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August 26, 2009 - 2:44pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, business, food.


Scott and Lynn Garlock and Rachel Bradt opened their new deli, Kravings, in the Valu Plaza on West Main Street in Batavia this week.  The Garlock's previously owned and operated Grugnale's Italian Market & Deli on Jackson Street.

August 26, 2009 - 2:23pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, webcam, Marchese Computer.

Some wiseacre sent along this picture captured from the Marchese Computer shop web cam with the remark, "no body's laid down yet."

August 26, 2009 - 11:48am
posted by Melissa George in batavia, Announcements, business, chamber of commerce.

GeneseeCounty Chamber of Commerce Annual Membership Meeting on
Thursday, October 22, 2009


Registration begins at 11:15 am 
Buffet Lunch begins promptly at Noon
Bohn’s Restaurant
5256 Clinton St. Rd., Batavia, NY 14020
$20.00 per person

Ken Adams, Chair of the Business Council of NY
This year’s keynote speaker will be Kenneth Adams, the President and CEO of The Business Council of New York State.  The Business Council is the state's largest and most influential business association representing more than 3,000 member businesses, chambers of commerce and professional and trade associations.  The mission of the Business Council is to create economic growth, good jobs and strong communities throughout New York State by shaping public policy to improve New York's economy. Insight on the inner workings of Albany and what we can do to improve the Upstate economy will be Ken’s topics.
Chamber of Commerce: 09 Year in Review
Chamber of Commerce: 2010 Board Members
Please complete the reservation form below and return it to the Chamber office by Oct. 14, 2009. 210 East Main Street, Batavia NY 14020 Attn. Annual Meeting
If you have special dietary needs, please call Melissa at the Chamber at 585-343-7440, ext. 27.
RSVP’s without payment will be invoiced - $20 per person
Amount Enclosed:
August 26, 2009 - 9:29am
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, Oakfield, Alabama.

Michael C. Buzzell, 31, 26 Main St., Oakfield, is started with stalking and menacing following an incident outside the County Courthouse yesterday afternoon. Buzzell allegedly threatened another person in the parking lot of the court facility around 12:15 p.m. He and the other person were apparently appearing in court yesterday on the same matter. The alleged victim reports being threatened repeatedly by Buzzell. Buzzell was taken into custody at 4:42 p.m.

Lynn Desiree Bettilyon, 21, of 749 Washington St., Spencerport, is charged with attempt to evade or defeat tax and possession of untaxed cigarettes. Bettilyon was stopped for allegedly speeding in the Town of Alabama. She was allegedly traveling at 51 mph in a 40 mph zone. Deputy Tim Wescott investigated and allegedly found her in possession of 400 untaxed cigarettes. Bettilyon was also issued citations for unlicensed driving and driving left of pavement marking.

August 26, 2009 - 8:25am
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, elba, fire.


We received an e-mail reporting a working fire on Batavia-Elba Townline Road between State Street and Norton Road at 4:14 a.m.

Later, we received this picture from a volunteer at the scene.  I'll post more information about the fire as soon as I get it.

UPDATE 8:58 a.m.: The wife of a firefighter e-mailed this to us:

An Abandoned house was on fire in Elba this morning around 3:30am on  Batavia-Elba townline rd! They put it out around 5am! My husband just came  home from it and said they were waiting for someone to come knock it down to  the ground! Elba Oakfield S.Byron and town of batavia fire dept were called  and Barre was on stand by in Elbas hall.

UPDATE 9:12 a.m.: From a report filed by the Sheriff's Office:

The fire was reported at 3:17 a.m. at 4681 Batavia-Elba Townline Road, Elba. The house was vacant and owned by Ron Green, of 4975 Batavia-Elba Townline Road, Elba. The fire originated on the first floor or basement on the northeast corner.  The house was a total loss and uninsured. The cause is unknown.  Fire departments responding: Elba, Town of Batavia, Oakfield, South Byron, Byron, Albabam and Albion.

