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August 29, 2009 - 1:36pm


garbo.jpgHello, I'm Garbo the fabulous! I'm going to be a big, friendly girl because I'm a Labrador retriever/Great Dane mix. I was picked up as a young stray, roaming around with nothing constructive to do. So now I'm in the decidedly austere Kennel 21 at the town pound. I deserve better! Firstly, I am good on a leash, something many of my ilk cannot say (truthfully). Secondly, I know and respond appropriately to some commands. (But more on that when you come visit.) Lastly, I'm a sweet goofball and oh-so-playful. But did I mention I'm a quick study, and let me also say ... "


sissy.jpgHey there, I'm insouciant Sissy. As you can see, I am a black-and-white cat in lounge mode. I enjoy doing, uh, not much, after having raised my first -- and last -- litter of kittens. I brought them to the shelter with me so we could each find a special home. I have to say, I did 'em proud. Them kittens was raised right! And now I'm spayed and ready to give people who love me, lots of love in return.

Adoption fee is $30. Unspayed/unneutered animals also require a $35 refundable deposit.

The Genesee County Animal Shelter is located at 3841 W. Main St. Road in the Town of Batavia. Visit Volunteers for Animals on the Web at <>

Hours are:

Monday, Tuesday, Friday, Sunday from 1 to 3 p.m.

Wednesday 1 to 3 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m.

Saturday 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

August 28, 2009 - 2:06pm
posted by Billie Owens in Announcements, GCC, education.

Administrators at Genesee Community College and Empire State College have signed an articulation agreement to effectively transfer Genesee Community College credits to Empire State College to earn a prestigious State University of New York (SUNY) bachelor's degree.

As the first formal partner in the new Pathways Program, graduates from Genesee Community College are now able to define an individual degree program tailored to their unique interests, and with the help of a mentor, make a smooth transition to Empire State College to earn a bachelor's degree.

The Pathways Program is a new transfer opportunity where Genesee Community College graduates can take an additional 16 credits of introductory coursework at Genesee to support their bachelor's degree requirements. The remaining 48 credits of required upper division coursework is taken with Empire State College through flexible teaching and learning models. Known commonly as a "5+3 program," students enrolled in the Pathways Program generally take five semesters at Genesee, and three semesters with Empire State College to achieve a bachelor's degree.

With this agreement, students are able to stay within their community and earn a bachelor's degree that is tailored to their career goals. Students are also able to choose a blend of online, independent study and in-person study through one of Empire State College's regional locations, or they can choose to study entirely online.

Pathways Program students not only choose what they want to study, but also how, where and when they want to study. With an Empire State College campus in Batavia, Rochester, Alfred, Canandaigua and Corning, residents across upstate New York can now earn a bachelor's degree with little or no commuting from home.

The flexibility of the Pathways Program includes more than 400 online Empire State College classes, allowing students to continue their studies while fulfilling family, work and community commitments. The joint venture between Genesee and Empire State College reflects a highly individualized approach to degree planning that addresses the varying needs and demands placed upon contemporary students.

"The new Pathways Program increases access to high quality, higher education - meeting the needs of today's adult learners," Alan R. Davis, Ph.D., president of Empire State College. "It offers the flexibility for students to mix and match what they want to take, and where and when they take it. The partnership allows students to hold down a job, stay in their community, continue to fulfill family and community obligations and still earn a SUNY degree."

Empire State College offers the following 11 areas of study for a bachelor's degree: Nursing (BSN); Social Theory/Social Structure and Change; Science/Mathematics and Technology; Human Development; Historical Studies; Educational Studies; Cultural Studies; Community and Human Services; Business Management/Economics; and the Arts. These bachelor's degree study areas overlap with all of the associate degrees offered at Genesee, but particularly coalesce with Genesee's Business, Human Services, Communications, Criminal Justice, Liberal Arts and Nursing programs.

For more information on the Pathways Program between Genesee Community College and Empire State College, visit <>  or contact any of the following representatives:

Ed Warzala, Unit Coordinator/Mentor
                36 Ellicott Street, Batavia, NY 14020


                E-mail: [email protected]
Laura Lee Jezsik, Recruitment and Outreach Specialist
    1475 Winton Road North, Rochester, NY 14609


    E-mail: [email protected]

Career and Transfer Center
                Priscilla DiRisio

                One College Road, Batavia, NY 14020

                585-343-0055 x 6423

                E-mail: [email protected]

August 28, 2009 - 1:57pm
posted by Billie Owens in Announcements, GCC, education.

