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August 5, 2015 - 2:03pm

Press release:

Iroquois National Wildlife Refuge, in partnership with the Lake Plains Waterfowl Association, will host its 42nd Annual Young Waterfowlers Program. The program will include an orientation class at the refuge headquarters and a youth-only hunt day on Saturday, Oct. 3.

This date is tentative pending approval of the recommended New York State youth waterfowl hunting dates. The Young Waterfowlers Program will be open to junior hunters between 12-15 years of age. There is no charge but space is limited with preference given to first time participants. Pre-registration does not guarantee participation. Those selected will be notified by mail.

To pre-register, complete the Waterfowl Lottery Application Form and return it to the refuge headquarters at 1101 Casey Road, Basom, NY 14013 by the deadline of 4 p.m., Sept. 8.

Application forms can be requested by mail, by phone, in person, or email at [email protected]. A PDF version of the form may also be downloaded and printed from the refuge Web site http://www.fws.gov/refuge/iroquois.

The orientation class date will be announced at later date. The morning session of the orientation class will consist of a New York State sanctioned Waterfowl Identification Certification class from 8:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.

The afternoon session from 12:30 – 3 p.m. will cover decoys and calls, ballistics, clothing and equipment, hunter ethics and safety, an overview of the refuge waterfowl program as well as a retriever demo and trap shoot. The afternoon session is mandatory in order to participate in the hunt, except for those who have been through the program at least twice before.

All junior hunters will be required to have a guide with them on the day of the hunt. We strongly recommend each junior hunter secure their own guide prior to orientation in accordance with DEC Junior Hunting License Regulations. We have a limited number of guides who can volunteer; therefore we cannot guarantee a guide for each junior hunter.

For additional information about the program, please contact Madeline Prush at 585.948.5445. Individuals with disabilities and any other person who may need special assistance to participate in this program should contact refuge staff at 585.948.5445 or at the Federal Relay No. 1.800.877.8339.

Iroquois National Wildlife Refuge is located midway between Rochester and Buffalo and is managed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

The mission of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is working with others to conserve, protect and enhance fish, wildlife, plants and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people. We are both a leader and trusted partner in fish and wildlife conservation, known for our scientific excellence, stewardship of lands and natural resources, dedicated professionals and commitment to public service. For more information on our work and the people who make it happen, visit www.fws.gov.

August 5, 2015 - 1:52pm
posted by Billie Owens in darien lake, rascal flatts.

Press release:

Darien Lake and Live Nation have teamed up to offer concert-goers free park admission for the Rascal Flatts show on Saturday, Aug. 29. Tickets for this show are on sale now at www.livenation.com

Anyone who purchases a ticket to this concert at the Performing Arts Center will have full access to Darien Lake on the day of that show, Aug. 29, free of charge. To take advantage of this end-of-summer deal, guests can simply show their concert ticket at the park’s main gate window.

Parking at the theme park is also included with proof of concert ticket purchase. The concert itself starts at 7:30 p.m. The theme park is located at 9993 Alleghany Road in Darien Center.

August 5, 2015 - 1:44pm
posted by Billie Owens in Announcements, steve hawley.

Assemblyman Steve Hawley (R,C,I-Batavia) announced Tuesday that an energy-efficiency workshop will be coming to Batavia in an effort to help residents prepare their homes for winter. The workshop, presented by PathStone, is free and offers homeowners information on reducing energy costs, income-qualified grants and low-interest loans to lower energy costs during colder months.

The free workshop will take place from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 20, at 7 Batavia City Center, Batavia.

“I am proud to support PathStone’s efforts to help homeowners deal with rising energy costs and provide information on improving energy efficiency,” Hawley said. “Western New York residents face some of the coldest and snowiest winters in the country and rising heating costs place a substantial financial burden on them during the winter. I encourage all of my constituents to attend these free workshops and start saving money this winter.”

August 4, 2015 - 8:49pm
posted by Billie Owens in accident, Le Roy.

