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October 17, 2008 - 1:38pm
posted by Amy Johnson in batavia, Announcements, notre dame high school.

Notre Dame High School will hold an open house for prospective students on Thursday, October 23, 2008 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on the high school’s campus located at 73 Union Street in the City of Batavia. Pre-registration is strongly encouraged.

Faculty, coaches, current parents and students will be on hand to greet prospective students. The open house will feature personalized campus tours, opportunities to talk with faculty members and presentations from student clubs and organizations including Notre Dame’s athletic programs. Attendees will see first-hand why Notre Dame High School is ranked number eight among all public and private high school throughout Western New York.
Information about the many advantages of a faith-based, high school education will be available as well as financial aid options and admissions procedures requirements. Families will also have the opportunity to schedule a day to shadow a current student.
For more details or to pre-register, call Notre Dame High School at (585) 343-2783 or visit the Web site at www.ndhsbatavia.com.
October 17, 2008 - 12:48pm
posted by Philip Anselmo in Announcements, GCC.

From Genesee Community College:

Genesee Community College at Arcade is hosting a photography exhibit entitled "Lines Through The Lens" presented by photographer Bonita Chimes and the local chapter of VIEW FINDERS. The exhibit will open on November 2, 2008 with a reception from 4:00 - 6:00PM. The show will be on display through November 28 and is open during normal Campus Center hours (Monday through Thursday, 9:00AM - 9:00PM, and Friday, 9:00AM - 4:00 PM).

Bonita Chimes has more than 20 years of photography experience, including work with nature, photojournalism, television and commercial photography. She has been published in newspapers, magazines and books.

Since 1994, Bonita has been working on a project called "Little Towns Are Not Forgotten", which is an ongoing effort to document rural towns. She has completed five volumes to date which can be seen throughout WNY and Central California. In addition, Bonita supplied all the photographs for the guidebook "Somewhere To Go On Sunday", introducing both residents and visitors to the natural beauty of WNY and Southern Ontario.

Bonita is the founder of VIEW FINDERS, a group of professional and amateur photographers with chapters in WNY and Sacramento California. The group participates in photography tours and will be traveling to Alaska and Norway to hone their skills while having fun. Bonita conducts photography workshops, both on tours and locally.

The Arcade Campus Center of Genesee Community College is located at 25 Edward Street in Arcade, NY. For more information, or if you are interested in having a show at the Arcade Campus Center during 2009, please stop by or call 585-492-5265.

October 17, 2008 - 12:45pm

From the Cornell Cooperative Extension:

Food, Land & People (FLP) is a nonprofit organization committed to helping people of all ages better understand the interrelationships among agriculture, the environment, and people of the world.  Food, Land & People’s science-and social-science-based curriculum, “Resources for Learning”, currently serves Pre-K to 12th grade students throughout the United States. The curriculum consists of 55 hands-on lessons, developed and tested be more than a thousand educators.  The subjects range from environmental science and stewardship to human populations and land use issues.  Twenty of the lessons are available in Spanish.  FLP’s mission is to develop citizens literate about the relationships between agriculture, the environment, and human populations.
There will be an educator training on November 1, 2008, from 9:00 a.m. –  2:00 p.m. at the Buffalo Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Ave., Buffalo, NY 14218.  Phone: 716-827-1584, Website: www.buffalogardens.com .  Attendees will  receive Food, Land and Peoples Resources for Learning CD-Rom (includes 55 lessons), Various NY Ag in the Classroom Materials including lessons plans, book lists, brochures, and more. Four hours of professional development credits and a participation certificate are included in a fun-filled day at the Buffalo Botanical Gardens (including lunch and tour of the gardens).
If you are interested in attending this workshop contact New Your State Agriculture in the Classroom, 106 Kennedy Hall, Cornell University, Ithaca NY 14853; call 1-607-255-9253; Fax: 607-255-7905; or e-mail: [email protected].  You can also check out the Ag in the Classroom website at: wwwnyaged.org/aitc.
As of December 31, 2006, 30,292 educators have been trained to use Food, Land & People’s lessons in twenty-seven states.  It is estimated that they have reached over 6.5 million students since 1998. New York Agriculture in the Classroom is the state affiliate agency for Food, Land, and People in New York.  They have aligned the 55 lessons with New York State Learning Standards in all curriculum areas. 
If you are interested in using Resources for Learning, or would like to learn more about it, contact Barb at 343-3040 ext. 122, visit the Cooperative Extension website at http://genesee.cce.cornell.edu or stop by the Cornell Cooperative Extension of Genesee County office at 420 E. Main Street in Batavia.

