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July 9, 2008 - 12:07pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in thebatavian, Pok-A-Dot.

We've been advertising The Batavian on WBTA since the site launched in May.  We're very happy with the results, but agree with Dan Fisher that our ad should be switched up once in a while to keep the message fresh.

A week or so ago, I sent Dan over a new script and he suggested hiring a female announcer this time to change the tone of the ad.

The new ad started running yesterday.  It features Nici Johnson, a young, ambitious Batavian who is working to break into broadcasting.

I know her mostly as a waitress/short order cook at the Pok-A-Dot, one of my favorite fine dining establishments in town (previous post), but Nici is also working for WBTA, a couple of radio stations in Buffalo (in promotions) and teaches modeling on Sundays.

Young people who work that hard to get ahead always do, so we can expect great things from Nici.

Here is an MP3 of the spot.

It's very cool, we think, that Dan picked Nici to do this spot.

July 9, 2008 - 11:22am
posted by Philip Anselmo in crime, police.


  • 2:40am, Oak Street, accident
  • 11:51am, 7 Lewis Place, criminal mischief
  • 3:51pm, 8351 Lewiston Road, accident
  • 5:21pm, 38 Columbia Ave., trespass
  • 5:33pm, Vine Street, accident
  • 6:54pm, 114 Liberty St., trespass


  • 8:54am, 18 Sumner St., larceny
  • 2:14pm, 10 W. Main St., rape
  • 3:32pm, 679 E. Main St. (Apt: 4B), burglary
  • 3:21pm, 10 Jefferson Square, forgery
  • 3:37pm, 16 River St., accident
  • 7:23pm, 210 E. Main St., accident
  • 8:25pm, Oak Street, accident
  • 8:32pm, Clinton Street, accident

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

July 9, 2008 - 11:00am
posted by Howard B. Owens in thebatavian.

This isn't a major site change, but it does have a lot to do with how people participate in the site ... We've changed the way comments display under a post.

They are no longer "threaded," which means direct replies to a previous post no longer appear under the comment being replied to.  While the intent of that format is to make conversations easier to follow, it never really works that way.

The "old school" way of displaying comments on posts is in a flat list with the oldest comments on top, newest on the bottom.  That's what we're doing now.

July 9, 2008 - 9:41am
posted by Philip Anselmo in GCC, education, Pavilion.

Pavilion Central School Pre-K teacher Betsy Collins was honored with the Partners in Education Award, the first of its kind bestowed by the students of Genesee Community College's Teacher Education program.

Students in the program nominated teachers as a way to recognize not only the important work teachers do in individual classrooms, but also the tremendous mentoring service they provide for future teachers.

"The mentorship students receive in these teachers' classrooms provides a relevant real-life experience that not only helps our pre-service teachers learn and practice valuable skills but also assists them in formalizing their decision and commitment to becoming a teacher," said Christine Belongia, Genesee's Teacher Education program coordinator. "We are so grateful to each and every teacher who generously opens his or her classroom to our students. The educational benefit is immeasurable!"

Call Christine Belongia at (585) 343-0055 ext.6278 for more information about GCC's teacher education.

July 9, 2008 - 9:02am
posted by Philip Anselmo in UMMC, walk the villages.

United Memorial Medical Center issued the following news briefs:

United Memorial Medical Center will offer free blood pressure screenings on Wednesday, July 9th from 10 am to 12 noon at the Batavia Senior Center, 2 Bank Street, Batavia. For additional information on this and other community outreach programs, contact the Healthy Living Department at (585) 344-5331.

United Memorial Medical Center is a proud sponsor of Walk the Villages, a free event initiated by Senator Mary Lou Rath to encourage residents to walk in 6 local communities. Batavia’s community walk is scheduled for Thursday, July 6th at 6pm. It will begin at the Batavia City Centre where United Memorial will offer free health screenings and giveaways. Participants will have the opportunity to go on a guided walk downtown where they will learn about the history of some of Batavia’s businesses and landmarks. For more information on Walk the Villages visit our  website at www.ummc.org.

United Memorial Medical Center will host an informational presentation on Bariatric Surgery on July 16th at Richmond Memorial Library, 19 Ross Street, Batavia. The program is free and will begin at 6:30 pm. Anthony DiBenedetto, MD Chief of Surgery for Rochester General Hospital, will lead the discussion on surgical options for significant weight loss. Seating is limited. Reservations may be made by calling the Healthy Living Department at (585) 344-5331.

July 9, 2008 - 8:56am

The Batavia Area Jaycees will have a chicken barbecue during the Cruise at the College auto show Saturday, July 26 from 4:00 to 8:00pm. Pre-sale tickets are available for $8.

