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October 25, 2016 - 8:21am
posted by Rick Franclemont in sports, pembroke, Dragons, modified, football.

The Pembroke football program looks to be getting stronger every year.

Under coaches Funke and Miano, the modified football team finished the season 7-0 with a win over the Wellsville Lions 42-0.

Outscoring opponents 284-6 over the 7 game stretch the Dragons held a 6 game shut-out streak.

The first drive of the first game they gave up 6 points and have locked it down since then.

More pictures from this game can be found at:


October 21, 2016 - 9:05am
posted by Howard B. Owens in football, sports, pembroke, Notre Dame, news.

In Connors and Ferris Bowl play on Thursday, Pembroke notched one more victory for 2016, making it a total of four against four losses, by beating Notre Dame, 20-0.

In a rain-soaked game, there were only six pass attempts between the two teams, so the ground game dominated, and Pembroke dominated on the ground, with Zachary von Kramer rushing for 188 yards on 33 attempts and two TDs for the Dragons. Nick Clark added another 44 yards on a single run that went for a score. 

Jordon Weatherwax gained 51 yards on 16 carries for Notre Dame. 

Notre Dame's Caleb Wolcott led all defensive players with 12 tackles. Jim Zickl added seven tackles for the Irish.

For Pembroke, Von Kramer had eight tackles and Brian Seweryniak added seven and a sack. Jarrod Carrow had an interception.

In the area's other Connors and Ferris Bowl game, Perry/Mt. Morris beat Oakfield-Alabama/Elba, 27-0.

Section V playoffs begin tonight. The #1 seed in Class B, Batavia, hosts University Prep, coming in at #8, at Van Detta Stadium tonight. Game time is 7 p.m. Alexander, the #1 seed in Class D, also has a 7 p.m. home game against Lyons. 

Pembroke/Notre Dame game photos by Rick D. Franclemont. 

October 20, 2016 - 10:31am
posted by Rick D. Franclemont in sports, soccer, pembroke, news.


For the first time in program history, Pembroke's soccer team has advanced in sectional play, beating Cal-Mum on Wednesday night 4-0. The Dragons entered the tournament as the #2 seed. Jamil Marable had two goals while Spencer Cowell and Ryan Curtis each added a goal and an assist.




October 15, 2016 - 2:40pm
posted by Billie Owens in crime, news, batavia, pembroke.

Matthew D. Derrick, 31, of Bank Street, Batavia, is charged with: third-degree criminal possession of a weapon; first-degree menacing; endangering the welfare of a child; and second-degree harassment. On Oct. 8 at 10:30 a.m., Batavia Police responded to 335 Bank St. for the report of a male with a knife threatening to harm other people. Upon arrival, Derrick was taken into custody. Further investigation revealed that Derrick allegedly possessed a corkscrew and threatened a 14-year-old male with the corkscrew. He was arraigned in Batavia City Court and jailed without bail. He was due back in court on Oct. 11. The case was handled by Batavia Police Officer Arick Perkins, assisted by Officer Christopher Lindsay.

Demetri C. Stewart, 23, of Lewis Place, Batavia, is charged with intimidating a witness -- instilling fear of physical injury. He was arrested at 11:30 a.m. on Oct. 6 on Lewis Place for allegedly threatening a witness in an open investigation in which he is a suspect. He was jailed without bail. The case was handled by Batavia Police Officer Marc Lawrence, assisted by Officer James DeFreze.

Samantha Hicks-O'Connell, of Ellsworth Avenue, Batavia, is charged with allowing her dog to bark habitually. She was arrested on Oct. 7, a day after a complaint that she left her dogs outside barking for an extended period of time. She was issued an appearance ticket for Oct. 18 in City Court. The case was handled by Batavia Police Officer Christopher Lindsay.

Amber Marie Shea, 27, of Platten Road, Lyndonville, is charged with first-degree falsifying business records and fourth-degree grand larceny. Shea was arrested on these charges following an investigation in which it is alleged she stole from her employer on Aug. 15 on West Main Street in Batavia. She was issued an appearance ticket and released. She was due back in City Court on Oct. 11. The case was handled by Batavia Police Officer Kevin DeFelice, assisted by Officer Nicole Salamone.

