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Friday, August 21, 2015 at 11:16 pm

A little over one year ago this week I was asked if I would be interested in "exploring" Wyoming County by our publisher, Howard Owens.  I immediately responded yes.  Oddly, my journey a year ago began Fair week and has come full circle.  Amazing to see the connections I have made, friendships, both old and new that have grown through this year, and to see a cycle of community events come around again. Chicken Barbecues, Wine Walks, and Fall Festivals are all in the near future.  Shop and support local. 

Wyoming County has been a key role in my life over the last 42 years as a lifelong resident of Le Roy.  I was born in WCCH.  All four of my children were born in WCCH.  My family has used a few doctors in Warsaw over the years and I currently use a doctor in Perry.  I have always ventured out to Letchworth State Park (vote #1 this year in State Parks), Silver Lake Drive-In, Warsaw Firemen's Carnival, and Pike Fair (aka Wyoming County Fair) to list a few of the places that have been family-friendly outings for many years. Remember to thank the volunteers that organize event, fund raise and give endless hours protecting you.

When I began this journey one of my first conversations was with Ed Jordan, Montgomery Shoes in Warsaw.  He asked questions and listen to me as I presented our new site, Wyoming County Free Press and what we were.  He was not a tech savvy internet business owner. He spent a lot of time explaining that he thought it was a great idea and service, but he also reminded me that while these communities needed this service, that they also wanted to see I wasn't just not there to be another source of advertising to take their money.  Many of these business owners not only have businesses in these communities, but really invest in them.  They wanted to see that I was invested in promoting them and being involved in them too.  This was not a problem for me.  I love to shop (I have a sticker on my car- Born to Shop) and support local, to really invest where I live and work.  He commented how I was a real go-getter that he thought was a perfect fit.  He was absolutely correct. 

I have attended and participated in many events this last year all over Wyoming County.  I have brought friends out to these events and our children.  I stop and eat at these local restaurants and shop the local stores with unique gifts for people I know.  I invest and shop local right where I live.   Just today as I was posting on my facebook I had a friend ask me about Italian food in Wyoming County.  I continually post on my facebook page events and how close they are.  About exploring what is right here in both Genesee County (where I reside) and in Wyoming County where I spend many of my days.  There are so any fine businesses that have been in these communities for years and some for generations. 

Time always flies when you have fun and boy has this year flown by.  The time I spend does not feel like a job.  It is a career.  Not many people are as lucky as I am to truly enjoy their job. 

The premise that we run the WCFP is to only accept site sponsors/advertisers from local businesses or regional offices operating within Wyoming County and never any box chain stores.  They are the people that live here.  They grow businesses, families, and communitites.  WCFP promotes what is already here to the people that live here and to get people from other counties to "explore" what is here.  I had the pleasure this week at our booth to meet many people venturing out to the Fair that were natives and many who traveled to visit the fair.  I met people from Pennsylvania, Maine, and Texas to name a few states.  I met Alleghany, Orleans, Livingston, Steuben, Cattaragus, Erie, and Genesee Counties.  There is something that people gravitated to right here in Pike , NY. 

I heard many say this by far is the best small, country County Fair in this area of the state.  I would have to agree.

Many people have still not heard of WCFP until I speak to them.  Many people are telling me they follow us on facebook or got to the page regularly.  Visit the site regularly (, as facebook limits content you see randomly. They love that we only cover Wyoming County.  They already shop and support local.  We only accept advertisers from Wyoming County.  That we have a free community calender to post all the events in your comunities or that your organizations to post on.  We offer dining deals a couple times a month in the main news feed. That we are posting news events quicker.  We have been doing the same in Genesee County for six years as The Batavian ( ).

They are realizing that we are a blog format site, to create a user account to comment under stories, enter events on the community calender, and you are able to click on may of our site sponsors ads which will take you directly to their facebook or websites.  I am really educating people on how interactive and friendly our website is. 

I want to take this time to say it has been a great opportunity "exploring" Wyoming County this last year.  I have met many new friends and acquaintances throughout Wyoming County from Pavilion, Warsaw, Perry, Portageville (Genesee Falls), Arcade, Attica,Strykersville, and Java to name a few.  There is a large agricultural and tourism side to this county, but there is a growing manufacturing side to Wyoming County that is hidden.

