Friday, September 5, 2014 at 10:08 am
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, events, Attica, Bennington.

The Bennington Volunteer Fire Company is hosting its 4th Annual Ultimate Raffle, from 6 to 10 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 27, at the Alexander Firemen's Recreation Hall, 10708 Alexander Road, Attica.

Tickets are $25 and include food and beverages. A cash bar is available for those 21 and older with proper ID. The grand prize is an 8KW Briggs and Stratton Home Generator System, installed by Petschke. Other prizes include a 50-inch LED HDTV, upright freezer, laptop computer, and many more.

For tickets, see any Bennington member, stop by the fire hall any Monday after 7 p.m., or call Chief Jim Dick at 716-523-1556.

Friday, September 5, 2014 at 9:27 am
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, Warsaw.



A pig roast, a pavilion and a few musicians jamming is what started the annual North Fork Music Fest in Warsaw. Twenty-three years later, three stages and a whole-lotta-hoot-n-nanny, the annual Music Jam continues to bring local musicians together in a venue where anyone can play or sing.

North Fork Music Park is situated on 58 of the 110 acres of land located between Wethersfield and Quarry roads, and owned by Harry and Tope Nourse. Harry, a musician himself, wanted a place where he could jam with his buddies, nothing spectacular, just a place where people of similar interests can gather and play for the joy of playing. Harry has played the guitar and steel guitar with local bands Desperado, Genesee Ramblers, and ‘various other bands’ throughout the years.

“We decided to use this space to encourage musicians to just get together,” Tope said. “It’s a way to for them to just jam and play with other musicians.”

In years past, locals who’ve played at North Fork have shared the stage with the likes of Joe Diffy, Ricky Van Shelton and Rhonda Vincent. Other events included a Hippie Fest - which Tope would like to see resurrected next year.

“So many different musicians come here and play,” Tope said. “I’d like to see more weekend music fests here.”

The Nourses allow musicians and guests to camp on their property for the whole weekend; oftentimes playing until the wee hours of the morning.

“I’ve had to tell some folks that I was turning off the lights,” Tope said.

Yet North Fork isn’t just a playground for the musically inclined. According to Tope, they get several calls throughout the year asking if their property can be used for weddings. With a pond -- that Harry dug two years ago -- as well as the surrounding woods and meadows, photographers have ample backdrops for creative wedding pictures.

“Couples who want outdoor weddings are more than welcome here,” Tope said. “We also allow the wedding party and guests to camp overnight. It gives everyone a safe place to stay.”

Tope also says that without the ‘regulars’ that come out and help with the events, they would not be possible.

“The people who come out are great,” Tope said. “We couldn’t do this without them.”








Thursday, September 4, 2014 at 5:01 pm

Press release:

Sylvatica is teaming up with Beaver Meadow Audubon Center to host an all-ages Make and Take Terrarium Workshop at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 21, at the center.

Each participant will learn how to make a terrarium, which is an artistic display of plants in an easy-to-care for, self-contained ecosystem. There will also be a discussion of the fascinating history of terrariums. Bring your own terrarium glass (bowl, dish, container, etc.) and any trinkets/findings you would like to include in your creation. All other materials will be provided. 

The event is conducted by Sara Johnson, Sylvatica Terrariums, Buffalo. 

Pre-registration is required. A small fee for the workshop does apply. To register, please call Beaver Meadow at 585-457-3228 or e-mail

The Buffalo Audubon Society is a not-for-profit 501(c)3 organization that promotes appreciation and enjoyment of the natural world through education and stewardship.

Thursday, September 4, 2014 at 4:52 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, fire, Perry.


A malfunctioning hay chopper sparked a blaze earlier today that sent one firefighter to the hospital and leveled a barn and all its contents of cow feed, as well as, a hay chopper.

