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Sole Hope Shoe Cutting Party

By Steve Ognibene


While most Americans have amenities like a vehicle, a home, food to eat, fresh water to drink and nice shoes to wear, there are many adults and children who around the world face each day with minimal clothes, little food and no shoes.

This Thursday Nov. 10th from 6-9 p.m. at the New Hope Life Center, 8052 Bank Street Road, Batavia will host a community volunteering event to provide shoes to children and adults of Uganda to protect their feet from jiggers.  

Jiggers are small chigoe fleas that live in the dust, and are found on the dirt floors in schools and the homes of many families in Uganda and other similar climates.

These parasitic insects cling to and infest livestock, transferring jiggers into homes primarily in rural areas. The female jiggers burrow into the surface of skin that has been exposed to the flea. Once embedded in the body, the jigger lays eggs and creates up to pea-size egg sacks and continues to multiply by laying more eggs.

Materials needed for this event are denim blue or black jeans, a pair of fabric scissors and monetary donations will be accepted. Suggested donation is $10 but will accept any donations.

The $10 donation covers costs to:

$3 -- pay the tailor

$3 -- for the shoemaker

$2 -- purchase supplies, tires, thread and glue to finish the shoes.

$2 -- to get the shoes overseas to Uganda.

Sole Hope is also in need for foot washing and jigger removal supplies like, Emla numbing cream, stickers for children, large safety pins, surgical gloves, cotton balls, medical tape, gauze, band aids, suckers or lollipops.

For more information and or to make a donation contact Michelle at 585-297-0779. 

Pictured above from left to right are Pastor Tammy J. Smith from New Hope ministries and Michelle Gillard.

Local Artist Goes in a "New Direction" with Show of New Works at Blue Pearl Yoga's Gallery

By Patricia Hawley

Local artist June Yoder Martino is launching an exhibit of all new works at the gallery space within Blue Pearl Yoga in Batavia. “A New Direction” includes paintings on canvas and paper and runs from November 5 through December 20. An artist’s reception is scheduled for Thursday, November 21 from 6 – 8 p.m. Martino is a contemporary artist who paints in all forms of water based media. Her work, based on nature and life’s journey, has evolved over 40 years. “From realism to abstract and back again, my work now is a mixture of both,” says Martino. “My paintings reflect my inner journey as well as my impressions of the places that I’ve visited.” She traveled to southern Brazil in 2008 and spent time absorbing the culture of the country.” According to the artist, “This experience impacted my art as I began to look at the world around me with new respect for nature and others.” For Martino, art is an expression of life. “Painting is my way of connecting my perception of nature and the possibilities of life as a whole.” This approach allows her to utilize the spontaneous effects of water color and other water media. “Although each painting begins with preliminary sketches to determine composition, it develops an energy of its own. I follow each piece with the knowledge that the end result will be different than the initial image in my mind,” she adds. A life-long resident of Genesee County, Martino majored in art in college and continued her studies with many nationally known artists. Aside from her solo exhibits, Martino has participated in group shows and has received awards for her paintings. Many of her works are included in private collections. She currently teaches adult watercolor classes at Blue Pearl Yoga in Batavia from April through November, and in Sarasota, FL through March. Gallery hours are Monday, Wednesday, and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.; Monday through Wednesday from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. For more information, call Blue Pearl Yoga at 585.230.5430. Additional information about June Yoder Martino can be found at or by calling 716-474-0580.

Free Pasta For Peace Dinner with Bart Dentino

By Beth Stich


Bart Dentino, founder of We R 3C Inc. — “Creating Caring Communities” — will be the featured speaker at the Pasta for Peace free spaghetti dinner at 6:30 p.m. March 19 at First Presbyterian Church, 300 East Main St., Batavia.

One aim of the Creating Caring Communities program is motivating people of all ages to “develop intrinsic motivation to treat others with kindness, compassion, and generosity,” said Dentino, who lives in Elba.

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Free Spaghetti Dinner - Pasta for Peace

By Beth Stich


Free Spaghetti Dinner: Pasta for Peace

The second “Pasta for Peace” free spaghetti dinner, will be held on Thursday, Nov. 17, at 6:30 p.m., at the First Presbyterian Church, 300 East Main St., in Batavia.  Local author and peace advocate Jim Morasco will be the featured speaker.  90 people attended the first Pasta for Peace in September.

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Gospel & Grace

By Lorie Longhany

YWCA's Racial Justice Committee invites you to join us for an evening of --

Gospel & Grace

Saturday, March 19, 2011

6 - 9 PM

At the YWCA, 301 North St. Batavia


Pre-registration is appreciated for table set up. Please RSVP: 343-5805 or by emailing [email protected]  Event will include gift basket raffles.

Bring your family and friends and a dish to pass. Enjoy words of inspiration and entertainment from community groups. Speakers include: Melissa Thurston and Selina Smith.

