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November 25, 2021 - 12:27pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, news, Kiwanis, Ice Arena.


Photos by Philip Casper.









November 18, 2021 - 5:39pm
posted by Press Release in Kiwanis, batavia, thanksgiving, free skate.


Press release: 

Kiwanis Club of Batavia is hosting its annual Thanksgiving Day Skate on Thursday, November 25th, 2021 from 9 am to 11 am at Falleti Ice Arena, 22 Evans Street, Batavia.  The event includes FREE admission, skate rentals, and hot chocolate (while supplies last).

Photo: File photo from 2014

March 28, 2018 - 1:28pm
posted by Billie Owens in pembroke, Easter, egg hunt, Kiwanis.

Photos and information from PCD Kiwanis:


The PCD Kiwanis 46th Annual Easter Egg Hunt will be held beginning at 12:15 p.m. on Easter Sunday, April 1st.

It's at the Pembroke Town Park on Route 77 next to the high school.

It's for ages 2 - 10 years.

This is a outdoor event, so please dress accordingly. 

For more information please contact Pat at 762-8419. 

See you Sunday!

December 18, 2017 - 4:43pm
posted by Billie Owens in news, charity, Kiwanis, Genesee County employees, Holidays.

(Sheriff's Office)

Submitted photos and press release:

Genesee County Employees from the Sheriff’s Office, Jail Division, Highway Department, Probation Department, Department of Motor Vehicles and County Clerk’s Office were among the many departments that donated food and cash for the Holiday Tote Project sponsored by the Batavia Kiwanis Club working in conjunction with the local Salvation Army and United Way.

The CSEA General Employees Unit donated $200 and the County Clerk’s Office held a “Dress Down for Charity” event to raise funds for the Tote Project. With these efforts and several generous personal donations County Employees collected more than $700 in cash and several hundred food items.

Batavia Kiwanis Club President, Matt Landers, was thrilled by the generosity exhibited by the Genesee County workforce.

“I’m amazed every year at the ability of the Genesee County employees to give more than the previous year!" Landers said. "The kindness of Genesee County employees is going to help make Christmas brighter for dozens of local families.”  

Highway Department

County Jail Division

Probation, Treasurer, DMV, Clerk's Office

Food donated at the County Building.

November 23, 2017 - 11:05am


A few hundred people came out this morning getting their excercise in before today's Thanksgiving holiday sponsored by The Kiwanis Club of Batavia. This has been a great tradition enjoyed by many people.







July 23, 2017 - 3:00pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in Kiwanis, Pavilion, batavia, news.


Dick and Betty Rung were honored Saturday night at the District Council meeting of Kiwanis at B.W.'s Restaurant in Pavilion for their support of the Lyme Disease Foundation.

Their monetary donations were recognized with the Brittany Fellowship Award and an Emerald Fellowship Award.

Lyme disease is a bacterial infection transmitted by deer ticks. The disease affects the brain and can cause severe symptoms. The treatments are expensive and often not covered by insurance. The foundation assists those afflicted by Lyme disease.

Presenting the awards were Peter and Doreen Pellittieri, board members for the New York Pediatric Lyme Disease Foundation.


July 19, 2017 - 4:03pm
posted by Billie Owens in news, Announcements, Kiwanis.

Press release:

Genesee Division, NY District Kiwanis will hold a Division Council Meeting to "Meet the Candidates" and dinner on Saturday, July 22, at BW Restaurant & Reception Center. It is located at 11070 Perry Road in Pavilion.

The event is hosted by Kiwanis from Le Roy, Pavilion, Stafford & Pembroke, Corfu and Darien.

Cost is $30 per person. This is a "Take a Bite Out of Lyme" fundraiser.

Time is divided as follows:

  • Social Hour -- 5:30 p.m.
  • Meeting convenes -- 6:30 p.m.
  • Dinner -- 7 p.m.
  • Meeting adjourned -- 9 p.m.

Come and enjoy Kiwanis fellowship and year-end celebration!

Meet the candidates for Kiwanis Governor-Elect 2017-18:

  • Lt. Gov. John ("Hank") Baker (Niagara Frontier South)
  • IPLG Bruce Brooks (Long Island Southwest)

RSVP to Penny Arnold (585) 356-3413 or [email protected]

Or to Charlene Schoenenberger (585) 584-3738 or [email protected]

July 2, 2017 - 3:00pm

Join us at Centennial Park at 9 a.m. this Tuesday, July 4, for the Kiwanis Independence Day 5K. To register, click here.

June 30, 2016 - 12:00pm

Join us at Centennial Park at 9 a.m. this Monday, July 4, for the Kiwanis Independence Day 5K. To register, click here.

March 26, 2016 - 10:20am
posted by James Burns in batavia, Kiwanis, Easter, news.


This morning at 9 o'clock sharp a couple hundred children set off to find 4,000 Easter eggs in Batavia's Centennial Park.

The Easter Bunny took time out from his busiest time of year to attend.

Mixed in with the thousands of eggs where three special Golden Prize eggs for each age group. Those get the winner a chocolate bunny from Oliver's Candies.










March 21, 2016 - 2:07pm
posted by Billie Owens in batavia, Kiwanis, Easter, news.

Submitted photo. Information from Matt Landers.

These K-Kids -- little Kiwanis -- recently helped stuff more than 4,000 plastic eggs for the big Easter Egg Hunt sponsored by the Batavia Kiwanis Club.

It will be held this Saturday, March 26, at Centennial Park in the City of Batavia and starts at 9 a.m. sharp.

There will be three age groups -- 0-3, 4-7, and 8-10 -- with three Golden Prize eggs in each age group. The Golden Prize eggs get the winner a chocolate bunny from Oliver's Candies.

