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September 7, 2008 - 1:21pm
posted by Session Placeholder in raising the roof.

Habitat volunteers have been busy getting ready to "raise the roof" on their latest project.The second floor ceilings were too low. Friday,  the volunteers showed up at 8:00 and after a brief safety meeting, began to remove the house roof. By lunch time the volunteers had completely removed the roof and even had a  coffee break. The team of volunteers could be up to 15-20 people.

Starting Saturday morning at 8:00 the wall extensions were built, braced , and windows framed. Then the trusses were pushed, slid and pulled by over 12 volunteer workers. By 3:00 the trusses were installed and covered until the next work day, Wednesday. The workers enjoyed one or more breaks with coffee and donuts furnished by Dunkin Donuts, and lunch furnished by the ARC people.

September 7, 2008 - 12:35am
posted by Howard B. Owens in Batavia Muckdogs.

It all came down to the final game of the season, but with a Muckdogs 4-1 victory over State College at Dwyer Stadium tonight, Batavia can now boast that it's home to the 2008 Pinckney Division Champions.

The Muckdogs won the title with a slim half-game lead over Jamestown, which finished the season on a high note, taking it's final five games, including two crucial games agasint Batavia.  The Jammers beat Williamsport tonight 9-5.

The end-of-season surge helped Batavia's Western New York rivals secure a wild card birth over the Brooklyn Cyclones. The Cyclones came up short with a pair of loses in the season's final games after losing only one game in the previous two weeks.

The Muckdogs now travel to Lowell for the first game of the playoffs.

Most likely, we'll see a post from Mollie soon with an update on the final game and more information on the playoff schedule.

September 6, 2008 - 10:39pm
posted by Patrick Weissend.

Division Champs!!!!

Lets just keep winning!!!

September 6, 2008 - 4:59pm
posted by Mollie Radzinski in baseball, muckdogs.

Batavia (45-28) won big over State College (18-55) by a score of 10-2, but Jamestown swept Williamsport in a doubleheader to take a share of the division lead.  However, Brooklyn lost, securing at least a wild card spot for the Muckdogs.

Adam Veres (1-1) got the start and win in six innings with five hits, one run, three walks and five strikeouts.  Ramon Aguero (1-10) suffered the loss, pitching two and a third innings with eight hits, six runs (five earned) and two strikeouts.

The Muckdogs scored all their runs in the 2nd, 3rd and 4th innings, beginning with three runs in the 2nd.  Christian Rosa singled and Chris Swauger followed with a two-run homerun.  Later in the inning, Jose Garcia singled and advanced to second on a throwing error.  Edwin Gomez then singled to bring Garcia home.

In the top of the 3rd, the Spikes scored on a walk, single and force out.  But Batavia answered right back with three more runs in the bottom of the inning.  The runs came on a Shane Peterson single, Rosa triple, Swauger single and Frederick Parejo single.

Their biggest inning came in the four-run 4th.  It all started when bases were loaded after Charlie Cutler was hit by a pitch, Peterson reached on an error and Rosa walked.  Swauger then came up with another RBI on a sacrifice fly.  Parejo followed with a RBI single.  The last two tallies came when Garcia reached on a throwing error that allowed two to come home.

Swauger ended the night 2-for-3 with a homerun, two runs scored and four RBI.  Rosa also went 2-for-3 with a triple, three runs scored and one RBI.  The two teams face each other again tonight in Batavia at 7:05.


Tonight, Batavia can clinch a first place finish with a win over State College.  As stated earlier, the Muckdogs are a guaranteed playoff team after Brooklyn fell out of the wild-card race with a loss last night.  Here's where our Muckdog players stand in the NYPL:

  • Adam Reifer: 2nd in saves (21); 1st in games (31).
  • Colt Sedbrook: 7th in batting (.306 BA); 4th in hits (83).
  • Jose Garcia: 2nd in stolen bases (25); 5th in runs scored (46).
  • Shane Peterson: 2nd in on-base percentage (.402); T2nd in doubles (20).
  • Collectively: 3rd in batting (.268 BA); 3rd in pitching (3.30 ERA).
September 6, 2008 - 3:06pm
posted by Russ Salway.

