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May 28, 2010 - 1:44pm
posted by Billie Owens in Announcements.

Here's the upcoming class schedule for Blue Pearl Yoga studio in Downtown Batavia.

There are two different four-week sessions for yoga. One is from May 31 to June 19. The other is June 21 to July 24.

Costs are:

Four classes, four weeks = $40 (1 class a week)
Eight classes, four weeks = $75 (2 classes a week, or both sessions)
Eight classes, eight weeks = $75
16 classes, eight weeks = $136 ($8.50/ per class)
Unlimited classes with Karen = $188 for eight weeks. That is up to 32 classes -- four days a week for under $6/ per class.

(Note: This Saturday's class (May 29)is canceled. It is Buddha's Birthday and there is a huge celebration in Rochester. Paula and Karen will be leaving at 9:30 a.m. from the yoga studio and returning around 2:30 p.m. Anyone is welcome to attend. Here is the link to the event <>.

May 28, 2010 - 12:47pm
posted by Billie Owens in Announcements.

Here's a list of upcoming classes at the American Red Cross, 109 Main St., Batavia:

  • Babysitting -- Cost: $35 -- 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, June 12
  • Adult CPR -- Cost: $35 -- 6 to 9 p.m., Monday, June 14
  • CPR for the Professional -- Cost: $62 -- 6 to 10 p.m., Tuesday and Wednesday, June 15-16 (Attendance is for both nights is mandatory.)
  • Infant & Child CPR -- Cost: $35 -- 6 to 9 p.m., Thursday, June 17

Pre-registration is required for all classes. Payment is due at time of registration. To register, stop in any American Red Cross office or call 343-6098.

Batavia Rotary Club Announces Scholarship Winners

The Batavia Rotary Club announced the winners of the Annual Rotary Club Scholarship.  The Scholarship Committee, chaired by Bill Fritts, received applications and interviewed students from Batavia High School, Notre Dame High School and BOCES.  Typically, one student from each school is selected to recieve the scholarship; $1,500 per year for four years.  This year, with two equally compelling applications, the scholarship for a BOCES student was split.  Resulting in two deserving students who will recieve $750 each for four years.  Sahil Jain, Batavia High School, Nicholas Bochicchio, Notr

May 27, 2010 - 10:16am
posted by Genesee ARC News in batavia, Announcements, scholarships, schools.

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Genesee ARC Mary Anne Graney Memorial Scholarship recipients Emily Hopkins, Danielle Hirtzel and Ashlea Harmon with Scholarship Committee Chair, Charles Graney.

Teens from Batavia, Oakfield-Alabama and Churchville-Chili High Schools are the recipients of the 2010 Genesee ARC Mary Anne Graney Memorial Scholarships.  The $1,000.00 scholarship awards were presented May 25 at the Genesee ARC Community Center to Ashlea Harmon, Danielle Hirtzel and Emily Hopkins.

A member of the Batavia High School Class of 2010, Ashlea plans to attend Genesee Community College, then transfer to a four-year school to complete her course of study in Elementary Education, specializing in Special Education. Ashlea has given her time and talent to several volunteer opportunities such as Special Olympics, Challenger Sports, the Down Syndrome Parent Support Group Auction, Salvation Army and numerous Genesee ARC community events. She is also an active member of the National Technical Honor Society.

Danielle is graduating from Oakfield-Alabama High School and intends to pursue her career in Childhood Special Education. Danielle has dedicated many hours of community service helping with Challenger Sports, Stephen’s Table, Friends of Rachel program and other worthy causes. She is active in Girls Scouts, high school band, swim team, Library Club and a member of the National Honor Society.  She will be attending SUNY Brockport in the fall.

The third recipient, Emily Hopkins, plans to attend SUNY Oneonta, to study Psychology, with aspirations of obtaining her Master’s Degree in School Psychology.  A student at Churchville-Chili High School, Emily has volunteered many hours of service with Special Olympics, Batavia YMCA, Ronald McDonald House, Challenger Sports and Genesee ARC special events. She is very active in extra-curricular activities with her school and is a member of the National Honor Society.

