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September 24, 2008 - 9:37am
posted by Howard B. Owens in Barack Obama, nation and world.

September 24, 2008 - 9:00am
posted by Philip Anselmo in history, Richmond Memorial Library, books, bill kauffman.

Richmond Memorial Library will host a book lunch today in the library's Gallery Room at 19 Ross Street in Batavia. Folks are encouraged to come by to hear Bill Kauffman talk about his new book (that's it here to the right) while they eat lunch. They call it "Books Sandwiched In," and it starts at 12:10pm and runs to about 1:00pm, long enough to get a healthy dose of culture, but not too long that you can't make it on your lunch break from work.

From the press release:

Bill Kauffman will talk about his new book, Forgotten Founder, Drunken Prophet: The Life of Luther Martin. The Friends of the Library co-sponsor this free program. Bring your lunch; coffee, tea and cookies are provided.  All welcome. For more information, call the library at (585) 343-9550, ext. 8 or log on to www.batavialibrary.org.

September 24, 2008 - 8:39am
posted by Eric Geitner in sports, Cross Country.

The Notre Dame Boys Cross Country Team suffered their first loss of 2008, dropping a one point decision to Oakfield (27-28).  The Irish cruised past Avon (18-42), Livonia (17-43), and Dansville (19-40).  Quin O'Connor (17:23) again led the Fighting Irish finishing second behind an experienced Kevin Grazioplene (17:14) of Oakfield.  Kevin Pawlak (17:52) placed fifth with Matt Jackson (17:57) just behind in sixth.  Eric Shormann rounded out the top 10 in 18:32.  Nate Flumerfeldt was the Irish fifth man placing 14th in 18:58, a lifetime best time on the flat and fast Avon course.  Marshall Argenta (20:39) had the best finish for the Irish, holding off an Avon and Dansville runner for the 26th spot, while Andrew Fischer also had a lifetime best time for the Irish finishing in 21:03.  The team is now 10-1.

 Other Irish finishers include:

Taylor Alexander  19:23  (16th)

Vince Stadler       21:14 (33rd)

Matt Sausner       21:42 (34th)

Conlan Edwards   33:50 (45th)

James Barcomb   43:52 (46th)


The Fighting Irish Girls were victorious over Avon (24-32) and Livonia (25-30) and lost to Oakfield (22-34) and Dansville (23-35).  Ashley Calarco (20:58) finished in second behind fellow state rep Kim Mills of Oakfield.  Jill Marshall was again strong for the Irish running a lifetime best of 22:44 to take the ninth spot.  Haley Alexander (23:56) made a strong last mile effort to place 17th with Meghan Zickl (23:58) taking 19th.  Rachel Berggren ran tough to place 26th in 25:45.  LeeAnn Tindell (33:59) looked very strong and showed great improvement in her 33rd place finish.  The Irish are now 8-3. 

Other Lady Irish Harriers:

Teresa Jackson  27:55 (27th)

Tia Arnold          31:51 (32nd)

Kate Spadaccia  36:00 (34th)

September 24, 2008 - 8:24am
posted by Philip Anselmo in wbta, genesee county legislature, jail.

Genesee County legislators last night approved a grant application to study a shared jail facility with Orleans County, according to WBTA's Dan Fischer. Grant funds could total $50,000 for the study, and local taxpayers shouldn't have to pay more than $2,300. Also approved at last night's meeting: the purchase of Finn, a $7,000, 3-year-old, Czechoslovakian German Shepherd who will join the Sheriff's Department as their newest K-9 recruit. Finn's presence means that the current K-9, 10-year-old Jay, can finally start to phase into retirement.

Fischer reports some not-so-good news about the county's ambulance service. It's said that the city of Batavia is charging fees to the surrounding municipalities for providing coverage all over the county. Some towns—Darien and Pembroke are named—have complained that "there have been instances where the city has failed to show up for an emergency call," according to Fischer.

September 24, 2008 - 7:35am
posted by Howard B. Owens in john mccain, nation and world, Sarah Palin.

Sarah Palin is on the fast track in foreign policy education. Tuesday, she meet with heads of state at the U.N. and was briefed by non-other than Henry Kissenger.

Yet, she continues to duck reporters.

The candidate's staff carefully choreographed her debut onto the international stage, starting each meeting with a brief photo opportunity and allowing no questions. Unscripted moments were kept to a minimum.

At first, the campaign wanted to keep reporters out altogether. But after the five major television networks threatened to boycott coverage of the Palin meetings, a pool that included a print journalist eventually was allowed in.

Palin's press shyness is odd, because John McCain's entire career has been built on candor and openness with the press.  He is popular with reporters because he's never been afraid to hang out at the back of the plane, or the back of the bus and tell war stories and answer questions.  He's been known as one of the most accessible senators.

