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July 21, 2016 - 2:44pm
posted by Billie Owens in muckdogs, sports, baseball, youth baseball camp, news.

Join the Muckdogs at Dwyer Stadium Aug. 18th, 19th, and 20th for our youth baseball camp!

Kids ages 6-14 will receive two days of on-field instruction from the Muckdogs players and coaches on August 18th and 19th from 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. Children will learn from the pros in the areas of hitting, fielding, pitching, catching, base running and bunting. Then on Aug. 20th, campers will be able to come back to Dwyer for a private autograph signing with the team 30 minutes before the gates open (5:30 p.m.) and then be recognized on the field prior to the Muckdogs game vs. the West Virginia Black Bears (Pittsburgh Pirates affiliate).

Campers will also receive a special T-shirt not available in the team store, a camp photo, two tickets to the Aug. 20th game, as well as daily lunch, all for only $70. Registration forms are available at Dwyer Stadium and online at Space is limited and all registrations and payments must be turned in by Friday, Aug. 5th


The Batavia Muckdogs are the short-season, Class A affiliate of the Miami Marlins and are the lone remaining founding members of the New York-Penn League, dating back to 1939. The Batavia Muckdogs are operated by the neighboring Rochester Red Wings.

Location: Dwyer Stadium, 299 Bank Street, Batavia, NY 14020

Phone: 585-343-5454; Fax: 585-343-5620


July 21, 2016 - 2:41pm

Press release:

Congressman Chris Collins (NY-27) today announced $134,443 in federal funding for the Darien Volunteer Fire Department. The grant was allocated through the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program (AFG), which is designed to help first responders improve their capability to respond to fires and emergencies of all types.

“Our first responders routinely risk their lives to protect us,” Congressman Collins said. “The least we can do is provide them with the equipment, training, and funding they need to do their jobs. This grant funding will help create more efficient and effective first responders, and I am honored to help the Darien Volunteer Fire Department secure this vital funding.”

“This $134,443 in AFG funding will help our Department purchase new SCBA Air Packs,” said Chief Joe Marino of the Darien Volunteer Fire Department. “It is crucial that our Department has these pieces of basic equipment to keep us safe as we protect the Darien community. We look forward to working with Congressman Collins in the future as he continues to work on behalf of our local volunteer fire departments.”

This federal grant will allow the Darien Volunteer Fire Department to purchase new Self Contained Breathing Apparatus (SCBA) Air Packs. This will provide the volunteer firefighters with breathable air whenever they are in an “immediately dangerous to life or health” atmosphere.

The AFG Program provides direct funding assistance to first-responder organizations to obtain much needed emergency response equipment, personal protective equipment, firefighting and emergency vehicles and training.

July 21, 2016 - 2:37pm

A letter from Pastor Jim Morasco, in submitted photo above, of the Morganville United Church of Christ:

I would like to thank all who contributed to my bike ride from Pittsburg to Washington, D.C., raising money for Crossroads House. Your prayers and thoughts of encouragement were warmly felt and supported me as I peddled in the heat and humidity. Together, so far, we raised over $600, and donations are still coming in.

Blessings to you all.

July 21, 2016 - 1:31pm
posted by Billie Owens in crime, news, alexander, batavia, bergen.

Erin Marie Van Dorn, 28, of Alexander Road, Alexander, is charged with two counts of harassment. She was arrested following a harassment complaint in the Town of Batavia. She allegedly repeatedly called and messaged two people, harassing them about an incident that occurred at 11 a.m. on West Main Street Road over the Fourth of July weekend. She was released with an appearance ticket to be in Town of Batavia Court on Aug. 4. The case was handled by Sheriff's Deputy Rachel Diehl, assisted by Deputy Ryan DeLong.

Shane H. Houseknecht, 24, of Churchville, was arrested by State Troopers on July 19 and charged with two counts of criminal possession of a controlled substance in the seventh degree, controlled substance in a non-original container, both misdemeanors, third-degree aggravated unlicensed operation, and speeding. Houseknecht was allegedly observed speeding on Route 33 in the Town of Bergen. Investigation revealed Houseknecht had a suspended driver’s license. Troopers allege they located three Adderall pills and a suboxone strip. Houseknecht was transported to SP Batavia for processing. He was issued an appearance ticket and uniform traffic tickets returnable to the Town of Bergen Court on Aug. 3.

July 21, 2016 - 1:06pm
posted by Billie Owens in Le Roy, news, farmers market coupons.

Press release:

Farmers Market coupons will be distributed by the Genesee County Office for the Aging at the Le Roy Farmers Market from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, July 23Booklets are available to adults age 60 years and older who are income-eligible. Proof of age must be provided.

Income guidelines are as follows: household of one -- $1,832 per month; household of two -- $2,470 per month; and, household of three -- $3,108 per month.

Maureen Estabrooks, Office for the Aging’s coordinator for the program, noted that, “We were pleased to find out that this year anyone 60 or older in a household may receive a coupon booklet as long as they are income eligible. This means that in a qualifying household, multiple individuals may receive booklets. This program is a wonderful way to help older adults with limited income to purchase healthy fresh produce from our local farmers.”

