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May 18, 2015 - 12:52pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in schools, education, byron-bergen.


Press release:

The Byron-Bergen Central School District’s emphasis on educating the whole student recently earned it a place on’s annual list of State Schools and Districts of Character. These 80 schools and four districts from around the United States demonstrate a dedicated focus on character development that has a true positive impact on academic achievement, student behavior, and school climate.

“This is a great honor for everyone in our district — from the students and parents to the teachers and administrators. They have all been united in their efforts to make our schools places where students can learn to be both intelligent and good citizens,” said BBCSD Superintendent Casey Kosiorek. “I am so proud to see our school community recognized for their dedication and hard work.”

BBCSD adopted a district-wide framework for character education in 2012 that teaches students about leadership, ethics, decision making, and respect. It centered on the district’s core values, "Challenge, Engage, Nurture." The Olweus Bullying Prevention Program ( has since become an integral part of the education experience at all grade levels. “The Leader in Me” (, a whole-school transformational model that uses Steven Covey’s Seven Habits and gives students self-confidence and life skills, was also adopted in 2012.

The extensive School of Character application process was navigated by Amanda Cook and Patrick McGee, assistant principals at the elementary and Jr./Sr. high schools. “The process offered us the chance to reflect on our character education initiatives and identify areas of strength as well as opportunity,” Cook said. “Their reviewers gave us feedback that will help us strengthen current practices using the 11 Principles of Character Education framed by”

The character education movement is a proactive effort to help students recognize, and then do, what’s right. In schools of character, teachers work together as professionals, with parents and community members as partners. They positively shape the social, emotional, and character development of their students. Children in these schools feel safe, respected, and connected to those around them, allowing them to thrive academically and socially and be motivated to give back to their communities. (, is a national nonprofit based in Washington, D.C., that works with schools to inspire, educate, and empower young people to be ethical and engaged citizens.

Caption: Character education is built into daily life at all grade levels at Byron-Bergen Schools. (l-r) Students Clare Fraser and Grace Pulcini; assistant principals Patrick McGee and Amanda Cook; students Pearl Jolliff and Rayna Brew.

May 18, 2015 - 12:48pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in crime, batavia, pembroke, Stafford, Darien, corfu, Oakfield.

Ashley Marie Fladie, 24, of Pearl Street Road, Batavia, is charged with two counts of cruelty to animals. Fladie is accused of possessing two dogs that were deprived of proper care and, as a result, suffered from numerous medical conditions that authorities say could have been avoided with proper care. The dogs were examined by a veterinarian, who allegedly determined the dogs were in unsatisfactory condition due to improper care. Animal Control assisted in the investigation. The dogs were discovered during a response to a fire at 2720 Pearl Street Road the evening of March 11.

Ashley M. Kreutz, 27 of Batavia, is charged with petit larceny. Kreutz is accused of stealing a gift card from her employer, Kohl's, worth $37. The alleged theft was detected on surveillance video.

Jordan C. Dunham, 42, of Batavia, is charged with three counts of criminal possession of a controlled substance, 7th, controlled substance in non-original container and no license plate lamp, and Nicole P. Gonzalez, 32, of Batavia, is charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance, 7th, and controlled substance in non-original container. State Police stopped Dunham's Chevrolet Cobalt on Route 33, Bergen, for an alleged license plate lamp out. During the interview, Dunham reportedly said he didn't have a license. A trooper reportedly observed his hands shaking and he appeared nervous.  The trooper allegedly spotted five glassine bags of heroin on the back seat floor. During the subsequent search, a trooper allegedly found two plastic baggies containing cocaine and a large glassine bag containing suboxone sublingual strips.

Merlin L. Brainerd, 34, of Silver Springs, is charged with unlawful possession of marijuana. Brainerd was stopped by State Police on Route 63, Batavia, for alleged tinted windows. A trooper detected the alleged odor of marijuana. Further investigation turned up a baggie allegedly containing two grams of marijuana and a glass smoking pipe with marijuana residue.

