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November 1, 2015 - 8:26am


Here's just a few shots of Halloween 2015 on Lincoln Avenue, Washington Avenue and Ellicott Avenue.








October 31, 2015 - 8:10am
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, Genesee ARC, Halloween.


Yesterday afternoon we stopped by the ARC Recycling Center on West Main Street, Batavia, to check out the truck the folks there have decked out for Halloween.





October 30, 2015 - 4:49pm
posted by Billie Owens in steve hawley, Halloween.

Press release:

Assemblyman Steve Hawley (R,C,I-Batavia) would like to remind the public to be safe as they celebrate Halloween this weekend.

In addition to monitoring your children while trick or treating, wearing safe and appropriate costumes, and checking candy before allowing children to eat it, the assemblyman is reminding the public that the governor has instituted a drunk driving and underage drinking crackdown for the holiday weekend.

“With Halloween falling on a Saturday this year, there is more time to celebrate; but at the same time, there is more opportunity for accidents and poor decisions. I encourage all parents and guardians to do their best to keep their children safe this Halloween,” Hawley said. “I also encourage everyone to be vigilant when they are out on the roads. Please do not drink and drive.”

The governor’s special traffic enforcement detail will begin Friday, Oct. 30, and continue through Sunday, Nov. 1. Gov. Cuomo encouraged both the New York State Police as well as local and county law enforcement to increase patrols during the weekend. His decision was in response to statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration that showed 43 percent of all people killed in motor-vehicle crashes on Halloween night from 2009 to 2013 in the United States were killed in accidents involving drunk drivers. Furthermore, 19 percent of fatal pedestrian crashes on Halloween night during the same time period involved drunk drivers.

A report released by the federal government in 2012 confirmed that Halloween is the deadliest day of the year for young pedestrians, with an average of 5.5 pedestrians under the age of 18 killed each Halloween (compared to an average of 2.6 on other days). Most accidents happen during dusk and early evening, when trick or treaters are out and drivers are adjusting to changing light as the sun sets.

In addition to staying safe on the street, Hawley encouraged homeowners to make their homes safe for trick or treaters arriving at their homes, making sure to clear sidewalks and front porches and have adequate lighting.

October 26, 2015 - 7:49pm
posted by Billie Owens in batavia, Halloween.
Press release:

The Batavia Police Department would like to remind all parents, grandparents or guardians of the following Halloween Safety Tips to ensure a safe and enjoyable time.

  • If you plan on going door to door make sure you are properly supervised by a parent or responsible adult.
  • Do not go to homes where the porch lights are off.
  • Use a flashlight to let drivers see you, and see where you are going.
  • To avoid tripping or injury don't wear costumes that are loose fitting and too long.
  • Don't wear masks that obscure your vision, make up is a good alternative to masks.
  • Wear reflective, bright colors to be seen by drivers after dark.
  • Walk on the sidewalks, or as near to the curb as possible if there are no sidewalks
  • Observe safety rules when crossing or walking on the streets, and stay clear of traffic.
  • Parents should inspect any treats before you eat them.
  • The Batavia Police HIGHLY RECOMMEND as an alternative to going door to door, attend one of the Halloween events sponsored by local businesses.
  • Choose costumes that are marked flame retardant.
  • Make props such as magic wands and swords out of cardboard, rather than metal or wood.
  • Give and accept wrapped or packaged candy only.
  • Go out in daylight and carry a flashlight in case of delay.
  • Have children stay within their neighborhood; only visit homes you know.
  • All “Trick or Treating” shall be completed by 9 p.m.


Any further questions please contact officer Marc W. Lawrence.

Batavia Police Department:
Dispatch – (585) 345-6350
Confidential Tip Line – (585) 345-6370
Report Suspicious Activity - drug-or-criminal-activity

October 23, 2015 - 11:59am
posted by Kimberly Perl in elba, church, rectory, Halloween, teens, trick-or-treating, donation.
Event Date and Time: 
October 31, 2015 -
7:00pm to 10:00pm
Saturday, October 31st from 7pm-10pm - St. Padre Pio Youth are hosting their 3rd Annual Haunted Rectory, geared toward teens.  For a $1 donation, or canned good, you can walk through the Haunted Rectory - and prepare to be scared.  Fog, Strobes, blood, gore - not for the faint of heart or real and young, one step to go down is involved during the walk.  Trick-or-treating will be available in the seperated hall where the younger children can have some popcorn, watch movies, and trick-or-treat while waiting for their older siblings.  Great family event!
October 23, 2015 - 11:40am
posted by Billie Owens in Tobacco-Free GLOW, Genesee SADD, Halloween.

(Photo submitted by Kevin J. Keenan, community engagement coordinator for Tobacco-Free GLOW)

Press release:

Genesee SADD Council students took part in an awareness activity at BOCES earlier this week centering around Halloween and tobacco-prevention initiatives. They want to advance tobacco-free communities.

