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October 4, 2008 - 10:01am
posted by Howard B. Owens in Chris Lee.

GOP candidate for the 26th Congressional District has been surprisingly silent on the Wall Street financial crisis and the bailout plan.

I just came across this comment on WROC, which remains the only statement I've seen from him so far.

... "we need to stop the finger pointing and work together to restore taxpayer trust and confidence in the economy. We need a bipartisan solution that will bring liquidity and stability to our financial markets now."

I now see the D&C quotes a shorter version of the same statement. Evan Dawson at WHAM has more.

Does that offer enough specifics for you? Does it tell you anything about the sort of fisical policies he will pursue?

Meanwhile, I just spotted this comment from Brian Hartz on a previous post. It sort of puts a human face on how the financial crisis is effecting Western New Yorkers.

I am one of those that can't get financial aid because my grades were not real great. Last year I got an alternative loan to pay for school, but this year the bank I went through stopped offering the loans. I had to borrow money from my grandparents to pay for tuition.

I don't mean overly harsh on Mr. Lee; after all, my politics are probably closer to his than Alice Kryzan's. I just don't get why he's avoiding talking about, in detail, the most significant domestic policy issue of my and his lifetime.

UPDATE: In case you missed it: Of course, after I posted this, I went to an event that I knew Chris Lee would be at and asked him to clarify his position.  That post is here.

October 4, 2008 - 8:53am
posted by Howard B. Owens in Announcements.


The Batavia City School District Board of Education will be meeting on Monday night at 7PM at Robert Morris School. The public is welcome to attend. Prior to the general session, the Audit Committee will be meeting at 5PM at the Administration Building on Washington Avenue.

October 4, 2008 - 8:48am
posted by Howard B. Owens in Announcements, Steve Hawley, Chris Lee, Mike Ranzenhofer.

Submission from Jay Grasso:

All are welcome to attend the grand opening of the Genesee County Republican Headquarters.  The new headquarters will open today at noon and is located at the corner of Rt.5 and Lewiston Road (former Georgie Porgies).

Meet Congressional candidate Chris Lee, State Senate candidate Mike Ranzenhofer, Assemblyman Steve Hawley, Assemblyman Dan Burling, and State Supreme Court Candidate Jeff Voelkl.

October 4, 2008 - 8:22am
posted by Howard B. Owens in Announcements, County Legislature.

The Genesee County Legislature will meet in Regular Session on Wednesday, October 8, 2008 at 7PM in the Old Courthouse, 7 Main Street, Batavia, New York.  Prayer will be offered by Legislator Upson, followed by the Pledge to the Flag.

APPROVAL OF MINUTES- September 23, 2008




1.    Purchase and Removal of Co-Gen Equipment-Nursing Home-Approval Of
2.    Contract-Grants Writing Consultant Services-Approval Of
3.    Contract-Mercy Flight, Inc.-Approval Of
4.    2008 Budget Amendment-Public Defender/Renovations-Approval Of
5.    Capital Project Amendment-EMS Fire Training Center/Parking Lot Improvement-Approval Of
6.    Award of Contract-OFA/Central Registry System-Approval Of
7.    Contract-OFA/Nutrition Program Meal Site-Approval Of
8.    Relevy of Unpaid School and Village Taxes-Treasurer-Authorization For
9.    Contract-Treasurer/Independent Auditing Services-Approval Of
10.    Contract Renewal-Health Department/Children with Special Health Care Needs Program-Approval Of
11.    Budget Transfer-Health Department/3-5 Preschool Program-Approval Of
12.    Contract-Health/ National Recovery Agency-Approval Of
13.    County Owned Property-GCC/Right of Way to National Fuel Gas Distribution Corporation-Approval Of
14.    Audit

October 4, 2008 - 8:18am
posted by Howard B. Owens in Announcements, Charter Review Commission.

Press release from the city:

Please be advised that the Charter Review Commission for the City of Batavia will hold a meeting on Monday, October 6, 2008.  The meeting will begin at 6:30 p.m. in the Community Room on the second floor of the Batavia City Centre.  

The public can speak at the meeting by signing in with the Chairman prior to the start of the meeting. 

October 3, 2008 - 11:45pm
posted by Brian Hillabush in Avon, football, Le Roy, sports.

The Avon football team played visiting Le Roy tight, but the Oatkan Knights held on to a slim lead in the second  half and beat the Braves 49-37.

