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October 6, 2008 - 5:52pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in Announcements, corfu.

Craig Wilkins will perform at 2 p.m. Ot. 19 at Union Hotel, 30 Main St., Corfu.

Craig will be celebrating his recent appearance at Jamboree in the Hills.

October 6, 2008 - 5:49pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in pembroke.

Cornerstone Church of Eat Pembroke, 2583 Main Road, will host a chicken and biscuit dinner Sunday, Oct. 26 at 12:30 p.m. until sold out.

Price is $8 for adults, $300 for children 5-12 and children under 5 are free.

dinner include homemade biscuits, mashed potatoes, vegetable, cabbage salad, dessert and beverage.

A cash drawing will follow the dinner, with a first prize of $300.

October 6, 2008 - 5:43pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in food.

Today, on my drive around Genesee County, I came across a few signs and flier for various church dinners or other community meals coming up this month.

It reminded me of a dinner at attended at Emmanuel Baptist Church on Oak Street a few weeks ago.  A woman at the event said, "Emmanuel has always put on the best dinners of any church in Genesee County."

Is that true?

If you could go to only one community dinner in October, which one would it be?  And if not in October, what church or civic group serves the best dinners?

October 6, 2008 - 2:17pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in Daily News, GOP.

The Daily News leads off today's edition with coverage -- and a family photo -- of the GOP open house Saturday. It's typical, work-in-every body's-name, newspaper coverage. No real news.  The Batavian covered the event Saturday and used it as an opportunity to get Chris Lee on the record regarding his position on the Wall Street bailout.

Monday's paper also features an interview with Beth Ryan, president of Genesee County Right to Life. Ryan says, "I want to end abortion. I want people to understand that abortion shouldn't just be illegal. It should be unthinkable."

Paul Mrozek writes about invasive plant, with honeysuckle being noted as a particular problem. He features Peter Smallidge, who demonstrated using a propane torch to burn the plants at Genesee County Park. Burning the plant at the base doesn't immediately kill it, but weakens it so it will die. Honeysuckles, which are non-native, can crowd out other shrubs and birds that nest in them have fewer successful hatches.

To subscribe to the Daily News, visit the paper's web site.

October 6, 2008 - 10:27am
posted by Howard B. Owens in Announcements, theater, GCC.

From a press release sent to us by Donna Rae Sutherland

The Forum Players at Genesee Community College, the college's student-based acting group, will be opening their 2008-2009 theatrical season with MINDGAME. Premiering Thursday, October 16, 2008 at 7:30PM in the Stuart Steiner Theatre, subsequent performances include Friday, October 17, 2008 at 7:30PM, Saturday, October 18, 2008 at 7:30PM, and Sunday, October 19, 2008 at 2:00PM.

A thrilling psychodrama by Anthony Horowitz, MINDGAME is the story of a prominent novelist and author of "true crime" stories as he enters a secluded mental asylum to interview a notorious serial killer. Between a hostile doctor, an intruding nurse and missing staff members, the author stumbles into a nightmarish world of murder and deception, and soon discovers that nothing is quite what it seems. A play full of twists and turns, one question remains...dare you play?

As the London Evening Standard stated, "MINDGAME probes the terror of madness while exhibiting roguish love of the macabre." MINDGAME features Johnny Dow (Rochester, NY) as Styler, Anjelica Sistrunk (Syracuse, NY) as Plimpton, and Edward Wolfe (Arcade, NY) as Farquhar. MINDGAME is being directed by Maryanne Arena, Director of the Fine and Performing Arts department at Genesee Community College, with Technical Direction by Edward Hallborg, the new Technical Director and Technical Theatre faculty member at the Center for the Arts.

General admission ticket prices are $6.00 for adults, $3.00 for senior citizens, students and GCC faculty, and $2.00 for GCC students (with a valid ID). For ticket reservations and more information, contact the Genesee Center for the Arts Box Office at (585) 343-0055 x6814, or by email to [email protected]. The Genesee Center for the Arts Box Office accepts cash and checks only; credit cards are not accepted. For door-to-door directions to the Genesee Center for the Arts, sent via email, visit www.genesee.edu.

