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February 5, 2010 - 12:30pm
posted by Paul Teresi in Announcements, community, Oakfield, oakfield-alabama, cancer.

The Leadership-In-Action Class at Oakfield-Alabama will be hosting a Going Bald for Bucks event for the Roswell Cancer Institute. You will have to collect donations from sponsors, and in return for these donations you will have the choice to have your head shaved to a clipper setting of one inch or you can have ten inches of non-chemically damaged hair which will be donated to Locks of Love. The shaving of the head is to honor cancer patients who lose their hair due to radiation or chemotherapy.

If you are interested, the application/pledge form can be found at the Oakfield-Alabama High School location and on the Hornets website;  There will be a link called Bald for Bucks which will take you to the forms.

The forms and money are due to the Oakfield-Alabama High School office by March 12, 2010. Make sure the pledge form is signed, and has sponsors listed for you.

The date of the event will be March 26th, 2010 from 1:15pm-2:30pm.

If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to contact Tracy Schlagenhauf or Cindy Kowalik at 948-5211.

Oakfield-Alabama School Address:

7001Lewiston Road

Oakfield, NY 14125

February 5, 2010 - 7:20am
posted by Robin Walters in Announcements.
Event Date and Time: 
February 6, 2010 - 10:30am to 12:00pm

Care-A-Van Ministries will be at Batavia Gardens for our grocery distribution. Groceries, clothing and prayer will be available. All are welcome. No proof of income required.

If you or someone you know is in need of groceries, please stop by.

February 3, 2010 - 9:34am
posted by Tara Pariso in Announcements, events, business, home repair, trade shwo.
                            Batavia Area Jaycees 57th Annual Home, Garden, & Trade Show
The Jaycees are excited about having their 57th annual show this year on February 27th & 28th at Batavia Downs Casino.  We are still looking for vendors and would love to bring more variety to our attendees.  If you own a business, or work for one that deals with any aspect of the home/rental unit, please consider being a part of this year's show.  What better way to showcase your business than a 2 day show right here in our community.  Not only are homeowners looking for renovations and repairs, but renters are also looking for ways to spruce up their living spaces.  Come show the community what your business can do for them.  Booth price this year is only $325!!
Space is limited, first come, first serve.  Please contact Tara Pariso @ [email protected] or 343-5775 for vendor details.
February 1, 2010 - 4:32pm
posted by Billie Owens in Announcements, jobs.

Got work? Here's a government press release about temporary jobs only offered every 10 years.

The U.S. Census Bureau is preparing to launch a major recruitment effort to fill hundreds of positions in Genesee County to work on the 2010 Decennial Census.

The newly opened Batavia office of the U.S. Census Bureau has a goal of screening approximately 3,000 applicants between now and April for jobs in suburban and rural Erie County, eastern Genesee and Wyoming counties, and all of Cattaraugus and Chautauqua counties. 

Anyone interested in signing up for the 30-minute qualifying test can call 1-866-861-2010.

The majority of the jobs involve going door-to-door to interview residents who do not send in their 2010 census questionnaire. The starting salary for entry-level field positions is $13 per hour.

For more information regarding census jobs you can go to

February 1, 2010 - 3:34pm
posted by Billie Owens in Announcements, GCC, taxes.

Volunteers at Genesee Community College will provide free income-tax preparation services through the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) for the 2010 tax season.

The Genesee County Department of Social Services is coordinating with volunteers at the college to provide appointment-based services (at DSS) as well as two walk-in service days at the Batavia Campus (T205). Walk-in service days will be from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 6 and from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 18.

The VITA Program offers free tax help to low- to moderate-income (generally, $49,000 and below) people who cannot prepare their own basic tax returns. Certified volunteers sponsored by various organizations receive training to help prepare basic tax returns in communities across the country. VITA sites are generally located at community and neighborhood centers, libraries, schools, shopping malls and other convenient locations. Most locations also offer free electronic filing.

