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July 1, 2013 - 10:15am
posted by Howard B. Owens in thebatavian, Sponsored Post, advertisement, The Batavian Club.

The benefits of being a member of The Batavian Club just keep getting better and better. We're proud that Darien Lake Theme Park has signed on as a supporter to offer members this generous offer: A free child's admission with the purchase of an adult admission. We'll be sending out this voucher to all current members as well as new members.

Plus, members still get $325 in gift certificates to local businesses and a voucher for TWO free tickets (except July 4) to a Batavia Muckdogs game.

All for a worthy cause: helping to support and sustain The Batavian.

I know many people say, "I'm going to join, I'm going to join." This would be a great time to do it -- to take advantage of these great summertime offers.

If you don't use PayPal, that's OK. Download this form (pdf) and send it in with your check, or call Tuesday through Thursday at (585) 250-4118 with your credit card number.

As for the PayPal buttons -- you can save $10 a year if you sign up with a recurring annual payment on PayPal. Or you can make a one-time payment of $60 for the year and we'll bill you when it comes time for renewal.

For more information about The Batavian Club, click here.

Annual Single Membership - $50 per year
Includes membership card, bumper sticker, package of gift certificates to local businesses.


Annual Household Membership - $100 per year
Includes two membership cards and two bumper stickers, one package of gift certificates to local businesses.


Annual membership, one payment of $60
Includes membership card, bumper sticker, package of gift certificates to local businesses.

Annual household membership, one payment of $120
Includes two membership cards, bumper sticker, one package of gift certificates to local businesses.

Monthly Single Membership - $5 per month
Includes membership card and bumper sticker, package of gift certificates to local businesses.


Monthly Household Membership - $10 per month
Includes two membership cards and two bumper stickers, one package of gift certificates to local businesses.



June 28, 2013 - 5:43pm

GO ART! presents the 35th Annual PICNIC IN THE PARK • Thursday, July 4th, 2013 • Centennial Park, Batavia. Noon – 5 p.m.! A daylong celebration of art & music. Free Fun for the Whole Family!!! 

Main Stage -- 12 Noon
Batavia Concert Band. Always a crowd favorite, BCB performs Sousa-esque marches & Big Band numbers. 

1 p.m. -- The Town Pants. Irish traditional, folk and roots Americana, fusing their signature dual lead vocals to create their own unique brand of high energy "West Coast Celtic."

2:30 p.m. -- Trio Los Arpegios. Traditional Latin American music in the typical trio style of close vocal harmonies with guitar accompaniment.

4 p.m. -- The BossTones. Strongly grounded in old-time & bluegrass traditions, this fiddle trio also incorporates jazz, swing, & Celtic influences.

Explore Art!
Families are invited to join us for a FREE CREATIVE ACTIVITY at the Explore Art! Tent...decorate paper flowerpots & create paper flowers to be delivered to area nursing homes & hospitals. Also, try your hand at decorating white paper bags to be used in delivery of Meals on Wheels to senior citizens. Materials provided! AmeriCorps volunteer Beth Ely will help kids & adults alike to be creative. Face Painting will be available, too!

Kiddie Parade -- New this year! Bring your bikes, scooters or strollers…decorations will be provided! Decorating begins at 11 a.m.; Parade starts at 11:30 a.m. on Ellicott Avenue.

Stage II
12:30 p.m.  & 2 p.m. -- The Traveling Dress Up Theatre. Family friendly dress up storytelling... Unique and great fun for kids of all ages!

1:30 p.m. & 3 p.m. -- The Stringmen. A delightful mix of folk & participatory music for kids of all ages. Doug Yeomans & Judd Sunshine bring over 30 years of experience to young people across Western NY.

All Day in the Park

  • Juggling by Brian Kozody & Owen Gould
  • Horse-drawn Wagon Rides & Petting Zoo by Hartland Carriages
  • Miniature Golf by My Cowboy
  • “Cookie Songwriting” by Geoffrey Clough
  • Food Vendors & Nonprofit Organizations
  • Air Gym & Inflatable Obstacle Course by YMCA
  • Wildlife Educators Coalition
  • Recycling by Genesee County ARC
  • The Jaycees famous dog and burger stand!
  • Arts & Crafts Show & Sale

For more information: 585-343-9313 / [email protected] / www.GOart.org / www.facebook.com/geneseeorleansarts. This event is made possible, in part, by the New York State Council on the Arts.

