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April 20, 2009 - 3:41pm
posted by Billie Owens in batavia, Announcements.

Press Release:

Batavia Business Improvement District
 Annual Meeting & Awards Luncheon

Batavia –  The Batavia Business Improvement District will hold its annual luncheon meeting at 11:45 p.m. on Friday, April 24 at the Homestead Event Centre (former Roxy’s Music Store), 4 Batavia City Centre, in downtown Batavia.

The agenda includes a review of the B.I.D.’s accomplishments in 2008-2009 and the announcement of the newly elected members to the Board of Directors. Also, the “Spirit of Downtown” Business Award will be given to O’Lacy’s Irish Pub and the “Spirit of Downtown” BID Volunteer Award will be given to Jeffrey Gillard.    

Cost is $15. To make reservations and payment contact Don Burkel, B.I.D. Director, at 585-344-0900 or fax 585-815-0233.

April 20, 2009 - 3:33pm
posted by Billie Owens in batavia, Announcements.

Press Release

New Scholarship to Benefit Volunteer Firefighters and their Families

Batavia -- Genesee Community College Foundation is creating the new Ben Franklin Scholarship, believed to be the first of its kind in New York.

Named after Benjamin Franklin, the founder of the first volunteer firefighting company in the United States, this scholarship will be made available to GLOW (Genesee, Livingston, Orleans and Wyoming) region volunteer emergency responders and their immediate families.

Twenty $500 scholarships will be awarded to full-time Genesee students who apply and meet the Ben Franklin Scholarship selection criteria.

Awardees must be involved in a volunteer fire or ambulance department for at least one year, or be the immediate family member of a volunteer who has been active for more than one year. Scholarship applications are available online at <>.

Assemblyman Stephen Hawley is scheduled to participate in the scholarship awards ceremony.

This event will take place at 10:30 a.m. Friday, April 24 at the Batavia Campus in the Clock Tower Plaza, weather permitting. In the case of bad weather, the location will be moved to the North Lobby of the Conable Technology Building.

For further information, please contact Richard Ensman, director of Development and External Affairs at 585-343-0055 x6534.

April 19, 2009 - 1:15pm
posted by Rachel Oshlag in Announcements, cat, lost cat, missing cat, found cat.

FOUND: Young orange tabby (most likely under 1 year) with amber eyes. Very friendly. North Spruce area.

Please sign my guestbook if you have any information!  Thank you!


April 15, 2009 - 4:48pm
posted by Billie Owens in batavia, Announcements, GCC.

Press Release:

Genesee's 'Early Warning' Project Helps Students Overcome Academic Problem, Trustees Hear

BATAVIA, NY -- Genesee Community College's innovative 'Early Warning' Project is helping to quickly identify and help students in danger of failing, two senior administrators told the Board of Trustees Monday evening.

Dr. Eunice M. Bellinger, Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dr. Virginia M. Taylor, Vice President for Student and Enrollment Services, described for trustees how faculty members use the program to track - and report - students who do not attend class or who miss key assignments.  Dr. Taylor's staff then contacts the students who are identified through the program, and attempt to arrange tutoring or other support services for the students.  "The emphasis is on helping students to avoid grades of 'F' and remain in college," Dr. Taylor said.

The program began during the 2006-2007 year, involving nineteen faculty members.  Since then the program has grown, and involves 41 full-time and 68 part-time faculty members.  Although the program is still too new to evaluate results, College staff members believe that the program will make the difference between college success and failure for some students.

Dr. Bellinger told trustees that identifying attendance or academic problems early in the semester give faculty and staff members the chance to intervene.  Dr. Taylor said that students who find themselves in academic trouble do not always want to drop out of college.  "But they need to know 'what do I do now?'" she said.  "We can offer support and options."

April 15, 2009 - 11:55am
posted by Holland Land O... in Announcements, Holland Land Office Museum, books, gifts.

