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July 17, 2009 - 9:14pm
posted by Patricia Hawley in batavia, Announcements, sports.

BATAVIA -- GeneseExcel Sports is pleased to announce several additions to its roster of coaches for their Premier Soccer Camp with Liz Masterson. According to Ted Hawley, Camp Coordinator, “We’re lucky to have such a high level of coaching staff come in for this camp.” Along with Liz Masterson, captain of the Rhino’s W-League and Elmira College Women’s Soccer Coach, “we have coaches from the Buffalo Flash, from the Olympic Development Program, as well as collegiate stars,” Hawley added. Because of the staff additions, the sign-up deadline has been extended to July 22. “We’re confident that local athletes from the surrounding region will benefit from this unique opportunity to interact with coaches of this caliber.” The camp is scheduled from July 30 through August 1 from 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m at the Community Fields Complex, Bank St. Rd., Batavia (at the Saile Dr. intersection). Ages 9 – 22 are welcome. Cost for the 3-day event is $130.00. Pre-registration is necessary; walk-ins will not be accepted. For more information, call 585.343.3329 or email [email protected]. Staff includes:

Jon Poulakis:
Jon Poulakis is a thirty-year coaching veteran and holds a USSF National license.  He has coached at every level of soccer including Pro-AM, high school, and at the collegiate including the University of Tennessee, Rochester Institute of Technology and William Smith College. He was the Olympic Development Program coach for the State of Tennessee and the Girls’ U-17 coach New York State.  He has coached both travel and premier teams and was one of the founders of the Rochester Spirit, the first Girls’ Premier Club in Rochester. Furthermore, Jon is on the teaching staff at the University of North Carolina for the summer camps with Anson Dorrance He is currently the Director of Coaches for the Irondequoit Soccer Club and the Director of Youth
Development for the Western New York Futbol Club.

Jacquie Lacek:
Jacquie Lacek played 4 years at Central Michigan University from 2003-2006 before joining several W-League teams including the Rochester Ravens, Rochester Rhinos, and West Michigan Firewomen. She is currently rostered on the Buffalo Flash and is the assistant coach for the U-17 Empire Buffalo girls. Jacquie has been a camp facilitator at numerous camps throughout the Western NY region including: Pittsford Mendon, St. John Fisher College, Rochester Ravens, Midland Soccer Club, ODP tryouts in Region III (Michigan), and Assistant coach for the Rochester Jr. Rhinos U-13 Girl’s soccer team in 2004.

Brittany Kinmond:
Brittany began playing for the Rochester Jr. Rhinos before moving up to the Rochester Rhinos at the age of 15. Currently playing for the Rochester Ravens, Brittany will be a senior at Spencerport High School this fall, where she hopes to break the100 goal mark!  Named to the All-Greater Rochester team for the past two years, she was also selected as All-Greater Rochester Player of the Year in 2008.  Brittany will attend Syracuse University this January.

Adam Palumbo:
Adam has served on the coaching staff for several local clubs including Irondequoit Soccer Academy, Western New York Futbol Club, and North West Elite Soccer Camp (Seattle, WA). He was the assistant coach for Rochester Women's Rhinos in 2008. A National D and E license holder, Palumbo played soccer at Nazareth College and was a two-time Empire State member. 

Rachel Kruze:
Rachel graduated from West Virginia University and played in the WUSA for the Philadelphia Charge. She also played professionally in Iceland. As a member of the Rochester Rhinos, she captained that team for two seasons. Rachel coaches Hornell High School’s JV squad and assists with the varsity squad.

Gretchen Hawley:
As a member of the Batavia High School Varsity Soccer team, Gretchen earned 2nd team All-County and was twice recognized for All-Greater Rochester Honorable Mention. She was also singled out as a 1st team All County player. Gretchen captained the squad in her senior year before heading to Elmira College to play for the Soaring Eagles. This year, the 3-year veteran on the varsity squad will be returning for her 4th and final season.  She has received the Unsung Hero award and has started every match but one for the last two seasons. She will graduate in spring 2010 with a degree in Biology.  

Ellie Hamilton:
Ellie graduated from Victor High School this spring where she received All Greater Rochester recognitions as well as Team Offensive MVP (2008). A member of the Doug Miller Soccer Club, she will be attending Elmira College in the fall to join the women’s varsity soccer team.

July 17, 2009 - 4:29pm
posted by Billie Owens in Announcements.

Genesee Community College has been named one of the "Great Colleges to Work For" by The Chronicle of Higher Education, the leading higher education publication in the United States.

