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December 22, 2016 - 8:37am
posted by Howard B. Owens in Deal of the Day, advertisment.

An upgrade to our Deal of the Day Program. Now, right on this page, if you are a registered user and logged in and have made prior purchases, we will only show you the purchase button if you are elgible to purchase the item, and if you are not eligible, we will display the date when you will be eligible again.

Reminders of how the new Deal of the Day program works:

  • To make purchases, you must be registered. This is its own registration system, separate from the main registration for The Batavian.
  • Once registered you must be logged in.
  • You click on the orange button, if the item is not sold out, and it takes you to a PayPal button. This allows you to pay either with your PayPal account or with a credit card/debit card. The login for PayPal is completely separate from our accounts.
  • The first person to successfully complete the PayPal transaction wins the gift certificate.
  • You are eligible to buy the same item only once in a four-month period. We use the registration system to track this for you so you don't have to.
March 27, 2015 - 2:32pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in thebatavian, Sponsored Post, advertisment, Flip Ad Contest.

We ran a Flip Ad contest these past two days.

The secret code hidden under a Flip Ad was "Vincent Maney."

The winner is Douglas Gaus, of Batavia, who was the ninth person to correctly e-mail the answer to us.

Douglas wins $25.

December 3, 2014 - 8:12pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in business, thebatavian, Sponsored Post, advertisment.

Some of you may have already noticed -- there are a couple of sponsor's ads on the right side of the page that if you mouse over the box, it flips over to reveal a secondary message. 

This is a new concept in online display advertising and locally, it's only available on The Batavian and the Wyoming County Free Press.

To help kick off the introduction of Flip Ads, we're going to run a contest on four days next week (four days between Monday and Friday). Will will randomly pick an ad on the site and make it a Flip Ad, but the secondary message will be a secret code. The code will go up at some unannounced time during the day and stay up until we have a winner. The first person to e-mail me, [email protected], with the correct code, will win $25 cash. (We'll post a reminder Monday morning about the contest.)

After the first week, we'll run the same contest once a week.

Easy to win: mouse over ads and find the Flip Ad with the secret code, like an Easter Egg hunt.

Can you find the two ads running now that are Flip Ads?

Sponsors: Interested in Flip Ads? Contact Lisa Ace, [email protected], or (585) 250-4118, to sign up.

December 7, 2013 - 10:50pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in thebatavian, Sponsored Post, advertisment.

More than 150 people have already downloaded our new iPhone app.

Today, a problem that was preventing news alert notifications from going out was fixed, so now those users will actually get the alerts we send out.

To download the iPhone version, click here.

To download the Droid version, click here.

November 4, 2013 - 7:48pm

NOTE: This is The Batavian's first "Ask the Local Doctor" column sponsored by Insource Urgent Care. We announced the column and then no questions came in, or so we thought. Their e-mail forwarding wasn't set up right so we didn't see the questions. We actually received about a dozen questions. Those questions have been forwarded to the professional staff of Insource Urgent Care and will be considered for next week's column and subsequent columns.

This column is by Dr. Magdi Credi and it answers the question, should I get a flu shot?

The influenza season is upon us.

Here at Insource Urgent Care the vaccine is being offered for those who are 4 years and older. Unbeknownst to many, influenza is still the most prevalent disease in the United States of all the vaccinated diseases.

About 200,000 persons in the United States will be hospitalized yearly due to influenza. Up to 49,000 deaths occur yearly on American soil due to the flu. Because of this, we here at Insource are doing our best to protect you.

The Center for Disease Control currently recommends all persons older than 6 months be vaccinated. The more persons vaccinated the less chance of the flu.

In particular, two groups are strongly encouraged to obtain the flu shot: those who are at high risk of complications (i.e. pneumonia) and those who care for others at high risk. This would include the following: Parents and caretakers of children less than 6 months of age, pregnant women, persons less than 5 years old or older than 65 years old, and persons with chronic illnesses such as diabetes, asthma, and COPD to name a few. This list is not all inclusive and can be checked out on the CDC’s Web site for more information.

If still unsure of your risk or need, please stop by our medical office for clarification. We are here to provide top medical care for you and to protect both you and your family.

This post is sponsored by Insource Urgent Care, 35 Batavia City Centre, Batavia, (585) 250-4201. To submit a question to Ask the Local Doctor, e-mail [email protected].

February 13, 2013 - 6:15pm

Book your Valentine's Day reservations today! Salsa & Curry is offering drink specials, a dinner for 2 special & a selection of mouthwatering desserts.

