Friday, September 22, 2017 at 5:30 pm
posted by Billie Owens in news, announcements, lead, Wyoming County, health.

Press release:

Before you start your fall cleanup consider the age of your home and whether or not you may have a lead hazard.

“Lead poisoning can affect anyone, but is especially harmful to pregnant women, infants and small children who are growing rapidly,” said Paul Pettit, Public Health director for Genesee and Orleans counties.

Lead poisoning can cause miscarriages and stillbirths, high blood pressure (hypertension), nerve disorders, memory and concentration problems and muscle and joint pain and in children it can lower IQ, cause growth problems, kidney damage, behavior problems, anemia and hearing loss.

If lead poisoning is not taken care of, it can also cause permanent damage to various organs in both children and adults. You may or may not experience any signs or symptoms of lead poisoning. State law requires all children be tested at age 1 and again at age 2. Contact your primary care doctor to be tested.

Federal law requires landlords and contractors who are hired for renovations, repair and painting in homes, childcare centers and schools built before 1978 that disturb painted surfaces, to be certified and follow specific practices to prevent lead contamination.

This law is the EPA’s Lead Renovation, Repair and Painting (RPR) Rule. Lead-based paint is especially problematic on surfaces that children can chew on such as windowsills, doors and doorframes, stairs, railings, banisters, porches and fences Lead can also be found in drinking water in homes that have plumbing with lead or lead solder.

“If you suspect that your house has lead hazards, here are some important things you can do to protect your family,” Pettit said.

  • Take advantage of the Free Lead Testing Pilot Program: A $1.5 million state program to test for lead in drinking water is available to New York State residents. Provides residents who are served by either a private well or public water system with an opportunity to have their residential drinking water tested for free. To sign-up visit,
  • If you rent, call the landlord immediately to report peeling or chipping paint.
  • Damp mop and damp dust often. Clean up paint chips right away and clean all other surfaces with general all-purpose cleaner.
  • Let your cold water run for a minute before using it for making baby formula, drinking, brushing your teeth and cooking to flush lead picked up from pipes. Do NOT use warm tap water to make baby formula.
  • Wash children’s hands and toys often to wash off any lead dust. Keep them way from chipping paint and prevent destructive behaviors like chewing on painted surfaces.
  • Always hire certified contractors for work that will disrupt paint in housing or child occupied buildings before 1978 or get properly trained and certified yourself. For a certified firm check this site:

For more information about the Renovation, Repair and Painting Rule (RRP) visit the Environmental Protection Agency web site at or call the National Lead Information Center at 1-800-424-LEAD.

To learn about additional sources of lead visit,

For information about services that your local health department provides visit:

Friday, September 22, 2017 at 4:59 pm

Press release:

U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer today announced a total of $1,416,000 in federal funding for the Town of Byron and the Village of Wyoming. The federal funding was allocated through the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development program.

Specifically, the Village of Wyoming will receive a $666,000 USDA Water and Waste Disposal Grant to replace an existing water main, update a water storage tank, and install a new well. The new well will provide a second water source for the town, bringing them up to Department of Health regulations. This update will provide water to 163 residents and local businesses, and will protect the village’s drinking water source and supply.

The Town of Byron will receive a $750,000 USDA Water and Waste Disposal Grant to create Water District #8, which will provide water services to 170 additional residents.

“This federal investment is a shot in the arm for Upstate New York’s local economies,” Senator Schumer said. “These federal funds for the Town of Byron and the Village of Wyoming will help boost economic development in the region and support critical water infrastructure.

"I am proud to announce this federal investment and will continue to fight to make sure that rural communities have the tools they need to protect and maintain their infrastructure.”

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

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

Friday, September 22, 2017 at 3:19 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, news, Sen. Gallivan, announcements.

Press release:

On Sept. 12 a bill was signed into law that closes crucial gaps in the communication between and among agencies responsible for the safety of children in foster care.

The bill (S4172), sponsored by Sen. Patrick M. Gallivan (R-C-I, Elma), requires the notification of agencies placing foster children when there are reports of suspected abuse or maltreatment at homes where children have been placed. Officials say this would prevent the unwitting placement of additional children in situations that risk subjecting them to abuse or maltreatment.