Genesee is one of only eight medium-sized, community colleges to be recognized for its workplace policies, and is the only State University of New York community college to receive the distinction in any category.

Specifically, Genesee was recognized in the category of Facilities, Security and Workspace among two-year colleges with enrollment of 3,000 - 9,999.

To participate in the program, institutions agreed to go through a free, two-part assessment process. It includes a survey administered to a randomly selected group of 400 to 600 administrators and members of the faculty and professional-support staff, and an institutional audit that collects demographics and workplace policies and practices from each institution.

The primary factor in deciding whether an institution received recognition was the employee feedback collected from faculty and staff members. Results from both of these surveys are used in the assessment process which includes analysis of demographic data and workplace policies at each of the participating institutions.

Genesee's recognition in the Facilities, Security and Workspace category was due to several factors:

  • the appearance of the campus was pleasing;
  • facilities adequately met needs;
  • the institution proactively takes steps to provide a safe and secure environment.

Detailed information was also collected on Emergency Response Plans in the institutional questionnaire portion of the assessment. Genesee's proactive safety initiatives involve the College's large and active Safety Committee to continuously promote campus safety. Additionally, the introduction of a Student Safety Patrol broadened the safety and security of the campus by using students from the Genesee's Criminal Justice program to assist Public Safety Officers.

"The results of the survey further distinguish Genesee as a leader in community college employment," said Stuart Steiner, president of Genesee Community College. "I'm not surprised that we were recognized in the facilities category.

"We have a beautiful campus and well maintained facilities. We are also constantly updating various areas of the College, particularly in technology. This illustrates how the quality of the workplace matters to our employees."

The "Great Colleges to Work For" program is designed to help colleges improve as workplaces through the individual reports received. The unique comments and results of the employee survey can be reviewed by each college or university and used as a benchmark or guide for improvements and to set goals.

July 17, 2009 - 4:02pm
posted by Billie Owens in Announcements, events.
Event Date and Time: 
July 18, 2009 -
11:00am to 6:00pm

The 5th Annual Kids Carnival with Chinese Auction & Chicken BBQ takes place Satruday, July 18 at the East Bethany Presbyterian Church.

July 17, 2009 - 3:55pm
posted by Billie Owens in Announcements.

The City of Batavia is currently seeking nominations for the Community Volunteer of the Year.

This 2009 recognition award will be presented by City Council at the Sept.14, 2009 City Council Business Meeting. 

Nomination Forms can be picked up at the City Manager’s Office or by phone at (585)345-6333. Nominations will be accepted through Aug. 14.

July 17, 2009 - 3:51pm
posted by Billie Owens in Announcements, events.
Event Date and Time: 
July 17, 2009 - 6:00pm to July 19, 2009 - 8:00pm

Here are some special highlights of games this weekend at Dwyer Stadium.

July 16, 2009 - 4:03pm

Katrina Irwin will air a story tonight on Channel 8 Rochester bewteen 5:30-6:00 PM about Dick Gammell's Big Green Dog House that is on display at this year's Homerama in Victor.  You read about it first here last week at!

July 15, 2009 - 2:55pm
posted by Billie Owens in Announcements.

Today New York State Police launched the phase 2 of its summer traffic enforcement initiative. Law enforcement agencies are conducting intense patrols along interstates 90 and 86. Be advised:

  • Aggressive driving, impaired driving and speeding are some of the violations targeted.
  • They also are focusing on commercial vehicles with their Motor Carrier Enforcement officers and weight teams.
  • Aerial speed enforcement along with Drug Recognition Experts and K9 officers are being employed.

As the summer travel season continues, the goal is to educate and encourage motorists to make good decisions about their driving behaviors and adjust them accordingly.

July 15, 2009 - 1:50pm
posted by Billie Owens in Announcements.

In a special meeting last Thursday, the Genesee Community College Board of Trustees awarded a $394,450 contract for general construction work in the Anthony T. Zambito Gymnasium to V.J. Gautieri Contractors, LLC, of Batavia. The contract is part of an upgrade of athletic facilities at the Batavia Campus.

July 15, 2009 - 1:45pm
posted by Billie Owens in Announcements, education.

Genesee Community College's Board of Trustees re-elected Laurie J. Miller as chair of the board of trustees for the 2009-2010 year at the board's recent annual meeting. The board also re-elected Charles R. Ruffino as vice chair and Maureen T. Marshall as secretary.

Miller has served as a trustee since 2000. She is one of the owners and operators of Willow Ridge Farm in Alexander.

