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



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

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

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

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











Thursday, March 23, 2017 at 8:21 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, health, events, Perry, organ donation.


Ed Draves had called his wife one day and asked her if he could donate one of his kidneys – thinking he was joking, she promptly replied “yes.”

The following day, Draves asked the same thing of his boss, he did, after all have to find out if his boss would agree to the time off. Again, the question was thought of as a joke and his boss replied “yes.”

“On a trip to Mexico, one of the guys there, Brother Joe, had said, ‘If you really want to pray a great prayer…' ” said Draves during a presentation on live organ donation at the Perry Rotary March meeting.

“Gary had kidney failure and was looking for an organ donor. I felt I had to do something about it. So I thought of Brother Joe’s words…’If you really want to pray a great prayer…’ So I prayed a great prayer and went and got a blood test to see if I could be a match with Gary.”

Just two years ago, Draves donated one of his kidneys to a "brother" in need.

He first found out about Gary through an “open letter” in The Masonic News, a newsletter for the Masonic Lodge Draves belongs to. 

Gary Garippo was suffering from a form of noncancerous kidney disease and was in need of a transplant. After Draves read the letter, he went to get the initial blood test to see if he was a match. 

Draves is a member of Western Star Lodge No 1185 and is on the Grand Lodge of Free And Accepted Masons of New York Blood and Organ Donor committee, partnering with Unyts. 

According to its website, Unyts is a “donor center organ, tissue, eye and blood donation service in the Western New York community." Its vision is to “advance the dynamic Donate Life” message.

Draves ended up being the second-best match for Gary. Another Western New Yorker was the best match. However, as he put it, he did “pray a great prayer.” 

“The woman who was the first match for Gary ended up having to back out. During the testing, it was found that she was prone to kidney stones. I got a call and was asked if I was still willing to donate.”

Draves said yes and soon began a battery of health exams – he had to lose a few pounds – and testing – blood tests, health tests, stress tests, and psychological testing.

“They had to ensure that I would have no regrets if the recipient ended up being a ‘jerk.’ They also had to talk with my wife and daughter to make sure they were supportive of the decision.”

According to United Network for Organ Sharing, in 2015, close to 31,000 organ transplants took place nationally. Approximately 81 percent (24,982) of the transplants involved organs from deceased donors, who can donate multiple organs. The remaining 19 percent (5,986) were made possible by living donors.

However, at one point in the testing, doctors were unsure if Draves was really healthy enough to withstand the surgery.

“Come to find out, I have a heart issue – prolapse mitral valve. Basically, I have a leaky heart.”

While his condition isn’t serious now, annual exams allow the doctors to monitor it. If at any time they notice a change, surgery can be performed before a life-threatening condition arises. However, Draves decided to get a second opinion. And while his condition was confirmed by a cardiologist, he also cleared him for live organ donation.

“I passed all the tests and surgery was scheduled. I went in on a Friday. By Saturday the nurses had me up walking around. By Saturday afternoon I wanted to go home. On Sunday, I went home.

“On Monday, I went with my wife to go get her glasses and I wanted to mall walk, so we did, and then we went to Denny’s for a ‘Grand Slam.' I didn’t take any of the prescribed pain medication, I took Tylenol instead.”

In the United States, Draves says 118,000 people are in need of an organ transplant, of those people, 22 die everyday because there is no organ for them.

“During the time we have been here, one hour and 15 minutes, someone has died.”

And the irony is, prior to Gary’s open letter and Draves's subsequent donation, Draves was not even registered as an organ donor.

As he puts it, organ donating “saves lives and leave a legacy.”

Draves and his wife live in Orchard Park with their two children. A wine manager with Premier Wine & Spirit in Orchard Park, he is also a volunteer with Unyts, Shriners, Masons, Grand Lodge Youth Committee, Zuleika Grotto (which raises money for dentistry for disabled kids), Windom Elementary Shared Decision Committee, and he's a martial arts instructor.

For more information on becoming an organ donor visit

Monday, March 20, 2017 at 9:04 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, events, Eagle, maple weekend, agribusiness, Business.



More than 20 years ago, 14 members of the Wyoming County Maple Association wanted a better way to market their maple products in a fun-filled way, hence the creation of Maple Sunday. When county maple producers realized there was a real disconnect between the producers and the consumers, the one-day event became a way to showcase one of Wyoming County’s largest agricultural commodities.

“We didn’t really have any idea what was going to happen,” said Gary Bray, owner of Bray Farms, Bray Road, Eagle, “but we wanted to give it a try.”

