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July 21, 2014 - 6:34pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, crime.

Press release:

The Batavia Police Department is asking for assistance from the public with the reported robbery of a pedestrian that occurred on Saturday, July 19, at about 11 p.m. at or near the corner of Tracy and Washington avenues. No weapon was displayed.

Anyone with information can contact Det. Eric Hill at (585) 345-6373 or use the confidential tip line at (585) 345-6370. Citizens can also send information using the City’s Web site. 

July 21, 2014 - 6:18pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, business, McDonald's, Eastown Plaza.

Work has finally begun on the new McDonald's location in Eastown Plaza, Batavia.

First order of business, removing the paving on the parking lot of the site pad.

July 21, 2014 - 6:08pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, South Jackson Street.

Crews were on South Jackson Street all day today laying down new asphalt over the recently milled road bedding.

It's one of a handful of streets in the city getting repaved this week.

July 21, 2014 - 5:59pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, crime, YWCA.

The lighted path leading to the door of the YWCA was intended to be a symbol of hope for the victims of domestic violence and a remembrance for a former Batavia woman who died recently.

The lights were installed just a week ago.

This weekend, they were all destroyed.

"I personally think it was a malicious, intentional act," said Jeanne Walton, the YWCA executive director. "I think somebody did it to be mean and nasty and to make a statement."

Ever single Malibu light was broken. None remain usable.

"It was a symbolic remembrance of recent murder victim Nicole Sheehan, who had been killed during a domestic dispute," Walton said. "We put in the Walkway of Hope up in her honor."

If anybody has information that may assist in the criminal investigation, Walton asked that they call Batavia PD at (585) 345-6350.

July 21, 2014 - 2:11pm
posted by Billie Owens in batavia, animal abuse.

An officer is responding to Walmart after a complaint of a dog locked inside a vehicle. It's a four-door gray Chevy Impala parked in the last aisle of the food entrance near a fire hydrant.

UPDATE 2:15 p.m.: The officer is on location with the vehicle and the complainant.

UPDATE 2:31 p.m.: The dog is reportedly showing signs of distress. A Walmart employee is paging the registered owner of the vehicle.

UPDATE 2:40 p.m.: Apparently the owner responded. The officer is back in service.

July 21, 2014 - 10:21am


Doug Gaus assistant leader for Troop 6006 introduced the Eagle Ceremony honoring Nicholas Johnson along with his parents today at the First United Methodist Church. Little did Doug know he would be receiving the Mentor Pin, earned for his help and encourgment to Nick along his trail to Eagle. This marks the troops second Eagle for 2014 and in less than 30 days from when Dennis Alton received his award.  Many prayers were made from Rev. Pamela S. Klotzbach, who led the worship mass along with friends and family who gave their best wishes to Nick before the ceremony started. (Pictured below, Nicholas Johnson)

After Nick recited the Scout Oath, he recognized his dad Tim, pictured below, and fellow scout Tyler, who was there for him as a good friend on his journey through scouting.

He spoke highly of both of them being important roles that kept him motivated and willing to succeed.

A reception followed the ceremony where more than 30 people attended to celebrate the occasion. Many scouts and leaders from the Troop attended also. Pictured below is Scoutmaster Ron Bernard, Assistant Leader Doug Gaus (who received the Mentor Pin), Nicholas, mom Lisa and dad Tim Johnson.

July 21, 2014 - 9:54am
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, Cable Television Advisory Board.

Press release:

The Batavia City Council is seeking City residents who are interested in volunteering as a member of the following Committee/Board:

- Cable TV Advisory Board 

Residents interested in applying can obtain an application from the City Clerk’s Office or can visit our Web site at www.batavianewyork.com and download a Committee/Board Volunteer Application under Documents.  

Applications are due to the City Clerk’s Office by Friday, Aug. 8.

July 20, 2014 - 6:22pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in batavia, fairgrounds, Genesee County Fair.

A little rain did nothing to deter fairgoers from enjoying the final day of the Genesee County Fair. As of Saturday morning, approximately 14,000 visitors attended the 175th County Fair in Batavia.

