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December 8, 2008 - 10:25am
posted by Philip Anselmo in Announcements, agenda, Bethany.

Please click here to download the agenda for the next meeting (December 8) of the Bethany Town Board.

December 7, 2008 - 6:20pm
posted by Debra DelleFave in Announcements.

Do you have extra, gently used winter outerwear that you'd like to part with?  The American Legion Auxiliary, Unit 575 in Bergen is having a "Winter Warmth" clothing drive to collect coats. scarves, hats, gloves and mittens to give to those in need.  Donations will be accepted Saturday, December 13th from 3:00-7:00 p.m. at the American Legion Post 575 located at 21 South Lake Rd. in Bergen.  To make alternate arrangements, please call 494-2322.

December 5, 2008 - 10:42am
posted by Philip Anselmo in Announcements, GCC, schools, Holidays, Christmas.

From Genesee Community College:

It's that time of year again, as the holiday season is now upon us. Genesee Community College is once again sponsoring their annual holiday community events with a Holiday Shopping Bazaar on December 12th as well as the annual Breakfast with Santa on December 14th.

Beat the crowds at the mall and shop Friday, December 12, 2008 at Genesee Community College's annual Holiday Shopping Bazaar. From 9:30 a.m. until 2:00 p.m., merchants will be set up in the Forum at Genesee's Batavia Campus. A variety of items will be available, including: wool sweaters, hats and gloves, candles, jewelry and watches, sportswear, cosmetics, and homemade crafts. With a wide assortment of gifts, shoppers can find a little something for everyone on their list. This event is free and open to the public.

Bring the family to the annual Breakfast with Santa on Sunday, December 14th in the cafeteria at the Batavia Campus, from 9:30a.m. until 11:00 a.m. The cost is $6 for adults, $4 for kids under 12 and kids under five are free. Children and adults of all ages are welcomed to dine on French toast, scrambled eggs, bacon, sausage, hash browns, and pastries. Breakfast will be served from 9:30 a.m. until 10:30 a.m. Santa will be arriving at 10:00 a.m. and pictures with Santa are free. Activities and gifts for children will be provided. Tickets for this event are available in the Student Activities office at Genesee or at the door. Checks can be made to GCCA.

For further information on the holiday events provided by Genesee Community College's Office of Student Activities, please call 585-343-0055 ext. 6261.

December 5, 2008 - 10:41am
posted by Philip Anselmo in Announcements, GCC, schools, finance.

From Genesee Community College:

Genesee Community College students received $16.7 million in student financial assistance last year, according to Joseph Bailey, Associate Dean for Enrollment Services.

Mr. Bailey told trustees at Monday's Board of Trustees meeting that Genesee students received aid to help defray their education from a variety of sources, including federal PELL grants ($5.5 million); New York State Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) grants ($3.6 million); and Stafford loans ($7 million).

Student aid is on the increase, Mr. Bailey reported. Next year, the maximum PELL award will increase. Despite problems with national credit markets, Genesee Community College has access to enough private lenders to make educational loans possible. Genesee has also been declared eligible as a federal direct loan college, meaning that students could borrow directly from the federal government for educational expenses if they needed to do so.

"We have a wide range of financial resources available to help students pursue their college education," Mr. Bailey said.

Students may contact Genesee's Office of Financial Assistance at 585-345-6900 for more information about financial assistance and veterans services programs, and for help in completing financial assistance applications.

December 4, 2008 - 5:41pm
posted by Melissa George in Announcements, jaycees, lights, holiday, contest, judging.


The Batavia Area Jaycees have announced they will be doing home holiday light judging on December 16, 2008 starting at 6:00 pm.

Winners will be bases on six categories:
  • Most Traditional Décor
  • Most Colorful
  • Overall Display
  • Friends of the Lighting Company
  • Most Commercial
  • Simple and Elegant
Judging will take place within the City of Batavia limits, but if you feel there is a house within the town limits that is worth judging, please leave a message at 343-5775 with the address and we will make an effort to judge the house.
The Batavia Area Jaycees is a community service organization for ages 21 to 39. They have been providing local individual development and leadership training since 1943.
For more information, call 343-5775 or visit www.geneseeny.com/bataviajaycees
December 4, 2008 - 2:38pm
Course instruction and intensive training in tractor and farm machinery safety, leading to certification is being planned for Saturday mornings at various dealerships in Genesee County beginning on February 14, 2009. 

