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October 17, 2009 - 12:46am
posted by Howard B. Owens in football, sports, Oakfield, oakfield-alabama, High School.



With Oakfield-Alabama and Cal-Mum trading scores through the first three quarters of their quarterfinal sectional playoff game tonight, and both teams seemingly able to run the ball at will, it became evident as the fourth quarter started that the winner would be decided when one defense or the other made a stand and stopped a drive.

And that's exactly what happened.

On its first drive of the fourth quarter, the Hornets couldn't get past the Red Raiders 40 yard line and Cal-Mum took over on downs.

Minutes later, the Red Raiders were in the end zone and with a two-point conversion, and obtained what would prove to be an insurmountable lead, 30-21.

The Hornets would score one more touchdown, but fall short by two points, 30-28.

"It came down to them just pounding the ball at us and not getting away from what they do best," said Hornets Head Coach Brian Palone after the game. "They made the plays when they needed to make the plays."

The two-point margin can also be explained by two failed point after attempts. In the second quarter, kicker Jon Fisher hit an upright, and in the third quarter, a high snap spoiled the attempt.

The Hornets got off to a quick start when Fisher placed a perfect onside kick down the far sideline and OA scrambled and took possession of the ball.

The offense then marched the ball 45-yards down the field for a score and a 7-0 lead. Matt Osmancickli scored that TD on a one-yard run.

But the home team answered right back, bringing the ball down to the one-yard line, where Trevor Haut was able to shove his way into the endzone. Cal-Mum tried for a two-point conversion, so the score was 7-6.

On its first possession of the second quarter, OA again looked like an offense with an unbeatable run game, taking the ball down the field until Matt Osmancickli capped the drive with a one-yard TD rush. After Fisher missed the PA, OA's lead was 13-6

Cal-Mum answered right back, putting a long drive together that ended with a Trevor Haut three-yard TD run. Jon Cappotelli carried the ball in on the two-point conversion, giving his team a one-point lead, 14-13.

OA grabbed back a one-point margin when a high snap on a Cal-Mum punt attempt was kicked out of the back of the end zone for a safety. That made the score 15-14 Hornets.

Both teams scored again in the third quarter. But with a muffed extra point attempt and a successful two-point conversion, Cal-Mum was able to convert another two-point try, so now the Raiders were up 22-21.

The Raiders were able to stop Oakfield-Alabama on its fourth-quarter drive and immediately answer back with another touch down. This time it was on a 19-yard pass from Mike Anderson to Dan Whiteside, plus they tacked on two-more points. The Hornets found themselves in a bit of a deep hole, down 30-21.

But OA kept fighting, engineering another drive that culminated in a one-yard rush by Osmancickli and an extra point from Fisher, making it 30-28, which is how the game would end.

The Hornets got off to a slow start this season with Coach Palone taking over the program for the first time and finding himself with few returning seniors. Palone and other coaches around the league will tell you that OA has been a team that has improved greatly every week as the season progressed.

Palone said tonight he's proud of the progress his team has made.

"I thought this was the best game we played all year and that’s all I can ask of them, to just get better every game," Palone said.

NOTE: About the video -- yes, I miss my high-def camera. It won't be repaired for another six weeks.


October 15, 2009 - 4:52pm
posted by Billie Owens in Announcements, Oakfield, Alabama.

As part of his ongoing constituent outreach events, Assemblyman Steve Hawley
(R, I, C - Batavia) invites you to join him at a series of Town Hall meetings on Saturday, Oct. 24 throughout Genesee County.

"Serving as your state representative is one of the most rewarding experiences of my life and I am proud and honored to serve you," Hawley said in a press release.

"In order to ensure your voice is heard in Albany, I am hosting this series of Town Hall meetings and I hope you will come to share your thoughts and concerns with me."

Town of Alabama -- 10 a.m.
Alabama Town Hall
2218 Judge Road

Village of Oakfield -- 11:30 a.m.
Oakfield Village Hall
37 Main St.

Village of Bergen -- 2 p.m.
The Tulley Building
11 N. Lake Ave.

