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October 26, 2015 - 7:49pm
posted by Billie Owens in batavia, Halloween.
Press release:

The Batavia Police Department would like to remind all parents, grandparents or guardians of the following Halloween Safety Tips to ensure a safe and enjoyable time.

  • If you plan on going door to door make sure you are properly supervised by a parent or responsible adult.
  • Do not go to homes where the porch lights are off.
  • Use a flashlight to let drivers see you, and see where you are going.
  • To avoid tripping or injury don't wear costumes that are loose fitting and too long.
  • Don't wear masks that obscure your vision, make up is a good alternative to masks.
  • Wear reflective, bright colors to be seen by drivers after dark.
  • Walk on the sidewalks, or as near to the curb as possible if there are no sidewalks
  • Observe safety rules when crossing or walking on the streets, and stay clear of traffic.
  • Parents should inspect any treats before you eat them.
  • The Batavia Police HIGHLY RECOMMEND as an alternative to going door to door, attend one of the Halloween events sponsored by local businesses.
  • Choose costumes that are marked flame retardant.
  • Make props such as magic wands and swords out of cardboard, rather than metal or wood.
  • Give and accept wrapped or packaged candy only.
  • Go out in daylight and carry a flashlight in case of delay.
  • Have children stay within their neighborhood; only visit homes you know.
  • All “Trick or Treating” shall be completed by 9 p.m.


Any further questions please contact officer Marc W. Lawrence.

Batavia Police Department:
Dispatch – (585) 345-6350
Confidential Tip Line – (585) 345-6370
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October 26, 2015 - 4:16pm
posted by Billie Owens in GCC, Announcements, history.

In honor of New York State History Month, which is celebrated the entire month of November, the Genesee County Federation of Historical Agencies, Western New York Association of Historic Agencies (WNYAHA) and the Genesee Community College History Club are teaming up to sponsor "History Day" at GCC on Saturday, Nov. 7, from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. in the College Forum.

The aim of the event is to promote awareness of all of the historical assets in Genesee County and is free and open to the public.

Museums and historical agencies from all over Genesee County will set up booths for visitors to explore. In addition, there will be local history books on sale, craft demonstrations, reenactors from different periods in history, firing demonstrations and much more.

The GCC History Club will also provide a photo booth where attendees can have their picture taken with impressionists of Abraham Lincoln, Gen. Robert E. Lee and Gen. Ulysses S. Grant.

"I am very excited about History Day!" Derek Maxfield, GCC's associate professor of History said. "We did this a few years ago and it was very well received. It is a great way for the public to learn about what our county has to offer in museums, historical societies and historical assets."

New York State History Month was created by the New York State legislature in 1997 and represents an opportunity for historians to assert the vital importance of preserving and learning about our state's history. It is also a time to engage with the public through programs and learning opportunities about the history of New York State and the ways in which we can help preserve our history.

October 26, 2015 - 4:05pm
posted by Billie Owens in steve hawley, business, agriculture.

Press release:

Assemblyman Steve Hawley (R,C,I-Batavia) today announced that $1 million is now available to aid aspiring farmers to enter the agriculture industry.

The New York State New Farmers Grant Fund will provide up to 50 percent of the cost for new farmers to start projects, purchase farm machinery and equipment and construct and improve farm buildings. The submission deadline for applications for the grant program is Jan. 22.

“As the owner of our family-owned farm for many years, I know firsthand how difficult life in the agriculture industry can be,” Hawley said. “Profits from produce and livestock sales fluctuate and the possibility of drought and flooding is always real. I can imagine the trepidation many young men and women feel as they begin their career in farming and agriculture, and this funding is a tremendous opportunity for aspiring farmers to get on their feet.

"Up to $50,000 in matching grant funds are available for everything from tractor and plow purchases to construction of barns and silos. I am proud of the work we have done to bolster the agriculture industry in New York State and I pledge my continued support going forward.”

October 26, 2015 - 4:00pm
posted by Billie Owens in Run for the Acorns.

Press release:

The third annual “Run for the ACORNS” 10K and 5K Trail Run/Walk was held at the Genesee County Park & Forest in East Bethany on Oct. 11th. More than 200 participants enjoyed a picture-perfect fall morning as they made their way along a course that highlights the beauty of the park.

