Monday, June 5, 2017 at 12:08 pm
posted by Billie Owens in adult education opportunity center, GCC, Warsaw.

Submitted photo and press release:

Genesee Community College is pleased to announce Katherine (Kate) Trombley as the new director of the Adult Education Opportunity Center (AEOC).

Trombley joins GCC with a wealth of experience and is excited to work with and support adults in Allegany, Genesee, Livingston, Orleans and Wyoming counties as they begin, resume or continue their educational objectives, goals and dreams.

"I am extremely passionate about education and learning," Trombley said. "Through this position, I will be able to assist adults who would like to attend college, obtain vocational training or change careers through the support of the services that AEOC offers to the region.

"I am very excited to share the resources and opportunities with potential students from Genesee, Orleans, Wyoming, Cattaraugus, Allegheny and Livingston counties."

The AEOC at GCC strives to assist adult students in connection with the appropriate resources that will help them to meet their individual goals.

With locations in Batavia, Arcade, Albion, Geneseo, Warsaw, Belmont and Basom, adults receive assistance with the admissions and financial aid forms and processing, as well exploring academic and career options, scholarships, and sorting through different academic scheduling that can include evening, weekend and online learning opportunities.

Trombley's prior position was with Western New York Independent Living in Buffalo where she served as director of outreach and community engagement and as the director of the Medicaid Application Assistance Program since 2012. At Western New York Independent Living, she was responsible for community engagement, education and outreach efforts.

These included community presentations, training about Medicaid, and community events to broaden the general understanding about programs and services which assist individuals with disabilities to achieve goals surrounding education, employment, housing, or other personal and professional growth through the Independent Living Center.

Trombley also taught Business Technology as an adjunct instructor at Bryant and Stratton College from 2012 – 2015, and was an adult educator of Strategic Planning/Business/Marketing at ITT Technical Institute in 2010.

She earned a master's degree in Executive Leadership and Change from Daemen College, a master's degree in Adult and Continuing Education and a bachelor's degree in Public Communications from the University at Buffalo. She is a resident of Lockport.

For further information on the AEOC, including available resources, locations, and contact information, visit the Center's website at http://www.genesee.edu/home/resources/adult-educational-opportunity-center/ or contact Kate Trombley directly by calling 585-345-6836 or emailing kbtrombley@genesee.edu.

Monday, June 5, 2017 at 11:49 am
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, news, crime, Warsaw, Perry, Attica.

The following were in Wyoming County Court June 1 before Judge Michael Mohun.

Christian Coffta, who committed a crime in Warsaw, pled guilty to failure to register as a sex offender, a Class E felony. He was sentenced to a three-year conditional discharge and fees and surcharges.

Clifford Murch, who is accused of a crime in Perry, had his case adjourned to June 20 for a Huntley Hearing. A Huntley Hearing is a pretrial hearing in New York State and is requested for the purpose of reviewing the manner in which the police obtained statements from the defendant.

Patrick Gugliuzza, who is accused of a crime in Warsaw, had his case adjourned to June 22.

Michael Williams, who committed a crime in Wyoming County, was arraigned on a violation of probation charge. The case has been adjourned to June 19. He was released on his own recognizance.

Lindell Cox, an inmate in a State Correctional Facility in Attica, had his case adjourned to Aug. 16 for plea cut-off. A trial is scheduled Sept. 22.

Monday, June 5, 2017 at 11:47 am
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, crime, news, Perry, Castile.

Amanda R. Bzduch, 22, of Perry, was charged May 30 with burglary in the second degree and petit larceny. Bzduch is accused of forcing entry into her ex-boyfriend’s home on Sheldon Street, Castile. Wyoming County Sheriff’s deputies say she broke into the house when he was not home and took things from both inside the house and the exterior shed. She was arraigned in the Town of Castile Court where she was put on pre-trial supervision. She is due in Castile Court June 12.

Tammy M. Stewart, 43, of Perry, was charged June 2 with aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle in the second degree, expired inspection, and unlicensed operator of a motor vehicle. Perry Police say Stewart was stopped for an expired inspection sticker. During the stop, it was allegedly found she had a non-driver ID, seven separate suspensions dating back to 2011 for failure to pay fines, answer summons and pay child support. She was put in Wyoming County Jail on $200 cash bail or $2,000 bond.

