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GCC Athletics Update: Men’s Soccer

Rodrigo Albuquerque watches one of his four goals enter the net for the GCC men’s soccer team, who have now won their last two starts by a combined two dozen goals (photo credit to Justin Bissanti / GCC Athletics)

Press Release:

The No. 4 Genesee Community College men’s soccer team beat visiting Tompkins Cortland 11-0, Sept. 25. Combined with its previous start – a 13-0 win – the Cougars have now amassed two dozen goals while giving up none.

Even during its 2017 national championship run, Genesee never put together back-to-back double digit victories.

Three players accounted for 20 points in the win with Rodrigo Albuquerque recording nine points from four goals and one assist. Ed Port added a pair of goals and a pair of assists for six points, while Hiago Barros de Souza had two goals and one assist for five points.

Other goal scorers included Camilo Pernet Jimenez, Jack Sharman-Dodd and Jose Manoel Cavalini, with the latter also adding a helper. Rounding out the scoresheet with one assist each was Cameron Logan and Shahin Tahir Nasabi.

Genesee out-shot the Panthers 43-2 and held an edge in corner kicks at 15-1. Matthies Meyer and Marcus Kenline split time in net with the former earning the start and the win.

Mark Jagord
GCC Sports Information

GCC Athletics Update: Women’s Soccer

GCC’s Leah Czechowski battles a Tompkins Cortland defender (photo credit to: Justin Bissanti/GCC Athletics)

Press Release:

The Genesee Community College women’s soccer team extended its win streak to seven games with a 3-0 victory over visiting Tompkins Cortland. During the current win streak, Genesee out-scored its oppositions by 30 goals.

The Cougars have been perfect in September and so has Leah Czechowski. Both the team and Czechowski started their streaks this month and Czechowski now has 23 points in the last seven victories.

She led Genesee again and was in on every Cougar score with a goal and two assists. Almost half of her points this month have come in the last two games were she produced 11.

The Cougars learned earlier in the day that they improved in the National Junior College Athletic Association D-III Poll and are now at No. 6.

Miko Yamashita broke the halftime stalemate after a feed from Czechowski during the first minute of the second half. Twenty minutes later, Czechowski set-up Maddie Cummings for an insurance marker before Czechowski capped the game’s scoring with one of her own.

Cougar goalkeeper Jaclyn Guzdek had one save for her fifth clean sheet in the last seven starts and nation-leading sixth shutout overall.

Mark Jagord
GCC Sports Information

Ranzenhofer Announces $30,000 For Youth Bureaus in Genesee County

Press Release:

New York State Senator Michael H. Ranzenhofer has secured $20,000 for the Genesee County Youth Bureau and $10,000 for the City of Batavia Youth Bureau.

“Our youth have unlimited potential to succeed, and this state investment will turn that potential into reality,” said Ranzenhofer. “As your State Senator, my commitment to the future of our children is unwavering. I’m proud to deliver on that commitment.”

The state funding will help support a safe afterschool environment and structured educational programs that provide youth with homework help, tutoring, skill building and recreational activities.

“Our programs are making a difference by motivating young people to develop a sense of responsibility and contribute to their communities. This funding will be a major boost for our initiatives. I applaud Senator Ranzenhofer for being such a strong supporter of our youth in Genesee County,” said Executive Director for Genesee County & City of Batavia Youth Bureaus Jocelyn Sikorski.

The funding is part of the 2018-19 State Budget. The funding is administered by the New York State Education Department.

Darien Lake Unleashes Its Biggest and Scariest Fright Fest Ever

Press Release:

Darien Center, N.Y. — September 25, 2018 — Darien Lake, a Six Flags Theme Park, will unleash the biggest and scariest Fright Fest® in park history. As part of the bone-chilling lineup, seven brand new nightmarish attractions leave no tombstone unturned to deliver what guests want most…an all-out terrifying experience.

This brand new event features three electrifying mazes and four dare-to-enter scare zones, along with hellish, roaming zombies around every corner. To take fright to the extreme, Darien Lake will add a sinister element to some of the theme park’s monster coasters by turning off the lights, leaving riders to face their fears in total darkness.

“Darien Lake is thrilled to bring top-level, terrifying thrills to our guests with an incredible lineup of truly frightening attractions and entertainment,” stated Park President Chris Thorpe. “Fright Fest is the ultimate national Halloween event and we are excited to present our biggest and scariest event yet.”

New this Year, three haunted attractions (at an additional charge) incorporate state-of-the-art makeup, props, and special effects:

• Hotel Terror: 7 Deadly Sins: Tour the horrific hotel where sinful guests are condemned to a life of suffering. Beware, they do not take kindly to visitors.
• Jungle Apocalypse: Immerse into this forsaken island filled with ancient ruins, secrets and a tribe of worshippers looking for their next human sacrifice.
• Camp Scumshine: Visit the winding paths of death and despair that once was Camp Sunshine. The Boogey man is real and tonight he could be playing a little trick on YOU!

Four additional scare zones around the park leave guests nowhere to hide and screaming to get out unscathed:

• Passage of the Damned: Walk through the passage of the soulless keepers that ensure that no living enter the world of the dammed
• Creep Show Freak Show: The area of rejected and demonic circus performers. This circus troop was banished to the outer world for their misdeeds during their mortal lives.
• Voodoo Curse: Pass through a marshy inlet but be careful not to be enshrouded by those who have been cursed to roam these mucky waters. These swamp dwellers will unleash their voodoo magic and indulge in the fear of unsuspecting victims
• Screampunk: People here have been experimented on by a delirious inventor who thought it would be a brilliant idea to mechanize mankind

Big Top Freaks is headlining the entertainment with a nightly show that is NOT for the faint of heart. Freaks showcases four entertainers that specialize in dangerous, scarring, grotesque, and hard-to-watch feats of physical endurance. Additional frightful entertainment includes:

• Direct from Las Vegas, Zamora the Torture King will cause most to shield their eyes as he subjects his body to numerous skewers being thrust into his arms, face and neck.
• The Great Throwdini, internationally known as ‘The World’s Fastest and Most Accurate Knife Thrower’, will subject his human target to multiple razor sharp knives thrown at dizzying speeds avoiding body parts by only a few inches.
• Red Stuart is the oldest sideshow entertainer, oldest sword swallower and holds nine world records for his craft. Armed with nothing more than a kilt and a microphone, he will swallow swords of increasing length, swallows a car axle, and tops it off with swallowing multiple swords at once.
• Ziggy Artist of Oddities will perform his own signature blend of modern extreme fire eating as well as treat his head like a block of wood by driving a large nail right into his cranium.

For the little monsters, a Trick or Treat Trail and Halloween crafts round out the activities during the day.

Fright Fest Operating Hours and Days:
6 p.m. to 11 p.m. September 28, October 5, 12, 19, 26
11 a.m. to 11 p.m. September 29, October 6, 13, 20, 27
11 a.m. to 9 p.m. September 30, October 7, 14, 21, 28
11 a.m. to 8 p.m. October 8

For more information on Darien Lake’s Fright Fest, visit website at www.darienlake.com.

Darien Lake 2019 Season Passes are currently on sale. For a limited time, purchase four or more Darien Lake Season Passes and receive a free upgrade to GOLD on each Pass. GOLD Passes include free Parking Passes and extra Bring a Friend Free days. Additional Season Pass perks include admission to all Six Flags branded theme parks, park admission to Fright Fest plus all of 2019 which includes more than 100 days of thrills. Season Passes can be purchased online at darienlake.com.

GENESEE COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT: Lead Poisoning Protection

Press Release:

Do you have small children or grandchildren? Are you pregnant and getting your older home ready for your new baby? Do you live in a house or send your children to a day care center built before 1978? Do you know the last time your child was tested for lead poisoning? If you don’t know the answer to the last question, talk with your primary care provider or contact your local Health Department and ask about testing.

Lead is a metal that can harm children and adults when it gets into their bodies. Lead can be found in dust, air, water, soil, and in some products used in and around the home. Most homes built before 1978 have old lead paint, often under newer paint. If paint peels, cracks, or is worn down, the chips and dust from the old lead paint can spread onto floors, windowsills and all around your home. Lead dust can then get onto children’s hands and toys, and into their mouths.

Generally there are no signs or symptoms to help you know if your child has lead poisoning. A person with lead poisoning usually does not look or feel sick. The best way to find out if your child has lead poisoning is by testing. The most common test is a quick blood test. It measures how much lead is in the bloodstream. Even low levels of lead in blood have been shown to affect IQ, the ability to pay attention, delayed development, and academic achievement.

New York State requires doctors to test all children with a blood lead test at age 1 year and again at age 2 years. At every well-child visit up to age six, health care providers must ask parents about any contact their child might have had with lead. If there’s been a chance of contact, providers are required to test for lead again. Parents can ask their child’s doctor or nurse if their child should get a lead test, and what the lead test results mean.
“Children under the age of 6 years old are at risk because they are growing so rapidly and because they tend to put their hands and/or other objects, which may be contaminated with lead dust, into their mouths.” Brenden Bedard, Director of Community Health Services of Genesee and Orleans Counties, explains. In addition to children, pregnant women should be tested for lead as well. “Expectant mothers who live in an older home and are exposed to lead dust can inhale the particles and pass it on to their baby. Your doctor should discuss proper prenatal care to reduce your exposure to lead during your pregnancy and how to prevent lead exposure to your baby once he/she is born.” Bedard continues.

The good news is that you can protect your family from lead poisoning. Talk to your healthcare provider about potential lead sources in your house or anywhere your kids spend long periods of time, such as a daycare or a relative’s house. Here are some ways to reduce or eliminate your exposure to lead/ lead dust.

Fix peeling lead paint and make home repairs safely.
 Keep children away from peeling or chipped paint.
 Before making repairs in a home built before 1978, call your local health department to learn how to work safely and keep dust levels down.
 Children and pregnant women should stay away from repairs that disturb old paint, such as sanding and scraping. They should stay away until the area is cleaned using wet cleaning methods and a HEPA vacuum (not dry sweeping).
“Healthy People in a Healthy Community”

Wash dust off hands, toys, bottles, windows and floors.
 Wash your child’s hands and face after play, before meals, and before bed.
 Wash toys, stuffed animals, pacifiers and bottles with soap and water often.
 Mop floors often, and use damp paper towels to clean window wells and sills.

Be careful not to bring lead home on clothes, toys, or jewelry.
 Lead is in some children’s jewelry, toys, keys, and old furniture. Sign-up for children’s product recall alerts at www.cpsc.gov/cpsclist.
 Some jobs and hobbies can involve contact with lead. These include: painting, plumbing, construction, car repair, or working with firearms, stained glass or pottery. To lower lead dust, change work clothes before going home; take shoes off at your door; wash work or hobby clothes separately; wash face, hands and uncovered skin before going home.

Keep lead out of your food and tap water.
 Let tap water run for one minute before using it, if it hasn’t been run for a few hours. Town and well water could have lead from old plumbing.
 Only use cold tap water for drinking, cooking, and making baby formula. Boiling your water does not get rid of lead.
 Use lead-free dishes. Don’t serve or store food in pewter, crystal, or cracked pottery.

Serve foods that have calcium, iron, and vitamin C.
 These foods help keep lead from being stored in your child’s body.
 Foods with calcium: milk, cheese, yogurt, tofu, and green, leafy vegetables.
 Foods with iron: beans, lean meat, fortified cereal and peanut butter.
 Foods with vitamin C: oranges, orange juice, grapefruit, tomatoes, green peppers.

Morning News Briefing

Nathaniel D. Wilson Jr.

Central Avenue murderer receives 20 years to life.
31 year old Nathaniel Wilson of Batavia will find himself behind bars for at least the next two decades.
Wilson appeared for sentencing yesterday morning in Genesee County Court where he was given a term of 20 years to life in state prison for stabbing Terry Toote to death on Central Avenue in May of this year.
In August Wilson pled guilty to second degree Murder avoiding a possibly longer sentence if his case had went to trial.
Before handing down the sentence Judge Charles Zambito recounted the Police surveillance video which showed Wilson stab Toote in the heart after he had already fallen to ground.
A number of Toote’s family members appeared in court and several made presentence statements directed at Wilson and his apparent lack of remorse.
Wilson said before being sentenced that he never meant to kill Toote and that he was sorry for what he had done.

Carjacking with a police chase and crash in the city land a Rochester resident in lock up.
According to an eyewitness a large black male allegedly shoved a female out of her white Buick Sebring at the Kwik Fill on Jackson Street yesterday morning then sped off down Ellicott Street.
Police took chase of the vehicle which ended outside the entrance of the VA Medical Center in a one car crash.
Batavia Police Chief Shawn Heubusch…

No one was injured in either incident and the suspect was identified as 35 year old Constantine Murrell of Rochester.
He was charged robbery, fleeing a police officer and several traffic charges.
Murrell is currently on parole in a case involving a 76 year old woman who had stopped at a gas station.

Jackson Ave man jailed without bail for bringing drugs to BJ’s.
Members of the Genesee County Local Drug Task Force arrested 50 year old Anthony Leone of Batavia following report of a suspicious person at BJ’s Wholesale Club on Monday.
Leone was allegedly found in possession of a quantity of crack cocaine and drug paraphernalia and was arrested on a felony count of Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance along with Criminally Using Drug Paraphernalia.
He was jailed without bail as the investigation continues with additional charges pending.

Marc Molinaro is promising to cut property taxes by almost 30 percent if elected.
The Republican says he would also make Governor Cuomo’s two-percent property tax cap permanent and expand it to New York City.
He’s also calling for a complete state takeover of Medicaid costs.
Cuomo’s campaign says they want specifics, calling Molinaro a Trump mini-me, who backed the President’s tax plan that raised middle class taxes 30-percent.

The Buffalo Bills have traded offensive lineman Marshall Newhouse to the Carolina Panthers.
In exchange for the nine-year veteran, E-S-P-N reports the Bills will receive a conditional draft pick in 2021.
To fill Newhouse’s spot, Buffalo signed offensive lineman Jeremiah Sirles. He was cut by the Panthers three weeks ago.
The Bills return to action Sunday when they visit the Green Bay Packers.

Evening News Briefing

Nathaniel D. Wilson Jr.

31 year old Nathaniel Wilson of Batavia will spend at the least the next 20 years in state prison.
Wilson was sentenced today to a term of 20 years to life for the stabbing death of Terry Toote on Central Avenue last May.
Wilson accepted a plea deal in the case. Police surveillance video clearly showed that Wilson stabbed Toote in the heart after he had already fallen to ground.
Before he was sentenced, Wilson said he never meant to kill Toote and that he was sorry for what he had done. Several members of Toote’s family appeared in court and made presentence statements.

A carjacking that began at the Kwik Fill gas station on Jackson Street this morning ended in a one car crash near the VA Medical Center.
According to a witness a man allegedly shoved a female out of her car before speeding off down Ellicott Street.

Batavia Police Chief Shawn Heubusch

 

Batavia Police Chief Shawn Heubusch:

Constantine Murrell

The car caught fire but the suspect was not hurt.
He was later identified as 35 year old Constantine Murrell of Rochester.
He was charged robbery, fleeing a police officer and several traffic charges.
Murrell is currently on parole in a case involving a 76 year old woman who had stopped at a gas station.

A Corfu man gets five-months of intermittent jail time for welfare fraud.
39 year old Edwin Stancliff failed to report to social services that he had received state disability payments, receiving almost 2-thosuand dollars in welfare benefits he was not entitled to.

Families of victims killed in the crash of Colgan Air Flight 3407 are asking Congress to keep safety standards passed after the tragedy in place. Right now, they’re set to expire at the end of the month. Before the 2009 crash, pilots with fewer than 250 hours of flight time were allowed to be at the controls of commercial airlines. But since then, that requirement has been raised to about 15-hundred hours. Investigators say pilot error caused the crash that killed 50 people.

Carjacking Suspect Identified

News Release: Batavia Police Dept.

Constantine Murrell

On September 25, 2018 at approximately 8:29 a.m. the Genesee County 911 Dispatch Center received a call from the victim of a carjacking that took place moments before at 99 Jackson Street in the City of Batavia.

It was reported the suspect threatened to use a weapon during the incident. A vehicle description with partial license plate and suspect description were given out to responding officers. Officers Klimjack and Krtanik observed a vehicle matching the description in the area of Liberty Street, they attempted to stop the vehicle and the operator refused to stop leading officers on a pursuit through the City streets. The pursuit lasted several minutes, reaching speeds in excess of 65 miles per hour at times and ended when the operator struck another vehicle and then careened into a tree and sign at the entrance to the Veteran’s Affairs Campus at the intersection of Richmond Avenue and Redfield Parkway.

The stolen vehicle then caught fire and the suspect was apprehended without further incident. There were no injuries reported during the incident, the City of Batavia Fire Department was called to the scene to extinguish the car fire. The operator caused significant damage to the vehicle and the property of the VA.

Constantine Murrell

The suspect, CONSTANTINE D. MURRELL, age 35 of Rochester was arrested and charged with Robbery 2nd degree, Unlawfully Fleeing a Police Officer in the 3rd degree as well as several Vehicle and Traffic charges. He was arraigned in City Court and committed to Genesee County Jail. MURRELL is currently on Parole out of the Rochester. The victim in this case was a 76 year old woman who had stopped at a gas station.

Officers were assisted by NYS Troopers out of SP Batavia, Genesee County Sheriff’s Deputies, Veteran Affairs Police, the Genesee County District Attorney’s Office, the City of Batavia Fire Department and the City of Batavia Department of Public Works.

Convicted Central Ave Murderer sentenced to 20 to life

Nathaniel D. Wilson Jr.

31 year old Nathaniel Wilson of Batavia appeared in Genesee County Court for sentencing on a second degree murder conviction.

Wilson was caught on police surveillance footage stabbing Terry Toote to death on Central Ave in the city on May 17th.

Wilson previously accepted a plea deal in August on an Alford basis avoiding a potentially harsher sentence than he could have received if his case went to trial.

The sentencing proceedings started with several denied requests to have reports and recommendations from Wilson’s past stricken from the record by defense attorney Frederick Rarick.

There were a number of Toote’s family members in the court room where District Attorney Lawrence Friedman invited several relatives to make pre-sentence statements.

Toote’s cousins Michelle and Oliver Little said Terry “was all about family” and that he leaves behind an 18 year old son and 5 year old daughter.

Toote’s cousin Dwayne addressed Nathaniel directly saying “Nate come waltzing in here like you don’t care. You got to wake up.” Adding that “You took away from our family and you took away from your family. You’re not going to be there for your kids.”

The victim’s sister Tinisha was less reserved in her pre-sentencing statement, loudly proclaiming to Wilson “Nate Wilson I hate you. You took my m***** f****** little brother.” Toote said “I want to jump over there and whoop your ass.” Adding “Come in here smiling, s*** pisses me off.”

Wilson said before being sentenced that he never meant to kill that man and that he was sorry for what he had done.

Judge Charles Zambito detailed the incident caught on the police pole-cam and said Wilson made the choice to stab Terry Toote in the heart after he had already fallen to the ground during the altercation.

Zambito deemed Wilson a danger to the community and sentenced him to a minimum of 20 years in prison and a maximum of life.

Three Finalists Named for Elba Central School

Press Release:

Elba, New York, September 24, 2018 – The Elba Central School District’s Board of Education has named three finalists for the district’s next Superintendent.

Mr. Michael Augello, Elba Central School District’s Board President, said he is pleased with the high-quality candidate pool and enthused about the potential the three finalists have to offer.

“Selecting the best superintendent for Elba Central is the Board’s top priority,” Augello said. “This was a difficult decision especially with the number of qualified candidates who applied. BOE has narrowed the search to three finalists. We look forward to the next round of interviews where the finalists meet with our various stakeholders.”

The three finalists are Mr. Jason Smith, Mr. Ned Dale and Mr. Matt Stroud.
Mr. Jason Smith currently serves as the Superintendent of Schools for the Lyndonville Central School District, where he has served since 2011. Through his fiscal leadership, Smith has developed and secured the passage of eight district budget votes, and established a long-term reserve plan. Smith facilitated the development and implementation of long-term District and School strategic planning with diverse stakeholders. He also successfully negotiated four collective bargaining contracts and non-union employees’ contracts prior to agreements expiring. Smith led the implementation of a $10.6 million capital improvement project focused on security upgrades and energy efficiencies.

Smith began his career in 1994 as a social studies teacher at Albion High School. Over the next ten years, he became Dean of Students, and Assistant Principal at Albion Middle School. From 2004 until 2011, he served as Secondary Principal for grades 7-12, Elementary Principal and Pre-K -12 Principal at the Elba Central School District. During this time, Smith attained graduation rates between 92 and 100 percent, and also planned and implemented teacher professional development.

Smith received a Bachelor of Arts in History from SUNY Geneseo and a Master of Science in Education from The College at Brockport. He earned a certificate of Advanced Study in Educational Administration from The College at Brockport and also holds certifications in Social Studies 7-12 and as a School District Administrator.

Mr. Ned Dale currently serves as the Principal of Cosgrove Middle School, Spencerport Central Schools, a position he has held since 2007. Dale began his career in education in 2000 as a school counselor/teacher leader at Spencerport High School. He continued his career at Spencerport Central Schools serving as the Assistant Principal of Cosgrove Middle School.

During his career at Spencerport Central Schools, Dale has developed three tiers of Response to Intervention in English Language Arts and Math in collaboration with other administrators and stakeholders.

Through his leadership, Cosgrove Middle School was designated as a School to Watch based upon the collaboration of the New York State Education Department, New York State Middle School Association and National Forum to Accelerate Middle Level Reform. As President of the Spencerport Administrators and Supervisors Association, Dale has successfully negotiated three 3-year contracts for the entire association. He also established an approved APPR plan for principals that was accepted by the New York State Education Department.

Dale earned a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from St. John Fisher College, and a Master of Science in Counseling and Human Development from the Warner School of Education at the University of Rochester. He completed the New York State Superintendent Development Program at SUNY Oswego and holds permanent certifications in School Counseling, and as a School District Administrator.

Mr. Matt Stroud is the Principal of Alexander Elementary School, where he has served since 2007. As Principal, Stroud oversees the hiring, evaluation and supervision of over 50 instructional and support staff. He plans and leads staff development at both the Alexander Elementary and High Schools. During his tenure as principal, he serves as the administrative representative for the district’s APPR plan negotiations. He leads and or serves on multiple district-level committees including Teaching and Learning, APPR, and Response to Intervention. He oversees the budget preparation and monitoring including BOCES services for Alexander Elementary School. Stroud coordinated efforts for the creation of a national certified outdoor classroom.

Previously, he served as an English teacher at Letchworth Central School District from 2001 until 2007. During this time, he wrote and implemented New York State standards for grades 10-12 and created and taught three college-level courses. Stroud received the Teacher of the Year Award in 2005.

Stroud earned a Bachelor of Arts in English from Houghton College, and a Master of Arts in English from the College at Brockport. He also earned an Advanced Certificate in Educational Administration from The University of Rochester. Stroud holds permanent certifications in English 7-12 and as a School District Administrator.

The Board of Education will conduct the final round of interviews with the three candidates in early October at the Elba Central School District. The BOE expects to appoint the final candidate by November 26.

Mr. Kevin MacDonald, District Superintendent of the Genesee Valley Educational Partnership, who is acting as search consultant, said the Board has developed and implemented a process that will help determine the best candidate.

“This is a rigorous search process,” MacDonald said. “Finalists are interviewed by several stakeholder groups, and concludes with the Board meeting to make a final decision.”

High speed chase through Batavia ends in crash at VA entrance

A reported carjacking at the Kwik Fill on Jackson Street this morning led to a wild car chase through city streets ending in a single car crash outside the entrance of the VA Medical Center.

According to an eyewitness on the scene, the black male suspect allegedly shoved a female victim out of her white Buick Sebring before speeding off down Ellicott Street.
Batavia Police Chief Shawn Heubusch…

The man reportedly threatened the use of a gun in the theft however no weapon was ever displayed and has not been recovered by police.

No injuries were reported by the victim.

The suspect apparently walked away from the crash without any serious injuries and was immediately taken into custody.

Chief Heubusch said the crash damaged a tree and knocked one of the VA Center signs off its base.

Morning News Briefing

P.W. Minor appears to be on unsure footing.
P.W. Minor employees are waiting for the other shoe to drop following a reported meeting Monday morning.
Workers tell WBTA that they were sent home with their pay for the week at the companywide meeting yesterday morning where there was also talk of potential layoffs.
Financial woes have followed the century and a half old Batavia Business in recent years, with several attempts to save the core company.
Local businessmen Peter Zeliff and Andrew Young purchased P.W. Minor four years ago likely saving the business from shutting its doors for good.
Zeliff and Young later parted company and last year Zeliff sold the company to Tidewater and Associates a private investment firm out of Delaware.

Alleged drunk and drugged driving lead to arrest for a Vine Street woman.
Following an investigation at the Eastown Plaza off East Main Street in the city Batavia Police apprehended 46 year old Angela Mcintyre.
Mcintyre was accused of driving an uninspected vehicle while intoxicated and impaired by drugs.
Officers conducted a subsequent search which led to a count of Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance.
She was released under Genesee Justice and is scheduled to appear Thursday in Batavia City Court.

Batavia man lands in lock up after almost immediately violating court order.
Within hours of being served a stay away order of protection 47 year old Aaron Klein of Montclair Ave was allegedly found hiding in the house of a protected party by City Police last week.
Klein was arrested and charged with Criminal Contempt and was committed to the Genesee County Jail in lieu of $5,000 bail.

Stafford woman arrested for biting during a domestic incident.
Deputies arrested 27 year old Falcia Tuczai of East Bethany LeRoy Road following a reported domestic incident at an Ellicott Street Road residence in Bethany.
Tuczai was accused of biting the male victim causing injury after getting into a verbal altercation.
She was charged with Harassment and released with an appearance ticket returnable to Bethany Town Court on October 23rd.

Hydrant Flushing picks up tomorrow.
The City Fire Department will flushing hydrants tomorrow and Thursday from approximately 9 am to 3 pm in the areas south of Main Street and west of Jackson Street.
Homes and businesses in the area will be affected with temporary discoloration of water.
If you experience this make sure to run cold water for about 5 minutes or until it runs clear.

Governor Cuomo has signed a bill that will let New Yorkers with chronic pain buy medical marijuana.
Cuomo says he hopes that pain sufferers will choose marijuana over more addictive opioids.
The state recently added chronic pain and P-T-S-D to the list of treatable conditions for medical marijuana.
Governor Cuomo says his staff is working on legislation that would make recreational marijuana available to New Yorkers over 21.

Evening News Briefing

Renewed uncertainty over the future of Batavia’s P W Minor.
Workers at P W Minor tell WBTA there was a meeting of all employees this morning.
In that meeting, employees were reportedly told they would all receive their pay for this week but were then sent home. They were also reportedly told they may be layoffs.
This is just the latest chapter in a long tale of financial troubles fo the century and a half old shoe maker.
Four years ago, P W Minor was sold to local businessmen Peter Zeliff and Andrew Young in what was highly touted as a local effort to save the company from shutting its doors.
Later, Zeliff and Young would part company and last year Zeliff sold the company to a private investment firm, Tidewater and Associates of Delaware.

A 15 year old girl, who recently moved from Orleans County to the state of Alabama, has been charged with the murder of her mother and sister.
The girl, who has not been identified by Alabama authorities, has been charged with two counts of capital murder.
She is accused in the stabbing death last week of her mother, 44 year old Rosa Maldonado and 19 year old Rosa Lee Maldonado.
It is unknown whether the 15 year old will be tried as an adult.
A vigil is expected to be held in Albion

The Batavia City Council is meeting a Conference Session tonight.
On the agenda is a measure extending the additional stipends for certain city department heads until the end of the year.
Originally the stipends were offered to compensate the department heads, until the new city manager started his job. Dr. Marty Moore is due to begin on October 15th.
The council resolution says the extra pay will compensate interim City Manager Matt Worth and three other department heads for their help during the transition of the new city manager.

The LeRoy Police Department is investigating an apparent case of animal cruelty. Over the weekend, Leroy Police found a cat enclosed in a plastic bin, duct taped closed with no ventilation. The cat is said to be OK.
It is a male tiger cat, police are looking for a suspect or the cat’s owner.
Anyone with information is encouraged to contact the Le Roy Police Department.

Senator Chuck Schumer is urging President Trump to order an investigation into Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. In a letter, Schumer says the F-B-I needs to interview anyone with information on Christine Ford’s allegations that Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her more than three decades ago. Schumer says any uncovered details should be reported to the Senate before the chamber votes on Kavanaugh’s confirmation.

More fire hydrant flushing this Wednesday and Thursday. The area will be south of Main Street and west of Jackson. Expect a temporary discoloration of water in the flushing areas.

Workers Sent Home from P W Minor

Renewed uncertainty over the future of Batavia’s P W Minor.
Workers at P W Minor tell WBTA there was a meeting of all employees this morning.
In that meeting, employees were reportedly told they would all receive their pay for this week but were then sent home. They were also reportedly told they may be layoffs.
This is just the latest chapter in a long tale of financial troubles fo the century and a half old shoe maker.
Four years ago, P W Minor was sold to local businessmen Peter Zeliff and Andrew Young in what was highly touted as a local effort to save the company from shutting its doors.
Later, Zeliff and Young would part company and last year Zeliff sold the company to a private investment firm, Tidewater and Associates of Delaware.

More Hydrant Flushing in the City

The City of Batavia Fire Department will flushing hydrants on Wednesday, September 26, 2018 and Thursday, September 27, 2018 from approximately 9:00 am to 3:00 pm in the areas south of Main Street and west of Jackson Street. Homes and businesses will be affected. These tests may result in a temporary discoloration of water in the area. Please do not attempt to wash any clothing if your water appears discolored. If you experience a discoloration of you water, run cold water for about 5 minutes or until clear.

GREAT BATAVIA TRAIN SHOW

Press Release From Genesee Society of Model Engineer:

The Genesee Society of Model Engineers announces that their semi-annual GREAT BATAVIA TRAIN SHOW will be held at the Richard C. Call Arena in Batavia, NY. The new venue on the campus of Genesee Community College offers unmatched convenience and for attendees and vendors. The show is scheduled for Sunday, November 11th, 2018. Details follow:

• Show Name: The Great Batavia Train Show
• Date: Sunday, November 11, 2018
• Location: Richard C. Call Arena at Genesee Community College, Batavia, NY
• Admission: $6 adults, $3 under 18, free for children under 13.
• Hours: 9:30 AM to 3:30 PM.
• Features: Vendor tables, door prizes, free parking

Additional Train Show Information:

For over 40 years the Great Batavia Train Show has been one of the premier hobby events in Western New York. Our move to the Richard C. Call arena has allowed us to grow the event in a state-of-the-art facility. All forms of model railroad and train-related merchandise will be available. Items offered include all scales of model trains, clothing, historic railroad items, books, videos and toys. Modeling demonstrations, and door prizes featuring great railroad items, will be part of the fun. Free parking.

About the organizing group:

The Genesee Society of Model Engineers has promoted the hobby of model railroading in the Western New York area for nearly 50 years. This not-for-profit organization is headquartered at 50 Main St. in Oakfield, NY. In our facility above the M&T Bank, our membership maintains four operating model train displays. An open house is offered free to the public each December, and visitors are welcome on Tuesday evenings.

Contact Information:

• Train Show Chairman: Mike Pyszczek
• Phone: 585-768-4579 (residence)
• Email: bataviatrainshow@gsme.org
• Web site: www.gsme.org
• Mailing address: GSME, P.O. Box 75, Oakfield, NY 14125

Drew Monti wins six at Batavia Downs

Drew Monti (Photo courtesy of Paul White)

Press Release:

By Tim Bojarski, for Batavia Downs

It was another big Saturday night (Sept. 22) for driver Drew Monti as he captured six wins on the card, including four straight from races two through five, to vault himself back into the lead for the dash driving title at Batavia Downs.

Monti got his picture taken with Glory Jean (1:57.1, $7.20), Foreign Officer (1:54.4, $5.50), Four Diamonds (1:55.4, $5.80), Hands Off Frank (1:54, $6.80), Hardts Or Bettor (1:55.4, $2.90) and Barry’s Shelby (1:55, $8.40).

The six wins now give him 61 for the meet, one more than Kevin Cummings (60) who also had a driving double on Saturday.

Four of Monti’s wins (Foreign Officer, Four Diamonds, Hands Off Frank and Hardts Or Bettor) were behind horses trained by JD Perrin. And much like Monti, Perrin pushed himself into the dash win training lead now with 26 victories after Saturday, four ahead of James Clouser Jr. who has 22.

Clouser and Perrin are the top two Universal Trainer Rating (UTR) trainers among all those in North America with less than 500 starts this year. Clouser has a UTR of .472 and Perrin is right behind him with a .417.

The feature race on the card was an $8,500 Open III pace that was won by Barry Hanover (Shawn McDonough). Barry Hanover got away second behind Southwind Torque (John Cummings Jr.) who led the race until the three-quarters when McDonough pulled, took the lead and paced away to an impressive three-length victory in a new lifetime mark of 1:53.

Barry Hanover ($4.40) is owned by John Sixt and trained by Judy Blaun.

Racing Under Saddle (RUS) New York had an exhibition race on Saturday with a purse of $3,000 that proved to be one of the best on the card to watch.

Rider Sietski Dijkhof from the Netherlands was making her first North American RUS start and this girl came to play. Dijkhof rode No Recess from post five in the field of six and got away second behind last year’s Batavia RUS winner, Funny Photo (Sophie Engerran) and sat there until the half in 1:01.4. There Dijkhof pulled No Recess and went right after Funny Photo.

The two horses trotted side by side, stride for stride up the backside and into the far turn when Funny Photo got a half-length advantage. But when they spun into the stretch, Dijkhof asked for more from No
Recess and he responded by passing Funny Photo to win by a length in 2:02.1.

The time was a new lifetime RUS mark for No Recess and a new RUS track record at Batavia Downs, replacing the 2:03.4 mark set by Admirable Hanover in 2016.

Racing resumes at Batavia Downs on Wednesday (Sept. 26) with post time at 5 p.m.

GCC Athletics Media Release

GCC volleyball team sweeps host Erie in action in Buffalo

Press Release:

Volleyball Cougars Sweep Two Opponents in Pod Play at Erie

The Genesee Community College volleyball team swept two matches and fell to a nationally-ranked opponent in a third match in pod play to go 2-1 at the Burt Flickinger Center in Buffalo.

The pair of wins today gave Genesee seven in its last 11 starts. In its three matches Sept. 22, the Cougars scored 204 points and allowed 178 collectively.

Genesee started the morning with a 3-0 win over host Erie by scores of 25-20, 25-23, 25-14. The win avenged the Cougars’ opening-season loss to Erie in the first week of September. During that first contest, Genesee took the third set after losing the first two by a pair of points. Then Genesee believed they were close enough to have swept the Kats in that opening match in the first week of September and today they brought that sweep to fruition.

Ana Carolina Cerezer Pinto led the team in digs (14) and kills (12), while Kaitlyn VanSkiver had a team-high three aces.
Genesee also swept Niagara County with a 3-0 win by sets of 25-14, 25-16 and 25-16. Pinto led the team in kills (8) and aces (4), while Grace Zandrowicz had a team-high 14 digs.

In the Cougars’ middle set, they dropped to nationally-ranked No. 7 Jamestown in three sets. Of the three, Genesee came within a pair of points in the middle set in losing 25-23, while scoring 13 and 18 points in the other two sets. Pinto led the team in kills with seven, Audriana Reeves had a team-high nine digs and Katherine Alsworth led in aces with three.
Lyndsey Rowland was a force at the net with 13 blocks on the day. She led Genesee in blocks against each opponent with a half-dozen against Niagara County, four versus Erie and three against Jamestown.

No. 7 Women’s Soccer Team wins Sixth Straight

The No. 7 Genesee Community College women’s soccer team extended its win streak to six games with a 5-0 win on the road at Jefferson Community College Sept. 22.

Leah Czechowski was in on four of the five Cougar goals with three goals and one assist. Czechowski scored just over two minutes into the contest with the game winner and as the first of three first-half Genesee goals.
Diante Scheepers had three helpers including an assist on Czechowski’s game-winner.
Two other Cougars found the scoresheet with Miko Yamashita earning a goal and an assist, and current National Junior College Athletic Association D-III Women’s Soccer Player of the Week Katline Cartwright also scoring on the afternoon.
The Cougars peppered the Cannoneers goal with 38 shots offensively, while defensively Jaclyn Guzdek recorded a pair of saves in earning her fifth clean sheet of the season. The sophomore keeper has allowed just a single tally in her last four starts.

No. 4 Men’s Soccer Team Notches Fourth Shutout in Last Five Starts

The No. 4 Genesee Community College men’s soccer team won its fourth game in its last five starts with a 13-0 road victory over Jefferson Community College Sept. 22.

All four of the aforementioned wins have come by shutout and the Cougars have out-scored oppositions by a combined 30-2 score over the past five games.

Rodrigo Albuquerque and Hiago Barros de Souza each recorded seven-point outings to lead the Cougars. Albuquerque registered three goals and one helper, while Barros de Souza had a pair of goals to go with three assists.
Eight other Cougars also scored and included Leo Anthony, Jose Manoel Cavalini, Matheus Araujo, Philip Melo, Shahin Tahir Nasabi, Iyad Lablack and Ed Port, with the latter pair finishing with three-point afternoons by each recording an assist.
Three other Cougars found the scoresheet with single assists that include Cameron Logan, Camilo Pernet Jimenez and Joshua Jones, while goalkeeper Matthies Meyer shared the win with Marcus Kenline with the former getting the start.