Questions may be directed to the Genesee County Office for the Aging at 585-343-1611.

(UPDATED 2:30 p.m.: Farmers Market Coupons will be distributed by the Genesee County Office for the Aging at the Genesee Country Farmers Market at Bank Street and Alva Place from 10 a.m. to noon on Friday, Aug. 5th.)

July 20, 2016 - 3:18pm
posted by Billie Owens in crime, news, batavia, elba.

Keith A. Wilkinson Jr., 61, of Quarry Hill Estates, Akron, is charged with: second-degree reckless endangerment; fourth-degree criminal mischief; and discharging a firearm within 500 feet of a dwelling. He was arrested after a joint investigation was completed concerning an incident which occurred at 7:35 p.m. on Nov. 21 at 315 Bank St., Batavia. Investigators from the Batavia Police Department and the NYS Environmental Conservation Police determined that Wilkinson did discharge a firearm within 500 feet of an occupied dwelling at that time. They determined the bullet did strike a home located within the City of Batavia. Wilkinson was due in City Court July 19 to answer the charges. PO Ivison and ECO Wilson were the primary investigating officers in the case, according to the report of Batavia Police Officer Frank Klimjack.

Ronnie W. Engelhardt, 27, of Liberty Street, Batavia, is charged with fourth-degree criminal facilitation, sixth-degree conspiracy, and third-degree false report of an incident. Engelhardt was arrested at 7 p.m. on June 1 and charged due to his alleged part in the false report of a motor-vehicle theft on East Main Street in Batavia in 2014. He was issued an appearance ticket for City Court on July 12 and then released. The case was handled by Batavia Police Officer Thad Mart.

David T. Neuhaus, 29, of Willow Street, Batavia, is charged with fourth-degree criminal facilitation, sixth-degree conspiracy, and third-degree false report of an incident. Engelhardt was arrested at 7 p.m. on June 1 and charged due to his alleged part in the false report of a motor-vehicle theft on East Main Street in Batavia in 2014. He was issued an appearance ticket for City Court on July 12 and then released. The case was handled by Batavia Police Officer Thad Mart.

Justin R. Shaffer, 29, of Gardeau Road, Perry, is charged with fourth-degree criminal facilitation, sixth-degree conspiracy, and third-degree false report of an incident. Engelhardt was arrested at 7 p.m. on June 1 and charged due to his alleged part in the false report of a motor-vehicle theft on East Main Street in Batavia in 2014. He was issued an appearance ticket for City Court on July 12 and then released. The case was handled by Batavia Police Officer Thad Mart.

Paul M. Wieclaw II, 27, of Norton Road, Elba, is charged with first-degree criminal contempt and second-degree burglary. He was arrested on a Batavia City Court Arrest Warrant and jailed without bail. The case stems from an incident which occurred at 1 a.m. July 8 on Ellicott Street, Batavia. He is was due in court today. The case was handled by Batavia Police Officer Stephen Cronmiller.

Jon N. Roblee, 40, of Pearl Street, Batavia, is charged with second-degree harassment. He was arrested after he allegedly had an argument with a coworker at Bob Evans Restaurant on Oak Street in Batavia and threw an item at her. The incident was reported at 7:30 p.m. on July 7. He is due in City Court on July 26. The case was handled by Batavia Police Officer Christopher Lindsay.

John R. Sherman Sr., 38, of Elm Street, Batavia, is charged with second-degree harassment -- physical contact. He was arrested at 5:45 a.m. on July 11 on Elm Street after allegedly pushing another person during a domestic incident. He was jailed on $750 bail. He was due back in court later that afternoon (July 11). The case was handled by Batavia Police Officer Matthew Wojtaszczyk, assisted by Officer Matthew Lutey.

Gina Lynn Avino, 41, of Haven Lane, Batavia, is charged with second-degree obstructing governmental adminstration and second-degree harassment. At 2:09 a.m. on July 19 Avion was arrested on Haven Lane on these charges. It is alleged that during the investigation of a domestic incident, she pushed a City Police Officer who was assisting a Sheriff's Deputy on the call. She was arraigned in Town of Batavia Court and released under supervision of Genesee Justice. She is due in Batavia Town Court on Aug. 22. The case was handled by Genesee County Sheriff's Deputy Chad Cummings.

Rachellyn G. Burek, 34, of Main Street, Attica, is charged with second-degree criminal contempt. She was arrested due to an incident at 9:30 a.m. on June 9 on Summit Street in Batavia wherein she allegedly had contact with a party protected by an order of protection. She was issued an appearance ticket and is due in City Court Aug. 2 to answer the charge. The case was handled by Batavia Police Officer James DeFreze, assisted by Officer Christopher Lindsay.

Nicole A. Mickey, 26, of Colonial Boulevard, Batavia, is charged with felony DWI and speeding. At about 12:47 a.m. on July 10, Mickey was arrested on Richmond Avenue in Batavia as the result of a traffic stop. She was processed at BPD headquarters, fingerprinted and photographed at the jail and then issued itckets. She was due in City Court this morning. The case was handled by Batavia Police Officer Eric Foels, assisted by Officer Matthew Lutey.