Amber Marie Shea, 27, of Platten Road, Lyndonville, is charged with identity theft and petit larceny. Shea turned herself in on an arrest warrant and was directed to appear in City Court Oct. 11. The charges stem from an investigation in which it is alleged that Shea stole a debit card on Aug. 21 and used it on West Main Street in Batavia without authorization. The case was handled by Batavia Police Sgt. Dan Coffey.

James M. Jurek, 44, of North Main Street, Mount Morris, is charged with: aggravated unlicensed operation; DWI -- common law; aggravated DWI with a BAC of .18 percent or more; open container of alcohol in a motor vehicle; and improper signal. Jurek was arrested at 7:13 p.m. on Oct. 5 on West Main Street in Batavia. Jurek was allegedly found to be operating his vehicle while intoxicated and with a suspended driver's license. He was jailed and due back in City Court on Oct. 6. The case was handled by Batavia Police Officer Nicole Salamone, assisted by Mitchell Cowen.

Dean E. Walter, 56, of Ellicott Avenue, Batavia, is charged with second-degree criminal contempt and second-degree burglary. Walter was arrested at 2 p.m. on Oct. 6 following an investigation. He allegedly had contact with a protected party who had an order of protection. Walter had been ordered to have no contact with the individual. He was allegedly located inside the protected party's residence. He was jailed without bail and was due in City Court on Oct. 7. The case was handled by Batavia Police Officer Kevin DeFelice, assisted by Officer Jason Davis.

Andre K. Tiejan, 45, of 4070 Dominion Drive, Erie, Pa., is charged with criminal trespass. He was arrested at 11:26 p.m. on Oct. 6 on Dewey Avenue in Batavia after being told to leave the residence of a female acquaintance and allegedly refusing to do so. He was issued an appearance ticket for Oct. 11 in City Court. The case was handled by Batavia Police Officer Frank Klimjack, assisted by Officer Jason Davis. 

Douglas S. Hofer, 53, of Oak Street, Batavia, is charged with unlawful possession of marijuana, and criminal possession of a controlled substance, 7th. Hofer was located inside a residence on Oak Street while partols were on an unrelated matter at 10:25 a.m. on Oct. 8. A marijuana bong was allegedly located on the coffee table in the same room as Hofer. He was taken into custody. A subsequent search of his person led to the alleged discovery of a crack pipe and heroin. He was arrested and processed and put in Genesee County Jail in lieu of $2,000 cash or bond. The case was handled by Batavia Police Officer James DeFreze, assisted by Officer Marc Lawrence.

Akeem R. Gibson, 26, of Washburn Street, Lockport, is charged with petit larceny. Gibson was arrested at 2:45 p.m. on Sept. 3 after he allegedly stole the tip jar from the Southside Deli in Batavia on Sept. 3. She was issued an appearance ticket for City Court on Oct. 25. The case was handled by Batavia Police Officer Mitchell Cowen.

Garrett, J. Ditzel, 22, no permanent address, was arrested at 3:39 p.m. on Oct. 6 at 40 Batavia City Centre following a shoplifting investigation at a local business. He was charged with petit larceny and was due in City Court on Oct. 11. The case was handled by Batavia Police Sgt. Dan Coffey, assisted by Officer Kevin DeFelice.

Cathy Jean Tarey, 61, of Starr Road, Wyoming, was arrested at 2:15 p.m. on Oct. 12 and charged with petit larceny. She allegedly stole merchandise from Marshall's in the Town of Batavia. She was released with an appearance ticket returnable to Batavia Town Court on Oct. 24. The case was handled by Genesee County Sheriff's Deputy Kevin Forsyth.

Kevin John Milbrand, 52, of South Lake Road, Pembroke, is charged with trespass. The defendant was arrested at 12:15 p.m. on Oct. 11 on South Lake Road, Pembroke, for allegedly trespassing on posted property without permission. The case was handled by Genesee County Sheriff's Deputy Kevin McCarthy.

