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August 2, 2011 - 11:45pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia.

City officials, local law enforcement, firefighters and community groups were at Birchwood Village this evening for the second in a series of three "National Night Out" events in the city.

The goal of National Night Out is to foster community understanding of city services and build relationships between city officials, especially law enforcement, and the community.

August 2, 2011 - 9:21pm
posted by Gretel Kauffman in muckdogs, meet the muckdogs, virgil hill.

Sorry for the shaky camera!

August 2, 2011 - 8:58pm
posted by Billie Owens in Batavia Downs, Announcements, sports, harness racing.

    Tim Tetrick, also known as "The Bionic Man," makes his first-ever Batavia Downs & Casino appearance on Wednesday night (Aug. 3) when the New York Sire Stakes' 2-year-old pacing fillies roll into town.
    First race post time is 6:40 p.m.
    The 30-year-old Tetrick is currently leading all of North America in wins with 457 and purse earnings totaling $7,773,683. Throughout a career that began in 1998, he's won 6,425 and his drives have earned $98,024,539.
    His best year came in 2007 when he won 1,189 races. In 2008 his drives earned more than 19 million dollars.
    Tetrick is listed to drive in the first race, a $9,000 Open for fillies and mares and all five New York Sire Stake races, carded as races 2,5,7,8 and 11, with each division worth over $24,000 in purse money. Tim will have a long day as he is scheduled to drive in the first 11 races at Harrah's Chester, located in Chester, Pa., in the afternoon.
    Racing fans unable to attend the races can watch all the action via live streaming video at Simply click on the "Live racing" section and then on the "streaming video" link.

August 2, 2011 - 6:52pm
posted by Conor Flynn in economy, biotechnology.


As Governor Cuomo recently announced, the state will be transitioning from a one-size-fits-all economic development plan to a more form-fitting regionalized plan that is better suited to utilize best the quite diverse assets across the state. The plan induces inter-regional competition for economic development funding from Albany, and ideally this process will elucidate the very best New York has to offer.

This plan, if utilized correctly, can help to pull Western New York, split between the “Western New York” and “Finger Lakes” regions, out of the economic doldrums. The area, especially Genesee County, is in a prime position to take advantage of this change in the economic development framework of the state, if it makes smart decisions and follows through on them.

What makes the area in a prime position relative to other regions of the state? The density of institutions of higher education and biological/biomedical research facilities. SUNY Buffalo, Roswell Park Cancer Institute, GCC, Geneseo, University of Rochester, and Cornell are all located within 3 hours of Genesee County. Genesee County sits right in the middle of a bed of unrealized economic potential. The key is taking the first step towards seeing this potential come to fruition.

In April, the Public Policy Institute of New York released its report on the anemic state of New York’s biopharmaceutical industry. Relative to competition in other states and nationally, New York State biopharmaceutical workers are paid, on average, $30,000 less. Why? New York performs exceptionally well in research, due in no small part to the aforementioned local research centers. However, it’s lacking severely in manufacturing biopharmaceuticals—the marketable product of research, because of the lack of manufacturing facilities and their poor, outdated technology. This is important, as for every research position created, 3500 jobs arise in manufacturing. Ideas are being produced in New York State, while they are being used for profit elsewhere.

Why are companies that produce biopharmaceuticals so unenthusiastic about investing in New York State? High taxes, excessive regulations, and poor public investment choices hamstring the state’s ability to recruit high-profit biopharmaceutical manufacturers, and they inevitably end up in San Francisco, Boston, London, Singapore, etc.

There is no need for the area to invest directly to take advantage of this potential, but it does need to facilitate investment. Especially, it needs to make it favorable for large manufacturing companies to build plants with the most advanced research equipment. This can be done by creating a more competitive tax structure, including tax credits for companies that build in NYS. As the PPI makes clear, companies will not walk away from large plants that they have constructed with their own money as easily as they would a plant that is only leased. In addition to incentivizing the tax structure, the report also recommends that human capital be developed through education of the general population with an emphasis on science and engineering.

