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March 21, 2012 - 3:57pm
posted by Billie Owens in Announcements, business, Oakfield.

This is from reader Samantha Pangrazio:

The Oakfield Community Earth Day Clean-Up will host its third annual event April 21. This is an event where members of the community gather together to clear the roadsides of debris that is not only unsightly, but harmful to our environment.

This year, I am interested in making the event more appealing to all residents, especially school-aged kids and teenagers. One way to accomplish this is by supplying each participant with a complementary T-shirt and also by creating contests that would reward the winner of each category with a small donation from local businesses.

If you would like to help us out, please contact Samantha Pangrazio at <[email protected]>.

The Oakfield Community Earth Day Clean-Up is an opportunity for residents who, like me, have a deep-seated love and appreciation for our beautiful town and village.

Our first annual Oakfield Community Earth Day Clean-Up occurred two years ago on April 24, 2010. This was something that I decided to create because of the wonderful volunteering opportunity that it created for individuals and also because of the increasing amount of people who have become oblivious to the damaging effects that trash is creating in our communities. 

Due to the total number of participants who pitched in these past two years and the beautiful results that occurred, I would like to continue this experience for individuals interested in keeping our environment healthy.

Thank you.

March 21, 2012 - 3:44pm
posted by Billie Owens in Oakfield-Alabama High School.

Press release:

The Oakfield-Alabama Leadership Class is sponsoring a Bald 4 Bucks assembly at 1 p.m. on April 27 in the hIgh school gymnasium. It is open to anyone who would like get sponsors to raise money to either have their head shaved, donate hair to Locks of Love, or have an extension put in.

Having your head shaved and getting an extension require a certain amount of money from sponsors to be able to participate. If anyone is interested, please have them contact Kelley Biro, Chelsea, Cleveland or Tracy Schlagenhauf at 948-5211, ext. 4509.

March 21, 2012 - 3:13pm
posted by Billie Owens in batavia, Announcements, business, RAP.

Press release:

Olmsted Center for Sight in Buffalo is now in collaboration with Batavia-based Regional Action Phone, Inc. (RAP), a 24-hour information and referral, and crisis intervention helpline.

This relationship expands Olmsted Center for Sight’s contact center services into a 24-hour operation serving the eight counties of Western New York including 2-1-1 WNY.

The Olmsted Center serves the needs of blind and visually impaired individuals of all ages who reside in Western New York. It's the only organization within that region specifically mandated to provide comprehensive rehabilitation, health-related and human services to this highly specialized population.

Olmsted’s mission is to assist individuals with blindness or visual impairments to achieve their highest possible level of independence in their homes, community and workplace. It has served the community for more than 100 years and current programs include a respected vision clinic; rehabilitation services; an early education preschool; specialized housing properties; light manufacturing; and the Statler Center which is a vocational training program.

Additional services include switchboard operations for regional VA hospitals and an established contact center, which is enhanced by the addition of RAP.

RAP was formed in 1972 by a dedicated group of volunteers and has grown substantially in terms of services, regional coverage and call volume. Their crisis helplines also include MICA services (Mentally Ill and Chemically Addicted) and a Tip Line (set up to report underage drinking) for concerned citizens. RAP currently employs seven professional agents and has access to more than 150 languages and dialects, as well as TTY service for the deaf community.

Dr. Ronald Maier, president of Olmstead Center, said the collaboration strengthens employment opportunities in Olmsted’s call center program while bringing even greater service to the community. He also noted the timeliness of the action as RAP celebrates its 40th anniversary.

March 21, 2012 - 2:57pm
posted by Billie Owens in Announcements, GCC, timeline.

By month's end, the social networking site Facebook will require businesses to convert their pages to the new "Timeline" format. Genesee Community College has already made the switch, with some interesting highlights from the school's history.

In addition to the current college news and activities visitors have come to expect, the new Timeline format offers a look back at some of the unusual and noteworthy events that helped shaped the institution since its founding in 1966.

With a click on the decade links on the right side of the page, visitors are taken back in time to read about events such as the 1974 concert by current mega-band Aerosmith, when students could see the show for just $1, or check out pictures of the college's original Batavia campus at the site of the former Valu Discount Store on West Main Street.

"The new Timeline format provides us with the opportunity to tell the college's story in a very visual and interactive format," said Kevin Manne, GCC's new media specialist. "Thanks to the Genesee Community College Archives, we were able to take some key moments from GCC's rich 45-plus year history out of a room in the Alfred C. O'Connell Library and share it with the world."

