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June 15, 2009 - 1:46pm
posted by Billie Owens in Announcements.

Assemblyman Steve Hawley (R,I,C -- Batavia), the Monroe County Sheriff's Parks and Marine Unit and the NY State Parks Police, will host a free boater safety course for the public on Saturday, June 20.

There is, however, a $10 fee to process a permanent boater safety certificate with the NY State Department of Parks.

It will be held at Hamlin State Park from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.. State law requires all boaters to pass an eight-hour boater-safety course, such as this one, if:

  • You operate a personal watercraft such as a jet ski, and are at least 14 years old.
  • And/or you wish to operate a motorboat, other than a personal watercraft, and are at least 10 years old but less than 18.

Anyone caught boating without a safety certificate may face fines and/or imprisonment.

“We are fortunate to live in one of the best tourist destinations in the Northeast. This summer, I encourage everyone to rediscover their own backyard and am inviting all boaters to join me at this free and informative event,” Hawley said.

Hamlin Park is located at 1 Camp Road in Hamlin and the course will take place in Shelter 1. Participants are encouraged to bring a bag lunch. To RSVP, contact Hawley's office at 585-598-5780.

June 15, 2009 - 1:26pm
posted by Billie Owens in Announcements.

The helping hands of the Batavia Rotary Club have reached out -- all the way to Zambia in Africa -- to build a new, modern kitchen at a school there.

The unique service project is being done in conjunction with Rotary clubs in St. Catherines, Ontario, and Lusaka Central in Zambia. They are replacing a stone fire pit in a Malambanyama school with a kitchen capable of feeding more than 300 people daily.

The project is estimated to cost $13,050 (U.S. currency) and half of it will come from Batavia and Ontario Rotarians and the Rotary International Foundation will provide matching funds. Members of the Lusaka Club in Zambia will oversee the purchase and installation of the kitchen appliances and utensils.

The kitchen is being constructed at Children’s Town School, a residential school and vocational training center that houses more than 300 students and staff. Children’s Town currently uses stone and concrete fire pits for all of their cooking, according to Ramon Chaya, Batavia Rotary Club president.

Malambanyama is located in central Zambia, on the African continent where the Development Aid from People to People in Zambia (DAPP) established Children’s Town in 1990.

It cares for former street children from Lusaka in cooperation with Zambia's Ministry of Education and Ministry of Community Development and Social Services.

Children’s Town School has already constructed an indoor room to be used for a kitchen, and has installed the necessary electrical and plumbing connections. The $13,050 grant will enable the school to purchase a modern stove, refrigerator, oven, oversized pots, dining tables and chairs, electrical fittings, tiles and miscellaneous plumbing materials.

The project came about as the result of conversations between members of the Batavia Rotary Club and St. Catherines Rotary Club. Both clubs are part of Rotary International District 7090, and members of the clubs frequently share information about projects and activities.

The possibility of an international service project caught the attention of longtime Batavia Rotarian Edmund Leising. He and member Mary Raymond worked with St. Catherines Rotary members to prepare a Rotary International Foundation matching grant application. Each club agreed to contribute $3,000 to the project, Rotary District 7090 agreed to contribute $1,950, the Lusaka Central Club agreed to contribute $100, and the Rotary International Foundation came in with a commitment of $5,000.

Most people living in the United States and Canada cannot imagine life without the ordinary convenience of a modern kitchen. Yet kitchens are rare in some parts of the world, including rural Zambia, and most cooking is done outside in large – and sometimes unsafe and unsanitary – pits.

“Being able to provide something as simple as a stove, a refrigerator, and utensils will make a big difference in the daily lives of more than 300 people,” Leising said.

Rotary International is a worldwide organization of clubs comprised of civic-minded business and professional people. One of the longstanding aims of the club is the promotion of international goodwill. More than 20 years ago, Rotary International – with the support of hundreds of thousands of members worldwide -- set out to eradicate polio. Through these efforts, a world without polio is now very close to being reality.

