December 19, 2008 - 2:36pm
DO NOT DRIVE ON COLLEGE ROAD TODAY!
I cannot stress this enough. I figured I would take the trip and attempt to get a photo of the college from the road. I couldn't go any faster than 5-10 miles per hour and literally couldn't see anything.
When I got close enough to the school, there was nothing but white. So I took a photo of my car in the middle of the road. Or, at least I think it was the middle.
December 19, 2008 - 2:18pm
You couldn't ask for more perfect timing on this one folks—that is, as long as you've already got the ingredients in the house. In this fifth episode of Cooking With the Dairy Princess, Anika Zuber shows us how to prepare a rich, white chocolate, hot chocolate.
December 19, 2008 - 1:56pm
The Daily News has posted the following notice on its web site:
DUE TO STORM: Your Friday paper may be delivered with Saturday's edition.
Also, here's the Daily's latest storm story by Scott DeSmit and Joanne Beck. Key bit of information, GCC was shut down today.
December 19, 2008 - 1:01pm
When Eric Herrmann's shift ended at Graham Manufacturing, he called his wife Heather for a ride home. The problem was, the family vehicle was trapped in the driveway and was not going to move.
Unable to get a ride, Herrmann decided to take the walk to his Clinton Street home. I noticed what looked like a snowman walking, so I stopped and took his photo for The Batavian. And of course, I gave him a ride home so the poor guy didn't freeze to death.
December 19, 2008 - 12:40pm
Update at 2:13pm: Route 77 (Alleghany Road) is still closed off in the Corfu area.
Emergency crews will temporarily close down Route 77 (Alleghany Road) north of the Thruway to clear a tractor trailer that was in an accident there, according to the Genesee County sheriff's dispatchers. Crews need to be able to get in and get out with the tractor trailer. The road should be opened back up shortly after the vehicle is removed.
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December 19, 2008 - 12:29pm
We've had so many posts so far today that some of our earlier posts have flowed off the home page.
And we've got more posts coming from Brian Hillabush and Philip Anselmo.
If you're just hitting the site for the first time today, or might otherwise have missed some coverage, please scroll to the bottom of the page and click the "next" link on the pager to see any coverage you might have missed.
Also, we continue to welcome any weather pictures or stories you might want to post.
December 19, 2008 - 12:12pm
See the Flickr set below.
UPDATE (3:00pm): More pictures added!
December 19, 2008 - 12:08pm
Nothing stops the United States postal service.
Even with massive amounts of snow, the mail is still on its way. I would guess that some carriers might be a little behind schedule because of the conditions, but they are out there.
December 19, 2008 - 12:01pm
As you drive around, all over the place, you are going to see a lot of people out there shoveling their driveway in an attempt to either get their car out, or fight off the massive amounts that will be on the ground within hours.
Here we see June Weinert of Walnut St. trying to get the snow cleared out so she can get her car out of the driveway.
This gentleman's name is Martin Cross and he's trying to stay ahead of the snow fall in his Law St. driveway.
December 19, 2008 - 11:57am
WBTA has posted an MP3 audio interview with Tom Nizoil, chief meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Buffalo. He says snow is falling at a rate of one- to-two inches per hour and that traffic conditions will remain treacherous throughout the day.
December 19, 2008 - 11:55am
We received the following notice of closures at the United Memorial Medical Center:
"Due to today’s severe winter weather the following outpatient services of United Memorial will be closed today:
Batavia Family Care
Tountas Family Care
Tonawanda Seneca Family Care
Byron Family Care
The Corporate Health Center
All services at the Jerome Center including laboratory and medical imaging
Pembroke Diagnostic Center
LeRoy Diagnostic Center
Cardiac Rehab Services, EKG, Echo and Stress Testing"
December 19, 2008 - 11:08am
A special section in this Sunday's Democrat & Chronicle will run down the details on speeding tickets: what to do when you get pulled over and what to do once you've got the ticket. Folks in Genesee County may want to pay close attention. Pembroke, it turns out, ranks third in number of tickets issued for the Thruway.
