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September 21, 2016 - 3:12pm
posted by Billie Owens in batavia, GCC, news, cybersecurity.

Press release:

An FBI Special Agent will address issues of cybersecurity at a free public forum Thursday, Oct. 6, at Genesee Community College.

It will be held from 12:30 to 2 p.m. in the Conable Technology Building / Room T102, located at 1 College Road, Batavia.

In an age of online convenience, security threats are always a looming possibility. Through Internet shopping, banking, social networking and mobile apps, we all have a cyber presence that needs to be protected.

October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month, which is designed to engage and educate public and private sector partners through events and initiatives to raise awareness about cybersecurity, provide tools and resources needed to stay safe online, and increase the resiliency of the nation in the event of a cyber incident. 

The Criminal Justice Club of Genesee Community College and members of the College's Computer Services Department, Computer Repair Club and GUSTO (Genesee Unites to Support Team Opportunities) are hosting this special guest speaker, a Supervisory Special Agent of the Buffalo Division's Cyber Squad. It brings together local, state and federal intelligence community experts to combat computer intrusions, viruses and other cyber threats.

A question-and-answer session will follow the presentation.

The FBI leads the national effort to investigate high-tech crimes, including cyber-based terrorism and espionage, computer and network intrusions, and major cyber fraud and identity theft. To stay in front of current and emerging trends, the FBI gathers and shares information and intelligence with public and private-sector partners worldwide.

September 21, 2016 - 1:29pm
posted by Billie Owens in crime, news, batavia, corfu.

Holden W. Byer, 25, of East Main Street, Batavia, is charged with: unlawful possession of marijuana; second-degree obstruction of government administration; resisting arrest; and criminal mischief in the fourth degree. He was arrested at 8:42 p.m. on Sept. 10 on East Main Street in Batavia following a "check-the-welfare" complaint. While being interviewed by police, Byer allegedly attempted to run from police and resisted arrest by pushing and punching police while thrashing about. He was taken to UMMC for a medical evaluation and while in the emergency room he allegedly caused damage to a wall by punching, kicking and slamming furniture into it. He was jailed on $1,000 bail and was due in City Court on Sept. 12. The case was handled by Batavia Police Officers Jason Ivison, assisted by Sgt. Dan Coffey.

Christopher J. Rockefeller, 35, of North Spruce Street, Batavia, is charged with second-degree assault with a dangerous instrument. He allegedly struck a female in the face with a fan at 9:45 p.m. on Sept. 17 on North Spruce Street. He was arrested, arraigned in City Court and jailed without bail. He was due in court Monday (Sept. 19). The case was handled by Batavia Police Officer Arick Perkins, assisted by Officer Matthew Wojtaszczyk.

Cirlio Martinez-Jose, 29, of Federal Road, Piffard, is charged with second-degree harassment and criminal obstruction of breathing or circulation. He was arrested at midnight on Sept. 18 following a domestic incident at an apartment on Maple Street in Batavia wherein he allegedly pushed and grabbed the victim by the neck and obstructed her breath. He was jailed on $2,500 cash bail or bond. He was due in City Court on Sept. 19. The case was handled by Batavia Police Officer Felicia DeGroot, assisted by Officer Matthew Wojtaszczyk

Travis L. Bartz, 21, of Trumbull Parkway, Batavia, is charged with second-degree harassment and thrid-degree menacing. Bartz was arrested at 5:20 p.m. on Aug. 28 on Trumbull Parkway following a physical altercation in which he allegedly physically menaced and attempted to punch another male. He was issued an appearance ticket and is due in City Court on Sept. 27. The case was handled by Batavia Police Officer Arick Perkins.

Keanon S. Williams, 39, of West Main Street, Batavia, is charged with two counts of second-degree criminal contempt. He was arrested on Sept. 18 following an investigation into two incidents in Batavia wherein Williams allegedly violated an order of protection by contacting the protected party. The first incident occured at 4:38 p.m. on Sept. 1 on Harvester Avenue. The second incident occured at 2 p.m. on Sept. 7 on West Main Street. He was arraigned in City Court, then jailed in lieu of $2,500 bail. He was due in court Sept. 19. The cases were handled by Batavia Police Officer Stephen Cronmiller.

