Friday, September 1, 2017 at 2:54 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, fire, news, Strykersville, Sheldon.

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A welding spark was the cause of a vehicle fire early this afternoon at a home on Welch Road in the Town of Java.

Fire department officials say the homeowner was working on an old military Jeep when a spark from the welder he was using came in contact with gasoline and ignited. Although the vehicle was directly in front of an outbuilding, the direction of the wind saved the building from being hit by the flames.

Members of the Strykersville and Sheldon fire departments responded to the scene shortly after noon and quickly extinguished the flames.

There were no injuries reported in the incident.

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Friday, September 1, 2017 at 12:08 pm

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Hidden Valley Animal Adventure is getting ready for fall with safari tours running Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, from Sept. 5 through Oct. 29, including Columbus Day Oct. 9.

From Sept. 8 through 30 tours run from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Fridays, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays at the park, 2887 Royce Road, Varysburg. Check the calendar at hiddenvalleyadventure.com for October’s hours and special events.

Celebrate the harvest with the park’s Fall Harvest Sundays Sept. 10, 17 and 24, and Oct. 1 and 8. In addition to its Wild Safari tours, there will be a corn maze, demonstrations, games, crafts and more.

Stir in Halloween on Oct. 28 with the dinner theater production of “Witches Brew.” And on Nov. 25, ring in the Christmas spirit with “All She Wants for Christmas.”

Both productions are presented by Enchanted Cabaret and include dinner.

For tickets to the shows or more information about other events at the park visit hiddenvalleyadventure.com or call (585) 535-4100.

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Thursday, August 31, 2017 at 1:20 pm

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Press release, photo submitted.

Congressman Chris Collins (NY-27) toured the Beaver Meadow Audubon Center Wednesday and discussed his support for both the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative and Land and Water Conservation Fund.

The Center, located at 1610 Welch Road, North Java, promotes appreciation of the natural world through education and stewardship, officials say.

Thursday, August 31, 2017 at 1:10 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, crime, news, Perry, Warsaw.
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      Clifford Murch

A Perry man charged in the August 2016 rape of a child, pled guilty Thursday in Wyoming County Court.

Clifford Murch, 21, was charged Dec. 8 with rape in the second degree and endangering the welfare of a child under 17 years old. He was put in Wyoming County Jail on $20,000 cash bail.

Murch was accused of the crime following an investigation that took place late last summer. The then 20-year-old was on parole at the time the rape took place.

In February he pled not guilty to the charges and an order of protection was served. Bail was set again at $20,000 cash.

During his appearance in court Aug. 30, Murch pled guilty to rape in the second degree, a Class D felony.

Sentencing is scheduled Sept. 28.

Wednesday, August 30, 2017 at 2:40 pm

Press release:

Adam Marquart has recently been named to the newly created New York State Young Farmer Advisory Board on Agriculture.

Recommended by Sen. Patrick M. Gallivan (R-C-I, Elma), Marquart is to serve on the 20-member board comprised of representatives of the agriculture industry from across the state.

“I always wanted to be a part of agriculture and have been blessed to be able to do so,” Marquart said. “I look forward to working together on a committee that encourages local agriculture sustainability and ensures New York State continues to be a place for agriculture and family farms to thrive.”

The board will identify issues relating to young and beginning farmers. Additionally, it will provide advice to the commissioner, the governor and relevant state agencies regarding the promotion of agriculture as a career path and the economic development of young and aspiring farmers.

Marquart has a degree in Logistics and Business Management from Niagara University and is Operations Manager for his family’s farm, Marquart Brothers LLC in Gainesville. The vegetable and dairy farm produces potatoes, green beans, corn, wheat and hay. The farm has also introduced a line of potato chips called New York Chips, made with 100-percent New York potatoes.

"I am confident that Adam and other members of the Young Farmer Advisory Board will provide valuable guidance to help ensure New York’s vital agriculture industry continues to grow and succeed,” Gallivan said. “The best way for the state to support our farmers is to hear directly from those who provide the food and farm products we depend on.”

The Board was established by legislation cosponsored by Gallivan and approved by the Legislature and the governor earlier this year. Its members include people of the agriculture community appointed by the governor, the Senate and the Assembly. Members serve without salary and will meet quarterly. The board must also issue an annual report identifying and prioritizing policy issues, which affect young and aspiring farmers.      

The New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets will provide support services to the Young Farmer Advisory Board.

Wednesday, August 30, 2017 at 2:16 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, crime, news, Attica, Arcade, Perry, Warsaw.

In a report dated Aug. 21 by New York Upstate, Wyoming County ranks fourth in the least crime-ridden counties in New York State. The county reports 797 violent and property crimes combined per 100,000 people. Nearby Allegany County boasts 11 fewer and Putnam County has the least number of violent/property crimes with 609.

According to information culled from the Crime in New York State 2015 Preliminary Data report, statewide crime per 100,000 people between 2006 and 2015 dropped 20.7 percent – from 2,475.7 to 1,964.1. Violent Crime dropped 13 percent – from 434.2 to 378 per 100,000, and property crime decreased 22.3 percent – from 2,041.5 to 1,586.1.

