Wednesday, August 23, 2017 at 2:49 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, outdoors, nature, events.

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Visitation, education, exploration – those are the key components of Wyoming County’s Tourism Department. They’re also the cruxes of the geo-trail set up by Marketing Director Eric Szucs and his team of geocachers.

“The idea was brought in by a local geocacher and we started to talk about it,” Szucs said. “Jim Nelson, Crystal Fisher and Ken Wallace, local geocachers helped set up the trail. It was also a collaborative effort between local businesses and recreational areas to get the trail together.”

The geo-trail a treasure hunt that uses a GPS (global positioning system) unit to find things people have hidden “in the woods” so to speak. Since its opening on June 29, several visitors have completed the trail.

“We are a four-season outdoor destination, which is a draw for the county and this is one more way for people to experience the outdoors in a different way,” Szucs said. “And, it’s a perfect fit for the county.”

This is the first time an organization in Wyoming County has put something together here for promoting businesses and nature combined. Not only does the trail get people to visit the county, it allows them to explore the area in a way different from a typical day trip. Additionally, the new trail expands areas within the state for geocaching enthusiasts – it’s a bonafide trail on the official Geocache website.

While geocaching began in 1999 with one guy in Oregon hiding a can of beans in the woods – there’s even a plaque commemorating the beginning of the cache – Szucs says, the Wyoming County trail is the first countywide cache trail for Wyoming County.

“There are more than 2.8 million geocaches to be found worldwide in 180 countries,” Szucs said. “Our challenge was to make this trail memorable. At the end of the day, we wanted people to enjoy the trail and make it fun…it was always in the back of our heads. There is no order in the way you do the trail. There is no right or wrong way to do it.”

Twelve caches have been hidden throughout Wyoming County, highlighting local attractions and businesses, including Artisan Villa, Beaver Meadow Audubon Center, Byrncliff Resort and Banquets, The Farmer’s Wife, Hidden Valley Animal Adventure, Letchworth State Park, Silver Lake State Park, and more. The geo-trail will remain active for two years, with plans to expand upon it, adding more fun elements and new trail locations, in future years.

To participate in the Wyoming County Geocaching Trail, one needs:

     • A GPS-enabled phone and or handheld GPS device;

    • Create a free profile on the Geocaching.com website;

    • Search for the WyCoGT geocaches, go find them and collect the special code word in each geocache; and

    • Visit the Wyoming County Tourism website to submit the code words and receive one of only 300 commemorative Wyoming County wooden nickels – geocachers have to find 10 caches to get the wooden coin.

“We wanted to do in such a way so that there was a mix of unique businesses and areas that would give people an outdoor experience,” Szucs said. “The geo-trial gives people an opportunity to spend time in the county and visit places they may not have known existed. It’s also a way for people to learn more about the county.”

“Any time you can add something to your arsenal of tourism assets benefits the county overall by reaching a different segment of the population with different interests thereby exposing potentially new visitors to Wyoming County,” said Wyoming County Chamber & Tourism President Scott Gardner.

Longtime geocachers John Fudalik (cache name hfjoh) and Scott Benz (cache name elbapatch) recently came back from hitting a trail in Asheville, N.C., and decided to try the one Wyoming County.

“John got me involved in geocaching in 2005,” Benz said. “I hope to hit 18,000 caches this year.”

Since the duo began, Fudalik started in March of 2001, they have covered 31 states, four Canadian provinces, and the nations of Greece and Mexico. They explore trails three times a week during the warmer months but also find trails to do during the winter as well.

“They take you to places you wouldn’t even know about or knew existed,” Fudalik said. “The most memorable one was in a nature spot with three-tier waterfalls in Livingston County.”

How long it takes to complete a trail depends on how it’s laid out, say the pair. However, since Fudalik is retired and Benz is semiretired, they take their time and enjoy the scenery. In April, they are going to Utah to walk the trails in five national parks.

“For each one you do, you get an emblem,” Benz said.

The Wyoming County geo-trial features caches that may multiple parts which include multiple caches, ones where you get the cache at the one coordinate, and others that are more like puzzles.

“My favorite kind is letterbox style,” Szucs said. “You get clues to find the cache. At Beaver Meadow there are two ways to get the cache. If the nature center is open you get the coordinates immediately. If the center is not open, you have to follow the clues to find the cache.”

