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December 10, 2018 - 12:21pm

Public health column from the Genesee County Health Department:

Did you know that exposure to radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer after cigarette smoking? According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), approximately 21,000 lung cancer deaths per year are related to radon.

Many people are unaware that radon may be a problem in their homes because it is a radioactive gas that you cannot smell, taste or see. The good news is that lung cancer related to radon exposure can be prevented by testing your home.

So where does radon come from? Radon gas forms naturally in the ground from the breakdown of uranium in soil, rock, and water that circulates into the air we breathe. When radon is formed under homes and buildings, it can easily enter through cracks in the foundation, walls, joints, dirt floors, opening of sump pump, in well-water supply, and from gaps around suspended floors and pipes.

When radon enters a home, the toxic gas can get trapped inside. Breathing indoor air with high radon levels can be damaging to your health.

Paul Pettit, Public Health director of Genesee and Orleans counties, explains the dangers relationship betweensmoking, radon, and lung cancer.

“Radon and tobacco smoke from cigarettes (including but not limited to cigars and pipes) can damage your lungs," Pettit said. "When they’re combined, smoking and radon are more dangerous than either one on its own. Smokers who live in a home with high radon levels have a risk of lung cancer that is 10 times higher than nonsmokers who live in homes with high radon levels.”

Testing your home is the only way to know if you and your family are exposed to radon. A short-term test kit is the quickest and easiest way to test your home. The EPA recommends testing the lowest level of your home where people spend time.

If you use part of your basement for living space, like a playroom, office, or den, test there. If you only use your basement for storage, test the first floor. Avoid testing in places that are damp like the kitchen, bathroom or laundry room.

The EPA recommends that you take action to reduce your home's indoor radon levels if your radon test result is 4 pCi/L (pico curies per liter) or higher.

In Genesee County, the average basement screening level is 7.46 pCi/L, and the average first-floor screening level is 4.32 pCi/L.

Due to the high levels of radon, the Genesee County Health Department offers free short-term radon test kits to residents in Genesee County. The department also provides educational in-services and materials about radon, testing and mitigation at no charge.

If your home has an elevated level of radon, you should contact a certified radon mitigator to install a radon reduction system in your home. It is important to note that these systems should only be installed by a certified radon mitigator.

A radon reduction system can be a low cost and effective way to reduce the level of radon in your home. If you are purchasing a new house, make sure the seller completes a radon test and has the results available. If you are building a new home, make sure to have radon-resistant construction features installed and tested prior to moving in.

For more information on radon, please visit here.

For more details about the program or to receive any of these services call the department at 585-344-2580, ext. 5555, ot visit here.

December 5, 2018 - 3:43pm

Press release:

AARP Foundation Tax-Aide Program will again provide tax preparation services for the 2018 tax season. The program is seeking volunteers to assist in the preparation of federal and state tax returns for low to moderate income individuals.

Excellent training is provided at the Genesee County Office for the Aging weekdays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday, Jan. 14th – Friday, Jan. 25th and Wednesday, Jan. 30. Volunteers must pass a proficiency exam before serving the public, with tax preparation appointments beginning Feb. 4th through April 15.

The program served almost 1,200 households last year and for many people, provided peace of mind along with their filings. Recipients told us ”Like always, the volunteers were very friendly and helpful. They explained the answers to my questions, so I understood.”

This is a wonderful growth opportunity for people interested in learning new skills, engaging with fellow volunteers and serving the public, all while helping to meet an essential community need.

You don’t have to be a tax expert. If you’ve been known to complete your own tax returns from time to time or maybe consider yourself a “numbers” person, please call Courtney Iburi, RSVP coordinator, at (585) 343-1611 to learn more about how you could help those in need this upcoming tax season.

December 4, 2018 - 12:20pm
posted by Billie Owens in 4-H, news, Tractor Safety, Announcements.

Press release:

The Genesee County 4-H Program will be offering a Youth Tractor Safety Program beginning in January 2019. The program is open to all youth ages 14 to 15 and covers farm safety, tractor safety, tractor operation and other related topics.  