Holly Sharpe of Batavia, who ran the 5K race, said: "It's a great, well-planned event. As a runner, it is a nice change to have a trail run as opposed to running on the pavement. The trails are beautiful, well- marked, staffed appropriately and it's nice not to have to worry about cars and traffic! It's a beautiful park and a great event! It should be on everyone's calendar for next year!"

The course wound through the park on trails which feature hills, ponds, forests and Black Creek. A dozen environmental education signs entertained runners and walkers as they passed by some noteworthy park features. Post-race activities included an award ceremony and refreshments including yogurt provided by Muller Quaker Dairy, apples from Roanoke Apple Farm and nut butters from Once Again Nut Butter.

Race organizer Julia Garver said, “For the third year, I have heard nothing but accolades for this event. The runners love the course as it is quite unique. We hope the word spreads and there are even more participants next year.”

The race date for the fourth annual Run for the ACORNS is set for October 2, 2016.

Congratulations to all the winners in the race. The overall top finishers in the 10K run were Andrew Macmillan, of Rochester (41:32), and Beth Deciantis, of Rochester (48:41). In the 5K run the top male finisher for the third year in a row was Calvin Patten, of Alexander (18:56), and the top female was Kristina Martin, of Alden (21:06).

Each winner received a wooden medallion with the race logo and race category burned into the wood. Brothers-All-Natural sponsored the awards. First-place winners of the trail runs received a $50 gift certificate from Dick's Sporting Goods, and second-place winners received a fleece jacket from the Tompkins Bank of Castile.

Many thanks to the major sponsors of the race -- the Awards sponsor: Brothers-All-Natural; and the Corporate sponsors: Tompkins Bank of Castile, CC Environment & Planning, Carquest -- Batavia, and D&D Logging.

Also thanks to the volunteers who helped to make this an amazing event, especially members of ACORNS, the USN Sea Cadets and Bethany Volunteer Fire Department. Special thanks also go out to our other sponsors, all of whom helped make the Run for the ACORNS a great success!

For more information and full race results please go to:

October 26, 2015 - 3:32pm
posted by Billie Owens in batavia, Milestones.

Press release:

Chicago--The Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA) is pleased to announce that the City of Batavia, NY, has received the GFOA's Distinguished Budget Presentation Award for its 2014/15 budget.

The award represents a significant achievement by the City of Batavia. It reflects the commitment of the governing body and staff to meeting the highest principles of governmental budgeting. In order to receive the budget award, the entity had to satisfy nationally recognized guidelines for effective budget presentation. These guidelines are designed to assess how well an entity's budget serves as a policy document, a financial plan, an operations guide and a communications device.

Budget documents must be rated "proficient" in all four categories, and the fourteen mandatory criteria within those categories, to receive the award. The award was presented yesterday to City Manager Jason Molino whose leadership in budgeting has resulted in an increasingly improved bond rating and financial position for the City of Batavia.

City Council President Brooks Hawley said, “This is an important accomplishment for the City of Batavia. It marks a high point in our efforts over the past decade to make our budgeting process effective, efficient and transparent. I commend the City Council, Manager and Staff for setting and accomplishing such high expectations for our City.”

For budgets beginning in 2013, 1,424 participants received the Award; although Batavia marks one of only three cities in New York among the recipients. Award recipients have pioneered efforts to improve the quality of budgeting and provide an excellent example for other governments throughout North America.

“We will continue to strive to excel in our budgeting process” commented Lisa Neary, deputy director of Finance for the City who shared project management with Assistant City Manager Gretchen DiFante. “It’s important that the taxpayers are assured of our commitment to excellence and transparency in budgeting.”

The Government Finance Officers Association is a major professional association servicing the needs of more than 18,000 appointed and elected local, state, and provincial-level government officials and other finance practitioners. It provides top quality publications, training programs, services, and products designed to enhance the skills and performance of those responsible for government finance policy and management.

The association is headquartered in Chicago, with offices in Washington, D.C. The GFOA's Distinguished Budget Presentation Awards Program is the only national awards program in governmental budgeting.

October 26, 2015 - 3:26pm
posted by Billie Owens in education, Announcements, GCC.

Press release:

GCC will host a continuing education seminar for licensed veterinary technicians and teterinarians from 8:30 a.m. to 3:15 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 31.

It is sponsored by the New York State Association of Veterinary Technicians (NYSAVT) and will take place in the Conable Technology Building.