The time for waiting is over. The time for progress is now. This area cannot continue to wait for the next big fish to swim by and hope that it bites. It needs to jump in and grab it. I encourage you to write to your representatives at both the federal and state level, and tell them that you think it is time for our area to harness the potential in biopharmaceutical manufacturing. This region can be just as competitive in the biopharma race as San Francisco, Boston, London, or Singapore, simply by realizing and taking advantage of the opportunities that are already here in an insightful way. 

August 2, 2011 - 6:19pm
posted by Billie Owens in scanner.

Meanwhile, on the scanner...

What does a law enforcement officer advise when computers are on the fritz, say, possibly the server's down?

"We'll use stone tablets and a chisel."

Dispatch's reply: "As will we."

However, The Batavian remains steadfast in its belief that said communication tools belong in a newseum with the dinosaur (and mastodon) bones.

August 2, 2011 - 5:14pm
posted by Billie Owens in Batavia Downs, harness racing sports.

Press release:

Tim Tetrick, also known as “The Bionic Man,” makes his first-ever Batavia Downs & Casino appearance on Wednesday night (Aug. 3) when the New York Sire Stakes 2-year-old pacing fillies roll into town.

The 30-year-old Tetrick is currently leading all of North America in wins with 457 and purse earnings totaling $7,773,683. Throughout a career that began in 1998, he’s won 6,425 and his drives have earned $98,024,539.

His best year came in 2007 when he won 1,189 races. In 2008 his drives earned more than 19 million dollars.

Tetrick is listed to drive in the first race, a $9,000 Open for fillies and mares and all five New York Sire Stake races, carded as races 2,5,7,8 and 11, with each division worth over $24,000 in purse money. Tim will have a long day as he is scheduled to drive in the first 11 races at Harrah’s Chester, located in Chester, Pennsylvania in the afternoon.

"We’re thrilled to have the leading driver in all of North America come to the Downs on Wednesday night.” said Todd Haight, general manager of live racing. “Throughout the years we’ve had Hall of Famer after Hall of Famer race here and Tim only adds to that list.”

Racing fans unable to attend the races can watch all the action via live streaming video at Simply click on "Live racing" section and then on "streaming video link.

August 2, 2011 - 5:06pm
posted by Billie Owens in Batavia Downs, sports, harness racing.

Press release:

Thirty-seven of New York’s finest pacing fillies converge on Batavia Downs and Casino as New York Sire Stakes action continues on Wednesday night (Aug. 3). Five divisions highlight the 12-race program with over $120,000 in NYSS purse money up for grabs.

First race post time is 6:40 p.m. The first division takes place in race two, with seven fillies set to go behind starter Mark Phillips. The ones to keep your eye out for are the Bettor's Delight-Silky Western filly, Silk Purse, and the Art Major-Impagain filly, Park Lane Paige.

Silk Purse comes off a 1:56.3, track record performance at Buffalo Raceway. Tim Tetrick, making his first-ever Batavia Downs appearance, drives for trainer Linda Toscano. Park Lane Paige looks for her third win in a row after scoring in 1:54.4 at Tioga in a division of the Tompkins-Geers and in 1:57.1 at Buffalo. Once again Jim Morrill Jr. will steer for trainer Mark Ford.

JK Fine Art figures to get all the attention in the second NYSS division, race number five. The Art Major-Presidential Lady offspring is 2- for-2 in her career with wins at Yonkers (1:56.2) and Buffalo (1:58.1). Tetrick will once again be in the sulky for trainer Toscano.

Centralia Hanover, by Art Major-Calgary Hanover, looks like the horse to beat in the fourth division of sire stakes, race eight. She’s 2-for- 2 against New York breds, with victories at Yonkers (1:56.1) and Buffalo (1:58). Her only defeat came at Harrah’s Chester when she made a break at the start. Morrill will be in the bike for trainer Mark Harder.

