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March 23, 2009 - 2:18pm
posted by Billie Owens in batavia, animals, agriculture, Galloway Road.

Four-legged critters had the Town of Batavia's public works department scurrying around Monday morning.

First there was the passel of sheep munching on trash in the front yard of a house at 2905 Galloway Road, creating a bit of a traffic hazard.

A dozen sheep and a lamb were spotted chomping garbage shortly after 10 this morning. A cow mooed encouragement from the back yard. Forty-five minutes later only crumbs remained.

A public works employee for the Town of Batavia showed up and said the foragers lived behind the two-story white house and had gotten out of the pen again. Usually the owner's home to round them up, the worker said.

The commotion caused the sheep to mosey away from the road and head toward the rear of the property.

A Sheriff's deputy arrived. They reported shortly thereafter that the wooly ones were shooed into their pen, which was then jerryrigged to stay shut. Hopefully.

Meanwhile, a skunk was lolling about in a park tennis court. On the scanner, authorities considered how best to remove it. One suggested shooting it. Another said it would be saved for lunch, prompting another to recommend roasting the skunk. None of the options were exercised.

The next critter call was about dogs in the road someplace, hampering traffic.

March 23, 2009 - 10:38am
posted by Tasia Boland in batavia, technology.

The Batavia City School district knows the importance of staying updated with technology. In November the district received the Torchlight Award from Promethean Inc, an international award-winning company which creates interactive learning technology to help teachers develop lessons that engage, educate, assess, and motivate learners.

Now the district has formed a committee to go wireless. Pamela Schunk, Director of Learning for Batavia City School District, said this will hopefully save money.

Schunk said the thing about technology is its expensive and  always changing, but the district is doing its best to meet the state’s standards.

New York State standards look at ways schools are developing their mission statements, and are constantly revising the standards.

Schunk said Batavia City School district develops their technology mission statement from the state’s standards and use it to guide everything they do.

The Technology Mission Statement
The Batavia City School District’s technology mission is to provide students with the technology, on-line resources, and bandwidth necessary to acquire the knowledge, develop the attitudes, and master the skills needed to meet the New York State Standards.

Just over a year teachers have been using a software program called Tech Paths. The program uses curriculum mapping which enables teachers to stay organized and communicate with other teachers and administrators.

All classrooms in the district have at least one computer and most have at least four student computers along with an inkjet or last printer. If the school needs new technology it is up to the teachers to apply for it.

Six technology classes are offered at Batavia High School that include, Desktop Publishing 1 and 2, Communications in the 21st Century, Media Production in the 21st Century, Fundamentals of Web Design, and Fundamentals of Java Programming.

“All students have to be engaged,” said Schunk about the goals of a learner centered classroom, “The information has to be relevant, and have meaning.” She continued saying it must be challenging, and teachers really have to know their students background ability, and interests.

March 23, 2009 - 8:37am
posted by Melissa George in batavia, jaycees, Clor's, Chicken.
Event Date and Time: 
April 19, 2009 - 11:30am to 2:00pm

The Batavia Area Jaycees will be hosting a Clor's Chicken Barbecue on April 19, 2009 from 11:30am2:00 pm.   Cost for the dinner is $8.00 and includes half a chicken, salt potatoes, baked beans, roll & butter.

March 23, 2009 - 7:14am
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, crime, elba, pembroke.

Andrew J. Ashley, 22, of Le Roy, was arrested in connection with an alleged altercation on March 15 in which Ashley reported punched another person in the face. The victim suffered a broken nose and a cut cornea. Ashley is charged with assault in the third degree.

Neil H. Farley III, 18, of Elba and his 17-year-old brother were arrested at their Ridge Road home Friday evening for allegedly throwing an under-age drinking party. The 17-year-old was allegedly found in possession of marijuana and several marijuana pipes were reportedly found in his room. Both are charged with unlawfully dealing with children in the first degree.

Kevin E. Moscicki, 21, of Oakfield, was arrested Saturday morning in Batavia and charged with DWI. The Sheriff's office reports that Moscicki's vehicle was observed making an unsafe lane change and an improper right turn, which led to a traffic stop.  Further investigation revealed Moscicki was allegedly operating the vehicle while intoxicated. He was charged with driving with at BAT .08 or more.