Mark Jagord
GCC Sports Information

Genesee Community College Inducts Five into its Athletics Hall of Fame

Three members of the 2018 GCC Athletics HOF (from L-to-R) Tammy Conrad Wickens, Scott Hemer and Sara Barr photo credit Maureen Spindler

Press Release:

The Genesee Community College Athletics department inducted Tammy Conrad Wickens, Sara Barr, Scott Hemer, John Polonius and Connor Latimer into its Hall of Fame Sept. 22 at the Richard C. Call Arena. Three of the inductees were on-hand to receive their awards, while two others had scheduling conflicts and were unable to attend.

Scott Hemer was the school’s women’s basketball coach from 2001-07. Tammy Conrad Wickens captained the volleyball team for the Cougars in 1986-87. Sara Barr captained the women’s swimming and diving team about a decade ago. Connor Latimer was a standout men’s lacrosse player for Genesee in 2011 and 2012. John Polonius is a Major League Baseball (MLB) prospect, who began his career under current Cougar baseball coach Skip Sherman in 2009.

The five inductees all have storied biographies and success both at Genesee and afterward with a brief synopsis for each listed below.

Scott Hemer was the Cougars’ women’s basketball coach from 2001-2007. In the 2006-07 season, he was named coach of the year and won the regional tournament. Overall, he accrued a record of 140-40 with five all-Americans. Hemer was the 2006-07 NJCAA National District C Coach of the Year, and earned NJCAA Region III Coach of the Year on three occasions and mentored five NJCAA All-Americans during his tenure. A 1995 graduate of Saint Bonaventure University with a bachelor’s degree in history with a secondary education certificate, Hemer’s coaching background includes four years as the varsity girls coach at Gowanda (N.Y.) High School, where he was a junior high school social studies teacher from 1996-2001. The North Collins, N.Y. native – spent one season as an assistant coach at Fredonia and three years as the head coach of the Enchanted Mountains Basketball Club Under-16 A.A.U. team before joining the Cougar ranks.

Connor Latimer was a two-time National Junior College Athlete Association (NJCAA) All-American for Genesee’s lacrosse teams in 2011 and 2012. From Whitby Ontario, Canada, he started off his lacrosse career early and from ages 16-21 he played junior lacrosse for the Clarington Green Gaels. In his years with the Green Gaels, he earned the league’s Eastern Conference Most Valuable Player and was the leading scorer in 2010. In 2011, Latimer led Genesee with 62 goals and 37 assists for 99 points, and broke all offensive school records as a freshman. In 2012 Latimer recorded 118 points in 19 games, including a school-record 66 goals. He finished his career at GCC holding the record for most goals in a single game (9), most points in a single game (14), and most career points (217). After leaving GCC, Latimer transferred to Keuka College where he continued his lacrosse journey. In his junior year at Keuka, he was named the NEAC Offensive Player of the Year after re-writing the Keuka record books by scoring 44 goals with 41 assists for 85 points. Latimer not only led the NEAC in scoring, but he also led all of Division III in points-per-game with 6.54 and was crowned the national statistic champion for points-per-game. In his senior year, Latimer helped lead Keuka to its greatest season in program history (14-1) by scoring 42 goals with 29 assists for 71 points. Latimer finished his Keuka career as a two-time NEAC first team member. Upon completing his college career, Latimer was drafted as the third overall pick in the CLAX professional box lacrosse league in Ontario, Canada, where he won a Creators Cup championship.

Tammy Conrad Wickens led GCC’s volleyball team to it’s first-ever NJCAA national appearance in 1986 as the team’s captain. She was named a 1986 NJCAA All-American in addition to accolades at the all-region and all-conference levels. Wilkens was also part of a GCC volleyball conference championship team in her sophomore year in 1987. Her beginnings at GCC propelled her to a prominent role at Rochester Institute of Technology, and she set many R.I.T. records as well garnering a post-season playoff appearance for the Tigers. Her records were established in hitting, serving and blocking, and they still stand. Her interest in volleyball continues to this day in helping with the operations of the Rochester Bootlegger Volleyball Club.

John Polonius, a resident from Curaçao, played two years for the Cougars from 2009 to 2011 under head coach Skip Sherman. During those years he was the starting shortstop for the men’s baseball program. During the 2010 season Polonius was the top hitter on the team, finishing with a batting average of .383 in 115 at-bats and was named to the NJCAA Region III First Team All-Conference. At the beginning of the 2011 season, Polonius was named a preseason all-American. During that spring he ended the season with a batting average of .370 in 81 at-bats and was named NJCAA Region III First Team All-Conference for the second time in his career. Polonius was also an outstanding fielder committing only six errors in two years as a Cougar. In 2011 he was named Genesee Community College Male Athlete of the Year for his outstanding performance on-and-off the field. After 2011 season Polonius was drafted by the Cleveland Indians in 30th round of the MLB Draft and was offered a scholarship to attend West Virginia University. Polonius went on to play a year for the Mountaineers. After spending the 2011-2012 season with the Mountaineers with a hitting average of .306 in 147 at-bats Polonius went on to sign with the San Francisco Giants organization as a non-drafted free agent on June 26, 2012.

Sarah Barr was ultimately one of the most versatile swimmers in Genesee swimming female history. The Royalton-Hartland standout led the Cougars to uncharted waters with her fierce competitiveness every time she stepped on the blocks. She captained what has been arguably one of the best Genesee women’s swimming and diving teams ever assembled as many of her individual and co-team records still stand almost 10 years later. Barr was known for her sprint freestyle and backstroke specialty, but could get the job done in almost any event for the Lady Cougars as she set the school record in the 200-yard IM. While capping off a successful run, Barr finished her career at Genesee with seven individual school records and four of five relay records with teammates for a total of 11. Barr performed when it mattered most at the National Tournament, garnering a total of 14-CSCAA All-American swims, all six individual swims were top-eight in the NJCAA, with three being NJCAA All-American swims, all in backstroke events with a second place in the 200 backstroke at the 2008 NJCAA Championship Meet. She was named GCC Female Athlete of the Year in 2009, won athlete of the week five times in her career and was Region III Swimmer of the Meet at regionals in 2008. Many of her records still stand today. Barr received a general studies degree in liberal arts and science. She is also an inductee in the Roy-Hart Central School Hall of Fame, and currently is employed as a deputy clerk for the Village of Middleport.

Mark Jagord
GCC Sports Information

Fans flocked for Foiled Again at Batavia Downs

Foiled last at Batavia (Photo courtesy of Kevin Oklobzija)

Press Release:

By Tim Bojarski, for Batavia Downs

It was a dark and stormy night in Genesee County as storms blew through the area on Friday night (Sept. 21). But that didn’t deter the multitude of fans of Foiled Again from turning out in to witness the richest Standardbred of all time compete at Batavia Downs one last time.

Prior to the eighth race, everyone in attendance gathered at the fence in anticipation of seeing one of the greatest pacers in the history of the sport. Foiled Again was in a $10,000 Open II pace that saw him start from post seven and get away fifth, where he would stay until the race approached the three-quarter pole. That’s where driver Jim Morrill Jr. pulled him and tried to advance towards the leader. Although Foiled Again raced gamely pacing homes in :28.2 over an off-track, he came up two-lengths short of the win, finishing fourth in 1:53.4.

After the race, Foiled Again was brought back to the winner’s circle where he stood like a rock star with his caretaker Jordan Miller and his driver Jim Morrill Jr. to greet the hundreds of racing enthusiasts who ran down from all points of the grandstand and clubhouse to see him up close and take his picture. There is no doubt that Facebook accounts all over western New York will be rife with images of Foiled Again for the foreseeable future.

Batavia Downs Gaming is very appreciative of Burke Racing, the Weaver Bruscemi partnership, the JJK Stables and trainer Ron Burke for including us as a stop on the Foiled Again Farewell Tour.

Morning News Briefing

Buffalo wins big against Minnesota.
The Buffalo Bills stayed on top of the Vikings with an impressive win while away in Minneapolis.
The Bills trampled the Vikings 27 to 6 yesterday holding Minnesota scoreless until the fourth quarter.
Rookie Josh Allen threw for one touchdown and ran in two more.
Allen worked to earn the team’s first win of the season finishing 15-of-22 for 196 yards while adding 39 yards on the ground with zero turnovers.
Running Back Chris Ivory tallied 126 total yards for the Bills.
Buffalo heads west to face Green Bay next weekend.

Crash in Arcade leads to arrest for woman nearly three times over the legal limit.
Troopers out of Warsaw arrested 68 year old Constance Thomas of Arcade for Driving While Intoxicated following investigation into a rollover accident on Route 98 and East Arcade Road.
After troopers responded to the crash, Thomas was removed from the vehicle and refused medical treatment.
While she was being interviewed, Troopers detected the strong odor of alcohol coming from her.
Thomas was taken back to the police station where she recorded a blood Alcohol Content of .23%.
She was issued an appearance ticket returnable to Arcade Town Court at a later date and was turned over to a sober third party.

The LeRoy Police Department is investigating a case of animal cruelty.
Early Saturday morning patrols located a cat enclosed in a plastic bin with the lid duct taped closed and no holes cut in the lid or any ventilation for air circulation.
The unneutered male tiger cat appears to be in good health and is being cared for at this time.
Police are looking for the public’s assistance finding a possible suspect or suspects as well as locating the cat’s owner.
Anyone with information is encouraged to contact the Le Roy Police Department at (585) 345 6350.

A Missouri man behind bars for drinking and driving in a commercial truck.
Genesee County Sheriff’s Deputies stopped 37 year old Charles Kairu of Springfield Missouri on Main Road in Pembroke Saturday night.
He was accused of drinking and driving in a commercial vehicle and recorded a Blood Alcohol Content over twice the legal limit.
Kairu was arrested and charged with Aggravated DWI, Aggravated Unlicensed Operation and Driving in an Unregistered Motor Vehicle without working brakes.
He was ordered to be held in lieu of $10,000 bail in the Genesee County Jail and is scheduled for Pembroke Town Court on October 4th.

Watson Street woman busted for drugged driving in LeRoy.
Deputies picked up 45 year old Brenda Colon-Cruz of Batavia following a driving complaint near Lake Street Road in LeRoy.
Following investigation Colon-Cruz was taken into custody for a felony count of Driving While Ability Impaired by Drugs for having two prior convictions within the past decade along with holding more than one license and operating an unregistered motor vehicle.
She was released under supervision of Genesee Justice.

Marc Molinaro is taking another swipe at Governor Cuomo.
He’s unveiled a new website asking for people to reveal potential wrongdoing by people in the governor’s administration.
Molinaro, the Republican looking to prevent Cuomo from serving a third term, says he’s been contacted by people afraid to come forward with information.
He says those folks are worried about potential retribution.
A spokeswoman for the governor called the new website a gimmick from Molinaro’s quote “failing campaign.”

GCC Athletics Update: Hall Of Fame Ceremony

Press Release:

The Genesee Community College athletics and alumni departments will induct five new members into its Cougars Athletic Hall of Fame at 5 p.m. Sat., Sept. 22 at the Richard C. Call Arena.

There will also be a chicken barbeque that begins at 12 p.m., a craft and vendor fair that runs from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m., and children’s activities from 11 a.m. – all as part of GCC Homecoming Weekend with all the activities taking place within the Richard C. Call Arena’s facilities.

The Cougars baseball team will be playing an exhibition doubleheader beginning at 1 p.m.

The new inductees include four players and one coach that include: Tammy Conrad Wickens, Sara Barr, Scott Hemer, John Polonius, and Connor Latimer.

Scott Hemer was the school’s women’s basketball coach from 2001-07. Tammy Conrad Wickens captained the volleyball team for the Cougars in 1986-87. Sara Barr captained the women’s swimming and diving team about a decade ago. Connor Latimer was a standout men’s lacrosse player for Genesee in 2011 and 2012. John Polonius is a Major League Baseball (MLB) player who began his career under current Cougar baseball coach Skip Sherman in 2009.

All of the aforementioned helped their respective teams to numerous accolades, while some of the athletes set records that still stand today.

With the inclusion of this year’s class of inductees, the GCC Athletic Hall of Fame will expand to 21 with two teams and 19 individuals.

The new inductees include four players and one coach that include: Tammy Conrad Wickens, Sara Barr, Scott Hemer, John Polonius, and Connor Latimer.

Scott Hemer was the school’s women’s basketball coach from 2001-07. Tammy Conrad Wickens captained the volleyball team for the Cougars in 1986-87. Sara Barr captained the women’s swimming and diving team about a decade ago. Connor Latimer was a standout men’s lacrosse player in 2011 and 2012. John Polonius is a Major League Baseball (MLB) player who began his career under current Cougar baseball coach Skip Sherman in 2009.

All of the aforementioned helped their respective teams to numerous accolades, while some of the athletes set records that still stand today.

With the inclusion of this year’s class of inductees, the GCC Athletic Hall of Fame will expand to 21 with two teams and 19 individuals.

Mark Jagord
GCC Sports Information

Genesee Valley Wind Ensemble – Autumn 2018

Press Release:

Re: Autumn Concert

Who: Genesee Valley Wind Ensemble

What: Autumn Concert

Where: Oakfield-Alabama Middle-High School Auditorium

When: Sunday, November 18, 2018 4:00 PM

Why: The purpose of the GVWE is to serve and to provide the Greater Genesee Valley audience with new and familiar live music, to serve its membership with the opportunity to perform challenging wind ensemble literature and to create the opportunity for the conductor and musicians to grow their collective musical talents.

How: Admission:
$10.00- Adult $8:00- Senior (55+) & Veteran $5.00- Student (with ID) Free- Children 5 years old & under $25.00- Family Deal- for immediate family and children as defined by mother and/or father and up to four (4) children
Contact: geneseevalleywindensemble@gmail.com

Featured Works:
TBA-

Conductors:
Raymond Suriani- guest conductor- Retired Middle, Junior and High School Band Director- Warsaw Central School Josh Pacino- member conductor- Buffalo State College Graduate- Batavia Concert Band Librarian & Associate Conductor Philip J. Briatico- conductor & founder of the GVWE- Warsaw Central School

Bartlett, Miller dominate in NYSS consolations at Batavia

Ideal Feeling (Photos courtesy of Paul White)

Press Release:

By TIm Bojarski, for Batavia Downs

Batavia, NY — The $320,000 New York Sire Stakes (NYSS) consolation races were contested in eight divisions at Batavia Downs on Friday night (Sept. 21) with Jason Bartlett and Marcus Miller getting the lion’s share of the eight contests. Bartlett won three and finished third two more times while Miller won two and finished second four times.

Despite a heavy downpour early in the card, the track set up quickly and two lifetime and two seasonal marks were set during the evening in the NYSS races.

Here is a race by race recap of the consolation events.

2-year-old filly pace

Winner-Topville Angelina (American Ideal-A Fiesty Affair) 1:57.2
Owners-Erv Miller Stable, Michael Anderson and George Golemes
Trainer-Erv Miller
Breeder-Robert Hamather
(non-betting)

Topville Angelina (Marcus Miller) travelled second the entire mile behind Sun Viser (Billy Davis Jr.) through even fractions until the top of the stretch when Miller tipped her and she quickly paced by the leader down the lane to win by three lengths in 1:57.2.

2-year-old filly trot

Winner-Sweet Chapter (Chapter Seven-Mom’s A Sweetie Pie) 2:01.2
Owners-Hutt Racing Stable, Blake MacIntosh, Glenn Bechtel and the Mortgage Boys Stable
Trainer-Blake MacIntosh
Breeder-Winbak Farm
Mutuel-$3.20

Sweet Chapter (Jim Morrill Jr.) went right to the front and dictated the entire race. Contending with a heavy downpour during the mile, Sweet Chapter trotted to the three-quarters in 1:30.1 without a challenge before Hot Chapter (Marcus Miller) started an attack on the outside. Hot Chapter trotted hard down the lane in the middle of the track but Sweet Chapter had enough left to hang on and win in 2:01.2.

2-year-old colt and gelding pace

Winner-KJ Leo (Art Major-Winsmith Jess) 1:54.4
Owners-Brenda Messenger, Philip Shapiro and Scott Woogen
Trainer-Gary Messenger
Breeders-Brenda Messenger, Philip Shapiro and Scott Woogen
Mutuel-$24.40

Cub Fan (Marcus Miller) was a strong leaver and set the pace once he settled ahead of KJ Leo (Billy Davis Jr.) who would get the perfect trip. After getting to the half in :57.1, Jet Rock (Kevin Cummings) pulled first up and pushed the issue with Cub Fan all the way to the top of the stretch. At that point he faded and KJ Leo popped the pocket and paced down the lane stride for stride with Cub Fan. When they hit the wire they were a neck apart with KJ Leo getting the better of the photo in 1:54.4, which was a new lifetime mark.

2-year-old colt and gelding trot

Winner-JNR Express (Coway Hall-Yankee T L C) 1:59.3
Owners-James De Armond and Russell Young
Trainer-Jessica Okusko
Breeder-Donald La Page
Mutuel-$9.00

JNR Express (Kevin Cummings) took no prisoners as he left and led at every station. After trotting well in hand through a 1:29.2 three quarters, JNR Express took a two-length lead into a stretch and held off a late surge by Brady Bunch (Marcus Miller) and Whimzical Chapter (Dan Daley) to win in 1:59.3, which was a new lifetime mark.

Solitary

3-year-old filly pace

Winner-Solitary (American Ideal-Lonesome Day) 1:54.4
Owners-William Daggett Jr., Lawrence Vukovic and the J L Benson Stable
Trainer-Nick Surick
Breeder-Docs Farm
Mutuel-$3.30

Pelican Blue Chip (Jim Morrill Jr.) grabbed the lead by the quarter and took the race to the half in :57. An outer flow began to advance and by the three quarters horses were three deep heading into the turn with Solitary (Jason Bartlett) locked in fifth with no racing room. Believe In Me (Drew Monti) who was second on the outside bore out and gave Solitary and opening to get out and get out she did. Bartlett gave the filly her head and she shifted gears and paced away from the field to win by three lengths in 1:54.4, which was a new seasonal mark.

“The race didn’t unfold as I expected and I had to make my way out of traffic in the last turn. But When I got her free it was over,” said Bartlett after the race.

3-year-old colt and gelding trot

Winner-I’m The Muscle (Muscle Mass-Lady Bling) 1:57.4
Owner-Rheau Viau
Trainer-Rene Allard
Breeder-Blair and Erna Corbell
Mutuel-$2.30

I’m The Muscle

In a race shortened by two scratches, I’m The Muscle (Jason Bartlett) wanted nothing but the front and didn’t waste any time getting there. He trotted unchallenged on top by two open lengths in :29.3, :59.3 and 1:29.1 before rounding the last turn and flying home in a quick :28.3 to win in 1:57.4.

“He has been getting better and better each week and last week he was closing on Six Pack Late. He’s a real nice horse,” said Bartlett in the winner’s circle.

3-year-old filly trot

Winner-Supergirl RIley (Muscle Mass-Crown Laurel) 1:57
Owners-Paymaq Racing, George Golemes and Harvey Eisman
Trainer-Erv Miller
Breeder-Brittany Farms
Mutuel-$2.10

Marcus Miller took advantage of the continuing front end bias and put the 1-9 favorite Supergirl RIley right on the point as the field followed in single file. With the rest of the group gapping behind, the pocket-sitting Golden Muscle (Drew Monti) pulled at three-quarters to take her shot. But halfway through the turn, Golden Muscle broke and Supergirl RIley found herself all alone trotting down the stretch a wrapped-up winner by three in 1:57.

“She’s just an unbelievable horse. She does everything right and she won easy tonight,” said driver Marcus Miller after the race.

3-year-old colt and gelding pace

Winner-Ideal Feeling (American Ideal-Feelinglikeastar) 1:52.4
Owner-Rick Berks
Trainer-Mike Deters
Breeder-Winbak Farm
Mutuel-$3.10

Ideal Feeling (Jason Bartlett) seated third off the gate but then came quick past the eighth pole to grab the lead. Rolling handily past the half and to three-quarters in 1:24.1 without any opposition, Ideal Feeling watched as Lyons Steel (Kevin Cummings) left his cover and made his bid for the win. As the race moved down the lane, Lyons Steel continued to gain ground but Bartlett kept Ideal Feeling to task and he won by a half length in 1:52.4 to take his third consecutive win.

Before the races began, Batavia Downs held a press conference with regional media outlets to formally announce the track being awarded the 2019 NYSS Night of Champions.

The Agriculture and New York State Horse Breeding and Development Fund awarded the $1.8 million finals to Batavia Downs because of its excellent facilities and their ability to promote the race and offer an exciting fan experience.

Henry Wojtaszek, President and CEO of Batavia Downs Gaming and Hotel expressed his excitement looking forward to next year. “We are very excited for Batavia Downs Gaming to host the $1.8 million finals if the New York SIre Stakes with the long history this facility has with harness racing. We have made so many improvements to the track and can’t wait to host everyone that weekend and showcase our new hotel and beautiful clubhouse.”

Kelly Young, Executive Director of the Agriculture and New York State Horse Breeding and Development Fund said “2019 will be the 30th edition of the Night of Champions and we look forward to bringing it to western New York and Batavia Downs. We’re really excited to watch this race track do what it does best; that is promoting harness racing and bringing fans in to watch the best horses the state has to offer.”

The date of the finals will be announced once the actual racing schedule is finalized.

Weekend News Briefing

Vigil for Albion family members killed in Alabama.
Family and friends gathered in Albion to remember a mother and daughter who were stabbed to death in a violent domestic incident in the state of Alabama.
A vigil was held Friday night at Bullard Park in Albion to remember the victims 19 years old Rosa Lee Maldonado and her mother 44 year old Rosa Aminta, who had recently moved to a mobile home in Lester, Alabama.
Rose Lee who was 2017 Albion High School graduate was allegedly stabbed by her 15 year old sister who also lived in the trailer and remains the prime suspect.
Police say the 15 year old girl was attempting to commit suicide when they arrived by stabbing herself.
The Limestone County sheriff says this is a capital murder case which could bring the death penalty even though the suspect is a juvenile.
The family suffered another tragic loss in 2011 when Rosa’s daughter, 15 year old Katherine Sanchez was raped and murdered by her brother-in-law in Orleans County.

Resident with repeat DWI arrests in Wyoming County issued a state prison term.
30 year old Michael Slocum of Silver Springs appeared for sentencing in Wyoming County Court last Wednesday where he received 1 1/3 to 4 years in prison for his second felony DWI conviction in less than a year.
Wyoming County sheriff’s deputies found Slocum intoxicated parked in a village park in Perry in June after receiving complaints about an erratic driver in the village.
At the time of his arrest he was on probation from a previous DWI conviction from last year.
Slocum was also fined $1,000 and had his driver’s license revoked.

Batavia’s Van Detta Stadium receiving a grand goodbye.
A half-time celebration is being held next Friday night as Batavia plays the final home football game in the existing stadium before it is demolished.
The Homecoming game is against Attica and at half-time past and present ball players and band members will be invited to step onto the field one final time.
Construction will begin in October on a brand new stadium, an artificial turf field, new press box and scoreboard and expanded parking.
The final game is Friday night, September 28th at 7:30.

Things don’t get any easier for rookie Josh Allen and the Buffalo Bills as they head to Minneapolis to visit the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday.
Allen made his first pro start this past weekend in a 31-20 loss to the Chargers in Buffalo.
The Vikings are coming off a tie at Green Bay this past weekend and are 4-and-1 all-time in home games against the Bills.
Kickoff is at one Sunday afternoon.

HAWLEY, LOCAL VETERANS EMBARK ON 11th ANNUAL PATRIOT TRIP

Assemblyman Steve Hawley (R,C,I-Batavia) prepares to depart for Washington DC along with over 100 local veterans for the lawmaker’s 11th annual Patriot Trip on Thursday, Sept. 20.

Press Release:

Today, Assemblyman Steve Hawley (R,C,I-Batavia) celebrated the start of his 11th annual Patriot Trip, joining over 100 local veterans and family members as they departed for a four-day trip to Washington D.C. Hawley, who has served on the Assembly Veterans’ Affairs Committee since 2006, established this yearly tradition in an effort to give back to our region’s heroes, offering attendees the chance to visit many of our nation’s most popular monuments, memorials and attractions.

“Each of us owes our local veterans a tremendous debt of gratitude for their service and sacrifice to defend the values and freedoms we hold dear,” said Hawley. “I am so grateful to be able to share the unforgettable experience of visiting our nation’s capital with these brave men and women each year on our Patriot Trip, and look forward to continuing this tradition for many years to come.”

GCC Athletics Update: Cougars’ Volleyball

Ana Carolina Cerezer Pinto (far left) get set to record one of her team-high 12 skills against MCC (photo credit to GCC Athletics/Justin Bissanti)

The Genesee Community College volleyball team had one of its most memorable matches Thursday night against visiting Monroe Community College.

After being out-scored 50-36 in the first two sets and down 2-0, the Cougars rallied to take the next three sets starting with a 25-20 win in the third. That momentum carried over into complete domination for the final two sets as the Cougars more than doubled the point total of their Rochester opponents in both of those final two sets.

Genesee took the fourth set, 25-12, and continued to pour it on with a 15-6 win in the fifth-and-deciding set for the 3-2 win.

The rally began from the get-go of the third set when Genesee opened up with a 4-0 lead. After Monroe got back to even at 9-9, the Cougars restored that initial four-point lead at 13-9. The Tribunes got within a pair of points several times with the last closest attempt to catch Genesee at 22-20.

All told, the Cougars never trailed in the third set and it set the stage for one of their most dominating sets of the season in the fourth.

After trailing 3-2, Genesee got 16 of the next 18 points with the last three being service aces from Ana Carolina Cerezer Pinto. From that point on, each team scored seven with the final being 25-12 to tie the match at 2-2.
The fifth and deciding set was all Genesee after the Cougars broke open a 2-2 tie with eight of the next nine points for a 10-3 lead. Genesee finished off Monroe with five of the last eight points for a 15-6 win in the set and 3-2 match win.

Pinto led the team in aces (4), kills (12) and digs (30). Lyndsey Rowland and Kaitlyn VanSkiver each had a team-high pair of blocks.
Audriana Reeves and Grace Zandrowicz combined for an additional 31 digs with the former having 16 to the latter’s 15. Three Cougars contributed seven kills each that included: Sha-Ony Obispa, Rowland and Zandrowicz.

Mark Jagord
GCC Sports Information

Morning News Briefing

Tragedy strikes former Albion family in Alabama Stabbing.
A violent domestic incident in the state of Alabama has left an Albion woman and her daughter dead.
2017 Albion High School graduate, Rosa Lee Maldonado and her mother 44 year old Rosa Aminta, lived in a mobile home in Lester, Alabama.
Rose Lee who was only 19 years old was allegedly stabbed by her 15 year old sister who also lived in the trailer and remains the prime suspect.
Deputies with the Limestone County Alabama Sheriff’s Office said they had been called to the home for prior disturbances and there were indicators of an ongoing domestic issue.
The 15 year old girl was reportedly stabbing herself in the head and neck attempting to commit suicide when police arrived on scene. She was taken for treatment to a hospital.
The family suffered another tragic loss in 2011 when Rosa’s daughter, 15 year old Katherine Sanchez was raped and murdered by her brother-in-law in Orleans County.

Police respond to multiple disturbance calls on State Street.
City Police responded to the area of State Street and Lewis Place for an apparent disturbance around 8:30 last night.
The initial call came in with a brief request for law enforcement to send anybody.
There was a reported verbal altercation when Sheriff’s Deputies and Probation Officers arrived on scene.
A second call came in reporting another disturbance while police were in the area, however the report was not substantiated and there didn’t appear to be any physical violence.
Sources from the scene say tensions have been high following last Friday’s football game and became escalated when parents became involved.
Officers stayed on scene for over an hour and there were no arrests made in the incident.

Batavia’s Van Detta Stadium receiving a grand goodbye.
A half-time celebration is being held next Friday night as Batavia plays the final home football game in the existing stadium before it is demolished.
The Homecoming game is against Attica and at half-time past and present ball players and band members will be invited to step onto the field one final time.
Construction will begin in October on a brand new stadium, an artificial turf field, new press box and scoreboard and expanded parking.
The final game is Friday night, September 28th at 7:30.

Joseph Percoco, a former top aide to Governor Cuomo, will spend the next six years behind bars.
Prosecutors had been seeking at least five years after Percoco was found guilty in connection with several pay-for-play schemes involving bribes and kickbacks.
Percoco, who was Governor Cuomo’s campaign manager in 2010 and 2014, previously wrote a letter to the judge saying he is filled with remorse and regret.

The Buffalo Bills head to the Twin Cities in search of their first win.
They’ll be taking on the Minnesota Vikings this weekend in Minneapolis.
The Bills are coming off a 31 to 20 loss in their home opener.
That same day, Minnesota earned a tie with division rival Green Bay.
Kickoff Sunday is set for one o’clock.

Grand Goodbye Planned Before Van Detta Renovation

There have been many Batavia High School homecoming games played in the Daniel A. Van Detta Stadium at Woodward Field, but plans for the homecoming football game against Attica on Friday, September 28, at 7:30 pm, will make this one particularly memorable.

“We wanted to honor the legacy of the stadium as well as thank the community for their support of the 2020 Vision Capital Project,” said Batavia City School District (BCSD) Superintendent of Schools Christopher J. Dailey. The District-wide capital project includes a transformation of the current stadium and grounds and features increased track and field lanes; the replacement of grass with a synthetic field; a new press box, bleachers, and score board; and expanded parking. Construction is expected to begin next month and be completed by August 2019.

First, however, with recognition and gratitude in mind, District Athletic Director Mike Bromley proposed and the District quickly approved an expansion of the traditional Homecoming festivities. First, all fans will be admitted for free and, due to the anticipated overflow crowd that is expected, a bus shuttle will be available at approximately 10-minute intervals from the main bus loop in front of Batavia High School from 6:30-7:30 p.m., then again returning fans to BHS at the conclusion of the game. At half-time, in addition to the traditional Homecoming Court announcements, there will be a brief ceremony to acknowledge the distinguished past while looking forward to an illustrious future.

Mr. Bromley, issuing a special invitation, said, “Anyone who has performed at Van Detta Stadium through the years – including but not limited to students and staff who have been involved in football, soccer, track and field, lacrosse, and pep band – are invited to be part of the celebration and step out on the field one more time when we call all former participants down from the bleachers for the half-time ceremony.”

“We always look forward to Batavia Homecoming, and this year we are also looking forward to honoring the outstanding history of athleticism, school and community spirit, sportsmanship, and, of course, wins, at the Daniel A. Van Detta Stadium at Woodward Field,” said Mr. Dailey. “We anticipate many more years of the same once the stadium is renovated, and can hardly wait to start building those memories!”

Morning News Briefing

Mother and daughter from Albion killed in stabbing down south.
Two women with local ties were killed in a domestic incident according to Limestone County Sheriff’s deputies in Alabama.
2017 Albion graduate, Rosa Lee Maldonado who was only 19, and her 44 year old mother, Rosa Aminta Maldonado were reportedly stabbed to death early Wednesday morning at their residence in Lester, Alabama.
The family had recently moved to Alabama from Albion in Orleans County.
According to reports Rosa Lee’s 15 year old sister is the suspected killer.
Deputies who were first on the scene said the 15 year old was stabbing herself with a knife when they arrived.
She was reportedly transported to a hospital for treatment.
Investigation remains on-going.

Collins announces plans to continue campaigning for re-election.
Collins is promising he’ll actively work to remain the 27th Congressional district’s representative after previously suspending his campaign following an arrest on federal charges.
He said he would actively campaign for Congress in a memo sent to supporters.
Collins said he would be fighting on two fronts, to keep his seat in Republican hands while also clearing his name on insider trading charges.
He’ll be taking on Democratic challenger Nate McMurray on Election Day.

BOLO issued for suspect in Basom larceny.
Local lawmen are on the lookout for a female suspect accused of stealing from the Totem Pole on ledge Road last night.
A woman holding a large bag reportedly walked out of the store after swiping a number of cigarettes then left eastbound on Ledge Road in a red four-door sedan with a white male driver.
Law Enforcement issued a BOLO for a red 2015 Nissan Sentra.

The search for David Morgan may be a recovery effort according to the Livingston County sheriff.
Hundreds of acres of land in Geneseo were searched by dozens of officers yesterday looking for any sign of the North Carolina man.
Back in July, Morgan was pulled over for a traffic stop when he threatened an officer with a gun and ran off.
Sheriff Thomas Dougherty says information from Morgan’s family suggests he might be dead.
Still, Dougherty says police will keep looking until the case is solved.

The Jerome Foundation is seeking nominations for this year’s Health and Humanitarian Award.
This is the 36th year for the honor.
The foundation recognizes men or women whose volunteer efforts have improved the physical, emotional or spiritual well-being of Genesee County.
Nominations need to be submitted by October 5th.
More information is available in the story on our website.

A former aide to Governor Cuomo will find out today how long he’ll spend behind bars.
Earlier this year, a jury convicted Joseph Percoco on felony charges of taking more than 300-thousand dollars in exchange for state government favors.
Percoco was the campaign manager for Governor Cuomo in both 2010 and 2014.
Prosecutors say he should be in prison for five years, but Percoco’s attorneys are asking for a shorter sentence.

Collins Will Campaign for Re-election

Rep. Chris Collins

Congressman Chris Collins makes it clear this afternoon: he will actively campaign for re-election.
Collins released a statement this afternoon saying the stakes are too high to allow, in his words, the radical left to take control of his seat in Congress:
The entire text of Collins’ statement:

Voters can be assured that with the recent turn of events, they can count on me to actively campaign for Congress, and to serve should voters re-elect me.

The stakes are too high to allow the radical left to take control of this seat in Congress. Their agenda is clear. They want to reverse the recently enacted tax cuts, impose Canadian style healthcare, inflict new job-killing regulations and impeach President Trump.

We cannot stand by and let that happen.

As a result, I will fight on two fronts. I will work to ensure the 27th Congressional District remains in Republican hands, while I fight to clear my good name in the courts.

Earlier this week Collins said he would not voluntarily take his name off the ballot leaving some to wonder whether or not he would actually campaign.
Collins is indicted on federal insider trading charges. He suspended his campaign upon his arrest.

City Firemen Hold Car Seat Safety Check

The City of Batavia Fire Department today announced it will be participating in National Child Passenger Safety Week
(September 23-29, 2018). The Department will be conducting a “Free Car Seat Check” event on Saturday, September 29, 2018,
at its Headquarters at 18 Evans St.

Certified child passenger safety technicians will be on hand from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. to check car
seats for proper installation, and educate parents and caregivers on how to choose the right car seat for their family, and install
them properly in their vehicles.

Each year in New York almost 3,000 kids up to the age of 13 are treated at hospitals for injuries from a motor vehicle crash.
Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of injury/death for children 1 through 12 years old. Most tweens (8-12 years old)
seriously injured or killed in crashes were not wearing seat belts or wearing them correctly. Tweens are also more likely to get
hurt in crashes when riding in the front seat. Remember, the safest place for a child under the age of 13 is in the back seat
properly restrained. Many death and injuries could be prevented if children were properly restrained in an appropriate child
restraint.

Many Parents and guardians assume they know how to choose and use the correct child seat for their children, but sadly these
restraints are frequently used incorrectly. In fact, 3 out of every 4 children are riding at an increased risk of injury because their
car seats are not being used correctly. The “Know for Sure if Your Child is in the Right Car Seat” campaign was developed by
the National Highway Safety Administration and the National Ad Council to make sure all parents and caregivers properly secure
their children in the best car restraint for their age and size and use these devices properly. This campaign is being promoted
by the NYS Governors Traffic Safety Committee.

The City of Batavia Fire Department urges parents to follow National Highway Safety Administrations car seat recommendation
that parents and caregivers keep children in their car seat for as long as possible according to manufacturer instructions before
moving them up to the next type. For maximum safety, a parent or caregiver should have the car seat installation inspected by
a Certified Safety Technician to ensure their kids are riding as safely as possible.
The City of Batavia Fire Department’s Car Seat Technicians are available 7 days a week by calling Fire Headquarters at
(585) 345-6375 to schedule an appointment.

Nominations Sought for 2018 Health and Humanitarian Award

Press Release:

The Jerome Foundation is seeking nominations for the 36th annual Health and Humanitarian Award of Genesee County.

The award recognizes outstanding men and women whose volunteer efforts have improved the physical, emotional or spiritual well-being of the greater Genesee County area. “We are fortunate to have many caring and committed volunteers devoted to the sick or those in need, and helping build a stronger, healthier community for all of us”, said Justin Calarco-Smith, president of The Jerome Foundation. Past recipients have included doctors, nurses, educators, clergy, and community volunteers.

Nomination forms are available by emailing Chris Fix
thejeromefoundation@gmail.com
or calling 585-343-1398

Organizations or individuals may nominate candidates. Consideration will be given to actual accomplishments achieved through volunteer service and subsequent improvements to quality of life.

Nominations should be submitted on or before October 5, 2018

The 2018 award winner will be honored at a luncheon on Friday, November 30, 2018 at Terry Hills Restaurant.

