Castile

Wednesday, September 27, 2017 at 5:47 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, crime, news, Castile.

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On July 11 the Castile woman who was accused of setting fire to the Castile Diner in February pled guilty to criminal mischief in Wyoming County Court.

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   Amy S. Goodenow

On Sept. 21 Amy S. Goodenow, no age provided, was sentenced to three to six years in prison on the conviction of criminal mischief in the second degree, a Class D felony, as a second felony offender.

Additionally, she is required to pay $200,000 in restitution and Judge Michael Mohun referred her to Willard parole supervision.

Willard is a Drug Treatment Campus (DTC) operated by the NYS Department of Correctional Services and Community Supervision (DOCCS) in collaboration with OASAS (Office of Alcohol and Substance Abuse Services). It was created in 1995 as a new sentencing option for low-level drug offenders and parole violators who previously would have been sent to a traditional prison. The Willard program was created as an intermediate sanction — “with teeth” — to deal with the problem of relapse.

The conditions of her sentence were such that she waived her right to appeal and admit that she is a second felony offender.

The status is from a 2010 driving while intoxicated conviction under Leandra’s Law. The law makes it a felony to drive drunk with a child passenger in the car. She was the first in Wyoming County to be convicted of that crime.

During the early morning hours of Feb. 15 a fire broke out at the Castile Diner, 125 S. Main St., Castile. Following an investigation, it was determined that the fire was intentionally set and Goodenow was the suspect.

At the time of the fire, she was the owner of the business but not the owner of the contents, building or property.

Members from Castile, Silver Springs, Gainesville, Bliss, Pike, and Nunda fire departments were on the scene for close to five hours putting out the flames. 

Assisting at the scene included Wyoming County Emergency Services, the Wyoming County Sheriff’s Department, the New York State Police, and the Village of Castile. Standing by at empty fire stations included Perry, Warsaw and Fillmore fire departments.

Friday, September 22, 2017 at 3:56 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, crime, news, Warsaw, Attica, Arcade, Castile, Perry.

The following were in Wyoming County Court before Judge Michael Mohun Sept. 20 and are from State Correctional Facilities.

Bail is set for state inmate cases for two reasons:

    • In the event that the inmate’s current sentence is overturned on appeal or the inmate’s sentence is about to expire the bail will kick in on the new case and the inmate would be turned over to the Wyoming County jail while the new case is pending; and

    • When bail is placed on an inmate it follows the inmate so when they are moved to different facilities it is one way for them to be found and also the state system knows there is another case still pending.

Luis Pagan was sentenced to seven years in prison, five years post-release supervision, and surcharges and fees. He was convicted of assault in the second degree, a Class D felony. The sentence is to run concurrently to his current term.

Patrick Hill was sentenced to one-and-one-half years in prison and one year post-release supervision on the conviction of criminal possession of a controlled substance in the fifth degree, a Class D felony. The sentence is to run consecutively with his current sentence.

James Smith had his case adjourned to Oct. 25 for a hearing.

Anthony Placido was sentenced to one-and-one-half to three years in prison on the conviction of attempted promoting prison contraband, a Class E felony as a second felony offender. The sentence is to run consecutively to his current term. Placido is also responsible for all surcharges incurred.

Calvin Benjamin pled guilty to attempted promoting prison contraband, a Class E felony as a second felony offender. He was indicted for promoting prison contraband, a Class D felony. Sentencing is scheduled Nov. 8.

Bryant Gibbs was in court for motions. His case was adjourned to Oct. 5 for a Huntley Hearing. A Huntley Hearing is a pretrial hearing in New York State and is requested for the purpose of reviewing the manner in which the police obtained statements from the defendant.

Ryan Boodhoo pled not guilty to promoting prison contraband in the first degree, a Class D felony. Motions are scheduled Nov. 8. Bail was set at $5,000.

Carlos Corrales pled not guilty to promoting prison contraband in the first degree, a Class D felony. Motions are scheduled Nov. 8. Bail was set at $5,000.

