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December 3, 2015 - 3:35pm
posted by Billie Owens in sports, harness racing, Batavia Downs.

Photo of Mach This Way with driver Ron Beback Jr., courtesy of Paul White.

By Tim Bojarski, Batavia Downs Media Relations

It was round two of the heavyweight fight between Mach This Way and Memumsnotnice in the $9,500 distaff pacing feature at Batavia Downs on Wednesday night (Dec. 2) and when the race was run, Mach This Way avenged last week's result. 

In a complete role reversal from a week ago, Memumsnotnice (Ray Fisher Jr.) was forced to sit in second as Mach This Way (Ron Beback Jr.) forced her way to the lead and made it clear that no one else would head her. Then over a rain-soaked track, they proceeded to splash to the half in :57.3.

As the girls made their way past three-quarters, Mach This Way and Memumsnotnice separated themselves from the rest of the field and it became a two-horse race at the top of the lane. From there, Memumsnotnice pulled and tried to overtake, but Mach This Way dug in and toughed-out a solid length victory in 1:57.

It was the seventh win of the year for Mach This Way ($3.30), including four wins in six consecutive Batavia Downs starts and the winners share enhanced her financial situation to $55,130 for owner William Emmons. James Clouser Jr. trains the 6-year-old daughter of Mach Three.

Several horsemen had multi-win evenings. Ron Beback Jr. scored a driving triple while Kevin Cummings registered a double. Trainers Kirk Desmond, James Clouser Jr. and Russell Bratt all sent two winners to post.

Live racing resumes at Batavia Downs on Friday (Dec. 4) with post time at 6:15 p.m.

December 3, 2015 - 3:25pm
posted by Billie Owens in fire, east pembroke.

A possible structure fire is reported at 8979 Wilkinson Road, East Pembroke. The house is said to be filled with smoke although no flames are visible. East Pembroke Fire Department and Mercy medics are responding, along with an engine from Town of Batavia, as mutual aid.

UPDATE 3:28 p.m.: All available manpower from East Pembroke Fire Department is called to respond to the confirmed, working structure fire. Also called to the scene are Darien, Oakfield and Alexander fire departments. Pembroke is asked to fill in at East Pembroke's fire hall.

UPDATE 3:39 p.m.: Elba Fire Department is asked to fill in at Town of Batavia Fire Station #1.

UPDATE 3:56 p.m.: Fire is out.

December 2, 2015 - 5:47pm
posted by Billie Owens in batavia, accidents.

A car vs. pedestrian accident is reported in the parking lot at 16 Bank St. The patient is conscious and alert and states she has face and hand injuries. City fire and Mercy medics are responding.

December 2, 2015 - 5:26pm
posted by Billie Owens in accidents, batavia.

A two-car accident with unknown injuries is reported at 5267 Clinton Street Road. Town of Batavia Fire Department and Mercy medics are responding.

December 1, 2015 - 7:12pm
posted by Billie Owens in accident, pembroke.

A two-car accident with unknown injuries is reported at the intersection of Gilmore and Akron roads. Pembroke and Indian Falls fire department are dispatched along with Mercy medics.

UPDATE 7:29 p.m.: Command reports there are no injuries and tells responding units to remain in quarters.

December 1, 2015 - 7:55am
posted by Billie Owens in agriculture, business, beef production, dairy.

Press release:

If you are thinking about adding a new profitable enterprise to your dairy or beef operation, dairy beef production could be a natural fit. If you would like to learn more about raising dairy beef, Cornell Cooperative Extension and JBS meat packers will be hosting this meeting at the Cooperative Extension Education Center in Albion to discuss the production and marketing of dairy beef.

Cornell University Beef Cattle Specialist, Dr. Mike Baker will discuss the beef cattle cycle, and rations that can be used when raising dairy beef. Livestock Specialist, Capital Area Agriculture and Horticulture Program, Tom Gallagher, will discuss vaccination programs for dairy steers and dairy beef quality assurance. Vice President for Cattle Procurement at JBS, Larry Rose, from Greely, Colo., will give an overview of JBS, including a feedlot leased by JBS in Nicholville, marketing dairy beef and risk management in regard to raising beef.

