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May 7, 2012 - 9:14am
posted by Howard B. Owens in accident, Oakfield.

A rollover accident is reported in the Village of Oakfield in the area of the M&T Bank with possible entrapment.

Oakfield Fire Department and ambulance responding.

UPDATE 9:15 a.m.: The person is out. No entrapment. Mercy EMS response is cancelled.

May 6, 2012 - 8:35pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, Peace Garden.

In an afternoon-long celebration, highlighted by the raising of flags of 20 nations, the Peace Garden in Batavia was dedicated today.

May 6, 2012 - 7:26pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, sports, track & field.

Submitted by Diana Anderson Radley:

Batavian, Max Radley, junior at SUNY Fredonia, a member of theSUNY Fredonia Mens track and Field since a freshmen and a former member of the Batavia HS Track and Field Team competed in State University of New York Athletic Competitions in Oneoneta this past weekend.  Max finished 2nd in the state competition  in Hammer throwing with a with a distance of 47.74 meters.

Max plans on studying and competing in the Netherlands next semester.  Max is the son of Diana Anderson Radley, a licensed Massage Therapist and Herbalist, owner of Massage by Diana and copartner in a new business called Scientific Edge, Health and Wellness trainings and education for the Professional Community and general community   Carl Radley, formerly of Batavia

Like other throwing events, the competition is decided by who can throw the ball the farthest. The men's hammer weighs 16 pounds (7.257 kg) and measures 3 feet 11 3⁄4 inches (121.5 cm) in length and the women's hammer weighs 8.82 lb (4 kg) and 3 feet 11 inches (119.5 cm) in length.[1] Competitors gain maximum distance by swinging the hammer above their head to set up the circular motion. Then they apply force and pick up speed by completing one to four turns in the circle. In competition, most throwers turn three or four times. The ball moves in a circular path, gradually increasing in velocity with each turn with the high point of the ball toward the sector and the low point at the back of the circle. The thrower releases the ball from the front of the circle. The two most important factors for a long throw are the angle of release (45° up from the ground) and the speed of the ball (the highest possible).

While the men's hammer throw has been in the Olympic Games since 1900, the IAAF did not start ratifying women's marks until 1995. Women's hammer throw was first included in the Olympics at the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney, after having been included in the World Championships a year earlier.

May 6, 2012 - 6:52pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in photos.

Doug Yeomans took these pictures last night during the "supermoon." As Doug notes, the moon should be pretty spectacular again this evening.

Below, Doug caught a reflection of the moon off the roof of a couple of barns.

May 6, 2012 - 12:00pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in bergen.

A controlled burn is apparently out of control at 873 Johnson Road in Bergen.

Bergen Fire Department is responding.

Mutual aid requested from South Byron, Le Roy and Churchville.

Approximately one-half acre is burning.

UPDATE 12:05 p.m.: Grass truck from Chili requested to the scene. A chief says the fire is going pretty good, but current response should be sufficient.

UPDATE 12:16 p.m.: Chili response cancelled.

UPDATE 12:20 p.m.: Stafford requested to standby in the Stafford Hall as a fill-in for Le Roy while Le Roy is on scene in Bergen.

UPDATE 12:35 p.m.: Stafford back in service. Le Roy returning shortly.

UPDATE: Bergen was back in service at 1:06 p.m.

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May 6, 2012 - 11:29am
posted by Howard B. Owens in accident, Pavilion.

Multiple callers report to dispatch that a car has hit a deer on Route 20 in Pavilion and a person is injured.

Pavilion Fire Department and Mercy EMS responding.

UPDATE 11:31 a.m.: The deer apparently went through a side window. The patient was not breathing, but is now breathing with difficulty. The patient suffered facial injuries. Mercy Flight put on in-air standby.

UPDATE 11:33 a.m.: Mercy Flight will not be needed at the scene.

UPDATE 11:50 a.m.: Patient being transported to Strong.

UPDATE 11:52 a.m.: Pavilion back in service.