After the two squads were tied at the end of the first quarter, 8-8, Le Roy had a 21-14 advantage in the second.

Travis Fenstermaker tossed two touchdown passes to Mike Humphrey in the second quarter - and three in the first half - and Quentin Humphrey added another second quarter touchdown run to give Le Roy a 29-22 lead at intermission.

Avon trailed 36-29 and was driving early in the fourth quarter, but the Braves fumbled and Andrew Alexander picked it up and returned the ball 47 yards for a huge score.

Alexander added a 63-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter and Avon got a late score when Max Barrett threw a 35-yard TD pass to Pat Hayes.

Barrett was a big reason why the Braves (3-2) were in the game as he completed 9-of-17 pass attempts for 131 yards and also rushed for 137 yards with two touchdowns.

Le Roy improves to 5-0 and will be hosting rival Caledonia-Mumford next Friday night.

October 3, 2008 - 11:03pm
posted by Brian Hillabush in football, sports, Notre Dame, holley.

 The Holley football team was playing under rented lights Friday, and from what I've been told there were not enough to make the game watchable on that field.

There was no scoreboard rented for the game, so the Hawks hosted yet another game without anybody knowing how much time was gone in each quarter.

But those lights that were rented by Holley were turned off in a hurry as Notre Dame nearly doubled the offensive production the Hawks had and picked up an easy 34-14 victory.

The Fighting Irish led 14-0 after the first quarter, 21-6 at the half, 28-14 after three and then 34-14 at the end.

Notre Dame had 330 yards of offense while Holley could muster just 180.

Kevin SChildwaster led all rushers with 18 carries for 120 yards and three touchdowns with Mike Pratt pitching in 102 yards and two scores on 15 attempts.

Nick Bochicchio completed 7-of-8 pass attempts.

Kyle Steadman led Holley (0-5) with 40 rushing yards on seven carries with Sean Baylor leading all tacklers with 12.

Rick Lair had eight tackles to lead Notre Dame (3-2).

October 3, 2008 - 10:54pm
posted by Darrick Coleman.
Walking my dog down Main Street tonight I noticed that the "failed" sign on Main Street has been torn down (from this post). Maybe they saw the post here on thebatavian!
October 3, 2008 - 10:51pm
posted by Brian Hillabush in Attica, football, sports, Oakfield, Alabama.

 The Oakfield-Alabama football team didn't start a lot of the usual names because of a flu that kept several players out of practice this week.

They also didn't do a very good job of keeping the ball from hitting the ground.

But the Hornets did just enough to beat host Attica 35-20 Friday night.

It was senior night for the Blue Devils and a couple of seniors gave the squad a very quick lead. Andy Ruddock busted off a 21-yard run and Nate Berry hauled in an 18-yard touchdown pass from junior Brandon Rollins to get things going, just 1 1/2 minutes into the contest.

O-A blocked the extra point.

The Hornets didn't take very long to answer as Tim Smith returned the kickoff 34 yards and Josh Athoe made his mark.

Athoe hasn't played in any high school game since getting injured at the start of last baseball season, but got the start at fullback in this game.

The 6-foot-2, 185 pound junior busted off an 11-yard run that set up his 12-yard touchdown run, with the Jon Fisher giving Oakfield-Alabama a lead that would never go away.

Ruddock ripped off a 30-yarder on Attica's next drive, but Chris Williams sacked Rollins to kill a drive and force a punt.

The Blue Devil defense did its job by stopping the Hornets on a fourth-and-2, but the offense fumbled the ball away on the first play of the next drive.

Athoe kicked off the second quarter with a 9-yard TD run, giving O-A a 14-6 advantage.

The Hornets got the ball back after an Attica punt and moved the ball through the air, with A.J. Kehlenbeck hooking up with Noah Seward and Tyler Tamblin on passes before finding Brad Riner with a 4-yard touchdown pass with just 17 seconds left in the half.

Tim Smith - who finished with 162 rushing yards on 20 carries - started the second half scoring with a 20-yard TD run.

Attica then started making a comeback.

Rollins hooked up with Shawn Dupuis on a 44-yard pass that moved the ball all the way down to the O-A 1, where Rollins scored on a keeper. The conversion pass failed and Oakfield-Alabama led 28-12.

