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January 5, 2018 - 5:31pm
posted by Billie Owens in cornell extension, health, news, batavia.

Press release:

Cornell Cooperative Extension Genesee County will host a program titled “Overfed and Undernourished” at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 14, at the Extension Center at 420 E. Main St., Batavia. This workshop for adults is free to attend, but space is limited.

The program will be presented by Ian Cramer (MS, ATC), who has been living a plant-based lifestyle for eight years and earned a certificate in Plant-Based Nutrition from eCornell in 2016. He is an educator, podcaster and endurance cyclist living in Rochester.

Come and discover information on weight loss, cravings, common nutrition myths, and ways to live a healthy, disease-free lifestyle. For more information about Cramer, visit

We will also discuss chronic diseases such as diabetes, heart disease, and cancer, and how they start, progress, and can be prevented or even reversed using diet and lifestyle changes.

Please register for the workshop by contacting Samantha at 585-343-3040, ext. 123.

January 5, 2018 - 5:25pm
posted by Billie Owens in pembroke, news, Announcements.

Press release:

Here is the 2018 Board Meeting schedule for the Pembroke Fire District provided by Hiedi Librock, the district's secretary/treasurer. All meetings will take place at 7 p.m. on Thursdays at the Pembroke Fire Hall, located at 630 Main Road, Corfu, except the last meeting, on Dec. 13, which will be held at Pembroke Town Hall, 31145 Main Road, Corfu.

  • Jan. 11
  • Feb. 8
  • March 8
  • April 12
  • May 10
  • June 14
  • July 12
  • Aug. 9
  • Sept. 13
  • Oct. 11
  • Nov. 8
  • Dec. 13*

(*Dec. 13 meeting is at Pembroke Town Hall.)

January 5, 2018 - 5:11pm
posted by Billie Owens in Genesee Chorale, music, news.

Press release:

Genesee Chorale is a non-profit organization drawing singers from Genesee, Orleans, Wyoming, Erie and Monroe counties. It is our joy to offer the community fine choral music.

Come sing with us!

Genesee Chorale resumes Monday night rehearsals at 7 p.m. Jan. 15 at St. James Episcopal Church, 405 E. Main St., Batavia.

Director Ric Jones has planned an exciting new season, which includes a March 4 concert, “Memory Lane,” with audience-friendly songs that appeal to all ages – songs that are recognizable across generations, fun to sing.

The season continues with May 4 and 6 concerts, “The Call of Humanity,” with a new composition written especially for Genesee Chorale.

Singers of all voices and levels are welcome – there is help if you need it to learn the music.

More information is available at, or at (716) 531-8986, or by e-mailing [email protected].

January 5, 2018 - 5:00pm
posted by Billie Owens in history, GCC, news, batavia.

Press release:

The Genesee Community College History Club is excited to release its spring Historical Horizons Lecture Series lineup! The series provides the community with access to renowned authors and historians as they take a deep look at the events and movements that have shaped our nation's history.

"The spring series line up will provide very unique perspectives on bloody battles and war, the Trail of Tears, and immigration," says GCC's Associate Professor Derek Maxfield. "This series is sure to inform and even entertain."

All lectures in this series begin at 7 p.m. in room T102 of the Conable Technology Building. All lectures are free and open to the public.

Tuesday, Feb. 6  /  Medina Campus  /  Maple Ridge Road, Medina

Author Kevin R. Pawlak will discuss his book "Shepherdstown in the Civil War: One Vast Confederate Hospital." During the Civil War the small town of Shepherdstown, W.Va., was suddenly flooded with Confederate soldiers wounded in battle. Homes and churches transformed into triage centers and in all, the town, into "one vast hospital."

Wednesday, Feb. 7  /  Batavia Campus  /  Room T102

Kevin R. Pawlak will join us again to present "The Jewels of War: Robert E. Lee, George B. McClellan, and the Battle of Antietam." Pawlak is also the director of education for the Mosby Heritage Area Association in Virginia. The Battle of Antietam is America's bloodiest single day. In totality, 12 hours of fighting on Wednesday, Sept. 17, 1862 left approximately 23,000 casualties. During this lecture, Pawlak will assess the dramatic events of the battle from the unique perspective of the commanders on the field.

