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Wednesday, April 12, 2017 at 9:00 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, event, government, 4-H, Warsaw, Eagle, Castile.

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Two Wyoming County 4-H’ers each received a Certificate of Recognition from the county Board of Supervisors during the monthly meeting Tuesday in Warsaw. Danielle Herrick and Madelynn Olin were recognized for their presentations at the 4-H Public Presentation Days held at Warsaw High School in February. 

The Public Presentation program is designed to enhance 4-H’ers public speaking skills by researching a subject and organizing their ideas in a logical order. Additionally, the program helps the youth gain confidence and self-esteem while developing the ability to think and speak in front of a group of people about something that interests them, 4-H officials say.

Danielle, 14, is the daughter of Will and Louise Herrick, of Eagle. She is a seven-year member of the Barnstormers 4-H Club. Her formal presentation titled “Dairy Advocacy” highlighted how animal rights groups shine a negative light on the dairy industry, and how positive activism can “provide people with the facts about milk and the dairy industry.”

Madelynn, 11, has been a member of the Castile Country Kids 4-H Club for the past six years. She is the daughter of Justine and Jessica Olin, of Castile. Her illustrated talk was titled “Mary Jemison, White Woman of the Genesee.” Along with the drawings and written information about Jemison’s life depicted on poster board next to her, Madelynn told of the woman’s life and how she came to rest in Letchworth State Park.

Attica Town Supervisor Bryan Kehl presented the girls with the certificates.

In other board matters:

    • Chairman Doug Berwanger is authorized to sign a contract with Adecco Staffing Agency and provides for a temporary clerical worker for the Office for the Aging until the results of the Civil Service list are available, effective March 18 through June 30;

    • Proclamation declaring April Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention Month, and Alcohol Awareness Month in Wyoming County;

    • Chairman authorized to sign a contract with Hillside Children’s Center for: two additional parenting classes to be taught in the Wyoming County Jail for an additional funding amount of $2,016.62; additional funding for Children’s Health Home Services – $939; and a reduction of $76 for Family Support Services.

    • The GLOW area (Genesee, Livingston, Orleans, and Wyoming counties) has been designated as a Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Area (WIOA) under the WIOA Act of 2014. Additionally, Wyoming County Community Action is the system partner providing WIOA adult, dislocated worker, and youth program services in Wyoming County, effective July 1;

    • Proclamation stating May 7 through 13 is Travel and Tourism Week in the county; 

    • The Wyoming County Ag and Business Center’s Use of Facilities Policy and Fee Schedule has been approved; 

    • Roberta Curry has been appointed to the GLOW Solid Waste Planning Committee and Glow Regional Solid Wast Management Committee, through Dec. 31; 

    • NOMAD Enterprises Inc., 6270 Abbott Road, Silver Springs, won the contract for law maintenance services at various county buildings – not to exceed $8,160; and ThyssenKrupp Elevator, Walden Avenue, Buffalo, was awarded a contract for elevator maintenance services at the Courthouse-Government Center and Public Safety Building, Main Street, Warsaw – not to exceed $24,840; and

    • The Highway Department abolished one position – bridge construction mechanic, and created two – heavy equipment operator, and sign maintenance working supervisor; the Sheriff’s Department created two positions – administrative assistant (Sheriff), and part-time corrections officer; and the Health Department abolished the position of public health nurse, and created the position of community health nurse II.

Tuesday, January 10, 2017 at 3:45 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, event, mAPLE, Gainesville, CCE.
Event Date and Time: 
January 14, 2017 - 9:00am to 3:30pm

WNY Maple School and Trade Show – for beginners to advanced maple producers – will be held from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Jan. 14 at Letchworth Central School, 5550 School Road, Gainesville.

For more information or questions contact Debra Welch at (585) 786-2251 or djw275@cornell.edu. Register with Zach at zta3@cornell.edu

Friday, November 25, 2016 at 8:59 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, crime, book, author, event, Attica.

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Four grisly murders were committed during an 18-month period between 1922 and 1924 in the tiny hamlet of Linden, near Bethany, between Attica and Batavia. An additional murder in 1917, in which the modus operandi (M.O.) and crime signature were identical, caught the attention of local author Rob Thompson as well. Not an enthusiast of unanswered questions, Thompson began to dig.

“It was a form of criminal reverse engineering,” Thompson said. “In 1917, 1922, 1924 and 1934 six people were butchered and the killer was never caught.”

Frances Kimball, Hattie Whaley, Tom Whaley, Mabel Morse and Ben Phillips in Attica, and “Ruth” in 1917, were all brutally murdered, yet the cases have remained unsolved for close to 100 years. That is until Thompson’s inquisitive mind took him to the Genesee County Historical Society “just to see what they had.”

In his second book on the subject – “The Twisted Tree-Final Words On The Linden Murders” – Thompson, who will be holding a book signing at the Alexander Fire Department from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, believes he knows the name of the killer.

Thompson’s interest in the Linden murders began with a casual conversation. Sometime during the 1980s a small book – "The Linden Murders...Unsolved" by William F. Brown – was written about the murders, however, Thompson noted that is was a “just a review of the facts of the crime.” 

“I wanted to know why they weren’t solved. I didn’t set out to solve the case, but I wanted to know why...As far as I can tell, the case was never solved because people were getting killed because they knew who the murderer was. I also believe there were a few coverups in the case as well.

“I connected ‘Ruth’ to the others by M.O. and signature...nearness to the killers work place and all cases being kept together as though there were a link.”

He became interested in the subject because it was something that happened in the area. According to Thompson, the murderer would be considered one of the most prolific serial killer in New York State. Not only because the case was never solved, but because there were at least six – and possibly more – deaths. He is in the top ten group of serial killers in the state.

“You find little pieces of information and that gives you hope. If you don’t tell the stories they are going to get lost. History will get buried if you don’t talk about it.”

Studying the existing case files and using modern profiling techniques Thompson enlisted the help of Mark Safarik, a retired FBI agent and media expert on serial killers. Safarik was host to  the NBC Universal show “Killer Instinct” which explored notorious crimes as seen through the eyes of an FBI criminal profiler.

