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June 9, 2012 - 1:39pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, St. Joe's.

This year's St. Joe's Lawn Fete looked just as popular as ever Friday, with hundreds of people turning out for rides, games, food and live music.

The carnival continues today.

To purchase prints of these photos and the ones in the slide show below, click here.

If are unable to view the slide show, click here.

June 9, 2012 - 1:20pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in history, Le Roy.

In 1812, the good people who set up shops, homes and farms in a picturesque corner of the State of New York, by proclamation of the State Legislature, separated from the Town of Caledonia and established the Town of Bellona.

The first order of business, raise alms for the poor, then deal with pesky wild and domesticated animals, such as boars, rams and foxes.

The first meeting of the Town of Bellona was reenacted on the same spot in Trigon Park and outside the Memorial Auditorium on Friday.

Less than a year later, Bellona would be known as Le Roy (named after a wealthy New York City businessman whose son settled in the area and built what is now known as the Le Roy House).

Just as 200 years ago, the meeting closed with 13 toasts by the dignitaries in attendance, including Kathy Hochul, Steve Hawley, Mike Ranzenhofer and Stephen Barbeau -- the current town supervisor who presided over the meeting dressed as the town's first supervisor, Dr. William Sheldon, might have been attired.

The chorale performance by students of Holy Family School was an emotional one for parents, who learned just a few days ago that the school would be closing.

If you're unable to view the slide show below, click here. To purchase prints of these photographs, click here.

June 9, 2012 - 1:09pm
posted by Billie Owens in accident, Alabama.

A car accident is reported at 7428 Sand Hill Road. Injuries, if any, are unknown. The car is in a ditch. Alabama Fire Department and medics are responding.

UPDATE 1:18 p.m.: Mercy Flight is called to the scene. The accident is "around the bend." Fire police are told to shut down Sand Hill Road at Bloomingdale Road.

UPDATE 1:26 p.m.: Traffic on Sand Hill Road is being completely shut down.

UPDATE 1:37 p.m.: Mercy Flight has landed.

UPDATE 1:54 p.m.: Mercy Flight is airborne and headed to Erie County Medical Center.

UPDATE 2:03 p.m.: The road is being reopened. Alabama is back in service.
June 9, 2012 - 9:40am
posted by Howard B. Owens in crime, darien lake.

The Sheriff's Office announced the following arrests in connection with the Drake concert at Darien Lake Performing Arts Center on Friday.

Eric E. Giszter, 21, of Welwyn Cade, Buffalo, is charged with resisting arrest, harassment, 2nd, and disorderly conduct after allegedly pushing a female to the ground and then physically refusing to be taken into custody. Giszter was arraigned  and jailed on $500 bail.

David Rivera, 22, of Bank Street, Bradford, Pa., is charged with trespass after allegedly refusing to leave Darien Lake after being told to several times to leave. Rivera was arraigned and jailed on $250 bail.

Matthew R. Gordon, 23, of Alcott Road, Rochester, is charged with disorderly conduct after allegedly screaming obscenities that instigated two fights in the parking lot. Gordon was arraigned and jailed on $300 bail.

Wadsworth K. Sykes, 19, of Hopkins Road, Canandaigua, is charged with public lewdness, trespass and possession of alcohol under age 21 after allegedly urinating in front of other patrons and refusing to leave the venue. Sykes was also found to be intoxicated. He was arraigned and jailed on $500 bail.

Darrin J. Lichy, 22, of Center Road, Salamanca, is charged with trespass after allegedly jumping a fence to enter the concert venue. Lichy was arraigned and jailed on $100 bail.

Chad J. Temperato, 20, of Karen Drive, Rochester, is charged with trespass and possession, of alcohol under age 21 after allegedly attempting to enter the concert venue after being told to leave and being intoxicated. Temperato was arraigned and jailed on $300 bail.

