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June 5, 2015 - 7:28pm
posted by Billie Owens in crime, genesee county.

A caller to dispatch reports that her upstairs neighbor may have a key to her apartment and she is alleging this neighbor let herself in and stole a gallon of milk from the fridge. Law enforcement is responding.

June 5, 2015 - 5:03pm
posted by Billie Owens in accidents, east pembroke.

A two-car accident, unknown injuries, is reported at the intersection of Hartshorn Road and Route 33. East Pembroke Fire Department and Mercy medics are responding.

June 5, 2015 - 3:37pm
posted by Billie Owens in Milestones, elba, Le Roy, agriculture, dairy.

Press release:

Thatcher Mowry, of Le Roy, and Kayla Wormuth, of Elba, are among the 29 New York Junior DAIRY LEADERs, representing 17 counties, that will graduate at Empire Farm Days on Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2015, at 1:30 p.m. in the Dairy Profit Seminar Center at Empire Farm Days, the Northeast’s largest outdoor farm show at Rodman Lott & Son Farms in Seneca Falls.

Junior DAIRY LEADER Program coordinator Deborah Grusenmeyer and assistant coordinator Betsey Howland, both with the Cornell PRO-DAIRY Program, will welcome families and visitors to the graduation that includes a presentation of the program year by the 29 graduating members, and recognition of the 2015 Junior DAIRY LEADER class sponsors.

The Cornell PRO-DAIRY Junior DAIRY LEADER is a statewide program for youth between the ages of 16 and 19 with an interest in learning more about career opportunities in the dairy industry and gaining hands-on experience in the field.

The Junior DAIRY LEADER graduation ceremony at Empire Farm Days gives young people the opportunity to highlight their year-long experiences and demonstrate to visitors, family, friends, agribusiness professionals, and educators the dynamic aspect of dairy education and career options.

The Junior DAIRY LEADER Program begins in September with a seven day trip to Madison, Wis., to tour dairies and agribusinesses, followed by attending the annual National 4-H Dairy Conference. Throughout the year, class members participate in eight workshops, focusing on team building, personality styles, resume development, change, and leadership skills development, as well as facets of dairy production, tours, and exposure to numerous career options in the dairy field.

Hands-on workshops offer learning opportunities on specific facets of the dairy industry, including veterinary science, dairy nutrition, production management, and on-farm production analysis, plus interaction with dairy producers, industry professionals, and other dairy-interested young people. Building communication and leadership skills enhanced by a team approach to problem solving adds to the Junior DAIRY LEADERS’ personal and professional development.

The 2015 sponsors of the Junior DAIRY LEADERS program are PRO-DAIRY, the Northeast Agricultural Education Foundation, Professional Dairy Producers Association, DEHM Associates, SHUR-GAIN USA, Genex-CRI, Select Sire Power, Northeast Farm Credit AgEnhancement Program, Cargill Animal Nutrition, Northeast Ag and Feed Alliance, New York Corn & Soybean Growers Association, and the Cornell University Department of Animal Science, and New York’s dairy producers.

The 2015 Junior DAIRY LEADER class members are:
. Chautauqua County: Justin Dye, Trenton Meeder
. Columbia County: Benjamin Gardner, Courtney Dearnley, Emily Ooms
. Delaware County: Dylan Walley
. Erie County: Natalie Strub, Zane Hubbard
. Genesee County: Thatcher Mowry, Kayla Wormuth
. Jefferson County: Krystle Burger, Joshua Chisholm
. Lewis County: Harley Hancock
. Montgomery County: Justin Ryan
. Oneida County: Stephanie Finn, Andrew Smith
. Ontario County: Jacob Maslyn, Thomas Mueller, Alfredo Resendiz-Rojo,
  Robin Smithling
. Otsego County: Rachel Stone
. Rensselaer County: Lindsey McMahon
. Schoharie County: Eric Bates
. Tompkins County: Brian Lampman
. Washington County: Margaret Brownell, Kaylah Gulley
. Wayne County: Jessica Skellie
. Wyoming County: Emily Lampson, Katie Sondericker.
Empire Farm Days is the Northeast’s largest outdoor farm show, held on 300 acres at the Rodman Lott & Son Farms in Seneca Falls. Admission is free; parking is $10 car. Find a full schedule of activities and more information for the Aug. 11-13 show at

June 5, 2015 - 3:27pm
posted by Billie Owens in sports, baseball, muckdogs.

