Wednesday, April 26, 2017 at 5:23 pm

From the Wyoming County Health Department:

Parents and guardians make decisions daily that impact their children’s health and deciding whether or not to vaccinate your little one(s) is one of the most important decisions you will make. In the spirit of National Infant Immunization Week (April 22 – 29), let’s take time to learn how to keep your children best protected against vaccine preventable diseases.

Vaccines are among the most successful and cost-effective public health tools available for preventing disease and death. They not only help protect vaccinated individuals, but also help protect entire communities by preventing and reducing the spread of infectious diseases.

A child’s first vaccination is scheduled to be given before they even leave the hospital after being born.

“There are recommended immunization schedules for children, adolescents and adults. Schedules for children are designed to offer protection early in life, decreasing the chances a child could become ill and possibly experience complications from a preventable disease,” said Laura Paolucci, administrator, for Wyoming County Health Department.

Vaccinating children on time is the best way to protect them against 14 serious and potentially deadly diseases before their second birthday. Vaccines are only given to children after careful review by scientists, doctors, and healthcare professionals. Vaccine side effects are almost always mild such as redness or swelling at the site of the shot, but this is minimal compared to the pain, discomfort, and risk of injury and death from the diseases these vaccines prevent. Serious side effects following vaccination, such as severe allergic reaction, are very rare.

Although the number of vaccines a child needs in the first two years may seem like a lot, doctors know a great deal about the human immune system, and they know that a healthy baby’s immune system can handle getting all vaccines when they are recommended.

“When parents choose not to vaccinate or to follow a delayed schedule, children are left unprotected against diseases that still circulate in this country, like measles and whooping cough," said Brenden Bedard, director of Community Health Services, for Genesee and Orleans County Health Departments. “There is no known benefit to delaying vaccination. In fact, it puts babies at risk of getting sick because they are left vulnerable to catch serious diseases during the time they are not protected by vaccines."

Parents who are concerned about the number of shots given at one time can reduce the number given at a visit by using the flexibility built into the recommended immunization schedule. For example, the third dose of Hepatitis B vaccine can be given at 6 - 18 months of age. Parents can work with their child’s health care professional to have their child get this dose at any time during that age range.

For more information on vaccine schedules, visit

If you do not have a primary care provider your local Health Department may be able to assist in providing needed vaccines. This service is available for individuals who have no health insurance, public insurance, and some private insurance.

For information about Health Department services contact:

Monday, April 24, 2017 at 8:00 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, announcements, events, Warsaw, summer.

Press release:

Camp Invention, a nationally recognized, nonprofit summer enrichment camp program, is coming to Warsaw Central School the week of Aug. 7 through 10. Regional program sponsors include Greene Medical Arts Pharmacy.

Camp Invention is a program of the National Inventors Hall of Fame and supported by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). The nonprofit organization is dedicated to recognizing inventors and invention, promoting creativity, and advancing the spirit of innovation and entrepreneurship. What makes this camp truly unique is that the curriculum is inspired by the Inductees of the National Inventors Hall of Fame.

For students entering kindergarten through sixth grade, Camp Invention is a weeklong adventure that turns the summer from ordinary to extraordinary through hands-on problem solving, collaboration, and the use of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).

Inventive young minds can exercise their creativity and use their imagination, all while learning and developing new skills they typically don’t get to use in the classroom. Children are empowered to have big ideas while they take on challenges that inspire them to question, brainstorm, work as a team and build amazing invention prototypes.

“Parents should send their children to Camp Invention because it encourages children to think, solve and create!” said a mother of three campers. “Teamwork is encouraged while individual strengths are fostered. My children gained a deeper love for science and engineering, confidence to try new and innovative ideas, made new friendships, and learned new science vocabulary and concepts.”

This year’s curriculum features several hands-on modules:

    • Duct Tape Billionaire: Campers design duct tape products they can market and sell to mock investors;

    • Have a Blast:  Children build high-tech Bubble Blasters and compete as a team in friendly air battles that use physics to boost their advantage;

    • Mission Space Makers: Teams hatch eggs, sprout living plants and grow crystal trees, all while on a mission to locate and prepare a new planet for human habitation; and

    • Operation Keep Out: Campers learn to reverse engineer old machines and devices, and use their parts to create the ultimate Spy Gadget Alarm Box.

