Perry

Friday, May 26, 2017 at 1:04 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, events, health, news, Business, Perry.

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Serving those with disabilities just got a bit easier for Independent Living of the Genesee Region. The organization recently opened a satellite office at 6470 Route 20A (in the Community Action building), Perry. To celebrate its opening, a ribbon cutting and open house was held at the new office.

The organization got its start in Batavia in 2010. Although the Batavia office has served residents with disabilities in Wyoming, Genesee and Orleans counties, the Warsaw office will make getting services more convenient to those in Wyoming County.

“It’s important to have a presence here because going to Batavia was inconvenient to some of our clients,” said Independent Living Director Rae Frank. “It was time to expand into other communities.”

According to its website, the organization is “designed by people with disabilities for people with disabilities.” Staff help their clients become advocates for themselves, while also being advocates for change in the community. 

Independent Living specialists can assist those with disabilities with Social Security, housing, employment, and other areas to improve the quality of their lives. Additionally, a facilitated enroller is available to help with the Medicaid application. 

The office is open from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday.

For more information visit http://ilgr.org/ or call (585) 969-4258. 

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Thursday, May 25, 2017 at 5:01 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, events, announcements, Business, Warsaw, Attica, Perry, Arcade.

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Each year, the Wyoming County Chamber & Tourism recognizes three businesses for their contributions to the economic vitality and quality of life in the county.

The three businesses celebrated at a recent Chamber Awards Dinner held at The Lodge at Hidden Valley Animal Adventure, Varysburg. They include: Harding’s Attica Furniture and Flooring, Small Business of the Year; Complete Payroll, Large Business of the Year; and Arcade & Attica Railroad – Chris Lester, Tourism Business of the Year.

Other criteria for the award include: capital investments, business expansions, job growth and retention, community involvement, and contributions that strengthen its business sector here in the county.

Harding’s Attica Furniture and Flooring

Harding’s dates back three generations when Gordon “Gub” Harding opened the business in 1973. Gub and his wife, Sally, have since passed the family business on to their children and grandson –Ted, Mike, Debbie and Luke.

“The Harding family is an institution in the Attica area and it’s because of their strong roots and the quality business they run,” said Chamber President Scott Gardner. “They are family oriented because they are family. You can see it in how they work together and relate to their customers. They’re friendly and inviting and always willing to go the extra mile for almost anyone they meet.”

But the heart of the business doesn’t just end at the family name, they contribute much of their success to their employees.

Sam McKenzie’s tenure with the company spans 15 years and Amy Cramer’s hit the decade mark. Other employees include Mike Stengel, James Manarite, and Brendon Burg.

In 2003 they added a new flooring warehouse to the business and in 2007 the store entrance was updated. 

Along with remodeling the front showroom in 2014 and the Flexsteel showroom in 2015, the company renovated the flooring warehouse, and remodeled again in 2016.

Starting at some point late this, early next year, a new furniture warehouse is expected to be constructed.

“You know a small business is good, when people drive in from other counties just to shop with them. That’s absolutely true of Harding’s.

“Earlier in the year I ran into one of their customers who said after the great experience, they had they wouldn’t go anywhere else. That in and of itself is the true mark of success.”

Complete Payroll

“Since its inception in 1992, Complete Payroll has processed millions of checks, billions in tax payments and earned a following of thousands of loyal clients. Today they are regarded as one of the top payroll processing firms in the United States. At the end of 2016, Complete Payroll had 1,700 clients and 50-plus employees working across their several locations. In 2014, 2015, 2016, and 2017 Complete Payroll was nominated by Buffalo Business First as one of Western New York’s best places to work.”

The company, located in Perry, was founded in 1992 by Rick Fish Sr., Jim Genduso and John LaFever. 

Early on, Fish identified a need for an accurate, affordable, customer-driven payroll company that could compete with the payroll giants in the United States.

In 2008, Fish’s son, Rick, took the reins of the company. In early 2012, his other son, Austin, took over the position of chief operating officer. Both men have worked in various positions throughout the company prior to their current positions.

“While Complete Payroll is still owned and managed by two generations of the Fish family, they have expanded to welcome an amazing array of talent to their strategy group of well-rounded and well-versed professionals specializing in payroll and human capital management. They include Kevin F. Herbek, director of Finance; and directors include Jason M. Pearl, director of Sales and Marketing; and Richard White, director of Client Services. They are also known as the Fab Five.”

In 2001 Complete Payroll underwent a major software upgrade. By 2004 the conversion was completed.

