events

Tuesday, September 26, 2017 at 2:28 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, events, Warsaw, Perry.

More than 1,000 purple flags will be placed in Warsaw and Perry between Sept. 29 and Oct. 2 in the hope of casting a bright light on an often hidden issue.

RESTORE Sexual Assault Services, in partnership with the Wyoming County District Attorney’s Office, Department of Social Services, and the Village of Perry, will kick off its fourth annual Domestic Violence Awareness Month campaign Friday at 9 a.m. at the Government Center, Main Street, Warsaw.

A second display will be placed at 9 a.m. Oct. 2 at the Department of Social Services, 466 N. Main St., Warsaw.  At 1 p.m., flags will be placed at the intersection of Center, Covington, and Grove streets in Perry.

An average of one in four people — regardless of gender — will experience dating or domestic violence in their life. According to an October 2016 report from the New York State Office for the Prevention of Domestic Violence, in 2015:

    • there were 63 intimate partner homicides in the state – the fewest since 2007;

    • a total of 11,942 strangulation offenses were charged at arrest or arraignment – a statewide decrease of 1.5 percent;

    • probation departments reported a significant increase in the number of Family Court cases handled statewide – 76 in 2014 to 92 in 2015; and

    • firearms were used in 37 percent of intimate partner homicides – a significant increase when compared to 29 percent in 2014 and 33 percent in 2013.

Most people recognize physical or sexual violence toward a partner as abuse, yet many other controlling behaviors are excused or romanticized, RESTORE officials say. Any behavior meant to exert power and control over a partner can be seen as abuse — whether or not that behavior includes physical violence.

The purple flags will be representative of the 1,050 Wyoming County residents – 25 percent of the population – that could be impacted by interpersonal violence. They will remain on display throughout the month.

While the month of October is dedicated to raising awareness about domestic violence, RESTORE works year-round to deliver services to survivors and their loved ones in Wyoming County. These services would not be possible without the dedication and commitment of passionate volunteer advocates.

To learn more about how you can assist survivors of domestic violence, email lauren.berger@ppcwny.org.

RESTORE leads the community response to sexual violence through advocacy and education, by providing the safety, support and validation that changes the lives of all those affected.

RESTORE 24-hour hotlines:

    • 1-800- 527-1757 – Wyoming, Livingston, Orleans and Genesee counties.

    • (585) 546- 2777 – Monroe County.

Planned Parenthood of Central and Western New York protects and provides health care and education that empowers individuals and families.

 

Tuesday, September 26, 2017 at 1:17 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, events, Perry, music.

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Information sourced from a press release, photo submitted

Celebrate fall, carve a pumpkin and enjoy the music of Allen Hopkins from 10 a.m. to noon at Perry’s final Summer Saturdays Arts Series of the season at the Farmers’ Market.

The market, located on the Perry Festival Plaza on Main Street, is open from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Sept. 30. This free performance is part of the Summer Saturdays Arts Series, held on the Perry Festival Plaza in downtown Perry.

Hopkins’ musical selections range from American traditional to contemporary, with some Celtic reels, a bit of Klezmer music, and some bluegrass thrown in for good measure. His music is known throughout Western New York and has performed at the New England Folk Festival, the Pinewoods Folk Music Club in New York City. Additionally, he teaches workshops at Hochstein School of Music & Dance in Rochester.

At 10:30 a.m. get in the spirit of the season by carving a pumpkin. Purchase a pumpkin and the market will supply the markers, patterns and safety knives needed to make a vegetable masterpiece.

The Summer Saturdays Arts Series was made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Gov. Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature; administered in Wyoming County by the Arts Council for Wyoming County. We are also thankful to Friends of the Summer Saturdays Arts Series and for the generous donation of time from Arts Series demonstrators.

Monday, September 25, 2017 at 5:04 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, events, Arcade.

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Wyoming County Chamber & Tourism and the Arcade Area Chamber of Commerce are set to once again host Arcade’s Main & More event from 4 to 7:30 p.m. Oct. 5. Beginning and ending at the Arcade Chamber office – 228 Main St. – visitors can meander along Main Street for an evening of visiting merchants and their partnering businesses.

The concept is simple, Main Street businesses partner with off-Main Street businesses, giving visitors the opportunity to learn more about local merchants in the area. Planned activities include music, door prizes, wine tastings, a car seat check, a hurricane relief fundraiser, and more.

At the beginning of their journey, event-goers will receive a map listing participating businesses. With a map in hand, participants are encouraged to visit every location listed where they receive a “check-in” stamp. When the map is completed, revelers are entered to win door prizes donated by the participating merchants.

