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March 20, 2014 - 11:08am
posted by Bea McManis in genesee county, poverty, cropwalk.

A recent article in the Batavia Daily News telling about an upcoming fundraiser and awareness program gave some very disturbing statistics about Genesee County.  7114 people live below the poverty level.  6259 receive food stamps.  40% of our children qualify for free or reduced lunches.  6000 residents were helped by the food pantry.  Over 9000 meals were served by Stephen's table.  The numbers are alarming.  What I found more alarming was the one comment to the article, "Don't feed the animals.  They become dependent.".  That statement made me physically ill.  Have we, as a society, become that callous?  

August 7, 2012 - 12:31pm
August 5, 2012 Knoxville, TN Buffalo NY to Host 2014 Horseshoe World Tournament Lyle Dorler, President of the NYS Horseshoe Pitchers Association, announced that the National Horseshoe Pitchers Association (NHPA)2014 World Horseshoe Tournament will be held at the Erie County Fairgrounds Event Center. Buffalo, Wausau, Wisconsin and Charlotte, West Virginia presented bids to the NHPA delegates at the 2012 World Tournament in Knoxville, TN. Chuck Giglia, representing the Buffalo-Niagara Sports Commission and Frank Kwaitowski, Chairman of the Buffalo 2014 World Tournament Committee, made the presentation. They highlighted the onsite parking; onsite camping; the air conditioned event rooms. "I believe that we can offer the best tournament experience for both the pitchers and their families.", noted Giglia. The proximity of Niagara Falls; ample lodging; a wide variety of restaurant choices; the onsite casino; and other WNY attractions will offer much for the expected 1300 pitchers and their families.". Kwaitowski added, "There are many back yard pitchers and non sanctioned league pitchers in our area. We're hoping many of them consider joining the NYSHPA and playing in upcoming sanctioned tournaments to qualify for the Worlds. For more information on registering for the NYSHPA, please contact Bob Klock at 607 589 4122.
March 18, 2012 - 11:46am
posted by Bea McManis in seagulls, save a lot, formerly Julilee.

Happy almost spring.  The gulls are back at their stand on the corner of Ellicott and Jackson.

Just came home from Save-A-Lot.  The raucus greeting from the gulls was not music to my ears.

I guess we just have to wait out their visit.  Maybe we can emulate Capistrano and celebrate their return as they do the swallows.

February 7, 2012 - 10:50am
posted by Bea McManis in super bowl, commercials, chrysler.

I'm surprised no one mention the Super Bowl commercials.  Did Batavia shun the game?

My favorite?

What was your favorite?

March 23, 2011 - 10:09pm
posted by Bea McManis in 400 Towers, activities, Wii Bowling, jim beach. sports.




Wii Bowling is a popular activity at 400 Towers.  A dedicated group of players assemble each evening for bowling and golf.

Jim Beach scored a perfect game Wednesday evening at 9:45pm.  Beach had come close several times in the past few nights.  His whoop and holler alerted those in the room that he finally reached his goal.

Congratulations, Jim.

February 22, 2011 - 11:32am
posted by Bea McManis in batavia, Genesee Co., Genesee Co. Nursing Home.

Genesee County Nursing Home received the highest possible rating from a federal office’s review of all skilled nursing facilities in the United States. "" "...




February 3, 2011 - 8:40am
posted by Bea McManis in recipes, sweet and sour chicken, super bowl.

Sweet and Sour Chicken

1 (8 ounce) can pineapple chunks, drained (juice reserved)
1/4 cup cornstarch
1 3/4 cups water, divided
3/4 cup white sugar
1/2 cup distilled white vinegar
2 drops orange food color
8 skinless, boneless chicken breast halves - cut into 1 inch cubes
2 1/4 cups self-rising flour
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
2 tablespoons cornstarch
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ground white pepper
1 egg
1 1/2 cups water
1 quart vegetable oil for frying
2 green bell pepper, cut into 1 inch pieces
1.In a saucepan, combine 1 1/2 cups water, sugar, vinegar, reserved pineapple juice, and orange food coloring. Heat to boiling. Turn off heat. Combine 1/4 cup cornstarch and 1/4 cup water; slowly stir into saucepan. Continue stirring until mixture thickens.
2.Combine flour, 2 tablespoons oil, 2 tablespoons cornstarch, salt, white pepper, and egg. Add 1 1/2 cups water gradually to make a thick batter. Stir to blend thoroughly. Add chicken pieces, and stir until chicken is well coated.
3.Heat oil in skillet or wok to 360 degrees F. Fry chicken pieces in hot oil 10 minutes, or until golden. Remove chicken, and drain on paper towels.
4.When ready to serve, layer green peppers, pineapple chunks, and cooked chicken pieces on a platter. Pour hot sweet and sour sauce over top.