Call (585) 343-5775 or send an e-mail to info (at) bataviajcs (dot) org to order your tickets or to find out more information about the event.

If you just can't wait until then, Silver Lake Country Club in Perry will have a chicken barbecue Saturday, July 19, along with live music from Kid Kurry and the Bud Girls. Check out the club's Web site for more information.

July 9, 2008 - 8:51am
posted by Philip Anselmo in music, church.

Emmanuel Baptist Church on Oak Street will welcome "songwriter, vocalist and missionary" Nancy Honeytree Sunday, July 27 at 2:00pm. From the press release:

Honeytree's music is cross generational. She gives a dynamic Christian testimony through music. Her "Rattle Me, Shake Me" is among her earlist numbers, while her poignant song about her two sons — one in heaven & one on earth — grabs every heart.

This free concert will be outside under the pavilion.

July 9, 2008 - 8:31am
posted by Philip Anselmo in wbta, GCC, County Legislature.

Check out WBTA for these and other stories:

  • The Genesee County Legislature meets tonight at 7:00pm at the Old County Courthouse to discuss a $4 million capital project for Genesee Community College that would include renovations to the gym and an expansion of the athletic fields. The state would pay half.
  • Rochester billionaire Tom Golisano made official his intent to start a Political Action Committee and back certain candidates for state office with a bankroll of $5 million. For a more detailed story, check out the Democrat & Chronicle article.
July 8, 2008 - 5:02pm

The past couple months have been a tremendous success for the Powers for Congress Campaign in Western New York. Our team of volunteers, the Powers Platoon, is blanketing the district and turning out in large numbers to parades, picnics, canvasses, and phone banks. Check out our team in action in our latest Grassroots Report:

Here are some of our campaign’s major accomplishments from the last 3 months:
·         In late May, we started circulating petitions in order to get our name on the ballot. We are going well above and beyond what's needed and turning in thousands of signatures. Our team is knocking on doors and getting great responses everywhere we go.
·         The AFL-CIO made an early endorsement of our campaign. Usually, the AFL-CIO waits until August to endorse, but realized the opportunity we have in NY-26 and came on board early. I am honored to have the endorsement of the working men and women of the AFL-CIO and look forward to bringing the voice of the middle class back to Congress.
·         The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee recognized the exemplary work of the Powers Platoon by supporting our candidacy and placing us in their "Red to Blue" program. Only 6 races with primaries like ours have been recognized across the country! The program takes the top Democratic campaigns in Republican districts and helps them to victory in November. The DCCC has joined us because of all the hard work our team has done in the past year: gaining the endorsements of the Democratic Committees in all 7 Counties, being the only Democrat to have a labor endorsement, and all the grassroots support we have garnered from the voters in NY-26.
·         With the end of the financial quarter here, we are pleased to announce that had our strongest quarter yet. I am most proud that 75% of our donors have given $50 or less.
The Powers Platoon made a strong showing this July 4th marching in Lockport, Lancaster, Warsaw, and Avon. We watched fireworks in Amherst and went to a picnic in Brockport. There are plenty of photos available on our website at www.powersforcongress.com.
This Saturday, I will be close by, leading the Platoon in the Oatka Festival Parade. We would love for you to join us. Visit www.powersforcongress.com and signup today!
We are working hard for the next 63 days before our September 9 Democratic primary. The Powers Platoon is taking it to the street to prove that together, we have the power to change Washington.
July 8, 2008 - 2:02pm

So what's the bigger local story: That Federer-Nadal make a good tennis match, that CC Sabathia was traded to the Milwaukee Brewers, or that Tyler Pratt threw a no hitter to lead Batavia over LeRoy in the 11-12 Division of the District 3 youth baseball tournament?

Federer-Nadal dominate the sports page of today's Daily News (it's a wire story that was all over the Internet hours before the DN presses ran), and Sabathia gets a good 8 inches of copy with picture (and I bet if you follow baseball, you already knew all about the trade last night), while Pratt's heroic efforts gets two paragraphs.

If Tyler or his family reads this, or any of you know him ... The Batavian would be happy to post anything you have on the game (or you can post it yourself) ... pictures, video, a first-person account. Let us know ...

Batavia's next game is Friday at 6 p.m. against Oakfield, which beat Wayland 10-7.  If you're going, take a video camera and post a few shots to YouTube. We'll repost it here.

Before we move off the sports page, we learn that tabloids love A-Rod (hold the presses for that one), and the Muckdogs lost in Vermont to the Lake Monsters 3-2 when Blake Stouffer hit a walk-off home run.