Friday, June 2, 2017 at 5:56 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, news, fire, Gainesville, Java, Varysburg, Strykersville, Attica.

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A fire on Devinney Road in Gainesville broke out early this afternoon, sending crews from Gainesville, Java and Varysburg fire departments to the scene.

Standing by at empty stations included Attica and Strykersville fire departments. Wyoming County Emergency Services assisted on scene.

There were no injuries reported at the time of this post.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

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Friday, June 2, 2017 at 12:06 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, events, agriculture, agribusiness, Business, Castile.

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The seventh annual Agri-Palooza 2017 will be held at Southview Farms, 5073 Upper Reservation Road, Castile. It is sponsored by Wyoming County Chamber & Tourism and the Wyoming County Farm Bureau and highlights agriculture in Wyoming County. The public is invited to discover, experience, and enjoy farming and all that it entails by spending the day on a working farm. 

The free event will be held from noon to 4 p.m. June 4.

Agri-Palooza features educational displays, farm tours, and children’s games and activities. Attendees will also see the variety of Wyoming County products on both display and for purchase. 

For more information visit GoWyoming.com.

Thursday, June 1, 2017 at 3:40 pm
posted by Billie Owens in FFA, Warsaw, Attica.

Press release:

Thirteen Batavia Career and Technical Education (CTE) Center students represented the Western Region at the New York State FFA Convention in Leadership Development Events in May at the State University of New York at Morrisville. Five of them reside in Wyoming County.

Melissa Keller (Pembroke) placed second in the Employment Skills event and will represent New York State at the Big E Fair next fall in Massachusetts. This event is the Eastern States Exposition Fair where students from throughout the Northeastern United States come to compete. Melissa earned a $1,500 national FFA scholarship called the America’s Farms Grow Ag Leaders/Monsanto Fund.

The team of Melissa Keller, Cole Hudson (Notre Dame) and Cherie Glosser (Warsaw), placed third in the Marketing Plan event. Four students, Rebecca Semmel (Warsaw), Stella Glosser (Warsaw), Sarah Lippert (Attica), and Elizabeth Jurs (Elba), competed as the Food Science team and placed ninth out of 27 teams.

Allison Pajda (Attica) placed sixth in the People in Agriculture event.

The Batavia CTE Center FFA program focuses on leadership, personal growth and career success. The co-advisors are Richardson and Holly Partridge, Animal Science instructor.

If you know of a current junior or underclassman who is interested in business or agriculture, or is unsure of a career path, applications are now being accepted for the Agri-Business Academy at the Genesee Valley Educational Partnership. The Agri-Business Academy is a one-year partnership program between the Partnership and Genesee Community College. This college prep program is geared toward highly motivated high school seniors interested in investigating careers in the agribusiness field.

Through the Agri-Business Academy, students explore the many career opportunities available to them — locally, internationally or often it is a dynamic blend of both. Students can also earn 15 college credits through the ACE program at Genesee Community College.

Applications are available at http://www.genesee.edu/home/ace/career-pathways/agri-business-academy/. Any questions can be directed to Richardson at (585) 344-7783 or kirchardson3@gvboces.org.

The Batavia Career and Technical Education Center is a program of the Genesee Valley Educational Partnership. The Partnership operates as a Board of Cooperative Educational Services offering shared programs and services to 22 component school districts located in Genesee, Wyoming, Livingston and Steuben counties in New York State.

Thursday, June 1, 2017 at 3:28 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, events, healthcare, Attica, Business.

Gateway Home Board of Directors Member Jeff Clark is going to jail June 10. 

Well, he’s not going to a real jail, but he will be held in a temporary jail as a fund-raising event for Gateway Home in Attica.

The event, which runs from 1 to 6 p.m., will be held at Louie’s Lounge, 38 Market St., Attica. Food and drinks will be available and raffles and live auctions will also be held.

Gateway Home is a comfort care facility for the terminally ill, with three months or less to live. Admittance is based on need and age is not a factor. Additionally, residents are not charged for services, nor does the home accept insurance.

“Gateway home is a nonprofit organization that provides this care 24-hours-a-day, seven-days-a-week,” Clark said. “It is staffed by professional medical personnel and they are aided by trained volunteers. The care and the operation of Gateway Home, on Main Street in the Village, is provided by the support of our community. Funding is from donations, bequeaths, capital fund raising, and grants.”