Wyoming County had a total of 1,032.2 crimes – 141.9 violent and 890.3 property – in 2015, per 100,000 people.

The report states that crime reached an all-time low in 2015 since statewide reporting began in 1975.

Nearby Genesee and Erie counties were counted in the top 25 most crime-ridden counties, with Genesee ranking 14 – 2,040.7 total crimes – 195.9 violent and 1,844.8 property, and Erie County coming in at the fifth most crime-ridden county with a total of 2,829.8 crimes, of which 410.8 are violent and 2,418.9 are property crimes.

Additionally, more than half of Western New York counties are ranked in the top 25 most crime-ridden counties in the state. Of the five counties listed including Erie and Genesee, Orleans (1,614.3 total crimes per 100,000 people) is the least crime ridden and Niagara County (2,778.2) ranks number one. Chautauqua came in at number eight with 2,515.5 total violent and property crimes per 100,000 people.

What makes Wyoming County one of the safest places in the state to live? Local law enforcement and the District Attorney’s office credit its community.

“First of all we live in a community with hard-working people who take pride in their families, property and their community as a whole,” said Wyoming County District Attorney Donald O’Geen. “Second, the one thing that stands out to me when you mention the other counties and their crime rates is that in Wyoming County we (the chiefs, sheriff, troopers, probation, and my staff) take the approach that we are all on the same team, so we generally are all pulling in the same direction.”

“I agree with District Attorney O'Geen with respect that our community here in Wyoming County is a very hard-working group of people who do take pride in their families, property and the community as a whole,” said Attica Police Chief Dean Hendershott. “The core values of the citizens in our county is amazing.”

The joint cooperation and investment into its communities are equally shared in all aspects of law enforcement throughout the county and beyond, officials say. The interagency communication, partnering and general idea of "let's get the job done" are paramount. 

“We have all but eliminated ‘turf’ issues among departments,” O’Geen said. “We embrace new ideas and technologies such a treatment courts, re-entry programs, body cameras, aggressive welfare fraud investigations, and a lean but highly efficient drug task force.”

“I believe the residents of Wyoming County believe in public safety and that it is a core function of government on every level, which in turn garnishes support at their respective legislature or boards,” said Wyoming County Sheriff Greg Rudolph. “Additionally, Wyoming County law enforcement agencies have the vast majority of their deputies, officers and troopers living here in their community. They have a vested interest and pride in serving and protecting the area where they grew up and where their children are being raised.”

Wyoming County finds itself leading on public safety issues, as opposed to following, says O’Geen. Additionally, the Board of Supervisors gives its full support to public safety issues.

“They recognize that public safety is one of the primary functions of government and they fully support a unified criminal justice system,” O’Geen said. “My perception is that our village governments take that same position.”

There is a combined total of 49 full-time and 32 part-time officers in Wyoming County, which includes law enforcement from the villages of Attica, Arcade, Perry, and Warsaw, and the Sheriff’s Office. Additionally, there are eight full-time and seven part-time employees in the Communications Division of the Sheriff’s Office, and 32 full-time and 11 part-time officers in the Jail Division. The numbers do not reflect the civilian clerks in the respective departments, nor the crossing guards.

“We also receive a lot of information and cooperation from our community, which in turn results in both deterrence and prosecution,” Rudolph said. “As Don mentioned, our law enforcement community has a team approach and worries more about doing the right things and doing a professional job than receiving credit. A perfect example is the Drug Task Force.”

With the heroin/opioid epidemic that is hitting all communities, even the rural ones, the Drug Task Force does its fair share in keeping the crime rate lower, officials say. Each law enforcement agency is represented on the task force, however, it is not a full-time position. 

“More time and funding needs to be put towards the task force to help mitigate the flow of illegal drugs into our communities that is poisoning our youth, our future, but also individuals, family members and parents,” Hendershott said. 

“As the sign in my office says, ‘It is amazing what you can accomplish if you don't care who gets the credit’ (Harry S. Truman). This is the common goal and purpose of law enforcement in Wyoming County. In my 27 years as a police officer I can't recall such cooperation, not only within the county but with the State, Federal and out of county law enforcement. Sept. 11 forged such relationships and cooperation.”

The District Attorney’s office continues to be highly aggressive with the most dangerous criminals by holding them accountable for their actions. The Office takes a strong stance against heroin dealers, burglars and domestic-violence perpetrators, which make a difference in keeping crime down, officials say.

“By holding them accountable, we are creating a culture where they know it will not be tolerated and in some cases that culture is driving criminals right out of the county,” O’Geen said. 

The jail runs a highly disciplined operation to ensure accountability, Rudolph says, but also boasts a school and 14 programs that range from religious to substance abuse rehab to parenting to assist in rehabilitation.

All law enforcement officials in the county agree, they approach every call as problem solvers, putting the community first.

