Wednesday, September 28, 2016 at 12:48 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, events, Arcade, Warsaw.

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The Arcade Area Chamber of Commerce and the Wyoming County Chamber & Tourism is once again partnering to host Arcade’s Main & More event. The event runs from 4 to 8 p.m. Oct. 6 beginning at the Main Street Grille, 246 Main Street. Visitors will receive a map of participating shops and partner businesses for a stroll through Arcade’s business district.

“This is a fun event that brings customers to downtown businesses and offers a unique opportunity to learn more about what is available locally. It’s also a great time mingling with friends and neighbors,” said Wyoming County Chamber and Tourism President Scott Gardner. “By combining the off-Main and Main Street businesses, both the business owners and customers get twice the opportunity for exposure and networking. This has been a very successful event in past years, and I thank everyone involved for making it another great success.”

The concept is simple, Main Street businesses partner with businesses outside the business district corridor. It gives visitors double the opportunity to learn more about local merchants, and the off-Main Street businesses an opportunity to share all that they have to offer. 

Visitors receive a map at the beginning and are encouraged to visit all the businesses on the map where they receive a “check-in” stamp. When the map is completed, participants are entered to win door prizes donated by the participating merchants. 

The event is free and includes refreshments at stops along the route. Additionally, commemorative event glasses will be available for $5 each the night of the event.

For more information call (585) 786-0307 or visit www.wycochamber.org or Facebook. https://www.facebook.com/arcadechamber/?fref=ts

Wednesday, September 28, 2016 at 12:22 pm

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"Frog" by Brook Tisdale.

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"Freshly Squeezed" by Emma Herman.

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The Arts Council for Wyoming County (ACWC) is celebrating Arts in Education by revealing the finalists for its first All County School Art Calendar & Exhibition. The ACWC received 180 images and then chose 31 semifinalists. 

This August, during the Wyoming County Fair, the public helped to vote on the finalists for the first All County Art Calendar & Exhibition.

“The ACWC promotes young artists throughout the year, so we thought it was natural to create a 2017 calendar that celebrates their art,” said ACWC Executive Director Jackie Hoyt.

Artwork came from students in kindergarten through 12th grade from all public schools in Wyoming County and the Castile Christian Academy. In addition to the calendar, the ACWC presents two All County Youth Art Shows for both kindergarten through eighth grades and ninth through 12th grades every year.

“We choose to reveal the finalists during Arts in Education week to highlight the importance of our local schools’ Arts Programs and Art Teachers in helping to make the arts part of students’ lives in Wyoming County every day,” Hoyt said.

Every finalist and Wyoming County Arts Educator will receive a complementary All County School Art Calendar. The Calendar will be printed later this year and will be distributed at the ACWC, Main Street, Perry.

The 2016 Wyoming County All County Art Calendar finalists are:

K-8 grades finalists are:

    • Kyle Carpenter, and teacher Tressa Smith; and Jordyn Stachowiak, and teacher Tressa Smith; all of Attica Middle School;

    • Alessio Giordano, and teacher Bethany Heibel; of Warsaw Elementary School;

    • Ella Hite, and teacher Kim Alfes, of Warsaw Elementary School;

    • Logan Horner, and Brooklyn Mazur, both with teacher Debra Pytlak; all of Arcade Elementary School;

    • Madison LoTempio and Katarina Szymczak, both with teacher Mr. Daggett; all of Pioneer Middle School;

    • Katie Perl, and teacher Gwynne Wetherall, of Letchworth Central School;

    • Erin Snyder, and teacher Mrs. Lewinski, of Attica Elementary School; and

    • Rachel Wick, and teacher Mrs. Campbell, of Castile Christian Academy.

9-12 grades finalists are:

    • Jeremiah Zerbe, and teacher Ms. Mignano, of Perry Central School;

    • Brook Tisdale, and teacher Cindy Johnson, of Letchworth Central School; and

    • Emma Herman, and teacher Kathryn Dembinski, of Warsaw Middle/High School.

For more than 40 years, the ACWC has created opportunities to bring arts into their rural communities through programming, grants, and art events. The ACWC is also Wyoming County’s New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA) Decentralization Site for Community Arts grants. For more information on membership or advocacy in the arts, visit www.artswyco.org.

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"Untitled" by Jeremiah Zerbe.

Wednesday, September 28, 2016 at 11:33 am

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New York 147th District Assemblyman David DiPietro and Brian Krawczyk, of Wethersfield, have a proven track record of educating the public on gun issues and defending the Second Amendment. Earlier this month, the New York Shooters Committee On Political Education (S.C.O.P.E.) honored the two men at its annual banquet in Hamburg. 

DiPietro was presented with the Sandra Lee Wirth Memorial Legislator of the Year award for his tireless efforts to protect Second Amendment rights in Albany.

“The first vote I had to make in Albany was in opposition to the S.A.F.E. Act,” DiPietro said, “And every year since, I have sponsored a bill to repeal the S.A.F.E. Act.” 