Just seconds ticked off the clock before Kyler Dabolt popped the ball out of an O-A runners hands and Berry picked it up, scampering 62 yards for a score. Rollins ran in the conversion and Attica had cut O-A's lead to 28-20 near the end of the third period.

And then Smith stepped up again. Last week he earned Class C Offensive Player of the Week in a win over Notre Dame, and he stepped up with the big play this week.

The senior busted through the line and busted off a 52-yard run. He scored a couple of plays later from eight yards out.

As Attica tried to drive, Kehlenbeck had a big interception to kill a much-needed opportunity. 

The Hornets fumbled the ball away again, and had a couple of penalties that put the Blue Devils into great position to score.

On a third-and-goal from the Oakfield-Alabama 11, Seward picked off a pass to wrap up the victory.

Athoe rushed for 83 yards on 16 attempts and Riner gained 110 yards on 24 carries. Kehlenbeck completed 5-of-6 pass attempts for 50 yards.

 Attica falls to 3-2 while O-A improves to 5-0 and will be hosting currently unbeaten Pembroke next Friday night.


October 3, 2008 - 10:24pm
posted by Brian Hillabush in batavia, football, sports.

Dan Geiger has been working to build Batavia's football team for three seasons.

The Blue Devils were a losing program when he stepped in and  finally, Batavia has a record above .500 because they traveled all the way to Penn Yan Friday night and picked up a convincing 32-13 victory.

"I feel like we are still in an uphill battle," Geiger said. "We are Batavia; nothing comes easy to us. We have to work for everything we get."

I've personally been saying Rob Williams has deserved to win Class B Offensive Player of the Week for a few weeks now, and there is no way he can't win it this week. There aren't many performances that get bigger than this one.

The senior rushed the ball 22 times for 267 yards and two touchdowns while catching two passes for 29 yards. He also returned two kickoffs for touchdowns, one for 90 yards and another that was 94 yards.

"If he doesn't win it this week, they just aren't going to give it to him" Geiger said.


For good measure, Williams intercepted a pass on a two-point conversion attempt.

It isn't just Williams running the ball well as Anthony D'Aurizio had himself another big game, picking up 103 yards and a score on 16 carries.

The Blue Devils rushed for 398 yards on 42 carries as a team.

Joe Canzoneri connected on 4-of-9 passing attempts for 51 yards.

Teams have scored just 20 points - one TD on special teams last week - in the last two Batavia victories as the defense is starting to match the production of the offense.

Adam Hausfelder had nine tackles and a sack with Troy Ireland making eight stops and D'Aurizio recording seven tackles.

David DiSalvo had an interception.

"We are a young team," Geiger said. "We have seniors out there that are young to varsity football. There are details that they have had to learn and understand each week. In practice they are working harder and harder and Coach Gravante is doing a great job of breaking down teams. The kids are stepping up."

Batavia (3-2) will be at East Rochester/Gananda next Friday night.

October 3, 2008 - 6:12pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in sports, Alexander.

When I told Hilly today that I was going to drive around Alexander, he told me I had to checkout Field of Dreams. 

What a great public sports complex.  I'm sure you all know about, but I couldn't resist doing a quick video. 

So, what are your memories of past glories at Field of Dreams?

October 3, 2008 - 4:33pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in Daily News, GCC, Pavilion.

More than 120 young men from Pavilion went off to war in the 1940s, and a proud town honored those soldiers with a plaque that hung in the high school for decades -- until it fell in such a state of disrepair that it was put in storage.

School board member Sarah Moag didn't forget about the Roll of Honor plaque, however, and one day she called on Stewart Whitney, a local woodworking hobbyist, to see if he could restore it.

He said he would give it a try.

Please be sure to pick up a copy of today's Daily News and see a picture of the stunningly restored Roll of Honor.

Writer Roger Muelig unravels the gripping narrative of the restoration project.

Also on the front page, Joanne Beck captures the magic of the moment -- when the sun came out just long enough yesterday -- for the dedication of a new nature trail at Genesee Community College. It's really a restoration of a trail that "seemed forgotten" after the 1970s/80s. There are 21 markers identifying plants along the trail.

We already linked in Regional Headlines to another front page story -- that Buffalo stations Channel 4 and 9 have been pulled from the cable lineup by Time Warner due to a contract dispute.

