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Sponsored Post: The Genesee County Fair - Family Day/Drive Your Tractor to the Fair Day

By Lisa Ace

Saturday, July 20 – Family Day/ Drive Your Tractor to the Fair Day

  • 8:30 a.m. – NIOGA Dairy Show (Main Show Ring)
  • 9 a.m. – 4-H Horse Show – Gymkhana Division (Horse Arena)
  • 10 a.m. – Exhibition Halls & Buildings Open
  • Noon -- Small Fry Tractor Pull (Exhibition Building) Sponsored by Upstate Niagara Cooperative, Genesee County Pamona Grange, and Duane Schmigel
  • Noon – Midway Opens, Wristband Special from Noon to 4 p.m.
  • 4 p.m. – 4-H Market Auction Master Showman Contest (Main Show Ring)
  • 6 p.m. – Racing at Genesee Speedway
  • 7 to 11 p.m. – Band – Under the Gun (Entertainment Tent)
  • 10 p.m. – Exhibit Halls & Buildings Close

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Sponsored Post: The Genesee County Fair - Celebrate 4H Day

By Lisa Ace

Friday, July 19th – CELEBRATE 4H DAY

  • 9 a.m. – 4-H Horse Show – English & Dressage Division (Horse Arena)
  • 9 a.m. – 4-H Beef Team Fitting Competition (Main Show Ring)
  • 10 a.m. – Exhibition Halls & Buildings Open
  • Noon – 4-H Horses must be removed from 4-H Horse Barn
  • Noon – 4-H Livestock Master Showman Contest (Main Show Ring)
  • 1 p.m. – 4-H Dairy Club Butter Making Activity (Kennedy Building)
  • 4 p.m. – Midway Opens
  • 5:30 p.m. – 4-H Tractor Driving Contest
  • 6 p.m. – NIOGA Dairy Showmanship (Main Show Ring)
  • 7 p.m. – Demolition Derby (Grandstands)
  • 7 to 11 p.m. – Band – MAC (Entertainment Tent)
  • 10 p.m. – Exhibit Halls & Buildings Close

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Sponsored Post: The Genesee County Fair - Kid's Day / HP Hood Day

By Lisa Ace

Thursday, July 18th – KId's Day / HP HOOD DAY

  • 9 a.m. – 4-H Dairy Cattle Show (Main Show Ring)
  • 9 a.m. – 4-H Horse Show – Western Division (Horse Arena)
  • 10 a.m. – Exhibition Halls & Buildings Open
  • 12 - 10 p.m. – Midway Opens - Kids 16 & Under Ride for $10/wristband
  • 12:30 p.m. – Small Fry Tractor Pull (Exhibition Building) Sponsored by Upstate Niagara Cooperative, Genesee County Pamona Grange, and Duane Schmigel
  • 6:45 p.m. – 4-H Market Animal Auction Awards Ceremony (Main Show Ring)
  • 7 p.m. – 4-H Market Animal Auction Sale Begins (Main Show Ring)
  • 7:30 – 10 p.m. – Band – Savage Cabbage (Entertainment Tent)
  • 10 p.m. – Exhibit Halls & Buildings Close

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Sponsored Post: The Genesee County Fair - Emergency Responder's Night

By Lisa Ace


  • 8:30 a.m. – OPEN Class Swine must be in place
  • 9 a.m. – 4H Horse may arrive
  • 9 a.m. – 4-H Hog Show (Main Show Ring)
  • 10 a.m. – 4-H & Open Class Goats must be removed from Goat Barn (Except Market
  • Auction Goats)
  • 10 a.m. – 4-H Milking Dairy Cows must be in place
  • 10 a.m. – Exhibit Halls & Buildings Open
  • Noon – 4-H Sheep Show (Main Show Ring)
  • 4 p.m. – Midway Opens, (Weather permitting)
  • 2 p.m. – 4H Horses must be in place
  • 5:30 p.m. – Fair Parade Line Up (Racing Pit Area)
  • 6:30 p.m. – Fair Parade
  • 7 p.m. – Band – Red Creek (Entertainment Tent)
  • 10 p.m. – Exhibit Halls & Buildings Close

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Sponsored Post: The Genesee County Fair - sponsored by Rochester Regional Health

