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May 13, 2014 - 10:29am
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May 13, 2014 - 10:20am to 7:00pm

Tuesday, May 13, 7:00-8-00 p.m. Mary Margaret Ripley will present a program based on her experience growing fruit trees in her backyard.

Registration is required and can be done online at www.woodwardmemoriallibrary.org or by calling 585-768-8300.

April 29, 2014 - 10:17am
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May 8, 2014 - 6:30pm to 8:00pm

Thursday, May 8,  6:30 - 8:00 p.m.

Three local gardeners will each talk briefly, based on a suggested list of topics related to their gardening experience, including organic gardeing. Questions and answers with discussion to follow.  Presented by:  Mary Margaret Ripley, Rita Wallace, and Donna Phillips.

Participants may come to Part 1 and/or Part 2. 

Registration is required.  You may reister online at www.woodwardmemoriallibrary.org or by calling 585-768-8300.

April 29, 2014 - 10:07am
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May 7, 2014 - 6:30pm to 8:00pm

Wednesday, May 7,  6:30 - 8:00 p.m.

Three local gardeners will each talk briefly, based on a suggested list of topics related to their gardening experience.  Questions and answers with discussion to follow.  Presented by:  Barbara Tinney, Frank Davis, and Sandy Brady.

Participants may come to Part 1 and/or Part 2 (Part 2 is on Thursday, May 8, from 6:30 to 8 p.m.. 

Registration is required. You may register online at www.woodwardmemoriallibrary.org or by calling 585-768-8300.

January 23, 2014 - 12:59pm
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February 16, 2014 - 8:00am to 12:00pm
Servicemen’s Club Breakfast!
On Sunday, February 16th, we will be hosting another breakfast from 8 AM – NOON
All you can eat only $6.00 per person.
Includes Eggs & Omelets cooked to order: Toast, Biscuits &
Gravy, Bacon, Sausage, Home Fries, Pancakes, French Toast, Waffles
& Syrup, Coffee & Juice
October 21, 2013 - 11:14am
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November 9, 2013 - 5:00pm to 7:30pm


October 11, 2013 - 4:17pm

Do you know me? Amy Whitmore McClellan of Hot Heads Salon 25 West Main St., LeRoy. I would like to invite you to visit me and be my guest at Hot Heads Salon. I have been in the beauty industry for 23 years.

In addition to owning Hot Heads Salon, I also am an Artistic Team member of KMS California! What does this mean? I travel the country educating other stylists on the latest trends and intensive KMS cutting and styling programs. I am required to go through intense training myself to be prepared to instruct others. I am committed to being current and even setting trends in the hair industry.

I've been able to work with some hairdressing superstars throughout the years and truly enjoy the challenge of stage work. As much as I enjoy the travel, my roots are firmly in Genesee County where my children have been raised. I am completely committed to using all my skill and knowledge to make you your most beautiful!

I use all my own photo shoot work in our ads, Web site, Facebook and in-salon material, check out my work! Visit us on Facebook - Hotheads Leroy or Web site www.hotheadsleroynewyork.com

September 16, 2013 - 4:04pm
posted by Kelly Hansen in genesee county, Le Roy, children, Girls.
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October 9, 2013 - 6:30pm to 8:00pm

American Heritage Girls Troop NY0146 will meet at the Our Lady of Mercy Parish Center on Lake Street in LeRoy (formerly Holy Family School).

Now accepting new registrations, all girls K-12 are welcome. 

See our Facebook page HERE

Visit the AHG national website HERE

September 2, 2013 - 8:34pm
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September 2, 2013 - 8:25pm

I am a Christian was the title of a recent sermon I heard that got my attention. What exactly is a Christian? A Christian is a person who believes with their heart that Jesus Christ died on the cross for their sins. It is a person who confesses their sin to God in prayer and asks for His forgiveness (Romans 10:9-10). It is a person who desires to live a life pleasing to God. It is a person who denies himself to become a follower of Christ (Luke 9:23). What does it mean to become a follower of Christ?

August 7, 2013 - 4:55pm

Jam at The Ridge concert lineup! Join the family fun! Here is the lineup for our upcoming concerts.

