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Stafford Fire recognizes top responders in 2023, installs 2024 officers at annual dinner

By Howard B. Owens
stafford fire dinner 2024

For 2023, the Firefighter of the Year in the Stafford Volunteer Fire Department was a collective award, going to the Top 10 responders (11 members, counting a tie) for the year.

The Firefighters of the Year are Brian Breemes, Randal Henning, Tim Eckdahl, Chris Penkszyk, Mark Dougherty, Ashley Swartzenberg, Jason Smith, Ken Collins, Brian Pocock, Don Hall, and Ben Pocock.

The firematic officers installed for 2024 are:

  • Timothy Eckdahl, chief
  • Brian Pocock, 1st assistant chief
  • Brian Breemes, 2nd assistant chief
  • Kari Breemes, 3rd assistant chief
  • Jason Smith, 4th assistant chief
  • Randal Henning, rescue squad captain
  • Chad Rambach, rescue squad lietuenent 
  • Donald Hall, fire police captain
  • Ben Fox, fire police lieutenant
  • Brian Pocock, master mechanic
  • Brian Breemes and Matt Hendershott, training officers
  • Julie Bobo and Ashley Swartzenberg, chief's secretary

The administrative officers: 

  • James Call, president
  • Kari Breemes, vice president
  • Bonnie Logsdon, secretary
  • Stephanie Call, treasurer
  • Trustees: Stanley Gere, Jason Smith, Ashley Swartzenberg, Chad Rambach, Stephanie Call
  • Auditors: Ben Fox and Kenneth Collins.

The dinner was held on Saturday at the Batavia Country Club.

Photos by Howard Owens

stafford fire dinner 2024

HLOM presents 'Spirits and Suspects, a Roaring 20’s Murder Mystery'

By Press Release

Press Release:

Join the Holland Land Office Museum for another Murder Mystery Dinner Theatre. The event will be on Saturday, March 23rd from 6-8 pm at the Batavia Country Club, located at 7909 Byron Rd. in Batavia. Enjoy a great meal from The Lodge at the Country Club and a wonderful show by WNY Improv. 

The mystery is "Spirits and Suspects, a Roaring 20’s Murder Mystery." Prohibition may be in full swing but for the Kingpin of Genesee County, the booze business is booming! What could possibly go wrong? Put your glad rags on and join the fun as mobsters, molls, and even a medium, face the eclipse... 

Tickets are $75 per person. There is a choice of three entrée options including stuffed chicken with beef, crab-stuffed fish, or pasta primavera. Please make your choice when you purchase your ticket. Your ticket includes your meal and dessert. A cash bar will be available. Links to buy tickets online are available at the museum’s website

HLOM's murder mystery dinner is back, October 14

By Press Release

Press Release:

On Saturday, Oct. 14 at 6 p.m. at the Batavia Country Club, the Holland Land Office Museum is proud to announce the return of the Murder Mystery Dinner Theater with WNY Improv. This time they will be putting on "A Murderous Affair: The Truish Murder Mystery of Johnston L. Lynch".

Once a sanctuary of opulence and decorum, the Batavia Country Club becomes the eerie backdrop to the murder of Johnston L. Lynch, a lawyer whose gruesome end shattered the peace of this tight-knit community. 

"A Murderous Affair" isn't just another murder mystery—it's an immersive experience, an investigation into the shadows of Batavia's history, and a labyrinth of mysteries waiting to be solved. Put on your detective hat and be a part of this unforgettable event at the Batavia Country Club. Discover what truly happened in the enigmatic world of Johnston L. Lynch and make your own conclusion in this enthralling real-life whodunit.

Tickets are $75 per person. Museum members receive early sign-up. Choose from 4 different entrée options- Prime Rib, Chicken French, Crab Stuffed Fish, Pasta Primavera. Meal includes salad, roll, potato, vegetable, and beverage. A cash bar will be available.

