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July 10, 2008 - 12:39pm
posted by Philip Anselmo in Daily News, GCC, youth, County Legislature, Oatka Festival.

Not much Batavia news on the front page of today's Daily News that wasn't already featured on The Batavian. In fact, both Batavia stories — one about GCC's $4 million capital project and the other about LeRoy's Oatka Festival — were on our site this morning and yesterday, respectively. (Check out the link on the right to the Buffalo News coverage of the Legislature meeting for more details.)

Inside, the Youth Page features a pair of articles on summer parks programs run by the Batavia Youth Bureau: the 2008 Batavia Summer Youth Program, which features weekly tennis activities. Call (585) 345-6420 for more information.

Tom Rivers has a nice column on today's opinion page about a local man's ties to an Olympic coach, and the wonders of the pole vault.

As always, we encourage you to pick up a copy of the Daily News at your local newsstands — Main Street Coffee has some, plus they have coffee. Or, better yet, visit BataviaNews.com and subscribe.

July 10, 2008 - 12:02pm
posted by Philip Anselmo in GCC, jaycees, Cruise at the College, cars.

Pow! Can you see that sunburst on that sunburst-orange hood? That's hot. Hot!

Genesee Community College's Cruise at the College is right around the corner: July 26. We mentioned yesterday that the Batavia Area Jaycees will be holding a chicken barbecue.

So, what else can you expect?

How about several custom-built trikes from Skull Crusher Trikes of Leicester on display. Or "remote-controlled flying machines" flown by the Batavia Flying RC Club. Plus there's music, "ultra lights" and good, hot picnic-style food. Then, of course, there's the classic cars, motorcycles and trucks.

Dash plaques (see them to the left here) will be granted to the first 200 cruisers. Pre-sale tickets for the chicken barbeuce are available for $8 through the Jaycees — just call (585) 343-5775. Entry to the Cruise is free. Pauly's Pizza will be serving up slices. The Batavia Lion's Club will serve up some dogs and burgers. Abbot's will be serving frozen custard.

The cruise starts at 4:00pm and should go to about 8:00pm.

Call (585) 345-6809 for more information.

July 10, 2008 - 10:45am
posted by Philip Anselmo in crime, police, sheriff.
  • Nineteen-year-old Anthony S. Molaro, of Alabama, faces several felony charges following an investigation into an incident that occurred on June 28, Genesee County sheriff's deputies said. Deputies were told that Molaro violated an order of protection by allegedly locking a person in a car and forcing conversation by threats. Molaro was charged with first-degree criminal contempt, first-degree unlawful imprisonment and first-degree coercion.
  • Genesee County sheriff's deputies reported several arrests made at the Motley Crew concert at Darien Lake last night. Three men were charged with second-degree harassment, and all three were accused of punching or otherwise attacking security officers at the concert. They were: Andrew D. Bolya, 26, of Franklinville; Joseph J. Manners, 23, of Kenmore; and Brian M. Slater, 35, of Syracuse. Bolya, 26, of Franklinville, was also charged with unlawful possession of marijuana.
  • Amber L. Knapp, 22, of Oakfield was charged with second-degree criminal contempt, second-degree criminal trespass and petit larceny yesterday afternoon, city police said. Knapp was accused of entering and taking something from a Summit Street residence in Batavia that she had been barred from entering per a court order.

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

July 10, 2008 - 9:02am
posted by Philip Anselmo in city council, youth football, mall.

City Council will vote Monday to allow Batavia's Youth Football program to remain one more season at Dwyer Stadium before relocating somewhere else in the city — that "somewhere else" will remain to be determined.

You can read our earlier posts to learn more about this issue that has ignited a bit of a controversy among council members and city residents. Many say that it would not cost the city much money at all if the program stayed at Dwyer one more year. Others say exactly the opposite, that, in fact, it would cost the city no less than $10,000 to let youth football play another season.

Public comments will be welcome at the meeting prior to the vote.

Also on the agenda for council's business meeting Monday:

  • Recognition of a $6,000 grant for portable radios for the police department.
  • Contract agreements to hire firms for tree trimming and removal and for grant writing.
  • An agreement with the town of Batavia to pursue consolidation studies.

Click here to download the complete business meeting Agenda.

During council's conference meeting Monday, council members will continue the discussion of tree trimming and removal policies throughout the city, sparked in part by the concerns of Councilwoman Marianne Clattenburg that inconsistencies left some neighborhoods looking barren while others were flush with greenery.

Also on that agenda is a discussion on a new sign proposed for the Batavia City Centre mall drawn up (quite literally) by City Manager Jason Molino and presented to the Mall Merchants Association. (You can see the sketch for it to the left here.) This sign would be placed at bothe entrances to the mall and cost approximately $17,000.

Unfortunately, Molino says in a memo to Council, the mall merchants "did not like the design because they stated they could not advertise for events, and that they have lost revenue due to the lack of the sign."

Molino goes on: "When I inquired as to the benefits of even advertising and how much income they received due to the prior sign, there was no response."

