Wednesday, August 9, 2017 at 11:27 am
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, events, Business, craft brewery, Strykersville.



It was a huge leap of faith when they opened their business in March, says Windy Brew LLC owner Michelle Snyder. While the brewery has been open for several months the Wyoming County Chamber of Commerce, Snyder, her husband, friends, and family gathered at the local shop Saturday afternoon for an “official” ribbon cutting.

“My husband has been a home brewer for several years,” Snyder said. “When in Ohio we saw a place that made craft beer and the person we spoke with suggested that he try it on the weekends… And now we are a custom brew center.”

In addition to offering almost 20 varieties of craft beer, Windy Brew, 733 Route 20A, Strykersville, is also a custom brew center. According to Wyoming County Chamber & Tourism President Scott Gardner, they are Western New York’s only custom “make your own beer” center.

With their brewery, customers get the total experience of learning about the brewing process without having to buy the equipment, ingredients, bottles, and kegs. Various brewing session options are available.

The Tap Room offers beers from a light ale, seasonal brews, to IPAs. Windy Brew offers flights, by the glass, and growlers to go. They also offer one-half and one-sixth kegs for sale via request and deposit.

“On behalf of the Chamber and Tourism office we offer our sincere congratulations to Bill and Michelle and Windy Brew,” Gardner said. “We are excited to add one more food and beverage attraction to our outstanding group of craft breweries in Wyoming County. Windy Brew is unique in that it has an educational component as well, it’s certainly an added bonus and offers something for those who are interested in learning the techniques of small-batch brewing.” 

Regular taproom hours are Thursday 4 to 9 p.m., Friday 2 to 9 p.m., Saturday noon to 9 p.m., and Sunday noon to 5 p.m.

For more information and how to make a reservation for a custom brew session visit the website or call (585) 805-4006. 











Monday, June 26, 2017 at 12:43 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, events, Sheldon, Strykersville.
Event Date and Time: 
July 23, 2017 - 11:30am

The Sheldon Fire Department will be holding its annual picnic and chicken barbecue July 23 at the Saint John Neumann Church grounds, 923 Centerline Road, Strykersville. 

The barbecue starts at 11:30 a.m. and runs until they are sold out. A cash raffle, theme basket raffle, and a Byrncliff Golf Resort & Banquets golf package with overnight stay raffle will be held as well. Additionally, the band Crossfire will be performing from 7 to 11p.m..

Monday, June 26, 2017 at 12:41 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, events, Strykersville.
Event Date and Time: 
July 8, 2017 - 11:30am

The Strykersville Fire Department will be holding its annual picnic July 8 and 9 at the fire hall, Minkel Road, Strykersville.

A parade will be held at 7 p.m. Saturday. On Sunday, the chicken barbecue will be held at 11:30 a.m. until sold out. The day will also feature live music at night with fireworks at 10 p.m.

Monday, June 5, 2017 at 12:41 pm



Friday’s fire on Devinney Road still remains under investigation.

The dispatch center received an emergency call around 3:30 p.m. June 2, about a house fire at 0 Devinney Road, Wethersfield, which was totally consumed by flames, say officials with Wyoming County Emergency Services.

Crews from North Java, Gainesville and Varysburg fire departments were on the scene for three hours putting out the blaze.

Fire Chief in Charge, North Java Assistant Fire Chief Brian Boorman was assisted at the scene by Emergency Services. Fire departments standing by at empty stations included Attica and Strykersville. 

There were no injuries reported.

The house and contents are deemed a total loss.











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 12:39 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, events, Perry, Warsaw, Strykersville.





Memorial Day in Warsaw.





Memorial Day in Perry.





Memorial Day in Strykersville.

Wednesday, May 3, 2017 at 3:20 pm
posted by in Chicken BBQ, Strykersville, Fire Department.
Event Date and Time: 
June 18, 2017 - 11:30am

Chicken BBQ • $10 • Harris Corners, Fire Department • 585 Route 20A Strykersville.   June 18th  11:30 til Sold Out 

Tuesday, April 18, 2017 at 11:43 am
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, news, fire, Arcade, Bliss, Strykersville, North Java, Sheldon, Pike.

