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September 22, 2008 - 2:43pm
posted by Philip Anselmo in auction, Announcements, United Memorial Medical Center.

From the United Memorial Medical Center:

United Memorial Medical Center Foundation will be holding its Annual Auction on Saturday, October 25, 2008 at the Holiday Inn at 8250 Park Road in Batavia, N.Y.

The Social Hour, Silent Auction and Chinese Auction featuring themed baskets will begin at 6 pm.  Dinner is scheduled for 7 pm followed by the live auction at 7:30 pm.  Auction items include: Buffalo Sabres game tickets, Fran Tarkenton autographed football, family pass to Casa Loma Estate Gardens in Toronto and one-night stays at Morgan Samuels Inn in Canandaigua and the Esperanza Mansion on Keuka Lake.

All proceeds from this auction will be restricted to UMMC’s surgical expansion project.

Tickets for this event are $20 in advance; $25 if purchased October 20-25 and include buffet, wine, beer, soda and dessert table.

Please contact the UMMC Foundation for further information at (585) 344-5300.

September 22, 2008 - 2:41pm
posted by Philip Anselmo in Announcements, United Memorial Medical Center, cancer.

From the United Memorial Medical Center:

The Cancer Services Partnership of Genesee and Orleans County (formerly known as the Healthy Women’s Partnership) has scheduled its annual breast cancer awareness event, Pink Hatter’s Night Out, for October 9th at Batavia Downs, 8315 Park Road, Batavia.

All attendees are encouraged to wear a pink hat. Each year prizes are awarded for hats in several categories. Doors open at 4 pm to preview the Chinese Auction items. Dinner will begin at 6 pm. 

Tickets to the event are $20 each and available at the Healthy Living Partnership, 211 East Main Street, Batavia; or by phoning (585)344-5494. Seating is limited and is expected to sell out early.

Michele Odrabina, MD who practices in obstetrics and gynecology in Albion and Medina will be the featured speaker.

The group DIVA by DIVA will present a special performance of “A Celebration of Women.” This O’Connell & Company original production is now in its 9th year. Each performance features different materials and cast in a fast paced whirl of sequins, songs, humor and quotes by, for and about women.

The Cancer Services Partnership is a grant funded program which provides access to free colorectal, breast and cervical cancer screenings for men and women, age 18 to 64, who are uninsured or underinsured. United Memorial manages the Partnership for Orleans and Genesee Counties.

September 22, 2008 - 2:29pm
posted by Philip Anselmo in crime, wbta, police.

WBTA's Dan Fischer spoke with the daughter of Robert Kirkup this morning following Kirkup's sentencing of 5 to 15 years in prison for killing his wife in Genesee County during a camping trip 16 years ago. Lawler asked the court to give her father the maximum sentence. You can hear why daughter Susan Lawler suspected all along that her father was responsible for the death of her mother, Janet Kirkup. Listen to the audio clip here.

Kirkup told the court that he regretted choking his wife to death and then burying her in a shallow grave in the town of Darien, which has not yet been found.

Kirkup was transferred to Genesee County in June following the resurrection of the investigation by a cold case team from California, where Kirkup was then located. In court on August 12, Kirkup said that he killed his wife in self defense.

Dan Fischer reports:

Susan Lawler said she will now turn her attention to finding her mother’s remains. Kirkup had three daughters. Susan was the only one to speak at this morning’s sentencing. His oldest daughter submitted a letter to the court supporting her father.

In other news, a house fire in South Byron required the efforts of six fire crews to battle the blaze that was still burning at noon today. No injuries were yet reported, according to Dan Fischer. Byron, South Byron, Bergen, Elba, Stafford and Le Roy departments responded to the fire at East Main Road at the corner of Mechanic Street.

