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October 6, 2013 - 1:57pm
posted by Billie Owens in Announcements.

The Annual Fall Harvest Auction, sponsored by the Stafford Historical Society, will take place at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 23 in the courtroom of the Stafford Town Hall, located at 8903 Route 237, Stafford.

Included will be various attic treasures, gift certificates, fall produce, two Roy Mason Prints, other nautical prints and other articles.

Donations of gently used, or new articles or produce is greatly appreciated. Please contact Sue at 344-0834 or Phyllis at 343-1928.

October 4, 2013 - 11:47am
posted by Billie Owens in Announcements.

United Memorial Medical Center and the Cancer Services Partnership will provide free health screenings to residents of Genesee County, between the ages of 40 and 64 with no insurance or high deductibles, from 3 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 22, at the Jerome Center, 16 Bank St., Batavia. Appointments are necessary for some of the screenings.

For women age 40-64, nurse midwife Cecilia Stearns, MSN, will perform women’s health screenings, including pap smears, pelvic exams and clinical breast exams. Urologist William Guthinger, MD will provide prostate screenings to men age 50-64. Additional services available at the event include mammography, blood sugar testing, total cholesterol and take home colorectal cancer screening kits.

All screenings will be provided at no charge. Funds are available for follow-up care if necessary. Please call United Memorial’s Healthy Living Department to schedule an appointment at 344-5331. Light refreshments, health information and free giveaways will also be available.


October 3, 2013 - 6:38pm
posted by Billie Owens in Announcements, corfu.

Press release:

The Genesee-Orleans Regional Arts Council is pleased to announce the winners of its 2013 Accordion Fest Prize Package Giveaway. Winners were drawn at the event on Sept. 28 in Medina:

  • Yamaha Guitar Package from Roxy’s Music – Joyce Kohorst, of Corfu
  • Fall Foliage Excursion for Two from Medina Railroad Museum – Rich Pastuch, of Rochester
  • $25 Gift Certificate from Shirt Factory Café, Medina – Charles Kohorst

Congratulations to the winners, and thanks to all participants. Proceeds from the drawing support the programs and services of the Genesee-Orleans Regional Arts Council (GO ART!), a private nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization that supports and promotes art and culture in Genesee and Orleans counties.

September 30, 2013 - 12:10pm
posted by Billie Owens in Announcements.

The Holland Land Office Museum presents a Fall Family Festival to be held at Ye Olde Willow Bend Inn, 3489 W. Main Street Road, Batavia, from to 1 to 5 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 20.

You will be part of the 1800's stagecoach experience with travelers in period and military clothing.    Music by Rebel's Posse starts at 1:30 p.m. Line dancers welcome.

Adult entrance fee of $5 benefits the museum. Children are free.

Beverages and food will be available for purchase including hamburgers, hot dogs, chili, French onion soup, chicken wings, French fries, chicken fingers and more.

Chinese auction with fresh produce and gifts will be drawn at 4 p.m. Prize for the best youth cowboy/cowgirl outfit. All are welcome!

September 20, 2013 - 3:00pm
posted by Billie Owens in Announcements.

Genesee County 4-H Achievement Night will take place at the Kennedy Building at the Genesee County Fairgrounds on Saturday, Sept. 28. The purpose of this event is to recognize the achievements made by Genesee County 4-H Youth throughout the year, as well as significant volunteer milestones.

The evening will begin with an awards ceremony at 5:30 p.m. followed by a dinner and ice cream social.

4-H is a year-long educational program and most clubs meet once a month. Each club focuses on different projects throughout the year. Clubs and projects range from raising beef cattle to woodworking and even robotics and alternative energy! Genesee County 4-H youth are offered a wide range of educational experiences through a dedicated group of volunteer leaders. Through these experiences, 4-H encourages strong characters traits like a sense of community, hard work and confidence.

The Genesee County 4-H Office is located in the Cornell Cooperative Extension of Genesee County building at 420 E. Main St., Batavia. The office is open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. The 4-H Youth Development team can be reached by phone at 343-3040, exts. 101 or 122, or by email at [email protected].