October 17, 2008 - 12:40pm
posted by Philip Anselmo in Announcements, GCC, education.

From GCC:

Pick up a pencil. Start with a line. See where it takes you. This is both an invitation, and the instructional challenge offered by local artist Diana ("Di-Di") Martin, who is leading a three-week, three-part drawing series at the Medina Campus Center intended for artists of all persuasions and levels of experience. From the novice to more experienced artist, the program will travel the road of the artistic masters while taking side trips for experimental techniques that provide creative freedom and flexibility to explore and expand individual skill and interest in drawing.

Among the topics Ms. Martin will introduce are: proportion; gesture drawing; composition principles; positive/negative space; Chiaroscuro; color; drawing what is seen versus drawing what the mind sees; visible ideas; and exploring the masters. Each class includes a demonstration as well as hands-on projects with plenty of assistance from the instructor. The artistic media choices include ebony pencils, or pastels, watercolors, or color pencils provided by the participants.

Part I of the three-part, three-week session starts Monday, November 17, and continues on Wednesday, and Friday, November 19 and 21. Part II is scheduled Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, December 1, 3, and 5, and Part III is Monday, Wednesday and Friday, December 8, 10, 12. All classes run from 9:30 to 11:30 AM. Each weekly part is just $10, or $30 for the entire program. Participants may register for one, two or all three parts. Advanced registration is requested, but not necessary.

Diana Martin is a local artist who spent a good part of the past two decades doing commissioned artwork, including a series of 36 baseball cards for Chicle Fantasy Company that was featured in Sports Illustrated. She teaches drawing and painting both privately and through organizations such as the Keenan Arts Center and GCC. Diana's studio, "The Drawing Room" is located at 936 Gwinn Street, just a short stroll from the Medina Campus Center.

Through her interest in taking computer classes from Genesee, a serendipitous arrangement of also teaching drawing developed. "There is such a wonderful group of people at the Medina Campus Center and the atmosphere is so positive that I am happy to be offering drawing classes and helping people with their own way of seeing the world," Diana said. "Sharing a vision of the world is a fantastic learning and growing experience for everyone."

For further information, or to pre-register, call the Medina Campus Center at 585-798-1688.

October 16, 2008 - 10:58am


Cornell Cooperative Extension of Genesee County presents:
Spanish for Agriculture Working People
Learn enough Spanish in 10 hours to improve communication with your Spanish-speaking agricultural employees.
Class Dates:
Monday, November 10, 2008
Wednesday, November 12, 2008
Monday, November 17, 2008
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
Monday, November 24, 2008
Time:  7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Fee: $125 per person
Where: Genesee County Cornell Cooperative Extension office
420 East Main Street, Batavia, NY 14020
Register: contact Jan Beglinger at 585-343-3040 ext 126 by Nov. 3.
October 13, 2008 - 9:13am
posted by Philip Anselmo in Announcements, Oakfield, St Cecilia Parish.

From St. Cecilia Parish:

St. Cecilia Parish, 56 Maple Ave. Oakfield is holding our 1st Annual Oktoberfest, on October 25th, from 6:30pm until Midnight. There will be a theme basket auction, pig roast, live DJ, and beer tent. For more information, please contact the parish office, at 948-5344.

October 12, 2008 - 1:08pm

Please join the Genesee County Democratic Committee for an open house meet and greet this Thursday, October 16th from 5 - 7 PM at the Democratic headquarters.   The office is located at 10 City Centre (across from Sunny's). We are pleased to welcome all of our 2008 candidates -- with the exception of  the top of our ticket, Senator Barack Obama.

Alice Kryzan -26th Congressional candidate

Joe Mesi - 61st Senate candidate

Phil Jones -147th Assembly District candidate (representing the southern parts of Genesee County)

Judge John Michalek -Incumbent State Supreme Court Justice candidate

Judge Tracey Bannister -State Supreme Court Justice candidate

Judge Larry Stabell -Darien Town Justice candidate

Councilman Tom Stella -LeRoy Town Council candidate

Everyone is welcome and encouraged to come by and meet the Democratic  candidates.    Refreshments will be served.

Obama/Biden lawn signs are now available beginning Monday at our office in the City Centre.  There is a great demand for signs and we will distribute first to our volunteers and folks that have come by and signed up ahead of time and then to the public on a first come first serve basis.