Genesee Community College is the newest local community group to provide these tax services. Genesee's volunteers consist of faculty, staff and current students. They have been certified and trained by the IRS to prepare the tax returns. The taxes are prepared by the certified volunteers with the IRS approved "Taxwise" program, an online program that the preparers use. Mark Castiglione from Genesee County DSS is the VITA site coordinator for Genesee County. Both Federal and State returns are filed. The client leaves with a copy of the returns that have been prepared.

Under the leadership of Certified Public Accountant Cheryl Corke, assistant professor of Accounting at Genesee, the student and faculty volunteers have undergone rigorous online training to be able to use the IRS computer software. Three faculty members have been certified to prepare the taxes, Cheryl Corke (accounting), Amy Conley (accounting) and Donna LaMura (chemistry). In addition to the certified faculty members, there are a number of accounting students and college staff who have been active and will assist in the program.

"We have a strong, dedicated group of volunteers who are excited to help our community members prepare their taxes," Corke said. "We've been working hand-in-hand with DSS and the IRS to make the walk-in sessions go as smooth as possible."

The VITA program is a free service for clients with basic returns (no schedule Cs, Ds and no businesses) and with a combined income of $49,000 or less. There will be a welcome table with a checklist of all the materials people need to have prior to preparation services (Social Security cards for all individuals including dependents, all W-2s and 1099s, etc. and proof of identity such as driver's license).

For more information please contact Cheryl Corke at 585-343-0055 x6323 or at [email protected] <http://[email protected]. >.

February 1, 2010 - 3:15pm
posted by Billie Owens in Announcements, events.
Event Date and Time: 
March 6, 2010 - 5:30pm to 9:00pm

The Genesee County Chamber of Commerce celebrates its 38th Annual Awards Ceremony on Saturday, March 6 at the Batavia Holiday Inn. This is the county’s premier event that honors businesses and individuals for their achievements in business, community service and volunteerism. 

In light of the current economy, the chamber has lowered ticket prices in the hopes this will encourage greater attendance. Tickets are $50 per person or a table of 10 for $450.00.

There will be a variety of entrees, appetizers and refreshments to choose from.

February 1, 2010 - 2:53pm
posted by Billie Owens in Announcements.

Stuart Steiner, Ph.D, president of Genesee Community, supports Gov. David Paterson's Higher Education Empowerment and Innovation Act.

He says it would grant greater autonomy to State University of New York campuses and permit new economic development and partnership initiatives on SUNY campuses. [Gov. Paterson's announcement is described in this release from the Governor's office:]

Steiner issued this statement on the proposed legislation:

"Last (month), Gov. David Paterson proposed the Higher Education Empowerment and Innovation Act which, if enacted by the State Legislature, would give state-operated SUNY campuses more autonomy and flexibility and permit many new initiatives on all SUNY campuses.

"The Governor's proposed Higher Education Empowerment and Innovation Act is a powerful proposal that is being put forth at the right time. Dollars for public higher education are being limited and even severely reduced, so there is a great need to maximize the use of the dollars available to SUNY. For the state-operated campuses, the Act removes much of the tangled bureaucratic process for use of SUNY funds, and shifts many decisions and operational responsibilities to the SUNY Board appointed to provide oversight to SUNY colleges.

"If the dollars allocated to SUNY are going to be limited, then it seems that decisions about how to best use those dollars and how to generate tuition and other revenue should be left to those who have been appointed to be responsible for this multibillion dollar operation.

"The Act does very little for community colleges in terms of direct assistance, but whenever our public four-year institutions and university centers are strengthened, everyone benefits, especially the tens of thousands of students that we transfer to SUNY and CUNY colleges every year. When those colleges have the flexibility to use those resources to support the growing number of students, everyone wins. SUNY suggests that once the Act is fully implemented, state-operated SUNY colleges may be able to take in an additional 20,000 students. Hopefully a designated portion of these seats will be set aside for transfer students who graduate from SUNY community colleges, especially in those programs that are now at capacity.

"While the Governor should be saluted for this bold proposal, which outlines changes that have long been sought and long been needed, it was disappointing to see the Governor's budget proposal making such a large cut in state aid to community colleges. At this time in New York State history, when we are trying to maximize the use of our limited public resources, it seems that the Governor and Legislature should strongly support community colleges since we are, by far, the least expensive of all colleges and we provide the lowest cost-per student in any level of education in the state. As in the past, the community colleges will look to their local legislators to continue the support they have historically given to community colleges, and specifically to help minimize the level of state aid reductions for the coming year.