By Lisa Ace

Tuesday, July 16th – sponsored by ROCHESTER REGIONAL HEALTH

  • 9 a.m. – Halter Class – Draft Horses (Horse Arena)
  • 10 a.m. – 4-H Cloverbud Rabbit Show (Merton Building)
  • 10 a.m. – Exhibition Halls & Buildings Open
  • 11 a.m. – 4-H Dairy & Meat Goat Show (Main Show Ring)
  • Immediately followed by Open Class Goat Show
  • Noon – OPEN Draft Hitch Show (Horse Arena)
  • 1 p.m. – 4-H Dairy Judging Contest
  • 4 p.m. – Midway Opens
  • 2 – 10 p.m. -- Faith at the Fair (Entertainment Tent)
  • 5 p.m. – 4-H Market Auction Hog Show (Main Show Ring)
  • 7 p.m. – Fair Barn Dance (Open Dairy Barn)
  • 9 p.m. – 4-H & Open Class Goats Released (Except Market Auction Goats)
  • 10 p.m. – Exhibit Halls & Buildings Close

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Sponsored Post: The Genesee County Fair - Veteran's Day

By Lisa Ace

Monday, July 15th – VETERAN’S DAY AT THE FAIR

  • 9 a.m. – 4-H Market Auction Goat Show (Main Show Ring)
  • 10 a.m. – Exhibition Halls & Buildings Open
  • 10 a.m. – 4-H Cloverbud Poultry Show (Merton Building)
  • 10 a.m. – 4-H Dairy Fitting Clinic & Master Fitter Competition
  • 10 a.m. – 4-H Goat Agility Contest (Goat Barn Show Ring)
  • 10 a.m. – 4-H Market Auction Lamb Show (Main Show Ring)
  • 4 p.m. – Midway Opens
  • 4 p.m. – 4-H Market Auction Dairy Steer Show (Main Show Ring)
  • 5 p.m. – 4-H Market Auction Beef Steer Show (Main Show Ring)
  • 5 p.m. – North American Classic Six-Horse Hitch (Horse Arena)
  • 7 to 9:30 p.m. – Band – BB Dang (Entertainment Tent)
  • 10 p.m. – Exhibit Halls & Buildings Close

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Sponsored Post: The Genesee County Fair daily schedule! Senior citizen day

By Lisa Ace

Sunday, July 14 – SENIOR CITIZEN DAY

  • 10 a.m. – 4-H Beef Show (Main Show Ring)
  • 10 a.m. – Exhibition Halls & Buildings Open
  • 11 a.m. -- Skyhunters Birds of Prey (until 2 pm)
  • Noon – Open Class Beef Show (Main Show Ring)
  • Noon – 4-H Club Exhibits must be in place
  • Noon – Midway Opens
  • 3 p.m. – Six Horse Hitch Classes (Horse Arena)
  • 4 p.m. – 4-H Rabbit Show (Merton Building)
  • 4 p.m. – 4-H Market Auction Lamb Final Weigh In
  • 7 to 10 p.m. -- Band – TBD (Entertainment Tent)
  • 10 p.m. – Exhibit Halls & Buildings Close

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Sponsored Post: The Genesee County Fair begins today! Drive your tractor to the fair day

By Lisa Ace

Saturday, July 13th – DRIVE YOUR TRACTOR TO THE FAIR DAY - Fair Opens @ 9 a.m.

  • 9 a.m. – 4-H Dog Show Demonstration (Horse Practice Arena)
  • 10 a.m. – Exhibition Halls & Buildings Open
  • 10 a.m. – 4-H Kennedy Building Exhibit Judging (Kennedy Building)
  • 11 a.m. – 4-H Livestock must be in place (Dairy Heifers/Calves, Dairy Steers, Beef Steers/Heifers, Sheep, Goats, Hogs, Poultry, Rabbits)
  • Noon – 4-H Market Auction Beef, Hog & Goat Final Weigh In
  • Noon – Midway Opens
  • Noon – Talent Show
  • 4 p.m. – 4-H Poultry Show (Merton Building)
  • 6 p.m. – 4-H Livestock Costume Contest (Main Show Ring)
  • 6 p.m. – Genesee Speedway Racing
  • 7 p.m. – Karaoke FINALS
  • 11 p.m. – Exhibit Halls & Buildings Close

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Sponsored Post: The Genesee County Fair kicks off tomorrow - PREVIEW NIGHT TONIGHT

