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July 21, 2008 - 10:42am
posted by Philip Anselmo in veterans, GCC, Iraw War.

Rochester-based Veterans Outreach Center will be hosting three summits "for improving out veterans' reintegration system" on September 19, 20 and 26 in Rochester, Canandaigua and Batavia (see below for details). From the release:

This is a first-of-its-kind summit that will bring veterans, family members of veterans, and service providers together. The mission: improve upon the health and quality of life for service-members and their families post-Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF) and/or Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF). To accomplish this, we will explore what it is we need, in terms of services and resources, to create a better system of reintegration for all.

Service members and their families are invited to attend, along with providers such as social workers, Veterans Affairs nurses and doctors and clinicians. There does not seem to be any cost to attend, but the center urges folks to register early as space is limited.

For more information, contact Jocene Preston, Director of the center's Operation Welcome Home & Recovery. She can be reached at (585) 295-7854 or (866) 906-8387, or by e-mail at jocene (dot) preston (at) veteransoutreachcenter (dot) org.

Each session will run from 10:00am to 4:00pm at the following locations:

  • Crosswinds Wesleyan Church, Canandaigua, September 19.
  • Nazareth College, Rochester, September 20.
  • Genesee Community College, Batavia, September 26.

You can download the registration and information form: here.

July 21, 2008 - 8:40am
posted by Philip Anselmo in crime, police, sheriff.

A pair of road checks set up Friday night by Genesee County sheriff's deputies in Stafford and Bergen yielded 25 "uniform traffic tickets," the arrest of four illegal aliens, who were then given into the custody of the U.S. Border Patrol, and the following seven arrests:

  • Wesley E. Baun, 51, of Bergen, was charged with driving while intoxicated.
  • Steven P. Alvarez, 42, of Brockport, was charged with driving while intoxicated.
  • James C. Whitcroft, 18, of Webster, was charged with unlawful possession of marijuana, seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon.
  • Adam T. Shipwash, 28, of Greece, was charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance.
  • Michael R. Cole, 27, of Elba, was charged with unlawful possession of marijuana.
  • Markel L. Hill, 19, of Medina, was charged with unlawful possession of marijuana.
  • Anthony F. Leonardo III, 27, of Spencerport, was charged with unlawful possession of marijuana.

Alan B. Costa, 64, of Rochester, was charged with driving while intoxicated, fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon and unlawful possession of marijuana, deputies said. Costa was stopped by deputies early Saturday morning on Route 98 in Alexander. He was also ticketed with speeding, moving from the lane unsafely and refusal to submit to a breath screening device. Costa was sent to Genesee County Jail in lieu of $1,000.

Batavia city police reported the arrest of Mary F. Hicks, of 35 Clinton St., Batavia, who was charged with driving while intoxicated after Hicks drove into the rear of another vehicle that was stopped in traffic.

All of the above arrests were reported in published releases from the departments.

July 21, 2008 - 8:39am
posted by Joseph Langen in technology, writing, publicity.

 JOE: Good morning Calliope.
CALLIOPE: Good morning Joe. How are you today?
JOE: Fine.
CALLIOPE: Did you do anything exciting over the weekend?
JOE: No. I was ready for an uneventful one. I spent it reading and relaxing.
CALLIOPE: What are you reading these days?
JOE: I finished Lee Child's novel, Nothing to Lose and am working on a rereading of The Poisonwood Bible.
CALLIOPE: Still working on on your voice for Marital Property?
JOE: Yes. But I have decided I like the first person approach and plan to complete revision from this perspective.
CALLIOPE: Glad you like the change. Anything going on in marketing?
JOE: I have a draft for my video, Are You Afraid of This Book. Now I am working on the technology. One approach provides better video and the other better sound. I am looking for an approach which provides both.
CALLIOPE: Have you discovered one?
JOE: I think my video camera would work best but it is being uncooperative at the moment and will not connect to my computer.
CALLIOPE: Have you narrowed down the problem?
JOE: I have pretty well decided it is the camera. The cord and computer seem to be working okay. Maybe I'll take it to the shop. Talk with you tomorrow.
(Relaxing in Jackson Square, Batavia, NY)

July 21, 2008 - 8:19am
posted by Philip Anselmo in bank of castile, wbta, school board.

