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August 18, 2015 - 1:39pm
posted by Billie Owens in batabia, Lost Dog.

This female chihuahua was found this morning at the corner of Summit Street and North Street in the City of Batavia. She is extremely friendly, has a pink Aztec-design collar, but no dog tags. She is currently at the old Robert Morris School in the Building and Grounds Office, phone number (585) 343-3480, ext. 1013; or you can contact Jim Jacobs at (716)474-0491.

August 18, 2015 - 12:15pm
posted by Billie Owens in weather.

A hazardous weather outlook for portions of Western New York, including Genesee County, has been issued by the National Weather Service in Buffalo.

An "upper-level disturbance" is moving across the region today and will generate some showers and thunderstorms, some of which will include slow-moving downpours.

Since there will be the risk for multiple slow-moving downpours over the same area ("training storms"), there will be an increased risk for localized flash flooding.

By Thursday, a slow-moving cold front will cross Western New York and numerous showers and thunderstorms will occur along and ahead of this cold front, which will likely produce significant rain.

August 18, 2015 - 10:01am
posted by Billie Owens in accident, batavia.

A motor-vehilce accident with unknown injuries is reported at 427 E. Main St. in Batavia. City firefighters and Mercy medics are responding.

August 17, 2015 - 1:39pm
posted by Billie Owens in Deal of the Day.

NEW PRICE!  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 would like to thank all of our loyal customers in Le Roy, Stafford, Caledonia, Pavilion, Bergen and surrounding towns in Genesee County, for making this our 16th year in business! 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.)

Alli's Cones & Dogs, 7063 Lewiston Road, Oakfield, NY: Full breakfast, lunch and dinner menu; all-you-can-eat salad bar; ice cream served year-round; eat-in or take-out. We have a $20 gift certificate for $8.

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.

Settler's, 353 W. Main St., Batavia, NY 14020: Settler's has a 25-year history of serving great, affordable breakfasts, lunches and dinners to Batavians. We have a $20 gift certificate for $9.50.

O'Lacy's Irish Pub, 5 School St., Batavia, NY 14020: In Irish pubs, it doesn't get more authentic than O'Lacy's. Be sure to try the homemade chips. We have a $25 gift certificate for $15.

Ficarella's Pizzeria, 21 Liberty St., Batavia, NY 14020: 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.

Dave's Ice Cream, 3872 W. Main Street Road, Batavia, NY 14020: 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.

Smokin' Eagle BBQ & Brew, 9 Main St., Le Roy, NY 14482. 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.

Bourbon & Burger Co., 9 Jackson St., Batavia, NY 14020: Batavia's newest burger joint offers more than two dozen different types of tasty hamburgers. Our menu also includes a variety of sandwiches, appetizers and an extensive beer list, plus a full bar. We have a $20 gift certificate for $12.

Chap's Elba Diner, 5 S. Main St., Elba, NY 14058: Great food, excellent service in a friendly, family atmosphere await you at this small-town diner featuring breakfast, lunch, weekly specials and all-you-can-eat dinner options. Catering, too! Home of the Muck Plate and Mrs. Bennett's Ham Loaf. Other favorites include Steak Diane, San Francisco Chicken, genuine Hungarian goulash, All-American chicken 'n' biscuits, Friday fish fry. Soups are fresh and tasty. Hours are: Monday through Thursday 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Friday 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Saturday 6 a.m. to 9 p.m.; and Sunday 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Phone is 757-5001. We have a $10 gift certificate for $6.

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 $6.

John & Mary's Restaurant, 3711 W. Main Street Road, Batavia, NY 14020: 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 $6.

Oliver's Candies, 211 W. Main St., Batavia, NY 14020: Oliver's, a Batavia landmark, offers the finest chocolate and confections in the area. We have a $20 gift card for $12.

Jagged Edges Salon, 4140 Veterans Memorial Drive, Batavia, NY 14020: Jagged Edges Salon is a walk-in and appointment salon for men, women and children. It is a fun, welcoming salon that offers all hair care services including cuts, color, highlights, lowlights, perms, styling/updos, treatments, and facial waxing. Hours are 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday. We have a $20 gift certificate for $10.

