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July 14, 2008 - 6:16pm
posted by Philip Anselmo in church, religion, abuse.

Before the year is out, Batavian Rindy Walton will quit her job as a physical therapist, get rid of almost everything she owns and move with her three young sons to a suburb of Cincinnati with no financial prospects to found an itinerant church and minister to the disenfranchised.

"We're leaving the only place we know," she says, seeming to measure the gravity of the statement. "There's not a doubt."

It was the right decision, she says. She was called to it. It had to happen. Not everyone in her life, however, was able to match her conviction. Her family rejected her. Others have said she is stupid or crazy. They ask her how she could give up everything for... for what?

"It is a leap of faith, absolutely," she says. "I've had a lot of people support this. But I've also had a lot of people criticize."

Rindy talks unflinchingly of her past. She has been through "a lot of brokenness and abuse," she says. "And a lot of other people have been through that. I can use what I've been through to help other people."

Rindy lives in Batavia where she has worked as a physical therapist for BOCES for 21 years and raised three sons, doing it mostly on her own for the past ten years. For a long time, she hid her hurt out of shame, she says. She was like so many others who felt that private pain ought to be kept private.

No longer.

"There are people who say family secrets should remain secret," she says. "But there are too many families struggling. People are suffering and it's not OK to keep things secret. People dont deserve that."

Ministry is Rindy's way of changing that. Paul Peterson, the former pastor of her church, Northgate Free Methodist, is right now in Georgia attending a "church planning registry," explains Rindy.

"He felt the call to start a new church," she says. "We want to reach people who don't attend church, people who just don't feel that they'd fit the mold."

Peterson will pastor the church that the two of them will found in Maineville, Ohio, just north of Cincinnati. Walls Down Church, as it will be known, will be exactly that: they will build up and tear down the church every week in a new venue out in the community, at schools, theaters, generally anywhere with an auditorium, bringing the church to the people, explains Rindy, rather than insisting that the people come to the church.

"That way we can go to the people," she says. "We can go where the need is. Especially for the people who are not attending church, to walk into a strange building is foreign to them. It's going to be a place where you feel comfortable, familiar."

Officially, Rindy will oversee family ministries for the church, which really means that she will work to make the church best suit the needs of its parishioners and do the most for them. She also plans to use her training as a physical therapist to accomodate families and children with special needs.

"From where I was to where I am now — there was someone who was hiding a lot of stuff, a lot of abuse, a lot embarrassment, shame," she says. "Now it's open. What's really cool is that I get to spend the rest of my life helping people who are where I was to get to where I am. That's just so cool."

If you want to donate to the Walls Down Church, send a check to Mountain Lake Church, 3105 Dahlonega Highway, Cumming, GA 30040. Indicate Rindy Walton or Walls Down Church in the Memo line. All donations are tax deductible, and Walls Down will receive 100 percent of the money.

July 14, 2008 - 3:37pm
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.


  • 12:15am, 112 East Ave., assault
  • 2:20am, 208 Swan St., aggravated harassment
  • 12:29pm, Richmond Avenue, accident
  • 12:33pm, E. Main Street, accident
  • 2:44pm, Washington Avenue, accident
  • 5:20pm, 216 Ellicott St. (Apt: Rear), harassment
  • 7:46pm, 8 Manhattan Ave., fraud
  • 10:37pm, 39 Ellicott St., fire


  • 1:42am, Ellicott Street, accident
  • 5:40am, 419 W. Main St., menacing
  • 9:10am, 1 Mill St., accident (auto + pedestrian)
  • 9:57am, 5 Thomas Ave., larceny
  • 10:26am, 1 State St. (Apt: 107), larceny
  • 2:05pm, 60 Roosevelt Ave., fraud
  • 6:17pm, 8315 Park Road, larceny
  • 8:16pm, 8351 Lewiston Road, child abuse
  • 9:28pm, 2 Goade Park, harassment
  • 11:37pm, 413 W. Main St., criminal mischief


  • 3:45am, 505 E. Main St., criminal mischief
  • 10:49am, 127 North St., trespass
  • 1:17pm, 119 1/2 State St., criminal contempt
  • 5:25pm, Watson Street, accident

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

July 14, 2008 - 2:49pm
posted by Philip Anselmo in Daily News.

Today's Daily News opens on the front page with coverage by Paul Mrozek of the Cristina's fire from over the weekend. Not much new information that was not already available in our post Saturday and WBTA's report this morning that the investigation continues.

