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July 24, 2015 - 3:45pm
posted by Billie Owens in UMMC, Oak Orchard Health, Event.
Event Date and Time: 
July 31, 2015 -
10:00am to 1:00pm

Local health care organizations United Memorial Medical Center and Oak Orchard Health will be hosting an event for breastfeeding mothers that will attempt to break international records as well as raise awareness on the important health benefits of breastfeeding. Pregnant women, breastfeeding mothers and their babies are invited to attend the event that will be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Jerome Center in Batavia on Friday, July 31.

July 23, 2015 - 3:17pm
posted by Billie Owens in batavia, Event.
Event Date and Time: 
August 5, 2015 -
10:00am to 10:30am

The City of Batavia Fire Fighters Local 896 invites the public to attend the 50th anniversary memorial ceremony honoring Fire Captain Loren J. Michel, who died in the line of duty.

The ceremony will take place at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 5 at the city fire headquarters, 18 Evans St.

Please join us in honoring one of our own, who died after responding to a house fire at 402 Bank St.

He made the ultimate sacrifice while protecting the citizens of Batavia and he will never be forgotten.

July 23, 2015 - 11:58am
posted by Billie Owens in Event, bluegrass, music.
Event Date and Time: 
August 7, 2015 -
7:00pm to 8:30pm

The Gospel bluegrass family band -- The Punches Family -- will perform at 7 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 7, at the Batavia Assembly of God Church, located at 24 N. Spruce St.

There will be a free will offering taken at the concert.

July 21, 2015 - 3:30pm
posted by Billie Owens in community action of Orleans & Genesee, Event.
Event Date and Time: 
August 14, 2015 -
5:00pm to 8:00pm

In recognition of its 50th Anniversary, Community Action of Orleans & Genesee invites the public to a Tent Event / Open House from 5 to 8 p.m. on Friday Aug. 14 at their location at 5073 Clinton Street Road, Batavia.

Tour the facility, meet the staff, the Board of Directors. Enjoy music and food. Bring the kids! The playground will be open!

July 20, 2015 - 1:03pm
posted by Jamie Lindsley in Oakfield, Alabama, Event.
Event Date and Time: 
July 23, 2015 -
8:30pm to 10:20pm
All are welcome to come watch the classic film musical "Grease" on our huge screen in the big pavilion  Wear your favorite neon attire and relive the 1950's with us. Oakfield Betterment Committee is providing this event free of charge to children of all ages. Concessions available for a nominal charge. Bring your chairs, blankets, and pillows and relax and join in for this blast from the past.
July 10, 2015 - 10:29am
posted by Billie Owens in Event, alexander.
Event Date and Time: 
July 10, 2015 -
9:30pm to 11:30pm

"I wanted to let everybody know that the scheduled community movie July 10 at 9:30 p.m.) was still going on tonight at the Alexander Firemen's Grounds on Route 98 South of the Village of Alexander. (It's the animated Spongebob Squarepants' movie "Sponge Out of Water.") Even though we have received rain almost all day. We have decided to move the movie screen in under the tent in the beer stand.

July 9, 2015 - 3:48pm
posted by Billie Owens in Event, Genesee Justice.
Event Date and Time: 
July 21, 2015 -
12:00pm to 2:00pm

As a way of thanking all those who make our community a better place to live, Genesee Justice will host a picnic in Pavilion A at Genesee County Park from noon to 2 p.m. on Tuesday, July 21.

Hot dogs, mac-n-cheese, potato salad, green salad, and name tags will be provided. Bring a dish to pass if you like. Hope for sunshine!

Please reply to:

Rosanne Smart, 344-2550, ext. 3923, [email protected]


July 1, 2015 - 3:42pm
posted by Billie Owens in Event.
Event Date and Time: 
July 1, 2015 -
7:00pm to 8:30pm

This evening, Wednesday, July 1, the Batavia Concert Band's opening concert of the 2015 season will be at Genesee Community College's Stuart Steiner Theatre, rather than in Centennial Park. This change has been made due to uncertain weather conditions.

Tonight's concert features David Keller conducting a full contingent of musicians performing works from many periods and representing many styles. "Guaranteed to please an audience of all ages" says Dave, a veteran of 25 years performing around the world with U.S. military bands.