Kamre H. Green, 18, of Elm Street, Batavia, is charged with: driving while intoxicated; reckless driving; unauthorized use of a vehicle; unlicensed operator; and following too closely.  Green was arrested at 1:22 p.m. Sept. 13 on Oak Street after allegedly operating a motor vehicle, which he did not have permission to take or use, while intoxicated. Green struck a motor coach bus which was stopped in traffic after making an unsafe U-turn and traveling at an excessive speed, according to the police report. A small amount of marijuana was also allegedly found in the vehicle. Green was arraigned in City Court and jailed in lieu of $1,000 bail. He was due back in court on Sept. 15. The case was handled by Batavia Police Officer Jamie Givens, assisted by Sgt. Dan Coffey. 

Randall James Draper, 30, of Adeline Road, Rochester, is charged with: aggravated unlicensed operation in the second degree; unlawful possession of marijuana; operation of a motor vehicle by an unlicensed driver; and operating a motor vehicle with an insufficient exhaust. Draper was arrested at 8:45 p.m. on Route 77 in the Town of Pembroke following a traffic stop. He was arraigned in Town of Pembroke Court and jailed in lieu of $1,500 cash bail. The case was handled by Sheriff's Deputy Eric Meyer.

Bryan D. Bates, 37, of Mill Street, Batavia, was arrested Sept. 19 on a bench warrant out of Batavia City Court for failure to appear. He was arraigned in City Court then released. He is set to return on Sept. 22. The warrant stems from an unspecified incident which occurred at 1:47 a.m. on Nov. 9, 2014. The case was handled by Batavia Police Officer Jamie Givens.

Tyler A. Stoddard, 21, of Meiser Road, Corfu, is charged with failure to appear. He was arrested this morning on a warrant out of Batavia City Court. He was issued an appearance ticket for City Court and released. The charge stems from an unspecified incident which occurred at 8:05 p.m. on July 16 at 300 Ellicott St. in Batavia. The case was handled by Batavia Police Officer Stephen Cronmiller.

September 21, 2016 - 12:00pm
posted by Billie Owens in Sen. Mike Ranzenhofer, libraries, news.
Press release:
State Senator Michael H. Ranzenhofer has announced $60,000 in state funding for public libraries throughout Genesee County.  
“I am pleased to report that I have been able to obtain state funding for six libraries in Genesee County. Whether it is educational programs or information, our public libraries provide important services to residents. This funding will help to enhance those services, while ensuring our local libraries continue to be invaluable assets to our community,” Ranzenhofer said.
The total funding will be distributed among Genesee County’s six public libraries:
• Byron-Bergen Library, $10,000;
• Corfu Free Library, $10,000;
• Haxton Memorial Library (Oakfield); $10,000;
• Hollwedel Memorial Library (Pavilion), $10,000;
• Richmond Memorial Library (Batavia), $10,000; 
• Woodward Memorial Library (Le Roy), $10,000.
The funding will help Woodward Memorial Library renovate its Children’s Room in 2017.
“This funding will help us transform our Children’s Room, from a large, open space to an inviting atmosphere for all ages. Now, children will be able to enjoy stacks of books, a puppet theater and a variety of experience-based learning materials to stimulate their young minds. Senator Ranzenhofer has been so helpful in improving our services,” said Woodward Memorial Library Director Sue Border.
Haxton Memorial Library will use the funds for additional programming for children, teenagers and adults, as well as to purchase new technology.
“Due to Senator Ranzenhofer’s efforts, Haxton Memorial Library is able to provide more programming and purchase new computers and printers. These funds help the library support the needs of our community, and all of our patrons will benefit,” said Haxton Memorial Library Director Kimberly Gibson.
Corfu Free Library will replace old computers and purchase new children's programming and furniture in the meeting area and teen area with the funding.  
"The library is extremely pleased to receive $10,000 in state funding and would like to thank Senator Ranzenhofer for his continued support of local libraries. We are appreciative of his efforts on behalf of libraries and the additional funding will allow the library to enhance our services to the community,” said Corfu Free Library Director Diana Reding.
Richmond Memorial Library will use the funding for capital improvements, computer technology upgrades and microfilming.
“Richmond Memorial Library is so fortunate to be receiving this important funding from Senator Ranzenhofer. His continued support is exactly why we recognized him as a friend of the library two years ago,” said Richmond Memorial Library Director Robert Conrad.
The state grant will allow Hollwedel Memorial Library (formerly known as the Pavilion Public Library) to purchase new materials, including story time interactive kits, language software and STEM products.
“We are able to add new materials for our wonderful children’s room because of Senator Ranzenhofer’s continued support. With a very limited budget, these funds are vital to provide current materials that will continue to enrich our patrons,” said Hollwedel Memorial Library Manager Suzanne Schauf.
Byron-Bergen Public Library will use the funds to purchase new technology and programming.
“The Byron-Bergen Public Library is excited to update our computer hardware and software, purchase a new laptop and two tablets and increase children’s programming. Each one of these upgrades will be put to good use by our patrons,” said Byron-Bergen Public Library Manager Nancy Bailey.
The funding is part of the 2016-17 State Budget. The funding is administered by the New York State Education Department.
September 20, 2016 - 5:07pm
posted by Billie Owens in crime, Le Roy, news.

