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March 30, 2009 - 11:36am
posted by Paul Hough in Announcements, elba.

Join us at "The Mill" in Elba for our Spring Open House and "Egg-stravaganza" sale April 2, 3rd, and 4th.  Pick an egg for a special discount  up to 25% off your total purchase.  The Mill offers a wide variety of antiques, primitives, food items, candles, jellies, hand made craft items, and much more!  Hours:  Thursday: 12:00 to 5:00, Friday and Saturday: 10:00 to 5:00.  Phone: 746-1677

The Mill is located on Rt. 98, in Elba, New York.  Come join us for this fun event...just look for the big red mill!

March 28, 2009 - 10:17am
posted by Michael Plitt in Announcements, music, entertainment, corfu, country, grange.
Event Date and Time: 
April 4, 2009 -
7:00pm to 9:10pm

Ron & Nancy OneSong
with special guests The Fraterrigo Family
Corfu Grange, Allegany Rd next to Corfu IGA
716 560 5111 info
 Adm $10
Refreshments served! Great door prizes!
NOT handicapped accessible

March 28, 2009 - 7:14am
posted by Howard B. Owens in Announcements, business.
Event Date and Time: 
April 25, 2009 -
9:00am to 11:45am

Building Your Business in a Challenging Economy
"Funding Sources in today's Economy"

SATURDAY, APRIL 25, 2009 8:00 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.
Batavia City Centre
Main Street Route 5, Genesee Country Mall, Batavia, NY  14020

March 27, 2009 - 11:50am
posted by Timothy Paine in Announcements, Oliver's.

Saturday from 10:00am to 1:00pm the Easter Bunny will be at Oliver's Candy!  I just interviewed Jeremy Liles for this weekends "Local Businesses" article and we just wanted to remind everyone about Saturdays big event.  I'll post the article soon and I hope every one can make it tomorrow.

March 26, 2009 - 6:56am
posted by Howard B. Owens in Announcements, theater, GCC, Forum Players.
Event Date and Time: 
April 23, 2009 - 7:30pm to April 25, 2009 - 7:30pm

Press Release:

March 26, 2009 - 6:49am
posted by Howard B. Owens in Announcements, sports.
Event Date and Time: 
March 26, 2009 -
7:00pm to 9:00pm

Press Release:

March 24, 2009 - 4:46pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, Announcements, Rotary.

Press Release:

At its weekly lunch meeting today, the Rotary Club of Batavia announced that Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella has been selected to be their 61st Annual Rotary Show.  Show dates are November 5th – November 9th at the Batavia High School Auditorium.

The musical based on the age-old fairy tale was first broadcast on CBS television in 1957 and starred Julie Andrews.  It was reprised in 1965 as the first color broadcast musical for television and starred Lesley Anne Warren.  A more recent adaptation was broadcast that starred Whitney Houston and Brandy.

The selection made by the Batavia Rotary Show Committee will be the original production with one modification added from the 1965 version.  It will include a cast of 30 to 35 Adults and 8 to 10 Children.   This is the first time that Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella has been selected by the Rotarians.

This year’s production of Cinderella will be directed by Patrick D. Burk.  This is Burk’s first time directing for the Rotary Club of Batavia.  Burk is widely known as the creator of the Batavia Players Summer Youth Theater Program and the Shakespeare in Springtime Program, which just completed this past weekend.  

“I am excited and honored to be offered this opportunity by the Rotary Club, “ Burk stated. “I have always enjoyed working with this group and have had a lot of fun on the Rotary Stage in the past.  I am pleased with the show selection and look forward to offering this truly family oriented show to the Rotary audiences.” 

Known for its costuming and beautiful sets, the pre-production work will begin with meetings in April and continue with the selection of show and musical staff.  Auditions will be held in September.   Show Chairperson is Laurie Mastin,  Business Manager is John Saville and the President – Elect is Ted Hawley.

Burk previously directed this version of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella for the Gates Community Theater at Robert’s Wesleyan College in North Chili.  He has performed in countless stage productions as well as directing and producing shows.  Some of his Rotary Show appearances include Daddy Warbucks in Annie, the King in The King and I, Bung Foo in Thoroughly Modern Millie  and Charlie Cowell in The Music Man. 