For more information regarding this series of Town Hall meetings or for more information on future meetings, please call Hawley's district office at (585) 589-5780.

October 14, 2009 - 12:42pm
posted by nancy baxter in dinner, Oakfield, church.

Oakfield United Methodist Church

Annual Pork Roast Dinner

2 South Main Street Oakfield

Menu:  roast pork, dressing, potatoes, sauerkraut, carrots, roll, drink and dessert

Saturday October 24th

4:30 - 6:30pm


Children $4.00

Adults $8.00

October 13, 2009 - 2:41pm
posted by Steve Hawley in Oakfield, steve hawley, Alabama, public.







As part of his ongoing constituent outreach events, Assemblyman Steve Hawley (R, I, C – Batavia) is inviting members of the public to join him at a series of Town Hall meetings to be held on Saturday, October 24 throughout Genesee County. 


“Serving as your state representative is one of the most rewarding experiences of my life and I am proud and honored to serve you.  In order to ensure your voice is heard in Albany, I am hosting this series of Town Hall meetings and I hope you will come to share your thoughts and concerns with me,” said Assemblyman Hawley.


All members of the public and press are invited and encouraged to attend.  For more information regarding this series of Town Hall meetings or for more information on future meetings, please call Hawley’s district office at (585) 589-5780.

Assemblyman Steve Hawley’s Genesee County Town Hall Meetings:

Saturday, October 24

Town of Alabama

10 a.m.

Alabama Town Hall

2218 Judge Road



Village of Oakfield

11:30 a.m.

Oakfield Village Hall

37 Main Street


Village of Bergen

2:00 p.m.

The Tulley Building

11 North Lake Avenue



October 11, 2009 - 10:17pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in Oakfield.

Oakfield Fire is responding to an alarm at 40 Garibaldi Ave..

UPDATE 10:43 p.m.: Some time ago, I heard something about a smoking engine. Not sure if it was this call, but the chief just requested a full engine company response.

UPDATE 10:46 p.m.: "There's a hot spot in one of the bathrooms. We're trying to get access to the attic."

UPDATE 1:49 a.m.: Not all crews have cleared the scene, but units are being put back in service.

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October 6, 2009 - 4:15pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, accident, Oakfield.

A 16-year-old Batavia boy suffered hurt his arm and shoulder and was transported to UMMC yesterday following an ATV accident on Maple Road in Oakfield.

Arnold M. Cody, of 2879 Batavia-Oakfield Townline Road, was reportedly traveling too fast when his ATV hit a puddle of water, causing the ATV to overturn.

No other vehicles were involved in the 4:30 p.m. accident.

October 6, 2009 - 4:02pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, crime, Oakfield.

Jeffrey Michael Johnson, 21, of 26 Farnsworth Ave., Oakfield, is charged with harassment. Johnson is accused of slamming his girlfriend to the ground and repeatedly punching her. The alleged incident occurred Sunday at 4 p.m. Johnson was released on his own recognizance with an order of protection for the woman.

Brandon M. Riordan, 23, of Rochester, was charged for unlawful possession of marijuana. Riordan was arrested by State Police while in Batavia at 12:35 a.m. today.

October 3, 2009 - 1:02pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in Attica, football, sports, Oakfield.




Attica was able to convert two Oakfield-Alabama turnovers in the second half into big plays to literally run away with the game in Oakfield last night, capturing a 34-21 win.

Spirits were high for Oakfield when the team emerged from the locker room on homecoming night with a 14-7 lead, but on its first possession of the third quarter, a fumble gave Attica the ball well into Hornets' territory and a few plays later, Brandon Rollings squirted into the end zone on a 14-yard run. It was Rollings' second TD of the night.

Attica Head Coach Jeff Cusmano said turn overs and the Blue Devils' ability to convert those turnovers into big plays was the key to the game.

"We got the running game going," Cusmano said. "They were clogging up the middle and we got to the outside a bit. We were just digging down and grinding it out."

The game remained tied until the third quarter when another fumble by Oakfield, now 1-4, was followed by a 56-yard dash by Brad Clark. It was Clark's first of three TDs of the night.