UPDATE 9:32 a.m.: Just spoke with Tim Yaeger, emergency management coordinator for Genesee County. He said the cause remains under investigation, but that the house still had electricity and water running to it, so investigators will probably be looking most closely at the possibility that it was an electrical fire.  There is nothing suspicious about the fire at this time, he said. The house is still smoldering, but it was burnt completely to the ground.  He said it's believed the house had been in an abandoned state for two months.

NOTE: We received this video this morning, but for some reason, it took YouTube a long time to process it. It's from a cellphone camera, presumably from a volunteer firefighter.

August 26, 2009 - 12:10am
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, business, Next Level Fitness.

Next Level Fitness

Judging from the pictures Ken Mislter posted to the Facebook page for Next Level Fitness, he and his workers are making good progress toward getting his downtown gym opened.  Mistler posted 15 new pictures showing the finishing touches being put into place.  No word on when he expects to open.

August 25, 2009 - 11:30pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, St. Nick's Social Club.

St. Nick's Social Club has paid back more than $10,000 of the $36,000 it borrowed through a city program in 2006, reports Joanne Beck.

“We don’t plan on stiffing anybody,” Club President Michael Rimmer told Beck, saying the club promised to pay the entire balance.

No payment has been made since May 2008.

The loans have already gone to a collections agency, Professional Account Solutions of Spencerport.

City Attorney George Van Nest said he didn't know what arrangements or collateral the club offered when it took out the loans because he wasn't city attorney at the time.

August 25, 2009 - 11:08pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, downtown.


I've always dreamed of owning a powder blue Chevy Bel Air. Earlier this evening, I spotted one of the cars of my dreams at the Tuesday Night Classic Car Cruise downtown. I also saw the Mustang of my dreams, and the Impala of my dreams and the Camaro of my dreams. Unfortunately, no Cadillac El Dorado of my dreams, though.

Next Tuesday night is the last night to catch these classic beauties, if you haven't been yet this summer.


August 25, 2009 - 8:07am
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, St. Nick's Social Club.

Declining participation by younger members led to the demise of St. Nick's Social Club, Frank Ferrando told WBTA.

"I think a lot of clubs today find it extremely difficult," Ferrando said. "Over time, losing a lot of our old-time members, the younger members didn't participate in the club as much as needed and you really need that membership participation in order to survive."

Ferrando, a city councilman, is a long-time board member of St. Nick's.

The 400-member club that has occupied its current location on South Swan Street since 1948, hosted the Lion's Club meeting last night as its final official function.

Ferrando also said local charities will lose out on a long-standing source of donations and assistance. (MP3)

August 24, 2009 - 1:11pm
posted by Kim Gloskowski in batavia, Dinners, public event.
Event Date and Time: 
August 24, 2009 - 1:05pm to September 19, 2009 - 7:00pm

8th Annual Public Swiss Steak Dinner

All You Can Eat

September 19th      Serving 5-7 p.m.

Emmanuel Baptist Church   (handicap accessible)

190 Oak Street Batavia

Adults $8.50    6-12 $4    5 & under-Free

For reservations call 219-4855

August 24, 2009 - 11:21am
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia.

Town of Batavia Fire Department is being dispatched to a possible structure fire at 3740 Batavia-Oakfield Townline Road.

There is reportedly a smell of electric wire burning in the house.

UPDATE 11:26 a.m.: First responder reports, no flames or smoke showing.

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August 24, 2009 - 9:55am
posted by Susan Kennelly in batavia, parks, Dewitt Park.

I go to Dewitt park every morning to walk  I have been walking there twice a day all summer as part of my routine (before and after my knee surgery the end of June) .   I think it's a beautiful park.  Here are a few pics from a recent walk. 


My grandson Christopher came for a walk with me friday morning.


Veiw from the path.


another veiw from the path.


Christopher took this sunny veiw from the dock.


Mirror image.


