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April 24, 2009 - 9:05pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, genesee county chamber of commerce.



The turn out was OK for a good weather night with the Carnival in town for the Chamber's Business Showcase. There was live music, ice cream and a couple dozen business booths.  Thanks to all who stopped by to say hi at The Batavian booth.

April 24, 2009 - 4:31pm
posted by Billie Owens in batavia, Announcements, genesee county.

Press release:

Rural Learning Network conference

The conference promotes regional assets for community and economic development and will take place Wednesday, May 13 at the Radisson Hotel in Corning.

Goals include: Highlighting the regional assets of western/central New York; articulate the comparative advantages of the region; encourage communities to build unique niches in a regional context; and explore symbiotic relationships among assets and their multiplier effects.

Regional assets are key building blocks in sustainable regional revitalization efforts. These include the skills of the workforce; the vitality of community organizations; the resources of public, private and non-profit institutions; and the physical and economic resources of local places. 

To register go to http://www.regonline.com/regionalassets or contact Beverly L. Mancuso, Executive Director Cornell Cooperative Extension of Genesee County at
http://genesee.cce.cornell.edu <http://genesee.cce.cornell.edu/> or phone 585-343-3040, Ext. 110. 

April 24, 2009 - 4:09pm
posted by Billie Owens in batavia, GCC.
Event Date and Time: 
May 1, 2009 - 3:00pm to 7:00pm

Press Release:

Genesee Students Count Days to Annual Fashion Show

Students in Genesee Community College's Fashion Merchandising program will display their talents Friday, May 1 with this year's production of Recherché.

Shows are at 3 p.m. and again at 7 p.m.

With numerous models and 11 scenes, this year's production lives up to the meaning of Recherché - lavishly elegant, exquisite and refined.

April 24, 2009 - 4:01pm
posted by Billie Owens in batavia, Announcements, GCC.


From left to right are: Courtney Smith, Alyssa DelPlato, Katie Norton, Professor Rick Dudkowski, fashion show alumna and Walmart representative Rhea Hewitt, Hannah Wheeler, April Cipolla, Erica Weidner and Danielle Collins.

Press Release:

Genesee Students Count Days to Annual Fashion Show

Students in Genesee Community College's Fashion Merchandising program will display their talents Friday, May 1 with this year's production of Recherché.

Shows are at 3 p.m. and again at 7 p.m.

With numerous models and 11 scenes, this year's production lives up to the meaning of Recherché - lavishly elegant, exquisite and refined. Walmart has once again donated $1,000 to this year's production.

Recherché features several local clothing stores such as Walmart, who has donated children's fashions for Scene III- Amuseruent tallie Mode or "Fun Size Fashion." This year's production also features two new contributors including Buckle, a retailer of designer denim for men and women located in the Galleria Mall as well as Embrasse-Moi, a fine lingerie store in Pittsford.

Several students are designing and making their own outfits and accessories for this year's show. Arielle Orlikowski and Julie Maurer will display their original designs in the first scene, Fora Beleza or "Outside Beauty." Tatiana Fisher will also display her original designs in Scene VII: Mix Madness.

A new addition to this year's production is a pre-show musical performance by InnerLoop, a contemporary a cappella group from Rochester. They will be performing approximately 20 minutes before each show. For more information, visit their web site www.innerloopmusic.com <http://www.innerloopmusic.com> .

Tickets are available pre-sale for $5, or $7 at the door. For tickets, please call 585-345-6830.

April 24, 2009 - 3:17pm
posted by Billie Owens in batavia, genesee county.
Event Date and Time: 
May 11, 2009 - 5:00pm

Press Release:

Second Annual Tourism Industry meeting

Today, May 11, is the dealine to RSVP for the Second Annual Tourism meeting at O'Lacy's Irish Pub.

The topic "Social Media --What it is and how it can grow your business" will be the focus of the meeting.

It will be held from 3 to 5 p.m. at O'Lacy's Irish Pub on Thursday, May 14. Light snacks and refreshments will be served.

