Thursday, October 16, 2014 at 2:36 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, Warsaw, Arcade, crime.

Richard Jones III, of Arcade, pled not guilty to: three counts of burglary in the second-degree, a Class C felony; criminal mischief in the third-degree, a Class E felony; harassment in the second-degree; criminal contempt in the first-degree, a Class E felony; two-counts of criminal contempt in the second-degree; grand larceny in the fourth-degree, a Class E felony; forgery in the third-degree; criminal possession of stolen property in the fourth-degree; and criminal mischief in the fourth-degree. Jones is held in the Wyoming County Jail with bail set at $30,000. The case is adjourned until Dec. 18.

Kyle Leach, of Arcade, was sentenced on the conviction of aggravated unauthorized use of a motor vehicle in the first-degree, a Class E felony, and operating a motor vehicle without a court ordered ignition interlock device. Leach will serve a one-year definite sentence on each charge, to run concurrently. He was also fined $500.

Jerod Ling, of Arcade, pled not guilty to menacing in the second-degree; criminal possession of a weapon in the third-degree, a Class D felony; resisting arrest; assault in the second-degree, a Class D felony; menacing in the third-degree; endangering the welfare of a child; and assault in the third-degree. Bail remains $3,000.

Julio Lopez-Colon, of Warsaw, pled guilty to attempted criminal possession of a weapon in the second-degree, a Class D violent felony. Lopez-Colon is held without bail in the Wyoming County Jail. The case is adjourned until Nov. 6.

Terry Felvus, of Warsaw, was sentenced on the conviction of driving while intoxicated, as a Class E felony, to a one- to three-year prison term. Felvus was fined $1,000 plus fees and surcharges. His license is revoked and he will have a three-year conditional discharge -- consecutive to the prison sentence. He is also required to have an ignition interlock device installed in his vehicle.

Thursday, October 16, 2014 at 1:53 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, Beaver Meadow, events, North Java.

Press release:

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Owl Prowl

Join in a nocturnal search for owls this fall at the Owl Prowl, 7:30 to 9 p.m., Nov. 1, at the Beaver Meadow Audubon Center, North Java. It's a hike in the woods at night to listen for the hoots and shrieks of owls. It's a great way to learn about these cool birds. Pre-registration is required. Call 585-457-3228 to register.

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Native American Walk

Come and tread softly through the eyes of the Native people during the Native American Walk, 1 to 2:30 p.m., Oct. 22, at Beaver Meadow Audubon Center, with naturalist Mark Carra.  Donations will be gratefully accepted.

Thursday, October 16, 2014 at 1:42 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, Castile, entertainment, SUNY.

Press release:

Ethan Washburn, of Castile, is featured in cast and crew for the play "Back of the Throat" at SUNY Potsdam. Washburn plays the role of Asfoor in this one-act production that runs about 75 minute. It deals with the rampant fear in the Arab-American community after 9/11.

The Department of Theatre and Dance will debut this production of Yussef El Guindi's play at the College's new $55-million Performing Arts Center in the Proscenium Theater. To purchase tickets, visit http://www.cpspotsdam.org.The show will open Oct. 23 and close Nov. 2.

"Back of the Throat" unfolds as Khaled, a young Arab-American writer, is confined to his home and questioned by two government agents in his apartment -- and it intensifies from there. The questioning gets more heated as the play progresses, with seemingly every item in his apartment becoming a potential source of suspicion. It is revealed that his girlfriend first reported him for seeming suspicious in light of recent "attacks" which have occurred.

The play's title is a reference to the pronunciation of the Arabic “K” in Khaled’s name.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014 at 9:56 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, events, Warsaw.

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From farm to table, local residents got a taste of flavor that is distinctly Wyoming County. The Harvest Festival marked its third year with samplings from local farms and retailers Wednesday night at the Warsaw Village Park.

The Harvest Festival began with the Wyoming County Business Education Council partnering with Wyoming County ARC. They wanted to create an event that highlights local growers, producers and even retailers, said Linda LeBlond, executive director for the Wyoming County Business Education Council.

Another reason for the event, according to Leblond, is to support local business.

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Wednesday, October 15, 2014 at 11:13 am
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, Warsaw, Attica, crime.

Devon Smatana, 22, of Attica, was charged on Sept. 12 with two counts of criminal sale of a controlled substance in the third-degree, and two counts of criminal possession of a controlled substance in the third-degree, all Class B felonies. According to a Wyoming County Sheriff’s report, Smatana allegedly sold heroin to an undercover officer on two occasions earlier this year, in the Village of Attica. She is currently held in the Wyoming County Jail in lieu of $25,000 cash bail.

