Thursday, December 4, 2014 at 11:35 pm
posted by Howard Owens in accident, Bennington.

One person died tonight in a three-vehicle accident in Bennington on Route 354.

State Police say a vehicle veered into oncoming traffic. That vehicle hit the rear of a trailer that was pulling a combine. It was in the westbound lane. After striking the combine, the car continued into the eastbound lane and hit another car head on.

The first driver succumbed to injuries, according to State Police. An adult and child were injured in the eastbound car. The adult was transported by Mercy Flight to ECMC and the child was transported by ground ambulance to Women & Children's Hospital of Buffalo.

They are both in serious condition, police say.

The driver of the trailer was uninjured. 

UPDATE  9:15 a.m. Dec. 5: Cheryl A. Krull, 66, of Varysburg, was pronounced dead at a fatal three-vehicle accident Thursday night in the Town of Bennington. According to a New York State Police (NYSP) report, Krull was driving a 2013 Chevrolet Equinox westbound on State Route 354 when it struck a John Deere 7720 combine that was also traveling west. Krull allegedly crossed into the eastbound lane after hitting the combine, and was struck in the driver’s side by a pickup truck traveling east. Jason M. Dressel, 43, of Attica, the driver of the pickup truck, was transported to Erie County Medical Center via Mercy Flight where he is currently listed in critical condition. Dressel’s 11-year-old son was a passenger in his truck and was transported to Women & Children’s Hospital, Buffalo, for observation. The operator of the combine was uninjured. The NYSP Accident Reconstruction Unit as well as the Bureau of Criminal Investigation (BCI) investigators responded to the scene and the cause of the accident remains under investigation.

Thursday, December 4, 2014 at 7:46 am
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, announcement, Attica.

Ursula Maillet, of Attica, is expected to graduate this month from the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford with a Bachelor of Science degree in psychology.

Maillet is one of 73 students who will be honored at a reception for December graduates at 2:30 p.m. Sunday in the Mukaiyama University Room in the Frame-Westerberg Commons on campus.

Thursday, December 4, 2014 at 7:43 am
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, Warsaw, event.



Candy, sugar, frosting, and of course, gingerbread was used to make these creative houses at the Warsaw Public Library and will be on display until Dec. 13. 

From: The Gingerbread Man (in part)

“I’m making a gingerbread house,
With a gingerbread floor and a gingerbread door,
Gingerbread stairs and gingerbread chairs,
A gingerbread toy for my gingerbread boy.” 

Read the complete story here:





Wednesday, December 3, 2014 at 10:13 am
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, crime, Portageville, Warsaw.

Matthew Lates, 21, of Portageville, was charged with driving while intoxicated, aggravated unlicensed operator in the third-degree, leaving the scene of an injury accident, and several other vehicle and traffic violations. New York State Police allege Lates was involved in a vehicle accident on County Route 23 in the Town of Hume. Lates is due in the Town of Hume Court on Dec. 18.

Richard A. MacDonald, 38, of Rochester, was charged with one count of the following: failure to keep right, no turn signal, failure to use designated lane, speed in zone, disobeying a traffic control device, unsafe passing, driving left of the roadway markings (no passing zone), failure to submit to a breath test, and driving while intoxicated. MacDonald was stopped by Lt. Ed Till, of the Wyoming County Sheriff’s Department, for allegedly driving in an erratic manner and allegedly passing vehicles on State Route 19 in the Village of Warsaw in a no passing zone. One of the vehicles MacDonald allegedly passed was Lt. Till’s unmarked patrol vehicle. MacDonald was stopped and given a roadside interview and a field sobriety test, which he allegedly failed. MacDonald was taken to the Wyoming County Sheriff’s office where he allegedly refused a breath test. MacDonald was committed to the Wyoming County Jail in lieu of $1,000 cash bail or $2,000 bond. MacDonald is due in the Village of Warsaw Court. Dec. 8. A refusal hearing was also set for later this month in the Town of Batavia. Assisting at the scene was the Warsaw Police Department and Ott’s Collision.

Tuesday, December 2, 2014 at 12:00 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, education, Business, Warsaw, Arcade.

Press release:

Genesee Community College (GCC) invites visitors from throughout the GLOW (Genesee, Livingston, Orleans, Wyoming counties) region to come see why GCC is more than people expect. All campus locations will host an Open House, Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon.

Prospective students of all ages are welcome to take a fresh look at GCC by visiting the main campus in Batavia or any of the six campus centers during the academic Open House. GCC's seven campus locations include:


Batavia Campus (Main Campus) -- One College Road.  (585) 343-0055


Dansville Campus -- 31 Clara Barton St. (585) 335-7820 * Includes "Winter in the Village" events through 7 p.m..