The merchants instead requested a free-standing sign that was drawn up by Assistant City Managaer Sally Kuzon (see below). Molino commented in the memo:

"I stated that sign will be placed in-between City Hall and Hawley Insyrance and that a free standing sign downtown would not look very good aesthetically and that it would interrupt the continuity of the pedestrian sidewalks."

No matter. The merchants liked the design of the free-standing sign, which would cost between $15,000 and $20,000.

Any questions?

I don't know about anyone else, but I'm a little doubtful that the first sign would cost $17,000 — it doesn't seem like much more than plastic letters mounted on the entrance.

July 10, 2008 - 8:18am
posted by Philip Anselmo in wbta, GCC, County Legislature.

Check out WBTA for this and other stories:

  • The Genesee County Legislature unanimously approved a $4 million renovation of athletic facilities at Genesee Community College that will include the addition of softball and soccer fields with artificial turf and lighting. State funds will cover half the cost.
July 9, 2008 - 4:06pm
posted by Philip Anselmo in Daily News, music, Le Roy, Oatka Festival.

So... the whole back page of the A-section in today's Daily News is devoted to coverage of two out-of-town festivals happening this weekend: a Taste of Buffalo and the Sterling Renaissance Fest. Both are fine guarantees of a good time, I'm sure. I know I plan to head down to Sterling later this summer. Probably for the Pirate Revel. Argh!

But we're here to say that you don't have to go that far.

LeRoy, everybody's favorite world capital of Jell-O, will be hosting its annual Oatka Festival this Saturday and Sunday. Buffalo and Sterling are both Thruway stops away. heck, you can almost throw a stone from Batavia and hit LeRoy.

LeRoy's Oatka Festival, held on the banks of the lovely Oatka Creek, began in 1989. Its organizers did all they could to ensure the event would be "an old fashioned community gathering" — and they've kept it that way ever since.

You could say the festivities kick off at 11:00am Saturday with a parade down Main Street in LeRoy. That same day, you can expect no less than a backyard family circus, a chicken barbecue, brass bands and "cookie song writing for kids" — not sure what that means but it sounds fun.

And that's just Saturday.

Sunday will keep the music going — including a high school talent show under the tent. For the readers out there, the Woodward Memorial Library will continue its used book sale throughout the weekend. Then, of course, there are the crafts, the food, the 5K Walk/Run and the Vietnam Veteran's Duck Derby.

Click here to download the full schedule of events as it was printed in the LeRoy Pennysaver, or check it out on the Web site.

July 9, 2008 - 2:40pm
posted by Philip Anselmo in baseball, muckdogs, Daily News, sports.

A story in the local section of today's Daily News about the logo design contest for the New York-Penn League was missing one very important element. In a story all about designs, it would have been nice to see them.

So I went online and found them.

First things first, make sure you visit the Web site and vote for your favorite. There are six altogether from five finalists — Matthew Steinberg of Corfu got two submissions into the finals. Unfortunately, you can't tell which two are his. (This one to the left here is the current logo.)

Here are some more details about the contest from the Minor League Baseball Web site:

At the beginning of April, the New York-Penn League announced their current logo would be retired at the completion of the 2008 season. In an effort to find a new mark, the league announced a contest to help design the new logo. The league received over 80 designs from talented artists as far away as Paris, France, as well as designers from throughout the New York-Penn League community. After narrowing the competition to the top five designs, the contest will now be turned over to you, the fans, to select the league’s new logo.

And here are the final six. I kind of like Option Nos. 4 and 5.

Now, go vote!

July 9, 2008 - 2:09pm
posted by Philip Anselmo in crime, Daily News, police, Genesee County Fair.

What's going on in today's Daily News? Let's take a look...

A former Orleans County resident, who is considered a "person of interest" in the shooting death of Oakfield man William Fickel in 2005, was jailed in West Virginia a couple weeks ago. James M. Nichols, 55, was sentenced to 63 months in federal prison for possessing firearms that he should not have had since he's a convicted felon. While the charges do not relate to the murder, they were discovered as a result of its investigation. Read the article by Scott DeSmit for the full details of Fickel's unsolved homicide and the $100,000 reward for information leading to a conviction.

Reporter Tom Rivers takes a look at some changes in store for the poorly attended Genesee County Fair. Fair organizers hope the changes will bring in more bodies. Genesee has had the second poorest attendance out of eight upstate counties over the past several years, second only to Livingston. Changes this year will include:

  • Charging admission by the carload rather than per person: $5.
  • Offering an "Everything Pass" for $12 that gets you admission, rides and events.

In addition to the typical fair events, folks should expect live music daily and fireworks Friday and Saturday. The fair opens Tuesday and runs through Sunday.

A public hearing in Oakfield tonight will be the first to get input into a potential merger of the courts in Oakfield, Elba and Batavia.

A story in today's local section about a Genesee Community College $4 million capital project was featured in the WBTA news roundup on The Batavian this morning.

God's Helping Hands and Project Hope are looking for more volunteers for another neighborhood cleanup that runs from 10:00am to 1:00pm Saturday on South Spruce, Prune and Jerome Streets. Call (585) 344-2997 to join up.

Nothing local in sports news today.

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.

Monday:

  • 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

Tuesday:

  • 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.

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