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July 23, 2017 - 11:10am
posted by Howard B. Owens in Deal of the Day, advertisement.

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July 22, 2017 - 4:46pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in accident, news, Le Roy.

A car has driven into the building at the Dollar General, 3 West Avenue, Le Roy.

An injury is possible.

Le Roy Fire and Le Roy Ambulance responding.

UPDATE 4:47 p.m.: No injuries.

July 22, 2017 - 10:51am
posted by Howard B. Owens in Genesee County Fair, demolition derby, sports, news.

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It was standing room only, with as many as 70 cars entered, for the 2017 Demolition Derby at the Genesee County Fair on Friday night.

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July 22, 2017 - 9:04am
posted by Howard B. Owens in Deal of the Day, advertisement.

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July 21, 2017 - 3:22pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in crime, batavia, news, notify.
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         Steven Vega

Press release:

The Batavia Police Department is reporting the suspect has been identified as Steven Vega, 25 years old, from Rochester. Vega is currently in the custody of RPD for a separate incident.

Vega’s arrest is pending and he will be arraigned in Batavia City Court. Vega is a New York State Parole absconder.

The Batavia Police Department would like to thank the Rochester Police Department and the Batavia community for all of their assistance and tips that led to the identification of this suspect.

UPDATE: Vega was also a suspect in a bank robbery in Rochester in 2015.

July 21, 2017 - 11:47am
posted by Howard B. Owens in crime, news, batavia, elba, pembroke.
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      Patrick Moore

Patrick D. Moore, 39, of Strouts Road, Elba, is charged with two counts of criminal sale of a controlled substance, 3rd, and two counts of criminal possession of a controlled substance, 3rd. Moore is accused of selling crack cocaine on two occasions to an agent of the Local Drug Task Force. Moore was held in the Genesee County Jail pending an arraignment today.

Mark David Humel, 25, of Main Road, Pembroke, is charged with assault, 3rd. Humel was arrested in connection with an unspecified incident in the Town of Pembroke, on Gilmore Road, at 11 p.m., July 14.

July 21, 2017 - 11:41am
posted by Howard B. Owens in accident, news, batavia.

City fire and Mercy EMS are responding to the McDonald's on West Main Street for a report of a pedestrian struck by a car in the parking lot.

UPDATE 11:43 a.m.: Minor injury.

July 21, 2017 - 11:37am
posted by Howard B. Owens in accident, news, Alabama.

A one-car accident, possibly a rollover, with minor injuries is reported north of Roberts Road on Route 63, Alabama.

The vehicle may have gone through a ditch and into the swamp.

Injuries are reportedly minor. 

Alabama fire and Mercy EMS responding.

UPDATE 11:38 a.m.: A first responder reports the driver does not appear to be injured. Ambulance to continue for evaluation.

July 21, 2017 - 11:14am
posted by Howard B. Owens in business, Tompkins Bank of Castile.

Press release:

Tompkins Financial Corporation (NYSEMKT:TMP) reported net income of $16.9 million for the second quarter of 2017, an increase of 14.1% from the $14.8 million reported for the same period in 2016. Year to date net income was $32.6 million, an increase of $3.6 million, up 12.2% over the same period in 2016.

Diluted earnings per share were $1.11 for the second quarter of 2017, up 13.3% over the second quarter of 2016. For the year-to-date period ended June 30, 2017, diluted earnings per share were $2.13, up 11.5% over the same period in 2016.

President and CEO, Stephen S. Romaine said, “It is especially rewarding to show strong performance through the first half of 2017, while our team was also focused on a conversion of our core banking system, which was successfully completed in May of this year. Improved net interest income, which was supported by solid loan growth over the prior year, has been the primary driver of improved earnings performance in 2017.”

SELECTED HIGHLIGHTS FOR SECOND QUARTER AND YEAR TO DATE:

  • ●  Diluted earnings per share of $1.11 for the second quarter represented a 13.3% increase over the same period last year, while year-to-date diluted earnings per share of $2.13 reflect the best earnings through the first six months of any year in our Company’s history.

  • ●  Quarterly returns on average assets and average equity of 1.07% and 11.85%, respectively, are at their highest levels since June 2015

  • ●  Net interest margin improved for the second consecutive quarter and is at its highest level since March 2015.

  • ●  Total loans of $4.4 billion were up 11.1% over the same period in 2016; and are up 3.8% over December 31, 2016.

  • ●  Total deposits of $4.8 billion reflect an increase of 6.3% over the same period last year, and are up 2.7% from December 31, 2016.

    NET INTEREST INCOME

    Net interest income of $50.3 million for the second quarter of 2017 increased by $5.4 million, or 12.0% compared to the same period in 2016. For the year-to-date period, net interest income was $98.3 million, up $9.4 million, or 10.6% from the same six-month period in 2016.