Standing in the back row, from left, is Mrs. Case, the St. Joe's teacher who is the K-Kids coordinator, Matt Landers and Jeanne Walton. That fuzzy critter with the big whiskers and floppy ears is none other than the Easter Bunny, who was very enthusiastic about the preparation project.

November 25, 2015 - 10:09pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in Kiwanis, Falleti Ice Arena, batavia.

The Kiwanis Club of Batavia will host its annual free Thanksgiving Day skate at the Falleti Ice Arena starting at 9 a.m.

The event ends at 11 a.m.

Free skate rentals while supplies last, and free hot chocolate.

September 20, 2015 - 2:43pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in pembroke, Kiwanis.


The Kiwanis Club of Pembroke/Corfu/Darien hosted its annual classic car show at Pembroke Town Park today.










September 20, 2015 - 10:59am


The Kiwanis Club of Batavia hosted its fifth annual Bidding on a Brighter Future Gala last night at the Genesee Community College Forum, with David Bellavia (top photo) serving as emcee.

Information is not yet available on how much was raised and whether that amount helped the club achieve its five-year goal of raising $150,000 for the Child Advocacy Center/Justice for Children.







The organizing committee, Jocelyn Sikorski, Anne Bezon, Jeanne Walton, Susan Maha, Gary Maha and Shannon Ford. Not pictured, Lawrence Friedman.

September 4, 2015 - 11:48am


Batavia resident, decorated Iraq War veteran, author and former congressional candidate David Bellavia (center) will be the emcee for the annual Bidding on a Brighter Future Gala at Genesee Community College on Sept. 19.

The annual event is a fundraiser organized by the Kiwanis Club of Batavia to benefit the Child Advocacy Center and Justice for Children. In its fifth year, organizers expect to cap the initial goal of raising $150,000 for a new CAC center. The CAC is now in quarters on East Main Street and the money may be used for rehabilitation of that facility.

The event is in the Forum starting at 5:30 p.m. and includes live, silent and basket auctions, entertainment and food. Tickets are $50 per person or $400 for a table of 10. 

To make a donation, become a sponsor or purchase tickets, visit GLOWGala.org.

With Bellavia in the photo, District Attorney Lawrence Friedman and CAC supervisor Anne Bezon.

May 1, 2015 - 10:20am
posted by Howard B. Owens in Kiwanis, Genesee County Bar Association, law day.

The Kiwanis Club of Batavia and the Genesee County Bar Association hosted their annual Law Day Criminal Justice Awards dinner at Batavia Country Club on Thursday evening.

Among the winners, Det. Kevin Czora and Det. Richard Schauf, Batavia PD, for their work in the successful apprehension and conviction of child molester Sean Vickers. Vickers received more than 100 years in prison as a result of the work of the two detectives, who also assisted the victims in the case. 

Other awards went to:

William Zipfel, jail superintendent, for his more than 32 years of service in law enforcement and what Undersheriff Bill Sheron said is the outstanding work he's done as head of the Genesee County Jail.

Susan Gagne, executive director of the Mental Health Association of Genesee County, for the services she provides to the criminal justice community. Her efforts have assisted in criminal justice professionals gaining knowledge of people dealing with mental illness. She's also helped arrange events and speakers that have raised awareness and knowledge of mental health and criminal behavior.

The Batavia High School Mock Trial Team received the Charles L. Mancuso Award for winning this year's competition.

Judge Robert C. Noonan, who is likely to retire within the next year, received an exceptional jurist award. A graduate of Batavia HS, Noonan attended St. Lawrence University and Fordham Law School. He worked in the District Attorney's Office for 19 years, eventually becoming District Attorney. He was elected to the bench in 1996. The award recognized his years of dedicated service to the community and his "great intelligence, fairness and knowledge of the law" while working as a jurist.

Judge Michael DelPlato, who has retired as a City Court justice. A graduate of Notre Dame High School, he attended Canisius College and SUNY Buffalo School of Law. He's been practicing law since 1973. He's been a teacher in Alexander and substitute with Batavia City Schools. He's been a director and president of the Bar Association. He served as a City Court judge from 2003 to 2015. He was honored for his lifelong commitment to the people of Genesee County.

Deputy Brian Thompson was honored by GCASA for exceptional service for his work with the DWI/Victim Impact Panel. On a monthly basis, Thompson meets with panel members to discuss his own experience as a victim of a drunken driver. He also helps keep panel gatherings civil and respectful. 

Batavia High School Mock Trial Team

Judge Robert C. Noonan

To purchase prints, click here.

October 22, 2013 - 4:45pm

Press release:

The 3rd Annual Bidding on a Brighter Future Gala and Auction, sponsored by the Kiwanis Club of Batavia, was the largest and most successful thus far. Thank you to all of the incredible people of our local community and surrounding counties for this accomplishment!

As this wonderful event was taking shape on the afternoon of September 21st, it became increasingly apparent that this is an exceptional community: one united, one poised to help, one ready to lend a helping hand and one fully engaged in helping children in need and their families. The Kiwanis Club of Batavia extends heartfelt thanks to all of the individuals, businesses and organizations who stepped up in a collaborative, genuine effort to accomplish the Kiwanis mission of “serving the children of the world” as we make the dream of a new home for the Children’s Advocacy Center a reality!

"Making a difference, one child at a time", has been clearly demonstrated by the visionary residents of our community that continue to support this cause.

With Many Thanks,

Ed Minardo
2012-2013 President
Kiwanis Club of Batavia

Jeanne Walton
2013 Gala Chair

Kiwanis Club of Batavia

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