September 22, 2008 - 2:14pm


Hamlin Music Fest Fundraiser to Support Burn Program
at Strong Memorial Hospital
Back-to-back bands will provide non-stop music from 2 p.m. to midnight on Saturday, Oct. 4 at Firemen’s Field in Hamlin to raise money for the Burn Program at Strong Memorial Hospital.
This is the Music Fest’s fourth year and more than 2,000 people are expected to rock around the clock to the music of eight local bands continuously playing on two stages. Some of the bands scheduled to appear are Swamp Moose, Cactus Soul, This A.M. Static, Emerald City, and Julie Dunlop with High Maintenance.
In addition to the music, the Hamlin Fire Department will be cooking up food available to purchase: Zweigle’s hots, pizza, sausage, burgers, drinks and beer. There will also be raffles between sets, games and more. Some of the raffle prizes include dinner certificates, massages, pedicures, and spa treatments for your dog.
Admission to the Music Fest is $5 per adult. Children twelve and under will be admitted free. Advance sale tickets are available by contacting Steve Lauth at [email protected], or Ginger Eller at [email protected]. All proceeds will go to support the Burn Program at Strong Memorial Hospital. Last year, the Music Fest raised $3,200, and organizers expect to top that figure substantially this year to support the programs and services at the Burn Program.
Event founder and organizer Steve Lauth said, “We are looking forward to growing this event into one of Hamlin’s biggest and best family-friendly festivals and to contribute to a good cause at the same time. We can’t think of a better recipient than the Burn Program at Strong. There are so many young kids and teens who have been badly burned, and the Burn Program at Strong is the best place to go; we know they’re in good hands when they go there. We hope everyone will come out and join us and the Hamlin Fire Department to have a good time and raise some money for this life changing program."
The Burn Program at Strong Memorial Hospital is the only Level One Regional Trauma Center in the area and is the state’s largest and most modern trauma and burn facility outside of New York City, providing comprehensive burn care to patients of all ages from the time of acute injury through long-term rehabilitation.
Firemen’s Field is located at 1503 Lake Road, Hamlin, NY. For more information on the festival please visit www.myspace.com/hamlinmusicfest, or www.hamlinfire.com.
September 22, 2008 - 2:13pm
posted by Philip Anselmo in congress, politics, video, election, Alice Kryzan.

This television commercial, which we were told is already running during Buffalo newscasts, is the first "negative" spot to hit the airwaves since Alice Kryzan and Chris Lee emerged with their party's endorsement following the primaries. Democrat Kryzan is not referenced in the spot that attacks Republican Lee for employing workers in China. It's endorsed by the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.

September 22, 2008 - 8:36am
posted by Philip Anselmo in crime, wbta, city council, fire.

Motorists dropping off students at Batavia High School are urged not to use the central bus loop, which is for buses only, according to WBTA's Dan Fischer. There are safety concerns in allowing buses and passenger vehicles in the same area. If you are picking up or dropping off students, please use the "pick-up circle" near the band room.

City Council will meet tonight at 7:00pm in the Council chambers at City Hall.

Two children died in a house fire Sunday in the village of Fredonia. More details can be found in an article from the Jamestown Post-Journal.

In Medina, a school teacher was arrested and charged with official misconduct. Scott Ballard, 33, is accused of initiating relationships with two of his former students. More details can be found in an article from the Lockport Union-Sun & Journal.

September 22, 2008 - 7:22am
posted by Howard B. Owens in nation and world.

Here's two interesting perspectives on the current financial crisis.  Both articles spread the blame around -- both administrations, the Fed, Wall Street and Congress.

UPDATE: Contrary to positions put forth in the two links above is this post from Megan McArdle. She shoots down the notion that repeal of Glass-Steagall is a root cause of the current crisis.

September 21, 2008 - 8:49pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in nation and world, ron paul.

September 21, 2008 - 8:29pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in nation and world.

It wouldn't be devestating if it weren't true.

September 21, 2008 - 8:02pm
posted by Tom Gilliatt in Kwik Fill.

Today I went to Kwik Fill at the corner of Jackson st and Ellicott to get some smokes man I hate when I have to go in there for various reasons and now I can add this one to the list.

I asked if I could get a pack of cigarettes and pay for them with my 5$ rolled dimes

NOPE with an attitude is all I got. I kept my cool and left

Attitude in that place is common and I would like to know is the legal for them to not take the dimes as money? I would go to a different store but I'm picky and the brand of cigs and yes I know I should quit. I never seen any sign that says "your rolled money is worth nothing to us"


Wow this burns my hide and like I said I wish I never ever had to goto that store... If you want to call it THAT.