I will continue "exploring"  this county. Shopping and supporting local.   I would like to challenge you to "explore" what is right in your own communities and county. 

Thank you for supporting   This journey has just began for us all and we will continue to grow together.




Thursday, July 30, 2015 at 5:09 pm

Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) recently announced its 2014-15 spring graduates:

    • Kara Armstrong, of Arcade, received a bachelor of science degree in diagnostic medical sonography from RIT's College of Health Sciences and Technology.

    • Savannah Mosiman, of Gainesville, received a bachelor of science degree in electrical engineering technology from RIT's College of Applied Science and Technology.

    • Kelly Luther, of Castile, received a bachelor of science degree in web and mobile computing from RIT's B. Thomas Golisano College of Computing and Information Sciences.

    • Katelyn Busse, of Warsaw, received a bachelor of science degree in biomedical engineering from RIT's Kate Gleason College of Engineering.

    • Paul Boulden, of Wyoming, received a bachelor of science degree in mechanical engineering technology from RIT's College of Applied Science and Technology.

RIT was founded in 1829 and enrolls 18,000 students in more than 200 career-oriented and professional programs, making it among the largest private universities in the United States.

The university is internationally recognized and ranked for academic leadership in business, computing, engineering, imaging science, liberal arts, sustainability, and fine and applied arts. RIT also offers support services for deaf and hard-of-hearing students. The cooperative education program is one of the oldest and largest in the nation. Global partnerships include campuses in Croatia, Dubai and Kosovo.

Thursday, July 30, 2015 at 5:04 pm

Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) recently announced the dean’s list for the spring semester. Degree-seeking undergraduate students are eligible for Dean's List if their term GPA is greater than or equal to 3.400; they do not have any grades of Incomplete, D or F; and they have registered for, and completed, at least 12 credit hours.

    • Kara Armstrong, of Arcade;

    • Katelyn Busse, Alexander Murtha, Tyler Perry, and Hanna Tangeman, all of Warsaw;

    • Charles Eley, of Java Center;

    • James Franclemont and Joseph Repass, both of Perry;

    • Savannah Mosiman, of Gainesville;

    • Michael Spink, of Varysburg; and 

    • Jared Stroud, of Pike.

RIT was founded in 1829 and enrolls 18,000 students in more than 200 career-oriented and professional programs, making it among the largest private universities in the United States.

The university is internationally recognized and ranked for academic leadership in business, computing, engineering, imaging science, liberal arts, sustainability, and fine and applied arts. RIT also offers support services for deaf and hard-of-hearing students. The cooperative education program is one of the oldest and largest in the nation. Global partnerships include campuses in Croatia, Dubai and Kosovo.

Wednesday, July 29, 2015 at 3:31 pm



At one point, one of the biggest fears Marines from New York had was coming back home and not finding a job.

“I had a chance as a member of the Armed Services Committee to spend some time in Afghanistan,” said Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul. “That is one godforsaken country. It looks like a lunar moonscape when you land there. It’s colorless. It’s devoid of any kind of life and optimism. It’s a depressed setting and we have people going over there over the past decade time and time again and they serve. They get on those planes and land there and fight for us.

"It broke my heart one morning when I was on one of the bases in Helmand Province, Afghanistan, surrounded by a bunch of Marines and I asked them, and these were all New Yorkers, and I asked them, 'What’s your biggest fear?' ”

And they were out there with the Taliban just over the hills and the committee having “a bit of excitement” when they were landing, and her thought was that their biggest fear would be the enemy out there. Yet, Hochul was wrong. At a time when the unemployment rate was 20 percent for returning veterans, the Marines feared coming home and not being able to find a job.

The lieutenant governor spent the day Tuesday visiting different aspects of Wyoming County; from the VFW Post and Jim Youngers Farm in Arcade; to Drasgow’s Machine Shop in Gainesville; to a tour of the new Business Ag Center followed by a stop for ice cream at Yummies in Warsaw. Hochul addressed the crowd of approximately 30 veterans and senior citizens at the VFW in Arcade.

“When I lost and went back into the private sector, I felt like something was missing,” Hochul said. “I really lost that sense of purpose when you get to represent a community and you move away from it. Now that I am back, I want to really stay connected and talk to you about the governor’s priority when it comes to our seniors and our veterans.”

