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November 26, 2017 - 3:00pm

Completely updated two-story home, features master suite on the first floor. There are four bedrooms and a full bathroom on the second floor.

Hardwood floors in the living/dining area. New tile in kitchen and sunroom and all new carpet on second floor. New hot water heater, furnace and electric panel. Roof-complete tear off about 5 years ago. There is a one-and-a-half car detached garage.

Call Michelle Dills, Howard Hanna at 585-343-6750 or click here for more information on this listing.​

November 25, 2017 - 6:30pm

Great opportunity to own one of the most admired homes in the Village of Oakfield! Professional landscaping accents the amazing front porch.

The original front door has been beautifully preserved as well as original hardwood floors in dining room and living room. Gourmet kitchen (2012), butler pantry, huge first-floor laundry, full bathroom on first floor, an exercise room that could be a bedroom and a mudroom added in 2012. Second floor has five bedrooms and a full bathroom. 200 AMP service 2012, new roof (2011), tankless hot water heater (2012).

There is a deck (2014) overlooking the spacious back yard. The front porch has a new floor, soffit, ceiling, new lights, new steps and new screen door. Must see!

Call Michelle Dills, Howard Hanna at 585-343-6750 or click here for more information on this listing.

November 22, 2017 - 6:30pm

Great home featuring kitchen with breakfast nook, formal dining room, living room, three bedrooms, full bath on second floor, has new tile on floor and subway tile on bathtub walls. Hardwood floors and natural woodwork throughout! Hot water heater 2012, washer and dryer 2016, glass block basement windows 2011. Call Michelle Dills, Howard Hanna at 585-343-6750 or click here for more information on this listing.

November 16, 2017 - 11:29am
posted by Howard B. Owens in news, batavia, Bank Street, infrastructure.


Bank Street is closed today for water line repairs.

The work will result in service disruption for some water customers in the area.

UPDATE 1:46 p.m.: Bank Street is reopened.

October 5, 2017 - 1:23pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in Bank Street, batavia, news, infrastructure.

Press release:

On Saturday, Oct. 7, the City of Batavia Water Department along with UMMC will be replacing valves on the main water line on Bank Street.

The water will be turned off on Bank Street from East Main Street to Washington Avenue.

Work will start at 5 p.m. Water service interruption will be kept to a minimum. This work may result in a period of discolored water in this general area after service is restored. Residents should check to make sure water clarity has returned before resuming activities such as laundry which may be impacted.

Bank Street will be closed to traffic from East Main Street to Washington Avenue.

August 23, 2013 - 12:30pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, Bank Street, weather.

Dana Bowen and his dog Jake were out for exercise on Bank Street this morning on another beautiful day in Batavia. The seven-day forecast indicates we should expect more of the same, though slightly warmer.

July 11, 2013 - 7:13pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, Bank Street, freeline skating.

Ray Williams, of Batavia, skates down Bank Street on freeline skates.

July 17, 2011 - 3:41pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, Bank Street, fire.

A caller on Tracy Avenue reported smoke behind a house on Bank Street and City Fire has responded to investigation.

It was possibly an unintended fire, such as a controlled burn.

The address originally reported was 154 Bank St.. A first responder reports the fire is behind 148 Bank St.

UPDATE 4:03 p.m.: Fire's out. City Fire back in service.

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July 11, 2011 - 11:22am
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, Bank Street.

Workers from a Rochester-based contractor on Bank Street this morning installing traffic sensors for the traffic lights.

May 15, 2011 - 8:12pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, Bank Street.

A power pole is reportedly sparking in the area of 266 Bank St., Batavia.

City fire responding.

UPDATE 8:21 p.m.: National Grid being notified. Pole #40 is arcing intermittently.

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November 11, 2010 - 11:56am
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, Bank Street.


The intersection of Bank and North was pretty tied up this morning as construction workers were busy ripping out asphalt. Meanwhile, there was freshly laid concrete for new sidewalks along Bank Street.

August 30, 2010 - 3:37pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, Bank Street, accident.