June 27, 2015 - 11:28am
posted by Billie Owens in Event, batavia, richmond library.
Event Date and Time: 
July 23, 2015 -
6:00pm to 8:30pm

Sponsor:  Richmond Memorial Library, 19 Ross St., Batavia

Event:  Reel Discussions

Date & Time:  Thursday, July 23rd at 6 p.m.

Come view the movie and join us for a group discussion afterward. This month’s movie is “American Sniper." Navy SEAL Chris Kyle is sent to Iraq with only one mission to protect his brothers-in-arms. However, his reputation is also growing behind enemy lines. He is also facing a different kind of battle on the home front. But upon returning to his wife and kids, Chris finds that it is the war he can't leave behind.

June 27, 2015 - 11:25am
posted by Billie Owens in Event, comic books, batavia, richmond library.
Event Date and Time: 
July 22, 2015 -
7:00pm to 8:00pm

Richmond Memorial Library, 19 Ross St., Batavia

Event: History of Comic Books

Date & Time: Wednesday, July 22 at 7 p.m.

June 27, 2015 - 11:19am
posted by Billie Owens in Event, brisbane, richmond library, batavia.
Event Date and Time: 
July 20, 2015 -
7:00pm to 8:00pm

Sponsor: Richmond Memorial Library, 19 Ross St., Batavia

Event: Meet the Brisbanes: Talk by Larry Barnes

Place: Richmond Memorial Library

Date & Time: Monday, July 20 at 7 p.m.

City Historian Larry Barnes will present “Meet the Brisbanes,” a free talk at Richmond Memorial Library. The Brisbane Family was one of the earliest families in Batavia and was filled with interesting, although eccentric, personalities. As we “Escape the Ordinary” this summer, find out how these Batavians led extraordinary lives.

June 17, 2015 - 12:36pm
posted by Billie Owens in Event.
Event Date and Time: 
June 24, 2015 -
6:30pm to 9:00pm

The June meeting of the Stafford Historical Society will be a road trip. On Wednesday, June 24th, we will be boarding a bus at 6:30 p.m. at the Town Hall, located at the corner of Route 237 and Route 5.

The intention of the Society has been to repair the headstones and to tidy-up the town's abandoned pioneer cemeteries for our Town's 200th birthday. Our road trip will be for members and guests to view their condition.

We have room for 30 to 35 people. Please call 344-7070 or 343-1928 to reserve a space.

June 17, 2015 - 12:33pm
posted by Billie Owens in Event.
Event Date and Time: 
June 18, 2015 - 6:00pm to June 21, 2015 - 9:00pm

The Stafford Carnival is this weekend. It actually kicks off Thursday at 6 p.m. and at 9 o'clock the Guy Smiley Bands provides live music.

On Friday, there's a fish fry at 4 p.m., carnival opens at 5 and the parade starts at 7 o'clock. Music by Taran begins at 9.

Saturday's festivities begin at noon, with a garden tractor pull at 1 o'clock. Music provided by Monkey in a Bottle at 7, followed by Under the Gun at 9. There will be fireworks at 10 p.m.

June 16, 2015 - 6:09pm
posted by Billie Owens in Event.
Event Date and Time: 
June 18, 2015 -
9:00am to 4:00pm

"Bring Your Feet to the Downtown Public Market" says the Batavia Business Improvement District. It kicks off this Thursday at the parking lot at Bank Street and Alva Place (across from the Jerome Center). It will be held every Thursday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. through Sept. 24.

"Support Downtown, Buy Local" says co-sponor Java Farm Supply. Fresh baked goods, fruit, vegetables, cherries & berries, honey, flowers, maple syrup, Alston's BBQ Sauce, dog treats, handmade quilts and clothing, handcrafted wood products, and lots more will be for sale.

June 15, 2015 - 11:30am
posted by Julia Ferrini in The Batavian, crime, Event, alexander, Attica.



Similar sentiments echoed from family, friends and the community with respect to Douglas Mess. 

“He was an amazing guy.” 

“A big teddy bear.” 

“He would do anything for anyone.” 

“He loved family.” 

“He was an excellent mechanic.”

A spaghetti dinner and raffle was held Saturday to help Mess’s four sons, Douglas, Matthew, Michael, and James. The four men lost both their parents in an incident that shook the Attica community.

“It’s nice to see the community coming together for this,” said event organizer Jackie Murphy. “But by the same token, this shouldn’t have had to happen.”

