Saturday, February 25, 2017 at 5:15 pm



Members of the Perry Center, Perry, Silver Springs, Wyoming, Warsaw, and Cuylerville fire departments, and Perry Ambulance paid tribute Saturday afternoon to long-standing member J. Richard “Dick” Brick, who passed away earlier this week.

Brick, 93, had been a member of the Perry Center Fire Department for 68 years, serving as president and secretary/treasurer during his tenure. In addition to his active volunteerism with the fire department, he spent eight years on the Perry Ambulance Squad, was an emergency medical technician, served as an elected assessor, and was on both the Zoning Board of Appeals and Planning Board.

For J. Richard Brick’s full obituary click here.

Assistant Fire Chief Tim Rice wished to thank all the departments and members who put the tribute together. 






Friday, February 24, 2017 at 4:17 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, events, Business, Warsaw, Castile.

Press release:

Proving that a minute can matter, Tompkins Bank of Castile is launching its third round of the quarterly Community Minute Challenge. Each quarterly winner is awarded $2,500; by the end of the contest, a total of $10,000 will have been provided in much-needed funds to local not-for-profit organizations.

“The response to the Community Minute Challenge has been tremendous, and we’re thrilled to be able to help shine a light on the important services that are provided by not-for-profit organizations in our area,” said John McKenna, Bank president and CEO.

The third round will begin February 27 and run through March 13. The winning organization is determined by public voting on the Bank of Castile Facebook page, where visitors can watch the one-minute videos produced by participating nonprofits and then vote for their favorite. Each video explains how the nonprofit would use the awarded funds. The six organizations competing in this round are:

    • Wyoming County Community Action (Wyoming County)  

    • Al Sigl Community of Agencies (Monroe County)

    • Batavia Rotary (Genesee County)

    • Focus on the Children (Livingston County)

    • Genesee Amateur Hockey Association (Genesee County) 

    • Villa of Hope (Monroe County) 

To show support for the initiative and cast a vote, participants should “like” the Tompkins Bank of Castile Facebook page at and click on the Community Minute Challenge app. They can then select their favorite nonprofit after watching the one-minute videos. Individuals can vote once per day during the contest period.

Launched in August 2016, the Community Minute Challenge has awarded $5,000 to date. The first-round winner was Going to the Dogs Rescue in Wyoming County, an organization dedicated to helping homeless pets find loving forever homes. The second-round winner was ARC of Genesee Orleans, a resource of choice for people with disabilities and their families in both Genesee and Orleans counties. Photos of the previous winners are available upon request. A fourth round of the Community Minute Challenge will launch later this year.

Tompkins Bank of Castile is a community bank with 16 offices in the five-county Western New York region. Services include complete lines of consumer deposit accounts and loans, business accounts and loans, and leasing. In addition, insurance is offered through an affiliate company, Tompkins Insurance Agencies. Wealth management, trust and investment services are provided through Tompkins Financial Advisors. Further information about the bank is available on its website,

Thursday, February 23, 2017 at 9:20 am
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, events, arts, Wyoming, ACWC, fiber arts.
Event Date and Time: 
March 4, 2017 -
9:30am to 4:00pm

The Arts Council for Wyoming County (ACWC) is hosting the Fiber Flurry Fiber Arts Festival at the Wyoming Inn, Main Street, Wyoming, from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. March 4.

Thursday, February 23, 2017 at 9:17 am
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, events, Wyoming, ACWC, arts, fiber arts.


Press release (photo submitted):

The Arts Council for Wyoming County (ACWC) is hosting the Fiber Flurry Fiber Arts Festival at the Wyoming Inn, Main Street, Wyoming, from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, March 4.

“It’s a great way to meet new people, learn something new and get your hands on some beautiful fiber,” said Kathryn Hollinger, Fiber Flurry coordinator at the ACWC.

The Flurry includes classes, vendors and opportunities to socialize with fiber artists. Fiber arts festivals are popular for participants of all levels to try techniques from master artists in two-hour workshops. 

Classes include: beginning embroidery, kumihimo, yarn dyeing, hairpin lace, tatting, yoga for knitters, tambour (frame) embroidery and knitting a tiny top-down sweater. 

Reservations are required for classes, and the brochure is available at the ACWC’s website.

The event also includes a popular feature from other regional Fiber Arts Festival: a section where local wool, yarn and fiber producers show and sell their wares. Vendors include: Propanicus Moon Yarns, Trollbridge Farm, Stoner Hill Farm, May Apple Farm, Firefly Farm, Peartree Farm, Heavenly Valley Farm and Acorn Fiber Works. 

Shopping is available all day and it's open to the public with no reservations required.