Jeffrey M. Civiletti, 24, of Beverly Heights, Rochester, is charged with criminal trespass, 3rd, after allegedly refusing to leave the inside of the concert venue. Civiletti was arraigned  and jailed on $350 bail.

Victor S. Bamberry, 17, of Cayuga Road, Ohsweken, Ontario, Canada, is charged with trespass after allegedly entering the concert venue without a ticket. Victor was released on $80 bail.

Derick C. Whitlow, 24, of Fifth Line Ohsweken, Ontario, Canada, is charged with trespass after allegedly entering the concert venue without a ticket. Whitlow was released on $80 bail.

Alesia N. Abramson, 26, of Hickory Drive, Ft. Meyers, Fla., is charged with harassment, 2nd, after allegedly striking another female in the face while in the concert parking lot after the concert ended. Abramsom was released on $100 bail

Jenney E. Mulrain, 24, of West State Street, Albion, is charged with harassment, 2nd, after allegedly grabbing another person by the hair and striking them numerous times in the face.

Patrick M. Kelly, 17, of North Beaver Street, Jordan, is charged with petit larceny after allegedly shoplifting from a gift shop inside the amusement park.

Chad A. Kenyon, 23, of Northgate Manor Rochester, is charged with false personation after allegedly giving false information about his identity.

Emily A. Argen, 20, of Villa Marie Road, West Seneca, is charged with false personation and possession of alcohol under age 21 after allegedly providing false information about her identity and possessing alcohol.

Alexander S. Jakson, 16, of Beresford Court, Clarence, is charged with false personation and possession of alcohol under age 21 after allegedly providing false information about his identity and possessing alcohol under age 21.

Patrick H. Maher, 20, of South Grafton Avenue, Blasdell, is charged with criminal possession of marijuana, 5th, and possession of alcohol under age 21 after allegedly smoking marijuana in public and possessing alcohol being under age 21.

Caitlin Q. Bettinger, 19, of Winterway Lane, Hamburg, is charged with criminal possession of marijuana, 5th, and possession of alcohol under age 21 after allegedly smoking marijuana in public and possessing alcohol under age 21.

Danielle J. Sequerth, 19, of Hutchins Street, Batavia, is charged with trespass after allegedly refusing to leave the concert area after being told to leave several times.

Roland P. Parson, 21, of Bradley Street, Buffalo, is charged with disorderly conduct after allegedly causing a disturbance while at the concert venue.

Alexsys J. Grishaber, 18, of Johnson Road, Greece, is charged with trespass after allegedly reentering the concert venue after being ejected and told not to return.

Ryan J. Brennan, 20, of East West Road, West Seneca, is charged with trespass after allegedly reentering the concert venue after being ejected and told not to return.

Ryan F. Nieuwesteeg, 18, of Mount Olive Crescent, Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada, is charged with harassment, 2nd, after allegedly fighting with security while being ejected from the venue.

Edward J. Vargas, 23, of Glen Oaks Drive, Rochester, is charged with harassment, 2nd, after allegedly scratching a security guard while being ejected from the venue.

Matthew A. Anderson, 22, of Shelter Street, Rochester, is charged with harassment, 2nd, after allegedly kicking another person while at the concert venue.

The following citations were issued for alleged underage drinking:

