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Friday, March 24, 2017 at 8:07 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, events, Attica, music, education.

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An ensemble of young musicians and choral singers from Wyoming and Genesee counties will be performing at the All-County Music Festival sponsored by the Genesee-Wyoming Music Educators’ Association Inc.

The first performance begins at 2 p.m. Saturday in the auditorium at Attica High School, Main Street, Attica. The second performance will be at 2 p.m. April 1 at Pavilion Central School, Big Tree Road, Pavilion.

Students from St. Joseph and Notre Dame, and Alexander, Attica, Batavia, Byron-Bergen, Elba, Le Roy, Oakfield-Alabama, Pavilion, Pembroke and Wyoming school districts compete for a chance to perform in the festival.

Performances include the Senior High Jazz Band Ensemble, the Elementary All-County Chorus, the Junior High All-County Band, and the Senior High All-County Chorus.

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Tuesday, March 14, 2017 at 5:15 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, news, education, library, Attica.

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In September, 10 Attica community members got together and formed a fundraising committee to help generate enough money to assist in the renovations of the Stevens Memorial Library, Main Street, Attica.

Since October, the committee has raised close to $63,000 toward the improvements, thanks in part by the Attica Lions Club’s donation of $10,000. The Lions Club money was left over from the Attica Walking Path fundraiser the club held in 2015 - 2016 to repair the damages to the path at the Attica Veterans Memorial Park on Exchange Street.

“It was a feeling of ‘so…we can really do this’ from the committee,” said Library Director Nancy Burns. “We received $300,000 each from the Library Construction and Library Community grants, $50,000 from Senator (Patrick) Gallivan, and $63,000 the library committee has raised so far.”

Between the grants and other donations, the Library has $700,000 of the $800,000 to complete the whole project.

Committee members Barbara Helik and Teresa Wright, as co-chairs; and Emma Edwards, Maggie Dadd, Linda Camp, Sandra Eck, Amy Meisner, Charles Williman, Chris Kipfer, and Linda Kruszka, began actively raising funds in October.

Renovations will begin at the back entrance to comply with the American Disabilities Act. A ramp will be installed along the left side of the entrance and a new glass door will be set in place. In addition to the ramp, a set of four steps will also be available. That is, of course, after several walls are removed.

“We will be raising the floor and taking out some walls,” Burns said. “The idea is to have a more open feel with easy access to new releases, magazines, DVDs and holds. There will be a seating area, and the computers will be relocated to run along the left of the ramp. It will have a more open feel to it than the hackneyed set up it is now. It will be a huge benefit for our older patrons.”

The new open space will also house the circulation desk, as well as two additional desks and an art wall that will showcase art from the Arts Council of Wyoming County and other artists.

“They will be a highlight as patrons walk through the door. And instead of spending the money to get a new circulation desk, we are going to repurpose the old one.”

In addition to saving money on the desk, new windows will be installed for not only light and safety concerns, but energy efficiency as well. 

The “children’s room” will remain virtually unchanged but for the addition of a “support” window so staff and parents can keep an eye on their youngest charges.

Not only is the library renovating the bathroom to be handicap accessible, it will be adding an additional one for convenience.

Once the circulation desk is moved from the library proper the open space will become the “program” space complete with a flat-screen TV for movies, games and presentations. The expanded area will also be used for story hour and more. Additionally, the stacks (bookshelves) will be rearranged for ease of use for people in wheelchairs.

And with all the moving of displays and desks, the library will feature new commercial carpet tile, for easy cleaning and replacement, as well as aesthetic purposes. 

Once the rear of the building is complete, renovations to the Main Street entrance will begin. 

“As you are facing the building from Main Street, the new entrance will be on the left of the building, closer to the parking lot, but with better safety measures for the little ones.”

The small porch – 12 by 15 feet – will be furnished in memory of Edwin Helak, who died April 7.

“When Edwin and his wife, Barbra, came in, one would often sit on the porch and wait for the other. So we are sort of looking at the seating as a ‘you go find a book, I’ll wait here until you’re done’ type of arrangement.”

Even with the new entrance, the concrete lions will remain sitting prominently at the front of the building. The statues will be moved to the front steps, however, and will be set on raised platforms to help preserve them. 

The lions had become a landmark in Attica after the children of the Pauly family and their neighbors would often be found playing on them in the early 1900s.