"Again, the Governor should be commended for The Higher Education Empowerment and Innovation Act, and I believe that the more our citizens become familiar with the Act, the more they will embrace and support it."

February 1, 2010 - 2:43pm
posted by Billie Owens in Announcements.

debracrossset.jpgDebra Crossett was named Employee of the Month for January at Genesee Community College. She has held the position of secretary in the office of Student Activities for the past two years.

Since joining the staff, she has been deliberate in her approach to serving others and has exemplified professionalism and personal integrity. She has an innate compassion for others and always provides the best possible customer service she can to those with whom she comes in contact. She brings a high degree of motivation and commitment to the position as well as an ability to work independently. She often takes the initiative when she sees something that needs to be done and she willingly offers assistance to others. Crossett serves as an excellent role model to Genesee students and to her peers.

She began her clerical career at the Batavia Daily News shortly after graduating from high school and the Office Careers program at Genesee-Wyoming BOCES. Several years, later she accepted a position as switchboard operator and ambulance dispatch for St. Jerome Hospital for four years. She also worked in the office at Graham Manufacturing for four years. After her youngest daughter was born, she left the clerical field and began an at-home daycare which she continued for six years while her daughter was young. She also worked as a teacher's aide, which allowed her to be home after school hours. Four years ago, she went back into the office career field again when she was hired part time in the CAP office (Center for Academic Progress) at Genesee.

As secretary in the office of Student Activities, Crossett is the personal secretary to the director and assistant director of Student Activities. She maintains office records and performs clerical procedures, orders supplies for office and student events, prints and maintains student ID cards, oversees 13 work-study students, schedules meeting times and appointments, maintains and assigns student lockers and (most importantly) is available to students who need a listening ear. In other words, she's great at multi-tasking.

"My favorite aspect of working at Genesee is the opportunities that arise to make a difference in students' lives," Crossett said. "I also feel so blessed to work with such supportive and caring co-workers."

Crossett is a Batavia native, married to Ryan Crossett and they have two daughters, Nicole and Carissa. She makes sure to save time for her faith and her family. She also enjoys walking, bike riding, camping, making flower arrangements from her flower garden and assisting her husband with his photography business. Her immediate family, along with several other family members and friends enjoy vacationing together on the oceanfront in Outer Banks, North Carolina.


February 1, 2010 - 2:27pm
posted by Billie Owens in Announcements.

The Stafford Historical Society will hold its annual Taste of Stafford July 8. This year’s theme will be to honor our “HomeTown Veterans."

If you are a veteran and/or a family member is a veteran or someone currently serving our country from the Town of Stafford, we would like to know. In the Museum, will be a master list of veterans from Stafford who served or are serving in our military. Please let us know the name, branch of service, rank and the years served.

Also, if you would like to donate any items, or copies of the items, for loan to the Stafford Museum, we would be interested in displaying the items as well. We need all this by March 15. If interested please contact us by mail to Jim or Helen, C/O Stafford Historical Society, P.O. Box 28 Stafford, NY 14143 or call Jim at 344-3166, or Helen  at 343-6662.

January 30, 2010 - 1:38pm
posted by Billie Owens in Announcements, genesee county, county legislature.

The State of the County Address will be delivered at 7 p.m. Feb. 3 in the Old Courthouse building on Main Street in Batavia.

Genesee County Legislature Chair Mary Pat Hancock will deliver the address.

January 20, 2010 - 3:50pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in Announcements, Churches, Haiti.

Area residents are coming together at 7 p.m. at St. James Church to hold a community prayer and vigil for the people of Haiti.

St. James is located at 405 E. Main St., Batavia.

This is a non-denominational service and the entire community is invited to attend.

Singers who wish to join the choir are asked to arrive by 6:30 p.m.

For more information call the church office at 343-6802.