Roswell Park Cancer Institute established a tobacco-free community outreach program in 1993 and today administers three programs in Western New York: Tobacco-Free Chautauqua, Cattaraugus and Allegany (CCA); Tobacco-Free Genesee, Livingston, Orleans and Wyoming (GLOW) and Tobacco-Free Erie-Niagara (EN). Each locally based program is funded by the New York State Department of Health/Bureau of Tobacco Control.

Its goals are to prevent youth tobacco use through the Reality Check Youth program; raise awareness about tobacco control policies; and to reduce tobacco use among adults across this region and in New York State.

Reduce Tobacco Marketing Point of Sale: Product marketing and price promotion aimed at youth are proven causes of youth tobacco use. Much of this marketing occurs at the point of sale (POS) in the retail environment and may be largely unnoticed by adults.

Increase Tobacco-Free Outdoor Areas: Tobacco use in outdoor areas such as parks, playgrounds, beaches and workplaces is dangerous to the environment and presents a health risk to non-smoking adults and children.

Expand Tobacco-Free Multi-Unit Housing: Smoke-free housing protecting residents’ health by reducing exposure to secondhand smoke. Property managers benefit from reduced maintenance costs and decreased fire risks.

Decrease Tobacco Use Imagery: Research shows that smoking in movies and other media impacts teen perceptions of smoking norms and raises the likelihood of youth initiation.

Tobacco use remains the leading preventable cause of death and disease in New York.

Adult Smoking Rates

  • Genesee: 18.7 percent
  • Livingston: 16.9 percent
  • Orleans: 29.9 percent
  • Wyoming: 22.3 percent


New York State Department of Health – based on the most recent data (July 2009-June 2009)

October 21, 2015 - 2:55pm
posted by Billie Owens in Stop DWI, Halloween.

Press release:

Genesee County STOP DWI Coordinator Matt Landers announced today that Genesee County Sheriff’s Office, City of Batavia Police Department and the Village of Le Roy Police Department will participate in a special enforcement effort to crackdown on impaired driving.

While we spend Halloween trick-or-treating and hosting parties with our loved ones, law enforcement officers across New York State will take to the roads in an effort to stop impaired driving, prevent injuries and save lives. The statewide STOP-DWI Crackdown efforts start on Oct. 30th and will end on Nov. 1st. New York State Police, County Sheriff and municipal law enforcement agencies across the state will be out in force.

Research shows that high-visibility enforcement can reduce drunk driving fatalities by as much as 20 percent. A review of Halloween Nights (2009-2013) shows 43 percent of all motor-vehicle deaths involved drunk driving.

Sobriety checkpoints play a key part in raising awareness about the problem. The STOP-DWI Halloween Weekend Crackdown is one of many statewide enforcement initiatives promoted by the New York State STOP-DWI Association with additional funding from the STOP-DWI Foundation from a grant through GTSC. Throughout the remainder of the year the Statewide STOP-DWI Crackdown Campaign will also target Thanksgiving and the national Holiday Season in December.

Undersheriff William Sheron said: “We know that there is a historic increase in impaired driving around Halloween. It only makes sense to increase our patrols during this time and we will.”

While STOP-DWI efforts across New York have led to significant reductions in the numbers of alcohol and drug related fatalities, still too many lives are being lost because of crashes caused by drunk or impaired drivers. It is significant to note that in 2013, 26 percent of the fatal pedestrian crashes on Halloween involved drunk drivers.

Stay safe this Halloween, don't drink and drive -- get a ride. Highly visible, highly publicized efforts like the STOP-DWI Crackdown Campaign aim to further reduce the incidence of drunk and impaired driving. Have a safe and happy Halloween Weekend!

October 21, 2015 - 2:43pm
posted by Billie Owens in Halloween, GCC, Star Wars, trick-or-treat.

Press release:

Ready to get a head start on your trick-or-treating this year? Can't wait to show off your costume? Join 90.7FM (WGCC) on Sunday, Oct. 25, at Genesee Community College for Batavia's best family Halloween event, the fourth annual Play, Eat and Trick-or-Treat! The fun begins at 10 a.m. and will run until 2 p.m. in the GCC Forum.

New this year, youngsters will have a chance to meet and have their photo taken with their favorite Star Wars characters! The event will also feature bounce houses, face painting, movies on the big screen, games, snacks and more! Pizza and beverages will be available for purchase. Admission is $3 per trick-or-treater and adults and infants are admitted FREE.

A number of big baskets will be raffled off throughout the day. Try your luck at a chance to win one of a number of big prizes featuring items such as an autographed Buffalo Sabres jersey, tickets to the Buffalo Bills vs. New York Jets game on Jan. 3, gift certificates and more!