October 6, 2008 - 8:11am
posted by Howard B. Owens in wbta.

WBTA reports that you can get a free flu shot (with insurance card) today.

The Genesee County Health Department will offer the shots (along with Pneumonia shots) from 9 to 11 at County Building Two on West Main Street.

Also, the Batavia City School board meets at 7 p.m. tonight Robert Morris School

October 6, 2008 - 8:07am
posted by Howard B. Owens in nation and world.

October 6, 2008 - 7:50am
posted by Howard B. Owens in nation and world.

October 6, 2008 - 7:02am
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, crime, elba, byron.

Shaun A. DiSalvo, 30, of Linwood Avenue in Batavia was apprehended Saturday morning at 4:30 a.m. for allegedly operating an ATV while intoxicated and unlawful possession of Marijuana.  Batavia officers report they spotted DiSalvo operating the ATV north on Route 98. When they attempted to stop ATV, he initially tried to flee, according to the report. After a brief pursuit, he stopped on South Jackson.  He also received citations for operating an ATV on a public highway.

Edwin L. Stancliff, 29, of Ocala, Fla., was arrested in Pembroke Thursday at 5:43 p.m. for allegedly operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated. Corfu police officers report they made the arrest after a traffic accident. According to the report, Stancliff was driving without a license and fled from the scene of the crash.

Melvin G. Draper, Jr., 27, of Walnut Street in Batavia, was arrested Saturday at 10:19 p.m. after reportedly operating a vehicle involved in a single-car accident that left a female passenger hospitalized with internal injuries. A 15-year-old passenger was uninjured. Draper was charged with aggravated unlicensed operation in the first degree, endangering the welfare of a child, driving while intoxicated, leaving the scene of a personal injury accident and speed not reasonable.  The accident occurred with Draper was reportedly operating the vehicle eastbound on Batavia-Elba Townline Road at a high speed on a wet road. Police say Draper lost control of the vehicle and it slid into a ditch and became airborne after hitting a driveway.  The report says Draper then left the scene and went to a nearby friend's house. He later returned to the scene.

David W. King, Jr., 27, of Lockport Road, Elba, was arrested Friday at 11:28 p.m. for allegedly operating a motor vehicle while impaired by drugs. He was also charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance, speeding and an unsafe lane change. Police report that they found King with a glass crack pipe and crack cocaine.

Gordon C. Gonyo, 54, of Byron Road in Byron, was arrested Saturday at 6:37 p.m. for allegedly driving while intoxicated. Gonyo was apprehended after a complaint about a vehicle being operated erratically on Byron Road.

October 5, 2008 - 8:33am
posted by Howard B. Owens in Le Roy, farm bureau, Dale Stein.

LeRoy resident and Genesee County Farm Bureau president Dale Stein gets to talk politics in the Democrat & Chronicle this morning.

Spoiler alert: He says he is voting for John McCain. He says that's his personal decision, not an endorsement from the Farm Bureau.

Among his concerns are the high cost of energy and immigration.

"Too much of this country believes we have enough labor, and we don't," said Stein, who owns Stein Farms in LeRoy, Genesee County.

The labor shortage hasn't affected Stein's own farm but he said it has caused 25 percent less cabbage to be grown in western New York because farmers knew they wouldn't have the workers for harvest.

Congress won't talk about it because they won't get re-elected," said Stein, president of the Genesee County Farm Bureau.

On energy, he favors more drilling and nuclear power.

Stein's energy costs have increased 40 percent in two years, and now his electricity bill is $7,000 a month. Electricity powers the milking system and the fans that keep the cows cool.

October 5, 2008 - 8:18am
posted by Howard B. Owens in Joe Mesi, Mike Ranzenhofer.

