Friday, October 24, 2014 at 5:25 pm

An apparent heroin overdose has Wyoming County Emergency Medical Services using intranasal naloxone for the first time. 

According to the Attic Police Department, the Attica Fire Department was dispatched to 17 Exchange St., Apt. #2, Attica, for a reported heroin overdose Thursday evening. Attica Police officer Stephanie Previty responded and found a 24-year-old Attica resident, unresponsive and in cardiac arrest. Officer Previty administered CPR until the Attica Fire Department EMS personnel arrived on scene. Department personnel verified the overdose and administered a new protocol of intranasal naloxone.

Intranasal naloxone is a new medical option in the community overdose prevention program. It is used as a proactive response to heroin and other opiate drug overdoses that typically result in lethal outcomes. This is the first use of the drug in Wyoming County since the inception of the program.

The victim was revived and conscious while being transported to Wyoming County Community Hospital after the substance was administered. The victim is currently recovering with an anticipation of a complete recovery.

The program is sponsored by New York State Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman. Attica Fire Department EMS personnel, under the direction of Fire Chief Terry Snyder and EMS Captain Ann Lapp, were recently trained and certified under the direction of Wyoming County Medical Director Dr. Gregory Collins to carry and dispense this life-saving protocol. Without the direct intervention of officer Previty and the administration of the intranasal naloxone the victim may not have had a positive outcome.

The Attica Police Department was recently awarded a grant of $1,686 for costs associated in implementing the intranasal naloxone program by the State Attorney General’s Office. All officers of the Attica Police Department were trained in carrying and administering intranasal naloxone last week, and are currently awaiting final approval from Dr. Collins to begin the program.

The overdose is being investigated by the Attica Police Department. Anyone having information can contact the Attica Police, 585-591-0881.

Friday, October 24, 2014 at 2:49 pm
posted by Billie Owens in hunting, Sports, Warsaw.

The Warsaw Town Clerk's Office will be open on Saturday Nov. 1 from 9 a.m. until noon to issue leftover doe permits. The Clerk's Office is located at 83 Center St. in Warsaw. The location of the permits will not be available until that day. The Clerk's Office phone is 585-786-2800, ext. 1, or e-mail

Friday, October 24, 2014 at 1:49 pm

Press release:

Genesee Community College recently received notice from Empire State Development that the College's Start-Up New York Plan has been fully approved. GCC's plan is part of the statewide initiative introduced last year by Governor Andrew Cuomo to encourage potential development on or within one mile of each of the State University of New York's (SUNY) 64 campuses by offering tax-free status to both the company and new employees for up to 10 years.

"The creation of new jobs while not hurting existing businesses is the central objective of Start-Up NY," said William Emm, GCC's executive vice president for Planning and Institutional Effectiveness. "For GCC, program opportunities that support the College's mission can exist at or near the Batavia Campus in Genesee County, but also at or near the College's campus centers in Livingston, Orleans and Wyoming counties."

Each SUNY institution can designate up to 200,000 square feet of off-campus space in addition to available space on-campus for Start-Up New York projects that create new jobs associated with the academic curriculum offered by the connected campus.

With ESD approval, GCC can now accept business applications for Start-Up New York proposals. Each application must also include a Related Persons Report and a Competition Analysis to help ensure the business entity and proposal are new opportunities in New York State and do not compete against existing businesses.

To review the online Start-Up New York application, go to:

For general information about Start-Up NY go to:

All Start-Up NY proposals presented to Genesee Community College will be reviewed by the College administration and the Board of Trustees. Among the potential business types identified as appropriate for a Start-Up New York proposal with GCC are agricultural research, rural energy development, private protection or security services and advanced manufacturing. GCC will not consider industries or businesses that do not meet the Start-Up New York requirements including companies working in finance, business administration, support services, retail or food services.

Friday, October 24, 2014 at 11:44 am
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, Warsaw, Castile, drugs, crime.

A Castile couple faces several charges following an arrest for a violation of probation. Jordan McMurtry was charged with violation of probation and aggravated unlicensed operation in the second-degree. Kris Ruda was charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance in the seventh-degree and possession of a hypodermic instrument. 

Deputies were attempting to execute a violation of probation warrant at the home of McMurtry when she, and passenger Ruda, arrived at her residence. A driver’s license check indicated that McMurtry had five active suspension on her New York State license. She is currently being held in the Wyoming County Jail without bail.

Ruda, who was also on probation, was found to be in possession of eight bags of heroin, an open and used syringe, two used bags of heroin, and six unused syringes. He was taken to Wyoming County Jail without bail.

McMurtry and Ruda will appear in Wyoming County Court at a later date.