Press release:

The Batavia Muckdogs, Genesee County’s only professional sports franchise and the Single-A affiliate of the Miami Marlins, are excited to announce the release of their promotional schedule for the 2015 season. This year’s schedule will once again feature fireworks, giveaways, special events and daily promotions.

This year’s promotional schedule is jammed pack with more fun than ever. Throughout the 2015 season the Muckdogs will feature seven fireworks shows, eleven giveaway nights, a post-game catch on field with Dad for Father’s Day and the annual post-game helicopter candy drop. This year will also feature a “Turn Back the Clock” game where all tickets are just $5 and hot dogs and soda that night will cost just $1.

Highlights of the 2015 Promotional Schedule include:

  • Opening Day/Fireworks/Magnet Schedule Giveaway, Friday, June 19th
  • Muckdogs Note Pad Giveaway, Saturday, June 20th
  • Father’s Day Post-Game Catch on the Field with Dad, Sunday, June 21st
  • Kiwanis Club Bike Raffle, Tuesday, June 23rd
  • Frisbee Giveaway, Wednesday, July 1st
  • Independence Day Celebration Fireworks, Thursday, July 3rd
  • Batavia Little League Night, Friday, July 10th
  • Personal First Aid Kit Giveaway, Friday, July 24th
  • 22-oz. Cup Giveaway, Saturday, July 25th
  • Pre-Game Chicken Wing Eating Contest, Tuesday, Aug. 4th
  • Irish Night, Sunday, Aug. 9th
  • Lions Club Bike Raffle, Monday, Aug. 10th
  • Turn Back the Clock Night – ALL Tickets $5, $1 Zweigle’s Hot Dogs and Sodas, Thursday, Aug. 12th
  • Town of Le Roy Night, Friday, Aug. 14th
  • Team Photo Giveaway, Saturday, Aug. 22nd
  • Post-Game Helicopter Candy Drop, Sunday, Aug. 23rd
  • Bark in the Park, Sunday, Aug. 30th

Fireworks Nights will be as follows: June 19th, July 3rd, July 10th, July 24th, Aug. 14th, 21st and 28th.

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

The Muckdogs daily promotions lineup is as follows:

Mondays: Muckdog Monday presented by The Daily News: With a coupon from the Saturday edition of The Daily News, fans can purchase buy one get one free General Admission tickets.
Tuesdays: Kids’ Tuesday Night Tickets courtesy of New York’s 529 College Savings Program: The first 50 kids accompanied by an adult receive a free General Admission ticket.
Wednesdays: Family 4-Pack Night: Fans can purchase four General Admission tickets, four hot dogs, four 12-oz. sodas and a 2015 program for just $32, a savings of $19.00.
Thursdays: Kids Eat Free courtesy of Bob Evans Restaurants: The first 100 kids 12 and under receive a voucher for a free hot dog, soda and snack item.
Fridays: Post-game fireworks will light up the sky after every Friday night game.
Saturdays: Dollar Draft Saturday presented by Eastown Beverage and Batavia Redemption Center: From 6 to 7 p.m., 12-oz. Bud Light and Genny Light drafts are just $1. Pre-Game Concert Series: Papa and Mama Root will perform oldies rock and roll in the concourse, courtesy of Tim Horton’s of Batavia, Cold Stone Creamery and New Buffalo Impact.
Sundays: Post-Game Run the Bases with Homer presented by Bob Evans Restaurant: Kids have the opportunity to run the bases with Homer after the game and receive a coupon from Bob Evans Restaurant in Batavia. Seniors Eat Free, courtesy of The Williams Law Firm: The first 100 seniors 60 and over receive a voucher for a free hot dog, soda/coffee and a snack item.

