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November 7, 2013 - 3:12pm
posted by Lisa Ace in batavia, ny, Sponsored Post, advertisement, IR Systems.

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October 28, 2013 - 3:23pm

Dear Friends; 
On May 19th, 2008 tragedy struck close to home for most of us when the Reis family lost their lives too soon. A memorial scholarship fund was set up in the family’s name for remembrance that is awarded to a graduating Byron-Bergen Student each year. Unfortunately funds have diminished and with this night we plan to contribute to the scholarship so their memory can live on and continue to impact future generations in the Byron-Bergen School District. 

Our 1st Annual Reis Memorial event will have guests enjoying each others company in remembrance and a unique and exciting casino experience. At the end of the evening each individual’s chips can be “cashed” in for tickets to our Chinese auction and a chance to win an assortment of valuable prizes. Space is limited and tickets will sell out quickly! 

You can make a difference. 
Your sponsorship of, or prize donation to this event, will help bring us one step closer to achieving our goal of ensuring that college scholarships will continue in remembrance of the Reis Family. If you would like more information about the event, please contact Brendan Lougheed, Event Coordinator at (585) 721-8955 or by e-mail at [email protected]

Thank you for your support in keeping their memory alive by impacting the future Byron-Bergen scholarship recipient(s).

October 23, 2013 - 7:09pm

Don't miss the 54th annual Popcorn Ball starting at 6 p.m. this weekend at St. Joseph's School. Tickets will be available at the door. $60/couple.

Reception at 6 p.m. with food and wine pairing from Alex's Place and Heron Hill starting at 6:45. At 8:30, they will honor John Dwyer, Michael Falcone, and Tim and Wendy English. 
At 9 p.m. Raffles, Chinese Auction, followed by music and dancing. 
For event futher information, click here! 
October 14, 2013 - 1:58pm

John Dwyer will be honored at 54th Popcorn Ball with the theme of "Cork & Forks" focusing on food and wine pairings!

St. Joseph Catholic School is pleased to announce that John Dwyer will be recognized with the Outstanding Alumni Award at the 54th Popcorn Ball to be held on Oct. 26th.

This year’s theme will be “Corks & Forks” and will feature food provided by Alex’s Place of Batavia paired with wine from Heron Hill.

The menu will include a salad course, paired with dry Riesling, followed by Chicken Piccata paired with Heron Hill’s signature Eclipse White. Pork Tenderloin will be served with a Pinot Noir, followed by a flank steak complemented with a Cabernet Franc. A fruit and cream dessert served with a Late Harvest Vidal Blanc ice wine will finish the meal.

In addition to honoring Dwyer, the school will recognize Michael Falcone with the “Spirit of St. Joe’s Award,” and Tim and Wendy English will be named “Volunteers of the Year.”

John Dwyer is a 1946 graduate of St. Joseph’s School, a 1955 graduate of the University of Notre Dame, and a veteran of the Army. He is the former president of Thomas & Dwyer Shoe Stores and the former chairman and later, the executive director of the Genesee County Industrial Development Agency. Mr. Dwyer has chaired dozens of boards and advisory committees, including, the Genesee United Way, the Notre Dame H.S. Board of Trustees, founder and president Genesee County Chamber of Commerce, and four foundation boards including Children’s Home, Genesee Community College, St. Jerome Hospital, and the Notre Dame HS Educational Foundation. He has been a staunch supporter of Catholic Education and the Church, supporting not only St. Joseph’s School, but Notre Dame HS and Genesee Community College. Mr. Dwyer served as a trustee of the Diocesan Catholic Charities Board for nearly 30 years. He has been a trustee and finance chair for both St. Joseph’s and Resurrection Parish. Mr. Dwyer was awarded the 2012 Outstanding Regional Director by the University of Notre Dame Alumni Association for his leadership on the UND Senior Alumni National Board of Directors.

Michael Falcone is a 1930 graduate of St. Joseph School and operated Falcone’s Electric in Batavia for more than 60 years before retiring at the age of 92. Mr. Falcone learned the value of hard work at an early age and after graduating from Batavia High he starting working with his mother to transport farm workers. He would start his route at 6:30 a.m. with his last stop wrapping up around 11 p.m. Mr. Falcone has been a strong supporter of the Church, St. Joseph School, Notre Dame High School, Genesee Community College and Christ the King Seminary.

