Tuesday, September 12, 2017 at 12:59 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, announcements, health, Warsaw, Milestones.


Press release, photo submitted:

Wyoming County Community Health System (WCCHS) Board of Managers' recently announced the appointment of Dr. Mandip Panesar, Acute Hospital medical director, effective Sept. 1. 

Panesar currently serves as the Chief Medical Information Officer at Erie County Medical Center Corporation, Medical Director of the Hemodialysis Unit at the Regional Center of Excellence for Transplantation and Kidney Care, and a Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine at the University at Buffalo. 

Having received his medical degree from St. George's University, he completed his residency in Internal Medicine at Seton Hall University, St. Francis Medical Center, Trenton, N.J.  Additionally, he completed his Nephrology Fellowship at the University of Arkansas, Little, Rock, Ark., and holds a master of science degree in Physiology from McGill University, Montreal, Canada. 

Panesar replaces Dr. Bilal Ahmed, who served in this capacity since 2015. 

At the Aug. 29, Board of Managers' meeting, Don Eichenauer, CEO, and members of the Board expressed their thanks to Ahmed for his time at WCCHS and for his enthusiasm, leadership, and dedication. Ahmed has been instrumental in improving quality initiatives and ensuring staff members and clinicians place quality and patient service at the forefront. 

In his role as Medical Director, Panesar will carry on the activities of his predecessor and provide medical leadership assisting the medical staff in the delivery of patient care, medical education/research and for the advancement of clinical quality/safety initiatives.

Tuesday, September 12, 2017 at 12:52 pm
posted by Billie Owens in Mt. Morris, The Arc of Livingston-Wyoming, Milestones.

From a press release:

It was announced today that Kim Deming, a custodial worker at The Arc of Livingston-Wyoming (Mt. Morris), is one of 10 Western New Yorkers with disabilities -- among 58 statewide -- recognized as a 2017 William B. Joslin Outstanding Performer.

The annual people-centered awards celebrating exceptional job performance and personal growth are chosen by New York State Industries for the Disabled Inc. (NYSID) among those working on NYSID Preferred Source contracts.

Now in its 14th year, the awards program honored nine other Western New Yorkers. They are:

  • Richard Warner, Allegany Arc (Wellsville), production/assembly worker;
  • Duane Baker, The Arc of Steuben (Bath), custodial;
  • Christopher Knapp, Lifetime Assistance Inc. (Rochester), document destruction
  • Phillip Murvine, Chautauqua County Chapter NYSARC, Inc./The Resource Center (Jamestown), custodial
  • Samuel Muse, Cattaraugus County Chapter NYSARC, Inc./The ReHabilitation Center (Olean), custodial
  • Mark Natalzia, Southeast Works Inc. (Depew), custodial
  • Justin Pack, CDS Monarch (Rochester), production/assembly
  • Christopher Schwartz, Heritage Centers/Allentown Industries (Buffalo), custodial
  • Tracy Williams, Wayne ARC (Newark), custodial
They will be among those honored during NYSID's Annual Meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 26 in Saratoga Springs.
"We salute our 2017 award recipients as ambassadors of the wide-ranging abilities of New York State's workforce," said Ron Romano, NYSID president & CEO. "NYSID secures meaningful employment for all New Yorkers with disabilities who look to Preferred Source opportunities to choose an employment direction. Our award recipients speak to the dedication and commitment displayed by these individuals through meaningful work."
NYSID is a not-for-profit business with a mission of "Advancing employment and other opportunities for individuals with disabilities." Established in 1975, NYSID contracts for employment opportunities for nearly 7,000 New Yorkers with disabilities annually through New York's Preferred Source Program. NYSID's community rehabilitation member agencies and corporate partners are located throughout the state, providing jobs in the community and in production facilities. For more information, visit
Friday, July 28, 2017 at 4:28 pm



Balloons Over Letchworth celebrated its 30th anniversary with a ribbon cutting at Letchworth State Park yesterday evening.

Sean Quigley, his wife Denise, the Wyoming County Chamber of Commerce, Letchworth park officials, family, and friends gathered at the Middle Falls Area by the Glen Iris Inn to celebrate the milestone.