The National Safe Tractor and Machinery Operation Program is a certification program that enables youth be certified to operate farm equipment for hire. After completing the training course, youth will need to pass a written knowledge test and driving test to receive the certification.  

The program is scheduled to run Saturdays, 8 a.m. to 12 p.m., January through March. The fee for the program is $30. Youth are also required to be current enrolled 4-H members.

Instruction takes place at various farm machinery dealerships countywide.

To request a registration packet or more information, please call the Genesee County 4-H Office at 585-343-3040, ext. 101, or visit the website here.

December 1, 2018 - 1:50pm
posted by Virginia Kropf in news, Le Roy, WWII, Sullivans, Announcements, Darien.

Rob R. Thompson, of Attica, has written 15 books, four of which were bestsellers, but his favorite so far is the story of the Sullivan brothers who were all killed on the USS Juneau during World War II.

Thompson will be at Le Roy’s Moose Lodge today (Saturday) to sign copies of "The USS The Sullivans" until 3 p.m. during the Le Roy Winterfest.

His book is not about the bombs, guns and steel which made up the ship, but rather it combines emotion, history and paranormal events surrounding the ship.

While researching for his book, Thompson spent three nights on the ship anchored in Buffalo’s Naval Park.

Thompson covers the history of the cruiser and details the life of Eugene Straub, originally of Darien, who was also lost aboard the Juneau.

During his research, Thompson located Straub’s daughter, now 75 and living in Utica.

The book is available online, as well as at the book signing.

November 30, 2018 - 3:47pm

Meet pale-coated Pearl, a lovely little buff-and-white, golden-eyed feline that, despite her inherant glamour, was found in a dumpster. She is awaiting a forever home at the Genesee County Animal Shelter.

Pearl is an adult; she's spayed and sweet-tempered. She loves attention. That means she will enjoy having a pal who pets her and laughs when she tries to catch the laser beam at playtime. She prolly goes bonkers with a catnip mouse.

Another solid friend waiting for new digs is named Zeus.

You remember Zeus, king of the Greek gods who lived on Mount Olympus. He was the god of the sky and thunder. His symbols include the lightning bolt, the eagle, the bull, and the oak tree. He was married to the goddess Hera. That one.

Well, this Zeus is not married to the goddess Hera and he's a four-legged canine -- a pit bull-terrier mix who is not as complicated as his mythological namesake.

He likes long walks and is described as simply "a nice guy." He also "trains well for treats." Meaning he's motivated to do all sorts of things, like sit, down, stay, etc., if there's something edible in it for him. He's also very handsome.

If you and your family need a quality companion to make your holidays brighter, look no further that the shelter on East Main Street Road in the Town of Batavia. You won't regret it.

Speaking of the shelter, they could use some supplies. Now that the calendar has put you in a gift-giving frame of mind, why not donate to the Volunteers for Animals? Or bring in some useful items like Purina Cat Chow, plain non-clumping litter, bleach, paper towels, dog food, small pet beds, etc.

For monetary donations, make checks payable to the Genesee County Sheriff's Office and mail to:

Volunteers For Animals
PO Box 1621
Batavia, NY 14021

Visit the shelter at:

3841 W. Main Street Road
Batavia, New York 14020
585-343-6410

Hours of Operation:

  • Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Friday --  1 to 3 p.m.
  • Wednesday -- 1 to 3 and 7 to 9 p.m.
  • Thursday -- CLOSED
  • Saturday -- 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
November 30, 2018 - 2:42pm
Press release:

The New York State DanceForce, in partnership with the New York State Council on the Arts, announces the second year of the Western New York Choreographers’ Initiative (WNYCI).

The 2019 cycle will expand from 10 counties to 17, supporting choreographers living in New York’s westernmost counties: Chautauqua, Niagara, Erie, Cattaraugus, Orleans, Genesee, Wyoming, Allegany, Monroe, Livingston, Wayne, Ontario, Yates, Steuben, Chemung, Schuyler and Seneca.

The application deadline is Feb. 19.

The WNY Choreographers’ Initiative is designed to help WNY resident choreographers develop their choreographic skills by providing them with appropriate resources that are generally unavailable or unaffordable. These resources include 24 hours of creative studio time, professional dancers, the guidance of a professional mentor chosen by the artist, and a $2,500 stipend.

