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October 28, 2017 - 1:14pm
posted by Billie Owens in accident, news, Pavilion.

A two-vehicle accident with injuries is reported at the intersection of routes 19 and 63. Pavilion Fire Department and Mercy medics are responding.

UPDATE 1:15 p.m.: A first responder at the scene reports one patient, a pregnant female, who suffered a bump on the head and has lower back pain. Her vehicle was rear-ended.

UPDATE: The patient was transported to Wyoming County Community Hospital in Warsaw.

October 28, 2017 - 12:13pm
posted by Billie Owens in accidents, batavia, news.


A motorcycle accident is reported at 3246 Galloway Road, Batavia. "It appears the motorcyclist spun out, lost control, went off the roadway." Town of Batavia Fire Department and Mercy medics are responding. The motorcyclist is down. The location is east of Downey Road. Law enforcement is on scene. Mercy Flight is called to the scene; weather being checked to determine availability.

UPDATE 12:15 p.m.: Mercy Flight will be able to go to the accident; then will only be able to fly eastward to Rochester due to weather.

UPDATE 12:24 p.m.: The helicopter will be landing in an uncut hay field adjacent to the scene.

UPDATE 12:27 p.m.: Mercy Flight has landed.

UPDATE 12:35 p.m.: Mercy Flight #5 is airborne and heading to Rochester.

UPDATE 12:48 p.m.: The Galloway Road assignment is back in service.

UPDATE 12:51 p.m.: The motorcyclist was a female whose bike hit a wet, slick spot in the pavement, sending the bike fishtailing out of control. She suffered a leg injury and possibly other non-life-threatening injuries. She will be further evaluated at Strong Memorial Hospital. The witness to the accident was her husband, who was following her in his truck.



October 27, 2017 - 5:52pm
posted by Billie Owens in crime, Le Roy, Grand Jury, news.

Ronald J. Barber is indicted for the crime of criminal mischief in the third degree, a Class E felony. It is alleged that on May 17 at a location of West Main Street Road in the Town of Le Roy that he intentionally damaged the property of another person and had no right to do so. Barber is accused of breaking tail lamps on several vehicles owned by a company in an amount exceeding $250.

October 27, 2017 - 5:46pm
posted by Billie Owens in assemblyman steve hawley, veterans, Announcements, news.

Press release:

On Thursday, Assemblyman Steve Hawley (R,C,I-Batavia) praised the signing of legislation to extend property tax exemptions to eligible U.S. veterans to include school taxes. These exemptions would extend the veterans’ property tax exemption to include school taxes in New York State and will ease financial burdens faced by veterans as they transition back to civilian life.

“As Americans, we owe it all to the brave men and women who fought to defend our country,” Hawley said. “Extending tax exemptions to veterans is one small way we can positively impact their post-military lives. I applaud the signing of this legislation and I hope veterans across the state will benefit from these additional tax exemptions.”

At this time, state property tax laws provide partial property tax exemptions to qualified veterans of the U.S. military, but these exemptions didn’t include school taxes. In 2013 and 2016 the alternative veterans’ property tax exemption and Cold War property tax exemptions were revised to give school districts the option of allowing exemptions. With this signed legislation, all three veterans’ property tax exemptions would apply to school taxes.

October 27, 2017 - 5:38pm
posted by Billie Owens in STOP-DWI, news.

Press release:

Genesee County STOP-DWI Coordinator Matt Landers announced today that the Genesee County Sheriff’s Office, the City of Batavia Police Department and the Village of Le Roy Police Department will participate in a special enforcement effort to crackdown on impaired driving.

The statewide STOP-DWI Crackdown efforts start today and will end on Wednesday, Nov. 1st. New York State Police, County Sheriff and municipal law enforcement agencies across the state will be out in force.

Halloween is meant to be scary, but not when it comes to driving. When it comes to impaired driving Halloween can turn the roads into a horror fest. While we spend time trick or treating and hosting parties with our loved ones, law enforcement officers across New York State will take to the roads in an effort to stop impaired driving, prevent injuries and save lives.

