Friday, June 2, 2017 at 5:56 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, news, fire, Gainesville, Java, Varysburg, Strykersville, Attica.



A fire on Devinney Road in Gainesville broke out early this afternoon, sending crews from Gainesville, Java and Varysburg fire departments to the scene.

Standing by at empty stations included Attica and Strykersville fire departments. Wyoming County Emergency Services assisted on scene.

There were no injuries reported at the time of this post.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation.





Tuesday, May 30, 2017 at 3:23 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, crime, news, Arcade, Perry, Java.

David A. McClurg, 49, of Perry, was charged May 27 with driving while intoxicated, driving with a BAC of .08 percent or higher, and failure to keep right. Wyoming County Sheriff’s deputies say McClurg was stopped after he was seen making an unsafe turn into the oncoming lane, swerving off the right hand side of the road and then swerving back over the centerline on Suckerbrook Road. During the stop, he was given roadside sobriety testing, which he allegedly failed. He is due in the Town of Perry Court June 21.

Michael Goss, 51, of Arcade, was charged May 28 with felony driving while intoxicated and unlawful possession of marijuana. Goss was stopped on Route 39, Sardinia, for allegedly speeding. New York State Troopers say an odor of alcohol was detected during the stop and Goss was asked to perform sobriety tests. He allegedly failed the tests and was arrested for DWI. Additionally, he is accused of possessing a small quantity of marijuana. He was taken to the trooper barracks in Holland where his breath sample allegedly showed a BAC of .11 percent. He is due June 13 in the Town of Sardinia Court. 

Stephen Trottier, 41, of Ontario, Canada, was charged May 27 with failure to yield the right of way at a stop sign, following a two-car accident on Route 78 and Youngers Road, Java. Wyoming County Sheriff’s deputies say Trottier was traveling south on Youngers Road when he collided with a vehicle westbound on Route 78. There were three passengers that sustained non-life-threatening injuries. They were taken to ECMC and Women's & Children’s Hospital, both in Buffalo, via North Java, Bliss, and Medic 80 ambulances. Trottier is due in Java Town Court in July. Barbers Towing assisted in removing the vehicles from the scene.

Amanda M. Comstock, 27, of Perry, was charged May 19 with aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle in the third degree, unlicensed operator and speeding. She is due in Geneseo Village Court at a later date.

A 17-year-old Perry teen was charged May 28 with unlawful possession of marijuana following a complaint to the Genesee County Sheriff’s Office. The teen is accused of possessing a small quantity of marijuana. She is due in Batavia Town Court on June 26.

Monday, April 17, 2017 at 10:14 am
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, crime, news, Sheldon, Java.

Blake D. Cooper, 20, of Java, was charged April 11 with possession of a hypodermic instrument, criminal possession of a controlled substance in the seventh degree, and driving while ability impaired by drugs. Wyoming County Sheriff’s deputies responded to the Red Apple, Route 78, Strykersville, for a report of a male subject that was passed out in the driver’s seat of a car in the parking lot. Deputies say, when they arrived Cooper was responsive. Additionally, police say there were three hypodermic instruments (syringes) along with suspected heroin baggies on and around Cooper in plain view. Medics from Strykersville Ambulance, checked him out for health concerns, after which Cooper signed off on any further medical treatment. He was put through field sobriety testing and allegedly failed. The accused was then taken to the Wyoming County Sheriff’s Office, where he was evaluated by a Drug Recognition Expert, who allegedly found him to be under the influence of heroin. He is due in Sheldon Town Court May 22.

Thursday, March 23, 2017 at 1:48 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, fire, Sheldon, Strykersville, Arcade, Java.

A smoke detector alerted homeowners of a problem with the woodstove chimney around 8:21 p.m. Wednesday. 

Firefighters from Strykersville and Arcade fire departments responded to 5866 Michigan Road, Java, and found the chimney fire had extended into the wall surrounding the woodstove vent pipe. Standing by at empty fire stations were Sheldon and Yorkshire fire departments. Assisting at the scene was Wyoming County Emergency Management. 

Crews were on the scene for two hours and able to contain the fire to the wall around the chimney on the first and second floors of the home. 

Fire Chief in Charge was Strykersville Fire Chief Brian Ash.

The chimney fire caused approximately $15,000 in damages.

Tuesday, March 14, 2017 at 2:49 pm


The Wyoming County Sheriff’s Office reports last week’s windstorm prompted approximately 700 calls to the 9-1-1 center between 11 a.m. to midnight March 8. In a span of three hours – from noon to 3 p.m. – dispatchers fielded 282 calls. 

The Communications Department maxed out its allowable staffing with three dispatchers on duty from 7 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., and four during the hours of 2:30 to 6 p.m.. By comparison, normal operations require just two, Sheriff Gregory Rudolph says.

