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January 18, 2013 - 9:30pm
posted by Alecia Kaus in car, east pembroke, pole. accident.

A car, pole accident with possible minor injury has been reported on Stegman Road between Slusser and Powers roads.

Mercy Medic 1 and East Pembroke fire responding.

One subject is out of the vehicle walking around, talking on the phone. Mercy medic will be responding non-emergency.

Damage to the pole is minimal and the driver is shaken up a bit.

UPDATE 9:33 p.m.: Mercy Medic 1 on scene.

UPDATE 9:40 p.m.: National Grid has been notified about the pole.

UPDATE 9:43 p.m.: Mercy Medic 1 transporting one to UMMC.

UPDATE 9:52 p.m.: National Grid has a 35-minute ETA.

UPDATE 9:56 p.m.: East Pembroke assignment back in service.

August 12, 2010 - 12:09pm
posted by WBTA News in accident, motorcycle, Mercy Flight, car.

There has been a car-motorcycle accident in the area of 2687 Judge Road in Alabama.

A Mercy EMS ambulance is responding while a Mercy Flight is in the air and on its way.

UPDATE (12:25): The patient is not being Mercy Flighted, but is on the way to UMMC.

June 16, 2009 - 2:20pm
posted by Steve Hawley in police, steve hawley, car, Albion, public safety.






Assemblyman Steve Hawley (R, I, C – Batavia) will be hosting a free car seat safety check on Saturday, July 11, from 10 am to 1 pm, at the Albion Fire Hall.  All are invited to attend this important public safety event.


“Despite parents’ best intentions, statistics show that 70 percent of car seats are installed improperly.  I would like to encourage all parents to attend this important event and would like to thank the New York State Police for coming to make sure car seats are properly installed,” said Hawley.


Assemblyman Steve Hawley’s Car Seat Safety Check

Hosted in conjunction with the New York State Police

Saturday, July 11, 2009

10 a.m. to 1 p.m. 

Albion Fire Hall

108 North Platt Street

Albion, NY 

RSVP by calling Assemblyman Hawley’s office at 585-589-5780


January 21, 2009 - 8:47am
posted by Dan Kemp in auto, car, car wash, detail, reconditioning, hand wash.

BATAVIA — Dan Kemp loves dirty cars.(By Joanne beck)


That's true only because he doesn't plan to keep them that way for long.


Kemp is co-owner of Center of Attention Auto Spa, which opened Oct. 1 with its mobile service and will have a grand opening Nov. 1 for the site at 8314 Park Rd.


"Someone will call and say 'my car is really bad.' I love those cars," Kemp said Tuesday at the spa. "I love satisfying customers. I like it when someone brings me a real mess. When they leave they'll know they got what they paid for. We're not going to let a customer leave here unhappy."


Kemp, 31, talks about

car maintenance

the way some estheticians talk about skin. It's about proper care and upkeep, which includes products ("a

trade secret

") that will keep one's prized possession in good condition, he said. The only difference between a beauty salon and the auto spa is the object getting groomed.


"The way the economy is, you're going to want to take care of what you have," he said. "Just having it properly cleaned and maintained is going to make it better."


And he's not just talking cosmetic improvements. The certified auto recondition expert intends to mend superficial scratches, remove oxidation and fall-out (road salt, pollution, grime, iron particles from the air), protect the vehicle from the sun and bad weather with a "professional grade" wax or paint sealant, thoroughly clean the vehicle inside and out and polish it to a "showroom shine." The amount of work depends on the package, which runs from a three-month protection Gold up to a 12-month protection Diamond.


The spa, which has gotten fresh coats of paint in bright red and black signature colors, also offers more regular maintenance services. Those include the Bronze or

Silver car wash

; and more detailed work, including headlight restoration, leather cleaning and conditioning, engine cleaning,

stain removal

and upholstery protection.


For anyone questioning why headlights should be restored, Kemp is quick to explain. The spa will take "your yellowed, scratched or pitted headlight lens" through a restoration process to bring it back to new. The process gives greater night visibility and a better appearance to the vehicle overall, he said.


He disagreed with being labeled a good salesman, since his goal isn't just to sell. Instead, Kemp wants to educate people about what he can do for an auto or motorcycle. That means explaining the services and how they'll affect and improve one's vehicle, he said.


A city native and 1996 graduate of

Batavia High School

, Kemp has thought of opening his own business for awhile. He worked for area

auto detailers

for five years before deciding he wanted to hone his skills. He attended a reconditioning school in


, where he received a California State Education Department certification, he said.


He knows what he wants to offer customers: A neat and professional staff, comfortable atmosphere and high-quality work. That won't change if customers choose the mobile service, he said. Even the price stays the same as long as the customer is in

Genesee County



"Every service we do in-house we can do mobile, at any location," he said. "We do our own

water reclamation

and use our own water and power."


Kemp chose to go to school in California because of its high environmental standards, he said. He learned the importance of not letting soapy water go into a sewer system. That's why Kemp will "reclaim" all of the water used at a person's home or business. He uses a reclamation mat to put underneath the vehicle, and a pump sucks up all of the used water and sends it to a container in the mobile unit. He spent considerable time and an undisclosed amount of money on the unit, which includes a

pressure washer


water tank

, generator, microfiber towels, cleaning tools and a white tent to put up over a vehicle to protect the wax or sealant from the sun.


No matter if it's at Kemp's place or yours, he guarantees a job well done.


"We make sure, with every protection package, that we get every nook and cranny," he said. "The best advertising is word of mouth. If we don't do a good job, our doors won't stay open for long. We just want the public to know we're here for them and we're very affordable. We want to offer something that has been 100 percent accomplished, and that's customer service."


Kemp has two daughters, Teiona, 12, and 8-year-old Alyssa. He owns the business with his wife Christina, and they plan to hire more staff as the business grows.


There will be daily specials and hours of

8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays

through Fridays and

8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays

. Special appointments can be made upon request.


For more information, call




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Joanne Beck


Staff Writer


Batavia Daily News

2 Apollo Drive
Batavia, NY 14020

(585) 343-8000 Ext. 2135


(585) 343-2623


August 6, 2008 - 4:15pm
posted by Philip Anselmo in video, racing, Genesee Speedway, car.

For those of you who haven't noticed, The Batavian now has its very own official speedway reporter. Racer and moto-enthusiast Chris Johnson has been kind enough to voluntarilty take occupy that position for us and get the dirt—get it?—on the local stock car scene.

Genesee Speedway will be holding its next race this Saturday, and Chris is hoping to be there with his new car, built himself. It's a modified Ford Mustang, stripped bear and fit with a roll cage. But enough of us getting in the way. Let's let Chris tell you all about it:



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