October 10, 2008 - 8:03pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, Announcements.

June Rowcliffe posted the following in a comment.  I'm reposting it here:

Salvation Army Women's Auxilary will be having a sit down Swiss Steak (without tomatoes) Dinner on November 1 at the Citadel, 529 East Main St., Batavia. Dinner will be served at 6 p.m. Only 50 tickets will be sold for the sit down dinner at $8.00 each. 30 tickets will be available for takeout at 5:30 p.m. All tickets are PRE-SALE from a member or by calling the office 343-6284, or Midge at 345-1663. Following the dinner will be a A Live Auction of several Gift Baskets.

October 10, 2008 - 3:04pm
posted by Philip Anselmo in Announcements, golf.

From Thomas R. Donahue, Silver Lake County Club golf professional:

Hello Golfers,

We would love to have you join us tonight!! Our Final Celebration (for all members) will begin at 5:00pm!! Free Dinner (until the food runs out), Cash Bar and Final Celebration.  Come anytime!! What a way to end it!!  The party goes until we all tire out (or the bar runs out of drinks, ha). Please rsvp through email or reply to this or you can call us in the Golf Shop at 585-237-4131.  It will help us to schedule enough staff on that date. 

In case you forgot, you have a tee time this weekend.  C'mon, the weather forecast is perfect, the course is in phenomenal shape and we have plenty of space available.  You know you want to play
..now pick up the phone. 

New Fall Golf Rate:  for all non-members, just a buck a hole.  Play 9-holes and it is just $9.  Play 18 holes and it is just $18.  Yes, the golf cart is included and so are the taxes.  Don't miss out!!

Become a member of the best country club you can afford in Western New York.  We are now accepting applications for the 2009 campaign. If you are interested in joining Silver Lake C.C. in 2009, you can join now. Anyone that joins now (for 2009) can play free for the remainder of the 2008 golf season.

We recently mailed out a nice letter from Ernie & I along with a 2009 Membership Application.  If you did not receive the mail-out, it is quite possible we do not have the correct address for you.  You can stop by the Golf Shop to attain a copy or call us with your correct mailing address and we will forward one to you. 

Still open to the public and the best place “you can play”.  We have new lower fall rates.  Call the Golf Shop at 585-237-4131 for more details.

Tuesday Night should be a nice evening and the weather forecast is great.  The Fall Mixed League will begin at 4:15pm.  Just call the shop if you are interested in playing or you can sign up in the Golf Shop.

Those of you (48 in all, plus 12 subs) that participated in the 2008 Tuesday Night Men's League know what a great time it is.  For those of you that are interested in joining the league next year, we would love to have you added.  It is a 9-hole league that begins at 5:30pm.  The league members usually go into our bar afterwards where our staff has a very nice buffet and the bar is open for business.  In 2009 we are looking to use all 18-holes by increasing the size of the league to about 104.  It's not that hard to believe, especially when you consider that all 48 golfers from 2008 have already indicated that they are interested and we now have a total of 60 committed for 2009. 

Our last sale of the season:  All in-stock Drivers (Titleist, Callaway & Nike) are just $199!!
  All fairways (utility or hybrid) woods are just $109!!

Golf bags and personal belongings must be removed from storage by October 30th.

Golf shop credit must be used up by October 31st.   All accounts will be cleared on November 1st.

I am proud to announce the formation of two tournament committees for 2009: 
  For the Men:
    Roy Humberstone, Jan Layman, Shawn Monahan & Jeff Rase

 For the Ladies:
     Maxine Fendick, Sue Spring, Eileen Witherel & Diane Wood

Their main goal will be to increase the participation in all member activities.  I will work very close with both committees as will our food and beverage manager.

WE HAVE JUST ONE SPOT LEFT for advertising on our new scorecard.  If you (or anyone you know) is interested in advertising on our new cards, please have them call us immediately.  

Silver Lake Country Club is a great place to hold your next golf tournament, fundraiser, wedding reception, corporate outing, private party, luncheon or dinner.  We are already booking 2009 events so don't wait!!  Call 585-237-6308 for more details.

The new handicaps are posted on both boards.  Your FINAL handicap revision will be on October 22nd. 

If you know a fellow member that does not have access to a computer but would like a hard copy of this weekly email, please let them know they can pick one up in the Golf Shop.  If they have a computer but no email, I will be happy to set them up with an email address and also show them how to use it. 

