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April 6, 2009 - 4:21pm
posted by Billie Owens in batavia, Announcements, library.
Event Date and Time: 
May 13, 2009 -
7:45am to 9:00am

The Adult Book Discussion Group will meet at 7:45 a.m. Wednesday May 13 at Richmond Memorial Library, 19 Ross St. in Batavia.

The discussion will be about "The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society," written by Mary Ann Shaffer. The books are available at the front desk. Refreshments will be served. For more information, call the library at 343-9550 ext. 8 or log onto

April 6, 2009 - 4:07pm
posted by Billie Owens in batavia, Announcements, library.
Event Date and Time: 
April 22, 2009 -
12:10pm to 1:00pm

An ongoing series called "Books Sandwiched In" will be held from 12:10 to 1 p.m. Wednesday, April 22 in the Gallery Room at Richmond Memorial Library.

The theme is "forgotten bestsellers through the decades." This week's focus will be the 1940s with reviews by John Holder and Mike Carragher. They will talk about Irwin Shaw's "Young Lions" and William L. White's "They Were Expendable," respectively.

The series is sponsored by Friends of the Library. It's free. Bring lunch if you like. Coffee, tea and cookies will be provided.

April 6, 2009 - 3:32pm
posted by Billie Owens in Announcements, BID, concert, OHMS Band.
Event Date and Time: 
April 24, 2009 -
6:30pm to 8:00pm

The second “Jackson Square Inside” Concert will be held from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Friday, April 24 at Batavia City Centre (formerly the Genesee Country Mall).

It features the OHMS Band. The concert is sponsored by the Batavia Business Improvement District to bring people downtown and get everyone ready for the June concert series “Outside.” 

The April concert is in conjunction the Genesee County Chamber’s Annual Small Business Week Showcase which features a variety of merchants and various food vendors.  The showcase runs from 5 to 8 pm.

April 6, 2009 - 3:16pm
posted by Billie Owens in Announcements.
Event Date and Time: 
April 30, 2009 - 5:00pm to May 14, 2009 - 5:00pm

An Albion Campus Student Art Show will take place from April 30 through May 14.

A reception for the artists is scheduled from 5 to 6 p.m. April 30.

The show features the work of students currently enrolled in Painting 1 & 2 and Intro to Visual Art classes. It will feature a variety of mixed media.

The exhibit and reception are free and open to the public. For further information, please contact Allen Kidder, associate dean of the Albion Campus Center at 585-343-0055 x6548 or at [email protected].

April 6, 2009 - 3:06pm
posted by Billie Owens in Announcements.
Event Date and Time: 
May 26, 2009 - 2:00pm to June 26, 2009 - 2:00pm

"Nocturnal Landscapes" by local artist Arthur Barnes opens May 26 at Albion Campus Center.

This Genesee Community College exhibit features new watercolors by the artist, with a reception planned for him from 5 to 6 p.m. June 4.

The exhibit and reception are free and open to the public. For further information, please contact Allen Kidder, associate dean of the Albion Campus Center at 585-343-0055 x6548 or at [email protected].


April 6, 2009 - 2:52pm
posted by Billie Owens in Announcements, Genesee Community College, Karen Todd.
Event Date and Time: 
April 9, 2009 - 5:00pm to April 29, 2009 - 6:00pm

Original paintings by Karen Todd will be displayed April 9-29 at Genesee Community College's Albion Campus Center.

An artist's reception is planned from 5 to 6 p.m. April 9.

Titled "Acrylic Perspectives in Color," the works will include landscapes, portraits and abstracts.

Todd is an adjunct art faculty member who teaches Drawing 1 & 2, Painting 1 & 2, Introduction to Visual Art, and 2-Dimensional Design.

Also, beginning April 30 an Albion Campus Student Art Show will take place through May 14, with a reception from 5 to 6 p.m. on April 30.

April 6, 2009 - 2:23pm
posted by Billie Owens in batavia, Announcements, health, YMCA.
Event Date and Time: 
April 18, 2009 -
1:00pm to 4:00pm

The Genesee Area Family YMCA is hosting its annual Healthy Kids Day Event
from 1 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, April 18. It's free and gives families a chance to visit the YMCA and see all it has to offer children and adults. There will be a Bounce House and you can climb our rock wall, swim, prepare healthy snacks, play games and experience virtual fitness games.

The YMCA is located at 209 E. Main St. in Batavia. Phone is 344-1664.

