announcements

Saturday, February 25, 2017 at 5:15 pm

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Members of the Perry Center, Perry, Silver Springs, Wyoming, Warsaw, and Cuylerville fire departments, and Perry Ambulance paid tribute Saturday afternoon to long-standing member J. Richard “Dick” Brick, who passed away earlier this week.

Brick, 93, had been a member of the Perry Center Fire Department for 68 years, serving as president and secretary/treasurer during his tenure. In addition to his active volunteerism with the fire department, he spent eight years on the Perry Ambulance Squad, was an emergency medical technician, served as an elected assessor, and was on both the Zoning Board of Appeals and Planning Board.

For J. Richard Brick’s full obituary click here.

Assistant Fire Chief Tim Rice wished to thank all the departments and members who put the tribute together. 

 

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Friday, February 24, 2017 at 5:08 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, Sports, announcements, Perry.

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Front row, from left: seniors Alysha Jones, Iesha Cole, Brittnay Woodworth and Emma Humberstone.  

Back row, from left: Autumn Baker, Morgan Laraby, Taryn True, Gipsie Prickett, Coach Cheryl Hayes, Danielle Frazier, Brice Blackmore, Rachael Hinz and Ashlee Safford.

The Perry Varsity Cheerleaders competed Feb. 17 at the LCAA League Championships held at Caledonia-Mumford.  

In Division 3, First Place went to Perry, Second Place to Geneseo, and Third Place went to Keshequa.

Senior cheerleaders were also afforded a chance to compete individually. The top three cheerleaders from this competition will represent Livingston County in the Ronald McDonald game. 

Perry’s own Lesha Cole took First Place with a near-perfect score of 209 out of a possible 210.

Friday, February 24, 2017 at 4:53 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, news, environment, firefighting, Warsaw, DEC, announcements.

Press release:

Foam used by some fire departments may now be listed as a hazardous substance. On Feb. 1, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) filed a Notice of Adoption with the New York State Department of State to amend Part 597, Hazardous Substances Identification, Release Prohibition, and Release Reporting, effective March 3.

The regulation classifies perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA-acid), ammonium perfluorooctanoate (PFOA-salt), perfluorooctane sulfonic acid (PFOS-acid), and perfluorooctane sulfonate (PFOS-salt) as hazardous substances at the request of the New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH). 

The amendments finalized the:

    •  addition of perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA-acid, Chemical Abstracts Service (CAS) No. 335-67-1), ammonium perfluorooctanoate (PFOA-salt, CAS No. 3825-26-1), perfluorooctane sulfonic acid (PFOS-acid, CAS No. 1763-23-1), and perfluorooctane sulfonate (PFOS-salt, CAS No. 2795-39-3) to the list of hazardous substances at 6 NYCRR Section 597.3;

    • allowance for continued use of firefighting foam that may contain PFOA-acid, PFOA-salt, PFOS-acid or PFOS-salt to fight fires (but not for training or any other purposes) on or before April 25, even if such use may result in the release of a reportable quantity (RQ), which is otherwise prohibited; and 

    • correction to the list of hazardous substances by providing units for RQs.

The final rule-making documents, including the Assessment of Public Comment, are available on DEC’s website at http://www.dec.ny.gov/regulations/104968.html

See related: Firefighting foam may contain newly listed hazardous substances

Thursday, February 23, 2017 at 9:08 am
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, education, announcements, Warsaw.

Karl Daningburg, a senior mechanical engineering major at Grove City College, Grove City, Pa., has been named to the dean's list with distinction for the Fall 2016 semester. 

Daningburg is a 2013 graduate of Churchville Chili Senior High School, Chili, and is the son of Dr. and Mrs. Todd Daningburg (Jeanne), of Warsaw.

Students eligible for the dean's list have a grade point average (GPA) of 3.40 to 3.59; for the dean's list with distinction a GPA of 3.60 to 3.84 and for the dean's list with high distinction a GPA of 3.85 to 4.0.