Morning News Briefing

Shop fire in Darien with structure deemed a total loss.
Report of a shop fire at a building near a residence on Alley Road between Gadd and Countyline Road in Darien drew Fire crews from a number of counties and companies.
The first flames were reported around quarter after 10 last night with the fire going to a second alarm shortly after that.
Initial reports that the flames were spreading to a nearby house were proved to be exaggerated once first responders arrived on scene.
Darien Captain Ray Felski…

The shop was a total loss along with four commercial vehicles that were parked in the structure.
Investigators continue to look into the cause of the blaze

The campaign office of Congressman Chris Collins is remaining quiet about his renewed run and his post-Election Day plans.
Legal counsel for the congressman announced on Monday the 27th District representative’s name wouldn’t be removed from the November ballot, despite having suspended his re-election campaign.
That decision came after Collins pleaded not guilty to insider trading charges.
Fellow Republicans say they want Collins to take part in campaign events like debates and town halls in hopes of fending off a challenge from Democrat Nate McMurray.

Dozens of police officers will be in Geneseo today continuing to look for David Morgan.
Back in July, Morgan was pulled over for a traffic stop when he threatened an officer with a gun and ran off.
Today’s search will focus on the area of Route 63 and Route 20-A near the Jones Street Bridge.
Starting this morning portions of the road will close periodically.
If you have any information on Morgan’s whereabouts, call police immediately.

The City Fire Department will be flushing fire hydrants tomorrow.
Batavia Firefighters will be in the areas north of West Main Street and west of Bank Street flushing hydrants tomorrow from approximately 9am to 3pm.
Homes and businesses nearby will be affected with temporary discoloration of water in that area.
If you do experience a discoloration of your water, run cold water for about 5 minutes or until clear.

Troopers make arrest under Leandra’s Law in Albion.
State Police out of Albion stopped 55 year old Earl Willis Monday night on Route 98 after he was allegedly observed failing to keep right and moving from a lane unsafely.
Roadside investigation revealed Willis was allegedly driving drunk without a license accompanied by a child in his car.
He is facing three felony counts of DWI for having a prior conviction and under Leandra’s Law and was remanded to jail in lieu of bail.

Franklin Street man arrested for taking a weapon to Probation.
41 year old Frank Bergholtz of Batavia was taken into custody by City Police after he allegedly brought a knife into the Genesee County Probation Office.
He was charged with Possession of a Dangerous Weapon and was released with an appearance ticket for City Court on September 25th.

A new allegation is being made against LeSean McCoy.
His son’s mother says the Buffalo Bills running back beat their six year old boy.
In court documents, Stephanie Maisonet claims the child would cry when he had to spend time with his father, and that he would come home with bruises.
In a statement on his Instagram account, McCoy denied Maisonet’s allegations saying he has a close relationship with his son.

Hydrant Flushing Thursday

The City of Batavia Fire Department will be flushing fire hydrants on Thursday, September 20, 2018 from approximately 9:00am to 3:00pm in the areas north of West Main Street and west of Bank Street. Homes and businesses nearby will be affected. These tests may result in a temporary discoloration of water in that area. As in the past, please do not attempt to wash any clothing if your water appears discolored. If you do experience a discoloration of your water, run cold water for about 5 minutes or until clear.
For questions, please contact the City of Batavia Fire Department at (585) 345-6375.

Arc Friends and Family 5K Results

A Genesee County man and Monroe County woman were the overall winners in the 14th Annual Friends & Family 5K September 15 in Elba.  Brandon Rebert of Oakfield crossed the finish line with a time of 19:03, and Elizabeth Bender of North Chili, 44 seconds later at 19:47.

Brandon Rebert of Oakfield and Elizabeth Bender of North Chili

The weekend’ heat and humidity took a toll on even the most experienced runners.  “We were ready with over 25 cases of water,” said Race Director Sandy Konfederath. “For the middle of September – this was our hottest 5K in the decade our race has been in Elba.”

There were 187 registered for the event’s Saturday 5K, with 161 completing the course with an official time.  An additional 115 people participated in the fun walk, an abbreviated route.

First and second place prizes were awarded in eight age groups for the 5K.

Age 12 and under(F) – Zoe Naim, Amherst, 44:22, (no 2nd place in this age group); (M) Anthony Abbatiello, Batavia, 26:44 and Chase Cummings, LeRoy, 36:48.

13 to 18 –  (F) Grace Graney, Buffalo, 29:14 and Corey Miller Williams, Batavia, 45:14; (M) Rodney Egli, Newark, 21:50 and Bryson Tobolski, Oakfield, 22:22.

19 to 29 –  (F) Kimberly Mills, Oakfield,  22:27 and Kerry Mills, Basom, 24:20; (M) Justin Bender, North Chili, 19:55 and Justin Di Falco, LeRoy, 22:00.

30 to 39 – (F) Brittany Janicki, Cheektowaga, 24:11 and Amanda Bisig, Bergen, 27:22; (M) Andrew LaForce, Batavia, 21:52 and Kevin Andrews, LeRoy, 28:21.

40 to 49 – (F) Julie Tobolski, Oakfield, 27:54 and Jill Carter, Alden, 28:18; (M) James Moulds, Aurora Ontario, 22:59 and Dan Smith, LeRoy, 23:07.

50 to 59 – (F) Jill Graney, Buffalo, 23:50 and Lisa VanDeMark, Brockport, 29:12; (M) Allen Dise, Albion (2nd  overall), 19:24 and Kevin Sheehan, Victor, 20:06.

60 to 69 – (F) Kathleen Donhauser, Williamsville, 29:31 and Toni Mills, Basom, 31:52; (M) Bruce Carter, Alden, 24:18 and Jeffrey Scott, Batavia, 24:22.

70 and over – (F) Joan Roberts, Yorkshire, 1:02:34 and Betsy Dexheimer, Batavia, 1:02:59 (M) Sid Bolton, Albion, 34:19 and Ed Russell, East Amherst, 35:08.

Runners, representing all areas of Western New York were joined by out-of-state runners from Texas, Virginia, New Mexico and Ohio.  Complete race results are online at www.pcr-timing.com.

Title sponsor of the Friends & Family 5K is Webster Szanyi LLP; health & wellness sponsor, MVP Health Care; corporate sponsor, Parkview Health Services; media sponsor, WBTA; T-shirt sponsor, Genesee Valley Penny Saver and Awards Sponsor, Case-Nic Cookies.

Eighty area businesses and families supported the 5K as donors and community cares, bluebonnet, blue spruce, neighbor-to-neighbor and friends & family sponsors.  Food and party sponsors included: T. F. Brown’s, Center Street Smokehouse, Tops Friendly Markets, Ficarella’s Pizza, Upstate Farms, Crickler Vending and Tim Hortons.  Post party music was provided by the Buffalo Road Show featuring Babe and Jimmy Catino.

A dozen local farmers and growers donated everything from apples, tomatoes and peppers to, eggplant and onions for the Taste of the Country Display so event participants could take a little bit of the country home with them.

Arc of Genesee Orleans would like to thank chairman Charles Graney, event volunteers, Elba Highway Superintendent Mark Yungfleisch, the Elba Town Board, Elba Fire Police, Mercy EMS and the Genesee County Sheriff’s Department for their support and assistance with this event.

Money raised in the Friends & Family 5K helps fund the Mary Anne Graney Memorial Scholarship for area high school students interested in pursuing a career in human services, special education or related fields. Mrs. Graney was a dedicated parent, a longtime supporter of Genesee ARC, and a strong advocate for persons with developmental disabilities.  In 2017, the Friends & Family 5K combined forces with the former 5K held in memory of Arc staff member Terri Carr Krieger. Terri was a long-time employee of the Arc, who lost her battle with cancer in 1997.

Genesee County Health Department: National Preparedness Month 2018

Press Release:

There are many reasons to prepare for an emergency, such as a natural disaster, a power outage, or another crisis. Most Americans do not have supplies set aside or plans in place to protect their own or their family’s health and safety. National Preparedness Month, recognized each September, provides an opportunity to remind us that we all must prepare ourselves and our families now and throughout the year. Albert Cheverie, Public Health Emergency Preparedness Coordinator of Genesee and Orleans Counties encourages all residents to take the time to prepare for an emergency now. “Disasters can strike at any time. One of the most important tools every individual and family can have to protect themselves in possible emergencies is a plan of action.”

Make and Practice Your Plan

Having a family emergency plan will save time and make real situations less stressful. As you plan ahead about what to do during an emergency, be sure to take into account any members of your family with special needs, specific preparations for children, and what you will do with your pets. Here are a few simple things you can do to start your Emergency Action Plan:

  • Create a Communication Plan
    o Make a plan as a family for communicating in the event that you are separated during an emergency. Use a sheet or card with all the phone numbers and information every individual in the family may need, and make sure every member of the family has a copy of the communication plan. Make sure to regularly review and update the contact list as needed.
  • Make an Evacuation Plan
    o As a family, discuss where you will go in the event of an emergency. Discuss where your children will go if they are in school or daycare at the time of the emergency, and make sure they understand where you will be. Your plan should also include how to safely shut off all utilities.
  • Practice Your Plan
    o Set up practice drills at least twice a year for your family to ensure everyone knows what to do and where to go in the event of an emergency. Update your plan according to any issues that arise. Make sure everyone knows where the plan is located.

Learn Life Saving Skills

If something happens where people are injured; act quickly and with a purpose. Remember to call 911 as soon as possible. Move the injured away from any remaining danger and do anything within your ability to keep the person alive. This may include: applying pressure to stop bleeding, re-positioning the injured person to help them breath, or by simply talking to them and providing comfort if they are conscious.

Check Your Coverage

Your home and personal belongings are meaningful and valuable assets. If a disaster strikes, having insurance for your home is the best way to ensure you will have the necessary financial resources to help you repair, rebuild, or replace whatever is damaged. Yet, more than half of all homeowners in the United States do not carry adequate homeowners insurance to replace their home and its contents should a catastrophic loss occur. Now, before a disaster strikes, take the time to:

1. Document Your Property: Store paper copies in a waterproof and fireproof box, safe, or bank deposit box. Leave copies with trusted relatives or friends. Secure electronic copies with strong passwords and save them on a flash or external hard drive in your waterproof box or safe.
2. Understand Your Options for Coverage: An insurance professional can help you customize your home insurance policy based on your particular needs.
“Healthy People in a Healthy Community”
3. Ensure You Have Appropriate Insurance for Relevant Hazards: Most homeowner insurance policies do not
cover damage from earthquakes and floods. Talk with your insurance professional if you reside in a flood zone
or are at risk for flooding or mudflows.

Save For an Emergency
Americans at all income levels have experienced the challenges of rebuilding their lives after a disaster or other
emergency. In these stressful circumstances, having access to personal financial, insurance, medical, and other records
is crucial for starting the process of recovery quickly and efficiently. Taking the time now to collect and secure these
critical records will give you peace of mind and, in the event of an emergency, will ensure that you have the
documentation needed to start the recovery process without delay.

In addition to financially saving for an emergency, it is also important to stock up on essential items you may need, but
might not have access to in the event of an emergency. A large-scale disaster or unexpected emergency can limit your
access to food, safe water, and medical supplies for days or weeks. The Department of Homeland Security recommends
you have a basic emergency supply kit that includes enough food and water for each of your family members for at least
72 hours — that’s 1 gallon of water per day per person and canned (nonperishable) food for three days. Other supplies
on their list includes flashlights, extra batteries, a battery-powered or hand-cranked radio, a basic first-aid kit, trash bags
for safe sanitary waste disposal, a week supply of prescription medications, pet supplies (if needed), as well as
entertainment such as books, magazines, playing cards, and coloring books with crayons. It is also important to keep
your emergency kit up to date, replacing water and perishables periodically.

Though National Preparedness Month concludes at the end of September, the conversation about emergency
preparedness should not. Cheverie encourages residents to take action now by enrolling in a skills class such as CPR or
Stop the Bleed, participating in community exercises, and volunteering to support local first responders. “The good news
is that it is never too late to prepare for a public health emergency. You can create plans, make healthy choices, and
download free resources, such as the Ready Genesee and Orleans Aware Mobile Apps to stay informed and up-to-date
on what is happening in your local community.”

The Ready Genesee and Orleans Aware Mobile Apps are free and available to everyone using an iOS or an Android
device. The apps can be downloaded directly from the App Store or Google Play.

Byron-Bergen’s Soccer Teams Raise $3,000 for Wilmont Cancer Institute

(Varsity Girls Soccer Team left to right, Miriam Tardy, Chloe Shuskey, Hope Hersom, Holleyann Winder, Rebecca Johnson, Veronica Duell, Lydia Campbell, Zoey Chambry, Elizabeth Donnelly, Julianna Anesbury, Melissa MacCowan, Eden Goff, Kelsey Fuller, Jillian Menzie

Press Release:

On Saturday, September 15, 2018 the Byron-Bergen soccer teams took to the field looking to score more than one kind of goal. Of course, they wanted to win their games but they also wanted to raise awareness for testicular cancer and a monetary donation to the Wilmont Cancer Institute.

They were successful on all fronts. The varsity girls won 3-0 against Alexander and the varsity boys won 4-1 against Attica. Byron-Bergen players set aside their burgundy team jerseys and played in t-shirts, blue for testicular cancer awareness, reading “Kickin Cancer” on the front. In addition, they collected $2,910 in cash and checks. Several vendors were present at the event who will donate a percentage of their sales to the total. When those final numbers are in, the teams are hopeful that it will bring the total to $3,000.

The check presentation to the WIlmont Cancer Institute will be scheduled for later in the school year.

Kelsey Fuller and Melissa MacCowen

Chloe Shuskey and Kelsey Fuller in the game against Alexander

Morning News Briefing

 

Collins to keep name on November ballot while facing federal charges.
Plans for local GOP leaders have changed now that Republican Congressman Chris Collins will reportedly stay on the November ballot.
Collins apparently acted on the advice of his lawyers’ and decided to keep his name on the ballot despite a previous understanding he would work with local leaders to have it removed while he was facing an indictment on insider trading charges.
The report was news to GOP Chairman for Genesee County Richard Seibert…

The only statement from the Collin’s camp came from his legal counsel Mark Braden who said, “Because of the protracted and uncertain nature of any legal effort to replace Congressman Collins we do not see a path allowing Congressman Collins to be replaced on the ballot.”
Local GOP leaders were planning to assemble in Albany today over the issue.

Orleans County Rapist receives two decade prison sentence.
31 year old Gerardo Quiros of Ridgeway was found guilty of rape and criminal sexual act at the conclusion of three day trial.
He appeared for sentencing in Orleans County Court yesterday where he was sentenced to 10 years in prison on four counts of First degree Rape and 10 years on three counts of First degree Criminal Sexual Act.
Quiros led lawmen on a manhunt last year after it was discovered he had allegedly kept his girlfriend drugged repeatedly raping her for weeks on end.
Quiros will serve a total of 20 years in state prison and 20 years post release supervision.

Violent assault leads to lengthy prison sentence for an Albion man.
50 year old Wesley Askew appeared in Orleans County Court yesterday for sentencing on an attempted assault conviction stemming from an incident at a North Main Street Apartment building in Albion in June of last year.
Askew nearly killed his neighbor 55 year old Joseph Julyan after repeatedly punching him in the head and he pleaded guilty in May to Attempted Assault in the second degree.
Because Askew was on parole following a rape conviction the level three sex offender was ordered to serve the remaining 7 years left on his parole along with another 2 to 4 years for the assault.
All in all Askew should expect to be incarcerated for the better part of the next decade.

Alabama man jailed without bail after a domestic incident.
51 year old Douglas Sprague of Judge Road is behind bars with no bail on a count of Criminal Mischief after being arrested last night for a reported disturbance.
Sprague allegedly broke items in a Judge Road residence following an argument and is now slated to appear in Alabama Town Court on October 4th.

Governor Cuomo is calling on the United State Senate to postpone a vote on Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.
In a statement, the governor says claims of sexual misconduct by Palo Alto University professor Christine Ford need to be investigated.
According to the “Washington Post,” Ford claimed Kavanaugh held her down and groped her while they were in high school in 1982.
Kavanaugh has denied the allegations.

Collins Will Stay on Ballot

Republican Congressman Chris Collins will reportedly stay on the November ballot in spite of his indictment on insider trading charges.
The Buffalo News first reported today that Collins, who represents much of Western New York including Genesee County, has decided to take his lawyers’ advice and keep his name on the ballot.
Genesee County GOP Chairman Richard Seibert was surprised by the turn of events:

Collins had announced last month that he would not run for re-election and even agreed to cooperate with GOP leaders to remove his name. Traditionally, the only way to remove a candidate’s name is if they die, move to another state or are nominated for a different office.

GCC Fall Semester Opens with Many Positive Developments Across Campus

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As Genesee Community College’s Fall 2018 semester entered its fourth week, the Board of Trustees heard from Dr. Kathleen (Kate) M. Schiefen, GCC’s provost and executive vice president for Academic Affairs on nearly a dozen new developments, all illustrating the College’s continuous improvements and innovations focused largely on student success. Among the items Dr. Schiefen reported on were:

• A Memorandum of Understanding signed by GCC and the Iroquois Job Corps to enroll six Advanced Career Training students into the College’s Liberal Arts program helping them prepare for employment, an associate degree from GCC or an advanced degree.
• The introduction of the new Tutor Track software to help track, assess, schedule and manage GCC’s newly organized Tutoring Center which provides one-on-one academic support at seven different locations within the Batavia campus, as well as at all six campus centers. The grant-funded system records the number of tutoring hours, instructors, courses and students supported, and will enable GCC to carefully assess its tutoring program, ever mindful of trends in academic need and opportunities for learning enhancements.
• Continued progress in developing opportunities for students to earn ‘micro-credentials,’ which are particularly helpful for adult students who many not want or need a two-year associate degree or even a one-year certificate. Rather, micro-credentials allow students to “upskill” their existing knowledge base with just the right courses needed for career advancement, entering or re-entering the workforce.
• Forty-five GCC faculty members recently participated in a one-day course assessment workshop facilitated by Carol Van Zile-Tamsen, the assistant vice provost for Educational Effectiveness from the University of Buffalo.
• Renovations at the Arcade Campus Center were completed in time for the fall semester with fresh paint, furniture and window treatments. In addition, Arcade and GCC’s other five campus centers all now have new, upgraded “zoom” technology to dramatically enhance distance learning webinars and video-links.
• GCC’s Online Learning Office created a new Online Student Community Space providing a virtual place for online learners to connect with their peers outside of their online coursework.
• The College’s new Diversity and Inclusion Office not only has a new website and logo, but Sara Vacin is the new coordinator and has initiated many new opportunities for the campus community including a new Facebook page.
• Lastly, Dr. Schiefen highlighted several new appointments and notable recognitions in her area: Jessica Hibbard is now the associate dean of the Wyoming County Campus Centers; Dr. Lina LaMattina, GCC’s director of Business Programs and assistant professor was invited to participate in the 2018-2019 Western New York Women’s Leadership Institute; and Joe Ziolkowski, assistant professor of Photography is working full time this semester with the Collaborative Online International Learning program, known as COIL-which currently has an exhibit on display in the Stuart Steiner Theatre Lobby Art Gallery at the Batavia campus

The Board of Trustees also heard from Dr. Shelitha Williams, vice president of Student and Enrollment Services. Among the developments in her area was a new student orientation scheduled the morning of move-in day at College Village offering a more convenient opportunity for students and their families who travel from great distances. Dr. Williams also spoke about new academic “pathways and pipelines” providing additional options for students interested in transferring to numerous SUNY and private colleges and universities such as: The SUNY College at Brockport, Geneseo, Buffalo State College and Oswego, and a new 3+1 agreement with Rochester Institute of Technology. Finally, Dr. Williams noted that GCC representatives will be at the SUNY Welcome Center in Manhattan on October 1 to meet with potential students and discuss how GCC can help them meet, or likely exceed their academic goals.

In other business last Monday night, the Board of Trustees:

A photograph of the ten GCC graduates who were the inaugural cohort of the STEM Enrichment Program

Heard special report about the STEM Enrichment Program from Ed Levinstein, associate dean and Karlyn Finucane, a specialist from GCC’s Accelerated College Enrollment (ACE) Office. In 2011, Finucane introduced the new Math Science Prep Program to provide young students who are not only gifted in these subject areas but also largely located in rural school districts with the opportunity to pursue college coursework and credit while in middle and high school. Since that time, the program has evolved into the STEM Enrichment Program and then another offshoot known as STEM FLEX. Collectively, Finucane’s efforts have helped harness existing academic resources at GCC to give high school students the maximum opportunity to earn college credit, save substantial tuition dollars and provide them with momentum to excel on their academic journey. This past May, ten high schools seniors and the first cohort of the STEM Enrichment Program attended GCC’s 50th Commencement ceremony earning their GCC associate degrees while they simultaneously finished their high school diplomas.

“GCC’s ACE program has a very good track record-our full-time faculty, high school instructors and the academic quality all provide a comparable experience to regular college classes,” Dr. Sunser, president of the GCC said. “The learning experiences offered by our ACE Office are one of the most solid programs of its kind in New York State, which was clearly noted by Middle States last year during our accreditation review.”

Heard John Sisson, director of College Village, report on the first phase of the renovation project where Building E or Birch Hall is being transformed into a communal style living space with each of its two floors providing 14 single bedrooms arranged around a centrally located shared kitchen, dining and living space and men’s and women’s bathrooms. The remodeling and reconfiguration concept is the result of substantial research that included focus groups at College Village, visits to other student housing complexes, and reviewing external housing organization reports. Building E is on schedule to be completed in time for occupancy in January 2019.

Heard Gina Weaver, associate vice president of Human Resources report on new Title IX mandates from New York State and pending mandates from SUNY which will require new sexual harassment training policies. In addition, SUNY is also mandating new policies on student Mumps, Measles and Rubella immunizations.

Heard Kathleen Kimber, professor of Spanish report on her representation on the SUNY Faculty Council, which encourages the continuation of open lines of communication between faculty, students and the administration. Additionally, she reported that the Fall 2019 SUNY Faculty Plenary Meeting will be hosted by GCC. It is likely to draw more than 100 visitors to campus possibly including the chancellor, vice chancellor, student government leaders and many SUNY presidents.

Heard President Sunser read a Resolution of Appreciation recognizing the 30 years of service by Valerie A. Hale, an executive secretary who will be retiring next week.

Welcomed nearly a dozen new employees of the College, including Diamond Jones, the new student representative of the Board of Trustees who is from Niagara Falls and enrolled in GCC Fashion program.

History Club Hosts: Steven Hahn on “A Nation Without Borders”

 

Press Release:

What: History Club Hosts: Steven Hahn on “A Nation Without Borders”

When: Wednesday, October 3, 2018 at 7 p.m.

Where: Genesee Community College

One College Road, Batavia Campus – Room T102 Conable Technology Building

Who: All are invited and welcome!

Background: Genesee Community College’s History Club invites everyone to Historical Horizons Lecture Series taking place on the Batavia campus on the first Wednesday of every month this fall.

On Wednesday, October 3, 2018 at 7 p.m. Pulitzer Prize winning professor of history from New York University, Steven Hahn will discuss his latest book A Nation Without Borders. This is an important reinterpretation of 19th Century America-a kind of coming-of-age story especially significant for its contribution to the scholarship on the Civil War period.

“A massive and masterly account of America’s political and economic transformation between 1830 and 1910 . . . Hahn describes his book as telling ‘a familiar story in an unfamiliar way.’ It is much more than that. Attempting a synthesis of a century’s worth of American history is a daunting task. Writing one as provocative and learned . . . as this one is a triumph, nothing less.” – David Oshinsky, The Washington Post

The lecture begins at 7 p.m. in room T102 of the Conable Technology Building, is free and open to the public.

For more information, visit https://gcchistoricalhorizons.wordpress.com/ or contact Marketing Communications Associate Director Donna Rae Sutherland at (585) 343-0055 ext. 6616, or via email: dsutherland@genesee.edu.

Additional Details: http://news.genesee.edu/news/2018/08/01/historical-horizons-publishes-fall-2018-lecture-series

GCC Athletics Update: Men’s Soccer

Rodrigo Albuquerque (#16) gets a shot on the Nassau CC net

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The No. 2 Genesee Community College men’s soccer team dropped a home contest to visiting Nassau Community College 2-1 Sept. 16.

The Lions went ahead after 13 minutes of play in the first half and got the winner with 13 minutes remaining in the second half.

Rodrigo Albuquerque tied the contest for the Cougars about nine minutes into the second half after Philip Melo’s corner kick provided the opportunity for Albuquerque, after the Cougars held a 4-2 edge in corner kicks.

Albuquerque had six of Genesee’s 10 shots on goal, as the Cougars took 24 total shots to Nassau’s nine, with Adrian Bergman making four saves in net for Genesee.

Mark Jagord
GCC Sports Information

Validus Deo overpowers field in Batavia Open

Validus Deo (Photos courtesy of Paul White)

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By TIm Bojarski, for Batavia Downs

For the second time in three weeks, Validus Deo laid claim to being the best pacer in western New York after winning the $10,000 Open Handicap pace at Batavia Downs on Saturday night (Sept. 15).

The starter released the field and they all hit the pylons in draw order going into the first turn. Halfway up the backside, Bugatti (Ron Beback Jr.) pulled to advance but Valudis Deo (Kevin Cummings) swooped three-deep around him and took the lead by the quarter in a tepid :28 and at that point, the race was won.

Validus Deo motored down to the half in :55.4 and three-quarters in 1:24 flat as Whosurpapa (Billy Davis Jr.) tried to challenge first-over but didn’t have any answers once out there. Rounding the last turn Cummings got more aggressive with his drive, knowing the pocket-sitting Barry Hanover (Shawn McDonough) was ready to pounce. As that situation unfolded, Validus Deo was up to the challenge and maintained his lead to the wire in 1:52.2, which was a new seasonal mark for the winner.

Validus Deo ($5.70) registered his ninth win of the year and 35th of his career for trainer/driver Kevin Cummings who co-owns the winner with Matthew Rosiek and Robert Johnson.

The $9,000 Open II was won by Upfront Countryboy (Billy Davis Jr.) who got away last before sliding up to fourth along the pylons past the half and shaking loose three-deep at the top of the stretch to pull away and win by a length in 1:52.4.

It was the 11th win of the year for Upfront Countryboy ($17.40) who is owned by William Emmons and trained by James Clouser Jr.

The fastest mile of the night was orchestrated by Lucan Hanover (John Cummings Jr.) who went wire to wire in 1:52 in an upper level condition race. The very classy $1.1 million earner Lucan Hanover ($5.10) took up residency at Batavia Downs in early August after a private purchase by Vogel & Wags Nags Stable, Jack Rice and Pine Hill Racing. Maria Rice trains the winner.

Drew Monti led all drivers on Saturday with three wins followed by John Cummings Jr. and Billy Davis Jr. who both had two.

There was no winner in the early Pick-5 wager on Saturday, meaning there is a carryover pool of $620 for the early Pick-5 when racing resumes at Batavia Downs on Wednesday (Sept. 19) at 5 p.m. DIrector/General Manager of Live Racing Todd Haight has also announced that the early Pick-5 pool will be guaranteed at $1,500 on Wednesday.

GCC Athletics Update: Cougar Volleyball

Katherine Alsworth sets the ball for the GCC volleyball team

Press Release:

It was a long day for the Genesee Community College volleyball team, but after 450 combined points on the day the Cougars came away 1-2 despite out-pointing oppositions 238-212.

After splitting matches between Cayuga and Jefferson, Genesee finished the day in a dog fight with host Onondaga. The five-set marathon went to the Lazers with a 15-13 set win in the fifth. Prior to that last set, Genesee held a 96-95 edge in points while splitting the first four sets.

Onondaga took the first set 25-21 and the Cougars responded with a 27-25 win in the second set. The Lazers took the third at 25-23, but once again Genesee came back with a 25-20 win to send it to a fifth and deciding set.

Against OCC, Ana Carolina Cerezer Pinto led the team in kills (14) and aces (4), while Audriana Reeves had a team-high 25 digs. Lyndsey Rowland lead the block brigade with four.

In the day’s opening match, Genesee swept Cayuga 3-0 with both opening sets going 25-9 before the final set going 25-14.

Against Cayuga, Pinto led the team in kills (8) and digs (9). Rowland led the team in blocks with four, while Sha-Ony Obispa and Kaitlyn VanSkiver each recorded a team-high four aces.

In the middle match of the day, the Cougars couldn’t get anything going against Jefferson with a pair of 25-17 bookend losses with the middle set going 25-20.

Against the Cannoneers, Pinto led the team in kills (13) and digs (18). Obsipa had a team-high two aces, while VanSkiver added a team-high pair of blocks.

Mark Jagord
GCC Sports Information

Morning News Briefing

Bakery burglar in Batavia is behind bars.
Following investigation into a burglary at Gam’s Simply Sweet and Savory in the Batavia City Centre from last September Police took 19 year old D’andre Cramer into custody.
Cramer was accused of stealing from the store and was charged with Burglary, Criminal Mischief and Petit Larceny.
He was committed to the County Jail in lieu of $5,000 bail and is expected to reappear in Batavia City Court on Thursday.

A homeless man in the city is now taking up residence in the County Jail after being accused of choking someone.
City Police arrested 22 year old Aaron Hatt following a disturbance at a Thomas Avenue apartment in the city on Friday afternoon.
Hatt was charged with Criminal Obstruction of Breathing and Harassment following investigation into the domestic incident along with counts of Criminal Mischief and unlawful possession of pot.
He was remanded to the Genesee County Jail in lieu of $2,000 bail and is scheduled for arraignment in City Court this morning.

Accident on Walnut Street leads to drug arrest for a city woman.
28 year old Marissa Royse of South Main Street was arrested and charged with DWAI by a combination of drugs and Unlawful Possession of Marijuana along with a litany of traffic infractions after she allegedly sped down Walnut Street in the city and crashed.
Royse was accused of following too closely, moving from a lane unsafely and failing to keep right following the personal injury accident.
She was released with an appearance ticket for a later date.

Threats over pet lead to arrest on Vine Street in the city.
Batavia Police took 27 year old Rachel Panepinto into custody after she was accused of threatening to fight her neighbor and murder their dog.
She was charged with Harassment for the Saturday afternoon incident and was released with an appearance ticket returnable to Batavia City Court tomorrow afternoon.

The deadline for Republicans to remove Congressman Chris Collins’ name from the November ballot is coming up this week.
G-O-P leaders have until Wednesday to make that happen.
Traditionally, the only way to remove a candidate’s name is if they die, move to another state or are nominated for a different office.
Collins isn’t running for re-election after being arrested on federal charges.
Whoever the Republican nominee is will face Democrat Nate McMurray on Election Day.

The Buffalo Bills are still looking for their first win of the N-F-L season.
Rookie quarterback Josh Allen threw a touchdown and two interceptions in his first career start, but it wasn’t enough, as his team fell to the Los Angeles Chargers 31 to 20 at New Era Field.
The Bills are now oh and two for the first time since 2016.
They’ll be in Minnesota next Sunday afternoon to face the Vikings.

Weekend News Briefing

Fatal Livingston County crash victim is identified.
Police have identified the man killed in a car versus pedestrian accident in Livonia.
62 year old David Clements died Thursday night when he was hit by a car as he walked in the roadway of Main Street in Livonia.
Witnesses at the scene performed CPR on Clements, but he was unresponsive.
No charges have been placed against the driver.

Taxes could be going down in the Town of LeRoy, with a cut to their ambulance service.
According to Supervisor Steve Barbeau the Town of Le Roy is not planning to spend $40,000 next year to support Le Roy Ambulance.
Barbeau presented his tentative 2019 budget to the town council at Thursday’s meeting and then discussed the future of the Le Roy Ambulance…

According to the proposed budget Le Roy residents would see their town property tax rate dip from 90 to 85 cents.
The town budget for Le Roy is around $1.4 million for 2019 which town board members are expected to go through in detail at their meeting on Sept. 27th.
For more on the story check the article by our news partner The Batavian.

Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul will join Governor Cuomo on the November ballot.
She was able to defeat fellow Democrat and New York City Councilman Jumaane Williams in that party’s primary.
The former Western New York congresswoman has been with the Cuomo administration since January 2015.

Two men are dead following a boating accident in Alden.
Troopers say 62 year old Paul Nowak and 71 year old Russell Bolognese were fishing in a rowboat when craft overturned.
Even though witnesses quickly pulled the men from the water, they couldn’t be saved.
Neither man was wearing a life jacket.

Batavia blows out Letchworth/Warsaw in week three of High School Football.
Running Back Ray Leach of Batavia led the team with 17 carries, 187 rushing yard and 4 rushing touchdowns to earn a final score of Batavia 40 Letchworth/Warsaw 0. Batavia continues their unbeaten record of three and O as Letchworth/Warsaw breaks their two game streak with 2 and 1 on the season.
The Knights of LeRoy were bested by a single point in Friday night’s matchup against Attica with a final score of 21 to 20.
Attica remains undefeated as LeRoy drops to 1 win and 2 losses.

Evening News Briefing

Police have identified the man killed when struck by a car in Livonia.
62 year old David Clements died last night when he was hit by a car as he walked in the roadway of Main Street in Livonia.
Witnesses at the scene performed CPR on Clements, but it was not enough to save him.
No charges have been placed against the driver.

Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul will join Governor Cuomo on the November ballot.
She was able to defeat fellow Democrat and New York City Councilman Jumaane Williams in that party’s primary.
The former Western New York congresswoman has been with the Cuomo administration since January 2015.

A rough landing at the Genesee County airport ends without injury.
A Navajo twin-engine aircraft landed on its belly yesterday afternoon when its landing gear failed to deploy.

Two men are dead following a boating accident in Alden.
Troopers say 62-year-old Paul Nowak and 71-year-old Russell Bolognese were fishing in a rowboat when craft overturned.
Even though witnesses quickly pulled the men from the water, they couldn’t be saved.
Neither man was wearing a life jacket.

Week three of High School Football begins tonight.
A battle of unbeaten is the WBTA featured game tonight.
The Batavia Blue Devils take on Letchworth-Warsaw. Both teams are 2 and 0 on the season.
Coverage on WBTA AM & FM and WBTAi.com begins just before 7:30 tonight.
The LeRoy Knights travel to Attica. Attica is undefeated, LeRoy is 1 and 1.
Live coverage from Attica with Scott Ripley is available on WBTAi2…

Also tonight:
Oakfield-Elba is home against C. G. Finney
Geneseo hosts Alexander
Perry Mount Morris hosts York-Pavilion
And Notre Dame travels to Cuba Rushford

Morning News Briefing

Boating accident in Alden leaves two dead.
Two men are dead following a tragic fishing accident in Alden.
62 year old Paul Nowak of Akron, and 71 year old Russell Bolognese of Amherst were fishing with a group of friends in a personally owned rowboat on the privately owned North Millgrove Lake off of Billo Road in the town of Alden yesterday.
Troopers out of Clarence were called to the scene after the rowboat unexpectedly overturned and Nowak called out for help.
Friends managed to locate Nowak and return him to shore to administer life saving measures while others continued to look for Bolognese.
As Troopers arrived they entered the water and eventually located Bolognese returning him to shore.
Both men were unresponsive to medical treatment and were declared deceased at the scene.
The victims were reportedly not wearing life jackets during the incident.
The exact cause of death is pending results of an autopsy and investigation into the incident continues.

An unconventional landing at the county airport ends without injury.
According to County Highway Superintendent Tim Hens A Navajo twin-engine airplane successfully set down at the Genesee County Airport yesterday afternoon without its wheels and deployed.
Hens said the plane was forced to land on its belly after its landing gear would not deploy.
The plane was removed from the runway and all the occupants walked away unscathed.

Governor Cuomo is a step closer to his third term in office.
He was the clear winner over actress and activist Cynthia Nixon in yesterday’s Democratic primary.
The governor will face Republican nominee Marc Molinaro in November.
Joining Governor Cuomo on the November ballot will be Batavia native Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul.
The former Western New York congresswoman managed to defeat New York City Councilman Jumaane Williams in the democratic primary.
The race for the next state attorney general could be a historic one as Letitia James could soon become the first African-American woman elected to statewide office.
The New York City public advocate held off challengers and had the endorsement of the state Democratic Party and Governor Cuomo.
She’ll face Republican Keith Wofford in November.

An Alabama man is behind bars following a domestic incident.
Deputies were called to a Bloomingdale Road residence in Alabama for a disturbance reported late Tuesday night.
Following an investigation into the domestic incident they took 44 year old Ryan Norton into custody for Harassment and Criminal Mischief.
Norton was ordered to be held in the County Jail in lieu of $2,500 bail and is expected to appear on October 4th in Alabama Town Court.

Batavia City Schools have cashed in on a state grant of over $1.9 million.
It’s part of Smart School Investment Plan. Batavia Schools intend to use the cash to update security systems.
LeRoy Schools received about $250,000 in funding, Pavilion gets approximatly $350,000.

Evening News Briefing

After weeks of speeches and campaign stops, Governor Cuomo and Cynthia Nixon will battle at the ballot box today.
Voters will decide who will be the Democratic Party’s nominee for governor. Polls show Cuomo with a sizable lead, but Nixon believes she has momentum on her side. The winner faces Republican Marc Molinaro in November.

Hamlin police have identified the two people found inside a burned out vehicle earlier this week.
They say they’re investigating the deaths of 18-year-old Bruce Kane and 20-year-old Alexander Burrow as a double homicide.
According to the coroner’s office, Kane and Burrow suffered gunshot wounds, but their exact cause of death isn’t being released.

There is a new executive director at the Genesee County Cornell Cooperative Extension.
He is Dr. Christopher Crawford. He comes to Batavia from New York City where he was a lead science advisor for the city’s health department.
Crawford begins his new job in Batavia on November 5th.
He replaces Bev Mancuso who retired.