Dominick Coffer was in court for motions. A trial is scheduled Dec. 14.

Benedict Agostini had his case adjourned to Oct. 11 for motions and a Huntley Hearing. A Huntley Hearing is a pretrial hearing in New York State and is requested for the purpose of reviewing the manner in which the police obtained statements from the defendant.

Donald Green was in court for motions. The case has been adjourned to Oct. 11 for a Huntley Hearing. A Huntley Hearing is a pretrial hearing in New York State and is requested for the purpose of reviewing the manner in which the police obtained statements from the defendant.

Steven Green was in court for motions. The case has been adjourned to Oct. 11 for an appearance.

Deoz Miller-Harris was in court for motions. The case has been adjourned to Oct. 11 for an appearance.

The following were in court before Mohun Sept. 20 and 21.

Jonathon Bucknam, who is accused of a crime in Perry, was in court for motions. The case has been adjourned to Oct. 4 for a Huntley Hearing. A Huntley Hearing is a pretrial hearing in New York State and is requested for the purpose of reviewing the manner in which the police obtained statements from the defendant.

Aaron Schinsing, who is accused of a crime in Arcade, had his case adjourned to Dec. 21 for pre-plea.

Cory Dahl, who is accused of a crime in Castile, had his case adjourned to today.

Eduardo Bautista-Cruz, who committed a crime in Genesee Falls, waived indictment on burglary in the second degree, a Class C felony, and unlawful imprisonment in the first degree, a Class E felony. He pled guilty to attempted burglary in the second degree, a Class D felony. He was sentenced to a conditional discharge and surcharges. An order of protection was also issued.

Stephen Harder, who committed a crime in Warsaw, was sentenced to four years in prison with 10 years post-release supervision, fees and surcharges. He was convicted of attempted course of sexual conduct against a child in the second degree, a Class E felony. An order of protection was also issued.

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 www.nysparks.com 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 www.nysparks.com and should be mailed to:  Special Archery Permit, One Letchworth State Park, Castile, 14427.

Friday, September 22, 2017 at 1:35 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, news, Castile, pets.

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Information sourced from a press release, file photo

Because cats breed so readily, a few unsprayed female cats can quickly turn a few strays into an unmanageable hoard. Due to the number of hoarding situations addressed in 2016, New Start Kitty Shelter adopted out 789 cats.

To facilitate these adoptions without adding to the cat population, the Castile-based rescue spends up to $1,000 to $3,000 a month on spay/neuter alone. Some months it came to $5,000 to $6000. Most of the grants available are designated for low-cost spay/neuter of owned cats. There is also assistance through a coupon payment plan.

While the low-cost spay/neuter program is important for the community, it does not support cats that come from hoarding, strays, or from owner surrenders to the shelter.

"As always, there were no shortages of cats to rescue and shelter during the past year," said A New Start Kitty Rescue Shelter's Co-President Vickie Bly at its recent annual meeting. "We were crazy busy last year…cleaning up messes where people have accumulated cats that have not been spayed."

The Kitty Rescue is an all-volunteer organization that provides services to Wyoming and surrounding counties. Operating on a $30,000 yearly budget, the funding comes from direct donations and fundraisers held throughout the year.

Officials say, while their fundraising efforts are fruitful, they are still a few thousand dollars short for the upcoming winter months.

In addition to direct donations, volunteers are needed for cleaning the shelter and litter boxes, assisting or organizing fundraisers, transportation, and cuddling frightened kittens. Donations are also needed for raffle baskets, food, and scoopable litter.

Donations can be sent to 6342 Denton Corners Road, Castile.

For more information on A New Start Kitty Shelter visit volunteers at the AppleUmpkin Festival this Saturday and Sunday in Wyoming or call (585) 493-5206.

For information on low-cost spay/neuter call (585) 493-5956.

