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March 28, 2010 - 2:03pm
posted by Billie Owens in Announcements.

Have you wondered why your vegetables just don’t seem to grow? Do you want to start a vegetable garden but have no idea where to start? Then this class is for you!
The “Successful Vegetable Gardening” workshop will be offered from 6 to 8 p.m. on April 7 as part of Cornell Cooperative Extension’s Coffee and Dessert Series.

It will be taught by Bill Stedman, master gardener, and will cover the ins and outs of successful vegetable gardening. Whether you are a beginner or have been growing your own vegetables for years, Stedman has great tips for creating a bountiful garden. Attendees will also enjoy coffee, tea and desserts as part of the program.
The workshop will be held at the Cooperative Extension building at 420 E. Main St. in Batavia. Cost is $10 per person. Pre-registration is required by April 5, so reserve your seat now by contacting Amy at 585-343-3040, ext. 106, or stopping by the extension office.

Other upcoming sessions in the Coffee and Dessert Series include: “Planning Your Landscape” on April 15; “Hostas” on May 5; “The Edible Landscape” on May 12; and the always popular “Container Gardening Workshop” on May 25.

Hans Hunz will offer a free session on "Bluebird Beauty" on April 21.

Visit the website <> for more details or call Amy at 343-3040, ext. 106, to register.

March 28, 2010 - 1:48pm
posted by Billie Owens in Announcements.

After "wowing" adult audiences around the world, from Mexico City to Moscow, Sao Paulo to South Africa, "Chicago" comes to Genesee Community College.

A true theatrical institution, Chicago has everything that makes musical theater great: a universal tale of fame, fortune and all-that-jazz, one show-stopping song after another and astonishing choreography.

Performance dates are scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Thurs., April 8 through Sat., April 10 and a 2 p.m. matinee on Sun., April 11. General admission ticket prices are $8 for adults, $5 for students, seniors (55+) and GCC faculty, and $3 for GCC students with a valid ID.

March 28, 2010 - 1:21pm
posted by Billie Owens in Announcements.

The Women's Auxiliary of the Salvation Army will be holding its annual Spring Treasure Sale from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on April 24 at the Citadel Gym, 529 East Main St., in Batavia

This year there will be a LARGE quantity of craft suppolies as well as kitchen utinsils, household items, clothes, books and toys.

Lunch is available and a bake sale will be run by the Senior Salvation members.

Donations will be accepted beginning April 1 until April 20 at the Citadel.

For more information call the office at 343-6284.

March 27, 2010 - 7:47pm
posted by Daniel Crofts in Announcements.

On April 1, the Friends of the Library will hold their monthly book sale -- which is on the first Thursday of every month -- at the Richmond Library, 19 Ross St., in Batavia.

Adult, teen and children's books will be for sale. Book prices will range from $0.25 to $5, depending on how recently the book was published.

The book sale begins at 9 a.m. and ends at 7 p.m.

March 23, 2010 - 4:22pm
posted by Daniel Crofts in batavia, Announcements, schools, Oakfield, fundraising.

Nick Burk and Chris Weicher (right) of Batavia High School bask in the light of their glory -- actually, their bald heads just amplify the sunlight to a ridiculous degree -- as they stand on the school's roof to raise money for the United Way. They spent hours on the rooftop on Friday.

Last week was the second week of Change for Change, the Genesee County high schools' fundraising project for the United Way.

Nancy Harding of the Tonawanda Valley Federal Credit Union reported a tally of $1,327.92 for Batavia High and a tally of $148.45 for Oakfield. No activity from the other schools has been reported.

Stay posted for another update in the next week.

March 22, 2010 - 3:19pm
posted by Billie Owens in Announcements, business.

Genesee County Chamber of Commerce renewed its partnership with the Space Alliance Technology Outreach Program (SATOP) last month and is looking for businesses in the area who need help!

If your small business is faced with a technical challenge, SATOP wants to help. It can provide up to 40 hours of FREE technical assistance for qualified requests, using the vast engineering expertise of NASA and participating Alliance Partners. SATOP is designed to speed the transfer of U.S. Space Program knowledge and technology to the private sector, to provide economic benefits to the community, and to raise public awareness of the Space Program.

Areas of expertise of SATOP include, but are not limited to: mechanical, manufacturing, industrial, materials, structural, facilities, chemical, electrical, electronics, and environmental engineering.