Sparks from a cutting torch ignited bedding materials in the cow barn of a Cattaraugus County farm, causing $150,000 in damages.

Several Wyoming County fire departments responded to the fire at 10826 Osmun Road, Freedom, shortly after noon Monday.

Arcade, Bliss, Strykersville, North Java, Chaffee/Sardinia, Yorkshire, Delevan, Farmersville, Centerville, and Rushford fire departments responded to the barn fire at Edelweiss Farm Inc. Assisting Fire Chief in Charge Arcade Fire Chief Tom Beiersdorf included Wyoming County Emergency Management, Arcade Electric, and Cattaraugus County Fire Investigators. Standing by at empty fire stations included Sheldon, Bliss, and Pike fire departments.

Firefighters were able to stop the fire from spreading to other nearby barns on the complex. Crews were on the scene for three-and-one-half hours with no reported injuries.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017 at 11:29 am
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, crime, Perry, Warsaw, Strykersville.

Heather A. Woodworth, 35, of Perry, was charged April 10 with disorderly conduct. She is due in Geneseo Town Court at a later date.

John W. Dill Jr., 52, of Grand Prairie, Texas, was ticketed April 17 for failure to keep right. Wyoming County Sheriff’s deputies say Dill was driving a tractor-trailer eastbound on Route 20A, Warsaw, when he fell asleep at the wheel. Subsequently, the semi left the roadway, going off the south side of the road, sheering off a utility pole. Although the cab of the vehicle was able to be driven from the scene, the trailer was damaged and had to be towed. No injuries were reported. Dill is due in the Town of Warsaw Court at a later date. Assisting at the scene included the Warsaw Fire Department.

Amanda R. Redden, 33, of Strykersville, was charged April 15 with speeding and aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle in the third degree. Redden was stopped, after deputies say she was seen speeding, on Folsomdale Road, Sheldon. During the traffic stop, it was allegedly found that her license had been suspended – for failure to pay a fine – out of the Village of Warsaw. She was released on her own recognizance and is due in the Town of Sheldon Court at a later date.

Monday, April 10, 2017 at 1:33 pm


Tyler Mummery, 20, of Arcade, was charged April 8 with driving while ability impaired by drugs, unlawful possession of marijuana, uninspected motor vehicle, and broken windshield. Mummery was stopped on Route 39, Arcade, for an alleged broken windshield and expired inspection. During the stop, deputies administered a field sobriety test and say he failed and was subsequently arrested. Additionally, deputies say marijuana was recovered from his vehicle. Mummery submitted to a drug influence evaluation where a Wyoming County Drug Recognition Expert determined him to be impaired by marijuana. He is due in the Town of Arcade Court at a later date.

Jessica Rodriguez, 39, of Pike, was charged April 3 with unsafe backing and aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle in the third degree. Deputies say Rodriguez accidentally backed into a vehicle that was parked behind her on Center Street in the Village of Perry. During the investigation, it was allegedly found that her license was suspended for failure to answer a summons. No injuries were caused by the accident. She is due in the Village of Perry Court at a later date.

Timothy Woods, 52, of Warsaw, was charged April 5 with driving while intoxicated following a one-car accident on Chaffee Road, Java. Deputies say Wood was traveling east on Chaffee Road when he swerved to miss a deer, left the road and struck a tree. He was taken to ECMC, Buffalo, by Strykersville Ambulance and treated for minor injuries. He is due in the Town of Java Court at a later date.

Laycee K. Wilson, 29, of Gainesville, was charged April 9 with driving while ability impaired by drugs, driving while ability impaired by the combined influence of drugs, inadequate lights, criminal possession of a controlled substance in the seventh degree, and criminal possession of a hypodermic instrument. Wilson was stopped on North Main Street, Warsaw, for having a headlamp out on her vehicle. During the stop, deputies say she was found to be in possession of multiple glassine bags containing heroin, and three hypodermic syringes. Additionally, she is accused of failing standardized field sobriety testing. She was arrested and taken to the Wyoming County Sheriff’s Office. A Drug Recognition Expert evaluated Wilson and determined her to be impaired by narcotic analgesics (pain medication) and marijuana. She is due in the Village of Warsaw Court May 8.

