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May 1, 2009 - 6:58am
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, crime.

Roy A. Watson, Jr., 20, of Batavia, was allegedly found to be in possession of marijuana with the assistance of K-9 "Fin" during a traffic stop yesterday at 4:30 p.m. He is charged with one count of unlawful possession of marijuana.

Michelle D. Clark, 20, of Brockport, and Celina D. Bryan, 19, of Batavia, are accused of hosting an underage drinking party for approximately 50 people Thursday night.  The party was reportedly held at 5157 Clinton Street Road. Sheriff's deputies responded to the address at 11:30 p.m. in response to a loud noise complaint. Both women are charged with one count of unlawfully dealing with a child.

April 30, 2009 - 11:27pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, Deal of the Day, Roxy's Music Store.

roxys_music_raptor_guitar.jpgI find this exciting: In a special arrangement with Roxy's Music Store, 228 W. Main St., Batavia, we can offer exclusively to readers of The Batavian a Raptor Stage Backstage II Guitar Kit, from Peavey, at a substantial cost savings.

The recommended retail price is $450. We're offering it exclusively on The Batavian for $295.

I played this guitar a little bit in Roxy's the other day and I'm impressed. I wish guitars of this quality were available at this price when I was first learning to play. I might have practiced more. It's well balanced, stays in tune, is easy to finger and plays and looks pro.  This is a heck of a deal for a beginner or intermediate player, or even an experience player who is looking for an axe to just keep handy around the house.

The kit includes the guitar and travel amp as well as a guitar strap, digital tuner, strings, picks and the new Peavey/Rock House Method Total Musician Series DVD for helping the beginning player get started on the road to R-O-C-K in the U-S-A.

The guiar is solid body and features a dual single-coil plus one humbucker pickup configuration with five-way pickup selector and master volume and tone controls.

The Backstage amp features technology that emulates the tone, response and dynamics of tube amplifiers. The amp includes high and low EQ controls, a 6 1/2" speaker, switchable TransTube overdrive, a tape/CD input for jamming with a player's favorite songs and a headphone input quiet practice.

There is only one item available at this price and it is exclusive through The Batavian. The winning purchaser will need to arrange to stop by The Batavian office to pick up a purchase voucher. The kit must be picked up in the store. No delivery is available.  This item will be available until it sells and only one kit at this price is available.

To purchase this online exclusive from The Batavian and Roxy's Music Store, click the PayPal button below (this is the only way you can make this purchase -- this price is NOT available in the store).

The Batavian will have more online exclusive deals coming in the next week or two. If you would like to be notified when they're posted, sign up for our Deal of the Day e-mail list.

If you're a local business owner and would like to offer The Batavian readers great deals either as part of The Deal of the Day or as an Online Exclusive, call me at 585-260-6970.

April 30, 2009 - 11:23pm
posted by Robin Walters in batavia, community awareness.

The Teams.jpg


Happy Thursday from Care-A-Van! There truly has been a lot of “fire” on the bus lately!

We just got back from a four day road trip to Elizabeth, New Jersey and New York City.

Our trip to partner with NY City Relief Bus, the Hope Center and Street Light Mission truly was a blessed time! I could write all night! I will be sharing our stories with you throughout the next few weeks! I bet I could write a best seller of what God has done in his kingdom this past week.  We all came back burning with more passion to go forth and serve the lost and hurting here in Batavia.

On the way home coming down 86, Paul said he smelled something hot. I truly thought it was the souls burning up with how God put us on fire. But in all reality, there was smoke coming from the converter. Well of course, this PR director panicked and wanted off immediately! Thank goodness we had our mechanic PJ on the bus; he checked it all out, while I and some of the team members stood in the field and prayed that God would take care of it. Sure enough the smoke stopped and all was good to go! That darn devil, he thought he was going to win, but praises to God all was taken care of and we were able to roll on into Batavia.