"The first half we came out like I expected them to, and just like Notre Dame last week, we came out firing on all cylinders," Coach Brian Palone.  "We’ve just got to find a way to finish games. Right now we’re not playing four quarters of football."

Oakfield pulled even again on an 84-yard run by Jason Stanley. It was Stanley's second long TD run of the night. He also scored in the first quarter, going 64 yards for the TD.

But it was all Attica (4-1) from that point on in the game. Clark scored twice on runs of 62 and 81 yards to seal the victory.

Cusmano said Clark, who had 296 yards on 27 carries, was the star of the game, but also praised the offensive line.

"They just did a tremendous job," Cusmano said. "They dug down and just ground it out. I would have to say it all starts up front and Brad will be the first guy to tell you that without the blocking up front, he wouldn’t have had what he had."

It was some of those big plays that helped Clark run up so many yards that were the undoing for Oakfield, Palone said.

"We can’t allow big plays," said the Oakfield Coach. "Attica was able to get some big plays on us and put together some big drives on us and it was tough for us to battle back."

The turnovers, of course, were crucial mistakes.

"It came down to what we preached for the past couple of weeks – we’ve got to protect the ball and we weren’t able to do that, and defensively, we can’t allow big plays," Palone said. "Attica was able to get some big plays on us and put together some big drives on us and it was tough for us to battle back."

Next week, Alexander goes against undefeated Holley. Cusmano thinks his team will be ready.

"We’re making progress every week and you know the kids are growing," Cusmano said. "They’re going to make mistakes; you know, you roll out a bunch of young kids and they’re going to make mistakes. We’re getting better every week and cutting down on our mistakes. We'll go into the Holley game next week and see what happens."

Besides Clark, for Attica, Brandon Rollings had six carries for 37 yards. Brandon Banks led the defense with nine tackles. Alex Arnone had seven tackles and two fumble recoveries.

For OA, Jason Stanley rushed for 199 yards and scored 3 touchdowns. Matt Osmancickli rushed for 36 yards and Matt Smith carried the ball a total of 35 yards.




September 30, 2009 - 2:57pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in crime, Oakfield.

An Oakfield man who had sex with a 15-year-old girl and videotaped multiple sexual acts with the girl was sentenced to seven years in state prison and 15 years of supervised release following his time in lock up.

Corey W. Klase, 24, was previously plead guilty to charges of sexual performance with a child and rape in the third degree. He was originally indicted on 12 counts.

Klase was arrested in January after deputies searched his home and found a video that depicts Klase engaging in multiple sexual acts the girl.

Arrested a few days after Klase was his girlfriend, Jessica R. Henry, 23, of Oakfield. She was accused of directing the girl in the videos. She was sentenced in July to six months in jail and 10 years probation.

September 30, 2009 - 10:21am
posted by Howard B. Owens in Oakfield.

A fire alarm has been activated at Oakfield-Alabama High School.

September 26, 2009 - 12:00am
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, football, sports, Oakfield, Alabama.




Notre Dame moved to 4-0 tonight, but anybody who came into the Friday night showdown with Oakfield-Alabama thinking the Hornets (who entered the game with a disappointing 1-2 record) would be pushovers, they learned something about how a proud football program can rise to the challenge of a tough opponent.

The Hornets never trailed in the game until the end, with ND only pulling even twice, once at 7-7 midway through the second quarter and then at 17-17 in the final seconds of regulation time on a Matt Thompson field goal.

After getting the ball first in overtime, but failing to convert the opportunity into a score, OA saw the Fighting Irish preserve its undefeated season on a six-yard TD rush by Beau Ritcher.

The Hornets had every opportunity to even its record, but OA's defense was eventually worn down by a relentless Notre Dame running attack.

The Hornets scored first on a first-quarter drive keyed by a Jason Stanley 60-yard run, but ND pulled even midway through the second quarter when Mike Pratt capped a grinding Notre Dame drive with a three-yard TD rush.

