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October 8, 2009 - 9:30am
posted by Kevin Palmiter in Announcements, Le Roy, religious, spiritual, bible study.

The First Seventh Day Baptist Church of Genesee is holding a bible study , the Helping Hand, at Calvary Baptist Church Lake Road in LeRoy. Anyone interested please come on over. It is the first and third Saturday of each month at 4:00 p.m.. As we grow so will the dates we meet. We are a Baptist group with a difference; we recognize the biblical Sabbath ( 4th commandment - Saturday) as a day of worship in obedience of our God and King. For more info call me at 259-2989. Hope to see you there...

October 1, 2009 - 11:54pm
posted by Billie Owens in batavia, Announcements, politics, Democrats, Le Roy, Darien.

Earlier this week, the Eleanor Roosevelt Legacy Committee announced 150 winners of its 2009 Campaign Grants and Endorsements. Three are from Genesee County.

This information is from a press release:

The Eleanor Roosevelt Legacy Committee was designed to build a new generation of pro-choice Democratic women candidates, informed voters and activists in New York State. It was founded in 2001 by former New York State Democratic Committee Chair Judith Hope.

This year, the ERLC awarded Sara Burk-Balbi of Batavia an endorsement in her race for Batavia City Council-at-Large, Alice Burkhardt-Calmes of Darien an endorsement in her race for Town Clerk of Darien and Jennifer Keys of LeRoy an endorsement in her race for LeRoy Town Council.

Genesee County Democratic Chair Lorie Longhany said: "The Eleanor Roosevelt Legacy Committee’s endorsement is very important support for their campaigns and demonstrates confidence in their ability to win these offices. All three wonderful women are proud to be a part of Eleanor’s Legacy."

“To receive such an important endorsement is really an honor,” says Sara Burk-Balbi.  “Eleanor Roosevelt was not only an active First Lady of the United States, she was a front runner on the importance of women in our political system. Her support of women’s issues as well as the issues of children and families was astounding and life-long. I am proud to be one of three women in Genesee County to receive this honor.”

Keys stated: “This shows the commitment that the ERLC has in helping to elect women candidates across New York State. I accept their support with gratitude."

Alice Burkhardt-Calmes said: “I am pleased that this organization realizes the importance of women in local races. It shows their support of grassroots campaigns at the local level."

Since its founding, the ERLC has elected over 400 women to state and local office across New York State and equipped over 600 women with the skills they need to run and win. The ERLC endorses progressive women candidates with a demonstrated commitment to upholding a woman’s right to choose and to promoting the values of the Democratic Party. To be eligible, a candidate must be pro-choice, female, and an enrolled Democrat running for state or local office in the state of New York.

The ERLC will celebrate this year’s grantees at their Annual Fall Luncheon with special guests Abby Disney, Senator Charles Schumer and Senator Kirsten Gillibrand. This year’s luncheon honors Geraldine Ferraro with the Pioneer in Politics – Lifetime Achievement Award.

September 30, 2009 - 1:50pm
posted by Amy Weidner in Le Roy.

A black bear has been seen on Vallance Road in LeRoy.

The first sighting was reported two weeks ago by a concerned LeRoy citizen but others say the bear has been in the area for at least a month.

"We first saw him in the field where there was corn being chopped, from there he went down Vallance Road," said the citizen who reported the incident.

Residents also noted that at a neighbor's house, the bear knocked over some garbage cans and had been attracted to, and damaged, both of their bird feeders. The citizen tells of other reports around town that the bear has been spotted near the Thruway exit.

Pat Flaherty, a Vallance Road resident, said, "The first time the bear came here was during the night when it knocked down bales of hay in our yard that were being used for archery."  She said that happened about a week ago.

"It completely took down a big birdhouse on a pole and had broken down a clothesline that (we found) lying on the ground," she said.

LeRoy Bear

On Aug. 22, a LeRoy resident shot this photo of the bear in his yard enjoying yet another bird feeder. The incident was reported to DEC that same day. Below is a picture taken early in the morning on Sept. 28 of bear prints across the same resident's driveway.

Bear Prints


According to the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, 80 percent of bear sightings are related to bird feeders. The DEC says, "Although many people find it difficult to believe, an animal as large and powerful as black bear is readily attracted to bird feeders as a source of food."