All the cache boxes were painted by Jim Nelson to look like cows to coincide with the "Wyoming County Approved" tourism logo. And while some of the caches are more involved than others – there is a rating system on the geocache website – most are rated between two and three in difficulty.

“We wanted to make them easy enough for all to enjoy, yet challenging for those who are accustomed to geocaching,” Szucs said. “There have been about a dozen people who have completely finished the trail already and the response has been incredibly positive.”

For more information about the Wyoming County Geo-trail click here.

For more information about geocaching visit www.geocaching.com.

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Wednesday, August 23, 2017 at 11:02 am
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, events, Letchworth State Park, Castile.

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This Sunday (Aug. 27), the Glen Iris Inn, located at the south end of Letchworth State Park, will host the first Brunch and Buy Local. This premier event features not only a brunch of locally sourced products but also a Farm and Artisan Market with locally produced food and items for sale.

A market preview begins at 11 a.m. with brunch starting at 11:30 a.m. The Farm and Artisan Market will be open to the public from noon until 4 p.m.

“We are very pleased to be hosting this first-time event and welcome everyone to the historic Glen Iris Inn to experience local agricultural products and artistic creations,” said Glen Iris Inn General Manager Maureen Tillotson.

“We have put together a delicious menu, featuring locally sourced products that will inspire and delight. We are pleased to welcome everyone to visit and experience all the area has to offer.”

The brunch includes a variety of carved foods, omelets, crudités – a traditional French appetizer consisting of sliced or whole raw vegetables typically dipped in a vinaigrette or other dipping sauce, and crepes. 

The price per person is $25 plus tax and service charge. Reservations are required for the brunch and can be made by calling the Glen Iris Inn at (585) 493-2622. The Farm & Artisan Market is open to everyone.

“We are very pleased to be a part of this new Buy Local event as it is another great way to feature local products from both our agricultural community and local artisans,” said Wyoming County Chamber of Commerce & Tourism President Scott Gardner.

“Visitors will be able to enjoy farm fresh foods at the brunch, and then have the opportunity to purchase handmade gifts and food products from local artisans all while enjoying beautiful Letchworth State Park.

More than 20 vendors are confirmed for the Farm & Artisan Market including: Inspire Moore Winery & Vineyard, Arts Council for Wyoming County, Artisan Villa, Castile Cider Mill, Bittersweet Basketry, The Flour Pot; Carol Spann; Genesee Country Beekeepers; Randall Farm/Just About Farmin'; East Hill Creamery, Nunda Mustard, Wooden Acres, Wyoming County NY Tourism, Summer Breeze Strawberries, Dsigns by D, The Woolroom at Longmeadow Farm, Ellen's Purses, Roberta Hagan, Rural Arts Center, Cornell Cooperative Extension, Honey Girl Gourmet, and Davis Sugar Shack.

Formerly the country estate of William Pryor Letchworth, the Glen Iris Inn has welcomed guests as a country inn since 1914. Overlooking the Middle Falls, the inn includes suites at the Glen Iris as well as guest rooms at the Pinewood Lodge and year-round rental homes on park property.

Tuesday, August 22, 2017 at 4:38 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, events, solar eclipse, Eagle.

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The clouds made a perfect filter to see the moon beginning to cross in front of the sun. If you look closely at the second photo, you can see the progression of the moon's path in front of and behind the sun in the "dots." In the third photo, I was struck by the richness of color when the moon eclipsed the sun as I was ridin' shotgun somewhere in Eagle.

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Tuesday, August 22, 2017 at 1:02 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, weather.

The National Weather Service in Buffalo has issued a severe thunderstorm warning for all of Western New York until 2 p.m.

The NWS says a severe thunderstorm was located near Springville moving east at 45 mph with 60 mph wind gusts.

Expect damage to trees and power lines. Torrential rainfall is occurring with this storm and may lead to flash flooding.

The NWS advises moving to an interior room on the lowest floor of a building.

Additionally, a tornado watch has also been issued until 9 p.m.

UPDATE 3:08 p.m.: The National Weather Service has extended the warning until 3:45 p.m.

UPDATE 3:22 p.m.: The thunderstorm warning has been extended to 4:15 p.m.

