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May 16, 2016 - 9:52pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in fire, batavia, news.

City fire has been dispatched to 208 South Swan St., Batavia, for a reported bonfire in the parking lot.

May 16, 2016 - 6:34pm
posted by Billie Owens in accident, Bethany.

A two-car accident with injuries is reported at Broadway and Transit roads. Bethany Fire Department and Mercy medics are responding.

UPDATE 7:05 p.m.: Fire Police are called in for traffic control.

May 16, 2016 - 3:00pm


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May 16, 2016 - 11:42am
posted by Howard B. Owens in Le Roy, news.

A semi-trailer has reportedly brought down utility lines, possibly electrical, in the area of 7233 West Main St., Le Roy.

Le Roy Fire responding.

May 16, 2016 - 11:16am
posted by Howard B. Owens in byron-bergen, schools, education.

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Press release:

Horrifying. Terrible. Stressful. Horrible.

Emotions ran high as Cady Glor spoke to Byron-Bergen juniors and seniors on May 10 to share the long-lasting effects of how a drunk driver changed her life.

Glor was smitten with Chris Blake, her high school sweetheart and boyfriend of eight years. In 2014, Blake was a passenger in a vehicle and his friend behind the wheel was intoxicated. An accident occurred which put Blake into the hospital with a broken neck.

“I remember the moment my mom called me to tell me that Chris was in the hospital,” said Glor. “It was like what you see in a movie. I fell on the floor. I was screaming and crying.”

“Seeing someone lying in a hospital bed with a breathing machine, someone who was so strong, is just devastating,” added Glor. “I still see it in my nightmares today.”

Blake spent months in the hospital but was confined to a wheelchair, was a quadriplegic, and had a tracheostomy tube to help him breathe. His body deteriorated from the strong physique he once had.

Talks of Blake going home began to happen as the summer ended and Blake knew that he wanted to share his story with schools, and help students understand the impact their decisions could have. Unfortunately, Blake ended up passing away in Aug. 22, 2014, after an infection entered his blood. Glor has since taken on the task of carrying out his wish and speaking to schools.

Byron-Bergen Jr./Sr. High School Principal Patrick McGee invited Cady in to speak to students because he knew that her message would resonate with students.

“Cady is such a courageous woman,” McGee said. “She told a story that is unfortunately all too familiar in our society and did it in a way that hit home with our students. There were very few dry eyes in our auditorium.”

Glor told the students that while she doesn’t know any of them, she cares about all of them. She encouraged the students to not drive drunk, to not get into a car with someone who is drunk, and to call someone for a ride no matter what the time or circumstance.

“Knowing that his death was preventable makes it a thousand times worse,” Glor said. “He chose to get into the car with a drunk driver and he paid the ultimate price.”

May 16, 2016 - 10:23am
posted by Howard B. Owens in alexander, trees, crabapples, news, nature, outdoors.

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The crabapple trees in Alexander are once again in bloom. We wrote last year about the fascinating history of Alexander's crabapple trees.

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May 16, 2016 - 10:11am
posted by Billie Owens in crime, Le Roy, news.

Susan A. Colton, 58, of Vernal Road, Attica, was arrested by the Le Roy Police Department on May 13 and charged with: driving while ability impaired by drugs, a Class A misdemeanor, and driving the wrong way (on a one-way street), a violation.

Colton was arrested following an investigation of an erratic operator traveling northbound on Warsaw Road. The vehicle which Colton allegedly operated was located a short time later at the Five Star Bank at 124 W. Main St. After a brief investigation Colton was allegedly found to be impaired by drugs.

Colton was issued traffic tickets for the charges with a return date of June 20 at the Le Roy Town Court. Genesee County Sheriff's deputies assisted with the arrest and a driver evaluation.

May 16, 2016 - 10:02am
posted by Billie Owens in fishing, sports, news, Basom, Iroquois National Wildlife Refuge.

Press release:

Let’s go fishing! To celebrate National Fishing and Boating Week, Iroquois National Wildlife Refuge is hosting its 25th Annual Youth Fishing Derby, on Saturday, June 4.