Three $1,000.00 scholarships are awarded to high school seniors each year interested in working in human services, special education or related fields.  The scholarship is in honor of Mary Anne Graney, a special education teacher, who died in 2004. According to Genesee ARC Scholarship Committee Chair, Charles Graney, “The scholarship is a living memorial, honoring Mary Anne’s commitment to Genesee ARC and enriching the lives of people with disabilities.”

May 26, 2010 - 8:35pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, Announcements, Batavia Lions Club, civic clubs.


From the Batavia Lions:

The Batavia Lions Club recently presented its annual scholarships and awards to several local students at a ceremony held at the Batavia Party House.

Each spring, several graduating seniors at Batavia High School and Notre Dame High School apply for these scholarships, are interviewed by a committee of Lions Club members, and are chosen by the committee to receive $1,000 Scholarships.

In addition, selected students from both schools are awarded the Arthur Roth Fine Arts Award and the Bill Cook Scholar-Athlete Award.

A final award is the Batavia Lions Club Award in Communications which is awarded to a Genesee Community College student in memory of two former Batavia Lions and local media legends – Paul Bostwick, the former managing editor of the Batavia Daily News and James H. Gerrety, the former News Director of WBTA.

During the high school football season each fall, members of the Batavia Lions Club man the refreshment stands at both the Batavia and Notre Dame High School home football games to sell snacks. All of the proceeds are used exclusively for the scholarship and awards program.

The primary aim of Lionism is best expressed in our motto, “We Serve.” Each year, Lions perform services and provide goods for thousands of people throughout the world. Lions Clubs are non-political, non-sectarian service organizations composed of community members from all walks of life. The Batavia Lions Club has 53 men and women who enjoy good fellowship while working to assist their fellow Batavians and to make Batavia a better community. We currently meet on the second and fourth Mondays of each month at 6:30 PM at Bohn’s Restaurant.

For more information, please write Membership Chairman, Batavia Lion Club, P.O. Box 456, Batavia, NY 14020 or simply speak to any member. The Batavia Lions Club congratulates all of these fine students as well as their parents and wishes them the very best in all of their future endeavors. It is comforting to know that our future rests in the very capable and talented hands of such outstanding young people.



Top photo: This year’s Lions Club Scholarship winners are Melissa Levins, BHS, Woodams “Woody” Clark, ND, Kristen Drilling, BHS, Benjamin Nowacki, GCC, Carissa Hyde, BHS, Erin Dobbertin, BHS, and Nichole Hart, ND.

Bottom photo: This year’s Bill Cook Scholar-Athlete Awards were presented to Matthew Hoye, BHS and Matthew Thompson, ND. The Art Roth Fine Arts Awards were presented to Angel Ramos, BHS, and Erin Kruppner, ND. Erin is not pictured because she was away on a school sponsored fine arts field trip to New York City.

May 26, 2010 - 6:57pm
posted by Billie Owens in Announcements.


Genesee Community College has named Connie Boyd the Employee of the Month for May.

Since assuming her current position as director of Human Services, Boyd has committed herself to the success of her students, making herself available to them, and continually demonstrating her compassionate and caring spirit.

Her colleagues continually see how much respect her students have for her. Not only does she make time for the students, but her commitment to visiting the 42 external internship sites covering six counties is astonishing. In addition to her work at the college, Boyd also finds time to be a devoted volunteer for the Volunteers for Animals at the Genesee County Animal Shelter. She is a great role model and teacher.

As director of the Human Services program, Boyd coordinates and supervises all aspects related to Human Services courses and curricula, teaches field experience courses, monitors student internships/field placements in the community, conducts program assessments, serves as a liaison to the HUS Program Advisory Committee, and works on various college committees and community-based initiatives.