All local Camp Invention programs are facilitated and taught by certified educators who reside and teach in the community. The camp serves more than 130,000 students every year and partners with more than 1,400 schools and districts across the nation. For additional information or to find the nearest camp, visit

Monday, April 24, 2017 at 7:40 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, announcements, Congressman Collins.

Press release

Congressman Chris Collins released the following statement after he was presented with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s annual Spirit of Enterprise Award earlier today. This award was presented in recognition of his support of pro-growth policies in the second session of the 114th Congress.

“The U.S. Chamber of Commerce works tirelessly to ensure Congress is supporting policies that will help grow our economy and create more jobs here in America,” Collins said. “I fully support the Chamber’s mission, and as a member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee I am able to push for those pro-growth policies that will help businesses in Western New York succeed and expand. I am honored to receive this year’s Spirit of Enterprise Award and I want to thank the Chamber for its continued advocacy on behalf of over 3 million U.S. businesses.”

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Spirit of Enterprise Award is given annually to members of Congress based on their votes on critical business and job legislation, as outlined in the Chamber’s annual scorecard. Members of Congress were scored on votes related to access to capital for small businesses, ensuring our workforce has the skills necessary for the jobs of tomorrow, and helping American manufacturers compete in a global economy.

After supporting legislation such as the Regulatory Relief for Small Businesses, Schools, and Nonprofits Act and the Supporting America’s Innovators Act of 2016, Collins received a “100 percent 2016 Score” by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. For pro-growth policies Collins supported in the second session of the 114th Congress, click here.  

To view the presentation ceremony photos click here

For more information about the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Spirit of Enterprise Award, visit:

Monday, April 24, 2017 at 4:26 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, hunting, fishing, Sports, DEC, announcements.


Press release, photo submitted

New features have been added to the New York Fishing, Hunting and Wildlife mobile app, say officials from the Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC). 

The new E-license and Game Harvest features allows the user to:

    • report game harvests with a smartphone or mobile device while afield

    • create game harvest reports even when out of cellular range

    • access an electronic version of a current sporting licenses

    • share harvest reports with friends and followers on Facebook

To access the new features, users need only click on the HuntFishNY icon within the app. The New York Fishing, Hunting and Wildlife app can be downloaded on the Apple App Store or Google Play Store, or by going to the DEC website.

As a reminder, it is a legal requirement to report all deer, bear and turkey harvests within seven days of harvest.

DEC urges hunters to remember the hunting safety basics they learned in their sportsman education courses when going afield this spring hunting season. While statistics show that hunting in New York State is safer than ever, mistakes are made every year. Every hunting-related shooting incident is preventable.

Safety rules include:

    • Assume every gun is loaded.

    • Control the muzzle. Point your gun in a safe direction.

    • Keep your finger off the trigger until you are ready to shoot.

    • Be sure of your target and beyond.

    • DEC encourages hunters to wear blaze orange or pink. Wearing orange or pink prevents other hunters from mistaking a person for an animal, or shooting in your direction. Hunters who wear hunter orange are seven times less likely to be shot.

    • When hunting in tree stands use a safety harness and a climbing belt, as most tree stand accidents occur when hunters are climbing in and out of the stand. Also, never climb in or out of a tree stand with a loaded rifle.

Thursday, April 20, 2017 at 3:18 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, announcements, health, Warsaw.

Press release:

Four Wyoming County nonprofit organizations in the health services sector were recently awarded a total of just over $250,000 in funding from the William F. Thiel Fund for the 2017 grant cycle. The Thiel Fund grant process prioritizes applications for programs strategically identified in the Wyoming County Health Needs Assessment

Awardees include:

    • Wyoming Community Hospital Foundation -- $107,885;

    • Western New York Rural Area Health Education Center Inc. -- $55,338;

    • Geneseo Migrant Center -- $38,000; and

    • Spectrum Human Services -- $49,000.

Since the Community Foundation For Greater Buffalo originally commissioned the Assessment in 2006, the Thiel Fund has distributed more than $2.5 million in grants to healthcare organizations that serve Wyoming County residents. The Community Foundation updated the Assessment in 2012 and the most recent outcomes indicate that one in three Wyoming County residents have benefited from Thiel funding.