For a complete promotional schedule, go to or call the Muckdogs office at (585)343-5454.

The Muckdogs open their 2015 home schedule on Friday, June 19th vs. the Auburn Doubledays at 7:05 p.m.

Muckdogs season tickets, coupon books, group tickets and ticket packages are on sale now. Individual tickets are on sale now.

June 5, 2015 - 3:12pm
posted by Billie Owens in Milestones, Oakfield.

Press release:

Genesee Community College congratulates criminal justice student Jessica Cherry, whose essay earned the Grand Prize in the David A. Garfinkel Essay Contest sponsored by the Historical Society of New York Courts.

Cherry and the other two winners were recognized at an awards ceremony in the New York Court of Appeals Courtroom on Law Day, May 5, 2015. GCC paralegal studies major Connie Eadie was one of eleven students to receive honorable mention.

Both Cherry and Eadie are students of Assistant Professor Charles Scruggs, who has served as faculty mentor for seven of the students who've earned recognition in the Garfinkel Essay Contest.

"The success of our history, paralegal, and criminal justice students in this highly-competitive contest is gratifying," Scruggs said.

The Garfinkel Essay contest invites community college students from around the state to submit essays on topics of legal relevance. This year they were charged with addressing the question: "How have the New York Courts addressed equal human rights for the LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender) Community?"

Cherry, 20, is from Oakfield and is studying Criminal Justice at GCC. In her essay, "A look at how NYS Legislation has profoundly impacted LGBT Family Law," Cherry writes that "In New York State, family is two women getting married and becoming wives; family is two men getting married and becoming husbands; family is a man and a woman getting married to become husband and wife; and family is all LGBT families being able to legally adopt including if it is their partner's child. New York has done an excellent job in striving for LGBT equality, especially in Family Law, and they have become a role model for many states that have yet to legalize same-sex marriages or certain adoption rights."

She goes on to chronicle the legal evolution of these rights and closes by stating "We can only hope that the states yet to legalize gay marriage and certain adoption rights follow in the footsteps of New York State, and all of the other states that have gotten on the right side of history, and they come to learn that love is love."

Cherry said she was shocked to have won. "It hasn't even fully sunk in yet, but now that it's becoming more real, I am extremely proud of that essay and the message it sends to readers." She said she wrote the essay based on her personal belief in "equal rights for everyone in all aspects of life, regardless of things such as sexual orientation."

The Historical Society provides a link to Cherry's full essay online at:

"While Jessica may have been surprised by her win, I was not," Scruggs said. "I have had the privilege of working with Jessica in two different courses and she has proved to be a conscientious student who consistently submits exemplary work. In this essay, the head and heart have worked in tandem to produce a well-researched and inspiring analysis of the struggle for LGBT equality."

As the Grand Prize Winner, Cherry receives a $1,500 cash award.

The contest also recognized Evan Eckfeld of Westchester Community College who won the $1,000 SUNY Community College prize and Joshua Cruz of Queensborough Community College who won the $1,000 CUNY Community College prize.

Cherry is the daughter of Rebecca Cherry and Michael Cherry. She has one older brother Ben Cherry. Upon graduation from GCC this spring she plans to transfer to SUNY Brockport in the fall to pursue a bachelor's degree in criminal justice with a goal of becoming a police officer.

Gloria and Barry Garfinkel initiated the essay contest in 2008 in memory of their son, David. The competition seeks to draw students with a wide range of interests in law, history, social science and general research writing.

June 5, 2015 - 2:57pm
posted by Billie Owens in business, GCEDC.

Press release:

The Genesee County Economic Development Center (GCEDC) announced that it will host a “Taking Your Small Business Global” Export Workshop on Thursday, June 11, from 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. at the Innovation Zone at MedTech Centre in Batavia.