Stephen J. Turkasz, 26, of Brookhaven Lane, Batavia, is charged with failure to appear in court after an appearance ticket was issued to answer a charge of criminal mischief. This stems from an incident at noon on Oct. 4 on Edwards Street, Batavia. He was arrested on a warrant out of City Court. He was jailed in lieu of $1,000 cash or bond and was due back in City Court on Oct. 11. The case was handled by Batavia Police Officer Christopher Lindsay.

Sarah L. Marcello, 24, of State Street, Batavia, was arrested on a warrant out of City Court for failure to appear for a traffic summons issued July 7 on State Street, Batavia. She posted bail and was released and is due back in City Court at a later time. The case was handled by Batavia Police Officer Marc Lawrence, assisted by Christopher Lindsay.

October 12, 2016 - 3:48pm
posted by Billie Owens in crime, news, Le Roy, corfu, batavia, pembroke.

Danielle Riley McMinn, 22, of South Cranberry Boulevard, North Port, Fla., is charged with: DWI; unlawfully fleeing a police officer in a motor vehicle, 3rd; reckless driving, failure to keep right; and moving from lane unsafely. McMinn was stopped by Genesee County Sheriff's deputies shortly after midnight on Oct. 12 on R. Stephen Hawley Drive when she allegedly failed to keep right. She then allegedly fled from deputies in her vehicle, leading deputies on a short pursuit. The pursuit came to an end when McMinn crashed her vehicle at the intersection of R. Stephen Hawley Drive and Bank Street Road in the Town of Batavia. She was subsequently arrested and jailed on $500 cash or $2,000 bond. She is to reappear in Town of Batavia Court at a later date. The case was handled by Sheriff's Deputy Jeremy McClellan, assisted by Deputy Andrew Hale.

Benjamin James Marien, 24, of Meadowbrook Terrace, Corfu, is charged with: operating a motor vehicle with a BAC of .08 percent or higher; DWI; speed in excess of 55 mph; and failure to keep right on a two-lane road. On Oct. 12 at 12:54 a.m., Marien was arrested following a traffic stop on Genesee Street in Pembroke. He was issued an appearance ticket for Town of Pembroke Court and is due there on Nov. 8. The case was handled by Genesee County Sheriff's Deputy Eric Meyer.

Matthew R. McQuillen, 33, of 38 Lathrop Ave. in Le Roy, was arrested on Oct. 10 by the Le Roy Police Department and charged with one count of petit larceny, a Class A misdemeanor. It is alleged that at 4 p.m. on Oct. 8 McQuillen stole a DVD from a store located on West Avenue in Le Roy. McQuillen was released on an appearance ticket to appear in Le Roy Town Court on a later date.

Shawn Richard Porter Cuyler, 18, of Vendome Drive, Gates, is charged with unlawful possession of marijuana. At 8:53 a.m. on Oct. 11, the subject was pulled over on the side of the road on Oak Orchard Road in Batavia because his passenger had gotten out to retrieve glasses that fell from the vehicle. The subject allegedly possessed several smoking devices containing marijuana, along with two bottles containing marijuana. He was issued an appearance ticket for Town of Batavia Court. The case was handled by Genesee County Sheriff's Deputy Christopher Parker, assisted by City of Batavia Police Officer Frank Klimjack.

October 12, 2016 - 11:29am
posted by Howard B. Owens in corfu, landmark society, pembroke, indian falls, preservation.


Amanda Owczarczak, Owner

Indian Falls Log Cabin Restaurant

1227 Gilmore Road, Corfu

Tender Loving Care

Article by Tony Kutter

The Log Cabin Restaurant is located on land overlooking the Tonawanda Creek Indian Falls. It was part of the Tonawanda Indian Reservation until 1857.

In 1826, a grist mill was built on this location and was run by William Parker, father of Ely S. Parker, aide to General Ulysses S. Grant during the Civil War. It was the only grist mill in the Holland purchase run by Native Americans.

In 1879 the Gilmore Mill was built on this location. During the 1930s an addition was built on the crumbling mill and it served as a refreshment stand.

In 1940 Clayton Betzold and Ken Hodgins bought the mill and tore it down. They built a log cabin restaurant on the mill’s original foundation. At one point it was named the Falcon Crest.