The BEST Center at Genesee Community College offers two new noncredit community classes this fall.

They are the Library Assistant/Technician Certificate Program and Exploring Your Family History workshop this September at Genesee's Batavia Campus.

The first course, Library Assistant/Technician Certificate Program, is a noncredit professional course sponsored by the New York Library Association (NYLA). It is open to individuals already working or newly hired in libraries, or people interested in working in a library setting.

It is scheduled from 6 to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday, Sept. 21-24 and from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 26. To receive a certificate, participants must complete the entire 18-hour program, which includes a survey of libraries from their beginnings in pre-history to the dynamic institutions they are today.

Special attention is given to the various aspects of library work and the distinctive role of the library assistant/technician in today's libraries as well as the current employment situation. The course costs $250 and financial assistance may be available to those who qualify.

Additional topics include public/circulation services, reference and technical services.  Public/circulation services will introduce circulation systems, reserves, special collections, shelving, stack maintenance, customer service, public relations, confidentiality and security. The reference topic will tackle organization of information, the reference question and search strategies, electronic reference products, trends, library/bibliographic instruction, information literacy, and the role of a library technician.

Lastly, the technical services topic will provide an overview of technical processing services used in libraries to ensure growth, development and bibliographic control of all collections and materials. In addition, individuals will learn the procedures required to acquire, catalog, process and preserve materials in all formats and impact of computers on technical services in libraries.

The second course, Exploring Your Family History is a noncredit genealogy workshop for those interested in learning about their ancestors.

Not that long ago, genealogy was considered strange and slightly morbid, because it often required trips to cemeteries and delving into the sometimes shady past. In recent years, however, genealogy has gone mainstream and new technology is available to facilitate both the search and the storage of genealogical information.

There is new appreciation for the stories that connect people to their ancestors. Participants in the workshop will learn how to trace their own genealogy and help others trace theirs. Individuals will go beyond names, dates, and places to gather the stories of their ancestors and pass them on to future generations. Topics will also include the proper storage and organization of the materials and artifacts used to develop a family history. This workshop cost is $74 and is offered in eight sessions from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Wednesdays starting Sept. 30 and running through Nov. 18.

Exploring Your Family History is taught by Connie Constantine, who has been exploring the history of her family and helping others do the same since she was 16. After helping friends and acquaintances with their genealogy for decades, she developed a curriculum for a course in Family History at the Larkin Center in Buffalo. She has written a book of family recipes and stories and is currently working on a book based on her mother's diaries. She practices and teaches pre-industrial arts including spinning, cheese and soap making, hearth cooking, butter making and other skills that past generations depended upon.

"These community classes and workshops are designed to serve all people in our region," Ray Chaya, director of The BEST Center said. "Community really is our middle name here at Genesee. Whether it is a professional skill building seminar that may help someone enter a new career, or a community workshop on genealogy - these courses illustrate that there really is something for everyone at Genesee Community College."

For more program information, course descriptions, or to register online, please visit <> . For enrollment information, contact The BEST Center at 585-345-6868.


August 28, 2009 - 1:37pm
posted by Billie Owens in Announcements, events, Oakfield, Alabama.
Event Date and Time: 
September 6, 2009 - 12:00pm to September 7, 2009 - 10:00pm

Italian sausages with peppers and onions will be on sale to benefit the Oakfield-Alabama Lions Club Sept. 6 and 7.

Plus, several more nonprofit groups will also have treats for sale during the annual Oakfield Labor Daze celebration at Triangle Park.

Fun, food and free entertainment is in store for everyone!


August 28, 2009 - 1:23pm
posted by Billie Owens in Announcements, events, Oakfield.
Event Date and Time: 
September 5, 2009 -
6:00pm to 10:00pm

A full-tilt Battle of the Bands is set to take place in Oakfield on Saturday Sept. 5.

That's when four groups of young people ages 10 to 20 will compete to become the best of the lot.

It goes from 6 to 10 p.m. at  Triangle Park as part of the "Oakfield Labor Daze" celebration, endorsed by the Oakfield Betterment Committee.

It asks you to "come see what's right about today's youth."

The Genesee County bands performing are: Dying to Win; Scene-7; Duck-N-Cover; and Translate This.