An Elba man is arrested for allegedly taking his employers credit card and withdrawing cash from ATM machines around Genesee County.
34 year old Andrew Pridmore of Mechanic Street is charged with Grand Larceny.
Deputies say Pridmore took a credit card from a Cedar Street convenience store where he worked and helped him to cash from ATM machines over a two day period.

Batavia City Schools have cashed in on a state grant of nearly $2-million.
It’s part of Smart School Investment Plan. Batavia Schools intend to use the cash to update security systems. LeRoy Schools received about $250,000 in funding, Pavilion gets $350,000.

Ranzenhofer Announces $2.5 million for Genesee Schools

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New York State Senator Michael H. Ranzenhofer has announced today the approval of Smart School Investment Plans for three school districts in Genesee County, including $2,543,552 for high-tech security and school connectivity. The funding is part of the Smart Schools Bond Act.

“Our children have unlimited potential to succeed, but only if our school districts get their fair share of state dollars,” said Ranzenhofer. “This investment will turn that potential into reality by ensuring Batavia City, LeRoy and Pavilion schools get the best resources to foster student success in a global economy.”

High-tech security funding has been authorized in the amounts of $1,940,585 for Batavia City School District and $348,300 for Pavilion School District. LeRoy School District has been approved for $254,667 in school connectivity funding.

Schools can invest these funds in classroom technology, school connectivity and high-tech security upgrades to better prepare students for success in the 21st century.

“The Batavia City School District is going to use SSBA funds to install and upgrade high tech security to assure the safety and well-being of our students and staff in all buildings to assist in maintaining a safest possible learning environment. We are planning on installing new card readers, new door contacts, electronic door strikes, wireless locksets, fixed high-definition cameras, door closers, and motion detectors. These improvements will allow our focus to remain on student learning while creating a safe environment for our students and staff to work, learn and grow,” said Batavia City School District Superintendent Christopher J. Dailey.

“Pavilion Central Schools will use the recently approved Smart School Investment Plan funds to upgrade our video security system to provide a safe and secure learning environment. The existing system was installed many years ago has limited coverage and minimal storage capacity. Our goal is to upgrade our system and expand coverage in all areas. These funds will make it possible to cover all targeted areas on campus with a state of the art camera security system,” said Pavilion Central School Superintendent Kenneth J. Ellison.

The Smart Schools Review Board is responsible for approval of the plan. In 2014, voters approved the $2 billion statewide school investment to finance educational technology and infrastructure.

Batavia Downs announces 10 percent purse increase

Press Release:

By Tim Bojarski, for Batavia Downs

Batavia, NY — Batavia Downs has announced today that starting on Wednesday (Oct. 3) and continuing through the end of the meet, all purses will be raised by 10 percent across the board.

The increase is due to a combination of two factors: there has been a significant rise in handle realized by the track so far this season plus there were 43 less races run than last year.

“Our on-track betting is up 4.9 percent and our export handle is up 15.3 percent after the first 26 cards of racing,” said Todd Haight, Director/General Manager of Live Racing at Batavia Downs. “By raising purses starting next month it will put approximately $204,000 back into local horsemen’s pockets and that in turn can help bring new and better racing stock to western New York. We’re pleased the numbers are heading in the right direction.”

The increase would take the current low to high purse structure from $2,750- $10,500 to $3,025-$11,550.

The racing has been very aggressive this year, providing a better product to wager on and one of the reasons for that was the removal of the passing lane that had been in place since 1988.

“There is no question that removing the passing lane has led to more competitive racing and both on and off track patrons have responded in a positive manner to that change. We’ve gotten feedback from our customers since the start of the meet and now they’ve also made a statement through the betting windows,” Haight concluded.

The Batavia Downs live meet continues through Saturday (Dec. 15) with a Wednesday, Friday, Saturday schedule. Post time remains 5 p.m. mid-week and 6 p.m. on the weekends. There is a special Columbus Day matinee on Monday (Oct. 8) that starts at 1:15 p.m.

GCC Athletics Update: Men’s and Women’s Soccer

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Both the No. 8 Genesee Community College women’s soccer team and the No. 2 GCC men’s soccer team recorded shutouts at Niagara County Community College Sept. 12.

The women’s team won 7-0, while the men’s team won 8-0. For both teams, it was each’s third clean sheet of the season.

The win also extended the women’s team’s win streak to three games during which the Cougars have out-scored oppositions by a combined 15-3 score.

Nine different Cougars found the scoresheet for the women’s team with Katline Cartwright leading the way with a seven-point performance from three goals and one assist.

Diante Scheepers added a pair of goals for the women’s team, while single tallies cane from Miko Yamashita and Leah Czechowski.
Single assists for the women’s team were registered by Bri Heers, Mackenzie O’Brien, Julie Kommer, Michaela Curletta, Autumn Jeffery and Czechowski.
Jaclyn Guzdek recorded three saves to earn the clean sheet and third shutout this season.

After compiling a win streak of 13 games over the last two seasons that was snapped last weekend, the men’s soccer team began a new streak with a pair of wins during which the Cougars have out-scored oppositions by a combined 12-0 score.
Nine different Cougars found the scoresheet for the men’s team with Anthony Harman being the only Genesee player to score more than one goal with a pair.

The other six goal scorers for the men’s team included Sam Hall, Philip Melo, Rodrigo Albuquerque, Jose Manoel Cavalini, Hijiri Sano and Hiago Barros de Souza, with the latter two also earning an assist.

Ed Port dished out three helpers with a single assist coming from Joshua Jones to round out the men’s team’s scoring, while Matthies Meyer recorded five saves to earn the clean sheet.

Mark Jagord
GCC Sports Information

Melodies Major sets track record at Batavia in NYSS

Melodies Major (Photos courtesy of Paul White)

Press Release:

By TIm Bojarski, for Batavia Downs

Batavia, NY — Two divisions of New York Sire Stake (NYSS) 2-year-old colt and gelding pacers were in town on Wednesday (Sept. 12) to compete for $109,000 in purses at Batavia Downs and in the first $54,500 split, Melodies Major (Art Major-Hilarious) left a lasting impression on the locals by setting a new track record.

Bicorne Hanover (Matt Kakaley) left from post one and opened up a quick two-length advantage while Melodies Major (Tyler Buter) dropped in second to get the perfect garden spot trip. The top two broke away from the field while setting fractions of :28.3, :58 and 1:26.3. At that last station Buter popped the plugs and pulled Melodies Major and he went right past Bicorne Hanover in the blink of an eye. At the top of the lane, Buter sat chilly while Melodies Major paced home in :27.3, well in hand at the wire in 1:54.1.

The time of 1:54.1 is a new track record for 2-year-old pacing colts at Batavia Downs, replacing the 1:54.2 standard set by Doctor Butch in 2012 and matched by He’s Watching in 2013.

“When I pulled him he was loaded with pace,” said Buter after the race. “We got a perfect trip, everything went well and I couldn’t have asked for anything better.”

It was the sixth win in eight starts this year for Melodies Major ($5.50) who now has earned $166,433 in NYSS purses and finished as the top point-getter in his division with 325. Melodies Major is owned by Martin Scharf, is trained by Mark Ford and was bred by James Avritt Sr.

In the second $54,500 division, Covered Bridge (American Ideal-Stonebridge Kisses) provided a major upset in a blanket finish.

The heavily favored Reining Deo (Jim Morrill Jr,) took an expected spot on the front end and with no early challengers, Morrill took advantage and backed the half off to :59.1. Having his fill of the slow fractions, Ray Schnittker pulled Hurrikane Kingklee from fourth and started moving up the outside.

Morrill responded with a :28.1 third panel effectively ending the first challenge. However Covered Bridge (Kevin Cummings) who was drafting second-over, tipped three wide at the same time and was raging with pace. Covered Bridge got to within a length of Reging Deo going into the final straight and then proceeded to run him down to the wire, winning by a head in 1:55.4 at 22-1.

Covered Bridge (Photos courtesy of Paul White)

The time was a new lifetime mark for the winner.

“Off a half in :59, she went a big mile from where she was,” said Cummings. “She raced huge, I like her a lot. She’s a nice horse.”

It was the second win of the year for Covered Bridge ($46.80), both in NYSS action for owners David Smith and James Giannuzzi and trainer Jessica Okusko. Covered Bridge was bred by WInbak Farm.

There were also two $15,000 Excelsior “A” races on the card.

The first division was won by Shim (American Ideal-Feel Life) who got away sixth by 12 lengths, survived an interference break then rallied to win by two in 1:57.1. Shim ($5.90) was driven by Ray Fisher Jr. for owners Pat Lachance (who also trains the winner), M & M Harness Racing, Ira Rosenblum and the Royal Flush Stable. Shim was bred by White Birch Farm.

The second division went to Cal (American Ideal-Hula’s Z Tam) who got away third before pulling at the half to take the lead and eventually the race in 1:58.1. Cal ($10.40) was driven by Matt Kakaley for owners Crawford Farms Racing and the Northfork Racing Stable and trainer Chris Oakes. Cal was bred by Pat Lachance and the Z Tam Stable.

The $320,000 NYSS consolation races will be held at Batavia Downs on Friday (Sept. 21). The $1.8 million NYSS finals are the following night, Saturday (Sept. 22) at Yonkers Raceway.

Executive Director Selected for Genesee County Cornell Cooperative Extension

Press Release:

Date:               September 12, 2018

Contact:          Robin N. Travis, Interim Executive Director, (585) 343 3040

Batavia, NY – The Genesee County Cornell Cooperative Extension Board of Directors has selected Christopher Crawford as their Executive Director to lead the 100 year old organization.

Chris Crawford, PhD, MUP is currently a Lead Science Advisor in New York City’s Department of Health and Mental Hygiene’s Bureau of Environmental Science and Engineering.  As such Dr. Crawford works in the Bureau’s Building Water System Oversight program, which provides regulatory oversight of more than 5,000 cooling tower systems in New York City.  Prior to working in New York City, Dr. Crawford worked in a rural upstate New York local health department providing technical assistance and regulatory oversight to over 200 public water systems, while working to address technology and policy issues across the department.  Dr. Crawford also spent time working in the U.S. Virgin Islands with the Department of Planning and Natural Resources and as a Peace Corps Volunteer in the Kingdom of Tonga.   He received a B.Sc. in Environmental Science from SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry, attended law school at SUNY at Buffalo, received a Master of Urban Planning form SUNY at Buffalo and a Ph.D. from the University of Massachusetts in Boston in Environmental, Coastal and Ocean Science.

Board president Colleen Flynn states “CCE of Genesee County enjoyed several years of exceptional leadership under Bev Mancuso and we greatly appreciate the assistance of Robin Travis as interim director following Bev’s retirement. We are looking forward to welcoming Dr. Christopher Crawford and his family to Genesee County. His education, experience and leadership style will complement the many talents of Extension’s knowledgeable staff and dedicated volunteers.”

“I am looking forward to working with the people, organizations and community of Genesee county as Executive Director of Cornell Cooperative Extension’s Genesee County office”, writes Crawford. “Looking back on my career and varied organizations I have worked with, I have seen the real-world differences that can be made when communities and universities come together.  I’ll strive to work closely with both the community and Cornell to identify vital issues, generate solutions and build the relationships necessary to ensure successful and sustainable implementation.”

Chris will begin his role on November 5th. For more information on Genesee County Cornell Cooperative Extension, please visit genesee.cce.cornell.edu.

Morning News Briefing

New director named for County’s Cornell CO-OP.
Dr. Chris Crawford has been named the Genesee County Cornell Cooperative Extension’s new Executive Director.
Crawford will be coming from his job as a lead science advisor in New York City’s department of health and mental hygiene’s bureau of environmental science and engineering.
He received his Bachelors in Environmental Science from SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry, his Masters in Urban Planning from SUNY at Buffalo and a Ph.D. from the University of Massachusetts in Environmental, Coastal and Ocean Science.
Crawford previously worked in a rural upstate NY local health department where he oversaw more than 200 public water systems.
He begins his new position on November 5th.

Authorities in Hamlin have released the names of victims in an apparent dual murder discovered earlier this week.
18 year old Bruce Kane and 20 year old Alexander Burrow were found inside a burned vehicle behind a building on King Street in Hamlin.
Investigators are treating it as a double homicide.
Both Kane and Burrow suffered gunshot wounds according to the coroner’s office, but their exact cause of death isn’t being released.
Police are asking anyone with information to come forward.

Republicans formulating plans to remove Collins from the ballot.
A meeting of the GOP chairs in the 27th congressional district is now in the works following a developing plan to remove Chris Collins’ name from the ballot.
Collins dropped his re-election bid after being arrested early last month on federal charges related to insider trading.
GOP chair for Genesee County Dick Siebert said he doesn’t know yet when the meeting over the latest development will take place or when a replacement candidate will be selected.
At last count as many as eight people were still looking for the party’s nomination to run for the congressional seat on the Republican ticket, including Batavia’s own Steve Hawley.
Democrats have vowed to fight it in the courts if Collins name is removed.
For more on the story check the article by our news partner The Batavian.

Another Black Bear sighting reported in Orleans County.
A bear was spotted yesterday morning on Wilson Road in Carlton.
The large looking black bear was seen in the area of the Village of Albion Water Plant walking along a path off of Lake Ontario.

Congratulations to newly named LeRoyan of the year Bob Boyce.
Mr. Boyce is active in the LeRoy Rotary Club, was a trustee at Genesee Community College and is president of the LeRoy Ambulance Service.
The annual honor is selected by the American Legion Botts-Fiorito Post 576 in LeRoy.
The 50th annual LeRoyan of the Year Award will be held at the legion on October 6th.

The Buffalo Bills officially have a new starting quarterback.
Coach Sean McDermott announced yesterday rookie Josh Allen will take over for Nathan Peterman.

Peterman struggled in the team’s 47 to 3 loss in Baltimore before being replaced by Allen.
The Bills host the Los Angeles Chargers at New Era Field on Sunday.

Cougar Weekend at GCC!

Press Release:

What: Cougar Weekend at GCC!

When: Cougar Crawl: Friday, September 21, 2018
• Begins at Ken’s Charcoal Pits (59 West Main St) at 5 p.m.

Batavia Campus Events: Saturday, September 22, 2018
• GCC’s Batavia Campus (1 College Road) at 10 a.m.

Who: All are invited and welcome!

Background: Cougar Weekend at Genesee Community College is a fun-filled two day celebration featuring the popular Cougar Crawl in downtown Batavia and the 9th Annual Bike and Car Cruise at GCC’s Batavia Campus! However, this year includes much more!

Friday, September 21, 2018 – Cougar Crawl in Downtown Batavia begins at 5 p.m.

GCC’s Alumni Office invites the entire community to join the Cougar Crawl and explore downtown Batavia making stops at local establishments for food, drink and discount specials.

The crawl stops include:

• Ken’s Charcoal Pits (59 West Main Street) at 5 p.m.
• The YNGodess Shop (73 East Main Street)
• Valle Jewelers (21 Jackson Street)
• Pollyanna and Dot (202 East Main Street)
• Eli Fish Brewing Company (109 Main Street)
• T-Shirts Etc. (37 Center Street)
• T.F. Brown’s Restaurant (214 Main Street) for the Cougar Crawl Bash which provides a live DJ till 10 p.m., a buffet and prizes all included!

Tickets for the Cougar Crawl are only $10 and can be purchased online at https://www.genesee.edu/home/offices/alumni/alumni-events/fall-fest/ or by contacting GCC’s Assistant Director of Alumni Affairs, Jennifer Wakefield at (585)343-0055 ext.6265 or by email at jgwakefield@genesee.edu.

Saturday, September 22, 2018 – Cougar Weekend Events at GCC’s Batavia Campus

To round out Cougar Weekend, GCC’s Batavia campus will host a full day of activities, exhibits and more!

10 a.m. – Craft and Vendor Market opens inside the Richard C. Call Arena. To register as a vendor, contact Nina Mortellaro at nimortellaro@genesee.edu.

9 a.m. – Registration opens for the 9th Annual Bike and Car Cruise, sponsored by Ken Barrett Chevrolet-Cadillac

Noon – Bike and Car Cruise begins

Noon – Chicken Barbeque available for $10 until gone

Noon till 3 p.m. – Steiner Theatre Lobby and the Roz Steiner Art Gallery will display “Landscape Interaction/ Intervention” AND “Portraits in Trash,” respectively.

1 p.m. – GCC Men’s Baseball vs. Barnie Baycats

5 p.m. – the Athletic Hall of Fame Induction of 4 new members:

Inductee: Sara Barr was one of the most versatile top female swimmers in GCC history having earned seven school records and four relay records; many of which still stand today.
Inductee: Scott Hemer served as GCC’s Women’s Basketball Coach from 2001 – 2007. During his career at GCC he was the NJCAA National District C Coach of the Year, the NJCAA Region III Coach of the Year on three occasions and mentored five All-Americans.
Inductee: Connor Latimer, former GCC lacrosse player became a two-time NJCAA All-American. He finished his GCC career in 2011 holding the record for most goals in a single game (9), most points in a single game (14) and most career points (217).
Inductee: John Polonius, a native of Curaçao, played baseball for the Cougars from 2009 – 2011. He was named NJCAA Region III All-Conference First Team twice and was named 2011 GCC Male Athlete of the Year. Polonius currently plays for the San Francisco Giants.
Inductee: Tammy Conrad Wickens captained GCC’s volleyball team in 1986 and led the Cougars to a NJCAA national appearance. She was an NJCAA All-American First Team All-Conference selection and went on to lead the Rochester Institute of Technology team to a post-season playoff appearance. She still holds hitting, serving and blocking records at RIT.

7 p.m. – Alumni Co-Ed Soccer Game on the Turf Field, register at https://www.genesee.edu/home/offices/alumni/alumni-events/alumni-soccer-game/

8 p.m. – Alumni Bonfire at College Village – bring a friend and join GCC for s’mores!

For more information, visit https://www.genesee.edu/home/offices/alumni/alumni-events/fall-fest/ or contact the alumni office at alumni@genesee.edu.

Additional Details: http://news.genesee.edu/news/2018/08/15/cougar-weekend-gcc-kicks-cougar-crawl

Byron-Bergen’s Cancer Awareness Soccer Game Day

Pictured: Design for the 2018 t-shirts

Press Release:

Bergen, NY – Saturday, September 15, 2018 the Byron-Bergen soccer teams, all six of them, will take to the field for their annual fundraiser to benefit the Wilmont Cancer Institute. This student-driven event was started several years ago by the girls’ varsity soccer team and most recently resulted in a $1,800 donation. An amount which they hope to surpass this year.

“We’re all out in the community spreading the word so everyone can come out and support us,” said senior varsity player Lydia Campbell. “And it’s always a good cause.”

This year the JV and varsity soccer teams will wear blue for testicular cancer in support of a classmate.

“The event raises money and awareness,” said Athletic Director Richard Hannan. “And it’s just a really fun day.”

Money will be raised through donations, t-shirt and food sales, and several raffles. The event takes place at the Byron-Bergen Soccer Stadium at 6917 West Bergen Road, Bergen, NY 14416. The event is free and open to the public.

The game schedule is as follows:

9:30 a.m. – Boys Modified vs Attica
11 a.m. – Girls Modified vs. Attica
12:30 p.m. – Boys JV vs. Attica
2:30 p.m. – Boys Varsity vs. Attica
4:30 p.m. – Girls JV vs. Alexander
6:30 p.m. – Girls Varsity vs. Alexander

HAWLEY: SPOTS STILL AVAILABLE FOR ANNUAL PATRIOT TRIP

Assemblyman Steve Hawley (R,C,I-Batavia)[center] poses with veterans of the U.S. Air Force at a memorial honoring Air Force veterans during last year’s Patriot Trip to Washington D.C.

Press Release:

Assemblyman Steve Hawley (R,C,I-Batavia) announced there are still six more spots available to sign up for this year’s Patriot Trip to Washington D.C. from September 20 – September 23, 2018.

Veterans who have attended a previous year’s trip or live outside the 139th Assembly District are now welcome to sign up.

Hawley is a longtime supporter of veterans and has served on the Assembly Veterans’ Affairs Committee since 2006.

“Every year I look forward to the Patriot Trip,” said Hawley. “I find it to be a great way to thank our veterans for their service and for them to connect with each other. It is wonderful to bring together such an amazing group of people to experience Washington D.C. From my own personal experience in the military, that of my father, and the veterans I have met in the past, it has given me an incredible understanding of all that veterans sacrifice for our country. I will continue to host this trip for many years to come in hopes of connecting and sharing this amazing experience with veterans across Long Island.”

Attractions Hawley plans to visit the following locations on this year’s trip:

U.S. Capitol
WWII Memorial
U.S. Naval Academy
Gettysburg
Korean War Memorial
Vietnam War Memorial
Iwo Jima – The Marine Corps Memorial
American Veterans Disabled for Life Memorial
Air Force Memorial
911 Memorial at the Pentagon
Arlington National Cemetery, including the Changing of the Guard
Wreath Laying at the Tomb of the Unknowns

If you or a veteran you know wants more information about this year’s Patriot Trip XI, please call 585-589-5780 or email carneyj@nyassembly.gov. To view photos from previous years, use the following link: http://vetsdctrip2008.shutterfly.com/.

Residents of NY27 to Rally for McMurray!

Press Release:

Join us on Saturday, September 15th at Alexander Fire Hall for lunch and a rally! Meet Nate McMurray and hear his inspirational message for New York’s 27th Congressional District!

A year and a half ago, we drew an excited crowd of neighbors from across the 27th district who came together to stand up against Chris Collins. Since then, the energy has only increased. Many of us have met and been working for Nate McMurray, and we’re getting together again because we need your help and Nate needs to win. The 27th needs a representative who cares!

Fire hall event is 12pm-2pm; canvassing happens afterward in various parts of the district. You can choose which part you’d like to canvass with a partner. One person can drive, one can knock doors, or you can knock doors together!

Lunch is provided by the Alexander Fire Department Auxiliary. It is $6/person and is chicken, tuna, or egg salad sandwich; macaroni salad; chips; cookie; pop or water. Alexander Fire Hall is located at 10708 Alexander Rd Attica NY 14011.

GCC Athletics Update: Cougar Volleyball

 

GCC Volleyball against Jamestown Sept. 11

Press Release:

The Genesee Community College volleyball team faced their toughest foe yet and suffered their first match without a set win this season against reigning region champion Jamestown Community College at the Zambito Gymnasium Sept. 11.

Jamestown took each set by identical 25-17 scores to improve to 5-0 on the season as the leader in National Junior College Athletic Association’s Region III.

The Jayhawks finished No. 7 in the NJCA D-III National Championship last year in Rochester, Minn. and may have finished higher had they not drawn eventual national champion Eastfield (Tx.) in the opening round after securing a national championship tournament berth as Region III champions.

The Cougars showed improvement from last season after suffering a same 3-0 loss to Jamestown around the same date (Sept. 12, 2017), with a dozen more combined set points compared to last season.

The first set may have been the hardest for Genesee to take after securing a five-point lead more than halfway through the match at 16-11. The Jayhawks scored 10 successive points to take the lead at 21-16 before scoring four of the last five to take the set.

In the second set, Genesee went back-and-forth up until the 16th point for each team. At 16-16, another Jayhawk run – this time for seven successive points – put Jamestown ahead 23-16 before they secured two of the final three for the second-set win.

The third-set loss came from a poor start that saw the Cougars trail by eight at 11-3. However, Genesee finished strong by playing Jamestown equal the rest of the way with each team scoring 14 points apiece after the set’s initial 14 points.

Ana Carolina Cerezer Pinto had a team-high 15 of the team’s 50 digs, while Kaitlyn VanSkiver had three of the team’s eight blocks and Sha-Ony Obispa had five of the team’s 14 kills.

Mark Jagord
GCC Sports Information

 

 

 

HAWLEY: Sex Offenders Allowed on School and Community Center Property to Vote Puts Our Communities in Danger

Press Release:

Assemblyman Steve Hawley (R,C,I-Batavia) is warning parents and guardians to keep their kids away from schools, recreational facilities and community centers this Thursday after 6 p.m. due to the fact that sex offenders could be present to vote in the primary election. Gov. Cuomo recently pardoned thousands of convicted criminals, including sex offenders, to allow them to vote in the upcoming primary. It is not required to notify the person in charge of the facilities, which could host after school programs, daycares or other activities or programs involving minors, of a sex offender’s presence. The only requirement is that offenders vote between 6 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. and they must let their parole officer know of their intentions to vote.

“Putting our children and communities at risk by allowing convicted criminals to vote is completely inexcusable,” said Hawley. “It seems rather convenient that the governor is doing this for a race that he is a candidate in. Sex offenders are banned from these locations for a reason. They should not, under any circumstances, be allowed back into these locations, many of which typically have children present, especially without any supervision or restrictions. It completely baffles me how completely unsafe this whole process is.

“The governor didn’t think of our communities’ safety, he is just thinking of how to get extra votes,” Hawley continued. “This not only puts our children at risk, it puts all of us at risk, and it is unfair to ask us to change our schedules to avoid a dangerous situation. I am completely against this pardon the governor has given and encourage residents, especially those with children, to stay away from community centers, schools and recreational facilities where voting is taking place this Thursday.”

Morning News Briefing

Chautauqua County Woman indicted for fatal Darien hit and run.
A Genesee County Grand Jury Indictment has been filed against the woman accused of fatally striking a young man leaving a concert.
Police say 48 year old Jennifer Serrano of Irving hit 18 year old Connor Lynskey last month while he was walking back from a concert at the Darien Lake Performing Arts Center.
The indictment includes Felony counts of Vehicular Manslaughter and Leaving the Scene of an accident without reporting it along with counts of DWI and Aggravated Unlicensed Operation.
According to Genesee County deputies Serrano nearly hit one of their patrol vehicles moments after she allegedly left the scene of the hit and run.

Dual homicide in Hamlin has Monroe County deputies seeking help during investigation.
Two bodies were found in a burned out car Monday on King Street in Hamlin.
A large amount of potential evidence that could help solve the case were destroyed by flames according to Investigators.
The names of the people found dead in the vehicle haven’t been released.
The case is being treated as a double homicide, and anyone with information is asked to come forward.

South Swan Street man jailed for assault.
Batavia Police responded to a Hutchins Street apartment for a reported domestic incident where they took 37 year old Patrick Spikes of South Swan Street into custody.
Spikes was accused of assaulting and choking an individual and was charged with third degree Assault with intent to cause physical injury and Criminal Obstruction of Breathing.
Spikes was remanded to the Genesee County Jail pending his appearance in City Court.

LeRoy Police arrest Rochester woman as part of a suspected larceny ring.
Police in LeRoy arrested one alleged member of a larceny ring out of Rochester following a 4 month long investigation into a larceny in the Village.
Investigators accuse 38 year old Erica Bomberry of stealing from a West Main Street business in May before a group of suspects fled creating a short lived police chase which was called off do to the dangers it posed.
Bomberry was arrested on a warrant and charged with a misdemeanor count of Petit Larceny.
Her bail was set at $1,000 and the larceny investigation remains ongoing.

Hawley calls out Cuomo while alerting residents that sex offenders will now be allowed on school and community center property to vote.
Assemblyman Steve Hawley of Batavia is warning parents and guardians to keep their kids away from schools, recreational facilities and community centers this Thursday after 6 p.m. due to the fact that sex offenders could be present to vote in the primary election.
Gov. Cuomo recently pardoned thousands of convicted criminals, including sex offenders, to allow them to vote in the upcoming primary.
Hawley blasted the Governor calling the action inexcusable.

Evening News Briefing

Authorities in Monroe County are investigating two bodies that were found inside a burned out vehicle in Hamlin.
Deputies were called to King Street yesterday after someone found the car behind a building.
Chief Deputy Michael Fowler said police do suspect a case of murder

Investigators are trying to track down surveillance footage from nearby cameras.
The names of the people inside the car have not been released.

 

Rebecca Messina

A Batavia native has been named Chief Marketing Officer for the ride-sharing company Uber.
Rebecca Messina, a graduate of Batavia High School, now lives in Chicago. She spent 22 years with the Coca-Cola Company.
Messina ,46, has two children and speaks four languages.

The United Way of Genesee County is looking for a new executive director.
Erik Fix has resigned after six years with the agency.
The United Way now looking for a new executive director.

O-AT-KA Milk has completed its 20,000 sq. ft. expansion and the company is ready to hire more help.
O-AT-KA announcing today it has openings for 40 new workers.
Hiring has already begun.

9-11 remembrances have been taking place across the nation today.
In the town of Pavilion, a young man who was born in the year the attacks, is marking the date in a special way.
17 year old Pavilion High School Senior Timothy Zipfel is climbing 110 flight of stairs today at his school to remember of the sacrifices of 9-11 first responders

Tim Zipfel is also a volunteer firemen in Pavilion.
He is climbing the 110 flights of stairs in full firefighter turnout gear.

United Way of Genesee County seeks New Exec Director

Batavia, NY – Today, the United Way of Genesee County’s Board of Directors announced that Erik Fix has resigned his position as Executive Director effective later this month. Erik has served the county in this capacity for six years.

“The Board of Directors thanks Erik for his service to our community,” said Theresa DeMars, United Way of Genesee County Board Chair. “During his tenure with the organization he has helped to raise and allocate thousands of dollars to better our community. We are grateful to him and we are very happy for him and his family as he begins this new opportunity.”

United Way of Genesee County’s Board of Directors will continue its mission to motivate and organize people as it begins a search, in partnership with United Way of Greater Rochester, to fill the Executive Director position.

The organization is excited to kick off its 2018 campaign at the end of this month with the women of the United Way of Genesee County Board of Directors as chairpersons of the campaign.

“We have always been a very active board, and this provides another opportunity for us to make a difference for this community,” said DeMars.

For more information about United Way of Genesee County’s Executive Director position, visit HERE. For more information about the United Way of Genesee County or, if you are interested in giving, volunteering or advocating for the organization, visit HERE

Uber names Batavia native as first global chief marketing officer

Global Chief Marketing Officer  for Uber Rebecca Messina

Press release:

Uber today announced that Batavia native Rebecca Messina will join the company’s executive leadership team as global Chief Marketing Officer.

As Uber’s first-ever CMO, Messina will bring together Uber’s marketing teams around the world, building a global marketing organization that can support the company’s growth going forward.

“Rebecca brings deep experience in building global brands, and she’ll be a terrific leader for Uber’s marketing teams around the world,” said Barney Harford, Uber’s Chief Operating Officer. “We’re excited to learn from her as we work to make Uber one of the world’s most valuable brands, supported by cutting-edge marketing systems.”

“Joining Uber is a once in a lifetime opportunity and a true privilege. My focus has always been on three things: people, growth and brands,” Messina said. “Uber checks all three boxes: a rapidly growing global business, with the opportunity to build an iconic brand alongside a team that’s committed to transforming the future of mobility. I couldn’t be more excited about what lies ahead.”

“I’m thrilled to welcome Rebecca to Uber. She’s exactly the right leader to build our marketing efforts globally and to showcase the ways Uber is igniting opportunities for our customers around the world,” said Dara Khosrowshahi, Uber’s CEO. “Very few brands become verbs; for Uber to have achieved this shows how we’ve captured imaginations and become an important part of our customers’ lives. I’m excited to bring on Rebecca as a steward for our brand moving forward.”

Messina joins Uber from Beam Suntory, the world’s third largest premium spirits company, where she has served as global Chief Marketing Officer since 2016. Prior to Beam Suntory, she spent 22 years at The Coca-Cola Company, where she most recently served as Senior Vice President, Marketing & Innovation for Ventures & Emerging Brands. Previously she served in a number of different marketing leadership roles across the company, both in the United States and internationally.

Messina currently serves on the boards of the Mobile Marketing Association (MMA) and the Ad Council, and has also served on the National Board of Directors of the American Marketing Association (AMA), the Georgia State Marketing Roundtable and the Atlanta Executive Board of the AMA.

She holds a bachelor’s degree from Miami University (Oxford, Ohio). The Batavia High School alumna speaks English, Spanish, Italian and French. She is married, with two children, and currently lives in Chicago.

$109,000 up for grabs in NYSS at Batavia on Wedesday

Hickfromfrenchlick (Photo courtesy of Ken Weingartner)

Press Release:

By Tim Bojarski, for Batavia Downs

The eighth and final “regular season” visit of the New York Sire Stakes (NYSS) to Batavia Downs brings the 2-year-old pacing colts and geldings to Genesee County on Wednesday (Sept. 12) to compete in two divisions for a total of $109,000 dollars. The Batavia Downs track record for 2-year-old pacing colts is 1:54.2 and that standard is definitely in danger of going down.

The NYSS events are carded in race three and five. Two $15,000 Excelsior “A” legs will be held in race one and two. Post time for the first race is 5 p.m.

The first $54,500 NYSS freshman pace features the top point earner in the series Melodies Major (Art Major-Hilarious) and the red hot Hickfromfrenchlick (So Surreal-My Girl’s A Star) in a race that could easily rewrite the local record book.

Melodies Major has raced exclusively in NYSS events this year and has excelled, winning five out of seven of them. And he’s been successful over every size track in the state. In his most recent outing he scored a big come-from-behind win at Vernon Downs, taking a new lifetime mark of 1:51.3 in the process. He comes in here sharp as a tack and looking forward to the final.

Melodies Major is 2-1 morning line and leaves from post five with his regular driver Tyler Buter aboard for trainer Mark Ford.

Pushing the issue will be Hickfromfrenchlick who has won four out of his last six outings.

Hickfromfrenchlick has won his last two NYSS races and like Melodies Major, took a new lifetime mark of 1:51.3 at Vernon Downs last week. The start before that he won in 1:53.3 at Yonkers, beating Melodies Major by only a half-length. He hasn’t been worse than second all year and he will be a force to deal with here.

Western New York native trainer/driver Ray Schnittker will be aboard from post six as the second choice at 5-2.

The second $54,500 split has Reining Deo (Rock n Roll Heaven-Little Miss) looking to cement his spot in the NYSS final.

Reining Deo is currently eighth in points but could still be knocked out in a worst-case scenario. He has been one-two-three in four NYSS starts and has a mark of 1:54.2 at Saratoga. A win would give him 142 points and a ticket to ride in the final.

Trainer Brett Pelling has Jim Morrill Jr. in the bike and they have been made the 2-1 morning line favorite from post five.

JoJo’s Place (Roll With Joe-Angel Place) is winless this year but has hit the board in three NYSS races. He has a very outside chance of making the final but only if he could win here. Recently he has been hampered with outside posts for the last five outings and drawing post two will definitely help. Although he finished fifth last week at Vernon, he still paced in 1:52.3 in defeat.

Matt Kakaley will be driving for trainer John Butenschoen and they were made 3-1 by the track handicapper.

Major March (Art Major-March You And Me) has been a bit of a late bloomer. After winning big in an Excel “A” race at Saratoga in 1:54.1 by seven lengths, he stepped up to the NYSS for the last two starts and acquitted himself well. He seems to fit this field nicely and should not be overlooked given his recent outings.

Hall of Fame trainer Linda Toscano has tabbed Drew Monti to drive and they will start from post six at 7-2.

The 2018 NYSS Consolations races which carry a total purse value of $320,000 will be held at Batavia Downs on Friday (Sept. 21).

Morning News Briefing

Double homicide discovered in Hamlin.
Investigators from the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office are searching for surveillance footage after two bodies were found inside a burned vehicle.
Someone reported the finding to police after discovering the car behind a building on King Street yesterday.
The case is being treated as a dual homicide by investigators and they are currently attempting to track down possible surveillance footage from nearby cameras.
Lawmen have not released the names of the deceased people found inside the car.
Investigators are encouraging anyone with information to call police.

LeRoy Schools add to their Resource Officer program.
There will be a nearly constant law enforcement presence at both the Le Roy Middle School High School and Wolcott Street School following a new arrangement this year between the Village of Le Roy and the Le Roy Central School District.
School Resource Officer Eric Miller has now become an employee of the district following his recent retirement.
The state has created a classification for former law enforcement officers to become school employees known as “special patrol officers.”
Miller has been the SRO at the high school since 2003, splitting some time with Wolcott.
Now two part-time LeRoy Police officers will be rotating coverage at the elementary school while Miller is at the high school.
For more on the story check the article by our news partner The Batavian.

Minnesota man busted for drunk driving after nearly crashing in Batavia.
41 year old Ryan Callison of Zimmerman Minnesota was stopped by deputies on Main Street Road after he was allegedly observed failing to yield the right of way entering the roadway and nearly causing a collision.
Callison was arrested and charged with DWI then released with an appearance ticket for September 13th in Batavia Town Court.

Dine and dash down Lake Street lands a LeRoy resident in lock up.
LeRoy Police were called to a Lake Street business in the Village after receiving a complaint of a male allegedly leaving the restaurant without paying for his meal and drinks.
Upon arrival officer’s located 27 year old Todd Gailie Jr. of Myrtle Street Le Roy on the railroad tracks in the area and when he was confronted Gailie allegedly ran from officers.
After a brief foot chase Gailie was taken into custody.
He was charged with petit larceny and obstructing governmental administration.
Gailie committed to the Genesee County Jail in lieu of $1,500 bail and is expected to appear on September 20th to LeRoy Town Court.

NY state senator Michael Razenhofer has secured $72,000 in state funding for public libraries in Genesee County.
The total funding will be distributed among the 6 public libraries and can be used for a variety of purposes including capital improvements, new books, learning materials, software and computers.