Other noteworthy events on the Timeline include the iconic Batavia Campus clock tower being installed with cranes in 2001, construction of the College Road campus in 1972 and all the campus center openings starting in the 1990s.

Alumni, faculty, staff, students and the community are encouraged to share their photos from past GCC events on the page to be included as a part of its Timeline.

To view it and share your memories, visit and click the "Like" button at the top of the page. You'll also receive college news, events, photos and videos right in your Facebook news feed.

March 21, 2012 - 2:42pm
posted by Billie Owens in GCC.

Press release:

Genesee Community College is pleased to announce another exciting Spring Job Fair with more than 25 companies expected from noon until 2 p.m. on Tuesday, April 3, at the college's centrally located William Stuart Forum.

Genesee's Career Services Center continues to solicit businesses from all types of industries to join the popular, two-hour event that introduces potential new employees to employers, and also provides businesses an opportunity to present their trade and services to the local community.

This is event is sponsored by WBTA AM1490. Any company interested in attending the Job Fair should call (585) 345-6888 to register immediately. The following employers are scheduled to be in attendance:

Beaver Hollow Conference Center / Biggest Loser Resort Niagara
Genesee County AmeriCorps
Premiere Credit of North America
Camp Wyomoco
Genesee Orleans Ministry of Concern
The College at Brockport – Army ROTC
Claims Recovery Financial Services
Hyatt Regency Buffalo
U.S. Army & Army Reserves
Complete Payroll Processing Inc
Hyatt Regency Rochester
U.S. Department of Homeland Security
Living Opportunities of DePaul
Verizon Wireless
Darien Lake Theme Park & Resorts
NY Army National Guard
WBTA AM 1490
Financial Architects / Mass Mutual
NYS Department of Agriculture & Markets
NYS Unified Court System
Genesee Area Family YMCA (Camp Hough)
Pioneer Credit Recovery, Inc.

"Once again, we anticipate that our Spring Job Fair will provide an excellent opportunity for job seekers and employers to connect," John McGowan, Career Center coordinator said. "As the economy continues its gradual uptick, we hope everyone in the market for a job or with a job opportunity will attend. This is an excellent opportunity for job seekers to meet with potential employers."

In addition to these events, Genesee Community College's Career Services Center sponsors several preparatory job search workshops, such as Resume & Cover Letter Writing and Credential File & Interviewing Skills. The workshops are FREE and open to the general public.

A complete list of upcoming workshop dates and times can be found at To attend the workshops students and community members MUST register in advance by calling the Career Services Office at 345-6888 or registering online (see the events page).

March 20, 2012 - 7:00pm
posted by Billie Owens in bergen.

Several callers have notified dispatch that a cow is loose and creating a dangerous condition for drivers. Law enforcement is looking for the animal, last spotted in the vicinity of Church and Gibson streets in the Village of Bergen, we believe.

A couple of people in a pickup tried to corral the bovine creature and got it into the truck bed but, alas, it jumped back out and subsequently refused to be re-corraled.

UPDATE 7:12 p.m.: The cow is now tied up.

This post was corrected, hopefully, correctly. It did not happen, as previously reported, in Alabama.

March 20, 2012 - 5:04pm
posted by Billie Owens in Announcements.

There will be an Open House at all seven campuses of Genesee Community College beginning at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, March 21.

For door-to-door directions go to Albion, Arcade, Batavia, Dansville, Lima, Medina or Warsaw go online to:

Learn more about the exciting opportunities offered by GCC and about the admissions and financial aid processes, and tour College Village adjacent to the Batavia campus.

Get all your questions about GCC answered, including information on the services available for students, the wide range of academic and athletic programs, and what life is like on campus for both commuters and residents.

To pre-register, visit

You can also sign-up for College Visit days, which are informal visits to tour the Batavia campus, get information on how to apply for admission and for financial aid, and sit in on a class! The next chance to do that is at 9 a.m. Friday, March 30.

For more information, call 345-6800 or write to: [email protected].

March 20, 2012 - 4:44pm
posted by Billie Owens in batavia, Announcements, richmond library.

The Richmond Memorial Library Children’s Room invites you to celebrate being a girl with our American Girl programs in April.

At 2 p.m. on Saturday, April 14: A day in the life of Josefina -- learn all about American Girl Josefina with our special presenter Teresa Wood. She will bring in a dollhouse representing the time and setting in which Josefina lived.

Ages 6 and up are welcomed to attend. Registration is required.

