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August 29, 2019 - 4:22pm
posted by James Morasco in Announcements.
A two - hour introspective and interactive exploration into how each of us has come to be who we are and how we would like to positively influence others today and in the future. September 13, 2019 Moon Jave Coffeehouse 56 Harvester Ave, Batavia, N Y 7pm - 9pm Reserve a seat via email to [email protected] or [email protected] No fee however donations are welcome. Led by Jim Morasco and Bart Dentino
August 27, 2019 - 2:27pm

Photos and information from Teresa Tamfer, Batavia Society of Artists:

The Batavia Society of Artists is hosting artist Shauna Blake (in top photo) from 7 to 9 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 10th at GO ART!, inside Seymour Place, 201 E. Main St., in Downtown Batavia.

Blake will be doing a hands-on alcohol ink demonstration.

Non-members welcome with a $5 fee.

Below, Blake's "Teal Rust Reflect."

Bottom, Blake's "Purple Bloom."

August 25, 2019 - 1:21pm

There are several adventures offered next month at Genesee County Park & Forest and DeWitt Recreation Area. These September recreational opportunities include: a Full Moon Hike; Orienteering with the Rochester Orienteering Club; Geocaching at DeWitt; and Learning About Wild Turkeys.

Here are the details:

Orienteering at the Genesee County Park & Forest with Rochester Orienteering Club

Come explore the active and adventurous sport of Orienteering at the Genesee County Park & Forest with Rochester Orienteering Club from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 14th. Beginner class and basic training takes place from 9 to 10 a.m. Orienteering start is open 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. All courses close at 1:30 pm.

Learn how to find your way without batteries or a cell phone signal – by using a map and compass. All material provided no experience necessary.

Orienteering is a family friendly sport for people of all ages and ability levels. Perfect for individuals and families who love the outdoors. Please preregister online here; or by calling 585-344-8508, ext. 3701, and leaving your name, phone number, and number of participants.

Harvest Moon Night Hike at the Genesee County Park & Forest

Come join us on a night hike through a moonlit forest with our Harvest Moon Night Hike at the Genesee County Park & Forest from 7:30 to 9 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 14th.

Look and listen for nocturnal animals that can’t be seen or heard during the day! Hear tales of the full moon that comes at the beginning of fall, and learn the origins of its name.

Cost is $5/person, $10/family. Preregistration required, call 585-344-8508, ext. 3701, and leave your name, phone number, and number of participants to reserve your spot.

Geocaching at DeWitt Recreation Area

Get out and try a high-tech scavenger hunt with our Geocaching at DeWitt Recreation Area program from 1 to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 21st.

Geocaching is a worldwide treasure hunt game that can be played anytime and anywhere. Create a personal alias or team name to let others know you were here. Sign up as a group or by yourself. No prior geocaching experience is necessary, a lesson and GPS unit is provided.

Dress for the weather and be ready for adventure! Meet at Pavilion 3 at DeWitt Recreation Area.

Cost is $5/person, $10/family. Preregistration is required. Call 585-344-8508, ext. 3701, and leave your name, phone number, and number of participants to register.

Wild Turkeys at the Genesee County Park & Forest

Did you know that wild turkeys can swim? Or that they can fly 55 miles per hour? Join the National Wild Turkey Federation and Women in the Outdoors for Wild Turkeys at the Genesee County Park & Forest Interpretive Nature Center from 1 to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 28th to learn more cool facts and find out how turkeys survive in the wild.

Then head out to the forest and fields to practice turkey calls and see where they can live! This program is FREE! Recommended for ages 8 and up. Preregistration required. Reserve your spot by calling 585-344-8508, ext. 3701, and leaving your name, phone number, and number of participants.

For more information visit the park & forest website here, or contact the park office at 585-344-8508.

Genesee County Park and Forest is located at 11095 Bethany Center Road, East Bethany.

DeWitt Recreation Area is located at 115 Cedar St. in the City of Batavia.