It is important to break them of this habit because the bear will associate the areas with bird feeders as a good place to get food. Removing the feeders is the only sure way to avoid attracting bears. The DEC claims that "bears that learn to approach one house will approach other houses."

Other options include bringing the feeder in at night and removing excess seed. Without available food, the bear shouldn’t return to the area.

In the event of a black bear sighting, it is advised that you contact the DEC at 585-226-6335.

September 28, 2009 - 8:35pm
posted by Gary Spencer in accident, Le Roy.

Just heard over the scanner: Leroy fire personal to thuway accident, reported as a tractor trailor and motorcyle, mile marker 375 east bound. Hennrietta also responding.

September 25, 2009 - 1:02am

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August 30, 2009 - 11:23pm
posted by Robin Walters in batavia, Le Roy, Care-A-Van Ministries.

This past Saturday, the Sons of God Motocycle Club of Leroy  held a Chicken Barbeque Dinner fundraiser.

At the end of day, they had 100 extra  dinners. They made a call to Paul and Bridget Ohlson of Care-A-Van Ministries here in Batavia. They wanted to donate the dinners.

Paul and Bridget fired up the bus to head out to Leroy to pick up the dinners. The bus headed back to Batavia, first stopping in Stafford to bless a family there.

A quick stop was done at Aldi's to pick up this PR director, so I could join in on the blessing ride.

It was an amazing evening as we drove around the city passing the dinners out to those in need.

We thank the Sons of God for their awesome donation for the hungry here in this community. The folks were so appreciative of the dinners they received. May God Bless this organization for seeing a need and helpiing fulfull that need.

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July 21, 2009 - 12:36pm
posted by Billie Owens in crime, Le Roy.

A LeRoy woman spent her 51st birthday this morning pleading guilty to criminally negligent homicide and the criminal sale of a controlled substance.

The case stems from the March 10 death of Yvonne Hart, who used a skin patch containing the narcotic Fentanyl given to her by Joann M. Rusby, of 92 Lake St.

Rusby is scheduled to be sentenced concurrently for the felonies at 9 a.m., Tuesday, Oct. 6.

She waived the right to a jury trial by the "factual admission" of the "sale" of Fentanyl to Hart. Under state law, even though the drug was given to the victim and not sold for money it is still considered a sale because the giver knew it would be used illegally by the victim.

In explaining this, Judge Robert C. Noonan asked Rusby if she gave the transdermal patch to the 53-year-old knowing Hart would apply it to herself.

"Yes, sir," Rusby said softly.

The act resulted in the "unjustifiable death" of Hart, the judge said.

Fentanyl is one of the most widely prescribed synthetic opioids used to treat chronic pain. It is a Schedule II narcotic because of its potential for abuse and is 100 times stronger than morphine.

Rusby, who shuffled into court in shackles, appeared tearful, dabbing her eyes with a tissue. She sat with her shoulders slumped and took deep breaths from time to time.

She originally was charged with third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance, third-degree drug possession and second-degree manslaughter, which could have resulted in up to 15 years in prison.

The indictment was waived and charges were reduced under a plea deal between Rusby's Batavia attorney Thomas Burns and District Attorney Lawrence Friedman.

As a first-time offender, she faces a maximum of nine years in state prison for the drug sale and one to four years for Hart's death, which will be served concurrently.

In addition, she can be fined up to $5,000. She must pay the justice system a mandatory surcharge of $350 for her crimes, a $50 fee for processing her DNA into the criminal justice data bank, and a 10-percent surcharge of any monetary damages awarded to the victim's family in a civil suit.

After she's released from prison, she'll be on parole for two years.

She remains in Orleans County jail in lieu of $25,000 bail.

In addition, Rusby was ordered to stay away from two women in connection with the case. The one-year order of protection was issued to Jessica Dempsey and Stephanie Arnold.

The courtroom was nearly empty at the hearing, except for myself and two women sitting on the prosecution's side, whom the defendant paid no attention to.

July 3, 2009 - 1:53pm
posted by Billie Owens in Le Roy, Churchville.

Two Churchville men were arrested and charged in LeRoy with petit larceny by Sargeant Michael J. Hare at 1:39 a.m. today (July 3).

The arrests were made after police noticed a suspicious vehicle in LeRoy Village at the Department of Public Works on North Street.

