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Valentine's Day

Culinary Arts Club to host pop-up bakeshop on Feb. 10

By Billie Owens

Say "I love you" with a special homemade treat! The Batavia Career and Technical Education Center's Culinary Arts Club will host a pop-up bakeshop from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 10.

Handmade scones, cherry pies, cookies, cakes and baked goods of all assortments will be for sale! 

This pop-up shop will be held in the Culinary Arts Dining Room at the Batavia Career and Technical Education Center. The center is located at 8250 State Street Road, Batavia. Use side door 71 and find room a-124-B.

Any questions may be directed to Chef Tracy Burgio at (585) 344-7795 or [email protected].

This event is open to the public.


The Batavia Career and Technical Education Center is a program of the Genesee Valley Educational Partnership. The Partnership operates as a Board of Cooperative Educational Services providing shared programs and services to 22 component school districts located in Genesee, Wyoming, Livingston and Steuben counties in New York state.

4-H'ers busy making Valentines for our veterans in Batavia

By Billie Owens


Submitted photos and press release:

The Genesee County 4-H Program hosted a community service card making event on Jan. 30.

4-H Staff Jessica Reisdorf and Brandie Waite along with 4-H Volunteer Julie Keller, helped coordinate and lead the event. They spoke to 4-H’ers on the importance of community service and volunteering and how they relate to citizenship.

More than 20 4-H’ers ages 7 to 15 volunteered their time to create over 50 beautiful and thoughtful handmade cards that will be distributed to the New York State Veterans’ Home in Batavia.

The youth worked together on this project with the common goal of brightening the residents' Valentine’s Day and to let them know that the community cares about them.

Genesee County 4-H members will be continuing this service project at the Batavia JOANN Fabrics store in the Valu Home Plaza on West Main Street from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. this Saturday, Feb. 3.

To learn more about the Genesee County 4-H Youth Development Program visit our website at:






Dessert in the Stacks fundraiser at Woodward Library, Le Roy

By Trisha Riggi

Friday, Feb. 9 from 7:00 - 8:30 p.m.

Dessert in the Stacks has returned! Sample treats from area restaurants, bakeries, stores, and caterers! 

Tickets are $8 (presale only) and can be purchased at the front desk of the Woodward Memorial Library. This is an adult only event.

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Saturday Morning Children's Program at the Holland Land Office Museum

By Holland Land Office

The Holland Land Office Museum, with the help of Anne Marie Starowitz, will be having a Saturday Morning Children's Program. The theme of this month is Valentine's Day. Join us for a morning of fun making Valentine's for friends and family while drinking warm hot chocolate and enjoying a Valentine's day treat! This exciting day will begin at 10am and go until 12pm. The program is $5 per child and $4 for museum members. 

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Sponsored Post: Salsa & Curry - Book Your Valentine's Day Reservation Now!

By Lisa Ace

Book your Valentine's Day reservations today! Salsa & Curry is offering drink specials, a dinner for 2 special & a selection of mouthwatering desserts.

Our Valentine's Day Specials include:

  • Dinner for 2 menu! Featuring an appetizer, entree & dessert.
  • Buy 1 combo, get the 2nd FREE, with any beverage!
  • Drink specials - Sangria, served with fresh fruit, bottle beers, wines, & margaritas.
  • Dessert specials: Xangos, a flour tortilla with cheesecake filling, topped with whipped cream, chocolate, cinnamon and cherries. Flan -- a Mexican custard, topped with whipped cream, chocolate and cherries. Fried Ice Cream, topped with whipped cream, chocolate and cherries. Sopapillas, served with strawberry ice cream.

Call today to book your reservation - 585-219-4231. Like our Facebook page for a chance to win a FREE MEAL for 2!

Valentine's Day concert by Americana musician Natalia Zukerman at GCC

By Billie Owens

Community residents and music enthusiasts are invited to attend a Valentine's Day performance by Natalia Zukerman, a unique slide guitarist, singer, songwriter and visual artist whose musical influences include folk, jazz, blues, rock, bluegrass, country and classical music.

A resident of Brooklyn, Zukerman brings her "urban restlessness" and "rootsy warmth" to the Stuart Steiner Theater at Genesee Community College at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 14. Ticket prices are adults $12; GCC alumni, seniors, staff $10; and GCC students with valid ID are $6.

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First Batavia Players performance at new theater is a labor of 'love'

By Daniel Crofts

The Batavia Players present: original play, written and directed by Patrick D. Burk. 


Nikki Lanich as the Young Girl

Nick Russo as the Southern Preacher

Brittaney Lang as the Emily Bronte Girl

E. Jane Burk as Mrs. Davenport

Shellene Bailey as the Jane Austen Girl

Norm Argulsky as Mr. Fisher

Caryn Burk as Honourine

Tiffany Widrick as Nancy Reagan

Ben Liebrand as the Young Boy


Matthew Mayne as Russell

Amanda Taylor as the Dance Hall Girl

Burk as the Older Man

Jeffrey Fischer as the Movie Man and Pianist

and David Porter as Robert

See Gretel Kauffman's article, "A romantic debut for the Harvester Theater," for background.