For more information about the organization or to make a donation, visit GatewayHomeAttica.org and click on the donate button. 

See related: Gateway Home to provide comfort care for terminally ill patients

Thursday, June 1, 2017 at 2:17 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, announcements, Warsaw, Business.

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The New York State Economic Development Council (NYSEDC) conducts an annual competition to recognize excellence in economic development marketing. 

Jim Pierce, executive director for the Wyoming County Industrial Development Agency received a Marketing, Literature & Promotion Award May 25 at NYSEDC’s 2017 annual meeting in Cooperstown. 

Nominations are submitted on behalf of local and regional economic development organizations, which compete in several categories and in two budget levels.

Effective marketing influences how the world views a community or organization. The nominations of the 2017 Marketing, Literature & Promotion Award winners demonstrate creativity, impact, and visual appeal, NYSEDC officials say.

The development brochure is used to attract new businesses, capital investment and job creation to Wyoming County that will enhance its existing business community. Its importance is to raise the awareness of the business advantages Wyoming County has for businesses that may be looking to relocate or expand.  

“It is used to attract three industry targets that are a good fit for Wyoming County based on a strategic marketing plan we put together,” Pierce said.

Those industry targets are recreation/tourism, manufacturing and agribusiness.  

“The IDA’s mission is to encourage and increase private investment that creates new job opportunities, retains and stabilizes the existing employment base, and generates added tax revenues through increased economic activity in Wyoming County.”

Some of the projects that have recently received approval for IDA assistance include the Grand View Terrace senior housing complex in Warsaw, and the expansion of Creative Food Ingredients in Perry. Additionally, the IDA continues to work on a multi-modal rail facility in the Town of Gainesville. Once completed, it will provide county businesses the opportunity to have accessible rail service.

The nominations are judged by a jury of four experts in business marketing and public relations. The 2017 judges were:

    • Joseph D. Russo, National Grid

    • Dave Homsey, Zone5

    • Paul Hook, Overit Media

    • Michelle Lansing, Think Write Studio

The NYSEDC has been the state’s principle organization representing economic development professionals, businesses, and colleges and universities for more than 40 years.

For information about the IDA visit http://www.wycoida.org/

Thursday, June 1, 2017 at 12:58 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, events, arts, Perry, ACWC.

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Agnes “Aggie” Tamrowski made an impact on the lives of many Wyoming County students and artists through her teaching, volunteering and artwork. 

On June 10, from 3 to 5:30 p.m., the Arts Council for Wyoming County (ACWC) will be hosting a memorial exhibition and celebration of her life in the Members’ Gallery, 31 S. Main St., Perry.

Jackie Hoyt, executive director of the ACWC, worked with Tamrowski over the past 29 years at both the Cordelia A. Greene Library and the ACWC. 

“Each time I would ask Aggie to help me execute an idea, she was always ready to lend 100-percent support and guidance to help make the idea become real.”

In 2011, she won the ACWC Patron of the Arts award and her work was often shown in exhibits at the gallery, including the annual members’ show Local Color. 

However, perhaps her biggest impact was her behind the scenes work as Hoyt’s assistant curator. Many shows at the ACWC were installed with her talent, steady eye, and vision to see where the best place was to present art in the galleries, Hoyt says.

In addition to being an artist, Tamrowski was a teacher for more than 35 years in the Letchworth School District. 

The show is a signature event in the ACWC’s Members’ Gallery on the second floor.

For more information call (585) 237-3517 or email info@artswyco.org or visit www.artswyco.org.

Wednesday, May 31, 2017 at 8:27 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, Business, announcements, Warsaw.

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Seven entrepreneurs graduated May 23 from the Wyoming County Business Center’s spring class of the Kauffman Foundation FastTrac New Venture Program. 

Graduates completed 10 fast-paced and challenging entrepreneurship classes delivered over a 10-week period. The program covered a wide variety of topics including: analyzing the feasibility of the business concept; assessing the market place; projecting cash flows; marketing; business legal matters; and developing a viable business plan. 

“I’m very impressed to see the level of qualifications of our microloan-financing applicants who are former FastTrac New Venture graduates,” said Wyoming County Business Center President Jim Pierce. “There’s a real benefit to going through an in-depth business planning process and targeted entrepreneurship training prior to obtaining business financing. This is evident when we look at many of the successful FastTrac Program businesses who continue to operate years after obtaining a business startup loan from the Wyoming County Business Center.”