“Overall includes lifetime members, volunteers and 4-H’ers and the 9,500 that paid at the gate and thus far 14,000 people have visited the 175th Genesee County Fair,” said  

Norm Pimm, treasurer for the Agricultural Society.

According to Nick O’Geen of the Agricultural Society, the cooler, nicer weather this year played a part in drawing a crowd. Additionally, the number of vendors and local people that have had displays is greater this year, according to Agricultural Society Secretary Rose Topolski.

“Several local businesses have set up (displays/food stands), so there is a familiarity to them; people recognize local shops,” Topolski said.

Entertainment options have been ramped up to draw families as well as adults. 

“We’ve kept the family entertainment tent but we also added a beer tent with entertainment for the older crowd,” said Agricultural Society Member Alton MacDuffie.

Other additions to the fair included adding the Princess Contest and new sponsors for the Tractor Pull.

“A lot of new 4-H members put forth ideas and carried through on them,” Topolski said. “The young blood brought forth more to the fair -- more grandeur.”

“For a week people become like your family because you see and wave to them every day.” O'Geen said.

A fond farewell to this year’s Genesee County Fair -- the 175th Anniversary celebrations came to a close Saturday night.

“We’d like to thank all the 4-h'ers, volunteers, sponsors, and fair supporters for making the 175th Genesee County Fair a success,” O’Geen said. 

July 20, 2014 - 2:43pm
posted by Billie Owens in batavia, accident.

A motorcycle accident with two people injured is reported at 8971 Creek Road. Two Mercy rigs and Town of Batavia fire are responding. The victims are conscious and alert but bleeding. The location is between Lehigh and Dorman roads.

UPDATE 2:44 p.m.: A rescue engine from East Pembroke is on scene. A patient who was pinned down as a result of the accident is free now. The bike is down an enbankment.

UPDATE 2:52 p.m.: Mercy Flight, which was on standby, is cancelled. One person is being transferred to UMMC.

UPDATE 2:57 p.m.: East Pembroke's rescue engine is back in service.

UPDATE 3:06 p.m.: Both patients are going to Strong.

UPDATE 3:08 p.m.: Town of Batavia assignment is back in service.

July 19, 2014 - 11:34pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, Tonawanda Creek, troop 6069, Boy Scouts.

More than 20 volunteers hauled out 180 pounds of garbage from the Tonawanda Creek this morning under the supervision of Boy Scout Alex Hansen.

The cleanup was the culmination of Alex's Eagle Scout project, which he said took a year to plan and execute.

It required the cooperation of Genesee ARC (who hauled away the garbage for free) and Sloat Tire to pick up the tires that were collected, and Alex had to coordinate the volunteers through the Tonawanda Watershed Committee and Troop 6069.

"The creek over the years has become really polluted with trash," Alex said. "People just throw tires and water heaters and even air conditioners right over the bridges in town. All this stuff gets washed to places, such as Kiwanis Park, and so we have people people cleaning because there's trash everywhere."

The 16-year-old scout said volunteers dispersed to Kiwanis Park, Kibbe Park, behind the courthouse and behind Valu Plaza.

"We think this will make a positive difference for the community because people want to enjoy the creek again," Alex said. "We want to make it a better place for people and wildlife."

July 19, 2014 - 7:09pm
posted by Billie Owens in batavia.

A person is stuck in the elevator, but not injured, at 400 Towers, 400 E. Main St. in Batavia. City firefighters are responding.

July 19, 2014 - 6:11pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in batavia, Genesee County Fair, demolition derby, derby day.

Food, fun and bumper cars for adults. Wait, that's not right. Friday night proved to be an excellent day for the Genesee County Fair's annual Demolition Derby. The grandstands were packed and fans got a thrill of cars smashing and mud flinging.

Other events included a Goat Costume contest, 4-H Horse Show, magician Magical John, GPS and Solar Fun Fest and many more exhibits and attractions.

The final day of the fair is today with exhibits and grounds open until midnight.