"It was about control. These were not murders committed for financial or sexual gain. He also struck fear into the hearts of the other residents of Linden, likely preventing them from telling authorities enough to result in his arrest.”

While locals were fearful of going to the police, one theory Thompson suggested included a coverup by the killers wife Lorraine, immediate family members and the killer’s doctor, Dr. Bradley. While he suggests all knew of his crimes, they were remiss to go to the authorities.

“I think Dr. Bradley knew Lorraine was messed up her whole life and his thinking may have been ‘am I going to send two women to the electric chair or move on with my life and let the authorities deal with it?’ They (police) knew where the killer was and he was under constant observation. Additionally, how can you convene a Grand Jury without any real hard evidence.”

Thompson’s theory suggests, after the murder of Kimball, the killer had come home and wiped his hands on his wife Lorraine’s dress.

“He transferred the blame onto her when he wiped his bloody hands on her dress.”

When Thompson spoke with Safarik he went to him with photos and supporting documentation and asked him to give him an idea of the type of person he was looking for.

“To me it didn’t look like delusional behavior, but had a pattern of behavior. He (the murderer) was cunning, manipulative, glib... he felt like he could get away with things when speaking with authorities. He gave clues. He said he couldn’t fire a pistol but he could fire a rifle, but they didn’t pick up on that. I hit all these points in the research.”

In 1934, Rochester Police Detective John McDonald had said Phillips died when the fire in the bedroom caused the sheetrock to fall on his head. However, the photo of the crime scene shows the mans head is caved in, yet the detective dismissed those injuries to anything other than the falling sheetrock.

“So you had a detective come in and throw a monkey wrench into the whole thing and a DA who shot himself... there were so many conflicting stories, but once I matched up the signatures, I couldn’t help but make the connection.”

Thompson’s background in psychology, schizophrenics specifically, became the backbone to his research. While in Memphis, Tenn., he dealt with the most serious mentally ill people. Thompson called them the “most dangerous you can think of.” He worked in the field for 12 years, handling 50 clients a week.

“They weren’t in prison, they were the unmedicated. My job was to go out and bring them into the system. I worked with the police doing crisis stabilization, identifying the mentally ill. I can identify a pattern. You don’t necessarily need more than an image, a photo of the killer, to get a feel for the person.”

Pointing to one photo he notes the people around the murderer – he is standing in a dominant role, in front of everyone else, the 1924 victim was in the photo, barely seen in the back. Thompson says a photograph will tell you everything.

“It says a lot about a persons personality. Did that person’s personality match anything else about him? What about his hands? They matched the physical genetic deformity that was noted by his doctor.”

Among other clues Thompson found was at the same time Michael’s mother Sophia and sister Julia, went to Detroit to visit another sister in September 1921, several arsons and crimes started to occur in Linden. When Michael was found guilty of those crimes, the judge’s house was set on fire. Witnesses say they saw two people enter the house and saw Michael leaving. Additionally, only two of the murders happened prior to his mother’s death.

Although the victims, witnesses, and murderer himself have been dead several decades, Thompson believes that his research can contribute to closing the case. While he believe’s is positive he identified the murderer, he noted what journalist Dan Hurbeck said about his certainty: “ ‘Don’t use 100 percent, use 98.6 percent.’ When guys like Hurbeck, who sat with Timothy McVeigh and looked into his eyes and knew what it was like to deal with these people said ‘You got it right man. This case is closed.’ I can be pretty confident I came to the right conclusion.”

Thompson’s conclusion stemmed from the killers signature elements, a blitz attack, trauma to the head, overkill, and arson – Kimbell was hit in the head 22 times with a rock, ‘Ruth’s’ face was beaten so severely, that to this day her identity is still uncertain, Morse’s head was crushed, and Phillips experienced blunt force trauma to the head.

The tough part was separating it all and putting together the process.

“The most interesting part of it all was discovery. Discovering something new – his marriage certificate, the cover up that Dr. Bradley hid, Julia and Lorraine’s involvement, what they knew but didn’t say. 

“In a small town everybody would have known everybody and they certainly would have known if a stranger got off the train and killed three people. And they would have likely known who the suspect was. There were a lot of gatherings at that time, so people talked.

“On the night of the triple murder, Morse’s son Howard, who lived in Buffalo, got a call saying ‘you will never see your mother again.’ Then the caller hung up. Who would have had his number? Who would have know about the crime right after it had taken place?”

At one point in the investigation, Morse’s husband George was a focus because “Mable was allegedly romancing the younger farm boys.” 

In the end George was cleared and Howard ended up owning the store, which closed about 26 years ago.

“There is a woman who lives in Linden and her father was born there. When the school closed he would travel to Attica to go to school. She said she remembers her father had said someone from Westinghouse (a factory in Attica) would ask him about the murders in Linden...what’s going on there? She believes it was the killer because he was working for Westinghouse and he knew the train’s schedule. She says her dad had said he was ‘very afraid’ of that man. She also says, that is all ‘makes sense now.’ ”

Thompson holds a degree in English Literature and a bachelor of science degree in human services with practical experience.

“I liked solving puzzles and there is no greater puzzle than the human psyche. And if you can look at a person who is sleeping under a bridge and figure out the reason why – addiction, mental illness, a combination of both. Could the killer have been at that place? We don’t know because we know nothing about the first 27 years of his life.

“My goal is to write a history book that doesn’t read like one. The Linden murders is history. I’d like people to think about it (history) and ask questions. It’s to keep history alive.”

Other books by Thompson include:

    • “The Linden Murders...Solved”

    • “Notorious”

    • “The Prince of Java”

    • “Attica Gateway to the West”

    • “Attica Gateway to the Civil War”

    • “From Hell The Final Days of Jack the Ripper”

    • “They Fell Together” Emory Upton Biography (2017)

    • “The Emperor's Robe” (Ernest Hemingway biography due out 2018)

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Wednesday, October 26, 2016 at 2:08 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, event, Attica, Bennington, Warsaw.

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It was a somber day, as people lined the streets throughout the Village of Attica and Town of Bennington, to say goodbye to one of their own, Staff Sgt. Thomas P. Seiler, who died Oct. 12 in Fort Bragg, N.C.