March 24, 2009 - 10:06am
posted by Jan Beglinger in Announcements, Alabama, outdoors.


Come join Iroquois Observations (Buffalo Audubon members) at the Iroquois National Wildlife Refuge this Saturday, March 28, from 1 pm to 4 pm for an Eagle Watch. Spotting scopes will be set up at the Cayuga Overlook platform on Route 77 outside of Alabama. A Bald Eagle nest is visible from the overlook. The adult eagles are usually in the area or sitting on the nest. Other birds that may also be there include a variety of ducks (Pintail, American Wigeon, Ring-Neck, Bufflehead), American Coots, Great Blue Herons, and possibly Tundra Swans.
Owl Prowl! Join us for an after dark exploration for owls on the prowl on March 28 from 7:30 to 9:30 pm.   Be prepared for on and off-road walking. You may need to caravan to another site(s) at the leader's discretion. Bring a flashlight. New this year, due to the popularity of this activity, pre-registration is required so that enough leaders can be scheduled. Call the Refuge Headquarters to pre-register at 585-948-5445. We will be meeting at the Refuge Headquarters 1101 Casey Road.
Iroquois Observations holds FREE nature programs at the Iroquois National Wildlife Refuge starting March 28 through May 9, 2009. These are family friendly programs. Come prepared for the weather. For a complete schedule go to or
Interested in volunteering? You don’t have to be an expert on birds to join. You are invited to attend a Volunteer Information meeting on Saturday March 28th, 10:00am at Iroquois National Wildlife Refuge Headquarters, 1101 Casey Road, Alabama, New York 14013. We will explain in detail what our programs are all about as well as answer any questions you may have. Refreshments will be served.
March 24, 2009 - 7:15am
posted by Howard B. Owens in Announcements.
Event Date and Time: 
April 16, 2009 -
10:00am to 1:00pm

Press Release:

March 23, 2009 - 11:10pm
posted by Tasia Boland in batavia, Announcements, schools, cancer, roswell.

 From the press release:

Batavia High School will be “Goin’Bald” for Roswell Park Cancer
Institute on Wednesday, March 25, at 7:00 PM in the BHS gym. The event,
sponsored by the National Honor Society and part of the annual Roswell’s
Goin’ Bald for Bucks appeal, will be sandwiched between two exciting
games of volleyball - the first between the BHS girls’ varsity
volleyball team and the boys’ varsity basketball team, and the second
game between staff members from throughout the school district. During
the intermission between the two games, any brave person who has
volunteered to go bald for Roswell will have their heads professionally

“Our school community has been touched by cancer too often not to recognize the importance of the research that is ongoing at Roswell,” said Adam Pettinella Batavia High School National Honor Society President, “Our efforts this year are in honor of Mrs. Kay Dean, BHS health teacher, who passed away from cancer two years ago.” He said she was an active member of the faculty and everyone’s favorite teacher would have loved to have been a part of this special event.

The following teachers will have their heads shaved Wednesday evening:  from Batavia High School - Mr. Adam Garlapow, Mr. Nate Korzelius, Mr. John Kirkwood, Mr. Adam Fusco and Mr. Mark Warren; from the Middle School - Mr. Jeff Tress; from Jackson School - Mr. Carm DelPlato; from Robert Morris School - Mr. Michael Calandra and Mr. Jerry Sloan and from John Kennedy School - Mr. Paul Kesler, principal.

The following students are also shaving their heads and have raised their own donations through sponsorship - Taylor Hubbard, Will Ely, Chad Luce, Andrew Maxwell, Sunny Rathod and John Richards.

This is the first time BHS has participated in this event. All proceeds will be donated to Roswell.

“We hope we have a great turn out,” said Pettinella.

March 22, 2009 - 8:36pm
posted by Robin Walters in Announcements.
Event Date and Time: 
March 28, 2009 -
10:30am to 12:00pm

Care-A-Van will be on State Street. Please let anyone know that is in need to stop by.