Last year the assemblyman was honored by S.C.O.P.E. with their Thomas Paine Award for Excellence in Defense of the Second Amendment. DiPietro has put a lot of effort into educating his constituency through numerous town-hall-style meetings throughout the 147th District. 

“I don’t usually get involved, but since David was so serious about sticking up for our gun rights, I had to help,” said Bill Walters, a gun rights activist from Strykersville. 

Walters helped organize many of the informational sessions for DiPietro’s constituents.

Krawczyk was presented with S.C.O.P.E.’s Thomas Paine Award for Excellence in Defense of the Second Amendment. Revolutionary War re-enactor Tommy Thompson presented the award after quoting Thomas Paine: “These are the times that try men’s souls. The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of their country; but he that stands now, deserves the love and thanks of man and woman.” 

When accepting the award, Krawczyk felt obliged to finish the Paine quote by saying: “The harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph.”

Krawczyk, a member of the Wyoming County S.C.O.P.E. chapter, is very active in gun safety education in Wyoming County. He teaches the Wyoming County mandated Pistol Permit Class, is an NRA Laser Pistol class instructor, and is president of the Wyoming County Wildlife Federation. His efforts have educated many on the mechanics of responsible gun ownership, outdoor sportsmanship, and fair play. After the S.A.F.E. Act was enacted, Krawczyk produced a presentation that was circulated throughout the state. He is also very proactive in educating youth in outdoor sporting skills like hunting, trapping and fishing. 

“If it wasn’t for volunteers like Brian Krawczyk, there wouldn’t be a Wyoming County chapter,” said Mark Yount, president of the Wyoming County S.C.O.P.E. chapter. 

Wednesday, September 28, 2016 at 11:19 am
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, events, GCC, Arcade, Warsaw.

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Press release, file photo.

High school students from the GLOW region (Genesee, Livingston, Orleans, and Wyoming counties) will converge on Genesee Community College (GCC) Oct. 20 for the fifth annual Harvest Festival and Farmers Market. Locally produced products from maple syrup to freshly grown fruits and vegetables will once again be available to purchase from 9:30 a.m. until 2 p.m. in the William W. Stuart Forum. The Harvest Festival is free and open to the public at the GCC Batavia campus.

Students can also explore the many local career opportunities available in agribusiness in the Conable Technology Building. Agribusiness professionals from the GLOW area begin the day with 20-minute, mini presentations running concurrently from 9 to 11 a.m. and from noon to 12:45 p.m. The presentations focus on food processing, technology and the many career opportunities. 

Presenters include:

    • Gina Lee, from Finger Lakes Community College Wine Technology Program;

    • Todd Hofheins, from Maple Moon, Attica;

    • Jeremy Liles, from Oliver's Chocolates, Batavia;

    • Holly Partridge, from Farm to Table, Genesee Valley Education Partnership, Batavia Campus; and

    • Peter Metzler, from Porter Farms CSA, Elba.

Finger Lakes Community College, Cornell University and SUNY (State University of New York) Alfred State will also be on hand to offer guidance for completing a degree in an agribusiness related field.

The GCC Veterinary Technology Club is hosting a small petting zoo on the east lawn of the campus from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

All attendees are also invited to participate in a collective campus "Crunch" at 12:45 p.m. in the Forum. Across the state, a number of private and public colleges and universities participate in the "New York Campus Crunch." Together, they will bite into an apple simultaneously to affirm their commitment to food that is healthy for people and the planet. Additionally, it celebrates New York being the second-largest apple-producing state in the United States. A free apple will be provided for those who wish to take part.

"With so much going on, Harvest Fest has something for everyone," said Festival co-coordinator and GCC Accelerated College Enrollment (ACE) Programs assistant Lindsay Carney. "In addition to local artisan food, drink and products, visitors can learn about careers in agribusiness, which include marketing, social media, accounting and technology. Much more than traditional farming field positions. Of course, at this time of year, we again excited to welcome another great group of vendors who will offer some of the very best local products," Carney said. 

Vendors who plan to attend include:

    • Harrington's, Batavia – vegetables and fruits;

    • Harper Hill Farms, Darien – goat milk soaps;

    • Hill 'n' Hollow, Pavilion – chutneys and vinegars;

    • Maple Moon Farms, Attica – maple syrup;

    • Once Again Nut Butter, Nunda – butters and honey; and

    • Mama Bucks, Dansville – brittles.

New to the fest this year will be exhibits by Genesee County Park, BCA Ag Technologies, CY Farms, Provitello, and USDA-NRCS. They will join a host of other local businesses that will have displays, including Cornell Cooperative Extension, Genesee County Soil and Water, Oxbo International, Perry's Ice Cream, and Upstate Niagara Milk Cooperative.

Monday, September 26, 2016 at 9:33 pm
posted by Howard Owens in Dining Deals, advertisements.