People across Western New York will be remembering those killed in the September 11th terror attacks.
Memorial ceremonies will be taking place in several communities to honor people who died in attacks at the Pentagon and World Trade Center, and in the crash of Flight 93 in Pennsylvania.
Nearly three-thousand people lost their lives on this day 17 years ago.
Many first responders are still dealing with the health effects of chemicals they breathed in at Ground Zero.

Evening News Briefing

A Buffalo woman is jailed after a one car crash in LeRoy.
Deputies say 26 year old Marissa Michael-Connors of Buffalo struck a guard rail last night along Vallance Road.
Lawmen alleged that Michaels-Connors was drunk at the time and driving with a suspended license.
She was locked-up in the Genesee County Jail in lieu of $1,500 bail.

A Batavia woman is charged with entering the Genesee County Probation Building with a knife.
20 year old Miranda Giancarlo was charged with possession of a dangerous weapon on county property.

A new poll shows Governor Cuomo with a 41-point lead over his challenger Cynthia Nixon as the two ready for the Democratic primary later this week. The Siena College poll finds 63-percent of Democratic voters support the current Governor, compared to 22-percent for the former Sex and the City actress. It’s a ten percent increase from last month’s survey as the Governor seeks a third term.

New York City’s Tribute in Light continues tomorrow. The two blue light beams, reaching up to four miles in the sky, will appear from dusk to dawn to commemorate the anniversary of the 9-11 attacks on Lower Manhattan. Assembled on the roof of the Battery Parking Garage south of the 9-11 Memorial, the beams are comprised of 88 seven-thousand-watt xenon light bulbs, echoing the shape of the former Twin Towers. The Tribute in Light was first presented six-months after 9-11 and has been seen each September 11th thereafter.

Batavia City Council meets tonight.
The meeting, with a mostly routine agenda, begins at 7PM in City Hall.

GCC Athletics Update: Cougar Volleyball

The GCC volleyball team went 3-0 Sept. 8 against SUNY Adirondack, North Country and Hudson Valley with almost 50 aces

Press Release:

The Genesee Community College volleyball team hosted five other teams with their home-opener by going a perfect 3-0 on the day. In addition to Genesee, other teams included SUNY Adirondack, Finger Lakes, North County, Hudson Valley and Monroe, who all compete in National Junior College Athletic Asociation Region III.
The Cougars were the lone team to sweep all of its opponents with a perfect 9-0 set record after 3-0 sweep in wins over SUNY Adirondack, North Country and Hudson Valley.

Genesee’s service points were at a premium as the Cougars hit almost 50 aces over the course of the three matches.

In the first Genesee match, the Cougars beat SUNY Adirondack 26-24, 25-15 and 25-23.

In the first set against the Wolverines, the Cougars trailed down the stretch 22-21, but got four of the last six points to take the closest of the three sets. The come-from-behind first-set win proved to be the impetus for the sweep.

In the second set the teams were tied midway through the set at 12-12, but Genesee took 13 of the last 16 points in impressive fashion.

In the third set, the Cougars trailed by as much as six points at 14-8 and the Timberwolves appeared in command at 22-17 until a pereserverant Cougar team scored eight of the last nine points to steal the win. Ana Caeolina Cerezer Pinto put an exclamation point on the win by securing the final four points through serves with the last being one of her three aces.

The three late-rally set wins saw Genesee collectively put point stretches of 25-6 (4-2, 13-3, 8-1) when the sets was on the line to claim victory.

Pinto also led the team in digs (15) and kills (9), while Lyndsey Rowland added six blocks. Grace Zandrowicz also recorded three aces in the win over the Timberwolves.
In the second Genesee match, the Cougars looked their strongest with set scores of 25-15, 25-10 and 25-3 in the victory over North Country.

Genesee broke open the first set with 10 of the last 12 points, and then started the second set with 15 of the first 17 points. The Cougars dominated the Saints in the third set with their most impressive performance of the season in allowing only three set points. Both the second and third sets were ended by service aces.

In all, Genesee had 20 aces against North Country with six each coming from Sha-Ony Obispa and Katherine Alsworth, while Zandrowicz added five. Pinto led the team in kills with 10, while Zandrowicz had a team-high nine digs. Both Rowland and Kaitlyn VanSkiver added a pair of blocks.
In the third Genesee match that completed the sweep on the day, the Cougars beat Hudson Valley 25-7, 25-11 and 25-21.

Of the three set wins, the third was the most impressive after trailing by four points midway at 17-13. A Pinto kill finally brought the Cougars even at 21 before Alsworth provided four winning serves to end the match and seal the sweep.

In the first set against the Vikings, Pinto scored 11-consecutive points from serves to turn a close 7-5 set into an 18-5 runaway. Alsworth recorded six aces against Hudson Valley, with five coming from Pinto and four from VanSkiver. Pinto also had a team-high nine kills, while Audriana Reeves led in digs with 10.

Mark Jagord
GCC Sports Information

Focus Power rallies late in Batavia Open

Focus Power (Photo courtesy of Paul White)

Press Release:

By Tim Bojarski, for Batavia Downs

Finding himself hopelessly boxed in approaching the stretch, Focus Power somehow shook loose and out-paced everyone to the wire to win the $10,500 Open pace at Batavia Downs on Saturday afternoon (Sept. 8).

China Dream (John Cummings Jr.) took the lead by the quarter and backed the half off to :57 flat as no one challenged the position. But last week’s Open winner Validus Deo (Kevin Cummings) started to advance on the outside in front of the stands with Heaven Rocks (Ray Fisher Jr.) following him. This left Focus Power locked in on the pylons fifth, with nowhere to make a move.

China Dream threw in a swift :27.4 third panel which stifled the advance by the outside horses. Cummings Jr. had let China Dream out another notch around the last turn and had a solid two length advantage at the top of the stretch. Still fifth on the pins, Focus Power found a lane to move forward as Validus Deo drifted out and then Monti went to work. Under a solid right-hand drive Focus Power was a blur with pace, making up the five lengths he was behind to win by a neck in 1:53.3.

Focus Power ($7.20) got his third win in his last six starts and fifth overall of the year for owner Jim Caradori, who has now benefitted the amount of $41,541 from his gelding’s efforts. Darrin Monti conditions the winner.

In the co-featured $9,000 Open II pace, Whosurpapa (Billy Davis Jr.) rebuffed and early challenge from Mr. Euroman N (John Cummings Jr.), another try from him at the three-quarters and then a late push from the pocket-sitting Barry Hanover (Shawn Mcdonough) to go gate to wire never headed in 1:54.1. Whosurpapa ($11.80) got his 10th win of the year and padded his bank to $59,318 for owner William Emmons and trainer James Clouser Jr.

Billy Davis Jr. got his second consecutive driving hat trick on Saturday, besting all reinsmen for wins on the night. Davis currently sits third in the dash driver standings with 35 wins behind the leading Kevin Cummings (47) and Drew Monti (46).

Racing resumes at Batavia Downs on Monday afternoon (Sept. 10) with a post time of 5 p.m.

GCC Athletics Update: Men’s Soccer

2018 GCC men’s soccer team

Press Release:

If history repeats itself, the top-ranked Genesee Community College men’s soccer team’s first loss in over a year may be a blessing in disguise with the Cougars earning a split at the Tom Bichy Tournament in Boyds, Maryland this past weekend.

The Cougars opened the tournament with a 2-1 loss to Mt. San Antonio College (Walnut, Ca.) Sept. 8 and then beat Prince George’s Community College (Largo, Md.) 4-0 the next day to earn the weekend split. The loss ended a 13-game winning streak extended from last season, as well as a 22-game unbeaten string.

Genesee went about 370 days between losses with its previous one coming to Camden County Sept. 3, 2017 in double overtime in the same Bichy Tournament by a same 2-1 score. That loss may have dropped the Cougars in the rankings last year, but it allowed the team to make the adjustments it needed for a successful national championship run that included facing that same Camden County team in the national championship semifinals with obviously different results.

In the Cougars’ weekend win against Prince George’s, Rodrigo Albuquerque scored the team’s first three goals and Sam Hall added a fourth for the Cougars in the 4-0 win. Due to weather, the normal 90-minute contest ended after 70. Shahin Tahir Nasabi, Jose Manoel Cavalini and Ed Port all recorded assists on the day. Cougar goalkeeper Adrian Bergman recorded one save in the win.
Genesee out-shot the Owls 11-5, with seven Cougar shots finding the net.

Against Mt. Sac, Albuquerque scored the lone Cougar goal from three Genesee team shots, while Bergman recorded five saves in net in a defensive showdown.

Mark Jagord
GCC Sports Information

Morning News Briefing

LeRoy crash ends with a Buffalo woman behind bars.
26 year old Marissa Michaels-Connors of Buffalo was taken into custody by Genesee County Sheriff’s Deputies following a one car crash on Vallance Road in LeRoy.
The accident reportedly occurred yesterday evening when Michaels-Connors moved from a lane unsafely while she was allegedly driving drunk on suspended license and using her cell phone.
Her license was reportedly suspended after striking a guide rail in a previous alcohol related incident.
Michaels-Connors was charged with DWI, Aggravated Unlicensed Operation and Refusal to take a breath test and was ordered to be held in lieu of $1,500 bail in the Genesee County Jail.

Walmart shoplifters arrested in possession of drugs in Batavia.
33 year old City residents Brandon March of South Main Street and Ian Lablanc Chatt of Hart Street were arrested following investigation into a larceny complaint from the Walmart in Batavia Friday afternoon.
Leblanc Chat allegedly walked out the department store with a stolen 18 ounce can of Rain X and shortly after that both men were arrested and found in possession of drugs, and drug paraphernalia.
Both March and Lablanc Chatt were charged with Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance, Possession of a Hypodermic Instrument, Criminal Use of Drug Paraphernalia and Conspiracy.
They are expected in Batavia Town Court on September 20th.

Batavia man busted for bringing a weapon to probation.
City Police arrested 20 year old Giancarlo Miranda of West Saile Drive last week after he allegedly brought a knife into the Genesee County Probation Building on Main Street in the city.
He was charged with Possession of a Dangerous Weapon on County Property and was released with an appearance ticket.
Miranda is slated to appear tomorrow afternoon in Batavia City Court.

Governor Cuomo is denying he knew anything about a campaign mailer that accused challenger Cynthia Nixon of being anti-Semitic.
The mailer was sent out by the New York State Democratic Committee and urged people not to vote for Nixon, saying she wouldn’t quote “stand strong” for the Jewish community.

The committee has released a statement admitting it sent out a wrong mailer and promised to work with the Nixon campaign to send out one of their own choosing.
Nixon called the flyer sickening adding that her children are being raised Jewish and that she and her wife are members of a synagogue.

Water out on Walnut Street in the City.
A large water main break was discovered off of Walnut St along the power line Right of Way at approximately 2am this morning.
Customers on Walnut St (South of the Railroad Tracks), and Law St are without water service at this time.
Crews are on site to shut down the water main and begin repairs.

Empire Earl N goes career best in Batavia feature

Empire Earl N (Photo by Paul White)

Press Release:

By Tim Bojarski, for Batavia Downs

He may be 10, but Empire Earl N looked more like a 3-year-old as he came from far back to brush down the lane and win the $10,000 Open Handicap trot in the fastest mile of his life on Friday evening (Sept. 7) at Batavia Downs.

Post time favorite BZ Glide (Mike Caprio) and 13-1 shot Empire Earl N (Ray fisher Jr.) started and finished the race side by side but took two different paths to the wire. BZ Glide went right for the front from post six while Empire Earl N got away last from post five. BZ Glide set his own set of fractions as no one challenged him until halfway up the backstretch when Southern Palms (Kevin Cummings) came first over at the five-eighths and got even with the leader by the three-quarters.

As the action was unfolding up front, Empire Earl N was tracking it second over and Fisher was timing his move. That came as they rolled out of the last turn; Empire Earl N tipped three-deep and was barreling down the center of the track with Fisher rocking and knocking all the way. The three horses hit the wire a neck apart with Empire Earl N getting there first ahead of BZ Glide in 1:56.3, which was a new lifetime mark

It was the eighth win of the season for Empire Earl N ($28.60) and it bolstered his 2018 earnings to $61,378 for owner Kim Asher. Riley Stalbaum-Asher trains the winner.

In the $8,000 Open II, Call My Broker (Kevin Cummings) took no prisoners going gate to wire in 1:58.3, holding off the fast-closing Snapshot Springs (Drew Monti) and Barn Star (Mike Caprio) to chalk up his fourth win of the season. Frank Meier owns the Angelo Nappo trained gelding.

Billy Davis Jr. led all drivers on the card as he started the night out hot with a natural hat trick in races one through three.

The Batavia Downs early Pick-5 was part of the USTA Strategic Wagering program and was featured as the USTA Play of the Day on Friday with a carryover of $2,900 and a guaranteed pool of $6,000. That pool ballooned to over $10,000 when the first race went off and it yielded an instant jackpot payoff after the fifth. A $1 ticket on the combination of 1-7-6-5-3 returned $4,417.50.

Racing resumes at Batavia Downs with a twilight card on Saturday featuring a post time at 4:45 p.m.

Weekend News Briefing

Local newsman takes job as marketing director of GCEDC.
Jim Krencik left his job as a journalist for the Batavia Daily News a week ago to become the new director of marketing and communications for the Genesee County Economic Development Center.
Krencik covered economic development locally and in his eight-year career reporting the deals and projects he became interested in helping the developments happen himself…

He replaces Rachael Tabelski, who is now director of the Batavia Development Corp.
Krenick had worked for the Daily News for five and a half years before his departure.
He starts out the job at 47-thousand dollars annually.
For more on the story check the article from our news partner The Batavian.

The House Ethics Committee is taking a closer look at Western New York Congressman Chris Collins.
The Buffalo News reports a special committee will review allegations made against Collins and will figure out if he needs to be punished by the entire House.
One potential penalty could see him being expelled.
Collins has already suspended his re-election campaign after being arrested on federal charges related to fraud.
His spokesman hasn’t commented on this new development.

The Batavia Muckdogs General Manager says the Dogs will be back in Batavia next year but he will not be.
Dave Chase said he will not return as General Manager for the 2019 season.
He said he had a one year deal with the NYP league, the owner of the Muckdogs, and he finished that year.

New York State is running out of time to remove I Love New York tourism signs from the Thruway.
If they’re not taken down by September 30th, the state won’t get the money back from a 14 million dollar fine the government handed down.
The Federal Highway Administration says the signs could potentially distract drivers, but state officials disagree.

Horse race down Cedar Street in Batavia.
The Batavia Downs was not the only place to see a high speed horse in the city this week.
Police chief Shawn Heubusch reported that City Police Officer Perkins caught “Lilly” a female horse following a brief foot chase on Cedar Street Thursday night.
Further investigation revealed that Lilly escaped the Genesee County Fairgrounds for a midnight stroll and Officer Perkins along with Officer Degroot corralled the mare back onto the grounds.
Lilly was reunited with her owner without incident.

Evening News Briefing

Rep. Chris Collins

The House Ethics Committee is taking a closer look at Western New York Congressman Chris Collins.
The Buffalo News reports a special committee will review allegations made against Collins and will figure out if he needs to be punished by the entire House.
One potential penalty could see him being expelled.
Collins has already suspended his re-election campaign after being arrested on federal charges related to fraud.
His spokesman hasn’t commented on this new development.

New York State is running out of time to remove I Love New York tourism signs from the Thruway. If they’re not taken down by September 30th, the state won’t get the money back from a 14 million dollar fine the government handed down. The Federal Highway Administration says the signs could potentially distract drivers, but state officials disagree.

The Buffalo Bills hope to get the new NFL season started in a positive way. They’ll be taking on the Baltimore Ravens Sunday afternoon.
Quarterback Nathan Peterman will be leading the Bills onto the field as their starting quarterback.
He beat out rookie Josh Allen for that job during the preseason.
Kickoff Sunday is at 1PM

The Batavia Muckdogs General Manager says the Dogs will be back in Batavia next year but he will not be.
Dave Chase said he will not return as General Manager for the 2019 season. He said he had a one year deal with the NYP league, the owner of the Muckdogs, and he finished that year.

Football double header on tap tonight on WBTA.
On our main channels, we follow the Batavia High School Blue Devils to Livonia. Game time with Bob Brown and Paul Spiotta is 7:30PM.
Over on WBTAi2, our Scott Ripley will bring you LeRoy hosting Wellsville.
Game time on WBTAi2 is also 7:30PM.

Darien Lake Presents Fourth Annual Harvest Festival

Press Release:

DARIEN CENTER, N.Y. — September 7, 2018 — Darien Lake, a Six Flags Theme Park, and the Coaster Capital of New York, is holding its fourth annual Harvest Festival September 8 through September 23 featuring local performers, food trucks, crafters and fun activities throughout the park, all set against the beautiful fall foliage of the season.
Harvest Festival activities that are included with park admission:

• Local food trucks including Eat Greek, The Cheesy Chick and Center Street Smokehouse plus seasonal in-park fall treats;
• Stage entertainment with international bands, local performers and dance groups;
• Regional arts and craft vendors;
• Hay-mazing Adventure – a fun kids’ maze;
• Harvest Fest Express hayrides;
• Keg Tap and Beer Slides (for ages 21 and up); and
• Ignite the Night Laser show on the lawn Saturdays at 8:00 p.m.

Vacationing guests will have access to special harvest-themed activities each Friday evening before the Festival including Magical Pumpkin Forest, when guests will plant seeds at night and “harvest” their pumpkins the next morning. There will also be fall-themed crafts in the hotel and a family-friendly movie on the laser lawn at 9:00 p.m.

The Harvest Festival takes place September 8, 9, 15, 16, 22, and 23; and Saturdays 11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m., and Sundays, 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Darien Lake is also announcing the extension of its special Flash Sale, now through Sunday, September 9, featuring the best deal of the year — savings up to 70% off on a 2019 Season Pass, which also includes admission to 2018 Fright Fest®, a new Halloween event this October.

Guests who take advantage of this special offer will receive a free upgrade to a Gold Season Pass with every Pass purchased. Gold Season Passes include admission to Six Flags Darien Lake and any other Six Flags theme park, as well as free parking, special admission offers for friends and a free drink bottle with paid refills.

During the Flash Sale guests can also join the Six Flags Membership program for 65% off the Season Price and receive three free bonus months. Six Flags Membership includes all of the benefits of Season Pass plus over 50 additional benefits such as unlimited soft drinks, preferred parking, walk-on passes for rides, and exclusive waterpark seating. Members can also participate in Six Flags Membership Rewards, a new loyalty program that allows guests to earn valuable prizes for just for riding rides, seeing shows, and having a great time at the park.

GCEDC ACCEPTS APPLICATIONS FOR INCENTVIVES FROM AMADA TOOL AND SIX FLAGS DARIEN LAKE, LLC

Press Release:

The Genesee County Economic Development Center (GCEDC) approved applications for incentives for two capital projects at the agency’s September 6th board meeting.

Amada Tool in the city of Batavia is planning an $8.8 million capital investment to increase the company’s manufacturing facility by approximately 19,000 sq. ft. in the city of Batavia. The project would create 17 new jobs and retain 68 current jobs.

The proposed investment includes $2.3 million in construction costs and $6.5 million in new equipment. Amada Tool is seeking property and sales tax exemptions of approximately $266,000. Approximately $85 will be generated in the regional economy for every one dollar of private sector investment by Amada.

Six Flags Darien Lake, LLC is one of the largest sales tax revenue generators in Genesee County and one of the region’s most popular tourism destinations, is planning to build and open a new $2.150 million ride in 2019. The company is seeking approximately $166,000 in sales tax exemptions.

Both projects will require public hearings as the companies are seeking incentives over $100,000.

GGLDC APPROVES INCENTIVES FOR REST & REVIVE FLOAT CENTER IN THE CITY OF BATAVIA

Press Release:

The Genesee Gateway Local Development Corporation (GGLDC) today approved a loan for Rest & Revival Float Center, LLC’s renovation of a City of Batavia facility.

The startup company will be the first health and wellness center in Batavia and Genesee County to provide floatation therapy services. The renovation includes the purchase of new machinery and equipment. The project has a capital investment of $355,000 and will retain two jobs and create three new jobs.

The company will receive a $100,000 loan from the Genesee Gateway Local Development Corporation’s Revolving Loan Fund.

Rest & Revive will provide floatation therapy and retail sales of floatation sleep therapy systems.

“Businesses are developing new ideas to grow with our economy,” said GGLDC Board Chairman Tom Felton. “The Revolving Loan Fund offers assistance to create more opportunities for companies and our community.”

Morning News Briefing

Suspect in summertime murder in the city remains in custody.
Batavia Police are awaiting forensic lab results to return from the State Police lab before moving forward in their ongoing murder investigation into a deadly beating on Liberty Street this summer.
In July, 47 year old Ray Morgan was found deceased inside his apartment after he had been beaten beyond recognition.
Batavia Police Chief Shawn Heubusch had the latest on the case while speaking on WBTA’s “Main and Center” program yesterday morning,

Morgan had been released from lockup after serving a prison sentence for drug possession and was staying at the Liberty Street apartment which is a designated boarding house for parolees.

Funding for DWI program dips as arrests remain steady.
Assistant County Manager Matt Landers delivered his annual program report as the STOP-DWI coordinator for the county, to the County’s Ways and Means Committee yesterday.
Landers said despite the total number of arrests remaining consistent, program revenue has dropped…

The STOP-DWI program provides funds for extra patrols focused entirely on DWI detection and is funded through fines imposed on convicted drunken drivers.
Landers said the drop in funds could be from reduced fines.

Muckdogs GM says he won’t return next season but it looks like the dogs will be back in Batavia.
General Manager Dave Chase said it remains likely that the Muckdogs will be back in Batavia for the 2019 season but he won’t be.
While speaking with our news partner The Batavian Chase said it was a difficult year both professionally and personally and that he faced medical issues as well that only made things tougher.
He said that he was only under contract for one year and he did his job.
Chase thinks he could possibly remain as a part-time consultant for the team and said he expects the dogs will be in Batavia for two or three more years before they move on.

The House Ethics Committee is taking a closer look at Western New York Congressman Chris Collins.
The Buffalo News reports a special committee will review allegations made against Collins and will figure out if he needs to be punished by the chamber.
One potential penalty could see him being expelled.
Collins has already suspended his re-election campaign after being arrested on federal charges related to fraud.
His spokesman hasn’t commented on this new development.

New York State is running out of time to remove I Love New York tourism signs from the Thruway.
If they’re not taken down by September 30th, the state won’t get the money back from a 14 million dollar fine the government handed down.
The Federal Highway Administration says the signs could potentially distract drivers, but state officials disagree.
Reportedly, negotiations between the state and feds are stuck on things like font size and how many of the signs will be allowed to stay.

Evening News Briefing

Batavia Police continue to wait for forensic lab results to further their investigation into a July murder on Liberty Street.
47 year old Ray Morgan was found beaten to death inside his apartment.

Batavia Police Chief Shawn Heubusch

On WBTA’s “Main and Center” program this morning, Police Chief Shawn Heubusch updated the status of the case

Morgan was staying in a boarding house for parolees after serving time for drugs.

Bergen man indicted on charges of child sexual abuse.
24 year old Colin Wickings is accused of having sexual contact with a 9 year old girl and a 6 year old boy.
The suspected incidents occurred in the summer of 2016 in the Town of Bergen.

The Democrat challenging Governor Cuomo is spending little while taking advantage of free social media and TV appearances to get her message out. Cynthia Nixon continued to accuse Cuomo’s administration of being corrupt during a TV appearance last night on Late Night With Seth Myers. Paperwork shows Nixon has spent just a few hundred thousand dollars in campaign spending the past few months while Governor Cuomo has shelled out 16 million since July. Cuomo has plastered the TV with ads touting his accomplishments ahead of next week’s New York primary.

Buffalo Bills icon Jim Kelly is on the road to recovery following his latest surgery. In a social media post, his wife Jill said he successfully had dentures inserted earlier this week. Doctors have been restructuring the Hall of Famer’s jaw following his treatment for oral cancer. Jill Kelly says her family is thankful for everyone’s thoughts and prayers.

Morning News Briefing

Bergen man faces indictment for alleged sexual abuse of children.
24 year old Colin Wickings has been indicted by a Genesee County Grand jury on five counts accusing him of sexually abusing two children.
He has been indicted on three counts of Sexual Abuse in the first degree and two counts of Endangering the Welfare of a Child for his alleged sexual contact with a 9 year old girl and a 6 year old boy.
Wickings is accused of committing the abuse around the end of June or early July in 2016 in the Town of Bergen.

Investigation into possible hit and run in Batavia ends with a Tennessee man behind bars.
33 year old Jeffery Rogers of Knoxville Tennessee was arrested on West Main Street in the city for speeding in a speed zone following police investigation into a possible hit and run accident.
Rogers and was accused of driving while intoxicated and was allegedly in possession of pot.
He was charged with Aggravated DWI along with Aggravated Unlicensed Operation of a motor vehicle and was committed in lieu of 25-hundred dollars bail to the County Jail.

A Batavia man accused of forcible touching.
Batavia Police arrested 54 year old David Barton of Ellicott Street in the city for an alleged incident which occurred last month at an Ellicott Street apartment.
Barton allegedly forced unwanted contact and touched a female inappropriately without her consent.
Barton was arraigned and then released with an appearance ticket.

An Alexander man indicted for first degree rape.
A Grand Jury Indictment has been handed down to 50 year old Domingo Gomez-Gomez of Alexander accusing him of first degree Rape, a class B violent felony and Criminal Possession of a Forged Instrument, class D felony.
Gomez-Gomez allegedly committed the sex crime towards the end of April and in early May of this year he was allegedly found in possession of a forged US Social Security card.

Genesee County Grand Jury indicts an Oakfield man allegedly responsible for a serious accident in Corfu that left four people injured.
24 year old Jacob Szumigala of Orchard Park Road in Oakfield was arrested in April following a three vehicle accident on Route 33 in Corfu.
He was accused of driving recklessly while operating a 2008 Hyundai Sonata and endangering others, causing serious physical injury.
He has been indicted on felony charges of aggravated vehicular assault, vehicular assault in the both the 1st and 2nd degree along with Aggravated Unlicensed Operation and Aggravated DWI for operating with a suspended license and having a BAC over twice the legal limit.

GCEDC considering tax incentives for Six Flags and Amada Tool.
Six Flags Darien Lake is asking for $166,000 in sales tax exemption to build a new $2.15 million ride that is scheduled to open next year.
Amada Tool in Batavia is seeking tax exemptions of approximately $266,000 for an $8.8 million project to add 19,000 sq. ft. to their manufacturing facility. The expansion is expected to create 17 new jobs.

Evening News Briefing

The Genesee County Economic Development Center (GCEDC) is considering tax incentives for Six Flags and Amada Tool.
Six Flags Darien Lake is asking for $166,000 in sales tax exemption to build a new $2.15-million ride that is scheduled to open next year.
Amada Tool in Batavia is seeking tax exemptions of approximately $266,000 for an $8.8 million project to add 19,000 sq. ft. to their manufacturing facility. The expansion is expected to create 17 new jobs.

Western New York Congressman Chris Collins is back on Capitol Hill.
The 27th District Republican cast four votes and did not answer questions about his indictment on federal charges.
Collins suspended his re-election bid last month after his arrest, saying he wanted to focus on clearing his name.
The G-O-P still hasn’t decided who will replace him on the November ballot.
It is also uncertain if Collins name can be removed from the ballot.

An Albion man remains behind bars today accused of supplying lethal drugs to his wife.
32 year old Kevin McMullen is charged with Criminally Negligent Homicide for allegedly giving his wife Megan of dose of the opiate Fentanyl.
Authorities said the drug caused the 33 year old woman to go into cardiac arrest. Police said rather than call for help Kevin McMullen injected himself with the drug and by the time he called 9-1-1 for Megan, it was too late.
Her death occurred last December. During the nine-month long investigation several heroin and Fentanyl dealers supplying Orleans County were identified and arrested.

A Heat Advisory remains in effect for Genesee, Wyoming and Orleans Counties until 8 o’clock tonight.
Heat index values are expected to reach into the upper 90’s.
The National Weather Service warns that hot and humid conditions bring an increased risk of heat related illness and dehydration.

WBTA Expands Streaming Sports Coverage

WBTA Radio has expanded its coverage of local high school football with the addition of a secondary streaming channel WBTAi2.

“This new streaming service allows us to provide live, play-by-play coverage of two games at the same time,” said WBTA President Dan Fischer.

The station plans to use the new service to cover all LeRoy Knights home and away games for the entire regular season. Scott Ripley will call the games.

The secondary stream can be accessed from the WBTA website (WBTAi.com) or the station’s mobile app for iPhone and Android devices.

The station has also announced it will broadcast all Batavia High School Blue Devils varsity football games in the Livingston County League, home and away. WBTA veteran sports announcers Bob Brown, Jay Moran and John Vazquez will call the Blue Devils games along with selected Saturday afternoon contests featuring other area schools..

The Blue Devils games will be broadcast over WBTA AM & FM and streamed on the stations’ main on-line channel, WBTAi.com.

 

Orienteering Event At Genesee County Park & Forest

Press Release:

East Bethany, NY – Come explore the active and adventurous sport of Orienteering at the Genesee County Park & Forest!! Learn how to find your way without batteries or a cell phone signal, by using a map and compass! All materials provided, no experience necessary! Orienteering is a family friendly sport for people of all ages and ability levels. Join us for the Orienteering Event with the Rochester Orienteering Club on Saturday September 15th from 9:00 am to 1:30 pm. This program is FREE!!

Meet at the Interpretive Nature Center at the Genesee County Park & Forest. Beginner class and basic training will be given from 9:00 am to 10:00 am. Orienteering start is open 10:00 am to 12:00 pm. All courses close at 1:30 pm. Perfect for individuals and families who love the outdoors! Come have some fun and find your way in New York State’s First County Forest. More information on the sport of orienteering and the Rochester Orienteering Club can be found at http://roc.us.orienteering.org or https://orienteeringusa.org. Please pre-register online at https://roc.us.orienteering.org/ or by calling 585-344-1122!

For more information on orienteering visit https://roc.us.orienteering.org/event-3042989. For additional information on programs at the Genesee County Parks visit our website at http://www.co.genesee.ny.us/departments/parks/, or contact Shannon Lyaski at Shannon.Lyaski@co.genesee.ny.us or (585) 344-1122.

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District Receives $25,000 America’s Farmers Grow Rural Education Grant

Jeffery Parnapy in his classroom

Press Release:

Bergen, NY ~ Two years of hard work are paying off for High School Science Teacher Jeffrey Parnapy and his colleagues in the form of a $25,000 grant from America’s Farmers Grow Rural Education. The grant money will be used to purchase data collection instruments for 7th through 12th grade science classes and to bolster the newly established agriculture program, now in its second year.

The school was nominated by several local farmers for the grant, which is designated to support STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) programs in rural public school districts. Parnapy, who teaches biology and agriculture, spearheaded the grant proposal with help from his science colleagues Michael Conine, Briana Delvecchio, Jenifer Faro, Peter Spence, and Terry Vick. The grant money will benefit all of the science classes by providing a range of specialized equipment including meteorological instruments and soil and water analysis equipment.

“We are so excited to be receiving the $25,000 America’s Farmers Grow Rural Education Grant,” said Jr./Sr. High School Principal Patrick McGee. “A huge thank you to our Ag and Science teacher Mr. Parnapy for doing the leg work behind the scenes to win this grant. Last year we started an initiative to bring an Agriculture program back into our building. We established an Agriculture elective and started FFA (Future Farmers of America). This year we will offer two Ag classes and our FFA program continues to grow. The grant money will go a long way into providing even more resources and opportunities for our students in the coming years.”

The agricultural program was established during the 2017-2018 school year at the suggestion of McGee and Byron-Bergen Superintendent Mickey Edwards. Parnapy enthusiastically agreed to head the program and founded the Byron-Bergen chapter of the FFA. Parnapy earned his degree in animal science from Cornell University and has eight years of experience teaching agriculture in other school districts. He is excited to bring his expertise to the Byron-Bergen students and use the grant award to the greatest advantage of current and future students.

A check presentation ceremony will take place at the Board of Education meeting on Thursday, September 13, 2018 at 7 p.m. in the Professional Development room at the Jr./Sr. High School.

This project was made possible by local farmers and America’s Farmers Grow Rural Education, sponsored by the Monsanto Fund.

About America’s Farmers
The America’s Farmers campaign highlights the importance of modern US Agriculture through communications and community outreach programs that partner with farmers to impact rural America. To learn more, visit America’s Farmers at www.AmericasFarmers.com.

About the Monsanto Fund
The Monsanto Fund, the philanthropic arm of the Monsanto Company, is a nonprofit dedicated to strengthening farm communities and the communities where Monsanto employees live and work.

BHS Class of ’88 REUNION IS PLANNED

Press Release:

The Batavia High School Class of 1988’s Class Reunion is scheduled for September 21st and 22nd, 2018. We are looking for help in contacting the members of our class and to inform them of our 30th Class Reunion celebration.

On Friday, September 21st, we will gather at Eli Fish Brewery (109 Main St) at 7 pm and enjoy the music of Justin Williams starting at 9 pm. There will be Class of ’88 specials on specific Eli Fish beverages and appetizers. On Saturday, September 22nd, we will gather at Steve and Lisa Pies’ home at 7 pm. There will be light snacks available. Members of the Classes of 1985-1991 are welcome to join our classmates and their guests at these events.

RSVPs are kindly requested for both events. The Pies’ address will be available upon receipt of a RSVP. To RSVP, please contact a committee member:

Colleen Odessa Kemp at colleen@elifishbrewing.com,
Steve Pies at steve@maxpiesfurniture.com, or
Julia Rogers at jrogersbcsd@gmail.com.

GCC History Students Third Annual Heritage Festival

Press Release:

History buffs of all ages are invited to walk back and forth through time to meet a treasure trove of important historical figures from across three centuries. As part of the Third Annual Orleans County Heritage Festival, Genesee Community College’s History Club is sponsoring a Timeline Festival at Mount Albion Cemetery at 14925 Telegraph Road in Albion, NY, 14411 on Saturday, September 15, 2018 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Along the physical timeline, signs marking specific periods such as 1700, 1750, 1800 continuing on to today will indicate prominent events such as the Revolutionary War and Civil War. As participants walk along the timeline, moving forward or backward in time, they will encounter historical impressionists and reenactors who will engage audiences and potentially encourage a noteworthy exchange of interests, ideas and conversation.

Key figures from the Revolutionary War, War of 1812, Civil War and numerous others are among the anticipated timeline guests. This year participants may meet Abigail Adams, the wife and closest advisor to John Adams, and mother to John Quincy Adams. Other notable impressionists may include President James K. Polk, President James Madison, President Abraham Lincoln and President Franklin D. Roosevelt. A strong contingent representing noted women in U.S. history will also be featured within the Timeline Festival. Along with Abigail Adams will be Edith Wilson, second wife of U.S President Woodrow Wilson and Matilda Joslyn Gage, a 19th Century suffragist, abolitionist, author and ‘freethinker;’ among others.

Additionally, the Timeline Festival will feature three formal talks, including:

• 11 a.m. Lt. Gen. Ulysses S. Grant portrayed by Derek Maxfield
• 1 p.m. Abigail Adams portrayed by Melinda Grube
• 3 p.m. Franklin D. Roosevelt portrayed by Albert McFadyen.

The event is free, open to the public and will occur rain or shine outdoors, so dressing according to the outdoor elements is advised. For a listing of all associated events with the Third Annual Orleans County Heritage Festival go to: https://orleansnyheritage.wordpress.com/2018/08/14/2018-schedule-of-events/

GCEDC TO CONSIDER ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS FOR CAPITAL PROJECTS

Press Release:

The Genesee County Economic Development Center (GCEDC) will consider accepting applications for incentives for two capital projects at the agency’s September 6th board meeting.

Amada Tool in the city of Batavia is seeking incentives for an $8.8 million capital investment to increase the company’s manufacturing facility by approximately 19,000 sq. ft. The project would create 17 new jobs and retain 68 current jobs. The proposed investment includes $2.3 million in construction costs and $6.5 million in new equipment. Amada Tool is seeking property and sales tax exemptions of approximately $266,000.

Six Flags Darien Lake, LLC is seeking approximately $166,000 in sales tax exemption to build a new $2.150 million ride that is scheduled to open in 2019. Six Flags Darien Lake, LLC is one of the largest sales tax revenue generator in Genesee County and one of the region’s most popular tourism destinations.

Morning News Briefing

Albion man behind bars for overdose death of his wife.
An Albion man is being held in the Orleans County Jail after a lengthy criminal investigation revealed he allegedly supplied a fatal opiate to his wife then neglected to seek medical attention for her.
After a nine month long investigation into the death of 33 year old Megan McMullen, Albion police arrested her husband 32 year old Kevin McMullen charging him with criminally negligent homicide.
According to investigators Kevin supplied his wife a fatal dose of fentanyl on December 18th of last year and after performing CPR without resuscitation he injected himself with the drugs instead of calling for medical attention that may have saved her life.
He was ordered to be held in lieu of $50,000 bail in the Orleans County Jail.
The investigation has led police to identify several opiate dealers supplying drugs in Orleans County from the Rochester area.

10 arrested at 5 Finger Death Punch and Breaking Benjamin Concert
The Genesee County Sheriff’s Office made a number of arrests at Monday night’s concert at the Darien Lake Performing Arts Center.
Seven people were arrested for Trespassing after they either refused to leave or attempted to reenter the concert after having been ejected.
24 year old Caitlin Richardson of Wayland was arrested for three counts of Criminal Mischief after allegedly breaking the mirrors off 3 cars in the parking lot.
The only individual who was ordered to be held in lieu of bail was 27 year old Gage Ellis of Little Valley, NY who was charged with Criminal Trespass.
The remaining nine people were given appearance tickets for September 20th in Darien Town Court.