On the front page of today's Daily News, Joanne Beck covers Walk The Villages. The 45-minute walk begins downtown Saturday at 6 p.m. It's a chance to get some exercise, meet some neighbors and learn a little bit about local history, culture and architecture.  Oh, and there might be a couple of ghosts encountered along the way.

The other front-page story of note, Scott DeSmit follows up on the parachuting death of Joseph Schickler.  Officials are looking at the rigging of his chute.  An autopsy revealed that Schickler had some heart problems, but it cannot be determined if that was a contributing factor to the accident.

And in the final item to include in our round up today, on A-5 eleven area girls who are competing for Fair Queen are profiled.

The are Katie Fales, Batavia High; Anastashia Spikes, Batavia; Elysia Summers, Corfu; Desiree King, Elba; Lauren Mullen, Byron-Bergen; Taylor Patterson, Pembroke; Damainique Bruce, Batavia; April Meier, Pembroke; and, Alyssa Hilderbrandt of Pavillion Central School.

As always, you can pick up a copy of today's Daily News at a local news stand (such as Main Street Coffee), or, better yet, subscribe on the DN web site at BataviaNews.com.


July 8, 2008 - 12:49pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in Daily News, wbta.

WBTA reported this morning:

  • Billionaire businessman Tom Golisano of Rochester may form a PAC, enabling him to spend vast amounts of money in support of favored political candidates.
  • U.S. Parachute Association is also looking into the death during the holiday weekend of Joseph Schickler.  The FAA has already launched an official investigation.
  • A tractor trailer hauling brand new Dodge Chargers caught fire along Route 63 near Geneseo.

Tune into WBTA 1490-AM for these and other news updates throughout the day. 

July 7, 2008 - 6:01pm
posted by Philip Anselmo in video, music, Ramble Music & Arts Fest.

July 7, 2008 - 4:55pm
posted by Philip Anselmo in Charter Review Commission.

Batavia's Charter Review Commission will meet tonight at 6:30pm in the Community Room at City Hall. Public comment is welcome. I was unable to connect with Commission Chair John Roach this afternoon, so any more details aren't yet available. We should have more updates for you when we can.

Click here to download the Batavia City Charter.

July 7, 2008 - 2:32pm
posted by Philip Anselmo in Batavia Boogie, video, skydiving.

July 7, 2008 - 2:09pm
posted by Patrick D. Burk.

The perils of returning from vacation are both uncertain and unavoidable.  I, being one that makes sure my desk is neat and all the filing is done prior to partaking in a few days off, find it real hard to face the reality of the full inbox of email and the twenty-some faxes that were available for my immediate attention as soon as 9AM Monday roled around.  It kind of takes the fun out of going away...knowing your desk will be full when you return..... but there is nothing like a real nice "no phones", "no paperwork", "read a good book" holiday that rekindles the mind and refreshes the soul.   That is how I spent the weekend.  I read few newspapers, never looked at a computer, made only two phone calls to friends and family and napped.  It was perfect.

 I caught up with some old friends, cooked and grilled on the campfire, slept later than usual, went to a friend's graduation party and played with my grandchildren.   It was a dream come true.  Family members came and went, ate and napped, talked and laughed and friends dropped in.   Saw a few fireworks, listened to some American classical music, basked in more than a few sun rays and did some gardening....oh and we can't forget the yard sale time either.  All in all, it was successful.....peaceful and very, very relaxing.  It was perfect. 

Upon my return this morning, I immediately refocused and made sure that all that was left not handled during my two day absence was handled.  Returning phone calls, answering emails and sending out reports and faxes.  It seems that people want you to do more when they know you are not around to say "no".... isn't that always the way.  I did prevail however and manage the piles of mail (it is incredible the amount of junk mail you get these days), the unanswered phone calls and the emails.  Tackled a couple of problems, sent out a few letters and cleaned out my In-box.

I researched and wrote an article on the impact of the increasing fuel prices and the fall of the stock market will have on the small farmer and your marketplace. It seems we just can't get away from all that jazz.  I listened to a young, healthy person complain that they had to walk to the post office..... they seemed capable and I had to bite my tongue..... it seemed like a nice idea to me....that is to walk the two blocks to the post office.  I walk it often.   I reflected on the news and recent articles that came to my attention and listened to some music while typing.  I talked to a couple of clients and made plans for the week...I also made an appointment to get my car tuned up and an oil change.  Two of my grandchildren stopped in and I walked the oldest to the YMCA for Kinder Kamp.