August 23, 2019 - 1:39pm
posted by Billie Owens in byron, bergen, Announcements, Byron-Bergen Public Library.
Here are items of note occurring in September at the Byron-Bergen Public Library, located at 13 S. Lake Ave. in Bergen.
  • The Bergen Historical Society will meet beginning at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 5th, in the Library Meeting Room. The public is invited to hear a presentation by Gina Schelemanow on the history of the Cook family of Byron and Clarendon. Refreshments will be served following the program. 
  • Maker Space Saturday is 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Sept. 7th. Come and try an experiment! No registration needed.
  • Monthly Book Discussion Group meets at 7 p.m. on Sept. 12th. This month's book is "The Little Paris Bookshop." Come and enjoy the fun.
  • Toddler/Preschool Storytime will run Fridays starting at 10:30 a.m. beginning Sept 13th. Join Miss Bailey for stories, a craft and a treat! For ages 2-5, but younger children are welcome with a parent/guardian. Registration appreciated.
Phone is 494-1120.
August 23, 2019 - 11:44am
posted by Billie Owens in GC 4-H, agriculture, Announcements.

Press release:

Now is a great time to start a 4-H Club in the Genesee County 4-H Program. The new 4-H Club Year begins Oct. 1 and runs through Sept. 30, 2020.

The 4-H Program teaches youth life skills through hands on activities in a variety of project areas. Youth ages 5 to 18 years are always welcome to join.  Adult volunteers and new 4-H Clubs are always welcome as well. 

Starting a 4-H Club is fun and easy. You can start a 4-H Club in five easy steps!

How to Start a 4-H Club in 5 Easy Steps:

1.  Complete the New 4-H Volunteer Enrollment Form.

2.  Attend an orientation meeting with 4-H Staff.

3.  Enroll 5 youth in your club (age 5 – 18).

4.  Have members choose a club name.

5.  Plan monthly club meetings and projects with parents and youth.

For more information on starting a 4-H Club or joining the 4-H Program, please contact the 4-H Office at [email protected] or (585) 343-3040, ext. 131.

August 22, 2019 - 12:15pm

Press release:

The Holland Land Office Museum will be hosting its Seventh Annual Senior Bus Trip on Wednesday, Sept. 18th. This year's trip will be traveling to the Roycroft Campus in East Aurora.

The trip will include a two-hour tour of the campus, going through many of the buildings not always open to the general public.

After the tour we will be eating lunch at the beautiful Roycroft Inn, with a choice of entrees: lemon rosemary chicken, garden penne, or salmon.

There will also be time afterward for exploring of Downtown East Aurora, where everyone can enjoy the wonderful shopping opportunities including the famous Vidler’s 5 & 10. It bills itself as the "largest 5 & 10 cent variety store in the world" -- over 75,000 items spread through four buildings on two floors.

The bus will be leaving at 9 a.m. from the museum and returning at 5 p.m. Tickets are $60 per person ($55 for HLOM museum members). Must be 60 years of age or older to purchase tickets for this event.

For more information please contact the museum at 585-343-4727 or [email protected].

The event is made possible by the Muriel H. Marshall Fund.

August 22, 2019 - 11:51am
posted by Billie Owens in Announcements, East Pembroke Fire District.

PUBLIC NOTICE

East Pembroke Fire District Workshop Meeting

Please take notice that a Workshop Meeting will be conducted by the East Pembroke Fire District from 7 to 9 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 28th.

It will be held at the East Pembroke Fire District Hall, located at 8655 Barrett Drive, Batavia.

Purpose of the Workshop Meeting is to discuss the 2020 Fire District Budget.

August 20, 2019 - 12:29pm
posted by Billie Owens in Roz Steiner Gallery, art, bruce adams, untitled, Announcements.

An exhibition of paintings by Bruce Adams titled “Untitled” will be on display at Roz Steiner Gallery on the campus of Genesee Community College starting today (Aug. 20) and running through Sept. 21.

There will be an artist talk at 12:30 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 22, with two receptions that afternoon at 1 o'clock and 5 o'clock.