Genesee County 4-H is a program of Cornell Cooperative Extension Genesee County that provides equal program and employment opportunities.

September 18, 2013 - 7:08pm
posted by Billie Owens in Announcements.

The Cancer Services Partnership of Genesee and Orleans County will hold its annual cancer awareness program, Pink Hatters’ Night Out on Thursday, Oct. 10, at the Clarion Hotel, 8250 Park Road, Batavia. Guests are encouraged to wear a pink hat.

The evening is a colorful, celebratory event filled with laughter. However, when survivors stand up based on the number of years since they received their cancer diagnosis, an awe-inspiring hush fills the room. Women who are currently battling the illness are applauded with support. Women who have been cancer free for decades provide hope to everyone.

A Chinese Auction and “cash and carry” vendors will be available from 4 to 6 p.m. A light dinner and dessert will be served from 6 -7 p.m. Following dinner, cancer survivors will be recognized and prizes will be awarded for the best pink hats. Entertainment will be provided by the Genesee Community College theater group.

Tickets are $20 each and available by pre-sale only. Call the UMMC Healthy Living Department at (585) 344-5331 for registration information. Table reservations are only available for parties of 10. Payment and registrations must be received by Oct. 3. This event is funded in part by a grant from Susan G. Komen for the Cure of Western New York.

The Cancer Services Partnership is a grant funded program which provides access to free colorectal, breast and cervical cancer screenings for men and women, age 18 to 64, who are uninsured or underinsured. United Memorial manages the Partnership for Orleans and Genesee counties.

September 18, 2013 - 5:24pm
posted by Billie Owens in Announcements, GO ART!, Decorate the Empire State.

RoAnn M. Destito, the commissioner of the New York State Office of General Services (OGS), is asking for help with a special juried art competition: "Decorate the Empire State!" The goal is to decorate the holiday tree at the Capitol in December with original ornaments that represent all of New York State.

GO ART! is honored to be assisting as the designated ambassador for this project in Genesee and Orleans counties. We are issuing a call for talented artists to create ornaments which reflect the county in which they live. Artists can be professional, amateurs and students. Ornaments and required entry forms must be delivered to the GO ART! in Batavia by Oct. 15.

Through a local juried decision process, two ornaments that best represent each county will be selected. The four winning ornaments will be sent to OGS by Nov. 8. The winning ornaments from each county will be placed on the holiday tree in the New York State Capitol. They will send us and the artist digital images of the ornaments on display. They also extend an open invitation to everyone involved to come to the Capitol to view the tree and take a tour of this incredible building.

Ornaments not selected to be sent to OGS will remain at GO ART! to be placed on display in our Cultural Center in Batavia.

Entry forms are available from GO ART! and can be accessed online and e-mailed or faxed after completion. For more forms, information or questions, see below. "Please remember that art and culture enriches, inspires and educates, and strengthens our community identity."

Genesee-Orleans Regional Arts Council (GO ART!)
Seymour Place, 201 E. Main St.
Batavia, NY 14020
Open Monday-Friday, 9am-4pm and by appointment
Tel -- 585.343.9313
Fax -- 585.345.1608
www.GOart.org <http://www.GOart.org>
mailto:[email protected]

September 18, 2013 - 2:04pm
posted by Billie Owens in Announcements, steve hawley.

Due to his sixth annual Patriot Trip to Washington D.C. for local veterans taking place this weekend, Assemblyman Steve Hawley (R,C,I-Batavia) has preempted his regular office hours on Sept. 20, for Genesee County residents at Genesee Community College.

The office hours resume as normal from 1 to 5 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 27.


September 12, 2013 - 2:27pm
posted by Billie Owens in Announcements, sports, pembroke.

Press release:

The Lyndonville Tigers semi-pro football team will be hosting the Troy Fighting Irish at the Pembroke Town Park this Saturday (Sept. 14) at 4 p.m. The event will be kicked off by Jenn Suhr, two time Olympic medal winner and current Gold Medalist in women's pole vault, who will being performing the opening coin flip as well as a photo and autograph session following.

The team will also be providing a professional fireworks display following the football contest around 8 p.m. that is estimated to be 20 minutes in length.