So that has been today..... from the perfect 4th of July weekend to the above normal activity of my office.... the pleasantries of visitors and grandchildren, conversations and planning and seeing accomplishments.  So I am a bit more busy.  So I will have to catch up for a couple of days.... at least I know that it is on the heels of a perfect weekend at the camp  One certain thing about this life is that I am allowed to enjoy, take time off and relax.  We are also allowed our opinions and our ideas.... we are allowed to speak freely and create without fear.  That is the true reason for this past weekend.  Every 4th of July we should remember and reflect on that. 

Be thankful for the quiet times and family times, be grateful you are working and productive and remember to celebrate our humble beginnings as a country.  You may not agree with everything that makes up the whole of America....but you do have to agree it is a great place to live. 


July 7, 2008 - 1:37pm
posted by Philip Anselmo in crime, police.


  • 1:44am, 5 School St., trespass
  • 12:09pm, 151 W. Main St., accident
  • 3:17pm, 117 1/2 Liberty St., larceny
  • 3:24pm, 20 Main St., accident
  • 3:35pm, Ellicott Street, accident
  • 3:44pm, S. Main Street, accident
  • 4:55pm, 37 Walnut St. (Apt: Lower), assault
  • 7:13pm, 522 E. Main St., accident
  • 8:17pm, 17 Pickthorn Dr., harassment
  • 9:17pm, 102 State St., larceny


  • 8:20am, 127 North St., accident
  • 9:29am, Ellicott Street, fraud
  • 1:19pm, 209 Liberty St., larceny
  • 1:59pm, 408 E. Main St., forgery
  • 2:11pm, 55 Tracy Ave., endangering the welfare of a child
  • 4:13pm, 408 E. Main St., fraud
  • 5:53pm, 307 Washington Ave. (Apt: Upper), larceny
  • 8:51pm, 115 Bank St., trespass
  • 9:02pm, 670 E. Main St., accident
  • 9:21pm, 69 Oak St., larceny


  • 1:53am, 162 Walnut St., trespass
  • 11:08am, 11 Ross St., accident
  • 11:43pm, 17 Holland Ave. (Apt: Lower), harassment


  • 12:23pm, 121 Liberty St., criminal contempt
  • 1:03pm, 5 Spencer Court, accident
  • 5:28pm, 300 Ellicott St., accident
  • 6:38pm, 38 Columbia Ave., harassment


  • 11:51am, 201 Ross St., larcent
  • 3:07pm, 10 Columbia Ave., burglary
  • 3:24pm, 413 W. Main St., harassment
  • 11:06pm, 5 Thomas Ave. (Apt: 2), larceny

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

July 7, 2008 - 1:20pm
posted by Philip Anselmo in Daily News, Ramble Music & Arts Fest, church.

From the Daily News (Monday):

  • Today's paper is predictably dominated by coverage of Saturday's Ramble Music & Arts Fest — as it should be: the festival saw a great turnout of both musicians and concertgoers. Fine coverage, but be sure to check out, as well, The Batavian's photos and video from the event, posted today.
  • Monsignore Leo McCarthy spoke to parishioners at Resurrection Parish in Batavia for the last time Sunday. McCarthy will "assume new duties at Blessed Sacrament parish in Tonawanda," following his 12 years in Batavia.

For the complete stories, the Daily News is available on local newsstands, or you can subscribe on BataviaNews.com.

July 7, 2008 - 10:11am
posted by Philip Anselmo in Batavia Boogie, photos, Ramble Music & Arts Fest.

It has been more than a few days since I've had the privilege and opportunity to get online and share the news and happenings here in Batavia with you folks. That's in part due to the holiday of the Fourth, which I spent with family, grilling dogs, tossing a frisbee and being as American as I could be — not always easy for a self-professed francophile.

My absence from this virtual space is also in part due to all the time I spent enjoying myself at Batavia's summer festivals this past weekend. Quite simply, I was having too much fun behind the camera and out of doors to get inside to my office to tend to the behind-the-scenes work. But the fruits of those labors will now pay off. So be sure to check back with the site throughout the day. We'll have a couple videos going up about the Ramble Music and Arts Fest and the Batavia Boogie skydiving festival.

For now, here are some highlights of Saturday's action courtesy of the lens of Sonia Mineo who was kind enough to snap some still shots of the weekend festivities while I busied myself behind the video camera.

Sometimes, all you need is a zoom lens to get up into the clouds. That was all it took for Sonia to snap this shot of a parachutist coming in for a landing at the Genesee County Airport Saturday afternoon. It almost looks as if he's sitting on a cloud, just hanging out up there.