Mrozek was also in LeRoy this weekend for the Oatka Festival. Thanks to the camera lens of Russ Stresing, The Batavian hopes to have some video of the parade up on the site tomorrow.

A brief preview of the Genesee County Fair schedule for Tuesday includes these highlights:

  • Pancake breakfast from 7:00 to 10:00am.
  • Horse shows at 10:00am and 5:00pm.
  • Fashion show from noon to 1:30pm.
  • Midway opens at 6:00pm, following the opening ceremony at 5:00pm.
  • Talent show at 6:00pm.
  • Karaoke at 8:00pm.

Congratulations are in order for 16-year-old Batavia High School student Avery Cruz who was honored with the Assembly Republican Excelsior Award June 20. State Assemblyman Steve Hawley presented the award granted to "individuals who have overcome physical or other personal challenges to acheive great accomplishments and serve others in the community." Cruz has Asperger's Syndrome, a type of Autism.

More congratulations for Elizabeth Bonarigo, Mark Houseknecht and William "Rusty" Griffin, Notre Dame's Woman and Men of the Year, respectively.

In sports news, Batavia Minor League Baseball recorded the first tie game in its history. Pamela Sivret does a good job covering the match and the mood of the game, and Nick Serrata's photograph is just as great. Not only was it the first tie, it was the first time the Minor League played a night game. The All-Star match pitted the Nationals versus the Americans, writes Sivret. And after a lengthy "big lead" held by the Nationals for most of the match, the Americans tied it up (10-10) in the 8th, and that was where it would remain as both teams struck out in the 9th.

July 14, 2008 - 2:40pm
posted by Amanda Cragg in Batavia Muckdogs, community.

The Batavia Muckdogs' home game tonight, 7/14, against the Aberdeen Ironbirds is a double header since the game was rained out on Sun., 7/13.  Game start time is 5:05pm.  Booster Club 50/50 sales will begin normal time, 6pm.  If I'm not mistaken, both games will be a total of 7 innings each, unless there's OT.

July 14, 2008 - 10:13am
posted by Jim Cody in Race cars.


I'm wondering if anyone beside myself is interested in perusing some sort of action to do something about the noise from the racing at the fairgrounds every Saturday night.

I live on Horseshoe Lake and it's impossible to carry on a normal conversation outside during the races. If I want to watch TV I have to turn the volume up so loud the neighbors hear it between races!

To me it seems incredibly selfish for the racers to impose their choice of recreation on anyone within 10 miles. I've been told they are required to use mufflers but they just install mufflers that are basically mufflers in name only. I have done some research and there are towns that have passed noise limits based on decibel limits at a set distance.

I have spoken to some people and I'm told that the cars can be heard in most parts of Batavia.

If I get enough interest I will work with others to see what can be done. It would be nice to have a peaceful and quite summer Saturday night for a change.

July 14, 2008 - 9:15am
posted by Philip Anselmo in crime, police.

Batavia city police report two arrests over the weekend.

Justine D. McWethy, 21, of 4011 Pearl St., Batavia, was charged with driving while intoxicated early Saturday morning. McWethy was stopped by police after she allegedly drove through the police barricades set up at the fire at Cristina's Restaurant.

That same morning, 19-year-old Jushua D. Quaintance, of Byron, was pursued by police following a complaint of menacing. He was pulled over on W. Main Street in Batavia and charged with driving while intoxicated.

July 14, 2008 - 8:54am
posted by Philip Anselmo in wbta, Charles Schumer, fire, Cristina's.

Check out WBTA for these and other stories:

  • The cause of a fire at Cristina's Restaurant early Saturday morning is still being investigated. The kitchen and restaurant portions of the building suffered a total loss, and the banquet rooms sustained smoke and water damage. Business owner Charles Brumstead is asking anyone who has upcoming reservations at Cristina's to call (585) 343-1029.
  • Temperatures will again climb towards 90 degrees during the second half of this week, and high humidity won't make it any more tolerable. Yay.
  • Sen. Charles Schumer says that families will pay an average of $720 more to heat their homes this winter. In the meantime, he's putting together a proposal that would provide federal aid to help families cover the cost of the increase. We should check out his Web site from time to time to see where it goes.
July 14, 2008 - 8:23am
posted by Joseph Langen in writing, planning, organization.

