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October 8, 2020 - 3:35pm
posted by Billie Owens in sports, harness racing, Batavia Downs.

Lady Dudette with driver Kyle Cummings.

By Tim Bojarski, for Batavia Downs

A pair of $8,500 Open events topped the card at Batavia Downs on Wednesday (Oct. 7) and connoisseurs of the longshot were very happy with the outcome of both events. 

In the Open I Handicap pace for fillies and mares, Lady Dudette took the overland route to victory in a short but select field.  

HP Sissy (Denny Bucceri) grabbed the lead and paced uncontested to the half in :57.1. Past the five-eighths, Lady Dudette (Kyle Cummings) pulled first-over from fifth and motored up towards the leader. The two mares were closely engaged by the three-quarters and around the last turn with neither giving way. At the top of the stretch Cummings asked for more and Lady Dudette came through. She paced away from HP Sissy and held off a late charging Protect Blue Chip (Billy Davis Jr.) to win by 3/4’s of a length in 1:56.3.

It was the seventh win of the year for Lady Dudette ($12) and her owner, driver Kyle Cummings. Tammy Cummings trains the winner.


(Above, Il Mago with driver Jim Morrill Jr.)

Then in the Open I trot, the tough-as-nails Il Mago looked his old self in a gate to wire win producing his second fastest clocking of the year. 

Il Mago (Jim Morrill Jr.) took early control and put the field to bed. After clipping quarters of :28.3 and :57.3, Il Mago opened up a three length lead trotting up the backside and extended it to five by the time he hit the top of the lane. From there he got home by 3/4’s of a length over a fast closing Lougazi (Ray Fisher Jr.) and won in 1:56.4. 

It was the 51st lifetime win for Il Mago ($26.40) and it pushed his lifetime bankroll to a very impressive $880,638. The classy 11-year-old son of Kadabra-Northern Style is owned by Mike Torcello and is trained by Gerry Sarama. 

Jim Morrill Jr. pulled off a not often seen feat at Batavia Wednesday when he won four consecutive races. Starting in race seven, he won with Southern Palms (1:59, $7.10), Il Mago, Tellawoman (1.56, $5.60) and Sentimental Lady (1:57.1, $7). Races seven to 10 just happened to be the Pick-4 wager and the all-Morrill Pick-4 returned $930.00. 

Besides Morrill’s four wins, Dave McNeight III had three wins while Billy Davis Jr. and Shawn McDonough each had two. 

McDonough also led all trainers on Wednesday with three wins while Russell Bratt, Rich Mays and Gerry Sarama all won two each. Sarama’s pair brought his lifetime training win total up to 996, now just four shy of the 1,000 win plateau.

There were no winners in the Pick-5 on Wednesday so the $1,462 carry-over pool will move to Saturday (Oct. 10) and Batavia Downs will be offering a $4,000 guaranteed pool through the USTA’s Strategic Wagering program for that wager. Free program pages will be available for the first five races on Saturday at both the Batavia Downs and USTA websites starting on Thursday (Oct. 8).

Post time for live racing on Saturday is 5 p.m.

October 8, 2020 - 3:04pm

Batavia-based funeral director Michael Scott Tomaszewski was arraigned on 15 new charges in Genesee County Court this morning as a result of the continuing investigation of his business practices.

He owns Michael S. Tomaszewski Funeral Home & Cremation Chapel, Acme Holdings of NY Inc., which owns the building that houses his funeral home on West Main Street Road, and adjacent property, including the Dibble Family Center.

On July 23, the Edgewood Drive resident, 48, was charged with 91 counts of failure to deposit monies paid in advance in connection with agreements for funeral merchandise or services for 91 customers.

Since his initial arrest, 11 additional victims came forward.

Today's virtual arraignment via Skype in front of Judge Charles Zambito was for:

  • Seven counts of third-degree larceny (Class D felony);
  • Grand larceny in the fourth degree (Class E felony);
  • Three counts of petit larceny (Class A misdemeanor); and
  • Four counts of failure to deposit monies (in violation of NYS General Obligations law).