The lions have made their rounds in the northwest corner of the county. According to the Attica Historical Society, the carved monuments were first delivered by rail from Colorado to the home of Cordon Thomson at 193 Main St., Attica, in the 1800s. They were then sold in the 1900s to Samuel Blanch Ford at 285 Main St.. Then the property was sold to Anton Pauly in 1910, which included the lions. 

When the Main Street property was sold in 1978, the lions were not included in the sale. Instead, they were moved to the home of Karen Kell Acquard in Bennington, a relative of the Paulys. When Acquard and her husband decided to move to Florida around 1990, they donated the lions to the library.

They have had “considerable restoration,” courtesy of the Friends of Stevens Memorial Library, with “Ray Caryl and George Schmidt doing most of the work,” which included a permanent raised foundation.

Another addition to the front entrance will be both a handicap accessible door, as well as a standard door. There will also be an overhang to shelter patrons and the addition of four columns supports.

“We are trying to make the entrance blend in more with its surroundings. The committee worked hard to get the funding to make all this happen and we are excited for the project to start. Luckily, the library received the funding during the last grant cycle, as the governor (Andrew Cuomo) just proposed a $9 million cut to the public library system.”

The building which houses the library was built in 1823 and was home to the Stevens family. The last Stevens family to live in the home had no children of their own, and upon their death, the family gave the structure to the Village in 1893. The Village then turned the building into a library and funded it until the early 2000s.

According to Burns, sometime between 2001-2003, the library became a School District Library (NYS Education Department), catering to the Attica School District children and community.

“The proposed cut would be a huge impact to the library…it would take away the little grants that are inherent to getting programs and materials to expand services and programming at the library.”

In addition to the construction grant for the library’s renovations, Burns said the facility has received several grants last year that benefit its patrons.

They include:

    • Tech Grant up to $1,500 to bring in a new technology. Stevens Memorial Library was able to purchase a 3-D printer and new laptop to run this printer. The funding bought the equipment, however, the library purchased the extended tech and warranty support;

    • Play Spaces grant up to $900 to bring a new area of play for children. The library bought one Lego table complete with two chairs, and Legos and Duplo pieces ($700); and 

    • 1,000 books Before Kindergarten grant allowed the library to purchase quality paperback books for the kids to earn. For every 100 books a child 1 to 5 years old reads, the child can choose a book to take home and keep. Additionally, Wyoming County kids can earn an additional book every month from Project Read just by reading 15 minutes a day for 20 days.  

“These are wonderful ‘little assistances' to all the libraries that will be be lost if aid is cut to the systems in New York State. If the $9 million is taken away, the Library Systems will be back at 2000 spending levels and just surviving their costs. Libraries are education and while tuition is important to families, school help for all students is up to the public libraries when the school doors close at 4 p.m. Attica is hampered by no cable outside the village limits, so the library is very busy for homework online assignments, information gathering, and printing.”

The library doesn’t just function on budgets and grants and state funding alone, it also relies on the patrons that support it, too.

Recently, the Stevens Memorial Library became a benefactor in the Brownstone Book fund, a private foundation in New York City. The foundation was founded by a NYC couple who were interested in “fostering early reading, a love of books and encouraging parents and children to read together.” The couple wishes to remain anonymous and only asks the library to put a “Brownstone Books” sticker on each of the 100 titles they received. The collection caters to children and mostly contains picture books.

“One of the best gifts you can give your child is the time spent reading with them,” Burns said.

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Tuesday, March 14, 2017 at 6:31 am
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, education, announcements, weather.

The following are schools and businesses are closed today due to weather:

    • Attica Central School

    • Castile Christian Academy

    • Literacy West NY Warsaw location

    • Letchworth Central School

    • Perry Central School

    • Pioneer Central School

    • Warsaw Central School

    • Warsaw Head Start

    • Western NY Rural AHEC (Rural Area Health Education Center)

    • Wyoming Central School

Monday, March 13, 2017 at 9:41 am
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, news, announcements, Business, education, Perry.

A message from the Perry Central School District (PCSD): 

We would like to make our local business owners and community members aware that the Perry Central School District is not soliciting funds in support of PCSD through the All American T-shirt Company. 

Its representatives worked with the district Friday to end the solicitations.

We have asked that if businesses did purchase advertising, that any payments already made be refunded. All American T-shirt agreed to do so and we thank them for working with us to correct this situation.

We greatly appreciate the support of our local businesses and community members and apologize for the confusion. 