When Hochul became lieutenant governor, she traversed every corner of the state from the farthest point in Long Island to a recent fishing trip up at Lake Massena near the Canadian border. Yet, being back to a place where she “doesn’t need a pat to get around” is a good feeling for Hochul, as she put it, a homecoming. 

“I’m here because the governor asked me to cover the state,” Hochul said. “Not because I want to put a lot of miles on my car, but it’s important that we stay connected with the people who put us in office. I feel very strongly about that.”

Last week Hochul represented Gov. Andrew Cuomo at a statewide convention for veterans. Looking around the crowd, she noted the veterans represented people of all ages and it brought back memories of her five uncles who served in Vietnam when she was a little girl.

“It was a hard time for my grandma and grandpa to watch the news because we were terrified that we’d see something happen to one of their sons or my uncles,” Hochul said. “That has always been seared into my memory. But something that bothers me, something that I carried with me from when I was a little girl was when those veterans came back home after serving in Vietnam, they didn’t get the heros' welcome they deserved. My uncle once told me that when he came back, landing at the airport in San Francisco, protesters spat on him because he wore the uniform. That happened in our country.

"But I am so proud that we have come full circle; that when we now see our veterans, we immediately say we 'Thank you for your service. We know you sacrificed, we know your family sacrificed.' And we don’t take for granted the freedoms that we enjoy, the flag that we proudly salute, because of those veterans who fought to keep us free -- and shame on us if we don't take care of them when they come back home.”

According to Hochul, state government realizes that when people are sent overseas, whether it’s recent service or four decades ago, it doesn’t matter, “they are ours and we have a responsibility for our veterans.”

“They put their lives on the line for all of us; so it’s important that we have strong services that take care of the needs of our veterans, whether it’s housing or health care or helping you get your veteran's check or help getting your claims processed quicker,” Hochul said. “Even if the federal government is dropping the ball, our state government is going to be there to fight for you.”

So much so, that Gov. Cuomo put together a strike force for anyone who has trouble with veterans services. According to Hochul, the governor and legislature want to make sure they are treated with respect and the dignity they deserve. If they’ve got problems, they’re “our” problems, too.

“People come back very different from when they left,” Hochul said. “And I’m not talking about just the recently returning veterans. I was in another county a couple of weeks ago and one gentleman said ‘This is my brother over here. He’s over 90 years old. He served with Patton. He did six campaigns, but he won’t talk about it.’ I walked over to him and put my arm around him and said, 'Tell me what your experience was, I want to thank you for your service.' He said, ‘I can’t talk about it because I came home and my friends didn’t.’

"People carry that their entire lives. He was a teenager, he’s in his 90s now and he still carries that with him. We can’t forget that. We can’t forget that people who serve see things and experience things that we need to have an appreciation for as they integrate back into society; whether it’s from five decades ago, six decades ago or just this past year.”

There are approximately 3,100 veterans in Wyoming County, 900,000 in New York, with approximately 600,000 on active duty.

“We have a good population of veterans in New York,” Hochul said. “You know what that says to me? We’re patriotic. We are a patriotic community. Whether you were drafted and you served, or you volunteered and served, people in these parts are very patriotic toward their country and that means something very special to me. I respect that.”

Hochul also spoke about the upcoming anniversary of Medicare.

“Who would have thought, 50 years later, that this has been one of the most successful programs in our nation's history,” Hochul said. “Back when it started, 35 percent of our nation's seniors lived in poverty simply because, when they got older and had health care needs or needed a surgery, it took every bit of their savings. People who worked hard and paid their dues all their lives were left out there hanging.”

While today Medicare is weaved into the fabric of our lives, it wasn’t so 50 years ago.

“It was controversial in the past,” Hochul said. “There were lawsuits to stop it because people thought it was socialism. I’m glad we have it. I’m not quite there yet, but I do have an AARP card, so I know I’m getting closer and I want to make sure it’s there. It’s such an important program.”

Although Congress has talked about turning Medicare into a voucher program, government officials have stated plainly “don’t mess with Medicare.” According to Hochul, you don’t mess with something that works. Yet, there are many other ways seniors that are falling through the cracks can be helped.