    Net interest income benefited from growth in average loans and deposits. Average loans were up $467.1 million, or 12.2% in the first six months of 2017, versus the same period in 2016. Average deposits were up $260.3 million, or 5.8% in the first six months of 2017, versus the same period in 2016. Certain loans benefited from higher short term interest rates in 2017, resulting in an improved net interest margin in 2017. For the second quarter of 2017, net interest margin improved to 3.45%, compared to 3.38% in the first quarter of 2017, and 3.36% in the second quarter of 2016.

    NONINTEREST INCOME

    Noninterest income represented 25.8% of total revenues in the second quarter of 2017, compared to 27.6% in the same period in 2016, and 26.4% for the most recent prior quarter. Noninterest income of $17.5 million was up 2.1% compared to the same period last year. Declines in insurance commissions and fees, and gains on the sale of available-for-sale securities during the quarter were offset by improved card services income, which included approximately $500,000 of volume based incentives related to our branding agreement with MasterCard. Other income for the second quarter was up $379,000 from the same quarter in 2016. The improvement included approximately $130,000 of recoveries of nonaccrued interest on loans previously charged off.

    NONINTEREST EXPENSE

    Noninterest expense was $41.6 million for the second quarter of 2017, up $2.2 million, or 5.5%, over the second quarter of 2016. For the year-to-date period, noninterest expense was $82.9 million, up $4.0 million, or 5.1%, from the same period in

2016. The increase in noninterest expense for both the second quarter and year-to-date periods was mainly due to higher salaries and benefits. Expenses for the quarter also included $411,000 of expense related to our recently completed core system conversion, compared to $262,000 in the quarter ended March 31, 2017, and $76,000 in the quarter ended June 30, 2017.

ASSET QUALITY

Asset quality trends remained strong in the second quarter of 2017. Nonperforming assets represented 0.36% of total assets at June 30, 2017, unchanged from December 31, 2016, and up slightly from 0.32% at June 30, 2016. Nonperforming

asset levels continue to be well below the most recent Federal Reserve Board Peer Group Average1 of 0.55%.

Provision for loan and lease losses was $976,000 for the second quarter of 2017, which was in line with the second quarter of 2016. Net recoveries for the second quarter of 2017 were $15,000 compared to net charge-offs of $383,000 reported in the second quarter of 2016.

The Company’s allowance for originated loan and lease losses totaled $37.0 million at June 30, 2017, and represented 0.91% of total originated loans and leases at June 30, 2017, compared to 0.92% reported for the most recent prior quarter, and 0.93% from one year ago. The total allowance represented 178.58% of total nonperforming loans and leases at June 30, 2017, compared to 164.98% at December 31, 2016, and 183.01% at June 30, 2016.

Though most credit quality metrics remained relatively stable for the quarter, the level of special mention loans increased during the quarter to $39.0 million, up from $21.2 million a year ago, and up from $19.4 million at March 31, 2017. The increase is largely related to the Company’s agricultural portfolio that has been negatively impacted by lower milk prices over the past 12 months. Though lower prices have negatively impacted cash flow for this group of borrowers, payments on all of the loans in this portfolio were current as of June 30, 2017.

CAPITAL POSITION

Capital ratios remain well above the regulatory well capitalized minimums. The ratio of Tier 1 capital to average assets was 8.43% at June 30, 2017, compared to 8.41% reported for December 31, 2016. Total capital to risk-weighted assets at June 30, 2017 was 12.45%, compared to 12.22% reported at December 31, 2016. Both ratios are down from the same period last year, in large part due to the redemption of $20.5 million of 7% fixed rate Trust Preferred securities in January 2017.

ABOUT TOMPKINS FINANCIAL CORPORATION

Tompkins Financial Corporation is a financial services company serving the Central, Western, and Hudson Valley regions of New York and the Southeastern region of Pennsylvania. Headquartered in Ithaca, NY, Tompkins Financial is parent to Tompkins Trust Company, Tompkins Bank of Castile, Tompkins Mahopac Bank, Tompkins VIST Bank, Tompkins Insurance Agencies, Inc., and offers wealth management services through Tompkins Financial Advisors. For more information on Tompkins Financial, visit www.tompkinsfinancial.com.

"Safe Harbor" Statement under the Private Securities Litigation Reform of 1995:

This press release may include forward-looking statements with respect to revenue sources, growth, market risk, and corporate objectives. The Company assumes no duty, and specifically disclaims any obligation, to update forward-looking statements, and cautions that these statements are subject to numerous assumptions, risks, and uncertainties, all of which could change over time. Actual results could differ materially from forward-looking statements.