Every year the Batavia Rotary Club provides volunteer and financial support to dozens of charitable causes and organizations. It recently completed a commitment of $250,000 for upgrades at United Memorial Medical Center. The club was founded in 1919 and has about 100 members.

June 15, 2009 - 1:00pm
posted by Billie Owens in Announcements.

Since 1934, Batavia VA Medical Center has cared for America's veterans. And to celebrate 75 years of service, the center has lots of festivities planned for Saturday, June 27.

The center is located at 222 Richmond Ave. A parade will kick things off at 1:30 p.m., beginning at the gate opposite Redfield Parkway. This will be followed by a formal program in front of Building 1.

Assemblyman Stephen Hawley will emcee the program with William F. Feeley, director of VA WNY Healthcare System, who will deliver the keynote address.

The celebration will include military displays on the lawn along with band concerts and history displays in the Building 4 recreation hall and patio area. Free parking will be available at Batavia Downs on Park Road with shuttles beginning at noon. Redfield Parkway and Richmond Avenue will be closed during the parade.

For more information and to participate in the parade, please contact Kathleen Martin at 585-297-1196.

June 12, 2009 - 5:03pm
posted by Billie Owens in Announcements, events.
Event Date and Time: 
June 13, 2009 -
12:00pm to 6:00pm

A fundraiser for critically ill George Konieczny will take place from noon to 6 p.m. Saturday, June 13 at the Travelodge in Batavia.

June 12, 2009 - 4:47pm
posted by Billie Owens in Announcements.

The area's largest hotel, the Holiday Inn of Batavia, has announced the completion of a major renovation project.

Exterior improvements include a new roof, a complete facelift of the building with new stucco, additional blacktop pavement and new landscaping. Interior upgrades include new Moen shower heads and curved shower rods, plus refrigerators and microwaves in all 195 rooms.

In addition, new heating/air conditioning units have been installed along with new bathroom vanities in family suites. There are now Sealy pillow-top king and full bed mattresses in the Holiday Inn rooms, plus new floor tiles in all bathrooms. Automatic doors are being installed and new carpeting will soon be put in the lobby and banquet rooms. The pool area has been repainted and new flooring installed.

"We invite the community to come by to see all of the exciting changes that are taking place," said General Manager Becky Spar, adding, “We have spent so much of our energy on ensuring the quality of service that our guests receive. ... I think it’s important for our community to know that we are diligently working to improve our facility."

Those interested in holding an event at the Holiday Inn should contact Sue Mondi in the sales office at 344-2100.

June 12, 2009 - 4:12pm
posted by Billie Owens in batavia, Announcements, events.
Event Date and Time: 
June 14, 2009 -
1:00pm to 5:00pm

A charitable car wash, dubbed  a "scrub in for Scotty" is set for 1 p.m. Sunday, June 14 in the parking lot in front of Billygoats, next to Settlers Family Restaurant in Batavia.

The event will help a Settlers' waitress, Diane, pay for her son's grave marker. All donations gratefully welcome.

Diane's son, Scotty R. "Scooter" Johnson, died unexpectedly at his parents' Oakfield home May 25. He was just 19 years old. The family needs the community's help to offset funeral expenses. There will be food and beverages available at the "scrub in."

June 12, 2009 - 3:31pm
posted by Billie Owens in Announcements.

The wide-ranging and ever-popular Batavia Concert Band will perform as follows this summer:

June 14

12:45 p.m. for Flag Day ceremony at the VA Medical Center

Conductor: Bob Pastecki

Sponsor: VA Flag Day Committee

June 24

7 p.m. at Centennial Park*

Conductor: Wayne Burlison

Sponsor: GCASA

July 1

7 p.m. at Centennial Park*

Conductor: Phil Briatico

Sponsor: UMMC

July 4

Noon at Centennial Park

Conductor: Phil Briatico

Sponsor: Picnic in the Park

July 8

7 p.m. at Centennial Park*

Conductor: Brad Meholick

Sponsor: Kiwanis Club of Batavia

 July 15

7 p.m. at Centennial Park*

Conductor: Brad Meholick

Sponsor: Rotary Club of Batavia

 July 22

7 p.m. at Centennial Park*

Conductor: Jane Haggett

Sponsor: Torrey Farms

 July 23

6:30 p.m. at Trigon Park in LeRoy

Conductor: Jane Haggett

Sponsor: The Village of LeRoy

 July 29

7 p.m. at Centennial Park*

Conductor: Jane Haggett

Sponsor: GO-ART

 Aug. 5

7 p.m. at Centennial Park*

Conductor: Derek Reiss

Sponsor: H.E. Turner & Bohm-Calarco-Smith Funeral Homes

 Aug. 12 -- Dizzy

7 p.m. at Centennial Park*

Conductor: Derek Reiss

Sponsor: Dizzy

* Note *: Rain venue is at the Genesee County Nursing Home



June 12, 2009 - 2:58pm
posted by Billie Owens in Announcements.

The Muckdogs have announced their promotional schedule for this season at Dwyer Stadium.

The Daily News will sponsor the Muckdog Monday promotion. You can get a $1 off your ticket price when you redeem the Muckdog Monday coupon that will run in the Saturday morning editions of the Daily News.
Free Dog Night presented by Zweigles will take place every Tuesday home game. The first 200 fans through the gates will receive a voucher that can be redeemed at the Muckdogs concession stand for a free hot dog at that night’s game. Also on Tuesday, KRAFT Singles presents KRAFT Tuesday Night Tickets. Fans can bring a KRAFT Singles wrapper to the Muckdogs box office for a buy one ticket get one free from KRAFT Singles. Visit for more details.
The Family 4-pack promotion will take place every Wednesday. Four general admission tickets, four hot dogs, four sodas and a 2009 program can be purchased for only $30.
Fireworks will light up the sky every Friday night at Dwyer Stadium, as well as the annual Fourth of July Independence Day celebration. Every Saturday will feature a pre-game concert on the concourse. The “Rock the Ballpark” events are presented by Tim Hortons of Batavia and New Energy Impact features Papa and Mama Root, an oldies rock and roll tribute band and original music recording artists. All performances begin at 6 p.m., weather permitting.
Other games of note include:

Opening Day/Magnetic Schedule Giveaway/Fireworks  -- Friday, June 19
Father’s Day/Post-Game Catch on the Field  -- Sunday, June 21
Renew Your Vows with Pastor Sick -- Sunday, July 12
Reusable Shopping Bag Giveaway (1st 500 fans) -- Saturday, July 18
“Muckdog Gazette” Giveaway -- Tuesday, Aug. 4
Frisbee Giveaway (1st 500 fans) -- Wednesday, Aug. 5
“First Pitch Fly In” to benefit Mercy Flight -- Thursday, Aug. 6
Team Photo Giveaway (1st 500 fans) -- Saturday, Aug. 15
Championship Souvenir Travel Mug Giveaway (1st 500 fans) -- Saturday, Aug. 22
Fireworks Nights:

June 19, 26

July 3, 4, 10, 17, 24

Aug. 14, 28.
The Muckdogs home opening game is at 7:05 p.m. Friday, June 19 against the Auburn Doubledays.

For a complete 2009 promotional schedule go to <> or call the Muckdogs office at (585) 343-5454.

June 12, 2009 - 2:46pm
posted by Billie Owens in Announcements.

Katheryn E. Palmer, a senior at Byron-Bergen High School, is one of two students selected to receive a scholarship from the Greater Rochester, New York Chapter of the National Association of Women in Construction.

The other recipient is Julie Morningstar, a senior at Churchville-Chili High School.

Katheryn plans to attend SUNY Alfred College to study architectural technology.

For more than 50 years, NAWIC has been helping women take advantage of the opportunities in construction. The organization's mission is to establish a network base, mentor and provide educational and professional opportunities for women in construction.