Lima Campus -- 7285 Gale Road (Route 15A) (585) 582-1226


Albion Campus -- 456 West Ave. (585) 589-4936

Medina Campus -- 11470 Maple Ridge Road.  (585) 798-1688


Arcade Campus -- 25 Edward St. (585) 492-5265

Warsaw Campus -- 115 Linwood Ave. (585) 786-3010

These Open Houses will provide a summary of what GCC has to offer academically for degree-seeking and transfer students, as well as provide assistance with the application and financial aid processes. Those interested in attending an Open House are asked to register online at

Open House also offers the perfect opportunity to enroll in classes for the Spring 2015 semester, which starts Jan. 12. Students can take classes part-time, full-time, online or at any of the seven campus locations. This provides the flexibility needed by adult students who are often managing multiple schedules of jobs and/or family care.

For more information, contact Marketing Communications Associate Director Donna Rae Sutherland at (585) 343-0055 ext. 6616, or via email:

Tuesday, December 2, 2014 at 9:59 am
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, crime, Attica, Warsaw.

Steven M. Geyer, 21, of Attica, allegedly gave Attica Police officers a false name when he was stopped for a no plate lamps violation. Geyer has allegedly been wanted by the City of Rochester since December 2013 for unlawful use of a motor vehicle. Geyer was arraigned in Attica Village Court where he was committed to the Wyoming County Jail in lieu of $15,000 cash bail or $30,000 bond. Geyer is due Dec. 8 in the Attica Court.

Dennis J. Urf, 55, of Warsaw, was charged with one count of criminal mischief with intent to damage property, one count of disorderly conduct and on count of criminal nuisance in the second-degree. Urf was remanded to the Wyoming County Jail. No further information is available at this time.

Timothy E. Pfarner, 23, of Sheldon, is being held in the Wyoming County Jail without bail on an active warrant for violation of probation. Pfarner is due in court at the next session of county court.

Alex J. Stockschlaeder, 26, of Attica, is being held in the Wyoming County Jail without bail on an active warrant for violation of probation. Stockschlaeder is due in the Village of Attica court next week.

Tuesday, December 2, 2014 at 9:45 am
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, weather.

Press release:

The National Weather Service in Buffalo has issued a winter weather advisory for Wyoming County. Freezing rain, snow and sleet is expected from 3  to 11 p.m. today. 

Snow accumulation is expected to be an inch or less with ice accumulations of less than one-half an inch. A light coating of snow followed by some sleet and freezing rain will make for slippery travel later this afternoon and evening.

Monday, December 1, 2014 at 9:40 pm
posted by Howard Owens in Attica.

The 18-year-old resident of Attica, Dominic Maksymik, who died Sunday night after his vehicle crossed the centerline on Route 98 in Bennington, was a student in Batavia, part of the BOCES culinary arts program.

From the 13WHAM story:

Ask anyone who knew him, Maksymik was a driven young man who had a passion for cooking. 

"Like many students who come to BOCES, it gave him a way to express himself," explained Chef Nathan Koscielski, Maksymik's culinary teacher at the Genesee Valley Educational Partnership in Batavia. "Dom just loved cooking that was one of the great things about him. It didn't matter what we were cooking, he was going to be passionate about it. If we were making mashed potatoes, it was going to be the best mashed potatoes he could make." 

Maksymik's ambition to be the best chef showed in his work. Koscielski credits Maksymik's abilities to helping their culinary school win the American Culinary Federation Culinary Cup for the last two years. They beat out other BOCES programs and area colleges.

13WHAM is an official news partner of the Wyoming County Free Press.

Previously on The Batavian

Monday, December 1, 2014 at 8:39 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, Arcade, Bliss, Perry, Attica, Business.

Images from Wyoming County Chamber of Commerce members on Shop Local Saturday.




Cottrill's Pharmacy and Gifts, Main Street, Arcade.





Dome's Country Market, Route 39, Bliss.



Hohein's Maple, Attica Gulf Road, Attica.





Stonewall Craftique, Lake Street, Perry.

Monday, December 1, 2014 at 8:26 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, Java, Sheldon, fire.

The Wyoming County office of Emergency Services reported two fires over the holiday weekend.

