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September 20, 2008 - 9:11am
posted by Howard B. Owens in sports, Kelsey Conn.

The College at Brockport web site has a short profile of Kelsey Conn, a runner originally from Batavia, who participated in Sophie's Run.

Conn was recently been named Female SUNYAC Cross Country Runner of the Week after finished 1st in the Brockport Invitational on September 13 with a time of 19:48.60. It was her first season running cross-country for the Golden Eagles and her first race of the season. The sophomore Communications major is also a key member of the Indoor and Outdoor Track & Field squads at Brockport and qualified for the NCAA Outdoor Championships and finished ninth in the 10,000 meter run.

September 20, 2008 - 12:44am
posted by Brian Hillabush in football, sports, Le Roy.

Andrew Alexander found the end zone four times while picking up 163 yards rushing on just 17 carries as Le Roy demolished Wellsville 77-8 Friday.

Alexander also was a defensive star, picking off a pass and recovering a fumble.

Anthony Macaluso rushed the ball five times for 100 yards while Travis Fenstermaker threw two touchdown passes to Mike Humphrey and another to Quentin Humphrey, 

Quentin also had an interception returned for a touchdown.

Wellsville falls to 1-2 while the Oatkan Knights improve to 3-0.

September 20, 2008 - 12:39am
posted by Brian Hillabush in sports.


Attica rushed for 376 total yards in blasting Elba/Byron-Bergen 40-6 Friday night.

Andy Ruddock led the way with a whopping 18 carries for 183 yards and a touchdown, with Luke Pariso adding 63 yards and a score.

Brandon Rollins went 8-of-12 passing for 85 yards and three touchdowns, including a pair to Greg Boxler.

Shawn Dupuis also caught a 34-yard TD pass from Rollins.

Brandon Spurling had the lone touchdown run for the Lancers (1-2).

Attica is 2-1.

September 19, 2008 - 11:51pm
posted by Chad Flint in sports, alexander, Girl's Soccer.

Alexander continued their recent strong play with a thrilling 2-1 victory in Kendall Friday night under the lights.  The game was a 1st round game of the Kendall tournament and Alexander will face off against York in the finals Saturday at 7pm.

Alexander didn't take long to get on the board as Senior Rachel Pettys blasted on home 10 minutes into the game off a pass from Anna Dominick.  Alexander came out strong and controlled play in the beginning of the 1st half.  Kendall started to settle down after the goal and got Sophmore Kaila Browe involved in their offense and forced keeper Hannah Wilson to make a leaping stop that went off the crossbar to keep the score 1-0.  Browe was in just her 2nd game of the season after being out with an injury.

The 2nd half saw some back and forth action with Kendall controlling the possession but failing to solve Alexander's defense.  8th grade Abby Shilvock was assigned to mark Browe for the majority of the game and did a great job limiting her chances with the ball.

With under 20 minutes left in the game Kendall got a corner kick and sent it into the middle.  Alexander failed on several attempts to clear it and the ball sat 8 yards off the line when Browe stormed through and blasted it into the net to knot the game at 1. 

The game appeared headed for overtime as neither team could finish off a chance at their 2nd goal.  With 90 seconds left Sophmore Autumn Atkinson played a ball to an overlapping Junior Leah Johnson who got the cross in front of the net on her 2nd attempt at it where Pettys was waiting to send the ball into the back of the net with 1:17 left on the clock.

Alexander managed to kill the time off from there and pick up the win.  It was a well played game by both sides.

Kendall will play Albion in the consolation game at 5pm and Alexander will play York in the championship at 7pm.  Alexander's JV team will play York's JV team in the finals of the JV tournament at 3pm after Alexander knocked off Kendall 4-1 and York knocked off Albion 3-1.

September 19, 2008 - 11:36pm
posted by Brian Hillabush in sports, oakfield-alabama.

 The Oakfield-Alabama football team scored a school record 42 points in the first quarter and kicker John Fisher tied Matt Waldron's single game scoring mark for a kicker with nine extra points as the Hornets thumped Alexander 63-14.