Research shows that high-visibility enforcement can reduce impaired driving fatalities by as much as 20 percent. Sobriety checkpoints play a key part in raising awareness about the problem. Tragically, Halloween impaired-driving fatalities are on the rise. There were 55 deaths on Halloween night in 2015, up from 17 in 2011—and steadily increasing each year in between. If you plan to go out with the ghouls and goblins to enjoy an adult beverage, make sure you plan a safe ride home before you leave the house. Even if you “only have a couple,” you are in no shape to drive.

The STOP-DWI Halloween Weekend Crackdown is one of many statewide enforcement initiatives promoted by the New York State STOP-DWI Association with additional funding from the Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee and implemented by the STOP-DWI Foundation. Throughout the remainder of the year the Statewide STOP-DWI Crackdown Campaign will also target Thanksgiving and the national Holiday Season in December.

While STOP-DWI efforts across New York have led to significant reductions in the numbers of alcohol- and drug-related fatalities, still too many lives are being lost because of crashes caused by drunk or impaired drivers.

Highly visible, highly publicized efforts like the STOP-DWI Crackdown Campaign aim to further reduce the incidence of drunk and impaired driving. Let’s make memories, not nightmares! Have a safe and happy Halloween Weekend!

October 27, 2017 - 5:21pm

Press release:

City of Batavia firefighters are proud to announce the winners of their 5th Annual Fire Prevention Contest.

Grade K-1:

  • First Place -- Olivia Bezon, St. Joseph School, Ms. Zambito, First Grade
  • Second Place -- Elliana Therrien, St. Joseph School, Ms. Zambito, First Grade
  • Third Place -- Alaska-Vela Fenton, Jackson Primary School, Mrs. Bigsby, First Grade

Grade 2-3:

  • First Place -- Luci DiRisio, John Kennedy School, Mrs. Grant, Third Grade
  • Second Place -- Samantha Morabito, St. Joseph School, Mrs. Clattenburg, Third Grade
  • Third Place -- Kate Woodward, St. Paul Lutheran School, Mrs. Porter, Third Grade

Grade 4-5:

  • First Place -- Allison Debo, St. Paul Lutheran School, Mrs. Porter, Fifth Grade
  • Second Place -- Celes Paratore, St. Paul Lutheran School, Mrs. Porter, Fourth Grade
  • Third Place -- Lucia Zambito, St. Joseph School, Fourth Grade

The First Place winner of each group will receive a ride to school on a City Fire Engine, dates TBA.

An awards luncheon will be held from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. tomorrow, Oct. 28, at the Fire Station on Evans Street for all first-, second-, and third-place winners. These students and their families are encouraged to attend.

Thank you to all the teachers and students who participated in this year’s contest and Congratulations to our winners!

Greg Ireland
Lieutenant, City of Batavia Firefighters

October 27, 2017 - 4:57pm

Information provided by Genesee Valley Wind Ensemble.

The Genesee Valley Wind Ensemble will perform an Autumn Concert beginning at 4 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 19, in the Alexander Central Auditorium. It is located at 3314 Buffalo St. in Alexander.

Philip J. Briatico is the conductor.

These are the works to be featured:

  • "Life Dances" -- William Himes -- featuring Guest ConductorJohn Maguda
  • "Moorside March" -- Holst -- featuring Member Conductor Katherine Robinson
  • Irish Tune from County Derry -- Percy Aldridge Grainger
  • "Joy" -- Frank Tichelli
  • "Emblem of Unity" -- J.J. Richards
  • Highlights from "Fiddler on the Roof"
  • A tribute to Stevie Wonder in concert
  • "Climb to Glory" -- William Palange (Veterans Day)
  • "March of the Trolls" -- Edvard Grieg, arr. Beck
  • "Chester" -- William Schuman

Admission prices are:

  • $10 -- Adult
  • $8 -- Senior (55+) & Veteran
  • $5 -- Student (with ID)
  • Free -- Children 5 years old & under
  • $25 -- Family Deal -- for immediate family and children as defined by mother and/or father and up to four (4) children.

The purpose of the GVWE is to serve and to provide the Greater Genesee Valley audience with new and familiar live music, to serve its membership with the opportunity to perform challenging wind ensemble literature and to create the opportunity for the conductor and musicians to grow their collective musical talents.

The Genesee Valley Wind Ensemble is based in Batavia.

