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May 30, 2015 - 6:25pm
posted by Billie Owens in weather.

There's a harzardous weather outlook in effect for Western New York, according to the National Weather Service in Buffalo. A slow-moving cold front will drop southeastward across the Eastern Great Lakes Region and it has the potential to produce a few strong thunderstorms with heavy rainfall.

In addition, a flash-flood warning has been issued for Southeastern Genesee County and Central Wyoming County until 8:45 p.m.

At 5:46 p.m., Emergency Management reported thunderstorms producing heavy rain across central Wyoming County, and specifically Pavilion in Genesee County. Those in affected areas are advised to move to higher ground now.

May 30, 2015 - 6:12pm
posted by Billie Owens in animal abuse, batavia.

A dog is locked inside a vehicle outside the Taco Bell restaurant at 413 W. Main St., Batavia, according to a caller to dispatch. City police are responding. It's 83 degrees outside, according to National Weather Service. Dispatch says its 75.

May 30, 2015 - 12:57pm
posted by Billie Owens in accident, Stafford.

A bus carrying 20 people and a car have crashed at 5292 Ellicott Street Road. Unknown how many injured on the bus. At least one person not on the bus is reportedly injured. Stafford fire and two Mercy medic units are responding. The location is near Bethany Center Road.

UPDATE 1 p.m.: Two minor injuries, not blocking.

May 29, 2015 - 6:37pm
posted by Billie Owens in animal abuse.

A caller to dispatch reports a dog is locked inside a vehicle in the BJ's Wholesale Club plaza. It's said to be in front of the Sears outlet. Law enforcement is responding. It's 86 degrees outside.

May 29, 2015 - 5:22pm
posted by Billie Owens in accidents, Stafford.

A motor-vehicle accident with minor injuries is reported at Route 237 and Clinton Street Road. There are two patients and Mercy medics are responding in non-emergency mode. Stafford Fire Department is also responding.

May 29, 2015 - 4:49pm
posted by Billie Owens in charity, community action angels.

By the deadline of June 15, a statewide reading project hopes to collect at least 10,000 new or gently used storybooks for children in need.

"Smarty Pants" is a state Community Action Angels Project for Kids. "Read Me Ready" is the goal -- to make sure all children have a book of their very own. It takes so little from us, but means so much to them, say organizers.

Books or cash donations welcome!

Drop off books or cash at Community Action of Orleans & Genesee, located at 5073 Clinton Street Road, Batavia. (In Albion, the location is 409 E. State St.) Call Lisa at 343-7798 or Anni at 589-5605 for more information.

May 29, 2015 - 4:22pm
posted by Billie Owens in Milestones, batavia.

(Submitted photo: Cazenovia College Valedictorian -- Anneliese Rae Aliasso)

Anneliese R. (Anni) Aliasso, the daughter of Joseph and Stacey Aliasso and granddaughter of Sandra and Brian Clark, of Batavia, is the Valedictorian of Cazenovia College Class of 2015, graduating with a bachelor’s of arts in International Studies, with minors in Philosophy and Pre-Law.

Anni is a 2012 graduate of Notre Dame High School in Batavia and received the Presidential, Emerson and John S. and Enid Morris Endowed Scholarship to attend Cazenovia College. On May 16, 2015, Anneliese graduated Summa Cum Laude with All College Honors, achieving a cumulative GPA of 3.98. She was inducted into Alpha Lamda Delta, the first-year honor society in the Spring of 2013 as well as Alpha Chi, the All-College Honors Society and Sigma Ito Rho, an International Studies Honor Society in the Spring of 2014.

In the Spring of 2013, Anneliese volunteered at the Mohawk Valley Refugee Resource Center, assisting incoming refugees in gaining citizenship in the Utica area. In the Spring of 2014, Anneliese interned with the Syracuse Office of Senator Charles E. Schumer, assisting with secretarial needs and set-up of press conferences in Central New York. In the Fall of 2014, Anneliese traveled abroad to Canterbury, England, to study for a semester, where she traveled to 12 countries across Europe. In the Spring of 2015, Anneliese completed a second internship with InterFaith Works, another refugee resettlement agency, based out of Syracuse. She assisted the office with incoming refugee families, specifically those with legal or governmental problems. Additionally, in the Spring of 2015, Anneliese completed her Senior Capstone titled, U.S. Relations with Vietnam, a Possible Normalization Pathway for Cuba?, assessing the possibility of using the pathway used to normalize relations with Vietnam as an option in the current debate over lifting the embargo against Cuba.