The workshop, presented by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) and the U.S. Department of Commerce, will provide participants with critical information about export financing and creating an export plan.

“We believe it’s important to provide our stakeholders with key resources and access to individuals who can help them grow and expand their small businesses on a larger scale,” said Steve Hyde, president and CEO, GCEDC. “We are pleased to host this event which we hope will give small business owners in our region the valuable tools and knowledge they need to take their business global.”

 To register, please visit or contact Greg Lindberg at (716) 551-5670. The workshop is free.

June 5, 2015 - 2:43pm
posted by Billie Owens in muckdogs, sports.

Press release:

Would you like to live with the next Ryan Howard or Chase Utley?

The Batavia Muckdogs are again seeking local families to assist in housing players during the 2015 baseball season.

Anyone can help provide lodging for this year's Muckdogs by either providing space or renting a room, apartment, or home. While many host families come back year after year, the team is always looking to add to their list of availabilities for the players.

Host Families play a crucial role in helping young players feel comfortable in a new environment. Many who have hosted players in the past have had incredibly wonderful experiences. However, with players coming and going throughout the season, we have constant needs as far as housing is concerned.

The 2015 season runs from June 19 until Sept. 7 and players typically range from 18-23 years of age.

Anyone in need of more information on becoming a Host Family is invited to contact the Muckdogs’ office at (585) 343-5454 or General Manager Travis Sick at You can also call our housing coordinator Shirley Fanara directly at (585) 356-3411.

The Batavia Muckdogs are the short-season, Class A affiliate of the Miami Marlins and are the last remaining founding member 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 St., Batavia, NY 14020
Phone: 585-343-5454; Fax: 585-343-5620
Web site:

June 5, 2015 - 2:30pm

Written and submitted by Kelly March, of Youth Services, for the Richmond Memorial Library.

The Batavia Richmond Memorial Library will be hosting actress, storyteller, playwright, author and illustrator Gretchen Murray Sepik, at 11 a.m. on Saturday, June 6, when she will be presenting, "Erie Canal Sal."

The program is a theatrical characterization of Sal McMurray, an Irish cook working on a packet boat traveling the Erie Canal in the year 1840.

The program combines Irish folk tales and facts about the canal that are true -- in a very broad sense. You'll laugh while you learn about one of the engineering wonders of the world.

The program will be followed by a book signing of Gretchen's book "Erie Canal Sal."

Gretchen was born in Mercer, Pa., and was raised in the country where she and her brother, Greg, would spend hours playing in the woods and fields that surrounded their home.

"I guess I'm the result of my father's storytelling and my mother's boundless imagination," says Gretchen.

Her father, Michael, worked in a mill and could tell the best stories about the Pennsylvania coal mines, railroads and horses. Her mother, Jinny, was a singer and encouraged her to sing songs, learn nursery rhymes and she always had a box of old clothes for Gretchen to dress up in.

"My mother was the greatest influence in my life and was responsible for guiding me toward my life's work. She was my best friend. Before I was old enough to go to school my mother would ask me each morning who I wanted to be for the day. I could be anybody."

Gretchen jokingly says that she never knew her real name until she started the first grade.

"I've always loved to play 'dress up' and by doing theatrical characterizations I can play 'dress up' for the rest of my life."

Gretchen says her husband, photographer and designer, Walter A. Jakubowski, is her source of strength as he has supported her in all of her crazy ideas; some successful and some not. He also suggests programs, which she should develop, including "Mary Jemison" and "Susan B. Anthony."

"Walt is always saying things that make me laugh. I tell him I'm going to write a book entitled, 'The World According to Walt', or 'How to Achieve a Waltered State of Consciousness.' He's my reservoir of ideas for material and programs."

Sepik majored in modern dance at Point Park College in Pittsburgh, where she also studied acting and writing.