An accident with possible injuries is reported at West Main and Clay streets in Le Roy. Le Roy Ambulance Service is already en route and Le Roy fire is responding.

August 4, 2015 - 6:03pm
posted by Billie Owens in accidents, batavia.

An automobile accident is reported at the intersection of Batavia -- Elba Townline Road and Pekin Road. A 5-year-old female requires medical evaluation. Town of Batavia Fire Department and Mercy medics are responding.

August 4, 2015 - 3:18pm
posted by Billie Owens in street closures.

From the city's Bureau of Maintenance:

Gateway Drive will be closed on Thursday, Aug. 6, between 7 a.m. and 2 p.m. for paving operations.

Residents and businesses are not to park on the roadway during paving operations. Please park on the adjacent side streets. Please plan accordingly.

If work is postponed by weather, work will be rescheduled for the next calendar day.

All traffic is asked to avoid this area and seek alternate routes. Thank you for your cooperation.

August 4, 2015 - 2:57pm
posted by Billie Owens in National Night Out.

Tonight (Tuesday, Aug. 4) between 6 and 8 p.m. the Batavia Police along with the Batavia Youth Bureau will be presenting National Night Out 2015 at host site Birchwood Village on Dewey Avenue.

The City of Batavia has been celebrating NNO for 11 years. Communities from across the nation will be partnering with Police and other government agencies to celebrate their relationship to reduce crime. Several other community agencies will also take part in tonight’s activities in Batavia.

The event will culminate in a walk through Birchwood Village as neighbors turn on porch lights to symbolize bringing light to the darkness of crime.

August 4, 2015 - 2:49pm
posted by Billie Owens in Genesee ARC, 5K.

Press release:

Genesee ARC Friends & Family 5K & Fun Walk will be held on Saturday, Sept. 26, in Elba. The starting location is 4603 Barrville Road.

Registration begins at 8:45 a.m. The 5K Run starts at 10 o'clock and the Fun Walk begins immediately after the runners have left, within, say, five minutes.

Food, fun, music, kids activities, face painting.

Sign up today! Sponsorships available.

Online registration is available for 5K participants, fun walkers and post-party attendees only @ www.geneseearc.org

You can also e-mail Race Director Sandy Konfederath, at [email protected] or call 585-343-4203, ext. 223.

If you wish to support the Genesee ARC Friends & Family 5K as a sponsor, contact the race hotline at (585) 343-4203, ext. 223, or please print and complete the race form and send it with your donation to:

Genesee ARC Friends & Family 5K

64 Walnut St.

Batavia, NY 14020

August 4, 2015 - 2:18pm
posted by Billie Owens in Summer in the City, batavia.

Press release:

The Batavia Business Improvement District (BID) will once again host the 13th Annual Summer in the City Festival in Downtown Batavia on Saturday, Aug. 15th, from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Last year, the event brought in more than 5,000 people from all over Western New York with over 200 classic cars. This year is expected to be even bigger and better.

The festival includes the annual Don Carroll 5K Race, a Summer Car Cruise, and at least 50 food and craft vendors. The KidsZone will include a Eurobungy (NEW), bounce houses, and lots of activities including workshops by The Home Depot. You can also participate in the GOArt! “Chalk the Walk” to win several prizes. (You must register with GO ART! to participate in this activity.)

New to the festival is a Bicycle Wheelie Contest by Adam Miller Toy and Bicycle on Center Street.

Entertainment for Summer in the City includes the Old Hippies (1-2 p.m.), Flatop Gypsy (Country music, 4-6 p.m.), and, of course, Terry “Elvis” Buchwald (7-9 p.m.).

The BID, which is an independent nonprofit organization, is dedicated to the revitalization of downtown. Every year it has a group of dedicated volunteers to help organize the event and/or help the day of the event. If anyone would like to help the day of the event, they are still looking for strong volunteers for setup and take-down.