Press release from Village of Le Roy Police Department:

A call from an alert citizen Monday morning (Sept.19) assisted police in catching two subjects who allegedly went on a crime spree in the Village, allegedly damaging numerous vehicles.

Robert W. Devos, 28, of 66 Lake St. in Le Roy, and 27-year old Katrina M. Klaich, of 47 Spring St. in Lackawanna, are each charged with one count of felony criminal mischief in the second degree.

It is alleged that Devos and Klaich did damage to the rear windows of three vehicles and damage to the trunk of another vehicle that were parked on village streets.  In addition, Klaich was charged with DWI, DWI -- BAC .08 percent or more, and driving an uninspected vehicle. 

Both subjects were arraigned in the Town of Le Roy Court by the Hon. Darryl Sehm. Klaich was put in Genesee County Jail in lieu of $5,000 cash bail and Devos was  jailed without bail. Both subjects are due back in Court at 1 p.m. on Oct.27th.

Also assisting with the investigation was the Genesee County Sheriff’s Department.

September 20, 2016 - 4:38pm
posted by Billie Owens in batavia, BHS, sports, news, Blue Devil Athletic Hall of Fame.

The inductees into the 15th annual Batavia Blue Devil Athletic Hall of Fame were announced this afternoon.

They are:

  • David Dedman (1989)
  • Karen Thomas Dupuis (1982)
  • Christopher Kane (1986)
  • John McGowan Jr. (1995)
  • Frank Pontillo (1991)
  • Susan Salvador Tresco (1986)

Biographical information about the honorees has not yet been released.

They will be honored at Terry Hills Restaurant and Banquet Facility in Batavia on Saturday, Oct. 22.

Cost is $30 per person. Social hour begins at 5; dinner is at 6.

Tickets are available at the Athletic Directors Office at Batavia High School.

For more information, call 343-2480, ext. 2003.

This event is sponsored by the Batavia Coaches Association.

September 20, 2016 - 4:04pm
posted by Billie Owens in richmond library, batavia, Announcements, news.

Press release:

A free series of five classes on exploring your family history will be offered at Richmond Memorial Library on Tuesdays beginning Oct. 4.

Classes start at 6 p.m. and run weekly through Nov. 1.

Have you ever wondered about your ancestors -- who they were, where they came from, or what you have in common with them?