About his upcoming exhibit "Unititled," Adams writes:

My recent work focuses on process, which incorporates collaboration and chance. Reading (the Talking Heads frontman) David Byrne’s (nonfiction) book "How Music Works," impacted my thinking on art making, partly by reinforcing and clarifying ideas that had already been rattling around in my head.

"...The 'Untitled' works...spotlight human proclivity to form symbolic and narrative associations. My intent is to make paintings that generate emotional responses, what Byrne calls, “devices that tap into our shared psychological makeup.”

Sometime ago I began working with “models,” partly out of concern for copyright infringement issues. Friends and acquaintances volunteer as artistic collaborators, bringing their thoughts to the process. In the studio we converse and improvise hundreds of poses and situations, using props and clothing (and the nude figure) provided by the model, which I photograph.

"From these, images are selected for their evocative quality, and digitally manipulated and meticulously combined with other visual elements. I use Photoshop to do what earlier artists did with preparatory sketches.

"The resulting work references a variety of sources, interests, and personal penchants, including historic portrait and landscape painting, film, popular culture, gender identity, the male gaze, and graphic design. The resulting imagery is transformed again through the process of painting.

"Throughout this fluid process, the work is continuously and freely evolving, with the goal of evoking multiple interpretations and narratives. The choice to call the series 'Untitled' reflects my decision to allow the work to evolve without a single underlying construct.

About Bruce Adams

Bruce Adams is best known as a conceptually based figurative painter who works in various figurative painting styles. In exploring painting, Adams peels back the layers of meaning inherent in making and viewing art.

Formally trained in art education at Buffalo State College, Adams extended his education as an artist through his involvement in Western New York’s contemporary art scene, starting in the 1980s as director/curator of a small storefront gallery called peopleart bflo, then with Hallwalls Contemporary Art Center as an Artist Advisory Committee cofounder, longtime board member, and board president.

Adams’ work also includes installation and performance art, and he has years of experience as an art educator, and more recently an award-winning critical writer. He has exhibited extensively locally and nationally, and his work is included in numerous private and museum collections including the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Castellani Museum, UB Anderson Gallery, and Burchfield-Penney Art Center.

August 19, 2019 - 1:16pm
posted by Billie Owens in Announcements, 4-H, 2019 state fair dog show.

Photo from the 2019 State Fair Dog Show, from left: Corinne Rhoads, Essie, Eva Rhoads, Madison Harrington, Dexter. 

Submitted photo and press release:

Congratulations to the Genesee County 4-H members who participated in the 4-H Dog Show at the New York State Fair on Saturday, Aug. 17.

Representing Genesee County 4-H were: Madison Harrington and her dog Dexter; Eva Rhoads and Essie; Eva Rhoads and Avery; and Riley Smith and Cash. 

Madison and Dexter won Grand Champion Grooming and Handling A Senior. Eva and Essie won Reserve Grand Champion Grooming and Handling B Senior. 

For more information about the Genesee County 4-H Program, please contact the 4-H Office at [email protected] or (585) 343-3040, ext. 131.

August 14, 2019 - 2:18pm

It will be raining kittens at Petco from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. this Sunday, Aug. 18.

Kittens of all colors, shapes, sizes, personalities, males and females will be visiting Petco from their foster homes. Foster parents will be on hand to answer any questions and help you find the purrrfect kitty friend!

Volunteers for Animals will be accepting adoption applications on kittens not yet old enough for adoption.

Kittens ready for forever homes will be $60, which includes vaccines, testing, and neutering or spaying.

Petco is located at 4226 Veterans Memorial Drive in Towne Center at Batavia.

August 10, 2019 - 12:04pm
posted by Billie Owens in Announcements, GO ART!, new art exhibits.
Two upcoming art exhibits were announced by GO ART! on Friday, both will be on display starting in mid-September, at Seymour Place, 201 E. Main St., Batavia:
  • "Maps & Legends" by Kevin Hammon -- Sept. 12 to Nov. 9. 
  • Members' Challenge Exhibit -- theme "Purpose" -- Sept. 12 to Dec. 7.
There will be an Artist Reception for both exhibitors from 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 19.
 