Classes include general tractor maintenance, safe farm equipment operation and safety issues in general. This training is offered only once a year and is for youth ages 14-15. Please call Amy Berry at 343-3040, ext. 106 to register to receive further information about the class when it becomes available.
December 3, 2008 - 2:34pm
posted by Philip Anselmo in Announcements, Lupus, chairty.

From the Lupus Alliance of America:

The Lupus Alliance of America, Upstate New York Affiliate (www.lupusupstateny.org) announces the success of the 2008 Sweetest Day Chocolate Butterfly Bouquet Sale.  This year they sold over 1,700 bouquets.

The money raised from this event will help continue serving those affected by lupus within the Western New York community.  Lupus Alliance of America Upstate New York has been providing services to lupus patients and their families for over 30 years.  The butterfly bouquet sales, has helped increase the level of awareness about lupus, which is also a major part of Alliance’s mission.

Thank you to the businesses and volunteers for making this year’s Sweetest Day Chocolate Butterfly Bouquet campaign such a success.

December 3, 2008 - 9:10am
posted by Philip Anselmo in batavia, Announcements, lost pet.

We received this via a news sumbission from Lisa Suozzi:


December 2, 2008 - 11:22pm
posted by Session Placeholder in Announcements, events, music, special music, Christmas.

"Come & Worship"

A Christmas Invitation

Saturday, December 6, 2008 7:00 P.M.

Sunday, December,7, 2008 8:30 A.M.

St. Paul Lutheran Church

31 Washington Ave.

Batavia, New York

Admission is Free





December 2, 2008 - 9:19pm


Supporting our GeneseeCounty (and surrounding area) troops and their families in the US Global War on Terrorism
Do you live in or near GeneseeCounty and have a loved one in the military, reserves, deployed, or recently returned? Would you like the opportunity to informally network with other like friends and families? Please join us at our next meeting.
Meetings held:
4th Tuesday of each month beginning 1/27/09
5:45 pm until approximately 7:30 pm
Richmond Memorial Library-19 Ross St.-Batavia, NY
Speakers will be determined on a month to month basis
Please join us to share tips and resources, loved one’s stories and accolades, your concerns and coping techniques, hear speakers about local resources, and support and connect with one another in these challenging, yet very proud, times. 
For more information, contact:
Jay Lazarony, at 585-356-4561(h), e-mail [email protected]
Ruth Spink, at 585-797-3728 (c), e-mail [email protected]


December 2, 2008 - 1:39pm
posted by Ruth Spink in Announcements, Seniors, Disabled Persons, Caregivers.

You will find all of the long term care and service options that are offered throughout Genesee County by going to www.co.genesee.ny.us and clicking on NY Connects Genesee Care Options. This information is for people over age 60, disabled adults, children, infants, and their caregivers.

Many times; disability, aging, injury, or illness may lead to future problems. You, a family member, or a loved one may need help to plan for further care. Making choices about care during these times can be hard.

 Contact us through our website or by calling 585-343-1611 for more information

Questions you may have:

*Where can I turn for help?

*How can I find out about all of my options?

*Where can I find providers or caregivers?
*How will I pay for the care?          




December 2, 2008 - 11:55am
posted by Amy Johnson in batavia, Announcements, Notre Dame.

Notre Dame High School will present its annual Holiday Pops dinner and concert on Sunday, December 7, 2008.

The evening will begin with dinner at 6:00 p.m. followed by special holiday performances from Notre Dame students in the Jazz Ensemble, Concert Choir and Concert Band. The musical program will feature Lowell Mason’s Jazz to the World, Franz Gruber’s Silent Night, Leroy Anderson’s Sleigh Ride as well as other holiday favorites including O Holy Night, You’re a Mean One Mr. Grinch and What Child Is This?.
Tickets are pre-sale only and are $20 per person; tables of eight are available. Reservations may be made in-person at Notre Dame High School located at 73 Union Street or by calling (585) 343-2798 no later than Wednesday, December 3.
Notre Dame High School is a Catholic co-educational institution dedicated to educating and preparing young men and women to lead and serve in an ever-changing world. Founded in 1951, Notre Dame challenges students by providing the highest level of academic programs, offering extensive co-curricular activities and embracing a commitment to serve humanity.
December 1, 2008 - 1:13pm
posted by Philip Anselmo in Announcements, GCC.

