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November 5, 2015 - 3:28pm
posted by Billie Owens in fire, Oakfield.

A possible grass fire is reported in the area of 3583 Batavia Oakfield Town Line Road, approximately a half mile from Lewiston Road (Route 63). Oakfield Fire Department is responding. Smoke is showing.

November 5, 2015 - 3:18pm
posted by Billie Owens in accident, batavia.

A car vs. pole accident with minor injuries is reported in the parking lot of the Genesee County Animal Shelter, 3841 W. Main Street Road. Town of Batavia Fire Dpeartment and Mercy medic #4 is responding.

November 5, 2015 - 1:39pm
posted by Billie Owens in GC 4-H, agriculture.

Press release:

The Genesee County 4-H Youth Development Program will be offering the National Safe Tractor and Machinery Operation Program to youth 14 to 15 years of age. This course will qualify youth to be certified to operate farm equipment for hire.

The course is scheduled to run Saturdays, 8 a.m. to noon, beginning in January and running through March.

The training program encompasses 32 hours of intensive instruction. Upon the completion of the training, each student will be required to take a 50-question knowledge test with a minimum passing score of 70 percent. Students who successfully pass the knowledge test will be permitted to take the Skills and Driving tests. After passing both the written test and driving tests, the students will receive their formal certification from U.S. Department of Labor.

The fee for the course is $25. Note: youth are also required to be current enrolled 4-H members. (Genesee County 4-H enrollment fees are: $25 per youth or $50 per family for Genesee County residents; $35 for out of county residents.)

To request a registration packet or more information please call Cornell Cooperative Extension of Genesee County at 343-3040, ext. 101, or e-mail: [email protected]

November 5, 2015 - 1:32pm
posted by Billie Owens in 4-H, Cornell Cooperative Extension, Announcements.

The Genesee County 4-H Youth Development Program is offering a Harvest Pie Workshop for all area youth ages 5 to 19.

The workshop is scheduled for Tuesday, Nov. 17th, at 6:30 p.m. and will take place at the Cornell Cooperative Extension Office, 420 E. Main St., Batavia. Come and learn how to bake holiday pies just in time for Thanksgiving! Youth do not need to be 4-H members to attend, and parents are welcome. Cost: $10 per youth.

Register by Nov. 13th by calling Brandie at the 4-H Office at 585-343-3040, ext. 101. Complete event information is also available on the Cornell Cooperative Extension of Genesee County website at

November 5, 2015 - 1:22pm
posted by Billie Owens in Batavia Downs, harness racing, sports.

(Photo of Memumsnotnice with driver Ray Fisher Jr., courtesy of Paul White)

By Tim Bojarski, Batavia Downs Media Relations

After winning two of her first four races of 2015 back in January and February, Memumsnotnice (Ray Fisher Jr.) went 0-for-21 the next eight months. But that drought ended in October and now the mare is riding a three-race win streak, all in Open mares company and all at Batavia Downs.

On Wednesday (Nov. 4), Memumsnotnice ($7.20) took the $10,000 distaff Open pace in the same dominating fashion she displayed the previous two weeks. After leaving from post five, she led by a loose two-lengths while cutting fractions of :28.2, :57.4 and 1:25.4 before cruising home unchallenged in 1:55. The winning time was a new seasonal mark.

In her last three starts, Memumsnotnice has led at every station and won those races by a combined seven lengths.

The winner’s share of Wednesday’s purse pushes Memumsnotnice's earnings to $42,568 for owners Thatsideofthefence, LLC, and John Mungillo, who also trains the 6-year-old Jereme’s Jet mare.

Kevin Cummings, Shawn McDonough, Jack Flanigen, Dave McNeight III and Ray Fisher Jr. all scored driving doubles Wednesday night.

When live racing resumes at Batavia Downs on Friday (Nov. 6) at 6:15, the Pick-5 carryover will be $1,173. That is one of the largest carry-over pools of the season.

November 4, 2015 - 8:20pm
posted by Billie Owens in batavia, street repairs.

