Saturday, September 16, 2017 at 4:13 pm
posted by Howard Owens in Dining Deals, advertisements.

Reminders of how the new Dining Deals program works:

  • To make purchases, you must be registered. This is its own registration system, separate from the main registration for Wyoming County Free Press.
  • Once registered you must be logged in.
  • You click on the orange button, if the item is not sold out, and it takes you to a PayPal button. This allows you to pay either with your PayPal account or with a credit card/debit card. The login for PayPal is completely separate from our accounts.
  • The first person to successfully complete the PayPal transaction wins the gift certificate.
  • You are eligible to buy the same item only once in a two-month period. We use the registration system to track this for you so you don't have to.
Saturday, September 16, 2017 at 4:05 pm
posted by Howard Owens in accident, news, Attica.

An accident with injuries is reported on Exchange Street, by the Key Bank, in Attica.

Attica fire responding. An ambulance from Bennington is requested to the scene.

Friday, September 15, 2017 at 4:34 pm
posted by Howard Owens in Perry, crime.

There's no more benefit of the doubt for Nicole Kimberly Sullivan in Judge Charles Zambito's Genesee County courtroom.

The 32-year-old Perry resident who lives on Covington Street is already charged with assault, 2nd, and endangering the welfare of an incompetent or physically disabled person. She was arrested on allegations this week that she and a partner concocted a scheme to steal more than $700 in phone cases from Walmart. She's also been accused of continuing to use drugs while in a residential treatment facility.

Zambito canceled her release under supervision contract Wednesday afternoon and ordered her held on $5,000 bail or $10,000 bond in Genesee County Jail. 

While Assistant District Attorney Shirley Gorman argued that Sullivan should be considered a flight risk, her attorney, David Silverberg, argued that she wasn't a flight risk but clearly is having difficulty complying with her release terms pending her trial. He asked for reasonable bail.

Sullivan is accused of fleeing the scene of an accident on Fargo Road in the Town of Stafford on June 10, 2016, and leaving behind a seriously injured person who also had a disability.

Friday, September 15, 2017 at 4:28 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, crime, news, Perry, Warsaw.
      Richard Gargula

During Thursday’s Wyoming County Court appearance, Richard Gargula, 33, of Perry, garnered prison time, fines, fees, and probation.

His latest appearance in court earned him five years in prison with two years post-release supervision and $100 restitution on the conviction of criminal sale of a controlled substance in the third degree, a Class B felony.

This sentence is to run concurrently with his Warsaw sentence.

He was also sentenced to a conditional discharge, a $500 fine, and fees and surcharges on the conviction of driving while ability impaired by drugs.

Additionally, he was sentenced to one-and-one-third to four years in prison, and fees and surcharges on the conviction of attempted promoting prison contraband.

This latest round of sentencing stems from an Aug. 31 guilty plea on the drug sale charges. On May 25 he pled guilty to the contraband charges. The DWAI – drugs charge is from an Aug. 11 stop on Shearing Road in the Town of Gainesville.​

See related: Pike man pled guilty to drug charges

Friday, September 15, 2017 at 3:42 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, announcement, news, Warsaw, tourism.

Information sourced from a press release:

The Wyoming County Board of Supervisors and Airbnb recently signed an agreement to facilitate and streamline the reporting and collection requirement of county occupancy “bed” tax. The agreement works as part of the recent update to the county’s bed tax law and looking ahead to enhance tourism overnight accommodation offerings in Wyoming County.

“Wyoming County has been following this issue very closely and is pleased to have modernized our occupancy tax law, which gave us the opportunity to sign the agreement with Airbnb,” said Wyoming County Board of Supervisors Chairman Doug Berwanger. “We know how important tourism is to our county and local businesses, and this is one more way we can encourage visitors to plan a longer stay and help homeowners navigate the bed tax collections process.”

Beginning on Oct. 1, Airbnb will handle the tax collections and reporting on behalf of property owners using the service and then send the information directly to the county. After Oct. 1, host property owners who rent their properties through Airbnb will no longer need to report occupancy tax collections on their own. Guest stays that are booked outside of the Airbnb website must be reported separately by the property owners, which is required under the current county law.