In instances that the District is engaged in fundraising efforts, we will inform you directly. Should you receive any calls soliciting your support in the future, you can contact the district Business Office at (585) 237-0270, ext. 1001, to verify the validity of the efforts before giving any information to the caller.

Monday, March 13, 2017 at 9:36 am
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, announcements, education, Attica, Warsaw, Portageville.

Medaille College has named the following students to the dean's list for the fall 2016 semester. Students that meet the requirements of a minimum of 12 credit hours and earn a grade point average of 3.5 or higher for all credit hours carried during that semester are placed on the Dean's List

    • Emily Fisher, of Warsaw;

    • Ashley Richley, of Attica; and

    • Lacey Wilmot, of Portageville.

Medaille is a private, four-year college four-year college with campuses in Buffalo, Rochester and online. The college offers associate, bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees in a variety of fields. To learn more visit www.medaille.edu.

Friday, March 10, 2017 at 6:09 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, events, Perry, heroin, opioids, education, drugs.

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The pain in Avi Israel’s voice was evident as he described his son Michael’s spiraling decent into addiction and subsequent death. 

“Michael died at 20 years old. You see, my son suffered from Crohn’s disease. It was very painful for him. When he was 18, he was prescribed narcotics to deal with the pain, the Xanax was to help him cope with anxiety issues, as well as various other drugs for depression,” Israel said. “The medical community didn’t really know too much about addiction back then… Not a day that goes by…that I don’t miss my kid.”

Students from Perry Central School – seventh through 12th grade –  sat in rapt attention earlier this week as Israel spoke of his son and his struggle with addiction. The program was sponsored by Perry Rotary Club, with the support of the Perry Police Department, and the Wyoming County District Attorney’s Office. 

“We have a safety committee and the chief (Perry PD) gave us information about the statistics of opioid use,” said Middle/High School Principal Becky Belkota. “And we’ve seen the articles and the like, and it’s something we want to get ahead of…prevention as oppose to reaction. We wanted to give an insight to addiction, not just heroin.”

The question is asked: “How many of you know someone who died because of addiction?” 

The majority of students in attendance raised their hands.

“Addiction is how you get there (dead). If you’re aware of the pitfalls; maybe you’ll be a little more cautious.

“There has been a four-fold increase in addiction since 1999. When you think of an addict or a junkie, what do you think of?… You may think of the dirty strung-out man hanging out on a street corner… Does my son look like that to you?… Addiction doesn’t discriminate.”

Opioids are a prescription form of heroin, Israel says, and “said to be more intense than heroin.”

“It’s a selfish addiction. You may be doing it to yourself, but you are hurting everyone else. There are more than 100,000 tombstones related to opioid deaths in this country.”

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, “overdose deaths involving prescription opioids have quadrupled since 1999…From 1999 to 2015, more than 183,000 people have died in the United States from overdoses related to prescription opioids.”

Today, nearly half of all opioid overdose deaths nationwide involve a prescription opioid. More than 15,000 people died from overdoses involving prescription opioids in 2015, the most recent data available.

Between November and December Perry law enforcement has responded to four heroin/opioid overdoses. All were saved by using Narcan, which is the brand name for the generic drug naloxone, which is a medication used to block the effects of opioids, especially in overdoses. (Intravaneously, it works in two minutes and when injected into muscle, it works within five minutes.)

However, in the last year, the village has one confirmed death due to overdose, Police Chief Mike Grover says. Just recently there were three overdoses in Perry. In all three of the incidents naloxone was administered. In two of the incidents, the victim was revived. In the third incident, the victim was unable to be saved. The irony of these three victims, two of the overdoses happened to the same person in the span of a week. During the second overdose, he succumbed to the drugs.

In Warsaw, Chief of Police Pete Hoffmeister says there have been 10 overdoses in the past year, with two ending up in deaths. While naloxone was used to save eight of those who overdosed, two were dead before law enforcement arrived. Of those 10, two were in September, two in October, and two in December – as of Dec. 30. The youngest person they encountered was 17 years old and the oldest 55.

Nationwide, every 17 minutes someone dies from an opioid overdose. About two years ago, there were 100 deaths in Erie County. In 2015, it more than doubled. In 2016, that number could reach over 500. That’s about 10 per week. February alone recorded 23 overdose deaths in just one week.

In Wyoming County, between 2010 and 2014 the number of opioid-related emergency department admissions increased 47.6 percent – 42 and 62. The number of opioid-related inpatient hospital admissions rose from 61 to 91 respectively – a 49.2-percent increase. 