(name redacted upon request), 19, of Tracey Lane, Grand Island
Monique Wright, 19, of Park Lane, Grand Island
Rachel M. V. Watt, 18, of Forest Creek Lane, Grand Island
Wesley R. Haynie, 18, of Bedell Road, Grand Island
Cody J. Smith, 16, of Fix Road, Grand Island
Alec J. Metro, 17, of Greenway Road, Grand Island
Paul J. Mistretta, 18, of Tonawanda Creek Road, East Amherst
Ryan J. Winkler, 17, of Deer Ridge, Getzville
David M. Powers, 18, of Autumn Creek Court, East Amherst
Nicholas J. Perna, 18, of Rosewood Drive, Williamsville
Marissa T. J. Schaedel, 18, of Muir Field Lane, Lancaster
Robyn E. Babbitt, 18, of Tiburon Lane, East Amherst
Matthew D. Rygg, 19, of Misty Lane, Amherst
Alyssa J. Plummer, 19, of Stellane Drive, Angola
Kyleigh A. Kaczor, 16, of Old Lake Shore, Irving
Bradley T. Owens, 16, of Milestrip Road, Irving
Imre A. Ulici, 19, of Beaver Creek Drive, Webster
Eric W. Abrey Jr. , 16, of South Estate Drive, Webster
Paul A. Whittaker, 17, of Huntsman Way, Webster
Austin P. (?), 18, of Dysinger Road, Lockport
Mitchell A. Mix, 18, of Ashford Avenue, Tonawanda
Jeffrey T. Dumas, 20, of Princeton Lane, Buffalo
Matthew G. Battles, 20, of Durstein Street, Buffalo
Alysia M. Pirro, 18, of Marbeth Court, Buffalo
Virginia P. Morris, 19, of Seneca Street, Buffalo
Samantha L. Hendell, 17, of Hopkins Road, Getzville
Mollie A. Sadler, 18, of Birchwood Court, Williamsville
Javonte L. King, 19, of Everwild Lane, Greece
Meghan E. Crowley, 19, of Longbush Lane, Webster
Rachel C. Lemoine, 19, of Middlebury Road, Webster
Morgan E. Henry, 19, of Concord Drive, Webster
Andrew J. Belding, 18, of Grimble Road, Canandaigua
Lauren E. Bornheimer, 19, of Spruce Run, Palmyra (issued two tickets)
Kaylee A. Jerome, 19, of Andrews Road, Canandaigua
Daniel G. Medvin, 20, of Lynbrook Avenue, Tonawanda
Nicholas A. Balesteri, 20, of Springfield Avenue, Tonawanda
Abby L. Sitterley, 18, of County Road, Livonia
Zachary M. Lamacchia, 18, of Cary Road, Alden
Marsha A. Digregrio, 17, of Lafayette Road, Rochester
Natalie M. Persechino, 17, of Old Falls Blvd, North Tonawanda
Jacob M. L. Lopez, 19, of Abel Road, Hamburg
Jillian L. Piccirilli, 20, of Glenwillow Drive, Hamburg
Emily C. Kavanaugh, 20, of Hi-View Terrace, West Seneca
Carrie S. Fisher, 20, of Berg Road, Orchard Park
Jacob T. Coster, 19, of Downing Street, Buffalo
Stephanie Lebib, 20, of Hill Road, Rochester
Trevor W. Vanderbush, 20, of Lewis Road, Holland
Samantha A. Trabucco, 16, of Herr Road, Clarence Center
Mitchell S. Szabo, 17, of Clarence Center Road, Clarence Center
Kristen K. Skoney, 18, of Broadmoor Drive, Tonawanda
Daniel R. Keem, 18, of Greentree Road, Tonawanda
Zachary J. Misiak, 16, of Jamaica Square, North Tonawanda
Chelsie L. Ridd, 19, of Victor Lane, Hamlin
Aaron W. Polanski, 20, of South Creek Drive, Cheektowaga
Dominic M. Dicioccio, 19, of Parkpoint Drive, Rochester
Olivia M. Michaels, 20, of Perry Court, Lewiston
Mary K. Swanson, 20, of Oxbow Lane, Lewiston
Dallas P. Ross, 19, of Victor Lanem, Hamlin
(name redacted upon request), 18, of Boies Road, East Aurora
Alexandra L. Alessi, 18, of Girard Avenue, East Aurora
Anthony V. Iacono, 18, of Oak Dale Lane, Williamsville
Kevin Dagher, 19, of Via Marina, Williamsville
Connor J. Niel, 18, of Greiner Road, Williamsville
Daniel T. Wischerath, 16, of Winding Woods, Hamburg
Gabrielle R. Porto, 17, of Elm Street, Youngstown
Hailey M. Hibbard, 17, of Lake Road, Youngstown
Matthew X. Ferris, 20, of Shortsville Road, Shortsville
Brooke L. Toelsin, 18, of Lakeview Avenue, Orchard Park
Matthew J. Collins, 16, of Baraga Street, Buffalo
Christopher P. Schirching, 19, of Maple Ridge Road, Alden

