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September 7, 2012 - 2:17pm
posted by Billie Owens in fire, Le Roy, bergen.

A small brush fire is reported near the median of the Bovee Road Bridge and Route 490. Bergen and Le Roy fire departments are responding.

UPDATE 2:28 p.m.: Fire is out. Assignment is back in service.

September 7, 2012 - 12:20pm
posted by Billie Owens in accidents, bergen.

A three-car accident is reported north of Peachy Road on Route 19 in Bergen. Bergen Fire Department and Mercy medics are responding. There is air-bag deployment and fluids are leaking. It is blocking traffic.

Fire police are requested to Route 19 and Creamery Road.

UPDATE 12:30 p.m.: Two flatbed tow trucks are called.

UPDATE 1:01 p.m.: Correction: No one was transported, patients were sign-offs.

September 6, 2012 - 3:29pm
posted by Billie Owens in alexander.

The severe thunderstorm forecast this afternoon for southern Genesee County apparently wreaked some havoc at the steam show grounds in Alexander. All available manpower was called to help with clean-up. No word on what kind of clean up is needed or what the damages, if any, are.

The Western New York Gas & Steam Engine Association's 46th Annual Fall Rally started today and runs through Sunday. The steam show grounds are at 10400 Gillate Road in Alexander.

The event features more than 1,000 pieces of equipment, and demonstrations of threshing, log sawing, bailing and plowing. Plus, lots of fresh steamed sweet corn and other goodies. People from throughout the region flock to it every year.

September 6, 2012 - 2:59pm
posted by Billie Owens in batavia.

A large tree limb is down in the roadway at River and South Main streets in the city. City crews are notified.

UPDATE 3:17 p.m.: Howard drove by and said the limb is about seven feet long, less than a foot in diameter, and it's at the side of the roadway.

September 6, 2012 - 2:56pm
posted by Billie Owens in weather.

The National Weather Service has issued a severe thunderstorm warning for the southern half of Genesee County and it's in effect until 3:30 this afternoon.

September 5, 2012 - 6:25pm
posted by Billie Owens in animal rescue, Oakfield.

A gargantuan dog, believed to be a Great Dane, has no collar and has been running loose for most of the day. Earlier, an animal control officer tried approaching it, but the canine would not allow the officer near. Now, a woman tells dispatch she has a Great Dane in her custody at her car, parked at Hutton Road and Maple Avenue in Oakfield. After an officer finishes investigating the allegation of constantly barking huskies in Alabama, she will meet up with the Dane's temporary handler.

UPDATE 6:43 p.m.: The woman who's keeping tabs on the enormous pooch is munching on pretzels while awaiting the animal control officer. No word on whether she's sharing, but we're betting she is as there is little alternative in this situation with said quarry.

UPDATE 6:49 p.m.: "Genesee, I'm in the vicinity of the stray Great Dane."

UPDATE 7:41 p.m.: The officer has the dog and is pound bound. Is anyone missing a Great Dane? (The breed is not exactly inconspicuous. (It's irrefutable, scientific fact that its size is dwarfed by factors not yet quantifiable, for example, a big heart.))

September 5, 2012 - 6:08pm
posted by Billie Owens in animals, pets, Alabama.

An officer is responding to 1371 Lewiston Road, Alabama, for a complaint of dogs barking ceaselessly. The nearest crossroads are Alleghany Road and Church Street. There are reportedly three Siberian huskies on the property.

UPDATE 6:38 p.m.: "The owner has been advised. All FOUR dogs are licensed," the officer reports to dispatch, adding that now she's headed to Oakfield for the stray Great Dane.

September 5, 2012 - 5:45pm
posted by Billie Owens in batavia, fire, College Village.

Burnt food in Room 102 in Spruce Hall at College Village resulted in a fire alarm to which the Town of Batavia Volunteer Fire Department's Engine 24 responded. Upon investigation, burnt food was confirmed to be the cause for alarm and Engine 24 is back in service.

September 5, 2012 - 4:58pm
posted by Billie Owens in Announcements, GCC, jim malcolm, Rory Block.

Press release:

Delta blues and Scottish folk tunes, two distinct and expressive music styles, will be showcased in two concerts this month at the Stuart Steiner Theatre.

Travelling the world with his guitar, harmonicas, and entertaining wit, Jim Malcolm sings the traditional melodies of Scotland and his own masterfully crafted folk songs in a style which is modern and accessible, yet presented in an authentic highland spirit.

He performs at 8 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 21.