“We offer our hearty congratulations to Sean Quigley on 30 years of Balloons Over Letchworth,” said Chamber President Scott Gardner. “Sean’s business is one of the most recognized and respected tourism attractions in Wyoming County. He provides a truly unique experience to his customers and something special for visitors to see as he flies his balloons over the gorge.”

While he has been enamored with balloons since he was a small child, it wasn’t until 1979 that he took his first flight in a hot air balloon, and 1987 when he bought his own rig. It wasn’t until 1993 that he walked away from a 21-year career in real estate and bought Balloons Over Letchworth.

Quigley is an F.A.A. licensed commercial pilot; he has since logged over 2,000 flights in hot air balloons in festivals and races from Florida to Maine as well as in Europe. In 1989, he placed sixth of 38 countries represented in Le Coup Du Monde, World Cup balloon race in Belfort, France.

He has piloted his balloon over the brim of Niagara Falls several times and placed ninth in the United States in a distance long jump competition, traveling more than 114 miles in two-and-one-half hours.

In 2004 he flew in a weeklong festival over the Alps at Chateau d'Oex, Switzerland. In January 2012, he flew two flights to 13,000 feet over the Austrian Alps.

Visit Balloons Over Letchworth for more information.

See related: Balloons Over Letchworth celebrates 30 years of flight over the park’s gorge

Wednesday, September 7, 2016 at 1:09 pm
posted by Billie Owens in Milestones, The Arc Livingston-Wyoming, Mt. Morris.
Press release:
A mechanic for The ARC of Livingston-Wyoming is among 12 Western New Yorkers with disabilities who was recognized through New York State Industries for the Disabled, Inc's. (NYSID) annual people-centered awards program. The honorees were announced today (Sept. 7).
In its 13th year, NYSID's Joslin Awards Program has recognized more than 650 Outstanding Performers.
The Joslin Outstanding Performer for 2016 from Wyoming County is:
  • Rick Young, The Arc Livingston-Wyoming (Mt. Morris), mechanic

NYSID is a not-for-profit business with a mission of "Turning business opportunities into JOBS for New Yorkers with disabilities."

"NYSID secures meaningful employment for all New Yorkers with disabilities who look to Preferred Source opportunities to choose an employment direction," said Ron Romano, NYSID president & CEO. "In doing so, we salute the 2016 Joslin Outstanding Performers as ambassadors of the wide-ranging abilities of New York State's workforce."
The honorees will be recognized during NYSID's Annual Meeting on Wednesday, Sept. 21 at The Saratoga Hilton in Saratoga Springs.
Established in 1975, NYSID is a registered 501(c)(3) Not for Profit which creates employment opportunities for nearly 7,000 New Yorkers with disabilities annually through New York's Preferred Source Program. NYSID's community rehabilitation member agencies and private sector business partners are located throughout the state, providing jobs in the community and in production facilities. For more information, visit
Saturday, July 16, 2016 at 2:45 pm

Tompkins Bank of Castile has promoted Amanda West to assistant vice president, commercial services officer.

West has been with Tompkins for over 15 years. She assists commercial customers with remote deposit and other cash management solutions that help conduct business in the most efficient way possible.

“Amanda is a great asset to Tompkins Bank of Castile, and this promotion is well earned,” said Bob Bennett, vice president, commercial sales manager. “We look forward to using her knowledge and talent to help our continuous growth in the cash management division of Tompkins.”

West is a Wyoming County 4-H leader and is enrolled in this year’s Leadership Genesee class. She has a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from SUNY Brockport.

She and her husband, Sam, have three children, Riley, Owen and Abigail.

Thursday, June 16, 2016 at 3:54 pm
posted by Billie Owens in Perry, perry high school, Milestones.

Press release:

Twenty-four students from across Western New York were the finalists for Outstanding Scholar Awards in Genesee Community College's Advanced Studies program. The awardees were honored at a ceremony and reception May 24 in the Stuart Steiner Theatre at Genesee's Batavia campus.