Benjamin G. Evans IV, 27, of Dellinger Avenue, Batavia, is charged with criminal possession of stolen property in the fifth degree. He was arrested on July 11. It is alleged that Evans possessed a bicycle that he knew to be stolen. It was reported stolen at 9 p.m. July 6 on School Street in the city. Evans was issued an appearance ticket for City Court on July 19. The case was handled by Batavia Police Sgt. Christopher Camp, assisted by Officer Christopher Lindsay.

Jeremy M. Fairbanks, 38, of Maple Street, Batavia, is charged with unlawful possession of marijuana, criminal possession of a controlled substance, 7th, and inadequate headlamps. He was arrested at 11:28 p.m. on July 4 on East Main Street in Batavia following a traffic stop. It is alleged that Fairbanks, who was the driver, possessed a quantity of marijuana and another controlled substance in the vehicle. He was due in City Court on July 19. The case has handled by Batavia Police Officer Matthew Wojtaszczyk, assisted by Officer Felicia DeGroot.

Jonathan C. Hoges, 34, of Liberty Street, Batavia, is charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance, 7th. He was arrested at 11:29 p.m. on July 4 on East Main Street in Batavia following a traffic stop. It is alleged that Hoges, who was a passenger, possessed a controlled substance while in the vehicle. He was due in City Court on July 19. The case has handled by Batavia Police Officer Matthew Wojtaszczyk, assisted by Officer Felicia DeGroot.

Lonnie J. Ford III, 45, homeless, Batavia, is charged with public lewdness. He was arrested following an incident in Centennial Park at 6:06 p.m. on July 12 wherein he allegedly exposed himself and "urinated approximately on a tree." He was issued an appearance ticket for Aug. 2 in City Court. The case was handled by Batavia Police Officer Arick Perkins, assisted by Officer Chad Richards.

Melissa R. Piazza, 27, of State Street, Batavia, is charged with being in a public park after hours. She was arrested at 12:10 a.m. on July 14 for allegedly entering and remaining in Austin Park after the park was closed. Piazza allegedly remained in the park after being afford the opportunity to leave with only a warning. She was released on an appearance ticket for City Court on July 19. The case has handled by Batavia Police Officer Matthew Wojtaszczyk.

Priscilla M. Donahue, 38, of East Avenue, Albion, is charged with petit larceny. She was arrested after allegedly stealing property from Dollar General on East Main Street in Batavia at 4:09 p.m. on July 11. She was issued a computer-generated appearance ticket for City Court on Aug. 2. The case was handled by Batavia Police Officer James DeFreze, assisted by Officer Arick Perkins.

Benjamin Gove Evans IV, 27, of Dellinger Avenue, Batavia, is charged with petit larceny. He was arrested following the investigation into a bicycle that was stolen from outside the Richmond Memorial Library and was reported at 12:30 p.m. on July 9. He was due in City Court on July 19. The bicycle was recovered and returned to the rightful owner. The case was handled by Batavia Police Officer Jason Ivison. 

Michelle L. Misiak, 51, of Union Street, Batavia, is charged with second-degree criminal use of drug paraphernalia. She was arrested at 9:21 p.m. on June 14 following a NYS Parole home visit wherein she allegedly possessed drug paraphernalia. She was due in City Court on July 19. The case was handled by Batavia Police Officer Stephen Cronmiller.

A 17-year-old resident of Batavia was arrested on July 18 for allegedly stealing food and liquor out of a freezer on the front porch of a residence on Manhatten Avenue in the city at 5:40 p.m. on July 16. The youth is due in City Court on Aug. 2. The case was handled by Batavia Police Officer Christopher Lindsay.

A 17-year-old resident of Batavia was arrested at 1 p.m. on July 11 after allegedly found to be in possession of a marijuana pipe. The youth is due in City Court on Aug. 2. The case was handled by Batavia Police Officer James DeFreze.

Robert L. Carney, 24, of Walter Street, Buffalo, was arrested on July 15 after being located by the Genesee County Sheriff's Office at Darien Lake. He was found to have a bench warrant for failure to pay a fine out of City of Batavia and turned over to Batavia Police.. At the direction of City Court Judge Balbick, Carney was released and was due back in court on July 19. The case was handled by Batavia Police Officer Arick Perkins.

July 20, 2016 - 1:45pm
posted by Billie Owens in news, Announcements, batavia, Board of Assessment Review.

Press release:

The City of Batavia Board of Assessment Review currently has one position to fill. The term is a five-year term and will begin in October. The Batavia City Council is seeking a City resident who is interested in volunteering as a member of this committee and has knowledge of property values.

Residents interested in applying for this position can obtain a Committee/Board Volunteer Application from either the City Clerk’s Office or on the website at under Documents. The deadline to submit applications to the City Clerk’s Office is Aug. 15.

For further information, please contact the City Bureau of Assessment at 345-6301.

July 19, 2016 - 7:40pm
posted by Billie Owens in batavia, crime, news.