Two choreographers will be selected for the award in 2019.

“This initiative is a wonderful opportunity for choreographers working in all dance genres,” said WNYCI coordinator Lois Welk. “I look forward to shepherding two artists through the program. Choreographers who have questions or need help completing the application should contact me directly for individualized support.”

The New York State DanceForce is a consortium of 19 dance activists committed to increasing the quantity and quality of dance activity throughout New York State. Each of our members receives an annual allocation to create projects that bring dance artists to Upstate NY communities in customized residencies.

Since its founding in 1994, the DanceForce, through the work of its members, has funded more than 350 projects, raising more than $2.8 million in support of these endeavors.

Complete guidelines and application forms, can be found at www.danceforce.org. For more information contact WNYCI coordinator Lois Welk at [email protected].

November 28, 2018 - 3:51pm

Press release:

Local victim assistance providers are asking supporters to help raise awareness in a crafty way this holiday season by making teal and purple scarves.

RESTORE Sexual Assault Services, Willow Center and other agencies that assist survivors of sexual and domestic violence, offer free services because they are funded in part by a law titled the Violence Against Women Act, or VAWA. In Genesee, Livingston, Monroe, and Orleans counties RESTORE offers support to survivors of sexual assault.

In Wyoming County, RESTORE is the provider for both sexual assault and domestic violence services. Willow Domestic Violence Center has provided services for the Greater Rochester community for nearly 40 years and reaches more than 7,000 people in Monroe County each year. Sojourner Home: The House of Strength provides shelter, structure, strength, and inspiration to women, their families, and others in need so they are prepared to lead responsible and meaningful lives.

VAWA, a federal funding bill which provides for survivors of all genders, is up for reauthorization soon, and RESTORE, Willow Domestic Violence Center and Sojourner Home are working together and invite the community to show their support for survivors.

Teal is the official color of sexual violence awareness and prevention. Purple is the designated color for domestic violence awareness. To show support for survivors and programs that assist them, donations of teal or purple-colored scarves (knitted or crocheted) are needed for distribution to survivors and their loved ones. Scarves should be at least six inches wide and 72 inches long. 

In Genesee County, donated scarves can be dropped off Dec. 3-12 at: Planned Parenthood, 222 W. Main St., Batavia

More information (or to coordinate a drop-off in Livingston, Orleans or Wyoming county) is available at 585-786-5450 or by emailing [email protected]

About RESTORE

RESTORE, a program of Planned Parenthood of Central and Western New York, leads the community response to sexual violence through advocacy and education by providing the safety, support and validation that changes the lives of all those affected by sexual assault.

Trained counselors are available 24-hours a day, seven days a week to provide information and support, enabling clients to make informed choices concerning medical, legal and counseling needs, while offering advocacy and information about their rights. Counselors also offer short-term counseling sessions and legal and medical accompaniment. Services are free and confidential.

November 26, 2018 - 2:02pm
Press release:
 
The Batavia Players will be performing 10 shows at the Harvester 56 Theater in 2019.
 
The 2019 season is full of variety and sure to appeal to a wide audience. New this season: performances of Shakespeare in Springtime will also take place in Wyoming County at the Wyoming Village Hall.
 
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime
Directed by Patrick D. Burk
 
Friday, Jan. 25th & Saturday, Jan. 26th -- 7:30 p.m. & Sunday, Jan. 26th -- 2 p.m.
 
Curious Incident is a triumphant production that explores the abilities and coming of age of a young autistic teen and his ability to learn from the world. TONY-award-winning play.
 
On Broadway TEN – Saving the Best for Last
Directed by Kathy White
 
Friday, Feb. 22nd, Saturday, Feb. 23rd, Friday, March 1st & Saturday, March 2nd – 7:30 p.m. AND Sunday, Feb. 24th -- 2 p.m.
 
Featuring a very talented cast of all ages performing music from the decades of Broadway. Shows to include TONY Award winners: "Wonderful Town," "Bye, Bye Birdie," "Sweeney Todd," "Les Miserables," "Sunset Boulevard," "Jersey Boys" and "Hamilton."
 