Malcolm was lead singer of the phenomenal Scottish band Old Blind Dogs for seven years, touring extensively throughout Europe and North America and playing at many of the biggest folk festivals. He plays guitar in mainly DADGAD tuning (an alternative guitar tuning practice most associated with Celtic music), and simultaneously plays harmonica to a seldom heard standard.

In 2004, Malcolm was "Songwriter of the Year" in the Scots Traditional Music Awards, been nominated three times for "Scots Singer of the Year," and is renowned for his musical interpretation of the poetry of Robert Burns.

"Given the right song, he'll melt you in your seat," raved one critic. What's more, Jim's engaging between-song wit has developed into an art form of its own. To visit Jim Malcolm's Web site, go to

Jim Malcolm concert ticket prices:
Adults -- $8
Seniors (aged 55+) -- $5
Students (under age 18) and GCC faculty/staff -- $5
GCC students with college ID -- $3
GCC Alumni -- $2 discount with alumni card

(Malcolm's show is appropriate for students 12 and older, and children under age 5 will not be permitted.)

Then at 8 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 27, Rory Block will sing blues and folk music like she was born on the banks of the Mississippi.

Although she hails from New Jersey, Block began plumbing the depths of the Delta sound at the age of 12. She learned by jamming with legendary bluesmen Eddie "Son" House and Skip James, and by absorbing the style of the late, great blues master Robert Johnson.

Block has spent years honing her craft through her own original and affecting country blues tunes, and by performing and recording with some of today's leading musicians, including Bonnie Raitt, Bruce Hornsby and Keb Mo. She earned awards for Traditional Blues Female Artist of the Year and Best Acoustic Blues Album of the Year. For Rory Block's Web site, visit:

Rory Block concert tickets cost:
Adults -- $10
Seniors (aged 55+) -- $8
Students (under age 18) and GCC faculty/staff -- $5
GCC students with college ID -- $3
GCC Alumni -- $2 discount with alumni card

(Block's show is appropriate for students aged 16 and older, and children under age 5 will not be permitted.)

Tickets will move quickly, so order them today by calling the Center for the Arts Box Office at 345-6814 or via email at [email protected].

September 5, 2012 - 3:30pm
posted by Billie Owens in Announcements, GCC, alumni, roz steiner, art.

Press release:

Amid the joy of reuniting with friends and professors, the big hair and '80s tribute bands, and the great food and good times that will mark Homecoming at Genesee Community College in September, will be inspiring artwork created by GCC alumni.

The Roz Steiner Art Gallery will showcase a variety of media from talented graduates: digital photography, nature paintings, ceramics, realistic portraiture, serigraphs and watercolors, photography and multimedia works.

The exhibitors for the Alumni Exhibition include:

Amanda J. Adams, from the GCC class of 2007, is a digital photographer and certified art educator. She earned her associate degree in Fine Arts after graduating from Greece Athena High School. In 2009, Adams completed her bachelor's degree in Art Education, and is currently working toward a master's degree in Art Education from Nazareth College in Rochester.

Briana Coogan-Bassett was raised in Warsaw in a family of artists. Her collection of nature paintings brings to light the plight of endangered animals. Coogan-Bassett earned a Fine Arts associate degree from GCC in 2009, where she says she "learned basic photo developing skills, hand building techniques, how to construct and prepare a canvas, and the importance of drawing what you see." Her work has been featured in solo exhibits with both the Genesee Valley Council on the Arts and the Arts Council for Wyoming County.

Megan Dembinski is ceramist from the GCC class of 2009 who lives in Silver Springs. After completing her studies at Genesee, Dembinski earned a bachelor's degree in Art History with a minor in Studio Art from SUNY Geneseo in 2011. The Arts Council for Wyoming County awarded her the Rising Star Scholarship, which included a solo exhibition and a booth at the Letchworth Arts and Crafts Show and Sale. Dembinski plans to pursue a master's degree in either Art Conservation or Art Education.

Heather Gleason, from Elba, focuses on historical photographs in creating her realistic portraits. She earned an associate degree in Fine Arts from GCC in 2009 and then completed a Bachelor of Science in Studio Art from SUNY Brockport in 2011.

Chris Held has spent most of his life in Leicester, where the rural community has shaped his collection of watercolors and serigraphs featuring nature scenes. Held graduated from GCC in 2003 with an associate degree, and completed his bachelor's degree from SUNY Geneseo in 2008. He was the first recipient of the Rising Star Scholarship Award from the Arts Council for Wyoming County.

Michael Mulley is a Batavia native who owns the College Street Gallery in the historic Allentown District of Buffalo. The freelance photographer earned his associate degree in communications in 1988 and completed a bachelor's degree in Fine Art Photography from RIT in 1991. Mulley's photos have been published in The Buffalo News Sunday Magazine, Buffalo Spree magazine, Artvoice, Hallwalls' publications, The Art Laboratory of Berlin and the jazz magazine Coda.