Western New York Congressman Chris Collins is back on Capitol Hill.
The 27th District Republican cast four votes yesterday and didn’t answer questions about his indictment on federal charges.
Collins suspended his re-election bid last month after his arrest, saying he wanted to focus on clearing his name.
The G-O-P still hasn’t decided who will replace him on the November ballot.

GCEDC considering incentives for Six Flags and Amada Tool.
Amada Tool in Batavia is seeking tax exemptions of approximately $266,000 for an $8.8 million capital investment to increase the company’s manufacturing facility by approximately 19,000 sq. ft.
The project would create 17 new jobs and retain 68 current jobs.
Six Flags Darien Lake is seeking approximately $166,000 in sales tax exemption to build a new $2.150 million ride that is scheduled to open in 2019.
The Genesee County Economic Development Center will consider accepting applications for incentives during their meeting tomorrow.

Hydrant flushing starts today in the city.
The City Fire Department will be flushing fire hydrants today through Friday from approximately 9am to 3pm each day in the areas north of West Main Street and west of Bank Street.
Homes and businesses nearby will be affected with a temporary discoloration of water.

Evening News Briefing

An Albion man has been arrested for criminally negligent homicide for allegedly supplying an opiate to his wife who then overdosed and died.
33 year old Megan McMullen died on December 18th of last year from an overdose of Fentanyl that police say was given to her by her husband Kevin.
Following a nine month long investigation, 32 year old Kevin McMullen was arrested by Albion Police and charged providing the drug to Megan and failing to get her medical attention in time to save her life.
He is locked up in lieu of $50,000bail.
Albion Police said the investigation has led to the identification of several Fentanyl and Heroin dealers in the Rochester who were supplying drugs in Orleans County.

Batavia’s Bed Bath and Beyond is closing.
Store management has confirmed that the housewares retailer on Veteran’s Memorial Drive will shut down.
No date has been set for the store’s closing.
The lease with mall owner COR Development has expired.
Financial experts say Bed Bath and Beyond is not closing its brick and mortar stores fast enough to continue competing online.

Foul language leads to arrest for an Elba man.
Sheriff’s deputies arrested 29 year old Colton Chappius of South Main Street after he was accused of violating a Family Court Order of Protection during a custody exchange in Elba on Saturday.
Lawmen say Chappius used loud and vulgar language during the exchange.

Buffalo Bills legend Jim Kelly had surgery at a New York City hospital today. The Hall of Famer was expected to have permanent dentures installed as he recovers from oral cancer. Doctors were able to remove the disease from his upper jaw and lymph nodes in his neck earlier this year.

Hydrant flushing starts tomorrow in the city.
The City Fire Department will be flushing fire hydrants Wednesday through Friday from approximately 9am to 3pm each day in the areas north of West Main Street and west of Bank Street.
Homes and businesses nearby will be affected with a temporary discoloration of water.

Albion Man Arrested in Death of His Wife

Kevin McMullen

On September 3, 2018 the Albion Police Department arrested Kevin J. McMullen, 32, at his residence located at 12394 West Lee Road in the Town of Albion. The Orleans County Sheriff’s Office assisted the Albion Police in taking McMullen into custody.
The arrest comes after an 9 month investigation conducted by the Albion Police Department, Orleans County Major Felony Crime Task Force, Orleans County District Attorney’s Office and the Monroe County Medical Examiner’s Office
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McMullen was arrested in connection with the death of his wife, Megan McMullen Age 33. Megan McMullen died on December 18, 2017 at 346 West State Street in the Village of Albion as a result of an overdose of the Opiate Fentanyl.

The investigation revealed that Kevin McMullen transported Megan to the City of Rochester where he provided Fentanyl to her. Megan subsequently overdosed on the Fentanyl causing her to go into respiratory arrest. Kevin McMullen then performed rescue breaths on Megan until she began breathing. Kevin McMullen then transported Megan back to their residence at 346 West State Street in Albion where Megan again overdosed on the Fentanyl that Kevin had given her. Megan then went into Cardiac Arrest. Kevin McMullen then administered CPR on Megan. Kevin then, instead of calling 911 to get medical assistance for Megan, injected the Fentanyl into himself.

Kevin McMullen then called 911 several hours later. When the Albion Police and Ambulance staff arrived Megan McMullen was found to be deceased and beyond the time frame of lifesaving Medical Intervention.

Kevin McMullen is charged with Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance with intent to Sell for providing Megan McMullen with the lethal Fentanyl and for Criminally Negligent Homicide for providing the lethal Fentanyl which caused her death and not getting her the Medical assistance which could have saved her life.
McMullen was arraigned in the T/Albion Court and placed in the Orleans County Jail on $50,000.00. He is to return to court on September 7, 2018.

As a result of this investigation by the Albion Police and Orleans County Major Felony Crime Task Force, several dealers of the deadly Opiates Fentanyl and Heroin were identified in the City of Rochester. These dealers were supplying Orleans County and responsibly for several overdoses and possibly other overdose related deaths. Several Arrests have been made and quantities of the deadly Opiates taken off the streets.

Springsteen, Hitman Hill face off in NYSS at Batavia

(Hitman Hill Photo by Frances Blazer/Fotowon)

Press Release:

By Tim Bojarski, for Batavia Downs

There is a lot at stake for all the entrants of the $117,600 New York Sire Stakes (NYSS) for 3-year-old pacing colts and geldings at Batavia Downs on Wednesday (Sept. 5) as this is the last race for that group before the $225,000 final at Yonkers on Saturday (Sept. 22). But the one division all eyes will be on features a heavyweight match between Springsteen and Hitman Hill who both need to win for the opportunity to make that final.

Currently Springsteen is 10th in points with 100 while Hitman Hill is sitting behind him in 12th with 75. The majority of the horses currently in position to make the final are also competing on Wednesday so it all depends on how well everyone does.

There are three $39,200 divisions of the NYSS carded as race one, five and six. Post time for the first race is 5 p.m.

Springsteen (Rock N Roll Heaven-American Charm) has had a huge year. He won the $500,000 Hempt at Mohegan Sun Pocono in a lifetime best 1:48.3 in June along with two NYSS divisions this year. But he failed to make the $400,000 Adios final and more recently finished seventh in the $400,000 Milstein. And this past Saturday (Sept, 2) he had a rough outing finishing last in the $500,000 Messenger Stake at Yonkers.

He currently sits eighth in North America among all 3-year-olds for earnings with $341,175 and has the sixth fastest win time for that same group of 1:48.3

Louis Roy has been tabbed by trainer Rene Allard to drive Springsteen and they are the morning line choice at 8-5 from post three.

Hitman Hill (American Ideal-Fox Valley Shaker) has had a full dance card this year as well and has put in stellar efforts in each one of his outings. He finished third in the Hempt (behind Springsteen), third in the Adios final and fourth in the $272,025 Empire Breeders Classic. He finished one-two in his pair of NYSS events and returns to Batavia Downs as the reigning track record holder for 2-year-old pacing geldings with a mark of 1:52.4 taken here in 2017.

For the year, Hitman Hill has three wins and $200,387 in earnings with a seasonal and lifetime best mark of 1:49.3.

Akron, New York native Chris Oakes trains Hitman Hill and has Brett Miller in the bike as usual. They will depart from post six listed at 5-2.

The first division’s early 8-5 favorite is Topville Olympian (American Ideal-Our Sophia) who just finished a close third behind Stay Hungry and Jimmy Freight in the Messenger Stake at Yonkers on Saturday. He has one NYSS win this year but has never missed the board while competing in that series. He’s the top money earner in this race with $129,170 and picks up the services of Brett Miller for this outing.

His main rivals appear to be Rockapelo (Rock N Roll Heaven) who scored his best win at Tioga Downs this year in the Geers Stake going 1:50.2 and the NYSS points leader Rootin Tootin (Roll With Joe-Wild Retreat) who has 180 and is 55 points ahead of his nearest rival.

Ideal Feeling (American Ideal-Feelinglikeastar) gets the track handicapper’s nod in the second division as he is listed at 2-1. After taking an early season mark of 1:51.3 at Tioga, Ideal Feeling acquitted himself well in an elimination of the Meadowlands pace in July that went in 1:49, although he missed the final. Then he finished a strong second to Courtly Choice in an elimination of the Empire Breeders Classic before drawing post seven in the final, finding himself chasing a 1:48.3 mile from the back of the pack. He draws post four in a short field here and has Jason Bartlett up for the ride.

Also looking to get the win are Real Surreal (So Surreal-Armbro Wallflower) who finished third in the Empire Breeders Classic, pacing in 1:50 in defeat while Ostro Hanover (Betterthancheddar-Ozmopolitan) makes his fourth start for his new trainer after winning a 1:52.4 NYSS race at Saratoga Raceway.

City of Batavia Fire Department: Flushing Hydrants

Press Release:

The City of Batavia Fire Department will be flushing fire hydrants Wednesday, Thursday and Friday; September 5, 6 and 7, 2018 from approximately 9:00am to 3:00pm each day in the areas north of West Main Street and west of Bank Street. Homes and businesses nearby will be affected. These tests may result in a temporary discoloration of water in that area. As in the past, please do not attempt to wash any clothing if your water appears discolored. If you do experience a discoloration of your water, run cold water for about 5 minutes or until clear.
For questions, please contact the City of Batavia Fire Department at (585) 345-6375.

Ranzenhofer Announces Bethany Center Bridge Open to Motorists

Press Release:

New York State Senator Michael H. Ranzenhofer has announced today that the Bethany Center Road Bridge is now accessible again to residents in Genesee County.

“This important infrastructure project will improve traffic safety for both motorists and pedestrians. I am pleased to report that the new Bethany Center Road Bridge is open to traffic,” said Ranzenhofer.

New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT) started replacing the structure, carrying Bethany Center Road over U.S. Route 20 in the Town of Bethany, in March as part of a $1.4 million project. The project included upgraded guardrails, pavement markings and signage. An average of 1,500 vehicles travel the overpass each day.

In December 2012, Ranzenhofer first advocated for the 86-year-old deteriorating bridge to be replaced in a letter to the NYSDOT.

Brad Jackson wins the Batavia driver’s bicycle race

(Photos courtesy of Paul White)

Press Release:

By Tim Bojarski, for Batavia Downs

The 39th annual Batavia Downs Labor Day driver’s bicycle race took place on Monday (Sept. 3) with a full field of eight local reinsmen lining up to compete. And with three previous race winners in the 2018 field, a first time victor emerged from the pack.

The starting car picked up the field at the top of the far turn and let them go at the head of the stretch for the one-eighth mile dash.

Brad Jackson wins bike race

Billy Davis Jr. took a quick early lead but he was soon joined by Drew Monti and Denny Bucceri who flanked him inside and out. Then halfway down the stretch Brad Jackson, who was hindered by post eight, was cruising in the middle of the stretch and got by everyone to win by two lengths. Jackson celebrated the win with a “flying leg” pose as he crossed the wire.

After the race, the bikes were given away via random drawing to eight lucky fans who correctly selected Jackson to win before the event.

Also on Monday afternoon, drivers Billy Davis Jr. and Kevin Cummings had the hot hands during the live card of racing, winning four and three races respectively. Davis piloted Bad Glamour Girl ($6.10), Dark Horse ($4.00), Peter Pumpkineater ($15.00) and Cashco ($5.40) while Cummings steered Dwntwnskeeterbrown ($28.40), Montezuma Bluechip ($3.70) and Our Last Photo ($7.20).

Racing resumes at Batavia Downs on Wednesday afternoon (Sept. 5) with the New York Sire Stakes 3-year-old pacing colts and geldings in the house.

Morning News Briefing

Bye-Bye Bed Bath and Beyond in Batavia
The Bed Bath & Beyond in Batavia is closing according to store management.
The manager of the Towne Center location confirmed the upcoming closure however there was no official closing date given.
Market analysts say that over the past year the company’s stock has dropped 55 percent and in the last five years it has fell 74 percent overall.
According to financial experts the company cannot keep up with online competitors without continuing to close brick-and-mortar stores.
The store’s lease expired with mall owner COR Development, and either the decision was made to shut down the store once the current lease expired or more favorable terms could not be negotiated.

DWI Crackdown in LeRoy leads to arrest under Leandra’s Law.
LeRoy Police stopped 49 year old Matthew Arelline of Wolcott after he was reportedly seen failing to maintain his designated lane on Clay Street in the Village.
Following a subsequent investigation it was believed he was intoxicated and Arelline was taken into custody without incident.
He was also accused of driving with a child passenger in the vehicle.
Arelline was charged with a Felony count of Aggravated DWI with an underage Child passenger, Failure to use designated lane, Consumption/alcohol in a motor vehicle, and Refusal to take breathe test.
He was arraigned and remanded to the Genesee County Jail on $2,500 bail and is due back in LeRoy Village Court on September 14th.

Deputies make drunk driving arrest in Darien accident.
Genesee County Sheriff’s Deputies apprehended 48 year old Donald Summers Jr of Buffalo following investigation into a motor vehicle accident on Alleghany Road in Darien late last night.
Summers allegedly got into an accident while intoxicated and then fled on foot from the scene.
He is charged with DWI and was released with an appearance ticket for Darien Town Court on October 16th.

Muckdogs defeated by Doubledays in season ender.
Batavia baseball ended with a loss to the Auburn Doubledays in last night’s final day of the 2018 season.
The Muckdogs lost 8 to 5.
The Doubledays managed to earn a wildcard shot in the NYPL playoffs with the final victory.

The Buffalo Bills have named their starting quarterback for the upcoming season.
Coach Sean McDermott says Nathan Peterman will get the start Sunday against the Baltimore Ravens.
Peterman beat out rookie Josh Allen, who the Bills drafted in the first round this year.
In three preseason contests, Peterman threw for 432 yards and three touchdowns.
Kickoff for Sunday’s game is one p-m.

Severe Thunderstorm WARNING

A severe thunderstorm Warning has been issued for Genesee County until 4:15PM today, Sept 3, 2018

Morning News Briefing

Sunday at Walmart yielded not just shoppers but shoplifters which led to 2 arrests yesterday. In separate incidents 28 year old Andrea Preston was arrested and charged with petit larceny for leaving the location without paying for merchandise.
Within an hour of that incident a 24 year old buffalo women was arrested and charged when Christine McBride of Kenmore Ave was busted with $366 worth of merchandise she was caught concealing in plastic bags and leaving the store without paying. She is scheduled to appear in court September 17th

Batavia man arrested following stop in Pembroke; Brent Persia 36 of pratt road in Batavia was stopped for speeding in the town of Pembroke Saturday evening and the Genesee county sheriffs administered a breath test that Persia refused to take. Persia was charged with DWI, speeding and refusing to take the breathalyzer test. He will appear in court October 4th

23-year-old, Michael J Pinkerton of W Main St, LeRoy, was arrested in the late evening of September 1, 2018 by the LeRoy Police Department. Pinkerton was charged with; Driving while intoxicated, a class A misdemeanor, Refusal of breath screening test, no/inadequate headlamps, and Unlawful Possession of Marijuana.
At Approximately 10:35 PM on September 1st 2018, patrols observed a vehicle allegedly operating without any headlights in the area of W Main Street in the Village of LeRoy. Patrols initiated a lawful traffic stop and identified the operator as Michael J Pinkerton, and after a subsequent investigation it was believed he was intoxicated and unlawfully possessing Marijuana.
Pinkerton was taken into custody and processed without incident. Pinkerton was arraigned before Honorable Judge Duyssen and remanded to the jail on $500 Cash/ $2500 Bond. Pinkerton is due back in LeRoy town court on September 14th and October 1st 2018 to answer the above charges.

27-year-old, Aaron G Lynch of Churchville, NY was arrested in the early morning of September 3, 2018 by the LeRoy Police Department. Lynch was charged with; Driving while intoxicated, Driving with a blood alcohol content greater than .08 of 1%, both class A misdemeanors, Failure to use designated lane, Drivers view obstructed, two counts of Consumption/alcohol in a motor vehicle, and Uninspected motor vehicle.
At Approximately 02:35 AM on September 3st 2018, Officer assigned to DWI Crackdown Patrol observed a vehicle allegedly operating failing to maintain its designated lane on Wolcott St in the Village of LeRoy. Patrols initiated a lawful traffic stop and identified the operator as Aaron G Lynch and after a subsequent investigation it was believed he was intoxicated.
Lynch is due back in Town of LeRoy Court to answer the above charges on October 1st, 2018.

The Batavia Muckdogs win last night at Dwyer stadium. Sean Reynolds doubled and tripled during the game and had 4 rbi’s as the Muckdogs won over the Auburn Doubledays 5-4 in the 2nd to last game of the season. The Muckdogs finish the season today at 1:05 and can be heard live right here on WBTA.

Icanflylikeanangel soars in Batavia feature

(Photo courtesy of Paul White)

Press Release:

By Tim Bojarski, for Batavia Downs

In four starts in the top trot class this year at the oldest lighted harness track in America, Icanflylikeanangel has not been worse than second. That trend continued on Friday night (Aug. 31) when he won the $10,000 Open Handicap trot at Batavia Downs.

Empire Earl N (Billy Davis Jr.) left hurriedly to grab the lead immediately off the gate. The remainder of the field hit the pylons behind him allowing a tepid first quarter split of :29.2 to occur. But things changed quickly as Southern Palms (Kevin Cummings) pulled first up at the three-eighths bringing Icanflylikeanangel (Drew Monti) in tow.

Southern Palms drew even with Empire Earl N in the third turn and the two trotters tangled to the three-quarters just whiskers apart. That battle continued around the final bend but Icanflylikeanangel, who had been shadowing the leaders, was loaded with trot and tipped three-deep and head-long into the fray. With three horses now strung across the track, Monti asked for more from Icanflylikeanangel and more is what he got. Icanflylikeanangel dug in and gained the advantage by mid-stretch, winning by a neck in 1:58.1.

Icanflylikeanangel ($2.70) registered his sixth win of the season and bulked his bank to $58,795 for owner Joseph Hess. D. Benny Eggers conditions the winner.

In the $8,000 Open II, Bold Dresser (Shawn McDonough) pulled off an instant replay of his win last week, going gate to wire cutting fractions of :28.4, :59.2 and 1:28.1 before trotting away down the lane under no duress in 1:58.2. It was the fourth win of the year for Bold Dresser ($5.50) who is owned by Harry Wortzman. His driver McDonough also does the training.

Drew Monti had the hot hand driving Friday, winning four races on the card. Besides taking the feature with Icanflylikeanangel, Monti also won with Gimme The Pacifics (1:57, $2.80), Golden Kronos (1:59.3, $3.20) and Barn Sis (1:58, $3.50). Monti now with 38 wins for the meet, is only one win behind Kevin Cummings (39) for first place in the dash driving competition.

There was no winner in the early Pick-5 wager on Friday night so there is a carry over pool of $496 for tomorrow. As a result, Batavia Downs is offering a guaranteed pool of $1,500 for the early Pick-5 on Saturday (Sept. 1) when live racing resumes at 6 p.m. The early Pick-5 runs from race one to race five.

Labor Day doings at Batavia Downs

(Picture courtesy of Batavia Downs)

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By Tim Bojarski, for Batavia Downs

A full card of harness racing action, food specials and a driver’s bicycle race are all on tap as part of the annual Labor Day activities at Batavia Downs on Monday (Sept. 3).

The live harness racing action kicks off at 1:15 p.m. with 10 exciting races. But there will also be something for the whole family to enjoy all day long and no one will go hungry for sure.

The featured meal is a $10.95 chicken barbecue provided by the Center Street Smoke House from noon to 3 p.m. in the clubhouse. The smell of the on-site prepared barbecue chicken with “all the fixin’s” will permeate the grandstand and come with built in value. Every meal purchased comes with $10 in Batavia Downs Gaming Free-play to be used on the gaming floor after earning one base-point.

If chicken is not to your liking, there will also be $1 Sahlen’s hot dogs, $1 draft beer and $1 soda available on the track apron outlets from noon until the last race.

Then after the seventh race, Batavia Downs will present the annual Driver’s Bicycle Race sponsored by Crazy Cheap Cars of Oakfield, NY. This race features eight of the top drivers at the Downs competing in a race on bicycles that will then be given away to the fans who correctly picked the winner of the race.

Our live guests may place an entry in the box of the driver that they think is going to win from noon to 2:30 p.m. There will be eight names chosen from the winning driver’s box after the bike race is completed and each name drawn will receive one of the bikes used in the race. There is no purchase necessary, you must be 18-years-old or older to enter and you must be present to win.

This year’s competing drivers include (in post-position order) are John Cummings Jr., Rock Vinci, Billy Davis Jr., Denny Bucceri, Shawn McDonough, Drew Monti, Jim McNeight Jr. and Brad Jackson.

Monti, Vinci and Bucceri have all won this race and bragging rights will be on the line Labor Day for the next twelve months.

Weekend News Briefing

Star athlete returns to the Van Detta Stadium after a tumultuous summer.
The Batavia Blue Devils started their football season with a big win Friday night beating Hornell 48 to 14.
Star Running Back Ray Leach is returning this year as a senior after being stabbed and slashed by a former teammate at the beginning of August.
Head Coach for the Batavia Blue Devil’s Brennan Briggs said the team was there to support their teammate…

Leach was allegedly assaulted with a knife by his friend, teammate and neighbor Antwan Odom after he confronted him about sealing his property.
Odom was charged with attempted assault and criminal possession of a weapon while Leach recovered from the non-life threatening injuries.
Coach Briggs was pleased to have the teams star returning however two other players have risen through the ranks to fill out the team’s roster…

The next game for the Batavia varsity football team is an away conference game against rival school Livonia on Friday, September 7th.

An accused child predator in Albion is slated to go to trial.
37 year old Robert Tetrault rejected the final plea deals offered by the District Attorney’s Office this week and was ultimately scheduled for trial on Oct. 29 in Orleans County Court.
He was charged with predatory sexual assault against a child earlier this year after being accused of repeatedly assaulting a 9 year old child in 2012.
The four-time convict with a lengthy criminal history now faces a maximum life in prison sentence if convicted.

Governor Andrew Cuomo has announced a series of listening sessions across New York allowing public input on the budding issue of pro pot programs through the State.
The 15 listening sessions come following a Health Department study commissioned by Cuomo which showed that the positive economic and social effects of legalizing marijuana for recreational use outweigh the negative aspects of legal weed.
There is a session scheduled on October 3rd in Buffalo and another the following day in Rochester.

Two Orleans County Women accused of Fraud.
Troopers out of Albion report the arrest of 32 year old Heather Pifer of Medina and 53 year old Robin Ross of Albion following separate fraud investigations.
Both Pifer and Ross were charged with Felony level counts of Offering a False Instrument for Filing in the first degree.
Both were released with appearance tickets.

The Muckdogs lose last match against Mahoning Valley.
Batavia fell 7 to 1 against the Scrappers Friday night leaving them with a single win in the three game series.
The team finishes their regular season against the Auburn Doubledays with a series of day games Saturday thru Monday all starting at 1:05 p.m.
You can hear the final three home games live right here on WBTA.

New Additions to GCC Arts and Cultural Center Annual Season Line-Up

Image from “What are you afraid of?”

Press Release:

The Genesee Center for the Arts at Genesee Community College in Batavia, New York has confirmed several new events for the 2018-2019 coming season.

The season begins with “Bakkhai” performed by the Genesee Community College Forum Players. Come enjoy the tale of Dionysos who has brought his fanatic religion to Thebes, but, when his holy lineage is denied, he will stop at nothing to prove his power. Anne Carson’s new version of the Euripides classic weaves this harrowing myth and its tragic end into the 21st century. Performances will take place on October 19 and October 20, 2018 at 7:30 p.m. and October 21, 2018 at 2 p.m. in GCC’s Stuart Steiner Theatre.

Brighten your holidays – literally – with “A Very Electric Christmas,” performed by Lightwire Theatre on Sunday, November 18, 2018 with two shows at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. at the Stuart Steiner Theatre in Batavia. Audiences of all ages will love this magical and captivating tale of family, friendship and hope set to timeless holiday hits. Check out the production trailer at https://www.lightwiretheater.com/a-very-electric-christmas/.

GCC’s Forum Players will return to the stage in “Single Black Female” written by Lisa B. Thompson, award-winning playwright. In this show, quick comic vignettes tell the story of two thirty-something Africa-American middle class women looking for love, clothes, dignity and more in a world that only sees stereotypes. This production is a thesis project for Director Jamie Arena who is pursuing a Master’s degree at Regent College. Performances will take place on November 29, 30, and December 1, 2018 at 7:30 p.m. and on December 2, 2018 at 2 p.m.

On December 7, 2018 at 7:30 p.m. a dance showcase entitled “Fear: What are you afraid of?” will take the stage in the Stuart Steiner Theatre. Directed by Tara Pocock, adjunct professor at GCC, the 20-piece performance dives into the human mind and choreographs fear to modern jazz and hip-hop style dancing. The audience is encouraged to participate in the show which features students from Anastasia’s Spotlight Dance Studio in Churchville. All proceeds will go to GCC’s Forum Players.

Tickets for these shows are $8 for adults, and $5 for seniors (55+) and students (16+) and GCC faculty/ staff. GCC students with ID are $3, and GCC alumni with ID will receive a $2 discount on an adult ticket. To reserve seats, contact the GCC box office at boxoffice@genesee.edu or (585) 345-6814.

The schedule at GCC’s Roz Steiner Art Gallery continues to capture the wide array of dynamic work in the visual arts featuring drawing, painting, photography, sculpture and language arts in the following four exhibits:

The Fall exhibit schedule begins with “Portraits on Recycled Trash” by Dion Hitchings on display from August 23 – September 22, 2018 in the Roz Steiner Art Gallery. Through the untraditional media of children’s art supplies and consumer boxes, Hitchings offers a glimpse into a unique world that is filled with altered and complex viewpoints giving the audience an opportunity to ‘think outside the box.’ Gallery receptions will be held on August 30, 2018 at 1 p.m. and 5 p.m.

Welcoming visitors into the Stuart Steiner Theatre lobby from August 15 – September 22, 2018 is an impressive photography exhibit entitled “Landscape Interaction/ Intervention” which celebrates the work of students enrolled in GCC’s Intermediate Photography; a Collaborative Online International Learning (COIL) class taught by Associate Professor of Photography and Art, Joe Ziolkowski in collaboration with Associate Lecturer at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology’s School of Art in Australia, Rebecca Najdowski. Experience the powerful images that expanded student knowledge of landscape, trans-national, trans-cultural and trans-photography concepts between the United States and Australia. The exhibit is simultaneously on display at GCC and RMIT University in Melbourne, Australia. More of the student’s works are visible at https://interaction-intervention.weebly.com/. Meet the talented contributing artists at the gallery receptions on August 30, 2018 at 1 p.m. and 5 p.m.

From October 2 – October 25, 2018 the Gallery will display a special selection of works from the Gerald Mead Collection. Mead is a noted collector, Buffalo artist and educator. His private collection includes over 1,000 historic and contemporary artworks by various artists associated with the Western New York region through birth or residency. Mead will lecture on October 9, 2018 at 12:30 p.m. and receptions will follow at 1 p.m. and 5 p.m.

Going beyond conscious intention to make coherent images from irrational juxtaposition of disparate parts is the impetus of Emily Kenas’ work. While making new sense of recognizable materials, her work “Assemblage” occupies a space between painting and sculpture and will occupy the Gallery from November 13 – December 14, 2018. Kenas will lecture on November 29, 2018 at 12:30 p.m. and receptions will follow at 1 p.m. and 5 p.m.

A collection of paintings by Muhammad Zaman, entitled “Finding Amal” will be exhibited from January 22 – February 22, 2019. Amal, meaning ‘hope’ in Arabic is what Zaman hopes to inspire through his work. “Finding Amal” features compositions of urban calligraphy that combine the three languages that are the cornerstones of the artist’s culture: Arabic, English and Bangla. Each individual canvas expresses a word, phrase or concept as if they were messages dedicated to the entire human race. The artist will lecture on January 31, 2019 at 12:30 p.m. and receptions will follow at 1 p.m. and 5 p.m.

The Roz Steiner Art Gallery is open to the public Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and Thursdays from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. The gallery is also open during special events as published at www.genesee.edu/campuslife/arts. Admission is free. For more information, contact Gallery Coordinator Mary Jo Whitman at (585) 343-0055 ext. 6490, or via email: mjwhitman@genesee.edu.

GCC Athletics Update: Women’s Soccer

GCC’s Diante Sheepers had both Cougar goals against No. 10 MCC

Press Release:

The Genesee Community College women’s soccer team dropped its first game of the season to visiting Monroe Community College 4-2 Aug. 29.

Genesee remains undefeated in National Junior College Athletic Association Division III play as the Tribunes are a NJCAA D-I team and nationally ranked at No. 10.

The Cougars either held the lead or played tied for nearly the first 75 minutes of the 90 minute contest and took a 2-1 lead into the break.

Diante Scheepers was the story of the first half with a pair of goals with both coming from free kicks.
After Scheepers staked the Cougars to a 1-0 lead about 13:00 minutes into the contest, the Tribunes responded 15 minutes later to tie the contest.

Less than two minutes after Monroe’s tying goal, Sheepers restored the Genesee lead.

Both teams had extra time to regroup during the intermission with an extended rain delay with the Tribunes taking advantage of the extra break time with a strong second half.

When action resumed, Roosa Ariya dominated for Monroe with the game’s last three goals.

Jaclyn Guzdek made 11 saves for Genesee as Monroe held the edge in shots on net, 15-6.

Mark Jagord
GCC Sports Information

GO ART! Exhibit featuring Abandoned Buildings found in WNY

 

Press Release:

“The Traveling Ghost” by Ryan Gustman

A Photographic Exhibit featuring Abandoned Buildings found in Western New York

Opens September 20, 2018 thru November 3

Gallery Hours: Thursdays & Fridays 11-7 Saturdays 11-4

Artist Reception: September 20, 2018 6-8pm

Tavern 2.o.1 will be open

GO ART!
201 East Main St
Batavia, NY 14020
585-343-9313
www. goart.org

Morning News Briefing

Governor open to hearing people’s opinions on legal pot.
Governor Andrew Cuomo has announced a series of listening sessions across New York allowing public input on the budding issue of pro pot programs through the State.
Cuomo and his primary challenger Cynthia Nixon raised the issue during their televised debate at Hofstra University Wednesday…

The 15 listening sessions come following a Health Department study commissioned by Cuomo which showed that the positive economic and social effects of legalizing marijuana for recreational use outweigh the negative aspects of legal weed.
There is a session scheduled on October 3rd in Buffalo and another the following day in Rochester.

Fight with lawmen on the Rez lands a woman in lock up.
Following a report of property damage at a Meadville Road address on the Tonawanda Indian Reservation 26 year old Rachel Solomon was arrested and charged with Criminal Mischief, Resisting Arrest, Harassment and Endangering the Welfare of a Child.
Solomon allegedly damaged someone else’s property then while she was holding a child she allegedly resisted arrest and kicked a Sheriff’s Deputy.
She was remanded to the Genesee County Jail on $2,000 bail in and is expected to appear on October 4th in Alabama Town Court.

Troopers arrest Trio of Medina women for Welfare Fraud.
27 year old Brittany Osby-Turner, 42 year old Sara Fraiser and another unnamed 18 year old female resident in Medina were all arrested by State Police out of Albion following multiple fraud investigations.
Osby-Turner was charged with Felony count of the charge and Both Fraiser and the 18 year old were charged with a Class A Misdemeanor count of Welfare Fraud.
All three were released with appearance tickets.

Tops to close 10 more stores amid restructuring.
The financially troubled Tops Markets has announced it is closing 10 under-performing stores.
Fortunately the Tops locations in Batavia and LeRoy were not named in the closures.
Tops filed for bankruptcy earlier this year and is in the midst of a financial restructuring.

The Muckdogs split double header against Mahoning Valley.
The Batavia Ball Team lost 1 to 2 in the first match against the Scrappers but came back in the second to win 1 to nothing.
They finish their three game series with Mahoning Valley tonight and return home to Dwyer Stadium to finish their regular season against the Auburn Doubledays with a series of day games all starting at 1:05 p.m.
You can hear the final three home games live right here on WBTA.

The Buffalo Bills end their preseason with a big comeback.
They rallied in the fourth quarter last night, beating the Chicago Bears 28 to 27.
A-J McCarron returned from injury by throwing three touchdown passes, including the game winning score to Keith Towbridge with just seconds left.
Bills coach Sean McDermott still hasn’t said who will be the starting quarterback going forward.
The Bills start their regular season September 9th against the Baltimore Ravens.

Evening News Briefing

While not 100 percent certain, The Batavia Muckdogs General Manager says all signs point to the team remaining at Dwyer Stadium next summer.
GM Dave Chase says he’s received a draft of the 2019 schedule and the team was on it.
As the regularly scheduled season winds down meetings with the dogs parent Team the Florida Marlins and League Officials have commenced.
Muckdogs General Manager David Chase said he received a draft of the 2019 schedule and the team was on it.
Chase said he gave it a 90 to 95 percent chance the team will stay.
The Dogs have three more home games this season beginning with a Saturday afternoon game against Auburn.

 

Governor Cuomo is announcing a series of listening sessions throughout New York State to discuss legalizing marijuana for recreational use. The first will be held in Albany on September 5th.
One of the sessions will be held in Buffalo on October 3rd and one the following day in Rochester.
In July the state’s Department of Health delivered the results of a study that analyzed the potential impact of a regulated marijuana program. Both Cuomo and his primary challenger Cynthia Nixon traded barbs over the issue at last night’s debate.

 

The financially troubled Tops Markets has announced it is closing 10 under-performing stores.
Tops in Batavia and LeRoy are not on the list.
Tops is in the midst of a financial restructuring following a bankruptcy filing.

Three men arrested for a suspected scrap metal heist in Darien.
Nicolas and Jacob Frayne of Alden along with Dalton Offhaus of Brookville Road Alexander, all of them 21, were arrested and charged with Grand Larceny and Criminal Trespass.
Authorities said the thefts occurred on at least two occasions this summer.

Master Sgt. from Albion retires from Air Force after 20 years

Press Release:

Air Force Master Sgt. Scott Papponetti has retired from the U.S. Air Force after serving honorably for 20 years.

He was last serving as Ncoic, Resources And Technology with Afcent Force Protection Staff, Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar .

Papponetti is the son of Susan Depue-Befus, and Harry Papponetti, husband of Karyn Papponetti, father of Jenna, Emma, Hannah, and Ella Papponetti, and son-in-law of Gary Mufford, and Ralph and Elaine Clute, all of Albion, N.Y.

He is a 1998 graduate of Albion High School, Albion, N.Y.

Winning Shadow breaks two records in NYSS at Batavia

Winning Shadow (Photos courtesy of Paul White)

By Tim Bojarski, for Batavia Downs

The New York Sire Stakes (NYSS) 3-year-old colt and gelding trotters visited Batavia Downs on Wednesday afternoon (Aug. 28) and ended up making a big impression on the track’s record book.

In the first $58,000 division, Winning Shadow (Credit WInner-Sheena’s Shadow) came into the race off a new lifetime mark taken at the Poconos last week and at the end of the day not only bested that, he also broke two long standing Batavia Downs track records.

Winning Shadow (Mike Simons) went right for the lead and held it mostly uncontested for the rest of the mile. Simons cut some lively fractions going to the quarter in :27.2, the half in :56.1 and three-quarters in 1:24.3 at which point it was clear a track record was well in reach.

At that last station the pocket-sitting Clive Bigsby (Jason Bartlett) started to pull and take his best shot at the leader. Coming with him second-over was Cruising In Style (Jim Morrill Jr.) who quickly found himself three-deep leaving Voss Volo (Andy Miller) on the pylons behind the leader. Heading into the lane, these horses were three across the track, trying to advance behind Winning Shadow. But Simons was line-driving down the lane and Winning Shadow crossed the wire with authority by a length in 1:53.4.

The winning time was a new lifetime mark for Winning Shadow, a new track record for 3-year-old trotting geldings and a new all-time track trotting record breaking the previous standard of 1:54.3 set by Archangel in 2012 and tied by his son, Top Flight Angel in 2017.
“Coming into the race I was very confident, but scoring down he was a little more aggressive than he usually is and I was a little worried about that. But he handled himself well; he’s maturing fast. He had plenty left, he just keeps getting better and Jake (Huff) has done a great job with him” said Simons after the race.

Winning Shadow ($10.80) is owned by Our Horse Cents Stable, is trained by Jake Huff and was bred by James Wilhite Jr.

A lightning storm rolled in just before the second $58,000 split, but it didn’t detract from the performance of I’m The Muscle (Muscle Mass-Lady Bling) who was the easiest of winners after moving into NYSS action for the first time from the Excelsior “A” ranks.

Perlucky (Trond Smedshammer) was quickest off the gate but that lead was not held for long. I’m The Muscle (Jason Bartlett) who had gotten away fourth, was out and rolling past the three-eighths and took command in front of the stands by the half. Under a tight hold by Bartlett, I’m The Muscle opened up a three-length advantage that he maintained up the backstretch and around the far turn. Heading into the stretch, Bartlett was just a passenger as I’m The Muscle rambled off to a four length lead and won for fun in 1:55.2, which tied his lifetime mark set just last week.