She has performed with the Paddy Toon Modern Ensemble in Pittsburgh, with the Rochester Philharmonic's "Phil Revue" with mime troupe, Flash in the Pan. Gretchen studied with the Bottom of the Bucket, but, currently Garth Fagan Dance, and worked with them as a rookie.

"My storytelling started when a teacher's aide asked me to come into her school and do storytelling. I was too shy to tell stories as myself so I developed Naomi Brown from the Blue Ridge Mountains to tell the stories of Brer Rabbit for me. Storytelling helped me overcome my shyness."

Gretchen does her form of storytelling across New York State and into Pennsylvania and was the cofounder and director of the Flight of Fancy Experimental Theatre (F.O.F.) and is a performance artist working with Young Audiences of Rochester and Young Audiences of Western New York. She presents 200 to 300 programs a year. In 2004, she was honored by Young Audiences of Western New York for her work with students and her commitment to learning through the arts.

The Genesee-Orleans Regional Arts Council awarded Gretchen a grant in 2009 to adapt her script of, “Erie Canal Sal," into a children’s book, which she also illustrated. The book is now available for sale.

Sepik lives in Albion with her husband, Walter, golden retriever/husky Bud, labradoodle Rigley and the cat, named Jinn Chin Lee, in an old 1830s cobblestone house full of antiques and curbside finds. The house is surrounded by flower, herb and organic vegetable gardens.

"I have a great love and respect for nature and I hope that through some of my storytelling I might be able to awaken that love in others."

Along with Naomi Brown and Sal McMurray, Gretchen also portrays Mary Jemison, a white woman who, as a young girl, was captured by the Shawnee Indians and given to the Seneca Indians. She lived the rest of her life among the Senecas and when offered her freedom chose to remain with her Seneca family and friends whom she loved. Mary is buried at Letchworth State Park, which is situated on land she once owned and a statue erected in her honor is located at the council grounds.

Gretchen does a characterization of 19th Century women's rights leader Susan B. Anthony who not only speaks of life in the 1800s, but also comments on current issues.

She also portrays much-loved children's author and illustrator, Beatrix Potter, who narrates "The Tale of Peter Rabbit" and "The Tale of Mrs. Tittlemouse" incorporating the audience into the story.

"I think storytelling is one of the most wonderfully creative art forms because it allows each person to be who they are and use what talents they have to tell a story. If a person can sing, let them sing, if a person can dance, let them dance, if a person can juggle, let them juggle; as each storyteller weaves a story, their own unique individuality adds to the tapestry of the tale they tell. When performing in schools my goal is to awaken children to the joy of learning, the joy of life and the joy of who they are.”

As one child so aptly put it, “someone finally got me to like history.”

Gretchen's new project is "Mother Nature" who will be dispelling the myths and misconceptions that have plagued humanity for centuries. This program will be done in a stand-up comedic style for adult audiences.

June 5, 2015 - 1:17pm
posted by Billie Owens in fire, Le Roy.

A barn fire is reported in the area of the intersection of Conlon and North roads. Le Roy Fire Department and Ambulance Service are responding, along with mutual aid from Bergen, Mumford and Caledonia.

UPDATE 1:19 p.m.: The call has gone to a second alarm. Pavilion, Stafford and the Town of Batavia Fast Team are called. A firefighter on scene reports seeing flames inside the structure.

UPDATE 1:24 p.m.: A burner is being used at the barn, a firefighter confirms. No barn fire. Units are told to go back in service.


June 5, 2015 - 1:07pm
posted by Billie Owens in volunteers for animals, animal rescue.

Press release:

"Scrap for the Pack!" Come out and support the animals of the Genesee County Animal Shelter this weekend by donating your scrap metal.

The fundraiser is 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, June 6-7, at the shelter, located at 3841 W. Main St. Road, in the Town of Batavia.

Bring your scrap metal to the parking lot. Volunteers for Animals are accepting metals of any kind: railings, doors, garbage cans, file cabinets, bicycle frames, gutters, pipes, poles, fencing windown frames, lawn furniture, tools, shelving, washing machines, dryers, stoves, wheel barrows, wagons, etc.