William F. Brown, Jr. Earns Honorary Status in Batavia Rotary Club

Long-time Batavia Rotary Club member, William F. Brown Jr. has been recognized by the Batavia Rotary Club for his commitment and dedication to "service above self."  Bill earned Honorary status by distinguishing himself through "meritorious service in the furtherance of Rotary ideals." Bill joined the Batavia Rotary Club in January, 1960.  He is a past president (1974-75) and was one of the first Batavia Rotary members to be awarded a Paul Haris Fellow.  Bill was chairman of Rotary Radio Days for 35 years and was a popular participant of the annual Rotary Comedy Show. 

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January 18, 2010 - 3:39pm
posted by Billie Owens in Announcements, business, agriculture.

The distinction of Conservation Farm of the Year 2009 has been awarded to John and Shelley Reynolds of Reyncrest Farms.

The Genesee County Soil and Water Conservation District Board of Directors made the selection and will present the award at the "Celebrate Agriculture" dinner on March 13 at the Alexander Fire Hall.

Reyncrest Farms is located on 9666 Alleghany Road in Corfu. It grows feed crops on 1,500 acres and has more than 600 dairy cows.

The longtime family business was chosen because of its environmentally friendly ways, including crop rotation, growing grass buffers along streams and ditches and installing an extensive and sophisticated drainage system.

The Reynolds family also tries to be a good neighbor when it comes to spreading manure -- they limit it to dry days and will postpone the chore if a neighbor has a party.

It's not the first time Reyncrest has received the Conservation Farm of the Year award. It also won it in 1982 when the farm was operated by John's father, the late Ed Reynolds.

Reyncrest Farms built a new barn in 2008 and a new milking structure in 1997. The big, old red barn -- plainly visible on Alleghany Road -- was spruced up last year thanks to about $5,000 from the Campbell's Soup Co. The barn was one of only five chosen nationwide for refurbishment as part of Campbell's "Help Grow Your Soup" campaign.

January 18, 2010 - 2:52pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, Announcements, business, Bonarigo & McCutcheon, Jenna Engel.

jenna_engle.jpgJenna Engel has joined the law office of Bonarigo & McCutcheon as a paralegal.

Born and raised in Batavia, New York, Ms. Engel is a 2005 graduate of Batavia High School and a 2009 Graduate of Hilbert College with a degree in Legal Studies.  Her previous employment was as a litigation secretary with Nixon Peabody, LLP in Buffalo, NY. A resident of the City of Batavia, Jenna is a volunteer assistant volleyball coach at her alma mater, Batavia High School as well as for The Batavia Club Volleyball team.  She is an active member of the WNY paralegal Association having received its 2008 scholarship. 

Ms. Engel is assigned to the real estate department at Bonarigo & McCutcheon however, she will be available to assist clients in all aspects of the services provided.  Bonarigo & McCutcheon is a successful law firm, established in the City of Batavia with and has provided legal assistance for over two decades.  The firm’s specialty areas are: business and corporate; criminal; family; matrimonial; municipal; DWI; custody; visitation; civil litigation; real estate; vehicle and traffic; wills and estate planning. 

Bonarigo & McCutcheon is located at 18 Ellicott St., Batavia. Phone is (585) 344-1994.

January 16, 2010 - 3:16pm

Is your pet special? Do you think your pal is worthy of the decidedly prestigous designation Pet of the Week? Then let Pachuco know! Winners get ten bucks to spend at Genesee Feeds!

All entrants will be taken into consideration, be they four-legged, fowl or amphibious. They can tell our readers their story or you can tell it for them, your choice. Please send submissions, along with a digital photo, to:  billie at the batavian dot com

She handles correspondence for Pachuco, a 130-pound Rottweiller/Doberman who was found at the pound as a pup. Be assured this handsome, gentle giant makes the actual selections. Being an animal himself, he is discerning about their qualities and qualifications.

The onus of selection is something he takes very seriously. It's not as hard as mastering the preparation of French cuisine, which he doggedly pursues despite his limited ability to make pate without sampling it. But it's not a snap either. 

He had such a hard time recently when considering the goldfish Steve, Phineus the ferret and a burro named Burrito. He almost resorted to pulling names out a Stetson. He managed to get ahold of himself and went for a dog named Althea instead.

