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August 24, 2012 - 8:46am
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, crime, elba.

James Russell Kosiorek, 19, of Burgess Avenue, Greenville, S.C., was taken into custody on a bench warrant stemming from a second-degree assault charge. Kosiorek allegedly fled New York after being accused of assault, 2nd. The FBI contacted Sheriff's Investigator John Baiocco informing him Kosiorek had been located in South Carolina. Baiocco contacted the Greenville County Sheriff's Office. Kosiorek was taken into custody, waived extradition and was transported back to Genesee County. Kosiorek was arraigned in county court and ordered held without bail. Kosiorek was then arraigned in Batavia City Court on a charge of bail jumping.

Kenneth Damien Kowalik, 51, of Barrville Road, Elba, is charged with petit larceny. Kowalik is accused of shoplifting at Target.

Steven L. Fetterly, 28, of Elba, is charged with criminal mischief, 4th, and harassment, 2nd. Fetterly was arrested in Elba by State Police for an incident reported at 7:44 p.m., Wednesday. No further details were released.

August 24, 2012 - 8:22am
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, crime.
Dion "D" L. Clyburn Lisa M. Vega

A Rochester man is suspected of dealing crack cocaine in the City of Batavia with the help of an East Main Street resident, who allegedly allowed the man to operate his drug distribution business out of her apartment.

Taken into custody following an investigation by the Local Drug Enforcement Task Force were Dion "D" L. Clyburn, 27, of Dewey Avenue, Rochester, and Lisa M. Vega, 42, of East Main Street, Batavia.

Clyburn is charged with two counts of criminal sale of a controlled substance, 3rd, criminal possession of a controlled substance, 3rd, and unlawful possession of marijuana.

Vega was charged with criminal nuisance, 1st, criminal possession of a controlled substance, 7th, criminally using drug paraphernalia, 2nd, and unlawful possession of marijuana.

A third person was arrested when Vega's apartment was raided. Michael J. Illasi, 42, of East Main Street, Batavia, is charged with unlawful possession of marijuana.

Task force members along with deputies and Batavia PD officers executed a search warrant at 679 East Main St., Batavia.

Investigators allegedly found a quantity of cocaine, marijuana and drug paraphernalia inside the apartment.

Clyburn was jailed on $5,000 bail and bail for Vega was set at $1,000.

August 24, 2012 - 8:04am
posted by Lisa Ace in Sponsored Post, advertisement, Shop Local.

We've said it before, when you support the local businesses that sponsor The Batavian, you're helping us continue to bring you the news about Genesee County you enjoy.

We're starting a new feature to highlight a few of The Batavian sponsors each week and remind readers of the importance of supporting local businesses.

Think Local - Buy Local - Be Local!

Buy Local -- Support yourself: Several studies have shown that when you buy from an independent, locally owned business, rather than a nationally owned business, significantly more of your money is used to make purchases from other local businesses, service providers and farms -- continuing to strengthen the economic base of the community.

This week's featured businesses:

VALLE JEWELERS -- has been proudly serving Western New York since 1951. For three generations, the Valle family has been dedicated to offering excellent service. Our goal is to consistently provide our customers with great selection and value. Valle Jewelers offers a tremendous selection of diamond jewelry, unique sterling silver jewelry, hundreds of CHAMILIA beads, and fine gifts. With two full-time bench jewelers, Valle Jewelers offers the security and convenience of ON-SITE repairs. Stop in today to browse our selection or turn some of your GOLD into CASH! Visit us online:

TURNBULL -- We are locally owned and operated with locations on 50 Franklin St., Batavia, and 59 Genesee St., Avon. We use industry standard flat-rate pricing – there are no hidden fees. Our gas furnace tune-ups and inspections start at only $60. Call us today at 343-2005 or 226-8160 to make an appointment that works with your schedule. Take $5 off the tune-up price when scheduling online with a confirmation from our office. And go on Facebook and “Like Us” today! Visit our page:

CEDAR STREET SALES & RENTALS -- We are proud to be celebrating 19 years of business in 2012. Cedar Street has been locally owned and operated by your friends and neighbors since 1993. Whether it's equipment rental, parts, sales or service, our professional team is ready to help. "We promise a lot ... and give you more." It's not only our slogan but our everyday philosophy and way of doing business. Whether it's online, on the phone, or in person, we are always happy to serve you and will give you our very best every time. Visit us online:

MAX PIES FURNITURE - is a 4th-generation family owned business that has been in the same location on the southside of Batavia since 1905. We offer a full line of furniture, bedding and flooring to make your house a home. We also deliver free of charge and offer flexible financing for qualified buyers. Stop by our showroom at 400 S. Jackson St. and take advantage of our half-price warehouse sale going on now. Check out our Web site at and like us on Facebook.

Be sure to regularly check the ads on the site to be alerted to special offers from our sponsors. A complete list of our sponsors can be found on the lower left side of this page.

August 24, 2012 - 12:18am
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, crime, Jacquetta Simmons.

For the first time in public, Jacquetta Simmons told her side of the story today, and in front of the one audience whose opinion of the events on Dec. 24 at Walmart really matter: A jury of 12 Genesee County residents who tomorrow must decide whether a 26-year-old Simmons intentionally punched 70-year-old Grace Suozzi.

Simmons, now 27, said she had no idea she even hit Suozzi until hours later. She said she was horrified to learn she had injured Suozzi and it's been a painful realization ever since.

"I feel horrible about it," Simmons said during her only tearful moment on the stand. "I wasn't expecting somebody being -- how was I supposed to know she was standing right in front of me? I keep thinking 'how could I have hit this elderly lady and I don't remember that I hit her?' "

Reliving the realization, Simmons said, caused her to drop out of a business administration program at SUNY Brockport. She said she couldn't concentrate on her studies.

District Attorney Lawrence Friedman, however, judging by his cross examination, wasn't buying Simmon's contention that Suozzi was hit on accident.

While Simmons contends that somebody -- she doesn't know who -- grabbed her arm and, in her own words, she "aggressively" pulled away from the person, causing her to strike Suozzi, Friedman wanted to know how Simmons couldn't have seen Suozzi.

Through repeated questioning, Friedman got Simmons to admit that Suozzi was just a foot or so in front of her when she "punched" Suozzi.

The distinction between "punch" and "hit" came up a few times during a day full of testimony from prosecution and defense witnesses, with the implication being that "punch" meant an intentional act (though never explicity spelled out) and "hit" being accidental.

In various ways, through various questions about events, Friedman got Simmons, whose background includes volunteer work in literacy training and child and elder care, to repeatedly admit to "punching" Suozzi.

According to Simmons, here's how events transpired.

Simmons, she said, awoke at 10 that morning. Her mother asked her to go to the grocery store and purchase items needed for Christmas Eve dinner. Her brother, Isaac, tagged along, which Simmons said he usually does when she goes out for household errands (both Jacquetta and Isaac lived with their parents at the time).

First, the duo went to Tops and purchased some items.

Then they went to Walmart. They purchased turkey bags, cream cheese and three or four other items.

After going through one of the express lanes, they saw some chicken for sale in the hot foods section of Walmart and decided to buy something to eat.

They then got into another express lane. In this case, it turned out the cashier was Grace Suozzi.

When they got to the checkout counter, Simmons said she said hello to Suozzi and Isaac wished her a happy holiday, but Suozzi didn't respond.

After paying for the chicken, Suozzi, Simmons said, told her brother to hand over the Walmart bag and asked for a receipt.

Isaac told Suozzi his sister had the receipt.

According to Simmons, Suozzi kept asking Isaac for the receipt even as Isaac and Jacquetta kept telling Suozzi that Jacquetta had the receipt.

Simmons said her brother, who once worked for a Walmart in Henrietta, told Jacquetta, "they're not supposed to ask for your receipt anyway."

Suozzi then left her cash register and came around a "took" the Walmart bag from Isaac.