O-A added 21 points in the second quarter before calling off the dogs.

A.J. Kehlenbeck completed 4-of-6 attempts for 72 yards and three touchdowns in the game. He also had a rushing touchdown.

"A.J. looked real sharp throwing the ball," O-A coach John Dowd said. "He had a nice night for a quarterback in our offense. We came out firing pretty hard."

Joe Natalizia made his first start at wingback and had a solid day, rushing for 94 yards and two touchdowns on 15 carries. He also caught a TD pass.

Fullback Brad Riner rushed for just 56 yards in the game, but scored  a touchdown on the ground, through the air and on defense, when he returned an interception 67 yards for a score.

Tim Smith rushed for 63 yards on six carries and also caught a 30-yard touchdown pass.

Tyler Kowalcyzk  made seven tackles - including two for a loss - and returned an interception six yards for a score.

Alexander falls to 0-3 while Oakfield-Alabama improves to 3-0 and faces Notre Dame next weekend.

"Notre Dame is an outstanding team," Dowd said. "They are a little more athletic than we are, but we are a little bit bigger than they are. It will be a nice test for both teams."

September 19, 2008 - 11:26pm
posted by Brian Hillabush in batavia, football, sports.

A third straight home loss to start the season would have meant the Batavia football team was going to be looking at a nearly impossible climb to get into the Section 5 Class B Tournament.

But the running of Anthony D'Aurizio and Rob Williams made sure that that climb is going to be a little less difficult as the Blue Devils offense outgunned visiting Waterloo 41-28 at VanDetta Stadium Friday night.

The scoring output shows the ability of the offense, which put up 33 points in a difficult 34-33 overtime loss against Pal-Mac.

Williams rushed for 203 yards and three touchdowns on 19 carries while D'Aurizio had 180 yards and two scores on 21 attempts.

After Rich Chilson kicked off the scoring for the Indians with a 15-yard run just 1 1/2 minutes into the game, Batavia got cooking.

D'Aurizio ripped off a 42-yard run that set up a 1-yard quarterback keeper for a touchdown by Joe Canzoneri. The Troy Ireland extra point gave Batavia a 7-6 advantage.

Kevin Sessler punched one in from two yards out and after the two-point conversion failed, the Indians led 12-7 to end the opening quarter.

D'Aurizio scored from 2 yards out and had a conversion run to put Batavia up 15-12 before Sessler capped off the first half scoring with a two-yard run for Waterloo, with the extra point making it 19-15 Indians at intermission.

Batavia owned the third quarter.

After receiving the opening kickoff, D'Aurizio had a 12-yard run, Williams ripped one off for 21 yards and D'Aurzio capped off the drive with a score from 10 yards out.

Ireland pounded the ensuing kickoff and Waterloo didn't get much of a return. That was compounded by a block in the back penalty, which meant the following drive started at the 5-yard line.

Waterloo didn't move the ball and had to punt. 6-foot-1 Joe Schlossel blocked that punt and Batavia took over at the Indian 2-yard line.

Williams scored on the next play, giving the Blue Devils a 28-19 lead.

After Batavia's defense caused another three-and-out, Waterloo had to punt and Williams put the nail in the coffin when he ripped off a stunning 75-yard touchdown run. Ireland's kick made the score 35-19.

The Indians did drive and Chilson scored on a 10-yard run to get the score within 10 points early in the fourth quarter.

Waterloo then recovered the onside kick.

Jordan Cook nailed a 29-yard field goal and it was a one score game with about 4 minutes left to play.

Batavia struggled to move the ball and was in a fourth-and-2 situation with 3:21 left

Coach Dan Geiger decided to punt the ball away - despite the urging of several players to go for it with the ball at their own 38. But Canzoneri drilled a perfect punt, which was downed at the Waterloo 13-yard line.

The Indians never moved the ball and turned it over on downs, allowing Williams to cap off the game's scoring with a 13-yard TD run.