March 21, 2009 - 12:26am
posted by Robin Walters in Announcements.
Event Date and Time: 
March 21, 2009 -
10:30am to 12:00pm

Care-A-Van bus will be at 193 South Main Street Apartment Complex.

If you know of anyone in need of food, please encourage them to stop by.


March 20, 2009 - 11:58pm
posted by Session Placeholder in batavia, Announcements, events, Service Clubs, dinner meetings, Business Women.

The Batavia Business Women's Club will hold their April 2 Dinner Meeting at  Batavia Downs, in the Board Room. Your choice of Steak or Chicken Entrees, $12. The guest speaker will be Genesee County Clerk, Don Read. Please RSVP by March 30 to Mary Ellen at 343-1610 or Diane at 343-1423 ext. 230.

March 20, 2009 - 9:47pm
Event Date and Time: 
May 30, 2009 -
5:00pm to 9:00pm




Saturday, May 30, 2009

5:00 - 9:00 PM

BW's Restaurant (at Davis' Countryside Meadows)

11070 Perry Road, Pavilion


A chance of winning 



March 20, 2009 - 8:23pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in Announcements.
Event Date and Time: 
March 28, 2009 -
11:00am to 4:00pm

St. Joseph School Penny Carnival!

Please join us for our 20th Annual St. Joseph School Penny Carnival. March 28th 11-4.  Corner of Main and Summit in Batavia.
The fun includes: games and prizes; our famous "Cake Walk"; food and refreshments; baked goods sale; numerous raffles including:  $1000 cash giveaway; $250 Toy-R-Us Shopping Spree, $100+ lottery-ticket basket, 13 different theme baskets. Please call the school at 343-6154 with any questions.
Hope to see you there!

March 20, 2009 - 5:59pm
posted by Amy Vlack in Announcements, elba.

The Elba Historical Society is holding a "take-out" only chicken barbecue on Sunday, March 29 beginning at 11:00 am at the museum on Maple Ave. in Elba.

March 20, 2009 - 5:58pm
posted by Amy Vlack in Announcements, elba.

ELBA BOY SCOUT TROOP 17 is holding their annual French Toast Breakfast on Sunday, March 29 from 7:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon at the Elba Rec. Hall, Rt. 98, Elba.  It is always a good meal for a good cause.

March 20, 2009 - 1:29pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in Announcements.

Press Release:

BATAVIA, NY -- From science to Second Life, fashion to fitness -"Experience Genesee," an all-ages Open House on Thursday, March 26 from 5:00 PM to 8:30 PM has something for everyone!  Every floor and building of Genesee Community College's Batavia Campus will be alive and in action with "Experience Genesee," an evening of free, enjoyable learning, entertainment, refreshments, and a wealth of fun and informative short workshops, including an educational Open House for all potential new students.

"From young children to traditional age students, older adults or retirees, this is a great evening for all kinds of interesting activities, mini workshops, music, and learning throughout the College," Tanya Lane-Martin, assistant dean for Enrollment Services and Recruitment and a member of the Experience Genesee Planning Committee said. "There are so many dynamic things happening at the College each and every day that we wanted to give the community and perspective new students the chance to enjoy an impressive one-night sample. There truly is something for everyone at Experience Genesee!"

In addition to more than 25 "funshops" covering an array of different topics, there will be live music by the Batavia Brass Society, the Forum Player's The Incredible Jungle Journey of Fenda Maria in the Stuart Steiner Theatre, and the CoolKids Bubble Man show for children starts at 6:30 PM in the Forum. Free refreshments and a College Information Fun Faire will occur in the cafeteria, and the evening concludes with a telescopic view of the sky and stars outside in the Clock Tower Plaza (weather permitting).

Prospective students will be able to tour the state-of-the-art science, health and computer labs and classrooms, as well as College Village, Genesee's apartment style housing complex. They can explore potential career opportunities at the Career Center and learn and witness Genesee's active student clubs and student government in the Student Union.