Advanced Studies is part of the College's ACE Programs, or Accelerated College Enrollment, and allows high school students the opportunity to earn college credit from Genesee while attending class within their high school. High school teachers approved as Genesee adjunct faculty teach all Advanced Studies courses. Some of the most enterprising young students earn enough transferable Advanced Studies credit to enter their first year of college as sophomores. ACE Programs, in partnership with more than 50 local school districts, serves about 2700 high school students across Western New York each year.

The 24 finalists were selected from 129 semifinalists in the five subject areas of mathematics, science, social science, foreign language and English. As in years past, a committee of academic professionals from Genesee Community College selected the following award winners, listed by school within their subject areas:


Noah Dobbertin -- Batavia High School (Genesee County) 

Kathleen Ferguson -- Dansville High School (Livingston County)

Jasmine Plummer -- Lyndonville High School (Orleans County)

Andrew Hollister -- Perry High School (Wyoming County)


Lea Brown -- Batavia High School (Genesee County)

Abby Rice -- Kendall High School (Orleans County)


Allison Herrick -- Pioneer High School ( Cattaraugus County)

Laura Karlnoski -- Alden High School (Erie County)

Luca Zambito -- Notre Dame High School (Genesee County)

Catherine Appleton -- Lima High School (Livingston County)

Xander Apicella -- Holley High School (Orleans County)

Andrew Hollister -- Perry High School (Wyoming County)


Jaclyn Wallace Alden High School (Erie County)

Emily Sherman -- Notre Dame (Genesee County)

Xinyan Luo Lima -- Christian Schools (Livingston County)

Andrea Biernbaum -- Honeoye Falls -- Lima (Monroe County)

Meredith Patterson -- Albion High School (Orleans County)

Andrew Hollister -- Perry High School (Wyoming County)


Ashley Dusza -- Alden High School (Erie County)

Madison McCulley -- Batavia High School (Genesee County)

Hannah Moriarty -- Keshequa High School (Livingston County)

Madison Greenwald -- Barker High School (Niagara County)

Kyle Thaine -- Albion High School (Orleans County)

Mikaela Nielson -- Wayland Cohocton High School (Steuben County)

"We look forward to recognizing our top students each year," said Ed Levinstein, associate dean of ACE Programs. "Not only are the students deserving of this recognition, but their teachers, counselors and administrators should be just as proud.

"They play a crucial role in helping us provide college credit opportunities in the high schools and these students have certainly made the most of them. My team and I are always proud to help students get a head start on their college careers while saving them substantial tuition in the process."

Tuesday, May 10, 2016 at 1:26 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, announcements, Milestones, Arcade, Perry.

Hats off to Reed Mitrowski and Brent Gary Owens for their spring graduation at Emporia State University, Emporia, Kan.. Undergraduates will receive their degrees during baccalaureate ceremonies at 9:30 a.m. May 14 at White Auditorium, 111 E. Sixth Ave. At 2 p.m., graduate students will be hooded at Albert Taylor Hall in Plumb Hall on the Emporia State campus.

Mitrowski, of Arcade, will graduate with a master of science degree in Special Education with a concentration in Adaptive Special Education.

Owens, of Perry, will graduate with a master of science degree in Health, Physical Education & Recreation.

Ann Brandau-Murguia, a member of the Kansas Board of Regents, will speak at both the baccalaureate and graduate ceremonies. Dr. James Persinger, professor of psychology and 2015 Roe R. Cross Distinguished Professor, will address the baccalaureate crowd.

Tuesday, October 6, 2015 at 2:52 pm
posted by Billie Owens in Business, Milestones.

(John Persons, Tops new president and COO.)

Press release:

As part of a long-term leadership strategy, Tops Friendly Markets has named John Persons, long-time Tops associate and executive, as president and chief operating officer while Frank Curci will continue to actively serve as Tops chief executive officer and board chairman, the company announced today.

“John’s appointment is the first step in an organized and planned effort to ensure we have consistent and experienced leadership to guide the future growth and success of Tops Friendly Markets,” Curci said. “Over the past eight years, John has played a significant role in building our organization and is committed to ensuring that Tops is providing the best value possible for our many customers.”