“This new agreement creates an incentive for current and future property owners interested in listing their property on Airbnb and helps them to navigate the process of collecting and reporting county occupancy taxes,” said Wyoming County Chamber President and CEO Scott Gardner. “We applaud the Wyoming County Board of Supervisors for recognizing the impact of tourism in Wyoming County and helping to encourage growth in this important sector of the economy.”

Several other counties in New York State have entered into similar agreements with Airbnb recently in efforts to assist property owners in the collection and payment of occupancy tax through Airbnb. Wyoming County invests 95 percent of occupancy tax collections directly into tourism promotion. Tourism is a growth industry representing nearly $44 million in total economic impact to the local economy. Data shows that $943 is returned to the county for every dollar that is invested in tourism promotion.

“We’re excited to work with Wyoming County Board of Supervisors and the Chamber and Tourism office to welcome more visitors to the region and grow the county’s tax base as the fall travel season kicks into high gear,” said Airbnb’s head of New York Public Policy, Josh Meltzer. “We hope the agreements we have reached with New York counties will serve as models for how local and state governments can work collaboratively with our community to boost incomes and provide more tax revenue.”

In the last year, Airbnb hosts in Wyoming County welcomed more than 400 visitors – a 132-percent increase from the prior year. Cumulatively, hosts earned $46,000 and the median amount earned was $9,300.

“This arrangement with Airbnb also gives the Chamber and Tourism office greater ability to openly promote and refer visitors to new and existing places to stay and enhances the traveler’s experience while visiting Wyoming County,” said Wyoming County Tourism and Marketing Director Eric Szucs.

“I would encourage anyone who is operating or interested in listing their property through Airbnb, creating an experience, or cohosting a neighborhood to visit the Airbnb website to learn of the many benefits available through the Internet booking service.” 

The Chamber and Tourism office regularly receives requests from interested visitors about short-term rentals and available vacation properties.

The organization is interested in developing a comprehensive listing of available accommodations and encourages current and interested property owners who offer short-term home, cabin, cottage or other rentals through Airbnb, other web-based booking platforms, or book privately to contact the office at (585) 786-0307 or by email at

Founded in August of 2008 and based in San Francisco, Calif., Airbnb is a community marketplace for people to list, discover, and book unique accommodations around the world — online or from a mobile phone or tablet.

Airbnb connects people to unique travel experiences in more than 65,000 cities and 191 countries. For more information on Airbnb visit

Friday, September 15, 2017 at 3:16 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, crime, news, Arcade, Castile, Wethersfield.

The following were in Wyoming County Court before Judge Michael Mohun Sept. 14.

Donald Krohn, who is accused of committing a crime in Arcade, pled not guilty to driving while intoxicated and driving while intoxicated per se, both as Class E felonies, and criminal mischief in the fourth degree, a misdemeanor. The Per Se law is based not on the observations of the arresting police officer, but the results obtained from a breath alcohol testing machine. It is this result that dictates the offense as well potential certain legal presumptions. The case has been adjourned to Dec. 7.

Maila Mattson, who is accused of committing a crime in Arcade, pled not guilty to driving while intoxicated and driving while intoxicated per se, as unclassified misdemeanors, and resisting arrest, a Class A misdemeanor. Motions are scheduled Nov. 9.

Aarni Mattson, who is accused of a crime in Arcade, pled not guilty to driving while intoxicated and driving while intoxicated per se, as Class E felonies. Motions are scheduled Nov. 9.

Phillip Goodwill, who is accused of a crime in Arcade, had his case adjourned to Oct. 12.

Cory Dahl, who allegedly committed a crime in Castile, had his case adjourned to Sept. 21.

Jeffrey Snyder, who committed a crime in Wethersfield, admitted to a violation of interim probation. Sentencing is scheduled Nov. 9.

Friday, September 15, 2017 at 3:11 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, crime, news, Perry, Warsaw.

Nicole K. Sullivan, 31, of Perry, and Crystal M. Bouter, 28, of Batavia, were each charged Sept. 12 with petit larceny and conspiracy in the sixth degree. Genesee County Sheriff’s deputies say Sullivan and Bouter are accused of stealing several cell phone cases from Walmart, Batavia. The items were valued at $785.77. The conspiracy charge stems from the accusation that the duo had agreed to work in concert to steal the items. They were arraigned in Batavia Town Court where they were both put in the Genesee County Jail on $1,000 bail. They are due in court Sept. 22.

