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.

Thursday, February 16, 2017 at 4:07 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, Business, Warsaw, Strykersville.



The term “shop local” isn’t just a fancy catch phrase to entice county residents to support their local businesses. Taxes collected on purchases made within the county’s borders directly impact the amount residents pay in property taxes – more dollars spent in the county means less taxes homeowners pay in the long run.

As a way to encourage consumers to shop in Wyoming County, the Wyoming County Chamber of Commerce initiated the Shop Wyoming & Win campaign. Now in its fifth year, the campaign is held during the holiday season – between Black Friday and Christmas Eve. For every purchase of $50 or more made in the county, consumers were able to submit their names for a chance to win prizes donated by local merchants.

“The prizes are made possible with the strong support of two county businesses,” said Wyoming County Chamber President Scott Gardner. “We thank Ace Hardware, of Attica and Warsaw, for the first-time donation of the Weber gas grill, and Harding’s Attica Furniture and Flooring for stepping up again this year and donating a rocker recliner. These two businesses never hesitate to participate and we hope that shoppers will stop in to support these outstanding local family run small businesses.” 

The recent campaign saw 650 shoppers participating, $451,519 in total money spent in Wyoming County, for an estimated $36,121 in sales taxes collected. That represents a 27-percent increase from the previous year.

Of those who dropped their receipts off at the 33 drop boxes located throughout the county, 73 percent were county residents, 25 percent were from outside the county, and 2 percent didn’t disclose an address. Additionally, 21 percent of shoppers hailed from Arcade, 19 percent from Perry, 18 percent from Warsaw, and 14 percent from Attica. Bliss, Castile, Java, Gainesville, Strykersville, Varysburg, and Wyoming residents made up anywhere from 2 to 8 percent of the remaining shoppers. 

Out of county shoppers included those from Mount Morris (13 percent), Batavia (11 percent), South Wales (6 percent), Cuba (5 percent), Rushford (3 percent), and others.

The Chamber held the drawing at the Wyoming County Board of Supervisors meeting Tuesday. As tradition dictates, the most senior members of the Board – town supervisors Jerry Davis (Covington), Doug Berwanger (Arcade), and John Copeland (Wethersfield) – drew the winning tickets.

This year’s winners are: Stephanie Baiocco, of Marilla, who won the Weber Gas Grill; Ron Snell, of Delevan, who won the rocker recliner; and Annette Hyman, of Strykersville, who won the $100 Wyoming County Visa gift card.

“Congratulations to the winners of this year’s Shop Wyoming and Win contest. This year’s promotion was another record breaker and we again exceeded local shopping revenue goals over last year,” Gardner said.

“Thank you to the local businesses who participated, and all the shoppers for making this event a success. Thank you to everyone who participated by shopping locally, placed a drop box in their business, or supported the program in some way.”


Friday, February 3, 2017 at 2:01 pm

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

Dean's list honorees include:

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

    • Quinn Konfederath and Candace Bliss, both of Bliss;

    • Briona Terray, of Cowlesville;

    • Alyssa Witkowski, of Java Center;

    • Caitlin Pietron, of Pike;

    • Megan Gerde and Angela George, both of Strykersville;

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

    • Ashley Davis, of Portageville;

    • Heather Herrmann, of Silver Springs;

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

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

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

    • Kory Debeau, of North Java.

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

Provost's list honorees include:

    • Abigail Skillman, of Arcade;

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

    • Stephanie Kehr, of Java Center;

    • Julia Chojnacki and Rachel Werner, of Varysburg;

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

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

    • Christopher Herrmann, of Wyoming.

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

President's list honorees include:

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

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

    • Padraic Brazeau, of Cowlesville;

    • Barbara Brown and Brooke Tisdale, both of Gainesville;

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

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

    • Jeffrey Mincer, of Varysburg;

    • Patrick Rice and Adam DeLaVergne, both of Perry; 

    • Paul Torrey, of Silver Springs; and

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

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

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

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

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

Thursday, December 22, 2016 at 9:00 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, crime, Strykersville, Warsaw, American Legion.


At some point in the early hours of Dec. 18, an unidentified person allegedly stole and damaged wreaths at the American Legion Six Star Post 637 in Strykersville.

According to the Wyoming County Sheriff’s Office, Post members laid the Christmas wreaths below each of the service flags adjacent to the legion’s building. A wreath was taken from both the Army and Marine Corps flagpoles, and a wreath below the POW/MIA flagpole was damaged.

The Sheriff’s Department is asking for the public’s assistance in identifying the person in the photo above.

Anyone with information is asked to call (585) 786-2255.

Wednesday, December 21, 2016 at 1:19 pm


Submitted photo. Pictured from left to right: Brad Almeter, Jeremy Northup and Brian Parker.

