Thursday, December 8, 2016 at 4:48 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, events, Attica, Winterfest.

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Mother Nature just provided Attica with the perfect backdrop for its annual Winterfest to be held Saturday.

Meander along Main Street visiting shops and with friends along the way. 

Beginning at 10 a.m., the Stevens Memorial Library will not only play host to Attica school singers, it will also kick off its fund raising campaign for the buildings renovations.

The Gateway Home will be opening its doors for a sneak peak of the home and more information about the organization.

And don’t forget about Santa and Mrs. Claus’s grand entrance into Attica with a parade beginning at 4:30 p.m. on Favor Street culminating with the tree lighting at the Five Star Bank on Main Street.

Other events include:

    • Fundraising for 10-year-old Chloe Conlin (see related: Benefit for Chloe to be held during Attica’s Winterfest)

    • Musical entertainment includes musicians from the Old Hippie Band, 4-H Stomp ‘em Cloggers, Attica Middle School music groups, Choir and Bell Choir Concert; and Warsaw Barber Shop Chorus;

    • Boy Scouts annual chicken barbecue, from noon until sold out, at the Masonic Temple; and

    • An assortment of vendors and store specials and activities.

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Thursday, December 8, 2016 at 4:28 pm

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Chloe Conlin is a feisty, spunky, incredibly caring, and determined, newly turned, 10-year-old. To help with medical expenses, a benefit will be held at Prospect Elementary School from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. during Attica’s Winterfest.

In September 2014, she had an “episode” during gym class at Prospect Elementary School, Attica, says family friend Mellisa Walton. As all children do, she was running and playing with her peers during class. However, when she sat down, her legs began to tremor and spasm.

Although the tremors have now subsided, they occurred for several months after they initially began. Now, Chloe is experiencing an increasing loss in range of motion in her ankles, as well as suffers from muscle spasms and chronic pain.

“Chloe spends most of her time in a wheelchair so that we can keep her safe, as well as attempt to keep her comfortable,” Walton said. “The more she moves, the more pain she feels.”

Chloe’s regular routine includes doctors visits, various types of therapies, and numerous tests. At this stage, doctors “don’t know what exactly is wrong with her.” Yet Chloe is not one to allow those challenges to bring her down. With a smile on her face, she does whatever she can to help and encourage others.

Because of her hectic schedule, Chloe's mom, Amanda, has had to quit her job to keep up with it all. Her father, Allen, provides the sole income for the family, but with medical bills always rolling in, it's hard to keep up. 

For more information about the benefit contact Mellisa Walton at mwalton62015@gmail.com or Amanda Conlin at amandabconlin@gmail.com.

Thursday, December 8, 2016 at 3:17 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, environment, firefighting, Warsaw.

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) recently filed a notice of emergency adoption to amend 6 NYCRR Part 597. 

The notice was filed with the New York State Department of State (DOS), Nov. 14. This is the third readoption for this emergency rule – Hazardous Substances Identification, Release Prohibition, and Release Reporting.

While the emergency rule allows the amendments to 6 NYCRR Part 597 to continue to be effective as of Nov. 14, the adoption is temporary for an additional 60 days.

The regulation classifies perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA-acid), ammonium perfluorooctanoate (PFOA-salt), perfluorooctane sulfonic acid (PFOS-acid), and perfluorooctane sulfonate (PFOS-salt) as hazardous substances at the request of the New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH). 

This rule making also provides time for facilities storing firefighting foam containing one or more of these newly listed hazardous substances to properly dispose of it. It also provides time for firefighting operations to find replacement foams. Additionally, this proposal corrects the tables of hazardous substances by providing units for reportable quantities.

Details about the emergency rule and proposed rule, along with supporting rule making documents, are available on DEC’s website at
http://www.dec.ny.gov/regulations/104968.html

Thursday, December 8, 2016 at 1:42 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, events, Perry, Silver Lake.

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Chad Bradford, Jordy Neill and Josh Rice usually spend the summer together performing Shakespeare. This winter, they are working together to bring the comedic one-man holiday show “The Santaland Diaries” to the stage. 

Neill, a long time Shake on the Lake (SOTL) company member, plays David Sedaris as he tells stories of the lighter and weirder side of working as a Macy’s Department Stores elf in New York City during the Christmas season. 

