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May 22, 2014 - 1:37pm
posted by Billie Owens in pembroke, wildlife.

Reader Ivy Otto e-mailed us about her sighting of a black bear early Wednesday morning. Unfortunately we are not able to use the two photos she sent us. Otto says she saw the bear on Akron Road in the "Pembroke/Akron area...almost near the 5 Corners."

"Just wanted to give the neighborhood a heads up!"

The pictures show a full-grown bear coming out of a wooded area alongside a white house, with a white tool shed in back and a white pole in front (the top is not visable, may be a flagpole) with fieldstones around its base.

May 21, 2014 - 5:02pm
posted by Billie Owens in batavia, accidents.

A three-car collision, unknown injuries, is reported at West Main Street and Ellicott Avenue. City fire, Mercy medics and police are on scene.

May 20, 2014 - 9:15pm
posted by Billie Owens in batavia, accidents.

A two-car accident with minor injuries is reported at 472 Ellicott St., between Clifton and Harvester. City fire and Mercy medics are on location.

UPDATE 9:31 p.m. (by Howard): Confirmed, minor injuries. One of the drivers reportedly claimed his brakes went out.

May 20, 2014 - 2:15pm
posted by Billie Owens in Milestones.

Nearly 300 students were candidates for graduate degrees during commencement exercises May 17 at Emporia State University. Students from this area and their degrees are:

  • Brennan James Briggs, of Batavia, master of science degree in Health, Physical Education and Recreation;
  • Julie M. Savage, of Bergen, master of science degree in Health, Physical Education and Recreation.

Founded in 1863 as Kansas State Normal -- the state's premier institution to educate teachers -- Emporia State University offers 42 undergraduate and 27 graduate degrees in the School of Business, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, School of Library and Information Management and The Teachers College. SLIM also offers a Ph.D. program.

May 20, 2014 - 2:10pm
posted by Billie Owens in Milestones.

Batavia native David Wolcott, a senior Clinical Health Studies major in the School of Health Sciences and Human Performance at Ithaca College, was recently awarded the Professional Excellence Award.

The Professional Excellence Award is given in recognition of undergraduate student(s) who exhibit excellence in one or more of the following areas: leadership, clinical practice, service, professionalism, academics, or scholarship.

May 20, 2014 - 1:34pm
posted by Billie Owens in batavia, accidents.

A three-vehicle accident, including a disabled semi-truck, is blocking Ellicott Street just past Swan Street. It is believed to be without injuries. City fire and Mercy medics are responding.

May 20, 2014 - 1:32pm
posted by Billie Owens in accident, Darien, water rescue.

An adult male in a boat in a pond flipped over the boat and is clinging to the side of it, unable to swim to shore. The caller to dispatch said she doesn't believe he is injured. The location is 11221 Harlow Road. Darien fire and EMS are responding to rescue the man from the water.

UPDATE 1:35 p.m.: Law enforcement is on scene.

UPDATE 1:48 p.m.: Darien fire reports the man is now on shore, conscious and alert. He still needs to be evaluated by medics.

May 20, 2014 - 12:47pm
posted by Billie Owens in Announcements.

Wednesday, May 28, 6:30 - 8 p.m. Jon Ehrmentraut, of Landscape Concepts, LeRoy, will present a program on identifying and growing native plants in this area.

Registration is required and can be done online at www.woodwardmemoriallibrary,org or by calling 585-768-8300.

May 20, 2014 - 12:34pm
posted by Billie Owens in Bethany, accidents.

A motorcyclist struck a deer on Route 63, near Clapsaddle Road, in Bethany. Bethany and Stafford fire departments and Mercy medics are dispatched.

UPDATE 12:40 p.m.: Mercy Flight will be responding. Firefighters have to set up the landing zone.

UPDATE 12:47 p.m.: The landing zone will be at the self-storage facility at Route 63 and Stafford Batavia Town Line Road.

UPDATE 1:20 p.m.: The rider was transported by Mercy Flight to Erie County Medical Center, mainly as a precaution for a possible head injury. He was wearing a DOT-approved half-helmut. He was riding about 55 mph on southbound Route 63 when a deer ran into the side of his motorcycle, throwing him off the bike and onto the roadway. The bike continued southbound and came to rest off the east shoulder of the roadway. The button buck did not survive the crash.

May 19, 2014 - 4:00pm
posted by Billie Owens in batavia, fire.

A mulch fire is reported in the parking lot at Save-A-Lot in the city. That's at the corner of Jackson and Ellicott streets. City fire is on scene.

