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August 25, 2018 - 3:34pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in sports, baseball, youth, muckdogs, batavia.

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About a dozen players and coaches, including manager Mike Jacobs, came out to the ballpark Saturday morning to provide baseball instruction to 30 or so young ballplayers at the Batavia Muckdogs annual youth camp.

Young players were given tips on fielding, hitting, running the bases, and pitching.

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May 11, 2018 - 2:02pm
posted by Billie Owens in fishing, sports, news, Iroquois National Wildlife Refuge, youth.

Press release:

Iroquois National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) is hosting the 27th annual Youth Fishing Derby on Saturday, June 2, from 9 to 11 a.m.

The derby is held during National Fishing and Boating Week at Ringneck Marsh on Iroquois NWR. Planned activities will begin at 8 a.m. and include a casting contest, migration maze game, and a fish dissection demonstration. Rods and reels will be available for children to borrow if needed.

The event is sponsored by the Friends of Iroquois National Wildlife Refuge Inc. who will be providing door prizes and trophies for the anglers with the three biggest fish in each age group (7 and under, 8-12, and 13-17).

Hopefully, the weather will cooperate, but no matter what Mother Nature delivers, it’s sure to be a fun fishy day! The fishing derby and all activities are free to the public.

Please contact Refuge staff at 948-5445, ext. 7037, or visit the website at here for further information.

Iroquois NWR is located midway between Buffalo and Rochester, NY, and is managed by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service. To get to Ringneck Marsh, take Highway 63 and turn east onto Oak Orchard Ridge Road. In less than 0.5 miles, you may park in the Ringneck Marsh Overlook Parking Lot.

Individuals with disabilities and any other person who may need special assistance to participate in this program should contact the Refuge at 948-5445 or at the Federal Relay No. 1-800-877-8339.

February 28, 2018 - 5:02pm
posted by Billie Owens in youth, news.

Press release:

On Thursday, March 22, the City of Batavia and Genesee County Youth Boards will sponsor their 22ndannual Youth Recognition Dinner at Terry Hills Restaurant & Banquet Facility.

Sixteen young people will be honored for their commitment to community service and/or their impressive role in their family. Additionally, the dinner will recognize one Adult Youth Worker and two Adult Youth Volunteers. 

The following young people will be recognized for their outstanding service in the community and/or family: Evan Amberger, Camryn Arthur, Madalynn Augello, Ryan Bowen, Lydia Daley, Summer Jeschke-Dean, Sheron Perez-Fuentes, Connlan Hotnich, Camden King, Nathan Knickerbocker, Jillian Menzie, Julia Menzie, Justina Pruski, Isabella Riner, Benjamin Slenker and Eric Stroud.

  • Arron Brown is receiving the Adult Youth Worker Award from his position as a fourth-grade teacher at Pembroke Intermediate School for going above and beyond his job requirements to do whatever he can do for his students and their families.
  • Stan Kaus is receiving the Adult Youth Volunteer Award for his extensive time spent forming and coaching independent girls 12 and under fast pitch softball team called the Batavia Stingers.
  • Laura Luft is also receiving the Adult Youth Volunteer Award for devoting countless hours to bettering the lives of young people in Elba and Genesee County.

Registration and refreshments will begin at 5 p.m. The program and dinner will commence at 6. Seating is limited.

If you are interested in attending the banquet, contact the Genesee County Youth Bureau at (585) 344-3960 no later than March 8th.

February 6, 2018 - 2:35pm
posted by Billie Owens in youth, youth boards, news.

Press release:

The Genesee County & City of Batavia Youth Boards are looking for nominations for their annual Youth Recognition Banquet.

There are three awards presented at the Youth Recognition Banquet:

·      Youth Recognition Award — This award recognizes young people who have performed exceptional service to the community and/or have assumed extraordinary roles in their families.  Typically, the best candidates for this award are high school students, but we also know there are 12, 13, 14 year olds who exemplify distinctive qualities of service. Several youth will be recognized; however the Youth Boards reserve the right to limit the number of recipients.

·      Adult Volunteer — This award recognizes an adult who provides service as a volunteer to youth in Genesee County.

·      Adult Youth Worker — This award recognizes a youth service professional whose work surpasses normal expectations.

Recipients will be honored at the Youth Recognition Banquet on March 22. Nominations are due by Friday, Feb. 16.

For more information or to receive nomination forms, please call the Genesee County Youth Bureau at 344-3960, or get the forms on the Youth Bureau page of the Genesee County website here.