This is an excellent opportunity to start a geneology search and explore your family history.

Contact the library at 343-9550 to register.

September 20, 2016 - 2:19pm
posted by Billie Owens in batavia, Milestones.

Jessica Molins, of Batavia, graduated from Buffalo State with a bachelor's degree in Hospitality Administration.

Buffalo State offers bachelor's and master's degrees in the arts, education, natural sciences, social sciences, and professional studies.

Buffalo State is located in the heart of Buffalo's cultural corridor.

September 20, 2016 - 2:12pm
posted by Billie Owens in crime, news, Le Roy, batavia.

William Glenn Walters, 37, of Wolcott Street, Le Roy, is charged with disobeying a court mandate. Walters was arrested at 6:37 p.m. on Sept. 19 following a domestic incident on Warsaw Road in the Town of Le Roy. Walters allegedly violated a Family Court stay away order of protection. He was released on an appearance ticket returnable to Town of Le Roy Court on Oct. 17. The case was handled by Sheriff's Deputy Michael Lute.

Amber Meadows, 25, of Canandaigua, was arrested on Sept. 16 by SP Batavia Troopers on a warrant issued by the Town of Batavia Court for petit larceny. She is accused of stealing $638 worth of merchandise from the Target store in Batavia on Aug. 8. Meadows was arraigned in the Town of Batavia Court and released with a return court date. Troopers then turned Meadows over to the Ontario County Sheriffs Office where she was wanted on another warrant.

September 20, 2016 - 2:00pm
posted by Billie Owens in agriculture, farm bureau, scholarship, news.

Press release:

The New York Farm Bureau Promotion & Education Committee is encouraging high school seniors who have been involved with agriculture and plan on continuing studies in this field to apply for the 2017 New York Farm Bureau Agricultural Youth Scholarship.

Scholarship awards are $1,500 for First Place, $1,200 for Second Place, and $1,000 for Third Place. District winners chosen from the county winners will each receive $100 and a memento. The state awards are sponsored by the New York Farm Bureau Promotion and Education Committee. 

Students applying must have a family Farm Bureau membership or a student Farm Bureau membership. A membership application may be included with scholarship enclosures.

Students are required to complete the application and submit a brief essay answering the question, "What do I feel is the most important challenge facing agriculture in my community and why?”

The application can be downloaded at and emailed to [email protected] with all required attachments or mailed to NYFB’s Albany office with attention to Sandie Prokop. 

At the district level, a personal interview and essay presentation may be scheduled at the discretion of the district representative for the Promotion & Education Committee. The county winner will be the applicant scoring the highest for each county. County winners within the district are recognized at the discretion of their county Farm Bureau. The district winner will be the overall highest county winner in each district and will advance to the state competition in January. State judging will be based solely upon the application and attachments.

The application submission deadline is Nov. 16. To request an application, call 1-800-342-4143 or visit The application is a fillable PDF and must be downloaded and completed.

September 20, 2016 - 1:43pm

Press release:

This week is National Passenger Safety Week (Sept. 18-24). As part of the campaign, National Safety Check Saturday will be hosted by the City of Batavia Fire Department this Saturday, Sept. 24, at City of Batavia Fire Headquarters, located at 18 Evans St. in Batavia. It begins at 10 a.m. and ends at 2 p.m.

Nationally Certified Technicians will be able to ensure your child passenger's seat is installed correctly and answer any questions caregivers may have regarding installation, selection and the use of car seats.

Motor-vehicle crashes are the leading cause of injury death for children ages 1 through 12. Most tweens (8- to 12-year-olds) seriously injured or killed in crashes were not wearing seat belts or were wearing them incorrectly. Tweens are also more likely to get hurt in crashes when riding in the front seat. Many deaths and injuries could be prevented if children were properly secured in an appropriate child restraint.

Many parents and caregivers assume they know how to choose and use the correct child restraints for their children, but sadly these restraints are frequently used incorrectly. In fact, three out of every four children are riding at an increased risk of injury because their car seats are not being used correctly.