Wyoming County Probation and NYSP K-9 Harris with handler trooper Jay Hoy assisted at the scene.

Friday, October 24, 2014 at 11:27 am
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, American Legion, Strykersville.


The Six Star American Legion Post #637 held its annual tool raffle Saturday at the Strykersville Fire Department, Minkel Road, Strykersville. The raffle is the Post's largest fund raiser of the year.



Friday, October 24, 2014 at 11:23 am
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, road construction, Warsaw.



Construction continues on a portion of Route 20A in Warsaw. For most of the Summer, traffic has been diverted to secondary roads in Warsaw and parts of Wyoming County to allow replacement of culverts. The project is nearing completion, with a possible ending date of January 2015.




Friday, October 24, 2014 at 11:14 am
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, Arcade, Wyoming County Chamber, Business.



The Wyoming County Chamber and Tourism, along with friends and family, gathered at the Main Street Winery in Arcade to for a ribbon-cutting ceremony to officially open the business. The Winery is located at 249 Main St., directly behind Main Street Wines and Supplies. Owners Ken and Sue Kibler purchased the store in August 2013.

“Our goal is total customer satisfaction,” Ken said. “Stop in and say hello as we are always glad to chat about wine and beer making. We love the challenge of doing something different and something special.”

Business hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Tuesday through Friday, and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. The Winery offers wine-making classes at 6 p.m. Wednesdays. 











Friday, October 24, 2014 at 11:00 am
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, Warsaw, crime, DA's Office.

Heather Castrechino, 38, of Warsaw, pled guilty to criminal sexual act in the first-degree, a Class B felony.

According to the District Attorney’s office, sentencing was adjourned to Nov. 20, and Castrechino remains in the Wyoming County Jail without bail. Under the terms of a plea agreement, she will be sentenced to 25 years in a New York State prison and 25 years of post release supervision. As part of her plea agreement, Castrechino admitted that she engaged in oral sexual conduct with a child under the age of four.

Castrechino was charged on Oct. 7 with predatory sexual assault against a child. Already registered as a level-three sex offender for rape in the third degree in Livingston County, she had previously served two to four years in a New York State prison for that conviction.

“Ms. Castrechino is now a two-time convicted sex offender who will be kept far away from any child for the next 25 years. Warsaw Police Chief Peter Hoffemeister did an outstanding job bringing us a solid case against this sexual predator,” said District Attorney Donald G. O’Geen.

Thursday, October 23, 2014 at 9:31 am
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, Ridin' Shotgun, Arcade.


I have a fascination with clouds and always found them intriguing. I remember as a kid, now too, I would ly in the grass in the park for hours and see how many pictures I could see in the clouds.

I was ridin' shotgun somewhere in Arcade on Route 98.

Thursday, October 23, 2014 at 8:46 am
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, Perry Public Library, Village of Perry.

An issue that seemingly divided a community was laid to rest Wednesday night at the Village of Perry Planning Board meeting, held at the Fireman’s Building at the Perry Village Park. The board had already approved a 10-spot parking lot adjacent to the Perry Public Library, however, the Library Board proposed a variation to include four additional spaces. The proposed variation was shot down in a three to two vote.

Our previous coverage:

Thursday, October 23, 2014 at 8:24 am

Kijana Funderburk, of Attica, pled guilty to attempted promoting prison contraband in the first-degree. The case is adjourned to Nov. 19 for sentencing.

Lateek Newton, of Attica, pled guilty to attempted promoting prison contraband in the first-degree. The case is adjourned to Nov. 19 for sentencing.

James French, of Attica, pleased guilty to attempted to promoting prison contraband in the first-degree. The case is adjourned to Nov. 19 for sentencing.

Joseph Harden, of Attica, was sentenced on the conviction of burglary in the second-degree, to three-and-one-half years to prison with five years post-release supervision. Harden is also ordered to pay restitution.

Allen Shirland, of Attica, pled not guilty on the indictment for promoting prison contraband in the first-degree. The case is adjourned to Dec. 17.

Joshua McCarthy, of Perry, pled guilty to attempted aggravated assault on a police officer or peace officer, menacing a police or peace officer, and aggravated criminal contempt, all Class D felonies. The case is adjourned to Dec. 4 for sentencing.

Kevin Haynes, of Arcade, was sentenced for first-degree criminal contempt, a Class E felony, to five years probation to run concurrently. A stay-away order of protection was served, too. Haynes was also convicted of offering a false instrument for filing in the first-degree, a Class E felony, and will be on five years probation, concurrent to other sentence. He is also to pay  $3,448.00 in restitution.