May 5, 2012 - 11:41pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, baseball, sports.

Batavia baseball fans may have been denied a chance to see Andy Pettitte pitch in Dwyer Stadium, but on Saturday, two other pitchers with major league experience graced the mound.

Nelson Figueroa, 38 years old, with nine seasons of MLB experience and a career record of 20-35 to go along with his 4.55 ERA, was the Empire Yankees starter.

Figueroa, whose nine seasons were spent with seven different teams, surrendered seven earned runs over 3 2/3 innings, which made the Red Sox fans at the game happy.

Boston's farm club from Pawtucket won the game 9-3 behind the pitching of Brandon Duckworth, a 34-year-old right-hander who has been out of the majors since 2008.

To Duckworth's credit, his 2012 record is now 4-0 to go with a 3.34 ERA.

Attendance for the game was 1,838.

May 5, 2012 - 11:07pm

The Michael Napoleone Memorial Foundation held its annual Kentucky Derby Party at Terry Hills on Saturday afternoon.

The party is a major fundraiser and supports research for curing childhood cancer and provides assistance to victms' families.

A big tradition with the Kentucky Derby is women wearing fancy hats, and that's also part of the tradition of the foundation's party.

Above, Christen Napoleone, Andrea Suttell and Ashley Napoleone.

Jennifer Houseknecht and Lori Reinhardt

Jody McCulley

Peggy Sacheli

Trish Pero and Peg Pietzykowski-Gorecki (Peg created both hats)

May 5, 2012 - 4:57pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in David Bellavia, michael ranzenhofer, NY-27, chris collins.

State Senator Michael Ranzenhofer doesn't want his staff members showing public support for either of the two men running for the GOP nomination in the 27th Congressional District, and so he apparently fired one staff member this week for supporting David Bellavia.

The Buffalo News reports Michelle McCulloch, 45, was fired after introducing Bellavia at a campaign event outside of Ranzenhofer's district.

While she had previously been warned about her connection to Bellavia, McCulloch said she felt she was complying with Ranzenhofer's directive by reporting the campaign appearance to him the next day.

Nick Langworthy, Erie County GOP chairman and ally of Chris Collins, the candidate Bellavia would like to defeat, was at the campaign event in Attica. CORRECTION:  Langworthy contacted The Batavian and said, "Bob McCarthy reported falsely that I attended the GOP event Attica. I did not attend that event."

Langworthy denies he was involved in McCulloch's dismissal.

While McCulloch said she was given no official reason for her termination, she believes it's a logical conclusion.

May 5, 2012 - 6:58am
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, photos.

A tree in a field of dandelions on Wortendyke Road, Batavia.

May 5, 2012 - 12:15am
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, Peace Garden.

The dedication of the peace garden in Batavia on Sunday will draw a quiet protest from some local residents, according to Mike Barrett, owner of Barrett's Batavia Marine.

The problem, Barrett said, is that the peace garden is a little too closely linked with the United Nations and Barrett and others are no fan of the U.N.

One of Barrett's current concerns is a U.N. push to create an international treaty on the trade of guns, and while supporters of the treaty say it merely deals with the illicit sale of guns, groups such as the NRA fear it's really an attempt to circumvent the 2nd Amendment (Wikipedia).

"(The peace garden is) a noble effort," Barrett said, "but when one of the principles of the peace garden gets an award from the United Nations and they're going to have a torch run via the U.N. from Buffalo to Albany, that concerns us. We don't want anything to do with the U.N."

Barrett is referring to Paula Savage, a Batavia native who organized the first peace garden in Ottawa and is now part of the International Peace Garden Foundation.

Savage was recently honored by the U.N. for her peace garden efforts.

The Batavia garden is adjacent to the Holland Land Office Museum on West Main Street and the protest is scheduled to start at 2 p.m. on the opposite side of the street.

"It will be peaceful. There will be no bullhorns," Barrett said. "We're going to have an informational protest to show that the the peace garden is associated with the United Nations and that we're dead set against what the U.N. does."