Waterloo had very little time to attempt to get back into the game, but Devonte Rolle intercepted a Cook pass to ice the game.

D'Aurizio led the defense with 11 tackles, with Ireland making 10 stops and Adam Hausfelder getting nine. Vinny Pedro had seven tackles and blocked an extra point for Batavia (1-2).

Waterloo falls to 0-3.





September 19, 2008 - 10:28pm
posted by brenda richardson in Announcements, support group.

just wanted to let everyone know a new support group has been started in Oakfield the group is opened to people of all ages experiencing depression in their life. the group is  a safe place to openly talk about your feelings and gather support and hope from peers.  the group is opened to people that are experiening depression along with family and friends that need support on how to help a loved one.  we meet at the oakfield U nited Methodist Church at 2 South Main Street every other tuesday at 7;00 p.m. the next meting is September 23, 2008 we also have a website if you are on the web check us out at http://www.sharehopedepressionsupport.synthasite.com/ thanks and we hope to hear from you.

September 19, 2008 - 3:19pm
posted by Philip Anselmo in GO ART.

Anyone heading to the opening reception for A Soldier's Anthology tonight will recognize much that unites the two artists: in their medium (polaroid manipulations), in their themes (reinterpreting the past), and in their subject matter (war). Yet what electrifies the artworks and makes them so much more than what any war photos hung on a wall could hope to be is their difference. In their opposition not their unity, the works speak what is most important about themselves.

Artist Karen Reisdorf grew up understanding that you did not talk about the war. Her father did not tell stories about his time in Vietnam. Her grandmother did not talk about it. Wartime photographs, letters, medals and memorabilia were sequestered in a box in the attic, where all such discussion, too, seemed shuttered in the dark. Its contents were not known, aside from a fleeting childhood glimpse, until last year. That discovery was—and it should not be hard to comprehend—a revelation.

"In a way," says Karen, "it was like bringing back this old wound."

One year after that revelation, several of those photos and the content of those letters have been transformed by the daughter who had longed to not only know her father's story but to share it. (In a video we produced last month, you can see how Karen went about transferring the images onto glass plates to produce the light boxes on display at the exhibit.)

Her father, Anthony J. Reisdorf, was 19 years old when he was drafted into the Army and sent to Vietnam in October, 1966. He fought in the Tet Offensive as part of the Lightning Bolt 4th Battalion, based out of Tay Ninh. He was shot and wounded on December 13, 1967. He wrote a letter home detailing the path of the bullet, which pierced his back and his gear, including several packets of Kool-Aid. Upon returning to the United States in October 1968, he was awarded the Silver Star, the Bronze Star and the Purple Heart. He never spoke of any of it. He was no hero, he insisted, for walking through enemy fire with a comrade-in-arms slung over his shoulder. Anyone else would have done it, and far more did more, he would say. Such abnegation was never enough to shake a daughter's faith in the heroism of her father.

Karen resituates his history in Vietnam, transposing images—photographs of her father in the Vietnamese jungle, the bullet that pierced his flesh, the letters he wrote home to his family—and in this way telling the stories she was never told by piecing together fragments of forgotten experience. Karen calls the light boxes "spaces of time captured in a moment." As such, they are beyond time. They are mythic, sacred as well as profane. They are an homage. No photographs of the light boxes can reproduce their illumined fragility—each one a testament to how profound and everlasting a fleeting moment can become. So you will not see any photographs of them on the site. You will simply have to go to the show.

Opposite Karen's light boxes, Becky LeFevre has displayed a series of thirteen works of polaroid transfers made of her grandfather's photos taken during World War II. One of these is comprised of a single image. It depicts a pair of hands, grizzled with age, thumbing through a stack of photographs. Hands and photographs both belong to Becky's grandfather, Stephen J. Novak, now 96 years old. He is perusing and likely reminiscing.

That image is enough to signal the profound difference between the stories of the two men—father and grandfather—and the works of the two artists. I'll say it again, it is through their opposition that these disparate works are transformed into a whole that is volatilized through its differences. This is why we can speak of this as one exhibit and not two. Set as they are side by side, literally facing each other across a room, the two halves force a dialogue that says what neither could say on its own.

