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February 11, 2012 - 2:46pm
posted by Billie Owens in Deal of the Day.

Scooter's Family Restaurant, 3711 W. Main St. Road, Batavia NY: Nestled just outside of the Village of Batavia, Scooter's offers a homestyle menu, daily specials, kid's meals and homemade desserts! We have a $20 gift certificate for $10.

Oliver's Candies, 211 W. Main St., Batavia, NY: Oliver's, a Batavia landmark, offers the finest chocolate and confections in the area. We have a $20 gift card for $10.

Rancho Viejo, 12 Ellicott St., Batavia, NY: Traditional Mexican cuisine, from tacos and burritos to pollo norteno, Rancho Viejo brings a bit of "south of the border" to Batavia's restaurant scene. We have a $20 gift card for $10.

Salsa & Curry, 13 Jackson St., Batavia, NY: An authentic Mexican restaurant, offering all of your favorite dishes from enchiladas and burritos to tacos and fajitas, as well as daily Indian food specials. We have a $20 gift card for $10.

Spirits, 78 Lake St., Le Roy, NY. Le Roy's favorite sports bar, where fun and good food are always on tap. We have a $20 gift certificate for $10.

T.F. Brown's, 214 E. Main St., Batavia, NY: T.F. Brown's is a great place for a good meal, good friends and to catch up on what's going on in the sports world. "If it happens in sports, it happens at Brown's." We have a $20 gift certificate for $10.

The Mane Attraction Salon and Spa99 Main St., Batavia, NY: offers "Affordable Luxury" in downtown Batavia. We pride ourselves in the great customer service we give to the entire family. Men, women and children are all welcome either by appointment or walk-in. We offer all hair care services including cuts, color, highlights, lowlights, perms, styling/updos, facial, leg and back waxing, Shellac Polish System, manicures and pedicures. We are the only salon in Batavia that has an airplane chair for kids' cuts! Hours are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday. We have $20 gift certificates for $10.

Ficarella's Pizzeria, 21 Liberty St., Batavia, NY: Dine-in, drive-thru or delivery. Featuring fresh, hearth-baked pizza since 1985, plus wings, pasta and more. We have a $20 gift certificate for $10. (Good only at the Batavia location.)

Bourbon & Burger Co., 9 Jackson St., Batavia, NY: Batavia's newest burger joint offers more than two dozen different types of tasty hamburgers. Our menu also includes a variety of sandwiches, appetizers and an extensive beer list, plus a full bar. We have a $20 gift certificate for $10.

Alabama Hotel, 1353 Lewiston Road, Basom, NY: A historic and legendary tavern and restaurant. The Alabama Hotel is famous for its fish fries, but also serves a variety of top-quality entrees, featuring Certified Angus Beef. Now with expanded hours. We have a $25 gift certificate for $12.50.

Greg'ry's Bakery, 13 North Lake Road, Bergen, NY: The bakery offers a variety of the finest cakes, cookies, pies, cupcakes, breads, breakfast and lunch sandwiches and so much more. Each treat is made the same as it has been for decades and baked right here. Come in and sample some for yourself! We have a $20 gift certificate for $10. 

Center Street Smoke House, 20 Center St., Batavia, NY: Authentic Southern BBQ, from ribs to brisket with all the fixin's. We have a $20 gift card for $10.

Settler's, 353 W. Main St., Batavia, NY: Settler's has a 25-year history of serving great, affordable breakfasts, lunches and dinners to Batavians. We have a $20 gift certificate for $10.


February 11, 2012 - 12:29pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in accident, Darien.

A car has reportedly hit a tree in the area of 10903 Alleghany Road, near Herkimer Road.

A deputy on scene reports minor injuries.

Darien Fire and Mercy EMS responding.

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February 11, 2012 - 10:23am
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia.

Funeral services for Alyce M. Huntoon, the 24-year-old Batavia woman who died under undetermined circumstances Wednesday night, will be at 10 a.m., Monday, Grace Baptist Church.