William F. Thiel was a longtime philanthropist in the Wyoming County area. In 1974, he left a significant legacy to the residents of the county through the creation of the William F. Thiel Trust at the Community Foundation. Today, Thiel’s generosity continues to provide financial supports to Wyoming County Community Hospital and other health-related community organizations throughout the county.

The William F. Thiel grants process opens annually in mid-November. For more information on the granting process, visit

Tuesday, April 18, 2017 at 11:58 am
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, announcements, military, Perry.

Maj. Gen. Anthony P. German, the Adjutant General for the State of New York, announces the promotion of Daryl Degroff, of Perry, along with members of the New York Army National Guard.

Degroff, assigned to the 222nd Military Police Company, received a promotion to the rank of Specialist.

Army National Guard promotions are based on overall performance, attitude, leadership ability, and development potential.

These promotions additionally recognize the best qualified soldiers and attract and retain the highest caliber citizen soldiers for a career in the New York Army National Guard.

For more information about the New York Army National Guard, visit or

The New York National Guard (New York State Division of Military and Naval Affairs) is the state's executive agency responsible to the governor for managing New York's Military Forces, which consists of nearly 20,000 members of the New York’s Army National Guard, Air National Guard, Naval Militia, and the New York Guard.

Monday, April 17, 2017 at 4:31 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, announcements, Warsaw.


Press release, photo submitted

The New York State Sheriffs' Institute held a week-long Basic School for staff of Sheriff's civil divisions last week at the Albany County Courthouse, Albany. Almost 70 participants from Sheriffs' offices around the State attended the program, including Wyoming County’s own, Deputy John Button.

Sponsored and organized by the Sheriffs’ Institute, the intensive five-day program provides participants with training in the latest advances in civil law enforcement and a forum to discuss current civil law enforcement issues and share best practices. Civil process includes serving many different types of papers and Court process including divorce papers, lawsuit papers, eviction paperwork as well as enforcing the resulting money judgments, wage garnishments (income executions), court ordered warrants of eviction, and other types of seizures. It is a highly specialized field.

The New York State Sheriffs’ Association Institute, Inc., established in 1979, provides the only statewide training program for civil deputies. The training is provided without charge to any civil personnel nominated for the school by a sheriff. 

For more information, click here.


Thursday, April 13, 2017 at 12:24 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, announcements, Business, Warsaw.


Press release, photo submitted:

After several months of planning and design, the Wyoming County Chamber & Tourism launched its newly redesigned website today. The website is now fully responsive and mobile friendly, secure and easy to navigate, says Chamber President Scott Gardner.

Residents and consumers will be able to easily access the Chamber’s member directory, the latest news and events, access information and resources on economic development, and stay connected with the business community.

The site will also feature upcoming chamber-specific programs and events like Wyoming County Agri-palooza. Members will be able to easily navigate to benefits and access a special login section that allows them to change their own micro-listing Web pages. These and more a just a few of the many improvements to the website.

“This is the first time the site has been changed in almost 14 years. In this high-tech world, no one can afford to get behind the technology curve,” Gardner said. “The new website offers better access to information and improved connection and resources for both our membership and the community.”

The website upgrade project was part of a two-phase approach to recasting the two websites, in phase one, the tourism site – – was completely redesigned from the ground up. The second phase of updating the Chamber site was built on the technical foundation of tourism but given its own look and feel. This allowed the two sites to have a similar and complementary looks while maintaining their necessary differences. The user-friendly responsive design breathes life into the mobile presence for the Wyoming County Chamber of Commerce & Tourism. Additionally, the administrative features and functionality of the new websites provide the organization with the ability to offer alternative online advertising opportunities to its members.

“On behalf of the Board of Directors I would like to thank the staff for their work and chamber member Corporate Communications for developing the new website,” said Board Chair Norb Fuest. “We look forward to continuing to serve the membership and community through this new website, both as a tool and great source of information and resources.”    

The website will also feature information on the county’s Rural Arts Initiative. This resource for travelers, residents, and artists, provides project updates and developments to the arts and cultural offerings in the county. Links will allow users to learn more and get direct access to organizations like the Arts Council for Wyoming County and new galleries.

