Cowlesville

Friday, August 11, 2017 at 12:19 pm

Kevin M. Johnson, 32, of Gainesville, was charged Aug. 8 with: driving while intoxicated as a felony due to a previous conviction within 10 years; circumventing an ignition interlock device; aggravated unlicensed operation of a vehicle in the third degree; and speed exceeding 55 mph. Johnson was stopped on Route 238, Attica, for allegedly speeding. During the investigation, Troopers say they detected an odor of alcohol, subsequently field sobriety testing was conducted as well as a breath test. His BAC was allegedly .08 percent. He is due in the Town of Attica Court Aug. 21.

Michael S. Slocum, 29, of Silver Springs, was charged Aug. 8 with: driving while intoxicated as a felony due to a previous conviction within 10 years; circumventing an interlock device; aggravated unlicensed operation of a vehicle in the first degree; drinking alcohol in a motor vehicle on a highway; moving from lane unsafely; and unlawful possession of marijuana. Troopers responded to a vehicle in a ditch on Wethersfield Road, Gainesville, in which Slocum allegedly appeared to be intoxicated. Additionally, Troopers say a small bag of marijuana was found. He was given field sobriety testing, which he is said to have failed. He was taken to the State Police barracks in Warsaw for processing where his BAC was allegedly recorded at .17 percent. He was put in Wyoming County Jail on $1,000 cash bail or $2,000 bond.

Matthew J. Wesolowski, 23, of Cowlesville, was charged Aug. 6 with driving while ability impaired by drugs and unlawful possession of marijuana. State Troopers say they responded to a 9-1-1 call of someone screaming and a loud bang on Church Road in the Town of Bennington. When police arrived on the scene they located a vehicle in a ditch. Troopers say the driver, Wesolowski, allegedly appeared to be under the influence of drugs and a small bag of marijuana was found in the vehicle. He was given field sobriety tests, which police say he failed and taken to State Police barracks in Warsaw. He was evaluated by a drug recognition expert and charged with the above offenses. He is due in the Town of Bennington Court Aug. 14.

Nicholas J. Kinmartin, 31, of Arcade, was charged Aug. 9 with 20 counts of petit larceny. Troopers say Kinmartin was seen on video approximately 17 times shoplifting merchandise from the 7-Eleven, Route 16, Yorkshire. The value of the items he allegedly stole was approximately $1,438. He was processed at the State Police barracks in Machias and released. He is due in the Town of Yorkshire Court later this month.

Wednesday, June 28, 2017 at 3:07 pm
posted by Billie Owens in events, Cowlesville.
Event Date and Time: 
July 9, 2017 - 9:00am to 4:00pm

The Town of Cowlesville will host its 33rd annual Flea Market, Strawberry Social, and Craft Fair from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, July 9. This Cowlesville tradition is one of WNY’s longest-running community held flea markets, an event the town looks forward to. 

Wednesday, June 28, 2017 at 3:05 pm
posted by Billie Owens in Cowlesville, announcements.

Press release:

The Town of Cowlesville will host its 33rd annual Flea Market, Strawberry Social, and Craft Fair from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, July 9. This Cowlesville tradition is one of WNY’s longest-running community held flea markets, an event the town looks forward to. 

On this occasion, Clinton Street is full of activity with numerous crafters/vendors, tasty food, pet adoptions and live music. For a refreshing treat, look for Kade, a 6-year-old selling lemonade to raise his own money for this coming year's school supplies. Indulge yourself with strawberry shortcake from the Historical Society, which will surely satisfy any sweet tooth. 

It’s easy to overlook the back streets in the village that are always jumping with yard sales; some of the best buys can be found back there. There is something for everyone, including DIY’ers and upcycling enthusiasts.

This is the place to find antiques, trinkets, children’s items, plants, and everyday household items at amazing prices. Need dishware, furniture, or exercise equipment? Looking for sewing or crafting supplies? In need of cast iron skillets or maybe some tools? You’ll find it all here.

We currently have spaces available for a few additional crafters/vendors. We were provided additional prime space this year. If interested, please email Cowlesville.FleaMarket@gmail.com.