The Region 1 Patriot Guard Riders, along with Bennington Fire Company, Attica Fire Department were in the funeral procession with the Attica Police Department providing escort. The Warsaw and Alden fire departments had their aerial trucks set up at Water and Main streets with a large American Flag drapped above the street. Fort Drum’s 10th Mountain Division rendered the military honors.

"Staff Sgt. Thomas Seiler was a beloved member of the 1-7 ADA team and will be sorely missed," said Lt. Col. Jason Townsend, commander of 1st Battalion, 7th Air Defense Artillery, in a statement. "Thomas was an exceptional teacher, coach and mentor to our soldiers, and our thoughts and prayers are with his family during this difficult time." 

Fort Bragg will be having their own memorial service, to honor Seiler at a date to be disclosed to the family and his unit.

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Friday, August 19, 2016 at 11:18 am
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, event, Attica.

From Attica Police Chief Dean Hendershott:

On Saturday, the Attica Police Department will be assisting event organizers for the second annual "Where There’s a Jill, There’s a Way" 5K/10K run and 3K walk-a-thon in honor of Jill Kerby Conley. The benefit is to keep her memory alive while raising funds to help brain aneurysm research.

The registration will begin at 8:30 a.m. in the Village Park located on Exchange Street, with the race starting at 10. 

There will be limited vehicular access to Exchange Street, however, Main Street will be closed to all traffic (other than emergency traffic) from Exchange Street to the Attica High School, Main Street and Maplewood Road. We anticipate reopening Main Street to full vehicle access no later than 11 a.m..

We wish to thank everyone for their assistance and cooperation for this one hour of inconvenience for such a worthy cause.

Tuesday, May 24, 2016 at 12:41 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, event, Red Cross, Perry.
Event Date and Time: 
June 10, 2016 - 12:00pm to 6:00pm

A blood drive will be held at the Perry Firemans Recreation Hall, behind Lake Stree Park, from noon to 6 p.m. June 10. 

The blood drive is in memory of Jenna Borek, of Perry, who lost her life following an accident March 2015. Borek received more than 100 pints of blood as doctors desperately tried to save her young life. Now, her family is keeping her memory alive by helping other hospital patients. They are hoping the entire Perry community and surrounding areas will join them by giving back the 100 pints of blood their daughter needed.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    • Provide for and encourage community service uses and activities; 

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

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

    • Update the comprehensive plan at reasonable intervals.

A copy of the proposed comprehensive plan is also available for review at the Town Clerk’s Office during regular office hours – 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesdays, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Fridays, and 9 a.m. to noon Saturdays – or on the Town Web site. http://www.townofsheldon.com/uploads/Comprehensive_Plan__2016_Planning_Board_final-2_0518.pdf

Monday, December 21, 2015 at 4:31 pm

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Press release and photo submitted by Wyoming County Chamber & Tourism.

The Wyoming County Chamber & Tourism hosted the graduation ceremony of the ninth class of the Leadership Wyoming program Dec. 15. The festivities were held at Byrncliff Resort and Conference Center, Route 20A, Varysburg.

The graduates showed off their newly acquired knowledge of the county – via a "Family Feud" style game – for county officials, family and friends. Wyoming County Board of Supervisors Chairman Doug Berwanger, along with Chamber President Scott Gardner and program coordinator Kelly Ashcraft, presented graduation certificates to the 14 participants of the 10-month program.

“Each participant has the potential for leadership development and this program provides a great opportunity for them to learn through a variety of experiences,” Gardner said. “We are so fortunate to have a Board and staff at the Chamber dedicated 100 percent to making this program a resounding success.

"The Chamber recognizes the importance of growing citizens who are community minded and equipped to take on new leadership challenges in their personal and professional lives. The benefit to the county is tremendous as these individuals begin to take on new projects and find ways to serve the greater community. We are looking forward to 2016 as the program celebrates in 10th anniversary.”

The participants’ journey began in March with a two-day retreat. Each person was put through a Meyers-Brigg profile, talked about the assets and weaknesses of Wyoming County, and began to learn about themselves and their personality styles.

The next nine months included exploring small businesses on the county’s Main Streets; touring local manufacturing facilities; learning from the county’s economic development team; a tour of Attica Correctional Facility; checking out the unique technologies found on local farms; and taking time to be tourists and exploring what residents take for granted.

The class also attended a regular Wyoming County Board of Supervisors meeting and were required to attend a local government meeting. Participants were given the opportunity to speak to various town supervisors during government and criminal justice day, and witnessed the county’s legislative body in action.

“This was another very diverse groups of individuals that have taken part in the Leadership program,” Ashcraft said. ”It was exciting to listen in on their conversations and participate with them through the process. They have gone on a yearlong journey of personal and professional discovery, and I look forward to seeing how they use their new skills.” 

This year’s class included: Don Gasiewicz, Wyoming County Cornell Cooperative Extension; Teresa Gibson, Paul Weber, Jamie Satchell, all of Pioneer Credit Recovery-Navient; Laurie Gilbert, Tompkins Bank of Castile-Arcade; Tara Gardner, Five Star Bank-Warsaw; Steve Hull, Morton Salt, Inc.; Paul J. McCormick, McCormick Farms; David Riddell, Asbury Camp and Retreat Center; Robert Jines, Wyoming County Environmental Health; Julia Ferrini, Wyoming County Free Press; Brian Becker, William G. Becker & Sons; Kelly Schubert, Hoffman Mattress Company; Kathy Conway, Frontier Food Service.

Applications are being accepted for the 2016 Leadership Wyoming Class now through Jan. 25. For more information call the Chamber office at (585) 237-0230 or e-mail Kelly Ashcraft at kelly@wycochamber.org.

Monday, December 21, 2015 at 1:28 pm

As of late, his life can be best described as a country song, sung by the likes of Hank Williams or Johnny Cash. Yet, despite his losses, he walked in with a healthy smile and a warm handshake.

Sunday, Dec. 13, started out as a normal day. He knew he was going to be signing up for the Army National Guard that Wednesday with 31 Bravo Military Police. Monday he was going to see about his truck and a job. But that day, following a nap, Warsaw resident Alex Busse met up with a friend to go to Walmart and get the items they needed to make a gingerbread house.