Pembroke, Genesee County, is the No. 3 spot on Interstate 90 for speeding tickets, according to a Democrat and Chronicle analysis of state Department of Motor Vehicle records. Last year, State Police issued almost 5,000 tickets resulting in convictions along the stretch of the Thruway in Genesee County; 1,738 were issued in Pembroke. Pembroke Town Court allows most speeders to plead to a lesser violation by mail.
Somehow, I don't think speeding will be a problem there today. Here are the current conditions at the Pembroke interchange:
December 19, 2008 - 10:44am
Here's the view from the web cam at the I-90/Batavia Interchange.
December 19, 2008 - 10:17am
Driving through Alabama, I just noticed a man working on his snow plow in front of the Alabama post office.
I stopped to talk to him and found out that on day like today, the worst possible thing could happen .... he ran into electrical problems with the plow.
Drew Klotzbach, owns Alleghany Farm Service and takes care of clearing some of the area businesses in Alabama. That is, once he gets the plow fixed.
December 19, 2008 - 9:57am
First post from the road. Haven't seen any accidents and nothing has come over the scanner yet, so that is a good thing. Based on this photo taken on Rt 63 in Alabama, it is strongly advised to stay at home.
There will be more updates from around Genesee County to follow.
December 19, 2008 - 9:39am
Rochester's Democrat & Chronicle has posted a Google map studded with camera icons that each represent a traffic camera posted around the city of Rochester. Each camera refreshes the picture every few minutes. This is a useful service for folks commuting in and out of the city this morning and afternoon. Although, in the next hour or two, I imagine every camera will be showing about the same thing: white, and conditions around the city and on the roads back to Batavia should be about the same: crummy.
Oh yeah: Don't forget to check out our post from earlier this morning with a pair of live updating cameras posted at the Thruway interchanges with Route I-90 in Le Roy and Pembroke.
December 19, 2008 - 8:40am
Today's featured home is on Roosevelt Ave. in Batavia. I believed it was the one recognized by the jaycees earlier in the week.
Lots of variety and color. Well done.
December 19, 2008 - 8:26am
It is almost 8:30 a.m. and I am awake, which is a very rare thing.
The first somewhat heavy snow is starting to come down, so I'm going to go grab my camera and head out in a few minutes. My goals for today are to find out what is going on around town and update everybody on The Batavian.
Wish me luck and check back often for updates.
December 19, 2008 - 8:26am
An article in the Buffalo News this morning states that 14 of the 81 nursing homes in Western New York received one out of five stars in a ratings report released by Medicare. Twelve of the nursing homes received the top rating of five stars, including two in Batavia.
From that article:
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services assigned nearly 16,000 nursing homes across the nation a star rating — from a low of one star to a high of five stars — based on health inspection surveys, staffing information and quality-of-care measures. Consumers can view the ratings, as well as the individual measures, at the agency’s Nursing Home Compare Web site at www.medicare.gov . The agency, which released the ratings Thursday, plans to update them monthly. “Our goal in developing this unprecedented quality rating system is to provide families a straightforward assessment of nursing home quality, with meaningful distinctions between high-and low-performing homes,” the centers’ acting administrator, Kerry Weems, said in a statement.
We checked the listing and found that the Batavia Nursing Home on State Street and the Veterans Home at the VA Medical Center on Richmond Avenue both received an overall rating of five out of five stars. The Genesee County Nursing Home on Bank Street received a total of four stars. Le Roy Village Green received two stars. That was it for this county.
As for specifics, the Batavia Nursing home received five stars for both Health Inspections and Quality Measures, yet a paltry two stars for Nursing Home Staffing. Ratings for staffing are based upon the number of licensed nurses available on staff and their hours of availability. New York holds an average of 173 resident nurses per facility, according to the report. Batavia Nursing Home has a total of 61 who spend a total of 25 minutes with a resident per day, compared with the average of 36 for the state. Despite the below average rating for staffing, Batavia Nursing Home was still granted the status of "much above average" overall.
The Veterans Home on Richmond received four stars for both Health Inspections and Quality Measures, and five stars for Nursing Home staffing. Please follow the links above to see the details of all the homes in Genesee County, and to check out the ratings for other nursing homes in the region.
December 19, 2008 - 7:33am
posted by Howard B. Owens