June 24, 2013 - 6:54pm

Wines for Humanity is growing here in WNY, and we need more Wine Advisors! If you’re a wine enthusiast and would like to start a home business, Wines for Humanity may offer the type of business opportunity you’re looking for.

About Wines for Humanity:
Wines for Humanity was founded in 2007 by Anton Steinhart, fulfilling a desire to help prevent homelessness in America in families with children. He believed that the concept of wine appreciation and education through wine tastings could be paired with his mission. Sarah Veazey, our very own senior wine advisor, promotes exclusive wines at private wine tastings and charitable events. Every tasting event results in a donation to our local charity chosen by Sarah, known as WNY Catholic Charities, to help prevent homelessness. Sarah started with the company when she moved back to New York from Ohio in November of 2012, and has grown the business faster than she can handle, and is in need of wine advisors.

What does a Wine Advisor for Wines for Humanity do?
Wine advisors conduct in-home wine tastings. They provide background information on each wine that is tasted as well as guide the guests through the basic steps of wine tasting. Who wouldn’t want to be a part of this amazing opportunity! Currently we are growing in the area and need new Wine Advisors! If you are interested in joining our company please feel free to e-mail your resume to Sarah Veazey at: [email protected]

Please feel free to check out our Web site at www.winesforhumanity.com

June 24, 2013 - 2:28pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, business, Sponsored Post, advertisement.

The winner of our recently completed Facebook Like contest sponsored by Council Opticians of Batavia is Cara Grosshans.

Cara wins a Coach handbag.

If you would like to get more fans for your business page on Facebook, contact Lisa Ace at (585) 250-4118 to find out more.

June 18, 2013 - 3:18pm

We are pleased to announce a Sushi Supper Club by Yume Sushi here at Sweet Ecstasy Bakery, 201 E. Main St., Batavia, NY 14020. The dinner will be held Saturday, June 29, 2013 with seating at 4 p.m., 4:30 p.m. and 7 p.m., 7:30 p.m.

I know you are going to enjoy the sushi from Yume Sushi not only for the longtime sushi fans but also those who are new to the experience. 

Menu Items are as follows;
Course 1 - MISO SOUP
Thin broth with tofu, miso and seaweed.

Seasoned with a blend of ingredients including wakame, sesame, sugar & vinegar.

Course 3

Eel, Avocado, Cucumber, Red Masago

Crab, Avocado, Cucumber, Orange Masago

Ahi Tuna, Salmon, Yellow Tail, (Hamachi), Crab, Avocado, Cucumber

Course 4
Green Tea Ice Cream - House made

Reservations only! To purchase your tickets, please click here!

Sweet Ecstasy @ GO ART! | Seymour Place | 201 E. Main St., Batavia, NY 14020 | 585-813-3652

June 18, 2013 - 6:25am
posted by Howard B. Owens in Sponsored Post, advertisement, contests.

Click here or click the graphic to enter the contest. You must both like the Council Opticians page on Facebook and complete the contest registration to be eligible to win.

June 13, 2013 - 3:28pm

Visit The Yngodess today, located at 73 Main St., in Batavia. (585) 343-3170

June 4, 2013 - 11:59am
posted by Howard B. Owens in thebatavian, Sponsored Post, advertisement, The Batavian Club.

Speaking of Muller Quaker Dairy, it was The Batavian the first news source to tell you that "Project Wave" was going to be a yogurt plant built by PepsiCo and a German company.

Over the years, we've brought you in-depth coverage that you rarely get anywhere else about Genesee County:

Consistly for more than five years, The Batavian has brought you more breaking news coverage and more in-depth coverage than any other local news source.

And we want to keep it going, which is one reason we need you to join The Batavian Club.