Daniel J. Gray, 28, of 5839 Chili Riga Center Road and 25-year-old Nathaniel M. Dean of 5 Willowbrook Drive allegedly loaded their car with various kinds of scrap metal, sewer grates and new sign posts, all property of the DPW.

Both men were arraigned in Town Court by Justice Charles Dusen and put in Genesee County Jail in lieu of $1,000 cash bail. They were scheduled to appear again in court at 1 p.m. Aug. 3.

June 17, 2009 - 5:59pm
posted by bud prevost in Democrats, Le Roy, county legislature.

I am not sure if you are aware of this Howard, but the LeRoy Democratic Committee jumped all over the issue concering Jay Grasso and his posting on your sight under assumed names.

In this past week's Pennysaver, the LDC added a flyer describing what happened several months ago, even using the "sock puppet" definition. I just found it interesting that the LDC realizes the Batavian is a legitamite and viable news source for Batavia and Genesee county. No longer does the "Daily Snooze" hold the title of Genesee's only news.

May 30, 2009 - 9:04am
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May 30, 2009 - 9:00am to June 13, 2009 - 9:00am

WNY Gold Prospectors is sponsoring a Metal Detecting Hunt on Saturday June 13, 2009 in Bergen, NY.  $50 entry fee includes entrance in two hunts (10:30 and 1:30). 
Over fifty prizes for each hunt.  Lunch will be available as well as chances on a lottery tree and 50/50 drawing.  Hunt will be at 6681 North Lake Road (accross from Bergen Fire Hall).  Sign in starts at 9 am.  email Shari for more information or for registration form.


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May 25, 2009 - 12:29pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, Le Roy, Darien, accidents.

accident_drawing_tractor_leroy.gifSeventeen people, including 11 children, managed to avoid injury after a tractor ride went wrong Sunday night when the trailer hitch broke on the tractor pulling them down Conlon Road.

Gregory J. Luetticke, 46, of Le Roy, who was driving the tractor, did report an injury. He complained of neck pain.

Luetticke was reportedly pulling the wagon down a grass laneway on Conlon when the hitch broke. Luetticke said when the hitch broke, he steered to the west and lost control of the tractor, causing the tractor to overturn. Luetticke was ejected from the tractor and came to rest to the northwest. The wagon stopped moving.

In the wagon were Billie J. Kennedy, 31, Alexa M. Kennedy, 6, Madailein M. Blonski, 5, Ashley Bottonfield, 10, Erica Ulrich, 15, Amber A. Williams, 8, Dominque M. Williams, 14, Mariah A. Williams, 12, Teresa Annecharicle, 35, Tyler M. Annecharicle, 35, Isabell Annecharicle, 10, Nicholas Rogers, 6, Zachary M. Rogers, 10, Colleen M. Rogowski, 39, Allison M. Rogowski, 8 and Lauren E. Wood, 8.

Bradley Brooks, 25, of Spencerport, failed to negotiate a turn on South Lake Road in Bergen Sunday afternoon and drove his motorcycle into a ditch. Brooks was ejected from the bike. He was transported to Strong Memorial Hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

Brian D. Whitmore, 25, of Darien Center, suffered a fracture in his arm and collar bone after striking a deer while driving his motorcycle eastbound on Conway Road in Darien. The accident occurred Wednesday about 9 p.m.

No injuries were reported in a single-vehicle accident last night at 11:30 p.m. on Quinlan Road in Le Roy.

The 1996 Dodge coupe was driven by Matthew Derooy, 20, of LeRoy. Deborah J. Derooy, 24, was a passenger.

Derooy reportedly driving the car westbound on Quinlan Road when he drove off the north shoulder and hit a support wire to a National Grid utility pole. The vehicle then continued through a field and landed in a ditch.

No apparent cause is cited in the accident report.

May 21, 2009 - 9:25pm
posted by Billie Owens in Le Roy.


In the wee hours of Thursday morning, a terrible fire gutted the modest two-story home at 8489 East Main Street Road in LeRoy. And the loud and urgent barks of "Rocket" may have helped alert people, thereby saving lives.

As it was, Daniel Bovee, 46, sustained burns to his face and feet when he tried to re-enter the house to grab his car keys. Rita Teeter, 54, and, Jennifer Coombs, 25, along with Bovee also suffered smoke inhalation.