Yet, Palin hides. Why?  Or, what is it that John McCain has to hide?

There's only one reason you don't answer questions: You're afraid.

Los Angeles Times blogger Elizabeth Snead calls it "the cone of silence" around Palin.

McCain's camp has put a force field around the Alaska governor in recent weeks, and some in the media speculate that this is to keep her from dealing with unscripted questions from voters and reporters.

And it was even worse during these diplomacy sessions. Reporters were actually banned from the start of the meetings to stop them from asking questions of Palin.

Before Palin's first meeting with Karzai, campaign aides told the pool reporters that followed her they could not go into meetings but that photographers and a video camera crew would be let in for pictures.

President Bush and members of Congress routinely allow reporters to attend photo ops, and the reporters often ask questions at the beginning of private meetings before they're ushered out.

Not this time. Two or more news organizations, including the Associated Press, objected to their reporters' exclusion and were told that the decision was not subject to discussion. When aides backed down, campaign spokeswoman Tracey Schmitt said the reporter ban was a "miscommunication."

Finally, one reporter was let in.

Is this any way to run a campaign in a democracy?

September 24, 2008 - 7:04am
posted by Howard B. Owens in St. James Church, Episcopal Church.

Somehow, we missed this story when it hit the Buffalo News a few days ago: A judge has rulled that Rev. Simon B. Howson, 42, the former rector of Batavia’s St. James Episcopal Church, can proceed with his lawsuit against the Diocese.

Howson claims that he was dismissed from his job after making a sexual harrassment claim against another priest.

Fleming on Friday said the job dispute involves attempts earlier this decade by an admitted homosexual Episcopalian priest now serving in Massachusetts, who used Howson as a spiritual adviser in Batavia, to have sex with Howson, who is heterosexual but unmarried.

Diocesan attorney Brendan P. Kelleher asked the judge to summarily dismiss Howson’s lawsuit on the claim that the dispute is a purely religious controversy to be handled only by church authorities. Fleming argued that Howson’s dispute involves the state Human Rights Law.


Howson was suspended in October 2004 because of allegations about stealing church funds, forging church documents and misrepresenting himself. In August 2007, the Episcopal Diocese of Western New York announced that his priestly rights were revoked and he was removed from the priesthood. Thursday, Fleming stressed to Michalek that all the allegations the bishop lodged against Howson were “false” and called the bishop’s actions against Howson “crazy, outrageous and disingenuous.” Fleming told the judge he personally deposed the admittedly homosexual priest recently in Massachusetts and confirmed that priest’s “sexual harassment” of his client.

Howson, "now a hospital chaplain with limited religious duties in the Fresno, Calif., area," is seeking $300,000 in restitution and reinstatment as a priest.

September 23, 2008 - 11:21pm
posted by Session Placeholder in Habitat for Humanity.

Saturday was a busy day for Habitat at Columbia Ave. in Batavia. The day started out with the regular  10 volunteers. The roof was raised last week and it was time to close up the walls to get ready for colder temps. Soon 5 volunteers ,students from RIT college arrived.Shortly after that 15 students from Houghton College arrived to volunteer. There was flooring to remove,flooring to install ,roofing to replace, and side walls to close up.It was a great day for renovation. A big thanks to all of the volunteers.Visit our web   www.geneseehabitat.com or call (585)345-1656

September 23, 2008 - 9:50pm
posted by Brian Hillabush in Attica, sports, soccer.

 The Attica boys soccer team had not won a Genesee Region League match, until Tuesday night.

The Blue Devils scored first then held on to beat visiting Lyndonville 3-0.

"We've been behind in almost every game and we were on a six game losing streak," Attica coach John Dickhut said. "It was nice to get one early on somebody."

Brandon Reiner scored eight minutes in on a header, off a pass by Andy Hagen to get the ball rolling.

Matt Sheffield then scored an unassisted goal eight minutes later.

"We have quite a few guys that can score," Dickhut said. "We had relied on Andy Hagen a lot early on, but just about anybody can put it in. A couple of games ago I changed my strategy and added another forward to boost the offense a bit."

Joe Wolak added an insurance goal late in the second half off a pass by Reiner to cap off the victory and give Attica a 1-5 league and 4-6 overall record.

Goalie Jacob Seiferth made 10 saves.

"We haven't helped him out too much this year," Dickhut said. "This was his first shutout of the year and he didn't have to work super-hard to get it. The defense really helped him out today."

Lyndonville falls to 2-4, 3-5-1.

September 23, 2008 - 9:32pm
posted by Brian Hillabush in sports, soccer, holley.

Brandon Comden scored with just under 10 minutes left in the game to give Holley a 2-0 win over Byron-Bergen in a boys soccer match.

The other Holley tally came on an own goal.