According to Wyoming County Emergency Services, a hay chopper was being used to process hay for fodder when the incident occurred. Fire companies from Perry Center, Perry, Castile, Gainesville, Silver Springs, Leicester, and Perry Ambulance responded to the blaze at 3086 Route 246, Perry. Wyoming County Emergency Services and Wyoming Correctional Facility also assisted at the scene. Fire companies standing by included Warsaw, Cuylerville and Mount Morris. Perry Center Fire Chief Mike Cook was in command.

It took firefighters four-and-a-half hours to put out the fire. The estimated cost of the loss of property and feed is approximately $103,000.00.

photos by Jay Lynch



Wednesday, September 3, 2014 at 2:17 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, community, Arcade.



Road crews continue to repair Route 39 in Arcade. The harsh winter weather pock-marked the roadway, making travel a very bumpy ride.





Wednesday, September 3, 2014 at 1:43 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, crime, Attica.

New York State Police in Warsaw recently arrested and charged three New York State Corrections inmates for criminal actions which allegedly occurred while incarcerated at the Wyoming Correctional Facility in Attica.

According to State Police, Inmate Kijana M. Funderburk, 18, currently housed at Collins Correctional Facility, was found to possess an edged metal weapon in June 2014. He is serving a sentence for a dangerous weapons offense out of Erie County.

Inmate James French, 32, currently housed at Lakeview Correctional Facility, according to State Police, was found to possess an edged weapon in May 2014. He is serving a sentence for criminal sale of a controlled substance 3rd-degree.

Inmate Chris Simmons, 22, still being housed at Wyoming Correctional Facility, was found to possess an edged plastic weapon secreted on his person in June 2014, according to police records. He is serving a sentence for criminal sale of a controlled substance in the 4th-degree out of New York City.

Police records indicate all three inmates being charged with promoting prison contraband in the 1st-degree, a class D felony. All were arraigned on the charges in the Wyoming County Court before the Hon. Michael Mohun, and were later returned to the custody of the NYS Department of Corrections personnel.

Wednesday, September 3, 2014 at 1:33 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, crime, Alexander, Warsaw, Perry.
Thomas Davis

Thomas E. Davis, 39, of Warsaw, is charged with criminal mischief in the 4th-degree, a class A misdemeanor. According to New York State Police, these charges stem from the investigation into a domestic incident which occurred at a residence in Warsaw. It is alleged that Davis violated a current Family Court order of protection when he damaged the vehicle of the protected female. It is further alleged that he later sent threatening text messages to the victim. These incidents all took place in the presence of a juvenile. Davis was jailed on $1,000 bail.

Stephen Bakos, 55, of Alexander, is charged with DWI following a traffic stop on Silver Lake Road, Perry. Bakos was stopped for an alleged equipment violation. According to New York State Police, Bakos operated the vehicle while under the influence of alcohol. Bakos reportedly failed a roadside field sobriety test and was taken into custody. He is accused of refusing to provide a breath sample for analysis.Bakos was jailed on $1,000 bail. 

Carey W. Cartwright, 35, of Perry, is charged with DWI. According to New York State Police, Troopers observed a vehicle operating erratically on State Route 39, Castile, and initiated a traffic stop. Davis was asked to perform a roadside field sobriety test, and following the tests, was taken into custody. Cartwright allegedly had a BAC of .10.

Wednesday, September 3, 2014 at 10:55 am
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, Ridin' Shotgun, Strykersville.


While on my way to an assignment, I just couldn't keep myself from stopping to take a picture of this farm on Perry Road, somewhere in Strykersville.

Wednesday, September 3, 2014 at 10:19 am
posted by Howard Owens in Wyoming County Free Press.

We're pleased this morning to announce the launch of the Wyoming County Free Press, a new sister publication of The Batavian covering Wyoming County.

Just as The Batavian is all about Genesee County, the Wyoming County Free Press will be all about Wyoming County. The news will be Wyoming County news and the businesses who sponsor it will be locally or regionally owned with locations in Wyoming County.

