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March 8, 2012 - 10:39pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in fire, Darien.

Firefighters did their best Thursday to try and save dozens of pigs caught in a barn that burst into flames at about 1:30 p.m., but some piglets were killed, according to officials.

A quick response by Darien and Corfu firefighters along with a State Trooper helped keep the fire from spreading north in the barn and destroying more animals.

Willow Ridge Pig Farm, owned by Charlie Miller, housed at least 1,000 pigs, but the number killed is not yet available.

The fire apparently started in the nursery, but the cause has not yet been determined.

Some pigs from the burned structure were moved to other barns on the property, and some pigs were relocated to climate-controlled facilities at other barns.

After the fire was largely knocked down, more than two dozen piglets were carried out of the nursery by firefighters. They were covered with soot and Indian Falls Chief Ed Mileham feared some were overheated, so he sprayed them with water.

Miller's staff then put the piglets in another barn.

One firefighter familiar with hog farming and Miller's facility said normally people not wearing protective garb would not have access to the young pigs. The animals who survived the fire may yet be susceptible to disease.

Besides Darien, Corfu and Indian Falls, responding to the scene were Pembroke, East Pembroke, the Town of Batavia, Attica, Alexander, Bennington, Oakfield, Akron, Alden, and Crittenden, and the city's Fast Team.

Darien Fire went back in service at 5:26 p.m.

(Initial report, with more pictures)

March 8, 2012 - 8:57pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in GCC.

Today, students and staff gathered at the college's pool for the annual Duck Derby.

Here is a press release from Genesee Community College:

Genesee Community College students in the Business Forum Club made a big splash for a local charity. The fourth annual Ducky Derby raised $2,523 for the United Way – $293 more than collected last year, and the most money ever for the event.

Students sold 1,080 numbered rubber ducks, which were then set free in the Olympic-sized pool at the Batavia campus. With the help of a "current" created by members of the college’s Swim Team, the first duck that made it to the end of the pool won the race to the hooting, hollering and cheers of a captive fan base of staff, students and faculty. 

The winner of this year’s race was a duck purchased by student Taylor Schmieder who won $504.60. The remainder of the money, $2,018.40, will benefit the Genesee County United Way, which is also higher than last year’s donation of $1,561.

Here's a video from GCC:

March 8, 2012 - 5:25pm
posted by Billie Owens in fire, pembroke, Darien, corfu, indian falls.

Heavy smoke is spewing from the chimney of a church in Pembroke that has been converted into a house, according to a Pembroke firefighter on scene. The location is 690 Main Road on the corner of Lake Road. It looks like it's confined to the chimney. Corfu and Darien are also responding.

UPDATE 5:29 p.m.: The address is determined to be 8576 North Lake Road. Indian Falls is responding, too. All incoming units are to stage at Pembroke Engine 85, which is in a driveway across the street.

UPDATE 5:32 p.m.: They are trying to contact the homeowner regarding entry to the house but "have not heard back."

UPDATE 5:34 p.m.: An unlocked door has been located on the north side of the structure. Interior firefighters are going to enter "to see what we can see." A firefighter warns that dogs can be heard barking inside. Akron is on scene. They are putting up ladder(s) on the roof.

UPDATE 5:37 p.m.: Two dogs are seen locked in the basement along with a cat. There's no smoke. The furnace is on. The cat is running around. They'll need to gain front entry to get to the basement. They have not been able to contact the occupants. Animal control is not available, according to dispatch. A code enforcement officer is called. There are multiple renovations under way. They are putting up a light tower and taking statements from people at the scene.

UPDATE 5:43 p.m.: They are going to contact the owner of the building, who lives in Indian Falls. The interior crew has reached the stove in the center of the building and they have knocked the fire down, now checking for extentions. Firefighters have to be careful inside as there are places where flooring is missing and there are open beams.

UPDATE 5:45 p.m.: They are shutting off the gas to the stove, which was "jerry-rigged," according to a firefighter. National Fuel has been contacted.