But Rocket, who lives across the street at 8484, was on to something amiss from the get-go. He barked, neighbors said, and yelped, and though no one has proof, probably did back flips and Tarzan yells to get someone to pay attention.

The residents made it out alive. Obviously, this was no canine crying wolf. The alert, solid, light-brown dog, with one blue eye and one green, was simply responding to an emergency -- smoke, fire, ashes -- and then people scurrying and yelling as emergency crews responded.

Incredibly, 79-year-old Minnie Cory who lives next door to the gutted home, heard nothing as terror was rampaging next door. Her sister called to tell her about the mayhem and she later learned about the sounding alarm of Rocket.

"Isn't that something," she said. "It's a good thing he was barking."

He barked some more at a picture taker later that day, tail wagging all the while, tethered to a long leash at the rear of the property owned by Gary Dempsey. He's friendly, but he's no bench warmer. Rocket dog's on duty in his neighborhood and no one seems bothered by his barking.

In addition to our breaking news post this morning, Chief Tom "Woody" Woods e-mail this report this afternoon:

Call came in at 12:01 a.m. first chief of location in about 5 minutes. Reported heavy with everyone out of the structure. An additional alarm was transmitted bringing Pavilion Caledonia and Bergen to the scene. Town of Batavia dispatched as the Fast Team.  It took about 45 minutes to get the fire under control. Three residents were transported to Strong with one having some second-degree burns.


May 7, 2009 - 12:07pm
posted by Steve Hawley in Announcements, genesee county, GCC, Le Roy, steve hawley, food drive.

Assemblyman Steve Hawley (R, I, C – Batavia) today announced that he is hosting a local food drive throughout the 139th Assembly District in order to help those hit hardest in these tough economic times.

“The generosity and kindness of Western New York residents never ceases to amaze me and while many of our friends and neighbors are struggling right now, there are many of us that know how fortunate we are and grateful that we can help those less fortunate. I am sure that the residents of the 139th Assembly District will show their generous spirit yet again with this food drive that will be benefiting our local food pantries in order to help families, seniors and individuals in need,” said Hawley.

The Assemblyman has posted drop boxes in a variety of locations throughout Genesee, Monroe, Niagara and Orleans counties within the 139th Assembly District where residents can leave non-perishable food donations. The donations will be given to local charities, shelters, and food pantries, including the Salvation Army, Life Solutions, Hilton Food Shelf, Brockport Food Shelf, and Orleans Community Action, among others.

To find out more information or to find the donation drop-off location closest to you, please call Assemblyman Hawley’s office at (585) 589-5780.

Locations in Genesee County:
Bergen Town Hall
13 South Lake Avenue in Bergen
GCC Batavia Campus
One College Road in Batavia
Le Roy Village Hall
3 West Main Street in Le Roy
Pembroke Town Hall
1145 Main Road in Pembroke
Zip-Tor Monogramming
106 Main Street in Batavia (in City Centre)
Locations in Monroe County:
Hamlin Town Hall
1658 Lake Road in Hamlin
Parma Town Hall
1300 Hilton-Parma Road in Hilton
Clarkson Town Hall
3710 Lake Road in Clarkson
Locations in Niagara County:
Somerset Town Hall
8700 Haight Road
Locations in Orleans County:
139th NYS Assembly District Office
121 North Main Street in Albion
GCC Medina Satellite Campus
11470 Maple Ridge Road in Medina
GCC Albion Satellite Campus
456 West Avenue in Albion
Village of Holley
72 Public Square in Holley
May 5, 2009 - 6:22pm
posted by Billie Owens in Le Roy.

veday.jpgAttention parents and kids in the LeRoy Central School District: there's no holiday on Friday, May 8. That's VE Day -- as in Victory in Europe -- in honor of the unconditional surrender of the Nazis in World War II.

As of 4:30 p.m. May 5, VE Day was still cited on the district's website calender as an official school hoilday.

Oops! It was some sort of administrative error and it's certainly no school holiday.

But it was practically a world holiday in 1945. Millions of people poured into the streets of London, Chicago, Paris, Los Angeles, New York City and elsewhere. Light had overtaken darkness and its synonym, the Third Reich.