Throughout her three years at Cazenovia College, Anneliese was a member of Women’s Soccer, Women’s Swimming and Diving, which won the NEAC Conference Championships in February of 2015. She also participated in Campus Keys, volunteered at Freshmen Orientation  and was named a Scholar Athlete and on the dean’s list all six semesters.

Upon graduation, Anneliese received numerous awards, including the Stephanie Leeds All College Honors Program Award, Alpha Lambda Delta Excellence Award and the Excellence in the Division of Social and Behavioral Sciences Award. This Summer, Anneliese will complete an internship in the Law Office Shapiro, Dicaro and Barak in Rochester. Anni will continue her studies In the Fall of 2015 at Albany College of Law earning a full-tuition scholarship while she pursues a joint degree in Law and a master's in Public Administration (JD/MPA.)

Anneliese hopes to continue to serve the refugee and immigrant populations through clinical work throughout law school and to continue to advocate for this population in the future.

May 29, 2015 - 3:52pm
posted by Billie Owens in batavia, bicycle safety.

Press release from the City of Batavia Police Department:

Each year there are thousands of children that sustain head injury from falls while riding a bicycle. New York State law says that any child under the age of 14 that rides a bicycle, must be wearing a protective helmet. There are many children that still do not have a helmet in Batavia or have their bikes licensed.

The Batavia Lions Club, in cooperation with the Batavia Police Department, are planning to give away free helmets. With the generous but limited resources donated by the Batavia Lions Club, and the Batavia Police Benevolent Association, there is a limited number of helmets available, so it will be done on a first-come first-serve basis. The event will be Saturday June 6th from 9 a.m. till noon at Adam Miller Toy and Bicycle, located at 8 Center Street, Downtown. To receive a helmet the child must be under 14 years of age and be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

Also to receive a helmet the recipient must have proof of a licensed bicycle or bring a bike to be licensed at the event. The Batavia Police Department will be present at the event to issue bicycle licenses free of charge. The serial number of the bike along with the details of the bike will be needed to license it.

May 28, 2015 - 6:13pm
posted by Billie Owens in accidents, Darien.

A two-car accident with possible serious injuries is reported at Colby and Sumner roads. Mercy Flight is on in-air standby. A caller reports a male in one of the vehicles "is slumped over." It is blocking traffic. Darien Fire Department is responding along with Mercy medics.

UPDATE 6:15 p.m.: The patient who was reportedly unconscious is now believed to be conscious and alert, according to a dispatcher.

UPDATE 6:23 p.m.: Darien command has cancelled the Mercy Flight response.

May 28, 2015 - 4:48pm
posted by Billie Owens in Deal of the Day.

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

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.

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. We have a $25 gift certificate for $15.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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. Patio open. We have a $10 gift certificate for $6.

$$$ -- El Burrito Loco, 4125 W. Main St., Batavia, NY: Located in Valu Plaza, this new eatery offers tasty, authentic Mexican fare. Tell us what you want on your burrito! We make it fresh just for you. Choose from steak, seasoned ground beef, chicken, pork, and/or beans -- black, refried or pinto. Other ingredients to choose from include lettuce, tomatoes, shredded cheese, guacamole, Spanish or white rice, cilantro, salsa, and jalapeno peppers. The menu also offers tacos, quesadillas, burrito bowls, loaded nachos, Mexican soda pop, lemonade, and more! Relax and eat in, or take out. Call in your order if you like -- 219-4620. We have a $10 gift certificate for $4.

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 $6.

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. Now offering fresh and tasty BBQ chicken hot off the grill and catering! We have a $20 gift certificate for $8.

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. New Summer 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 $6.

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.

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 $6.

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.)

Bohn's Restaurant, 5256 Clinton St., Batavia, NY: 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.

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.

Sweet Pea’s Cupcakery Café, 23 Jackson St., Batavia, NY. We are a full-service Cupcake Bakery and Café. Now serving fresh-baked artisan pizza for lunch from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Monday thru Friday! Treat yourself to a variety of baked goods, mainly varieties of specialty and traditional scratch-made cupcakes, as well as other bakery items like cookies and brownies. We also serve a variety of hot and cold beverages. Check out our location, or place an order for parties, gatherings or any other reasons you can think of to enjoy some cupcakes. We have a $10 gift card for $4.

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.

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.

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.


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May 27, 2015 - 7:37pm
posted by Billie Owens in accidents, batavia.

A one-car rollover accident is reported on the westbound Thruway at mile marker 385.5. The driver hit a guard rail, is out of the vehicle, and experiencing trouble breathing. Town of Batavia Fire Department and Mercy medics are responding.

