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September 30, 2009 - 2:14pm
posted by Billie Owens in Announcements, events, agriculture, Genesee County 4-H.
Event Date and Time: 
October 3, 2009 -
11:00am to 12:00pm

If you're looking for a fun, family oriented event to attend this fall, come out to the first pumpkin competition by Genesee County 4-H Club.

The Great Pumpkin Contest Weigh-in will take place at 11 a.m. this Saturday, Oct. 3, at J&L Feed and Farm Supply in Corfu. It is located at 28 Maple St..

The event will showcase 20 4-Hers who have been growing Dill’s Atlantic Giant, Baby Boo or Jack-Be-Little mini pumpkins to get weighed in. It will demonstrate just some of what 4-H has to offer our youth, the growers of tommorow.

September 30, 2009 - 1:14am
posted by James Renfrew in Announcements, music, entertainment, byron.

Mitzie Collins and "Striking Strings", the Hammered Dulcimer Ensemble of the Eastman Community School, will be performing at the Byron Presbyterian Church on Sunday, October 4, at  2:00 PM.  The concert is free to the public, but there will be a free-will offering to support the Ensemble.  Refreshments will be served after the concert. 

Mitzie Collins is a world-renowned recording artist, performer and teacher.  She is currently on the faculty of the Eastman Community Music School in Rochester.  The Hammered Dulcimer Ensemble is composed of Mitzie's students.  Mary Ann Blair, one of the Ensemble members, is a member of the church, and made the arrangements for the concert. 

The church is just west of the intersection of Route 237 and Rt. 262 in the center of Byron.  For more information, please call 548-2800 or visit

Here is more detailed information about "Striking Strings", from one of their press releases: 

Striking Strings, the Eastman Community Music School Hammered Dulcimer Ensemble, was created in January of 2008 under the direction of Mitzie Collins.  Composed of students from the group classes that Collins has taught through the Eastman Community Music School and professional and amateur players from the community, the ensemble is has quickly won fans through its many performances in the Rochester area.   Hammered dulcimer ensembles, encompassing rhythmic and tuneful combinations not possible on a single instrument, are rare in the United States, but common in other parts of the world.   This group is modeled after hackbrett ensembles in Germany and yangqin ensembles in China.  Under Collins’ direction, the group is exploring a wide repertory that includes traditional dance tunes and classical compositions.  The Ensemble has performed at the Gardenscape at the Dome Arena, the Caledonia Presbyterian Church, Trinity Episcopal Church, Kilbourn Hall at the Eastman School, two private weddings, the Heart of the Alleghenies Festival in Bradford Pennsylvania,  The Harley School, The Genesee Country Village Fiddlers Festival and The Golden LInk Folksinging Society .  The Ensemble plans a number of appearances in the community during the 2009 holiday season. 

The director of the ensemble,  Mitzie Collins,  is widely acknowledged to be a leader in the revival of the hammered dulcimer.  A historian of the instrument, as well as a teacher and performe r,  she has made more than 30 recordings.   Some of her most popular discs are "Sacketts Harbor:  Historical Dance Music of Western New York State",   "St Patrick's Day in the Morning:  Music of Irish Inspiration";  and "Nowell  Music for the Christmas Season".    Collins teaches world music and hammered dulcimer through the Eastman Community Music School.  She received her bachelor of music with a piano performance major and her masters in music education from the Eastman School of Music. 

The group currently has ten members, but it is growing as more players audition to join the infectious enthusiasm of the group.  


September 29, 2009 - 12:29pm
posted by Billie Owens in Announcements, agriculture, Gardening.

The Northeast Organic Farming Association is urging farmers to act now to reduce the risk of late blight next season.

NOFA-NY ( <> ) is a non-profit educational organization committed to promoting a sustainable regional food system.

It maintains that a major outbreak of late blight -- the disease that devastated tomato plantings and reduced potato yields throughout New York State this growing season -- may occur any year when growing conditions (wet, cool weather) favor its development. 

While farmers and gardeners can't control the weather, they can reduce the risk of another widespread outbreak of late blight by following a few key practices starting this fall.

In our region, the organism that causes late blight survives from one season to the next in living host tissue-infected potato tubers. Tomatoes do not carry the disease over winter because their seed is not infected by the disease.

To reduce the chance of the disease organism's survival, this fall growers should thoroughly harvest all potatoes and then till up all land that grew potatoes. The harvested tubers should be carefully inspected and all infected tubers destroyed: by chopping into small pieces and burying deeply (below 2 feet); burning; feeding to livestock; or spreading on the soil surface so that they will freeze over the winter.  Infected tubers thrown into a pile may survive the winter and thus perpetuate the disease.