Social media expert Jessica Wander of Manzella Marketing Group will guide you through this often confusing topic. Learn who's using it and how to make it work for you.

April 24, 2009 - 3:09pm
posted by Billie Owens in batavia, Announcements, genesee county.

Press Release:

Second Annual Tourism Industry meeting

The topic "Social Media --What it is and how it can grow your business" will be the focus of the second annual tourism industry meeting.

It will be held from 3 to 5 p.m. at O'Lacy's Irish Pub on Thursday, May 14. Light snacks and refreshments will be served.

Social media expert Jessica Wander of Manzella Marketing Group will guide you through this often confusing topic. Learn who's using it and how to make it work for you.

A tourism update will immediately following the guest speaker.

Please R.S.V.P to Dawn at 585-343-7440 ext. 32 by May 11th. Space is limited.

April 24, 2009 - 2:10pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, downtown, BID.

jeff gillard bid award.jpg

ken ewell bid award.jpg

Jeff Gillard, above, was honored as the volunteer of the year for the Business Improvement District, and Kent Ewell, owner of O'Lacy's was given the "Spirit of Downtown" award at today's BID annual luncheon.

April 24, 2009 - 11:36am
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, st. joseph school.



St. Joseph School held a "Walk for Education" this morning. Grades 4 through 8 were out walking this morning from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m., all wearing St. Joseph's bright-blue t-shirts.

April 24, 2009 - 10:01am
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, Deal of the Day.

Today's Deal of the Day: A $50 gift certificate from Larry's Steakhouse in Batavia. The Batavian's Good Deal Price: $25 -- HALF off!

Larry's, located at 60 Main St. in Batavia, is one of the newer and finer dining establishments in Batavia. The menu offers many great items, but of course the speciality is steak.  Larry's also features a full bar.

Rules: The gift certificate must be used by within 30 days of purchase. It is not valid with other offers and has no cash value.  It cannot be used, by state law, to purchase alcohol.

How to Win: Purchase using the PayPal "Buy Now" button below. After the first person to hit the "buy now" button completes the purchase, PayPal will let you know that the item has been sold. Ideally, the winner will arrange to stop by my office on Main Street before 5:00 p.m. to pick up gift certificate. Mail is an option, but it would be better to hand you the gift certificate. 

If you want to be notified via e-mail of future Deals of the Day, sign up for the Deals of the Day e-mail list by clicking here.

Merchants: If you would like your business featured in Deal of the Day, call Howard Owens at 260-6970.


April 24, 2009 - 7:20am
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, crime, Le Roy.

Nicholas A. Cinquino III, 25, of Batavia, was allegedly observed driving down the center lane of West Main about 2:30 this morning. After a traffic stop, Cinquino was taken into custody. He is charged with DWI, with a BAC of more than .18 and ticketed for improper lane usage.

Misty D. Palmer, 21, of LeRoy, is accused of trying to walk out of Wal-Mart with three DVDs. She is charged with petty larceny. Palmer was reportedly caught after the inventory control sensor was activated as she tried to walk out the front door. She was issued an appearance ticket.

April 23, 2009 - 11:33pm
posted by Robin Walters in batavia.

The Care-A-Van Ministry Team headed out to a local widow's home this evening to

help take care of her wood pile. 10 Face Cord of wood was stacked by the team of 5.

The weather was beautiful and a great time was had by all! 

The wood pile.jpg

the guys.jpg

April 23, 2009 - 3:34pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, United Memorial Medical Center, fire.

A fire alarm was triggered at UMMC, 16 Bank St. Firefighters are on scene and investigating. No further information is available at this time.

April 23, 2009 - 11:15am
posted by Notre Dame in batavia, schools, Notre Dame.

ND - seniors in the spotlight.jpg

Our ND "seniors in the spotlight" - Jill Marshall, daughter of Paul Marshall and Maureen Torrey Marshall of Elba and Kevin Francis, son of Mark and Cindy Francis of Batavia - both recently received the prestigious Ronald McDonald Game Sportsmanship Award for their respective teams during the Saturday, March 28, 2009 Ronald McDonald High School Basketball All Star games held at R.I.T. It is a rarity that two student athletes from the same school are selected to represent their [Genesee Region] league and school in this annual showcase of local basketball talent, much less receive the same prestigious award as a result of their performance in this contest! Congratulation on jobs well done!

