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November 23, 2009 - 10:04am
posted by Howard B. Owens in Deal of the Day.

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.

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.

Kravings Kafe, Valu Plaza, W. Main Street, Batavia, NY: Recently opened, it offers soups, salads and sandwiches, fresh and flavorful; Monday through Saturday. We have $10 gift certificates for $5.

Adam Miller Toy & Bicycles, 8 Center St., Batavia, NY: Feel like a kid in a toy store again, or treat your kids to the greatest toy store they will ever see. We have a $25 gift certificate for $12.50.

NOTE: If you've never bought Deal of the Day before, or are otherwise unfamiliar with the rules and process, click here.

NOTE: These gift certificates won't go into the mail until Dec. 1.

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November 22, 2009 - 11:51am
posted by Howard B. Owens in Batavia Downs, sports, harness racing.

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Press Release:

Batavia, NY--Arm And A Leg, already the favorite to be named Western New York Harness Horse of the Year, made a statement that he’s also looking for Horse of the Meet honors as well, when he won his sixth Open Handicap pace of the season, at Batavia Downs Casino, on Saturday night (Nov.21).
 
Arm And A Leg, with Batavia Downs' leading reinsman Kevin Cummings in the sulky, appeared to be perfectly spotted second-over as the $9,000 Open field moved around the clubhouse turn. That perfect trip quickly changed, however, heading to three-quarters as the field began to bunch and Arm And A Leg now found himself in a terrible blindswitch.
 
Around the final turn and at the top of the stretch Arm And A Leg was still all bottled with no place to go but the crafty Cummings was able to split horses in midstretch and go on to victory in 1.56.2 for owners Mark J. Jakubik and John P. Cummings Sr., who is also the trainer.
 
This was the 13th victory of the 2009 campaign for Arm And A Leg, a 6-year-old Nobleland Sam gelding, and it raised his seasonal earnings to $86,000. He’s won an impressive 25 times the last two year.
 
Another horse making a serious run for Horse of the Meet honors, New York Prime (Tom Agosti), came on to be second despite racing extremely wide around the final bend, while last week's open winner, Oh Gee Whiz (Sam Schillaci), who also had a  wide trip, finished third. 
 
In addition to winning the Open, Kevin Cummings won the Open II with former Downs track record holder Michael Scores in 1:55.2 and the Open III with Knob Hill Splash in 1:56.
 
There are only five more racing nights left in the 2009 season at America’s oldest lighted harness track. Live racing will resume on Wednesday night at 7:05 p.m., the final Wednesday of the meet.
 
It will also be the last chance to take advantage of one of the best deals ever offered at the Downs, purchase one clubhouse buffet at the regular price ($13.95) and receive $10 back in Casino free play. Racing fans can also win up to $500 in the Odd/Even Challenge; sign-up to win begins at 5:30 p.m. at Players Club.
 
Todd Haight
Promotional Marketing Specialist
Batavia Downs

November 21, 2009 - 8:40pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in accident, byron, Swamp Road.

A driver reportedly lost control of her car, hit a house on Swamp Road and then left the scene of accident, according to a Sheriff's Office accident report.

She reportedly told Deputy Frank Bordonaro that after striking a tree and a house, a deer ran into her car.

Deborah S. Mayo, 43, of 7008 Swamp Road, Byron, is the reported driver. According to the report, she was not injured.

Mayo was charged with DWI, driving with a BAC of .08 or greater, failure to reduce speed for a curve and leaving the scene of an accident involving an animal.

According to the report, Mayo was driving in the area of 6657 Swamp Road at about 11:07 p.m..

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November 20, 2009 - 10:14am
posted by Howard B. Owens in business, economy, localism.

I say it all the time -- if Western New York is going to turn itself around, to really spur a new era of job growth and economic vitality, it's going to take homegrown businesses leading the way. It's not going to happen by trying to recruit out-of-state industries into the region.

Daily Yonder has a post today that backs that supposition. It's about how North Carolina paid Dell a lot of money to locate a facility there, but now Dell is closing. Meanwhile, a locally grown company that got almost no government assistance is adding 600 jobs.

