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December 31, 2014 - 6:53pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in thebatavian, Sponsored Post, advertisement.

Running from yesterday, into today, we had a Flip Ad contest running.

The winner is Elizabeth Geuss, of Batavia. She flipped the correct hidden code: John Gardner and was the 15th person to respond.

Watch for another Flip Ad contest some time next week.

December 31, 2014 - 6:28pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, Batavia Centennial Celebration.

Kind of like old vaudvillians, fireworks operators say "the show must go on."

Yes, it's cold, it's snowing, and we may get a bit of wind, but there will be a fireworks display in the City of Batavia tonight at 10 p.m. (Batavia Downs is also planning a display at midnight).

There will be three and four inch canisters used in the downtown display, and those lager ones could get obscured by the clouds, but otherwise, we should expect a good 18 minute show, a technician told me.

December 31, 2014 - 4:04pm
posted by Billie Owens in pets, volunteers for animals, animal abuse.

The reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of a tall white man who stomped a cat to death on Main Street, Batavia, Dec. 3 has been increased to $1,550, according to Volunteers for Animals.

According to a witness, the man was walking a large, dark brown German shepherd near the Raceway Mini Market in the 600 block of East Main Street at the time of the incident. It was about 6:30 p.m.

The cat suffered numerous injuries, including a broken spine and crushed skull from being stomped, and wounds from the dog.

The initial reward was $500.

Batavia Police encourage anyone with information to call their confidential tipline at 345-6370.


December 31, 2014 - 3:59pm
posted by Billie Owens in Announcements, business.

Press release:

Independent Living of Genesee Region, in conjunction with the Genesee County Career Center, will be holding a one-hour workshop for prospective employees and working individuals with disabilities. The workshop is designed to inform individuals of their right to request and use "reasonable accommodations” within the workplace.

Examples of reasonable accommodations may include: better lighting for individuals with visually impairment; an extra 10-minute break during the work shift to check insulin levels for people living with diabetes; an extended start time to travel to work and/or additional preparation time for individuals with mobility challenges.

The workshop is being offered on two separate dates: Thursday, Jan. 15th and Thursday, Feb.12th from 10 to 11 a.m. at the Genesee County Career Center, 587 Main St., Suite 100, Batavia.

These sessions are FREE and pre-registration is suggested.

Have questions? Interested in registering? Call Donna Becker at (585) 815-8501, ext. 411, today to reserve your spot! Seats fill up quickly so do not delay.

December 31, 2014 - 3:55pm
posted by Billie Owens in sports, harness racing.

From Tim Bojarski:

The Railbird Recognition voting for Racing Moment of the Year will conclude tonight (Wednesday, Dec. 31) at midnight, so this is your last opportunity to cast your ballot to express your opinion as to your choice for the most memorable racing moment of 2014. Voting takes place on the USTA homepage.

With voting for the Horseperson of the Year having already concluded on Dec. 19, both categories will have now been completed.

The results of the fan voting will be announced on Thursday (Jan. 8) and both awards will be presented to their respective winners during the Dan Patch Awards Banquet in Orlando, Fla., on Sunday (Feb. 22).

The Railbird Recognition Awards were created for the fans to have a way to express their opinions about who they think are the best the sport has to offer and are the only fan driven award in the industry. The voting is run by the United States Harness Writers Association in conjunction with the United States Trotting Association.

December 31, 2014 - 3:07pm
posted by Billie Owens in batavia, accidents.

A three-vehicle accident, unknown inuries, is reported at the corner of West Main Street Road and Wortendyke Road. Mercy medics and East Pembroke Fire Department are responding.

UPDATE 3:08 p.m.: A responder reports heavy traffic there and says the accident is blocking the roadway.

UPDATE 3:11 p.m.: Fire Police are called to handle traffic.

UPDATE 3:43 p.m.: The East Pembroke assignment is back in service.

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December 31, 2014 - 2:44pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, City Fire.

In August, City Fire Chief Jim Maxwell announced plans to equip medics in his fire department with Narcan, a drug that can potentially save the life of a person who has overdosed on heroin or other opiate-based drugs.

Saturday, for the first time, a life was saved in the city when a firefighter administered Narcan to a middle-aged female resident.

The woman apparently overdosed on heroin.

The firefighter, Ryan Whitcombe, said the call came in shortly after noon Saturday for an unresponsive female.

When firefighters arrived, they found the woman unconscious on the floor of her residence. She wasn't breathing.

Whitcombe was informed by others at the residence that the woman may have suffered a narcotics overdose.