Press release from Bill Davis, Water Department supervisor for the City of Batavia:

On Thursday, Nov. 5th, North Spruce Street in the city will be closed to traffic from East Main Street to Margaret Place for water line repairs. It will be closed for most of the day.

Water may be disrupted on North Spruce Street from East Main Street to Chase Park, including Margaret Place and Eleanor Place.

Work is going to start at 8:30 a.m..

UPDATE 12:35 p.m., Nov. 5: Repairs are complete and North Spruce Street is now reopened.

November 4, 2015 - 8:09pm
posted by Billie Owens in accident, Stafford.

A car vs. pedestrian accident was reported about 10 minutes ago in Stafford. Mercy medic #3 is dispatched in non-emergency mode along with the Stafford fire. The location is Ellicott Street Road and South Lake Road.

November 4, 2015 - 2:35pm
posted by Billie Owens in accidents, Le Roy.

A motor-vehicle accident with unknown injuries is reported at 7865 E. Main Road, Le Roy. Le Roy fire and ambulance service responding.

November 4, 2015 - 1:26pm
posted by Billie Owens in sports, Batavia Downs, harness racing.

By Tim Bojarski, Batavia Downs Media Relations

On Sunday (Nov. 15), Batavia Downs will be the site for the U.S. Trotting Association District 8 membership meeting, Director election and New York Sire Stakes (NYSS) year-end awards banquet, hosted by the New York State Horse Breeding Development Fund.

All members of USTA District 8 are invited to attend the general membership meeting which begins at 4 p.m. in the Robert J. Kane board room. The agenda includes a discussion of proposed USTA rule changes and other business, followed by questions and answers.

There will also be voting for two Directors' seats that are currently available and polls will open at 4 p.m. If you are not attending in person, be advised that your mailed ballot must be received by the USTA no later than Nov. 11.

At the conclusion of the meeting, there will be a cocktail party held in advance of the dinner that will start at 6:30 p.m. and be hosted by Batavia Downs, Buffalo Raceway, Monticello Raceway, Saratoga Raceway, Tioga Downs and Vernon Downs. Cocktails and hors devours will be available at in the Grandstands Banquet Room, located on the upper level.

Dinner will start at 7:30 p.m. and will also be held in Grandstands.

Shortly after dinner begins, opening remarks will kick off the NYSS awards ceremony and presentations by the USTA and the New York State Horse Breeding Development Fund.

Tickets for the banquet are $30 per person and must be purchased in advance. Anyone purchasing a ticket will also receive $15 worth of "free play" on the gaming floor.

Tickets can be obtained by sending a check (payable to the NYS Harness Horse Breeders) to: NYS Harness Horse Breeders, 12 Avis Drive, Suite 1, Latham, NY 12110 Attention: Betty.

Payment must arrive no later than Wednesday (Nov. 11) and the general public is welcome to attend.

If you need further assistance, please call the HHBNYS at 518-785-5858.

November 4, 2015 - 1:19pm

On Wednesday, Nov. 18, Wilmot Cancer Institute Batavia will host a free community health talk titled “Advances in Lung Cancer.”

This free presentation is open to the public and will be held from 6-7 p.m. at the Terry Hills Restaurant, 5122 Clinton Street Road, Batavia. Refreshments will be served.

It will feature Wilmot Cancer Institute Batavia’s radiation oncologist Kevin J. Mudd, M.D., and medical oncologist Nayana R. Kamath, M.D., of Interlakes Oncology and Hematology. Mudd and Kamath will discuss how you can reduce your risk for lung cancer, options for screening, and advances in treatment. Their presentation will conclude with a question-and-answer session.

About 140 people in Genesee, Orleans and Wyoming counties are diagnosed with lung cancer each year. Although incidence of lung cancer has been declining since the early 1990s, the disease remains the second most-common cancer in the United States.

To learn more about this presentation, please call (585) 276-5788.

November 3, 2015 - 3:11pm
posted by Billie Owens in accident, Alabama.

A two-car accident with minor injuries is reported on Judge Road, just west of Macomber Road. Alabama Fire Department and Mercy medics are responding.

UPDATE 3:16 p.m.: Alabama fire is on scene but the location is actually east of Macomber Road, so Oakfield fire is called to respond.

