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Small Business Saturday Important to Downtown Batavia Businesses

Today is Small Business Saturday. It has become a nationwide initiative. 

It’s about supporting local businesses and keeping money in the local economy. Unlike the box stores that are opening earlier and earlier on Thanksgiving Day, Downtown Batavia businesses owners say shopping local is the way to go.

Dave Howe, co-owner of Charles Men’s Shop on East Main Street, Batavia, says shopping in Downtown Batavia is a preferable and unique experience because of “personal service, we recognize most of our customers, and know them by name. We tend to emphasize the quality and personal and professional service.”

Howe says small businesses see Thanksgiving as a day to be with friends and family, not compete for who-can-open-the-earliest.

Businesses in Downtown Batavia will be open for Small Business Saturday tomorrow with special savings.

Five People Hospitalized in Two-Car Crash in City of Batavia

Five people are hospitalized after an accident in Batavia, including two pedestrians. Officer Kevin DeFelice of City of Batavia Police says it happened at the intersection of Oak and Richmond Streets.

“One vehicle was reported northbound on state Route 98,” he said, “one vehicle was reported southbound. It appears one vehicle may have failed to yield the right-of-way on a left-hand turn possibly.”

Two people were taken to Strong Memorial and the others to UMMC. 

“I’m not sure where they were, at this point, when they got struck,” Officer DeFelice said of the two pedestrians. “I don’t know if they were in the crosswalk or the sidewalk due to the way the vehicles ended up after the accident. Most likely, after the initial contact between the two vehicles, the pedestrians were struck by something at that point.”

The accident is under investigation.

Two-Car Crash in Stafford sends two to Hospital

Two are transported to Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester after a two-car crash in Stafford this morning.

The accident occurred at around 9:30 at the intersection of Route 237 and 33 in Stafford.

“A white suburban operated by Barry Taylor was being driven southbound on Route 237,” Deputy John Duyssen explained. “He approached the stop sign and stopped at the stop sign. The Toyota operated by Kevin Heuber of Pembroke was travelling eastbound on Route 33 at a time when Mr. Taylor did enter the intersection and a collision took place.”

Deputy Duyssen says it appears Taylor failed to yield.

 

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