Wednesday, June 28, 2017 at 7:36 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, announcements, education, Arcade, Warsaw.

Four local students named to the dean’s list at Buffalo State College, Buffalo. Students who have completed at least 12 credit hours and who have a grade point average of 3.5 or higher qualify for the list. 

Students include:

    • Sabina Mogavero and Rory Butts, both of Arcade; and

    • Alexis Burger and Kendra Galligan, both of Warsaw.

Buffalo State offers more than 160 undergraduate programs, including business administration, education, forensic chemistry, psychology, and television and film arts. The college also offers more than 60 graduate programs.

Monday, June 26, 2017 at 12:28 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, events, Perry, education, reading.


Perry Public Library personnel remind parents to watch out for the summer slide. No, it is not the latest new ride at an amusement park, it is what educators call the loss that children may experience over a summer without books. 

Research shows that students who participate in summer reading programs at public libraries returned to school ready to learn, with improved reading achievement and skills. Even if children are avid readers, some parents indicate summer is the most difficult time to find productive things for kids to do. Perry Public Library, Read Around Perry, and the Perry Family Literacy Center are offering free programs for children of all ages.

Some highlights include: 

    • Live animals from the Buffalo Zoo will visit the library;

    • Representatives from the Buffalo Museum of Science will let children examine ancient fossils;

    • Preschool Story times are offered every week, along with afternoon movie matinees and craft programs;

    • Young adults are invited to an Escape Room challenge and creating art with duct tape; and

    • Perry children will be able to experiment with STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math) materials such as Ozobots, Little Bits, Snap circuits, LEGO bricks and other items. The STEAM materials were a gift from the library’s Tuesday Club.

Again this summer Perry Public Library is providing lunch from BOCES, free for any child from birth through 18 years old. The lunches will be held at noon Monday through Thursday July 10 through Aug. 10.

The Perry Family Literacy Center has teamed up with the Perry Public Library from July 10 through  Aug 10 to provide free game-based tutoring in literacy, oral language and STEM. The program will be held at the library from 2 to 4 p.m. Mondays, 10 a.m. to noon Tuesdays, and from 1 to 3 p.m. Thursdays. All preschool through third-grade students are welcome to attend. Library administrators request that a parent or guardian (13 years old or older) stay with children throughout their tutoring. Registration is not required, and children may attend as many times as their schedule allows.

Events at the Perry Farmers’ Market

On Saturday July 8 at the Chalk Art Festival, children are invited to read books from a selection at the RAP and Perry Family Literacy Center tent starting at 9 a.m.. Readers will receive one ticket to enter the raffle for each step that they read throughout the day. Raffle prizes include new books, literacy games, and more. The grand prize (a tablet computer) will be drawn at noon.

The theme of winning will continue with RAP at the Farmers’ Market on Aug.19 for the library’s final summer event, Readers and Writers are Winners. Children who visit the RAP tent will have a chance to talk or write about their summer.

For more information on Perry Public Library activities, call Children’s Librarian Janet Rossman at (585) 237-2243. For Perry Family Literacy Center information, contact Marcie Monegro at (585) 507-7095. To learn more about RAP, visit

Monday, June 26, 2017 at 11:54 am
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, announcements, education.

Genesee Community College (GCC) recently announced that the following local residents are among students who were named to the provost's, president's, and dean's lists for the spring 2017 semester.

Students honored on the provost's list were enrolled part-time and earned a quality point index (GPA) of 3.75 (roughly equivalent to an “A”) or better. The college also maintains a president's list comprised of full-time students who have earned a GPA of 3.75 or better. Additionally, GCC's dean's list is comprised of full- or part-time students who earn a quality point index of 3.50 to 3.74. 

Provost's list honorees include:

    • Michelle Martin-Kaiser, William Plume, Abigail Skillman, Dylan Smoot, and Sarah Zielinski, all of Arcade;

    • Titus Domes, a resident of Attica, Richard Gatti, Laura Hanobik, Nicholas Hanobik, Michael Jackson, Joseph LaCross, John Maher, Nathaniel Washington, and Mitchell Wright, all of Attica;

    • Michelle Bookmiller, of Bliss;

    • Stephanie Kehr and Danielle Kinney, both of Java Village;

    • Adam DeLaVergne, Elizabeth Orban, and Andrea Prince, all of Perry; and

    • Darryl Briggs, Ashley Carney, Ashley Mullen, Thomas Robertson, and Kristen Stephany, all of Warsaw.