August 28, 2009 - 12:38pm
posted by Gretel Kauffman in Announcements, elba, Porter Farms, CSA, organic.

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If you're looking for fresh, locally grown produce, look no further than Porter Farms on Edgerton Road in Elba.

I stopped by the farm on Tuesday morning to talk to Katie Porter (pictured above with her three-legged dog, Milo) and get a tour of the family farm, which is one of the top models for organic growers and Community Supported Agriculture in the nation.

Porter, a 2004 graduate of Elba High School and a 2008 graduate of Cornell University, says that she has worked on the farm as far back as she can remember.

"When we first started the CSA, it was my dad, my sister and I," Porter says.  "We helped him with the newsletter and the produce."

Today, as the manager of the program, she writes the newsletter, does presentations to promote the farm, makes phone calls, sends out emails, and oversees distribution of the produce.

"Basically what the CSA is, is people buy a share and we use the money to pay for seeds, labor, equipment repair, stuff like that. Then in return we give them fresh, locally grown produce. Since their money goes right into the farm, they really get to feel what it's like to be a farmer."

Porter says that she thinks this is a big part of the CSA's appeal. It is growing rapidly, with approximately 860 members, which is about 760 members more than it started with in 1996.

"If we have a bad season, the members see the results. Like this year our tomatoes weren't too good, so they didn't really get tomatoes. Or if we have an abundance of onions, they'll get a lot of onions. I think people like it not only because they get their vegetables, but because they learn a lot about farming."

The program usually begins in June and ends in November and is either $310 or $340 a share, depending on whether you choose to pick up your produce at the farm Saturday mornings, or have it delivered if you live in the Rochester area. 

"It's so funny how everyone comes here on Saturday mornings and seems to know everyone else. They just hang out and talk."

The farm, which was started in 1956 by Jack Porter, began as a beef-feeding operation.  In the 1970s the Porters decided to grow the crops they needed to feed the cattle, such as hay, corn and wheat. Eventually pigs and sheep were added to the farm. 

In 1990, due to economic downturns in the livestock market, Jack's sons Steve and Mike switched the focus to crops and began experimenting with organics. Today, the 500+ acre farm is entirely organic and, since the deaths of Jack and Steve, is run by Katie's uncle Mike Porter with assistance from Katie, her sister Sarah and the rest of the family.

"It's definitely beneficial to the environment, It gives us healthier soil and helps with biodiversity.  We're farming the way people used to farm."                                

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August 26, 2009 - 6:31pm
posted by Billie Owens in Announcements, genesee county casa.

Genesee County CASA for Children is seeking volunteers to speak out on behalf of abused and neglected children that come to the attention of Genesee County Family Court.

Its trademark is its goal: “A powerful voice in a child’s life.”  ™

It only takes 8 to 10 hours a month, but it could mean a world of difference to a child in need!  Help CASA reach its goal of advocating for all abused and neglected children in Genesee County.

For more information call 585-344-2550 x2331, Executive Director Tara Pariso.

August 26, 2009 - 6:23pm
posted by Billie Owens in Announcements.

Historic Batavia Downs Casino has more than $1 million in stakes money this season, including four New York Sire Stakes races, six Late Closer events and the Robert J Kane Memorial Invitational Pace.

New York Sire Stakes races will be held on Aug. 28, Sept. 2 and 4, and the Robert J Kane Memorial Invitational Pace will run on Oct. 10.

Racing is on Monday (except Aug. 31), Wednesday, Friday and Saturday through Labor Day and then Wednesday, Friday and Saturday until closing day Dec. 5 with nine added Tuesday dates from Sept.15 through Nov. 10. Post time is 7:05 each evening and 1:15 on Sunday, Aug. 30, and Labor Day, Monday, Sept. 7.

Family Fun Day is set for on Sunday, Aug. 30, with proceeds to benefit the Batavia branch of Mercy Flight of WNY.

Last season, Batavia Downs Casino opened Grandstands Bar and Grille, its $1.5 million sports restaurant on the second level. Appointed with a distinct retro décor, the facility features many historic photos of America’s Oldest Lighted Harness Track.

Grandstands is open seven days a week from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. and boasts a full menu and wide selection of beer, wine and mixed drinks. It also features self-vending terminals for wagering and 37 high-definition flat panel TVs.