Any person interested in signing up for the Open House can pre-register online at:

The complete schedule for Experience Genesee follows, and a full brochure with detailed information about each event is available at

Experience Genesee - 5:30PM Workshops
GCC Men's Lacrosse Practice,  4:00-6:00 PM - Outdoor Fields
Riding the Radio Waves with WGCC - Room A327
Exercise and Fitness Today - Room A236
Spanish Activities: Music, Videos, Scrapbooking, Card Making - Room A312
Nursing Demos with Simulators & Blood Pressure Checks - Room B202
Earning College Credit in High School - Room B358
Physics Alive with Light, Mechanics and Magnetism - Room B302
Forensic Corner - Connecting with Biotechnology - Room B304
Art History: Exploring Art Treasure of the Ages - Room B360
School's Cool for Kids of All Ages - Rooms B309 & C305, C307,  C309
What's in the Water? Exploring the Environment - Room C310
Create a Business Opportunity - Room D254
Do-It-Yourself Computer Repair - Room D205
Building a Positive Image Fashion Workshop - Room D260
Travel Savvy Workshop - Room D258
We Are Our Voice - Introduction to Vocal Performance - Room E215
The Magic of Clay, Ceramics and Pottery - Room E217
Creative Arts, for kids ages 5 and up - Room E217
Affording College - Financial Aid Information & Presentation - Room T119
FISH- Inspiring Others with Energy and Enthusiasm - Room T122
Touring GCC's TV Studio - Room T137
Second Life: Creating Avatars and Navigating Virtual Worlds - Room T206
Sport Mini Clinics - Gym / Pool
Grow It and Eat It! Gardening & Cooking Resources - Library
Experience Genesee - 7:30PM Funshops
Riding the Radio Waves with WGCC - Room A327
Exercise and Fitness Today - Room A236
Spanish Activities: Music, Videos, Scrapbooking, Card Making - Room A312
Nursing Demos with Simulators & Blood Pressure Checks - Room B202
Earning College Credit in High School - Room B358
Forensic Corner - Connecting with Biotechnology - Room B304
School's Cool for Kids of All Ages - Rooms B309 & C305, C307,  C309
What's in the Water? Exploring the Environment - Room C310
Create a Business Opportunity - Room D254
Do-It-Yourself Computer Repair - Room D205
Building a Positive Image Fashion Workshop - Room D260
Travel Savvy Workshop - Room D258
Creative Arts, for kids ages 5 and up - Room E217
Affording College - Financial Aid Information & Presentation - Room T119
Touring GCC's TV Studio - Room T137
Second Life: Exploring Virtual Worlds and GCC's Island - Room T206
Sport Mini Clinics featuring Competitions & Prizes - Gym / Pool
Spring is Near with G.C. Cooperative Extension Master Gardener - Library
"The Incredible Jungle Journey of Fenda Maria" Rehearsal - Theatre
Experience Genesee - Not to Miss - Events
Physical Rehabilitation - Bodies in Motion (Physical Therapy) PTA Lab - Room  A216
Planting Hairy Heads - take them home & watch them grow - all evening / Library
CoolKids Bubble Man Performance at 6:30pm - Forum
Free Pizza and Soda (with coupon enclosed in folders) at 7:00pm - 7:30pm - Cafeteria / Forum
Batavia Brass Society Performance at 6:00pm - 8:00pm - Tech. Bldg Lobby (2nd Floor)
Experience Genesee Pre-K - 6th Grade Coloring Contest Exhibit Best of Show Award presented at the Forum at 6:25pm - Cafeteria / Forum
Performances & Entertainment at 5:30pm - 8:30pm - Student Union
College Info / Fun Faire at 6:30pm - 7:30pm - Cafeteria
Telescopic View of the Sky & Stars (weather permitting) at 8:00pm - Clocktower Plaza
College and College Village Tours - all evening / starting from the Cafeteria
This schedule is subject to change.

For further general information, contact Valerie Hale at 585-343-0055 x 6200 or send an email to [email protected].

March 20, 2009 - 1:24pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in Announcements.