“In light of the attacks against law enforcement officers around the country, the people of Wyoming County have been nothing but kind, cordial and extremely supportive of our mission and work,” Rudolph said. “As with any group of people, there is a 1-percent rule that does make our duties extremely difficult at times, however, the constant professionalism displayed by the men and women in law enforcement in our county provides for a safe result nearly every time.”

Wednesday, August 30, 2017 at 11:30 am
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, announcements, education.

Press release:

The New York State Police announce they will once again participate in AAA’s annual School’s Open—Drive Carefully campaign. Each year the campaign works to help preserve the safety of children traveling to and from school.

"With traffic safety a top priority for our agency, we will once again ramp up enforcement and raise driver awareness as school buses return to our roads and our children walk our sidewalks,” said Superintendent George P. Beach II. “We ask that parents, friends and neighbors spread the word and work with law enforcement year round. Please pay attention behind the wheel to make sure our kids stay safe.”

AAA’s yearly School’s Open—Drive Carefully campaign alerts motorists to the special risks to school-age children from motor vehicle crashes, the leading cause of death for children from 5 to 14 years old. The campaign begins today and runs through Oct. 13.

Motorists will receive an additional reminder each time they see one of the School’s Open bumper stickers on State Police vehicles, as well as other official vehicles, school buses and passenger cars.

State Police want to remind drivers to show extra caution as schools reopen, vacation-minded children are apt to be less careful. Motorists should be particularly alert for children darting out between parked cars on busy streets.

Tuesday, August 29, 2017 at 5:25 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, events, history, Warsaw, Perry.

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There is one situated neatly on a side road between a row of houses, another is found on the grounds of a Village Park, the third one is in close proximity to Silver Lake.

“A lot of us drive by museums and historical societies and think, ‘I’ll have to stop there someday’ and then you may not get to it,” said Wyoming County Historian Cindy Amrhein. “They don’t know the wonderful things they are missing. Our county has a fascinating history when you see how each town had a part in its creation.”

Amrhein is talking about the inaugural launch of the Eat Your Way Through History tour. Although Amrhein organized and is the “head chef” for the tours, it isn’t a fundraiser for the County Historian’s Office, but rather to benefit the museums and historical societies in the county – both financially and visibly.

The motivation behind the tour is to bring awareness to what the county has to offer from a historical perspective. This undertaking is/was set over the course of four blocks: one in June, the most recent one held Saturday, one in September, and the final one in October. There was also a “free block” during the Wyoming County Fair.

The first stop on Saturday’s tour was at the Seth M. Gates House on Perry Avenue in the Village of Warsaw.

Warsaw was founded in 1803 by Elizur Webster, says Historical Society member George Almeter. While nobody really knows why the town was named Warsaw, it was the first in the country to create the Liberty Party.

“The first Liberty Party started in 1839 in a church on South Main and Livingston streets,” Almeter said. “The Town had its own anti-slavery newspaper, which eventually moved to Perry, and it was part of the Underground Railroad at its height in 1853.”

The newspaper was made out of rags in 1838, which preserved the text allowing an almost pristine copy to be predominantly displayed in the museum/historical society. The society also houses a completely intact cloak worn by a soldier who fought in the Revolutionary War.

The idea behind the Eat Your Way Through History tour was one Amrhein was kind of thrown into when she first became a historian in 1997 for the Town of Alabama.

“The supervisor needed a historian right away for this Eat Your Way Through History tour the then Genesee County Historian, Sue Conklin, had planned,” Amrhein said. “So, in a week I whipped something together. My town was dessert. I did everything apples and talked about the apple dryer in Alabama in the late 1800s. In Genesee (County) we only did one tour a year, over several years.

“Since this is the 75th anniversary of the Wyoming County Historian’s office and our publication Historical Wyoming, I wanted to do it up big. So I thought ‘why not do a tour but on a grander scale?’ So I guess you could say it’s like the Eat Your Way Through History tour from 20 years ago, but on steroids – all the county’s museums in one year.”

All the dinnerware, napkins, and cups have the Eat Your Way Through History logo, and advertising for the event was made using modified ads from the 1950s. There are even passports, neck wallets to carry them in, trivia games, and gift bags.

However, before the bling was bought and the tour schedule set, Amrhein had to get the historians, the historical societies and the museums on board with the idea.

“Even though the plan wasn’t fully developed yet in my head, I tossed out the idea just to see if it was possible and if there was enough interest,” Amrhein said. “I wanted to try and include historians as well as historical societies even if they had no museum.”

For the tour, Laury Lakas, historian for Orangeville, teamed up with Sheldon Historical Society, which has a museum. Covington doesn’t have a museum but they have a historical society so they are holding the event at the old Town Hall. Additionally, there are two new museums without historical societies attached to them – Attica Preservation Foundation Museum in Attica, and the Perry Fire Department Museum in the Village Park in Perry (open Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.).

“Five or six years ago we needed a place to put the antique trucks,” said museum curator Robin Poydock. “Instead of selling the trucks, we built a building.”