The BID would like to thank its major sponsors Alpina Foods, The Batavian, The Home Depot, and WBTA Radio as well as several other sponsors who helped make this annual event happen once again.

For more info contact the BID Office at 585-344-0900 / e-mail Laurie at [email protected], visit us at www.DowntownBataviaNY.com, or  LIKE us on Facebook at DowntownBataviaBusinessImprovementDistrict.

With any luck, this dude from Woodbridge, Ontario, Canada, won't come down and pop-a-wheelie with the locals...

August 4, 2015 - 1:28pm
posted by Billie Owens in GCC, civil war, history.

Press release:

GCC has founded a new history club, which is proudly sponsoring a new lecture series called Historical Horizons. Starting this September, and continuing on each first Wednesday of the month, a different dynamic speaker will be offering new topics about historical events, people, places and topics that continue to impact the world today. 

The club is a follow up to the college's successful Civil War Initiative, established in 2011, which has included numerous lectures, encampments, parades, Victorian balls and the Heritage Heroes recognition ceremony in Orleans County.

"The success of the Civil War Initiative continues with the GCC's new History Club and our Historical Horizons Lecture series," said Derek Maxfield, GCC's associate professor of History. "As the end of the Civil War Initiative approached, many people asked me, 'So what's next? Does that mean no more lectures? No more living history events?' Thankfully with the support of our new History Club, we can continue the lecture series, and open it up to any historical topic. It is my hope that we can build on that in the future and support living history events and heritage festivals."

The Fall 2015 semester lineup for the Historical Horizons speakers includes:

  • 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 2 / Batavia Campus / T102

Tom Schobert, president of Buffalo Civil War Roundtable and Robert E. Lee impressionist, will kick off the series with "The Alamo – The Myth, the Reality...and John Wayne!" Like other high-profile events in American history, the story of the Alamo is shrouded in legends and myths. This lecture will cover the known facts as well as the legends and lore, and also how John Wayne got involved.

  • 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 7 / Batavia Campus / T102

Kristopher D. White will present, "Hell's Half-Acre: The Bloody Angle at Spotsylvania." White, co-author of "A Season of Slaughter: The Battle of Spotsylvania Court House," is an adjunct professor of History at Allegany Community College, and also co-founder of Emerging Civil War online journal. He will explore the reasons for this bloody battle, the innovative tactics used to break the Confederate lines, and tell the horrific tales from the men who were trapped in a no-man's-land between two armies.

  • 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 4 / Batavia Campus / T102

Jim Simon, GCC associate dean of Orleans County Campus Centers, will explore how the philosophy of history impacts politics and culture in a talk entitled, "The Philosophy of History: What does it Matter?" From the recent Supreme Court case legalizing gay marriage to the removal of the Confederate flag from the South Carolina state capitol, Simon will discuss how history informs students, teachers, citizens and policy makers in the 21st Century.

  • 7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 2 / Batavia Campus / T102

In "Recalling Reconstruction: The Ugly Story of a Splendid Failure," Derek Maxfield, GCC associate professor of History, will discuss the end of the Civil War and how President Lincoln counseled his generals not to gloat in victory and to avoid bitterness and animosity. "Let 'em up easy," he said. Lincoln did not live to oversee the Reconstruction, which wound up taking a dark turn.

All lectures are free and open to the public. Maxfield also encourages attendees to stay tuned for other dates at Genesee Community College campus centers.

August 4, 2015 - 12:46pm
posted by Billie Owens in Pavilion, charity.

***EDITOR'S NOTE (8/6/15): The phone number originally provided and published for Hope Speechley was incorrect. We have corrected the error and her true number is found below.

Submitted by Marianne Witkowski, Phys. Education Dept., Pavilion Central School:

The “Pavilion Clothing Closet” has been around for several years now at the high school. It's a place where any Pavilion Central School student and their family can go to acquire gently used and sometimes “new” clothing, shoes and outerwear for FREE.

