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2019 holiday season

December 18, 2019 - 5:57pm

Above, the Byron-Bergen Varsity Club delivers food products to the District Office. Photo credit: Patricia Gunio.

Submitted photos and press release:

Members of the Byron-Bergen Central School District’s learning community can always be counted on to provide assistance to neighbors in need during the holidays. For many years, district students, teachers, staff, and administrators have worked together with local partners to make the season happier for everyone in the Byron-Bergen area.

This year’s Holiday Community Service program collected toys and games, clothing items, rolls of wrapping paper, boxes for wrapping gifts, and more than 1,200 nonperishable food items. In addition, close to $6,000 was donated by the faculty, staff, and others in our learning community to purchase gifts for district families in need.

Many area businesses, churches, and community members also helped out by “adopting” local families and individuals, providing special holiday gifts.

The district partnered with the local Hesperus Lodge No. 837 Free & Accepted Masons, where donated items were taken for sorting and packing. Organized by Dick Sands, the Masons and employees from both the Byron-Bergen Elementary and Jr./Sr. High schools, Board of Education members, and community volunteers pitched in to help. More school volunteers help deliver more than 100 food baskets and gifts before the holidays.

“The magic of this special season is the community spirit it inspires in so many of us,” said District Superintendent Mickey Edwards. “I am so proud of the generosity shown by all of our students and by everyone in our schools.”

A big part of the program’s success this year was the contribution made by the Varsity Club Holiday Food Drive.

Student athletes from the high school winter sports teams pulled together to collect almost 600 nonperishable food items. Each year, the teams take part in a friendly competition to collect the most food items. Congratulations to the Boys Basketball Team for theirgenerous contribution to this year’s Holiday Community Service Program.

Below, Byron-Bergen faculty and staff use the funds raised to shop for local families. Photo credit: Heather Hill.

Below, Byron-Bergen faculty and staff deliver food supplies and holiday presents to local families. Photo credit: Betsy Brown.

Below, Byron-Bergen faculty and staff partner with community members to pack food baskets for delivery. Photo credit: Wendy Didas.

Below, Byron-Bergen faculty and staff deliver food supplies and holiday presents to local families Photo credit: Betsy Brown.
December 1, 2019 - 1:02pm
posted by Billie Owens in Le Roy, winterfest, news, 2019 holiday season.

Press release:

Le Roy’s Winterfest features shopping fun and special events down Main Street and through the town from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 7. 

There are many family-friendly activities to enjoy:

  • Hope Family Center’s games and crafts for all ages from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.;
  • “Meet and Greet the Snow Queen” at 11 a.m. at Woodward Memorial Library with a hot cocoa bar, cookie decorating and crafts until 3 p.m.;
  • Visit with Santa at the Moose Lodge at 1 p.m.;
  • There is music at St. Mark’s Church at 2 p.m. with a nativity display inside the church all day from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.;
  • Penuel Christian Fellowship will have Christmas caroling throughout the day;
  • The Living Waters Church will show a popular animated Christmas movie at 3 p.m.;
  • Cookie Decorating at the First Presbyterian Church takes place from 4:30-5:45 p.m.;
  • The Christmas Tree Lighting at the corner of Main and Lake streets is at 6 p.m.;
  • An Old-Time Radio Christmas Show will be at 7 p.m. at the Photography Co-Op.

For shoppers, this is a day to find special gifts and seasonal sales and discover new stores in Le Roy.

  • The Divine Tree is offering tastings of various products and will have the Flute Quartet entertain at 1 p.m.;
  • Mama Chavez’s Taqueria will have Mexican Bingo games at the top of every hour;
  • The ART of Mandy will showcase the entries in the Greeting Card Contest;
  • The Holistic Hub will serve an Anniversary Tea Time from 4:15-5:55 p.m.;
  • In-store scavenger hunts will take place at Save-A-Lot and at the Hobby Horse.;
  • Batavia Legal Printing has a drawing and refreshments;
  • The Village of Le Roy Hardware Store is featuring its annual large giraffe drawing, with entries from any Melissa & Doug toy purchase.

Many craft and commercial vendors will be located at the Moose Lodge, the First Presbyterian Church, Ladies First Fitness, April’s Finds, Le Roy Hardware, and the Photography Co-Op.

The Le Roy United Methodist Church and the Le Roy Garden Club will have basket raffles at the First Presbyterian Church.

Explore new stores, including Le Roy Little Ones, Elmore Custom Leatherworks, Tracy B’s, Mama Chavez’s Taqueria, The ART of Mandy, and the Photography Co-Op.

There’s something for everyone in Le Roy on Dec. 7!

November 19, 2019 - 1:50pm

"The 12 Plates of Christmas" will be presented at GO ART! by Jeanne's Table on Thursday, Dec. 12.

This Culinary Arts collaboration promises to be a great -- and delectable -- way to celebrate the holiday season.

Twelve courses of fine cuisine will be served at this small plates dinner.

Only 20 tickets will be sold.

Cost is $75 per person. Beverages not included. The venue's craft beer and wine bar will be open.

It starts at 6 p.m.

To reserve your seat or get additional information, call or text 585-409-9019.

GO ART! is located in the historic Seymour Place building at 201 E. Main St. in Downtown Batavia.

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