Now called Maple Weekend, the festivities comprise back-to-back weekends at the end of March. 

“We started out as one day, then two, and now…,” Bray said. “When we had people calling us asking if they can come to the farm another time, not only couldn’t we turn them down, we realized there was a real interest and had to add days.” 

According to Bray, New York State is number two in maple production – behind Canada, but ahead of Vermont. Additionally, maple syrup is only produced from Southeastern Canada, to the mountains of Virginia, west to Kansas, and north to Michigan and Wisconsin. Producers also tap in Ohio and Indiana.

“We are in the middle of maple country in the whole world. While you can tap red maples, the sugar density is different, thus not as flavorful.”

The flavor of maple syrup is derived from the soil where the tree grows, therefore, syrup from New York will have a different flavor than syrups from other areas. Yet syrup isn’t the only product sap is used for, it can also be processed into sugar, cream, candy, barbecue sauces, and other value-added products.

“Back in my grandparents' day, they would make blocks of maple sugar and take it to the market to trade. They would barter the maple sugar for groceries. The grocers would then turn around and sell the sugar to other consumers. During the war (World War II) sugar was in short supply, maple sugar was a way to sweeten things up. It can also be used in place of dry sugar in recipes, as can maple syrup; there is a conversion chart for that purpose.”

Not only has Bray opened his doors to residents of Western New York, other visitors to his farm hailed from Italy, France, Spain, Japan and England. 

“In other countries, maple syrup is a total luxury.”

The only thing in pure maple syrup is, well, syrup. For a Wyoming County producer to have their product labeled as pure New York State maple syrup, it must be accurately graded according to its color.

Part of the weekend also serves to educate the public on the nutritional value of syrup. Bray says, pure maple syrup has nutrients the body needs. 

Producers make the golden sweet liquid by concentrating the sap from the maple tree, which then produces a usable product. All the minerals and sugars in the sap are concentrated to 67-68 percent on the Brix scale (named after Adolf F. Brix (1798-1870)). The hydrometer scale is used for measuring the amount of sugar in a solution at a given temperature.

“Making syrup is entirely dependent on nature…the type of soil, the weather, the atmosphere. Even the barometric pressure affects the producer and when and if they can boil. The process of making syrup is to boil off the water, the more moisture in the air, the harder it will be to boil. Syrup boils at 7 degrees over the boiling point of water; depending on the day and barometric pressure, the boiling point can differ, even within the same county.

“The more educated we become, it actually becomes more complicated. However, new technology allows us to better come to our final product.”

In the 21 years Bray has been a part of Maple Weekend he has not only seen changes in how maple is produced – from buckets to vacuum lines, and from woodstove processing to using reverse osmosis – he has also seen the market for maple products grow.

“We want people to come and ask us questions and learn what syrup is, how it’s made and how it can be used. It’s more than just pancake syrup. Maple is versatile…and it’s good for you.”

Maple Weekend continues March 25 and 26. For more information click here.

See related: Maple Weekend kicks off Saturday











Monday, March 20, 2017 at 11:56 am
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, events, announcements, Strykersville.



George Reisdorf’s career as a fireman began reminiscent of the theme song from “Gilligan’s Island”…"Not a single luxury -- like Robinson Crusoe, it was primitive as can be." No radios, and the fire apparatus was minimal. Over the course of seven decades, he was a part of the many changes that make the Strykersville Fire Company what it is today.

Reisdorf was honored at the recently held Strykersville Fire Company’s Installation Dinner. 

Reisdorf joined the company in 1947, at a time when names were drawn to become a volunteer fireman and fires were put out via a bucket brigade. Currently, members spend approximately 40 to 50 hours of training – the basic firefighter course – needed to enter a burning structure. 

He served as chief from 1956 to 1959 and assistant chief in 1969. When the Rescue Squad was established in 1956, Reisdorf played a major role. He was also instrumental in getting Strykersville its first ambulance.

In 2016, the Rescue Squad answered 145 calls involving accidents, traumatic injuries, and people who were “experiencing chest pain.” The crew comprises of one certified fire responder, 10 emergency medical technicians (EMT), and one advanced EMT, says Liz Marks, Strykersville squad lieutenant. Additionally, new recruit John Green not only earned his EMT certification in May, by November he had responded on more than one third of the total calls. 

“Green was on a call in July 2015,” said Squad Captain Crystal Radecki. “What started out as a simple house call, quickly turned into so much more. While on a call, the wife of our patient backed over one of our EMTS with her vehicle. Green kept his cool and instructed the lady to pull the car off the EMT, as soon as she was clear, he went into action.”