“One area of vulnerability is our caregivers,” Hochul said. "A lot of people don’t make much money and I’m not sure we are always getting the highest level of care from people who are home health-care aides. Some are outstanding and some are like family, but we need to up the standards.

"We need to make sure that when someone doesn’t need to be in a hospital or nursing home they can be taken care of after surgery and recover at home. That’s the best place for them, less chance for infection, and better chance for recovery. We have to make sure we have high quality caregivers at home. There are a lot of issues out there with our veterans and our seniors. I want you to know you have a strong ally here.”

For more photos of the lieutenant governor's visit see our Facebook page.



Monday, July 27, 2015 at 10:04 am
     Tyler A. Pirdy

Tyler A. Pirdy, 30, of Gainesville, was charged with criminal obstruction of breathing and criminal mischief in the fourth degree, both are Class A misdemeanors; and menacing in the third degree, a Class B misdemeanor. According to a New York State Police report, Pirdy got into an altercation with a female at a home in Castile on July 12. During the incident, Pirdy allegedly physically restrained the victim by placing his hands around her neck while threatening to cause injury. Pirdy also allegedly disabled the phone in the home in an attempt to prevent the woman from calling for help. The victim sought medical attention at the Wyoming County Community Hospital, was treated and released. Pirdy was jailed in the Wyoming County Jail on $1,000 bail. An order of protection was issued for the victim. Pirdy is due in the Castile Village Court at a later date.

Brian R. Bernard, 51, of Perry, was charged with driving while ability impaired by alcohol. Bernard was stopped on Route 20A, Perry, July 22 for an alleged equipment violation. During the traffic stop, it was allegedly found that Bernard’s license was suspended for failure to answer tickets issued in the Village of Perry. During the investigation, Bernard was given field sobriety tests, which he allegedly failed. He was taken to the NYSP Warsaw barracks for a breath test, which allegedly showed a BAC of .07 percent. Bernard is due in Perry Town Court at a later date.

  Bridget E. Barnes

Bridget E. Barnes, 39, of Wyoming, was charged with driving while intoxicated. New York State Troopers, Warsaw barracks, allegedly saw Barnes driving erratically on Route 19 in Middlebury July 24. During the investigation, Barnes provided a breath test, which allegedly resulted in a BAC of .14 percent. Barnes is due in Middlebury Town Court at a later date.

Zachariah M. Pries, 23, of Perry, was charged with driving while ability impaired by alcohol, refusal to take a breath pre-screen, resisting arrest, and failure to signal. Pries allegedly failed to signal a turn off of Silver Lake Road, Perry, July 25. It is alleged, during the traffic stop Pries initially refused to take a roadside sobriety test and then physically resisted his arrest for driving drunk. Pries was taken to the New York State Police Warsaw barracks, where he allegedly had a BAC of .07 percent. Pries is due in Perry Town Court at a later date.

Raymond Diehl, no address provided, was charged with failure to yield the right of way at a stop sign. Wyoming County Sheriff’s deputies responded to a two-car accident at the intersection of Route 98 and Genesee Road, Arcade. Diehl was allegedly driving an SUV and failed to yield the right of way to another vehicle at the stop sign July 24. A passenger in Diehls vehicle was taken to Bertrand Chaffee Hospital, Springville, via Arcade Ambulance and Medic 81 for minor injuries. Diehl is due in Arcade Town Court at a later date. Deputies were also assisted at the scene by Arcade Fire Department and the New York State Police.

Ronald M. Belden, 72, of Leicester, was charged with unsafe passing. The Wyoming County Sheriff’s Department responded to a two-car accident on Route 20A near Smallwood Road, Warsaw, July 24. Belden allegedly attempted to pass a vehicle making a left turn into a driveway. The other vehicle, driven by Kyle Burley, 25, was struck from the rear. The Warsaw Fire Department transported Burley to the Wyoming County Community Hospital (WCCH), Warsaw, for minor injuries. Belden was transported by personal vehicle to WCCH for minor injuries. Belden is due in the Town of Warsaw Court 5 p.m. Aug. 17.

Wednesday, July 8, 2015 at 3:18 pm


A faulty light fixture was the cause of a house fire on Route 39 in the Town of Pike Tuesday evening.

Fire crews were on the scene for three hours Tuesday night battling a fire which started in a bathroom light fixture. The blaze caused an estimated $20,000 in damages to the home. 