Check out WBTA for these and other stories:

  • Batavia's city School Board will hold its meeting at 7:00pm tonight in the administration building on Washington Avenue.
  • Parent company of the Bank of Castile, Tompkins Financial, was recognized by a "national rating company" for "consistent performance."
July 19, 2008 - 11:53pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in politics.

Many years ago, I read George Washington's Farewell Address, and I was immediately struck by the prophecy of his words.

All obstructions to the execution of the Laws, all combinations and associations, under whatever plausible character, with the real design to direct, control, counteract, or awe the regular deliberation and action of the constituted authorities, are destructive of this fundamental principle, and of fatal tendency. They serve to organize faction, to give it an artificial and extraordinary force; to put, in the place of the delegated will of the nation, the will of a party, often a small but artful and enterprising minority of the community; and, according to the alternate triumphs of different parties, to make the public administration the mirror of the ill-concerted and incongruous projects of faction, rather than the organ of consistent and wholesome plans digested by common counsels, and modified by mutual interests.

However combinations or associations of the above description may now and then answer popular ends, they are likely, in the course of time and things, to become potent engines, by which cunning, ambitious, and unprincipled men will be enabled to subvert the power of the people, and to usurp for themselves the reins of government; destroying afterwards the very engines, which have lifted them to unjust dominion.

By the time I read this long ago, I had already left the Democratic Party (I've been a Republican at one time as well).

Washington's warning cemented within me a an already hardening distaste for political parties, which serve not even an ideological end, let alone more noble aims, but rather are purely filled with avarice. Cunning, ambitious and unprincipled indeed. Pick for me any Republican or Democrat of any real power in Washington or Albany today and you will have selected just such a man or woman. Their care is far more for the fate of the party than the fate of you or me.

The sole goal of the political party to which its insiders swear faithful allegiance is to preserve the party, to ensure party members win elections and gather unto themselves more power, money and influence to help others within the same party win more elections, and thus the cycle is perpetuated. Political parties are about winning elections, not serving the people.

It is indeed fortunate that our two party system has thus far prevented either party from gaining a despotic claim on the government, but it is equally true that the blind ambition of party loyalty has prevented many reforms and improvements, and it has also led to much corruption and dishonesty.

To help break the strangle hold today's political partisans have on our government, there are two basic reforms that should take place.

First, as a matter of privacy, bar the state registrar from asking for party affiliation. People must register to vote, but it should not be a matter of public record which party a person chooses to join. It is, in fact, an invasion of privacy to even ask the question. Stop asking the question.

The result, political parties will need to find private means to identify, retain and motivate party members. This will be harder work for the party bosses, and a good number of people will find it too much bother to associate with any party.  This will be a good thing for democracy.

As for your right to be a member of a political party, why should it be any different from your right to be a Mason, or a Rotarian or a Methodist? When you join a political party, it should be a matter of joining that party -- signing a membership card, paying dues and attending meetings. Otherwise, stay home and watch TV.  This would actually tend to make party membership more meaningful and lead to more active and diverse parties with greater participation, because members would actually feel like members, and those who opted out would not matter.

When political parties must actually compete in the open market place for members, then parties will need to better define their agendas, what they stand for and against and how they plan to get things done.  Parties will need to better differentiate themselves, and third parties will have a greater chance to make their case with voters.

The second reform has to do with political primaries. Political parties are private organizations, so why do taxpayers fund their political primaries? The parties should hold their own caucuses and elections at their own expense and according to their own rules. It is neither the public's nor the government's business as to how and when parties select their standard bearers, so long as they have qualified candidates to represent them in general elections.  We should stop wasting tax payer money on helping political parties select their candidates.

The end of publicly funded primaries would lessen the public attention on the two primaries, which will mean the leading candidates will have less publicity come time of the general election.  This will mean that what we now call third party candidates -- who've already be given greater access to new party members by voter registration changes -- will have a better chance of getting their message before the voters.

Isn't it time we the people take power back from the political party elite?

July 19, 2008 - 11:33am
posted by Jim & Fran Hodge in My blog.

Hello to all our friends in New York, we just learned of the Batavian and thought it would be nice to hear from some old friends. So here we are if your interested. Nothing to tell you about florida except it is hot here but  the boating and fishing are great. Hope to hear from you-all soon                  

 

July 19, 2008 - 9:28am
posted by Joseph Langen in writing, inspiration, marketing.