The County has named a new IT director -- Steve Zimmer, who has 30 years experience in the IT field, both in the private and public sector, and will earn $72,000 per year.

On the inside of the paper, one of the more interesting pieces that caught my eye was an op-ed column by Dan Radmacher, an editorial page editor in Roanoke, Va.  Radmacher writes, "Newspapers are vital to the functioning of democracy."

This is the typical arrogance of many newspaper people.

A free press -- broadcast, print and, now, online -- is essential to democracy. Ink on paper is just a delivery format. It does not magically imbue the words and pictures with any weightier meaning. In fact, the limited format does more to constrict information dissemination than help it.

Radmacher correctly points out that online newspaper sites have helped newspapers reach readers they might otherwise miss, but it's also true that newspaper web sites have contributed some to circulation declines over the past four years. Giving away all your newspaper content online is not a long-term winning strategy. Meanwhile, even the most successful newspaper web sites have not been able to generate enough revenue to support their current news operations. Many experts fear that the gulf between the newspaper model and the online model may be too wide for the typical print publication to survive the transition. If you're interested in this topic, read this post about Steve Smith, the former editor of the newspaper in Spokane, Wash. -- one of the real thought leaders of the industry -- and why he quit his newspaper this week. If you're a newspaper person, it's not a hopeful note.

However, because independent, thoughtful journalism is important to our nation, it is vital that we find a sustainable business model in online news. And that is why The Batavian exists. We see a bright future for online journalism and are thrilled to be a part of helping define what tomorrow's journalism will look like.

Of course, there's still a lot of life in print, and print does indeed remain an important part of sustaining a community, which is why we continue to encourage you to subscribe to the Batavia Daily News.

October 3, 2008 - 1:59pm
posted by Tom Gilliatt in The Batavian, yard sale.

Hey Batavian if there is anyone here from Rochester or near by I have a site something like this forum here and NO not trying to steal members or anything just helping out a friend that runs that site he help with mine so I thought I would return the favor. It's called Rochester voice.com If it is OK I would like to post a link there to this site

Can I post a link for this site there Howard? also I would like to post the Batavian Logo on my site if this is OK ?!

I will wait for reply before doing so



October 3, 2008 - 8:50am
posted by Howard B. Owens in Announcements, veterans affairs.

Submitted by Evangeline Conley, Public Affairs Officer:

Nurses looking for a rewarding career serving America ’s heroes, are invited to attend a Nursing Open House, Thursday, October 16, 2008 from 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. in Freedom Hall, room 301 at VA Western New York Healthcare System, 3495 Bailey Avenue , Buffalo .

Did you know that the Department of Veterans Affairs is a leader in health care technology and patient safety?   If you are an RN, LPN or Nurse Practitioner, please join us and learn how you can make a difference in the lives of our veterans.  The VA offers a competitive salary and excellent benefits along with education assistance programs and RN Recruitment bonuses . 

Come see us to learn more about starting the career of a lifetime. We look forward to meeting you.  For more information call (716) 862-8872 or check out job opportunities on the web at http://www.buffalo.va.gov/.              




October 3, 2008 - 7:58am
posted by Joseph Langen in writing, editing, promotional videos.


(Metropolitan Opera- New York)

JOE: Good morning Calliope.
CALLIOPE: Good morning Joe. How are you today?
JOE: Doing well. I have been busy already.
CALLIOPE: Doing what?
JOE: Planning our cellar party for a couple weeks for now, doing AM Yoga with Rodney Yee and my journal. Now I'm here with you.
CALLIOPE: Glad you could fit me in. What did you accomplish yesterday?
JOE: I finished reviewing Gerry's annotated comments on my Marital Property manuscript. I also worked on the videos.
CALLIOPE: What's next on the manuscript?
JOE: I have Gerry's general comments to review again and then go through the manuscript to see how it reads out loud.
CALLIOPE: And the videos?
JOE: I recorded them and reviewed them for style and content. I could see ways where they could be improved.
CALLIOPE: Do you still think you can do them yourself?
JOE: I'm inclined to think so but will reserve judgment for a few more takes.
CALLIOPE: Keep up the good work.
JOE: Thanks for the encouragement. Talk with you tomorrow.
October 3, 2008 - 7:32am
posted by Howard B. Owens in nation and world.

Here's a web site that gives an easy to follow guide to the financial crisis and the bailout proposals.