During that same time period, those who were admitted for treatment for any opioid in Western New York was 7,679 in 2010. By 2014, the number of people seeking treatment rose by almost a third – 10,154 – a 32-percent increase.

Across the state, those in treatment for heroin use was 55,900 in 2010; in 2014, the number was 77,647. Deaths across the state due to heroin overdose increased 163 percent (215 in 2008, and 637 in 2013) and opioid overdoses increased 30 percent (763 to 952).

Six years ago, Wyoming County didn’t see a heroin issue in the county as much as today. Deputies say they’ve dealt with the drug 30 to 35 times in 2016. The county saw five deaths related to heroin overdoses and 26 overdose incidents law enforcement knows about that are from opioids.

“If this was the flu, we’d all be under quarantine,” Israel said. “Since it’s not the flu, people look at those who are addicts as…they did it to themselves.

“When you think of the word addict, what comes to mind? Someone sleeping in the street? A loser? Those who have lost someone…did they look like losers? They are not the picture of what addiction looks like today.”

Israel says roughly 10 percent of people have an addiction. A misnomer is that to be an addict, one had to use every day. An addict is when you do use, you have difficulty controlling it.

“You don’t have to have cravings to have an addiction,” Israel said. “Addiction isn’t about how easy it is to use. It’s how easy it is to stop.”

Michael suffered with a lot of pain because of Crohn's disease, which is commonly found at the end of the small intestine where it joins the beginning of the large intestine, is when the digestive or gastrointestinal tract is chronically inflamed.The first prescription he was given for pain relief was hydrocodone – an addictive narcotic, especially to a young person, Israel says.

“In 2010, Michael told me he was addicted to his pain pills. In January 2011, we went to the doctor and he told them he was an addict. They told him they had it under control… Michael died June 4, 2011. It took six months before Michael died. That’s how quick an addiction can grab you. He couldn’t kick his habit. He couldn’t let go. I kept asking him…'Michael, why don’t you just quit?’ "

Israel cautions the students, telling them an addiction at their age is “deadly and it’s your life.” 

“Your brain is still developing…It’s like combining peanut butter and jelly and stirring it all together then trying to separate it. It doesn’t happen.”

According to officials, you may be more prone to addiction if you have a family history of addiction. But family history and genetics do not negate the company you keep. 

“Addiction robbed me of my kid,” Israel said. “I blame myself… partly because I didn’t know enough about addiction. I knew everything about Crohn’s disease. But I didn’t know about addiction… It robs you of everything you hold dear; everything you love goes away. Your friends – when you start acting like a jerk – will go away. Your family starts not inviting you to get-togethers.

“Micheal came up to me one time; he needed a hug. I found it hard because I just thought he was destroying our family. It wasn't because I didn't love him. It's because I didn't understand his addiction.”

When your brain only focuses on one thing you become incapable of making even the simplest decisions, Israel says. Once you get into this kind of addiction it doesn't let go. The only escape is to use again, but you fall deeper and deeper into the rabbit hole. And sometimes, you lose the fight.

“I can't stress how important it is to not start with anything. Don't give into peer pressure. I cannot impress upon you how painful it is to lose someone you love. It is one of the worst pains I have ever experienced. And still feel.

“I miss my son so bad it keeps me up at night. The pain just cuts me like a knife. Think of that pain you'd inflict to your parents if something happened to you. My three daughters miss their brother. They don't talk very much about it. At the holidays there is always an empty seat. He will never be there anymore. 

“You have the option of saying no to heavy painkillers. You can say you are OK with taking just a Tylenol. Once you start it grabs you and pulls you down so fast; you may think you have it under control, but you really don't unless you get help.”

Israel says the fear addicts have is the fear of withdrawal. It’s akin to having the flu…”only one hundred times worse.”

“What I wanted to impress on you is what addiction does to you and your family and how severe it is today and the pain it leaves behind,” Israel said. 

“I’m a little worried about upcoming surgery and medications after,” said Perry Sophomore Chelsea Pascoe. “It definitely impacted us to just stay clear.

“We are told a lot about what would happen (if you become addicted) but we saw, sort of firsthand on what it will do… And when he found his son, I don't know how you'd cope with something like that.”

“You don't see it very often… the story (of addiction),” said Freshman Russ Johnson. “You hear about it, but you never really get to see how it affects the families and see what happens… I want to be the one that just stays clean. It's who I am. I want it to mean something to me. It's important.”