Pike, Bliss, Castile and Gainesville fire departments were on the scene led by Fire Chief in Charge, Pike Fire Chief Scott Holmes.

The house was unoccupied at the time of the fire, however, the mother and her four children will be staying with family members.

Wyoming County Emergency Services and RG&E assisted at the scene with Perry Fire Department standing by. No injuries were reported. 

Monday, July 6, 2015 at 3:27 pm

Press release:

Genesee Community College (GCC) recently announced students named to the Provost's List for the spring 2015 semester. Students honored are enrolled part time and have earned a grade point average of 3.75 (roughly equivalent to an A) or better.

Provost's List honorees include:

    • Charles Skillman, Dylan Smoot and Andrew Staub, all of Arcade;

    • Rebecca Bykowski, Shirl Clark, Nathanael Domes, Angela Jones, and Duane Miller, all of Attica;

    • Christina Sheer, of Bliss;

    • Christopher Foegen, of Gainesville;

    • Danielle Kinney, of Java;

    • Betsy Mayer, of Perry;

    • David Mead, of Portageville;    

    • Edward Mendes, of Varysburg; and

    • Sandra Joy, of Warsaw.

GCC offers more than 60 degree programs and certificates. GCC is accessible through seven campus locations and its online learning program. College housing is also available at College Village, Batavia Campus. For further information visit

Monday, July 6, 2015 at 3:20 pm

Press release:

Genesee Community College (GCC), including all seven campus locations in Batavia, Albion, Arcade, Dansville, Lima, Medina and Warsaw, recently announced students named to the President's List for the spring 2015 semester. Students honored on the President's List have maintained full-time enrollment and earned a grade point average of 3.75 (roughly equivalent to an A) or better.

The following students are among those honored:

    • Ashley Dryden, Connor Johnson, Erin Mingle, William Schiefer, Quinn Smith, Dawn Stiles, and Rebecca Zielinski, all of Arcade;

    • Alexandra Audsley, Shelby Flynn, Rebecca Gow, Ashley Michalek, Lindsay Peterson, Haley Piontkowski, Brian Sage, Sarah Strumpf, Sarah Sweetman, Nicholas Wheeler, and Benjamin Wright, all of Attica;

    • Aimee Ackerman, Kathaleen Arnold, Michelle Delude, and Nicole Lee, all of Castile;

    • Georgie Miller, of Cowlesville;

    • Benjamin Campbell and Wesley Rissinger, both of Gainesville;

    • Isaac Church, of Java Center;

    • Laurie Bush, of Java;

    • Samantha Hayden, of North Java;

    • Terry Antonelli, Lauren Baker, Brett Boyle, Michaela Brant, Renee Malove, Caroline McKay, and Mariah Sillen, all of Perry;

    • Janna Doezema and Amber Howard, both of Silver Springs;

    • Sarah Church and Anthony Wolowiec, both of Strykersville;

    • Mallori Andrews and Kenneth Kuras, both of Varysburg;

    • Aaron Almeter, Michelle Bidell, Colton Buck, Elijah Buck, Ervin DeLude, Kaitlin Draper, Laurel Hendershott, Chelsea Henry, Joshua Herman, Alexander Ingles, and Sherrie Spencer, all of Warsaw; and

    • Judith Elwell, Clint Wright and Heather Yuhnke, all of Wyoming.

GCC serves nearly 7,000 students and offers more than 60 academic programs and certificates. For more information about GCC visit

Tuesday, June 30, 2015 at 12:43 pm

Press release:

Sen. Patrick M. Gallivan (R-C-I, Elma) recently secured $39,000 in grant money for more than two dozen public libraries in Wyoming County and portions of Erie, Livingston and Monroe counties.

“Our public libraries provide important services in communities across the district,” Gallivan said. “They connect residents to the larger world through books, videos, computers and the Internet and allow people of all ages to conduct research or advance their education. In many communities, the library also serves as a gathering place for residents and organizations.”

The Wyoming County libraries include:

    • Arcade Free Library;

    • Eagle Free Library;

    • Perry Public Library;

    • Pike Library;

    • Stevens Memorial Community Library, Attica;

    • Town of Gainesville Public Library;

    • Warsaw Public Library; and 

    • Wyoming Free Library.

