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April 9, 2020 - 8:47pm
posted by Billie Owens in spiritual connections, April 9 2020.

"Spiritual Connections"-- The Batavian will post updates to connect people with their places of worship, religious services, fellowship opportunities, and/or spiritual advisors, etc.

If you have information to announce, please email:    [email protected]    OR    [email protected]


Ascension Roman Catholic Parish, on Sumner Street in Batavia, welcomes you to Holy Week services by accessing its Facebook page.

Email:   [email protected]​ / FAX (585) 343-0919 / Phone 585-343-1796

Holy Week Mass schedule:

  • Holy Thursday, April 9 -- live streaming Mass of the Lord's Supper at 7 p.m.
  • Good Friday, April 10 -- live streaming Passion of Our Lord service at 3 p.m.
  • Holy Saturday, April 11 -- live streaming Blessing of Easter Food at 11:30 a.m.
  • Easter Sunday, April 12 -- live streaming Masses at 10:30 a.m.

Batavia First Presbyterian Church, Services streaming on Facebook Live: "Love Heals" Maundy Thursday Worship, 7 p.m., April 9 / Prayer Stations Good Friday Worship, 7 p.m., April 10 / Easter Sunday Worship, 9 a.m., April 12.

Website / Email:   https://fpcbatavia.org/contact/  Phone (585) 343-0505​

Byron Presbyterian Church and North Bergen Presbyterian Church are currently gathering online for worship services. The Sunday service is at 9:45 a.m. via Zoom Conferencing with Pastors Jim Renfrew and Dave Fish. Worship bulletins are sent out earlier in the week by email or U.S. mail. Holy Week services: Maundy Thursday at 6:30 p.m., April 9 / Good Friday at 6:30 p.m. April 10 / Easter Sunday at 9:45 a.m., April 12. When we can't come to church, we must be the church! (585) 548-2800.

East Bethany Presbyterian Church would like to invite you to join us for our online Sunday Worship service each week at 10:30 a.m. The service will be streamed live on our Facebook page and will remain available for viewing anytime afterward. Also, every Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 4:30 p.m. Pastor Erin Jacobson is having a live story time for children via Facebook. Email: [email protected]

Emmanuel Baptist Church will hold a parking lot service 11 a.m. on Easter Sunday (April 12). Music by Debbie Prosser Music Ministry and Rev. Tom Tharp's message will be streamed live on our Facebook page. Also during Holy Week Rev. Tharp will post a daily meditation on the Last Words of Jesus on the church website and Facebook. Questions? Please email the pastor at [email protected]. "May God Bless You!"

First Baptist Church Elba, services online. Sermons are posted each Saturday for the regular Sunday service time. We encourage you to check out our recent sermons. The church is closed during normal services times between 9:30 a.m. - 12 p.m. Sundays. The office is not open, but the phone is answered from 9 a.m - 4 p.m. Monday-Friday. Please call if you need assistance and live in the town limits of Elba. Pastor is Michael Davis. Email:   [email protected] / Phone (585) 757-2722

Oakfield-Alabama Baptist Church in South Alabama, posts daily "Encouragement from God's Word" devotional video and Sunday services on YouTube and Facebook. If you live in the Oakfield community and need assistance, please email: [email protected] or call the church office at (585) 948-9401.

Resurrection Parish (St. Mary's and St. Joseph churches in Batavia), services via live streaming on Facebook , or view on YouTube, by searching for Resurrection RC Parish on both sites.

Holy Week Schedule:​

  • Holy Thursday, April 9th, 7 p.m. -- Live streaming Eucharistic Adoration from St. Mary's Church;
  • Good Friday, April 10th, 3 p.m. -- Stations of the Cross from St. Mary's Church;
  • Good Friday, April 10th, 5:30 p.m. -- Solemn Liturgy of the Lord's Passion and Death live streaming from Immaculate Conception Cathedral in Albany with Bishop Scharfenberger;
  • Holy Saturday, April 11th, 1 p.m. -- Live streaming from St. Mary's Church Blessing of the Easter Baskets. Have Easter baskets at home during the blessing and you will receive the blessing of the baskets virtually.
  • Holy Saturday, April 11th, 5:30 p.m. -- Liturgy of the Hours (evening prayer) -- with Deacon Henry from St. Mary's Church;
  • Holy Saturday, April 11th, 8 p.m. -- Solemn Vigil of Easter live streaming from Immaculate Conception Catherdral in Albany with Bishop Scharfenberger;
  • Easter Sunday, April 12th, 11 a.m. -- Live streaming from Immaculate Conception Cathedral in Albany with Fr. David R. LeFort.

St. Paul Lutheran Church, Batavia, is now set up to do "live" worship services through Zoom sessions. If interested, visit our website for the Meeting ID and Password, and join us for: Maundy Thursday, 7 p.m. April 9 / 7 p.m. Good Friday, April 10 / Easter Sunday Service at 10 a.m., April 12. Email: [email protected], FAX (585) 344-0470, Phone (585) 344-0470

Trinity United Methodist Church in Attica and Darien United Methodist Church will have a joint service on Zoom for: Stations of the Cross at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, April 10; Easter Sunrise Service at 6:30 a.m. and Easter Celebration Service at 10: 30 a.m., April 12. For an invitation to join us, please email [email protected] or [email protected] before that time. Prayer requests may be left on Trinity's voicemail at (585) 591-1549 or to Pastor Pam at (716) 560-0290.

April 9, 2020 - 8:31pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in crime, batavia, news.


Press release:

On April 8 at approximately 8:54 p.m., the Batavia Police Department responded to the area of 15 Highland Park for a vehicle that backed into a house.

Upon arrival, officers located the vehicle and a subject, which had been struck by it near the area as reported. The person was transported to Strong where they were treated and later released.

The incident is being investigated as a criminal matter and Detectives been following up on several leads. There is no threat to the general public at this time. No further information can be released at this time due to the ongoing investigation.

Anyone with information in reference to the case may contact Detective Sergeant Matt Lutey at 585-345-6311 or the Batavia Police Department at (585) 345-6350, the confidential tip line at (585) 345-6370.

April 9, 2020 - 7:32pm

Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has announced that four detainees in the Buffalo Federal Detention Facility in Batavia have tested positive for the novel coronavirus.

A spokesman for ICE said the COVID-19 positive inmates are 

  • A 62-year-old Pakistani national,
  • a 29-year-old Somali national,
  • a 37-year-old Honduran national, and
  • a 31-year-old Honduran national

We asked about contact tracing and whether any contacts, including, potentially staff, were placed on mandatory isolation, the spokesman responded, "Consistent with CDC guidelines, those who have come in contact with these individuals have been cohorted and are being monitored for symptoms."

A total of 48 ICE detainees nationally have tested positive, and 15 ICE employees working at detention centers have tested positive, but so far there are no reports of an employee of ICE in Batavia testing positive.

Any people testing positive for COVID-19 at federal facilities in Batavia are not part of the positive-case count provided by county health officials.  The Genesee County Health Department is not notified of positive cases either the detention facility or the VA Medical Center. 

