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June 6, 2015 - 6:00am

HERE'S YOUR CHANCE TO BUILD!! The opportunity to have prime pick of what is going to be a beautiful neighborhood! Super location for this new development that is close to all amenities but when you drive in, is like living in the country. Surrounded and backed up to fields and woods, has perks of sewer and public water! It doesn't take a lot to envision your dream home here! All APPROVED & READY TO BUILD you can bring your own plans and favorite contractor or can choose from six already made prints! Batavia hasn't seen anything like this in many years! Come see and be a part of this new and exciting community! Oakwood Hills is located at 5101 E. Main Street Road, Town of Batavia. For more information or questions, please call Lynn Bezon at 585-344-4663.

June 5, 2015 - 12:00pm

The Housing Council at PathStone is operating rental property workshops! Providing landlords the essentials to succeed in the business of operating residential rental property.


The workshops will be held Saturday June 20 • 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the City Hall Council Chambers, 1 Batavia City Centre, Batavia.

Special Guests: Thomas Williams, Esq. • Neighborhood Legal Services, The Housing Council at PathStone. 

Fee: $45 -- Pre-registration is required.


For more information or to pre-register over the phone with a credit or debit card, please call 546-3700. Register online at

Please make checks payable to: The Housing Council at PathStone.


The Housing Council at PathStone - -- The Landlord Resource Center. A nonprofit, HUD-approved housing counseling agency. The Housing Council at PathStone provides ongoing landlord business workshops in the City of Rochester and in Monroe County. The landlord business workshop is designed for small landlords, property managers, and individuals thinking about entering the rental property business. Invest in improving your business skills today and get the confidence you need to succeed in owning or managing rental property. Topics include: fair housing laws, screening and selection of tenants, leases & security deposit, overview of eviction process.


Sponsored by the City of Batavia.

June 4, 2015 - 6:00pm

Don't miss this open house - Sunday from 12-2.
Walk in and fall in love with all of the charm this quant, well maintained home is filled with. Many updates, with many of them being recent; new dining room, bathroom and floors throughout downstairs, new gutters, new thermal windows and deck etc. There's also a nice yard that is fenced in. All natural woodwork throughout. This home is in a great neighborhood and LeRoy schools are excellent! The price of this home was just drastically reduced as owners are motivated to sell. CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION

Please feel free to call Matthew or Stacey Gabbey at (585) 734-5824 if you have any questions or we hope you will venture out on Sunday. 

June 4, 2015 - 12:00pm

The Genesee Symphony Orchestra is pleased to announce an addition to their 2015 concert series. They will perform free of charge at Jackson Square, Downtown Batavia, at 7 p.m. on Friday, June 12.

"This is a departure from our typical four-concert schedule," says Board Member Patty Hawley, "but not unheard of. The GSO has performed benefit concerts in the past."

While this is technically a free event goodwill donations will be gratefully accepted.

"Like any local nonprofit, the GSO depends on the support of local arts agencies and our loyal audience," Hawley says. "This is a way for us to reach out to people who may be unfamiliar with the GSO while raising some much-needed funds for programming." 

Greg Docenko, GSO's concertmaster, will conduct the orchestra through a series of popular tunes. The musical selections include: "Star Spangled Banner," "Gabreielli," "Blue Danube," "My Fair Lady," "Can Can," and Brass Group featuring Kevin MacLaud, Typewriter, Pirates of the Caribbean, "The Frog Prince," "Star Wars" Theme.

The GSO is also looking for board members to begin serving in August 2015. Terms are three years in length. For more information about this concert of how you can become a GSO board member contact Paul Saskowski at [email protected]

May 29, 2015 - 6:00pm

Solid Village ranch on great street with a nicely landscaped large lot that backs up to fields! Little bit of country with Village amenities! This 3 bedroom home is very spacious and has a lot of extra bonus rooms in the basement that adds quite a bit to the living space! Front sunny dining room leads to eat in kitchen that opens to large and pretty family room with cozy gas fireplace. All very open and perfect for easy entertaining!  Roof, window and siding less than 10 yrs old-new front porch 2 yrs, and many interior updates as well within last year! MUCH bigger than it appears from curb! Check this one out!

May 28, 2015 - 4:30pm

Dr. Russell Marchese Jr. -- 585-343-2711. Like us on Facebook for more information.