The final stakes of the evening is carded as race 10. Handsoffmycookie (Art Major-Observe Me) starts out as a prohibitive 4-5 favorite on the morning line. She sports back-to-back scores at Yonkers (1:57.3) and Buffalo (1:57.1). Trainer Scott Di Domenico will have the services of Tetrick. The other sire stakes of the evening is race seven. It’s the most contentious of the events and features an eight-horse field and seven betting interests.

Racing fans unable to attend the races can watch all the action via live streaming video at <>. Simply click on the "Live racing" section and then on "streaming video link."

August 2, 2011 - 4:59pm
posted by Billie Owens in Milestones.

Christopher M. Dougherty, of Clinton Street Road in Bergen, took part in an internship this summer through SUNY Oswego's Experience-Based Education Program.

Dougherty, a senior graphic design major, interned at Live Auctioneers LLC, New York City.

The Experience-Based Education Program at Oswego places students in internships and career awareness opportunities that allow them to earn college credits while garnering valuable "real life" experience.

Last year, more than a thousand Oswego students took part in experiential learning while working at hundreds of businesses, nonprofit agencies and government offices, not counting the hundreds of student teachers working in area schools.

Admission to SUNY Oswego is competitive. U.S. News named it among the "Top Public Regional Universities in the North" for 2011, and the Princeton Review includes Oswego in its college guidebook "The Best Northeastern Colleges."

A 150-year-old comprehensive college in the State University of New York system, Oswego enrolls more than 8,000 students in its College of Liberal Arts and Sciences; School of Business; School of Communication, Media and the Arts; and School of Education.

August 2, 2011 - 4:13pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in thebatavian, top posts.

Here are the most viewed posts for July 2011:

July was a record traffic month for The Batavian, beating out records set in August 2010.

Visits: 335,359
Page Views: 601,325
Unique Visitors: 81,875

For comparison sake, the August 2010 numbers:

Visits: 256,391
Page Views: 443,330
Unique Visitors: 70,638

I knew I hadn't posted the most-read posts for a little while, but was surprised to find I hadn't done it since January. After the jump, the missing months.

August 2, 2011 - 3:46pm
posted by Billie Owens in batavia, Announcements, business.

A customer appreciation and grand reopening celebration will be held from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 6, at Santy's Tire & Service. There will be a car wash, too, and proceeds will go to the Genesee County Animal Shelter.

The business is located at 56 Ellicott St. in Batavia. Phone is 343-1885.

WBTA will broadcast live there from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. There will be a free hot dog lunch and lots of giveaways.

A set of four tires, with a retail value of up to $450, will be raffled along with a $100 prize package from Batavia Downs & Casino.

You can either buy a raffle ticket(s) or get it by bringing one item(s) from the shelter's wish list: dry cat/dog/kitten food, canned dog/cat food, paper towels, bleach, non-clumping cat litter, dog collars and leashes, laundry soap, and cat toys.

If you're thinking ahead to winter, there will also be a representative from Sno-Way International to answer all your snowplow questions.

Come on down!

August 2, 2011 - 3:22pm
posted by Billie Owens in batavia, fire, east pembroke.

A fire behind a stove is reported at the Sportsman's Coonhunters Association, an archery club, located at 8776 Hopkins Road in East Pembroke. The flames are out but firefighters are called to check for extensions into the walls.

East Pembroke and Town of Batavia fire departments are responding. A firefighter on scene says extensions are unlikely. An infrared camera is requested to be sure.

August 2, 2011 - 1:18pm
posted by Billie Owens in Batavia Police, Milestones.

The newest member of the Batavia Police Department has graduated from the Niagara County Law Enforcement Academy at Niagara University.

Officer Matthew D. Lutey has been attending the academy for the the past 24 weeks. At graduation ceremonies Monday, Lutey was presented the Joseph E. Steblein Memorial Award, named after the academy's first director.

The award is presented to the individual who demonstrates overall excellence in all areas of training.