 

JOE: Good morning Calliope.
CALLIOPE: Good morning Joe. How are you today?
JOE: Warm but well. We are experiencing a hot spell but still have a nice breeze most of the time.
CALLIOPE: Enjoy it while you can. Winter in the Northeast comes all too soon. What's happening on the literary front?
JOE: I am working consistently on Marital Property chapter by chapter.
CALLIOPE: Do you still like the first person narrative approach?
JOE: The more I write, the happier I am with it. I think it will improve the book quite a bit.
CALLIOPE: Any progress with marketing?
JOE: I have been concentrating more on writing this week.
CALLIOPE: What about the video?
JOE: I completed an outline and recorded a draft. I would like to refine it a bit more and polish it before I publish it on You Tube and My Space.
CALLIOPE: Sounds like a good idea. Any plans for the weekend?
JOE: Other than a concert tonight, I plan to concentrate on reading.
CALLIOPE: Does that help your writing?
JOE: I'm sure it does. I think it is important to surround myself with creative expression to encourage me. Talk with you on Monday.
(Jackson Square Concert- Batavia, NY)
July 18, 2008 - 8:20pm
posted by Russ Stresing in baseball, community, sacrifice.

     Last Tuesday evening found me in rare circumstance when I was in the same room for more than a few moments with both of my still-at-home kids.  Most times, one or the other is working,  or at a summer league game, or at a weight-lifting session, or at a basketball clinic, or at a friend's house, or at the computer, or in another room watching another show, or I'm out doing something of  little consequence.  It was just a roll of the dice that found us all together and still awake, even if just barely, in the heavy, close air of a July evening in Western New York.

     Channel-surfing, we came across the introductions for this year's MLB All-Star game.  None of us is a big baseball fan, but the combination of the approaching demise of Yankee Stadium and the presence of a number of Hall of Famers made for an irresistible mid-summer moment and was enough to pull the thumb off the remote. As the old-timers were announced, it occurred to me to quiz my 20-year-old daughter. At the time, I had no idea what prompted me to ask.

"Tell me what sport the person I name played.", I said.  It went like this: Joe DiMaggio. Baseball. Lou Gehrig. Baseball. Mickey Mantle. Baseball. Ty Cobb. Baseball. Gordie Howe. No idea. Bart Starr. Who? Oscar Robertson. Um...basketball? Kenny Norton. Not a clue.

It struck me that the game of baseball, regardless of its current state of popularity, is so woven into the fabric of our history that a kid who never played the game, a kid who played basketball since she was barely bigger than the ball, a kid who traveled across the country to play in a national college tournament knew more legends from baseball than she did from basketbal or any other sportl. Her recall of more recent retirees was pretty much limited to Reggie Jackson because of the movie, "Benchwarmers" and whomever had disgraced themselves sufficiently to be in the news. The people she knew aren't only baseball legends. They'ere historical figures.

My quiz session ended, we watched the introductions and then demonstrated our lack of appreciation for the game itself by scrolling past it to Family Guy. But, the episode has been rolling around in my mind, and I think I finally have a handle on it.

Baseball was once such an intrinsic part of American society that the impact of the notable figures from that time is deeply embedded enough into the national psyche that kids today who have no interest in the game still know the names of its heroes. That begs the question; what was it about the game back then that caused such a far reaching effect? My answer is that it wasn't the game. It was America's sense of community that was different. The echoes of the shared sacrifices that melded unlike parts into a communal whole resonated in the nation's love of and fascination for baseball. Sure, professional football was still growing, hockey was a regional league of just six teams, and basketball was finding its legs as a professional sports entity. Yes, to be sure, baseball stood alone atop the national consciousness in sports, but that doesn't explain why those names still connect with kids who's parents' parents were still learning to feed themselves. I think it was because America was still a nation of communities. The old-country still had enough of a grip on the sons and daughters of immigrants to put real zest into ethnic festivals, enough to create yearly anticipation from all over the town or city. Unions were as much about workers socializing around common experience as they were about organizing. Sure, people sent their kids to school to get educated, but they sent them into the neighborhood to get civilized. People wanted to be a part of the greater whole, consciously or not, and baseball was the top layer of this goulash.