The news will be free, just like it is on The Batavian, and we won't disrupt your news reading experience with pop-up ads, animated ads or require you to answer survey questions. (We'll also respect your privacy by not gathering personal data to distribute to multinational media conglomerates for so-called "targeted advertising.")

We will endeavor to provide wide-ranging coverage of Wyoming County so that people in Wyoming County both have a good idea of what's going on in their community, as well encourage greater community involvement and interest.

We're optimistic about this new venture. The feedback from the people in Wyoming County that we've spoken with so far has been fantastic (look at all of the local businesses that have already agreed to help support our effort).

The feedback has confirmed there is a need in Wyoming County for a news site that covers all of Wyoming County and just Wyoming County. There's no other news service meeting that need.

We're optimistic because we believe six years into The Batavian that our model of news and local business marketing is popular with readers and local business owners. The Batavian has become the most popular news source in the GLOW region and is supported now by more than 150 local businesses.

We're also heartened and encouraged to venture out by the success of Orleans Hub. Tom Rivers has done a terrific job of bringing community news to Orleans County and he and his publishing partner have been rewarded with strong support from the local business community. That helps prove there is a real hunger in all communities for online news that is timely and comprehensive.

Thank you to all the readers and sponsors in Genesee County who have supported us, making it possible to continue to grow as a business. If the Wyoming County Free Press works as well as we anticipate, it will help us do more to serve both communities better.

Please tell your friends about the Wyoming County Free Press and ask them to support our sponsors.

Meet our Wyoming County Editor - Julia Ferrini
Billie and I are excited that Julia Ferrini has agreed to be the Wyoming County Free Press's inaugural editor. She's an experienced journalist having worked for newspapers in Delaware and on the Southern Tier. You may have noticed her byline on several stories on The Batavian over the past couple of months. We've gotten great reviews of her work from the people she's covered while freelancing for us.

Julia is a mother and resident of Eagle in Wyoming County. A native of Western New York, Julia has lived in the area for 16 years since returning from Delaware.

She has worked in a few other fields over the years, but says, "While I dabbled in other career choices, I kept coming back to the one that I just can’t escape, telling the stories of a community through photographs and writing."

Julia can be reached at

Thanks to Lucie Ann Griffis for all of her hard work over the past six weeks lining up our initial sponsors for the Wyoming County Free Press. Lucie will continue to traverse Wyoming County, meeting with small business owners, as we work to build the necessary support for the Free Press to be an ongoing success. Lucie can be reached at

Of course, none of this would be possible with the always hardworking and dedicated Lisa Ace, our sales and marketing coordinator. Lisa can be reached at

Our office number is (585) 250-4118.

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Tuesday, September 2, 2014 at 12:54 pm

A farming accident Monday claimed the life of James Jaggard, of Route 19A, Gainesville. Deputy Renee Ficarella, Silver Springs Ambulance, and Medic 80 were dispatched to a 9-1-1 call of a tractor that had overturned on a man in a field off Route 19A in the Town of Gainesville.

According to Wyoming County Sheriff’s reports, Jaggard was transported to the Wyoming County Community Hospital after he was rescued. He was partially pinned underneath a John Deere tractor. The 78-year-old died a short time later from injuries sustained in the accident.

According to investigators, Jaggard was operating the John Deere tractor while towing a roller when he lost control of the vehicle while traveling down an incline.

Deputy Michael Majtyka and Lt. Edward Till assisted with the investigation.

Tuesday, September 2, 2014 at 12:29 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, restaurant, Perry.

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Nestled behind the Perry Village Garage - at 18 S. Federal St., Perry, lies The Lumber Yard. While it was an actual lumber yard at one point, by the 1970s, it was opened as a restaurant.

And it was popular from the get-go.

“It was a rockin’ place back in the 1970s when bands played on the weekends. People actually hung from the rafters to urge the band on."

So says Robin Brown, who along with his wife, Regina, became owners of eatery on Aug. 5.