The program’s first three classes are devoted to determining the viability and market potential of the business concept. The last seven classes help build the framework for a solid business plan.

The classes, which are intentionally kept small in size, are facilitated by two local experienced entrepreneurs. FastTrac participants work on their own business concept throughout the course.

The program moves at a brisk pace and is energizing, using guest speakers and interactive activities. Graduates also have lifetime access to resources through the online FastTrac Toolkit.

The business concepts from this cycle included energy products/services, microbrewery, golf resort and banquets, clock/watch repair, homemade jellies/family restaurant, exotic gourmet mushrooms, and a not-for-profit organization.

The Business Center Board of Directors and the county Board of Supervisors support the FastTrac New Venture program, recognizing that entrepreneurship and new business startups are a primary source of job growth for Wyoming County. FastTrac New Venture is a great tool to implement this strategy plus it has the resources of the Kauffman Foundation for support.

FastTrac New Venture will begin its next cycle of training on Sept. 5 in Warsaw, from 6 to 9 p.m. on Tuesdays. To register for the fall class, contact Jennifer Tyczka at the Wyoming County Business Center at (585) 786-3764 or email jtyczka@wycoida.org.

For more information about the program visit www.fasttrac.org

The program is sponsored by Tompkins Bank of Castile, Complete Payroll and Five Star Bank and the workforce development resources available to participants through Community Action for Wyoming County.

Wednesday, May 31, 2017 at 8:02 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, announcements, veterans, Sen. Gallivan.

Press release:

The state Senate has passed a variety of bills aimed at caring for and memorializing the men and women who have served in our military, as well as those still serving today. The legislative package will safeguard the welfare of those who protect our lives, ease their fiscal burdens, show them the path to crucial benefits, and venerate their service to this country.

“The brave men and women of our military sacrifice so much to keep our country and our citizens safe,” said Sen. Patrick M. Gallivan (R-C-I, Elma). “These measures recognize their commitment and dedication, provide protection and ease the financial burden they and their families may face. They are also an expression of the community’s gratitude for the service commitment and dedication our military personnel and veterans provide.”

Proposed legislation will it more affordable for service members to live in New York by:

    • Providing Tax Relief to Reservists Called to Active Duty: Bill S2520A, sponsored by Gallivan, allows the governing body of a city, village, town or county to exempt reservists called to active duty from property taxes. The exemption, which would span the time of active duty, would ease the financial burden that reservists and their families often face when they are called upon to serve;
    • Establishing a Task Force on Veteran Employment Opportunities. Bill S936 , cosponsored by Gallivan, creates a task force to study and improve the job market for veterans. The task force, to be made up of stakeholders within state government, the private sector, and institutions of higher education, will be charged with holding annual public hearings and making recommendations to the legislature regarding ways the state can assist those who served our country in finding and maintaining meaningful employment opportunities;
    • Helping Veterans Afford a Home: Bill S5158 assists service-related disabled veterans in affording a home by giving those with a VA disability rating of 40 percent or higher a preference in applications to the state’s Affordable Home Ownership Development Program;
    • Assisting More Veterans in Applying for Public Housing: Bill S1482 expands eligibility for veterans in public housing to include those of recent conflicts, and requires granting of a preference for public housing to veterans or families of veterans who have a military service connected disability;
    • Providing Tax Relief to Reservists Called to Active Duty. Bill S959 allows municipalities to offer the alternative veterans’ property tax exemption to members of the military who are currently serving on active duty. Under current law, individuals who are in active military service need to wait until their service in uniform is finished in order to receive the tax benefits extended by participating municipalities; and
    • Extending Property Tax Exemptions to Certain Reservist Veterans: Bill S5411 permits towns to offer reserve military veterans who participated in Operation Graphic Hand the alternative veteran property tax exemption.

Proposed legislation will help protect service members in New York by:

    • Increasing Penalties for Violence against Active Duty and Reserve Military Members: Bill S927 establishes a Class D felony for the crime of inciting violence against both active duty and reserve military service members in an effort to curb the destructive trend of targeting those who have made a career out of protecting the citizens of this country. The bill, cosponsored by Gallivan, makes it a Class C felony to commit assault against an active-duty soldier if the accused’s intent was to prevent that soldier from performing their lawful duty.