May 27, 2015 - 7:34pm
posted by Billie Owens in batavia, animal abuse.

City police are responding to the parking lot across from Bourbon & Burger Co. in Downtown Batavia, where a dog is said to be locked inside a dark green truck. It's 83 degrees outside this evening.

May 27, 2015 - 4:47pm
posted by Billie Owens in accidents, batavia.


A possible minor head injury is reported following a two-car collision in the area of 427 Ellicott St. The location is between Clifton and Harvester avenues. City police are on scene and Mercy medics are responding.

UPDATE 4:59 p.m.: Howard at the scene says this appears to be a rear-ender. The driver of the first vehicle is being taken to UMMC with a complaint of head pain. The car that apparently struck that vehicle from behind is a sign-off. Both vehicles sustained minor damage.

May 26, 2015 - 6:53pm
posted by Billie Owens in fire, bergen.

Smoke coming from a residence is reported at 6970 W. Bergen Road. Bergen fire is responding along with mutual aid from Le Roy, and Mercy medics are called in, too. The location is said to be across from the Byron-Bergen track field.

UPDATE 6:54 p.m.: The call came in from a person across the street who said smoke could be seen coming "from the top of the residence." It is not yet known if the house is occupied.

UPDATE 7 p.m.: A fire truck from Churchville is also en route. Fire Police are requested to shut down traffic at Byron-Bergen Central School and Dublin Road.

UPDATE 7:27 p.m.: Bergen command has released Le Roy and Churchville, which are both now returning to service.

May 26, 2015 - 4:58pm
posted by Billie Owens in batavia.

Press release:

The Town of Batavia Republican Committee is looking for nominations for the 2015 Community Service Award that is presented annually to a person who has contributed to the betterment of the Town of Batavia. They will be looking for a person who has excelled in the community, is involved in area activities and is deserving of recognition.

Over the years the Town of Batavia has been influenced by the efforts of so many people in government, business, fire department and volunteers. We would like to thank and recognize one of them each year and we need your help.

We ask that you send your nomination by e-mail to  or mail it to Secretary, Kathy Jasinski, 2982 W. Main St. Road, Batavia, NY 14020 by the deadline -- Monday, June 1.

Please submit the name of your nominee briefly stating why you believe your nominee should be recognized and what they have done for the community.

The 2014 Award Winner, Mary Pat Hancock, will assist the committee in selecting the 2015 award recipient. This award will be presented at the Town of Batavia Republican Picnic at 7 p.m. on Friday, June 12thth at the Town of Batavia/Kiwanis Park.

Other past winners include Robert and Richard Call, James Woodruff, Rubie Levins, Gertrude Penepent and Sharon White.

May 26, 2015 - 4:51pm
posted by Billie Owens in BID.

Press release:

The Downtown Batavia Business Improvement District (BID) would like to thank the Sun Catcher Garden Club for assisting this year in planting the flowers in the planters that are placed along Main Street and Ellicott Street. Volunteers from the Sun Catchers were Connie Moon, Barb DeFazio, Vicki Frieday and Jane LaWall.

With the financial assistance of the Batavia Rotary Club, the planters have wave petunias, coleus, and a central canna flower that will bring dramatic height and color to the overall design. The arrangement was historically chosen to highlight the City's Centennial celebration. The flowers were purchased locally through Pudgie's Lawn & Garden Center.

The BID is a nonprofit organization that works toward the revitalization of the downtown and is funded through the downtown property owners. The 14 large street planters in downtown were purchased by the BID as part of its downtown beautification program.

For more information contact the BID at 585-344-0900 or visit its Web site at

May 26, 2015 - 4:01pm
posted by Billie Owens in business, agriculture, Announcements, dairy.

Cornell Cooperative Extension’s NWNY Team is planning a pasture walk at the farm of John and Sue Mikel Friday, June 26 from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. at 6321 East Bethany-Le Roy Road, Stafford. John and Sue own and operate Mikelholm Holsteins, a small grazing dairy they started on a 30-acre field they purchased seven years ago. They built a house and barn with a parlor. They graze their 35 cows plus youngstock on the remaining land and supplement with purchased feed. They also knew grazing would provide health benefits to the cows and reduce demands on labor. An added benefit was the reduced bedding costs while the cows are out on pasture.

Discussion will include how John and Sue got started, and fence and laneway layout. Come and hear how their nutritionist balances the summer ration, and how to control parasites on pasture, plus more. There will be ample time for open discussion during the walk.

