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February 1, 2016 - 6:55pm
posted by Billie Owens in accident, pembroke, indian falls.

A two-car accident with injuries is reported at the exit 48A toll booth of the Thruway. Pembroke and Indian Falls fire departments are responding, along with an ambulance as mutual aid from Darien.

January 30, 2016 - 3:39pm
posted by Billie Owens in GCC, elba, business.

Photo provided by Maxine (Palmer) Koberg taken early on the job in 1969 as a Civil Service clerical worker for Genesee Community College.

In October, 1969, Maxine Koberg (nee Palmer), was excited to start her new job as a clerical worker at the fledgling Genesee Community College.

The Batavia native had graduated from high school five years earlier and worked steadily since turning 18. When she found an opportunity to take a Civil Service test, she didn't hesitate and was subsequently delighted to learn she'd passed the clerical exam and was eligible for employment. After landing a job at the college, she said she liked it and was capable of performing the duties and she planned to stick with it.

And stick with it, she did, for more than 46 years.

"You don't think about it," Koberg said. "The years go by. You know you'll retire someday, but you don't really think about it. And now here I am."

It dawned on her recently that the familiar route commuting to and from the college and her home in Elba would no longer be part of her daily itinerary after Friday, which was her last day.

The original route was different in the beginning of her employment at GCC.

The campus at One College Road off Stephen R. Hawley Drive in the Town of Batavia did not yet exist.

The college was chartered in 1966 and its first digs were in 56,000 square feet of space in the "Valu Tech Center" on West Main Street in Batavia, which was home to the Valu department store. The first class of 378 full-time and 243 part-time students began their studies the following fall semester. 

"In the beginning, I was working with students," Koberg said. "You tried to be helpful and they were fun and polite and you got to stay with them a couple of years. There were plenty 'please' and 'thank-yous'."

Koberg recalled the library was in front and there were a couple of offices in the back. Her department consisted of two clerks, including herself, a secretary and a Librarian David Brewster. Things were not computerized then. Keeping track of orders, payments, inventory, book loans, etc., was done manually.

In 1972, The Big Move to the new campus came. Boxing up the books and hauling them to the new location and organizing them -- "It was quite a big job," Koberg said. Staff supervised college students in the work/study program who did the bulk of the heavy lifting.

"When we first went to the new building, I was at the circulation desk. That's where you signed out books, reserved materials for students, and supervised the work/study students. And you greet everybody."

There was a growing population of international students, who could sometimes be difficult to understand because of the language barrier, Koberg said, but throughout the years, the 'please' and 'thank-yous' were abundantly offered. Although, as always, she noted some students have better manners than others. A noticeable difference campus-wide, of course, is the proliferation of electronic gadgets that students appear glued to.

At some point, she was asked if she wanted to leave the front desk and the students, and work on library's clerical staff ordering books and doing related tasks. She decided to take the challenge, which eventually included learning daunting new computer skills and paying bills.

"There was never a time when I didn't like working with books. I knew my programs and how to get books ordered and get them on the shelf. As courses changed, books changed -- like for our Allied Health Program -- but it's all office work."

Which means paying attention to details.

"Be careful about what you're doing, get the right books ordered, received and processed. Get the bills paid, in the right amount. Live within your budget. We have a good system and we work together."

After more than four decades on the job, her coworkers were like a second family and the workplace, a sort of home away from home. She says her colleagues held down the fort while she took two maternity leaves, helped her through some rough patches on the road of life, and she has appreciated their supportiveness, assistance and the camaraderie along the way.

The staff meshed at the Alfred C. O'Connell Library, named after the college's first president.

"We did work well together."

As for her newly retired status, it'll take some getting used to. No big plans afoot. No vacation in the works.

"I'm just going to take it day by day and see how it goes," Koberg said.

January 30, 2016 - 3:12pm

Submitted photo: Genesee County Sheriff Gary Maha (right) is sworn in as chairman of the Executive Committee of the NYS Sheriffs' Association by Herkimer County Judge John Brennan at the installation of officers at the Association's 82nd Annual Winter Training Conference at the Desmond in Albany this week.