Since 2012, the company has opened offices in Henrietta, Amherst, and a second location in Perry on Lake Street.

This year marks the 25-year anniversary of Complete Payroll. As a way to celebrate the milestone, and give back to the Perry community, the company recently planted 25 trees in and around the Village.

Arcade & Attica Railroad

Not only was the railroad named Tourism Business of the Year, it is also celebrating its 100th anniversary this year.

Small, incomplete railroads were scattered across the countryside throughout Western New York in 1817. With railroads stretching across the country, Western New York farmers saw a link to the cities. 

The Buffalo, Attica & Arcade Railroad was formed when the Pennsylvania Railroad bought the incomplete railroads and linked them together. This allowed the rail to connect Attica, through Arcade, to the Pennsylvania state line then onto Pittsburgh.

“The rails passengers ride today were first spiked down in 1881 and standardized in 1895 to connect with the Pennsylvania Railroad.”

When the railroad was in danger of shutting down in 1917, businesses along the rail sold stock to farmers, merchants and others and raised $79,000 and formed the Arcade & Attica Railroad Corporation.

While the railroad went through many changes throughout its 100 years, it still runs regular freight service and passenger excursions from Arcade to its Curriers Road depot.

The Arcade & Attica Railroad will be holding a ribbon cutting and other special events on Saturday beginning at 10 a.m.. For more information visit gowyoming.com.

For information about the Chamber or Tourism departments visit wycochamber.org/

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Thursday, May 25, 2017 at 1:54 pm

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Its mission is to bring schools and businesses together to provide opportunities for youth to have a stronger workforce.

The Wyoming County Business Education Council (BEC) named Jeff Fitch, owner of Signlanguage, as its 2017 Outstanding Business Partner in Education at its annual breakfast meeting held at the Byrncliff Resort & Conference Center, Varysburg.

Signlanguage opened in the summer of 1986 after Ron Bouchard, Dave Caito and Fitch discussed and made samples of what they thought would be a unique type of sign for Western New York. Jumping at the opportunity, the trio began producing sandblasted and carved redwood signs.

The company’s first big sign produced – a 3- by 8-foot beauty – was purchased by Byrncliff.

By 1989 the business had increased so much it allowed Fitch to work full time.

“Nobody starts a business to win awards or to be recognized,” Fitch said. “We are in business to make a profit and stick around a few years… then it became five, then 10, then 15, and now it’s like ‘Wow! I’ve been digging holes for 31 years.’ “

In other business matters:

One of the BEC’s biggest highlights of the year was providing a Junior Achievement program at Warsaw Central School as a 6:30 a.m. class, says Executive Director Linda Leblond.

“The kids are there that early in the morning and they are intent to learn,” Leblond said. “We had a record number of Junior Achievement programs this year. Each of our schools are recognizing the importance of the Junior Achievement.”

The program is a self-contained business educational program that meets New York State education standards, officials say. 

“Because of the endless number of volunteer in the county to step up to the plate, we’ve been able to expand our Career Days to include agribusiness this year. More than 1,500 students were able to participate.”

In addition to the volunteers, Marquart Farms donated 700 bags of potato chips for the participating students.

“We are fortunate to have those days and volunteers,” Leblond said.

And the success of the Junior Achievement Program was seen recently when Leblond was getting things organized for the annual meeting. The center pieces on the tables were flower boxes with a chalkboard front. Positive, inspiring words were written on the board. The idea came about from doing mock interviews years ago where members of the BEC asked students to name five adjectives to describe themselves. 

“My niece came to visit me in the office and asked about the flower boxes. So I told her,” Leblond said. “She asked what kind of words and I said positive words. Then I asked her, ‘If I were a boss and you came to me for a job and I asked you to give me five words to describe yourself, what would they be? She said 'honest.' And I asked her for another one, and she said 'dependable.' So I said ‘You’re on a roll. I need 23 more.’ And she did it. She came up with them and wrote them on the boxes. And it give me great pleasure knowing that what we are teaching…the kids are getting it.”

Third-grade students at Letchworth Central School have been learning about city management in the Our City Program. Third-grade teacher Tyler King heads the program that helps students learn why things are where they are in a city, town or village. 

In addition to learning about city planning, economics was a big part of the program.

“The kids played a game similar to the game of Life,” King said. “They have bank accounts and learn how to balance a checkbook and pay bills. It gives them a glimpse of what their parents take care of on a regular basis.”

They children also had an opportunity to have a business model for a restaurant, for example, and they also learned how news is spread in today’s world.

