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Friends of Richmond Library announce return of book sale June 19, also donations now accepted

By Press Release

Press release:

The Friends of Richmond Memorial Library are pleased to announce the return of the book sale! The Friends will host a special sale on Saturday, June 19 from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. at the library.

This is the first sale since the coronavirus pandemic began, so the Friends are relaunching in a big way with plenty of new items to choose from!

There will be spaces set up in the Gallery Room, the Wilber-Fox Memorial Room and the Reading Room to browse for books.

“It’s been more than a year and we’re very excited to safely resume our sales,” said Friends of the Library Board President Kathy Zipkin. “The Friends sale has become a staple in the community, and we’re grateful for everyone’s support and patience. We know many people have been holding onto their books to donate!”

With the return of the book sale, the Friends gratefully accept your donations of gently used or new books and DVDs, BluRay, and CDs in good condition.

Before bringing your books for donation, the library asks you to consider:

  • Is there significant wear and tear, such as a broken binding, or loose, torn, or missing covers or pages?
  • Is there mold or mildew? Books with mold or mildew often smell musty and are discolored or spotted.
  • Is there water damage or staining?
  • Do the books have a strong odor such as cigarette smoke?

If you answered “yes” to any of the above questions, the library will not be able to make use of your donation.

Other types of materials that are not needed are textbooks and encyclopedias.

Donations are accepted anytime the library is open, Monday – Thursday, 9 a.m. - 9 pm, and Friday and Saturday 9 am – 5 pm. For very large donations (more than four boxes at a time) the library asks you to call ahead to (585) 343-9550, ext. 3.

Please place all donations in the bin located in the lobby. The library requests that you do not place donations in the book drop or on the loading dock.

All proceeds from the Friends of the Library sales benefit the Friends, who use the funds for library advocacy and programming. Payments for sale items can be made by cash or check.

Richmond Memorial Library continually provides access to physical and virtual resources and services that meet the educational, informational and recreational needs of its diverse community in a safe and comfortable environment. 

Richmond Memorial Library is located at 19 Ross St in the City of Batavia.

All Babies Cherished Needs Baby Bottles and Instructor Volunteers!

By Judi Piscitello
All Babies Cherished (ABC) pregnancy assistance center has used plastic baby bottles as a means of collecting donations for many years, but this year ABC cannot find enough baby bottles to make up for the number of bottles loaned to churches, ministries and individuals to collect donations in previous years.  Every year a few bottles don’t come back, but ABC is usually able to purchase more.  This year, ABC’s Executive Director Tammy Arneth tried to purchase more bottles locally and found that they were back ordered, so she tried online and found back ordered baby bottles wherever she looked.  ABC’s Board of Directors is reaching out to the community asking if anyone has plastic baby bottles they are not using that they consider donating them to ABC.
The Board of All Babies Cherished is also seeking additional instructors to volunteer to teach in the Center’s Earn While You Learn (EWL) Program.  EWL helps to answer many of the questions a mother or father may have concerning pregnancy and parenting.  ABC provides the moms and/or dads with an opportunity to learn how to be the best parents they can be and helps them to understand the challenges and joys that lie ahead for them and their baby.  Through regular lessons that include DVDs/videos and worksheets, parents learn important and interesting information about pregnancy and taking care of their baby. This program gives them the opportunity to earn "Baby Bucks" that they can use to "purchase" material items and supplies need for the baby.
If you have bottles to donate or if you are interested in becoming an instructor volunteer, please call the Center at (585) 344-5660 or visit the Center at 445 Ellicott Street during Center hours, Monday through Wednesday from 10 AM – 1 PM or Thursdays from 6 PM – 8 PM.  
- Judi Piscitello, ABC Board Member

'YouCare' set up to collect donations for medical expenses of young woman injured in fatal motorycle accident

By Timothy Walton

Friends and family of Ashley Stilwell, have set up a donation campaign to help raise money for medical expenses incurred after she was severley injured in a motorcycle accident earlier this month. The accident, claimed the life of her boyfriend, 19 year old Derek Sheldon. 