Grove City College (www.gcc.edu) is a private liberal arts school that offers education in a thoroughly Christian environment.

Founded in 1876, the college is committed to the principles of faith and freedom, a pioneer in independent private education and accepts no federal funds. It offers its 2,500 students degrees in more than 60 majors in the liberal arts, sciences, engineering and music. It is located on a 188-acre campus north of Pittsburgh, Pa. It is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education and routinely ranked among the best colleges and universities by Princeton Review, U.S. News & World Report and others. It is one of the Top Conservative Schools in the country, according to The Young America's Foundation and a Christian College of Distinction.

Thursday, February 23, 2017 at 9:03 am

The State University of New York (SUNY) at Geneseo has announced its president's list for the fall semester 2016. To be on the list, a student must have achieved an A in all coursework (4.0 grade point average) while taking at least 12 credit hours.

The following students were named to the list:

    • Dillon Ramsey from Arcade;

    • Jayden Wolcott from Silver Springs; and

    • Nicole Forti and Thomas Forti, both of Wyoming.

SUNY Geneseo is a public liberal arts college dedicated to developing socially responsible citizens with skills and values for a productive life.

Thursday, February 23, 2017 at 9:00 am
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, education, announcements, Perry.

Elijah McWhinney, of Perry, was named to the dean’s list at The College of Saint Rose, Albany, for the fall 2016 semester.

McWhinney is one of 751 students to achieve this mark of academic excellence. To make the dean's list, he had to complete a minimum of 12 credit hours and achieve a semester grade-point average of at least 3.5 with no grades of D, F, Incomplete or Pass/Fail.

The College of Saint Rose (www.strose.edu) is a progressive college in the heart of New York's capital city.

Thursday, February 23, 2017 at 8:56 am
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, announcements, education, Warsaw, Wyoming.

The following Warsaw students have been named Presidential Scholars for the fall 2016 semester at Clarkson University:

    • Anthony Joseph Monteleone, a senior majoring in mechanical engineering.

    • Rachel Lynn Samardak, a senior majoring in biology.

Presidential Scholars must achieve a minimum 3.80 grade-point average and carry at least 14 credit hours.

Joseph Malloy, of Wyoming, a freshman majoring in engineering studies, was named to the Dean's List for the fall 2016 semester at Clarkson University.

Dean's List students must achieve a minimum 3.25 grade-point average and also carry at least 14 credit hours.

Clarkson University, Potsdam, also has additional graduate programs and research facilities in the Capital Region of New York, and Beacon. Clarkson is a nationally recognized research university with more than 50 programs of study in engineering, business, arts, education, sciences and the health professions.

Thursday, February 23, 2017 at 8:23 am
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, announcements, education, Wyoming.

Abigail Aman, of Wyoming, was one of 28 students inducted into the Kappa Omicron chapter of the Gamma Sigma Epsilon National Chemical Honor Society. A ceremony was held Feb. 10 in Cowles Hall, Elmira College, Elmira.

Gamma Sigma Epsilon is a national chemistry honor society founded in 1919 at Davidson College. The original fraternity was created to promote academic excellence and undergraduate research scholarship in chemistry. In 1931, the fraternity became a co-educational honor society.

Today, there are more than 70 active Gamma Sigma Epsilon chapters throughout the United States. The society is governed by a national executive council of elected officers and meets in biennial conventions for the purpose of governance, fellowship, and scientific exchange.

Elmira College is a private, coeducational, Phi Beta Kappa college founded in 1855. The college has an undergraduate enrollment of approximately 1,200 full-time mostly-residential students. It is the guardian of Quarry Farms where Mark Twain summered for decades and where he wrote many of his most iconic novels and is today a research center for visiting Twain scholars. 

The College has been ranked as a Best College in the Northeast by the Princeton Review and a Top Tier national liberal arts college by U.S. News & World Report, which also ranked Elmira College as a leading college, nationally, for student internships. The Philadelphia Inquirer cited the college campus as “picture postcard perfect.”