Gregory L. Brennan, 40, of Batavia was charged with DWI following a traffic stop on Slusser Road in Pembroke. He is accused of driving with a BAT .08 or greater and operating a motor vehicle without a license. Brennan was arrested early Sunday morning.

Robbie J. Stanton, 31, of Batavia, is charged with a felony DWI and operating a vehicle with a revoked license following a traffic stop in Pembroke Saturday morning.

Joseph M. Menas, 30, of Elba, was arrested and charged with DWI Thursday night after the Sheriff's office received a report of a car of the road on Route 98. When deputies arrived, the driver was not with the vehicle. Menas was subsequently found at a nearby residence. He is charged with DWI and aggravated DWI.

March 22, 2009 - 9:26pm
posted by Robin Walters in batavia, community awarness.

Ok, I got to experience my first local home show this past week-end here in Batavia.


Care-A-Van Ministries had a booth there. When I first arrived, I had to walk by the inviting hot tub. Now that sure did look relaxing! I got to tell you, Paul is a creative soul. Upon arriving at our booth, the street lights were shining bright. The walls were adorned with pictures of the ministry including the summer picnics that we hold in the local neighborhoods.


Larry Hicks our Donations Director and Paul were busy handing out homemade brownies that were baked by Paul and Bridget. Care-A-Van has become known for its famous brownies which are chocolate with gooey chocolate icing. I confess, I had a “few” over the week-end!  I was amazed at the creativity of the other vendors as well. There were many children that were busy working their way around enjoying the candy baskets that adorned many of the booths. I had a great time with Paul and Bridget today. It was so much fun handing out the brownies and sharing God’s love. We had a great week-end sharing and bringing awareness to the community about the ministry.


At the local health department, I got to ask questions about the pesty bats that fly around outside my home. The executive director, Doug, told me that if you wake up to a bat in the home, you really should capture it and have it checked for rabies. The teeth on bats are so small that one may not realize they have been bit while sleeping.  Now that gives me chills! As I wandered the concourse, I got to meet some really great people. I want to personally thank each and every one of you for a warm welcome.


There is a lot of organization that goes into putting on such a show. Hats off to the folks who organized such a great event! Oh, and I have another confession. As we were cleaning up, I found the $ 5.00 coupon to try out the Batavia Downs Casino. The wheels were spinning in my mind. Man, can you imagine how many people in Batavia could be fed if I won the jackpot? So yes, I headed up stairs with the $ 5.00 gift coupon in hand.

I learned I had to have my driver’s license with me. So back downstairs I went to get the license. I wandered the area looking for the “lucky” machine. Needless to say, I did not win a dime. As I pushed the buttons, I kept looking around at all the people that were hoping to win big.


It is right then that I stopped and gave thanks. There truly was a winner today. That winner was a woman who the ministry saw on the street Saturday that had many hurts and pains going on in her life. With encouragement from God through Care-A-Van she accepted an invitation to church for this morning. The ministry team picked her up and took her to church at the Assembly of God. Through many tears, and prayers she accepted the Lord as her Savior today. She came to realize that she no longer needs to live her life and put up with the abuse and muck and mire of her life. She learned today that there is a different way of life for her. She learned that there is hope for her and her family. I must say, she was the lucky one. She truly hit the jackpot! The great news is that this is jackpot is available for anyone and the best part is – It is Free!


Thanks again to all of you for a super fun week-end! I look forward to next year.


PS.. If you thought Paul's brownies were good, you should try out the Easter Dinner Care-A-Van is having on Easter Sunday at the Assembly of God church. Paul and Bridget are doing the cooking and baking. The time for the Easter dinner is from 2:00-4:00 PM.


Hey Howard, by the way, I found my camera tonight! So I will try to include pics! One's mouth would be watering with a picture of Paul's brownies!


March 21, 2009 - 4:43pm
posted by Brian Hillabush in batavia, basketball, sports.