Dustin Lockwood, 26, of Manesburg, Pa., was charged Sept. 14 with driving while intoxicated. New York State Troopers say Lockwood was stopped on Route 20A, Warsaw, for driving 50 in a 30 mph zone. During the stop, he performed standardized field sobriety testing, which he is accused of failing. He was taken to the State Police barracks in Warsaw where he allegedly showed a BAC of .08 percent. He is due in the Village of Warsaw Court in October.

Lisa Uveino (Braymiller), 37, and David Purdy, 34, both of Perry, were arrested Aug. 24 following a shoplifting complaint at Dollar General, Perry. Uveino was charged with petit larceny and conspiracy in the sixth degree. Purdy was charged with conspiracy in the sixth degree. Perry Police say an employee told officers she saw Purdy attempt to stand in the way of security cameras when Uveino allegedly placed a box of sinus headache medicine in her purse. Both suspects then left the store, store officials say. The medication was valued at $3. Purdy was released on his own recognizance. Uveino, who is currently on probation, was put in Wyoming County Jail without bail. Both are due in court at a later date and both have been banned from the Dollar General.

Scott E. Lefort, 41, of Warsaw, was charged Sept. 14 with uninspected motor vehicle and displayed forged certificate of inspection. Wyoming County Sheriff’s deputies say Lefort was stopped on Route 20A in Warsaw for an inspection sticker which had expired in 2015. During the stop, it was allegedly found that a forged 2017 inspection sticker was on the vehicle. He is due in the Town of Warsaw Court Sept. 25.

Friday, September 15, 2017 at 12:22 pm
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Thursday, September 14, 2017 at 4:28 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, announcements, Perry, tourism.


Information sourced from both a press release and local sources, file photo:

The Village of Perry is set to receive $77,900 in federal funding to support technical assistance in managing the Letchworth Gateway Villages project and to promote tourism in the region.

Letchworth Gateway Villages is a collaborative initiative led by the villages of Perry, Mount Morris and Geneseo. The idea behind the project is to bring about economic growth and tourism-related market opportunities for the areas serving as “gateways” to Letchworth State Park.

“This (funding) is related to Year 2 funding for the Letchworth Gateway Villages program,” said Village of Perry Mayor Rick Hauser. “We spearheaded and administer the program but it’s a partnership between Perry, Mount Morris and Geneseo.”

“One of the key gaps identified by project stakeholders in Year 1 was the absence a destination-focused website that comprehensively links together the Letchworth region’s unique places, attractions and businesses in a compelling and easy to access digital format,” said Nicole Manapol, director at Letchworth Gateway Villages.

“In Year 2, funds will be used to undertake a regional branding process, the tangible result of which will be a destination-focused website that better highlights the region's assets, enhances the visitor experience and seeks to attract new, strategic market segments to the area.”

Tourism represents an important economic driver and growing source of revenue for state and local governments. In New York State tourism is now the fourth largest employer. A little closer to home in the Finger Lakes, tourism brings in $2.9 billion in revenue to local businesses and generates $376 million in state and local taxes. 

According to the most recent data, Wyoming County’s tourism impact is up 6.3 percent. This represents $43.8 million in traveler spending over 2015 levels. Additionally, Wyoming County is the second highest in terms of growth in the Greater Niagara region, which it is a part of.

“This federal investment is a win-win for the Village of Perry and neighboring villages,” said U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer. “With support from the USDA’s Rural Business Development Grant program, the Village of Perry will be able to promote tourism to the region, enriching the regional economy and supporting local jobs.

"I am proud to announce this federal investment and will continue to fight to make sure that rural communities have the tools and facilities needed to grow and prosper.”

Approximately 700,000 visitors visit Letchworth State Park every year, hailing from places as far away as Australia and China. Yet despite this volume, communities surrounding the Park have not fully tapped this visitor market or fully realized the true economic potential of travel and tourism in the region.

Another core component of what Letchworth Gateway Villages does is to collect data, conduct research and provide analysis to inform decision-making at the municipal and county levels.

A great example of this is the current survey work we're undertaking to better understand what attracts travelers to the region, what improvements are needed to enhance their experience and what is the best way to communicate with them,” Manapol said. “The results will help identify what new tourism related market opportunities there may be for municipalities and the county to pursue that are aligned with our regional strengths.”

The data will also help with building business capacity, attracting investment, and focus marketing efforts for greater impact.

