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Jacobs calls McMurray tweet about court packing 'dangerous' and threat to democracy
10/09/2020
Jacobs calls McMurray tweet about court packing 'dangerous' and threat to democracy

Jacobs calls McMurray tweet about court packing 'dangerous' and threat to democracy

Yes. I would pack the Supreme Court to save choice, marriage equality and pre-existing conditions. Pack the hell out of it. — Nate McMurray for Congress 2020 (@Nate_McMurray) October 8, 2020 Press release: Congressman Chris Jacobs (NY-27) criticized his opponent Nate McMurray for supporting the ra...

Former Notre Dame basketball start named assistant coach at Eastern Nazarene College
10/09/2020
Former Notre Dame basketball start named assistant coach at Eastern Nazarene College

Former Notre Dame basketball start named assistant coach at Eastern Nazarene College

NOTE: Laurie Call helped lead Notre Dame to a 2013 state championship. Press release: Eastern Nazarene College head women's basketball coach Sacha Santimano has announced the hiring of Laurie Call as assistant coach. A 2018 graduate of Houghton College, Call played three seasons with the Highlanders...

Planning board asks Byron officials to revise property value, prime farmland sections of local law on solar
10/09/2020
Planning board asks Byron officials to revise property value, prime farmland sections of local law on solar

Planning board asks Byron officials to revise property value, prime farmland sections of local law on solar

The Genesee County Planning Board is asking the Byron Town Board to consider revisions to a couple sections of its proposed local law on solar energy systems. Planners on Thursday night approved the referral from the town for zoning text amendments governing the placement of solar projects, but not....

Natires Halloween Decoration
10/08/2020
Nature's Halloween Decoration

Natires Halloween Decoration

An immature Turkey Vulture was in a yard behind Batavia Middle School, off of East Ave, eating a little carrion this afternoon. The bird made an unusual appearance in town to clean up a little yard waste before moving on. It circled the school a few times before floating away on the wind currents.

Eight new positive COVID-19 cases reported since yeserday
10/08/2020
Eight new positive COVID-19 cases reported since yeserday

Eight new positive COVID-19 cases reported since yeserday

Press release: Genesee County received 8 new positive cases of COVID-19 for a total of 334 positive cases The new positive cases reside in Alabama, Batavia, Elba, and Stafford. Two of the positive individuals are between the ages of 0-20, one individual is in their 40’s, two individuals are in the...

Accident reported on West Bergen Road, Le Roy
10/08/2020
Accident reported on West Bergen Road, Le Roy

Accident reported on West Bergen Road, Le Roy

An apparent serious injury accident is reported in the area of 8251 West Bergen Road, Le Roy. Le Roy Fire and Pavilion Fire dispatched. Traffic is shut down between Randall Road and Selden Road.

St. Paul Lutheran Church & School hosts drive-thru chicken BBQ this Sunday
10/08/2020
St. Paul Lutheran Church & School hosts drive-thru chicken BBQ this Sunday

St. Paul Lutheran Church & School hosts drive-thru chicken BBQ this Sunday

From St. Paul Lutheran Church & School: St. Paul Lutheran Church & School is hosting a drive-thru Chiavetta's Chicken BBQ this Sunday, Oct. 11 from 11:30 a.m. till sold out. Tickets are $12 per dinner, which includes chicken, potato salad, macaroni salad, roll & butter. Presale tickets are available...

Genesee Community College offers fast-paced seven-week classes starting Oct. 26
10/08/2020
Genesee Community College offers fast-paced seven-week classes starting Oct. 26

Genesee Community College offers fast-paced seven-week classes starting Oct. 26

Press release: In just a few weeks, on Monday, Oct. 26, faculty at Genesee Community College will start seven-week session classes; the last session of the Fall 2020 semester. These hand-selected courses cover all of the content included in a full semester-long course over a drastically accelerated....