However, Paul Pettit, director of public health, said today that if asked for assistance with contact tracing to check for community spread, that assistance would be provided.

Earlier this week, Justice for Migrant Families WNY, an advocacy group, released what it said is a statement authorized by several detainees in Batavia.  The statement indicated that detainees are concerned about the possibility of coronavirus in the facility because of numerous interactions with staff and the inability to properly social distance.

April 9, 2020 - 5:14pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in NY-27, Nate McMurray, news.

Press release:

Today, NY-27 congressional candidate Nate McMurray voiced his support of Governor Cuomo’s recent announcement to allow all New Yorkers to vote absentee in the Special Election that will be held on June 23rd.

 In addition to expanded absentee balloting, McMurray is advocating for legislation that enables the Board of Elections to send all eligible voters a ballot by mail. The ballots could be mailed-in or deposited, as applicable, at drop-off locations, voter service and/or polling centers. 

 “New Yorkers should not have to face the same tough situation that the people of Wisconsin just experienced, we will not make room for voter suppression," McMurray said. "We must do better. We must go further to protect our communities and people and allow any and all voters to mail-in a ballot.

"Let’s prioritize the health of our community and be proactive -- we need to send every registered voter a ballot in the mail. In our democratic society, no person should have to make a choice between their health and their right to vote.”

April 9, 2020 - 4:37pm
posted by Billie Owens in GC Parks, covid-19, news, hours of operation.

Press release:

All Genesee County Parks, which entail the Genesee County Park & Forest and DeWitt Recreation Area, are open for recreational use from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day until May 3.

The following restrictions are in place for the Genesee County Park & Forest and DeWitt Recreation Area due to the COVID-19 Pandemic:

  1. The Interpretive Nature Center at the Genesee County Park & Forest will be closed until April 29th and reopening will be re-evaluated at that time.

  2. There will be no public programming at the Genesee County Park & Forest or at DeWitt Recreation Area until further notice.

  3. All existing picnic shelter reservations are cancelled until April 29th and will be re-evaluated at that time. Refunds may be provided or reservations may be rescheduled.

  4. There will be no special events or other group functions allowed at the Genesee County Park & Forest or DeWitt Recreation Area until April 29th and will be re-evaluated at that time.

  5. As shelter reservations occur face-to-face in the main office, Genesee County Parks will not be accepting any new picnic shelter reservations until April 29th.

  6. The park gates (winter) will remain closed to vehicles until May 4th in accordance with the normal annual park schedule. Parking is available at Areas A, B and Horse Trailer (rear gate) parking for the Genesee County Park & Forest and at the South entrance for DeWitt Recreation Area.

  7. Normal park hours of operation are still in effect (9 a.m. - 5 p.m.) Winter Hours until May 3rd.

  8. Playgrounds at the parks are closed until further notice.

Please practice social distancing of at least 6 feet and adhere to the gathering rules put in place by the NYS Governor and the NYS PAUSE ACT. Individuals should limit outdoor recreational activities to non-contact and avoid activities where they come in close contact with other people.

Following these rules will keep the entire community safe and healthy as the parks are enjoyed by everyone.

Conservation Education Programs Coordinator Shannon Lyaski is providing teachers, scout leaders, youth leaders and other program coordinators with support for science and nature-related lessons and activities this spring.

Visit the Genesee County Parks website to contact her. Check the County Parks Facebook page at Genesee County Parks, Recreation & Forestry for park updates and fun resources and activities to do at home.

Please contact Paul Osborn, Deputy Highway Superintendent of Facilities, Parks, Recreation & Forestry:   [email protected] or call (585) 344-8508.

For more information visit our website.

April 9, 2020 - 4:15pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in covid-19, coronavirus, news, notify.

New Cases

  • As of 2 p.m. today:
    • Genesee County received nine new positive case of COVID-19 for a total of 63 positive cases
      • Eight of the individuals reside in the central part of the County and one individual resides in the eastern part of the county.
      • One individual is in their 20s, five individuals are in their 30s, one individual is in the 40s, one individual is in their 50s, and one individual is in their 60s.
      • Three of the new positive cases were under precautionary or mandatory quarantine when they became symptomatic.
  • Orleans County: 3 new positive cases of COVID-19 for a total of 24
    • 2 of the individuals reside in the central part of the County and one individual resides in the western part of the County.
    • One individual is in their 50’s, one individual is in their 30’s, and one individual is in their 90’s.
    • One of the Orleans positive cases were connected to a confirmed positive case and is in mandatory isolation.
  • Contact tracing has been initiated for all new cases. Known contacts have already been placed under mandatory quarantine and will be swabbed if indicated (if symptoms become present).
  • If a person is identified as a contact, they will be notified by the County Health Department, quarantined and if warranted, swabbed if indicated. Limited information is provided to the public in compliance with HIPAA regulations and out of the respect of those impacted by this virus.
  • When, and if, there is a situation where potential contact is made in a public location where contact tracing doesn’t have actual names we will send out a media announcement to help seek contacts.



Click here to view the Genesee and Orleans County online map of confirmed cases


Passover / Holy Week / Easter Holiday

  • We understand this is generally a time of family gatherings, however the NYS on PAUSE guidance is still in effect and all gatherings of individuals of any size for any reasons are canceled or postponed until at least April 22. (Executive Order 202.10) Remember that any nonessential gatherings of individuals of any size for any reason (e.g. parties, celebrations or other social events) are also canceled or postponed at this time. Many houses of worship have been live streaming their services which allows them to share their message and touch base with their congregations. As challenging as this is to do, especially over the holidays, it is vital everyone stay home. Consider celebrating with a phone call, or a social app so you can see one another and remember the life you may be saving by staying home could be one of your loved ones. This is temporary.
  • Because COVID-19 is circulating locally, we can’t stress enough how important social distancing is and that EVERYONE needs to take this seriously and stay home! It is your social and civic responsibility to protect yourselves and others.

The Use of Cloth Face Coverings

  • The CDC recommends wearing cloth face coverings in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain (e.g., grocery stores and pharmacies). The cloth face cover is meant to protect other people in case you are infected. Recent studies have suggested that COVID-19 may be spread by people who are not showing symptoms. Continue to keep about 6 feet between yourself and others. The cloth face cover is not a substitute for social distancing or proper handwashing.
  • The cloth face cover should:
    • fit snugly but comfortably against the side of the face
    • be secured with ties or ear loops
    • include multiple layers of fabric
    • allow for breathing without restriction
    • be able to be laundered and machine dried without damage or change to shape
  • The cloth face coverings recommended are not surgical masks or N-95 respirators. Those are critical supplies that must continue to be reserved for healthcare workers and other medical first responders, as recommended by current CDC guidance.
  • Cloth face coverings should not be placed on young children under age 2, anyone who has trouble breathing, is unconscious, or otherwise unable to remove the mask without assistance.