Ruffino, of Batavia, has served as a trustee since 2002. He is a retired New York State Department of Education administrator.

Marshall has served as a trustee since 2003. She is an owner and operator of Torrey Farms, based in Elba.

July 15, 2009 - 11:39am
posted by Tasia Boland in Announcements, schools, oakfield-alabama, alumni, psychology.

Bradt after.jpgKenneth Bradt, Ph.D, is one of four inductees for the Oakfield-Alabama High School Hall of Fame ceremony the first weekend in October.

They will be introduced to students at a pep rally Oct. 2 and recognized publicly at that night's football game.

The Hall of Fame honors will take place Oct. 3 at the O-A Middle-High School. Dinner begins at 5 p.m. with the ceremony following.

Bradt has had an illustrious career. To prepare for it, he attended Syracuse University with an interest in chemistry but found he was more intrigued by people’s decisions and behaviors. He quickly switched his major and earned his bachelor's and master’s degrees in psychology.

In 1951, he earned his doctorate in psychology at Illinois' Northwestern University.

After getting his education, Bradt achieved the rank of first lieutenant in the Army Medical Service. He served as chief clinical psychologist at the Army Hospital at Camp Atterbury, Ind., and later became a research psychologist with the Department of Defense in Washington, D.C..

During the '70s Bradt counseled CIA employees coping with unfamiliar, unpredictable and potentially dangerous situations. For his work, he received the Intelligence Medal of Merit from the CIA director for outstanding contributions to agency management.

For 21 years, Bradt shared his knowledge and wisdom with students at George Washington University, the University of Virginia and George Mason University.

bradt before.jpgIn 1981, he was teaching at George Mason University and originated one of the first graduate-level courses in organizational leadership in the country.

In 2004, he was elected Fellow in the American Psychological Association in recognition of outstanding and unusual contributions to the science and profession of psychology. 

The other inductees are Dr. Robert Disasio, Donald Carroll and 1st. Lt. Harmon J. Norton, who will be represented by Joe Cassidy, the Town of Alabama historian. Some previous inductees will also be attending.

Tickets go on sale in late August at the school’s main office or from committee members. The public is welcome.

July 14, 2009 - 4:00pm
posted by Jeremy Liles in Announcements, Oliver's Candies.
Event Date and Time: 
July 16, 2009 -
11:00am to 3:00pm




July 13, 2009 - 8:32am
posted by Mary Brenner in Announcements.
Event Date and Time: 
August 2, 2009 -
7:00pm to 9:30pm

Reaching Out with the Gift of Song ....

July 10, 2009 - 2:36pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in Announcements, photography, GO ART, Darrick Coleman.

Darrick Coleman, a Le Roy resident who often shares his photos on The Batavian, has some of his work on display at the Shirt Factory Cafe in Medina now through Aug. 31.

There is an opening reception July 18 at 6 p.m.

The show portrays "the beauty that can be found in many backyards in Western New York through all four seasons, but in particular Mr. Coleman's backyard," according to the press release.

The exhibit, titled "Out of Doors," is sponsored by The Genesee-Orleans Regional Arts Council.

The Shirt Factory is located at 115 W. Center Street, Medina.

July 10, 2009 - 1:03pm
posted by Robin Walters in Announcements, calendar.
Event Date and Time: 
July 12, 2009 -
2:30pm to 3:30pm

Care- A-Van will be at South Spruce and Prune Street this Sunday for street

church. The youth Pastor, Pastor Bloom from the Elba Baptist church

will be giving the message. His wife Kathy will be providing the mucic.

Refreshments will be served. Hope to see you there! 



July 10, 2009 - 1:00pm
posted by Robin Walters in Announcements, calendar.
Event Date and Time: 
July 11, 2009 -
10:30am to 12:00pm

Care-A-Van will be at Central Avenue this Saturday for grocery and clothing

distribution from 10:30-12:00 Noon.

July 9, 2009 - 5:33pm
posted by Billie Owens in Announcements.

Three Pembroke High School seniors from the Genesee Valley BOCES Information
Technology Academy
won top awards at the Future Business Leaders of America National Leadership Conference last month in California.

Christopher Archer, Dillon Hale and Shane Hale all made the difficult decision to attend the national FBLA conference even though it meant missing their high school graduation ceremony.

The three students had qualified for the national competition by winning their events at the state level. The top 10 students in each national event were recognized at an awards ceremony on June 28.

IT Academy Instructor Lorrie Mazza and Counselor Jason Fitzsimmons chaperoned the trip.