We headed to the streets tonight in our hometown. The bus was filled with activity. God gave groceries to 10 families, fed homemade chicken casserole to many kids and parents, did some home visits to families in need and just blessed the whole neighborhood.

Thank you for your prayers for our safety and our protection while we were gone.

All of your prayers not only blessed us but thousands of souls in Elizabeth, New Jersey and New York City! Now how awesome is that! Stay tuned for more of God’s news from the streets of Batavia and the 700 plus mile road trip he took Care-A-Van ministries on!

April 30, 2009 - 11:04am
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, Batavia Downs, Deal of the Day.

Today's Deal of the Day: A $25 gift certificate from Batavia Downs Grandstand Bar & Grille in Batavia. The Batavian's Good Deal Price: $12.50 -- HALF off!

Enjoy a great meal in one of Genesee County's favorite entertainment venues.

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. By law, gift certificates cannot be used for purchase of 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 the 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 30, 2009 - 8:37am
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, crime.

Sabrina Shumway, 29, of Batavia, is charged with possession of a controlled substance and possession of marijuana. Her arrest dates back to an April 17 traffic stop in which she was allegedly found to possess cocaine and marijuana. She was issued an appearance ticket.

April 29, 2009 - 11:48pm
posted by chris johnson in batavia, alexander, motorcycle, Bethany, club.
Event Date and Time: 
May 2, 2009 - 7:00am to 12:00pm

Charles William "Charlie" Spahn, USA, VN, Wales Center, NY, 2 May, 2009

Charlie was a retired Construction Inspector for the Erie County Water Authority, a Vietnam War Army veteran, a proud member of the East Aurora American Legion, VFW Sgt. Mark A. Rademacher Post 7795, Chapter 77 of the Vietnam Veterans Association and the Nam Club.

April 29, 2009 - 8:47pm
posted by chris johnson in batavia, motorcycle, mayhem.riders.
Event Date and Time: 
May 3, 2009 - 10:00am to 1:00pm

Update 28 April 2009 Reminder: 3 May: Benefit for Donald Woodward. The PGR is escorting Donald from his home in Dayton, NY to the Gowanda American Legion where the benefit is being held. Staging at Noon at the Gowanda American Legion. We will depart the AL at 12:30 and plan on being back at 1ish. We have secured a trike for him to ride from his home to the AL if he chooses to ride. This escort will take only an hour from your Sunday. If you are going on a ride Sunday please consider joining us for this escort.

April 29, 2009 - 4:41pm
posted by Billie Owens in batavia, Announcements.

Press Release:

Genesee students recognized for outstanding achievement

Three GCC students won prestigious honors.

Jennifer Bryant of Batavia was named a Gold Scholar on the 2009 Coca-Cola All-State Academic Team and given a $1,500 scholarship. She was one of 50 Gold Scholars selected nationwide and she was featured in the April 6 edition of USA Today.

And Jennifer, South Alabama native Kathryn Scarborough and Pavilion High School graduate Danielle Collins were recognized by the New York State chapter of Phi Theta Kappa honor society. They also recently received a SUNY Chancellor's Award for Student Excellence.

The three scholars were honored at the 15th annual Phi Theta Kappa All-New York Academic Awards luncheon on April 7. Awardees were recognized for scholarly achievement and outstanding community service in community, technical and junior colleges. Each received a certificate and medal, which is traditionally worn at commencement.

April 29, 2009 - 4:19pm
posted by Billie Owens in batavia, Announcements.

Press Release:

GCC's Arcade Campus Center hosts sculpture art show

A student art show featuring the works of the 3D design class will be displayed Friday May 1 at the Arcade Campus of Genesee Community College. In addition, there will be a live molten metal pour.

Throughout the semester, students have been working with the molding process, creating 3D work in plaster and wax from molds they have designed using various techniques.

The student art show begins at 6 p.m. and the metal pour will begin at about 7:30 p.m.