Mary Jo Whitman graduated from GCC in 2009 with an associate degree in Fine Arts. She uses a variety of materials to produce interesting and meaningful two- and three-dimensional artworks. Whitman is currently working toward a bachelor's degree in Studio Arts from SUNY Brockport, with a dual concentration in sculpture and photography, as well as minors in art history and psychology.

"As I looked over the resumes and portfolios of this group of artists, I was impressed with the quality of the artwork, as well as the breadth of both subject and media," said Gallery Manager Shirley Verrico. "These artists clearly developed excellent foundation skills at GCC, but perhaps more importantly, each found a creative voice with which they could express themselves in a unique and personal way."

The exhibit runs from Sept. 14 through Nov. 8, with a reception planned from 1-4 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 29 during homecoming weekend.

The gallery is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday but it's closed on Tuesday. Admission to the Roz Steiner Art Gallery is FREE.

To learn more about the gallery and the upcoming exhibit, visit:

GCC's Bringin' Back the '80s Homecoming Weekend Sept. 28-29 has something for everyone and for all ages, including live bands, a car show, soccer games, brunch, Athletic Hall of Fame inductions and an Oktoberfest mixer with the Batavia Rotary Club at the Batavia Downs.

The complete rundown of activities, and registration forms for key events, are available on the GCC homecoming Web site:

September 5, 2012 - 2:44pm
posted by Billie Owens in accidents, bergen.

A motor vehicle accident is reported on Route 33 in Bergen. Bergen Fire Police are asked to shut down traffic at Route 33 and School Road, and Route 33 at West Bergen Road. Mercy medics and the Bergen Fire Department are also responding.

UPDATE 3:31 p.m.: This accident involved a tractor-trailer from Ontario, Canada, and it tore down some power lines, which National Grid is working to repair.

UPDATE 3:44 p.m.: The roadway is reopened.

September 5, 2012 - 2:32pm
posted by Billie Owens in Pavilion, accidents.

A motor vehicle accident with injuries is reported at Route 20 and Perry Road. Pavilion Fire Department and Mercy medics are responding. A flatbed tow is requested for a 2006 Toyota Corolla with front-end damage.

September 4, 2012 - 3:28pm
posted by Billie Owens in genesee county, Le Roy, weather.

The deluge of rain has flooded roadways and drainage pipes causing driving hazards and other problems.

There are reports of flooding on Route 5 and Gilbert Street, Route 19 and Hilltop, Route 19 and Wolcott in Le Roy.

In the city, Watson and Thorpe are flooded again, about six to eight inches of water as the storm wound down. The basement of 14 Watson St. flooded again. Watson and Evans was also flooded.

We'll add more info as we get it.

UPDATE 3:50 p.m.: According to the National Weather Service, it's about 72 degrees out with humidity of 87 percent. More showers and possibly a thunderstorm are predicted until midnight, with showers forecast thereafter. Route 5 is reopened.

September 2, 2012 - 3:38pm
posted by Billie Owens in Deal of the Day.

Alex's Place, 8322 Park Road, Batavia, NY: People come from all over the region for a fine dining experience at Alex's. It's best known for its ribs, of course, but Alex's seafood is also a favorite of the restaurant's diners. We have a $25 gift certificate for $12.50

Alli's Cones & Dogs, 7063 Lewiston Road, Oakfield, NY: Full breakfast, lunch and dinner menu; all-you-can-eat salad bar; ice cream served year-round; eat-in or take-out. We have a $20 gift certificate for $10.

Center Street Smoke House, 20 Center St., Batavia, NY: Authentic Southern BBQ, from ribs to brisket with all the fixin's. We have a $20 gift card for $10.

Ficarella's Pizzeria, 21 Liberty St., Batavia, NY: Dine-in, drive-thru or delivery. Featuring fresh, hearth-baked pizza since 1985, plus wings, pasta and more. We have a $20 gift certificate for $10. (Good only at the Batavia location.)

Greg'ry's Bakery, 13 N. Lake Road, Bergen, NY: The bakery offers a variety of the finest cakes, cookies, pies, cupcakes, breads, breakfast and lunch sandwiches and so much more. Each treat is made the same as it has been for decades and baked right here. Come in and sample some for yourself! We have a $20 gift certificate for $10.

Rancho Viejo, 12 Ellicott St., Batavia, NY: Traditional Mexican cuisine, from tacos and burritos to pollo norteno, Rancho Viejo brings a bit of "south of the border" to Batavia's restaurant scene. We have a $20 gift card for $10.