For participants who knit or crochet, there is a Fiber Challenge competition using last year’s special edition yarn. People who want to take part can pick up skeins of the challenge yarn at the ACWC gift shop and knit or crochet a piece to enter for a People’s Choice Award. Special Edition “Snowflake” Yarn for next year’s challenge will be for sale at the Flurry as well.

Additionally, a buffet lunch and afternoon tea will be available. 

New this year, artist Beth Ely Sleboda will perform FiberSong, a performance that combines dance, poetry and music during afternoon tea. 

Participants can sign up for part of the day, lunch or the full day. People who sign up for the full day (two classes, lunch and tea) will receive the special edition “Snowflake” challenge yarn for free.

Registration forms, with class descriptions and schedules may be downloaded from or can be mailed to you by calling the ACWC (585) 237-3517, ext. 102.

For more than 40 years, the ACWC has created opportunities to bring arts into their rural communities through programming, grants, and art events. The ACWC is also Wyoming County’s NYSCA Decentralization Site for Community Arts Grants. 

For more information on membership or advocacy in the arts, visit

Thursday, February 23, 2017 at 7:58 am
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, events, agriculture, DEC, Warsaw.
Event Date and Time: 
March 21, 2017 - 8:15am

Cornell Cooperative Extension of Wyoming County (CCE) is offering a pesticide applicator training session and recertification course from 8:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. March 21 at the Wyoming County Agriculture and Business Center, 36 Center St., Warsaw. The exam begins at 1 p.m..

This session is geared for individuals planning to take the Core and Category Pesticide Certification exam specific to the focus of their work. 

Wednesday, February 22, 2017 at 3:39 pm


Press release (photo submitted):

Aurora Players will open its 83rd season with its premiere of Jon Robin Baitz’s “Other Desert Cities,” on Feb. 24, with Varysburg resident Mary Eckstein portraying Polly. The play, a Pulitzer Prize finalist, will be performed in the Roycroft Pavilion in Hamlin Park, Buffalo.

Eckstein last appeared on the Players' stage as Amanda Wingfield in 2015’s “The Glass Menagerie.” A public health nurse at the Wyoming County Health Department, she has been active in local community theater for 38 years.

“I enjoy the challenge of studying and developing a variety of character types and the exhilaration of performing before a live audience,” she said.

“Other Desert Cities” is a story of the Wyeth family, who love each other – fiercely – despite their very different world views. 

The daughter, Brooke, arrives home one Christmas with a memoir of her late brother Henry. About 25 years previously, he had been involved with a radical group that bombed a recruitment center, resulting in a death. Brooke’s parents, Reagan Republicans who value the status quo and have left this traumatic experience behind, do not want to reopen old wounds. However, Brooke is a writer and psychologically needs to write this to get out of a depression. All she wants to do is tell the truth, but the truth is much more complicated than she realizes. 

Eckstein chose to do this play because of how true-to-ktcklablife the characters are.

“I welcomed the opportunity to perform in a new and contemporary piece, and one which requires the skill of portraying a character whose life is closer to fact than fiction,” Eckstein said.

Katie Buckler, Kris Kielich, Mary Moebius and Rick Sweet, also star in the play. The production is directed by Thomas Durham, assisted by Joe Cassidy.

Performances are: 8 p.m. Feb. 24 – 26, March 3 – 5 and 10 – 12. It will also have a post-show talk with Durham and the cast after the show Feb. 25 and March 4.

All Friday and Saturday shows start at 8 p.m. and Sunday matinees begin at 2:30 p.m.

To purchase tickets – $15 for adults and $14 for seniors and students –  visit or call (716) 687-6727.

The show contains adult languages and situations. 

Wednesday, February 22, 2017 at 2:58 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, events, announcements, Warsaw, mission, food pantry.


Photo submitted

The United Church of Warsaw's  F.A.C.E (Faith And Caring Encounter) Group completed their "SOUPer Bowl" mission Feb. 5. Their goal was to collect 51 cans of soup to coincide with the Super Bowl 51. 

The youth group collected 144 cans for the Warsaw Food Pantry, says Lisa Johnson, of United Church of Warsaw/Warsaw Food Pantry.

Monday, February 20, 2017 at 10:02 am
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, events, Varysburg, winter.



The lack of snow didn't deter community members from enjoying the 24th annual Cardboard Olympics at Byrncliff Resort & Conference Center, Route 20A, Varysburg. 

Children and adults alike raced against the clock Sunday afternoon in the Polar Bear Obstacle Course – slinging mud in their wake, had a taste of homemade chili in the annual Chili Cook-Off, and took their chances on a basket during the basket raffle.

All proceeds from the event benefit the Varysburg Fire Department and Rescue Squad.











