Stafford https://www.thebatavian.com/ en https://www.thebatavian.com/themes/barrio_batavian/images/thebatavian_logo.png Stafford https://www.thebatavian.com/ Local Matters © 2008-2023 The Batavian. All Rights Reserved. Sun, 26 May 2024 20:21:49 -0400 https://www.thebatavian.com/themes/barrio_batavian/images/thebatavian_logo.png Tue, 14 May 2024 08:00:00 -0400 Law and Order: Le Roy police arrest 22-year-old on strangulation, assault charges https://www.thebatavian.com/howard-owens/law-and-order-le-roy-police-arrest-22-year-old-on-strangulation-assault-charges/639362
Austin Malek
Austin Malek

Austin Malek, 22, of North Street, Le Roy, is charged with strangulation 2nd, assault 3rd, unlawful imprisonment, and obstructing governmental administration 2nd. Malek is accused of assaulting a female victim at about 2 a.m. on May 2 at a location on North Street in the village of Le Roy.

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https://www.thebatavian.com/howard-owens/law-and-order-le-roy-police-arrest-22-year-old-on-strangulation-assault-charges/639362#comments https://www.thebatavian.com/howard-owens/law-and-order-le-roy-police-arrest-22-year-old-on-strangulation-assault-charges/639362 May 14, 2024, 8:00am Stafford Law and Order: Le Roy police arrest 22-year-old on strangulation, assault charges Howard Owens <figure role="group" class="caption caption-div align-right"> <div> <div class="field field--name-field-media-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img alt="Austin Malek" class="image-style-large" height="280" loading="lazy" src="https://www.thebatavian.com/sites/default/files/styles/large/public/2024-05/malek-mug-austin.jpg?itok=ZLl6-8Ia" width="200"> </div> </div> <figcaption><em>Austin Malek</em></figcaption> </figure> <p><strong>Austin Malek</strong>, 22, of North Street, Le Roy, is charged with strangulation 2nd, assault 3rd, unlawful imprisonment, and obstructing governmental administration 2nd. Malek is accused of assaulting a female victim at about 2 a.m. on May 2 at a location on North Street in the village of Le Roy.</p>
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Stafford Fire recognizes top responders in 2023, installs 2024 officers at annual dinner https://www.thebatavian.com/howard-owens/stafford-fire-recognizes-top-responders-in-2023-installs-2024-officers-at-annual
stafford fire dinner 2024

For 2023, the Firefighter of the Year in the Stafford Volunteer Fire Department was a collective award, going to the Top 10 responders (11 members, counting a tie) for the year.

The Firefighters of the Year are Brian Breemes, Randal Henning, Tim Eckdahl, Chris Penkszyk, Mark Dougherty, Ashley Swartzenberg, Jason Smith, Ken Collins, Brian Pocock, Don Hall, and Ben Pocock.

The firematic officers installed for 2024 are:

  • Timothy Eckdahl, chief
  • Brian Pocock, 1st assistant chief
  • Brian Breemes, 2nd assistant chief
  • Kari Breemes, 3rd assistant chief
  • Jason Smith, 4th assistant chief
  • Randal Henning, rescue squad captain
  • Chad Rambach, rescue squad lietuenent 
  • Donald Hall, fire police captain
  • Ben Fox, fire police lieutenant
  • Brian Pocock, master mechanic
  • Brian Breemes and Matt Hendershott, training officers
  • Julie Bobo and Ashley Swartzenberg, chief's secretary

The administrative officers: 

  • James Call, president
  • Kari Breemes, vice president
  • Bonnie Logsdon, secretary
  • Stephanie Call, treasurer
  • Trustees: Stanley Gere, Jason Smith, Ashley Swartzenberg, Chad Rambach, Stephanie Call
  • Auditors: Ben Fox and Kenneth Collins.

The dinner was held on Saturday at the Batavia Country Club.