A Batavia man said he swerved to avoid hitting a deer on Friday night leading to a car vs. pole accident on Bank Street between Ross and Vine streets.

Officer Kevin DeFelice said there was no reason to doubt John J. Dwyer, Jr.'s story. He hadn't been drinking and there were no skid marks to use to estimate the speed of his vehicle.

Dwyer told DeFelice that he was driving 30 mph.

No citations were issued.

"It's now up to his insurance company," DeFelice said.

Dwyer's car took out the utility pole.

There were no injuries and no other cars were involved in the accident.

Photo submitted by Jeremiah Pedro.

(initial report)

August 25, 2010 - 4:24pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, Bank Street.


For most of yesterday and today, Bank Street was closed, and from the looks of it, the closures will continue. Sewer replacement has reached Bank and Washington. The road is blocked by a big ditch and heavy equipment. The project -- which will eventually include resurfacing -- is expected to go on into the fall.

August 7, 2010 - 6:42pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, Bank Street.


There are large sewer pipes on each side of Bank Street -- part of the Bank Street sewer-replacement project.

July 26, 2010 - 1:12pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, Bank Street, stimulus.


Workers began cutting up Bank Street today as part of a project to replace sewer and water lines and repave the street.

Nearly a year ago. Gov. David Paterson announced the city would receive $411,000 of stimulus funds for the project.

The contract was awarded to Conestoga Rovers & Associates for plans and administration of the project. B. Beardsley Management & Enterprises is the contractor.

March 31, 2010 - 8:04am
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, Bank Street, accident.

A one-car accident has been reported at Bank and Douglas in the City of Batavia.

A possible health problem may have been the cause.

No word on injuries.

City Fire and Mercy EMS dispatched.

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January 30, 2010 - 7:49pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, Bank Street, fire.

City Fire is responding to a report of smoke coming from a house at 124 Bank St., Batavia.

UPDATE 7:50 p.m.: May be exhaust from a furnace. 

UPDATE 8:06 p.m.: Engine 12, Ladder 15, back in service.

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January 23, 2010 - 12:41pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, Bank Street, fire.

City Fire is being dispatched -- non-emergency -- to 130 Bank St., the scene of yesterday's fire for the smell of propane.

"The caller believes it's from a tank she relocated," according to the dispatcher.

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January 22, 2010 - 12:25pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, Bank Street, fire.

A fire at 130 Bank St., Batavia, destroyed an old garage and the items inside and partially damaged a neighbor's garage.

The fire was reported about 10:45 a.m. when a resident came home and saw smoke coming from the garage. By the time fire crews were on scene, flames were visible.

The homeowner, a 47-year resident, said he lost an ATV, snow blower, two bikes and other equipment. While Chief Ralph Hyde said he suspected a wood-burning stove in the garage, the owner said he had recently cleaned the stove and it wasn't in use at the time. He suspected it was an electrical fire.

Kelly Herold, a claims supervisor for Tompkins Insurance, was on scene quickly meeting with her clients. She watched the City's firefighters move quickly to dose the flames.

“The Fire Department did a great job," Herold observed. "It was a good save. They were able to contain the fire to the barn with limited damage to the surrounding homes."

The photo was submitted by reader Tricia Zdep. The bottom two photos were submitted by another reader.



December 23, 2009 - 5:16pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, Bank Street, crime, immigration.

A traffic stop by State Police on Bank Street near College Road about 7:30 this morning led to the detention of 12 individuals who may have entered the country illegally.

All 12 are from Mexico, according Mike Gilhooly, spokesman for Immigration Control Enforcement.

Ten of the individuals were turned over to the U.S. District Attorney for criminal prosecution, one suspect is already awaiting a court hearing on a previous charge of entering the country illegally and the 12th was a minor who was turned over to the Office of Refugee Resettlement for processing.

One of the group had previously been deported, Gilhooly said.

The names of the individuals were not immediately available.

The driver of the white van was not picked up by immigration, Gilhooly said. He referred us back to State Police for information on that person and we are awaiting an answer to our e-mail on that subject.

Thank you to a reader tip for bringing this item to our attention.


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