A $10 “swag bag” is also available, but it must be pre-purchased through the website www.wycochamber.org. Commemorative event glasses will be available for $5 each the night of the event. The event is free and includes refreshments at stops throughout the event.

“This is always a fun event that brings customers to downtown businesses and offers a unique opportunity to learn more about what is available from the local business community. It’s also a great time mingling with friends and neighbors,” said Chamber & Tourism President Scott Gardner.

“By combining the off-Main and Main Street businesses, both the business owners and customers get the opportunity for exposure and networking. This has been a very successful event in past years, and I thank everyone involved for making it another great success.”

For more information on attending call (585) 786-0307 or visit  www.wycochamber.org

Friday, September 22, 2017 at 4:00 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, events, Warsaw.
Event Date and Time: 
September 26, 2017 - 9:00am to 2:00pm

On Tuesday, Sept. 26,  Oak Orchard Health will join more than 2,500 partners nationwide in hosting a National Voter Registration Day 2017 event at its centers in Albion, Brockport and Warsaw. They will be part of a massive 50-state effort to register thousands of voters.

The event will be held at the following locations:

    • 81 S. Main St., Warsaw, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.;

    • 301 West Ave., Albion, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; and

    • 300 West Ave., Brockport, from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.​

Friday, September 22, 2017 at 12:29 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, events, Warsaw.

Press release:

On Tuesday, Sept. 26,  Oak Orchard Health will join more than 2,500 partners nationwide in hosting a National Voter Registration Day 2017 event at its centers in Albion, Brockport and Warsaw. They will be part of a massive 50-state effort to register thousands of voters.

The event will be held at the following locations:

    • 81 S. Main St., Warsaw, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.;

    • 301 West Ave., Albion, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; and

    • 300 West Ave., Brockport, from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.

The goal for this year’s annual National Voter Registration Day is to increase participation in the 2017 state and municipal elections across the country. The event aims to encourage Americans to register to vote and make their voices heard at the ballot box.

While national elections get the media attention, local elections in many ways have a more direct impact on people’s lives. Local government is accountable for the quality of roads and transit systems, schools, parks and greenways, public safety and more. 

National Voter Registration Day started in 2012 for the presidential election. The event is designed to create an annual moment when the entire nation focuses on registering Americans to exercise their most basic right – the right to vote. 

Americans can also register to vote online at www.NationalVoterRegistrationDay.org.

Thursday, September 21, 2017 at 4:37 pm
posted by Billie Owens in Attica, events, charity.
Event Date and Time: 
September 30, 2017 - 12:00pm to 5:00pm

The fall third annual Higher Mountain Festival for Charity will be held from noon to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 30th at Bennington Lanes "The Grove," 1374 Clinton Street Road, Attica. Funds raised will support Immaculata Home, a home for displaced women in the WNY region.

The fundraiser headed by Americana and Bluegrass bands features a regional favorite Higher Mountain, and the return of a famous family bluegrass band from this area, The Bartholomew Family, plus two other Rochester bands.

Tuesday, September 19, 2017 at 1:19 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, events, Attica.
Event Date and Time: 
September 21, 2017 - 5:00pm to 8:00pm

The Attica Police, and Fire departments will be hosting a Child Safety Seat Check Station event from 5 to 8 p.m. Sept. 21 at the Police Department, 43 Exchange St., Attica. The program is supported by the Governors Traffic Safety Committee and promotes child passenger safety awareness and education.

Tuesday, September 19, 2017 at 1:17 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, events, announcements, Attica.

Press release

The Attica police and fire departments will be hosting a Child Safety Seat Check Station event from 5 to 8 p.m. Sept. 21 at the Police Department, 43 Exchange St., Attica. The program is supported by the Governors Traffic Safety Committee and promotes child passenger safety awareness and education.

Nationally certified technicians will complete a child safety seat check, and provide education on the proper use, maintenance and installation of the child restraint based upon the manufacturer’s instructions. They will also check for any recalls on all car seats and confirm with the parent or caregiver their knowledge and capabilities of child seat usage and proper installation.

If the car seat needs to be replaced due to damage, being outgrown or recalled, technicians can guide parents on where and how to buy a new seat. Additionally, if the parent or caregiver is unable to purchase a new safety seat, officials say the program could provide a replacement from the current inventory on hand.

Monday, September 18, 2017 at 8:28 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, events, Warsaw, music.

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Kiss This, a tribute band to legendary rockers Kiss, drew a sizeable crowd during their performance Saturday night behind Rock and Roll Bar-B-Q's Main Street, Warsaw location. 

The free concert was the musical topper to the Wine & Brews in the Valley event held earlier in the evening.