I’m The Muscle (Photos courtesy of Paul White)

I’m The Muscle ($2.60) scored his fifth consecutive win and the first of his career in NYSS action. Owned by Rheau Viau and trained by Rene Allard, I’m The Muscle was bred by Blair and Erna Corbiel.

There were also two Excelsior “A” races on the card.

Troller (Muscle Mass-Pearls Last Chance) went gate to wire in 1:57. Troller ($4.30) was driven by Jim Morrill Jr. for owner/trainer Paul Kelley and was bred by Bonnie Woodward.

And Crime Fighter (Chapter Seven-Southwind Cocoa) closed late and just got up to win in 1:58.1. Crime FIghter ($6.60) is owned by Richard Gutnik, William Augustine, Joseph Lozito Jr. and T L P Stables. Gutnik and Augustine bred the winner.

PAVING OPERATION TO BEGIN Friday on East Ave

Press Release:

Friday, August 31 – 7:00 AM to 7:00 PM

-ROAD CLOSURE-

EAST AVENUE: Paving operations for the final/ top course will be installed from Clinton Street on the East to approximately Elm Street on the West. This work is subject to weather delays.

PLEASE DO NOT PARK ON THE STREET DURING THE PAVING OPERATION

PLEASE AVOID THIS AREA DURING THE PAVING OPERATIONS

TRAFFIC DELAYS ARE TO BE EXPECTED – PLAN ACCORDINGLY

Traffic will be redirected around the paving operation using flaggers. Residents within the road closure should expect delays, but all efforts will be made to get you to your residence as is practical.

ALL THRU TRAFFIC should seek out alternate routing (i.e. North Street & East Main Street)

Morning News Briefing

Muckdogs management says the team should return next season.
According to management, professional baseball will most likely return to Batavia next year.
Muckdogs General Manager David Chase said last night as the team heads into its final week of the regular season that he’s pretty confident the team will be back for another in 2019.
He gave it a 90 to 95 percent chance and said he’s getting good signals from league officials.
Speaking with our news partner at The Batavian Chase said a number of things are heading in the right direction, which allowed the team to stay…

Chase said the growing support from the business community has also been a step in the right direction.
Chase promised to improve on-field playing conditions and in-stands fan experience when he was hired by the NYPL early this year.
He thinks both goals were achieved.

Three arrested for allegedly stealing scrap metal from an address in Darien.
Genesee County Sheriff’s Deputies arrested 21 year olds Nicolas and Jacob Frayne both of Two Rod Road in Alden along with Dalton Offhaus also 21 of Brookville Road Alexander for allegedly stealing scrap metal.
The trio is accused of unlawfully entering an address located on Sumner Road in Darien in July and August and stealing property.
The trio was charged with Grand Larceny and Criminal Trespass and all three were released with appearance tickets for Darien Town Court on September 18th.

Two illegal immigrants busted with meth and heroin in Warsaw.
State Police in Warsaw stopped 47 year old Juan Humberto Martinez-Vega, and 26 year old and Giovani Ramirez-Soto, both citizens of Mexico, on Route 20A in Warsaw.
Martinez-Vega was driving with Alabama plates and allegedly gave the trooper an expired Georgia identification card.
A K9 unit responded recovering 1,200 grams of suspected heroin, and around 421 grams of suspected methamphetamine hidden behind the front dashboard.
It was also determined that the two were in the United States illegally.
Both were arrested and charged with conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute, and distribution of, methamphetamine.
Ramirez-Soto is being detained and Martinez-Vega slated to appear in federal court on today.
The charge carries a maximum of 40 years, and a $5,000,000 fine.

City Paving picks up today.
Tracy Avenue between Washington Avenue and North Street in Batavia will be closed to all through traffic today for paving operations.
The closure is expected between 7 AM and 5 PM and all motorists are encouraged to seek alternative routes while the closure is in place.
Residents within the area should plan on parking on adjacent streets until the street is reopened.
This work is weather dependent and subject to be rescheduled sometime after Labor Day if it rains.

Morning News Briefing

Attica man behind bars for alleged Child sex abuse in Perry.
Perry Police have arrested 21 year old Cody Crandall of North Main Street in Attica following investigation into a report that Crandall had sexual contact with a five year old female victim.
Investigators were tipped off of the alleged incident of abuse that was reported at a residence in Perry.
He is facing charges of first degree Sexual Abuse, Forcible Touching and Endangering the Welfare of a Child and was remanded to the Wyoming County Jail in lieu of $5,000 bail.
He is expected back in Perry Village Court on September 11th.

Assemblyman Hawley continues to call out Cuomo for failing to address Thruway sign issue.
Assemblyman Steve Hawley of Batavia is again calling on Governor Cuomo to remove the blue I Love-NY Thruway signs that were deemed illegal according to federal highway codes.
Hawley urged the Governor to act before the state loses the ability to recoup the $14 million it was fined this winter.
According to the Assemblyman the Cuomo administration previously installed the signs despite knowing they were against federal law.
New York has until Sept. 30 to remove all the signs.

The clock is ticking down on picking a replacement for Congressman Chris Collins for the November ballots
The deadline is September 21st for Republican leaders to choose one of the eight candidates still in the running.
Collins decided to discontinue his push for re-election after being arrested on federal charges.
Whoever ends up as the Republican party pick will be vying for the Congressional seat against Democrat Nate McMurray on Election Day.

The four Democrats hoping to be the next state attorney general are trading jabs as the election draws near.
They faced off in a debate last night in Manhattan, where New York City Public Advocate Letitia James and two others targeted law professor Zephyr Teachout.
Teachout spoke with our news partner at The Batavian after attending a forum at GCC this Tuesday…

The Fordham University teacher recently received an endorsement from the New York Times.
U.S. Representative Sean Patrick Maloney and attorney Leecia Eve are also hoping to win the primary election set for September 13th.

Muckdogs continue streak against the Spikes.
The Batavia Muckdogs swept the three game series against the State College Spikes with their fourth win in a row last night ending in a final score of 8 to 1.
The Dogs head down to Mahoning Valley to take on the scrappers for a three game series as the season starts to wind down.

Local Law Enforcement continue crackdown through Labor Day.
The Genesee County Sheriff’s Office, City of Batavia and Village of LeRoy Police Departments will be participating in a special enforcement effort to crackdown on impaired driving.
Officers across the State will take to the roads in an effort to stop impaired driving, prevent injuries and save lives during the statewide STOP-DWI Crackdown effort which has been ongoing since August 17th and will end on September 3rd.

City Paving picks up tomorrow.
Tracy Avenue between Washington Avenue and North Street in Batavia will be closed to all through traffic tomorrow for paving operations.
The closure is expected between 7 AM and 5 PM and all motorists are encouraged to seek alternative routes while the closure is in place.
Residents within the area should plan on parking on adjacent streets until the street is reopened.
This work is weather dependent and subject to be rescheduled sometime after Labor Day if it rains.

Evening News Briefing

An Attica man is facing a felony charge of sexual abuse.
21 year old Cody Crandall of North Main Street, Attica, is accused of having sexual contact with a five year old girl.
Authorities said the alleged abuse happened at a home in Perry.
Crandall has been locked up in the Wyoming County Jail in lieu of $5,000 bail.

More road construction in Batavia.
The city announcing today that Tracy Avenue will be closed to all traffic this Thursday between Washington Avenue and North Street.
The repaving work is weather dependent. If it rains the work will be re-scheduled until after Labor Day.

A former Churchville resident will be performing at the memorial service for late Arizona Senator John McCain. The Washington Post reports opera singer Renee Fleming will be performing the ballad “Danny Boy” at Washington National Cathedral Saturday. Fleming is a graduate of SUNY Potsdam and the Eastman School of Music.

Batavia and Genesee County remain under a Heat Advisory until 8 o’clock tonight.
Temperatures have reached into the high 80’s but increased humidity makes it feel even warmer.
The conditions could cause people to suffer from weather-related illnesses like heat exhaustion or heat stroke.

WBTA is pleased to report that our FM station at 100.1 is back on the air.
Repairs were completed earlier this afternoon.
Now, WBTA AM 1490, FM 100.1 and our streaming service at WBTAi.com are all back to normal.
Thank-you for your patience.

Tracy Ave. to Close for Paving

On Thursday, August 30th, Tracy Avenue in the City of Batavia will be closed to all through traffic. The closure will be between Washington Avenue and North Street. The closure is expected to be between the hours of 7 AM and 5 PM in order to pave Tracy Avenue.

All motorists that regularly use Tracy Avenue are asked to seek alternative routes while the closure is in place. Residents within the area of the closure cannot park on the street while the paving operation is ongoing. Please plan on parking on adjacent streets until the street is reopened.

This work is weather dependent and subject to rescheduling if it rains. If we are rain delayed the work will be rescheduled after Labor Day.
Contact the Bureau of Maintenance and ask to speak to the Streets Supervisor or Superintendent at 585-345-6400 opt. 1 if you have any questions.

NYSS brings 3-year-old male trotters to Batavia Wednesday

(Photo courtesy of Geri Schwarz)

Press Release:

By Tim Bojarski, for Batavia Downs

The sixth of eight stops by the New York Sire Stakes (NYSS) at Batavia Downs this year occurs on Wednesday afternoon (Aug. 29) when 10 top Empire State-bred 3-year-old trotting colts and geldings will compete in two divisions for the $116,000 of prize money available for distribution.

The NYSS events go as race one and seven. There are also two Excelsior “A” contests that go in race two and five. Post time for the first race is 5 p.m.

The first $58,000 division is a wide open affair with little separating the field.

Cruising In Style (Muscle Mass-Sos Respect) has yet to win a NYSS race but has raced well in other events this year. He has a win at Yonkers in 1:55.1 (which is his lifetime mark) in June and finished a respectable fourth at the Meadowlands in the $50,000 Drazin Stake on Hambo day in 1:51.4 after cutting the mile. He is the top money winner in this division and should be able to leave in here, should they so desire.

Jim Morrill Jr. is up for the second straight start for trainer Andrew Harris and has been made the morning line favorite at 2-1 from post five.

Clive Bigsby (Muscle Mass-Northern Flare) finally draws inside after eight straight weeks of outside posts, On The Ropes (Chapter Seven-Rs Giggles) looks to improve off three straight third place finishes in NYSS action and Voss Volo (Credit Winner-Silver Springs) has the fastest seasonal mark of these but looks to get back the consistency he displayed earlier this year.

The second $58,000 split has I’m The Muscle (Muscle Mass-Lady Bling) listed as the 9-5 favorite and he comes in streaking.

I’m The Muscle started the year racing overnights at Rideau Carlton before transferring to the stable of Rene Allard in mid-July. Since then he has won four straight races including two Excel “A” events before taking a lifetime mark of 1:55.2 at Yonkers in his last outing. However this will be the first time this gelding has faced the top level NYSS competition, but he still figures to be a formidable foe.

Jason Bartlett is in town to drive and will start from post one.

Don (Credit Winner-Angostura) has earned $116,466 this year on the strength of two NYSS victories but has also finished second in the $133,800 Dexter Cup final and the Empire Breeders Cup consolation. Perlucky (Lucky Chucky-Paper Girl) hasn’t missed a check all year before getting parked out in his last start, fading late and Purpose Blue Chip (Chapter Seven-Munis Blue Chip) has two NYSS wins this year and seems versatile enough to leave or sit.

Genesee County to Participate in Statewide STOP-DWI Labor Day Crackdown Enforcement Effort

Press Release:

Genesee County STOP-DWI Coordinator Matt Landers announced today that the Genesee County Sheriff’s Office, City of Batavia Police Department and the Village of LeRoy Police Department will participate in a special enforcement effort to crackdown on impaired driving.

While we spend the Labor Day holiday and the end of summer celebrating with our loved ones, law enforcement officers across New York State will take to the roads in an effort to stop impaired driving, prevent injuries and save lives. The statewide STOP-DWI Crackdown efforts started on August 17 and will end on September 3.

Research shows that high-visibility enforcement can reduce impaired driving fatalities by as much as 20 percent. Sobriety checkpoints play a key part in raising awareness about the problem. New York State Police, County Sheriff and municipal law enforcement agencies across the state will be out in force.

The STOP-DWI Labor Day Weekend Crackdown is one of many statewide enforcement initiatives promoted by the New York State STOP-DWI Association with additional funding from our STOP-DWI Foundation and the Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee. Throughout the remainder of the year the Statewide STOP-DWI Crackdown Campaign will also target Halloween and the national Holiday Season in December.

While STOP-DWI efforts across New York have led to significant reductions in the numbers of alcohol and drug related fatalities, still too many lives are being lost because of crashes caused by drunk or impaired drivers. Highly visible, highly publicized efforts like the STOP-DWI Crackdown Campaign aim to further reduce the incidence of drunk and impaired driving.

You can help to make a difference by Having a Sober Plan! Download our mobile app – “Have a Plan” and you will always be able to find a safe ride home www.stopdwi.org/mobileapp Impaired driving is completely preventable. All it takes is a little planning. Have a safe and happy Labor Day Weekend!

HAWLEY AGAIN CALLS FOR CUOMO TO REMOVE ILLEGAL THRUWAY SIGNS

Press Release:

Assemblyman Steve Hawley (R,C,I-Batavia) is again calling on Gov. Cuomo to remove the illegal blue I Love-NY Thruway signs before the state loses the ability to recoup the $14 million it was fined this winter. The Cuomo administration previously installed the signs despite knowing they were against federal highway codes. New York has until Sept. 30 to remove all the signs.

“This charade has gone on far too long. New York taxpayers are already down over $8 million for these bogus signs, and if the governor doesn’t accept reality and take them down by the Sept. 30 deadline, taxpayers will be down another $14 million,” Hawley said.

“The governor can put up all the signs he wants but the reality is that his policies have perpetuated the highest taxes in the nation and are rotting upstate New York from the inside out. That is why no one wants to move here,” Hawley continued.

“It is bad enough that many of these signs were not even built in our state, using our tax money to bolster jobs in Arkansas, but the fact is that the governor knew these signs were illegal and he put them up anyway. We have about four weeks to comply, but if he takes them down with the same urgency as he did to put them up, there shouldn’t be any problems.”

Morning News Briefing

Woman arrested in Albion with a stolen loaded weapon.
31 year old Ashley Mongeon of Charlotte North Carolina was arrested in Albion by State Police for allegedly criminally possessing a loaded gun.
She was arrested Sunday shortly before noon at the Orleans County Correctional Facility in Albion and charged with Criminal Possession of a Weapon, along with felony counts of Criminal Possession of a Stolen Weapon and of a Loaded Firearm.
Mongeon was ordered to be held in the Orleans County Jail on $20,000 bail.

Alleged threats of terrorism land an Orleans County man in lock up.
23 year old Christian Carrasquillo of Lyndonville was taken into custody by Orleans County Sheriff’s deputies after he was accused of Making a Terroristic Threat last Thursday in Albion.
He was arraigned and committed in lieu of $10,000 bail to the Orleans County Jail.
Carrasquillo is expected to reappear in Albion Town Court at a later date.

Spray Park shutting down for the season and sidewalk work announced by Batavia’s public works.
The city has announced the Austin Park Spray pad will close for the season on September 4th and will not reopen until Memorial Day next May.
The city also announced a list of sidewalk construction projects for the month of September.
There is a full list of the scheduled sidewalk work to be done located on our website at WBTAi.com.

The rundown of Republicans ready to replace Congressman Chris Collins on Election Day has just thinned by one.
Yesterday State Senator Michael Ranzenhofer took himself out of the running saying he has no interest in heading to Capitol Hill.
The senator said in a statement that he’s honored by the people encouraging him to run for the congressional seat.
Republicans have been interviewing potential candidates in order to narrow down their nominee ever since Collins suspended his campaign after being arrested on federal charges.
Whoever the GOP lands on will be going up against Democrat Nate McMurray the November ballot.

A heat advisory going into effect for the surrounding areas.
A larger portion of Western New York including Monroe, Orleans and Livingston counties will be under a heat advisory for this afternoon and evening.
The National Weather Service issued the advisory to be in effect from noon until eight tonight with the heat index in some locations possibly approaching 100 degrees.
The conditions could cause people to suffer from weather-related illnesses like heat exhaustion or heat stroke and people are encouraged to check on the elderly and children until the temperatures cool down.

Muckdogs widen the gap with latest win against the Spikes.
Last night’s victory means three in a row for the home team at Dwyer Stadium in Batavia.
The Batavia ball team beat State College 11 to 6 in their second of the series games with their third match slated to start this evening at 7:05.
You can hear the series final against the Spikes toning right here on WBTA before they go back on the road against Mahoning Valley.

Evening News Briefing

An Albion was killed over the weekend when the boat he and a friend were riding in capsized on Lake Ontario.
66 year old Carl Hazel of Albion died when the 20 ft craft capsized in 5 to 7 ft. high waves about nine miles from shore.
Hazel and his companion were located by a Canadian Freighter.
The two men were wearing life preservers.
Authorities estimated they were in the water for two hours.

Two announcements from Batavia City Hall this afternoon.
The city has announced the Austin Park Spray pad will close for the season on September 4th. It not reopen until Memorial Day next may.
The city also announced a list of sidewalk construction projects for the month of September. We have a list of the specific projects HERE

One less hat in the ring to replace Chris Collins for Congress.
State Senator Michael Ranzenhofer announcing today that he is removing himself from consideration for the GOP nod.
Collins suspended his campaign for re-election upon his indictment for insider stock trading.

The bishop of Buffalo says he has no plans to give up his position.
Some have called for Bishop Richard Malone to resign following accusations of covering up sexual abuse.
Bishop Malone said he is committed to his calling, while admitting he’s made mistakes in handling recent allegations.

The Buffalo Bills may still have some questions about who their quarterback will be to start the season.
Josh Allen struggled in yesterday’s game against the Cincinnati Bengals, getting sacked five times and completing only six passes.
His backup, Nathan Peterman, tried to spark a comeback, but the Bills still fell 26 to 13.
Buffalo’s final preseason game is in Chicago against the Bears Thursday night.

Two Announcements from Batavia City Hall

SPRAY PARK CLOSING FOR THE SEASON:

To all residents please be aware that the spray pad at Austin Park will be closing for the end of the summer
season on September 4, 2018. The Spray Pad is scheduled open again next Memorial Day.

SIDEWALK CONSTRUCTION

To the Residents and Property Owners of the following streets:

Eleanor Place (South side of the street).
Margaret Place (Both sides of the street).
Trumbull Parkway from East Main Street to Chase Park (Both sides of the street).
Lehigh Avenue from Ellicott Street to the CSX overpass (West side of the street).
Clifton Avenue from James Street to Ellicott Street (West side of the street).
New York Place (West side of street).
Verona Avenue from Richmond Avenue to Hillcrest Drive (East side of the street).

The properties in the above listed areas will experience a sidewalk replacement project in the month of
September. The work will involve sidewalk replacements as needed, curb ramp installation and
sidewalk passing zones (where there are four foot walks). If the sidewalk replacements go through a
driveway, the contractor (Master’s Edge) will provide the residents notice that the will not have
driveway access for up to a week. This is so the sidewalks can set up and cure to provide strength for
vehicular traffic. During that time period, if you have lost driveway access, those residents are asked to
park legally on the street. We have requested the Police Department to suspend the overnight parking
ban for the impacted properties while this work is ongoing.

Work is scheduled to begin on September 4, 2018 in the area of Eleanor Place/ Trumbull Parkway/
Margaret Place. Work will then move to the area of Lehigh Avenue and Clifton Avenue. Work will
conclude on Verona Avenue and New York Place.
This is weather dependent work, so some delays can be expected, but it is intent to be complete with
this project by late September or Early October.

Contact the Bureau of Maintenance and ask to speak to the Superintendent at 585-345-6400 opt. 1 if
you have any questions.

Hidden Mischief in Byron-Bergen

Press Release:

When is a hairbrush more than a grooming tool? When the end screws off to reveal a hidden compartment and a bag of drugs. Byron-Bergen High School partnered with the Genesee Council on Alcoholism and Substance Abuse (GCASA) to provide a Hidden Mischief experience for parents and caregivers of high school students. Hidden Mischief is a program designed to raise awareness of drug concealing techniques and everyday items commonly repurposed for drug use.

The first event took place at Freshman Orientation on August 23, 2018. Teams of 5-7 parents and guardians explored an average teenager’s bedroom. The “bedroom” has visited six other schools since the program began a year ago. In this bedroom more than 50 drugs, drug references, and drug paraphernalia items are hidden and revealed.

“Sometimes the key to discovering if a student is experimenting with drugs is right in their bedroom,” said Byron-Bergen High School Principal Pat McGee. “Our goal with this experience is to help families notice things they might have overlooked before.”

Another aspect of the Hidden Mischief experience is to give caregivers resources on how to talk to their students and how to get help. GCASA also wants families to understand how easy it is to access concealment or paraphernalia items online or in the community. It might seem like some of these items would be difficult for a teenager to find, but the hidden compartment hairbrush appears for sale online for $15.99 after a simple web search.

“The Hidden Mischief experience is designed as a preventative,” said GCASA Prevention Educator Gina Henry. “The goal is to spread awareness.”

The community is invited to come experience the Hidden Mischief room themselves during the Byron-Bergen High School Open House on Tuesday, September 11, 2018 from 6 – 7:30 p.m. at 6917 West Bergen Road, Bergen, NY 14416.

Hidden Mischief desk. Photo Credit: Pat McGee

Hidden Mischief bedroom. Photo Credit: Pat McGee

Morning News Briefing

Fatal boating accident at Point Breeze.
Two men were recovered from Lake Ontario after heading out onto the choppy waters off of Point Breeze in Carlton this weekend with only one returning alive.
According to the Orleans County Sheriff’s office the two fishermen in their 60’s were in the water for approximately three hours after their boat took on water in the 5-7 foot waves and capsized off the coast of Lake Ontario Saturday.
Their boat was about nine miles from shore near Point Breeze.
The Sheriff’s Office identified 66 year old Carl Hazel of Albion as the deceased and the second fisherman has yet to be named.
One of the fishermen caught the attention of a Canadian freighter according to authorities and two fisherman from Ohio then recovered the surviving fisherman while the freighter dispatched a smaller boat to recover Hazel.
Both men were reported to be wearing life jackets and the cause of the accident remains under investigation.

Darien Lake Rap Concert nets 15 for Genesee County Sheriff’s Deputies.
Friday’s nights G-Eazy concert at the Darien Lake Performing Arts Center ended in arrest for 15 people including two Batavia residents.
19 year old Terrance Falk of Watson Street in Batavia was arrested for Disorderly Conduct, Harassment and Resisting arrest after he was accused of causing a disturbance then head-butting a Live Nation employee in the face and fighting with lawmen while he was being taken into custody.
Falk was remanded in lieu of bail to the Genesee County Jail.
18 year old Michaela Bohn of Clinton Street Road in Batavia was arrested and charged with Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance after she was allegedly found with a quantity of cocaine and heroin.
Bohn was released with an appearance ticket and in total four people were jailed in lieu of bail.

Muckdogs wins two in a row at home, while honoring a Batavia Baseball broadcaster.
Legendary local sports broadcaster Wayne Fuller was honored before Saturday night’s game against Williamsport.
Fuller was inducted into the NYPL Hall of Fame last week and a plaque will be placed in the press box named after him at Dwyer Stadium.
The Muckdogs beat Williamsport 4 to 2 on Saturday night and went on to defeat State College in last night’s game with a final score of 3 o 2.
They continue their three game series tonight at Dwyer Stadium beginning at 7:05 p.m.
Listen to the game live with the Voice of the Muckdogs Andy Helwig here on WBTA.

Over 4,000 people jammed the stands and the apron at the Batavia Downs to watch the 14th annual “Dachshund Dash” Sunday afternoon,
The Wiener Dog races were the centerpiece of Batavia Downs Family Fun Day presentation.
80 dogs competed with the final race ending in a photo finish as “Louie” nosed out “Jasper” with “Dexter Tyberius” finishing a close third in the championship heat.
Track Announcer Joe Zambito’s call of the championship race won by “Louie”

Louie is owned by Bruce Hummel of Pittsford, New York and quickly became a fan favorite.
All contestants received doggie bags courtesy of Genesee Feeds of Batavia and the top ‘wiener’s’ total prize package was valued at $200.

WBTA FM 100.1 Temporarily Off-air

WBTA FM 100.1 is temporarily off the air due to a power surge that damaged some transmitter components. We hope to have repairs completed by late Monday morning.

In the meantime WBTA AM 1490 is operating normally as is our streaming service WBTAi.com.

WBTA thanks our loyal listeners for their patience.

BZ Glide wins 40th race in Batavia Open

(Photo courtesy of Paul White)

Press Release:

By Tim Bojarski, for Batavia Downs

BZ Glide took the most direct path to victory Friday night (Aug. 24) going gate to wire on the point to win the $10,000 Open Handicap trot at Batavia Downs and claim his 40th lifetime win in the process.

BZ Glide (Mike Caprio) left three-deep into the first turn grabbing the front by the eighth pole and then hitting the pylons, but that didn’t mean it would be an easy trip from there. Empire Earl N (Shawn Gray) was rolling up the outside and drew alongside the leader at the quarter in a speedy :27.3, but Caprio didn’t let him go. These two battled it out to the half before Empire Earl N started to tail near the five-eighths marker.

The end of one challenge led to the start of another as Call My Broker (Ray Fisher Jr.) was in gear from the back of the pack and went three-wide around Empire Earl N, and following him on the same path was Icanflylikeanangel (Drew Monti). The three fanned across the track at the head of the stretch with Monti and Fisher employing highly animated driving technics. But Caprio sat chilly, letting his big horse do the work and BZ Glide held of everyone to cross the wire on top by a length in 1:57.1.

It was the fifth win of the year and third Batavia top class victory for BZ Glide ($5.90) who is owned by the Caprio Stable and trained by Alana Caprio.

In the co-featured $8,000 Open II trot, Gwally (Ray Fisher Jr.) was parked out the final five-eighths of the mile chasing and eventually collaring the fleet-footed front runner Ruddy Rusty (Jim McNeight Jr.) at the wire by a half-length in 1:58.4. Gwally ($13.60) got his 30th lifetime win and registered a new seasonal mark doing it for owners Marissa Russo and John Mariano and trainer Dave Russo.

Shawn Mcdonough had a big night, besting all drivers on Friday by winning three races on the card, two of which he also trains.

Racing resumes on Saturday (Aug. 24) at Batavia Downs with post time at 6 p.m.

Weekend News Briefing

Photo by our news partner The Batavian

Fatal two car crash in Batavia claims the life of a Medina Woman.
The Genesee County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a two car motor vehicle accident at the intersection of Wortendyke Road and Route 33 in Batavia that left a Medina woman dead.
The accident was reported around quarter after six Friday evening.
According to investigators a 2016 Honda Pilot heading south on Wortendyke failed to stop at the stop sign and struck the side of a 2018 Kia Sportage that was westbound on Route 33.
Both vehicles rolled off the south shoulder of the road coming to rest in the front yard of a residence.
The driver of the Kia, 80 year old Irene Cichocki of Medina was determined deceased at the scene.
The Honda had four total occupants. The driver, 17 year old Lauren Power of Scotch Plains New Jersey was issued an appearance ticket for failure to stop at a stop sign while the three other passengers were taken to Strong Memorial Hospital for minor injuries.
The cause of the crash remains under investigation however investigators have determined drugs and alcohol were not contributing factors.

Oakfield residents happy to see something done about dangerous intersection.
Ron and Jeanine Bauer have lived at the intersection of Albion at Lockport Roads in Oakfield for 30 years and they along with their neighbors have long-complained about dangerous traffic at the intersection.
Ron said his neighbors have written letters to different higher-ups in the past and nothing really changed accept for recently when they heard the intersection would be turned into a four-way stop.

The county will add stop signs to the north and southbound lanes of Albion Road at Lockport Road that will be flagged until drivers get used to them.
County Highway Superintendent Tim Hens said work crews will be at the intersection Monday to convert it to a four-way, or all-way, stop.

A quality night sleep for a man on mission biking across the country.
William Galloway is making his third trek across the nation raising awareness for people who suffer from Traumatic Brain Injury.
This is his second time visiting and unfortunately breaking down Batavia.
William has relied on the kindness of strangers in the form of donations and good will offerings to keep him rolling safe and sound.
He rolled through Batavia earlier this week but after breaking a serious component on his recumbent bicycle friends in the area brought him back to get it welded at Tri-County Welding on East Main St in the City.
William’s latest blessing has been complimentary of the management at the Quality Inn on Park Road in Batavia, giving him an overnight stay Friday night, allowing him the not so often afforded comfort of a soft bed and hot shower.

William usually sleeps under the stars during his travel in rural areas but will be enjoying the amenities and soaking in all the relaxation before heading back out on his recently fixed recumbent bike.

The Muckdogs defeated by the Crosscutters.
Friday’s ball game between Batavia and Williamsport ended in defeat for the home team with a final score of 8 to 3.
Batavia finishes up their series against Williamsport Saturday night and stay in Dwyer stadium for the start of a three home game series against State College Sunday evening.
First pitch for Saturday’s game is at 7:05 with Sunday’s slated for 4:05.
All the action can be heard live here with Andy Helwig on WBTA.

Evening News Briefing

Albion Attorney Kevin Allen has pleaded guilty to systematically defrauding over a dozen of his clients.
The 32 year old Allen is accused of collecting payments from at least 15 clients for legal services that were never completed.
Allen had represented the victims in in divorce cases and civil suits.
As part of his plea deal, Allen had to surrender his license to practice law.
He could also be sentenced to up to four years in prison when sentenced in November.

More Federal dollars are flown in to the Genesee County Airport.
Senators Schumer and Gillibrand announcing today that $1.8-million has been made available to reconstruct taxiways and lighting at the airport on Saille Drive.

Governor Cuomo is freeing up more funding to help victims abusing opioids. Cuomo signed legislation today that gives prosecutors more power to divert substance addicted people from the criminal justice system to treatment facilities. The new law will allow more funding from seized items to go toward rehab and substance abuse treatment centers

The Batavia Muckdogs split a twin bill with the Williamsport Crosscutters. The Dogs dropped the first game 3 to 2 but came back in the night cap shutting out Williamsport 1 to nothing.
The same two teams meet again tonight, first pitch 7:05, live coverage with Andy Helwig on WBTA.

The Buffalo Bills 3rd pre-season game is Sunday afternoon before a national TV audience.
The Bills meet the Cincinnati Bengals at New Era field.
Quarterback Josh Allen gets the start. Nathan Peterman could also see some playing time.

The 13th annual “Dachshund Dash” at Batavia Downs Sunday

(Photo courtesy of Batavia Downs)

Press Release:

By Tim Bojarski, for Batavia Downs

On Sunday afternoon (Aug. 26), 80 speedy Dachshunds will go to post in 10 heats trying to become one of the 10 finalists in the 2018 Batavia Downs Wiener Dog races sponsored by Genesee Feeds of Batavia.

The Wiener Dog races will begin at approximately 4:00 p.m. at the conclusion of the live harness races and are the final event of the annual Family Fun Day at the Races at America’s oldest lighted harness racetrack. Admission and parking are free for the afternoon of entertainment that always produces the largest on-track attendance of the year. Family Fun Day includes many free kids activities set up trackside in front of the new Batavia Downs Hotel.

All those who enter will receive a doggie bag courtesy of the official race sponsor, Genesee Feeds of Batavia. The owners of all heat winners will receive $25 in gaming Free Play and the top three finishers in the championship race will receive (2) Clubhouse buffet certificates and $100, $75 and $50 (first through third) in Free Play for the gaming floor. The top winner’s total prize package including the gaming Free Play is valued at $200.

Please note: If you have a dog racing, you must check in to the dog “paddock” tent near the valet parking lot and the dogs are NOT allowed on the apron of the track during the live horse races.

Dachshund racing was first held in Australia during the 1970’s and rose in popularity in North America after a 1993 Miller Lite commercial made the “sport” cognizant nationally. In 1995 there was a national circuit formed with a final held in Ft. Wayne, Indiana as part of their German-fest celebration. The Wiener Dog Nationals were held there in 2018 for the 23rd year.

Batavia Downs is the first Harness track in North America to present Wiener Dog racing as a promotion and has done so annually since 2005. The popularity of this event has grown exponentially since then with many other race tracks now putting on their own races. However the first and now longest running Dachshund meet held at a Standardbred track will continue its tradition of excellence once again this year.

Morning News Briefing

A Florida man accused of using kitchen cutlery to attack two brothers in Middlebury.
39 year old Michael Finch is facing a 19 count felony indictment for last week’s attack on a 28 year old Middlebury man and his 13 year old brother.
The indictment alleges the two were stabbed and slashed violently with a butcher knife and meat cleaver.
The two victims were able to fend off Finch’s attack but sustained serious injuries in the onslaught of stabs and slashes.
The brothers were hospitalized in intensive care with wounds covering their upper bodies including their heads.
go-fund me account has been established to help the family pay medical expenses.

Plea deal may lead to possible prison time for an Orleans County Attorney.
Albion Attorney, 32 year old Kevin Allen pleaded guilty to Scheme to Defraud in Orleans County Court after being accused of systematically defrauding over a dozen clients.
In January Allen was arrested and accused of collecting payment from up to 15 victims for legal services such as divorce proceedings and civil lawsuits that were never filed or completed.
Genesee County Judge Charles Zambito presided in the case in the court in Albion yesterday.
As part of the deal Allen had to surrender his license to practice law.
He could be facing between 1 and 1/3 to 4 years in prison when he is sentenced on November 1st.
Allen is currently free after posting $10,000 bail.

Funding for the Genesee County Airport announced.
Yesterday Senator Chuck Schumer and Senator Kirsten Gillibrand announced the securing of $1.8 million in federal funding for the Genesee county airport.
The funding which is provided from the US Department of Transportation will be used to reconstruct the taxiways and lighting at the airport.

Adoption Services being phased out by Catholic Charities over state regulations.
According to a statement from the Catholic Charities of Buffalo it has begun the process to phase out current foster care and adoption services.
The organization said they cannot comply with state regulations while conforming to the teaching of the Catholic Church on the nature of marriage.
The program currently includes 55 certified foster homes, with 34 children in care in 24 homes.
Catholic Charities has provided adoption services since it was founded nearly 95 years ago.

Batavia beaten in the first but comes back against the Crosscutters.
The Muckdogs were defeated in the first match against Williamsport 2 to 3 but came back in the second game of the night to win 1 to nothing.
The two teams continue their series tonight with a first pitch at 7:05 p.m. and you can hear the game live on WBTA.

The Buffalo Bills will take the field for their third preseason game this weekend.
They’ll be taking on the Cincinnati Bengals Sunday afternoon at New Era Field.
Quarterback Josh Allen will get the start for the Bills, while Nathan Peterman could also see some playing time.
The Bills start their regular season September 9th against the Baltimore Ravens.

Evening News Briefing

A Florida man is facing a 19 count felony indictment in Wyoming County for allegedly attacking two brothers in Middlebury.
39 year old Michael Finch is accused in last week’s attack on a 28 year old Middlebury man and his 13 year old brother.
The indictment alleges the two were stabbed with a butcher knife and meat cleaver.
The boy and his brother were able to fend off Finch’s attack but not before being slashed and stabbed by the intruder dozens of times.
The assault left the brothers hospitalized in intensive care with wounds covering their upper bodies including their heads.
A go-fund me account has been established to help the family pay medical expenses. We have a link on our website.

A Bergen woman is behind bars as a bad baby-sitter
46 year old Christina Wass of Bergen was charged with Endangering the Welfare of a Child following a complaint received Tuesday night.
Deputies said Wass left a 5 year old child alone, unsupervised while she supposed to be watching and caring for the child.
Wass was jailed in lieu of $1,000 bail.

An Orleans County woman facing a felony fraud charge.
State Police out of Albion report the arrest of 41 year old Bobbi Bane of Lyndonville following investigation into an alleged fraud that occurred in Albion in July of this year.
Troopers arrested her last week and she was charged with a Class E Felony count of offering a False Instrument for Filing.

The Muckdogs take two out of three against the West Virginia Black Bears. The dogs beat the bears 9 to 3 last night.
The Muckdogs return to Dwyer Stadium tonight for a double-header against the Crosscutters. First pitch at 5:05pm. WBTA coverage begins after the news at about 5:45pm.

Florida man faces 19 count indictment in attempted murder case in Wyoming County

39 year old Michael Finch of Florida is facing a 19 count grand jury indictment for allegedly entering into a Middelbury residence illegally and violently attacking two brothers.

According to the indictment Finch faces two counts of Criminal Possession of a Weapon for attacking the 28 year old and his 13 year old brother with a butcher’s knife and a meat cleaver last week.

Finch is also facing five counts of Attempted Murder, six counts of Assault, two counts of Burglary and four counts of Robbery all in the first degree and all felony level charges. He is jailed without bail awaiting arraignment next month.

The boy and his brother were able to fend off Finch’s attack but not before being slashed and stabbed by the intruder dozens of times. The assault left the brothers hospitalized in intensive care with wounds covering their upper bodies including their heads.

Their aunt has set up a go fund me account to help pay for their medical costs.

 

WYOMING COUNTY COMMUNITY HEALTH SYSTEM GIVING BIRTH TO NEW PAIN MANAGEMENT OPTIONS

Brenda Hodnett, RN (left) and Kim Chamberlain Danser, WHNP, CNM (right)

Press Release:

Warsaw, NY, August 23, 2018 – Wyoming County Community Health System (WCCHS) is very excited to announce that we will now be offering a non-narcotic pain management option for our patients on the Labor and Delivery Unit. The Praxair Nitronox inhaled nitrous oxide unit will be available as an alternative labor and delivery pain management for our clients.