“I’m not whole because I miss someone really bad. I hope you never have to go through it,” Israel said.

For more information on Michael story and addiction, visit savethemichaels.org.

For resources on addiction and recovery in Wyoming County visit Recovery.org or Spectrum Human Services or Smart Recovery of Warsaw.

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Friday, March 10, 2017 at 10:49 am
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, announcements, Business, education.

Press release:

For the ninth consecutive year, the Buffalo Bills and M&T Bank are calling on fans to nominate Western New York’s Hall of Fame-caliber educators for the 2017 M&T Bank Touchdown for Teachers program. The program recognizes local teachers for extraordinary service to their schools and communities.

This year, the Bills and M&T are hoping to gather the most nominations in the program’s history. To make it happen, they’re challenging each of the schools throughout the 15-county region that is eligible for the competition to nominate at least one of their outstanding teachers.

“The Touchdown for Teachers program has allowed M&T Bank and the Buffalo Bills to provide some of our region’s best educators with the recognition they deserve,” said Pegula Sports and Entertainment Executive Vice President of Business Development Erica Muhleman. “Our children rely on the hard work and dedication of local teachers to achieve their fullest potential, and it is an honor to celebrate their exceptional efforts.”

Five finalists will be selected based upon their involvement in their school and community, the significance of their positive impact and their proven commitment to the education of their students. One of the five finalists will be named the Grand Prize winner.

Educators must be nominated by the public through the application form at buffalobills.com/teachers no later than March 31. Finalists will be notified no later than April 14.

“You may not see their names next to Jim Kelly or Thurman Thomas on the Bills’ Wall of Fame, but our community is home to so many Hall of Fame-caliber educators who truly are heroes for local students and their schools,” said M&T Bank Retail Market Manager in Western New York Jim Jarosz. “As we celebrate the ninth year of the Touchdown for Teachers contest, we encourage students, parents and school officials to take a moment to nominate an educator who’s making a difference today.”

Each of the five finalists and a guest will be invited to a Bills private event where they will be honored, and the winner of the 2017 Touchdown for Teachers program will be announced. The Grand Prize winner will receive:

    • $2,000 in grant funds, payable to their school or district, to advance their efforts to improve the school community;
    • An in-class visit from a Buffalo Bills player or alumnus.

The four remaining finalists will receive $500 in grant funds, payable to their school or district to strengthen their impact.

To be eligible, educators must live in one of the eight Western New York counties, which includes Wyoming County; the Rochester area; and McKean County, Pa., or Ontario County, Ontario, Canada.

Educators qualifying for nomination to this program are defined as individuals directly involved in the instruction and education of students, including but not limited to: teachers, guidance counselors and teacher’s aides. School and district administrators are not eligible for recognition as finalists but are welcome to nominate educators for recognition.

Information and nomination forms are available at buffalobills.com/teachers. They can be submitted online, or downloaded and mailed to: Pegula Sports and Entertainment, to the attention of Sara Petrone at 199 Scott St., Suite 200, Buffalo, NY 14204.

M&T Bank is the official bank of the Buffalo Bills and the exclusive provider of Bills checks and check cards. Further information about different fan contests and promotions through M&T Bank is available at www.facebook.com/mybillscard.  

About M&T Bank

Founded in 1856, M&T Bank (www.mtb.com) is one of the 20 largest U.S. commercial bank holding companies, with more than $96 billion in assets and more than 650 branch offices in New York, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Delaware, Virginia, West Virginia and Washington, D.C.

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.

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, March 6, 2017 at 9:30 am
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, announcements, education, Warsaw, Wyoming, Attica, Perry, Arcade.

The following local residents made the dean's list at Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) for fall semester 2016-2017:

    • Katie Adinolfe, who is studying in the diagnostic medical sonography program; Nicholas Henderson, who is studying in the game design and development program: Monika Mc Keown, who is studying in the computing security program; Tyler Perry, who is studying in the mechanical engineering technology program; and Hanna Tangeman, who is studying in the graphic design program, all of Warsaw;

    • Dylan Fisher, who is studying in the packaging science program; and Matthew Santullo, who is studying in the mechanical engineering program, both of Wyoming;    

    • Justin Napieralski, of Attica, who is studying in the mechanical engineering program;

    • Konner Narowski, who is studying in the packaging science program; and Noah Wilson, who is studying in the game design and development program, both of Perry; and

    • Sam Tillinghast, of Arcade, who is studying in the computer science program.