Mental Health

  • Everyone reacts differently to stressful situations and having to socially distance yourself from someone you love can be difficult. Below are resources that can help you connect to a professional that can help you through these challenging times:
    • Care + Crisis Helpline is available 24/7 at 585-283-5200 or text "Talk" to 741741
    • New Yorkers can call the COVID-19 Emotional Support Hotline at 1-844-863-9314 for mental health counseling
    • Head Space: A mindfulness app called Headspace is offering some meditations to listen to for free to ease minds in such a stressful time.The app is free to download and includes meditations, sleep, and movement exercises to help with the varying emotions you may be feeling. The app does include in-app purchases. https://www.headspace.com/covid-19
April 9, 2020 - 2:56pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in business, locally owned essential services, covid-19.

The state has mandated all but essential services close down during the current state of emergency to help slow the spread of COVID-19. Click here for a list of what the state has defined as essential services.

We will include any locally owned business whether a sponsor or not at no charge. If your business is not included, please email:   [email protected]

Periodically, we'll move this post back to the top of the home page with updates.

This listing is FREE to all locally owned businesses in Genesee County.

Auto Service

Batavia Automotive, 50 Liberty St., Batavia. (585) 344-7171

Batavia Starter, 282 W. Main Street Road, Batavia. (585) 343-3805

Castilone Chrysler Dodge Jeep (service only, no sales), 306 W. Main St., Batavia. (585) 343-1780

Chesley's Auto and Tire Service, 562 E. Main St., Batavia. (585) 343-8691

Crazy Cheap Cars (service only, no sales), 8 Main St., Oakfield. (585) 948-8000

Dan's Tire & Auto Service Center, 48 Batavia City Centre, (585) 343-7210

Dickinson's Auto, 4028 W. Main Street Road, Batavia. (585) 343-9800

Empire Tractor, 5072 East Main Street, Batavia. (585) 343-1822

Falleti Motors (service only, no sales), 504 Ellicott St., Batavia. (585) 343-2247

Freightliner & Western Star of Batavia, heavy-duty trucking service & parts, deliveries. 8190 State Street Road, Batavia. (585) 524-2100

Genesee Auto Body, 659 Ellicott St., Batavia, (585) 345-0432

John's Service Station, 187 Pearl St., Batavia. (585) 343-0535

Johnson Automotive, 4003 W. Main St., Batavia. (585) 343-6891

Ken Barrett Chevrolet (service only, no sales), 229 W. Main St., Batavia. (585) 300-4966

L&L Transmission, 8781 Alexander Road, Batavia. (585) 343-1735

Parmenter Tire & Auto, 4531 W. Saile Drive, Batavia. (585) 343-0544

Pellegrino Auto Sales (service only, no sales), 4060 Pearl St., Batavia. (585) 344-2658

Select Collision, 5273 Clinton Street Road, Batavia. (585) 344-4945

Sheelar Automotive Repair, 149 Pearl St., Batavia, is open for business. (585) 344-2484

Sloat Tire Shop, 5257 Clinton Street Road, Batavia. (585) 343-7730

Stan's Harley-Davidson, 4425 W. Saile Drive, Batavia. Service open only. (585) 343-9598

Stella Collision, 8375 E. Main St., Le Roy. (585) 768-7370

Thompson Motors (service only, no sales), 11263 Route 98, Attica. (585) 591-4310

Toyota of Batavia (service only, no sales), 3899 W. Main Street Road, Batavia. (585) 344-4141

Zirbels Automotive, 149 Hutchins St., Batavia. (585) 343-6101

Medical & Dental

Batavia Foot Care Center, 3922 W. Main Street Road, Batavia. (585) 344-1677

Batavia Chiropractic Health Center -- Dr. Michael DeAngelo, 154 Pearl St., Batavia. (585) 343-4862

Dr. Michael A. Kubiniec, 180 Washington Ave., Batavia. (585) 343-5865. Emergencies only.

GCASA -- Genesee/Orleans Council on Alcoholism and Substance Abuse, (585) 343-1124

Genesee Dental, 37 Batavia City Centre, Batavia. Closed except for emergencies. (585) 343-1113

Licata Chiropractic and Wellness Center, New Address! 542 E. Main St., Batavia. (585) 343-5311

Mazurkiewicz Family Chiropractic, PC, 184 Washington Ave., Batavia. (585) 343-9316

Oatka Family Medicine, 5762 East Main St., Batavia. (585) 201-7055

Patronus Counseling -- Jennifer Geib, LCSW-R. Video/phone mental health sessions Monday-Friday evenings. (585) 483-0544

Pediatric Associates of Batavia (Dr. Idrees and Dr. Shahid), 43 Batavia City Centre, Suite A. (585) 343-7117

Pembroke Family Medicine, offices open in Alexander, Corfu and Batavia. Website. (585) 599-6446.

Rochester Regional Health Urgent Care, 16 Bank St., Batavia. (585) 815-6715

Rochester Regional Health Lab, 106 Main St., Suite 47B, Batavia. (585) 247-3500

Sleep Insights, of Batavia, for suspected sleep apnea, sleep disorders: telemedicine, in-home testing, CPAP supply delivery. Online. (585) 219-4330

UMMC/Rochester Regional Health, 127 North St., Batavia. (585) 343-6030

Village Physical Therapy, Batavia and Le Roy locations for PT; Le Roy gym is closed; telehealth encouraged. (585) 343-9496, (585) 768-4550

Elder Care

Johnson's Elderly Care, (585) 548-3206

St. Ann's Community, (585) 768-2740

Funeral Homes

Bohm-Calarco-Smith Funeral Home, (585) 343-5679

Burdett & Sanford Funeral Home, (585) 948-5325

Cameron, Brady & Steuber Funeral Home, (585) 768-6800

C.B. Beach & Son Mortuary, (585) 599-4520

Gilmartin Funeral Home, (585) 343-8260

Falcone Family Funeral, (585) 768-2400

H.E. Turner & Co, (585) 343-8868

J. Leonard McAndrew Funeral Home, (585) 343-6158

Tomaszewski Funeral & Cremation Chapel, (585) 343-7500

Garbage Collection & Recycling

Arc Collection Services -- Curbside and Dumpster. (585) 343-4203

Arc Transfer Station & Redemption Center, 3785 W. Main Street Road, Batavia. Monday/Wednesday/Saturday -- 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Customers remain in cars. (585) 343-4203.

Haul-4-Less, (585) 813-7007

Mickel’s Nickels Redemption, 80 Lake St., Le Roy. (585) 768-9610

Electric, Plumbing, Construction, Home Repair & Maintenance

Batavia Garage Door, (585) 344-4405

Bill Fox & Son Construction, (585) 356-4992

Ben's Appliance & Kitchens, (585) 343-7033

Cassidy’s Locksmithing, (585) 755-1237

Cedar Street Sales & Rental, 111 Cedar St., Batavia. Open for rentals / repairs. Retail online only. (585) 343-4899

Country Line Electric, Batavia, electric equipment, supplies. (585) 343-3448

Deep Blue Pool & Spa, (585) 343-7665

Diegelman's Plumbing, 4995 Ellicott Street Road, Batavia. (585) 356-3438

Empire Tractor, 5072 E. Main St., Batavia. Repair shop open. Curbside pickup or delivery of parts. Equipment shown upon request. New equipment delivery. (585) 343-1822

Erie East Windows and Doors, (585) 757-2768

Fava Brothers Lawn Care, (585) 260-8391

Genesee Country Residential Services. Home repairs, construction services. Weekdays 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. (585) 345-0076.

