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Gift ideas galore at Holidays on Harvester event
November 21, 2013
BATAVIA — With Thanksgiving just a week away, many folks are thinking about what to buy that certain someone for Christmas or Hanukkah.
A group of artisans on the east side hope to answer that with Holidays on Harvester. Continue reading
Richmond family, mansion honored with historic marker
November 18, 2013
BATAVIA — It was a sanctuary for the city’s impoverished and orphaned youth, the home where titans of Batavia’s past planned their business and philanthropic endeavors, and a symbol of an era of land speculation whose loss four decades ago galvanized a community towards preservation.
The Richmond Mansion is now long gone, but its memory and its inhabitants role in shaping the city’s institutions were celebrated warmly at the dedication of a new historic marker outside the Richmond Memorial Library. Continue reading
Historic marker in place at county Poor House site
BETHANY — Phoebe Jane White’s entire world was at the former Genesee County Poor House.
Hard to say what was affecting her. A newspaper account of her death described her as “always idiotic” and blind for the last 10 years of her life.
Phoebe Jane was 9 years old when she delivered to the Poor House in 1828. She was one of the first people sent there, and it’s where she died. Continue reading
HIDDEN HISTORY: Batavia’s Dagwood Restaurant, 1940-72
If you lived in Batavia between 1940 and 1972, chances are you stopped at The Dagwood, a popular eating establishment on Main Street.
The Dagwood was one of several smaller restaurants in the downtown area during that period. Others included Don’s Dinette, The Plaza Restaurant, Young’s Restaurant and the Berry Patch, among others. Continue reading
Welcome Matt: History lesson found on graves
BATAVIA — I pulled back on the giant stone slab, which must have weighed hundreds, if not thousands of pounds, listening to the eerie moan of a centuries-old door that wished to remain shut. With each inch that passed, the creak grew louder, like the wail of a disturbed spirit.
Next to me, Sharon Burkel asked simply “Heavy isn’t it?”
Yeah, you could say that.