Rancho Viejo, 12 Ellicott St., Batavia, NY 14020: 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.

Center Street Smoke House, 20 Center St., Batavia, NY 14020: Authentic Southern BBQ, from ribs to brisket with all the fixin's. We have a $20 gift card for $9.50.

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.

Bohn's Restaurant, 5256 Clinton St., Batavia, NY 14020: Fine dining in an atmosphere of casual elegance. Lunch and dinner, steak, prime rib and seafood. Ask about Bohn's catering services and banquet facility. We have a $25 gift certificate for $12.

T.F. Brown's, 214 E. Main St., Batavia, NY 14020: T.F. Brown's is a great place for a good meal, good friends and to catch up on what's going on in the sports world. "If it happens in sports, it happens at Brown's."  Stop in and check out our Jumbo Chicken Wings, Roast Beef on Weck and Friday night fish fry. The original family spaghetti sauce still adorns all of our Italian specialties. The other popular selections from our menu range from Super Salads, butcher cut Strip Loin and South of the Border items. We offer daily lunch and dinner specials as well as a full adult and children’s menu. We have a $20 gift certificate for $12.

Adam Miller Toy and Bicycle, 8 Center St., Batavia, NY 14020: Feel like a kid in a toy store again, or treat your kids to the greatest toy store they will ever see. We have a $25 gift certificate for $10.50.


[Last updated June 6, 2014. Subject to change without notice.]

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August 17, 2015 - 12:31pm
posted by Billie Owens in batavia.

Press release from City fire Lt. Martin Hinz:

The City of Batavia Fire Department will be flushing fire hydrants on Tuesday, Aug. 18, from approximately 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the general area of West Main Street, Oak Street and Richmond Avenue. Homes and businesses nearby will be affected.

These tests may result in a temporary discoloration of water in that area. As in the past, please do not attempt to wash any clothing if your water appears discolored. If you do experience a discoloration of your water, run cold water for about five minutes or until clear.

August 16, 2015 - 5:51pm
posted by Billie Owens in crime, bergen.

Callers to dispatch report a male is wielding a shovel and striking objects, such as yield signs, with it at the intersection of Route 19 and Rochester Street, Bergen. The man is also allegedly throwing traffic cones around. Sheriff's deputies are responding.

August 16, 2015 - 4:00pm
posted by Billie Owens in accident, Darien, darien lake theme park.

A car vs. pedestrian accident is reported at Darien Lake Theme Park, 9993 Alleghany Road. Unknown injuries. Darien fire and ambulance are responding and told to go to "P" exit.

August 16, 2015 - 2:53pm
posted by Billie Owens in Darien, Milestones.

Press release:

Darien Town Justice Gary A. Graber has been awarded a scholarship from the National Judicial College to attend the course "Drugs in America Today: What Every Judge Needs to Know" in Reno, Nev., Aug, 25-27.

Drug abuse is an ever-present issue that will appear with increasing frequency in courts around the country. The use of drugs not only affects the user on a personal level, but also has a profound negative effect on those who are close to, and interact with the user. No matter the type of case, they all have the potential to involve a participant who is under the influence of drugs.

As such, it is important for judges today to recognize and understand the drug issues that plague many Americans today, and to find ways to effectively manage the issue, so as to reduce recidivism. This course will provide an in-depth analysis on the science behind drug addiction, and will offer practical solutions for the judge to manage these types of cases.

This course will provide an in-depth analysis on the science behind drug addiction, and will offer practical solutions for the judge to manage these types of cases. The course will start with an introductory session on basic brain chemistry, and then will move to a thorough analysis of the physiological and psychological effects of specific categories of drugs. In addition, the course will provide practical skills in order to determine which type of drug(s), if any, a user might be under the influence of, and will offer different types of treatment options, which will cover psychological, behavioral, and social aspects.

The course will address several special populations, such as juveniles, those with co-occurring disorders, and veterans, and will provide examples of effective management and sentencing strategies for each group. Finally, the course will offer examples of effective solutions to bring about positive change in the drug user, while also providing effective sentencing options.

Justice Graber is an alumnus and faculty member of the National Judicial College located in Reno, Nevada.

August 16, 2015 - 2:03pm
posted by Billie Owens in accidents, batavia.