Wednesday, February 22, 2017 at 3:39 pm

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Press release (photo submitted):

Aurora Players will open its 83rd season with its premiere of Jon Robin Baitz’s “Other Desert Cities,” on Feb. 24, with Varysburg resident Mary Eckstein portraying Polly. The play, a Pulitzer Prize finalist, will be performed in the Roycroft Pavilion in Hamlin Park, Buffalo.

Eckstein last appeared on the Players' stage as Amanda Wingfield in 2015’s “The Glass Menagerie.” A public health nurse at the Wyoming County Health Department, she has been active in local community theater for 38 years.

“I enjoy the challenge of studying and developing a variety of character types and the exhilaration of performing before a live audience,” she said.

“Other Desert Cities” is a story of the Wyeth family, who love each other – fiercely – despite their very different world views. 

The daughter, Brooke, arrives home one Christmas with a memoir of her late brother Henry. About 25 years previously, he had been involved with a radical group that bombed a recruitment center, resulting in a death. Brooke’s parents, Reagan Republicans who value the status quo and have left this traumatic experience behind, do not want to reopen old wounds. However, Brooke is a writer and psychologically needs to write this to get out of a depression. All she wants to do is tell the truth, but the truth is much more complicated than she realizes. 

Eckstein chose to do this play because of how true-to-ktcklablife the characters are.

“I welcomed the opportunity to perform in a new and contemporary piece, and one which requires the skill of portraying a character whose life is closer to fact than fiction,” Eckstein said.

Katie Buckler, Kris Kielich, Mary Moebius and Rick Sweet, also star in the play. The production is directed by Thomas Durham, assisted by Joe Cassidy.

Performances are: 8 p.m. Feb. 24 – 26, March 3 – 5 and 10 – 12. It will also have a post-show talk with Durham and the cast after the show Feb. 25 and March 4.

All Friday and Saturday shows start at 8 p.m. and Sunday matinees begin at 2:30 p.m.

To purchase tickets – $15 for adults and $14 for seniors and students –  visit www.auroraplayers.org or call (716) 687-6727.

The show contains adult languages and situations. 

Wednesday, February 22, 2017 at 2:58 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, events, announcements, Warsaw, mission, food pantry.

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The United Church of Warsaw's  F.A.C.E (Faith And Caring Encounter) Group completed their "SOUPer Bowl" mission Feb. 5. Their goal was to collect 51 cans of soup to coincide with the Super Bowl 51. 

The youth group collected 144 cans for the Warsaw Food Pantry, says Lisa Johnson, of United Church of Warsaw/Warsaw Food Pantry.

Friday, February 17, 2017 at 2:54 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, news, announcements, Business, Warsaw.

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Wyoming County Chamber of Commerce President Scott Gardner has often said: “The best ambassadors for Wyoming County are those that live and work in the county. And if we can give them to tools to encourage people to visit, we are going to do that.”

Thursday evening the Chamber hosted a get-together for members to officially unveil the 2017 Wyoming County Tourism Guide.

“We wanted to get people together to network and visit on a social level…connect with other businesses in the county.”

The travel guides can be found at area businesses and at the Chamber office at 36 Center St., Warsaw. 

For information about joining the Chamber call (585) 786-0307 or visit http://www.wycochamber.org/

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Thursday, February 16, 2017 at 4:36 pm

Press release:

Sen. Patrick M. Gallivan, (R-C-I, Elma) says $3 million in state funding will help eligible municipalities and rural electricity cooperatives purchase electric vehicles for their municipal use fleets. The program is part of the New York Power Authority’s Municipal Electric-Drive Vehicle Program, which provides financial assistance to facilitate the replacement of less fuel-efficient vehicles.

“This funding will help towns and villages purchase electric and hybrid vehicles that are more fuel efficient and promote a cleaner environment,” Gallivan said. “The state’s financial support allows municipalities to participate in this important initiative and makes the program affordable to more communities.”

