Thursday, March 16, 2017 at 6:00 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, news, announcements, government.

Press release:

Congressman Chris Collins (NY-27) released the following statement after President Donald Trump unveiled his fiscal year 2018 budget request.

“President Trump’s budget delivered a clear vision for the role the federal government should play,” Collins said. “It demonstrates that president Trump is committed to keeping the promises he made to the American people. He will rebuild our military. The budget’s $54 billion increase in defense spending is much needed, and I fully support the increase in military funding. Additionally, president Trump promised to secure our borders, and this budget lays the groundwork for building a wall and taking the necessary steps to ensure our nation’s border security.

“However, I have several concerns about significant cuts to local programs, which I believe go too far. I worked for more than two years to help write and pass the 21st Century Cures Initiative, and I fully believe that the funding guidelines established in that legislation must be followed. The $5.8 billion cut to NIH (National Institute of Health) is drastic. I will do whatever I can to ensure that the Appropriations Committee recognizes how crucial medical research is to Western New York and the millions of Americans whose lives could be saved with better medical research.

“The Great Lakes are a crucial part of Western New York’s economy. I have always fought to protect them and have voted to increase funding for the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative at every opportunity. I will do the same this time around. Western New Yorkers can rest assured I will be fighting tooth and nail to restore the program’s funding.

“Agriculture plays a significant role in Western New York’s economy. This budget eliminates the Water and Wastewater loan and grant program, which helps rural areas alleviate the financial burden of maintaining wastewater programs. I have always fought hard to support this program and this year will be no different.

“Over the next few months, I will continue to evaluate this budget. Ultimately, it is up to the Appropriations Committee to fund these programs and I will be strongly advocating for Western New York’s best interests.”

Thursday, March 16, 2017 at 5:42 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, events, maple weekend, agribusiness, Business.

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The 22nd Annual New York Maple Weekend celebration will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. March 18,19, 25 and 26, at participating maple sugarhouses throughout Wyoming County. The Maple industry in the county is large and thriving, and even after this mild winter there is maple syrup in production.

Bring your whole family for an educational and fun experience. Learn how pure maple syrup is made from the sap of sugar maple trees. Tapping demonstrations, sap house tours, sugar-bush tours, and wagon rides- see, taste, and smell the maple-making process.  

Participating businesses include:

    • Merle Maple Farm, 1884 Route 98, Attica;

    • Hidden Valley Animal Adventure, 2887 Royce Road, Varysburg;

    • Beaver Meadow Audubon, 1610 Welch Road, North Java;

    • Maple Moon Farms, 1058 Attica Gulf Road, Attica;

    • Sage Family Maple, 4449 Sage Road, Warsaw;

    • Sweet Time Maple, 5680 Webster Road, Wyoming;

    • Wolcott Maple Syrup Products & Equipment, 1247 Dale Road, Dale (Wyoming);

    • Bray Farms, 1597 Bray Road, Arcade;

    • Georges Maple Products, 1766 Route 77, Strykersville;

    • Kibler Maple Products, 1802 Perry Road, North Java;

    • Kirsch’s Maple, Route 77, Varysburg;

    • Mohler Maple Products, 1627 Route 19, Wyoming; 

    • Over the Hill Maple, 2089 Maxon Road, Varysburg;

    • Siler’s Sugar Shanty, 2401 Pee Dee Road, North Java; and

    • Sudzy’s Purely Maple, 1076 Maxon Road, Attica.

For a complete list of activities, pancake breakfasts, and other happenings on Maple Weekend click here.

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Thursday, March 16, 2017 at 4:26 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, crime, news, Perry, Warsaw.
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  Charles J. Bozzette

The Wyoming County Sheriff’s Office arrested Charles J. Bozzette March 15 in connection with an alleged rape in the Village of Perry. The 34-year-old Perry man was charged with rape in the third degree.

Bozzette is accused of having sexual intercourse with a 16-year-old female at a home in the Village of Perry. 

He was put in Wyoming County Jail in lieu of $20,000 cash bail.

The Sheriff’s Office was assisted by the Perry and Warsaw police departments.

Thursday, March 16, 2017 at 9:37 am
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, crime, Perry, Warsaw, Attica, Bennington.

