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November 8, 2018 - 3:04pm
posted by Allison Lang in food, exploration, Dialouge, family.
Event Date and Time: 
December 13, 2018 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm
Join us for the next installment in our FED series! Join us for evenings of savory meals, exciting talks, and group conversations on a series of topics that the contemporary church must address. Pairs of speakers will give talks that challenge, entertain and inspire.
November 8, 2018 - 3:02pm
posted by Allison Lang in family, food, exploration, Dialouge.
Event Date and Time: 
December 6, 2018 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm
Join us for next installment in our FED series! Join us for evenings of savory meals, exciting talks, and group conversations on a series of topics that the contemporary church must address. Pairs of speakers will give talks that challenge, entertain and inspire.
November 8, 2018 - 3:00pm
posted by Allison Lang in family, Dialouge, food, exploration.
Event Date and Time: 
November 29, 2018 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm
Join us for tnext installment in our FED series! Join us for evenings of savory meals, exciting talks, and group conversations on a series of topics that the contemporary church must address. Pairs of speakers will give talks that challenge, entertain and inspire.
November 8, 2018 - 2:36pm
posted by Allison Lang in Christmas, family, kids.
Event Date and Time: 
December 8, 2018 - 5:00pm to 8:00pm
Northgate Free Methodist Church invites the community to a ‘Vintage Christmas’ event, on Saturday, December 8th, from 5-8pm.  Enjoy a festive Christmas tractor hayride through our community prayer walk, complete with carols and a retelling of the Christmas story.  Come roast marshmallows around our bonfire, eat s’mores, drink hot chocolate, while the children are invited to create ornaments for the tree. There will be a small devotional, presented at 6pm, to ready our hearts and minds for the Christmas season, accompanied by a spectacular tree lighting.
September 24, 2018 - 12:29pm
posted by Allison Lang in family, kids, MOMS Club, New moms.
Event Date and Time: 
September 25, 2018 - 9:00am to 8:30pm
Mothers of Preschoolers or MOPS are groups of women who gather together twice a month to share and support each other in the remarkable journey that is motherhood. Meetings consist of relevant speakers, fun crafts, supportive conversations and fellowship. There is always hot coffee and free childcare provided at all MOPS meetings. Moms can choose from a 9am morning group or a 6:30pm evening group. MOPS is open to all moms with children from birth to their youngest child finishes kindergarten.
July 2, 2018 - 9:39am
posted by Allison Lang in fireworks, family, northgate.
Event Date and Time: 
July 3, 2018 - 7:00pm to 10:00pm
Starting at 7pm come out and enjoy some fun games, delicious food and a great view of the local fireworks display. Rain or shine we will have something for all ages and a time you won’t want to miss. Bring your family and friends to Northgate’s North Campus and celebrate with us.   8160 Bank Street Road Batavia, NY 14020
March 12, 2018 - 12:00pm

Hurry in before March Madness ends and join the YMCA team on the road to success! Stop in the Y and sign up for a membership. The faster you do the more you save!

The countdown is on for the biggest savings: If you come in Thursday-Saturday we will waive the entire joining fee for you. Every day after that you will receive a percentage off of the joining fee.

  • Thursday, March 15th -- 100% Joining fee waived
  • Friday, March 16th -- 100% Joining fee waived
  • Saturday, March 17th -- 100% Joining fee waived
  • Sunday, March 18th -- 50% Joining fee waived
  • Monday, March 19th --  25% Joining fee waived 

Save more with a teammate, bring someone into the Y with you and if they sign up for a new membership* we will waive their joining fee (based on day). Complete our membership referral form and you can receive one free month of membership! Stop in before the buzzer sounds to score on savings! (*Excludes membership upgrades)

July 18, 2017 - 8:00am

The 178th annual Genesee County Fairgrounds turn out to be a great showing on opening night for the grand parade that marched through the grounds.  

For a complete schedule of daily events click here: http://gcfair.com/Home/FairInformation/DailySchedule.aspx

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December 1, 2015 - 11:27am
posted by Joseph Langen in family, hard work, relationships.
There is no such thing as a perfect family. Behind every door there are issues. The difference is accepting and encouraging each family member as they are, not as we would like them to be. ~Catherine Pulsifer~   Are you at peace with everyone in your family? If so, congratulations! Be thankful for your family and for your ability to listen to each other and talk about your differences. No two people are the same. Our values and perceptions are all at least a little different. It is inevitable that from time to time we will see things in a way which conflicts with the views of even those closest to us.   If you find yourself in conflict with an acquaintance, it might not trouble you. What that person feels or believes might not matter that much to you and you just go on your way. There are plenty of other people in the world. Disagreeing with a few of them is no big deal. What they think does not affect your daily life. You just let it go unless you are one of those people who think everyone must agree with you.   What about conflict with a family member? Did you grow up in a family where your parents were able to listen to each other, digest what they heard and respond lovingly? I have never met a family which approaches conflict in this way one hundred percent of the time, including my own. You might have been lucky enough to have had parents who handled most conflicts this way. If so, you most likely learned good ways to handle conflict most of the time.   You might have had parents who weren’t so good at managing conflicts. If you never saw good ways to handle difficulties as you grew up, you might find yourself at a loss for how to manage your own conflicts. There are a few ways to improve your ability to handle conflict. Here are a few suggestions you might want to try.  
  1. Find out what is important to the other person and why. Learn how he or she feels about the issue and why.
  2. Next, think about what is important to you and make sure you understand your own feelings.
  3. Look for areas of agreement. Share these with each other.
  4. Share what you love and respect about each other.
  5. Make sure you understand the other’s viewpoint.
  6. Agree to hear and respect each other’s opinion even if you don’t agree with it.   
  7. Understanding might lesson the conflict but in the end you might need to accept each other as you both are.
  Life Lab Lessons    
  • Make sure you understand your own position and feelings about areas of conflict.
  • Get some help understanding yourself if you need it.
  • Do more listening than talking.
  • Try to understand your relative’s position and feelings.
  • Look for ways to support each other regardless of your differences.
 
