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May 4, 2012 - 2:10pm
posted by Billie Owens in accident, elba.

A two-car accident is reported at Norton Road and Route 262. One person is complaining of a facial injury. It is partially blocking the roadway. Elba Fire Department and Mercy medics are responding.

UPDATE 2:23: A second ambulance is requested to the scene.

UPDATE 2:41 p.m.: A Mercy rig is transporting two patients to UMMC after their vehicle "broadsided" another vehicle, causing "moderate front-end damage" to the vehicle occupied by the patients. The driver is a 70-year-old man who has lacerations on his upper and lower lips and seat-belt marks and bruising. The passenger is a 30-year-old woman with bruising from her seat belt. CORRECTION: A family member informs us the patients were 17 and 13.

UPDATE 2:48 p.m.: The driver of the other vehicle is also being taken to UMMC by Mercy. The 33-year-old man is complaining of shoulder pain.

UPDATE 2:53 p.m.: Elba is back in service.

May 4, 2012 - 1:26pm
posted by Billie Owens in byron, alexander, Le Roy, poetry, east bethany, GO ART!.

GO ART! has announced the winners of the 2012 Genesee/Orleans Student Poetry Contest.

Students from schools in both counties were invited to participate.  
The winners in Genesee County are:

  • Ian Edwards -- Grade 2, Alexander
  • Will Johnson -- Grade 5, Byron
  • Emily Leone -- Grade 6, Le Roy
  • Anna Dembowski -- Grade 12, East Bethany
May 4, 2012 - 12:35pm
posted by Billie Owens in accident, Alabama.

A motor-vehicle accident is reported at Route 77 and Ledge Road. Alabama Fire Department is responding along with Mercy medics. There is one patient with a facial injury who is also complaining of chest pain.

UPDATE 12:39: Southbound traffic is blocked. Fire police are needed for traffic control. Law enforcement is on scene.

UPDATE 1:17 p.m.: Alabama is back in service. One patient is being transported to Erie County Medical Center.

May 3, 2012 - 11:16pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in weather.

A lightning and thunderstorm passed through Batavia in the 10 o'clock hour, and though things have gotten quieter, there are still a few flashes in the sky now and then.

The National Weather Service has issued a special weather statement predicting ongoing lightning and thunder activity throughout the night with possibility of strong wind gusts at time and possibly hail.

Some hail was reported in the county tonight.

Power outages in the county so far tonight have been minimal. There was a report of a wire down and arching in Pavilion, but that doesn't sound like a serious issue.

May 3, 2012 - 10:27pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, fire.

A caller reports seeing flames inside a greenhouse at Pudgie's Lawn and Garden on West Main Street Road, Batavia.

Chiefs on scene report nothing showing.

UPDATE: A chief confirms an LED light inside the building -- no fire.

May 3, 2012 - 9:15pm
posted by Robin Walters in batavia, Care-A-Van Ministries.

Care-A-Van Ministries took advantage of the nice weather to host a free strawberrry shortcake dessert night  on Main Street Thursday evening.  Many folks stopped by and enjoyed the delicious treat.

Beginning Thursday, May 17th, Care-A-Van will be hosting a free Community picnic in Austin Park every Thursday evening beginning at 6:00 PM. There will be lots of great food, a message by local pastors,prayer and music by the Care-A-Van band.  All are welcome to join in the fun!

 

 

 

May 3, 2012 - 7:07pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in crime, Le Roy.

A chance meeting with five local farmers in a Le Roy diner helped convince Donnie Henderickson to take a logging job with David Henry Isabell, the 43-year-old, now-convicted timber con man, Henderickson said today.

Henderickson spoke after his appearance in Genesee County Court where he was given a conditional discharge on a single petit larceny conviction.

Isabell called Henderickson out to Le Roy to talk about a job on property owned by Lynn Belluscio, Henderickson said. It was the first time Henderickson had done anything with Isabell in 10 years, he said.

After the meeting at Belluscio's property, they went to a local diner and ran into the farmers, who greeted Isabell like an old friend, he said.

"After I got home, I said (to my wife), ‘I can’t believe it. He really changed his ways,’ " Henderickson said. "He was pretty shifty 10 years ago, and he hasn’t changed his ways. The only thing he’s done is he’s learned to finesse the BS a little more."

Henderickson described Isabell as charming -- a master of BS -- and said the 43-year-old Liverpool resident deserved a harsher sentence than he got.

He said he was sorry for what happened to the property owners Isabell conned.