The Praxair inhaled nitrous oxide system is a self-administered minimal sedation that delivers a mixture of 50% nitrous oxide and 50% oxygen, also known as “laughing gas” and is meant to decrease anxiety and pain sensation for mothers in labor.

Kim Chamberlain Danser, Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner and Certified Nurse Midwife, was instrumental in obtaining the new unit. Kim tells us that one of the greatest benefits of using nitrous oxide is that it gives the patient total control, and research shows that it has no negative effects on the baby during labor or at delivery.

If a patient chooses to use this new pain management method, they are given complete control by physically holding the mask on their own and deciding how much and how often they inhale from it. While each patient has a different experience using nitrous oxide, most women report that it helps “take the edge off” of contractions and allows them to better cope with the pain associated with their contractions. A laboring mother may switch from nitrous oxide to a stronger pain relief method, such as an epidural, five minutes from their last inhalation.

Nitrous oxide is a safe, non-narcotic option for pain management that will not interfere with maternal/newborn bonding in the “Golden Hour” after delivery. Research shows that immediate skin to skin, and initiating breastfeeding within the first hour after delivery is best for bonding and successful breastfeeding.

While several larger birthing hospitals in Rochester and Buffalo are now offering their patients nitrous oxide during labor and delivery, WCCHS is the first hospital in the area to provide the service. The WCCHS Maternity Unit would like to thank the Wyoming Community Hospital Foundation for the generous grant that funded the cost of the unit and training. Thanks to the Foundation’s donation, WCCHS is able to empower our women with more choices in labor and delivery pain management.

LETCHWORTH HOSTS ANNUAL SUMMER FAREWELL FESTIVAL

Press Release:

(Castile, NY) Enjoy all beautiful Letchworth State Park has to offer accompanied with a full line-up of musical performances and a spectacular firework display during the park’s annual Summer Farewell Festival on Sunday, September 2nd 2018.

This year’s festival begins at 3pm at the Highbanks Recreation Area, just inside the Mount Morris entrance. Wildfire takes the stage at 3pm, followed by Zac Brown Tribute Band at 6:30pm. Clowns will entertain from 5-8pm, and animal presentations by the Wildlife Educators Coalition will take place from 4-8pm. Fireworks will light the skies at 9:30pm.

Bring the family to relax, swim, and enjoy a day of entertainment at the park recently voted the best state park in the nation by a USA TODAY Readers’ Choice poll. Admission to the show is included with the $10.00 per car park entrance fee. Food concessions will be available.

For more information, please contact the Letchworth State Park Visitor Center by calling 585-493-3600.

The New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation oversees 180 state parks and 35 historic sites, which are visited by 62 million people annually. A recent study found that New York State Parks generates $1.9 billion in economic activity annually and supports 20,000 jobs. For more information on any of these recreation areas, call 518-474-0456 or visit www.nysparks.com, connect on Facebook, or follow on Twitter.

Morning News Briefing

Bergen woman jailed for allegedly abandoning a 5 year old child.
According to the Genesee County Sheriff’s Office, 46 year old Christina Wass of Bergen, is accused of leaving a 5 year old child alone without proper supervision while she had the child in her care and custody.
She was arrested and charged with Endangering the Welfare of a Child following a complaint received Tuesday night in Bergen.
Wass was remanded to the County jail in lieu of $1,000 dollars bail and is scheduled to appear in Bergen Town Court on September 5th.

Pembroke resident arrested after allegedly fleeing from a crash in Batavia.
Following investigation into a report of a property damage accident on Lewiston road in Batavia on Monday afternoon deputies arrested 26 year old Mark Humel of Main Road in Pembroke.
Humel was accused of driving under the influence of drugs and alcohol on a revoked driver’s license before causing a crash and leaving the scene.
He is now facing multiple counts of DWAI by a Combination drugs and alcohol, Aggravated Unlicensed Operation, Operating on a Suspended License and Registration along with leaving the scene of a property damage accident.
Humel was released with appearance tickets for Batavia Town Court on September 24th.

Accident in Alabama ends in arrest for an Alden man.
33 year old John Meiler of Reinhardt Road in Alden was taken into custody by deputies after report of a property damage accident on Bloomingdale road in Alabama on Tuesday.
Lawmen say He was driving under the influence of drugs on a revoked license.
Meiler is charged with DWI, DWAI by Drugs, Aggravated Unlicensed Operation, and operating a vehicle without an interlock device.
He was given appearance tickets returnable to Alabama Town Court on September 26th.

Warsaw woman jailed for DWI.
Troopers out of Warsaw arrested 42 year old Heather Aldinger of Warsaw for DWI with a prior conviction, leaving the scene of an accident, along with vehicle and traffic infractions.
Troopers received a call Saturday afternoon of a vehicle that struck several mailboxes and continued traveling. Aldinger was located on Burke Hill Road in Perry and was placed under arrest after failing multiple field sobriety tests.
She was remanded to the Wyoming County Jail on $10,000 bail with her next court date slated for August 20th.

Batavia takes series over West Virginia.
The Muckdogs won against the Black Bears 9 to 3 in their final match of a three game away series taking the series that was split at the second game.
The Dogs are back in Dwyer Stadium to face the Williamsport Crosscutters for a double header this evening.
The first pitch of the first game starts at 5:05 p.m. and all the action can be heard here on WBTA.

Senator Chuck Schumer says the confirmation hearing of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh should be delayed.
Schumer is making the request after President Trump’s former lawyer Michael Cohen implicated the president was involved in breaking election laws.
In the past, Kavanaugh has said he believes a president shouldn’t have to deal with the burden of a criminal investigation or prosecution while in office.
Republicans say they hope to have Kavanaugh confirmed in October.

Evening News Briefing

A Batavia man has pled guilty to the May stabbing death of Terry Toote on Central Avenue.
31 year old Nathaniel Wilson admitted he stabbed Toote to death just before he was shot in the leg by 17 year old Samuel Blackshear.
The violent scene was all captured on police surveillance video which had just been set up in response to reported violence in the neighborhood.
Blackshear, the suspected shooter, was charged with assault and weapons possession.
Wilson will be sentenced next month. The plea deal called for a sentencing cap of 20 years to life.

 

Akeem Robinson

A Livingston County Jail inmate is facing new charges following a serious assault on another inmate.
The Livingston County Sheriff’s Office reports 29 year old Akeem Robinson attacked another inmate over the weekend causing what were described as serious injuries.
Robinson was originally locked up on drug charges.

GOP Leaders have extended their selection process for picking Congressman Chris Collins’ replacement on the November ballot.
Republican Party chairs considered several potential candidates yesterday in Batavia.
Last week the same group said they hoped to have a candidate and a method to replace Collins by the end of this week.
Now, no timetable has been announced.
Whoever the GOP picks to be on the ballot will face Democrat challenger Nate McMurray.

The gates open for the New York State Fair in Syracuse today.
Visitors will be able to get their first look at the new Expo Center which will allow them to ice skate for free. There are also rides and new food items like beer ice cream. The fair runs through Labor Day.

The Batavia Muckdogs are bested by the Black Bears.
West Virginia beat the dogs last night 9 to 2.
The same two teams meet tonight before the Dogs return to Batavia on Thursday to take on the Williamsport Crosscutters

Morning News Briefing

Central Ave murder suspect accepts plea deal.
Batavia resident, 31 year old Nathaniel Wilson Jr. has accepted a plea agreement admitting to fatally stabbing a man on Central Ave in the city.
Wilson appeared before Judge Charles Zambito in Genesee County Court Monday where he admitted to stabbing 41 year old Terry Toote to death on the night of May 17th.
No motive for the murder was ever revealed and the plea was made on an Alford basis.
As part of plea deal Wilson will have his sentence capped at 20 years to life.
He remains jailed without bail pending his sentencing next month.
17 year old Samual Blackshear who allegedly shot Wilson in the leg during the incident is charged with assault and criminal possession of a weapon and 48 year old Jennifer Urvizu-Hanlon is also facing a charge of criminal possession of a weapon for supplying the teen with the weapon.

GOP Leaders extend selection process for picking Congressman Collins replacement on the upcoming ballot in November.
Republican leaders in the 27th Congressional District made the announcement to push back the date yesterday as several potential candidates interviewed in Batavia.
Currently there’s no set date to watch for a final candidate to emerge.
Congressman Collins suspended his re-election bid following his indictment on insider trading charges.
Whoever the GOP picks to be on the ballot will face Democrat challenger Nate McMurray.

Muckdogs bested by the Black Bears.
Batavia lost to West Virginia 2 to 9 in their second away game of the series last night, tying up the set following Mondays win.
The dogs face the bears for the final series game tonight and return to Batavia to take on the Williamsport Crosscutters for a four game stretch starting with a double header at Dwyer Stadium tomorrow evening.

A new poll is giving a glimpse into how voters may cast their ballots in the 25th Congressional District race.
According to the Siena Research Institute, Democrat Joe Morelle leads Republican Jim Maxwell by 24 points.
Morelle currently works in the Assembly, while Maxwell has never held political office.
The seat has been open since March following the death of Congresswoman Louise Slaughter.
Voters will decide who represents them on Election Day.

City Fire Department Begins Hydrant Flushing this morning.
Batavia’s Fire Department will be flushing fire hydrants from approximately 9 AM to 3 PM the general area of East Main, State Street, Oak St., Washington Avenue and Richmond Avenue.
Homes and businesses nearby will be affected.
These tests may result in temporary discoloration of water in that area.
Do not attempt to wash any clothing if your water appears discolored but run cold water for about five minutes or until clear.

Attica Airman Graduates Basic Training

Airman Eric J. Nelson

Press Release:

U.S. Air Force Airman Eric J. Nelson graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas.

The airman completed an intensive, eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness, and basic warfare principles and skills.

Airmen who complete basic training also earn four credits toward an associate in applied science degree through the Community College of the Air Force.

Nelson is the son of Suzanne J. Nelson of Attica, N.Y.

He is a 2016 graduate of Attics High School, Attica, N.Y.

Toscano trio tops NYSS at Batavia Wednesday

(Photo courtesy of Frances Blazer/Fotowon)

Press Release:

By Tim Bojarski, for Batavia Downs

Linda Toscano, who is on the ballot for enshrinement in the Harness Racing Hall of Fame this year, will be bringing three of her best Empire State-bred diagonal distaffers to compete in two divisions of the $119,300 New York Sires Stakes (NYSS) for 3-year-old trotting fillies.

The NYSS events are carded as race three and five. There are also three $15,000 Excelsior “A” races on the program that go as race one, seven and eight. Post time for the first race in 5 p.m.

The first NYSS division goes for $59,100 and Toscano will be starting Repentance (Chapter Seven-Swan Hot Mama) who will be getting a lot of attention for several of her perfomrances this year.

Repentance comes in off a big mile at the Meadowlands on Hambo day where she cut the three-quarters in 1:23.4 before finishing a respectable fourth to Basquiat who won in 1:51.2. Earlier this year she finished third in an elimination of the Empire Breeders Classic (EBC) at Tioga Downs and then fourth in the final behind eventual Hambletonian winner Atlanta, in an all-time track record time of 1:50.3.

Scott Zeron, who drove Atlanta to those EBC and Hambletonian victories, will be picking up the lines behind Repentance on Wednesday from post three at 5-2.

Her main competition looks to be Fury Road (Muscle Mass-Bar Ballad) who has earned just under $60,000 this year on the strength of two NYSS wins and Golden Muscle (Muscle Mass-Golden Goose) who also competed well in the EBC but has yet to win a NYSS event this year.

Toscano also has two fillies in the second NYSS division that goes for $60,200.

Lima Novelty (Chapter Seven-No Pictures Please) won four out of five stake events in June and July and they account for her lofty earnings of $104,093 so far this year. She also took a lifetime mark of 1:52.1 in one of those wins at the Meadowlands on July 7 from post 12.

Two weeks later Lima Novelty was in an elimination of the Hambletonian Oaks where she acquitted herself well. Unfortunately she was forced to chase a :54.4 back half from mid-pack and didn’t make the final.

Lima Novelty’s last start was on an off track at Yonkers after which she took a two week sabbatical. She comes back here rested, well spotted and looking for win number five of the season.

Zeron gets the call and the pylons behind Lima Novelty and the pair is highly regarded morning line at 9-5.

Stablemate Tribute To Seven (Chapter Seven-Southwind Confetti) has only missed the board one time all year going eight out of nine including three wins; two of which were in NYSS action. She is the second leading money winner in this race with $73,359 earned for the year and is currently third in points in this series, just ahead of Lima Novelty.

Drew Monti drew post two with Tribute To Seven and is listed at 5-2 by the track handicapper.

The main competition for Toscano’s pair appears to be Natalie Hanover (Chapter Seven-Nanticoke Hanover) who comes in sharp off a NYSS win at Yonkers in 1:56.3 and will look to upset the two favorites and take the major share home with her instead.

City to begin fire hydrant flushing

Press Release::

City of Batavia Fire Department Beginning Hydrant Flushing

August 21, 2018: The City of Batavia Fire Department will be flushing fire hydrants on August 22nd from approximately 9 AM to 3 PM the general area of E. Main St., State Street, Oak St., Washington Avenue and Richmond Avenue. Homes and businesses nearby will be affected. These tests may result in temporary discoloration of water in that area.

As in the past, please do not attempt to wash any clothing if your water appears discolored. If you do experience a discoloration of your water, run cold water for about five minutes or until clear.

This annual testing is essential to maintain the communities class III Insurance Service Office (ISO) public protection classification, and to assure that hydrants are operating efficiently for fire protection purposes. Along with maintaining the fire rating the test monitors the health of the city’s water system, identifies weak areas in the system, removes material that settle in the hydrant and cleans out the lines. Checking each
hydrant improves crew knowledge of hydrant locations.

If you have any questions, or should at anytime notice a hydrant in need of repair, please contact the fire department at 585-345-6375.

History Club Hosts: Kevin R. Pawlak on “The Jewels of War”

Press Release:

What: History Club Hosts: Kevin R. Pawlak on “The Jewels of War”

When: Wednesday, September 5, 2018 at 7 p.m.

Where: Genesee Community College ~ One College Road, Batavia Campus ~ Room T102 Conable Technology Building

Who: All are invited and welcome!

Background: The History Club at Genesee Community College invites everyone to the Batavia campus on the first Wednesday evening of every month this fall to hear and enjoy the Historical Horizons Lecture Series.

The Fall 2018 lecture series begins on Wednesday, September 5, 2018 at 7 p.m. with “The Jewels of War: Robert E. Lee, George B. McClellan and the Battle of Antietam” presented by the author of Shepardstown in the Civil War, Kevin R. Pawlak. The Battle of Antietam is America’s bloodiest single day. In totality, twelve hours of fighting on September 17, 1862 left approximately 23,000 casualties. During this lecture, Pawlak will assess the dramatic events of the battle from the unique perspective of the commanders on the field.

The lecture begins at 7 p.m. in room T102 of the Conable Technology Building, is free and open to the public.

For more information, visit https://gcchistoricalhorizons.wordpress.com/ or contact Marketing Communications Associate Director Donna Rae Sutherland at (585) 343-0055 ext. 6616, or via email: dsutherland@genesee.edu.

Additional Details: http://news.genesee.edu/news/2018/08/01/historical-horizons-publishes-fall-2018-lecture-series

Morning News Briefing

Orleans County man facing charges for sexually abusing a child.
Troopers based in Albion arrested an 18 year old male resident of East Ave Albion for allegedly sexually abusing a child under the age of 14.
The unnamed suspect was taken into custody by State Police last Tuesday night following report of the incident which allegedly occurred in Holley in May of this year.
The 18 year old is charged with 2nd degree Sexual Abuse of a child less than 14 years old and Acting in a Manner Injurious to a Child less than 17 both Class A misdemeanors.
Police did not release the name of the suspect due to their possible youthful offender status and they were released on their own recognizance.

Republicans looking to replace Congressman Chris Collins on the November ballot will meet in Batavia today.
They’ll be speaking with GOP leaders from across the 27th Congressional District to talk about their potential candidacy.
Congressman Collins suspended his re-election bid earlier this month after being arrested on federal charges.
Whoever the Republican nominee is takes on Democrat Nate McMurray in November.

The Genesee County Sheriff’s Office reports arrests at Darien Lake’s latest Country concert.
Three people were arrested at the Miranda Lambert Concert Thursday including two Holley residents.
Both were taken into custody for Criminal Trespass after they allegedly reentered the concert venue after having been ejected.
54 year old Monica Granata of West Seneca allegedly punched, kicked and bit 2 Live Nation Security Officers while she was being ejected from the concert and was arrested on 2 counts of second degree Harassment.
All three were given appearance tickets for September 4th in Darien Town Court.

Warsaw man behind bars without bail for driving on drugs.
Troopers based out of Warsaw arrested 54 year old Scott Carmichael of Warsaw on charges of Driving While Ability Impaired by Drugs, Unlawful Possession of Marijuana and several traffic infractions following a traffic stop on State Route 39 in Castile.
During the stop Troopers detected a strong odor of marijuana coming from Carmichael’s vehicle.
Carmichael submitted to and failed several field sobriety tests and was then taken into custody and evaluated by a Drug Recognition Expert.
He was remanded to Wyoming County Jail without bail and is due back in Castile Town Court on August 27th.

Governor Cuomo signs a bill to ban smoking where child services are provided.
The legislation protects children from the harmful effects of secondhand smoke.
It bans people from smoking in buildings that host child care services, also including private homes that serve as day cares.
Cuomo said this measure will help New York become a healthier, stronger state.
Smoking is already banned near schools and where after-school programs are held.

The Muckdogs win against West Virginia.
The Dogs beat the Black Bears one to nothing in their first of a three game series of away games.
Batavia returns to Dwyer Stadium Thursday for a double header against Williamsport which will be covered live here on WBTA.

The Buffalo Bills have named their starting quarterback for the team’s third preseason game.
Head coach Sean McDermott says Josh Allen will take the field first when the Bills battle the Cincinnati Bengals Sunday.
During Friday’s game against the Browns, Allen completed all but four of his passes and led the team on three scoring drives.
Nathan Peterman will be Allen’s backup, since AJ McCarron is being treated for a collar bone injury.

Equipment repairs complete and milling operations pick back up today on Tracy Ave.
Tracy Avenue between Washington and North Street will be closed to all thru traffic for pavement cold milling today from 7AM to 5PM.
Drivers will need to find alternative routes during the operation.
The work is weather dependent.

Evening News Briefing

A LeRoy man jailed following a domestic incident.
35 year old Mikhail MacPherson of Gully Road is accused of preventing his victim from leaving the home and using their phone to call for help.
MacPherson is charged with Menacing and unlawful imprisonment.

The investigation is underway into what happened moments before a deadly motorcycle crash in Henrietta.
Witnesses told police the motorcyclist may have been speeding before hitting a car at the intersection of East Henrietta Road and Lehigh Station Road last night.
That person, whose name hasn’t been released, was taken to the hospital but later died. Police do not believe alcohol was a factor in the crash.

PHOTO: Chris Brush Courtesy: The Batavian

Another black bear sighting in Genesee County.
This one spotted in a cornfield in the Town of Alabama.
Chris Brush said he was on his way to church yesterday morning with his family when the bear lumbered across Judge Road between Gorton and Maple.
Brush snapped a picture – it’s on our website.

Governor Cuomo is continuing to criticize President Trump.
During a speech in Brooklyn, Cuomo called Trump’s America one of division and intolerance. The governor raised eyebrows last week while questioning Trump for his opinions and track record on women’s rights and immigrants before claiming America was never that great.

Tracy Avenue in Batavia the next local road to get some reconstruction.
Tracy Ave. motorists will experience delays and lane reductions tomorrow from 7 until 5 for cold milling of the pavement.
The work is weather dependent and could be re-scheduled if it rains.

Batavia Bureau of Maintenance: TRACY AVENUE MILLING

Press Release:

On Tuesday, August 21st, 2018, from 7AM to 5PM, Tracy Avenue in the City of Batavia will be closed to all thru traffic for cold milling of pavement. The work will be done between Washington Avenue and North Street.

All motorists that regularly use this road are asked to seek alternative routes during the operation. Residents within the area of the closure should anticipate delays, but we will do our best to accommodate getting you to and from your residence.

This work is weather dependent and subject to rescheduling if it rains.

Contact the Bureau of Maintenance and ask to speak to the Streets Supervisor or Superintendent at 585-345-6400 opt. 1 if you have any questions.

Thank you for your cooperation in advance

Three arrested at the Miranda Lambert Concert at Darien Lake

The Genesee County Sheriff’s Office arrested two Holley residents during the Country Star’s Performance on Thursday for Criminal Trespass after they both allegedly reentered the concert venue after having been ejected and told not to return.

54 year old Monica Granata of West Seneca was arrested on 2 counts of second degree Harassment for allegedly punching, kicking and biting 2 Live Nation Security Officers while she was being ejected from the concert.

All three were issued appearance tickets for Darien Town Court on September 4th.

News from Genesee Community College

Press Release:

Ten years ago, the Genesee Community College Board of Trustees introduced a summer scholarship program that exemplified the College’s commitment to increasing accessibility to higher education. As Genesee Promise Plus recognizes its ten year anniversary, more than 4,000 students have taken advantage of the tuition-free summer courses at GCC, Dr. Shelitha Williams, vice president of Student and Enrollment Services reported to the Trustees at the August 13, 2018 Board meeting. Genesee Promise Plus (GPP) scholarships remove financial barriers to college for citizens across the Genesee, Livingston, Orleans and Wyoming (GLOW) counties providing high school students, as well as adults with no previous college course credit the chance to “try it” tuition-free at GCC!

The program was originally aimed at graduating high school seniors, but in 2010 officials realized that GPP would serve high school juniors equally as well. And in 2013, GPP expanded again to provide adults who had never attended college in the past with the summer scholarship program.

While increasing access to college was GPP’s primary goal, there have been any many tangential benefits. College bound students can complete developmental classes or prerequisites to lighten their freshman year course load helping ensure timely college graduation. GPP builds confidence and gives some students, particularly adults, the chance to try college without a huge investment, Dr. Williams said.

On average, 312 high school seniors annually participated in GPP with 2010 being the peak year of enrollment with 392 students. High school juniors averaged 82 participants annually with 2016 being the peak year with 197 enrolled students. Adults averaged 11 students annually with 30 students enrolled in 2014. This past year (2017), 27 adults enrolled. Final figures for this summer (2018) are not yet available.

In other business, the Board of Trustees:

Approved the granting of degrees and certificates to August 2018 graduates, subject to their satisfactory completion of academic requirements. The College anticipates awarding one Associate in Arts (A.A.) degree, 48 Associate in Science (A.S.) degrees, 38 Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.) degrees, and 1 certificate.

Heard a report from President Sunser about the hiring of five new employees including:

Michael Heel will begin his role as the director of Interdisciplinary Academic Support on September 7, 2018, a position that helps assess and develop new programs and curriculum. Heel served as coordinator and associate director of Curriculum Assessment at Monroe Community College for 10 years. He holds two Master’s Degrees – one in Public Policy from Harvard University and the other in Political Science from the University of Rochester. He has been active in Middle States Commission for Higher Education as an evaluator and trainer, and he received a SUNY Chancellor Award for Excellence in Professional Service in 2015. Heel resides in Livonia, NY.

A seasoned GCC adjunct and a 20-year veteran of the Rochester Police Department, Jay Bushen will be a full-time Criminal Justice instructor this fall. His diverse experience in the RPD includes crime scene technician, bomb squad, recruitment, and investigating violent felony offenses. Bushen earned his BS in Criminal Justice from SUNY Buffalo State College, and his MA in Social Policy at Empire State College. He has also taught online courses at Aspen University and was Instructor of the Semester at GCC’s Warsaw Campus Center in 2009. Bushen resides in Rochester, NY.

Amy Provenzo of Fairport, NY, will be joining GCC’s Respiratory Care program as an instructor and clinical education coordinator. Her experience includes being an acute and critical care respiratory therapist, as well as a successful salesperson for Philips Respironics. She earned her BS in Respiratory Care from Indiana University of Pennsylvania.

With more than 25 years of experience in customer relations including six years in undergraduate admissions, Ann Valento is a dynamic new member of GCC’s ACE (Accelerated College Enrollment) team. Her previous position at Roberts Wesleyan was a data and response coordinator and communication specialist and included experience with program development, marketing and event coordination. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and a Master’s degree Corporate Communications, both from Ithaca College. She resides in Pavilion, NY.

Michele Sformo is the new face in GCC’s Business Office and she will serve as financial operations specialist. A GCC alumna with an AAS degree Accounting in 1986, Sformo continued her education earning a BS in Accounting from Empire State in 2010. Previously, she served as the finance director and assistant executive director for the Mental Health Association of Genesee and Orleans Counties. She resides in Corfu, NY.

Heard a report from Levi Olsen, GCC’s director of Buildings and Grounds on the progress of the summer projects featuring extensive renovations in the B200 and C200 suites including new ceilings, flooring, paint, LED lighting, repairing electrical service as well as some asbestos removal and HVAC repairs. Other indoor projects included new concrete on the north entrance of the Genesee Center for the Arts, a new hot air curtain in the entrance of the Student Success Center and infrared imaging of the main electrical panels to proactively identify any concerns or issues. The pool was also drained, cleaned and regrouted as needed. Outside, the new pedestrian walkway features five themed garden islands and all the trees, shrubs and flowering perennials have been planted for this year’s Phase I. In addition, the softball field has new sections of turf and infield mix.

What’s a ‘flintknapper’?

Press Release:

(Castile, NY ) On August 24th – 26th, 2018 the Genesee Region of the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation will be hosting the Stone Tool Craftsman Show at Letchworth State Park.

The show is opened from 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM (Friday & Saturday) & 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM (Sunday), and is held at the Highbanks Recreation Area near the Mt. Morris Entrance to the park.

Modern master stone tool craftsmen (flintknappers) engage in the ancient art of making tools from stone including arrowheads and spear points. Demonstrations will be scheduled throughout the event as well as stone and other supplies being available for purchase.

Other activities include the Eastern Seaboard Atl-Atl Competition. The Atl Atl (spear throwing stick) event will educate the public on how ancient people hunted centuries ago. There will also be a Mountain Man/Civil War Era encampment with re-enactors, traders and black-powder firearm demonstrations.

Admission to the show is included with the $10.00 per vehicle park entrance fee. For further information call 585-493-3600. For more information about New York State Parks, please visit our website at www.parks.ny.gov

The New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation oversees more than 250 parks, historic sites, recreational trails, golf courses, boat launches and more, which are visited by 71 million people annually. A recent study found that New York State Parks generates $5 billion in park and visitor spending, which supports nearly 54,000 jobs and over $2.8 billion in additional state GDP. For more information on any of these recreation areas, call 518-474-0456 or visit www.parks.ny.gov, connect with us on Facebook, or follow on Instagram and Twitter.

Monti, Perrin dominate; win five at Batavia

Sir Ziggy Z Tam (Photos courtesy of Paul White)

Press Release:

By Tim Bojarski, for Batavia Downs

Driver Drew Monti and trainer JD Perrin teamed up to put on a show Staurday night (Aug.18) winning five races on the 10 race card.

The two teamed up to send Cheyenne Louie (1:57, $4.70), Hands Of Frank (1:55, $25.40),Foreign Officer (1:56.1, $2.60), Sir Ziggy’s Z Tam (1:53.4, $3.70) and Rock To Glory (1:55.4,$4.60) to the Purple Haze winner’s circle for pictures.

Sir Ziggy’s Z Tam was was the pick of the pack, winning the featured $10,000 Open Handicap pace.

Southwind Torque (John Cummings Jr.) took an immediate lead from the pylons and rebuffed a challenge from Sir Ziggy’s Z Tam (Drew Monti), making him take a seat. After they hit the half in :56.4, the field was still in single file with no serious challengers in sight.

The top two continued in that order until the three quarters when Monti pulled Sir Ziggy’s Z Tam and drew alongside Southwind Torque. However Cummings was up for the challenge and maintained a one length lead to the head of the stretch. But “Drivin’ Drew” got to work, throwing the lines at Sir Ziggy’s Z Tam in the lane and he swelled up pacing by the leader in deep stretch to win by a neck in 1:53.4.

It was the 35th lifetime win for the classy Sir Ziggy’s Z Tam ($3.70) who now has $878,791 in purses earned for his career. The 10-year-old altered son of Art Major is owned by Tessa Roland and trained by JD Perrin

Kevin Cummings, who also had three wins on the card, took the $9,000 Open II with Im So Handsome who equalled his season’s best effort in the process.

Heaven Rocks (Drew Monti) left hard for the lead before Im So Handsome (Kevin Cummings) came out and took the top position from him. After a :28.3 quarter and :57.4 half Tyler (Shawn Gray) pulled at the five-eighths, brought Barry Hanover (Shawn McDonough) with him and they motored up the outside to the three-quarters in 1:26.2.

Im So Handsome and Tyler battled all the way around the last turn when Barry Hanover tipped three wide and took his best shot late. With all three across the track, Im So Handsome outlasted both challengers and hung on to win by a neck in 1:54.3.

Looking good now with seven wins on the year, Im So Handsome ($4.30) has also broken the half century mark in earnings, now boasting $50,549 in loot for owner Mike Torcello and trainer Gerry Sarama.

Live racing resumes at Batavia Downs with a Sunday (Aug. 19) matinee that has a first race post time of 1:15 p.m. It’s dollar Day Sunday with cold draft beer, soda or hot dogs served fresh trackside for only $1 each.

Morning News Briefing

A Black Bear was spotted in the Town of Alabama apparently trying to cross on to route 63.
Chris Brush was on his way to church with his family Sunday morning when they spotted the bear around 10-15 yards of judge road.
Brush said they were passing by a cornfield on the north side of the road between Gorton and Maple when they saw the bear.
Chris Brush snapped a pic of the black bear which can be seen on our news partner’s website at The Batavian.

LeRoy man arrested for Unlawful Imprisonment.
35 year old Mikhail MacPherson of Gully Road was accused of preventing a victim in a domestic incident from using their phone to call for help along with allegedly preventing them from leaving the residence.
MacPherson was taken into custody by Genesee County Sheriff’s Deputies following report of the domestic incident at a Gully Road address in LeRoy just after midnight last Friday morning.
He was charged with Criminal Mischief, Menacing and Unlawful Imprisonment and is scheduled for LeRoy Town Court at a later date.

Clarence man arrested for abandoning infants in a running car.
25 year old Stephen Dewes was arrested by Troopers out of Batavia for allegedly leaving two infants in his running vehicle unattended, in the parking lot of Home Depot on Transit Road in Clarence Thursday.
Dewes is facing two counts of endangering the welfare of a child and was issued an appearance ticket returnable to Clarence Town Court at a later date.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo isn’t backing down from President Trump.
At an event Sunday in Brooklyn, Cuomo called the president un-American and accused him of being a racist.

This comes after Trump slammed Cuomo on Twitter last week.
The New York governor said America was not that great during a campaign event, a comment he’s since walked-back.
Trump Tweeted “Big push back on Governor Andrew Cuomo of New York for his really dumb statement about America’s lack of greatness.”
The White House hasn’t responded to Cuomo’s criticism on Sunday.

LeRoy resident accused of trying to steal an Identity.
Following investigation into a complaint LeRoy Police arrested 43 year old, Ramon Gilliam of Main St, LeRoy last Thursday.
Gilliam with charged with Attempted Identity theft in the 3rd degree.
He was taken into custody and processed without incident and issued an appearance ticket for September 20th in LeRoy Town Court to answer to the charges.
Attempted Identity theft in the 3rd degree is a class B Misdemeanor.

Batavia finishes series against the Doubledays with a win.
The Muckdogs beat Auburn 4 to 2 in their last away game series ending with 2 wins and 2 losses in their latest four game stretch with the team.
The Dogs head back to West Virginia tonight to face the Black Bears for a three game series before returning to Batavia Thursday for a double header against Williamsport.

Buffalo Bills quarterback A-J McCarron is getting a second opinion on his injured throwing arm.
He was hurt during the team’s preseason game against the Cleveland Browns Friday.
Head coach Sean McDermott says the initial diagnosis for McCarron is a fractured collarbone.
The Bills return to action Sunday against the Cincinnati Bengals.

Cummings five, Sarama two at Batavia Downs

Southern Palms (Photos courtesy of Paul White)

Press Release:

By Tim Bojarski, for Batavia Downs

Two longtime Batavia Downs regulars put up big numbers on Friday night (Aug. 17) in front of a packed apron and sold out clubhouse on a beautiful late summer evening in Genesee County.

First, perennial driving leader Kevin Cummings won half the card, scoring five wins on the night, pulling away from his fellow drivers for the dash lead at the meet. Cummings won with Keystone Keen (1:56.4, $4.10), Striker Ace (1:57.2, $5.40), Gold Star Sonata (1:57.1, $4.00), Southern Palms (1:57, $21.20) and Northern Matador (1:59, $3.00).

Cummings is firmly entrenched as the current driving leader to this point with 27 wins; seven ahead of his nearest competitor. He is chasing his fifth title at the Downs and is off to a flying start.

Then legendary western New York horseman Gerry Sarama conditioned the winners of both featured trots, winning each with ease and returning double-digit payouts to boot.

In the $10,000 Open Handicap, Southern Palms (Kevin Cummings) got off to a slow start fourth as Ruddy Rusty (Jim McNeight Jr.) was rolling down the road with a four-length lead in a fast :56.4 half. Southern Palms took advantage of the fraction and became second over at three-quarters behind Call My Broker (Ray Fisher Jr.) who was rushing the leader. At the head of the stretch the three were even across the track but Southern Palms trotted home the best and won by two lengths in 1:57, which was a new seasonal mark.

The very next race in the $8,000 Open II, Sarama decided to send Theresnoway (Ray Fisher Jr.) right down the road and he never looked back. After getting to the half in :58.2, Fisher let out the lines and Theresnoway opened up five by three-quarters and eight by the top of the stretch and from there he cruised to the wire much the best by eight in 1:57.1, which was also a new seasonal mark.

Southern Palms ($21.20) and Theresnoway ($11.40) are both owned by Mike Torcello.

Bedsides the big nights had by Cummings and Sarama, driver Drew Monti and trainer John Mungillo each added two wins to their meet totals.

The annual Race to Defeat Breast Cancer fundraiser and silent auction that was held by the Breast Cancer Coalition of Rochester (BCCR) and sponsored by Batavia Downs was a rousing success as donations collected amounted to over $12,000 and beat last year’s total.

Live racing resumes at Batavia Downs on Saturday night (Aug. 18) with post time set at 6 p.m.

Weekend News Briefing

Hit and Run in Batavia under investigation.
The Batavia Police Department is investigating a personal injury accident in which a bicyclist was struck by a sport utility vehicle.
The accident reportedly occurred at the traffic circle Friday morning at approximately 9:15.
A female in her early 20’s was riding her bicycle in the round-a-bout when she was struck by a gold SUV operated by a male believed to be in his 30’s with short blonde hair.
The vehicle then left the scene and the female sustained only minor injuries.
She was taken to the hospital for treatment.
Anyone with information in reference to the case may contact Batavia Police or the confidential tip line at 345-6370.

Troopers out of Batavia arrest a Clarence man for leaving infants in a parking lot.
25 year old Stephen Dewes is accused of leaving two infants unattended, in his running vehicle in the parking lot of Home Depot on Transit Road in Clarence Thursday.
State Police charged Dewes with two counts of endangering the welfare of a child and he was issued an appearance ticket returnable to Clarence Town Court at a later date.

Hutchins street man picked up on warrant for Grand Larceny.
31 year old Patrick Rumble of Batavia was arrested on warrant stemming from an incident on Cedar Street on the first of the month.
Rumble was accused of pushing and striking someone while stealing their cell phone, at the same time violating an order of protection.
He was remanded to County Jail on charges of Criminal Contempt, Robbery and Grand Larceny. Bail for Rumble was set at $5,000.

The City Batavia Water Department is working to repair a water main break on Chase Park at Elm Street.
As of 4 o’clock Saturday morning water has been shut off on Chase Park from Elm to North Spruce.
City crews are trying to restore water as soon as possible.
Once water is restored please avoid doing laundry until clarity returns.
Chase Park is closed from Elm to Trumbull and officials ask to avoid the area until repairs are complete.

Muckdogs Announce 2018 Youth Baseball Clinic.
The Batavia Muckdogs, Genesee County’s only professional sports franchise have announced the return of the popular Youth Baseball Clinic.
The clinic is open to children ages 6 – 14 and will feature a day full of on-field instruction along with the chance to take the field with the team for the National Anthem.
The 2018 clinic will take place on Saturday, August 25th from 10 am until 1 pm at Dwyer Stadium.
The cost of the clinic is $50.00 per child.
Call 483-DOGS for more information and registration.

Orleans County man arrested for DWI in Leroy hit and run.

Orleans County man arrested over twice the legal limit after allegedly leaving the scene of an accident in Leroy.

26 year old Candido Candelaria of East State Street Albion was apprehended following report of a hit and run in Leroy yesterday afternoon.

Candelaria recorded a Blood Alcohol Content over twice the legal limit and was charged with felony Aggravated DWI for having 2 prior convictions within the past 10 years along with Aggravated Unlicensed Operation, Leaving the Scene of an Accident and Consuming Alcohol in a Motor Vehicle.

He is being held on $5,000 bail and is scheduled to appear Monday in Leroy Town Court.

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