Photos by Howard Owens

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https://www.thebatavian.com/howard-owens/stafford-fire-recognizes-top-responders-in-2023-installs-2024-officers-at-annual#comments https://www.thebatavian.com/howard-owens/stafford-fire-recognizes-top-responders-in-2023-installs-2024-officers-at-annual Apr 14, 2024, 7:45am Stafford Stafford Fire recognizes top responders in 2023, installs 2024 officers at annual dinner Howard Owens <div> <div class="field field--name-field-media-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img loading="lazy" src="https://www.thebatavian.com/sites/default/files/styles/large/public/2024-04/stafford-fire-dinner-2024.jpg?itok=OvtVv95Y" width="800" height="533" alt="stafford fire dinner 2024" class="image-style-large"> </div> </div> <p>For 2023, the Firefighter of the Year in the Stafford Volunteer Fire Department was a collective award, going to the Top 10 responders (11 members, counting a tie) for the year.</p><p>The Firefighters of the Year are Brian Breemes, Randal Henning, Tim Eckdahl, Chris Penkszyk, Mark Dougherty, Ashley Swartzenberg</p>
Photo: Barn on Batavia Stafford Townline Road https://www.thebatavian.com/howard-owens/photo-barn-on-batavia-stafford-townline-road/639020
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A barn on Batavia Stafford Townline Road as seen from Byron Road on Saturday evening.
Photo by Howard Owens
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https://www.thebatavian.com/howard-owens/photo-barn-on-batavia-stafford-townline-road/639020#comments https://www.thebatavian.com/howard-owens/photo-barn-on-batavia-stafford-townline-road/639020 Apr 14, 2024, 7:00am Stafford Photo: Barn on Batavia Stafford Townline Road Howard Owens <figure role="group" class="caption caption-div"> <div> <div class="field field--name-field-media-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img alt="barn batavia stafford townline road" class="image-style-large" height="533" loading="lazy" src="https://www.thebatavian.com/sites/default/files/styles/large/public/2024-04/barn-batavia-stafford-townline-road.jpg?itok=QEvJyano" width="800"> </div> </div> <figcaption><em>A barn on Batavia Stafford Townline Road as seen from Byron Road on Saturday evening.</em><br><em>Photo by Howard Owens</em></figcaption> </figure>
Charles Mike Hammon named new president of Godfrey's Pond https://www.thebatavian.com/press-release/charles-mike-hammon-named-new-president-of-godfreys-pond/638667 Press Release:

Newly elected as the Godfrey Pond Association’s President is Charles Mike Hammon, who brings with him over 13 year’s experience in various roles in and around the Pond. 

Mike chose to retire from the Fire Service and was originally hired as the Pond’s caretaker in 2011 and served in that role for over 10 years. He became the Grounds Chairman in 2016 and served on the Board until his election this January. 

Mike jokes that it took three tries to finally retire from the Pond’s caretaker position. He now serves as the caretaker for the Hammon-Mabie Family cottage located at 7889 Bigelow Drive on the Pond.

The Pond is a unique piece of God’s green earth that we have been chosen to protect and maintain. Why Godfrey’s Pond, you ask. Where else would you want your kids and grandkids to go?

We encourage you to visit our grounds and all that we have to offer you and your family by attending any of our Open House events scheduled for Sunday, May 26 and Sunday, June 16. We also have our Hunting & Fishing Days on the weekend of Sept. 21 and 22, 2024.

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https://www.thebatavian.com/press-release/charles-mike-hammon-named-new-president-of-godfreys-pond/638667#comments https://www.thebatavian.com/press-release/charles-mike-hammon-named-new-president-of-godfreys-pond/638667 Mar 19, 2024, 11:25am Stafford Charles Mike Hammon named new president of Godfrey's Pond Press Release <p>Press Release:</p><blockquote><p>Newly elected as the Godfrey Pond Association’s President is Charles Mike Hammon, who brings with him over 13 year’s experience in various roles in and around the Pond.&nbsp;</p><p>Mike chose to retire from the Fire Service and was originally hired as the Pond’s caretaker in 2011 and served</p></blockquote>
Historical Society meeting in Stafford canceled https://www.thebatavian.com/staff/historical-society-meeting-in-stafford-canceled/638482 Tonight's meeting of the Stafford Historical Society, originally scheduled for  7 p.m., has been canceled.