The Wyoming County Chamber & Tourism is the leading membership organization for local and regional growth, advocacy, and connection for Wyoming County’s business community. The Chamber & Tourism’s 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. For more information or to become a member call (585) 786-0307 or visit

Wednesday, April 12, 2017 at 1:25 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, announcements, Warsaw, grants, arts.

Press release

The Wyoming Foundation, a division of the Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo, is now accepting grant applications from Wyoming County nonprofit organizations for its 2017 grant cycle. Applications are due by 4 p.m. May 3 and can be submitted online by clicking here.  

For more than 40 years the Wyoming Foundation has made the most of the generosity of its clients to benefit all Wyoming County residents. Its $2 million endowment has supported a wide variety of cultural, educational and human services organizations that specialize in enhancing the county’s arts and cultural institutions, improving literacy and strengthening the county’s cradle-to-career pipeline.

The Wyoming Foundation’s 2017 grant cycle will prioritize applications that focus solely on preparing high school graduates for training and education opportunities that lead to jobs in the county and increasing participation in arts and cultural offerings. 

Approximately $20,000 is available for the 2017 grant cycle. Individual grants can range between $500 and $2,000. Foundation awards have been funded by generous gifts and bequests from numerous individuals and groups. It has most recently provided grants to the Arts Council for Wyoming County, Crossroads House, Eagle Free Library, Warsaw Historical Society, and Wyoming Free Circulating Library Association.

For additional information on this grant opportunity click here.

The Wyoming Foundation was established in 1974 and is a division of the Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo.

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. 

Monday, April 10, 2017 at 10:33 am
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, news, announcements, Attica.


Photo submitted.

WNW Properties LLC was recently awarded $650 through the Attica Area Chamber of Commerce 2016 Facade Grant Program. 

Funds from the program were used to repair concrete on the front and sides of the building, pressure wash and clean the entire building, recaulk all existing windows and repair window frames if needed, and repair existing mortar.

Each of the four $1,000 grants (the maximum funded) support revitalizing the Attica shopping district as a tangible symbol of community pride and quality of life. According to the Chamber, both factors “influence resident and business decisions to locate to our community.”

To be eligible for the 50/50 grant program, one must be a member of the Attica Area Chamber of Commerce and be in good standing, and have made or will make improvements to their business during Oct. 1 and Sept. 30, and be “street visible.” Applications must be submitted on or before Nov. 30. Funding will be awarded at the Chamber’s January annual meeting.

Improvements that are eligible for the Facade Grant Program include:

    • Masonry Repair Cleaning/Painting Exterior

    • Exterior Wall Repairs New/Repairs Awning or Signage

    • Windows & Doors Lighting

    • Replacement of Visible Roofing Façade Improvements

Applications are available at

Friday, April 7, 2017 at 10:48 am
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, announcements, Perry.


Varsity team members include:

Back row, left to right: Chelsea Pascoe, Rachel Evans, Diana Chisholm, Jessica Kelly, Madeleine Goulet, Coach Courtney Kingston, Coach Nicole Kingston

Front row, left to right: Sydney Bell, Elizabeth Peila, Marisa Hare

Missing: Emily Szwaskowski 


Junior Varsity team members include: 

Back row, left to right: Coach JP Jaques, Coach John Koronas, Autumn Milhollen, Bailey Fisher, Camber Kenyon, Maddi Hnat, Leah Dauber

Front row, left to right: Manager Natalie Jaques, Nelly Koronas, Abby Bucknam, Lily Jaques, Heather Beals

Missing: Elizabeth Yang and Mattea Wooster 

The Perry Girls Basketball JV and Varsity teams had their banquet at the Charcoal Corral April 2.

The varsity team was recognized as a scholar athlete team. 

Information and photos submitted




Thursday, April 6, 2017 at 1:05 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, Sports, announcements, education, Attica.

James Neary, of Attica, was among 12 Paul Smith's College athletes named to the United States Collegiate Athletic Association's All-Academic Team for success in the classroom this winter.

Neary, a sophomore majoring in integrative studies, participated in men's snowshoeing.

"Congratulations to our student athletes who are among the most successful in the classroom," said Athletic Director Jim Tucker.