A car struck a gas pump at the Citgo Station at 16 Clinton St., Batavia. No injuries. The vehicle is leaking fluids, but it's not yet known if the gas pump is leaking. Town of Batavia Fire Department is responding.

August 16, 2015 - 11:29am
posted by Billie Owens in sports, harness racing, Batavia Downs.

(Cobble Beach with reinsman John Cummings Jr. / Photo courtesy of Paul White)

By Tim Bojarski, Batavia Downs Media Relations

John Cummings Jr. bought a ticket to ride and he didn’t care while winning the $9,500 Open pace feature with Cobble Beach ($6.80) at Batavia Downs on Saturday night (Aug. 15).

Cobble Beach flew off the wings and took the top before the quarter while post time favorite, Fireyourguns (Mike Caprio) took to the wood. After the leader passed the quarter in 27.1, Caprio wasted no time getting Fireyourguns in gear as he moved him to the outside in pursuit. Although it seemed like a good move in theory, the exercise was futile because there was no catching Cobble Beach tonight.

Cummings Jr. had the best view of the proceedings as his charge flew by the half in 55.3 and three-quarters in 1:23.2. Then he raised the lines, laid back in the bike and with a swish of the whip opened up four and was looking for more. The pair then proceeded to pace away to an impressive 1:52.1 win.

James Clouser Jr. owns and trains the 5-year-old altered son of Artiscape and his evenings efforts increased the horse’s annual earnings to $51,440.

Drivers scoring multiple victories on the card included Kevin Cummings and Dave McNeight III with three and Jim McNeight with two. Trainer Dave McNeight also registered a double.

Racing resumes at Batavia Downs on Sunday (Aug. 16) with a matinee card starting at 1:15 p.m.

August 15, 2015 - 1:12pm
posted by Billie Owens in accidents, east pembroke.

A two-vehicle accident with unknown injuries is reported on the westbound Thruway at mile marker 398.9. East Pembroke and Mercy medics are responding. The caller reports a car struck a semi-truck then went off the road.

UPDATE 1:36 p.m.: Responders were unable to locate a vehicle or driver involved in an accident. The assignment is back in service.

August 15, 2015 - 12:36pm
posted by Billie Owens in sports, Batavia Downs, harness racing.

(Lutetium and reinsman Kevin Cummings; photo courtesy of Paul White)

By Tim Bojarski, Batavia Downs Media Relations

He’s three-for-three at the current meet and continues to win at will. Lutetium wired his foes on Friday night (Aug. 14) in the $10,000 Open trot feature at Batavia Downs.

Once again leaving from the widest post in the draw (7), Lutetium (Kevin Cummings) made quick work of taking the lead before setting-down for the mile. However this week his main rival BZ Glide (Mike Caprio) decided to leave as well and tucked in third for the trip.

The field was led to a soft half in: 58 when the tempo picked up on the backside. Lutetium tripped the three-quarters in 1:26.3 with BZ Glide on the outside, closing in for the chase. As the race hit the top of the stretch, Lutetium’s 2-length advantage was dwindling and continued to do so as the sparring pair drove to the wire. But when they hit, the 8-year-old gelded son of Credit Winner mustered just enough to gut out a head victory over the fast closing BZ Glide.

It was the seventh win in 21 starts for Lutetium ($7.60) and pushed his earnings to $48,331 for owner Colleen Girdlestone and trainer Mark Laidlaw.

Five drivers were seeing double on Friday as Kevin Cummings, Shawn Gray, Dave McNeight III, Ray Fisher Jr. and Jim McNeight all scored two wins on the card. Shawn Gray, Jim McNeight and Carl Smith also tallied a pair as trainers.

Racing resumes at Batavia Downs on Saturday (Aug. 15) with post time set for 6:35 p.m.

August 14, 2015 - 5:10pm
posted by Billie Owens in GCSEA, Golf Tournament.

The 2015 Genesee County Sheriff's Employees Association Golf Tournament will be held Saturday, Oct. 3, at Terry Hills Golf Course. Cost $70 per player and includes lunch and dinner.

Proceeds go to help the Genesee Veterans Support Network.

Tournament registration begins at noon and play is expected to end around 5 p.m., followed by dinner.