November 14, 2017 - 2:28pm

Press release:

Explore your creative side this season at Genesee County Park & Forest!

Save a spot for Nature’s treats on the dinner table at your next feast! Join us for "Nature’s Feast: Turkeys and more" from 1:30 to 3 p.m. on Saturday Nov. 18th! Learn to find and prepare the dishes that nature has to offer with a Naturalist guide! Meet at the Interpretive Nature Center. Wear waterproof boots and dress for the weather! $5/person, $10/family. Space is limited, preregistration is required! Call 585-344-1122!

Then on Saturday, Dec. 2, learn how with a touch of creativity and hot glue, you can turn some pine cones, seed pods, and other natural materials into your own unique creation! Join us at the Interpretive Nature Center for "Create-a-Critter."

Session 1 is from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., and Session 2 is from 1:30 to 4 p.m. Sign up for either session, cost for each is $5/person, $10/family. Enjoy some quiet time and laughs with your favorite people. Your critter can even be a perfect gift for your loved ones! All materials provided. Call 585-344-1122! Space is limited, preregistration is required.

August 31, 2017 - 12:45pm
posted by Billie Owens in agriculture, 4-H, youth, swine, news, Announcements.

Pictured from left are: Melissa Keller, Benjamin Kron, Becky Kron and Katelynn Rumsey.

Submitted photo and press release:

Youth from the Genesee County 4-H program represented their local 4-H Swine Club while at the Great New York State Fair.

Genesee County swine club members competed against youth from across the state in the Youth Swine Shows held on Aug. 30. Local participants were: Melissa Keller, Becky Kron, Benjamin Kron and Katelynn Rumsey.

Local 4-H swine club members also competed in the Empire Swine Youth Scholarship contest. Participants of the contest compete in several different categories including: Showmanship, Pork Quality Assurance Plus, Skillathon, Interviews and more.

Melissa Keller won the contest for the second year in a row. Becky Kron placed 11th as a first-year participant and Benjamin Kron placed 15th.

We would like to congratulate these youth for their participation at the New York State Fair and for representing Genesee County 4-H!

August 3, 2017 - 9:53am

Starting this week and for the next few weeks, Batavia Bulldawgs will be preparing for the upcoming fall football season.  

New location is at Lions Park, Buell Street, Batavia Many teams of different age groups were working on drills and play game scenarios.  

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March 15, 2017 - 6:31pm
posted by Billie Owens in news, Announcements, batavia, youth.

The Genesee County Job Development Bureau will hold a Youth Job Fair from 9 a.m. to noon on Thursday, March 23. It will take place at the Genesee County Career Center, located at 587 E. Main St., Batavia.

Eleven employers and 13 vendors are scheduled to attend. They will assist youth graduating from high school secure employment on a short-term or long-term basis, and vendors such as Genesee Valley Educational Partnership, Genesee Community College, and Empire State College will have representatives there to talk to the youth about vocational or educational goals.

In addition, representatives from the Department of Labor will be on hand to review students' resumes.

For questions or to participate in this event, contact Jay Lazarony, senior employment & training counselor, Genesee County Career Center, 587 E. Main St., Batavia. Phone 344-2042, ext. 4212, or email  [email protected]

March 22, 2016 - 3:19pm
posted by Billie Owens in cornell extension, sewing, youth, Announcements.

Cornell Cooperative Extension of Genesee County’s 4-H Youth Development Program will offer a two-part apron sewing workshop at 7 p.m. on Wednesday April 20 and Wednesday April 27. This workshop is open to all area youth ages 8 -19 and youth do not need to be 4-H members to participate!

Participants will learn basic sewing skills such as reading a pattern, understanding cutting layouts, pattern pinning, sewing and pressing a straight seam, top stitching a pocket and more!  Cost is $10 per youth and all materials will be provided.

Class size is limited and preregistration is required by April 13. The workshops will be held at the Cornell Cooperative Extension building located at 420 E. Main St., Batavia.

For more information or to register, contact Brandie Schultz at the Genesee County 4-H Office, 585-343-3040, ext. 101. Visit our website at: http://genesee.cce.cornell.edu/events for more information. 

December 1, 2015 - 7:31am

Press release:

The Genesee Community College’s Accelerated College Enrollment (ACE) Program and Genesee County Youth Bureau are partnering to offer Genesee County juniors and seniors the Genesee County Youth Lead Program.

The program is focused on developing leadership skills within an individual through each specific session and through hands on experience. The Youth Lead Program will take place at Genesee Community College beginning Jan. 16th from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and will be held weekly for eight weeks alternating between field trips and class sessions.