This program is made possible, in part, by the Reach Grant program administered by the Genesee-Orleans Regional Arts Council.

Contact: [email protected]

October 27, 2017 - 4:28pm

Press release:

The Genesee County Office of Emergency Management is pleased to announce the appointment of Christina Marinaccio as County Fire Instructor for Genesee County effective October 2017.

Marinaccio is an active member of the Le Roy Fire Department and the Genesee County Emergency Support Unit. She is currently employed as a City of Batavia firefighter.

Her responsibilities as County Fire Instructor include conducting fire training and instruction in fire prevention and control in accordance with the New York State Fire Training Program.

October 27, 2017 - 3:42pm

Press release:

The Batavia Police Department will be participating in the DEA’s 2017 National Prescription Drug Take-Back initiative on Saturday, Oct. 28.

The event will be held in the rear parking lot of the Batavia Police Department (10 W. Main St.) between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Citizens can turn in their unwanted, unneeded, or expired prescription drugs for safe disposal.

The National Prescription Drug Take-Back addresses a vital public safety and public health issue. Many Americans are not aware that medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the United States are at alarming rates, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs.

Studies show that many abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet. In addition, many Americans do not know how to properly dispose of their unused medicine, often flushing them down the toilet or throwing them away – both potential safety and health hazards.

Two other disposal sites are in Genesee County, and these also have collection hours between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. tomorrow.

  • Sheriff's deputies will staff collection at Pembroke Town Highway Barns, routes 5 & 77, East Pembroke
  • Le Roy Police at Village Hall, 3 W. Main St., Village of Le Roy (near routes 5 & 19)

(For previously posted press release on how this initiative helps the Great Lakes and New York waterways, click here.)

October 27, 2017 - 3:34pm
posted by Billie Owens in sports, Announcements, Le Roy, news, traditional martial arts.

Press release:

The fifth annual Traditional Martial Arts Association Tournament will be held Saturday, Nov. 4, at the Le Roy High School Gym, with eliminations starting at 10 a.m.

The Tournament will consist of Sparring (point fighting), Individual Kata (forms), Team Kata, Weapons Kata, and Self Defense.

Tournament organizers are Soke William Cavalier (Livonia Tatsu Do School), Hanshi Dick Borrell ( Borrell’s Karate Academy Batavia), and Renshi Fred Merica (Le Roy Karate & Self Defense Center/ Main Street Fitness). All three have been close associates and tournament/ clinic organizers for the past 40 years.

Ages of competitors will start as young as 4 years old with no age limit. We have had competitors in the past well into their 70s. Divisions are broken down by skill level and age.

Spectators are welcome at $5 each and students at $4 each. To see a flier go to and click the link at top of page “November 2017 TMAA Tournament- Download Flyer” or call 585-414-3181.

There will also be a breaking demonstration at noon. They break everything from boards, bricks, coconuts, and Louisville Sluggers with their shins.

Anyone interested to help be a scorekeeper please call 585-414-3181 for more information, minimum -- 15 years old, no experience needed.

Tournament sponsors are:

    Northwoods Sporting Club / Le Roy

    Cameron Construction/ Le Roy

    Ben’s Appliances/ Batavia 

    Le Roy Karate & Self Defense Center/ Le Roy 

    Borrell’s Karate Academy/ Batavia 

    Livonia Tatsu Do Karate/ Livonia 

October 27, 2017 - 3:25pm
posted by Billie Owens in assemblyman steve hawley, news.

Assemblyman Steve Hawley (R,C,I-Batavia) [left of sign] poses with Assemblyman Michael Cusick (D-Staten Island) [right of sign] at Decker Farms in Staten Island.

Submitted photos and press release:

In a show of bipartisanship and in response to several Downstate legislators touring his district this past summer, Assemblyman Steve Hawley (R,C,I-Batavia) departed Wednesday night to tour Staten Island with Democratic state lawmaker Michael Cusick (D-Staten Island) and Long Island with Republican lawmaker Michael Fitzpatrick (R-Smithtown).

“Cooperation and benevolence between our political parties is so rare in today’s political climate, and that is why I am eager to tour some areas of the state with an open mind and focus on improving our state for all residents, because at the end of the day, we are all New Yorkers and our goal is to leave our children a better state than we found it,” Hawley said.

