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May 24, 2017 - 9:45am

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Press release:

The Botts Fiorito American Legion Auxiliary 576 announces that the 2017 Poppy Girl is Ellison Williams, who is a third-grader at Wolcott Street School in Le Roy. She is the daughter of Dave and Mindy Williams, Granddaughter of Dave and Bee Hyde and Jim and Peggy Williams.

She comes to the Auxiliary from a long line of American Legion Members her Great Grandparents were  Hank and Mary Zimmerman. Ellison participates in dance and also enjoys drawing, playing basketball, volleyball and swimming.  

Ellison will be at Tops Market on Saturday with Poppies please stop by to meet her. Also, Poppies will be available at Tops Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday starting at 10 a.m.
With Ellison are Town Supervisor Steve Barbeau and Village Mayor Greg Rogers.
May 24, 2017 - 8:31am
posted by Howard B. Owens in Deal of the Day, advertisement.

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May 23, 2017 - 7:16pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in chris collins, NY-27, news.

Press release:

The Turn 27 Blue coalition is pleased to report that the coalition's process for identifying and assisting candidates who would like to run for Congress in 2018 against Chris Collins in New York's 27th district is exceeding expectations -- 10 candidates so far have submitted cover letters describing their intentions and resumes; it is anticipated more candidates will follow.

Democratic county chairs in the district along with several grassroots leaders held a meeting with seven of those candidates last Thursday in Batavia; a second session will be offered for candidates who were unable able to attend the first meeting. Each prospective nominee gave a brief presentation and answered questions from members of the coalition.

"This was a really exciting event for us," said Judith Hunter, Livingston County Democratic chair and Turn 27 Blue coordinator. "We heard from several people who weren't just plausible candidates but plausible members of Congress.

"Every single one of them was motivated by the desire to serve the district and its constituents, rather than by a desire to promote themselves or a party or an ideology."

"What a refreshing contrast to Representative Chris Collins, who is too busy running to cable televisions studios, fending off an ethics investigation for insider trading, and fundraising from pharmaceutical industry lobbyists to be bothered with actually meeting with his constituents to hear their concerns," said Michelle Johnston Schoeneman of Citizens Against Collins. "These candidates who met with us truly seemed to aspire to the ideal of public service."

Jeremy Zellner, Erie County Democratic chair, noted, "We're laying the groundwork here for success in November of 2018. Each of these prospective nominees has his or her own timeline for announcing, so we're going to respect that and keep their names confidential at this point. But they're serious people who are putting in the work, and we want to help them however we can." 

In addition to the ongoing advice the leaders are providing, they have also set up a NY-27 2018 nominee fund on ActBlue.com as a vehicle for those want to contribute today to defeating Chris Collins next year.

"There's just so much energy out there right now to accomplish this, and we're making sure ordinary voters in the district can do something constructive right now," said Cynthia Appleton, the Wyoming County Democratic chair.

Although the Turn 27 Blue leaders want to emphasize that they are open to hearing from more possible candidates, they would like to stress that getting started as soon as possible increases a campaign's chance of ultimate success. Those who are interested should email a cover letter and resume to Judith Hunter at [email protected].

Judith Hunter, Livingston County Democratic chair
Jeremy Zellner, Erie County Democratic chair
Nick Forster, Niagara County Democratic chair
Jeanne Crane, Orleans County Democratic chair
Michael Plitt, Genesee County Democratic chair
Cynthia Appleton, Wyoming County Democratic chair
Jamie Romeo, Monroe County Democratic chair
John Hurley, Ontario County Democratic chair
Michelle Johnston Shoeneman, Citizens Against Collins
Amber Hainey, GLOW Progressives
Dan Beagley, Indivisible NY 27
Tom White, Sister District of Western New York

May 23, 2017 - 3:34pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in crime, Alabama, news.

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Mickey A. Jacobs, 24, of Lone Road, Basom, is charged with strangulation in the second degree, a Class D felony, two counts of assault in the third degree and three counts of endangering the welfare of a child.

Jacobs is accused of holding the throat of another person and striking that person in the face several times while in the presence of children. 

During the confrontation, Jacobs allegedly struck another person in the face, causing an injury.

The alleged incident was reported at 11:40 p.m., May 15.

Following arraignment in Alabama Town Court, Jacobs was jailed on $20,000 bail.

The case was investigated by Deputy Eric Meyer and Deputy Kyle Krzemien, with assistance from State Police.

May 23, 2017 - 2:52pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in BOCES, schools, education, Mental Health Association, news.

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A pet therapy dog, flying doves, a butterfly, a tree with a swing, a meditation bench, a lilac bush and a drum, these are just some of the metal sculptures that were handcrafted by area career and technical education students. More than 100 students from four career and technical education centers located across Western New York have created more than 70 metal sculptures that will be auctioned to benefit The Mental Health Association.

Welding for Wellness is a collaborative project that includes students from 65 school districts, which span 10 counties in Upstate New York. Students in the Metal Trades Programs at Wayne-Finger Lakes BOCES, Monroe 2- Orleans BOCES, Monroe #1 BOCES, the Genesee Valley Educational Partnership (GV BOCES) have worked since December to craft this artwork.