The metal pour will be conducted after sunset and is open to the public. With the pour being at night, spectators will be able to see the sparks, watch the molds go from glowing red to cooling, and share the anticipation of the artists as they see their hard work and the extended creative process come to life in a metal sculpture.

This event is free and open to the public. For further information, please contact David Sink, Arcade Campus Center associate at 585-492-5265.

April 29, 2009 - 4:02pm
posted by Billie Owens in batavia, Announcements.

Press release:

Shine your glass slippers, dust off your tiara and find your best
princess gown. YOU are invited to a Princess Party!

Girls of all ages are welcome at 10 a.m. on Saturday, May 9 in the Children¹s Room at Richmond Memorial Library, 19 Ross St. in Batavia. We¹ll enjoy a story, crafts, games, dancing and treats. Parents ­ don¹t forget the camera!

Register early and register online www.batavialibrary.org
<http://www.batavialibrary.org/> 585-343-9550 x4.

April 29, 2009 - 3:55pm
posted by Billie Owens in batavia, Announcements.

Press release:

Senator Ranzenhofer launches petition to retore STAR Rebate checks
Senator Michael Ranzenhofer and members of the Senate Republican Conference launched a statewide, grass-roots petition drive to restore the STAR property tax relief rebate checks.

The multifaceted petition drive will use email and social networking sites such as Facebook, along with creation of a new online petition to pressure Democrats to restore the rebate  eliminated from the state budget.
“Western New Yorkers already pay some of the highest property taxes in the nation," said the senator. "State leaders must reinstate the STAR Rebate checks to provide much needed property tax relief for homeowners. Senior citizens and families often use the rebate checks not just to defray skyrocketing property taxes, but to off-set energy costs, college tuition, and other household expenses.  Reinstating the STAR rebate checks is a start to providing real property tax relief for homeowners."

The 2009-10 State budget cut STAR rebate checks for 82,767 seniors and homeowners in the community. Restoring the rebate would provide $141.56 million in tax relief for homeowners in Western New York.

April 29, 2009 - 3:34pm
posted by Billie Owens in batavia, Announcements.

Genesee County Chamber of Commerce invites travelers on trip to Tuscany

The Genesee County Chamber of Commerce in conjunction with Collette Vacations and First Choice Travel will be hosting a 10-day tour of Tuscany in Italy in November. The chamber is offering the trip for price of $2,999 per person. Price includes air fare, hotel stays, a total of 13 meals, bus tours (with guides), admission to tourist spots and airport taxes.
There will be an information session at 5:30 on Thursday, May 21 at First Choice Travel, located at 3080 W. Main Street Road in Batavia. To attend this meeting, please call Melissa at the Genesee County Chamber at (585) 343-7440, ext. 27.

April 29, 2009 - 3:25pm
posted by Brian Hillabush in batavia, photography.


April 29, 2009 - 1:06pm
posted by Billie Owens in batavia, GCC.
Event Date and Time: 
April 30, 2009 - 5:00pm to 8:00pm

Annual Cool Kids ECO-Fest at GCC, plus E-Scrap drive

Genesee Community College's Earth Club, Student Activities Office and College Village join Cool Kids once again to produce a fun-filled, educational event aimed at increasing environmental awareness. All portions of the event are free and open to the public. It will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday, April 30 at Genesee's Batavia Campus with most events occurring in the college's central Forum or Clocktower Plaza.

April 29, 2009 - 1:04pm
posted by Billie Owens in batavia, Announcements, GCC.

Annual Cool Kids ECO-Fest at GCC, plus E-Scrap drive

Genesee Community College's Earth Club, Student Activities Office and College Village join Cool Kids once again to produce a fun-filled, educational event aimed at increasing environmental awareness. All portions of the event are free and open to the public. It will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday, April 30 at Genesee's Batavia Campus with most events occurring in the college's central Forum or Clocktower Plaza.

New to this year are live llamas with the Critter Ranch, an exhibit from the Tift Nature Preserve in Buffalo, a hike through Genesee's Nature Trail, the Recycle-A-Shoe sneaker recycling drive and an inflatable Planetarium.