Very generous community members have donated, and continue to donate, to the Closet and it is very much appreciated. 

However, due to lack of space and renovations we have had to relocate. We've found a new home and we would like to tell you all about it. The Pavilion Clothing Closet has moved from the Pavilion High School to the Pavilion First Baptist Church, 10956 Lake Road (Route 19), Pavilion. 

The Clothing Closet will be open Saturday Aug. 29 and Saturday Sept. 5 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., and also by appointment. For an appointment call Hope Speechley at 585-483-1858.

To donate clothes, you can drop them off at the Pavilion High School in care of Charity Gayhart, or call Hope Speechley (585-483-1858) to drop them off at the church.

Additionally, we will continue to coordinate opening the Clothing Closet with the High School's Thanksgiving and Christmas Food Basket programs. And we will try to advertise any other information regarding the Closet through newsletters and the media.

If you have any questions, please call Hope Speechley at 585-483-1858. If she is not available call Marianne Witkowski at 409-5819, or Stacey Tallon at the High School Guidance Office, 584-3115.

August 4, 2015 - 12:37pm
posted by Billie Owens in Milestones, 4-H.

Photo from Cornell Cooperative Extension of Genesee County. From left, back row: Timothy Adams, Ed Keller, Troy Johnson, Meg Thater; middle row -- Ashley Ehrementraut, Tucker Bezon, Melissa Keller, Julie Ehrementraut, Tamie Johnson; front row -- Michael Ehrementraut.
 
 For the first time in several years, the Genesee County 4-H Youth Development Program held a Master Market Showman Competition at the Genesee County Fair.  This competition is designed for Genesee County 4-H Market Program youth who won senior showmanship or overall showmanship in either beef, goat, sheep or swine market animal shows.

To be awarded the prestigious title of 2015 Genesee County 4-H Master Market Showman, qualifying 4-H youth must demonstrate the additional knowledge and advanced showmanship skills in multiple species.  The competition was held Saturday, July 25th in the main show ring of the Genesee County Fair.

4-H Market Animal Advisory Committee Leaders worked together with 4-H Club Leaders in selecting animals to be used for the competitions; four animals were needed for each youth participating in the competition. 4-H members exhibiting those animals at the fair were asked for use of their livestock by club leaders and the master showmanship competition coordinator.

Participating in this year’s competition were: Tucker Bezon (Beef Club), Ashley Ehrmentraut (Sheep Club), Michael Ehrmentraut (Goat Gang Club) and Melissa Keller (Swine Club). After showing each breed of animal (beef, goat, sheep and swine) and answering several questions asked by judges, the participant score cards were tallied.

The 2015 Genesee County 4-H Master Market Showman trophy and belt buckle was presented to Melissa Keller, of Corfu. Congratulations to Melissa and also to Tucker, Ashley and Michael, it was a very close competition! Thank you to all of the 4-H Volunteers and Club Leaders who assisted with the event and to the 4-H Youth who loaned their livestock -- without you this competition would not be possible.

August 4, 2015 - 12:01pm
posted by Billie Owens in hazardous waste, Recycling.

The GLOW Region Solid Waste Management Committee is pleased to announce that it will hold a single Household Hazardous Waste Collection. It will be on Saturday Sept. 19 in Rock Glen, Wyoming County. Residents from Genesee, Livingston and Wyoming counties are eligible to participate.

Appointments are required on a first come, first serve basis. A total of 600 spots are available. Details and additional information can be obtained by calling the GLOW office at 585/815-7906 or 800/836-1154 or 585/344-2580, ext. 5463.

Funding is provided by GLOW’s County contributions and a grant from the NYS Dept. of Environmental Conservation with assistance from the Wyoming County Sheriff’s Department and Covanta Niagara.