According to the report from the Genesee County Sheriff's Office, Investigator Christopher Parker states the new charges "represent additional allegations concerning conduct related to monies paid to Tomaszewski for prepaid funeral and grave markers which were not used for their intended purpose."

In February, Tomaszewski filed for bankruptcy for Acme Holdings under Chapter 11 in Federal Court. He has also filed for personal bankruptcy.

Following today's arraignment, Tomaszewski was released on his own recognizance.

The investigation is continuing.

Anybody who wishes to check the status of any prepaid account can call (800) 577-3752 to verify the existence of a preplan account. Anybody who believes they are a victim is asked to call the Sheriff's Office at (585) 343-5000.


Local funeral director charged with stealing money from customers

Sheriff's Office looking into report that Tomaszewski improperly handled stillborn baby's remains

Darien Center couple would like the truth from Tomaszewski about what happened to their daughter's remains

People who think they were defrauded by Tomaszewski should hire an attorney with expertise in bankruptcy, advises law professor

October 7, 2020 - 3:59pm

Submitted photos and information from VA Western NY Healthcare System.

Sgt. Major Bill Joyce, Army (retired), and director of the Genesee County Veteran Service Agency, noticed earlier in the year that our “saluting monuments” representing all the branches of the military services needed refurbishment at the Batavia VA Medical Center.

The monuments are located in front of Building 1.

He then asked employees of Graham Manufacturing in Batavia to restore the monuments. They did so by late July, and in great fashion.

On Tuesday, four employees were recognized by Royce Calhoun, associate director for VA Western New York Healthcare System (center of second photo below).

Calhoun thanked and provided certificates of appreciation to employees of Graham Manufacturing, Batavia, who painstakingly restored and repainted our saluting military branch monuments to their original splendor, says Calhoun.

They are Bob Yungfleisch, Tom Herold, Ed Harding and Pat Coughlin.

"They look terrific! THANK YOU Graham employees and SGM Bill Joyce ... for making this project happen!”

October 7, 2020 - 3:23pm
posted by Billie Owens in sports, harness racing, Batavia Downs.

By Tim Bojarski, for Batavia Downs

Batavia Downs has announced that there will be a guaranteed pool of $3,000 for the Pick-5 wager today (Oct. 7).

The pool is part of the United States Trotting Association’s Strategic Wagering Program and as such, free program pages are available courtesy of Trackmaster on the USTA’s website or by clicking here. (https://legacy.trackmaster.com/usta/btv1007x.pdf

The Pick-5 wager begins in race one and runs through race five. It is a 50-cent base wager and if all five winners aren’t selected, any carryover pool will be moved to the Pick-5 wager on the Saturday (Oct. 10) program.

Post time for the first race today is 5 p.m.

October 7, 2020 - 2:29pm
posted by Billie Owens in election 2020, Trump Campaign sign, news, batavia, scanner.

Two females are accused by a resident on Noonan Drive in Batavia of stealing a Trump campaign sign off their lawn. A black female and a white female allegedly took the sign, which the male resident retrieved.

They walked away and police were called. They are responding to the "pretty agitated" Noonan Drive resident, who is said to be out with one or both of the females on Oak Street now.

October 6, 2020 - 3:53pm

There will be a chicken BBQ fundraiser for the South Byron Volunteer Fire Company beginning at 11:30 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 25 until sold out.

It will be held on a drive-thru basis at the fire hall, located at 7389 Route 237 in South Byron.

Cost is $12 per person.

Please wear face mask and remain in vehicle.

October 6, 2020 - 6:58am
posted by Billie Owens in Le Roy, news, accident.

A car vs. deer accident with injuries is reported in Le Roy on Lake Street (Route 19) in the area of North Road. The vehicle involved is a black Chervolet Equinox. Le Roy fire and ambulance are responding.