Cost is $150 for NYSAVT and NYS Veterinary Medical Society (NYSVMS) members for the day, which includes breakfast snacks and lunch at Subway. Advance registration is strongly encouraged by going to or calling 518-779-0775. Sessions will end by 3:15, so participants will be home in time for Trick-or-Treating!

This is the second year GCC has hosted the seminar. New York State requires 24 hours of continuing education through each three year period for LVTs to continue to maintain their license, and 45 hours for veterinarians over a three year period. Six hours of CE credit will be offered through the following 11 different sessions that participants can choose from.

•    The Changing Face of Shelter Medicine, Kathleen Makolinski, DVM

•    TNVR: A Strategy to Humanely Manage Community Cats, Kathleen Makolinski, DVM

•    Ready, Set, Stop! Establishing and Implementing Checklists and Timeouts, Karen Basher, LVT

•    Patient Monitors: Friend, Foe or Something In Between, Karen Basher, LVT

•    Communication, Stress and Compassion Fatigue, Aggie Kiefer, LVT

•    Your Dog Ate What? Common Pet Poisons You Need to Know, Carrie Caccamise, DVM

•    The flu's plight to "get you my pretty and your little dog, too!" Canine Influenza, Heidi Pecoraro, DVM

•    Nutrition: A Cornerstone of Pet Health, Cynthia Farrell, DVM

•    An Introduction to Alternative and Complementary Therapies and Their Use in Vet Medicine,

Richard Mathis, DVM

•    Avian Influenza: Why Are My Eggs So Expensive?, Cricket Johnson, DVM

•    Basic Nutrition and Clinical Tool, Veronica Whiteside, DVM

October 26, 2015 - 3:13pm
posted by Billie Owens in business, Announcements, education, Nursing.

Press release:

The University of Rochester School of Nursing is offering 50-percent tuition support in scholarships for its Care Manager Education, RN-to-BS completion and Family Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner programs to meet the educational needs of health care employees in the Finger Lakes region.

Infusing the region with graduates from the three programs will directly fill gaps in care to help patients achieve better health outcomes.

Currently, there’s a rising demand for nurses resulting from a transformation of the region’s Medicaid health care delivery system, through the New York State Delivery System Reform Incentive Payment (DSRIP) program, regionally organized by the Finger Lakes Performing Provider System (FLPPS).  New York State is using the DSRIP reform model to improve clinical outcomes and reduce avoidable ED use and hospitalizations by 25 percent over five years.

FLPPS — a not-for-profit organization representing a network of 28 hospitals, 3,000 health care providers and more than 600 health care and community-based organizations in a 13 county region — aims to address current shortfalls in the health care system, including the role of behavioral health in primary care and skilled nursing facilities, patient care transitions, chronic disease management, and integrating health care services across multiple care settings. The FLPPS region covers Allegany, Cayuga, Chemung, Genesee, Livingston, Monroe, Ontario, Orleans, Seneca, Steuben, Wayne, Wyoming and Yates counties.
For more information, visit the School of Nursing’s Web site at

October 26, 2015 - 3:09pm
posted by Billie Owens in sports, Batavia Downs, harness racing.

By Tim Bojarski, Batavia Downs Media Relations

Despite stiff competition and some very inclement weather, Jokerman had the last laugh Saturday night (Oct. 24) by winning the $9,500 Open pacing feature at Batavia Downs.

Western Alumni (Ron Beback Jr.) left hard and made it known he was going to cut the mile. And in kind, everyone then followed in post-position order. Past the quarter, Button Fly (Shawn McDonough) came first up and brought Cobble Beach (John Cummings Jr.) in tow. This left Jokerman (Jim McNeight) tucked in nicely, second at the pylons.

Positions remained basically the same through three-quarters and around the last turn. But as soon as they hit the stretch and the passing lane opened up, McNeight directed Jokerman into that gap and muscled his way to the lead and the win in 1:55. Western Alumni hung on for second with Cobble Beach rallying three-wide for show.

It was the ninth win of 2015 for Jokerman who has now earned $66,051 for the year. The 5-year-old American Ideal gelding is trained by Richard Roth, who co-owns with Robert Roth and Randy Roth.