UPDATE 4:01 p.m.: The call to dispatch was made by DPW.

UPDATE 4:04 p.m.: Fire commands reports mulch fire was out upon their arrival. The assignment is back in service.

UPDATE (By Howard): Fire started by a discarded cigarette, apparently. A passerby stomped it out before fire crews arrived.

May 19, 2014 - 12:30pm
posted by Billie Owens in Announcements, tech wars.

Press release:

An exciting, hands-on learning opportunity returns to Genesee Community College on Tuesday, May 20, as the College's ACE Programs hosts the 7th annual Tech Wars for students in the GLOW (Genesee, Livingston, Orleans and Wyoming Counties) region.

The event brings area middle and high school students to GCC's Batavia campus where they'll demonstrate their technology knowledge through innovative, mind-expanding competition. Students arrive on campus at 8:30 a.m. The competition runs from 9:30-12:30. The event is open to the public. Tech Wars had originally been scheduled for March 13 but was cancelled due to a snowstorm.

Students participate in a variety of challenges, generally in groups of two or more. Some of the competition involves bringing to campus projects they've been working on. This year students have been challenged to create a power-producing sculpture that utilizes renewable energy sources such as solar, wind, geothermal or hydroelectric. The sculpture is meant to be a functional piece of art, both utilitarian and aesthetically appealing.

Other competition involves working onsite, such as drawing with CAD (Computer Assisted Drafting) software. From a robotic tractor pull to CO2 truck designs and the ever popular sumo robots, Tech Wars offers fun and challenging events.

"Tech Wars gives students a chance to really exercise creative problem solving skills," said GCC Career Pathways Director Debbie Dunlevy. "Working in groups also helps them understand what it takes to collaborate successfully. And these challenges give them insight into what types of jobs they might pursue in the future."

Last year 450 students from 16 schools participated in Tech Wars.

Batavia's Graham Corporation and Liberty Pumps of Bergen return as Gold Level ($500+) sponsors this year along with Northeast Industrial Technologies, of Lima. Other sponsors include Ken Barrett Chevrolet Cadillac, Allen-Bailey Tag & Label, Lapp Insulators. OXBO, American Douglas Metals and Milherst Construction.

"The support of these businesses is essential to putting on this event," Dunlevy said. "We thank them for investing in what could be future employees."

The Career Pathways Program helps students explore career options and make a smooth transition from high school to college and ultimately to professional careers. Tech Wars is among several dynamic programs giving students the opportunity to learn hands-on, often in business settings and with industry professionals.

May 19, 2014 - 12:20pm
posted by Billie Owens in GCC.

Press release:

The Genesee Community College Foundation invites nominations for its Alumni Hall of Fame, which recognizes those alumni who have achieved outstanding success and made a lasting impact on their community. The Foundation will induct the next class of nominees in March 2015.

"We encourage those who know outstanding graduates to nominate them now," Jackie Christenson, GCC's Alumni coordinator said. "We know there are lots of deserving graduates out there, and we hope people will begin now to submit nominations."

Nomination forms can be downloaded from GCC's Alumni Web site ( and e-mailed or sent to the College's Alumni office.

GCC introduced the Alumni Hall of Fame in 2007. Over eight years, the College has recognized 28 outstanding graduates in a variety of fields, from law enforcement to economic development.

"The success of these graduates serves as an inspiration to all of us here at the College and the community at large," Christenson said. "We are eager to honor more of GCC's best and brightest."

The criteria for nominating an individual to the Alumni Hall of Fame are based on the individual's contributions to his or her profession, distinguished service to the community and/or service to Genesee Community College. Nominees must be well-established in their professional lives, completing their GCC degree at least 10 years prior to nomination.

Nominations may be submitted by the nominee or by friends, family, work associates or other colleagues who are familiar with the nominee. A selection committee will choose honorees. New inductees will be honored at a reception, and their photo and a short biography will be featured on a plaque displayed in the Alumni Hall of Fame, located on the second floor of the Conable Technology Building.

May 19, 2014 - 12:15pm
posted by Billie Owens in batavia.

A benefit dinner for Adam Figlow will be held on May 31 at Ascension Roman Catholic Parish, located at 15 Sumner St. in the City of Batavia.

Adam is a 35-year-old single father of four who is the custodian at the parish. He was diagnosed in December with spindle cell sarcoma of his left arm. He has since undergone two surgeries and a course of radiation therapy.