UPDATE 7:02 a.m.: A first responder says the accident is just north of the intersection of Lake Street and North Road, and that there was air bag deployment.

UPDATE 7:05 a.m.: Injuries are minor. Fluids are leaking from the vehicle.

UPDATE 7:14 a.m.: Law enforcement is en route.

UPDATE 7:22 a.m.: Le Roy fire is back in service.

October 5, 2020 - 1:30pm
posted by Billie Owens in news, crime, notify, batavia.

Montell L. Cunningham, 27, of State Street, Batavia, is charged with second-degree strangulation, second-degree burglary and second-degree harassment. Cunningham was arrested at 7:22 p.m. on Sept. 29 after an investigation into a domestic incident that occurred on Sept. 13 on Tracy Avenue in Batavia. After arraignment in Batavia City Court, the defendant was put in jail on $2,000 cash bail, $4,000 bond, or $8,000 partially secured bond. A stay away order of protection was issued for the victim. Cunningham is due back in city court on Oct. 29. The case was handled by Batavia Police Officer John Gombos, assisted by Officer Christopher Lindsay.

Joshua K. Williams, 29, of McKinley Avenue, Batavia, is charged with: endangering the welfare of a child; criminal obstruction of breathing; and third-degree assault -- all Class A misdemeanors. He was arrested Sept. 23 on a warrant out of Batavia City Court. It was issued after an investigation into a domestic incident on McKinley Avenue on Oct. 7 of last year. He was arraigned in Batavia City Court with bail set by Judge Durin Rogers of one buck. Williams is due back in court on Oct. 28. The case was handled by Batavia Police Officer Christopher Lindsay.

Joshua K. McKinley, 29, of McKinley Avenue, Batavia, was arrested at 9:30 a.m. on Sept. 23 on a bench warrant out of Batavia City Court. It was issued after McKinley allegedly failed to participate in a court-ordered program. He was arraigned in city court and put in jail with bail set by Judge Durin Rogers of one buck. He is due back in court on Oct. 28.

Danielle E. Cummings, 42, of Batavia Oakfield Townline Road, Batavia, is charged with: aggravated unlicensed operation in the second degree; unlicensed operator; following too closely; and leaving the scene of a property damage accident. Cummings was arrested at 3:25 p.m. on Aug. 4 on Park Road in Batavia. The arrest was made after an investigation into a hit and run motor-vehicle accident on Park Road. She is due in Batavia City Court on Dec. 30. The case was handled by Batavia Police Officer Sean Wilson, assisted by Samuel Freeman.

Robert Scott Douglas, 40, no address provided, is charged with third-degree grand larceny. He is currently incarcerated at the Wyoming Correctional Facility. He was arraigned via Skype in Genesee County Court and ordered held on $100 bail. The warrant for his arrest stemmed from a grand larceny investigation by Batavia Police Officer Christopher Lindsay in February that resulted in a Grand Jury indictment. The case was handled by Batavia Police Sgt. Dan Coffey.

Rae Charlene Cook, 31, of Liberty Street, Batavia, is charged with second-degree criminal contempt. Cook was arrested at 5:20 p.m. on Sept. 30 when Batavia Police allegedly found her in violation of an order of protection while she was being taken into custody on a previous case. She was arraigned in Batavia City Court and is due back there on Oct. 14. The case was handled by Batavia Police Officer Mitchell Cowen, assisted by Officer John Gombos.

Rae Charlene Cook, 31, of Liberty Street, Batavia, is charged with first-degree criminal contempt. At 5:22 p.m. on Sept. 30, Cook was arrested after an investigation into a domestic incident that occurred on Liberty Street at 4:43 p.m. Sept. 28. It is alleged that Cook violated an order of protection by having physical contact with the protected party. She was arraigned in Batavia City Court and released under supervision of Genesee Justice. Cook is due back in court on Oct. 14. The case was handled by Batavia Police Officer John Gombos, assisted by Officer Christopher Lindsay.