City police are responding to Dellinger Avenue for a report of several youths fighting. They are said to be heading north. This is one of several fighting incidents reported there today, says a dispatcher. Sometime after 4 p.m., a two-vehicle accident was reported on Dellinger. Injuries were minor, if any.

July 19, 2016 - 3:46pm

Press release:

Following a string of deadly shootings against law enforcement in Dallas and Baton Rouge, La., in recent weeks, Assemblyman Steve Hawley (R,C,I-Batavia) has reiterated his full support of law enforcement and is encouraging New Yorkers to wear blue on Friday in a massive wave of support for police officers.

Hawley emphasized the need for unity in these frightening times and inspired constituents to stand behind those who put their lives on the line to protect us each day.

“The recent attacks against police officers in Dallas and Baton Rouge have been nothing short of tragic and a painful reflection of the evil that still exists in society,” Hawley said. “In these tumultuous times, the best solution is to come together and show our support for the men and women who put on their uniform every day not knowing what dangers they will inevitably face.

"They are the frontline protectors of justice and order in our community and deserve nothing short of our utmost gratitude and respect. Please join me in recognizing the heroism of our police officers and participate in ‘Our Blue Day’ on Friday by wearing blue in support of our friends fighting crime. They need our encouragement and backing now more than ever.”

July 19, 2016 - 3:40pm
posted by Billie Owens in crime, Le Roy, news.

Ronald D. Stives, 34, of 61 Myrtle St. in Le Roy, was arrested by the Le Roy Police Department and charged with one count each of sexual abuse in the first degree, a Class D felony, and endangering the welfare of a child, a Class A misdemeanor.

It is alleged that during the morning hours of July 18, Stives subjected the victim to sexual contact when the victim was incapable of consent by reason of being physically helpless. Further it is alleged that when he did so, Stives knowingly acted in a manner likely to be injurious to the physical, mental or moral welfare of a child less than 17 years of age.

Stives was arraigned before the Judge Daryl Sehm of the Le Roy Town Court and put in Genesee County jail in lieu of $10,000 bail.

July 19, 2016 - 3:33pm
posted by Billie Owens in crime, news, batavia.

​Batavia PD announced today that a 40-year-old Batavia man was arrested for allegedly having sexual contact with a family member. Eric Watson is in Genesee County Jail with bail set at $20,000.

He is accused of engaging in sexual conduct with a mentally disabled family member who is incapable of consenting to such activity. The allegations date back three years, but were just reported this year.

Watson is charged with second-degree rape, second-degree criminal sexual act, and second-degree incest.

He is due to appear in Genesee County Court at 11 a.m. on Thursday, July 21.

Det. Sgt. Todd Crossett and Det. Kevin Czora are the city Police Department investigating officers.

July 18, 2016 - 4:50pm
posted by Billie Owens in city, water department, news.

From Jim Ficarella, city superintendent of water and wastewater:

The City of Batavia Water Department will be repairing the fire hydrant on the corner of Tracy Avenue and North Street on Wednesday, July 20.

The water will be turned off on Tracy Avenue From Washington Avenue to North Street around 9 a.m. on Wednesday morning. And the water should be back on around 3 p.m.

Homes in the Tracy Avenue area may have discolored water from the repair. The Water Department will make every effort to have the water back on as soon as possible.

July 18, 2016 - 1:41pm
posted by Billie Owens in GCC, news.

Press release:

Genesee Community College announced today that Laura J. Bohm was elected chair of the Genesee Community College Board of Trustees for 2016-2017. Her appointment as chair begins at the first meeting of the 2016 -2017 year at the August board meeting.

The other Board of Trustees appointments at the monthly meeting July 11 included Donna M. Ferry as vice chair, and Peter R. Call as secretary.

Bohm has most recently served two one-year terms as vice chair and succeeds two-term chair, Diane D. Torcello.

Bohm was originally appointed to the College's Board of Trustees by Gov. Mario M. Cuomo serving a nine-year term from 1986 until 1995. During that time she served as board chair from 1992 to 1995. Her more recent gubernatorial appointment was made by Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo in 2008 for a seven-year term, and she was reappointed for a second seven-year term running from 2015 until 2022.

Bohm demonstrates a history of leadership, having recently begun a two-year term as chair of the New York Community College Trustees (NYCCT). As a voluntary nonprofit consortium of community college trustees, NYCCT was established to strengthen the effectiveness of New York community college trustees and helps shape public policy impacting community colleges. The organization represents the appointed board members who govern the 30 community colleges in the State University of New York (SUNY) system. Bohm was recognized in 1999 with an award for Distinguished Service from the Association of Boards of Community Colleges, the predecessor to the current NYCCT.

Her service goes well beyond community colleges as she has supported the local community through extensive volunteer work and leadership by serving as chair or a member of the United Way Board of Directors, the Batavia City Youth Bureau, Habitat for Humanity, The Paolo Busti Italian Cultural Foundation, the Franciscan Sisters of the Divine Child, the Board of Directors of Birchwood Village in Batavia and the Batavia City School Board. Bohm also was a commissioner for the Batavia Housing Authority.