Matthew Forsberg, 23, of Warsaw, was charged with one count of criminal sale of marijuana in the fourth-degree. According to the Wyoming County Sheriff’s Office, Forsberg was picked up on an arrest warrant, Oct. 7, for allegedly selling marijuana in March 2013 in the  Village of Warsaw. He is currently held in the Wyoming County Jail in lieu of $500 cash bail.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014 at 6:32 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, Board of Town Supervisors, Warsaw.

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Veterans representing various towns in Wyoming County gathered, in a form of protest, at the Wyoming County Building earlier today. The Town Board of Supervisors held a meeting at the County Building, Court Street, Warsaw, and local veterans were under the impression there was going to be a motion to hire a new Deputy Director of Wyoming County Veteran Services.

"We were in the understanding that a motion to hire a Deputy Director was on the agenda today," said Dan Walczak, Wyoming County Vice Commander of the American Legion Walter Klein Post 532. "Nothing happened. It wasn't even brought up."

According to Walczak, veterans still have concerns that they would like addressed. In a letter to the Board of Supervisors, William Wilkinson, president of the Wyoming County Joint Veterans Council wrote:

Due to several issues within the NYS Division of Veterans Affairs and some of its agents, we are asking that the Wyoming County Veterans Service Office be accredited through the American Legion. In addition, it should be noted that the American Legion prohibits its Service Officers from being dually accredited with the NYS Division of Veterans Affairs in a letter to that office dated September of 2006. 

We also encourage the Board of Supervisors move to fill the position of Deputy Director prior to Jan. 1, 2015. This will give the new deputy plenty of time to prepare for the Basic Service Officers Course which is tentatively scheduled for the end of January. Additionally, it needs to be understood that the Veterans Service Office positions are not a simple 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. job.

Additionally, there are many County Veterans who are homebound or living in Nursing Facilities. These Veterans require home or facility visits. There are meetings of the various Veterans organizations that should be attended by a representative of the office throughout the month which are normally held after hours. Lastly, there is ongoing training which should be continually attended by the Service Officers which will take them out of the office. These events are only a few of the items which are of importance to that office and require the time of the officers. Therefore, we are recommending that the position of Deputy Director by considered a full time position and the hiring process follow that procedure.

Walczak said he understood that the hiring process may take awhile. He and other veterans would like to know if the Deputy Director’s position will be filled before the January training.

(As of this post, Chairman of the Wyoming County Board of Supervisor Doug Berwanger could not be reached.)

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Tuesday, October 14, 2014 at 5:28 pm

Press release:

The annual meeting of the Cornell Cooperative Extension of Wyoming County will be held at 7 p.m., Nov. 5, at the Cornell Cooperative Extension of Wyoming County, 401 N. Main St., Warsaw. Please contact the office at 786-2251 with any questions.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014 at 9:53 am
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, Warsaw, Ridin' Shotgun.

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Out and about in my travels I often enjoy walking along the main drags and looking up. It's so rare to stop and just admire the architectural beauty of a town by looking up that I thought I'd give it a try (but pay attention, or one is likely to run into something as I did).

I was ridin' shotgun, street view, Main Street, Warsaw.

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Tuesday, October 14, 2014 at 9:29 am
posted by Julia Ferrini in fWyoming County, North Java, Arcade, announcements.

Press release:

Buffalo State is pleased to welcome Lucas Grisanti and Julie Munoz, both of Arcade, and Brooke Stafford, of North Java, Class of 2018, to campus. This year's freshmen started class on Aug. 29.

Buffalo State, founded in 1871, offers more than 160 undergraduate programs in the arts, sciences, professions, and education. Every year, thousands of students choose Buffalo State for its broad range of academic programs, hands-on learning opportunities, and affordable State University of New York tuition. The campus, located in the heart of Buffalo's cultural corridor, gives students many opportunities for internships, service-learning experiences, and social and cultural enrichment.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014 at 9:16 am
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, Wyoming County Sheriff, Mounted Police.

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Press release:

Members of the Wyoming County Sheriff’s Mounted Unit trained and competed at the North American Police Equestrian Council Sept. 26 through 28, in New Castle County, Del.. Twenty-five units from the U.S. and Canada were represented, totaling more than 90 riders. Two riders represented Wyoming County and New York.

On the first day, competitors received training on defensive tactics, horse sensory/obstacles and equitation riding. The second and third days were competition. 

The first day of competition was the equitation and Uniform Inspection. The three tests include Expert Equitation, Novice Equitation and Western Equitation.

The second day of competition was the main event, the Police Obstacle Course. Officers and their mounts are scored individually based upon on their performance negotiating through 10 different obstacles. For this event, awards are given for individual performances along with Three Rider Team. (Three riders must register as a team before the event starts.) The teams with the highest total score are awarded. (Teams maybe be mixed units.)