Friday, March 10, 2017 at 3:06 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, weather, announcements, Cowlesville, Varysburg.

The Cowlesville Fire Company, 361 Clinton St. (Route 354), Cowlesville, will have a warming center from 1 to 4 p.m. and again from 6 to 9 p.m..

Anyone in need of a warm place to go is welcome.

The Varysburg Fire Department is now open and is available for anyone who is in need of an overnight warming shelter.

UPDATE 4:31 p.m.: The Pavilion Fire Department,11302 Lake St., Pavilion, will be operating a warming center until 9 p.m..

For more information, call (585) 584-3937.

Friday, March 10, 2017 at 10:34 am
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, announcements, Cowlesville, education.

Nathan Wawrowski of Cowlesville, was named to the Merrimack College dean's list for fall 2016.

Each semester, Merrimack College undergraduate students earn the right to be named to the dean's list by earning a minimum 3.25 grade point average (GPA) based on a 4.0 GPA grading system.

Monday, February 27, 2017 at 4:10 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, crime, accident, news, Cowlesville, Bennington.

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Nicholas Price, 29, of Batavia, was arrested in connection with a hit-and-run accident that happened Jan. 27 in the Town of Bennington.

According to the original report, around 11:50 a.m. a black Hyundai Accent was traveling eastbound when it went off the road on Route 354 in the Hamlet of Cowlesville. 

The car was said to have struck a mailbox, then a red GMC Sierra pickup truck before coming to rest against a tree. 

The driver is accused of fleeing the scene and driving the Hyundai eastbound with extensive damage to the front end.

On Feb. 17, New York State Troopers responded to a medical call on Halstead Road in the Town of Batavia. While at the scene, troopers say they saw a black Hyundai Accent with front end damage similar to what was reported in the Cowlesville incident. 

Upon further investigation, and evidence collected from the scene, officers say they were able to match the suspect vehicle to the original accident.

Subsequently, Price was charged Feb. 24 with criminal mischief in the fourth degree, leaving the scene of property damage accident, reckless driving, moved from lane unsafely, and drove across hazard markings.

He is due in the Town of Bennington Court sometime in March.

See related: Police seeking information in hit and run collision in Cowlesville

Tuesday, February 7, 2017 at 4:08 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, crime, accident, news, Cowlesville, Bennington.

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2007 Hyundai Accent – not actual vehicle in this case.

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2011 Hyundai Accent – not actual vehicle in this case.

Photos supplied by the New York State Police.

The New York State Police are investigating a hit and run collision that happened at approximately 11:50 a.m. Jan. 27 in Cowlesville.

Police say they are looking for a black Hyundai Accent between the model years of 2007 and 2011. 

According to reports, the vehicle was traveling eastbound when it went off the road striking a mailbox, then a red GMC Sierra pickup truck before coming to rest against a tree. 

The Hyundai fled the scene traveling eastbound, with extensive front-end damage.

Anyone with any information regarding this collision is asked to contact the New York State Police: (585) 344-6200.

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Scene of collision. 

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 30, 2017 at 7:13 pm

The following students were named to the dean's list at Paul Smith's College during the fall 2016 semester. Each earned a semester average of 3.3 or higher to receive this distinction.

Jacob Kowalewski, of Cowlesville, is majoring in fisheries and wildlife sciences, earned a semester average of 3.3 or higher to receive this distinction. He was also named an Adirondack Scholar, having achieved a cumulative average of at least 3.8.

Victoria Krolczyk, of Varysburg, is majoring in biology, earned a semester average of 3.3 or higher to receive this distinction. She was also named an Adirondack Scholar, having achieved a cumulative average of at least 3.8.

Dakotta Loft, who is majoring in fisheries and wildlife science, and James Neary, who is majoring in integrative studies, both of Attica, earned semester averages of 3.3 or higher to receive this distinction.

Paul Smith's College is the only four-year institution of higher education in the Adirondacks. Its programs include hospitality, culinary arts, forestry, natural resources, entrepreneurship and the sciences. For more information, visit paulsmiths.edu.