As the first half drew to a close, there was a real sense that Notre Dame could lose the game. At a time when the Fighting Irish should have controlled the ball, at least well enough to preserve a tie going into half-time, ND went three-and-out with enough time on the clock for OA to push the ball into the red zone. With seconds left in the half, Jon Fisher put three points on the board allowing the Hornets to head into the locker room with a 10-7 lead.

In the third quarter, it really seemed as if OA was in charge of the game, taking the ball down on a scoring drive that was capped by a 15-yard TD pass from Tyler Tamblin to Brent Crawford.

In the fourth quarter, Notre Dame's ground game began to take a toll on OA's defense. Pratt and Ricther eat up a lot of yards, and eventually Pratt plows into the end zone on a 10-yard run to put the score at 17-14.

After an exchange of downs in the fourth quarter, ND again moves the ball into striking range, and this time Thompson puts through his field goal to tie the game at 17-17.

OA got the ball first in OT, but only managed a first down before coming up short. The OA defense fought hard, putting ND in a third-and-long situation before Pratt bulled his way to a third down. With the ball inside the 10, Notre Dame fought for yardage and managed to get the ball to the one-yard line before a penalty forced the offense back five yards. On the next play, however, Ritcher burst through the line of scrimmage and into the end zone to keep the Irish undefeated.


There are more pictures after the jump below.


September 25, 2009 - 2:33pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, football, sports, Oakfield, alexander, Alabama.



Oakfield-Alabama, already off to a slow start in 2009, will have its hands full tonight when it meets undefeated Notre Dame.

The Fighting Irish (3-0) has averaged 20 first-quarter points so far this season, while the Hornets are averaging only 3. Overall, Notre Dame's per-game scoring average is 26 points compared to 12.3 for the Hornets.

OA comes into the game with a 1-2 record.

"We're confident in where we're going and what we're doing right now," said OA head coach Brian Palone. "We're continuing to make progress each week. We lost a lot of experience from last year. We had only one returning player on defense. We really worked on defense this week, because the defense really struggled last week."

Alexander beat OA last week 42-17.

Notre Dame's head coach, Rick Mancuso, isn't taking the Hornets lightly, though.

"From our standpoint going into this game, Oakfield is always one of the perennial powerhouses in our league," Mancuso said. "Regardless of what their record is, like every team in our league, they work week in and week out to improve, and Oakfield is no different."

Mancuso praised the OA coaching staff and said he knows Palone will have his crew ready to play.

The Fighting Irish need to rebound, he said, from a sloppy effort last week.

"We made a lot of mental errors," Mancuso said. "Defensively, we did not play tight. We didn't play really disciplined. We need to be a more disciplined team going forward."

Norte Dame beat Barker last week 43-18. The 18 points represented the first scores against ND this season, after the team beat Pembroke 21-0 and Attica 14-0.

We'll have coverage posted by the morning. This weekend, The Batavian will also cover Alexander at Holley. Alexander comes into the game 2-1, but Holley is one of the surprises, if not THE surprise of the Genesee League so far this season. Holley is 3-0, opening a season undefeated for the first time in program history.


September 25, 2009 - 12:10pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in crime, Oakfield, alexander, Pavilion.

Gergory P. Hamm-Johnson, 19, of 10140 Brookville Road, Alexander, is charged with a felony count of DWI, aggravated DWI and illegal dumping. He was stopped by Deputy Kevin McCarthy at 2:52 a.m. for allegedly throwing trash from his vehicle onto Old Creek Road in Alexander. 

Brian T. Rushing, 24, of 3314 Eagle Harbor Road, Albion, is charged with DWI, DWI with a BAC of .08 or greater, driving left of pavement markings and unlicensed operation of a vehicle. Rushing was stopped on Townline Road in Bergen by Deputy Howard Carlson on Thursday at 5:33 a.m. for an alleged traffic violation.

Matide Maximino Luis, 21, no address, is charged with entering the country illegally. Luis was picked up last week following a traffic accident on Route 20 in Pavilion. Luis allegedly ran from the scene after deputies suspected he was in the country illegally. He was captured after a short foot chase. Luis was turned over to the Department of Homeland Security Border Patrol.