This isn't to romanticize away the problems of past eras. The chain Emails that extol how wonderful it was 'back in the day' find their way into the Trash file on my Yahoo account as fast as on anyone else's. The point I'm making is that people were far more inclined to look outside themselves and their own interests to find validation, to feel like a part of something. And baseball was something that brought so many people together. You could root for your own team and hate the rivals, but you could share an appreciation for the game with almost all of America that they shared for no other sport. And that made you a part of a huge community of people with a shared love and appreciation of something bigger than yourself.. That's a hugely powerful component in developing a sense of communal experience. One that America lacks now.

The sense of shared sacrifice I referred to earlier is lost on us now. A lot of us are content to let other people's families fight our wars. A lot of us don't want to lose our scenic views to windmills that provide clean energy and jobs. A lot of us never want to change our social habits or lifestyle until we're forced into it. And then, a lot of us piss and moan, ad nauseum. That's the difference between then and now. Sacrifice has lost its luster. Sacrifice isn't admired. Sacrifice is a sucker's move. Sacrifice is surrender. That's the only common sentiment a lot of us share.

Except, a lot of us are wrong. Horribly, shamefully, damnably wrong. If sacrifice is shared, if its a rational decision, if it is in the common good, it brings us together as a community. A community beyond our narrow self-interests and prejudices. And its not the type of sacrifice that garners publicity or notoriety that bring us together. The saying goes, "Character is doing the right thing when nobody's watching". The true character of sacrifice is doing the right thing when its not just for your own benefit. Doing the little things right is shared sacrifice. Adding your name to a petition. Putting your recycling out. Walking when you can. Turning away from whatever BS news blurb competes for your attention to pay attention to what our fighting men and women are going through.

The names of legendary baseball players resonate in our minds more because of the people who watched them than because of the players'  fleeting accomplishments on the field. They resonate because the people who listened to their exploits, who followed their achievements were a community of Americans who shared in their love of  baseball the way they shared in their sense of  sacrifice. Maybe we don't share baseball in the singular way they did, but we need to start sharing sacrifice in the ways they did.

July 18, 2008 - 5:12pm

Holland Land Office Museum Director Pat Weissend tells us why our forebears saw fit to end New York state at Lake Erie instead of just continuing on to the Mississippi... or on to the Pacific. Why not? Pat tells us. Also included in this third installment of our series on what's going on over at that museum is Pat's explanation of why Transit Road is called Transit Road. Really, this one's a gem, folks. Enjoy!

July 18, 2008 - 4:54pm
posted by Philip Anselmo in entertainment, Genesee County Fair.

Here's a schedule of events for tonight at the Genesee County Fair:

Friday:

  • Chainsaw artist Rick Pratt shows off his skills at 5:00, 6:30, 8:00 and 9:30pm.
  • The MacMahon School of Irish Dance takes the stage from 5:30 to 7:30pm.
  • Country music fans can delight to the tunes of Prairie Reign from 8:00 to 11:00pm.
  • Motorcycle races will dominate the Grandstand starting at 7:00pm.
  • Middle-Eastern dancers Gems of the Nile groove from 7:30 to 8:00pm.
  • Don't forget the fireworks!

Visit the Fair's Web site for a full schedule of weekend events and other information.

July 18, 2008 - 2:52pm
posted by Philip Anselmo in youth football.

Say hello to the new home of Batavia's Youth Football program: Lion's Park.

Youth Football President Dick Lexer told The Batavian today that the program has decided not to accept the offer from Batavia City Schools to relocate to the field at John Kennedy Elementary. Instead, it will move to Lion's Park on Edward Street in Batavia — at least, for now.

 "It has been two years of looking at places to play," said Lexer. "And every time you look at a place and talk to someone, there are good points and bad points. This has been a long time and a lot of negotiations."

Lexer would not comment on the good points about Lion's Park or the bad points about John Kennedy or anything about the many other locations that he and other program leaders considered for relocation. He said he couldn't get into details because there were just too many.

"Our decision was based on a lot of different things, too numerous to mention," he said. "Basically, there are fewer bad points about Lion's Park than anywhere else."