Officer Lutey is a graduate of Genesee Community College and served six years in the Air Force. He is currently assigned to Field Training Officers where he will complete 16 additional weeks of on-the-job training with time spent assigned to all shifts.

August 2, 2011 - 1:02pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in libraries.

Library officials and supporters made a pitch to the Genesee County Legislature on Monday to protect funding for books, materials and support for the county's six libraries.

Funding has decreased in recent years and as budgets continue to tighten, officials are concerned that one key source of funding is in jeopardy.

"You’re frugal and we are, too," said Anne Engel, director of the Haxton Memorial Library in Oakfield. "We use everything two or three times. But there's a study that shows that for every taxpayer dollar that is put into a library, more than $3 is returned to the economy."

In 2010, county aid to the library system was $57,351, down from $60,370 in 2009.

Libraries are funded through a combination of school taxes, grants and fees and fines as well as county aid.

Library officials spoke to the Public Services Committee, whose members offered no feedback on the request nor was there any pending item up for vote.

Esther Marone explained that prior to 1984, the county provided no aid to libraries, but when the Richmond Memorial Library expanded and began providing more services, its expenses went up. 

Rather than seek funding for just the Richmond library, the county's librarians got together and worked for three years on a plan to present to the legislature to provide aid to all of the local libraries.

Part of the reason, said Diana Wyrwa, executive director of the Richmond Memorial Library, was that some communities in the county have no direct expense for libraries, but residents still use neighboring community libraries, so the aid helps cover the expense of serving those residents.

And the libraries remain popular.

In 2010, there were 472,991 books circulated.

"The new book area always has people hovering around like bees looking for the newest and the greatest releases," Engel said.

Libraries pay a particularly important role for people who can't afford computers and internet access, by not only providing easy access to books and periodicals, but also computers for personal use.

In tough times, funding a library system is particularly important, argued Thomas Bindeman, (pictured above) executive director of the Nioga Library System.

"Whenever there’s an economic downturn, people come to libraries," he said. "When times get tough, we’re used."

August 2, 2011 - 12:56pm
posted by Daniel Crofts in batavia, Batavia Muckdogs, music, dwyer stadium.

Get ready to rock and roll at Dwyer Stadium Friday night with Batavia's own "In Plain View."

Pictured above in the band's poster are lead guitarist Joe Lambert (top left), drummer Mark Assenato (top right), bass player Mike Burns (bottom left) and singer Pete Cecere.

"In Plain View" has roots in the players' high school days, but officially got its name last year -- during 4th of July weekend, to be exact.

Burns, a graduate of Batavia High School, said his class celebrated its 26-year reunion -- that's right, 26-year reunion -- at that time, and the band got back together to play for the occasion. They were asked to play again the following night at a private party, which was held at Haul 4 Less.

"(And we thought,) 'Here's four guys who haven't played in 26 years,'" Cecere said, "'and what people see is what they get, in plain view.'"

Included in the group's repertoire are rock songs from almost every era, from the '60s to the present. They play songs that multiple generations will know and appreciate, as evidenced by the fact that Cecere has received positive comments from his daugthers and from some of his aunts and uncles.

"(We'll play) anything from The Kinks to Jimmy Eat World," he said. "We like to pick songs that are interesting and out of the ordinary, but still popular."

"Our goal is not to be the typical bar band," Burns said.

Dedication is a key ingredient in the work that "In Plain View" does. Lambert, who lives in New York City, flies into Batavia for every gig, which is followed by a good five, six or seven hours of rehearsal.

Cecere and Burns, for their parts, have been able to manage this while working full-time jobs. Cecere works in sales at Diamond Packaging. Burns is a manager of client services at the Rochester Institute of Technology -- and coaches a girls soccer team through a season of near total victory.

When asked how they found the time for rehearsals, Cecere replied: "Very carefully."

If you're going to be part of this band, he added, "You've got to do your homework."

"In Plain View's" pre-game concert will start at 5:30 p.m. and last about 45 minutes.