Huntoon, originally from Elba, leaves behind two small children, Ava and Maddox. She was a 2005 graduate of Batavia High School.

From her obituary:

She was a secretary at Zirbel Automotive and had just begun working part time at Tully's. A shy, family oriented person, Alyce had a great love for her family and her world was being a mommy to her sweet babies, Ava & Maddox. She loved holidays, baking, family dinners and family traditions.

Calling hours are today from 6 to 9 p.m., and Sunday, from 1 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 9 p.m. at Michael S. Tomaszewski Funeral & Cremation Chapel, 4120 West Main Street Road, Batavia.

Previously: Batavia woman's cause of death not yet known

February 10, 2012 - 8:59pm
posted by Billie Owens in Oakfield.

An alarm of fire is reported at a natural gas compression station located behind a residence at 3337 Lockport Road in Oakfield. The caller reported hearing a loud bang followed by the sound of the fire alarm.

Law enforcement and Oakfield Fire Department are en route.

UPDATE 9:02 p.m.: Oakfield fire on scene reports nothing showing.

UPDATE 9:04 p.m.: A National Fuel Co. rep is on scene en route, with an ETA of about 20 minutes. The other responders are staging outside the main gate.

UPDATE 9:07 p.m.: National Fuel tells dispatch that the station is programmed to automatically shut down if excess gas is present. A responder says there is excess gas pressure at the site and it is "bleeding off." Winds are blowing southwesterly at 9 mph.

UPDATE 9:15 p.m.: A key holder to the property has arrived and is being escorted into the area by a deputy. A responder says "It seems there is no power at the plant at this time."

UPDATE 9:21 p.m.: A rep from National Fuel is now on scene.

UPDATE 9:24 p.m.: A senior foreman for National Fuel is headed into the compression station.

UPDATE 9:27 p.m.: Deputies are escorting the National Fuel rep to the station and the expectation is  "we'll be released shortly."

UPDATE 9:45 p.m.: The Oakfield assignment is back in service.

February 10, 2012 - 8:39pm
posted by Billie Owens in batavia, crime.

A caller reported seeing people trying to break into a house and an RV at or near 23 Central Ave. in the City of Batavia. There are three suspects being sought, one of whom was seen wearing a red hoodie. They were last spotted walking eastward on Ellicott Street.

February 10, 2012 - 7:18pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in Le Roy.

Three well water samples gathered by Bob Bowcock while he was in Le Roy tested negative for TCE (trichloroethylene), Bowcock told The Batavian this evening.

The results are preliminary, but the lead researcher for environmentalist / lawyer Erin Brockovich said he's confident in the results.

The samples were taken from the wells of private residences, two to the south of the massive TCE spill in 1970 and one to the west.

That would indicate that the TCE (used for degreasing metal parts) plume from the Lehigh Valley train derailment, located four miles from Le Roy High School, has not migrated west and south as some people seem to have feared.

As for TCE being found in fill dirt used at the school, the NYS Department of Health report states that a "very low level of TCE" was found in groundwater at the dolomite quarry near the derailment site. Crushed stone was used for road construction and subsurface drainage at the school.

"Residual TCE that might be present in stone from the quarry would be reduced or eliminated through evaporation during stone crushing and handling operations," states the report.

Bowcock said that is likely true, but he awaits anticipated soil testing by Leader Profession Services for confirmation.

More troubling -- though unrelated to any neurological disorders -- said Bowcock was the discovery of MTBE in a water sample taken near the school.

Methyl tertiary butyl ether is a gasoline additive that has been illegal in New York since 2004.

Bowcock said it is a "carcinogen under investigation," explaining that toxicology takes 20 years to determine for certain that a chemical agent is cancer-causing.

"I've never seen any research to suggest it causes neurological disorders," Bowcock said.

He emphasized he doesn't believe presense of MTBE has anything to do with anything going on with the teens manifesting tics at the school.