Seats are limited. Please contact the museum at 585-343-4727 or to reserve a spot. Please have your food preference ready with the reservation.

Young golfers get into the swing of the sport at Batavia Country Club camp

By Howard B. Owens


Young golfers got a well-rounded experience at the annual Batavia Country Club Junior Golf Camp, according to Pro Tom Tucker.

The back-to-back camps were held in late July and early August.

The camp for kids 7-10 was July 25 through July 29 and the camp for kids 11-15 to was Aug. 1 through Aug. 5.

Instructors included Tucker, a Top-100 golf teacher, Roxanne Noeth, 14-time Batavia Country Club Women's Club Champion,
and Dominic NiCastro

Tucker said that during the week, golfers competed in various contests as well as team competitions along with their instruction and practice sessions.

"All in all, the kids had great weather, made new friends, and had a great time," Tucker said.

For more photos and information, click here

Submitted photos.

Top photo: Back row, left to right: Ashton Mapes, Aiden Flaherty, Mike Richenberg, Patrick Casey, Dan Mudrzynski, Hunter Sprague, Nolan Rogers, Joe Wujiec, Joe Mudrzynski, Garrett Morris, Front row, left to right: Dakota Ford, Melina Moscicki, Lena Meyer, Crimson Hurd Alex Tomidy, Luke Mills, Gavin Philp, Jacob Knowlton, Levi Fisher, Absent from photo: Maisse and Delia Yunker



Boys Champion - Brayden Jachimowicz shot a 33 to squeak by Sawyer George and Cody Carlson by one stroke each. Girls Champion - Jada Fite shot a 33 and edged out Brooklyn Jachimowicz (Brayden's sister) by a single stroke in two very exciting finishes.

Michael Tenebruso remembered with golf tournament, scholarship

By Howard B. Owens


One hundred golfers gathered at Batavia Country Club on Saturday for a golf tournament held in memory of Mike Tenebruso and to raise funds for the Michael Tenebruso SUNY Brockport Memorial Scholarship Fund. This year's recipient was Ray Zajac.

Photos and information submitted by Al Fulton.


From left, Marcia Tenebruso, Ray Zajac, Kristine Tenebruso, Anna Tenebruso, Nicholas Tenebruso, Nathan Tenebruso, organizer Dave Petruzzi and Tony Tenebruso.





Nearly 60 years after he took up the game, Dave Barone sinks his first hole-in-one

By Howard B. Owens


A Batavia Country Club today, Dave Barone, an avid golfer for nearly 60 years, sank his first hole-in-one.

The perfect shot came on the 178-yard 17th hole. Barone was swinging a 4 hybrid.

He finished the round at 79 strokes.  

In his foursome were Rod Allen, Johnny Lowe, and Doug Cecere.

Photo and info submitted by Doug Cecere.

Batavia CC owner disappointed that state has ruled golf courses as 'non-essential'

By Mike Pettinella

With some warmer temperatures forecast for Easter Sunday and Monday, area golf enthusiasts may have been looking forward to capitalizing on the fact that golf courses were open – although with limited service – for business.

All of that changed on Thursday when Empire State Development, the agency charged with designating businesses as “essential” or “non-essential," moved golf courses into the "non-essential" category.

Golf courses had been open for the past couple weeks.

“It’s really too bad about golf courses. It’s a safe place for people to get, especially if it’s done right (practicing social distancing),” Karen Pompa, owner of Batavia Country Club said this morning. “It can be a relief for people to walk around for four or five hours.”

She said that many of her customers are not happy about the latest New York State restriction.

“I’ve been getting a lot of emails from people saying that they want to get petitions going to open golf courses,” she said.

Pompa said things are quiet at the Batavia-Byron road establishment, which also has had to put a hold on its restaurant business.

“Like everyone else, we just have to wait it out,” she said.