June 12, 2009 - 2:25pm
posted by Billie Owens in Announcements, events.
Event Date and Time: 
June 22, 2009 -
6:00pm to 9:30pm

The Batavia Area Jaycees are hosting a 75th anniversary reunion at the Muckdogs' game Monday, June 22, at Dwyer Stadium. The event is a chance for past and present Jaycee members to enjoy some camaraderie and a baseball game.

There will be a family picnic in the "Hot Corner" party tent and food includes Italian sausage with peppers and onions, BBQ chicken, char-grilled Zwiegles hots, watermelon, potato chips, pasta salad, macaroni salad and soda pop.

June 12, 2009 - 1:30pm
posted by Billie Owens in Announcements.

Downtown car cruising, prizes, a DJ and other fun stuff will be on hand Tuesday evenings from 6 to 8 through Sept. 1. The headquarters is at the corner of Ellicott and Jackson streets (in the former Jubliee Parking Lot).

It's hosted by the “Lone Wolf Cruisers." All cars, trucks and motorcycles are welcome. At the end of the season there will be a Super Car Cruise on Sept. 1, with a rain date of Sept. 8.

Cruise sponsors are:  Batavia Business Improvement District, Adam Miller Toy & Bike, Carlson’s Studio, Center Street Smokehouse, Daily Grind, Genesee Lumber, Hardcor Audio, Jackson Street Grill, Main Street Pizza, Michael Anthony’s Salon, Next Level Fitness, 101 Motor Sports – Shelby, O’Lacy’s Irish Pub, 3d Wine & Spirits and Turnbull Heating & Air.

For more information contact the BID Office at 585-344-0900 or Darrell Mase at 585-344-0819.Visit for more details.

June 11, 2009 - 5:57pm

Tuesday, June 23rd, 2009 at 2:00pm, join us for the 2009 Summer Reading Program Kick-off with The Wondermakers performing their show "World of Wonders.".   The theme this year is "Be Creative at Your Library".

"World of Wonders" is a 45 minute long, interactive story theatre show for children ages 3 - 10 and their families.  Travel with The Wondermakers and explore other cultures.  Join Captain Stormalong as he battles the Sea Monster on a voyage across the Atlantic Ocean!  Be creative as you help us act out an Eastern European folktale which reminds us to be happy with what we've got!  Learn Spanish words and a song with a funny folktale from Mexico. 

The Wondermakers have given over 4,000 performances in Buffalo, Niagara Falls, Rochester, Syracuse, Corning, Cleveland, Tampa, Sarasota, Fort Myers and Orlando. 

For more information about this event, you can call the library at 494-1120.  We are located at 13 South Lake Avenue in Bergen.

This program is made possible with funds from the Decentralization program.  A regrant program of the New York State Council of the Arts, administered by the Genesee -Orleans Council of the Arts.

June 8, 2009 - 7:52pm
posted by Shelly Waterman in Announcements.
Event Date and Time: 
June 28, 2009 -
12:00pm to 3:00pm

St. Paul's Episcopal Church, Rt 5, Stafford is having a Strawberry Sundae Sunday on Sunday, June 28, 2009 from noon - 3:00 offering strawberry shortcake, jam, pies and ice cream sundaes.

June 8, 2009 - 1:49pm
Event Date and Time: 
June 25, 2009 -
9:00am to 12:00pm

The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) and Cornell University will host a Green Jobs Forum on Thursday, June 25, 10:00 a.m. to noon.  The forum will be broadcast to Cornell Cooperative Extension Associations, located in 14 counties across New York State, via Cornell’s distance learning video conference network.  The forum is free and open to the public.  Information on the following topics and issues will be addressed:
Defining"green jobs"
where to find “green jobs”
information on available training programs

June 7, 2009 - 8:13pm
posted by chris johnson in batavia, Announcements, motorcycle, mayhem, east bethany.

uwa_logo_for_electronic_presentation.jpgLocal Batavia area motorcycle club, The Mayhem Riders, needs riders to help support a good cause. We will be riding from Stan's Harley Davidson in Batavia to the Arcade Speedway, We will be doing parade laps around the track at halftime just before they present the money to the united way officials. Please come out and help us support the community.