May 26, 2015 - 3:00pm

Run Baby Run 5K! All Babies Cherished -- All Pregnancy Assistance Center is holding a 5K run benefit on June 6th starting at 8:30 a.m. at Northgate Methodist Church, 350 Bank St., Batavia. All proceeds support All Babies Cherished.
$25 entry fee -- To register, click here. T-shirts for all entrants registered by May 23rd. Prizes for five age categories, male and female. Registration will be accepted right up until race day. Official timing by PCR Timing Services. This is a sanctioned race.  
All Babies Cherished is still looking for event sponsors and donations of prizes for runners. If interested in donating or becoming a sponsor, please contact Tammy Arneth at 344-5660 or e-mail to: [email protected].
Current sponsors are:
  • Massive Air Balancing
  • Advanced Podiatry
  • Kreative Kitchens and Designs
  • Knights of Columbus (Batavia)
  • Five Star Bank
  • Bank of Castile
  • Knights of Columbus (Le Roy)
  • S & S Limo
  • First Choice Travel
  • Mike Stasko 
  • Ameri-prise Financial
  • Dr. Salmon
This ad is sponsored by: The Rib Shack (formerly The Rack Shack) Ellicott St. Road, Batavia -- Click here to visit us online; RCK Seamless Gutters, Robbins Road, Le Roy, (585) 704-7589; The Golden Coin, 582 E. Main St., Batavia, 344-0040; Ben's Appliance, 634 E. Main St., Batavia --  Click here to visit us online!
May 24, 2015 - 1:36pm
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When we recently upgraded the software for The Batavian, the ability for users to edit comments disappeared.

That was one of a few bugs that crept up with the upgrade that we've been working through.

We've always had the ability for users to edit their own comments. An option rarely available on news Web sites. I know it's a popular feature, but it's also a feature that has been abused by a few people looking to not just correct spelling and grammar, but alter the history of what they've written. For that reason, I've sometimes wanted to limit the ability of people to edit comments particularly the here-and-there, occasional commenter, which are the ones most likely to remove a comment or substantially alter its meaning.

Also, all this software support is expensive. The Batavian needs the support of readers, and not just advertisers, to really thrive.

When it came time to get comment editing back again, I decided we're going to have a change in policy: Comment editing will only be available to those who have paid to join The Batavian Club.

The Batavian Club helps us pay the bills. We need your support. In exchange, membership more than pays for itself with the $300 in gift certificates to local businesses you receive. If you love The Batavian and love saving money, there's really no reason not to join.  

So, join today!

(BTW: If you're a member and can't edit comments, send me an e-mail, [email protected] I may not have properly tagged your user account.)

UPDATE: We also just launched a new search function on the site.  It's faster and offers some additional features to help return better results.  I forgot to mention earlier as well, we also upgraded the thumbs up/thumbs down in response to reader request.  Instead of an aggregate result of positive or negative votes, you see the total of how many ups and how many downs each comment gets. 

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May 22, 2015 - 6:00pm

Register today for our 3rd annual Glow Corporate Cup!
At 6 p.m. Aug. 6, Merrill Lynch in Batavia will sponsor the third annual GLOW Corporate Cup. Each year local businesses form teams to compete in a 5K race wherein the company with the lowest combined time takes home the GLOW cup. Following the race is the region’s largest office party. Businesses are encouraged to set up tents in Centennial Park, bring refreshments and prepare to have a great time as they mingle with other local companies. Live music is provided as runners and supporters enjoy the post race “AfterGLOW.” 

Last year the race included 700 runners and more than 1,000 people participated in the post-race celebration. In the first two years, more than $30,000 was raised for the GLOW YMCA and this year event is expected to exceed last year's total in participants and funds raised.

“Our purpose is to bring the businesses of the GLOW region together for a common cause,” said Joshua Dent, one of the race organizers. “The after-party was intended to celebrate the outstanding companies we have in the region that are giving back to their community.” 

The GLOW YMCA serves the communities of Genesee, Livingston, Orleans, and Wyoming counties.

“This year we would like to see even more participants from beyond Genesee County,” Dent said.

Registration is $25 per person and individuals must be 18 or older to participate. The route has been certified as a USA Track and Field Course. All funds raised go toward programs for the GLOW YMCA.

Register today! Click here for more information. Questions concerning the event may be sent to: [email protected]

May 22, 2015 - 12:00pm

Rock your prom look with a little help from us!
Rent your tuxedo from Charles Men's Shop and get fit by professionals. Men know they can trust our years of experience to help guide you and your date in getting the perfect match for her dress. Check out our HUGE selection of tuxedos and accessories like vests, ties, shirts -- every color available! After you've selected your tux, choose from a variety of cool sunglasses -- totally FREE. We carry the hottest designers like Michael Kors, Calvin Klein, Tony Bowls, Saavi, David Tutera and Allure. We have got 'em all and we make renting easy!

