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July 22, 2008 - 9:13am
posted by Philip Anselmo in politics, Democrats, Young Democrats.

The Deomcratic Party this year is making an effort at promoting "grassroots" involvement in the presidential campaign by soliciting the input of anyone willing to give it in a series of platform meetings that will be held across the country. They are calling it "Listening to America." Questions and concerns brought up at the meetings are supposed to then be integrated in the Democratic platform in the upcoming presidential election.

From Saturday, July 19th to Sunday, July 27th, everyday people all across America will hold Platform Meetings in their homes, or in their local churches and even coffee shops, to help build the Democratic Party's platform for change from the bottom up.

Attend a Platform Meeting and tell us what matters to you, so we can incorporate your ideas into the party's platform. A few participants may even be invited to appear and testify at the National Hearing.

Batavia will get its chance to participate this week. Blogger Robert Harding (with the Albany Project) and President of the Genesee County Young Democrats Dan Jones will host a local "Listening to America" meeting at Batavia's City Centre Wedenesday at 7:00pm.

Jones says that he and Harding will write up "a recommendation in the form of a position paper to send to the (Democratic National Committee) and Senator Obama's campaign based on the discussion."

July 22, 2008 - 8:42am
posted by Philip Anselmo in crime, police.

Batavia city police responded to a confrontation between neighbors on Highland Avenue Monday afternoon. Lydell Nauden, 44, of 14 Highland Ave. Apt: 6, was subsequently charged with disorderly conduct. Nauden was accused of throwing a hammer from his home into his neighbors yard and nearly hitting some people who were standing nearby.

July 22, 2008 - 8:23am
posted by Joseph Langen in writing, first person, preset tense.

 

JOE: Good morning Calliope.
CALLIOPE: Good Morning Joe. How are you this morning?
JOE: Fine. I'm ready to go to work.
CALLIOPE: What's on the agenda today?
JOE: I plan to work some more on my video for The Pastor's Inferno.
CALLIOPE: Any progress with it?
JOE: I am still sorting out the technical challenges. This is still a fairly new skill for me.
CALLIOPE: Anything else going on?
JOE: Just work on revision of Marital Property.
CALLIOPE: How is that going?
JOE: I'm happy with it.
CALLIOPE: Tell me about it.
JOE: I am continuing to write in the first person present tense. Other writing I have seen in this style limits each chapter to one narrator. I have been experimenting with multiple narrators in the same chapter. I am happy with it but will see what some of my readers think. It's uncharted territory for me.
CALLIOPE: Sounds exciting. It's always interesting to break new ground. You realize that some readers might be jarred by the break with tradition don't you?
JOE: I do. But I'm prepared for it. Then I will need to decide if it's too new. Back to work. Talk with you tomorrow.
(Amish Family on a Picnic Bench- Niagara Falls, NY)
July 21, 2008 - 5:20pm
posted by Mollie Radzinski in baseball, muckdogs.

For the second Sunday in a row the Muckdogs were rained out, this time after not quite a full inning of play.  The game is re-scheduled for August 6th when Auburn comes back into town.

The Muckdogs were on the road this past Wednesday through Sunday for a three-game series against Staten Island and a game in Auburn.  They finished the trip 2-2.  Here is a quick recap of those games:

  • Wednesday, July 16: Staten Island 6, Batavia 5:  Ramon Delgado (1-1) got the start and the loss, going three and a third innings with eight hits and six runs (five earned). Jameson Maj had a strong performance, throwing the last four innings allowing only one hit with six strikeouts and no walks.  Offensively, Batavia had twelve hits to Staten Islands ten.  Colt Sedbrook went 2-for-5 with his first homerun of the season.  Jermaine Curtis and Domnit Bolivar went 4-for-5 and 2-for-4, respectively, each with a double.
  • Thursday, July 17: Batavia 4, Staten Island 2: Scott Gorgen started the game, going four innings with three hits, two runs, one walk and two strikeouts, but Miguel Tapia (3-2) scored the win.  Tapia pitched three and a third innings with three hits, two walks and three strikeouts.  Adam Reifer pitched a scoreless 9th with one strikeout for the save.  Sedbrook was big at the plate again, going 3-for-4 with a double and a stolen base.
  • Friday, July 18: Staten Island 3, Batavia 2:  The Yankees broke a 2-2 tie in the bottom of the 9th to win the rubber-match.  George Brown (0-1) suffered the loss in three innings, letting up five hits, three runs and one walk with three strikeouts.  Thomas Eager started the game, throwing five innings with two hits and three strikeouts.  Frederick Parejo went 2-for-4 with a homerun and Christian Rosa went 2-for-3 with a stolen base.
  • Saturday, July 19: Batavia 7, Auburn 5:  Josh Hester had a great start, pitching four and a third innings, allowing only one hit and five strikeouts.  Hector Cardenas (2-0) pitched three innings with a walk and two strikeouts for the win.  Reifer pitched another scoreless 9th with one strikeout for his eighth save.  At the plate, Sedbrook went 2-for-4 with a triple.  Shane Peterson went 2-for-4 with a double and two RBI, and Rosa went 2-for-5, also with a double and a RBI.