Right now, we're offering a free 8x12 canvas print of a Genesee County photography by Howard Owens to new members. See the slide show below for available choices.

Don't forget: Club members get gift certificates from local businesses worth more than $320.

The prints will be made by Vinylsticks, a Batavia business that creates all manner of signs, prints, decals and stickers. 

Use the PayPal buttons below. After you complete your order, please e-mail [email protected] with name of the picture you want (mouse over the photo in the slide show to see the name).

Or, you can phone in your credit card number and details to (585) 250-4118 during normal business hours, Monday thru Thursday.

To join by mail and pay by check or credit card, download this form and mail it to us. Be sure to specify on the form which picture you want. Titles are in the upper left.

To learn about the club, visit the club's new Web site.

Annual membership, no recurring payment, $60
(Use this button if you want to make a one-time payment through PayPal. You will be asked to renew again in a year.)


Annual membership with automatic recurring payment of $50 per year
(Use this button so your membership automatically renews each year and save $10 annually on your dues.)



June 3, 2013 - 2:38pm

Cooking is the leading cause of home fires in the United States, starting two out of every five fires. Heating is the second-highest cause, followed by intentional fires and electrical systems/lighting equipment. Smoking is the fifth highest cause, but is the leading cause of home fire deaths. Candles are also a significant cause and are responsible for approximately 35 home fires being reported every day.

Cooking Fires
To prevent a cooking fire, follow these tips from the National Fire Protection Association site, www.nfpa.org:

  • Be on the alert. If you are sleepy or have consumed alcohol, don’t use the oven or stove.
  • Stay in the kitchen while you are frying, grilling, or broiling food. If you need to leave the kitchen for even a short period of time, turn off the oven or stove.
  • If you are simmering, baking, roasting, or boiling food, check it regularly. Remain in the home while food is cooking, and use a timer to remind you that you are cooking.
  • Keep your stovetop clear of anything that can catch fire, including oven mitts, wooden utensils, food packaging, towels, or curtains.

If a cooking fire starts:

  • Be prepared. Keep a lid nearby when you’re cooking on the stovetop. If a small grease fire occurs, smother it by sliding the lid over the pan. Turn off the stove and leave the pan covered until it has completely cooled.
  • For an oven fire, turn off the heat and keep the door closed.
  • Whenever fighting a fire, be sure others leave and that you have a clear way out.
  • If the fire continues or grows, get out immediately! When you leave, close the door behind you to help contain the fire.
  • Call 9-1-1 or the local emergency number after you leave.

Heating Equipment
To prevent a heating equipment fire:

  • Consider replacing older area or space heaters with new ones that turn off automatically when overheated or tipped. Keep them at least three feet away from anything flammable. 
  • Have furnaces and chimneys professionally cleaned and inspected every year.
  • All fireplaces should have a sturdy screen. Never use flammable liquids to start a fire in a fireplace. Allow ashes to cool completely and use a metal bucket for disposal.

Electrical Systems & Equipment

To prevent an electrical fire: 

  • Have your home inspected by a qualified electrician, especially when purchasing an older home. 
  • Use a qualified electrician when having electrical work done. 
  • Protect your home against arc faults. An arc fault occurs when an electrical short produces an arc: intensely hot sparks that can set fire to nearby flammable materials. Arcs often happen in appliance or extension cords that have become frayed or cracked. To prevent arc faults, have Arc Fault Circuit Interrupters (AFCIs) installed in your home. These devices look and work like conventional circuit breakers. When an AFCI detects an arc, it shuts off the circuit. 
  • Power surges can damage appliances and even cause fires. Protect your home with a two-tiered surge protection system: a whole house surge protection device (SPD) on the main electrical service to the home, and point-of-use SPDs for all valuable electronics and appliances. 

Note: According to the National Fire Protection Association, effective Jan. 1, 2008, the National Electric Code made AFCI installation a requirement in the majority of circuits in new residential construction.