Boyd came to Genesee as an adjunct instructor and became a full-time faculty member in 2006. Before working at Genesee, she worked for more than 30 years in the human services field as co-executive director of the YWCA, director of the Office for the Aging, plus she was a Genesee County Legislator for six years, the branch director of Planned Parenthood, and has also worked as a vocational rehab counselor, child protection caseworker, and community educator. She holds an associate's degree from Genesee Community College and a bachelor's and master's degree from SUNY Brockport.

"My favorite aspect of working at the college is the opportunity to work with students who are enthused and passionate about the Human Services field and want to make a positive difference in people's lives," Boyd said.

She resides in Batavia with her husband, Charley. She has two daughters, Sasha Boyd and Ashley (Dave) Bateman and one granddaughter, Emmeline. Her hobbies include working at the animal shelter, teaching belly dancing, motorcycling, volunteering as a Ghost Walk guide and as a cemetery character for the cemetery tour (fundraisers for the Genesee County History Department, Batavia Cemetery Association and the Holland Land Office Museum), as well as gardening and reading.

Newly graduated Ben Bakos was named Student of the Month for May. He was a hardworking student in the classroom and out. He was actively involved in campus activities including the Campus Activities Board and the Student Development Series.

Additionally, he served as webmaster for Genesee's chapter of Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) this year and completely revamped the chapter's website, as well as the New York State PTK website. Bakos also used his creativity to create fliers and posters for PTK activities and he designed the logo "Think Green" for the New York State PTK T-shirt. He was an active officer in PTK and was one of the volunteers who went to New Orleans to help rebuild homes after Hurricane Katrina. He was a great ambassador for Genesee's chapter of Phi Theta Kappa.

Bakos, 19 graduated from Elba Central School in 2008. He was an avid member of the Collegiate Entrepreneurs Organization (CEO Club) where he developed the CEO Club website. He was also a part of a select group of students who traveled to Chicago for the CEO Club. Ben is also a proud member of Christian Students United. He majored in Computer Information Systems. His plans include transferring to the Art Institute of Pittsburgh to study web design and interactive media.

He is a resident of Batavia and is the son of Bernard and Mary Bakos.

May 26, 2010 - 6:17pm
posted by Billie Owens in batavia, Batavia Downs, Announcements, classic cars.


The sun is shining and all systems are “go” for the 2010 Tuesday Night Cruises at Batavia Downs Casino.

Cruise director Darrell Mase (pronounced “Mays”) and Batavia’s Lone Wolf Cruisers are supervising the shows in cooperation with Batavia Downs Casino.

Hours are 6 to 9 p.m. in the north end of the BDC parking lot on Park Road (near the OTB Simulcast Center – formerly Matty’s Pizzeria). The cruises will take place every Tuesday – weather permitting - through Aug. 31.

The shows are free and open to cars, trucks and motorcycles. All cruisers receive $5 in casino free play and the chance to win other prizes from the casino’s promotion staff. A cruisin’ soundtrack will be provided by DJ Dennis.

May 26, 2010 - 6:00pm
posted by Billie Owens in Announcements.

The best and brightest local high school students in Genesee Community College's Advanced Studies classes will be honored at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, June 2, in the Stuart Steiner Theatre.

In addition, local teachers who have taught in the ACE programs, or Accelerated College Enrollment, will also be recognized for their continuing dedication and commitment.

ACE allows high school students the opportunity to earn college credit from Genesee while attending classes at their high school. More than 120 students from high schools throughout Western New York were nominated for the award, of which 60 were chosen as semi-finalists. The 32 student finalists will be announced at the Awards Ceremony.

Two new components will be featured at this year's event. First, Joan Cole, superintendent of Elba Central School District, will give the first keynote address at the Outstanding Scholars Awards Ceremony.

She has been working within the Elba Central School district for 29 years and will be retiring as superintendent at the end of this school year. She will share some insights on ACE Programs and offer some words of inspiration and encouragement to students.