Mike Ranzenhofer, GOP candidate for the 61st Senate District, wants to cut taxes for you and me.  He announced his plan at the Harvester Center last week.

His opponent, Joe Mesi, tells the Buffalo News his proposal is reckless and vague.

“It’s basically a lot of fluff,” said Joe Mesi, the former professional boxer. “We agree on the need to cut state spending. The difference is, I can tell you where and how. I’m not sure he can.”

Ranzenhofer does offer the means to pay for his tax cut. He wants a mandatory 15 percent across-the-board cut in state spending and says $19 billion in savings would flow from those changes.

...

His bold proposal prompts the question: Is it credible enough to be taken seriously in Albany?

And how does one lawmaker, especially a freshman who may or may not be in the Senate majority, convince the rest of the State Legislature to cut spending at all state agencies by 15 percent?

“One legislator makes it happen by having the backbone to stand up,” he said. “I also believe my vote will be very important.”

It’s no secret the Ranzenhofer- Mesi race is one of the most pivotal in the state this year. The GOP is eager to maintain control of the Senate — it currently holds a one-seat majority — and Ranzenhofer is running for a seat that historically has been Republican.

At the GOP HQ open house yesterday, the message was Republicans would need to work hard to get Ranzenhofer elected. With a Democrat as governor and the Dems controlling the Assembly, the GOP can't afford to lose this only open Senate seat.  Among other things, the next round of redistricting is at stake.

It could be a tight race.

LoHud.com reported this week the campaign filings for each candidate:

—61st District: Joe Mesi, Democratic candidate, raised $140,250, spent $97,044 and had $52,042 on hand. Republican candidate Mike Ranzenhofer raised $67,743, spent $106,299 and had $146,746 on hand.

 

Top picture is Ranzenhofer, lower is Mesi.

October 5, 2008 - 7:37am
posted by Howard B. Owens in business, graham corp.

Batavia-based Graham Corp. hasn't been immune to the recent tumble in stock prices.

The company, which traded at a 52-week high of $109.82 in mid-August, closed Friday at $40.18, only 18 cents above it's 52-week low of $40, achieved in early January.

The stock lost 32 percent of its value in the past week, falling $18.68 per share.

On August 31, the Democrat and Chronicle ran a story noting that Graham was the region's best performing stock for the previous 12 months.

You can read company press releases and see it remains a strong financial performer.

In July, GHM announced a dividend increase and a 2-for-1 stock split to take effect tomorrow.

October 4, 2008 - 11:43pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, crime, Le Roy.

Paul M. Rossiter, 19, of Woodstock Gardens, Batavia, was arrested Saturday evening on Route 237 in Byron for alleging possessing marijuana. Rossiter was reportedly the passenger in a vehicle that was pulled over in a traffic stop by a sheriff's deputy.

William Stephans, Jr., 41, of Lake Street in LeRoy, was arrested for allegedly driving while under the influence. He was stopped by a deputy on Route 5 in Stafford.

Both of these incidents were reported in press releases from the Genesee County Sheriff's Department.

October 4, 2008 - 7:27pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in Barack Obama, john mccain, nation and world, Sarah Palin.

How desperate is the McCain campaign getting? They're getting silly with attacks on Obama because of tenuous ties to a former 1960s radical once accused of being involved in anti-Vietnam bomb attacks.

Palin made the chargers today.

(CNN) -- Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin on Saturday slammed Sen. Barack Obama's political relationship with a former anti-war radical, accusing him of associating "with terrorists who targeted their own country."

Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin lashed out at Sen. Barack Obama's  ties to controversial figure William Ayers.

Palin's attack delivered on the McCain campaign's announcement that it would step up attacks on the Democratic presidential candidate with just a month left before the November general election.

"This is not a man who sees America as you and I do: as the greatest force for good in the world," Palin said at a fundraising event in Colorado, according to a statement released by the McCain-Palin campaign. "This is someone who sees American as imperfect enough to pal around with terrorists who targeted their own country."