“My father was in the Air Force for 23 years,” Busse said. “It’s a family thing, something I always wanted to do. I graduated from the Police Academy in March. My original plan was to go into the military for 20-some years, retire when I’m in my 40s and move on to a different career. But life took its own turn.”

Around the same time Busse and his friend were shopping, faulty wiring within the wall of Busse’s bedroom was smoldering; then a flame took hold. Neither Busse nor his roommate were aware of the faulty wiring as they carried on with their day. A neighbor, coming home from an errand, spotted the fire and called 9-1-1. Eight area fire departments descended on Farman Street around 1:30 in the afternoon. 

“The funny thing is,” the 23-year-old said, “about five minutes before the call came in we were taking about fires. And then I heard the call. I had said to my friend, 'we gotta go, that’s my house.' "

While Busse isn’t a native of Warsaw, he has lived in the village for the past four years. Just three months after he and his family moved in, he joined the Warsaw Fire Department.

Busse was the first to enter the house, he knew the layout and the quickest way to the source of the flames. Then, their hose blew, the coupling came apart and the crew had to get out.

“At that point, I got sidelined,” Busse said. “It was just a regular fire until the chief sidelined me. That’s when it all hit and reality came into play; as I was standing there, watching my house burn. When I first entered my house, it wasn’t my house, I wasn’t playing that role, my goal was to put out the fire: firefighter first, renter second.”

Fire department policy discourages firefighters to fight fires if it happens to be their own home for several reasons – investigation, evidentiary, emotional, they all contribute to the emotional and mental health of the firefighter – it’s not only for their safety, but their fellow crew mates as well. 

“When I got sidelined, I was pissed. I was so mad,” Busse said. “I was mad because it’s my house and I wanted to do something other than stand there and watch it burn, but I couldn’t do anything. I didn’t walk away. I just stood there.”

And Busse stood there for the entire six hours it took to get the blaze under control and finally out. Warsaw Assistant Fire Chief Joe Cummins led crews from Warsaw, Silver Springs, Wyoming, Perry, Perry Center, Gainesville, Castile, and Attica fire departments. Assisting at the scene included Wyoming County Emergency Services, the Warsaw Police Department, the Red Cross, and NYSEG. Standing by at empty fire stations were Varysburg, Pike and Pavilion fire departments.

“After the fire was out, I had gone in and just sat on the charred mattress and sat there and just took it in,” Busse said. “At that point I needed to be by myself. I didn’t go back to the fire house right away; as I sat there looking around I was just thinking 'It’s gone.' I looked around at the holes in the walls and just thought 'It’s all gone.' 

“It’s hard. There are better days than others. You feel empty, lost. My roommate kept asking why, but there is no why, I asked the same question, too, but I’m never going to get an answer for it.” 

Not only did Busse lose his house, during the course of the last three months, he has lost his job, which was seasonal, his truck, which needs major repairs, his dog got hit by a car and diedl and he and his girlfriend broke up.

“My mom said 'There’s really not much more you can lose. Either you have really bad voodoo or someone is going to make a country song out of your life.' I laugh at it. I have to. It’s either one way or the other. You have to find something to laugh at. 

“My fire department and our friends have stepped up big time. There are so many people who have helped me out quite a bit. It’s been amazing to see, and that has given me a different perspective on things. It’s a giant family. A giant dysfunctional family at times, but it’s a giant family. Either you laugh or you cry. My brothers in the department keep saying 'We’ve got you, we’ve got you.' "

Busse put it like this: while one dog was lost in the fire, had the fire started 20 to 30 minutes earlier, things could have been different. Twenty minutes before the fire started, Busse was taking a nap. The fire started in his room, and where it started, it would have blocked his main means of escape.

“It started where the door was and where it was, it spread very quickly because the house is very old,” Busse said. “And I looked around my room afterward and there is only this little window I would have had to have fit through. If the fire started...even 20 minutes earlier... it could have been much worse.”

Yet, it’s the little things that one takes for granted that Busse realized as well.

“The other day when we were going through the house...I had forgot I put a small load of laundry in the dryer, and when I had looked, there were three shirts in there,” Busse said. “It was like Christmas. There were these three clean shirts. I had my own clothes to wear. It was amazing. It’s the little things like that that you wouldn’t think about; I was wearing other people's clothes. I just went out and bought this sweatshirt just to have something of my own.

“People keep asking me what I need. But I am so discombobulated at this time, I really don’t know what to say. I just need everything at this point...silly stuff you take for granted like a toothbrush and toothpaste.”

Busse has been replaying the fire in his mind, wondering how he missed the signs, how, with all his training, could he have not known something was wrong. And if he had noticed something was amiss or put two and two together, he said the outcome could have been very different. However, he had also said that with electrical fires, the wires could have been sparking for days or they could have smoldered for a day or two before the fire; and the longer they smolder, the hotter the fire can be.

“So many things were going through my head as I was watching the other firefighters work,” Busse said. “Anger. Frustration. Just the fact that it’s my house and I couldn’t even do anything. I was so mad at them (Warsaw Fire Department) at that time for pulling me off the fire. I was mad at myself as well, because at that point, I couldn’t do anything. I couldn’t because orders are orders whether I liked it or not. It was the chief’s decision to make and I understood why, but it still wasn’t an easy thing to do especially when I was already in the house and hitting the fire. Then I had got sidelined. Even if the hose didn’t bust, once I came out of the house I would have been sidelined. 

“When I showed up, the smoke was coming out my back window, because I knew the layout of the house I knew the best approach to get to the fire,” Busse said. “When I walked in there, it wasn’t my house, it was a fire that I needed to put out and because I knew where I was going it was boom boom. 

“We lost everything. My dresser was burnt to the ground. It was interesting to see though. Usually, in a fire, you go in put the fire out and your done. We don’t generally see the aftermath. It’s like, 'OK, the fire is out and now it’s time to jump in the truck and go home take a shower and put on clean clothes.' Not this time, I had no home to go home to.

“In one aspect, it’s a learning experience. I can go in see where the fire started, see where the char marks are, all that different kind of stuff that you normally don’t get to see when it’s not your house. It taught me a lot to see the spread pattern, how it spread and how it hit the rafters.” 