According to Section 13, Recreation, of ESD’s guidance on essential services document:

-- Parks and other open public spaces, except playgrounds and other areas of congregation where social distancing cannot be abided;

-- However, golf courses are not essential;

-- However, use of boat launches and marinas for recreational vessels is not considered essential;

The golf courses mandate is effective through April 29 unless changed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

Prior to yesterday’s ruling, the state had allowed golf courses to operate as businesses as long as they abided by U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and state-mandated guidelines, and adhered to safe, social distancing.

Batavia Country Club Junior Golf Camp results

By Thomas Tucker

The Batavia Country Club recently completed three weeks of their junior golf camp.

For Web page with pictures click here.

Please note that next year we'll be changing the age groups to: Junior Division -- Ages 7-10; Senior Division -- Ages 11-15. There will be divisions for boys and girls in each age group.

Pee Wee Division Boys and Girls -- July 9th-13th: Roane George, Naomi Utz, Riley Yunker, Maisse Yunker, Brooklyn Jachimowicz, Natalie Hamm, Josh Utz, Owen Glazier, Noah Calarco-Smith, Brayden Jachimowicz, Nicholas Calarco-Smith.

The Pee Wee players experienced one day with a little rain, but overall it was a great week for golf!

The Friday Tournament saw Owen Glazier dominate the boys' division; he medaled with a score of 29. The girls' division was a close contest, with Riley Yunker prevailing by two strokes over Roane George.

This was Riley's second championship medal in two years!
Closest to the pin winner on hole 13 was Roane George, and on hole 17 the winner was Brayden Jachimowicz. The long drive winner on hole 14 was Owen Glazier.

Other contests and winners were:
  • Putting Contest Medalist -- Noah Calarco-Smith
  • Chipping Contest Medalist -- Roane George
  • Lag Putting Contest -- Noah Calarco Smith
  • Aim Line Accuracy -- Natalie Hamm; she won a few bucks for herself and her fellow golfers for the effort.
  • Pitching Target -- Brayden Jachimowicz

The kids had fun, and we hope to see them all next year.

(Inset photo at right: Riley Yunker and Owen Glazier.)

Junior -- Senior Boys and Girls Division -- July 23rd-27th: Michala Falkner, Lily Davis, Lindsey Betters Connor Demoy, Ryan Muscarella, Logan Clark, Tyler Roth.

We had great weather all week for these kids, and they played very good golf.

In Friday's Tournament, Ryan Muscarella dominated the other boys as he went low with a score of 34, and Lily Davis dominated her competition with a score of 48.


(Inset photo, left: Lily Davis and Ryan Muscarella.)


Closest to the pin winner on hole 13 for the boys was Ryan Muscarella, and for the girls it was Lily Davis.

Closest to the pin winner on hole 17 for the boys was Ryan Muscarella, and for the girls it was Lindsey Betters.

The long drive winner for the girls on hole 14 was Michala Falkner, no boys hit the fairway.


Other contests and winners were:

  • Putting Contest Medalist - Boys -- Ryan Muscarella
  • Putting Contest Medalist - Girls -- Lily Davis, also overall putting contest winner
  • Chipping Contest Medalist - Boys -- Ryan Muscarella
  • Chipping Contest Medalist - Girls -- Michala Falkner
  • Lag Putting Contest - Boys -- Logan Clark
  • Lag Putting Contest - Girls -- Lily Davis, also overall lag putting contest winner
  • Aim Line Accuracy - Boys -- Tyler Roth, Tyler and Lily got into coach Tucker's wallet for a few bucks for themselves and their fellow golfers.
  • Aim Line Accuracy - Girls -- Lily Davis
  • Pitching Target - Boys -- Tyler Roth
  • Pitching Target - Girls -- no qualifiers

Junior - Senior Boys and Girls Division, July 30th through Aug. 3rd: Molly Adkins, Kaylee Frens, Jada Fite, Amelia Frens, Emily Frens, Riley Prunner, Brennen Pederson, Rhys Tanner, Sam Dinsmore, Will Fulton, Andrew Ricupito, Even Preston, Coach Roxanne Noeth.