If you're unsure about being able to use this FREE program, visit:<>.

You will be able to read all about Orcon Industries, a local success story on how SATOP was able to help them, along with other stories throughout the nation in which SATOP has been helpful. You will also find more than 20 frequently asked questions. If you still have questions or want more information, contact Melissa or Lynn at 343-7440.

March 22, 2010 - 3:03pm
posted by Billie Owens in Announcements.

Genesee Community College will hold a Job Fair from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Tuesday, April 13 in the William Stuart Forum. More than 35 companies are expected to participate.

Genesee's Career and Transfer Center continues to solicit businesses from all types of industries to join the popular, three-hour event that introduces potential new employees to employers, and also provides businesses an opportunity to present their trade and services to the local community.

Any company interested in attending the Job Fair should call 345-6888 to register immediately.  The following employers are scheduled to attend:

Byrncliff Resort & Conference Center; New York State Police; Army and Army Reserve; Camp Wyomoco; Pier 45 at the Port U.S. Marine Corps; Combined Insurance; Pioneer Credit Recovery, Inc.; Navy; Darien Lake; Professional Driver Institute; WCJW; Department of Homeland Security – ICE – DRO; Rochester AmeriCorps; Western New York D.D.S.O.; ESL Federal Credit Union; Rochester City Police Department; Five Star Bank; Rochester Psychiatric Center; Genesee Area Family YMCA (Camp Hough); Rochester Riverside Convention Center; Genesee County AmeriCorps; Social Security Administration; Genesee County Career Center; Stepping Stones Learning Center;  
Genesee County Sheriff's Department; SUNY Brockport; Army ROTC, Genesee Region Independent Living Center, Inc.; TAP Personnel Heritage Centers; The Bank of Castile; Hyatt Regency Rochester; U.S. Department of Agriculture – NRCS; New York State Department of Agriculture & Markets; and the Air Force.  

"We expect the job fair this spring to be very successful," John McGowan, Career Center coordinator said. "There are a lot of students and local community members that are looking for jobs. Whether it's from layoffs or more simply, people need a change of employment, we are providing an excellent opportunity for job seekers to meet with potential employers."

The college is also hosting the annual spring 4-Year College Transfer Fair, which will allow students interested in transferring to a baccalaureate college to explore options to further their education, on 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 31 in the Forum at the Batavia Campus.

In addition to these events, Genesee Community College's Career and Transfer Center sponsors several preparatory job search workshops, such as Resume & Cover Letter Writing and Credential File & Interviewing Skills. The workshops are FREE and open to the public.

A complete list of upcoming workshop dates and times can be found at <http://at>. To attend the workshops students and community members MUST register in advance by calling the Student Activities Office at (585) 343-0055 ext. 6261.


March 21, 2010 - 7:05am
posted by Robin Walters in Announcements.
Event Date and Time: 
March 27, 2010 - 10:30am to 12:00pm

Care-A-Van Ministries will be on State Street for their weekly grocery distribution on the morning of March 27th.

Free groceries, clothing and prayer will be available.  Even if you are not in need, stop by and be a blessing to others.

March 20, 2010 - 1:41pm
posted by Billie Owens in Announcements.

RSVP (Volunteer Placement Program) of Genesee County has been named the 2010 Richmond Library Friend of the Year.

The program will be honored at a public reception held in the Gallery Room of the Richmond Library on Friday, April 16. The reception will begin at 3:30 p.m., with the award presentation at 4.

The annual award, which is sponsored by the Friends of the Richmond Memorial
Library, recognizes an individual or group whose interest and support of the library has been exceptional. Consideration is given to people who generously give of their time and talent to help with library-sponsored programs, or who have worked toward promoting the mission of the library within the community.

Friends' President Dianne Boeheim said:

“The Board of Directors of the Friends of the Library recognizes that the work done by volunteers is invaluable to an organization and, according to library staff, RSVP volunteers are among the best and most reliable. 

"The director of the program, Dorian Ely, has excelled at finding the right people for the
different jobs. RSVP volunteers work with the library’s Interloan Department, finding requested materials for Richmond Library patrons as well as for the NIOGA system.

"They sign in students after school, helping ensure the safety of those students; and they are working as shelvers, assisting with the return of borrowed materials to the shelves in a timely and accurate fashion.”