And at 2 p.m. on Saturday, April 21: Crafty Girls -- Create an American Girl spring craft for your hair. Ages 7 and up are welcomed to attend. Registration is required.

Please be sure to register early by calling 343-9550, ext. 4.

March 20, 2012 - 4:13pm
posted by Billie Owens in Announcements, GCC, Roz Steiner Art Gallery.

A diverse catalog of art projects produced by Genesee Community College Fine Arts students will be on display in the Roz Steiner Art Gallery later this month.

The display reflects coursework from painting, drawing, photography, ceramics and 2D and 3D design classes.

The exhibition runs from March 22 through April 26, with two artists' receptions to welcome the public to view the works. The opening reception is at 1 p.m. on Thursday, March 29, with a second community reception set from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, March 30. Many of the student artists will be present and refreshments will be served at both events.

"Teaching students how to both make and display artwork is an integral part of our mission here at GCC," says Shirley Verrico, gallery director and GCC instructor. "We are fortunate to be able to do so in a state-of-the-art gallery."

Among the projects are hand-built and wheel-thrown ceramics pieces that Fine Arts and Ceramics assistant professor Maureen "Moi" Dugan describes as a mix of various methods and approaches.

"It's awesome to see a non-art major blossom in the studio," Dugan said. "They may be hesitant when they start the class, but have a fine body of work when they leave!"

The drawings and paintings run the gamut from Impressionist to finely detailed drawings and the three-dimensional pieces focus on structural works using foam cores, mixed media and "found objects."

Fine arts and photography instructor Andrew Super says the black and white photos in the exhibit express a great range of interests and backgrounds of GCC students. Most of the photos presented are from independent projects where students are asked to look at the world around them and respond to their environment via the camera. The result is an eclectic mix of images, ranging from narratives to abstract expressions of the everyday world.

March 20, 2012 - 3:46pm
posted by Billie Owens in fire, Alabama.

A grass fire is reported at 2408 Lewiston Road. Alabama Fire Department is responding. The location is between Lockport and Knowlesville roads.

UPDATE 3:57 p.m.: East Pembroke Fire Department's grass truck is requested to the scene.

UPDATE 4:05 p.m.: Manpower and an engine out of Oakfield are requested. Also, they have called for mutual aid from Wolcottsville, in Niagara County. "It's up into the woods pretty good," says a firefighter at the scene.

UPDATE 4:08 p.m.: Some of the flames are heading toward a barn. "All the fire is up at the west end here." In one section, as soon as a firefighter beats down the flames, they are said to come back twice as big.

UPDATE 4:20 p.m.: They seem to be making progress on fighting the blaze and it is contained in some places. They are going to concentrate on the north edge of the fire now.

UPDATE 4:23 p.m.: Some firefighters say they are "all set" and they are going to start picking up their water lines. But there's still a 7- to 8-foot swath of fire that's moving northward. 

UPDATE 4:27 p.m.: "The fire's been extinguished." They are checking the perimeter one last time.

UPDATE 4:45 p.m.: A fire engine from Elba also responded and is now back in service.

UPDATE 4:52 p.m.: Wolcottsville responders are thanked and released from the assignment. Others at the scene are filling up tanks and otherwise breaking down and preparing to leave.

March 20, 2012 - 3:44pm
posted by Billie Owens in Announcements, theater, GCC.

Rehearsals and set construction are well under way as Genesee Community College prepares to launch its Spring 2012 theatrical season with a production of the Neil Simon comedy "God's Favorite."

The curtain goes up at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 29 when the GCC Forum Players, in conjunction with the Genesee Center for the Arts, take the stage in the Stuart Steiner Theatre.

"God's Favorite" is loosely based on the biblical Book of Job, with God and Satan making a bet involving a wealthy Long Island businessman whose faith is tempted by a wisecracking messenger from God.

The cast and crew, under the direction of Fine and Performing Arts Director Maryanne Arena, reflect the GCC community of faculty and students, as well as local performers. They include Jerry Newell, of Attica, as pious businessman Joe Benjamin, and Rochester's Ben Liebrand as the tempter Sidney Lipton.

Rounding out the cast is: Patrick Dodge, of Warsaw, as prodigal son David Benjamin; Tyler Eldred, of Dansville, as son Ben Benjamin; Perry's Sara Stabley as Ben's twin sister Sarah Benjamin; Nikole Marone, of Batavia, in the role of Joe's long-suffering wife Rose Benjamin; Rochester's Whitney Sellers as maid Mady; and Bobby Steeves, of Albion, as the butler Morris.