Dinner starts at 5 p.m. and the proceeds will help him with his medical expenses. There will be spaghetti, a Chinese auction and 50/50 raffle.

Presale tickets are $7 for adults; $8 at the door; $5 for children 4-10.


May 19, 2014 - 12:00pm
posted by Billie Owens in south byron, Announcements.

Two local Nazareth College graduate students were among a class of 185 earning master's or doctoral degrees at the 87th Annual Commencement ceremony that took place at the Blue Cross Arena in Rochester on May 11.

They are Colleen Swinton and Heather Currier, both of South Byron.

May 17, 2014 - 2:21pm
posted by Billie Owens in Announcements, GCC.

Press release:

From American Cinema to Statistics, Psychology to Public Speaking, Digital Photography to Sign Language, Genesee Community College offers a variety of learning opportunities this summer for students of all ages. Register now for Summer Session I. Classes begin May 27.

More than 150 courses are available this summer during three separate sessions:

~    Full Summer Session: May 27, 2014 - Aug. 9

~    Summer Session 1: May 27, 2014 - June 28

~    Summer Session 2: July 7, 2014 - Aug. 9

Many courses are available fully online to make the summer session even more convenient to learn on your own time. "We have more than 50 online courses scheduled for summer," said Craig Lamb, dean of Distributed Learning at GCC. "Our excellent student services and 24/7 technical help desk support can assist students with any need associated with their online or technology-enhanced course. We encourage residents in the GLOW region and Western New York to check out what GCC has to offer this summer."

The full class schedule can be viewed online at

The College offers several summer scholarship programs. The Genesee Promise Plus Summer Scholarship program provides tuition scholarships to high school juniors and seniors and adults new to college. Specific information about who's eligible and how to apply can be found online at: In addition, the Supply Chain Management Scholarship is also available for students interested in starting the 100-percent online program. For details go to:

In addition to the main campus in Batavia, Genesee Community College offers classes at six campus centers located in the four counties of the GLOW (Genesee, Livingston, Orleans, Wyoming) region. The campus centers are conveniently located in Albion, Arcade, Dansville, Lima, Medina and Warsaw. GCC offers more than 60 degree and certificate programs in a high-tech, personalized setting. Learn more at

May 17, 2014 - 1:32pm
posted by Billie Owens in batavia.

This tyke is a public relations specialist. Holding a sign that's as big as he is, he encourages passersby to take a chance on winning a swell ride. He's out in front of the Town of Batavia Fire Station #1. The 15th annual raffle will be held at the volunteer firefighters' wingding July 26. Grand Prize is a 2014 Harley Fat Boy, pictured behind their PR guy.

Photo submitted by Jessica Radam.

May 17, 2014 - 1:08pm
posted by Billie Owens in business, BID.

A workshop on "Winning Customers Through Visual Merchandising & Customer Service" will be presented by the Downtown Batavia Business Improvement District from 8 to 10 a.m. on Wednesday, June 4.

It will take place at the GO ART! building located at 201 E. Main St.

Retailers, restaurants and professionals can benefit from this workshop. The presenter will be Greg Lindberg, an economic development specialist for the state's Small Business Administration. He will focus on: layout tips for store design; product location and displays; how colors drive pruchase decision; better ways to servce customers; winning new customers; how to increase loyalty, and lots more.

The fee is $5 per person and open to all businesses. Light refreshments will be available.

RSVP by Monday, June 2 by calling 585-344-0900.

For more information about this program and other BID events and programs visit this Web site:  <>

May 16, 2014 - 7:51pm
posted by Billie Owens in Alabama, accidents.

A one-car rollover accident is reported on Feeder Road, just west of Judge Road. The driver is claiming no injury although he did bump his head. The vehicle is being "restrained by trees from falling into the creek." Alabama Fire Department is responding along with Mercy medics. The location is in the Tonawanda State Wildlife Management Area.

UPDATE 8:51 p.m.: The Alabama assignment is back in service.

May 16, 2014 - 3:36pm
posted by Billie Owens in cornell extension.

Press release:

Genesee County Master Gardeners will be hosting their annual Spring Garden Gala on Saturday, May 17, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Cornell Cooperative Extension of Genesee County, 420 E. Main St. in Batavia.

There will be a plant sale featuring outdoor and indoor plants (many grown by Master Gardeners), geraniums and a Chance Basket Auction. Bring in a soil sample from your garden for free soil pH testing. Master Gardeners will be available to answer your gardening questions.