In June, these sculptures will be auctioned to benefit The Mental Health Association. The auction will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. on Friday, June 2, from at Village Gate on the 2nd floor Atrium, 274 N. Goodman St., Rochester.

Auction tickets may be purchased online at Weldingforwellness.com or by contacting the Mental Health Association at (585) 325-3145.

The American Welding Society – Rochester section is a sponsor of this project.

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May 23, 2017 - 2:40pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in Stop DWI, news.

Press release:

Genesee County STOP-DWI Coordinator Matt Landers announced today that the Genesee County Sheriff’s Office, City of Batavia Police Department and the Village of Le Roy Police Department will participate in a special enforcement effort to crackdown on impaired driving.

The statewide STOP-DWI Crackdown efforts start on May 26th and will end on May 30th. Memorial Day week is historically a deadly period for impaired driving. Memorial Day weekend is the traditional beginning of summer. In addition, there will be thousands of parties and barbecues to celebrate graduations, proms, communions, confirmations and the fact that the better weather has arrived.  This combination of factors equates to more people on the road in general and more people specifically driving impaired with 13 percent more fatalities than on a non-holiday weekend.

The New York State Police, County Sheriff, and municipal law enforcement agencies will collaborate across the state and will be out in force in this coordinated effort to reduce the number of alcohol-related injuries and deaths during this period.

Batavia City Police Chief Shawn Heubusch said, “the Memorial Day Holiday is a time to spend with family and friends, please do so responsibly and Have a Plan. Officers will be extra vigilant this Memorial Day Holiday for those operating a vehicle under the influence.” 

Sheriff William A. Sheron said, “As we travel down the highway this Memorial Day Weekend, let’s remember that it only takes a couple of seconds of distraction for your vehicle to cross over into oncoming traffic changing lives forever. Put down the cell phone, eat before or after you drive, pull over to adjust your GPS device; drive time is not spare time. Give all your attention to one of the most dangerous things we do -- drive a car.”

The Memorial Day Weekend Crackdown is one of many statewide enforcement initiatives promoted by the New York State STOP-DWI Association with additional funding from the STOP-DWI Foundation with a grant from the Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee. The Statewide STOP-DWI Crackdown Campaign also targets 4th of July and Labor Day Weekend, Halloween and the national Holiday Season in December.

While STOP-DWI efforts across New York have led to significant reductions in the numbers of alcohol and drug related fatalities, still too many lives are being lost because of crashes caused by drunk or impaired drivers. Highly visible, highly publicized efforts like the STOP-DWI Crackdown Campaign aim to further reduce the incidence of drunk and impaired driving.

May 23, 2017 - 2:35pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in Deal of the Day, advertisement.

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  • You click on the orange button, if the item is not sold out, and it takes you to a PayPal button. This allows you to pay either with your PayPal account or with a credit card/debit card. The login for PayPal is completely separate from our accounts.
  • The first person to successfully complete the PayPal transaction wins the gift certificate.
  • You are eligible to buy the same item only once in a four-month period. We use the registration system to track this for you so you don't have to.
May 23, 2017 - 11:48am
posted by Howard B. Owens in crime, batavia, news.

The assistant district attorney who prosecuted Heather Ace believes the Batavia mother whose 2-year-old twin boys died in a house fire 8157 State Street Road, Batavia, in May of last year is genuinely remorseful for leaving her children home alone unattended.

Ace was sentenced yesterday to a year in jail after previously pleading guilty to endangering the welfare of a child.

ADA Melissa Cianfrini said Ace has been remorseful since the night of the fire.

"As I said at sentencing, if she could go back and undo it she would a million times over," Cianfrini said. "I didn't doubt her remorse or that it was sincere."

Cianfrini said the DA's office is obligated to follow the evidence and the law and prosecute suspects with the highest charges available to them based on the evidence and the law. Since there is no indication that Ace was involved in any way with starting the fire or causing the fire, the only charge that fit the crime, Cianfrini said, was endangering the welfare of a child.

She originally faced two charges, but since both charges stemmed from the same event, she could not receive separate, consecutive one-year sentences. The maximum available sentence was a year in jail.

The cause of the fire has never been determined and this morning Chief Deputy Jerome Brewster said that while electrical has been ruled out as a cause, there was no evidence uncovered that suggested any other cause.

Ace wasn't at home at the time of the fire. There was also nobody else with Michael and Micah Gard when the fire broke out. They were locked in a bedroom and nobody was able to reach them in time after the fire was spotted by neighbors. The boys died of smoke inhalation. 

According to her statement, Ace left the tots home alone to go to a friend's house. She said she stopped to buy a malt liquor and also smoked some marijuana while she was out of the house.

When Ace's mother heard about the fire, she tried calling Ace, who didn't answer her phone. She then sent a text to her daughter, according to statements to investigators, "Answer your f---ing phone."

Ace answered on the next ring. She was hysterical by the time she reached her house a few minutes later.

"She had no role in the fire," Cianfrini said. "It was a serious lack of judgment (leaving the boys alone)."