UPDATE 5:52 p.m.: One of the occupants has been located at the Union Hotel and firefighters are speaking with him. They are getting into the basement. They are all set with manpower and will begin releasing some of the responders.

UPDATE 5:55 p.m.: The Town of Pembroke's building inspector is going to be contacted. "It's definately needed," says the firefighter making the request. The female occupant is heading to the scene.

UPDATE 6:03 p.m.: "You can disregard contacting the building inspector. We're on the phone with zoning now." Once the occupant arrives, she can "take care of the dogs so we can get in there."

UPDATE 6:10 p.m.: A zoning officer is on scene.

UPDATE 6:14 p.m.: Corfu units are leaving the scene, in service. A National Fuel rep is on site.

UPDATE 6:30 p.m.: Darien is back in quarters. The zoning officer has been provided the appropriate paperwork from the fire chief and there will be no further use of the chimney allowed at the residence until proper repairs are made and there is a re-inspection.

March 8, 2012 - 1:31pm
posted by Billie Owens in fire, alexander, Darien, corfu.

A barn fire is reported at the Miller farm in the Town of Darien. It's located at 9697 Ridge Road. Darien Fire Department is responding along with mutual aid from Alexander and Corfu.

Caller is the owner who says flames are shooting out of one end of the barn and there's a possibility other structures nearby could be compromised.

UPDATE 1:37 p.m.: The fire has gone to a second alarm and mutual aid is called in from Pembroke, East Pembroke, the Town of Batavia and the city's Fast Team. The city's first platoon is called to stand by in quarters. There are three sites of fire inside the barn.

UPDATE 1:40 p.m.: County emergency coordinators are called to the scene. Monroe County Water Authority is notified of the fire, and tanker personnel are communicatinn on the "water channel."

"I have the owner heading up toward you. All the barns are full of pigs."

UPDATE 1:48 p.m.: Indian Falls is also responding along with Attica. "I need all available manpower to the back of the barn."

UPDATE 1:51: All available manpower from the Town of Batavia is called in.

UPDATE 1:53 p.m.: Wyoming County offers Bennington's "Super Tanker" and it is called in.

UPDATE 1:58 p.m.: Akron,  Alden, and Crittenden are assisting or called to assist.

UPDATE 2:01 p.m.: Oakfield is responding.

UPDATE 2:05 p.m.: "The fire is contained to the center of the building." This is a hog farm. The pigs are in their pens and the roof over them is on fire. They are frantically working to save the livestock. Stafford is called to stand by in Town of Batavia's Station 2.

UPDATE 2:09 p.m.: Firefighters on scene are saying the first responders did a good job of knocking down the fire's progress northward where most of the hogs are penned.

UPDATE 2:11 p.m.: The power is on in the building. All incoming responders are told to take their time getting to the scene because they'll be waiting in line. The staging area is behind City of Batavia's Engine 12. Some firefighters are working to ventilate the buildings so the pigs can breathe more comfortably.

UPDATE 2:15 p.m.: A gas-fired ventilation fan is requested to the staging area, but the one on hand is electric.

UPDATE 2:42 p.m.: Firefighters are overhauling the burned barn then the plan is to shut water down there, dismantle and bring in a truck to transport the hogs.

UPDATE 3:04 p.m.: The farm is owned by Charlie Miller. The cause of the fire has not yet been determined. It appears to have started in the nursery.

UPDATE 4:06 p.m.: All available manpower from Darien is called to the scene. Crews are breaking down their equipment and preparing to clear out.

UPDATE 4:16 p.m.: Darien and Corfu are to remain at the scene. All other tankers and equipment from mutual aid responders are released.

UPDATE 5:26 p.m.: Darien went back in service from this scene at 5:14 p.m., but is now providing mutual aid at a chimney fire in Pembroke.

March 8, 2012 - 10:04am
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, crime, Darien.