Either before or after Suozzi gained possession of the bag, Simmons pulled out a receipt and "showed" it to Suozzi (under cross examination, Friedman would focus on this point).

At some point after Suozzi had the bag, Simmons said she told Suozzi, "Give me my fucking bag back."

According to Simmons, Suozzi repled, "I'm not going to give you anything back."

She said Suozzi kept asking for the receipt and Simmons said, "I already showed you the fucking receipt."

At some point, Simmons said, Suozzi put the bag on the turnstile, and at that point, Simmons grabbed the bag. She said Suozzi reached for it at the same time, which caused the handles of the bag to rip.

She had to cradle the bag in her arm, she said, because it was hard to keep the items in the bag.

Simmons said she wanted to leave the store, but as she turned to leave, somebody grabbed her arm with some force.

"They had a nice grip on me," she said. "I pulled away very aggressively."

She said for a second afterward, she didn't know what to do and just stood there and then her brother told her to get out of the store.

Once outside, she said, she and her brother tried to get into her mother's minivan, which has a handicap placard and was parked in a handicap stall.

Two men, she said, came up to the van and opened the driver's side door and grabbed the keys from the ignition.

She said a woman came up and said, "You can’t hit a white woman like that. Who do you think you are? Who do you think you are?"

Simmons said with all of the people coming after her she was scared.

"We were being mobbed and they acted they like they knew what happened," she said. "I myself didn't know what happened completely."

With the van blocked in and no keys, she said she and her brother decided to leave the van and try to get away from the crowd.

During cross examination, Friedman called some elements of the story into question.

First, Friedman got Simmons to admit she was angry during the confrontation. Simmons adamantly wouldn't admit to being angry at Suozzi, but said she was angry at being asked to show a receipt.

Simmons also admitted that when she found the correct receipt in her pockets, she held it at a distance she knew would make it impossible for Suozzi to read.  Simmons, by her own testimony, never offered to hand the receipt to Suozzi.

Friedman also challenged Simmons on her claim that she didn't know she hit Suozzi until she saw the video at the State Police barracks.

In an incredulous tone, Friedman asked Simmons why she thought a crowd of people were chasing her in the parking lot, especially after Simmons said she thought it was because the crowd considered her a thief.

"Did they accuse you of stealing," asked a snarky Friedman?

"No," Simmons said.

Simmons also denied telling Trooper James Baines, who had testified earlier,  that "somebody grabbed me. I don't remember what happened. I just punched."

Simmons said she never told Baines, "I just punched."

Prior to Simmons' testimony, her brother Isaac took the stand as a defense witness.

Contrary to some of the testimony on Wednesday, Isaac testified that when Suozzi first asked for a receipt for the items in the bag in his hand, he said he refused to produce it.

The former Walmart employee said he told his sister, "You don't need a receipt."

He said his sister pulled out two receipts from her pockets, one from Tops and one from Walmart.

As for somebody grabbing his sister after Simmons regained control of the bag of merchandize, Isaac said, "A lady grabbed her and stuff."

Simmons pulled away, he said, and yelled, "Get off me."

A skeptical Friedman couldn't believe that a small, 70-year-old woman would take, by force, a bag of merchandise from the 6' 1", 211 pound Isaac Simmons.

According to Isaac, his sister never used the word "bitch."

Isaac denied calling his mother while in the parking lot and telling her, "Jac punched an old lady and she's going to jail."

He said he used the word "hit" and said he told his mother "the police are coming."

Under cross, Isaac admitted that in any version of his story prior to meeting with a private investigator from Key's office, he always used the word "punch."

To further impeach Isaac's testimony, Friedman questioned Isaac on his guilty plea in Greece for petit larceny.

Isaac, under repeated questions, admitted that he had committed numerous parole violations, including failing numerous times to report to his probation officer, using marijuana, testing positive for marijuana, drinking in violation of terms of probation, endangering the welfare of a child, operating a motor vehicle without a license, leaving Monroe County without permission and failure to notify probation when questioned by a police officer.