Thursday, September 21, 2017 at 1:44 pm

Two firefighters sustained injuries during a barn fire Wednesday afternoon at 5622 Broughton Road, Gainesville. One firefighter suffered a broken wrist and the other with exhaustion. Both members were treated and released from Wyoming County Community Hospital.

Crews from Silver Springs, Castile, Perry, Gainesville, Perry Center, Pike, Bliss, North Java, Warsaw, Nunda, Cuylerville, and Pavilion fire departments were on the scene of the blaze for eight hours.

Fire Chief in Charge Silver Springs Fire Chief John Proper and crew were assisted at the scene by Wyoming County Emergency Services, Wyoming Correctional Facility and Monroe Ambulance. Companies standing by at empty fire stations included Wyoming, Mount Morris, Cuylerville, Wiscoy Rossburg fire departments, and Mount Morris Emergency Medical Services.

The fire at Broughton Farms caused an estimated $350,000 in damages and remains under investigation.

Tuesday, September 19, 2017 at 3:17 pm

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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 www.10best.com/awards/travel/best-new-york-attraction/, then scroll down the page and select Letchworth State Park. Voting can be done daily until noon Oct. 10.

Monday, September 18, 2017 at 6:32 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, events, Castile, Letchworth State Park, history.

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A throng of people milled about at the Trailside Lodge at Letchworth State Park Saturday for The Native American and Pioneer Heritage Day festivities.

Highlights of the day included a performance by Gretchen Sepik portraying “The White Woman of the Genesee” Mary Jemison, Native American storyteller Perry Ground, Native American Flutes by Ken Wallace, and the Allegany River Indian Dancers, who showcased traditional songs and dances of the Iroquois.

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Monday, September 18, 2017 at 12:27 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, fire, news, Perry, Castile, Warsaw, Wyoming.

Firefighters from three counties spent six-and-one-half hours late Friday night battling a blaze in Perry. The fire at 7096 Burke Hill Road was reported around 11 p.m. and remains under investigation.

Crews from Perry, Perry Center, Castile, Warsaw, Wyoming, Pavilion, Cuylerville, York, Leicester, and Mount Morris fire departments were on the scene with Fire Chief in Charge Perry Center Fire Chief Harold Wright.

Assisting at the scene included Wyoming County Emergency Services, the Sheriff’s Office, and NYSEG. Standing by at empty fire stations were Silver Springs and Gainesville fire departments.

There were no injuries reported in the incident that caused an estimated $100,000 in damages.

Friday, September 15, 2017 at 3:16 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, crime, news, Arcade, Castile, Wethersfield.

The following were in Wyoming County Court before Judge Michael Mohun Sept. 14.

Donald Krohn, who is accused of committing a crime in Arcade, pled not guilty to driving while intoxicated and driving while intoxicated per se, both as Class E felonies, and criminal mischief in the fourth degree, a misdemeanor. The Per Se law is based not on the observations of the arresting police officer, but the results obtained from a breath alcohol testing machine. It is this result that dictates the offense as well potential certain legal presumptions. The case has been adjourned to Dec. 7.

Maila Mattson, who is accused of committing a crime in Arcade, pled not guilty to driving while intoxicated and driving while intoxicated per se, as unclassified misdemeanors, and resisting arrest, a Class A misdemeanor. Motions are scheduled Nov. 9.

Aarni Mattson, who is accused of a crime in Arcade, pled not guilty to driving while intoxicated and driving while intoxicated per se, as Class E felonies. Motions are scheduled Nov. 9.

Phillip Goodwill, who is accused of a crime in Arcade, had his case adjourned to Oct. 12.

Cory Dahl, who allegedly committed a crime in Castile, had his case adjourned to Sept. 21.

Jeffrey Snyder, who committed a crime in Wethersfield, admitted to a violation of interim probation. Sentencing is scheduled Nov. 9.

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 www.nysac.org/cgi

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.

