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August 14, 2013 - 9:15pm
posted by Billie Owens in batavia, accidents.

A three-car accident, blocking traffic, is reported at Batavia-Oakfield Townline Road and Downey Road. Town of Batavia Fire Department and Mercy Medics are responding. One patient is complaining of leg pain.

August 14, 2013 - 6:02pm
posted by Billie Owens in accident, alexander.

A two-car accident is reported at 9864 Alexander Road. It is blocking traffic. One person is said to have chest injuries. There was air bag deployment. The location is between Peaviner and Lang roads. Alexander Fire Department and its Ambulance Service are responding.

UPDATE 6:18 p.m.: Alexander ambulance is transporting one patient to UMMC.

UPDATE 6:26 p.m.: The patient is a 41-year-old female with chest pain.

August 13, 2013 - 11:58am
posted by Billie Owens in business, Le Roy.

Information from Le Roy Christian Community Project:

With fall just around the corner and the new school year quickly approaching, the Le Roy Christian Community Project (LCCP) needs your support!

Local businesses and citizens are asked to be a sponsor or contribute donations for our Annual Live and Silent Auction, which is set for Sept. 21. This is our largest fundraiser of the year. Donations of merchandise or gift cards are greatly appreciated.

These contributions support the children and youth of Le Roy and help them become responsible adults through the work of the LCCP. When you contribute to this event, you are not only contributing to a community organization, you are advertising your company and merchandise.

To make a contribution, contact the LCCP:

  • Address -- 7 E. Main St., Le Roy 14482
  • Phone -- 768-7540
  • Web address -- leroychristiancommunityproject.org

The LCCP is a grassroots organization that has been serving Le Roy and its surrounding communities since 1998. We believe that children and youth are vital community assets that must be nurtured and cared for by their communities.

We offer a variety of programs for them, including an After School Program, Summer Day Camp, and a Teen Drop-In Center. These programs and activities provide a "safe haven" where children and youth can find mentoring, academic support, recreational opportunities (such as dance and theater instruction), social skill building and ways to give back to the community through service projects. The programs are offered at little or no cost to participating families.

August 13, 2013 - 10:26am
posted by Billie Owens in fire, Darien.

The homeowner of property at 2044 Sumner Road reports the barn is on fire. Darien Fire Department is responding along with mutual aid from Corfu and Alexander. The location is between Harper and Walker roads, at the bottom of a hill. There is a truck inside the barn, according to the homeowner, but no hay or animals. Firefighters are told there is a creek to draw water from across from the property.

UPDATE 10:26 a.m.: The blaze is said "to be going pretty good."

UPDATE 10:37 a.m.: "We've pretty well got it knocked down." Equipment at the scene will suffice; those still heading to barn are told to proceed non-emergency.

UPDATE 10:40 a.m.: The barn fire is knocked down and they are starting overhaul.

UPDATE 10:57 a.m.: The fire is out and firefighters are picking up their equipment and preparing to leave.

UPDATE 11:09 a.m.: The assignment is back in service.

August 11, 2013 - 3:01pm
posted by Billie Owens in Darien, accidents.

Frances McClellan, the 81-year-old driver who reportedly pulled in front of a bus last Wednesday in Darien, succombed on Thursday to critical injuries suffered in the crash, according to State Police.

She was being treated for head trauma at Erie County Medical Center, where she was taken by Mercy Flight following the acccident on Route 20 at Tinkham Road.

The sole passenger on the bus, Stephen Smith, 58, of Bath, suffered a minor leg injury and was treated at the scene. Bus driver Jeremy Hill, 34, of Bath, was not injured.

August 11, 2013 - 2:00pm
posted by Billie Owens in Announcements, GO ART!.

The Genesee-Orleans Regional Arts Council (GO ART!) is seeking artists interested in exhibiting their work in all four of its galleries in 2013-14. There is no cost to apply or to exhibit.