Back by popular demand is the E-Scrap Drive, where computers, monitors, mobile phones, printers, scanners, game consoles, and other electronics, as well as non-alkaline batteries that operate these devices can be brought to the college to be recycled. Community members are welcomed to drop off their old, unwanted E-Scrap free of charge. However, this year there is a $5 charge for any television set dropped off.

The E-Scrap Drive is for households, not businesses. People can park in the loop and hand-carry items to the Forum until 1 p.m. Curbside drop-off service begins at 5 p.m. and runs until 8 p.m..

April 29, 2009 - 12:38pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, politics, Charlie Mallow.

cmallow.jpgCity Council President Charlie Mallow, who was rumored a few weeks ago to be a candidate for County Legislature, issued a statement moments ago saying that he's withdrawing from elective politics.

He won't seek re-election nor a seat on the County Legislature. Mallow expresses no intention to run for any other office in the future.

He will finish his current term.

Here's his statement:

I appreciate the faith that people placed in me by electing me to a term on City Council and it has been a real honor to serve the last four years. It should not come to a shock to anyone I have ever spoken to but, I will not seek another term. It was never my intention to run  for more than one term and I have no desire to be a politician. My time on City Council has been a life changing experience and I wanted  to thank each and every one of you that gave me the opportunity to represent you. After spending my time on Council, I have a new perspective on small town politics. Batavia is a great place to live and I hope other people will decide to step up and serve our city. I don't believe the public is served well by career politicians and I support term limits. I did consider running for Legislature but, I have withdrawn my name from consideration. I will serve out my current term on Council as promised.

April 29, 2009 - 12:10pm
posted by Billie Owens in batavia, Announcements, GCC.

Press release

New intercollegiate sports slated for Genesee Community College

The Genesee Community College Association is planning to launch new intercollegiate sports programs at the college over the next three years, according to Vice President for Student and Enrollment Services Virginia M. Taylor.

New sports at Genesee include cheerleading, golf, women's lacrosse, tennis and cross country.

For the 2009-2010 academic year, Taylor said she expects a team of 20 students will be ready to begin a men's and women's varsity/club cheer team this Fall. During the spring 2010 semester, 20 students will become members of a newly formed Division III men's and women's golf team. Also in the Spring 2010 semester, a 20-member women's lacrosse club team will be formed.

In Spring 2011, the college should have approval to upgrade the women's lacrosse club team to a NJCAA Division III women's lacrosse team. Also during the spring of 2011, the college anticipates forming a Division III men's and women's tennis team.

During the fall of 2011, the college anticipates forming a Division III men's and women's cross country team.

The college is upgrading athletic fields this year and installing a new soccer/lacrosse turf field.

April 29, 2009 - 11:58am
posted by Billie Owens in batavia, Announcements, GCC.

