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Holland Land Office Museum seeks local history buffs to volunteer
06/06/2020
Holland Land Office Museum seeks local history buffs to volunteer

Holland Land Office Museum seeks local history buffs to volunteer

Press release: Have you ever wondered how Genesee County came to be? What was the Holland Land Purchase? What is a Gibbet? If any of these questions peak your curiosity among many others, then volunteering at the Holland Land Office might be perfect for you. The museum is reaching out to anyone with...

A message from the president of the NYS Sheriffs' Association
06/05/2020
A message from the president of the NYS Sheriffs' Association

A message from the president of the NYS Sheriffs' Association

From Washington County Sheriff Jeffrey Murphy, president, New York State Sheriffs’ Association on behalf of the Sheriffs of New York State: As professional law enforcement officers who have dedicated their careers to saving lives and helping people in need, the Sheriffs of New York State condemn t...

Rochester Regional Health8 min 46 sec
06/05/2020
Rochester Regional Health8 min 46 sec

Rochester Regional Health8 min 46 sec

Batavia emplyees of Rochester Memorial Health take a knee for 8:46 at the War Memorial at the Jarome Center A message from Rochester Regional Health President and CEO Eric Bieber, MD: "Today, we as healers at Rochester Regional Health stand with you for healing. The events we have witnessed in our n...

Trio plans Sunday afternoon 'Batavia Chalk-Out' starting at 2 at the Peace Garden
06/05/2020
Trio plans Sunday afternoon 'Batavia Chalk-Out' starting at 2 at the Peace Garden

Trio plans Sunday afternoon 'Batavia Chalk-Out' starting at 2 at the Peace Garden

A trio of organizers is planning an event Sunday afternoon, June 7, in Downtown Batavia. Lindsay Wrobel, Verneda Peete and Ken Marrocco, are holding the "Batavia Chalk-Out" from 2 to 4 p.m. It is not affiliated whatsoever with the protest "March for Justice," which is planned roughly from 8 a.m. to....

NYS parks begins accepting new camping reservations Monday, expected to fill up quickly
06/05/2020
NYS parks begins accepting new camping reservations Monday, expected to fill up quickly

NYS parks begins accepting new camping reservations Monday, expected to fill up quickly

Press release: New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation (State Parks) will begin accepting new camping reservations beginning June 8, for check-in beginning June 22. Campers are reminded to practice social distancing, bring and wear a face covering, respect the rules, and...

Oakfield Girl Scout Ava Flores earns Gold Award for setting up little food pantry for all
06/05/2020
Oakfield Girl Scout Ava Flores earns Gold Award for setting up little food pantry for all

Oakfield Girl Scout Ava Flores earns Gold Award for setting up little food pantry for all

Submitted photo and information from Melissa Domoy: “Feed The Need” is a little food pantry located in the Oakfield community behind the Okafield United Methodist Church at 2 S. Main St. Creating this valuable resource was a project two months in the making as Ava Flores (above photo) worked to ...

Northgate pastor: clean-shaven for a cause -- $2,215 raised to fight food scarcity
06/05/2020
Northgate pastor: clean-shaven for a cause -- $2,215 raised to fight food scarcity

Northgate pastor: clean-shaven for a cause -- $2,215 raised to fight food scarcity

Northgate Pastor John Keller gets some grooming. Submitted photos and press release: Beginning in October of 2019, Northgate Pastor John Keller began a process many of our readers can relate to. He grew a beard. After an eight-month progression and the absence of winter temperatures, Pastor Keller m...

VIDEO: Senior parade for Genesee Region athletes
06/05/2020
VIDEO: Senior parade for Genesee Region athletes

VIDEO: Senior parade for Genesee Region athletes

Video Sponsor For spring athletes, they lost their seasons, and they lost many of the senior-year traditions, such as senior night. Richa Hannan, AD for Byron-Bergen, organized a parade through the county in their honor.

Chief of Police responds to public requests for information on use of force policy
06/05/2020
Chief of Police responds to public requests for information on use of force policy

Chief of Police responds to public requests for information on use of force policy

Statement from Chief Shawn Heubusch, Batavia PD: Due to the ongoing events that are unfolding across our country and within our region I have received questions about the Department's use of force policy and what is done to ensure that our police officers do not abuse their authority or use excessiv...

Five questions for board of education candidates: Pembroke Central School
06/05/2020
Five questions for board of education candidates: Pembroke Central School

Five questions for board of education candidates: Pembroke Central School

The Batavian has reached out to school board candidates in Genesee County to get their answers to five questions prior to voting on June 9. At the Pembroke Central School District, Daniel Lang is running for a one-year unexpired term and Heather Wood is running for a new five-year term. The question...