Press release:

The Wyoming County Farm Bureau was presented with eight Silver Key Awards at the State’s annual meeting of the New York Farm Bureau held earlier this month in Albany.

The Silver Key Awards are presented to county farm bureaus that have exhibited excellence in a variety of categories relating to effectiveness in policy implementation, promoting agriculture amongst the public and in classrooms, leadership development and membership building.

The awards were presented for excellence in the following categories:

    • Agricultural Education & Promotion

    • County Financial Management

    • Information & Public Relations

    • Leadership Development

    • Policy Development & Implementation – Local

    • Policy Development & Implementation – State & National

    • Young Farmers & Ranchers

    • Distinguished President

Additionally, Brad and Carolyn Almeter, of Strykersville, won a James Quinn Award recognizing them for their extraordinary efforts this past year to serve and strengthen agriculture.

While at the meeting, farmer members also took part in the grassroots process of laying the groundwork for the year ahead. More than 100 delegates from across New York proposed, discussed and voted on resolutions that set NYFB’s public policy agenda for 2017. They also elected a new president of the organization, David Fisher, a dairy farmer from St. Lawrence County.

Wyoming County Farm Bureau is dedicated to solving the economic and public policy issues challenging the agricultural community. The county is part of New York Farm Bureau, the largest agricultural advocacy group in the State, known to members and the public as “The Voice of New York Agriculture.”

Monday, December 12, 2016 at 4:42 pm


Photos submitted.

Davis Valley Farm recently received the Conservation Farm of the Year award by the Wyoming County Soil and Water Conservation District (WCSWCD). 

The award is given annually to honor a farm with an immeasurable commitment to soil conservation and water quality protection.

Jim Davis and his wife, Cynthia, purchased the Bliss farm in 1979 after Jim served in Vietnam as a heavy equipment operator and worked on a farm in Sherman.

The farm formed an LLC in 2012, which included his son Jimmy Davis and his wife, Amanda, in anticipation of Jim and Cynthia's looming retirement.

The 500-acre farm houses approximately 310 cows and 310 heifers, and farms a combination of corn silage, grass, clover and alfalfa.

With a contingent of eight employees – six full-time and two part-time – working the farm, they manage the crops and milk the cows in a double-eight parlor. The parlor can also expand to a double 14.

Not only does the herd manager use his experience with the bovines, he also uses two computer programs which provides the milk production and activity data on each cow.

This year the farm constructed a 3.1-million-gallon concrete waste storage tank, which eliminates a weekly liquid manure application, as well as adding other benefits to the farm.

Additionally, the redesigned vegetative treatment area, which receives any high water volume discharge, allows the concentrated low-flow discharge to be collected in a separate tank. This water is used for irrigation purposes.

Other practices the farm use include:

    • Installation of tile lines;

    • Cover cropping;

    • Buffer areas; and

    • Strip cropping.

Next spring, the farm will start injecting liquid manure to its fields. Additionally, the farm maintains a medium Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations (CAFO) permit under the Environmental Conservation law.

Other awardees included: Wilmar Farm, Gainesville; Breezy Arcre, in Warsaw; and Fugle Dairy Farm, Strykersville. Each received the AEM Farmers Partnering to Protect Our Environment award. D & H Excavating, Arcade, received the Ronald P. Herman Sr. Partners in Conservation award.





Monday, October 24, 2016 at 11:24 am
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, fire, Arcade, Bliss, Strykersville, North Java, Sheldon.

When firefighters arrived on the scene, the house at 1247 Route 39, Arcade, was already completely consumed by fire.

Crews from Arcade, Bliss, Strykersville, North Java, Sheldon, Chaffee/Sardinia, and Yorkshire fire departments were on the scene for five hours Sunday morning battling the blaze.

Arcade Fire Chief Tom Beiersdorf was the fire chief in charge with Wyoming County Emergency Services, Wyoming County Sheriff’s Department, the Red Cross, Arcade Electric, National Fuel, and Arcade Police Department assisting at the scene. Standing by at empty fire stations included Strykersville and Sheldon fire departments.

No one was home at the time of the fire. No injuries were reported. The estimated loss is $75,000, with the house and contents deemed a total loss.

The investigation is continuing.

Monday, October 3, 2016 at 11:34 am

An early morning fire Saturday left a family of five without a home and caused an estimated $125,000 in damages.

At approximately 3 a.m. Oct. 1, crews from Varysburg, Harris Corners, North Java, Sheldon, Strykersville, Attica, Bennington and Alexander fire companies responded to 2851 Maxon Road, Sheldon, for a report of a house fire.