Wednesday, April 4  /  Batavia Campus  /  Room T102

GCC adjunct professor Danny Hamner will present "The Removal Crisis of 1832: How Nationalism, Political Ambition and the Electoral College Shaped the Trail of Tears." Often, the "Trail of Tears" is remembered as the inevitable tragedy of an indigenous people swept aside by the rising forces of modern America. While there certainly were large historical forces transforming America in the early 19th century, the removal crises of the period were ultimately shaped by the personalities, politics and needs of the movement. The mix of personal ambitions and zealous nationalism linked the destiny of the Cherokee Nation to Henry Clay's presidential aspirations with catastrophic but not inevitable results.

Wednesday, May 2  /  Batavia Campus  /  Room T102 (Rescheduled from 12/6/17)

Orleans County Historian Matthew R. Ballard, MLS will present "Fear of the Unknown: Creating the Illegal Immigrant in 19th Century America." Immigration to the United States is a relative topic in current events; however, the establishment of the "illegal immigrant" only dates back to the turn of the 20th century. In the earliest years of immigration, Europeans were accepted without restriction, but an influx of new immigrants during the latter half of the 19th century raised concerns about political impacts on American society. Uncertainty and unfounded fears created excessive restrictions focused on limiting access to specific ethnic/ racial groups, religious groups, the disabled, the infirmed and those likely to become a "public charge."

January 5, 2018 - 4:36pm
posted by Billie Owens in education, GCC, news, batavia, Announcements.

Press release:

The Adult Educational Opportunity Center (AEOC) has announced a yearlong schedule of open monthly sessions designed to get anyone started on their way to a college degree!

These sessions will be held at Genesee Community College's Batavia Campus at One College Road, Batavia.

As with all AEOC Services, these sessions are FREE and available both by appointment and walk-in! During these sessions, the AEOC's Outreach Specialists will help potential college applicants with a variety of services, including:

Financial Aid Counseling: help completing the FAFSA, understanding various financial aid options including student loans and Pell grants, retrieving transcripts, and assistance with special circumstance applications.

Enrollment Assistance: completing college applications or enrollment forms, ACT Test registration and completing Entrance Exam Prep through Accuplacer. 

Veterans Services: AEOC outreach specialists are trained to assist any veteran in navigating services available for higher education.

Appointments and walk-in sessions will be held in the Conable Technology Building at GCC's Batavia Campus. Both appointment and walk-in sessions will be available from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on each of the following days:

Wednesday, Jan. 24, in T122

Wednesday, Feb. 21, in T121

Wednesday, March 21, in T121

Wednesday, April 25, in T122

Wednesday, May 16, in T122

Wednesday, June 27, in T122

Wednesday, July 25, in T122

Wednesday, Aug. 22, in T122

Wednesday, Sept. 26, in T122

Wednesday, Oct. 24, in T122

Wednesday, Nov. 28, in T122

Wednesday, Dec. 19, in T121

Appointments are available on additional dates by request. To schedule any appointment, please email [email protected] or contact Adult Education Director Kate Trombley, M.S., at (585) 343-0055, ext. 6285.

It is important to note that these College Entry Point Sessions are not limited to students attending or planning to attend GCC. Anyone interested in attending any college or in need of assistance in getting started can participate. Information regarding GCC and all other area colleges will be available at these sessions.

January 5, 2018 - 4:09pm

Press release:

Join the Genesee County Master Gardeners on Feb. 6 for our first Garden Talk of the year, “A Photo Garden Tour of Chanticleer Gardens.” Get rid of the winter blues with a look at Chanticleer’s spectacular gardens, described as “America's most inspiring garden.”

Located outside of Philadelphia, Chanticleer is a colorful, contemporary garden within an historic setting. Adolph Rosengarten Jr., bequeathed the family estate for the enjoyment and education of the public following his death in 1990. The garden opened to the public in 1993 and has since been a magical place to visit.

Future topics include: a program on creating cutting gardens on March 6; a demonstration on how to make your own corsages on April 3; tips for growing great canna lilies on May 1 and on June 5 a program about a new invasive pest that has been showing up locally – jumping worms.