Shakespeare in Springtime Presents: King Lear
Directed by E. Jane Burk
 
Friday, April 5th, Saturday, April 6th – 7:30 p.m. & Sunday, April 7th – 2 p.m.
Friday, April 12th & Saturday, April 13th – 7:30 p.m. Special performances at the Wyoming Village Hall.
 
One of William Shakespeare’s best-known tragedies, "King Lear" delves into the themes of family, greed and madness. With Norm Argulski as King Lear.
 
Hollywood Arms 
Directed by Heather Ferris
 
Friday, May 10th & Saturday, May 11th – 7:30 p.m. & Sunday, May 12th – 2 p.m.
 
Adapted from Carol Burnett’s best-selling book "One More Time" and cowritten by her daughter, Carrie Hamilton, this amazing dramedy looks at the lives of three strong women living with poverty. "Hollywood Arms" is based on the life of Carol Burnett and her much-mentioned grandmother and mother.
 
Mamma Mia!
Directed by Patrick D. Burk – Musical Direction by Kathy White
 
Friday, June 7th, Saturday, June 8th, Friday, June 14th & Saturday, June 15th – 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, June 9th & Sunday, June 16th – 2 p.m.
 
Bringing the famed ABBA musical to the stage after its 14-year run on Broadway will be quite the feat! The story features one woman, her soon-to-be-married daughter and three possible dads, along with a cast of incredible characters and a Greek island. "Mamma Mia!" is being staged in this area for the first time at the Harvester 56 Theater.
 
Seussical Kids
Musically Directed by Kathy White
 
Friday, July 19th & Saturday, July 20th – 7:30 p.m.
A tremendous end to our two-week Theater Kids Camp, "Seussical Kids" looks at the world of Doctor Seuss through the use of song, dance and laughter.
 
Newsies (Summer Youth Theater)
Directed by Patrick D. Burk, with Jacquie Siegel McLean as assistant director
Musical Direction by Kathy White
 
Friday, Aug. 9th, Saturday, Aug. 10th, Friday, Aug. 16th & Saturday, Aug. 17th – 7:30 p.m. & Sunday, Aug. 11th – 2 p.m.
 
Adapted from the Disney Movie "Newsies the Musical," this major production looks at the lives, loves and day-to-day struggles of New York City’s famed newsboys during the heyday of newspaper publishing. Staged during the 1899 real-life newsboys strike in New York City, this musical is jam-packed with great songs, incredible dances and historical characters. Newsies is performed by the Summer Youth Theater; actors range in age from 13-21.
 
August: Osage County
Directed by Anthony Baldwin-Giambrone
 
Friday, Sept. 13th & Saturday, Sept. 14th – 7:30 p.m. & Sunday, Sept. 15th – 2 p.m.
 
Set in Pawhuska, Okla., this Pulitzer-Prize-winning play looks at the lives of a once-famous published poet and his quirky, demanding and damaged family. A longtime hit on Broadway as well as a TONY Award winner.
 
The Rocky Horror Show
Directed by Michele Stamp – Musical Direction by Kathy White
 
Friday, Oct. 4th, Saturday, Oct, 5th, Friday, Oct. 11th & Saturday, Oct. 12th – 7:30 p.m. & Sunday, Oct. 6th, Sunday, Oct. 13th – 2 p.m.
 
Brad and Janet stumble upon a delightful castle that is occupied by Frank-N-Furter and the FUN and Time Warp begin!
 
A Charles Dickens Christmas
Directed by Patrick D. Burk – Musical Direction by Kathy White
 
Friday, Dec. 13th, Saturday, Dec. 14th, Friday, Dec. 20th & Saturday, Dec. 21st – 7:30 & Sunday, Dec. 15th – 2 p.m.
 
A tender and poignant musical on how Charles Dickens' life was inspired and shaped while writing one of his most famous stories. Chock-full of holiday favorites as well as some incredible new music, this is a must-see production for the holiday season featuring a cast wide ranging in age.
November 21, 2018 - 3:40pm
 
Submitted photo and press release:
 
In cooperation between the Woodward Memorial Library and the Le Roy town government, a permanent "free library" has been set up in the Town Hall at 48 W. Main St.
 