Tim and Wendy English are co-owners of the local Subway franchise and have donated hundreds of hours to the school. Wendy has served on SOS or Supporters of St. Joe’s and has worked on the Walk for Education and the Penny Carnival. Tim has spent many hours assisting with the Mammoth Sale, making numerous pick-ups on the weekends for the fundraiser. The couple has three children, Emily (SJS Class of 2014), Aaron (SJS Class of 2017), and 2-year-old Avery.

The 54th Annual Popcorn Ball will be held on Oct. 26 starting at 6 p.m. at the school. Tickets can be purchased at the school or at Alex’s Place and are $35/person or $60/couple. A table of 10 can be purchased for $250. Ticket prices include food, wine, beer, soda and coffee. There will be a $500 cash raffle, Chinese Auction, and 50/50 drawings.

For more information call 343-6154 or visit www.sjsbatavia.org.

October 11, 2013 - 4:17pm

Do you know me? Amy Whitmore McClellan of Hot Heads Salon 25 West Main St., LeRoy. I would like to invite you to visit me and be my guest at Hot Heads Salon. I have been in the beauty industry for 23 years.

In addition to owning Hot Heads Salon, I also am an Artistic Team member of KMS California! What does this mean? I travel the country educating other stylists on the latest trends and intensive KMS cutting and styling programs. I am required to go through intense training myself to be prepared to instruct others. I am committed to being current and even setting trends in the hair industry.

I've been able to work with some hairdressing superstars throughout the years and truly enjoy the challenge of stage work. As much as I enjoy the travel, my roots are firmly in Genesee County where my children have been raised. I am completely committed to using all my skill and knowledge to make you your most beautiful!

I use all my own photo shoot work in our ads, Web site, Facebook and in-salon material, check out my work! Visit us on Facebook - Hotheads Leroy or Web site www.hotheadsleroynewyork.com

October 8, 2013 - 8:14am

Use the PayPal button below for your purchase. Limit one per household. Remember, the gift certificate must be redeemed during lunchtime -- 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., and redeemed within 30 days, and one per table. There are a total of 10 gift certificates available sold on a first-click, first-sold basis. We're calling this a half-price lunch deal, but it should be obvious that only applies if your lunch costs $20. If you spend more, there's no additional discount.



October 7, 2013 - 4:25pm
posted by Lisa Ace in Blue Pearl Yoga, Sponsored Post, advertisement.

When Karen Reisdorf began meditating 15 years ago. The local yoga instructor studied Transcendental Meditation (TM) with a teacher from Rochester but found the process lacking, particularly the follow-up and sense of community. “There was no support,” she said, “I felt like I’d been left to figure out the rest on my own,” until she met Michael DeFrancisco and experienced his Blessing Meditation technique. Now the Batavia resident and owner of Blue Pearl Yoga is collaborating with DeFrancisco to bring “Blessing Meditation” to Western New York in a series of skype workshops in October and an in-person visit in November.

Meditation can be found throughout history. In fact, some of the earliest written records of meditation date to around 3000 BC while cave paintings depicting meditative rituals go back as far as 15,000 years ago. It became a phenomenon that caught the eye of Westerners in the mid-1960’s when The Beatles traveled to India to study with the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. (Fun Fact: DeFrancisco studied with the Maharishi Mahesh for six months in 1975.) While meditation became the darling of rock-n-roll royalty and movie stars, it felt largely unavailable to the rest of us. “Many meditation programs require some sort intellectual understanding or academic background,” says DeFrancisco. And he should know. He’s taught nearly 30,000 people to find their bliss for 38 years – first at a meditation center in Philadelphia, PA and later as a private teacher in LaJolla, CA.  Because standard meditation techniques, as well as some wellness methods like acupuncture, chiropractic, and special diets, do not teach any way to effortlessly access inner peace the results are often temporary. Blessing Meditation offers a simple approach to build a contemplative routine.

More after the jump (click on the headline):

October 3, 2013 - 2:52pm

Tickets can be purchased at:

  • UMMC, 127 North St., Cashier’s Office Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.;
  • Jerome Center Gift Shop, 16 Bank St., Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturdays 8 a.m. to noon;
  • The Foundation Office, 123 North St., Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.;
  • Or calling by (585) 344-5300.
September 30, 2013 - 3:53pm

The Genesee County Chamber of Commerce has developed a new statewide paranormal trail that includes hauntings and ghostly events in Genesee County, along with 12 additional counties across the state. 