As a Genesee Community College trustee, she is currently a member of the College's Buildings and Grounds and Finance committees, and is a representative to the Association of Community College Trustees (ACCT), a national organization representing community college trustees.

July 18, 2016 - 8:12am
posted by Billie Owens in accident, batavia, news.

A silver sedan struck a pole on Bank Street near the Northgate Free Methodist Church in Batavia. There is heavy front-end damage but the driver is not injured. Mercy medics and firefighters responded.

July 17, 2016 - 4:32pm
posted by Billie Owens in Deal of the Day.

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 $10 gift card for $4.

Scooter's Restaurant, 140 W. Main Street Road (Route 5), Le Roy, NY: Come see us at Scooter's family restaurant with our friendly atmosphere and homestyle cooking! We offer classic American food with breakfast, lunch and dinner served all day. We also offer a full take-out menu anytime. We have a $10 gift certificate for $4.

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 $7.

Blue Pearl Yoga, 200 E. Main St., Batavia, NY 14020: Stretch your body and soul with yoga. This offer is for a $20 gift certificate for the price of $5. Not good with any other discounts or offers. Excludes workshops.

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. Their Reuben sandwich is a crowd favorite. We have a $25 gift certificate for $15.

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.

Adam Miller Toy and Bicycle, 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. Kites, retro toys, ride toys, wagons, creative and imaginative choices for amusement -- puzzles, games galore, model cars. Have your bike serviced or repaired. We have a $25 gift certificate for $10.50.

Bourbon & Burger Co., 9 Jackson St., Batavia, NY: 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.

The Original Woody's Deli, 47 North St., Le Roy, NY 14482: It's all here at Woody's "The Corner Deli" -- Made-to-order, hand-battered chicken tenders, homemade cannolis and soups, specialty pizza, wraps, hot and cold subs, Mexican favorites, fresh salads, garbage plates, kids' menu, wings, catering, delivery. Hours are Monday through Thursday 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., Saturday 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., and Sunday noon to 8 p.m. Stop by today! Or phone in your order 768-8585. We have a $10 gift certificate for $4.

LJ Nails Hands. Feet. Wax., 583 E. Main St., Batavia NY 14020: Pamper yourself with top-quality manicures, luxurious pedicures in massaging spa chairs, gel and acrylic nails and custom design work, waxing, and more in a safe environment with all equipment sanitized and clean. Gift certificates available. Hours are Monday through Friday 9:30 a.m. to 7 p.m., Saturday 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., closed Sunday. Stop in, call 344-8888, or check us out on facebook @. We have a $20 gift certificate for $10.

The Oak Grill and Cafe, 7062 Lewiston Road, Oakfield, NY: A solid All-American menu is offered here, packed with favorites like Philly cheese steak sandwiches, French dip shaved beef sandwiches with homemade au jus, and beef on Weck, Zweigle's white and red hots, and burgers, of course. Fresh fish fry or fish sandwich every Friday, served with French fries and cole slaw. Try the wraps, or a sub, or club sandwich; salads, too. Complete breakfast menu plus breakfast pizza and breakfast sandwiches. Fountain drinks (Pepsi products), Snapple and iced tea. Full ice cream selections, including cones, shakes, floats and banana splits. Hours are: 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Saturday; and 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Sunday. Phone is (585) 948-6070. We have a $10 coupon for $6.

Pastore's Pizzeria, 110 W. Main St., Le Roy, NY 14482: Since 1998, Pastore's has been serving fresh, hearth-baked pizzas and a wide variety of wings, subs, wraps, pasta, salads, as well as many finger foods. We have a $10 gift certificate for $4.

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 $9.50.

Settler's, 353 W. Main St., Batavia, NY: Since 1985, Settler's has served great, affordable breakfasts, lunches and dinners to Batavians. Fresh soups daily, fabulous desserts, steaks, Greek selections, pot roast, meat loaf, specialty mac 'n' cheese entrees, and lots more. We have a $20 gift certificate for $9.50.

T.F. Brown's (***NOTE -- Price Change), 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 $10 gift certificate for $6.

John & Mary's Restaurant, 3711 W. Main Street Road, Batavia, NY: This popular restaurant offers a varied menu that people love. From subs, hoagies, hand-tossed pizza, and wings, to fish & chips, salads, Mexican food, gyros and other Greek fare, it's all here. Only the finest and freshest ingredients are used. Bread, using homemade dough, baked fresh daily. Amazing specialty pizzas and appetizers! "We never waver on quality!" Delivery available all day, every day. We offer catering. Hours 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. We have a $10 gift certificate for $4.

Fortune's Restaurant inside Batavia Downs, 8315 Park Road, Batavia, NY 14020: Italian-style menu, drinks in one of the region's most popular entertainment venues. We have a $25 gift certificate for $15. (Must be new or current Players Club member to redeem.)