Developed by 90.7FM (WGCC), Play, Eat and Trick-or-Treat serves as the station's largest fundraiser and money raised helps send students to the Intercollegiate Broadcasting Conference in New York City. It also supports the cost of new equipment and new programming opportunities.

"It's a really fun event and supports a great cause," Valerie Bello, 90.7FM faculty advisor, said. "Each year we look forward to reaching out to the community we serve. We can't wait for another fun and successful day of doing just that!" she said.

90.7FM is a not for profit, non-commercial radio station run by the students, faculty and staff of Genesee Community College. On the air since 1985, the station is celebrating its 30th Anniversary this year and has become a well-loved part of the Batavia and GCC alumni community.

Hi-Temp Fabrication is sponsoring this year's event, with other sponsors including Buffalo's Albright Knox Art Gallery, Burchfield Penney Art Center and Pearl Street Grill and Brewery.

November 22, 2014 - 7:23pm
posted by Billie Owens in ARC, south byron, Halloween, Adults with Disabilities.

Photo and write-up sent by Pat Iamon on Nov. 21:

On Oct. 16th at the South Byron Fire Hall, 85 plus attendees came together to celebrate Halloween at Genesee County’s Adults with Developmental Disabilities Dance. There were witches, pirates, policemen, clowns, cowboys and Hippies. All had to pass by our life-sized “Uncle Charlie” who at the slightest movement gladly removed his head as his eyes moved from side to side.

Attendees entered ghostly bat-ridden, spider-webbed South Byron Fire Hall on a mild October evening. Uncle Joe snapped photos as DJ Tom queued up some of the group’s favorite tunes. As usual, folks mingled on the dance floor in between enjoying some delicious Timbits from Tim Horton’s and apple cider. September and October birthdays were recognized prior to our customary circle dances, the Chicken Dance and the Hokey Pokey.

The next dance is the much-anticipated Christmas Dance. We are expecting a visit from Santa and he usually comes bearing gifts. The dance will be held on Thursday, Dec. 18, at the South Byron Fire Hall on Route 237 once again.

Special thanks to the South Byron Fire Department for extending us the use of the hall for these first two dances while the Byron Fire Hall is undergoing some renovations. The last dance of the season on May 14th will be the Patriotic Dance and it will be held at the Byron Fire Hall.

The dances are sponsored by Byron Ladies Auxiliary, and are open to all folks with developmental disabilities ages 13 and up living in Genesee County; family and caregivers are also welcome. Adequate supervision is required. Anyone wanting to volunteer or who needs more information may call Pat Iamon at 245-2918 or Laura Platt at 548-2245. If dances need to be cancelled due to weather, please listen to WBTA.

October 30, 2014 - 4:04pm
posted by Kimberly Perl in entertainment, elba, Halloween, St. Padre Pio.
Event Date and Time: 
October 31, 2014 -
7:00pm to 9:00pm

Friday, October 31st from 7pm-9pm; St. Padre Pio on Main Street (Rte 98) in Elba, immediately before the school on the left, is holding a Haunted Rectory. Oriented more toward older chldren and teens - be prepared to be scared! Trick or treats for little ones. Movies, popcorn and drinks while you wait to go through. Donations gratefully accepted of cash or canned goods, but not required. 

October 27, 2014 - 2:48pm
posted by Billie Owens in batavia, Halloween.

The City of Batavia will observe Halloween activities from 5 to 9 p.m. on Oct. 31st only. Police Chief Shawn Heubusch reminds trick-or-treaters to use caution when crossing any street; always use a clearly marked crosswalk; and look both ways before entering the crosswalk. Younger trick-or-treaters should always be accompanied by an adult. Be safe and have a Happy Halloween!

October 26, 2014 - 4:10pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, Halloween, halloween parade.

Several dozen children in costumes turned out in blustery weather for the 22nd Halloween Parade in Batavia this afternoon.

The event was sponsored by The Batavia Area Jaycees, Batavia's Original, Oliver's Candies, Batavia Youth Bureau and Vibrant Batavia.

October 24, 2014 - 3:05pm
posted by Billie Owens in batavia, events, Halloween.
Event Date and Time: 
October 26, 2014 -
12:45pm to 2:00pm

The 22nd Annual Halloween Parade will take place this Sunday, Oct. 26. Line will form starting at 12:45 p.m. on the west side of Genesee Country Mall/City Centre near Dan's Tires.

Small children MUST be accompanied by an adult. Wagons or sleds strongly recommended.

Parade begins at 1 o'clock. There is no rain date. Listen to WBTA for cancellations by 11:30 a.m.

The first 100 children 10 and under in costume only will receive a special free gift compliments of Oliver's Candies.