Isaac said he was trying to get his life together and was attending college.

In the morning, testimony began with a prosecution witness, Piper Sharick, a 16-year employee of Walmart.

Sharick said she hasn't worked since the end of April because she is suffering from PTSD as a result of the incident Dec. 24.

In attempt to calm down the situation after arriving on scene, Sharick said, she told Simmons she could print out another copy of the receipt.

"She just kept yelling, 'Give me my fucking shit,' " Sharick said.

When Simmons struck Suozzi, Sharick said, "It was a horrible sound, like the biggist, loudest smacking sound you could ever hear."

She testified that Simmons made a fist before striking Suozzi.

During cross examination, Sharick basically conceded the Batavia Walmart store had no policy in place on Dec. 24 for how to handle a customer who refused to show a receipt.

Next, for the prosecution, Samual Hackenberg (an assistant manager) testified that he didn't arrive on scene until after Suozzi was hit.

After ensuring Suozzi was being cared for, he went outside to see what was going on.

He testified that once outside, he said he heard Simmons say, "Do you think I care about these dirty white people?"

During cross examination, attorney Earl Key wanted to know why Hackenberg didn't tell anybody about this remark until a month after the event.

When Friedman re-questioned Hackenberg, he said he remembered the remark because after it was made, a coworker standing next to him quipped, "Well, I showered today."

The final prosecution witness was Trooper Baines.

Baines said Simmons asked him to see the video tape of the incident.

He said that when he told her, "I don't know how you're going to justify this one," Simmons just shrugged.

Just before the lunch break the defense called Patty Jacobs, even though the prosecution had not yet officially ended its case.

Testimony from Jacobs was taken early because of some schedule conflict she had if she was held over for the afternoon.

During the course of Jacobs' testimony, it was clear that Key was trying to find a way to get into evidence a statement Jacobs made on Dec. 28 on Facebook.

Jacobs wrote that day that she was in line behind Simmons and witnessed the whole event.

"The cashier asked her for a receipt," Jacobs wrote. "It was the wrong one, so she punched the elderly lady in the eye."

The jurors never heard that statement because of the nature of rules of evidence. Instead, they heard Jacobs say that she saw Simmons holding, but not showing to Suozzi, a Tops receipt, which she recognized because of the coupons on the back.

After lunch, the defense called Randy Johnson.

In his direct testimony, Johnson said he saw a woman grab Simmons' arm and Simmons swing her arm forward to try and escape from her clutches, causing her to hit Suozzi.

During cross examination, Friedman was relentless in impeaching Johnson's credibility.

First he called into question Johnson's claim that he's only lived in Genesee County for about a year.

With a stack of police reports, Friedman went through date-by-date numerous police contacts Johnson has had since November 2008.

Most of the contacts involved Johnson being kicked out of his mother's home, but Johnson has also been accused of unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, criminal mischief (for punching his parents $35,000 car) and being sanctioned by DSS.

Most of the calls involving his mother, Johnson said, is because she's an alcoholic.

Friedman then went after Johnson for discrepancies between his testimony Thursday and his previous statements to police and to the DA's office.

In July, Friedman interviewed Johnson. After repeated questions, Johnson admitted that he previously told Friedman that he could tell Simmons intentionally punched Suozzi based on his experience as a professional boxer.

According to Friedman, Johnson had said because of the way Simmons cocked her arm and the stance he took along with her follow-through, as a professional boxer, he recognized the swing and an intentional punch.

The final witness called by the defense was Donald Stillwell, the loss prevention manager for Walmart.

Stillwell testified that in order for a customer to be accused of shoplifting, a loss prevention officer or a salaried manager or an hourly shift supervisor must observe four things:

  • The suspect selects an item;
  • The suspect conceals the item;
  • The suspect is under constant surveilance;
  • The suspect bypasses the final checkout point without paying for the item.

If any one of those for criteria are missing, Stillwell said, the customer cannot be detained as a shoplifting suspect.