The injured EMTS happened to be Radecki’s fiance and “only ended up with” minor injuries.

Not only has Reisdorf seen the company grow in membership and services, he saw firsthand the advancement of telecommunications as it pertained to the fire service. It went from a push-button in the home to the present-day 9-1-1 service.

While his “active” fire fighting days are over, Reisdorf continues to be active with the company by attending meetings and assisting with fundraisers.

The Strykersville Fire Company continues to serve the community and in 2016 responded to a total of 182 alarms, says fire chief Brian Ash. Of those calls, 15 were for residential structure fires, one reported explosion, two appliance fires, three barn fires, one chimney fire, six vehicle fires, six grass and brush fires, 23 car accidents, six hazardous conditions, one good intent call, and four false alarms. 

The fire company also provides, and receives, mutual aid from its neighboring departments. In 2016, it provided aid 37 times and received aid 15. 

In addition to answering calls, members participated in 128 drill nights which included fire and rescue training, first aid, and monthly truck checks, 98 nights of Office of Fire Prevention and Control classes, and 59 events that dealt with meetings, work details and fundraisers…and the company continues to grow.

In 2016, Strykersville added six new members – Robert Green, Andrew Gruber, Sara Neudeck, Zach Neudeck, Jennifer Reisdorf, and Alexandria Speyer. It also celebrated milestones and honored several members.

    • Service Awards: 15 years -- Charles Wertz and Timothy Shaw; 30 years -- Bob Lawson; 45 years -- Mike Reisdorf and Fred Lee; and 70 years -- George Reisdorf.

In addition to honoring Green as EMS Provider of the Year, others honored include: 

    • Carol Shaw received Firefighter of the Year;

    • Rookie of the Year went to Zach Neudeck;

    • President's Award went to Charlie Wertz;

    • Stan Szumigala, Eric Kirsch, and Randy Reisdorf received Training certificates;

    • Out-going Officers awards went to Past Rescue Squad Captain Liz Marks; and 

    • Chairman Certificates went to Lynn Streicher for her efforts with the installation dinner, Liz Marks with the fund drive, Doug Dombrowski with the gun raffle, and Carol and Tim Shaw with the picnic.

Newly installed officers include:

    • Doug Schwab, president;

    • Donald Simons, vice president; 

    • Mary Gibson, secretary;

    • Russell Reisdorf, treasurer;

    • Jeffrey Kinney, Robert Conroy and Duane Reisdorf, directors;

    • Brian Ash, chief;

    • Stanley Szumigala, first assistant chief;

    • Eric Kirsch, second assistant chief;

    • Randy Reisdorf, third assistant chief;

    • Crystal Radecki, squad captain;

    • Liz Marks, squad lieutenant; and

    • William Streicher, squad secretary.









Thursday, March 16, 2017 at 5:42 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, events, maple weekend, agribusiness, Business.



File photos

The 22nd Annual New York Maple Weekend celebration will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. March 18,19, 25 and 26, at participating maple sugarhouses throughout Wyoming County. The Maple industry in the county is large and thriving, and even after this mild winter there is maple syrup in production.

Bring your whole family for an educational and fun experience. Learn how pure maple syrup is made from the sap of sugar maple trees. Tapping demonstrations, sap house tours, sugar-bush tours, and wagon rides- see, taste, and smell the maple-making process.  

Participating businesses include:

    • Merle Maple Farm, 1884 Route 98, Attica;

    • Hidden Valley Animal Adventure, 2887 Royce Road, Varysburg;

    • Beaver Meadow Audubon, 1610 Welch Road, North Java;

    • Maple Moon Farms, 1058 Attica Gulf Road, Attica;

    • Sage Family Maple, 4449 Sage Road, Warsaw;

    • Sweet Time Maple, 5680 Webster Road, Wyoming;

    • Wolcott Maple Syrup Products & Equipment, 1247 Dale Road, Dale (Wyoming);

    • Bray Farms, 1597 Bray Road, Arcade;

    • Georges Maple Products, 1766 Route 77, Strykersville;

    • Kibler Maple Products, 1802 Perry Road, North Java;

    • Kirsch’s Maple, Route 77, Varysburg;

    • Mohler Maple Products, 1627 Route 19, Wyoming; 

    • Over the Hill Maple, 2089 Maxon Road, Varysburg;

    • Siler’s Sugar Shanty, 2401 Pee Dee Road, North Java; and

    • Sudzy’s Purely Maple, 1076 Maxon Road, Attica.

For a complete list of activities, pancake breakfasts, and other happenings on Maple Weekend click here.