All Garden Talk programs run from 12:15 to 12:45 p.m. Bring your lunch to the CCE office (420 E. Main St., Batavia) and join us for this free series. Registration is NOT required.

Future topics and other Master Gardener events will be posted on the Cornell Cooperative Extension of Genesee County website at

January 5, 2018 - 3:51pm
posted by Billie Owens in news, Announcements, jail, genesee county legislature.

Notice from the Genesee County Legislature:

SMRT architects, engineers and planners will present an analysis of conditions to date / interim status report on the Genesee County Jail to the Genesee County Legislature at 8 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 13, in the Legislature Conference Room at the Old Courthouse, 7 Main St., Batavia.

January 5, 2018 - 3:09pm
posted by Billie Owens in news, Bethany, Announcements.

Press release:

The Town of Bethany will have a Food Link event from 10 to 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 24 at Bethany Community Center. It is located at 10510 Bethany Center Road, Bethany.

There are no income requirements or restrictions.

Anyone wishing to volunteer, please phone Bethany Town Supervisor Carl Hyde Jr. at 343-1399 or email him at  [email protected]

January 5, 2018 - 2:41pm

The Volunteers for Animals at the Genesee County Animal Shelter would like to find forever homes for three special felines. Here are their stories as written and provided by the volunteers.

Jake (inset photo, left) is a great cat that just needs a break. His original owner went on vacation and decided to never come back. Poor Jake -- he didn’t even know that was possible! The neighbor caring for Jake didn’t want him, and took him to be euthanized.

Luckily, fate had another plan for Jake. Eventually, Jake went into foster to see exactly what kind of kitty he was, and it turns out he’s a pretty awesome cat.

Although not his favorite activity, Jake doesn’t mind being picked up or carried around. He is OK with a nail trim, but we didn’t notice him scratching on anything at all.

Jake is a low-flying cat -- you’re not going to find him up on your worktop or table. And he just loves a good all-over brushing, especially with his zoom-groom brush. He will purr for hours while you brush him to a high-gloss finish.

Jake lives for certain kitty treats. Once you find the right one, he can be trained to come running with the crinkle of a bag. Jake is likely to hide in his new surroundings at first, but after a week or two, he will be comfortable enough to stop hiding, especially if he has a comfy cat bed to lie on instead. After several weeks in foster, Jake was seeking out people in another room for petting and brushing. If we didn’t notice him, he would meow to say “I’m ready, where’s the brush!?!” Jake even hopped up on the bed at night for a little scratch. He certainly earned his foster mom’s seal of approval.

The generous vets at State Street Animal Hospital provided Jake with the dental work he needed in order to live in comfort, so he is all set medically. Jake’s not a young cat, but he wasn’t ready to be swept under the rug yet either -- he’s got several great years left in him.

All he wants is a warm, quiet house - a place where he can relax, and just enjoy being your pet. Jake was very tolerant of all the cats in his foster home, but he will adjust much faster if he is not in a busy home with other cats, dogs, or boisterous children.

Come in and meet him. We’ve got the zoom-groom brush waiting! It’s Jake’s turn to go on vacation now, and he’s hoping to stay there forever and never come back, too!

Maddie (inset photo, left) is a spitfire. She loves to romp and play but can get a little too excited.

She has been with us a long time and really needs a home of her own.

Maddie needs a cat-savvy human that will understand her catitude!

She would do best in a home with no children or other animals.

A very nice volunteer has paid half of Maddie's adoption fee, so she is only $30.

Dusty (inset photo, right) strayed into a kind lady’s yard dragging one hind leg. She was good enough to call the shelter and bring him in. A vet check determined that his leg had been badly broken.

And though it was somewhat healed, the break was so bad that even if he’d been brought in right after it happened he’d never be able to walk on it. Amputation was the only option. He was vaccinated, treated for fleas, worms, and ear mites, given a surgery date, and kept comfortable in the infirmary at the shelter.

After his amputation and neutering, Dusty went to a foster home for some T.L.C. and recovery. He was an ideal patient! He took his pain medicine easily, without complaint. He was up and walking right away.