Sedaris is best known as a humor writer and a contributor to NPR’s “This American Life.” “The Santaland Diaries” is based on a true story and essay in Sedaris’ holiday essay compilation “Holidays on Ice.”

“We are thrilled to bring Chad and Jordy back to Western New York to perform something other than Shakespeare,” said Shake on the Lake Producing Artistic Director Josh Rice. “This is the first time we are producing a winter tour, and can’t wait to get started.”

Bradford is returning to direct his second show of the year for SOTL. This summer, he directed Shakespeare’s “Twelfth Night.” 

“Both Chad and Jordy approached us to return this winter to present The Santaland Diaries,” Rice said. “They have worked together on several productions, including this one. The potential to bring a little humor and comedy to this holiday season felt like the right way to celebrate the end of our fifth season.”

Bradford and Neill met Rice in Little Rock, Arkansas, where they acted and collaborated together. Bradford has been part of the SOTL company since 2012 and Neill since 2013.

SOTL is nonprofit professional theatre company located in Silver Lake Founded in 2012 as the first outdoor theater festival in Wyoming County, the mission of SOTL is to entertain, engage, and enrich those in the community by creating professional theatre productions in a natural outdoor setting.

Tour schedule:

    • Dec. 15 at 7 p.m. at Wadsworth Homestead, 4 South St., Geneseo;

    • Dec. 16 at 7 p.m. at Dansville ArtWorks, 178 Main St., Dansville;

    • Dec. 17 at 3 and 7 p.m. at Genesee Dance Theatre School, 33 S. Main St., Perry; and 

    • Dec. 18 at 3 p.m. at Writers & Books, 740 University Ave., Rochester.

This show is meant for audiences 13 and up. Tickets are $20 per person and are available online at Eventbrite.com, at the door, or by emailing shakeonthelake@gmail.com.

For more information on Shake on the Lake, including updates on events and fundraising, volunteer, and sponsorship opportunities visit their Facebook page, www.shakeonthelake.org or email shakeonthelake@gmail.com.

Thursday, December 8, 2016 at 1:19 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, events, Warsaw, Sheriff's Department.

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From the desk of Wyoming County Sheriff Greg Rudolph:

The Wyoming County Sheriff's Office participated in the 2016 Shop With a Cop program with kids from Letchworth Central School. Special thank you to our local Warsaw Walmart for making the generous donations available to make this program possible.

The volunteer deputy Sheriffs pictured from left to right are: deputies Bill Asquith, Andy Houghton, Renee Ficarella, Ivan Carrasquillo and Sergeant Chris Bryant.

Thursday, December 8, 2016 at 7:17 am
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.
Wednesday, December 7, 2016 at 1:24 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, winter, weather, driving, snow, ice, announcements.

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Press release, photos submitted by the New York State Police.

In preparation for the first real snowfall for this season, the State Police and AAA of Central Western NY encourage motorists to exercise due care over the next few days.    

The State Police will be out across the region checking all major routes of travel to ensure that motorists are as safe as possible, however, they need your assistance to make this possible. 

Motorists traveling in areas impacted by the snow are asked to leave with extra time to make a slow and careful drive to your destination. Take into consideration snow accumulation on the roads, the current snowfall rate, the wind, and visibility. Use your best judgment to determine if driving is prudent. 

Keep the following tips in mind:

    • Get the latest weather forecast before leaving with your local weather apps, monitor radio  or TV stations;

    • Keep a full tank of gas;

    • Fluid levels are sufficient (windshield washer fluid, antifreeze);

    • Spare tire is sufficient and you have the jack and wheel wrench;

    • Use headlights at all times to increase your visibility to others. Remember, if your windshield wipers are in use due to weather then your headlights must be on;

    • Drive prudently. If the conditions are adverse you should decrease your speed accordingly;

    • Brake early;

    • Do not use cruise control. This decreases your reaction time to apply braking;

    • Look out for events farther down the road. Creating more time to react can make a difference;

    • Be aware of maintenance vehicles and emergency vehicles. Give them room to work; and

    • If you do not absolutely have to go out on the roads, then don’t.