Proposed legislation will help connect service members and veterans in New York with important services for them and their families by:

    • Ensuring Continuity of Care for Service Members’ Families: Bill S5807 ensures that service members who have dependent family members with developmental disabilities continue to receive services from the state without interruption to guarantee better continuity of care and better outcomes for the individual;
    • Giving All Active Duty Members of the Military Greater Access to State Parks: Bill S3571 streamlines the process for active duty service members to receive their free Empire Passport for state park usage. Current law requires the Empire Passport to be filled out annually and to be received in the mail, making the entire process lengthy and cumbersome. Active duty service members and their immediate family would instead be eligible for the free pass by providing their military ID upon entry;
    • Simplifying the Process for Military Personnel to be Married: Bill S1013 authorizes military personnel scheduled for deployment in less than 30 days to get married within 24 hours of receiving their marriage license. Currently the mandatory waiting period of 24 hours for couples to get married is a hindrance to those expected to serve our country overseas and on short notice;
    • Expand Opportunities and Services Available to Service-Disabled Veterans: Bill S2424B directs the State Division of Veterans’ Affairs to develop a plan for a comprehensive statewide program of coordinated services for service-disabled veterans. The plan would include: health, medical, and rehabilitation services; and educational training and retraining services and facilities, employment and re-employment services, housing options, transportation options, long-term care options, personal care, day program service options, family outreach, and other essential services that maximize existing resources.

Proposed legislation will show respect for and recognition of military personnel and veterans and their families in New York by:

    • Increasing Availability to Financial Relief for Blind Veterans: Bill S200, cosponsored by Gallivan, provides an increase in the base rates of annuities payable to blind veterans and surviving spouses of blind veterans from $1,000 to $1,500. It also clarifies the formula for annual increases to take into account the latest federal increase for veterans’ annuities; and
    • Commemorating the Service of Veterans with Personalized License Plates: Bill S4464 authorizes the issuance of distinctive license plates for veterans while also exempting them from the one-time service and annual registration fees to keep their license plates updated.

The bills have been sent to the Assembly.

Wednesday, May 31, 2017 at 7:00 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, news, crime, Warsaw, Attica.

The following were in Wyoming County Court before Judge Michael Mohun May 26.

Rebecca Reding, who is accused of a crime in Warsaw, pled not guilty to welfare fraud in the third degree and grand larceny in the third degree, both are Class D felonies; and four counts of offering a false instrument for filing in the first degree, all as Class E felonies. The case has been adjourned to July 20.

The following are from State Correctional facilities in Attica.

Rance Dreher was in court for motions. A Huntley Hearing is scheduled June 19. A Huntley Hearing is a pretrial hearing in New York State and is requested for the purpose of reviewing the manner in which the police obtained statements from the defendant.

Sean Barnhill was in court for motions. The case has been adjourned to June 26.

Devante Spencer was in court for motions. A Huntley Hearing is scheduled June 19.

Anthony Placido had his case adjourned to June 19 for motions.

Keith Tyson had his case adjourned to June 19.

Wednesday, May 31, 2017 at 6:31 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, news, announcements, Warsaw, Perry, Attica, education.

Press release:

Assemblyman David DiPietro (R,C-East Aurora) announced a new round of funding for essential library repairs and upgrades within his district. 

In total, the New York State Education Department/New York State Library have approved 216 construction awards to public library systems in legislative districts throughout the state.

“These awards will go an incredibly long way in bringing our libraries up to legal code, rehabbing their appearances and keeping libraries at the center of our communities,” DiPietro said. “I will continue to fight for additional resources throughout the end of our legislative session to ensure our libraries receive their fair share of our tax dollars. We must continue to provide these vital resources to our community learning centers.”

Libraries to receive funding in the 147th District include:

    • Perry Public Library -- $10,807 to replace their existing air conditioning system;

    • Stevens Memorial Library in Attica -- $303,233 to upgrade the back entrance to be ADA compliant, and create a safer sidewalk doorway at the front entrance;

    • Warsaw Public Library -- $9,004 to improve access to both the elevator and fire alarm control panel; and

    • Boston Free Library -- $3,106 for interior and exterior rehab of their facilities.