Lady Dudette, Il Mago upset in Batavia Downs features
10/08/2020
Lady Dudette, Il Mago upset in Batavia Downs features

Lady Dudette, Il Mago upset in Batavia Downs features

Lady Dudette with driver Kyle Cummings. By Tim Bojarski, for Batavia Downs A pair of $8,500 Open events topped the card at Batavia Downs on Wednesday (Oct. 7) and connoisseurs of the longshot were very happy with the outcome of both events. In the Open I Handicap pace for fillies and mares, Lady Dud...

Independent Living hosts debut 'Walk, Run and Roll 5K or 10K All-inclusive Virtual Race' this month
10/08/2020
Independent Living hosts debut 'Walk, Run and Roll 5K or 10K All-inclusive Virtual Race' this month

Independent Living hosts debut 'Walk, Run and Roll 5K or 10K All-inclusive Virtual Race' this month

Press release: Independent Living of the Genesee Region (ILGR) is holding their debut Walk, Run and Roll 5K or 10K All-inclusive Virtual Race for people of all abilities. People with disabilities as well as the public will have the opportunity to compete side-by-side in an on-line event that will no...

Republican Senate candidate Ed Rath 'eagerly awaiting' audit results of NYS Broadband Program
10/08/2020
Republican Senate candidate Ed Rath 'eagerly awaiting' audit results of NYS Broadband Program

Republican Senate candidate Ed Rath 'eagerly awaiting' audit results of NYS Broadband Program

Statement from NYS Senate Republican candidate Ed Rath regarding Audit of NYS Broadband Program: “It has been announced that the NYS Comptroller’s Office is conducting an audit of the NYS Broadband Program," Rath said. "I eagerly await the results. "At the inception of the NYS Broadband Program,...

Fifteen new charges brought against funeral director Michael Tomaszewski
10/08/2020
Fifteen new charges brought against funeral director Michael Tomaszewski

Fifteen new charges brought against funeral director Michael Tomaszewski

Batavia-based funeral director Michael Scott Tomaszewski was arraigned on 15 new charges in Genesee County Court this morning as a result of the continuing investigation of his business practices. He owns Michael S. Tomaszewski Funeral Home & Cremation Chapel, Acme Holdings of NY Inc., which owns th...

GOW Opioid Task Force schedules virtual meeting for Oct. 22
10/08/2020
GOW Opioid Task Force schedules virtual meeting for Oct. 22

GOW Opioid Task Force schedules virtual meeting for Oct. 22

COVID-19 is not about to stop the GOW Opioid Task Force from continuing its vision of collaboration and engagement leading to a community free from opioid-related deaths and overdoses. Task Force Coordinator Christen Ferraro today announced that the group will conduct its first virtual quarterly mee...

Le Roy police chief expresses importance of transparency, diversity at reform collaborative meeting
10/08/2020
Le Roy police chief expresses importance of transparency, diversity at reform collaborative meeting

Le Roy police chief expresses importance of transparency, diversity at reform collaborative meeting

Village of Le Roy Police Chief Chris Hayward acknowledged that “we’re not perfect” as he encouraged the newly-formed, 15-member Police Reform and Reinvention Collaborative to provide the input to achieve its goal of developing a revised policing plan that meets the community’s needs in accor...

Election commissioners say they're ready, willing and able as November 3rd nears
10/08/2020
Election commissioners say they're ready, willing and able as November 3rd nears

Election commissioners say they're ready, willing and able as November 3rd nears

After a trying, stressful and – ultimately – successful time managing the Primary and Special Elections in June, Genesee County Board of Elections commissioners say they are reenergized and ready to tackle the national Election Day next month. “We are full staff now and we’re prepared as we ...

Photos: The storm rolls in
10/07/2020
Photos: The storm rolls in

Photos: The storm rolls in

Submitted by Lynette Skelton, storm clouds roll in over Starowitz Farm in Byron. Submitted by Lisa Ace.

