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October 13, 2011 - 5:17pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, crime, elba, pembroke.

Joshua Gerald Bachorsk, 26, of South Spruce Street, Batavia, is charged with three counts of criminal possession of stolen property, 4th, and petit larceny. Bachorsk is accused of possessing a Pembroke woman's credit card without her consent and using it on three separate dates to purchase gift cards at a retail store on Veterans Memorial Drive. Bachorsk also allegedly removed a washer and dryer set from the basement of the same woman's home and sold them without her consent. Bachorsk was jailed on $10,000 bail.

Aaron Walter Pahuta, 19, of Route 20A, Warsaw, is charged with petit larceny. Pahuta is accused of shoplifting from Kmart.

Matthew Scott Williams, 23, of West Main Street Road, Batavia, is charged with aggravated harassment, 2nd. Williams is accused of sending threatening text messages to another person.

Matthew S. Williams, 23, of Hundredmark Road, Elba, is charged with grand larceny, 4th. Williams is accused of stealing his father's RG Industries .22 caliber revolver from their residence. Williams was jailed on $10,000 bail.

William Heany, 75, of 400 E. Main St., Batavia, is charged with forcible touching. Heany is accused of touching the intimate parts of a woman by force.

name redacted, 25, of Tracy Avenue, is charged with petit larceny. redacted is accused of shoplifting from Kmart.

Kelly M. Stalker, 33, of Indian Falls Road, Pembroke, is charged with burglary, 3rd. Stalker allegedly broke into a locked storage area in a trailer on Indian Falls Road and removed prescription medication and money belonging to somebody else. Stalker was jailed on $5,000 bail.

October 13, 2011 - 5:08pm
posted by Billie Owens in genesee county arc.

Genesee ARC is going to be featured on WGRZ-TV's "WNY Living" segment at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 15.

Area residents can tune into Channel 2 and take a look inside Genesee ARC’s Trash & Recycling program. Agency Executive Director Donna Saskowski and Trash & Recycling Coordinator Mike Smith are going to be interviewed in the feature that includes some great on-location video footage.

Genesee ARC has been providing trash and recycling services to the City of Batavia since 1983. This program employs as many as 20 individuals with developmental disabilities, while at the same time providing an invaluable service to City of Batavia residents.

For questions or information, please contact Shelley Falitico, Genesee ARC director of development at 343-1123, ext. 231.

October 13, 2011 - 4:53pm
posted by Billie Owens in Le Roy, Ranzenhofer.

New York State Senator Mike Ranzenhofer comes to Le Roy this Friday to meet with constituents. He and a member of his staff will be at Le Roy Town Hall, located at 48 Main St., from 10:30 a.m. until noon.

“Many Le Roy residents wrote letters, sent emails and called my office throughout the legislative session to have their voice heard," says Ranzenhofer in a press release. "But now that session in Albany is over, I still want to hear from constituents. That’s why we’re bringing the New York State Senate to Le Roy on Friday morning."

Senator Ranzenhofer and a representative from his staff will be on hand to listen to residents’ views on important state issues and answer questions concerning state departments or agencies.  "Senior Citizens Guides to Health Care Services" and "Financial Security" and "Focus on Veterans" brochures will also be available.

No appointment is needed. Le Roy residents can contact Senator Ranzenhofer’s District Office by phone at 1-800-597-3517 for more information.

October 13, 2011 - 4:26pm

Volunteers for Animals sent out an urgent notice today seeking donations of dry pet food at the Genesee County Animal Shelter. They need kibble - for dogs, puppies, cats and kittens.

"If you are able to help out please consider dropping off food donations during adoption hours. We greatly appreciate the community's support and could not do what we do for the animals without it," says the e-mail.

Adoption hours are:

  • Sunday through Friday 1 to 3 p.m. (Closed Thursdays)
  • Wednesday 7 to 9 p.m.
  • Saturday 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The shelter is located at 3841 W. Main St. Road in the Town of Batavia. Phone is 343-6410.

Volunteers for Animals can be contacted at <> or at P.O. Box 1621 Batavia, NY 14020.

October 13, 2011 - 4:18pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in Sponsored Post, advertisement, contests.

To enter this week's contest, click here.

In the Week 5 contest, I screwed up a setting and nobody's answers were recorded. Therefore, the winner was picked randomly from among all contest entrants. I apologize to the entrants for the botched job.

The winner of the Week 5 contest is Tony Johnson.

Reminder, winners have one week from the day they're notified to claim their prize.

October 13, 2011 - 4:04pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, accident.