Reminders of how the new Dining Deals program works:

  • To make purchases, you must be registered. This is its own registration system, separate from the main registration for Wyoming County Free Press.
  • Once registered you must be logged in.
  • You click on the orange button, if the item is not sold out, and it takes you to a PayPal button. This allows you to pay either with your PayPal account or with a credit card/debit card. The login for PayPal is completely separate from our accounts.
  • The first person to successfully complete the PayPal transaction wins the gift certificate.
  • You are eligible to buy the same item only once in a two-month period. We use the registration system to track this for you so you don't have to.
Monday, September 26, 2016 at 4:41 pm

Press release:

Pioneer Credit Recovery is one of two Western New York (WNY) counties which have been awarded federal contracts. Pioneer, and ConServe in Monroe County, will be serving as private collection agency contractors helping the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) collect unpaid taxes. 

Sen. Charles E. Schumer says these contracts are expected to bring a “massive influx of good-paying jobs” to WNY.

“We would not be in the position to grow jobs in Western New York without the leadership and hard work from Chuck Schumer in the Senate as well as the quality work and track record of our dedicated New York-based employees,” said Pioneer CEO Jack Frazier.

Pioneer has three facilities in WNY – one in Arcade and the other in Perry, both in Wyoming County; and one in Horseheads in Chemung County. The company estimates this will allow them to hire up to 300 new workers between these centers. ConServe, located in Fairport in Monroe County, also estimates they will be able to hire 300 new workers as a result of this contract.

“The creation of roughly 600 jobs – middle-class jobs – is great news for Wyoming, Chemung and Monroe counties,” Schumer said. “This is a smart federal investment that will not only create new, good-paying jobs, but also help inject new life into the Upstate economy.”

According to the IRS, these agencies will work on accounts where taxpayers owe money, but the IRS is no longer actively working their accounts. Several factors contribute to the IRS assigning these accounts to private collection agencies including older, overdue tax accounts or lack of resources preventing the IRS from working the cases.

Monday, September 26, 2016 at 4:15 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, crime, Attica, Warsaw.

The following were in Wyoming County Court before Judge Michael Mohun Sept. 21.

Joelle Good, who is accused of a crime in Warsaw, was in court for a Huntley Hearing. A Huntley Hearing is a pretrial hearing in New York State and is requested for the purpose of reviewing the manner in which the police obtained statements from the defendant. The decision has been reserved and adjourned to Oct. 27.

Christopher Ladd, who committed a crime in Wyoming County, entered a general denial on a violation of conditional discharge. He is held without bail and a hearing is scheduled for Oct. 6.

Tamber Reed, who is accused of committing a crime in Wyoming County, had her case adjourned to Oct. 6.

Christian Manley, an inmate in a State Correctional Facility in Attica, had his case adjourned to Nov. 11.

Monday, September 26, 2016 at 4:11 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, events, Warsaw, WCCH, health, Theil Foundation.

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Thirty years ago it started out as a “meet and greet” for doctors visiting the Wyoming County Community Hospital (WCCH). And for the last three decades, community members and hospital officials would meet one night a year to support a local organization – and watch the sunset.

WCCH Theil Foundation hosted the 2016 Sunset Festival earlier this month on the grounds of the R-AHEC Theil Hospitality House, Warsaw. The event is generally hosted by a Wyoming County family at their home. 

This year, the event drew approximately 130 people for an evening of conversation, savory foods, beverages, and a Chinese auction. Guests also had the opportunity to visit the hospitality house and the R-AHEC building.

The event also introduced Dr. Paul Mason, of the Buffalo Orthopedic Group, the surgeon who worked on three county brothers. Tom, Richard, and Harry Hudson each had joint issues surgically corrected by Mason. Additionally, the four men are featured in advertising for the Orthopedic specialty service’s provided by WCCH.

In 1974, William F. Theil, a lifetime philanthropist in Wyoming County created the William F. Theil Trust, a fund at the Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo to benefit the health needs of Wyoming County residents.

Proceeds from the benefit will go toward supplementing equipment purchases for various hospital departments.

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Monday, September 26, 2016 at 2:09 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, crime, Java, Perry.
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      Angel Lopez

Angel Lopez, 33, of Ridgewood, was charged Sept. 24 with aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle in the first degree, unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, and speeding in zone. The NYC man is accused of speeding the in Village of Perry. During the traffic stop, it was allegedly found Lopez with 26 active suspensions on his driver’s license. He was jailed in lieu of $2,500 bash bail. He is due in the Village of Perry Court at a later date.

Katelynn M. Bumbacher, no age provided, of Gainesville, was charged Sept. 24 with failure to stop at a stop sign and driving while intoxicated. Wyoming County deputies responded to a report of a one-car accident early Saturday morning in the Town of Java. It was reported the driver of the car fell asleep at the wheel and drove the vehicle into a pond. She was evaluated at the scene by the North Java Ambulance and later signed off on treatment. During the interview, deputies say she was showing signs of alcohol impairment. Bumbacher was said to have failed field sobriety testing and was subsequently arrested. She is due in the Town of Java Court at a later date.