Joseph Henry Schenk, 20, of Overlok Drive, Batavia, is charged with criminal possession of stolen property, 5th. Schenk is accused of possessing a watch and refusing to give it back to its owner.

Martin Robert Maye, 36, of Johnson Mill Road, Berkeley Springs, W. Va., is charged with criminal contempt, 2nd, and endangering the welfare of a child. Maye allegedly had contact with a child he is barred from visiting unless a supervisor is present.

Jordan James Bennett, 18, of Tinkham Drive, Darien, is charged with unlawful possession of alcohol by a person under age 21.

March 8, 2012 - 9:57am
posted by Howard B. Owens in accident, byron.

A 26-year-old Batavia resident suffered a head injury in an overnight rollover accident on Townline Road in Byron and was taken by Mercy Flight to Strong Memorial Hospital.

Michelle T. Crawford, of 7963 Batavia Stafford Townline Road, is listed in guarded condition.

Charges are pending against Crawford, according to the accident report prepared by Deputy Frank Bordonaro.

Crawford was reportedly westbound on Townline Road at 12:55 a.m. when her vehicle spun counterclockwise and traveled off the south shoulder near Ivison Road. Her 1999 Ford sedan went into a ditch and continued into a field, overturning and coming to rest on its wheels.

Crawford reportedly was bleeding from her head and was in shock when transported to Strong.

March 8, 2012 - 9:01am
posted by Lisa Ace in Deal of the Day.

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.

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.

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.

Jagged Edges Salon, 4140 Veterans Memorial Drive, Batavia, NY: Jagged Edges Salon is a walk-in and appointment salon for men, women and children. It is a fun, welcoming salon that offers all hair care services including cuts, color, highlights, lowlights, perms, styling/updos, treatments, and facial waxing. Hours are 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday. We have a $20 gift certificate for $10.

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.

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.

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. Come try one of our many delicious burgers that we have to offer, as well as our HUGE Bomber Sandwich, homemade chicken fingers made to order, and the all-time favorite Dumpster Plate with many choices. We deliver. 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.


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

March 7, 2012 - 10:32pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, photos, Tonawanda Creek.

Taken this evening on the Tonawanda Creek behind the Kiwanis Park on West Main Street Road, Batavia.

March 7, 2012 - 8:59pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in Le Roy.

Susan Dominus, writing for the New York Times Magazine, has produced a lengthy article looking at Mass Psychogenic Illness in Le Roy, which resulted in at least 19 people developing motion symptoms and verbal tics.

Dominus covers not only the personal history of some of the girls involved, but also the sociological and economic changes that have taken place in Le Roy in recent years.

In some detail in a couple of cases, Dominus reveals significant stresses in the lives of some of those afflicted -- stress factors that a few of the girls and their families still seem to dismiss as irrelevant.

Dominus summarized her findings:

A common thread emerged among the five girls I interviewed extensively: none had stable relationships with their biological fathers. And the father of a sixth girl had seen little of his high-school daughter until his concern about the tics galvanized their relationship. Another student was a foster child who switched foster homes shortly before his tics came on; yet another is in the custody of an older sibling. Another two have spotty contact with their fathers. One young woman I interviewed was close to homeless after she and her mother left her father’s trailer. They’re staying with a friend of a friend while her mother, who was laid off two times in the last year, tries to scrape together first and last month’s rent so they can get a place of their own.

Dominus also reveals that Dr. Rosario Trifiletti, who has diagnosed a mysterious and ill-defined "PANDAS-like illness," was unaware of the trauma in his patients' lives:

When I spoke to him in late February, Trifiletti told me that the girls he was treating were showing dramatic signs of improvement. Katie’s parents said they believed that she was responding well to the antibiotics; Chelsey’s family reported that the drugs are helping her as well. But another patient of Trifiletti’s said she was still fainting.

When the subject of the girls’ personal backgrounds came up — the biopsychosocial factors that might be affecting their health — Trifiletti said he had not had the time to ask them about those kinds of things. The abuse, the troubling family circumstances — much of it came as news to him. “Jeez, I didn’t realize the extent,” Trifiletti said. “These aren’t things people want to talk about. I don’t know, maybe I’m wrong. It’s hard to distinguish between the drug and the placebo effect.”