An accident has been reported at West Main and Oak streets.

A mother is reporting that she and her 3-year-old may have hit their heads on airbags.

The cars have been moved to the parking lot of Oliver's Candies.

Batavia Fire Department and Mercy EMS are requested to the scene by Batavia PD, non-emergency.

October 13, 2011 - 4:03pm
posted by Billie Owens in Announcements, early childhood education.

Teachers, caregivers and librarians are invited to a workshop conducted by Betsy Zahniser, creator of "The Music Box: Songs, Rhymes and Games for Young Children."

It will be held from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Oct. 24 at Richmond Memorial Library, located at 19 Ross St. in the City of Batavia. Phone 343-9550.

Songs, rhymes and movement are vital to early childhood development, especially in regard to a preschooler’s literacy skills. Music fosters language, imaginary play and shared human experiences, therefore it is important to expose children to music at a very early age.

Successfully using music when dealing with groups, depends upon having a varied, age-appropriate repertoire, and a skillful, flexible plan.

“Down-Up-Down,” led by Zahniser, provides participants with these skills. This free, interactive workshop includes information on planning musical activities for young children, songs that are fun and engaging, and it foster the confidence to try these activities. Participants learn how they can sprinkle songs and rhymes into their daily routine more effectively, even if they are not musically predisposed.

Registration is required.

October 13, 2011 - 3:14pm
posted by Rick D. Franclemont in sports, alexander, pembroke, modified football.

Tuesday the Pembroke 7th and 8th grade modified football team traveled to Alexander.  Unfortunately the the trip was not a lot of fun for the Dragons, as they lost to the host team 56-13.

More pictures of the game can be seen here.

The Dragons will host Attica at 9:30 AM on Saturday at Pembroke. 

October 13, 2011 - 11:43am
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, Centennial Park.

Stella was quite happy posing for her mother, Anna Molino, at Centennial Park this morning until she noticed me starting to take pictures, too. Then she got camera shy.

UPDATE: Anna sent over some pictures from her photo session with Stella. Here's two of them.

October 13, 2011 - 10:56am
posted by Billie Owens in Stafford, accidents.

A car and pickup truck have crashed at 5270 Main Road in Stafford, near the Seven Springs Road intersection. Injuries are reported. Stafford fire and Mercy medics are responding.

UPDATE 10:58 a.m.: The roadway is almost completely blocked. The truck was towing heavy machinery, which will need to be lifted. A tow-truck company is called to assist. Fluids are leaking. A Sheriff's deputy is on scene along with a medic.

UPDATE 11:03: "Everything is intact but the truck is kind of sitting on the car," says a responder at the scene.

UPDATE 11:11 a.m.: The tow-truck driver is not injured. The occupants of the car will need medical attention and will be transported via ambulance.

October 13, 2011 - 9:32am
posted by Rick Franclemont in music, schools, dance, kids, Young Americans.


From October 9th through 11th, The Young Americans International Music Outreach Tour visited Attica High School culminating in a full two hour concert / show that included students from grades 4-12 attending from local school districts.

The Young Americans are a company of 40 staff, singers and dancers. The college age members of the Young Americans are from many countries around the world.


The Young Americans main purposes are:

  1. To encourage music in our nation's schools
  2. To train young people in performance
  3. To stengthen character

The workshop was aimed at providing an experience that brings every student enjoyment and benefit. 

The first two days were filled with classes, staging and rehearsal excercises (the students were placed into groups for ease in teaching and learning on appropriate levels).

On the third day, the students performed with the Young Americans on stage in a concert for the community, featuring students and their personalities, talents, and newly discovered abilities.



Many more pictures from the event can be found here



October 13, 2011 - 9:09am
posted by Lisa Ace in Deal of the Day.

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.

Alli's Cones & Dogs, 7063 Lewiston Road, Oakfield, NY: Full breakfast, lunch and dinner menu; all-you-can-eat salad bar; ice cream served year-round; eat-in or take-out. We have a $20 gift certificate for $10.

Blue Pearl Yoga, 200 E. Main St., Batavia, NY: Exercise your soul as well as your body in a friendly and relaxing atmosphere. We have a gift certificate for five weeks of yoga, 3 classes for $15.

Bohn's Restaurant, 5256 Clinton St., Batavia, NY: Fine dining in an atmosphere of casual elegance. Lunch and dinner, steak, prime rib and seafood. Ask about Bohn's catering services and banquet facility. We have a $25 gift certificate for $12.50.

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.