Press release:

The New York State Sheriffs' Association elected its Executive Committee at the 82nd Annual Winter Training Conference this week at the Desmond Hotel in Albany.

Members elected Genesee County Sheriff Gary Maha Chairman of the Executive Committee. Sheriff Maha will work with the newly elected President of the Association, Herkimer County Sheriff Chris Farber, and sheriffs around the state, to further the efforts of the Sheriffs' Association to enhance public safety in New York State through professional training and accreditation programs, public safety programs, and advocacy.

The New York State Sheriffs' Association, Inc., is a not-for-profit corporation, formed in 1934, for the purpose of assisting sheriffs in the efficient and effective delivery of services to the public. It comprises all of the elected and appointed sheriffs of New York State.

January 30, 2016 - 3:02pm
posted by Billie Owens in muckdogs, sports, baseball.

Press release:

The Genesee County Baseball Club will hold its annual Batavia Muckdogs Hot Stove Dinner and Auction from 4:30 to 8 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 20th at the Sacred Heart Church Hall at 17 Sumner St. in Batavia. Tickets are $25 for adults and $15 for children 12 and under.

The evening will begin with a cocktail hour followed by a buffet dinner at 5:30. The Hot Stove Dinner is a time for good food, friendship and baseball talk. The night also features a live and Chinese auction of baseball-related memorabilia (including signed bats and balls), work by local artists, and gift certificates from a variety of local businesses.

Tickets may be purchased in Batavia at Dwyer Stadium, Gerace’s Hair Care, the Williams Law Firm and the office of Dr. Alan Barcomb.

January 28, 2016 - 3:15pm
posted by Billie Owens in business, education.

Press release:

In today’s economy, advanced manufacturers require skilled workers. The Genesee Valley Educational Partnership, in conjunction with the Workforce Development Institute and eight area companies, have created a precision machining program to prepare qualified individuals for entry-level positions and a career path in CNC Precision Machining.

This Adult Education Program consists of 425 hours of classroom instruction at either the Mount Morris or Batavia Career and Technical Education Centers and 160 hours of on-site training and experience with our partnering companies. In addition, participants who successfully complete the program may be offered a two-week internship at a partnering company at the conclusion of the program. The deadline to apply is Feb. 24.

The eight partnering companies are D.P. Tool, Liberty Pumps, Amada Tool, SR Tool, Brach Machine, Inc., FTT Manufacturing, B&B Precision Manufacturing, Inc., and Chassix.

Classroom instruction will consist of lecture and hands-on instruction covering the general use of the basic components of a mill and lathe. Common fixtures, cutting tools, and tool holders will be covered. Students will study blueprint reading and use precision measuring devices. Introduction to Computer Control Programming and operation of machine tooling through HAAS Programming System control panels will provide the necessary skills for entry-level machine operator positions. 

Individuals who are 18 years of age by April 1, 2016 and have earned a high school diploma, GED or who can demonstrate successful experience in a manufacturing environment are eligible to apply. Funding is available for eligible candidates.

The curriculum covered in this class includes the following:

Introduction to Machining                       
Shop Safety
Technical Shop Math
Precision Measurement
Blueprint Reading
Layout Work
Cutting Fluids
Drills and Drilling Machines

Sawing and Cutoff Machines
Cutting Tapers and Screw Threads on the Lathe
Lathe Operations
Milling Machine Operations
Precision Grinding
Computer Numerical Control (CNC)
Quality Control
Heat Treatment of Metals
Occupations in Machining Technology

For more information about this program, contact Chuck DiPasquale, director of Programs, at (585) 344-7552. Applications may be downloaded at and are due by Feb. 24.  


The Genesee Valley Educational Partnership operates as a Board of Cooperative Educational Services offering shared programs and services to 22 component school districts located in Genesee, Wyoming, Livingston and Steuben counties in New York State. 

January 28, 2016 - 3:08pm


Submitted photo and press release:

Pittsford, New York – After tallying all the figures, Campground Owners of New York (CONY) announces today that Skyline Camping Resort & RV Sales in Darien Center, New York, operated by the Tybor family, raised $5,394 in donations for Camp Good Days and Special Times, as part of CONY’s fourth annual statewide fundraising event for charity held throughout 2015.