In addition, the ACE Program will recognize high school teachers who have taught Advanced Studies courses through the years. Advanced Studies courses are taught by teachers who serve as Genesee Community College adjunct faculty at their respective high schools. The following Genesee County teachers will be recognized:

18 Years
Christine Nickerson -- Pavilion High School

17 Years
Thomas Trosey -- Batavia High School

16 Years
Suzanne Halas -- Batavia High School

15 Years
Jean Bartholomew -- Pavilion High School
Edward Brady -- Byron-Bergen High School
Jennifer Korpanty -- Batavia High School
Donna Thompson -- Genesee Valley BOCES (Batavia)

13 Years
Jim Dziemian -- Genesee Valley BOCES (Batavia)
Greg Kinal -- Pembroke High School

11 Years
Douglas Hollinger -- Pavilion High School
Loraine Mazza -- Genesee Valley BOCES (Batavia)
Chris Therrien -- Oakfield-Alabama High School
Shawnie Woeller -- Alexander High School

10 Years
John Mangefrida -- Batavia High School
Stacy McCarthy -- Batavia High School
Ryan Mosier -- Pavilion High School
Amy Sparrow-Percy -- Oakfield-Alabama High School

For more information about the Advanced Studies program at Genesee Community College call 345-6801, or go to <>.

May 26, 2010 - 5:28pm
posted by Billie Owens in Announcements.

Attention parents in the Oakfield-Alabama Central School District. There will be a PRACTICE evacuation drill for all students, K-12, on Thursday, May 27.

Dismissal for grades six through 12 is at 10 a.m.

Dismissal for grades K through five is at 11:30 a.m.

Any questions please call Merritt Holly, middle school principal, OACS.

May 26, 2010 - 4:44pm
posted by Billie Owens in Announcements.

Because of the major success the 2009 photo contest, the New York State Association of Counties has decided to hold the contest again this year.

NYSAC officials said more than 100 photos were submitted by 30 counties last year.

Genesee County Legislature Chair Mary Pat Hancock is opening the contest to local photographers, giving them the opportunity to submit their photos.

“With all the beautiful spots in Genesee County and all the talented photographers, this contest seems made to order for us!," Hancock said. "Please take the time to submit your photographs."

This time, NYSAC is looking for pictures that set Genesee County apart from other counties in day-to-day activities. The association is looking for pictures ranging from farm fields and barns to ice rinks and cityscapes.

Send in a photo that best represents our community. Submitted photos should be high resolution (at least 300dpi) at 4-by-6 inches. Deadline for submission is June 11 and photos should be emailed to [email protected].

Should you desire additional information, please contact Carolyn Pratt, clerk of the Legislature 344-2550, ext, 2202 or <[email protected]>.

May 26, 2010 - 4:34pm
posted by Billie Owens in Announcements, genesee county, education.


The Genesee County Business Education Alliance (BEA) is offering three career-exploration camps this summer Genesee County middle-school students.

Brand-new this year is a camp exploring careers related to math, science and technology. The MST Explorer Camp is July 20 and 21 and it is for students who are currently in 6th, 7th and 8th grades.

The MST camp on July 20 is for boys and the girls camp is July 21.

The camp fee is $25 and will run all day, 7:45 a.m. to 4 p.m. Lunch and snacks are included. It will be held at Batavia Middle School.

Students will learn how math, science and technology can translate to exciting career options. Some of the activities will include: designing and building bridges; testing CO2 cars; exploring aerodynamics through a hot-air balloon, a real race car, and an ultralite aircraft; experiencing energy; and learning about the future of alternative energy sources, and much more.

The MASH (Medical Academy of Science and Health) Camp will be July 27-30 for current sixth- and seventh-graders. The camp fee is $40 and includes lunches and snacks. The camp will be held at a variety of locations. including United Memorial Medical Center and Genesee Community College.

The MASH Camp explores careers related to health and health-care fields, including the new career clusters, life sciences and biotechnology. The camp is hands-on and offers a variety of interactive activities for students to gain a better understanding of what it’s like to be in some of these careers. The activities are led by dedicated professionals who are excited about their jobs and who want to share that with students.