The fundraiser was held at the Alexander Firemen’s Recreation Center, Alexander. All proceeds go to the brothers to help with living expenses. According to Murphy, the support from the community has been overwhelming. 

“Everything has been donated by community members and local businesses,” Murphy said. “The response has been wonderful, from setting up this event to just asking ‘how ya doing?’ It’s just been amazing.”

“I wasn’t expecting the response we got,” said Gina Olszewski, Matthew’s girlfriend. “The support from the community is awesome. It’s such a horrible situation and it’s nice to have the support we’ve received.”

Tom Gadd worked with Doug for 14 years at Alexander Equipment and viewed the man like a brother.

“He was just an amazing guy; a great guy. That sums it up right there,” Gadd said.

“He’s been proud to see the support,” Olszewski said.

According to the elder Mess’s son Doug, he was a “shop man dictionary.”

Michael and James describe their father as happy and caring.

Douglas Mess was found murdered April 20 on the farm he and his wife of 30 years owned in Attica. Charlene Mess is charged with his murder and is currently being held in the Wyoming County Jail in lieu of $1 million cash bail or $2 million bond. She is due in court Aug. 6.

“We are extremely grateful,” James said. “There has been lots of support from an extremely caring community.”

See related: Murder of Douglas Mess a big loss for Baskin LivestockCharlene Mess pled not guilty in the murder of Douglas Mess








June 12, 2015 - 4:02pm
posted by Billie Owens in St. James Church, The Faith Club, Event.
Event Date and Time: 
June 13, 2015 -
2:00pm to 3:00pm

"The Faith Club: A Muslim, a Christian, A Jew -- Three Women Search for Understanding" is a presentation/book-signing/reception hosted by St. James Episcopal Church starting at 2 p.m. on Saturday, June 13. It will be held at the church, 405 E. Main St. in the City of Batavia as part of its Bicentennial celebration.

Meet co-author Suzanne Oliver as she speaks of her faith journey to more understanding. It's free and all are welcome.

Questions? Call (585) 343-6802.

June 11, 2015 - 3:03pm
posted by Billie Owens in batavia, Event.
Event Date and Time: 
June 12, 2015 -
5:00pm to 9:00pm

The Town of Batavia Republican Committee is holding its annual Old-Fashioned Picnic on Friday, June 12th, at the Town of Batavia/Kiwanis Park starting at 5 p.m. and lasting until dark.

Enjoy red and white hots, macaroni salad, baked beans, chips and assorted desserts along with ice tea, lemonade, soda and water. Cost is $10 per person; Children under 12 are $5; and under 5 years old are free. 

June 10, 2015 - 4:33pm
posted by Billie Owens in animal rescue, volunteers for animals, Event.
Event Date and Time: 
June 18, 2015 - 9:00am to June 20, 2015 - 4:00pm

A big honkin' garage sale to benefit the animals at the Genesee County Animal Shelter will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on June 18th, 19th and 20th at Rick's Storage Garage, 3566 W. Main Street Road in the Town of Batavia.

All proceeds will go directly to the animals.

Plus, Duke's Smokin Bone BBQ Catering Co. will be offered for sale on the last day of the garage sale, June 20, starting at 11 a.m. There will be pulled pork sandwiches. So come on out for lunch and paw through all the good stuff for sale to help the needy, homeless animals.

June 10, 2015 - 4:03pm
posted by Billie Owens in Event, Attica.
Event Date and Time: 
August 22, 2015 -
8:30am to 3:00pm

"Where There's a Jill, There's a Way" 5K/10K race to raise funds for the Brain Aneurysm Foundation will be held starting at Attica Village Lions Park on Saturday, Aug. 22. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. and the race starts at 10 o'clock. The event will also support a scholarship fund at Attica Central School set up in memory of Jill Marie Kirby Conley, who was born on Jan. 16, 1972 and departed this Earth, June 30, 2014. Jill was affected by a brain aneurysm.

June 10, 2015 - 1:56pm
posted by Billie Owens in Event.
Event Date and Time: 
June 13, 2015 -
9:00am to 1:00pm

The New p.w. minor 4-Hour-Only MEGA SALE! Saturday June 13th • 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.
At our retail & outlet store located at 3 Treadeasy Ave. in Batavia. (in the Industrial Park, off Route 33)




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