The Bright Mason: An American Mystery (About William Morgan)


Great Graves of Upstate New York

Mount Allegro: A Memoir of Italian American Life

Parker on the Iroquois

Skunny Wundy: Seneca Indian Tales

From Abbotts to Zurich: New York State Placenames

Seven Generations of Iroquois Leadership: The Six Nations since 1800

Conspiracy of Interests: Iroquois Dispossession and the Rise of New York State

All the proceeds from the store go to help support the Museum's mission.

Click hear for a money saving coupon!


April 15, 2009 - 11:50am
posted by Billie Owens in Announcements, elba.

More than 50 tables will be laden with goods galore at the 12th annual showcase of antiques and collectibles in Elba on Saturday, May 9.

Dealers will sell and Batavia's Gary Harkness will be available to give appraisals. Each appraisal costs $3. The event is held at Elba Firemen's Recreation Hall, located on Route 98, six miles north of Exit 48 of the Thruway.

Four of this year's dealers are new.

Linens, shabby chic items, buttons, advertising ephemera, pottery, jewelry,
glass, furniture, Victorian, primitives and more will be featured.

The show runs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Appraisals will begin at 10 a.m. Tickets are $3 and parking is free. Children 12 and under are free.

Lunch is available for purchase, including homemade beef soup, sandwiches, hotdogs and cookies. Hot coffee and donuts will be sold in the morning.

For more information call June at 757-2791.

April 15, 2009 - 11:25am
posted by Billie Owens in batavia, Announcements.

Batavia Players will produce "The Lion in Winter" this spring.

The critically acclaimed play by James Goldman centers around Christmas in the castle of Henry II of England.

The cast includes: Kevin Partridge as Henry II; Lynda Hodgins as Queen Eleanor of Aquitane; Jesse Conklin as Richard the Lionhearted; Anthony Giambrone as Prince Geoffrey; James Earl as Prince John; Rachel Oshlag as Princess Alais; and Jared Morgan as the young King Philip of France.

The director is E. Jane Burk. This will be the second time she has directed Batavia Players, Inc.

"The Lion in Winter" has long been a staple of Broadway. Though historical in nature, Goldman took artistic license in writing the script, which evokes tension as well as humor. It also was adapted into a movie in the late 1960's starring Peter O'Toole and Katherine Hepburn. She won the best actress Oscar for her protrayal of Eleanor of Aquitane.

Shows are Friday and Saturday, May 15 and 16 at 7:30 p.m. at Batavia Middle School, located at 96 Ross St. in Batavia. Tickets go on sale April 27 and cost $10. Seniors and students pay $8.

April 11, 2009 - 1:58pm
posted by Robin Walters in Announcements.
Event Date and Time: 
April 12, 2009 -
2:00pm to 4:00pm

Care-A-Van will be hosting Easter Dinner on Easter Day

No Charge , Just bring your appetite

Dinner will be served from 2:00-4:00 PM

Assembly of God Church

North Spruce Street, Batavia

Paul and Bridget Ohlson will be doing the cooking

Highlight of course will be the chocolate fountain!



April 10, 2009 - 4:17pm
posted by Billie Owens in batavia, Announcements.

The awards ceremony for the eighth annual Library Poetry Contest will take place at 12:30 p.m. Thursday, April 16 at Genesee Community College.

It will be in the library of the Batavia campus.

Fifty GCC students submitted 94 poems. They were invited to submit up to three poems on any topic. As a special category, Genesee math instructors have offered extra credit to their students who entered a math poem. Thirteen poems with a mathematical theme were submitted.

April 10, 2009 - 4:08pm
posted by Billie Owens in Announcements, genesee county, GCC.

The deadline for entries has been extended for the ECO-Fest Earth Day Art Contest.

Submissions will now be accepted until 5 p.m. Monday, April 20.

The contest aims to promote environmental awareness. It's co-sponsored by Genesee Community College and Present Tense Bookstore.