Keith Lutes stopped six shots to earn his first career shutout for the Hawks (5-3-1).

Tyler Sass had 12 saves for B-B (4-5-1). 

September 23, 2008 - 5:01pm
posted by Philip Anselmo in video, byron, dairy princess, cooking, recipes.

Here it is, the second episode in our fun-time kitchen recipe series: Cooking with the Dairy Princess. This month, Anika Zuber shows us how to make a dynamite buffalo chicken wing dip. As she'll tell you: it's perfect for "any fun activities," including football parties.

For those of you who missed Episode One, here it is: Strawberry Sorbet Smoothie. Check back this time next month for the next episode.

September 23, 2008 - 4:33pm
posted by Monica Mattioli in Announcements.

Downtown Community Forum will present its annual Coping With The Holidays program on December 8 at the Dugan Center, 15 St. Mary's Place, Rochester 14607. BJ Mann will present an interactive session entitled "The Holidays: Can't Live With Them and Can't Live WIthout Them." The program is free and open to the public. For further information, 232-7140. Reservations are not required.

Downtown Community Forum, founded in 1985, is a community service of St. Mary's Downtown Rochester.

September 23, 2008 - 4:28pm
posted by Mollie Radzinski in baseball, Batavia Muckdogs, sports, championship.

Attention all you Muckdogs fans and supporters! if you haven't heard, Muckdogs championship t-shirts are available for purchase! Check out the website, muckdogs.com (direct link here: http://muckdogs.com/index.asp?orgid=67&storyid=315&sid=FD4A130C-FED5-441...), for more info!

September 23, 2008 - 4:18pm
posted by Philip Anselmo in community, Daily News, neighboorhoods.

Articles today in the Daily News on the Batavia City Council meeting, the fire Monday morning in South Byron and the sentencing of Robert Kirkup yesterday in county court were all featured on The Batavian yesterday. That being said, Joanne Beck put together a fine piece on the Council meeting from last night that includes a little more information than was in our post.

Beck takes as the theme of her article: neighborhood problems, taking her cue from several residents who spoke at the meeting. One resident spoke of the problems caused on some city streets as the result of truck traffic being diverted through residential neighborhoods during road construction. Another spoke of zoning concerns. While a third discussed the problem of absentee landlords and detrimental property conditions. Rather than make this article about these three separate issues, Beck finds the common thread: all three are asking for the same thing: a decent neighborhood.

Our question to that: What does it take to make a decent neighborhood, and when does city government know to step in and help out and when to stand back and let be? We're hoping to take a closer look at that question over the next couple weeks, so look for more on that.

In other news, the town of Batavia hired a third-year engineering student from the Rochester Institute of Technology for $10 an hour to help the town "catch up with project work that includes two water districts and the town's farmland protection plan." Joseph Neth, who lives on Wilkinson Road, will work up to 40 hours per week for 13 weeks for the town as part of "a cooperative effort with area colleges that was started by the town last year."

September 23, 2008 - 4:14pm
posted by Philip Anselmo in Announcements, United Memorial Medical Center.

From United Memorial Medical Center:

United Memorial Medical Center Diabetes Education Program and Cardiac Rehab will participate in “Step Out: Walk to Fight Diabetes” on Saturday, October 4th. The walk begins and ends at the VA Medical Center, 222 Richmond Avenue, Batavia. Registration opens at 9am. The self-paced 3.5 mile walk will begin at 10 am.
To join the hospital in supporting this important health initiative, call Diabetes Health Educator, Margie Mager, RN at (585) 344-5437. Participants may also register on-line through the hospital website, www.ummc.org.
Money raised through the walk will be used to fund vital research towards a cure; education and advocacy for people with diabetes; and programming such as Sunshine Camp-the American Diabetes Association summer camp for children with diabetes, right here in Western New York.
Participants who raise at least $75 will receive a free t-shirt.

September 23, 2008 - 2:45pm
posted by june rowcliffe in Announcements, food.

October 8, Elba Fireman's Recreation Hall, Route 98, Elba. Roast Beef Supper/Chinese Auction. Serving 5 p.m. Takeouts at 4:30. Real mashed potatoes, home cooked squash, slow roasted beef, rich gravy, coleslaw, pickled beets, delicious pies and other deserts, coffee, tea or milk. Tickets sold 'till gone. Adults $8.50, children 7 to 13 $4.00, 5 and under FREE. The Chinese Auction is open to anyone. You do not have to buy a supper to participate. Drawing will start at 6 p.m. You do not have to be present to win. Tickets are 10 for $1.00. Historical Society of Elba Annual Fund Raiser

September 23, 2008 - 1:48pm
posted by Martha Lorshbaugh in Announcements, events, Quilts, quilt show.