In addition to helping states and localities build a strong tax base, a vibrant travel and tourism industry creates a “virtuous cycle” of economic benefits. A strong tourism base improves the quality of life for local residents and makes a community more attractive to potential employees and businesses, say officials in Schumer’s Office.

“This is an important investment for the Village of Perry,” said U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, a member of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee. “These federal funds will help revitalize the community by promoting tourism in the region. I will continue to fight for funding in the Senate that will help boost the local economy and showcase the community for visitors to our area.”

USDA Rural Development's mission is to increase economic opportunity and improve the quality of life for rural residents. This funding is awarded through the Rural Business Development Grant program, administered by the USDA’s Rural Development agency.

The Agency is committed to improving economies and lives in rural America, through loans, grants and loan guarantees. They support local businesses, individuals and communities by promoting economic development, offering loans and providing technical assistance.

For more information on Letchworth Gateway Villages visit or read its blog Rural Development Solutions.

Thursday, September 14, 2017 at 3:32 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, crime, news, Perry, Warsaw.

The following were in Wyoming County Court before Judge Michael Mohun Sept. 7.

Jason Anderson, who committed a crime in Perry, pled guilty to attempted grand larceny in the third degree, a Class E felony. He was sentenced to one-year interim probation, and ordered to pay $4,5`2.50 in restitution within two weeks from Sept. 7. The case has been adjourned to March 8.

Catherine Tidd, who committed a crime in Warsaw, pled guilty to falsifying business records in the first degree, a Class E felony. Sentencing is scheduled Dec. 7.

Thursday, September 14, 2017 at 2:22 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, crime, news, Covington, Wyoming.
donald_reinhart_copy.jpg amanda_reinhart_copy.jpg
   Donald F. Reinhart Amanda S. Reinhart

Four children were home during the predawn hours of Sept. 7 when one adult male died from an apparent drug overdose and another suffered an apparent drug overdose, police say.

New York State Police arrested Donald F. Reinhart, 38, and Amanda S. Reinhart, 34, both of Wyoming, Sept. 11 in connection with the case.

The Reinharts were each charged with four counts of endangering the welfare of a child and criminal nuisance in the second degree, both as misdemeanors.

At approximately 5:30 a.m. Sept. 7 troopers responded to a Wyoming Road, Covington, address for an unresponsive adult male.

Investigation at the scene allegedly revealed the deceased man and Donald Reinhart suffering from a drug overdose. Officials say Reinhart was immediately taken to Wyoming County Community Hospital for treatment.

The couple is due in the Town of Covington Court later this month.

An active investigation is continuing by the State Police and the Wyoming County Sheriff’s Office into the three overdoses and the composition of the drug they all used.

Additionally, State Police also contacted Wyoming County Child Protective Services, Animal Control, and Building and Codes.

Wednesday, September 13, 2017 at 3:10 pm
posted by Howard Owens in accident, North Java, Java, news.

A one-car accident is reported in the area of 1618 Perry Road, North Java, with a person still in the vehicle.

The patient is bleeding and is on blood thinners.

North Java is responding.

UPDATE 3:31 p.m.: North Java ambulance transporting the patient to WCCH.

Wednesday, September 13, 2017 at 3:06 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, government, news, Warsaw.

In a decision held from its July meeting, the Board of Supervisors voted 15 to 1 in favor of Local Law No. 4 (Introductory D. Year 2017) – 2017 at the supervisors meeting Tuesday in Warsaw.

Local Law No. 4 – A local law amending Local Law No. 11 of the year 1994, entitled “A local law banning possession of weapons in Wyoming County Buildings” as amended by Local Law No. 3 of the year 2013 amends Local Law No. 3 – A local law banning possession of weapons in Wyoming County buildings. 

As the law read, no persons may carry a concealed weapon into a county government building with the exception of a police officer or peace officer as defined in the New York State Criminal Procedure Law.

The amendment now includes: A person licensed by New York State Penal law 400(2)(f) to have and carry a concealed weapon may carry a concealed weapon in a building where such carry is not prohibited by Federal or New York State law, rule or regulation – in Section 3: Exclusions, of the 2013 amended law.

However, the vote was cast with one lone dissenter, Town of Warsaw Supervisor Becky Ryan, and the Town of Warsaw houses many of the county’s buildings.