June 9, 2012 - 9:37am
posted by Timothy Hens in traffic, Bridge Closed, Highway Work.

The Stroh Road bridge over the Tonawanda Creek in Alexander will be closed next week for repairs. Stroh Road will be closed from Maplewood Avenue to Route 98.  Local traffic will be allowed west of the bridge on Stroh Rd. Trucks from Route 20 will not have access to Route 98 via Sandpit Rd.

Repairs will be made to the bridge expansion joints and the work should be completed in 2 to 3 days.

June 9, 2012 - 12:16am
posted by Howard B. Owens in darien lake.

A road rage incident and fight is reported in the Darien Lake parking lot, P2, north of the silos.

A deputy reports, "we have a large one." He requests for units to the scene.

At one point, he said, "they're going to roll it."

There was a concert at Darien Lake tonight and scanner traffic from Darien Lake has been heavy all evening.

There's an accident on Route 77 with minor injuries and Sumner Road is gridlocked.

UPDATE 12:46 a.m.: Dispatch is trying to get patrols to a report of a fight in the parking lot. An individual was having a fight with his girlfriend, allegedly breaking things in the car, and now he's reportedly out of the vehicle, yelling at other people and getting beer bottles thrown at him.

UPDATE 12:50 a.m.: Traffic is backed up on Route 77 all the way to Brick House corners.

UPDATE 1:06 a.m.: A deputy reports, here's part of the problem: There's only one toll taker at the Thruway entrance. BTW: The band concert tonight, Drake.

UPDATE 1:09 a.m.: A woman has reported that she was assaulted by four other females. She is in her car now and is reporting being surrounded by her assailants. A deputy is heading to her location.

June 8, 2012 - 11:32pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia.

Several people are reportedly involved in a fight at the Travelodge on Park Road, Batavia.

Deputies responding.

UPDATE 11:36 p.m.: The involved subjects have reportedly scattered. An injured person who was assaulted is in a car in a nearby parking lot. Mercy EMS being dispatched.

June 8, 2012 - 11:28pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, fire, east pembroke.

A caller on the Thruway reports seeing large flames in the area north of Pratt Road near Powers Road.

East Pembroke is being dispatched to investigate.

UPDATE: All equipment being held in quarters. The chief has received a call reporting a controlled burn.

UPDATE 11:34 p.m.: East Pembroke back in service.

June 8, 2012 - 11:25pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, fire.

A unknown type fire is reported at North and Vine, Batavia.

Flames are reportedly 10 feet in the air.

It could be a garbage fire.

City Fire is responding.

UPDATE: 12:06 a.m.: We didn't hear any further updates on this call.

June 8, 2012 - 4:35pm
posted by Billie Owens in batavia, Announcements, Milestones, john dwyer.

Press release:

Prominent local businessman and Army veteran John Dwyer, who has served Genesee Community College for many years in various leadership roles, was honored recently with GCC's Alpha Medal of Service Award.

Individuals honored with an Alpha Award are selected for their extraordinary philanthropic support of GCC programs and goals, and serve as an inspiration not only to students, but to the greater community, according to Rick Ensman, GCC's head of development and external affairs.

"John's commitment and enthusiasm is inspiring," Ensman said. "He believes deeply in the mission and programs of the college, and never misses an opportunity to tell GCC's story and advocate for our students."