Forty-nine  students earned the distinction this academic year.

To be nominated for the honor, a student athlete must be in good standing on the team, have completed at least 24 credit hours and have a cumulative grade point average of 3.5 or greater.

Paul Smith's is the only four-year institution of higher education in the Adirondacks. Its programs - in fields including hospitality, culinary arts, forestry, natural resources, entrepreneurship and the sciences - draw on industries and resources available in its own backyard. For more information, visit

Wednesday, April 5, 2017 at 11:45 am
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, announcements, Warsaw.


Press release, photo submitted

This year marks Leadership Wyoming’s 11th class and a new journey for 12 individuals who spent two days at the opening retreat, March 21-22, at Asbury Retreat and Conference Center, Silver Lake. The class participants, who will take part in the 10-month program, are from across Wyoming County and represent diverse personal and employment backgrounds. 

“These are always interesting people that come together to take part in the Leadership Wyoming program. They will certainly rise to the challenges ahead as we begin this process, “ said Wyoming County Chamber Leadership Wyoming Program Coordinator, Kelly Ashcraft. “It is always exciting to listen to their discussion right from the beginning, and to see how they develop and change as the program moves ahead.”  

The program began with a two-day retreat which focused on team building and personal discovery. Led by Roberts Wesleyan College Director of Graduate Business programs Joel Hoomans PhD., each person was given the Meyers-Brigg profile assessment. The test is designed for greater understanding of themselves as individuals and how they work within a group dynamic.

Then on day two, Sandy Pirdy, from Living Your Unlimited Potential, based in Arcade, facilitated a discovery session and SWOT analysis (strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, threats) of Wyoming County. The session allowed the group to see how they perceive the areas where they live and work. They also heard from past graduates who recounted their experiences and offered advice on what to expect.

The next nine months will include exploring the Main Streets and downtown centers of the county; taking tours of local manufacturers; talking to the county’s economic developers; an up close and personal tour of one of the county’s most famous landmarks, Attica Correctional Facility; checking out the latest technology being employed on local farms; and taking time to be tourists.

The class will also be required to sit-in on a local government meeting and attend a Board of Supervisors meeting. The class will learn about the Courts system during Government and Criminal Justice Day, and will see our legislative body in action.  

“I think it is important to see our County government at work.  We all know that these are our elected officials, but many have never seen them in action,” Ashcraft said.

Attendees this year are: Lynnell Schreiber, Mental Health Department; Bridget Givens, Community Health Systems; Barbara Ferris, Tompkins Bank of Castile; Aimee Rader, RTS Wyoming; Hillary Crane, Five Star Bank; Erin Pataye, Partners for Prevention; Pilar McKay, Arts Council for Wyoming County; Jen Monteleone, Pioneer Credit Recovery; Ashley Schumaker, Pioneer Credit Recovery; Megan Burley, Burley Berries; Daryl DeGroff, Morton Salt; and Ella Boxler, Hidden Valley Animal Adventure.

“We again have a group of talented individuals in the class this year and that is always good for Wyoming County,” said Chamber President Scott Gardner. “We are fortunate that the chamber membership and community strongly support this program. We hope to provide the participants with some new and exciting ways to explore and learn about Wyoming County, while developing important leadership skills.”

This year’s class will be exploring different businesses from previous years and taking part in exciting new leadership development activities. Applications are no longer being accepted; however, interested parties can call the Chamber office, (585) 786-0307, or email to request more information for next year’s class.

The Wyoming County Chamber & Tourism is the leading membership organization for local and regional growth, advocacy, and connection for Wyoming County’s business community. The Chamber & Tourism’s 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, call (585) 786-0307 or visit

Wednesday, April 5, 2017 at 11:05 am
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, news, announcements, Perry, Arcade, Castile.


Front row, from left: Community Action Board of Directors Chair Cindy Erickson and Tompkins Bank Assistant Branch Manager, Castile office, Char Strain

Back row, from left: Sara Mattingly, Samantha Call, Connie Kramer, and Matt Gaynor

Press release, photo submitted

Community Action of Wyoming County is the winner of the third round of the quarterly Community Minute Challenge hosted by Tompkins Bank of Castile. Each quarterly winner is awarded $2,500; by the end of the contest, a total of $10,000 will have been provided in much-needed funds to local not-for-profit organizations.