In his role as president and COO, Persons will oversee all store operations in Tops’ three-state geographic footprint and all sales, marketing and merchandising operations.

“I look forward as president and COO to working with all members of the Tops family – associates, vendors and suppliers – as we strive to provide Tops’ customers with what they want, when they want it, and saves them time and money,” he said. “I also thank Frank Curci and the Tops’ Board of Directors for the confidence they have placed in me as we continue to build a stronger Tops in the communities we serve."

Persons has been with Tops for more than 30 years, most recently serving as executive vice president of sales, marketing and merchandising. Prior to that, he was senior vice president of retail operations from 2007 to 2014 and vice president of retail operations from 2000 to 2007.

He has been a board director of the company since 2013, having been part of the management team, led by Curci, which bought out Tops from its previous owner, Morgan Stanley Private Equity, in December 2013.

Curci has served as president, chief executive officer and director of the company since December 2007 when Morgan Stanley Private Equity purchased Tops Friendly Markets from Koninklijke Ahold, N.V. (Ahold). He became chairman of the board of directors upon the 2013 management buyout, which returned Tops to local ownership.

Under Curci’s leadership, Tops has more than doubled the number of stores to 165 full-service supermarkets, expanded its geographic reach into eastern and northern New York, Vermont and northern Pennsylvania, invested more than $200 million in store renovations and updates, and created gourmet retailer Orchard Fresh in Orchard Park, NY.

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Tops Markets, LLC, is headquartered in Williamsville and operates 165 full-service supermarkets – 160 company-owned and five franchise locations. With more than 16,000 associates, Tops is a leading full-service grocery retailer in Upstate New York, Northern Pennsylvania and Western Vermont. For more information about Tops Markets, visit the company's Web site at

Tuesday, June 2, 2015 at 5:03 pm
posted by Billie Owens in Milestones, Basom.

Elizabeth Johnson-Walsh, of Basom, performed on the trombone for an instrumental recital recently at The University of Findlay.

The University of Findlay is a comprehensive university with a hands-on approach to learning located in Findlay, Ohio, approximately 45 miles south of Toledo. With a total enrollment of 4,000 full-time and part-time students, The University of Findlay is known for its innovative, career-oriented programs in nearly 80 programs including bachelor's, master's and doctoral programs. UF has been nationally recognized by U.S. News & World Report and the Princeton Review. For more information, visit

Wednesday, May 13, 2015 at 8:10 am
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, Milestones, Warsaw.

Press release:

Tonya Louise Beardsley, of Warsaw, majoring in Medical Coding/Transcriptionist Certificate is one of 636 candidates for Commencement at Herkimer County Community College. There are 584 candidates for the associate degree and 52 candidates for certificates. This includes 127 candidates who completed their studies completely online through the College's Internet Academy.The College's 47th annual commencement will be held Friday at 5 p.m. in the gymnasium of the Physical Education Building.

Part of the State University of New York system, Herkimer College is located in Herkimer; about 20 miles east of Utica. Herkimer offers more than 40 associate degree and certificate programs to its approximately 3,000 students. It also has on-campus housing, an active co-curricular activities schedule and a national championship athletic program. For more information visit

Friday, May 8, 2015 at 7:44 am
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, education, Arcade, announcements, Milestones.

Bradi Hopkins and Ryan Chapman, both of Arcade, were inducted into Beta Gamma Sigma honor society at St. Bonaventure University, Allegany.

An induction ceremony was held in the Athletics Hall of Fame Room in the Reilly Center with Jeff Alevy, CEO of the YMCA of the Twin Tiers, Olean, as the featured speaker.

Beta Gamma Sigma is a national honor society for business and management programs accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB). Election to a lifetime membership in Beta Gamma Sigma is the highest honor a business student can receive. The honor can be bestowed upon undergraduate students as well as students pursuing master's degrees. The inductees were presented by Dr. Zahid Khairullah, chapter president and adviser.

St. Bonaventure is the nation's first Franciscan university. The University was named the number three best college value in the North by U.S. News & World Report.

