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December 11, 2008 - 11:56am
posted by Philip Anselmo in Announcements, Richmond Memorial Library, education, books.

From the Richmond Memorial Library:

Date: December 10, 2008

Re: Nearly New Year’s Party

Why should adults have all the fun on New Year’s Eve? This year children can help ring in the New Year at the Richmond Memorial Library. Families are invited to the Children’s Room on December 31 from 11am –12 (noon of course) to celebrate at a “Nearly New Year’s Party”. Festive games, foods, and crafts are planned for this special occasion. So don’t let 2009 come without some fanfare. Call the library at 585-343-9550 ext. 4 and make your reservation today.

December 11, 2008 - 11:54am
posted by Philip Anselmo in Attica, Announcements, schools.

From the Batavia City School District:

Students at Attica Central School donated 150 holiday ornaments to the patients of United Memorial Medical Center.  Children in Mrs. Goliszek and Mrs. Nowak’s fourth grade classes created candy cane reindeer ornaments for hospital patients as part of a project to demonstrate compassion, the theme for the month of December. The goal of the project is to provide compassion to friends and neighbors who are unable to be home for the holidays.

The ornaments will be placed on patient meal trays at United Memorial where they will certainly brighten the spirits of those who are hospitalized during the holiday season.

Over 600 ornaments were completed by the students and donated to United Memorial, Women and Children’s Hospital of Buffalo and Wyoming County Community Health in Warsaw. Attica Middle School students annually donate pillowcases to United Memorial’s Pediatric Department which they make using fun juvenile fabrics.

December 11, 2008 - 11:51am

From the Richmond Memorial Library:

Sponsor:  Richmond Memorial Library, 19 Ross St., Batavia

Event:  Adult Book Discussion

Place:  Richmond Memorial Library

Date & Time:  Wednesday, January 14 7:45 a.m.*

Other Information:  The Adult Book Discussion Group will meet at Richmond Memorial Library, 19 Ross Street, Batavia on Wednesday, January 14 at 7:45 a.m. to discuss THE GREAT GATSBY by F. Scott Fitzgerald.  Books are available at the front desk. Refreshments served.  For more information, call the library at 343-9550, ext. 8 or log onto www.batavialibrary.org.

*a.m. is correct—we meet early!

December 11, 2008 - 11:02am
posted by Philip Anselmo in Announcements, GCC, music, schools.

From Genesee Community College:

The Genesee Center for the Arts at Genesee Community College is pleased to announce the calendar of events for its 17th season at the Stuart Steiner Theatre. The Center for the Arts is proud to bring in a variety of artists and productions that raises the standard for years to come. Live performances at the Genesee Center for the Arts begin with:

Arguably the most relevant blues artist of our time (Guitar Player magazine), OTIS TAYLOR brings his unique instrumentation and sound to Genesee Community College in early 2009. A genre defying, critically-acclaimed singer and songwriter, this former antiques dealer is currently on tour promoting his eighth and newest album Recapturing the Banjo. For more information, visit www.otistaylor.com. His performance is scheduled for Saturday, February 7, 2009 at 8:00PM. General admission ticket prices for Otis Taylor are $10.00 for adults and $5.00 for students, senior citizens and GCC faculty/students.

Continuing to present innovative programming for the enrichment of the community, the GENESEE SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA finishes its 62nd season with two final performances in the Stuart Steiner Theatre. General admission ticket prices for Genesee Symphony Orchestra concerts are $12.00 for adults, $8.00 for senior citizens (62 & over) and $5.00 for students (18 & under and GCC students with a valid ID). Orchestra tickets are also available through GO-ART 585/343-9313 and Roxy's Music Store 585/343-7222.

Concert #3: "Magnificent" is scheduled for Sunday, February 22, 2009 at 4:00PM.
Concert #4: "Exhilarating" is set for Sunday, May 3, 2009 at 4:00PM.

TThe Center for the Arts continues its commitment to introducing the performing arts to children and families by presenting the modern children's fable, THE INCREDIBLE JUNGLE JOURNEY OF FENDA MARIA. Written by Jack Stokes, Fenda Maria is the story of a young girl who, with the help of a village doctor, must travel through the jungle in order to save a prince from an evil witch. With help from the audience, Fenda Maria and her friends ultimately learn what's important ... the meaning of being a good person. Daytime school performances of The Incredible Jungle Journey of Fenda Maria are scheduled for Wednesday, March 25 through Friday, March 27, 2009, with one final performance for the public on Friday, March 27 at 7:30PM. General admission ticket prices are $6.00 for adults, $3.00 for students, senior citizens and GCC faculty, and $2.00 for GCC students with a valid ID. For more information on the daytime school performances of Fenda Maria, contact the Genesee Center for the Arts Box Office at 585/343-0055 x6814.