Lunch will be provided and is sponsored by Select Sires and milk will be donated by Upstate Farms.

Registration is required by June 19 to get an accurate count for lunch. The cost of the pasture walk is $10 per person or $20 per farm/family.
To register contact Cathy Wallace at 585.343.3040, ext. 138 or
For questions contact Nancy Glazier at 585.315.7746 or
A check made out to CCE may be mailed to CCE, Attn: Cathy Wallace, 420 E. Main St., Batavia, NY  14020.

May 26, 2015 - 3:29pm
posted by Billie Owens in Milestones, GCC.

Genesee Community College celebrates its "women of the arts," three of whom recently have been recognized for their exemplary work. The College named Fine and Performing Arts secretary Jeanie Thompson was Employee of the Month for April; Fine Arts Associate Professor Heather Jones has been selected to receive a SUNY Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Scholarship and Creative Activities; and Director of the Fine and Performing Arts program Maryanne Arena has been selected to receive the YWCA Women of Distinction Racial Justice Award. Arena will be recognized at the Awards Gala on Saturday, June 13, at GCC.

Thompson, of Attica, is a GCC alumna who earned her Administrative Assistant AAS in 2007. She also has a bachelor's degree in English from SUNY Geneseo and previously worked as a newspaper reporter and copy editor before pursuing a career in the secretarial arts. "My primary job is keeping everyone in my department organized!" she said. Jeanie handles everything from supply orders to payroll authorizations, facility usage to budget maintenance. Her colleagues compliment her excellent record-keeping and editing skills and her skill as a liaison to the college community for the Fine Arts Department, where she has worked for five years.

Jones began teaching as an adjunct instructor at GCC's Dansville Campus Center in 2002. A Livingston County resident, she has also taught at Livonia High School and Dansville Primary School as well as RIT, Empire State College and SUNY Geneseo. She joined GCC full time in 2008 and was named Associate Professor in 2014. Heather is active with numerous college committees including the Sustainability, Arts Event Planning and Gallery Management Committees.

In addition to her teaching work, Heather owns GlassFeather Studio in Conesus where she creates her own artwork, teaches community workshops, takes on commissioned projects and volunteers as a juror for local art shows. She is also a co-founder of Good Nature Press, which develops original writing and illustration for educational and professional publishing companies. Heather has travelled extensively to study art and leads a study abroad program to The Netherlands through SUNY Brockport.

Arena came to GCC in 2004. A native of Brooklyn, Maryanne at one time worked as a New York City police officer. Her theatre career has taken her to colleges in Michigan, Pennsylvania and Massachusetts. In every role Maryanne has taken on, she has brought a dedication and commitment to community and a willingness and desire to work with all people.

In nominating her for the YWCA's 2015 Women of Distinction Racial Justice Award, GCC Audience Services Manager Cathy DeBellis noted that Maryanne is a champion of equal rights for all students. She is also not afraid to pursue less popular and socially uncomfortable topics instead of more light-hearted entertainment. Among the topics addressed in her shows: racial inequality, domestic violence, schizophrenia and suicide. "Maryanne believes that it is her social responsibility to encourage her students to grow, not just as students and performers, but as responsible individuals in our society," DeBellis said.

Arena will be honored June 13th along with the other Women of Distinction award winners who include Eve Hens for Economic Empowerment, Kathy Panepento for Peace, Heather Cummings for Military/Veteran, Theresa Asmus-Roth for Advocacy/Civic Engagement and Lawley Genesee for Corporate/Social Responsibility. The Women of Distinction Awards Ceremony begins at 5:30 p.m. in the Stuart Steiner Theatre, followed by a reception in the William W. Stuart Forum.

May 26, 2015 - 3:24pm
posted by Billie Owens in Milestones, 4-H.

Congratulations to the Genesee County 4-H youth who competed in the 2015 New York State 4-H Horse Communications Event at Cornell University in Ithaca on Saturday, May 16! 4-H youth from across New York State came together to compete in the NYS 4-H  Horse Communications Contest, which is an event for qualifying youth (decided at the Regional Level) to compete and show off communications and public speaking skills. The event is centered around the horse world, encompassing a wide variety of topics. The communications program offered by 4-H is one of the most beneficial programs, allowing youth to learn and practice public speaking skills that can be used in future.
Representing Genesee County 4-H in the Junior Individual Presentations was Alexandria Tarbell, who placed 3rd and has been invited to the NYS Fair Horse Communications Invitational.
Representing Genesee County 4-H in the Senior Individual Presentations were Emily Boldt, who placed 6th, and Jennifer Clarke, who placed 7th.
Cornell Cooperative Extension, Cornell University, and the NYS Horse Program are proud of all the youth who participated in this educational event. Congratulations ladies!