JOE: Good morning Calliope.
CALLIOPE: Good morning Joe. How are you today?
JOE: Raring to go.
CALLIOPE: Good. I take it you had a refreshing weekend.
JOE: I did. I chauffeured my clown Fuzzy to the Oatka Festival parade. While watching the parade I made two new contacts. Later we relaxed with friends in Penfield. Yesterday I found some sale books at the Leroy Library and continued reading The Poisonwood Bible and also completed my outline of the video, Are You Afraid To Read This Book.
CALLIOPE: Sounds busy as well as relaxing. What's on the agenda for today?
JOE: I have some library books out which I want to review for style today. I also have an evaluation to complete and the video to record.
CALLIOPE: That should keep you busy. Any progress with Marital Property?
JOE: No, I haven't had time to work on it. If I have time later today I will. If not, I will get back to it tomorrow.
CALLIOPE: You sound more organized today than you did last week.
JOE: I'm working on it. I feel I have a better sense of direction this week. I think it will help me get more accomplished.
CALLIOPE: I hope you're right.
JOE: I hope so too. Talk with you tomorrow.
(Morning- Leroy, NY)

July 13, 2008 - 7:42pm
posted by leslie rickson in Kudos.

Great job to all the Fire fighters, Police, and Rescue persons at the time of the tragic fire at Christina's Resturant.

July 13, 2008 - 3:45pm
posted by Michael S. Cole in Searching for Peace and Serenity.

Thanxs so much for this Web Page. I've been hoping for a place like this to communicate with folks back home. I've just been viewing the site and it's a great start. I hope more is to follow.

I'm hoping some of my classmate from 1974 would commuincate thru this forum from time to time,or any one from back in the day would as well.

My hope is that there are some folks from this time still in town and look to this site occassionally.

Now for my request to the folks who put up and maintain this site. How about some throw back photos and events from time to time, it might scare us and humor us as well.

It's funny, when we were younger we were looking for a way out of Batavia and fast, but having been back a little while ago, I found myself longing for some of what was lost. The peacefullness of the town, the country flavor, the warmth and serenity of the town. We thought that there was nothing in Batavia(boy were we wrong) but now in our latter years Batavia is just what we need.

Not too long ago, I heard from my friend Eddie Reger and he said that he plans on retiring in Batavia when it's his time. (Not a bad idea) As far away as life has taken us, Batavia will always be home in our hearts and mind.

Be Well and God Bless.


July 12, 2008 - 10:34pm
posted by Mollie Radzinski in baseball, muckdogs.

The Muckdogs (14-11) improved their winning streak to three games, winning 4-1 against the Aberdeen Ironbirds (12-13). LaCurtis Mayes’s (1-0) one inning of work was enough to get him the win on the mound. Adam Reifer (6) pitched a scoreless 9th, walking one and striking out two to get the save. On the losing end, Aaron Odom (1-3) pitched five innings with seven hits, two earned runs and eight strikeouts for the loss.

Aberdeen struck first with their only run in the 5th on a single off the bat of Tom Baxter followed by a double by Tom Edwards. But it was not enough, as the Muckdogs came back in the 5th to score three of their own. Back-to-back singles by Domnit Bolivar and Xavier Scruggs followed by a sac bunt by Charley Cutler, who reached on a throwing error, loaded the bases early. Singles by Frederick Parejo and Jose Garcia drove in runs and then Cutler scored on another Aberdeen error.
The last run of the night by the Muckdogs came in the 7th as Beau Riportella, Parejo and Garcia all had singles. Garcia ended the night going 3-for-4 with a double and two RBI.
July 12, 2008 - 9:36am
posted by Philip Anselmo in fire, Cristina's.

These photos were sent to us this morning of the fire at Cristina's Restaurant on Ellicott Street. Batavia firefighters say that the blaze broke out around 1:00am this morning when the building was vacant. There were no injuries, and the fire is reported as under control.

Photos taken by Steve Ognibene.

July 12, 2008 - 8:47am
posted by Joseph Langen in writing, observation, people.