May 23, 2017 - 8:38am
posted by Howard B. Owens in accident, news, Oakfield.

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Two teenage boys were injured yesterday, at least one seriously, in an accident on Maltby Road, Oakfield.

The injured boys are Isaac L. Mejia, 17, of Lewiston Road, Batavia, and Damien L. Bush, 16, of Orchard Street, Oakfield.

Investigators believe speed was a factor in the crash.

Mejia was taken by Byron Ambulance, with Mercy personnel aboard, to Strong Memorial Hospital.

Bush was airlifted to ECMC by Mercy Flight.

Mejia was reportedly the driver of a 2013 BMW 3201 that veered off the roadway on Maltby Road, near North Pearl Street, Oakfield, at 5:51 p.m. The sedan struck a tree on the north side of the roadway and caromed back into the road where it came to rest.

The accident remains under investigation. 

Handling the investigation are Deputy James Stack and the Crash Management Team.

Charges may be pending.

(Initial post)

May 22, 2017 - 9:22pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in accident, news, alexander, Oakfield, Pavilion.

Within a two-hour period, three serious injury accidents in Genesee County, in Alexander, Oakfield and Pavilion.  

At this point, there is no additional information about these accidents beyond what is in our initial posts (links below).

Alexander:

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Three people were injured, including one who needed to be airlifted to Strong Memorial Hospital by Mercy Flight, when a car veered off Dodgeson Road and landed on its roof in a creek in a deep ravine. A state trooper at the scene said the cause of the accident had not been determined at that time. This accident was reported at about 5:40 p.m. (Initial post)

Oakfield:

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One person was taken by Mercy Flight to ECMC following a single-car accident on Maltby Road, Oakfield. The Sheriff's Crash Management Team responded to this accident to conduct the investigation. The car appears to have veered off the road, struck and tree and spun back into the roadway. This accident was reported just before 6 p.m. (Initial post)

Pavilion:

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In Pavilion, a car that was northbound on Perry Road apparently failed to see a stop sign crossing Route 20 and drove into the rear wheel of a tractor-trailer. The car spun around and came to rest pointing south on the north side of Route 20. Two people were transported by ground ambulance to Strong. The truck driver continued south for more than a quarter mile, dragging a wheel broken off its axel, while he tried to maintain control and bring the vehicle to a safe stop on the shoulder of the road. This accident was reported just before 7 p.m. (Initial post)

May 22, 2017 - 4:10pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in STEAM, stem, schools, education, John Kennedy School, news.

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Press release:

By all counts, the Fourth Grade Innovators STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math) Program that was started at Batavia’s John Kennedy Intermediate School this year is a huge success – whether being measured by student enthusiasm, teacher observation of growing skills, or meaningful partnerships with the community. It’s no surprise, then, that plans are in the works for next year, including greater expansion into the younger grades at John Kennedy.

What did come as a surprise, however, was recognition from beyond our community. The Program won the Elementary STEM (Science/ Technology/ Engineering/ Mathematics) Innovation Award from The Finger Lakes STEM Hub and was honored at a reception in early May at St. John Fisher College. The Hub is the regional arm of the Empire State STEM Learning Network -- a statewide, community‐led collaborative that works to advance STEM education.

The Finger Lakes STEM Hub covers a nine-county area (Genesee, Livingston, Monroe, Ontario, Orleans, Seneca, Wayne, Wyoming and Yates counties) and consists of leaders from K-12 education, higher education, business, government, and community organizations who work together to advance the interdisciplinary teaching and learning of STEM disciplines with the goal of sustaining economic vitality. As part of their commitment to students, they identify and highlight exemplary STEM activities and events that are engaging, exciting, and empowering for students.

JK’s STEAM Program was recognized as being such a program.

Evolving out of a request last summer by fourth grade teacher Melissa Calandra to do some STEAM activities once a month, JK principal Paul Kesler was quick to give his approval and support.

“STEAM is so important for young students,” said Kesler, “basically because science, technology, and math are really lifelong concepts that students are going to need in whatever job that they have, but especially because so many jobs in the future are going to have a math and science emphasis. It’s important that our students gain experience now.”

To help bring the idea into fruition, they were joined by fourth-grade teacher Jennifer Sloan, ACE teacher Karen Shuskey, and librarian Katelin LaGreca.

“This team,” Kesler said, “really got the ball rolling and, as it got going, we were able to start partnering with GCEDC (Genesee County Economic Development Center) in terms of bringing local businesses in to help us and see how we can partner with them.”

In its promotion of regional economic development and growth, the GCEDC advocates for the education and skill development that students need to equip themselves for meeting that growth. Their help and support was extremely valuable to the planning and implementation of the STEAM opportunities for the JK students.

Each month, all of the fourth graders took part in the planned STEAM opportunity. Through the year, these activities helped students explore DNA and living systems, structures and design, robotics, coding/computer programming, graphic design, 3D printing, electrical circuits, math and movement, robotics in agricultural, and ecology/environmentalism. Nearly every hands-on activity was introduced to the students by a professional from the community who had expertise in that area, so the students were also introduced to an array of careers.