Dean's list honorees include:

    • Kaitlyn Fitzgerald, Amanda Fuller, Elizabeth Gleason, and Matthew Slocum, all of Arcade;

    • Summer Beitz, Sydney Breton, Cameron Brooks, Sierra Johnson, Alexandra Leto, Samantha Long, Carrie Snyder, and Tanya Trauscht, all of Attica;

    • Katie Cassidy, and Amber Perry, both of Bliss;

    • Kayley Leary, and Briona Terray, both of Cowlesville;

    • Holly Benkleman, of North Java;

    • Emily Huff, and Christopher Warriner, both of Perry;

    • Catharine Campbell, Ashley Finkle, and Brooke Proper, all of Silver Springs;

    • Brandon Daly, and Angela George, both of Strykersville;

    • Claudia Akin, Rose Chiauzzi, Michael Galton, Ryenne Proefrock, Wyatt Roggow, and Chelsea Schmieder, all of Warsaw; and 

    • Luke Schmidt, of Wyoming.

President's list includes: 

    • Jennifer Eckel, Craig Fitzgerald, Amber Gentner, Tyler Marble, Ashley Miller, Meghan Potter, and Ravo Root IV, all of Arcade;

    • Brittany Anderson, Savannah Bartosik, Rachel Beck, John Burek, Kelly Duckworth, Alicia Dylag, Ryan Napieralski, Courtney Schaller, Nicholas Shadbolt, and Samantha Weber, all of Attica;

    • Montana Copeland, of Castile;

    • Brooke Tisdale, of Gainesville;

    • Adrian McMahon, of North Java;

    • Bethany Messe, Alicia Rast, Patrick Rice, Ciera Rinehart, and Austin Wheeler, all of Perry;

    • Travis Baker, Heather Herrmann, and Crystal Shearing, all of Silver Springs; 

    • Olivia Herrmann, and Anthony Wolowiec, both of Strykersville;

    • Julia Chojnacki, John Hochmuth, Jeffrey Mincer, Stephen Sovocool, and Kyle Turner, all of Varysburg;

    • Jennifer Cummins, Collyn Frank, Seneca Hotchkiss, Michelle LaBelle, Amanda Pahuta, Tracy Stevenson, Sarah Ushurova, and Micaela Van Buren, all of Warsaw; and 

    • Kali Wright, of Wyoming.

GCC offers more than 65 academic programs and certificates, including the new Marketing and Social Media concentration within the Business Administration program, and the new Nanotechnology degree with ECC that focuses on a microscopic scale for an array of careers in biology, chemistry, electrical engineering, medicine and photovoltaics.

The college is accessible through seven campus locations throughout Western New York, as well as through its online learning program. For further information about all of GCC's opportunities, go to

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.

Friday, June 23, 2017 at 12:55 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, announcements, education, Arcade.

Stephanie Hanson, of Arcade, presented original research at the Student Research and Creativity Conference recently held at Buffalo State College, Buffalo.

The conference provides students with the opportunity to explore their own academic interests through research and creative activities, and to share their findings with their peers, professors, and the larger campus community. By conducting their own research under the guidance of a faculty mentor, students deepen their understanding while they create and share new knowledge, conference officials say.

Buffalo State, part of the State University of New York, offers degrees in the arts, education, professional studies, and science. The college offers more than 160 undergraduate programs, including business administration, education, forensic chemistry, psychology, and television and film arts. Buffalo State also offers more than 60 graduate programs.

Friday, June 23, 2017 at 12:42 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, announcements, education, Perry.

Elijah McWhinney, of Perry, was named to the dean’s list for the spring 2017 semester at The College of Saint Rose, Albany. He is one of 704 students to achieve this mark of academic excellence. 

To make the dean's list, McWhinney 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.

For more information about The College of Saint Rose visit

Friday, June 23, 2017 at 12:08 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, announcements, education, government.

