Bliss

Friday, June 23, 2017 at 1:02 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, announcements, education, Bliss.

State University of New York at Canton President Zvi Szafran recently announced that Nicole Pierce, of Bliss, has been added to the spring 2017 presidents list. Pierce is a SUNY Canton Dental Hygiene major.

"Congratulations Nicole," Szafran said. "You have demonstrated great commitment to your academic studies and we are all proud of your accomplishments."

To receive president's list honors, full-time students must earn a semester grade point average of 3.75 or higher on a 4.0 scale.

Monday, May 22, 2017 at 10:26 am

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Photo submitted by Adrian Torres​

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 1:20 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, crime, news, Silver Springs, Bliss, Arcade.

Brittany M. Copeland, 22, of Silver Springs, was charged May 14 with failure to keep right, driving while intoxicated, DWI with a BAC of .08 percent or more, and aggravated DWI – .18 percent BAC or higher. Copeland was stopped on Sowerby Road, Perry, for allegedly failing to keep right. Wyoming County Sheriff’s deputies say further investigation showed her to be driving while intoxicated. Subsequently, she was arrested and taken to the Perry Police Department for a breath test. She is due in the Town of Perry Court at a later date. 

Adam K. Barber, 38, of Bliss, was charged May 5 with aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle in the second degree and speeding. He is due in Avon Town Court at a later date.

Heather E. Gearman, 31, of Arcade, was charged May 15 with petit larceny. Gearman is accused of stealing merchandise from Dollar General in Pembroke. She is due in the Town of Pembroke Court at a later date.

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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Tuesday, May 16, 2017 at 5:12 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, crime, news, Wethersfield, Bliss, heroin.

Wyoming County Sheriff’s deputies arrest four individuals with drug possession following a traffic stop in Wethersfield.

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   Dayton C. Ewell Tami A. Unterburger

Dayton C. Ewell, 25, and Tami A. Unterburger, 21, both of Bliss, and Nicolas A. O’Connor, 26, and Ruth M. O’Connor, 37, both of Caneadea, were arrested May 15 for heroin possession. 

They were all charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance in the seventh degree, criminal possession of a hypodermic instrument, and criminally using drug paraphernalia in the second degree. 

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   Ruth O'Connor Nicolas A. O'Connor

Ruth O'Connor, the driver, was also ticketed for failure to keep right. 

Wyoming County Sheriff’s deputies say the suspects were stopped after deputies saw the vehicle weaving into the oncoming lane while traveling on Route 362. 

During the stop, deputies allegedly recovered three glassine bags containing heroin, nine glassine bags with heroin residue, two used hypodermic syringes, seven unused hypodermic syringes, and other miscellaneous drug paraphernalia items. 

They are all due in the Town of Wethersfield Court June 6.

Thursday, April 27, 2017 at 10:17 am
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, crime, news, Gainesville, Perry, Bliss, Eagle.
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      Ervin Delude Sr.

Ervin Delude Sr., 45, of Gainesville, was charged April 24 with criminal contempt in the first degree and aggravated family offense, both are felonies, and resisting arrest and disorderly conduct. Wyoming County Sheriff’s deputies responded to a Dutton Road address in the Town of Gainesville for a domestic dispute. Deputies say they were told Delude fled the scene on foot. A short time later, officers allegedly found the man walking north on nearby railroad tracks. After speaking with Delude for several minutes, he attempted to run and a foot pursuit ensued. Delude was captured and arrested on the above charges. He was put in Wyoming County Jail without bail due to numerous previous felony convictions. He is due in court at a later date.

Kevin Massey, 23, and Justin Kelly, 18, both of Bliss, were charged April 23 with criminal mischief in the fourth degree. Wyoming County Sheriff’s deputies responded to Route 39 in the Town of Eagle following a complaint about someone’s truck windows being shot out. After speaking with both men, officers say they admitted to shooting the windows with a BB gun. Both Massey and Kelly live next door to where the windows were shot out from. Both are due in court at a later date.

Dzemail Odzakovic, 19 of Rochester, was charged April 23 with driving while ability impaired – drugs, unlawful possession of marijuana, and other traffic tickets. Odzakovic was stopped on Route 20A, Perry Center, for allegedly speeding. During the investigation, deputies say an odor of marijuana was coming from within the car and also noticed other indicators about the driver to suggest he may have been smoking marijuana. After allegedly failing roadside field sobriety testing, Odzakovic was taken to the Sheriff’s Office. He was then evaluated by a drug recognition expert, who allegedly determined him to be under the influence of cannabis. He is due in Perry Court at a later date.