Tickets are $5 at the gate. Kids under 12 free.

The Tigers look to cap off their 10th anniversary season with a win and an Northeastern Football Alliance championship over the Troy Fighting Irish who are looking to win their fourth straight championship. Both teams are 9-2 on the season and have won their respective divisional titles. It should be an exciting game and experience for all involved.

During the event the Pembroke Youth Association will be running concessions to help raise money for the local youth sports teams in the area. Spectators from around the area are encouraged to come and enjoy the activities as well as tailgate before and after the game. There will be no place better to be on this Saturday afternoon.






2013 NFA League Championship
Troy's Fighting Irish @ Lyndonville Tigers

Pembroke Town Park
8799 Alleghany Road
Corfu, NY 14036

Kickoff - 4 p.m.
Fireworks - Dusk

Meet and greet with Jenn Suhr during game.
Half time Tigers hall of fame induction ceremony.
PYA fundraising concession and food service booth during entire event.

September 10, 2013 - 3:32pm
posted by Billie Owens in Announcements, GO ART!.

The Genesee-Orleans Regional Arts Council announces new exhibits in each of four galleries for September-October 2013:
GO ART! Bank of Castile Main Gallery, Seymour Place, 201 E. Main St., Batavia – An exhibit of “New York State Paintings” by Dennis Wood is on display featuring 27 original oil and watercolor paintings by this Batavia artist. Prints and postcards are available for sale. Exhibit dates: Tuesday, Sept. 3 — Wednesday, Oct. 30. A Meet-the-Artist Reception is scheduled for Monday, Oct. 7, 5-7 p.m. Gallery hours are 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. weekdays and by appointment.
GO ART! Albion Satellite Gallery, GCC at Albion, 456 West Avenue (Route 31), Albion – On display now is an exhibit by Larry Buckley of Basom, previously shown at the GO ART! Main Gallery in Batavia. Buckley’s exhibit, “Blu Angel Art Show III: Original Paintings by Larry Buckley,” features more than 50 acrylic and oil paintings. Exhibit dates: Wednesday, Sept. 4—Thursday, Oct. 31. A Meet-the-Artist Reception is slated for Wednesday, Sept. 11, 5 - 6 p.m. Gallery hours are 9 a.m. – 9 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Friday.
GO ART! Batavia Satellite Gallery, Genesee County Senior Center, 2 Bank St., Batavia – GO ART! presents artwork by the late Bernadine “Bernie” Koert, graciously donated to GO ART! by the Koert family. Proceeds from the sale of Bernie’s art will go toward the establishment of a GO ART! scholarship fund. Exhibit dates: Wednesday, Sept. 18 through Thursday, Oct. 31. Gallery hours are 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. weekdays.
GO ART! Medina Satellite Gallery, Shirt Factory Café, 115 W. Center St., Medina – An exhibit of new work by Bernice Yunker, all created utilizing YUPO® and appropriately entitled “Working with Yupo” is featured. Exhibit dates: Friday, Sept. 6 through Thursday, Oct. 31. Gallery hours are 7 a.m. - 7 p.m. Monday - Thursday; 7 a.m. - 10 p.m. Friday; 8 a.m. - 10 p.m. Saturday; Closed Sunday.
For more information on these exhibits and other GO ART! programs and services, please visit www.GOart.org <http://www.GOart.org>, e-mail [email protected] or call 585-343-9313.
GO ART! exhibits are made possible, in part, by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

September 10, 2013 - 3:11pm
posted by Billie Owens in Announcements, GC Youth Court.

The Genesee County Youth Bureau is seeking local students in grades eight through 11 to become members of the Genesee County Youth Court. Youth Court is the process of being judged by your peers.

A multi-week training session for members will begin this fall. If you are interested in joining youth court, pick up an application at the Genesee County Youth Bureau or online at www.co.genesee.ny.us/departments/youthbureau/youthcourt.html.

Applications are due by Sept. 27. Interviews will take place throughout the month of September.

If you have any questions or are interested in joining this program, please feel free to contact Chelsea Dillon at 344-3960 or [email protected].