It took him just a few days to adjust to the new weight and balance of his body. He quickly learned to hop up on and off the furniture. Keeping his balance in the litter pan was a little bit trickier but he never missed the pan or had an accident anywhere. Combing, petting and a good diet are starting to bring his coat back to a soft lustrous tan and black tabby.

Throughout all of this Dusty has been more than a perfect gentleman. Always cheerful, he is outgoing and likes people. He approaches both men and women who come into his room. He loves to be stroked and combed, and get gentle belly rubs. He is never rough with his paws.

He loves to sit on a lap, or beside a person on a couch. His favorite game is to lay on his side and play with a toy dangled on a string. And bird watching at the window would never be turned down!

Dusty would be a perfect partner for an elderly person, or couple, who want a quiet, steady companion. Perhaps a shut-in or a person with a disability would benefit from his calm confidence and "can do" attitude. Or perhaps it will be love at first sight with someone unexpected! He is an exceptional cat!

Genesee County Animal Shelter

3841 W. Main Street Road, Batavia

Hours: Sun., Mon., Tues., Fri. 1-3 p.m.

Wednesday 1-3 and 7-9 p.m.

Closed Thursdays

Saturday 11 a.m. - 1 p.m

January 5, 2018 - 11:00am
posted by Billie Owens in batavia, news, accidents.

A two-car accident with possible injuries is reported at the Thruway overpass bridge on Lewiston Road; the address is 8169 Lewiston Road, Batavia. It is partially blocking the southbound lane. Town of Batavia Fire Department and Mercy medics are responding.

UPDATE 11:02 a.m.: One patient has a minor laceration. A first responder says medics can "take it easy coming in."

January 4, 2018 - 3:13pm
posted by Billie Owens in weather, news.

There is a wind chill warning in effect starting at 8 o'clock tonight until 7 a.m. Sunday. The National Weather Service issued this urgent warning at 2:52 p.m.

Dangerously cold wind chills are expected. They are anticipated to range from 20 to 30 degrees below zero at times.

This can cause frostbite in as little as 10 minutes to exposed skin. It is a potentially dangerous situation to be outdoors. If you must be outdoors be sure to cover all exposed skin.

There is also a hazardous weather outlook in effect until 7 a.m. Sunday.

January 2, 2018 - 5:05pm
posted by Billie Owens in fire, notify, elba, news.


A skidster is reportedly on fire inside a barn at 7116 Norton Road, Elba. The barn is 75 feet from a house. Elba Fire Department is responding along with Byron. Stafford is requested to stand by in quarters. The location is between Ford and Edgerton roads.

UPDATE 5:08 p.m.: Fire police are requested to shut down traffic at Route 262 and Edgerton Road. Command at the scene tells responders to "take it easy coming in," due to road conditions.

UPDATE 5:23 p.m.: City Engine 11 and Town of Batavia Engine 24 are on scene, too. This is now a working barn fire.

UPDATE 5:28 p.m.: Fire police also requested for traffic control at the intersection of Edgerton and Norton roads, and at Batavia Elba Townline Road and Norton Road.

UPDATE 6:15 p.m.: This occurred at barns owned by Torrey Farms. The fire did not cause structural damage to the barn. Some hay spread through the barn did catch on fire. But there were 120 cows inside and all of them were unharmed and safely evacuated. Cow trailers are being deployed to shuttle the cows to CY Farms' Heifer Farm, where they will be kept temporarily. It is estimated that it will take about 10 trips to transport the cows for safekeeping.

UPDATE 6:24  p.m.: Elba Fire Chief Mike Heale said the skidster fire sparked some hay but there's no significant structural damage to the barn; some top beams may be singed in places -- a later inspection can confirm that. Heale said there was no extension of the blaze.

UPDATE 6:57 p.m.: Town of Batavia back in service, returning.

UPDATE 7:05 p.m.: Elba back in service. Roads reopened.

UPDATE 7:27 p.m.: Correction, the road is still closed. It is closed until the cows have been moved so the trucks can more safely back in. There is at least one more round trip for the trucks.





January 2, 2018 - 3:25pm

A fundraiser for a family whose 6-month-old daughter is recuperating from brain surgery will be held this Saturday, Jan. 6, at Sacred Heart Social Center in Batavia. It is located at 17 Sumner St.