A homeowner soldering heat pipes with a torch is the cause of a five-alarm fire late Friday morning on Pee Dee Road in the Town of Java. While the owner was repairing heat pipes, the floor joists caught on fire. North Java, Bliss, Arcade, Chaffee, and Sardinia fire departments had the blaze under control, without injury, in an hour-and-one-half under the direction of Fire Chief in Charge Doug George. George is North Java Fire Department’s fire chief. Also assisting at the scene was Wyoming County Emergency Services. The Pike Fire Department was on stand by. The damages are estimated at $5,000.


An unattended pot of grease left on a kitchen stove is the cause of a blaze at a Thomas Road home in the Town of Sheldon early Sunday evening. The grease caught fire, subsequently starting an adjacent wall on fire, resulting in $20,000 worth of damages to the home. Fire Companies Varysburg, North Java, Harris Corners, Sheldon, and Alexander had the blaze under control, without injury, in two hours. Varysburg Fire Chief Adam Vetter was the fire chief in charge at the scene. Attica and Wales Center fire companies were on stand by at empty fire stations.

Monday, December 1, 2014 at 8:07 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, library, Warsaw.

Press release:

Electronic devices have become a bigger part of peoples lives all the time. It is easy to wonder how much and what electronic resources should be a part of a digital diet. Warsaw Public Library Children’s Library Assistant Mary Conable will present a story time for preschool children using an iPad at 6:30 p.m. Dec. 30 at the library, Main Street. Answers to questions like, how much time should children spend with devices and where does one go to find the best apps, will be touched upon that evening. The story time event will also give you a chance to see some of the apps that will be available at the library.

“If you choose how you use devices like the iPad carefully, technology can help you read, sing, talk, and play more with your children,” Conable said. “The library has added an iPad to the children’s area hoping to help families learn how technology can enrich family time.”

The iPad is one of 19 distributed throughout the four-county Pioneer Library System. A training session held in Canandaigua earlier this year highlighted the work of librarians throughout the country who are researching the best uses of technology for library patrons.

The evening will culminate with the dropping of a New Year’s eve ball from the balcony of the library.

“In the spirit of fun,” library officials said. “You are invited to wear your pajamas to this story time.”

For more information contact Mary Conable at or via phone at 585-786-5650 or check out the Web site at

Monday, December 1, 2014 at 7:38 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, State Police, crime.

Press release:

The New York State Police (NYSP) issued 11,198 tickets during the Thanksgiving holiday traffic enforcement weekend.

Regular patrols statewide were supplemented during the campaign to focus on speed enforcement, impaired driving, underage drinking, and distracted driving. The effort incorporated fixed sobriety checkpoints, and underage drinker and the Operation Hang Up initiatives. Operation Hang Up targets distracted drivers by using Concealed Identity Traffic Enforcement (CITE) patrol vehicles to better locate drivers talking or texting on hand-held devices. These unmarked vehicles blend in with everyday traffic yet are unmistakable as emergency vehicles once the emergency lighting is activated.

Troopers were also on the lookout for those not properly buckled up or violating the Move Over law.

There were a total of 4,237 tickets issued for speeding, 565 for distracted driving, 172 driving while intoxicated tickets issued, 138 for the Move Over law.

Monday, December 1, 2014 at 7:33 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, weather, Business.

With November’s storm firmly in the books, Wyoming County officials are looking to receive funding.

“We are in the process of working with the towns and villages to get their damage assessments for the storm response,” said Anthony Santoro, county director of Fire and Emergency Management. “We are also collecting information from agricultural, business and home owners to get the type of damages that are out there so that we can report to the state.”

The county has to provide the state with the numbers from all those impacted by the storm. After all the counties in the state report their damages, the local government will be informed if federal or state assistance is available.

Monday, December 1, 2014 at 11:55 am
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, Castile, event.



Children leaned shyly into their parents with wide-eyed anticipation of Old Saint Nick. With childlike wonderment, the Castile community kicked off the holiday season with a little Christmas spirit at the Wolf Creek Community Center.









Monday, December 1, 2014 at 10:58 am
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, crime, Covington.

Chad M. Cleveland, 23, of Hornell, was charged with driving while intoxicated, driving was a BAC of .08 percent or higher, speeding, uninspected motor vehicle, and unlawful possession of marijuana. Cleveland was stopped for allegedly traveling 77 mph in a 55 mph zone on State Route 63 in the Town of Covington. During the traffic stop, Cleveland was found to have been allegedly drinking and in possession of marijuana and marijuana paraphernalia. Cleveland was given a field sobriety test at which time a breath test allegedly showed Cleveland’s BAC at .08 percent. Cleveland was released to a third party and is due Dec. 15 in the Town of Covington Court.