Each year, candle fires account for hundreds of thousands of dollars in property damage and hundreds of unnecessary injuries and deaths. To help protect your family, please observe these safety tips:

  • Only burn candles under constant supervision.
  • Keep burning candles a minimum of one foot away in all directions from flammable and combustible items.
  • Keep candle wicks trimmed to within ¼ inch from the top of the candle.
  • Do not allow candles to burn down to the bottom of their container.
  • Extinguish all candles before leaving the house or when going to bed at night.
  • Place candles in safe locations, out of the reach of children or pets.
  • Only place candles on secure furniture that is unlikely to tip over. 

For more information, search for “candle safety tips” at www.nfpa.org.

To prevent a smoking accident from causing a fire, the U.S. Fire Administration recommends that you:

  • Use deep, wide, sturdy ashtrays. Ashtrays should be set on something stable and hard to ignite.
  • Make sure butts and ashes are out before disposing of them.
  • Never smoke in a home where medical oxygen is used.
  • Don’t smoke if you are sleepy, have been drinking, or have taken over-the-counter or prescription medications.
  • Choose fire-safe cigarettes if they are available in your state. They usually go out by themselves if not actively smoked. Go to www.firesafecigarettes.org to learn more.

Be prepared in case of fire
Plan escape routes:

  • Plan at least two ways to get out of any room.
  • Agree on a meeting place outside where everyone can gather.

Get the most protection out of your smoke alarm

Alarm type

  • Battery-powered alarms may use a nine-volt battery or 10-year lithium battery.
  • Hard-wired smoke alarms operate on the home’s electrical system and include a battery backup in case of power failure.
  • For the hearing-impaired, smoke alarms with an audible alarm and bright flashing lights are available.
  • Make sure your alarm is listed or approved by an independent testing laboratory, such as Underwriters Laboratories (UL).
  • Replace all smoke alarms, including alarms that use 10-year batteries and hard-wired alarms, when they are 10 years old. They should also be replaced whenever they do not respond properly.


  • To install a battery-powered alarm, all you need is a drill and screwdriver. Always follow the manufacturer’s installation instructions.
  • Hard-wired alarms should be installed by a qualified electrician. All hard-wired smoke alarms should be interconnected: if one alarm is activated, all alarms will sound.
  • Install a smoke alarm in each bedroom.
  • Never install a smoke alarm too close to windows, doors, vents, or ceiling fans where drafts could blow smoke away from an alarm.
  • If you have questions about where to install your alarms, contact your local fire department. Many departments will conduct home smoke alarm inspections for free or a minimal fee.


  • If you have stand-alone battery-powered alarms, test them once a month and replace the batteries once a year.
  • Make sure that everyone in your household knows the sound of the alarms.
  • Never paint any part of a smoke alarm.
  • Follow the manufacturer’s instructions when cleaning your alarms. Dust and debris can usually be removed by using a vacuum cleaner attachment.

Have a fire extinguisher handy
To operate a fire extinguisher, remember the word PASS:

Pull the pin. Hold the extinguisher with the nozzle pointing away from you, and release the locking mechanism.

Aim low. Point the extinguisher at the base of the fire.

Squeeze the lever slowly and evenly.

Sweep the nozzle from side to side.

  • Select a multi-purpose Class ABC extinguisher that is large enough to put out a small fire, but not so heavy as to be difficult to handle.
  • Read the instructions that come with the fire extinguisher and become familiar with its parts and operation before a fire breaks out. Local fire departments or fire equipment distributors often offer hands-on fire extinguisher training.
  • Install fire extinguishers close to an exit and keep your back to a clear exit when you use the device so you can make an easy escape if the fire cannot be controlled. If the room fills with smoke, leave immediately.
  • Know when to go. Fire extinguishers are one element of a fire response plan, but the primary element is safe escape.
  • Remember that each extinguisher must be serviced annually and may need to be recharged.

Consider a home fire sprinkler system

  • Residential fire sprinkler systems provide added protection above smoke alarms and fire extinguishers.
  • Fire sprinklers immediately respond to a fire while it is still small—controlling the spread of deadly heat, flames, and toxic smoke whether or not the occupants have appropriately responded to the signaling smoke alarm.
  • These sprinklers are smaller than commercial or industrial sprinklers and can fit in with almost any décor.
  • During home construction or remodeling, a home fire sprinkler system requires minimal extra piping and labor.
  • A home fire sprinkler system may qualify you for a discount on your homeowners insurance premium.