I hope everyone has a wonderful week.  See you on the links.

Thank you.

October 10, 2008 - 10:30am
posted by Tami Underhill in Announcements, domestic violence, community awareness.

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

In recognition of Domestic Violence Awareness month, the Orleans County Domestic Violence Task Force has chosen to educate the community about important recent changes to the New York State Domestic Violence Law.
As of July 2008, there are fewer barriers to legal protection for victims of domestic violence. Civil orders of protection and mandatory arrests are now available to all individuals who are involved in intimate relationships. 
Before this change in the law, victims of domestic violence were only able to obtain a civil order of protection if the victim and the perpetrator were married to each other- either currently or previously, or if the victim and perpetrator had children in common. Otherwise, the level of abuse would need to be at the criminal level for the victim to obtain an order of protection through Criminal Court. These stipulations also applied to mandatory arrest laws.
Recent changes, referred to as “expanded access”, now provide additional legal protection to victims of domestic violence who are in cohabitating relationships, same-sex relationships, teenage relationships, and other “unmarried” intimate relationships. 
New York State is the last state in the United States to make these changes to the domestic violence law.
You can find additional information about expanded access laws on-line, through the New York State Office for the Prevention of Domestic Violence
I am also available to provide additional information at Catholic Charities,
343-0614, x16.
October 9, 2008 - 3:51pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in Announcements.

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October 9, 2008 - 3:05pm
posted by Janet Billings in Announcements, family.

I am looking for Robert Vincent Mills


Any information about him would be greatly appreciated.  I am looking for him or his family.  He lived in Batavia in or about 1955.  He had an apartment.  He was born before 1928.  It is important that we find him.  Thank you for any help given.


October 9, 2008 - 12:17pm
posted by Philip Anselmo in Announcements, GCC.

From Genesee Community College:

Four in a row! Another Genesee Community College student has won the annual Ontario Motor Coach Association (OMCA) Education Foundation scholarship. Dana Landers, a sophomore at Genesee and a resident of Alden, NY, has received a $1000 scholarship from the organization this year, making this the fourth consecutive year that a Genesee student has claimed the award. Dana, a Tourism and Hospitality Management major, will be traveling to Toronto later in October to attend the annual OMCA convention and to receive her award.

Dana, the daughter of Frederick and Ilene Landers of Alden, NY, received the scholarship based on her high GPA, her active involvement in industry clubs and events, and her long-term goal of launching a successful career in the travel and tourism industry by earning an Associate in Applied Science degree from Genesee's Tourism and Hospitality Management program. She hopes to become an event planner for a resort or not-for-profit organization, and may continue her education to a higher level.

"My last career actually led me to my desire to become an event planner. I was an exhibit sales administrator and organized trade shows for financial investors and traders, "Dana said. "I enjoyed traveling to show sites, supervising set-up, and providing services throughout the event."

Dana is now actively involved in Genesee's Travel Club and she is the president of Student Support Services at Genesee Community College. She participated in the trip to Las Vegas and also took an active role in the planning of the reception for the College's annual Fashion Show in April 2008.

As a student in Genesee Community College's Tourism and Hospitality Management A.A.S. program, Dana's studies include hotel operations, food and beverage management, and meeting and convention planning, as well as courses in accounting, professional sales, marketing, human relations, and public speaking. The hospitality and tourism industry is the largest and fastest growing industry in the world. It is estimated that in 2007, more than 100 million people worldwide were employed in this sector and there are more than 62,000 establishments in the United States alone that provide overnight accommodations to suit every interest and budget.

Dana is eager to become part of this flourishing industry. "I plan to become an event planner so I may be able to make people's event vision become a reality."

In addition to the Associate in Applied Science degree in Tourism and Hospitality Management, Genesee Community College also offers a Hospitality Management certificate program for anyone interested in an accelerated one-year introduction to the world's fastest-growing industry. For further information contact Amy Bowles, Hospitality Management instructor at 585-343-0055 x 6332 or visit the Web site.

October 8, 2008 - 3:47pm
posted by Beth Stich in Announcements.