Community Action of Wyoming County was one of six organizations in the third round of the challenge. Based in Perry, it seeks to improve the quality of life of all people it serves by focusing on their needs, and encouraging them to realize their goals and become self-sufficient.

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

The Genesee Amateur Hockey Association (Genesee County) finished the Community Minute Challenge in second place. In a show of support, and in recognition of just how close the voting was, Community Action of Wyoming County decided to donate 10 percent of their winnings to the Hockey Association.

The other organizations that participated in round three included: Al Sigl Community of Agencies (Monroe County); Batavia Rotary (Genesee County); Focus on the Children (Livingston County); and Villa of Hope (Monroe County).

Launched in August 2016, the Community Minute Challenge has awarded $7,500 to date. The first-round winner was Going to the Dogs Rescue, Main Street, Perry. Going to the Dogs is dedicated to helping homeless pets find loving forever homes. The second-round winner was ARC of Genesee Orleans, a resource of choice for people with disabilities and their families in both Genesee and Orleans counties. A fourth round of the Challenge will launch later in 2017, with details posted to Tompkins Bank of Castile’s Facebook page (

Thursday, March 30, 2017 at 2:42 pm

Press release:

Tompkins Bank of Castile has introduced Lightning Loans, a fast turnaround business loan program. It features a streamlined online application process, which allows customers to quickly apply for a business loan and receive a decision in days or sooner.

All loans through the financial institution are subject to credit approval, bank officials say.

“The Lightning Loans online process offers borrowers the convenience of applying for a loan wherever they are, whenever they need it, saving them time and effort,” said Bank President and CEO John McKenna. “As a community bank, we’re committed to helping local businesses grow and prosper. Our Lightning Loans program provides a fast and easy way for small businesses to obtain a loan and help them achieve their dreams faster than ever.”

The online loan application process is simple and streamlined, and takes about 15 minutes to complete. Applicants who need help with the process or have questions can come into one of the local Tompkins Bank of Castile offices for assistance. 

For more information, or to apply for a Lightning Loan, visit

Tompkins Bank of Castile is a community bank with 16 offices in the five-county Western New York region, including Warsaw, Arcade, Perry, Castile, and Gainesville. Services include complete lines of consumer deposit accounts and loans, business accounts and loans, and leasing. 

Additionally, insurance is offered through an affiliate company, Tompkins Insurance Agencies. Wealth management, trust and investment services are provided through Tompkins Financial Advisors. 

Wednesday, March 29, 2017 at 10:12 am
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, announcements, arts, ACWC.

Press release:

The Oliver G. & Sarah Sloan Bauman Fund for the Arts is now accepting grant applications for its 2017 granting cycle. The Bauman Fund for the Arts is administered by the Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo. The Fund awards annual grants to 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations located within the eight counties of Western New York that specialize in the classical arts sector. Applications are due April 14.

The Bauman Fund for the Arts was established in 1996 by Sarah Bauman Baxter to support causes important to her father, Oliver Bauman. Baxter and her father shared a love of the classics, including classical languages, ballet and opera. At the end of her life she translated that love into a legacy gift, which Baxter hoped would help “perpetuate the appreciation of such fine arts as an important and integral part of our culture.”

In accordance Baxter’s wishes, priority will be given to applications that focus solely on the performance of “traditional, classical ballet and opera on the living stage, and preferably of the English, European or Russian schools.” 

In 2016, the Community Foundation awarded more than $40,000 to four nonprofit organizations through this competitive process. Recent grantees of this award include, Ballet Artists of WNY Inc. dba Neglia Ballet, Buffalo Opera Unlimited, the Chautauqua Regional Youth Ballet, and the Buffalo Chamber Players. 

Since 2010, the Oliver G. & Sarah Sloan Bauman Fund for the Arts has awarded more than $250,000 to Western New York nonprofit organizations for the benefit of the region’s arts and cultural community. 

For more information on the Bauman Fund for the Arts grant process, visit  

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 who entrust charitable assets to the Community Foundation’s care.

Tuesday, March 28, 2017 at 11:27 am
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, announcements, education, Strykersville.