September 10, 2013 - 1:20pm
posted by Billie Owens in Announcements.

Genesee County Master Gardeners will be holding an “Arrangements from the Garden” class on Sept. 24. The best bouquets and arrangements come from your garden. Learn the basics and then create your own beautiful masterpiece to take home. Cost is $10 per person, which includes supplies. (Bring your own scissors.) Class size is limited. Register by Sept. 17. The class is from 6 to 8 p.m. at Kennedy Building, Genesee County Fairgrounds, Route 5, Batavia.
For more information contact Brandie Schultz at CCE of Genesee County, (585) 343-3040, ext. 101, or stop by the Extension office at 420 E. Main St. in Batavia, or visit our CCE Web site www.genesee.shutterfly.com <http://www.genesee.shutterfly.com> or Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/CCEofGenesee “Cornell Cooperative Extension of Genesee County provides equal program and employment opportunities.”

August 23, 2013 - 12:45pm
posted by Billie Owens in Announcements.

YWCA of Genesee County will be hosting its second American Red Cross Blood Drive from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday, Sept. 13 at 301 North St., Batavia.

In order to continue being a host site, the nonprofit must get at least 20 donors during this time.

"Please help us to continue helping others in need by stopping by to donate," Operations Manager Myra Schroeder said.

No appointment necessary, or call (585) 343-5808 to set up a time.

August 23, 2013 - 11:51am
posted by Billie Owens in Announcements.

A Southern Gospel Group that has visited before, The Crist Family, will be back for a concert at 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 7, at the Batavia Assembly of God Church. A free will offering will be taken.

The church is located at 24 Spruce St. in the City of Batavia.

Check out the family's Web site at cristfamilymusic.com

Or for more information, call (585) 762-9151 or e-mail the nonprofit organizer who brings concerts like this to the area:  [email protected]

August 20, 2013 - 3:30pm
posted by Billie Owens in Announcements, bhs transition day.

Press release:

Batavia High School will be hosting a Transition Day for freshmen and transfer students from 8 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 5.

Incoming freshmen, transfer students and pre-approved Link Leaders will be the only students attending school on this day. Upperclassmen should not attend school on this day.

The first day of classes for all BHS students is Friday, Sept. 6.

On Transition Day, incoming freshmen and transfer students will be participating in a freshmen transition program called “Link Crew." Link Crew is based upon a simple concept: linking freshmen with successful upperclassmen. While creating a sense of comfort for the incoming students, the Link Crew concept also addresses the attitudes of the upperclassmen toward the freshmen and respect for freshmen becomes the norm.

Schools today are different than ever before, as are students, families and communities. The transition from middle school to high school is one of the most difficult ones young people face, expectations are greater and schools are larger.

Research has shown that if a student makes it successfully through his/her first year of high school, he or she will have “made it,” and he/she can be expected to graduate. With this in mind, Link Crew has been developed as a program to help students make the transition with specific intervention and support from older peers.

Freshmen only will participate in an orientation training called “Link Crew Assembly” in the morning. Then transfer students, faculty and staff will join the BHS freshmen for lunch on campus. During the afternoon orientation program, all new students to BHS will meet their counselors, receive their schedules, locate their assigned lockers, walk through their schedules, visit their classes, and meet their teachers.

Anyone with questions is asked to contact the BHS Counseling Center at 343-2480, ext. 2002.

August 11, 2013 - 2:00pm
posted by Billie Owens in Announcements, GO ART!.

The Genesee-Orleans Regional Arts Council (GO ART!) is seeking artists interested in exhibiting their work in all four of its galleries in 2013-14. There is no cost to apply or to exhibit.

The galleries are:

  • Bank of Castile Main Gallery at GO ART!, Seymour Place, 201 E. Main St., Batavia;
  • Batavia Satellite Gallery in the Genesee County Senior Center, 2 Bank St., Batavia;
  • Albion Satellite Gallery in the GCC Albion Campus, 456 West Avenue (Route 31) Albion;
  • Medina Satellite Gallery in the Shirt Factory Café, 115 W. Center St., Medina.

Since 1977, GO ART! has served area artists by providing exhibit space for their work. Gallery exhibits are typically displayed for two months and feature visual art by local and regional artists.