There are reports, Bowcock said, that MTBE is used by fuel companies in fracking natural gas wells.

Bowcock's team has yet to determine if MTBE-laced gasoline used as a fracking liquid, rather than as gasoline, is also illegal in New York.

The amount in his sample was six milligrams per liter, Bowcock said, which is higher than recommended by the federal Environmental Protection Agency.

Bowcock said he isn't sure if there are wells in the area other than those on school property, but if there are, it's possible the MTBE came from another operation. Further research is needed, Bowcock said.

February 10, 2012 - 5:29pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in Le Roy.

You can't catch conversion disorder from breathing the air in Le Roy, but that hasn't stopped parents in Rochester from keeping their kids at home this weekend rather than play basketball at Holy Family School.

"It's just disappointing," said Holy Family Coach Joan Fernaays. "These kids practice so hard. They work so hard and now they only get to play eight games of their 10-game season."

The teams are made up of children in third through sixth grades, with the fifth- and sixth-grade teams being all girls.

The teams from Rochester that canceled their games are associated with Catholic schools and are part of a Catholic school league.

"I realize it's not all of the parents (who are keeping their kids at home), but it's still disappointing," Fernaays said.

It doesn't take many parents pulling their kids from a game to mean there aren't  enough players.

The games would have been played at Holy Family School, not Le Roy High School, and as Fernaays points out, if the school wasn't safe, the state and district wouldn't allow students to go there every day.

"I feel it's just ignorance on the part of the parents," Fernaays said. "These are parents who don't want to dig and find out the correct information."

Bill Albert, who is acting as spokesman for the Le Roy Central School District, said there are no games canceled at the public school.

February 10, 2012 - 4:40pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in crime, bergen.

Local law enforcement is looking for trespassing suspects in the area of Maple Avenue in Bergen.

The suspects were last seen heading into a wooded area walking toward Route 33.

The suspects allegedly entered a building there they weren't authorized to enter.

One of the suspects is described as a teen wearing a blue jacket and a hoodie.

February 10, 2012 - 4:18pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, accident, elba, Notre Dame.

No students were hurt today when an Elba school bus on Union Avenue, Batavia, swerved off the road and into a fence surrounding Notre Dame High School's football field.

There were 16-18 students on the bus, all Elba residents who attend Notre Dame.

Sgt. John Peck said the driver apparently suffered a medical condition, though he is being cited for alleged failure to keep right.

February 10, 2012 - 10:05am
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, crime, Le Roy.

Jeanine Lynn Calice, 39, of Summit Street Road, Le Roy, is charged with three counts of burglary, 2nd. Calice is accused of entering a home on Creek Road on three separate occasions to steal items while the residents were on vacation. Calice allegedly entered the residence Dec. 24, Dec. 25 and Jan. 2.

Brian T. Cole, 33, of Route 262, Elba, is charged with criminal mischief, 3rd. Cole is accused of damaging a vehicle while it was parked at Batavia Downs.

Daquan Jamar McGrew, 19, of Palnet Street, Rochester, is charged with trespass. McGrew was allegedly at College Village after being banned from the property.

Michael Thomas Martinez, 27, of Orient Street, Medina, is charged with DWI, driving with a BAC of .08 or greater, criminal contempt, 2nd, aggravated unlicensed operation and speeding (51 mph in a 40 mph zone). Martinez was stopped at 1:58 a.m., Feb. 5, on Lewiston Road, Batavia, by Sgt. Thomas Sanfratello.

February 10, 2012 - 9:49am
posted by Howard B. Owens in Le Roy, Le Roy Ambulance.

Morale is high in the Le Roy Ambulance corps these days, according to Chuck Hammon, thanks to a $90,000 FEMA grant that has enabled the department to upgrade to the latest, most advanced mobile defibrillators available.

The high-tech defibrillators will help EMTs save lives, Hammon said.