Originally they wanted to have a dance hall, restaurant and entertainment center in conjunction with near by Boulder Amusement park.

To build a log cabin they had to timber pine logs from area forests. It requires sturdy timbers in lengths long enough to support a roof which had to be straight and not tapered in diameter. It was uniquely constructed with mortar between logs. It has been said that there were Indians who built log cabins on the Reservation who instructed locals on construction techniques.

What is most fascinating about this log structure is its construction similar to cabins built in the 18th and 19th century, not from factory hewn boards. Logs were usually notched and stacked on top of one another, but they did not rest against one another. The next process was called chinking the logs. Materials used earlier between logs varied from clay, straw paper, and cloth and even dried animal dunk. This effectively sealed the interior from exposure to the elements. In the past century, log cabin construction methods utilized mortar mix similar to what was used to lay bricks or cement block.

Today most log cabins are built with log siding. One owner added an addition on the west side using log siding. However we are fortunate that the original owners in 1940 built it using the construction methods of 100 years prior.

The current owner, Amanda Owczarczak, purchased the restaurant in 2009. An outdoor deck was added to the front of the building in 2013.

For decades, the Indian Falls Log Cabin Restaurant has attracted diners from all over western New York because of the unique environment along the Tonawanda Creek; the beautiful, scenic view of the waterfalls; and the rich history of the property.

Tony Kutter

October 10, 2016 - 1:01pm
posted by Billie Owens in corfu, pembroke, dollars for scholars, news, Announcements.
Press release:
There will be a Corfu-Pembroke Dollars for Scholars fundraising event from 4 to 10 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 12, at Denny's in Corfu.
It is located at 8484 Alleghany Road.
Help provide college funds by purchasing a meal at the Pembroke Denny's during this event and Denny's will award 20 percent of the meal cost to the Corfu-Pembroke Dollars for Scholars for future college scholarships to Pembroke graduates.
There will be representatives from Dollar for Scholars present to talk with you about how to increase your chances of winning one or more of the 15 scholarships we offer.
Information on how to apply for scholarships will also be provided at this MEET, GREET & EAT event. As you know college isn't cheap.
If you value education, care about children or are preparing to send your son or daughter off to college someday this event is for you and your family!
October 8, 2016 - 7:26pm
posted by Rick D. Franclemont in sports, football, varsity, pembroke, CG Finney.

Pembroke kept the game close in the first half, allowing C.G. Finney only 14 points while scoring 7 of their own.  The second half was compleatly different.  Finney scored 21 more points before Pembroke scored again.  Final was 35-13.





October 7, 2016 - 11:41am
posted by Howard B. Owens in alexander, pembroke, sports, news.


Ret. Army Gen. Kenneth Chrosniak receives gifts from members of the Alexander Girls Volleyball Team prior to last night's game, which was a fundraiser to benefit cystic fibrosis research. Chrosniak's son, Christian, lost his battle against the disease last November. He is a cousin of Haley Fletcher, a member of the volleyball team. Chrosniak made the trip from Pennsylvania to attend the game played in his son's honor. 

The event included a basket chance auction as well as drawing for a Hall of Fame football signed by Jim Kelly, a Matt Anderson signed jersey, a signed jersey from Sammy Watkins and a hockey stick signed by Marcus Foligno.

In the volleyball game against Pembroke, after dropping the first set 25-22, Alexander won the next three, 25-12, 25-20 and 25-17.






October 6, 2016 - 12:51pm
posted by Billie Owens in pembroke, news, Announcements.

Corfu Free Library Director Diana Reding adds to the wall of important people with the names of some local folks who are making Pembroke a special place to live right now.

Submitted photo and press release:

Ten of Pembroke’s important people of the past were highlighted at the Corfu Free Library over the recent summer months. Now it’s time to recognize some of the people who are making Pembroke a great place to live right now.

“Thanks to the Pembroke Historical Society, we learned about some of the interesting people that made valuable contributions to our area in the past,” says Diana Reding, director at the Corfu Free Library.

“Now, we would like to share information about the people who are making Pembroke a great place to live in the present. Anyone can submit the name of someone they think is an important person, and give a brief description of why for us to share on our wall of recognition at the library.”