Read the whole thing.

March 7, 2012 - 6:09pm

Press release:

The Genesee County Chamber of Commerce Membership Committee has developed a NEW and exciting Series of Seminars to help you and your employees stay informed of the hot topics facing your business today! We invite non-members as well as chamber members to attend.

The seminars will cover topics such as accounting, insurance and technology/computers. We have leading experts in each industry to present and share their knowledge with you.  Presenters include Freed, Maxick CPAs, P.C. on accounting issues, Lawley Genesee on insurance topics and Marchese Computer Products discussing technology/computers.

In order to keep these seminars intimate and allow for a more personalized setting they will be limited to 20 people per session. We feel this will create a more casual environment that will allow attendees to feel more comfortable to participate and ask questions.

All seminars will be held at the Genesee County Chamber of Commerce Office, 210 E. Main St., Downtown Batavia. Networking and light refreshments will begin at 7:45 a.m. with the seminar to start promptly at 8 and end at 9.

All sessions are FREE for Chamber Members and $5 for non-members. Call Kelly Birmingham at 343-7440, ext. 26, to RSVP.

REMEMBER each seminar is limited to 20, RSVP on a first-come basis.

Here's the Spring schedule of FREE seminars:

  • Thursday, March 15 -- INSURANCE 

"Employee wellness"

Presented by Julie Ciura with Lawley Genesee Benefits Group and Dr. Lawrence Sherman, medical director at UMMC's Corporate Health Center

  • Thursday, March 22 -- ACCOUNTING

"Estate and business succession planning"

Presented by Tim Moag, CPA, Freed Maxick CPAs, P.C.

  • Thursday, March 29 -- COMPUTERS /TECHNOLOGY

"Why are you printing in a paperless office? Come learn how to utilize the 75 percent of your computer that didn't even know exisited."

Presented by Paul Marchese, owner of Marchese Computer Products

  • Tuesday, April 17 -- INSURANCE

"Insurance 101 -- Everything you wanted to know about business insurance but were afraid to ask."

Presented by Bill Fritts, CIC Lawley Genesee Insurance

  • Tuesday, April 24 -- COMPUTERS / TECHNOLOGY

Topic TBA

Presented by Paul Marchese, owner of Marchese Computer Products

  • Tuesday, May 1 -- ACCOUNTING

"Business valuation: What's your business worth?"

Presented by Ron Soluri Jr., CPA, CVA Freed Maxick, CPAs, P.C.

March 7, 2012 - 5:29pm
posted by Billie Owens in Darien.

The Darien Fire Department is responding to a call to aid a citizen who accidently locked herself out of the house, located at 3564 County Line Road, with the stove on in the kitchen. Firefighters are advised to be aware of the small dog inside the residence. It is the second house south of the railroad tracks.

UPDATE 5:38 p.m.: Firefighters are on scene evaluating the best method to gain entry.

UPDATE 5:43 p.m.: "Genesee we're all set here. Got entry. Everything's fine.We're in service."

March 7, 2012 - 5:24pm
posted by Billie Owens in darien center, Milestones.

Casey L. LaFleur, of Darien Center, received the Richard and Gina Weniger Memorial Endowed Scholarship during the 2011-2012 academic year.

He is a senior majoring in Mechanical Engineering at Clarkson University.

Clarkson University is grateful to its many donors of endowed, sponsored, and Share Clarkson scholarships. Scholarship support is essential to providing students with the financial resources necessary to achieve their goal of a Clarkson education.

Clarkson University launches leaders into the global economy. One in five alumni already leads as a CEO, VP or equivalent senior executive of a company. Located just outside the Adirondack Park in Potsdam, Clarkson is a nationally recognized research university for undergraduates with select graduate programs in signature areas of academic excellence directed toward the world's pressing issues.