May 4, 2012 - 10:43pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, GCC.

This week, a group of Tibetan monks created a sand mandala in the forum at Genesee Community College. The mandala symbolized love and compassion.

Hundreds of people came through the Batavia campus over the past four days to see the creation of the mandala.

Part of the spiritual message of the mandala is that when it's completed, it's destroyed, to symbolize the temporary nature of life. 

The ceremony included chants and then the mandala was swept into piles and a portion placed into baggies for members of the audience to receive, and a portion placed into ceremonial vessels and then carried to the Tonawanda Creek where the sand was dumped into the flowing water.

Previously: Mandala being created by monks at GCC meant to symbolize love and compassion

If you're unable to view the slide show below, click here.

May 3, 2012 - 11:16pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in weather.

A lightning and thunderstorm passed through Batavia in the 10 o'clock hour, and though things have gotten quieter, there are still a few flashes in the sky now and then.

The National Weather Service has issued a special weather statement predicting ongoing lightning and thunder activity throughout the night with possibility of strong wind gusts at time and possibly hail.

Some hail was reported in the county tonight.

Power outages in the county so far tonight have been minimal. There was a report of a wire down and arching in Pavilion, but that doesn't sound like a serious issue.

May 3, 2012 - 10:27pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, fire.

A caller reports seeing flames inside a greenhouse at Pudgie's Lawn and Garden on West Main Street Road, Batavia.

Chiefs on scene report nothing showing.

UPDATE: A chief confirms an LED light inside the building -- no fire.

May 3, 2012 - 7:07pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in crime, Le Roy.

A chance meeting with five local farmers in a Le Roy diner helped convince Donnie Henderickson to take a logging job with David Henry Isabell, the 43-year-old, now-convicted timber con man, Henderickson said today.

Henderickson spoke after his appearance in Genesee County Court where he was given a conditional discharge on a single petit larceny conviction.

Isabell called Henderickson out to Le Roy to talk about a job on property owned by Lynn Belluscio, Henderickson said. It was the first time Henderickson had done anything with Isabell in 10 years, he said.

After the meeting at Belluscio's property, they went to a local diner and ran into the farmers, who greeted Isabell like an old friend, he said.

"After I got home, I said (to my wife), ‘I can’t believe it. He really changed his ways,’ " Henderickson said. "He was pretty shifty 10 years ago, and he hasn’t changed his ways. The only thing he’s done is he’s learned to finesse the BS a little more."

Henderickson described Isabell as charming -- a master of BS -- and said the 43-year-old Liverpool resident deserved a harsher sentence than he got.

He said he was sorry for what happened to the property owners Isabell conned.

He's also sorry for himself and what he's been through.

He said -- backed by his wife of 30 years -- that he's always been a legitimate logger, but this ordeal has ruined logging for him.

"It's a shame," he said. "When I drive out here, I see lots of good timber. I could have made a lot of money out here (in Genesee County) legitimately. I didn't need this.

"You know it's tough to make money (in logging) anyway. After this, all anybody has to do is get on the computer and pull a DEC report and see Mr. Henderickson’s name right there and they’re not going to deal with me."

To make a living now, Henderickson drives a log truck for another company.

The 49-year-old resident of Bernhards Bay was originally charged with grand larceny, 4th, 23 counts of timber trespass, grand larceny, 3rd, and scheme to defraud, 1st.

Those charges were reduced to petit larceny with a promise of no jail time on the condition that Henderickson testify truthfully against Isabell.

Rather than go to trial, Isabell entered a guilty plea to timber trespass and scheme to defraud, 1st. He was sentenced April 26 to six months in jail and five years probation.

Assistant Distirct Attorney Kevin Finnell said in court today that he is convinced that Henderickson was a partner in Isabell's timber scheme.

"I think Mr. Henderickson was well aware of what was going on with the home owners," Finnell said. "He was clearly part of this scheme, albeit to a lesser degree of culpability, but he certainly knew what was going on."