Residents can submit their important person both at the library or online at the library’s website. Their important person will have a special placard added to the display of Pembroke’s Important People that is currently on the wall at the Circulation desk. 

“We know that there are so many important people in our area. Perhaps they help at church, are in the military, or are a doctor, teacher, grandmother, parent, volunteer, work for the Town or Village, and so many more, that we would like to recognize. This is a great time to celebrate the positive people that shape our community,” according to Reding.

Residents are encouraged to stop by the library to see the wall display highlighting ten of Pembroke’s “Important People of the Past” and to add their important person of the present. 

The Corfu Free Library, 7 Maple Ave. in Corfu, offers a variety of digital services and print materials. Residents are encouraged to check the library’s website at or stop by for more information, or they can call the library at (585) 599-3321.

September 30, 2016 - 11:11am
posted by Howard B. Owens in schools, education, pembroke, alexander, news.

Statement from Matthew E. Calderón, superintendent, Pembroke Central School District:

It brings amazing joy to announce that the Pembroke Central School District, in partnership with the Alexander Central School District, will initiate “PALS for Healthy Lifestyles” after winning another U.S. Department of Education Carol M. White Physical Education Program (PEP) grant!

The full name of our project is “Pembroke and Alexander Schools for Healthy Lifestyles,” and only 5 percent of organizations that applied for the PEP nationwide received awards. We are super excited to report we were awarded over $1.8 million to invest over a three-year period!

PALS for Healthy Lifestyles will address the physical and nutritional needs of both districts by implementing nutrition education at the elementary level, adding hands-on practical components to nutrition education at the secondary level, shifting to a lifelong fitness-focused PE curriculum, and adopting a comprehensive school physical activity program.

Between the two districts this project will provide services to at least five project sites and nearly 1,800 students. This program will introduce new equipment, new lessons for students, enhanced education for individualized fitness plans, partnering with various community organizations to maximize services provided to students, and age appropriate nutritional education for students.

Through the implementation of PALS for Healthy Lifestyles, we plan to improve the overall health and wellness of students, starting with education at the primary level, and encouraging a continuation of the developed skills through adulthood.

We plan to implement research-based standards-aligned curriculum, to increase students’ daily physical activity levels and overall fitness, and to increase students’ consumption of recommended daily amounts of fruits and vegetables.

September 29, 2016 - 5:38pm

Press release:

U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer today announced that, following his push, $36 million in federal funding for the construction phase of the newest National Veterans’ Cemetery in Western New York has been included in the final continuing resolution (CR) package.

This final appropriations bill includes the FY2017 Military Construction and Veterans Affairs (MilCon-VA) Appropriations Bill and it is set to be signed into law by the president soon. The cemetery will be located on 132 acres on Indian Falls Road in Pembroke.

Schumer said the Veterans’ Cemetery in Genesee County will be the first and only of its kind in the Buffalo-Rochester area, and will save thousands of military families from having to travel upward of 100 miles to visit their loved ones at what is now the closest vet cemetery in Bath.

The Pembroke cemetery will provide a fitting burial option to approximately 96,000 currently underserved veterans and family members living in Western New York. Veterans with a qualifying discharge, their spouses and eligible dependent children may be buried in a VA national cemetery. Also eligible are military personnel who die on active duty, their spouses and eligible dependents. Burial benefits available for all eligible Veterans, regardless of whether they are buried in a national cemetery or a private cemetery, include a burial flag, a Presidential Memorial Certificate and a government headstone or marker.

Additionally, with the anticipated completion of the VA’s required Environmental Review by the end of November 2016, the VA anticipates it will complete the acquisition of the two adjoining parcels, a 60-acre parcel and a 77-acre parcel, by the second quarter of FY17 (early calendar year 2017) to enlarge the area of the cemetery. Currently the VA parcel is 132 acres. The acquisitions of the two parcels would effectively double the size of the cemetery.

According to guidance provided by the VA on cemetery development timelines, it can typically take up to 24 months to complete the cemetery master planning and design process. Following the completion of that phase, the construction phase typically requires 24-30 months to compete, with early-use burial areas made available approximately 12 months after the start of construction. Now that the $36 million to fund the construction is secure, the VA anticipates it will begin solicitation of a General Contractor to award construction. Solicitation and contract award is anticipated to require approximately six months.