Robert S. Starling, 60, Bayville, N.J., was charged March 12 with aggravated unlicensed operation in the third degree and operating a motor vehicle while using a portable electric device. Starling was charged following a traffic stop on Route 20A, Perry for an alleged cell phone violation. During the stop, deputies say Starling was found to have had his driving privileges suspended in New York State since 2001 for failure to answer a summons. He was put in Wyoming County Jail in lieu of $500 cash bail. He is due in the Town of Perry Court June 14.

John M. Chaplin, 36, of Attica, was charged March 15 with moved from lane unsafely, driving while intoxicated, driving with a BAC of .08 percent or more, and aggravated DWI with a BAC of .18 percent or more. The Wyoming County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a vehicle in a ditch on Sierk Road, Bennington. During the investigation, deputies say Chaplin said he drove off the road to avoid a deer. Further investigation allegedly revealed he was driving while intoxicated. He was taken to the Sheriff’s Office for a breath test. He is due in the Town of Bennington Court at a later date.

Wesley Goerss, 26, of Scottsville, was arrested March 15 on a Wyoming County Family Court Warrant. Deputies say Goerss turned himself in at the Village of Le Roy Police Department. Subsequently, he was brought back to Wyoming County and put in Wyoming County Jail on $500 cash bail. He is due in Wyoming County Family Court at a later date.

Wednesday, March 15, 2017 at 6:30 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, announcements, health, Business, WCCH, ECMC, Warsaw.

Wyoming County Community Health System (WCCH) and Erie County Medical Center Corporation (ECMC) have signed an administrative services agreement to strengthen and reposition WCCH for the future. On March 14, the Wyoming County Board of Supervisors accepted the recommendation of WCCH’s Board of Managers and authorized WCCH Chief Executive Officer Donald Eichenauer to sign the agreement.

As WCCH has expanded its services, it has developed relationships with providers from the Buffalo area. Many of those providers are affiliated with ECMC and/or Kaleida Health. These include Dr. Lindsey Clark, Dr. John Karpie and Dr. Paul Mason, all of who provide orthopedic services at WCCH; and Western New York Urology Associates, a Kaleida Heath entity. Clark is a provider through UBMD Physicians Group. Karpie and Mason are providers with Buffalo Orthopedics Group. Additionally, new agreements are currently being finalized through existing agreements with ECMC or Kaleida Health-related providers, which will enhance Ear, Nose and Throat, Allergy and Nephrology Services at WCCH.

“Like most community hospitals, the path to survival in an ever-evolving health care market will be enhanced by relationships with larger facilities that are able to support the community hospital with administrative and provider resources they are not able to obtain independently,” Eichenauer said. “It is WCCH’s objective to take advantage of the opportunities provided by ECMC and its affiliation with Kaleida Health and the University at Buffalo through their mutual partnership in Great Lakes Health System, which will provide better access to a wide range of health care services at WCCH; we will now look at the necessary steps towards a future management agreement with ECMC.”

The Board of WCCH says it was also impressed with ECMC’s experience and knowledge related to the governmental and human resources requirements of WCCH. Both ECMC and WCCH have employees who are represented by the Civil Service Employees Association Inc. (CSEA). Although an independent Public Benefit Corporation since 2004, ECMC is one of the few remaining county-owned hospitals in the state.

“ECMCC is excited with the board’s decision, which will permit ECMC to work closely with WCCH and share best practices and scale that will create cost reductions and efficiencies,” said ECMC President and CEO Thomas J. Quatroche Jr., Ph.D.

“Importantly, through this agreement, we will integrate our health care service teams to identify opportunities to share practices that will enhance and strengthen the delivery of quality health care services to patients across the entire organization.”

As part of the new relationship, ECMC will also be working with WCCH to provide upgraded administrative and financial management resources and support.

“Through a deliberate and careful process over several months, the necessary steps have been taken toward an administrative services agreement with ECMC that will maintain the financial viability of WCCH,” said Board of Supervisors Chairman Douglas Berwanger. “It will preserve quality health care at the hospital well into the future.”

Since October 2012, WCCH has had a previous collaboration agreement with (University of Rochester) UR Medicine, Rochester. WCCH anticipates having a continued positive relationship with UR Medicine and the services and providers it supplies to the hospital.