Lion's Park will not be the permanent home to the program that was told to vacate Dwyer Stadium due to the high costs of maintaining the outfield that gets chewed up by the football games — Council President Charlie Mallow cited figures of at least $10,000 per year in repairs. Lexer sounded regretful about losing the facilities at Dwyer where they played almost regularly for 32 years, he said.

It's only temporary, (he said of the move to Lion's Park). We have to find a better permanent home. We had everything we needed at Dwyer. We had everything. We're walking away from $75,000 in structures and facilities because we can't use the field any more. So we had to find a place for at least this year to play our games. But it's only temporary.

Youth Football begins its season September 6.

July 18, 2008 - 1:42pm
posted by Philip Anselmo in history, Holland Land Office Museum, hiscock site, byron dig.

From muck to dirt, the countdown of the "Twenty-Five Things That Made Genesee County Famous" rolls right along.

Number 20 was announced this afternoon as the Hiscock Site in Byron. Holland Land Office Museum Director Pat Weissend explains:

Known locally as the Byron Dig, the site is an ongoing archeology dig in the Town of Byron. In 1959, landowner Charles Hiscock was digging a pond on his property when his backhoe pulled up a mastodon tusk. ... To date, less than one-quarter of the 52-acre Buffalo Museum of Science-owned property has been explored.

Visit the Holland Land Office Museum Web site for more information on the Hiscock Site and the other things that made Genesee County Famous.

July 18, 2008 - 1:29pm
posted by Philip Anselmo in animal shelter, Daily News, agriculture, sports, youth baseball.

Genesee County's 4-H'ers logged record sales of more than $100,000 at the 38th annual meat auction at the Fair yesterday, according to the Daily News. Unfortunately, the ever-increasing costs of feed, straw and fuel mean that the higher sales prices were barely enough to break even in many instances. Check out the article by Tom Rivers for more details.

Animal shelters in Genesee and Wyoming counties are "inundated" with cats this summer. PAWS Animal Shelter in Albion is already "at capacity" with 190 cats — and more getting dumped in the donation slot regularly.

News of the potential relocation of Youth Football to John Kennedy that is noted on today's front page appeared on The Batavian yesterday.

Batavia sluggers will travel to Oakfield tonight for the District 3 youth baseball championship. Batavia's pitchers threw two no-hitters in the past two matches (versus LeRoy and Oakfield). If they win tonight, they clinch the championship and travel to Elmira for the sectionals. If Oakfield wins, the two square off Monday for a tie-break match. Tonight's game is at 6:00pm.

We encourage you to pick up a copy of the Daily News at local newsstands. Or, better yet, subscribe at BataviaNews.com.

July 18, 2008 - 1:17pm
posted by Philip Anselmo in sheriff, roads.

1:15pm:

Reports have come in of a truck that crashed into a pole on Route 98 north of Peaviner Road. Genesee County sheriff's deputies have confirmed that wires are down across the road on Route 98 in that area. Motorists are advised to find an alternate route or expect delays.

July 18, 2008 - 12:33pm
posted by Philip Anselmo in crime, police.

All of the following calls were reported by the City of Batavia Police Department. Listed offenses do not imply that charges were filed. Calls may result in no official action.

Wednesday:

  • 1:59am, 105 Washington Ave. (Apt: Side), trespass
  • 5:35am, 96 Ross St., criminal mischief
  • 6:40am, 64 Walnut St., criminal mischief
  • 12:31pm, Main Street, accident
  • 6:16pm, 141 Cedar St., trespass
  • 11:10pm, 17 Walnut St. (Apt: Side), harassment

Thursday:

  • 11:56am, 101 Bank St. (Apt: Lower), larceny
  • 2:10pm, 505 E. Main St., accident
  • 2:29pm, 136 W. Main St., accident
  • 3:23pm, 17 Thorpe St., menacing
  • 3:27pm, 419 W. Main St., fraud
  • 9:39pm, 151 W. Main St., accident (car + pedestrian)

Note: We don't include noise complaints, domestic disputes and routine police business.

July 18, 2008 - 10:21am
posted by Joseph Langen in animals, cruelty, compassion.