September 21, 2008 - 7:35pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in nation and world.

Patrick Buchanan:

For years, we Americans have spent more than we earned. We save nothing. Credit card debt, consumer debt, auto debt, mortgage debt, corporate debt -- all are at record levels. And with pensions and savings being wiped out, much of that debt will never be repaid.


Up through World War II, we followed the Hamiltonian idea that America must remain economically independent of the world in order to remain politically independent.

But this generation decided that was yesterday's bromide and we must march bravely forward into a Global Economy, where we all depend on one another. American companies morphed into "global companies" and moved plants and factories to Mexico, Asia, China and India, and we began buying more cheaply from abroad what we used to make at home: shoes, clothes, bikes, cars, radios, TVs, planes, computers.


At home, propelled by tax cuts, war in Iraq and an explosion in social spending, surpluses vanished and deficits reappeared and began to rise. The dollar began to sink, and gold began to soar.

Yet, still, the promises of the politicians come. Barack Obama will give us national health insurance and tax cuts for all but that 2 percent of the nation that already carries 50 percent of the federal income tax load.

John McCain is going to cut taxes, expand the military, move NATO into Georgia and Ukraine, confront Russia and force Iran to stop enriching uranium or "bomb, bomb, bomb," with Joe Lieberman as wartime consigliere.

Who are we kidding?

What we are witnessing today is how empires end.

The Last Superpower is unable to defend its borders, protect its currency, win its wars or balance its budget. Medicare and Social Security are headed for the cliff with unfunded liabilities in the tens of trillions of dollars.

September 21, 2008 - 6:57pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in Alice Kryzan.

New Alice Kryzan commercial:

New Chris Lee commercial:

At least they're not attacking each other. Yet.

September 21, 2008 - 6:38pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in nation and world.

Here is a portion of the This Week round table on Obama, McCain and the financial bail out. Watch for conservative pundit George Will to slam McCain.

September 21, 2008 - 5:06pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in thebatavian, nation and world.

We tried this once before: A secton on the site for blog posts about issues in the nation/world outside of Genesee County.

It didn't get a lot of traction, but then I didn't configure it right and it was hard to post to and leave comments.

But we've done some political posts recently that have gotten a good deal of attention, so I thought -- let's see if we can do it better this time.

There is once again a "Nation and World" tab on the top navigation.  First post: About Barack Obama's foreign policy.

If you want to post something in that category, tag your post "nation and world" and it will show up on that page as soon as you save the post.

We used to do some headline aggregation on the home page of nation, world and political headlines. It doesn't seem to have been missed since we dropped it, but we might give the same idea a try on the "Nation and World" page, but this time the headlines will appear mixed in with posts.  I'll do a couple shortly so you can see what I mean.

Why would a locally focused site include such non-local news and commentary.  Well, three reasons:

  • The Batavian readers have shown some interest;
  • Studies/survey's show that people who are interested in local news are almost always interested in non-local news, also;
  • When we say "Online News. Community Views." we mean that we think when people sharing the same community are interested in what fellow community members think on a broad range of topics.
September 21, 2008 - 11:01am
posted by Howard B. Owens in business, graham corp.

Batavia-based Graham Corp. (AMEX: GHM) received a $50,000 grant from the Empire Development board this week, according to a press release.

No word on the grant will be used. We'll see what we can find out Monday.

The grant was part of $67 million package of funds handed out by the agency. The funds are intended to spur economic growth.

Other area grants include:

  • One Aid to Localities grant, totaling $150,000, to World Trade Center Buffalo Niagara for salaries and wages associated with outreach and service efforts in the twelve-county Western New York and the Finger Lakes region
  • $50,000 to the Livingston County Agricultural Society and Fair
  • $50,000 for Erie County Industrial Development Agency (Erie County)
  • $25,600 for Qualicoat Inc. (Monroe County)

Graham was recently named one of Business Week's top 100 small companies. In Q2 2008, Graham reported $27.5 million in revenue and a 20 percent net profit margin. Graham employs 281 people. It's stock currently trades at $69.63.