Genesee Lumber Co., Batavia, Call ahead for pick up. Job site deliveries. Monday through Friday 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. / Saturdays 8 a.m. -1 p.m. See updates here. (585) 343-0777

Falcone Electric, (585) 343-2018

Henry H. Cook, (585) 345-0915

Holland High Lift, 10033 East Road, East Bethany, (585) 343-9961

Kevin Bezon Enterprises, (585) 746-0246

Kreative Design Kitchen & Bath (Showroom open for construction projects only). (585) 345-0012

Genesee Plumbing, (585) 343-3805

Humphrey's Electric & Security, (585) 721-3088

Toal's Plumbing, Heating & Cooling, commercial and residential, (585) 344-3839

McCabe Enterprises Electrical Contractor, (585) 762-9347

Napoleone Plumbing and Carpentry, (585) 409-9961

Northside Saw & Tool, 641 E. Main St., Batavia, (585) 219-4735

Precision Lawn Care, (585) 993-5296

Pro Seal & Paving, (585) 356-8689

R.A. Haitz Company, (585) 343-2400

Rickety Rich Home Repair / Construction, (585) 813-7071

RJN Electrical Services, (585) 343-6700

Sallome Heating & Cooling, (585) 343-8236

Terance Cranston Construction, (585) 305-4254

Tri County Glass, (585) 343-0277

Turnbull Heating & Air Conditioning, (585) 209-0305

Valu Home Center, 4152 W. Main St.. Batavia. Curbside pick up available. (585) 344-1300

Viele Construction, (585) 343-2356

Waters Plumbing Heating and Electrical, (585) 762-8687

WTS Plumbing, (585) 993-1697

Yasses Construction, (585) 548-5014


Batavia Computer Center, 563 E. Main St., Batavia, Open Monday - Saturday 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. (585) 343-2070

Marchese Computers, open by appointment. (585) 343-2713

Millennium Computers, (585) 343-3310

Finance & Insurance

RB Adams Agency/ The Northwoods Corporation, 539 E. Main St., Batavia, (585) 343-0046

Allstate Insurance Agency, H. Michael Roth, 106 W. Main St., Batavia. FAX (585) 344-3542. Phone (585) 344-3514

Jackson Hewitt Tax Service, 419 W. Main St., Batavia. (716) 864-0715

Insurance Center, (585) 343-2282

Marathon Insurance, 585-343-8609

Mark Lewis - State Farm Insurance, (585) 343-4959

Mathis Agency with Nationwide Insurance, (585) 768-4810

Stephen M. Hawley & Associates -- The Insurance Center, 50 Main St., Batavia. Office closed, reduced staff; can take payments in envelope if can't pay online. M-F, 9 to 5. (585) 343-2282

Tonawanda Valley Federal Credit Union, 10 Jefferson Square, Batavia. (585) 343-5627

Tompkins Bank of Castle (various locations). (585) 344-2898

Tompkins Insurance Agencies, 1-888-261-2688

Le Roy Federal Credit Union, 7093 W. Main Road, Le Roy. (585) 768-7207

Pets & Livestock

Attica Veterinary Associates, P.C. Lab, located in Genesee County, serving WNY, large animal practice. FAX (585) 591-2898 / Phone (585) 591-2660.

Genesee Feeds, 3860 W. Main Street Road, Batavia. (585) 344-3231

Genesee Valley Farm & Pet Cremation, 3520 S. Main Street Road, Batavia. (585) 343-5878

Perry Veterinary Clinic, 3699 W. Main Street Road, Batavia. Pet clinic hours are 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday; 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday. Call for appointment; then call clinic from parking lot once you arrive. (585) 343-4046

State Street Animal Hospital, 7950 State Street Road, Batavia. (585) 344-4974.

Additional Businesses

Golden Coin Laundry and Dry Cleaners, 582 E. Main St., Alterations/specialized cleaning/mat rentals. Visit online. (585)  344-0040

49 Express Pit Stop, 409 Bloomingdale Road, Tonawanda Seneca Nation, Basom, (716) 542-1073

Food & Beverage

(Click here for our list of locally owned restaurants and food-related businesses with service.)

April 9, 2020 - 2:55pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in covid-19, coronavirus, news, video, live stream, emergency management.
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Interview with Tim Yaeger, Emergency Management coordinator.

April 9, 2020 - 1:59pm

Press release:

Pembroke Central School District has been honored with the Best Communities for Music Education designation from The NAMM Foundation for its outstanding commitment to music education.

Now in its 21st year, the Best Communities for Music Education designation is awarded to districts that demonstrate outstanding achievement in efforts to provide music access and education to all students.

To qualify for the designation, Pembroke CSD answered detailed questions about funding, graduation requirements, music class participation, instruction time, facilities, support for the music programs, Responses were verified with school officials and reviewed by The Music Research Institute at the University of Kansas.

This award recognizes that Pembroke CSD is leading the way with learning opportunities as outlined in the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). The legislation guides implementation in the states and replaces the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) which was often criticized for an overemphasis on testing-while leaving behind subjects such as music.

ESSA recommends music and the arts as important elements of a well-rounded education for all children.  

Research into music education continues to demonstrate educational/cognitive and social skill benefits for children who make music.

After two years of music education, research found that participants showed more substantial improvements in how the brain processes speech and reading scores that their less-involved peers and that students who are involved in music are not only more likely to graduate high school, but also to attend college as well.

Everyday listening skills are stronger in musically trained children that in those without music training. Significantly, listening skills are closely tied to the ability to: perceive speech in a noisy background, pay attention, and keep sounds in memory.

Later in life, individuals who took music lessons as children show stronger neural processing of sound; young adults and even older adults who have not played an instrument for up to 50 years show enhanced neural processing compared to their peers. Not to mention, social benefits include conflict resolution, teamwork skills, and how to give and receive constructive criticism.

A 2015 study supported by The NAMM Foundation, “Striking A Chord,” also outlines the overwhelming desire by teachers and parents for music education opportunities for all children as part of the school curriculum.

About The NAMM Foundation

The NAMM Foundation is a nonprofit supported in part by the National Association of Music Merchants and its approximately 10,400 members around the world. The foundation advances active participation in music making across the lifespan by supporting scientific research, philanthropic giving, and public service programs. For more information about the NAMM Foundation, click here.

April 9, 2020 - 12:56pm
posted by Billie Owens in Le Roy, music education, news, NAMM Foundation.

Press release:

The philanthropic arm of the trade group known as the National Association of Music Merchants -- the NAMM Foundation -- has designated Le Roy Central School District as one of the 2020 Best Communities for Music Education in the nation.