Once a fire gets into the walls, it has free reign, Busse said. Once it’s in the walls and in the rafters, there are no barriers, and in a two-story home, the flames went up and down and spread quickly.

Busse tries not to focus on the loss, instead, he has a mantra “It is what it is, s**t happens.” However, his loss encompasses childhood memories and everything that he acquired during his high school years in New Jersey. Busse was into sports and was also in the junior reserves.

“I was angry at the time,” Busse said. “The best I can say when people ask me how I’m doing, is 'I’m breathing.' It hits you at times, but I’m breathing and that’s the best I can do right now. That, and start picking up the pieces; taking baby steps, one day at a time, looking for a place to live, a job, getting my truck fixed.

“I had this old box with cards...birthday, Christmas cards...they go back to when I was 7-8 years old. I try not to focus on it. Life is going to throw punches at you. Honestly, this isn’t the worst thing that’s happened in life, at least no one was there at the time of the fire.”

For now, Busse said it’s going to take time to dust off the ashes and pick himself up. However, being this close to Christmas, makes it that much harder.

“All the gifts I had bought are gone,” Busse said. “I had bought them early, while I was working, but now they are all gone. While people say that it’s just possessions, it’s just possessions. It’s not just possessions, no matter what anybody says. Some things just cannot be replaced. No matter how hard you try, pictures and such, there’s no replacing that stuff. Yes, you will always have the memories, but there isn’t anything tangible.

“I had a memory book that was my senior year project, dating back to when I was born,” Busse said. “There were pictures and notes and it was signed by the whole class. It is no more. It’s stuff like that that isn’t replaceable. So right now, I’m focusing on just breathing and taking things day to day.”

Busse said his roommate is doing all right and is staying with her boyfriend in Perry.

“No matter how many people are around me or how awesome my brothers in the department are, there are times where you still feel completely alone in what you are doing,” Busse said. “That’s the hardest part to deal with. Miranda has her boyfriend and I stand back and still feel very alone. But the nights, when it’s quiet and dark and the thoughts just take over, that’s the worst.”

Today however, Busse said he was doing “all right” and while he doesn’t know where he is going to lay his head for the night, he does have one Christmas wish:

“What I want for Christmas. I want to see my roommate back on her feet and happy. If I can see her happy and smiling and having a good Christmas. That would be it for me.”

The Warsaw Fire Department hosted a benefit at the fire hall Dec. 19. For more information on how to help Busse call (585) 786-2468.

Monday, October 19, 2015 at 6:26 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, event, disaster preparedness, Warsaw.

Press release:

New York National Guard troops, in conjunction with the New York State Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services (DHSES), will be presenting a free disaster preparedness class at the Wyoming County Department of Social Services Oct. 22. The two-hour program begins at 5 p.m. at 466 N. Main St., Warsaw.

The event, part of Gov. Andrew Cuomo's continuing Citizen Preparedness Corps Training Program, provides citizens with the knowledge and tools to prepare for emergencies and disasters, respond accordingly, and recover as quickly as possible to pre-disaster conditions.

Since the program's launch in early February 2014, troops have held more than 420 events statewide, and taught more than 44,000 citizens how to be better prepared for emergencies and disasters.

The program, designed by DHSES, covers a broad range of emergency-preparedness topics, like developing a family emergency plan, stocking up on emergency supplies, and registering for NY-Alert, the free statewide emergency alert system.

Emergency preparedness is part and parcel of the New York National Guard's mission and experience, according to New York State Adjutant General, Maj. Gen. Patrick A. Murphy.

"The men and women of the New York Army and Air National Guard, who have responded to help their fellow New Yorkers during floods, hurricanes, and snowstorms, know firsthand the value of being prepared for emergencies," Murphy said. "Our soldiers and airmen are proud to be part of Gov. Cuomo's effort to help our fellow citizens prepare to cope with disasters and emergencies."

Participants will receive a training certificate, a wallet-sized "Z-Card" with emergency preparedness information, and a free Citizen Preparedness Starter Kit (one per family). The kit includes a first-aid kit, face mask, pocket radio with batteries, food bars, emergency blanket and other key items to help citizens in the immediate aftermath of a disaster. The class also includes information about what other supplies and items citizens should add to their kits.

For more information on the program and emergency preparedness, visit http://www.nyprepare.gov. To register for the event visit http://www.nyprepare.gov/aware-prepare/nysprepare/.

Friday, September 25, 2015 at 12:13 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, event, Warsaw, Warsaw Kiwanis.

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According to Warsaw Kiwanis member Kevin Carlson the inaugural Charity Grape Stomp on Saturday was a huge success. More than 670 pounds of Concord grapes were stomped for six different charities.

The Friends of the Library were the big winners at the stomp, collecting $800 in donations and $300 for coming in First Place, and they were the crowd favorite. The Forget-me-nots came in Second Place; and Third Place was a tie between the Bill-ievers, stomping for Rely for Life; and Angels in Action, stomping for Angel Action.

The Grape Stomp charity event was held following the Wine in the Valley tasting. While Saturday evening started out pleasant enough, the few raindrops that fell didn’t deter the 760 tasters from enjoying the event. New wineries, new pour sites, and two additional musical acts greeted visitors along Main Street, Warsaw.

The proceeds from the wine walk will benefit local organizations and groups, including the purchase of new playground equipment for the Village Park.

According to Carlson, the event would not have been made possible without the donations and sponsors of local businesses, including: Jason Hulme at Ed Hulme Construction for loan of the trailer and portable lights for the stomp event; Tompkins Bank of Castile for sponsoring the Wine Glasses; Steuben trust for providing water along the trail; and the Wyoming County Chamber for providing bags.