October 11, 2014 - 1:53pm
posted by Billie Owens in events, Halloween.
Event Date and Time: 
October 18, 2014 -
7:00pm to 8:25pm

From 7 to 8:30 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 18th, the Batavia Cemetery Association will host a candlelight guided ghost walk through the Historic Batavia Cemetery on Harvester Avenue in Batavia. The tours will feature the famous and infamous movers and shakers who shaped and influenced the City of Batavia.

The guided tour will bring guests to meet men and women of Batavia who, for various reasons, held great power and exerted great influence in their day, were victims of tragic events, or both.

November 1, 2013 - 12:16am
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, Halloween.

After a brief bit of rain, it turned out to be a beautiful evening for trick-or-treating in Batavia. Of course, the biggest crowds of ghouls and goblins and superheros and princesses could be found on Ellicott Avenue, but there are a couple of shots here from Trumbull Parkway, Otis Street and Osterhout.

To purchase prints of photos, click here.

October 31, 2013 - 4:39pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, Halloween, Oliver's Candies.

If you drove past Oliver's this afternoon, you might have spotted a couple of Umpa Lumpas dancing around out front. By the time I got there, there was only one Umpa Lumpa left on shfit, but several Oliver's employees dressed up for Halloween. Above are Carey Hewitt as a dark angel, Jessica Henry as a bunny, Anna Liles as an Umpa Lumpa and Debbie Palmer as Lucy from her memorable shift in a chocolate factory.

October 31, 2013 - 2:47pm
posted by Bonnie Marrocco in batavia, Halloween, trick-or-treat.

The houses on Ellicott Avenue are decorated, the sidewalks are wide and the atmosphere is fun and focused on trick-or-treaters. It’s more like a street party and it’s known for its decorations and generous candy distribution. However, the crowds can be overwhelming.

While everyone’s there, why not treat those little ghosts and goblins to other neighborhoods throughout the community where residents are doling out just as much candy and tons of it goes uncollected?

Batavia has plenty of places that offer families a Halloween treat in their hunt for the ever-elusive full-size candy bar. Here are a few streets to try:

  • North Side -- Hart, Douglas, Fairmont, Tracy
  • South Side -- Jackson, Osterhout, Otis, Williams
  • East Side -- East, Vine, Elm, Woodcrest
  • West Side -- Montclair, Kingsbury, Vernon, Union (I know someone on Montclair who is giving out full-size candy bars.).

There are many good places in the city to visit this Halloween and they’re all good bets. Just look around you! These neighborhoods are filled with lots of friendly families and you won’t be disappointed.

Did we miss your favorite place to trick-or-treat in Batavia? Share the information in the comments below.

Hours to go door-to-door in the city are 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. tonight. Happy Halloween!

October 29, 2013 - 5:34pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, Halloween.

Press release:

By making small adjustments to costume and decoration choices on Halloween, danger and risk to public safety is easily decreased.

“It is important for people to take basic precautions to make sure they have nothing other than a fun-filled Halloween,” says Greg Ireland, president of the Batavia Firefighters of IAFF Local 896.

According to the U.S. Fire Administration, the United States sees an overall increase in fires on Halloween caused by open flames, and the arson fire rate is 10 percent higher than on any other day with 15,500 fires and $92 million in property loss per year.

To ensure a safe and happy Halloween, the City of Batavia firefighters offer the following tips:

  • Use battery-operated lights, not candles, to decorate walkways. Always keep candles, matches and lighters in a place that children cannot reach. This will make it much safer for trick-or-treaters and decrease the chance of an open flame fire.
  • Keep children, costumes and decorations away from open flames and heat sources. Dried flowers, cornstalks and crepe paper are highly flammable.
  • Check lights for broken or cracked sockets, frayed or bare wires or loose connections. Make sure they are certified by a recognized organization like the Underwriters’ Laboratory, Canadian Standards Association (CSA) or the Underwriters’ Laboratory of Canada (ULC). Do not overload extension cords. Indoor and outdoor decorative lights can be fire hazards.
  • Choose costumes that are comfortable, easy to walk in and see.
  • Pick brightly colored costumes that can be clearly seen by motorists. Add reflective tape to the costume to increase visibility.
  • Please call 9-1-1 for the help of your local firefighters in the case of a fire or emergency.

The City of Batavia Firefighters from IAFF Local 896 wishes you a happy and safe Halloween.

September 20, 2013 - 1:54pm
posted by Leslie DeLooze in Halloween, craft classes, sewing classes, fall decorations.
Event Date and Time: 
October 23, 2013 -
6:00pm to 8:30pm

Richmond Memorial Library, 19 Ross St., Batavia presents "Owl Treat Bag," a class for adults taught by Jen Reardon on Wednesday, October 23 at 6:00 p.m.  Learn how to craft this felt bag that can be used for candy, decorations, and autumn decoration.  Registration is required and $5.00 is due at the time of registration.  More information is available at or by calling 585-343-9550 ext. 8.


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