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August 1, 2015 - 9:01pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in Adams Welding, Stafford, business.

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Adams Welding & Fabrication hosted a customer appreciate/grand opening/sign unveiling party today at its location in Stafford. Standing with the glistening stainless steel sign are Tim Adams and Steve Foster.

Below, the celebration cake designed to look like a welding machine.

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August 1, 2015 - 8:56pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in antique truck show, Stafford, corfu.

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Paul Trowbridge with his 1969 Brockway truck at the annual antique truck show at the Stafford Fire Hall.

Trowbridge, a somewhat-retired farmer from Corfu, purchased the truck new for his farm in Corfu in 1969 and has owned it ever since. Brockway was a Cortland-based truck company. It's now out of business. Trowbridge said he bought it specifically because he wanted a truck built in New York.

The show continues on Sunday.

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August 1, 2015 - 8:43pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in Le Roy Fire Department, Le Roy, frostridge.

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Nancy Burke (left) shows off a firefighting-themed quilt she made during a fundraising event at Frostridge Campground for the Le Roy Volunteer Fire Department. The event included the waterslide (later in the afternoon) and appearance by the department's trucks, a chance auction and food. David and Greg Luetticke-Archbell have hosted an event honoring the fire department volunteers annually for the past several years. Also holding the quilt is Michelle Dries.

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August 1, 2015 - 8:35pm

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Mike Gringer, of Spencerport, hits his tee shot on hole #1 at Terry Hills this afternoon during the Ricky Palermo's Spinal Injury Research Golf & Dinner Extravaganza.

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Ricky Palermo

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Gavin Prout, Richard Furlong and Gee Nash with Palermo.

August 1, 2015 - 8:26pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in Genesee County Park, Boy Scouts, Troop 6, Eagle Scout.

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Tyler Gaus was joined by other members of Batavia's Boy Scout Troop 6 today in the parking lot of Batavia's Original for a car wash to raise funds for his Eagle Scout project. Gaus plans on revitalizing the volleyball courts at Genesee Valley Park, which he said needs weeds eliminated and the boundaries need to be better defined.

August 1, 2015 - 11:39am
posted by Traci Turner in Le Roy, business, personal preference.

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(Kate Parmenter, Lori Steinbrenner and Julie Laurie)

Personal Preference Salon and Spa on Main Street in Le Roy held its 25 year anniversary customer appreciation celebration last night.

Family, friends, clients and even owner Lori Steinbrenner's cosmetology teacher came out to commemorate the accomplishment.

Steinbrenner and her three other stylists, Julie Laurie, Linda White and Kate Parmenter serve clients old and young. The salon offers hair styling and coloring services, manicures, pedicures and waxing.

“I love what I do so it’s not a job,” Steinbrenner said. “My goal is to form personal connections with my clients and make them feel comfortable.”

Steinbrenner has been working as a hair stylist for 34 years. She has lived in Le Roy her entire life and couldn’t imagine having her business anywhere else. Before owning her own salon, she worked for nine years at the same location on Main Street when it was formerly called Bev’s Beauty Shop. Steinbrenner purchased the salon in 1990 and renamed it Personal Preference.

“Le Roy is a warm, cozy and inviting community,” Steinbrenner said. “I plan on staying in business for many more years.”

In the future, Steinbrenner is looking to expand and offer massages and facials.

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(Lori Steinbrenner with her family)

July 31, 2015 - 9:42pm

We've got another upgrade to Batavia's List (more to come).

The most recent five posts will appear on the home page of The Batavian, giving the posts additional exposure.  If you scroll down to the bottom of the home page you'll find a block containing the five most recent posts to Batavia's List.

Here's a sample of what you can post on Batavia's List:

  • Things you want to sell;
  • Things you want to buy;
  • Cars for sale;
  • Homes for sale;
  • Apartments for rent;
  • Jobs available or wanted (including day labor / gigs);
  • Garage/Yard sales;
  • Coupons for your business;
  • Business sales and specials, new items in your store;
  • Basically, anything related to commerce, whether as a business or private party.

Also, get a full year of free posts on Batavia's List for the super low price of $24.95. Click here to find out more.

Also, time is running out to order your T-shirts. (Join Batavia's List and we'll send you a free T-shirt along with $300 in gift certificates to local businesses).

And the final reminder of this post: We're giving away a free iPad Mini to one lucky Batavia's List poster. Post an ad of any kind by Sept. 1 for a chance to win. No purchase necessary.

E-mail [email protected] for a coupon code to get a free post to enter the contest.