Urban J. Lawson, 55, of West Main Street, is charged with second-degree harassment -- physical contact. At 9:26 a.m. on Sept. 26, Lawson was arrested because of an incident that occurred Sept. 22 on West Main Street in which he allegedly subjected a person to unwanted physical contact. He is due in Batavia City Court on Jan. 5. The case was handled by Batavia Police Officer Miah Stevens.

Lynn A. Perry, 53, of Halfmoon, no address provided, was arrested at 12:10 a.m. on Oct. 2 by troopers out of SP Batavia for driving while intoxicated and other vehicle and traffic infractions. Troopers were dispatched to a collision State Route 63 in the Town of Pavilion. Further investigation revealed a 2013 Audi was parked on the shoulder of State Route 63 and was struck by a 2019 Chevy operated by Perry. During the investigation, an odor of alcoholic beverage was allegedly present on Perry. Perry was placed under arrest after failing multiple SFSTs and transported to SP Batavia for processing. According to SP Batavia's report, Perry recorded a .11 BAC. She was issued traffic tickets returnable to the Town of Pavilion court for later this month.

Matthew J. Reed, 36, no permanent address, was arrested at 1 p.m. Oct. 20 on a bench warrant out of Batavia City Court for allegedly failing to appear for a prior court date. He is due to return to court Oct. 20. The case was handled by Batavia Police Officer Adam Tucker.

October 5, 2020 - 12:19pm

Photo and information from Audra DelPriore:

The Spartans Baseball 13U Travel Baseball team successfully completed their very first tournament together in Oswego, for the "Get Your Pink On," operated by Champions Events, in support of Breast Cancer Awareness.

The team is a new creation from towns all across Genesee County. The young men have only been together as a team for the last month and showed up to battle against other teams from around New York State, all while leaving the tournament with smiles on their faces.

The Spartans Organization is welcoming sponsorships for the upcoming year, if you are interested, please find us on Facebook under Spartans Baseball, or call/text (585) 813-2763.

Our team is Coach David Schnaufer, Coach Sam Vigiano, Coach Michael DelPriore, Sean Pietrzykowski, Austin Humphrey, Anthony Abbatiello, Hayden Williams, Owen Shultz, David Schnaufer III, Brayden Lang, Mason Vigiano, Anthony Pellegrino, Jaxon DelPriore, Max Siewert, and Leo Egloff (absent).

October 4, 2020 - 1:17pm
posted by Billie Owens in sports, harness racing, Batavia Downs.

Mr. Euroman with driver Billy Davis Jr.

By Tim Bojarski, for Batavia Downs

The best male pacers in western New York were on display at Batavia Downs on Saturday night (Oct. 3) and the top two races produced some impressive efforts by the respective winners.

In the featured $8,500 Open I Handicap pace, Mr. Euroman turned a first-over move into his fourth win of the year after a hard fought stretch drive. 

Black Is Back (Dave McNeight III) went to the front quickly and led the single-file field to the half in a meek :57.4. The order stayed that way until Mr. Euroman (Billy Davis Jr.) pulled first-over past the five-eighths and motored toward the leader up the backstretch. Mr. Euroman drew even with Black Is Back at the three-quarters and they paced side by side around the last turn and down the stretch. The two did not separate until four pylons from the light when Mr. Euroman started to pull away under heavy urging from Davis to win by a length in 1:54.3. 

Mr. Euroman ($11) is owned by Vogel and Wags Nags Stable, Team Rice Racing and Adelphi Bloodstock. Maria Rice is the trainer.

Above photo Cultural Paradise with driver Drew Monti.

Then in the $7,250 Open II-III Handicap pace, Cultural Paradise turned in the fastest mile of the night after not getting a breather the entire mile. 