Even so, Finnell said, he didn't oppose the recommendation of the probation department that Henderickson receive a conditional discharge.

A conditional discharge means that if Henderickson isn't re-arrested for anything in the next year, the petit larceny conviction will be dropped from record.

"For the victims, I’m very glad they got the restitution they got, but as far as Mr. Isabell and (his sentence), what he did was wrong," Henderickson said.

May 3, 2012 - 5:54pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, baseball, sports.

It's true, one of New York's premier pitcher's will make a final rehab start with the Empire Yankees on Sunday against the Red Sox farm club.

Unfortunately for Batavia baseball fans, the game has been shifted to Frontier Field in Rochester.

UPDATE: Additional information about tickets just in:

All fans holding tickets to the regularly scheduled Yankees--PawSox game in Batavia on Sunday may exchange their tickets for the same game at Frontier Field. The exchange must be made by 5 p.m. on Saturday at the Dwyer Stadium Box Office in Batavia or the Frontier Field Box Office in Rochester. If any ticket holder can not attend Sunday’s game at Frontier Field, they can exchange their ticket for the Yankees game on June 12 in Batavia or any regular season Muckdogs game.

May 3, 2012 - 1:40pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in genesee county, Livable Community.

By showing up at Genesee Community College this morning, more than 150 local residents demonstrated that this is a livable community, said Jill Babinski, a senior planner for the county.

But they also know things can always be made better.

In today's terms, that means "more livable," which was the focus of the forum at the college.

"I grew up in Erie County and I've chosen to live here and be here, so I think Genesee County is very livable," said Babinski, who also referred to Genesee County as the best county in the state.

"If you take into account all of the economic activity recently, companies from the outside are also judging Genesee County to be livable, because you're not going to bring your company here unless you know there are things here for your employees to do."

What makes a community livable?

That's a complex and not easily answered question said keynote speaker Vera Prosper, director of Livable New York.

It's easy to say it means it's a good place to live, work, to grow up and grow old, but what that means is different for each person and each community.

Generally, it means a place with a variety of housing to meet the needs of different people at different stages of their lives. It means good jobs, viable transportation, nice parks and sound infrastructure, up-to-date technology, smart land use planning, plenty of shopping, quality schools and accessible health care.

"These are the kind of elements that make up our living our environment," Prosper said. "They’re very tangible. They’re easy to see, easy to measure, easy to associate with livability. These are the kind of elements people look at when they’re aiming to improve livability."

Livable communities are sustainable. They are ones people want to move to, live in, and not leave.

"In order for Genesee County to at least to remain marketable, we have to address all of those isuses to get people here and to get people to stay here," Babinski said.

The County Planning Department is using the forum to kick off an update to the comprehensive plan, and the effort includes setting up a volunteer vision committee as well as 10 focus groups.

Babinski encourages residents to get involved.

"I've always believed, you can't complain unless you put in some effort," Babinski said. "We want people to put in the effort and then if they have a problem they can complain and make sure it turns out the way they want it to."

A strong community, Prosper said, is one where people are involved, and involvement spurs economic activity and better opportunities for all residents.

"It is a community's responsibility to understand what is coming up in that community and not base decisions on yesterday’s circumstances," Prosper said.

May 3, 2012 - 12:40pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in crime, Le Roy.

A 20-year-old Le Roy resident is being accused of burglary for allegedly breaking into the old Jell-O plant on North Street, Le Roy, and stealing tools, wire and other items from a business there.

The burglary was discovered after Easter weekend when employees returned to work.

The suspect, John H. O'Shea, of 84 Wolcott St., Le Roy, is accused of making forced entry into the building.

As part of the month-long investigation, police executed a search warrant at a residence in Riga, where some of the allegedly stolen property was located.

O'Shea is charged with burglary, 3rd, and grand larceny, 4th.

After arraignment, O'Shea was released under the supervision of Genesee Justice.

Le Roy PD says the investigation is ongoing.




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