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Monday, September 18, 2017 at 7:27 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, events, Warsaw.

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The spirits and ale were flowing as hundreds of people meandered along Main Street in Warsaw during the fourth annual Wine & Brews in the Valley Saturday evening. 

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Monday, September 18, 2017 at 6:32 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, events, Castile, Letchworth State Park, history.

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A throng of people milled about at the Trailside Lodge at Letchworth State Park Saturday for The Native American and Pioneer Heritage Day festivities.

Highlights of the day included a performance by Gretchen Sepik portraying “The White Woman of the Genesee” Mary Jemison, Native American storyteller Perry Ground, Native American Flutes by Ken Wallace, and the Allegany River Indian Dancers, who showcased traditional songs and dances of the Iroquois.

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Monday, September 18, 2017 at 2:11 pm
posted by Billie Owens in events, charity.
Event Date and Time: 
October 21, 2017 - 6:00pm to 9:00pm

From information provided by HomeCare & Hospice: 

Help HomeCare & Hospice Foundation Inc. raise funds for area patients and families by participating in its inaugural October Fest on Saturday, Oct. 21.

The event, sponsored by Overhead Door of Batavia, National Fuel, and Stan’s Harley-Davidson, will take place from 6 – 9 p.m. in the Paddock Room at Batavia Downs. It is located at 8315 Park Road in Batavia.

Wednesday, September 13, 2017 at 11:53 am
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, events, Java, Perry, Arcade, Warsaw, Business.

Information sourced from a press release

The Arts Council for Wyoming County (ACWC) and the Wyoming County Chamber of Commerce and Tourism announce the fourth annual Wyoming County Women's Business Summit. The event will be held from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Sept. 28 at Beaver Hollow Conference Center/Biggest Loser Resort Niagara, 1083 Pit Road, Java Center. The theme of this year’s summit is “Close to Home.”

The keynote speaker for the event is local business owner and entrepreneur Keirsten Schaffer. Participants will also attend several break-out sessions, a luncheon of locally sourced foods, and a panel discussion featuring Wyoming County business women.

"We are very pleased to co-host the fourth Women's Business Summit with the ACWC at Beaver Hollow,” said Wyoming County Chamber President Scott Gardner. "Our continued goal is to bring women business owners, professionals, and entrepreneurs, a unique opportunity to hear from dynamic presenters on a wide range of issues relevant to the personal and professional lives of Wyoming County’s professional women in business."

Shaffer, the owner of Lila Pilates in Perry, began her career in community and economic development in Livingston and Wyoming counties. In 2001, she co-founded the Perry Farmers’ Market. She also spent four years as a healthcare marketing consultant for the Wyoming County Community Health System.

In 2006, Shaffer was diagnosed with acute promyelocytic leukemia. Subsequently, she put her efforts on the study of bodywork, movement, and wellness. At the Summit, she will discuss her journey to wellness and how she found movement and massage therapy to be the key to her overall health. She says the therapy ultimately improves and enhances her work performance.

"Every year we incorporate the ACWC’s year-long theme into the Women’s Summit,” said ACWC Executive Director Jacqueline Hoyt. “I am eager to hear the different interpretations regarding ‘Close to Home’ within the context of our women owned businesses or women in the work place. I am especially eager to hear how our keynote speaker Keirsten Schaffer will weave her information about the human body into the theme.”

Other presenters include:

    • Negotiating Skills: Victoria Reynolds, deputy district director, U.S. Small Business Administration

    • Multi-Generational Workplaces – Finding the Strengths: JoBeth Rath, trainer/Goodwill Industries

    • Personal Branding: Kelly Tracy, recruiter, Pioneer/Navient

    • Social Media, Where do You Want to Be?: Jessica Seymour, partner MOTIV Digital Media 

 Panel discussion speakers include:

    • Sarah Keeler, owner/instructor – Genesee Dance Theatre, Perry

    • Lisa Seewaldt, owner – Ash-Lin’s Elegant Rose Florist and Gift Shop, Warsaw

    • Laura DeBadts, independent senior sales director – Mary Kay, Warsaw

    • Sarah Billings, owner / Lead Stylist – slb salon & boutique Inc., Perry

    • Sandra Pirdy, owner – Creekside Fabrics, and motivational speaker/ instructor, Arcade

 The daylong summit is co-sponsored by the Beaver Hollow Conference Center/Biggest Loser Resort Niagara, Women’s OB-GYN of Warsaw, and Silver Lake Brewing Project in Perry.

General admission is $80 per person; $70 for ACWC and Chamber members. Seating is limited.