After consulting with other first responders, he agreed the best course of action was to administer Narcan, generically known as naloxone hyrdochloride, which he sprayed into the woman's nostrils.

The fast-acting drug did its job.

"Over the period of a minute or two, her breathing started to come back," Whitcombe said. "Little by little her breathing came back to the point where she became conscious and was breathing on her own without assistance."

When a person ODs on heroin or an opiate-based prescription medication, the drug shuts down brain function that controls breathing. The person literally forgets to breath. Narcan stimulates that portion of the brain and the person will start breathing again.

As Maxwell explained to council members in August, there's no known downside to administering the life-saving drug.

"If it's not an opiate overdose, you can't hurt the patient," Maxwell said. "You can't overdose on it or anything along those lines, so if it's a false recognition and they administer it, it doesn't do anything to the patient."

Narcan, clinically considered "an opioid antagonist," can also be used to revive people who have overdosed on prescription medications that are opiates.

December 31, 2014 - 2:14pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, Batavia Centennial Celebration.

"Centennial Plaza," in the St. Mary's parking lot on Evans Street is just about all ready for tonight's revelers as Batavia celebrates the 100th anniversary of its incorporation. 

Fireworks are planned for 10 p.m. and will be launched from behind the fire hall.

There's plenty of wood ready for the bonfire.

December 31, 2014 - 1:58pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, crime, Baby Chandler.
Jeffrey Deats and Chandler Zuchs

Jeffrey Deats, the Batavia resident arrested Dec. 18 following the investigation into the death of a 6-month-old boy, died Monday, Batavia PD announced this afternoon.

Deats was found hanging from a bed sheet in his Genesee County Jail cell the night of Dec. 21. CPR was performed by jail staff and Deats was transported to UMMC and later ECMC.

As a result of his death, the criminal case against Deats is closed, Chief Shawn Heubusch said.

Chandler Zuchs died Dec. 14 while in the care of Deats.

At the time, Deats believed he was the father of Chandler, though after his arrest, DNA test results surfaced that showed an Albion resident was the infant's father.

In his statement to police during the investigation, Deats said the boy's mother, Michelle Zuchs, of Tonawanda, alternately told Deats he was the father and wasn't the father, and finally told him she had DNA test results back, apparently leading Deats to believe he was the father.

One account Deats gave of how Chandler may have suffered brain damage, which was the cause of the baby's death, was that he fell down the stairs of his Olyn Avenue home while carrying Chandler.

Deats was 28 years old.

For previous coverage, click here.

December 31, 2014 - 1:26pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in weather.

From 13WHAM's weatherman Marty Snyder:

Lake effect snow has been falling through Wyoming County this morning. That band will gradually lift north into Genesee County by the late afternoon. It will first line up through the southern towns of Genesee County. Throughout the evening, the band will continue to move northward to along the Thruway, and closer to Batavia. By tomorrow morning, there is the potential of 6 inches of snow in the heaviest portions in the lake effect band, then another 6 inches of snow later in the day. It is very important to note that many parts of Genesee County will see much less snow than this maximum amount, since they will remain outside the focus of the most intense snow.

A lake effect snow warning will remain in effect from noon today through 10 a.m. on Friday for Genesee County.

13WHAM is The Batavian's news partner.

December 31, 2014 - 11:03am
posted by Howard B. Owens in accident, Le Roy.

A driver involved in a three-vehicle crash on East Main Street in the Village of Le Roy yesterday morning is in guarded condition at Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester.

Charles R. Lowe, of Le Roy, was flown to Strong by Mercy Flight following the 9 a.m. accident at the intersection of Wolcott Street.

A driver in another vehicle, Donald Worthington, of Pavilion, was treated at UMMC for a cut on his head and released.

The third driver, Marrinna Ryan, of Le Roy, was treated and released at the scene for facial pain.

Lowe's vehicle was westbound on East Main when it drifted into the left-turn lane at Wolcott and hit the rear of Worthington's truck, which then struck the rear of Ryan's minivan.

Lowe reportedly told the first responding police officer that he may have fallen asleep.

The Sheriff Office Crash Management Team is assisting Le Roy PD in the ongoing investigation.

December 31, 2014 - 9:11am
posted by Howard B. Owens in weather.

We're now looking at a lake effect snow warning for this afternoon through 10 a.m. Friday.

This covers all of Genesee County. 

Some 10 to 18 inches of snow are possible. 

Winds will be from the southwest at 20 to 30 mph with visibility dropping to a quarter of a mile at times.

Blowing and drifting snow will result in hazardous travel conditions, the National Weather Service warns.

If traveling, conditions can change quickly.