AAA Basic Winter Driving Tips:

    • Twenty-four percent of weather-related crashes occur on snowy, slushy or icy roads.

    • Top three winter driving tips: go slow, increase space between yourself and other vehicles, and brake smoothly – don’t brake and turn at the same time.

    • Obey all travel bans issued by authorities.

“Much of the region is expected to hit with winter weather. Motorists should prepare their cars and pack an emergency roadside kit. It’s important to use winter driving skills as slick roads create dangerous situations,” said Elizabeth Carey, public affairs manager at AAA WCNY. “AAA will prioritize emergencies when responding to service calls. We urge all drivers to obey any travel advisories and use caution when traveling.”

If you do go out, is your vehicle prepared?

Is your trunk supplied to help you to be safe in case you are stopped or stranded in an area without assistance readily available?:

    • Gloves, blankets, warmers, tool kit, first-aid kit, non-perishable foods, water, working flashlight and batteries, cell phone charger, etc.

    • Shovel, ice scraper, de-icer, snow brush, rock salt or cat litter, tow chain or cable, jumper cables or battery charger, etc.

If you are involved in a Collision or leave the roadway:

    • If you drive off the roadway and are stuck in a snowbank or ditch, stay in your vehicle and call 9-1-1. Do not exit your vehicle unless it is an absolute emergency, you put yourself at risk of being struck by another vehicle;

    • Roll your windows down a few inches or turn your vehicle off if you are stranded in snow for a period of time with your vehicle running. Covered mufflers can cause serious physical injury or death due to inhalation of carbon monoxide; and

    • If you should become stranded on the thruway or any roadway, know your location by being aware of your direction and mile post marker. This will help emergency personnel reach your location as quick as possible. 

Follow the New York State Police's Twitter page @nyspolice for up-to-the-minute information on road closures and weather alerts.

The Thruway Authority provides a wide variety of information for travelers including current traffic conditions, accidents, and lane closures. Visit www.thruway.ny.gov for more information. 

Slow down. Be prepared. Be safe. 

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Wednesday, December 7, 2016 at 12:44 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, crime, government, Sen. Gallivan, police.

Press release:

New York State is investing approximately $322,000 in equipment required for reality-based training for police officers. The equipment is designed to improve the safety of interactions between police and civilians. 

Sen. Patrick M. Gallivan (R-C- I, Elma) is applauding the state’s decision to provide police academies and agencies across the state with equipment for enhanced training of officers and recruits. 

“We have an obligation to ensure our brave police officers have the equipment, training and resources to perform their duties, enhance their safety and protect the public,” Gallivan said. “As a former State Trooper and Sheriff of Erie County, I know officers often have to make split-second decisions. This type of training will better prepare them for the challenging situations they will face on the job.”

Thirty-three police academies and agencies across the state will receive equipment and training, including the Erie County Law Enforcement Training Academy, Finger Lakes Law Enforcement Academy, Monroe County Public Safety Training Center, NYS Department of Environmental Conservation Police Academy, and NYS Parks and Recreation.

Reality-based training requires officers to participate in scenarios they are likely to experience on patrol, from routine encounters with people on the street to high-risk situations with the potential for deadly violence. As part of the training, instructors work with officers to review and evaluate their performance with a goal of improving decision-making skills and responses.

The state Division of Criminal Justice Services (DCJS) purchased special training equipment, which includes non-lethal firearms, helmets, face masks, neck guards, chest protectors, and gloves.

The DCJS is responsible for coordinating police training and provides staff to the state’s Municipal Police Training Council, which sets minimum training standards for police recruits and first-line police supervisors. The Council has endorsed reality-based training as the standard for police training. Additionally, within the next year, it will be part of the state’s Basic Course for Police Officers, which all police recruits must successfully complete.

Wednesday, December 7, 2016 at 12:26 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, announcements, Attica, home care.

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A sight, a sound, a smell...memories can be called the heirloom to one's life. Generally speaking, a home is an integral part of those memories. The Gateway Home in Attica aims to provide those comforts with its comfort care facility.

“This house has grown to be what it is now,” said Attica Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors Member Molly Haungs. “It’s a caring and living environment. The legacy of this home is where it's suppose to be. You hope people in your life achieve that and this home is achieving that.”