Growers can continue to reduce the risk of late blight next year by buying and planting certified potato seed tubers. They should also scout last year's potato land for volunteer plants, which should be dug up (including tubers) and immediately destroyed.

Infected tomato seedlings sold through "big box" stores were a major factor in the explosive spread of the disease throughout the state. Gardeners should consider starting their own seedlings or buying them from a local commercial grower.

By following these practices, farmers and gardeners can work together to reduce the chance of a major outbreak of late blight next year and in years to come. More information on the disease and management practices that reduce the risk of its occurrence can be found at the NOFA-NY website ( <> ), which also has links to other useful sites.

September 28, 2009 - 12:41pm

Rape Crisis Services of Planned Parenthood in the Rochester/Syracuse region is currently recruiting volunteers.

There is an urgent need in Genesee, Livingston, Orleans and Wyoming counties for individuals to assist with this important service, which offers free and confidential assistance to victims of sexual assault and their loved ones. It's the only service of its kind in the area.

Rape Crisis Service (RCS) offers sexual assault victims referrals, short-term counseling, and support during medical exams, police investigations and court proceedings.

Being a RCS volunteer is a very rewarding experience, and without these important individuals who volunteer their time, the 24-hours-a-day, 7-days-a-week service that RCS offers would not be available. 

No prior experience is needed, as RCS provides all volunteers with New York State Department of Health mandated training that educates them on how to provide support to victims and their families, assist in the legal process, and how to work with RCS counselors and other volunteers.

Those interested in volunteering for RCS must be at least 20 years of age and be comfortable working with victims in a crisis situation.

Further information about how to volunteer and become involved in Rape Crisis Service can be found on the internet at or by contacting Kathy Pexton, regional volunteer coordinator of Planned Parenthood, at 585-546-2771 ext 338. You can also contact Theresa Asmus, Rape Crisis Service area supervisor at 344-0516 ext. 111.

September 27, 2009 - 4:10pm
Event Date and Time: 
October 6, 2009 -
6:00pm to 8:00pm

The downtown Batavia Business Improvement District will host its second annual "Friend Raiser" from 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 6.

It's at 
City Church Generation Center, located at 
15 Center St., across from the Smoke House restaurant.

Citizens and members are cordially invited to attend this informal gathering to share thoughts and provide new ideas for downtown Batavia and the organization. It's also an opportunity to learn about future plans.

September 27, 2009 - 3:58pm
posted by Billie Owens in Announcements.

Here's a press release from Isaac Figueras of the Genesee Regional Red Cross regarding an aspect of disaster preparedness:

September is National Preparedness Month. In recognition of this, the Genesee Regional Red Cross would like to take a moment to talk about the importance of renter’s insurance. As the AmeriCorps VISTA Representative of this chapter, I recently sat down with New York State Assemblyman and insurance salesman Steve Hawley and spoke with him about this topic. 

We talked of the importance of renter’s insurance, its effectiveness and costs.

The Red Cross believes this is important because, as Hawley says about renter’s insurance, “Aside from life insurance, it is the one type of insurance that people do not think about. Because they do not own the building, some people assume that the owner of the building is responsible for any losses that the renter incurs or that they cannot be sued.”

This assumption is wrong. Let’s start with a few basic points about this kind of insurance.

You may be thinking, what exactly does renter’s insurance cover? The policy generally covers damages from fire, lightning, wind, bursting pipes, vandalism and much more. In fact, this policy can even cover the damage from someone else crashing into your house!

Also, the insurance is not expensive. An average premium of $100,000 costs roughly $80 a year. Further, there is a $300,000 liability if someone sues you. Some companies only require a down payment to start it.

Hawley also noted that, with many insurance companies, if you already have a different kind of insurance policy such as car insurance, adding a renter’s insurance policy can give you a discount. In such a case, your renter’s insurance would be even lower than the average $80 yearly premium.

Calling attention to this kind of policy is especially important. In this region, major threats include fire, wind and storms. As noted above, damages caused by these events to a rented building are often covered under a renter’s insurance policy.

“I think that with the changing weather patterns that we’ve observed here in Western New York and the East, that it is even more important, whether you’re a renter or a home-owner, to be sure that you are adequately covered,” Hawley said.

Regardless of your location or circumstances, you and your home can both be affected by bad weather. An awareness of the possible emergencies that can occur in your area is, as always, important. If you rent property, purchasing such insurance is a first step toward being prepared for emergencies.