Kevin Francis is a very talented student-athlete and has been a stalwart member of our Fighting Irish Football, Basketball and Baseball programs throughout his high school career. He has been a member of our Section V Class D Varsity Football Championship team as a Sophomore and Section V Class D Varsity Baseball Championship team as a Junior earning Sectional [Section V – Rochester Region] patches during both of these seasons. He played a key role in the success of our Fighting Irish Baseball team last year which captured the NYS Far West Regional championship and advanced to the NYSPHSAA “Final 4” at SUNY Binghamton last June. Kevin earned a spot on this year's 2009 Section V Class D- All Star team for his exemplary play during our recently concluded season. Regardless of the sport, Kevin can always be counted on to play hard and give it his all. He consistently plays within the parameters of the rules and lets his performance on the field or court “speak for itself.” Kevin has been a very unselfish team member throughout high school and makes everyone else that much better by his presence in a line up. He was selected to receive the "Birdseye Player of the Year" in the Genesee Region by a vote of league coaches in addition to being selected to play in this year's Ronald McDonald High School Boys All Star Basketball contest!

Kevin is also the type of student who is capable of “stepping up” and taking on leadership roles. A two time Genesee Region All-Star in both football and basketball, Kevin is a leader by example both on and off the field of play. He has captained each varsity sport that he has competed in during his Junior and Senior years at Notre Dame. He is a role model for all of the younger student-athletes in our athletic programs. 

An individual who enjoys spending time helping others, Kevin has volunteered to assist others through his involvement with Salvation Army bell ringing at Christmas time, reffing grade school basketball games and assisting veterans at the Batavia Veterans Administration Hospital and Home.

Kevin is considering attending St. John Fisher College in Rochester, SUNY Fredonia and D’Youville College in Buffalo and is interested in pursuing a degree in business administration. He also has aspirations of continuing his football and/or basketball career at the collegiate level.

Jill Marshall has a never-ending thirst for knowledge and exhibits an outstanding work ethic on a daily basis at Notre Dame. She is the type of student that any instructor would love to have based on her appreciation for education and willingness to work hard to achieve her goals. She is the type of individual who is not afraid to challenge herself academically having spent the second semester of her Junior year as a Page for United States Representative Louise Slaughter in Washington, DC, as well as having taken summer courses at Cornell and Georgetown Universities.

A very well rounded individual and member in good standing of the National Honor Society, Jill served as her Class President during her 9th, 10th and 11th grade years at Elba. She is currently a contributing member of our Notre Dame Environmental Club, as well as our ND Mission Club and SADD organization during her senior year, as well as a member of the Genesee County Youth Court, a position to which she was appointed in December 2008.

A very talented student-athlete, Jill has been an integral part of our highly touted Fighting Irish Varsity Girls Cross Country and Basketball teams during the 2008-2009 school year. She has received numerous individual Genesee Region honors in Basketball and Soccer, as well as Section V NYSPHSAA All Star recognition in both Cross Country this past fall and in Basketball twice - once at Elba and this season at ND. She [like Kevin Francis] is the consummate team member, sacrificing individual recognition for the success of a team victory and was a fitting representative to this year's Ronald McDonald High School Girls All Star game from the GR league. She makes everyone better just by being in the lineup. She is a leader by example and has achieved prestigious NYSPHSAA student athlete status (minimum 90% team average) during each varsity sports season she has played during her combined high school career at Elba and Notre Dame.

Jill plans to continue her education at Cornell University while pursuing a degree in the area of nutritional science next fall.

The Notre Dame Family is proud to salute Kevin Francis and Jill Marshall as our spotlighted seniors for the month of April 2009 and wish them the best of luck next year at the collegiate level!!!

Pictured: Jill Marshall ‘09 and Kevin Francis ‘09


April 23, 2009 - 10:27am
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, Batavia Downs, T.F. Brown's.