April 6, 2009 - 2:01pm
posted by Billie Owens in batavia, Announcements, YMCA, preschool.
Event Date and Time: 
April 8, 2009 -
6:00pm to 7:30pm

YMCA Preschool is holding an open house from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 8.

April 3, 2009 - 3:06pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in Announcements, business.

Press Release:

BATAVIA, N.Y. -- The BIC/Chamber Strategic Roundtables will generate ideas that business owners can use to improve their performance by having a panel of area entrepreneurs share their expertise in different fields and then conducting an open dialogue with the audience on the matters of most interest.
The first program will focus on Technology Ideas to Grow Your Business.  With issues like selling on the Internet, social networking and wireless networking this promises to be an informative session.
The meeting will be held over breakfast at TF Browns, 216 East Main Street, 7:30 AM on Thursday, April 23rd.  The cost is $10 for Chamber members and $15 for non-members.  To
Make your reservations call the Chamber at 585-343-7440, ext. 27 or stop in at 210 East Main Street, Batavia. 
The BIC is celebrating its 50th year helping businesses get started and grow.  As the world's first business incubator the BIC has helped thousands of businesses of all sizes and types.  This Strategic Roundtable Program is just one of the ways the folks at the BIC are commemorating this occasion and rededicating themselves for the next 50 years!

April 3, 2009 - 3:00pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, Announcements, sports.

We received this in e-mail from Terry Hills:

Restaurant Opening!
The Terry Hills Restaurant will be opening Thursday, April 9th.
 We will be offering an exciting new menu that includes several new lunch items as
well as fantastic new appetizers and seafood dinners.

League Openings
Terry Hills has league openings for our Mens, Ladies and Friday Morning Seniors'.
We have also started a Friday Evening Couples League that will run 8 weeks this summer. 
All of our Leagues are shot gun start.  You start and end the same as everyone, no waiting around!  Call the Pro Shop for more information. 343-0860

April 3, 2009 - 2:58pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, Announcements.
Event Date and Time: 
April 6, 2009 -
6:30pm to 9:00pm

The Charter Review Commission for the City of Batavia meets Monday at 6:30 in the community room on the second floor of Batavia City Centre.

April 3, 2009 - 6:47am
posted by Howard B. Owens in Announcements.
Event Date and Time: 
April 17, 2009 -
1:00pm to 4:00pm

We picked this up from the New York Central System Historical Society blog:

April 2, 2009 - 3:00pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in Announcements, GCC.

Press Release:

BATAVIA, NY  -- Genesee Community College is pleased to announce Hal Legg has received a Paragon Award, which recognizes the highest achievement among two-year college communications professionals across America, Canada, and several other countries. Hosted by the National Council for Marketing and Public Relations (NCMPR), this year's competition drew more than 1,700 entries.  Hal took top honors in the "Notes/Cards/Invitations" category for "Flip Flop," a student recruitment mailing shaped liked a sandal.

Legg also received two scholarships totaling $500 to defray the cost of his attendance at the NCMPR national conference which took take place March 15 - 18 in Kansas City, Missouri. He won a $400 "Seasoned Professional" award for professional development and a $100 scholarship from the NCMPR's District 1 Council, which is the governing body of the organization's Northeast region. This is the second consecutive year that Hal has received both national and regional scholarships to attend an NCMPR event.

"Flip Flop" previously won gold at the NCMPR's District 1 Medallion Awards last October in Saratoga Springs, prompting Hal to enter it in the Paragon Awards. One of the elements that make "Flip Flop" so interesting is that it is Customized Market Mail (CMM), which is a special postal classification. With CMM, irregularly shaped pieces (in this case, life-sized sandals in the sand) can be mailed without any envelope. Another interesting feature is that it incorporates variable data publishing (VDP), meaning that the content of each piece is tailored to its recipient. For example, a male applicant could get a camouflaged flip flop with language particular to having applied for admission. A female non-applicant could get a pink flip flop with language related to soliciting an application for admission.

"'Flip Flop' was a challenging piece, but it really resonated with potential students. You look at it, and it's just a lot more fun than typical mail," Legg said. "An award like this just goes to show Genesee's across-the-board support for innovation. I'm privileged to accept it, but this honor belongs to the College."

This is the first time Hal has entered and won a category in the Paragon Awards. A recruitment communications specialist, he has been with Genesee since 1997, and is a frequent conference presenter. He is a resident of Brockport, NY.