Four Genesee County men were arrested for alleged trespass on Sept. 19, according to a State Police blotter item released yesterday. The four men are apparently accused of trespassing at 2750 Maple Road, Oakfield. Arrested and charged were Ryan T. Schultz, 22, of Oakfield; Robert J. Maerten, 22, of Basom; Donald J. Maerten, 24, of Basom; and, Adam R. Bischoff, 22, of Oakfield. No further details are available.

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September 21, 2009 - 3:08pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in Announcements, Oakfield.

Genesee County native Karen Seward, the daughter of Charles and Carol Houseknecht, had an important task pop up this week: Preparing Hudson Valley Community College for a presidential visit.

"The White House was really clear they didn't want us to spend extra resources on the President but to spend those on the students," said Seward (Executive Manager of Physical Plant at HVCC).

But there were some requests like barricades for security, floor plans and additional electrical power. The college is fulfilling these, while also putting its best foot forward.

"I think we're being realistic, don't get me wrong we're really scrubbing and re-painting areas and touching up, but we're not polishing the floors," said Seward.

Seward is a graduate of Oakfield-Alabama High School.

September 19, 2009 - 11:43pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in football, sports, Oakfield, alexander.




Alexander continues to impress early in the 2009 football season.  Today, the team pushed its record to 2-1 with a dominating 42-17 when over Oakfield-Alabama.

It didn't take long for Alexander to get on the board today. On the third play of the game, Jay Schafer swept left while the Oakfield defense rushed right, giving Schafer open space all the way to the end zone.

The Hornets never closed the deficit.

On its first series, Oakfield was forced to punt, but it was blocked by Alexander's Troy Shelunt.

A few plays later, Lucas Czechowski scored on a pass and Shelunt crossed the goal line on a two-point conversion.

On the first play from scrimage in the second quarter, Alexander pushed the score to 21-0 with a pass to Stephen George.

During the second quarter, Oakfield got on the board with a field goal.

After the score, Oakfield attempted an on-side kick, but Alexander recovered on its own 40-yard line. Schafer carried it into the end zone on the next play.

When Oakfield got the ball back, Matt Smith fumbled, allowing the Trojans to mount another scoring drive.

On the subsequent kickoff, Oakfield's Matt Smith returned the kick for a TD, making the score 36-10.

On the next series, Oakfield forced Alexander to punt, but Brandon Topocrczky stripped the ball from the Oakfield returner and Alexander recovered the ball.

In the fourth quarter, Oakfield managed another TD on a rush by Matt Osmancickli, putting the score at 36-17.

Oakfield started to move the ball on the next series, but a fumble gave Alexander the ball back on its own 2-yard line. Alexander drove back down the field until Schafer scored again, making the score 42-17.

After the game, Schafer said, "It felt good to win because we haven't beaten them in a long time. We'll be taking it to Holley next week because they run the same type offense."

Oakfield's coach, Brian Palone told his team after the game "Don't get down.  Stay positive. We need to get better - and we will."

Alexander's coach said his team will work on "finishing the game."  He said they played well in the first three quarters.

September 17, 2009 - 12:28pm



Expect a hard-hitting game this Saturday afternoon in Alexander when the Trojans take on the Hornets at 1:30. The teams have matching records at 1-1 so far this season, so it's safe to say they each have something to prove.

"Expect a better performance from us this week. We need to protect the ball better and cut down our turnovers," said Brian Palone, coach for the Oakfield Hornets.

Palone doesn't consider his team a "big" team. "We're a faster team."

Running backs Jason Stanley and Osman Citkli should be the ones to keep your eyes on for the Hornets in Alexander.

The Trojans' offense has the most points in the league so far this season, so it's no surprise that the Hornets coach has his team working especially hard this week.

The Trojans run a double-wing offense - a system based on misdirection and mechanical advantages. Senior Zack Burke will take the helm for the Trojans behind a powerful line.

"Zack understands and runs the offense very well with its misdirection and hidden plays behind our big guys," said Coach Dave Radley of his starting QB. "It should be a good game because Oakfield will come out ready to play."

Both coaches hope many fans will turn out for the game this Saturday afternoon to cheer on their teams and to show support for the football programs.