The $8,400 Open II pace co-feature was one of the more entertaining races of the night. Lucky Nadotremblay (Kevin Cummings) and FB Seelster (Dave McNeight III) fought side-by-side, tooth, fang and claw for the front for almost three-quarters of the mile before Arrived Late (Shawn McDonough) tipped four-wide around them at that station to take the lead and open up by three. But he wasn’t safe as If It Rains (John Cummings Jr.) who was right behind him, tracked him down in the stretch to win by a length. Sent off at 16-1, If It Rains, made it rain, returning $35.80.

Jim McNeight scored a driving hat-trick while Kevin Cummings, Ron Beback Jr. and Jack Flanigen all registered doubles. Trainers Gerry Sarama, Alex Giuliani and Maria Rice each sent two winners to post as well.

Racing resumes at Batavia Downs on Wednesday night (Oct. 28) with the first post set for 6:15.

October 26, 2015 - 3:01pm
posted by Billie Owens in Deal of the Day.

NEW PRICE!  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 $7.

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

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.)

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.

Rancho Viejo, 12 Ellicott St., Batavia, NY: Traditional Mexican cuisine, from tacos and burritos to pollo norteno, Rancho Viejo brings a bit of "South of the Border" to Batavia's restaurant scene. We have a $10 gift card for $4.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

Pudgie's Lawn & Garden Center, 3646 W. Main St. Road, Batavia, NY: Get ready for fall! Mums are in opening up nicely. We have a 50-pcercent off nursery stock sale going on -- excluding mums. Our produce tent is chock-full of locally grown fruits and veggies, plus we carry lawn care products, shrubbery, gardening supplies, and more. We have a $25 gift certificate for $12.50.

Dave's Ice Cream, 3872 W. Main Street Road, Batavia, NY: Dave's offers only locally purchased products, including Perry's hard ice cream in a wide variety of yummy flavors, with a wonderful assortment of toppings and homemade waffle cones. Different soft-serve flavors are offered weekly. Open daily 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. We have a $10 gift certificate for $4.


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October 24, 2015 - 12:16pm
posted by Billie Owens in accident, batavia.

An accident with minor injuries is reported 5264 Clinton Street Road at the intersection of Seven Springs Road. Town of Batavia fire is responding and Bethany's ambulance.

October 23, 2015 - 12:30pm
posted by Billie Owens in sports, football, batavia bulldawgs.

John Reigle says that two of the Batavia Bulldawgs Youth Football teams will be playing in the NOFA championship games tomorrow in Medina. The Mini Team (8-9 year old division) will face off vs. Attica at 4 p.m. and our Varsity (12-13 year old division) will kick off at 8 p.m. vs. Newfane.

The games are held at Vets Park in Medina, located at 335 W. Oak Orchard St.

This is the first year two Bulldawgs teams out of the three divisions will represent the Batavia program and community in the championship games. The athletes, coaching staff, and parents are very excited about this opportunity. You are welcome to attend and show your Bulldawg pride!

October 23, 2015 - 12:15pm

Press release:

New York Sea Grant is inviting public stakeholders in the Lake Ontario region of New York State to share their best thinking on what actions are needed through lake and watershed planning to prepare for possible future extreme climate conditions and population changes in the region at workshops at 6:30 p.m. on Nov. 10 in Watertown and at 6:30 p.m. on Nov. 12 in Rochester.

Specific areas for discussion at the workshops include potential actions related to water resource management, infrastructure, land use and zoning, governance, economic development related to agriculture, recreation and tourism, and ecosystem management.

The workshops will consider potential recommendations to address both exceedingly wet and dry futures in the Lake Ontario region through stormwater management, riparian buffers, wetlands restoration, stream hydrology, job training, and energy considerations.

These workshops offer the public the opportunity to voice thoughts on the changing dynamics in the Lake Ontario region and how those changes may impact their communities, their businesses, the environment, and boating, fishing and other recreation interests, says workshop organizer David B. MacNeill, New York Sea Grant, Oswego.

Lake and watershed planning informed by grassroots wisdom along with input by experts in climate, natural resources, and other fields will help communities be better prepared to adapt to the challenges of an uncertain future, says New York Sea Grant Associate Director and Cornell Cooperative Extension Assistant Director Katherine Bunting-Howarth, Ithaca.

New York Sea Grant will add public input to a report that will be presented to local, State and Federal agencies and stakeholder organizations to assist future planning efforts.