Pick Six (Denny Bucceri) played hardball off the gate and parked Cultural Paradise (Drew Monti) to the quarter in a quick :27 flat. When he cleared, Santana Beach (Billy Davis Jr.) was still on the rim and now on the attack for the lead. Moving past the half Santana Beach got a length in front of Cultural Paradise but was not able to cross over, leaving him parked for a third consecutive turn. As they paced up the backstretch, Cultural Paradise began to pull away and opened up a three length lead by the top of the stretch. He turned for home and cruised under a line drive to win by 1-3/4 lengths in 1:53.4, which was a new seasonal mark. 

It was the fourth win in the last five starts and third win in a row for Cultural Paradise ($7.40) and owner Howard Ouriel. Don Rothfuss trains the winner. 

Only three drivers accounted for 11 of the 13 races won on Saturday. Drew Monti and Dave McNeight III each scored four wins while Billy Davis Jr. registered three. Trainers Don Rothfuss, Rose Russo and Maria Rice all had two wins apiece. 

Racing resumes at Batavia Downs on Wednesday (Oct. 7) with post time at 5 p.m. Once again there will be a guaranteed $3,000 pool in the Pick-5 wager in conjunction with the United States Trotting Association’s Strategic Wagering program. Free program pages of races one through five will be available for download starting on Monday.

October 3, 2020 - 2:24pm
posted by Billie Owens in news, accidents, batavia.

A two-car accident with injuries is reported at 3542 W. Main Street Road, Batavia. East Pembroke Fire Department and Mercy medics are responding along with law enforcement. The location is between Kelsey Road and County Building #2.

UPDATE 2:24 p.m.: All lanes of traffic are blocked, according to a first responder on scene.

UPDATE 2:26 p.m.: "It looks like a car rear-ended a truck," says a first responder. "The lady in the truck is hyperventilating; no injuries in the car."

UPDATE 3:01 p.m.: The roadway is clear. The East Pembroke assignment is back in service.

October 2, 2020 - 12:03pm
posted by Billie Owens in news, corfu, airplane accident, notify, pembroke.

A small airplane is reported down in the area of 9115 Boyce Road in Corfu. The call to dispatch was initially placed by the Buffalo Airport and subsequently a female caller told a dispatcher the crash was in the woods behind her house.

Buffalo authorities said the plane can hold up to six passengers, but it is unknown how many people are on board.

Corfu and East Pembroke fire departments are responding with a UTV and a hazmat team is called as a precautionary measure.

First responders near the scene say the smell of fuel is in the air.

Law enforcement says the plane is due west (about a half mile) of the Boyce Road address; behind "Mr. Fry's residence." A laneway is nearby but the site of the impact, with heavy damage apparent, is accessible only by foot.

UPDATE 12:08 p.m.: Pembroke and Indian Falls fire police are asked to shut down Boyce Road at Route 33 and Route 5. "The impact hole is apparent but no bodies." "We're looking for victims."

UPDATE 12:11 p.m.: "I don't see anybody -- we're going to have to do a search of the woods," says a firefighter.

UPDATE 12:20 p.m.: A crew from Crittenden Fire Department in Erie County is asked to fill in at Corfu's hall.

UPDATE 12:23 p.m.: Amherst Fire Department in Erie County is asked to stand by in their quarters.

UPDATE 12:49 p.m.: Mercy Flight (top photo) was briefly assisting in the search. It is back in service and the State Police Helicopter is doing an air search. Newstead fire is standing by in quarters.

UPDATE 1:20 p.m.: The Buffalo-based plane was returning to Buffalo from Manchester, NH, at the time it crashed. According to its aircraft registration summary, it is a 2009 SOCATA, with seven seats and a single Turbo-prop engine with 850 horsepower, referred to in the aviation industry at a TBM-850.

UPDATE 2:09 p.m.: Below is an image of the model of aircraft that crashed from the manufacturer's website, courtesy of our news partner WBTA.