For more information or to register email Kelly Ashcraft at kelly@wycochamber.org or call the Chamber office at (585) 786-0307.

Wednesday, September 13, 2017 at 10:53 am
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, news, events, announcements, Castile, Pike, government.

Information sourced from a press release:

Town of Castile Supervisor Keith Granger is being honored by the New York State Association of Counties (NYSAC) tonight for graduating from the NYSAC County Government Institute. The ceremony will be held at the NYSAC Fall Seminar in Syracuse.

Granger is not only the supervisor for the Town of Castile but also serves as a member of the Wyoming County Board of Supervisors.

The County Government Institute is a collaboration between NYSAC and Cornell University to provide training to county leaders. Curriculum includes required courses on building consensus, financial management, ethics, management, and the foundations of county government.

Granger says that he learned a lot from the Institute, particularly in areas of county finance and the many aspects of the budgeting process.

“I appreciated the learning experience to acquire personal skills and understanding of county issues,” Granger said.

“The County Government Institute equips county officials with the knowledge, skills, and tools necessary to address the challenges and opportunities of leadership, and to engage in civil dialogue with constituents as well as fellow leaders,” said NYSAC President and Schoharie County Treasurer William E. Cherry.

Born and raised in the town of Pike, Granger served for a combined 13 years as mayor for the villages of Pike and Castile and as trustee for a combined 14 years. Additionally, he retired at the rank of Sargent in 2014 after 25 years as a corrections officer at the Livingston Correctional Facility.

“The Institute’s vigorous curriculum prepares county leaders with the skills and knowledge necessary to meet the increasing demands of local government leadership in now and in the future,” said NYSAC Executive Director Stephen J. Acquario.

The courses are offered at NYSAC’s upcoming Fall Seminar in addition to an annual Legislative Conference in February, and Finance School in May. Courses are also offered regionally throughout the year, and enable county leaders to stay up-to-date on timely issues and opportunities in local government.

For more information about the County Government Institute visit www.nysac.org/cgi

The New York State Association of Counties is a bipartisan municipal association serving the counties of New York State including the City of New York. Organized in 1925, NYSAC’s mission is to represent, educate and advocate for member counties and the thousands of elected and appointed county officials who serve the public.

Tuesday, September 12, 2017 at 12:27 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, events, agriculture, Warsaw.

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Combine generous portions of food and drink, a dash of local flavor, and two worthwhile causes and you have the recipe for “Harvest Fest: A Celebration of Food from Field to Table.” The event runs from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Sept. 20 at the American Legion Hall in the Warsaw Village Park.

Now in its sixth year, Harvest Fest uses a food sampling format to celebrate local growers, restaurants and culture. For one price, attendees can taste a variety of local food and drink in a farm-market atmosphere that also includes raffles and family friendly activities.

The money raised will benefit The Arc of Livingston-Wyoming and the Wyoming County Business Education Council (BEC). The Arc provides services to individuals with developmental disabilities and their families. The BEC assists local youth in becoming productive workers, lifelong learners, and better prepared for career choices.

Participating vendors include Byrncliff Resort and Conference Center, Deer Run Winery, Finger Lakes Cookie Company, Gordon and Karen Almeter, HLW Acres Poultry Processing, Honeygirl Gourmet, KidStart, The Lumber Yard Restaurant, Perry School Hightunnel & Garden, Pioneer FFA, the Wyoming County Dairy Princess, and Yummies.

Harvest Fest is made possible by a contribution from M&T Bank, with additional funding from Genesee Valley Federal Credit Union, and Farm Credit East.

Admission is $10 per person, and children 10 years old and under are free.

For tickets or more information, call Arc of Livingston-Wyoming event coordinator Suzanne Johnsen at (585) 658-2828, ext. 133, or visit harvestfest17.eventbrite.com.

Tuesday, September 12, 2017 at 12:11 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, events, health, Castile.
Event Date and Time: 
September 19, 2017 - 6:00pm

Alzheimer’s disease is not a normal part of aging. It is a progressive and fatal brain disease that is the most common form of dementia.

“The Basics: Memory Loss, Dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease” is a free class presented by the Alzheimer’s Association Western New York Chapter for anyone who would like to know more about the disease and related dementias.

The program will be held in the Cordelia Greene Library, 11 S. Main St., Castile at 6 p.m. Sept. 19.

Attendees will learn:

    • Symptoms and effects of Alzheimer’s disease and other types of dementia;

Thursday, September 7, 2017 at 1:52 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, events, Letchworth State Park, Castile.
Event Date and Time: 
September 16, 2017 - 10:00am to 4:00pm

Western New York’s rich history from both the Native American and pioneer perspective will be celebrated from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 16 at Letchworth State Park. The Native American and Pioneer Heritage day’s festivities will be held at Trailside Lodge, near the park’s Castile entrance. Admission to the show is included with the $10 per car park entrance fee. 