As always, technicians are available by calling Fire Headquarters at (585) 345-6375 to schedule an appointment.

September 20, 2016 - 1:28pm
posted by Billie Owens in news, business, Announcements, Neighborhood Legal Services.

The nonprofit legal aid office known as Neighborhood Legal Services Inc. (NLS) is moving. It is currently located at 5073 Clinton Street Road, Batavia, and will be relocating its office downtown to 45 Main St, Batavia.

To accommodate the move, the office will close at 5 p.m. on Friday Sept. 23rd and will reopen in the new space on Main Street at 9 a.m. on Thursday Sept. 29th. The new location is west of Jackson Street near Evans Street.

NLS operates three offices in Western New York. The Batavia office serves people in Genesee, Orleans and Wyoming counties.

Its mission is to provide a full range of free civil legal representation to low income and disabled people in matters involving their financial security and the legal rights which affect the stability of families and individuals. Its goal is to create the greatest access to the justice system for those low-income and disabled people without the means to pursue their rights. It also provides outreach and training services to underprivileged populations and the community agencies which serve them.

Neighborhood Legal Services' phone number is 343-5450.

For more information, visit the NLS website by clicking here.

September 19, 2016 - 3:26pm

Community Action of Orleans & Genesee will host a Flu Shot Clinic, courtesy of Rite Aid, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Thursday Sept. 29. The facility is located at 5073 Clinton Street Road in Batavia

The shots are free with most insurance plans. Cost without any insurance is $32.99.

The Cancer Services Program will be there as well, giving out free “Fit Kits” -- colorectal screening kits -- and information on mammograms and all services of CSP. 

United Health Care will be here with information about health insurance programs. 

Call 343-7798 for more information.

September 19, 2016 - 3:12pm
posted by Billie Owens in news, batavia.

Tonight the family and friends of Kevin Woodhams (nee Kyeongseop Kim) will gather to share fond memories of his life at Michael S. Tomaszewski Funeral & Cremation Chapel on West Main Street Road in Batavia.

The 25-year-old native of Ulsan City, South Korea, only arrived in America in February and is said to have fallen in love with it instantly.

He was a stargazer who enjoyed watching the night sky. He liked our local parks and loved listening to music.

Kevin also was a shopper at Wegmans, an aficionado of Starbucks, a nosher at McDonald's. But he also enjoyed his favorite Korean cuisine (perhaps bulgogi or a hot stone bowl of bi bim bap)

He died unexpectedly on Labor Day, Monday, Sept. 5.

For his complete obituary, click here.

For previous coverage, click here.

September 19, 2016 - 1:55pm
posted by Billie Owens in news, darien lake theme park, darien center, Announcements.

Press release:

On Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 1 and 2, Darien Lake will host an award-winning teen safe driving program called Ford Driving Skills For Life. Schools across the region have been receiving an open invitation for their students to participate in free training for driving-aged students. 

Darien Lake is centrally located for a number of surrounding communities and it is hoped that about 400 teen drivers will go through the program that weekend.

Teens with a driving permit or a driver's license are eligible. Registration is required and limited.

Here is a link to the website that has video, information for parents and testimonials from past participants.

The course is offered both days in two time-slot options, for a total of four scheduling choices: Session 1 runs from 7:30 to noon Saturday and Sunday; and Session 2 runs from 1 to 5:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Each four-and-a-half-hour time slot covers the same skills; select the ONE that fits YOUR availability.

The Ford Driving Skills For Life program was developed in 2003 to address the leading cause of death among teenagers in the United States: vehicle crashes. Teens enrolled in this course will drive vehicles on a closed course under the supervision of professional instructors, thereby improving their skills in these key areas:

  • Hazard Recognition
  • Vehicle Handling
  • Space Management
  • Speed Management
  • Reaction Time
  • Braking and Stopping Distances
  • Avoiding the Dangers of Distracted and Impaired Driving

Darien Lake Theme Park is located at 9993 Alleghany Road in Darien Center.