“The state has a responsibility to ensure the safety and welfare of all of New York’s children, especially those in foster care,” Gallivan said. “By sharing critical information about suspected abuse or maltreatment, we can better protect these vulnerable children and avoid putting additional youth at risk.”

The measure requires that suspected abuse or maltreatment reports be provided to the responsible agency or social services entity in cases where children are placed in homes outside the jurisdiction of origin. For example, if a child is the responsibility of authorities in Warsaw, and the child is placed with a foster family in Java, then any suspected abuse or maltreatment reports would need to be filed with the responsible agency in Java, too, and vice versa. The intention is to eliminate bureaucratic loopholes and strengthen oversight. 

The State Senate and Assembly passed the legislation earlier this year. Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed the bill into law on Sept. 12.

Friday, September 22, 2017 at 3:13 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, announcements, Warsaw.

The Wyoming Foundation recently awarded more than $11,000 to seven Wyoming County nonprofit organizations for its 2017 grand cycle. Grants were awarded to programs with a preference for requests that increase job readiness for youth and connect residents to the County’s arts and cultural gems. 

“The Wyoming Foundation Council is committed to addressing the needs of the county and its residents,” said Wyoming Foundation council chair Scott Gardner. “We are honored to support specific programs that benefit the quality of life for those that call Wyoming County home and continue to honor the generosity and commitment of our clients and volunteers.” 

2017 Wyoming Foundation grant recipients include: 

    • Arts Council for Wyoming County;

    • Business Education Council, Inc;

    • Eagle Free Library;

    • GLOW YMCA;

    • Shake on the Lake;

    • Warsaw Junior Tigers; and

    • Wyoming Free Circulating Library Association.

The Wyoming Foundation was established in 1974 by Dr. James MacCallum as a way to strengthen the quality of life in Wyoming County. The Foundation encourages charitable giving, assessing and responding to the community’s changing needs and serving as a springboard for local charitable activities. Since then, the Wyoming Foundation, a division of the Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo, has actively supported cultural, educational and human services programs throughout the county. For more information about the Wyoming Foundation’s granting process visit

Friday, September 22, 2017 at 2:58 pm

Hunting for big game at Letchworth State Park is allowable with bows, crossbows, shotguns, muzzleloaders, and handguns and by permit only. Hunting with rifles is not allowed in the park.

Applications for hunting permits are available by calling (585) 493-3600 or online at and should be mailed to Hunting Permit, One Letchworth State Park, Castile.

Additionally, archery hunting permits will be self-issued for the following schedule:

    • Eastside hunting begins Oct. 1 and runs through Dec. 19; and

    • Westside hunting begins Oct. 17 and runs through Dec. 19.

Crossbow hunting will be allowed from Nov. 4 through Dec. 19.

The special archery-only – antlerless deer only – hunting season runs from Oct. 30 through Dec. 19 in the southern portion of the park. Applications are available by calling (585) 493-3600 or online at and should be mailed to:  Special Archery Permit, One Letchworth State Park, Castile, 14427.

Friday, September 22, 2017 at 12:13 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, announcements, agriculture, Warsaw, 4-H.

Information sourced from a press release

The Wyoming County Cornell Cooperative Extension Board of Directors recently selected Laura Fuller as its new executive director. Starting on Oct. 2, Fuller will lead the 100-year-old organization, as well as provide regional oversight for the Western Shared Business Network.

Fuller received her master’s degree from Ohio State University with specializations in sociology of agriculture, rural community studies, and community development.

“I am so excited to join the Wyoming County CCE team. Seeing the beauty of Wyoming County and the dedication of the staff and volunteers made it an easy decision,” Fuller said. “From meeting local stakeholders who took time out of their busy days to show me their farms and businesses, to the incredible turnout at the job presentations, it is clear that the citizens in Wyoming County care about what we do, and I look forward to being a part of that.”

