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January 21, 2020 - 1:07pm
posted by Billie Owens in education, st. paul lutheran school, Announcements.
Press release:
St. Paul Lutheran School will host an Open House for prospective students and families from 6 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 30.
St. Paul Lutheran School offers Christ-centered education with small class sizes, individual attention for your child, and a child friendly environment with committed and dedicated staff.
It offers 3- and 4-year-old preschool as well as kindergarten through fifth-grade classes.
For more information, contact (585) 343-0488.
St. Paul Lutheran School is located at 31 Washington Ave., Batavia.
January 20, 2020 - 12:20pm

The sixth annual Bikini Rally of Genesee Sno Packers and the Genesee County Fairgrounds will be held starting at 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 29.

It takes place at the Genesee Speedway, 5056 E. Main Street Road, Batavia. 

The event combines the passion for snowmobiling with ability to help men and women diagnosed with breast concert.

General Admission is $2.

There will be a vintage snowmobile display.

Also, 2020 Bikini Rally calendars will be available for purchase.

In addition, a charity auction will be held and a 50/50 raffle. 

Food and beverages will be available for purchase.

Gates open at 10 a.m. and registration runs from 11 a.m. to noon.

There will be first-, second- and third-place trophies.

All proceeds will be donated to The Pink Fund.

All bikini participants will receive a Bikini Rally T-shirt.

January 18, 2020 - 1:35pm

The Alexander Fire Department is hosting their annual Valentine’s Steak Dinner & Dance on Saturday, Feb. 15th, at their Recreation Hall at 10708 Alexander Road, Alexander. 

There will be an open bar from 6:30 to 9 p.m. with dinner at 7 o'clock.

Music by a favorite local band Red Creek!  

Tickets are $25 per person or $45 per couple.

Tickets are limited and must be reserved by calling Heidi at 585-813-6598.

January 18, 2020 - 1:10pm
posted by Billie Owens in alexander, Announcements, firemen's breakfast.

The Alexander Fire Department will be hosting monthly All You Can Eat Firemen’s Breakfasts on four upcoming Sundays at their Recreation Hall, 10708 Alexander Road, Alexander.

Time is from 8 a.m. to noon on these dates: Jan. 26, Feb. 23, March 29, and April 26.  

Buffet-style breakfast will include: pancakes, French toast, scrambled eggs, sausage, bacon, home fries, biscuits with gravy, fruit, real maple syrup, coffee, tea, juice and milk.

Adults $11; children 5-12 years $6; under 5 free.  

Fun for the kids will include an indoor bounce house with themed activities: January “Hawaiian”; February “Mardi Gras”; March “Breakfast with Bunny”; and April “Carnival."

Bring your family and enjoy a relaxing Sunday breakfast!

January 17, 2020 - 11:54am

Press release:

The Genesee Valley Educational Partnership will hold an Open House from 4 to 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 22, for anyone interested in learning more about upcoming classes for the Licensed Practical Nursing or Certified Nursing Assistant programs.

The Open House will be held at the Genesee Valley Educational Partnership’s Batavia Campus at 8250 State Street Road, Batavia.

LPN and CNA Instructors will be available to meet and speak with potential students.

The Genesee Valley Educational Partnership School of Practical Nursing has been in existence since 1994. It is a 1,200-clock-hour program, certified by the New York State Education Department, and is designed to prepare graduates for the NCLEX-PN Examination for licensure as a Licensed Practical Nurse.

Every student who enrolls in the Licensed Practical Nursing Program receives a Chromebook computer as part of their tuition fees. This computer becomes the property of the student and it is used for many purposes. Course curricula includes a broad scope of topics including foundations of nursing, human growth and development, obstetrical and pediatric nursing, human anatomy and physiology, pharmacology and more.

The CNA Program is also offered at the Genesee Valley Educational Partnership. This course is no less than a 150-clock hour program, approved by the New York State Education Department, and designed to prepare graduates for immediate employment following successful mastery of the post-program certification testing.

The LPN Program is offered at three different site locations: Batavia, Rochester Tech Park in Gates, and Mount Morris. The CNA Program is offered at two different locations, Mount Morris and Batavia.

For more information or any questions, please call 585-344-7788.

About the Genesee Valley Educational Partnership

It operates as a Board of Cooperative Educational Services offering shared programs and services to 22 component school districts located in Genesee, Wyoming, Livingston and Steuben counties in New York State.

January 16, 2020 - 3:48pm
posted by Billie Owens in 4-H, Announcements, public presentations.