Seating is limited for the Nov. 10 workshop at Cornell Cooperative Extension Jefferson County, 203 N. Hamilton St., Watertown. The Nov. 12 workshop in Rochester will be held at the Rochester Museum and Science Center Bausch Auditorium, 657 East Ave. Doors open at 6:15 p.m. for each workshop. Registration is recommended by calling New York Sea Grant at (315) 312-3042, [email protected].

Funding for the workshop is through the Great Lakes Integrated Sciences and Assessments project of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to build capacity to manage risks from climate change and variability in the Great Lakes region.
The counties included in the Great Lakes Integrated Sciences and Assessments project in New York State are Cayuga, Chautauqua, Erie, Genesee, Jefferson, Monroe, Niagara, Onondaga, Orleans, Oswego, and Wayne.

The watersheds included in the Great Lakes Integrated Sciences and Assessments project in New York State are: Black, Buffalo Eighteenmile, Cattaraugus, Chaumont Perch, Chautauqua-Conneaut, Conewango, French, Indian, Irondequoit Ninemile, Lake Erie, Lake Ontario, Lower Genesee, Niagara, Oak Orchard Twelvemile, Oneida, Oswegatchies, Oswego, Salmon Sandy, Seneca, Upper Allegheny, and Upper St. Lawrence.

New York Sea Grant is a cooperative program of Cornell University and the State University of New York is one of 33 university-based programs under the National Sea Grant College Program of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Through its statewide network of integrated services, NYSG has been promoting coastal vitality, environmental sustainability, and citizen awareness about the State’s marine and Great Lakes resources since 1971.

For updates on New York Sea Grant activities, <> has RSS, Facebook, Twitter and YouTube links.

October 23, 2015 - 11:40am
posted by Billie Owens in Tobacco-Free GLOW, Genesee SADD, Halloween.

(Photo submitted by Kevin J. Keenan, community engagement coordinator for Tobacco-Free GLOW)

Press release:

Genesee SADD Council students took part in an awareness activity at BOCES earlier this week centering around Halloween and tobacco-prevention initiatives. They want to advance tobacco-free communities.

Roswell Park Cancer Institute established a tobacco-free community outreach program in 1993 and today administers three programs in Western New York: Tobacco-Free Chautauqua, Cattaraugus and Allegany (CCA); Tobacco-Free Genesee, Livingston, Orleans and Wyoming (GLOW) and Tobacco-Free Erie-Niagara (EN). Each locally based program is funded by the New York State Department of Health/Bureau of Tobacco Control.

Its goals are to prevent youth tobacco use through the Reality Check Youth program; raise awareness about tobacco control policies; and to reduce tobacco use among adults across this region and in New York State.

Reduce Tobacco Marketing Point of Sale: Product marketing and price promotion aimed at youth are proven causes of youth tobacco use. Much of this marketing occurs at the point of sale (POS) in the retail environment and may be largely unnoticed by adults.

Increase Tobacco-Free Outdoor Areas: Tobacco use in outdoor areas such as parks, playgrounds, beaches and workplaces is dangerous to the environment and presents a health risk to non-smoking adults and children.

Expand Tobacco-Free Multi-Unit Housing: Smoke-free housing protecting residents’ health by reducing exposure to secondhand smoke. Property managers benefit from reduced maintenance costs and decreased fire risks.

Decrease Tobacco Use Imagery: Research shows that smoking in movies and other media impacts teen perceptions of smoking norms and raises the likelihood of youth initiation.

Tobacco use remains the leading preventable cause of death and disease in New York.

Adult Smoking Rates

  • Genesee: 18.7 percent
  • Livingston: 16.9 percent
  • Orleans: 29.9 percent
  • Wyoming: 22.3 percent


New York State Department of Health – based on the most recent data (July 2009-June 2009)

October 22, 2015 - 5:47pm
posted by Billie Owens in batavia, missing cat, pets, animal rescue.

This little feline funny face is "Kitler." He was last seen Oct. 12 around the North Spruce Apartments, his home in the City of Batavia. He is very skittish and spooks easily.

If he's in a captive space, please keep him there and contact his mom. If you see him, try to keep an eye on him and contact his mom. He's a big boy. He weighs just over 20 pounds. Zounds! Please help get him home!

Jeanine Messinger is desperately hoping that someone will recognize him. Please call 585-455-0560 if you can help.

October 22, 2015 - 5:41pm
posted by Billie Owens in accident, Stafford.