The galleries are:

  • Bank of Castile Main Gallery at GO ART!, Seymour Place, 201 E. Main St., Batavia;
  • Batavia Satellite Gallery in the Genesee County Senior Center, 2 Bank St., Batavia;
  • Albion Satellite Gallery in the GCC Albion Campus, 456 West Avenue (Route 31) Albion;
  • Medina Satellite Gallery in the Shirt Factory Café, 115 W. Center St., Medina.

Since 1977, GO ART! has served area artists by providing exhibit space for their work. Gallery exhibits are typically displayed for two months and feature visual art by local and regional artists.

For additional information, contact the Genesee-Orleans Regional Arts Council at 585-343-9313, e-mail [email protected] or download an application online at www.GOart.org <http://www.GOart.org>

August 11, 2013 - 1:32pm
posted by Billie Owens in Deal of the Day.

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.

Sweet Pea’s Cupcakery Café, 23 Jackson St., Batavia, NY. We are a full-service Cupcake Bakery and Café. Now serving soft-serve ice cream! We offer a variety of baked goods, mainly varieties of specialty and traditional scratch-made cupcakes, as well as other bakery items such as cookies and brownies. We also serve a variety of hot and cold coffee beverages. Check out our location, or place an order for parties, gatherings or any other reasons you can think of to enjoy some cupcakes. We have a $10 gift card for $6.

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 a $20 gift certificate for $10.

Dave's Ice Cream, 3872 W. Main Street Road, Batavia, NY: Dave's offers only locally purchased products, including Perry's hard ice cream in a wide variety of yummy flavors, with a wonderful assortment of toppings and homemade waffle cones. Different soft-serve flavors are offered weekly. We have a $10 gift certificate for $6.

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 $12.

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 $15.

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 $12.

T.F. Brown's, 214 E. Main St., Batavia, NY: T.F. Brown's is a great place for a good meal, good friends and to catch up on what's going on in the sports world. "If it happens in sports, it happens at Brown's." Stop in and check out our Jumbo Chicken Wings, Roast Beef on Weck and Friday night fish fry. The original family spaghetti sauce still adorns all of our Italian specialties. The other popular selections from our menu range from Super Salads, butcher cut Strip Loin and South of the Border items. We offer daily lunch and dinner specials as well as a full adult and children’s menu. We have a $20 gift certificate for $12.

Oliver's Candies, 211 W. Main St., Batavia, NY: Oliver's, a Batavia landmark, offers the finest chocolate and confections in the area. We have a $20 gift card for $12.

Smokin' Eagle BBQ & Brew, 9 Main St., Le Roy, NY. The kind of downhome, laid-back and comfortable place that just feels right. Open daily for lunch, dinner and drinks, this eatery and bar features a variety of eats and drinks that are outstanding. Specializing in smoked meats -- each meat is dry rubbed with a proprietary mix of seasonings, then smoked slowly in their on-site smoker for maximum flavor and tenderness. With a variety of appetizers, burgers, sandwiches, wraps, combo platters and entrées, there's always plenty of choice for even picky eaters. Great food, frosty brews and some of the best folk around call the Smokin' Eagle BBQ & Brew their favorite -- make it your favorite today! Don't forget to ask about our catering! We have a $20 gift card for $12.

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 $12. (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 $10 gift certificate for $6.

Andy’s Pizzeria, 4434 Ford Road, Elba, NY: We have been in business over 30 years and offer pizza, subs and wings. Our Everyday Special: Large cheese plus 1 topping pizza, 24 wings and a 2-liter Pepsi -- Only $29 (tax included). Other places tell YOU how great their food is…. At Andy’s: WE LET OUR CUSTOMERS DO THAT FOR US! Phone is 757-6699. We have a $20 gift certificate for $12.

Sweet Ecstasy Bakery & Cafe, 201 E. Main St., Batavia, NY. A retail and special-order bakery and cafe located in Downtown Batavia inside Seymour Place. Offering a wide variety of items such as cookies, filled cupcakes, quick breads, pies, breakfast pastries, daily. On Fridays, Sweet Ecstasy Bakery offers fresh artisan bread like baguettes, sourdough and rye starting at noon. The custom cakes are out of this world with 3D characters or gorgeous wedding cakes to suit any budget. For all your sweet treats, we have a $10 gift certificate for $6.