"In my 11 years as an FBLA advisor, this is the first time any of our students has placed in the top 10 nationally," Mazza said. "To have three students in the top five this year alone is truly amazing. I am very proud."

Shane Hale competed in Desktop Application Programming and brought home the third-place trophy. Participants in this event had to design and demonstrate a program aimed at keeping club membership data current.

Dillon Hale competed in Internet Application Programming and won fourth place. This event focuses on systems used over the Internet or Intranet. Competitors had to create and demonstrate a Web application that would allow people to RSVP to a planned event.

Chris Archer competed in Computer Problem Solving and placed fifth.

Participants took an objective test based on competencies in core hardware and operating system technologies including installation, configuration, diagnostics, preventative maintenance and basic networking.

The students also attended leadership seminars and met students from all across the country. More than 7,800 students attended the conference.

July 9, 2009 - 5:25pm
posted by Billie Owens in Announcements.

The Genesee County Volunteer Firemen’s Golf Outing sponsored
by the Genesee County Mutual Aid Fire Advisory Board relies solely on the
support of area businesses and community members for its success.

More than $3,000 was donated to the mission of Batavia Mercy Flight from the proceeds of the 2009 golf outing held last month at the Batavia Country Club. Area businesses which donated include:

  • Arrow Mart
  • C.H. Wright Distributing Corp.
  • Churchville Fire Equipment
  • Darien Lake Theme Park Resort
  • First Due Fire Equipment
  • First Out Rescue Equipment
  • Five Star Bank
  • LeRoy Discount Liquor & Wine
  • Main Street Pizza Company
  • Mary Kay Cosmetics
  • Paulie's Pizzeria
  • Pepsi Bottling Co.
  • Ralph & Rosie's Deli & Pizzeria
  • S & S Limousines
  • Stan's Harley Davidson
  • Terry Hills Golf Course
  • United Uniform
  • Viking Valhalla Restaurant

Supporting businesses of the event included platinum sponsors:

  • Duval Safety,
  • Manning, Squires & Henning
  • Sheet Metal Workers International Association
  • Law Offices of Mark C. Butler, PLLC

Gold sponsors were:

  • Tri-County Emergency Training & Service
  • West Herr Chevrolet of Orchard Park

Silver sponsors were:

  • Select Collision
  • Bergen Fire Department
  • Bergmann Associates
  • Gui's Lumber
  • Potter Lumber
  • Kelley Construction
  • R & D Electronics
  • Shepard, Maxwell & Hale
  • Thompson and Dilcher, LLC

A total of 72 players participated in this year’s outing supporting quality emergency medical care and the emergency medical and transport services which Mercy Flight provides to all of Western New York during situations when every minute matters.

July 9, 2009 - 5:06pm
posted by Billie Owens in Announcements.

As part of this year's Genesee Community College annual scholarship campaign - "Our Best Investment" -- M&T Bank gave $21,000 to support the college's growing Honors Program.

"The recognition of our Honors Program by M&T Bank is greatly appreciated," said College President Stuart Steiner, PhD.. "The program encourages academic work of depth, originality and quality by students who demonstrate superior potential.

"Under the guidance of faculty advisors, students enrolled in the program select and develop independent themes to study, and they work on special, interdisciplinary projects focused on these themes throughout the academic year. Their contribution is valued both inside their classrooms, as well as across the campus."

M&T Bank representatives Joseph Brennan, Vice President, WNY Commercial Banking, and also a GCC graduate, Class of 1999, and Joshua Heim, Assistant Vice President, Government Banking presented a $21,000 gift on June 26, 2009 to Steiner, Richard Ensman, Executive Director of Genesee Community College Foundation and Roger Hungerford, GCC Foundation Board Member and President of SIGMA International General Medical Apparatus LLC, who was instrumental in securing the gift.

"The Honors Program reinforces the foundation goal of excellence," Ensman said. "Students successfully participating in it are eligible for a financial stipend to cover additional expense incurred during their independent study and additional academic endeavors."

The mission of the Genesee Community College Foundation is to enrich the programs and initiatives of Genesee Community College by providing human and financial resources. The foundation, which was formed in the mid-1980s to provide philanthropic support to the college, is a not-for-profit organization led by a 30-member board of directors comprised of business and civic leaders. It provides academic scholarships and need-based grants for students, and President's Innovation Awards to stimulate student, faculty and community involvement in the life of the college. Last year, the foundation awarded 464 scholarships and grants to Genesee students totaling $265,488. Gifts may be sent to the Genesee Community College Foundation, One College Road, Batavia, NY 14020. For further information, call (585) 345-6809, or email [email protected].


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