When are we going to halt public expenditures on the "buffalo hunt" for footloose industry and instead focus our resources and efforts on the sector that produces by far most of the jobs -- existing industry and homegrown business?

Note, that the author isn't against the kind of infrastructure development going on at the new agri-business park (though I know some of our conservative readers will take issue with the expenditure). He's talking about tax breaks and outright grants to bring in business.

The scholarly literature on incentives shows that they are a very poor investment of public resources. And, of course, the business sector has become expert at playing off one state against another in something akin to corporate extortion; and who can blame them?

Imagine if the South in general and North Carolina in particular had put all of the money spent on industrial recruitment into education, training and small business support. We would be watching even more Quintiles, Cree, PPD, Southern Seasons, Performance Bicycle and other homegrown entrepreneurial success stories all across North Carolina. And, although there are no silver bullets in economic development, homegrown businesses are more likely to stay put, invest in the local community, provide stable civic leadership and keep the control and wealth local instead of away at some remote corporate headquarters.

I continue to maintain that we need to find some way to spur more entrepreneurship, to encourage people already living and working here to take their great ideas and turn them into businesses. If we do invest (as taxpayers) in job growth (not saying we should, just if we do), it should be in businesses started locally, not in recruitment.

November 20, 2009 - 9:20am
posted by Howard B. Owens in business, economy, unemployment.

Genesee County's jobless rate continues to be a bit better than New York as a whole, but that's only looking at the glass as half full.

From the half-empty perspective, there were more people unemployed in Genesee County in October than there were in September.

The county's rate inched up from 7.1 percent to 7.3 percent.  (full data from the state here)

Meanwhile, the state rate climbed to 9 percent.

The even less rosy number is the jump over the past year for Genesee County from a 5.2 percent unemployment rate to the current 7.3 percent.

November 20, 2009 - 9:05am
posted by Howard B. Owens in crime, corfu.

Robert R. Davis, 48, 1355 Main Road, Corfu, is charged with criminal possession of a weapon in the fourth degree. On Nov. 15, the Sheriff's Office received a report of a reckless driver in the area of 8483 Allegheny Road. During the investigation, Deputy Howard Carlson came into contact with Davis and during the investigation, reportedly discovered a switchblade knife on Davis.

November 20, 2009 - 8:01am
posted by Howard B. Owens in Deal of the Day.

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.

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.

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.

Great Kutz, in the Valu Plaza, 4152 W. Main St. Road, Batavia, NY: Men, enjoy a $5 haircut again with this offer exclusive to The Batavian. (gift card can be applied toward other services, but not products).

Center Street Smoke House, 20 Center St., Batavia, NY: Authentic Southern BBQ, from ribs to brisket with all the fixin's. We have a $25 gift card for $12.50.

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.

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.

NOTE: If you've never bought Deal of the Day before, or are otherwise unfamiliar with the rules and process, click here.

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November 19, 2009 - 8:32am
posted by Howard B. Owens in thebatavian.

Starting today, and for the next 11 days, Billie and I will mostly be away from Batavia.

Today, I drive down to Bloomsburg University in Pennsylvania, where I'll do a local television interview and then speak tonight to the Keystone State Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists.

On Saturday, Billie and I fly to California and will be gone until Nov. 30.

But don't worry -- you'll still have news coverage (and deals of the day!) while we're gone.

I'll have my laptop with me, of course, while I travel, and will stay on top of things as best  I can. When the police and Sheriff's Office sends out press releases, I can still do "Police Beat," for example. There will be other items that will come in that I don't need to be in Batavia to post. Also, if necessary, I can do phone interviews for any coverage that needs to be handled that way.

Dan Fischer at WBTA will also post any breaking news and other items of interest to the site.

We've also asked our correspondents to be sure and post an item or two each.

I'm sure there will be reader submissions, and of course we always encourage those.

Probably the key bit of coverage at The Batavian provides that will be missing while were gone is the scanner coverage -- won't be able to hear the scanner in California.