July 19, 2014 - 8:00am

  • All Day - Magical John | Entertainment Tent
  • 8:30am - NIOGA Colored Breed Show
  • 9am - NIOGA Holstein/Open Class Dairy Show | Show Ring
  • 10am - 4-H Horse Gymkhana & Games Classes | Horse Ring
  • 11am - FARM STOCK TRACTOR – Bring your tractor! Enhanced Tractor & Garden Pullers | Grandstand
  • 1pm - MIDWAY OPENS | Amusement Area
  • 1-7pm - Mr. Scribbles | Exhibition Bldg.
  • 1pm - NCCC Tanzen Dance Team | Entertainment Tent
  • 2-4pm - 4-H Vegetable Art Fun Fair Activity | Kennedy Building
  • 3-6pm - Rain Date for GPS & Solar Fun Fest | Merton Building
  • 6:30 pm Empire State Pullers Tractor Pulls. Immediately following ESP are Semi Trucks & Stock Pick Up Trucks | GRANDSTAND
  • 8pm - Beer Tent Opens
  • 8pm - 12am - “Savage Cabbage” band | Beer Tent
  • 8pm - 4-H Dairy Animals released
  • 8:30pm - 4-H Horse released
  • 9pm - 4-H Non-market auction animals — Sheep, Beef released
  • 10pm - Kennedy, Merton & Exhibition Buildings open for pick up of entries
  • 11pm - MIDWAY CLOSES
  • 12am - Beer Tent CLOSES
Please feel free to contact us directly by email or phone. Genesee County Fair, 5056 East Main St. Road, Batavia, NY 14020. Phone: 716-474-3656 or 585-344-2424, Email: [email protected]
The Genesee County Fair is always looking for volunteers in many areas. Please email or call for more information on volunteering your time at the fair.
July 19, 2014 - 6:18am
posted by Billie Owens in batavia, scream campout.

If a horrifying camping trip sounds like your idea of a good time, you're in luck. "Scream Campout Live!" will take place tonight and every Friday and Saturday through Aug. 23 at the PolarWave on Harloff Road, Batavia.

Cost is $50 per person to have the heebie-jeevies scared out of you all night long. Campers can arrive anytime after 7:45 p.m.. The organizers ask "Can you make it 'til morning?"

Forget sleeping peacefully under the summer stars. "Our scare environments, special effects, and interactive scare actors will place you in the nightmare of your life. We will break even the strongest will."

To do that, campers will navigate around a series of "outdoor environments" throughout the night. Stuff like walking through a slaughterhouse, a chainsaw maze, graveyard, etc.

"You will encounter total darkness, strobe lighting, latex, sudden loud noises, live scare actors, and "scent effects" -- all of which are intended to frighten you."

Just for fun, you can play zombie paintball as zombies attack you, watch horror movies, face daring challenges at every turn.

As if to make it more clear, the flier for the "campout" says "This is not your typical campout. You will become part of the live experience. You may be physically chained, hooded, caged, and...let's not go any further. Strong 'verbal content' by scare actors is part of the experience."

"The night is watching you...Don't close your eyes..."

Like we said, this thrill can be yours for 50 bucks. And if you use this promo code, you'll get $10 off:  FOAM716

You must be 18. To get tickets call 585-217-1263 or go to screamcampoutlive.com

July 18, 2014 - 4:44pm
posted by Billie Owens in batavia, Milestones.

More than 200 Colgate students are conducing innovative research across academic disciplines on campus in Hamilton this summer.

Batavia High School graduate Richard "Will" Ely is conducting Upstate Institute research.

Examples of some research projects this year include the examination of exoskeletons in barnacles, the genealogy of Confucianism, the flow of flexible filaments, and assessing the antibacterial activity of traditional medicinal plans used by some Native Americans.

Colgate University is a highly selective residential liberal arts institution distinguished by the dedication of its 294 full-time faculty-scholars, and its commitment to global engagement, student-faculty research, off-campus study, sustainable practices, and utilizing technology to enhance the teaching and learning experience.