Please register for one of these programs below by Dec. 2 to give us an accurate lunch count. There will be no charge to attend these educational events but your timely registration guarantees a lunch.

Dec. 7, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Cornell Cooperative Extension Office Orleans County

12690 NY-31, Albion, NY 14411

Contact Cathy Wallace to register at 585-343-3040, ext. 138 or e-mail[email protected]


Dec. 8, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Tally Ho Restaurant

14 Main St., Richfield Springs, NY 14411

Contact Cathy Wallace to register at 585-343-3040, ext. 138 or e-mail[email protected].

December 1, 2015 - 7:48am
posted by Billie Owens in agriculture, dairy farmers, heifer raisers, business.

Press release:

Calf & Heifer Congress 2015 – “Manage What Matters” will take place in East Syracuse on Tuesday and Wednesday, Dec. 15-16, at the Doubletree Hotel. This exciting program will cover topics pertinent to replacement heifer management from birth to calving, and is once again planned and coordinated by Cornell Cooperative Extension’s Northwest New York Dairy, Livestock and Field Crops Team.

An excellent slate of speakers and outstanding dairy producers will deliver practical information of interest to dairy producers, industry, extension personnel and college staff alike. Numerous supporters to this two day conference will be on hand with displays and representatives to visit with attendees about ways to achieve superior results in the heifer enterprise.

Several standout speakers this year include Dr. Sheila McGuirk of the University of Wisconsin and Dr. Franklyn Garry of Colorado State University, who will discuss the impacts of dystocia, health risk assessment and strategies for disease control. In addition, Dr. Mike Van Amburgh of Cornell University and Dr. Bob Corbett of Dairy Health Consultation will delve into the research, biology and field experiences of providing consistent, superior management from birth to calving.

For more conference information including the complete agenda, cost, lodging, meals and registration details go to You may register with a credit card on-line or print off a form to fill out and mail in with payment by check.

Accommodations for persons with special needs may be requested by contacting Cathy Wallace at 585-343-3040, ext.138 or [email protected] by Dec. 5.

December 1, 2015 - 7:31am

Press release:

The Genesee Community College’s Accelerated College Enrollment (ACE) Program and Genesee County Youth Bureau are partnering to offer Genesee County juniors and seniors the Genesee County Youth Lead Program.

The program is focused on developing leadership skills within an individual through each specific session and through hands on experience. The Youth Lead Program will take place at Genesee Community College beginning Jan. 16th from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and will be held weekly for eight weeks alternating between field trips and class sessions.

The program will cost $55 and students will earn one college credit through Genesee Community College. If there is an economic hardship please contact the Genesee County Youth Bureau.

Please contact the Genesee County Youth Bureau with questions or to obtain an application at (585)344-3960or at [email protected]. Applications are due on Dec. 18.

December 1, 2015 - 7:21am
posted by Billie Owens in GCC, The Hour of Code, computer science, education.

Press release:

Computing occupations make up two-thirds of all projected new jobs in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) fields according to the latest employment projections released by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Yet while computers are everywhere, fewer schools are teaching computer science than 10 years ago. In addition, girls, women and minorities are underrepresented in the computer industry. 

To address this concern, the STEM Enrichment program at Genesee Community College (GCC) is hosting a local site for "The Hour of Code" on Saturday, Dec. 12. GCC is joining the worldwide Hour of Code initiative where Computer Science has been posted on homepages of Google, MSN, Yahoo! and Disney. More than 100 partners have joined together to support this movement. Last year, every Apple Store in the world hosted an Hour of Code and even President Obama wrote his first line of code as part of the campaign.