Gateway Home is a comfort care facility in which the client is terminally ill, with three months or less to live. Admittance is based on need and age is not a factor. Additionally, residents are not charged for services, nor does the home accept insurance.

Medical professionals and volunteers trained by professionals operate the home, said Gateway Home Board of Directors Member Jeff Clark. Medical professionals are responsible for the care of the resident, however, volunteers will also have some responsibility with patients.

“It will be 24/7 care at no charge,” Clark said. “Our focus is to provide a home-like environment as they (clients) pass on. We fully support the resident and family at that time of need.”

And Clark can attest with certainty that the house is most definitely a home and holds some special memories. Although the house was built in 1854, for the last 50 years Woodams and Rita Clark made it a home. The Clarks raised nine children there, one of whom was Jeff.

“My dad died around 14 months ago – August 2015,” Clark said. “When he died, the Attica First Baptist Church purchased the home. The original intention was to have meeting rooms or rooms for visiting missionaries. But that idea developed into a home for comfort care for residents in and around Attica.”

Gateway Home is a nonprofit 501c3 organization, which was incorporated as such in April. Although the church currently owns the property, Gateway Home will either lease or buy the home from the church.

“Gateway Home was developed as a separate organization,” said Todd Gadd, who sits on the board of directors for both the church and Gateway. “We’ve (the church) been looking for awhile for property and the Clark family offered theirs.”

While the house didn’t fit the need of the church, the property that sits in the back of the church did. Subsequently, the church is donating the house to Gateway.

Haungs’s involvement in the organization began when Gateway presented its intentions and mission at a meeting.

“I thought it was an amazing idea. A group of thoughtful people to do something so good for the community. They saw a need and found a way to fill that need.”

To gain insight to the workings of such a home, Clark visited 15 facilities in surrounding areas and model theirs after the Crossroads House in Batavia. He says they have been “extremely helpful” in bringing their ideas into fruition.

Fundraising for the home began in earnest in June. The community was encouraged to help with fundraising efforts and the board found the community wants to be involved.

“It speaks volumes about a community that wants to help and takes an interest,” Haungs said. “There is already a list of 90 volunteers that want to help!”

While the building itself is structurally strong, a few modifications are needed. Handicap accessibility will be added to the bathrooms and the heating and air conditioning system will be modernized.

“It’s important that this house is a good strong living home,” Clark said. “We want to carry that through the organization – A home...where there is care and support medically and spiritually.”

“I have a soft spot for older homes,” Haungs said. “When you come to visit someone here...this home lends itself to so many different comfort points. There is nothing 'sterile' about it, it's comfort and homey.”

It's not meant to be an institution, it’s to support the resident and family. 

“When you come here it's an opportunity to provide a home. It's personally defined. From a smell or a sight or a memory,” Gadd said. “A home means something different to everyone, yet the same. It's something that is carried in your heart. You can't buy it.”

Gateway Home wants to provide a sense of security and safety to its clients. They aim to offer a feeling of ease on a daily basis. 

“Knowing that a family member can pass in peace is what we all hope for,” Clark said, “and this home is to captivate that.”

Gateway Home will have both a medical and nursing director who will provide the nursing care plan for residents. There will also be several per diem nurses on staff as well. 

Overall, the facility will require 75 volunteers on a regular basis. They will be trained by nursing staff and help with some medical needs, as well as having involvement with building maintenance and food prep. Volunteers are also needed to sit with patients on a daily basis. Officials say the training involves all aspects of a home.

Clark says the home is less about treatment and more about keeping the person comfortable at the end of life. 

The board hopes to have Gateway Home operational by the end of 2017 early 2018. However, much fundraising still needs to be done.

“Fundraising efforts are to generate the funds for the care of patients and general operations of the facility,” Clark said. “You can donate in your name or someone else’s name...it would make a great Christmas gift. 

“Gateway Home aims to be a permanent member of this community. There isn’t a place where an effort can’t be used.”

For more information or to make a donation, visit Gateway Home. You can also find them on Facebook.

Wednesday, December 7, 2016 at 10:52 am
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, Arcade, Perry, Warsaw, holiday, winter, Business.