September 14, 2009 - 11:38am
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, crime, Oakfield.

A former Oakfield-Alabama bus driver who pled guilty in April to criminal sexual conduct in the second degree for inappropriately touching a 13-year-old student was back in court this morning to receive a new sentence in the case.

Alan D. Tidd, 50, of 3191 Galloway Road, Batavia, initially received a "determinant" prison term of seven years. Under sentencing rules, this means a defendant is not eligible for release for "good behavior" or because the defendant is believed rehabilitated.

But the determinant sentence statute was passed until 2007, and Tidd's crime was reportedly committed in 2004.

Today, Judge Robert Noonan issued the maximum sentence available under 2004 rules, which is seven years, but Tidd could be released after two-and-a-third years.

Meanwhile, Tidd's guilty plea is under appeal. His attorney, Timothy Murphy, said outside of court that Tidd, who entered his plea only days after his arrest, felt rushed and pressured to plead guilty because he wanted to get out of jail in a hurry to care for his wife, who suffers from multiple sclerosis and is confined to a wheelchair.

Tidd, who has three children and a grandchild, has no prior criminal record.

UPDATE: To clarify the time line:

  • The single criminal act charged dates to 2004
  • The law on determinant sentencing changed in 2007
  • Tidd was arrested in November, 2008
  • Tidd plead guilty within days of his arrest, according to his attorney
  • Sometime between November and April, his attorney filed a motion to withdraw the guilty plea.
  • That motion was denied April 9, 2009.
  • He was sentenced on that day in April to a determinant sentence of seven years.
  • Today, he was resentenced to an indeterminate sentence of 2 and-a-third years to seven years (the maximum sentence available.)
September 13, 2009 - 10:45am
posted by Howard B. Owens in accident, Oakfield.

Charges are pending against a driver involved in a one-car rollover accident that sent him to the hospital via Mercy Flight.

Harry L. Flatt, 64, of 3531 Fruit Ave., Medina, was driving on Lewiston Road north of Fisher Road in the Town of Oakfield on Friday at 10:41 p.m. when he apparently lost control of his car.

His car left the road on the east shoulder and then went into a ditch. Flatt apparently tried to steer back onto the roadway. The car struck a large concrete utility block, which caused the car to overturn.

No other information is available at this time. The nature of the pending charges were not specified in the Sheriff's Office press release.

September 9, 2009 - 3:54pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in crime, Oakfield, Bethany, Michael L. Jackson.

Han Bakker is following the case of Oakfield resident Michael L. Jackson with keen interest.

Jackson is accused of breaking into Holland High Lift, 10033 East Road, Bethany, and causing a great deal of property damage and stealing equipment and a truck.

Bakker owns Holland High Lift.

"We estimate (the alleged burglar) did about $60,000 in damage," Bakker said.

And according to Bakker, chief suspect Jackson wasn't working alone. One other possible suspect left a cell phone under a desk and two women were captured on video tape.

Bakker doesn't understand why the District Attorney's office isn't prosecuting the other suspects. He said he was told the D.A.'s office doesn't think there is enough evidence against the other three suspects to charge them.

The Batavian left a message this afternoon with an Assistant D.A. seeking comment.

The group of people, according to Bakker, broke into his office building on April 11 and trashed the place. They broke glass windows in doors, apparently to help them gain entry into other rooms, even though the doors were unlocked.

Apparently, they used their own bodies to break the window. Investigators, according to Bakker, found a good deal of blood in the building.

One of the reasons the D.A.'s office was apparently slow to seek an indictment against Jackson was investigators were awaiting the results of DNA tests from a Monroe County lab. No word on whether the lab results are in yet.

Jackson is accused of stealing a 2005 Ford Supercab 250. Bakker claims that Jackson drove the truck out on South Swan, striking a tree before trying to run it into the creek. 

Jackson is currently out of jail on $10,000 bond.

Bakker is concerned that Jackson, who reportedly left the state after the investigation into the break-in began, will not consider the bond sufficient inducement to stay in the area while awaiting trial.

"I doubt will ever get repaid," Bakker said.

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