UPDATE 3:27 p.m.: The plane is registered to an address that is shared by that of the high-profile law firm of Cellino & Barnes.

UPDATE 3:52 p.m.: According to Genesee County Sheriff William Sheron Jr., there were two people on board, a male and a female, but he declined to provide identification pending notification of family. There are no survivors. The Buffalo News has confirmed that attorney Stephen Barnes, a licensed pilot, was on board. The impact was severe and it created a large crater in the ground and a huge debris field. The plane nearly disintegrated; the largest part of the plane that could be found was a piece of a wing only 3 to 4 feet long. He said it will be quite some time before remains can be recovered and that will be difficult. Federal Aviation Administration personnel are on scene.








UPDATE Oct. 3, 2:09 p.m.: Below is the actual aircraft piloted by Stephen Barnes, registered as N965DM LLC. Technically it is a 2009 SOCATA 700N version, but aviators refer to it as an TBM-850, according to reader Jim Riner. He's a Byron native who now lives in Englewood, Colo., and works for Wetzel Aviation. Riner sent us this photo from the FlightAware website.

October 1, 2020 - 5:34pm
posted by Billie Owens in art, news, covid-19, Art at 50 Plus.

Above: "Inspiration -- Miranda the Tempest," a 9-inch by 12-inch painting in soft pastels by Linda Miranda Fix, based on the painting by John William Waterhouse.

From information provided by Holly Gordon:

Attica artist Linda Miranda Fix, 66, is proud to announce that her artwork is among 100 pieces chosen for exhibit by the Islip Arts Council and the Islip Art Museum at Historic Brookwood Hall.

Their virtual statewide art exhibit "Art at 50 Plus: New Beginnings" -- A Virtual Exhibition 2020 opened on Sept. 15 and runs through Nov. 7. It is billed as "a stunning orchestration of hope and inspiration." Click here to watch the virtual exhibit and here for the gallery exhibit.

"I have always loved the art of John William Waterhouse and this particular painting (above) is my favorite," Fix said, adding that his works are now in public domain. "I work with several different mediums; watercolor, acrylics, oil, alcohol ink, and soft pastels."

The exhibit Fix is featured in is sponsored by AARP Long Island and features a poignant and uplifting video, a unique work of art unto itself that captures this historic moment in time.

“It is times like these that organizations can help members of the public cope with social isolation and loneliness,” said Bernard Macias, AARP associate state director for Long Island. “Art and creativity can help improve or maintain our emotional wellness, while dealing with constant change.”

Holly Gordon, Islip Arts curator, has taken this exhibition to new heights to achieve an intimacy beyond expectation. She masterfully wove a cohesive visual story that includes the art and narrations of 100 juried works by New Yorkers.

These were selected from nearly 600 submissions to create a moving exhibition of art and artists' statements that awes and inspires viewers with discovery and renewed hope and a sense of unity for new beginnings.

“They really occur on a daily basis," Gordon said. "Art is a wonder drug and seniors are our country’s greatest asset.”

As Gordon planned the virtual exhibition, within her own COVID-19 isolation, the hundreds artists who planned to submit entries were experiencing similar challenges learning to adapt to new technologies.

“All are to be commended," Gordon said. "By doing so, a community of artists connected. The experience turned this virtual exhibit into an intimate and personal experience."

The inspirational video was produced by Waldo Cabrera, who set the works to music and choreographed an extraordinary show.

The subject of new beginnings took on a new meaning for the artists creating during the COVID-19 lockdown. Created by people age 50 to 94, their work encompasses New York State and all levels of artistry from beginners to lifelong artists.

Mediums used are animation, pencil drawing, painting, pastel, watercolor, mixed media assemblage and collage, fabric and felt, photography, digital painting, gouache on paper.

Overall, the exhibition represents positivity through self-challenge, transformation and renewal.