In addition to storing the 1937 truck – with a V-12 engine and straight pipes – which the department had purchased new at the time, it also houses a truck from 1915, photos, speaking trumpets (similar to a megaphone) and various other department memorabilia.

“The photos were in storage in the basement of the fire department and we found a photo of our first chief holding one of the speaking trumpets,” Poydock said. “Before the department was organized in 1887 there were bucket brigades. And when the department first started, there was 24-hour coverage. The fire hall was also designated as a fallout/bomb shelter.”

To organize an event that spans the entire county took a bit of finagling, Amrhein says.

“First I had to see which of our museums or historical societies or historians were willing to play. Then I had to coordinate around events they already had planned or do every year at the same time. I also wanted the route to be in some order where they were all fairly close to each other and then guesstimate travel time from one location to the other.

“If possible, I tried to end them in a spot that would encourage further exploration. For example, the tour we just had ended at the Pioneer Cabin, which is a beautiful spot by Silver Lake. The one in October ends in Castile, and that is close to Letchworth State Park. For some towns it just wasn’t possible for them to participate, and Pike we did by using the county fair museums.”

The Pioneer Association began in 1872 with a picnic, says association member Bob Murphy who was the guide at the Pioneer Cabin on Walker Road in Perry. However, it wasn’t until about 25 years ago that the association got its artifacts back after being stored at Letchworth State Park.

Along with the cabin, the last running one-room schoolhouse in Wyoming County is on the property – the building was brought to Walker Road out of LaGrange, a 2,000-year-old “meeting” tree from Covington also sits in prominent display, and the museum boasts the history of the infamous Silver Lake Sea Serpent.

On July 13, 1855, Joe McKnight had this to say about the serpent: It looked like a giant log coming toward the boat. The thing was a reptile about 80 feet long with eyes as red as hot coals. The serpent lashed out its tail and water flew four feet into the sky.

As the story spread, more people said they saw the serpent. Tourists packed nearby hotels and homes to get a glimpse of the beast but it always escaped into the foam, the legend says. Then as quickly as it came to be, the “monster” disappeared, never to be seen again on Silver Lake.

“The truth was, A.B. Walker built the ‘serpent’ with friends to stir up business at his hotels,” Murphy said. “But the story is based on an Indian legend about a monster in the sea.”

Another fun fact about the serpent is that it was built three different times, says Murphy. The contraption was stored in three different buildings, all of which had burned down destroying the “monster” each time.

Susan B. Anthony had once visited the museum and Franklin D. Roosevelt had been a guest speaker at the Cabin in 1945.

“Each tour stop has been different than the one before it,” Amrhein said. “The collections, the history to tell, the food, it’s all so unique. Our tourists are having a great time.”

This project was funded, in part, by a grant through the Arts Council for Wyoming County.

“I couldn’t have done it without them,” Amrhein said. “They are how it was possible to pay for most of the advertising and the printing of the passports. The revenue from the passport sales is divided up between all the museums and historical societies that participated.”

The passports were printed by The Arc of Livingston and Wyoming at the Hilltop Printshop in Mount Morris.

While there are three spots still available for the fourth block of the tour in October, Amrhein said she is already busy planning next year’s excursion.

Next year, grant willing she says, it will be a more independent tour spanning six months to coincide with regular museum and historical society hours. Participants will still get passports and prizes, however, closer to 120 to 150 people can join in the fun. (Eat Your Way Through History had to limit the number of patrons due to spatial concerns at the facilities.)

“The more players, the more our museums and historical societies benefit. There will be clues at each museum…a treasure hunt of sorts,” Amrhein said. “I don’t want to give too much away now though, but it will be called A Treasure Hunt Through History.

This year, each block tour was $12 or all four blocks for $45.

“It’s been great fun and the museums are doing an awesome job,” Amrhein said. “I’m thankful our historical societies and museums have gone all out to make this event a success, and so far, the ones I’ve talked to are on board for next year. And who doesn’t like a treasure hunt, right?”

The Eat Your Way Through History project was made possible with funds from the Decentralization Program, a regrant program of the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Gov. Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature and administered by the Arts Council for Wyoming County.

For more information about the tours or the Historian’s Office call (585) 786-8818.

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Tuesday, August 29, 2017 at 12:05 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, crime, news, Arcade.
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     Hal E. Meacham

A Cattaraugus County man was arrested Aug. 25 following an investigation by the Arcade Village Police Department and the New York State Police, Machias Barracks.

Arcade Police officers say, as one of the officers was walking back to his vehicle following a traffic stop on Route 98 near Brown School House Road Aug. 23, Hal E. Meacham, of Farmersville, pulled up behind the patrol car. Meacham allegedly got out of his vehicle and began a “dialog” with the officer, saying he was “out of his jurisdiction.”

As a result of the investigation, not only was he allegedly found to have impersonated a police officer, several items of police equipment were seized as well.

He was charged with criminal impersonation in the second degree.