Older students were given an opportunity to create a business plan and pitch it to “potential investors.”

Gipsie Prickett decided on a school store called The Hive, and Madeleine Goulet developed a plan for a hotel and waterpark combination called Slide City. 

The Perry High School students developed the concepts and presented their ideas to a panel of five investors. At the end of their presentations, participants of the meeting cast their votes for the best business idea.

Other accomplishments of the BEC include:

    • College preparatory opportunities for high school students; 

    • Professional development for teachers; and 

    • Collaboration with Marquart Trucking, Gainesville, to offer a BOCES program at its facility.

BEC Board of Directors:

    • Business members include: Jeffrey Fitch, owner of Signlanguage; Sonia Dumbleton, of Five Star Bank; Rachell Becht, human resource and safety manager at Koike Aronson Inc.; and Steve Hull, human resource director at Morton Salt;

    Education members include: Julia Reed, superintendent at Letchworth Central School; Jessica Hibbard, Genesee Community College; Ben Halsey, superintendent at Pioneer Central School; Joseph Englebert, superintendent at Warsaw Central School; Daryl McLaughlin, superintendent at Perry Central School; and Kathleen Schuessler, superintendent at Wyoming Central School; and

    • Members-at-large include: Donald O’Geen, Wyoming County District Attorney; Andrea Aldinger, director of Wyoming County Youth Bureau/Office of the Aging; Roxanne Dueppengiesser, Cornell Cooperative Extension; Brent Hastings, Town of Eagle supervisor; and Vanessa Zeches-McCormick, Town of North Java supervisor.

2017-2018 Slate of Officers are:

    • Julie Donlon, assistant superintendent at Genesee Valley Educational Partnership, president;

    • Brianna Stone, branch manager of Tompkins Bank of Castile, Warsaw branch, vice president;

    • Bryce Thompson, superintendent at Attica Central School, treasurer; and

    • Connie Almeter, director of nursing at Wyoming County Community Hospital, secretary; and Norbert Fuest, Apple Tree Consulting Services, past president.

“One thing that hasn’t changed has been the support for the BEC,” Donlon said. “The BEC was established in 1980. Since then, this countywide agency has ensured programs can flourish because the programs can now cross county lines. With the increase in students participating, the programs can continue to grow.”

Currently, the BEC has more than 250 members, which include business members, financial support and volunteers.

And who won the vote for the best business idea? Slide City.

For more information on the BEC visit http://www.wycobec.org/ or the office in the Ag & Business Center, 36 Center St., Warsaw.

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Wednesday, May 24, 2017 at 3:55 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, fire, news, Silver Springs, Castile, Perry, Gainesville, Pike.

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No injuries were reported in the fire in Castile Tuesday that cause an estimated $65,000 in damages. The cause of the fire at 4294 Fairview Road, Castile, remains under investigation.

Crews from Silver Springs, Castile, Perry, Gainesville, and Perry Center fire departments were on the scene for two hours yesterday afternoon. 

Assisting Fire Chief in Charge Silver Springs Chief John Proper, was Wyoming County Emergency Services. Standing by at empty fire stations included Pike, Gainesville and Mount Morris fire departments.

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Wednesday, May 24, 2017 at 1:54 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, events, Attica, letchworth, Warsaw, Perry.

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At a recent Partners for Prevention coalition meeting, three School Resource officers (SRO) were recognized for their efforts in keeping county schools safe – Warsaw Village Police Officer Tim McGinnis, Perry Village Police Officer Holly Royce, and Wyoming County Sheriff’s Deputy Ivan Carasquillo.

McGinnis is the SRO for the Warsaw Central School District. 

Students and faculty say:

“Always greeted with ‘hello, how are you?’ …Never hesitates to take the time to have conversations with adults and students.”

“His presence makes us all feel safer. Kids feel like they can talk to him about things in and out of school.”

“Every morning I’m greeted with a wave and a smile. Makes you feel safe knowing he is only a phone call away if he’s needed.”

“He puts his personality into the job. He always listens and has an open door policy.”

“You always feel comfortable going to him with any problems and he is always willing to help.”

“He’s a good person.”

Royce is the SRO for the Perry School District. 

Students and staff say:

“Officer Royce makes us more comfortable with her around.”

“She shows us we don’t have to be afraid of cops, we can trust them.”

“If there is an issue it’s nice to know someone ready to step in and knows what they are doing.”

“She talks with the students and makes them feel more comfortable.”

Carasquillo is the SRO for both Attica and Letchworth central schools.