We were concerned about the weather for this week of camp. Rain was projected for every day, but we got through the week without a drop!

We had some high drama at the Friday Tournament. Will Fulton and Sam Dinsmore tied with a score of 39 and we had a playoff from 100 yards on hole 18. Both boys hit the green with fine shots, and Will Fulton prevailed with a birdie. In the girls' division, Amelia Frens shot a 44 to edge out Jada Fite by one stroke.

(Left: Will Fulton and Amelia Frens)

Closest to the pin winner on hole 13 for the boys was Sam Dinsmore, and for the girls it was Riley Prunner.

Closest to the pin winner on hole 17 for the boys was Brennen Pederson, and for the girls it was Emily Frens.

The long drive for the boys was Sam Dinsmore, for the girls it was Jada Fite.







Other contests and winners were:

  • Putting Contest Medalist - Boys -- Brennen Pederson, tied with Jada for overall winner
  • Putting Contest Medalist - Girls -- Jada Fite, tied with Brennan for overall winner
  • Chipping Contest Medalist - Boys -- Sam Dinsmore
  • Chipping Contest Medalist - Girls -- Jada Fite
  • Lag Putting Contest - Boys -- Evan Preston
  • Lag Putting Contest - Girls -- Jada Fite, also the overall lag putting winner
  • Aim Line Accuracy - Boys -- Evan Preston
  • Aim Line Accuracy - Girls -- Riley Prunner; Riley and Evan won a few bucks for themselves and their fellow golfers for the effort
  • Pitching Target - Boys -- Sam Dinsmore
  • Pitching Target - Girls -- Emily Frens

Local organization spreads sunshine to families going through hard times

By Maria Pericozzi


(Submitted Photos)

Children and their families dealing with cancer often need an extra ray of sunshine and that's the purpose of Maria’s Sunshine and Dreams fund, which is the focus of a golf tournament July 29 at the Batavia Country Club.

There is still time to sign up for the sixth annual tournament, said Sarah Christ, Sunshine and Dreams Fund board member.

Maria’s Sunshine and Dreams fund provides "sunshine" for children and their families facing medical hardships with large toys, family memberships to local zoos/museums, and needed "supplies" including gift cards for gas, groceries and more.

The fund is made possible through donations and the annual golf tournament, which typically funds the program for the rest of the year. Registration for the golf tournament can be found on their website here and any questions can be directed to 

“Many local people come and golf in the tournament and we are constantly looking for donations and big-ticket items as well,” Christ said. “We are new and we are trying to get our name out there.”

Maria’s Sunshine and Dreams fund was started in honor of Christ’s friend, Maria Nash Anderson, who lost her battle with cancer in March 2012 at age 25. Anderson served on missions trips while attending Roberts Wesleyan College, and worked as a youth caseworker for the Genesee County Department of Social Services. Christ said she loved children and wanted to make a better life for other children.

“We thought this would be a great way to keep her memory alive,” Christ said. “We want to help other families going through difficult times by providing sunshine to them.”

Christ helps to personalize each gift by speaking with friends and family to find out the children’s interests and personalities.

“We’ve done WWE live event tickets for one boy, a spa day for a little girl, and other things, too,” Christ said. “We try to include the siblings and other family members as well because they’re going through this, too.”

Missy Sacheli, mother of “Sunshine Kid” Joseph Sacheli, said the organization brings happiness, comfort and smiles to those who need it most and they will be forever grateful they were chosen to bring sunshine to.

“The Sunshine organization was an unexpected ray of light for our son during a really difficult and dark time,” Sacheli said. “They are thoughtful and take into account each child’s interests and likes. My favorite part about them is they allow kids to focus on being kids...instead of the setbacks they are working to overcome.”

Almost all of the sunshine stays in Genesee County, but Christ said they do branch outward to surrounding areas to help other children.

