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Follow Up: Harley rider suffered leg injury in accident yesterday.

By Howard B. Owens

A driver pulling out of a parking lot at 189 Pearl St. reportedly failed to yield the right of way and collided with an Alden man driving a 2008 Harley-Davidson motorcycle.

Injured was Patrick G. Schwab, 42. He reportedly suffered a serious leg injury and was transported by ambulance to an area hospital. No further information on his injury is available.

The driver of the car, Lynn E. Sanders, 38, of Batavia, was cited.

The accident occurred at 3:24 p.m.

This is a follow up from a post we did yesterday.

Deal of the Day: Larry's Steakhouse

By Howard B. Owens

Today's Deal of the Day: A $50 gift certificate from Larry's Steakhouse in Batavia. The Batavian's Good Deal Price: $25 -- HALF off!

Larry's, located at 60 Main St. in Batavia, is one of the newer and finer dining establishments in Batavia. The menu offers many great items, but of course the speciality is steak.  Larry's also features a full bar.

The gift certificate must be used by within 30 days of purchase. It is not valid with other offers and has no cash value.

Rules: Purchase using the PayPal "Buy Now" button below. After the first person to hit the "buy now" button completes the purchase, PayPal will let you know that the item has been sold. Ideally, the winner will arrange to stop by my office on Main Street before 5:00 p.m. to pick up gift certificate. Mail is an option, but it would be better to hand you the gift certificate. 

If you want to be notified via e-mail of future Deals of the Day, sign up for the Deals of the Day e-mail list by clicking here.

Merchants: If you would like your business featured in Deal of the Day, call Howard Owens at 260-6970.

SOLD.  Next Monday, look for a gift certificate from our newest sponsor, Main Street Pizza.

Police Beat: Man accused of damaging walkway lights

By Howard B. Owens

Andrew V. Mohawk, 20, of Batavia, is accused of going onto another person's property on Clinton Street Road and damaging a series of walkway lights. The alleged incident occurred yesterday morning about 1:45 a.m. Mohawk is charged with criminal mischief in the fourth degree and trespass.

Denis N. Pirincci, 21, of Batavia, was arrested early this morning following a complaint of an erratic driver on Oak Street. Pirincci is charged with DWI with a BAC of .08 or higher, and possession of alcohol in a vehicle.

Derek G. Thomas, 32, of Batavia, is charged with criminal contempt in the first degree and harassment in the second degree following an alleged physical altercation with a person he had been ordered to not contact. The alleged incident took place yesterday evening around 7:30 p.m. on South Main Street. Thomas is in jail in lieu of $2,500 bail.

Whose Fault Was It?

By Robin Walters

What a beautiful spring evening it was for Care-A-Van to be out! The newness and freshness of spring was in the air at our local college GCC as we pulled in. The basketball court was busy and in full swing with a game going on. Students were busy milling around enjoying the evening.

We got busy knocking on the doors- I believe 94 in total. The music was blaring and I swear the whole building was shaking as we knocked on the one door. A young man opened the door and stood there with a couple of his friends. They knew us and were happy to see us. We asked them how they were doing and if they needed prayer. He stated well we do have something going on that maybe you can help with. We are having an argument about something they said I did and that I was wrong about. We just can’t settle it. Can you help? Well, we knew that we could not settle it, but we knew with a little prayer that someone bigger than us could settle the dispute. We offered to pray with them.



Paul, Dave and I gathered around with the 6 students held hands and prayed. In the prayer Paul prayed that God would bring peace over the room and that the situation at hand would be settled. As the prayer ended, another student came out of the bathroom and said Amen! The young man said “well now what do we do”? Our reply was wait, don’t argue, and let God settle it. They seemed to be a bit stunned, but said ok.  You see there is someone who knows all and sees all. All of the arguments, all the dissention, the Lord knows exactly what is going on and who is at fault.  If we seek and pray, answers will be shown. 

Just like at another room, someone refused the brochure about the ministry, the cookies and the message booklet. One has to wonder in this type of situation, exactly what is going on inside of this person. Who or what is at fault that this person is hurting so much that they refuse any type of assistance? Now please understand, we know that there are folks including college students have their own beliefs and values. We respect that. However we also know behind those doors, are some very lost hurting souls.

One young gal was from Canada and her home is 30 hours from here. She was so thankful that we stopped by to give a little cheer. Another young gal, said “so you got those church cookies for us”? We like those cookies; we even crunch them up and put them in cakes. She even gave us a bag of donated clothing for the ministry. Here admist all of her trying times in college, she took time to give back to others. How awesome is that!