Additionally, 18 libraries in the surrounding counties also received grant money. Each of the 26 libraries received $1,500 in funding.

Wednesday, June 10, 2015 at 8:10 am



I was between assignments when I decided to do a bit of exploring. It was definately a four windows down, music blaring kind of day. I ventured onto roads with only the direction north on my mind. There are times when I crest a hill that the landscape before me leaves me breathless. I was ridin' shotgun, getting misplaced somewhere between Java and Gainesville.












Tuesday, June 9, 2015 at 11:07 am


Press release; photos submitted.

More than 35 local youth participated in the annual 4-H Tractor Safety Program conducted by the Wyoming County 4-H Youth Development Program.

Participants attended classroom training sessions during February at local tractor dealers including: Java Farm Supply, North Java; Larry Romance & Son, Arcade; Kelly’s Garage, Perry; and Lamb & Webster, North Java. Sessions focused on tractor and machinery safety, equipment maintenance and principles of how engines run.

On May 2 youths and their families had the opportunity to tour Oxbo International located in Byron. Participants learned about safety features on hay equipment and how equipment safety warning signs are designed, career opportunities within the company and took an in-depth tour of the facility.

The annual 4-H Tractor and Compact Tractor Operators Contest was held May 16 at 4-H Camp Wyomoco, Varysburg. Lamb & Webster, Inc., provided tractors for the event, which tested each contestant’s mechanical knowledge, safety skills and tractor driving skills.

Contest results are as follows:

Compact Tractor -- Advanced Division

    • Joe Fisher, Warsaw

    • Billy Youngers, North Java

    • Michael Baker, Warsaw

    • Kyle Perl, Strykersville

    • Hunter Anderson, Gainesville

    • Edmond Fontaine, Strykersville

Junior Tractor Division

    • Billy Youngers, North Java

    • Michael Baker, Warsaw

    • Edmond Fontaine, Strykersville

Senior Tractor Division

    • Kyle Perl, Strykersville

    • Joe Fisher, Warsaw

    • Brenden Shaw, Strykersville

    • Hunter Anderson, Gainesville



Monday, June 8, 2015 at 5:18 pm



Broughton Farm Operations, LLC, opened their barn doors Sunday to more than 3,400 visitors of Agri-Palooza. The event celebrated its fifth year bringing agriculture to the community-at-large with activities, demonstrations and tours of the Broughton Farm. 

The event, sponsored by Wyoming County Chamber and Tourism, had approximately 100 sponsors, and it showcased the county’s top industry. More than 400 volunteers, vendors and exhibitors were on hand offering free string cheese, local foods and products, as well as introducing new farm products and equipment. Marquart Bros., LLC, offered their new line of potato chips while Maple Moon Farms, LLC, and Hofheins Maple served up maple ice cream and assorted treats. Patrons also had a chance to win, which Annette Akin did, a package of organic chicken meat and one dozen of eggs through Gobblers Ridge. 

While guests meandered the Gainesville farm, employees continued on with their work. About 2,500 cows are milked daily. Additionally, there are another 2,500, give or take a few, heifers and young stock on the farm. While attendees enjoyed the afternoon, fields still needed to be planted and plowed and many other farm chores needed to be done as well; it was just like any other day for the workers.

Jonah R. Broughton moved to Wyoming County in 1814 and bought his first piece of land in 1815. The Broughton homestead began as a small shanty with a strip of land and grew into the home and the 5,000 acres of tillable farmland it is today. For more than 100 years, the Broughton family has been working the land. Although the farm has changed hands since it was first established, it remains in the family under the guidance of Colin and Christine Broughton, as well as their daughter, Kelly. The farm is currently in the midst of another expansion that will give their cows more room and allow for additional expansion in the future.

“(Agri-Palooza) was a huge success and it’s growing every year,” said Wyoming County Chamber Director of Member Services Kelly Ashcraft. “Going by the feedback we have received, 30 percent of the people that came this year were brand new. We are reaching new audiences; the event is doing what it’s intended to do.

“I’m very proud of the event partnering with the Wyoming County Farm Bureau,” Ascraft said. “It’s opening doors that were not open to us before.”

For more photos see our Facebook page.