For more information, reservations or to purchase tickets for upcoming events, please visit http://www.frostridge.com/index.html, then select [Concerts] or call us at 585-768-4883.

Frost Ridge, Where the Fun is!

August 5, 2013 - 11:40pm
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September 13, 2013 - 6:00pm to September 14, 2013 - 8:00am

PLEASE SAVE THE DATE...Batavia Assembly of God Church is hosting its 3rd Annual Prayer Conference Friday, Sept. 13th, 6:00pm to 9:00pm (registration is from 6pm - 7pm) and Saturday, Sept. 14th, 8:00am to 4pm. The theme for the conference is "Presence, Prayer, and the Power of God". The keynote speaker will be Dick LaFountain. Dick is an accomplished  speaker and a published author of the book, "Time Alone With God". His passion is to motivate a renewed love for prayer and the presence of God in our churches. Workshops will also be available. Worship will be led by Elmwood Drive.

April 26, 2013 - 8:48am
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, Basom, crime, Le Roy, Alabama.

Daniel Thomas Henning, 32, of Maple Street, Batavia, is charged with six counts of forgery, 2nd, and one count of grand larceny, 4th. Henning is accused of using the business credit card of his employer to make unauthorized personal purchases at a retail store on Veterans Memorial Drive. He allegedly signed the name of a coworker to the sales receipts. Henning was jailed on $20,000. He faces possible additional charges in the City of Batavia for similar activity at a store on Ellicott Street.

Matthew F. Vanbuskirk, 23, of Le Roy, is charged with DWI and unlawful possession of marijuana. Vanbuskirk was arrested by State Police related to an incident reported at 4:27 p.m., April 17. Vanbuskirk was arrested at Strong Memorial Hospital.

Rose Elizabeth George, 22, of Council House Road, Basom, was arrested on a bench warrant related to a harssment, 2nd, charge.

April 18, 2013 - 11:31pm
posted by bud prevost in Le Roy, Wiss Hotel.

Well, the demolition is underway. Whether you agree or disagree with the board's action, you have to commend them for doing something. The Wiss had to go. I appreciate the hard choice that was made, but it's time to move on. What happens now?

First, the view looking east when sitting at the southbound intersection is going to be improved 843%. The Creek, the library, and the school campus are all preferable to  that protruding brick corner that made walking dangerous.

Second, the DOT needs to address a busy intersection that is only going to get busier. Busier? "Why" you may ask. Brings me to

Third, the increase of truck traffic out of the Agri Yogurt park. Do you really believe they will go through the city to hit 98, or take 33 to 490 and backtrack to the thruway? Nope, the majority of trucks gettting on the thruway will proceed through Leroy to 19 north. That is a legitamate concern, and I would recommend we focus our efforts on getting that intersection reconfigured.

Perhaps Mr. Hyde from the GCEDC could help. He seems to have free rein with taxpayer money. Maybe he could pull some strings and make that widened intersection happen. Senator Raz. and Ass. Hawley are extremely enamored by him, so please Steve, help us poor peons in Leroy.

April 18, 2013 - 11:06pm
posted by bud prevost in Le Roy, wiss.
April 14, 2013 - 2:05pm
posted by Sean Valdes in Le Roy, D & R Depot Restaurant, hostess, part time job.
Company Name: 
D & R Depot Restaurant
Job Type: 

The D & R Depot Restaurant in LeRoy is looking for a part time host(ess).

March 29, 2013 - 9:14am
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April 22, 2013 - 6:00pm to 7:30pm

Do you need to be rescued?

March 29, 2013 - 8:48am
posted by Tracy Byrnes in Le Roy, elba, Oakfield, alexander, pembroke, Pavilion, Stafford, Byron Bergen, bat.

Do you need to be rescued?

Life stinks sometimes, even for a skunk! Last summer I discovered that we had five baby skunks living under our front porch without a mother. It was a puzzling situation…I did not know what to do because of the mighty punch that they pack! After a few hours of observing them, I decided they needed help, so I became their rescuer. They were not going to make it without the intercession of another, so I was it. Each day I would feed them and give them water, and I would just sit and observe their interaction with each other. What I witnessed would often bring a smile on my face or a tear to my eyes. One day while I was walking in the backyard, I looked over and saw that two of the babies had fallen into the garden pond. They were desperate and were struggling to get out. I had to reach down and rescue them from drowning. You can only imagine my apprehension of picking them out of the water. I did it, only after a quick prayer to their creator asking Him to keep their tails lowered. He answered that prayer and they were saved with no consequence to me, which put a smile on my face! Thank you Lord!