"The Lifepack 15 came out two years ago," Hammon said. "We've been working with Lifepack 12s for 10 years. For a nonprofit like us, this never could have happened without a grant."

The units cost $33,000 each. FEMA provided a grant of $90,000 -- the only one of its kind awarded in the State of New York in 2011 -- and the ambulance service had to provide an 8-percent match.

The match came from selling the old units for $5,000 to a company that will refurbish them and resell them.

The manufacturer did a good job of listening to what EMTs needed to be changed about old units, Hammon said. The new ones have better bump guards, are easier to access and read controls, plus they have extra features and buttons that are less difficult to clean and sanitize.

The unit can not only grab an EKG -- that can be saved wirelessly to a smartphone, a laptop computer (along with other patient information) -- but  transmit it to the hospital, either for consultation with a doctor or to provide emergency room personnel advance information on a patient.

In fire situations, the unit can check firefighters or victims for carbon monoxide poisoning.

And in the case of a hazardous spill, it can be used to monitor people with possible exposure to dangerous chemicals.

"It's not all-inclusive," Hammon said. "It's not going to test everything, but it will test hemoglobin and test for nitrates in the blood."

He said the defibrillators are currently the most advanced in service in Genesee County.

February 10, 2012 - 8:15am
posted by Howard B. Owens in business, Sponsored Post, advertisement, Shop Batavia.

There's been some great activity taking place on Shop Batavia recently:

And the list could go on.

If you check the home page of Shop Batavia daily, you'll find new specials and new information about great local businesses.

Remember, when you shop locally, more of your dollars stay in the local community to help our community grow and thrive.

February 10, 2012 - 12:11am
posted by Andrew Crofts in GCC, sports, Men's Basketball.

Deylon Bovell (Brooklyn, NY) scored a season high 30 points on Thursday night as the Genesee Community College men’s basketball team defeated Mercyhurst North East for the second time this season.

The Cougars built a 15 point, 19-4 lead about seven minutes in with Michael Glenn (Fairport, NY) scoring seven points, including an old fashion three-point play, in the early going. GCC kept their 15 point cushion and had a 33-18 lead with eight minutes to go before the Saints made a push and drew within nine to close the half. Genesee led 48-39 at the break.

The Saints kept pace during the start of the second half and were within seven before the Cougars took control, going on a 7-0 run at one point and scoring 19 of the next 26 points. GCC never had a lead drop below 14 and cruised to the 21-point, 102-81 victory.

(Deylon Bovell slams home two of his game high 30 points)

Bovell scored 16 of his 30 points in the second half and was five of six from the field during the second twenty minutes. Kenton Chan-Man (Brooklyn, NY) scored 22 points, Glenn finished with 20 points, Tyshawn Ferguson (Chicago, IL) added 11 points and nine rebounds and Terryl Coombs (Brooklyn, NY) grabbed 11 rebounds.

The Cougars previously defeated the Saints 96-68 back on January 11th.

Genesee improves to 15-9 on the season and are 7-2 in conference play. They will travel to Erie Community College on Saturday afternoon for a 3pm tip.

February 10, 2012 - 12:07am
posted by Andrew Crofts in GCC, sports, Women's Basketball.

A cold stretch to start the second half doomed the Genesee Community College women’s basketball team on Thursday night, as they went nearly eleven minutes without a basket against visiting Mercyhurst North East.

The Lady Cougars trailed by just four at the half, getting nine points from Jasmine Armstead (Rochester, NY) and six points from Carrie Blunt (Syracuse, NY) in the opening twenty minutes and out-rebounded the Lady Saints 29-21.

Mercyhurst North East was able to increase their lead in the second half as Genesee started 0-23 from the field before Rachel Kohlhagen’s (Attica, NY) basket with nine and a half minutes remaining ended the drought. Despite being down as many as 15, the Lady Cougars made a push and got to within six with about three minutes to play. The Lady Saints were too strong, however, hitting four out of four free throws down the stretch and held off GCC to win 55-48.