Lt. Jackie Copeland placed 3rd Western Equitation, 5th in Expert Equitation, 7th in Obstacles, 2nd in Team Obstacles (two riders from Kalamazoo, Mich.), and 4th Combined (totals from Obstacles and Expert Equitation).

Capt. John Copeland placed 5th in Obstacles (teamed with two riders from Carver County, Minn., who didn’t place.)

There are two competing divisions. 

1) LEO -- Law Enforcement Officer, Full-time Police Officer assigned 40 hours per week to a Mounted Unit.

2) Auxiliary -- Part-time officers and volunteers who do not work full time as a mounted officer.

The three-rider team is the only competition in which the two divisions go head-to-head.

The 2015 NAPEC will be held in Lexington, Ky.

Monday, October 13, 2014 at 6:24 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, Warsaw Library, Warsaw, event.

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Okay, so Legos become lethal weapons in the middle of the night when a bare foot finds that one lego the little ones left behind. However, Legos are more than a rude awakening, they are a mechanism kids can use to stimulate imaginative play.

“It’s a toy that the kids really enjoy,” said Children’s Library Assistant Mary Conable. “Even the adults enjoy playing with the Legos with the kids.”

Kids and parents alike enjoyed a day with Legos at the Warsaw Public Library earlier today. The Legos at the library are part of a system-wide shared program with the Pioneer Library System; 42 libraries use the Legos.

“Some of the libraries do themed programs with the Legos,” Conable said. “We do a free play program. The kids can use their imagination or one of the books we have in a collection that will give them ideas.”

The books include how to build a neighborhood and the Lego Play Book. New to the assortment is the Lego Magazine; it shows teachers and educators how to use Legos in a classroom setting. 

According to Conable, the Lego program is a literacy supported program. The intent is to get kids talking as they play and also telling stories of their creations. More so, reading the directions of how to make something challenges kids in logic and order. Additionally, it promotes dexterity and small motor skills for younger children.

“We try to have the program more than once a year,” Conable said. “But if the community comes in and says ‘Hey Miss Mary, can we get the Legos in again’?, I would be sure to make the request.”

The Warsaw Public Library hosts an event like this to "encourage the family to come to the library" -- and return.

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Monday, October 13, 2014 at 1:02 pm

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Nighttime creatures stirred along the forest floor at Beaver Meadow's Enchanted Forest Sunday. Kids and adults alike traipsed along a lighted pumpkin trail in search of the nocturnal animals that flourish at Beaver Meadow, North Java.

Participants walked a loop trail, stopped at stations along the way, and heard the stories of owls, skunks, opposum, and even a beaver that inhabit the woods at night. Refreshments were served afterward.

The weekend event is the Buffalo Audubon Society's biggest fundraiser at Beaver Meadow.

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Monday, October 13, 2014 at 12:21 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, crime, Warsaw.

Sean M. Burke, 26, Hartford Avenue, Buffalo, was charged with criminal possess of a controlled substance in the seventh-degree, unlawful possession of marijuana, speed over 55 mph, and uninspected motor vehicle. According to a Wyoming County Sheriff’s report, Burke was stopped for traveling 72 mph in a 55 mph zone in the Town of Warsaw. During the course of the traffic stop, Burke was found to possess clonazepam (Klonopin) and marijuanna. Additionally, the vehicle’s New York State Inspection was also expired. Burke’s vehicle was towed from the scene and Burke was processed at the Wyoming County Sheriff’s Office, where he was released to a third party. He is scheduled to appear Nov. 10 in the Town of Warsaw Court to answer the charges.

John Bruce Pritchard, 36, of South Main Street, Warsaw, is charged with petit larceny. He was allegedly observed stealing merchandise valued at $84.68 from Walmart on Oct. 12. He was issued at appearance ticket and is scheduled to appear in Batavia Town Court at a later date. The incident was investigated by Sheriff's deputy Chad Minuto.

Monday, October 13, 2014 at 11:54 am

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Press release:

Celebrate the grand opening of Wyoming County’s, Main Street Winery on Oct. 23. Join owners Ken and Sue Kibler, representatives from the Wyoming County Chamber and Tourism, friends, guests and local officials, as they cut the ribbon for the new Main Street Winer, located behind Main Street Wines and Supplies, 249 Main St., Arcade.

The ribbon-cutting will take place at 4 p.m., followed by wine tastings and live music.

For more information call, (585) 237-0230.

Sunday, October 12, 2014 at 3:45 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, Letchworth State Park, Craft Show.