WCCH is a 62-bed rural, acute-care hospital accredited by The Joint Commission. It is the sole inpatient provider for Wyoming County, which has a population of approximately 43,000. In addition to an Acute Care Hospital, its services include an attached 138-bed Nursing Home, Adult Day Health Care, and an Inpatient Behavioral Health Unit. The hospital has approximately 3,000 inpatient admissions, and 14,000 Emergency Department visits per year.

Its mission is to provide outstanding healthcare services and to have a positive impact on the health of its rural community. For more information visit  www.wcchs.net or its Facebook page.

The ECMC Corporation was established as a New York State Public Benefit Corporation. Since 2004 it has included an advanced academic medical center with 602 inpatient beds, on- and off-campus health centers, more than 30 outpatient specialty care services and Terrace View, a 390-bed, long-term care facility.  

ECMC is Western New York’s only Level 1 Adult Trauma Center, as well as a regional center for burn care, behavioral health services, transplantation, medical oncology and head and neck cancer care, rehabilitation, and a major teaching facility for the University at Buffalo. Most ECMC physicians, dentists and pharmacists are dedicated faculty members of the university and/or members of a private practice plan.

For more information visit ecmc.edu and follow ECMC on social media via Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter.

Wednesday, March 15, 2017 at 9:16 am
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, news, weather.

UPDATE 9 a.m.: Along with all school districts in Wyoming County, the following businesses and public spaces are closed or cancelled today:

    • Warsaw Public Library

    • Wyoming County State and County Courts

    • Hope Lutheran Church, Arcade

Contact us at julia@wyomingcountyfreepress.com, if your meeting or business has been cancelled.

The post will be updated as information becomes available.

UPDATE 2:30 p.m.: The Cornell Cooperative Extension of Wyoming County has cancelled its 4-H Teen Leader meeting and its 4-H Horse Bowl Practice for March 15.

Tuesday, March 14, 2017 at 5:15 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, news, education, library, Attica.

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In September, 10 Attica community members got together and formed a fundraising committee to help generate enough money to assist in the renovations of the Stevens Memorial Library, Main Street, Attica.

Since October, the committee has raised close to $63,000 toward the improvements, thanks in part by the Attica Lions Club’s donation of $10,000. The Lions Club money was left over from the Attica Walking Path fundraiser the club held in 2015 - 2016 to repair the damages to the path at the Attica Veterans Memorial Park on Exchange Street.

“It was a feeling of ‘so…we can really do this’ from the committee,” said Library Director Nancy Burns. “We received $300,000 each from the Library Construction and Library Community grants, $50,000 from Senator (Patrick) Gallivan, and $63,000 the library committee has raised so far.”

Between the grants and other donations, the Library has $700,000 of the $800,000 to complete the whole project.

Committee members Barbara Helik and Teresa Wright, as co-chairs; and Emma Edwards, Maggie Dadd, Linda Camp, Sandra Eck, Amy Meisner, Charles Williman, Chris Kipfer, and Linda Kruszka, began actively raising funds in October.

Renovations will begin at the back entrance to comply with the American Disabilities Act. A ramp will be installed along the left side of the entrance and a new glass door will be set in place. In addition to the ramp, a set of four steps will also be available. That is, of course, after several walls are removed.

“We will be raising the floor and taking out some walls,” Burns said. “The idea is to have a more open feel with easy access to new releases, magazines, DVDs and holds. There will be a seating area, and the computers will be relocated to run along the left of the ramp. It will have a more open feel to it than the hackneyed set up it is now. It will be a huge benefit for our older patrons.”

The new open space will also house the circulation desk, as well as two additional desks and an art wall that will showcase art from the Arts Council of Wyoming County and other artists.

“They will be a highlight as patrons walk through the door. And instead of spending the money to get a new circulation desk, we are going to repurpose the old one.”

In addition to saving money on the desk, new windows will be installed for not only light and safety concerns, but energy efficiency as well. 

The “children’s room” will remain virtually unchanged but for the addition of a “support” window so staff and parents can keep an eye on their youngest charges.

Not only is the library renovating the bathroom to be handicap accessible, it will be adding an additional one for convenience.

Once the circulation desk is moved from the library proper the open space will become the “program” space complete with a flat-screen TV for movies, games and presentations. The expanded area will also be used for story hour and more. Additionally, the stacks (bookshelves) will be rearranged for ease of use for people in wheelchairs.