He was arraigned in the Town of Freedom Court and released on his own recognizance pending further court proceedings.

Tuesday, August 29, 2017 at 11:40 am
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, announcements, Business, Perry, Castile, Warsaw, Arcade.

Information based on a press release:

Tompkins Bank of Castile has announced the results of the fourth and final round of its quarterly Community Minute Challege.

Friends of Letchworth State Park, the local fourth-round participant, was not chosen.

That honor went to Gilda’s Club Rochester. Each quarterly winner is awarded $2,500.

Gilda’s has been serving the Greater Rochester community since 1959, first as Cancer Action Inc., and then in 2000 as Gilda’s Club. Its mission is to create welcoming communities of no cost support to those living with cancer – men, women, teens and children – along with their families and friends.

The winning organization for each Community Minute Challenge is determined by public voting on the Tompkins Bank of Castile Facebook page. Visitors watch one-minute videos produced by participating nonprofits and then vote for their favorite.

The first-round and third-round winners were both in Wyoming County. Respectively, they were Going to the Dogs Rescue, Main Street, Perry, an organization dedicated to helping homeless pets find loving forever homes; and Community Action for Wyoming County, which seeks to improve the quality of life of all people they serve by focusing on their needs, and encouraging them to realize their goals and become self-sufficient.

The second-round winner was Arc of Genesee Orleans, a resource of choice for people with disabilities and their families in both Genesee and Orleans counties.

Other organizations that participated in round four included:

    • Delphi Drug and Alcohol Council Inc. (Monroe County)

    • Friends of the Richmond Memorial Library (Genesee County)

    • Genesee Cancer Assistance (Genesee County)

    • Geneseo Parish Outreach Center (Livingston County)                         

“As proud members of the communities where we operate, we’re thankful for the important services that are provided by not-for-profit organizations in our area,” said Bank of Castile President and CEO John McKenna. "We’re thrilled to be able to bring attention to their positive work.”

Launched in August 2016, the challenge has awarded $10,000 in funds to local not-for-profit organizations. The program has helped organizations with much-needed money, and has increased exposure within their communities. 

“Winning the Community Minute Challenge was a huge boost for our organization in multiple ways,” said Going to the Dogs Rescue President Melissa Nichols-Henchen. “The monetary prize went a long way in purchasing vaccines and microchips for community dogs, giving us the ability to provide some basic care for animals who might not have had it otherwise."

Likewise, Community Action of Wyoming County Executive Director Connie Kramer was also grateful.

“Like many non-profits, we are able to provide programs through grants and designated donations,” Kramer said. “Of course, we also have day-to-day expenses that allow us to deliver our programs, so we were thrilled to be selected as a winner and apply the prize towards our operating budget." 

Tompkins Bank of Castile is a community bank with 16 offices in the five-county Western New York region. Services include complete lines of consumer deposit accounts and loans, business accounts and loans, and leasing. In addition, insurance is offered through an affiliate company, Tompkins Insurance Agencies, Wealth management, trust and investment services are provided through Tompkins Financial Advisors. Further information about the bank is available at www.bankofcastile.com.

Tuesday, August 29, 2017 at 11:18 am
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, announcements, library, news, Patrick Gallivan.

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Press release, file photo:

Sen. Patrick M. Gallivan (R-C- I, Elma) announced grants to 15 public libraries in Wyoming, Livingston and Monroe counties located in the 59th State Senate District. The libraries will share a total of $40,000.

“Public libraries enrich the lives of residents of all ages by providing access to books, films, computers and the Internet,” Gallivan said. “People can do research, advance their education, write a resume or search for a job from the comfort of their neighborhood library. It’s important to make sure these facilities have the resources necessary to meet the needs of the communities they serve.”

The grants are to be used for technology related programs and services, including the purchase of computer equipment, or security-related items.

The following libraries in Wyoming County received $2,500 each:

  • Arcade Free Library
  • Cordelia A. Greene Library (Castile)
  • Eagle Free Library
  • Perry Public Library
  • Pike Library
  • Stevens Memorial Library (Attica)
  • Town of Gainesville Public Library
  • Warsaw Public Library
  • Wyoming Free Circulating Library Association
Monday, August 28, 2017 at 1:47 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, events, Perry, arts.

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The third annual Pieces of Perry: En Plein Air event highlights buildings and scenery in the Village of Perry. En Plein Air is a French expression meaning "open air," which refers to creating a work of art outside.

The event runs from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 16, in which area artists will transform Main Street into an outdoor art gallery. Additionally, their creations will be up for auction at the Hole in the Wall Restaurant, 7056 Standpipe Road, Perry, during the Art Auction & Social from 2:30 to 5 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 17.

For the first time this year, Pieces of Perry will include a historic walking tour of Downtown Perry with Ernie Lawrence. The tour will be focusing on the lives of four citizens of Perry who were abolitionists and operators on the Underground Railroad. This one-hour walking tour begins at 1:30 p.m. Sept. 16.