They CANNOT take propane tanks, a/c units, or refrigerators.

If you have metal donations that need to be picked up, e-mail Volunteers for Animals to arrange for pickup.

Scrap service is being provided by Ed Arnold EAS Scrap Processors, of Corfu.

June 5, 2015 - 12:57pm
posted by Billie Owens in batavia, accidents.

A motor-vehicle accident with injuries is reported in front of the Deli Express, 8204 Park Road. Town of Batavia Fire Department and Mercy medics are responding.

UPDATE 1:01 p.m.: A second ambulance is called to the scene. Injuries are minor.

June 5, 2015 - 12:45pm
posted by Billie Owens in art, BID, Centennial Arts Fest, batavia.

Press release:

The Downtown Batavia Business Improvement District (BID) is sponsoring the Centennial Arts Fest, exhibiting artists work from 4 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, June 16, in Jackson Square. This event is in conjunction with the City of Batavia’s Centennial celebration.

Centennial Arts will be an outdoor gallery displaying artists of any age, media and location around Western New York. This is a free event for artists to display three or four pieces of their best work. The public is invited to browse and buy art during the show.

There is still room for artists to display and/or sell their work!  The B.I.D. Promotion Committee will be offering a $100 prize for the “People’s Choice” award for the best all-around artist.

If you are interested in exhibiting in Centennial Arts or have questions please contact Don Burkel at or call (585) 344-0900 for an application.

June 5, 2015 - 12:13pm
posted by Billie Owens in accident, pembroke.

A one-vehicle rollover accident with possible minor injuries is reported in the area of 352 Main Road, Pembroke. Pembroke and Indian Falls fire departments and Mercy medics are responding.

UPDATE 12:16 p.m.: Dispatch got a call saying the patient got into another vehicle and left the scene.

June 4, 2015 - 5:40pm
posted by Billie Owens in county government.

Press release:

Genesee County and a number of its municipal partners this week released their New York State mandated efficiency plan, demonstrating a projected local savings of approximately $14.3 million for the years covering 2017-2019. Joining in with the County on the shared services initiative is the City of Batavia, towns of Alexander, Byron, Bethany, Darien, Le Roy, Pavilion, Pembroke and the villages of Corfu, Le Roy and Oakfield.

While the plan is a requirement of the recent New York State Property Tax Rebate program, local municipalities have been streamlining programs, cutting discretionary spending, and sharing services for decades, i.e., combined dispatch, snow and ice contracts; shared highway equipment projects and municipal workers’ compensation pools and youth services administration sharing, as well as the privatization of ambulance services, which saved the City of Batavia in excess of $2 million six or seven years ago.

The local municipalities have achieved the most notable savings recently through shared assessment and code enforcement functions, shared waste water facilities between the City and Town of Batavia, sharing of County Health Department functions between Genesee and Orleans counties, workforce reductions, privatization of refuse collection by the City and the anticipated sale of the County Nursing Home.

According to the program’s requirement, the efficiency plan will be submitted to the State Division of Budget so that homeowners are able to receive their rebate checks in the Fall of 2016.

“Compiling the efficiency plan has been a valuable exercise in self-assessment and a worthwhile review of the way we have operated over the past dozen years," said Genesee County Manager Jay Gsell. "As local leaders, we need to continue to communicate with our residents regarding the savings we have accomplished, the difficult decisions we have had to make to cut programs and staff, and our plans for redefining what our county and our partners in local government do.

"Unlike school districts in New York State who are also required to submit efficiency plans and live with the property tax cap, other local governments in complying with the four year old tax cap/levy freeze are unable to exclude long-term debt from the tax-cap mandate, which in turn resulted in two to three Genesee County municipalities being unable to participate in this Efficiency Plan as they will likely have to exceed the tax-cap percentage growth factor due to water district debt funding. The New York State Executive and Legislative branches need to level the playing field for tax cap compliance for all units of local government/public agencies.”