April 2, 2009 - 2:29pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in Announcements, downtown.
Event Date and Time: 
April 23, 2009 -
6:00pm to 10:00pm

Pre-sale tickets for the Carnival are available at:

Adam Miller Toys, 8 Center Street
Batavia Business Improvement District Office, 200 East Main Street , Rm. 12, 2nd floor.  Call 344-0900 or visit website for more info.   
Pre-sale tickets:  6 tickets for $5.00 (1 ticket per ride)
Regular tickets (days of event):  $1.00 per ticket (normally 3-4 tickets for a ride).


April 2, 2009 - 11:29am
posted by Janice Stenman in Attica, Announcements.

On May 2, 2009, the Wyoming County SPCA will hold its third annual comedy dinner theater at the Alexander Fireman's Recreation Hall. This year, Great Lakes Production will present West Side High School Reunion, "For everyone who wants to take a stroll down memory lane with the zaniest group of alumni ever to attend a High School Reunion!"

Chinese Auction, 50-50, raffles!!!

Dinner by Penna's Catering

Cash Bar by Alexander Fireman.

For ticket information, visit our website at

All proceeds benefit the animals.

April 2, 2009 - 9:57am
posted by Kim Gloskowski in Announcements.
Event Date and Time: 
May 2, 2009 -
10:00am to 3:00pm

Saturday, May 2nd 10 a.m.-3 p.m. at Emmanuel Baptist Church 190 Oak Street, Batavia.  The event will feature a large variety of popular home business vendors and crafters.  Cash & carry, free samples, lunch, bake sale and door prizes every 10 minutes.

April 2, 2009 - 7:51am
posted by Howard B. Owens in Announcements, GCC, child care.

Press Release:

BATAVIA, NY -- The Genesee Community College Association Child Care Center is pleased to announce the introduction of a summer child care program. This is a pilot program and will run on a first come, first served basis. The summer session runs from May 26 - July 31, 2009. Interested participants are asked to fill out an application and pay a $15 application fee. Applications will be due no later than May 11, 2009.

The GCCA Child Care Center offers complete child care services for children six weeks to five years of age. The hours are from 7:30 AM to 5:00 PM Monday to Friday, following Genesee's academic calendar. Children of students, staff and faculty, and the community on a space available basis may use the GCCA Child Care Center.

The Center is newly renovated with safe and developmental resources. The staff is trained and supervised by the Director, Maggie Hagen. There are educational programs, and lunch and snacks are provided. Safe sleeping equipment is available for naps. The Center is also accessible for children with disabilities.

Rates are set according to the age and the number of days that the child uses the Center. The U.S. Department of Education and the State University of New York awarded grant funds for child care tuition subsidies for income eligible Genesee Community College students. For detailed rates, please visit

The GCCA Child Care Center has earned accreditation from the National Association for the Education of Young Children, the nation's leading organization of early childhood professionals.

For further information, please contact Patti Cassatt, Office Manager of the Center at 585-345-6833. The Center is located at the main entrance to the Campus in Batavia. For an application, please visit  Application deadline is May 11th.

April 1, 2009 - 11:31pm
posted by Robin Walters in batavia, Announcements, community awareness.
 Care-A-Van MinistriesCare-A-Van Ministries
From the desk of Paul Ohlson, Founder of Care-A-Van Ministries:

This Saturday April 4th  at 3:00 at the Assembly of God church we will be having our first Care-A-Van band meeting with everyone bringing their instruments or voices. For those of you that missed our first meeting you are still welcome to join us  and just bring your instruments.

Please share this with anyone you think might be interested in taking part. We can really make a difference in our community by being out there and ministering through music. There are plenty of opportunities throughout the summer with our Thursday evening cookouts, Saturday morning food and prayer outreach and Sunday afternoon Street Church.


Wouldn't it be just great if we had enough people involved to have a huge band and choir to accompany it. People would come from all walks of life just to see that, and what an opportunity we would have to share the gospel through that !!!


I'm excited and hope you are as well


Please join us and let's see God move in our city and it's residents....revival begins with us...ther are a lot of unsaved people


How will they know we care if we don't go out and share


See you Saturday and ...KEEP THE LIGHT ON

Paul Ohlson


Posted by Robin Walters
Public Relations Director
Care-A-Van Ministries
If you have any questions, please call 585-343-0328
April 1, 2009 - 5:32pm
posted by Darrick Coleman in Announcements, Present Tense.
Event Date and Time: 
June 10, 2009 -
12:00pm to 1:00pm

[img_assist|nid=5290|title=Lunchtime Book Group|desc=|link=node|align=left|width=0|height=50]The Lunchtime Book Group at Present Tense will be discussing The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer. Bring your lunch and enjoy a lively discussion!




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