To get tickets, to register, or for more information, contact Norm Itjen at (585) 409-4540.

August 14, 2015 - 4:46pm
posted by Billie Owens in crime, batavia, Darien, pembroke.

Jason L. Perry, 20, of Batavia, was arrested for criminal mischief, 4th, after he allegedly caused damage to the apartment door and frame after a verbal argument with his roommate, according to State Police. Perry was issued an appearance ticket for Town of Byron Court on Aug. 17.

Kristen M. Stedman, 43, of Blue Aspen Way, Greece, is charged with petit larceny and failure to notify the DMV of a change of address. She was arrested Aug. 12 after Batavia Downs employees allegedly witnessed Stedman stealing alcoholic beverages from the kitchen of one of the restaurants. She was jailed in lieu of $1,000 bail. The case was handled by Batavia PD officers Peter Flanigan and Felicia DeGroot.

Meghan M. Ward, 20, of Auburn, was arrested for unlawful possession of marijuana. Ward was a passenger in a vehicle that was stopped for an improper left turn at the main entrance to Darien Lake Amusement Park. Troopers detected a strong odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle. Further investigation allegedly revealed Ward had in her possession a plastic container containing a marijuana cigarette with less than one gram of marijuana, a multicolored smoking device containing marijuana residue and a metal grinder containing loose marijuana. Ward was issued an appearance ticket for Town of Darien Court on Aug. 18. The operator of the vehicle was issued a traffic ticket.

Peter T. Bannon, 55, of East Berne, was arrested for criminal possession of marijuana and commercial vehicle violations when he was stopped on State routes 77 and 5 in Pembroke on Aug. 11. An investigation allegedly revealed about two and a half ounces of marijuana is his possession, according to State Police. He was jailed on $1,000 bail is set to be in court Sept. 8.

Dekota S. Leiser, 23, of Linwood Avenue, Warsaw, is charged with third-degree aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle after being arrested Aug. 13 on a warrant from Batavia City Court. Leiser allegedly failed to appear on the July 11 AUO, 3rd, charge, so the warrant was issued. Leiser was jailed in lieu of $500 bail and is due back in City Court Aug. 20. The case was handled by Batavia Police Officer Christopher Lindsay.

Christine M. Cordes, 30, of East Main Street, Batavia, was arrested Aug. 13 on a bench warrant for allegedly failing to appear on a traffic ticket issued Jan. 25 for third-degree aggravated unlicensed operation. She was jailed in lieu of $500 bail. The case was handled by Batavia Police Officer Jamie Givens.

August 14, 2015 - 4:17pm
posted by Billie Owens in Hannah Dibble, crime, pembroke, coru.

Hannah E. Dibble, pictured right, accused of second-degree vehicular manslaughter and other crimes stemming from a Feb. 21 accident, did not post bail after being jailed for violating a court order not to drink. Instead, she is being transported to a rehab facility in Pennsylvania, according to the DA's Office.

This comes within days of her supervision under Genesee Justice being revoked because she tested positive for alcohol. On Tuesday, Genesee County Court Judge Robert Noonan ordered the 22-year-old Pembroke resident held on $10,000 bail or $20,000 bond.

Her attorney, Ben Bonarigo, indicated in court that she had asked to go into rehab, that she wanted treatment.

On July 24, Dibble pled not guilty to an 11-count Grand Jury indictment that included: one count of vehicular manslaughter in the second degree; two counts of vehicular assault in the first degree; three counts of assault in the second degree; three counts of vehicular assault in the second degree; and two counts of DWI.

Corfu resident Alyson D. Krzanak, 18, was killed in the crash. James Scherer, 21, Brandon Danser, 22, and Felecia J. Fazzio, 20, all suffered serious physical injuries after the 1997 Chevrolet Geo that Dibble was driving crossed Route 20 at Molasses Hill Road, Bethany, and was struck by a semi-truck.

August 14, 2015 - 3:26pm
posted by Billie Owens in GCC, music, art, theater.

Press release:

The Genesee Community College Center for the Arts is prepared for another exciting year of events offering a wide range of entertainment including jazz music, graffiti art and dinner theatre. The community is enthusiastically welcome to all events which are listed in chronological order.