Safety can be simple
Be sure to take the basic preventative steps outlined here, and file this sheet away for future reference. Just by being aware of common fire hazards and keeping an eye out for problems, you could save your home and possessions from serious damage.

For more information or insurance coverage: please call the Mark Lewis Agency at: (585) 343-4959 or stop by -- we're located at: 8331 Lewiston Road, Batavia, NY. Visit us online at: http://www.marklewisagency.com/

June 1, 2013 - 4:04pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in thebatavian, Sponsored Post, advertisement, The Batavian Club.

Join The Batavian Club today and receive a free vinyl print of a photograph by Howard Owens of Genesee County. See the slide show below for available choices.

The prints will be made by Vinylsticks, a Batavia business that creates all manner of signs, prints, decals and stickers. 

Use the PayPal buttons below. After you complete your order, please e-mail [email protected] with name of the picture you want (mouse over the photo in the slide show to see the name).

Or, you can phone in your credit card number and details to (585) 250-4118 during normal business hours, Monday thru Thursday.

To join by mail and pay by check or credit card, download this form and mail it to us. Be sure to specify on the form which picture you want. Titles are in the upper left.

To learn about the club, visit the club's new Web site.

Annual membership, no recurring payment, $60


Annual membership with automatic recurring payment of $50 per year



May 31, 2013 - 1:40pm

Come celebrate the 1 year anniversary of City Slickers this Saturday with 1/2 price drinks & appetizers all night! The party starts at 9:30 p.m. and there is no cover charge! Fullblast Productions has confirmed there will be a few Buffalo Bills players at City Slickers for this event as well! For more info visit Facebook.com/CitySlickersBar.

May 21, 2013 - 5:34pm
posted by Lisa Ace in thebatavian, Sponsored Post, advertisement.

West Main Wine & Spirits is our first local business to start using editable ads.

Editable ads allow a business owner to change the message of an ad any time right from his or her own computer or, even, smart phone.

For readers, it means more timely information about sales, special offers and promotions.

Watch the right column of ads for West Main Wine & Spirit's special messages and messages from other local businesses as they start using editable ads.

Business owners, for more information, contact Lisa Ace at (585) 250-4118.

May 15, 2013 - 2:18pm

To download the app to your iPhoneclick here.

To download the app to your Androidclick here.

May 10, 2013 - 8:32am
posted by Howard B. Owens in Sponsored Post, advertisement, City Slickers.

Rock band Monster Johnson will be live rocking the stage at City Slickers tonight starting at 8 p.m! Stop by for great food and drinks!

Mark your calendars for June 21st as the Zac Brown Tribute Band takes over for a live concert at City Slickers!

May 8, 2013 - 3:38pm

B-Town Yellow Taxi Cab, Inc., serves Batavia and more! Have you ever wanted to make weekend plans to go out, but didn't have a designated driver? Well, B-Town Yellow Taxi Cab is the City of Batavia's only fully compliant taxi cab service at this time. So don't worry, give us a call anytime day or night and we will get you where you need to go.

General pricing for rides start out at $2.30 for the first 1/6 of a mile and then $3 per mile thereafter. That's only 50 cents per 6th of a mile. We provide flat rate airport transportation to the Buffalo and Rochester international airports from Batavia -- ask about our prices when you call.

Collage students, need to go shopping or catching the Greyhound Bus? Call B.T.Y.T.C special student discounts apply when comming or going from the campus/dorms. $10 one way per trip. 

Also starting soon, we are going to be offering a "Safe Ride Home" special. $12 - 12 hours program! $12 takes you from the bar to your house (within city limits) then when you're sober (12 hours later) bring you to get your car. We want to encourage all, not to drink and drive, but to have a safe, fun night out with your friends.

Remember, we're open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, call 585-356-1881. Closed Christmas Day. Keep up to date with specials, Like us on Facebook or visit us online: http://www.btownyellowtaxi.com

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