Through 50 rigorous programs of study in engineering, business, arts, sciences and health sciences, the entire learning-living community spans boundaries across disciplines, nations and cultures to build powers of observation, challenge the status quo, and connect discovery and engineering innovation with enterprise.

March 7, 2012 - 4:07pm

Join us for the Geocaching 101 and Advanced Geocaching Courses at The BEST Center at Genesee Community College!  Everyone is welcome!

Today, more than 1.6 million geocaches have been hidden, and found by more than 5 million people worldwide. On this past Leap Day alone, over 79,450 people logged a cache or an event, which is more than double the amount from four years ago!

Want to learn more about geocaching?

Don’t just hear about it - EXPERIENCE it! 

Register NOW and get your cache on!

GPS units will be provided (or bring your own!) and each person will get a free geocaching swag item!

Geocaching 101

Saturday, April 14 • 9:00AM - 12:00PM • Batavia Campus

Wednesday, May 23 • 6:00PM - 9:00PM • Batavia Campus

Geocaching. Geo-what?? Jee-oh-kash-ing. In this course, you will learn what this high-tech treasure hunt is all about and its history. By the end of this introductory course, you will have created a Geocaching profile, gone out and made your first geocache find, and successfully log it on If you want to learn how to use a GPSr, love the outdoors and enjoy a challenge, Geocaching is for you! GPSr units will be provided, but please feel free to bring your own unit, whether it be hand-held, dash, or an app on your phone! Dress appropriately, as geocaching is an outdoor adventure! So, join us - and let's go Geocaching!

Presented by Elizabeth Downie (Geocaching ID: authorized users)

3 Hours / 1 Session
Fee: $15

Advanced Geocaching

Saturday, July 14 • 10:00AM - 3:00PM • Batavia Campus/Genesee County Park

Go beyond the basics of Geocaching! Are you a Premium Member at Have you experienced the fascinating world of Pocket Queries, statistics, and maps! Do you know how to manage your finds with tools like GSAK? Would you like to be introduced to the relatives of geocaching: Waypointing, Benchmarking, Letterboxing, Wherigo, and CITO? In this course, we will explore all of these topics, prepare our equipment and then go out caching with some of the local geocaching greats, like Sabrefan7, BarbershopDru, ElbaPatch, HFJohn, Cski and more! So, bring your GPSr and get your cache on!

Presented by Elizabeth Downie (Geocaching ID: authorized users)

4 Hours / 1 Session
Fee: $18
March 7, 2012 - 2:34pm
posted by Billie Owens in batavia, accidents.

An elderly female has crashed her vehicle into the Dunkin' Donuts shop at 136 W. Main St. in the City of Batavia. She has a head injury. City firefighters and Mercy medics are responding. A code inspector is requested to the scene.

UPDATE 2:45 p.m.: The 89-year-old patient is being transported to UMMC. She is conscious and alert.

March 7, 2012 - 1:01pm
posted by Billie Owens in fire, Bethany.

A grass fire is reported at 9624 Clipnock Road in Bethany. It's between Torrey and Little Canada roads. Bethany Fire Department is responding.

UPDATE 1:12 p.m.: A brush truck out of Stafford is requested to provide mutual aid.

UPDATE 1:14 p.m.: The fire has progressed to the woods. All available manpower out of Bethany Fire Department is requested. Plus, a tanker from Stafford is called in. Town of Batavia is called to provide a brush truck and one tanker.

UPDATE 1:18 p.m.: A tanker and Gaitors (fire-resistant leg protection wear) an all-terrain vehicle known as a Gator from Alexander, plus all its available firefighters, are called in.

From reader Destin Danser:

"It's actually a Gator from Alexander, as in the all terrain vehicle made by John Deere. Not gaitors. They have one outfitted with tracks and a water pump on the back that they use for fighting grass fires, plus a medical back for it to use for search and rescue."

UPDATE 1:27 p.m.: A full crew from Darien is standing by in its fire hall.