The Washington Post fact checked these chargers when Hillary Clinton raised them during the primary (so not only is McCain/Palin sliming, they're sliming with old news).

The only hard facts that have come out so far are the $200 contribution by Ayers to the Obama re-election fund, and their joint membership of the eight-person Woods Fund Board. Ayers did not respond to e-mails and telephone calls requesting clarification of the relationship. Obama spokesman Bill Burton noted in a statement that Ayers was a professor of education at the University of Illinois and a former aide to Mayor Richard M. Daley, and continued:

Senator Obama strongly condemns the violent actions of the Weathermen group, as he does all acts of violence. But he was an eight-year-old child when Ayers and the Weathermen were active, and any attempt to connect Obama with events of almost forty years ago is ridiculous.

...

But the Obama-Ayers link is a tenuous one. As Newsday pointed out,

Obama's ties to Ayers are no more meaningful than McCain's ties to Ho Chi Minh. They are the kind of ties that two people who share some overlap in political belief and live in the same neighborhood, caring about the same local issues, are likely to form. The only thing you can fault Obama for is planting the early stages of is political career in Chicago.

The politics of attack and destruction are bad for America. Clearly, Palin was hired to be the attack dog. That decision does not reflect well on McCain.

October 4, 2008 - 6:27pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in Announcements.

Tom Donahue sends along the Silver Lake Country Club newsletter:

Hello Golfers, 

Become a member of the best country club “you can afford” in Western New York.  We are now accepting applications for the 2009 campaign.  PLAY FREE GOLF FOR THE REST OF 2008!!  HOW?  If you are interested in joining Silver Lake C.C. in 2009, you can join now. Anyone that joins now (for 2009) can play free for the remainder of the 2008 golf season.

This past Monday I had the pleasure of “teeing it up” with Dick Bausch, Kevin Ward and Rich Nobles in the Rochester District Golf Association’s 2008 Annual Fall Roundup at Penfield Country Club.  I am proud to announce that we won the event by 10 shots.  It was a great team effort and I really enjoyed the day. 

SAVE THE DATE!!  Our “Final Celebration” for all members which will be Friday, October 10th beginning at 5:00pm – Free Dinner, Cash Bar and Final Celebration.  What a way to end it!!  The party goes until we all tire out (or the bar runs out of drinks, ha).  Please rsvp through email or reply to this or you can call us in the Golf Shop at 585-237-4131.  It will help us to schedule enough staff on that date. 


If you know someone that does not get these emails, please inform them of our celebration.  Right now we have 40 members signed up for the evening and we’d like to see that number get to over a 100.  If you know a member that doesn’t have access to email, please let them know about our party.   Don’t miss a great time!!

We recently mailed out a nice letter from Ernie & I along with a 2009 Membership Application.  If you did not receive the mail-out, it is quite possible we do not have a correct address for you.  You can stop by the Golf Shop to attain a copy or call us with your correct mailing address and we will forward one to you.  You should be able to download the application for our website by Monday.
   www.golf-silverlake.com


Still open to the public and the best place “you can play”.  We have new lower fall rates.  Call the Golf Shop at 585-237-4131 for more details.

Tuesday Night should be a nice evening and the weather forecast is great.  The Fall Mixed League will begin at 4:45pm.  Just show up if you are interested. 

Many of you are asking “how long is the course going to remain open?”  The answer is simple:  as long as golfers are coming out, we will remain open.  As long as carts are not doing damage to the course, we will allow carts out.  Call your friends. 

All golf bags must be removed from storage by October 30th.

All golf shop credit must be used up by October 30th.   All accounts will be cleared on November 1st.

We are beginning the process of creating a new golf scorecard for the club.  If you (or anyone you know) is interested in advertising on our new cards, please let me know.  Details of costs, size, colors, position, etc. are forthcoming. 

Silver Lake Country Club is a great place to hold your next golf tournament, fundraiser, wedding reception, corporate outing, private party, luncheon or dinner.  We are already booking 2009 events so don’t wait!!  Call 585-237-6308 for more details.