By Lisa Ace

Friday, July 12th – PREVIEW NIGHT • Free Parking

  • 4 p.m. – Midway OPEN
  • 7 p.m. – Karaoke Qualifier

Daily at the Genesee County Fair:

  • Mechanical Bull Riding – try your hand at bull riding on the mechanical bull
  • Balloon Display and Demonstrations
  • Pig Racing
  • Entertainer – Wade Henry

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Camp Out Vacation Bible School at Alexander UM Church

By Tracy Eisele

"Getting S'more of Jesus - Camp Out" is the theme for this year's Vacation Bible School. Kids entering grades K-6th are invited to join us to learn about Jesus through Bible stories, games, and crafts. The event is held on 8/2/19 - 8/4/19 and runs from 6:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. each night. For more information call (585) 591-1765 or email us at [email protected]

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Even in Batavia, Pokemon are everywhere

By Howard B. Owens


     The gym at HLOM

See the people walking around town staring at their phones? You may have seen more of them these past few days. It's easy to assume they're checking a social media account or texting. That assumption is likely incorrect in each and every case.

Actually, nearly every one of those people you see, usually in twos or threes, with noses down, eyes locked on their smartphone screens, are playing a game, a game that gets people off the couch, out of the house, onto the street and doing something Luddites often complain people don't do in the always-connect age: talking with each other.

The game is Pokemon Go, a version of the iconic Pokemon game updated for the era of smartphones.

What all these people are looking at is a virtual world superimposed on the real world, a world you can't see unless you download the app and create an account. They are seeing a world populated by the likes of wartortlesbutterfrees and caterpie, hunting for pokespots and gyms, building their strength and resources for their team to battle for control of those gyms.

"I've had it since Friday night," said Michael Snyder, of Batavia. "I saw my brother running to get a Pokemon over by Kelsey Road and he said, 'you gotta get this game.' He said, 'It's so much fun,' and it is. It motivates me to get outside and it's so much fun."

Pokemon started in the 1990s as a card game and players traded cards much like baseball cards. In 2006, the first video game was made for GameBoy and the Pokemon franchise has been one of Nintendo's most popular games every since, but Nintendo had largely ignored the mobile market until the release of Pokemon Go.

Since then, Pokemon Go is the most downloaded app (more than 7.5 million downloads) in both the Google Play Store and the Apple Store. Nintendo's stock has gained $7.5 billion in market value in two days. Even though the game is a free download, in-app purchases have reportedly generated more than $14 million in revenue (Google and Nintendo reportedly invested $30 million in developing the game).

The game uses technology first built for another social playing game developed by a former Google employee and leverages data from Google Earth. 

When you download the game, you design your avatar and then see your avatar standing on a map of your real-life community. The location of your avatar corresponds with your actual physical location. If you're at home, your avatar is on the map where your house should be (buildings are not shown). If you get out and walk about, then your avatar walks along the street and turns as you turn.

If you happen upon a Pokemon, then you try to flick a white and red ball at it to capture it. Sometimes you miss, sometimes you snare it and then it escapes, and sometimes you get to keep it.

The first goal of Pokemon is to "catch 'em all." (Link: How to play Pokemon Go.)

     Time to catch a Zubat.

The more you capture the more you can do with the game. You move up levels, your Pokemon can evolve and you incubate the eggs you acquire pokestops so you get more Pokemon. At level five, you can join a team. The teams are Instinct (yellow), Mystic (blue) and Valor (red). Once you're on a team, you can capture a gym for your team and train in a gym and defend your gym. The stronger and more evolved your Pokemon, the better your chances of capturing a gym and holding a gym from attacks by other teams.

"I've been playing Pokemon since I was a kid," said Luis Ortiz, of Batavia. "Even as a kid, you would wish something like this would come out and it finally has."

The game is popular, people say because it gets you outside and you meet people and make new friends.

Ortiz was at the Peace Garden Tuesday afternoon, as were about a dozen other people. That used to never happen on a typical  day, even one as sunny and pleasant as Tuesday, but that crowd was nothing like the one several people said was there on Monday night (or we witnessed on Tuesday night). As many as 30 people were in the garden at one time.

The garden has become Batavia's Pokemon hotspot because it contains two pokespots and there is a gym at the Holland Land Office Museum.

Pokespots are locations where you can fill your satchel with balls to capture Pokemon with, perhaps get eggs, and they are also places where you will find lots of Pokemon to a capture. The pokespots act as lures for Pokemon.