Anthony LaFornara, 33, of Kenmore, was charged Sept. 26 with driving while intoxicated, driving with a BAC above .08 percent, and failure to keep right. Wyoming County deputies responded to a call of a vehicle in the ditch on Route 77, Java. During the investigation, deputies say LaFornara was involved in a domestic altercation prior to losing control of the vehicle and striking a guard rail. He is accused of failing field sobriety testing and a breath test showed is BAC to be above the legal limit. He is due in Java Court Nov. 2.

Monday, September 26, 2016 at 1:32 pm

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When autumn arrives, one may think of hoodies, bonfires, and the sound of crunching leaves underfoot. For county residents, on the other hand, it means it’s AppleUmpkin time!

It was a weekend straight out of a Norman Rockwell painting: Azure sky, brilliant sunshine, and a throng of people lazily strolling along small town Main Street. Couple that with the crisp, sunshiny scent of fall mixed with the tantalizing aroma of fresh-picked apples, fried dough, kettle corn, and a cornucopia of other sights and sounds, and you have yourself the 30th annual AppleUmpkin Festival.

Thousands of people filled the streets of Wyoming, perusing the tents that contained handmade wares of local artisans, and lining up at booths selling mouthwatering sweets, treats and carnival eats.

For more photos see: Photos: AppleUmpkin Festival

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Friday, September 23, 2016 at 2:57 pm

Trying to answer the question of why one commits suicide is akin to answering “How deep is deep?" It's fathomless to gauge, impossible to know with certainty.

At 5 p.m. Sept. 29, the Wyoming County Suicide Prevention Coalition will hold their 10th annual Suicide Prevention Awareness Walk. Each September, the coalition organizes and hosts a walk in downtown Warsaw for National Suicide Prevention Month. This year’s walk will begin and end at the Warsaw Vet’s Club Pavilion, 245 W. Buffalo St.. 

Thoughts or feelings of suicide can come “out of nowhere,” a result of a treatable mental health issue, or be caused by a traumatic event. Survivors of sexual assault are four times more likely to consider suicide, and an average of 22 veterans die by suicide every day. People who face discrimination for being lesbian, gay or bisexual have statistically amplified rates of suicide ideation, and transgender teens have an average attempt rate of 50 percent. Suicide is estimated as the 10th leading cause of death nationwide, and the third leading cause of death for those 15-24 years old.

Wyoming County has the highest rate of completed suicides per capita in New York State, according to the 2008-11 Census Bureau data.

Suicide can be a despairing topic because of its finality. Once someone dies by suicide, all that remains are the grieving friends, family and community, plagued by a sense of emptiness that many feel will never be whole again. Although there is no one solution, the single most effective way to combat suicide is to work preemptively through proactive prevention.

Formed in 2006, the coalition’s mission is to reduce the number of suicides in the county. Their hope is that by spreading the mission of promoting awareness of the problem, educating the community on warning signs, and where to go for help, people contemplating their own demise may seek help.

“When someone is feeling suicidal or overwhelmed with what’s going on..when they are exploring that option (suicide), they aren’t always thinking rationally,” said Lauren Berger, outreach education specialist for RESTORE. “But being connected with an email list or counselor...they often make the choice to reach out. Someone may be able to help them de-escalate the situation. The real powerful message is that they are not alone.”

RESTORE Sexual Assault Services is program of Planned Parenthood of Central and Western New York. It leads the community response to sexual violence through advocacy and education. Providing safety, support and validation, it changes the lives of those affected by sexual assault. Trained counselors are available 24-hours-a-day, seven-days-a-week to provide information and support.

Prevention officials say, stripping away the antiquated shame associated with those suffering with a mental illness is just one step toward opening up honest and frank dialogue about a difficult topic. 

“The Siri voice command on a phone... If you say to it you are ‘feeling suicidal’ it will offer a number to call. When Siri first came out and you said anything with the word “suicide” in it, it would offer other suggestions. It was only recently that Siri changed its answer.

“Even using the autocorrect function on a phone,” Berger said. “If suicide is not spelled exactly as it should be, it offers different words. Even the phone doesn't want to talk about it. 

“There is a myth that if you talk about it you will be encouraging someone to do it. People who have these thoughts wouldn't be encouraged. But when you're not afraid to shy away from theses words it makes it more open for discussion. It drives home the seriousness of the actual act and opens up a dialogue.”

People typically shy aware from the topic of suicide, or mental illness of any sort, because some people don’t want to admit they have a problem. Open discussion on mental illness may make it easier for those who need to reach out, be able to reach out. They may not feel so isolated; get rid of the feeling that there’s no where to turn because “we don’t talk about it.”