They acknowlege that they are the beneficiaries of the business acumen of Kevin and Ann Bohn, the second owners, who enjoyed 32 of success before deciding to hand the reins over to others.

The Brown's experience with the restaurant dates back to the '80s. Robin began working there in 1982. Although his employment there was on again, off again type situation, he kept his hands in the business for the better part of 30 years. Regina started out as a waitress in 1999 and quickly moved up, to bartender, hostess and finally, manager.

Eventually, fate stepped in.

“I came home one day and said to Regina ‘We’re gonna buy The Lumber Yard.’ It took her two months to decide and then she said ‘Let’s do it.’ ”

“My first thought when Robin came to me with the idea -- I said to him - ‘What? Are you nuts? We’re in our 50s. He was so sure we could keep it going.”

“Keep it alive,” Robin said. “The place was so beautiful and we wanted to carry it on. Kevin wanted to retire and we wanted to keep this place alive.”

The Browns are, most certainly, "carrying on" with the family-oriented, casual/fine dining atmosphere that is The Lumber Yard's hallmark.

Currently, there are two menus -- lunch and dinner. Both are served Tuesday through Friday; dinner only is served Saturdays; brunch and dinner are served Sunday; and the restaurant is closed Mondays. (The only exception is Columbus Day weekend -- the same weekend of Letchworth’s Arts and Crafts Show; that's the only Monday when they are open.)

The menu includes steak, seafood and prime rib, along with select beer on tap and wines. The soup and salad bar open are always open.

Robin is the head chef and he boasts that "This is the place for prime rib. I make the best prime rib around."

He is proud to note that they can accommodate customer orders, such as various types of meat and veggie platters.

Nephew Brandon Brown is also a chef, as well as manager, when Robin or Regina are not there.

“It’s been great owning this place,” Regina said. "We make home-baked breads, pies, desserts. We’re getting lots of great compliments.”

Desserts include peanut butter pie, Snickers pie, cheesecakes, chocolate and white chocolate silk pies.

"I just bought peaches from a local stand," the chef said. "They are big and plump, I think I just may make peach crisps with them."

Although Western New York’s growing season is fairly short, he says he "gets as much locally as he can, but the season just doesn’t last long enough. ... I just bought these big beautiful eggplants. I use them for eggplant parmesan, in soups and also roasted for our seafood-pasta dish. I get my best thoughts as I’m driving down the road.”

When it comes to his kitchen, Robin is like a kid who just walked into the largest toy store. With rapid enthusiasm, he tells about the two mixers he recently purchased: “They are fantastic. Both are KitchenAids, which usually retail at about $400, but I got them for 30! ... I can’t wait to use them.”

Robin’s excitement about the mixers, as well as his constant thought of new dishes to serve readlily apparent.

“If you want it and we have the ingredients, we’ll make it.” Robin said. “I brought in some fresh calamari from Maine; It went over great. I make this dish, the Lumber Yard Calamari, and it’s seasoned with lemon, tomatoes, pepperoncinis, olive oil and garlic; and toss it over a bed of spring mix greens. I’m always coming up with new ides and new options. I get bored easy, so I’m always coming up with new stuff.”

But origins are not forgotten.

“Some of the older folks that come here remember when it was a lumber yard,” Regina said.

According to the Brown’s, William H. Hawley Jr., clerk of the New York State Assembly in the late 1800s, founded what became the Hawley Lumber Company, in 1901, on this site. Known locally as the Hawley Lumber Yard, it supplied goods to farmers and masons. By 1909, buildings in the red barn wood style had been erected. Fred Hawley Sr., took over the business in 1912 and ran it continuously for 61 years until his death in 1973.

The main shed, which now houses the dining hall, was build in 1923. It was designed with the wide openings at the north and south ends so that horse drawn wagons, and later trucks, could be driven in one end, loaded from the first or second floor, and driven out. The original office was in the building located near Federal Street. A new business office was added to the main shed in 1940 and now houses the rest rooms and offices. The show and other buildings which were located in the present parking area, served as saw mills, horse barns, lumber sheds, window and door manufacture, and there was even a long trolley to feed large logs through milling and planing sheds.