All residents and visitors will be able to access the library during the Town Hall's regular business hours. The library is managed by the Woodward Memorial Library staff, who will deliver books for all ages once a month -- more frequently if necessary. Books are completely free to individuals who wish to take one or two. 
 
The Library reached out to the town government about starting a free library in the Town Hall to provide an additional resource to the community. It is a central location for people passing through town.
 
It also can provide entertainment for children while their parent/caregiver is taking care of errands in the building. They will be able to pick out a book to read while they're there but then take it home as well.
November 21, 2018 - 3:26pm

Press release:

Northgate Free Methodist Church invites the community to a "Vintage Christmas" event from 5 to 8 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 8th.

Enjoy a festive Christmas tractor hayride through our community prayer walk, complete with carols and a retelling of the Christmas story. Come roast marshmallows around our bonfire, eat s’mores, drink hot chocolate, while the children are invited to create ornaments for the tree.

There will be a brief devotional, presented at 6 p.m., to ready our hearts and minds for the Christmas season, accompanied by a spectacular tree lighting. This is a free event, open to all ages, come and go as you please.

Northgate Free Methodist Church is located at 8160 Bank Street Road, Batavia. For more information, contact the Northgate office at (585)343-4011 or email [email protected]

November 21, 2018 - 2:10pm
posted by Billie Owens in news, Announcements, 4-H, byron, batavia.
Submitted photo: New Clever Clovers 4-H Club – Byron.

 

Press release:

The Genesee County 4-H Program is looking to grow more local clubs. Want to start your own local 4-H club but don’t know where to start? You can start a 4-H Club in five easy steps!

  1. Complete the 4-H Volunteer Application Packet
  2. Attend an orientation meeting with 4-H Staff
  3. Enroll five youth members in your club (ages 5 to 18)
  4. Have members choose a club name
  5. Plan a club meeting schedule with parents and youth

The meeting times, locations, and topics are up to the club leader(s). If you are interested in becoming a leader and forming a new club, please contact Brandie or Jessica at the 4-H Office for more information. Call 585-343-3040 or email [email protected]

November 21, 2018 - 1:09pm
posted by Billie Owens in news, Announcements, batavia, veterans.

Submitted photos and press release:

CVMA 19-6 Broken Arrow chapter donated $1000 in gift cards to the VA PTSD Residential Programs on Monday (Nov. 19) at the Batavia VA. The gift cards to Walmart, Tops and Target will be used to enhance programming for veterans while at the facility.

It gives us so much joy to able to give back with all the help from the folks that contribute to “Vets helping Vets," an organizer said.

Thanks again to all our supporters!

About CMVA
The nonprofit Combat Veterans Motorcycle Association is a group of combat veterans who joined together to form a brotherhood of men and women who have in common the trials of serving in defense of our country and the love of riding.
 
The association is comprised of combat veterans, supporters, and auxiliary members who share a love of riding motorcycles. Its mission is to support and defend those who have defended our country and our freedoms.
 
The Western New York Chapter is based in Akron.
 
Below, from left, are: Andy McCann, Patrick McCann, Chad Liggetto, Brian Fitzgerald and Nick Pilozzi.
November 20, 2018 - 1:46pm

"Pancakes for Paws" flapjack fundraiser to benefit the Genesee County Sheriff's Office K9 Fund will be held from 8 to 10 a.m. on Sunday, Dec. 9, at Applebee's Restaurant in Batavia.

This event is sponsored by the Elementary School Council of Elba Central School.

Tickets are $6. For this special fundraiser, tickets WILL BE available at the door. However, Applebee's would like to anticipate the number of people who will attend, so please contact either of the following two people with a head count for your party:

  • 1) Elba schoolteacher Mrs. Pietrzykowski at 757-9967, ext. 1480, or email her at:   [email protected]
  • 2) Carolyn DellaPenna, confidential secretary to the GC Sheriff, at 345-3000, ext. 3510, or email her at:   [email protected]

Applebee's is located at 8322 Lewiston Road.

Deputy Christopher Erion -- a 1993 graduate of Elba Central School -- recently lost his K9 service dog Destro to cancer.