Kailee R. Phillips, 27, of Lancaster, was charged April 8 with improper signal and aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle in the second degree. Phillips was stopped on Exchange Road, Attica, after allegedly signaling the wrong direction for a turn. During the stop. deputies found her to have five active suspensions on her New York State driver’s license. She was put in Wyoming County Jail in lieu of $1,000 cash bail or $2,000 bond. She is due in court today.

Tuesday, April 4, 2017 at 9:21 am



A passing motorist first noticed the fire at 5905 Curriers Road, Java, around 7:45 p.m. Monday. The driver checked to see if anyone was home and called 9-1-1.

Fire crews from Strykersville, Arcade, North Java, and Sheldon fire departments responded to the blaze under Fire Chief in Charge Strykersville Fire Chief Brian Ash. Assisting at the scene included Wyoming County Emergency Management, the Sheriff’s Department, and Strykersville Squad 10. Standing by at empty stations were Harris Corners, Varysburg, and Yorkshire fire departments.

Firefighters were on the scene for four-and-one-half hours battling the flames, which caused $200,000 in damages. The house was a total loss.

While no injuries were reported, three people lived in the home and are being assisted by family and friends.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.











Tuesday, March 28, 2017 at 12:16 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, news, events, Sheldon, Strykersville.

The Sheldon Planning Board will hold a special meeting at 6 o'clock tonight at the Sheldon Town Hall, 1380 Centerline Road, Strykersville, to meet with a representative from the New York State Department of Agriculture & Markets to discuss a possible biosolids town law. 

Biosolids are organic matter recycled from sewage for use as a fertilizer and soil amendment. 

Additionally, SheldonTown Board regular monthly meetings are scheduled for the third Wednesday of each month at 7:30 p.m. at the Town Hall. However, the August meeting will be held on the fourth Wednesday at the Sheldon Historical Society, 3859 Main St., Strykersville.

Dog licenses can now be renewed online. Dog owners have three ways the license can be renewed: the owner’s name, dog license number, or the dog’s name. There will be a convenience fee of $1.75 per transaction, not per dog license, added to the license fee amount. Transactions over $64 incur a transaction fee of 2.75 percent.

Online licensing is not permitted if the rabies tag has expired or will expire within the month. Fax rabies vaccination certificates to (585) 535-0216 or email to

Renewals can be done at anytime by visiting

Additionally, the Town Clerk’s Office now accepts credit card payments for all licenses. Transaction fees apply.

The Town of Sheldon is requesting applications for a youth recreation director/leader. If interested, send your resume to the Sheldon Town Clerk via email or mail to 1380 Centerline Road, Strykersville, by April 18.

In other news:

    • Saint John Neumann Parish, 3854 Main St., Strykersville, will be hosting a fish fry from 4 to 7 p.m., or until sold out, at the parish hall. Cost is $12, eat in or take out.

    • Saint John’s United Church of Christ, corner of Centerline and Dutch Hollow roads, Strykersville, is hosting a Chiavetta’s Chicken Barbecue from 11 a.m. until sold out, April 2. The cost is $10, eat in or take out, and includes a half chicken, roll, butter, three sides, and dessert. 

    • The Harris Corners Fire Department is hosting a gun raffle April 8 at the North Java Fire Hall, 4274 Route 98, North Java. Tickets are limited and cost $20. The grand prize is a 2016 Honda TRX 420, 4x4. For more information, call (585)591-8132.

    • The Strykersville seniors day trip will be a visit to Bristol Valley Theatre, 151 S. Main St., Naples, to see “Murder Ballad.” Lunch will be at the Lodge at Bristol Harbour. The cost is $52 per person. For more information, call JoAnne Heffernan at (585) 535-4034.

Tuesday, March 28, 2017 at 11:44 am
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, events, Strykersville.
Event Date and Time: 
April 2, 2017 - 11:00am

Saint John’s United Church of Christ, corner of Centerline and Dutch Hollow roads, Strykersville, will be hosting a Chiavetta’s Chicken Barbecue, from 11 a.m. until sold out, April 2. 

The cost is $10 and includes a half chicken, roll, butter, three sides, and dessert.

Eat in or take out.