It was one of the community presenters who told the team about and encouraged them to apply for the STEM Hub award. Despite coming at a particularly busy time of the school year, they were so proud of the program that they wanted to make the time to enter the competitive application process.

Much to their delight, they won!

While it was very exciting to be held up as an example of fruitful partnerships with the community that help students learn about and grow in an increasingly needed skill set, it is even more exciting to contemplate the future of JK STEAM.

“For next year, we’re looking at an expansion to include third and second graders,” Kesler said. “We’re opening up a STEAM lab next year. Melissa Calandra is going to lead that, and it will allow us to offer activities to students once a week versus once a month. We’re really excited about that!”

“My hope,” he continued, “is that students will see how interesting science, technology, and math can be, and, in the long-term, that they recognize the opportunities coming available to them in the STEAM field.”

May 22, 2017 - 11:04am
posted by Howard B. Owens in softball, sports, batavia.
The New Batavia Softball League's Week 3 Wednesday Night Coed Recap...
Game 1
(Home) Wii Not Fit (2-1) 4,3,0,0,0,0,0
(Away) The Misfits (1-2) 0,1,2,5,0,1,0
Away
B. Whitehead 4-5
M. Pontillo 1-4 1rbi
T. Carabello Williams 2-4 3rbi
T. Ray 3-4 2rbi
Dio 2-4 1rbi
C. Weibel 0-3 1rbi
D. Pirincci 4-4
J. Maskell 1-4
M. Ayers 2-4 1rbi
J. Weinert 1-4
Home
N. Gaudy 2-3 1rbi
G. Hodges 0-3
E. Davis 2-3 4rbi
J. Stymus 0-3
M. Dwyer 1-3
J. Cooper 1-3 1rbi
P. Mutter 3-3 1rbi
C. Chinn 2-3
D. Gioia 0-3
J. Pal 1-3
C. Hall 0-2
D. Coley 1-2
Game Recap-
Wii Not Fit jumps out to a fast 7-1 lead as Eddie Davis drives in 4 runs his first 2 at bats. The running around the bases was put to a halt possibly due to the fact that they may have warned us with their name about being out of shape. Just weren't fit for this match up with The Misfits who found their way to their first victory of the season. Wii Not Fit likes to keep us entertained making sure every game thus far comes down to the last at bat. Very suspenseful. The Misfits pitcher Tony Ray did call out before the game that he was going to strike out Darnell Coley and he delivered on his word. Pirincci and Mutter keep their hot streaks up. Carabello/Williams defeat Cooper. Wii Not Fit (2-1) takes on 97 Rock (2-1) next week Wednesday at 6pm then Wii Not Fit (2-1) will complete their double header at 8pm against The New Batavia Softball League's Slapnut Magoos (0-3). The Misfits (1-2) look to build off their momentum in a tough matchup against Andrew Steinbrenner's Allstate (3-0) team at 7pm. Kibbe Park is where it's all at...
 
Game 2 Wednesday Night Coed Softball League
(Home) TF Brown's Blind Squirrels (1-2) 3,3,2,3,4,1,1
(Away) Andrew Steinbrenner's Allstate (3-0) 3,0,1,3,11,3,0
Home
R. Sumeriski 3-4 3rbi
P. Mush 4-5 3rbi
J. Janes 1-4
J. Dykstra 3-4 4rbi
C. Harrington 2-3 1rbi
M. Badami 2-4 2rbi
L. Leto 2-4 1rbi
H. Dempsey 2-4
M. Jamil 2-3 1rbi
J. Petry 0-3 1rbi
J. Lee 2-3 1rbi
Away
D. Leach 2-4 3rbi
V. Redman 3-5 1rbi
J. Huertas 3-4 3rbi
T. Lazik 4-5
T. Maurer 3-4 4rbi
M. Good 3-5 1rbi
D. Callahan 3-4 2rbi
C. Spurling 1-4 1rbi
M. Funke 2-3 2rbi
R. Rowcliff 3-4 1rbi
B. Spurling 3-4 3rbi
Game Recap-
TF Browns Blind Squirrels scored every single inning, problem is that it wasn't enough nor did they remember how to field a softball in many innings. Turned into a chippy game among many friends due to the first real adversity that Andrew Steinbrenner's Allstate have faced all season. If you tuned into this game you could see the hedging excuses building up. Unfortunately for the Blind Squirrels Spurling and Maurer show their leadership to get their team back to focused, eliminating whining as they turned an 11-7 hurdle into an 18-11 lead. Remember page 46 of your certified rule book that our U.S.S.S.A fully certified umpires have gone by for decades has stated 2 bases on all overthrows. Defined on page 1 of the extra set of rules, rule number 8 broken down and pretty much defined to a T. They'll face each other week 7 in what may be another football score. Taylor Maurer and Brandon Spurling drive in 7 of the 21 runs scored, handing out insurance that the Blind Squirrels will continue their 2 game losing streak. Andrew Steinbrenner's Allstate (3-0) will face The Misfits (1-2) at 7pm while TF Browns Blind Squirrels (1-2) will be up against The Gallaghers (2-2) at 9pm eastern standard time…
 