Counties across the state continue to provide and fund essential programs and services as mandated by the State, while also seeing revenue decrease with the property tax cap, flat or falling sales tax revenue, and rising costs for health benefits, materials and equipment and double digit New York State pension assessments. However, Genesee County government along with the surrounding local municipalities have found ways to continue providing these crucial programs and services even while funds decrease, as demonstrated in the jointly submitted efficiency plan.

June 4, 2015 - 5:29pm
posted by Billie Owens in GCC.

Press release:

When Florence Colton saw a group of Genesee Community College students walking past her Bank Street home with a broken bicycle, she decided to give them a hand...or rather some wheels. Colton, who will be 70 on June 29, had two of her late son David's bicycles in her barn. The students helped her retrieve them and were delighted that Colton offered the bikes to them. GCC welcomes donations of working bicycles to help students get back and forth from campus to destinations in town for groceries, haircuts, clothing or recreation.

A recent forum between GCC students and Batavia area merchants revealed that one big hurdle preventing students from patronizing businesses in town is transportation. Downtown Batavia is about three miles from College Village, the residential community at GCC. Merchants on Veterans Memorial Drive are five miles away. Bus service is limited and walking is time-consuming.

"We have a collection of bikes that students can use and we even provide bike helmets purchased from Adam Miller's," said College Village Director John Sisson. "But because the bikes are generally reused from previous College Village student residents, some are not in the greatest condition. We'd welcome the donation of new bicycles or reused bikes in good working order. Our students definitely put them to use."

GCC houses more than 400 students at College Village. A number of them come from other countries, including Japan, France and Timor Leste. Students from these countries encountered Colton on a spring day.

"These kids were so nice and so polite," Colton recalled. "They commented on how nice my yard is."

Their predicament with the broken bike prompted Colton to offer the bikes that belonged to her son, David, who had passed away in December 2014.

"They were good solid bikes. I really didn't have any use for them and I knew David would like for somebody to have the bikes," Colton said. "And they [the students] were so happy and it just touched my heart that those were my son's bikes and these kids really appreciated these bikes."

The students posted photographs with Colton in social media under the hashtags #GreatDay and #CoolPeople.

"We were so happy to receive these bicycles," said Arsenio Ferreira, a student from Timor Leste. "We have been using them a lot."

The students continue a relationship with Colton, often stopping to say hi when they pass her home. Some have even offered to help her with the yardwork.

"I'm so independent," she said. "But I may take them up on it in the fall when it's time to rake leaves."

For Colton, the best part has been seeing her son's life touch others.

"It made me feel so good that David, through his mom, helped out these college kids," she said. "I just felt so blessed that they were such good kids and they could really use those bikes."

If anyone has bikes they'd like to donate to College Village, please contact John Sisson at (585) 343-0163 or

College Village will accept bikes in good, working condition, but any bikes or bike parts received that are not in working condition will be donated to Trailside Bicycles located at 16271 Canal Road, Hulberton, NY in Orleans County, Owner, Chris VanDusen hopes to one day help develop a program similar to R Community Bikes, Inc., a nonprofit organization in Rochester that collects and repairs used bicycles for distribution to needy families in the Rochester area. (Go to for further information).

June 4, 2015 - 5:05pm
posted by Billie Owens in Hogs for Heroes, charity.

The premiere Pig Roast Motorcycle Ride of the Hogs and Heroes Foundation is Saturday, June 6, at the Alabama American Legion, 6554 Alleghany Road, Alabama.

Cost is $10 per person and includes food, fun and a great ride.

Proceeds will be divided, with half going to hospice care at Crossroads House, and half to the PTSD Clinic at the NY State Veterans Home.

Registration is from 10 a.m. to noon. Kick-stands up and ride begins at noon. Route is Alabama to Stan’s Harley-Davidson in Town of Batavia to Attic American Legion, back to Alabama.