It was quite a sight to behold, as the planes full of 20 or so skydivers soared up through the clouds, higher and higher until the fuselage seemed no bigger than my pinky nail. You couldn't see any of the divers for a minute or so, not with the naked eye.

Then, all of the sudden, you saw them — a dozen or more colored blips in the azure of the sky.

Some of them pulled fancy moves on their way down, spinning or spiralling with their chutes. Most, when they landed, came down with a trot onto their bums or on their sides or into a quick tumble through the grasses. A few of them, however, came down walking, almost nonchalantly, as if there were no difference between pedalling through the air and stepping on the ground, so graceful and fluid were they.

While it was hard to ignore the tragic start of the Boogie on Thursday, when Brighton native Joseph Schickler fell to his death when his parachute failed to deploy, most of the divers continued to take to the air. We even overheard a few say that that was what Schickler, who was known for his sense of humor and good cheer, would have wanted.

Chalk art was a big hit at the Ramble Saturday. Artists young and old — including mural artist Vinny DelPlato — filled up more than half of School Street with their multicolor scribblings.

But as you might have expected, the music was of course the main draw. At a few times during the day, Saturday, it was a pretty tight squeeze in Jackson Square.

Be sure to visit the site later this afternoon for video coverage of both events.

July 7, 2008 - 9:21am
posted by Philip Anselmo in crime, police, sheriff.
  • Timothy E. Talmon, 48, of Darien Center, was charged with driving while intoxicated following a traffic stop on Route 77 in Corfu Wednesday, Genesee County sheriff's deputies said.
  • George Lee Williams, 28, was charged with failure to register as a sex offender, a class-D felony, sheriff's deputies said. Williams, who is listed as a transient with no known home address, was picked up by deputies Wednesday on Upton Road following reports that Williams had been trespassing. He was also charged with second-degree criminal trespass and false personation. Williams was sent to Genesee County Jail in lieu of $20,000 bail.
  • Alfred C. Gray, 22, of Batavia, was charged with a felony count of first-degree criminal contempt, second-degree unlawful imprisonment and two counts second-degree harassment following reports that he was in an alleged physical confrontation Thursday with a female acquaintance who had an order of protection, city police said.
  • Eighteen-year-old Brittany Y. Myers, of Rochester, was charged with a felony count of second-degree assault Thursday, Genesee County sheriff's deputies said. An investigation into an incident on June 15 led to deputies to suspect that Myers struck another female in the head with a glass liquor bottle during a fight at a party in Alexander that night. The victim had to be taken to the hospital where she received "numerous" stitches.
  • Mitchell K. Milroy, 22, of Pavilion, was charged with a felony count of first-degree attempted sexual abuse Thursday, sheriff's deputies said. Milroy was accused of allegedly attempting to touch a female while she was sleeping.
  • Charles E. Dodson Jr., 53, of Byron, was charged with driving while intoxicated in addition to a felony count of first-degree aggravated unlicensed operator Friday, city police said. Dodson Jr. had previously had his license suspended due to a DWI conviction.
  • Rebecca J. Sando, 43, of Byron, was charged with a felony count of second-degree identity theft Friday, sheriff's deputies said. Sando was accused of using her sister-in-law's bank card in April to make online purchases that exceeded $550.
  • Twenty-five-year-old Renee K. Wapniewski, of 17 Pringle Ave., Batavia, was charged with second-degree criminal contempt Friday, city police said. Wapniewski had allegedly violted a stay away order of protection.
  • Twelve youths were found at the Kelsey Road Pits early Sunday morning and charged with possession of alcohol with intent to consume, Genesee County sheriff's deputies said. Deputies responded to the scene of the "underage drinking party" following reports that a 15-year-old boy had fell into the fire burning his hands.
  • Michelle F. Wimble, 26, of Corfu, was charged with driving while ability impaired by drugs and endangering the welfare of a child Sunday following a traffic stop on Route 5 in Batavia, sheriff's deputies said. A motorist told deputies that Wimble was driving erratically with her three-year-old child in the vehicle.
  • Timothy J. Slotta, 31, of South Carolina, was charged with driving while intoxicated in addition to a felony county of first-degree aggravated unlicensed operator early Sunday morning following a traffic stop in the village of Corfu, Genesee County sheriff's deputies said. Deputies found that Slotta had three other suspensions on his state driving privileges, one of which pertained to an alcohol-related charge. Slotta was sent to Genesee County Jail in lieu of $15,000 bail.

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

July 6, 2008 - 8:08pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in thebatavian, top posts.


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