According to Robin, Mr. Hawley still "frequents" The Lumber Yard.

"He doesn't like spaghetti and meatballs," Regina said. "I keep putting it is POS (point of sale), but it always disappears."

The Brown’s also say Mr. Hawley's ghost can often be found in the office or the kitchen.

“We catch a glimpse of him in the shadows or get a slight chill when he is around,” Robin said.

Though the Browns worked at the restaurant for several years off and on, they didn’t actually meet until 2001 and started dating a year later. In 2013, Robin and Regina married and had their reception at, naturally, The Lumber Yard.

It's a nice place for events.

“Rehearsal dinners, baby showers, conferences,” Regina said. “We encourage them. We can have wedding receptions here. However, the restaurant will still be open for regular customers.”

They say they plan to increase their catering capabilities, but for now they bring dinners or lunches to meetings, and also cater to those on the go.

Regina takes care of the business end of operation, as well as hosts and trains new employees, prepping them for heavier holiday traffic.

It’s always best to have a reservation during the major holidays. While brunches are a huge success for Mother's and Father's days, Easter, and even Valentine's Day; they get many of their customers from Letchworth State Park and Silver Lake, making Summer their best time of the year. December is strong due to businesses holding their Christmas parties at The Lumber Yard; and New Year’s Eve dinners are also gaining in popularity.

“Two girls, they were sisters, from Buffalo, and (they) Googled ‘places to eat nearby’ when they were at Letchworth this summer,” Regina said. “They thought ours (restaurant) was just a small-town place to eat. They were amazed at the place (The Lumber Yard).”

To make reservations, call: 585-237-3160. Information and menus can be found at:

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Tuesday, September 2, 2014 at 12:12 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, crime, Eagle.

The Wyoming County Sheriff’s Department continues their investigation in the vehicle accident that claimed the life of 42-year-old Sherrie Green, of Kenmore. According to the Sheriff’s Department, on Sunday, at approximately 3:30 a.m., Deputy Kenneth Tisdale, Lt. Edward Till and Bliss Ambulance and Medic 80 responded to a 9-1-1 call of a “woman down” in the woods off Horton Road, Eagle. It was reported that the woman was breathing, however, was unresponsive and was being brought to the roadway by friends. Green was transported to Wyoming County Community Hospital, where she died a short time later.

According to the Wyoming County Sheriff’s Department, Green was a member of a group of friends who were "off-road mudding" on private property when one of the three Jeeps involved became stuck in some deep mud. All of those who were "mudding" got out of their vehicles to assist with the winching of the stuck jeep. It is believed that Green was accidentally struck by one of the vehicles at that time.

Sgt. Erik Tamol and Investigator Jason Mayer assisted at the scene.

There were no signs of foul play and no charges are anticipated at this time.

Tuesday, September 2, 2014 at 11:53 am
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, Warsaw, Middlebury, Java, crime.

Dennis R. Lloyd Jr., 32, Ellicott Street, Batavia, was charged with possession of marijuana. Lloyd was arrested following a traffic stop Saturday on Bank Street Road, Middlebury. According to Wyoming County Sheriff’s Department Sgt. Colin Reagan, Lloyd, a passenger in the vehicle, was allegedly found to possess an amount of marijuana in his left front pants pocket. Lloyd was issued an appearance ticket and is scheduled to answer the charge Sept. 29 in the Town of Middlebury Court.

Michael D. Maida, 43, of Arcade was charged with driving while intoxicated, speeding, failure to keep right, driving with a BAC of .08 or more, and unlawful possession of marijuana. According to Wyoming County Sheriff Deputy Aaron Chase, Maida was pulled over Monday on State Route 77 in the Town of Java for driving 76 mph in a 55 mph speed zone and crossing the center yellow line. Following a roadside investigation and field sobriety test, Maida was arrested and transported to the Wyoming County Sheriff’s office, where he was allegedly found to have a BAC of .08 -- New York State’s legal limit. Maida was released on his own recognizance and is scheduled to answer the charges Oct. 10 in the Town of Java Court.