Tuesday, March 28, 2017 at 11:41 am
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, Strykersville, events.
Event Date and Time: 
March 31, 2017 - 4:00pm to 7:00pm

A Fish Fry will be held at St. John Neumann Parish, from 4 to 7 p.m., or until sold out, March 31 at the parish hall 3854 Main St., Strykersville.

Cost is $12. The fish is by Krolicks. Eat in or take out.

Tuesday, March 28, 2017 at 11:34 am
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, events, Strykersville.
Event Date and Time: 
June 22, 2017 - 9:00am

Strykersville Seniors Day Trip will be held June 22, to Bristol Valley Theatre, Naples, to see “Murder Ballad.”

Lunch will be at the Lodge at Bristol Harbour

Price per person $52.

Call JoAnne Heffernan for more information (585) 535-4034.

Tuesday, March 28, 2017 at 11:27 am
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, announcements, education, Strykersville.

Sarah Armbrust, of Strykersville, has been accepted for admission and has received an academic merit scholarship to Delaware Valley University (DelVal), Doylestown, Pa..

Delaware Valley University is an independent, comprehensive university with more than 1,000 acres in Bucks and Montgomery counties. Founded in 1896, DelVal emphasizes experiential and interdisciplinary learning and provides small class sizes. Through the innovative Experience360 Program, all DelVal students gain real world experience in their fields. The university offers more than 25 undergraduate majors in the sciences, humanities and business, more than five master's programs, a Doctor of Education and a variety of adult education courses. 

For more information about the university, visit

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 21, 2017 at 4:31 pm
posted by Billie Owens in crime, Strykersville, Sheldon.

At 10:48 p.m. on March 19, the Wyoming County Sheriff's Office received a call of a male victim who had just been stabbed with a knife.

Deputies arrived on location on Perry Road in the Town of Sheldon and spoke with the adult male victim who had cuts to his arm. Strykersville ambulance arrived and took the victim to a local hospital where he was treated for his injuries and later released.

Further investigation allegedly showed that Janet D. Adamczack, who is known to the victim, cut the victim during an argument. After the incident Adamczack allegedly attempted to hide the involved weapon so that law enforcement could not find it. The knife was located and secured as evidence.

The 42-year-old Strykersville resident was arrested and charged with: second-degree assault, a felony; tampering with physical evidence, also a felony; and two counts of endangering the welfare of a child, a misdemeanor.

She was arraigned in the Village of Warsaw Court and held in lieu of $5,000 cash bail/$10,000 bond. The defendant is to appear in the Town of Sheldon Court on a later date.

NYS Police -- Warsaw brarracks also assisted at the scene. The case was handled by Wyoming County Sheriff's Deputy A.J. Previty, Sgt. Bryant, and Deputy M. Jorgensen.

Monday, March 20, 2017 at 11:56 am
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, events, announcements, Strykersville.



George Reisdorf’s career as a fireman began reminiscent of the theme song from “Gilligan’s Island”…"Not a single luxury -- like Robinson Crusoe, it was primitive as can be." No radios, and the fire apparatus was minimal. Over the course of seven decades, he was a part of the many changes that make the Strykersville Fire Company what it is today.

Reisdorf was honored at the recently held Strykersville Fire Company’s Installation Dinner. 

Reisdorf joined the company in 1947, at a time when names were drawn to become a volunteer fireman and fires were put out via a bucket brigade. Currently, members spend approximately 40 to 50 hours of training – the basic firefighter course – needed to enter a burning structure. 

He served as chief from 1956 to 1959 and assistant chief in 1969. When the Rescue Squad was established in 1956, Reisdorf played a major role. He was also instrumental in getting Strykersville its first ambulance.

In 2016, the Rescue Squad answered 145 calls involving accidents, traumatic injuries, and people who were “experiencing chest pain.” The crew comprises of one certified fire responder, 10 emergency medical technicians (EMT), and one advanced EMT, says Liz Marks, Strykersville squad lieutenant. Additionally, new recruit John Green not only earned his EMT certification in May, by November he had responded on more than one third of the total calls. 

“Green was on a call in July 2015,” said Squad Captain Crystal Radecki. “What started out as a simple house call, quickly turned into so much more. While on a call, the wife of our patient backed over one of our EMTS with her vehicle. Green kept his cool and instructed the lady to pull the car off the EMT, as soon as she was clear, he went into action.”