The Roz Steiner Art Gallery will host and display "Impromptus," paintings by Jonathon Langfield from Aug. 27 – Sept. 25. Langfield carries on the tradition of American abstraction while infusing an element of graffiti. Utilizing the ideological framework of modernism, his art is executed in a spirit of improvisation. The result is a painterly impromptu. Opening receptions are planned for Thursday, Aug. 27, at 12:30 - 2 p.m. and 5 - 7 p.m.

The Genesee Symphony Orchestra presents a "Fall Festival" performance on Sunday, Sept. 27, at 4 p.m. in the Stuart Steiner Theatre with S. Shade Zajac conducting. Guest soloist Raymond Feng, winner of the GSO Young Artist Competition will perform Greig's Piano Concerto in A Minor, Movement 1. The GSO hosts world-class artists and composers as well as a multitude of well-known local soloists that give audiences a professional-level musical experience. Tickets can be purchased in Batavia at the Senior Center, Roxy's Music and GO ART!, and at the Bank of Castile in Le Roy.

The Kazzrie Jaxen Quartet will take the stage on Friday, Oct. 2, at 7:30 p.m. and bring together the elemental qualities of four creative jazz musicians: the buoyant swing of Bill Chattin's drums; the melodic pulsations of Don Messina's bass; the oceanic depth of Charley Krachy's tenor; and the fiery adventurousness of Kazzrie Jaxen's piano.

Honoring jazz tradition with straight-ahead swing and spontaneous improvisation, the band draws from the collective inspiration from jazz greats such as Lennie Tristano and Sal Mosca, Lester Young, Charlie Parker, Billie Holiday, Bud Powell, Warne Marsh and many others. The quartet plays standard tunes, jazz lines, originals and occasional excursions into the abstract stretching the music in unique and complex directions.

Tickets to the event in the Stuart Steiner Theatre are $8 for adults, $5 for seniors (55+), students (16+) and GCC faculty/staff and $3 for GCC students with ID. GCC alum with ID will receive a $2 discount. Go to for photos and further information.

Mixed media paintings by Nate Hodge will be displayed in the gallery from Oct. 8 – Nov. 25. The "Everything Flows" exhibit can be viewed during regular gallery hours, which are Monday-Friday 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. For more information on all upcoming events at the Roz Steiner Art Gallery visit or

In November, audiences are asked to take a trip back in time to a lively Victorian musical hall for a night of dinner theatre where a distinguished ensemble of actors, the Music Hall Royale, stages its flamboyant rendition of an unfinished Dickens' mystery, "The Mystery of Edwin Drood." The show tells the story of the upstanding young Edwin Drood who mysteriously disappears and is presumably murdered. But who the Dickens did it? In the end, the audience gets to decide! The dinner theatre shows will run Nov. 12-15, Thursday, Friday and Saturday, at 7 p.m. and Sunday Matinee at 2 p.m. All tickets are $30 and will include a pasta buffet dinner. The production will benefit the Mental Health Association in Genesee County and advance reservations are required.

"The Mystery of Edwin Drood" is a musical by Rupert Holmes and the original Broadway production was produced by The New York Shakespeare Festival with Joseph Papp as producer and the arrangement by TAMS-WITTMARK MUSIC LIBRARY, Inc., 560 Lexington Ave., New York, NY 10022.

For ticket reservations for "The Mystery of Edwin Drood," or for further information, contact the Genesee Center for the Arts box office at (585) 345-6814 or via e-mail: [email protected]. Information can also be found online at or

It's never too soon to mark your calendars for not-to-miss events already scheduled for 2016.

•    Jan. 29, 2016 at 7:30 p.m. -- The Rochester Rat Pack invites you to join us in the cocktail lounges of the world as we laugh and dance the night away to Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Keely Smith, Etta James, Jimmy Durante, Bobby Darin, Judy Garland, Jerry Lewis and the gang.

•    Feb. 12, 2016 at 7:30 p.m. -- Etta Mae -- an evening of laughter with the reigning "Queen of Southern Sass" and winner of American Comedy Awards: "Stand-Up Comic of the Year." (

•    Sunday, Feb. 14, 2016 at 4 p.m. -- Genesee Symphony Orchestra Mid-Winter Concert at GCC's Stuart Steiner Theatre.