The initial cost to get another police dog is estimated to be nearly $15,000.

November 19, 2018 - 2:32pm

The sixth annual Caryville Inn 5K & Turkey Trot will be held on Thanksgiving Day -- Thursday, Nov. 22 -- in memory of K9 "Destro."

Registration begins at 8 a.m., with race starting at 9 at Caryville Inn, located at 25 Main St. in the Village of Oakfield.

Proceeds benefit the Genesee County Sheriff's Office K9 Fund.

Preregistration is $20, with T-shirts available for participants while supplies last.

Register via email:   [email protected]

Or in person at Caryville Inn during normal business hours.

Questions? Call 948-9780.

November 16, 2018 - 12:02pm
posted by Billie Owens in charity, nonprofits, news, Announcements.

BUFFALO – The Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo is now accepting applications for the 2019 Ralph C. Wilson Jr. Legacy Funds competitive grant process.

Grants will support the following areas of interest:

  • Caregivers
  • Community Assets*

  • Design and Access

  • Youth Sports

Applicants must be a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization located within the eight counties of Western New York, including: Allegany, Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Erie, Genesee, Niagara, Orleans and Wyoming.

For Caregivers and Design and Access grants, government agencies also may apply.

*For Community Assets grants, only 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations that reside in Erie County may apply.

Applications are due Jan. 7.

For more information about deadlines and eligibility, and to apply, please visit

www.cfgb.org/nonprofits/grants/ralph-wilson-legacy/

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About the Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo
The Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo, a 501 (C)(3) organization, was established in 1919 to enhance and encourage long-term philanthropy in the Western New York community. The Foundation’s mission is: Connecting people, ideas and resources to improve lives in Western New York. For nearly 100 years, the Community Foundation has made the most of the generosity of individuals, families, foundations and organizations who entrust charitable assets to its care. For more information, visit www.cfgb.org.

About the Ralph C. Wilson Jr. Legacy Funds
The Ralph C. Wilson Jr. Legacy Funds were established at the Community Foundation to provide support to four areas that were important to Mr. Wilson: caregivers, community assets, design and access, and youth sports. Endowment funds, like these created to honor Mr. Wilson, are designed to grow over time and provide funding for charitable causes according to a client’s wishes.

November 15, 2018 - 1:01pm

Press release:

According to the American Heart Association 46 percent of Americans have been diagnosed with high blood pressure.

High blood pressure threatens your health and quality of life. Left untreated, it can cause stroke, heart failure, vision loss, heart attack, kidney disease, and sexual dysfunction as well as a variety of other health problems.

Le Roy Ambulance Service recognizes these risks, and is now offering free blood pressure screenings to members of the public. We will check your blood pressure for free as often as you’d like and track it over time to monitor for changes.

If you’d like to take advantage of this free service, simply stop into the Le Roy Ambulance base between 9 a.m. and 9 p.m. and our on duty crew will be glad to assist you. It is located at 1 Tountas Ave. in the Village of Le Roy.

If they do not answer the door, they are likely out handling a 9-1-1 call and we would ask that you stop back at a later time. As always, if you have an emergency please dial 9-1-1 immediately.

Le Roy Ambulance is proud to support preventative health measures to work toward our goal of a happy, healthy community.

November 15, 2018 - 12:48pm

Press release:

Genesee County STOP-DWI Coordinator Matt Landers announced today that the 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.

On Thanksgiving weekend, millions will hit the roads eager to spend time with family and friends. It’s one of the busiest travel times of the year, and unfortunately more people on the roadways means the potential for more vehicle crashes.

In a combined effort to stop impaired driving, prevent injuries and save lives law enforcement officers across New York State will take to the roads. The statewide STOP-DWI Crackdown efforts start on Wednesday, Nov. 21st and will end on Sunday, Nov 25th.

Research shows that high-visibility enforcement can reduce impaired driving fatalities by as much as 20 percent. Sobriety checkpoints play a key part in raising awareness about the problem. New York State Police, County Sheriff and municipal law enforcement agencies across the state will be out in force.