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For three decades, at its branches across Western New York, M&T Bank has collected warm clothes for local families in need as part of its Gift of Warmth campaign. Now through Dec. 31, donations of new mittens, gloves, scarves, hats, and coats can be dropped off at an M&T Bank branch.

The Buffalo Bills helped M&T kick-off this year’s 31st annual campaign with a special on-field presentation during its Nov. 27 game against Jacksonville. All of the warm clothing collected benefits children and families served by The Salvation Army of Buffalo.

“The snowy, cold weather that has now returned to Western New York is a helpful reminder of the need to give back to our community and help our neighbors stay warm during the winter months,” said Jim Jarosz, M&T Bank Group vice president for Retail Banking in Western New York. “Each year, M&T Bank collects about 3,500 items at local branches during our Gift of Warmth campaign, and this year, with the community’s help, we’re hoping to reach record levels.” 

Donations can be dropped off at any of the 77 M&T branches throughout Western New York. Branches in Wyoming and all eight counties of WNY participate. Most branches are open weekdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. To find the nearest branch and its hours of operation, individuals should visit https://locations.mtb.com.

“So many children in our community walk to school or wait for their bus without appropriate winter-weather clothing. When times are tough for families, they’re forced to make difficult economic decisions to keep their children fed and a roof over their heads. Donating to M&T Bank’s Gift of Warmth campaign will provide a relief, small but important, to our neighbors in need,” said The Salvation Army of Buffalo Executive Director Maj. Thomas Applin. “We are always so grateful to everyone who supports this drive because it allows us to do even more to protect the less fortunate from our region’s harsh winters.”

In 1985, one M&T employee developed an idea to help local families by teaming up with the Salvation Army of Buffalo. That idea has grown into a community-wide effort that remains strong more than 30 years later. Since 2012, the Gift of Warmth campaign has collected nearly 20,000 items of winter-weather accessories for children and families.

In addition to M&T branches, collection bins will also be located at several senior and health care facilities throughout the month of December.

The Salvation Army has been supporting those in need without discrimination since 1865. Nearly 33 million Americans receive assistance from the organization each year. Services range from providing food for the hungry, relief for disaster victims, assistance for the disabled, outreach to the elderly and ill, clothing and shelter to the homeless and opportunities for underprivileged children. About $.83 of every dollar raised is used to support those services in nearly 9,000 communities nationwide. 

M&T Bank is a financial holding company headquartered in Buffalo. M&T’s principal banking subsidiary, M&T Bank, operates banking offices in New York, Maryland, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Connecticut, Virginia, West Virginia, and the District of Columbia. Trust-related services are provided by M&T’s Wilmington Trust-affiliated companies and by M&T Bank.

Wednesday, December 7, 2016 at 10:42 am
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, crime, Perry, Warsaw.
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    Stephanie Booth

Stephanie Booth, 36, of Perry, was charged Dec. 2 with burglary in the third degree and criminal mischief in the fourth degree. Perry Police accuse Booth of breaking into a Covington Street home in the Village. She was scheduled for Court yesterday. 

Kenneth Newton, no age provided, of Warsaw, was charged Dec. 2 with: unlicensed operator of a motor vehicle; aggravated unlicensed operator in the third degree; operating a motor vehicle while registration is suspended; and operating a vehicle without insurance. Perry Police accuse Newton of driving on South Main Street in the village when the license plate reader on the patrol car “hit” on his vehicle. During the traffic stop, it was allegedly found that the registration and his driver's license were both suspended. He is due in Perry Village Court Jan. 17.

Tuesday, December 6, 2016 at 6:30 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, Sports, hunting, DEC, wildlife.

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has posted options for several changes to wildlife regulations in 2017 on its website. The DEC is inviting the public to review and provide comments.

Prior to initiating a formal rulemaking process, DEC routinely seeks public input in continuing efforts to keep hunters and the public informed.

In many situations, DEC uses scientific surveys to gather public opinion about potential rule changes. In other cases, DEC communicates informally through emails, letters or meetings in response to ideas and suggestions. In all situations, it is helpful to obtain informal feedback to gauge public interest and support and to learn of any concerns that may exist before the formal rulemaking process is initiated.