The Little Ridge, 107 Evans St., Batavia NY, 14020: The Little Ridge continues the long-standing history of fantastic food from Batavia's local favorite, Delavan's. Fine dining and family fare combine to offer the best of both. We offer Friday night Fish Fry, prime rib dinner on Saturdays, steaks, burgers, salads, and classic Italian dishes. Open Tuesday through Sunday 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Phone 815-5118. Take-outs available. Kids' menu. Weekly and daily lunch and dinner specials. On Saturday, breakfast is served from 9 to 11 a.m. Good food, good friends, good times! We have a $25 gift certificate for $15.

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.

Viking Valhalla Restaurant & Rose Garden Bowl, 21 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 $7.

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 $9.50.

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. Open daily 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. We have a $10 gift certificate for $4.

Kati's Place Family Restaurant, 40 Oak St., Batavia NY: ALL homemade food and soups! Breakfast served all day. Best garbage plates around, bar none! Burgers, hot dogs, sides, sandwiches, including sourdough club melts, NY strip steak and hot meatloaf sandwiches, triple-deckers, wraps, souvlaki, pies & cakes, Pepsi products, fresh-brewed iced tea. For dinner, there's fried chicken, Greek fish, liver & onions, seafood platters, pasta and salads. For breakfast, Belgian waffles are served until noon, with strawberry topping or chocolate chips, if you like, or anytime is good for blueberry pancakes, French toast, sausage gravy and biscuits, omelettes, and more. Hours are: 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday; and 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday. Phone 250-4483. We have a $10 coupon for $6.

Rochester [email protected]'s, 5256 Clinton Street Road (Route 33), Batavia, NY 14020: Enjoy fine dining in casual elegance amid beautiful dark woods and skylights. Extensive menu selections, freshly prepared foods and quality service. Entrees include prime rib, Gateau of Crepes (vegetarian), seafood, steaks, chicken and pasta, heavenly desserts, full bar. Dinner is served Thursday 4 to 9 p.m., Friday & Saturday 4 to 10 p.m., & Sunday 4 to 8 p.m. Sunday Specials, and on Thursday Early Bird dining is available. Private parties. Experienced banquet and catering personnel are available on and off premises. Phone 344-1543. We have a $20 gift certificate for $12.

Waggin Wheel Restaurant & Lounge, 8282 Park Road, Batavia, NY: Authentic Texas-style barbecue is served hot and tasty off outdoor charcoal grills. Premium Angus beef brisket and steaks cooked to order, plus ribs, pork chops, burgers, BBQ chicken and wings, fresh sweet Italian sausage smoked over cherrywood for extra flavor, homemade coleslaw and potato salad, slowed-cooked baked beans, choose from Texas, St. Louis or Carolina barbecue sauce at your table, plus real Southern cornbread, greens and corn on the cob. Full bar. Lunch 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. / Dinner 4 to 10 p.m. -- Monday through Saturday. Closed Sundays. Off-site catering is available. Phone is (585) 201-7680. We have a $25 coupon for $15 (not valid for alcohol purchases).

M&M Meats and Archery, 3316 Pearl Street Road, Batavia, NY 14020: Quality meats at reasonable prices -- serving the area for over 8 years. Custom butchering and deer processing available. Try our famous Pepperstick and jerky. We are an authorized PSE Bow dealer. Stop in to our market or call us at 716-982-5718 or 585-322-4342. We have a $10 gift certificate for $6.


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July 16, 2016 - 3:31pm
posted by Billie Owens in steve hawley, news, 2016 legislative survey.

Press release:

On Thursday, Assemblyman Steve Hawley (R,C,I-Batavia) released the results of his legislative survey mailer that was distributed to households during the winter.

The survey covered topics across a plethora of platforms and state issues, including: ethics reform, infrastructure, jobs, education, paid-family leave and taxes.

“I am proud to announce the results of my 2016 Legislative Survey and I plan to use the feedback I received to formulate policy proposals and my legislative platform if I am reelected to the Assembly next term,” Hawley said.

“It is one of the highest honors of my life to represent my constituents and address their questions and concerns. The overall results of my survey indicate that my constituents believe the state is not headed in the right direction and we are falling short on a number of issues.

"I will continue to fight to see that we do right by the people of our state and stop catering to downstate special interests and New York City politicians.”


     1.) How do you feel about the direction in which New York State is headed?

  • Right Direction            16.2%
  • Wrong Direction            75.3%

      2.) What issue should be the top priority of New York State government in 2016?

  • Education                                                            11.2%
  • Economic Development/Job Creation            23.2%
  • Cutting Taxes                                                            44.8%
  • Improving NY’s Business Environment             23.2%
  • Ethics Reform in Government                        30.9%

     3.) The state’s minimum wage increased to $9/hour on Dec. 31, 2015. Many have called for an increase to $15/hour over the next few years. Economists predict an increase to $15/hour will result in the loss of between 200,000 and 500,000 jobs in New York State. What is your opinion about the state’s minimum wage?

  • The increase to $9/hour is fine                                                                        61.4%
  • Minimum wage should be raised slightly (less than $12.50/hour)                        25.1%
  • Minimum wage should be increased to $15/hour                                                6.9%
  • Minimum wage should be higher than $15/hour                                                0.4%

    4.) New York has made recent downstate commitments to a new Tappan Zee Bridge ($4 billion), renovating LaGuardia Airport ($4 billion), and funding the Metropolitan Transportation Authority ($8 billion). In 2016, how should available money be distributed to repair New York’s aging roads, bridges & infrastructure?