This designation is awarded to districts that demonstrate outstanding achievement in efforts to provide music access and education to all students.

Le Roy is one of 754 districts across the county receiving the prestigious award in 2020. Congratulations to the Le Roy music teachers, administrators, students, parents, and community leaders on this distinguished designation!

Le Roy has received this designation 14 out of the last 15 years and continues to thrive in providing music education through many opportunities throughout the district.

In the Le Roy Central School District, the music education program supports 325 students in chorus and 220 students in band, and offers vocal and instrumental performance ensembles for students in grades 4-12 as well as a competitive marching band.

Annually, the program produces a sixth-grade musical and a jr.-sr. high musical. In the classroom, general music and a variety of sr. high electives are also offered each year.

Merritt Holly -- Le Roy superintendent: "On behalf of the Board of Education and the entire Le Roy Central School District, we are extremely proud to be recognized again as a 2020 Best Communities for Music Education. This prestigious honor signifies the continued dedication and passion our teachers and students have each day to excel in music education. Congratulations to our administrators, teachers, students, parents, and community for setting high expectations in order to achieve this tremendous accomplishment!"

Carol Messura -- Wolcott Street School principal: "Wolcott Street School is beaming with pride at receiving the "Best Community for Music Education" designation for the 14th year! Our music department continues to raise the bar of excellence for our students! Each and every staff member in the department plays an integral role in providing quality, sound instruction to meet the needs of all their students. Congratulations on another year of excellence!"

Tim McArdle -- Jr.-Sr. High School principal: "We are so proud of our music students and staff who year in and year out produce high-level performances on our stages, in the pit, in competition, and on the field across many places throughout the region. Our program is so successful because of the dedicated teachers, families, and community who continue to offer so many opportunities for our students. A special thank you to our students for their commitment and willingness to perform at such a high level. Their dedication to and work ethic on their craft is inspiring, way to go, Knights!"

Matt Nordhausen -- Le Roy Music Department chair: "We are truly humbled to receive this wonderful designation for a 14th year, which casts a national spotlight on the incredible contributions made by the parents, teachers, school administrators, board of education, and members of this community to provide unparalleled music educational opportunities and experiences for the growth and benefit of our students. It is especially uplifting to earn this distinction during these troubling and uncertain times. Thank you NAMM Foundation for this recognition and thank you Le Roy community for your continued support!"

For more information about NAMM Foundation and its support of programs, research and activities that promote music making across the lifespan, click here.

April 9, 2020 - 12:46pm
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April 9, 2020 - 12:28pm
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A male suspect was just taken into custody on the Southside of the city following a brief foot pursuit by Batavia police. We did not hear what prompted the manhunt, which was in the area of Wood Street, Cherry Street, and Pringle Avenue.

UPDATE 5:11 p.m.: Per Det. Eric Hill, Batavia PD, this was juvenile matter and no further information will be released.

April 9, 2020 - 11:57am

Press release:

April 9

Dear Fellow Resident,

Each day is changed from our normal routines. Most of us feel frustrated, a bit scared and a loss of control. However, we can control our reaction to COVID-19. Every Genesee County resident can take action to provide defense to the spread of COVID-19.

We are the first line of defense to Stop The Spread.

Please adhere to these Civic Responsibility Guidelines:

  • If you are sick – Stay Home. Call your primary doctor and follow their advice. Do not show up at the hospital unannounced. Healthcare staff is already working hard on those who are sick. Don’t add needless stress to our healthcare system. Think of others first.
  • Follow guidance from authorities – if you are told to stay 6 feet apart – Stay Apart.
  • If you need essentials – Shop Solo! Don’t take your family on a shopping trip. You put others at risk, especially those working to ensure you have your essential items. Think of them first.
  • Use mail-order for prescriptions. Drug stores are offering many options to enable you to receive medications. Call and ask so you can Stay Safer At Home.
  • Consider a grocery delivery service. They can deliver to your door. Be sure to wipe down items before bringing into your home. Recipe for solution: 1 gallon of water to 5-6 tablespoons of Clorox/bleach.
  • Face Covering is recommended when you go out in public. Stay 6 Feet Apart even with your face covered. Online tutorials on face coverings are available.
  • All gatherings including holiday celebrations, such as Easter and Passover are cancelled by Executive order of NYS Governor. Stay Apart so we can be together again.
  • Children crave routine, stay in sync with daily bedtimes, meals schedules, dressing for the day and routines. It leads to calm for young children.
  • Stay in touch virtually- with family and friends. Take 5 minutes each day to talk with a family member or friend to check in with their needs. Offer to assist if you are able. Do not engage in group activity.

The Care & Crisis Hotline is available if you need to talk to someone – call (585) 283-5200 or Text 741741. We are here to listen.  

Remember that we all want to be in control and these actions will give sense of control against COVID-19.

I ask you, along with my fellow elected community leaders, do this for others who must work in these difficult times. Those who provide you with food, medicine, healthcare; they want to go home, too.

Let’s all do our part now and for the next few weeks to stay apart so we can all be together again.

Together we are Genesee Strong,

Rochelle M. Stein, Chair, Genesee County Legislature

Town and Village of LeRoy

On behalf of the Genesee County Legislature

  • Marianne Clattenburg, Vice Chair, City of Batavia, Wards 2 & 3
  • Andrew Young, 2nd Vice Chair, Towns of Batavia & Stafford
  • John Hilchey, Towns of Alabama & Oakfield
  • Christian Yunker, Towns of Elba, Bergen, Byron
April 9, 2020 - 10:54am

This is a FREE listing of locally owned restaurants and food-related businesses. (No need to be a current sponsor of The Batavian.) To be added, email:

[email protected]    or   [email protected]

(We'll put this back to the top of the home page each time it's updated.)


Alabama Hotel, Takeout, Wednesday through Saturday. (585) 948-9994

Alex's Place, Takeout and delivery, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., daily. Menu. (585) 344-2999

Angotti's Beverage, Curbside takeout available.10 a.m. - 7 p.m. Monday - Saturday; 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. (585) 343-7335

Batavia's Original, Monday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., Sunday, 4 to 10 p.m., free delivery within city limits, curbside pick up, takeout. Menu. Call: (585) 343-3303

Blondies Sip-N-Dip, Ice cream and frozen yogurt, 670 E. Main Street Road, Batavia. Open for the season. For now, serving customers at the walk-up window.