(Jalessa Rogers' (white jersey) defense is not enough for struggling Lady Cougars)

Armstead finished with 14 points and 10 rebounds, Blunt tallied 13 boards and 11 points and Kayla Golden (Lackawanna, NY) chipped in with seven points and 14 rebounds.

The loss drops Genesee to 6-19 on the season and 1-5 in conference play. They will travel to Erie Community College on Saturday afternoon for a 1pm start.

February 9, 2012 - 5:36pm
posted by Billie Owens in GCC, Leisure Learning.

Adults age 50 and over now have more opportunities to pursue leisure-time learning with new courses in history, languages, hobbies, travel, and other subjects at Genesee Community College. Thanks to an initiative of The BEST Center, 15 courses have been added to the Leisure Learning roster.

Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs Eunice M. Bellinger reported this to the Board of Trustees on Monday evening.

The courses are designed to help senior adults explore personal interests and build new skills, Bellinger said. They do not carry academic credit, and will be offered during the evenings and weekends, and the summer months.

Over the next four months, Leisure Learning courses will cover such topics as "Quick and Easy Italian," "Geocaching 101," "Quilting," "Watercolor," and a variety of courses in scrapbooking, Civil War history, and family law. A tentative schedule of upcoming Leisure Learning courses is available at

The cost for each course varies, and ranges from $10 to $99.

The college is planning educational tours for interested residents. Housing at College Village will be available for out-of-area seniors who want to participate in Leisure Learning courses during the summer.

Faculty and staff are eager to share their skills and knowledge with the community in informal settings.

"We believe our new Leisure Learning program will bring the college's expertise to many residents over the age of 50 who are eager to learn, and eager to explore new interests," Bellinger said.

Area residents are also invited to complete a survey of their educational interests. It is available at

February 9, 2012 - 5:14pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia.

Investigators have no clear understanding yet of how or why Alyce Huntoon, 24, of Batavia, died Wednesday night.

Monroe County medical examiners conducted an autopsy today, and according to Chief Randy Baker, "found no obvious sign of physical injury that resulted in her death."

There were injuries to her body that were consistent with medical personel trying to revive her, Baker said. Otherwise, her body suffered no physical trauma.

An unnamed city resident, Baker said, reported finding an unresponsive female in a parked car at 427 E. Main St., Batavia, at 10:30 p.m.

City fire, Mercy EMS and police officers responded to the scene.

Huntoon was transported to UMMC where she was pronounced dead.

The medical examiner's office will complete toxicology tests, but investigators will need to wait for up to three months for results.

Meanwhile, Det. Pat Corona said investigators will continue to question people who may be able to shed light on who Huntoon had contact with, what she was doing and what was going on in her life.

Corona called the investigation a "death investigation."

Huntoon was most recently employed at Tully's and did work Wednesday night.

Baker would only say that the person who called 9-1-1 was "a city resident."

The chief acknowledge there weren't a lot of details to report and said, "We're trying to give out accurate information," and he was careful not address specific aspects of the investigation.

"We've talked to several different people who may have had contact with her last night," said Baker, when asked about questioning a specific person.

In her Facebook profile, Huntoon wrote:

Having fun with life and being a mommy! spending my time with ppl that make me smile:-) bound and determined to smile and laugh everyday!

I am a momma of two beautiful babies Ava and Maddox! I try to spend my time with ppl that make me happy! i am determined to live a happy and fun filled life with the people that make me smile everyday!

February 9, 2012 - 4:49pm
posted by Billie Owens in Announcements.

Learn fascinating facts about the stars, planets and constellations in the night sky during a one-day-only program Saturday, March 3, at Genesee County Park & Forest Interpretive Nature Center.

Join Paul Krupinski from Ancient Eyes Productions as he shares his knowledge about
astronomy inside his "traveling planetarium." Preregistration is required by calling 344-1122. Cost is $5 per person or $10 per family.