There will be a basket raffle, 50/50 and a Prize Wheel.

Rain or shine. Come join the fun and bring a friend or two!

June 4, 2015 - 4:30pm
posted by Billie Owens in animal rescue.

The June Cat Sale begins tomorrow, June 5th, at both the Genesee County Animal Shelter and Petco. Adoption costs are reduced by 50 percent for all cats a year old or older. Sale price is $20 per adult cat and includes an adorable feline over the age of 1, complete with a rabies vaccine, distempter combo vaccine, FIV/ FeLV testing, deworming treatment and flea treatment.

Anyone adopting a cat that's not already spayed or neutured will be also charged a $35 refundable deposit, paid back upon proof of surgery.

The sale runs through June 21.

According to ASPCA, each year about four million cats and kittens enter U.S. animal shelters. Open your heart and your home by taking advantage of this 50-percent-off adult cat adoption bonanza!

The county Animal Shelter is located at 3841 W. Main St. Road in the Town of Batavia. Petco is in Batavia Town Center shopping mall at 4226 Veterans Memorial Drive.

(585) 343-6410

June 4, 2015 - 3:13pm
posted by Billie Owens in jackson square concerts, music, batavia, downtown.

Press release:

The Downtown Batavia Business Improvement District (BID) is sponsoring the 16th Annual Jackson Square Concert Series, each one is from 7 to 9 p.m. on Fridays, June 12th – Aug. 28th, in Downtown Batavia. Free to the public. Food and refreshments available. Rain Days at Batavia City Centre. Bring your own seating. More Info: Don Burkel at B.I.D. at 585-344-0900. Visit:

The Jackson Square Concerts “ Friday Nights In The Square” will be featuring:

  • Genesee Symphony (Friday, June 12th)
  • Emerald Isle (June 26th)
  • Fat City (July 3rd)
  • Mitty & The Followers (July 10th)
  • Penny Whiskey (July 17th)
  • OHMS Band (July 24th)
  • Ghost Riders (July 31st)
  • Ghost Riders Drum & Bugle (July 31st)
  • It’s My Party (Aug. 7th)
  • Bluesway Band (Aug. 14th)
  • John Cole Blues Band (Aug. 21st)
  • C’est Bon Dance Band (Aug. 28th)
June 4, 2015 - 12:37pm
posted by Billie Owens in aviation, batavia.


A Cessna airplane have landing gear difficulties needs to make an emergency landing at the Genesee County Airport, according to the FAA facility in Rochester. Town of Batavia Fire Department is dispatched to the airport in case they are needed when the plane lands. Only the pilot is aboard and the plane is carrying five hours worth of fuel.

UPDATE 12:39 p.m.: Mercy medics are also responding.

UPDATE 12:41 p.m.: "You will observe a low-flying plane approaching the runway," says a dispatcher. "They are trying to get the landing gear down manually." The airport is located at 4701 E. Saile Drive.

UPDATE 1:09 p.m.: The plane safely landed with all three landing wheels touching ground. Mercy medics are back in service, along with Town of Batavia. (There are three sets of landing wheels on the Cessna, in front, on left, and the right of the fuselage.)


Top photo is of the pilot and plane heading to the hangar. Photo above, seconds after a safe landing.


The Cessna passing over the airport for a visual inspection of his gear by ground crews.


The pilot with ground crew members looking over his plane shortly after being pulled into the hangar.

The pilot declined an interview request, but he could be heard telling a member of the ground crew when his cockpit door was first opened, "that scared the shit out of me."


The pilot, safe in the hangar. He was flying from Batavia to Rochester when he experienced a problem with his gear and returned to Batavia for a possible emergency landing. The gear functioned properly on landing.


June 4, 2015 - 7:56am
posted by Billie Owens in batavia.

A strong odor of natural gas at Batavia City Centre is reported and the city fire department is on scene investigating.

UPDATE 8:18 a.m.: National Fuel has been notified. No ETA given.





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