In the past, Maria’s Sunshine and Dreams fund has given a lot of the proceeds to Ronald McDonald House of Rochester to be used as a separate fund for families to have fun in Rochester while they were in the area and provide meals once a week. Christ said they realized they needed to keep the money local, so most of the funds go to local families now.

“We want to try to help more kids in the area and spread the word around more than we have in the past years to get support in the community,” Christ said.

Christ is hoping to continue growing the organization to give the children bigger and better toys, as well as help the parents provide more necessities. The organization started in Rochester but was brought back locally about four years ago. Since then, Christ said they have helped more than 20 children and their families, and the number is growing.

“We try to help any kids from the age of a preemie baby whose family has to go back and forth to the hospital, or a kid with a severe or daily medical issue,” Christ said. “We focus on the kids' needs and what they love and try to use that to personalize each basket. Every basket is completely different.”

Dawn Logsdon, mother of “Sunshine Kid” Roger “Bubba” Logsdon said it is a phenomenal organization that has a unique way to brighten kids’ days and put smiles on faces that have every reason not to smile.

“The kids [Maria’s Sunshine and Dreams Fund] help have been dealt a terrible hand and [the] organization gives them the “wild card” that keeps them motivated to keep getting better and stronger,” Logsdon said.


Photos: Tournament raises $15K for Genesee Cancer Assistance

By Howard B. Owens


Genesee Cancer Assistance held its annual gofl and bocce ball tournament at Batavia Country Club yesterday. This year, in memory of Joe Gerace, one of the agency's founders and a tireless supporter and volunteer.

There were 97 golfers and 18 bocce ball players, plus 30 volunteers, on hand for the festivities.

The event raised more than $15,000 for Genesee Cancer Assistance.

Photos and information submitted by Kayla Underwood.











Sponsored Post: Register today for the annual Golf Against Cancer Golf & Bocce Tournament

By Lisa Ace

Golf Against Cancer Golf & Bocce Tournament will be held at the Batavia Country Club on Friday August 18th, 2017. An 18-hole course has a links type flavor to it with it's wide fairways and large, undulating greens.

The watered fairways provide an even test of golf for all levels of skill. You'll love the scenic panoramic views you will be afforded during your round, especially on the back nine where you can enjoy a breathtaking vista of the entire course.

For the golf tournament: this is a 4-person scramble tournament. Hole-in-One prizes on all par 3 holes. Putting contest. Mulligans (can be used anywhere EXCEPT Par 3 holes) and Skins available for purchase at event.

While foursome registrations are encouraged, individual registrations are permitted. Entry fees ($95/Golfer) includes: Greens fees, cart, lunch, dinner, prizes, and loads of fun!

For the bocce tournament: Entry fees ($50/player) includes: bocce, lunch, dinner, prizes and a ton of fun!

Sponsorship Opportunities: If you, or your business would be interested in sponsoring this event, please contact the GCA office at (585) 345-0417. For more information, visit our site

Photos: Genesee Cancer Assistance hosts tournament at Batavia Country Club

By Howard B. Owens


Genesee Cancer Assistance held its annual golf outing today at the Batavia Country Club.

Above, Andy Squire, of Spencerport, hits a shot off the first tee.

Below, Debbie and Dan Fischer, of WBTA, flank Mary Blevins and Andrea Mazukiewicz, ESL Credit Union, while playing bocce ball.


15th Annual Van Hulburt Memorial Golf Tournament to benefit Crossroads House

By Lisa Ace

August 20, 2015 – 15th Annual Van Hulburt Memorial Golf Tournament to benefit Crossroads House ­@ Batavia Country Club, 11:30am – Sign In, 12:00 lunch, 
12:30pm Shotgun Start 4 person scramble, 18 holes with cart, lunch, dinner, prizes, $70.00. (Dinner guests only $20.00) Basket & Side Auctions also. Registration forms available at Crossroads or for more information call Marty @ 585­-494­-2147. 


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