Alexis A. Camilo, 19, of Buffalo, is charged with unlawful possession of marijuana. Camilo was stopped in Corfu by Village police for allegedly driving 48 in a 35 mph zone on Route 77.

Craig M. Stevens, 54, of North Spruce Street, Batavia, is charged with harassment, 2nd. Steven allegedly slapped a woman at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday at a location on North Spruce Street.

Yolanda E. Johnson, 28, of West Main Street, Batavia, was arrested on a warrant related to an aggravated unlicensed operation, 3rd, charge. Johnson was arrested, arraigned and released on her own recognizance.

A 17-year-old resident of Batavia is charged with criminal mischief, 4th. The youth allegedly punched a hole in a wall at an undisclosed location at 9:30 pm. on May 12. Batavia PD withheld the name of the suspect.

Francisco Martinez Jr., 42, no permanent residence, was arrested on a warrant related to an endangering the welfare of a child charge. Martinez was arraigned, had a DNA sample collected at the jail, and was released.

A 17-year-old resident of Batavia is charged with endangering the welfare of a minor and menacing, 2nd. The youth allegedly threatened his 13-year-old brother with a knife at 6:30 p.m., May 5, at an undisclosed location. The name of the suspect withheld by Batavia PD.

Carlos Samol, 50, of Liberty Street, Batavia, is charged with harassment, 2nd, and endangering the welfare of a child. Samol allegedly struck two people, including a juvenile, in an alleged incident reported at 2:38 p.m., Wednesday.

Sarah Mae Wilson, 32, of Hutchins Street, Batavia, is charged with disobeying an order of protection. Wilson was allegedly located by police officers hiding in the closet of a protected party. Wilson was jailed on $5,000 bail or $10,000 bond.

Karen D. Bannister, 74, of South Main Street, Batavia, was arrested on a warrant for alleged failure to appear on a harassment charge. Bannister was arraigned and released on her own recognizance.

Daniel L. Dioguardi, 34, of Summit Street, Batavia, is charged with obstructing governmental administration. Dioguardi allegedly ran from police when they attempted to detain him for questioning during a burglary investigation at 5:17 p.m., Friday. Dioguardi was jailed on $3,000 bail or $6,000 bond.

Stanley D. Wilson, 54, of Bank Street, Batavia, is charged with petit larceny. Wilson is accused of stealing beer from the Red Apple at 99 Jackson St., Batavia.

Michael A. Galas, 24, of Woodcrest Boulevard, Tonawanda, is charged with trespass. Galas was allegedly trespassing at Rolling Hills Asylum, Bethany. Also charged, Nicholas J. Hora, 24, of Old Farm Court, Cheektowaga, Rebecca M. Klein, 24, of Knowlton Road, Kenmore, and Jessica M. Cichocki, of Elm Place, Lancaster. The four people were allegedly caught on the property at 6:54 p.m., Sunday.

Daniel Thomas McPhee III, 48, of Losson Road, Cheektowaga, is charged with possession or transport of unstamped cigarettes, motor vehicle lights not meeting safety standards and running a red light. McPhee was stopped at 8:53 p.m. Sunday on Route 77, Pembroke, by Deputy Joseph Corona.

Christina Aminta Soler, 37, of Phelps Road, Pembroke, is charged with criminal contempt, 2nd. Soler allegedly violated an order of protection by contacting the protected party.

Jacob John Stone, 39, of West Main Street, Batavia, is charged with criminal mischief. Stone allegedly kicked and damaged a door during an argument.

Honour Haley Myers, 26, of Hamm Road, Lockport, is charged with unlawful possession of marijuana and failure to stop at stop sign. Myers was stopped at 6:33 p.m. Saturday on Route 33, Stafford, by Deputy Joseph Corona.

Eric Charles Zglinicki, 53, of Alleghany Road, Darien, is charged with criminal possession of weapon, 4th. Zglinicki was allegedly found in possession of firearms despite his prior felony conviction. The weapons were confiscated.