September 21, 2008 - 9:22am
posted by brenda richardson in S.H.A.R.E 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 21, 2008 - 8:56am
posted by Chad Flint in sports, Genesee Region Girl's Soccer.

The current Genesee Region Girl's Soccer Standings as of 9/21/08

Division 1:

Alexander 5-1-1

Holley 4-2-1

Bergen 3-1-1

Pembroke 3-1-1

Attica 1-4

Kendall 0-5

Alexander picked up 3 league wins this week beating Attica, Oakfield, and Kendall.  Bergen beat Pembroke in OT Saturday night meaning that in the loss and tie column Alexander, Bergen, and Pembroke are all tied at the current moment with Holley one loss behind.  Big games in the upcoming week that will have impact in the standings are Alexander @ Wheatland 9/22, Elba @ Alexander 9/24, and Holley @ Lyndonville 9/23.  The next couple weeks finishes up all the cross-over games and will set the stage for the last round of divisional games.

Division II:

Wheatland 5-1

Elba 4-1

Lyndonville 3-3

Oakfield 1-4

Notre Dame 0-6

Lyndonville knocked off Elba this week in what could turn out to be a big loss for Elba as they were out in front of this division and after knocking off Wheatland early.  The crossover games could really put one team out in front of this division if they can pick up a handful of wins against the division 1 teams.  Both Wheatland and Elba play Alexander this week and a win by either or both could further distance themselves from Lyndonville.  Lyndonville plays Holley and needs a win if they want to keep pace with the top two teams in this division.

September 21, 2008 - 2:09am
posted by Loren Penman in Announcements, Red Cross, open house.

Thanks to everyone who attended the Red Cross Open House!

Remember, the Genesee County American Red Cross now is located at 109 Main Street, Batavia. 

September 20, 2008 - 11:01pm
posted by Chad Flint in sports, alexander, Girl's Soccer.

For the 3rd straight year it was York versus Alexander in the finals of the Kendall tournament and for the 3rd straight year York took home the crown.  Most of the York lineup returned from the team that knocked off Alexander 2-0 in OT in last years championship game while Alexander returned just 2 starters and only three other players that saw action in the game but Alexander hung tough throughout the game.

For the 2nd straight game 8th grader Abby Shilvock drew defensive responsibilities marking #11 from York who is their leading scorer and limited her to only a handful of shots.  #11 managed to score the first goal of the game on a full volley after #8 won a header and there was not much either Shilvock or goalkeeper Hannah Wilson could do as she buried it in the top right corner of the net.  The score was 1-0 at the half.

In the 2nd half York got an early goal on a corner kick that was nearly headed in and the attempted clearance was fired into the right side of the net for a 2-0 lead.  York would pick up a 3rd goal about 10 minutes later as a ball was stolen on the right sideline and crossed into the center where an Alexander defender's clearance ended up in their own net for a 3-0 lead.

York kept the pressure up for the remainder of the game and Alexander managed to hold them off thanks to solid defensive efforts from the entire backline and goalkeeper Wilson who made 14 saves on the night.

For Alexander defender Savannah VanSon, Midfielder Tessa Bigelow, and Forward Rachel Pettys were named to the all tournament team while Abby Shilvock was named Defensive MVP of the tournament.  Fantastic performances were also turned in by Goalkeeper Hannah Wilson and Defender Gabby Kwiatek.

Alexander sits at 5-3-2 overall and 5-1-1 in the league going into another big week where they will face Wheatland (@ Wheatland) on Monday and Elba at home on Wednesday.

September 20, 2008 - 7:08pm
posted by Brian Hillabush in football, sports, Notre Dame.


After a slow start in the first quarter , the Notre Dame football team had multiple touchdown quarters in the second and third to beat host Barker 37-6.

Kevin Schildwaster started the scoring with a 1-yard dive in the second quarter, with Mike Pratt adding a 13-yard touchdown run in the frame.

Pratt had two touchdown runs and Kevin Francis caught a 3-yard TD pass from Nick Bochicchio in the third quarter.

Matt Thompson nailed a 30-yard field goal in the fourth quarter and also kicked four extra points in the contest.

Ray Paul had a touchdown run for Barker (1-2).

Notre Dame is 2-1.




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