JUNE 12 2009

[email protected]

The sign up and starting point will be at Stan's Harley Davidson in Batavia next to the airport. Sign up will be from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m., kickstands up at 5:30 p.m., then we will meet at Tops in Arcade at 6:45 p.m., leaving from Tops at 7p.m., arriving at the Arcade speedway at 7:15 p.m. If you need information go to the clubs website,or email the club:

We will be hosting a "UNITED WAY" night on June 12th. We are working with several people in an effort to raise funds to support the efforts of United Way. Times are tough for all but no matter how tough it is for you it is probably worse for someone else. Please give generously. Check out their website.


June 4, 2009 - 2:33pm
posted by Billie Owens in Announcements.

Press release:

The Bergen Business & Civic Association (BBCA) announces the 20th Annual Bergen Park Festival and Parade on Saturday June 13. Events begin at 11 a.m. and conclude with a fireworks show after dark.

“For the last 20 years the Bergen Park Festival has been a tremendous family-fun event," said BBCA President Anne Sapienza. “I encourage everyone to stop at the park...and enjoy the festivities."

The festival opens  with the “Classic Car Show” and at noon the kick-off parade begins at the Fire Hall. The festival includes multiple craft vendors, pony rides, kids' activities, food vendors and live music all day in the park. Clor’s will be catering a pulled-pork BBQ dinner beginning at 4 p.m. and tickets will be on sale at the Main Tent.

Back by popular demand is Bossy Bingo sponsored by the Bergen Grange. The biggest crowd pleaser, this game appeals to the big gamblers and good sports. This year the grid contains 100 squares and tickets are $5 apiece. Contact Michele Smith, Bergen Town Clerk, at 494-1121. Ext. 1, for more information.

Live entertainment will include the Panloco Steel Drum Band, sponsored by the Byron-Bergen Public Library, at 2 p.m. and our local John Cummings 00’ graduate of Byron-Bergen High School will be performing with his band “Something Else” between 6-10 p.m.. Following the music will be a magnificent fireworks display, so don’t forget to bring your lawn chair and come join the fun. For more details please call the town clerk.

June 4, 2009 - 2:11pm
posted by Billie Owens in Announcements.
Event Date and Time: 
June 5, 2009 -
5:00pm to 11:00pm

The 15th Annual “Festival of Hope,” hosted by Genesee Cancer Assistance, takes place 5 to 11 p.m. on Friday June 5 at Batavia Downs.

It benefits cancer patients in Genesee County. The festival will include Time Warner “Kids Zone,” a 5-K Run for Hope, the traditional Walk for Hope, a Chinese Auction and the “Lighting of the Luminaries."

Contact Gregg Torrey at 507-8139 or Rachael Millspaugh at 409-4008 for details.

June 4, 2009 - 1:59pm
posted by Billie Owens in Announcements.

Darien Lake Theme Park Resort and the PARC Foundation presented the inaugural Jack Kemp Community Service Award to Hunter's Hope Foundation on June 1.

The award is given in recognition of the life and public service of the late Jack Kemp.

Hunter's Hope is a charitable organization committed to increasing public awareness of, and early detection and treatment for, Krabbe Leukodystrophy (and related conditions), which is a fatal, inherited disease of the central nervous system.
PARC Foundation is the philanthropic arm of PARC Management, operator of Darien Lake Theme Park Resort. It gives its employees, patrons, vendors, partners and parks  an inspiring way to give back to their communities and strengthen local children and families.

On hand at the award ceremony were: Randy Drew, CEO of PARC Management; members of the PARC Foundation board of directors; Chris Thorpe, General Manager of Darien Lake Theme Park Resort; Jill Kelly, co-founder of Hunter’s Hope; Jacque Waggoner, CEO of Hunter’s Hope; Jimmy Kemp, son of Jack Kemp; and Jack Kemp, grandson of Jack Kemp.