Anyone who purchases tickets to the Muckdogs game will get to see Friday's show at no extra cost.

The band's expenses are being covered by the Juliano Allstate Agency, but they themselves are not getting paid for the concert. As huge Muckdogs fans, all four members are more than happy to donate their time.

"We are extremely blessed to have the Muckdogs," Cecere said. "It's cheap (price-wise) family fun."

"We went by (Dwyer Stadium)," Burns said, "and Joe said, 'This is where we've got to play.'"

For more information on "In Plain View" and their upcoming concerts, visit

Bottom two photos taken by Stephen Ognibene.

August 2, 2011 - 11:28am
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, baseball, Batavia Little League, sports.

Batavia's 11-year-old All Stars run at a championship season came to an end Monday with an 12-2 loss to Tonawanda.

Tonawanda moves on to the state championship next week in Pinebush.

Batavia made it to the District 1 regional championship game after beating Seneca Falls and Oleans.

Batavia’s Casey Radka turned a double play for the team, with Jerry Reinhart who pitched well in the loss to Tonawanda. Nick Bezinque and Evan Bender had the hits for Batavia in a well-played game by both teams. 

The 2011 11-year-old All Star roster included: Evan Bender, Alex Jones, Jerry Rinehart, Philip Koziol, Taylor Stefaniak, Nick Bezinque, AJ Marcello, Casey Radka, Griffen Moore, Michael Calderon and Cameron Ells.

The coaches were James Soggs, Dave Hall and Todd Bender

The team was coached by James Soggs, Dave Hall and Todd Bender.

Slide show of more photos below (be sure to click on the button in the lower right for full screen version).

Pictures from this event can be purchased by clicking here.

August 2, 2011 - 9:26am
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, photos, weather.

The clouds after the storm late yesterday were pretty spectacular. I was tied up on something else, so didn't have much time drive around for pictures. But as soon as I was free, I went out to one of my favorite spots along Creek Road and took this picture.

August 2, 2011 - 8:50am
posted by Lisa Ace in Deal of the Day.

Adam Miller Toy & Bicycles, 8 Center St., Batavia, NY: Feel like a kid in a toy store again, or treat your kids to the greatest toy store they will ever see. 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 $25 gift certificates 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 $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. Pizza, wings, pasta and more. We have $20 gift certificates for $10. (Good only at the Batavia location.)

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.

South Main Country Gifts, 3356 Main St. Road, Batavia, NY: Handcrafted items, gifts with a regional flair, candles, teas and spices -- South Main has a wide selection to please most any interest. Decorate your home or office for summer. 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 card for $12.50.


Note: if you've never bought Deal of the Day before, or are otherwise unfamiliar with the rules and process, click here.

August 1, 2011 - 8:10pm
posted by Billie Owens in elba, accidents.

An elderly female fell out of her wheelchair and struck her head on the pavement at the intersection of Oak Orchard and Hundredmark roads in Elba. Mercy EMS and Elba fire responding. Mercy Flight is responding to transport the victim.

UPDATE: Mercy Flight landed a few minutes ago.

UPDATE 8:31 p.m.: Mercy Flight is airborne and headed to Strong Memorial Hospital.

August 1, 2011 - 8:06pm
posted by Billie Owens in fire, Pavilion.

A front porch carpet fire, believed to be out at this time, is reported at 11133 Saint Mary's St. in Pavilion. A person there suffered burns to the legs trying to put out the blaze. Pavilion Fire Department and Mercy EMS responded. They are checking the site with an infrared camera to ensure the blaze is out.

The victim is reportedly a 14-year-old who was playing with matches. A Sheriff's deputy is requested to the scene because of concerns of child endangerment.

UPDATE 8:10 p.m.: Those at the scene ask the deputy to "step it up."

UPDATE 8:26 p.m.: Mercy medics are en route to Strong Memorial Hospital with the burn victim. The Sheriff's deputy is back in service.

UPDATE 8:33 p.m.: Pavilion fire is back in service.




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