Its been a great season at 299 Dwyer stadium and its not over yet! The Muckdogs have made the post season and can still win their division tonight.  The crowd was great last night and so was the game!  I hope everyone returns this evening and brings a friend! Let's make some noise tonight and win the division!  Who would have even thought last December when the future of this franchise was in real doubt that we would be in the post season? Thanks again to everyone involved and in saving this team and I'm looking forward to seeing the stands packed for the post season! 

September 5, 2008 - 5:13pm
posted by Philip Anselmo in Batavia Muckdogs, charity, fire.

Two weeks ago today, Patrick Burk left a comment here on The Batavian that caught our attention and that we thought might deserve to catch the attention of some other folks. It was the day after a fire destroyed the home of a Byron family (the Schramms). He wrote:

Maybe the Muckdogs can help this poor family of ten foster children that just lost thier entire home this Saturday..... Have players and/or employees do collections for them. This act of compassion would be the icing on the cake of a fine season indeed. Just a thought.

Well, what was just a thought has become reality. Thanks to a little bit of tenacity on our part and willingness from every corner, the Batavia Muckdogs have agreed to host a collection drive and a fundraiser at the home game Saturday versus State College.

Here are the details:

The Schramm family’s home burned in the afternoon on Wednesday, August 27, 2008. The entire family of 15 survived but are now left with little or none of their personal belongings. While they have received a lot of clothing through the generosity of many in the community, their needs are still great.

Among items they are requesting are non-perishable foods, personal care products, large cooking pots and pans, bedding and towels, gift cards or cash donations.

Please bring only new items. The Muckdogs will also be holding an auction of baseball memorabilia during the game on Saturday night at 7:05 vs. State College, to help raise money. All proceeds will go to the Schramm family.

So for Patrick and anyone else who may have asked: What can I do? There is your answer. Head out to the game this weekend to not only support the hometown team as they try for the pennant but to help out your neighbors, too.

For those who don't already have all the info about the team, here's that:

Location: Dwyer Stadium, 299 Bank Street, Batavia, NY 14020
Phone: 585-343-5454; Fax: 585-343-5620
Tickets: $6 – box seats; $5 – general admission; $1 OFF – group rate (20+ people)
Season Tickets: $175 – box seats; $130 – general admission

September 5, 2008 - 3:39pm
posted by Philip Anselmo in crime, police, dwi.

We received this press release today from the state police. It seems they're trying to give folks a fair warning. Here it is:

The New York State Police is warning tailgaters to beware! In an effort to deter drunk driving the New York State Police will have extra patrols following the Buffalo Bill’s game this Sunday, specifically looking for motorists driving under the influence of alcohol. Troopers will be on patrol throughout Erie County in an effort to deter drunk drivers and keep the roadways safe. Anyone traveling in the area should expect to see extra patrol vehicles and possibly DWI checkpoints.

“We want everyone who attends that game to have an enjoyable time, but most importantly to drive responsibly. By increasing DWI enforcement we hope to deter motorists from drinking and driving and avoid needless accidents or deaths,” stated Captain Steve Nigrelli, Zone II Commander. If you plan on drinking at the game, have a designated driver or make arrangements ahead of time to find a safe way home. The State Police is committed to protecting motorists here in Western New York. Anyone who is found to be driving under the influence of alcohol can expect to be arrested.

The State Police is committed to DWI enforcement and will continue to have extra patrols following all of the Buffalo Bill’s home games throughout the football season. Anyone with questions may contact Captain Steve Nigrelli at (716) 864-6390.

You've been warned.

September 5, 2008 - 3:34pm

Batavia's City Council agenda looks relatively uncontroversial—and we can all use a break, I'm sure—for their coming meeting Monday. During the business session, the group will vote on mostly financial issues, such as the "resolution to transfer $15,700 from the contingency account to the finance department professional fees and training accounts in the 2008-2009 general fund budget for the purpose of satisfying additional fees associated with the annual audit and training." Phew. Let's take a breath there. Does anyone else get a kick out of knowing that "fees" can be satisfied?

Seriously, though, Council will also take up the recently reviewed "Council Member Rules," which were brought back to the table by Council President Charlie Mallow during the conference session of the meeting two weeks ago. Rules include:

Council members understand that the time of the professional staff is valuable and will limit discussions and phone conversation during business hours to reasonable amounts of time.

Council members shall not use their position to intimidate Staff to secure a request.