"Caring for Cailyn" will take place from 5 to 10 p.m. and feature delicious food catered by the Dibble Family Center as well as a cash bar and live music from the OHMS Band. There will also be a Chinese auction and silent auction.

Tickets are $25 and will be available at the door or in advance at Batavia Tailors & Cleaners, located at 52 Ellicott St., Batavia. (No credit cards please, cash or checks accepted.)

Little Kailyn Fenton, of Rochester, is the granddaughter of the owners of Batavia Tailors & Cleaners, Kathy and Jim DuRei. The infant was born with hydrocephalus and had surgery in September to put in a shunt to relieve the fluid build up on her brain.

"She's doing really well now," grandma Kathy says.

The money raised Saturday will help the family offset medical expenses.

January 2, 2018 - 2:35pm
posted by Billie Owens in news, UMMC, flu, health, batavia.

Press release:

To help reduce further transmission of influenza and/or other infectious diseases, Rochester Regional Health is instituting the following restrictions for hospital visitors as of Jan. 3:

  • Visitors will be limited to no more than two people per patient at a time;
  • All visitors must be at least 14 years old;
  • Please do not visit a patient if you feel you are ill, including sore throat, fever, runny nose, coughing, sneezing, or other flu-like symptoms -- even if you have been vaccinated against the flu.

Status as of Jan. 3 (tomorrow):

  • Rochester General Hospital (Rochester) – Visitor restrictions in place
  • Unity Hospital (Greece) –  Visitor restrictions in place
  • United Memorial Hospital (Batavia) – Visitor restrictions in place
  • Newark-Wayne Community Hospital (Newark) – Visitor restrictions in place
  • Clifton Springs Hospital & Clinic (Clifton Springs) – Visitor restrictions in place


Rochester Regional Health is an integrated health services organization serving the people of Western New York, the Finger Lakes and beyond. The system includes five hospitals; primary and specialty practices, rehabilitation centers, ambulatory campuses and immediate care facilities; innovative senior services, facilities and independent housing; a wide range of behavioral health services; and Rochester Regional Health Laboratories and ACM Global Laboratories, a global leader in patient and clinical trials. Rochester Regional Health is the region’s second largest employer. Learn more

January 2, 2018 - 2:28pm
posted by Billie Owens in accidents, news, batavia.


A motor-vehicle accident with injuries is reported at East Main and Ross streets. City fire and Mercy medics are responding.

UPDATE 2:36 p.m.: A second ambulance requested to the scene. The accident is blocking traffic.

UPDATE 2:55 p.m.: One person was transported to UMMC for evaluation. This was a T-bone accident and an officer at the scene said it will be difficult to determine who's at fault because "both claim the light was green."

UPDATE 3:02 p.m.: City fire is back in service.


January 2, 2018 - 2:23pm
posted by Billie Owens in business, news, Announcements, batavia, The EOC, Essential oils.

(Submitted photo) Entreprenuers Vicki Wood, left, and Michelle Gillard will host the Grand Opening of The E.O.C. – Essential Oil Center this Saturday in Batavia.

Information provided by The E.O.C.:

Vicki Wood and Michelle Gillard are excited to announce the Grand Opening of The E.O.C. – Essential Oil Center this Saturday. 

The E.O.C. is located on the REAR side of the Valu Plaza, 4152 W. Main Street Road, Batavia.

You are invited to stop by the Grand Opening Jan. 6 from 1 to 4 p.m. and see the hundreds of oils and oil-infused products in stock. There is literally something for everyone.

Most people have heard about essential oils but they may not know the different varieties and how they can be used. There is so much to learn and discover about essential oils.

"This is strictly an education center," Gillard said. "It is not a retail store."

You can attend a variety of classes at The E.O.C. free of charge. 

The E.O.C. is affiliated with Young Living Essential Oils, a worldwide network marketing organization.

You don't have to buy Young Living Essential Oils to take classes at The E.O.C. If you choose to buy the Young Living Essential Oils Premium Starter Kit, it costs $160 and is comprised of 11 essential oils, a diffuser, some samples and a one-year membership in Young Living.

If you choose to renew your membership after a year, you can do so by buying $50 worth of Young Living products.