Thursday, September 7, 2017 at 1:50 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, events, Castile, Letchworth State Park.

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Press release, photos submitted:

Western New York’s rich history from both the Native American and pioneer perspective will be celebrated from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 16 at Letchworth State Park. 

The Native American and Pioneer Heritage Day’s festivities will be held at Trailside Lodge, near the park’s Castile entrance. Admission to the show is included with the $10 per car park entrance fee. 

Highlights of the day include a performance by Gretchen Sepik portraying “The White Woman of the Genesee” Mary Jemison, whose remarkable story is one encompassing both the pioneer and Native American culture; and Native American storyteller Perry Ground, Native American Flutes by Ken Wallace, and the Allegany River Indian Dancers, who will showcase traditional songs and dances of the Iroquois.

Throughout the day there will be Atl-Atl (spear throwing stick) competitions for all ages and pioneer walks led by historian Tom Cook.

Trailside will also be the site of a craft show and sale featuring Native American and pioneer crafts. Some of the crafts presented this year include, flintknapping – the making of flaked or chipped stone tools, basketmaking, open hearth cooking, quill art, soapstone carving, and much more.

Exhibits in the William Pryor Letchworth Museum, which will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., also feature Native American Culture and the pioneer story of the development of Letchworth State Park and the surrounding area.

For more information call (585) 493-3600.

Thursday, September 7, 2017 at 1:31 pm

Cornell Cooperative Extension of Wyoming County is holding a dinner/workshop from 6 to 8 p.m. Sept. 26 at the Ag & Business Center, 36 Center St., Warsaw.

The event will feature speaker Debra Welch, who will speak on pollinators and simple honey recipes. Not only will she give a brief talk on pollinators and how they create honey, she will also conduct a hands-on demonstration of recipes using honey. Additionally, participants will be able to take some of their creations home along with a booklet of recipes put together by master gardeners.

The Master Gardeners will be providing dinner and dessert using locally grown foods. They will also be incorporating honey in some of the dishes, dressings and refreshments.

Preregistration by Sept. 20 is required. The cost is $20 per person.

To register online visit click here or call (585) 786-2251. 

For more information, visit wyoming.cce.cornell.edu or contact Don Gasiewicz at (585) 786-225, ext. 113, or via email at drg35@cornell.edu.

Thursday, September 7, 2017 at 1:10 pm

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One of the Northeast’s largest arts and crafts shows welcomes new artists to start their career in an Emerging Artist program.

The Letchworth Arts & Crafts show welcomes the next generation of professional artists to join more than 330 vendors at this year’s show. The show now hosts up to 90,000 people and includes artists from around the country.

“At the last Letchworth Arts & Crafts Show, we launched this program with great success,” said ACWC Emerging Artist program coordinator Pilar McKay. “The artists were able to network with each other and with us. In fact, one artist returned to exhibit her art in Wyoming County.”

Acceptance in this program will include display and selling space in an indoor venue (north shelter) at the show on Oct. 8 and 9. Accepted emerging artists will have no booth fee for their space.

Artists will be responsible for staffing and selling their works during this day. They should anticipate being on-site at the show both Sunday and Monday including teardown of all art by 5:30 p.m. Oct. 9.

Artists will be approved after a completed application is submitted. Applications are accepted via email (mckay@artswyco.org) or in the mail/in person at 31 S. Main St., Perry, NY 14530.

All Applications must be submitted by Sept. 30.

Criteria for application include:

    • Either currently attend college/university or recently graduated from college (within the last two years). All levels of college/university students welcomed: from associates to bachelors to MFA students. All majors welcomed: applicant does not have to be studying in a visual studies/art program to submit an arts & crafts application;

    • Produced a body of work in the last two to three years;

    • A brief personal statement about applying to Letchworth Arts & Crafts Show (500-word maximum);

    • An artist statement (500-word maximum);

    • A resume (one-page maximum);

    • Minimum of three and up to five digital images of work created in the last three years – images can include multiple pieces of art, but be mindful that the jury must be able to see detail in the work;

    • One image of artist creating their art;

    • Present a Sales Tax Certificate of Authority;   

    • Applicant must submit application materials by email on or before Sept. 30. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed;

    • No application fee; and

    • Optional: Attendance to one of two virtual orientations (conference calls) to the festival or confirmation with the Emerging Artist coordinator.

For questions email McKay at mckay@artswyco.org.

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