It has not yet been rescheduled.


 

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https://www.thebatavian.com/staff/historical-society-meeting-in-stafford-canceled/638482#comments https://www.thebatavian.com/staff/historical-society-meeting-in-stafford-canceled/638482 Feb 28, 2024, 4:49pm Stafford Historical Society meeting in Stafford canceled Staff <p>Tonight's meeting of the Stafford Historical Society, originally scheduled for &nbsp;7 p.m., has been canceled.</p><p>It has not yet been rescheduled.</p><p><br>&nbsp;</p>
SUNY GCC announces their fall 2023 president's list https://www.thebatavian.com/press-release/suny-gcc-announces-their-fall-2023-presidents-list/638125 Press Release:

198 students from Genesee Community College were named to the President's List. Students honored on the President's List have maintained full-time enrollment and earned a quality point index of 3.75 (roughly equivalent to an A) or better.

  • Phyllissa Mitzel of Alexander
  • Julia Lennon of Alexander
  • Kristian Natalizia of Alexander
  • Christian Haller of Alexander
  • Brendan Burgess of Batavia 
  • Rachel Gelabale of Batavia 
  • Alexandra Christopher of Batavia
  • Ryan Bowen of Batavia
  • Alexander Hunt of Batavia
  • Michelle Witherow of Batavia
  • Elizabeth Clark of Batavia 
  • Danielle Clark of Batavia
  • Allison Dent of Batavia
  • Christian DeSantis of Batavia 
  • Aden Chua of Batavia
  • Paul Daniszewski of Batavia
  • Duane Kross of Batavia
  • Ashley Hightower of Batavia 
  • Clara Wood of Batavia
  • Amanda Audelo of Batavia
  • Stacie Stein of Batavia 
  • Joseph Perl of Batavia 
  • Hailey Smith of Batavia
  • Blake Pahuta of Corfu 
  • Alec Skeet of Corfu 
  • Isabella Wheeler of Darien Center
  • Julia Yax of Darien Center 
  • Michael Miller of East Bethany 
  • Kyra Rhodes of Oakfield 
  • Heidi Burdick of Oakfield
  • Tyhler Wood of Oakfield
  • Kenneth Kline of Oakfield
  • Athena Mitchell of Oakfield 
  • Erica Scott of Stafford
  • Joan-Marie Gabalski of Byron 
  • Sean Whiting of Le Roy 
  • Mia Hampton of Le Roy 
  • Maverick Blachowicz of Le Roy 
  • Makayla Grant of Le Roy 
  • Willard Prevost of Le Roy 
  • Morgan Beverly of Le Roy 
  • Shaun Graham of Le Roy
  • Bryn Luckey of Le Roy 
  • Matthew Bolton of Le Roy 
  • Ian Kepple of Le Roy 
  • Colton Dziekan of Pavilion 
  • Dylan Wiedrich of Pavilion 
  • Lauren Russell of Pavilion
  • Alaina Rowe of Pavilion
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https://www.thebatavian.com/press-release/suny-gcc-announces-their-fall-2023-presidents-list/638125#comments https://www.thebatavian.com/press-release/suny-gcc-announces-their-fall-2023-presidents-list/638125 Feb 1, 2024, 8:40am Stafford SUNY GCC announces their fall 2023 president's list Press Release <p>Press Release:</p><blockquote><p>198 students from Genesee Community College were named to the President's List. Students honored on the President's List have maintained full-time enrollment and earned a quality point index of 3.75 (roughly equivalent to an A) or better.</p><ul><li>Phyllissa Mitzel of Alexander</li><li>Julia Lennon of Alexander</li><li>Kristian Natalizia of</li></ul></blockquote>
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Comptroller's audit recommends Stafford Fire's directors improve financial management of department https://www.thebatavian.com/howard-owens/comptrollers-audit-recommends-stafford-fires-directors-improve-financial-management-of While finding no malfeasance or misuse of public funds, a NYS Comptroller's Audit is critical of the Board of Directors of the Stafford Volunteer Fire Department for its handling of financial planning.