Council members agree to act through the office of the City Manager and will not directly or indirectly give order or make request of department heads or City employees...

Council members are not to give direction or to give orders to any Staff member...

And so on... Do you see a pattern here? Or should I say blatant repetition: not to give orders, not to giver orders? Every rule seems to be a variation on the theme of: leave the staff alone. In fact, it seems that the "Council Member Rules" could be that one simple rule, and perhaps the title ought to reflect that, since no other type of rules are discussed.

Council will also vote to authorize the Center for Governmental Research to conduct a consolidation for the city and town of Batavia.

Click on the link below to download the agenda for the business meeting and the details regarding the agreement with the Center for Governmental Research:

Council will meet at 7:00pm at City Hall.

September 5, 2008 - 12:39pm
posted by Philip Anselmo in Daily News, veterans.

A crew of other area veterans led by Assemblyman Stephen Hawley take off today on a four-day bus trip down to Washington D.C. to visit solider memorials and Arlington National Cemetary, according to the Daily News. What's more, the paper sent Matt Surtel on the trip with them. Surtel "will be writing stories on the experience for the newspaper."

This would be a perfect oportunity for Surtel to log onto The Batavian and do some live blogging of the trip, even let some of the veterans get on the computer and talk about their time at Arlington, on the road and in the capitol. What would it take to persuade Surtel to post his travelogues on The Batavian? If he can't do that, does he at least have a private blog of his own that we can link to? Batavia would really love that.

Batavia's new fire chief, Thomas Dillon told reporter Joanne Beck that he intends "to include all the members of the department and include them in the day-to-day decisions ... I know I will depend on them tremendously, and I will include them in my decision-making as much as I can." Dillon starts September 17.

John Lincoln will retire as state Farm Bureau president after 14 years in that position. The Bloomfield dairy farmer "was a strong advocate for getting the new federal Farm Bill to finally include aid for specialty crops, the many fruits and vegetables that are grown locally." Tom Rivers put together a detailed piece on this, for those interested.

Genesee County GOP Chairman Richard Siebert told Tom Rivers this morning that he has already "fielded a dozen calls from people looking for signs touting the John McCain and Sarah Palin ticket." Judging from the response we got from a post about Palin we put up following her speech earlier this week, we can see that folks in Genesee County on both sides of the party aisle are fired-up about this election and this veep choice especially.

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

September 5, 2008 - 11:04am
posted by Philip Anselmo in gardens, agriculture, Cornell Cooperative Extension.

Head down to the Cornell Cooperative Extension Saturday, September 13, between 9:00am and 1:00pm for the Fall Harvest Gala.

There will be a traditional mum sale, as well as unusual Colorblends of spring flowering bulbs, perennials right from the master gardeners own gardens, house plants, a Chance auction, free soil testing, and refreshments.

Participants may also try “taste testing” heirloom vs. traditional varieties of vegetables.  Lunch will also be available for a nominal fee at the event.

Don’t miss your chance to pickup some great plants for your own garden.

Call Gail Culver at (585) 343-3040 ext. 132 or stop by the extension at 420 E. Main St. in Batavia for more information.

September 5, 2008 - 9:26am
posted by Mollie Radzinski in baseball, muckdogs.

It looked like it was going to be a close game -- until Jamestown (44-29) scored twelve runs in the 5th, 6th, 7th and 8th innings to put it well out of reach for the Muckdogs (44-28), as the Jammers won 13-4 and moved to just a half game out of first place.

Zach Pitts (1-5) started the game and got the loss as he threw four and a third innings with two hits, three runs (one earned), two walks and three strikeouts.  Arquimedes Nieto had a rough outing when he came in to pitch in the 6th.  His once league-leading low ERA rose more than a point, as he allowed seven hits, eight runs and two walks.  Tom Koehler (5-5) was tough for Batavia in his start.  He got the win through his five innings with four hits, one run, one walk and seven strikeouts.

The Muckdogs took a 1-0 lead in the 1st when Colt Sedbrook singled, stole second and came home when Shane Peterson doubled.  Jamestown tied it up in the 3rd on a solo homerun off the bat of Justin Bass.  They added two more in the 5th in an inning that included a throwing error, a walk and two hit batsmen.  Three more Jammer runs in the next inning made the game 6-1.