The program will cost $55 and students will earn one college credit through Genesee Community College. If there is an economic hardship please contact the Genesee County Youth Bureau.

Please contact the Genesee County Youth Bureau with questions or to obtain an application at (585)344-3960or at [email protected]. Applications are due on Dec. 18.

November 4, 2014 - 9:47pm
posted by Sherri Bartz in batavia, youth, cheerleading.
Event Date and Time: 
December 5, 2014 - 5:30pm to December 23, 2014 - 7:30pm
       
     
   
 

BATAVIA CHEERLEADING YOUTH CAMP

Open to all from ages 4-13

November 2, 2014 - 5:45pm
posted by Rick D. Franclemont in football, youth, sports, alexander.

The Tri-Town Varsity Trojans football team defeated the Oakfield/Elba Titans yesterday 39-37 to claim the Niagara Orleans Football Association championship. This was the Trojans first championship team in 36 years.

October 23, 2014 - 8:02pm
posted by Marie Nettnin in youth, fundraiser, teens, Christian, Young Life.
Event Date and Time: 
October 23, 2014 - 7:30pm to November 7, 2014 - 7:30pm

October 23, 2014 - 8:01pm
posted by Marie Nettnin in youth, fundraiser, teens, Christian, Young Life.
Event Date and Time: 
October 23, 2014 - 7:30pm to November 7, 2014 - 7:30pm

August 31, 2014 - 1:29pm
posted by Daniel Crofts in genesee county, family, youth.

From left: Iris Hatcher, Jessica Polk, Jessica Simmons and Kenyetta Reese.

Leave it to a group of mothers to figure out what their community needs, and then to do something about it.

Pictured are the four founding members of "Mothers Supporting Children and Families" (MSCF), a new nonprofit designed to "provide inspirational support and positive direction to children of all ages" and "empower children and families" (per their mission statement.)

Polk, the WSCF president, said she conceived the idea during a dinner party at her Batavia home.

"There were a bunch of us mothers there," she said. "We got to talking -- Jessica (Simmons) had had the idea for a long time about doing something for the youth in the community to get them off the streets and doing something productive."

Polk and her friends were concerned about what appeared to be an increase in instances of local youth getting in trouble -- "and at a younger age" -- in recent years.

In order to help address this problem, she and her fellow MSCF moms are joining forces with Care-A-Van Ministries, a local Christian street ministry.

"They were extremely instrumental in giving us spiritual guidance from the very start," Polk said.  "They've taken us under their wing, and they've given us advice on how to start a nonprofit. We ask for their advice all the time."

Elsewhere in their mission statement, they name an important aspect of how they intend to address the problem of troubled youth: "MSCF lends a helping hand to the community so there are fewer children in unhealthy home dynamics."

Ways of positive self-expression, adult role models, and trusted adults that kids can come to with their concerns if, for whatever reason, they cannot go to their parents or legal guardians, are among what they seek to offer young people.

"And I hope that we, as an organization, will be able to show them the different resources available to them that they may not know of," Hatcher said." We want to guide them into whatever they need to relieve that pressure that is causing them to get into trouble."

But their mission is not limited to kids; rather, it is founded on "the concept of parents helping parents" and "promotes positive parenting, and healthy families."

MSCF is open to all families in Genesee County. Despite the group's name, Polk wanted to make it clear that men are welcome to be involved as well (they just cannot be official members).

Hatcher said that eventually, they would like to be able to arrange for situations in which families and children can get together for fun and socialization.

"We just have to get on our feet first and get our name out there," she said.

For more information on MSCF:

Web site: www.mscfmothers.wix.com/mscf-
Twitter: www.twitter.com/MSCFMOTHERS
Facebook: M.S.C.F. Mothers
Email: [email protected]

People can also contact Polk at 300-3804.

Photo submitted by Jessica Polk.

October 2, 2013 - 12:50am

 

 

React4Youth is opening a new Creative Youth Center at The Harvester Center, 56 Harvester Ave. in Batavia on Monday October 7th. The center’s mission is to offer young people interested in recording music, DJ'ing, producing music, acting, modeling, photography and video production an accessible creative outlet in the city.

React4Youth is for youth (ages 12-22) in the Batavia and surrounding areas with a goal of opening a space where youth can explore creative opportunities. The project has positively influenced teens through social media, art, outreach, advocacy and educational workshops. React4Youth hopes to achieve a higher profile in the community through initiatives such as the Creative Center that stress the engagement of youth in creative media. The center will provide young people with a safe space to create with adult supervision.