Tuesday, September 12, 2017 at 12:11 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, events, health, Castile.
Event Date and Time: 
September 19, 2017 - 6:00pm

Alzheimer’s disease is not a normal part of aging. It is a progressive and fatal brain disease that is the most common form of dementia.

“The Basics: Memory Loss, Dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease” is a free class presented by the Alzheimer’s Association Western New York Chapter for anyone who would like to know more about the disease and related dementias.

The program will be held in the Cordelia Greene Library, 11 S. Main St., Castile at 6 p.m. Sept. 19.

Attendees will learn:

    • Symptoms and effects of Alzheimer’s disease and other types of dementia;

Thursday, September 7, 2017 at 1:52 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, events, Letchworth State Park, Castile.
Event Date and Time: 
September 16, 2017 - 10:00am to 4:00pm

Western New York’s rich history from both the Native American and pioneer perspective will be celebrated from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 16 at Letchworth State Park. The Native American and Pioneer Heritage day’s festivities will be held at Trailside Lodge, near the park’s Castile entrance. Admission to the show is included with the $10 per car park entrance fee. 

Thursday, September 7, 2017 at 1:50 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, events, Castile, Letchworth State Park.

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Press release, photos submitted:

Western New York’s rich history from both the Native American and pioneer perspective will be celebrated from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 16 at Letchworth State Park. 

The Native American and Pioneer Heritage Day’s festivities will be held at Trailside Lodge, near the park’s Castile entrance. Admission to the show is included with the $10 per car park entrance fee. 

Highlights of the day include a performance by Gretchen Sepik portraying “The White Woman of the Genesee” Mary Jemison, whose remarkable story is one encompassing both the pioneer and Native American culture; and Native American storyteller Perry Ground, Native American Flutes by Ken Wallace, and the Allegany River Indian Dancers, who will showcase traditional songs and dances of the Iroquois.

Throughout the day there will be Atl-Atl (spear throwing stick) competitions for all ages and pioneer walks led by historian Tom Cook.

Trailside will also be the site of a craft show and sale featuring Native American and pioneer crafts. Some of the crafts presented this year include, flintknapping – the making of flaked or chipped stone tools, basketmaking, open hearth cooking, quill art, soapstone carving, and much more.

Exhibits in the William Pryor Letchworth Museum, which will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., also feature Native American Culture and the pioneer story of the development of Letchworth State Park and the surrounding area.

For more information call (585) 493-3600.

Thursday, September 7, 2017 at 1:10 pm

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Information sourced from press releases, photo submitted.

One of the Northeast’s largest arts and crafts shows welcomes new artists to start their career in an Emerging Artist program.

The Letchworth Arts & Crafts show welcomes the next generation of professional artists to join more than 330 vendors at this year’s show. The show now hosts up to 90,000 people and includes artists from around the country.

“At the last Letchworth Arts & Crafts Show, we launched this program with great success,” said ACWC Emerging Artist program coordinator Pilar McKay. “The artists were able to network with each other and with us. In fact, one artist returned to exhibit her art in Wyoming County.”

Acceptance in this program will include display and selling space in an indoor venue (north shelter) at the show on Oct. 8 and 9. Accepted emerging artists will have no booth fee for their space.

Artists will be responsible for staffing and selling their works during this day. They should anticipate being on-site at the show both Sunday and Monday including teardown of all art by 5:30 p.m. Oct. 9.

Artists will be approved after a completed application is submitted. Applications are accepted via email (mckay@artswyco.org) or in the mail/in person at 31 S. Main St., Perry, NY 14530.

All Applications must be submitted by Sept. 30.