'Large fight' reported on Ellsworth Avenue
06/05/2020
'Large fight' reported on Ellsworth Avenue

'Large fight' reported on Ellsworth Avenue

Police were dispatched to Ellsworth Avenue in the City of Batavia for the report of a large fight. The initial dispatched included a report of "shots fire" but a responding police officer, once on scene, said, "no firearms involved." Ellsworth is between Ross and Summit streets.

JC Penney in Batavia closing as part of company bankruptcy
06/05/2020
JC Penney in Batavia closing as part of company bankruptcy

JC Penney in Batavia closing as part of company bankruptcy

In a bankruptcy filing, JC Penney has announced its closing 30 percent of its 856 stores, including its Batavia location. The company, which has been struggling financially for years, filed bankruptcy in Federal court on May 15. The stores that are closing -- which presumably include the Batavia sto...

Public Health reports one recovery, one new COVID-19-positive test
06/04/2020
Public Health reports one recovery, one new COVID-19-positive test

Public Health reports one recovery, one new COVID-19-positive test

Press release: As of 2:00 p.m. Genesee County received 1 new positive case of COVID-19 for a total of 192 positive cases The new positive individual resides in Pembroke. The person is in their 50’s. The new positive case was not on mandatory quarantine prior to testing positive. 1 of the previous ...

Downtown businesses, police, and even the city post office brace for Sunday's 'March for Justice'
06/04/2020
Downtown businesses, police, and even the city post office brace for Sunday's 'March for Justice'

Downtown businesses, police, and even the city post office brace for Sunday's 'March for Justice'

Organizers behind a planned protest in Downtown Batavia on Sunday, June 7th, have distributed posters announcing the "March for Justice" which starts with a gathering in front of Batavia City Hall at 8 a.m. From that location at 1 Batavia City Centre, the plan is to march PEACEFULLY -- which is in a...

HLOM details reopening strategy, plans 'low touch' or 'no touch' experience
06/04/2020
HLOM details reopening strategy, plans 'low touch' or 'no touch' experience

HLOM details reopening strategy, plans 'low touch' or 'no touch' experience

Press release: The Holland Land Office Museum plans to reopen when New York State guidelines allow with limited admission and mandatory coronavirus protocols. We have been following the guidelines set forth by the CDC and the State of New York. Executive Director Ryan Duffy and the Board of Director...

'Scrap for the Pack' scrap metal collection event June 27-28 to benefit homeless pets
06/04/2020
'Scrap for the Pack' scrap metal collection event June 27-28 to benefit homeless pets

'Scrap for the Pack' scrap metal collection event June 27-28 to benefit homeless pets

Come out and support the animals of the Genesee County Animal Shelter. We are collecting scrap metal to raise money for the animals from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, June 27th and Sunday, June 28th at the shelter parking lot. It is located at 3841 W. Main Street Road, Batavia. We are accepting met...

GLOW Corporate Cup to benefit YMCA is cancelled
06/04/2020
GLOW Corporate Cup to benefit YMCA is cancelled

GLOW Corporate Cup to benefit YMCA is cancelled

From the Batavia office of Merrill Lynch: Given today’s health concerns and restrictions related to large gatherings as well as the economic challenges faced by many businesses and individuals, we feel it’s in the best interests of all to cancel the GLOW Corporate Cup for 2020. We thank you for ...

Former First DA Cianfrini now serving as assistant county attorney
06/04/2020
Former First DA Cianfrini now serving as assistant county attorney

Former First DA Cianfrini now serving as assistant county attorney

Melissa Cianfrini is back as a Genesee County employee, this time as the Assistant County Attorney. County Attorney Kevin D. Earl today confirmed that Cianfrini, who unexpectedly resigned her position as the county’s First District Attorney in January, was hired on Feb. 25 at a salary of $78,086 ....

Byron woman accused of drunk driving without a license and with a child in the car
06/04/2020
Byron woman accused of drunk driving, and without a license, with a child in the car

Byron woman accused of drunk driving without a license and with a child in the car

Taylor K. Laird, 27, of Mechanic Street, Byron, is charged with: driving while intoxicated; aggravated DWI -- child in vehicle; aggravated unlicensed operation. Laird was arrested at 10:57 a.m. on May 28 on Pearl Street in Batavia following a "check the welfare call" at a business on West Main Stree...

A sunny afternoon in Oakfield
06/04/2020
A sunny afternoon in Oakfield

A sunny afternoon in Oakfield

Reader Ritchie Kirkum, of the Oakfield Betterment Committee, sent us this photo of lovely scenery he took late yesterday from the lookout tower on Albion Road.

Hickox Road to close this afternoon for two days for emergency repair of embankment
06/04/2020
Hickox Road to close this afternoon for two days for emergency repair of embankment

Hickox Road to close this afternoon for two days for emergency repair of embankment

From Timothy J. Hens, superintendent, Genesee County Highway Department Genesee County will be closing Hickox Road in the Town of Alexander from 4 p.m. this afternoon (June 4th) through 5 p.m. Saturday afternoon June 6th. This will allow for the emergency repair of a landslide along the eastern emba...