“One in five people struggle with mental illness, but social perceptions weren’t created overnight. Overcoming them will not be an immediate process. Historically, things were done in an inhumane way.”

There is a whole package when dealing with health; not just physical, but emotional and mental health as well. Just like you need the proper nutrients and exercise for your physical body to function well, having the tools to cope with emotional and mental stress is huge.

“Statistically, how much is counted when dealing with overdoses or accidents that may have been semi-intentional? The risk of suicide is higher for middle-aged, retired men. They could be facing hardships from the Ag industry; many are factory workers; they are nearing retirement age and feeling less productive. There are so many reasons. But there is also a greater chance of someone completing the task in a rural area because they may have more access to the means (firearms).”

The second highest age range for completed suicides in Wyoming County is 72 and older. 

While there may be greater mental health resources available in a more urban area, Wyoming County is not without its assets:

    • Suicide Prevention Coalition has a website and Facebook page;

    • A crisis line is available: National Suicide Prevention Hotline 1-800-273-TALK (8255);

    • Wyoming County Community Hospital Behavioral Health Center

    • Wyoming County Mental Health Department

    • Project Semicolon Campaign

    • Suicide Prevention App

    • Mobile Integration Team (MIT); and 

    • 2-1-1 helpline.

“How to help? Know what's going on in the community, share information about suicide, do the  22 push-up challenge – 22 push-ups for 22 days to raise awareness about veteran suicides... Become part of a coalition, and go from there.

“We want people to have the safety and security to ask, ‘Are you OK?’; for those suffering to have the courage to ask for help. If you are connected and want to talk to a counselor, the resources are readily available. You may have the experience (talking with a counselor) that it’s not awful...but beneficial.”

It could be anyone, anywhere that can help save a person's life, just by being aware. While you may never see the impact – of a smile, a kind word or gesture – know that your kindness may have forestalled a suicide. 

“We live in a world where people are so consumed in their own lives. But when the step of kindness is taken... You'd be surprised at the impact it can have.”

And it’s free; free to be kind.

There will be a free chicken barbecue dinner after the walk, from Decisions Catering, sponsored by Spectrum Human Services and the Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo. Dinners will be given out on a first-come, first-served basis.

The county first established a task force for suicide prevention in 2006, which quickly grew and became the Wyoming County Suicide Prevention Coalition, comprised of community members, survivors of suicide, and human service professionals. The coalition meets at 11 a.m. on the first Tuesday of each month at the Hillside Children’s Center, West Buffalo Street, Warsaw. More information is available at wycosuicideprevention.com.

Friday, September 23, 2016 at 10:41 am
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, crime, Darien, Perry.

Ashley M. Riber, 23, of Perry, was charged Sept. 22 with unlawful possession of marijuana. She was arrested following the Jason Aldean concert at Darien Lake Performing Arts Center, Darien. Genesee County Sheriff’s deputies say Riber was in possession of a “quantity” of marijuana. She is due in Darien Court at 4 p.m. Oct. 11.

Steven M. Campbell Jr., 29, of Perry, was charged Sept. 22 with trespassing during the Jason Aldean concert at Darien Lake Performing Arts Center, Darien. Genesee County Sheriff’s deputies say Campbell entered the venue after being ejected and told not to return. He is due in Darien Court at 4 p.m. Oct. 11.

Nicole Sullivan, of Perry, was arrested Sept. 21 on a bench warrant out of the Nunda Village Court. She was arrested and turned over to the Nunda Police Department.

John Pries, of Perry, was charged Sept. 18 with unlawful possession of marijuana following a suspicious persons complaint in the Village of Perry. Pries was among a group of people when a Perry Police officer smelled marijuana. Pries allegedly admitted to having the drug and was subsequently arrested. He is due in Perry Village Court Oct. 11.

Thursday, September 22, 2016 at 4:44 pm
posted by Billie Owens in Wyoming County, hospice care, charity.

Press release:

The taps at the Chestnut Hill Country Club will be taken over by the Hamburg Brewing Company from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 26th. A portion of the proceeds from the event will benefit the Crossroads House in Batavia. 

Crossroads House is a comfort care home located on Liberty Street in the City of Batavia. It is a home to provide care for those who have a terminal illness and is an alternative to a hospital or nursing home when care can no longer be provided in the patient’s home. Crossroads House serves residents in Genesee, Wyoming and surrounding counties at no cost. 

In addition to the various craft beers created by the Hamburg Brewing Company, there will be putting, long drive and closest-to-the-pin contests.

“We thought this was a great way to end our golf season and to thank our customers throughout the year for all of their support, plus we are partnering with a great brewery for a great cause,” said Michael Protos, owner of Chestnut Hill.