According to Suzanne Bixby, CONY’s Marketing and Communications Director, the association raised a total of $91,000 in 2015, bringing CONY’s four-year fundraising total for Camp Good Days to approximately $248,000.

“We are, simply put, grateful to CONY parks like Skyline Camping Resort, as well as their campers and supporters, for helping us raise our largest annual total yet for Camp Good Days and Special Times,” Bixby said. “And I think we’re all a little proud that we’re bringing smiles and camping fun to children and their families braving cancer.”

Throughout the 2015 camping season, Skyline Camping Resort & RV Sales held a 50/50 raffle, a horseshoe tournament, and other raffles and sales.

With fundraising by CONY campgrounds from across New York State, a combined total of $91,000 in checks were presented to by CONY leaders to Camp Good Days and Special Times Founder Gary Mervis at a special ceremony on November 14, 2015, during CONY’s annual exposition held at the Turning Stone Resort in Verona, New York.

Camp Good Days and Special Times is a New York State-based organization providing camping experiences free of charge to children with cancer. Since its inception, Camp Good Days has served more than 45,000 campers from 22 states and 29 foreign countries at its camp, located on the shores of Keuka Lake. More information:

For more information about Skyline Camping Resort & RV Sales, visit

Participating CONY campgrounds all across New York State raised funds in a variety of ways, including selling paper balloons and T-shirts, displaying change collection boxes, and hosting special events including walks, dinners, raffles, auctions, and concerts, to name a few.

CONY member campgrounds are fundraising once again in 2016 for Camp Good Days.

Campground Owners of New York (CONY), headquartered in Pittsford and founded in 1963, is an association dedicated to the promotion, growth, improvement and development of privately owned campgrounds in New York State. More information about the association and its campgrounds – including a free camping directory - is available at and

January 28, 2016 - 3:00pm
posted by Billie Owens in business, agriculture, batavia, cornell extension.

Press release:

“Annie’s Project” has been successful nationally and in New York with empowering farm women to become stronger business partners through clearer understanding of how to manage risk. “Managing for Today and Tomorrow” (MTT) will provide audiences the opportunity to become involved in the journey of transitioning their farm legacy to a new generation.

MTT will be offered in four Thursday sessions from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Genesee and Ontario County Cornell Cooperative Extension offices beginning Feb. 18th by Cornell Cooperative Extension’s North West New York Dairy, Livestock and Field Crops Team.

MTT will be guided by the same core values as Annie’s Project: Guided Intelligence builds on women’s natural tendency to share, teach and learn with other women; Connection creates opportunities of connection to other farm women and local practitioners; Discovery helps women make sense of topics through hands-on activities and discussion; Safe Harbor provides a comfortable and secure environment where all questions are welcome.

Participants in MTT will focus on transition planning for their farm businesses. Whether you are in the prime of your farming career, just getting started or thinking about later phases of life, transition planning is likely to be important to you. Because family and business are often closely tied together in agriculture, transition planning must address issues of business sustainability and family relationships. MTT addresses succession, business, estate and retirement planning in the context of a farm business.  For some, transition planning may involve successors who are not part of the family.

Topics covered will include goal setting, clarifying values personal vision, resolving conflict, financial documents and vocabulary, asset transfer methods, and retirement options among many others.

Farm women must register to participate in Managing for Today and Tomorrow.  The cost is $100 per person and includes 15 hours of instruction, an extensive collection of instructional materials and a light lunch at each session.

To register for either location, contact Zach Amey at [email protected] or 585-786-2251, ext. 123. For questions about what the classes will cover reach out to Joan Petzen, [email protected]585-786-2251, ext. 122 or Marie Anselm, [email protected] or 585-394-3977, ext. 402. Register today and save the dates, Feb. 18 and 25, and March 3 and 10. Reserve March 17 for a snow date.

This program is sponsored by Cornell Cooperative Extension, and supported in part by the Northeast Extension Risk Management Education Center, the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) award number 2012-49200-20031, CoBANK, Farm Credit East, New York FarmNet, NYS Agricultural Mediation Center, NYS Workforce Development Institute, and New York Agri-Women, Inc.