Game 3 Wednesday Night Coed
(Home) The Gallaghers (2-2) 0,4,1,2,0,1,0
(Away) 97 Rock (2-1) 1,1,5,1,0,5,0
Home
TJ Sauka 1-5 1rbi
S. Prusnowski 3-4
Tom Sauka 2-3 1rbi
A. Prusnowski 2-4 2rbi
L. Tillery 0-3 1rbi
M. Saxman 2-2
T. Sanchez 1-2
N. Scarborough 3-4 2rbi
J. Vasi 1-2 1rbi
J. Martinez 1-4
Away
L. Phillips 2-5
N. Cummings 3-4 3rbi
S. George 3-4 2rbi
D. Cervone 1-4 1rbi
D. Cummings 2-4
D. Ball 2-3 1rbi
L. Stout 1-2 3rbi
S. Krna 2-3 3rbi
B. Welker 1-4
J. Quinn 1-4
Game Recap-
Things fell apart for The Gallaghers come the 3rd inning and 6th inning as 97 Rock(s) around the bases for their 1st of two 5 run rallies. Nate Cummings finally delivers what may be his first two career extra base hits as Doug smiles like the proud father he is witnessing that. Could possibly be once in a lifetime. 97 Rock chases home plate many times chasing away The Gallaghers from Showtime sending them to Netflix. Pretty even matchup here. Was more entertaining watching this game than watching the Mets recently. The Gallaghers (2-2) will face the TF Browns Blind Squirrels (1-2) at 9pm next week, while 97 Rock (2-1) will be up against Wii Not Fit (2-1) at 6pm to start the night off…
 
Game 4 Wednesday Night Coed
(Home) The Gallaghers (2-2) 2,6,1,3,0,4 mercy
(Away) The New Batavia Softball League's Slapnut Magoos (0-3) 3,0,2,0,1,0
Home
M. Saxman 3-4 1rbi
TJ Sauka 2-4 1rbi
S. Prusinowski 2-4 1rbi
Tom Sauka 4-4 4rbi
N. Scarborough 4-4 2rbi
L. Tillery 2-4 1rbi
A. Prusinowski 2-4 2rbi
T. Sanchez 1-3 1rbi
J. Martinez 2-4 1rbi
J. Vasi 3-4 2rbi
Away
S. Cofta 1-5
Lindsay 1-4
J. Cone 2-3 1rbi
H. Rascoe 2-3 2rbi
C. Densmore 3-3 1rbi
Emily 0-2
A. Nichols 1-2 2rbi
B. Burg 2-3
K. Rowland 1-3
C. Rolle 2-2
M. Taylor 1-3
Game Recap-
The game started off fairly well for T.N.B.S.L. Slapnut Magoos as they put up a 3 spot with Cone and Rascoe driving in the runs. They would only allow 2 with each Sauka delivering an rbi. But after being down 3-2 after the 1st inning The Gallaghers came alive with every single player bringing in at least 1 run. Tom Sauka brings in 4 while going 4-4 at the plate and Vasi has a career night getting 3 hits and driving in a pair. T.N.B.S.L. Slapnut Magoos are making strides as they lasted 6 innings in this one. T.N.B.S.L. Slapnut Magoos (0-3) face Wii Not Fit (2-1) at 8pm as The Gallaghers go on to face TF Browns Blind Squirrels (1-2) at 9pm next weekWednesday weather permitting. We'll see if mother nature holds off her onslaught...
 
 
 
 
The New Batavia Softball League’s Thursday Night Men's League Softball Week 3 Rundown…
Game 1
(Home) Fava Brothers Lawn Care (2-1) 13,3,5 mercy
(Away) TF Browns Master Batters (1-2) 2,0,0,0
Home
J. Muoio 3-4 2rbi
M. McMurray 3-4 6rbi
Phil Fava 4-4 2rbi
Pat Fava 2-4
N. Cavalieri 2-2 2rbi
D. Crofts 3-3 2rbi
S. Varnell 2-3 2rbi
J. Rodriguez 1-3 1rbi
J. Diehl 2-2 2rbi
Bill Fava 3-3 2rbi
Away
TJ Sauka 0-2
N. Holley 1-1
S. Curry 0-1
B. Adams 1-2 2rbi
O. Thomas 1-2
D. Pirincci 0-1
B. Whitehead 0-2
N. Cook 0-1
A. Prusinowski 0-1
J. Burdick 1-2
Game Recap-
How does one approach this write up? We'll go with the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly for this one. The Good- everybody aside from Pat Fava delivered an rbi for Fava Brothers Lawn Care. Everybody besides Pat Fava and Rodriguez drove in 2 runs. McMurray and Phil Fava have their career season totals alone on this night. Bill Fava shows he's still got it as well. For the TF Browns Master Batters the good was they showed plate discipline loading the bases on walks to start the game as B. Adams delivers a 2 rbi single to start off on the right foot...
The Bad- TF Browns Master Batters strand 8 men on base. Have to bring those runs home when you have your chances. They could never stop the bleeding or catch their breath after the first gut punch. For Fava Brothers Lawn Care there wasn't much. Just some walk issues and Pat Fava ending the innings not once, but twice with soft outs. Bat please!
The Ugly- poor Steven Curry pushed into playing out of position at 3rd base fields a grounder and uncorks a throw that cracks Joe Muoio in the skull as the ball and Joe's head get better acquainted. Curry feels bad to this minute but Muoio did pass the league's concussion protocol to finish this game out...
Fava Brothers Lawn Care (2-1) take on the surprising U.S.P.S. (2-1) at 7pm in a rivalry game from last season as U.S.P.S. swept them. TF Browns Master Batters (1-2) will face Cummings/Lee (2-0) at 9pm as long as the weather cooperates next week Thursday night…
 