Original artwork in the following five categories will be considered:

Literary Arts (story, poem, or essay)
Visual Arts (painting, photography, sculpture, crafts)
Multimedia Arts (artwork that combines literary and visual components)
Children's Arts (artwork submitted by children under age 12)
Recycled Materials (artwork that incorporates recycled items)

Entries may be dropped off at Genesee Community College, MarCom Office D110 by 5 p.m. April 20. All entries will be displayed in the Lobby Art Gallery of the Stuart Steiner Theatre April 29 through May 1.

Winners will be announced at the 4th Annual CoolKids ECO-Fest on Thursday, April 30. The winning entries will also be displayed at Present Tense with an artists' reception on Saturday, May 2.

Entry forms are available at Contest form.pdf.
st Entry Form:

April 10, 2009 - 3:50pm
posted by Billie Owens in Announcements, sports.

Here's the home-game schedule for the Genesee Community College Cougars at their Web site.

April 10, 2009 - 3:31pm
posted by Billie Owens in batavia, Announcements, Richmond Memorial Library.
Event Date and Time: 
April 23, 2009 -
6:00pm to 9:00pm

All are welcome to watch a movie at the library and join in a discussion about it afterward.

Called "Reel Discussions," the program will be held at 6 p.m. Thursday, April 23. It will take place in the Gallery Room at Richmond Memorial Library, located at 19 Ross St., in Batavia.

Due to licensing constraints, the new films shown during Reel Discussions cannot be disclosed to any source outside of the library building itself, according to the director of the library.

April 10, 2009 - 3:02pm
posted by Billie Owens in batavia, Announcements, jaycees.
Event Date and Time: 
April 19, 2009 -
11:30am to 2:00pm

The Batavia Area Jaycees Clor's Chicken Barbecue will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sunday April 19.

April 10, 2009 - 2:23pm
Event Date and Time: 
April 25, 2009 -
8:00am to 12:00pm

Small business owners concerned about the economy's downturn and its effect on their bottom line are encouraged to attend a free "strive and thrive" workshop.

It's sponsored by the Genesee County Chamber of Commerce, the Small Business Development Center and the U.S. Small Business Administration.

April 10, 2009 - 2:06pm
Event Date and Time: 
April 23, 2009 -
7:30am to 8:30am

The Technology Roundtable Thursday April 23 is the first in a series of interactive events planned for Small Business Week.

It will be held at 7:30 a.m. over breakfast at TF Browns, 216 E. Main St. in Batavia. Cost is $10 for members of the Genesee County Chamber of Commerce and $15 for nonmembers.

To make a reservation, contact executive assistant Melissa A. George at 343-7440, ext. 27.

April 10, 2009 - 1:58pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in Announcements, genesee county legislature, ways and means.

PRESENT: Chair Zambito, Legislators Hancock, Leadley and Grasso.  County Manager Gsell. Also Present: Planning Director Duval, Emergency Management Coordinator Yaeger, Purchasing Director Kaleta, Emergency Communications Coordinator Sharpe, Personnel Officer Marchese, Youth Bureau Representative Frank, IT Director Zimmer, Interim Public Health Director Garney, Sheriff Maha, Mental Health Director Reaves, County Treasurer German, Deputy County Treasurer Landers, Concerned Citizen Steve Ferry, Legislator DeJaneiro, Daily News Reporter Mruzak, and Legislature Clerk Pratt.

Chair Zambito called the meeting to order at 4PM in the Legislature Conference Room. The minutes of the March 18 meeting were approved upon motion of Legislator Leadley seconded by Legislator Grasso.


April 10, 2009 - 1:52pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in Announcements, GCC.

Press Release:

BATAVIA, NY -- Genesee Community College continues to demonstrate a commitment to student success and community connections with a campus visit from nationally known author Roy Kesey on Monday, April 27. With the aid of the Humanities department, assistance from The New Courier, Genesee's student run newspaper, and funds from the Academic Innovations Senate Committee, Kesey will be reading, answering questions, and signing books from 9:30 to 11:30 AM at the Batavia Campus in room T102. This event is free and open to the public.