September 25, 2016 - 10:27am
posted by Howard B. Owens in football, sports, pembroke, alexander, Notre Dame.

C.G. Finney/Northstar 36 Notre Dame of Batavia 7


Pembroke edged out Holley 34-26. (Photos by Rick Franclemont -- more here)

Alexander moved to 4-0 with a 46-0 win over Oakfield-Alabama/Elba. QB P.J. Brennan was 5-10 passing for 116 yards and three TDs. He had two carries for 20 yards and two TDs. Jacob Bykowski, 12 carries for 51 yards and one TD. Chris McClinic, six carries for 47 yards and one TD reception. Dustin Schmeider, two catches, 26 yards and one TD, and three carries for 53 yards and a TD. Derrick Busch, two receptions for 85 yards and a TD. Dan Heberlein, nine carries for 52 yards. On defense, Heberlein had one interception an three tackles. Job Smith, six tackles and a fumble recovery.

Notre Dame lost to C.G. Finney, 36-7.




September 17, 2016 - 9:39am
posted by Howard B. Owens in sports, football, Notre Dame, pembroke, news.


Through three quarters of football, Pembroke battled Notre Dame to a draw, but when Jake Weatherwax dashed into the end zone from six yards out with five minutes left in the game, the Dragons were unable to answer and fell to 1-2 on the season, 34-27.

It was Notre Dame's first win of the season.

The Dragons and Irish were pretty evenly matched throughout the contest, with each team averaging 5.8 yards per play on offense and only being a minute apart on time of possession for the game.

Weatherwax finished with 187 yards rushing on 29 attempts (he scored four times) and Pembroke's Zach von Kramer had 187 yards on the ground on 27 attempts, and he had two TDs. 

Pembroke's Reid Miano had 13 completions on 29 attempts for 209 yards and two TDs.

Notre Dame's Brendan Klotzbach was 8-19 in the air for 126 yards. He was intercepted once.

"Pembroke’s a great team," said Notre Dame Head Coach Rick Mancuso. "They’re very well coached and they have a couple of great athletes on that team. We knew we would have our hands full. Their quarterback threw the ball fantastic and Von Kramer is just a phenomenal running back. We had our hands full. There’s no doubt."

Von Kramer also caught a TD pass and gained 74 yards on three receptions.

Mancuso thought it was a great win for his team, which struggled a bit through the first two games of the season.

"I think we're getting better each week," Mancuso said. "We're not there yet, obviously, but I think the kids had a great week of practice."

Mancuso was impressed with the game Weatherwax had.

"Jake did a fantastic job," Mancuso said. "He's a gritty, hard runner. He makes great cuts. He reads the blocks. I thought he did a terrific job."

Defensively, Notre Dame played tough, but the team still has some holes to plug.

"Defensively, we brought it," Mancuso said. "We really worked hard this week on staying diligent to our plan and working hard and I thought the kids stuck with it. I thought they did a very nice job of executing."

Caleb Wolcott had 10 tackles and a sack. Brad Misiak had 10 tackles.

"We’ve got a lot to work on," Mancuso said. "I mean, they put up 27 points. I’m not ecstatic about that, but those are things we need to clean up and each week we’ll get better."

For the Dragons on defense, von Kramer had 12 tackles.

Four Notre Dame receivers had two catches each -- Ryan Moffatt, Nico Zambito, Misiak and Jordon Weatherwax. Moffatt gained 45 yards and Zambito gained 42.







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September 14, 2016 - 6:30pm

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September 9, 2016 - 2:38pm
posted by Billie Owens in crime, news, batavia, elba, pembroke.