JOE: Good morning Calliope.
CALLIOPE: Good morning Joe. How are you today.
JOE: So far, so good. Carol and I had a delightful breakfast and are ready for the day's events.
CALLIOPE: Which are?
JOE: Her first gig in a parade as Fuzzy the Clown. She's a little concerned about the predicted heat but we have water planned along the way just in case.
CALLIOPE: What else?
JOE: Pat and Dick invited us to their pool later to refresh ourselves after the parade.
CALLIOPE: Any literary adventures planned today.
JOE: Not particularly. I don't think I'll have time for any formal activities. I plan to take my camera to the parade to see if I can spot any characters or incidents worthy of note for future reference. That's about it.
CALLIOPE: So, a little break from writing?
JOE: Indeed. I think it helps every once in a while to step back and look around to see what is happening. I noted several unusual characters at concerts the past two nights. Unfortunately I forgot my camera last night to record the most unusual.
CALLIOPE: What do you mean by unusual?
JOE: Very strange body types as if a person were constructed by committee using spare parts. Also combinations of clothing left over from the show, What Not to Wear.
CALLIOPE: What do you plan to do with these observations?
JOE: I would like to use them as characters in my short stories and perhaps as minor characters in my novels. Time to start observing again. Talk with you on Monday.
(Oatka Festival Parade- Leroy, NY)

July 11, 2008 - 10:35pm
posted by Mollie Radzinski in baseball, muckdogs.


The Muckdogs (13-11) scored five runs to Lowell’s (11-13) two to add another win, making it two in a row. Scott Gorgen (1-0) came in to pitch in the 6th and worked three scoreless innings to get the win. He only allowed one hit while walking two and striking out seven. Lowell’s Stolmy Pimentel (2-1) was on the losing end, letting in five runs through four innings.
Batavia struck first in the 2nd on a Domnit Bolivar solo homerun to left field. But, the Spinners tied it up in the top of the 3rd on back-to-back singles by Rafael Gil and Will Middlebrooks. Ryan Dent flew out to get the RBI.
However, the Muckdogs had a big 3rd inning, scoring four runs. Frederick Parejo doubled, Colt Sedbrook walked and Jermaine Curtis singled to score the first. Sedbrook then came home on a wild pitch. With runners on second and third, Blake Murphy doubled to plate two.
Jason Buursma (1) pitched a scoreless 9th to get the save. Bolivar went 2-for-4, including his homerun. The Muckdogs are home again Saturday to begin a three-game series versus the Aberdeen Ironbirds.
July 11, 2008 - 4:06pm
posted by Philip Anselmo in crime, police.

Batavia city police report one arrest for Thursday: Andrea M. Gray, 30, of 19 Porter Ave., Batavia, was charged with second-degree criminal trespass. Police were told that Gray entered a residence on Vine Street and refused to leave.



  • 9:14am, 110 Summit St., criminal contempt
  • 9:39am, 100 Ross St., criminal mischief
  • 12:08pm, Genesee County Mall, accident
  • 1:36pm, 390 W. Main St., accident
  • 2:50pm, 341 W. Main St., fraud
  • 5:02pm, 12 Ellicott St., harassment
  • 8:31pm, 4152 W. Main St., accident


  • 12:21pm, 166 Vine St., criminal mischief
  • 12:23pm, 215 Summit St., accident
  • 12:29pm, W. Main Street, accident (car + bike)
  • 12:53pm, W. Main Street, accident (car + pedestrian)
  • 1:53pm, 6 Ellicott Place, larceny
  • 4:02pm, 412 E. Main St., larceny
  • 5:03pm, 135 Hutchins St., larceny
  • 5:30pm, Porter Avenue, larceny
  • 6:08pm, 510 Ellicott St., larceny
  • 6:55pm, 10 W. Main St., harassment
  • 9:11pm, 5 Porter Ave., trespass
  • 9:38pm, 419 E. Main St., harassment

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

July 11, 2008 - 3:18pm
posted by Philip Anselmo in veterans, video, world war two.

Today we premiere the first episode in a series that I would hope continues indefinitely. Without much deliberation, we chose Veteran's Corner as the official title — but if anyone thinks this isn't apt or not apt enough or has other ideas, please submit them before we get too far along in the series, and we'll consider renaming.

Every few weeks we hope to sit down with another veteran and just talk. There are no set topics of conversation. I don't have a list of questions. We want only for the veteran to talk about whatever is on his mind. He can talk about his time in the war. She can talk about what life was like when she got back from the war. He can talk about bagging groceries before he ever even got drafted. Whatever.

That's it.

For our first episode, we sat down with Don Nagle, a veteran of the U.S. Navy during World War II. Don told us a little about his time with the American Legion — he's the historian for the Bergen post. He also spoke a little bit about his training as a radioman for a division of the Navy's air crew, about flying over the Bermuda Triangle and about almost getting shipped to Japan for an airstrike in what may have very well been a suicide mission.