He's also sorry for himself and what he's been through.

He said -- backed by his wife of 30 years -- that he's always been a legitimate logger, but this ordeal has ruined logging for him.

"It's a shame," he said. "When I drive out here, I see lots of good timber. I could have made a lot of money out here (in Genesee County) legitimately. I didn't need this.

"You know it's tough to make money (in logging) anyway. After this, all anybody has to do is get on the computer and pull a DEC report and see Mr. Henderickson’s name right there and they’re not going to deal with me."

To make a living now, Henderickson drives a log truck for another company.

The 49-year-old resident of Bernhards Bay was originally charged with grand larceny, 4th, 23 counts of timber trespass, grand larceny, 3rd, and scheme to defraud, 1st.

Those charges were reduced to petit larceny with a promise of no jail time on the condition that Henderickson testify truthfully against Isabell.

Rather than go to trial, Isabell entered a guilty plea to timber trespass and scheme to defraud, 1st. He was sentenced April 26 to six months in jail and five years probation.

Assistant Distirct Attorney Kevin Finnell said in court today that he is convinced that Henderickson was a partner in Isabell's timber scheme.

"I think Mr. Henderickson was well aware of what was going on with the home owners," Finnell said. "He was clearly part of this scheme, albeit to a lesser degree of culpability, but he certainly knew what was going on."

Even so, Finnell said, he didn't oppose the recommendation of the probation department that Henderickson receive a conditional discharge.

A conditional discharge means that if Henderickson isn't re-arrested for anything in the next year, the petit larceny conviction will be dropped from record.

"For the victims, I’m very glad they got the restitution they got, but as far as Mr. Isabell and (his sentence), what he did was wrong," Henderickson said.

May 3, 2012 - 5:54pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, baseball, sports.

It's true, one of New York's premier pitcher's will make a final rehab start with the Empire Yankees on Sunday against the Red Sox farm club.

Unfortunately for Batavia baseball fans, the game has been shifted to Frontier Field in Rochester.

UPDATE: Additional information about tickets just in:

All fans holding tickets to the regularly scheduled Yankees--PawSox game in Batavia on Sunday may exchange their tickets for the same game at Frontier Field. The exchange must be made by 5 p.m. on Saturday at the Dwyer Stadium Box Office in Batavia or the Frontier Field Box Office in Rochester. If any ticket holder can not attend Sunday’s game at Frontier Field, they can exchange their ticket for the Yankees game on June 12 in Batavia or any regular season Muckdogs game.

May 3, 2012 - 2:55pm
posted by Daniel Crofts in batavia, Richmond Memorial Library, budget vote.

On Tuesday, voters approved the proposed budget for the Richmond Memorial Library in Batavia. This will mean a 3-cent increase in the library tax per $1,000 of assessed property value.

The budget passed by a four-to-one margin:

Yes: 252
No: 63

Also, library Board Member Beth Stich was reelected to another five-year term with 293 votes. She was unopposed.

For more information about the library's services, visit www.batavialibrary.org.

May 3, 2012 - 1:40pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in genesee county, Livable Community.

By showing up at Genesee Community College this morning, more than 150 local residents demonstrated that this is a livable community, said Jill Babinski, a senior planner for the county.

But they also know things can always be made better.

In today's terms, that means "more livable," which was the focus of the forum at the college.

"I grew up in Erie County and I've chosen to live here and be here, so I think Genesee County is very livable," said Babinski, who also referred to Genesee County as the best county in the state.

"If you take into account all of the economic activity recently, companies from the outside are also judging Genesee County to be livable, because you're not going to bring your company here unless you know there are things here for your employees to do."

What makes a community livable?

That's a complex and not easily answered question said keynote speaker Vera Prosper, director of Livable New York.

It's easy to say it means it's a good place to live, work, to grow up and grow old, but what that means is different for each person and each community.

Generally, it means a place with a variety of housing to meet the needs of different people at different stages of their lives. It means good jobs, viable transportation, nice parks and sound infrastructure, up-to-date technology, smart land use planning, plenty of shopping, quality schools and accessible health care.

"These are the kind of elements that make up our living our environment," Prosper said. "They’re very tangible. They’re easy to see, easy to measure, easy to associate with livability. These are the kind of elements people look at when they’re aiming to improve livability."

Livable communities are sustainable. They are ones people want to move to, live in, and not leave.

"In order for Genesee County to at least to remain marketable, we have to address all of those isuses to get people here and to get people to stay here," Babinski said.