Early in her Cooperative Extension career, Fuller worked in Ohio’s urban communities setting up 4-H After School clubs for at-risk youth. Additionally, she taught healthy nutrition in fourth-grade classrooms. She has held appointments as a 4-H educator and community development educator specializing in workforce, organizational, and leadership development. She is an experienced grant writer and has also served on regional and national committees to advance the work of Cooperative Extension.

Serving as an ombudsman for the Navy, Fuller worked with reservists and their families to overcome problems during mobilizations. She also served to support military families in times of crisis.

“We have long-tenured staff and volunteers who are competent, respected leaders and we sought someone with business acumen and roots in research to ensure that our future programming fully explores the needs of our community while addressing our long-term viability,” said Board President Keith Kibler. “We are confident Laura will add incredible energy and passion to an already impressive team at CCE of Wyoming County.”

For more information on Wyoming County CCE visit

Friday, September 22, 2017 at 11:11 am
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, announcements, Warsaw.


Photo submitted

On Sept. 8 the Wyoming County Bar Association held its annual charity golf tournament at Arrowwood Golf Course, 6005 Bauer Road, Warsaw.

On Sept. 20, members of the Bar Association, local officials, and the community were on hand when Association President Mason Meyer presented Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) Executive Director Maggie Thomas with a check for $2,430.93 at the County Courthouse, Main Street, Warsaw. The funds were donated to the MDA through Scott’s Striders.

Scott’s Striders is a local team who has participated in the MDA Muscle Walk in Rochester for the past 11 years. The team was built to support Warsaw resident Scott Crater who suffers from Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy. Shortly after the team’s inception, fellow Warsaw residents and brothers Josh and Jake Schell, who also have DMD, joined the team.

Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD) is a rapidly progressive form of muscular dystrophy that occurs primarily in boys. DMD is caused by an absence of dystrophin, a protein that helps keep muscle cells intact. Those who suffer from DMD experience a progressive loss of muscle function and weakness, which typically begins in the lower limbs.

There is no known cure for Duchenne muscular dystrophy. Treatment aims to control symptoms to improve quality of life.

In all, Scott’s Striders is made up of 40 members who raise money and participate in the annual Muscle Walk. The team has raised more than $16,000 over the past four years through a variety of fundraisers in the fight against the muscle disease.

This year, the team held a daily raffle throughout the month of August. The proceeds raised through the raffle and the donation from the Wyoming County Bar Association allowed its member to raise approximately $8,700 for the fight against MD.

For more information about the MDA Muscle Walk click here.

Thursday, September 21, 2017 at 4:32 pm
posted by Billie Owens in Attica, charity, announcements.

In photo above are members of the band Higher Mountain.

Submitted photos and press release:

Press release:

The fall third annual Higher Mountain Festival for Charity will be held from noon to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 30th at Bennington Lanes Grove,1374 Clinton Street Road, Attica.

Funds raised will support Immaculata Home, a home for displaced women in the WNY region, particularly those who have been affected by incarceration and who are without dependents and family support.

The fundraiser headed by Americana and bluegrass bands features a regional favorite Higher Mountain, and the return of a famous family bluegrass band from this area, The Bartholomew Family, plus two other Rochester bands -- High Mileage and Gone Fishing. 

A basket raffle, 50/50, auction and open jamming (bring your instrument) are also planned. 

Higher Mountain has played as far West as the state of Wyoming, and far South as Naples, Fla., and North as Plattsburgh. Formed by Charlie Kesterson, a past Tennessee resident, who has played internationally including being a member of the first band featuring the famous Gibson Brothers, called the North Country Ramblers, features fast driving bluegrass banjo and fiddle. There CD recording "Mother’s Song," includes original tunes written by Christine Kesterson. 

This year the festival will bring The Bartholomew Family back to WNY. The Bartholomew Family band was headed by recently deceased Dean Bartholomew, of Addison, who promoted bluegrass music throughout his life. His three sons, Dale, Scott and Terry will return to the stage at this year’s festival.

Immaculata Home Inc., opened in Lockport, in June. This 501c3 charity provides housing for women who lack family support and find themselves searching for a supportive environment. Residents of Immaculata Home volunteer to give back to their community.

Christine Kesterson, the guitar player in Higher Mountain, is a Master’s in Divinity graduate of Christ the King Seminary, East Aurora, and serves as the chaplain to Immaculata Home residents and board. 

