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CANCELLED: Stafford Founders' Day Celebration

By Shelly Waterman

Join us for cake at Stafford's 200th Birthday Party on March 24, 2020 at 7:00 p.m. at the Stafford Town Hall.  Help us kick off Stafford's Bicentennial at our Founders' Day Celebration, the first of many activities this year to commemorate 200 years of Stafford history.  Go to for a complete list of activities.

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FED Talks

By Allison Lang

Join us for evenings of savory meals, exciting talks, and group conversations on a series of topics that the contemporary church must address. Speakers will give talks that challenge, entertain and inspire. Be fed twice in body and soul, as we journey together in discussing how our mission to be hope in the world involves entering into areas of great tension, but also great need.

This week, John Keller and Chris Landon will be discussing the history of the word “Evangelical”, and its impact on the church.

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Godfrey's Pond holds fourth annual Easter Egg Hunt

By Steve Ognibene

More than 70 children with there families attended the fourth annual Easter Egg Hunt at Godfrey's Pond yesterday. The club put out a couple thousand Easter eggs early before the event which started at Noon and continued through 2 o'clock. Cookies, drinks were provided to all who attended. Mike Hammon, caretaker of Godfrey's Pond, said the free public event has grown consistantly over the years.

Other activities included a petting opportunity with six baby chicks.

Two contests were held; one for who collected the most eggs and a coloring contest.

Abby Lampke was the winner of the coloring contest.  

Egg hunt winners were:  

Gold -- Adrian Laird

Silver -- Connor Schrane

Bronze -- Trevor Pahl

Photo above is 7-year-old Eliana Stringham with the Easter Bunny. Craig Gillard submitted the photos from Godfrey's Pond.

Master Gardener Training

By Jan Beglinger

 Beginning September 10, Cornell Cooperative Extension of Genesee County will begin training a new class of Master Gardeners through our “Principles of Gardening” program.  Classes will be held at the CCE office at 420 East Main Street, Batavia on Wednesday evenings from 6 to 9 pm through November 19.  (There will also be a full day session on Saturday, November 8.)  Pre-registration by August 25 is required as the class size is limited.

Participants will enjoy learning about a variety of horticulture topics including: botany, plant pathology, entomology, soils & fertilizers, lawn care, vegetable gardening, weed identification, woody ornamentals, fruit, perennials and annuals.  Each class will focus on a different topic throughout the training.

Anyone interested in learning more about gardening may attend the course.  The fee for training is $225 per person.

This training is the first requirement to becoming a Genesee County Master Gardener.  Genesee county residents who complete the course are then eligible to apply to the Genesee County Master Gardener program.  (Other county residents should contact their local Master Gardener program.)  A Master Gardener volunteer should have a willingness to give back to the community and help put into practice what they learned at training.  Enthusiasm for sharing their skills and knowledge is a must.

For an application or to register contact Brandie Schultz at 585-343-3040, ext. 101 or stop by the Extension office at 420 East Main Street in Batavia.

Habitat for Humanity Restore MOVING SALE! All items must go!

By Jessica Maguire-Tomidy, Ex. Dir.

Help us clear out all items from the First United Methodist Church basment at 8221 Lewiston Road. Batavia. Doors open at 9a.m. January 5th, 2013

All items drastically reduced to help us open our new location at 230 Ellicott Street. 

Bag Sale!


For more information about Restore check out our Website at or our Facebook page: Geneseehabitat



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Genesee ARC 'Sprout Film Festival' -- First Show

By Billie Owens

The Sprout Film Festival returns to Genesee County on Saturday, March 31, at the Genesee ARC Community Center, 38 Woodrow Road in Batavia. Sprout is a nonprofit that holds a yearly festival in New York City and opens its library of films from around the world so the "touring festival" can travel all over the country.

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GCC Toastmasters International Club Holds "East Meets West" Event

By Elizabeth Downie



Genesee Community College Toastmasters Club

Cordially Invites You to be our Guest at


An Evening of Global Communication and Dining

Menu: Sushi, Wraps, Salad, Pizza, Dessert, Beverages

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Town of Oakfield celebrates 'Majestic Lights in the Park'

By Melissa Haacke

The Town of Oakfield will celebrate the Majestic Lights in the Park on Sunday, November 28, 2010 at 5 pm at the Elroy D. Parkins Park (Little League Park). There are 42 trees that will be decorated in loving memory of loved ones passed, businesses and family themes. Please join us on Sunday for the lighting ceremony, Caroling and hot chocolate. Happy Holidays to all!!!