Ryan’s “no” vote comes with concerns of the law’s ambiguity. She says there doesn’t seem to be a source which would allow a legally licensed concealed-carry permit holder to know which county buildings are included or excluded in the amendment.

While Ryan says she wholeheartedly supports the Constitution, especially the Second Amendment, she believes clarification is needed on which county buildings the new law affects.

“I do not want to create a situation that could jeopardize that right that any person legally licensed to have and carry a concealed weapon has,” Ryan said.

According to New York State regulations, the following places are off-limits to concealed-carry permit holders:

    • Any facility of the New York Department of Mental Hygiene (hospitals) or any residential facility that has an operating certificate issued by the Department;

    • At any facility operated or licensed by the Office of Mental Health of the Department of Mental Hygiene;

    • Courthouses (NYS Office of Court Administration) Federal law bans firearms in federal courthouses and U.S. attorney offices except for law enforcement personnel on official business;

    • Certain cities and all counties may, under home rule options, ban firearms from their governmental buildings;

    • (265.01a) On school grounds which include colleges and universities (exceptions: the forestry lands, wherever located, owned and maintained by the SUNY College of Environmental Science and forestry or on a school bus as defined in section 142 of the V&T law without the written authorization of such education institution)

According to the Department of Environmental Control and NY Parks Recreation and Historic Preservation, firearms are banned on the properties they control except for hunting in season.

Firearms may be possessed on public campgrounds only during the spring and fall hunting seasons.

The federal government’s rules governing conceal carry holders has an even longer off-limits list:

    • Federal courthouses;

    • Federal buildings;

    • Any building owned, leased or rented by the federal government;

    • Federal prisons;

    • Army Corps of Engineers;

    • National cemeteries;

    • Military bases;

    • Rented offices;

    • Amtrack;

    • Post Office;

    • Bureau of Land Management;

    • Indian reservations

Additionally, the State controls the carrying of firearms in the National Forests in their state.

Ryan wasn’t the only supervisor who had reservations about the amendment.

While she ultimately voted in favor of the new law, Town of Bennington Supervisor Ellen Grant spoke with county employees before making her decision.

“Many residents can go years without stepping into a county building,” Grant said. “But, the employees are the ones who are most affected by the amendment.”

Town of Java Supervisor Vanessa McCormick voted yes as the voice for her constituents and Town of Wethersfield Supervisor John Copeland says it gives employees an opportunity to protect themselves.

However, Warsaw resident and Village Trustee Cindy Appleton, who lost a relative to gun violence, is opposed to the change.

“There hasn’t been enough due diligence to allow for the change in the law. Becky had concerns as to how we know where guns can be carried,” Appleton said. “It should be stated clearly. There was no need to change the law, the law in place had it covered…There has been no gun violence in the county since 2012, what was the need to amend the law? There was no reason.”

To read the entirety of Local Law 11 1994, the amendment to Local Law 11 of 1994 2013, or a copy of the new law, click here.

See related: Amendment may allow guns in county government buildings

Wednesday, September 13, 2017 at 11:53 am
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, events, Java, Perry, Arcade, Warsaw, Business.

Information sourced from a press release

The Arts Council for Wyoming County (ACWC) and the Wyoming County Chamber of Commerce and Tourism announce the fourth annual Wyoming County Women's Business Summit. The event will be held from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Sept. 28 at Beaver Hollow Conference Center/Biggest Loser Resort Niagara, 1083 Pit Road, Java Center. The theme of this year’s summit is “Close to Home.”

The keynote speaker for the event is local business owner and entrepreneur Keirsten Schaffer. Participants will also attend several break-out sessions, a luncheon of locally sourced foods, and a panel discussion featuring Wyoming County business women.

"We are very pleased to co-host the fourth Women's Business Summit with the ACWC at Beaver Hollow,” said Wyoming County Chamber President Scott Gardner. "Our continued goal is to bring women business owners, professionals, and entrepreneurs, a unique opportunity to hear from dynamic presenters on a wide range of issues relevant to the personal and professional lives of Wyoming County’s professional women in business."

Shaffer, the owner of Lila Pilates in Perry, began her career in community and economic development in Livingston and Wyoming counties. In 2001, she co-founded the Perry Farmers’ Market. She also spent four years as a healthcare marketing consultant for the Wyoming County Community Health System.