 The Batavia boys basketball team prides itself on its defense. And it is because of defense that the Blue Devils nearly shocked Jamesville-Dewitt Saturday morning in the New York State Public High School Athletic Association Class A semifinals.

J-D has been the top ranked team in the state all season long and has a senior guard that is heading to Syracuse next year on a basketball scholarship, but Batavia's game plan was perfect and they forced the Red Rams to play at Batavia's pace.  Batavia only gave up 40 points, but lost the game 40-32.

The Blue Devils came out and surprised J-D with an early run, taking an early 8-3 lead. Batavia led 10-5 after one period of play, with Andrew Hoy hitting a pair of 3-pointers.

Batavia held J-D star Brandon Triche to just two points in the opening frame.

But the Red Rams went on a 14-0 run to open the second quarter and took a seven point lead. Batavia's defense kept them in the game though and the Blue Devils only trailed 20-13 at the break.

Andrew and Robert Hoy each had 3-pointers in the third quarter and J-D's lead was cut to 24-23.

The Red Rams went on a run after that and opened up a five point lead. Robert hit another 3-pointer and Batavia was only down 32-30 with just two minutes left in the game. Triche answered right back with a bucket and J-D hit some free throws down the stretch, ending an amazing season for the Batavia basketball team.

Triche ended up with 17 points but Batavia did a good job fighting the size disadvantage again. Coleman only scored two points in the contest.

Andrew Hoy led the Blue Devils with 15 points.

Batavia ends the season with a 22-4 record and has the honor of being just the second team in the program's history to make the state final four. Jamesville-Dewitt is now 25-1 and will be playing Peekskill in the finals tomorrow afternoon.


March 21, 2009 - 12:01am
posted by Robin Walters in batavia, community awareness.

Have you ever knocked on a door only to find out no one was home? Well that was the way it was Thursday night on our night out with Care-A-Van. We headed out the local college GCC to visit the door rooms. We knew ahead of time that it was spring break but we still wanted to be able to go out and brighten the evening for those students that may have not been able to head home for spring break.

Each time we go there, one of the security guards goes around with us. On this particular evening it was a plus to have her with us. She knew what rooms were occupied. Even though a lot of the  94 rooms were empty we still left them a brochure about the ministry, a gospel track, a big bag of cookies and a personal invitation to the Easter Dinner that Care-Van is hosting on Easter Day, April 12th . This dinner will be held at the Assembly of God church beginning at 2:00 PM. If you have nowhere to go, come join us for Easter Dinner. Paul and Bridget will personally be doing the cooking! I have even heard that there will be a chocolate fountain, now how could one resist that?

Bridget was kind enough to send along Goulash on the bus to feed the hungry workers.

This was a big plus as a few of the students came out to the bus to have dinner with us.

Elder Ron got to spend some quality time feeding them not only physically but spiritually as well. PJ was busy getting bags of groceries to send back to the doom room with these young folks.  Dave and I were busy hitting up the candy bowls that adorn the booths. Dave told me that he calls it the “Calorie Van”. Goodies are readily available for anyone who climbs on board.  Paul kept busy with synching his IPOD into the new stereo system to provide the music entertainment of the evening.

Do you remember the story about how Jesus fed thousands with a few fish and loaves of bread? God did that tonight with the goulash. Just as we were getting ready to leave, three young men came out to get something to eat. Now mind you, I swear that crockpot was empty. There was not much left when I got a chance to eat.  The one young man had eaten 4 bowls! But Elder Ron said sure we have food, come on board! I watched from the back of the bus as he filled 3 bowls to the rim full of Goulash! I truly witnessed how God provides just enough. It still boggles my mind where those last 3 bowls of goulash came from.

When the students arrive back home from spring break, they will find a surprise treat waiting for them. For the students that were home, they got a special extra treat. It truly was a special evening spent at the college. We got to meet some young men from Spain and England. Typically, we do not get to spend this much quality one on one time with the students. God blessed us just as much as he blessed these young students.