The committee has suggested a donation of $15 reserved seating through 716-870-6932 or $20 at the door (bring a lawn chair). Under age 16 are admitted free. Groups of eight can reserve a table at a discount for $100. Cash donations in support can be sent to Immaculata Home Inc., P.O. Box 103, Lockport, NY 14095.

For more information on Immaculata Home view

In photo below are members of the band The Bartholomew Family.

Tuesday, September 19, 2017 at 3:17 pm


Information sourced from a press release, file photo:

Letchworth State Park is up against 20 of New York’s top attractions in the 2017 round of USA Today 10 Best Readers’ Choice Award for “your favorite attraction” in New York State.

The Wyoming County Chamber & Tourism office is encouraging everyone to vote for Letchworth State Park, one of the top nominees again this year. The world-renowned attraction is up against some very stiff competition among New York’s most well-known tourist attractions.

“We encourage everyone to share the contest to their social media accounts and to get the message out about the contest,” said Chamber & Tourism Director of Tourism and Marketing Eric Szucs. “Letchworth State Park won the #1 State Park designation because of its natural beauty and strong following worldwide. Let’s try to again capture the momentum and win again for this great natural asset.”

USA Today Readers’ Choice 10 Best website reports that some of the United States' most recognizable attractions – Times Square, the Statue of Liberty, Central Park, the Empire State Building – are found in New York City.

While the Big Apple has no shortage of travel-worthy attractions, the rest of the state is well worth exploring as well. Outside the iconic metropolis in the Empire State, travelers find natural wonders like Niagara Falls, the Thousand Islands, Letchworth State Park, award-winning wineries, Revolutionary War sites and the elegant estates of the Hudson Valley.

“We are up against some very tough competition in New York this time around,” said Chamber & Tourism President Scott Gardner. “If everyone that loves Letchworth State Park votes in the contest we can once again win the competition and claim the title of ‘favorite attraction’ recognizing this well-known destination right here in Wyoming County.”

Voting for Letchworth State Park is easy. Simply visit the Chamber & Tourism Facebook page at to find the link or visit USA Today’s Readers’ Choice contest website at, then scroll down the page and select Letchworth State Park. Voting can be done daily until noon Oct. 10.

Tuesday, September 19, 2017 at 2:43 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, agriculture, announcements, Pike, 4-H.



(Captions at bottom of story.)

Information sourced from a press release, photos submitted:

A total of 1,040 exhibits were judged and awarded ribbons this year at the Wyoming County Fair in Pike. Additionally, 153 4-H Cloverbud exhibits were on display and awarded participation ribbons. Several displays and activities in the Youth Building reflected this year’s fair theme – Hometown Pride Shared County Wide.

Castile County Kids 4-H Club received First Place Blue for their 4-H Club educational exhibit. Master Builders 4-H Club won Second Place Blue and The Zoo Crew 4-H Club earned Third Place Blue.

Throughout the week, 32 4-H’ers repeated their public presentations and 22 mannequin-modeled in the Youth Building at the Pike Fair.

There were 160 exhibits from Wyoming County 4-H'ers at the New York State Fair in Syracuse Sept. 1-4. At State Fair, Wyoming County 4-H'ers were awarded 106 Blue Ribbons, 34 Red Ribbons, four White Ribbons and 13 Participation Ribbons (for Cloverbud exhibits).

The following 4-H member's projects were chosen to represent Wyoming County at the Pike fair and were on exhibit at this year’s New York State Fair:

Communications & Expressive Arts

    • Elliana Wolcott

Food & Nutrition (including Preserved Foods)

    • Jack Heppner

    • Allison Herrick

    • Derek Ikeler

    • Jodilee Ikeler

    • Aidan Kimpel

    • Lilah Stroud

    • Nathan Zywiczynski

    • Macy Boss

    • Danielle Herrick

    • Noelle Milhollen

    • Morgan Milhollen

    • Autumn Milhollen

    • Dylan Mirrione

    • Autumn Patterson

    • David Zywiczynski

    • Abigail Parker (3 items)