Lawrence is an amateur historian who has lived in Perry for 35 years. He is also a former teacher at Letchworth Central School.

The Art Auction & Social is free to registered artists who contribute their work; $20 for adults and $10 for children 12 years old and under. Proceeds will be used to improve the Silver Lake Trail.

For more information, to preregister for the En Plein Air event, or to order tickets for the auction email Jacquie Billings Barlow at billingsjacquie@gmail.com. Information is also available at the Perry Main Street Association booth at the Perry Farmer’s Market.

Pieces of Perry is organized in conjunction with the Arts Council for Wyoming County, sponsored by the Perry Main Street Association, and funded by the Village and Town of Perry. En Plein Air artworks will be displayed at the Hole in the Wall, a satellite gallery of the Wyoming County Arts Council, through the end of October.

Monday, August 28, 2017 at 12:54 pm

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Press release:

Nine men and women with disabilities from The Arc of Livingston-Wyoming are using photographic art to provide a better understanding of their perspectives and worldview, in a new exhibit this September at Livingston Arts Center.

“I never really took many photographs before this project,” said participant Miranda Snyder. “But I really enjoyed going out and capturing pictures of things that I like, like animals and flowers. I learned that you can take pictures at different angles. It helps people to see things the way that I see them. When people see the pictures that I took, we might find out that they like the same things that I do.”

Snyder and her peers from The Arc will present their photographs at the opening of an exhibit entitled “A Different Point of View,” from 5 to 7 p.m. Sept. 6 at the Livingston Arts Center, 4 Murray Hill Drive, Mount Morris. The exhibit will run throughout September and is open to the public.

Participants spent two days this summer capturing the sights and nuances of SUNY Geneseo, the Village of Geneseo, and Letchworth State Park. The aspiring photographers used adaptive equipment where needed to explore an art form that, for some, had not been physically accessible until the project.

They were supported by Arc staff, volunteers, and professional photographer Larry Tetamore, of Tetamore Photographic. The resulting photographs are inspirational, says project coordinator Mary Coniglio, of The Arc – a not-for-profit agency that provides services for individuals with intellectual and other developmental disabilities.

“It gives the individuals an opportunity to show others what they think is beautiful and interesting,” Coniglio said. “They get to showcase their work and become more than just a person with disabilities. I love seeing the pride on their faces when people ‘ooh and ah’ over the beautiful photographs.”

The Different Point of View exhibit will include photographs by Snyder, Lori Clark, Billy Driscoll, John Feidner, Kristen Guyett, Melissa Mitchell, Juan Padilla, Casey VanZandt, and Joe Wright.

Artists are expected to be in attendance opening night to offer insight on their photographs and the project as a whole.

This project is made possible with funds from the Decentralization Program, a regrant program of the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Gov. Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, and administered by the Genesee Valley Council on the Arts at the Livingston Arts Center, a member supported organization.

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Photo credit, John Feidner

Monday, August 28, 2017 at 11:49 am
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, crime, news, Perry, Warsaw, Sheldon.
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Eduardo Bautista-Cruz

Eduardo Bautista-Cruz, 23, of Warsaw, was charged Aug. 22 with unlawful imprisonment in the first degree and burglary in the second degree. Bautista-Cruz is accused of illegally entering an apartment and physically holding an individual in the residence, refusing to let the person go. Wyoming County Sheriff deputies say the victim eventually was able to get away and contact their office for help. Bautista-Cruz was arraigned in the Town of Genesee Falls Court and put in Wyoming County Jail in lieu of $25,000 cash bail or $50,000 bond. He is due in court Oct. 25.

Collin R. Matteson, 18, of Perry, was charged Aug. 20 with operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of drugs. Perry Police stopped Matteson on South Federal Street for allegedly driving an all-terrain vehicle on a public highway, inadequate tail lights, and expired registration. He is due in Perry Village Court Sept. 12.

Matthew Ciapa, 22, of South Wales, was charged Aug. 26 with driving while intoxicated and driving with a BAC above .08 percent. Ciapa was arrested following a suspicious vehicle complaint on Route 20A, Sheldon. Wyoming County Sheriff’s deputies responded to a call of a possible accident with a male passed out in the vehicle. Deputies say they found Ciapa behind the wheel of a running vehicle parked in the complainant’s driveway. The caller says they did not know the man. After allegedly failing field sobriety testing, Ciapa was arrested for DWI. He is due in Sheldon Town Court on a later date.

Gregory Quintero Jr., 34, and Dawn Doane, 36, no address provided, were charged Aug. 24 with petit larceny and criminal possession of stolen property in the fifth degree. Perry Police say this arrest is the third one in a week following an investigation. The two are also accused of stealing items from a vehicle parked on Benedict Street on the morning of Aug. 20. Both are due in Perry Village Court Sept. 12.

Friday, August 25, 2017 at 3:32 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, announcements, crime, NYSP.

Press release:

New York State Police Superintendent George P. Beach II reminds the public that there is less than one week remaining to apply for the new State Trooper entrance examination held this fall. Online applications for the exam must be submitted before Sept. 1, and interested candidates can sign up at www.nytrooper.com.