So next time you knock on a door and no one is home, I encourage you to think of how you could brighten the occupant’s arrival home. Maybe you could leave a special treat, or maybe a welcome home note, or maybe just a note to let them know that you do truly care and if they ever need anything they can give you a call. This is what Care-Van does. We go forth and let them know we are there because we care! Have a great week-end!

March 20, 2009 - 11:58pm
posted by Session Placeholder in batavia, Announcements, events, Service Clubs, dinner meetings, Business Women.

The Batavia Business Women's Club will hold their April 2 Dinner Meeting at  Batavia Downs, in the Board Room. Your choice of Steak or Chicken Entrees, $12. The guest speaker will be Genesee County Clerk, Don Read. Please RSVP by March 30 to Mary Ellen at 343-1610 or Diane at 343-1423 ext. 230.

March 20, 2009 - 8:02pm
posted by Brian Hillabush in batavia, basketball, sports.

The Batavia basketball team is favored on the court more often than not. Saturday morning will be different.

The Blue Devils will be taking on a team that has been the top ranked team in the state all season long, has a player getting a full ride to Syracuse and is the defending state champion.

Senior Brandon Triche scored 28 points in Jamesville-DeWitt's 90-61 win over Scotia-Glenville in the regional game and is the biggest name on the roster because he will be playing for 'Cuse next season. But he isn't the only big-time player on the roster.

The biggest challenge Batavia faces is a youngster. Dajuan Coleman is a 6-foot-8 freshman that is going to cause serious matchup problems. The Blue Devils have been undersized all year and have done well against big players for the most part. But there have been times that players with this kind of height have dominated. 

Batavia forward Joe Schlossel has had a tremendous season and has played much bigger than his listed size of 6-2. But he's going to need a lot of help with Coleman.

Jamesville-DeWitt is extremely athletic and will attempt to run the floor. If Batavia can get rebounds, they should be able to slow things down. The Blue Devils need to get into a half court game to have a shot in this matchup.

Batavia has won games this season because of a strong perimeter game, led by sophomore Andrew Hoy. The Blue Devils will have to put up some impressive shooting numbers from beyond the arc to win this game.

The game is at 10:45 Saturday morning and the winner will battle either Peekskill or East Hampton at 1 p.m. Sunday. 

March 20, 2009 - 7:50pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, crime.

Batavia Police are looking for a hero who broke up an attempted robbery by two young thugs on Ellicott Street near Jackson on March 5 at about 1:30 p.m.

The victim was a 90-year-old woman.

She was accosted by two young men in their late teens, but an unknown passerby chased the suspects away.

Police want to talk to the hero as well as any other witnesses.

The BPD's press release does not indicate whether investigators have yet identified the suspects.

The hero or other witnesses are asked to call Det. Kevin Czora at 585-345-6311 or the BPD at 585-345-6350.

March 20, 2009 - 1:00pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, accident, Wal-Mart.

An unidentified woman was taken to UMMC after driving her vehicle into Wal-Mart late this morning, according to WBTA.

The woman was apparently the only person injured, after her car smashed into the vestibule.

WBTA posted an audio interview with an eyewitness.

Sheriff's deputies told WBTA that the woman may have become confused the gas pedal and brake pedal of her car.

WBTA has posted a picture from the scene.

March 20, 2009 - 8:11am
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, crime.

Emmanuel Williams, 33, of Batavia was arrested Thursday night for allegedly having "physical contact with a child less than 17 years old," according to the police report. He is charged with endangering the welfare of a child. Williams is being held on $7,500 bail.

March 19, 2009 - 8:46am
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, downtown.

Bill Brown is a fine writer, and his description of Downtown Batavia as it once was on the Daily's Web site is as fine a remembrance of what was lost to "urban renewal" as I've seen:

A generation has grown up that never knew downtown Batavia and its varied and vibrant collection of stores, banks, offices, restaurants and apartments. The generation who does remember had to slug through life without cellphones, laptops, iPods and wall-sized flat screen TVs. So maybe it’s a fair exchange.

Shops occupied the first floor. Offices and other services were upstairs, and apartments took up the third floors. Hundreds of people lived downtown. They patronized the stores, went to the movies, ate at restaurants and window-shopped on busy streets. Dislocating these families and their influence — economic and social — was an unwelcome and unexpected disaster.