Colgate offers 54 majors to a diverse student body of approximately 2,900 undergraduate students, and supports 25 Division I athletic teams. The university's 575-acre campus in rural central New York is renowned for its beauty and for the important role it plays in the student experience.

July 18, 2014 - 4:42pm
posted by Billie Owens in batavia, Milestones.

Major General Patrick A. Murphy, The Adjutant General for the State of New York, announces the promotion of members of the New York Army National Guard in recognition of their capability for additional responsibility and leadership.

Pablo Perez, from Batavia, serving with the Company F (Forward Support Company Infantry), 427th Brigade Support Battalion is promoted to the rank of Specialist.

Army National Guard promotions are based on overall performance, attitude, leadership ability, and development potential.

These promotions additionally recognize the best qualified Soldiers and attract and retain the highest caliber Citizen Soldiers for a career in the New York Army National Guard.

For more information about the New York Army National Guard, visit www.dmna.ny.gov or www.1800goguard.com.

July 18, 2014 - 4:40pm
posted by Billie Owens in batavia, Milestones.

Michael Robert Pratt, of Batavia, is a member of the Class of 2014 at Hudson Valley Community College.

Pratt graduated in the Criminal Justice academic program. A total of 2,240 students earned associate degrees and certificates from the Troy college.

Founded in 1953, Hudson Valley Community College offers more than 75 degree and certificate programs in four schools: Business; Engineering and Industrial Technologies; Health Science; and Liberal Arts and Sciences; and an Educational Opportunity Center for academic and career training.

July 18, 2014 - 1:07pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, city centre.

Press release:

On Wednesday July 16th the City refunded (refinanced) the current City Centre debt service. This effort refinanced approximately $4,050,000 of general obligation bonds that financed the construction of the City Centre in 2004.

These bonds were issued by USDA Rural Development, and at the time were considered low interest at 4 percent. However, much like refinancing your own home mortgage, refinancing the City's outstanding bonds will reduce the interest paid over the life of the loan. The refunding was approved by City Council on April 8, 2013, and the City along with its financial advisors, Municipal Solutions, Inc., have been monitoring bond market rates for over the past year to find the time when market rates would be at their lowest level to maximize the savings to the City's taxpayers.

Interest rates on municipal bonds are very favorable at this time and the savings realized by refunding the outstanding bonds now resulted in more than $73,000 in increased budgetary savings compared to rates that were presented to City Council one year ago. In total, this refunding has saved the City approximately $303,000 in interest payments during the remaining 21-year life of the reissued bond, ending in 2036.

July 18, 2014 - 8:58am
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, sports, soccer.

The Batavia boys U-12 soccer team beat le Roy 3-0 on Thursday evening to complete an undefeated season in Rochester District Youth Soccer League, Division 4.

Photos by Barbara Paserk.

July 18, 2014 - 8:00am

  • All Day - Magical John | Entertainment Tent
  • 10am - 4-H Horse Show Fitting, Showmanship & Western | Horse Ring
  • 1pm - MIDWAY OPENS | Amusement Area
  • 1-7pm - Mr. Scribbles | Exhibition Bldg.
  • 1pm - 4-H & Open Class Beef Show & Showmanship | Show Ring
  • 3-6pm - GPS & Solar Fun Fest | Merton Building
  • 3pm - 4-H Goat Obstacle Course Contest | Livestock Building
  • 5:30 pm - 4-H Tractor Driving Contest - Via Pre Registration | Kennedy Building
  • 6pm - NIOGA Jr. Showmanship
  • 6pm - 4-H Dog Show
  • 7pm - Beer Tent Opens
  • 8-11pm - Paul Cumming’s & Friends – Local Country Music Artist | Beer Tent

Dont Forget about Saturday's ESP Tractor Pulls!

Please feel free to contact us directly by email or phone. Genesee County Fair, 5056 East Main St. Road, Batavia, NY 14020. Phone: 716-474-3656 or 585-344-2424, Email: [email protected]
The Genesee County Fair is always looking for volunteers in many areas. Please email or call for more information on volunteering your time at the fair.
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