The exam will be held on Oct. 7, 14, 21, and 28, at several locations around the state.

“I strongly encourage those who are interested and meet the qualifications to apply to become a member of the New York State Police,” Beach said. “A career as a Trooper is both challenging and rewarding, providing a unique opportunity to positively impact communities across the state.”

Opportunities as a Trooper include training and membership in specialized units, as well as advancement through the State Police ranks.

Some of the specialized areas of expertise include positions such as: Crime Scene Evidence Technicians, Field Training Officers, Canine Handlers, Firearms Instructors, and Motor Vehicle Collision Reconstructionist.

Additionally, assignments to specialized details and units include: the Aviation Unit, the Dive Team, the Special Operations Response Team, the Community Narcotics Enforcement Team, and the Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Unit. Troopers may also pursue assignments as investigators in the Bureau of Criminal Investigation.

Applicants can use PayPal to pay the application fee in addition to a Visa or MasterCard. The application has also been optimized for mobile devices. To help reduce paper and mailing costs, applicants with military service can now upload their supporting documents as PDF or scanned images directly into their application. 

Applicants who provide an email address will receive confirmation of their application submission. Notifications will also be sent when updates, such as changing a test location or date, are made to their application online.     

Results from the examination will establish an eligibility list that may remain in effect for a minimum of four years. 

The New York State Police is an Equal Opportunity Employer that values diversity and encourages all individuals interested in public service to apply.

Qualifications include:

    • Must be a citizen of the United States and be at least 20 years old by the application deadline.

    • Must not have reached their 30th birthday by the date of the application deadline. Except the maximum age may be extended one year for each year of full-time active Federal military duty – up to a maximum of six years.

At the time of appointment:

    • Must be at least 21 years old to be appointed.

    • Must be appointed prior to 36th birthday, except the maximum age may be extended one year for each year of full-time active Federal military duty – up to a maximum of 6 years.

    • Must be a New York State resident and have a valid New York State driver’s license at time of appointment. 

    • Must be able to pass a Physical Ability Test (PAT): sit-ups, push-ups and a one-and-one-half mile run. 

    • Must be able to work rotating shifts any day of the week, including holidays.  

    • Vision Requirements: uncorrected – no worse than 20/100 in each eye able to be corrected to 20/20 in each eye. Correction may be achieved using glasses, contact lenses, or surgery. Color blindness is disqualifying.

    • Must comply with New York State policy which requires all members to present a neat and professional appearance at all times. Tattoos, brands, body piercings, and other body art shall not be visible while a member is in uniform or other business attire. The uniform includes the short sleeve shirt open at the front of the neck. In addition to visibility, some tattoos or brands may have symbolic meanings that are inconsistent with the values of the New York State Police.

    • Must possess a:

        • Graduate certificate from senior high school, or

        • New York State High School Equivalency Diploma; or

        • Military GED certificate, or

        • High School Equivalency diploma from another state converted to a NYS High School Equivalency Diploma; and

        • Must have completed 60 college credit hours at an accredited college or university at the time of appointment. 

Exceptions: 30 college credits may be waived, if the candidate has either:

        • Received an Honorable Discharge from the United State military after two years of active military service; or

        • Successfully completed a Certified Police Officer Training Course approved by, or equivalent to a course approved by, the New York State Municipal Police Training Council.  A certified Peace Officer Training course does not qualify. 

    • Must be of good moral character. A felony conviction or a dishonorable discharge, from any military service, is an automatic disqualifier.

    • Must successfully complete a medical examination, vision and hearing tests, background investigation including polygraph examination, and psychological evaluation to be appointed.

Current salary information:

    • $53,993 starting salary;

    • $71,712 upon graduation from the NYSP Academy;

    • $76,381 after 1 year;

    • $90,827 after 5 years.

    • (Salaries do not include additional location compensation for NYC, Dutchess, Nassau, Orange, Putnam, Rockland, Suffolk and Westchester counties.)

Apply online or get additional information at www.nytrooper.com or call 1-866-NYSP-EXAM.

Friday, August 25, 2017 at 3:06 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, announcements, Kiwanis.

Press release:

Legislation passed this week allowing members of Kiwanis International to request special New York Start license plates.

The bill (S-2393A/A-3836A), sponsored by Sen. Patrick M. Gallivan (R-C-I, Elma) and Assemblyman Michael Miller, allows members to purchase distinctive plates bearing the words “Kiwanis International.” 

“Kiwanis International has a long and distinguished history and these special license plates will help promote the organization and its mission,” Gallivan said. “Kiwanis members perform service projects in communities across New York State and the new plates will further recognize their many contributions.”   

Under the legislation, any member of Kiwanis International residing in New York can be issued the distinctive license plates for an annual service fee of $25. The charge is in addition to regular registration fees. The legislation passed the Senate and Assembly in June and was signed into law earlier this week.