Varysburg Fire Chief Adam Vetter was the fire chief in charge with assistance at the scene from Wyoming County Emergency Services, Wyoming County Sheriff’s Department, NYSEG, and the Red Cross. Standing by at empty fire stations included Warsaw, Strykersville, and Wales Center fire departments. 

Firefighters were on the site for five-and-a-half hours. No injuries were reported.

The family is being assisted by the Red Cross and a GoFundMe page has also been set up.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

Thursday, September 15, 2016 at 2:22 pm

Wyoming County Sheriff’s Department responded to a one-car rollover accident on Dutch Hollow Road in the Town of Sheldon Wednesday evening. Upon arrival, deputies saw that a male driver, later identified as Peter J. Galioto II, 38, of Arcade, died at the accident. 

Galioto was driving north on Dutch Hollow Road when deputies say, “he lost control of his car and exited the roadway. The vehicle crossed a deep ditch, causing the vehicle to roll.” 

Police say Galioto was not wearing a seat belt.

Wyoming County Sheriff’s Crash Management Team was requested to the scene. Also assisting the Sheriff’s Department were: New York State Police, Strykersville and Harris Corners fire departments, Medic 82, and Becker’s Towing.

Tuesday, August 30, 2016 at 12:11 pm



An electrical power strip was deemed the cause of a three-alarm fire on Route 362 in the Town of Eagle yesterday affternoon. 

Fire companies from Bliss, Arcade, Silver Springs, Castile, North Java, Pike, Strykersville, and Gainesville fire departments responded to the home at 6578 Route 362, Bliss. Assisting departments and Fire Chief in Charge, Bliss Assistant Fire Chief Marc Roche were Wyoming County Emergency Services, the Sheriff’s Department, RG&E, and the Red Cross. Standing by at empty stations included Varysburg, Yorkshire, Nunda, Fillmore, and Centerville fire departments.

Crews were on the scene for five hours battling the blaze with no injuries reported.

The fire caused an estimated loss of $50,000 and the owners are being assisted by the Red Cross.











Monday, August 29, 2016 at 3:59 pm



Lack of daytime manpower within Wyoming County fire departments prompted a call for a third alarm for a fire in Bliss earlier today.

Firemen from Eagle Hose/Bliss, Arcade, Silver Springs, Strykersville, Castile, Pike, and Gainesville, responded to a house fire at 6578 Route 362 around 1 p.m., with Bliss Fire Department Third Assistant Chief Marc Roche acting as the chief in charge. 

Preliminary reports state the fire “appears to have” started in the laundry room, however the cause of the fire remains under investigation. There was no one home when the fire started, but all the pets were able to escape.

Assisting at the scene were Wyoming County Emergency Services, the Sheriff’s Department and RG&E. Companies on standby included North Java, Nunda, Varysburg, Yorkshire, Fillmore, and Centerville fire departments.

See our Facebook page for more photos.











Wednesday, August 10, 2016 at 10:16 am
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, fire, Arcade, Strykersville, Harris Corners, Bliss, Sheldon.

An early evening fire cause $25,000 worth of damages to an Arcade home Tuesday. The accidental fire started around 5:44 p.m. on a Park Street home in the village.

Crews from Arcade, Strykersville, Harris Corners, Chaffee/Sardinia, and Yorkshire fire departments were on the scene for approximately two-and-a-half hours under the Fire Chief in Charge Arcade Fire Chief Tom Beiersdorf. 

Assisting local firemen included Wyoming County Emergency Services, Arcade Electric, and the Arcade Police Department. Standing by at empty fire stations were Bliss and Sheldon fire departments.

There were no injuries reported and the three occupants will be staying with family.

Monday, July 25, 2016 at 1:45 pm



The spontaneous combustion of hay early Sunday morning at the Nickerson Brothers Farm on Curriers Road, Arcade, caused $35,000 in loss and the response of a dozen fire departments.

Crews from Arcade, North Java, Strykersville, Sheldon, Harris Corners, Bennington, Pike, Bliss, Chaffee/Sardinia, Yorkshire, Delevan, and Farmersville fire departments and companies, were on the scene for seven hours with no reported injuries.

The Fire Chief in Charge was Arcade Assistant Fire Chief Nick Siminski.

Assisting at the scene included Wyoming County Emergency Services, Wyoming County Sheriff’s Department, Arcade Squad 10, and Strykersville Squad 10. Standing by at empty fire stations were Bliss, Varysburg, Wales Center, Holland, East Aurora, Machias, and Centerville. 

Firefighters removed 150 tons of chopped hay –  used for bedding cows – from the barn to prevent further damage to the structure. 

See previous coverage: No injuries reported in a barn fire on Curriers Road in Arcade





Sunday, July 24, 2016 at 2:07 pm



A barn fire was reported at approximately 9 a.m. on Curriers Road, Arcade. 