Staff and students had this to say:

“Deputy Ivan is easy to talk to.”

“He’s always personable.”

“Everybody knows Deputy Ivan.”

“We are glad he’s at the school. He’s a nice man and knows how to protect the school.”

“He’s really funny and nice to be around. We feel safe.”

“Deputy Ivan is someone you can count on to diffuse a situation with his calm personality. He makes our school a better place.”

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Tuesday, May 23, 2017 at 7:48 pm

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Around 4:40 this afternoon a fire broke out in a home on Fairview Road, Silver Springs. 

Fire crews from Silver Springs, Castile, Perry, Perry Center, and Gainesville fire departments responded to the scene, with Pike Fire Department filling in at Castile and Gainesville filling in at Silver Springs.

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

The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

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Tuesday, May 23, 2017 at 12:11 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, crime, news, Perry, Darian Center, Silver Springs.

Brandon Griffin, 23, of Hornell, was charged May 20 with aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle in the second degree and driving a vehicle with only one working headlight. Perry Police say Griffin was stopped on South Main Street for having only one headlight. During the traffic stop, officers say it was found that he was driving with a suspended driver’s license and had a previous conviction for driving with a suspended license. He is due in Perry Village Court at a later date.

Robert L. Miller, 66, of Perry, was charged with criminal contempt in the first degree. Perry Police say Miller’s neighbor complained he allegedly came outside and made an obscene gesture and swore at him before going back into his house. In addition to the charges, Miller has a complete stay away order of protection barring him from contact with his neighbor. He was put in Wyoming County Jail on $25,000 cash bail. He is due in court at a later date.

Corey B. Rieser, 29, of Darian Center, was charged May 21 with aggravated unlicensed operation in the third degree, insecure rear plate, and visibility distorted by broken glass. Wyoming County Sheriff’s deputies say Rieser was stopped on Route 20A, Sheldon, when his license was found to be suspended for failure to answer a summons in the Town of Sheldon. He was held in the Wyoming County Jail on $500 cash bail or $2,500 bond. He is due in court June 5.

Jordan M. Nichols, 19, of Silver Springs, was charged May 19 with driving while intoxicated, DWI with a BAC more than .08 percent, and two counts of criminal mischief in the fourth degree. The Wyoming County Sheriff’s Office responded to a domestic incident on Cotton Road, Gainesville, where they say they spoke to a male caller who stated that Nichols was driving while intoxicated and attempted to leave with a child. Deputies say she did not leave with the child, but did drive intoxicated to the residence. Further investigation allegedly revealed that she also attempted to stop a phone call for help by the victim and damaged the victim’s telephone. She was arrested for DWI and taken to the Wyoming County Sheriff’s Office. She was released on her own recognizance and is due in the Town of Gainesville Court at a later date.

Monday, May 22, 2017 at 6:06 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, events, Perry.

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A crew from the Village of Perry Department of Public Works put the finishing touches on freshly poured concrete – the final process of replacing a sidewalk on Main Street in the Village.

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Monday, May 22, 2017 at 5:53 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, events, Perry, Business.

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As a way to commemorate its 25 years in business, employees of Complete Payroll, 1 Lake St., Perry, planted 25 trees in and around the Village Friday afternoon.

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Monday, May 22, 2017 at 11:36 am
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, news, crime, Attica, Castile, Perry, Warsaw, Sheldon.

The following were in Wyoming County Court before Judge Michael Mohun May 17.

Mason Maha, who committed a crime in Castile, was arraigned on a pre-trial violation warrant. He was jailed without bail in the Wyoming County Jail. He is due in court May 25.

The following are from State Correctional facilities in Attica. 

Bail is set for state inmate cases for two reasons:

    • In the event that the inmates current sentence is overturned on appeal or the inmates 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.

Javon Woods was sentenced to one-and-three-fourths to three-and-one-half years in prison on the conviction of attempted assault in the second degree, a Class E felony as a second felony offender. The sentence is to run consecutively to his current term. Woods is also responsible for all fees and surcharges incurred.

Neil Allen was sentenced to one-and-one-half to three years in prison on the conviction of attempted promoting prison contraband in the first degree, a Class E felony. The sentence is to run consecutively to his current term. Allen is also responsible for all fees and surcharges incurred.

Felix Laboy was arraigned on two counts of promoting prison contraband in the first degree, both are Class D felonies. Motions are scheduled July 19.

Andrew Mott pled not guilty to promoting prison contraband in the first degree, a Class D felony, and criminal possession of a controlled substance in the seventh degree, a misdemeanor. Motions are scheduled May 25. Bail was set at $5,000.