DEC is inviting informal feedback regarding several issues:

    • Prohibiting feeding wild white-tailed deer;

    • Issuing permits for 4-Poster TickicideTM and 4-PosterTM deer treatment devices;

    • Strengthening measures to protect New York deer from Chronic Wasting Disease;

    • Eliminating the special permit for hunting and trapping bobcats in the Harvest Expansion Area; and

    • Closing the season for take of diamondback terrapin.

The issues listed are not formal proposals at this time, but rather options being considered as potential changes for 2017. Visit http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/104785.html to read the details of each issue and to provide feedback.

Submit your comments by Dec. 23 to wildlife@dec.ny.gov or by writing to NYSDEC, Bureau of Wildlife, 625 Broadway, Albany, 12233-4754.

Tuesday, December 6, 2016 at 6:23 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, health, government, announcements.

Press release:

Congressman Chris Collins (NY-27) recently hailed the passage of the 21st Century Cures Act, landmark medical innovation legislation that will directly benefit the lives of Western New Yorkers.

The legislation includes $6.3 billion to help accelerate the discovery, development and delivery of new cures and treatments. Additionally, it provides new funding for the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

As a member of the Energy and Commerce Committee and the Health Subcommittee, Collins was able to play a direct role in the creation of the legislation. He weighed in on key elements of the bill, including the inclusion of measures to fight the opioid crisis and helped to secure additional funding for the NIH. The NIH will help fund research at places like Roswell Park Cancer Institute, Buffalo.

"This bipartisan legislation incentivizes innovation to defeat disease, and most importantly gets cures to the patients who need them most," Collins said. "The 21st Century Cures Act provides the health care industry with the ability to help the thousands of Western New Yorkers impacted by deadly diseases by creating the lifesaving cures those patients need."

Collins specifically authored the following provisions included in the legislation:

    • Section 3021, which encourages the broader application of innovative clinical trial designs, including the use of Bayesian statistics and adaptive trials, to enhance and accelerate effective clinical trials. These changes to the way the FDA approves clinical trial designs will help unleash new, groundbreaking therapies by allowing researchers to efficiently change their trials to meet the individual responses of their participants.

    • Section 3071 will expedite and improve the drug approval process by increasing the number of senior biomedical researchers the FDA is allowed to hire and also making the salary of those individuals more competitive with private industry. This will help ensure that our best and brightest scientists will remain with the FDA to review and approve drug applications, and get cures to patients more quickly.

    • Section 9023, in collaboration with Congressman Joe Courtney, which allows child and adolescent psychiatrists to participate in the National Health Service Corps Loan Repayment Program. This will incentivize these subspecialists to begin their practices in underserved areas, like those in rural Western New York.

    • Section 5006, in collaboration with Congressman Paul Tonko, which includes the House-passed Medicaid DOC Act, which requires states operating a fee-for-service or primary care case-management system of Medicaid to publish an online directory of those physicians who have billed Medicaid in the past year and whether those physicians are accepting new patients.

"I am proud to have had a role in crafting this landmark legislation," Collins said. "Ensuring medical innovators have the funding and ability to do their jobs is crucial to helping the millions of Americans struggling with incurable diseases. This legislation has the ability to change people's lives, and I could not be more excited about its passage."

The 21st Century Cures Act will:

    • Provide $1 billion in grants to states to address the opioid crisis;

    • Addresses the country's mental health crisis and help the one out of five adult Americans suffering from mental illness and substance abuse disorders receive the care they need;

    • Provide $4.8 billion to National Institutes of Health, including: $1.4 billion for President Barack Obama's Precision Medicine Initiative to drive research into the genetic, lifestyle and environmental variations of disease; $1.8 billion for Vice President Joe Biden's Cancer Moonshot to speed research; and $1.6 billion for the BRAIN initiative to improve our understanding of diseases like Alzheimer's and speed diagnosis and treatment;

    • Help bring drugs and devices to market more quickly and at less cost by making needed reforms to the FDA, including: expedited review for breakthrough devices; increased patient involvement in the drug approval process; a streamlined review process for combination products that are both a drug and device; and freedom from red tape for software like Fitbit or calorie-counting apps; and

    • Provide $500 million to the Food and Drug Administration.

The legislation will now move to the Senate, where it will need to pass before heading to Obama's desk to be signed into law. It's expected to be brought to the Senate for a vote before the end of the year.

