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May 3, 2021 - 10:46am
posted by Tracy Eisele in VBS, kids, family, church, fun, Event, free, community.
Event Date and Time: 
July 23, 2021 - 5:45pm to 8:30pm
The Alexander United Methodist Church will be holding its 2021 Vacation Bible School from July 23-25. Registration begins at 5:45 p.m. and the program runs until 8:30 each evening. The church is located at 10540 Main St., Alexander. The theme for this year's Vacation Bible School is "To Mars and Beyond." Kids entering grades K-6 are invited to "Blast Off on an Amazing Adventure" to learn about Jesus through Bible stories, games and crafts. 
August 25, 2019 - 7:10pm


Batavia Downs had its annual “Family Fun Day” this afternoon, with the highlight being the Wiener Dog races.

Eighty dogs had entered for 10 heats with one final race, that was again this year, a photo finish.

Dallas owned by Kristy Hody (Dallas is pictured below) came from behind and won the Dachshund Dash by a nose in a near three-way tie. 


Dallas is a first-time winner of the race. He had a little light trainng in the days preceding the event and is seen here with his favorite treat, a carrot.

Apparently Dallas’s athletic training regiment will not allow for him to have a higher calorie snack even after a victory. 

There was also face painting, games, magic, and pony rides for the kids during the normal Sunday harness racing meet. 








October 30, 2018 - 2:49pm
posted by Allison Lang in community, church.
Event Date and Time: 
November 8, 2018 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm
Join us for the first talk in our FED series!
August 15, 2018 - 11:32am
posted by Lisa Ace in community, Outreach, Free food, clothes, shoes.
Event Date and Time: 
September 1, 2018 - 12:00pm to 5:00pm

Community Outreach

Batavia C.O.G.B.F.

1 Gateway Drive, Batavia NY 14020

Saturday Sept. 1 12noon - 5pm

Free food, clothes & shoes

October 12, 2015 - 3:56pm
posted by Michael S. Cole in fall, community, batavia.
I have Batavia on my mind this12th day of October. (officially,Columbus Day) The Fall Colors, Leaves falling, Burning Wood, Pumpkins, Corn Stalks, Blue Devils Football, Olivers Candies, The Red Barn, the Checkerboard Restaurant,Batavia Downs Race Track,The Pok-A-Dot, WT. Grants,JJ Newberrys,Buster Brown Shoes,The News Store,Montgomery Ward,Pontillo's Pizza,The YMCA,Charles mens Shop,O-AT-KA Milk,Miss Batavia Diner.  The memories will live inside forever, the friendships forged, the ones we lost along the way, for those that still reside in this wonderful community" stay blessed" as no one knows of the wonderful gem of a community that it truly is. A Batavian Forever!  
July 19, 2015 - 11:35am
posted by James Burns in Oatka Creek, Le Roy, community.


The Oatka Festival continues today, in Le Roy, until 6 p.m. This morning started with a 30K bicycle race and a fishing derby.  The festival concludes with the Vietnam Veterans' Annual “Duck Derby” at 5 p.m. 


Fishing judge Paul Campbell.


Sisters Mackenzie and Kelsey.


Jackson waiting for the big one.


Another Mackenzie with her fish.



June 3, 2015 - 8:58am
posted by Traci Turner in batavia, community, education, City Schools, schools.


Diane Reed with a group of faculty and members from the community.

The Family Engagement Survey results from 2014 were presented at the Batavia High School Library during their "Data Café" Tuesday night.

Diane Reed, Ph.D., the Batavia City School District’s outside educational expert and associate professor in Educational Leadership at St. John Fisher College, shared the data from the community survey taken by families and other Batavia residents last fall. Reed is certified by the New York State Education Department to work with Focus Districts to help determine school effectiveness and discuss strategic plans with faculty and community members to improve it.

The community survey is one of three that make up the Data Triangle Survey. It was based on six tenets to measure effectiveness which include District Leadership and Capacity, School Leader Practices and Decisions, Curriculum Development and Support, Teacher Practices and Decisions, Student Social and Emotional Developmental Health, and Family and Community Engagement. The survey was composed of 50 statements and participants answered using a Likert scale. The total number of people who took the survey was 374. According to Reed; the low response rate is typical.

The overall data total results for the district showed that 75 percent or more of participants answered each of the 22 statements with either strongly agree or agree. These results are considered an asset.

For each of the other 28 statements, 50 to 74 percent of participants answered strongly agree or agree. These results are considered an emerging strength.

The overall data total results for the district also revealed no fewer than 50 percent of participants answered strongly agree or agree to any of the statements. These results show no possible risks for the district.

When breaking the statement results up by schools, the Batavia High School showed minimal possible risks.

“The Batavia City School District should be very proud because many responses are in the green asset area,” Reed said. “It is not too often with schools I work with to show strengths in a lot of the areas.”