August 24, 2009 - 9:46am
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, Basom, crime, pembroke, Darien, Le Roy, Pavilion.

Stacy R. Bechtold, 31, of 1429 East Drive, Alden, is charged with DWI and criminal impersonation, along with several other charges after being stopped by Sheriff's deputies at 10:29 p.m. Saturday. Bechtold was reportedly seen driving erratically from Alabama to Maltby Road in Oakfield. When stopped, Bechtold allegedly provided deputies with a fake identity and false birth date. It turns out, she reportedly was driving on a suspended license and an outstanding arrest warrant from Monroe County.  Additional charges: Driving with a BAC of .08 or greater, reckless driving, aggravated unlicensed operation, consumption of alcohol in a motor vehicle, failure to notify DMV of an address change, uninsured vehicle and failure to keep right. Deputies Chris Parker and Brad Mazur investigated the incident. Bechtold was released to the Monroe County Sheriff's Department on the outstanding warrant.

Christopher A. Saddler, 25, of 3 Lydun Drive, Albion, is charged with criminal mischief. Saddler allegedly punched a candy machine inside Tenney Laundry.

Gregory Seppe, 51, of 19 Manhatten Ave., Batavia, is charged with trespass. Seppe allegedly entered the Salvation Army after previously being told he was not allowed on the premises. He was jailed on $500 bail.

Vincent J. T. Dell, 21, of 17 Thorpe St., Batavia, and Nateeka M. Gibson, 20, of 13 Thorpe St., Batavia, are both charged with disorderly conduct for allegedly fighting at 3:07 Saturday morning. Jerell J.T. Jones, 20, of 17 Thorpe St., Batavia, was charged with littering during the same incident. Officers Dan Coffey and Frank Klimjack handled the call.

Vincent Michael Esten, 27, of 10998 Transit Road, Pavilion, is charged with filing a false report with the Sheriff's Office. Esten allegedly reported that another individual had opened a cable television account using his name. After further investigation, the report allegedly turned out to be false. Deputy Joseph Graff investigated the report.

Jody L. Beaumont, 39, of 8557 East Main Road, Le Roy, is charged with DWI and leaving the scene of a property damage accident.  Beaumont reportedly hit some trees on York Road and then allegedly left the scene. He was later located at his residence. He is also charged with a BAC of .08 or greater and moving from a lane unsafely. The accident reportedly occurred at 5:40 a.m., Sunday. Deputies John Weis and Frank Bordanaro investigated the incident.

Patrick S. Waldron, 21, of 1590 Edgewood Road, Rochester, is charged with DWI, driving with a BAC of .08 or greater and moving from a lane unsafely. Waldron was reportedly stopped Sunday at 1:15 a.m. at Route 237 and Walkers Corner Road.

Nicholas R. Harig, 19, of 170 Trowbridge Street, Buffalo, is charged with DWI following a traffic stop in Corfu by Officer Edward Caton for allegedly tailgating. Harig was also cited for having an inadequate muffler on his vehicle.

Dustin D. Say, 18, of 1952 Perry Road, North Java, and a 17-year-old companion from Alexander are charged with a felony count of burglary. Say and his companion allegedly entered an unlocked garage in Alexander and stole alcoholic beverages.

Sarah J. Patrick, 19, of Lockport, is charged with DWI. Patrick was stopped by State Police on Route 77 in Pembroke at 9:28 p.m. on Friday.

Chad A. Plante, 25, of Rochester, is charged with DWI, unlicensed operation and driving with a BAC of .08 or greater. Plante was stopped by State Police on Route 77 in Darien at 9:45 p.m. on Friday.

Benjamin P. Greene, 21, of Basom, is charged with DWI, driving with a BAC of .08 or greater, and failure to stay in designated lane. Greene was stopped by State Police on Galloway Road in Batavia at 2:31 a.m. on Sunday.