Of course, we still encourage news tips -- if they're something you think we should try to get more information on, use the news tips button on the upper right or e-mail me. We'll do our best to follow up as quickly as possible.

As for Deals of the Day, there should be posts on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday (a nice big one of Friday in honor of "Black Friday"). The key thing to note is that we won't be able to mail out gift certificates to winners until Dec. 1.

November 19, 2009 - 7:45am
posted by Howard B. Owens in Deal of the Day.

New Today, Sallome's Italian Deli, 40 Oak St., Batavia, NY: Wraps, subs, paninis and pasta, Sallome's offers a tasty variety of Italian deli items for eat-in or take-out.

South Main Country Gifts, 3356 Main St. Road, Batavia, NY: Handcrafted items, gifts with a regional flair, candles, teas and spices -- South Main has a wide selection to please most any interest. 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 $15 gift card for $7.50.

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.

Main St. Pizza Company, 206 E. Main St., Batavia, NY: Pizza, wings, subs and even hamburgers and hot dogs, Main St. Pizza makes everything deliciously. We have a $25 gift certificate for $12.50.

Total Image Hair Salon/Sarah and Amanda Lowe, 226 Ellicott St., Batavia, NY: Time to update your style? Try something different or finally get the hair styling you've dreamed of, give Sarah or Amanda at Total Image a try. We have a $22 gift certificate for $10.

Kravings Kafe, Valu Plaza, W. Main Street, Batavia, NY: Recently opened, it offers soups, salads and sandwiches, fresh and flavorful; Monday through Saturday. We have $10 gift certificates for $5.

Adam Miller Toy & Bicycles, 8 Center St., Batavia, NY: Feel like a kid in a toy store again, or treat your kids to the greatest toy store they will ever see. We have a $25 gift certificate for $12.50.

Belladessa's Pizzeria/Jackson St. Grill, 9 Jackson St., Batavia, NY: Here's a deal -- half off on a Family Meal Deal from Belladessa's, which is a large 1 topping pizza, 24 wings and 2-liter bottle of soda. It's a $25 value for $12.50.

NOTE: If you've never bought Deal of the Day before, or are otherwise unfamiliar with the rules and process, click here.

November 18, 2009 - 10:04pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, hlom.

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I happened to stop by the Holland Land Office Museum today and found a number of trees already ready for Saturday's opening of the Wonderland of Trees. Several local organizations and businesses already have their trees in place and decorated.

November 18, 2009 - 1:07pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, Harvester Center, Patricia Hawley.

BATAVIA, NY -- Patricia Hawley, who has a long history of working with the arts community in Genesee County, has been hired by the Mancuso Business Development Group, to create an artisan center at the Harvester Center on Harvester Avenue.

Harvester, formerly known as the Batavia Industrial Center, is the world's first business incubator and helped launch a number of successful businesses since its inception 50 years ago.

“Creating this center is a huge step forward for a community that is so richly steeped in a tradition of fine artists," Hawley said in a statement released by the Mancuso Group. "I’m thrilled to join such a great team of innovative thinkers where, together, we can make art happen.”

Hawley, who submits occasional pieces to The Batavian on issues related to localism and the locavore movement, has extensive experience in arts management, having worked at Genesee-Orleans Regional Arts Council & Genesee Center for the Arts in Batavia and Genesee Country Village & Museum in Mumford, Mass. Hawley studied communications at SUNY Brockport and volunteers for various organizations including Orleans County Adult Learning Services, Genesee Symphony Orchestra and the Genesee Country Farmer’s Market Association. She is also the owner of Fountain of Youth Organics in Brockport.

From the Mancuso press release:

It is expected that the participants in the new artisan center will be able to take advantage of the programs, rental space, shared equipment, support services and management guidance that contributes to the success of the other entrepreneurial businesses at the BIC.

Patricia Hawley is married to Ted Hawley, current president of the Batavia Rotary Club and a member of the Genesee County Planning Board. Ted is brother of Steve Hawley, our current Assembly representative.

November 18, 2009 - 12:46pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in accident, elba.

A minor-injury car accident has been reported outside the Town Hall in Elba.