Degree-seeking undergraduate students are eligible for dean's list if their term grade point average is greater than or equal to 3.400; they do not have any grades of “incomplete", "D" or "F"; and they have registered for, and completed, at least 12 credit hours

Founded in 1829, RIT enrolls about 19,000 students in more than 200 career-oriented and professional programs, making it among the largest private universities in the United States.

The university is internationally recognized and ranked for academic leadership in business, computing, engineering, imaging science, liberal arts, sustainability, and fine and applied arts. RIT also offers unparalleled support services for deaf and hard-of-hearing students. The cooperative education program is one of the oldest and largest in the nation. Global partnerships include campuses in China, Croatia, Dubai and Kosovo.

Friday, March 3, 2017 at 4:30 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, announcements, Warsaw, medical, education, WCCH.

Press release:

The Rural Area Health Education Center (R-AHEC) recently received close to $24,000 in funding for housing for medical students. The grant is from the William F. Thiel Trust, a fund held by the Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo. 

R-AHEC Chief Executive Officer says the funds will be offered to Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine (LECOM) primary care students beginning in July.

Funds under the award are intended to provide housing for students during each of their four-week long competency-based clinical rotations. These students would reside at the William F. Thiel Hospitality House in Warsaw, which is located directly behind the Wyoming County Community Hospital (WCCH) and is owned and operated by R-AHEC. 

Students would be immersed in rural medicine and receive opportunities to learn about the community in which they serve. WCCHS and LECOM have created a crucial partnership to become an academic training site for medical students with a primary care focus. 

“We are very excited about this new partnership and the opportunity to work with LECOM and WCCHS,” Huff said. “This project has the capability to be very beneficial to both the students and Wyoming County residents. We are very grateful that the William F. Thiel Trust was able to make this project possible.”

“This endeavor will encourage and foster an academic environment at WCCHS and improve the quality of care in the county,” said Medical Director of Acute and Non-Skilled Nursing Facility Medical Operations at WCCH Dr. Bilal Ahmed.

“The college has core competency-based clinical rotations at WCCHS and some area primary care sites will serve as teaching sites to its students. We also hope that this training will be helpful in our future physician recruitment and retention efforts.”

Ahmed is also a professor of clinical medicine and an assistant program director for the University of Rochester School of Medicine-Internal Medicine Residency Program, plus he's the associate medical director at Highland Hospital, Rochester.

“LECOM is committed to offering clinical training opportunities in rural hospital systems,” said Dr. Richard Terry. “We are appreciative of the support of the foundation for subsidizing housing for our students while on rotation there.

"Collaborative, innovative efforts such as this will no doubt encourage medical students to pursue training in primary care and consider practicing in rural, underserved regions of NYS.”

Terry is the assistant dean of regional clinical education and chief academic officer of LECOM at ArnotHealth Inc. in Elmira.

In addition to the housing scholarship award, R-AHEC has been awarded funds through the Trust to support the exploration of expanding capacity and flexibility at the William F. Thiel Hospitality House and for the R-AHEC P.U.L.S.E. (Providing Unique Learning/Shadowing Experiences) Academy. P.U.L.S.E is a health career exploration program for high school students. The total award amount from the for all three projects is $55,338.

R-AHEC was formed in 1999 as a nonprofit organization, serving a 12-county region of Western New York (WNY). Its mission is “to improve health and healthcare through education.” The organization focuses on health workforce development, preceptor development/student housing, pipeline programming, and rural healthcare technology infrastructure development. 

Additionally, R-AHEC operates the WNY Rural Broadband Healthcare Network (RBHN), providing subsidies to nonprofit healthcare facilities through a point-to-point fiber optic network. For more information, visit www.r-ahec.org or www.wnyrbhn.org.

WCCH is a healthcare provider in Wyoming County with a workforce of more than 500 employees. The county-owned facility offers acute care, long term care, ambulatory surgery, rehabilitation and inpatient and outpatient behavioral health. For more information, visit www.wcchs.net.

LECOM is based in Erie, Pa., and is the largest medical school in the United States with a satellite campus in Elmira, as well as campuses in Pennsylvania and Florida. The majority of LECOM graduates become primary care physicians. For more information, visit www.lecom.edu.

The Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo, a 501(c)3 organization, was established in 1919 to enhance and encourage long-term philanthropy in the WNY community. 