January 28, 2016 - 2:50pm
posted by Billie Owens in assemblyman steve hawley, veterans, business.

Press release:

Assemblyman Steve Hawley (R,C,I-Batavia) recently announced that he will host Operation Entrepreneurship, free business start-up training for veterans and military family members. The event will take place on Thursday, Feb. 4, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at Genesee Community College in Room T119.

**To register, contact Greg Lindberg at 716-551-5670 or visit**

“As a veteran and small-business owner, I know firsthand the challenges and dedication it takes to succeed in both of these fields,” Hawley said. “I built my business from the ground up and am constantly evolving, evaluating and challenging myself to succeed in New York’s lackluster and competitive business climate.

"I look forward to meeting and working with veterans and their families who have an interest in starting and owning their own business because the American dream is alive and well, and I want to help people realize it.”

The event is being sponsored by the Small Business Association (SBA) and topics covered will include introduction to business ownership, finding the right idea, introduction to business planning, understanding market research, choosing the correct legal entity and other issues. SBA Buffalo District Office Director, Franklin J. Sciortino, also praised the event’s merits.

“The SBA supports our veterans, service members and military families through a number of initiatives,” Sciortino said. “The Operation Entrepreneurship program creates an opportunity for our veterans to learn how to start up in a day, discover resources available to support their business success, and network with other like-minded entrepreneurs.”

WHAT:           Operation Entrepreneurship – Free entrepreneurship training for veterans and military family members

WHO:             Assemblyman Steve Hawley (R,C,I-Batavia)                      

WHEN:           Thursday, Feb. 4

                        8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

WHERE:        Genesee Community College 

                        Room T119, 

                        1 College Road

                        Batavia, NY 14020

January 28, 2016 - 2:45pm
posted by Billie Owens in GCC.

Press release:

At this month's Board of Trustees meeting, Chair Diane Torcello opened the meeting by first welcoming Genesee Community College's new Genesee County Legislative Liaison, Marianne Clattenberg, who represents District 8 and Wards 1 and 6. 

Kathleen Schiefen, Ed.D., GCC provost and executive vice president of Academic Affairs, continued her ongoing reports to the Board of Trustees regarding the review and modifications of academic programs in alignment with the State University of New York's seamless transfer initiative. The latest programs to undergo careful review and subsequent minor program adjustments include: 

o Communications and Media Arts, AS 

o Computer Repair Technology Certificate

o Computer Support and Operations AAS

o Criminal Justice AAS and AS

o Help Desk Certificate 

o Musical Theatre Certificate

In other matters, the Board of Trustees: 

Approved the renewal of continuing appointments for the following GCC employees: Shawn Adamson, assistant professor of English (Batavia); Meredith Altman, professor of Mathematics (Churchville); Maryanne Arena, director of Fine and Performing Arts (Le Roy); Vicky Aubert, technical assistant, Warsaw Campus Center (Warsaw); Valerie Bello, assistant professor of Communications and Media Arts (Lancaster); Christine Belongia, professor of Teacher Education (Oakfield); Marjorie Blondell, associate professor of Nursing (Buffalo); Charley Boyd, professor of English (Batavia); Bill Brewer, assistant professor of Economics (Castile); Jeannie Burdick, counselor (Corfu); Chris Caputi, associate professor / clinical education coordinator (Tonawanda); Jean Chenu, associate professor of Office Technology (Cheektowaga); Kris Dassinger, assistant professor of English (Batavia); Rick Dudkowski, professor of Fashion Merchandising Management (Williamsville); Cindy Francis, professor / collection development librarian (Batavia); Patti Furness, technical assistant, GCC at Albion (Kent); Barry Garigen, professor of Criminal Justice (LeRoy); Norm Gayford, professor of English (Warsaw); Kathy Gurak, associate professor of Health and Physical Education (Groveland); Jim Habermas, professor of Computer Information Systems (Rochester); Ed Hallborg, theater technician (Cowlesville); Tim Hinz, associate professor of Computer Information Systems (Batavia); Heather Jones, assistant professor of Art (Conesus); Josephine Kearney, assistant professor of Sociology / Human Services (Lockport); Mary Knappen, professor of Mathematics (Rochester); Amy Masters, technical specialist, Financial Aid (Batavia); Christie McGee-Ross, technical assistant, Women's Basketball / Intramural Programming (Cheektowaga) Kathy Palumbo, director of Nursing (Corfu); Susan Ryan, technical specialist, Admissions (Batavia); Amy Schnettler-Zak, assistant professor of Nursing (Alden); Charles Scruggs, associate professor of History / Political Science; Amy Slusser, professor of Tourism and Hospitality Management (Warsaw); Catherine Wall, assistant professor of Nursing (Hilton); Nina Warren, director of Library Services (Churchville) and Karen Wicka, assistant professor of Criminal Justice (Hamburg).