Press release

The Senate recently passed legislation (S.2466A and S.2482C) that would amend state education law in relation to two scholarship programs offered to top graduating seniors pursuing college degrees in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) or Education. Sen. Patrick M. Gallivan (R-C-I, Elma), co-sponsor of both bills, says the changes will allow scholarship recipients to apply their award to not only public institutions, but also private, not-for-profit colleges and universities in New York. 

"Students who earn these scholarships should be allowed to attend the college or university of their choice,” Gallivan said. “By expanding these programs to include private, not-for-profit institutions, we ensure students have greater access to programs that best meet their academic needs and support the important economic impact both public and private colleges and universities have on communities across New York.” 

Bill S.2466A will align the STEM Incentive program with other state scholarship programs, allowing students to choose the college or university that benefits them the most. The program offers the state top 10-percent of high school graduates full-time tuition scholarships if they study in STEM-related fields and they commit to staying in New York State for five years following graduation. The initiative is needed to help fill the half-million STEM jobs anticipated in the state by 2018.

The bill is critical to private, not-for-profit colleges and universities across New York, including Rochester Institute of Technology, which is located in the 59th Senate District, says Gallivan.

Both the Senate and Assembly have passed the bill.

Bill S.2482C will align the Masters-in-Education Teacher Incentive Scholarship Program with other state scholarship programs. The program offers awards for 500 New York State residents seeking a Master’s degree in education and dedicated to teaching in a public elementary or secondary school in New York. Currently, 70 private colleges and universities confer 61 percent of the state’s bachelor and graduate education degrees.

The bill has been passed by the Senate and sent to the Assembly.    

Thursday, June 22, 2017 at 3:49 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, announcements, government, education.

Press release

Sen. Patrick M. Gallivan (R-C-I, Elma) recently announced the Senate has passed a bill to prohibit the altering of a student’s official records, files and data. The legislation (S.5273A) would amend state education law to reflect changes in the type of student information maintained by schools, colleges and other educational institutions.     

“A lot has changed over the years in how student records are stored and the type of information maintained,” Gallivan said. “It’s time to update the law to ensure that all educational records are protected from unlawful alteration or tampering. This includes grades, attendance, disciplinary actions, special education records, medical and health history, athletic information and other material.”

The existing state law was implemented in 1980 and bars tampering with a grade, credit honor, award, permanent record or transcript. However, the statute does not take into account changes made to educational records over the past four decades to develop a more holistic and comprehensive student profile. As information on each student grows, so does the need to preserve and safeguard records. The legislation would recognize that all educational records are protected from unlawful alteration or tampering.

The bill, sponsored by Gallivan, passed both the Senate and the Assembly on Monday. It will go to the governor for consideration.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017 at 3:55 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, events, education, Perry.



Perry Central School elementary students and middle-schoolers spent one of their remaining days of the school year playing at the Village Park today for their annual Perry Park Day.











Friday, June 9, 2017 at 12:50 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, announcements, Varysburg, Warsaw, education.

Wyoming County residents Jamie Schwab, Jacob Miller and Rachel Samardak graduated from Clarkson University May 13.

Schwab, of Varysburg, received a bachelor of science degree with distinction in chemical engineering, chemistry minor, biology minor. Miller received a master of engineering degree in mechanical engineering, and Samardak received a bachelor of science degree with distinction in biology, chemistry minor – both are from Warsaw.

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

Friday, June 9, 2017 at 12:02 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, announcements, education, Warsaw.

Karl Daningburg is one of 606 seniors to earn their degree from Grove City College on May 20.

Daningburg, of Warsaw, not only earned a bachelor of science degree in mechanical engineering, he was also named to the dean’s list with high distinction for the spring 2017 semester.

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, Grove City, Pa., was founded in 1876. The college offers more than 50 majors in the liberal arts, sciences, engineering, and music to its 2,500 student population. 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.

Friday, June 9, 2017 at 11:52 am
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, announcements, education, Pike.

Anthony Butler, of Pike, has been named to the dean's list for the spring semester 2017 at Youngstown State University (YSU), Ohio. Butler is a exercise science major.

The dean's list recognizes the university’s best and brightest students. The list includes those full-time undergraduate students who have earned at least a 3.4 grade point average while carrying a course load of 12 or more credit hours.