When Friedman cross examined Stillwell, he said the situation involving asking a customer for a receipt wouldn't fall under the shoplifting criteria.

He did say, once a cashier encounters a customer who won't show a receipt, the matter should be turned over to a customer service manager and the cashier should have no further involvement in the situation.

According to Stillwell, the Batavia store has one of the worst records in the Walmart chain for shoplifting, or what loss prevention professionals call "shrinkage."

In 2010, Stillwell said, the Batavia Walmart store lost more than $600,000 to thieves.

The following year, things only got worst with shrinkage exceeding $680,000.

August 23, 2012 - 11:30pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia.

An intoxicated individual has called dispatchers to report that he's in a wooded area in Batavia but can't find a way out.

His location plots off Mill Street, behind the skate park, near the Tonawanda Creek.  He's north of the train building.

Batavia PD is responding to assist the man.

This is apparently not the first time this individual has gotten lost in the same area.

UPDATE 11:33 p.m.: A Batavia officer is "down by the creek" (or "crick") and requests dispatchers try to re-establish telephone contact with the caller.

UPDATE 11:35 p.m.: Dispatchers re-established contact with the caller and are trying to get him to yell out so the Batavia officer can hear him. They're also going to try and get him to call back on 9-1-1 so they can again plot his location.

UPDATE 11:37 p.m.: He's northeast of the patrol cars. The dispatcher will  try to guide the patrol into the man's location. "He says he's stuck."

UPDATE 11:41 p.m.: The subject has been located.

August 23, 2012 - 11:06pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in Le Roy.

Two vehicles are reportedly on fire at 8390 E. Main Road, Le Roy -- Stella's Collision.

Chiefs from Le Roy fire are on scene. Trucks from Le Roy are responding.

Vehicles are "going good," says a chief. Both vehicles are outside the fence.

UPDATE 11:09 p.m.: National Grid requested to the scene for the power line above the area of the fire.

UPDATE 11:25 p.m.: Fire is under control.

UPDATE 11:34 p.m.: National Grid on location.

UPDATE 12:02 a.m.: Le Roy has a light tower in place.

UPDATE 12:20 a.m.: Le Roy fire is back in service.

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August 23, 2012 - 9:13pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, crime, Jacquetta Simmons.

This first video shows a ceiling view of express lane #2 in Walmart's grocery section when Jacquetta Simmons and Isaac Simmons purchase some hot chicken just before Grace Suozzi requests a copy of the receipt for items in a Walmart bag being held by Isaac. The sequence covers the entire transaction up to the point just after Suozzi leaves her register after Simmons grabs her bag of purchased items.

This video shows a wide aisle way from the point Randy Johnson, a defense team witness, enters the frame through the point where customers are following Simmons out of the store.

This video shows what transpired in the parking lot after Simmons left the store.

NOTE: A big "thank you" to Mark and Michelle Johnson of Millennium Computer on Washington Avenue in Batavia. Once the District Attorney's Office located a CD with the video on it that could be turned over to the media (the copy in the courtroom is evidence and could not be turned over), I took the CD to Millennium. Michelle, during lunch hour, immediately began making duplicate copies for all of the various news agencies that requested copies, such as WHAM13, News10, YNN, WBTA, WIVB, The Batavian and the Batavia Daily News. They did all this work for no charge to any of the media outlets.

August 23, 2012 - 7:31pm
posted by Billie Owens in batavia.

Two dogs are fighting in the middle of the road on Lewis Place. City police are responding.

August 23, 2012 - 7:21pm
posted by Billie Owens in batavia, accidents.

A tractor-trailer has struck the railroad overpass on Cedar Street. Batavia police are responding.

UPDATE 7:38 p.m.: The vehicle has Oklahoma tags. Howard, who went and took a photo, says the top of the rig "was peeled back like a sardine can."

August 23, 2012 - 4:51pm
posted by Billie Owens in Announcements, hlom.

The Holland Land Office Museum is offering a senior bus trip to the Central Terminal Tour in Buffalo on Sunday. Sept. 16. The bus will depart at 10 a.m. and return at 5 p.m. the tour will be two hours.