Materials accepted include household cleaning products, pesticides/insecticides, oil base paint/stains, vehicle batteries and fluids (except motor oil), oil filters, pool chemicals, driveway sealer and home computers, TVs and microwaves FREE OF CHARGE. Passenger/light truck tires will be accepted for $4 each and truck tires for $10. For the sixth year, pharmaceutical waste -- outdated, unwanted or unusable medicines -- will be accepted.

Items that will not be accepted include latex paint, used motor oil, empty containers, asbestos and household batteries.

“Collections such as this provide residents with an excellent opportunity to safely dispose of materials they no longer want or need and that have the potential to harm the human and environmental health," said Peggy Grayson, GLOW’s recycling administrator.

"The addition of medicines helps not only the environment but other sectors of the community such as law enforcement and the public. The GLOW Committee is happy to offer the collection of medicines to the program and hopes that residents will take full advantage of the opportunity to rid their homes of these hazards."

August 4, 2015 - 11:46am
posted by Billie Owens in harness racing, sports, Batavia Downs.

(Dayson photo by Steve Roth.)

(Reve Royal photo by Melissa Simser.)

By Tim Bojarski, Batavia Downs Media Relations

When the 2-year-old colts and geldings converge on Batavia Downs for the $111,000 New York Sire Stakes (NYSS) on Wednesday (Aug. 5), an unstoppable object will face an immovable force to lay claim to being the best in the state for this sex and gait.

The first division of the $55,500 stake features Reve Royale (RC Royalty-Dream Street) lining up against Dayson (Conway Hall-Nervey’s Taurus) in a contest that will see one of them suffer their first defeat of the year.  

Reve Royal is a perfect three-for-three and just took his lifetime mark of 1:56.3 at the Meadowlands last week. He is a perfect two-for-two in NYSS action this year, including a very impressive 1:59.4 win at Saratoga Raceway that saw him trot a 58.4 back half over the half-mile oval.

He is trained by George Ducharme, who conditioned the 2013 Hambletonian winner, Royalty For Life, and will be driven by Chris Lems. Reve Royal has been listed as the morning line favorite and will leave from post 5.

Dayson is also undefeated with three consecutive wins and has been trotting away from his competition in all of his races. His fastest outing to date was at Saratoga on July 2; a win in 2:00.1. But his best effort may very well have been last week at Buffalo Raceway.

After making a break after the start, Dayson and driver Jeff Gregory spotted the field 16-lengths at the quarter pole. Gregory then gathered his horse together and rallied for a one-length victory in 2:02.2; last half in 59.2, last quarter in 28.4.

Dayson and Gregory will team up once again to see if they can get another tally from post six for trainer Howard Okusko. Okusko is hot right now having just won the Adios Pace this past Saturday (Aug. 1) with Dude’s The Man.

It’s interesting to note that Reve Royal is a colt and Dayson is a gelding, so there is a chance that one of two track records could be rewritten in this race, depending on who wins. The Batavia Downs record for a 2-year-old trotting colt is 1:58.4 set in 2010 by Dejarmbro and the 2-year-old trotting gelding mark is 1:58 set just last year by Buen Camino.

The second $55,500 contest has the three perceived favorites lining up from the three inside posts as mirror images of each other. All are geldings, have comparable earnings, have one NYSS victory and are all coming off lifetime marks.

Credevie (Credit Winner-Fleur De Vie) drew post seven in his last start at Yonkers Raceway but overcame it with style. Trainer/driver Trond Smedshammer left and tucked third before pulling at the three-quarters to gain a close victory in 2:00.3. Credevie did not compete in the NYSS leg at Buffalo last week so he has not raced in three weeks.

Andrew Goldstein (RC Royalty-Final Time) had post five at Yonkers and left for position. He eventually sat the pocket trip for trainer/driver Kim Crawford, before pulling away to an easy four-length win in 2:00.4. Andrew Goldstein also did not compete in the NYSS leg at Buffalo last week so he too has not raced in three weeks.