Another day while sitting on my front porch the babies were in a heap sleeping on the sidewalk. It was feeding time so I opened the front door and watched all the babies but one come over to me to be fed. That one baby skunk was gone. What I witnessed from the others brought tears to my eyes. They kept nudging that little still skunk as if to say, “come on, it’s time to eat…wake up”. They pushed and pulled on that baby skunk until he was safely under the front porch. They took him home where he could be close to them. Life does stink sometimes, even for a skunk!

Do you ever feel like your drowning in sorrow and lifes hardships?  Do you ever feel like you need to be rescued? Let me tell you of life’s greatest rescuer, His name if Jesus Christ. He came from heaven to earth so that those who call on Him as their savior may find hope, and one day be taken home to heaven to be eternally with Him (Romans 6:23). He rescued us by coming and dying on the cross at Calvary so that we may have our sins forgiven (Romans 5:8). How can He rescue you? Say a prayer asking Him to forgive you of all your sins, and ask Him to help you to live a life that is pleasing to Him. He will rescue you if call on Him (Romans 10:9-10).

Yes, life stinks “sometimes”, even for a Christian. But, when you decide to follow Him and make Him Lord of your life, He will work all things out for good for those who love Him and are called according to His purpose (Romans 8:28). He promises to be with you and will never forsake you (Deuteronomy 31:6).

We are in the Easter season, a time to reflect on what Jesus did for us on the cross.  Allow Him to be your rescuer and become Lord of your life. Allow Him to forgive you and help you. Call out to Him in prayer and He will answer you. He will reach down and pick you up, He will intercede for you (Hebrew 7:25).

I was the baby skunks rescuer until they were mature enough to be safely transported to their new home called the woods. Jesus Christ became my rescuer thirty four years ago when I asked Him to forgive me and come into my life. I know He will come one day to safely take me home to be with Him forever, my eternal home called heaven (John 14:3).

If you would like someone to pray with you, please call Batavia Assembly of God at 343-8521. We would also like to invite you to a week of prayer April 22nd through the 28th beginning at 6pm to 7:30pm at the church located at 24 North Spruce Street, Batavia. You may also come for prayer any Sunday morning beginning at 8:30am. Someone would be glad to pray for you at anytime.

May the God of Hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in Him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit (Romans 15:13).

Tracy Byrnes
Prayer Coordinator
Batavia Assembly of God

January 19, 2013 - 12:42pm
posted by Alecia Kaus in Le Roy, fire.

There has been a report of a grass or rubbish fire at the rear of the transfer station on Circular Hill Road in the Town of Le Roy.

Le Roy fire is responding.

UPDATE 12:57 p.m.: LeRoy Fire is on location and keeping the assignment to what is on scene putting all others back in service.

UPDATE 1 p.m.: Le Roy has extinguished the fire and is back in service.

December 4, 2012 - 11:57am
posted by Tom Frew in Le Roy, Wiss Hotel.

Last Thursday, I took the time to attend the Wiss Hotel Feasibility Study presented by Rick Hauser, CEO of Insight Architecture LLP.  In addition, I was able to take home a hard copy of the study which included photographs of the inside of the property.  I’m not ashamed to say I went into this presentation very skeptical and although I remain so, I guess I’ll say I’m less skeptical.  I guess I see The Wiss Hotel as a bit of the history of LeRoy.  I can remember my grandfather telling me that pre-Thruway, the Wiss was an overnight stop for travelers on Route 5.  It’s a piece of our Village’s history. 

I have to ask a fundamental question.  How did this building and more importantly, how was this building allowed to reach the current situation?  I realize the property has been vacant for a couple of years but don’t we have a Zoning Officer that monitors commercial building code in this town?  Maybe that was done and ignored by the owner(s).  In addition, understanding  the situation where the county and later the village took ownership, why was a salvage/restoration company allowed by the original owners to come onto the property and strip components of value?  We any of the resulting funds used pay back taxes and obligations?