Becky can relate the circumstance and often even name the individuals that appear in the photographs taken by her grandfather. Each can tell a story in full relief with a concrete past, present and future. We can follow its inhabitants through the vicissitudes of their personal histories. On the other hand, Karen tells us that her father, when shown his photographs from Vietnam, could not or would not begin to relate their details. The particulars are mired in obscurity, a darkness forced upon them through repression. They are not what could be remembered. They are what had to be forgot.

In heartfelt sincerity, Becky's grandfather has told his family that the war was the best time of his life, however much that may have perplexed them. Stephen J. Novak enlisted in the military on May 9, 1942, because... well... because all of his friends were in the war. That's pretty much how he explains it, says Becky. He was 30 years old, and so intent on becoming a soldier at all costs that he persisted despite rejections by several branches of the military, until he was accepted by the Army. He was sent to the south Pacific with the 90th Bombardment Group—the "best damned heavy bomb group in the world," they were later dubbed—as an aerial photographer and gunner. He sent photographs and stories back home to his reporter friends in New Jersey detailing his visits with the natives—he was sure they were cannibals—in New Guinea or relating whatever other adventure he found in Australia or the Philippines.

Becky poured through boxes of thousands of such photographs and chose about a dozen to serve as the raw material for the exhibit. She discovered in the process of making the polaroid transfers a symbolic act that mirrored the transfer of the photographs through the generations.

"I wanted to do something to make it more personal to me, something that I created," she says. "I wanted to create images based on his work. It's my version of his story, not so much the stories themselves."

As for her grandfather's statement that the war was the best time of his life, she understands that as meaning "the most impactful," she says.

"It was the best not because it was the most enjoyable, but because it was the most meaningful."

Meaning is what this show is all about. Whatever else they are, these images are concretions of meaning: several senses sedimented and folded into what Karen calls spaces of time. Through juxtaposition and through the manipulation and deconstruction of the image, meanings are birthed multiple. Each image was once a photograph—of something, of someone. Something was once there that became something else, something different, someone else's space of time. There are so many eyes caught in the glass, where we can never forget that the image, too, is caught. Eyes looking out, eyes looking in and through, eyes looking back, shaping each image—too many eyes for any image not to vibrate with the lives and histories and interpretations read into every gesture and landscape.

Sam Beckett once wrote: "The only fertile research is excavatory, immersive, a contraction of the spirit, a descent. The artist is active, but negatively ... drawn in to the core of the eddy."

We can only ever hope to be drawn into the core of the eddy, where everyone else was already drawn before us, where they await us. Thank you, Karen and Becky, for drawing us in.

Artists Becky LeFevre and Karen Reisdorf welcome the public to the opening reception of their exhibit, A Soldier's Anthology: Family Images from WWII and Vietnam, tonight. Folks are encouraged to come by, meet the artists, scope the works and munch hors d'oeuvres from 7:00 to 9:00pm at the GO ART! cultural center at the corner of East Main and Bank streets.

September 19, 2008 - 2:25pm
posted by Brian Hillabush in batavia, football, sports.

 I just wanted to leave a reminder that I will be at the Waterloo at Batavia game tonight, so please check back shortly after the end of the game for complete coverage as well as results from other area games.

September 19, 2008 - 11:37am
posted by Howard B. Owens in thebatavian.

We added two new sections to The Batavian this morning.

First, "Housing." We didn't call it real estate because that implies only homes for sale can be listed there.  We also welcome rental listings.  Ads, of course, are free to both FSBO (for sale by owner) and agents/brokers.  We just ask that agents and brokers submit listings only, not general marketing messages. 

If you click on the "Housing" link now, you'll find a post of home sales since January.  We'll post real estate transactions each month under "Housing" from now on.  This data is public record and provided to us by the County.  It's a common bit of public data to share by news organizations in most communities, but it seems to be a new idea in Genesee County.