Patricia Leslie Brown, 61, of Park Avenue, Whitesboro, is charged with possession of more than 400 untaxed cigarattes. Brown was stopped at 9:56 a.m. Sunday on Route 77, Pembroke, by Deputy Richard Schildwaster.

Kathleen Marie Szkotak, 46, of Park Avenue, Whitesboro, is charged with possession of more than 400 untaxed cigarettes and driving with dark-tinted windows. Szkotak was stopped at 9:56 a.m. Sunday on Route 77, Pembroke, by Deputy Richard Schildwaster.

Robert James Lefrois, 30, of Down Street, Rochester, is charged with unlawful possession of marijuana, unlicensed operator, possession / display of a forged inspection certificate and inadequate muffler. Lefrois was stopped at 12:52 p.m. Sunday on Route 77, Pembroke, by Deputy Richard Schildwaster.

Harvey Arthur McMurray Jr., 47, of Bennett Avenue, Oakfield, is charged with driving while ability impaired by alcohol, speeding, unlicensed driver and unregistered motor vehicle. McMurray was stopped at 2 a.m. May 8 on Lewiston Road, Oakfield, by Deputy Joseph Corona.

Wendy S. Dempsey, 44, of Sunset Parkway, Oakfield, is charged with trespassing. Dempsey allegedly entered a business in Oakfield where she had been previously told not to enter.

May 18, 2015 - 9:56am
posted by Howard B. Owens in GCC, schools, education.


Genesee Community College held is 47th commencement ceremony Sunday in the Anthony Zambito Gymnasium.

Kristin Skarie, a Fairport resident and author of “A Year of Nothing New—Tools for Living Lean and Green,” was the keynote speaker.

Le Roy's Bob Bennett was honored for his years of dedicated service to the college.











May 18, 2015 - 9:38am
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, sports.


Until yesterday, I'd never seen a street sweeper quite like this one. I spotted David Musser on Route 5 in Batavia and when we spoke he said people around here often comment that they've never seen anybody propelling themselves down the street on a skateboard with a stick. Musser recently moved here from Chicago and said the sport seems more common there. Primarily, he said, it's good cross-training for stand-up paddle boarding on the lakes.

May 18, 2015 - 9:30am
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia.


The Spring Vendor Blender at the Fairgrounds on Sunday looked like another success. I walked away with coffee, honey and organic salad dressing. There were certainly lots of interesting vendors to visit.



May 16, 2015 - 9:12pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in Beertavia, batavia, BID, downtown.







May 16, 2015 - 4:12pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in Darien Spring Festival, Berried Treasures, Darien.


Jennifer Moran makes a balloon octopus for Lucian during the Darien Spring Festival held today at Berried Treasures on Broadway Road, Darien.





May 16, 2015 - 3:44pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in swine club, 4-H, agriculture, batavia.


The 4-H Swine Club hosted its annual pulled pork BBQ at the Fairgrounds today.


May 16, 2015 - 3:38pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in dogs, animals, batavia.


The Seneca Siberian Husky Club, which is based in Rochester, held its show today at Falleti Ice Arena.

Above, Shira Barkon, of Pennsylvania, with Jewel.



Rick Church, of Michigan, with Sadie.


Jan Haring, of New Jersey, showing Trooper for judge Dr. Richard Hideman.



May 16, 2015 - 3:10pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in GO ART!, batavia.


GO ART! hosted an Appraisal Fair today at Seymore Place.


Appraiser H.P. Prazer with John Seartz and Louis Call.


Appraiser Jason Helenbrook of Gold N Time.

May 16, 2015 - 12:35pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in Beertavia, batavia, downtown.


Set up is under way for today's Beertavia in the parking lot off School Street, behind Angotti's Beverages. More than 50 craft brews will be served.  The event is from 3 to 6 p.m. Tickets start at $40 and are available at the door.

May 15, 2015 - 9:25pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in bank of castile, relay for life, batavia.


Here's your chance to enjoy a special Date Night every night for a year (significant other not included). 