Many topics are covered by the artists, including:

  • Achievement, the gift of time and awareness, optimism;
  • Inspiration, keeping the creative process alive, art as a second act, enduring the pandemic and coming out with renewed vigor and determination;
  • Collaboration, staying connected amid prolonged isolation;
  • Symbolism, emotion, imagination, therapy, meditation and healing;
  • Fear, financial insecurity;
  • Faith, hope, gratitude;
  • Political subject matter;
  • George Floyd -- portrait and breath;
  • Judaism, religion, equality, fellowship and social change for racial justice, humanity;
  • Earth, nature, seasons of change -- spring and autumn landscapes, weather, trees, plants, flowers, pollination, wind, water, fire, sand, tide, light, sun and moon;
  • Humor, happiness, joy, love, rhythm, dancing;
  • Beauty, youth, age, wisdom, birth and rebirth, reproduction of species, ascension;
  • Family, friends, future generations, and the dawn of a new day after lockdown.

This video is the antidote to anger, devastation and negativity that permeates (nearly) every media outlet. Each artists found purpose to create a response to these ills.

"Be prepared to be wowed as you watch and hear the artist's voices," Gordon says. "This production is one for the ages, intended to unite us all, the same way that 2020 connected us all.

A "Sip and See Virtual Reception" via Zoom for artists and guests will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. Oct. 4. Here's the Zoom link. The meeting ID is: 465 443 2677. The password is: 122583

There will also be a virtual closing reception via Zoom hosted by of AARP Long Island Art from 2 to 5 p.m. Nov. 7. During that time there will also be a meeting with authors for "Parallel Perspectives: Art of Collaboration."

For more information, contact Holly Gordon at:   [email protected]

October 1, 2020 - 3:59pm
posted by Billie Owens in sports, Byron-Bergen High School, football.

Bryce Yockel, a graduate of Byron/Byron-Bergen High School, is one of 52 student-athletes to continue their football career at Baldwin Wallace University in Ohio.

Head Coach Jim Hilvert, who is in fourth season, returns 39 letterwinners, 10 Academic All-Ohio Athletic Conference selections and six All-OAC players from last year's squad that finished 7-3 overall and 6-3 in the OAC.

Click here to view the entire BW football roster.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Yellow Jacket fall 10-game schedule was postponed and rescheduled to a five-game Friday night 2021 spring season. BW will open its spring season on Friday, March 12 when it travels to University Heights for an OAC East Division and 32nd Annual Battle for Cuyahoga Gold Bowl Trophy Game on Wasmer Field inside Don Shula Stadium at 7 p.m.

Baldwin Wallace University, founded in 1845, was one of the first colleges to admit students without regard to race or gender. An independent, coeducational university of 3,500 students, BW offers coursework in the liberal arts tradition in more than 80 academic areas. Located in Berea, 12 miles from Ddowntown Cleveland, Ohio, BW offers students the cultural, educational and business advantages of a major metropolitan area.


October 1, 2020 - 3:29pm
posted by Billie Owens in sports, harness racing, Batavia Downs.

Lunar Credit with driver Jim McNeight Jr., winning the featured $8,500 Open I trot at Batavia Downs Wednesday.

By Tim Bojarski, for Batavia Downs

Heavy rain, strong winds and sloppy goings were not the best conditions for racing on Wednesday night (Sept. 30), but they were no match for the storm Billy Davis Jr. kicked up on the track while winning six of the 13 races at Batavia Downs.

Davis came out of the gate strong, winning both ends of the double with Surfers Paradise (1:57.3, $3.10) and The Land Shark (2:01.2, $14.80) and followed that up with victories with Wonderful World (1:56.1, $5.90), Pembroke Bada Bing (2:02, $22.20), Rockn Legend (2:00.3, $7.40) and Electric Chapel N (2:00.2, $4.30).

Davis, who is the defending dash driving champion at the Downs, started Wednesday in second place and 10 wins behind the current leader Jim Morrill Jr. But with Morrill drawing a blank during the card, Davis is now only four wins away from moving into a first place tie. 