Friends of the Richmond Memorial Library is a non-profit organization that assists the library with programs, public relations and fund-raising through its monthly book sales and membership drive. Information about membership in the organization may be obtained by calling the library at 343-9550 or by visiting the library’s Web site,  <>.

March 19, 2010 - 6:28pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in Announcements, sports.

Three people from Genesee County will be honored by the Rochester Press-Radio Club at its annual sports awards banquent in May.

  • Mike Rapone, Notre Dame High basketball coach, will be named the High School Coach of the Year.
  • Batavian Katie Stack, an RIT hockey player, will be named Female College Athlete of the Year.
  • Lindsay Chatt, from Oakfield-Alabama, will receive the Jerry Flynn Award, for a high school student who excels in athletics, academics and community service.

Founded in 1949, the Rochester Press-Radio Club raises money for local charities and its annual sports awards are one of the most prestigious regional award programs in the United States.

This year, the headliner for the dinner is New Orleans Saint and former San Diego Charger quarterback Drew Brees.

The dinner is May 12 and tickets are $125 per person, with group rates available.

March 18, 2010 - 12:34pm
posted by Daniel Crofts in Announcements, Richmond Memorial Libary.

Family Primetime Story Hour is for all ages and is held from 6:30 to 7 p.m. every Thursday at the Richmond Memorial Library.

This event includes stories, music and finger plays. Children are welcome to wear pajamas if they wish.

Please contact the library at 343-9550 for further details.

March 17, 2010 - 3:44pm
posted by Daniel Crofts in Announcements.

St. James Episcopal Church has a fish fry are every Friday during Lent. The cost is $7.50 for dinner and $2.50 for a la carte dessert. All proceeds benefit the Restoration Fund of St. James Church.

Take-outs will be available starting at 4:30 p.m., and the dining room will be open for a sit-down dinner at 5.

Free delivery for the elderly and shut-ins of Batavia is available.

The remaining fish fry dates are March 19, March 26 and April 2.

Please contact St. James Church at 343-6802 for more information.

March 17, 2010 - 3:00pm
posted by Daniel Crofts in Announcements, alexander, Darien, weekend fun.

The New York State Maple Producers Association invites Genesee County residents to "Maple Weekend."

Genesee maple producers will show people the many methods used to make maple syrup, and anyone who attends will get to taste the product for themselves!

The locations for this event are:

Indian Acres Maple Farm, 2005 Broadway Rd., Darien

Randall's Maple Products, 10307 Smithley Rd., Alexander

The event will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on March 20-21 and again on March 27-28.

Contact Indian Acres Maple Farm at 547-3557, or Randall's Maple Products at 547-3596 or 734-1057, for more information.

For more details on Maple Weekend, visit

March 16, 2010 - 3:57pm
posted by Sharon Crossen in batavia, Announcements, events, irish, mcmahon school.



Come celebrate Batavia's Irish Afternoon!  McMahon School of Irish Dance will be holding its annual fundraiser on Sunday, March 28, 2010, from 2:00 to 5:30 pm at The Forum at Genesee Community College.  Live music will be provided by Penny Whiskey, and of course our own local McMahon Irish dancers will perform throughout the event.  $10 admission includes hors d'oeuvres, snacks, soft drinks, and $900 in door prize raffles.  There will also be a 50/50 drawing and a Chinese Auction.  Children 10 and under are free.  Proceeds from the event benefit the McMahon School Parent Group costume/travel/equipment fund.  Tickets can be purchased by calling (585) 813-8701.  For more information visit:


March 16, 2010 - 3:10pm
posted by Billie Owens in Announcements.

Downtown Batavia Public Market Committee is in the process of organizing its fourth season at its Ellicott (Route 63) and Center streets location.

The market will open on Thursday, June 17 and run through October, every Thursday, with newly extended hours from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 pm. There will be a number of new growers and crafts people to add to the variety of items that shoppers need and want.

The market will be offering: baked goods, fresh corn, tomatoes, berries, peaches, cheese, honey, maple syrup, New York wines, cut flowers and handmade crafts. Shop and have lunch -- hot dogs, hamburgers and pizza will be served. There will be new activities such as nutrition programs and more.

“Support the downtown that supports your community." Sponsored by: Batavia Business Improvement District Public Market Committee. Interested vendors may contact the B.I.D. office at 585-344-0900 or visit our website at  HYPERLINK <">

March 16, 2010 - 2:58pm
posted by Billie Owens in Announcements.