Approved the initial continuing appointment of the following GCC employees: Lourdes Abaunza, technical specialist, Student Financial Services (Batavia); Debbie Allen, technical assistant, GCC at Dansville (Avon); Rachel Blecha, technical specialist for Enrollment Services (East Bethany); Michele Bokman, director of Operations, GCC at Albion and Medina (Medina); Debbie Dunlevy, director, Career Pathways (Batavia); Melissa Dussault, technical specialist, GCC at Lima (Lima); Josh Escudero, director of Respiratory Care / assistant professor (Victor); Maxine Fearrington, instructor of Nursing (Attica); Becky Green, technical specialist, Recruitment Publications (Stafford); Cindy Hagelberger, instructor / reference services librarian (Darien Center); Jessica Hibbard, technical specialist, GCC at Warsaw (Castile); Bruce Ingersoll, instructor of Veterinary Technology (Rochester); John McGowan, director of Business and Employee Skills Training (Batavia); Paul Schwartz, instructor of Chemistry / Mathematics (Webster); Robert Swinarski, instructor of Computer Systems / Network Technology (Batavia); Tim Tomczak, director of Social Sciences / professor and Joe Ziolkowski, instructor of Photography and Art (Batavia).

January 28, 2016 - 2:30pm
posted by Billie Owens in batavia, st. joseph table, Ascension Parish.

Press release:

A traditional Italian feast catered by Bing's Restaurant, of Amherst, will be available for a St. Joseph Table event at Ascension Parish beginning at 3 p.m. on Sunday, March 13.

Proceeds will aid ministry and outreach to area veterans, elderly and youth in the City of Batavia.

Space is limited to 250!

Cost is $25 per person if you buy tickets in advance at the Parish Office. Cash or check only. Make checks payable to Ascension Parish. If you pre-pay and buy online, there is a $1.75 service fee added to the price, so those tickets are $26.75 apiece. To buy tickets online, go to:

There will be no sales the day of the event or at the door. 

The seven-course meal will be served family style in the parish's Slomba Hall, located at 17 Sumner St. in the City of Batavia.

The menu includes: antipasto, artichokes, frittata, lentil soup, caesar salad, lemon sorbet, pasta con sardi, pasta & peas, baked fish, greens, bread & butter, coffee/tea and homemade Italian desserts. Cash Bar and wine available for your table.

Music and entertainment by Steve Balestreri.

Theme baskets and 50/50 split will be offered for your enjoyment, too.

January 28, 2016 - 1:46pm
posted by Billie Owens in GCC, creativity conference.

Press release:

Enhance your creativity and creative problem solving skills with insightful and inspiring presentations at the third annual Creativity Conference at Genesee Community College. Save the date for this one-day only event on Wednesday, April 13, from 8:15 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The day features a keynote speaker and numerous 50-minute workshops. Cost is $99 which includes lunch. Registration is available online at

Under the continued leadership of GCC Director of Business Programs Dr. Lina LaMattina is coordinating the successful conference again this year. The featured keynote address will be given by Sandra Turner, CEO of Viggi Kids, a business dedicated to the "whole child approach" that is based on design thinking in the creation of stimulating play environments.