Culinary Camp will be Aug. 2-6, 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., for students currently in sixth- and seventh-grades. The camp fee is $25. Students will receive chef hats and aprons.  This camp will be held at a variety of locations including Tops Food Market in Batavia, Genesee Valley Educational Partnership’s Batavia Campus, and restaurants in downtown Batavia.

Culinary Camp is a career-exploration camp for students interested in experiencing and learning about careers related to culinary arts and the hospitality field. Students will have a unique opportunity to get a behind-the-scenes look at the daily operations of Tops and how the staff works to meet the local community's needs.

Students will spend three days learning cooking techniques and creating meals under the direction of the culinary arts instructor from Genesee Valley Educational Partnership. The camp will conclude with a tour of restaurants in downtown Batavia.

For more information on these camps or to register, please contact Melinda Chamberlin at <[email protected]> or at 343-7440, ext. 25. Information is also available through the school district counseling offices.




May 26, 2010 - 1:17pm
posted by Tara Pariso in Announcements, community, events, food, public awareness.

Tomorrow will be an important day for our county.  Nearly 20 agencies have worked together to bring information to the hands of individuals that may have not known where to turn when help was needed.  The Forgotten Children Event will include a display in front of the Courthouse of cut-outs representing children in foster care in Genesee County, a processional walk starting at 12:15pm from City Hall to the Courthouse, a Batavia Area Jaycees $1 Hot Dog Stand, free healthy snacks to the public, and information bags filled with brochures & program information.  This event is to raise awareness of all the children in Genesee County that live in foster care, services that are available to men, women, and children, and a chance to show support of all the wonderful people that our county has working to make this a better place to live.  A sample of agencies include Genesee County Dept. of Social Services, YWCA, Girl Scouts, RAP, Inc., Genesee Justice, GCASA, WIC, Community Action, All Babies Cherished, and Cornell Cooperative Extension.  This event is open to the public and is FREE!

May 25, 2010 - 4:30pm
posted by Ronald Konieczny in Announcements, Flag Day Service.

On June 14th at 6PM the American Legion Post 332 will conduct a Flag Day ceremony at the Post Home on RT. 98 just South of the city line.

The colors will be posted by the Honor Guard Team at 6PM and Commander Ronald P. Konieczny will read the order of the day.  Post Chaplain, Paul LaValley will give a prayer before the burning ceremony begins.

All tattered flags to be retired may be dropped of at the J. Leonard McAndrew Funeral Home on 2 Bogue Ave., Batavia from 9AM  to 4PM.  All flags will be respectfully folded prior to being transfered to the ceremony area.

If you have questions or need any type of assistance, please call Commander Konieczny at 585-343-6158 and he will assist you. 

The public is requested to participate in this solemn service.

May 25, 2010 - 12:31pm
posted by Billie Owens in Announcements.

Leadership Genesee’s 7th Annual Golf & Bocce Ball Tournament is at 11:30 a.m., Monday,  June 14 at Terry Hills Golf Course. Gold Sponsor of the tournament is Clark Patterson Lee.

Teams may sign up for the four-person scramble that includes lunch, green fee, cart and buffet dinner for $100 per person by June 1, but the price is $115 after June 1. Registration for Bocce Ball is $50 per person and it includes lunch and dinner. Dinner only is $30 per person.

For team registration and sponsorship information, contact Leadership Genesee Director Peggy Marone at 343-3040, ext. 118, register on-line at or pick up a registration form at Cornell Cooperative Extension Genesee County, 420 E. Main St.

Leadership Genesee creates an experience promoting active leadership for Genesee County and is a program of Cornell Cooperative Extension that offers equal program and employment opportunities.

May 24, 2010 - 9:54am
posted by Genesee ARC News in Announcements, restaurants, Genesee ARC.


Steve and Crystal Hawley present Annie Watts, a server at Larry's Steakhouse in Batavia, with a restaurant promotion card to benefit Genesee ARC. On Sundays through Wednesday until June 9, eleven area businesses will give a percentage of proceeds to the Genesee ARC Capital Campaign underway to complete work at the agency’s Woodrow Road site, the former St. Mary’s Elementary School.