Finally, considering the average price of this insurance and its coverage, such a purchase is cost effective as well. Remember, preparedness may not seem important now but, in the event of a disaster, each preparation you have made will help!

September 27, 2009 - 3:40pm
posted by Billie Owens in Announcements, events, Pavilion.
Event Date and Time: 
October 1, 2009 -
9:30am to 4:30pm

Post office box and retail services will resume at the Pavilion Post Office on Thursday, Oct. 1. It is located at 11142 Lake St. in Pavilion.  

Any P.O. box mail remaining in the existing boxes at the temporary location after close of business on Sept. 30 will be transported to the respective post office box at the Pavilion Post Office for the Oct. 1 reopening. 
The hours of operation are 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 2 to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday.

September 27, 2009 - 3:31pm
Event Date and Time: 
December 4, 2009 -
7:30am to 9:00am

The Genesee County Business Education Alliance will be celebrating its 20th Anniversary at its annual breakfast at 7:30 a.m. on Friday, Dec. 4.

The celebration will be at Terry Hills Golf Course and Banquet Facility in Batavia. 

September 27, 2009 - 3:19pm
Event Date and Time: 
October 15, 2009 -
5:00pm to 7:00pm

The October Business After Hours get-together is going to be held at Licata Chiropractic & Wellness Center.

It is located at One Court St. Plaza (adjacent to Batavia Tailors & Cleaners). Time is 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 15.

September 27, 2009 - 2:17pm
posted by Billie Owens in batavia, Announcements, events, republicans.
Event Date and Time: 
October 1, 2009 - 7:00pm to October 8, 2009 - 7:00pm

The City of Batavia Republican Committee has set up two nights to meet the At-Large Republican Candidates. The first night is at the Polish Falcons at 7 p.m. on Thursday Oct. 1. The second night will be at 7 p.m. on Oct. 8 at 7 p.m. at Notre Dame.

All three Republican candidates -- Ferrando, Clattenburg and Buckley -- will be there.

September 26, 2009 - 2:08pm
posted by Billie Owens in Announcements, events, Salvation Army, festivals.
Event Date and Time: 
October 2, 2009 -
9:00am to 9:30pm

The Salvation Army will host a Harvest Festival on Friday, Oct. 2 at its gymnasium, located at 529 E. Main St. in Batavia.

There will be a huge rummage sale from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. with used clothing, toys, books, linens, electric goods, furniture, houseware and more.

There will be lots of food available for sale, including breakfast sandwiches, hot dogs, cold plates, hamburgers, cheeseburgers, sweet potato fries, French fries, sausage sandwiches, salads, soft drinks and popcorn.

September 26, 2009 - 1:54pm
posted by Billie Owens in Announcements, events, GCC, Red Cross.
Event Date and Time: 
October 7, 2009 - 10:00am to October 8, 2009 - 4:00pm

The American Red Cross will be having a community blood drive at Genesee Community College from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Wednesday and Thursday Oct. 7-8. Your generous donation of blood is very much needed and greatly appreciated. Could you take some time to give to this critical cause?

September 25, 2009 - 3:18pm
posted by Billie Owens in Announcements, Genesee Community College, sports.

Genesee Community College is pleased to announce head softball coach and sports information director Kristen Clark will be inducted into the SUNY Brockport Golden Eagle Athletic Hall of Fame on Saturday, Sept. 26. The highly decorated coach and athlete will be inducted for her performances in basketball, softball and for her participation in the 2003 Women's Basketball team.

Clark joined Genesee's athletic department in 2004 as the head coach of the Lady Cougar Softball team. She is a 2003 graduate of SUNY Brockport with a Bachelor's of Science degree in Business Administration, plus 54 credits toward a sports management concentration. She received her Master's degree from California University of Pennsylvania.

While at Brockport, she was a two-sport athlete in basketball and softball, where she was an All-American and broke many school records. These included career records with best Earned Runs Average (1.18), most games pitched, most wins (69), and most strikeouts (639) for the Eagles Softball team. For the basketball program, she holds most points in a season (596), highest scoring average in a season (20.6), second career all time leading scorer (1780), and second career all time rebound leader.

Clark was also nominated for the 2004 College Sportswoman of the Year and was inducted into the J.P. Morgan Chase Basketball Tournament Hall of Fame. She has also earned State University of New York Athletic Conference (SUNYAC) Women's Basketball Player of the Week honors multiple times.