Cost is $15 and will include the admission to the Central Terminal.

We will stop in Buffalo for lunch at your own expense, before returning back to Batavia.

There only 40 seats available so please call 343-4727 to make your reservations and payment. For more information please call the Holland Land Office at 343-4727.

August 23, 2012 - 4:46pm
posted by Billie Owens in batavia, Announcements, st. joseph school.

St. Joseph Catholic School is calling for nominations for Outstanding Alumni. The school, which has roots dating back to 1873, estimates nearly 2,500 students have attended the school since 1940.

“We have a large number of former students that are successful all over the country and we would like to recognize those that have succeeded utilizing the basic fundamentals taught here at St. Joe’s including faith, dedication and service,” Principal Karen Green said.

The school hopes to recognize former students at this year’s Popcorn Ball, scheduled for Oct. 13.

“The Popcorn Ball is our signature event and we would like to use the occasion this year to honor those that have gone above and beyond to serve the school and the community,” said Director of Advancement Chad Zambito.

Nominations can be submitted on the school’s Web site, www.sjsbatavia.orgor by mail.

Submissions should include the former student's name, estimated years of attendance, and a brief description of their accomplishments. Nominations made via mail should be addressed to Outstanding Alumni, in care of the school, 2 Summit St., Batavia, NY 14020.

St. Joseph Catholic School’s enrollment is currently the highest it has been in years with nearly 300 students registered in grades Pre-K through 8. Sixty percent of families receive financial assistance and 20 percent are non-Catholic.

Space for the 2012-2013 school year is still available but spots are filling up quickly. To find out more please call 343-6154.

August 23, 2012 - 4:43pm
posted by Timothy Walton in batavia, business, City Slickers.

It's not everyday, you see someone driving in downtown Batavia on their lawnmower. Today, was not like everyday as someone rode thiers to either First Niagara Bank or City Slickers in the early afternoon. 

(Photo by Ken Mistler)

August 23, 2012 - 4:23pm
posted by Billie Owens in batavia, Milestones, charles ruffino.

Press release:

Batavia Downs officials are proud to announce that Charles R. Ruffino has been named the Italian-American of the Year. Mr. Ruffino will be honored with a special trackside ceremony on Friday, Aug. 31th, between the seventh and eighth harness race of the evening.

Charles Ruffino was born in Batavia and grew up on the Southside in the tight-knit community surrounding St. Anthony's Church. Within this neighborhood is where he developed a strong work ethic and commitment to community service.

Chuck attended St. Anthony's School, graduating from Batavia High School in 1957. He completed his education with a master’s degree from Buffalo State and began work as a teacher for the visually handicapped at the New York State School for the Blind. From teaching, Chuck entered into administration and transferred to the State Education Department as a regional associate and back to the State School as the assistant superintendent.

Along the way Chuck also served on the Batavia School Board of Education, as a councilman-at-large for the City of Batavia, as a legislator for Genesee County, on the Board of Visitors (currently chairman) for the State School for the Blind, as coordinator for US TOO, a cancer-support group and most recently a trustee for Genesee Community College.

It should be noted that next month he will be presented with the Charles Rapp Award as the outstanding college trustee by the New York State Community College Trustee Association in Albany.

On a personal level, Chuck’s family has always come first. He and his wife, Janet, celebrated their 50th anniversary last year. They raised three accomplished children and now enjoy the accomplishments of their four grandchildren.

Friends and family wishing to join Chuck Ruffino are asked to call Mary Bucceri at 343-3750, ext. 468, to make a clubhouse reservation.

August 23, 2012 - 4:11pm
posted by JIM NIGRO in outdoors, nature, wildflowers.

Cardinal flowers are found in shady areas along streams and/or small creeks.

Though it grows in areas of low light, the cardinal flower is easy to spot.

Purple loosestrife has gained more than a foothold in our wetlands in recent decades.