The second new section is "Announcements." This is a place for individuals and community organizations to post information about upcoming events, engagements/weddings, births or anything else appropriate to announce to the community.  Click on the "Announcements" link on the tabs above and read the first post, which instructions for posting.  Tell your friends.

September 19, 2008 - 8:18am
posted by Philip Anselmo in politics, election, Democrats, Jack Davis.

Official word is coming out of the Buffalo News this morning. Three-time Congressional challenger Jack Davis will not make it on the ballot this time around. Davis lost in the Democratic primary to Alice Kryzan. He was hoping to still get on the ballot under his "Save Jobs and Farms" party, but he failed to submit the paperwork on time.

Reporter Robert J. McCarthy writes:

A State Supreme Court justice Thursday rejected congressional candidate Jack Davis’ attempt to remain on the November ballot, ending his third attempt to win the job.


Justice Richard M. Platkin of Albany disagreed with Davis’ contention that his petition to form a minor party line called Save Jobs and Farms should have been accepted even though he failed to file a certificate of acceptance on time, as required by state election law.

Davis argued that the state Board of Elections should have provided him an opportunity to submit the late application anyway and that the board acted “arbitrarily and capriciously” in not allowing him to file.

The judge ruled otherwise.

Davis has not said whether he would support Democrat Alice Kryzan's bid to defeat Republican Chris Lee in the 26th Congressional District. She would have to support Davis' "anti-free trade message," he said, but he doesn't "think she understands" it.

Will he try yet again? It doesn't sound like it. Davis told the Buffalo News that it's too bad he didn't get the opportunity to do some good: "I’m not going to get that opportunity to do it again."

September 19, 2008 - 8:05am
posted by Philip Anselmo in wbta, business, finance, weather.

It's that time of year, folks. Time to switch on the heat in the car for the morning commute. Time to dust off the coats and scarves. As chilly as it may have been in Genesee and Monroe counties this morning, it was much more so down in Wyoming, Cattaraugus and Allegany. Those three counties were under a freeze warning issued by the National Weather Service out of Buffalo this morning, according to WBTA's Wayne Fuller. That could be dire news for some vegetable growers. We'll have to wait and see.

In contrast to the cautious words of calm issued by an Oxford-educated economist who stopped by Batavia earlier this week to tell folks that it just "doesn't feel like an honest-to-goodness recession," unemployment numbers were reported as ever on the rise statewide. Genesee County is up more than a percentage point over this time last year: from 3.7 percent last August to 4.7 percent this year. Orleans County climbed from 5.1 to 7.1 percent. So, when does it start to feel like a recession? Is it when Orleans County can say that one in ten of its residents doesn't have a job?

In addition to the increase in unemployment, Fuller reports that job growth is either stagnant or shrinking. ...Maybe recession just isn't the right word, then. Can anyone else think up some words to describe what this feels like? Anyone?

Also (reported again on WBTA), the state looks to fare far worse than was initially suspected following the recent bankruptcies and bailouts on Wall Street. Gov. David Paterson envisaged a worst-case scenario of 30,000 jobs lost and a loss of $1 billion in revenue for the state. State officials now expect to lose 40,000 jobs and $3 billion in revenue over the next two years.

Oh. Almost forgot to mention... the price for a bus or train ride on the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority is going up a quarter.

September 19, 2008 - 7:53am
posted by Ron C Welker in odor.

Has any else noticed the smell in the air when entering the city from 63 south? Smells like rotten pumpkins? Today it can be noticed downtown, what is it?

September 18, 2008 - 11:49pm
posted by Brian Hillabush in sports.

 Julie Brooks didn't need much help, but she got plenty.

The Holley goalie earned her fourth shutout of the season, helping the Hawks improve to 3-2-2 with a 7-0 drubbing of Notre Dame Thursday.

Emily Troup had a hat-trick and pitched in with an assist, giving her nine goals and three assists this season. Hannah Page pitched in a pair of goals and a pair of helpers.

The Fighting Irish fall to 0-6.