The schedule can be viewed at (click on the Batavia Downs icon).


August 26, 2009 - 6:07pm
posted by Billie Owens in Announcements, Richmond Memorial Libary.

Lots of fun options for little ones are in store this fall at the Richmond Memorial Library. Registration begins Monday, Sept. 14 and Fall Story Time sessions start the week of Sept. 28.

Toddler Time: held Tuesdays at 10:30 a.m. (walkers to 36 months)
Tiny Tots: held Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m. (1 to 3 years)
Preschool Party: held Thursdays at 10 a.m. (3 to 5 years)
Pajama Primetime: held Thursdays at 6:30 p.m. (all ages)
Baby Bounce: held Fridays at 10 a.m. (pre-walkers)

Register online at <> or parents may call the library at 343-9550 x4. Register early, as group size is limited.

The library is located at 19 Ross St. in Batavia.

August 26, 2009 - 11:48am
posted by Melissa George in batavia, Announcements, business, chamber of commerce.

GeneseeCounty Chamber of Commerce Annual Membership Meeting on
Thursday, October 22, 2009


Registration begins at 11:15 am 
Buffet Lunch begins promptly at Noon
Bohn’s Restaurant
5256 Clinton St. Rd., Batavia, NY 14020
$20.00 per person

Ken Adams, Chair of the Business Council of NY
This year’s keynote speaker will be Kenneth Adams, the President and CEO of The Business Council of New York State.  The Business Council 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.  The mission of the Business Council is to create economic growth, good jobs and strong communities throughout New York State by shaping public policy to improve New York's economy. Insight on the inner workings of Albany and what we can do to improve the Upstate economy will be Ken’s topics.
Chamber of Commerce: 09 Year in Review
Chamber of Commerce: 2010 Board Members
Please complete the reservation form below and return it to the Chamber office by Oct. 14, 2009. 210 East Main Street, Batavia NY 14020 Attn. Annual Meeting
If you have special dietary needs, please call Melissa at the Chamber at 585-343-7440, ext. 27.
RSVP’s without payment will be invoiced - $20 per person
Amount Enclosed:
August 24, 2009 - 1:19pm
posted by Kim Gloskowski in Announcements.
Event Date and Time: 
August 24, 2009 - 1:15pm to September 19, 2009 - 7:00pm

8th Annual Public Swiss Steak Dinner

All You Can Eat

September 19th   Serving 5-7 p.m.

Emmanuel Baptist Church (handicap accessible)

190 Oak Street  Batavia

Adults-$8.50   6-12-$4   5 & under-Free

For reservations call 219-4855

August 22, 2009 - 12:42pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, Announcements, Daily News.

Congratulations to Scott DeSmit, Tom Rivers and Joanne Beck of the Batavia Daily News for their Associated Press writing awards.

DeSmit won a first place award for three of his columns.

Rivers won three awards. He will receive a second-place award for his columns, a second place for beat reporting, and an honorable mention for his series on farm labor.

Beck receives a second-place award for columns and a third-place for continuing coverage of the city ambulance service issue.

The awards will be presented Sept. 23 in Syracuse.

August 20, 2009 - 8:09pm
posted by Billie Owens in Announcements, events, east bethany.
Event Date and Time: 
August 22, 2009 -
2:00pm to 5:00pm

A fundraiser to benefit Patsy Rapone is set for 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 22 at the East Bethany Firehall.

The hall is located at 10440 Bethany Center Road. The event will feature a dice run, food, drinks, live music, a Chinese Auction, 50/50 and other raffles.

August 20, 2009 - 3:45pm
posted by Tara Pariso in Announcements, news.
Every year in Genesee County hundreds of children are abused and neglected and end up without a home to call their own. On average, these youth spend more than two years in the child welfare system and can be moved as many as 15 times, wreaking havoc on their education, friendships and sense of belonging. Although the number is staggering, the Genesee County Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) program is helping to make a difference. The CASA program makes a positive impact in the lives of these children by training volunteers to advocate on behalf of their best interest in court. CASA volunteers help to secure safe, permanent homes where foster youth can thrive.
Currently our local CASA program has nine volunteer advocates. But there is a great need for more volunteers. With your help, we’ll be able to make sure these children can safely be returned home or, when that can’t happen, be released for adoption.
Our vision is to have a volunteer advocate for every abused or neglected child that comes to the attention of Genesee County Family Court.
To learn more abour CASA, becoming a Volunteer, or making a donation, please call (585) 344-2550 ext. 2331. 
You can help ensure that the children in Genesee County are placed in safe, permanent homes.  Volunteer to help one child at a time.