    • Grace Zywiczynski

    • Nathan Perl

    • Rachel Zielinski

    • Kelsey Arnold

    • Katie Fisher

    • Mya Hardie

    • Gae Mysliwiec

    • Isabella Noon

    • Elliana Wolcott

Fine Arts & Crafts

    • Rebecca Semmel

    • Emelyn Bell

    • Grace Kunze (2 items)

    • Megan Minkel (3 items)

    • Payton Romance

    • Grace Zywiczynski

    • Ashley Peila

    • Sorrell Brown

    • Bridgette Deer

    • Sylvia Waligora

    • Alexis Johnson

    • Katie Fisher

    • Danielle Herrick

    • Mary Jane Mathis (2 items)

    • Abigail Schreiber (2 items)

Hobby Crafts & Home Environment

    • Mary Jane Mathis (2 items)

    • Abigail Schreiber

    • Alexa Wolcott

    • Elliana Wolcott

    • Kelsey Arnold

    • Katelyn Hardie

    • Macy Boss

    • Rebecca Semmel (2 items)

Child Development/Care

    • Rebecca Semmel

Wearable Art

    • Emily Brown

    • Abigail Skillman

Textile & Clothing

    • Katie Fisher

    • Lilly Auger

    • Alexa Wolcott

    • Carlee Fisher

    • Linsey Rissinger

    • Katie Terry (2 items)

    • Miriam Shepard

    • Lea Tokarczyk

***Additionally, Abigail Parker had her dress selected for State Fair but could not have it formally judged due to her participation in the NYS Fair Fashion Revue.

Visual Arts/Photography

    • Nate Zywiczynski (2 items)

    • Rebecca Semmel

    • Noah Almeter

    • Caleigh Castlevetere

    • Alexa Domes (2 items)

    • Isabella Noon

    • Katie O’Hare (2 items)

    • Sarah Phillips (2 items)

    • Rebekah Spicer (2 items)

    • Katie Terry

    • Meredyth Weaver

    • David Zywiczynski


    • Elizabeth Skrzpek (4 items)

    • David Zywiczynski (8 items)

    • Grace Zywiczynski (8 items)

    • Joe Zielinski (5 items)

    • Mary Zielinski (4 items)

    • Rachel Zielinski (5 items)

Cut Flowers

    • Erika Conrad (3 items)

    • Rachel Hatch (4 items)

    • Grace Kunze (6 items)

    • Addison Zielenieski (4 items)

STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics)

    • Abby Lewandowski

    • Colton Auger

    • Ella Szucs

    • Alexa Wolcott

    • Naomi Shepard

Cloverbud Exhibits

    • Eleanor Perl

    • Mary Harwood

    • Emily Harwood

    • Trinity Smith (2 items)

    • Abilene Foss

    • Owen Norton

    • Ashley Youngers

    • Madison Youngers

    • Izabelle Carmichael

    • Kaylee Powell

    • Charlotte Kirsch

Below are 4-H'ers who represented Wyoming County in the following events at the State Fair:

State Fair Fashion Revue

    • Caleigh Castlevetere

    • Genevieve Homac

    • Abigail Parker

    • Hannah Spicer

    • Rebekah Spicer

    • Natalie Standish

    • Margot Treadwell

    • Mary Zielinski

State Fair Produced in NYS Foods Presentation

    • Macy Boss

    • Alexa Wolcott

    • Elliana Wolcott

Teen Evaluators

    • Caleigh Castlevetere

    • Genevieve Homac

    • Abigail Parker

    • Mary Zielinski

    • Aurora Mysliwiec

County Booth Teen Leaders

    • Abigail Schreiber

    • Aurora Mysliwiec

    • Mary Zielinski

    • Caleigh Castlevetere

    • Genevieve Homac

    • Abigail Parker

    • Hannah Spicer

    • Rebekah Spicer

    • Natalie Standish

    • Margot Treadwell

Iron Chef Competition Wyoming County 4-Her’s

    • Abigail Schreiber

    • Caleigh Castlevetere

    • Abby Parker

    • Natalie Standish

Adult Volunteer Helper

    • Kay Swyers

The following Wyoming County 4-H’ers for received purple “Special Recognition” rosettes at the State Fair:

    • Nathan Perl – maple syrup

    • Danielle Herrick – basket

    • Abigail Schreiber – genealogy

    • Mary Jane Mathis – crocheted wool slouch hat

    • Emily Brown – knitted cable hat

    • Katie Fisher – lined Jacket

    • Katie Terry – prom dress

For more information about 4-H, call the CCE of Wyoming County 4-H office at (585) 786- 2251 or visit

Top photos -- captions:

Top photo: Castile County Kids 4-H Club members and their First Place education booth at the Wyoming County Fair.

Second photo: Wyoming County 4-H'ers mannaquin model at the NY State Fair. First row: Margot Treadwell. Second row, seated from left: Hannah Spicer, Rebekah Spicer, Natalie Standish. From left, standing are: Mary Zielinski, Caleigh Castlevetere and Abby Parker.

Bottom photos -- captions:

Below: NYS Fair Produced in NYS Foods Contest participants, from left: Elliana Wolcott, Macy Boss and Alexa Wolcott.

Bottom: Wyoming County 4-H'ers who participated in the NYS Fair Iron Chef Competition, from left: Natalie Standish, Abigail Schreiber, Caleigh Castlevetere and Abby Parker.



Tuesday, September 19, 2017 at 1:17 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, events, announcements, Attica.

Press release

The Attica police and fire departments will be hosting a Child Safety Seat Check Station event from 5 to 8 p.m. Sept. 21 at the Police Department, 43 Exchange St., Attica. The program is supported by the Governors Traffic Safety Committee and promotes child passenger safety awareness and education.

Nationally certified technicians will complete a child safety seat check, and provide education on the proper use, maintenance and installation of the child restraint based upon the manufacturer’s instructions. They will also check for any recalls on all car seats and confirm with the parent or caregiver their knowledge and capabilities of child seat usage and proper installation.

If the car seat needs to be replaced due to damage, being outgrown or recalled, technicians can guide parents on where and how to buy a new seat. Additionally, if the parent or caregiver is unable to purchase a new safety seat, officials say the program could provide a replacement from the current inventory on hand.

Monday, September 18, 2017 at 2:31 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, announcements, Business.

Information sourced from a press release:

M&T Bank, a company with a long history of supporting the communities it serves, recently debuted the Understanding What’s Important Business Challenge. This new initiative celebrates local businesses and the organizations they support to make a difference in their communities.

 “M&T is passionate about our business customers and our communities,” said M&T Bank Senior Vice President and Manager of Business Banking Eric Feldstein. “Whether it is supporting a local food bank or neighborhood arts organization, M&T wants to celebrate those businesses that support their local community.”

How it works:

    • Businesses within M&T Bank’s geographic footprint nominate an organization in their community that they support, via an online form through Sept. 29. The business should highlight the work their nominated organization does for the community and how winning the competition will help that organization make an even greater impact.

    • M&T will select five finalists, which will be announced Nov. 2. Each of those five organizations will win $1,000 and vie for up to a $10,000 grand prize.

    • Through Nov. 22, the public will have the opportunity to cast their vote for their favorite of the five finalist organizations.

    • M&T Bank will announce the winning local organization Nov. 28, which is also being celebrated globally as Giving Tuesday. The grand prize winner will be awarded up to $10,000. The remaining four finalists will each receive $1,000. 

“M&T Bank is proud to support the communities in which we work and live, and we know our local business owners feel the same,” Feldstein said. “Local businesses help drive successful, strong communities.

"They create jobs, boost local economies and support neighbors in need. With the Understanding What’s Important Business Challenge, we want to celebrate local businesses that give back to their communities and to support the organizations they care about.”

All businesses within New York, Maryland, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Connecticut, Virginia, West Virginia and the District of Columbia are eligible to participate in the Understanding What’s Important Business Challenge. 

To be eligible to win $10,000, local organizations can be focused on any community objective.

To get started visit:

Official contest rules can be found at

M&T’s business banking team is dedicated to understanding what’s important to each of its business customers. From cash flow and financing to employee benefits and operations, M&T strives to help businesses achieve their goals and objectives with custom financial solutions that contribute to long-term success. 