On May 9th, Care-A-Van will be holding their annual college cookout at GCC. The fun will begin at 4:00 PM. There will be hotdogs, hamburgs and all the fixings to go with them. There will also be music provided. It will be held in the parking lot of the dorms.

If you are interested in coming out and helping we would love to have you join us. This is the end of the year bash for them. Each month from September through May, Care-A-Van makes a monthly visit to the college dorms. We have built wonderful trusting friendships with the students. We go forth and let them know that we care, but most importantly that the Lord cares about them and their well being while they are students here in our local community.

Thank you to all of you who partner with us to take forth the light into the darkness of the college campus and all other areas of the city. As the bus headed back home down Main Street, we looked ahead and there right in front of us in the bluish, black sky was a huge orange cross! Our Lord is an awesome God!  Seeing that cross, gave this writer such an inner feeling of peace.  May you all have a very peace filled day!

We can be reached at 585-343-0328 if you are interested in volunteering or know of someone in need.

Funding finally freed for Agri-Park off Route 5 in Town of Batavia

By Howard B. Owens

Funds earmarked for the GCEDC to develop an agri-park off Route 5 in the Town of Batavia has finally been released and construction could resume within weeks, according to Chad Zambito.

Immediately, GCEDC is getting $2 million from Empire State Development and another $1 million is expected to come from the DOT.  The phase 1-funding will be used for building infrastructure for the park -- roads, sewer, water, gas and electricity.

“To some extent it’s old news because it was announced, but it is a huge relief because we didn’t know where we stood with the state under its current situation," said Zambito.

The funds were originally committed to the project by former Governor Elliott Spitzer and in anticipation of securing the money, some construction work has already begun. Zambito said the GCEDC hopes to complete phase 1 by the end of the year.

A Canadian firm is hoping to open a $15 million processing plant, employing 100 people, Zambito, pending securing its own financing.

Last year, CCEDC staff told the Batavia City Council the Agri-Park, when fully built out, could be worth $1.5 billion in economic growth Genesee County. 

Phase 1 development covers about 200 acres, while the park could eventually cover 300 acres.

Supplemental Deal of the Day: Batavia Downs Bar & Grille

By Howard B. Owens


On Tuesday, we offered a $25 gift certificate to the Batavia Downs Casino Grandstands Bar and Grille, and two people who expressed interest in the gift certificate have been unable to pick up and pay for the item.

So I'm taking this as an opportunity to try something different with Deal of the Day.  I'm using PayPal to allow the first person who wants to buy it for $12.50 to do so paying immediately online.  Once the item is purchased the next person will not be able to buy the certificate.

When you complete your purchase -- if you win -- let me know if you will be able to come by the office to pick up the gift certificate.


Deal of the Day: Present Tense Books and Gifts

By Howard B. Owens

Today's Deal of the Day: A $25 gift certificate from Present Tense Books and Gifts in Batavia. The Batavian's Good Deal Price: $12.50 -- HALF off!

Present Tense is a popular local bookseller as well as a great place to find unique gifts. It's located at 101 Washington Avenue

The gift certificate must be used by within 30 days of purchase. It is not valid with other offers and has no cash value.

Rules: E-mail me at howard (at) thebatavian dot com. First e-mail wins, but the winner must arrange to stop by my office on Main Street before 5:00 p.m. today to pay for the gift certificate. If the first e-mailer can't or doesn't make it in, the certificate goes to the second e-mailer.

If you want to be notified via e-mail of future Deals of the Day, sign up for the Deals of the Day e-mail list by clicking here.

Merchants: If you would like your business featured in Deal of the Day, call Howard Owens at 260-6970.

Denial of low-cost hydropower by NYPA sends another company, and its 200 jobs, packing

By Howard B. Owens

Yesterday, we asked the Poll Question: What inhibits job growth in WNY?  Obviously, we left out one possible answer: The New York Power Authority.

You may remember reports previously of the NYPA chasing Google away from Medina.

This morning the Buffalo News reports that a start-up steel firm that would have employed 200 people in WNY will not open its factory gates thanks to NYPA.

It was the second time the company had looked to the Empire State to build a plant. After being turned down for its first request for power a few years ago, which also might have been in Orleans County, it decided to build its first plant, now under construction, in Mississippi.

The company now will look for a site outside New York State for a second plant, Chief Commerce Officer Mark Bula told The Buffalo News on Wednesday.

For its part, NYPA claims there are other new businesses looking for the power and there just isn't enough to go around. That may or may not be true, but as the News points out, NYPA has a long history of turning away job-producing companies from WNY.