In Senate District 59, the villages of Arcade, Castile, Churchville, Silver Springs, and Springville are eligible to participate in the Municipal Electric-Drive Vehicle Program.
Several types of electric and hybrid vehicles are offered for purchase under the program, including passenger cars, pickup trucks, off-road specialty vehicles and heavy-duty utility bucket trucks. 

Municipalities and rural electric cooperatives that currently receive low-cost hydropower from the New York Power Authority are eligible to participate in this program. The funding builds on $5 million previously distributed under this program that has helped put 61 clean vehicles into service in 24 towns and villages across the state.

New York Power Authority's Municipal Electric-Drive Vehicle program works by providing zero-interest financing. The funds made available for the purchase of these vehicles are recovered over the course of three years.

New York Power Authority serves 47 municipal and four rural electric cooperative utility systems around the state, providing them with low-cost hydropower to help meet the electricity needs of their residents and businesses.

Tuesday, February 14, 2017 at 1:48 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, announcements, education.

Press release:

The Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo scholarship application process for the 2017 – 2018 academic year is open and available for submission online. Requirements and application instructions can be found by visiting www.cfgb.org/scholarship. Applications are due by March 1.  

To be eligible, applicants must be a current resident of one of the eight counties of Western New York, have a minimum of a “C” average or a grade-point average of 2.0 or greater, and be admitted to a nonprofit 501(c)(3), U.S. Department of Education accredited school for full-time study. All students in Western New York, including Say Yes Buffalo applicants and scholars, who meet these eligibility requirements are encouraged to apply. Scholarship awards typically range from $1,000 to $6,000.

Since 1924, more than 200 individuals, families, foundations and organizations have established scholarship funds through the Community Foundation to support students in Western New York. In 2016, the Community Foundation awarded more than $95,000 to Wyoming County students.

For more information on the Foundation’s scholarship program, visit www.cfgb.org/scholarship or text SCHOLARSHIP to (716) 259-2499. 

The Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo, a 501(c)(3) organization, was established in 1919 to enhance and encourage long-term philanthropy in the Western New York community. The Community Foundation’s mission is: Connecting people, ideas and resources to improve lives in Western New York. Since 1919, the Community Foundation has made the most of the generosity of individuals, families, foundations and organizations that entrust charitable assets to the Community Foundation’s care. www.cfgb.org

Tuesday, February 14, 2017 at 1:34 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, education, announcements.

Press release:

For the 24th year, The Arc of Livingston-Wyoming Foundation will grant two student scholarships, valued at up to $2,000 each, to graduating high school seniors from Wyoming and Livingston counties. Additionally, the Foundation will award a $2,000 Continuing Education Scholarship to a working teacher to assist with his or her certification, licensure, or specialization in the field of Special Education.

Scholarship applications are available at lwarc.org or via Arc Public Relations at (585) 658-2828, ext. 133. 

Student scholarships are for high school seniors specifically pursuing careers serving persons with intellectual and other developmental disabilities. Examples include teachers of Special Education, Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, Speech Pathology, Art Therapy, Music Therapy, and training in the direct care field. The Continuing Education Scholarship is for a currently employed teacher who is furthering his or her career in the field of Special Education.

Student scholarships are payable in annual installments of $500, whereas the Continuing Education Scholarship is awarded in a single lump sum.

Completed and signed applications should be submitted to Public Relations Director Jeff Thomas, 18 Main St, Mount Morris, 14510 by March 3. Scholarship winners will be notified by March 17, in conjunction with National Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month.

The Arc Foundation is the fundraising arm of The Arc of Livingston-Wyoming, the two-county region’s largest private, not-for-profit agency providing programs and services to individuals with intellectual and other developmental disabilities. The Foundation raises money through special events and other ventures, and then distributes funds to support services that maintain and enhance the quality of life for individuals with disabilities and their families.