“I thoroughly enjoyed having my downstate colleagues visit my district and I think they gained some added perspective and insight, my goal is to accomplish the same this week.”

The group will visit Freshkills Park, one of the largest park developments in New York City, Decker Farms, Joe & Pat’s Pizza and Empire Outlets, a proposed shopping park in Staten Island featuring over 100 stores.

The group will also tour the district represented by Assemblyman Michael Fitzpatrick (R,C,I-Smithtown), including a tour of various types of agriculture on Long Island hosted by Rob Carpenter, President of the Long Island Farm Bureau. Carpenter will accompany them to the Green Harbor Craft Brewery and Sparkling Pointe Vineyard and Winery. They will visit the North Fork Potato Chip Factory as well. 

Assemblyman Hawley represents the 139th District, which consists of Genesee, Orleans and parts of Monroe County. For more information, please visit Assemblyman Hawley’s official website.

Below Assemblyman Steve Hawley (R,C,I-Batavia) [left], Assemblyman Matt Titone (D-Staten Island)[center], and Assemblyman Michael Cusick (D-Staten Island) [right] grab lunch at Joe & Pat’s Pizza on Staten Island, a local staple. 

October 27, 2017 - 3:19pm
posted by Billie Owens in harness racing, sports, Batavia Downs.

Photo of Who Says That with reinsman Ray Fisher Jr., coustesy of Paul White.

By Tim Bojarski, for Batavia Downs

Following loosely third for the entire mile, Who Says That found late pace and rallied strong to capture the $10,000 Fillies and Mares Open Pace at Batavia Downs on Wednesday evening (Oct. 25).

Sportsmuffler (Jim Morrill Jr.) left swiftly around Voltina (Kevin Cummings) and proceeded to take the field to the quarter in :27.2. At that point Who Says That (Ray Fisher Jr.) was a gapped-third, about five lengths from the leader. The mares stayed in single file to the half when Hey Kobe (Denny Bucceri) came first up and tried to approach the front-runner. As the pack went by three-quarters in 1:26.1, the outer flow bid failed allowing Voltina to pop the pocket from second and circle Sportsmuffler around the last turn. At the head of the stretch Voltina cleared and looked like she was a winner. But Who Says That had stayed close behind Voltina and had plenty of pace left coming home to win by a length in 1:54.4.

It was the fourth win in the last eight starts and the sixth win of the year for Who Says That ($6.20) who now has earned $43,981 for owners Vogel & Wags Nags Stable, Chris Shambo and Jack Rice. The 6-year-old daughter of Badlands Hanover is trained by Maria Rice.

In the $8,000 Fillies and Mares Open II Sarah Cola (Billy Davis Jr.) went wire to wire in 1:55.3, outdueling the winningest standardbred in North America this year, Quicksilvercandy A (Larry Stalbaum) down the lane for a neck victory. Sarah Cola ($6) is owned by Giuseppe Micchia and Jim Graham, who also does the training.

Kevin Cummings led all drivers with four wins on the night while Billy Davis Jr. was right behind him with three tallies.

Racing resumes at Batavia Downs tonight (Oct. 27) with post time set for 6 o'clock.

October 27, 2017 - 3:06pm
posted by Billie Owens in education, college scholarship, Announcements.

Press release:

ONEONTA, NY—To underscore its commitment to providing an affordable education to students from the Empire State, Hartwick College officials have announced The Hartwick College Founders’ Award, a guaranteed tuition grant of $10,000 per year.

The $10,000 guaranteed grant will be awarded to each newly enrolled first-year and transfer student who is a resident of New York state. Grants will be awarded to new students beginning in the fall of 2018.

While Hartwick educates students from every state and dozens of countries, historically 75 percent of the College’s students hail from New York. Founded in 1797, and as one of the oldest colleges in the nation, Hartwick has deep ties and a commitment to the citizens of New York State.

“This new award is intended to send a clear message to families from New York state that we understand their concerns about college affordability,” said President Margaret L. Drugovich. “We chose the name ‘Founders’ Award’ as a tribute to the many generous supporters of the College who have made a Hartwick education affordable for students over these last two centuries.