The Color Salon, 35 Center St., Batavia, NY: Our attention to detail, combined with the focus on precision haircutting techniques will ensure that your hair will be your best accessory when you leave The Color Salon. We offer all hair care services including cuts, color, highlights, up-dos, as well as waxing services. We carry products such as KMS and Paul Mitchell. Now available: Bella Taylor purses! We have a $25 gift certificate for $12.50.

Present Tense books and gifts, 101 Washington Ave., Batavia, NY: Whether your taste runs to local authors, the finest in fiction or nonfiction or you're looking for a unique and special gift, this charming store in a cozy Victorian house on the edge of downtown is a great place to stop and shop. We have a $25 gift certificate for $12.50.

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 $15.

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.

Spirits, 78 Lake St., Le Roy, NY. Le Roy's favorite sports bar, where fun and good food are always on tap. Come try one of our many delicious burgers that we have to offer, as well as our HUGE Bomber Sandwich, homemade chicken fingers made to order, and the all-time favorite Dumpster Plate with many choices. We deliver. We have a $20 gift certificate for $12.

Bohn's Restaurant, 5256 Clinton St., Batavia, NY: Fine dining in an atmosphere of casual elegance. Lunch and dinner, steak, prime rib and seafood. Ask about Bohn's catering services and banquet facility. We have a $25 gift certificate for $15.

Pudgie's Lawn & Garden Center, 3646 W. Main St. Road, Batavia, NY: Spring is here and Pudgie’s has everything you need to enjoy the season -- hanging baskets of beautiful flowers, lawn care products, shrubbery, gardening supplies, and more. We have a $25 gift certificate for $12.50.

Bourbon & Burger Co., 9 Jackson St., Batavia, NY: Batavia's newest burger joint offers more than two dozen different types of tasty hamburgers. Our menu also includes a variety of sandwiches, appetizers and an extensive beer list, plus a full bar. We have a $20 gift certificate for $12.

Santino's Pizza, 2 Main St., Oakfield, NY: We're pizza and a whole lot more! Voted #1 pizza in Genesee County in blind taste test! Santino's features pizza, wings, subs, wraps, ice cream, and more! We have a $20 gift certificate for $12.

SOLD OUT

August 11, 2013 - 11:08am
posted by Billie Owens in accidents, bergen.

A motorcyclist has crashed and is injured at 7162 Lyman Road in Bergen. Mercy medics and Bergen fire are responding. The location is between West Bergen and Beaver Meadows roads.

UPDATE 11:13 a.m.: The rider of the black Suzuki is a male who is conscious and alert but has numerous scrapes and scratches to his head and legs.

UPDATE 11:18 a.m.: One of the lanes of traffic is blocked.

UPDATE 11:36 p.m.: The patient is being transported to Strong Memorial Hospital. Someone is coming to remove the motorcycle from the roadway. The Bergen assignment is back in service.

August 10, 2013 - 2:23pm
posted by Billie Owens in crime.

Someone hitched a ride on a CXS train and the engineer called dispatch, asking that an officer be sent to where it will be stopping in a couple of minutes at the Wilkinson Road crossing in Batavia. The engineer wants to speak with the alleged scofflaw, who is said to be riding behind some semi-trailers the train is hauling.

UPDATE 2:50 p.m.: An agent for CSX is going to the State Police Barracks in Batavia to press charges against the suspect.

August 10, 2013 - 1:02pm

Join Alex's Place for its 6th annual charity golf event, which includes golf, lunch, drink specials, prime rib dinner, prizes, and giveaways!

Date: Sunday, Aug. 25
Time: Registration & festivities begin at noon. Shotgun start at 1 p.m.
Location: Terry Hills Golf Course, Batavia
Cost: $95 per golfer for registration
To Benefit: Crossroads House & the Chef Russell Scholarship

Registration forms are available through the Web site of Alex's Place. Print them out, fill them out, then send via mail or fax.