Monday, December 1, 2014 at 10:49 am
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, crime, Bennington.

The Wyoming County Sheriff’s Department is investigating a car crash that took the life of an Attica man Saturday evening. Sergeant Colin Reagan, Deputy Mandi Jorgensen and Deputy Katherine George responded to an accident on Route 98 in the Town of Bennington. Dominic I. Maksymik, 18, was northbound on Route 98 when he allegedly crossed into the oncoming lane and struck a tractor-trailer that was driving south. Maksymik was pronounced dead at the scene.

A female passenger in Maksymik’s vehicle was transported to Erie County Medical Center via Mercy Flight in critical condition. The tractor-trailer driver was treated at the scene and released. Assisting at the scene was Sheriff Gregory Rudolph, Undersheriff David Linder, Captain Steven Stenson, Sergeant Daniel Hummel, Investigator Aaron Anderson, Forensic Technician Steven Miller, and Deputy Daniel Kemp. Varysburg and Attica fire departments along with the State Police also assisted.

Monday, December 1, 2014 at 9:23 am
posted by Howard Owens in polls.

New York Times: Old Tactic Gets New Use: Public Schools Separate Girls and Boys

NOTE: New policy on poll questions: Some mornings it's very hard to come up with a poll question. I can spend an inordinate amount of time trying to find a topic that works for a question.  I'm going to stop doing that. If a poll question doesn't suggest itself easily, I'm not going to spend time searching high and low for an idea.  That means we will no longer have polls every week day.

Sunday, November 30, 2014 at 1:56 pm
posted by Billie Owens in fire, Varysburg.

A kitchen fire is reported in the residence at 1942 Thomas Road in the Town of Varysburg. Varysburg Fire Department is responding, along with mutual aid from Alexander including its Fast Team.

UPDATE 2:12 p.m.: Command reports fire is out. Alexander can continue to the scene, non-emergency mode.

UPDATE 2:29 p.m.: Alexander is returning to service.

Friday, November 28, 2014 at 7:28 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, Business, event, Warsaw.

The Warsaw Chamber of Commerce presents Holiday Moonlight Magic from 4 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 4.

Schedule of events:

4 to 8 p.m. 

    • Visit the Gingerbread Man at Valley Computers. Handmade creations by Reed's Beads and Crocheted Creations, TailAwaggin K9 Creations and Barn Star Primitives will be available for sale.

    • Artwork from Mudpie's and Milestones and the YMCA  and Letchworth pre-kindergarten classes, will be on display at the Spotlight Theater and the Artisan Villa.

4:30 to 7:30 p.m.

    • The United States Marine Corps Toys for Tots Drive will be in town for one evening. Drop off a new and unwrapped toy until Dec. 12 at Warsaw's Country Courier.

5 to 7 p.m.

    • Meet Mrs. Claus in the Tea Room at the Artisan Villa for cookies and hot cocoa.

5 to 7:30 p.m. 

    • Taste your way through Downtown Warsaw and vote for your favorite chili in the Chili Tasting Contest.

5 to 8 p.m.

    • Make-and-Take Craft by the Girl Scouts for children ages 5 to 12 at Gemstone Insurance.

    • Enjoy s'mores at the Warm Up Fire at Liberty Way.

    • Yummie's has holiday flavors of homemade ice cream on sale.

5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

    • Hay wagon rides at the Spotlight Theater. Hot cocoa and cookies provided by the Warsaw Penny Saver.

5:30 to 8 p.m.

    • The Spotlight Theater will be collecting non-perishable food items for the Warsaw Food Pantry.

6 p.m.

    • Enjoy caroling by the Bicentennial Singers and the Warsaw Barbershop Chorus throughout the evening.

6 to 7:30 p.m.

    • Santa meet-and-greet at the Spotlight Theater.

6:30 p.m.

    • A Cutest Elf Contest will be held for all ages at Zeches Brand Source.

7 and 7:30 p.m.

    • The Grinch will be at the Warsaw Public Library for a reading of How The Grinch Stole Christmas."

8 p.m.

    • Lighting of the monument with Santa and the Warsaw Fire Department and friends.

All Day

    • Gingerbread House Contest entries will be on display from Dec. 1-13 at the Warsaw Public Library.

    • Jewelry event at Envision Salon and Spa.

Shop Warsaw for the holidays from Nov. 29 to Dec. 5 and you can be the lucky winner of a holiday gift basket provided by the Greater Warsaw Chamber of Commerce Moonlight Magic participants, according to chamber officials.

For more information visit




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