Thursday Night Men's League Game 2...
(Home) TF Browns Beers N Bombs (1-1) 2,0,2,0,1,0,0
(Away) U.S.P.S. (2-1) 0,4,0,0,1,0,3
Home
Midget 3-3 1rbi
Jake 1-3
Brett 1-3
T. Ray 3-3 3rbi
Tenney 2-3 1rbi
Perl 1-3
Jwash 0-3
Bud 1-3
Swim 0-3
Radka 2-3
Trev 0-3
Red 0-3
Away
A. Ernst 2-3 1rbi
K. Abdusalaam 4-4 1rbi
R. Lehner 2-4
Big Sean 2-4 3rbi
J. Bieber 2-4
B. Kotarski 0-3
C. Dilcher 1-3
J. Cordeiro 1-2
AJ Osterman 1-3 1rbi
R. Neth 3-3
N. Burrow 1-3 2rbi
Game Recap-
This game turned out to be the showcase game of the night. Tied 4-4 most of the game until Khalid drives in Burrow to give the U.S.P.S. a short term lead because in the bottom half of the 5th Radka smacks a leadoff double with Midget driving him in to even the score at 5-5. No action in the 6th inning. Top half of the 7th the old timers get 3 straight singles from the top of thier order while down to their final out. Big Sean delivers via special delivery a bases clearing go ahead double deep to left center field. Bud leads off the bottom of the 7th with a single, but Bieber on the mound would allow no more as the U.S.P.S. stuns us all defeating TF Browns Beers N Bombs 8-5. U.S.P.S. (2-1) takes on Fava Brothers Lawn Care (2-1) next Thursday at 7pm while TF Browns Beers N Bombs (1-1) face TF Browns Commissioner's Crew (2-2) at6pm…
 
Thursday Night Men's League Game 3
(Home) TF Browns Commissioner's Crew (2-2) 2,3,2,1,0,0 mercied
(Away) Cummings/Lee (2-0) 3,2,0,1,0,8,4 (could have been more)
Home
G. Cassidy 2-3
M. Jamil 1-3 1rbi (Takes too many pitches strikes out napping)
A. Jarvella 2-3 2rbi
C. Densmore 3-3 2rbi
A. Oklevitch 1-3 1rbi
K. Oklevitch 0-3
J. Cooper 0-1
M. Greene 2-3 1rbi
R. Sumeriski 1-3
Dio 1-3
Big Sean 1-3 1rbi
Away
S. Coffta 4-4 3rbi
N. Cummings 2-5 1rbi
Jake 3-4 3rbi
Josh 4-5 3rbi
D. Cummings 4-5 4rbi
J. Lee 2-5 2rbi
D. Ball 2-4 1rbi
B. Burg 0-4
Zach 2-4
S. George 3-3 1rbi
Game Recap-
TF Browns Commissioner's Crew implodes late game. The bat was too heavy to swing for Jamil as he watches a strike 3 nick the inside of the mat deep. Leading 8-6 entering the 6th inning, nothing goes right for TF Browns Commissioner's Crew after the umpire does not do his job properly, pausing the game for minutes whining to a player in the outfield to save him from words that he apparently doesn't even hear. The home team literally gets amnesia when it comes to winning a softball game in this match up. Some how Coffta finds a power stroke and just takes the cover off of the ball with 2 triples! If you missed it in this one, you missed his career game here. Could have been an even bigger blowout had the mercy rule not kicked in. Cummings/Lee (2-0) has a double header next week weather permitting as the start off against Balls Deep (0-3) at 8pm. Following the conclusion of that game facing TF Browns Master Batters (1-2) at 9pm. TF Browns Commissioner's Crew (2-2) square off against TF Browns Beers N Bombs (1-1) at 6pm…
 
Game 4 Thursday Night Men's Softball League
(Home) Balls Deep (0-3) 5,0,2,0,3,1,2
(Away) TF Browns Commissioner's Crew (2-2) 5,8,4,0,3,0,0
Home
D. Uline 2-5 1rbi
A. Lewter 2-5
K. Dougherty 4-4 1rbi
M. Lewter 3-4 2rbi
Zalar 2-4 1rbi
Czworka 4-4 4rbi
C. Sponholz 3-4 1rbi
J. Santiago 1-4
R. Lundy 4-4 2rbi
J. Marucci 2-4 1rbi
Away
J. Cooper 4-5 3rbi
G. Cassidy 2-4 1rbi
A. Jarvella 4-4 4rbi
Big Sean 2-4 1rbi
C. Densmore 3-4 2rbi
A. Oklevitch 2-4 2rbi
M. Jamil 3-4 3rbi
R. Sumeriski 1-4 1rbi
M. Greene 2-4 1rbi
K. Oklevitch 2-4 1rbi
Dio 2-3 1rbi
Game Recap-
 