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



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

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

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

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

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

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

For more information about the Head Start Program visit











Friday, February 17, 2017 at 1:26 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, events, news, Perry, education, technology.



zSpace, no, it’s not a place for naps, it’s an innovative mobile classroom that incorporates virtual reality into lesson plans and curriculum for elementary and high schools, universities and even medical schools.

On Thursday, students from kindergarten through 12th grade at Perry Central School District got a taste of learning through innovation. 

The kids donned glasses that are connected to a computer for interactive learning. In addition to the glasses, a stylus is used to access the material on the screen as if it were right in front of the user.

zSpace was developed about 10 years ago for the Department of Defense,” said Andrew Ziemba, PC University Distributors Inc.'s Upstate NY account manager. “Three years ago it was thought to be a good educational tool. It combines augmented reality and virtual reality to give teachers another tool for the classroom.”

zSpace is transforming education today, said Brittni Olson, of L. Wolfe Communications, a public relations firm for zSpace. Hundreds of thousands of students are using the technology in their classrooms and labs worldwide for STEM learning. STEM – Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics – is a curriculum that integrates those four disciplines into a “cohesive learning paradigm based on real-world applications.” 

Students can dissect organs, dive into volcanoes and more – all in a virtual-reality world. No headsets are required, just simple 3D glasses so students and teachers can work collaboratively.

“It would be pretty amazing,” said second-grade teacher Ruth Manchester, about having access to zSpace. “Kids can get exposure to things that may not have an opportunity to otherwise. This could broaden exposure to science and ideas we don’t have access to or aren't given funding for.” 

Students learn by trying and doing without the fear of breaking materials, spilling chemicals, making a wrong incision or blowing up a circuit -- medical students and doctors can even practice surgeries and organ dissections without the messiness of working on real cadavers, zSpace officials say.

“The excitement to learn anything they can that’s hands-on is fantastic,” said second-grade teacher Penny Moses.

And what did the students think of the experience?








Tuesday, February 14, 2017 at 12:09 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, Sports, events, hunting, fishing.


Press release (photo submitted):

This weekend is the first of several free fishing days in New York State for 2017. 

The free fishing days open up the state's 7,500 lakes and ponds, and 70,000 miles of rivers and streams to all resident and non-residents to fish without a license.

While fishing is permitted without a license, anglers are reminded that fishing regulations remain in effect during these days.

Additional free fishing days include:

    • June 24-25;

    • Sept. 23 – National Hunting and Fishing Day; and

    • Nov. 11 – Veterans Day.

New to ice fishing? Check out the Ice Fishing chapter of DEC’s  I FISH NY Beginners’ Guide to Freshwater Fishing for information on how to get started with ice fishing. 

Additional information, including tips on ice fishing safety and a list of waters open to ice fishing, can be found at DEC’s ice fishing Web page.

Monday, February 13, 2017 at 7:33 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, events, Arcade Winterfest, Arcade, snow.













Monday, February 13, 2017 at 3:47 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, events, Warsaw, emergency services.

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Think you’re too young for an internship of sorts? Think again.

Members of the Warsaw Fire Department and the Wyoming County Sheriff’s Department Explorer programs are hosting a recruitment open house at 7 p.m. tonight at the Warsaw Fire Hall, Route 20A. Chartered through the Boy Scouts of America, these programs are open to anyone in Wyoming County 14 to 21 years old. However, once a person reaches 18 years old, they are eligible to join the department as a full-fledged member. 

The Explorer programs gives teens an opportunity to learn about becoming a firefighter, emergency medical technician (EMT) or police officer, says Warsaw Fire Chief Joe Cummins. Similar to an internship, kids learn a trade in the emergency response fields.

“The program allows a kid to join the department and learn every aspect of firefighting under a structured umbrella,” Cummins said. “It provides the building block to becoming a firefighter.”

Deanna Wilcox, Warsaw Fire Department member and co-advisor for the Explorer program, says it’s also a way to expose teens to different career paths like dispatch, EMS and even nursing, with the purpose of enhancing recruitment.

With volunteer numbers down across the board in emergency services throughout the county, getting kids interested in joining is paramount in building strong membership in fire departments. 

While the goal of the Explorer program is to encourage continued membership at the county level, it can also prepare you for other careers in the fire service industry. Both Cummins and Wilcox were junior firefighters prior to joining the fire department as a regular members and several chiefs in the county started as junior firefighters as well. Cummins also said one of the guys that went through the program is a firefighter with FDNY.

Not only is the open house a way to generate interest in the Explorer program, it’s inherent to help maintain the level of membership needed to keep it operational. 

“The minimum is six kids (in the program),” Cummins said. “If the department in another town doesn’t have the program, they can join the one here in Warsaw.”