For additional information, contact the Genesee-Orleans Regional Arts Council at 585-343-9313, e-mail [email protected] or download an application online at www.GOart.org <http://www.GOart.org>

August 10, 2013 - 1:02pm

Join Alex's Place for its 6th annual charity golf event, which includes golf, lunch, drink specials, prime rib dinner, prizes, and giveaways!

Date: Sunday, Aug. 25
Time: Registration & festivities begin at noon. Shotgun start at 1 p.m.
Location: Terry Hills Golf Course, Batavia
Cost: $95 per golfer for registration
To Benefit: Crossroads House & the Chef Russell Scholarship

Registration forms are available through the Web site of Alex's Place. Print them out, fill them out, then send via mail or fax.

Mailed registration forms must be postmarked by Aug. 16 and mailed to:

Alex’s Place, c/o Colleen Kemp, 8322 Park Road Batavia, NY 14020

Faxed registration forms must be sent by Aug. 19. The Fax number is (585) 219-4303

The Chef Russell Memorial Golf Scramble serves as a dual benefit. The money raised is donated to Crossroads House of Genesee County and for a scholarship created in Memory of Chef Russell Bugbee.We are honored to put on this yearly scramble and are proud to donate the proceeds to two very deserving causes:

  • Crossroads House is a comfort care home that serves the residents of Genesee and Wyoming counties who have been medically determined to be in their last stages of life. It is an alternative to a hospital or nursing home when care can no longer be provided in the patient’s own home. Crossroads is an incorporated not-for-profit organization that provides service free of charge.
  • The Chef Russell Bugbee scholarship is awarded as a tribute to Chef Russell, who we tragically lost in Oct 2010. The scholarship will be awarded to an area high school graduate that is not only pursuing an education in the culinary field, but also has the drive and passion that Chef Russell had for the culinary arts.

What is included for the day:

  • 18 holes of golf at Terry Hills Golf Course with cart
  • Grilled lunch with draft beer and soda at registration
  • Beverage service throughout the tournament, including $1 beer specials
  • Dinner (hand-carved prime rib, stuffed chicken breast and pasta marinara
  • Prizes, skins and 50/50
  • Giveaways and goody bags for all!
August 10, 2013 - 12:28pm
posted by Billie Owens in Announcements, GC Women's Republican Club.

The Genesee County Women’s Republican Club will host its annual Lucky Numbers event which will be held Thursday, Aug. 22 at the Batavia Country Club, 7909 Batavia Byron Road, Batavia.

The doors will open at 5:30 p.m. with dinner at 6:30.

Cost is $18 per person. For more information or to make a reservation contact Michele Smith at 494-1548.

Genesee County United Way Backpack Program is the Club’s 2013 Caring for America Organization. People attending are encouraged to bring a donation. Come join the fun!

August 6, 2013 - 3:09pm
posted by Billie Owens in Announcements.

Lifespan and the Older Adult Ministry Team at Batavia First United Methodist Church are sponsoring a Scam Prevention Presentation from 1 to 4 p.m. Monday, Aug. 12.

It will take place at the church, located at 8221 Lewiston Road.

Attendees of this free event can learn more about:

  • Identity Theft
  • Elder Abuse
  • Scams
  • Home Safety
  • Personal Safety
  • Financial Exploitation
  • Computer Safety
  • Medicare Fraud & How to Report it.

Light refreshments will be served.

Please make a reservation by calling 343-1611.

August 5, 2013 - 2:28pm
posted by Billie Owens in Announcements.

The Holland Land Office Museum is offering a senior bus trip to Our Lady of Victory National Shrine and Basilica, and the Buffalo Botanical Gardens, with lunch at Ilio DiPaolo’s Family Restaurant (Wrestling Hall of Fame Honoree) for an all-inclusive price of $30 per person.

Bus leaves Holland Land Office Museum at 9 a.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 18 and returns at approximately 4 p.m.

Limited to 40 people -- seniors and their guests of ANY age. Please make your reservation by calling the Museum at 343-4727. Payment must be in by Sept. 1.

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