Anyone who attended GCC's Creativity Conferences in the past shouldn't hesitate to enroll again, particularly for professional development engagements.

"Creativity is a skill that needs to be continually nurtured and developed," LaMattina, Ph.D., said. "This year, we will have three specific creativity tracks for participants to explore and engage in: Community, Business and Education (kindergarten through higher education)."

Planning is under way for the dynamic workshops that are offered throughout the day, and proposals for 50-minute presentations that broadly or specifically teach and reinforce design thinking and creativity/creative problem solving are being accepted through March 25. To submit a proposal online go to:

"To successfully compete in the 21st century, we all need to enhance our ability to think and solve difficult problems creatively. Design thinking helps us all to deliberately focus on our end user, our customer, our patient, our client, those individuals that we are most trying to reach and impact. Design thinking builds on creative thinking and adds power to our work." LaMattina said. "Don't miss this chance to get out of the office and recharge your creative battery so you can you be more deliberately creative in all aspects of your life!"

January 28, 2016 - 1:41pm
posted by Billie Owens in accident, batavia.

The driver of a Nissan Rogue who was involved in an accident shortly before 2 p.m. on Sunday at Oak Street and Park Road in Batavia has been cited for failure to yield the right of way on a left turn.

The Genesee County Sheriff's Department issued a press release stating that Marilea Greean, 39, was issued a traffic ticket following an investigation of the accident and she is to appear in City Court at 9 a.m. on Feb. 10.

Greean was southbound on State Route 98 (Oak Street) when she attempted to turn eastbound onto the Thruway as Kathy Birge, 69, was headed northbound the same road in a Chevrolet Cruze. The vehicles collided head on in the middle of the intersection and Greean's Rogue overturned.

Greean was extricated by city firefighters and taked by ambulance to Strong Memorial Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. Birge was transported to UMMC for evaluation.

The case was investigated by Batavia PoliceOfficer James DeFreze, assisted by Officer Daniel Coffey.

January 28, 2016 - 1:19pm
posted by Billie Owens in corfu, pembroke, winterfest.

The Corfu-Pembroke Community Winterfest will be held from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. this Saturday, Jan. 30, at the Pembroke Community Center. It's located at 116 E. Main St. in Corfu.

Music, entertainment, food, prizes, raffles and more are in store so join your friends and neighbors for a good time. Bring canned goods and non-perishables for door prize tickets to benefit the Pembroke-area food/meals programs. Admission is free to this family-friendly event.

In the morning, there will be breakfast sandwiches and baked goods for sale. In the afternoon, hamburgers and hot dogs will be available, plus chicken BBQ offered by the Corfu Free Library. For BBQ pre-sale tickets, call 599-3321.

The Corfu Fire District will sponsor a Kids' Korner and there will be a roomful of youth-based activities and giveaways. The Genesee County Sheriff's Department will offer the Safe Child ID Program.

Here's a lineup of what to expect:

  • Al Starkweather -- Historian: "Music History in Our Backyard"
  • Magic by Larry Kohorst (in the courtroom) -- 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
  • Outside events, including ice rink skating/sledding/bonfire -- weather permitting
  • Balloons by Paul Schuler
  • K-9 Demo featuring canine "Destro" and Sheriff's Deputy Erion -- at noon

Under the Big Top:

  • Corfu-Pembroke Community Band -- 10 to 11:30 a.m.
  • DPS Jazz Trio -- noon to 1 p.m.
  • Pembroke Central School Ensemble -- 1:15 to 3:15 p.m.
  • Alexander Central School Ensemble -- 3:30 to 5:30 p.m.

Other fun things include:

  • PYA Basket Raffle
  • Dozens of vendors and crafters
  • Pembroke Art CLub Show (on display in the conference room)
January 27, 2016 - 2:47pm
posted by Billie Owens in GCC, Etta May, comedy, Announcements.

Press release:

"An Evening of Comedy with Etta May" will have you laughing in your seat on Friday, Feb. 12, at 7:30 p.m. Learn the true meaning of LOL (laughing out loud) with an evening featuring the "Queen of Southern Sass" who is also the winner of American Comedy Awards' "Stand-Up Comic of the Year."