Mailed registration forms must be postmarked by Aug. 16 and mailed to:

Alex’s Place, c/o Colleen Kemp, 8322 Park Road Batavia, NY 14020

Faxed registration forms must be sent by Aug. 19. The Fax number is (585) 219-4303

The Chef Russell Memorial Golf Scramble serves as a dual benefit. The money raised is donated to Crossroads House of Genesee County and for a scholarship created in Memory of Chef Russell Bugbee.We are honored to put on this yearly scramble and are proud to donate the proceeds to two very deserving causes:

  • Crossroads House is a comfort care home that serves the residents of Genesee and Wyoming counties who have been medically determined to be in their last stages of life. It is an alternative to a hospital or nursing home when care can no longer be provided in the patient’s own home. Crossroads is an incorporated not-for-profit organization that provides service free of charge.
  • The Chef Russell Bugbee scholarship is awarded as a tribute to Chef Russell, who we tragically lost in Oct 2010. The scholarship will be awarded to an area high school graduate that is not only pursuing an education in the culinary field, but also has the drive and passion that Chef Russell had for the culinary arts.

What is included for the day:

  • 18 holes of golf at Terry Hills Golf Course with cart
  • Grilled lunch with draft beer and soda at registration
  • Beverage service throughout the tournament, including $1 beer specials
  • Dinner (hand-carved prime rib, stuffed chicken breast and pasta marinara
  • Prizes, skins and 50/50
  • Giveaways and goody bags for all!
August 10, 2013 - 12:28pm
posted by Billie Owens in Announcements, GC Women's Republican Club.

The Genesee County Women’s Republican Club will host its annual Lucky Numbers event which will be held Thursday, Aug. 22 at the Batavia Country Club, 7909 Batavia Byron Road, Batavia.

The doors will open at 5:30 p.m. with dinner at 6:30.

Cost is $18 per person. For more information or to make a reservation contact Michele Smith at 494-1548.

Genesee County United Way Backpack Program is the Club’s 2013 Caring for America Organization. People attending are encouraged to bring a donation. Come join the fun!

August 10, 2013 - 12:14pm
posted by Billie Owens in accident, byron.

A motor-vehicle accident with injuries is reported at Route 237 and Warboys Road. Byron Fire Department and Mercy medics are responding. There are two victims and one of them is trapped in a vehicle and extrication equipment will be needed. Mercy Flight out of Buffalo is available if needed.

UPDATE 12:17 p.m.: Mercy Flight is not needed. The vehicle is now open which had entrapped the patient.

UPDATE 12:19 p.m.: Two ambulances are requested to the scene. Fire police from Byron and South Byron are called in.

UPDATE 12:21 p.m.: Byron command requests all units en route to come in non-emergency mode.

UPDATE 12:29 p.m.: Mercy medics are back in service. One flatbed tow truck is requested.

UPDATE 12:52 p.m.: An 81-year-old male with back and shoulder pain is being transported to UMMC. All responding units are back in service.

August 9, 2013 - 12:22pm
posted by Billie Owens in business.

United Memorial Medical Center has agreed to assume responsibility for the distribution of the Medical Record for retired pediatrician, Dr. Irene Burns’ patients and to assist in transferring medical information to new providers in a timely manner.

The transition process began several months ago and to date, the majority of patients have seamlessly transferred to area practices.

Until Sept. 30, to request records of patients formerly managed by Dr. Burns, please contact Darlene Sergeant at (585) 344-5335. Faxed requests may be sent to (585) 815-6744.

After Sept. 30, all remaining records will be moved to United Memorial’s Batavia Family and Pediatric Care. To transfer records after this date, please contact Batavia Family and Pediatric Care Center at (585)344-4800, option 1, or fax requests to (585) 344-7370.

August 8, 2013 - 3:48pm
posted by Billie Owens in animal rescue.