November 3, 2015 - 2:22pm

Press release:

The legal rights of people with developmental disabilities who are seeking appropriate housing and some practical techniques to secure it will be explored in a FREE Accessible Housing Education Seminar. It takes place on Monday, Nov. 9, 2015, from 1:30 to 3 p.m., at Independent Living of the Genesee Region (ILGR), 113 Main St. (near Center Street), Suite 5, Batavia.

In addition to explaining the Fair Housing Act and other measures that bar disability-based discrimination, presenters will provide information and resources for navigating a provided regional list of housing options and other opportunities, advocating for reasonable accommodations and environmental modifications, and securing referrals and promising locations.

Housing specialist Robin Arnold-Scott of ILGR, and Todd Vaarwerk, director of Advocacy and Public Policy at Western New York Independent Living, Inc., will make a PowerPoint presentation as part of the seminar.

Anyone who is interested in attending should register by calling Donna at (585) 815-8501, ext. 411; or by e-mail at [email protected].

“Developmental disabilities” encompasses a number of central nervous system impairments that occur before age 22, including: cerebral palsy; epilepsy; autism; spinal cord injury; traumatic and acquired brain injury; learning disabilities such as dyslexia (reading disabilities), dysgraphia (writing disabilities), and visual tracking disorder; cognitive disabilities, Down Syndrome, and others.

ILGR is an agency dedicated to the mission that people with disabilities deserve true independence and equality, including at the workplace: the right to live their lives as they choose; a philosophy the Agency carries out by providing individuals the skills and resources to do it themselves. ILGR’s services include independent living skills training, advocacy, peer counseling, transportation, Braille transcription, a loan closet of medical equipment, housing assistance, information and referral, and many more.

November 3, 2015 - 1:56pm
posted by Billie Owens in accident, batavia.

A tractor-trailer rollover accident, unknown injuries, is reported at Oak and Main streets in the City of Batavia. City fire and Mercy medics are responding.

UPDATE 1:59 p.m.: A responder reports a saddle tank on the vehicle is leaking.

UPDATE 2:03 p.m.: The third platoon is asked to report to city fire headquarters.

UPDATE 2:18 p.m.: A source at the scene said the tractor-trailer was hauling "wheat middlings" -- a by-product of flour production -- to a Baskin plant in Bethany to be processed into livestock feed.

UPDATE 2:31 p.m.: The first platoon is requested to report to fire headquarters.

UPDATE 3 p.m.: City Fire Chief Jim Maxwell said motorists should avoid the area for the next couple of hours. He said it will probably be 5 or 6 o'clock before they can get the vehicle uprighted and removed, along with the debris. Rush hour is still ahead and the crash is impacting traffic on routes 98/63/33. No injuries reported, nor were other vehicles involved, Maxwell said. The tractor-trailer was southbound on Route 98 and was turning eastbound on Main Street when either the load shifted or a mechanical problem occured and the whole thing went sideways. Besides the mess of crushed wheat and traffic, firefighters had a couple of saddle tanks leaking fuel. They were able to contain the spill and prevent it from going down into the storm  drain, Maxwell said.

November 2, 2015 - 4:35pm

Press release:

“Customer Service that Wins Sales” will be the subject of a small business workshop to be hosted the Genesee County Chamber of Commerce on Nov. 17.

“Customer service is still the king even in the age of the Internet and online reviews,” said Tom Turnbull, Chamber president. “In this workshop, participants will learn tips to better serve the customer, how to win new customers with customer service and how to increase loyalty and repeat purchases.”

This workshop will be held at the new p.w. minor, 3 Treadeasy Drive in the Industrial Park, Batavia.  The session will run from 7:30 to 9 a.m. Cost for non-Chamber members is $10 for each attendee. Chamber members may attend free of charge.

This is the last in a series of business workshops for 2015 held in conjunction with the United States Small Business Administration and the Genesee County Chamber of Commerce. A new schedule of workshops for 2016 will be announced at this workshop.

The workshops are open to all Chamber and non-Chamber businesses and their employees and will offer expert advice from experienced business professionals designed to help small businesses succeed and grow.