Our Valentine's Day Specials include:

  • Dinner for 2 menu! Featuring an appetizer, entree & dessert.
  • Buy 1 combo, get the 2nd FREE, with any beverage!
  • Drink specials - Sangria, served with fresh fruit, bottle beers, wines, & margaritas.
  • Dessert specials: Xangos, a flour tortilla with cheesecake filling, topped with whipped cream, chocolate, cinnamon and cherries. Flan -- a Mexican custard, topped with whipped cream, chocolate and cherries. Fried Ice Cream, topped with whipped cream, chocolate and cherries. Sopapillas, served with strawberry ice cream.

Call today to book your reservation - 585-219-4231. Like our Facebook page for a chance to win a FREE MEAL for 2!

October 31, 2012 - 5:38pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in Valle Jewelers, Sponsored Post, contests, advertisment.

Like Valle Jewelers' page on Facebook for a chance to win a Chamilia bracelet! A great present for yourself or somebody else. Remember, you must do two things to be eligible to win: Like Valle's page and register for the contest. Click Here.

May 31, 2012 - 9:37pm
posted by The Batavian in business, downtown, Sponsored Post, advertisment.

Batavia's newest All-American restaurant is now open -- City Slickers, at 59 Main St. (the former South Beach location) -- featuring a completely renovated interior with original art and an Americana theme.

The menu is all new, too.

City Slicker's serves 24 different draft beers and there are 10 big screen TVs in the bar area.

The new menu offers a variety items, from steaks and ribs, rotisserie chicken, and cheeseburgers, to quesadillas and a large selection of salads.

Be sure to try the Freedom Fries!

Join the fun on select evenings for City Slicker's upbeat piano bar of Americana and Southern Rock music.

FRIDAY NIGHT: From 7 to 11 p.m., Wes Chapman on piano and starting at 11 p.m., MTV's Johnny Bananas will be at City Slicker's for pictures and autographs.

SATURDAY NIGHT: Wes Chapman is back at the piano from 7 to 11 p.m.

And, The Patio is Open! Come on Down!

March 16, 2012 - 9:03am
posted by Howard B. Owens in Sponsored Post, advertisment, Shop Batavia.

When you want to shop locally and shop online, there's only one place to do it: Shop Batavia.

Here's some of the great offers on Shop Batavia now:

You can also buy gift certificates for local businesses. Click here.

Check Shop Batavia's home page daily for new offers and promotions from local businesses.

When you shop locally, more of your hard earned dollars stay in the local community where they do the most good. Shop Locally. Shop Batavia.

February 11, 2012 - 6:16pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in business, thebatavian, Sponsored Post, advertisment.

There are now 118 businesses signed on as sponsors of The Batavian. That's the highest total ever.

In the past two months, we've been please to have the following businesses sign on as sponsors:

I've written before about how supporting local businesses keeps more local dollars in our home community. Communities with vibrant local businesses demonstrate all kinds of benefits for local residents.

Along those lines, a recent study found that counties with thriving small businesses also have healthier residents.

The study of 3,060 counties and parishes in the contiguous United States -- published online in the "Cambridge Journal of Regions, Economy and Society" and forthcoming in its March print issue -- brings new evidence to a body of research literature and a debate among sociologists, who traditionally have advanced two competing hypotheses about how small business impacts public health.

Some sociologists argue that small businesses — unlike chain retail "big box" stores and large manufacturing plants — have a greater investment in the community and thus have more at stake when it comes to the well-being of employees, customers and other local citizens. The LSU and Baylor University researchers, who analyzed national population, health, business and housing data, found that the greater the proportion of small businesses, the healthier the population.

"Some communities appear to have thriving small-business sectors that feature entrepreneurial cultures that promote public health. A place like this has a can-do climate, a practical problem-solving approach in which a community takes control of its own destiny," said co-author Charles M. Tolbert, Ph.D., chair of the Sociology department at Baylor. "The alternative is the attitude that 'Things are out of our control.' "

It's critical we all do all we can to support locally owned businesses.

On The Batavian, you can find information, now, about 118 local businesses. On Shop Batavia, there are now close to 157 local businesses posting information about who they are and what they do.

In other words, it's now easier than ever to support your local business community.

Here's a complete list of sponsors of The Batavian:


September 21, 2011 - 6:11pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in thebatavian, advertising, Sponsored Post, advertisment.

We've selected the winners of three contests we recently held on The Batavian.

In the Facebook "Like" contest sponsored by Hardcor Audio, Brian Staebell is the winner. Staebell wins a free remote starter from Hardcor Audio.

In the Facebook "Like" contest sponsored by Scratch Bakery, the winner is Denise Rader. Rader wins a birthday party package.

In the Facebook "Like" contest sponsored by The Batavian, Lynn Bezon is the winner. Bezon wins an 8G iPod.

Thank you to all who participated. We'll have more contests as soon as we get them organized.

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