Monday, June 1, 2015 at 1:56 pm



A mere 1.87 inches of rain fell in Warsaw between 8 a.m. Saturday and 8 a.m. Sunday. To put that figure into perspective, it would be like 28 inches of snowfall in 24 hours.

The Village of Warsaw was placed in a state of emergency Saturday due to localized flooding along Main Street and roads east and west of Route 19 in the village. A swiftly moving storm caused flash flooding of roads, stranded motorists, turned backyards into muddy swimming pools, and flooded approximately more than two dozen residential basements. According to officials at the National Weather Service in Buffalo, flash flooding is caused by heavy rainfall in a very short period of time. 

Fire companies from Warsaw, Wyoming, Silver Springs, Perry Center, Perry, Varysburg and Pike were in the village for 11 hours Saturday aiding stranded motorists, pumping out flooded basements and directing traffic around the village. Flood waters closed down a portion of Route 20A, east and west of Route 19, and broke the banks of the Oatka. The muddy water raged down roads bringing with it leaves, branches and other debris. 

Wyoming County Emergency Services, Wyoming County Sheriff’s Department, Wyoming County Highway Department, Warsaw Fire Department Auxiliary, Warsaw Police Department, Warsaw Department of Public Works, Warsaw Village Mayor, NYS DOT, NYS Emergency Management Office, NYS Troopers, Town of Warsaw, NYSEG, RG&E, and the American Reg Cross also assisted in the village. Fire departments standing by were Bliss, Gainesville and North Java.

“It was amazing to see the emergency crews in action,” said Warsaw Town Supervisor Rebecca Ryan. “They had a staging area set up behind the Government Center to handle all the calls coming in.”

Twenty fire department pump-out crews operated in the village with 38 requests for basement pump-outs. Additionally, four fire departments were on standby with eight more portable pumps available. Firefighters rescued multiple people stranded in their cars stuck in the flooded roadways as well.

The American Red Cross provided housing for one person, and caseworkers will be following up with all those affected to assess any ongoing needs. The New York State Police provided transportation for seven people who were displaced by the floodwater. 

While the storm left most unscathed, the Warsaw Cemetery was not so lucky. Several very large trees fell, damaging the grounds and headstones near where the Veterans Memorial is placed. Although the trees were not uprooted by the floodwater, with the deluge of that magnitude, the heavy rain could bring with it  quick, very localized surface wind that could cause the destruction of the trees, said National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) officials.

According to the NOAA, the total amount of rainfall for the county from 8 a.m. Saturday to the same time Sunday was approximately 3.54 inches with 1.69 inches falling three miles north of Silver Springs, 1.82 inches in Portageville and 1.54 inches three miles east of Varysburg. 

See also: Heavy rain floods Main Street in Warsaw



Saturday, May 30, 2015 at 9:07 pm

A swiftly moving storm bringing heavy rain caused several roads to flood throughout Warsaw Saturday afternoon.



Emergency crews responded to the Village of Warsaw around 6 p.m. amid flooded roads and a few stranded vehicles. 

Main Street (Route 19) as well as several side streets off the primary road were filled with muddy water as storm drains struggled to handle the deluge. 

While Wyoming County officials report the water on the roadways is under control at this time, emergency crews are still busy pumping basements and checking on area businesses.

Fire companies from Warsaw, Silver Springs, Varysburg, Perry, Perry Center, Attica, Gainesville and Pike responded to the village. 

All roads are said to be passable, however, caution is advised.

Wyoming County Emergency Services, the Department of Transportation and RG&E are assisting on the scene.

An update will be provided as soon as it becomes available.

See also: Downpour causes flooding in Warsaw











Friday, May 29, 2015 at 10:08 am

Samantha J. Warren, 22, of Hunt, was charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance in the seventh-degree, criminal possession of a hypodermic instrument and uninspected motor vehicle. Warren was stopped on Dewitt Road, Pike, for an alleged traffic infraction. During the stop, Warren was allegedly found with multiple baggies containing heroin and two used hypodermic syringes in her purse. Warren was currently out on bail for a previous drug charge. Her vehicle was towed from the scene and she was committed to the Wyoming County Jail in lieu of $2,500 cash bail. Warren is due in the Town of Pike Court June 16.