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Tuesday, August 22, 2017 at 12:46 pm
posted by Billie Owens in wyoming county weather.

A severe thunderstorm warning has been issued by the National Weather Service for Northern Wyoming County and several others in Western New York until 1:30 p.m.

At 12:34 p.m., severe thunderstorms were located along a line extending from near Batavia to near Varysburg, moving northeast at 55 mph. Hazardous 60-mph wind gusts are expected.

Also, expect wind damage to trees and power lines.

Specifically cited for hazardous driving conditions are Interstate 390 between exits 7 and 12. Interstate 90 between exits 48 and 44.

For your protection move to an interior room on the lowest floor of a building.

Tuesday, August 22, 2017 at 12:40 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, weather, tornado.

The National Weather Service in Buffalo has issued a tornado watch until 9 p.m. for all of Western New York.

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Tuesday, August 22, 2017 at 12:23 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, ny-27, Chris Collins, news.

Press release:

“I applaud President (Donald) Trump for standing by the sacrifices made by our servicemen and women and sharing with the American people his commitment for meeting key objectives in Afghanistan. His candor that we are not building a nation, but are stopping terrorists before they can ever darken our door again here at home is appreciated.

“It is time for other allies like Pakistan to contribute to victory. It is also time for us to engage the enemy on our terms with the guidance of our best military minds, and not under time constraints and quotas established by politicians.

“Tonight, Donald Trump demonstrated one of the reasons why America elected him to be President. That is to confront and defeat America’s enemies making our nation and its citizens safe in the world.”

Tuesday, August 22, 2017 at 11:17 am
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, crime, news, Attica, Warsaw, Castile.
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     Jordan R. Rose   Steven A. Acevedo

Jordan R. Rose, 16, and Steven A. Acevedo, 27, both of Attica, were arrested Aug. 16 following an alleged robbery in the Village of Attica. Rose was charged with robbery in the second degree, assault in the second degree, and criminal mischief in the fourth degree. Acevedo was charged with robbery in the second degree. Both males are accused of forcibly taking property from a victim on Exchange Street in the Village. Rose was put in Wyoming County Jail on $5,000 cash bail. Acevedo was put in jail on $20,000 cash bail. Both suspects were in Attica Village Court Monday and put back in jail pending a felony hearing.

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    Joelle D. Good

Joelle D. Good, 39, of Warsaw, was charged Aug. 20 with criminal obstruction of breathing. Attica Police responded to an alleged altercation at an East Avenue home in the Village, where Good was accused of being at the home and engaged in a physical confrontation with a female tenant. The victim was taken to United Memorial Medical Center by the Attica Fire Department ambulance crew for her injuries. Good was taken into custody by the Warsaw Police Department on an arrest warrant without incident. Additionally, she is currently on felony probation for an incident which occurred in April 2016. At that time she was arrested for shooting a .22-caliber rifle at three cars in the Village of Warsaw. She was arraigned in Attica Village Court and put in Wyoming County Jail on $7,500 cash bail or $15,000 bond. She was due in Attica Village Court Monday, after which she was put back in jail.

Jeffrey Martin, 38, of Niagara Falls, was charged Aug. 18 with driving while intoxicated, driving with a BAC above .08 percent, and moving from lane unsafely. Martin was arrested after Wyoming County Sheriff’s deputies responded to a call of a car accident on West Park Street, Castile. During the investigation, it was allegedly found that he struck a mailbox with his car, causing minor damage to it. After allegedly failing a roadside field sobriety test, he was arrested for DWI. Martin was arraigned in the Village of Castile Court and released on his own recognizance. He is due in court at a later date.

John A. Ippolitto Jr., 45, of Attica, was arrested Aug. 21 on two warrants. One warrant was out of the Livingston County Sheriff’s Office for failure to pay child support. The second was a bench warrant out of the Cattaraugus County Sheriff’s Office for violation of probation on a larceny charge. Acting on a tip, Attica Police located Ippolitto at an East Avenue Apartment in the Village. He was turned over to the Livingston County Sheriff’s Office. The Cattaraugus County Sheriff’s Office will be issuing a detainer warrant and he will be turned over to Cattaraugus County following his release from Livingston County.