While it's quite colorful, loosestrife is an invasive plant that can take over a wetland, choking out aquatic vegetation that is beneficial to wildlife

Bull thistle accented by a ray of early morning light

The bloom of this thistle is about maxed out -- note the snail on the thistle to the right.

A member of the sunflower family, Jerusalem artichoke has an edible root that, according to the Audubon field guide, is "highly nutritious and unlike potatoes, contains no starch but rather carbohydrate in a form that is metabolized into natural sugar." 

Queen Anne's lace amid yellow hawkweed, both are found in abundance along country roads and meadows.

Chicory is another common roadside wildflower.

This is common tansy.

August 23, 2012 - 4:09pm
posted by Billie Owens in Wiener Dog Races, batavia downs casino.

Press release:

The annual Petco Wiener Dog Races, the final activity of Family Fun Day at the Races, takes place Sunday afternoon (Aug. 26) at Batavia Downs Casino. Post time for the first of 12 exciting harness races is 1:15 p.m. Family Fun Day activities begin at 2 p.m. and the hilarious Petco wiener dog races begin shortly after the last harness race, approximately 4:20 p.m.

One year ago, the Championship final was declared a dead-heat after online video appeared to show that the final results, between two-time defending champion “Jake Arnold” and the robust newcomer “Gordon” may not have been correct.

The following day after reviewing video and photographs of the final heat the results were overturned and a dead-heat was declared.

"We have a full field of 80 signed up and ready to go,” said Todd Haight, general manager of live racing. “The dogs should begin arriving at 3 p.m. through the main entrance to be registered.”

"The prize structure for the top three finishers in the Championship final will be $200 in casino free play for the winner, $100 in free play for the second-place finisher and $50 in free play to the third-place finisher, " Director of Marketing Ryan Hasenauer said.

"New this year, all elimination heat winners are guaranteed $20 in casino free play while everyone that enters a dog will receive $10 in free play."

Family Fun Day activities include free pony rides, sponsored by Castilone Chrysler Dodge Jeep of Batavia, and special appearances by Mr. Scribbles and Pringles the Clown.

A live radio remote by Kiss 98.5 FM will be held featuring DJ Nicholas Picholas.

Paddock room food specials include $1 Sahlen’s hot dogs and soda from 12 until 4 p.m. For more information please visit

August 23, 2012 - 3:51pm
posted by Billie Owens in Announcements, Le Roy.

The Genesee County Chamber of Commerce announced the availability of a new Barn Quilts of Le Roy, NY trail map brochure which offers four self-guided driving tours. The Le Roy Historical Society created the trails and Web site, and the chamber produced the new free brochure to promote the trail to visitors.

The Barn Quilts of LeRoy began as a Bicentennial project for the Town on Le Roy, under the auspices of the Le Roy Historical Society. The first quilt, "JELL-O Jigglers" was painted in July 2011 at the annual Oatka Festival. The goal was to have 24 quilts painted and erected in time for Le Roy's Bicentennial event on June 8, 2012. In less than 10 months more than 70 barn quilts were near completion.

Most of the squares were purchased through the Le Roy Historical Society and helped raise money for the Bicentennial event. The quilts have come to represent the pride shared by the people of Le Roy, a town with a rich heritage and a vision for the future that will guarantee quality of life for generations to come.

Many of the quilts are on barns, but some residents have ap­plied their creativity to the sides of sheds, garages and outbuildings. There are also patterns inside local restaurants, Wolcott Street School (painted by second-grade students), the Village Green Nursing Home and The Greens Senior Living Facility.

The Barn Quilt project will continue after 2012 and the Town of Le Roy welcomes visitors to return again and again to explore more scenic barn quilts. Each quilt has a story to tell and these stories can be found online at

The brochure is available for pick up at the Genesee County Chamber of Commerce, the seasonal visitor center on Main Street in Batavia, Crocker's Ace Hardware, the D&R Depot Restaurant, Le Roy Town Hall, and the JELL-O Gallery Museum in Le Roy.

Step-on guides are offered for group tours by the Le Roy Historical Society. Call 585-768-7433 for more information.