The County Planning Department is using the forum to kick off an update to the comprehensive plan, and the effort includes setting up a volunteer vision committee as well as 10 focus groups.

Babinski encourages residents to get involved.

"I've always believed, you can't complain unless you put in some effort," Babinski said. "We want people to put in the effort and then if they have a problem they can complain and make sure it turns out the way they want it to."

A strong community, Prosper said, is one where people are involved, and involvement spurs economic activity and better opportunities for all residents.

"It is a community's responsibility to understand what is coming up in that community and not base decisions on yesterday’s circumstances," Prosper said.

May 3, 2012 - 12:40pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in crime, Le Roy.

A 20-year-old Le Roy resident is being accused of burglary for allegedly breaking into the old Jell-O plant on North Street, Le Roy, and stealing tools, wire and other items from a business there.

The burglary was discovered after Easter weekend when employees returned to work.

The suspect, John H. O'Shea, of 84 Wolcott St., Le Roy, is accused of making forced entry into the building.

As part of the month-long investigation, police executed a search warrant at a residence in Riga, where some of the allegedly stolen property was located.

O'Shea is charged with burglary, 3rd, and grand larceny, 4th.

After arraignment, O'Shea was released under the supervision of Genesee Justice.

Le Roy PD says the investigation is ongoing.

May 3, 2012 - 12:05pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, Batavia Downs, Announcements, sports.

Press release:

The staff of Western Regional Off-Track Betting & Batavia Downs Casino are going through final preparations for Saturday’s Kentucky Derby festivities at each OTB and EZ Bet Location in the Western New York Area.  Batavia Downs Casino will host a radio remote and enjoy a visit from their Hall of Famer Thurman Thomas.  Locations of OTB Branches and EZ Bets can be found at www.westernotb.com.

“Staff members will be in each branch to help those unfamiliar with horse betting pick their horses for a chance to hit a big payday, “said OTB Director of Branch Operations, Sean Schiano.  “Prize drawings for Derby shirts and glasses will go on at every OTB Branch.  We’ll also be drawing a winner for a trip to the Belmont Stakes.”

Batavia Downs Casino will host its own Derby Party with a live radio remote from WGR Sports Radio 550 AM.  “We’re thrilled to have a sports talk show live on site as we count down the minutes to the Derby” said Ryan Hasenauer, Director of Marketing. “With the added presence of our ambassador Thurman Thomas, the atmosphere here will surely be one of excitement.”

Batavia Downs in owned and operated by Western Regional Off-Track Betting, a public benefit corporation. Municipalities that own Batavia Downs Casino include: City of Buffalo, Cattaraugus County, Cayuga County, Chautauqua County, Erie County, Genesee County, Livingston County, Monroe County, Niagara County, Orleans County, Oswego County, City of Rochester, Schuyler County, Seneca County, Steuben County, Wayne County, and Wyoming County. The track is also home to Batavia Downs Casino, featuring over 600 video slot machines. Batavia Downs Casino is located less than one mile from Thruway Exit 48 and is open daily from 8AM-4AM.

May 3, 2012 - 11:34am
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, art.

Press release:

Congresswoman Kathy Hochul today announced that Siena Pullinzi, a 10th-grader at Batavia High School, has won the New York 26th Congressional District Art Competition with her work entitled “What’s on the Inside.” The work is a self-portrait consisting of pencil, watercolor and ink.

“I want to congratulate Siena for a job well done, as well as all the students who took part in this competition,” Congresswoman Hochul said. “The arts play an essential part of education and I am proud that so many Western New York students exercised their creativity. While I would have loved to have displayed all these pieces of art in the halls of the Capitol for the next year, we could only have one.”

Pullinzi added, “I’m so surprised I won because some of my friends submitted pieces that were really good. I’m so excited. Yay!”

Over 800 residents of the 26th District voted in this year’s competition, choosing Pullinzi’s artwork to be displayed in the halls of the Capitol for the next year. Pullinzi will also now have the opportunity to visit Washington, D.C., to participate in a ceremony for Congressional Art Competition winners. A photo of Pullinzi’s work can be seen here.

The Congressional Art Competition, now in its 30th year, was created to recognize and encourage artistic talent in each congressional district across the nation. High school students in each district are encouraged to submit original artwork – photographs, oil, watercolor, and mixed-media works are all permitted.

May 3, 2012 - 10:11am
posted by Lisa Ace in Deal of the Day.