August 20, 2009 - 1:09pm
posted by Billie Owens in Announcements, events, East Prembroke.
Event Date and Time: 
August 23, 2009 -
4:00pm to 6:00pm

At 4 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 23 there will be a spaghetti dinner and Chinese auction in remembrance of the late Rev. David J Scheider at Holy Name of Mary Church in East Pembroke.

Dinner costs $7 and all proceeds will benefit the newly made scholarship at Notre Dame High School. Spend an afternoon among family and friends and help make his memory live on and make this dinner a success!


August 19, 2009 - 6:04pm
posted by Gretel Kauffman in batavia, Batavia Players, Announcements, Summer Youth Theatre.


This weekend, fans of Oz can see local children and teens sing and dance their way through the Batavia Players Summer Youth Theatre production of The Wiz.

The show, which tells the well-known story of Dorothy and her adventures in the magical land of Oz, features familiar characters such as the Scarecrow, the Cowardly Lion, Glinda and the Tin Man.

However, The Wiz is a far cry from the original Wizard of Oz. There are several twists, such as Dorothy's magical shoes being silver instead of red, and an extra witch named Addaperle (played by Katelyn Rogers, above left). But the main difference is that the music and dialogue are in an African-American style.

"It's a much more lively show," says Maureen Edwards (above right), who has the role of Dorothy. "You just want to get up and dance. It's like the funky motown version of the Wizard of Oz."

Edwards, who is 12, is one of the 85 cast members that range in age from 3 to 22. This is her third Summer Youth Theatre production and her ninth production overall.

"Everyone is super supportive," she says. "I've been really lucky because in every show I've been in, I've been treated with a lot of respect. But I do think that with the younger cast, the friends I've made are a lot closer."

Director Patrick Burk says that he tries to give the cast members experience not only onstage, but behind the scenes as well:

"I want them to have a full experience. So they learn about acting, singing, choreography, etc., but they also help with props and sets and cleaning up. It's very important to teach them about tech roles, too."

Burk, who has directed the past 14 summer shows as well as numerous other local community theater productions, says that the cast began rehearsals in mid-May.

"Mr. Burk has a great vision for the show," Edwards says. "He yells sometimes but it's because he loves us and wants us to be the best that we can be. He's a lot of fun to work with."

The original Broadway stage production of The Wiz debuted in 1975, winning seven Tony Awards, including Best Musical. It has had revivals in New York, London, San Diego and the Netherlands, and a film adaptation starring Diana Ross, Michael Jackson, and Nipsey Russell was released in 1978.

"Everyone should come see it," says Edwards.  "It's going to be a great show."

Performances are Aug. 20 and 21 at 7:30 p.m. and Aug. 22  at 2 p.m.. Tickets are $10 for general admission and $8 for students and seniors. They can be purchased online at link to or at Batavia High School, 260 State St., during evening rehearsals and prior to each performance. For more information call 585-343-9721.

August 19, 2009 - 5:35pm
posted by Darrick Coleman in Announcements, books, Present Tense, bookstore.
Event Date and Time: 
September 26, 2009 - 10:00am to October 3, 2009 - 4:00pm


Banned Books Week is the only national celebration of the freedom to read. It was launched in 1982 in response to a sudden surge in the number of challenges to books in schools, bookstores and libraries. More than a thousand books have been challenged since 1982. The challenges have occurred in every state and in hundreds of communities. Stop in at Present Tense during Banned Books Week and see if YOUR favorite book is a banned book!

August 19, 2009 - 5:23pm
posted by Darrick Coleman in Announcements, books, Present Tense, bookstore.
Event Date and Time: 
September 18, 2009 -
4:30pm to 5:30pm


We will be reading Jackaroo by Cynthia Voigt for our September meeting. Anyone ages 12+ is welcome to join us for a fun hour of discussion!

August 19, 2009 - 5:18pm
posted by Darrick Coleman in Announcements, books, Present Tense, bookstore.
Event Date and Time: 
September 9, 2009 -
12:00pm to 1:00pm


We will be reading The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd for our September meeting. Bring your lunch and enjoy a lively discussion!


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