Among the craft beers that the Hamburg Brewing Company will serve on tap at the takeover event include:

  • IPA – The breweries' four IPA style varieties includes -- ahtanum, palisade, chinook and magnum. This British-American hybrid also plays host to four different types of malted barley creating a unique orange hue. Additional hops added throughout the brewing process contribute to the floral and piney aromas that mingle well with the distinct malty character.
  • Small Town -- British-American hybrid also plays host to four different types of malted barley creating a unique orange hue. Additional hops added throughout the brewing process contribute to the floral and piney aromas that mingle well with the distinct malty character.
  • Hoppenstance -- an American Double India Pale Ale featuring cascade, centennial, simcoe and magnum hops. Honey malt and North American pilsner malts round out this well-balanced brew to make it so approachable and full flavored.
  • Oktoberfest -- Nothing pairs better with the great fall season than a traditional German-style Marzen lager. With its roots stemming from traditional Bavarian culture, this Oktoberfest is brewed with tons of Vienna-style malts that bring about BIG malty flavor. That big malty flavor then fades away to a clean hop bitterness provided by the Perle hops for a full-flavored and balanced experience.

“The rolling hills of Genesee County and the Chestnut Hill Country Club is a perfect setting to enjoy these great beers,” said John Russo, Jr. the president of Hamburg Brewing Company. “We also are delighted to have the opportunity to partner with Chestnut Hill and their efforts to support Crossroads House.”

For more information about Crossroads House please visit http://crossroadshouse.com/.

Chestnut Hill Country Club is an 18-hole championship golf course based in Darien Center. The Club is known for hosting a number of tournaments throughout the golf season because of its many amenities, including large covered patios overlooking the 9th and 18thholes and a dining capacity for up to 275 people. For more information please visit http://www.chestnuthillgolf.com/.

Wednesday, September 21, 2016 at 7:33 pm

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They are not just repositories for old dusty books and movies. Oftentimes, library programming corresponds to other activities so parents or siblings have a place to hang out. They’ve become a destination of sorts, a place to go during the winter when there’s really no place else to go. 

A library is also place where you may see children sprawled out on the floor watching an Ozobot traverse a course kids created through coding.  

Sen. Patrick Gallivan (R-C-I, Elma) was instrumental in helping Wyoming County libraries receive their share – $2,500 – of a $70,000 grant. Much of those funds went to upgrade computers and Internet service. Yesterday (Sept. 20), the senator visited five county libraries to touch base with staff and board members on the technology upgrades made possible with the grant.

“We really don’t have the funds to update the computers as we need to,” said Erin Robinson, library director at the Cordelia Greene Library in Castile. “The grant is allowing us to upgrade the public computers. We need it (the grant), because the public needs it.”

While one of the computers was upgraded last year, this year’s grant will allow Castile’s library to upgrade three of its computers – the ones that get the most use. The technology industry anticipates upgrades approximately every one-and-one-half years. Officials say the library computers are at the four- to five-year mark.

Library officials also say, while most people have cell phones, they can’t apply for a job or do homework on them. Computers are necessary. And even if someone has a computer, they may not have home Internet service. 

“Portions of Castile do not have Wi-Fi,” Robinson said. “And while the brick is beautiful, when it comes to Wi-Fi, it's not your best friend. We almost had to get a second router until we got the new one through a grant.

“Not everyone has Wi-Fi at home. Even with the computers given to students...if they don't have Internet access, they come here. We are able to offer it (Internet service) because of you guys (Sen. Gallivan)... you’re wonderful in helping us getting funds necessary.”

While Gallivan said his mom wasn’t a librarian, he can’t remember an age where he wasn’t in a library.

“She was a trustee for about 45 years, so I was in a library more often than not,” Gallivan said. “It amazes me as I do this (visit libraries), to see how important libraries are in communities... especially in rural areas.”

“Everything is done on a computer,” said Wyoming Free Library Director Cheryl Northup. “And in the rural areas it's important for people to have access... and to have the help available for related questions.” 

“One woman came in to use the computer and printer to print out her boarding pass,” said Nancy Burns, director of the Steven’s Memorial Library in Attica. “She was from out of town and boarding passes can only be printed 24 hours before the flight. Faxes, copying, printing... it’s a reasonable fee for services. The money generated from copying and faxing pays for the phone bill and copier rental. It’s a great resource for a community.” 

Attica’s library will be able to replace the eight desktop computers it has – the monitors were bought new last year. The computers will have a new operating system (Windows 10) and upgraded RAM (random access memory). The old computers will be “wiped clean” and then given to senior citizens on an as-need basis.

“As long as I’m in a position to help libraries, I’m going to do so,” Gallivan said. “We are able to reach so many people through libraries.”

To cater to the community even more, the Wyoming Library applied for a construction grant to make some changes to the facility. The kids' room will be made into a meeting room. The area will not only provide a space for meetings, it will also be available for those who need a room for “really quiet study time.” The “stage” will be removed to better comply with the American Disabilities Act (ADA) and the children’s section will be enlarged and opened up.