Sweetland Pines Golf Course - NEW TODAY, 5795 Sweetland Road, Stafford NY: Sweetland Pines is a par 3 golf course, great for beginners and experienced golfers working on the short game. Relaxed golf game, average play is about 1 hour and 20 minutes, leaving the golfer time to enjoy rest of the day. We have a $25 gift certificate for $12.50.

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.

Alex's Place, 8322 Park Road, Batavia, NY: People come from all over the region for a fine dining experience at Alex's. It's best known for its ribs, of course, but Alex's seafood is also a favorite of the restaurant's diners. 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.

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.

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.

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.

Delavan's, 107 Evans St., Batavia, NY: To me, Delavan's is one of those restaurants where you want to eat frequently so you can try everything on the menu. We have a $20 gift certificate 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.)

Greg'ry's Bakery, 13 N. 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.

Kashmir Cafe, 85 Main St., Batavia, NY; This delightful cafe and coffee shop offers the finest flame-roasted artisan coffee and teas, a wide selection of sandwiches made with the freshest breads, and assorted baked goods. We have a $10 gift certificate for $5.

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.

Larry's Steakhouse, 60 Main St., Batavia, NY: The name says it all -- Larry's is a great place for steak. Larry's has a fine dining atmosphere with a great menu and outstanding service. We have a $20 gift certificate for $10.

Log Cabin Restaurant, 1227 Gilmore Rd, Corfu, NY: Overlooking the picturesque Indian Falls on the Tonawanda Creek, the Log Cabin is known for casual dining, beef on weck, burgers, steaks, prime rib and mouthwatering BBQ baby back ribs. The Log Cabin is located off Route 77, 1.7 miles north of Exit 48 on the Thruway. We have a $20 gift certificate for $10.

New York Subs and Deli, 234 Ellicott St., Batavia, NY: Offering the freshest ingredients daily with a wide variety of sandwiches, wraps, & daily specials. All tips collected go to an animal in need! 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.

Palm Island Indoor Water Park, 8250 Park Road, Batavia, NY: The newest family fun center in Genesee County, featuring a hot tub, monsoon lagoon pool and play area, tipping buckets, water slides, arcade with 15 games and birthday party rooms. We have a pair of gift certificates worth $40 in merchandise or services for $20.

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.

Pudgie's Lawn and Garden Center, 3646 W. Main St. Road, Batavia, NY: Spring decorations are in as well as a large selection of Easter flowers and spring bulbs. 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.

Rosie's Diner, 4974 Ellicott St. Road, Batavia, NY: Serving breakfast and lunches daily. Rosie's features delicious homemade food including Italian and Polish dishes and the freshest homemade soups. "Where good people meet!" We have a $10 gift certificate for $5.

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.

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.

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.

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." Stop in and check out our jumbo chicken wings, roast beef on weck and Friday night fish fry. The original family spaghetti sauce still adorns all of our Italian specialties. The other popular selections from our menu range from super salads, butcher cut strip loin and South of the Border items. We offer daily lunch and dinner specials as well as a full adult and children’s menu. We have a $20 gift certificate for $10.

Viking Valhalla Restaurant & Rose Garden Bowl21 Buffalo Road, Bergen, NY: Open for lunch Monday through Sunday, and dinner Friday and Saturday evenings. Dinner favorites are our succulent prime rib and Friday fish fries! We are always happy to help plan your special occasion -- wedding, shower, rehearsal dinner, stag party, graduation, company function, banquet, family or class reunion. We have a $20 gift certificate for $10.

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May 3, 2012 - 8:09am
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, crime, Darien, Le Roy.

Michael Timothy Van Houter, 21, of East Main Road, Le Roy, is DWI, driving with a BAC of .08 or greater, failure to reduce speed, driving left of pavement markings in a no-passing zone and failure to stop at stop sign. Van Houter was charged following the investigation into a motor-vehicle accident at 11:24 p.m., Tuesday, on Perry Road, Le Roy. The investigation was conducted by Deputy Jason Saile.

Rea Anne Leaha Wimmer, 19, of Broadway Road, Darien, is charged with driving while ability impaired by drugs and moving from lane unsafely. Wimmer was stopped at 12:40 p.m., Tuesday, on Clinton Street Road, Batavia, by Sgt. Thomas Sanfratello.