Two COVID positive cases in Elba, both under 20, reported
10/07/2020
Two COVID positive cases in Elba, both under 20, reported

Two COVID positive cases in Elba, both under 20, reported

Press release: New Cases – As of 2:00 p.m. Genesee County received 2 new positive cases of COVID-19 for a total of 326 positive cases The new positive cases reside in Elba. The positive individuals are between the ages of 0-20. The individuals were not on mandatory quarantine prior to testing posi...

City firefighters to to flush and test fire hydrants next Tuesday and Wednesday south of Main, east of Jackson
10/07/2020
City firefighters to to flush and test fire hydrants next Tuesday and Wednesday south of Main, east of Jackson

City firefighters to to flush and test fire hydrants next Tuesday and Wednesday south of Main, east of Jackson

Press release: The City of Batavia Fire Department will be flushing / testing fire hydrants next Tuesday and Wednesday, Oct. 13 and 14 from approximately 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the general area of south of Main Street and east of Jackson Street. Homes and businesses nearby will be affected. These tests...

Guaranteed $3,000 Pick-5 pool Wednesday at Batavia
10/07/2020
Guaranteed $3,000 Pick-5 pool Wednesday at Batavia

Guaranteed $3,000 Pick-5 pool Wednesday at Batavia

By Tim Bojarski, for Batavia Downs Batavia Downs has announced that there will be a guaranteed pool of $3,000 for the Pick-5 wager today (Oct. 7). The pool is part of the United States Trotting Association’s Strategic Wagering Program and as such, free program pages are available courtesy of Track...

Designer and CEO of Franci Jewelry to speak virtually via debut of GCC Fashion Episode Oct. 21
10/07/2020
Designer and CEO of Franci Jewelry to speak virtually via debut of GCC Fashion Episode Oct. 21

Designer and CEO of Franci Jewelry to speak virtually via debut of GCC Fashion Episode Oct. 21

Submitted photo and press release: Eleven years ago, Nicole Davis (top photo), CEO, designer and Buffalo native, created Franci Jewelry from her kitchen table. Since then, her extensive collections have been featured in prominent fashion weeks around the world including New York, Los Angeles and Par...

Noonan Drive resident accuses pair of females of removing a Trump campaign sign off his lawn
10/07/2020
Noonan Drive resident accuses pair of females of removing a Trump campaign sign off his lawn

Noonan Drive resident accuses pair of females of removing a Trump campaign sign off his lawn

Two females are accused by a resident on Noonan Drive in Batavia of stealing a Trump campaign sign off their lawn. A black female and a white female allegedly took the sign, which the male resident retrieved. They walked away and police were called. They are responding to the "pretty agitated" Noona...

City School's new board president wants board to be more responsive to public questions
10/07/2020
City School's new board president wants board to be more responsive to public questions

City School's new board president wants board to be more responsive to public questions

Alice Ann Benedict Alice Ann Benedict is in only her fourth month as president of the board of education for Batavia City Schools but she's already looking to make a significant change to a board policy that she said has bothered her for a long time. Under the previous leadership of Pat Burk, who re...

GCC hosts two virtual Open House events this fall, Oct. 17 and Nov. 11, register now
10/07/2020
GCC hosts two virtual Open House events this fall, Oct. 17 and Nov. 11, register now

GCC hosts two virtual Open House events this fall, Oct. 17 and Nov. 11, register now

Press release: Genesee Community College will host two virtual Open House events this fall for students and families to learn all about what the College has to offer! The first event will take place online from 9:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 17, where participants will be able to listen to....

Sheriff's Office employees union endorses Sheron
10/07/2020
Sheriff's Office employees union endorses Sheron

Sheriff's Office employees union endorses Sheron

Press release: The Genesee County Sheriff’s Employee’s Association, the Sheriff Office’s largest union, proudly announces our endorsement for the Republican candidate for Sheriff, William A. Sheron, Jr. In these trying times of misinformation and anti-law enforcement, we need a Sheriff with st...

Pedestrian struck on Harvester Avenue
10/07/2020
Pedestrian struck on Harvester Avenue

Pedestrian struck on Harvester Avenue

A pedestrian was struck by a vehicle on Harvester Avenue. The patient is complaining of leg pain. City Fire and Mercy EMS responded and a short time later, Engine 11 went back in service.