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 John M. Dumbleton

John M. Dumbleton, 28, of Gainesville, was charged April 25 with failure to stop at a stop sign and driving while ability impaired by drugs. Perry Police say Dumbleton failed to stop at the stop sign at the five corners (Lake and Leicester streets), prompting a traffic stop. During the investigation, it was suspected that he was under the influence of drugs. Following a failed roadside sobriety test, he was then evaluated by a drug recognition expert (DRE). The DRE allegedly determined Dumbleton to be under the influence of depressants and that he could not operate a vehicle safely. He is due in Perry Village Court June 20.

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.

Monday, March 20, 2017 at 9:05 am
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, crime, Bliss, Attica, Perry, Gainesville, Eagle.

Richard W. Stone, 34, and Marie L. Stone, 34, both of Perry, were charged March 14 with endangering the welfare of a child. The Stones are accused of having unsafe living conditions in the home. The children were removed from the home by Child Protective Services. Richard was also charged with criminal mischief in the fourth degree following a domestic incident in the Village of Perry. He is accused of ripping a cell phone out of the victim's hand, to prevent her from calling the police. Both are due in Perry Village Court at a later date. The Perry Police Department assisted Wyoming County Child Protective Services.

Debra A. Gross, 52, of Gainesville, was charged March 9 with aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle in the third degree, unlicensed operator of a motor vehicle, and inadequate/no muffler. Gross is due in Avon Town Court at a later date.

Giovanni Alvarez, 32, of Buffalo, was charged March 19 with grand larceny in the fourth degree. Alvarez is accused of stealing a vehicle from a Main Street, Bliss, address and driving it back to Buffalo. The vehicle was then located on East Street, Buffalo, by the Buffalo Police Department. Subsequently, officers located Alvarez and arrested him without incident. He was turned over to the Wyoming County Sheriff’s Office and put in Wyoming County Jail in lieu of $2,000 cash bail or $4,000 bond. He is due in court at a later date.

Gary Illerbrun, 52, of Perry, was charged March 17 with throwing refuse onto a highway, driving while intoxicated, and driving with a BAC of .08 percent or greater. Illerbrun was arrested following a traffic stop in the Village of Perry. He was stopped for allegedly throwing garbage onto a highway. During the investigation, Wyoming County Sheriff’s deputies determined Illerbrun to be intoxicated. He was taken to the Sheriff’s Office where he supplied a breath sample which allegedly showed a BAC of .10 percent. He is due in the Village of Perry Court April 11.

Cory R. Lapp, 24, of Attica, was charged March 18 with driving while intoxicated; operating a motor vehicle with a BAC .08 percent or higher, first offense; failure to yield the right of way when entering a roadway, and failure to use turn signal. Lapp was stopped on Union Street, Batavia, and subsequently arrested for driving while intoxicated. He is due at 9 a.m. in the City of Batavia Court April 5.

Friday, March 10, 2017 at 10:38 am

Morrisville State College, Morrisville, recently announced the students who were named to the dean's list for the fall 2016 semester. To be named to the dean's list, a student must achieve an average of 3.0 to 3.99 for the semester and complete 12 credit hours.

The list includes:

    • Sara Haggerty, Patricia Hulton, and Patricia Hulton, all of Arcade;

    • Grace Book of Bliss;

    • Emily Jurek and Patricia Hulton, both of Perry; and

    • Christopher Bush of Silver Springs.

The college was ranked among the Best Regional Colleges in the North by U.S. News and World Report Best Colleges 2017 issue and was also recognized in the Top Public Schools, Regional Colleges North in the 2017 Best Colleges rankings. For more information about Morrisville State College, visit www.morrisville.edu.

Thursday, March 9, 2017 at 6:43 am

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

RG&E customers without power: 

    • Arcade – 25 

    • Eagle – 27

NYSEG customers without power:

    • Bennington – 1,526

    • Castile – 10

    • Gainesville – 46

    • Java – 1,199

    • Middlebury – 29

    • Sheldon – 1,341

    • Warsaw – 1

National Grid customers without power:

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

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

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

Wednesday, February 15, 2017 at 2:21 pm

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An early morning fire at the Castile Diner, 125 S. Main St., Castile, remains under investigation today.

While no injuries were reported, fire crews were on the scene for four-and-one-half hours under Fire Chief in Charge, Castile Fire Chief Bill Dake.

Firefighters from Castile, Silver Springs, Gainesville, Bliss, Pike, and Nunda fire departments were assisted by Wyoming County Emergency Services, the Wyoming County Sheriff’s Department, the New York State Police, and the Village of Castile. Standing by at empty fire stations included Perry, Warsaw and Fillmore fire departments.