Middle and high school students will have a chance to take what they learn in the technology classroom and compete in the third annual Tech Wars competition Thursday at Genesee Community College.

Registration for the College Tech Prep event begins at 9 a.m. and the competition starts at 9:30 a.m. From catapults to robots, manual drafting to Web page design, the imagination and creativity of some of the brightest students in the GLOW (Genesee, Livingston, Orleans and Wyoming Counties) region will be showcased during this day-long event.

There will be multiple project-based events of skill, chance and ability. Students will compete in bridge building, drafting, sumo robots, T-shirt design, carbon dioxide dragster racing, among other events. The highlight of this year's event will once again be the Robotic Tractor Pull. Two new events are Sculpture and Rube Goldberg Machines.

"Interest in this competition continues to grow each year," said Debbie Dunlevy, the college's Tech Prep Program director and coordinator co-chair of the Tech Wars competition. "It's not only a lot of fun, but it gets young people exploring the wide array of careers in technology.

"Sometimes what they learn and share on the floor of GCC is transferred to a conversation at home, and that can translate into thinking about careers, education and employment down the road."

The Tech Wars competition was inspired from a similar competition currently held through Niagara County Community College. That event is now in its 13th year and attracts as many as 600 students from Western New York to compete.

"The ultimate goal of the Tech Wars is to encourage these kids to think beyond the classroom, engage their creativity, strengthen their team-building and problem-solving skills and embrace technology as a fun and rewarding way to make a living," Dunlevy said. "It may seem like a tall order, but it happens each year at the Tech Wars. We love hosting this fun yet educational event."

College Tech Prep helps students explore various career options and make a smooth transition from high school to college and ultimately to professional careers. The Tech Wars is among several dynamic programs giving students the opportunity to work in hands-on learning encounters, often within business settings and with various professionals.

College Tech Prep offers several distinctive career academies to high school students including: Heath, Legal, Information Technology, and the new Theatre Arts Academy offered in tandem by Genesee Community College theater classes and instructors Maryanne Arena and Ed Hallborg. In addition, there is also a Virtual Enterprise Business program available to high school students.

For more information, please contact Dunlevy, College Tech Prep Program director at Genesee Community College, at 585-343-0055 x6316 or [email protected] <http://[email protected]>. More information can also be found at the Tech Wars website, <>

March 15, 2010 - 3:53pm
posted by Billie Owens in Announcements.

Grace Woodworth, who served as Town Historian of Stafford for 17 years, will be honored by the Stafford Historical Society at its monthly membership meeting on Thursday, March 25.

It begins at 7 p.m. in the Town Hall on Rte. 237 in Stafford.

A DVD will be shown of an interview with her in which she recalls memories of growing up on a farm in Morganville. The public in invited to attend.

For questions, contact Phyllis Darling at 343-1928 or e-mail to: <[email protected]t>.

March 15, 2010 - 3:33pm
posted by Billie Owens in Announcements.

The Genesee County Clerk’s office will hold our “National Passport Day” from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday, March 26 at 15 Main Street, County Building #1.

As with “National Passport Day in the USA 2010” on March 27, it's a reminder to residents that traveling to Canada now requires either a passport card, passport book or enhanced license if the traveler is over 19 years old.

The day allows us to extend an invitation to residents to come in and apply for your passport at the clerk's office before the proposed increase in fees takes affect.

You will need to bring your certified birth certificate or other citizenship documentation and your driver's license or other acceptable form of identity. Passport photographs are available in the local office. If you are applying for anyone under the age of 16, both parents and the child need to be present.

If you have any questions, please call the clerk's office for clarification at 585-344-2550, ext. 2316. The friendly staff is there to assist in the process, and cookies and punch will be available for your enjoyment on that day. So if you are thinking about getting your passport, this would be an excellent time before the proposed fee increase takes effect!

March 12, 2010 - 1:42pm
posted by Billie Owens in batavia, Batavia Downs, Announcements.

A new days dawns as three off-track-betting regions today unveiled a Joint Venture Agreement (JVA) designed to reinvigorate the New York’s struggling racing industry.

As part of the JVA, the presidents of Capital OTB, Suffolk OTB and Western OTB said that they will engage in cooperative ventures that increase efficiencies, boosting the revenue that the participating OTBs send to their sponsoring counties.


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