Press release:

The Genesee County 4-H Program is looking for volunteers to help evaluate speakers at its upcoming 4-H Public Presentations Program.

The 4-H Public Presentations Program gives 4-H youth an opportunity to expand their public speaking skills in a fun, competitive format. 

The presentations program would not be possible without volunteer evaluators! Evaluators watch 4-H youth participants give presentations and provide them with constructive comments to help them improve their public speaking skills.

The 2020 4-H Public Presentations Events will be held on Saturday, Feb. 15th, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.; Thursday, Feb. 20th, 3 – 5 p.m. and Wednesday, Feb. 26th, 3 – 5 p.m. at the Cornell Cooperative Extension Office in Batavia.

If you are interested in serving as a volunteer evaluator, please contact the 4-H Office at [email protected], or 585-343-3040, ext. 101.

January 14, 2020 - 3:23pm

If you like John Edwards and "The Long Island Medium" then you will probably enjoy a "Psychic Gallery Event" with Steven Albert at Blue Pearl Yoga Studio in Batavia on Friday, Jan. 31.

Time is 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Tickets cost $35.

Many people are astonished at the detail in his readings.

If you have a mystery around a death -- come let him look into it and tell you the "real story" of what happened. Albert claims he is often able to channel loved ones who have passed.

His passion is bringing forth what needs to be said to help with healing of the people left behind.

The yoga studio is located in the Masonic Temple building, third floor, at 200 E. Main St. -- the southeast corner of Main and Center streets Downtown.

To learn more, visit www.stevealbert.net

Questions can be emailed to: [email protected]

January 14, 2020 - 10:53am
posted by Billie Owens in 4-H, Tractor Safety Program, Announcements.

Press release:

The Genesee County 4-H Program is now accepting registrations for the 2020 4-H Tractor Safety Program. The program is open to youth age 14 and over 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 allows youth age 14 and 15 to be certified to legally 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 at farm machinery dealerships throughout Genesee County. The fee for the program is $10 and youth must also be currently enrolled 4-H members.

Registrations are due Jan. 24.

To register for the program or receive more information, please contact the Genesee County 4-H Office at[email protected] or (585) 343-3040, ext. 131.

January 14, 2020 - 10:43am

Submitted photo and press release:

The Batavia Society of Artist is hosting Artist Terry Weber from 7 to 9 p.m. on Feb. 11th at GO ART! in Seymour Place, 201 E. Main St., Batavia.

She will be having a hands-on felting demonstration of a resting rabbit. Non-members welcome for a $5 fee.

The demo will actually be a hands on class where you'll make your own soft sculpture that you get to take home with you.

About Terry Weber

I studied Art at Saint Mary University in Leavenworth, Kan. My concentration was in Pottery, with a Secondary Education minor. I taught in Denver for three years, grades three though eight, before moving back to New York in 1982.

After eight years in the hotel business, I opened up my own shop where I did a bit of everything, selling beer and lottery tickets, ice cream and tacos, gifts and antiques. I closed it in 2005 and started a revival of my life as an artist.

I've dabbled in many mediums and textiles, from watercolor to silk painting. I started needle felting eight years ago. There are many artists working worldwide in this relatively new medium. Some use it to embellish clothing, others make works of art fit for any museum.

The process relies on the nature of wool, which has many scales on each strand. When pushed together, either through heat and agitation, such as in wet felting, or the action of barbed needles in needle felting, the strands bind to one another quite strongly to make felt.

The soft sculptures that can be created have a warmth that you don't get through other mediums like stone or clay. A cuddly sculpture, that's very attractive and hands on.

Wool naturally repels dirt and water, a bit of vacuuming once in a while is the only care required.

January 10, 2020 - 1:32pm

The Alabama-Oakfield Senior Luncheon Group -- whose motto is "We've Only Just Begun" -- has moved to a larger facility in order to accommodate more attendees!

The next luncheon will be held from 11:15 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 21 at the South Alabama Fire Hall, located at 2230 Judge Road (Route 63) in Oakfield.

Please use the large FRONT ENTRANCE and go directly to the dining room.

All are welcome to attend and bring a favorite dish to pass. Enjoy lunch and an afternoon of fun with friends!

For more information, contact LaNora Thompson at (585) 250-4205 or Michael Hamm at (585) 734-5921.

In case of snowstorm closure: directives are the same as for Oakfield-Alabama Central School; listen to WBTA AM 1490 / FM 100.1.

January 7, 2020 - 10:54am
posted by Billie Owens in Announcements, hlom.

