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

Thursday, August 28, 2014 at 10:46 am
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, events, Beaver Meadow, North Java.

Press release:

Some people call Labor Day weekend the last weekend of summer. So you better get out and enjoy nature, and what better place to do it other than right here at Beaver Meadow! Bring a picnic lunch, walk our trails, tour our Visitors Center and see what special sales we have going on in our Gift Shop. What a great way to spend a Holiday Weekend! 

For more information or to register, give us a call at 585-457-3228 or e-mail

Family Walk at Beaver Meadow, Sunday at 2 p.m.

Come take a guided walk led by one of our naturalists. See what's new in nature. Walks take place every Sunday from May through October.

Thursday, August 28, 2014 at 10:36 am
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, crime, Covington.

Justin L. Hall, 27, of Rexville, is charged with aggravated unlicensed operation of a vehicle in the second-degree and speeding – 84 mph in a 55 mph zone. A traffic stop earlier today, on Route 63 in the Town of Covington, led to his arrest of Hall. In addition to allegedly speeding, subsequent license check showed Hall having five active suspensions on four separate dates. He was arraigned in Covington Town Court and ROR’d (released on his own recognizance). The matter was adjourned until 7 p.m. Nov. 24.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014 at 9:14 am
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, calendar, events, North Java.

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Press release from Beaver Meadow:

The Buffalo Audubon Society will be holding its annual Homestead Festival on Saturday, Sept. 6. Activities run from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Beaver Meadow Audubon Center, 1610 Welch Road, North Java.

The Homestead Festival focuses on pre-industrial life and how early settlers worked with nature for food, shelter, and life’s necessities. This year’s festival will include many exhibitors demonstrating old-time arts and crafts like hearth cooking, beekeeping, wool production, Dutch oven cooking, and more. There will be local farmers selling their goods, hikes on medicinal plants and wild edibles, Historical Society displays, and a big handmade canoe. Participants will meet Revolutionary War soldiers, mountain men, and settlers. Even Teddy Roosevelt and Mary Jenison will be attending in person!

Activities for children include leather working, corn husk dolls and other crafts. There will be homemade ice cream, and other foods made the traditional way, all to the sound of live bluegrass music sponsored by the Arts Council for Wyoming County.

The cost is $7 for adults, $5 for kids 12 and under, and free for children 3 and under. For more information contact Buffalo Audubon at 585-457-3228 or see their Web site at

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.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014 at 8:50 am
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, crime, Attica.

William Allen Roll, 54, of Clinton Street, Attica, is charged with harassment, 2nd. Roll allegedly punched another person in the face at 3:54 a.m. Saturday while at an apartment on West Main Street Road, Batavia. Roll was jailed on $500 bail.

Sunday, August 24, 2014 at 10:21 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Attica, nature.

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Spotted this beautiful field of sunflowers on Route 98 South, just south of Attica.

Sunday, August 24, 2014 at 10:17 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Attica, Lions Club, German Festival, calendar of events.

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Although the weather seemed somewhat uncooperative, the 4th Annual German Festival was enjoyed by many.

Held at the Attica Veterans Memorial Park, Saturday, the festival is the year's main fundraiser for the Attica Lions Club, said club President Nathan Eck.

The 67-member club hosts the festival, bringing traditional German food, such as bratwerst, potato pancakes and sauerkraut, to the table. Patrons not only enjoyed the mahlzeit - meal - they were also treated to live music performed by the local group The Genesee Valley Band.

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Sunday, August 24, 2014 at 9:39 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Varysburg, car show, events.

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Sunlight gleamed off highly polished chrome. Engines purred like contented kittens and white wall tires gave one pause to remember automobiles back in the day. Car enthusiasts wound their way among such models as a 1965 Ford Mustang, a 1975 Chevy Nova SS and a 1936 Ford Coupe, to name a few, at Saturday's Thunder in the Valley on the grounds of Buffalo Hill Village, Varysburg.

The classic cruise and car show not only featured these timeless beauties, but patrons also enjoyed live entertainment, a Chinese auction, as well as, food and drink served under the shade of a large tent.

Proceeds from the event benefits AHIMSA Animal Refuge.

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Friday, August 22, 2014 at 3:44 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Varysburg, car show, calendar of events.

The Thunder in the Valley car show will be held Saturday from noon to 5 p.m. at Buffalo Hill Village, 1629 Route 20A, Varysburg. Along with classic cruise and show cars, there will be food, beer, a Chinese auction, a 50/50 raffle, a craft show, and music. Gates open at 11 a.m.

For more information call (585) 535-7912. Proceeds from Thunder in the Valley benefits the AHIMSA Animal Refuge.

Friday, August 22, 2014 at 3:32 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Varysburg, calendar of events, movie, park.

Join "The Croods" on the first family road trip at dusk (approximately 8:30) tonight at the Vincent Almeter Memorial Park, Route 98, Varysburg. The free screening of the movie will be at the ball field. Patrons are encouraged to bring chairs, blankets, snacks and beverages.


Thursday, August 21, 2014 at 9:32 am
posted by Julia Ferrini in Sheldon, Wyoming County, fire.

A house fire in the town of Sheldon Wednesday night caused an estimated $15,000 worth of damage, according to the Wyoming County Emergency Services. Firefighters responded to 648 Armbrust Road in Sheldon at 9:46 p.m. Wednesday and were able to contain the fire to a second-floor bathroom and attic area above the bathroom. 

Fire companies responding -- Sheldon, Harris Corners, Strykersville, East Aurora, Wales Center and Holland; with Arcade, Bennington and East Aurora standing by - were at the scene two-and-a-half hours; Wyoming County Emergency Services and Sheldon Fire Squad 10 also assisted at the scene. No injuries were reported. According to emergency services personnel, the cause of the blaze was an overheated bathroom fan. Sheldon Fire Chief Rick Brezicki was the fire chief in charge.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014 at 10:22 pm
posted by Howard Owens in Wyoming County Free Press.

UPDATE: We anticipate our official launch coming tomorrow, Sept. 3.

This site is the future home of a brand new online news site serving Wyoming County, N.Y.  

The Wyoming County Free Press will be a sister site of The Batavian. The Batavian has served Genesee County since May, 2008, and has become the most popular news source and the top business promotion vehicle in Genesee County.

The Wyoming County Free Press will operate much the same, with the same philosophy as The Batavian. We will cover news of Wyoming County and only news of Wyoming County. The businesses that promote their goods and services through the Free Press will all be Wyoming County businesses.

We will concentrate on breaking news and community news, from the minor (sometimes very minor happenings) to the big stories.

We will provide a forum for community discussion (and just like The Batavian, real names will be required to participate).  

This site right now is in what developers call "beta." That means it's under development. Links are broken, or point to the wrong place and some information is merely copied over from The Batavian and hasn't been updated for the new site yet. We're planning to officially launch the Free Press on Sept. 1. So long as you see this post at the top of the home page, it means we're still in "beta."

Feel free to poke around. If you have questions or comments, e-mail Publisher Howard Owens at

We look forward to serving this community with an eye toward seeing Wyoming County thrive and residents becoming more connected and involved. We hope you will support us by supporting our sponsors and telling your friends about the new Wyoming County Free Press.




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