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Genesee ARC Presents the Sprout Film Festival

By Genesee ARC News


In celebration of our 45th anniversary year Genesee ARC is sponsoring a local screening of the Sprout Film Festival. The event, which showcases films by and about people with developmental disabilities will be held Saturday March 19 at the Batavia High School auditorium.

Sprout is a private, non-profit organization founded in 1979. The mission of the New York City-based organization is to provide innovative programming that raises the profile and showcases the work of people with developmental disabilities.

The local showing will include a selection of short films, ranging from documentaries to music videos. Some films are moving, enlightening and inspirational; others are humorous, whimsical and fun.  Each film will be introduced by a Sprout representative.  There are two show times, and 2:30 p.m. and 6:00 p.m.and donations are gratefully accepted.

The Sprout Film Festival is made possible with funds from the Decentralization Program, a regrant program of the New York State Council on the Arts, administered by the Genesee-Orleans Regional Arts Council.  Any one with questions may call ARC Director of Development, Shelley Falitico at 343-1123 ext. 231.

Stitches in Time 2010 Quilt Show

By Martha Lorshbaugh

Stitches in Time Quilt Show, presented by the Museum Quilt Guild, Batavia, NY.

Friday October 15, 10 am- 6 pm and Saturday October 16, 10 am - 5 pm

Featuring classes and evening lecture with George Siciliano.   Friday, "Size Really Does Matter".       Saturday "Twirling Logs"   Classes are from 9 am - 4 pm both days, $55.00 for non- members.

Contact Elaine Ross: 748-4831 or [email protected] to sign up

Lecture Friday, October 15 at 7 pm, $5.00 admission.  Open to the public

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City Church is hosting a FREE MOVIE NIGHT on March 19, 2010

By Michelle Wheatley

Please join us on March 19, 2010 for a Free Movie Night

Family Fun Night

@City Church

210 East Main Street

Batavia, NY 14020

Doors open at 6:30pm

Movie starts at 7:00pm



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Genesee ARC Art Show and Open House

By Genesee ARC News

Genesee ARC invites area residents, neighbors and families to view the Genesee ARC Community Center improvements firsthand during an art exhibit and open house, March 11, from 5:00pm to 7:30pm in celebration of Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month. The Community Center, 38 Woodrow Road, Batavia, is the former St. Mary’s School.  It was purchased by Genesee ARC two years ago.

The Art Show, entitled “Celebrating Art-abilities” was made possible with funds from the Decentralization Program, a regrant program of the New York State Council on the Arts, administered by the Genesee-Orleans Regional Arts Council.

A “Meet the Artist” event is planned during the open house, along with light refreshments and tours.  Executive Director Donna Saskowski will be making a special announcement at 6:30 p.m.  Anyone requesting additional information or to see the art show after March 11, may contact ARC Director of Development Shelley Falitico at 585-343-1123 or [email protected]..



Genesee County Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) for Children, Inc. receives Kelly For Kids Foundation Grant.

By Tara Pariso


At the 3rd Annual Grant Recipient Luncheon for the Kelly For Kids Foundation, held on January 11, 2010 at Ilio Dipaolo’s restaurant in Blasdell, NY, Genesee County CASA for Children received a grant for $2,500 from the Kelly For Kids Foundation. This grant came out of the support of Terry Hills Restaurant and Golf Course. Each year Terry Hills chooses grant recipients that work with children in the community for such funds for hosting the tournament put on by Jim Kelly.
Genesee County CASA for Children would like to thank Terry Hills, Mr. Kelly, and the Kelly For Kids Foundation for their generous support. The funds from this grant will assist CASA in continuing our mission to provide trained community volunteers to advocate for the best interests of those children who come to the attention of Family Court as a result of abuse or neglect. CASA’s hope for this upcoming year is to recruit and train at least 5 new advocates that will be able to take case assignment and advocate for the abused and neglected children in our community.
If you would like information on becoming a CASA volunteer, contact Tara Pariso at (585) 344-2550 x 2331 or [email protected].

Community Holiday Bazaar & Upcycling Event

By Jennifer Keys

Community Holiday Bazaar & Upcycling Event

at the Knights of Columbus behind Save-A-Lot

Come celebrate Christmas in small town tyle. Save gas. Save time. Catch up with old friends. Come browse the deals. Shop local this Holiday. Many area vendors with great prices just in time for those last minute gifts.

Events of the day:

-Over 15 area vendors

-Children's Activity Corner

-Silent Auction

-Terracycle Upcycling

Money raised to be donated to LCCP and LeRoy Food Pantry.

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Summer Gala, Hosted by Drug Free Communities Coalition

By Lisa Fickel

Drug Free Communities Coalition, we need "u".  Please join us for an entertaining, informational evening.  Learn how our GCASA Prevention programs work towards making our community a happier, healthier, safer place to live.  Please rsvp to [email protected], or call 585-815-1852 no later than 8/3/09.  Hope to see you there!

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