Davis is also currently the tenth leading percentage driver in North America with a .342 Universal Driver Rating. Morrill is fifth in that category with a .377. 

The one race Davis did not win was the featured $8,500 Open I trot. That race went to Lunar Credit and Jim McNeight Jr. who lurked second behind the front running Il Mago (Jim Morrill Jr.) all the way to the top of the stretch where the one-path opened up. Lunar Credit shot the gap to catch the leader and fend off the fast closing Daylon Phantom (Drew Monti) and Before I Die (Dave McNeight III) to win by 1/2 length in 1:58.4. 

Lunar Credit ($10.40) scored his fourth win for his owner/driver McNeight Jr. The winner is trained by Jim McNeight.  

Jim McNeight Jr. also had a big night in the bike winning two more races to score the hat trick. 

Trainers Jim McNeight, Andy Torre, Don Niles and Sabrina Shaw all registered two wins on Wednesday. 

Racing resumes at Batavia Downs on Saturday (Oct. 3) with post time at 6 p.m. 

October 1, 2020 - 3:22pm

Rochester Regional Health will resume lab services at its Pembroke Laboratory Service Center location effective today, Oct. 1.

With health and safety at the top of mind, we have new safety measures and processes in place to protect patients.

  • A maximum of two patients will be allowed inside the facility at a time.
  • Patients will need to call upon arrival to check in and be directed to enter the building when a room is ready.
  • Masks will be provided to any patient who arrives without one.

While care may look different, please rest assured that we are delivering the same high-quality care we always have.

Lab services are resuming with new hours at this location:

Rochester Regional Health Laboratory Service Center – Pembroke

860 Main Road

Corfu, NY 14036

Monday, Wednesday, and Friday

  • 7 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Tuesday and Thursday

  • 7 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Closed weekend and holidays.

Rochester Regional Health Labs at 16 Bank St., Batavia, and 3 Tountas Ave., Le Roy, are also open for your convenience. Visit rochesterregional.org for office hours and more information.

October 1, 2020 - 3:16pm
posted by Billie Owens in sports, baseball, aces/inferno.

Aces/Inferno Baseball is looking for one or two players to complete their summer 2021 rosters in a couple ages.

For more information or to register for an appointment see:  www.teamacesbaseball.com or contact Rich Wozniak at:  [email protected].


October 1, 2020 - 2:39pm
posted by Billie Owens in news, accidents, pembroke.

A motor-vehicle accident with minor injuries that is partially blocking traffic is reported at 1677 Main Road in Pembroke. There are two patients complaining of back, neck and knee pain. Mercy medics and East Pembroke fire are responding. A second ambulance is requested to the scene, which is located between Boyce and Cleveland roads.

October 1, 2020 - 2:35pm
posted by Billie Owens in Milestones, byron.

Bryce Yockel, of Byron, was among nearly 600 first-year students welcomed to the Baldwin Wallace University campus this fall who earned more than $10.2 million in merit scholarships.

Yockel, a graduate of Byron-Bergen High School, earned a $15,000 Fellow's Scholarship based on outstanding academic achievements in high school. BW's merit scholarships are awarded to full-time students and are renewable up to four years with good academic and social standing. BW offers a wide range of financial support to its students -- more than $51 million for the 2020-2021 academic year.

Baldwin Wallace University, founded in 1845, was one of the first colleges to admit students without regard to race or gender. An independent, coeducational university of 3,500 students, BW offers coursework in the liberal arts tradition in more than 80 academic areas. Located in Berea, 12 miles from Downtown Cleveland, Ohio, BW offers students the cultural, educational and business advantages of a major metropolitan area.


October 1, 2020 - 2:33pm
posted by Billie Owens in batavia, news, scanner.

City police are responding to Lewis Place for a report of "a toddler hanging out a window."




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