But he thinks this is all worthwhile because he likes reading the stories and seeing the pictures and knows you will, too.

Be sure to include your family's name and address (addresses will not be published) so we can send you the gift certificate.



January 16, 2010 - 2:46pm
posted by Karen Clement in batavia, Announcements, Churches, Anglican Community Church.
Event Date and Time: 
January 20, 2010 - 12:00pm to January 24, 2010 - 10:00am

Anglicans Welcome New Priest and Family

The Anglican Community Church in Batavia will welcome Rev. Gus Calvo

as their new priest. Father Gus' first service will be on Sunday, January 24th,

at 10:00 a.m. Please join us and get to know this great man and his family. 

The service is held at the Seventh Day Adventist Church at 101 Richmond Ave.

January 15, 2010 - 12:30pm
posted by Tasia Boland in Announcements.

It was a usual morning for Lydia and her siblings. They went outside while it was still dark to roam around and play in their big country yard. Every morning when the English Bull Terrier Lydia, the St. Bernard Beauregard and the Basset Hound Lily hear Dad’s voice they coming running in for their breakfast, except this time Lydia didn’t follow the pack.  Lydia 1.JPG

The Presutti family searched their Geneseo property and adjacent farms for several days. It has been five weeks since they last saw their family pet. They are offering a $1,000 reward for their 3-year-old spayed English Bull Terrier in hopes to attract some attention. She is wearing a collar with her identification number along with an invisible fence collar. Owner Sharon Presutti believes there is a chance she was stolen.

“She is not a wanderer at all,” Presutti said. “This is not her normal behavior.”

Presutti said Lydia is so friendly, she would jump up into the UPS driver’s truck.

The family has put up flyers all over Livingston County, where they live, Genesee County and elsewhere. So far, no tips but lots of support from the community.

“We have been overwhelmed by all the phone calls from people with support and offers to help. We have our fingers crossed and are so thankful for all the support.”

If you have any information that may be helpful to the Presutti family, please contact them at 585-243-2846 or 585-752-0300, or 585-764-3004.

January 14, 2010 - 2:14pm
posted by Billie Owens in Announcements, Youth Bureau, Youth Connection.

Do you think you can dance? The City of Batavia is calling all youth ages 10-16 to come out and show off their moves!

The Youth Connection Saturday’s program will be featuring a FREE Hip Hop workshop led by Erin Martin and Janea Raines, both of Divine Dance Studio in Batavia. Each class will teach a new routine. Previous dance experience helpful, but is not required.

The Hip Hop workshop will take place from 2 to 3 p.m. on Jan. 23, Feb. 6 and Feb. 20 at Batavia Middle School. Youth can drop in for any one class or come out for all three!

Please contact Janea Raines at  HYPERLINK "mailto:[email protected]" [email protected] or (585)-345-6314 with any questions and/or to register.

If you have any questions or need additional information, please contact:

City of Batavia Youth Bureau
ATTN: Toni Funke
One Batavia City Centre
Batavia, New York 14020
Phone:   (585) 345-6420
Fax:        (585) 344-0260
E-mail:  [email protected] 


January 14, 2010 - 2:01pm
posted by Billie Owens in Announcements, Genesee Community College.

Genesee Community College Vice President for Student and Enrollment Services Virginia Taylor reported to the board of trustees this week that as of Jan. 5, a total of 636 prospective students applied for admission on a full-time basis for the spring semester.

That's up 11.8 percent from the 569 prospective students who applied a year ago.

President Stuart Steiner said that as of this morning, 3,868 students had registered for classes, up 7 percent from the 3,615 students who registered a year ago.

Those registering for courses on a full-time basis numbered 2,813, an increase of 9.3 percent from last year's registration of 2,573 students.

Vice President for Finance and Operations Kevin Hamilton reported that work on the Genesee County Economic Development Center's Bruce Holm Med Tech Park is proceeding on schedule. He said if work continues to be on track, the GCEDC should receive a certificate of occupancy about June 15 and that the college's Nursing Program can move into the facility July 1.


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