Press release:

The Holland Land Office is excited to present a whole new year full of fun, entertaining and educational programs and events.  

On Saturday, Jan. 11th, the Saturday Morning Children’s Program will be making dry snow globes. There will be a little discussion about the history of how the Snow Globe came to be and maybe even a short story before the kids get to make their own.

If children would like to bring a small figure, animal or car to include they are welcome. This program is open for children 5-12 and runs from 10 a.m. until 12 p.m. The cost for this program is $5 per child or $4 per member.

On Thursday, Jan. 16th, it's History Trivia Night. January’s theme is “Prohibition” to honor the 1920s. So brush up on your Prohibition knowledge and round up your friends and stop in! Trivia starts at 7 p.m. and costs $3 per person or $2 per member.

On Wednesday, Jan. 22nd, the Museum welcomes Patrick Weissend as the first of the 2020 Guest Speaker Series, in to talk about the settlement of Western New York. The talk will start at 7 p.m. at the museum and will cost $3 per person or $2 per museum member.  

Lastly, on Thursday, Jan. 23rd, we will be kicking off our Java with Joe “E” monthly discussions with Greg Van Dussen talking about his latest book “Circuit Rider Devotions.” As always this event is free to anyone who would like to participate and coffee, tea, hot cocoa and pastries will be available. The discussion will start at 9 a.m.

January 7, 2020 - 10:44am
posted by Billie Owens in Announcements, Genesee Chorale.

Press release:

Genesee Chorale begins another season Jan. 13 , with rehearsals 7 to 9 p.m. Mondays leading up May concerts.

All voices are welcome.

The Chorale is under the direction of Ric Jones. Rehearsals are at St. James Episcopal Church, 405 E. Main St., Batavia.

For further information contact Janine Fagnan at (585) 250-5483 or e-mail her at [email protected].

December 31, 2019 - 9:18am

Here is the Fire Commissioner Meeting Schedule for 2020 in the East Pembroke Fire District. Meetings will take place at 7 p.m. at the district officer, 8655 Barrett Drive, East Pembroke.

  • Tuesday, Jan. 7
  • Tuesday, Feb. 11
  • Tuesday, March 10
  • Tuesday, April 14
  • Tuesday, May 12
  • Tuesday, June 9
  • Tuesday, July 14
  • Tuesday, Aug. 11
  • Tuesday, Sept. 8
  • Tuesday, Oct. 13
  • Tuesday, Nov. 10
  • Wednesday, Dec. 9
  • Thursday, Dec. 30

William R. Joyce, Secretary, East Pembroke Fire District

December 28, 2019 - 12:22pm

Press release from the GOW Opioid Task Force:

Come join us for an exciting meeting to showcase our past year as the GOW Opioid Task Force and learn what's ahead for us in 2020!

Our Quarterly Meeting will be Wednesday, Jan. 22nd at Quality Inn & Suites hotel in Batavia, located at 8250 Park Road.

The meeting will begin at 10 a.m. with a free networking lunch served at noon. A Narcan training will follow at 1 p.m. for those that are interested. 

If you are interested in tabling at the event please contact, Christen Ferraro, Greater Rochester Health Foundation project coordinator, at 585-815-1863.

For more information and to register, visit our Eventbrite invitation link. We hope to see you there!

Space is limited, please RSVP today!

December 26, 2019 - 12:46pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in Deal of the Day, Announcements.

Reminders of how the Deal of the Day program works:

  • To make purchases, you must be registered. Deal of the Day uses a registration system that is not connected to the registration for commenting on The Batavian (the main user login in the upper left of the homepage).
  • Once re gistered you must sign in using the "sign in" link in this box.
  • You click on the orange button, which appears if the item is not sold out, and it takes you to a PayPal button. This allows you to pay either with your PayPal account or with a credit card/debit card. The login for PayPal is completely separate from our accounts.
  • The first person to successfully complete the PayPal transaction wins the gift certificate.
  • You are eligible to buy the same item only once in a four-month period. We use the registration system to track this for you so you don't have to.
  • Only one gift certificate from the same business PER HOUSEHOLD is allowed in each four-month period. We do not have a way to automatically track duplicate purchases within a household; however, if we notice such a purchase, we reserve the right to cancel the purchase and refund the purchase money. Each individual buyer must use his or her own PayPal account for purchases. It's important that participating businesses not be asked to redeem multiple gift certificates from the same person/family at the same time.
  • Gift certificates should be used within 30 days of receipt.



December 24, 2019 - 2:42pm
posted by Billie Owens in GC Interagency Council, Announcements, scholarships.