 

JOE: Good morning Calliope.
CALLIOPE: Good morning Joe. I was wondering what kept you.
JOE: Sorry I'm late. I ran across a series of videos portraying the effect of our cruel use of animals and discussion of how it affects our lives at Transformation of Energy blog (
http://gracefulgnosis.blogspot.com.) I also found a quote from Tolstoy, "As long as we have slaughterhouses, we will have wars."
CALLIOPE: Quite profound.
JOE: I thought so. As much as we would like to think we resemble Native Americans and others who thanked animals for giving us their lives to sustain us. We prefer to hide from the slaughter and the cruelty which accompanies it.
CALLIOPE: What do you make of Tolstoy's quote?
JOE: I think any violence, even done on our part without our direct knowledge inclines us toward violence toward each other.
CALLIOPE: Quite a realization.
JOE: Yes, and I think this includes sexual and verbal violence as well as physical.
CALLIOPE: Do you think violence towards animals explains our violence toward each other?
JOE: I wouldn't go that far but I think there is a connection.
CALLIOPE: What do you plan to do about it?
JOE: Be more aware of my connection to animals through food, clothing and entertainment. I will also continue to make people aware of their effect on others and influences on how we act.
CALLIOPE: Sometimes I wonder if it's worth the effort.
JOE: I do too. But not making the effort just allows us to become more callous. Talk with you tomorrow.
(Bailey- Allegany River)
July 18, 2008 - 9:10am
posted by Philip Anselmo in GCC, video, abuse, domestic violence.

Cheryl Lewis of Bliss was recently awarded the Jeanette Rankin Foundation Scholarship of $2,000, which will permit her to switch from part-time to full-time studies to obtain a degree in paralegal studies at Genesee Community College. The Batavian sat down with Cheryl earlier this week to talk about her studies, her struggle to escape an abusive relationship and her plans to give back. Cheryl was kind enough to put that experience in her own words in a follow-up letter, and since I can do no better at expressing her intentions, I've included that complete letter (see below).

"My name is Cheryl. It’s been more than twenty years since I graduated from high school. I would never have dreamed that I’d be in college today. At one time, I was filled with such dreams, such goals. I wanted to make a difference; I wanted to be successful; I wanted to be rich… I wanted it all.

"I thought I had met the man of my dreams, but I was so very wrong. I chose to be with him rather than go to college. The day I made that decision was the day I lost me. I just didn’t know it yet. I am a survivor of domestic violence. After suffering years of emotional and physical abuse I was finally able to escape. I still have the scars, but I also have my freedom.

"My daughter and I had to live in a shelter for battered women and children for a while, but it was there that I suddenly realized that I still do have dreams. Gone was the feeling in the pit of my stomach, the kind that makes you want to cry in self-pity. I looked around me and I saw other women with not only bruises on their bodies, but also on their souls. I knew at that moment that I wanted to make a difference in the lives of these women and others like them.

"Going through the court system with all the legal formalities, I was scared and very confused. There was a lot that had to be done to obtain a restraining order. I knew others had to be just as afraid. Thus, it was my ordeal through the system that gave me the idea to attend college for the purpose of becoming a paralegal. Then I will have the resources to offer assistance to other abused women.

"My ultimate goal is to someday reopen a shelter for domestic violence victims in Wyoming County that was closed due to lack of funds. Within this shelter women and their children will be provided with a safe environment in which they can try to piece together their shattered lives. I hope to provide legal assistance, counseling, resources for finding a new place to live, and a second chance at happiness.

"Over the past two years, I have gone through a tremendous transformation. I no longer feel I am worthless and I am so very proud of getting myself and my daughter out of a dangerous situation. And I do make a difference – in the life of my child. I have an awesome responsibility in making decisions that will shape the life of a precious individual. And I am rich – in love and family. I do have it all. Or at least all I need to have.

"There have been many wonderful people who have helped me along the way. I wouldn’t be where I am now without them. Those individuals have inspired me greatly and I want to emulate them and hopefully make a difference even to just one person."

HERE ARE SOME FACTS AND STATISTICS ABOUT DOMESTIC VIOLENCE:

The most common response to domestic violence – “Why doesn’t she just leave?”

Answer: Shelters are often full, and family, friends, and workplace are frequently less than supportive. Faced with rent and utility deposits, day care, health insurance, and other basic expenses, the woman may feel that she cannot support herself and her children. Moreover, in some instances, the woman may be increasing the chance of physical harm or even death if she leaves an abusive spouse.

A few statistics:
• 85-95% of all domestic violence victims are female.
• Over 500,000 women are stalked by an intimate partner each year.
• 1,232 women are killed each year by an intimate partner.

