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August 2, 2010 - 7:59am
posted by Howard B. Owens in Deal of the Day.

Margarita's Mexican Restaurant, 15 Jackson St., Batavia, NY: When you're looking for an authentic Mexican meal, Margarita's is the place to go. The food and atmosphere are perfect and the service is always outstanding. We have a $20 gift certificate for $10.

O'Lacy's Irish Pub, 5 School St. Batavia, NY: In Irish pubs, it doesn't get more authentic than O'Lacy's. Be sure to try the homemade chips. We have a $25 gift certificate for $12.50.

Matty's Pizzeria, 4152 W. Main St., Batavia, NY: Matty's is another Batavia favorite for pizza and wings. We have a $20 gift certificate for $10.

Settler's Restaurant, 353 W. Main St., Batavia, NY: Settler's has a 25-year history of serving great, affordable breakfasts,lunches and dinners to Batavians. We have a $20 gift certificate for $10.

Clor's Meat Market, 4169 W. Main St. Road, Batavia, NY: For the best, most flavorful, juiciest chicken or hamburger in town, hands down, stop by Clor's. Oh, and the steaks are great, too. And the sausage. Clor's also serves lunch and dinners from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. We have a $20 gift card for $10.

Oliver's Candies, 211 W. Main St., Batavia, NY. Oliver's, a Batavia landmark, offers the finest chocolate and confections in the area. We have a $20 gift card for $10.

T.F. Brown's, at 214 E. Main St., Batavia, NY: T.F. Brown's is a great place for a good meal, good friends and to catch up on what's going on in the sports world. "If it happens in sports, it happens at Brown's." We have a $20 gift card for $10.

Stafford Trading Post, 6173 Main Road, Stafford, NY: Lunch or dinner, Stafford Trading Post offers a variety of fresh, homemade meals, as well as snacks and drinks. Now in a new, expanded location. We have a $25 gift card for $12.50.

Alex's Place, 8322 Park Road, Batavia, NY: People come from all over the region for a fine dining experience at Alex's. It's best known for its ribs, of course, but Alex's seafood is also a favorite of the restaurant's diners. We have a $25 gift certificate for $12.50.

Delavan's Restaurant and Tavern, 107 Evans St., Batavia, NY: To me, Delavan's is one of those restaurants where you want to eat frequently until you try everything on the menu. We have a $20 gift certificate for $10.

Larry's Steakhouse, 60 Main St., Batavia, NY: The name says it all -- Larry's is a great place for steak. Larry's has a fine dining atmosphere with a great menu and outstanding service. We have a $25 gift certificate for $12.50.


August 1, 2010 - 8:39pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in crime, corfu.

A woman has  reportedly shot a man in his leg during a domestic dispute on Countyline Road, Corfu.

The dispatcher first said the man was in the driveway and the woman inside, now the dispatch is that woman is in the driveway and the man is inside with the gun.

Law enforcement and Mercy EMS are responding.

UPDATE 8:43 p.m.: Police on scene, the .22 has been secured and a tourniquet has been applied to the man's leg.

August 1, 2010 - 8:17pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in accident.

We missed the initial call, but there was apparently an accident on Route 19 in the area of Selden and Parmalee roads.

It sounds like possibly three vehicles involved. There is a pickup truck about 20 yards off the road.

One person was transported by Bergen ambulance to UMMC.

Relatives of people involved in the accident are showing up at the scene.

That's all we know at this time.

UPDATE: A reader e-mails: "It is another car pile up, unknown number of cars in Le Roy, reported seven injuries and requested five ambulances -- Didn't sound like anything too serious though original call for Mercy Flight, then canceled a short time later."

August 1, 2010 - 6:12pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, business, Oak Street, Sallome's Italian Deli.


Sallome's Italian Deil announced today that it is closing -- for good.

Saturday was its last day of business.

Owners Stephen and Penny Sallome said efforts to sell the deli over the past year were unsuccessful and the amount of work to run a food-service business was taking over their entire lives.

Sallome's will reimburse any gift certificates purchased prior to the closing.

A full statement following the jump:

August 1, 2010 - 3:50pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in accident, Stafford.

A rollover accident has been reported in the area of Buckley Road and Route 5 in Le Roy.

A person is trapped and there is reportedly an injury.

The vehicle is reportedly well off the road.

The patient is unconscious.

UPDATE 3:51 p.m.: One person conscious, one unconscious in the vehicle. Mercy Flight out of Buffalo is on in-air standby. Stafford Fire requesting a second ambulance.

UPDATE 4:01 p.m.: Mercy Flight responding with a 17 minute ETA. (Unrelated, but Elba Fire is responding to a reported plane crash in Wilson.)