A two-car accident with minor injuries is reported at Main and Fargo roads, Stafford. A female has some glass stuck in her hand and another person is complaining of neck pain. Mercy medic #1 is on scene and Stafford Fire Department is responding. The accident is blocking traffic.

October 22, 2015 - 1:02pm
posted by Billie Owens in business, Announcements, Brach Machine.

Press release:

Brach Machine is welcoming the community to support Manufacturing Day! First held in 2012, Manufacturing Day highlights the importance of manufacturing to the economy and draws attention to the many high-skill jobs available in manufacturing fields.

For more than 30 years, Brach Machine, Inc., has been a leading worldwide supplier, providing innovative shot-end components for all makes and models of zinc and aluminum high-pressure die-casting machines. With a greater demand from our customers and new products in development, finding machinists with the skills we need to join the Brach Machine team has become even more important.

Brach Machine is pleased to announce they will be hosting two open houses this year to observe Manufacturing Day. Guided tours of the facility will take place, showcasing modern manufacturing technology and careers.

Tuesday, Oct. 27 -- three times available:  8 a.m., or 11:30 a.m., or 2:30 p.m.

Thursday, Nov. 5 -- three times available: 8 a.m., or 11:30 am, or 2:30 p.m.

Spots are limited, so the open house will be on a first-come-first-serve basis.

RSVP to:
Tim Gleba
Production Supervisor
Brach Machine Inc.
4814 Ellicott Street Road
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October 22, 2015 - 12:49pm
posted by Billie Owens in Ranzenhofer, breast cancer, women's health.

Press release:

State Senator Michael H. Ranzenhofer has announced today that he will host a round table discussion for breast cancer survivors at 1 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 30th, at the YWCA of Genesee County, 301 North St. in Batavia.

“The Breast Cancer Coalition of Rochester and I want to hear your story,” Ranzenhofer said. “Listening to the experiences of survivors is one way to support families here in our community who have been impacted by breast cancer. That is why it is so important for women to share their stories with us at the upcoming community round table.”

The two-hour program will be facilitated by the Breast Cancer Coalition of Rochester (BCCR).

“No one needs go through breast cancer alone," said BCCR Executive Director Holly Anderson. "If you or a loved one receives a diagnosis of breast cancer, the Breast Cancer Coalition of Rochester is here to help. The Coalition offers education and support programs, as well as advocacy for those uninsured or underinsured.

"The Coalition is a full-scope, grassroots breast cancer organization serving survivors and families throughout the Finger Lakes Region of Central and Western New York. We can help you find resources in your own community.”

The purpose of the discussion is to learn more about the experiences of survivors during the diagnosis, including:
•    What happened when you were diagnosed with breast cancer?
•    What resources were you given?
•    Where did you turn for support?
•    What resources did you find in your community?
•    What do you wish you would have had access to at any point?

Family members impacted by a breast cancer diagnosis are welcome to attend. Due to limited seating, pre-registration is strongly encouraged. To pre-register, residents can contact the Coalition at (585) 473-8177.

Senator Ranzenhofer secured a $200,000 State grant in the 2015-16 Budget, administered by the State Department of Health, to increase outreach initiatives to individuals impacted by breast cancer and to provide expanded cancer services in our region. Some of the counties in Western New York have the highest rates of breast cancer in the State.

According to the American Cancer Society, breast cancer is the most common cancer among women in the United States, other than skin cancer. It is the second leading cause of cancer death in women, after lung cancer. In New York State alone, 14,000 new cases of breast cancer are reported each year.

About the BCCR
The Coalition’s mission is to provide support to those touched by a diagnosis of breast cancer, to make access to information and care a priority through education and advocacy, and to empower women and men to participate fully in decisions relating to breast cancer. Currently, the Coalition serves individuals in 10 counties, including: Monroe, Erie, Genesee, Livingston, Ontario, Orleans, Seneca, Wayne, Wyoming and Yates. For more information, visit

October 22, 2015 - 12:43pm
posted by Billie Owens in sports, harness racing, Batavia Downs.

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

Photo courtesy of Paul White

By Tim Bojarski, Batavia Downs Media Relations

It’s not too often a horse jumps up in class and dictates the proceedings but that’s just what happened to Memumsnotnice in the $8,500 Open mares pace at Batavia Downs on Wednesday night (Oct. 21).