Youngstown State University, an urban research university, offers nearly 13,000 students more than 135 undergraduate and graduate programs. As a major educational and economic development resource in the region, YSU is known for its focus on academic research and creative programs. For more information, visit

Thursday, June 1, 2017 at 1:23 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, announcements, Attica, education.

Thomas Finnigan, of Attica, recently received Second Prize, May 10, at the eighth annual Student Research Conference held in Cowles Hall at Elmira College, Elmira.

More than 40 students of the college, representing 10 disciplines and all class years, presented course projects and independent research conducted with faculty.

Cash prizes were awarded to standout papers in each of the research sessions and in each category of the poster sessions. The sessions included natural sciences, social sciences, and applied research.

The academic writing session was comprised of four exemplary papers selected for presentation from the freshmen writing courses.

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, and is the guardian of Quarry Farms where Mark Twain summered for decades. Many of his most iconic novels were written there and is today a research center for visiting Twain scholars. Elmira 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 Elmira College campus as “picture postcard perfect.”

Thursday, June 1, 2017 at 1:12 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, announcements, education, Silver Springs.

Kyle Conner, of Silver Springs, was awarded a master's degree from Georgia State University during the week of May 8.

More than 4,300 students received certificates and degrees across numerous disciplines of study, including undergraduate- and graduate-level certificates, and degrees at the associate's, bachelor's, master's, specialist and doctoral levels.

Georgia State University, Atlanta, Ga., with a student body of more than 53,000, is a public research university. 

Wednesday, May 31, 2017 at 7:40 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, announcements, Attica, education.

Emily Cayea, of Attica, was named to the spring 2017 dean’s list at SUNY Oneonta (State University of New York). She was among 1,409 students who earned a grade point average of 3.5 or higher while carrying a course load of 12 or more hours.

SUNY Oneonta, a liberal arts college, enrolls 6,000 students in its 60 undergraduate and 14 graduate programs. The college has been named to Kiplinger's list of "100 Best Values in Public Colleges" for 10 years running and sits at No. 12 on the 2017 U.S. News and World Report list of the best public institutions in the region. 

Wednesday, May 31, 2017 at 6:31 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, news, announcements, Warsaw, Perry, Attica, education.

Press release:

Assemblyman David DiPietro (R,C-East Aurora) announced a new round of funding for essential library repairs and upgrades within his district. 

In total, the New York State Education Department/New York State Library have approved 216 construction awards to public library systems in legislative districts throughout the state.

“These awards will go an incredibly long way in bringing our libraries up to legal code, rehabbing their appearances and keeping libraries at the center of our communities,” DiPietro said. “I will continue to fight for additional resources throughout the end of our legislative session to ensure our libraries receive their fair share of our tax dollars. We must continue to provide these vital resources to our community learning centers.”

Libraries to receive funding in the 147th District include:

    • Perry Public Library -- $10,807 to replace their existing air conditioning system;

    • Stevens Memorial Library in Attica -- $303,233 to upgrade the back entrance to be ADA compliant, and create a safer sidewalk doorway at the front entrance;

    • Warsaw Public Library -- $9,004 to improve access to both the elevator and fire alarm control panel; and

    • Boston Free Library -- $3,106 for interior and exterior rehab of their facilities.

There are approximately 1,000 public library buildings in communities across New York and more than half of them are more than 60 years old. Many are unable to accommodate users with disabilities, are energy inefficient and cannot provide Internet and computer technologies because of outdated and inadequate electrical wiring, officials say.

Project activities and expenditures eligible for grants from the State Aid for Library Construction Program include financing construction of new library buildings, construction of additions to existing buildings, and the renovation and/or rehabilitation of existing space.

In the 2017-18 State Budget, the Legislature provided $24 million for projects that will be announced in spring 2018.

Thursday, May 25, 2017 at 1:54 pm



Its mission is to bring schools and businesses together to provide opportunities for youth to have a stronger workforce.

The Wyoming County Business Education Council (BEC) named Jeff Fitch, owner of Signlanguage, as its 2017 Outstanding Business Partner in Education at its annual breakfast meeting held at the Byrncliff Resort & Conference Center, Varysburg.