"Many Hartwick alumni have told me that they could not have obtained their Hartwick education except for the generosity of others. The Founders’ Award continues that tradition.”

New students who enroll at Hartwick starting in the fall of 2018, and who remain enrolled and in good academic standing, will receive a $10,000 Founder’s Award for each year of their enrollment. Because Hartwick is committed to experiential education that has a positive, global impact, there are no eligibility income limits or post-graduation residency requirements. Students who enroll in the College’s innovative Three-Year Bachelor’s Degree Program are also eligible for this award.

The Hartwick College Founders’ Award will provide the foundation of each New York State student’s financial aid award. Students may also qualify for additional college grants, scholarships, and other forms of financial aid based upon their eligibility. No special grant application is required; students need simply apply for admission to Hartwick and file the Federal Free Application for Federal Student Assistance (FAFSA).

“The Hartwick College Founders’ Award is another example of our commitment to providing a high-quality, affordable education for our students and their families,” said Vice President for Enrollment Management Karen McGrath. “We’re pleased to offer this no-strings-attached award to the college-bound students of New York, and to continue the longstanding tradition of educating New York’s next generation of global citizens.”

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Hartwick College is a private liberal arts and sciences college of 1,500 students, located in Oneonta, NY, in the northern foothills of the Catskill Mountains. Hartwick's expansive curriculum emphasizes an experiential approach to the liberal arts. Through personalized teaching, collaborative research, a distinctive January Term, a wide range of internships, and vast study-abroad opportunities, Hartwick ensures that students are prepared for not just their first jobs, but for the world ahead. A Three-Year Bachelor's Degree Program and strong financial aid and scholarship offerings keep a Hartwick education affordable.

October 26, 2017 - 2:43pm
posted by Billie Owens in crime, news, batavia, notify.

(Police mug shot of Joshua Gurto.)

State trooopers and Sheriff's deputies, and a canine unit from each agency, are scouring the area around exit 48 on the Thruway for a man a caller described as looking somewhat like the suspect wanted in Ohio for raping and murdering a 13-month-old girl on Oct. 7.

They have been on scene around the Batavia exit for about an hour.

The man is said to be bearded and wearing a hoodie and he's on foot, having been spotted north of the exit 48 overpass, then crossing where there's a strip of concrete median and heading west.

It's unknown if he is actually the suspect, who is Joshua Gurto, a 37-year-old from Conneaut, Ohio.

UPDATE 2:48 p.m.: BOCES was put on lockdown during the manhunt, but that has now been lifted. The search is expected to terminate soon.

UPDATE 2:50 p.m.: Gurto is described as a 5-foot-10, 145-pound male with a deformed right ear, misaligned jaw and tattoos on his right forearm. The person spotted earlier this afternoon in Batavia so far has not been located.

UPDATE 3:03 p.m.: Law enforcement is preparing to leave. The pedestrian was not found.

October 25, 2017 - 4:54pm
posted by Billie Owens in Stafford, news, Christmas 2017.

The biggest Christmas lights display in Genesee County is going dark for 2017.

Jim and Connie DiSalvo, who live at 9180 Fargo Road in Stafford, are simply taking a break.

"We're going on hiatus, this would have been our 20th year," Jim DiSalvo said. "We usually start preparing in late September and early October. We're planning on having them back next year -- bigger and better."

That's quite a statement considering that over the years they have ramped up the spectacle to include more than one million light bulbs, more than 300 characters, and an underground network of electrical cables crisscrossing the property that, if stretched out end to end, would span two miles. 

Not long after making their decision, wouldn't you know it, the national limelight beckoned.

Producers for the seasonal ABC network TV show "The Great Christmas Light Fight" contacted the DiSalvos months ago about being featured on the popular reality series of Christmas lighting one-upmanship. In it, select families across America are followed as they turn their properties into illuminated beacons of all things Christmas. The winner gets a lot of money.

Nonetheless, the DiSalvos stuck to their plans.

Maybe they'll get another shot at the show another time, maybe not.

But fleeting fame, fierce competition, and certainly not the lure of prize money, have ever been the point.

People, particularly littles ones, are why they've kept it going all these years.