UPDATE 1:32 p.m.: A deputy was expedited to the scene because of a male-female domestic incident at the location. One of them left in a vehicle on Clipnock Road.

UPDATE 1:37 p.m.: A Pavilion pumper/tanker is requested to approach from Transit Road, as County Highway personnel report the fire is heading in that direction.

UPDATE 1:46 p.m.: A portion of the fire is out or nearly out. But there are hot spots along the swath eastward.

UPDATE 1:49 p.m.: Town of Batavia's response is cancelled and the unit(s) returning. The firefighters report the Transit Road area is under control.

UPDATE 1:52 p.m.: The fire near Transit Road is completely out. Mercy medics are called to the scene ASAP by the Bethany fire command. An adult male in his 50s is reportedly having trouble breathing, is passed out now and has a history of heart problems.

UPDATE 1:55 p.m.: Fire command directs a unit to the staging area to provide oxygen.

UPDATE 2:01 p.m.: All traffic is being shut down at East Bethany Le Roy Road.

UPDATE 2:13 p.m.: The roadway is reopened.

UPDATE 2:24 p.m.: Pavilion units are back in service. Mercy transported a patient to UMMC.

UPDATE 2:35 p.m.: Stafford units back in service. Some of Bethany's personnel clearing the scene.

UPDATE 2:43 p.m.: The fire is out. Darien is standing down from standby duty in its quarters. Alexander is back in service. Bethany is back in service.

March 7, 2012 - 12:39pm
posted by Billie Owens in fire, Darien.

A grass fire is reported behind Weber Hydraulics in Darien, located at 10751 Alleghany Road between Erie Road and Broadway. It is moving away from the building and along the nearby railroad tracks. Darien Fire Department is responding.

UPDATE 12:47 p.m.: The fire is out. Darien is back in service.
March 7, 2012 - 10:52am
posted by Howard B. Owens in GO ART!, art.

Press release:

The Genesee-Orleans Regional Arts Council is pleased to announce the Decentralization Regrant recipients for 2012 in Genesee and Orleans counties, funded by the New York State Council on the Arts. This year GO ART! received 24 applications to the Reach Grant Program requesting a total of $61,454. With $37,160 available, 20 of the applicants were awarded grants (listed below).

GO ART! is also pleased to regrant two Ripple Grants ($2,000 each listed below) to provide funding for the creation of new arts and cultural projects within a community context. These will done by local individual artists who wish to involve the community in their creative process.

History of the grant program:

The Decentralization Regrant Program (known locally as Reach and Ripple) was first developed in 1977 by the New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA) in response to a mandate by the New York State Legislature to encourage greater participation in the state’s cultural funding at the local level. Local decision-making is the basic principle of the Decentralization Regrant Program. It supports a wide range of community-based professional and avocational arts programs in diverse communities throughout the state, and fosters the work of individual artists. GO ART! is proud to administer the NYSCA Decentralization Regrant Program in Genesee and Orleans counties.

The grant process begins in the summer with grant workshops held throughout Genesee and Orleans counties. Individuals, nonprofit organizations and local government agencies submit applications in the fall for community-minded artistic and cultural programs. These proposals are reviewed by a panel (there are separate panels for the Reach and Ripple grants), made up of artists, community leaders and educators from the two counties.

The panel then submits funding recommendations to the GO ART! Board of Directors for approval, and grants are awarded. Through the Decentralization Regrant Program, GO ART!, NYSCA, and the New York State Legislature hope to expand, upgrade and increase arts and cultural programming in Genesee and Orleans counties. In order to publically recognize and congratulate this year's recipients, a Grant Awards Ceremony is scheduled for March 9.