October 2, 2008 - 11:35pm
posted by Brian Hillabush in baseball, Genesee Community College, sports, lacrosse.

 While at Genesee Community College today, I was watching the lacrosse team practice for a little bit.

There are a bunch of good athletes - especially local athletes - playing sports at GCC right now. Here at The Batavian, we would like to give these squads some coverage.

I am working on getting high school coaches involved with posting information on their teams and I would like to do the same for GCC.

I've left a few messages with different people at the college and have not gotten a response yet, so hopefully the new SID will get back to me soon.

In the meantime, any coaches or athletes that are interested in getting coverage on The Batavian are encouraged to contact myself of Philip so that we can give the college and the local athletes the coverage they deserve.

October 2, 2008 - 10:58pm
posted by Brian Hillabush in football, sports, buffalo bills, lee evans.

 I don't know if it is because wide receivers like media attention or I just like interviewing them, but I've always been tight with the receivers on the Buffalo Bills.

Eric Moulds and I used to always chat at training camp because of a shared interest in the Wu Tang Clan. I always chat with Josh Reed, even if he didn't do much in a game. 

And I always find myself talking about situations with Lee Evans. 

Evans has had the lingering question about a contract extension hanging out there for quite some time now, which is something he really hasn't talked about much.

But Ralph Wilson and the Bills' organization did the right thing today in locking up the talented WR.

There are very few details about the extension that have been made public at this point, but it is clear that one of the biggest pieces on that team will be sticking around as the wins keep coming.

“I’m thrilled,” Evans told buffalobills.com. “It all just kind of happens at one time. I’m thrilled about it. It’s a great day. Working with these guys over a long period of time has been tough, but the communication has been there and we finally got it done. So I couldn’t be happier.”


Evans is the perfect fit for our local National Football League team.

A loudmouth like Chad Johnson or Terrell Owens would not last long in Buffalo because the  minute he pulled the garbage T.O. did last weekend, he'd be ridiculed by the fans so bad that he couldn't show his face in public.

The most controversial comments Evans has ever made is when he backed J.P. Losman as the starting quarterback. He didn't rip anybody. He just felt like he had a good relationship and could perform better with him in there.

I remember a conversation I had with Evans and Reed at the Jim Kelly Tournament at Terry Hills a couple of years ago when the two were in the pro shop buying gloves.

I made a comment about the big dollars in the NFL and I remember Evans telling me that he would never turn down money, but if that is the reason you play the game, you are not going to be the best type of player you can be. He basically said that if you go out there and play the game well, you will not have to worry about the business end.

Evans is polite and a good guy that does charity work in the community. 

On the field he produces on a high level year in and year out. He has never had a Marvin Harrison-type of season, but he's been a very good No. 1 receiver for a while now.

It is nice to see the Bills reward a player like Evans, and that is a reason why the team is on an upswing and will be contenders for years to come.

October 2, 2008 - 10:48pm

Northgate Free Methodist Church

8160 Bank Street Road, Batavia, NY 14020             www.northgatefmc.com

                     Regular Service Times

               Saturday, 6:00pm        Sunday, 9:30 am     Sunday, 11:00am

Northgaters love to worship God. Our worship services allow people to give God their praise, connect to him spiritually, and understand what it means to live a meaningful life dedicated to Jesus.

Each weekend we use many types of tools to communicate the timeless wisdom of scripture. Multimedia, drama and contemporary worship allow us to get to the heart of the matter while being creative and relevant.

Come experience a casual and relaxed atmosphere with innovative messages and presentations. Join us this weekend to experience "The best hour of your week".

We welcome well-known Christian musician Michael O'Brien, formerly with Newsong, will join us for all three services October 25th and October 26th


October 2, 2008 - 10:29pm

 HOPE requires strength and our strength comes from the Lord.  Northgate Free Methodidst church is hosting a womans conference from 8:30 to 3:30 on October 25th.(the last Saturday this month) The worship leader will be Michael O'Brien who sang with the popular Christian group Newsong. His wife Heidi will be the keynote speaker and she will be sharing about her time with depression and being diagnosed bi-polar. There will be small breakouts and one will be led by a former Oakfield graduate Carol McLeod. She has written a number of books and bible studies and has been a speaker for many across the nation. A brochure with registration can be downloaded from northgatefmc.com. You may be encouraged and filled with HOPE when you leave the conference.


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