Eric D. Martin, 28, of Silver Springs, was charged with driving while intoxicated, driving while ability impaired by alcohol, driving while ability impaired by a drug, driving while ability impaired by a combination of drugs and alcohol, and uninspected motor vehicle. According to Wyoming County Sheriff Deputy Aaron Chase, Martin was arrested after a traffic stop earlier today, on State Route 19 in the Village of Warsaw, that showed his vehicle inspection expired February 2014. Martin was interviewed roadside and following a field sobriety test, was placed under arrest for allegedly driving while intoxicated. Following admissions at the Wyoming County Sheriff’s Office and a breath test result of .07 percent, Martin was charged. Released on his own recognizance, Martin is scheduled to answer the charges Oct. 20 in the Village of Warsaw Court. New York State Police assisted with the investigation.

Thursday, August 28, 2014 at 7:50 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, Ridin' Shotgun, Wethersfield, Bliss.

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The first three shots are taken on my way home, while on Route 78 in Wethersfield.

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The shot above is taken while on Route 39 in Bliss -- still on my way home.

Thursday, August 28, 2014 at 6:54 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, crime, Castile.
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Jeremy P Ikeler, 35, and Astrid Ikeler, 38, both of Route 39, Castile, were indicted by the Wyoming County Grand Jury for criminally negligent homicide. According to the Wyoming County Sheriff's office, on Jan. 26 2014, Wyoming County Sheriff’s responded to an ambulance call in the town of Castile for a 15-year-old female that had a seizure and was not breathing. The child was transported to Wyoming County Community Hospital by Castile Ambulance and Medic 80 (a paramedic unit from Monroe Ambulance Service) where she was revived and then transferred to Womens & Children’s Hospital, Buffalo.

On Jan. 27, the child succumbed to her injuries and was pronounced deceased at 12:05 p.m. by hospital staff. An autopsy was conducted by the Erie County Medical Examiner’s Office and on May 2 the results came back as homicide due to medical neglect. According to the Medical Examiner, the child was not receiving proper care and medication for an existing condition. 

The Investigation continued and on Aug. 26, the case was brought in front of the Wyoming County Grand Jury. Both Jeremy and Astrid were arrested on Aug. 27 and arraigned in Wyoming County Court where they were both committed to the Wyoming County Jail in lieu of $5,000 bail. Both are scheduled to appear in county court Oct. 23 to answer the charge against them. 

Investigation by the Erie County Medical Examiner’s Office, Wyoming County District Attorney’s Office, and the Wyoming County Sheriff’s Office investigators; Lt. Till, investigators Anderson, May and Miller.

Thursday, August 28, 2014 at 5:55 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, Chris Collins, energy, Lancaster.

Press release:

Congressman Chris Collins (NY-27) today released the following remarks after holding a press conference, in Lancaster, addressing current energy policies.

“As New Yorkers struggle with some of the highest energy rates in the country, it is clear they deserve significantly better when it comes to our energy policies,” Congressman Collins said. “Due to burdensome regulations by the Cuomo Administration, Western New York has had to sit on the sidelines and watch as states with similar resources have been able to capitalize on technologies like hydraulic fracking to provide thousands of jobs and new revenue streams. It is time for Governor Cuomo to stop hiding behind continuously delayed studies and provide a definitive answer on when the people of New York can expect a decision on fracking.

“It is essential that going forward we pursue the many energy opportunities available. These include exploring hydraulic fracking, protecting of our state's coal industry, and utilizing a variety of other energy production methods. I will continue to ensure that when it comes to energy, Western New Yorkers will have every opportunity available to benefit from our state's resources."

Thursday, August 28, 2014 at 5:50 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, Assemblyman DiPietro, immigration.