Signlanguage opened in the summer of 1986 after Ron Bouchard, Dave Caito and Fitch discussed and made samples of what they thought would be a unique type of sign for Western New York. Jumping at the opportunity, the trio began producing sandblasted and carved redwood signs.

The company’s first big sign produced – a 3- by 8-foot beauty – was purchased by Byrncliff.

By 1989 the business had increased so much it allowed Fitch to work full time.

“Nobody starts a business to win awards or to be recognized,” Fitch said. “We are in business to make a profit and stick around a few years… then it became five, then 10, then 15, and now it’s like ‘Wow! I’ve been digging holes for 31 years.’ “

In other business matters:

One of the BEC’s biggest highlights of the year was providing a Junior Achievement program at Warsaw Central School as a 6:30 a.m. class, says Executive Director Linda Leblond.

“The kids are there that early in the morning and they are intent to learn,” Leblond said. “We had a record number of Junior Achievement programs this year. Each of our schools are recognizing the importance of the Junior Achievement.”

The program is a self-contained business educational program that meets New York State education standards, officials say. 

“Because of the endless number of volunteer in the county to step up to the plate, we’ve been able to expand our Career Days to include agribusiness this year. More than 1,500 students were able to participate.”

In addition to the volunteers, Marquart Farms donated 700 bags of potato chips for the participating students.

“We are fortunate to have those days and volunteers,” Leblond said.

And the success of the Junior Achievement Program was seen recently when Leblond was getting things organized for the annual meeting. The center pieces on the tables were flower boxes with a chalkboard front. Positive, inspiring words were written on the board. The idea came about from doing mock interviews years ago where members of the BEC asked students to name five adjectives to describe themselves. 

“My niece came to visit me in the office and asked about the flower boxes. So I told her,” Leblond said. “She asked what kind of words and I said positive words. Then I asked her, ‘If I were a boss and you came to me for a job and I asked you to give me five words to describe yourself, what would they be? She said 'honest.' And I asked her for another one, and she said 'dependable.' So I said ‘You’re on a roll. I need 23 more.’ And she did it. She came up with them and wrote them on the boxes. And it give me great pleasure knowing that what we are teaching…the kids are getting it.”

Third-grade students at Letchworth Central School have been learning about city management in the Our City Program. Third-grade teacher Tyler King heads the program that helps students learn why things are where they are in a city, town or village. 

In addition to learning about city planning, economics was a big part of the program.

“The kids played a game similar to the game of Life,” King said. “They have bank accounts and learn how to balance a checkbook and pay bills. It gives them a glimpse of what their parents take care of on a regular basis.”

They children also had an opportunity to have a business model for a restaurant, for example, and they also learned how news is spread in today’s world.

Older students were given an opportunity to create a business plan and pitch it to “potential investors.”

Gipsie Prickett decided on a school store called The Hive, and Madeleine Goulet developed a plan for a hotel and waterpark combination called Slide City. 

The Perry High School students developed the concepts and presented their ideas to a panel of five investors. At the end of their presentations, participants of the meeting cast their votes for the best business idea.

Other accomplishments of the BEC include:

    • College preparatory opportunities for high school students; 

    • Professional development for teachers; and 

    • Collaboration with Marquart Trucking, Gainesville, to offer a BOCES program at its facility.

BEC Board of Directors:

    • Business members include: Jeffrey Fitch, owner of Signlanguage; Sonia Dumbleton, of Five Star Bank; Rachell Becht, human resource and safety manager at Koike Aronson Inc.; and Steve Hull, human resource director at Morton Salt;

    Education members include: Julia Reed, superintendent at Letchworth Central School; Jessica Hibbard, Genesee Community College; Ben Halsey, superintendent at Pioneer Central School; Joseph Englebert, superintendent at Warsaw Central School; Daryl McLaughlin, superintendent at Perry Central School; and Kathleen Schuessler, superintendent at Wyoming Central School; and

    • Members-at-large include: Donald O’Geen, Wyoming County District Attorney; Andrea Aldinger, director of Wyoming County Youth Bureau/Office of the Aging; Roxanne Dueppengiesser, Cornell Cooperative Extension; Brent Hastings, Town of Eagle supervisor; and Vanessa Zeches-McCormick, Town of North Java supervisor.