Joshua Nieves was sentenced to one-and-one-half to three years in prison on the conviction of tampering with physical evidence, a Class E felony as a second felony offender. The sentence is to run consecutively to his current term.

Jerry Gillard was sentenced to one-and-one-half to three years in prison on the conviction of attempted promoting prison contraband in the first degree, a Class E felony. The sentence is to run consecutively to his current term.

Jerry McLamore was sentenced to two-and-one-half to five years in prison on the conviction of promoting prison contraband in the first degree, a Class D felony as a second felony offender. He was also sentenced to an unconditional discharge on the conviction of conspiracy in the fifth degree, a misdemeanor. The sentences are to run consecutively to his current term.

Joel Carballo pled guilty to attempted promoting prison contraband in the first degree, a Class E felony. Sentencing is scheduled Sept. 20.

Patrick Hill had his case adjourned to June 21.

John Corra pled guilty to attempted promoting prison contraband in the first degree, a Class E felony. Sentencing is scheduled July 19.

Michael Busgith was in court for a Huntley Hearing. The case has been adjourned to June 21. 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.

Christian Manley pled guilty to attempted promoting prison contraband in the first degree, a Class E felony. Sentencing is scheduled Aug. 16.

Yhury Marcelo pled guilty to attempted promoting prison contraband in the first degree, a Class E felony as a second felony offender. Sentencing is scheduled July 19.

The following were in court before Mohun May 18.

Crystal Colon-Rosado, who committed a crime in Attica, was sentenced to one year interim probation on the conviction of promoting prison contraband in the first degree, a Class D felony, and conspiracy in the fifth degree, a misdemeanor. 

Dakota Ribbeck, who committed a crime in Perry, was sentenced to 10 years probation on the conviction of rape in the third degree, a Class E felony. He was also listed on SORA as a Level 1 sex offender.  Sex Offender Registry Act: Sex offenders are required by the SORA to verify their information in the Registry at specified intervals. 

There are three levels of sex offenders:  Level 1 (low risk of re-offense), Level 2 (medium risk of re-offense) and Level 3 (high risk of re-offense); risk level is set by a judge after a court hearing. An order of protection was also issued.

Michael Lantain, who is accused of committing a crime in Warsaw, was in court for motions and had his case adjourned to May 31 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.

Joelle Good, who committed a crime in Warsaw, had her case adjourned to July 14 for a restitution hearing and sentencing.

Melissa Preen, who is accused of a crime in Warsaw, pled not guilty to: two counts of criminal possession of a controlled substance in the third degree, a Class B felony; promoting prison contraband in the first degree, a Class D felony; criminal possession of a hypodermic instrument; driving while ability impaired by the combined influence of drugs or of drugs and alcohol; driving while ability impaired by drugs; aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle in the third degree; two counts of endangering the welfare of a child; having a cracked windshield; and no inspection. The case has been adjourned to May 24 for Treatment Court. Bail continues at $2,500 cash. Formerly called Drug Court, Treatment Court not only handles those who have a drug problem, but also those with an alcohol or mental health problem. Other assistance involves aiding with health insurance issues – oftentimes a hurdle to gaining access to treatment – for outpatient or inpatient services.

The following is from a State Correctional facility in Attica. 

Jonathan Hines was sentenced at the discretion of the court to a one year conditional discharge, and fees and surcharges. He was arraigned on a failure to appear warrant. The charge was reduced to promoting prison contraband in the second degree, a misdemeanor.

The following was in court before Mohun May 19.

Eric Agron, who committed a crime in Sheldon, was sentenced to one to three years in prison, a three-year conditional discharge with ignition interlock device; his driver’s license was revoked; and he was issued a $3,000 fine on the conviction of driving while intoxicated, a Class E felony.

Monday, May 22, 2017 at 10:26 am

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Careless smoking was the cause of an early morning fire in the Village of Silver Springs, in which one of the two residents suffered burns. The victim was treated at the scene.

Silver Springs, Castile, Perry, Gainesville, and Warsaw fire departments were at 10 Ribaud Ave. in the Village Sunday for five hours battling the blaze.

Assisting at the scene included Wyoming County Emergency Services, the Sheriff’s Department, Silver Springs Department of Public Works, and the Red Cross. 

Fire companies standing by at empty fire stations included Bliss and Perry Center.

The occupants of the home are being assisted by the Red Cross and will be staying with family members. 

The fire caused an estimated $65,000 in damages.