Press Release


The Honorable Andrew M. Cuomo

Governor of New York State

NYS State Capitol Building

Albany, NY 12224


Governor Cuomo:


I am writing you in conjunction with Assemblyman Kieran Lalor regarding his concerns about the 3,347 illegal immigrant children who have been sent to New York.  Speaking on behalf of local officials, we were not informed that our community would have to take on this responsibility and are not prepared for the strain on our public resources.

As a staunch opponent of illegal immigration and the NY DREAM Act, I can’t help but feel this policy of housing illegal immigrants is backdoor amnesty.  It seems to be an effort to manipulate the hardworking taxpayers of New York into subsidizing lawbreaking.  If we are not funding this additional strain on our community, when should we expect the checks, equipment and resources from the federal government?  Accepting these illegal immigrants without a plan, and without telling local officials, is gross negligence.  The people of Western New York and New York as a whole deserve to know what your plan is moving forward, and we deserve to know that now.

As an elected state official I am calling on you to make public your short-term financial plan and your long-term policy initiatives.  As a former Mayor, I know how hard it is to make that budget every single year.  As an assemblyman I know that none of our budget bills accounted for this.  You owe every single New Yorker your plan. 

Will there be federal monies available for dealing with their problem?  How should local communities apply for those funds?  Will you be calling a special session to allocate funds? We have many questions about this process because you left us in the dark.  I would encourage you to make a decision before the beginning of the school year to avoid the strain on our educational resources.

You can reach me via my office number, 716-655-0951, or my email,



David J. DiPietro


147th District

Thursday, August 28, 2014 at 5:41 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, events, calendar, Arcade&Attica Railroad, Arcade.

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Press release:

The Arcade Historical Society is hosting a Wine Tasting Train Ride fundraiser on the Arcade & Attica Train on Friday, Sept. 26 at 6 p.m.. Join the Society to raise money for the installation of an elevator in the Old Liberty Street Fire Hall, which was purchased by the Society in 2009. This historic municipal building was built for the Village of Arcade 75 years ago in 1939 as a Public Works Administration (PWA) project. It has a beautiful room on the second floor with original wooden floors and tall arched windows where the Society has shown large public exhibits the past two years – the 50th anniversary for the A&A in 2012 and Post 374 V.F.W. 75th anniversary in 2013. Presently, the only access to the second floor is a winding staircase from the front of the building or a long straight stair from the back. Help the Society to make these exhibit rooms accessible to everyone.

Thirsty Owl Wine Company, of Ovid, is providing the wines for tasting and appetizers will be provided by The Little Red Caboose of Arcade on this two-hour autumn train ride. Along with your ticket purchase, you will receive a sheet of coupons for seven local restaurants: Little Red Caboose, Chanderson’s, Milestone Restaurant & Taproom, Nellie’s Restaurant, Marco’s Pizza & Subs, Theo’s Family Restaurant and Main Street Grille. Visit them to get something to eat in town before or after your train ride.

The Train Ride & Wine Tasting tickets are $30 per person and are available for purchase at three Arcade locations: Brass’ Shurfine grocery store, 590 Main St.; the Historical Society, 331 W. Main St.; and the Arcade & Attica Depot, 278 Main St.. Cash or check only at the Society or the train depot, no credit card orders. Mail orders should be sent to the Arcade Historical Society, P.O. Box 236, Arcade, NY 14009. Please make checks payable to the Arcade Historical Society. Persons purchasing tickets and riding the train must be 21 years of age or older. Advance sales only, no walk-ups.

The Arcade Historical Society was originally formed in 1957 as the Arcade Sesquicentennial and Historical Society for the 150th anniversary of the settlement of the town. In 1970 the name was changed to more accurately reflect the Society’s mission. The AHS is dedicated to collecting and preserving objects, records, and other artifacts that illustrate the history of the Town of Arcade and the surrounding area for the purposes of research, exhibits and educational programming to benefit members and the public at large. For more information see




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