2017-2018 Slate of Officers are:

    • Julie Donlon, assistant superintendent at Genesee Valley Educational Partnership, president;

    • Brianna Stone, branch manager of Tompkins Bank of Castile, Warsaw branch, vice president;

    • Bryce Thompson, superintendent at Attica Central School, treasurer; and

    • Connie Almeter, director of nursing at Wyoming County Community Hospital, secretary; and Norbert Fuest, Apple Tree Consulting Services, past president.

“One thing that hasn’t changed has been the support for the BEC,” Donlon said. “The BEC was established in 1980. Since then, this countywide agency has ensured programs can flourish because the programs can now cross county lines. With the increase in students participating, the programs can continue to grow.”

Currently, the BEC has more than 250 members, which include business members, financial support and volunteers.

And who won the vote for the best business idea? Slide City.

For more information on the BEC visit or the office in the Ag & Business Center, 36 Center St., Warsaw.











Wednesday, May 24, 2017 at 4:15 pm
posted by Howard Owens in Warsaw, agriculture, GCC, education, schools, news, Business.


Press release:

"What is the biggest challenge you face in your business?" is a question often asked by the Agri-Business Academy students during tours of local agriculture businesses. The answer is almost always the same. "Labor."

The challenge of finding dependable, hardworking individuals for stable, well-paying careers in agriculture has been a constant battle for agriculturalists for years. As the instructor of the Agri-Business Academy, I've spoken with local agribusiness people from more than 100 local agribusinesses and the need for good employees is a common thread.

The common misconception is that these are not careers, but physically demanding jobs that do not require a college degree and involve a way of life that many would not willingly choose. Today, agribusinesses are usually seeking applicants with college degrees, technology and management experience, and business and communication skills. What is most important is that the compensation aligns with these requirements. In addition, the benefits and satisfaction that comes from working in the agriculture industry is unlike any other.

Agriculture continues to be the number one industry in Genesee County and the driving force of the local economy. When students of the Agri-Business Academy toured Torrey Farms, among the largest agribusinesses in New York state, they heard Maureen Torrey Marshall explain that Torrey Farms does not simply employ a few people in the surrounding community. She described the multiplier effect, which means that other businesses, such as trucking companies, mechanic shops, equipment dealerships, transportation hubs, technology, fuel and fertilizer suppliers, and many others are all part of the agribusiness economy.

Most people do not recognize the many different aspects of agriculture and the need for individuals with a broad array of interests and expertise. Animal and plant systems, food products and processing, agricultural mechanics, precision agriculture, agribusiness networks, international trade, environmental and conservation systems, and energy use are just a few of the trades under umbrella of agriculture.

To ensure that the agriculture community has the employees they need to thrive, and to continue to be the bedrock of our community the Agri-Business Academy is again seeking high school seniors to learn about careers in all aspects of agriculture. The Agri-Business Academy is a one-year partnership program between the Genesee Valley Educational Partnership and Genesee Community College.

Through this program, the students earn 15 college credits through the ACE program at Genesee Community College. They spend half the school day in the Agri-Business Academy enrolled in the following five college courses: Western New York Agriculture, Career and Educational Planning, Principles of Business, Principles of Biology and Public Speaking.

Throughout the year students tour area agribusinesses to learn and experience these businesses, job shadow professional producers and at the end of the year each student participates in a two-week internship. This year's Agri-business Academy students are working at their internships experiencing many different aspects of agribusiness -- from robotic and organic dairies to maple syrup and crop management and much more.

The following locations throughout Western New York are currently sponsoring student internships: DeLaval Dairy Services in Corfu, WBB Farm in Alden, Beaver Meadows Audubon Center in North Java, Merle Maple Farm in Attica, Cottonwood Farms in Pavilion, Cornell Cooperative Extension in Wyoming County, Schierberdale Holsteins, Perry and WNY Crop Management in Warsaw.

If you know of a current junior or underclassman who is interested in business or agriculture, or is unsure of a career path, please encourage them to apply for the Agri-Business Academy at the Genesee Valley Educational Partnership. Through the Agri-Business Academy, students explore the plethora of wonderful careers available to them -- locally, internationally or often it is a dynamic blend of both.