And with all the moving of displays and desks, the library will feature new commercial carpet tile, for easy cleaning and replacement, as well as aesthetic purposes. 

Once the rear of the building is complete, renovations to the Main Street entrance will begin. 

“As you are facing the building from Main Street, the new entrance will be on the left of the building, closer to the parking lot, but with better safety measures for the little ones.”

The small porch – 12 by 15 feet – will be furnished in memory of Edwin Helak, who died April 7.

“When Edwin and his wife, Barbra, came in, one would often sit on the porch and wait for the other. So we are sort of looking at the seating as a ‘you go find a book, I’ll wait here until you’re done’ type of arrangement.”

Even with the new entrance, the concrete lions will remain sitting prominently at the front of the building. The statues will be moved to the front steps, however, and will be set on raised platforms to help preserve them. 

The lions had become a landmark in Attica after the children of the Pauly family and their neighbors would often be found playing on them in the early 1900s.

The lions have made their rounds in the northwest corner of the county. According to the Attica Historical Society, the carved monuments were first delivered by rail from Colorado to the home of Cordon Thomson at 193 Main St., Attica, in the 1800s. They were then sold in the 1900s to Samuel Blanch Ford at 285 Main St.. Then the property was sold to Anton Pauly in 1910, which included the lions. 

When the Main Street property was sold in 1978, the lions were not included in the sale. Instead, they were moved to the home of Karen Kell Acquard in Bennington, a relative of the Paulys. When Acquard and her husband decided to move to Florida around 1990, they donated the lions to the library.

They have had “considerable restoration,” courtesy of the Friends of Stevens Memorial Library, with “Ray Caryl and George Schmidt doing most of the work,” which included a permanent raised foundation.

Another addition to the front entrance will be both a handicap accessible door, as well as a standard door. There will also be an overhang to shelter patrons and the addition of four columns supports.

“We are trying to make the entrance blend in more with its surroundings. The committee worked hard to get the funding to make all this happen and we are excited for the project to start. Luckily, the library received the funding during the last grant cycle, as the governor (Andrew Cuomo) just proposed a $9 million cut to the public library system.”

The building which houses the library was built in 1823 and was home to the Stevens family. The last Stevens family to live in the home had no children of their own, and upon their death, the family gave the structure to the Village in 1893. The Village then turned the building into a library and funded it until the early 2000s.

According to Burns, sometime between 2001-2003, the library became a School District Library (NYS Education Department), catering to the Attica School District children and community.

“The proposed cut would be a huge impact to the library…it would take away the little grants that are inherent to getting programs and materials to expand services and programming at the library.”

In addition to the construction grant for the library’s renovations, Burns said the facility has received several grants last year that benefit its patrons.

They include:

    • Tech Grant up to $1,500 to bring in a new technology. Stevens Memorial Library was able to purchase a 3-D printer and new laptop to run this printer. The funding bought the equipment, however, the library purchased the extended tech and warranty support;

    • Play Spaces grant up to $900 to bring a new area of play for children. The library bought one Lego table complete with two chairs, and Legos and Duplo pieces ($700); and 

    • 1,000 books Before Kindergarten grant allowed the library to purchase quality paperback books for the kids to earn. For every 100 books a child 1 to 5 years old reads, the child can choose a book to take home and keep. Additionally, Wyoming County kids can earn an additional book every month from Project Read just by reading 15 minutes a day for 20 days.  

“These are wonderful ‘little assistances' to all the libraries that will be be lost if aid is cut to the systems in New York State. If the $9 million is taken away, the Library Systems will be back at 2000 spending levels and just surviving their costs. Libraries are education and while tuition is important to families, school help for all students is up to the public libraries when the school doors close at 4 p.m. Attica is hampered by no cable outside the village limits, so the library is very busy for homework online assignments, information gathering, and printing.”

The library doesn’t just function on budgets and grants and state funding alone, it also relies on the patrons that support it, too.

Recently, the Stevens Memorial Library became a benefactor in the Brownstone Book fund, a private foundation in New York City. The foundation was founded by a NYC couple who were interested in “fostering early reading, a love of books and encouraging parents and children to read together.” The couple wishes to remain anonymous and only asks the library to put a “Brownstone Books” sticker on each of the 100 titles they received. The collection caters to children and mostly contains picture books.