On the balcony of Buckingham Palace, King George VI, Princess Elizabeth and Prime Minister Winston Churchill waved to jubilant Londoners. It was also President Harry S Truman's 61st birthday and he dedicated the victory to Franklin Delano Roosevelt, our president who died less than a month earlier, on April 12.

VJ Day -- Victory over Japan -- was still to come, on Aug. 14, 1945 (North American Time). When it was announced, another wave of gleeful hysteria broke out in American streets and the sailor bent over the nurse in Times Square and gave her a big smooch.

(The kissers in the famous Alfred "Eisie" Eisenstadt photo were later determined to be, although there's still debate about this, Carl Muscarello and Edith Cullen Shain. The photo was probably shot with a Leica 250 "Reporter," which used 10 mm film and offered 250 shots before having to reload. The photojournalist's work was featured in the first one-man exhibit offered by the International Museum of Photography at the George Eastman House Museum in Rochester.)

These days, VE Day is a holiday commemorated in the former East Germany, France, the United Kingdom, Slovakia and the Czech Republic. But, again, not in the LeRoy Central School District where Friday will simply be another opportunity to teach and to learn.

April 28, 2009 - 6:02pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in Le Roy.

A reader e-mailed us this morning and asked why Main Street in LeRoy was shut down last night.

In response to our inquiry, we just received this e-mail from Deputy Chief Tom Wood:

There was a natural gas leak in the Vintage and Vougue store. The gas leak was in the basement on one of the meters.  Gas odor had spread to to other buildings additional alarm was tramitted for Caledonia and Pavilion Fire Dept.  and residents were evacuated and Main St was shut down for the call.  RG&E arrived and fix the problem

April 27, 2009 - 8:13am
posted by Howard B. Owens in Le Roy, Vintage & Vogue Inspirations.

Today's Deal of the Day: A $25 gift certificate from Vintage and Vogue Inspirations in LeRoy. The Batavian's Good Deal Price: $12.50 -- HALF off!

If you've not been in Vintage & Vogue yet, it's a new store in the village that is well worth a visit. It features great handcrafted goods for the home.

Rules: The gift certificate must be used by within 30 days of purchase. It is not valid with other offers and has no cash value. Previous winners, within the past 30 days, of this item are not eligible.

How to Win: Purchase using the PayPal "Buy Now" button below. After the first person to hit the "buy now" button completes the purchase, PayPal will let you know that the item has been sold. Ideally, the winner will arrange to stop by my office on Main Street before 5:00 p.m. to pick up gift certificate. Mail is an option, but it would be better to hand you the gift certificate.

If you want to be notified via e-mail of future Deals of the Day, sign up for the Deals of the Day e-mail list by clicking here.


April 24, 2009 - 7:20am
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, crime, Le Roy.

Nicholas A. Cinquino III, 25, of Batavia, was allegedly observed driving down the center lane of West Main about 2:30 this morning. After a traffic stop, Cinquino was taken into custody. He is charged with DWI, with a BAC of more than .18 and ticketed for improper lane usage.

Misty D. Palmer, 21, of LeRoy, is accused of trying to walk out of Wal-Mart with three DVDs. She is charged with petty larceny. Palmer was reportedly caught after the inventory control sensor was activated as she tried to walk out the front door. She was issued an appearance ticket.

April 18, 2009 - 7:15am
posted by Howard B. Owens in Le Roy, fire.

This is my interview yesterday with LeRoy 2nd Asst. Fire Chief Tom "Woody" Woods.

Woods was the chief overheard asking for more help yesterday, saying if he didn't help quickly, "we're going to lose this truck and us."

When I first spoke to Wood yesterday, he said it was quit a battle with the fire jumping out of the woods quickly before he and his crew beat it back.

Wood said the recent spate of brush fires have kept firefighters pretty busy and he said the only way the fire season is going to slow down is if people stop burning stuff.

April 17, 2009 - 10:39am
posted by Howard B. Owens in Le Roy, fire.

A controled burn reportedly got out of control at 9363 Warsaw Road in LeRoy.  Units are being dispatched now.


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April 15, 2009 - 2:59pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in Le Roy, Thurway, accidents.

Two ambulances are responding to a single-car rollover accident on the westbound Thruway at mile maker 382.6 in the Town of LeRoy.

The extent of any injuries are unknown, but an original dispatch of Mercy Flight -- which was 90 miles away -- has been canceled.

All occupants are out of the vehicle.

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