Press Release

Recent GCC Board of Trustees meeting highlights

  • Trustees congratulated members of the men's and women's swimming teams who competed in the national NJCAA championship at Erie Community College. Trustees also congratulated coach Scott Hunsinger on his 10 years of service as swim coach.
  • Approved granting 585 degrees and certificates next month, subject to students' satisfactorily completing their academic requirements. Nine students will receive the Associate in Arts (A.A.) degree; 269 students will receive the Associate in Science (A.S.) degree; 267 students will receive the Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.) degree; and 40 students will receive certificates.
  • Virginia Taylor, PhD, vice president for student and enrollment services, reported that 1,730 individuals applied for admission to GCC this spring. A nearly 13-percent increase over spring 2008. Of the 1,730 applicants, 1,005 applied for admission as full-time students and 486 of these applicants (48.4%) actually enrolled. Of the 725 people who applied for admission as part-time students, 465 actually enrolled. 
  • Overall spring enrollment of 5,716 was 7.8% higher than last year's spring enrollment of 5,304, President Stuart Steiner said.
  • Steiner said Joan E. Zummo, associate professor of biology, will retire at the end of the current academic year. She has been a faculty member since 1988.
  • Vice President for Finance and Operations Kevin Hamilton reported that the site survey work for this summer's athletic fields upgrade project has been completed.  In addition,  plans for the new lighted soccer/lacrosse field, to be located west of the Batavia Campus parking lot, are complete. Other summer projects include: replacement of the current bleachers in the Zambito Gymnasium to meet code requirements; installation of energy-efficient lighting in the gym and dehumidification technology in the pool area; and repairs and upgrades to the locker rooms. 
  • Hamilton said he anticipates that space will be available for the college's nursing program in the new Med Tech Park on Hawley Drive in October, and that plans for the new Lima Campus Center are progressing well.
  • Student Trustee Steven Schutt reported that "Books for Troops," an initiative of College Village resident Thomas Maniace, has stockpiled almost 4,000 paperback books for shipment to U.S. troops in Iraq and Afghanistan. Because the books are being given to U.S. troops, students were able to obtain a discount shipping rate, according to Schutt.
  • Director of Institutional Research Carol Marriott reporedt that 2,219 students have transferred into Genesee Community College from other colleges and universities since the 2003-2004 academic year, or an average of 370 students a year. Fifty-one percent of those students transferred from a baccalaureate college. This means that about 3% of Genesee's enrollment in a typical fall semester is made up of students who previously attended a four-year college.  This "reverse transfer" trend is a growing phenomenon in community colleges, Ms. Marriott told trustees.  Many students transfer to community colleges because of academic difficulty or poor "fit" at a four-year baccalaureate college, she said. Others transfer because tuition is lower and/or they want to acquire job and career skills quickly.
April 29, 2009 - 11:30am
posted by Billie Owens in batavia, Announcements, GCC.

Press Release:

Genesee Community College 2009 Commencement Speaker Announced

Genesee Community College Professor Ruth E. Andes will serve as 2009 commencement speaker. Commencement is scheduled for 1 p.m. May 17 in the Batavia Campus Gymnasium.

Andes, PhD, professor of sociology and a member of Genesee's faculty since 1970, retires in June. She is the most-honored SUNY award recipient at Genesee Community College. She is also believed to have received more SUNY-wide academic honors than any faculty member in the entire 64-college State University of New York.

She was the first-ever recipient of the SUNY Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching at Genesee (1973) and the SUNY Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Faculty Service (2004). In 2006, the State University of New York conferred the rare title of "Distinguished Professor" on Dr. Andes.  At that time, she was one of only three community college professors in the SUNY system to have received that honor.

This will be the first time in the College's history that a member of the faculty has addressed graduates during the commencement ceremony.

Andes has taught a variety of sociology and human services courses at Genesee for almost 40 years.  She lives in Elba.

April 29, 2009 - 11:08am
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, Mother's Chicken and Fish.

mothers_closed.jpgWhen I was in Mother's for lunch on Friday,  Tim Chugg didn't say anything about closing for remodeling.

He did make a remark that I took as more hyperbole than reality that his frustration with the Ellicott Street situation had him thinking about throwing in the towel.

As of at least yesterday, there are signs up at Mother's saying the restaurant is closed for remodeling. A phone call to Mother's gets you a recording of Tim's voice saying that Mother's is closed and they will advertise when they reopen.

John Ferry, who did and may still own Mother's, is out of the area, I'm told, and I'm not sure how to contact him.  Tim Chugg doesn't have a listed number.

So who knows what's going on, but unless Tim is planning something very different for some part of the store, everything seemed in good shape when I was there.

I'm posting this in the hopes that it brings forward Tim or John to provide more details on their plans.

UPDATE: Tim Chugg left me a voice mail a little while ago. "I don't know why you're trying to bring me forward or John. It's real simple, temporarily closed for remodeling. That's it." When I called Tim back, I asked him what kind of remodeling he was doing and he said, "No comment. It's just what the sign says."

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