June 4, 2009 - 1:36pm
posted by Billie Owens in Announcements.

Press Release:

Batavia Concert Band Announces Annual Concerts in the Park

The Batavia Concert Band’s 85th anniversary season of music-making and free public concerts begins June 24 in Batavia’s Centennial Park. Additional concerts and parades will feature the Band at other locations and times, including Batavia’s popular July 4 Picnic In the Park and Trigon Park in LeRoy.

The Batavia Concert Band’s repertoire is wide-ranging in origin, period and style: Sousa-style marches, Broadway show tunes, classical adaptations, fun songs for kids of all ages, big-band and swing numbers, popular songs from hit musicals and movies, rock favorites arranged for concert band… and everything in between.
The Band consists of 40 to 55 or so brass, woodwind and percussion players ranging from talented local high school students to 60-year veterans. Many have professional experience, and the rest are advanced amateur musicians. All love to play.

The conductor’s podium will be shared this season by veterans Wayne Burlison, Jane Haggett, Phil Briatico, Brad Meholick, Bob Pastecki and Derek Reiss. Derek and Dizzy again cap this year’s Concerts in the Park on Aug. 12, as a benefit fundraiser for the Batavia Concert Band.

Founded in the early 1920s, the Batavia Concert Band has brought musical pleasure to the region every year except during WWII. It currently enjoys financial support from GO-ART, concert sponsors, program advertisers and individual patrons. The Band itself sponsors a “Taste of Western New York” gift certificate raffle from selected area restaurants, 50-50 raffles at every concert, bake sales and other fundraisers.

Downbeat for regular season concerts is 7 p.m., Wednesday evenings, in Centennial Park, Batavia (in case of rain, in the Genesee County Nursing Home). 

All concerts are free to the public of all ages. Light refreshments are usually available. Bring the family, some friends, lawn chairs or a blanket… and enjoy!

June 4, 2009 - 1:27pm
posted by Billie Owens in Announcements.

Genesee Community College has expanded the eligibility for high school graduates and GED graduates to take two free college courses this summer at any of the seven campus locations. Application deadline is June 15.

Under the Genesee Promise Plus Scholarship program, any 2009 high school graduate is eligible to take up to two free college courses during the June 29 - Aug. 1, five-week summer session if they attended high school in Genesee, Livingston, Orleans, or Wyoming counties.

Those eligible include:

  • Students who live in the four-county GLOW service area who earned a GED Diploma, regardless of age.
  • GLOW area graduates from home-school programs.
  • High-school graduates who attended high schools outside the GLOW service area yet accumulated college credits through GCC's ACE Program.

Eligible students can take up to two free summer courses at any of the seven campus locations including Albion, Arcade, Batavia, Dansville, Lakeville, Medina and Warsaw. The scholarship pays all tuition and fees but the student pays for textbooks. Credits earned can be used to get a head start on college and can transfer to all State University of New York (SUNY) schools as well as most other colleges and universities.

The one-page application form is available at all seven Genesee Community College campus locations, as well as on-line at <>.

For more information, contact Tanya Lane-Martin through email, [email protected] or call the Admission's Office at 585-345-6800 or 1-866-CALL-GCC. You can also stop in at any GCC campus location:
GCC at Albion, 456 West Avenue (Rte 31), Albion, NY 14411 / 589-4936
GCC at Arcade, 25 Edward Street, Arcade, NY 14009 / 492-5265
GCC at Batavia, 1 College Road, Batavia NY, 14020 / 345-6800
GCC at Dansville, 9221 Robert Hart Drive, Dansville, NY 14437 / 335-7820
GCC at Lakeville, 5999 Big Tree Road, Lakeville, NY 14480 / 346-5070
GCC at Medina, 11470 Maple Ridge Road (Rte. 31A), Medina, NY 14103 / 798-1688
GCC at Warsaw, 115 Linwood Avenue, Warsaw, NY 14569 / 786-3010


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