Businesses and individuals who donated gift baskets include: Tractor Supply, Walmart, Stellar Spirits and Wines, Fisher Price, Verizon Wireless, Country Critters, Bud's Deli, Montgomery Shoes, Spotlight Theater, Rio Grande Mexican Restaurant, Healing Hands, Amber Lantern Brewing Co., Ed Hulme Construction, Laurie's Restaurant, A-Cut-Above, Stefano's Pizzeria, Sinclair Pharmacy, Silverlake Family Restaurant, Cali Agency, Advanced Auto Parts, NAPA, Ashlin's Elegant Rose Florist, M&K Quick Lube, Summit Dental, Five Star Bank, Warsaw Wine and Spirits, Top's Market, Ace Hardware, Body Wisdom Massage, Envision Salon and Spa, Step By Step Physical Therapy, Wyoming Urgent Care, and Barb's Barber Shop.

Next year’s event is already in the works with the addition of a separate Craft Beer tasting ticket, as well as food trucks. The event is scheduled for Sept. 10, 2016.

See our Facebook page for more photos.

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Tuesday, September 22, 2015 at 1:59 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, event, Warsaw.

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Despite the rain, more than 700 people attended the Wine in the Valley event in Warsaw, Saturday evening.

See our Facebook page for more photos.

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Thursday, August 27, 2015 at 2:36 pm
posted by Billie Owens in event.
Event Date and Time: 
September 10, 2015 - 5:30pm to 7:30pm

On Thursday, Sept. 10, at 5:30 p.m. the Wyoming County Suicide Prevention Coalition will begin its 9th annual Suicide Prevention Awareness Walk.

Each September, the Coalition organizes and hosts a Walk in downtown Warsaw for National Suicide Prevention Month. Last year, 56 were in attendance despite the cold and rainy weather. This year’s walk will begin and end at the Warsaw Vet’s Club Pavilion (245 West Buffalo Street in Warsaw).

Friday, July 3, 2015 at 1:24 pm
posted by Billie Owens in event, Attica.
Event Date and Time: 
July 11, 2015 - 9:00am to 2:00pm

July 11th, 9-2, at the Attica High School, the Attica Elementary PTG is hosting its first outdoor Community Yard Sale event. 20-plus families are setting up their individual yard sales in one convenient location. TONS of sales to shop, close parking, and available bathrooms.

Friday, June 26, 2015 at 7:59 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, Varysburg, event, Patriot Guard Riders, veterans.

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Local members of the Patriot Guard Riders road their 13th mission to Bath National Cemetery, bringing with them, seven veterans who have been unclaimed at funeral homes. The Patriot Guard followed a route from Route 400 to Route 20A through Varysburg and points beyond, as a few residents gathered to bid farewell to their local veterans. All seven veterans will be buried with full military honors. 

To date, 104 veterans from throughout Western New York, have been laid to rest in Bath, according to Patriot Guard Riders, Veteran Recovery Program Region 1 coordinator Linda J. Hastreiter.

Members of the guard carried the remains of:

    • Cpl. James J. Macaluso served in the Army/Air Force during World War II. He died March 15, 1975;

    • Cpl. Robert E. Corrigan served in the Army during World War II. He died July 18, 1995;

    • Sgt. 1st Class Thomas O. McMillan served in the Navy during World War II. He died Feb. 8, 1997;

    • Pvt. Albert A. Walz served in the Army during World War II. He died Dec. 27, 2001;

    • GMG3 Ronald D. Hanson served in the Navy during Vietnam. He died June 3, 2011;

    • SN Gerald E. Palaszynski served in the Navy during Vietnam. He died Aug. 28, 2014;

    • Pfc. Joseph A Petrilak served in the Army during World War II. He died Jan. 14, 2015.

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Thursday, June 18, 2015 at 10:43 am
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, event, Perry, chalk art festival.

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Press release; photo submitted:

The Perry Chalk Art Festival Committee is seeking artists and artistic youth to participate in the 2015 Chalk Art Festival July 11, Perry. This year’s theme is Space.
Artists can choose to participate with either a Solo Square or with a Multiple Artist Square. Multiple Artist sSquares allow artists to work as a team on adjacent chalking squares. Unlike prior years, both types of entries will be judged together. There are $600 in prizes to be awarded to winning artworks. 

Artists will be supplied with a 5-foot-by-5-foot chalking square, a wide selection of pastels and colored chalk, and a stipend. Registration for professional artists must be received by July 5. Artists will be notified of their acceptance after July 6.

Kids and teens 10 to 19 years of age are also invited to participate in a chalking contest. They will work on the same theme and receive the same supplies as the professional artists. Registration forms are due by July 5. Prizes will also be awarded and all participants will receive recognition and a gift.

And for those who just want to get their hands on some chalk, one-foot-by-one-foot squares are open to all as part of the festival’s Chalk Quilt.

Wednesday, June 10, 2015 at 4:02 pm
posted by Billie Owens in event, Attica.
Event Date and Time: 
August 22, 2015 - 8:30am to 3:00pm

"Where There's a Jill, There's a Way" 5K/10K race to raise funds for the Brain Aneurysm Foundation will be held starting at Attica Village Lions Park on Saturday, Aug. 22. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. and the race starts at 10 o'clock.

The event will also support a scholarship fund at Attica Central School set up in memory of Jill Marie Kirby Conley, who was born on Jan. 16, 1972 and departed this Earth, June 30, 2014. Jill was affected by a brain aneurysm.

Saturday, June 6, 2015 at 7:58 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, education, Warsaw, Alexander, event.

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The last text he sent, before hitting an Amish buggy with three children inside, was 'I love you' to his wife. He's not even sure if he was looking at the road at the time of the accident. The next thing he knew, the windshield shattered and when he stopped, a person rolled off the roof of his van and onto the hood.

Debbie was struck by a teen who was texting while getting her mail from her roadside mailbox. She now has limited mobility, memory loss and other health issues. The accident left her entirely dependent on relatives. Debbie doesn't remember the accident at all. She went from being active to inactive in a second. 

“I made the choice that texting was more important to me than those two men were to their families,” said a young man. “That accident was preventable. I just had to put my phone away and drive.”

These stories and others were shown to Alexander and Warsaw high school students Friday during the Save a Life, Alcohol Awareness tour program at Alexander High School. The presentation, given by tour manager Clay Martin, is to put a spotlight on what a driver does in their car does matter; even if there are no passengers.

“There's no message that would be worth picking up that phone,” Martin said. “Remember, many people may not get a chance to see these videos, but if you make it a point to remember, the avalanche of waiting until it's safe to write that text will propel and maybe it will start a chain of safer driving.”