Thursday, February 9, 2017 at 3:57 pm

The State University of New York (SUNY) at Geneseo has announced its dean's list for the fall 2016 semester. To be on the list, a student must have achieved at least a 3.5 grade point average while taking a minimum of 12 credit hours.

Students named to the dean’s list include:

    • Maura Cupicha, of Wyoming;

    • Elijah Buck, of Warsaw;

    • Jamie Irwin, of Perry;

    • Samantha Pawlicki, of North Java;

    • Spencer Head and Kassandra Johnston, both of Attica; and

    • Ryan Madden, of Arcade.

Monday, February 6, 2017 at 5:40 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, news, announcements, government.

A comprehensive bill to bring ride-sharing to upstate New York communities has been approved by the Senate. The bill (S4159) provides the framework for ride-sharing companies to expand operations outside of New York City. It will also enable new jobs to be created by offering safe, reliable transportation options to upstate residents and visitors.

“It is simply unacceptable that ride-sharing companies such as Uber and Lyft are not available in Western New York and other upstate communities,” said Sen. Patrick M. Gallivan, (R-C-I, Elma).

“This legislation will create jobs and provide more transportation options for residents and visitors while generating funds to improve our roads and bridges. I urge the Assembly and the governor to act on this bill and end the unfair treatment of Upstate New York when it comes to ride-sharing services.” 

This Senate bill differs from the executive budget proposal by significantly cutting the taxes to be paid by ride-share customers to make it more attractive for businesses to operate here. While the budget includes a tax of 5.5 percent on rides that begin outside of New York City, the Senate’s measure cuts that tax to 2 percent. Additionally, it does not subject rides to the 4-percent state sales tax. That new revenue would go directly toward infrastructure improvements for roads, bridges, and county transit needs.

The measure includes important protections for both drivers and consumers as part of the regulatory framework authorizing Transportation Network companies (TNC) like Uber and Lyft to operate in Upstate communities. It requires criminal and driving history background checks, passenger notifications of driver information and trip charges, and the adoption of nondiscrimination and zero-tolerance drug and alcohol policies. 

The bill also creates a new TNC Accessibility Task Force to identify and address barriers to and opportunities for greater access for New Yorkers of all abilities. It also includes TNC drivers in workers’ compensation insurance offered through the existing Black Car Fund, among other provisions.

The bill will be sent to the Assembly.

Friday, February 3, 2017 at 3:33 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, announcements, travel, attractions, events, Warsaw.

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While Letchworth State Park is featured on its cover, the 2017 Wyoming County Travel Guide showcases several other features, events, and natural areas to explore throughout the county.

The Wyoming County Chamber & Tourism Department recently released the 2017 guide, which features John Kucko’s photo of the Middle and Upper Falls at the state park on the cover.

A total of 85,000 copies have been printed for use this year. They will be distributed to information centers and rest stops across New York, the northeastern United States and eastern Canada. 

The layout of the guide is similar to last year’s guide, with a detailed pull-out map of Letchworth State Park featuring hiking trails, overlook stops, and more. The travel guide is also linked to the Wyoming County Tourism website, which features an interactive and fully mobile platform, travel itineraries, events calendar, maps and business listings.

“We are extremely proud of the 2017 travel guide,” said Director of Tourism & Marketing Eric Szucs. “Every year we strive to create a comprehensive piece which will serve the visiting travelers, and the residents of the county alike. By showcasing Wyoming County’s diverse tourism businesses, attractions and events, we have an instrument to tell our story – and the moral of our story is Wyoming County is a premiere tourism destination for visitors throughout the world.”

Guides will also be available at local attractions, government offices, restaurants and shops, and can be picked up at the Chamber office located at the Wyoming County Ag and Business Center, 36 Center St. in Warsaw. Area residents who are welcoming visiting family and friends are encouraged to call or stop by the Chamber office to pick up a free guide. Area businesses who would like to have a supply of travel guides at their location are also encouraged to contact the Chamber at (585) 786-0307 or info@gowyomingcountyny.com.