The Muckdogs (17-14) are now tied for second place in the Pinckney Division with Auburn, whom they play tonight.  They then come home for a three-game series against the Oneonta Tigers.  Tuesday and Wednesday's games start at 7:05 and Thursday has an early start of 11:05.

July 21, 2008 - 2:58pm
posted by Brenda Ranney in neighboorhoods.

 

Bought a HUD house on Manhattan back in '99 for a song.

Since then I have been singing, humming, whistling a version of it ever since. It's alot different than an episode of This Old House on PBS. Few people show up to help rehab it even with the offer of good food & wine. Restoring/rehabbing an old building is a lesson in patience & persistence.

History on my house - Built in 1902  I believe by James H. Smith, part of the Lincoln Park Tract. Bought by a Caroline/Carolina Schmelzle for eventual rental income. She along with her husband Phillip, children Ruth and Raymond lived 114 Summit Street ( last known address Caroline passed 12-23-1920). Phillip later remarried to a woman named Anna M. which unfortunetly was a short lived marriage as  he later died from injuries substained from a truck accident while he was a city employee. The house eventually was quick claimed over to the son Raymond,  ending up Anna care until her death in 1945. Shortly thereafter Raymond sold it to a Juldah Janney.

Per an elderly neighbor sometime in the late '50's early '60's a family lived here with six children. She related a story about the time the kitchen stove caught fire (verified during a remodel) and how she ran in grabbed a child or two by the hand and waited with them on her porch until the fire department came.  

In doing research on my house I found out that orgianally the adddress was 36 Manhattan prior to 1920's not 42.

Quick internet search on the Schmelze family revealed that son Raymond is buried in Grandview. Haven't been able to locate daughter Ruth. Nor any of the other owners in the past 100 years save the last. My hopes are to locate pictures of my house be it smiling children piled high infront of a Christmas tree or just a pic of the front porch showing a smiling couple.

Perhaps someone in Batavia has an old photo just lying in the bottom of a drawer?

Besides the Janney family, there was Homer & Virgina Maskell in 1961, Ken & Ramona Henry in 1967, and Wes Stringham in 1970.

~~ Brenda ~~

 

 

July 21, 2008 - 2:51pm
posted by Philip Anselmo in GCC.

Students in the Genesee Community College summer youth theatre workshop will present Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas, adapted by Maryanne Arena on Friday, July 25 at 7:00pm and Saturday, July 26 at 2:00pm at the Stuart Steiner Theatre.

This year's Performing Arts Experience at Genesee has attracted 36 youth ages 7-15 from all across Western New York. They have spent several weeks with the musical director and choreographer and have now begun full rehearsals.

Admission is free, though advanced reservations are encouraged as seats may fill up quickly. Call (585) 343-0055 ext.6814 or send an e-mail to boxoffice (at) genesee (dot) edu to reserve yours.

July 21, 2008 - 12:51pm
posted by Philip Anselmo in photos, Genesee County Fair.

Thanks to Steve Ognibene for sending us these photos from the final day at the Genesee County Fair Saturday. (The little lady on the "Scrambler" ride is his five-year-old daughter, Alyssa.) If you have any pictures or video or poetry or whatever about your time at the fair this past week, send it along, and we will put it right up on the site. Mail your submissions to: philip (at) thebatavian (dot) com.

July 21, 2008 - 11:58am

There's little in the way of hard, breaking news in today's Daily News. The front page includes a profile of County Legislator Annie Lawrence, the next installment of Tom Rivers' farm labor series — Tom shows a heifer at the fair — and an article about scrap metal dealers picking at the carcasses of beat-up demolition derby cars.

By no way do we fault the paper for this dearth of big news. If you've already read the police blotter for the weekend, you'll see that it was mostly accidents, and the only way the sheriff's deputies were able to record numerous arrests was to go out and set up road blocks.

It seems a slow, newsless weekend was upon us. Maybe the heat — that putrid bog of stifling ozone and gnats — played a part. For sure it kept me locked in the bedroom with the air on full blast. How about you? Or maybe you disagree with me altogether, and you experienced a weekend overflowing with newsworthy happenings. If so, write about them. Or send them along and we'll write about them.

As always, we encourage you to get out and pick up a copy of the Daily News at local newststands. Or, better yet, subscribe at BataviaNews.com.

July 21, 2008 - 11:20am
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.

Friday:

  • 8:50am, 413 W. Main St., accident (car + bike)
  • 10:38am, 220 Richmond Ave., accident
  • 11:05am, 4 Lewis Ave., larceny
  • 12:00pm, Clinton Street, accident
  • 1:51pm, W. Main Street, accident
  • 2:25pm, W. Main Street, accident
  • 3:11pm, Court Street Plaza, accident
  • 4:05pm, 10 W. Main St., harassment

Saturday:

  • 12:01am, 332 W. Main St. (Apt: 2), larceny
  • 12:48am, 329 W. Main St., accident
  • 1:11am, 5 Thomas Ave. (Apt: Lower), aggravated harassment
  • 11:07am, 12 S. Main St., accident

Sunday:

  • 11:57am, Ellicott Street, accident
  • 8:42pm, 114 Liberty St., menacing

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

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.

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