Employees at the Bank of Castile branch on East Main Street, Batavia, are auctioning off this grand prize as a fundraiser for Relay for Life.  The prize value is more than $700. 

Tickets can be purchased at the branch, $1 for one ticket, $3 for five, and 10 for $5.

The raffle was organized by Michelle Cryer, who wasn't available today at picture time. Pictured are Lauren Drier and Amber Reese. 

May 15, 2015 - 9:12pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in Business Education Alliance, BEA, business, batavia, byron-bergen.


The Genesee County Business/Education Alliance held its annual meeting this morning at Terry Hills. The event featured presentations by students who have been through BEA programs, awards and election of officers.

Jay Wolcott, a teacher with Byron-Bergen High School, received an APPLE Award, as did Ed Shaver (second picture), a teacher with Elba High School.

Other awards: Business Partner of the Year, Dan Harvey, formerly of Graham Manufacturing; and partner in education awards to Graham Manufacturing and Amada Tool America.

Wolcott and Shaver are pictured with Eve Hens, director of BEA.



Nick Corsivo


 Students from Alexander Central School who attended BEA Camps last summer. Lauren Young, Nick Allen, Andrew Young.


Heather Dries and Chrstine Stevens, students at Byron-Bergen, in Wolcott's manufacturing systems classes.

May 15, 2015 - 3:39pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in Oakfield.

From our news partner, WBTA:

In a nationwide fundraising effort to fight childhood cancer, an Oakfield family will represent New York State.

This is the story of Brady Williams, a lemonade stand, and a whole lot of determination.

bradywilliams_0.jpg The family of 8-year-old Brady has been raising money for Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation every year since 2009.

The Foundation’s fundraiser, called Alex’s Lemonade Days, occurs during a weekend in June and is designed to raise money for fighting childhood cancer as well as raising awareness of the issue.

"We'll have our lemonade days fundraiser on June 13th and then we'll have our annual stand that we do every year during the Oakfield Labor Day celebration in September," says Brady's mother, Megan Williams.

Alex Scott was an 8-year old girl who passed away from neuroblastoma in 2004, the same cancer affecting Brady. 

She and her family helped raise more than $1 million to help find a cure with homemade lemonade stands.

The cancer in Brady was first detected in his chest wall before extending into his spinal cord and column.

He was diagnosed with cancer when doctors tried to determine why he hadn’t learned to walk as a baby.

After undergoing two surgeries as well as chemotherapy, the lively second-grader is in remission.

Brady and his family speak at schools to spread awareness of childhood cancer.

Alex’s Lemonade Days runs from June 12-14 this year.

"Our six-year total is over $20,000, so this year we're hoping to break $25,000 but I may adjust that based on how we do here June 13th. We may have to push that up even higher," says Megan.

Everyone wants lemonade around June, so the Williams family will continue to satisfy customers as well as work to fight for childhood cancer.

A smile like Brady’s shows a hope that never fails.

The Williams family lives on Drake Street in Oakfield.

Brady is one of a set of triplets.

May 15, 2015 - 3:35pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in politics.

Via our news partner, WBTA:

The Genesee County Republican Committee has endorsed its slate of candidates for this Fall’s election. The county committee met last night, Chairman Richard Seibert told WBTA this morning. All incumbent GOP legislators were endorsed for reelection except Legislative District 7 and city wards 1 and 6.

Incumbent Frank Ferrando is retiring and the nod went to Batavia City Councilman-at-large John DeLeo.

DeLeo was challenged for the endorsement by fellow councilman-at-large Eugene Jankowski.

DeLeo won the endorsement.

The republicans have no candidate for District 9, the post held by the legislatures lone Democrat Ed DeJanerio.