September 19, 2016 - 1:06pm
posted by Billie Owens in Batavia Downs, batavia, news, business, Made in America store.

Press release:

Officials from Western Region Off-Track Betting Corporation (WROTB) and the Made in America Store today announced their partnership to bring a Made in America Store to Batavia Downs. The grand opening of the new store and ribbon-cutting ceremony will take place at 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 21, in the lobby of Batavia Downs on Park Road. A performance by Nashville Recording Artist Ricky Lee will follow the ceremony at the facility.

The Made in America Store, which started with just 50 products, today carries 7,000 products from more than 500 U.S. manufacturers, all 100-percent American made. The Store is headquartered in Elma, New York.

“We are proud to partner with Batavia Downs to bring our line of American-made products to the great people of Genesee County and the many tourists and visitors who’ve made this venue a world-class destination,” said Mark Andol, founder of the Made in America Store. “The people of this community are as patriotic as any you will find across the country. We are confident that this store will be one of our busiest and most successful locations.”

For Western Region Off-Track Betting Corporation, the Made in America Store will be its first retail venture on the grounds of Batavia Downs.

“Over the years, we’ve had a multitude of opportunities to partner with entities from the retail sector at Batavia Downs,” said Henry Wojtaszek, CEO/president of WROTB. “In deciding to partner with MIA, the decision was not a difficult one; we both support American workers, jobs in this community, and American jobs across the country.”

Owned and operated by 15 Western New York counties and the cities of Rochester and Buffalo, Western Regional OTB is a public benefit corporation with headquarters in Batavia, NY. WROTB owns and operates 29 branches, as well as Batavia Downs Gaming, a standard bred racetrack and gaming facility. Since its inception, Western OTB has generated over $215 million in operating and surcharge revenues to the taxpayers of those participating municipalities.

“As a public benefit corporation, it is imperative that every decision we make is in the best interests of the 17 municipalities that encompass the corporation and share the revenue generated by the corporation,” Nolan said. “I can’t think of a retail collaboration that fits better into our mission than partnering with MIA.”

September 18, 2016 - 3:08pm
posted by Billie Owens in batavia, news.

A tree and unknown-type wires are reportedly down in the roadway, partially blocking, at 151 Ross St. City fire is responding.

September 18, 2016 - 2:28pm
posted by Billie Owens in Darien, infrastructure, news.

Press release:

The Town Board of the Town of Darien has filed an application for grant and loan assistance with USDA Rural Development for a Water District #6.

This application has been accepted and has been moved to the funding process. The total cost of the project is estimated at $24,880,000. The Town anticipates receiving a grant of approximately $6,800,000 and the balance in the form of a low-interest loan from the USDA Rural Development Agency. 

The project will involve:

  • The installation of approximately 375,000 linear feet of water main along all Town roadways not currently provided with public water service;
  • The erection of a 300,000-gallon water storage tank, and a 500,000-gallon storage tank;
  • The installation of a pumping station;
  • and the upgrading an existing pumping station.

The project will serve 776 residential households within the Town. Consistent with Town Law and the procedures of Rural Development, the Darien Town Board will conduct public information meetings prior to making a commitment to undertake the proposed project.

Due to anticipated large attendance, the Public Information Meetings will be held at the Darien Volunteer Fire Department at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 28 and at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 1. It is located at 10537 Allegheny Road, Darien Center.

David Hagelberger


Town of Darien

September 18, 2016 - 2:17pm
posted by Billie Owens in harness racing, sports, Batavia Downs.

(Photo of China Dream.)

By Tim Bojarski, for Batavia Downs

Track conditions were sloppy at best after torrential downpours swept through Genesee County, but China Dream didn’t seem to mind the mud as he came first-over and put in a gutsy effort while winning the $10,000 Open pacing feature at Batavia Downs on Saturday night (Sept. 17).