TOMPKINS FINANCIAL CORPORATION CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CONDITION

(In thousands, except share and per share data) (Unaudited)

As of

06/30/2017

76,079 2,096 78,175

1,424,871

139,994 4,070,755

As of

12/31/2016

62,074 1,880 63,954 

July 21, 2017 - 11:10am
posted by Howard B. Owens in Batavia Downs, batavia, weiner dog race, sports.

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Press release:

Do you have a speedy Dachshund? That’s what Batavia Downs officials are wondering as they have announced that registration is opening for the 2017 Genesee Feeds Dachshund (“Wiener Dog”) races that will be held on Sunday afternoon (Aug. 27).  

All entered dogs will receive a doggie bag of gifts courtesy of Genesee Feeds of Batavia. The owners of all heat winners will receive $25 in gaming Free Play and the top three finishers in the championship race will receive Clubhouse buffet certificates and $100, $75 and $50 (first through third) in Free Play for the gaming floor. The winner’s total prize package including the gaming Free Play is valued at $200.

Dachshund owners wishing to participate should call Batavia Downs Wiener Dog race coordinator Arna Tygart at (585) 343-3750, ext. 6437, or Sara Tenney, ext. 6430, and leave a message. Staff will call back to confirm. The races are limited to the first 80 dogs that register.

The Wiener Dog races will begin at approximately 4:15 p.m. and are the final event on the annual Family Fun Day at the Races at America’s oldest lighted harness racetrack. Admission and parking are free.

July 21, 2017 - 11:04am
posted by Howard B. Owens in Deal of the Day, advertisement.

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July 21, 2017 - 11:00am
posted by Howard B. Owens in Genesee County Fair, 4-H, agriculture, news, notify.

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Among the grand champions auctioning off their livestock last night at the Genesee County Fair's annual 4-H auction was Morgan Hofeins, of Attica (top photo), and Hudson Weber (second photo).

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July 20, 2017 - 9:38pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in crime, batavia, news, notify.

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Police are looking for a white male with a tattoo on his neck in connection with a robbery at 3:58 p.m. of the Bank of America branch at 100 Main St., Batavia.

The suspect was wearing a white Yankee's hat with a flat brim, a blue hooded sweatshirt, and jeans.  

He fled on foot, northbound on Bank Street, before patrols arrived.

There were no weapons displayed. There was no threat of a weapon. There were no injuries.

Investigators are asking for the public's assistance in identifying the suspect.

Police are not releasing further information at this time.

To contact Batavia PD, call (585) 345-6350 or the confidential tip line at 585-345-6370.

(Initial Report)

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July 20, 2017 - 6:17pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in Genesee County Airport, batavia, news.

Press release:

Congressman Chris Collins (NY-27) announced new federal funding from the Department of Transportation for the Genesee County Airport. The $2,926,222 grant will assist the airport in rehabilitating a runway and install runway distance-to-go signs.

“It is of paramount importance that we invest federal funds in local infrastructure projects like this one,” Congressman Collins said. “This grant provides the Genesee County Airport with new resources to ensure the safety of travelers and provide new efficiencies which will ultimately increase air traffic. I am proud to be able to help secure this funding.”

“This announcement is terrific news for Genesee County,” said Legislator Marianne Clattenburg, Public Service Committee chairwoman. “We look forward to continuing to work with Congressman Collins to improve infrastructure and support job creation in our community."

"Genesee County has pursued an aggressive and proactive redevelopment and improvement of our general aviation/reliever airport here in Batavia,” said Jay Gsell, County Manager. “Genesee County is excited and encouraged that the FAA, our long-term partners in airport maintenance, upkeep, and improvement, have again shown their faith in Genesee County and our airport partners to provide one of the best and safest flying venues in NYS.”

The Congressman’s office remains available to assist any local government pursuing a federal grant.

July 20, 2017 - 5:38pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in crime, batavia, news, notify.

The Bank of America branch in Downtown Batavia was robbed at about 4 p.m. today.

No weapon was displayed nor was use of one threatened. 

Batavia PD will release more information later. 

July 20, 2017 - 11:54am
posted by Howard B. Owens in weather, news, notify.

A strong thunderstorm is blowing in from Canada and is expected to hit Genesee County this afternoon, according to the National Weather Service.

The storm system is located along a line extending 12 miles and is moving east at 55 mph.

Winds in excess of 40 mph are possible.

The storm system may gain in intensity. 

UPDATE 12:27 p.m.: A severe thunderstorm warning has been issued.

July 20, 2017 - 11:37am
posted by Howard B. Owens in history heroes, hlom, history, news, batavia.

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Students participating in the Holland Land Office Museum's History Heroes program this summer are learning about World War I.

Recently they visited the Richmond Memorial Library and Batavia Showtime Theaters. There are 40 children enrolled in the eight-day program.

Info and photos provided by Anne Marie Starowitz.

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July 20, 2017 - 10:39am
posted by Howard B. Owens in alexander, corfu, Alexander Fire, corfu fire, fire services, news.