Tuesday, December 6, 2016 at 5:19 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, weather.

On the heels of a lake effect snow warning comes a winter weather advisory for the county.

The National Weather Service in Buffalo (NWS) has issued the advisory for a mix of snow and freezing rain from tonight’s rush hour commute until 4 a.m. Wednesday. 

The wintery mix can produce accumulations of 1 to 2 inches of snow and less than an inch of freezing rain. Additionally, untreated roadways may result in slippery travel tonight.

More details can be found at www.weather.gov/buffalo.

Tuesday, December 6, 2016 at 5:06 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, events, holidays, Warsaw.

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Elves and snowmen and even a reindeer or two were let loose in the Village of Warsaw for the second annual Dashing thru the Snow 5k & Kids Dash.

The race is hosted by the Greater Warsaw Chamber of Commerce, with proceeds to support Warsaw’s beautification fund.

Many of the 89 participants dressed with a festive flair for Saturday’s race, which was sponsored by Barb's Barber Shop, Summit Family Dental, Oak Orchard Health, Warren's Commercial Cleaning, Laurie's Restaurant, Yummies, Jacked 24/7 Fitness Club, Ed Hulme General Construction, Steuben Trust Company, Tackbary's Trophies Inc., Warsaw PennySaver, Pat Ryan Associates, McClurg's, Hillside Children Center, Save-A-Lot, Tops Market, and Partners for Prevention. 

Assisting with the event included the Warsaw Police Department, First United Methodist Church, Girl Scouts, Amy & Todd Clark, and SADD.

Top runners were:

    • Male/female overall – Corey Mitchell and Natalie Muster;

    • Male/female 12 years old and under – David Meidenbauer and Taylor Howard;

    • Female 13 to 17 years old – Emily Howard;

    • Female 18 to 29 years old – Holly Todd;

    • Male/female 30 to 39 years old – Joseph Jackson and Deanna Breunig; 

    • Male/female 40 to 49 years old – Todd Kelly and Erin Degroff;

    • Male/female 50 to 59 years old – Mike Ferris and Patricia Rogowski; and 

    • Male/female 60 years and older – Bruce Caldwell and Debbie Buchanan.

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Tuesday, December 6, 2016 at 4:15 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, weather, lake effect snow.

A lake effect snow warning is in effect from 6 a.m. Thursday to 6 a.m. Saturday. The National Weather Service in Buffalo has issued the warning for Wyoming, southern Erie, Chautauqua, and Cattaraugus counties.

Accumulations are expected to be 4 to 8 inches Thursday, 6 to 11 inches Thursday night, 5 to 9 inches Friday, and 3 to 5 inches Friday night. Total snowfall will be about 2 to 3 feet.

Winds will be coming from the west at 15 to 25 mph, with gusts up to 35 mph. Blowing and drifting snow will leave visibility to as low as a quarter mile at times. Additionally, significant accumulation of snow on roadways may result in hazardous to dangerous travel conditions.

The NWS says lake effect snow can vary from locally heavy snow in narrow bands to clear skies just a few miles away. Be prepared for rapid changes in road and visibility conditions. 

If you lose power and and use a generator it should be located outside and properly ventilated. Additionally, keep snow clear of exhausts and fresh air intakes. 

For more information visit www.weatehr.gov/buffal.report

Monday, December 5, 2016 at 5:41 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, crime, Perry.
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     Glenn Tarbell

As reported by our news partner 13WHAM: A man from Perry was arrested in Geneva on Wednesday after police said he tried to have sex with a 13-year-old girl.

State Police say on Nov. 30, they arrested Glen Tarbell, 55, for trying to engage a 13-year-old girl in sexual contact. However, police were able to take Tarbell in custody before he met with the teenager.

He was charged with felony second-degree attempted criminal sexual act and felony first-degree attempted disseminating indecent material to minors.

Tarbell was jailed in the Ontario County Jail in lieu of $5,000 cash bail or $10,000 bond. Additional charges are pending in this investigation.

Monday, December 5, 2016 at 3:23 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, events, Perry, holidays.

Monday, December 5, 2016 at 3:11 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, events, Perry, holidays.

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