Weaving a rich tapestry of Celtic and World music, STONE ROW presents a unique style of old classics and captivating originals, by blending traditional and contemporary genres. From traditional Celtic songs and World music to a combination of folk, country and hard rock, goes beyond the normal Irish/Celtic stereotype. For more information, visit www.stonerow.com. The performance is scheduled for Saturday, March 28, 2009 at 8:00PM. General admission ticket prices for Stone Row are $10.00 for adults and $5.00 for students, senior citizens and GCC faculty/students.

The hilarious farce NOISES OFF depicts the onstage and backstage antics of a fifth-rate acting troupe touring in the awful sex farce, Nothing On. The play-within-a-play follows the acting company's antics, both on stage and off, from the disastrous final dress rehearsal through months of performances, that include deteriorating relationships, collapsing scenery, exploding props and general hilarity. Performance dates are scheduled for Thursday, April 23, 2009 at 7:30PM, Friday, April 24, 2009 at 7:30PM, Saturday, April 25, 2009 at 7:30PM and Sunday, April 26, 2009 at 2:00PM. General admission ticket prices for Noises Off are only $6.00 for adults, $3.00 for students, senior citizens and GCC faculty, and $2.00 for GCC students with a valid ID.

The talent of both local artists and Genesee students fill the Lobby Art Gallery at the Genesee Center for the Arts this spring. Open during normal college hours, admission to the Lobby Art Gallery is free. The Spring 2009 performances at the Stuart Steiner Theatre include the following Lobby Art Gallery exhibitions:

The 2008-2009 LOBBY ART GALLERY SEASON celebrates the New Year with JOSEPHINE KEARNEY: PHOTOGRAPHS FROM CHINA, an exhibit introducing vibrant and unconventional photographs throughout China. Scheduled to run from January 15, 2009 to February 24, 2009, an opening reception is scheduled for Thursday, January 22, 2009 from 1:00-2:00PM.

The talents of Genesee student artists take center stage with the GCC FINE ARTS STUDENT EXHIBITION, an exhibit featuring sculpture, ceramics, paintings, drawings, and design, highlighting student works (both art and non-art majors) at Genesee Community College. Scheduled to run from February 25, 2009 to March 24, 2009, an opening reception is scheduled for Thursday, February 26, 2009 from 1:00-2:00PM.

The season continues with VIRGINIA MARTIN: PAINTINGS EXHIBIT. Scheduled to run from March 25, 2009 to April 28, 2009, an opening reception is scheduled for Thursday, March 26, 2009 from 1:00-2:00PM.

In tandem with Genesee's Fourth Annual ECO-Fest celebration of Earth Day, a RECYCLED ART COMPETITION AND EXHIBIT will be on display from April 29 to May 1, 2009. A reception for the artists and recyclers will be with ECO-Fest on Thursday, April 30th from 5:00 to 8:00 PM.

The academic year concludes with the GCC DIGITAL ART STUDENT EXHIBITION, an exhibit of works from the best of Genesee's digital art students, including theatrical posters, advertising, marketing concepts and more. Scheduled to run from May 5, 2009 to August 25, 2009, an opening reception is scheduled for Thursday, May 7, 2009 from 1:00-2:00PM.

For more ticket information or reservations, contact the Genesee Center for the Arts Box Office at 585/343-0055 x6814, or by email at [email protected]. The Genesee Center for the Arts Box Office accepts cash and checks only, credit cards are not accepted. For door-to-door directions, sent via email, visit www.genesee.edu.

December 11, 2008 - 10:45am
posted by Philip Anselmo in Announcements, charity, Holidays, Ministry of Concern, Days Inn.

From the Genesee-Orleans Ministry of Concern:

The Batavia Days Inn donated over 100 beds to the Genesee-Orleans Ministry of Concern furniture program.  This generous donation helped GOMOC to almost exhaust an 8 page waiting list of people in need of beds in our community.  This holiday season, many children and families will now have warm beds to sleep in.

The GOMOC Furniture Program collects furniture donations from the commuity and distributes them to those in need.  The service is free to both the community members donating and those in need.  We accept beds, dressers, couches and chairs, kitchen tables, and working appliance. To make a donation, simply call our agency and schedule a pick-up.

The Genesee-Orleans Ministry of Concern would like to thank the Batavia Days Inn and all the other generous community members who have donated to our furniture program.

December 9, 2008 - 11:13pm
posted by Session Placeholder in Announcements, events, Dinners.

Roast Pork Dinner catered by D&R Depot

Jan. 8, 2009 at 5:30 p.m.

YWCA - 301 North St., Batavia

Program : Organize your Home by Tracy Wells

RSVP by 1/2/2009 to Brenda at [email protected]

Guests are always welcome!