May 26, 2015 - 3:16pm
posted by Billie Owens in elba central school district.

Press release:

The Elba Central School District’s Board of Education (BOE) has named three finalists for the district’s next Superintendent.

Tony Zambito, president of the Elba Central School District’s BOE, said he is pleased with the high-quality candidate pool and is enthused about the potential the three finalists have to offer.

“Choosing the best superintendent for our district is the board’s main priority,” Zambito said. “The field of candidates was diverse, which made narrowing the field to three very difficult. We are confident that one of these candidates will be the best candidate for our school district and community.”

The three finalists are Karrie Schiavone, Sheila Eigenbrod, Ph.D., and Keith Palmer.

The community is invited to attend a meet-and-greet with each of the candidates from 5:30 to 6 p.m. this afternoon, and tomorrow Wednesday,  May 27, and Thursday, May 28 in the School Library/Media Center at the Elba Central School District. Schiavone will visit today; Palmer on Wednesday; and Eigenbrod on Thursday.

The anticipated start date for the new superintendent is July 1.

Kevin MacDonald, district superintendent of the Genesee Valley Educational Partnership, who is acting as search consultant, said the Board has developed and implemented a process that will help determine the best candidate.

“This is a rigorous search process,” MacDonald said. “Finalists will visit the Elba Central School District to meet with staff and the community and go though another round of interviews. The process concludes with the Board meeting to make a final decision.”

Karrie Schiavone is currently the Principal of Holley Elementary School, a position she has held since 2012. From 2002 until 2012, she served as the director of Instruction and Special Programs for Holley Central Schools (HCS). Prior to that, she served as elementary principal of the Warren P. Towne School in Medina. From 1995 until 1999, Schiavone served as an intermediate teacher and in many supervisory roles at HCS including elementary Science coordinator and district Social Studies curriculum writer. Schiavone began her career in education in 1994 as a teacher for the Bethel Head Start in Buffalo. Throughout her career she has served in many leadership capacities. She currently oversees a number of committees at HCS including the district’s Technology; Safety and Health/Wellness committees as well as the APPR Committee. She has a broad scope of fiscal management at HCS, including developing and managing budgets and grants for a multitude of district programs and services. She holds a bachelor of science from SUNY Buffalo, and a master’s degree in Education from the College at Brockport. Schiavone earned a Certificate of Advanced Study in Educational Administration from The College at Brockport and also holds a New York State School Administrator Certificate.

Sheila Eigenbrod, Ph.D., is the principal of Pavilion Central Middle/Secondary School where she has served as principal since 1996. Eigenbrod began at the Pavilion Central School (PCS) District in 1993 as the Middle School principal and director of Special and Preschool Special Education. From 1990 until 1993 she served as the school psychologist and chairperson for Special Education at the Friendship Central School District. She also served for three years as a school psychologist at the Stanley Falk School, a private school in Buffalo for students who have special learning, social, and emotional needs. Eigenbrod began her career at the New York State School for the Blind as an occupational therapist. She earned a bachelor of science and a master’s degree from SUNY Buffalo. She also holds certifications as both New York State School District Administrator and Teacher/School Psychologist. Eigenbrod earned her doctorate degree in Educational Psychology in 1996 from SUNY Buffalo. Her list of endeavors is varied and includes many accomplishments. Under her leadership, the PCS District earned regional top rankings for graduation rates and advanced Regents Diplomas. She supported fiscal management of zero-based budgeting for grades 6-12 and Eigenbrod led the development of district positions that addressed accountability and instruction.

Keith Palmer is the principal of Pembroke High School, a position he has held for 12 years. From 1991-2003, he served as the assistant principal of Kendall High School in Kendall. Palmer began his career in 1987 as a Math and Computer Science teacher at North Warren Central School in the Adirondacks. He also taught at the Washington Correctional Facility located in Comstock for two summers in both 1988 and 1990. Palmer holds a bachelor of arts from Houghton College, and a master’s degree from SUNY Plattburgh. He holds three New York State (NYS) certifications, a NYS School District Administrator, a NYS School Administrator and Supervisor Certificate and a NYS School Business Administrator Certificate. Palmer’s career encompasses a variety of leadership accomplishments including developing Professional Learning Communities to build school/family communication and maintaining effective relations with union leadership. His instructional leadership includes constructing guaranteed and viable curriculum for all coursework through the school.




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