Starting July 23: Three evenings of Mars and Beyond VBS at Alexander United Methodist Church

By teisele_270494
May 3, 2021, 10:46am
The Alexander United Methodist Church will be holding its 2021 Vacation Bible School from July 23-25. Registration begins at 5:45 p.m. and the program runs until 8:30 each evening. The church is located at 10540 Main St., Alexander. The theme for this year's Vacation Bible School is "To Mars and Beyond." Kids entering grades K-6 are invited to "Blast Off on an Amazing Adventure" to learn about Jesus through Bible stories, games and crafts.  For more information, contact the church at (585) 591-1765 or by email:
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Photos: Batavia Downs Family Fun Day and Wiener Dog Races

By J Burns
Aug 25, 2019, 7:10pm


Batavia Downs had its annual “Family Fun Day” this afternoon, with the highlight being the Wiener Dog races.

Eighty dogs had entered for 10 heats with one final race, that was again this year, a photo finish.

Dallas owned by Kristy Hody (Dallas is pictured below) came from behind and won the Dachshund Dash by a nose in a near three-way tie. 


Dallas is a first-time winner of the race. He had a little light trainng in the days preceding the event and is seen here with his favorite treat, a carrot.

Apparently Dallas’s athletic training regiment will not allow for him to have a higher calorie snack even after a victory. 

There was also face painting, games, magic, and pony rides for the kids during the normal Sunday harness racing meet. 








FED talks

By office_269763
Oct 30, 2018, 2:49pm
Join us for the first talk in our FED series! Join us for evenings of savory meals, exciting talks, and group conversations on a series of topics that the contemporary church must address. Pairs of speakers will give talks that challenge, entertain and inspire.
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Fall of Batavia

By mscole6
Oct 12, 2015, 3:56pm
I have Batavia on my mind this12th day of October. (officially,Columbus Day) The Fall Colors, Leaves falling, Burning Wood, Pumpkins, Corn Stalks, Blue Devils Football, Olivers Candies, The Red Barn, the Checkerboard Restaurant,Batavia Downs Race Track,The Pok-A-Dot, WT. Grants,JJ Newberrys,Buster Brown Shoes,The News Store,Montgomery Ward,Pontillo's Pizza,The YMCA,Charles mens Shop,O-AT-KA Milk,Miss Batavia Diner.  The memories will live inside forever, the friendships forged, the ones we lost along the way, for those that still reside in this wonderful community" stay blessed" as no one knows of the wonderful gem of a community that it truly is. A Batavian Forever!  

Batavia City School District holds 'Data Café' to reveal community survey results

By trt6538_46918
Jun 3, 2015, 8:58am


Diane Reed with a group of faculty and members from the community.

The Family Engagement Survey results from 2014 were presented at the Batavia High School Library during their "Data Café" Tuesday night.

Diane Reed, Ph.D., the Batavia City School District’s outside educational expert and associate professor in Educational Leadership at St. John Fisher College, shared the data from the community survey taken by families and other Batavia residents last fall. Reed is certified by the New York State Education Department to work with Focus Districts to help determine school effectiveness and discuss strategic plans with faculty and community members to improve it.

The community survey is one of three that make up the Data Triangle Survey. It was based on six tenets to measure effectiveness which include District Leadership and Capacity, School Leader Practices and Decisions, Curriculum Development and Support, Teacher Practices and Decisions, Student Social and Emotional Developmental Health, and Family and Community Engagement. The survey was composed of 50 statements and participants answered using a Likert scale. The total number of people who took the survey was 374. According to Reed; the low response rate is typical.

The overall data total results for the district showed that 75 percent or more of participants answered each of the 22 statements with either strongly agree or agree. These results are considered an asset.

For each of the other 28 statements, 50 to 74 percent of participants answered strongly agree or agree. These results are considered an emerging strength.

The overall data total results for the district also revealed no fewer than 50 percent of participants answered strongly agree or agree to any of the statements. These results show no possible risks for the district.

When breaking the statement results up by schools, the Batavia High School showed minimal possible risks.

“The Batavia City School District should be very proud because many responses are in the green asset area,” Reed said. “It is not too often with schools I work with to show strengths in a lot of the areas.”

Faculty members and parents divided into two groups to discuss the district’s strengths and weaknesses based on the survey results. Both groups came to the conclusion the district could improve on providing the community with more training on Common Core learning and positive engagement with students outside the classroom.

Jean Berry, mother of two boys who attend Batavia Middle School and Batavia High School, really enjoyed how teachers sent home postcards when her children were doing well in school. One suggestion she had was to use lexiles -- reading level measurements -- more effectively.

“When we have the Scholastic Book Fair, the books should be labeled with lexiles so I can buy the appropriate books for my sons’ reading level,” Berry said.

Moving forward, the district will consider hosting additional Common Core informational nights to help the community understand the standards especially at the secondary level. They also will encourage teachers to make positive calls home to help motivate students. 

Free Community Dinner at Indian Falls United Methodist Church

Free community dinner at Indian Falls United Methodist Church 7908 Alleghany Rd.  Corfu.  For more information call (585)762-9105. All are welcome.

IndianFallsumc Mar 14, 2015, 12:14pm
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