Bourbon & Burger Co., Delivery Monday-Saturday from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. (last orders are taken at 7 p.m.). Menu. Delivery within City and Town of Batavia. (585) 219-4242

Buttercrumbs Bakery, Corfu, Takeout, Monday through Friday 6 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Saturday 6 a.m. to 2 p.m., Sunday 7 a.m. to noon. Call (585) 599-4550

Byron Hotel and Trail House, Takeout available from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Closed Sundays. Most menu items available for takeout. Menu. Please call ahead so we can stagger orders for pick up. Fish Fry on Fridays. (585) 548-9992

Capish! Brick Oven Pizza Ristorante, 49 Main St., Le Roy, is open for takeout, curbside pick up or FREE delivery from noon to 8 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, and 4 to 8 p.m. on Saturday. Closed Sundays. Here are the lunch and dinner menus. (585) 768-1000

Caryville Inn, Oakfield, Takeout/curbside Wednesday-Saturday 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Delivery also available Wednesday-Saturday only from 4 to 9 p.m., (585) 948-9780

Center Street Smoke House, Curbside pick up starting at 4 p.m. every day. Menu Page 1. Menu Page 2. Pickup is at the westside door, drive-thru Jackson Square. (585) 343-7470

Chap's Elba Diner, Delivery to Elba, Batavia, Barre, Albion ("If elderly customers need anything we will be there for them."), Monday through Saturday 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Sunday from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Menu. (585) 757-5001 or (585) 797-7505

Cinquino's Pizza, Takeout and curbside pick up within Batavia city limits. Menu. (585) 343-2447

Commit to Well (from the proprietor of Eat Well Grill), healthy meal prep service. Meals are $8 each, plus tax. New menu posted every week. For more information call Eat Well Grill at (585) 446-3033.

Cookies2Remember, Food-licensed retail bakery inside Oliver's Candies. Order online, "ship on Mondays" schedule. Photo cookie gifts, with or without engraved keepsake tins; hand-decorated Easter cookies! Website. Email proprietor Trisha Fietz at [email protected]

D & R Depot Restaurant, Le Roy, Open 11 a.m. -1 p.m., & 4 to 7 p.m. Free delivery in Le Roy, $1/mile for other locations. (No minimum). "Track-side" pickup. Full menu available! Order via website or mobile app, or call (585) 768-6270.

Dave's Ice Cream, Drive-thru and window service open from 2 - 8 p.m. Visit online for flavor updates.

Deb's Bakery, Inside Harrington's Produce, 5282 Clinton Street Road (Route 33), Batavia. Specialty baked goods, "Cookie Bouquets," gluten-free options, cheesecakes, pies, muffins and more. Scroll down here to see bakery menu. Phone bakery directly for orders (585) 297-8595.

Dibble Family Center, Dinner service pick up and delivery, daily from 4 to 7 p.m. New menus posted daily. For more information, click here. (585) 409-0011

Eat Well Grill, Takeout is available in addition to delivery via Door Dash, Monday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Menu. (585) 446-3033

Eden Vegan Cafe & Bakeshop, Pre-order meals via the website carrotdogcafe.com. Menu. 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Also, get two bags of random, fresh produce for $20 (about $30 retail value). Order by 5 p.m. Wednesdays for pick up Fridays 5:30 to 6:30. (585) 815-4487

Eli Fish Brewing Co., Takeout and delivery, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., daily. Menu. (585) 343-0008

Fishtales Hideaway, Open for takeout only. 11 a.m. - 8 p.m. Tuesday - Saturday. Menu.

Fullerino's Pizzeria, 6321 Townline Road (Route 262), Byron, Takeout and delivery Sunday thru Saturday. (585) 548-2727

Harrington's Produce and Market Cafe (for Deb's Bakery see above), 5282 Clinton Street Road, Batavia. Cafe open for takeout daily 10 a.m.- 6 p.m. Stocked produce store. Grocery items. Fresh breads Wednesday, Thursday & Fridays. Call for grocery pick up. (585) 343-0805.

Islands Hawaiian Grill, Free delivery, Tuesday through Sunday, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Menu. Also staggered delivery countywide by area -- must order BY 2 p.m. & arrives between 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Family meal deals available. (585) 483-3113

Jerry Arena's Pizzeria, Takeout and delivery, 3 to 11 p.m. daily, lunch Friday through Sunday. Cash or ATM only. (585) 344-4424

Los Compadres Mexican Taqueria, 40 Oak St., Batavia. Operating daily 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. for pickup. Delivery hours 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., free delivery offered within a 10-mile radius. Menu pages -- here and here. Order via Door Dash, (585) 250-4067.

Mama Chavez's Taqueria, Le Roy, Takeout orders only. Tues - Sat. 11 a.m. - 7 p.m. Daily specials. Call in your order for pick up (585) 502-5093.

Mr. Wine & Liquor, Free delivery for orders of $15 or more: noon to 7 p.m. Monday to Saturday, and noon to 6 p.m. Sunday. Curbside pick up hours: Monday to Saturday 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. / Sunday noon to 6 p.m. (585) 219 4050

My Saloon, 1928 Broadway, Darien Center, is open for takeout or curbside service (request when placing the order). Sunday & Monday 2 to 8 p.m., Tuesday to Friday 10:30 a.m. to 9 p.m., Saturday 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. (subject to change). Menu. (585) 547-9911

Northside Deli, Takeout, Monday thru Saturday 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., Sunday 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Menu. (585) 343-2888

North Pembroke Hotel, Serving full menu Tuesday-Sunday for takeouts from 12 to 8 p.m. (585) 762-9917

O'Lacy's Irish Pub, "Old-fashioned Comfort Food." Cans, bottles, growlers of beer to go! TAKEOUT ONLY 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesdays and Fridays. Call ahead to order (585) 343-3270.

Oliver's Candies, 211 W. Main St. Open 7 days a week, 9 a.m. - 7 p.m. Inside store shopping, curbside pickup. Ice cream parlor open. (585) 343-5888

Public Coffee Hub, Food and beverages for pickup. Times and locations vary. Click here to find out where the food truck is today.

Rancho Viejo Mexican Restaurant, 12 Ellicott St., Batavia. Operating daily for takeout / delivery. Menu. Sunday through Thursday 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Fridays and Saturdays 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Call (585) 343-3903 or order via Door Dash.

Roman's, Batavia, Delivery within the City/Town of Batavia, Wednesday-Saturday from 11 a.m. 8 p.m. (last orders taken at 7 p.m.). Menu. (585) 345-6788 or (585) 409-6981.

Southside Deli, 300 Ellicott St. (corner of Liberty Street), Batavia. Takeout only 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily. All deli and store items are available. Menu. Call ahead for a quicker service. (585) 344-2220

Sweet Dream Maple Farm, Corfu. Order online at SweetDreamMapleFarm.com

Sweet Life Country Store, 100 S. Main St., Elba. Open Mon. 12 - 5 p.m., Tues. - Sat. 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Inside store shopping, curbside pick up, low-priced local delivery. Ice cream parlor open. (585) 312-1200

That Taco Place, 4160 W. Main Street Road, Batavia. Open for drive thru and phone in orders, CASH ONLY: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday to Saturday. Closed Sunday and Monday. (585) 343-3533

T.F. Brown's, Batavia. New hours: Open Wednesday through Saturday 4 to 9 p.m. for curbside pick up or free delivery in city limits. Closed Sunday to Tuesday. Order online or via mobile app. (585) 343-1547

The Coffee Press, Takeout calls and curbside pick up all of our menu items (drinks included) Monday-Saturday 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Menu. (585) 483-3096

The Original Red Osier Landmark Restaurant, Stafford. Delivery / curbside pick up Tuesday through Sunday, 4:15 to 8 p.m. (closed Mondays). Visit here, click "Menu" for regular options, click "Specials" for those, including $10 dinners. Easter Weekend Specials - 3 choices: preorder, pre-pay by 7 p.m. today -- April 9. (585) 343-6972

The Willow Bend Inn, 3489 W. Main Street Road, Batavia. Friday fish fries, limited menu for takeout/curbside service. Menu -- orders can be called in from 4 to 7:30 p.m. at (585) 343-9767.