The injured EMTS happened to be Radecki’s fiance and “only ended up with” minor injuries.

Not only has Reisdorf seen the company grow in membership and services, he saw firsthand the advancement of telecommunications as it pertained to the fire service. It went from a push-button in the home to the present-day 9-1-1 service.

While his “active” fire fighting days are over, Reisdorf continues to be active with the company by attending meetings and assisting with fundraisers.

The Strykersville Fire Company continues to serve the community and in 2016 responded to a total of 182 alarms, says fire chief Brian Ash. Of those calls, 15 were for residential structure fires, one reported explosion, two appliance fires, three barn fires, one chimney fire, six vehicle fires, six grass and brush fires, 23 car accidents, six hazardous conditions, one good intent call, and four false alarms. 

The fire company also provides, and receives, mutual aid from its neighboring departments. In 2016, it provided aid 37 times and received aid 15. 

In addition to answering calls, members participated in 128 drill nights which included fire and rescue training, first aid, and monthly truck checks, 98 nights of Office of Fire Prevention and Control classes, and 59 events that dealt with meetings, work details and fundraisers…and the company continues to grow.

In 2016, Strykersville added six new members – Robert Green, Andrew Gruber, Sara Neudeck, Zach Neudeck, Jennifer Reisdorf, and Alexandria Speyer. It also celebrated milestones and honored several members.

    • Service Awards: 15 years -- Charles Wertz and Timothy Shaw; 30 years -- Bob Lawson; 45 years -- Mike Reisdorf and Fred Lee; and 70 years -- George Reisdorf.

In addition to honoring Green as EMS Provider of the Year, others honored include: 

    • Carol Shaw received Firefighter of the Year;

    • Rookie of the Year went to Zach Neudeck;

    • President's Award went to Charlie Wertz;

    • Stan Szumigala, Eric Kirsch, and Randy Reisdorf received Training certificates;

    • Out-going Officers awards went to Past Rescue Squad Captain Liz Marks; and 

    • Chairman Certificates went to Lynn Streicher for her efforts with the installation dinner, Liz Marks with the fund drive, Doug Dombrowski with the gun raffle, and Carol and Tim Shaw with the picnic.

Newly installed officers include:

    • Doug Schwab, president;

    • Donald Simons, vice president; 

    • Mary Gibson, secretary;

    • Russell Reisdorf, treasurer;

    • Jeffrey Kinney, Robert Conroy and Duane Reisdorf, directors;

    • Brian Ash, chief;

    • Stanley Szumigala, first assistant chief;

    • Eric Kirsch, second assistant chief;

    • Randy Reisdorf, third assistant chief;

    • Crystal Radecki, squad captain;

    • Liz Marks, squad lieutenant; and

    • William Streicher, squad secretary.









Wednesday, March 8, 2017 at 5:16 pm



The above photos were taken in the Village of Perry early this afternoon. 

Trees were reported to have fallen across power lines, and power lines were reported down at the "Five Corners" near the Arrowmart at Leichester and Lake roads.

Responding to the scene included Perry and Perry Center fire departments, and Perry Police.











The above photos were taken earlier this afternoon at the corner of routes 77 and 20A. 

Officials say the winds were reported to have peaked at 102 mph, causing three tractor-trailers to get blown over. 

No injuries were reported in these three incidents.

Responding to the scene included the Wyoming County Sheriff's Department, and Harris Corners, Varysburg, Bennington, Sheldon, Strykersville, and North Java fire departments.

Route 77 was closed for a short time while crews removed the vehicles from the road.

UPDATE 6:25 p.m.: Authorities report Route 77 has been reopened to traffic, the scene has been cleared. However, the light at routes 20A and 77 is still not functioning.



The two photos above are from Route 354 in Bennington. 

One of the trees blocked the eastbound lane of traffic for a short time.

Responding to the scene was the Wyoming County Sheriff's Department and a county highway worker.




The three photos above were taken in Attica, in which the Village is reported to have a widespread power outage, along with closed roads due to fallen trees and power lines across roadways.

Responding to the scenes was the Attica Police Department.


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