Allerage Echo (Conway Hall-Echonomical) did race at Buffalo last week and did it well. Trainer George Ducharme had driver Chris Lems cut the mile and that allowed Allerage Echo to walk away with an easy five-length victory in 2:03.3. The horse could have obviously gone more but it wasn’t necessary as he had the race well in hand.

Credevie has post three and is favored at 2-1. Andrew Goldstein has post two and is 5-2. Allerage Echo starts from thepylons and is listed at 4-1.

There are also three divisions of the NYSS Excelsior A series that will split a total of $45,000.

Post time for the first of the 12-race card at Batavia Downs is 6:35 p.m.

August 3, 2015 - 2:10pm
posted by Billie Owens in road closures, batavia.

From the city's Bureau of Maintenance:

Gateway Drive will be closed on Tuesday, Aug. 4, between 7 a.m. and 1 p.m. for cold milling operations.

Residents and businesses are not to park on the roadway during cold milling operations.

Residents and businesses of Gateway Drive will have limited access to their properties and should expect delays when milling operations are ongoing. If work is postponed by weather, work will be rescheduled for the next calendar day.

Read more http://www.batavianewyork.com/home/news/gateway-drive-closed-on-tuesday-84

August 3, 2015 - 1:51pm
posted by Billie Owens in harness racing, sports, Batavia Downs.

Mosquito Blue Chip (Jim Morrill Jr.)

By Tim Bojarski, Batavia Downs Media Relations

The mutuel payouts may have been small, but the purses were spread around in the 3-year-old filly pacing division of the New York Sire Stakes (NYSS) at Batavia Downs on Sunday (Aug. 2). A different sire, driver and trainer won each leg of the series as they represented the best New York State has to offer for this sex and gait.

In the first $39,200 division, Mosquito Blue Chip (Jim Morrill Jr.) left the gate and took a methodic path to the front in 27.4. Leading the single-file group and still unchallenged to the half, Morrill kept a tight grip on the filly with an eye on closing out the deal. When they rolled towards three-quarters, Morrill popped the plugs and Mosquito Blue Chip responded in kind, quickly pulling away to a four-length advantage. With Morrill stretched out like he was in a recliner, the pair scurried home in 28.2 with no one even close, to win in 1:54.2.

“She felt like her old self today. She was on cruise control the entire mile,” said driver Jim Morrill Jr. of the filly who is now two-for-two lifetime at Batavia Downs.

Mosquito Blue Chip (Bettor’s Delight-Sandfly Hanover) was sent off the prohibitive 1-9 favorite and paid $2.30 for the win. Paul Jessop trains and co-owns the filly with Our Three Sons Stable and Donato Falcicchio.

Band Of Angels (Matt Kakaley)

As most expected in the second $39,900 leg, Band Of Angels (Matt Kakaley) and Moremercy Bluechip (Andy Miller) left from post three and four respectively and got away 1-2 before sauntering to a pedestrian 29-second first quarter. With the rest of the field still in post-position order behind the two favorites, Kakaley continued to grab leather in an even slower 29.4 second panel.

From there it was all Band Of Angels who was given her head and quickly opened up a five-length lead before Kakaley lowered the lines and stored the whip. Band Of Angels ($2.50) paced the back half in 56.2, winning in 1:55.1 with Moremercy Bluechip closing ground on the wrapped-up winner to finish second.

After the race, winning driver Matt Kakaley pointed out “She did it as easily as a horse could do it and had plenty left coming down the stretch."

Band Of Angels (Rock N Roll Heaven-Time N Again) is conditioned by North America’s leading trainer, Ron Burke for owner W.J. Donovan.

Jag Out (Andy Miller)

The final $39,900 split featured a speed duel between two unrelenting contestants and it started as soon as the gate pulled away.

As the field headed into the first turn, they were spread three-wide across the track; Jag Out (Andy Miller) on the pylons, Nippy W Hanover (Jim Morrill Jr.) in the middle and Artiawitchtoyou (Doug McNair) out widest of all. Off the turn, Nippy W Hanover settled in second but Artiawitchtoyou opted to go on. As she drew next to Jag Out at the quarter in 27.1, it was clear the leader had no intentions of giving up that spot.  