Etta May is a Kentucky woman and comedy icon! Hailed as the "Polyester Princess," May delivers a high powered take-no-prisoners performance full of truth, irony, humor and wisdom. This trailer park goddess has appeared on Oprah, Showtime, CMT, CBS SundayMorning, ABC, Columbia Pictures and NBC. She headlines the hugely successful Southern Fried Chicks Comedy Tour and touts a huge fan base on SiriusXM comedy channels. Etta May is a seasoned performer with national appeal!

Tickets to "An Evening of Comedy with Etta May" are $8 for adults, $5 for GCC faculty/staff and senior citizens, $3 for GCC students. Alumni with ID receive $2 off the full ticket price. Tickets are available through the GCC box office at (585) 345-6814 or via e-mail [email protected].

For videos, press photos and further information on Etta May, visit

January 27, 2016 - 2:05pm
posted by Billie Owens in pets, animals, batavia.

Police are responding to 10 Seneca Ave. after a caller reported two dogs outside attacking another dog.

January 27, 2016 - 1:42pm
posted by Billie Owens in Genesee ARC, kelly for kids foundation.

Submitted photo of Genesee ARC Executive Director Donna Saskowski and former Buffalo Bills quarterback Jim Kelly, chairman and founder of the nonprofit Kelly for Kids Foundation.

Press release:

Genesee ARC was one of 34 Western New York charities to receive a grant from the Kelly for Kids Foundation. Executive Director Donna Saskowski attended the Jan. 19th luncheon at Ilio DiPaolo’s Restaurant in Blasdell where she received a check for $1,800 to help fund a therapeutic horseback riding program for children with special needs.

The Kelly for Kids Foundation Community Grants are awarded to charitable not-for-profit 501 (c)(3) organizations whose primary mission is to assist children in need in the Western New York area. In particular, it funds health and social service organizations that serve the disabled and/or economically disadvantaged youth. The Kelly for Kids Foundation was founded in 1987 by former Buffalo Bills quarterback. Genesee ARC was nominated for the grant by Terry Hill’s Golf Course, Restaurant and Banquet Facility, home of Kelly’s Annual Celebrity Golf Classic.

Saskowski said she is thrilled to have been recognized by the Kelly for Kids Foundation.

“The grant will help provide an eight week therapeutic horseback riding program for children,” Saskowski said. “In recent years, the number of children served by our agency has grown dramatically, including those diagnosed with an Autism Spectrum Disorder” the director added.

Benefits of therapeutic horseback riding are well documented. Unlike traditional forms of therapy, therapeutic horseback riding provides benefits physically, psychologically and emotionally for a child with a disability.

January 27, 2016 - 1:33pm
posted by Billie Owens in golf, sports.

Press release:

Genesee Community College golfer Helen Busch (of Buffalo) recently signed a National Letter of Intent to attend Bryan College, becoming the first female golfer in the College's history to sign with a four-year college.

Busch, a qualifier for the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) National Tournament in 2015, earned medalist honors in three events last season for GCC. She fired a season-low 83 at the Tompkins-Cortland CC Invite on Apr. 26 and shot an average round of 93 for the year.

Bryan College, located in Dayton, Tenn., competes in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) and is a member of the Appalachian Athletic Conference (AAC).

Busch will receive athletic and academic scholarship and will study Biology.

Genesee Community College athletics program endeavors to provide a quality and competitive intercollegiate athletics program consistent with the National Junior Collegiate Athletics Association (NJCAA) philosophy and the overall educational mission of Genesee Community College. Participation in collegiate athletics should be an extension of the total educational experience for the student athlete. The inherent philosophy emphasizes the athletic setting as a classroom used to teach character, commitment, work ethic, respect for differences, and the importance of sacrifice, teamwork, and cooperation.

For further information and pictures go to Genesee's Athletic Web page, which is updated regularly with game results, team rosters, photographs and information about Genesee's overall athletic program.

January 27, 2016 - 1:22pm
posted by Billie Owens in crime, batavia, Darien, Le Roy, alexander.