The event will be held at Ringneck Overlook, on Oak Orchard Ridge Road. On site registration begins at 7:30 a.m. There is no preregistration or reservations required. Fishing is from 8 to 11a.m.

The event is free and open to youths 17 years old and under, with no experience necessary. If this is your first time, some fishing gear will be available to borrow. Certificates will be awarded for the 1st, 2nd and 3rd place participants in three age categories: 7 years and under, 8-12 and 13-17 years. Derby rules are available on our Web site: http://www.fws.gov/refuge/iroquois or by calling 585/948-5445. Participants and helpers must comply with New York State license requirements.

This event is one of the many ways the Refuge offers to connect people with nature. Connecting People with Nature: Ensuring the Future of Conservation is a national priority of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service with the mission of “working to ensure that all Americans have enjoyable and meaningful experiences in the out-of-doors and develop strong life-long connections with the natural world.”

The Youth Fishing Derby is sponsored by the Friends of Iroquois National Wildlife Refuge, Inc., a nonprofit organization whose sole purpose is to support the Iroquois National Wildlife Refuge.

Iroquois NWR is located midway between Buffalo and Rochester and is managed by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service.

Individuals with disabilities and any other person who may need special assistance to participate in this program should contact the Refuge at 585/948-5445 or at the Federal Relay No. 1-800-877-8339.

May 16, 2016 - 9:06am
posted by Billie Owens in batavia, news.

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Mercy Flight will be landing at Meadowbrook Golf Course, behind an address on Valle Drive, just outside the city limit, to answer a medical call. Town of Batavia Fire Department is responding to establish a landing zone and Mercy medics will be assisting the patient. The ETA for Mercy Flight #9 is about 10 5 minutes.

UPDATE 9:07 a.m.: The landing zone is established. It's south of South Main Street and "wide open except a few trees to the west. A rise in the ground is marked by a cone on its side." "We have a visual," the helicopter pilot replies.

UPDATE 9:11 a.m.: Mercy Flight has landed.

UPDATE 9:25 a.m.: Mercy Flight is airborne.

May 15, 2016 - 5:15pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in GCC, sports, lacrosse.

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Press release:

For the first time in the program's history, the Genesee Community College Men's Lacrosse Team captured the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) National Championship after defeating Onondaga CC 13-12 in overtime on Sunday afternoon.

The fourth-seeded Cougars snapped a seven-year streak in which OCC won the title, becoming just the third different team to be crowned national champions since 2006.

Genesee trailed 1-0 early in the first but tied it at the 11:37 mark when Pat Van Bortle scored off of an assist from Alex Henry. Jacob Bomberry followed with his first of three goals in the game just 20 seconds later and gave GCC a 2-1 lead.

OCC, the No. 2 seed, ended the opening quarter with three straight goals and took a 6-2 lead five minutes into the second to build what would be its largest lead of the afternoon.

Genesee capitalized on a man-up opportunity and ended its scoreless stretch when Van Bortle recorded his second goal with 9:14 to play in the half. Davis Prince cut the deficit to two with an unassisted goal at 6:24 and just over a minute later the Cougars were within one after Jonah Mohawk found the back of the net to make it 6-5.

The Lazers went into the half scoring back-to-back goals, including one with just six seconds left, and led 8-5 at the break.

Another man-up goal for GCC started the scoring in the second half when Van Bortle set Up Sherman Williams for his first of the game halfway through the third to cut the OCC lead down to two. The Lazers responded less than a minute later to extend their lead back to three before Williams struck again on a man-up opportunity to make it a 9-7 game.

Both teams exchanged goals to end the third as Bomberry got his second of the game for GCC and he scored again early in the fourth to get the Cougars to within one at 10-9. Williams then scored back-to-back goals at 11:24 and 10:40 and GCC held its first lead since the first quarter at 11-10.

OCC got the equalizer even strength and then scored a man-up goal with just over six minutes to play to regain the lead at 12-11. But Van Bortle wasn't done and tied it at 12 with 3:43 left in regulation and after a scoreless duration of the fourth, the game went into overtime.