Gallery hours are: Thursdays and Fridays 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Saturdays 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
August 6, 2019 - 4:47pm

Submitted photos and press release:

Thirteen students successfully completed the Apparatus Operator – Pump program on June 15 at the Genesee County Fire Training Center.  

Building on the knowledge and skills obtained through the Basic Exterior Firefighter Operations (BEFO) program (photo above), the 24-hour Apparatus Operator – Pump course (photo below) offers fire service personnel the knowledge and skills essential for pump operations, hydraulics and friction loss, pump control and accessories, fire streams, pumper practices, pumping from draft and pump evolutions and using the fire pump at the fire hydrant. 

Genesee County participants included:  

TOWN OF BATAVIA

  • William J. Allen Jr. 
  • Josh K. Boyle
  • Thomas M. Garlock 
  • Clayton A. Gorski 
  • Thomas E. Marlowe 
  • Bryan A. Moscicki

EAST PEMBROKE

  • Matthew N. Allen 
  • Samantha M. Cavalieri

One of five modules required to earn  the Fire Officer 1 certification, the Company Training & Community Risk Reduction course covers the basic responsibilities of the fire officer as they relate to community relations, company-level building inspections and community risk reduction.

Additionally, this course provides potential fire officers with the basic knowledge of how to determine company-level training needs, teaching from a lesson plan, documentation of training activities, and different methods to conduct company-level training. 

Twenty-two students recently completed the 12-hour Company Training & Community Risk Reduction module offered at the Genesee County Fire Training Center on June 19 (photo below).

Genesee County participants included:  

ALEXANDER

  • Anthony R. Johnston 
  • Sean McPhee

TOWN OF BATAVIA

  • Josh K. Boyle
  • Thomas M. Garlock
  • Clayton A. Gorski
  • Conor P. Wilkes

BETHANY

  • Peggy Johnson 
  • Gregory Johnson
  • Richard Klunder III
  • Christopher M. Page
  • Corrie A. Rombaut
  • Kyle L. Rombaut

BYRON

  • Victor  L. Flanagan

CORFU

  • Dean T. Eck
  • Tyler G. Lang
  • Lori Ann Santini
  • Daniel P. Smith

ELBA

  • Bradley R. Chaddock
  • Michael J. Pfendler
  • Michael Schad Jr.

LE ROY

  • Thomas E. Feeley

One of five modules required to earn  the Fire Officer 1 certification, the Leadership & Supervisory Module was offered at the Genesee County Fire Training Center earlier this year. 

This module, consisting of 15 hours of instruction, provided current and potential fire officers with a fundamental knowledge of the duties, responsibilities and leadership required to be successful as a fire officer.

Students were presented the basic responsibilities of the fire officer as they relate to human resource management as well as common administrative functions.

Twenty-eight students completed the 12-hour Company Training & Community Risk program representing nine county fire companies.  

Genesee County participants included:  

ALABAMA

  • David J. Kinney 

ALEXANDER 

  • Anthony R. Johnston 
  • Sean McPhee

TOWN OF BATAVIA

  • Josh K. Boyle
  • Thomas M. Garlock 
  • Clayton A. Gorski
  • Scott T. Maloy
  • Conor P. Wilkes 

BETHANY

  • Gregory W. Johnson 
  • Richard, Klunder III
  • Timothy J. McCabe
  • Christopher M. Page
  • Kyle L. Rombaut

BYRON

  • Victor L. Flanagan

CORFU

  • Dean T. Eck
  • Gregory S. Lang 
  • Tyler G. Lang
  • Lori Ann Santini
  • Daniel P. Smith 

DARIEN

  • Aaron Elliott

ELBA

  • Jennifer A. Cardinalli 
  • Nicholas J. Esten
  • Timothy Hoffarth 
  • Christopher P. Lane 
  • Michael J. Pfendler 
  • Michael Schad Jr. 
  • George M. Underhill 

LE ROY

  • Thomas E. Feeley
August 1, 2019 - 1:08pm

Press release:

If you are a Genesee County resident 60 or older (or you know someone who is) and would like help with small repairs to your home, inside or out, let the Handyman help.