 

Tuesday, August 22, 2017 at 11:05 am
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, crime, news, Attica.

The Attica Police Department initiated an investigation into a violation of an order of protection between Juan A. Roman, 39, of Bergen, and a female victim.

A complete stay away order of protection had been issued July 21 by the City of Batavia Court from previous charges of unlawful imprisonment in the first degree, assault in the third degree and criminal obstruction of breathing or blood circulation between the defendant and the victim.

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     Juan A. Roman

Roman was charged Aug. 14 with criminal contempt in the first degree – telephone communication, and criminal contempt in the first degree – prior conviction within five years.

An arrest warrant was obtained and Roman was found and taken into custody without incident with the assistance of the Genesee County Sheriff’s Office. He was arraigned in Wyoming County Court and put in Wyoming County Jail on no bail.

He was in Attica Village Court Monday where he was put back in jail on no bail due to several previous felony convictions, which include:

    • Sept. 5, 2008 – Charged with driving while intoxicated, ticketed with unsafe backing, unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, moving from lane unsafely, and consumption of alcohol in the vehicle;

    • Feb. 4, 2009 – Charged with unlawful imprisonment in the first degree, assault in the third degree and petit larceny;

    • March 3, 2011 – Roman accused of dealing cocaine, allegedly selling a quantity of the drug to an undercover agent in Batavia. He was charged with criminal sale of a controlled substance in the third degree and criminal possession of a controlled substance in the third degree;

    • Aug. 30, 2013 – Charged with harassment in the second degree and unlawful possession of marijuana;

    • Jan. 8, 2014 – Charged with harassment in the second degree, three counts of endangering the welfare of a child, and criminal contempt in the first degree;

    • July 17, 2014 – Charged with three counts of criminal contempt in the second degree;

    • Sept. 9, 2014 – Charged with criminal contempt – violating a stay away order of protection; and

    • July 24 – Charged with promoting prison contraband.

Monday, August 21, 2017 at 3:29 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, Business, announcements.

At the Aug. 15 Wyoming County Board of Supervisors meeting held at the Pike Fair, the Board approved a resolution to allow the county’s Industrial Development Agency (IDA) to request admittance into the Erie County Foreign Trade Zone No. 23.

While the county could apply independently, it would have been cost prohibitive and there may have been a possibility of being rejected, says Wyoming County Planning and Development Director Bill Daly. Instead, the IDA is sending a letter of request to Erie County to be added to its FTZ.

“What really would happen is that the Erie County IDA would run Foreign Trade Zone No. 23 for Wyoming County,” Daly said. “Once Wyoming County is allowed into the zone, businesses that wish to become part of the FTZ would work with the Erie County IDA to become part of the zone.”

The foreign-trade zones (FTZs) program was authorized by Congress in 1934 to help “level the playing field and improve U.S. competitiveness” by allowing delayed or reduced duty payments on foreign merchandise. As it stands in the county now, if a business or manufacturer buys parts from a foreign country, the duty must be paid on the merchandise immediately. If Wyoming County is approved to become part of FTZ No. 23, those tariffs would only be paid on the part if it is shipped within the United States.

“What it does is allow for increased cash flow. The business wouldn’t have to pay a duty on the part(s) used as part of a whole product upon receipt. And, the duty wouldn’t be collected on items shipped outside of the U.S..”

Daly says being a part of the FTZ is a great economic development tool and could attract more business or manufacturers to the county because it would allow imported goods to be duty-free.

“We are seeing foreign companies wanting to put plants in the U.S. and we want Wyoming County to be considered for new businesses. A company cannot independently ask to be part of an FTZ unless the county is part of an FTZ.”

There are two types of zones in FTZ No. 23: general-purpose – involve public facilities that can be used by more than one company; and subzones – involve a single company’s site such as a manufacturing plant.

“The subzone is a marked-off area, approved by customs, within a business or manufacturing plant specifically for parts purchased from foreign countries. Everything is accounted for in this designated area. No duty is paid on it unless shipped to a company in the States. This allows American companies to participate in world trade and not be at a disadvantage with those with free-trade zones.”

However, being added to FTZ No. 23 is a three-step process. The county must be approved by Erie County, it is then sent on to the State for approval, once that is approved, the Federal Government gives the final say on whether the county is allowed to participate.