 

December 9, 2008 - 1:27pm

The Batavia Players will be presenting the show "Child's Christmas Quilt", on Friday, December 19 and Saturday, December 20 at Genesee Community College. The shows will begin at 7:30 p.m. on those nights.

The 10th Winter Theatre Celebration is directed by Patrick D. Burke and will feature the All City Children's Choir.

Tickets are just $5 and are sold at Go Art! at 201 East Main St. in Batavia and at the door at the Stuart Steiner Theature at GCC.

You can get more information on the show by calling 585-343-9313 ex. 31.

December 9, 2008 - 12:56pm
posted by Philip Anselmo in batavia, Announcements, veterans, VA Medical Center.

From the VA Western New York:

David J. West, FACHE has been named Interim Medical Center Director at VA Western New York Healthcare System effective December 7.  VA Western New York Healthcare System includes medical centers in Buffalo, Batavia and seven community based out patient clinics located in Niagara Falls, Lockport, Dunkirk, Jamestown, Lackawanna, Olean, and Warsaw.  Mr. West has been the Medical Center Director at the Bath VA Medical Center since April 29, 2007.

Prior to being appointed Director for the Bath VA, Mr. West served as Associate Director at the Washington, DC VA Medical Center, and began his career with VA in1987 at the Washington DC VA Medical Center.

At VA WNYHS, he will oversee over 1,690 employees serving over 40,000 veterans during the period until a new director is appointed.  He succeeds James P. Cody who has served as interim director since August and Michael S. Finegan who recently was promoted to network director, in Ann Arbor, Michigan.  “It’s an opportunity for me to work with a dedicated staff in Western NY serving our nation’s heroes,” West said.

Mr. West served in the U.S. Army from 1973 to 1978. He holds a Master of Science degree in Health Services Administration from the College of St. Frances in Joliet, Illinois and is a Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives.

December 9, 2008 - 9:47am
posted by Philip Anselmo in Announcements, elba.

From the Elba Historical Society:

The Historical Society of Elba has a Christmas window on display at the Pinehill Fitness Center on Main St. in Elba (across from the Post Office).  The Elba Throws (maroon or blue) have been reduced to $35.00 including tax.  Also available are the 1995 Town of Elba 175th Anniversary book on the History of Elba.  $10.00.

Another window is featuring ELBA FIRSTS.  Did you know that Elba had a Windmill Company that sold to people all over the United States? Did you know that Elba had the first Rural Mail Delivery in New York State?

Call Ann at 757-9356  or June at 757-2791 for more information.

December 8, 2008 - 2:53pm
posted by Ritchie Kirkum Jr in Announcements, Birth, Oakfield Births.

Ritchie & Jennifer (Swiatowy) Kirkum  of Oakfield would like to announce the birth of their son, Colin Edward Kirkum.  Born 12/2/2008 at Millard Fillmore Suburban Hosptial in Amherst NY.  Colin weighed 8lbs 6oz and was 22" long.

December 8, 2008 - 2:38pm
posted by Genesee-Orleans... in Announcements, charity, donation.

The Batavia Days Inn donated over 100 beds to the Genesee-Orleans Ministry of Concern furniture program.  This generous donation helped GOMOC to almost exhaust an 8 page waiting list of people in need of beds in our community.  This holiday season, many children and families will now have warm beds to sleep in. 

The GOMOC Furniture Program collects furniture donations from the commuity and distributes them to those in need.  The service is free to both the community members donating and those in need.  We accept beds, dressers, couches and chairs, kitchen tables, and working appliance. To make a donation, simply call our agency and schedule a pick-up.

The Genesee-Orleans Ministry of Concern would like to thank the Batavia Days Inn and all the other generous community members who have donated to our furniture program. 

December 8, 2008 - 12:22pm
posted by Beth Stich in Announcements.

 

All are invited to attend the Christmas Eve Candlelight Service at the First Presbyterian Church, 300 East Main Street, Batavia at 7:00pm December 24th. Celebrate the coming of Christ into our world with music, drama and prayer. Child care is available for children 3 and under. The church is handicapped accessible.
 
"Christmas is not as much about opening our presents as opening our hearts"
                                                                Janice Maeditere

 

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.

HOLIDAY HOME LIGHTING CONTEST TO BE HELD

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:

MY YORIE-POO LITTLE 7LBS ALL BLACK DOG HAS BEEN MISSING FOR ALITTLE OVER A WEEK NOW AND i AM OFFERING A $500.00 REWARD FOR HER SAFE RETURN. SHE WAS LAST SEEN NEAR SOUTH MAIN ST AND FAIRWAY DRIVE. SHE WAS WEARING A PINK HARNESS. PLEASE IF ANYONE KNOWS WERE SHE IS YOU COULD CONTACT ME AT 585-409-8603 OR 585-345-1552.THANK YOU!

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