Pax Christi of Genesee County Announces Series on Islam

According to Chairperson William Privett, Pax Christi of Genesee County, the local peace movement, is announcing a three-part series,  
Understanding Islam for the 21st Century.   
Wednesday, October 297:00-8:30 pm: A presentation by Dr. Muhammad Shafiq from the Rochester Islamic Center on the basic tenets of Islam.
Wednesdays, November 5th and 12th7:00-8:30 pm: A book discussion on Islam: What Non-Muslims Should Know, by John Kaltner.
All three evenings of the program will be held in the Gallery Room of the Richmond Memorial Library, 19 Ross St., in Batavia free of charge.
Books may be purchased at the Present Tense Bookstore, 101 Washington Ave., Batavia and at the library the nights of the series. The cost is $7.50.
Privett said that because misunderstanding and lack of awareness ultimately can lead to hate and violence, the local Pax Christi Chapter hopes that this program will help area residents to come to a better understanding of a faith that is shared by 1.3 billion people worldwide. 
Dr. Shafiq, who teaches at Nazareth College in Rochester, will open the program with an overview of important elements of the faith. Dr. Ron Hallman, professor at Roberts Wesleyan will moderate the two evenings of book discussion.
For more information call: 344-3176.
Pax Christi of Genesee County is a Chapter of Pax Christi USA and promotes nonviolent conflict resolution. (See paxchristiUSA.org)
October 8, 2008 - 3:16pm
posted by Philip Anselmo in Announcements, VA, hispanic.

From the VA Medical Center:


Local Hispanic business owner, Santiago Masferrer will speak about this year’s National Hispanic Heritage Month theme, “Getting Involved; Our Family, Our Community, Our Nation” to veterans, employees and the community, Thursday, October 9 at VA Western New York Healthcare System, 3495 Bailey Avenue in Buffalo. The presentation will begin at noon in Freedom Hall/room 301 with wares displayed until 4 p.m. The presentation will also take place at the Batavia facility, 222 Richmond Avenue in the Auditorium on Friday, October 10, at 10 a.m. and wares displayed until 2 p.m.

October 8, 2008 - 10:37am
posted by Melissa George in Announcements, jaycees, parade, Halloween, Pontillo's, Olivers, Youth Bureau.

16th Annual Halloween Parade!

Sponsored by Pontillo's Pizzeria, The Batavia Area Jaycees, Batavia Youth Bureau, Big Buddy, and Oliver's Candies.


Line forms at 12:45pm on the West Side of the Genesee Country Mall/City Centre, near Dan's Tire.

~Wagons/Sleds strongly suggested~

Parade will begin at 1:00pm
**no rain date - listen to WBTA 1490AM for cancellations by 11:30am

NEW: The first 100 Children (10 and under) in COSTUME ONLY will receive a special free gift!

Slice of Pizza and Cider for kids (IN COSTUME ONLY) at end of parade compliments of Pontillo's Pizzeria

For more information call 345-6420.

October 7, 2008 - 2:06pm
posted by Philip Anselmo in Announcements, politics, Republican.

We got this bare bones announcement about an upcoming chicken barbecue from the Genesee County Republicans:

This will be held on Sunday, October 19, 2008 at Republican Headquarters at the corner of Routes 5 and 63 (Formerly Georgie Porgies). Dinners will be served from 11am until they are Sold Out.

I guess when it comes to a chicken barbecue, that's all the info you need.

October 7, 2008 - 8:32am
posted by Philip Anselmo in Announcements, fire, Stafford.

From the Stafford Fire Department:

On Sunday October 5, 2008 The Stafford Fire Department held its open house to kick off fire prevention week, along with a Mercy Flight fly in, free lunch was provided to all, many interesting displays, live demonstrations and a lot of activities for the children that were there. There was also a check presentation from Chief Brian Pocock and Car Committee Chairman Robin Krenzer to Karen Bridge from Mercy Flight in the amount of $5000.00 making this our 17th year donating to mercy flight.

October 7, 2008 - 8:29am
posted by Philip Anselmo in Announcements, GCC, flu season.

From Genesee Community College:

Officials at Genesee Community College are pleased to announce that Wyoming County Health Department will be offering the flu shot vaccine to the general public at the Arcade Campus Center on Thursday, November 13, 2008, from 12:00 noon through 3:00 pm.

The cost of the flu shot is $30, however the following insurance programs will be accepted for this treatment: Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Univera, Medicare, Independent Health, and Preferred. Please bring your insurance card.

Infants under six-months-old, pregnant women, or anyone receiving radiation treatment, chemotherapy, or have a weakened immune system are not eligible. In addition, any person who is allergic to latex, rubber, or eggs will also not be eligible for the flu vaccine.

The Arcade Campus Center is located at 25 Edward Street in Wyoming County. For further information, please call 585-492-5265.

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