Whether you are a beginner with little or no knowledge of essential oils, or you're an avid user, The E.O.C. classes are designed to educate people about the value, importance and necessity of incorporating essential oils and oil-infused products into their life and homes. The class schedule changes monthly.

View the upcoming classes here

Questions or comments? Call Michelle Gillard at 297-0779 or Vicki Wood at 749-9411.

(Editor's Note: This post was updated on Jan. 5 to include information about the global network marketing company, Young Living Essential Oils, affiliated with The E.O.C.)

January 2, 2018 - 1:47pm
posted by Billie Owens in news, Announcements, east pembroke.

Below is the East Pembroke Fire District Board meeting schedule for 2018, provided by Secretary William R. Joyce. The district address is 8655 Barrett Drive in East Pembroke.

  • 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 9
  • 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 13
  • 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 13
  • 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 10
  • 8 p.m. Tuesday, May 8
  • 8 p.m. Tuesday, June 12
  • 8 p.m. Tuesday, July 10
  • 8 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 14
  • 8 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 11
  • 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 9
  • 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 13
  • 7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 12
  • 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 28
January 2, 2018 - 10:44am
posted by Billie Owens in accident, news, pembroke.

A rollover accident with possible serious injuries is reported at the intersection of Akron and Marble roads, Pembroke. Pembroke and Indian Falls fire departments are responding along with Mercy medic #4. Mutual aid from Akron Fire Department is also requested to the scene.

UPDATE 10:45 a.m.: One person is injured. An ambulance is on scene.

UPDATE 10:46 a.m.: Extrication is needed.

UPDATE 10:49 a.m.: A first responder at the scene says there are two vehicles involved and two tows will be needed. One is on its side down in a ditch; the female driver, who requires extrication, is conscious and alert.

UPDATE 10:53 a.m.: Law enforcement is on scene.

UPDATE 10:59 a.m.: Patient being transported to UMMC.

UPDATE 11 a.m.: Pembroke assignment back in service.

January 2, 2018 - 9:00am
posted by Billie Owens in crime, Grand Jury, news, notify, Oakfield, batavia, Darien, Alabama.

Michael A. Shetler is indicted for crimes which allegedly occured in the Town of Oakfield in November. In count one, he is accused of third-degree assault, a Class A misdemeanor. It is alleged that on Nov. 4 Shetler intentionally caused physical injury to another person. In count two, he is accused of fourth-degree criminal mischief, also a Class A misdemeanor, for allegedly intentionally damaging the property of another person -- a cell phone -- on Nov. 4. In count three the defendant is accused of the crime of endangering the welfare of a child, another Class A misdemeanor. It is alleged in count three that on Nov. 5 Shetler knowingly acted in a manner likely to be injurious to the physical, mental or moral welfare of a child less than 17 years old. In count four, the defendant is accused of criminal obstruction of breathing or blood circulation, a Class A misdemeanor, for allegedly applying presuure on the throat or neck of a person "while in the kitchen near the door to the residence." In count five, Shetler is accused of criminal obstruction of breathing or blood circulation on a second occasion on Nov. 5. In count six, the defendant is accused of unlawful imprisonment in the second degree, a Class A misdemeanor, for allegedly restraining a person on Nov. 5. In counts seven and eight, Shetler is accused of second-degree strangulation, a Class D violent felony. It is alleged in counts seven and eight, respectively, that on Nov. 7 Shetler intentionally impeded the normal breathing or blood circulation of another person by applying pressure to the throat or neck of the person, thereby causing stupor, loss of consciousness for any period of time, and/or any other physical injury or impairment while in the bedroom and again while in the bathroom of the residence. In count nine, he is accused of another count of unlawful imprisonment in the second degree for allegedly restraining a person on Nov. 7. In count 10, this man is indicted on another count of third-degree assault for allegedly intentionally injuring a person on Nov. 7. In count 11, he is accused of criminal obstruction of breathing or blood circulation of a person on Nov. 11. In count 12, Shetler is accused of fourth-degree criminal mischief for a second time for allegedly intentionally damaging a person's cell phone on Nov. 11.