Domestic violence is the leading cause of injury to women. What can each of us do?
• Call the police if you see or hear evidence of domestic violence.
• Speak out publicly against domestic violence.
• Take action personally when a neighbor, co-worker, a friend, or a family member is involved or being abused.
• Reach out to support someone whom you believe is a victim of domestic violence.
• Help others become informed, by inviting speakers to your church, professional organization, civic group, or workplace.
• Support domestic violence counseling programs and shelters.

If you or someone you know needs help: National Domestic Violence Hotline 1-800-799-SAFE

All of the above information and statistics were provided by Cheryl Lewis.

July 18, 2008 - 8:48am
posted by Philip Anselmo in crime, wbta, police.

Check out WBTA for these and other stories:

  • LeRoy village police have determined that the death of 41-year-old Glen Kanaley, whose body was found in Oatka Creek earlier this week, was accidental. They say that he likely fell from a railroad trestle. The autopsy performed in Monroe County showed that Kanaley died of massive internal injuries.
  • It's true — the 1,200-pound "show steer" that escaped from the Genesee County Fairgrounds Monday is still on the lam. Dan Fischer relates the latest run-in with the elusive bovine: Last night, Dr. Cricket Johnson and about 50 others located the steer in some fields, popped it with a tranquilizer, but then lost it in some "thick growth." When it "resurfaced" later in the night, the tranquilizer had worn off. Fire crews even brought out heat-seeking search devices. But to no avail. We're told that it was last spotted hanging in an old railroad bed east of the fairgrounds. (I don't know about anybody else, but I find this the most interesting story I've tracked in the past two months. Many kudos to Dan Fischer for making it so much fun.)
  • No cause has yet been determined in the fire that destroyed part of Cristina's Restaurant almost a week ago.
July 17, 2008 - 3:56pm
posted by Philip Anselmo in city council, youth football.

Batavia Youth Football has been offered the field at John Kennedy Elementary School for at least the 2008 season. In a memo to City Manager Jason Molino, Superintendent Margaret Puzio writes:

We welcome the opportunity to work with the City of Batavia in support of Batavia Youth Football. We hope that the field at John Kennedy Elementary meets the needs of the organization and the city.

Puzio then lists the associated costs and "stipulations" the school district would require "if the field at John Kennedy were chosen as the venue for Batavia Youth Football." They include:

  • Labor charges for painting the field — $35 per hour and $30 per field marking.
  • Facility costs of $105 per game.
  • Bleachers (must be provided by the city).
  • Concessions requirements: Health permit and trash containers.

The city still has yet to accept the offer.

The Batavian left a message with Puzio this afternoon. She was in a meeting at the time, and we were told that she may not be able to return the message until tomorrow morning. We also left messages for Molino and Youth Football representative Ben Bonarigo, neither of whom were available for comment.

July 17, 2008 - 12:48pm

LeRoy police have identified the body discovered in Oatka Creek Wednesday afternoon as that of 41-year-old Glenn Kanaley, according to the Daily News. No cause of death has been determined, and the body has been taken to the Monroe County Medical Examiner's Office where an autopsy will be performed.

LeRoy Police Chief Christopher Hayward dispelled rumors on television that the death was a suicide. "Nothing indicated he was suicidal," writes reporter Scott DeSmit.

In other news, the New York State School for the Blind opened its "Sensory Park" playground Wednesday. The park is designed to"stimulate senses (and) help students with motor skills" and includes an herb garden, slides and a swingset, pedal cars, go-carts and a "spongy carpet, which gets thicker under any areas where students are apt to fall."

The Genesee Valley Agri-Business Park was approved for a $225,000 grant from the Batavia Town Board at its meeting last night.

Consolidation is under way as city police officers begin training on the new computer system they will share with the Genesee County Sheriff's Office. Once the consolidation is complete — should be in September — there will no longer be a dispatcher in police headquarters. Instead, "the city will have a clerk on duty during day-time hours."

Investigation into the fire that scorched Cristina's Restaurant Saturday continues, though "the probe has shifted ... to interviewing people," writes Paul Mrozek. Cristina's owner Charles Brumsted has declined to comment to the Daily News and has not returned messages left by The Batavian.

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