Gone were Brenner’s Jewelers (It’s Always OK to Owe Herb Brenner’’ but read the fine print). The Bank of America occupies the Main and Bank site. Mancuso Motors with a grand showroom has given way to Tim Hortons. The Mill Outlet where bargain-hunters were lured by popcorn and rummage sale counters is no more. The fortress-like Bank of Batavia was demolished for retailers. Movie fans had four theaters: the New Family and Lafayette on Jackson Street and the Dipson and Mancuso — late ’40s arrivals — on Main Street.

Read the whole thing.

March 19, 2009 - 8:22am
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, Brothers International Food Corp..

Batavia-based Brothers-All-Natural's dried-fruit snack, Food Crisps, is proving a hit, according to a Democrat and Chronicle story this morning.

Eschewing advertising, Brothers is relying on in-store samples to help promote the product, according to the story.

A test of the product in two Rochester area Subway restaurants is likely to lead to nationwide distribution.

Earlier this month, the company received word from Subway corporate that it could roll out Fruit Crisps to 200 Rochester-area stores. Expansions to other area markets, including Syracuse, Elmira and Buffalo, are on the horizon, and Brothers-All-Natural executives have met with Subway representatives all over the country in the hopes of expanding Fruit Crisps' reach.

"People were very enthusiastic and anxious to bring the product back to their local areas and show their people," said Matt Betters, co-CEO of Brothers-All-Natural

Locally, I know Fruit Crisps are available at The Olive Branch on Ellicott, but I haven't tried the snack yet -- I bought two bags and my wife ate them before I got a chance.

March 19, 2009 - 7:58am
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, crime.

Michael Maloy, 30, of Batavia, was pulled over by Sheriff's deputies on a routine traffic stop Wednesday when a K-9 dog alerted on the vehicle, according to a Sheriff's Office report.

Further investigation revealed Maloy allegedly had heroin and hypodermic needles in his car.

He was charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance. Bail is set at $1,200.

March 18, 2009 - 11:23am
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, Stafford, National Grid.

downed linesWBTA reports that 2,200 homes and businesses have been hit by a power outage that has also disabled the stop light at Route 33 and Route 5.

The power outage effects the Aldi's shopping center, reaching into the Town of Batavia and Stafford.

UPDATE: Photo of downed lines along Seven Springs Road, submitted by Chris Olin.

March 18, 2009 - 7:26am
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, crime, Le Roy.

Brian Coffta, 36, of Sanford, Maine, was arrested in Batavia last night, on a charge of aggravated DWI. Coffta was allegedly observed driving in an erratic manner. Police say his BAT was .18 or higher.

Beth A. Brugger, 26, of LeRoy, is charged with aggravated DWI and leaving the scene of an accident. Brugger was allegedly spotted by another motorist driving erratically on Main Street in Batavia. A police officer subsequently observed her swerving on the road and then side-swipe a parked vehicle. Police say her BAT was .18 or higher. She was taken into custody this morning at about 1:20 a.m.

March 17, 2009 - 12:56pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, wbta, Le Roy, corfu.

People curious how many votes Scott Doll might get in the Corfu mayoral election will wait until tomorrow to find out.

Doll is charged with second-degree murder in the bludgeoning death of his business partner, Joseph A. Benaquist.

The unusual election made the CBS national news on WBTA this afternoon.

Village elections are usually held on Tuesdays, but Corfu, which has the only village election this year in Genesee County, delayed its election until Wednesday this year because of St. Patrick's Day.

In other news:

  • Construction on a $5 million roundabout, the first in Batavia, on Walnut Street, begins tomorrow. WBTA posted an interview with Asst. City Manger Sally Kuzon.
  • There will be no curb-side pick up of yard waste in Batavia this year and residents are asked to bring their waste, beginning April 1, to the Law Street collection station.
  • The municipal pools in LeRoy will not open this year due to lack of funds for needed repairs.

For more details on these and other stories, visit the WBTA news page.

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