The Warsaw program is structured like the fire department – there is a captain, a lieutenant, secretary, and sergeant-at-arms. Participants shadow the members in all capacities, but “not in an environment that would considered a ‘hot spot,' "officials say. However, they are allowed to be on a scene for exterior support.

“The kids get both the backside experience of a firefighter, but also experience what it’s like on a scene,” Cummins said. “There is opportunity for kids to learn anything they want to do in the department including how to operate the pumps. They are exposed to many life events other than just firefighting – business, fundraising, meetings and ‘Robert’s Rules of Order’ (parliamentary procedures) training…it gets them around other adults from other walks of life.”

The Explorer program is free to join and parents are encouraged to be involved. The only stipulation in becoming a junior member is that each participant has to maintain passing grades.

For more information email

Friday, February 10, 2017 at 2:54 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, Sports, events, Perry, wrestling.



Photos by Ron Strain​.

Gilead School of Discipleship, Perry, established its first Varsity Wrestling team this year.  

Ryan Caudill (99) triumphed this past Saturday at the Section V Class B Sectional Tournament at Keshequa CS. He finished first, over Kade Slayton, of Avoca, as Gilead’s first ever Sectional champion; Silas Guesno (106) finished third.

Both are moving on to the state qualifier, today and tomorrow in Brockport.  

A total of 16 schools competed in the Section V Class B sectionals.  

Information submitted by Eric Caudill.

Thursday, February 9, 2017 at 4:44 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, events, Beaver Meadow, Java.
Event Date and Time: 
February 20, 2017 -
10:00am to 12:00pm
Celebrate President's Day at Beaver Meadow, 1610 Welch Road, Java Center, from 10 a.m. to noon, Feb. 20, with our 26th president (also known as naturalist Mark Carra) and learn more about his great love for nature. He was a naturalist from early childhood and carried it through to the presidency.
Pre-registration is required. Cost: $5 non-members, $3 members.
Thursday, February 9, 2017 at 4:41 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, events, Beaver Meadow, Java.
Event Date and Time: 
February 18, 2017 -
1:00pm to 3:00pm
Join Naturalist Tom Kerr and the Junior Audubon Club for its monthly birding adventure for kids 8 to 14 years old from 1 to 3 p.m. Feb. 18 at Beaver Meadow, 1610 Welch Road, Java Center. 
This month we’ll use empty Gatorade bottles to build a backyard birdfeeder. 
After our birdfeeders are finished, we’ll take a short walk around the Nature Center to visit with some of the birds that might use our recycled birdfeeders.
Thursday, February 9, 2017 at 4:36 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, events, Beaver Meadow, Java.
Event Date and Time: 
February 18, 2017 -
10:00am to 11:30am
"Chickadee wears a wee black cap. Jay is loud and bold. Nuthatch perches upside-down. Finch is clothed in gold."
Join local author Amy Ludwig VanDerwater at Beaver Meadow, 1610 Welch Road, Java Center, from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Feb. 18 for a reading of her book. "Every Day Birds" helps children identify and learn about common birds.
Afterward, take a short hike to look for birds, complete a craft and have a snack.
Thursday, February 9, 2017 at 4:27 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, events, Beaver Meadow, Java.
Event Date and Time: 
February 17, 2017 -
1:00pm to 2:30pm
Days are struggling to get longer in February and the wild weather we’ve had these past few years begs the question – what will we see?  Dress for the weather and explore parts of Beaver Meadow, 1610 Welch Road, Java Center, from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Feb. 17.
Hot cocoa will be served afterwards.  Pre-registration is required. Donations accepted.  
Thursday, February 9, 2017 at 4:24 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, events, Beaver Meadow, Java.
Event Date and Time: 
February 11, 2017 -
6:00pm to 7:30pm
Choose your favorite person to take a leisurely snowshoe walk with under the light of the full snow moon at Beaver Meadow, 1610 Welch Road, Java Center, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Feb. 11.
If no snow, we will just be hiking under the moon.  Join staff members for hot cocoa and decorate cookies afterwards in the Nature Center.
Pre-registration is required. Sturdy winter boots are recommended. Cost is $7. The walk is geared to those 14 years old and older.
Thursday, February 9, 2017 at 4:16 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, events, Beaver Meadow, Java.
Event Date and Time: 
February 9, 2017 -
1:00pm to 3:00pm
Join Naturalist Tom Kerr from 1 to 3 p.m. Feb. 11 at Beaver Meadow, 1610 Welch Road, Java Center, for a birdfeeder demonstration and learn about the common birds that frequent our backyards.
All participants will receive a coupon good for 30 percent off a birdfeeder or bag of birdseed in the Beaver Meadow Gift Shop.
Pre-registration required. Cost: $5.


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