“There should be no reason for denial of Wyoming County’s application into the FTZ. And, any cost associated at this point of the process is paid for by Wyoming County IDA.”

Once Wyoming County becomes part of the zone, the county’s IDA would work with businesses to become part of the program with the Erie County IDA. While the IDA is picking up the tab to become a part of FTZ No. 23, it is up to the company to pay administration fees to the Erie County IDA if they want to join.

For more information on FTZs click here.

Friday, August 18, 2017 at 3:07 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, crime, news, Arcade.

A multi-agency burglary investigation resulted in the arrests of two 18-year-olds and five juveniles Aug. 17.

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Chester Piwowarczyk      Dyllian S. Taggart

Dyllian S. Taggart, 18, of Delevan, and Chester F. Piwowarczyk, 18, of Springville, were each charged with multiple counts of burglary in the third degree, endangering the welfare of a child, criminal trespass, and criminal mischief.

Two juvenile females and three juvenile males were also arrested and petitioned to Family Court.

The New York State Police, Village of Arcade Police Department and the Cattaraugus County Sheriff’s Department arrested the seven suspects accused of burglarizing businesses, trespassing and criminal mischief in Wyoming and Cattaraugus counties.

The alleged crime spree spanned seven days and seven businesses: the Little Red Caboose Ice Cream Shop, Arcade; the Barbershop, Fresh Vapes, and Addie’s Custard Ice Cream Shop, all in Yorkshire; Pierce Milling, Delevan; and the Lime Lake Snack Shack, and Lakehouse Restaurant, both in Machias.

Taggart was put in Cattaraugus County Jail on $50,000 bail and Piwowarczyk was put in Wyoming County Jail on $10,000 bail.

Friday, August 18, 2017 at 12:08 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, events, Pike Fair, Pike, Food.

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Generally speaking, when people think of the fair, the food is typically one of the first things that comes to mind. 

As the 2017 Wyoming County Fair in Pike winds down, food vendors continue to be at the ready to serve favorite fair fare, as well as new treats.

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Friday, August 18, 2017 at 11:14 am
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, crime, news, Warsaw, Perry, Covington.

The following was in Wyoming County Court before Judge Michael Mohun Aug. 16.

Patrick Hill, an inmate at a State Correctional Facility, pled guilty to criminal possession of a controlled substance (Marinol) in the fifth degree, a Class D felony as a second felony offender. Sentencing is scheduled Sept. 20.

The following were in County Court before Mohun Aug. 17.

Scott Moulton, who committed a crime in Covington, was sentenced to two years in prison with two years post-release supervision with Willard on the conviction of criminal possession of a controlled substance in the third degree, a Class B felony. Willard is a Drug Treatment Campus (DTC) operated by the NYS Department of Correctional Services and Community Supervision (DOCCS) in collaboration with OASAS (Office of Alcohol and Substance Abuse Services). It was created in 1995 as a new sentencing option for low-level drug offenders and parole violators who previously would have been sent to a traditional prison. The Willard program was created as an intermediate sanction — “with teeth” — to deal with the problem of relapse. He was also sentenced to a one-year conditional discharge, driver’s license revocation, and a $500 fine on the conviction of operating a motor vehicle while impaired by drugs in the first degree, a misdemeanor.

William Stelmack, who committed a crime in Perry, waived indictment on three counts of criminal contempt in the first degree, a Class E felony, and resisting arrest, a misdemeanor. He pled guilty to criminal contempt in the first degree and resisting arrest. An order of protection was signed and served. The case has been adjourned to Nov. 9 for sentencing.

Ashley King, who committed a crime in Perry, waived indictment on aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle in the first degree, a Class E felony; and driving while ability impaired by the combined influence of drugs or of drugs and alcohol, and driving while ability impaired by drugs, both as misdemeanors; and unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle. King pled guilty to aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle in the first degree. Sentencing is scheduled Nov. 9. She was released on her own recognizance.

Daniel Bailey, who committed a crime in Perry, waived indictment on burglary in the second degree, a Class C felony. He pled guilty to attempted burglary in the second degree, a Class D violent felony. Sentencing is scheduled Nov. 9.