Damages are estimated at $150,000.

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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 www.genesee.edu.

Monday, January 16, 2017 at 10:57 am
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, crime, Bliss, Perry.
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       Ruth O'Connor  Tammy Unterburger

Ruth M. O’Connor, 37, of Caneadea, and Tammy A. Unterburger, 21, of Bliss, were arrested Jan. 12 during a traffic stop from the Operation Safe Interstate Initiative on Route 390. O’Connor was stopped for a violation, at which time a Livingston County Sheriff’s deputy allegedly saw drug paraphernalia on the driver’s seat. During a roadside investigation, deputies report finding a hypodermic syringe and four bags of heroin. While in custody, O’Connor allegedly admitted to having another bag of heroin and a hypodermic syringe on her person as well. Both were charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance in the seventh degree, and criminal possession of a hypodermic instrument. Both were also put in Livingston County Jail on $500 cash bail or $1,000 bond.

Jeffrey Sullivan, 29, of Perry, was charged Jan. 12 with criminal mischief in the fourth degree, assault in the third degree, and endangering the welfare of a child. Perry Police responded to a Covington Street address for a report of a domestic dispute. A 16-year-old female reported that she was in an argument with the suspect. She accused Sullivan with breaking a door during the argument and assaulting her. He was put in Wyoming County Jail in lieu of $250 cash bail or $2,500 bond. He is due in Perry Village Court Jan. 17.

Tuesday, January 10, 2017 at 4:13 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, education, Bliss, SUNY, announcements.

Nicole Pierce, of Bliss, made the State University of New York (SUNY) at Canton president's list during the fall 2016 semester.

"Congratulations Nicole," said SUNY Canton President Zvi Szafran. "You have demonstrated a great commitment to your academic studies and should be proud of your accomplishments. In recognition of your success, I am pleased to include your name on the SUNY Canton President's List. Best wishes for continued success in all of your future endeavors."

Pierce is a SUNY Canton Dental Hygiene major and a 2007 graduate of Letchworth Central School, Gainesville.

To receive president's list honors, full-time students must earn a semester grade point average of 3.75 or higher on a 4.0 scale.

Friday, December 30, 2016 at 1:02 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, weather, Bliss, Letchworth State Park.

The National Weather Service in Buffalo reports a band of lake effect snow producing snowfall rates of about 1 to 2 inches per hour extended along a line from Holland to Bliss to Canaseraga.

Winds in excess of 30 mph are possible with this band of lake effect snow and is due to impact southern Wyoming County, including Letchworth State Park. 

The NWS warns that conditions can deteriorate rapidly; be prepared for snow or ice covered roads, and allow extra time when traveling.

The snowfall is expected to last until 2:45 p.m..

UPDATE 2:59 p.m.: The advisory has been extended to 4:45 p.m.

UPDATE 4:42 p.m.: The advisory has been extended to 6:30 p.m.

Monday, December 12, 2016 at 4:42 pm

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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.

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Monday, December 12, 2016 at 3:01 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, crime, Bliss, Eagle, Perry, Arcade, Warsaw.
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     Clifford Murch

Clifford Murch, 20, of Perry, was charged Dec. 8 with rape in the second degree and endangering the welfare of a child under 17 years old. Murch is accused of rape following an investigation into an incident that took place in August. He was on parole at the time of the alleged crime. He was jailed on $20,000 cash bail in the Wyoming County Jail. No further information was provided.

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     Harold Ritchie

Harold Ritchie, no age provided, of Perry, was charged Dec. 9 with grand larceny in the fourth degree. Perry Police accuse Ritchie with attempting to use a stolen credit card at the Arrowmart in Perry. He was jailed on $1,500 cash bail in the Wyoming County Jail. He is due in court Jan. 17. Additionally, Ritchie was on parole at the time of his arrest.

Donald E. Hiller, 71, of Delevan, was charged Dec. 9 with operating a motor vehicle while registration suspended. He is due in Arcade Village Court at a later date.

Anthony J. Calceterra, 24, of Arcade, was charged Dec. 11 with driving while intoxicated, operating a motor vehicle with a BAC of .08 percent or greater, and refusing a pre-breath screening device. Arcade Police say the man’s BAC was .12 percent. He is due in Arcade Village Court at a later date.