In 2006, Shaffer was diagnosed with acute promyelocytic leukemia. Subsequently, she put her efforts on the study of bodywork, movement, and wellness. At the Summit, she will discuss her journey to wellness and how she found movement and massage therapy to be the key to her overall health. She says the therapy ultimately improves and enhances her work performance.

"Every year we incorporate the ACWC’s year-long theme into the Women’s Summit,” said ACWC Executive Director Jacqueline Hoyt. “I am eager to hear the different interpretations regarding ‘Close to Home’ within the context of our women owned businesses or women in the work place. I am especially eager to hear how our keynote speaker Keirsten Schaffer will weave her information about the human body into the theme.”

Other presenters include:

    • Negotiating Skills: Victoria Reynolds, deputy district director, U.S. Small Business Administration

    • Multi-Generational Workplaces – Finding the Strengths: JoBeth Rath, trainer/Goodwill Industries

    • Personal Branding: Kelly Tracy, recruiter, Pioneer/Navient

    • Social Media, Where do You Want to Be?: Jessica Seymour, partner MOTIV Digital Media 

 Panel discussion speakers include:

    • Sarah Keeler, owner/instructor – Genesee Dance Theatre, Perry

    • Lisa Seewaldt, owner – Ash-Lin’s Elegant Rose Florist and Gift Shop, Warsaw

    • Laura DeBadts, independent senior sales director – Mary Kay, Warsaw

    • Sarah Billings, owner / Lead Stylist – slb salon & boutique Inc., Perry

    • Sandra Pirdy, owner – Creekside Fabrics, and motivational speaker/ instructor, Arcade

 The daylong summit is co-sponsored by the Beaver Hollow Conference Center/Biggest Loser Resort Niagara, Women’s OB-GYN of Warsaw, and Silver Lake Brewing Project in Perry.

General admission is $80 per person; $70 for ACWC and Chamber members. Seating is limited.

For more information or to register email Kelly Ashcraft at or call the Chamber office at (585) 786-0307.

Wednesday, September 13, 2017 at 10:53 am
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, news, events, announcements, Castile, Pike, government.

Information sourced from a press release:

Town of Castile Supervisor Keith Granger is being honored by the New York State Association of Counties (NYSAC) tonight for graduating from the NYSAC County Government Institute. The ceremony will be held at the NYSAC Fall Seminar in Syracuse.

Granger is not only the supervisor for the Town of Castile but also serves as a member of the Wyoming County Board of Supervisors.

The County Government Institute is a collaboration between NYSAC and Cornell University to provide training to county leaders. Curriculum includes required courses on building consensus, financial management, ethics, management, and the foundations of county government.

Granger says that he learned a lot from the Institute, particularly in areas of county finance and the many aspects of the budgeting process.

“I appreciated the learning experience to acquire personal skills and understanding of county issues,” Granger said.

“The County Government Institute equips county officials with the knowledge, skills, and tools necessary to address the challenges and opportunities of leadership, and to engage in civil dialogue with constituents as well as fellow leaders,” said NYSAC President and Schoharie County Treasurer William E. Cherry.

Born and raised in the town of Pike, Granger served for a combined 13 years as mayor for the villages of Pike and Castile and as trustee for a combined 14 years. Additionally, he retired at the rank of Sargent in 2014 after 25 years as a corrections officer at the Livingston Correctional Facility.

“The Institute’s vigorous curriculum prepares county leaders with the skills and knowledge necessary to meet the increasing demands of local government leadership in now and in the future,” said NYSAC Executive Director Stephen J. Acquario.

The courses are offered at NYSAC’s upcoming Fall Seminar in addition to an annual Legislative Conference in February, and Finance School in May. Courses are also offered regionally throughout the year, and enable county leaders to stay up-to-date on timely issues and opportunities in local government.

For more information about the County Government Institute visit

The New York State Association of Counties is a bipartisan municipal association serving the counties of New York State including the City of New York. Organized in 1925, NYSAC’s mission is to represent, educate and advocate for member counties and the thousands of elected and appointed county officials who serve the public.

Wednesday, September 13, 2017 at 10:05 am
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, news, health, announcements, WCCH.