Balls Deep immediately responds to TF Browns Commissioner's Crew's initial charge matching 5s in the first inning. The wheels would soon fall of for the home team though they showed no quit at all. Improving drastically and showing promise for future weeks to eventually sneak into the win column. Dougherty, Czworka, and Canada's own Richard (Ree-shard) Lundy (Loon-day) all can't be put out in this one. Work to do for Commissioner's Crew as the road doesn't get any easier coming up. One more note, the umpire Russ loses his mind yet again so he loses his job. He can go spend money and golf Thursday nights instead of making money. The ejection won't count against Balls Deep for tie breaker purposes. After review it's been rescinded and the umpire is permanently ejected from this league. TF Browns Commissioner's Crew (2-2) will take on TF Browns Beers N Bombs (1-1) at 6pm while Balls Deep (0-3) plays Cummings/Lee (2-0) at 8pm.
May 22, 2017 - 10:42am
posted by Howard B. Owens in crime, batavia, bergen, Alabama, Oakfield, news.

Jolene Michelle Lawson, 35, of West Main Street, Batavia, is charged with grand larceny, 4th. Lawson allegedly stole a purse from a person at Delre's Greenhouse & Garden Center, 4062 W. Main Street Road, Batavia. The purse reportedly contained a debit card, money, and personal papers. Lawson was located on West Main and taken into custody. The property was recovered from a wooded area and returned to the victim.

Michale Paul Bartovich, 34, of Burncoat Way, Pittsford, is charged with unlawful possession of marijuana. Bartovich was charged following a traffic stop on Judge Road, Oakfield, at 5:48 p.m. Saturday, by Deputy Chris Erion.

John Paul Daley, 36, of Alleghany Road, Alabama, is charged with felony DWI, muffler violation, and refusal to take a breath test. Daley was stopped at 12:19 a.m. Sunday on Route 77, Alabama, by Deputy James Stack.

James K. Clarke, 26, of 4th Section Road, Brockport, is charged with unlawful possession of marijuana, driving without an ignition interlock device and aggravated unlicensed operation, 3rd. Clarke was stopped at 5:37 a.m. Saturday on North Bergen Road, Bergen, by Deputy Jeremy McClellan.

May 22, 2017 - 10:19am
posted by Howard B. Owens in Deal of the Day, advertisement.

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May 21, 2017 - 9:51pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia society of artists, arts, batavia, news.

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Jenny Wood hosted the Batavia Society of Artists today at her home on West Main Street Road, Batavia, for a "sketch out," a chance for artists to paint and draw the landscape of her yard, which is well known locally for the annual bloom of forget-me-nots.

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May 21, 2017 - 8:15pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in GCC, schools, education, news.

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More than 600 students received their diplomas this afternoon from Genesee Community College in a ceremony that also honored a local philanthropic couple, a man long dedicated to the college and featured a keynote address by a nationally recognized local author.

Bill Kauffman, author of "Dispatches from the Muckdog Gazette," "Ain't My America," and "America First!," as well as the screenplay for "Copperhead," encouraged students to pay attention to small kindnesses, to be good neighbors, to be present, and make a difference in the place where they plant their roots.

"Engage with each other," Kauffman said. "Talk face to face in communion with one another. Live a real life, not a virtual life. The vividness, the color of the world outside is so much more spectacular than anything you can see on a high-definition TV screen."

The college is celebrating its 50th year, Kauffman noted, and that too has a message about place and the connectedness of community.

"It was born in the summer of love through a citizens' initiative, a grassroots movement of the people in Genesee County," Kauffman said. "It was organic, a natural outgrowth, not something imposed upon us by some distant authority."

Kauffman ran down the list of names of local people who have been honored with buildings named after them at GCC, such as Anthony Zambito, William Stuart and Barber Conable.

He remembered Zambito as a man of many talents and great knowledge, a scientist, a broker, and a muck farmer. He was also a trustee of the college and fan of Cougars sports. Kauffman said he knew him only briefly, when he and his wife, Lucine, first moved to Elba. He exemplified the small kindnesses, Kauffman said, of a person who tended to leave people feeling better after meeting him.

“He was a kind old man with wise eyes who would always find times to speak to me when I saw him in the post office,” Kauffman said.

Conable, the namesake of the technology building, served in Congress for 20 years, and later was head of the World Bank, but he always came back to Genesee County.

"He effortlessly moved between worlds," Kauffman said. "One day he would fly to Washington and chair a meeting of the Smithsonian Institution Board of Regents and the next day he would be back in Genesee County having coffee and donuts with his friends at Genesee Hardware."

