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Town of Batavia Receives Grant for New Sewer System
by Ashley Hassett


The town of Batavia will receive over $2.2-million for a new sewer system.The town was awarded the funding through the USDA Rural Development Friday to create the new system and pumping station. The funding consists of a $1,222,000 low interest loan and a $1-million grant.

Town of Batavia Supervisor Greg Post said the Route 5 corridor has been in need of a sanitary sewer system for a while now.

“There is well over 100 households and somewhere in the neighborhood of 15 or 20 existing businesses and I would expect that there would be future development as a result of the construction and future opportunities for people to grow their homes and expand the existing businesses with a reliable source of water,” said Post.

Post said a recent vote showed overwhelming support for the sewer system and everyone he has spoken to said they are delighted to recieve the funds.

State U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand and Congresswoman Kathy Hochul assisted in securing the funds.


The Onion Festival begins Today
by Gretel Kauffman

Those looking for family fun can stop by the fireman’s recreation hall in Elba this weekend for the annual Elba Onion Festival.

It’s a tradition filled with games, ride rides, and tons of local cuisine. But according to Coordinator Barbie Starowitz, the festival means more than just onions and carnival attractions.

“It is unique because it brings everybody together. We work together as a community. Everybody comes out, they plan reunions, they plan weddings, many people come back that have moved away and they enjoy coming here.” said Starowitz. “It just brings everybody together.”

Starowitz says the festival will feature many beloved traditions like the Ladies Auxiliary’s roast beef dinner, the game Dart-O, and music by Seventh Heaven and Savage Cabbage.

“On the grounds, we’re going to have a variety of food items right at the midway where the rides are located,” she said. “We start out with a kids parade at noon, then the ‘Onion Queen’ will be crowned at seven, and at midnight we will be awarding the 2013 Ford Mustang or they can take $18-thousand in cash.”

Oh and of course, Starowitz says there will be plenty of onions to go around.

“We are going to have onion pedals, which are like a blooming onion, and we will also have onion rings. The cub scouts will have onion soup, and another stand will be selling the blooming onions. And of course, you can order onions and peppers with your hot dogs, sausages or hamburgers.”




County Launches New Life-Saving Program
by Ashley Hassett


A new life-saving program has been launched in Genesee County. Yellow Dot is its name, it’s free program designed to help first responders react appropriately when a person is in an accident and cannot speak for themselves.

Genesee County Sheriff Gary Maha said everyone can benefit from the program.

“What this does is it allows people to list the medications they’re on. There is a form that they complete that they can place in their glove box of their car in case they are involved in an accident where they can’t communicate, the first responder whether it be police, fire or ambulance services can get this information and find our what medications people are on,” said Maha.

Motorists will also receive a small “Yellow Dot” to put on their car so responders know that they’re enrolled in the program.

County residents can sign-up by calling the Sheriff’s Office at 345-3000 ext: 3510 or at their local fire department.




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