“One of the best gifts you can give your child is the time spent reading with them,” Burns said.

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Tuesday, March 14, 2017 at 3:01 pm

Closings and cancellations in Wyoming County for March 14, as of 2:53 p.m.:
Closed:

    • Adult Day Healthcare Center at Wyoming County Community Hospital;

    • Gainesville Public Library;

    • Warsaw Public Library. The board meeting is postponed until next week;

    • Genesee Community College -- all locations;

    • Literacy West NY, Warsaw;

    • Lumberyard Restaurant, Perry;

    • Oak Orchard Health, Warsaw;

    • Perry Library; and
    • Warsaw Head Start.

Canceled:
    • Warsaw Moose Lodge -- Bingo tonight is canceled;
    • Warsaw Planning Board has canceled its meeting;

    • Warsaw Write Connection group meeting at Warsaw Library is canceled;
    • Wyoming County Cooperative Extension -- VFD Regulations for Livestock.

  • Owners and Bee Keepers - meeting at the Wyoming County Ag Center is canceled; and

    • Wyoming County Office For the Aging: No home-delivered meals today
 and Medicare 101 class for this evening rescheduled for March 29. Call for reservations.

Closings and cancellations for Tuesday:
    • Silver Springs food pantry; and
    • St. Mary's Senior Lunch in Silver Springs is canceled.

Tuesday, March 14, 2017 at 2:49 pm

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The Wyoming County Sheriff’s Office reports last week’s windstorm prompted approximately 700 calls to the 9-1-1 center between 11 a.m. to midnight March 8. In a span of three hours – from noon to 3 p.m. – dispatchers fielded 282 calls. 

The Communications Department maxed out its allowable staffing with three dispatchers on duty from 7 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., and four during the hours of 2:30 to 6 p.m.. By comparison, normal operations require just two, Sheriff Gregory Rudolph says.

With a mere six-second wait time on calls, dispatchers prioritized and coordinated the response of law enforcement, fire and highway departments, and multiple utility companies.

“Professional dispatching, strong teamwork from the public and private sectors, and the skilled volunteerism from the fire, EMS, and Red Cross communities, provided the finest in public safety amid the commotion of this daylong incident and its aftermath,” Rudolph said.

Rudolph reports the most severe damage was seen in the towns of Attica, Bennington, Covington, Java, Orangeville, Sheldon, and Wethersfield, and the Village of Attica. Some businesses and residents in those areas were without power until Monday. At the peak of the storm, more than 8,000 customers were without power in the county. 

While no injuries were reported related to the storm, four tractor-trailers blew over from the force of the wind, along with countless trees and approximately 50 utility poles throughout the county.

Law enforcement fielded 95 calls, with deputies responding to 52 calls for service and the village departments handling 43. The Attica Fire Department covered 12 of the 37 calls that came into the county’s fire departments. Additionally, Varysburg Fire Department was the site of the emergency shelter put in place from the evening of March 9 through the morning of March 11.

Members of the Bennington and Cowlesville fire companies, and the Pavilion Fire Department opened and manned their halls for afternoon and evening hours to use as warming shelters throughout the ordeal.

Finally, the county and town highway departments spent countless hours cutting and clearing tree debris from obstructed roadways.

Tuesday, March 14, 2017 at 10:20 am

Press release:

Senate Republicans recently released a 2017-18 state budget proposal that provides $45 million annually to compensate direct care professionals for the important work they do to support individuals with disabilities. The proposal addresses a lack of funding in the executive budget to help appropriately adjust salaries at not-for-profits that employ workers who provide state services for individuals with autism, serious brain injury, cerebral palsy, Down syndrome, and other developmental disabilities.

"Direct care professionals deserve to be fairly compensated for the crucial services they provide to individuals with developmental disabilities,” said Sen. Patrick M. Gallivan (R-C-I, Elma). “Families rely on these highly trained workers to assist their loved ones on a daily basis and we must do all we can to reduce the high turnover rate within the profession and ensure that adequate staff is in place to provide proper care."  

Currently, many direct service professionals (DSPs) earn an average of $10-$13 per hour – just above the state’s minimum wage. Last year, the state implemented minimum wage increases that did not provide funding to account for the “compression factor.” The compression factor is the need to increase the salaries for more experienced DSPs and supervisors in order to maintain the current salary gap with minimum wage workers. Without new funding provided to the DSP employers providing services on behalf of the state, the salary gap will compound the existing high turnover rate among those providing these critical services. This may lead to significantly increased vacancies as qualified individuals seek less strenuous minimum wage work.  