Faculty members and parents divided into two groups to discuss the district’s strengths and weaknesses based on the survey results. Both groups came to the conclusion the district could improve on providing the community with more training on Common Core learning and positive engagement with students outside the classroom.

Jean Berry, mother of two boys who attend Batavia Middle School and Batavia High School, really enjoyed how teachers sent home postcards when her children were doing well in school. One suggestion she had was to use lexiles -- reading level measurements -- more effectively.

“When we have the Scholastic Book Fair, the books should be labeled with lexiles so I can buy the appropriate books for my sons’ reading level,” Berry said.

Moving forward, the district will consider hosting additional Common Core informational nights to help the community understand the standards especially at the secondary level. They also will encourage teachers to make positive calls home to help motivate students. 

March 14, 2015 - 12:14pm
posted by Maggie Nichols in community, dinner, free, all ages.
Event Date and Time: 
April 23, 2015 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm

Free community dinner at Indian Falls United Methodist Church 7908 Alleghany Rd.  Corfu.  For more information call (585)762-9105. All are welcome.

March 5, 2015 - 4:05pm
posted by Michele Lawson in community, food, free, Care-A-Van, Foodlink, pantry.
Event Date and Time: 
March 27, 2015 - 5:00pm to 7:00pm


March 27th, 2015

5 pm – 7 pm

YWCA/Living Waters Apostolic

301 North Street, Batavia

December 18, 2014 - 12:51pm
posted by Michele Lawson in community, food, free, Care-A-Van, Foodlink, food pantry.
Event Date and Time: 
January 14, 2015 - 5:00pm to 7:00pm

January 14th, 2015    5pm – 7pm

Care-A-Van Ministries 309 West Main Street, Batavia NY

(parking lot directly behind DirecTV and next door to Discovery Chapel)

November 11, 2014 - 1:44pm

Le Roy's Annual Winterfest 2014

Saturday, December 6th 10am-6pm








All businesses will be offering in-store specials and gift certificates!  Wrap up the savings shopping and supporting local!


October 31, 2014 - 12:22pm
posted by Michele Lawson in community, food, free, Foodlink, pantry.
Event Date and Time: 
November 19, 2014 - 5:00pm to 7:00pm

Batavia Assembly of God   24 North Spruce Street, Batavia NY

October 23, 2014 - 11:36am

Care-A-Van Ministries, Inc., a community-based street ministry, has just ended its 2014 cookout season at Austin Park.

These free cookouts were held every Thursday night from May 15th until September 18th and encompassed nineteen cookouts and totaled 6,426 free meals served during the summer. The number of free meals served this year increased substantially over 2013 when 4,936 meals were served. These meals, funded by the generous donations of the supporters of Care-A-Van Ministries, helped feed many children, families, and individuals throughout the summer.

Each week a different Pastor from a local church delivered an inspirational and encouraging message of hope and salvation from the Word of God. These messages were a blessing to those attending and many were able to receive prayer and spiritual support from these pastors and the various church/ministry organizations present at Austin Park.

Also in attendance during these cookouts were The Salvation Army, Living Waters Apostolic Ministry, Eagles Fountain Fellowship, United Methodist Church, Smoke Free NOW, Syd’s Characters, Total Freedom, PC Publications, MSCF, Elba Baptist Soccer, SNAP, Ride2Recovery Ministries, the Mental Health Association, GCASA , Truth Ministries, Fidelis Care, and the YMCA who generously provided a bounce house at the cookouts.

The Care-A-Van Band, composed of community members and members of a variety of church worship teams, performed classic and contemporary worship songs and melodies; additionally, the cookouts were also blessed to have local worship teams and musicians stop by and lend their musical talents to these events.

Volunteers from different churches and individuals from the community supported the cookouts by providing invaluable manpower to staff the food tables, grills, and assisted in the setup and teardown at these events.

The ministry wishes to thank the City Council and City Manager Jay Molino for supporting our cookouts at Austin Park and the work of the ministry in the community as a whole. We would also like to thank the City of Batavia Fire Department whose firefighters were always friendly and helpful during their weekly inspections; the City of Batavia Police Department officers whose professional attitude is a testament to their department; and the City of Batavia Building and Grounds department who always ensured that the pavilion, bathrooms, and gates were ready for our use.

Together we can make a difference in our City and the ministry looks forward to the 2015 cookout season and hopes that everyone had an opportunity to stop by this summer.

Care-A-Van Ministries continues to be out in the community every Thursday night during the winter in different neighborhoods of Batavia with our bus ministry; on Saturday mornings with our prayer, food, and clothing distributions; and Monday through Thursday mornings with our bus prayer and encouragement ministry. Stop by to see us if you are in need or would like to see the ministry in action!!!!

For more information on Care-A-Van Ministries, please visit our website at www.cavministries.org or visit us on Facebook.