  • Spend available infrastructure money equally across New York State            29.3%
  • Spend a greater portion of infrastructure money on upstate projects to balance  previous downstate spending                                                                                     44.8%
  • Spend all available money on upstate projects, downstate has already received its fair share                                                                                                            22.8%

    5.) Census data shows that more people leave New York each year than any other state. In your opinion, what is the biggest factor causing people to leave New York for another state?

  • High cost of living                                                38.2%
  • Lack of jobs or business opportunities            31.3%
  • Property taxes                                                            49.0%
  • Weather                                                            5.4%

   6.)  What is the best way to create more jobs in New York State?

  • Lower taxes on businesses                                                24.7%
  • Eliminate regulations and red tape                                    39.8%
  • Lower taxes across the board                                                48.3%
  • Open casinos                                                                        1.5%                                               
  • Rely on state grant programs like START-UP NY            1.2%

    7.)  Standardized tests in our schools – part of the Common Core Curriculum – have been a controversial topic among parents, teachers and education professionals. More than 200,000 students in New York State opted out of taking the exams last year. In your opinion, what should be done to address Common Core?

  • Nothing, children should take the tests and adapt to the program            2.3%
  • Stop giving the tests until the Common Core program is fixed            29.0%
  • Continue the tests while working to address flaws in the program            21.6%
  • Stop standardized tests in schools, they take away from the learning environment 37.1%

    8.)  Community colleges offer students a valuable bridge toward careers and future education. Some officials have proposed the idea of providing free community college to students in New York State. What are your thoughts on this proposal?

  • Free community college is an important measure that should be pursued            7.7%
  • Students attending community colleges deserve more assistance from the state, but not their entire tuition                                                                                    35.1%
  • Taxpayers cannot afford to provide this financial commitment at this time            56.0%

    9.)  While students and families across New York face increasing tuition costs and college debt, some legislators have proposed the DREAM Act – a taxpayer-funded tuition assistance program for illegal immigrants. How do you feel about the DREAM Act?

  • Support            5.8%
  • Oppose            91.5%
  • N/A                        2.7%

    10.)  Some state leaders have proposed 12 weeks of paid family leave to become law as part of this year’s state budget. Do you support this proposal, and if so, how do think this should be funded?

  • Yes, I support this proposal but it should be paid by the employee through a deduction                                                                                                 36.3%
  • Yes, I support this proposal but the employer should pay for it                      6.9%
  • Yes, I support this proposal but the state should pay for this program            5.4%
  • I do not support this proposal                                                                   50.2%

    11.)  Do you support the elimination of pension and retirement benefits for elected public officials who are convicted of felony corruption charges?

  • Support            90.0%
  • Oppose            3.1%

                        N/A                        6.9%

     12.)  Governor Cuomo has pledged to limit outside income for legislators to 15% of the base salary for Assembly members ($11,925). Do you support the limiting of outside income for elected state officials?

  • Yes, I support limiting outside income to $11,925 per year                        18.9%
  • No, the idea of a citizen-legislator is important and we shouldn’t limit outside income                                                                                                            58.7%
  • Yes, we should ban all outside income and state legislators should work year round and full-time                                                                                    16.2%

     13.)  Do you support term limits for legislative leaders (i.e. Speaker of the Assembly, Majority and Minority Leader of both the Assembly and Senate)?

  • Support            90.3%
  • Oppose            5.8%
July 16, 2016 - 3:17pm
posted by Billie Owens in batavia, business, Announcements, WNYIL, news.

Press release:

Western New York Independent Living, Inc., (WNYIL), which has an office in Batavia, will be holding its third Biannual Summit on Aging and Independence: “Shaping Health and Wellness for the Future” on Sept. 29-30 at the Buffalo Convention Center, and they need knowledgeable people to share their expertise.

WNYIL is recruiting individuals who work with seniors, OR who are part of an organization, business or service providing support to individuals who are over 55 years old, OR are doing research specifically focused on the senior population, to participate as presenters, as plenary speakers, or in panels or interactive workshops. There is no charge to make a presentation, which is limited to 75-minutes long, and those accepted will be given breakfast or lunch.

The purpose of the Summit is to identify and reveal critical efforts, ideas, research and issues related to aging, independence, wellness and change, but it also affords participants a great opportunity to represent and exchange knowledge regarding concepts, programs, services, trends, etc., which can impact individuals who are in the 55+ group.

To be considered, would-be presenters should prepare a proposal that fits one of these categories: Practical and scholarly work on issues important to aging populations; Lecture-style presentations; Hands-on workshops or simulations; Presentations on or by community groups that interact with aging populations; Presentations by students on aging-related course assignments or volunteer work; Panel Discussions; and Interactive Workshops.