Ranzenhofer endorses Jacobs for Congress
06/04/2020
Ranzenhofer endorses Jacobs for Congress

Ranzenhofer endorses Jacobs for Congress

Press release: New York State Senator Mike Ranzenhofer (SD-61) endorsed Chris Jacobs for Congress (NY-27) today. “I have had the honor of serving with Chris Jacobs as a State Senator for four years now, and I can say with all sincerity he has always put the needs of Western New York at the forefro...

Five questions for board of education candidates: Oakfield-Alabama Central School
06/04/2020
Five questions for board of education candidates: Oakfield-Alabama Central School

Five questions for board of education candidates: Oakfield-Alabama Central School

The Batavian has reached out to school board candidates in Genesee County to get their answers to five questions prior to voting on June 9. At Oakfield-Alabama Central School, five candidates are running for three open positions – Jackie Yunker Davis, Daniel N. Groth, Douglas Russo, Shanda Spink a...

Legislature poised to swear in 31-year-old Chad Klotzbach of Basom as District No. 1 representative
06/04/2020
Legislature poised to swear in 31-year-old Chad Klotzbach of Basom as District No. 1 representative

Legislature poised to swear in 31-year-old Chad Klotzbach of Basom as District No. 1 representative

Chad Klotzbach of Basom has been selected to replace John Hilchey as the District No. 1 representative (Alabama and Oakfield) on the Genesee County Legislature. The legislature’s Ways & Means Committee this afternoon unanimously approved the appointment pursuant to the county’s Local Law No. 1, ...

VIDEO: Protestor who took video of jail draws law enforcement attention
06/03/2020
VIDEO: Protestor who took video of jail draws law enforcement attention

VIDEO: Protestor who took video of jail draws law enforcement attention

Video Sponsor A Batavia resident was among protesters on Main Street this afternoon but in his attempt to document his participation, he shot video of the Genesee County Jail. That drew the attention of local law enforcement. He said he was approached by a Batavia police officer and a corrections of...

Former congressional rep Kathy Hochul endorses Nate McMurray
06/03/2020
Former congressional rep Kathy Hochul endorses Nate McMurray

Former congressional rep Kathy Hochul endorses Nate McMurray

Press release: Today, New York Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul announced her endorsement of Nate McMurray for the Special Election on June 23rd. Hochul represented this district from 2011-2012 after winning a special election to fill the seat prior to redistricting in 2012. Lieutenant Governor Kath...

Police in Virginia find arsenal of bombs in home of 'terrorist' trucker killed in Geneseo
06/03/2020
Police in Virginia find arsenal of bombs in home of 'terrorist' trucker killed in Geneseo

Police in Virginia find arsenal of bombs in home of 'terrorist' trucker killed in Geneseo

Joshua Blessed Story by Pete DeLea, of the Daily News-Record of Harrisonburg, Va. Republished with permission. A Virginia man shot and killed by New York police last week became radicalized over the years, had a deep hatred for government and police, and was likely planning a large-scale attack, acc...

As firefighters finish working one accident, a second one reported in opposite lane of the Thruway
06/03/2020
As firefighters finish working one accident, a second one reported in opposite lane of the Thruway

As firefighters finish working one accident, a second one reported in opposite lane of the Thruway

While Le Roy Fire and Bergen Fire were on the Thruway working an accident that required a Mercy Flight transport near mile marker 380, a second accident was reported in the westbound lane. The first accident involved a tractor-trailer in the eastbound lane. It appears there are minor injuries in the...

GCC's Virtual Commencement on Saturday will feature six local high school students
06/03/2020
GCC's Virtual Commencement on Saturday will feature six local high school students

GCC's Virtual Commencement on Saturday will feature six local high school students

Press release: As Genesee Community College puts the final touches on its Virtual Commencement Ceremony scheduled to be launched this Saturday, June 6, at 1 p.m., there is a group of six students from Genesee County high schools who deserve special mention. They will be completing their GCC degree r...

City extends Emergency Order banning congregating in public parks
06/03/2020
City extends Emergency Order banning congregating in public parks

City extends Emergency Order banning congregating in public parks

Emergency Order #12-2020 The following language of emergency order #12 has been issued June 3, 2020. This emergency order is consistent with the phase two reopening conditions and revised PAUSED requirements. This order continues the following issued under Emergency Order #11, which was effective Ma...

New positive COVID-19 case reported in Genesee County
06/03/2020
New positive COVID-19 case reported in Genesee County

New positive COVID-19 case reported in Genesee County

Press release: New Cases As of 2:00 p.m. Genesee County received 1 new positive case of COVID-19 for a total of 191 positive cases The new positive individual resides in Batavia. The person is in their 40’s. The new positive case was not on mandatory quarantine prior to testing positive. 0 of the ...

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