To reserve a seat in any workshop or for more information, contact Kelly Bermingham at 585-343-7440 or by e-mail at [email protected].

November 2, 2015 - 4:27pm
posted by Billie Owens in Deal of the Day.

NEW PRICE!  Byron Hotel & Trail House, 6874 Byron Holley Road, Byron, NY: Casual, friendly atmosphere centrally located in Byron offering a full menu of soups, salads, sandwiches, seafood, steak, and pasta. Lunch punch pass Monday -- Friday 11 a.m.  to 1 p.m.; Tuesday -- Trivia; Wednesday -- Clam & Wing Specials 6 to 10 p.m.; Friday -- Best Fish Fry around. Dining room available for private parties or corporate events. We have a $10 gift certificate for $4.

Larry's Steakhouse, 60 Main St., Batavia, NY: The name says it all -- Larry's is a great place for steak. Larry's has a fine dining atmosphere with a great menu and outstanding service. We have a $20 gift certificate for $8. Valid anytime!

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.

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

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: 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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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 $6.

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.

Pastore's Pizzeria, 110 W. Main St., Le Roy (formerly Ficarella's), 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.

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.

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.)

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 Friday 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Saturday 6:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.; and Sunday 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Phone is 757-5001. We have a $10 gift certificate for $4.

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.

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


[Last updated Oct. 5, 2015. Subject to change without notice.]

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November 2, 2015 - 3:35pm
posted by Billie Owens in accident, corfu.


A one-car rollover accident with entrapment is reported at 591 Main Road, Corfu. Unknown unjuries. Prior to the accident, dispatch had received calls that the vehicle was unable to maintain its lane. Pembroke and Indian Falls fire departments are responding.

UPDATE 3:42 p.m.: There is "heavy entrapment" of one occupant. East Pembroke fire is called to provide mutual aid. Mercy Flight #5 is called to the East Pembroke Fire Hall.

UPDATE 3:47 p.m.: The roadway will be shut down and is expected to be closed for a long time. The driver is a man in his late 60s or early 70s who is said to be semi-conscious. There are live wires in the road. The pole they are hanging from is not broken, but does have a transformer on it. National Grid and the phone and cable companies are being contacted about the lines.

UPDATE 3:54 p.m.: Mercy Flight is ariborne and headed to the scene, about three to four minutes away.

UPDATE 4 p.m.: The patient has been extricated. Mercy Flight is on the ground.

UPDATE 4:05 p.m.: Command requests Alden Fire Police to shut down Crittenden Road at Route 5. "There isn't going to be any traffic through here for awhile."

UPDATE 4:19 p.m.: Mercy Flight is airborne. Destination not provided.

UPDATE 4:39 p.m.: Pembroke Fire Chief Jamie Waff said one vehicle went off the road, broke a utility pole, rolled over and landed on its roof. "It was a lengthy extrication process and it usually is when the vehicle is on its roof because everything is basically backwards from what we're used to in everyday life." Waff said the driver was semi-conscious but talking and able to assist firefigthers in his extrication. He was transported to ECMC, primarily for evaluation. Waff said due to the fact that a transfomer was involved, along with six to eight different kinds of power lines, the roadway will remain closed for probably at least another two hours, and it will take up to six hours or more for everything to be restrung and put back together. National Grid is on scene. The accident is under investigation. A witness said the driver passed two cars on the right just prior to the accident.

UPDATE 7:27 p.m. (by Howard): The road remains closed. Volunteer firefighters have had their hands full with people trying to circumvent the roadblocks. One resident who lives between the roadblocks went back and forth between roadblocks trying to get to his house and when a chief was notified, he was allowed to proceed. A person on scene told a chief that he's "in shock and awe" at how long repairs are taking. He's asked that dispatchers contact National Grid about the length of time the repairs are taking. 

UPDATE 8:04 p.m. (by Howard): The entire hamlet of Pembroke is without power. This is apparently the cause of power outages as well at Brickhouse Corners and the Thruway interchange. Earlier we heard there was confusion about getting the proper National Grid on scene in a timely manner because the crew was not informed it was a 9-1-1 call and that a pole was down.