This first Batavia Players performance at the new Harvester 56 Theater kicked off Valentine's Day weekend with a series of monologues on a variety of experiences with love and infatuation.

With memorable dialogue and well-developed characters, "Love Lines" takes a look at ideas about and experiences with love and lust across time -- from Shakespeare to Jane Austen, Emily Bronte, love letters from the 1940s and modern day text-messaging.

It also spans the age spectrum, from a teenage boy and girl -- who attend an all boys' and all girls' school, respectively, of course -- meeting on a bus to an old man whose marriage is "not the same anymore...but what the heck? It's still love."

As the play opens, all of the characters gather on the set, each taking a seat. As the show progresses, relationships among the characters are revealed, attesting to Burk's talent as an imaginative playwright.

The actors did a superb job, especially considering the short time they had to memorize lines and rehearse.

Just a couple caveats:

  • The theater's three-quarter round space and black-box format require some getting used to, depending on where you're sitting. It isn't like the typical theater experience, where everything is laid out before your eyes no matter where you're sitting.
  • As can happen with plays for adults, there are some moments, words and opinions (expressed by characters) in the show that might upset people's moral sensibilities. 

All in all, "Love Lines" was a pretty impressive freshmen effort on the part of the Players as they settle into their new home.

'City Gals' get creative, make cards for veterans

By Daniel Crofts

The Batavia City Church's "City Gals" - featuring women and girls of all ages - display the cards they made for area veterans on Monday as part of an ongoing project.

Valentine's Day is still weeks away, but the City Gals made 80 cards on Monday for the men and women at the New York State Veteran's Home and the VA Hospital. Each attendee decorated cards with hearts, flowers and other designs while writing messages of love and encouragement. The cards will be sent to both facilities on Valentine's Day.

The idea for this project came from City Church member and volunteer Sue Gagne, who is also a member of the Genesee Veteran's Support Network. After talking to GVSN chairman Jim Neider, who wanted to see a community project of this kind undertaken for the residents of area Veterans' Homes, Gagne felt that the City Church's Women's Ministry (which is coordinating the City Gals project) would be "the perfect venue."

"Our church likes to get involved in the community," Gagne said. "This is the first time we've done [a Valentine's Day project for Veterans], so I look forward to seeing where it goes."

Gagne also said that the ladies are looking to schedule another "work party" (in her own words) in the coming weeks in order to meet the quota they set for themselves.

"We sure could use some help," she adds.

Women and girls of all ages are welcome to come in and help, regardless of whether or not they are members of the City Church.

Genesee County Democrats have a ball on Valentine's Day

By Philip Anselmo

From the Genesee County Democrats:

The Genesee County Democratic Party held their Annual Valentine’s Day Dinner Dance at Sacred Heart Hall on Saturday, February 14th.  Under the Chairmanship of Lew Henning of Batavia, this annual event brought together party faithful and elected officials from across Western New York.  As part of a GLOW County commitment program, Democrats joined from Genesee, Livingston, Wyoming Counties as well as Erie County to celebrate the past successful elections.

“We are very excited about our local, statewide and national elections this past November,” declared Lorie Longhany, Genesee County Democrat Party Chair.  “It is great to be here celebrating with all those that worked hard on that election.  I am also pleased that we are able to share that success with our surrounding Democrat Party leaders and elected officials.”

The Master of Ceremonies for the event was City of Batavia Council President Charles Mallow.  Music and entertainment were provided.  “This year we will be working hard on our local races, including the City of Batavia At-Large Council Seats,”declared Mallow.  “Now is the time to move forward, assess issues and work hard to insure the best possible government for our constituents.”

Democrats are expected to announce their slate of candidates in late spring or early summer.  All County Legislature Seats are up as well as City Council At-Large Seats.

Big winners of the evening were Raymond Yacuzzo of LeRoy, who won the 50/50 Drawing and Margaret Kapperman of Batavia, winner of the Door Prize.

Spend Valentine's at the Library

By Philip Anselmo

From Richmond Memorial Library:

Chocolate Saturday, Feb.14th, 10:30am at the Richmond Memorial Library, Batavia. Join us in the Children’s Room for valentine crafts, games and snack. Bring the family, all ages are welcome. Please register, we want to have enough chocolate. Call 343-9550 x4.

Couples Thai Yoga Massage

By Laurie Taillie

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[img_assist|nid=4161|title=Thai Yoga Massage|desc=|link=node|align=left|width=0|height=]Blue Pearl Yoga is offering a wonderful experience for couples just in time for Valentine’s Day.  Open to beginners, with no previous yoga experience, Thai Yoga Massage allows couples the opportunity to discover genuine compassionate touch.  This one day workshop will be held on Saturday, February 7 from 5:30-9:30 PM at Blue Pearl Yoga Studio, 200 East Main St., 3rd floor. Joni Yaskulski who is certified in thai yoga body work and Karen Reisdorf, certified yoga instructor, will lead couples in massage and yoga. The workshop will include simple yoga poses that anyone can do and will help to foster an intimacy and openness between partners in a calm, relaxing and encouraging atmosphere.  Thai Yoga Massage is the perfect gift for Valentine’s Day!  To register, contact Joni Yaskulski, [email protected] / 585-757-2723


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