Genesee ARC will receive a donation equal to 10% of each purchase when the customer presents a promo card or ad at participating businesses.   Clip and save promo ads were published in The Daily News, area penny savers and are available online at

Along with Larry’s Steakhouse, the following businesses are participating: Alabama Hotel, Alex’s Place, Batavia Restaurant Supply, Bohn’s, Clor’s, D & R Depot, Delavan’s, Sport of Kings, TF Browns and Terry Hills. 

 Money raised in this promotion will go towards the creation of a Culinary Arts Training Program at the Genesee ARC Community Center for people with disabilities. The goal is to train individuals in all phases of food preparation and serving for placement at jobs in the community.  

Donations to support Genesee ARC’s Capital Campaign may be made on line at  Anyone with questions may contact Genesee ARC Director of Development, Shelley Falitico at 343-1123, ext. 231 or [email protected].

May 22, 2010 - 7:55pm

Mrs. Caprio's sixth-grade class from St. Joseph's Elementary School poses for a picture at the Richmond Memorial Library -- with Teen Services Librarian Paula Haven hiding out in the back (far left).

Richmond and St. Joe's partnership started several years ago with Library Director Diana Wyrwa's visit to the school, where she spoke to the faculty about library services and extended an invitation to all grades.

"The library is such a treasure," Caprio said. "And it's right by our school, so why not take advantage of it? It's especially helpful as a supplement to (St. Joe's) library, which is kind of small."

St. Joe's 6th-graders started to visit the library last year under the supervision of Nicole Tamfer. That group was, in Haven's words, "very independent." They only came every other week or so, then mainly just to look for books.

Wanting to see the sixth-grade library experience continue, Caprio contacted Haven about bringing her class over on a weekly basis for an ongoing library orientation program.

Last September, this program was pretty much the same as its predecessor: the kids came to familiarize themselves with where different types of books were and…well, to look for books. Caprio and Haven quickly learned that if this was going to succeed on a weekly basis, certain changes were going to have to be made.

"We found that even at this age, young people need more structure," Caprio said.

This is where Haven had to put on her thinking cap. Capitalizing on her field of expertise, she started them off with library skills -- but with a little twist.

"I would go through the Teen Corner shelves and take books out of place," Haven said, "and then ask the students to spot them and put them back where they belong."

Moving away from the shelves to the Teen Corner tables, the group then started doing Reader's Theatre, which helped establish familiarity between "Miss Paula" (as the kids call her) and her new once-a-week class.

Reader's Theatre was followed up with genre studies, where the kids learned about the different types of fiction and then tried their hands at writing their own stories within each genre. From there, they have since graduated to creating their own graphic novels, which they spent Friday's session illustrating.

That, in a nutshell, is the history of the Haven/Caprio brainchild thus far. With roots in Wyrwa’s efforts to bring students to the library, it has taken on a life of its own and evolved accordingly. Haven and Caprio plan on continuing the program next year and building on what they’ve already done.

So what did everybody get out of this thing?

The planning and instruction involved in the program have taught Haven a lot about what teachers do on a daily basis.

"I've really gotten to experience firsthand the challenge of keeping the students focused," she said. "We’re talking about a situation where you only have a half hour, and you really have to keep things interesting for them."

Having never taught before, Haven found this to be as much of a learning experience for her as for the students. She attributes her overall success to the support she received from Caprio – who gave her complete freedom when it came to program planning but remained on hand to help her when necessary – and to the cooperativeness and enthusiasm of the kids.

“They’ve done very well this year,” Haven said. “They’ve participated with enthusiasm, they’ve been pleasant, and you can see them put effort into their work. They surprised me every week by their openness and enthusiasm.”

One thing that Haven and Caprio both agree on is that it’s nice to see these young people experience the library as an enjoyable place to be.

“I love seeing video-age teens connect to the library. I like that you can start with their interests (many students incorporated popular culture references like Michael Jackson and McDonald’s into their fictional works) and then help them segue into being lifelong readers.”