Whether they like working inside or outside, with their hands or crunching numbers, handling heavy equipment or studying the nuances of soil (agronomy), tending to livestock or discovering how technology can help feed the world -- the "Ag Academy" is a career starter.

Jack Klapper, an Agri-Business Academy graduate and Cornell University assistant men's basketball coach said, "I would recommend this academy to anyone, whether they are pursuing a career in agriculture or not. The life skills I developed in this program are some of the best skills I have ever learned."

Applications are available at The first 20 students to submit their application will receive a free Genesee Community College flash drive wristband. Questions? Please do not hesitate to contact me at 585-344-7783 or Check out the Agri-Business Academy on Facebook at:

Top photo: Agri-business Academy student Cherie Glosser of Warsaw High School with calf at Post Dairy Farms.


Agri-business Academy students at Torrey Farms, in Elba.


Agri-business Academy students at Porter Farms in Elba.


Agri-business Academy students at SJ Starowitz Farm, in Byron.

Thursday, May 18, 2017 at 6:31 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, events, education, crime, Warsaw, Attica, Arcade, Perry, Castile.



Local youths traversed the county placing neon green warning stickers on multi-packs of alcoholic beverages at grocery and convenience stores throughout the county. Project Sticker Shock serves as a reminder to adults that providing alcohol to minors is illegal. 

Partners for Prevention (P4P), a group of youth and adults working together to address issues surrounding alcohol and other drug use in Wyoming County, participate in the annual event to raise awareness about underage drinking. 

With the upcoming graduations, P4P officials reminds residents that alcohol-related deaths or injuries are all too often associated with special events or holiday seasons. The stickers remind consumers that it is illegal for any person 21 years old or older to purchase or provide alcohol to minors, and offenses are punishable with fines up to $1,000 or one year in jail.

Participating stores include: 

    • Tops Markets in Attica, Warsaw and Arcade;

    • Rite Aid and BenGos Express Mart, Attica;

    • Brass’ Shurfine, Arcade;

    • Arrow Mart, Warsaw;

    • Perry Market Place, Rite Aid, Arrow Mart, Perry; and 

    • Carney’s Market and Arrow Mart, Castile.

For more information about P4P visit







Tuesday, May 16, 2017 at 2:49 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, announcements, education, letchworth, news.


Press release, photo submitted:

The Letchworth Central School District’s Board of Education (BOE) has selected D. Todd Campbell as the district’s next superintendent. Campbell is expected to begin on July 3 pending contract negotiations.

“The search process was rigorous and the Board of Education truly values the input we received from the various stakeholder groups, including staff, and community members who met with the candidates to help us make a final decision,” said Letchworth’s Board President Richard Wilcox. “We are confident that Mr. Campbell will lead our district through the issues we face in our region. With his leadership, we will work together to deliver the best education possible for our students.”

Campbell has been the principal of Wayland Elementary School in the Wayland-Cohocton School District since 2003. During his tenure as principal, Wayland Elementary has been recognized by New York state as a High Performing/Gap Closing School. Buffalo’s Business First Magazine has placed Wayland Elementary School on the Top 50 Elementary Schools in this region. 

As principal, Campbell is responsible for the education of 326 students and he supervises 60 faculty and staff members. He creates and manages the instructional budget for the school and also is responsible for all curriculum development and implementation. 

From 2000 to 2003, he served as the principal of Perry Middle School where he facilitated the opening of a new middle school. This included the move of students and staff from two separate buildings and the creation of a new middle school program. Previously, he served as the assistant principal at Perry Elementary School. 

He began his career in education in 1991 as a teacher at Letchworth Central Schools.

Campbell earned a Bachelor of Science from Houghton College, Houghton, and a master’s degree from The College at Brockport, Brockport. He also holds a Certificate of Advanced Study in Educational Administration from Brockport.

“I am blessed and honored to have the opportunity to be the next superintendent of Letchworth Central Schools. The district has a long tradition of solid leadership and what impresses me the most are the people. They are kind, dedicated and passionate about what they do for students each day,” Campbell said. “I am excited to form new friendships and positive relationships with the students, staff and Board of Education as I begin this new journey.”

Campbell will replace Julia Reed who is retiring at the end of the 2016-2017 school year.


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