Wednesday, March 15, 2017 at 6:52 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, events, Warsa.
Event Date and Time: 
April 1, 2017 -
9:00am to 3:00pm
Valley Chapel Church, 3415 Route 19, Warsaw, is holding its annual Craft & Vender Show and Chicken Barbecue from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 1 to benefit the Charlotte House – a hospice home in North Java..
More than 35 crafters and vendors will be there to display and sell their wares. The Baked Food sale will be held from 9 a.m. until sold out and the chicken barbecue will be held from 11 a.m. until sold out (take-out orders only). 
For presale chicken barbecue ticket or more information, call (585) 233-3835.
Friday, March 10, 2017 at 6:53 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, events, Agri-Palooza, Business, agribusiness, Castile.


Press release (file photo).

The seventh annual Agri-Palooza 2017 will be held at Southview Farms, 5073 Upper Reservation Road, Castile. It is sponsored by Wyoming County Chamber & Tourism and the Wyoming County Farm Bureau and highlights agriculture in Wyoming County. The public is invited to discover, experience, and enjoy farming and all that it entails by spending the day on a working farm. 

The free event will be held from noon to 4 p.m. on Sunday, June 4.

Southview Farms got its start in 1940 when James VanArsdale III  purchased a small farm in Castile. Today, it has become one of Wyoming County’s leading dairy producers. 

In 1964, Dick Popp joined the operation as a partner. Following his death in 1997, current General Manager John Noble joined the business. Jamie VanArsdale IV along with his wife, Margaret, continue to live and work on site. 

Cows are milked three times a day at two locations by the 47 employees.. In addition to taking care of more than 2,000 cows and 1,600 young stock, they harvest more than 3,100 acres of corn, alfalfa and wheat.

Agri-Palooza features educational displays, farm tours, and children’s games and activities. Attendees will also see the variety of Wyoming County products on both display and for purchase. 

For more information and updates follow Agri-Palooza on Facebook.

The Wyoming County Chamber & Tourism is the leading membership organization for local and regional growth, advocacy, and connection for Wyoming County’s business community. Its mission is to serve the members and community; promote and grow the area’s economic and tourism assets; and work collaboratively to create an environment that leads to the success and economic prosperity of Wyoming County. 

For more information or to become a member call (585) 786-0307 or visit

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



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

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

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

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

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

The majority of students in attendance raised their hands.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

For more information on Michael story and addiction, visit

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





Tuesday, March 7, 2017 at 9:27 am
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, announcements, events, 4-H, agriculture.


Press release (photo submitted):

Sponsored by the Wyoming County 4-H Leaders’ Association, the annual Wyoming County 4-H Cookie Sale will take place March 7 through 21. 

The proceeds from this sale support numerous opportunities for 4-H members and volunteers including: educational award trips, camperships at 4-H Camp Wyomoco, supplemental 4-H project materials used by leaders and members, club teaching materials, National 4-H Week support, 4-H member and leader pins, scholarships for 4-H leaders to attend specialized trainings, and other program incentives.

The cost of cookies is $3.50 per package. The varieties include: Caramel Coconut Fudge, Peanut Butter Fudge Patties, Lemon Crème Sandwiches, Maple Leaf Crème Sandwiches, and Chocolate Raspberry Whippets.

Buying cookies from local 4-H’ers supports its members, Leaders’ Association, and the county’s 4-H program.

For more information call (585) 786-2251.

Sunday, March 5, 2017 at 11:34 am
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, events, opioids, drugs, Warsaw.
Event Date and Time: 
March 16, 2017 -
10:30am to 12:30pm

A presentation and round table discussion on opioid dependent mothers and infants will be held from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. March 16 at Valley Chapel Fellowship Hall, 3415 Route 19, Warsaw.

Featured speaker, Dr. Paul Updike, is the medical director of Pathways Methadone Clinic in Buffalo. Updike specializes in pain management and addiction medicine, and will be presenting on pre and post-natal opioid use.

    • A round table discussion will follow, featuring local medical professionals, as well as individuals impacted by the opioid epidemic.