Police Beat: Student at GCC charged with harassment

By Howard B. Owens

DaQuan Reynolds, 18, of Rochester, a student of Genesee Community College, is accused of harassing another student. An order of protection has been issued barring him from contact with the student. He allegedly physically contacted the student. He is charged with harassment in the second degree.

Lee says government should only get involved in broadband rates as a last resort

By Howard B. Owens

City Paper's Jeremy Moule caught up with Congressman Chris Lee at a press conference and asked an unrelated question: What is his position on Time Warner's plan to tier broadband pricing.

Here's what Moule wrote about Lee's response:

Representative Chris Lee says that the federal government should get involved with Time Warner's broadband rate change only as a last resort.

He's looking into Time Warner's proposal and is aware that there's broad concern over it. Public officials should make sure "consumers are protected and that they pay a fair rate," he said after an unrelated press conference this afternoon.

The company has agreed to hold a public session on the plan, which would implement tiered, usage-based rates. Ideally, it would be able to develop fair-rate plans, said Lee, Monroe County's lone Republican Congressional representative.

Lee had called the press conference to support his push for a passport office in Western New York.

Batavia resident, at 24, deals with diabetes and layoff

By Tasia Boland

Today’s economic hardships are leaving thousands of Americans in fear of losing their job, house, and lifestyle. For some losing their job could cost their life.

Eric Boland, age 24 of Batavia, was temporarily laid off from a HVAC company in Buffalo last month. Boland’s first thought of course was financies, but not those of rent, food, etc. it is for a disease that demands hundreds of dollars of month, Type 1 diabetes.   

“It costs about $785 a month just for my supplies that I need every day,” said Boland. “Plus my doctor visits once a month, and an insulin pump on average, is $6,000.” Boland said he was ecstatic when he found out he would be receiving his full medical coverage, which makes living with diabetes slightly easier.



Every day an insulin pump is resting in his jean pockets. In every pair of pants he owns, he has cut a small hole inside the bottom of the pocket, so that the thin clear cord from the insulin pump, which connects into the skin on his stomach, is unnoticeable.

Every two days, he has to change what is called an infusion set. The infusion set is a long needle that is used to insert the cord from the pump into his body.  Boland says today it is difficult sometimes to find a spot on his skin that does not have scar tissue. Boland has been doing this since he was eight years old. 

Anytime he eats or drinks he has to take the pump out of his pocket and give himself enough insulin for the total amount of carbohydrates he consumes. He has to check his blood sugar with a finger stick needle at least four times a day. 

The day Boland found out he was diabetic is a crystal clear memory, and the everyday needles is a constant reminder. 

“I was so scared because I didn’t know what diabetes was,” said Boland who was diagnosed at eight years old. “ That day my biggest fear was to take a pill, because I couldn’t swallow them,” said Boland.  He didn’t realize how serious it was until he heard his mother crying at the hospital while on the phone with his father. 

“I only cried when I heard my mother crying. I thought because she was crying, I was going to die,” said Boland. 

Less than one percent of Americans age 20 and younger have diabetes.

Life became more complicated while he tried to ignore the fact that he was diabetic. Two years later his younger brother, Shaun, was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes and the family’s lifestyle became a little more intricate.

“The most difficult thing was all the day to day stuff, birthday parties, treats at school, everyone else would get cake and candy while my boys would get a matchbox car”, said Patty Boland, Boland’s mother. “I would tell them that the car lasts longer than candy but, they didn't want to be different, especially Eric.”

At 8-years-old children drink Kool-Aid and look forward to Halloween, but for Boland that wasn’t the case.

Just a few days before the exciting Trick-or-Treating night, he was in his room for a little too long. His mother said that he walked out to the living room with the most somber face and a sandwich board type sign that was hanging on his little body, that read, “ Trick or Treat, I'm diabetic so don't give me candy because I can't eat it."

“It was quite heart wrenching,” said Patty Boland.

Being diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes was such a big responsibility and too much for Boland. He says he decided that he would just ignore the disease and life would be much easier.

He tried ignoring it when he would be at a friend’s house when they would offer him Kool-Aid. He would drink it and not say anything. When he would come home his blood sugar would be extremely high and make him feel horrible, but that wasn’t enough to make him change.

“Most of the time I feel like I can control it (diabetes), but when I think about what it can do to me, I think it controls me, said Boland. “The fact is no matter how well it’s controlled it could still lead to problems later in life.”  

As I watched him test his blood sugar I could see all the tiny needle marks on his fingertips.