The Yngodess Shop, 73 Main St., Batavia. Curbside pick up, and free delivery with a $20 minimum (1 - 6 p.m.), call for more details. Sunday 12 - 6 p.m., Monday - Saturday 10 a.m. - 9 p.m. Visit online. Call in your order. (585) 343-3170

Twilight Meadows Restaurant, 11071 Route 98, Alexander. Classic American diner fare. Open daily for takeout: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Fridays; and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the weekends. (585) 591-2811

Viking Valhalla Restaurant, Open for takeout Tuesday through Saturday, 3 to 7 p.m. Menu. (585) 494-9900

West Main Wine & Spirits, Offering curbside pick up. 341 W. Main St., Batavia. (585) 344-2717

April 9, 2020 - 10:08am

Press release:

Assemblyman Steve Hawley is thanking a longtime local business for supporting the community during this current healthcare crisis. Chapin Manufacturing, a staple business since 1884, is donating one gallon and three gallon spraying containers for the purposes of disinfecting buildings during the coronavirus outbreak.

“When the CEO reached out to me last week, I was absolutely thrilled to hear and couldn’t say yes fast enough,” Hawley said. “It’s good to see that despite all of the confusion and concern throughout the state and the country, people are still stepping up to help their neighbors. It gives me the hope and reassurance that after all this is over, our community will come back together stronger than ever.”

The sprayers will be distributed to the Genesee County, Orleans County, and Monroe County Emergency Management offices. The EMOs will coordinate with local hospitals, fire departments, EMTs and schools to ensure that everyone has an opportunity to participate in using these generous gifts.

April 9, 2020 - 10:01am
posted by Billie Owens in Announcements, employment, U.S. Postal Service.

Press release:

U.S. Postal Service is looking to hire temporary clerk assistants in Post Offices around Western NY (Buffalo, Rochester, Jamestown, Elmira and surrounding areas).

The deadline to apply is April 11.

Pay is $17.95 per hour. THE ONLY WAY TO APPLY IS TO GO TO www.usps.com/careers.

From the website, click on “Search Jobs” select “New York,” click “Start,” and then click on the link for the appropriate job.

A general overview of USPS employment requirements, specific job requirements, and hourly pay is available at the website.

Applicants must be 18 years of age, or 16 years of age with a high school diploma. All applicants must be able to pass drug screening and a criminal background investigation. Some positions require an exam.

Any position that has a driving requirement will also require a valid driver’s license and a clean DMV two-year driving history. Citizenship or permanent resident status is required.

Additionally, if an applicant has been outside of the U.S. for more than six months out of the last five years, the Postal Service is not able to process a clearance for them. This applies to both U.S. Citizens and non-U.S. Citizens.

Job openings will be regularly updated; additional positions are available. Interested applicants should log on to http://usps.com/careers frequently to check for new postings.

The Postal Service receives no tax dollars for operating expenses and relies on the sale of postage, products and services to fund its operations.

April 9, 2020 - 8:56am

The Genesee County District Attorney’s Office and the family of murder victim Norman D. “Don” Ball vehemently oppose an application that would permit Kyle Johnson to be moved from a secure mental health facility in Orange County to a non-secure facility.120mug_kylejohnson_1.jpg

Johnson (photo at right), in December of 2016, was committed to the Mid-Hudson Forensic Psychiatric Center in New Hampton after being found not responsible by reason of mental disease or defect of murder.

It was a year earlier, on Dec. 1, 2015, when Johnson shot the 69-year-old Ball to death while he was sleeping at his Selden Road, Le Roy residence.

Johnson then returned to his own home, set it on fire and then fired shots at a Le Roy fire chief and Le Roy police officer when they responded to the fire alarm. Following an hours-long standoff -- during which Johnson reportedly asked officers to shoot him and threatened officers with a rifle in his arms – the perpetrator surrendered peacefully to authorities.

These actions led District Attorney Lawrence Friedman to file an eight-count indictment against Johnson that included charges of murder, burglary, arson and attempted murder.

In the end, Johnson was evaluated by a pair of psychologists – one hired by the prosecution and the other hired by the defense – and it was determined that he was not guilty by reason of mental illness or defect.

Tentative court date set for April 29

Three years and four months later, officials at Mid-Hudson Forensic Psychiatric Center are petitioning Orange County Supreme Court to allow Johnson to be transferred to a non-secure facility. A tentative date of April 29 has been set by the court to ensure the matter stays on the court’s calendar.

Assistant District Attorney Diane LaVallee, who has been assigned to the case, on Tuesday said the Genesee County DA’s office is against the proposed transfer considering the severity of the crimes committed and the timing of such a move.

“For someone to go from, so obviously, terribly dangerously mentally ill to not being dangerously mentally ill after three years of services … this is hard to believe,” LaVallee said. “I think that everyone expected that this was going to happen someday but no one, including Mr. Friedman, would have ever believed that it would be this quickly. It’s very, very soon.”

LaVallee, with 35 years’ experience as a prosecutor, joined the Genesee County DA’s office recently. She previously served as deputy chief of Special Investigations and Prosecutions Unit of the NYS Attorney General’s Office and, before that, chief of the Attorney General’s Capital Assistance to Prosecutors Unit.

She said her office is taking all steps necessary to ensure that Johnson, who was 53 at the time of the murder, stays in a secure mental health facility.

DA's office to seek psychiatric exam

“The DA’s office can be a party to this even though this is a civil proceeding, but we obviously are an interested party, so we have given our notice of appearance and expressed our opposition to such a transfer at this time,” she said. “We’ve been actively going through the process of getting another psychiatrist to conduct an examination of him and we have received the (confidential) medical records.”

LaVallee added that Genesee Justice has drafted a letter seeking information about Johnson’s mental state that would be helpful to the court in deciding whether or not Johnson remains dangerously mentally ill. Those interested in responding to this call for information are asked to contact Rosanne DeMare at Genesee Justice, LaVallee said.

“What we’re looking for is information that would be relevant to whether he currently suffers from a dangerous mental illness,” LaVallee explained. “Relevant information would include information that people might have relating to statements that he may have made about his mental illness or his current capacity.”

Continuing, she said that sometimes patients in these facilities will still correspond with individuals (from the area where the crimes were committed).

