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Genesee County Chamber of Commerce has announced their 2009 Business of the Year: Rose Garden Bowl and Viking Valhalla Restaurant, on Route 33 in Bergen.

Other awards include Agricultural Business of the Year, given to Kutter’s Cheese Factory of Corfu; and Innovative Enterprise of the Year, which was won by local website The Batavian.

The Batavia Area Jaycees received a special service recognition. Batavia High School boys basketball coach Buddy Brasky was named Geneseean of the Year.

 

A pair of Batavians, on a mission to Haiti when the earthquake struck, have returned safely home. Sharon Wolf and Zach Ashley were in the city of Les Cayes when the 7.0-magnitude quake rocked the city of Port Au Prince. Sharon says they still felt the tremors. Sharon and Zach were part of a 14-member missionary team. Their group was airlifted out of Port Au Prince by American military. The two are members of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church here in Batavia.

State Police report that 53-year-old Mark Deaconof Buffalo died from head trauma on Saturday night at Erie County Medical Center, following a Thruway accident in Pembroke.

Deacon was reportedly driving alone in the westbound lane around 8:45pm when his vehicle drifted just off the left shoulder of the Thruway. Deacon apparently over-corrected, tipped and began to roll. The vehicle eventually caught fire. Deacon was ejected and found in the roadway.

New York could be headed for another cash crisis, according to State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli. He says December was a bad month for New York, and the state still has almost three months left in its fiscal year. DiNapoli says ten-billion dollars in General Fund payments are due to be made in March, but less than seven-billion dollars in revenues are expected to be on hand. 

The Batavia City Council is meeting at 7pm tomorrow night at City Hall to review next year’s proposed budget. That spending plan, as it stands now, will increase the property tax rate in the city by 3 percent.

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