Thursday, May 18, 2017 at 7:24 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, announcements, Perry, news.

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Its commitment to the community spans approximately 30 years, most specifically, to the Perry Village Park. Its new venture is no different.

Rotary International, Perry, recently announced the donation of $27,000 to build a new playground at the Village park. On Monday, most of the playground was torn down.

The local organization is made up of community members who take on projects in the Village and surrounding areas as a means of giving back to the residents that support the club.

Over the last 20 to 30 years the Perry Rotary has funded the basketball courts, the baseball fields and lighting, the tennis courts, and most recently, the splash pad and updates and additions to the bathroom facilities in the park.

“It has been a major emphasis to give back to the community and surrounding communities like Castile and Warsaw,” said Rotary member Donald O’Geen. “The money we get from the community, we want to give back. The park is well used and nicely kept. After finishing the splash park, we were looking for other projects to invest in, and rebuilding the playground was suggested.”

According to officials, the playground castle and surrounding objects were built by Rotary members about 25 years ago. While the majority of the equipment will be torn down, the castle is still structurally sound and will remain and be refurbished.

“We decided, with the help from Bears, that we are going to put up a new playground,” said project committee member Daryl Helby. “The design includes climbing bridges, monkey bars, a netted rope bridge and an adaptive swing, which will be new to the park.”

The footprint of the play area will be slightly bigger and be made of northern white cedar. 

“Our office is in Lima, so we are excited to be working on a project so close to home,” said Bears representative Tyler Ponko. “And the playground is within blocks of some of the workers' homes so they are pretty excited to be working so close to home as well.”

The nature-inspired equipment is designed for children 2 to 12 years old, is ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) compliant, and includes other difficulty features for older children, Bears officials say. The installation process is done quite quickly – most of the process completed in the shop and then brought to the site and assembled.

“We are counting on mid- to late June to have it installed,” Ponko said. 

“The Village is extremely thankful for the Rotary for identifying this as a worthwhile project,” said Village Trustee and Rotarian Eleanor Jacobs. “The Rotary has done so much to make this a first-class park for the community. It brings in a lot of families here to enjoy. We also have a great Parks and Recreation (Department) staff here that keep the grounds looking nice and well kept.”

Although funding for this project is provided solely by the Perry Rotary, the club continues to hold fundraisers to continually generate more funds for future projects.

For information about the club or to donate visit http://www.perrynyrotary.org/

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Thursday, May 18, 2017 at 6:31 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, events, education, crime, Warsaw, Attica, Arcade, Perry, Castile.

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Local youths traversed the county placing neon green warning stickers on multi-packs of alcoholic beverages at grocery and convenience stores throughout the county. Project Sticker Shock serves as a reminder to adults that providing alcohol to minors is illegal. 

Partners for Prevention (P4P), a group of youth and adults working together to address issues surrounding alcohol and other drug use in Wyoming County, participate in the annual event to raise awareness about underage drinking. 

With the upcoming graduations, P4P officials reminds residents that alcohol-related deaths or injuries are all too often associated with special events or holiday seasons. The stickers remind consumers that it is illegal for any person 21 years old or older to purchase or provide alcohol to minors, and offenses are punishable with fines up to $1,000 or one year in jail.

Participating stores include: 

    • Tops Markets in Attica, Warsaw and Arcade;

    • Rite Aid and BenGos Express Mart, Attica;

    • Brass’ Shurfine, Arcade;

    • Arrow Mart, Warsaw;

    • Perry Market Place, Rite Aid, Arrow Mart, Perry; and 

    • Carney’s Market and Arrow Mart, Castile.

For more information about P4P visit http://www.wycop4p.com/

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Thursday, May 18, 2017 at 1:10 pm

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A vacant home, currently under renovations, was the site of a fire in Castile Wednesday. The fire broke out around 4 p.m. at 116 S. Main Street in the Village.

Fire departments from Castile, Silver Springs, Perry, Pike, and Perry Center were on the scene for approximately three-and-one-half hours. Standing by at empty stations included Bliss, Perry Center and Gainesville fire departments. Assisting Fire Chief in Charge Castile Chief Bill Dake was Wyoming County Emergency Services and the Sheriff’s Department.

The incident caused an estimated $15,000 in damages.

There were no injuries reported. 

The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

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Wednesday, May 17, 2017 at 5:29 pm

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A fire broke out late this afternoon at 100 S. Main St., Castile.