July 31, 2015 - 5:09pm
posted by Traci Turner in batavia, health, UMMC, Oak Orchard Health, breastfeeding.

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Dozens of families attended the first local synchronized breastfeeding event at the Jerome Center this morning.

The Big Latch On was hosted by the United Memorial Medical Center and Oak Orchard Health WIC program to commemorate World Breastfeeding Week, Aug. 1-7. The week is celebrated in 120 countries. The first Big Latch On took place in Aotearoa, New Zealand, in 2005 and was held in Portland, Ore., in 2010.

Today's Big Latch On was the first local breastfeeding event in Genesee, Livingston, Orleans and Wyoming counties. Thirty-one nursing moms and a few dads with their children attended the event to show their support for breastfeeding. Families were entered into a raffle for a Vera Bradley diaper bag and other giveaways. The City of Batavia Fire Department also offered free car seat safety checks.

Maria Dentino, Oak Orchard Health WIC breastfeeding coordinator, gave out recognition awards to businesses that support breastfeeding families. The workplaces that received awards were Genesee County Court, Lucky Ducky Daycare, Lifetime Assistance, Wegmans in Brockport, Target in Greece, and the Greater Rochester International Airport. All of the recipients were nominated by local women.

"The goal is to celebrate Global Breast Feeding Week and raise awareness for the health benefits of breastfeeding," said Colleen Flynn, director of community relations at UMMC.

Breastfeeding has many health benefits some of which include reducing the risk of infant morbidity and mortality, diabetes and cardiovascular disease.

In addition to the event, UMMC's Baby Cafe is celebrating its one year anniversary. The educational support program for nursing moms and their children is held every Tuesday at 1 p.m. Moms can ask lactation counselors questions and socialize with other moms. So far, 80 moms and their children have attended the program.

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July 31, 2015 - 5:07pm
posted by Traci Turner in Le Roy, health, 58 On Main.

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A nutrition and wellness consultant from Le Roy offers advice on how to accomplish wellness goals and live healthier in her new book "90 Days to Holistic Wellness: Balancing Your Body, Mind, Heart and Soul."

Tracy Martorana, author and owner of Holisitc Wellness with Tracy, transformed her life by implementing a series of small changes into her daily routine and decided to write her first book to help people develop healthier and happier lifestyles in three months.

Martorana's book guides readers along a week-by-week program. Each week Matorana gives advice on a wellness topic and offers one small change readers can make to improve their lives. In order to be healthy, she believes people need to develop a balance in their lives so she focuses on a variety of topics including nutrition, meditation, exercising and journaling.

"I only ask my readers to make one change a week so it's not overwhelming," Martorana said. "For each small change, I offer several options so they can adjust the change to meet their daily lifestyles."

In addition to offering advice, she provides readers with tools for setting their own wellness goals and tracking their changes. The weekly sections also build upon the previous ones so the 12 small changes add up to a significant change.

"I chose 90 days because it's a long enough time for my readers to experience a decent return," Martorana said. "The goal is to have readers start to feel healthier and notice the benefits so they are inspired to continue practicing the changes after 90 days."

Martorana will be having her first book launch party from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at 58 On Main in Le Roy on Wednesday, Aug. 19. She will be signing books in exchange for a small donation to Grace's Kitchen, an organization that offers a free dinner to the community every Tuesday. There will be books for sale, giveaways and refreshments.

July 31, 2015 - 4:58pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in east pembroke, mud races.

For 2015, there will be no Mud King, no Mud Queen, no racing champion, no big muddy, soggy mess in East Pembroke.

The volunteer fire department has decided to forego the event for at least one year, Chief Don Newton said, because the small department always struggles to have enough volunteers working on race day.

"It's very hard work, difficult work, with not very many people for not a lot of money," Newton said.

This October, the department will hold a gun raffle in its recently refurbished pavilion behind the fire hall.

There are 32 active volunteers in the department and not all of them can help on race day. The event needs race officials, mud groomers, ticket takers, concession stand workers along with several other behind-the-scenes roles to fill, Newton said.  

"We put this on for the community and community members want to come and enjoy the event," Newton said. "It's hard to ask them to work when they just want to enjoy the show."

The department isn't ruling out bringing the mud races back for 2016. Newton said there's hope of getting the event reorganized and going again, especially with so many people expressing disappointment that it's been canceled this year.

Photo: File photo. A photo from the 2011 mud races.

July 31, 2015 - 4:09pm
posted by Traci Turner in crime, Oakfield, batavia, Darien.