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August 1, 2010 - 3:45pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, crime.

A fight involving several men was reported at the corner of Wood Street and Pringle Avenue.

A purple van reportedly pulled up to the corner and four young men got out and started fighting with another group of men, and then fled.

Batavia Police have detained four young men with a purple van on Central Avenue.

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August 1, 2010 - 3:39pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, Batavia Muckdogs, photos, fireworks.


Another great post-game fireworks show at Dwyer Stadium on Saturday.

Here's three photos of the show.



August 1, 2010 - 3:24pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in baseball, Batavia Muckdogs, photos, sports.


Behind another strong outing by starting pitcher Andrew Moss, the Batavia Muckdogs locked up a 16-win July and their six consecutive victory to move into first place -- by one percentage point -- over Williamsport.

The Muckdogs took down the Jammers, whom they play twice today in Jamestown, 6-1.

Moss went five innings for the Muckdogs (24-16) giving up one run and four hits to the Jamestown Jammers (23-17). Moss struck out six and moves his record to 5-1 with a 3.35 ERA.

Hot-hitting catcher Audry Perez was removed for a pinch runner after smacking a double in the third inning. He did not appear seriously injured, but there is no word on the extent of his injury.

He was replaced by Roberto Espinoza, a Venezuelan picked by the Cardinals in the June 2006 draft. Though Espinoza has four years of minor-league experience, this is his first season in Batavia, joining the team in mid-July. Espinoza picked up his first two hits as a Muckdog as well as drawing walk.

Fifth-rounder Nick Longmire had three hits and an RBI raising his average to .319.

Joey Bergman and Yuner Castillo each had two hits.

Perez and DH Victor Sanchez each had two RBIs.

More pictures after the jump:

August 1, 2010 - 2:49pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in photos, sports, soccer.


Genesee Youth Soccer held its championship matches Saturday and Sunday at Byron-Bergen High School.

Teams in several age brackets from throughout the region competed.

We expect to get results e-mailed to us tonight or tomorrow and will post them as soon as we are able to.

I was able to only spend an hour or so at the matches and split time between two games on adjacent fields. More pictures after the jump:

UPDATE: Here are game scores:

U19 Boys - Medina over Batavia 3-1
U16 Boys - Batavia over Lyndonville 2-0
U16 Girls - Attica over Pavilion 4-1
U14 Boys - Pavilion over Batavia 3-0
U14 Girls - Albion over Attica 2-0
U12 Boys - Leroy Knights over Batavia 5-0
U12 Girls - Leroy Strikers over Batavia 1-0

August 1, 2010 - 2:26pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in photos, byron.


While in Byron on Saturday, I walked around in Trestle Park, which I've never done before. I came across this patch of wild pink flowers. Can anybody identify the species?

August 1, 2010 - 2:15pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in photos, byron, Heritage Festival.


Saturday, Bryon celebrated its annual Heritage Festival. I missed the parade, but stopped by for a bit of the classic car show and picnic, which included music (while I was there) from the band Brick.

More pictures after the jump:

August 1, 2010 - 1:53pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, business, Harvester Avenue.


Ken Merrick has restored a classic name to his business -- Uncle Tony's is now The Harvester, a variation of a name on the bar for 17 years before it became Uncle Tony's.

Merrick said since he was switching from a sole proprietorship to an LLC, and would have to re-apply for his liquor license, and since Uncle Tony's no longer served food, it seemed like the right time to make the switch.

Merrick has owned the business for 36 years on Harvester Avenue, operating it originally as the Harvester Hotel.

"My customers that go way back said, 'We still all call it the Harvester,'" Merrick said. "They told me, 'Why don't you call it the Harvester?'"  I said, "OK, but I'm not calling it the Harvester Hotel."

August 1, 2010 - 1:43pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in BARNS, Darien, Colby Road.


I first spotted this barn on Colby Road in Darien on a late afternoon last week. The sun was on the wrong side of it (the west) to get a good shot, so I planned on coming back. Did that yesterday.

August 1, 2010 - 1:35pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in business, Blogs.

A lot of people think, "Oh, it's capitalism -- if Walmart or Target can sell stuff cheaper than the local small business, well, that's just capitalism."

But what if those big businesses are getting advantages not available to the locally owned shop -- is it really fair competition?

The New Rules Project says that American corporations are sheltering profits in overseas locations, saving themselves as much as $34 billion in annual taxes.

Those are tax dodges not available to the mom-and-pop shop.

August 1, 2010 - 1:20pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in business, Darien.


(Pictured above are Kathy Schenck and her son.)