Clifford Adam Keene, 38, of Pratt Road, Batavia, is charged with three counts of second-degree burglary. Keene was arrested following an investigation into two residential burglaries. It is alleged that Keene is responsible for a burglary in the Town of Batavia which occurred at noon on March 8 on West Main Street Road. He is accused of entering a residence and stealing a television. It is also alleged that he entered a residence on Marble Road in the Town of Pembroke on two separate occasions on March 4, stealing a crossbow and long guns. Keene was arrested and arraigned Sept. 8 and is due to return to Batavia Town Court Sept. 27 and to Pembroke Town Court Oct. 6. He is presently incarcerated in Genesee County Jail on unrelated charges. The case was handled by Sheriff's deputy Joseph Graff, assisted by Deputy Brad Mazur.

Francis W. Derenzo, 60, of Ellicott Street, Batavia, is charged with depositing trash and having an open container of alcohol. At 9:11 a.m. on Sept. 8, Derenzo was arrested on Ellicott Street for allegedly consuming an open container of Coors Light beer while walking on the sidewalk. Derenzo allegedly also threw the beer can, causing litter. Derenzo was issued two appearance tickets for City Court on Sept. 27. The case was handled by Batavia Police Officer Jason Davis.

Jaime B. Janiga, 55, of Bank Street Road, Elba, is charged with failure to appear in connection with an incident which occurred at 1:28 a.m. on July 10 on Vine Street in the City of Batavia. Janiga was arrested following an accident investigation into an unrelated matter. Janiga was taken to BPD headquarters, processed, arraigned in City Court, and is due to return to court on Oct. 6. The case was handled by Batavia Police Officer Kevin DeFelice, assisted by Officer Jason Davis.

September 6, 2016 - 1:45pm
posted by Billie Owens in corfu, news, pembroke, brick house corners fair.

Press release:

"Great reads at great prices!"

The Corfu Free Library's popular Book Sale will take place Saturday, Sept. 10, starting at 10 a.m. at the Brick House Corners Fair on the corner of routes 5 and 77 in the Town of Pembroke. 

The Book Sale is perfect for avid readers who want to stock up on books covering a wide variety of topics and authors at amazing prices. This fall’s large selection of used books features titles for all ages of readers and a sizeable selection of DVDs of movie titles and some on informational/educational topics as well. 

The used books and DVDs being sold are items that were donated by residents for someone else to read and enjoy, along with a small number of outdated or discarded materials from the library’s shelves.

In addition to the Used Book Sale, the Brick House Corners Fair, which is sponsored by the Pembroke Historical Association, also features children’s games, a bake sale, pie judging contest, entertainment, historical exhibits and much more. 

The Used Book Sale at the Fair is sponsored by the Friends of the Library and is held annually and is a great opportunity for readers to get some popular titles and authors at discounted prices. While residents are there, they can pick up a copy of the Library’s brochure so that they can learn more about the materials, electronic services and programs the library has to offer.

For more information about the Annual Book Sale, or any of the programs at the Corfu Free Library, please call 585-599-3321

The Corfu Free Library provides residents a variety of programs, events and materials that are listed on the library’s website at

September 6, 2016 - 9:00am
posted by Billie Owens in crime, news, batavia, alexander, Oakfield, pembroke, Darien.

A 16-year-old male, no address provided, was arrested at 11:55 p.m. on Sept. 3 following a reported burglary in progress on Ellicott Street in Batavia. The subject was located at the incident location and was subsequently involved in a foot chase with patrols. He was apprehended on Liberty Street, then transported to Batavia Police headquarters for processing. He is charged with third degree attempted burglary, third degree criminal mischief, and possession of burglar tools. He is scheduled to be in City Court today. The case was handled by Batavia Police Officer Matthew Wojtaszczyk, assisted by Officer Felicia DeGroot.

Lisa Marie Cordier, 32, of Castle Drive, Olean, is charged with second-degree harassment. At 5 p.m. on Sept. 4 at Darien Lake Theme Park & Resort, Cordier waas arrested for allegedly slapping and striking two people. The case was a handled by Sheriff's Deputy Kevin McCarthy, assisted by Sgt. Jason Saile.

A 17-year-old who lives on Castle Drive in Olean, is charged with second-degree harassment. At 5 p.m. on Sept. 4 at Darien Lake Theme Park & Resort, the defendant was arrested for allegedly punching and pulling the hair of another person. The case was a handled by Sheriff's Deputy Kevin McCarthy, assisted by Sgt. Jason Saile.