The Save A Life Tour is a comprehensive high impact safe driving awareness program that informs, educates, and demonstrates the potentially deadly consequences resulting from poor choices and decisions made by a driver. The program specifically places emphasis on distracted and impaired driving, driver experience, improper driver behavior, and seat belt usage. The Department of Defense, as well as the Connecticut and Rhode Island departments of transportation, also use this program.

“All good driving begins with making simple habits,” Martin said. “Most people pick up their cell phone at a stop light, but most accidents occur at an intersection. You have to be prepared and pay attention. You have to be aware of not only your actions but those who are around you as well.”

Just a few seconds of distraction can take you a football field of distance, driving at 55 mph.  According to Martin, a drunk driver has driven 327 times before something happens. In 2012, 3,326 people died in distracted driving related accidents and more than 421,000 people sustained injuries.

Alcohol has an amazing way of blurring the consequences, Martin told the teens. “Alcohol gets silly names like liquid courage and beer muscles, but what it really does is put a barrier between you and a rational choice.

“There is a list of people in your phone that you can call for a ride,” Martin said. “I bet if you start in the As, by the time you reach the Cs you could have someone willing to pick you up on Christmas Day during a snowstorm.”

Not only did the students view a presentation, two simulators were set up for them to try to experience what it was like when the driver is distracted behind the wheel or has been drinking.

“It was hard to do,” said Alexander Middle/High School Principal Shannon Whitcomb. “It got more difficult as I kept going.”

“I think it has an impact. I don't know that we can determine how much, but you can tell by the attentiveness of our students that they were learning from the presentation and hopefully help them with choices in their future,” said Alexander School Superintendent Kathleen Maerten.  “It’s providing education in a realistic manner. The experiential part is certainly important. The stories shared on the video has an impact as well. 

“I think his point is that even if you're not the driver and you're the passenger, you can advise the driver. The responsibility is not only in the hands of the driver it's the passengers as well.” 

“The scariest thing about it is something happening to my family,” said Alexander High School senior Raven Quackenbush. “I’d rather it happen to me, than the ones I care about.”

“I have texted when I was driving and I swerved, but I don't do that anymore,” said Alexander senior Jessica Meyers. “I'm so aware of what I'm doing that it's not worth it.

“When you're driving with other people that are in your car, you're responsible for their lives,” Meyers said. “I appreciate it when parents trust me.”

“You have to ask yourself; is this more important than my life?” Quackenbush said. “It's not too hard to say hey, can you check that for me. You can pull over for five seconds.” 

The Alexander Central School Parent Teacher Association sponsored the program as a way to remind students to make good decisions.

“It’s especially important because our prom is next weekend,” said Alexander Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD) student President Hunter Doran. “We know that there will be those who decide to drink.”

“We just want them to be safe,” said SADD Advisor Shawnie Woeller. “You're not always going to hit them all. I've been doing this for so long that it use to bother me, but I have to take the stand that if we can affect one kid’s life, it does make a difference.”

“It resonates with me every time I watch this,” Doran said. “I don't ever want to have to deal with it, but the possibility is that I may have to. I want to educate myself as much as possible. 

I have no problem telling someone to stop. I see these people every day, I don't want them to end up in a hospital because of it (distracted/drunk driving).” 

“I want to be an example,” Woeller said. “I want to remind kids that there is a way to have fun, but you have to know when to stop. 

According to Whitcomb, the kids can make the connection between the selfishness of taking their phone out to text while driving. Any way getting the word out works, different presentations affect different kids.

“I don't think we give kids enough credit,” Whitcomb said. “We just need to give them the information and trust the will make good choices.”

“Other families matter, too,” said Warsaw High School Junior Ashley Scott. “I wouldn’t get in a vehicle with anyone drinking, I would take their keys away.”

“I think it’s cool that they gave the stories and then let the kids use the simulators,” said Warsaw ELA teacher Jen Smith. “They way they set this up was perfect. Even though our prom is over with, the summer is starting and you have grad parties. It’s a good way to end the year as a reminder. 

“This should also be shown to adults. It would be a benefit. I don't think you can get enough of stuff like this,” Smith said. “I wonder if people even really think about it until it affects their community or family.”

According to SRO officer at Warsaw Central School Tim McGinnis, it’s a good basis of what can happen if a driver decides to text or drink and drive. McGinnis agrees that it absolutely makes the kids see a reality of what can happen. While he said that it sometimes may take time for the information to really hit them and sink in, he’s hoping it is a deterrent to poor choices and that those choices can affect not only them for the rest of their lives.

“It helped me realize that it can impact more than just a driver,” said Warsaw junior Nate McGuire. “I felt sorry for them at first. It shows the impact of one very small moment and how it can impact the rest of their lives.”

“My favorite feedback I get is when the kids come back and tell me they had a conversation about this in another class,” Martin said. “That's what we want the kids to do, get talking about it. Those stories represent the people who are affected.”

“It’s not even tempting for me to drink if I’m going to drive,” Quackenbush said.

“I don’t care what people think if I don’t drink,” Meyers said.

Both girls said there is so much more to do with their time.

For more information about the program visit www.savealife.com

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Friday, May 29, 2015 at 9:25 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, event, Attica, cancer.

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After the six months was up, it was almost like they were saying goodbye every day. Even toward the end...

Niki Montford was 12 years old in 1989 when she found out she had an inoperable brain tumor. Her parents were told she had six months to live. Niki lost her battle with cancer in September 1991 – three years after her initial diagnosis. Rick (Kenneth) Montford was told by doctors that they could not figure out how she was able to do what she was doing.

The elder Montford tossed around an idea to aid cancer research for several years, but it didn’t come to fruition until today.

During the month of March, a contest was held for any Attica student in grades 5 through 12 to design a flag to use as a fund raising tool for cancer research. The only requirement: the design had to include the words Veteran of the Cancer Wars. The winner and runners-up were announced this afternoon during a small celebration held at Attica High School.

“My daughter once told a group of people during a cancer event ‘I’m dying. I’m not healthy. You are all healthy. You have to get out there and fight and get after this stuff’,” Montford said. “I was an activist back when it wasn’t fashionable. This was a way to honor my daughter’s wish to further cancer research.”