The Foundation’s mission is: Connecting people, ideas and resources to improve lives in WNY. For more than 95 years, the Community Foundation has made the most of the generosity of individuals, families, foundations and organizations who entrust assets to its care. For more information, visit www.cfgb.org.

Friday, March 3, 2017 at 3:43 pm

Press release:

Congressman Chris Collins recently released the following statement announcing this year’s Congressional Art Competition. He also is encouraging local high school students in New York’s 27th District to participate.

“The Congressional Art Competition is a great opportunity for hardworking high school students to showcase their work to the hundreds of thousands of people who visit the Capitol each year,” Collins said.

“There are incredibly talented artists throughout NY-27. I look forward to seeing this year’s submissions and the opportunity to welcome the winning artist to our nation’s capital.”

The competition, now in its 35th year, is open to all high school students who live in New York’s 27th Congressional District. Last year there were more than 90 submissions. The winning artist will receive a round trip flight to Washington, D.C., to see their artwork in the U.S. Capitol, where it will be on display for one year.

Submissions are due to either of Congressman Collins’ two district offices no later than 5 p.m. April 4. A reception and award ceremony will be held April 8 at the Roz Steiner Art Gallery, located on the Genesee Community College campus in Batavia. Local high schools have been notified regarding contest rules and submission guidelines.    

Interested students should see their art teacher for details or contact Chris Catt from Congressman Collins’ office at (585) 519-4002.

Thursday, March 2, 2017 at 10:18 am
Event Date and Time: 
March 4, 2017 - 10:00am

At 10 a.m. Saturday, the Warsaw Public Library with Mr. Scribbles will host the national 1000 Books Before Kindergarten campaign at the Warsaw Library, Main Street, Warsaw.

Mr. Scribbles creates cartoons from your child's scribbles. Children and families of all ages are invited.

Thursday, February 23, 2017 at 9:08 am
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, education, announcements, Warsaw.

Karl Daningburg, a senior mechanical engineering major at Grove City College, Grove City, Pa., has been named to the dean's list with distinction for the Fall 2016 semester. 

Daningburg is a 2013 graduate of Churchville Chili Senior High School, Chili, and is the son of Dr. and Mrs. Todd Daningburg (Jeanne), of Warsaw.

Students eligible for the dean's list have a grade point average (GPA) of 3.40 to 3.59; for the dean's list with distinction a GPA of 3.60 to 3.84 and for the dean's list with high distinction a GPA of 3.85 to 4.0.

Grove City College (www.gcc.edu) is a private liberal arts school that offers education in a thoroughly Christian environment.

Founded in 1876, the college is committed to the principles of faith and freedom, a pioneer in independent private education and accepts no federal funds. It offers its 2,500 students degrees in more than 60 majors in the liberal arts, sciences, engineering and music. It is located on a 188-acre campus north of Pittsburgh, Pa. It is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education and routinely ranked among the best colleges and universities by Princeton Review, U.S. News & World Report and others. It is one of the Top Conservative Schools in the country, according to The Young America's Foundation and a Christian College of Distinction.

Thursday, February 23, 2017 at 9:03 am

The State University of New York (SUNY) at Geneseo has announced its president's list for the fall semester 2016. To be on the list, a student must have achieved an A in all coursework (4.0 grade point average) while taking at least 12 credit hours.

The following students were named to the list:

    • Dillon Ramsey from Arcade;

    • Jayden Wolcott from Silver Springs; and

    • Nicole Forti and Thomas Forti, both of Wyoming.

SUNY Geneseo is a public liberal arts college dedicated to developing socially responsible citizens with skills and values for a productive life.

Thursday, February 23, 2017 at 9:00 am
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, education, announcements, Perry.

Elijah McWhinney, of Perry, was named to the dean’s list at The College of Saint Rose, Albany, for the fall 2016 semester.

McWhinney is one of 751 students to achieve this mark of academic excellence. To make the dean's list, he had to complete a minimum of 12 credit hours and achieve a semester grade-point average of at least 3.5 with no grades of D, F, Incomplete or Pass/Fail.

The College of Saint Rose (www.strose.edu) is a progressive college in the heart of New York's capital city.

Thursday, February 23, 2017 at 8:56 am
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, announcements, education, Warsaw, Wyoming.

The following Warsaw students have been named Presidential Scholars for the fall 2016 semester at Clarkson University:

    • Anthony Joseph Monteleone, a senior majoring in mechanical engineering.

    • Rachel Lynn Samardak, a senior majoring in biology.