"Yolo" got her second chance once readers of The Batavian saw her story posted Tuesday. The kitten is currently at the county Animal Shelter and will undergo surgery to amputate an injured hind leg tommorrow at State Street Animal Hospital.

According to Volunteers for Animals, prior to contacting us, they had raised half of the $600 needed for her medical care.

This afternoon we received the happy ending to this story in an e-mail from volunteer Andre Miller:

"THANK YOU THANK YOU! Power of the media. Not only have we raised enough money for Yolo, but she has a home!!!!! A woman saw your article and just lost her 16-year-old amputee kitty. She is going to take her home after surgery and care for the cat as she is retired and can give her lots of attention. So thank you for putting this out there! It's a lifesaver!"

We say thank you to our kind and compassionate readers and wish Yolo a speedy recovery!

August 8, 2013 - 2:52pm
posted by Billie Owens in Deal of the Day.

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 $15.

The Enchanted Florist, 202 E. Main St., Batavia, NY: Whether you need just the right gift or a memorial or just want to brighten your own home or workplace, The Enchanted Florist can put together just the right floral arrangement for you. We have a $20 gift certificate for $10.

Oliver's Candies, 211 W. Main St., Batavia, NY: Oliver's, a Batavia landmark, offers the finest chocolate and confections in the area. We have a $20 gift card for $12.

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 Color Salon, 35 Center St., Batavia, NY: Our attention to detail, combined with the focus on precision haircutting techniques will ensure that your hair will be your best accessory when you leave The Color Salon. We offer all hair care services including cuts, color, highlights, up-dos, as well as waxing services. We carry products such as KMS and Paul Mitchell. Now available: Bella Taylor purses! We have a $25 gift certificate for $12.50.

O'Lacy's Irish Pub, 5 School St. Batavia, NY: In Irish pubs, it doesn't get more authentic than O'Lacy's. Be sure to try the homemade chips. We have a $20 gift certificate for $10.

Pudgie's Lawn & Garden Center, 3646 W. Main St. Road, Batavia, NY: Spring is here and Pudgie’s has everything you need to enjoy the season -- hanging baskets of beautiful flowers, lawn care products, shrubbery, gardening supplies, and more. We have a $25 gift certificate for $12.50.

Present Tense Books and Gifts, 101 Washington Ave., Batavia, NY: Whether your taste runs to local authors, the finest in fiction or nonfiction or you're looking for a unique and special gift, this charming store in a cozy Victorian house on the edge of downtown is a great place to stop and shop. 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 a $20 gift certificate for $10.

Dave's Ice Cream, 3872 W. Main Street Road, Batavia, NY: Dave's offers only locally purchased products, including Perry's hard ice cream in a wide variety of yummy flavors, with a wonderful assortment of toppings and homemade waffle cones. Different soft-serve flavors are offered weekly. We have a $10 gift certificate for $6.

Adam Miller Toy & Bicycles, 8 Center St., Batavia, NY: Feel like a kid in a toy store again, or treat your kids to the greatest toy store they will ever see. We have a $25 gift certificate for $12.50.

Bourbon & Burger Co., 9 Jackson St., Batavia, NY: Batavia's newest burger joint offers more than two dozen different types of tasty hamburgers. Our menu also includes a variety of sandwiches, appetizers and an extensive beer list, plus a full bar. We have a $20 gift certificate for $12.

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 $12.

Viking Valhalla Restaurant & Rose Garden Bowl21 Buffalo Road, Bergen, NY: Open for lunch Monday through Sunday, and dinner Friday and Saturday evenings. Dinner favorites are our succulent prime rib and Friday fish fries! We are always happy to help plan your special occasion -- wedding, shower, rehearsal dinner, stag party, graduation, company function, banquet, family or class reunion. We have a $20 gift certificate for $12.

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 $15.

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 $12.

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 $12. (Good only at the Batavia location.)