August 23, 2012 - 3:41pm
posted by Billie Owens in fire, Le Roy.

A grass fire is reported reported by the quarry on Gulf Road, near Circular Hill Road, in Le Roy. Le Roy Fire Department is responding.

August 23, 2012 - 3:37pm
posted by Billie Owens in Oakfield, Labor Day.

Of course, Oakfield is THE place to be to celebrate the Labor Day weekend. The annual two-day event is set for Sunday and Monday, Sept. 2-3 at Elroy D. Perkins / Little League Park on Drake Street.

Hosted by the Oakfield Betterment Committee, there will lots of live music, crafts, games and food for families to enjoy together, including a car and motorcycle cruise, and a great parade with amazing floats, marching bands and fire trucks.

Here's the live entertainment line-up:

SUNDAY Sept. 2

Noon to 3 p.m.: Ghost Riders

3:30 to 6 p.m.: Penny Whiskey

6:30 to 9:30 p.m.: Savage Cabbage

9:45 p.m.: Fireworks!!!

MONDAY Sept. 3

10 a.m.: Oakfield Labor Day Parade -- Theme: "American Pride"

Noon to 12:45 p.m.: McMahon School of Irish Dance

1:30 to 2:30 p.m.: Batavia Brass Society Band

3 to 6 p.m.: Terry Buchwald as Elvis -- "A Tribute to the King"

Prize drawings will happen at 6 p.m.

  • First Prize -- $1,000 cash
  • Second Prize -- Apple iPad3
  • Third Prize -- $300 cash
  • Fourth Prize -- John Deere Electric Toy Gator
  • Fifth Prize -- $200 cash
  • Judges Choice Grand Prize -- $500 cash (best parade entry)

Prize / Raffle tickets can be purchased at Oakfield Town Hall, Oakfield Pharmacy, Becky's Treasures. Hair Et Cetera, and Millenium Computers.

In addition, first-, second-, and third-place cash prizes will be awarded by judges for marching bands / performance groups, fire departments / trucks, and floats.

There will also be a Basket Raffle, Quilt Raffle and Christmas Tree Skirt Raffle.

The Car & Motorcycle Cruise is 1 to 6 p.m. at the Oakfield Town Hall.

If you or your company or organization would like to donate a basket, please contact Melissa Haacke at 314-4501 or email [email protected]

Sponsorships, food vendors, craft vendors and parade participants are still wanted. Here's some contact information for the committee chairs:

Entertainment -- Kate Manges -- 813-2657 or [email protected]

Craft Vendors -- Kim Staniszewski -- 356-7262 or [email protected]

Food Vendors -- Karl Dilcher -- 313-0100 or [email protected]

Car & Motorcycle Cruise -- Bonnie Klein -- 409-5978 [email protected]

[email protected]          OR Dan Klein -- (716) 560-0380 or [email protected]

Sponsors -- Pam Denny -- (716) 474-1950 or [email protected]

Parade -- Michelle Johnson -- 409-9299 or [email protected]

August 23, 2012 - 11:39am

(Photo: bottom row,seated: Sandy (mom), Alisa (sister). Back row: Christine (owner), Theresa, Christine, Jack and Jody.)

As we celebrate our six-month anniversary, we would like to thank the community for their continued patronage. We have been welcomed with new friends and loyal followers. Because of all of you, I am able to continue doing what I love.

All of us here at The Yngodess promise to keep customer service our #1 priority. We are a family here and we are proud to welcome yours to ours. 

Mark your calendars for September 15th! The 3rd Annual Wine Walk - sponsored by B.I.D, it is from 6 'til 9 Saturday evening. There are 500 tickets available and they will go on sale Aug. 23 for $20, you can pick them up at Valle Jewelers, T-Shirts, Etc., or Coffee Culture. We are very excited for this event!

Nice wines and great people = a fabulous evening in the heart of Batavia!

The Yngodess Shop is located at 73 Main St., Batavia, NY • 343-3170.

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