GCC technical theater faculty member Ed Hallborg tackles the set design and technical direction of the comedy, with students Alison Scharvella (Copake Lake) and Roger Williams (Kendall) sharing stage manager duties.

"The cast and crew work incredibly hard and have shown an amazing amount of dedication to their craft," Arena said. "I am extremely proud of each and every one of our performers and crew members."

In addition to the debut performance on Thursday, tickets are also available for the 7:30 p.m. shows on Friday, March 30, and Saturday, March 31, as well as a 2 p.m. matinee on Sunday, April 1.

General admission prices are $8 for adults, $5 for seniors (55+), students and GCC faculty and staff, and $3 for Genesee students with valid ID. GCC alumni receive a $2 discount with valid alumni ID card. The theater box office is open from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Wednesday through Friday and one hour before the start of each performance.

Reserve tickets are available through the box office at [email protected] or by calling (585) 345-6814. Payment is accepted via cash, checks, and Visa or MasterCard credit cards.

Genesee Community College is located in Batavia, just two minutes from NYS Thruway Exit 48. Visit for door-to-door directions sent via email.

March 20, 2012 - 11:46am
posted by Billie Owens in batavia, fire.

A vehicle fire is reported in the parking lot of Richmond Memorial Library in the City of Batavia. It is located at 19 Ross St. City firefighters are responding.

UPDATE 12:07 p.m.: The fire is out. City fire is back in service.

March 19, 2012 - 4:47pm
posted by Billie Owens in Oakfield, fire.

A brush fire was reported at 3692 Maltby Road in Oakfield. But now it's contained to a willow tree. Oakfield firefighters are on scene. The location is in between Fisher and Weatherwax roads. Responders are proceeding in non-emergency mode.

UPDATE 5 p.m.: The fire is out. Oakfield is back in service.

March 18, 2012 - 6:17pm
posted by Billie Owens in batavia, accidents.

A car has crashed into the guard rail on the westbound Thruway at mile marker 391. Unknown injuries. Town of Batavia Fire Department and Mercy medics are responding.

UPDATE 6:23 p.m.: A female driver says her car was forced into the guard rail by another vehicle. She is not injured and was found near mile marker 398. Mercy medics are continuing to the scene in non-emergency mode. Town of Batavia is back in service. State Troopers are on scene.

UPDATE 6:27 p.m.: No injuries found. Mercy medics are back in service.

March 18, 2012 - 3:10pm
posted by Billie Owens in Announcements, UMMC, diabetes.

Press release:

United Memorial Medical Center will host a community education event, Diabetes Alert!, on Tuesday, April 17 at Bohn’s Restaurant and Banquet Facility, Clinton Street Road, Batavia.

Doors will open at 4:30 p.m. for informational displays. A light dinner, served at 5:45 p.m., will be followed by a program featuring guest speaker, Michele Barrios (RN BSN CWOCN) on the topic of wound prevention and care. Additional presenters include Rosann Quinn, YMCA fitness instructor on the topic of yoga, and registered dietician Amy Miller (RD CDN CDE) from United Memorial.

Tickets, which include a light dinner and program, are $10 each and available through the hospital’s Healthy Living Department. Checks may be made payable to UMMC and mailed to: Healthy Living, 127 North St., Batavia, NY 14020.

Payment may be made in person at the office location at Cary Hall, 211 E. Main St., Batavia, between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m., Monday through Friday. Tickets are pre-sale only and available until April 6.

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) estimates that 8.3 percent of the U.S. population has diabetes, and of that number, 28 percent is undiagnosed and untreated. Diabetes is a condition that results when the body fails to efficiently use the hormone insulin, causing excess sugar to build up in the blood. People with diabetes are also at risk for a number of other health complications including heart disease, stroke, blindness, kidney failure, depression and lower extremity amputations. Diabetes is the seventh leading cause of death in the United States.

In addition to the yearly educational event, Diabetes Alert!, United Memorial provides a number of services to the community for chronic disease management as it relates to diabetes, including a diabetes self-management course held several times throughout the year. The multi-session course is typically covered by most insurance plans and provides participants with a number of ways to manage their illness with medication if necessary and healthy lifestyle changes to their diet and physical activity.

For more information on classes or to register for the event, please call Healthy Living at 344-5331.

March 18, 2012 - 2:26pm
posted by Billie Owens in batavia, east pembroke.