State police are on scene, and Mercy EMS as well as Elba Volunteer Fire Department are responding.

Units are responding non-emergency.


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November 18, 2009 - 12:37pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, ambulance.

W200k_102 (2).JPGThe retired ambulances of the discontinued service of the Batavia Fire Department are up for auction today.

The ambulances and related items are being sold through the Teitsworth auction site.

A 2008 Ford F350 XLT w/McCoy Miller body and a 6.4-liter diesel engine is bringing in the highest bid so far -- $10,000. The next highest bid is $3,500 for a 2005 Ford F350. The auction closes in a little more than 5 hours.

November 18, 2009 - 12:19pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in Darien, corfu.

We just heard that there is some level of power outage in Darien and Corfu.  An official reported, "half power" in those communities.

The stoplight routes 33 and 77 is apparently out and a deputy has been dispatched to control traffic.

The power outage has not yet been reported on National Grid's Web site.

UPDATE 12:24 p.m.: Power outage reports are starting to pop up on National Grid's map.

UPDATE 12:31 p.m.: There is reportedly a low flying helicopter from National Grid in the area checking power lines. Also, county dispatch has been told it will be at least an hour before power is restored.

UPDATE 12:46 p.m.: Sheriff's Deputy reports that the traffic light in Corfu is working again.

November 18, 2009 - 9:26am
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, Attica, crime, police.

Bianca Hervey, a 20-year-old student at GCC and former Batavia resident, was put in an awkward, and potentially dangerous, situation by the Attica Police Department recently, according to the Buffalo News.

Hervey, who's only apparent criminal record is a traffic ticket or two, and who was not known to police as a drug user, was apparently coerced into becoming a snitch -- going undercover to help catch drug dealers.

Now, there is little disagreement that illegal drug dealing is a bad thing, but the News rightly editorializes against the Village of Attica Police Department for employing tactics that sound much like those used by the Stasi, the East German Secret Police.

... the apparent drafting of a neophyte drug informant is not only cruel behavior, it is astoundingly bad police work. If the relevant officials are unwilling to strongly renounce what could have been an anomalous misstep in an otherwise professionally run operation, then their own professional judgment must be called into serious question.

The idea that law enforcement officers chasing drug dealers can do absolutely anything they want is itself a kind of drug, one that is as addictive and as destructive of society as any amount of heroin or cocaine.

Hervey was saved the fate of entering an underground world she knows nothing about because her attorney father was able to intervene, but the News reports an unnamed young man was not so fortunate, and now he fears for his safety.

Officer Christopher Graham, who is also the officer accused of trying to recruit Hervey into undercover work, reportedly told the young man that the minor charges against him could keep him out of the military. He offered the youth a way out -- help catch a drug dealer. The young man followed through, according to the News, but when the police asked him to get involved in a second drug deal, the informant refused to cooperate. A short time later, he was arrested for failure to appear on the original charges.

Informants are used by law enforcement all the time. It was an informant that helped local law enforcement break up an apparent meth ring here in Genesee County last week. But reliable informants are usually people who step forward on their own because they know something, or are people recruited from the drug world they already know. 

It seems to smack of incredibly poor judgment and an abuse of power to try and recruit informants from among young people who have little experience either in the drug world or in dealing with the criminal justice system. We trust our local law enforcement officers use better judgment.

November 18, 2009 - 8:53am
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, crime.

Thomas M. Lashure, 42, of 218 North St., Batavia, is charged with DWI, driving with a BAC of .18 or greater, failure to submit to breath test, failure to keep right and failure to use a turn signal. Lashure was stopped at 12:54 a.m. by officer Dan Coffey for alleged traffic violations.  Coffey arrested Lashure on the DWI charges following the traffic stop.

Michelle Lynn Sanders Evans, 28, of 115 S. Main St., lower, Batavia, is charged with petit larceny. Evans is accused of shoplifting from Wal-Mart.

Kelly Anne Morrison, 36, of 115 S. Main St., upper, is charged with petit larceny. Morrison is accused of shoplifting from Wal-Mart.

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