The comptroller's key findings include inadequate revenue estimates for 2021, 2022, and 2023, a lack of realistic budgets, and no written multiyear financial or capital plan to help guide budget development.

The lack of proper revenue estimates meant the district had extra revenue that could have been better allocated to capital projects, particularly fire truck replacements, the report states.  

In the three audit years, the board failed to include in its revenue estimates funds from farmland leasing, interest income, fire insurance tax proceeds, donations, and fire hall rental. In 2022, that amounted to $36,577 in revenue that wasn't included in financial planning.

"We compared the budget with actual expenses for 2021 and 2022. The operating budget was underestimated by $29,667 (10 percent) in 2021 and $33,298 (11 percent) in 202," the report states.

In response to the audit, Board President James Call said the district treasurer did share more than once the district's truck replacement plan, the comptroller's auditors determined the report was outdated.

The budget for 2023 also did not include a line item for buildings and ground maintenance, which in prior years exceeded $50,000.  

"The Treasurer told us," the report states, "these were errors in the budget and that she corrected them after we brought the omissions to her attention. The Treasurer also provided us with a corrected copy of the 2023 budget. The corrected budget increased the amount budgeted for building and grounds maintenance to $40,000 and decreased the amount budgeted for insurance to $40,000, and further decreased the firematic budgeted amount by $20,000."

Auditors determined that board members were not adequately involved in the budgeting process and oversight of monthly expenses.

The auditors issued these recommendations, which Call, in his letter, said the board will implement.

  1. Review and adopt structurally balanced budgets that contain realistic revenue and expense estimates.
  2. Present the budget to the membership for a vote, as required by the bylaws.
  3. Review the monthly financial reports provided by the treasurer and actively monitor the department’s spending.
  4. Consider having Department officers attend applicable and beneficial training sessions to obtain a better understanding of their duties. 
  5. Develop a written multiyear financial and capital plan to establish long-term goals and objectives for funding and long-term capital needs. This plan should be monitored and updated on an ongoing basis, and any funds already set aside for capital assets should be designated as such by board action.
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https://www.thebatavian.com/howard-owens/comptrollers-audit-recommends-stafford-fires-directors-improve-financial-management-of#comments https://www.thebatavian.com/howard-owens/comptrollers-audit-recommends-stafford-fires-directors-improve-financial-management-of Dec 14, 2023, 9:55pm Stafford Comptroller's audit recommends Stafford Fire's directors improve financial management of department Howard Owens <p>While finding no malfeasance or misuse of public funds, a NYS Comptroller's Audit is critical of the Board of Directors of the Stafford Volunteer Fire Department for its handling of financial planning.</p><p>The comptroller's key findings include inadequate revenue estimates for 2021, 2022, and 2023, a lack of realistic budgets</p>
Photo: Christmas fire truck in Le Roy https://www.thebatavian.com/howard-owens/photo-christmas-fire-truck-in-le-roy/637577
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A fire truck lit up with Christmas lights in front of the Scofield Rolloff offices on Route 5 in Stafford.  The truck appears to be retired apparatus. There are no department decals on it.
Photo by Howard Owens.
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https://www.thebatavian.com/howard-owens/photo-christmas-fire-truck-in-le-roy/637577#comments https://www.thebatavian.com/howard-owens/photo-christmas-fire-truck-in-le-roy/637577 Dec 14, 2023, 7:00am Stafford Photo: Christmas fire truck in Le Roy Howard Owens <figure role="group" class="caption caption-div"> <div> <div class="field field--name-field-media-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img alt="scofield roll off fire truck" class="image-style-large" height="535" loading="lazy" src="https://www.thebatavian.com/sites/default/files/styles/large/public/2023-12/scofield-fire-truck-2023.jpg?itok=Tp32CW0f" width="800"> </div> </div> <figcaption><em>A fire truck lit up with Christmas lights in front of the Scofield Rolloff offices on Route 5 in Stafford. &nbsp;The truck appears to be retired apparatus. There are no department decals on it.</em><br><em>Photo by Howard Owens.</em></figcaption> </figure>