While proposals can involve any appropriate topic, some potential areas are: Health Care Provision; Managed Long-Term Care; Assistive Technology Advances; Gerontology; Care-giving; Research; Independent Living; Public Policy or Systems Advocacy; Healthy Lifestyles; Cultural Diversity; New Trends; or Outcomes. The Summit is divided into five tracks to appeal to the perspectives of different attendees: Service providers or advocates; healthcare professionals; consumers; caregivers; or researchers/educators.

The intended audience should be identified in the proposals, which will be scored by the Steering Committee based on how well they address the content area, plus clarity, objectives, method of presentation, likely interest to participants, and overall program balance.

For more information, and to request Proposal Guidelines and application forms, please call Heather at (716) 836-0822, ext. 146, or Katie at ext.166, and we will be happy to assist you! Applications are due by Aug. 15 to WNY Independent Living, Inc. – Summit on Aging, 3108 Main St., Buffalo, NY 14214, or to [email protected]. Those accepted will be notified by Sept. 1.

The Western New York Independent Living, Inc., family of agencies offer an expanding array of services to aid individuals with disabilities to take control of their own lives.

July 16, 2016 - 3:10pm
posted by Billie Owens in business, Batavia Downs.

Submitted photo and press release:

Representatives from Batavia Downs are pleased to announce they have received four Romero trophies during the closing ceremonies of the Casino Marketing and Technology Conference in Las Vegas.

This was the second year in a row that Batavia Downs received awards, having won two trophies and two honorable mention plaques last year.\

The Romero Awards honor excellence in gaming marketing and are named for gaming marketing pioneer John Romero. Awards are given in two size categories (above or below 1000 gaming positions) and six different marketing categories. The winners are selected by an independent panel of expert judges.

Lindsay Matikosh, Batavia Downs’ Promotions Manager, was on hand to receive the trophies as they were awarded. The Diamond Trophy was received for Batavia's Suitestakes promotion. Gold trophies were won for the Mystery Voucher and December Gift Calendar. A Silver Trophy was won for last year’s Backyard Bash Promotion.

"Everyone at our facility shares in these awards," Matikosh said. "We like to say we have some of the best promotions among local gaming facilities, and to have an independent panel of experts tell us that they're actually some of the best in the world of gaming is great.”

“Player’s Club staff and other front line employees were essential in helping remind our players about partaking in these promotions, and their popularity lead to increased attendance and revenues which contributed to winning these awards,“ said Ryan Hasenauer, Director of Marketing at Batavia Downs Gaming.  “It was a total team effort and we are excited to add these trophies to our display case near Player's Club for all to see.”

Owned and operated by 15 Western New York counties and the cities of Rochester and Buffalo, Western Regional OTB is a public benefit corporation with headquarters in Batavia. WROTB owns and operates 25 branches, as well as Batavia Downs Gaming, a standard bred racetrack and gaming facility.

July 16, 2016 - 2:58pm
posted by Billie Owens in sports, batavia, Le Roy, news, U12 All-Stars.

Submitted photo. First row, from left: Gianni Ferrara, Kenny Saunders, Zac Vanderhoof, Colin McCulley, Maveric McKenzie, Shawn Morabito, Adam Risewick, Cole Rauscher, John Panepento, Jim Burns, Tyler Strollo, Brady Fix. Back row, from left: Coaches Rob Panepento, Ken Saunders and Manager Erik Fix.

Press release:

The Le Roy Little League U12 All-Stars captured the District 3 Championships with a 5-3 victory over Batavia Tuesday evening in Le Roy. 

The game was a hard-fought battle by both teams. Batavia struck first in the bottom of the second when Dominic Taylor would reach on an error and score on a fielder’s choice by Sawyer Siverling. 

It didn’t take long for Le Roy to answer as Maveric McKenzie would lead off the top of the third with a double to right and reach third on a passed ball. He would score on a sacrifice fly by Colin McCulley to make it 1-1. Le Roy would add three more in the top of the fourth when Kenny Saunders hit a two-run homerun scoring Zac Vanderhoof.

Catcher Cole Rauscher would make it back-to-back homers just two pitches later and Le Roy would take a 4-1 lead.

Luke Rogers and Jameson Richardson would both score in the bottom of the fourth to pull Batavia to within 1, 4-3.

Le Roy got an insurance run in the top of the sixth when Brady Fix would score on a sacrifice fly by Saunders to take a 5-3 lead. Saunders would get the win on the mound, thanks to some strong defense including two double plays, and a great catch by Fix on the last out of the game. 

Le Roy advances to Sectional play in Fredonia, July 17-21st.

July 16, 2016 - 2:52pm
posted by Billie Owens in crime, Darien, news.

The following people were arrested by the Genesee County Sheriff’s Office during the Toby Keith Concert at Darien Lake Performing Arts Center on July 15:

Brendan E. Hart, 19, of Winding Woods, Hamburg, was arrested on two counts of trespass after allegedly attempting to entering the concert venue after being ejected twice and told not to return. Hart was arraigned in Darien Court and jailed in lieu of $250.

Justin M. Metzger, 18, of Stone Briar Drive, Clarence Center, was arrested for unlawful possession of marijuana after allegedly being found in possession of a quantity of marijuana. He was issued an appearance ticket for July 28 in Darien Town Court.





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