Brennan P. Brauen, 28, of Arcade, was charged Dec. 11 with driving while intoxicated, operating a motor vehicle with a BAC of .08 percent or greater, aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle in the third degree, and “other traffic infractions.” Arcade Police received a report of a car crash on Route 39 near Countyline Road. Brauen is suspected of leaving the scene of the accident and was later found driving on West Main Street in the Village. During the stop, it was allegedly found that Brauen had a BAC of .15 percent. He is due in Arcade Village Court at a later date.

Marie L. Giambra, 41, of Bliss, was arrested Dec. 9 and charged with burglary in the second degree and grand larceny in the fourth degree. Wyoming County Sheriff’s deputies charged Giambra following an investigation of a burglary that happened in August in the Town of Eagle. She is accused of stealing a jar of coins and frozen steaks. She is due in the Town of Eagle Court at a later date.

Keith Legge, 44, of Perry, was charged Dec. 9 with two counts of disorderly conduct. Legge is accused of being drunk and creating a disturbance by knocking on apartment doors at 1:40 a.m. Dec. 9 on South Main Street, Perry. He was put in Wyoming County Jail in lieu of $250 cash bail. He is due in Perry Village Court at a later date.

Tuesday, November 15, 2016 at 12:45 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, fire, Pike, Gainesville, Bliss.

A cracked flue for a wood burning stove was deemed the cause of a reported chimney fire in Pike yesterday.

Crews from Pike, Bliss and Gainesville fire departments responded to 3 S. Division St., around 5:30 p.m.. Fire Chief in Charge was Pike Fire Chief Rich Vanderploeg and was assisted at the scene by Wyoming County Emergency Services. 

The fire was said to have started in the chimney and had extended into the wall of the home in the area around the chimney.

No injuries were reported. 

Damages are estimated at $12,000.

Monday, November 14, 2016 at 3:45 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, events, holidays, Bliss, Lincoln Center, trees.

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As sunlight warmed the earth and the coterie made its way to the top of the hill via a hay ride, a 30-foot tall concolor fir stood wrapped at attention. Spread out before the group was a patchwork quilt of tilled land, the last of autumn’s bounty and deep emerald evergreen trees.

Late morning that November day Bill Domes gave a shout of “you ready?” then pulled the cord of his chainsaw, revved the motor once, and made the first cut into the tree headed to NYC.

For another consecutive year, Domes Tree Farm, Route 39, Bliss, will be the Upper West Side Holiday Tree in Dante Park, Broadway and 63rd Street, in front of Lincoln Center.

A concolor is similar to balsam fir. It is also known as white fir or Abies concolor, and has blue-green needles that are about a half-inch long, a citrus aroma, and excellent needle retention. A concolor fir was selected as the Grand Champion Christmas tree at the 2015 New York State Fair.

Domes Tree Farm is a family-owned business that’s been in operation since 1952. Current owners Bill and Katie Domes have expanded the business to include a large live tree digging and transport operation. Their specialized tree-moving farm machinery will be used to cut and prepare the tree for its trip to the Big Apple.

According to National Ag Statistics Service, there are nearly 19,000 acres planted in Christmas trees throughout the state – that’s about 19 million trees being grown today.

“We plant about 5,000 to 6,000 trees a year,” Domes said. “It takes longer time-wise and the willingness to dedicate the space to allow a tree to grow that large. It takes 35 to 40 years to get it to 25 to 30 feet. Man, growers don’t want to grow trees that big.” 

To get the fullness of the tree, it takes longer for it to grow. He said his niche in the digging tree market give his farm an edge for the bigger trees.  

The size and shape of the tree is chosen specifically for the space it will occupy. This concolor fir weighs about a ton and was transported to NYC earlier today along with a stand specially designed to hold a tree that size. Made out of thick steel, the tree holder has a dozen 3/4-inch bolts around its center base to hold the trunk of the tree and four legs that will extend approximately 8-feet wide. 

The fir will be the festival’s center piece and feature LED lights as well as old-fashioned silver glass glitter ornaments by Wendy Addison and Tinsel Trading, said event organizers. The tree will be on display through January. Winter’s Eve at Lincoln Square is set for Nov. 28 from 5:30 to 9 p.m. and begins with the Upper West Side’s only tree lighting ceremony on the main stage at Dante Park.  

The farm will also be supplying a second tree – a Colorado blue spruce – to be placed in front of the Adam Clayton Powell Office building in Harlem.

Winter's Eve at Lincoln Square is hosted and produced by the Lincoln Square Business Improvement District (BID). The not-for-profit tax-exempt organization was formed in 1996 by property owners, businesses and others with a stake in this Upper West Side community. For more information visit www.lincolnsquarebid.org.

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