There are approximately 1,000 public library buildings in communities across New York and more than half of them are more than 60 years old. Many are unable to accommodate users with disabilities, are energy inefficient and cannot provide Internet and computer technologies because of outdated and inadequate electrical wiring, officials say.

Project activities and expenditures eligible for grants from the State Aid for Library Construction Program include financing construction of new library buildings, construction of additions to existing buildings, and the renovation and/or rehabilitation of existing space.

In the 2017-18 State Budget, the Legislature provided $24 million for projects that will be announced in spring 2018.

Wednesday, May 31, 2017 at 6:25 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, news, announcements, environment, DEC.

Press release:

New York’s native turtles are on the move in May and June seeking sandy areas or loose soil to lay their eggs. Throughout the state, thousands of turtles are killed each year when they are struck by vehicles as they migrate to their nesting areas, say Department of Conservation (DEC) officials. 

It may take more than 10 years for a turtle to reach breeding age, and they lay just one small clutch of eggs each year, so the loss of a breeding female can have a significant effect on the local population. All 11 species of land turtles that are native to New York are declining, officials say.

The DEC offers the following tips:

    • Turtles can often be seen crossing roads this time of year. While the DEC encourages motorists to avoid hitting the turtle, do not swerve suddenly or leave the lane of travel.  

    • Be on the lookout for turtles and slow down, especially on roads near rivers and marshy areas.

    • If a turtle is seen in the road or shoulder and it is safe to stop, the DEC asks motorists to consider moving it to the shoulder on the side of the road in the direction it is facing.

    • Picking the turtle up by its tail may frighten or injure it. Most turtles can be picked up by the side of their shell.

    • Use extreme caution when moving snapping turtles; either pick her up at the rear of the shell near the tail using two hands, or slide a car mat under the turtle to drag her across the road.

    • Please do not take the turtle home. All native turtles are protected by law and cannot be collected without a permit.

For more information, click here.   

Tuesday, May 30, 2017 at 3:43 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, accident, news, Gainesville, Silver Springs.

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A two-vehicle accident temporarily shut down Route 19, just north of Route 19A, in Gainesville earlier today.

According to Wyoming County Sheriff’s deputies, a Silver Springs woman allegedly rear-ended a vehicle as they were traveling south on Route 19. 

One injury was reported, however, a passenger in one of the vehicles has a medical condition and was also taken to Wyoming County Community Hospital for observation. 

Assisting deputies included Gainesville and Pike ambulances.

The cause of the accident is unknown at this time and it is still under investigation.

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Tuesday, May 30, 2017 at 3:23 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, crime, news, Arcade, Perry, Java.

David A. McClurg, 49, of Perry, was charged May 27 with driving while intoxicated, driving with a BAC of .08 percent or higher, and failure to keep right. Wyoming County Sheriff’s deputies say McClurg was stopped after he was seen making an unsafe turn into the oncoming lane, swerving off the right hand side of the road and then swerving back over the centerline on Suckerbrook Road. During the stop, he was given roadside sobriety testing, which he allegedly failed. He is due in the Town of Perry Court June 21.

Michael Goss, 51, of Arcade, was charged May 28 with felony driving while intoxicated and unlawful possession of marijuana. Goss was stopped on Route 39, Sardinia, for allegedly speeding. New York State Troopers say an odor of alcohol was detected during the stop and Goss was asked to perform sobriety tests. He allegedly failed the tests and was arrested for DWI. Additionally, he is accused of possessing a small quantity of marijuana. He was taken to the trooper barracks in Holland where his breath sample allegedly showed a BAC of .11 percent. He is due June 13 in the Town of Sardinia Court. 

Stephen Trottier, 41, of Ontario, Canada, was charged May 27 with failure to yield the right of way at a stop sign, following a two-car accident on Route 78 and Youngers Road, Java. Wyoming County Sheriff’s deputies say Trottier was traveling south on Youngers Road when he collided with a vehicle westbound on Route 78. There were three passengers that sustained non-life-threatening injuries. They were taken to ECMC and Women's & Children’s Hospital, both in Buffalo, via North Java, Bliss, and Medic 80 ambulances. Trottier is due in Java Town Court in July. Barbers Towing assisted in removing the vehicles from the scene.

Amanda M. Comstock, 27, of Perry, was charged May 19 with aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle in the third degree, unlicensed operator and speeding. She is due in Geneseo Village Court at a later date.