There will also be a terrarium demonstration at 11 a.m. and a container gardening demonstration at noon.

Don’t miss your chance to pick up some great plants and other interesting items for your garden. Sale starts promptly at 10 a.m. No early birds please. Chance Auction drawing at 12:30 p.m.

For more information contact Brandie Schultz at Cornell Cooperative Extension of Genesee County, (585) 343-3040, ext. 10; stop by the Extension office at 420 E. Main St. in Batavia; or visit our Web site at

May 16, 2014 - 3:32pm
posted by Billie Owens in batavia, baseball, sports.

Press release:

The Batavia Muckdogs, Genesee County’s only professional sports franchise, have released their 2014 promotional schedule featuring fireworks, giveaways, special events, and daily promotions.

The 2014 season is the 75th anniversary of professional baseball in Batavia. This season will feature a couple promotions to help celebrate this momentous occasion. The first one occurs every Saturday home game, as well as Sunday, Aug. 31. At these seven games, one fan will win $75 worth of “Muck Bucks” courtesy of the Genesee County Baseball Club and the Muckdogs Booster Club. “Muck Bucks” can be used to purchase food and/or merchandise at Dwyer Stadium.

The second promotion will occur on Friday, Aug. 22nd. When baseball came to Batavia in 1939, 3,000 fans attended the first game, which is an attendance record that still stands to this day. The Muckdogs will attempt to break this attendance record on Aug. 22nd. If the record is broken that night, one fan could win $3,001!

The Muckdogs will again offer fans a daily menu of money-saving promotions available throughout the season.

The Daily News will continue to sponsor Muckdog Mondays. Every Monday home game, fans can purchase buy one get one free General Admission tickets with a coupon that runs in the Saturday edition of The Daily News.

Every Tuesday, New York’s 529 College Savings Program presents Kids’ Tuesday Night Tickets. Every Tuesday home game, the first 50 kids accompanied by an adult will receive a free General Admission ticket.

The Family Four Pack will take place on every Wednesday during the 2014 season and is presented by MVP Healthcare. Fans can purchase four general admission tickets, four hot dogs, four 12-oz. sodas and a 2014 program for only $30, a savings of $16.

On Thursday nights, Bob Evans Restaurant will sponsor our Kids Eat Free promotion. At every Thursday home game, the first 100 kids 12 & under will receive a voucher for a free hot dog, soda and snack item.

Fireworks will again light up the sky after every Friday night game at Dwyer Stadium, as well as on the annual Independence Day celebration on July 3rd. Every Saturday will feature a pre-game concert in the concourse. These “Rock the Ballpark” events are presented by Tim Horton’s of Batavia and New Buffalo Impact, with Papa and Mama Root, an oldies rock and roll tribute band, and original music recording artists. All performances begin at 6 p.m. and are weather permitting. Returning to the lineup this year is Dollar Draft Saturday presented by Eastown Beverage and Redemption Center. Every Saturday home game, 12-oz. Bug Light and Genny Light drafts will be just $1 from 6 to 7 p.m.

At Sunday home games, kids can run the bases with Homer after the game courtesy of Bob Evans Restaurant. Also on Sundays, the first 100 seniors will receive a voucher for a free hot dog, soda/coffee, and a snack item courtesy of The Williams Law Firm.

Other games of note on the 2014 promotional schedule include:
Opening Day/Magnet Schedule Giveaway
Saturday, June 14th

Personal First Aid Kit Giveaway
Friday, June 20th

Muckdogs Car Decal Giveaway
Saturday, June 21st

Independence Day Celebration Fireworks
Thursday, July 3rd

Post-Game Helicopter Candy Drop
Sunday, July 20th

Prostate Cancer Awareness
Friday, July 25th

Bark in the Park
Sunday, July 27th

Le Roy Community Night
Friday, Aug. 8th

Muckdogs Note Pad Giveaway
Saturday, Aug. 9th

Snapple Night
Friday, Aug. 22nd

Team Photo Giveaway
Saturday, Aug. 23rd

Fireworks Nights will be as follows: June 20th, June 27th, July 3rd, July 18th, July 25th, Aug. 8th and Aug. 22nd.

The Muckdogs open their 2014 home schedule on Saturday, June 14th vs. the Auburn Doubledays at 7:05 p.m. For a complete 2014 promotional schedule, go to or call the Muckdogs office at (585) 343-5454. Muckdogs season tickets, coupon books, ticket packages and individual tickets are all on sale.




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