Ian Fitch, of Arcade, was sentenced on the conviction of driving while intoxicated, as a Class E felony, to one year in jail followed by a three-year conditional discharge. A fine of $1,500 is to be paid, driver’s license is revoked, and he is required to install an ignition interlock device in his vehicle.

Richard Trathen, of Arcade, was arraigned on the violation of probation. Trathen was released to the probation department until sentencing on Nov. 6.

Thursday, October 23, 2014 at 8:03 am
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, Warsaw, Portageville, military, Milestones.

Press release:

Major General Patrick A. Murphy, The Adjutant General for the State of New York, announces the promotion of members of the New York Army National Guard in recognition of their capability for additional responsibility and leadership.

Harry Lambright, of Warsaw, serving with the Headquarters and Headquarters Troop, 2-101 Cavalry (Reconnaissance, Surveillance and Target Acquisition), is promoted to the rank of Specialist.

Calley Leitten, of Warsaw, serving with the 27th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, is promoted to the rank of Pvt. First Class.

Erik Makowski, of Portageville, serving with the 152nd Engineer Support Company, is promoted to the rank of Private.

Army National Guard promotions are based on overall performance, attitude, leadership ability, and development potential.

These promotions additionally recognize the best qualified Soldiers and attract and retain the highest caliber Citizen Soldiers for a career in the New York Army National Guard.

For more information about the New York Army National Guard, visit or

Thursday, October 23, 2014 at 7:57 am
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, Perry, education, SUNY, Milestones.

Press release:

Charity Baker, of Perry, was awarded the Mildred Pierce Wark ‘26 Memorial Scholarship. Baker, a student at the State University of New York at Potsdam, is majoring in Childhood/Early Childhood Education.

The State University of New York at Potsdam has awarded scholarships, grants and awards to 998 students for the 2014-15 academic year. These accomplished SUNY Potsdam undergraduate and graduate students were recognized for their achievements with support for their educational experience.

Last year, SUNY Potsdam awarded more than $2.6 million in scholarships to 1,067 students, including $821,000 from donor-funded scholarships through the Potsdam College Foundation. For more information about how donors impact the SUNY Potsdam student experience, visit

SUNY Potsdam offers financial aid to more than 80 percent of students, in the form of federal and state aid, as well as scholarships. For more information, visit

About SUNY Potsdam:

Founded in 1816, and located on the outskirts of the beautiful Adirondack Park, The State University of New York at Potsdam is one of America's first 50 colleges. SUNY Potsdam currently enrolls approximately 4,350 undergraduate and graduate students. Home to the world-renowned Crane School of Music, SUNY Potsdam is known for its handcrafted education, challenging liberal arts and sciences core, excellence in teacher training and leadership in the performing and visual arts. To learn more, visit

Wednesday, October 22, 2014 at 1:59 pm
posted by Billie Owens in agriculture, Business, broughton.

Press release:

SYRACUSE, N.Y. – Dairy Farmers of America, Inc. (DFA,) recognized Broughton Farm Operations, LLC, of Silver Springs, for their significant achievement in milk quality management during DFA’s Leadership Conference Banquet on Oct. 14. Located in Wyoming County, the dairy is owned and operated by Colin and Kelly Broughton and is one of only nine farms to be recognized for this achievement in the Northeast area.

DFA’s Milk Quality Management Program recognizes members whose herds produce outstanding raw milk. Each month, milk samples from every DFA member farm are tested and rated, based on strict industry criteria including the following: a somatic cell count (SCC) of 300,000 or less; a standard plate count of 10,000 or less; and no added water or growth inhibitors. The program includes all DFA members and member cooperatives from across the Northeast.

Nearly a century old, the farm spans five generations and focuses on training staff and working as a team.

“Farming is our life – we take pride in being good at our life’s work,” says Kelly Broughton.

DFA is a national milk marketing and service cooperative owned by and focused on nearly 16,000 dairy farmer members in 48 states. The cooperative’s core business is to market members’ milk, pay them a competitive price, deliver value and be a leader in the industry.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014 at 10:56 am
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, crime, Castile, Strykersville, Sheldon.

Alex Drake, 20, and Rachael Sickles, 20, both of Castile, were charged with harassment in the second-degree. Sickles allegedly punched Drake and Drake hit Sickles in the face with a set of keys. They are both due in Wyoming County Court at a later date. Additionally, Drake was taken into custody on a Wyoming County Superior Court Warrant for violation of probation. Drake is being held in the Wyoming County Jail, pending arraignment.