Today, we have a special Deal of the Day -- three gift certificates offers in one day.

Rules: Gift certificates must be used within 30 days of purchase.  People who have won a gift certificate in the past 30 days cannot win a gift certificate from the same business again. State law prohibits using gift certificates to purchase alcohol.

Process: Purchase your gift certificate through the PayPal button below. There is only one gift certificate available from each business. The first completed purchase wins.  PayPal will notify you if the gift certificate has been purchased and is out of stock. It's best if you're able to stop by The Batavian office and pick up your gift certificate prior to 5 p.m. today, however mail is an option.

T.F. Brown's ($12.50):


 Adam Miller ($12.50):



Batavia Downs ($12.50):


April 23, 2009 - 10:18am
posted by Brian Hillabush in batavia, basketball, sports, Notre Dame.

Notre Dame guard Kevin Francis had a tremendous senior season and because of that has earned first-team, all-state honors by the New York State Sportswriters Association.

Francis scored 20.9 points with 5.7 rebounds, 5.9 assists and 5.1 steals per game while leading the Fighting Irish to the top seed in the Section 5 Class D1 playoffs.

The Batavia basketball team that made the state semifinals had a pair of selections on state squads. Andrew Hoy was selected to the sixth team and Marcus Hoy was picked to the seventh team.

April 23, 2009 - 6:43am
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, video, Masse Gateway Project, Tom Mancuso.

After the public hearing last night, Dan Fischer of WBTA and I spoke with Tom Mancuso, of Mancuso Development Group, about the Masse Gateway Project.  Mancuso has been on vacation, so the public has not yet heard from him on the proposal, so this video represents the full interview.

April 23, 2009 - 12:07am
posted by Robin Walters in batavia, community awareness.


You will normally find me writing of the most recent events of Care-A-Van Ministries, a street ministry here in Batavia, New York. But tonight, my heart tugged at me to sit down at the computer and just write.


My prompting this evening came after I watched the news and heard of the possible suicide of David Kellerman, CFO of Freddie Mac. First of all, I had no idea what Freddie Mac was until after I watched this and learned it was a mortgage company.



I thought to myself what in the world prompted this suicide? What was he thinking? What was he feeling? Did he feel despondent with no hope? Then the next news flash was of a male teacher in a local high school that was charged with sexual involvement with a student. The next flash was of a female teacher that was charged with sexual involvement with a 14 year old boy. Then to top it all of was the news that the FDA approved that it was going to make it so the morning after pill Plan B can be purchased over the counter by minors.


How Does Plan B® Work?
Plan B® (levonorgestrel) may prevent pregnancy by temporarily stopping the release of an egg from a woman's ovary, or it may prevent fertilization. It may also prevent a fertilized egg from attaching to the uterus. "

“Proponents of "emergency contraception," as well as the Preven and Plan B websites, contend that emergency contraception does not cause abortion. They argue that emergency contraception prevents pregnancy and thereby reduces the need for induced abortion. However, they intentionally define the term "pregnancy" as implantation of a fertilized egg in the lining of a woman's uterus, as opposed to "pregnancy" beginning at fertilization.”

All of this news just made me sick to my stomach. I thought to myself, what in the world is this world coming to? Why did it have to come to this point for this young man? What happened in these teachers lives that led them to the behaviors they had? What is wrong with our government that they are putting this pill out on the market available to minors?

I sat and wondered who was close to this man? Who may have seen or felt his pain and frustration in life? Were there Christians close to him that could have reached out to let him know that no matter what happens in life there is hope? Hope you ask? Yes hope.  Even with the billons of dollars that was lost for this company, there is hope. This mortgage company and many others have really made it hard for folks. But I bet, for those who have a true faith, they know that no matter what happens, God will provide.

If you are a reading this and God has brought you through some horrible trials and tribulations, you know there is hope. What has happened in your life? What horrible thing have you gone through and survived? Were you once a victim of sexual assault? Did you once have an addiction to drugs, alcohol, gambling, porn or anything else and you overcame it? Did you lose your job but were able to get your life restarted?  Are you sharing your story with others to give them hope?