"Personally, I would say that Kristen is incredibly hard-working and a role model not only for the women on the College's softball team, but for all athletes," said Becky Dziekan, Genesee's director of Health and Physical Education. "I think Genesee Community College is very lucky to have her on staff."

Before joining the Cougar team, Kristen was the assistant basketball coach at Brockport where she helped with recruiting, planning and fundraising throughout the season. She is on the SUNY Brockport Alumni Association Board. She was recently married to David Schuth and they reside in Spencerport.

For further information please contact Margaret Sisson, athletic director at Genesee Community College at 585-343-0055 x6239.

September 25, 2009 - 3:08pm
posted by Billie Owens in Announcements, events, music.
Event Date and Time: 
September 25, 2009 -
6:00pm to 10:00pm

Two great bands will perform live tonight at Glass Roots, located at 12 Center St. in Batavia. Both groups play roots rock/Americana.

Greengage will play an early show at 6 p.m., then Davey O. will take the stage at 8. Afterward, Greengage will return to the stage for the final performance of the evening.

Davey O. was voted the 2004 Artvoice Readers' Choice Award winner, coming off its tour as the opening act for Poco.

September 25, 2009 - 2:43pm
posted by Billie Owens in Announcements, events, elba, Historical Society of Elba.
Event Date and Time: 
October 7, 2009 -
4:30pm to 7:00pm

The Historical Society of Elba will have its annual Roast Beef Dinner and Chinese Auction on Wednesday, Oct. 7 at the Elba Firemen's Recreation Hall on Route 98.

Come join us for a delicious buffet dinner of tender roast beef, Elba mashed potatoes, rich brown gravy, golden squash, cabbage salad, pickled beets, bread/rolls and a tempting assortment of pies, cakes and cookies. Coffee, tea or milk will be served.

September 25, 2009 - 2:29pm
Event Date and Time: 
September 26, 2009 -
9:00am to 1:00pm

St. James’ Episcopal Church and the Landmark Society of Genesee County are hosting a bike rally from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 26.

The event will raise money for renovations to the 100-year-old stone church located at 405 E. Main St., Batavia. (The rain date is scheduled for Oct. 3.)

Adam Miller Toys & Bikes will be at the church and will check over bikes beginning at 8 a.m.. There will be refreshments, prizes and tours of the church.

September 25, 2009 - 1:59pm
posted by Billie Owens in Announcements, events, Cornell Cooperative Extension.
Event Date and Time: 
October 8, 2009 -
5:30pm to 8:00pm

Cornell Cooperative Extension of Genesee County will hold its annual meeting and volunteer recognition event on Oct. 8. It begins at 5:30 p.m. at the Kennedy Building on the Genesee County Fairgrounds (on Route 5 in Batavia).

September 25, 2009 - 1:02am

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September 24, 2009 - 1:41pm
posted by Session Placeholder in Announcements, Don Carroll.

On Saturday, September 26, you can help make hundreds of Genesee County families happier this holiday season! Stop by Clor’s (corner of Rte. 63 and W. Main St.) and pickup one of their tasty Chicken BBQ dinners – all proceeds will benefit the Don Carroll Toys for Kids campaign. For $8 you’ll get ½ chicken, salt potatoes, roll and either macaroni salad or coleslaw…not to mention a wonderful feeling knowing that you’ll warm the heart of a child this December.

Don Carroll has been organizing a massive toy give-away each holiday season by coordinating “giving events” throughout the year. A benefit concert (scheduled for November this year), as well as “Cheer for Kids” donation buckets at a Batavia High Football game (look for us at the October 9 game at VanDetta Stadium), and an impressive Gift Basket Raffle (tickets will be available at the November concert) are just some of the ways that you can give to this worthy cause. Absolutely no money is used for administrative costs or personnel fees…this is 100% volunteer-supported! All money stays in Genesee County.

So eat some chicken and help a child this Christmas! You’ll be so glad you did.  

September 21, 2009 - 3:08pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in Announcements, Oakfield.

Genesee County native Karen Seward, the daughter of Charles and Carol Houseknecht, had an important task pop up this week: Preparing Hudson Valley Community College for a presidential visit.

"The White House was really clear they didn't want us to spend extra resources on the President but to spend those on the students," said Seward (Executive Manager of Physical Plant at HVCC).

But there were some requests like barricades for security, floor plans and additional electrical power. The college is fulfilling these, while also putting its best foot forward.

"I think we're being realistic, don't get me wrong we're really scrubbing and re-painting areas and touching up, but we're not polishing the floors," said Seward.

Seward is a graduate of Oakfield-Alabama High School.


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