Kevin M. Waleski Jr., 27, of South Pearl Street, Oakfield, is charged with DWI, aggravated DWI with a BAC of .18 percent or greater, breath test refusal, unlawful operation of an ATV and operating an ATV without a helmet following an investigation into a disturbance on June 6. Waleski allegedly crashed the ATV near the Oakfield Hotel and refused a roadside breath test. He was jailed without bail.

William J. Bick, 26, of Ellicott Street, Batavia, is charged with: operating a motor vehicle with a BAC of .08 percent or greater; DWI; moving from a lane unsafely; and failing to keep right, following an investigation into a motor-vehicle accident on Dodgeson Road in Darien.

July 31, 2015 - 4:00pm

6460 Albion Rd Oakfield, NY. The definition of a Gentleman's Farm! Custom built three bedroom, 2 and a half bath located on 20 acres won't disappoint! Both large and cozy, this home is well laid out and has something for everyone -plus an unfinshed bonus room that gives you a chance to finish and make your own! This home features a beautiful livingroom with floor to ceiling rock fireplace definitely made for entertaining! There is a lot to see inside but don't forget your walking shoes because the land is beautiful in all seasons! Already partially fenced and pastured, the large gable barn adds the final touch!  Check this one out!! $274,900

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 31, 2015 - 12:34pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in Kiwanis Park, GOP.

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GOP-endorsed candidates joined Assemblyman Steve Hawley in Kiwanis Park on Wednesday to dedicate a newly donated U.S. flag and a state flag.

Pictured: Legislator Andrew Young, Endorsed Town Council Candidate Sharon White, Town Councilman Chad Zambito (with daughter Madilyn) and Town Justice Michael Cleveland. Picture taken by Assemblyman Steve Hawley.
July 31, 2015 - 12:30pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in hlom, education, schools, batavia, City Fire.

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Earlier this week, City firefighters paid a visit to the History Heroes summer education program at the Holland Land Office Museum.

Photos submitted by Jeffrey M. Fischer, assistant director.

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July 31, 2015 - 12:12pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in chris collins, NY-27.

Press release:

Congressman Chris Collins (NY-27) today released the following statement after introducing H.R. 3327, the Kids Before Cons Act, which will block the Obama administration’s plans to use Pell grants to fund college programs for prisoners.

“The Obama administration’s plan to put the cost of a free college education for criminals on the backs of the taxpayers is consistent with their policy of rewarding lawbreakers while penalizing hardworking Americans,” Congressman Collins said. “The Kids Before Cons Act closes the loophole the Obama administration is trying to exploit, and protects taxpayers from footing the bill for criminals’ educations. This legislation ensures that Pell grants will be used for their intended purpose of assisting financially disadvantaged students struggling to attain a college education.”

H.R. 3327 does the following:

·         Upholds the 1994 law that prohibits prisoners from receiving federal Pell grants by forbidding the Department of Education from using its experimental authority to provide funding for higher education for prisoners;

·         Instructs the Department of Education to conduct a study on whether students enrolled in a charter school or in private schools as a result of participation in a voucher program run a higher or lower risk of incarceration than students who attend public school.

Full text of the legislation can be read here.

July 31, 2015 - 9:42am
posted by Howard B. Owens in crime, Darien, darien lake, darien lake performing arts center.

The following people were arrested by the Genesee County Sheriff’s Office during the Tim McGraw concert at Darien Lake Performing Arts Center on Thursday:

Reannon M. Rohring, 32 of Olcott, is charged with trespass after allegedly refusing to leave the concert venue after being told to leave numerous times. Rohring was arraigned in Darien Court and jailed in lieu of $300 bail.

Angela E. Wiechett, 20 of Wheelock Street, Buffalo, is charged with resisting arrest, disorderly conduct and three counts of harassment, 2nd, after allegedly striking another patron, two deputies and then resisting arrest. Wiechett was arraigned in Darien Court and jailed in lieu of $200 bail.

Elizabeth J. Warren, 19 of Howe Terrace, Wellsville, is charged with unlawful possession of marijuana after allegedly being found in possession of marijuana.

Jason M. Kopatz, 19 of Schang Road, East Aurora, is charged with trespass after allegedly reentering the concert venue after being ejected and told not to return.

Brandon M. Burgess, 25 of South Swan Street, Batavia, is charged with disorderly conduct after allegedly fighting with concert security personnel.