Settler's, 353 W. Main St., Batavia, NY: Settler's has a 25-year history of serving great, affordable breakfasts, lunches and dinners to Batavians. We have a $20 gift certificate for $10.

South Main Country Gifts, 3356 S. Main St. Road, Batavia, NY: Handcrafted items, gifts with a regional flair, candles, jams, soups, home furnishings & more -- South Main has a wide selection to please most any interest. Decorate your home or office for the upcoming fall season. We have a $20 gift certificate for $10.

Alabama Hotel, 1353 Lewiston Road, Basom, NY: A historic and legendary tavern and restaurant. The Alabama Hotel is famous for its fish fries, but also serves a variety of top-quality entrees, featuring Certified Angus Beef. Now with expanded hours. We have a $25 gift certificate for $12.50.

Jagged Edges Salon, 4140 Veterans Memorial Drive, Batavia, NY: Jagged Edges Salon is a walk-in and appointment salon for men, women and children. It is a fun, welcoming salon that offers all hair care services including cuts, color, highlights, lowlights, perms, styling/updos, treatments, and facial waxing. Hours are 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday. We have a $20 gift certificate for $10.

Palm Island Indoor Water Park, 8250 Park Road, Batavia, NY: The newest family fun center in Genesee County, featuring a hot tub, monsoon lagoon pool and play area, tipping buckets, water slides, arcade with 15 games and birthday party rooms. We have a pair of gift certificates worth $40 in merchandise or services for $20.

Sweetland Pines Golf Course, 5795 Sweetland Road, Stafford, NY: Sweetland Pines is a par 3 golf course, great for beginners and experienced golfers working on the short game. Relaxed golf game, average play is about 1 hour and 20 minutes, leaving the golfer time to enjoy rest of the day. We have a $25 gift certificate for $12.50.

The Mane Attraction Salon and Spa99 Main St., Batavia, NY: offers "Affordable Luxury" in downtown Batavia. We pride ourselves in the great customer service we give to the entire family. Men, women and children are all welcome either by appointment or walk-in. We offer all hair care services including cuts, color, highlights, lowlights, perms, styling/updos, facials, leg and back waxing, Shellac Polish System, manicures and pedicures. We are the only salon in Batavia that has an airplane chair for kids' cuts! Hours are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday. We have $20 gift certificates for $10.


September 2, 2012 - 12:46pm
posted by Billie Owens in batavia, accidents.

A motorcycle accident with injuries is reported at the corner of Walnut and South Main streets. City firefighters, police and Mercy EMS are responding.

UPDATE 12:49 p.m.: City fire is back in service.

August 31, 2012 - 8:48pm
posted by Billie Owens in crime, Pavilion.

A fight among four people is reported at 6698 Ellicott St. in Pavilion. The parties are separated and Sheriff's deputies are on scene. Alcohol is reportedly a factor.

August 31, 2012 - 3:13pm
posted by Billie Owens in Announcements.

One of Batavia's favorite homegrown musical duos -- Ken and Jeannie Veltz -- will be downtown to perform at Coffee Culture on Sunday evening. Sept. 2 is Ken's birthday!

There will be time to socialize with them beginning at 6:30 and they will perform from 7 to 8:30. (It's free, but donations are gladly accepted.) The eatery is located at 6 Court St. in Batavia.

The folkie, acoustic couple is traveling and performing wherever the wind takes them and they are planning to travel in six states within the next month.

Here's a link to copy and paste in the URL of a new song of their's.

Or just visit

August 31, 2012 - 2:41pm
posted by Billie Owens in batavia, business improvement district, wine walk.

Tickets are on sale for Downtown's third annual "Taste of Fall Wine Walk," which will be held from 5 to 9 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 15. The event includes 21 tastings, a commemorative wine glass, and a discount card for dinner and shopping.

Tickets cost $20 and are going fast. Designated drivers pay $5. Twenty-one stores and businesses are on the itinerary.

Only 500 tickets will be sold and last year they were gone two weeks prior to the event.

You can buy them at:

  • Coffee Culture, 6 Court St.
  • T-Shirts Etc., 111 Main St.
  • Valle Jewelers, 21 Jackson St.

All participants must be age at least 21 years old.

On the night of the event, registration is at the Genesee Orleans Art Council, 201 E. Main St.

The host and major sponsor is the Batavia Business Improvement District, the Genesee Valley Pennysaver and T-Shirts Etc.

Visit or Facebook: Downtown Batavia Improvement District for more information about this and other events. To phone the BID, call 344-0900.





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