Information sourced from a press release

Wyoming County Community Hospital established an Orthopaedic Clinic in 2014. Effective Dec. 1, Dr. Paul J. Mason (top right photo) and Physician Assistant James O’May (bottom left photo) will be providing orthopaedic services at the clinic on a full-time basis. In addition to his added hours at the clinic, Mason has also been named chief medical officer for WCCH. The full-time status is through Mason’s professional organization, Buffalo Bone and Joint Surgery.

Mason and O’May began providing orthopaedic services, along with Board Certified orthopaedic surgeons Dr. John Karpie and Dr. Lindsey Clark. 

Mason, a Board Certified orthopaedic surgeon, completed his medical degree at the State University of New York at Buffalo. He also completed his residency, as well as a Fellowship in hip and knee reconstruction, at Henry Ford Health System in Detroit, Mich.

Dr. Mason began practicing one day per week at WCCHS as his primary practice has been in Buffalo. He has performed more than 300 surgeries at WCCHS – approximately 100 have been hip or knee replacement surgeries. 

All three of the physician providers rank in the top 98th percentile in patient satisfaction in nationally conducted surveys. Eichenauer says he receives “many calls and letters with positive comments on the orthopaedic services and that more than a dozen of Dr. Mason’s patients have provided official testimonials in support of Dr. Mason.” 


Mason’s practice grew rapidly and as a result, many orthopaedic surgeries at WCCHS were scheduled two to three months out. Having Dr. Mason and Jim O’May here five days a week will provide a significant benefit to the community and WCCHS, Eichenauer says. 

Having practiced orthopaedic surgery in Buffalo for more than 12 years, Mason decided to focus his practice at WCCHS full-time because he is “impressed by the changes at WCCHS over recent years including the new construction, the focus on patient service and the quality of the staff.” 

"I truly enjoy the patients, the staff, and the rural community," Mason said. “Don and I had discussed increasing time at WCCHS over recent months and the timing just seemed right.” 

Karpie and Clark will continue to provide services at the WCCHS Orthopaedic Clinic.

As Chief Medical Officer, Mason will assist with hospital strategic planning, physician recruiting, patient satisfaction, as well as community education and involvement. Mason will work closely with Dr. Mandip Panesar, WCCHS’s recently appointed Medical Director, who will provide medical leadership assisting the medical staff in the delivery of patient care, medical education/research and for the advancement of clinical quality/safety initiatives.

Tuesday, September 12, 2017 at 12:59 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, announcements, health, Warsaw, Milestones.


Press release, photo submitted:

Wyoming County Community Health System (WCCHS) Board of Managers' recently announced the appointment of Dr. Mandip Panesar, Acute Hospital medical director, effective Sept. 1. 

Panesar currently serves as the Chief Medical Information Officer at Erie County Medical Center Corporation, Medical Director of the Hemodialysis Unit at the Regional Center of Excellence for Transplantation and Kidney Care, and a Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine at the University at Buffalo. 

Having received his medical degree from St. George's University, he completed his residency in Internal Medicine at Seton Hall University, St. Francis Medical Center, Trenton, N.J.  Additionally, he completed his Nephrology Fellowship at the University of Arkansas, Little, Rock, Ark., and holds a master of science degree in Physiology from McGill University, Montreal, Canada. 

Panesar replaces Dr. Bilal Ahmed, who served in this capacity since 2015. 

At the Aug. 29, Board of Managers' meeting, Don Eichenauer, CEO, and members of the Board expressed their thanks to Ahmed for his time at WCCHS and for his enthusiasm, leadership, and dedication. Ahmed has been instrumental in improving quality initiatives and ensuring staff members and clinicians place quality and patient service at the forefront. 

In his role as Medical Director, Panesar will carry on the activities of his predecessor and provide medical leadership assisting the medical staff in the delivery of patient care, medical education/research and for the advancement of clinical quality/safety initiatives.

Tuesday, September 12, 2017 at 12:52 pm
posted by Billie Owens in Mt. Morris, The Arc of Livingston-Wyoming, Milestones.

From a press release:

It was announced today that Kim Deming, a custodial worker at The Arc of Livingston-Wyoming (Mt. Morris), is one of 10 Western New Yorkers with disabilities -- among 58 statewide -- recognized as a 2017 William B. Joslin Outstanding Performer.

The annual people-centered awards celebrating exceptional job performance and personal growth are chosen by New York State Industries for the Disabled Inc. (NYSID) among those working on NYSID Preferred Source contracts.