“One of the big things is that you need a place for kids to play and learn,” Northup said. “One of the things I learned, is kids will go anywhere to play. That's why we are going to bring more of the play out here. They think they’re playing, but it’s educational... we are going to make the kids' area larger.”

Burns said some libraries are turning one room into “makerspaces.” According to the Makerspaces website, they are “community centers with tools.” 

Makerspaces combine manufacturing equipment, community, and education for the purposes of enabling community members to design, prototype and create manufactured works that wouldn’t be possible to create with the resources available to individuals working alone. 

“I got the idea to get Ozobots from the Makerspaces website. Ozobots are a fun way to teach coding,” Burns said. “We wanted to bring this in for kids to use. Learning how to code gives opportunities to youngsters.”

Coding is a set of instructions that computers can understand, however, they run on binary code. Because binary code is written in 1s and 0s, it makes it very difficult for humans to work with. Yet, just as people can understand different languages, computers can as well – turning the code into binary.

There are two types of Ozobots: the Ozobot Bit and the Ozobot Evo. The Bit is controlled with OzoCodes by drawing lines and color segments. You can then advance to the visual block-based editor OzoBlockly and program your own codes. The Evo, on the other hand, is “ready to go right out of the box with autonomous LED lights, sounds and movements.” It also uses infrared proximity sensing to avoid obstacles. Additionally, you can download an app to interact with others or use the OzoBlockly Web Editor – a block-based introductory to advanced programming.

Patrons use regular colored markers and draw out the pattern they want the Ozobots to travel. At one point, the kids had one paper “road” span the length of the library from the circulation desk to the back door. 

The bots were gifted to the library, officials report.

Previous grants provided for:

    • A projection upgrade at the Cordelia Greene Library; 

    • The air conditioning soon to be in place at Gainesville Library; and

    • Renovations at the Steven’s Memorial Library, which are anticipated to begin in the spring. (The rear storage space will be turned into a more usable area and house the circulation desk; new carpeting will be installed throughout the building, as will a new front door; and the side door and porch will also be removed.)

The Perry Public Library, Main Street, Perry, was also visited on Sept. 20.

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Wednesday, September 21, 2016 at 12:18 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, events, announcements, Attica, Business, restaurant.

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There are those places where an old TV show theme song pops into your head. Stepping into Meisner’s Deli and Pizzeria in Attica brings to mind the theme song to "Cheers."

Meisner’s has been a fixture at 231 E. Main St., since Harold and Sharon Meisner opened the shop 46 years ago. In April, Sam Campanella, Stella Campanella --basically, the whole Campanella family -- bought the deli.

Yesterday, the owners (officially, Little Bell Enterprises LLC), the Wyoming County Chamber and Tourism Office, family, friends, and local officials, celebrated the new ownership with a ribbon cutting.

“We are so thankful to the Meisner Family for setting the foundation that will propel our family into such an exciting future,” Sam said. “We’re looking forward to building upon this relaxed and friendly atmosphere, ensuring Meisner’s Deli and Pizzeria remains a place ‘Where Good Food & Great People Meet’ for years to come.” 

The Meisner’s started opened the business in the '70s serving deli fare. They expanded their menu 26 years later to offer pizza, wings, and “other things.” Today, the Campanella family aims to continue the tradition adding a few small changes along the way, like menu items, “surprise specials” and additional seating.

With no shortage of help – the Campanellas’ are a “large” family – they will all share in the handling of the day-to-day operations of the business. According to family members they have a “tight-knit bond and are looking forward to working together as a team to continue bringing good, quality food to the Attica community.”

“Congratulations to Sam, Stella and the rest of the family on the purchase of this respected and well-known business in Attica,” said Wyoming County Chamber President Scott Gardner. “The Campanella family is continuing on a strong tradition of great food and a friendly atmosphere. We wish them much success as they grow the business and offer new ways to serve the community.”

Meisner’s is open from 9 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday and from 1 to 6 p.m. Sundays. 

For information or to place an order call (585) 591-0840. Online ordering will be coming soon via the website at www.meisnersdeli.com

For specials, offers, and updates be sure to follow them on Facebook

Wednesday, September 21, 2016 at 11:24 am
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, crime, Covington, Perry, Arcade, Warsaw.

The following people were in Wyoming County Court Sept. 19 before Judge Michael Mohun.

Justin Dukelow, who committed a crime in Covington, was in court for a SORA hearing. Sex offenders are required by the Sex Offender Registry Act (SORA) to verify their information in the Registry at specified intervals. There are three levels of sex offenders:  Level 1 (low risk of re-offense), Level 2 (medium risk of re-offense) and Level 3 (high risk of re-offense); risk level is set by a judge after a court hearing. Dukelow was assigned Level 2.

Lorenzo Eaton, who allegedly committed a crime in Arcade, pled not guilty to three counts of criminal sale of a controlled substance in the third degree, a Class B felony; and conspiracy in the fourth degree, a Class E felony. Motions are scheduled for Nov. 17.

