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It was a busy weekend in Batavia. Batavia Downs re-opened its doors after closing for a week to complete a renovation project that moved the games from the 2nd floor to the 1st floor. Hundreds were standing inline to check out the improvements on Friday when the doors opened.

On Saturday, the third annual wine walk was held in Downtown Batavia. Nearly 600 people walked from store to store and to sample wines. It was the events biggest turn out to date.

A Black Creek man faces charges after he was allegedly found to be in the possession of a narcotic while at the Genesee County Jail. 39-year-old Karl Vettes was charged with Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance and Promoting Prison Contraband. He will appear in court at a later date.

An ErieCounty man was charged after he was allegedly observed removing scrap metal from a Batavia business. 19-year-old Richard Nichols was charged with Petit Larceny and Trespass after an incident at the Batavia Driving Academy on West Saile Drive. He’ll appear in court on Oct. 24.

A traffic stop in Route 77 leads to charges for the LeRoy man. Jerry Lee Eleczko, 25, was charged with DWI, Aggravated Unlicensed Operation, Driving Without Insurance and Failure to Keep Right.

An Attica man faces charges after he was stopped on Chick Road in Darien. Patrick Coffey, 48, of Beck Road was charged with DWI, Insufficient Tail Lights and No Inspection.

he memories of the victims of Flight 3407 are being rekindled after this weekend’s fifth annual Flight 3407 Memorial Race. Hundreds of joggers took to the streets yesterday morning for the 5K race and fun run at ClarenceTownPark. Fifty-one people were killed in the 2009 crash of the Colgan Air flight from Newark, New Jersey to Buffalo.

Some area residents will be cleaning up the mess from this weekend’s rain today. Amherst, Buffalo and Tonawanda saw the most rainfall with some areas suffering flooding. One report in Tonawanda said water levels reached more than two feet and people were climbing through the windows of their cars to get in them. Crews there were busy yesterday pumping excess water into the city’s sewer system.

Three fallen Western New York firefighters are among those being honored nationally. West Webster Firefighter Tomasz Kaczowka, West Webster Lieutenant and Past Chief Michael Chiapperini and former Sheridan Fire Chief Ronald Keddie were among the 81 men and women recognized during National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Weekend 2013. Yesterday’s event was held in Emmitsburg, Maryland.

America’s oldest municipally owned cemetery is reaching a milestone in Rochester. Mount Hope cemetery turned 175 years old over the weekend. The cemetery features historical Rochester pioneers such as Frederick Douglas and Susan B. Anthony. It was opened on October 5th, 1838, after a small pox outbreak.

The Great Pumpkin Farm in Clarence is crowning a new pumpkin-growing champion. William Bobier has turned in the biggest pumpkin this year at 1,552 pounds. The pumpkin is called “The Hulk,” and it gave him the five-thousand-dollar prize and championship title. “The Hulk” will be on display in Clarence until October 20th.

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