August 14, 2015 - 3:19pm
posted by Billie Owens in GCC Homecoming 2015, cougar weekend.

Press release:

Whether you are an alumnus or friend of the College, a supporter, a spouse or current student, the overall local community eagerly anticipates Genesee Community College's "Cougar Weekend!" The celebration of the College's homecoming events and festivities are planned for the weekend of Sept. 25 - 27 and ALL are welcome to join in the GCC Fall Fest that includes fun for everyone! The three-day schedule for the homecoming weekend of events follows.

Friday, Sept. 25

New for 2015 is the "Cougar Crawl," a walk about Downtown Batavia with stops at local establishments for food and drink specials largely featuring GCC alumni businesses. The Cougar Crawl will kick off the weekend on Friday, Sept. 25, at 5 p.m. commencing at City Slickers at 59 Main St. in Batavia. The "crawl" includes stops at Sweet Pea's Cupcakery Cafe at 23 Jackson St., Bourbon & Burger Co. at 9 Jackson St., Blue Pearl Yoga on the second level of 200 E. Main St. (Masonic Temple), and concludes at T.F. Brown's at 214 E. Main St. where the College's radio station, WGCC 90.7 FM, will cap off the night with its 30th Birthday Bash!

Cougar Crawl tickets are just $5 and can be purchased at T.F. Brown's, City Slickers or the GCC Alumni Office. Purchase tickets by Sept. 4 to receive a Cougar Crawl T-shirt.

"We are so excited about this new opportunity that highlights some of our alumni who work and own businesses in downtown Batavia," Jackie Christenson, GCC alumni coordinator, said. "It is important to note the event is not limited to those age 21 and over since there will be food specials, prizes, bowling, DJs and much more for 'Cougar Crawlers' of all ages! Our grand prize is a Buffalo Bills basket, which includes game tickets and signed Bills memorabilia."

The College also invites all graduates who played soccer at GCC to return to campus for the annual Alumni Soccer Game on Friday. Sept. 25. The co-ed competition will take place at the turf field under the lights beginning at 7 p.m. Players receive a free T-shirt if they register online in advance at After the game, the co-ed team will join up with the Cougar Crawlers at T.F. Brown's.

Saturday, Sept. 26

The fun continues on Saturday with continuation of the car cruise in GCC's north parking. Dubbed "Rods and Rock," classic cars, trucks and motorcycles will converge at 10 a.m. through 4 p.m. The first 100 cars receive gift bags and dash plaques, and a DJ will be playing good ol' rock 'n' roll.

The second annual Alumni Reunion Baseball starts at 11 a.m. and all interested players should contact baseball coach Skip Sherman at [email protected]. Meanwhile, inside GCC the "Cougar Den" will have all kinds of fun activities for children in the cafeteria, and a craft and vendor fair will be happening in the Forum. It is also the last day to view the "Impromptus" exhibit by Jonathon Langfield at the Roz Steiner Art Gallery.

The College's Athletic Department will induct the fifth class into the Athletics Hall of Fame with a ceremony planned for 4 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 26. Members of this year's induction class are Dale Pearce ('05, swimming and diving), Ryan Gugel ('07, baseball), Tracy O'Bonna ('05, volleyball) and the National Runner-Up 2010 Women's Soccer Team. The ceremony will take place in room T119 of the Conable Technology Building and all are welcome to attend.

Sunday, Sept. 27

A performance by the Genesee Symphony Orchestra will wrap up the weekend on Sunday, Sept. 27, at 4 p.m. in the Stuart Steiner Theatre. The Fall Festival will be conducted by S. Shade Zajac with guest piano soloist, 13-year-old Raymond Feng performing Greig's Piano Concerto in A Minor, Movement 1. Tickets range from are $7 to $15 and can be purchased at GCC's Box Office, Roxy's Music, GO ART!, Batavia Senior Center, or Bank of Castile in Le Roy.

A complete list of Fall Fest and Cougar Weekend events can be found online at:

For more information, contact Alumni Coordinator Jackie Christenson at (585) 343-0055 ext. 6262, or via e-mail: [email protected]

August 14, 2015 - 3:01pm
posted by Billie Owens in genesee youth lead, GCC, education.