He was very particular about which fingers he pricked,” said his mother, “He wanted to make sure he could use some fingers to read brail.” Blindness is one of the complications of diabetes.

Today he says he doesn’t even feel the needle anymore.

Last year he was told that he is showing signs of Diabetic Retinopathy (damage to the blood vessels in the retina). This happens because of his blood sugar levels being so inconsistent, from high to low. The normal blood sugar level for a diabetic is between 80 and 180.

Boland says his blood sugar will reach 300, sometimes even 400, and at other times will drop down quickly in to the 50’s or 60’s. The high and low blood sugar level is what leads to health problems later in life.

Diabetic Retinopathy in its beginning stages has no treatment, except that you must keep your blood sugar levels in the normal range. If it worsens, laser surgery is available but doesn’t guarantee that there will be no loss of sight.

Boland said this made him realize whether he wants to admit it or not, he has diabetes, and if he does not take care of it, it will destroy him.

Last year Eric and I were married. As with every couple your world always changes, that is life, but my lifestyle and attitude changed drastically because it had too. I had to realize the seriousness of this disease.

Today Eric has taken charge of his disease and is back at work.

Genesee County residents seeking more guns and permits in recent months

By Howard B. Owens

Mike Barrett, owner of Barrett's Marine and Sporting Supply, says he's seeing more first-time gun buyers in his store these days, and County Clerk Don Read reports that the most recent gun permit class had 42 people in it.

The increase in local gun ownership matches a national trend.

"I don't think it's one element that is behind the increase," Read said. "It's everything put together."

And everything means fears of new federal and state legislation restricting gun and ammo sales, the recession and increases in crime, and the usual reason -- newfound interest in hunting and target shooting.

Whatever the cause, Barrett said distributors' warehouses are bare and it's more difficult to get inventory.

Barrett and his staff where a little upset with Read this afternoon, after hearing that Read blamed the increase of permits on "scare tactics" by the NRA and other gun advocates. Conservative commentators have been raising concerns about President Obama's anti-gun positions and legislation being introduced at both the state and federal levels.

"I heard that (Read's comments) today and almost blew a gasket," Barrett said. "A lot of people are down playing what's going on and it's nothing to be played down. I don't say that just because I'm a business man  There is a train coming down."

Barrett handed over information on five state bills that would limit gun ownership, make it harder if not impossible to buy certain kind of guns and obtain ammunition.

Anti-gun legislation has been introduced before and didn't pass. Read said he thinks this round of legislation isn't likely to pass either.

"I don't attribute it to scare tactics, but there is an aspect that people are afraid there will be more restrictions," Read said. "Personally, I don't see that happening, but often perception of an issue is more important than reality."

The surge in gun permits goes beyond the specter of stricter legislation, Barrett said. The recession is also driving concerns about a rise in crime and the need for self protection.

A member of his staff, Jack Taylor, said a 70-year-old woman walked out of the store 20 minutes earlier with her first rifle.

"She bought it for target practice and to keep around the house," Taylor said.

Read tells a similar story: "We just had a lady in, a well-known lady, who is retired now and her husband enjoys target practice and she wanted to be able to enjoy it with him."

Asked about more gun ownership in Genesee County, Sheriff Gary Maha responded:

"Those persons obtaining gun permits are law-abiding citizens and are not
a concern to law enforcement.  I believe in the Second Amendment -- 'the right to bear arms.' It is the illegal guns and illegally obtained guns that I am concerned about."

For more information on the proposed legislation in New York, visit the SCOPE Web site.

Injuries reported in single-car rollover accident on Thruway

By Howard B. Owens

Two ambulances are responding to a single-car rollover accident on the westbound Thruway at mile maker 382.6 in the Town of LeRoy.

The extent of any injuries are unknown, but an original dispatch of Mercy Flight -- which was 90 miles away -- has been canceled.

All occupants are out of the vehicle.

LeRoy police seek help in rash of larcenies

By Billie Owens

The LeRoy Police Department is asking for assistance in determining who is responsible for a rash of overnight larcenies from unlocked vehicles in the Myrtle Street/Gilbert Street area. 
The larcenies have occurred nightly since April 7. The most recent was last night (4/14).   The thefts consist mostly of money and/or other valuables.
Witnesses state that teens wearing a dark hoodie and possibly a pink coat may be involved.
The LeRoy Police Department asks that you lock all vehicles at night. Any citizen with information about these thefts, or who sees suspicious persons in the area, should contact the LeRoy Police Department immediately at 768-2527 or call 9-1-1.

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