Tracee R. Jones, 28, of Gainesville, was charged with felony driving while intoxicated and several other violations as a result of a property damage automobile accident in the Town of Hume. Jones is being held in the Allegany County Jail in lieu of $1,000 cash bail or $2,000 bond. Jones is due in the Town of Hume Court at 5 p.m. June 9.

Wednesday, May 27, 2015 at 7:31 am



The railroad line crossing Evans Road in Gainesville, just south of Warsaw, is getting a new railroad crossing signal. Progress Rail Services, a contractor for Rochester and Southern Railroad, is installing the lights at the Route 19 and Evans Road tracks. Work is expected to be complete by Friday.



Tuesday, May 26, 2015 at 9:00 am



Crews from six fire companies responded to a tire fire Monday on Route 246 in Perry. The cause of the fire was deemed accidental and caused approximately $5,000 in damages.

Perry Fire Chief Steve Laraby, fire chief in charge, and personnel were on the scene for three hours. One firefighter received a hand injury but remained on duty. Five hundred cows had to be removed from the barn nearest the fire when high winds blew smoke into the building.

Fire departments at True Farms included Perry, Perry Center, Perry Ambulance, Silver Springs, Castile, Gainesville and Cuylerville. Assisting at the scene were Wyoming County Emergency Services and the Wyoming County Hazmat Team. Standing by at empty fire stations included Gainesville, Nunda, Mount Morris and Cuylerville.

See also: Controlled brush burn spreads to tire pile in Perry.





Monday, May 25, 2015 at 3:06 pm



What started out as a controlled brush fire burn quickly escalated, spreading to a nearby tire pile. 

Perry, Perry Center, Castile, Silver Springs, Warsaw, Mount Morris, Cuylerville, and Gainesville fire departments, and Perry Ambulance responded to a fire at True Farms, Route 246, Perry, around noon today. According to Fire Chief in Charge, Perry Fire Chief Steve Laraby, the high winds caused the brush fire to ignite a bunch of nearby tires.

“The owners didn’t realize it got away from them until it was too late,” Laraby said. 

Although the fire was quickly under control, officials report that tire fires burn intensely hot because the tires melt into a tar that sits and smolders. Firefighters initially knocked down the flames with foam, then saturated with water, then soaked it with foam again. 

While no injuries were reported at the time of this post, a few of the farm hands were checked out by Perry Ambulance for smoke inhalation. All were treated and released. The cow barn closest to the burn had to be evacuated and the cows put out to pasture due to the toxic smoke.

Assisting at the scene included Wyoming County HazMat and Wyoming County Emergency Services. Nunda Fire Department was filling in at the Castile firehouse. 

More information to follow as soon as it becomes available.

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Sunday, May 24, 2015 at 10:11 am



They handled the jaws of life. They ripped the windshield out of a vehicle to find out what it takes to get to a person trapped inside. They donned water rescue suits and tried out Castile’s Rapid Rescue craft.

Approximately 50 juniors and seniors from Letchworth High School got a taste of what it’s like to be a firefighter.

“We want to show the kids as many aspects of what we do,” said Gainesville Fire Department Chief Greg Lockwood. “What appeals to one, may not appeal to another, but we show everything to give the kids a broader range of what the departments are about.”

Gainesville Fire Department host the annual event on the grounds of Letchworth Central School. Members from Silver Springs, Castile, Nunda, Pike and Bliss fire departments, along with Wyoming County Emergency Services and Wyoming County HazMat, were on hand to answer questions and put the kids through the paces of water and vehicle rescues.

“We feel targeting the younger kids is where we need to start when it comes to recruitment,” Lockwood said. “Many of our members are getting older, we’d like to get students interested.”

Lockwood credits the school and their maintenance department with the support needed to make the event a success, saying “without their help, we wouldn’t be able to do this.”

Young adults can join the department as young as 14 – Junior Firefighters are 14 to 18 years old.

For more information about becoming a volunteer firefighter visit











Wednesday, May 20, 2015 at 2:32 pm


I have this nifty little saying when I drive on unfamiliar roads or territories: I never get lost. I get misplaced quite often, but never lost. I can honestly say, I almost, almost thought I was lost today, yet, had I have known where I was, I may not have stumbled upon these two farmers working their field. I really found out what driving a back country road was all about while I was ridin' shotgun somewhere in Gainesville.....I think.







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