The little store on the corner of Harper and Route 20 in Darien is closing, though a new store, completely remodeled, will be re-opened at a later date by a new owner.

Jerry and Kathy Schenck operated 3 Buck's Country Store for 34 years, opening in the fall of 1976.

Jerry has MS and is staying at the Veteran's Hospital in Batavia. Three members of his unit in Vietnam recently rode their motorcycles from different parts of the country to have a reunion at the store.

Kathy said, "I'm really going to miss the people. We watched so many people grow up. They did so many good things for us."

August 1, 2010 - 1:06pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in BARNS, agriculture, alexander, Dodgeson Road.


The Alexander Steam Show will have another classic piece of farm equipment to display this year. The Hegge family, which has farmed on Dodgeson Road since about 1930, is donating a 1950s era combine built by Massey-Harris.

Above, Matt Meyers operates a Massy-Harris tractor owned by his father, Vinnie Meyers, as the combine is turned over for the first time since sometime in the 1970s.

Rob Hegge is making the donation, but his son Lee was on hand Saturday to help the Meyers get the combine out of storage.

I stopped on Dodgeson Road to take a picture of the Hegge barn and the group noticed me out by the road and we talked a bit, so I went over and introduced myself, which is how I came across these two classic, Batavia-built, examples grand old farm equipment.

Lee let me wander around a bit and take a few more pictures.


August 1, 2010 - 12:44pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in Batavia Downs, sports, harness racing.


Press Release:

Batavia, NY - 2009 Batavia Downs Casino Horse of the Year Arm And A Leg started the 2010 campaign where he left off last season, back in the winner's circle, when he won the featured $9,000 Preferred Pace on Saturday night.

Put right on the lead by regular driver Kevin Cummings, Arm And A Leg made every pole a winning one but first had to withstand a serious challenge in deep stretch from the pocket sitter, Low And Right (Ray Fisher, Jr.), en route to a neck score in 1:55.4. Scotts Rolls Royce (Troy Boring) rode the rail to be third.

The victory was the 42nd of Arm And A Leg's career and raised his lifetime earnings to more than $267,000. He’s a 7-year-old altered son of Nobleland Sam. Stacy Keene does the training for Mark Zakubik.

The New York Sire stakes season gets underway on Monday night at the Downs. Six divisions of 2-year-old colt and gelding pacers headline the 12- race program. Post time is 6:40 p.m. Racing programs are free of charge on-line at .

July 31, 2010 - 10:49am
posted by Howard B. Owens in crime, darien lake, Darien.

The Sheriff's Office announced the following arrests stemming from the Kings of Leon concert at Darien Lake Performing Arts Center on Friday.

Charles M. Christensen, 40, of Admiral Road. Buffalo is charged with disorderly conduct after allegedly fighting with security while being escorted out of the concert venue.

Lucia C. Esquilin, 27, of West Avenue, Buffalo, is charged disorderly conduct after allegedly fighting with security while being escorted from the concert venue.

Maria C. Esquilin, 26, of West Avenue. Buffalo, is charged with disorderly conduct after allegedly throwing a security headset radio into the bushes during an altercation with concert security.

Joanna M. Esquilin, 24, of West Avenue. Buffalo, is charged with disorderly conduct after allegedly fighting with security while being escorted from the concert venue.

Nicholas J. Falanga, 22, of Ellsworth Road. Palmyra, is charged with unlawful possession of marijuana after allegedly possessing marijuana.

Corena M. Christensen, 22, of Voorhees Avenue, Buffalo, is charged with unlawful possession of marijuana after allegedly possessing marijuana.

April R. Bauer, 22, of W. Third Street, Oswego, is charged with unlawful possession of marijuana after allegedly possessing marijuana.

Brian C. Nice, 21, of Sagamore Drive, Buffalo, is charged with unlawful possession of marijuana after allegedly possessing marijuana.

The following people were issued citations for alleged underage drinking:

Alexander T. Pavone, 19, of Chestnut Crescent, Rochester
Kelsey L. Atwater, 19, of Kernwood Drive, Rochester
Connor J. Hourihan, 20, of Hartford Avenue, Buffalo
John F. Conklin, 20, of Shelly Road, Livonia
Cory T. Brogan, 20, of Close Hollow Drive, Hamlin
Michael R. Andino, 18, of Murray Street, Mt. Morris
Paul K. Hessel, 19, of Seamen Road, Middleport
Elizabeth D. Greeley, 19, of Lincoln Street, Norwood, Mass.
Britt M. Kostraba, 20, of Fisher Hill Road, Canandaigua
Maggie M. Morrissey, 20, of Creek Road, Rochester
Jessica Y. Davila, 18, of Cross Hill Road, Monroe, Conn.
Stephanie R. Zambito, 19, Lorna Court, Tonawanda
Bryan D. Rowland-Fierro, 18 of N. Grove Street, East Aurora
Julie A. Buss, 20, of Woodland Road, Brackney, Pa.
Gretchen R. Buss, 19, of Woodland Road, Brackney, Pa.