October 8, 2014 - 7:21pm
posted by Michele Lawson in community, food, free, Care-A-Van, Foodlink, pantry, St. Paul Lutheran.
Event Date and Time: 
October 22, 2014 - 5:00pm to 7:00pm
MOBILE FOOD PANTRY October 22nd 2014 5 pm – 7pm St. Paul Lutheran Church 31 Washington Avenue, Batavia NY 14020 Care-A-Van Ministries is partnering with St. Paul Lutheran Church and FoodLink of Rochester to host a mobile food pantry. The exact food items available are not known, but fresh produce will be available. The Mobile Food Pantry is available to Genesee County residents only. There is no income verification required, but you must be 18 years old to pick up food from the pantry. Please provide your own bags/cart/vehicle to transport items to your home.
August 11, 2014 - 9:57pm

Sunlight danced on the leaves while music stirred a sighing breeze, time seemed to stop for awhile as neighbors eased into languid conversation and lilting laughter. Lewis Avenue was the gathering place Saturday evening in what was the first block party for this tight-knit community.

As part of the event, a proclamation on behalf of Brooks Hawley and the City of Batavia was presented to both Stephen and Mike Rosenbeck of Lewis Avenue for their ongoing efforts of keeping the neighborhood together.

“Stephen and Mike have provided outstanding public service, selfless acts of charity, compassion and genuine concern for their fellow Batavians,” Hawley said upon presentation of the Good Neighbor Recognition Certificate.

Leanna DiRisio, community organizer with Vibrant Batavia, partnered with Paul and Bridget Ohlson of Care-a-Van Ministries to make the block party a community event.

“Our mission is to bring communities together and open lines of communication,” DiRisio said. 

“We’re building friendships,” Ohlson said. “Some residents may not know each other so this is a way to bridge people together.”

“When we first moved in,” James Bellamy said. “The Ohlsons came over with a cake and introduced themselves. That’s the kind of welcome that brings people together.”

Bellamy moved to Lewis Avenue in May 2009 from Kent County, England. He and his wife, Kathryn (Katie), moved stateside to be closer to Katie’s family, who live in the Batavia area.

“This is the first street party that I’ve been to since I was a kid,” Bellamy said. “My first ever street party was for the (50th anniversary of the) coronation of the Queen.”

There are many services a city has to offer and DiRisio’s job is to inform people of those services to help make the connection for better relations.

While melodies of the band The Old Hippies played in the background, children played in the street and drew pictures with sidewalk chalk as their adult counterparts reacquainted themselves with their neighbors.

“This is our ministry. This is our city,” Ohlson said.

July 20, 2014 - 6:35pm
posted by Michele Lawson in community, food, Care-A-Van Ministries, cookouts, meals.

Care-A-Van Ministries has been holding a free community cookout every Thursday night at Austin Park since mid-May and the response by the community has been tremendous. On average, the ministry serves between 350 – 450 meals per event to local community members, seniors from Washington Towers, and families who are enjoying the spray park.

But the event is not only about the food! It is about sharing the love of Jesus Christ with those in the community through uplifting music from the all-volunteer Care-A-Van worship team, inspirational words of encouragement from Pastors from various churches and denominations in our local community, and the commitment of local organizations such as the Salvation Army, Total Freedom, Truth Ministries, Living Waters Apostolic Ministries, P.C. Publications, Fidelis Care, GCASA, Mothers Supporting Children and Families, and many others in joining together to meet the needs of their community members.

Ride to Recovery, an organization devoted to reaching youth in need through biking events and activities, provides free bike repairs on Thursday nights. A favorite with the kids is the YMCA and Eagle Fountain Fellowship’s Care-A-Van kids which provides a bounce house, children’s messages, and activities during the evenings activities. Volunteers provide face painting, caricature drawings, and many other activities for the children in attendance.

Anthony “Smokie” LoCastro has brought a large donation of rain boots to the park which has provided free footwear for several hundred individuals within our community.

Most importantly, Care-A-Van wishes to thank all their committed, consistent, and faithful volunteers, because without them we couldn’t put on these cookouts week after week.

We encourage any organization, church, or agency to come out on Thursday night and join in this exciting outreach to our community members.

For more information you can contact Paul Ohlson at 343-0328, see us on Facebook, visit our website at cavministries.org, or email us at [email protected].

June 8, 2014 - 12:15pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in batavia, community, parade, people, Lawn Fete, St Joseph, sunny, blue skies.

Feel free to visit my gallery at

http://studio16productions.webstarts.com/index.html for more Parade pictures




June 8, 2014 - 12:09pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in batavia, community, parade, people, Lawn Fete, St Joseph, sunny, blue skies.
April 14, 2014 - 12:36am
posted by Robert Brown in Batavia Downs, community, Buffet, celebration, GCLP.
Event Date and Time: 
May 31, 2014 - 6:30pm to 9:00pm

The Genesee County Libertarian Party sponsored Buffet & Free Play: A Community Celebration will be held at Batavia Downs Gaming, 8315 Park Road, Batavia, NY.

Admission to the celebration is by advance ticket purchase only.  Tickets are limited so purchase yours soon!

Complete details are available at:


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