A 17-year-old male lost consciousness and reportedly suffered a back injury following a dirt-bike accident at Area 51. He is now alert. East Pembroke Fire Department and Mercy medics are responding. The motocross track is located at 3323 Harloff Road in the Town of Batavia.

UPDATE 2:32 p.m.: Medics on scene have requested Mercy Flight. Dispatch says Mercy Flight is checking the weather, supposedly there are storms approaching, to determine if a helicopter can fly in. The patient will be transported to Erie County Medical Center in Buffalo.

UPDATE 2:38 p.m.: Mercy Flight 5 out of Batavia is going to launch. Indications are there may be weather issues flying to Buffalo. That's still being determined, but "they can fly the other way if necessary." East Pembroke is to establish at landing zone at Area 51.

UPDATE 2:42 p.m.: Mercy Flight 5 has landed.

UPDATE 2:52 p.m.: Mercy Flight is airborne. The destination is still not certain, but the plan is to go to ECMC.

UPDATE 2:54 p.m.: Mercy Flight has the green light to go to ECMC in Buffalo.

March 18, 2012 - 2:22pm
posted by Billie Owens in Announcements, trek the trail.

Press release:

For the first time ever, trekkers who take part in Genesee Community College's annual alumni Trek the Trail walkathon can go online to solicit pledges from family and friends, form teams, and create their own web page!

The fundraiser, which benefits the GCC Foundation Student Scholarship Fund, includes a morning of fun and outdoor activities for all ages. For a $15 donation, each registered trekker gets a T-shirt, treats, prizes and lunch, and a chance to join their friends and family on an engaging stroll around the Batavia campus.

And new this year, walkers can register, ask for and tally pledges, challenge friends, and create their own page on the Trek the Trail website:

Last-minute registration gets under way at 9:30 a.m. on April 21, with sign-in at the Stuart Steiner Theater Lobby. The trek then heads out along the Cougar Paws Pathway, with various stops for healthy treats along the Nature Trail to the soccer stadium and baseball fields, where kids (big and small!) can run the bases. New this year: a photo opportunity in front of the giant GCC sign at the old soccer fields.

Hikers continue to College Village, where playtime awaits at the Ducky Pond, and moves to the gym, where future hoops stars can show off their dunking style. Walkers then progress to the Student Union and the Forum, where various medical technicians will offer blood pressure readings and other healthy check-ups. The walkathon wraps up with lunch under the tent.

"This is a terrific opportunity for folks to enjoy some light exercise in the fresh air, have fun with their children, and help the College Foundation provide scholarship money for students," said Alumni Affairs Coordinator Jackie Christenson. "We're very excited about the new website and think it will make this fundraiser more accessible for a lot more people!"

Prizes will be awarded for most pledges and most creative team (costumes are welcome!), and those who correctly answer trivia questions along the way will be entered into a prize raffle.

Sponsorship opportunities for Trek the Trail are still available and can be arranged by contacting Jackie Christenson, Alumni Affairs coordinator, at 343-0055, ext. 6265 or [email protected].

March 18, 2012 - 1:16pm
posted by Billie Owens in crime, Le Roy.

Two youths are reportedly shooting geese in Oatka Creek with a pellet gun from the creek bank off Munson Street in Le Roy. Some birds have been killed or injured and are floating downstream. Le Roy police are responding.

March 17, 2012 - 3:05pm
posted by Billie Owens in fire, pembroke, indian falls.

A grass fire is burning out of control and approaching a structure at 8959 S. Lake Road in Pembroke. Pembroke and Indian Falls fire departments are responding. The location is between Scribner and Cohocton roads.

UPDATE 3:23 p.m.: The fire is now under control.

UPDATE 3:36 p.m.: The fire is out. All fire units are back in service.

March 16, 2012 - 5:46pm
posted by Billie Owens in Announcements.

The 15th annual showcase featuring antiques, collectibles, artworks for sale and appraisals will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, May 12, at the Elba department rec hall. For the first time ever -- admission is FREE!

The fire hall is located on Route 98 in Elba.

There will be basket raffle and 50/50 drawings. Dave Cutitta, a Batavia dealer in coins and precious metals for 40 years, will be buying, selling and appraising silver and gold coins and scrap.

Lunch available.

There will be 50-plus tables of advertising, buttons, jewelry, glassware, pottery, primitives, Victorian, postcards, handmade silk scarves, felted purses, paintings, quilting, Mother's Day gifts, candy, and folk art. Something for everyone. Don't miss it!




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