Among his many accomplishments at the college, Dwyer served as president of the GCC Foundation for four, one-year terms and worked tirelessly on all foundation committees, chaired the campaign that supported construction of the Student Union and helped steer the fundraising campaign for the Conable Technology Building, which serves the business community through The BEST Center (Business and Employee Skills).

Dwyer's commitment to service also reaches deeply into the broader community. During the past 40 years, he has served on numerous economic development committees, including the GLOW Workforce Investment Board and the Genesee County Local Development Corporation; he has volunteered his time and expertise to guide the Genesee County Industrial Development Agency and the Batavia Associated Retailers Board; and he has shared his knowledge and civic pride with a number of public, school and religious associations, including the Children's Home Association, Notre Dame High School, and the Buffalo Catholic Diocese.

A Batavia resident, Dwyer retired as president of Thomas & Dwyer, Inc., Retail Shoe Stores and executive director of the Genesee County Industrial Development Agency in recent years. The Alpha Medal of Service was bestowed during GCC commencement ceremonies on May 20.

June 8, 2012 - 4:27pm
posted by Billie Owens in east pembroke, accidents.

A car has crashed into a guard rail on the eastbound Thruway. There are injuries. The site is at mile marker 397. East Pembroke Fire Department and Mercy medics are responding.

UPDATE: Photo submitted by Tom Schneider.

June 8, 2012 - 4:23pm
posted by Billie Owens in batavia, Announcements, GO ART!.

GO ART! is kicks off its new workshop series "Embracing Innovation" with "Marketing and Best Practices for Social Media" -- at 9 a.m. on Thursday, June 14, at GO ART!

This workshop will feature two professionals from Genesee Community College: Kevin Manne, new media specialist and Shirley Verrico, art gallery director. It is targeted for nonprofit organizations, cultural groups and individual artists.

GO ART! is located at Seymour Place, 201 E. Main St., in Downtown Batavia.

GO ART! recently received a grant from the Rochester Area Community Foundation to present a series of workshops, entitled “Embracing Innovation,” offering a variety of technical assistance.

“Social media can be a valuable resource for your business or organization,” Manne said. “It’s no longer just for college students or teens looking to make connections with friends.

"Your group or business should also have a presence and voice in social media to connect with new customers, employees and potential partners. And, the majority of sites and tools are free to use and have great potential reach, making them invaluable for marketing – with the right plan.”

GO ART! members are free to attend this workshop. There is a nominal fee for non-members or organizations wishing to attend: individuals - $10; organizations (maybe bring up to three people) $20.

Light refreshments will be available. The workshop will be approximately two hours.

Please register in advance by calling 343-9313 or email [email protected]

Future Embracing Innovation Workshops:
Aug. 21: Fundraising and Development for the Small Town Organization presented by Mark Peterson, president and CEO of Greater Rochester Enterprise.
Oct. 16: Business Planning with the Artist in Mind presented by Sam Campanella, SBDC certified business advisor, GCEDC
January 2013 (date TBA): Volunteerism and Board Development
(date TBA) Engaging Youth: Preserving the Past with our Future

June 8, 2012 - 3:32pm
posted by Billie Owens in east pembroke, accidents.

A two-car accident with injuries is reported at 2337 W. Main Road (Route 5). East Pembroke Fire Department and Mercy medics are responding. The location is between Indian Falls Road and West Avenue.

UPDATE 3:35 p.m.: A responder on scene says injuries appear to be minor. State police are responding. Fire police are requested to control traffic.

UPDATE 3:38 p.m.: A second ambulance is requested. The injuries are confirmed to be minor. There are two adults and two children involved.

UPDATE 4:01 p.m.: All units clear. Back in service. Mercy is transporting a 3-week-old girl to UMMC for evaluation. She does not have any apparent injuries. She was strapped in a rear-facing car seat at the time of the crash. The car she was riding in was stopped behind a school bus when it was struck from behind, speed unknown, but the car was not damaged. An elderly woman is also being taken to UMMC for evaluation, primarily due to her age.