The Handyman Program, offered through the Pathstone Corporation and funded by the Muriel Marshall Fund, is a home maintenance and minor repair program.

According to a comment posted by program supervisor John Wiltse, and confirmed by Office of the Aging specialist Maureen Estabrooks, there is no charge for lower-income seniors needing grab bars or hand rails installed or other services with modest materials costs.

Wiltse says seniors may need to cover part of the cost of materials, depending on the dollar amount. For higher-income seniors, the program requests a donation of $10/hr. for handyman labor to help offset program costs.

Call NY Connects/Office for the Aging at 343-1611 for more information.

A sampling of services is as follows:

  • Install grab-bars
  • Repair entry steps Install hand rails
  • Repair porches
  • Electrical repairs
  • Window and door repairs
  • Install weather stripping
  • Gutter repairs
  • Install smoke detectors/change batteries
  • Hang pictures
  • Fix faucets
  • Unclog drains
  • Install mailboxes
  • Install locksets & deadbolts
July 30, 2019 - 2:41pm

The 16th annual Fur Ball to benefit the Spay/Neuter Program at the Genesee County Animal Shelter will be held at the Sacred Heart Social Center in the City of Batavia starting at 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 28.

There will be food and beverages and basket raffles and silent auctions.

Tickets are $25; tickets for children 12 and under are $15. Tables of 10 are available for $250.

Make checks payable to: Volunteers for Animals -- Spay/Neuter Program. They can be mailed to: Volunteers for Animals, P.O. Box 1621, Batavia NY 14020

The Sacred Heart Social Center is located at 17 Sumner St.

The Volunteers for Animals is now accepting new items for the auctions/raffles for the Fur Ball. They can be left at the shelter during adoption hours.

The shelter is located at 131 W. Main Street Road in the Town of Batavia.

Adoption hours are:

  • Afternoons on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday from 1 to 3 p.m.
  • Also, Wednesday nights from 7 to 9
  • CLOSED THURSDAYS
  • Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

[email protected]

www.vol4animals.org

[email protected]

July 30, 2019 - 1:17pm

Press release:

Garden Talk is back from its July break! Join us on the first Thursday of the month starting this Thursday, Aug. 1.

All Garden Talk programs run from 12:15 to 12:45 p.m. Bring your lunch to the Cornell Cooperative Extension office (420 E. Main St., Batavia) and join us. This free series is open to the public. Registration is not required.

Our lineup for the remainder of the year is as follows:

Aug. 1 -- “Sensory Gardens” – Come learn about the benefits and how to create a garden for the five senses. The talk will include how they can be used as a healing therapy for people as well as encourage natural learning experiences for children. The sensory garden invites everyone to enjoy the garden and stimulate their senses.

Sept. 5 – “Growing Garlic” -- “There are many miracles in the world to be celebrated and, for me, garlic is the most deserving” -- Leo Buscaglia. Let’s celebrate Buscaglia’s appreciation of this most essential plant! Join us for a talk on all things garlic -- its history, uses, horticultural varieties and cultivation.

Oct. 3 – “Autumn Décor Demonstration” -- Join us as Master Gardener Jane Grehlinger shows us how to create a fall masterpiece from the garden.

Nov. 7 – “Gardens of England” -- Master Gardener Pam Ketchum will present brief reflections from a 13-day tour of English gardens. Highlights will include the Chelsea Flower Show, Great Dixter, Sissinghurst and Hidcote. Ketchum will share some history of the original owners, and talk about structure, garden rooms, patterning, pathways, and of course – color.

Future topics and other Master Gardener events will be posted on the Cornell Cooperative Extension of Genesee County website at http://genesee.cce.cornell.edu/.

July 30, 2019 - 12:58pm

MoonJava Café, located at 56 Harvester Ave. in Batavia, and The Visual Truth Theatre Ensemble present "Summer Portrait" in August.

It's a community-based physical theater play written by Eric Zwieg, based on Arthur Schopenhauer's "The World as Will and Representation," with music by Gustav Mahler, Franz Schubert, Johannes Brahms, Robert Schumann and Arnold Schoenberg.