Criteria for application include:

    • Either currently attend college/university or recently graduated from college (within the last two years). All levels of college/university students welcomed: from associates to bachelors to MFA students. All majors welcomed: applicant does not have to be studying in a visual studies/art program to submit an arts & crafts application;

    • Produced a body of work in the last two to three years;

    • A brief personal statement about applying to Letchworth Arts & Crafts Show (500-word maximum);

    • An artist statement (500-word maximum);

    • A resume (one-page maximum);

    • Minimum of three and up to five digital images of work created in the last three years – images can include multiple pieces of art, but be mindful that the jury must be able to see detail in the work;

    • One image of artist creating their art;

    • Present a Sales Tax Certificate of Authority;   

    • Applicant must submit application materials by email on or before Sept. 30. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed;

    • No application fee; and

    • Optional: Attendance to one of two virtual orientations (conference calls) to the festival or confirmation with the Emerging Artist coordinator.

For questions email McKay at mckay@artswyco.org.

Thursday, September 7, 2017 at 10:52 am
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, fire, Perry, Castile, Warsaw, Wyoming, Silver Springs.

Smoke detectors woke a sleeping couple around 11 p.m. Sept. 6, alerting them to a fire and giving them time to escape the blaze.

The fire began in the garage of 6186 Burke Hill Road, Perry. According to fire officials, a car inside an attached garage had caught fire, which spread into the home.

Crews from Perry, Perry Center, Castile, Warsaw, Wyoming and Pavilion fire departments, and Mount Morris Emergency Medical Services responded to the late night fire.

Assisting Fire Chief in Charge Perry Center Chief Harold Wright were Wyoming County Emergency Services, the Sheriff’s Office and NYSEG.

Standing by at empty fire stations included Silver Springs, Cuylerville and York fire departments.

Firefighters were on the scene for four-and-one-half hours with no injuries reported.

The estimated cost of damages is $100,000.

Monday, September 4, 2017 at 3:04 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, Ridin' Shotgun, photos, Pike, Gainesville, Perry, Castile.

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There are those rare occasions where I am truly "riding shotgun" during my photo excursions. This latest post is one of them.

It all started with a flat tire and my need to go to the grocery store.

Needless to say, a text to a friend, a nice day, and almost two hours later, we finally made our way to the store. But not until after driving on a few unfamiliar, "limited maintenance" roads ridin' shotgun somewhere in East Wyoming County.

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Friday, September 1, 2017 at 5:27 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, crime, news, Castile, Perry.

Henemias Hernades-Perez, 32, of Castile, was charged Aug. 29 with criminal mischief in the third degree and endangering the welfare of a child. Hernades-Perez is accused of throwing a large rock through a vehicle window in the Town of Castile. Deputies say, one adult and a child were in the car when the incident happened.  Additionally, it was reported that he threw a beer bottle at the side of the car as well. He was arrested and arraigned in the Town of Castile Court. He was put in the Wyoming County Jail in lieu of $5,000 cash bail. He was due in the Town of Castile Court today.

Michael Menz, 33, of Perry, was charged Aug. 29 with unlawful possession of marijuana. Menz was arrested following an investigation into a loud noise complaint in the Village of Perry. He is due in Perry Village Court Sept. 12.

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

Information based on a press release:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Other organizations that participated in round four included:

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

    • Friends of the Richmond Memorial Library (Genesee County)

    • Genesee Cancer Assistance (Genesee County)

    • Geneseo Parish Outreach Center (Livingston County)                         

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

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

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

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

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

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

Monday, August 28, 2017 at 12:54 pm

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Photo credit, Kristen Guyett

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Press release:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Photo credit, John Feidner

Wednesday, August 23, 2017 at 1:08 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, events, Letchworth State Park, Castile.
Event Date and Time: 
September 3, 2017 - 3:30pm

Sept. 3 marks the unofficial end of summer at Letchworth State Park and becomes another reason to celebrate.

The annual Summer Farewell Festival offers an array of activities for all ages, music galore and a grand fireworks display to end the day with a bang.

This year’s festival begins at 3 p.m. at the Highbanks Recreation Area with the swing and rockabilly sounds of The Twang Gang. Smokin’ Gun follows at 6:30 and offers a dynamic country and southern rock variety show.

Other entertainment includes:

    • Clowns from 5 to 8 p.m.;

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