James J. Spivey is indicted for the crime of second-degree robbery, a Class C violent felony. It is alleged that on Oct. 25 in the City of Batavia that Spivey forcibly stole property when he was aided by another person who was present. In count two, he is accused of attempted second-degree assault. It is alleged in count two that in the commission, or attempted commission of a felony -- second-degree robbery -- that he or another participant attempted to cause physical injury to a person not involved in the commission of the crime. In count three the defendant is accused of second-degree attempted assault. It is alleged in count three that on Nov. 28 in the City of Batavia that with intent to injure another person, he did so by means of a dangerous instrument -- his footwear.

Lionel J. Anderson Jr. / AKA "PJ" is indicted for the crime of second-degree assault, a Class D violent felony. It is alleged that on Nov. 28 in the City of Batavia that the defendant intentionally caused physical injury to another person by means of a dangerous instrument -- "a street curb and/or a belt."

Robert C. Paris is indicted for the crime of driving while intoxicated as a Class E felony. It is alleged that on Oct. 7 Paris drove a 2000 Chevrolet on Route 63 in the Town of Batavia while in an intoxicated condition. In Special Information filed by the District Attorney, Paris is accused of having been convicted of DWI as a misdemeanor on April 27, 2016 in Batavia City Court and that conviction was within 10 years of the commission of the crime alleged in this indictment.

Robert R. Greiner III is indicted for the crime of driving while intoxicated as a misdemeanor. It is alleged that on June 3 in the Town of Darien that Greiner drove a 2015 Nissan while intoxicated. In count two he is indicted on DWI, per se, as a misdemeanor for allegedly having a BAC of .08 percent or more at the time. In count three the defendant is accused of the crime of unauthorized use of a vehicle in the third degree, a Class A misdemeanor. It is alleged in count three that on June 3 in the Town of Darien that Greiner drove the Nissan knowing that he did not have the owner's consent to do so.

John R. Clee is indicted for the crime of criminal possession of a forged instrument in the first degree, a Class C felony. It is alleged that on July 15 in the Town of Alabama that he intended to defraud, deceive or injure another party by knowingly possessing a forged instrument -- a counterfeit $50 bill in U.S. currency.

December 31, 2017 - 4:18pm
posted by Billie Owens in news, batavia, sports, Batavia Downs, harness racing, boxing.

(Photo from 1953 Golden Gloves fight "Franny Bond (left) vs. Edson Brown" from the archives of the New York Daily News.)

By Tim Bojarski, for Batavia Downs

Batavia, NY --- Francis R. Bond, 86, a longtime owner, driver and trainer at Batavia Downs and Buffalo Raceway, died peacefully Tuesday morning, Dec. 26, at United Memorial Medical Center in Batavia.

“Franny” Bond was born in Buffalo on July 27, 1931. He became a Marine after leaving school and began boxing while in the service in the Armed Forces Title Fights.

He fought in the lightweight class and eventually worked into the featherweight division. The then 126-pound “fighting Marine” was described as “a game and lively scrapper who could take a hit and come back with a better one.”

Corporal Bond became one of the Marines' top boxers, winning a featherweight title in 1953 while often times fighting men from the professional ranks between service bouts and sometimes competing in higher weight classes.  

Bond continued to fight professionally in the Golden Gloves after he left the service under the name Bobby Bond and was trained by Angelo Dundee who also conditioned the likes of Muhammad Ali, George Foremen, Sugar Ray Leonard and Carmen Basilio. He competed in 15 professional fights all over the Eastern Seaboard including New York City at Madison Square Garden.

Bond first got involved in harness racing in 1966 and eventually got his trainer and driver’s licenses. He ran a small stable for the next 39 years, seeing most of his driving success in the 1970s (where he scored 135 of his 189 careers victories) and most of his training accomplishments (total of 108) between 1990 and 2000. Bond also occasionally catch-drove horses when the opportunity arose.

Bond’s last winning effort came on May 16, 1996 behind H F Harriet at Buffalo Raceway.

Bond was an entrepreneur and made a buck anyway he could. He owned a soft drink distributorship, ran the track kitchen at Batavia Downs and sold hay, straw and feed for many years while, and after, he was competing himself. He was known by everyone on the backstretch and was an affable individual his entire life.

No memorial information has been relayed. 




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