Sweet Ecstasy Bakery, 201 E. Main St. (Seymour Place), Batavia, NY. A retail and special order bakery located in Stafford. Offering a wide variety of items such as cookies, filled cupcakes, quick breads, pies, breakfast pastries, daily. On Fridays, Sweet Ecstasy Bakery offers fresh artisan bread like baguettes, sourdough and rye starting at noon. The custom cakes are out of this world with 3D characters or gorgeous wedding cakes to suit any budget. For all your sweet treats, we have a $10 gift certificate for $6.

T.F. Brown's, 214 E. Main St., Batavia, NY: T.F. Brown's is a great place for a good meal, good friends and to catch up on what's going on in the sports world. "If it happens in sports, it happens at Brown's." Stop in and check out our Jumbo Chicken Wings, Roast Beef on Weck and Friday night fish fry. The original family spaghetti sauce still adorns all of our Italian specialties. The other popular selections from our menu range from Super Salads, butcher cut Strip Loin and South of the Border items. We offer daily lunch and dinner specials as well as a full adult and children’s menu. We have a $20 gift certificate for $12.

Santino's Pizza, 2 Main St., Oakfield, NY: We're pizza and a whole lot more! Voted #1 pizza in Genesee County in blind taste test! Santino's features pizza, wings, subs, wraps, ice cream, and more! We have a $20 gift certificate for $12.

Bohn's Restaurant, 5256 Clinton St., Batavia, NY: Fine dining in an atmosphere of casual elegance. Lunch and dinner, steak, prime rib and seafood. Ask about Bohn's catering services and banquet facility. We have a $25 gift certificate for $15.

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.

Smokin' Eagle BBQ & Brew, 9 Main St., Le Roy, NY. The kind of downhome, laid-back and comfortable place that just feels right. Open daily for lunch, dinner and drinks, this eatery and bar features a variety of eats and drinks that are outstanding. Specializing in smoked meats -- each meat is dry rubbed with a proprietary mix of seasonings, then smoked slowly in their on-site smoker for maximum flavor and tenderness. With a variety of appetizers, burgers, sandwiches, wraps, combo platters and entrées, there's always plenty of choice for even picky eaters. Great food, frosty brews and some of the best folk around call the Smokin' Eagle BBQ & Brew their favorite -- make it your favorite today! Don't forget to ask about our catering! We have a $20 gift card for $12.

Andy’s Pizzeria, 4434 Ford Road, Elba, NY: We have been in business over 30 years and offer pizza, subs and wings. Our Everyday Special: Large cheese plus 1 topping pizza, 24 wings and a 2-liter Pepsi -- Only $29 (tax included). Other places tell YOU how great their food is…. At Andy’s: WE LET OUR CUSTOMERS DO THAT FOR US! Phone is 757-6699. We have a $20 gift certificate for $12.

SOLD OUT

August 7, 2013 - 6:53pm
posted by Billie Owens in batavia, crime.

At least 12 males are congregating in the area of Tim Horton's and Wendy's on Main Street in the city and appear to be preparing for a fight, according to a caller to dispatch. Police are responding.

August 7, 2013 - 6:01pm
posted by Billie Owens in Darien, accidents.

An accident with multiple injuries involving three vehicles is reported at Route 20 and Colby Road. One person is said to have a leg injury and the other a head laceration. One female is unconscious. Darien Fire Department is responding, along with Mercy medics and law enforcement.

UPDATE 6:02 p.m.: Vehicles are blocking eastbound traffic. Mercy Flight's availability is checked and ship #5 out of Batavia is available.

UPDATE 6:04 p.m.: Mercy Flight is called and the landing zone will be the southwest corner of the accident scene in an open parking lot.

UPDATE 6:18 p.m.: All victims have been extricated from the vehicles.

UPDATE 6:25 p.m.: Route 20 will be shut down at routes 238 and 77.

UPDATE 6:32 p.m.: Alexander Fire Department is requested to shut down westbound tractor-trailer traffic at routes 20 and 98.

UPDATE 6:42 p.m.: Mercy Flight is transporting one patient to Erie County Medical Center.

 

August 7, 2013 - 4:25pm
posted by Billie Owens in weather.