With a mere six-second wait time on calls, dispatchers prioritized and coordinated the response of law enforcement, fire and highway departments, and multiple utility companies.

“Professional dispatching, strong teamwork from the public and private sectors, and the skilled volunteerism from the fire, EMS, and Red Cross communities, provided the finest in public safety amid the commotion of this daylong incident and its aftermath,” Rudolph said.

Rudolph reports the most severe damage was seen in the towns of Attica, Bennington, Covington, Java, Orangeville, Sheldon, and Wethersfield, and the Village of Attica. Some businesses and residents in those areas were without power until Monday. At the peak of the storm, more than 8,000 customers were without power in the county. 

While no injuries were reported related to the storm, four tractor-trailers blew over from the force of the wind, along with countless trees and approximately 50 utility poles throughout the county.

Law enforcement fielded 95 calls, with deputies responding to 52 calls for service and the village departments handling 43. The Attica Fire Department covered 12 of the 37 calls that came into the county’s fire departments. Additionally, Varysburg Fire Department was the site of the emergency shelter put in place from the evening of March 9 through the morning of March 11.

Members of the Bennington and Cowlesville fire companies, and the Pavilion Fire Department opened and manned their halls for afternoon and evening hours to use as warming shelters throughout the ordeal.

Finally, the county and town highway departments spent countless hours cutting and clearing tree debris from obstructed roadways.

Thursday, March 9, 2017 at 6:43 am

High winds yesterday left thousands of residents without power. While power was restored to many customers, power companies report 6,350 residents are still without power as of 6:15 a.m..

RG&E customers without power: 

    • Arcade – 25 

    • Eagle – 27

NYSEG customers without power:

    • Bennington – 1,526

    • Castile – 10

    • Gainesville – 46

    • Java – 1,199

    • Middlebury – 29

    • Sheldon – 1,341

    • Warsaw – 1

National Grid customers without power:

    • Eagle, Bliss, Java, Gainesville area – approximately 589

    • Varysburg, Warsaw, Attica area – approximately – 1,557.

Power companies have been working through the night to restore electricity to county homes and continue this morning.

Thursday, February 9, 2017 at 4:44 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, events, Beaver Meadow, Java.
Event Date and Time: 
February 20, 2017 -
10:00am to 12:00pm
Celebrate President's Day at Beaver Meadow, 1610 Welch Road, Java Center, from 10 a.m. to noon, Feb. 20, with our 26th president (also known as naturalist Mark Carra) and learn more about his great love for nature. He was a naturalist from early childhood and carried it through to the presidency.
Pre-registration is required. Cost: $5 non-members, $3 members.
Thursday, February 9, 2017 at 4:41 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, events, Beaver Meadow, Java.
Event Date and Time: 
February 18, 2017 -
1:00pm to 3:00pm
Join Naturalist Tom Kerr and the Junior Audubon Club for its monthly birding adventure for kids 8 to 14 years old from 1 to 3 p.m. Feb. 18 at Beaver Meadow, 1610 Welch Road, Java Center. 
This month we’ll use empty Gatorade bottles to build a backyard birdfeeder. 
After our birdfeeders are finished, we’ll take a short walk around the Nature Center to visit with some of the birds that might use our recycled birdfeeders.
Thursday, February 9, 2017 at 4:36 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, events, Beaver Meadow, Java.
Event Date and Time: 
February 18, 2017 -
10:00am to 11:30am
"Chickadee wears a wee black cap. Jay is loud and bold. Nuthatch perches upside-down. Finch is clothed in gold."
Join local author Amy Ludwig VanDerwater at Beaver Meadow, 1610 Welch Road, Java Center, from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Feb. 18 for a reading of her book. "Every Day Birds" helps children identify and learn about common birds.
Afterward, take a short hike to look for birds, complete a craft and have a snack.
Thursday, February 9, 2017 at 4:27 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, events, Beaver Meadow, Java.
Event Date and Time: 
February 17, 2017 -
1:00pm to 2:30pm
Days are struggling to get longer in February and the wild weather we’ve had these past few years begs the question – what will we see?  Dress for the weather and explore parts of Beaver Meadow, 1610 Welch Road, Java Center, from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Feb. 17.
Hot cocoa will be served afterwards.  Pre-registration is required. Donations accepted.  
Thursday, February 9, 2017 at 4:24 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, events, Beaver Meadow, Java.
Event Date and Time: 
February 11, 2017 -
6:00pm to 7:30pm
Choose your favorite person to take a leisurely snowshoe walk with under the light of the full snow moon at Beaver Meadow, 1610 Welch Road, Java Center, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Feb. 11.
If no snow, we will just be hiking under the moon.  Join staff members for hot cocoa and decorate cookies afterwards in the Nature Center.
Pre-registration is required. Sturdy winter boots are recommended. Cost is $7. The walk is geared to those 14 years old and older.
Thursday, February 9, 2017 at 4:16 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, events, Beaver Meadow, Java.
Event Date and Time: 
February 9, 2017 -
1:00pm to 3:00pm
Join Naturalist Tom Kerr from 1 to 3 p.m. Feb. 11 at Beaver Meadow, 1610 Welch Road, Java Center, for a birdfeeder demonstration and learn about the common birds that frequent our backyards.
All participants will receive a coupon good for 30 percent off a birdfeeder or bag of birdseed in the Beaver Meadow Gift Shop.
Pre-registration required. Cost: $5.
Thursday, February 9, 2017 at 4:14 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, events, Beaver Meadows, Java.
Event Date and Time: 
February 11, 2017 -
10:00am to 12:00pm
How do reptiles and amphibians survive in this wild world of ours? Join the staff at Beaver Meadow, 1610 Welch Road, Java Center, for this one-day event to explore how cold-blooded creatures survive in our difficult world.
We’ll play silly games, make art, spend time outside, and meet some of the Audubon Center’s animal residents up-close from 10 a.m. to noon Feb. 11. 
Pre-registration is required. $5 non-members; $3 members.
Thursday, February 9, 2017 at 4:07 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, events, Beaver Meadows, Java.