The Senate’s proposal provides $11.25 million in funding to help implement wage increases in the current year’s budget. Starting in 2017-18, $45 million would be provided annually to further ensure fair wages for this sector and prevent negative impacts on developmentally disabled services.

The Senate’s one-house budget will be advanced and approved this week, followed by the start of open, public conference committees to iron out differences that exist between the Senate and Assembly plans.

A new state budget is scheduled to take effect April 1.

Tuesday, March 14, 2017 at 9:58 am
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, crime, Warsaw, Wyoming County Court, Attica.

The following were in Wyoming County Court before Judge Michael Mohun March 10.

Jennifer Galioto, who committed a crime in Wyoming County, admitted to a violation of probation. She was returned to probation.

Philip Lingenfelter, who committed a crime in Wyoming County, admitted to a violation of probation. He was returned to probation to be transferred to Cattaraugus County.

The following are inmates in a State Correctional Facility in Attica and were in Wyoming County Court before Mohun March 13.

Javon Woods pled guilty to attempted assault in the second degree, a Class E felony as a second felony offender. Sentencing is scheduled May 17.

Benedict Agostini had his case adjourned to April 12.

Neil Allen had his case adjourned to March 29.

Joshua Nieves pled guilty to tempering with physical evidence, a Class E felony as a second felony offender. Sentencing is scheduled May 17.

Tuesday, March 14, 2017 at 6:31 am
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, education, announcements, weather.

The following are schools and businesses are closed today due to weather:

    • Attica Central School

    • Castile Christian Academy

    • Literacy West NY Warsaw location

    • Letchworth Central School

    • Perry Central School

    • Pioneer Central School

    • Warsaw Central School

    • Warsaw Head Start

    • Western NY Rural AHEC (Rural Area Health Education Center)

    • Wyoming Central School

Monday, March 13, 2017 at 6:23 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, crime, Warsaw, Attica, news.
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  Michael A. Young   Victoria L. Young

A couple charged last week with multiple offenses in Warsaw, garners identical charges, plus more, out of the Village of Attica.

Michael A. Young, 35, and Victoria L. Young, 22, were stopped on Main Street, Attica, March 7 for following too closely, reckless driving, and imprudent speed.

During the stop, Michael allegedly told officers that his wife was pregnant and was in labor. At that time, law enforcement allowed the couple to continue to the hospital.

Following the stop in Attica, the Youngs’ were stopped a short time later by Wyoming County Sheriff’s deputies. During the stop on North Main Street, Warsaw, deputies say the vehicle was found to be uninsured and had a suspended vehicle registration.

Although the car was registered to Victoria, deputies say Michael was driving the car and Victoria was the passenger. It is alleged that she told deputies she was 38 weeks pregnant and was in labor, at which time the vehicle was escorted directly to the hospital. 

According to the report, after being treated, it was determined that she was not pregnant and she had lied to the police about it.

Victoria was charged with falsely reporting an incident in the third degree, out of Attica, as well as from the stop in Warsaw.

In addition to the above charges, deputies say Victoria was wanted on a warrant by the Olean Police Department on a petit larceny charge. She was subsequently arrested and turned over to Olean Police.

Michael was charged out of both Attica and Warsaw with criminal contempt in the second degree, operating a vehicle with a suspended registration, and operating a motor vehicle without insurance. Attica charges also include, speed not reasonable and prudent, following too closely, and reckless driving.

Police also say there was an active stay away order of protection in place on Michael, which ordered him to stay away from Victoria. 

Both are due in the Village of Warsaw Court April 10 and in the Village of Attica Court at a later date. 

The vehicle was towed from the scene, and the license plates seized and returned to the Department of Motor Vehicles. 

See related: Law and Order: Former Perry man charged with scheme to defraud

Monday, March 13, 2017 at 5:47 pm

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From left: Lindsay Chamberlain, of Wyoming, representing Collegiate Cornell Farm Bureau; Ben Restivo, Future Farmers of America member, and Brian Parker, representing Wyoming County Farm Bureau, with Sen. Patrick Gallivan.