“On behalf of the membership and Board of Directors, I would like to extend a special thanks to Eric Szucs for his hard work to deliver a great looking product for 2017,” said Chamber President Scott Gardner. “I would also like to thank all the businesses and advertisers in the guide, and the following who assisted their time and talent with the 2017 travel guide: The Warsaw Penny Saver, for the design of the guide; Julia Ferrini at the Wyoming County Free Press, for providing photographs to use throughout the guide; John Kucko Photography, for the cover photo; and Jerry Kelsey Photography.”

 The Wyoming County Chamber & Tourism is the leading membership organization for local and regional growth, advocacy, and connection for Wyoming County’s business community. 

Its mission is to serve the members and community; promote and grow the area’s economic and tourism assets; and work collaboratively to create an environment that leads to the success and economic prosperity of Wyoming County. 

The key programs and services of the organization are: educational seminars; leadership development; business assistance and guidance; cost-saving opportunities; advocacy; recognition; networking; exposure and promotional opportunities. For more information or to become a member call (585) 786-0307 or visit www.wycochamber.org

Friday, February 3, 2017 at 2:01 pm

Genesee Community College (GCC), including all seven campus locations in Warsaw, Arcade, Batavia, Albion, Dansville, Lima, and Medina, recently announced the dean’s list, provost’s list, and president’s list for the fall 2016 semester.

Dean's list honorees include:

    • Summer Beitz, Alicia Dylag, and Joelle Reiner, all of Attica;

    • Quinn Konfederath and Candace Bliss, both of Bliss;

    • Briona Terray, of Cowlesville;

    • Alyssa Witkowski, of Java Center;

    • Caitlin Pietron, of Pike;

    • Megan Gerde and Angela George, both of Strykersville;

    • Leanna Smith, Bethany Messe, Ciera Rinehart, Alicia Rast, Marissa Allard, and Caleb Miller, all of Perry;

    • Ashley Davis, of Portageville;

    • Heather Herrmann, of Silver Springs;

    • Shelagh Neeley, Makayla Irwin, Samantha Flint, Michael Cedrone, Manoj Rai, Allison Robb, and Sondra Lucas, all of Warsaw;

    • Kali Wright, Samantha Parsons, and Kaeleigh Bean, all of Wyoming;

    • Kaitlin Erb, Dylan Smoot, William Plume, Craig Fitzgerald, Amanda Fuller, and Tyler Marble, all of Arcade; and

    • Kory Debeau, of North Java.

Students named to the dean's list have earned a quality point index of 3.50 to 3.74.

Provost's list honorees include:

    • Abigail Skillman, of Arcade;

    • Casey Callahan, Nathaniel Washington, Shirl Clark, Marilyn-Lacy Leto, Lisa Deahn, and Julie Slepinski, all of Attica;

    • Stephanie Kehr, of Java Center;

    • Julia Chojnacki and Rachel Werner, of Varysburg;

    • Andrea Harter, Andrea Prince, and Hillary Shaffer, all of Perry;

    • Kristen Stephany, Zachary Brewer, Ashley Carney, and Delores Cedrone, all of Warsaw; and

    • Christopher Herrmann, of Wyoming.

Students named to the provost's list have maintained part-time enrollment and earned a quality point index of 3.75.