Both teams held a possession early in the extra session but could not cash in, until with just 1:14 left in overtime, Van Bortle found an opportunity in front of the OCC net and scored his fourth goal of the afternoon to send GCC to its first national title.

Van Bortle, named the tournament's offensive MVP, finished with six points in the game adding a pair of assists to his four goals. Williams also tallied four goals and Bomberry finished with six points, scoring three goals and assisting on three.

Darin Eakins was named the tournament' defensive MVP and made 14 saves in net. Reed Hnidy led the GCC defense with six ground balls and caused five turnovers and Kyle Dalrymple and Mike Caternolo each collected four ground balls. Caternolo was also 10 for 27 on face-offs.

Genesee's national championship season ends with a 15-4 overall record. It is the College's second national title in school history and first since 1971 (bowling).

May 15, 2016 - 4:08pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in fire, Le Roy, news.

A porch fire is reported at 62 W. Main St., Le Roy.

A chief reports smoke showing.

Le Roy fire and Le Roy ambulance dispatched, along with Bergen's ladder truck.

UPDATE 4:35 p.m.: This turned out to be a mulch fire.

May 14, 2016 - 4:50pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, genesee mental health association, news.

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The Mental Health Association hosted a mental health and wellness fair at Blue Pearl Yoga in the former Masonic Temple on East Main Street, Batavia, today. Besides a seminar on bellying dancing, the event included a drumming circle, yoga, Reiki share, paper flower making, adult coloring and essential oils.

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May 14, 2016 - 4:38pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in appraisal fair, GO ART, news, arts, Antiques.

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Modeled after Antiques Roadshow, GO ART! hosted its second annual appraisal fair today at Seymore Place. Area residents were able to bring in the rare, the antique and the unique to have experts give their best estimate of the piece's value and quality.

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May 14, 2016 - 4:18pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in Genesee County 4-H, batavia, news, agriculture.

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The 4-H Swine Club once again served up delicious helpings of pulled pork, baked beans, coleslaw and salt potatoes for their annual fundraiser at the fairgrounds.

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May 14, 2016 - 4:12pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in Genesee County Agriculture Society, news, batavia.

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The Genesee County Agriculture Society hosted its annual spring Vendor Blender at the Fairgrounds today.

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May 14, 2016 - 4:04pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in ferrellgas, batavia, business, charity.

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Ferrellgas hosted a $5 fill up today along with a chance auction on several items, including a BBQ grill, with proceeds benefiting the Michael Napoleone Memorial Foundation.

May 14, 2016 - 3:55pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in master gardeners, Cornell Cooperative Extension, batavia, news.

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Jane Grehlinger gives a talk on container gardening this afternoon at Cornell Cooperative Extension during the Genesee County Master Gardeners' Spring Gala.

The event included a plant sale and chance auction.

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May 14, 2016 - 3:26pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in darien lake theme park, Color Me Rad, 5K, sports, Darien, news.

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Darien Lake hosted its fourth annual Color Me Rad 5K fun run today, with proceeds this year benefiting substance abuse and rehabilitation programs.

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May 13, 2016 - 9:49pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in fire, batavia, news.

A tree fire is reported in the area of 621 E. Main St., Batavia.

City fire is dispatched.

May 13, 2016 - 6:30pm

The Annual Crossroads House Spring Basket Raffle will be held Saturday May, 14th at the ARC Community Center 38 Woodrow Road in Batavia. The event runs from noon to 4pm. We are already over 100 high quality baskets with more arriving. There will be Mega Raffles with a variety to suit everyone!

Additional sheets of 25 basket tickets & side MEGA raffle tickets are available for $5.

Beef on weck, chicken salad wraps, snacks and desserts will be available for purchase. You need not be present to win, so stop on out, drop your tickets and have some lunch. Crossroads House is the areas only free-of-charge Comfort Care Home for the dying, which is why we say, “We are a gift to the Community made possible by the Community."

For questions, please call Call Peg at 585-343-3892. 
All proceed to benefit Crossroads House, located at 11 Liberty St., Batavia, NY. “A comfort home for the dying” that serves residents of Genesee, Wyoming & surrounding counties.

Visit us online at www.crossroadshouse.com

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