Press release:
The Genesee Community College’s Accelerated College Enrollment (ACE) Program and Genesee County Youth Bureau are partnering to offer Genesee County juniors and seniors the Genesee County Youth Lead Program.

We are currently recruiting our fourth class and are looking for 15 youth representing our nine high schools who would like to improve their leadership skills and expand their knowledge on the community and resources therein. Genesee Youth Lead is designed to help our youth assess their strengths, weaknesses and potential for personal and intellectual growth.

We provide the opportunity for students to develop their leadership skills by being a part of a team, the community and by hands on learning within the county. This fall students were able to take field trips, speak directly with government officials, and so much more.

The areas of the community to be explored during the fall program are Government & Law Enforcement, Health & Human Services, and Agriculture.

The Youth Lead Program will take place at Genesee Community College & Genesee County Youth Bureau beginning Sept. 10th at GCC with a Meet & Greet. The class sessions are 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. following that on Saturdays; Sept. 12, 19, 26, Oct. 3, 17, 24, 31, and Nov. 7.

The program costs $55 and the students will earn one college credit through Genesee Community College. If there is an economic hardship please contact the Genesee County Youth Bureau.

Applications for the program will be accepted until Aug. 28 and can be found at:

Please contact Chelsea at the Genesee County Youth Bureau with questions at (585)344-3960 or at [email protected]

August 14, 2015 - 2:54pm
posted by Billie Owens in Bryon, volunteerism.

(Photo and story submitted by Pat Lamon.)

Byron’s Summer Rec Program not only was founded by volunteers, but last week children attending that program did their own volunteering project. The children were under the watchful eye of "Miss Emily" Van Eenwyk, their rec leader from the very start.

The idea of giving back to the community started with founder, Laura Platt. The rec program was a vision of Platt’s who saw a vital need for some organized activities and fun for the children in her little town of Byron. Eight years ago and with the help of Debra Leaton, town clerk, Platt’s idea was realized.

“The program has benefited from so much community support,” Platt said.

The town’s children, most of whom are able to walk to the program, which is located in the park behind the Fire Department in Byron are engaged in organized activities from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Monday – Friday.

“This year we were lucky enough to offer free lunches to the kids!” Platt said.

The Byron-Bergen School cafeteria received a grant allowing them to provide the meals and Platt calls in a count in the morning and then picks them up at the school. She delivers the healthy meals to the site at noontime.

In addition to the usual supervised activities, the children also attended several field trips including, visiting the Erie Canal, the Genesee County Park, and Fantasy Island. They also went bowling and made a few walking trips to the park in town.

“Volunteerism got this program up and running, and it’s important to me that children experience the joy of giving back,” Platt said.

So every year she and Miss Emily find a worthy project. On Aug. 6, 19 children ranging in age from 5 to 15 and three rec leaders walked a quarter mile to Byron Mobile Home Park. On the way they passed through the cemetery where they spotted a frog, and lots of snails and slugs which they all examined.

They finally came to the home of Charles Lyman, a Navy veteran in his 80s. Once there the group proceeded to clean the moss and debris from the siding of his house. When the group took an ice cream break Jordyn Platt, one of the rec leaders, explained that she had once lived in that same house. Mr. Lyman couldn’t make it home due to a late running appointment, but he later called Platt to thank everyone for such a great job.

August 14, 2015 - 2:42pm

Independent Living of the Genesee Region will host a free six-session workshop on Living Well with Type 2 Diabetes on Mondays beginning Sept. 14 at the Mental Health Association at 25 Liberty St., Batavia.

The workshops will be held from 1:30 to 4 p.m. on Sept. 14, 21, 28 and Oct. 5, 14 and 19.

To register, call Pat at 815-8501, ext. 402.

The program will cover these topics:

  • Decision making & problem solving skills;
  • Developing & maintaining a safe, long-term physical activity program;
  • Preventing complications;
  • Dealing with anger, depression & difficult emotions;
  • Communicating effectively with family, friends and health professionals;
  • Using prescribed medication appropriately;
  • Healthy eating;
  • Monitoring;
  • Skin & foot care;
  • Planning for future health care.




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