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Stitches in Time 2010 Quilt Show adds classes with George Siciliano

By Martha Lorshbaugh

The Museum Quilt Guild will hold their fifth biennial quilt show, titled Stitches in Time, on October 15 and 16 at the St Anthony's Community center, 114 Liberty Street.  The change in venue allowed them to add classes and evening lecture with renowned quiltmaker, George Siciliano.  Space is available in both classes.  The class for Friday is titled "Size Really Does Matter" and Saturday's class is titled "Twirling Logs".  Pictures of the projects are available at George's website.

Space is still available for both classes, which run from 9 am to 4 pm both days.  Cost to non- guild members is $55.00.  Contact Elaine Ross at 748-4831 or for more information or to sign up.  The lecture is friday evening at 7 pm.  It is open to the public.  The fee for the lecture is $5.00.

The show also features 243 quilted items made my the members of the Guild, a members' boutique, vendors, quilt raffle (photo above- $1 per ticket), door prizes and a silent auction to benefit the VA medical Center in Batavia, NY.

The show is open from 10 am - 6 pm on Friday, October 15 and from 10 am  - 5 pm Saturday, October 16.  Admission is $5

For more information, or directions to the show, contact Martha Lorshbaugh at 993-0357 or

Women's Program Chicken BBQ

By Pamela LaGrou

Chicken BBQ to benefit GCASA Women's Program is being held on Wednesday, June 30th from 4-6pm or until sold out.  Stop by 430 East Main Street for a Clor's Chick BBQ including baked beans, salt potatoes, roll and butter for $8.00.  Curbside delivery available- simply pull up and order your dinners.   Pre-sale tickets available, call Norma at 343-1124.

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COVA 2010 Open House

By Steve Ognibene

Tonight I attended the COVA "Central Orleans Volunteer Ambulance" Open House at their headquarters in Albion NY.  Over 150 people were on hand during this occational rainy event to give thanks to all EMT's, Mercy flight, Volunteers, etc. Much of the information is on the website at

I interviewed EMT Patrick Lamka and asked the question, What is COVA?

Here is a quick video of Mercyflight taking off:

Many photos during this event:

Lots of people on hand even though it poured at times but a great turnout !

Yummy popcorn and activities for kids.

Some staff members ...

One of the ambulances from the fleet.

The newest ambulance to the fleet, not yet lettered.  Just arrived.

Patrick Lamka and Tricia Warren

posing near the Mercyflight helicopter ...

The 2010 COVA staff

They thanked everyone who came to support, donate and attend tonight's open house.  Providng services to help others in emergency needs.

Habitat For Humanity Restore

By Diane Burroughs

 6 Month Celebration

Saturday, May 15

10 - 4p.m.


Household, Hardware, Tools, Furniture, Appliances & Much More!






Annual Spagetti Dinner and Auction

By Diane Burroughs

Annual Spagetti Dinnner & Auction

St. Paul Lutheran Church & School

31 Washington Ave., Batavia, N.Y.

Saturday, Feb. 6, 2010

Dinner 4:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.  /  Tickets $5.00

Homemade desserts available

Auction 7:00 p.m.

All proceeds will benefit St. Paul Lutheran School

For more information call 585-343-0488




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CASA for Children Pizza Hut "FUN"draiser

By Tara Pariso

Tomorrow, Tuesday January 12, 2010, Genesee COunty CASA for Children will be having a Pizza Hut "FUN"draiser.  To show your support for CASA, all you have to do is pick up a coupon and eat in or take out from Pizza Hut tomorrow and 20% of the total sales will be donated to CASA for Children.

CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) is a non profit organization that provides abused and neglected children in Genesee County with a trained volunteer advocate that monitors court orders, advocates for safe and permanent placement, and is a consistent positive person in the child's life.

If you or anyone you know is interested in becoming a volunteer advocate, or donating to CASA for Children, please contact Tara Pariso at (585) 344-2550 x 2331 or  There are always more children in our community that are in need of a CASA.

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