Friday, October 7, 2016 at 1:32 pm

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As a culmination of Fire Prevention Week, students at Attica Elementary School, Attica, got to spend Thursday (Oct. 6) with local firefighters.

Approximately 30 members of Attica, Cowlesville, Varysburg, Harris Corners and Sheldon fire departments, and Bennington Fire Company gave the kids a firsthand look at the trucks, ambulance, and equipment firefighters use in their job.

“We want the kids to see the equipment so they aren’t afraid,” said Attica Elementary School Principal Dusty Goodwin. “They also get to know the firemen in the community.”

Since the school comprises of kids from multiple towns and villages, more departments became involved so the students would be familiar with firefighters from their area.

“It gets the firemen out into the community as well,” said Attica Fire Department Lt. Nate Coffey. “We went over 'stop, drop and roll' and what to do in case of a fire, how to get out of your house safely.”

Coffey said the kids ask some interesting questions as well like, "What do I do if I have pets? How heavy is the gear? Why do you put it on? How hot is it inside the gear?" And in return, the firefighters ask the kids what their plans are in an emergency. The children also helped the firemen put on their equipment. Additionally, he said most of the kids had stories of their own.

“We also showed a video so the kids know the danger of playing with fire; how dangerous fire is and how fast it can spread,” said Attica Fire Department Emergency Medical Services Captain Ann Lapp. “They don’t know how fast it can get out of control. We talked to them about getting burned and what to do if your clothes catch on fire.”

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Monday, August 15, 2016 at 10:58 am

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The cause of a fire that leveled an Austin Road home in Attica is still under investigation. Although no one was home at the time of the blaze, the family’s three dogs were saved.

Crews from Attica, Varysburg, North Java, Sheldon, Alexander, Bethany and Darien fire departments, and Bennington Fire Company were battling the blaze for four-and-one-half hours Friday. Assisting at the scene were Wyoming County Emergency Services, the Sheriff’s Department, Wyoming Correctional, National Grid, and the American Red Cross. Attica Fire Department’s Assistant Chief Bryan Kehl was the fire chief in charge. Departments standing by at empty fire stations included Sheldon Fire Department and Bennington and Cowlesville fire companies. 

No injuries were reported in the fire that caused an estimated loss of $175,000. 

The seven family members are being assisted by the American Red Cross. Additionally, a GoFundMe page has been set up for the family. 

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Thursday, August 4, 2016 at 10:28 am
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, fire, Bennington, Attica, Cowlesville.

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A fire destroyed a Ford pickup truck and cargo trailer in Bennington early this morning. 

Crews from Bennington Fire Company, and Cowlesville and Attica fire departments responded to the fire on Route 354 around 9 a.m.. The Fire Chief in Charge was Bennington Fire Chief Jim Dick. Assisting at the scene were the Wyoming County Sheriff’s Department and the New York State Police. 

The truck and trailer were a total loss. The house received minimal heat damage. The total estimated loss is around $75,000.

The fire is still under investigation.

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Sunday, July 24, 2016 at 12:23 pm
posted by Howard Owens in accidents, Cowlesville.

A rollover accident is reported in the area of 1934 Folsomdale Road in Cowlesville.

The driver is reportedly out of the vehicle and walking around.

Cowlesville and Harris Corners fire companies dispatched.

Wednesday, July 6, 2016 at 3:24 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, events, Cowlesville.
Event Date and Time: 
July 10, 2016 - 9:00am to 4:00pm

One of the longest running annual flea markets in Western New York will be taking place in Cowlesville from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. The 32nd annual Cowlesville Flea Market and Strawberry Social will be held in the hamlet located in the northwestern part of Wyoming County. 

Wednesday, July 6, 2016 at 3:23 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, events, Cowlesville.

One of the longest-running annual flea markets in Western New York will be taking place in Cowlesville from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. The 32nd annual Cowlesville Flea Market and Strawberry Social will be held in the hamlet located in the northwestern part of Wyoming County. 