Monday, September 18, 2017 at 2:02 pm

From information provided by HomeCare & Hospice: 

Help HomeCare & Hospice Foundation Inc. raise funds for area patients and families by participating in its inaugural October Fest on Saturday, Oct. 21.

The event, sponsored by Overhead Door of Batavia, National Fuel, and Stan’s Harley-Davidson, will take place from 6 – 9 p.m. in the Paddock Room at Batavia Downs. It is located at 8315 Park Road, Batavia.

The October Fest will include 25+ vendors for beer, wine, and food tasting, live harness racing, a cash bar, DJ, 50/50 drawing, and more than $2,000 worth of basket raffle prizes! With the purchase of a $25 pre-sale ticket or $30 at the door, you will receive $10 of free play, food, wine and beer sampling vouchers, and a sandwich or bratwurst.

You must be 21 years of age or older to register for and be admitted to the event. Please bring a valid ID the day of the event.

Tickets for the event can be purchased at the HomeCare & Hospice in Batavia, located at 29 Liberty St., or the Warsaw office at 450 N. Main St. You can also purchase tickets at the Genesee County Chamber of Commerce (8276 Park Road, Batavia), Big Pauly’s Pizza (314 Ellicott St., Batavia), or online at

Special discounted tickets for designated drivers are available for $15. Discounts are also available at the Batavia Downs Hotel for the night of the event. If you are interested, please call the Batavia Downs Hotel at (585) 815-7000 and mention HomeCare & Hospice.

HomeCare & Hospice is also seeking volunteers to help during the event. If you would like to find out more about volunteering or to pre-register for the October Fest, please call Nick O’Keefe at (800) 719-7129 or email him at

About HomeCare & Hospice

HomeCare & Hospice is a nonprofit organization serving a large population in Western New York, including many people in Wyoming County. Our focus is on providing patient care as a person enters the later stages to end stage of life, and on alleviating the stress this can cause their families. We do this through providing care within the home and keeping hospital stays to a minimum. We operate on two levels – Providing licensed homecare services as well as hospice services.

To reach HomeCare & Hospice's administrative office in Olean, call (716) 372-5735.

Monday, September 18, 2017 at 2:01 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, government, taxes, Sen. Gallivan, announcements.

Press release

Legislation to provide for the continuation of the real property tax exemption for Cold War Veterans has been signed into law Sept. 12. The bill (S5659A), sponsored by Sen. Patrick M. Gallivan (R-C-I, Elma), was approved by the Senate and Assembly in June. 

The law gives local governments and school districts the option to continue to provide a real tax exemption beyond the original 10-year limitation.

“This legislation recognizes the commitment and sacrifice made by the men and women who served in the United States military during the Cold War,” Gallivan said. “By continuing this program, we express our deep appreciation for their brave service to our country.” 

Cold War Veterans served in the Armed Forces from Sept. 2, 1945, to Dec. 26, 1991. Many of them served during times of peace.

The legislation amends the state’s real property tax law.

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Wednesday, September 13, 2017 at 12:08 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, announcements, news, Attica.


Press release

Norfolk Southern Railroad has begun a bridge replacement project on the main rail line traveling through the Village of Attica. Beginning Sept. 21 through Oct. 5, the railroad will be replacing the railroad overpass bridge at Market and Main streets along with the bridge span over Tonawanda Creek.

As part of the project, Norfolk Southern Railroad will need to close Route 98, (Market Street) and the lower portion of West Main Street to all traffic. No traffic will be able to travel south on Route 98.

New York State Department of Transportation will be posting a detour route for all traffic. Local residents and passenger vehicles may take an alternate route south on Exchange Street or West Avenue to Bunnell to Clinton Street. All vehicle’s over 5 tons must adhere to the NYS DOT detour route, this will be strictly enforced, Attica Police officials say.

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

Information sourced from a press release:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

For more information about the County Government Institute visit

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

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

Information sourced from a press release

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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


Press release, photo submitted:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Press release:

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

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

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

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

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

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


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