“As members of Kiwanis, we Kiwanians have been waiting for a long time for this legislation to become law,” Miller said. “It is with a sense of pride that we now can show our good will with a distinctive license plate through this state. I have to commend, Sen. Patrick Gallivan on his steadfastness regarding this legislation. His effort in stewarding this bill through this session has to be commended.”

Kiwanis International is a worldwide service organization with members in more than 300 local clubs. Members offer a wide range of service and leadership opportunities to people of all ages, devote millions of hours of volunteer service and raise nearly $100 million every year for communities, families and projects in 80 nations.

Friday, August 25, 2017 at 12:47 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, events, Perry.

Press release:

If you’re in the Wyoming County area and have issues with managing your possessions or clutter and would like to have support, Independent Living of the Genesee Region (ILGR) will soon begin a free 12-week "Declutter Your Possessions" support group. 

The group will be held from 2 to 3 p.m. every Monday from Sept. 25to Dec. 18(except Columbus Day), at ILGR’s office in the Community Action Building, 6470 Route 20A, Perry.

Adults, who feel overwhelmed and intimidated by the idea of getting rid of things that clutter their home, will discuss topics including recovery from cluttering, learning to set achievable goals to beat the clutter, and how to reduce acquiring. Additionally, topics such as cleanliness, and how to avoid procrastination when it’s time to clean or organize, will also be discussed.

Participants must preregister to attend.

To sign up or get more information, call David Dodge at (585) 815-8501, ext. 414, or via email at ddodge@wnyil.org

Independent Living of the Genesee Region (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.

Friday, August 25, 2017 at 12:24 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, events, Sports, hunting, fishing.

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Information from a press release, file photo.

The Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) recently announced new Free Fishing Days throughout the state:

    • Sept. 23 – National Hunting and Fishing Day;

    • Nov. 11 – Veterans Day;

    • Feb. 17 and 18 – weekend preceding Presidents Day; and

    • June 23 and 24 – last full weekend in June.

Legislation providing for the additional free fishing days was signed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo in June 2014 as a component of his New York Open for Fishing and Hunting Initiative. These free events give those new to the sport a chance to try it out without a license. The new free fishing days provide the opportunity to experience ice fishing and fall fishing in New York, including the trout and salmon fishing on the Great Lakes and Lake Champlain tributaries.

In addition to the Free Fishing Days program, the governor's NY Open for Fishing and Hunting Initiative will now allow organizations and groups to conduct individual free fishing events. Those looking to learn how to fish should take advantage of the various fishing education programs conducted by DEC and other groups throughout the state. 

For a complete list of 2017 programs click here.

Free fishing day participants are reminded that although the requirement for a fishing license is waived during Free Fishing Days all other fishing regulations remain in effect.

Looking for a place to fish? Recommended fishing locations can be found by clicking here

Information can also be found on the Public Fishing Rights program page. Maps are available for download by clicking here

Contour (depth) maps are also available for 400 lakes and ponds.

Friday, August 25, 2017 at 12:07 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, events, ACWC, arts, Perry, Bliss, Gainesville.

Press release:

The Community Arts Grant Program, known statewide as DEC (decentralization grants), was created so that communities could decide what kind of arts programming is preferred. The New York State Legislature created this program in 1971, and it is available in all 62 counties of the state.

The Arts Council for Wyoming County has been administering the program for more than 30 years. Nonprofit organizations, towns and village governments are all eligible to apply for up to $5,000 for arts and cultural programming. Others may work with one of those groups to apply as well.

The ACWC will regrant about $28,500 for Community Arts programming and offer about $6,000 for artist residencies in local schools.

“The first step in writing a grant is coming to a grant seminar,” says ACWC Grant Coordinator Kathryn Hollinger. “We teach you the ins and outs of what is fundable, how to write a description of your proposed project and how to develop a budget that is realistic. Then we offer additional help throughout the process. We can answer questions, help you find artists and review your application and help you improve your request.”

This is a very simple grant to write once you’ve read the guidelines and have taken a deep breath, says Hollinger. The idea of this process is to prepare people to write bigger, more difficult-to-get grants.

Even if you think your project isn’t a good fit for the Community Arts Grant guidelines, the ACWC is very happy to help find other sources of funding, offer help with publicity and help finesse plans.

Seminar dates are:

    • Sept. 5 at 2:30 p.m. at the ACWC, Main Street, Perry;

    • Sept. 7 at 6 p.m. at Eagle Free Library, School Street, Bliss;

    • Sept. 11 at 11 a.m. at the Gainesville United Methodist Church, Main Street, Gainesville; and

    • Sept. 19 at 4 p.m. at the ACWC.

No reservations necessary to attend any of the seminars.

For more information call Hollinger at (585) 237-3517, ext. 102.

For more than 40 years the ACWC has created opportunities to bring arts into their rural communities through programming, grants, and art events. The ACWC is also Wyoming County’s NYSCA Decentralization Site for Community Arts Grants.

For more information on membership or advocacy in the arts visit www.artswyco.org.

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