  • Professional service
  • FREE sunglasses
  • FREE custom tailoring
  • FREE parking behind store
  • HUGE vest selection - even CAMO

See you at Charles Men's Shop in Downtown Batavia! Located at 200 E. Main St. -- Route 5, corner of Main & Center streets.

May 20, 2015 - 3:00pm

Click here to visit Batavia Restaurant Supply online!

May 19, 2015 - 2:25pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in thebatavian, Sponsored Post, advertisement, The Batavian Club.

The people who have joined The Batavian Club over the past two years have helped The Batavian tremendously. The membership dues have helped pay dues and helped us make more use of freelancers.

We even ended up hiring a contract worker to send out the most recent batch of membership kits (long, long overdue, which had a lot to do with my decision to just say, "I should hire somebody to do this work.").  

Join now and help us do more. We have a good group of people willing to help The Batavian and I'd like to throw more work their way. Join The Batavian Club and help employ local people.

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May 18, 2015 - 6:00pm

Charting a Course to Prosperity! GCC’s The BEST Center and City of Batavia Offering Small Business Ownership Series.
Calling all aspiring entrepreneurs. Here’s your chance to find out if you have what it takes to achieve small business success. The BEST Center at Genesee Community College is partnering with the City of Batavia and the Batavia Development Corporation (BDC) to offer a three-part “Owning Your Own Business” program designed to inspire creativity, fine­ tune skills, and chart a true course to prosperity. Those interested will be able to explore, experience, and connect with resources that can help turn a dream into a reality. 
The program, “Get Underway: Small Business Ownership Series, begins with a series of one hour workshops where participants will explore business opportunities, assessing their personal readiness to own and operate a new business. Each session will run from noon ­1 p.m. in the second floor community room at Batavia City Hall. The following four sessions are planned and participants are encouraged to attend each one: 
  • April 22 -- Do I have what it takes to own a small business?

  • April 29 -- Can I earn a living through my passion? Maybe I should buy a business?
May 6 -- Why didn’t I think of THAT business?
May 13 -- The Sniff Test, assessing your business idea!
The sessions are $5 each for those who pre­-register online at, or $10 each at the door.
The second part of the program goes beyond the basics to help participants fully develop a business concept and transition into becoming a business manager. These five weekly Wednesday evening sessions are mandatory if participants want to access grant resources available through the City of Batavia Microenterprise Grant Program. The sessions run from 6 to 9 p.m. in Room T121 of the Conable Technology Building on GCC’s Batavia campus. They include: 
  • May 27 -
- Trials, tribulations & skills of a successful business leader
  • June 3 -
-  Marketing strategies to increase sales

  • June 10 -
- Using financial information to guide my business
  • June 17 --  Learning to “manage” a business
  • June 24 -- Business plan presentation and networking 
The five­-week course costs $125 and students will receive a certificate upon successful completion. Registration for this course is also available online at
The Small Business Ownership series is funded in part by the New York State Office of Community Renewal Community Development Block Grant. 
For more information, contact Julie Pacatte, Batavia Development Corporation at 585-345-6380 or via email: [email protected]
May 16, 2015 - 6:00pm

The Story of My Dog

We have had a 5 pound Yorkshire Terrier for about 12 years now. When Butch (we have other names for him, too) was 3 years old he became very sick. We took him to the vet and were told that Butch had a severe infection, maybe in his kidneys, and that he would soon die. Well, after a course of antibiotics, Butch was able to get his teeth cleaned and they took a few bad teeth out. Butch was a new dog. Where do you think that infection was coming from? Every now and then Butch's breath would get worse than ever and he would seem sick again. We would get his teeth professionally cleaned and as usual, they would take the bad teeth out and yes, he would be better again. Recently, it happened again but, he must have just lost that bad tooth. His breath went from "I can smell him from across the room" to "why doesn't Butch smell any more?". And Butch, now at 12, is as healthy as ever.
The moral of the story? Easy. Butch is only 5 pounds so a tooth infection might affect him more than it might affect us. But, a tooth or gum infection might take its toll on us all the same. It is true, though rare, that a tooth infection can kill us. We also know that gingivitis alone probably takes years off one's life. Ask your dentist or hygienist if you have any questions. And Butch? I think that he is running out of teeth. That is another story.
Dr. Russell Marchese Jr. -- 585-343-2711. Like us on Facebook for more information.




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