Crews from Castile, Silver Springs, Pike, and Perry fire departments responded to the scene. Filling in at empty stations included Perry Center Fire Department at Castile and Gainesville Fire Department at Silver Springs.

The Fire Chief in Charge was Castile Chief Bill Dake.

The house was unoccupied at the time, as it is being remodeled. 

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

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017 at 2:31 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, crime, news, Warsaw, Perry.
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   Adam J. Aguado

Adam J. Aguado was sentenced in Wyoming County Court Monday to time in prison for the assault on corrections officers, on two separate occasions, at the Wyoming County Jail.

Aguado was an inmate at the time of his arrest for an incident that occurred in October in Perry.

The 27-year-old, Cicero man, pled guilty Feb. 8 to attempted assault in the second degree, a Class E felony, and two counts of obstructing governmental administration in the second degree, a Class A misdemeanor. 

On the attempted assault conviction he was sentenced to one-and-one-half to three years in prison. On the conviction of two counts of obstruction, he was sentenced to one year in jail on each count, plus fees and surcharges. 

He also pled guilty in February to a second indictment of obstructing governmental administration in the second degree, a Class A misdemeanor.

For the second obstruction conviction, he was sentenced to one year in jail, plus fees and surcharges. 

All sentences are to run concurrently to each other.

The sentences stem from a January incident in the jail in which Aguado sent one CO to the hospital with a dislocated shoulder and another altercation in May, where four officers suffered cuts, bruises and scrapes to their hands, arms and faces.

See related: County inmate accused of assaulting corrections officers pled guilty

Friday, May 12, 2017 at 1:38 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, crime, Castile, Eagle, Perry, Warsaw.

The following were in Wyoming County Court before Judge Michael Mohun May 11.

Amy Goodenow, who is accused of a crime in Castile, had her case adjourned to June 1 for a Mapp/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. A Mapp Hearing deals with the admissibility of physical evidence obtained by the police as a result of an illegal search. When there is a violation of the defendant’s constitutional rights regarding the seizure of the defendant’s physical evidence, the evidence may be suppressed.

Marie Giambra, who is accused of a crime in Eagle, had her case adjourned to June 1 for a Huntley Hearing. 

Clifford Murch, who is accused of committing a crime in Perry, had his case adjourned to June 1 for a Huntley Hearing.

Patrick Gugliuzza, who is accused of committing a crime in Warsaw, was in court for motions. The case has been adjourned to June 1 for a Huntley Hearing.

James Qutermous, who committed a crime in Warsaw, successfully completed interim probation. He was sentenced to three years probation on the reduced charge of scheme to defraud in the second degree. Restitution was paid in full. 

Rachel Lafferty, who is accused of a crime in Warsaw, had her case adjourned to July 6 for motions.

Paul Havlen, who committed a crime in Wyoming County, was in court for a SORA risk level determination. A SORA Hearing is scheduled May 22. Sex Offender Registry Act: Sex offenders are required by the SORA to verify their information in the Registry at specified intervals. There are three levels of sex offenders: Level 1 (low risk of re-offense), Level 2 (medium risk of re-offense) and Level 3 (high risk of re-offense); risk level is set by a judge after a court hearing.

Monday, May 8, 2017 at 5:54 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, crime, Warsaw, Genesee Falls, Perry, Arcade, Portageville.

Corrie L. Mann, 36, of Portageville, was charged May 5 with not having transparent windows, driving while intoxicated, driving while ability impaired by a drug, and driving while ability impaired by a combination of drugs and alcohol, all as felonies. Mann was stopped on Route 436, Genesee Falls, for a window tint violation. Following a roadside investigation, she was arrested for driving while intoxicated. She was taken to the Wyoming County Sheriff’s Office where she supplied a breath sample which allegedly showed a BAC that did not match the observed impairment. She was then evaluated by a certified drug recognition expert who determined she was impaired by stimulants and alcohol. Due to a prior DWI conviction in 2012, her arrest became a felony. She was released on her own recognizance and is due in the Town of Genesee Falls Court at a later date.

Ryan Fisher, 28, Perry, was charged May 3 with driving while impaired by drugs and unregistered motor vehicle. Fisher was stopped on North Main Street, Warsaw, for an alleged expired registration. During the stop, he was given roadside field sobriety testing, which he subsequently failed, Wyoming County Sheriff’s deputies say. Additionally, was then evaluated by a drug recognition expert who determined him to be impaired by a stimulant. He is due in the Village of Warsaw Court May 22. New York State Police assisted with the roadside investigation.