January 22, 2011 - 8:41pm
posted by Bea McManis in recipes, coleslaw, super bowl party.

I love coleslaw.  My mom always made her's with pineapple in it.  I thought it was the best ever until I tried Kentucky Fried Chicken's.
Year's ago, I found a copycat recipe for KFC's coleslaw.  I admit I didn't think it would be as good.  I was wrong.
If you like coleslaw and if you would walk a mile for KFC's then here is the recipe for you.

Better than KFC Cole Slaw
10 servings per cabbage.
1-2 heads of Cabbage
1- Green Bell Pepper
1- Small Onion
1- Medium to Large Carrot
2- C. of Miracle Whip Light
1/2 C. Sugar
1/4 C. Vinegar
1/4 C. Vegetable oil
If you are Lucky to have a Food Processor Cut up Cabbage, while cutting up Cabbage Cut small slices of Green Pepper and Onion, or Carrot and add to Processor. This will help distribute flavor throughout slaw. You should only use 1/4 to 1/2 of Onion and Green Pepper but use all of the Carrot. If you truly love green pepper or onion you can add all but I do not recommend it.
Now mix Miracle whip, vinegar, and oil, Sugar. Mix smooth. Taste should be sweet with just a hint of vinegar. Amount of slaw dressing may be increased or decreased according to the amount of slaw you are making.
Add to cut up cabbage and Mix well. Let stand 1-hour if possible to let flavors mix. You will be happy with the results.

January 22, 2011 - 8:26pm
posted by Bea McManis in Pauly's Pizza, the snack shop at 400 Towers.

I am so excited to announce that Pauly's Pizza is coming to The Snack Shop on Wednesday.
We are offering pizza by the slice at lunch time on Wednesday.  This is our first attempt at offering fresh baked pizza as a lunch item.
If all goes well, and I don't see why it shouldn't, we will be adding Pauly's Pizza to our list of local vendors.
This will be a welcome addition, especially on cold wintry days when no one wants to go out for lunch.
Pauly is a great guy.  He will bend over backward to accomodate his customers.  I know, he has been a lifesaver for me several times.
Hopefully, we will offer Pauly's Pizza once a week as a lunch time treat.


December 23, 2010 - 10:58am
posted by Bea McManis in Seinfeld, Festivus.

Festivus: Seinfeld's Festivus is Today!
Posted by ThirdAge News Staff - Posted December 23, 2010 11:21  
Festivus, a holiday that rose to popularity thanks to the popular TV show "Seinfeld" - is today! According to the website, "Seinfeld" writer Dan O'Keefe based the concept on family traditions started by his father.

The Festivus episode of "Seinfeld" includes this memorable exchange between Frank Costanza (George Costanza's father) and Cosmo Kramer:

Frank Costanza: "Many Christmases ago, I went to buy a doll for my son. I reached for the last one they had, but so did another man. As I rained blows upon him, I realized there had to be another way."

Cosmo Kramer: "What happened to the doll?"

Frank Costanza: "It was destroyed. But out of that a new holiday was born Â... a Festivus for the rest of us!"

Cosmo Kramer: "That must've been some kind of doll."

Frank Costanza: "She was."

Festivus traditions include the Airing of Grievances, a giant complaining session that takes place after dinner. It's followed by the Feats of Strength, a family wrestling competition.

Happy Festivus!

December 9, 2010 - 3:29am
posted by Bea McManis in GOP, social security, COLA.

The GOP does it again.

GOP blocks legislation to award seniors $250

"Barbara Kennelly, president of the National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare, said it was a "cruel irony" that while Congress and White House were negotiating a deal extending huge tax cuts to wealthy Americans, "today we're told that providing $250 for America's seniors and their families is considered too generous."