Press Release:

Four very special individuals from Genesee County have taken on an important role in our community as Volunteer Long Term Care Ombudsmen. ‘Ombudsman’ is an unusual word with Swedish roots, defined as a person who investigates complaints and mediates fair settlements.  Under federal and New York State law, all residents of long term care facilities (nursing homes, adult care facilities, assisted living facilities and family-type homes) have the right to speak confidentially with an ombudsman about their concerns.
Ombudsmen are volunteers who enjoy working with the elderly. They are charged with resolving complaints, monitoring quality of life issues and helping to preserve the dignity of residents living in long term care facilities. Their primary goal – protecting the rights of residents.

Richard Neth, a Batavia resident who has been a volunteer Ombudsman for over six years, attests, “It’s very rewarding to know the residents appreciate our help. I really look forward to seeing them each week.” 

Catherine Stone, a LeRoy resident who has been with the Ombudsman Program for eight years, covers two different facilities, visiting residents each week and helping where she can. She talks modestly of her role. “It really isn’t much,” says Stone. “Some people can’t speak for themselves, so I help wherever I can.” Stone especially enjoys weekly visits to a new family-type home in LeRoy. “They truly are a family there, and it brings such joy to me to visit with them.”

Neth, Stone and three other volunteers each spend 2-4 hours per week visiting residents in the long term care facility to which they are assigned. Together, they visit over 600 residents at 7 different facilities every week. In 2008 alone, they investigated and resolved over 77 complaints.

“A very big job for our small group of dedicated volunteers,” admits Leanne Rorick of Lifespan, the Program’s local Coordinator. The Genesee County Long Term Care Ombudsman Program is managed by Lifespan, a senior service agency in Rochester, NY. Other counties covered by Lifespan include Livingston, Wyoming, Monroe, Ontario and Yates.

Complaints range from minor to major and can include lost laundry issues, care-related concerns, food complaints, and even abuse allegations, neglect, or mistreatment.

“We’re friendly visitors, but we’re so much more,” says Rorick. She reflects on the past few months and some of the cases she and the team of volunteers have assisted with.

“Privacy issues, lost laundry, emergency call bells not being answered in a timely manner, and staffing issues are just some of the situations that we’ve dealt with recently.”

Complaints are given to ombudsmen during their regular weekly visits with residents. Staff members sometimes request the assistance of the ombudsman to mediate difficult situations, as well. Residents, staff, family members and friends can contact the regional Ombudsman Program office at Lifespan with concerns and complaints, at (585)244-8400 x114. Discussions with ombudsmen are always confidential.

The Long Term Care Ombudsman Program was developed as a demonstration program in 1972, and is currently established in all states under the Older Americans Act. Over 1,000 volunteers serve more than 150,000 long-term care residents in New York State, alone.

Volunteers for the Ombudsman Program have come from all backgrounds and experiences, including but not limited to the banking and finance industry, the legal field, teaching, nursing, social work and homemaking. They are people who enjoy the elderly, who are dedicated to helping others and who can commit to weekly visits to their assigned facility.

Certification is free, and includes a 36-hour training course provided by Lifespan of Rochester, where experts cover topics such as the aging process, levels of care, the inner workings of long term care facilities, advocacy strategies, and more. The next annual training program will be held May 13-20.

An application process, interview and background check are necessary to begin training for the Certification Program. Volunteers are assigned after successful completion of training. A one year commitment is recommended, but most ombudsmen continue long after.

If you interested in becoming a Certified Volunteer Ombudsman, or if you would like more information about the Ombudsman Program, please contact Marie Frey, Ombudsman Program Coordinator at Lifespan, at (585) 244-8400 x114 or local Coordinator, Leanne Rorick at 402-8480 or [email protected].

March 20, 2009 - 1:02pm
posted by St. Joseph School in Announcements, school, fundraiser, Sale, shopping.

MAMMOTH Indoor Garage Sale

Saturday, April 18th 9AM-4PM

St. Joseph School
corner of Main (Route 5) & Summit

*  "It's a widely-acclaimed, super-enormous, ultra-gigantic quality sale!"

*  Everything from A-to-Z (clothing excluded)

*  New this year: a wide variety of quality, used furniture

Please call Kathy Stefani at 585-344-2701 with any questions.
Hope to see you there!




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