridge Road in Medina
GCC Albion Satellite Campus
456 West Avenue in Albion
Village of Holley
72 Public Square in Holley
May 5, 2009 - 8:49pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in Announcements.

We've received draft minutes from the County Legislature and the Ways and Means Committee.  Below are links to PDFs of these documents.

May 4, 2009 - 1:08pm
posted by Billie Owens in batavia, Announcements.

Many earned recognition in Genesee County on April 28 for supporting anti-tobacco efforts. They are credited with helping reduce smoking and were honored by Smoke Free NOW, Reality Check, the School Policy Program and the Cessation Centers.

The following were recognized for having a written policy requiring that their apartments be smoke free:

  • Charlotte Crawford, Batavia
  • John and Gina Pestillo, Batavia
  • Mark and Tammy Schmidt, Batavia
  • Pete andSue Sherman, Pavilion
  • Worth Harder, Batavia

The following were recognized for passing resolutions encouraging tobacco-ad-free magazines and smoke-free movies:

  • Alexander PTA
  • Batavia Student Improvement Team
  • Batavia District Wide PTA
  • Elba BEST (Building Elba School Together)
  • Liberty Partnership LIFE (Liberty Increase Future Experiences) Program
  • Pavilion PTO

The following were recognized for having a policy to not accept tobacco company advertising, sponsorship, promotion or funding:

  • Batavia ATOP (All Types of People Living Chemically Free)
  • Batavia Catholic Youth Organization
  • Batavia High School Ice Devils
  • Bohm-Calarco-Smith Funeral Home
  • Byron Bergen SADD
  • Christmas in the City
  • Drug Free Marshals of WNY
  • Everyday Heroes of Genesee County
  • GCASA Awards Dinner
  • Genesee Co. Nursing Home Child Care Center
  • Genesee Countywide SADD
  • HE Turner & Co. Funeral Home
  • LeRoy Physical Therapy
  • LeRoy Village Fitness
  • Liberty Partnerships LIFE
  • National Night Out of Batavia
  • Pavilion SADD
  • St. Joseph's Penny Carnival
  • SUPA (Students United for Positive Action)
  • Terry Hills Golf Course & Country Club

The following were recognized for passing a resolution encouraging tobacco retailers to reduce, rearrange, or eliminate tobacco advertising-organizations:

  • Batavia ATOP
  • Byron-Bergen SADD
  • Drug Free Marshals of WNY
  • Genesee County Youth Bureau
  • Genesee Co. Interagency Council
  • Genesee Countywide SADD
  • Lake Plains Community Care Network
  • Liberty Partnerships LIFE
  • Pavilion SADD

The following municipalities were recognized for passing a resolution encouraging tobacco retailers to reduce, rearrange or eliminate tobacco advertising:

  • Town of Bethany
  • Town of LeRoy
  • Village of Alexander

These school districts were recognized for having a memorandum of understanding to work toward best practices in regard to tobacco policies:

  • Batavia City Schools
  • Pavilion Central School

The following were recognized for being 100% smoke free:

  • United Memorial Medical Center

Each year in New York State, about 25,500 people die from smoking-related illnesses.  And for every eight smokers who die, they take a nonsmoker with them from exposure to
second-hand smoke. In addition, taxpayers in New York spend $5.4 billion on
Medicaid just for smokers¹ smoking-related illness.

Nationwide, 1,200 people die from smoking every day and 53,000 dying every year from
second-hand smoke.

Those wishing information about how to quit smoking may contact the New York
State Smokers' Quitline at 1-866- NY QUITS (1-866-697-8487) or at

Most New York smokers are eligible to have four weeks' of nicotine
replacement therapy (patch, gum, or lozenge) mailed directly to their homes
at no cost.

May 4, 2009 - 12:02pm
posted by Billie Owens in batavia, Announcements.

The Richmond Memorial Library in Batavia has been awarded a "We the People Bookshelf
Collection" from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and the
American Library Association. The 22 books in the collection span grades K-12 and include three Spanish translations.

The award is part of the NEH's initiative supporting projects that strengthen the teaching, study and understanding of American history and culture. Four thousand libraries nationwide received this grant of classic books with the theme "Picturing America." As a participant, Richmond staff will present book discussions, speakers and activities focused on this theme.

Programs will be free and open to the public. Check the library website <> for more information as these programs are developed.

May 4, 2009 - 11:43am
posted by Billie Owens in batavia, Announcements.

Darien Lake Theme Park Resort opens for the season Saturday, May 9. Guests this weekend pay $14.99 for both days with a Welcome Back coupon. The coupons are available at the main gate and at various businesses.

Raven-Symone will perform Saturday, which will be the first of three family friendly midway concerts in May. Varsity FanClub will perform May 16 with a special appearance by Jordan Pruitt. Mitchel Musso of Hannah Montana will close out this Season Pass Bash on May 30.

Park hours are 10:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. on opening weekend. The park is located on Route 77, six miles south of I-90 exit 48A.

May 4, 2009 - 11:28am
posted by Billie Owens in batavia, Announcements.

Press release:

Genesee County Chamber of commerce announces China trip

The Genesee County Chamber of Commerce will be hosting a nine-day tour of China in November. Cost is $1,899 per person and includes airfare (from JFK), bus to/from JFK, hotel stays, three meals a day, bus tours (with guides), admission to tourist spots, and airport taxes throughout the trip.

This trip will present opportunities to learn about how the Chinese business system operates. The tour will also include many memorable sites, both ancient and modern, and the cities of Beijing, Shanghai, Suzhou and Hangzhou. In addition, there is the option to visit Xian (Terra Cotta Warriors) or to Guilin (Elephant Trunk Hill) for an additional fee.

For more details call the Chamber at (585) 343-7440, ext. 27 and sign up to attend an informational meeting on May 7.




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