Photo and information submitted by Beaver Meadow.

Beaver Meadow is seeking the public’s assistance with the next steps in planning its Nature Play area on the grounds.

A focus group led by Rusty Keeler, an artist, designer, and author of “Natural Playscapes” will be held from 1:30 to 3 p.m. at the Nature Center, 1610 Welch Road, Java Center. 

For more information contact the center’s Director of Education Lauren Makeyenko at or (585) 457-3228.

This project was made possible in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services, the primary source of federal support for the nation’s 123,000 libraries and 35,000 museums. To learn more, visit

Friday, February 3, 2017 at 2:01 pm

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

Dean's list honorees include:

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

    • Quinn Konfederath and Candace Bliss, both of Bliss;

    • Briona Terray, of Cowlesville;

    • Alyssa Witkowski, of Java Center;

    • Caitlin Pietron, of Pike;

    • Megan Gerde and Angela George, both of Strykersville;

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

    • Ashley Davis, of Portageville;

    • Heather Herrmann, of Silver Springs;

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

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

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

    • Kory Debeau, of North Java.

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

Provost's list honorees include:

    • Abigail Skillman, of Arcade;

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

    • Stephanie Kehr, of Java Center;

    • Julia Chojnacki and Rachel Werner, of Varysburg;

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

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

    • Christopher Herrmann, of Wyoming.

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

President's list honorees include:

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

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

    • Padraic Brazeau, of Cowlesville;

    • Barbara Brown and Brooke Tisdale, both of Gainesville;

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

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

    • Jeffrey Mincer, of Varysburg;

    • Patrick Rice and Adam DeLaVergne, both of Perry; 

    • Paul Torrey, of Silver Springs; and

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

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

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

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

For further information about all of GCC's opportunities, go to

Tuesday, January 17, 2017 at 10:17 am
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, crime, Warsaw, Silver Springs, Pike, Castile, news, Java.

Dutch L. Bryndle, 23, of West Falls, was charged Jan. 14 with uninspected motor vehicle, aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle in the third degree, unlawful possession of marijuana, and driving while ability impaired by drugs. Bryndle was stopped on Route 78, Java, after a registration check allegedly showed his vehicle’s inspection had expired in December. Additionally, Wyoming County Sheriff’s deputies say he was in possession of marijuana and subsequently failed field sobriety testing. He was taken to the Sheriff’s Office where a Drug Recognition Expert evaluated him and determined him to be impaired by cannabis and unable to operated a vehicle safely. He is due in the Town of Java Court at a later date. Additionally, while at the Sheriff’s Office, Bryndle allegedly tampered with evidence pertaining to the DWAI case and was subsequently charged with tampering with physical evidence, a Class E felony. He is due in the Village of Warsaw Court for this charge Feb. 13.

Daina C. Snyder, 30, of Warsaw, was charged Jan. 9 with aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle in the third degree. Wyoming County Sheriff’s deputies responded to a property damage accident on Woodruff Street, Silver Springs, involving Snyder’s car. According to the report, Snyder parked her car on the road and shortly thereafter it was struck by a vehicle backing out of a driveway. During the investigation it was allegedly found that she drove to the scene while her driver’s license was suspended for failure to pay child support. She is due in the Village of Silver Springs Court Feb. 13.