"Last year was the biggest ever, some nights more than a thousand came here," Jim DiSalvo said. 

Families meandered for an hour or two around all the displays, walked along the lit paths, across the bridges spanning the streams, and down the illuminated hillsides.

And Kids' Night is held on the second Tuesday in December. The couple's son, Sam DiSalvo, serves on a Boy Scout committee that organizes hundreds of Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, Cubs and Brownies to visit Santa and Mrs. Claus there, in person. Every child receives a toy.

"It's a lot of fun," Jim said in a 2008 wintertime interview with The Batavian. "There is nothing I enjoy more than walking outside on a night like this and seeing the cars and the people. It was all for the kids."

It's also a lot of work.

All of the planning, implementation, maintenance, storage, organization takes great time and effort.

As they begin to gear up for the year's light show early each fall, they unpack all the precisely stored strings of lights, which are tested before being put away at the end of each season. 

By Oct. 24, the lights are all out and retested. Electrical outlets are staked by boulders and nearly every tree.

"This would have been an easy year, we have a great fall," Jim noted.

Between four and six men are put to work setting things up.

The crew gets busy decorating a half-mile of acreage from the top of one hill along the little valley to the opposite hilltop, which is named "like English houses are named" -- in this case "Swallowvale" after the swarms of insect-eating swallows that descend on the DiSalvos' 160 acres of land a couple of months each spring like clockwork.

The frontage area by the main house is chock full of eyecatching things, the amount would cover about two football fields.

"There are five electrical services feeding two miles of underground cable," Jim said, like having five houses powered up on your front lawn.

More than 500 extension cords are put to use, by one previous estimate, and at least four 200-amp generators power the show.

At 4:30 on Thanksgiving afternoon, the power is flipped on. Voila! Another Christmas season begins.

People come from all over to see Fargo Road's Christmas lights. Other property owners there also put up lights and decorate their properties beautifully. Over the years, the view down Fargo Road off Route 5 was become appreciably brighter from one Christmas to the next, with more homes adding to the spirit-lifting mix.

A week before Kids' Night in December, Sam arranges for high school juniors and seniors to the tour the property, with him as their guide. He gives them pointers for how to keep the children in line, what to draw attention to, various points of interest along the route, etc.

Adding to the festive atmosphere is music. The DiSalvos have Christmas songs continually playing on an endless loop from dusk until 10 or 11 at night. They can be heard from the street in any given weekend's bumper-to-bumper traffic, thanks to two very large speakers and a 250-watt amp.

Alas, countless bulb replacements later, sometime in the first week of Janurary, the power is turned off and everything is disassembled, checked and tested, then stored away.

Must cost a pretty penny to run all that electricity for six weeks during winter.

How expensive is it?

"Define 'expensive'? Depends on the person. When people ask me about it, my standard answer is 'Two little squirrels running in a cage and they generate electricity.' -- And if you believe that..."

Then you'll believe his short answer to "How much?"

"A nickel."

(All are file photos of DiSalvo family property on Fargo Road, Stafford, from 2010.)

October 25, 2017 - 9:00am
posted by Billie Owens in business, Genesee Feeds.
Press release:
Genesee Feeds, a Purina® Certified Expert Dealer, is announcing its 2017 Purina® Check-R-Board® Days, a customer appreciation event. Please join them at Batavia Downs, located at 8315 Park Road in Batavia, on Nov. 8 to help thems celebrate their 25th Anniversary.
Hors d'oeuvres and refreshments will be served from 5 to 7 p.m. during this special event.
Don't miss out on our Purina Feed Giveaway! One lucky winner will win a ton of Purina Feed! Please RSVP by visiting our store, Genesee Feeds located at 3860 W. Main Street Road or by calling 585-344-3231 by Nov. 1.
Customers will also have the opportunity to enter in the national 2017 Purina® Check-R-Board® Days Sweepstakes for their chance to win a 2017 Polaris® Ranger Utility Vehicle, a Trip-for-Two to the Purina® Animal Nutrition Center, or Orion® 65 Cooler.* See store for official rules.
“We are proud to serve the residents of our community and thank them for their continued loyalty,” Lee Winters, dealer. “We invite everyone to come celebrate our 2017 Purina® Check-R-Board® Days with us!” 
Purina Animal Nutrition LLC ( is a national organization serving producers, animal owners and their families through more than 4,700 local cooperatives, independent dealers and other large retailers throughout the United States. Driven to unlock the greatest potential in every animal, the company is an industry-leading innovator offering a valued portfolio of complete feeds, supplements, premixes, ingredients and specialty technologies for the livestock and lifestyle animal markets. Purina Animal Nutrition LLC is headquartered in Shoreview, Minn., and a wholly owned subsidiary of Land O’Lakes Inc.
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* NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. Open to legal residents of the U.S.A. & D.C., the age of majority. Enter in-store. Maximum of one entry per person. See Official Rules in store at participating retailers. To find a local retailer visit Sweepstakes starts 1/1/17 and ends 12/31/17. All entries must be postmarked by 12/31/17. Sweepstakes void where prohibited. Sponsor: Purina Animal Nutrition LLC.
October 25, 2017 - 8:56am
posted by Billie Owens in Le Roy, news.