September 18, 2008 - 10:07pm
posted by Brian Hillabush in batavia, sports, soccer.
Batavia's boys soccer team is moving in a good direction under coach Nate Korzelius, but had a bit of a set-back Thursday.
The Blue Devils stumbled to a 1-14-1 record last year as Korzelius took a year haitus from the job, but have gotten back on track and came into Thursday's game with a 3-3-1 record.
But Way-Co surprised Batavia as Jeff Smythe kicked in the winning goal with 19 minutes left in the contest, giving the squad a 4-2 victory.
James Pero and Greg Kryman had the Blue Devil goals.
Way-Co is 2-5.
September 18, 2008 - 9:44pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in Announcements, thebatavian.

We are introducing "Announcements" on The Batavian.

For the purposes of the Announcements section, an announcement is:

  • A notice of a public event, such as a church dinner or a theater production.
  • A wedding or engagement notice
  • A birth notice
  • A call for volunteers or a need for a donation

Any member of the community can post an announcement.

To post an announcement, you must be a registered user. Once you are logged in, click on "create content," then "blog entry" and then in field that says "Tags" type "announcements" (Generally, as you start typing "annou .." the tags field will offer up an option of "announcements" and you can select that for insurance of conformity.

When that is done and you save your post, your announcement will automatically appear in that section.

September 18, 2008 - 9:02pm
posted by nancy baxter in school, youth, schools, OACS, prayer.

As an Oakfield Youth Group leader, I invite anyone that is interested in joining us for a morning of prayer on September 24th at 7:00 am at the flagpole at OACS.  We have a time of quiet prayer for our school, our teachers, administrators and our kids in a circle around our flagpole at the high school.  You dont have to be a Oakfield person to come and encourage our kids.  It is very powerful to see teenagers in prayer together for all their friends to see.  If you can't come to OACS, I encourage you to check at your local school and see if they are participating in the morning activity. 

It is awesome to think that kids all over the nation gather at that time on that day to stand together in their faith.

September 18, 2008 - 8:27pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in elba, Oakfield.

I took a drive out to Elba and Oakfield today.  In Elba, I couldn't resist stopping to take a picture of this building, which is now the wallpaper on my computer.

Anybody know the history of this place?

When Hilly found out I was driving out to Oakfield, he told me I had the stop at Santino's Pizza. "The pizza is amazing," he said.  I did, and it is.

In Oakfield, I stopped by the library and read the flyers in the window of the pharmacy.

Two events I learned about:

  • October 18 and 25: Ghost walk at Batavia cemetery on Harvester, 7:00 to 8:30 p.m.
  • The Genesee Chorale presents a recital series, Sept. 26 at 7 p.m. in the Batavia City Centre.

Reminder, if you're with a community organization and need to publicize an event or other group news, you can post the information you need to get out to Genesee County on The Batavian.  It's free. Just create an account, login and post.

September 18, 2008 - 8:19pm
posted by Brian Hillabush in sports.

The Le Roy girls soccer team improved to 5-1-4 as Brittany Luckey scored two goals and assisted on the other two.

The Oatkan Knights smoked Letchworth 4-0.

Mandy Migano and Kristi Miller also scored.

September 18, 2008 - 6:47pm
posted by Tom Gilliatt in tom155.

The rich get richer and the poor get poorer when will it ever end? I mean it is getting harder and harder to make ends meet ya try and work a full time job like I have for the past 15 years and it adds up to nothing but the refrigerate isn't as full as it used to be. Buying food is a joke even going to the dollar stores don't seem to be a bargain anymore and I have tried to find a second joke but never get any calls maybe thats a good thing because I would never have time to spend with the wife and kids if I did and paying the bills NOW there is a sad story in it self.

Seems like the American dream for people that live from check to check like me is GONE.

Now the land lord gets on my case for being later and later on the rent, Being a father of 3 with a wife is just pain getting hard to live. When will it ever get better like politicians keep saying :(


Thanks for your time and if I misspelled anything please forgive





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