Stillwell was airlifted to the hospital 

Anyone interested in donating can through this link:

The site reads: "After a broken back, pelvic bone, many other injuries, and multiple surgeries, Ashley will live. her loving and kind spirit is here with us today, as strong as ever. Any donation to help Ashley and her family pay for her extensive medical expenses will be greatly appreciated"

Photos: Annual Salvation Army toy drive at Ken Barrett's

By Howard B. Owens

With the support of WBTA, city firefighters and assorted volunteers, the Salvation Army was able to collect hundreds of toys today for needy children in our community. Today's drop off point was at Ken Barrett's auto dealership. Gift givers can continue to drop off toys at Barrett's all week. WBTA's Dan Fischer said that this year many more girls toys came in than boys toys and so more toys for boys are still needed.

A Benefit for Brandon Johns

By Steve Ognibene


Come out and support Brandon Johns and his fight against cancer.

Brandon is a 12 year old Batavia Middle School student recently diagnosed with Hodgkin's Lymphoma. Help us bring much needed support to Brandon and his family during this difficult time.

Cocktail Party (21 years and older) Saturday Nov. 26th from 7-9pm. $25 Pre-sale ticket gets you free drinks for two hours, hors d'oeuvres, and cover charge for the band (Monster Johnson starting at 9:30pm). Also Chinese Auction on Football sports memorabilia.

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ReUseIt Network has large local following

By Brittany Baker

A thrifty, worldwide idea has made its way to our region with the mission to reduce the human footprint on the planet. The online ReUseIt Network has a group based out of our area with more than 1,500 members who have the “waste not, want not” attitude.

“In these hard times, many of us find ourselves needing something that we just don’t have the funds for,”  explained Heather Dow, who moderates the online group.

On the other hand, there may be something we are willing to part with that could be useful to someone else, she said. The ReUseIt Network is an online group where those willing to give can link up with those who might need to receive.

Dow said that some of the recent items sought have been to help the Batavia family who have lost their home to a fire for the second time, or clothes for children or Chinese auction tickets.

A few items being offered for free include, for example, scrap furnaces, printers and monitors, books and kids' bedding. But the inventory is, of course, always changing. Anyone willing to part with something can offer it to the entire group with one online post.

All that is required to join the group, is a Yahoo! account. From there, members just follow the rules to begin acquiring or donating.

Members are only allowed to post "wanted" messages for two items per week. However, in some cases, Dow said she will allow people to make a post for more items -- like with the recent fire victims.

"Their friend posted for them and I allowed her to ask for anything they need,” Dow said.

To avoid SPAM and other online difficulties, new members must respond to confirmation e-mails. But once they’ve joined, members are allowed to offer as many items as they wish -- so long as they offer everything free of charge.

Batavia Rotary Club Donates 500 Soccer Balls

By Pamela LaGrou

The Batavia Rotary Club has partnered with World Vision’s Get a Kick Out of Sharing, a nation-wide effort to acquire 250,000 new and gently used soccer balls for children in need world-wide.

Batavia Rotary Clubs’ contribution of 500 new soccer balls and 50 hand pumps will be on their way to poverty stricken areas of South Africa, Nigeria, El Salvador, Mexico and American Samoa.  “Given the numerous benefits of physical activity, the popularity of soccer world-wide and the satisfaction that comes from learning and playing soccer, the Batavia Rotary Club is pleased to collaborate with a reputable organization committed to helping children and their communities reach their full potential,” stated Ted Hawley, Batavia Rotary Club president.

 Children love soccer.  But many of the world’s children live in poverty and have never played with a real toy-let alone a real soccer ball.  Instead, they play with balls made of rags, leaves or wads of plastic tied together by strings.  Play is an essential part of childhood.  With World Cup play underway in South Africa, the timing couldn’t be better for a donation of 500 soccer balls to nations world-wide.

 To learn more about World Vision’s Get a Kick Out of Sharing program, visit and for more information about the Batavia Rotary Club, visit



Electric Cash Register Needed

By Bea McManis

Does anyone have or know of a business that might have an electric cash register that they can donate to a not for profit?  If so, please let me know.



donations needed to help families in the batavia area

By chris johnson

does your family need a little help for christmas?
would you accept gently used items,clothing,toys?
if you answered yes,then the mayhem riders mc might be able to help you.
we are a family oriented motorcycle club,this is our second annual christmas toy and clothes drive.
if we can help you out even a little bit,please contact us.
also if anyone has anything to donate we also still need donations,please contact us.
visit our website to learn more about us.

we are also looking for a non profit to team up with to help the local area.