Thursday, February 26, 2015 at 8:10 am

St. Bonaventure University students named to Dean's list for fall 2014.

  • Linda Herrick, of Bliss is majoring in accounting. 
  • Bradi Hopkins is an accounting major, Nicholas Taylor is a sociology major, and Sydney Taylor is a finance major, all of Arcade.
  • Jacob Church, a finance major and Andrew Church, a physics major, are from Cowlesville
  • Kristine Wick, of Warsaw, is majoring in management.
  • Lawrence Hayes, of Perry, is a marketing major.
  • Peter Bertoldo, of Attica, is a modern languages major.

The nation's first Franciscan university, St. Bonaventure University cultivates graduates who are confident and creative communicators, collaborative leaders and team members, and innovative problem solvers who are respectful of themselves, others, and the diverse world around them. Named the third best college value in the North by U.S. News and World Report, the university is establishing pathways to internships, graduate schools, and careers in the context of our renowned liberal arts tradition. For more information visit

Tuesday, October 28, 2014 at 9:27 am
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, Attica, Perry, military, Milestones.

Press release:

Maj. Gen. Patrick A. Murphy, the Adjutant General, announces the recent reenlistment of members of the New York Army National Guard in recognition of their continuing commitment to serve community, state and nation as part of the Army National Guard.

Sgt. Rakay Fiorito, of Perry, has reenlisted to continue service with the Company A (Distribution), 427th Brigade Support Battalion.

Specialist Travis Herold, of Attica, has reenlisted to continue service with the Company A, 2-108th Infantry.

"The New York Army National Guard has sustained our force at or above 100-percent strength for the better part of five years now," Murphy said. "Keeping those ready forces in our ranks means that New York is ready to provide forces for state missions here at home, as we saw during Hurricane Sandy or for the federal missions supporting our nation around the country and around the world."

"Each of our 16,000 men and women serving in the Army and Air National Guard has an important role and I'm pleased that so many continue to reenlist and remain part of our New York National Guard family."

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

Thursday, October 23, 2014 at 8:03 am
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, Warsaw, Portageville, military, Milestones.

Press release:

Major General Patrick A. Murphy, The Adjutant General for the State of New York, announces the promotion of members of the New York Army National Guard in recognition of their capability for additional responsibility and leadership.

Harry Lambright, of Warsaw, serving with the Headquarters and Headquarters Troop, 2-101 Cavalry (Reconnaissance, Surveillance and Target Acquisition), is promoted to the rank of Specialist.

Calley Leitten, of Warsaw, serving with the 27th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, is promoted to the rank of Pvt. First Class.

Erik Makowski, of Portageville, serving with the 152nd Engineer Support Company, is promoted to the rank of Private.

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

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

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

Thursday, October 23, 2014 at 7:57 am
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, Perry, education, SUNY, Milestones.

Press release:

Charity Baker, of Perry, was awarded the Mildred Pierce Wark ‘26 Memorial Scholarship. Baker, a student at the State University of New York at Potsdam, is majoring in Childhood/Early Childhood Education.

The State University of New York at Potsdam has awarded scholarships, grants and awards to 998 students for the 2014-15 academic year. These accomplished SUNY Potsdam undergraduate and graduate students were recognized for their achievements with support for their educational experience.

Last year, SUNY Potsdam awarded more than $2.6 million in scholarships to 1,067 students, including $821,000 from donor-funded scholarships through the Potsdam College Foundation. For more information about how donors impact the SUNY Potsdam student experience, visit

SUNY Potsdam offers financial aid to more than 80 percent of students, in the form of federal and state aid, as well as scholarships. For more information, visit

About SUNY Potsdam:

Founded in 1816, and located on the outskirts of the beautiful Adirondack Park, The State University of New York at Potsdam is one of America's first 50 colleges. SUNY Potsdam currently enrolls approximately 4,350 undergraduate and graduate students. Home to the world-renowned Crane School of Music, SUNY Potsdam is known for its handcrafted education, challenging liberal arts and sciences core, excellence in teacher training and leadership in the performing and visual arts. To learn more, visit

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