Press release:

The Genesee County Interagency Council met for its December meeting on Wednesday (Dec. 18th). At the meeting as part of a coffee sale fundraiser, members raised $631.75 toward scholarships that will go to students living in Genesee County interested in going into the field of Human Services. 

In celebration of the holidays, members wore ugly sweaters, on purpose of course, and other festive attire. Presents were given to the best dressed and to some other lucky winners as well.

The fun did not stop there -- students from Batavia Flute Duet, Batavia Beautyshop Ensemble, Batavia High School Saxophone Ensemble, and BHS Carolers played music for attendees.

The purpose of the Genesee County Interagency Council is to provide a place where people interested in the positive growth of Genesee County residents to network and share updates.

Members are also part of an online LISTSERV by which if a member has a client with a need the membership can provide them with resources. 

New members are always welcome and our membership is diverse from human service agencies to health insurance companies as well as other community advocates.

General membership meetings are held on the third Wednesday of the month at 12 p.m. at the Arc Community Building at 38 Woodrow Road, Batavia.

December 5, 2019 - 2:05pm
posted by Billie Owens in GC 4-H, Tractor Safety Program, Announcements.

Press release:

The Genesee County 4-H Program is now accepting registrations for the 2020 4-H Tractor Safety Program. It is open to youth age 14 and over 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 allows youth age 14 and 15 to be certified to legally 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 at farm machinery dealerships throughout Genesee County.

The fee for the program is $10 and youth must also be currently enrolled 4-H members. Registrations are due Jan. 24.

To register for the program or receive more information, please contact the Genesee County 4-H Office at [email protected] or (585) 343-3040, ext. 131.

November 12, 2019 - 4:11pm
posted by James Morasco in Announcements.
Special St. Andrews Day Event You are invited to attend the “Kirkin of the Tartans” service on Sunday, November 24th 11:14 am at the Stone Church Presbyterian Church, 7549 S Lake Rd, Bergen, NY 14416. They will be joined by the Morganville United Church of Christ in celebrating the blending of Celtic spirituality with the Christian Faith.  This century’s old commemoration will be presented by the Scottish Heritage Society of Rochester who will assist in the service through story, song, bagpipes and drum. For more information contact the Stone Church Presbyterian Church at 585 – 494 – 1847 or Morganville United Church of Christ at 585 – 813 - 7416  
October 23, 2019 - 10:47am
posted by Billie Owens in speak up toastmasters, Announcements, batavia.
On Tuesday, Speak Up Toastmasters celebrated another successful open house. Pam Gorman, the District director covering most of New York State, was in attendance encouraging prospective members.

The audience was captivated listening to the inspiring speeches given by members Shirley Malone and Leslie Marino about leadership. Eva Miller led the club in table topics combining attendees’ real-life experiences and game shows from the 1950s. She had everyone in stitches laughing. 

Ask member Sarah Kohl why Toastmasters is important and she says, “Realistically, everyone has to give a speech at some point in their life and you might as well enjoy the experience.”

Kohl recently developed a short video for the clubs Facebook page and website.  

Toastmasters is the most cost-effective leadership training available and it's in a friendly, positive, motivating atmosphere. The results are proven! This training can help you move to the next level of your career.

Visit our website for more information SpeakUpToastmasters.org.

October 19, 2019 - 2:10pm

The University at Buffalo’s Clinical Research Institute (CRIA) and the NYS Office of Alcohol and Substance Abuse Services (OASAS) are sponsoring a free buprenorphine waiver training for clinical health care providers.

It will be held at GCASA in Batavia from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Nov. 16.

The buprenorphine waiver eight-hour training is offered in a half-and-half format (4.5 hrs. of in-person training followed by 3.5 hrs. of online training).

Light refreshments will be served.

Participants will receive CME credits.

Physicians (MDs, DOs) need to complete the half-and-half course to apply for the waiver. Nurse Practitioners (NPs) and Physician Assistants (PAs) are required to complete the standardized buprenorphine waiver 8-hour training as well as an additional 16 hours of online training as established by the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act (CARA).

Please contact us for further information.

Dr. Paul Updike 
Director of Addiction Medicine and Recovery Services, Catholic Health System

Genesee/Orleans Council on Alcoholism and Substance Abuse, Inc. 430 E Main Street, Batavia, NY 14020

Online registration for the workshop:   https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/ZBQF7P9

Directions:   https://goo.gl/maps/8KZecbdEKYP2

Questions: Please contact Dr. Christopher Barrick (716-829-3280)

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