For more information on the Genesee-Orleans Regional Arts Council’s Regrant Program, please contact Heather at GO ART!, 585.343.9313 or [email protected]


(to individual artists, nonprofit organizations and local government agencies for arts and cultural programs or projects in our two counties)



Grant Award

Batavia Concert Band

Summer Concert Series

 $ 3,000

Genesee ARC

Sprout Film Festival & Art Show

 $  1,800

The ARC of Orleans County

Quilting our Community

 $  400

Lake Plains Players

Musical Theater Production

 $ 1,000

Le Roy Christian Community Project

After School Theater Program

 $  400

GCASA sponsoring Lisa Barrett

Everyday Hero Recording and Music Video

 $  2,075

Mental Health Association in Genesee County

Theatrical Performance

 $  925

Yates Community Library

Books, Music and More

 $  1,400

Lyndonville Lions Club

Fun in the Summertime

 $  800

Village of Corfu

Corfu/Pembroke Community Winterfest

 $  1,200

Batavia Players

Summer Youth Theater - “Camelot”

 $     3,200

Batavia Players

Shakespearian Theater - “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”

 $  1,000

Lee-Whedon Memorial Library

Finally Fridays! Music Series

 $   2,500

World Life Institute

Voices from the Earth

 $  4,000

Gillam-Grant Community Center

Uncover the World… Passport to Culture

 $  2,500

Genesee Chorale

Fireworks, Fanfare and Flair: Concert Series

 $  3,450

Genesee Symphony Orchestra

A Timeless Musical Journey - Concert Series

 $  3,450

A Tale for Three Counties Council

A Tale for Three Counties 2012

 $    1,760

Byron-Bergen Public Library

Get Culture @ Your Library!

 $     1,500

Woodward Memorial Library

Everyone’s an Artist

 $  800



(to individual artists residing in our two counties who wish to create new arts and cultural projects within a community context)






Kim Argenta

“Many Hands…one heART” Mural for YMCA in Batavia - Entryway



Richard Mufford

Composition and performance of new song “Hometown Hero”



Kim Argenta is a self-taught artist from Genesee County. She is the owner of Art Ah La Carte, a teaching studio in the Artisan Center on Harvester Avenue in Batavia. Her project “many hands…one heART" is a mural painting to measure 38’ x 7.5’ located in one of the main entrances to the Genesee County YMCA in Batavia. Children and adults from the various YMCA programs will be invited to assist Kim in the painting process. All are welcome and there is no minimum artistic level required to participate. Students from Art Ah La Carte will also be invited to participate and this will offer them the opportunity to see a project in “real time” from inception to sketching to completion. Community members will also be invited to participate through press releases and announcements in local media. The finished project is expected to be complete in Spring 2012.      

Richard Mufford is a local musician residing in Waterport. He will be composing and producing a song entitled “Hometown Hero” in memory of the late Trevor Cook, a young marine from Orleans County, who was killed at the age of 25 during a training operation at Camp Pendleton in Southern California. The song will be a full-scale piece for concert band with a choral section. The music will be distributed to Medina area churches so that choirs, musicians may perform the piece. On May 31, the Lyndonville High School Band will publically debut the full concert band and choral performance of “Hometown Hero." Furthermore CDs and sheet music will be produced to distribute to others who wish to use this music.

March 7, 2012 - 8:48am
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, crime, Oakfield.

Justin M. Wotherspoon, 25, of Gibson St., Oakfield, is charged with criminal trespass. Wotherspoon is accused of entering the hotel room of two women, who were sleeping, without permission.

Melissa J. Vesosky, 25, of 1260 Lehigh Station Road, Henrietta, is charged with DWI, driving with a BAC of .08 or greater and moving from lane unsafely. Vesosky was stopped at 10:26 p.m. Sunday on East Main Street, Batavia, by Deputy Matthew Fleming.

Douglas S. Sprague, 44, of 63 S. Pearl Street, Oakfield, is charged with criminal contempt, 2nd, unlawful possession of marijuana, and was wanted on a Family Court warrant for alleged failure to pay child support. Sprague allegedly violated an order of protection. At the time of his arrest, at 8:07 p.m, Tuesday, Sprague was allegedly found in possession of two glass pipes containing marijuana. Sprague was jailed on $1,500 bail.




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