Walk through the village streets and find craft items such as fabric and scrapbook-making supplies, children’t toys and clothing, and general household items. An animal adoption area will be set up for those looking to adopt a dog or puppy. Additionally, live music from late morning through midafternoon will be provided by Porcelain Train. 

Food will be available at the Pine Lounge, Kadds Mart, and local residents will be providing chicken dinners.

For more information email Cowlesville.FleaMarket@gmail.com or visit its Facebook page.

Tuesday, July 5, 2016 at 4:03 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, crime, Cowlesville, Perry.
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     David J. Smith

David J. Smith Jr., of Cowlesville, was charged June 30 with driving while intoxicated as a misdemeanor and other traffic offenses. Smith was stopped on Wende Road, Alden, for failing to signal a turn and operating a motorcycle with illegal exhaust. During the stop, he was given a field sobriety test, which his allegedly failed. Additionally, his BAC was .15 percent. He is due in the Town of Alden Court at a later date.

Craig J. Ebner, 33, of Perry, was charged July 2 with driving while intoxicated. Troopers investigating a vehicle complaint stopped Ebner on Route 19, Hume. During the interview, troopers alleged smelled alcohol and conducted field sobriety tests, which the suspect allegedly failed. He was taken to the State Police barracks in Fillmore where he is said to have had a BAC of .12 percent. He is due in the Town of Hume Court at 5 p.m. July 14.

Friday, July 1, 2016 at 1:54 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, crime, Perry, Cowlesville.

Tyler Warner, was charged June 27 with unlawful possession of marijuana. Perry Police officers received a complaint of people smoking marijuana in an apartment on Covington Street, Perry. After an investigation, Warner was charged. He is due in Perry Village Court in August.

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  David J. Smith Jr.

David J. Smith Jr., 47, of Cowlesville, was charged June 30 with driving while intoxicated. Smith was stopped by New York State troopers on Wende Road, Alden, for traffic violations. During the investigation, he was given a field sobriety test where he was allegedly found to have had a BAC of .15 percent. He is due in the Town of Alden Court at a later date.

Monday, April 11, 2016 at 1:26 pm

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Press release and file photos.

Fire and Emergency Medical Services (EMS) agencies throughout Wyoming County, and the state, will hold open houses on April 23 and 24 as part of RecruitNY. The campaign aims to encourage residents to join the ranks of volunteers. Sen. Patrick M. Gallivan (R-C-I, Elma) is teaming up with Wyoming County Office of Emergency Services to sponsor this volunteer firefighter and EMS recruitment drive. 

“We are fortunate to have dedicated men and women serving our communities as firefighters and EMS personnel, but we need to make sure we bring in new recruits to answer the call,” Gallivan said. “Being a volunteer is a rewarding experience and a wonderful way to help your neighbors in a time of need. I encourage everyone to visit their local fire hall to find how to get involved.”

According to the Firemen’s Association of the State of New York, a nonprofit organization that supporters firefighters, there are over 100,000 volunteer firefighters statewide. That’s down from 120,000 in the early 1990s.

The recently adopted state budget includes $250,000 to promote and support recruitment of volunteers. 

For more information on recruitment weekend, contact Wyoming County Emergency Management at (585) 786-8867.

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Friday, March 25, 2016 at 5:13 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, announcements, education, Cowlesville, Attica.

Jacob Kowalewski and James Neary both one a $1,000 scholarship to Paul Smith’s College. The Wyoming County residents were among the 69 high school students who earned scholarships to the college.

Kowalewski, of Cowlesville; and Neary of Attica competed in the Paul Smith’s College Presidential Scholarship competition in February. Contestants participated in a group challenge as part of the competition. They created a short story and acted out a play based on a list of words and pictures they were given. The students also took parts in a one-on-one interviews with a college representative and wrote an essay.

Scholarship awards ranged between $1,000 and full tuition. Recipients who choose to attend Paul Smith's are eligible to receive the scholarships annually for as long as they are enrolled.

Paul Smith's College, located in the Adirondacks, offers programs, in fields including hospitality, culinary arts, forestry, natural resources, entrepreneurship and the sciences, draw on industries and resources available in our own backyard.

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