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November 5, 2009 - 7:30pm
posted by Billie Owens in Announcements, YMCA, UMMC, The Jerome Foundation, Ricky Palermo.

Ricky Palermo has spent nearly 30 years working tirelessly to help find a cure for spinal-cord injuries.

On Dec. 4, UMMC and the Jerome Foundation will recognize his efforts when he is given the 25th Annual Health and Humanitarian Award at a luncheon at Terry Hills Restaurant in Batavia.

Both foundations are honoring Palermo for three decades as a national research participant, and for his regional advocacy and local fundraising on behalf of curing spinal-cord injuries.

Wes Audsley, CEO of Genesee/Wyoming counties' YMCAs, cited Palermo's tireless efforts to find a cure for spinal-cord injuries when choosing him as a nominee. Palermo was injured 28 years ago in an accident which left him paralyzed from mid-chest down.

"This humble man has contacts and influence in all corners of our community, based solely on the content of his character and the sincerity of his work. Everyone takes Ricky's call, everyone contributes to Ricky's cause, and everyone feels better for the experience of knowing and working with Ricky," said Audsley in a press release.

The Miami Project is the world's most comprehensive spinal-cord injury research center and is based at the University of Miami's Miller School of Medicine. It was the inspiration for Palermo's drive to raise funds and awareness for those with spinal-cord injuries.

In 1997, Palermo and his family started the Ricky Palermo Foundation. Since then, it has raised $500,000 in support of the Miami Project, United Memorial Medical Center and the Genesee/Wyoming counties' YMCAs.

Palermo is a member of the Board of Directors of the Genesee County YMCA, where he has developed an exercise program for those with spinal-cord injuries. His foundation offers free rehabilitative exercise opportunities for people suffering from paralysis, regardless of the level of injury. It also offers counseling and hope, says Audsley. The program is funded by contributions to Palermo's foundation.

The Health and Humanitarian Luncheon is open to the public. Reservations can be made by contacting the United Memorial Medical Center Foundation at 344-5301. Seating will be limited so early reservations are recommended.

November 3, 2009 - 10:54pm


The perenially popular fairy tale of "Cinderella" comes to life beginning 7:30 p.m. Thursday, the opening of the 61st annual Rotary Club of Batavia Musical.

The Rodgers and Hammerstein classic will also be performed Friday and Saturday night at 7:30 and there's a matinee at 2 on Sunday, Nov. 8.

The production is directed by Patrick D. Burk and takes place in the Batavia High School Auditorium, located at 260 State St., in the City of Batavia.

Tickets are $16, available online at <bataviarotary dot com> or at Hawley & Associates Insurance Center, 260 State St. in downtown Batavia, Lawley Genesee in Jefferson Square, or at the door.

More than 40 friends, students, associates, neighbors, citizens, Americans and so forth have put countless hours and great effort into bringing the community this enchanting story. Ditto dozens more in the orchestra and production crew.

It's very much a family show and little ones are welcome -- encouraged -- to come dressed in a befitting costume.

This stage performance of "Cinderella" is one-hour-45-minutes long and has a happy ending, but there's soooo much to keep you entertained until then!

"Once upon a time there was a young maiden named Cinderella, who lived with her wicked stepmother and two wicked stepsisters..."

You are cordially invited to come reimagine the magic, timeless tale of romance-against-the-odds. And invite someone you care about.

Both photos were taken during rehearsals and provided by the Batavia Rotary Club.


October 27, 2009 - 10:21pm
posted by Billie Owens in batavia, Announcements, Ellicott Street.

There's going to be an open house from 2:30 to 4:30 and again at 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 28 to discuss the pavement rehab project planned for Route 63/Ellicott Street. It takes place on the second floor of Batavia City Hall, located at One Batavia City Center.

Representatives from the state Department of Transportation will provide the following information about the project, which spans from Ellicott and Main streets to Cedar Street:

  • Pavement repairs, milling and asphalt resurfacing, new pavement markings
  • Re-striping lanes from the four now there, down to three
  • Expanding parking on both sides of the street
  • Construction work planned for summer 2010
  • Traffic maintenance on Ellicott during construction operations using daily lane closures
  • Having both nighttime and daytime construction

For questions or comments, call Dan Farrelly at (585) 272-4875 or e-mail him at [email protected]

Here's the official project description:

October 27, 2009 - 7:58am
posted by Bea McManis in Announcements.

400 Towers' Election Day Baked Good Sale

The vote is in, the best bakers live at 400 Towers.  The popular Election Day Baked Goods Sale is back by popular demand.

Where:  400 Towers' Lobby

When:   Tuesday, Nov. 3

Time:     6am - 9pm

Also, check out the Residents' Craft and Gently Used Sale in the 400 Towers' Community Room.

The 400 Towers' Baked Good Sale and Residents' Craft and Gently Used Sale sponsored by the 400 Towers' Residents' Council.



October 26, 2009 - 7:33pm

The Genesee County Sheriff supports a proposed state constitutional amendment to permit inmates to work for nonprofit agencies.

Sheriff Gary Maha is asking voters to approve this as well come November.

According to the Sheriff's press release today, it was never intended that the state Constitution prevent a Sheriff from assigning inmates to a work crew at a nonprofit agency or organization. The current law prohibits the practice when an inmate is "contracted, given or sold" and dates back to at least 1898. It was probably intended to prohibit the sale of inmate labor to contractors or private parties.