Ernest D. Lane, 58, no address provided, was charged Jan. 14 with menacing in the second degree, a Class A misdemeanor, and criminal possession of a weapon in the third degree, a Class D felony. Wyoming County Sheriff’s deputies responded to a domestic dispute in Castile where Lane reportedly threatened another household member with a baseball bat. He was put in Wyoming County Jail in lieu of $25,000 cash bail or $50,000 bond. He is due in the Village of Castile Court at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 23.

Derek Parke, 30, of Pike, was charged Jan. 15 with failing to keep right and aggravated unlicensed operation in the third degree. Parke was arrested following a traffic stop on Route 19, Warsaw. Wyoming County Sheriff’s deputies say Parke crossed over the centerline into the opposite lane, crossed back over and then stopped on the shoulder of the road. When deputies stopped to check on the man, it was allegedly found that he was driving with a suspended license. He is due in the Town of Warsaw Court Feb. 6.

Tuesday, December 27, 2016 at 12:16 pm


Grand Prize Winner, Bonnie Block​


Professional Winner, Dick Dickinson​

Photos submitted by the National Audubon Society.

The Beaver Meadow Audubon Center will be showing winning photos in this year’s National Audubon Photography Awards at 1610 Welch Road, North Java, between Dec. 29 and Jan. 19.

The photos were selected from more than 7,000 entries submitted from all 50 states, Washington D.C., and Canada. The winning photos were published in the May-June 2016 issue of "Audubon" magazine. 

A panel of five judges had the daunting task of sifting through the stunning images and grading them based on technical quality, originality and artistic merit.

Judges were:

    • Kenn Kaufmann: Bird-guide author, "Audubon" field editor;

    • Melissa Groo: Professional photographer and 2015 Grand Prize winner;

    • Steve Freligh: Co-publisher of "Nature’s Best Photography";

    • Kevin Fisher: "Audubon" creative director; and

    • Sabine Meyer: "Audubon" photography director.

On a somber note, half of the species in the winning and honored photos are birds identified as threatened or endangered by climate change in "Audubon’s Birds and Climate Change Report." The report shows that 314 bird species in North America face an uncertain future due to shifting climatic suitability. The situation is indeed dire but there are reasons for hope.

The National Audubon Society saves birds and their habitats throughout the Americas using science, advocacy, education and on-the-ground conservation. Audubon’s state programs, nature centers, chapters and partners have an unparalleled wingspan that reaches millions of people each year to inform, inspire and unite diverse communities in conservation action. Since 1905, Audubon’s vision has been a world in which people and wildlife thrive.

Learn more at and @audubonsociety.

The exhibit is open during regular business hours – 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and 1 to 5 p.m. Sundays. For more information, contact Beaver Meadow at (585) 457- 3228 or email

The Buffalo Audubon Society is a not-for-profit 501(c)3 organization that promotes appreciation and enjoyment of the natural world through education and stewardship.

Read more about the 2016 Audubon Photography Awards here.


Amateur Winner, Steve Torna


Youth Winner, Carolina Anne Fraser


Fine Art Winner, Barbara Driscoll


Amateur Honorable Mention, Artur Stankiewicz


Amateur Honorable Mention, Colleen Gara


Fine Art Honorable Mention, Blake Shaw


Amateur Honorable Mention, Martin V. Sneary

Thursday, December 8, 2016 at 2:49 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, events, Beaver Meadow, Java, holiday.
Event Date and Time: 
December 10, 2016 -
2:00pm to 5:20pm
Join volunteer Roy Maguire at Beaver Meadow from 2 to 5 p.m. Dec. 10 and learn the tools of the trade to make a decorative tabletop wooden box.
Learn about the tools through a hands-on demonstration, then assemble your own box to take home. All materials provided. 
To register call (585) 457-3228. The cost is $10 for adults. 
Thursday, December 8, 2016 at 2:46 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, events, Beaver Meadow, Java, holiday.
Event Date and Time: 
December 14, 2016 -
1:00pm to 2:00pm
Simplify your holiday baking by joining Beaver Meadow staff from 1 to 2 p.m. Dec. 14 for a holiday cookie exchange at the nature center.
Each person brings two dozen homemade cookies to swap with other bakers for the same amount of cookies and leave with a lovely assorted platter.
Pre-registration is required, call (585) 457-3228. Coffee and Tea will be served.
Thursday, December 8, 2016 at 2:42 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, events, Beaver Meadow, Java, holiday.
Event Date and Time: 
December 17, 2016 -
8:00am to 12:00pm
Join other birdwatchers from all over Western New York from 8 a.m. to noon Dec. 17 in the oldest running citizen science project in the world – the 117th annual Christmas Bird Count.
Spend the morning counting birds in and around Beaver Meadow, Welch Road, North Java, to help scientists understand changes in our local and worldwide bird populations. 


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