Caprio’s class members were asked to share their thoughts/feelings about the program via written responses. They submitted the following comments to The Batavian:

Alex R.

"I like when we got to write our own paragraph/story. I didn't know a book goes backwards (referring to anime graphic novels, which are formatted according to the Japanese style of writing back-to-front)."

Anonymous #1

"I like how we got to read short stories about different genres and learn about them. Also I like how we got to write our own paragraphs on the genre we were learning about. I would recommend it for other classes because it is a great chance to learn about how different books are made. I think Miss Paula is a very good teacher and is very open about a lot of things. Also Miss Paula is very nice."

James F.

"I had a really good time doing all the great activities. I look forward to it every week and it really brightens up my day. I would definitely recommend this program to other classes. It was very enjoyable. It has also really helped me on essays. I have learned how to improve my sentence fluency and raised my grades, too! Miss Paula was very nice. She was always in a good mood! She was patient and helped us when we were stuck."

Anonymous #2

"I would definitely recommend the program to other classes because going to the library is fun. It gives you a break from school as well as having some educational values. We've recently been learning about different genres of books. Some include: horror, fairy tale, and science fiction. Everyone is nice to you at the library including Miss Paula. Everyone really enjoys the library!"

C.J. S.

"I like making our own cartoons."

Anthony H.

"The experience was fun because we were able to write our own stories and learned a new story genre each week. I found out also that graphic novels can start from the back of the book so there was a bit of education."

Emily F.

"I liked the library program. I didn't know that much about genres, but now I know a lot about them. I thought we would just look at books, but we actually learn a lot. I have learned that graphic novels start from the back. But now we are drawing our own graphic novels, it is cool! Miss Paula is very nice and patient. She lets us do fun stuff. I do recommend this program to other classes. I know they will have a load of fun!"

Peter D.

"We talk a lot about different elements of reading like horror and comedy."

Nichol S.

"One thing I liked about this is making up our own stories. For example, when we learned about science fiction, we had to write our own science fiction story. I would recommend this to other schools because it helps students tell what type of genre a story is. Miss Paula is open and explains things pretty well."

Anonymous #3

"What I like is that we read a story and talk about the elements. (When asked if the class had any educational value): I can express myself from time to time."

Anthony G.

"I like going to the library. Miss Paula is cool. She knows where the books are when I ask. I like (the program) and I want to keep going."

Tyler H.

"At first I thought that we would just be looking at books. Then I found out that we would be learning a lot about literature. I liked that a lot. I would recommend it to other classes because kids can learn more about literature than they do in English class. I learned more about books every week. Also, I got to learn more kinds (a.k.a. genres) of books. Miss Paula let us talk freely. She was a good teacher."

Peter K.

"I liked making our own stories."

Jacob H.

"I liked learning about how the story originated and writing our own stories. I would recommend it to future kids because it will help them learn about stories. Miss Paula is a nice librarian."


"I think Ms. Paula is very nice and knows what we need to learn/should know. She has a lot of interesting topics. I would recommend it for other classes because it is fun and you learn at the same time."

Anonymous #4

"I enjoyed going to the library every week and learning about the different genres. Miss Paula was very nice and always had something ready for us to learn about."

Grant B. (a.k.a. "That Kid")

"It's fun when we write our own stories. We get to express ourselves. All kids would probably like it. It had a little educational value because we learned all the different parts of a book/story."

Joseph S.

"I liked the fact that we were able to look for books at the beginning."

Shea N.

"I think that the best part of this is drawing cartoons! Miss Paula was verry nice!!! Would I recommend (the program)? Well, yes! P.S. – I love The Batavian!”

(I promise I did not make that last part up).

May 22, 2010 - 5:17pm
posted by Daniel Crofts in batavia, Announcements, all babies cherished.

All Babies Cherished Pregnancy Assistance Center will host its "Let There be Life" walk beginning at 9 a.m. on Saturday, June 5. Walkers will recruit sponsors and walk two miles to raise money for the pro-life cause.