"The game gets people closer," Ortiz said. "We came out here last night another were about 25 to 30 people here walking up and down, saying, ‘Hi', so it’s really cool. It gets you outside and you get to do stuff."

Maximus Mantrow, from Greece, was driving his girlfriend past the garden this afternoon and she had her app open. They spotted the pokespots, the gym and several people in the garden, so they decided to stop.

"It’s cool," Mantrow said. "You meet a lot of cool people, you start talking, you make friends. It's fun."

     St. Joe's

Montrow said he's always been a fan of Pokemon, but he wasn't planning on downloading the game until he did and now he's hooked.

"I was like 'I don’t know about this', but I was playing a little more and it’s got that addictive nature to it, you know," Montrow said. "You get this one and then you’re like, ‘oh, I can catch that one, too, and I can catch that’ and after that, you can evolve it into something else. It’s just a lot of fun."

Sarah and Sophie Matlow drove from Le Roy to Batavia this afternoon and were walking through Downtown (they didn't even know about the Peace Garden treasures yet) because there isn't that much Pokemon activity in Le Roy.

“I like Pokemon too much for a 17-year-old girl," said Sophie, a student at Le Roy High School, and Sarah, a student at Alfred State College, added, “and I just wanted to play it with her."

As we talked, a young man walked by and said, yes, he was playing, too, and added, "I just captured that gym," which is on East Main Street.

"Everyone is playing this game right now," Sarah said. "It’s crazy."

App user stats bear out the sense that Pokemon Go is wildly popular already. Besides being number one in the app stores, the average daily use of those who download it already exceeds all other social media, including Facebook and Twitter.

Besides the social benefits of Pokemon Go, users say they love the idea of going outside and actually walking around to play a video game. They recognize health benefits.

"I've read about people getting leg cramps because they’ve been playing Pokemon Go so much; so people, like, hate on it so much because it actually makes you move, but it’s great," Sophie said.


More of the story and more photos after the jump (click the headline or "read more" below):

Walking is integral to the game. It's hard to get enough points to advance to the next level without walking (move too fast and the game suspects you're driving or riding in motorized transportation). You also need to walk to incubate your eggs to hatch new Pokemon.

Interestingly, the State of New York, of course, issued a warning to avoid driving while playing Pokemon Go, but also warned against walking while playing.

Not only is it safer to capture Pokemon while walking, it's also easier, which is one reason why the Peace Garden is so popular, but there are also plenty of other places around Batavia to go for Pokemon action. There are pokespots at the sundial at City Hall, the City Fire Station, the Cary Mansion historical marker, Richmond Memorial LIbrary, the Harvester Center, the Morgan Monument, Rotary Park, Batavia Downs, two at St. Joe's and two at DeWitt Recreation Area.  There are gyms at the Upton Monument, on the northeast corner of Centennial Park, at the Pok-A-Dot, a block further south on Ellicott Street, the Methodist Church in Batavia and the War Memorial on Harvester Avenue. Drive out on West Main Street Road and you'll find as-yet-barely-used Poke hunting ground. There is a gym at Dave's Ice Cream and two nearby pokespots.

This is some of what we've found so far:

Most pokespots are at monument and marker locations. Churches are also another frequent location for pokespots and even gyms. When you arrive at the spot, the game not only confers benefits for getting there but also serves up a little historical information about the game.

That is one part of the game that pleases Jeffrey Fischer, director of the Holland Land Office Museum. He thinks it's great that people are learning about HLOM, local history, and the Peace Garden. He would like to find a way to get more trainers into the museum itself and maybe take a little tour (hint: there are in fact Pokemon inside the building).

"I was pleasantly surprised when I download the game," Fischer said. "I saw immediately that the museum was a gym and I was very happy that Google (which supplied the mapping and market info to the game makers) was able to incorporate local landmarks into its system like that.

Then he chuckled and added, "I would love to eventually get my training level up high enough to be the gym leader here. We'll see."

HLOM Assistant Director Katie Sergel was curious Monday night about how the game was going over in Batavia, so at about 10:30 she went for a drive.

"I drove by the Cary Manson marker and saw eight people there," she said, "and I thought 'that’s not a normal hangout spot, so they’ve got to be playing Pokemon', so I said, ‘let’s drive by the museum’ and the parking lot is full and at least 25 or 30 people out there."