Crews from 13 area fire departments have been on the scene for several hours removing loose hay from the barn to contain the fire. 

Departments and companies on scene included: Arcade, Harris Corners, Bennington, Strykersville, Sheldon, Pike, Bliss (Eagle Hose), North Java, Wyoming Correctional Facility, Chaffee/Sardinia, Yorkshire, Delevan, and Farmersville. On standby were Strykersville, Varysburg, East Aurora, Wales, and Machias fire departments. Third Assistant Fire Chief Nick Siminski of the Arcade Fire Department was the chief in charge. 

According to Wyoming County Emergency Services, crews will be on the scene for a good portion of the afternoon.

There were no injuries reported to crews or the animals housed in a nearby barn. 

The cause of the fire is unknown at this time.

See our Facebook page for more photos.











Friday, May 27, 2016 at 9:51 am

Renters returned home to find their house filled with smoke after a malfunctioning clothes dryer sparked a fire. 

Fire crews were called to a home on Route 20A in the Town of Sheldon around 4:46 p.m. Thursday for a report of a house fire.

Fire Chief in Charge Sheldon Fire Chief Rick Brzezicki Jr. led members from Sheldon, Strykersville, North Java, and Varysburg fire departments; and Bennington Fire Company, in knocking out the fire. Assisting at the scene was Wyoming County Emergency Management, with fire companies standing by at Arcade, Attica and Warsaw.

Departments were on the scene for one-and-one-half hours and contained the fire to the dryer. However, smoke damage was found throughout the home, resulting in an estimated loss of $5,000, according to a report from Wyoming County Emergency Services.

Wednesday, May 25, 2016 at 12:43 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, events, Strykersville.
Event Date and Time: 
May 29, 2016 - 12:00pm

St. John Neumann Parish, 3854 Main St, Strykersville (corner of Centerline and North Sheldon roads), will host a chicken barbecue May 29 at the church hall. 

For more information call (585) 457-3222.

Tuesday, May 24, 2016 at 12:23 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, event, government, Sheldon, Strykersville.

A public hearing will be held by the Sheldon Town Board at 8 p.m. on Wednesday, June 15, to give residents an opportunity to consider a proposal for an updated comprehensive plan for the town. The meeting will be held at the Sheldon Town Hall, 1380 Centerline Road, Strykersville. The plan replaces the comprehensive plan adopted by the Town Board on July 10, 2001.

While the goals of the updated plan remain valid and “should be continued,” the new plan builds on the investment made by the town in the 2001 plan. The 12-point plan includes, in part:

    • Protecting and maintaining farming and farm related land uses. In 2008 the town board enacted Local Law No. 1, which established the right to farm within the community. The board found and determined that agriculture is vital to the town and the right to farm law should be maintained;

    • Maintain and enhance the rural lifestyle, appearance and rural character of the town, including its hamlets. To meet this goal, the board recommends any new or expanded developments should blend with adjoining properties, encourage young people to stay or return to the town following education, steer commercial development to hamlets and major intersections, improve appearance of general signage, and promote cultural activities, to name a few;

    • Preserve and protect the town’s natural areas and resources, including the quality of surface and ground water and air; 

    • Preserve property values and maintain property tax levels within the town. Utilize special use permits effectively, follow landscaping guidelines in site plan reviews and ensure fair property taxation;  

    • Promote housing maintenance and support a diverse mix of housing opportunities include affordable and accessible housing. This action encourages rehabilitation of existing housing, requires landlords to maintain their properties, encourage individual apartments above commercial uses, and assess on a periodic basis the need and necessary resource for municipal water and sewer services in the hamlets; 

    • Maintain and enhance the town’s existing roadway network; 

    • Support a practical and productive energy plan that benefits the residents of the town while not impinging on other important values. The board encourages sustained retrofit and lower energy use; encourages the use of renewable power where appropriate; encourage recycling; make town government operations more energy efficient; leverage federal and state energy assistance; work with the county on the feasibility of tightening up building to require higher energy efficiency standards, and protect the town against larger energy related projects that could adversely affect the quality of life in the town; 

    • Encourage complementary economic activities that strengthen the overall economy and employment base of the town;

    • Provide for and encourage community service uses and activities; 

    • Maintain clear, effective, efficient and up-to-date land use regulations;

    • Provide for a practical disaster response and emergency preparedness plan to protect the town; and 

    • Update the comprehensive plan at reasonable intervals.

A copy of the proposed comprehensive plan is also available for review at the Town Clerk’s Office during regular office hours – 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesdays, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Fridays, and 9 a.m. to noon Saturdays – or on the Town Web site.


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