Steven Richard Holt, 40, of Castle Drive, Olean, is charged with second-degree harassment. At 5 p.m. on Sept. 4 at Darien Lake Theme Park & Resort, the defendant was arrested for allegedly slapping and pushing another person. The case was a handled by Sheriff's Deputy Kevin McCarthy, assisted by Sgt. Jason Saile.

Carly Marie Fazio, 28, of Trowbridge Street, Buffalo, is charged with resisting arrest and obstructing government administration. At 11 a.m. on Sept. 4, Fazio was arrested for allegedly obstructing government administration during a domestic incident at Darien Lake Theme Park and resisting arrest. The case was handled by Sheriff's Deputy Kevin McCarthy, assisted by Deputy Howard Carlson.

Kevin Michael Jones, 31, of North Pearl Street, Oakfield, is charged with: DWI; DWI with a BAC of .08 percent or higher; first-degree aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle; unlawful possession of marijuana; and driving left of pavement markings in a no-passing zone. At 1:39 a.m. on Sept. 4 on Route 5 in Pembroke, Jones was arrested following an investigation into an erratic driving complaint. In addition to the charges, he was ticketed for having inadequate exhaust and driving a vehicle with a broken windshield. He was issued an appearance ticket for Pembroke Town Court on Oct. 2. The case was handled by Sheriff's Deputy Eric Meyer.

Michael Eugene Weichman, 21, of West Main Street Road, Batavia, is charged with criminal possession of a weapon in the third degree. At 2:40 p.m. on Aug. 31, while investigating a report of a domestic altercation, Weichman was allegedly found to be in possession of a switchblade knife, while having a prior conviction for a crime. He was arrested and jailed in lieu of $2,500 bail. He is due in Batavia Town Court on Sept. 19. The case was handled by Sheriff's Deputy Joseph Graff, assisted by Deputy Lonnie Nati.

Michael J. Antonucci, 33, of Alexander Road, Attica, is charged with second-degree criminal contempt. He was arrested at 7:24 a.m. on Aug. 24 on Bank Street in Batavia after he allegedly violated an order of protection by having contact with the protected party. He is due in City Court on Sept. 20. The case was handled by Batavia Police Officer Cowen Mitchell.

Kiha S. McNear, 18, of Walnut Street, Batavia, was arrested on Sept. 2 on two bench warrants out of City Court. McNear was located at a residence on Walnut Street and was held on bail in jail. McNear is due in City Court on Sept. 6. The case was handled by Batavia Police Officer Mitchell Cowen, assisted by Officer Christopher Lindsay. 

Ryan R. Hernandez, 19, of Walnut Street, Batavia, was arrested on Sept. 3 on a bench warrant out of City Court. The warrant was issued after Hernandez failed to appear in court on a misdemeanor vehicle and traffic law charge. He was released on his own recognizance and in due in City Court on Sept. 7. The case was handled by Batavia Police Officer Christopher Lindsay, assisted by Officer Jason Davis.

September 1, 2016 - 1:06pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in pembroke, schools, education.


Pembroke Junior/Senior High School unveiled a new logo and new sign in a brief ceremony Wednesday evening.

The new logo was designed by Matt Steinburg, a 1991 graduate of Pembroke who now lives in Corfu with his wife, Anne, and son, Benjamin. He is creative director for Visit Buffalo and won the new logo contest. Matt also created a custom font for "Pembroke." He estimated he put in more than 100 hours of volunteer time into the effort.

September 1, 2016 - 12:58pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in pembroke, football, sports.


Pembroke has a new Head Coach, Ray Stoldt, but the only returning starting QB in the Genesee Region League.

Reid Miano will take snaps behind an experienced line, but they've got the size to protect him once they make the adjustment to the speed and technique of varsity-level football.

"I think they come around later in the year," said Stoldt, who has spent his career with Pembroke as an assistant on varsity and then coach of modified the past two seasons.

Blocking will be key because Miano, given time, can pass well and he's got some weapons at wideout, Stoldt said.

"I think every coach will always like to be a little further ahead at this point, but we’re young and we’re getting better every snap," Stoldt said.







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