Deep cuts, tax increase may be needed to keep City Schools running
10/07/2020
Deep cuts, tax increase may be needed to keep City Schools running

Deep cuts, tax increase may be needed to keep City Schools running

Batavia City Schools are looking at a nearly $5.5 million revenue shortfall in the current fiscal year due to the global pandemic that has caused an economic retraction and dealing with that shortfall is likely to mean the district needs to cut services and personnel, Superintendent Anibel Soler inf...

County planning agenda includes special use permit referral for Main Street Pizza building
10/06/2020
County planning agenda includes special use permit referral for Main Street Pizza building

County planning agenda includes special use permit referral for Main Street Pizza building

The Genesee County Planning Board on Thursday will consider a referral from Paul Marchese, doing business as Just Chez Realty LLC, for a special use permit and downtown design review for improvements to the Main Street Pizza building at 206 East Main St. Documents submitted to the planning board rev...

Local 15/16u travel team wins pair of tournaments over two weekends
10/06/2020
Local 15/16u travel team wins pair of tournaments over two weekends

Local 15/16u travel team wins pair of tournaments over two weekends

Press release: Two weekends, two cities, two titles. The Athletes Edge 15/16U baseball team recently completed a successful stretch of games in which the team went 7-0-1 in winning tournaments in Oswego, NY and Beaver Falls, PA. The team is comprised of 15 and 16 years olds from several Genesee Coun...

One new COVID-19 case reported in Genesee County, person in their 50s residing in Elba
10/06/2020
One new COVID-19 case reported in Genesee County, person in their 50s residing in Elba

One new COVID-19 case reported in Genesee County, person in their 50s residing in Elba

New Cases – As of 2 p.m. Genesee County received one new positive case of COVID-19. The new positive case resides in Elba. The positive individual is in their 50s. The individual was not on mandatory quarantine prior to testing positive. One of the previous positive individuals has recovered and h...

Mark You Calendar: Drive-thru chicken BBQ fundraiser at South Byron fire hall Oct. 25
10/06/2020
Mark You Calendar: Drive-thru chicken BBQ fundraiser at South Byron fire hall Oct. 25

Mark You Calendar: Drive-thru chicken BBQ fundraiser at South Byron fire hall Oct. 25

There will be a chicken BBQ fundraiser for the South Byron Volunteer Fire Company beginning at 11:30 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 25 until sold out. It will be held on a drive-thru basis at the fire Hall, located at 7389 Route 237 in South Byron. Cost is $12 per person. Please wear face mask and remain in vehi...

Le Roy bowhunter nabs first trophy buck
10/06/2020
Le Roy bowhunter nabs first trophy buck

Le Roy bowhunter nabs first trophy buck

Chris Merica, of Le Roy, shot this nine-pointer on the first day of the bowhunting season. His girlfriend, Jenna Read, who shared this photo, said, "He practiced so hard all summer for this exact deer! He’s been waiting quite some time for his trophy buck. I just wanted to give him a little shout-...

Le Roy bowhunter nabs first trophy buck
10/06/2020
Le Roy bowhunter nabs first trophy buck

Le Roy bowhunter nabs first trophy buck

Chris Merica of Le Roy shot this nine-pointer on the first day of the bowhunting season. His girlfriend, Jenna Read, who shared this photo said, "He practiced so hard all summer for this exact deer! He’s been waiting quite some time for his trophy buck. I just wanted to give him a little shout out...

Photo: This 14-pointer is a sweet treat
10/06/2020
Photo: This 14-pointer is a sweet treat

Photo: This 14-pointer is a sweet treat

Deer season is upon us and Kirsten Currier, owners of KMC Custom Cakes in Alexander, bagged her own kind of 16-pointer, this one made with butter cake, vanilla buttercream icing, and covered and carved with modeling chocolate. The project took about 50 hours and the buck weighs 56 pounds. It was abo...

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