Pasta Dinner

By Tasia Boland

Saturday October 17 at St. James Episcopal Church, 405 E. Main St.  there will be a Pasta Dinner to benefit Ray Patnode, Jr. Donations will help defray medical and prescription expenses for a Heart Transplant.

The dinner is from 5-7 p.m. Take-outs are available. There will be a 50/50 raffle and Chinese Auction. 

Tickets are available in advance by contacting Chris Ryon, 585-905-1411 or 585-742-2071. If you would like to send donations please contact Chris.

Family from Oakfield tries to recover

By Brittany Baker

The word tragedy is loosely defined as “when bad things happen to good people.” The Fitzsimmons family lost all their possessions and their home in Oakfield on July 30. Luckily, Steve, Alicia and their two boys, Collin, 16, and Tyler, 11, escaped the blaze with their lives.

“When it was over, they literally had nothing but the clothes on their backs...the kids didn’t even have shoes on their feet,” said Tracine Lundmark, a friend of Alicia's.

Lundmark was at the scene the night of the fire and said: “We were all just glad that everyone was alright. I kept telling her that things can be replaced – it’s family that matters.”

The house on Maple Avenue was a point of pride for the Fitzsimmons – they had revamped every room in their home except one. Even the firefighters that night commented on their immaculate backyard, but Alicia was only concerned about her family. “We’re all ok," Tracine said her friend kept repeating, “We’re all ok.”

One of the only things that survived the flames is Alicia's MP3 player. She had just added all her favorite songs and put it in a drawer in the kitchen.

“It’s like God knew she needed some comfort to get her through all this, so he let her have her music," Tracine said with tears in her eyes.

Tragedy can strike at any time – even on a quiet evening at home. Alicia said she left the bathroom that evening to see a haze in the hallway. She thought the smoke from the grill had somehow gotten in the house, so she went to the bedroom to investigate. When she saw the fire, she yelled for Steve and they tried to put it out and called 911.

About 45 minutes into the blaze, Tracine said it was apparent that the house would be a total loss: “When they start knocking down walls and tearing things up with an overhaul… you know there won’t be a house left.”

For now, the Fitzsimmons family is staying with Alicia's mother in Bergen, but they’re looking for a temporary apartment in Oakfield. They don’t want to let this awful turn of events uproot them from their community, especially since Collin will be entering his senior year at Oakfield-Alabama Central School.

The community is working hard to help the family get back on their feet, too. Tracine and her daughter made “spare change buckets” to put throughout the town for people to “give what they can in this economy.” Buckets can be found in the local churches, Yellow Goose, Santino’s, Ally’s Cones and Dogs and the Oakfield Pharmacy.

When Tracine gave Alicia the first round of donations, she said Alicia got teary and asked quietly, “How can I possibly thank everyone?”

Alicia and her family are grateful for their lives, all the genorosity they've been shown, and for everyone's thoughts and prayers.  She says that Tracine has truly been an angel.  She also wants to thank Matt and Debbie Maritan, the Chase family, Mandy McAvoy, their neighbors, the Barnes (for the walmart gift card and the Nintendo DS for Tyler) and the Oakfield community.

She says:

"These are just a few of the people who have been so giving and willing to do as much as they can for us. We are eternally grateful to everyone who has helped us out. Complete strangers have been so kind and giving. It's amazing how this community and even people outside the community have been so selfless, and willing to do something for a family they don't even know. God bless them all." 

Holiday Season Giving

By Genesee-Orleans Ministry of Concern

The holidays are a precious time of year.  In the spirit of celebrating, giving, sharing food and spending time with family, it is hard not to be thankful for the many blessings in life.  Sadly, many families in our community have never experienced the  joy of the holiday season.  Many children do not know what it's like to get gifts from Santa or enjoy a big holiday meal with loved ones.  This year, you can make a difference in the life of a struggling famliy.  By making a donation to our agency, you can help make the holidays a special time of year for those who need it most.  Your generosity is a blessing to those in need in our community. 

Happy Holidays!

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