Press release (photo submitted):

Members from the Wyoming County Farm Bureau spent two days in Albany last week, meeting with lawmakers to highlight the organization’s state public policy priorities for the year.

The county Farm Bureau hosted a table at the Taste of New York Reception for state lawmakers, commissioners, and staff, which featured local farm products. Members also participated in the annual Lobby Day on Tuesday where they met with both their local senator and assemblyman as well as New York City lawmakers that the county Farm Bureau adopted.

At State Capitol, county members advocated for a number of priorities this year, including securing a refundable investment tax credit for farmers. With 2015 farm income down nearly 20 percent to $5.3 billion across the state, according to the latest figures from the National Agriculture Statistics Service, tools need to be in place to help farmers weather the downturn. This initiative would incentivize farm investment to meet the needs of global competition.

Additionally, advocates pushed to double the minimum wage tax credit from $30 million to $60 million. The first step of the minimum wage hike climbed at the beginning of the year on its way to $15 an hour for farms on Long Island and $12.50 for Upstate farmers. New York Farm Bureau (NYFB) led the way in opposition to the hike last year, resulting in a $250 tax credit per employee for this first year of the increase. That will cover only a small fraction of what it will cost family farms to implement the wage hike.

State funding for critical farm programs is another top priority for Farm Bureau. Governor Andrew Cuomo included a number of things in his budget plan which would help agriculture in the state. This includes funding for the Environmental Protection Fund (EPA), which will assist farms with water quality, conservation and farmland protection programs, as well as necessary investments into animal health programs. 

Farm Bureau asked lawmakers to restore funding for promotion and research programs that also benefit agriculture. NYFB also supports the governor’s proposed $2 billion clean water infrastructure program that includes $70 million for nutrient management and conservation programs to reduce farm runoff.

The Farm to Food Bank bill is another top priority for NYFB members who have seen the governor veto the popular legislation the past two years. Members asked their lawmakers to include the tax credit that encourages greater fresh food donations to regional food banks and local food pantries to be included in their one-house budget bills.

These priorities are based on member-approved public policies that originate every year at the county Farm Bureau level and are passed by the full delegate body at NYFB’s State Annual Meeting in December.

In addition to advocating for priorities with lawmakers, county Farm Bureau members also participated in a special panel discussion with the commissioners from the departments of Agriculture and Markets, Environmental Conservation, and Labor.

The Wyoming County Farm Bureau is dedicated to advocate for public policies that will not only benefit agriculture but support rural communities as a whole.

NYFB is the State’s largest agricultural lobbying/trade organization and is “the voice of New York agriculture.” It is dedicated to solving the economic and public policy issues challenging the agricultural community.

Monday, March 13, 2017 at 4:29 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, news, weather, NYSP.

Press release:

The New York State Police would like to remind motorists to use extreme caution while traveling on all roadways from the early morning hours Tuesday, continuing into Wednesday. Avoid unnecessary travel and be alert for potential road closures. 

State Police Troop A members will be out across the region checking all major routes of travel to ensure that motorists are as safe as possible. We are asking for 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.

The arrival of inclement weather consisting of heavy snow, with estimates of four or more inches per hour, is expected to begin early Tuesday morning, and continue through Wednesday; which will make all affected roadways slick and unpredictable.   

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 and allow for adjustments to your schedule to ensure a safe commute. 

Keep the following tips in mind:

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

    • In white-out conditions, turn on your hazard or 4-way lights to enhance visibility of your vehicle;

    • Always clean your windows and mirrors fully of any snow and ice before driving;

    • Keep a full tank of gas;

    • Ensure your fluid levels are sufficient (windshield washer fluid and antifreeze);

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

    • Use headlights at all times to increase your visibility;

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

    • Look down the road for potential hazards;

    • Be observant;

    • Brake early;

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

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

    • Be aware of all emergency vehicles: police, fire, ambulances, town trucks, and maintenance vehicles.

If you drive off the roadway and are stuck in a snowbank or ditch, stay in your vehicle, activate your emergency flashers, 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 the 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 exhaust pipes can cause physical injury or death due to inhalation of carbon monoxide.

If you should become stranded on the Thruway or any roadway, know your location by being aware of your direction and mile post marker when applicable. This will help emergency personnel reach your location as quickly 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.