From Genesee Community College:

he Global Education Committee and the Student Government Association at Genesee Community College are sponsoring a panel discussion on the Current Issues in Immigration. The panel discussion will take place on Tuesday, December 2, 2008 from 6:30 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. at the Batavia Campus in room T102. The event is free and open to the public.

Guest speakers include: Sophie Feal, Supervising Immigration Attorney at the Erie County Bar Association Volunteer Lawyers Project; Samson Olaode, Director of Grant Services at Genesee and a native of Nigeria; Betty Svitavsky, Principal of Brockport Migrant Education Project; and Nada Brooks, an international student at Genesee from Mongolia. The panel discussion will discuss the challenges and issues involved in becoming a citizen, interpreting and navigating current immigration laws and living as a migrant worker.

As part of the efforts of the Global Education Committee at Genesee, the group will also be sponsoring collection drives for reading glasses, eye glasses and sun glasses on behalf of the Lions Club. There is also a collection for glasses for New York Help Honduras, a non-profit organization that sponsors mission trips to Honduras to aid in medical, agricultural and educational improvements. Collection boxes will be available at the panel discussion as well as in the Social Sciences suite at the Batavia campus.

The Global Education Committee at Genesee Community College is dedicated to recognizing, embracing, and celebrating the diversity of the human family. Through its varied activities, the Global Education Committee fosters multicultural awareness, understanding and appreciation, and provides opportunities to demonstrate global citizenship.

For further information, please contact Karen Kovach-Allen, Dean of Human Communication and Behavior at Genesee Community College at 585-343-0055 ext.6298 or by email [email protected].

December 1, 2008 - 12:34pm
posted by Philip Anselmo in Announcements, GCC, music.

From Genesee Community College:

The annual Encore event is a holiday tradition featuring a performance by the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra at approximately 7:45 PM in the Stuart Steiner Theatre. Guests will be welcomed by Edgar and Mary Louise Hollwedel, chairpersons of the event.

A pre-concert Gala Reception from 6:00 to 7:30 PM takes place in the William W. Stuart Forum where guests will savor sensational gourmet foods from various stations, and listen to the festive sounds of Derek Reiss' Jazz Quartet. After the RPO concert, guests will enjoy a coffee bar including a selection of delectable desserts.

A few tickets for the event are still available for $100 by calling 585-345-6809.

November 25, 2008 - 4:15pm

FREE energy saving and financial management workshops will be offered in December at Cornell Cooperative Extension of Genesee County.

Save Energy, Save Dollars will be offered at 9 a.m. on December 12th and will be followed by Making Ends Meet at 11:30 a.m. The public is encouraged to attend one or both of these informative sessions.

The Save Energy, Save Dollars session helps participants learn about low-cost and no-cost ways to reduce energy bills, learn about programs that can help you afford energy-efficiency improvements with subsidies, low-interest loans, or free services to qualifying households.  All attendees receive an assortment of energy saving items.

Making Ends Meet shows participants how to develop a household-spending plan, ways to maximize resources and how to reduce energy usage. Money management kits will be provided to all in attendance.

Pre-registration required.  For more information or to register, contact Kristine Fisher at 343-3040, ext. 114 or [email protected],  or stop by the Extension Center located at 420 East Main St. in Batavia.

November 25, 2008 - 3:32pm
posted by Kimberly Amey in Announcements.

7th Annual Celebrate Agriculture Dinner

Saturday, March 21, 2009 at 6 p.m.
Alexander Fire Hall, Rt. 98 in Alexander

Dinner tickets may be ordered for $25 each or $230 for a table of ten from Cornell Cooperative Extension of Genesee County.

The event is open to the public. You are encouraged to purchase tickets early as only 400 will be sold and last year the event sold out by mid-January.

This extremely popular community tradition has become firmly established as a festive, fun filled get-together, and an opportunity to come together and socialize before the beginning of another growing season.
This year the event will wrap up National Agriculture Week, which will run from March 15-21.

To order tickets stop by Cornell Cooperative Extension of Genesee County located at 420 East Main St. in Batavia. For more information, call Michelle Dills at 585-343-3040 ext. 107.

This event is coordinated by the following partners
Cornell Cooperative Extension of Genesee County
Genesee County Chamber of Commerce
Genesee County Soil & Water Conservation District
Genesee County Farm Bureau

November 25, 2008 - 2:32pm

 Thanksgiving is this Thursday and Americans will come together to give thanks and enjoy a safe and affordable meal with their families.  It's important to remember where our food comes from and the family farmers and ranchers who provide America with such a bountiful harvest.