The GOP Endorsed Slate: (i) = incumbent
Coroner: (i) Barry Miller
County Attorney (i) Charles Zambito, recommendation
Legislative Districts:
Dist. 1 Alabama and Oakfield: Raymond Ciantrini (i)
Dist. 2 Elba: Robert Bausch (i)
Dist. 3 Pembroke and Darien: Michael Davis (i)
Dist. 4 Batavia and Stafford: Andrew Young (i)
Dist. 5 Le Roy: Rochelle Stein (i)
Dist. 6 Alexander, Bethany and Pavilion: Gregg Torrey (i)
Dist. 7 City Wards 1 & 6: John DeLeo
Dist. 8 City Wards 2 & 3: Marianne Clattenburg (i)
Dist. 9 City Wards 4 & 5 no candidate

May 15, 2015 - 3:32pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in crime, byron, bergen.

Via our news partner, WBTA:

Joseph Kuzma, a 35-year-old Byron resident, has been sentenced to four months of weekend jail time for stealing hundreds of veterans markers from local cemeteries and selling the metal for scrap.

Kuzma was sentenced Thursday in County Court by Judge Robert C. Noonan.

Previously, he had pled guilty to grand larceny, 3rd.

He will be required to pay more than $17,000 in restitution.

Last fall, Kuzma hit cemeteries in Byron and Bergen and then sold the metal to a scrap yard in Rochester. 

May 15, 2015 - 1:54pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in byron-bergen, Casey Kosiorek, schools, education.


Casey Kosiorek, third from left, superintendent of schools for Byron-Bergen, was honored last night in Rochester by the Genesee Valley ASCD with a Supervision Award.

The award recognizes Kosiorek's outstanding leadership of the school district from an organization with a mission to highlight exceptional curriculum and supervision practices.

Also honored were J. Kenneth Graham Jr., of Rush-Henrietta, Renee Williams, of Honeoye Falls-Lima, with a Curriculum Award, and Mark Kokanovich, president of the Brighton Board of Education, with a Service Award.

May 15, 2015 - 1:32pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in frank bordonaro, Le Roy, law enforcement.


The name of Frank Bordonaro, the Genesee County deputy who died at age 44 after completing a shift last year, is now etched into the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in Washington, D.C.

Several members of the local law enforcement community, including officers from the Sheriff's Office, Batavia PD and Le Roy PD, along with his family, are attending the ceremonies this week in Washington. Members of the group sent us these pictures.

The event, which honors fallen police officers, attracts thousands of law enforcement personnel from all over the nation and lasts several days.





May 15, 2015 - 12:46pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, business.


A plan to relocate Arby's further west on Main Street is meeting some stiff opposition, both from residents of Vernon Avenue and planners.

County Planning staff recommended to the County Planning Board that members reject a series of zoning variance requests, and after hearing from several Vernon Avenue residents and receiving a petition signed by 95 percent of the residents in opposition to the fast-food restaurant proposal, the board members followed staff recommendation.

The board's vote doesn't kill the project, but it means the City of Batavia Planning Board needs a majority plus one vote to approve the plan.

Kyle Hessler was among the Vernon Avenue residents who spoke and he acknowledged that he lives next to property that is zoned for commercial development -- though it's currently residential -- and he isn't opposed to commercial development in the city, or even on the property. He just thinks the proposal as presented is bad for Vernon Avenue residents.

It would unduly impact traffic on the street and the ability for traffic to easily pull onto Main Street. He doesn't think the barrier for sight, vision and sound between the restaurant and the neighborhood is adequate. And he thinks the parking will prove inadequate. 

Some residents complained that they felt like the developers were trying to sneak the project through, but Robert Kiesler, an architect from Rochester representing the developer, said there is nothing secret about the process. It is going through the public approval process completely in the open, as required by law.

Out of that process, the developer gets a chance to learn what modifications to the plan need to be made to ensure it doesn't negatively impact residents, or if the development is even viable.

The process is designed to give residents a chance to have their say, as Thursday's meeting demonstrated, he said.

The developer is proposing a 2,100-square-foot restaurant that would replace three residential units. It would have a drive-thru with a driveway on Vernon Avenue. 

Among the variances requested is reducing the buffer between the commercial property and residential property from 10 feet to two feet, constructing a building one foot higher than allowed, constructing a smaller driveway than normally permitted and reducing the number of required parking spaces from 84 to 24.




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