The new handicaps are posted on both boards.  Your next handicap revision will be on October 8th. 

If you know a fellow member that does not have access to a computer but would like a hard copy of this weekly email, please let them know they can pick one up in the Golf Shop.  If they have a computer but no email, I will be happy to set them up with an email address and also show them how to use it. 

I hope everyone has a wonderful week.  See you on the links.

Thank you.

Td

Thomas R. Donahue, PGA
Head Golf Professional
Silver Lake Country Club
3820 Club Rd.
Perry, NY 14530

October 4, 2008 - 2:04pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in Chris Lee, GOP.

Republican congressional candidate Chris Lee told me this afternoon that Congress should have passed the "stabilization package" (he doesn't like the word "bailout") on Monday.

He said what Congress passed Friday, with it's millions of dollars in pork spending, demonstrated that some members are "more concerned with saving their seats than with doing the right thing for the country."

chris lee

When I asked him about how Democrats blame deregulation, and Republicans say there are still too many regulations -- such as Sarbanes-Oxley, which did nothing to help matters -- Lee said, "We have all of these new exotic financial instruments, so we need updated regulations to ensure we have control."

"There have mistakes made, and I don't like to point fingers," said Lee, adding again that both Republicans and Democrats share the blame. "I don't care about any of that. I care about getting to a solution and protecting taxpayers."

In the middle of our talk, Lee changed subjects to the Democrats attacking him for sending jobs to China.

"We run a business today that employs people from more than 300 families in Western New York," he said. "The comment that we export jobs to China is as far from the truth as possible."

He added that his company exports parts to China, made in Western New York, and those pieces are then assembled in China to build products that are sold to Chinese.

The reason to do that, he said, is so the competition does not create those products in China for export to the United States to compete with his company. "It's very smart," he said.

So, here I am, in our Batavia office on a Saturday afternoon. My wife isn't too happy with me because I should be home cutting the lawn and now rain clouds are gathering. But this morning when I heard that Lee was in Batavia today, I wanted to talk with him about the bailout issue.  It's been hard for anybody to get much of an answer out of him on the topic.

I brought my video camera and wanted to get his answer on video. This is an important issue, and I thought it would be a fairer bit of journalism to let Lee answer it in as an unfiltered way as possible. To me, it's for Lee's own good to speak right to the voters  and say what he wants to say.

Lee's campaign manager Nick Longworthy did not want me video taping the interview. I pushed the issue a little bit with Lee, but he wanted to go along with his campaign manager's advice, and I'm not here to be a jerk and insist on having my way.  I'm not Mike Wallace playing "gotcha journalism." Also, I get Nick's concern. It would be very easy for the opposition to take a quote out of context and use it in a negative ad.

The 26th District is close, but a reasonably safe GOP district. I'm sure Lee's advisers are continually counseling him to be cautious and not do or say anything that could turn the district against him.  I get that. But I also believe that it is during an open-seat election that voters have their best chance to get inside the head of the man or women who might represent them for many years.  Once the winner is safely in office, they often retreat behind press releases and sound bites.  Now is the time to get as much unvarnished information from them as possible.

I did use my little Flip camera to get a bit of quick video from the GOP open house, just to capture the scene a bit.  I'll post that shortly.

BTW: If Chris Lee, Nick Longworthy or anybody else from the Lee campaign wishes to clarify or amplify on anything I wrote, you're welcome to post in the comments, or in a new blog post.  Nick is also welcome to post the audio tape that he captured of the interview.

Here's the quick video.  NOTE: Flip batteries went dead just as Lee started to speak (after Tom Reynolds).  I did hear what Lee said, because I immediately ran to my car to get my other video camera, but Lee's statement had to be pretty short. My car wasn't far away at all. (Disappointing, too, because it wasn't that long ago that I put new batteries in the flip).

UPDATE: Here's a short Buffalo News story on the GOP HQ grand opening.

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.

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