React4Youth also hosts workshops for teens which give them a platform to speak out about topics they are faced with in todays society.

For more information, please visit our website: www.react4youth.org or call 585-678-6948.
Days: Monday - Friday
Time: 3:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Location: The Harvester Center, 56 Harvester Ave Batavia, NY 14020
Admission: FREE
More Info: www.react4youth.org

 

July 26, 2013 - 10:37am
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, baseball, muckdogs, youth, sports.

Press release:

Join us at Dwyer Stadium Aug. 6th, 7th and 8th for our youth baseball camp!

Kids ages 6-14 will receive two days of on-field instruction from the Muckdogs players and coaches on Aug. 6th & 7th from 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. Children will learn from the pros in the areas of hitting, fielding, pitching, catching, base running and bunting.

Then on Aug. 8th, campers will be able to come back to Dwyer for a private autograph signing with the team 30 minutes before the gates open (5:30 p.m.) and then be recognized on the field prior to the Muckdogs game vs. the Hudson Valley Renegades (Tampa Rays affiliate).

Campers will also receive a special T-shirt not available in the team store, a camp photo, two tickets to the Aug. 8th game, as well as daily lunch, all for only $70. Registration forms are available at Dwyer Stadium and online at muckdogs.com. Space is limited and early registration is encouraged.

January 7, 2012 - 1:42pm
posted by Billie Owens in Announcements, youth.

A new youth program is being offered in the City of Batavia. It engages youth in various activities that have them using their skills and ideas while making an impact in their quest for a successful life.

This program is at the Richmond Memorial Library from 3 to 4 p.m. on Mondays and at the Salvation Army Gym from 5 to 5:30 p.m. on Thursdays.

The library is located at 19 Ross St. and the gym is at 529 E. Main St.

For more info please call Wittnes Smith at 716-390-1274.

December 6, 2011 - 9:12am
posted by Wittnes Smith in youth, Event, local business, The Salvation Army, Tournament, React.

React, The Salvation Army and local businesses are teaming up to give more to Batavia youth. "We are planning more teen and youth nights," says Major Patty (The Salvation Army). Game Players Unlimited has teamed up to sponsor a video game tournament for middle and high school students. This will take place on Thursday December 29th at 4PM at 529 E. Main St (The Salvation Army).

A few teachers from Attica middle school are volunteerting to help at our Youth Fun Night on December 27th at 6pm at 529 E, Main St (The Salvation Army). Jeff Morrow dresses up as a clown and does magic tricks along with animal balloons. Tressa Wilber-Smith will do face painting. Wittnes Smith says, "This is just a start of many to come, we're looking to do more fun events throughout the year for our youth."

REACT creates programs directed towards young people in middle and high school.The programs are geared to help them learn how to create and respond to positive change and being that positive change in their home, school and community. Young people are encouraged to find ways to counteract negative problems with creative, positive solutions.

 

 

November 10, 2011 - 6:36pm
posted by Wittnes Smith in batavia, Announcements, youth.

There is a new after school program for youth ages 12 - 19 in Batavia. REACT  is helping youth find solutions to the situations they may face.The after school youth program takes place at the Richmond Memorial Library on Mondays from 3pm - 4pm and on Thursdays at the Salvation Army Gym from 4pm - 5:30pm. The youth in attendance are very excited about the programs and are showing lots of interest and enthusiasm. A special thanks goes out to Paula Haven (Richmond Memorial Library) and Captain Patty (Salvation Army) for their support and belief in the programs! 

REACT  is directed towards young people in middle and high school.The programs are geared  to help them learn  how to create and respond to positive change as well as how to help others who want to change; while being the positive change in their home, school and community. Young people are encouraged to talk about the issues that go on around them on a day to day basis while finding ways to counteract with creative, positive solutions.

Many topics of discussion will include:

· Drugs

· School

· Bullying

· Alcohol

· Employment/Careers

· Relationships

· Teen Parenting

· Crime and Prison

· Music

· Violence

· Social Networking

*We will also be hosting our first Teen Event on Saturday,  November 26th from 7pm-10pm.  The event will be a Teen Dance for high school students in grades 9-12 at the Salvation Army Gym in Batavia. The cost will be $5 to attend. Students from all area schools are encouraged to attend and meet others from the surrounding area. Hope to see you there! Please encourage your teenagers to attend this POSTIVE event!

 

 

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