Roy Kesey is the author of three books: a short story collection called All Over (Dzanc Books), a novella entitled Nothing in the World (Dzanc Books), and Nanjing: A Cultural and Historical Guide for Travelers (Atomic Press.) He recently won the Jeffrey E. Smith Editors' Prize in Fiction at The Missouri Review.

Kesey's work has appeared in more than seventy magazines in North America, Europe and Asia. Prior to their publication in All Over, several of his stories appeared in anthologies including The Robert Olen Butler Prize Anthology and New Sudden Fiction. The story Wait was picked by Stephen King for inclusion in the Best American Short Stories 2007 anthology.

Nothing in the World is the story of Josko Banovic, a lonely schoolboy who, with the outbreak of fighting between Serbia and his native Croatia, reveals himself to be a gifted sniper and becomes an unwitting war hero. Winner of the Bullfight Little Book Prize, Nothing in the World received unanimously great reviews, sold out its original 2006 printing in just a few months, and was recently brought back into print by Dzanc Books.

Nanjing: A Cultural and Historical Guide for Travelers has been lauded as a "well-informed and beautifully observed book," and Kesey as "the ideal guide to the mighty city on the Yangtze." The book combines vivid historical anecdotes and profiles to give the reader a clear image of contemporary Nanjing.

"We're honored to have Roy Kesey visit Genesee and share his literary works with the community," Tracy Ford, associate professor of English said. "This couldn't have been possible without the commitment and funds contributed by the Humanities department, The New Courier and the Academic Innovations Senate Committee.  We are truly grateful for all their contributions."

Roy Kesey was born and raised in northern California, and currently lives with his wife and children in Syracuse. He has traveled around the world writing and has lived in China, as well as Peru. For more information regarding Roy Kesey, please visit <> .

For further information, please contact Kris Dassinger 585-343-0055 x6233, Marie Iglesias-Cardinale 585-343-0055 x6275 or Tracy Ford 585-343-0055 x6277.

April 10, 2009 - 1:47pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in Announcements, GCC.

Press Release

BATAVIA, NY -- "Addressing Cybersafety and Cyberbullying" will be the topic of discussion at an upcoming workshop to be held at Genesee Community College on Wednesday, April 29, 2009 from 7:00PM - 8:15PM in room T102 at the Batavia Campus.  The free workshop, sponsored by the Genesee Region Teacher Center, will feature Dr. James Colt, Coordinator of School Safety and Security at Monroe BOCES #1.

Designed to familiarize participants with the scope and magnitude of internet crime, the discussion will also provide ways in which to protect children and adults from online victimization.  This workshop is appropriate for students, teachers, administrators, law enforcement, parents and any interested community members.

According to Christine Belongia, coordinator of the Teacher Education Transfer Program at Genesee, as well as Genesee Region Teacher Center (GRTC) Policy Board member, "People are only just beginning to realize the scope and magnitude of internet crime.  This workshop is designed to familiarize participants with this important topic as well introduce ways in which we can protect children and ourselves from online victimization."

The workshop will include startling data from a local 2007 survey of 40,000 K-12 school-aged students.  Results from the survey, conducted by a team of researchers lead by one of the nation's leading cybercrime experts, Dr. Sam McQuade of the Rochester Institute of Technology, indicate that "the more time children spend online and the more ways they access the Internet, the more vulnerable they become to being a victim of cybercrime and the more likely they are to slip into offending behaviors."

This workshop is an excellent learning opportunity for area residents interested in cybercrime and ways to prevent victimization. This workshop is free and open to the public. Pre-registration is not required.

For more information, please contact Christine Belongia at 585-343-0055 x6278.

April 9, 2009 - 9:38pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in Announcements, genesee county legislature.

To read the draft minutes of Monday's Genesee County Legislature meeting, download the PDF of the minutes here.


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