As they contentiously passed the half in 55 flat, Jag Out and Artiawitchtoyou were seemingly pacing in tandem heading into the third turn, but then Artiawitchtoyou had taken all the air she could and by the 1:24.3 three-quarter split, started to show the effects. As she started to fade off, Jag Out continued to drive on to an impressive two-length victory in the fastest time of the day (1:53.4). The winner paid $8.

“She was awesome! I know we went fast early but she's that good,” said driver Andy Miller about the speed duel between his charge and Artiawitchtoyou.

Jag Out (American Ideal-Impertinent) is trained by Erv Miller, who co-owns her with Paymaq Racing and Mystical Marker Farms, LLC.

There were also two divisions of the NYSS Excelsior A series on the card for $30,000 in purses.

The first went to Yes You Can (If I Can Dream-Cantbuymehappiness) went gate to wire in 1:56.2 for driver Jim Morrill Jr. and trainer Heidi Rohr. Yes You Can, who paid $2.40 is owned by the Holland Racing Stable.

The second division was won by Hey Kobe (Bettor’s Delight-American West) who also led the entire mile for driver Mark Macdonald and trainer Marthe Drolet. Hey Kobe is owned by Stephen Schneider and William Siegel. The winner returned $4.

Driver Jim Morrill Jr. notched four victories on the card with Kevin Cummings adding two more wins to his meet-leading total.

Racing resumes on Wednesday at Batavia Downs when two divisions of the New York Sire Stakes 2-year-old trotting colts and geldings go postward for a total of $110,000 in purses. Post time is set for 6:35 p.m.

(Photos courtesy of Paul White.)

August 2, 2015 - 5:40pm
posted by Billie Owens in weather.

A hazardous weather outlook was issued this afternoon by the National Weather Serivce in Buffalo for Western and North Central New York.

It says that starting Monday, a cold front will cross the region and showers and thundershowers will be likely along and ahead of the front, with a few of these becoming strong to severe with strong to damaging wind gusts.

July 31, 2015 - 1:00pm
posted by Billie Owens in Milestones, genesee county youth court.

Bryce Rogers, a Genesee County Youth Court Member, was one of the 48 Youth Court members who applied for the Association of New York State Youth Courts Scholarship. The ANYSYC awarded two scholarships and Bryce was awarded one of them.

To qualify for the ANYSYC scholarship,the youth court member must be a graduating senior and a member of a Youth Court Program that paid membership dues to ANYSYC in 2014. The applicant must enroll in a two or four year program at an accredited college/university. The individual must be of good moral character, have demonstrated civic responsibility through volunteerism, and have a good strong desire to make a contribution to his/her community.

The process included an application, an essay includingeducational goals, career goals, why they are deserving of this scholarship,and what being a member of a Youth Court has done for them, along with two letters of recommendation.

On behalf of ANYSYC, Bryce was awarded $500 to put toward his college education where he will attend American University and dual-major in International Relations and Economics while concentrating in foreign policy and national security.

July 30, 2015 - 5:07pm
posted by Billie Owens in accident, thruway, Le Roy.

A tractor-trailer rollover accident is reported on the westbound Thruway at mile marker 377. The driver is said to be trapped inside. Le Roy fire and Mercy medics are responding. Bergen fire is asked to stand by in its quarters in case mutual aid is needed.

UPDATE 5:16 p.m.: Le Roy command requests the Bergen crew to stage at the Le Roy Park & Ride lot.

UPDATE 5:17 p.m.: Mercy Flight is called and will land in the median adjacent to the accident scene.

UPDATE 5:54 p.m.: Bergen went back in service about 15 minutes ago. Le Roy is going back in service now and a responder tells dispatch that Thruway traffic "is backed up quite a bit." Didn't catch the destination of Mercy Flight.

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