There were more than 200 student artists who submitted designs by the close of the contest on March 26. On March 31, the designs were judged and a winner and three runners-up were chosen.

The winning flag was designed by Neil Perl, a freshman at Attica High School. The flag will be for sale for those who have won and, sadly, who have lost their battle with the disease, yet they are all a veteran of the cancer wars. Honorable mention went to Connor Long, Lianna Papafagos and Kaylee Long for their designs.

“Veteran not veterans – with the flag,” Montford said. “When you buy it, veteran is singular for that person who is fighting or has fought cancer. It’s cancer wars, meaning all cancer.

“The way I view cancer is that since mankind picked up a rock and threw it at another for whatever reason, they were in battle. That is mankind warring with each other. You can see your enemy. You know who you are fighting. You have tools available to win the fight.

“What is the difference then, when this one microscopic thing, that we really can’t see but is killing us; what difference does it make in size if there is something attacking you from the inside. Your body is at war with a foreign enemy.

“As in the case of war, we don’t ask for cancer to happen, but it happens. It’s the real terrorist. You can usually see your enemy. Not cancer. Cancer sneaks up on you. It happens to babies, to the elderly; it doesn’t discriminate. 

“You can do one of two things: you can sit back and just let it happen or develop the tools to fight it. And you are fighting. You are fighting for your life. 

“Whether it’s a human being fighting against another or this little thing that is fighting your body; it’s a war. We have to fight this thing. Everyone who fights and wins is a veteran. Even when they lose, they are a veteran. With all of the advances in medical science we are guinea pigs. We are testing and experimenting on how to destroy the ‘enemy’. We are trying to find out what is going to work to battle the cancer and win.”

Montford worked with the school to try and make the contest something special for the kids; to make it important. He credits the school for the contest's success. The teachers used the project as a learning experience for the kids; not only in designing the flag, but the whole process of going from design to finished product.

The flag design is simple: white background accented with black, and multicolored cancer-awareness ribbons forming somewhat of a circle. The colors in the ribbons represent a particular type of cancer: pink – breast cancer; gold – childhood cancer; lavender – all cancer; silver/gray – brain cancer; dark green – lymphatic cancer; yellow – bone cancer; dark blue – colon cancer; white – cervical/lung cancer; orange – kidney cancer; and light green – gallbladder/bile duct cancer.

“We had no hesitation to support the contest,” said Attica Central School District Superintendent Bryce Thompson. “This battle touched a lot of people in many ways. You’ll get a greater sense of what’s happening in the winning design of the flag. It is my hope that it will raise the revenues to help cancer research. The idea started with Mr. Montford then rolled on its own within the school.”

“It’s time to declare war on cancer,” Montford said. “Loved ones young to old are being attacked by cancer. We are fighting the worst war mankind has ever faced. Cancer is a true terrorist.”

Attica High School Principal Josh Audsley had said that while there was a short window of time to work with, he was both surprised and not so surprised by the number and quality of the entries.

Dick Tilton has been at the helm of Canter for Cancer since its inception in the county in 1973. To date, the event has raised more than $1 million dollars for cancer research.

“Ken got involved in 1989 when his daughter was a student at Attica,” Tilton said. “From 1989 to 1990, Niki raised over $2,000 in the Canter for Cancer. No one broke her record for 17 years. Last year we raised $55,000 alone.

“I will never forget when Niki was walking her last year. She was in chemotherapy and followed an ambulance the whole route while receiving her treatments and she finished the walk. There is also a tree planted on the highs school grounds in honor of Niki’s memory.”

“Parents often ask ‘why do we have to make these decisions?’ when referring to the medical treatment of their child,” Montford said. “The questions and the anger a parent feels....I’m not sure how (Niki) had the strength to do the things she was able to do.”

According to Montford, if it wasn’t for the testing on his daughter, or any cancer patient, advances in cancer research could not be made. That person is stepping forward to get cured, but they are also stepping forward to try and fight, to beat cancer. While there has been progress made in combating the disease, Montford contends that more research needs to be done.

“The people who administer the treatments aren’t really sure what will work,” Montford said. “They administer therapies to see how the cells can be killed or modified to give a quality of life, to extend the life of the patient and maybe, eradicate the disease. You are monitored to see how the therapy is working, to see if it is an effective tool to fight the disease.

“Niki was a soldier. She fought,” Montford said. “What do people usually say? 'They put up a good fight. That person fought to live.' That’s what every cancer patient does, they fight for their life.”

Montford just wants to get people fired up about cancer research. He doesn’t see the difference between a soldier fighting what they can see and a cancer patient fighting what they can't.

All profits from the sale of the flags will go to cancer research and to purchase additional flags for future sales. A special account has been set up with Five Star Bank, Attica branch, for the proceeds to go into. Montford wants to see the money go toward materials to aid cancer research.

“If Roswell (Cancer Institute) needs a microscope to further research, I want the money to go toward that,” Montford said. “They need equipment and materials to expand their research and they don’t always have the funds for those expenses.”

The flags were made by K & D Flags out of Boulder, Colo.. The flags will debut during Attica’s Founder’s Day, June 6. The 12-by-18-inch flags are available for a $15 donation and a 3-by-5-foot flag for $50. Although Montford has yet to figure out a permanent game plan for flag sales, for now, Montford will be taking calls at (585) 591-1674 for orders. 

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Thursday, May 28, 2015 at 12:40 pm
posted by Billie Owens in event, doug mess, Attica.
Event Date and Time: 
June 13, 2015 - 4:00pm to 6:00pm

There will be a benefit for Attica murder victim Doug Mess's boys starting at 4 p.m. on Saturday, June 13, at the Alexander Firemen's Recreation Hall, located at 10708 Alexander Road in Alexander. Enjoy a delicious spaghetti dinner for $10, eat in or carry out. Tickets are presale and also available at the door. There will be 50/50 raffles, basket raffles, and a baked goods table. Enter for a chance to win a trip to JAMAICA! (7 night, all-inclusive for two, including airfare) For more information or to buy tickets, call Jackie Murphy at (716) 481-6662.

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