Performances on Wednesday and Thursday, Aug. 28 and 29, will be at 7 p.m. The performance on Friday, Aug. 30, will begin at 5 p.m.

Good will offering accepted.

July 29, 2019 - 3:54pm

Press release:

The spring Basic Exterior Firefighter Operations (BEFO) program was held at the Genesee County Fire Training Center. The 79-hour program began in March and concluded on May 15. Fourteen students completed the 79-hour program from eight county departments. 

The BEFO program is an entry level program for the volunteer fire service designed to prepare students to respond to emergencies as exterior firefighters. Students are instructed in fire extinguishers, building construction, forcible entry, ladder deployment, incident command, drafting operations and hazardous materials operations level. In addition, students are trained in ropes and knots, and first aid/CPR. 

Participants included: 

ALABAMA

  • Joseph A. Uhrinek

TOWN OF BATAVIA

  • William Allen

CORFU

  • Cyle J. Felski

EAST PEMBROKE

  • Matthew N Allen 
  • Sheri Allen 
  • Jenniffer J. Groff
  • Erin M. Martin 
  • Noah A. Martin 
  • Alyssa M. Nye

ELBA

  • Brandon M. Burgess

LE ROY

  • James D.King

OAKFIELD

  • Matthew Doran

PAVILION

  • Shane J. Freeman 

STAFFORD 

  • Julia Bobo

Visit your local fire department to find out more about volunteer opportunities.

July 27, 2019 - 1:26pm

East Bethany – Enjoy the view of a dark night sky and get to know the summer’s constellations with Night Sky Tour and Stargazing at the Genesee County Park and Forest from 9 to 11 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 9th.

Learn all about the Perseid meteor shower and other astronomical phenomenon and the folklore behind them!

Meet us at the Interpretive Nature Center for an outdoor presentation and guided tour of the night sky.

Bring a blanket or a chair for your spot in a meadow far away from city lights. This program will take place entirely outdoors.

If rain or cloudy skies threaten our view we will reschedule to Friday, Aug. 16th. Cost is $5/person, $10/family. Preregistration is required, call 585-344-1122 to reserve your spot.

For more information visit our website at http://www.co.genesee.ny.us/departments/parks/, or contact Kayla Edmunds at [email protected] or (585) 344-1122.

Genesee County Park & Forest Nature Interpretive Center is located at 11095 Bethany Center Road, East Bethany.

July 26, 2019 - 3:30pm

Community Action of Orleans & Genesee will host the sixth annual Community Action Angels Children's Carnival on Friday, Aug. 16, in Lambert Park in Batavia.

Time is 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

There will be games, prizes, hot dogs and beverages.

Game tickets are five for $1.

Two bicycles will be raffled off, too, courtesy of Fidelis Care. Be there to win.

No rain date.

Lambert Park is located 100 Verona Ave. in the city.

Thanks to all participating agencies and businesses for their continued help and support.

Special thanks to carnival sponsors Fidelis Care, the YMCA, and Care A Van Ministries.

For more information, call 343-7798.

July 17, 2019 - 5:28pm
The Oakfield Community Bible Church at 80 N. Main St. in Oakfield is having its debut VENDOR BLENDER from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday July 20th.
 
Stop on by. We will be selling beef-on-weck, salt potatoes and other items. Also, we will have PAULA'S DONUTS and many vendors:
  • Dawn Dominguez -- Tastefully Simple
  • Teresa Spink -- Tupperware
  • Christian Clark -- Some Woodworks
  • Natalie Keller -- Color Street
  • Shawna Turco -- Origami Owl & Crafts
  • Cathy Frost -- Paparazzi
  • Jamie Miller -- Pampered Chef
  • Katherine Diegelman -- Usborne Books
  • Darlene Hind - Crazy Quilts & Things
  • Jean MKeen -- Thirty-One
  • Sarah Sauka -- Perfectly Posh
  • Sarah Currier -- Scentsy
  • Susan Maniacs -- Hello Pink Clothing & more.

Looking forward to seeing you there!

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