Presidential Scholars must achieve a minimum 3.80 grade-point average and carry at least 14 credit hours.

Joseph Malloy, of Wyoming, a freshman majoring in engineering studies, was named to the Dean's List for the fall 2016 semester at Clarkson University.

Dean's List students must achieve a minimum 3.25 grade-point average and also carry at least 14 credit hours.

Clarkson University, Potsdam, also has additional graduate programs and research facilities in the Capital Region of New York, and Beacon. Clarkson is a nationally recognized research university with more than 50 programs of study in engineering, business, arts, education, sciences and the health professions.

Thursday, February 23, 2017 at 8:23 am
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, announcements, education, Wyoming.

Abigail Aman, of Wyoming, was one of 28 students inducted into the Kappa Omicron chapter of the Gamma Sigma Epsilon National Chemical Honor Society. A ceremony was held Feb. 10 in Cowles Hall, Elmira College, Elmira.

Gamma Sigma Epsilon is a national chemistry honor society founded in 1919 at Davidson College. The original fraternity was created to promote academic excellence and undergraduate research scholarship in chemistry. In 1931, the fraternity became a co-educational honor society.

Today, there are more than 70 active Gamma Sigma Epsilon chapters throughout the United States. The society is governed by a national executive council of elected officers and meets in biennial conventions for the purpose of governance, fellowship, and scientific exchange.

Elmira College is a private, coeducational, Phi Beta Kappa college founded in 1855. The college has an undergraduate enrollment of approximately 1,200 full-time mostly-residential students. It is the guardian of Quarry Farms where Mark Twain summered for decades and where he wrote many of his most iconic novels and is today a research center for visiting Twain scholars. 

The College has been ranked as a Best College in the Northeast by the Princeton Review and a Top Tier national liberal arts college by U.S. News & World Report, which also ranked Elmira College as a leading college, nationally, for student internships. The Philadelphia Inquirer cited the college campus as “picture postcard perfect.”

Wednesday, February 22, 2017 at 4:00 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, education, Business, Warsaw, healthcare.

Press release:

Western New York Rural Area Health Education Center (R-AHEC), Warsaw, recently received a $607,616 in funding for healthcare and workforce development programs. The Health Workforce Retraining Initiative (HWRI) funding was awarded by the New York State Department of Health and Labor.

The time period covered by this grant is Jan. 1, through Dec. 31, 2018.

Since 2001, R-AHEC has completed several successful cycles of HWRI funding and provided training opportunities to 7,052 healthcare professionals. With the new grant award, more than 2,500 healthcare professionals are expected to be trained. 

The trainings topics will include: Computer Skills of Short Duration, Healthcare Leadership, and LPN Training. 

Under this grant, healthcare employers in Wyoming County, as well as counties in Central and Western New York, and the counties surrounding the Rochester area, may be eligible to receive training for their employees.

R-AHEC is committed to assisting and supporting healthcare employees in reaching their professional goal and in providing the highest quality healthcare possible through the Health Workforce Retraining Initiative.

For more information on this program, contact Kathy Wood at info@r-ahec.org.

Friday, February 17, 2017 at 2:09 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, events, education, Warsaw, Head Start.

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Eighteen 3-, 4- and 5-year-olds, one spunky teacher, music, and a wide open space…it was a dance party in the Warsaw Head Start classroom Thursday afternoon.

Students in Tammy Spencer’s class, one of three Head Start classes in Warsaw for 3- to 5-year-olds, are no strangers to her dancing antics. She often uses dance techniques to help the kids burn off energy and get the “wiggles” out of them. 

Part of the Head Start curriculum includes two parent activities a year.

“We decided to do something a bit different,” said Cattaraugus and Wyoming County Project Head Start teacher Spencer. “The kids were all excited because we made a big deal out of it. We thought it would be a nice way to end the week before (winter) break.”

In addition to getting parents involved, Spencer also likes to get the community involved, too. Reaching out to Tops Friendly Markets in Warsaw, she was able to buy flowers so the children could give them to their parents. It was, after all, a party with a Valentine's Day theme. Additionally, one of the parents donated time and materials to give each kid a gift bag; another parent donated her time to take Valentine photos of the kids; and another parent and Head Start transportation staff donated decorations and helped set up the event.

“One of the best things about the Warsaw center is the involvement in Head Start,” Spencer said. “Community involvement is great. We are always accepting donations and this community is second to none.”

For more information about the Head Start Program visit http://headstartnetwork.com/

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