Philip R. Ayala is indicted for the crime of criminal possession of a controlled substance in the third degree, a Class B felony. It is alleged that on July 9 in the City of Batavia that Ayala knowingly and unlawfully possessed a narcotic drug -- cocaine -- with intent to sell it. In count two, the defendant is accused of criminal possession of a controlled substance in the fourth degree, a Class C felony, for allegedly knowingly and unlawfully possessing one or more preparations, compounds, mixtures or substances containing a narcotic drug and these preparations, compounds, mixtures or substances are of an aggregate weight of one-eighth ounce or more.

Robert B. Hansen III is indicted for the crime of third-degree grand larceny, a Class D felony. It is alleged that between Feb. 15, 2013, and June 16, 2014, in the Town of Darien Hansen stole property with a value exceeding $3,000. He is accused of stealing $38,353.56 in U.S. currency. In count two, he is accused of committing the crime of second-degree forgery, also a Class D felony, on Feb. 6, 2014, in the City of Batavia, with the intent to defraud, deceive or injure another, by falsely making, completing or altering a written instrument which was to become public record or legally authorized.

Justin G. Parsons is indicted for the crime of driving while intoxicated, as a Class D felony. It is alleged that on Nov. 19 in the Town of Alexander that Parsons drove a 2011 Chevrolet pickup on Route 20 and/or Brookville Road while in an intoxicated condition. In count two, the defendant is accused of the crime of aggravated driving while intoxicated per se, as a Class E felony, for allegedly having a BAC of .18 or more at the time.

Jose Sanabria-Lozada is indicted for the crime of driving while intoxicated, as a Class E felony. It is alleged that on Oct. 2 in the Village of Le Roy that Sanabria-Lozada drove a 2000 Ford pickup truck while in an intoxicated condition. In count two, the defendant is accused of driving while intoxicated, per se, as a Class E felony, for allegedly having a BAC of .08 at the time.

January 27, 2016 - 12:24pm

Press release:

Volunteers For Animals is proud to announce that we have been awarded a grant from the ASPCA to provide low-cost spay and neuter of canines and felines belonging to NYS residents who receive public assistance.

The ASPCA administers the New York State Animal Population Control Program on behalf of the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets. The grant, via a voucher system, will cover the spaying or neutering of the pet, a rabies vaccine, a distemper vaccine and deworming.

Since 1984, Volunteers For Animals has assisted with the care, treatment, and adoption of animals residing at our area's municipal shelter, the Genesee County Animal Shelter in Batavia. We provide care and services that would not be available if not for our involvement. Prior to our participation, sick animals were euthanized and none were spayed or neutered.

Our group is staffed completely by volunteers, some of whom have been involved for over a decade. We are a dedicated group of volunteers who coordinate all the the necessary care and treatment for the animals at the shelter.

For many years, Volunteers For Animals has been committed to spaying and neutering all animals prior to adoption at the Genesee County Animal Shelter. We are now expanding that commitment to help pet owners in the community. We understand the pressing need to spay and neuter dogs and cats to alleviate the pet over-population epidemic.

Volunteers For Animals has partnered with local veterinarians and their staff to provide quality, low-cost services to low-income residents in Genesee and surrounding counties. We believe that not only will this program help to reduce the pet overpopulation problem but will benefit the quality of life for both pet owners and pets.

We believe that sterilized pets present a win-win situation. The pet is generally healthier and the pet-owner relationship is generally less stressful and, therefore, more enjoyable.

To receive a voucher, the pet owner must speak with a member of Volunteers For Animals. The pet owner can call the Shelter at 585-343-6410 to leave a message for a volunteer -- please leave name and phone number where a volunteer can call the pet owner. An e-mail can also be sent to [email protected].

January 27, 2016 - 11:26am
posted by Billie Owens in accidents, bergen, Le Roy.

Another motor-vehicle accident is reported on Route 490. This one is in the westbound lane, also at mile marker 1. A vehicle went off the road and struck a tree. Unknown injuries. Bergen and Le Roy fire departments and Le Roy medics are responding.

UPDATE 11:33 a.m.: Responders report finding no such vehicle anywhere in the area. The assignment is back in service.




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