Melissa Baker, who committed a crime in Warsaw, waived indictment on criminal sale of a controlled substance in the fourth degree, a Class C felony, and criminal possession of a controlled substance in the fifth degree, a Class D felony. She pled guilty to criminal sale of a controlled substance in the fourth degree. Sentencing is scheduled Sept. 28. Bail was set at $15,000.

Richard Gargula, who committed a crime in Warsaw, admitted to violating his sentencing cap. Bail was revoked and he is being held without bail in the Wyoming County Jail. The case has been adjourned to Aug. 31.

Franklin Cook, who committed a crime in Wyoming County, was arraigned on a violation of probation. He is being held without bail in the Wyoming County Jail. The case has been adjourned to Aug. 31.

Thursday, August 17, 2017 at 2:06 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, events, Perry, racing, Sports.

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Information from a press release, photo by Rob Micoli:

Wyoming County International Speedway will honor Jim Pierce with the naming of the Oct. 14 Shootout at the Bullring SST (super short track) 100 to the Jim Pierce Memorial SST 100. Pierce, 47, a racer who competed at WCIS, passed away suddenly Aug. 5.

In his #26 SST Modified, Pierce captured multiple feature wins at the Speedway as well as a 2007 SST Modified Championship. He also took home feature wins at Lancaster National, Holland, and Lake Erie speedways and competed at other local tracks throughout Western New York. Additionally, Pierce was his son’s crew chief when he, Jim Pierce Jr., raced his 4-cylinder at WCIS to multiple wins and a second place points finish in the 2016 season.

“We are truly honored to be able to show tribute to not only a fellow racer but a friend by running the Shootout SST 100 as the Jim Pierce Memorial,” said racetrack owner Jim Majchrzak. “Jim was a respected competitor at WCIS who was not only a great racer but one of the ‘good guys’ in racing.' ”

A “Lucky 15” Lap Money program for the drivers will be taking place for the Jim Pierce Memorial SST 100. Laps are a minimum of $26 per lap in honor of Pierce’s racing number and are now available for purchase. Specialty awards such as Hard Charger, Hard Luck, and more are available for sponsorship as well. 

In addition to the lap money, a custom trophy is being designed by Dennis Murphy and RNE Precision. Additional bonuses for participating drivers are also in development, track officials say.

The Shootout at the Bullring, slated for Oct. 14 and 15, will feature some of the best racers from the East Coast, all vying for the checkered flag. Saturday’s events will feature the Jim Pierce Memorial SST 100, NYSS 51 Championship, 6-cylinders, 4-cylinders, and Vintage Late Models. Sunday’s events will feature the American Racer 100 for tour-type Modifieds, WCIS Super Stocks, Legends, and C.A.M.S. Mods.  

All of the lap money raised will go toward the drivers participating in the memorial race. To purchase a lap, please contact Lori Overdorf at LOverdorf@hotmail.com or (716) 207-2824.

For a full schedule of events visit www.thebullringwcis.com.

Thursday, August 17, 2017 at 1:29 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, events, Warsaw.

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Photo from Valley Chapel Free Methodist Church website

Valley Chapel Free Methodist Church is celebrating 20 years of ministry at its current location at 3415 Route 19 in Warsaw.

Events begin at 10 a.m. Aug. 20 with refreshments, followed by a worship service with guest speaker Doug Newton. At noon there will be a picnic lunch, a bounce house for kids, as well as other entertainment.

Newton is a co-founder of the National Prayer Ministry of the FMC-USA and former senior pastor of Greenville (Ill.) Free Methodist Church. Additionally, he served as editor of Light & Life magazine for 15 years, which won the Evangelical Press Association’s “Award of Excellence” for denominational magazines in 2000 and 2002.

Valley Chapel’s roots in Warsaw began on Center Street in the Village. In 1997 its new building was erected, and dedicated in August of the same year.

The church hosts programs such as Master’s Hands, Foodlink, Bread of Life Community Dinner, Caring Hands & Hearts, and many other programs to serve the community.