June 8, 2012 - 2:23pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in business, Le Roy, Duyssen Family Farm.

Three-year-old Sam Stisser of Le Roy, enjoys a juicy, fresh strawberry just off the stem at Duyssen Family Farm in Le Roy. Sam was there to pick strawberries with his mother, Kari, who said she brings her three kids out to the farm a few times during the week during strawberry season.

Below, Carissa Graham, 4, was also out at the farm picking strawberries with her mother.

June 8, 2012 - 2:05pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in accident, corfu.

A dump truck has reportedly struck a utility pole and knocked down power lines at Route 33 and Ellinwood Road, Corfu.

The lines are blocking the road.

Corfu Fire Department is being dispatched.

No injuries are reported.

UPDATE 2:08 p.m.: The accident location is apparently further east than originally reported and may be in East Pembroke's district. A Corfu chief is continuing and will advise dispatch.

UPDATE 2:12 p.m.: East Pembroke being dispatched.

UPDATE 2:14 p.m.: The road is completely blocked. Route 33 is being shut down at Angling Road by Corfu. Street address is 2308 Route 33. National Grid has been notified.

UPDATE 2:18 p.m.: East Pembroke fire police will shut the road down at Route 33 and Reed Road. National Grid has a 20 minute ETA.

UPDATE 2:53 p.m.: The road is open.

UPDATE 2:55 p.m.: All units are back in service.

UPDATE: Photo submitted by a reader.

June 8, 2012 - 2:00pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in sports, Le Roy, Oatka Creek, outdoors.

During my Friday morning drive, I took a turn down Oakta Trail Road and spotted somebody in the creek tying a fly to a leader. I introduced myself to Bill Westfall of Cheektowaga, who said, "Sure, go ahead and take some pictures." In the 15 minutes I hung around, his every cast hit his spot and he did land one small trout. 

June 8, 2012 - 1:50pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in photos, Le Roy, Stafford.

I set out early this morning with the idea of taking a particular picture. That picture didn't turn out as I had hoped, but I did drive around a bit. Here are three pictures from that drive.

Above a tree in a field off Nilesville Road, Stafford (and, yes, it's the same tree as sunset picture from yesterday).

The bottom two photos are take from under the Munson Street bridge in Le Roy.

June 8, 2012 - 1:43pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, business, UMMC.

Press release:

United Memorial Medical Center has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval™ for accreditation by demonstrating compliance with The Joint Commission’s national standards for health care quality and safety in hospitals. The accreditation award recognizes United Memorial’s dedication to continuous compliance with The Joint Commission’s advanced standards.

United Memorial underwent a rigorous unannounced on-site survey in late January 2012. A team of Joint Commission expert surveyors evaluated UMMC for compliance with standards of care specific to the needs of patients, including infection prevention and control, leadership and medication management.

"Achieving Joint Commission accreditation, demonstrates United Memorial’s commitment to the highest level of care for our patients," said Mark C. Schoell, CEO of United Memorial. "With Joint Commission accreditation, we are making a significant investment in quality on a day-to-day basis from the top down. Achieving Joint Commission accreditation, for our organization, is a major step toward maintaining excellence and continually improving the care we provide.”

The Joint Commission’s hospital standards address important functions relating to the care of patients and the management of hospitals. The standards are developed in consultation with health care experts, providers, measurement experts and patients.

United Memorial has received accreditation for three years, from January 28, 2012 to January 27, 2015.

June 8, 2012 - 9:38am
posted by Rick Franclemont in sports, alexander, pembroke, softball.

In the final game of the modified softball season Alexander rallied to within 1 of Pembroke.




The final game was held in Pembroke on a beautiful spring day.




The final was Pembroke 17, Alexander 16.






More pictures can be found here: Alexander - Pembroke modified softball




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