Do you see your neighbor or co-worker struggling with something in life? Are you going forth and making a difference? Are you doing even the smallest of things to help? Yes even a smile and a hug can make a huge difference. Are you just rushing by people on the street and not even looking into their eyes?

Are you complaining about the youth on your streets? Or are you doing something to encourage them to live a healthy life free of drugs and alcohol? Are you supportive of any local programs in your community and churches that are striving to make a difference for these young folks?

With being involved in street ministry, I see more and more every week the need to touch the souls of the young people and old as well!  I see the need for adults to share the truths of the world with them. It is vital that they have a strong spiritual foundation while they are young. Someone needs to be open with them in regards to the whole arena of sex and sexuality. For many years it was so taboo, to even speak of such things, this in turn led many young people feeling frustrated and having no idea of their sexual identity and therefore led to risky behaviors and now we have increased teen pregnancies, sexual predators, abusers and  molesters running around. Their lives can change. There is hope.

I encourage you to think about what you have come through in life. Are you thankful and praising the one who pulled you up and out of that pit of life you felt you were stuck in? I can share with you all, I am thankful for where my life has come from. I have a testimony, just like we all do. Wouldn’t you like to give back to others? Just think if you could help change the life of one person. Wouldn’t that be worth it? Our city here in Batavia is a big community (mind you this writer grew up in a town with a population of 500). When I think about all the people that need help in some way, I just pray that more and more people will start stepping up and out.

A friend of mine once said, it is time for us to stop being Mamby, Pamby and step up to what we are called to do. I loved it!  Well, I for one do not want to sit back with knowing I am capable of helping someone. We can all make a difference.

I could all write all night but I got to get busy packing. Care-A-Van Ministries has been blessed with opportunity to go on a road trip to NY City! We leave this Sunday at 7 AM. We are taking that big red bus miles away from its comfortable home to a world unknown to us. On Monday, we will be spending the day at the Hope Center in Elizabeth New Jersey, and then on Tuesday we take the bus to the Bronx! We will be working side by side with the Relief bus to do street ministry there. The Lord is using the ministry team of Care-A-Van to bring hope to the lost in another city. Just this past week, we were on the road to Machias to give thanks to a local church there that supports the ministry. The week after we return we have been invited over to Buffalo to share of the ministry there. I keep telling Paul, I see the vision of a fleet of buses! Can you just imagine if we filled buses with all us who have been called to make a difference what a better city this would be?

I wish you all a wonderful day filled with peace and joy. Thank you so much for listening to my rambling heart!

Thank you again to those of who are teaming up with Care-A-Van with your prayers and financial support and most importantly your valuable precious volunteering time to help make a difference.



April 22, 2009 - 10:58pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, Ken Mistler, Carr's.

There may be a theater, possibly a dinner theater, in the future of the former Carr's Department Store location, if owner Ken Mistler can line up appropriate funding through the BID.

Mistler does not have many specifics on the proposal at this time, but has been working on putting together the project for several weeks.

In response to an e-mail, Mistler said:

I do not have any exact plans until the Engineers get back to me... Engineer hopes to give me my plans/answers early next week.

In a comment on The Batavian, Mislter acknowledged that he paid only $10,000 for the Carr's building, but has spent a good deal of money renovating it.

  • $214,000 on the Jackson Street façade
  • $22,000 on replacing windows
  • $87,000 on the back façade, which helped preserve the structure
  • $58,000 on new roofs
  • $42,000 on the front façade
  • $150,000 on repairs from leaks due to broken pipes (the elevator and dry wall were damaged)
  • $20,000 on a new sprinkler system
  • $15,000 on heating and air conditioning

In another comment, he said:

I offered Old Navy 4 years free rent on a 7-year lease. After 4 attempts they finally replied. They are not currently seeking any type of retail location in your (our) demographic. Now I will look toward entertainment.

April 22, 2009 - 4:49pm
posted by Billie Owens in batavia, Announcements, genesee county.