GCC has invited all of its STEM enrichment students, as well as their friends and family members to join the largest learning event in history: The Hour of Code. The week-long event is being held across the globe from Dec. 7 through 13.

Founded in 2013, The Hour of Code is a nonprofit organization with more than 100 partners – all focused on helping today's generation of students be ready to learn critical skills for 21st Century success. Go to for more details, including a Ted Talk featuring founder Hadi Partovi. 

Participating GCC students will gather in the College's state-of-the-art computer classrooms on the second floor of the Conable Technology Building from 10 a.m. to noon on Dec. 12. They will have an engaging overview of computer science career opportunities, and complete one hour of hands-on computer programming. 

GCC's STEM enrichment program is operated by the College's ACE (Accelerated College Enrollment) Office, and provides a variety of opportunities for students in grades seven – 12 to connect with STEM through non-credit and college credit courses at GCC.

For more information contact: Karlyn M. Finucane, ACE program specialist, 585-343-0055, ext. 6320

December 1, 2015 - 7:12am
posted by Billie Owens in GCC Alumni Hall of Fame.

Press release:

Since 2007, nearly 30 outstanding graduates of Genesee Community College have been inducted into GCC's Alumni Hall of Fame. The College Foundation knows there are many more outstanding graduates who've made a lasting impact on their communities and invites nominations for the 2016 Alumni Hall of Fame. Submissions are due by Dec. 31.

Candidates nominated for the Alumni Hall of Fame should be individuals who've contributed significantly to their profession and have provided distinguished service to the community and/or service to Genesee Community College. Nominees must have completed their GCC degree at least ten years prior to nomination. Past inductees have represented a wide variety of career fields, from law enforcement to economic development.

Nominations may be submitted by the nominee or by friends, family, work associates or other colleagues who are familiar with the nominee. Nomination forms can be downloaded from GCC's alumni Web site and emailed or sent to the College's Alumni office.

A selection committee will choose honorees. New inductees will be honored at a reception in March, and their photo and a short biography will be featured on a plaque displayed in the Alumni Hall of Fame, located on the second floor of the Conable Technology Building. 

"The success of these graduates serves as an inspiration to all of us here at the College and the community at large," said Jackie Christenson, GCC Alumni coordinator. "We encourage those who know outstanding graduates to nominate them now."

Prior GCC Alumni Hall of Fame inductees include:

2015: Dr. Roger J. Klatt '82; Renee A. Garrett '93

2014: Lawrence Saupe '89; Stephen Tarbell '78

2013: Jeffrey M. Newland '87; Shannon R. Sauro '93; Christopher J. Suozzi '84; Andrew J. Young '89

2012: John H. DeWitt '69; Cynthia M. Howe '84; Daniel P. Ireland '92

2011: Jacquelyn Dwyer '76; Benjamin J. Bonarigo Esq '79; Matthew B. Locker '88

2010: James David Fraser '73; Cecilia A. Stearns '80; Dorothy A. Wentland '91

2009: Wanda Frank '99; Ellen Ryan '76; Paula J. Miller Schaefer '79; George E. Schaefer III '79

2008: Ann Bell '88; Gary Maha '76; Steven Hyde '82

2007: Joseph Bell '79; Paula Savage '76; Monica Hale Dawson '72; Lori Stupp '89; Jerry Reinhart '71; Margaret (Peggy) Weissend '99 '01

For details about their community contribution, please go to GCC's alumni Web page:

For more information, contact Alumni coordinator Jackie Christenson at (585) 343-0055 ext. 6265 or [email protected]

December 1, 2015 - 6:52am
posted by Billie Owens in agriculture, business.

Press release:

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) - Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) gives notice that it will hold the annual NRCS Local Work Group meeting for Genesee, Orleans and Niagara counties. These meetings are open to the public.

WHEN: Dec. 14
TIME: 2 - 4 p.m.

