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A Batavia family moved into their new home on State St. over the weekend. It is the 18th home built by Habitat for Humanity in Genesee County.
Bandon Odom performed much of the rehab work himself on the two-story, four bedroom home a requirement of Habitat homes.
Selection of families for Habitat homes is need based, there are income and credit requirements and homeowners need to put in 500 hours of sweat equity time.
Habitat is also working on a home along Bloomingdale Road Basom.

A LeRoy teenager is facing 10 years in prison for raping two children.
17 year old Leonard Hahn the fourth took a plea deal in Genesee County Court last week to a single count of First degree rape.
Earlier Hahn took an identical plea deal in Wyoming County Court in a separate rape case.
Hahn admitted in both courts to raping children in Attica and the Town of Alabama.
Both plea deals promised no more than 10 years in state prison avoiding the possible 25 year sentence he would have faced in a trial conviction.

Mercy EMS, the county’s ambulance service, will be moving to a new headquarters.
Mercy EMS is planning to build a $2-million facility on Call Parkway north of the Thruway off of Route 98 in the Town of Batavia.
Mercy EMS General Manager Bill Schutt  says the current ambulance staging area at St. Jerome’s on Bank Street is just too small:

"There is no space. We are in four old hospital rooms. Wintertime is especially difficult. Ambulances have fluids in them and medications that need to be warm so we run heaters inside the vehicles while they are parked outside."

Schutt said the new location will not negatively affect response times.

A Batavia Marine is guarding the Secretary of State overseas.
Sgt. Terrence Irvin of Batavia was deployed to Brussels as part of the detail protecting the Secretary of State Rex Tillerson.
Irvin is on the State Department security detail for the next two years.
Eventually he wants a career in law enforcement as a New York State Trooper.

Today is Dyngus Day.
It is a Western New York Polish tradition.
According to Dyngus - which proclaims Buffalo the Dyngus Day capitol of the world - the tradition holds that on Easter Monday boys would sprinkle the girls with water and tap them with Pussy Willows.
On Easter Tuesday, the women would return the favor.
But, at modern Dyngus Day parties it is common practice that both men and women trade water and Pussy Willows equally.

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