Kevin M. Walsh, 60, of Alden, was charged with failure to keep right, unsafe lane change and driving with a BAC of .08 percent or higher. Deputy Tisdale responded to Strykersville for a report of a car into the ditch. After an investigation, it was noted that Walsh was allegedly driving while intoxicated. Walsh is due in court in November.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014 at 10:36 am



Preschoolers jumped into reading with Jumpstart's Read for the Record on Tuesday at the Warsaw Public Library.

Jumpstart's premiere national campaign, Read for the Record, mobilized millions of children and adults to celebrate literacy by participating in the largest shared reading experience. Children in Warsaw, and around the country, read "Bunny Cakes," a comical story of sibling bonding and birthday shenanigans, by Rosemary Wells.




Wednesday, October 22, 2014 at 10:16 am
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, Portageville, Portageville Chapel, Warsaw.


The entrance to a chapel often states "All are welcome," not so much by the wording, but by the entrance to the building itself. Ed Hulme General Contractor’s, Warsaw, continue their work on the Portageville Chapel Tuesday, prepping the ground for the entryway restoration, returning it to its historic glory. The property has been determined to have historic and architectural significance and is listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

The Greek Revival-style building was built in 1841, with nine original clear-glass Gothic windows among its most notable features. The bell tower, with elegant pilasters, is intact with its original bell. The chapel is a fine example of the one-room meetinghouses that were the center of religious and social interaction during the mid-19th Century.

The mission of the Portageville Chapel is to create private rehearsal facility that professional organists can rent for a week at a time to hone their artistry and explore the Genesee Valley in Western New York. Located at the corner of Route 19A and Pike Road, the building, once a Universalist church, was recently restored and equipped with a two-manual 1982 Schantz pipe organ and a 1915 nine-foot Knabe grand piano.

For more information visit:



Wednesday, October 22, 2014 at 9:49 am

Press release:


How do you make an engaging video with your employees on a minimal budget? Wyoming County Community Hospital (WCCH) enlisted the help of Genesee Community College student Thomas Atkinson, of Warsaw. A film and video enthusiast, Atkinson was contacted by the hospital to make a video for Breast Cancer Awareness that features hospital staff. The 21-year old volunteered his time, some 30+ hours. The Pink Glove video is now posted online at

"He gave so much more than we expected from him initially, and more than what he expected," said Marilyn Werner, a community relations consultant working with the hospital who helped organize the videotaping along with WCCH Director of Emergency Services Elizabeth Gray. Gray had done a similar video at her previous employer, Highland Hospital in Rochester.

"She put out a note to the staff here, and we were floored by the enthusiasm. Everybody just wanted to participate," Werner said.

She enlisted the choreography help of her daughter, Kristen Drilling, who's also taken classes at GCC and manages Images in Dance locations in Batavia, Perry, Brockport and Akron. Drilling directed the first scene, which features hospital administrators entering the main lobby and being greeted by people from six hospital departments all clad in pink, dancing to the Pharrell Williams' hit "Happy."

From there, the video highlights a number of different departments, 27 in all, according to Werner, who each came up with their own costumes and ideas.

"A lot of the staff actually went out and purchased pink tutus, scarves, hard hats, all of that was done by the staff," Werner said, noting that it took two days to shoot every scene.

"It was my first time on my own both shooting and editing a video," Atkinson said.

He has always enjoyed watching movies. A friend of one of his sisters has a film degree and makes videos for Spotlight Movie Theater in Warsaw. He got Thomas more interested in how a movie comes together.

"I like connecting the dots of how long it would take to make a movie, how much effort, and I really started getting interested," Atkinson said.

Making this video for the hospital was a real learning experience.

"Looking back, I'm not disappointed at all with how it came out, but I can see where I can improve myself in the future," he said.

For the "Happy" video he saved his favorite footage for the last scene in the four-and-a-half-minute piece. In it, members of the dietary department are outside the hospital cafeteria where they had chalked and spray-painted a pink ribbon on the ground. "They're having the most fun," Atkinson said. "They had pink cream pies and they pied each other in the face. I felt like they were the most happy and natural group."

Atkinson is in his second year of studies at GCC's Warsaw Campus Center. He's pursuing a General Studies degree which he hopes to complete by next summer. After that, he may transfer to a four-year school and pursue a film degree. For now, he's enjoying activities at the Warsaw Campus Center and encourages others to get involved.

"There's usually free food," he commented, knowing what attracts fellow students.

The hospital couldn't be happier with Thomas' effort.

"Oh my gosh, it's amazing," Werner said. "We're excited about it."

The hospital is using the video this month, which is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, to promote the breast-screening services it offers.

Thomas is happy, too, though after listening to the song so many times, he won't mind if he never hears it again: "I'm not a big fan of the song anymore."

Atkinson is the son of Amy Davis and has one younger sister and three older sisters.

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