The elementary school at 2 Trigon Park in Le Roy has been evacuated due to the smell of natural gas in the building. Le Roy fire is responding.

UPDATE 9 a.m.: Fire command confirms the odor of natural gas and calls for a rep from RG&E to respond and calls for a ladder truck from Caledonia to the scene.

UPDATE 9:07 a.m.: RG&E has been contacted but did not provide an ETA.

UPDATE 9:19 a.m.: Caledonia is now on location.

October 23, 2017 - 4:18pm
posted by Billie Owens in Veterans Day, batavia, Le Roy, business, news, Announcements.

Press release:

Tops Friendly Markets, a leading full-service grocery retailer with a store in Batavia and one in Le Roy, announced today that the company will offer military personnel and their immediate families an 11-percent discount off of their grocery bill this Veterans Day.

On Saturday, Nov. 11, Tops Markets will honor an 11-percent discount off of a total order to all veterans and immediate family members in the same household, who shop at any Tops location.

Customers should present proof of service that they, or an immediate family member are a U.S. veteran, active duty, reserve or retired military personnel to automatically receive an 11-percent discount off of their total purchase that day.

“The respect and gratitude we have for the people who serve and have served in the military is immeasurable, and for that we are forever grateful,” said Frank Curci, Tops chairman and chief executive officer.

“We wanted to support local military personnel by giving back to our associates and customers who have courageously defended our country and made many sacrifices through their military service.”

Tops is a longtime supporter of military associates and customers. The company’s actions include support of Honor Flight Missions, Wounded Warriors, American Veterans Traveling Tribute Wall, sending care packages for troops serving domestically and overseas, participation in veteran job fairs, parades and expos and a myriad of other veterans events.

October 23, 2017 - 4:08pm
posted by Billie Owens in business, news, chamber of commerce, annual awards.

Press release:

The Chamber’s Annual Awards Committee has announced the Annual Award Ceremony for 2017 honorees will be held on Saturday, March 3, at The Quality Inn & Suites, Park Road, Batavia (formerly The Clarion Hotel). This is the County’s premier event that honors businesses and individuals for their achievements in business, community service and volunteerism.     

Please note that a brief write-up will qualify your nominee for consideration. Nominations are now being accepted for Business of the Year, Entrepreneurial Business of the Year, Agricultural Business of the Year, Innovative Enterprise of the Year, Special Service Recognition & Geneseeans of the Year. 

Business Nominees must be a Chamber Member (If unsure of your nominee, call the Chamber to verify).   

Nomination forms are available at the Chamber of Commerce office, 8276 Park Road, Batavia and can also be down loaded from the Chamber Website at

Nominations MUST BE RECEIVED BY Dec. 29 to be eligible for consideration.

If you would like more information, feel free to call Kelly J. Bermingham, director of Member Relations & Special Events at the Chamber office, 343-7440, ext. 1026.

October 23, 2017 - 3:59pm
posted by Billie Owens in crime, batavia, news, scanner.

The larceny of a pumpkin was reported in the vicinity of East Main and Liberty streets in the City of Batavia. The complainant says there's a "known suspect" in the case and has contacted the dispatch center. A police officer will be following up on the lead.




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