Austin L. Wester, 17, of 3373 Pratt Road, Batavia, is charged with criminal contempt, 2nd, and criminal possession of stolen property, 4th. Wester is accused of violating an order of protection. During the investigation, Wester allegedly admitted to possessing property he knew was stolen. Wester was jailed without bail pending an appearance in Batavia City Court today.

Latoya D. Jackson, 26, of Batavia, is charged with disorderly conduct and resisting arrest. Jackson is accused of screaming profanities in Batavia City Court and then struggling with deputies in the lobby of the Genesee County Courthouse. Jackson was jailed on $2,000 bail.

May 3, 2012 - 12:30am
posted by Andrew Crofts in GCC, sports, Men's Lacrosse.

The Genesee Community College men's lacrosse team opened up the Region III Playoffs with a 20-0 shutout win over visiting Finger Lakes Community College on Wednesday night.

The matchup was the second meeting between the two teams this season, with GCC notching a 23-8 victory on the road against FLCC in early March.

Pat McMahon (Amherst, NY) was brilliant in net, turning aside all 18 shots he faced to record Genesee's second shutout win of the season.

The game was scoreless until the 6:37 mark in the first quarter when a Gaehnew Printup (Tuscarora, NY) goal gave the Cougars a 1-0 lead. Marcus Palvino (Spencerport, NY) followed with his first of six goals on the night to increase the lead to 2-0, which GCC took into the second quarter.

(Gaehnew Printup #16 fires a shot in the first quarter of the Region III Quarterfinals against Finger Lakes CC)

 

GCC managed three goals in the second period which saw almost an hour delay due to weather. Goals by Jason Harasimowicz (Batavia, NY) , Connor Latimer (Whitby, ON) and Joe Pedro (Batavia, NY) gave the Cougars a 5-0 lead at the half.

The Genesee offense got rolling in the second half with five goals in the third quarter and ten goals in the fourth to cruise to the quarterfinals victory.

The GCC defensive unit made up of Vin Pedro (Batavia, NY), Jordan McElligot (Spencerport, NY), Dylan Hickey (Hilton, NY), Dave Lehman (Edmonton, AB) and Aaron Hayward (Hilton, NY) combined for 12 takeaways and 33 ground balls.

(Members of the GCC men's lacrosse team celebrate with goalie Pat McMahon after a 20-0 win over Finger Lakes CC on Wednesday night)

 

Printup led the offense with four goals and three assists, Jon Gill (Cattaraugus Territory) finished with three goals and an assist and Latimer chipped in a goal and two assists.

Palvino paced the midfield with six goals and an assist and Spencer Halliwell-Allen (St. Catherines, ON) added a goal and six assists.

Genesee advances to the Region III Semifinals and will play Monroe Community College on Saturday afternoon at 3:30pm at Herkimer County Community College.

May 2, 2012 - 10:49pm
posted by Rick D. Franclemont in cancer, east pembroke, benefit.

Saturday, May 5, at the East Pembroke Fire Hall pavilion, Austin's Army will be holding a benefit for Austin Heineman (son of Jason Heineman and Jamie (McGiveron) Wasielewski). Austin is an 18-year-old Pembroke High School senior who was recently diagnosed with a rare, aggressive form of childhood cancer.

The benefit runs from 4 to 11 p.m. and the fire hall is located at 2623 W. Main Road, East Pembroke.

There will be Chinese and silent auctions and side raffles. Some of the raffle items are a 32" flat-screen TV, a Sabres Jersey signed by 15 of the players, an X-Box and Kinect package, four Adirondack chairs, a large primitive hutch and three signed Philadelphia Eagles Jerseys (#7 Michael Vick, #10 DeSean Jackson, #24 Ninamdi Asomugha).

Entertainment will be provided by local bands Unruly and Mr. Hand. There is no entry fee. Food and beverages will be available for purchase.  

All proceeds from the benefit are to help offset costs not covered by health insurance. Donations are welcome and may be sent to Austin’s Army, c/o First Niagara Bank, Batavia NY 14020.

May 2, 2012 - 10:31pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, David Bellavia.

"House to House: an Epic Memoir of War," a book cowritten by Batavia resident David Bellavia and released in 2007, will get the Hollywood treatment.

Deadline Hollywood reports that Rich Middlemas, who won an Oscar this year for the  documentary Undefeated will produce the film.

Bellavia won a Bronze Star and Silver Star and the book is based on his experiences in 2004 in the second battle for Fallujah.

Currently, Bellavia is running for Congress and is locked in a GOP primary battle with Chris Collins for the NY-27 District.

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