Nowadays, the Sheriff's Office typically assigns inmates to work at cemeteries, libraries, service organizations, parks, playgrounds and other locations operated by nonprofits. The inmates aren't paid and are always supervised.

Current provisions in state law do not prevent inmates from working for the state or other municipality. Therefore, most people thought that inmates who volunteered for work detail could also work for nonprofits. The labor is considered part of their rehabilitation program, not a form of required or compensated labor.

But a few years ago, the state Commission of Correction -- the agency which oversees all correctional facilities in New York -- began questioning the practice of inmate labor for nonprofits and suggested that the state Constitution be clarified in this regard.

So the state Legislature passed a bill to allow county jail inmates to work for charitable organizations. Having passed the Legislature in 2007 and 2009, this issue will be on the November ballot for voter consideration.

Sheriff Maha is asking voters to approve the proposed New York constitutional amendment permitting inmates to work for nonprofits.

October 26, 2009 - 6:52pm
posted by Billie Owens in Announcements, events.
Event Date and Time: 
November 4, 2009 -
9:00am to 11:00am

Assemblyman Steve Hawley (R, I, C – Batavia) is again partnering with State Senator Michael Ranzenhofer and Congressman Christopher J. Lee to hold a community meeting to better assist Western New York residents.

The next one is set for 9 to 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 4 in the legislative conference room at the Old Courthouse on Main Street in the City of 
. All members of the public are invited and encouraged to attend.

The meeting will include representatives from the elected officials' offices.

October 26, 2009 - 11:12am
posted by Catherine Carlsen in Announcements.

Christmas Open House

Friday November 6th 10am ~ 6pm

Saturday November 7th 10am ~ 5pm

Sunday November 8th 10 am ~ 4pm

Vera Bradley, Crabtree & Evelyn, Byers' Carolers, Lang,Caldrea, McCall's Candles, Willow Tree Angels, After the Harvest Woolies, Toland Flags, Hillhouse Naturals, Homespice Decor, and much more! 


Bring this ad in during the Christmas Open House and receive 10% off any one item.
October 26, 2009 - 12:39am
posted by Robin Walters in Announcements, elba.









October 25, 2009 - 2:59pm
posted by Billie Owens in Announcements, Genesee Community College, education.

Press release:

Businesses throughout the GLOW region have a new outlet for safety training for their employees thanks to the innovative efforts of The BEST Center at Genesee Community College.

The BEST Center was recently awarded nearly $100,000 from SUNY's Workforce Development Grants to implement various safety training courses and seminars into their collection of course offerings. The grant allows The BEST Center to provide an all-new opportunity for safety awareness to companies of all sizes throughout the GLOW (Genesee, Livingston, Orleans and Wyoming) region.

Several local companies have already committed to enrolling their employees in various safety courses over the next year. More than 1,600 participants have been confirmed, earning over 700 hours in training classes. The grant funding is dedicated to the development and delivery of a wide range of safety programs, and to offset the enrollment cost of the courses.

The nearly 40 different courses are being offered both at The Best Center locations, as well as on-site at area businesses. The safety courses are OSHA approved and include many topics such as: general industries outreach, NFPA70E electrical training, material handling, construction industry standards, emergency response and many others. For a comprehensive list please go to:

"There has been a gap in our region for safety training," Lina LaMattina, director of Business Skills Training at The BEST Center said. "External safety consultants can be very costly. With this grant, we are offering local businesses safety training at a very reasonable cost and we can bring it right to the workplace."

Genesee Community College's BEST (Business and Employee Skills Training) Center is a local provider of business consulting, community training and workshops for companies of all sizes and in all industries. The BEST Center offers a variety of tailored programs on-location at businesses across the GLOW region, or at any of Genesee Community College's seven campus locations (Albion, Arcade, Batavia, Dansville, Lima, Medina and Warsaw).

For further information on The BEST Center, please contact Lina LaMattina, director, at 343-0055 ext. 6299 or visit the BEST Center online at


October 22, 2009 - 11:16pm
posted by Billie Owens in Announcements, UMMC.

United Memorial Medical Center has recruited Dr. Nina Strollo to its staff. She will join UMMC next August following the completion of her Residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Buffalo where she serves as the Administrative Chief Resident.

In 2002, Dr. Strollo graduated, cum laude, from SUNY Binghamton with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Human Development with a minor in Biological Sciences. She  completed her Medical Doctorate at the SUNY Upstate Medical University in Syracuse in 2006. She is a 1998 graduate of Batavia High School and Batavia native who currently resides in Clarence.

Dr. Strollo is affiliated with the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology and the American Medical Association. Her interests are in gynecologic surgery with a focus in laparoscopy.

“I look forward to serving my community and bringing my medical training back home to Genesee County,” Dr. Strollo said in a press release.

United Memorial is a 131-bed not-for-profit community hospital with nearly 750 employees. It's the largest private employer in Genesee County and serves a region of 90,000 residents.

Last year, United Memorial cared for over 5,000 inpatients, 22,000 Emergency Room
visitors and 500 newborns. In addition to acute care services, UMMC operates
four primary care centers in Batavia, Le Roy, Byron and on the Tonawanda
Seneca Nation. Plus, it provides occupational medicine services and outpatient
diagnostic imaging and laboratory services in Batavia, Le Roy and Pembroke.

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.


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