Clor's Meat Market, 4169 W. Main St. Road, Batavia, NY: For the best, most flavorful, juiciest chicken or hamburger in town, hands down, stop by Clor's. Oh, and the steaks are great, too. And the sausage. Clor's also serves lunch and dinners from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. We have a $10 gift certificate for $5.

Cookies & Milk, 28 City Center, Batavia, NY: Cookies & Milk offers a wide selection of delicious cookies, cakes and pies. Now offering a full lunch menu that includes soups, salads and sandwiches. Stop by for something sweet! We have a $10 gift certificate for $5.

Cruiser's Creamery, 140 W. Main Road, Le Roy, NY: For the best homemade ice cream, gelato and Italian ice, cruise down to Cruiser's Creamery. It's worth the drive! We offer soft serve, sundaes, razzles, milkshakes and more! Try an old-fashioned Banana Barrel! Our waffle cones and bowls made fresh daily. Drive-thru and patio seating. We have a $10 gift certificate available for $5.

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.)

Kravings, Valu Plaza, 4152 W. Main St., Batavia, NY: Kravings offers soups, salads and sandwiches, fresh and flavorful; Monday through Saturday. We have a $10 gift certificate for $5.

Present Tense Books and Gifts, 101 Washington Ave., Batavia, NY: Whether your taste runs to local authors, the finest in fiction or nonfiction or you're looking for a unique and special gift, this charming store in a cozy Victorian house on the edge of downtown is a great place to stop and shop. We have a $25 gift certificate for $12.50.

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.

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.

Stafford Trading Post, 6173 Main Road, Stafford, NY: Lunch or dinner, Stafford Trading Post offers a variety of fresh, homemade meals, as well as snacks and drinks. Now in a new, expanded location. We have a $25 gift certificate for $12.50. Gift certificates valid on menu items only. Not applicable to in-store purchases.

South Main Country Gifts, 3356 S. Main St. Road, Batavia, NY: Handcrafted items, gifts with a regional flair, candles, jams, soups, home furnishings & more -- South Main has a wide selection to please most any interest. Decorate your home or office for the fall season. 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.


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October 13, 2011 - 7:59am
posted by Howard B. Owens in accident, pembroke, indian falls.

One car is off the road and has hit a pole in the area of 8285 Alleghany Road, Indian Falls.

The driver is out of the car and on his feet, but has a head injury and other cuts.

Indian Falls fire and Mercy EMS responding.

UPDATE: While I was away from the computer, Mercy Flight was dispatched to this call. The scene is clear now.

October 13, 2011 - 6:39am
posted by Howard B. Owens in photos, Stafford, Horseshoe Lake.

Photo submitted by Steve Tufts, taken at Horseshoe Lake in Stafford. For a larger version, click here.

October 12, 2011 - 8:58pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in accident, Pavilion.

There's a truck vs. pickup truck accident in Pavilion. We don't have the exact location at the moment.

A person in the pickup truck will need to be extricated, but she is conscious and alert.

Mercy Flight is grounded due to weather.

Pavilion Fire Department and Mercy EMS responding.

UPDATE 9:01 p.m.: The location is routes 63 and 20 and traffic is being shut down on both. The collision was head on.

UPDATE 9:09 p.m.: Victim extricated.

October 12, 2011 - 5:54pm

By this time next year, there will be a factory in Batavia turning out 4,000 tons of yogurt on an annual basis, employing 55 people and buying milk from local dairy farmers.

The first step toward that goal was taken today with a ceremonial groundbreaking by South America-based Alpina Products at the site of its planned 40,000-square-foot facility.

“Alpina’s decision to locate in Batavia is a success for the entire region,” said Town of Batavia Supervisor Greg Post.

Alpina started marketing yogurt products aimed at U.S. consumers in the Northeast several years ago. The Batavia plant will be its first U.S.-based manufacturing facility.

Managing Director Carlos Ramirez Zavarce said Alpina was built on European tradition and now embraces American pride in expansion in New York.

Batavia, he said, was part of a list of 50 potential sites for the plant when Alpina first started planning for growth, but quickly moved to the head of the class.

Besides a strong dairy tradition and an abundant supply of milk, as well as trained workers and easy access to a market area of 125 million potential consumers, local leaders demonstrated, he said, that they would be as committed to Alpina's success as the company's executives.

"We understood that you got the message that if we were successful, you would be successful," Ramirez said. "That was very important for us. We have no doubt we're going to have success here. This is the right location, the right place."

After the groundbreaking, attendees were invited to sample Alpina's yogurt products and there was a strong sense of excitement about this initial factory opening in the long-anticipated agri-business park.