October 2, 2015 - 1:14pm
posted by Holland Land Office in history, travel, family, driving, Museum.
Event Date and Time: 
October 3, 2015 - 10:00am to October 4, 2015 - 5:00pm
Spend Saturday and/or Sunday visiting these local museums. Get your passport stamped at each museum you visit and win a discount at a local restaurant or other merchant. Fun, educational, and just plain interesting!  Participating Museums include:
  • Medina Historical Society
  • Medina Railroad Museum
  • Oakfield Historical Society
  • Alabama Historical Society
  • Attica Historical Society
  • Alexander Historical Society
  • Holland Land Office Museum
  • Stafford Museum of History
  • Bergen House: Barn & Livery
September 28, 2015 - 12:49pm
posted by Jamie Lindsley in Oakfield, genesee county history, exhibit, family.
Event Date and Time: 
October 4, 2015 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm
Each Sunday the Oakfield Historical Society opens the Museum and Research Center to the public for two hours free of charge.  Current exhibits include the Indian Room, Glassware, Cary Seminary, Haxton Foods, and the War Room.  Families are welcome. https://www.facebook.com/events/730386113734719/
July 24, 2015 - 1:01pm
posted by Jamie Lindsley in history, genesee county history, Oakfield, family, Museum.
Event Date and Time: 
July 26, 2015 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm
Each Sunday from 1-3 pm the public is welcome to tour our facility and learn about this year's featured displays. 7 Maple Avenue, Oakfield. https://www.facebook.com/OakfieldHistoricalSocietyNY
March 30, 2015 - 10:59am

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.

March 28, 2015 - 1:20pm

It’s an annual tradition that has some patrons make an hour-long trek to continue. Oliver’s Candy Store on Main Street in Batavia welcomed Spring with the arrival of the Easter Bunny earlier today. 

Genesee County’s “sweet spot” has extended business hours – from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Saturday, April 4. Oilver’s is closed only two days a year – Christmas and Easter – regular business hours are 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., Monday through Sunday.

October 18, 2014 - 10:33am
posted by Holland Land Office in history, family, food, live music, fun, dancing.
Event Date and Time: 
October 19, 2014 - 1:00pm to 5:00pm

The Holland Land Office Museum and the Willow Bend Inn present a Fall Family Festival at the historic stage coach stop of the 1800s on Sunday, October 19th from 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm.  Events include children's games and crafts, stagecoach travelers, Civil War and 1812 reenactors, musket firing, raffles, live music by Red Creek, food including wings, chicken fingers, fries, chili, burgers, and a cash bar.  This is a fundraiser for the Holland Land Office Museum.  Admission is $5.00 for adults and free for children.  There will be a cowboy/cowgirl costume contest for children as well.  

August 31, 2014 - 1:29pm
posted by Daniel Crofts in genesee county, family, youth.

From left: Iris Hatcher, Jessica Polk, Jessica Simmons and Kenyetta Reese.

Leave it to a group of mothers to figure out what their community needs, and then to do something about it.

Pictured are the four founding members of "Mothers Supporting Children and Families" (MSCF), a new nonprofit designed to "provide inspirational support and positive direction to children of all ages" and "empower children and families" (per their mission statement.)

Polk, the WSCF president, said she conceived the idea during a dinner party at her Batavia home.

"There were a bunch of us mothers there," she said. "We got to talking -- Jessica (Simmons) had had the idea for a long time about doing something for the youth in the community to get them off the streets and doing something productive."

Polk and her friends were concerned about what appeared to be an increase in instances of local youth getting in trouble -- "and at a younger age" -- in recent years.

In order to help address this problem, she and her fellow MSCF moms are joining forces with Care-A-Van Ministries, a local Christian street ministry.

"They were extremely instrumental in giving us spiritual guidance from the very start," Polk said.  "They've taken us under their wing, and they've given us advice on how to start a nonprofit. We ask for their advice all the time."

Elsewhere in their mission statement, they name an important aspect of how they intend to address the problem of troubled youth: "MSCF lends a helping hand to the community so there are fewer children in unhealthy home dynamics."

Ways of positive self-expression, adult role models, and trusted adults that kids can come to with their concerns if, for whatever reason, they cannot go to their parents or legal guardians, are among what they seek to offer young people.

"And I hope that we, as an organization, will be able to show them the different resources available to them that they may not know of," Hatcher said." We want to guide them into whatever they need to relieve that pressure that is causing them to get into trouble."

But their mission is not limited to kids; rather, it is founded on "the concept of parents helping parents" and "promotes positive parenting, and healthy families."

MSCF is open to all families in Genesee County. Despite the group's name, Polk wanted to make it clear that men are welcome to be involved as well (they just cannot be official members).

Hatcher said that eventually, they would like to be able to arrange for situations in which families and children can get together for fun and socialization.

"We just have to get on our feet first and get our name out there," she said.

For more information on MSCF:

Web site: www.mscfmothers.wix.com/mscf-
Twitter: www.twitter.com/MSCFMOTHERS
Facebook: M.S.C.F. Mothers
Email: [email protected]

People can also contact Polk at 300-3804.

Photo submitted by Jessica Polk.

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