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The Arts and Crafts Show at Letchworth State Park drew a crowd of 30,259 on Saturday, park officials said.

The throng of people enjoyed partly sunny skies and crisp temperatures, meandering from tent to tent, admiring -- and purchasing -- homemade goods from local artisans.

The craft show continues from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday, Columbus Day.

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Saturday, October 11, 2014 at 11:31 pm
posted by Howard Owens in football, Sports, Attica, high school sports.

The Fighting Irish of 2014 may not be the champion caliber squad of recent seasons, but Notre Dame is still the team other teams love to beat.

Today's proof: Fresh off its fifth touchdown through the middle of the third quarter, with the score 33-7, the Attica Blue Devils chose to squib and onside kick.

"It's a big rivalry," said Attica Head Coach Rob Cusmano. "It's been a rivalry for years with Attica and Notre Dame. Last year was for the league title, and this year, they've got a couple of loses, but still, you throw those records right out the window and you just keep going after it."

It was a hard fought game, even when Attica seemed to have it well in hand. Coaches on both benches tried constantly to get referees to see things their way, pointing out holds, clips and chop blocks, and disclaiming guilt when flags were thrown against their own players.

It got so hot at one point, Attica was flagged for a 15-yard penalty.

The first quarter gave little indication of where this game was going, ending at a 0-0 tie.

Cusmano said the Blue Devils made some adjustments, which enabled them to pull away from ND.

"We couldn't run between the tackles, so we needed to get outside," Cusmano said. "We got outside a few times and that made the difference."

With the score 14-0 and two minutes left in the half, Notre Dame Head Coach Rick Mancuso decided to go to the air in the hopes of a quick score before intermission.

QB Joe Zickl completed a couple of passes. There was the ember of a drive glowing when he tried to hit a receiver just beyond the line of scrimmage. The receiver reached high and tipped the ball. It fell into the hands of Alex Piechocki, who sprinted to the end zone, giving Attica a 21-0 lead.

Another drive early in the second half was reversed into a Blue Devils score on a touch down.

Cusmano gave credit to scouting and film study for the picks.

"We knew their routes and our guys did a great job stepping in front of the ball and a couple of those went for touchdowns, and I attribute that to them watching a lot of film and doing their homework," Cusmano said.

Receiver Levi Snyder said the win, after a slow start, showed the team's character.

"We had to fight a little adversity at first," Snyder said. "We came in here, got a little rattled, but stuck together as a team and stuck it out. We got the win. That's all that's important right now."

Senior Derek Walker said it was exciting, a big deal to beat the Irish.

"It's huge," he said, "because nobody really likes Notre Dame."

The victory clinched the Genesee Region title for Attica, who will take a 6-0 record into next week's game against Oakfield-Alabama (3-3).

The Blue Devils said they didn't want to look past next week's game, but Cusmano conceded, the Class C post-season is going to be tough.

First-week matchups haven't been determined yet, but Bath, Le Roy and Attica have all secured spots in sectionals. The fourth team in the playoffs could be Dansville, East Rochester or Elba/Byron-Bergen.

"It's very, very tough," Cusmano said. "I saw Le Roy last night and they're a very tough team and Bath is a good ball team, plus you throw Dansville in there, throw East Rochester in there, it's a very, very, very good class."

Even so, Cusmano is hardly throwing in the towel.

"We're getting healthier," Cusmano said. "One game at a time. We're thinking Oakfield. But I like our shot."

For Attica, Damian Marchetti was eight for 13 passing for 80 yards. He had eight carries for 74 yards and a TD. He also kicked five PATs. Jake Strzelec rushed for 89 yards on 25 carries and scored twice. Derek Walker had four receptions for 48 yards and a TD. Besides the interception return for a touchdown, Alex Piechocki also rushed for a score. Kyle Zawadzki had an interception return for a TD. Levi Snyder had two interceptions.

For Notre Dame, Joe Zickl was 15 for 31 passing for 159 yards and two TD. He was picked six times. On the ground, only Spencer Misiak had positive yardage, with one yard gained on one carry. C.J. Suozzi caught five passes for 45 yards. Josh Johnson had two TD receptions and gained 37 yards. Casey Midwick had four receptions for 31 yards. Joe Zickl had 10 tackles. Jack Sutherland, six. Peter Daversa had a sack.

In other Wyoming County football action this weekend:

Avon 48, Perry 12. Perry falls to 1-4. No stats available.

Letchworth 38, Canisteo-Greenwood 29. Letchworth is now 4-2. No stats available.

Warsaw 26, Bolivar-Richburg 6. Warsaw is now 3-3. Dylan Royce had 170 yards on 13 carries, scoring twice. Aaron Mann had 15 tackles and 2.5 sacks.

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