Kauffman recalled that Conable once told him that eventually all of his accomplishments in Congress would soon be forgotten, but Kauffman said he did make a difference in the lives of people around him.

"The difference these people made were on a more intimate scale, the human scale -- the only scale that measure a person’s worth," Kauffman said.

He also talked about his friend, author, and newspaperman Henry Clune, who lived to 105 and still performed windsprints in his front yard into his late 90s. He also drank a martini every day promptly at 5 p.m. 

But that wasn't what led to a long life, Kauffman said.

"Henry was interested in his neighbors, in his own backyard, in what was going to happen next," Kauffman said. "He participated. He listened. He engaged. He reached out. He found something he loved to do and he did it as well as he could with joy and pride and always with a sense of gratitude. Henry wasn’t jaded. He wasn’t bored. His mind hadn’t been dulled by hundreds of hours of video games."

Clune celebrated Rochester in his writing, the way Kauffman has frequently celebrated Batavia in his, and in the end, Kauffman told the graduates, wherever they wind up, they should find the wonder and mystery of the place they live and love it.

"You're not just graduating today," Kauffman said. "You're graduating from Genesee Community College. The name means something. It's important. The community in Genesee in varying ways and varying degrees shaped you. Now it's your turn to shape it.

"For those living in other counties, in other states, in other countries, it's your turn to shape those places," Kauffman added. "You can enrich your place. You can make it better, kinder, livelier, more inviting, or you can just skate along on the surface, making no difference, leaving no one's life better for having met you. It's your choice."

Honored during the ceremony were Edgar and Mary Louise Hollwedel, who have spent lives dedicated to making life better in Genesee County, especially through education, most recently giving a large gift for a new children's room at the Pavilion Library, as well as being long-term supporters of GCC. They were awarded GCC Foundation's Alpha Medal of Service.

They had their own message about the secret of life: "The harder you work, the luckier you get."

Norbert J. Fuest, an advocate for the college since the 1980s, and credited with encouraging hundreds of people of all ages to start their college careers at GCC, was awarded an honorary degree.

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Bill Kauffman

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Edgar and Mary Louise Hollwedel

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Norbert Fuest

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May 21, 2017 - 8:12pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in Deal of the Day, advertisement.

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  • To make purchases, you must be registered. This is its own registration system, separate from the main registration for The Batavian.
  • Once registered you must be logged in.
  • You click on the orange button, if the item is not sold out, and it takes you to a PayPal button. This allows you to pay either with your PayPal account or with a credit card/debit card. The login for PayPal is completely separate from our accounts.
  • The first person to successfully complete the PayPal transaction wins the gift certificate.
  • You are eligible to buy the same item only once in a four-month period. We use the registration system to track this for you so you don't have to.
May 20, 2017 - 4:25pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in rodeo, sports, batavia, fairgrounds.

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The New York State High School Rodeo Association held its annual state championship rodeo at the Genesee County Fairgrounds today.

This is the first time Batavia has hosted the rodeo, which in the past has generally gone to Attica or Caledonia. 

The three-day event includes two days of competition, a dance tonight and awards presentation tomorrow.

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May 20, 2017 - 3:18pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in accident, news, batavia.

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A two-car accident with possible injuries is reported at Center Street and Ellicott Street, City of Batavia.

City fire and Alexander's ambulance are dispatched.

UPDATE 3:47 p.m.: This was an accident between a Cadillac Escalade and a milk truck. The Escalade rear-ended the truck. The Escalade driver is being transported to UMMC for evaluation.

May 20, 2017 - 11:50am
posted by Howard B. Owens in RTS, transportation, batavia, Le Roy, news, business.

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Customers of RTS will find it easier to get from Le Roy to shopping in Batavia, or from Batavia to neighboring counties, or from Batavia to Genesee Community College now that the transportation company has devised a new plan to help people get around better; it's based on an efficiency study RTS conducted.

  • There are new connections between Genesee, Orleans, and Wyoming counties on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays;
  • There are now 10 trips a day to and from Big Tree Glen, the new apartment development on West Main Street;
  • Trips to and from GCC have been bumped up from five to six;
  • There is one new trip to and from Le Roy, which is an afternoon route, and times have been changed for two other Le Roy trips (to 3 p.m. and 5 p.m.).

The routes are also linked together more smoothly, so it's easier to change buses in a timely manner.

“Somebody coming in from Le Roy can go all the way to Tops, all the way to Walmart, all the way to Kmart," said Jamie Mott, regional manager for RTS for Genesee and Orleans. "With the current system, if you come in from Le Roy, you’re done at the City Centre and then you have to wait. Now it’s a little bit different. You can actually continue on."

The former dial-a-ride service in the city and the current countywide service have been combined to add flexibility to the program. Riders more than a quarter mile off the regular routes can make appointments for pick up and drop off at least 24-hours in advance of their planned trips.

All these changes came with the requirement from RTS management that service be expanded without increasing expense.

"We had to do redesigns based on what we were already budgeted for, so that was a big challenge -- to figure out how we could expand our services, especially when you have on-time performance that you have to maintain," Mott said.

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