Regardless, now the Village and its budget are left with a burden.  What to do?  There is the tear it down and sell the property school of thought that might possibly end up a break even or slight profit (with a lot of luck) to the village.  Then there is the question of what’s right for that property?  Please not another drug store scenario, we’ve made that mistake once already.  I’ve heard Starbucks or Tim Horton’s?  I for one feel we have a couple of well-established coffee houses, no more coffee joints please.  Lesson learned:  We put a couple of drug stores out of business with the last decision, let’s not put a couple of reputable coffee places in jeopardy.  What’s right for that corner, if not the Wiss is a question for careful consideration.

So then there’s the proposal we listened to.  Again, I was not in favor of “saving the Wiss” but I have to admit, I’ve put my sledgehammer away for at least the immediate.  I think there are a lot of questions to be answered but somewhere in Mr. Hauser’s presentation, there may be a reason to further delay the decision on the property and explore.

Mr. Hauser proposes a loan from the village equal to the cost of demolition.  I question whether this is even legal but were it to be so, don’t do it.  The village should not be in the business of funding private enterprise.  We have a couple of community banks with community spirited leadership; go see them for your loans.

  1. Mr. Hauser and his company have done an assessment, which seems quite well done of the property but what are his credentials in assessing structural integrity?  Shouldn’t there be a second opinion?  Before I laid out any contribution to the LLC, I’d want to be sure the end product was going to be structurally sound.  In addition, Rick Hauser’s company will financially benefit from this project.  This will need to be very well researched and contractual agreements well spelled out before progressing.
  2. There was discussion regarding Historical Preservation Funding.  I believe that typically requires others in the immediate area to join.  Are other property owners ready to assume that responsibility?   I remember 20 years ago that being explored on East Main.  I was not well accepted and never became reality.
  3. The project suggests 5 loft type apartments on the 2nd and 3rd floors. 4 apartments with rent of $1,300 and a small unit with rent of $790.  I question the likelihood of getting rent in LeRoy at those rates.  Especially considering the view from these apartments isn’t of the Oatka Creek or some other picturesque location.
  4. There are also 4 retail spaces bringing $850-1100/month rental income.  Will they be filled?  I think so, if marketed correctly.
  5. I’m also wondering what the local feel is for contributing to this LLC.  I liked the statement Rick made of “put your money where your house is”.  At the same time, it doesn’t seem like the return on this investment will be large or immediate.  Will people contribute an aggregate of $400,000? 

Conceptually, seems possible.  Reality, a significant amount of work needs to be done and this should not be a leap of faith.  Saving the building is the right decision if it can be done prudently and responsibly and most importantly, without municipal funding.

September 29, 2012 - 10:49am
posted by Kelly Hansen in Le Roy, children, Scouts, Girls.
Event Date and Time: 
October 3, 2012 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm

August 7, 2012 - 12:31pm
August 5, 2012 Knoxville, TN Buffalo NY to Host 2014 Horseshoe World Tournament Lyle Dorler, President of the NYS Horseshoe Pitchers Association, announced that the National Horseshoe Pitchers Association (NHPA)2014 World Horseshoe Tournament will be held at the Erie County Fairgrounds Event Center. Buffalo, Wausau, Wisconsin and Charlotte, West Virginia presented bids to the NHPA delegates at the 2012 World Tournament in Knoxville, TN. Chuck Giglia, representing the Buffalo-Niagara Sports Commission and Frank Kwaitowski, Chairman of the Buffalo 2014 World Tournament Committee, made the presentation. They highlighted the onsite parking; onsite camping; the air conditioned event rooms. "I believe that we can offer the best tournament experience for both the pitchers and their families.", noted Giglia. The proximity of Niagara Falls; ample lodging; a wide variety of restaurant choices; the onsite casino; and other WNY attractions will offer much for the expected 1300 pitchers and their families.". Kwaitowski added, "There are many back yard pitchers and non sanctioned league pitchers in our area. We're hoping many of them consider joining the NYSHPA and playing in upcoming sanctioned tournaments to qualify for the Worlds. For more information on registering for the NYSHPA, please contact Bob Klock at 607 589 4122.
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