July 11, 2008 - 2:50pm
posted by Mollie Radzinski in baseball, muckdogs.

 The Muckdogs (12-11) rallied early to edge out the Lowell Spinners (11-12) 5-3 behind the winning pitcher Jameson Maj (2-1). Maj went five innings, striking out six while giving up four hits and two runs. Lowell’s Yeiper Castillo got the loss in his one inning of work, walking three and allowing four earned runs.

The Spinners jumped out to an early lead starting off with a double by Mitch Dening. Carlos Fernandez-Oliva then hit a two-run homerun. The Muckdogs came right back in the bottom of the inning to score four. Batavia loaded the bases when Frederick Parejo doubled, Colt Sedbrook was hit by a pitch and Jermaine Curtis walked. Shane Peterson then walked to score Parejo. With bases still loaded, Blake Murphy hit a bases-clearing double.
Batavia notched another run in the 2nd when Jose Garcia doubled and advanced to third on an error. Parejo then got the RBI on a sacrifice fly. The Spinners got their last run when Jonathan Hee was hit by a pitch, moved to third on a Will Middlebrooks single, then scored when Dening grounded into a double play. 

Adam Reifer let up one hit and had one strikeout in the 9th to get his fifth save. Murphy went 1-for-4 on the night with a double and three RBI.

July 11, 2008 - 1:48pm
posted by Philip Anselmo in Batavia Boogie, Daily News.

It wasn't until page three of today's Daily Fly Swat that I got to what seemed to me pretty big news — although Correspondent Susan J. Conrad's account of Oakfield's sesquicentennial on the front page was a lot of fun. In big, bold type, the headline at the top of the Local section reads: "County may ground Boogie."

Most folks may have already heard that this year's Batavia Boogie skydiving festival began with a fatal fall last Thursday when a diver's chute did not open. The story was covered extensively, and the Boogie continued through Sunday.

Itr turns out, that fatality may have more lasting repercussions for the annual festival.

County Manager Jay Gsell told Reporter Paul Mrozek that the county may "not allow the Batavia Boogie to continue" because "if an event increases the county's risk of liability, the county does not automatically approve the activity." Nothing concrete has been established. No one has yet said 'No' definitively. In fact, that's all the news there is: the county may not allow it. I put in a call to the county manager to see what exactly it would take for the county to deny the Boogie its permits for next year. I was told that he should call back later this afternoon.

UPDATE: I spoke with the county manager, who got back to me within the hour. He told me that there would not be anything specific that would make the county deny the Boogie its permits. Rather, the county will consider the Boogie more of a "secondary liability." In other words, the county does not want to get sued as a result of something happening at the Boogie, since it would be happening on county grounds.

Gsell also made clear that the county cannot "ground" the Boogie at all, so the Daily News headline is slightly misleading. The only activities the county can deny the festival goers are: camping, the use of the grounds for overnight stay and conduct of any business. If the FAA grants the skydivers permission to jump, there is nothing the county can say to the contrary.

In other news...

Target's new store in the shopping center off Veteran's Memorial Drive is slated to open July 27 — and everything seems to be on schedule. The center's other residents — Bed Bath & Beyond, Petco, Michael's and Famous Footwear — should open throughout the fall.

Reporter Kristen Kotz looks into the popularity of roadside fruit and vegetable stands. Neat article.

Remember: you can pick up your very own copy of the Daily Fly Swat wherever newspapers are sold — like, say, Main Street Coffee. Or, better yet, go subscribe at BataviaNews.com.

July 11, 2008 - 1:44pm
posted by Amanda Cragg in Batavia Muckdogs, community.

Don't forget everyone...  Every Friday home game of the Batavia Muckdogs, from now until the end of the season, is scheduled to have fireworks every night after the game.

July 11, 2008 - 8:55am
posted by Philip Anselmo in wbta, Oakfield.

Check out WBTA for these and other stories:

  • Oakfield wished itself a happy 150th birthday and kicked off a summer-long celebration last night with the burial of a time capsule. (We would love to hear from folks about some of the items they tossed into the capsule — maybe a Batavian bumper sticker.) Former Oakfield Mayor Ray Cianfrini talks about the occasion.
  • Thirty-three kids will attend this year's state Sheriff's Association Summer Camp in Penn Yan to help "create a positive interaction" between the kids and the sheriff's deputies.
  • A Livingston County man faces up to 20 years in prison following a guilty plea to child pornongraphy charges. Forshee had been previously convicted of third-degree rape.


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