That much traffic naturally raises a little concern that people be respectful of the grounds and museum, so Sergel was working on signs today asking trainers to please be cautious and careful.

Fischer was curious what the police might think of seeing all these people out late at night, walking around in groups, staring at their phones, when normally the streets would be quiet.

Sgt. Chris Camp, normally the swing shift commander for Batavia PD, said it didn't take long for him and the officers on his shift to catch onto what was going on. There have been no trouble reports, he said, and so far, everybody just seems to be having a good time.

"Obviously, we can look into it and see what are they up to, but like I said, a lot of times, they’re jovial," Camp said. "They’re laughing and you can tell that they’re engaged in a fun activity and not anything malicious, and they’ve all got their phones up to their face, so it’s not hard to tell what they’re doing."

Tuesday evening, two officers responded to a report of a group of people wandering on Central Avenue and acting suspicious. When officers arrived, the group was gone, but one of the officers said, yes, she was expecting to find Pokemon Go players.  

The officers said there are players out everywhere they go these days.

"We're seeing people out we never see out," one of the officers said.

The players are easy to spot, one officer said, because they're looking at their phone differently than if they were texting.

The area around Pringle Avenue is fertile Pokemon hunting grounds because there is a pokespot in Pringle Park.

The officers did say are concerned about people's safety. 

One officer said he saw a young man run across a street and almost get hit by a truck, "chasing a spot in the road."  

The game warns people on its startup screen that they need be cautious, be alert, and be aware of their surroundings.

There has been a report of one player elsewhere being hit by a car, and also a report of three people lying in wait at a pokespot in Missouri so they could rob them. 

One of the most interesting Pokemon Go stories making the rounds in social media comes from the first night of the game. A man who can't sleep heads out for a walk in a nearby park. After walking awhile, he hears, "yo, my man." 

There's two men sitting  on a bench and one says, "My man, check over by the blue truck over there we got an onyx earlier."

He captures an onyx and goes back and starts chatting with the two men. Then a cop shows up.

"So it turns out two twentysomething black dudes and a 40-year-old white guy chilling in the park at 3 a.m. looks strange," the man said. "It took a bit of talking to convince the cop we weren't doing a drug deal, and a bit longer to explain the game."

The cop downloaded the game and asked for instructions on how to get started. (Link: Post on Reddit (language warning))

That's the essence of the game, making new friends and building bridges, which something several trainers we talked to said was refreshing about the game, especially coming on the heels of a pretty difficult week in the United States.

"You meet nice people," said Jeff Hall, a Batavia resident we met in the Peace Garden. "It brings everyone together. No one is hating on each other. Right now, with what's going on everywhere, you know, the world, and the U.S. especially with Black Lives Matter and Blue Lives Matter, we're not seeing it. Everyone is interacting, being friendly, so it's nice."

Which is why more people should jump in and play, Sarah and Sophie said.

"If you’re not playing, play it," Sarah said.

Sophie quickly added, "Tell everyone to play this game. It gives a common ground to people."

Top photo: Maximus Mantrow, left, Michallena Root and Jeff Hall.


Maximus Mantrow


Sabastian Rodriquez, Luis Ortiz, Alexandria Ernst and Justin Ortiz.


Jeff Hall


Katie Sergel

Below: Photos from Tuesday night at the Peace Garden, HLOM and St. Joe's (bottom one).








Board Game Night at Woodward Memorial Library

By Trisha Riggi

Thursday, Apr. 25 from 6-8 p.m. 

Join the fun with a group of adults that love to play board games. Many games to choose from!!

This is an adult program and registration is required.

Visit us online at or call 585-768-8300.

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Farm Town

By Bea McManis

Bea stands up, shuffles feet, and clears throat.

My name is Bea and I am a Farm Town addict.

I'm not sure if it is because I'm in a rural area that living the farm life vicariously through this simulation or if it is the thrill of selling  produce for vast sums of money, but I'm stuck on it.

Thanks to a good blogger (we don't name names, because some addicts don't want to become public)  who helped me harvest last night.  It worked out for both of us.

Just a hint to those of you who do farm and send stuff....I really, really, really need animals.  My farm just doesn't look right without them. hint, hint, hint.

I'm weaning my way out of the farm for the weekend by planting crops that take three days to ripen.  That way I won't need to be there all weekend long.  Think it will work?

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