Leaving from post one for the third consecutive week, Memumsnotnice (Ray Fisher Jr.) took quick control of the front and led her minions by a loose two-lengths for the entire mile. After fractions of :29.1, :57.2 and 1:26.1, Fisher raised the lines, cracked the whip and enticed Memumsnotnice to open up a three-length lead and draw away at the wire in 1:55.1.  

It was the third victory of 2015 for Memumsnotnice and the winner’s share boosted her seasonal earnings to $32,818 for owners Thatsideofthefence, LLC, and John Mungillo, who also trains the winner.

Driving and training multiplicity ran rampant at Batavia Downs on Wednesday as Ray Fisher Jr. scored a driving hat trick on the card while Kevin Cummings and Jack Flanigen both copped doubles. Trainers John Mungillo and JD Perrin also both had two winners apiece.

Racing resumes at Batavia Downs on Friday (Oct. 23) with post time set for 6:15 p.m.

October 21, 2015 - 6:12pm
posted by Billie Owens in batavia.

A female employee at Aldi's is trapped inside a freezer. City fire is responding and, as a precaution, Mercy medics. The grocery store is located in Eastown Plaza, 587 E. Main St., Batavia.

October 21, 2015 - 4:09pm
posted by Billie Owens in law enforcement, Milestones.

(Submitted photo. Pictured, from left, are: New York State Sheriffs’ Association President and Niagara County Sheriff Jim Voutour, Genesee County Chief Deputy – Road Patrol Gordon Dibble, and Saratoga County Sheriff Mike Zulo.)

Press release:

On Sept. 28, Genesee County Chief Deputy Gordon Dibble, along with 53 law enforcement supervisors from 29 Sheriff’s Offices around the state, attended the 18th Annual Law Enforcement Division Supervisors’ Continuing Education Program. Participants are provided with training in the latest advances in law enforcement. As law enforcement supervisor, the Chief Deputy of the Sheriff’s road patrol is responsible for operations and administrative matters related to the road patrol division.

(Submitted photo. Pictured, from left, are: New York State Sheriffs’ Association Executive Director Peter Kehoe, New York State Sheriffs’ Association First Vice President and Herkimer County Sheriff Christopher Farber, Genesee County Jail Superintendent William Zipfel, Rockland County Sheriff Lou Falco, and Saratoga County Sheriff Mike Zulo.)

On Oct. 2, Genesee County Jail Superintendent William Zipfel, along with over 100 county jail administrators from 51 county Sheriff's Offices attended the Jail Administrators' Continuing Education Conference. The yearly conference brings corrections professionals from around the state together to share best practices and new trends impacting their jails.

Both conferences included a discussion by Clinton County Sheriff David Favro and Franklin County Sheriff Kevin Mulverhill of the Sheriff’s response to the Dannemora escape.

Other topics discussed at the Law Enforcement Supervisors’ Conference included:

  • a discussion regarding body cameras for police by Niagara County Sheriff Jim Voutour and Saratoga County Sheriff Michael Zurlo;
  • an account of the Sullivan County drug bust by Sullivan County Sheriff Michael Schiff;
  • a recap of an Albany County investigation into the death of a child by Albany County Sheriff Craig Apple.

Presentations at the Jail Superintendents’ Conference included:

  • Field Intelligence Officer Kirk Kingsbury of the Niagara County Sheriff’s Office presented on gang intelligence in county jails;
  • Thomas Diina, Erie County Jail superintendent, gave a case study on mental health services in county jails along with Daniel Antonius, Ph.D., director of the Division of Forensic Psychiatry at the University of Buffalo, and Ronald Schoelerman, director of Intensive Adult Mental Health Services, Erie County Dept. of Mental Health;
  • Orange County Jail Administrator Kenneth Decker presented on the use of Vivitrol in jails;
  • Deputy Commissioner Justin Pruyne of the Westchester County Department of Correction presented a case study;
  • Edward Bly of the Rensselaer County Sheriff’s Office and Chuck Newman of the Schoharie County Sheriff’s Office moderated the round table discussion “What’s New in County Jails."

These conferences are part of a training series offered each year. They were held at the Gideon Putnam Hotel in Saratoga Springs and were sponsored and organized by the New York State Sheriffs’ Association and the New York State Sheriffs' Institute. New York State Sheriffs' Association (NYSSA) First Vice President and Herkimer County Sheriff Christopher Farber presented certificates at the close of the conference along with Saratoga County Sheriff Mike Zurlo and Rockland County Sheriff Lou Falco.




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