Jody Nelligan, who is accused of a crime in Arcade, appeared for motions. The case has been adjourned to a later date for conference.

Charles Braun, who is accused of a crime in Perry, was in court for pretrial discussions. Trial is scheduled for Oct. 11.

April Leon, who committed a crime in Warsaw, was sentenced to three years probation. She was convicted of welfare fraud in the fifth degree, a misdemeanor.

Crystal Lawrence, who allegedly committed a crime in Warsaw, had her case adjourned to Oct. 6.

Jonathan Bucknam, who is accused of a crime in Warsaw, failed to appear.

Preston Ruble, who committed a crime in Wyoming County, entered a general denial on a violation of probation charge. Conference is scheduled for today. Bail was set at $1,000 cash or $2,000 bond.

Tamber Reed, who committed a crime in Wyoming County, entered a general denial on a violation of probation charge. Conference is scheduled for today. She was held without bail.

Wednesday, September 21, 2016 at 10:56 am
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, events, Varysburg, art, musicals.

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Press release, photo submitted:

Varysburg resident Mark Eckstein will star in the Aurora Players production of Howard Ashman and Alan Menken’s classic musical “Little Shop of Horrors.” Slated to open Oct. 7, the performance will be held at the historic Roycroft Pavilion in East Aurora.

The story focuses on something unusual that’s been going on at Mushnik’s Floral Shop ever since Seymour Krelborn found an unusual and exotic plant. Previously, he was shy, introverted and awkward. Now that the peculiar plant has brought him fame, fortune, and the admiration of his lovely coworker, Audrey, he has all that he dreamed of. All, that is, as long as he keeps the strange plant – which he has named Audrey II – alive. How far is he willing to go to hold on to what he has gained? Is he willing to continue to feed the plant’s ravenous and morbid thirst?And why are so many people disappearing around the little shop? Nobody knows but Seymour … and Audrey II.

Eckstein portrays Mr. Mushnik, the owner of the floral shop. He has appeared on the Players stage most recently in “The Pirates of Penzance,” “My Fair Lady” and “HMS Pinafore.” He also played Nathan Detroit in “Guys and Dolls” in Batavia. He also directed 2015’s “The Odd Couple (Female Version)” for Players.

“My first love is musical theater, provided the music is good. Little Shop provides that,” Eckstein said. “And Mushnick gives me a chance to really stretch my acting muscles, playing a Jew from downstate New York in his late '50s.”

An administrator at D’Youville College, Eckstein says theater is the least expensive hobby he could find.

“Out-of-pocket expenses are gas, and a few bucks every few years for makeup,” he said. “Plus, playing different characters is a great way to work out my identity issues, and my need to dress up and prance around.”

The show is directed by David Hall and features musical direction by Chuck Basil, choreography by Suzie Hibbard and assistant direction by Joel Murphy. The cast also features Daniel Keith Barone, Jason Gonser, Joe Harris, Zachary James Haumesser, Paige Ronan, Isabella Ruof, Caroline Schettler, John Szablewski and Rachel Wach.

“Little Shop of Horrors” will be performed Oct. 7-9, 14-16, 21-13 and 28-29. Friday and Saturday performances begin at 8 p.m. and Sunday performances begin at 2:30 p.m.

Tickets are $12 for adults and $11 for seniors and students. They can be bought online through a new ticketing system by visiting www.auroraplayers.org or by calling (716) 687-6727.

Tuesday, September 20, 2016 at 1:35 pm

The nonprofit legal aid office known as Neighborhood Legal Services Inc. (NLS) is moving. It is currently located at 5073 Clinton Street Road, Batavia, and will be relocating its office downtown to 45 Main St, Batavia.

NLS operates three offices in Western New York. The Batavia office serves people in Genesee, Orleans and Wyoming counties.

To accommodate the move, the office will close at 5 p.m. on Friday Sept. 23rd and will reopen in the new space on Main Street at 9 a.m. on Thursday Sept. 29th. The new location is west of Jackson Street near Evans Street.

Its mission is to provide a full range of free civil legal representation to low income and disabled people in matters involving their financial security and the legal rights which affect the stability of families and individuals. Its goal is to create the greatest access to the justice system for those low-income and disabled people without the means to pursue their rights. It also provides outreach and training services to underprivileged populations and the community agencies which serve them.

Neighborhood Legal Services' phone number is 343-5450.

For more information, visit the NLS website by clicking here.

Monday, September 19, 2016 at 5:24 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, events, Perry, En Plein Air.

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Professional and novice artists alike worked along the Silver Lake Trail (SLT) during the Pieces of Perry: En Plein Air event, Saturday. En Plein Air means in the open air in French. Artists created their artwork along the trail section between Federal Street and Walker Road, Perry. 

The artwork created along the SLT was available for viewing at the Art Auction Social at the Hole in the Wall Restaurant, 7056 Standpipe Road, Perry, on Sunday.

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