Kevin Haynes, 47, of Arcade, was charged May 6 with criminal contempt in the first degree and an aggravated family offense in the Village of Arcade Court. Haynes was arrested following an investigation of a violation of an order of protection. Deputies say Haynes came into contact with a subject where there was an active stay away order of protection. Additionally, it was also found that he had been charged and convicted of criminal contempt within the last five years. He was put in Wyoming County Jail without bail. He is due in the Village of Arcade Court at 8 a.m. June 15.

Monday, May 8, 2017 at 10:14 am
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, events, Warsaw, Perry, arts.

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On Friday, Megan Hollister opened her first solo show at the Arts Council for Wyoming County (ACWC) in the Members’ Gallery, Main Street, Perry. A senior at Warsaw High School, Megan spent the past year as an apprentice of master seamstress Robbin Dillon, of Folwerville. The apprenticeship was made possible through the ACWC and Creekside Fabrics and Yarn’s Visual Art Scholarship.

“The ACWC is committed to providing opportunities for young artists in Wyoming County to improve their skills, gain more confidence and knowledge about the art discipline, and also career possibilities,” said ACWC Executive Director Jackie Hoyt. “Megan is exactly the type of student we look for to take advantage of this program – talented, ambitious, and hungry to learn about the craft.”

Megan is the third recipient of the scholarship, which was established in 2014. The funding provided private sewing lessons and consultation with a master seamstress. Throughout the past year, Dillon shared a variety of skills and techniques to improve her trade. Additionally, she provided Megan with the tools to help her grow and become more confident in her work as a young fashion designer. 

Recently named to the President's List at Genesee Community College, Megan's work was also shown at the Fashion Show held April 28 at the campus in Batavia. 

After graduating in June, Megan plans to go to college for a degree in fashion design, with a specialization in bridal and evening wear.

For more information about the Visual Art Scholarship contact Hoyt at (585) 237-3517 or via email at info@artswyco.org.

Monday, May 8, 2017 at 10:03 am
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, Business, news, Perry, dogs.

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Press release:

When Melissa Henchen opened Paws Perrydise in April 2015, even she didn’t know what kind of a reception the business would get. While she saw the need for dog training, daycare, boarding services, and supplies, she wasn’t sure the need alone would be enough to keep her doors open.

“A lot of people — even people with no dog experience — will try to do their own training to save money,” Henchen said. “They usually find themselves overwhelmed because of the lack of accurate, consistent and humane information available for free.

"There’s tons of bad advice available for free, and most people don’t know the difference. Professionals — like myself — tend protect their investment, because they pay for education and certifications to provide the most effective way to teach our dogs.”

Two years later, however, Paws Perrydise has amassed a pack of loyal customers. Daycare, which started out with a few dogs three days a week, is so consistently full that Henchen added a fourth day and has had to cap attendance. 

With three classes running at any given time, she has built a consistent following for puppy class, and basic obedience training. Additionally, she looks to offer more specialized classes such as introduction to agility, scent work, and gun dog training.

“I’m working with a great group of nationally recognized trainers who will be coming in to offer positive gun dog training in June at the Silver Lake Sportsman’s Club. I’m excited to offer that in our county, where hunting is such a big activity.

“I’m also hoping to add some staff, which would allow me more time to focus on those more specialized activities and classes.”

In addition to classes, Paws Perrydise also carries a large selection of high-quality treats, chews and toys. Her favorite products are the front-clip harnesses, citing the effectiveness of the product as well as the humane alternative to choke chains and prong collars for dogs that pull when leashed.

“It’s a great feeling to do the research on products so my clients don’t have to. I look for products that are made in the U.S. without recalls, ones that have excellent quality, guarantees, and of course, are safe to use on our companion pets.

“People who come in tend to have a lot of questions, and I can answer them without the corporate jargon. I’m hand-picking the products in my store, so I know exactly why they’re there and how they work.”

Getting any kind of business off the ground is no easy feat, and dog training is no exception – Henchen works 11-hour days and is open six-days-a-week. It may not always be the idyllic puppy playtime people tend to imagine, but Henchen wouldn’t trade it for anything. She said the things that surprise her can be the best aspect of the job.

“I’m wildly surprised by the number of people who want daycare for their dogs to avoid separation anxiety or boredom. The same goes for the amount of people who come in with enough empathy for their dogs’ needs that they want in-home boarding versus kennel boarding. I have people drive over an hour to board with me because I have a different level of compassion for dogs with anxiety or fear, or who may have special needs.”

To learn more about the services and products offered at Paws Perrydise, visit pawsperrydise.com.

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