The STOP-DWI Thanksgiving Weekend Crackdown is one of many statewide enforcement initiatives promoted by STOP-DWI NY and the Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee. Throughout the remainder of the year the Statewide STOP-DWI Crackdown Campaign will also target the national Holiday Season in December.

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. Highly visible, highly publicized efforts like the STOP-DWI Crackdown Campaign aim to further reduce the incidence of drunk and impaired driving.

You can help to make a difference by Having a Sober Plan! Download our mobile app – “Have a Plan” and you will always be able to find a safe ride home www.stopdwi.org/mobileapp

Impaired driving is completely preventable. All it takes is a little planning. Have a safe and happy Thanksgiving Weekend!

November 14, 2018 - 7:04pm
posted by Billie Owens in batavia, St. James Episcopal Church, news, Announcements.

St. James Episcopal Church in Batavia announced that its first Pie Sale/Basket Raffle will be held this Saturday, Nov. 17, from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. at the church, 405 E. Main St. Admission is free.

Known for the wonderful desserts served at Lenten Fish Fries, the bakers of the parish have been busy in the church kitchen making apple and pumpkin pies for the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday. Stop in to buy a homemade pie for $8. Hot soup (eat-in or take-out) will also be available for sale.

A variety of gift baskets have been assembled, including a cash treasure chest and a lottery tree. Tickets will be on sale throughout the event and you need not be present to win.

Dorian Ely, one of the organizers, said, “We hope the community will support this beautiful historic church by stopping by on Saturday, purchasing some raffle tickets, a pie, and maybe even grabbing a cup of hot soup to speed them on their way during this busy holiday season.”

The phone number at the church is 343-6802.

November 9, 2018 - 3:04pm
posted by Billie Owens in news, Announcements, Alabama, dot, roundabout.

Public Notice

The NYS Dept. of Transportation will have a public information meeting at 6 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 14, at the Alabama Fire Department Recreation Hall, 2230 Judge Road, Alabama.

This meeting is open to the public and will provide information regarding the proposed roundabout at the Ledge/Alleghany Road intersection.

November 7, 2018 - 2:04pm

Submitted photo and press release:

The Genesee Community College History Club is excited to once again celebrate the holiday season as Charles Dickens, played by WKBW-TV's Meteorologist Mike Randall, presents "A Christmas Carol." All are invited to the College's Batavia Campus on Dec. 21 at 7 p.m. to enjoy this festive and heart-warming storytelling experience. 

A multifaceted actor, Randall studied both theater and meteorology in school and since 1983, Randall has reported the weather on WKBW-TV in Buffalo. An award-winning reporter, his interview repertoire includes such talents as Willie Nelson, Jerry Lewis, John Candy, Steve Allen, Gregory Peck and Robert Goulet. In September 2017, Randall was inducted into the Buffalo Broadcasters Hall of Fame.

Back in 1868, Charles Dickens toured the country bringing his classic novel, "A Christmas Carol" to audiences everywhere. Nearly century and a half ago, Dickens' performances were completely sold out in Buffalo. For the last decade, with only a replica of Dickens' famous velvet, fringed reading lectern and a copy of "A Christmas Carol," Randall has been transforming himself into Dickens, recreating the original tour atmosphere in stages, halls, classrooms and many other venues.

Randall performs in a period costume with a beard and wavy hair, and through his expert theatrics he brings Charles Dickens to life. He plays each of the novel's characters with distinguishing voices and mannerisms capturing all of the subtle comedic timing of Dickens' original work.

The performance will take place at GCC's Batavia Campus in the Stuart Steiner Theatre. Tickets for the performances are $15 in advance or $20 at the door. Advanced ticket purchases are strongly recommended as seating is limited! 

Proceeds from the performance will go to the Genesee Community College History Club.

"When the History Club presented this event last year, many people indicated they enjoyed it so much that they'd like to see it," said Derek D. Maxfield, GCC's associate history professor and advisor to the History Club. "As the program helps my students learn about value of coordinating and planning events that embrace history and engage the community, it is a simultaneously a pleasure to watch local friends and families enjoy a holiday event that is fun for all ages." 

For advanced tickets or more information, contact Associate Professor of History Derek D. Maxfield at (585) 343-0055, ext. 6288, or via email: [email protected].

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