November 2, 2015 - 2:53pm
posted by Billie Owens in congressman chris collins, U.S. Service Academy.

Press release:

Congressman Chris Collins (NY-27) today released the following statement reminding students of the deadline to apply for U.S. Service Academy nominations.

“As a Member of Congress, I am honored to nominate students from New York’s 27th District to attend United States Service Academies” Congressman Collins said. “Our nation’s service academies would be lucky to have the intelligent and hardworking students that make up Western New York attend their institutions.”

The deadline to apply for a Congressional Nomination to a U.S. Service Academy through Congressman Collins’ office is 5 p.m. Friday, Nov. 6th. Service Academy Review Board interviews will be conducted on Saturday, Nov. 21, at Batavia City Hall and are required for a nomination.

Information for what is required to apply can be found on the Congressman's Web site at or by calling 716-634-2324. Prospective applicants should request to speak with Kristine Bieniek, the Congressman's Service Academy coordinator. She can be reached at 716-634-2324.

November 2, 2015 - 2:45pm
posted by Billie Owens in fire, byron, south byron.

A grass fire also involving a tractor is reported at 6448 Mill Pond Road, Byron. The location is by Mud City Road. Byron and South Byron fire departments are responding.

November 2, 2015 - 12:16pm
posted by Billie Owens in batavia, Stafford, alexander, american red cross, Blood Drive.

Press release:

The American Red Cross encourages eligible donors to give blood to help ensure a sufficient blood supply throughout the holiday season.

A seasonal decline in donations often occurs from Thanksgiving to New Year’s Day when donors get busy with family gatherings and travel. However, patients don’t get a holiday vacation from needing lifesaving transfusions. In fact, every two seconds, someone in the United States needs blood.

Lorie Alwes remembers her father being called often to give blood – even on holidays. He had type O negative blood, the universal blood type.

“One time it was in the middle of Thanksgiving dinner and off he went without hesitation,” she recalls. “He explained to us kids that his blood was used in emergency situations and could possibly save another life.”

Years later, Alwes learned that she also has type O negative blood. She has since donated whenever needed and has encouraged her 17-year-old son to carry on the lifesaving family tradition that was so important to his grandfather.

Donors with all blood types are needed, and especially those with types O negative, B negative, A negative and AB. All those who come to donate Nov. 25-29 will get a Red Cross mixing spoon and celebrity chef recipe set, while supplies last.

To make an appointment to donate blood, people can download the Red Cross Blood Donor App from app stores, visit or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).

In Genesee County, there are four upcoming blood donation opportunities:

Monday, Nov. 23 from 1:30 to 6:30 p.m., Alexander United Methodist Church, 10540 Main St.
Friday, Nov. 20 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Social Services Building, 5130 E. Main Street Road
Saturday, Nov. 28 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Batavia City Mall, 106 Main St.
Saturday, Nov. 28 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Stafford Fire Department, 6153 Main Road, Route 5

How to Donate Blood
Simply download the American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) to make an appointment or for more information. All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients. A blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Individuals who are 17 years of age (16 with parental consent in some states), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements.

Blood donors can now save time at their next donation by using RapidPass to complete their pre-donation reading and health history questionnaire online, on the day of their donation, prior to arriving at the blood drive. To get started and learn more, visit and follow the instructions on the site.

About the American Red Cross
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation’s blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.

November 1, 2015 - 2:59pm
posted by Billie Owens in fire, batavia.

A possible commercial building fire is reported at U.S. Chrome Corp., 31 Swan St., Batavia. City firefighters are responding.

UPDATE 3:06 p.m.: A responder on scene reports heavy smoke and says the property will be ventilated.

UPDATE 3:30 p.m.: The plant manager told Howard that an electric pot used to melt wax malfunctioned. Two employees, who are also volunteer firefighters, arrived for work and were going to set up for the night shift when they noticed smoke in the building and a strong odor. To be cautious, they shut the doors and called the fire department. The plant manager praised the city's quick response and the swiftness with which they pinpointed the problem, removed the malfunctioning unit, and vented the facility.




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