The $250 payment bill is H.R. 5987.


December 1, 2010 - 1:56pm
posted by Bea McManis.

A few weeks ago I started a blog.  It was just a small beginning, actually sort of a journal. 

I am amazed at the hits it is getting.  My 'audience' has visited from the U.S. and Canada, which I can understand.  There is one hit from South Africa.  I can understand that, too, since my friend Paul is there.

My former co-workers live around the world, so even the hits from India and Great Britain didn't raise an eyebrow.

Then, there is the one from Denmark.  Denmark?  I checked through addresses of co-workers, no Denmark.  From what I can figure out from the information they give you for statistics, it had to come from a Yahoo addy or referred by a Yahoo address.  So, I checked - again - to see who I knew with Yahoo addresses and came up empty.  The other thought is that it came from this site.  Howard has far flung fans.

My friend, Mark, was in Geneva a few weeks ago on business.  I asked him if he made a stop in Denmark before coming home - he didn't.  Mark is a great one for finding wi-fi cafes.  He was my producer, years ago.  Many times I'd discover he was working from a booth somewhere in the middle of nowhere.

So, I have a puzzle, but a pleasant one.  Whoever it was, I hope they return often to the site.  They can certainly meander down the less traveled paths of my Genesee Co., or keep up wiht the ins and outs of the shop; my family and friends.  The more the merrier.

November 22, 2010 - 1:09am
posted by Bea McManis in christmas flash mob.

This is running through the net like wildfire.  I wanted to share a prelude to the holiday season.  Enjoy

November 21, 2010 - 10:56am
posted by Bea McManis in 400 Towers, activities.

Over 80  residents of 400 Towers celebrated the beginning of the holiday season with a traditional  turkey dinner on Saturday evening, Nov. 20. 

Kudos to Pat Larson and the volunteer kitchen staff for all their hard work.  It was delicious




November 18, 2010 - 11:23pm

Nine players vied for six prizes at the 400 Towers' Ray Ladd Pool Tournament, Thursday, Nov. 18.
Dennis Meyers,came out as the winner of this year's double elimination event.
Bob Clark placed second with Dan Grentzinger, third.
Also participating were Joe Battaglia, Sam Rooney, Bill Benedict, Patty Larson, Jason Phelan, and Hank Larson.

Dan Grentzinger       Dennis Meyers      Bob Clark

photo by B.McManis

October 12, 2010 - 10:11am
posted by Bea McManis in family, Sean, Parker.





Parker Patrick James and his Dad, Sean, share a special moment.

Parker arrived 10/9.  My fourth great grandchild.  The fifth arrives in Feburary.

October 2, 2010 - 6:35pm
posted by Bea McManis in reunion, BHS.

Pity the photographer that tried to get 87 alumni in one photgraph. 


Anyone want to guess how long it took the guys on the floor to get up?  It was so much fun. 


July 17, 2010 - 7:55am
posted by Bea McManis in US Senate, fuel cells.

Hi All,

We have 5 days to show support for Fuel Cells!;

The US Senate is working on funding for Electric Vehicles. We need to remind them that Fuel Cells need to be included in the Act, too.

Call or send a short note to your senators telling them that the Electric Vehicle Deployment Act must include fuel cells. Click this link to read more:; (it may tell you that the "markup" already happened; it was postponed, so we still have time to make a difference with our calls/emails!).

Thanks for supporting fuel cells! Please tell your friends how they can help, too!

July 16, 2010 - 7:24am
posted by Bea McManis in recipes.

Sage Pork Chops

These chops are so easy to make, but they taste like you've slaved over them for hours! Serve with roasted red potatoes and vegetables, if desired.

2 teaspoons salt

1 teaspoon dried sage

1 teaspoon ground black pepper

6 center cut bone-in pork chops

2 tablespoons butter

1 cup water

2 cups beef stock or bouillon

1.Combine the salt, sage and black pepper in a small bowl and rub on both sides of the chops. Melt the butter or margarine in a large skillet over medium high heat and saute the chops for 5 minutes per side, or until well browned.

2.Meanwhile, in a separate small saucepan over high heat, combine the water and the bouillon and stir until bouillon dissolves. Add this to the chops, reduce heat to low, cover and simmer chops for 45 minutes.




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