President's list honorees include:

    • Zachary Harrigan, Steven Boje, Katie Simar, Andrew Hyman, Zachary Wiedemann, Courtney Westberg, Ashley Miller, and Meghan Potter, all of Arcade;

    • Brittany Anderson, Nicholas Shadbolt, Gina Glor, Sydney Breton, Ryan Napieralski, John Burek, Rachel Beck, Courtney Schaller, Savannah Bartosik, Matthew Langerman, Samantha Long, and Brandon Storch, all of Attica;

    • Padraic Brazeau, of Cowlesville;

    • Barbara Brown and Brooke Tisdale, both of Gainesville;

    • Holly Benkleman and Adrian McMahon, both of North Java;

    • Anthony Wolowiec, Madeleine Weisenburg, and Olivia Herrmann, all of Strykersville;

    • Jeffrey Mincer, of Varysburg;

    • Patrick Rice and Adam DeLaVergne, both of Perry; 

    • Paul Torrey, of Silver Springs; and

    • Megan Hollister, Michelle LaBelle, Collyn Frank, Jennifer Cummins, Sarah Ushurova, Aaron Almeter, Micaela Van Buren, Amanda Pahuta, and Tracy Stevenson, all of Warsaw.

Those on the president's list comprised of full-time students who earned a quality point index of 3.75.

GCC offers over 65 academic programs and certificates, including the new Marketing and Social Media concentration within the Business Administration program. Additionally, the new Nanotechnology degree with ECC focus’s on the microscopic scale for jobs in biology, chemistry, electrical engineering, medicine, and photovoltaics.

The college has seven campus locations throughout Western New York, as well as through its online learning program. College housing is available at College Village, Batavia. 

For further information about all of GCC's opportunities, go to www.genesee.edu.

Friday, February 3, 2017 at 1:24 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, employment, jobs, Warsaw, news, announcements.

Several local agencies have teamed up to coordinate the 6th annual Wyoming County Job Fair. The Wyoming County Chamber & Tourism Office, Community Action for Wyoming County, Genesee Community College (GCC), the New York State Department of Labor, the Wyoming County YMCA, and Literacy West NY Inc. will be on hand from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. March 17 at GCC’s Warsaw campus, 115 Linwood Ave., Warsaw.

Employers wishing to participate are encouraged to contact the Chamber at (585) 786-0307 for more details and to secure a spot. Employer registration deadline is Feb. 17.

“This is a proven event and area businesses are encouraged to contact the Wyoming County Chamber to learn more about how to reserve a spot for this great recruitment opportunity,” said Chamber President Scott Gardner. “Whether you’re a seasonal employer, a growing manufacturer, a small business, or a dairy operation, now is the time to sign up to promote your business offerings and attract job seekers.”

The Job Fair is free and open to all those seeking employment opportunities. Interviews may take place on site and there will be assistance with resume writing and interview skills. 

“It’s recommended that job seekers treat the event as if they are going to an interview, said Employment and Training Division at Community Action Senior Coordinator Beth Caton. “We encourage everyone to bring their resume, be enthusiastic, ask questions, take notes, dress appropriately and thank the business representative for their time.”

There will be a wide variety of jobs available at all skill levels from very basic to technical. For more information go to www.wycochamber.org.

Friday, February 3, 2017 at 12:54 pm

Press release:

Sen. Patrick M. Gallivan (R-C-I, Elma) says $14 million is available to protect soil and water resources on farms across New York State through the Agricultural Nonpoint Source Abatement and Control Program. The grants will support efforts to address water quality challenges on farms in critical watersheds across the state.

"Agriculture is critical to New York’s economy and farmers are committed to protecting our environment and being good stewards of the land they use,” Gallivan said. “These funds will help prevent pollution, erosion and other environmental threats to our soil, water and air.”

The program is funded in the 2016-17 budget through the New York State Environmental Protection Fund. Gov. Andrew Cuomo proposes to continue the funding in this year’s executive budget at $300 million – the highest level in the program’s history.

County Soil and Water Conservation Districts can apply for the grant program on behalf of farmers through the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets website. Grants will be awarded to the districts to help farms with environmental planning; including the implementation of management systems, planting vegetation along streams to intercept runoff, and planting cover crops after the annual harvest to protect the soil.

The program is managed by the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets and the New York State Soil and Water Conservation Committee. It is a part of the Agricultural Environmental Management framework, a broader effort that helps farmers achieve better water quality and more efficient, cost-effective farming systems.

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