Sarah Armbrust, of Strykersville, has been accepted for admission and has received an academic merit scholarship to Delaware Valley University (DelVal), Doylestown, Pa..

Delaware Valley University is an independent, comprehensive university with more than 1,000 acres in Bucks and Montgomery counties. Founded in 1896, DelVal emphasizes experiential and interdisciplinary learning and provides small class sizes. Through the innovative Experience360 Program, all DelVal students gain real world experience in their fields. The university offers more than 25 undergraduate majors in the sciences, humanities and business, more than five master's programs, a Doctor of Education and a variety of adult education courses. 

For more information about the university, visit

Tuesday, March 28, 2017 at 11:24 am
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, education, announcements, Attca.

Thomas Finnigan, of Attica, was one of 14 students recently recognized by the Pi of New York chapter of Phi Beta Kappa at Elmira College as outstanding members of the Class of 2018 and 2019.

Phi Beta Kappa, the oldest and most distinguished of all the academic honorary societies, promotes, recognizes, and honors scholarly achievement in the liberal arts and sciences. Phi Beta Kappa was founded in 1776, and the Pi of New York chapter at Elmira College was established in 1940.

Additionally, Finnigan was one of 35 students inducted into the Elmira College circle, or chapter, of Omicron Delta Kappa, the National Leadership Honor Society.

The Society recognizes achievement in scholarship; athletics; campus or community service, social and religious activities, and campus government; journalism, speech and the mass media; and the creative and performing arts. Emphasis is placed on the development of the whole person, both as a member of the college community and as a contribution to a better society.

Omicron Delta Kappa was founded Dec. 3, 1914, at Washington and Lee University, Lexington, Va. The Elmira College circle was established on May 21, 1995.

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

Tuesday, March 28, 2017 at 11:16 am
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, announcements, Wyoming, education.

Joshua Yuhnke, of Wyoming, recently graduated from Southwest Baptist University, Bolivar, Mo.

Yuhnke graduated in December with a bachelor of science degree, cum laude.

Undergraduate students graduate with honors according to the following grade point averages: 3.850 – 4.00, summa cum laude; 3.700 – 3.849, magna cum laude; and 3.500 – 3.699, cum laude. In order to graduate with honors, students must have earned a minimum of 45 semester hours of credit at SBU prior to the semester of graduation.

Tuesday, March 28, 2017 at 10:46 am
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, events, announcements, education, Warsaw.


File photo.

The Genesee Community College (GCC) Board of Trustees voted earlier this month to confer an honorary degree on longtime GCC Foundation Board Member Norbert J. Fuest at the commencement ceremonies May 21.

This esteemed honor reflects Fuest's extraordinary commitment to GCC over many years, says Trustee Laurie J. Miller, chair of the Honorary Degree Selection Committee.

Fuest has served as a member of the GCC Foundation Board for almost a quarter century. He is a former president of the Foundation, and has served as a member or chair of almost all Foundation committees through the years. He currently serves as president of Genesee Community College Foundation Housing Services, the not-for-profit Foundation affiliate corporation that manages College Village and other projects.

“Beyond his formal service on the Foundation Board, he has been a tireless and enthusiastic advocate for the College,” Miller said. “He has been an active leader in Foundation fundraising campaigns, encouraged students to attend the college, promoted the college's workforce training programs to area business leaders and advocated for the college with public officials.”

Fuest served as a member of the Presidential Advisory Search Committee (2010-2011), was a recipient of the Alpha Medal of Service (2014) and was a recipient of the Benefactor Vision for Tomorrow Award of the New York State Community College Trustees Association.

The Wyoming County resident is a retired Morton Salt human resources executive, and currently provides human resources and safety consultation to area business organizations. He has served many other organizations and causes as a volunteer, including numerous years of service on the Attica School District Board of Education, Wyoming County Industrial Development Agency, Wyoming County United Way, Wyoming County Business Education Council, Family Life, Genesee Valley Board of Cooperative Educational Services, New York State Workforce Investment Board and Genesee Association of Personnel Administrators.

"Norb Fuest has been totally committed to Genesee Community College for many, many years, and I can think of no finer candidate for an honorary degree than Norb," Miller said.


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