Press Release:

The following events are planned for May at Cornell Cooperative Extension in Genesee County.

May 1 - Deadline for 4-H Giant Pumpkin Contest
The contest is open to any 4-H'er/4-H Family in Genesee County.  If you want to have fun, learn about horticulture, and challenge yourself, join 4-H'ers who will grow a giant or tiny pumpkin in spring/summer (125 days to grow) in home gardens or in container gardens all over the county. 

We will be using giant and small seeds. The Giant variety is "Dill's Atlantic Giant" or tiny pumpkin varieties includes "Baby Boo" or " Jack-Be-Little".  You can buy your own seeds or we can provide you with them. Educational materials will also be provided to each participant. Weigh-in will be in September (location to be determined).

Register by May 1st.  If you are interested in more information or to register, please contact Amy Berry at (585) 343-3040, ext. 106 or stop by the Extension office at 420 E. Main Street in Batavia.

May 2 or May 18 from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Chainsaw Safety and Tree-Cutting Productivity Training – Level 1

Held at Cornell University's Arnot Forest, 611 County Road 13, Van Etten in Schuyler County. These are small-group (maximum 10) hands-on classes with a certified instructor that cover safe chainsaw use, chain and engine maintenance, and tree-felling (participants personally fell a tree under the instructor's guidance). 

No experience is required for Level I participants.  Pre-registration and pre-payment are required. Cost is $152 per day (there's a discount for NYFOA members) and spaces are filled first-come, first served. 

Details, including on-line registration or mail-in registration, can be found at: http://www.dnr.cornell.edu/ext/forestconnect/GOL.html  Please direct questions to the Cornell Department of Natural Resources at 607-255-2115 or [email protected].

May 4 and May 11

ServSafe Food Manager Certification Class
CCE-Monroe County is offering the Level 1 nationally recognized ServSafe Food Manager Certification Course at the CCE-Monroe County Office at 249 Highland Ave. in Rochester on May 4 and 11. The 2 day course is from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on each of these days and the cost is $150 per person.

The registration form may be found on our website at www.cce.cornell.edu/monroe <http://www.cce.cornell.edu/monroe> . Questions may be directed to Jane Botelho at 585-461-1000 ext. 232.

May 13

Promoting Regional Assets for Community and Economic Development 
Regional assets help build sustainable regional revitalization efforts. They include: the skills of the workforce; the vitality of community organizations; the resources of public, private and non-profit institutions; and the physical and economic resources of local places.

The conference will explore how different assets in the region assist and support one another. Also to be explored is the relationship between capacity building and the promotion and development of assets. This one-day conference will be held at the Radisson Hotel in Corning from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Agenda and registration information can be found on the CaRDI website at www.cardi.cornell.edu <http://www.cardi.cornell.edu/> .
May 14 from 6 to 8 p.m.

Coffee & Dessert Series - Invasive Species
This program will take place at Cornell Cooperative Extension -- Genesee County. Cost is $10. Pre-registration is required. Judy Spring, environmental educator from Genesee County Soil and Water Conservation District, will talk about invasive species.

New York faces an onslaught of invasive species from other regions and countries.  These non-native plants, animals, and pathogens displace native species, disrupt ecosystems and recreational activities such as fishing, boating and hiking. They also damage commercial agricultural and aqua-cultural resources. For a brochure or more information, please contact Gail at (585) 343-3040, ext. 132 or via e-mail at [email protected].

May 16 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. - Garden Gala
The Gala will take place at Cornell Cooperative Extension of Genesee County. No early birds. There will be an indoor and outdoor plant sale, chance auction, gardening activities for youth, door prizes, free handouts and soil testing, gardening advice, and free refreshments. If interested or need more information, please contact Gail Culver at (585) 343-3040, ext. 132 or Amy Berry at (585) 343-3040, ext. 106.

April 22, 2009 - 4:48pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, downtown.


The Carnival is coming to town. Work crews are busy now on Jackson Street setting up 10 rides for kids of all ages (so long as they're at least 36 inches tall).  The carnival opens Friday afternoon.

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