Batavia scored their second run in the 6th.  Sedbook led off the inning with a walk.  Peterson then doubled moving Sedbrook to third before Charlie Cutler came up with a RBI single. But, Jamestown scored six runs in the very next inning to put the game well out of reach.  Batavia's last two runs came in the 7th when Jose Garcia walked, Jermaine Curtis singled and Sedbrook doubled to score both.

Sedbrook went 3-for-4 in the game with a double, two RBI, two runs scored and a stolen base.  Peterson went 2-for-3 with a double, triple and one RBI. The other multi-hit night came from Edwin Gomez, who went 2-for-4 with a double.

The Muckdogs are home today and tomorrow for the last two regular season games of the year against State College.  Get out to Dwyer and support the team as they try to clinch a first place finish!


With two games left, here's where our top players sit in the NYPL:

  • In his rough outing, Arquimedes dropped to 10th in pitching with a 2.95 ERA and 6-1 record.
  • Adam Reifer is 2nd in saves with 21 and tied for 1st in games with 30.
  • Colt Sedbrook's .311 BA is 7th in the league.  He is also 3rd in hits (83) and 3rd in on-base percentage (.399).
  • Jose Garcia is 2nd in stolen bases with 25 and tied for 4th with 45 runs scored.
  • Shane Peterson has a .406 on-base percentage which puts him in 2nd.
  • The team is 2nd in batting (.268) and 3rd in pitching (3.34)
September 5, 2008 - 9:13am
posted by Philip Anselmo in crime, sheriff, polcie.

Thomas E. Frost, 44, of Alden, was charged with a felony count of driving while intoxicated Wednesday, Genesee County sheriff's deputies said. Frost was stopped on Route 77 in Darien on reports of erratic driving. He was also ticketed with inadequate muffler and unsafe tire. He was sent to Genesee County Jail in lieu of $15,000 bail.

Juan A. Roman, 30, of Washington Ave., Batavia, was charged with driving while intoxicated Thursday, sheriff's deputies said. Roman was driving on Porter Avenue when he was spotted allegedly driving over the cement curb. He was then stopped by deputies and also ticketed with unsafe backing, unlicensed operation, moving from the lane unsafely and comsumption of alcohol in the vehicle.

Dean F. Ivison, 50, of Byron, was charged with two felony counts of third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance and two felony counts of third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, sheriff's deputies said. Ivison allegedly sold cocaine to an agent of the Genesee County Local Drug Task Force.

In regional police news... An Atlanta man wanted for murder was apprehended in Buffalo Thursday, state police said. Willie Lumpkin Jr., 33, was charged with being a fugitive from justice and sent to Erie County Holding Center to await extradition proceedings. Lumpkin was wanted on a murder warrant issued in March, 2007, and a subsequent charge of unlawful flight to avoid prosecution issued out of Atlanta that same month. State police, U.S. Marshals and the FBI searched for over a year for Lumpkin.

A tip to Crime Stoppers aided police in finding Lumpkin who was hiding in an attic crawl space at a residence in Buffalo. He refused to come out once he had been found, and the state police and U.S. Marshals had to cut a hole in the wall to remove him. No injuries were reported.

September 5, 2008 - 12:20am
posted by Howard B. Owens in Batavia Muckdogs, bill kauffman.

The Muckdogs lost. Big time. The final score of tonight's big match with Jamestown was a blowout: 13-4.

The Jammers (44-29) now sit a mere half game back of Batavia (44-28) in the Pinckney Division.

Meanwhile, Brooklyn won again, to maintain a half-game lead in the wild card race.

All-in-all, a bad night at Dwyer Stadium.

Or was it?

Tonight was "Bill Kauffman Night." Bill threw out the first pitch, autographed books for fans who gave the correct answers to trivia questions, and his daughter and a friend sang the National Anthem and "America the Beautiful."

I sat with Kauffman and his friends and family in the third-base bleachers. It was a good lesson in what it really means to attend a minor league baseball game in a small town.

It isn't all about the game. It's about the camaraderie, shared memories and hearty laughs.

That said, not a single significant play was missed by the group and the level of baseball knowledge was higher than I've found in big league stadiums where I've seen games.

If that experience in "Little Elba," as General Manager Dave Wellenzohn calls it, could be captured in a marketing message -- if more families and groups of friends could better appreciate how much fun an evening at the ballpark can be, win or lose, the Muckdogs would sell out every game.