From Rolling Hills Asylum in Genesee County, to Wing’s Castle in the Hudson Valley, follow the legends, hauntings, and spooky heritage of the Empire State's most historic sites.

“Paranormal tourism has become quite popular over the last few years, and our Chamber needed a platform to promote our haunted asset (Rolling Hills) to that niche audience. This summer, we did an outreach to statewide tourism agencies to see who might be interested in a collaborative program. We were pleasantly surprised that 12 other counties wanted to be a part of our new program, and we expect more to join in 2014,” said Kelly Rapone, tourism marketing director for the Genesee County Chamber of Commerce.”  

Enter to Win a "Night of Fright" in the Finger Lakes, discover the ghostly happenings, stay in haunted hotels, and watch the night sky for a UFO. Explore by region or by experience. Forge your own path or join in eerie events and ghoulish guided tours going on now throughout the state. Explore the hauntings at www.HauntedHistoryTrail.com.

From the macabre to the mysterious -- join us this fall on the Haunted History Trail of New York State and check out the full line-up of events for spooky fun!

September 28, 2013 - 8:28am

Great location for this 3 bedroom 3 bath ranch located across the street from Centennial Park. This home includes 3 large bedrooms, two with attached baths. Beautiful living room with wood burning fireplace and formal dining room. Convenient first floor laundry and attached garage are among the great features of this home. Large deck overlooking Centennial Park which you can enjoy all year long without the hassle of upkeeping.

List Price: $104,900
Address: 14 Park Ave., Batavia, NY 14020

For more information about this listing, please contact Mike Sisson, Sales Agent, Mancuso Real Estate at 585-409-4172 or email [email protected] Visit us online to view all of our current listings: www.mancusoRE.com

September 27, 2013 - 2:35pm

The Yngodess Shop shows off the building facelift and new sign!  We're gearing up for the Wine Walk next weekend. Stop in a see us! Stay update on what's happening at The Yngodess, located at 73 Main St., in the City of Batavia. Visit us on Facebook. https://www.facebook.com/TheYngodessShop

September 17, 2013 - 2:08pm


Visit Genesee County’s Alpaca Farms year-round but also especially on National Alpaca Farm Days! By Lindsay Hawkins

Recently, the tourism staff of the Genesee County Chamber of Commerce spent some time with Jake, Florence, Oliver, Stella, Alita and Al. If you’ve never visited one of the County’s six alpaca farms, those names might not mean much to you, but friends were made (human and fleece-y) at Alpaca Odyssey, Northwoods Alpacas, Triple B’s Alpaca Farm, and Enchanted Forest Alpacas.

At every farm, we learned something different about alpacas. We learned that alpaca fleece wicks away moisture, females carry their babies (crias) for 11 to 13 months, they spit when they’re mad (at you or one another), and that alpaca farms draw international visitors! 

These farms are open to visitors year-round, but the industry celebrates its craft with National Alpaca Farm Days each September. This year the event will be Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 28-29. Several of our farms are participating and welcome your visit!

More details after the jump (click the headline to view more):

September 14, 2013 - 9:06am

Join us for the first ever Yuengs and Wings Fest. Saturday September 14th 4-8 p.m. to benefit Genesee Cancer Assistance. It's sponsored by T.F. Brown's, Big Pauly’s Pizza and the Yuengling Brewery.

This event will be held on the patio at T.F. Brown's, located at 214 E. Main St., in Batavia. The participating vendors are: T.F. Brown's, Big Pauly's Pizza, Main Street Pizza and Batavia’s Original Pizzeria.

Tickets can be purchased at the door.

Each vendor will bring their favorite flavored wing. The $10 ticket price gets you three wings from each vendor -- so 12 wings for $10. We will donate $5 from each ticket to a local charity.

Live music on the patio during the event, with $2 cans of Yuengling Lager and Light Lager. Music entertainment provided by the Strummerz, and Rich Conroy from 4 – 8 p.m. The evening entertainment is Brent Persia.

Yuengs & Wing Fest is sponsored by T.F. Brown’s, Big Pauly’s Pizza and Yuengling Brewery. Proceeds will benefit Genesee Cancer Assistance.

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