A severe thunderstorm warning has been issued by the National Weather Service for Western Genesee County -- including Elba and Darien -- until 4:45 p.m.

The thunderstorm is capable of producing quarter-size hail and damaging winds in excess of 60 mph. At 4:07 p.m., the storm was located near Hamburg and it's moving northeast at 35 mph.

Deadly cloud-to-ground lightning is possible. Go inside.

August 7, 2013 - 4:11pm
posted by Billie Owens in animal rescue, volunteers for animals.

UPDATE Aug. 8: Earlier this afternoon, we received this e-mail from Andre Miller of Volunteers for Animals, and it's a happy ending to this story. Kudos to our kind readers.

"THANK YOU THANK YOU! Power of the media. Not only have we raised enough money for Yolo, but she has a home!!!!! A woman saw your article and just lost her 16-year-old amputee kitty. She is going to take her home after surgery and care for the cat as she is retired and can give her lots of attention. So thank you for putting this out there! It's a lifesaver!"

 

There is a kitten with great heart and courage at the Genesee County Animal Shelter and her name is Yolo, which stands for "You Only Live Once."

Actually, she's lucky to be alive. It is believed that she was struck by a car. Yolo was found by the McDonald's in Batavia and one of her back legs is badly injured and needs to be amputated. She needs your help for doctor bills.

If you check out the Volunteers for Animals' Facebook page, there's a video of the poor thing trying to walk.

"She is so sweet and such a cute personality we wanted to give her a chance," says volunteer Andre Miller. "There is no nerve function in the leg. It just drags when she walks. She is around 5-6 months old, so learning to walk with three legs will be easier after the surgery.

"Right now the leg is in the way, but she is not in any pain. It is hard for her to use the litter box and get around her cage."

Yolo is having surgery at State Street Animal Hospital on Friday Aug. 9. The hospital is helping out and quoted a price of around $600 and said if the surgery takes longer they will not charge more.

"So far we have half the money raised for this surgery," Miller said in an e-mail. "The kitten will be going to a great foster home to recover after surgery. It will take her some time in foster to learn how to live with three legs. So we are looking for help from our great community to help this sweet girl out."

Donators can mail a check to:
Volunteers For Animals
P.O. Box 1621
Batavia, NY  14021

or the volunteers have a Paypal account --  http://www.vol4animals.org/helptheanimalsat.html

August 7, 2013 - 3:52pm
posted by Billie Owens in batavia, elba, Milestones.

The following local high school students were awarded the 2013 Saint Michael's College Book Award for Academic Achievement with a Social Conscience:

Alex Kolberg, of Batavia, a student at Notre Dame High School.

Grace Mortellaro, of Elba, a student at Notre Dame High School.

The award recognizes students who demonstrate a commitment to leadership in volunteer service and academic achievement. Saint Michael's, located in Burlington, Vt., one of America's top 10 college towns, was founded on the belief that serving others is part of its Catholic tradition, and through the award seeks to honor those who demonstrate the true spirit of volunteerism.

Award recipients, named at schools throughout the country, are high school juniors who are inductees of the National Honor Society or an equivalent school-sponsored honors organization. They must demonstrate a commitment to service activities in high school or community organizations, taking leadership roles in these activities.

Winners were presented the book "First They Killed My Father: A Daughter of Cambodia Remembers" (HarperCollins 2000) by Loung Ung, a 1993 Saint Michael's College graduate who has become a widely acclaimed author. In "First They Killed My Father," Ung gives a powerful autobiographical account, from a child's perspective, of surviving captivity during the genocidal Pol Pot regime in Cambodia.

About Saint Michael's:

At Saint Michael's College www.smcvt.edu students are challenged to do their best, find their niche, take on opportunities to grow, and immerse themselves in academic pursuits. Intellectual rigor, compassion, teamwork, caring-these characterize a Saint Michael's experience. A residential Catholic college, Saint Michael's is steeped in the social justice spirit of its founding priests, the Edmundites. Saint Michael's is located three miles from Burlington, Vermont, one of America's top 10 college towns.

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