As much fun as the evening was, the highlight might have been meeting local legend John Hodgins.

After the fifth inning, when Wellenzohn thanked The Batavian for its sponsorship of the team in 2008, and pointed out that I was sitting with the "Little Elba" group, Mr. Hodgins came over and introduced himself.

I cringed at first. I thought he was going to complain about our "fly swat" post, poking fun at a cartoon he drew for the Daily News. Nope, he said. That didn't bother him at all. He's just curious about what we're doing and wanted to meet me. That, my friends, is quite a complement.

I've seen Hodgins art work. I'm impressed. I hope to own some of it some day. I'll feel honored for a long, long time that he wanted to meet me.

I also got to meet in person for the first time Russ Stresing. We chatted for ten minutes or so as the game drew to a close. That, too, was cool.

So, you see, a night at the ballpark is more than just about the game. It's also about the people.

You should go.

Yes, the division crown isn't wrapped up yet, but there is hope: The Muckdogs, sitting in the cat bird seat, have two home games against State College (18-54) who seem hardly to even be going through the motions anymore, while Jamestown must play third-place Williamsport (38-34).

After the game, however, Wellenzohn and the Red Wing's Dan Mason insisted that State College needs to be taken seriously. There's no guarantees.  With that said, you really need to get out to Dwyer Friday and Saturday and support the team.

September 4, 2008 - 3:03pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in bill kauffman.

Local author (Dispatches from the Muckdog Gazette and Ain't My America, etc.) spoke this week at Ron Paul's Rally for the Republic in Minneapolis.

A two-part video has been posted to YouTube.

The normally mild-mannered scholarly writer really gets into it.

In part 2 Kauffman makes the case that localism, the idea that people should look first to their families and their neighbors for their sense of place, for a sense of peace, is asserting itself all over again.

September 4, 2008 - 2:41pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in Jack Davis, Alice Kryzan.

Public radio station WBFO has posted interviews with Jack Davis and Alice Kryzan.  Check the site tomorrow for Jon Powers (hat tip 26th District Congressional Blog).

September 4, 2008 - 2:09pm
posted by Philip Anselmo in congress, Chris Lee.

Republican candidate for the 26th Congressional District Chris Lee came by the office of The Batavian this afternoon, just to say hi. We were pleased to meet him and told him he could come by any time. Lee said that he's a reader of our site and comes through Batavia about once a week. He was out at a farm in Holley today, he said.

He also told us he would be glad to sit for a video interview, which we hope to put together after the primaries. Democrats still have yet to decide their candidate for the 26th. They've got three choices right now: Jack Davis, Jon Powers and Alice Kryzan.

We encourage anyone who isn't armed with a pellet gun to stop by our office and say hello anytime they're in the neighborhood. We're not always here. But if we are, we'd be glad to see you. For those of you who don't already have our address, it's: 200 E. Main St. We're in Room 5 on the second floor. It's the Masonic Temple, next door to Charles Men's Shop.

UPDATE (by Howard): 26th District Blog reports that today, Lee wrapped up his district wide farm tour.

September 4, 2008 - 2:01pm
posted by Philip Anselmo in GCC.

Genesee Community College scholarship students will get to meet two past students and hear their success stories Monday. Students and their families will meet and greet at the Conable Technology Building at 5:00pm for the Discover the Stars banquet.

College almuni Joseph Bell and Ann Bell have been invited to "share their stories and experiences at Genesee that guided them on the road to success."

Joseph Bell graduated in 1979 and continued at Canisius College and the University of Buffalo, picking up his Bachelor's and a Master's along the way. He is now Vice President of process and product integrity at Moog Inc.in East Aurora.

Ann Bell first signed up for classes at GCC when she was a 57-year-old housewife.

Immediately after completing her first week of college Ann was diagnosed with bone cancer. She underwent major surgery but despite the hardship, Ann graduated with honors and was accepted to continue her education at SUNY Brockport. She received her Bachelor's degree in Social Work and began her first professional job as director of the YWCA's domestic violence program.

From there, Ann took over as the executive director of the Genesee Region Independent Living Center in Batavia, where she worked for 16 years before recently retiring.

September 4, 2008 - 1:13pm
posted by Philip Anselmo in budget, veterans, Elections, finance, town justice.