Daniel N. Brown, 36, of Le Roy, is charged with two counts of possession of a forged instrument. Brown was arrested by State Police on West Saile Drive in Batavia. The initial report was taken on June 7.  Brown was released on his own recognizance.

August 23, 2009 - 9:45pm
posted by Robin Walters in batavia, Care-A-Van Ministries.

Paul and Bridget.jpg



Happy 24th Anniversary to the Ohlson’s! Paul and Bridget celebrated their 24th wedding anniversary this Sunday, August 23, 2009. It was a great week-end as their daughter Elisa got married on Saturday. She is now the new Mrs. Dan Wilson.
If you have never met this couple, let me tell you they are an awesome couple. Their testimonies of life are unbelievable. The Lord called them into ministry, Care-A-Van ministries was founded in May 2000. Next year they will celebrate 10 years of being in the ministry!
Through the 24 years of life together, they have kept pressing on through many trials and tribulations. They raised 2 beautiful daughters Elisa and Rachel.
Life has not been easy at all times for them. However, they have the hope of Jesus in their lives and they keep pressing on. They have dedicated their life to going forth and taking the good news to the streets of Batavia. They love upon any hurting soul that the Lord places before them.
Congrats to the two of you!
August 23, 2009 - 8:15pm
posted by Brian Hillabush in batavia, Lions Club, restaurant, St. Nick's.

Saint Nicholas Social Club president Michael Rimmer wrote a letter to the editor in The Daily News in early December saying that he planned on the club remaining open for another 65 years.

But, after many decades of being a meeting place for friends and a place for socialstnicks.thumbnail.jpg groups to gather, St. Nick's will be closing its doors for good on Monday.

Rimmer expressed concern but said the club was trying its best to stay open in a June 5 story on The Batavian. He talked about how the poor economy has hurt many local businesses.

The rumors that have been passed around for many months are finally becoming true, adding yet another sad chapter that is the current state of Batavia.

St. Nick's will stay open for Monday night's Lions Club meeting and then will be shutting down. The Lions have been meeting at the club for many years and are searching for a new meeting place.

August 23, 2009 - 12:24pm
posted by Bea McManis in batavia, power outage.

Did anyone lose power this morning?

Also, hearing fire trucks or ambulance on the move.  Any word as to where?

August 22, 2009 - 8:25pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, fire.


There is a house fire at about 19 Maple Street.  City fire crews are on scene.

Smoke began pouring out of the front of the house a little before the first 911 call at 8:14 p.m. and the smoke detectors could be heard throughout the neighborhood.

At one point, the front living room of the multi-unit complex burst into flames, but fire fighters already had a hose in place and quickly doused the flames.

Engine 12 reports fire knocked down and now checking for extensions.

UPDATE: I spoke to a resident of the complex. She said the mother in Apt. #2 was cooking and a pan caught on fire. She tried carrying it outside, dropped it and then tried kicking it. The woman I spoke to, who did not want to be identified, said the woman grabbed her baby and carried her out to the front lawn.  The woman I spoke to then grabbed her broom and tried pushing the pan out the door. Eventually, the two women got the pan out the door.  The baby is OK. The mother reportedly suffered burns on her hands. She and the baby have been transported to the hospital for evaluation.


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August 22, 2009 - 6:28pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, Summer in the City.




Pictured above, Jerry Smith, Jr., Kenneth Griffith, Edward Woods and James Soggs from Batavia Youth Football. They wanted their picture on the home page of The Batavian, so here it is!

August 22, 2009 - 2:26pm
posted by Russ Salway in batavia, Batavia Muckdogs, sports.

5809_1126526802189_1197745892_30321549_2705674_n.jpgFresh off a sweep of the Ironbirds in Aberdeen, the Muckdogs return home to take on State College tonight at 7:05. UFC Fighter Matt "The Hammer" Hamill will sign autographs from  6pm-8pm. The first 500 fans through the gate will receive a Championship Souvenir Travel Mug. Should be a great night! See everyone at Dwyer!2741306979_ce1d129d78.jpg

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