Did you know that farmers and ranchers receive only 20 cents of every food dollar that consumers spend on food at home and away from home? According to the USDA, off farm costs including marketing, processing, wholesaling, distribution and retailing account for 80 cents of every food dollar spent in the United States.
Here's a look at the farmer's share for a traditional Thanksgiving meal: 

Retail Price $
Farmer’s Share $
10 lb. Turkey
Boneless Ham
Sweet Potatoes
Mashed Potatoes
Apple Pie
 Source: http://nfu.org/
If you are interested in where you can find some locally grown products, Cornell Cooperative Extension has put together an Agri-Tourism Guide. The brochure was made possible with grant funding from the NYS Department of Ag & Markets. You can call the office at 585-343-3040 for one or check out our website http://genesee.cce.cornell.edu/home for the most up to date version.  Look under Agri-tourism Guide - Listings.
November 24, 2008 - 6:40pm
posted by Tina Schofield in Announcements.


Boy Scout Tree &
 Wreath Sale
Come join the Pavilion Troop 16 Boy Scouts to select a special tree and wreath to decorate your home this holiday season.
* You select the tree from the Parise’s lot of homegrown beauties
* Boy Scouts will cut and carry to your vehicle
* Delivery service available
* Decorated wreaths for sale as well
When:       Sunday, November 30th
                   Sunday, December 7th
                   Saturday, December 13th 
Time:         11:00 – 3:00
Where:       5 Law Street, Batavia (next to Mr. Ralph Parise’s home)
Price:        $20.00 each
We have both long and short needle trees with many sizes to choose from, even small ones for homes with limited space. 


November 24, 2008 - 2:39pm
posted by Philip Anselmo in Announcements, GCC, schools.

From Genesee Community College:

Genesee Community College is pleased to announce that Annette Zuber has been named Employee of the Month for November 2008. Annette has worked at Genesee for nine years and is currently a Technical Specialist in Institution Research and Assessment. While working at Genesee, she has completed two Associate's degrees and is on her way to completing a Master's Degree.

Before coming to Genesee, Annette was a stay-at-home mom to her three children when she came to Genesee to update her business skills to get a job. Her first position at the College was a math mentor and she assumed her present position in Institutional Research and Assessment in 2004. She has made great contributions to the College's ability to track students and graduates by creating and maintaining databases. She is a self -starter who repeatedly demonstrates the capacity to organize complex tasks, gather and interpret information, and to research and understand complicated regulations and directions from external agencies.

Annette began her educational career at Cornell University where she received a Bachelor's degree in Food and Nutrition in 1972. While working at the College, she found time to obtain an Associate's Degree in Accounting in 2000 and an additional Associate's Degree in Computer Information Systems in 2002. Annette is currently working on a Master's degree in Mathematics at SUNY Brockport.

A resident of Wyoming, NY, she enjoys gardening, crafts and photography, as well as raising puppies for Guiding Eyes for the Blind.

"I like the fact that I am allowed to work with my own style in a very supportive environment," Annette said. "I have many different projects, so the job is always interesting."

November 24, 2008 - 2:37pm
posted by Philip Anselmo in Announcements, GCC, schools.

From Genesee Community College:

Genesee Community College is pleased to name Emily Voss Student of the Month for November. Emily, a 2007 graduate of Fillmore High School, is in the Elementary Education Transfer Program at Genesee. She is a very active student and was named to the Dean's List in the Spring of 2008. She participates in many activities on campus and at College Village, all while maintaining an excellent academic record.

Emily is a work study student in the Accelerated College Enrollment (ACE) programs office where she is punctual and completes her work with responsibility and efficiency. She is a dedicated worker that even goes the extra distance to help out with the multitude of applications for ACE courses.

Emily, 19, a resident of Short Tract, NY plans on attending Roberts Wesleyan upon completing her studies at Genesee to pursue a Bachelor's and Master's Degree. She says her dream job would be to teach the first grade at her hometown school district, Fillmore Central School.

Emily chose Genesee Community College for its small community feel and its low cost of tuition. "My favorite aspect of Genesee is how small it is," said Emily. "This allows you to grow closer to your classmates and your professors, while getting a hands-on education."

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