Republicans in the town of Batavia will head to the polls Tuesday to choose their pick for town justice, according to the Daily News. Roger Muehlig put together a solid, straight-to-the-facts piece on the contenders: Thomas Williams and Dennis Rider.

Williams, 48, is a Batavia native who has a bachelor's degree from Hamilton College and a law degree from Columbia Law School. He is married and works in a law practice with his father in the city.

Rider, 55, is a Genesee Community College graduate who worked in security at GCC, then spent 10 1/2 years as a Genesee County sheriff's deputy before becoming a city police officer in 1987.

Williams already occupies the justice position. He was appointed in March when Joseph Filio retired. Rider is still a police officer but plans to retire whether or not he wins the primary. Williams is also listed on the Conservative line, so he will be an option in the general election regardless of the outcome of the primary.

Genesee County's proposed 2009 budget "for the county's self-insured workers compensation program" could go up 8 percent to $1.8 million. That an increase would mean about $60,000 more coming from "participating governments and school districts." I would suggest checking out the article by Paul Mrozek for the details on this. It's a complex topic—for me, at least. That increase in contributed funds does not necessarily mean an increase from all contributing parties. Batavia City Schools, for example, will contribute $750 less, while Pembroke will contribute $13,000 more.

All of the school districts and municipalities in the county are members of the plan, with the exception of the city of Batavia. The city withdrew from the program several years ago.

Each government and school district is assigned an "assessment," which is the amount of money it contributes toward the compensation fund.

A local veterans group is looking for ways to better assist veterans returning from the war in Iraq who may "run afoul of the law." Hal Kreter, director of the Genesee County Veterans Service, wants to look at setting up a "veterans diversion initiative" that would work much the same way as a drug court. Mrozek writes:

The goal of drug court ... is to provide a criminal defendant the opportunity to resolve a case by getting treatment for substance abuse. If the defendant is successful in rehabilitation, the judge has the option of reducing the underlying criminal chrages.

Kreter said the veterans returning from active service "are overmedicating themselves with alcohol and drugs" and often end up doing "something stupid." Many of them may suffer from undiagnosed post traumatic stress disorder.

One of the key components of Kreter's proposal is to provide the defendants with a mentor who also has seen active duty. Most combat veterans will only trust other combat veterans.

Hopefully we will see more information about this in coming months and maybe even see if some progress is made.

Another neighborhood clean-up has been scheduled for Saturday, September 13, from 10:00am to 1:00pm at the property of an elderly woman at 14 Warren St. Volunteers from God's Helping Hands/Project Hope will be on hand to remove debris from the yard. Anyone can join. Pauly's Pizza will provide refreshments for all the workers.

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

September 4, 2008 - 12:27pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in Michele Iannello, Joe Mesi, Dan Ward.

OK, maybe you knew this already, but it's news to me.

Michele Iannello, and Erie County legislator and Democratic candidate for the 61st State Senate District is married to Erie County Board of Elections Commissioner Dennis Ward.

If that isn't weird enough, Dennis is the brother of one of the other candidates in the race, Dan Ward.

According to this Tonawanda News story.

The third candidate, boxer Joe Mesi’s, is not, as far as I know, but correct me if I'm wrong, related to any of the three.

Oh, and the real point of the Tonawanda News story is how Mesi and Iannello and hurling charges back and forth.

As Erie County Legislator Michele Iannello renewed her request for an evaluation of Joe Mesi’s campaign finances, Mesi’s camp struck back with a charge of their own.

Their concern over the integrity of Tuesday’s elections stems from Iannello’s husband, Erie County Board of Elections Commissioner Dennis Ward, also the brother of third candidate Dan Ward not responding to Mesi’s request that Commissioner Ward recuse himself from oversight of Tuesday’s elections.

On a somewhat related note: We've asked all three candidates to respond to a short questionnaire, and none have yet responded.

September 4, 2008 - 10:10am
posted by Philip Anselmo in emergency, Clarence.

A deer darted out onto Transit Road in Clarence last night, striking a motorcyclist and knocking him from the bike, state police said. James H. Huntz, 59, of Lockport, was riding a Kawasaki motorcycle when the deer ran out and into the side of the bike. Huntz lost control and crashed. He was treated at the scene by East Amherst Fire Department, then taken to the Erie County Medical Center, where he was listed in stable condition.


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