UPDATE: Officials say plans for tonight's centennial celebration will go ahead as scheduled.

December 30, 2014 - 5:58pm
posted by Billie Owens in batavia, New Year's Eve, centennial.

City of Batavia New Year’s Eve Centennial Celebration schedule of events for children/family activities Dec. 31, 2014:

Falleti Ice Arena

6 to 6:30 p.m.    --    Free Open Skate

6:30 to 6:45 p.m.    --   Warm Up (Buffalo Skating Club/Falleti Ice Arena Learn to Skate Program)

7 to 7:45 p.m.    --    Buffalo Skating Club Demonstrations

7:45 to 9 p.m.    --    Photos with Queen Elsa (Warming Room)

                                 Free Open Skate

St. Mary’s Church, basement

7 to 9 p.m.    --    Children's Carnival, with games and prizes

                            Balloon Animals

                            Face Painting / Caricatures (FREE)

"Centennial Plaza" at the corner of Ellicott and Evans streets

6 to 9 p.m.    --    Outdoor Winter Carnival


Other activities will include: Snowshoe Races; Bean Bag Toss Competitions; Hula Hoop Contests; Balloon Blizzard Races; Life-size Jenga; Snowman Snowball Toss; Trivia by the Holland Land Office; and tours of the Batavia Fire Department.

In addition, there will be FREE pony rides, FREE limo rides, and a photo booth. Michelle’s Bakery and Batavia’s Original will have food and hot drinks available for purchase. A large bonfire and live music/performances will go on throughout the evening.

Century Club Celebration (inside City Centre) -- tickets are still available for purchase at $50 per person at City Hall in the City Manager’s Office until noon Wednesday, Dec. 31 (while supplies last). Tickets will not be sold at the door. Price includes live music, DJ, dancing, champagne toast and heavy hors d'oeuvres. Pick a decade during the past 100 years and dress accordingly!

For more information, contact Leanna Di Risio at 585-738-7388.

December 30, 2014 - 5:15pm
posted by Billie Owens in Announcements, sports.

Press release:

With Winter 2015 in full swing, the New York State Snowmobile Association (NYSSA) and the Genesee Sno-Packers Snowmobile Club are partnering to host the initial "Take a Friend Snowmobiling" event. This will be a great opportunity for new riders and riders who have not been on a sled in years to enjoy a fun and safe snowmobile ride, and it’s a free event NYSSA plans to replicate across Upstate New York.

“It is very hard to find better views than those you take in while on the more than 10,000 miles of snowmobile trails in New York State,” said Dominic Jacangelo, executive director of the New York State Snowmobile Association. “Our clubs and club members have taken the lead this year in organizing Take a Friend Snowmobiling events across the state so we can share why we all love our sport.”

The featured course is specially selected by each local snowmobile club to be appropriate for novice riders. Clubs will organize safety gear for participants to use and sleds will be made available by local dealer partners.

“The Genesee Sno-Packers Snowmobile Club is excited to host the inaugural 'Take a Friend Snowmobiling' event so we can share the adventure and show others what great fun snowmobiling can be,” said James Elmore, New York State Snowmobile Association president and Genesee Sno-Packers Snowmobile Club board member. “Our event is a great opportunity for anyone interested in our sport to learn more about snowmobiling and take a ride on our scenic trails.”

Questions? Call James Elmore at 585-813-4610.

WHO: New York State Snowmobile Association and the Genesee Sno-Packers Snowmobile Club

WHAT: "Take a Friend Snowmobiling" event -- FREE!

WHEN: Sunday, Jan. 11 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

WHERE: 102 S. Pearl St., Oakfield

December 30, 2014 - 2:09pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in weather.

There is a lake effect snow watch in effect from late Wednesday afternoon through Thursday night.

Potential accumulation of six to 12 inches.

Winds from the southwest of 20 to 30 mph.

Wind chill down to zero.

Visibility as low as a quarter of a mile at times. 

Blowing and driving snow and wind could make travel difficult.

"There remains some uncertainty with the exact placement and intensity of the lake effect snow bands," said the weather service.

December 30, 2014 - 2:03pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, business, downtown, The Yngodess Shop.

The family of Samuel J. Caito placed a memorial today to the former liquor store owner in front of the YNGodess Shop on Main Street, Downtown Batavia, the location of his former shop.

His father, Augustino, opened the store right after the end of Prohibition in 1933. It was the first post-prohibition liquor store in Batavia.

Samuel owned the store until 1985.

He was also a teacher at Notre Dame and Batavia Middle School.

Click here for his full obituary.




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