The walk starts at St. Paul Lutheran Church, at 31 Washington Ave., in Batavia. Anyone who would like to get involved but cannot participate on the day of the walk may walk two miles in their own neighborhood and then mail sponsor forms to: All Babies Cherished, 445 Ellicott St., Batavia, NY 14020.

For more information, contact All Babies Cherished at 344-5660 during its regular hours:

  • 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Monday and Wednesday
  • 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m., Tuesday
  • 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Thursday
May 22, 2010 - 1:24pm
posted by Daniel Crofts in Announcements, Summer Youth Theater.

Batavia Players will host auditions for their Summer Youth Theater production of "Seven Brides for Seven Brothers" on Tuesday, May 25 and Wednesday, May 26.

Auditions will last from 6:30 until 9:30 p.m. and will be held at John Kennedy Elementary School, at 166 Vine St. in Batavia.

This is open to kids ages 12 through 21. For more details, contact the director, Patrick D. Burk, at 343-9721.

May 22, 2010 - 8:25am
posted by Robin Walters in batavia, Announcements, Blogs, Care=A=Van Ministries.


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The Care-A-Van Band has been busy already this season. The band goes out to the streets every Thursday evening for the weekly cook-outs with the ministry. The band is made up of community members who have a heart to share their musical talents with others. The band is also receiving invitations to perform at other venues.

Care-A-Van Ministries received a huge blessing this week from Rose at Roxy's Music Store here in Batavia. The band was in need of speakers.When the ministry went to Roxy's to purchase speakers, Rose donated two Peavy 15" speakers with horns!

Thank you Rose and to everyone who continues to support the ministry and helps be a blessing to others. Be sure to stop by one of the cookouts and enjoy "jamming" with the band!

May 20, 2010 - 1:25pm


This weekend, the Batavia Players will bring to the stage a much-loved play by one of Britain's wittiest writers: "The Importance of Being Earnest," which is among Oscar Wilde's best-known works. The satire is centered around the mistaken identities of best friends Jack Worthing and Algernon Moncrieff after both assume the name "Ernest" for their own romantic advantages, and it backfires in a surprising plot twist.

"I like his literature," says director Justin Soble of Wilde. "He's famous for comedies in which he satirizes society. And I like British comedy. It's kind of my acting niche. So when the chance came up to direct it, I jumped." 

This is Soble's first time directing, although he is no stranger to the stage. This will mark his 20th theater production, many of which have been with the Batavia Players.

His first directing experience hasn't exactly been a perfectly smooth one, as several weeks ago the show experienced a surprising plot twist of its own: a change in venue. "Earnest" had been scheduled as the first show to be performed in the Batavia Players' new black box theater on Harvester Avenue, but the theater wasn't finished on time. The new venue is John Kennedy School.

"It's definitely different because a black box has three sides, and a proscenium setup only has one," explains Soble. "It was going to be the perfect size. But we realized two weeks ago that we weren't going to be able to do it there, and we started coming here last week. It's very different."

Charles Smith (pictured above with Katelyn Rogers), who has the role of Jack, says that although it "took a couple rehearsals to switch over," overall it is "easier to do the proscenium style because people rarely do black box."

Smith, an 18-year-old Batavia homeschooled senior, is sharing the stage with his 16-year-old brother Matthew, who is playing Algernon. The two have appeared in numerous local theater productions, most of them being with Shakespeare in Springtime and Go Art! Summer Youth Theater. Both agree that they enjoy playing opposite each other onstage.

"It makes it a whole lot easier," says Matthew. "All the stuff we do all day, every day at home, we do onstage." 

What makes it even more natural is the similarity of their characters to their real life personalities.

"My character is very serious and reserved," says Charles. "He doesn't like to have fun."

"And I'm the opposite," adds Matthew.

"That's how it is in real life, too," explains Charles.

Performances will be at 7:30 p.m., Thursday through Saturday, at John Kennedy School, 166 Vine St. in Batavia. Tickets are $10 general admission and $8 for students and seniors. Tickets are available to purchase online at, at the door, or by calling 1-866-967-8167.


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