For more information about the church visit www.valleychapel.org

Thursday, August 17, 2017 at 12:51 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, crime, news, Warsaw, Pike, Perry, Wyoming.
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Richard F. Gargula, 34, of Pike, was charged Aug. 17 with one count of criminal sale of a controlled substance in the third degree and one count of criminal possession of a controlled substance in the third degree. Gargula is accused of selling heroin to an agent of the Wyoming County Drug Task Force in May while in the Village of Warsaw. He was arraigned in Warsaw Village Court and returned to the Wyoming County Jail in lieu of $50,000 cash bail on this new charge. He was already in jail on an unrelated charge. The Task Force includes members from the Sheriff’s Office as well as the Arcade, Attica, Perry, and Warsaw Police departments. Task Force members remind residents that suspected illegal drug activity can be reported to the confidential drug tip line, (585) 786-8965.

Jeffrey Rigerman, 33, of Jamestown, was arrested Aug. 10 on a Family Court warrant for failure to obey a support order. Rigerman was found at his residence by the Jamestown Police Department and then turned over to the Wyoming County Sheriff’s Office. He was put in Wyoming County Jail on $5,000 bail.

Franklin Cook, 35, of Wyoming, was arrested Aug. 16 on a Wyoming County Superior Court violation of probation warrant. Cook was found at his home in the Town of Middlebury and taken into custody without incident. He was put in Wyoming County Jail where he will be held until the next available Superior Court date.

Matthew Wendt, 31, of Angelica, was arrested on a Failure to Pay Fine warrant issued by the Village of Warsaw Court. Wendt was taken into custody at a home on Water Street in the Village of Perry without incident. He was then taken to the Village of Warsaw Court where he was arraigned and released after paying the remaining balance on his fines.

Thursday, August 17, 2017 at 9:38 am
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, announcements, Warsaw, health.

Press release:

Oak Orchard provides primary, dental and vision care for more than 21,000 adults and children in rural areas and small communities across Western New York and the Finger Lakes. It started in 1966 as a small health project serving migrant workers and has grown into an integrated, federally funded health center with locations in Albion and Lyndonville, Orleans County; Brockport, Monroe County; Hornell, Steuben County; and Main Street in Warsaw.

Oak Orchard Health has worked closely with UR Medicine physicians and hospitals for a number of years. A new agreement formalizes their institutional collaboration, and is expected to make it easier for Oak Orchard’s adult and pediatric patients to receive care from UR Medicine professionals — including telemedicine consultations for specialty care services such as behavioral and mental health.

“As we look to reduce barriers and address other critical gaps in rural health care, collaborations such as this make good sense,” said James J. Cummings, chief executive officer of Oak Orchard Health. “This is not just great news for our patients; it is great news for our communities at large, especially during this time of concern and uncertainty regarding health care. This relationship enhances the high-quality primary care, dental care and vision services for which Oak Orchard has become known.”

Mark B. Taubman, M.D., CEO of the University of Rochester Medical Center and UR Medicine, said the Oak Orchard agreement supports URMC’s strategy for increasing access to high-quality UR Medicine care for families across Upstate New York. Along with Strong Memorial and Highland hospitals in Monroe County, URMC’s affiliates include F.F. Thompson Hospital in Canandaigua, Noyes Memorial Hospital in Dansville, and Jones Memorial Hospital in Wellsville. UR Medicine professionals also provide care to patients at the Strong West medical campus in Brockport, St. James Mercy Hospital in Hornell and Wyoming County Community Hospital in Warsaw.

“UR Medicine has outstanding providers in a full range of specialties,” Taubman said. “The goal of our regional strategy is to make these services as accessible as possible to patients throughout the region. We have great regard for the Oak Orchard Health organization and look forward to expanding the range of services available to Oak Orchard patients as part of this agreement.”

Oak Orchard Health will continue to maintain previously established relationships with other area health care providers and social service agencies.

Wednesday, August 16, 2017 at 8:18 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, accident, Attica.

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Wyoming County Sheriff's deputies say the driver of a small sedan swerved to avoid hitting a woodchuck and ended up hitting a cow barn. A woman traveling north on Exchange Street allegedly lost control of her vehicle attempting to avoid the rodent and crossed the roadway, went through an electric fence and hit the barn.

While neither the driver nor any cows were injured in the mishap, the building did sustain damages. However, deputies say, according to the Wyoming County Building Inspector the damages to the barn do not pose a safety hazard.

The Attica Fire Department assisted police at the scene.

No charges were filed at this time.

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