“Today’s groundbreaking of Alpina Foods’ first manufacturing facility in the United States is proof that Batavia is a great place to do business,” said Sen. Michael Ranzenhofer. “Alpina’s $15 million investment and its decision to create 50 jobs sends a clear message that other private-sector companies should consider Genesee County for their next investment.”

GCEDC CEO Steve Hyde has said previously that there are other prospects for the business park in the pipeline, but until deals are signed, he is unable to provide public details.

VIDEO: Promotional video from Alpina.

Alpina CEO Julian Jaramillo

Alpina Managing Director Carlos Ramirez Zavarce

Roger Parkhurst, who will be director of operations at the new plant

Sen. Mike Ranzenhoffer and Assemblyman Steve Hawley

GCEDC CEO Steve Hyde

October 12, 2011 - 4:42pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, crime.

An allegedly intoxicated mother who apparently lost track of the whereabouts of her children initially told a Sheriff's sergeant who knocked on her door that she lost track of her youngsters during a game of hide-and-seek.

From WBTA:

Genesee County Sheriff’s Sgt. Greg Walker says 31-year-old Jolene Goodell of Attica Road was drinking at her own home on Monday evening. Her 10 and 7-year-old daughters were home with her, but left the house and walked over to the neighbors' place, telling the folks next door that mommy couldn’t make them dinner right now.

The neighbors called 9-1-1, and lawmen showed up and found Jolene Goodell alone.

"We asked her where her children were," says Sgt. Walker, "and she originally said she didn't know. Then she said she'd last seen them about 30 - 45 minutes ago...and then she said she was playing 'hide-and-go-seek' with them."

Goodell was jailed on $1,500 bail, charged with two counts of endangering the welfare of a child.

Previously: Law and Order: Allegedly intoxicated woman accused of not knowing whereabouts of her children.

October 12, 2011 - 4:23pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, consolidation.

"In for a dime, in for a dollar" seemed to be the argument that won the night at Batavia City Council meeting when it came time to vote on a proposal to hire a facilitator to help the Consolidation Charter Task Force do its job.

The facilitator will cost $55,000, but will be paid for by a state grant.

Bill Cox and Rosemary Christian -- the two no votes in a 6-2 vote -- argued that consolidation has no chance of approval by Town of Batavia voters and therefore the money should be spent.

But other council members argued that state grant money has already been spent on consolidation studies so the city should support finishing the process.

Perhaps some good ideas will come out of the task force with a facilitator's help, said Tim Buckley.

"We're on our own 10-yard line," said Tim Buckley. "We've got 90 yards to go. Let's get to the end zone."

Frank Ferrando said that he could be pursaded to vote against the proposal if voting no would actually save taxpayers money, but if the city doesn't spend the grant money, he said, then some other municipality will.

"Any time we can take advantage of money from a broader base of taxpayers to do something that could save our taxpayers money, we should," Ferrando said.

As for the town voters possibly not approving a consolidation plan, Ferrando argued that first, the town's leadership must believe consolidation has a chance of passing in the town, or they wouldn't keep voting to approve consolidation measures.

"I want to see information on consolidation because there is a possibility it could be very beneficial to the city," Ferrando said. "It could it be beneficial to the town, we’ll see, but I don’t represent the town. I represent the city."

October 12, 2011 - 4:07pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia.

A proposed joint court facility for the Town of Batavia, Elba and Oakfield will move forward now that the Batavia City Council has approved the sale of a 19-acre parcel off Park Road to the town.

The purchase agreement was approved on a vote of 8-1, with Council President Marianne Clattenberg casting the lone no vote.

Clattenberg said she doesn't believe the building is needed. There's no reason, she said, that consolidation couldn't take place in the existing city court building or another existing government building. She said she didn't see the need to build any new government buildings.

Two years ago, Clattenberg voted against the court plan.

At the last council meeting, other council members proposed the sale and the matter was tabled, however members such as Rosemary Christian had a change of heart.

Previously, she didn't think the city was getting enough money -- $150,000 --  for the property, but after learning that the town will also spend $140,000 on a sidewalk that will stretch from Park Road and down Richmond Avenue, she decided to support the sale.

"It's fine by me," she said.

The Veteran's Administration had to grant a "release of restricted use" for the sale to go forward. The VA deeded the land to the city in 1968 and placed restrictions on how the land could be used. As part of the deal to allow sale of the land to the town, the town had to agree to put in the sidewalk.

The town must also revitalize the wetlands on the property.




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