There are two sessions to choose from that day: 10 to 11 a.m., or noon to 1 p.m.

The location is 11095 Bethany Center Road in East Bethany. Space is limited, so sign up early!

February 9, 2012 - 1:14pm
posted by Billie Owens in tax preparation.

Press release:

For the third consecutive year, volunteers at Genesee Community College are providing free income tax preparation services. This opportunity is made possible through the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), in collaboration with Genesee County Department of Social Services (GCDSS).

The services for 2011 taxes are available to anyone whose household income is below $50,000 and does not require the filing of Schedule C or D. Each client leaves with a copy of his or her return that has been prepared.

Business tax returns or complicated capital gains transactions cannot be completed through the VITA program.

Interested participants have access to walk-in sessions at GCC's Batavia campus or appointment-based services at GCDSS, located at 5130 E. Main St. in Batavia.

The three walk-in sessions at the college are held from 4 to 7 p.m. in room T204 on Tuesday, Feb. 7; Tuesday, March 6; and Thursday, March 22.

The appointment-based services available at the Department of Social Services are from 5 to 8 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays beginning today, Feb. 9. Call 344-2580, ext. 6552, to make an appointment. Mark Castiglione is the site coordinator.

Through VITA, IRS-certified volunteers prepare free, basic income tax returns for community members with low to moderate income. The volunteers have undergone rigorous online training and provide assistance in communities nationwide. VITA sites are generally located at community and neighborhood centers, libraries, schools, shopping malls and other convenient locations.

"Last year we prepared 114 federal and NYS income tax returns," said local VITA Program Director Cheryl Corke, who is an associate professor of Accounting and Business at GCC.

"Through this effort, our clients received $115,304 in federal income tax refunds, including $23,795 in earned income tax credits, $5,682 in child tax credits and $9,170 in education tax credits."

Corke advises participants to bring all their necessary documents including:

  • W-2 (wage and earning statement(s) from employer(s)
  • W-2G
  • 1099-R
  • 1099-Misc (interest and dividend statements from banks) forms
  • Social Security cards for all persons listed on the tax return
  • A copy of last year's federal and state returns, if available
  • For direct bank deposits, bank account routing numbers and account numbers are needed
  • Other information needed may include total annual payment for daycare providers, plus the daycare provider's tax identifying numbers and address.
  • For married couples filing joint tax returns, both spouses must be present to sign the required forms.

"I want to personally thank all of those who have been involved in this program," Corke said. "It really is a fantastic opportunity for community members and our students. We have several certified preparers from GCC, including faculty and students, and three people certified from DSS, and many others have put time and effort into this endeavor.

"On behalf of the many users and participants of this program, I send a special 'thank you' to my colleague, Amy Conley, and to her students who worked very hard to become certified intermediate income tax preparers."

For more information, contact Cheryl Corke, VITA program director at GCC, at [email protected].

February 9, 2012 - 9:45am
posted by JIM NIGRO in outdoors, nature, winter weather.

Somewhat silhouetted by the sun, these phragmite plumes stand out nicely against the blue winter sky, creating a scene hardly resembling early February. 

To my memory, I don't recall seeing as much waterfowl activity in our area as evidenced this winter. With no snow cover, waterfowl have been able to glean the grain fields, and local waters have iced over only occassionally but never for very long.

This scene is more reminiscent of April -- and trout season.

This snowfall was picturesque and like the others it didn't last long.

Here dining on sumac, wintering songbirds haven't had trouble finding food this season. While sumac is a normal part of their winter diet....... 

it seems they don't care much for sumac sno-cones.

By Sunday morning these waterfowl could find themselves evicted. Predicted low temps for Friday and Saturday show single digits and this mantle of ice could envelop the entire marsh.

It's been a nice run but we're certainly not out of the woods yet. Over the course of the next few weeks will we see more blue sky with just an occasional bite from Old Man Winter......

or will we one morning wake up to a setting such as this?




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