Monday, March 13, 2017 at 10:07 am
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, news, weather, Bennington, Sheldon, Wethersfield, Attica.

As of this posting, NYSEG and National Grid report a combined total of approximately 25 to 30 customers are still without power.

According to their respective websites, the towns of Bennington, Sheldon, Wethersfield, and Attica are affected. 

While NYSEG is not showing an estimated time of restoration, National Grid anticipates electrical services to be restored around 10:45 a.m..

Monday, March 13, 2017 at 9:41 am
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, news, announcements, Business, education, Perry.

A message from the Perry Central School District (PCSD): 

We would like to make our local business owners and community members aware that the Perry Central School District is not soliciting funds in support of PCSD through the All American T-shirt Company. 

Its representatives worked with the district Friday to end the solicitations.

We have asked that if businesses did purchase advertising, that any payments already made be refunded. All American T-shirt agreed to do so and we thank them for working with us to correct this situation.

We greatly appreciate the support of our local businesses and community members and apologize for the confusion. 

In instances that the District is engaged in fundraising efforts, we will inform you directly. Should you receive any calls soliciting your support in the future, you can contact the district Business Office at (585) 237-0270, ext. 1001, to verify the validity of the efforts before giving any information to the caller.

Friday, March 10, 2017 at 7:12 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, weather, news, Bennington, announcements.

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Photo from Bennington Fire Company.

A message from Bennington Fire Company, Clinton Street (Route 354), Bennington, as seen on their Facebook page:

"Our little helpers have been working hard and dinner is ready! Come on in, warm up and enjoy a hot meal. We will be here until 10 p.m.."

Friday, March 10, 2017 at 6:53 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, events, Agri-Palooza, Business, agribusiness, Castile.

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Press release (file photo).

The seventh annual Agri-Palooza 2017 will be held at Southview Farms, 5073 Upper Reservation Road, Castile. It is sponsored by Wyoming County Chamber & Tourism and the Wyoming County Farm Bureau and highlights agriculture in Wyoming County. The public is invited to discover, experience, and enjoy farming and all that it entails by spending the day on a working farm. 

The free event will be held from noon to 4 p.m. on Sunday, June 4.

Southview Farms got its start in 1940 when James VanArsdale III  purchased a small farm in Castile. Today, it has become one of Wyoming County’s leading dairy producers. 

In 1964, Dick Popp joined the operation as a partner. Following his death in 1997, current General Manager John Noble joined the business. Jamie VanArsdale IV along with his wife, Margaret, continue to live and work on site. 

Cows are milked three times a day at two locations by the 47 employees.. In addition to taking care of more than 2,000 cows and 1,600 young stock, they harvest more than 3,100 acres of corn, alfalfa and wheat.

Agri-Palooza features educational displays, farm tours, and children’s games and activities. Attendees will also see the variety of Wyoming County products on both display and for purchase. 

For more information and updates follow Agri-Palooza on Facebook.

The Wyoming County Chamber & Tourism is the leading membership organization for local and regional growth, advocacy, and connection for Wyoming County’s business community. Its mission is to serve the members and community; promote and grow the area’s economic and tourism assets; and work collaboratively to create an environment that leads to the success and economic prosperity of Wyoming County. 

For more information or to become a member call (585) 786-0307 or visit  www.wycochamber.org

Friday, March 10, 2017 at 6:32 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, crime, news, Warsaw, Perry, Gainesville.

Jeremiah J. Cieszynski, 50, of Warsaw, was arrested March 9 on a warrant out of Cattaraugus County for failure to pay support. He is being held at the Cattaraugus County Jail, Little Valley.

Benishio C. Coger, 21, of Albion, was charged March 9 with criminal contempt in the second degree. Perry Police report Coger was found at the home of a female acquaintance who has an order of protection barring him from having contact with her. Police allegedly found him at the residence by Wyoming County Probation when they were checking on a probationer and assisted in the investigation. Coger was put in Wyoming County Jail in lieu of $2,000 cash bail. He is due in court at a later date.

Debra A. Gross, 52, of Gainesville, was charged March 9 with aggravated unlicensed operator of a motor vehicle in the third degree, unlicensed operator, and inadequate plate lamp. Perry Police say Gross was stopped on Covington Street, Perry, following a license check which determined her driver’s license was suspended. She is due in Perry Village Court March 14.

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