Friday, March 3, 2017 at 12:38 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, events, Food, Wyoming.
Event Date and Time: 
March 19, 2017 -
8:00am to 12:30pm
Wyoming Hook & Ladder, 26 Maple St., Wyoming, is hosting an All You Can Eat Breakfast from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. March 19.
The menu includes: regular and buckwheat pancakes, French toast, maple syrup from Wyoming County, ham, sausage, scrambled eggs, shredded hash browns, sausage gravy with biscuits, frittata, orange juice, milk, tea, and a sweet treat. This month's special feature is corned beef hash.
The cost is $9 for adults and $4 for children 10 years old and younger.
Friday, March 3, 2017 at 8:18 am
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, events, Beaver Meadow, North Java.
Event Date and Time: 
March 22, 2017 -
9:30am to 12:00pm
Learn how to participate in an Audubon Day at Beaver Meadow, 1610 Welch Road, North Java. We’ll demonstrate three of our most popular programs taught at an Audubon Day. You’ll receive printouts for each program and learn how to teach them with an emphasis on hands-on activities and how learning can be fun. The next step will be to shadow others at your convenience to see how you can personalize your contribution.
Friday, March 3, 2017 at 8:15 am
Event Date and Time: 
March 8, 2017 -
9:30am to 12:00pm
How to Lead a Tour: Building a Culture of Curiosity. Join staff at Beaver Meadow, 1610 Welch Road, North Java, and discover how to dive deeper into guided inquiry. Learn tips and tricks to lead a tour that is both engaging and also helps to set up a culture in which students feel comfortable discussing science ideas in nature. 
Friday, March 3, 2017 at 8:10 am
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, events, Beaver Meadow, North Java.
Event Date and Time: 
March 4, 2017 -
7:00pm to 9:00pm

Join Naturalist Tom Kerr at Beaver Meadow, 1610 Welch Road, North Java, as we take a nocturnal hike in search of the Owls that call Beaver Meadow their home. We'll be looking and listening for Eastern Screech-owls and Barred Owls.

Pre-registration is required. Space is limited.  $5.

Friday, March 3, 2017 at 8:07 am
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, events, birds, Beaver Meadow, North Java.
Event Date and Time: 
March 4, 2017 -
1:00pm to 3:00pm

Join Naturalist Tom Kerr at Beaver Meadow, 1610 Welch Road, North Java, for a short talk inside and birding walk outside to introduce you to the hobby of bird watching.

We’ll go over binoculars, field guides, mobile apps, and some of the common birds you are likely to find at Beaver Meadow. 

Pre-registration is required. Binoculars and field guides are provided. $5.

Friday, March 3, 2017 at 8:04 am
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, events, mAPLE, North Java.
Event Date and Time: 
March 25, 2017 -
10:00am to 2:00pm
The Buffalo Audubon Society Sugar Shanty at Beaver Meadow, 1610 Welch Road, North Java, will be open for public viewing from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays during the month of March. 
Stop in and see the staff in action as they turn maple sap into sweet syrup.  Free.
Friday, March 3, 2017 at 8:02 am
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, events, Maple Syrup, North Java.
Event Date and Time: 
March 11, 2017 -
10:00am to 2:00pm
The Buffalo Audubon Society Sugar Shanty at Beaver Meadow, 1610 Welch Road, North Java, will be open for public viewing from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays during the month of March. 
Stop in and see the staff in action as they turn maple sap into sweet syrup.  Free.
Friday, March 3, 2017 at 8:01 am
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, events, Maple Syrup, North Java.
Event Date and Time: 
March 4, 2017 -
10:00am to 2:00pm
The Buffalo Audubon Society Sugar Shanty at Beaver Meadow, 1610 Welch Road, North Java, will be open for public viewing from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays during the month of March. 
Stop in and see the staff in action as they turn maple sap into sweet syrup.  Free.
Thursday, March 2, 2017 at 11:20 am
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, events, Varysburg.
Event Date and Time: 
March 26, 2017 -
9:00am to 1:00pm

Join the staff at Hidden Valley Animal Adventure, 2887 Royce Road, Varysburg, March 18 and 19 and March 25 and 26 for the annual Maple Weekend 2017. The event runs from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. all days.

Each weekend, The Lodge will have an All You Can Eat pancake breakfast featuring maple syrup from Boxler Maple Farms.

The cost is $11 for adults, $5 for children 4 to 12 years old, and free for children 3 years old and younger.

For information call (585) 535-4100 or visit

Thursday, March 2, 2017 at 11:20 am
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, events, Varysburg.
Event Date and Time: 
March 25, 2017 -
9:00am to 1:00pm

Join the staff at Hidden Valley Animal Adventure, 2887 Royce Road, Varysburg, March 18 and 19 and March 25 and 26 for the annual Maple Weekend 2017. The event runs from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. all days.

Each weekend, The Lodge will have an All You Can Eat pancake breakfast featuring maple syrup from Boxler Maple Farms.

The cost is $11 for adults, $5 for children 4 to 12 years old, and free for children 3 years old and younger.

For information call (585) 535-4100 or visit


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