Now in its 14th year, the awards program honored nine other Western New Yorkers. They are:

  • Richard Warner, Allegany Arc (Wellsville), production/assembly worker;
  • Duane Baker, The Arc of Steuben (Bath), custodial;
  • Christopher Knapp, Lifetime Assistance Inc. (Rochester), document destruction
  • Phillip Murvine, Chautauqua County Chapter NYSARC, Inc./The Resource Center (Jamestown), custodial
  • Samuel Muse, Cattaraugus County Chapter NYSARC, Inc./The ReHabilitation Center (Olean), custodial
  • Mark Natalzia, Southeast Works Inc. (Depew), custodial
  • Justin Pack, CDS Monarch (Rochester), production/assembly
  • Christopher Schwartz, Heritage Centers/Allentown Industries (Buffalo), custodial
  • Tracy Williams, Wayne ARC (Newark), custodial
They will be among those honored during NYSID's Annual Meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 26 in Saratoga Springs.
"We salute our 2017 award recipients as ambassadors of the wide-ranging abilities of New York State's workforce," said Ron Romano, NYSID president & CEO. "NYSID secures meaningful employment for all New Yorkers with disabilities who look to Preferred Source opportunities to choose an employment direction. Our award recipients speak to the dedication and commitment displayed by these individuals through meaningful work."
NYSID is a not-for-profit business with a mission of "Advancing employment and other opportunities for individuals with disabilities." Established in 1975, NYSID contracts for employment opportunities for nearly 7,000 New Yorkers with disabilities annually through New York's Preferred Source Program. NYSID's community rehabilitation member agencies and corporate partners are located throughout the state, providing jobs in the community and in production facilities. For more information, visit
Tuesday, September 12, 2017 at 12:27 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, events, agriculture, Warsaw.


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Combine generous portions of food and drink, a dash of local flavor, and two worthwhile causes and you have the recipe for “Harvest Fest: A Celebration of Food from Field to Table.” The event runs from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Sept. 20 at the American Legion Hall in the Warsaw Village Park.

Now in its sixth year, Harvest Fest uses a food sampling format to celebrate local growers, restaurants and culture. For one price, attendees can taste a variety of local food and drink in a farm-market atmosphere that also includes raffles and family friendly activities.

The money raised will benefit The Arc of Livingston-Wyoming and the Wyoming County Business Education Council (BEC). The Arc provides services to individuals with developmental disabilities and their families. The BEC assists local youth in becoming productive workers, lifelong learners, and better prepared for career choices.

Participating vendors include Byrncliff Resort and Conference Center, Deer Run Winery, Finger Lakes Cookie Company, Gordon and Karen Almeter, HLW Acres Poultry Processing, Honeygirl Gourmet, KidStart, The Lumber Yard Restaurant, Perry School Hightunnel & Garden, Pioneer FFA, the Wyoming County Dairy Princess, and Yummies.

Harvest Fest is made possible by a contribution from M&T Bank, with additional funding from Genesee Valley Federal Credit Union, and Farm Credit East.

Admission is $10 per person, and children 10 years old and under are free.

For tickets or more information, call Arc of Livingston-Wyoming event coordinator Suzanne Johnsen at (585) 658-2828, ext. 133, or visit

Monday, September 11, 2017 at 11:33 pm
posted by Billie Owens in news, announcements, anger management.

Press release:

If you’re in Genesee, Orleans or Wyoming counties, and have issues with dealing constructively with your anger, Independent Living of the Genesee Region (ILGR) will soon begin a series of FREE 12-week Anger Management workshops.

The group will be held from 2 to 3:30 p.m. every Tuesday from Sept. 19th to Dec. 5th, at ILGR’s office, 113 Main St. at Center Street, Suite 5, in Batavia.

Facilitated by Independent Living specialist Debra McKnight, the purpose of this group is to help individuals with Anger Issues using different Conflict Resolution Strategies to better manage and resolve conflicts in their lives.

It is open to individuals who are mandated by the courts or boards of parole, as well as the general public, and Completion Certificates will be issued to those attending all 12 sessions.

Participants MUST preregister to attend; to RSVP or get more information, please call Debra McKnight at (585) 815-8501, ext. 408, or email her at  

ILGR is a member of the Western New York Independent Living Inc. family of agencies that offers an expanding array of services to aid individuals with disabilities to take control of their own lives.




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