Press release:

Congressman Chris Collins (NY-27) today announced $92,994 in federal funding for the Alexander Fire Department. The grant was awarded through the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) Program, which is designed to help first responders improve their capability to respond to fires and emergencies of all types.

“Firefighters are selfless individuals and are essential to keeping our communities safe,” Congressman Collins said. “It is imperative that our fire departments have the resources necessary to keep their members safe while they are protecting others. I was proud to work with the Alexander Fire Department to secure this crucial $92,994 in AFG funding and thank them for their service.”

The Alexander Fire Department will use this $92,994 federal grant to purchase 15 Self Contained Breathing Apparatus (SCBA) air packs and 30 oxygen bottles. This will provide the Alexander volunteer firefighters with breathable air when responding to an emergency situation.

"This funding will help keep our firefighters safe and ensure they can properly respond to emergencies in the local community. We are strong supporters of the AFG grant program and will continue to work with Rep. Collins to support this important funding,” said Alexander Fire Chief Marshall Merle.

The AFG Grant Program provides direct funding assistance to fire departments, State Fire Training Academies, and non-affiliated EMS organizations to enhance their response capabilities and to more effectively protect the health and safety of both the public and emergency response personnel with respect to fire and all other hazards.

Press release:

Congressman Chris Collins (NY-27) today announced $84,191 in federal funding for the Corfu Fire Department. The grant was awarded through the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) Program, which is designed to help first responders improve their capability to respond to fires and emergencies of all types.

“Firefighters answer a noble calling to put the lives of others before their own,” Congressman Collins said. “It is imperative that our fire departments have the resources necessary to keep their members safe while they are protecting others. I was proud to work with the Corfu Fire Department to secure this crucial $84,191 in AFG funding and thank them for their service.”

The Corfu Fire Department will use this $84,191 federal grant to purchase 12 Self Contained Breathing Apparatus (SCBA) air packs. This will provide the Corfu Fire Department with breathable air when responding to an emergency situation.

"This funding will allow us to purchase necessary equipment that we might otherwise not have the resources to replace. The federal AFG program is an important funding source for rural departments like ours. We will continue to work with Congressman Collins regarding issues impacting local fire departments in our region," said Corfu Fire Chief Brian Schollard.

The AFG Grant Program provides direct funding assistance to fire departments, State Fire Training Academies, and non-affiliated EMS organizations to enhance their response capabilities and to more effectively protect the health and safety of both the public and emergency response personnel with respect to fire and all other hazards.

July 20, 2017 - 10:28am
posted by Howard B. Owens in Tompkins Bank of Castile, business.

Press release:

Proving that a minute can matter, Tompkins Bank of Castile is launching the fourth and final round of the quarterly Community Minute Challenge. Each quarterly winner is awarded $2,500; by the end of the contest, a total of $10,000 will have been provided in much-needed funds to local not-for-profit organizations.

“In each of the first three rounds, the support for the Community Minute Challenge has been impressive, with thousands of votes cast for the participating organizations,” said John McKenna, Bank president and CEO. “As proud members of the communities where we operate, we’re thankful for the important services that are provided by non-for-profit organizations in our area.

"We’re thrilled to be able to bring attention to their positive work through the Community Minute Challenge.”

The fourth round will begin July 24 and run through Aug. 7. The winning organization is determined by public voting on the Bank of Castile Facebook page, where visitors can watch the one-minute videos produced by participating nonprofits and then vote for their favorite. Each video explains how the nonprofit would use the awarded funds. The seven organizations competing in this round are:

  • Delphi Drug and Alcohol Council Inc. (Monroe County)
  • Friends of Letchworth State Park (Wyoming County)
  • Friends of the Richmond Memorial Library (Genesee County)
  • Genesee Cancer Assistance (Genesee County)
  • Geneseo Parish Outreach Center (Livingston County)
  • Gilda's Club Rochester (Monroe County) 
  • Pathstone Enterprise Corporation (Monroe County)

To show support for the initiative and cast a vote, participants should “like” the Tompkins Bank of Castile Facebook page at www.facebook.com/TompkinsBankofCastile and click on the Community Minute Challenge app. They can then select their favorite nonprofit after watching the one-minute videos. Individuals can vote once per day during the contest period.

Launched in August 2016, the Community Minute Challenge has awarded $7,500 to date.

The first-round winner was Going to the Dogs Rescue in Wyoming County, an organization dedicated to helping homeless pets find loving forever homes. The second-round winner was ARC of Genesee Orleans, a resource of choice for people with disabilities and their families in both Genesee and Orleans counties. The third-round winner was Community Action for Wyoming County, an organization that seeks to improve the quality of life of all people they serve by focusing on their needs and encouraging them to realize their goals and become self-sufficient.

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