“Just as importantly, the horrendous incident itself isn’t that long ago," she said. "So, one of the arguments we expect to make … is that it’s just too soon. The brutal murder of one individual and shooting at other responders at the scene; by nature, you’re not going to be cured of your dangerousness within this short a period of time.”

Victim's son says system is partly to blame

Ball’s son, Ryan, 41, on Wednesday said he is “completely against” a possible transfer and said the system failed society by not locking Johnson up prior to the murder.

“It’s unprecedented how fast this is happening. It’s not even the norm that somebody would be set free or healed in that amount of time,” Ryan said. “I think it’s a danger to society to allow that. And the whole reason that he did this in the first place is because he was not put away after doing several things. He should have been put away before this ever happened.”

Ryan said that Johnson’s history includes holding his own family at gunpoint and “nothing was done about it.”

“He (Johnson) is notorious for not taking his medication,” he said. “I don’t like the fact that he got away on a not guilty by reason of insanity; I do not agree with that. It would have been an uphill battle from what doctors were saying (that Johnson was mentally ill). Sane or not, you know right from wrong. You should be able to be prosecuted.”

Ryan also said he believes the proposed transfer has more to do with a lack of bed space at facilities such as the one in Orange County.

“While I’m glad they’re (the DA’s office) going to battle to keep him in there, I don’t believe it has anything to do with him being healed or any saner, but more about not having enough facilities to handle people,” he said. “That’s my personal opinion.”

Ryan lives with his wife and children on the Selden Road property in a new home that he built (after tearing down the old one). He has three sisters, Cherie (Craig) Wessel of Le Roy, Jeanette Keating of Spencerport and Shawna (Ken) Geil of Spencerport.

'Too soon and a lack of bed space'

His mother, Carol Rider, and her husband, John, said Friedman assured them at the time of the verdict that Johnson “wouldn’t see the light of day for many, many years.” This new development, however, has them worried.

“It has only been three years," Carol said. "They’re going to have a hearing to put him in a minimum-security facility and the next step after that is ‘good-bye.’ And that’s mostly because of lack of bed space.” 

“We feel the community needs to know what is going on and have a chance to give their input,” John added.

LaVallee said she wasn’t sure where Johnson would end up should the court rule in his favor to be transferred, but it could be the Rochester Psychiatric Center.

“Hypothetically, someone admitted to a less secure facility would be put into a lockdown unit with certain conditions put on him,” she said. “As he shows his ability to be not dangerous or (ability to be) compliant, then he’ll be given more freedom but also with more conditions. Eventually, yes, the goal is that he’s back in society.”

She said that some people can be rehabilitated and not be a threat to society, but “we don’t want to create a vigilante-type of atmosphere either.”

“He (Johnson) has got to be able to live safely wherever he ends up living,” she said. “This, hopefully, will be years and years down the line, but whenever it happens we want to weigh the understandable grief and outrage of the victim’s family with his own safety as well.”

An administrator at the Mid-Hudson Forensic Psychiatric Center said “probably not” when asked if someone would be available to comment on the facility’s petition to the court, mentioned a media contact and then hung up the phone.

April 8, 2020 - 11:40pm

It's likely that many people in Genesee County -- already worried about the coronavirus pandemic, the economy and New York life on pause -- are brought even lower tonight by the death of beloved songwriter John Prine.

The 73-year-old Illinois native succumbed yesterday to COVID-19 in Nashville where he lived, and fans worldwide are in mourning. He was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame last June and was to perform in Ireland this summer.

A handful of local musicians say they discovered Prine's music after The Batavian posted Oct. 12, 2018, about the inaugural Day of Remembrance & Hope, which was held just two days later at Genesee County Park & Forest.

The official YouTube video of Prine's "Summer's End" -- a song revealed with the video's release to be about opioid overdoses -- was embedded at the bottom of that post, which noted the accidental drug-related death of a Ventura County resident with local ties, Charles Raymond Sutherland.

Remarkably, a band of seasoned musicians known as the Midnight Cruisers learned the song in rapid fashion and performed it at the debut event -- an occasion put together by Bright Futures Genesee, a nonprofit headed by Sue Gagne, to aid people during the relentless (and ongoing) opioid epidemic.

They said they were delighted to discover John Prine.

Social distancing was not in our daily lexicon; it was a nice autumn day at the park and people were welcome to amble about, reflect on love and loss, and enjoy some tunes.

So the Midnight Cruisers did their thing, with singer Neil Gagne on bass guitar, his son Joe on guitar along with his brother Doug, and Bob Bjornholm ("absolutely no relation") played drums. Afterward, somebody gave the band a few bucks for gas money, a small token of appreciation.

There was sharing, laughs, and tears -- aids always to healing, especially when there's music.

A reporter brought a homemade booklet memorializing "Chuck" that contained family pictures, personal anecdotes, a poem or two, King James Scripture, and links to a "Magnum Opus" of songs posted on YouTube.

Copies had been distributed, along with small purple ribbons, at a memorial service for him two weeks after his death (at 9:05 p.m. Feb. 22, 2018, according to the coroner's autopsy report).

The service took place at the base of (Fr. Junipero) Serra Cross Park at Grant Park, an enormous wooden monument high on a hill in the City of San Buenaventura, with a sweeping world-class vista of the coastline and the Ventura Pier, once the longest wooden pier in California.

Grant Park, site of countless weddings and other public gatherings, was officially closed, the entrance gate remained padlocked. A few months before, the historic and devasting Thomas Fire had charred the chaparral-covered hillsides.

Through sheer audacious begging in a prideless letter to the city manager's office, a public official relented and agreed to meet mourners at the gate below the cross -- damaged but still standing -- unlocking it for the 45-minute service at 4 p.m. on March 8, 2018.

A ukelele player performed "Vincent."

A solo Americana artist played acoustic guitar and sang his favorite song, "Blackbird," and "Summer's End," which was announced by Prine on his Facebook page Feb. 8, 2018, Chuck's 35th birthday. Although the guy knew many John Prine songs, that one was so fresh he had to learn it from scratch quickly -- like the Midnight Cruisers did subsequently.

It had rained in Ventura for several days before and afterward but for the memorial, the midafternoon sky was clear and blue; the Pacific Ocean sparkled.

Two years ago today, the Ventura County Star published the obituary.

They say timing is everything.

It can be painful when it's off. A Prine fan in Genesee County wrote her first-ever fan letter, highly personalized, at the beginning of this month, thanking him for "Summer's End."

But due to COVID-19 and the tsunami of news coverage that followed, it didn't get mailed until after Prine's hospitalization was publicized. Oh Boy Records was alerted to be on the scout for a bright chartreuse envelope.

Belatedly, thank you Midnight Cruisers for sharing "Summer's End," and thank you to John Prine, and poets who vividly express our humanity and give us hope.

(Top photo: John Prine at Mariposa Folk Festival at Toronto Islands, Canada, in July 1972, used by permission of Kris Browne, courtesy of Dave Reilly.)

"Spanish Pipedream" -- An early favorite

"Caravan of Fools"

"Summer's End" -- (Song/album presale, lyrics-only version)

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