July 31, 2015 - 8:01am

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The United States Air Force Auxiliary Civil Air Patrol presented awards in a ceremony Thursday evening at The Northgate Free Methodist, 350 Bank St., Batavia.

The CAP Cadet Program introduces thousands of young people between the ages of 12 and 18 to aviation, and offers them summer programs, including some that offer an opportunity to solo in a light airplane at low cost. The CAP Cadet Program is designed to motivate and develop well-rounded young people, who in turn will become model citizens and the future leaders of our nation.

CAP cadets progress at their own pace through a 15-step program that includes aerospace education, leadership training, physical fitness and moral leadership. Cadets can compete for academic scholarships to further their studies in such areas as engineering, science, aircraft mechanics and aerospace medicine. They can also compete for scholarships leading to solo flight training. Cadets have an opportunity to go overseas in exchange programs; some of these exchange cadets get a chance to fly with foreign air forces.

Photo from left is: Cadet Commander C/Capt. Kristen Stewart (Batavia Composite Squadron), Lt. Col. Charles Miller, NY Wing Cadet Programs Officer who presented the awards, C/Capt. Alex Dougherty (Condor Composite Squadron, Perry/Warsaw), and Cadet Deputy Commander  C/Capt. Andersen Campbell (Batavia Composite Squadron) for earning their Amelia Earhart Award.

Not pictured but who earned the General Billy Mitchell Award is C/Capt. Kristen Blue (Condor Composite Squadron, Perry/Warsaw).   

For more information to join the Batavia Composite Squadron , contact Commander 1st Lt. John H. VanderSypen http://falcons253.weebly.com or the Perry location contact: Commander Captain Michael Akey http://www.nywcap.org/CONDOR

July 30, 2015 - 5:15pm
posted by Traci Turner in batavia, business, BID.

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Tomorrow is Don Burkel's last day as the executive director of the Batavia Business Improvement District.

Burkel just has to tidy up his desk before he passes the torch to incoming director Laurie Oltramari.

Burkel was the first director of the BID and has been leading the not-for-profit organization for almost 17 years. He has witnessed Downtown Batavia undergo many changes.

"When I started as the director, there was a variety of retail businesses in the city," Burkel said. "Now there are fewer businesses and properties are harder to fill with retail."

Although there has been a decline in the number of businesses, Burkel has overseen many positive changes as well. Some of his favorite projects include the transformation of buildings on Main Street and Jackson Street.

"I will miss working with the people of Downtown Batavia and seeing various projects completed," Burkel said.

Burkel believes people should focus on the positive aspects of Downtown Batavia and all of the potential small business opportunities it has to offer. In the future, he foresees development of the old Carr building and the construction of a boutique hotel. He also predicts more pop-up businesses will come to Downtown.

"I want to thank everyone Downtown for supporting me," Burkel said. "I know the BID's Board of Directors and committees will continue to further the vision for Downtown Batavia. I look forward to their accomplishments in the future and as I always say 'Shop Downtown!' "

To kick off his retirement, he is traveling to Maine with his wife to do some kayaking. He also plans to continue his photography and expand his collection.

July 30, 2015 - 5:12pm
posted by Traci Turner in batavia.

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(Picture from Barclay Oudersluys's Facebook page.)

A 23-year-old Michigan man stopped in Batavia for a rest last night on his journey across the United States to raise money for charity.

Barclay Oudersluys is running to benefit the Hall STEPS Foundation, a runner-related organization that aims to fight global poverty. Currently he has raised about $8,000 for the foundation. His goal is $10,000. 

"The money will be used to build a well in a village in Mozambique that does not have easy access to clean water," Oudersluys said.

Oudersluys named his fundraiser Project Gump after his favorite movie "Forrest Gump." He based his route on the movie and started his marathon at the Santa Monica Pier in California on May 9. He plans to finish at the Marshall Point Lighthouse in Rockland, Maine, on Aug. 15.

By the end of the marathon, he will have ran 3,200 miles across 15 states in less than 100 days.

Oudersluys runs approximately 31 miles each day. He starts running at 6 a.m. and stops around noon. He has ran in all kinds of weather conditions including snow, thunderstorms and extreme heat. 

Finding a place to stay every night has been a challenge. His friends follow behind him in a minivan with water, food and his gear. 

So far, Oudersluys has ran through 12 states. He has about a quarter of the marathon left to finish.

"I have met a lot of cool people and seen many sites along the way," Oudersluys said. "Running is fun and relaxing for me."

After he completes the marathon, he has one week to rest up before he starts law school at the University of California, Berkeley.

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