WHERE: USDA Service Center, Conference Room

                 29 Liberty St., Suite 3

                Batavia, NY 14020

The Local Work Group will focus on identifying agricultural and natural resource issues existing in your community and providing information and feedback to direct NRCS programs. Participants can be agricultural producers; owners of nonindustrial private forest land; representatives of agricultural and environmental organizations; and representatives of governmental agencies carrying out environmental, agricultural, or natural resource conservation programs and activities.

NRCS Local Work Groups are subcommittees of the NRCS State Technical Committee and they meet annually to provide recommendations on local natural resource priorities to assist USDA NRCS in providing Farm Bill program conservation programs in New York. For information about the State Technical Committee, contact Assistant State Conservationist for Programs, Tammy Willis at 315-477-6503.

To participate in your local conservation work group, visit your USDA Service Center. Directions and phone numbers to your local USDA Service Center can be found online at

December 1, 2015 - 6:46am
posted by Billie Owens in fire, bergen.

A grass fire is reported in the area of North Lake and Creamery roads. Bergen Fire Department is responding.

December 1, 2015 - 6:36am
posted by Billie Owens in steve hawley, town hall meetings.

Assemblyman Steve Hawley’s will hold four town hall meetings on Saturday, Dec. 5, in Genesee County. Here is the lineup:

Village of Alexander/Town of Alexander
9:30 - 10:15 a.m.

Alexander's Country Deli
10598 Main St.
Alexander, NY 14005

Town of Darien
10:30 - 11:15 a.m.

Johnny Bear's
1415 Broadway
Darien Center, NY 14040

Village of Corfu/Town of Pembroke
11:30 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.

Pembroke Town Hall
1145 Main Road
Corfu, NY 14036

Town of Alabama
12:30 - 1:15 p.m.

Alabama Town Hall
2218 Judge Road
Oakfield, NY 14125

November 30, 2015 - 10:13pm
posted by Billie Owens in accident, Stafford.


A car vs. horse accident with injuries is reported at 6684 Main Road in Stafford. Stafford Fire Department and Mercy medics are responding. The accident is blocking the roadway.

UPDATE 10:41 p.m.: The female driver of a compact sedan suffered cuts and other minor injuries after striking a horse that ran into the roadway from the south shoulder as she was headed eastbound on Route 5. She said it was dark and she didn't see the animal and had little time to react. The horse was killed upon impact. The driver was transported to a hospital for evaluation.

November 29, 2015 - 3:31pm
posted by Billie Owens in batavia, CO detector activation.

The CO detector went off inside the residence at 5 Prospect Ave. in the city and the occupants have ill effects, described as "flu-like symptoms." City fire and Mercy medics are responding.

November 29, 2015 - 12:48pm
posted by Billie Owens in accident, east pembroke.

A two-car crash, with unknown injuries, is reported in the area of 2514 Main Road, East Pembroke. It is near Church Street and is blocking traffic. East Pembroke Fire Department and Mercy medics are responding.

November 28, 2015 - 2:48pm
posted by Billie Owens in accident, batavia.

A motor-vehicle accident with a minor injury is reported on the eastbound Thruway at mile marker 392. Town of Batavia Fire Department and Mercy medics are responding.

November 28, 2015 - 12:23pm
posted by Billie Owens in accident, batavia.

A pedestrian has been struck by a vehicle and is injured at Ellicott and Jackson streets. City fire and Mercy medics are on scene.

UPDATE 12:37 p.m.: A car was turning left from Jackson Street onto Ellicott Street. The light was green and two pedestrians were crossing in the crosswalk, but the driver reported he did not see them and "bumped" into them. An adult female was transported to UMMC after being evaluated by a medic. She complained of hip pain. A child who was walking with her was not injured. The driver was cited by a police officer.

November 27, 2015 - 5:02pm
posted by Billie Owens in crime, byron.