A 17-year-old Perry teen was charged May 28 with unlawful possession of marijuana following a complaint to the Genesee County Sheriff’s Office. The teen is accused of possessing a small quantity of marijuana. She is due in Batavia Town Court on June 26.

Tuesday, May 30, 2017 at 2:57 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, crime, news, Covington, Warsaw.
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Scott A. Moulton was initially stopped for allegedly speeding on Wyoming Road in the Town of Covington, May 26. However, during the stop, deputies say the 45-year-old Warsaw man was found to have 31 glassine bags of heroin.

Wyoming County Sheriff’s deputies say Moulton was driving a 2001 Saturn when he was stopped on Route 19 in Covington. During the stop, he allegedly showed signs of drug use. Subsequently, he was given field sobriety testing, which he is accused of failing. 

Following his arrest, a the Livingston County Sheriff’s K9 Unit was brought to the scene to search the vehicle. K9 Hondo was said to have alerted to the front hood area of the vehicle. Officers say a search of the engine compartment led to the discovery of the heroin hidden inside the air-filter housing.

Moulton was taken to the Wyoming County Sheriff’s Office for a drug influence evaluation. A drug recognition expert determined him to be impaired by multiple drug categories.

He was charged with: driving while ability impaired by drugs; driving while ability impaired by the combined influence of drugs; failure to notify the Department of Motor Vehicles of change of address; and speed in zone.

He was also charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance in the third degree, a Class B felony, for possessing a narcotic drug with intent to sell.

He was put in Wyoming County Jail in lieu of $10,000 cash bail or bond. He is due in the Town of Covington Court on June 19.

Tuesday, May 30, 2017 at 12:39 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, events, Perry, Warsaw, Strykersville.

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Memorial Day in Warsaw.

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Memorial Day in Perry.

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Memorial Day in Strykersville.

Tuesday, May 30, 2017 at 12:31 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, events, railroad, Arcade, Attica.

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There are many what ifs that could have changed the course of history for the Arcade & Attica Railroad. However, one of those what ifs can be considered the heart of the railroad – the community surrounding the A&A.

What if the community surrounding the railroad -- then called the Buffalo, Attica & Arcade -- didn’t see the rail as a link to nearby cities?

During the 1800s, the farmers of Western New York saw the perfect opportunity for a link to the big cities when railroads began stretching across the country.

In 1880, the line officially opened when the Pennsylvania Railroad bought up all the small, incomplete railroads and linked them together, thus forming the Buffalo, Attica & Arcade Railroad.

However, in 1917, when the line was in danger of shutting down, the businessmen surrounding it, along with nearby farmers, merchants and general townsfolk, bought stock and formed the Arcade & Attica Railroad Corporation, thus saving the railroad. 

“The railroad industry’s origins date back the 18- and 1900s,” said Arcade Town Historian Jeff Mason. “So it’s not really out of the ordinary that a railroad would be 100 years old. But, not many have had the same name or corporate structure for 100 years… the stocks of the Arcade & Attica have had the same name for 100 years.”

For many, the face of the A&A Railroad is the passenger steam excursion to the Chaffee Road depot (Curriers Corners). However, in its early years, the train connected businesses and farmers in rural Western New York to nearby cities as a freight line.

“Everything is built around the railroad in this town (Arcade),” said longtime A&A employee Pat Connors. “Lots of industry that was developed here because of the railroad is still here today.”

Although the A&A doesn’t haul as much freight as it once did, the weekend and special event rides keep the train rolling.

“The railroad survived because of the people who use it, enjoy it, and who work here,” Connors said. “It is the people…we do it because we love it and want you all to enjoy it.”

The A&A Railroad is the second-oldest tourism asset in Wyoming County – Letchworth State Park is number one – says Wyoming County Chamber President Scott Gardner. Throughout the train’s history, 1.5 million people have come to Arcade because of the railroad.

Not only did the A&A celebrate its 100th anniversary with a ribbon cutting and special train excursion Saturday, for the first time in its history the steam engine hauled passengers running in reverse to the Chaffee Road depot.

In addition to celebrating its 100 years in business, the A&A was also named Tourism Business of the Year by the Chamber & Tourism Department at a recent awards dinner. 

See related: Recognizing businesses for their contributions to Wyoming County

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