From the pylons, Heaven Rocks (Kevin Cummings) took the lead by default as no one else in the field left. From there Cummings proceeded to cut pedestrian fractions for the class of :29.1 to the quarter and :59.1 to the half with his competitors following in post position order. 

Shortly past that station, China Dream (Shawn Gray) pulled first-up and drew alongside Heaven Rocks. The two matched strides up the backside and around the last turn. At the head of the lane, China Dream wore down Heaven Rocks, but met another challenge from Foreign Officer (John Cummings Jr.) who had tipped three wide and was driving. But China Dream was the better horse this night and held all comers at bay to win by length in 1:56.2.

It was the ninth win of the year for China Dream ($10.80) and it raised his annual income to $65,055 for owners Jack and Maria Rice. China Dream is trained by Maria Rice.

Shawn Gray posted four driving victories on the night while Ray Fisher Jr. won two. Trainers Maria Rice, Angelo Nappo and Richard Lareau all sent two winners postward.

Racing resumes at Batavia Downs on Monday afternoon at 4:30 for the final twilight card of the year.

September 17, 2016 - 1:30pm
posted by Billie Owens in batavia, news.

A tree has fallen onto a house at 37 Columbia Ave. City firefighters are responding.

UPDATE 1:31 p.m.: The house is bieng evacuated.

UPDATE 1:48 p.m.: A large limb broke off a tree on property on Manhattan Avenue, which runs parallel to Columbia Avenue. The broken branch spans the entire length of the Columbia Avenue house.

UPDATE 1:52 p.m.: The city's fourth platoon is called into headquarters.

September 17, 2016 - 12:38pm
posted by Billie Owens in GCC, news.

Press release:

There are still opportunities to enroll in fall classes at Genesee Community College! The late-start, 12-week session begins Monday, Sept. 19, and courses are offered at most of GCC's seven campus locations, as well as online.

Principles of Fly-Fishing (PED 193) is one of the more unique, new courses available. It is being offered at GCC's Medina Campus Center at 11470 Maple Ridge Road. The new two-credit course runs on Tuesday nights and begins this Tuesday, Sept. 20, from 6 – 8:30 p.m. under instructor Patrick Seidel.

"This 12-week course is perfect for anyone interested in fly-fishing – from the beginner or novice, to those who have some experience but want to refine their skills," Seidel, an adjunct instructor said. "Tom Brokaw once said, 'If fishing is a religion, fly -ishing is high church.' We intend to make this new course a fun, educational opportunity that welcomes the whole 'congregation' of fly-fishing enthusiasts."

Seidel has been teaching at GCC since the fall of 2015 and has 15 years of fly-fishing experience to his credit. He is also a fly-fishing instructor for the Lockport High School and a Wilderness First Aid instructor, American Red Cross instructor, and New York State First Aid instructor. For a short video of fly-fishing, check out:

Classes in the 12-week session are easily accessible and run mornings, afternoons and evenings, during the week as well as on Saturdays, on campus or online. Busy students can pick the right time, day or place that meets their needs and their schedules.

The fall 12-week session boasts more than 35 courses in a variety of dynamic subjects including American Sign Language, Principles of Business, Healthful Living, Introduction to Computers, Human Relations and Interpersonal Communication to name a few. Late start classes are offered at most of GCC's seven campus locations:

• Albion, 456 West Ave. / 585-589-4936

• Arcade, 25 Edward St. / 585-492-5265

• Batavia, One College Road / 585-345-6800

• Dansville, 31 Clara Barton St. / 585-335-7820

• Lima, 7285 Gale Road / 585-582-1226

• Medina, 11470 Maple Ridge Road / 585-798-1688

• Warsaw, 115 Linwood Ave. / 585-786-3010

Additionally, GCC also offers the final segment of late start eight-week courses beginning on Monday, Oct. 17. For all the class options at GCC visit

To apply online for classes at any Genesee Community College campus location, new students should go to: or call the Admissions office at 585-345-6800.




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