Marissa Anne Brennan, 22, of North Byron Road, Byron, is charged with fourth-degree grand larceny. She was arrested on Nov. 21 after allegedly stealing property in excess of $1,000 on Nov. 17 on North Byron Road, Byron. She was jailed and bail set at $2,500. The case was handled by Sheriff's deputy Ryan DeLong, assisted by Deputy James Diehl.

November 27, 2015 - 5:00pm
posted by Billie Owens in GCC, encore, Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra.

Press release:

The Genesee Community College Foundation invites the community to enjoy the holiday season at Encore with the theme: "Nature's Bounty: Roots to Bloom."

The annual gala on Tuesday, Dec. 15, features seasonal music from the two-time Grammy Award winning Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, led by Associate Conductor Stefan Sanders. Encore raises funds for GCC student scholarships and will be chaired this year by Robert ('74) and Lori Bennett of Le Roy. Robert currently serves on the GCC Foundation Board of Directors.

Reservations for Encore: Nature's Bounty: Roots to Bloom are requested by Nov. 30. Questions can be directed to the GCC Foundation at (585) 345-6809 or via e-mail [email protected].

Proceeds from Encore support the GCC Foundation Scholarship Fund. Five Star Bank has again generously signed on to be the event's Benefactor Sponsor. Sponsorship support is available at the following levels:

•    Conductor's Circle - $1,000 entitles donor to six tickets for the event, including a prelude reception at 5 p.m. with BPO Associate Conductor Stefan Sanders;

•    Golden Baton Society - $600 and four tickets, including prelude reception;

•    Inner Circle - $300 and two tickets, including prelude reception;

•    Patron - $100 per ticket.

The event begins with a prelude sponsor reception at 5 p.m. in the lobby of the Stuart Steiner Theatre. Guests will have the opportunity to meet Conductor Sanders, who is making his first appearance at Genesee Community College's Encore Gala, and also artist, curator and collector Gerald Mead.

Guests can explore Mead's exhibition on display in the Roz Steiner Art Gallery which is entitled, "Of Niagara: Works from The Gerald Mead Collection." The exhibit features the work of 62 artists from Niagara County covering all media including an early 20th Century watercolor by Raphael Beck, designer of the seal for the 1901 Pan-American Exposition, and a 2014 digital photograph by Joe Ziolkowski, current instructor of Photography at GCC.

At 6 p.m., guests will move into the William W. Stuart Forum for a dinner reception with sensational food selections and a cash bar. After dinner, the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra takes the Stuart Steiner Theatre stage for a holiday pops concert lead by Conductor Sanders beginning at 8 p.m. The evening concludes with an exquisite dessert nightcap at 9:30 to be held in the Wolcott J. Humphrey III Student Union.

Sanders is an imaginative musician, devoted educator and ardent champion of many types of music. He holds the Montante Family Endowed Associate Conductor Chair with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, where he leads performances on the Classical and Popular series, as well as Education and Family concerts. In addition, Sanders is the new music director for the Greater Buffalo Youth Orchestra.

He has collaborated with an array of distinguished guest artists and orchestras including engagements with the Orquesta Sinfónica de Guayaquil (Ecuador), Virginia Symphony, Symphoria (Syracuse), Naples (Fla.) Philharmonic, and four Texas companies -- San Antonio Symphony, Austin Symphony Orchestra, Austin Lyric Opera, Corpus Christi Opera, as well as the Round Top International Festival Institute. Sanders makes his European debut with the Filharmonia Warminsko-Mazurska in Olsztyn, Poland, this season.

Prior to his conducting career, Sanders was an internationally renowned trombonist, performing as a soloist in North America, Asia and Europe, and was a member of the BPO's trombone section for seven seasons. He was invited by Sir Elton John to play in the orchestra for his Radio City Music Hall concerts in 2004, which was recorded for the Bravo Television Network.

He began his formal conducting studies at the University of Texas at Austin, studying as a fellow at the American Academy of Conducting at Aspen under the tutelage of maestros Robert Spano, Larry Rachleff and Hugh Wolff. He is a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin and the Juilliard School.




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