July 31, 2010 - 10:30am
posted by Howard B. Owens in Batavia Downs, sports, harness racing.


Press Release:

BATAVIA, NY – It was beautiful evening for harness racing in Western New York as pacers, trotters, and a sizeable crowd gathered for the first Friday of the meet. Patrons enjoyed a 12-race card with two feature races: the eighth race on the card, a Preferred Trot, with a purse of $9,000 and the eleventh, an Open Trot, with a purse of $7,800.

Trotting to victory in Friday's $9,000 feature was Yonkers invader Heaven And Hall with Ray Fisher Jr. at the lines, doing the mile in 1:59.4. Mighty Looker and Kevin Cummings were in for the place, while Hello Carlo with Jack Flanigen made the $152 trifecta. The fractions were 28.4, 58.4, and 1:29.3, respectively. The early stages of the mile was all Hello Carlo and Jack Flanigen who took on all comers but the race was won at the half when the veteran Fisher Jr. was able to find the 2-hole with Heaven and Hall and they simply bided their time in the pocket until angling out at the top of the stretch to score a one-length win. Kevin Cummings and Mighty Looker threatened along the passing lane but had to settle for second. Heaven and Hall is a 7-year-old gelding by Angus Hall. Mark Ford of Campbell Hall owns him and Steven Weaver is the trainer. The winning price of the eighth race was $5.10.

Flamenco Dancer and Tom Agosti got up at the wire in the 11th race by a head, in this evening’s second featured trot. The time of the mile was 2:00.1. Welding Spark D with Jack Flanigen in the sulky landed the exacta, while Jim and Jim Mc Neight were in for the show. The race unfolded with Welding Spark D taking over command at the ¾ mark and opened up 2 at head stretch but a persistent Flamenco Dancer was able to wear him down and score the narrow win. Flamenco Dancer is a 5-year-old bay mare by Tejano. Benjamin Drongosky of Snyder, NY owns her. Alex Giuliani is the trainer. The winning price was $11.20.

Pick-6 is Hit
Thanks to five winning chalks the pick-6 was hit for the first time this season returning $395. The Saturday night pick-6 pool remains guaranteed at $1,000. The pick-6 wager begins in the 7th race.

Be sure to come out tonight, for the Batavia Downs Casino and New York Sire Stakes Glass Giveaway! The first 750 patrons to swipe their Player’s Club Cards beginning at 5 PM will receive a ticket that is redeemable for a free glass after the 7th race! The 64th season is underway at America’s Oldest Lighted Harness Track. Enjoy take every Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday evening. Post time is 6:40. Racing fans wishing to dine in the Clubhouse should call 585-343-3750 to make a reservation.

Photo courtesy Paul White.

July 31, 2010 - 10:14am
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, baseball, Batavia Muckdogs, sports.

On a day when the Batavia Muckdogs picked up an important fifth-straight win in a tight Pinckney Division race, the team learned another strong arm is on its way.

Seth Blair, a first-round supplemental draft pick for the St. Louis Cardinals has agreed to terms and will report to Batavia. Blair, 21, was the 46th player taken overall in the June draft.

He was 12-1 in 18 starts this season at Arizona State University with a 3.64 ERA. He struck out 108 batters and walked 29. He won the Pac-10 Pitcher of the Year award.

The Muckdogs, who have been hot in July, picking up 15 wins, are one game behind Williamsport and tied with Jamestown for second place in the Pinckney Division.

The Jammers play the Muckdogs at Dwyer tonight, 7:05 game time, and then the teams travel to Jamestown tomorrow for a twi-nite double header.

Last night, the Muckdogs kept their win streak going by scoring two runs in the 10th inning (after giving up a run in the top of the 10th) to pull out an 8-7 victory over Auburn.

Outfielder Jon Edwards, who's in his fourth stint with Batavia and has struggled since a strong 2008 campaign (helping the Muckdogs win the NY-Penn League championship), had a big night Friday, hitting a home run and driving in three runs.

Joey Bergman had two hits and three RBIs while first-year pro Victor Sanchez, playing first base, had four hits and scored three times (hitting ahead of Edwards and Bergman). Nick Longmire had two hits.

The final run of the game came on a wild pitch allowing Mike O'Neill to score from third.





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