Stitches in Time 2008

 Museum Quilt Guild's fifth biennial show

 Friday October 17, 2008 10 am - 6 pm

And Saturday October 18, 2008 10 am - 5 pm


 VA Medical Center, 222 Richmond Ave, Batavia, NY

  Admission is $4.00

Hand-made quilts, raffle quilt, members' boutique, silent auction, vendors and door prizes.  Refreshments available.

 Contact show chairwoman Florine Meredith, 17 Webber Avenue, Oakfield, NY 14125

(585) 948-5160 [email protected]


September 23, 2008 - 1:48pm
posted by Brian Hillabush in sports, Notre Dame.

Notre Dame graduate Christian Bochicchio made his first start at quarterback for the Utica College football team this past weekend.

The freshman stepped into the starting role which was held by Keith Barone, and had a rocky, yet productive, first start.

The Pioneers turned the ball over several times in losing to Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, losing a 24-10 homecoming game in front of 2,835 fans.

 Bochicchio - who was the quarterback for the Fighting Irish when the team won the Section 5 Class D championship in 2006 - now looks to be the top option for Utica.

"He can do some things. Right now, he's our guy," UC coach Blaise Faggiano told the Utica Observer-Dispatch after the loss.

Bochicchio went 14-of-24 for 120 yards with a touchdown and three interceptions in his  college debut.

The Pioneers (0-3) will be at Springfield College on Oct. 4.

September 23, 2008 - 12:46pm
posted by Brian Hillabush in batavia, sports.

Six new members will be inducted to the Batavia Blue Devil Hall of Fame on Saturday, October 18 at Terry Hills Restaurant and Banquet Facility.

Nancy Viola worked in athletics and served as Athletic Director from 1981-1998, where 14 Batavia teams won Section 5 championships, including a New York State football title in 1981.

Viola was a chairperson for Section 5 girls basketball from 1975-1997 and NYS girls basketball from 1978-1982.

She earned the 1985 Jean Giambrone Rochester Press Radio Award, was inducted into the Section 5 basketball HOF in 2001 and is a member of the Rochester Red Wing Walk of Fame.

Jonathan Walton was a 1974 graduate after playing four years of varsity basketball and three years of both football and baseball, 

Earned all-county honors in both basketball and baseball. He earned second-team all-county honors when he helped the Batavia basketball team go 19-2 during his junior year.

Walton played baseball and basketball at Buffalo State College and was drafted by the Pittsburgh Pirates in 1974.

1964 graduate Douglas King played four years of football, bowling and baseball at Batavia and earned the Judd-Guinlock MVP award as a co-captain during his senior year.

King led the 1964 bowling team with a 194 scoring average.

Compiled an 11-3-2 record on the mound as a senior, tossing a no hitter, four one-hitters and four shutouts.

He was named the best male athlete at BHS in 1964 and was awarded the Mary Delbridge Citizenship award.

King was scouted by the Pittsburgh Pirates, N.Y. Yankees and San Francisco Giants.

Thomas Vincellos is a 1961 graduate and ran four years of cross country and track, and wrestled one season.

He was the Section 5 cross country champion as a senior and led Batavia to four straight Genesee-Wyoming team titles, setting the course record twice.

Vincellos was the best athlete of senior class and earned the Babe Ruth Sportsmanship award in 1961. He was also a three-time recipient of the Dominic Valle Cross Country MVP award.

1943 graduate Don Johnson played football and ran track for four years while playing baseball and basketball for three each.

He was awarded the 1943 Cope-Dowd Award for excellence in Track & Field and was named to the 1943 Section 5 basketball tournament all-star team.

Johnson earned a letter in four sports in his junior and senior years.

Ralph "Buddy" Houseknecht is a 1968 graduate and played three years of baseball and two years of football and basketball.

He won the Judd-Guinlock MVP award as captain of the football team as a senior. Was also a captain on the baseball team.

Houseknecht was named best BHS athlete in 1968 and received a scholarship to Edinboro State College in Pennsylvania where he played football.

Has been a long-time Batavia High School and Blue Devil Athletics supporter as member of Batavia Rotary Club and as President of Pepsi-Cola Batavia Inc.

The 7th Annual Induction Ceremony has a social hour beginning at 5 p.m., followed by a 6 p.m. dinner.

Tickets are available at the Athletic Directors office at Batavia High School. For more information you can call 585-343-2480 ex. 2003

September 23, 2008 - 12:04pm
posted by Brian Hillabush in Attica, football, sports.

 Well, it took three weeks but a local football player was finally named Section 5 Player of the Week.

Attica's Andy Ruddock rushed for 193 yards on 18 carries as the Blue Devils beat Elba/Byron-Bergen 40-6 Friday night and he earned the offensive honor for Class B.

Ruddock also had a 2-yard touchdown run in the second quarter.

Attica is 2-1 and will be playing at Barker this Saturday.




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